Octavious George Underwood, like his father before him, sometimes had his first name spelt ‘Octavious‘ but sometimes also had his name spelt without the second ‘o’ as ‘Octavius‘.
His birth was registered in 1880 at Shardlow, and he is listed on the 1881 UK Census at 2 months old with his parents in Derby, on the 1891 Census as a 10 year old scholar in Chelaston, and as a 20 year old labourer in a plaster mine whilst living with his parents at the home of his mother’s father.
He later joined the Grenadier Guards and died in 1915 in France during the First World War.
Birth of Octavious George Underwood:
UK index of births. Oct to Dec 1880.
Underwood Octavious George, Shardlow, Vol 7b, Page 443
Death of Octavious George Underwood:
The death of Octavious George Underwood is commemorated on the Le Touret war memorial, Pas de Calais, France, and the transcript reads as follows: Private 10535 UNDERWOOD_OCTAVIUS_GEORGE of the 1st Bn. Grenadier Guards died on March 10, 1915. Son of the late Octavius and Agnes Underwood
Census Records for Octavious George Underwood:
1881 UK Census, Town of Derby. “6 Wellington Street:
Octavius Underwood, lodger, married, aged 23, engine fitter, born Wales.
Agnes Underwood, wife, married, aged 25, born Derby.
Emily Underwood, Daughter, aged 1, born born Derby.
Octavius G Underwood, Son, aged 2 months, born Long Eaton, Derbyshire.
1891 UK Census Parish of Chellaston, South Derbyshire. “42 Bolton Edge:
Octavius Underwood, Head, Married, aged 33, Miner / Master Pit Labourer, born Divisley, Gloucestershire.
Agnes Underwood, Wife, Married, aged 35, born Chellaston, Derbyshire.
Florence E Underwood, Daughter, aged 12, Scholar, born Derby, Derbyshire.
Octavius G Underwood, Son, aged 10, Scholar, born Long Eaton, Derbyshire.
Percival H Underwood, Son, aged 7, Scholar, born Nottingham.
Orlando M Underwood, Son, aged 6, Scholar, born Derby, Derbyshire.
Alice E Underwood, Daughter, aged 1, born Chellaston, Derbyshire.
1901 Census, Chellaston, Derbyshire , Snelsmore Lane. “1901 Census, Chellaston, Derbyshire, Snelsmore Lane, Shardlow
Edward Meakin, Head, m, aged 66, born Chellaston, Derbyshire
Agnes Underwood, House Keeper, f. aged 45, born Chellaston, Derbyshire
Octavius Underwood, border, m, aged 43, born Dursley, Gloucestershire
Octavius Underwood, border, m, aged 20, Labourer plaster mine above ground, born Long Eaton, Derbyshire
Percival H Underwood, border, m, aged 17, born Nottingham
Alice E Underwood, border, f, aged 11, born Chellaston, Derbyshire
Cyril B Underwood, border, m, aged 4, born Chellaston, Derbyshire.”
Edward Meakin is believed to be the father of Agnes Underwood (maiden name Meakin).