William Henry Huggins (1859–1889)

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William Henry Huggins was born at Barnet, situated then in Hertfordshire (now, Middlesex) in early 1859 [source no. 1]. He was the second son and seventh child of John Joseph Huggins (1816-1876), a career soldier hailing from the parish of Aughaloo in county Tyrone [2], and Margaret Jane Burke (1823-1898), who was born at Tralee, county Kerry. [3] William's father had been pensioned out of the army four years earlier, and he had taken a post with the Middlesex Regiment as staff sergeant and drill instructor. [4]

When the 1861 census was enumerated, William's family were living at no. 7, Factory Road, in Waltham Abbey, Essex. In addition to his parents, the household included his sister, Elizabeth (age 11, born on the island of St Helena), Amelia (age 7, born at Fort Henry in Canada West), Sarah Selina (age five, also born at Barnet), and William's maternal grandmother, Mary Hodder [source 5, and see note 6]. William's grandmother was a native of the county Mayo, and she may have offered the children the occasional turn of phrase in the Irish language.

William's eldest siblings were employed away from home. Mary Ann, a young adult of twenty-two, was in service for a household in Enfield, about ten miles distant from Waltham Abbey. [7] Margaret Matilda was also in domestic service, in a household in Tottenham, a few miles south of Enfield. [8] James Edward was employed as an assistant and usher at Lyonsdown Collegiate School in Chipping Barnet, Clayton Palmer, Esq., M.A., Ph.D., L.C.P., schoolmaster. [9,10]

Later in 1861, William's sister, Catherine (Kate) Letitia was born at Waltham Abbey. [11] Between that date and the birth of his brother, Samuel John, in March, 1864 [12], the family moved to Winchester in Hampshire. The Hampshire Regiment engaged William's father as a staff sergeant. [13] Two years later, the last child was born into the family, Agnes Louisa. [14]

William's father lived in the barracks at Winchester [13], either occasionally or regularly, while the rest of the family—except, of course, for his eldest siblings, who worked away from home—lived at no. 10 North View, a row of attached townhouses about half a kilometre northwest of the West Gate. By 1871, the children who remained at home were Elizabeth, age 21, Amelia, 17, William, 12, Kate, 9, Samuel John, 7, and Agnes, 5. [15]

At the age of fifteen years, William emigrated to Canada in July, 1874, with his parents and the youngest six of his nine siblings. [16] Just two years later, in October 1876, his father died at Allansville, Ontario, of complications after a fall from a horse, while prospecting for land in the Muskoka region. [17] This was a devastating blow to all of the family, but particularly for William's brother, Samuel John, who, at just twelve years old, had accompanied his father on the trip. [18] In the aftermath, William, his mother, and sisters—Elizabeth, Sadie, Milly, Kate, and Agnes—stayed on in Toronto. In the decade to follow, the family construct would continue to change.

In November, William's sister, Milly, married John O'Toole, a son of Irish emigrants. [19] Nine months after the death of his father, William's nephew, Alfred Goddard, son of his sister Elizabeth, died of tubercular meningitis in July, 1877. [20] William's next nephew, William Felix O'Toole, son of his sister Milly, was born in Toronto two months later; another son, John, was born in 1879. [21] Sadie moved to Port Hope, to take up work as a milliner. [22] In Toronto, Elizabeth and Kate worked as charwomen, and William was employed as a porter. William's mother, Margaret, and Elizabeth took rooms in a household run by a charwoman; Kate lived with her sister Milly's growing family; and, William lodged at the hotel where he worked. [21,23,24] In the spring of 1880, Samuel John returned to England to enlist in the British Army, and William followed suit.

It appears that William first signed on with the 3rd Battalion of the Somersetshire Light Infantry of Militia. On the 6th July 1881, he was released from that Battalion in order to enlist for the 1st battalion of the recently reorganized 13th Regiment of Foot, or Prince Albert's Light Infantry (Somersetshire Regiment). At the time of his enlistment, William was twenty-one years of age, with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He declared that his religious denomination was Church of England. When William enlisted, both of his brothers, James Edward and Samuel John, were also with the same battalion of the 13th Regiment, stationed at the Raglan Barracks in Devonport. [25,26]

William and his brothers would renew their acquaintances and enjoy their familial communion, off and on, for the next couple of years. James Edward had married in the spring of 1880, and he and his wife, Victoria Caroline, had a new infant daughter. [25] The brothers may also have visited their two eldest sisters in Winchester. Mary Ann and her husband, Patrick Quinn, an army pensioner, were raising three young children. Margaret Matilda and her husband, Thomas Tynan, a baker by trade, shared the household with Mary Ann's family at no. 19, Clifton Road. [27] This period of comparative calm was disrupted, however, when, in October 1881, William and his siblings learned of the death of their sister, Elizabeth, in Toronto, at just thirty-two years of age. At the time, William was in hospital at Devonport, being treated for orchistis.

Changes were afoot that would see all of the brothers posted to Ireland. On the 23rd October 1881, Samuel John, who had just been promoted to Corporal, and William, then holding the rank of Lance Corporal, were posted to Curragh, in county Kildare. In 1882, James was transferred to Dublin, where he worked in the recruitment service and held the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant. 

The Somerset Light Infantry arrived at the camp at Curragh, in county Kildare, on the 28th October 1881, just weeks after Charles Stewart Parnell—a Home Rule League Member of Parliament for the County Meath, the President of the Land League, and the "uncrowned king of Ireland"—and several of his party lieutenants had been arrested and imprisoned under the Coercion Act. Indeed, Ireland was in what the journalists referred to as a "disturbed state." Land reform agitation was well underway, evictions by the thousands were running apace, agrarian outrages were becoming more violent, and the push for Home Rule was intensifying. Thus, when the Somerset Light Infantry, along with several other regiments, joined other British troops at Curragh and other Irish stations in the fall of 1881, the strength of the Army in Ireland stood at 30,000 troops and 3,000 horses.

While the regiment was training at Curragh, William was hospitalized, in January 1882, for fifteen days at Naas, for bronchitis.

Later that month, most of the Somerset Light Infantry joined headquarters at the Richmond Barracks in Dublin. A detachment, consisting of two officers and fifty non-commissioned officers and men (including William's brother, Samuel John), was despatched to Athenry, in county Galway. This group of soldiers assisted the local magistrates in the administration of the Coercion Act, by attending arrests, escorting prisoners, and guarding the entrances to the railway stations.

During this period, William was stationed at the Richmond Barracks, where he was promoted to Corporal on the 16th March, 1882.

Ireland continued in a disturbed state. On the 2nd May, Charles Stewart Parnell had been released from prison, and only four days afterwards, the Chief Secretary, Lord Cavendish, and his Under-Secretary, T.H. Burke, were murdered by militants in the Phoenix Park. The rapidity with which these events occurred was shocking, not least of all to Parnell, who offered to resign his seat in Parliament. The British journals, of course, drew a straight line between the two events, creating a public relations debacle for Parnell and the Land League party. In the next month, on the 9th June, Mr. Walter M. Bourke, J.P., and his guard were shot, dead, at Castle Taylor, thirteen miles south of Athenry; the assassins escaped. A scant three weeks later, the newspapers reported another double murder that took the lives of Mr. John Henry Blake, J.P., and his driver, Teddy Ruane, at Loughrea, just twenty miles east of the previous scene of murder. A series of transcribed news articles, which mentioned the Somerset Light Infantry and some of the events that occurred in county Galway and at Dublin, between October 1881 and March 1883, have been posted here.

William was hospitalized again for bronchitis, for the long period of thirty-four days, from the 25th May to the 28th June.

On the 30th June, the detachment of the Somerset Light Infantry that had been posted to the county Galway returned to the Richmond Barracks in Dublin. The regiment remained here through February of the following year. The soldiers continued their military exercises, for example, rifle practice at the Pigeon House Fort in July [28], and a signalling exercise at the Phoenix Park in October. [29] There were the usual distractions for men outside the barracks. One of the more staid, but no less enjoyable, events would have been the grand musical promenade held in the Royal Marine Gardens at Kingstown in late July, featuring no less than the band of the Somerset Light Infantry. [30]

On the domestic front, William welcomed his second niece, daughter Beatrice, born to James Edward and Victoria Caroline on the 11th November, 1882. This happy news was diminished by William's continuing upper respiratory problems, as he was again hospitalized, first, for two weeks in late November for bronchitis, and then for more than two months, to battle pneumonia from Boxing Day to the 6th March, 1883. William was discharged from hospital only three days after the Somerset Light Infantry—including his brother, Samuel John—had embarked on H.M.S. Serapis, to sail to Bombay and join headquarters there, at the camp in Kamptee.

In spite of these struggles with his health, William must have demonstrated keen military and leadership qualities, because he was promoted in April 1883 to Sergeant. Several months later, with his brother, James, as his witness, William married Margaret Gunson at the parish church of St Stephen, in Dublin. [31] Unfortunately, this is our only sighting of Margaret, as any trace of her after the 26th November, 1883 seems to have disappeared.

The following month, William was transferred to the 2nd battalion, retaining the rank of Sergeant, and shipped to India. He joined his brother, Samuel John, in Rangoon on the 7th February, 1884. He arrived just in time to be exposed to an epidemic of scarlet fever that was then raging: both William and Samuel John were hospitalized for several days' treatment.

William's struggle with respiratory debility continued. When he was hospitalized for eleven days in April, 1884, the medical attendant diagnosed, "Bronchitis with tendency to Phthisis." The next time that he was confined to hospital, for nineteen days in November of the same year, the diagnosis was simply, "Phthisis," known now as Tuberculosis. A few months later, William was treated for a slight fever, probably related to his lung disease.

Both William and his brother served in Rangoon during the Third Burmese campaign, which commenced in November, 1885. At one point, in February, 1886, 300 British troops were surrounded by 9,000 rebels at Yemethen. Not only was the situation desperate, but the siege was prolonged—the condition of the soldiers was weakened further by dysentery and malaria. Fighting spread to Tounghoo in March and April, where the men fell, or remained, seriously ill. During this period, William's brother, Samuel John, was treated twice for general debility, with quinine and iron, the medical officer noting, "Severe hardship & exposure on Active service." Several contemporary news articles about the Third Burmese War, published in the British journals, have been transcribed and posted here.

In the midst of the siege and fighting at Yemethen—and, one suspects, due to the continuing decline in the state of his health—William was transferred to the 2nd battalion depot at Taunton, Somerset. He embarked on the H.M. Serapis on the 12th March, 1886, and arrived home by the 6th April. William was still a Sergeant in H.M. service, but his condition worsened, ultimately overtaking his career as a soldier. Now suffering from epilepsy (perhaps due to a tropical illness or parasite), he was hospitalized twice at Taunton. After his reassignment to the 1st battalion in November, William was transferred to Colchester, Essex. Here, he was hospitalized for general debility during the third week of December, and again on the 30th December, for epilepsy.

Just five days later, William appeared before an Invaliding Board, which deemed him medically unfit for service and recommended discharge. Thus it was that, on the 14th January, 1887 [32], William Henry Huggins found himself on the street in Colchester on a cold and sunny day [33], sick and alone, and apparently without prospects.

Somehow, William managed to pay for his passage and find his way back to Canada, where he was taken on as a gunner with the Royal School of Artillery in Kingston. Here, Officers in training at the Royal Military College were attached for quarters, messing, and discipline. [34]

When he arrived in Ontario, William's family was considerably reduced from that day in July, 1874 when his parents and six youngest siblings arrived in Québec. In 1887, his sister, Amelia, was raising a family in Chicago. His sister, Sadie, and her husband, Robert Gordon Kilpatrick, were in Manitoba, with two children and another on the way. However, his mother, Margaret, and sisters, Kate and Agnes, were still in Toronto.

Whatever comfort William derived from this reduced family constellation was shattered when they received news of the suicide of his eldest brother, James Edward, in Dublin on the 13th October, 1888. [35] William's mother and sister, Kate, probably went to England in fairly short order, to assist James' widow, Victoria Caroline, with the care of her four, very young children.

When William finally succumbed ten months later to tuberculosis in Kingston, his sister, Agnes, may have been able to attend his bed side. But in all likelihood, he died alone—save for the company of his military comrades— utterly worn out after an eight year battle with lung disease.

See also the blog article: Short, nasty, and brutish.

Sources and notes:

  1. GRO Regimental Birth Indexes, 1761-1924; William H Huggins, born in 1858, Barnet, Hertfordshire; 67th Regiment, vol 1349, pg 11; original record: General Register Office, UK; digital copies of GRO records online at 1837online.com (accessed by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  2. Attestation for Regiments, British Army; John Huggins, born in or near Caledon, county Tyrone; rank: Colour Sergent on being pensioned out; attested 30 June 1834, at Armagh, Ireland; PRO ref. WO97/1555 (service record) and WO22/59 (pension record), Public Record Office of the UK; research commissioned by Alison Kilpatrick and copy obtained from the late Dr. C.T. Watts (2002-07-10).
  3. Irish Genealogy, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ireland; Margaret Burk, date of birth: 11 May 1823; father: John Burk, mother: Mary McDonnell, address: New Barracks, Tralee, county Kerry; baptised by the Rev. J. Quill, sponsors: Patrick Brenan, Mary Gallihir, Roman Catholic parish church at Tralee, county Kerry; book no. 3, page 10; digital record; church register not yet “imaged”, online at www.irishgenealogy.ie, entry no. 106, record identifier KY-RC-BA-457560 (accessed 2012-03-25);  submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  4. Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth; Sarah Selina Huggins [sister to William], born 29 December 1855; father: John Huggins, Staff Serjeant, Royal Middlesex Rifles, mother: Margaret Huggins formerly Burke; registered 22 January 1856, informant: John Huggins, father, 15, The Barracks, Barnet, South Mimms; Barnet Registration District, South Mims Sub-district, Counties of Middlesex & Hertfordshire; purchased by A. Kilpatrick from the Barnet Register Office, Edgware (2002-04-12), application no. CM329753. registration no. CM 329753.
  5. England 1861 Census; John Huggins, Margaret Burke, and family, Waltham Abbey, Essex; registration district: Edmonton, sub-registration district: Waltham Abbey; PRO ref. RG9/801, ED 1, folio 27, pg 48, household schedule no. 296, GSU no. 542703, enumerated 7th April 1861; data obtained from CD purchased by A. Kilptrick (Archive CD Books UK, 2004).
  6. No record of a marriage has been found for William's grandmother, Mary Burke née McDonnell, widow of John Burke (1795-1839), to a man named Hodder. The discussion of this rather confusing entry in the 1861 census is deferred to the writing of a biographical sketch for Mary Burke née McDonnell.
  7. England 1861 Census; Mary Ann Quinn, in Thomas Benham’s household, Beecon [Beacon?] House, Chase Side, Enfield, Middlesex; original records: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1861 (Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1861); PRO ref. RG9/798, Enumeration District 2, folio 28, pg 10, household schedule no. 55, GSU no. 542702; digital copies online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, 2006-04-26); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  8. England 1861 Census; Margaret Matilda Huggins, Tottenham civil parish, Middlesex; PRO ref. RG9/795, ED 16, folio 96, pg 22, household schedule no. 106, GSU no. 542702; original records: The National Archives, UK; digital copies of PRO records (UK) online at ancestry.ca (accessed 2006-04-26, by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  9. England 1861 Census; James Edward Huggins, Chipping Barnet, Hertfordshire; PRO ref. piece 788, folio 56, page 51; registration district: Barnet; original records: The National Archives, UK; digital copies of PRO records online at ancestry.ca (accessed 2012-03-24, by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  10. "Endowed Grammar Schools in England and Wales," The Literary and Educational Year Book for 1859 (London: Kent and Co.); Clayton Palmer, Esq., M.A., Ph.D., L.C.P., Barnet (founded 1573*), pg. 220. *at Queen Elizabeth's endowed grammar school in Chipping Barnet from 1852-54. [Source: "Headmasters," Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet, online at https://www.qebarnet.co.uk/who_we_are/our_history/headmasters (accessed 2015-06-10).]
  11. Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth, given at the General Register Office, England; Catherine Letitia Huggins, born 3 August 1861, Waltham Abbey, Edmonton, London, England; father: John Huggins, pensioner, Colour Sergeant, 54th Regiment; mother: Margaret Huggins formerly Burke; birth registered in Edmonton R.D.; informant: John Huggins, father, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey; purchased by A. Kilpatrick from the General Register Office, UK (2004-01-24), application no. PAS 490453/4, registration no. BXCA199948.
  12. Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth; Samuel John Huggins, born 23 March 1864, North View, St. Faith, Winchester, Hampshire; registration district: Winchester, county of Southampton; father: John Huggins, Sergt., Hampshire Militia; mother: Margaret Huggins formerly Burke; registered 2nd May 1864, informant: M. Huggins, mother; purchased by A. Kilpatrick from the General Register Office, United Kingdom (16 June 2003), registration no. CM 628854, file no. 374.
  13. England 1871 Census; John Joseph Huggins (1816-1876), Winchester, Hampshire; original records: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871 (Kew, Richmond, Surrey: National Archives of the UK, 1871); PRO ref. piece 1212, folio 87, page 43; registration district: Winchester, civil parish: St Thomas; digital copies of PRO records online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed 2012-03-24); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  14. Certified copy of an Entry of Birth; Agnes Louisa Huggins, born 16 April 1866, at North View, Winchester, Hampshire; father: John Huggins, Staff Sergt, Hampshire Militia; mother: Margaret Huggins formerly Burke; registered 15th May 1866; informant: J Huggins, father; registrar: Charles Mayo; purchased by A. Kilpatrick from the General Registrar’s Office, UK (2003-07-08), certificate no. CM 628891, file no. 261.
  15. England 1871 Census; Margaret Huggins née Burke, and children, Winchester, Hampshire; registration district: Winchester, civil parish: St Faith; original records: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871 (Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK); PRO ref. piece 1209, folio 38, page 13; digital copies online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed 2012-03-24, by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  16. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935; original records: Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Department of Employment and Immigration fonds, Series RG 76-C, microfilm roll C-4528; digital copies held by ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  17. (a) Schedule C, Deaths, Province of Ontario; John Huggins, died 8 October 1876; place of death: Allansville, Stephenson Twp, Victoria/Muskoka County, Ontario, Canada; cause of death: inflammation of lungs; religious denomination: Roman Catholic; age, rank or profession, where born: not known; informant: C.G. King; registrar: T.H.C. Osborne; original records: Ontario Archives, MS 935, registration no. 009143; photocopy obtained from the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (January, 2004); submitted by A. Kilpatrick; (b) Huggins, John Alfred (1896-1962), eldest son of Samuel John Huggins. Family history notes prepared for his niece, Mary E. Brandum née Huggins (1926-2007), March 1962; from the collection of Carole Herbert (received, with thanks, 2015-01-25); and, (c) Globe and Mail (Toronto), 12 October 1876. "An Old Soldier's Last March," re: death of John Joseph Huggins; digital copy obtained by Rod Huggins, Ottawa, from the ProQuest database (accessed 2015-10-24).
  18. Huggins, John Alfred (1896-1962), eldest son of Samuel John Huggins. Family history notes prepared for his niece, Mary E. Brandum née Huggins (1926-2007), March 1962; from the collection of Carole Herbert (received, with thanks, 2015-01-25).
  19. Ontario Marriage Registration, Schedule B; groom: John O’Toole, age 24 years, of Toronto, born at Newmarket, bachelor, Roman Catholic, rank or profession: not given, son of Felix O’Toole and Eliza Gibson; bride: Amelia Higgins [sic], age 23 years, of Toronto, born at Kingston, spinster, Roman Catholic, daughter of John Higgins and Margaret Burke; 6 November 1876; Toronto, County of York; marriage solemnized by the Rev. Edward Cassidy, P.P., Toronto, County of York, 16 November 1876, after Banns; witnesses: William Higgins, Sarah Higgins, of Toronto; original records: Ontario, Canada, Select Marriages (Archives of Ontario, Toronto), no. 12869-77; transcription online, at www.homepages.rootsweb.com/~maryc/thisisit.htm (Mary Crandall, 2004); confirmed to digital copies held by ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  20. Civil Registration of Death, Ontario; Alfred Goddard, died 23 July 1877, Toronto; cause of death: Tubercular meningitis, 8 days; original record: Archives of Ontario, microfilm no. MS935-17, registration no. 18498; digital copies online at ancestry.ca (accessed 2011-08-04, by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  21. 1881 Canada Census; John O’Toole and Amelia J. (Millie) O’Toole née Huggins, St John’s Ward, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; district no. 134, pg 117, family 641; original records: National Archives, Canada, NAC ref. C-13246; digital copies of NAC records online at www.familysearch.org (FHL film no. 1375882) (accessed 2004-02-25); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  22. Canada 1881 Census; Sarah Selina Huggins, Port Hope, Ontario; district no. 127, district: Durham East, subdistrict no. B, division no. 2; original records: Census of Canada, 1881, Statistics Canada Fonds, Record Group 31-C-1, LAC microfilm C-13162 to C-13286 (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa); digital copies online at familysearch.org (2003); confirmed to digital copies held by ancestry.ca (accessed 2012-03-24, by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  23. Canada 1881 Census; Margaret Huggins and daughter, Elizabeth; Toronto, Ontario, district no. 134, Center T., St. John’s Ward, subdivision no. 2, subdistrict D; original records: Census of Canada, 1881, Statistics Canada Fonds, Record Group 31-C-1, LAC microfilm C-13162 to C-13286 (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa); digital copies of LAC records online at www.familysearch.org (2003); confirmed to digital copies held by ancestry.ca (accessed 2012-03-24, by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  24. Canada 1881 Census; William Huggins, Toronto, Ontario; district no. 134, Center T., St. George’s Ward, subdistrict F; original records: "Census of Canada, 1881," Statistics Canada Fonds, Record Group 31-C-1, LAC microfilm C-13162 to C-13286 (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa); online at www.familysearch.org (2003); confirmed to digital copies held by ancestry.ca (accessed 2012-03-24, by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  25. 1881 England Census; James Edward Huggins and family; The Raglan Barracks, St Aubyn Devonport, Stoke Damerel, Devon; original record: The National Archives (UK), PRO ref RG11, piece 2203, folio 94, p. 4; FHC film no. 1341532; confirmed to www.familysearch.org (accessed 2003-11-07); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  26. England 1881 Census; John Huggins, Stoke Damerel, Devonshire; original record: PRO ref. RG11, piece 2208, folio 104, page 24; digital copies held by www.familysearch.org (accessed 2006-12-23); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  27. England 1891 Census; Patrick Quinn and Mary Ann Quinn née Huggins and family, No. 5 Victoria Road, Winchester; St. Bartholomew Hyde civil parish, St. Thomas Municipal Ward, Winchester, Hampshire; original records: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881 (Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1891), PRO ref. RG12/938, p. 52, no. 223; submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  28. "C Company 1st Battalion Somersetshire Light Infantry," Freeman's Journal, 8 July 1882.
  29. "The signallers of the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards and 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment," Freeman's Journal, 24 October 1882.
  30. "Musical Promenade and Fireworks," Freeman's Journal, 20 July 1882.
  31. Marriage of William Henry Huggins, bachelor, Sergeant, Somerset Light Infantry Regiment, son of John, soldier, and Margaret Gunson, spinster, daughter of William, carrier; 26 November 1883, parish church of St Stephen, Dublin; witnesses: James Edward Huggins, Elizabeth Gunson; original record: Parish register for St. Stephen’s Church, Dublin, Ireland, page no. 48, entry no. 95; digital copies online at Irish Genealogy churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie, record identifier: DU-CI-MA-61426, image filename: d-46-3-5-048 (accessed 2012-03-04); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  32. British Army Service Records, 1760-1913; William Henry Huggins (1859-1889), born 1861 South Mimms, Barnet, Middlesex, age 20 years 6 months at attestation, 8 July 1881; Prince Albert’s (Somersetshire Light Infantry), 13th Regiment; original records: National Archives, ref. WO97/3110/22; digital copies online at www.findmypast.co.uk (accessed 2012-03-25, by subscription); submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  33. Monthly Weather Report (London: The Meteorological Office, January 1887); digital copy online at the Met Office, www.metoffice.gov.uk (accessed 2015-06-11).
  34. "Royal Military College" (advertisement), in The Dominion Annual Register and Review, 1885, edited by Henry J. Morgan (Toronto: Hunter, Rose and Company, 1886), pg. 536.
  35. Civil Registration of Death, Ireland; James Edward Huggins, died 13 October 1888, Linen Hall Barracks, Dublin, Ireland; index entry: Dublin North RD, 4th quarter ending 31 December 1888, vol 2 pg 358; cause of death: poisoning by cyanide potassium, suicidal; informant: Information received from Nicholas C. Whyte, Esq. Coroner for city of Dublin, Inquest held 15 October 88; original record: General Register Office of Ireland; submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  36. Schedule C, Deaths, Province of Ontario; William Henry Huggins, died 20 August 1889, Kingston, Frontenac County; male, age 30 years, Gunner, Roman Catholic; cause of death: Phthisis, physician: R.W. Garrett, M.D.; informant: W.H. Catton, Commandant, R.S. Artillery, Kingston; original record: Archives of Ontario, Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1938, MS 935, reels 1-615 (Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada), certificate no. 005114; submitted by A. Kilpatrick.

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This page was edited on the 24th October 2015 for an article published in the 12th October edition of the Globe & Mail newspaper, furnished by Rod Huggins, Ottawa; and subsequently on the 26th December 2015 (to provide a link to the blog article).

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