William Frank CULVER [1894-1956]

Submitted by David on Wed, 01/10/2018 - 15:44
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1901 Census West Ham Essex William Frank Culver  age 6  living with brother Robert Henry age 1 and parents Wiliam G Culver and Martha

Birth registration William Frank Culver Dec Quarter 1894 Woolwich

24 January 1921 William Frank Culver age 26 single Canada Arrivals en route to Hong Kong intended occupation Hong Kong Government son of William George Culver

England and Wales Probate Calendar William Frank Culver of Springfield Bekesbourne near Canterbury died 8 September 1956 at Kent and Canterbury Hospital. Probate to Phyllis Culver widow.

Interestingly DEATH 2 April 2009 Canterbury Kent  Esther Phyllis CULVER age 95 born 1914

I wonder what you readers think about this forum post on a RAF Research site



It looks like William Frank Culver was inRAF at some point and was believed dead - He is comemorated on the CWGC website and Singapore Memorial


Kind Regards


Paul McMillan

Page J149 of the Blue Book for 1927 records him as a Prison Warder in Hong Kong, first appointed in 1921. But there aren't any later matches for the name at HKGRO or in the online newspapers, so it's not clear what he was doing in Hong Kong in the years up til 1942-45 when he was in Stanley Internment Camp. Or he may not have been living here at all, and just happened to be passing through when war broke out. So, still a mystery.

3rd August 1954 Corfu arrived in London from Hong Kong

W Culver  age 59 Merchant (no longer police official)

P Culver age 40 (Esther Phyllis born 1914)

E Culver age 10 (Daphne Esther born  10 January 1944 in Stanley Camp)

M Culver age 3 (Derek Michael Culver (b 2 December 1954 Carl Smith Card)

Address in UK Springfeld Berkesbourne Kent (same address as in 1924)

Country of intended future permanent residence England

The family seems to use middle forenames as first names