David was the second husband of my two times great grandmother, Eleanor Isabella Coxhead. He was born in Wemyss, Fife, Scotland on the 18th April 1914 to James Oswald and Janet Reid Ritchie Masterton.
His parents had both previously been married to others. James Oswald, the son of James Oswald and Margaret Paterson had been married to an Elizabeth Tweeddale, and Janet Reid Ritchie Masterton, the daughter of Robert Masterton and Ann Ritchie Hill, had been married to a James Doddes Picken.
It was quite a surprise to find the marriage in Edinburgh when we visited some years ago, as we were looking for a possible marriage for Eleanor’s daughter, Frances Eleanor Chapman. At that time we had no idea that Eleanor’s first husband, Henry Chapman, had died in 1928 in Rotterdam.
David R M Oswald and Eleanor I Chapman nee Coxhead married at the Nicolson Street Church of Scotland church in Edinburgh on the 26th July 1935. The service was carried out by William Galbraith Taylor, minister. The witnesses were Malcolm Mattocks of 321 West Port, and Elizabeth Lewis of 55 Home Street.
At the time of the marriage, David was a railway porter aged 21 of 12 Grange Court, Edinburgh, and Eleanor, a widow, aged 56 of 12 Beaumont Place, Edinburgh. Although her age is listed as 49 on the marriage certificate. She must have looked young for her age.
Apparently David wasn’t living with my grandmother, Beatrice, and her grandmother, Eleanor Isabella at the time of the 1939 national register at 2A Greenside Place, he had possibly signed up for military service by that time. The next thing we hear of him is from a newspaper clipping from 1946:
This would tie in with him not appearing on the electoral register at 114 Miles Street, Preston with Eleanor Isabella for a couple of years.
Eleanor Isabella Oswald died on the 7th January 1951 of 114 Miles Street, Preston; and was buried with her parents, John and Mary Coxhead (nee Holmes) at Preston Cemetery.
By October 1951, David was living at Bath Street in Newton Heath, close to Manchester. On the 3rd October 1951, he married a Clara Davidson (maiden name Jackson), a raincoat machinist, also at that time widowed, daughter of Joseph Jackson at Manchester Register Office. The witnesses were J Jackson and J Mellor.
At some point David and Clara moved upto Scotland, and were living in Bonnyrigg.
David Ritchie Masterton Oswald died in 2009, aged 94.
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