NameRichard LAIDMAN, 630, Q1072
Birth30 Nov 1897, Southampton, HAM
Death25 Jan 1953, Southampton, HAM Age: 55
Burial29 Jan 1953, Southampton, HAM
Burial MemoAnnouncement
Occupation1953 Aircraft Draughtsman
FatherJames Harper LAIDMAN , 1163, P1061 (1851-1920)
MotherHannah HEAD , 1164 (1853-1936)
Misc. Notes
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

John Evelyn Laidman Bailey reports (October 2011) that according to the 1931/2 edition of Kelly’s Street Directory of Southampton a Rd Laidman was living at 51 Pear Tree Avenue, Itchen, Southampton. In the 1939/40 edition a Mrs Laidman, presumably his wife Marjorie, is at this latter address, whilst Richard is at 7 Ascupart House, Portswood Road.

A physical description of Richard Laidman occurs in his "Description on Enlistment" medical inspection report, dated 11th October 1915, in which his "apparent" age is noted as 19 years 11 months, height 5 feet 10 3/4 inches, chest measurement when fully expanded 35 inches, range of expansion 2 1/2 inches, physical development good. He is found "fit for Service in the Hants R.F.A." and is accordingly thereto appointed. His oath was signed on the same day, giving his address as "Claremont" The Avenue, Southampton, army no. 687059. He was embodied as a driver.
He served as a gunner in the field in France, embarking from Southampton on 7th February 1917, and was wounded in a gas attack on 1st November 1917. He was transferred back to England on 9th November 1917. The "Casualty Form - Active Service" shows him in "D" Battery 287th Brigade R.F.A.
He was discharged as physically unfit due to Nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) on 24th May 1918 and received a pension of 27/6 weekly "to be reviewed in 35 weeks". He was issued with the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Silver Badge.

1953 LAIDMAN Richard of Flat D Pinehurst Bassett Row Southampton died 25 January 1953 at the Royal South Hants Hospital Southampton
Administration London 2 July to Dorothy May Laidman widow. Effects £1958.6s.4d.

Cause of death: Carcinoma of left lung, secondaries in liver.

The funeral announcement, issued from 96 Tuddenham Road, Ipswich (where his sister Norah lived), reads:
In Loving Memory of Richard Laidman (Dick)
(Designing Dept. Folland Aircraft Co., Hamble)
youngest son of the late Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Laidman, formerly The Avenue, Southampton
Died on January 25th, 1953
Aged 55 years
Church Service by Vicar of St. Michael’s
Basset, Southampton
“The Lord is my shepherd”
“Well done thou good and faithful servant”
Interred January 29th, at Southampton Cemetery

The monumental inscription on James Harper Laidman’s grave in Southampton Old Cemetery includes:

In Loving Memory of
James Harper Laidman
Dearly Loved Husband of Hannah Laidman
Also Hannah Laidman Who Died Nov 21, 1936 Aged 84 Years
Also of Their Sons
John Head Laidman, MC Major RA Died Jan 19,1953
Aged ---Years
And Richard Laidman
Died Jan 25, 1953
Birthca 1897, Woolston, HAM
Death1986, Southampton, HAM
Occupation1960: Headmistress of girls’ school
FatherFrank H HOLDEN , 18255 (ca1867-)
MotherCecile BROOKS , 18256 (ca1870-)
Misc. Notes
1901 census return: RG13/1068 folio 146 page 48
Southampton, Portswood, 104 Portswood Rd.
Frank H. Holden, Head, M, 34, Corn Merchant’s Manager, Employed, born Hants. Southampton
Cecile Holden, Wife, M, 31, born Hants. Woolston
Marjorie Holden, Daur, 4, born Hants. Woolston
Dorothy Holden, Daur, 2, born Hants. Woolston

1911 census return: RG14PN5952 RG78PN273A RD99 SD1 ED18 SN240
Hampshire, Southampton, 18 Oxford Road
Frank Holden, Head, 44, Married, Coal Corn Merchant, Employer, born Hants Southampton
Cecile Holden, Wife, 41, Married 15 years, 5 children all living, born Hants Southampton
Marjorie Holden, Daughter, 14, School, born Hants Southampton
Dorothy Holden, Daughter, 12, School, born Hants Southampton
Leonard Holden, Son, 9, School, born Hants Southampton
William Holden, Son, 6, born Hants Southampton
Arthur Holden, Son, 2, born Hants Southampton
Annie Brooks, Mother in Law, 76, Widow, private means, born London St Pancras
Maud Brooks, Sister in Law, 37, Single, private means, born Hants Southampton

Apart from the decree nisi reported in the Times of 27 May 1941 (see under marriage details), the only mention of Marjorie is at her father-in-law James Harper Laidman's funeral in November 1920, where there was a wreath "in ever-loving memory of father, from Dick and Marjorie."

The Times, 11 June 1960, pg. 3, col. A (official appointments and notices)
The Queen’s Birthday Honours are announced today. The full list is as follows:—
Mrs. M. C. Laidman, Headmistress, Cowplain Sec. S. for Girls, Waterlooville, Hants.

Supplement to the London Gazette, no. 42051, 3 June 1960, p. 3985:
Central Chancery of
The Orders of Knighthood
St. James’s’ Palace, London S.W.1.
The QUEEN has been graciously pleased, on the
occasion of the Celebration of Her Majesty’s
Birthday, to give orders for the following
promotions in, and appointments to, the Most
Excellent Order of the British Empire:
To be Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of
the said Most Excellent Order :
Marjorie Cecile, Mrs. LAIDMAN, Headmistress,
Cowplain Secondary School for Girls, Water-
looville, Hampshire.
Marriage1924, Southampton, HAM
Marr MemoFamily Bible
Divorce27 May 1941
Misc. Notes
The Times, 27 May 1941, pg 6, col. A (law)
Law Report, May 26
HIS LORDSHIP made absolute the decrees nisi in the following 201 matrimonial causes:—
Laidman, M. C. v. Laidman, R.
Birth29 Jul 1905
Death1999, Dorset East RD, DOR
MarriageJ1941, Winchester, HAM
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