NameNorah Kathleen LAIDMAN, 72, Q1069
Birth16 Mar 1889, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Birth MemoFamily Bible
Birth17 Mar 1889, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Birth Memodate supplied by informant
Death16 Jul 1973, Colchester, ESS Age: 84
Death MemoMyland Hospital
Occupation1911: Governess
FatherJames Harper LAIDMAN , 1163, P1061 (1851-1920)
MotherHannah HEAD , 1164 (1853-1936)
Misc. Notes
It seems strange that Norah Kathleen should have been born in Belfast, a city far removed from the Laidman family geography. However, there was an important shipyard there (Harland & Wolf) and in view of her father's occupation, it is quite possible that he was there in some connection with this firm.

1891 census return: RG12/4237 folio 7 page 10
Northumberland, Blyth, 36 Stanely St.
James H. Laidman, Head, M, 40, Shipbuilder, Employed, born Northumberland Hartley
Hannah Laidman, Wife, M, 37, born Northumberland Walker
Mary F. Laidman, Daur, S, 14, Scholar, born Northumberland Walker
William Laidman, Son, S, 12, Scholar, born Yorkshire, Hull
Ethel Laidman, Daur, S, 4, born Yorkshire Hull
Norah K. Laidman, Daur, S, 2, born Ireland Belfast
John H. Laidman, Son, S, 2mo, born Northumberland Blyth

1901 census return: RG13/1074 folio 53 page 5
The Avenue (St. Johns Villa), Shirley, Southampton
John [sic] Harper Laidman, head, married, 50, Ship builder (Manager), born Northumberland, Hartley
Hannah Laidman, wife, married, 47, born Northumberland, Walker
Mary F. Smith, daur. widow, 24, born Northumberland, Walker
James H. Laidman, son, 17, Ship Draughtsman, worker, born Yorkshire, Hull
Ethel Laidman, daur. 14 born Yorkshire, Hull
Norah Laidman, daur. 12 born Ireland, Belfast
John H. Laidman, son, 10, born Northumberland, Blyth
Thomas Laidman, son, 6, born Hants. Southampton
Richard Laidman, son, 3, born Hants. Southampton
Margaret Holden, serv. single, 16, General Servant Domestic, born Lancs. Liverpool

1911 census return: RG14PN5989 RG78PN274 RD99 SD2 ED1 SN38
Hampshire, Southampton, Claremont, The Avenue
Laidman, James Harper, Head, Married 38 years, M, 60, 1851, Shipbuilder - Manager, born Hartley Northumberland
Laidman, Hannah, Wife, Married, F, 57, 1854, born Walker Northumberland
Laidman, James Harper, Son, Single, M. 28, 1883, Shipbuilder, born Hull Yorkshire
Laidman, John Head, Son, Single, M, 20, 1891, Auctioneer, born Blyth Northumberland
Laidman, Norah Kathleen, Daughter, Single, F, 22, 1889, Governess, born Belfast Ireland
Laidman, Richard, Son, Single, M, 13, 1898, At School, born Southampton Hampshire

Norah was bridesmaid at her sister Ethel's wedding to John Percy Tinn in 1917. She never married, and it is maybe for this reason that she was the sole beneficiary of her mother's will.

Extract from a letter written by James Snowdon Laidman to his wife Gloria, in about 1945:
After I'd seen Ted … I went to Ipswich via London. Twas late at night when I reached Ipswich spent the night at a Red Cross club and visited Norah and Ethel the next morning - what a dowdy, shaggy pair they are! Norah pays no attention at all to her appearance is a sight and yet she has enough money to live decently. I think she's half bats. Ethel is better but has crazy notions too - they wanted to give me a clock that belonged to my grandfather a mantle peice thing got out of it by telling them it was too bulky.
Uncle Percy is a character also quite the tippler - he took me to all the bars. These English put away gallons of beer at a sitting - buy it by the pint for a shilling.
They told me a lot about the Laidman family and I discovered that there were eleven children - two of them twins that died at 3 mos. in addition to two other children that died. Also that Tommy almost proposed to Marguerite Snowdon at one time but thought one Snowdon was enough in the Laidman family - quite true. Incidentally it was the Laidman girls that knew the Snowdon girls first. Mother and Jesse were friends of Norah and Ethel and at first Dad and Tommy ignored them completely - as brothers do.

Norah’s will was proved in Ipswich, Suffolk, 1 October 1973: £1.544. It reads:

This is the last Will AND TESTAMENT of me NORAH KATHLEEN LAIDMAN of 105 Tuddenham Avenue Ipswich in the County of Suffolk Spinster
1. I hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me
2. I appoint my niece Kathleen Margaret Beauchamp of 36 Gainsborough Road Ipswich aforesaid and Eric Laverick Blakey of 44/46 Princes Street Ipswich aforesaid Solicitor to be the executors of this my Will
3. I give devise and bequeath the whole of my estate both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever after the payment of my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses unto my said niece Kathleen Margaret Beauchamp absolutely
4. I declare that any executor or turstee [sic] of this my Will being a Solicitor or other person engaged in any profession or business may be so employed or act and shall be entitled to charge and be paid all professional or other charges for any business or act done by him or his firm in connection with the proving of this my Will and the winding up of my estate or with the trusts hereof including acts which a trustee could have done personally
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Twentieth day of June One thousand nine hundred and seventy
SIGNED by the said NORAH )
KATHLEEN LAIDMAN the testatrix ) N K Laidman
as and for her last will in the )
presence of us both being )
present at the same time who at )
her request and in her presence )
and in the presence of each )
other have hereunto subscribed )
our names as witnesses: )
? Stewart
45, Colchester Road Ipswich
(name illegible)
59, Gainsborough Rd. Ipswich

1891: Blyth, Tynemouth, Northumberland

Mentioned in the distribution account of the Public Trustee from the estate of James Harper LAIDMAN, deceased, dated 10 March 1975.
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