NameWilliam Harper LAIDMAN, 2046, Q1066
Birth17 Oct 1878, Walker, NBL
Death22 May 1901, Kingston, Surrey, Jamaica Age: 22
Occupation1901: Journalist
FatherJames Harper LAIDMAN , 1163, P1061 (1851-1920)
MotherHannah HEAD , 1164 (1853-1936)
Misc. Notes
1881 census return: RG11/5071 folio 4 page 5
21 Denham Terrace, Wallsend, Northumberland
James H. Laidman, head, married, 27, Iron Ship Plater (Builder), born Hartley, Northumberland
Hannah Laidman, wife, married, 27, born Walker, Northumberland
Mary F. Laidman, daur. 4, born Walker, Northumberland
William Laidman, son, 2, born Wallsend, Northumberland

1891 census return: RG12/4237, folio 7, page 10.
Blyth (Northumberland), 36 Stanley Street
James H. Laidman, head, M[arried], 40, ShipBuilder, employed, [born] Northumberland, Hartley
Hannah Laidman, Wife, M, 37, born Northumberland, Walker
Mary F. Laidman, Daur, S[ingle], Scholar, born Northumberland, Walker
William Laidman, Son, S, 12, Scholar, born Northumberland, Walker
James H. Laidman, Son, S, 7, 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: William is found in the 1901 census (which was taken on the night of 31 March) working as a journalist in Tiverton, Devon. He doesn’t seem to be married or have any family living nearby. He seems to be the only member of the family who is not living at home:
1901 census return: RG13/2135 folio 92 page 12
Devonshire, Tiverton, 3 The Retreat, Gold St.
William Harper Laidman, Head, S, 22, Journalist Author, Worker, born Northumberland Wallsend-on-Tyne

The Laidman Family Bible states that William died in Jamaica, but gives no date.

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

Also William Laidman
Oldest Son of the Above
Died Kingston Jamaica
May 22, 1901 Aged 22 Years
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