Gerald WHITAKER was born 14 August 1882 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He married Eirene Bird KNIBBS 26 December 1917 in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa. He died September 1960. Eirene Bird KNIBBS, daughter of James KNIBBS and Fanny May THOMPSON , was born 03 December 1897 in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa. She died 1976.


Children of Gerald WHITAKER and Eirene Bird KNIBBS are:
1. Victor Gerald WHITAKER, b. 20 October 1918

Notes for Gerald WHITAKER:

Thanks to Rob van Staden, descended from one of Gerald's brothers for sharing with me that Gerald was the son of Samuel Willey Whittaker and Mary Ann Murgatroyd who married on 2 Jun 1875 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. Samuel was a master plumber in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1881.

They had 10 Children:
Alfred Willey b.Jan 1876 Bradford, Yorkshire d.Jun 1877
Percy Harold b. Nov 1877 Bradford, Yorkshire d. Jul 1933 Cathcart, South Africa
Frorence Maud b.Dec 1878 Skipton, Yorkshire d.1955
Thomas b.Aug 1880 Bramley, Yorkshire
Gerald b.Aug 1882 Bradford, Yorkshire d.Sep 1960
Charles Reginald b.Apr 1884 Bradford, Yorkshire
Hugh Neville b.May 1885 Bradford, Yorkshire d.May 1886
Lilian Gertrude b.Mar 1887 Bradford, Yorkshire d.Feb 1926
Ina May b.May 1889 Bradford, Yorkshire d.Aug 1889 Bradford, Yorkshire
Frank Raymond b.Jul 1892 Morcambe, Lancashire
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In 1881, we see the family living at 8 Wynne Street, Bradford, Yorkshire:
Samuel Whitaker Head Mar 30 Plumber Master 3 men 1 boy Bradford Yorkshire
Mary Whitaker Wife Mar 23 Shipley Yorkshire
Florence Whitaker Daur 2 Bradford Yorkshire
Thomas Whitaker Son 0 Bradford Yorkshire
Judith Dalton Servant 20 Domestic Servant Askam Richard Yorkshire

Their son Percy was living with grandparents at 11 Commercial Street, Shipley Yorkshire
Thomas Murgatroyd Head Mar 57 Grocer Yorkshire Baildon
Emelia Murgatroyd Wife Mar 57 Idle Yorkshire
Percy Whitaker Grandson 3 Bradford Yorkshire
Annie Gregson Servant 42 Domestic Servant Doncaster Yorkshire
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In 1891, we see the family at 4 Sherwood Place, Eccleshill, Yorkshire:
Samuel Whittaker Head Mar 40 Insurance Agent Yorks Bradford
Emila Murgatroyd Mother in Law 67 Yorks Idle
Percy H Whittaker Son UnM 13 Errand Boy Drapers Yorks Bradford
Gerald Whittaker Son 8 Scholar Yorks Shipley
Charles R Whittaker Son 6 Scholar Yorks Eccleshill
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In 1901, we can see Gerald's family living at 65 West End Road, Morecambe, Lancashire:
Samuel Willey Whitaker Head M 30 Furniture Shop Keeper Yorks Bradford
Mary Ann Whitaker Wife M 43 Lodging House Keeper Yorks Shipley
Percy Harold Whitaker Son S 23 Furniture Shop Keeper Yorks Bradford
Florence Maud Whitaker Daug S 22 Grocers Assistant Yorks Bradford
Thomas Whitaker Son S 20 Grocers Shopkeeper Yorks Bradford
Gerald Whitaker Son S 18 Grocers Assistant Yorks Shipley
Charles Reginald Whitaker Son S 16 Grocers Assistant Yorks Eccleshill
Lillian Gertrude Whitaker Daug S 14 Yorks Eccleshill
Frank Raymond Whitaker Son 8 Lancs Morecambe
Elizabeth Bowers Servant S 21 Housemaid Domestic Yorks Saltburn by the Sea

I am guessing that they emigrated to South Africa between 1901 and 1911.
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Gerald married Eirene Knibbs in 1917.
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From the Voters List, Electoral Division of King Williams Town in 1948, we can see an entry for Whitaker, Gerald, Retired, living at Central Hotel King Williams Town.

Sources for Gerald WHITAKER:

  1. Cape Archives Death Notice, MOOC 192200006/9/2302 Ref: 1488 
  2. Personal Contact with Rob van Staden,
  3. FreeBMD, gave q3/1882 Bradford District 
  4. 1901 British Census,

Notes for Eirene Bird KNIBBS:

Also known as: Rene

Eirene (Rene) was a very shy, unassuming person.
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From the Voters List, Electoral Division of King Williams Town in 1948, we can see an entry for Whitaker, Eirene Bird (Knibbs), Housewife, living at Central Hotel King Williams Town.

Sources for Eirene Bird KNIBBS:

  1. Personal Contact with Natasha Hartlett-Von Aulock,
  2. Cape Archives Death Notice, MOOC 192200006/9/2302 Ref: 1488 
  3. LDS - South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers,

Notes for Victor Gerald WHITAKER:

Victor didn't marry. After his father died, he devoted himself to looking after his mother to the detriment of his own happiness. He was a qualified and successful pharmacist. He loved books and music and is remembered as a lovely man - a thorough gentleman.

Sources for Victor Gerald WHITAKER:

  1. Personal Contact with Alan C Paterson,