James Arthur JORDAN was born bet. July and September, 1889 in Bridlington District, Yorkshire, England. He married Blanch Lilian KNIBBS 19 August 1913 in Windsor, Berkshire, England. He died UNKNOWN. Blanch Lilian KNIBBS, daughter of Henry KNIBBS and Margaret BRION , was born bet. October and December, 1894 in Windsor District, Berkshire, England. She died July 1994 in Hatfield District, Hertfordshire, England.

Children of James Arthur JORDAN and Blanch Lilian KNIBBS are:
1. Irene Lilian M JORDAN, b. Private
2. Arthur H T JORDAN, b. Private
3. Maurice V JORDAN, b. bet. July and September, 1918
4. Daisy L JORDAN, b. Private
5. Victor D JORDAN, b. Private

Marriage Notes for James Arthur JORDAN\Blanch Lilian KNIBBS:

Blanch and James were married in the Windsor District Register Office.

Notes for James Arthur JORDAN:

I think it's probably this James we can see in 1911 living at the Tower of London Barracks, in the Borough of Stepney, Whitechapel, London. :
JORDAN, James Arthur Private 22 Single Hull Yorks

James joined the Coldstream Guards on 24 Feb 1908 and left on 14 Feb 1919. He achieved the rank of Acting Sergeant.

He first entered a theatre of war in France on 12 Aug 1914, and qualified for the 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals. He also qualified for a Silver War Badge (SWB) (number B 211138) which implies that he was wounded. We know he received a gun shot wound to his leg.

He was discharged under Paragraph 392 King's Regulations (xvia) Surplus to military requirements (having suffered impairment since entry into the service).

Sources for James Arthur JORDAN:

  1. FreeBMD, gave location (surname as JORDAN) 
  2. Marriage Certificate, for his daughter Irene. 

Notes for Blanch Lilian KNIBBS:

We see Blanch in 1911, working and living at 69 Matthias Road, Coach Horses Public House, Islington, London, Middlesex:
Harry George Parr Head 30 Married Publican London Camden Town
Nellie Parr Wife 28 Married (5 years) Publican London Paddington
Leslie Parr Son 4 London Islington
Lillie Knibbs Servant 16 General Servant Bucks Windsor

In 1913 when Blanch married, she gave her address as 2 Virdler's Cottages, Clewer Village, Clewer Without.

She was known as "little Nan" presumably due to her small size. Her great-grandson Richard remembers that her doctor called her his "Victorian Lady", and that she took snuff and loved playing solitaire.

It's believed that Blanch separated from James when the children were relatively young.

There's a fascinating story told originally by Blanch's daughter Irene about a potential suitor of hers who Blanch considered to be unsuitable. Apparently, he climbed the stairs to their apartment to visit Irene, whereupon Blanch took his hat, walked to the window, and threw it out into the street.

Sources for Blanch Lilian KNIBBS:

  1. GRO England & Wales, from findmypast.com 
  2. 1901 British Census,
  3. FreeBMD,
  4. Personal Contact with Richard Hunt,
  5. Marriage Certificate,
  6. 1911 British Census,

Notes for Irene Lilian M JORDAN:

Notes for Arthur H T JORDAN:

Notes for Maurice V JORDAN:

Maurice died ages just 2 years.

Sources for Maurice V JORDAN:

  1. FreeBMD,
  2. GRO England & Wales,

Notes for Daisy L JORDAN:

Notes for Victor D JORDAN: