Harry Jordon


Harry Jordan
, the son of John and Hilda Lillian (née Fox) Jordan of Douglas Road, Salisbury, was born prematurely on 13 December 1917 and died on 23 December 1917. His private burial on the following day in the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery was certified by W Moore, possibly an uncle of the deceased, and witnessed by Nurse Charlotte Robson who, as midwife, attended the birth of the Jordan children. David Jordan recalls that Nurse Robson’s home was on the corner of Henson and Myra Roads, Salisbury, and that another resident of Henson Road, Mr Williamson, a cabinet maker, made the tiny coffin in which Harry was buried.

John Jordan and Hilda Fox were married in Little Ilford, Essex, on 9 December 1906. John (then a farm labourer aged 25) and Hilda (22) emigrated to Australia as nominated passengers on the 9545-ton Norseman (Captain G Berry) with their children Hilda Gladys Eileen (2, known as Eileen) and John Harold (1½). The ship left London on 7 June 1910 with 210 immigrants and a few other passengers on board and arrived in Brisbane on 5 August 1910. This vessel was later used as a British armed transport ship in World War One. Having been torpedoed in the Gulf of Salonika by German U39 on 22 January 1916, it was towed to Mudros harbour and beached.

In addition to the three already mentioned, the following children were born to John and Hilda in Australia: Arthur Philip (b. 1 April 1913), Leslie Edward and Francis Hammond (b. 2 May 1915), David (b. 22 March 1919) and Richard (b. 14 November 1922). John supported his family as a fireman and engine driver in the Queensland railways.

Hilda Lillian Jordan, the daughter of Henry Willoughby and Hannah (née Rattray) Fox, was born in what is now Northern Ireland. She died on 4 December 1958 and was cremated on the following day at the Mount Thompson Crematorium. For some reason, her name is given as Hilda Isabel Jordan in her funeral notice. However, in other records and the in memoriam notices which appeared in subsequent years on the anniversary of her death, it is given as above—Hilda Lillian Jordan.

John Jordan, the son of Edward and Mary Emily (née Watson) Jordan, was born in Canning Town, Essex. He died on 1 June 1959 and was cremated on the following day at the Mount Thompson Crematorium.