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  1. Hi all. A first post. I've been trying to nail James BADCOCK born Poplar in 1883 all day and the chap in the photograph, I regret to say, is not him. James who was born in Poplar in 1883 was the son of Bennett Treloar Badcock, a carpenter, born at Wendron Parish, Cornwall in 1853. Bennett Badcock moved to London and began working with the Port of London Authority. He married Elizabeth Crisp from Lowestoft in 1877 at Stepney London and had nine children of whom James was the third born in 1st Quarter 1883 (see Freebmd.) Later James became a carpenter like his Father and from about 1910 was working for the White Star Line on their passenger liners between Antwerp and New York as a Deck Engineer The two reasons that make me certain that the man who enlisted is not this James Badcock (and there are dozens of them) is that at his attestation he gave his father's name as John Badcock of Wallingford, not Bennett Badcock of Poplar, He is also aged 42. By my reckoning to be 42 in 1915 gives you a birth year of 1873 not 1883 and even the attesting officer forgot to include the year. Of course there was a James Lewis Badcock who enlisted with Canadian Forces but Canada has its' own branch of Badcocks particularly in Newfoundland but some may have made it as far west as Calgary. I'm very sorry if Wardyswife has done heaps of work on the wrong fellow but if the real James Badcock of Poplar was her GGrandmother's brother her GGM must be one of the five daughters of Bennett Badcock: Harriet, Ellen, Ethel, Clara or Alice and in that case Wardyswife is descended from the Badcocks of Mousehole, Newlyn and Paul in Cornwall............ as am I. Cheers Charles B.