thecaraposts asked:Hi there, I'm doing family tree and Mum told me that Grandad (Charles Finch) worked in Blackdown for WW2. Post war he was a postman in London which seems to now make sense looking at your site! I also noticed that the Postmaster named for 1908 was named Finch (all VERY exciting finds!) As that side of the family are all gone, including Grandad and Nan Finch I'd love to be able to go back to Mum with more info on her Dad's wartime role & potentially family history. PLEASE send any relevant info.
Firstly, thank you so much for your mesage, and many apologies for not replying sooner.
I’ve just started doing a bit more in depth research into the people who lived in Deepcut in it’s early days, focussing mainly on the civilian population that grew around the barracks, and I’m currently trawing through the Electoral registers (1918-1945) year by year. I’ve got up to 1930 and can confirm that the name Finch has a longstanding link to the Post Office in Deepcut!
Here’s the details I have so far…
Frederick Augustus Finch (born 1864 in Sunningdale) married Annie Elizabeth Hawkins (born 1872 in Tetbury, Glos) in 1902.
Frederick was postmaster at Deepcut from at least 1911 (looking at the birthplaces of their children, they look to have made the move here from Egham, somewhere between 1904 & 1907)
The 1911 census shows them as having 3 children, Frederick William (1904), Eric Augustus (1907) and Muriel Elizabeth (1910). Also living with them was Frederick Augustus older sister, Margarett.
Frederick and Annie remained at the Post Office until Spring 1924, and 2 years later their son Frederick briefly appears as living at the Post Office. It may be he stayed there when the new Postmaster (Julius Watts) took over, or came back as an assistant.
I’ve not seen Charles’ name yet, but hopefully the above will let you ascertain whether your grandfather was a relation of the earlier Finch family doing the same job.
Hope this is of interest to you, it certainly is to me! It appears that Frederick and Annie made a very similar journey to Deepcut, that my wife and I did, they came from Egham and we came here from Englefield Green right next door. This research is certainly making me feel a lot closer to the village, and to the people who helped to build it around the army base.
If I find out anything further, I’ll let you know.