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James Aitchison

  • Born: 17 Nov 1860, Walworth, Surrey, England 1
  • Christened: 12 May 1861, Newington St. Mary, Southwark, London, England 1
  • Married: 10 Sep 1887, Nunhead St. Anthony, Southwark, Surrey, England 2
  • Died: 22 Dec 1911, Beckenham, Kent, England 3

  Research Notes:

In 1881, James Aitchison, aged 20, born in Lambeth, optician, was with his father at 28 Peplar Rd., Camberwell Surrey.

In 1901, James Aitchison, aged 40, born in Walworth London, optician, and wife Kate S., aged 38, born in Southwark, were living at 5 Colyton Rd., Camberwell. Present were stepdaughter Florence K. Philcox (19) of Southwark, daughter Mabel M. I. Aitchison* (6) of Camberwell, son Douglas J. (4) of Camberwell, daughter Morna L. (4) of Camberwell, father George Aitchison (74) of Berwick on Tweed, retired printer, widower, mother-in-law Sarah Kraty (75) of Burford Oxon, widow, visitor Annie Bridges (32) of Brompton London, single, hospital nurse, and three servants.

* So-called daughter Mabel Mignon Aitchison married Harry Chipperfield in 1922, at which time her father's name was given as John Aitchison. The Censuses show that John Aitchison and his wife Pauline indeed had a daughter Mabel born about 1894. Moreover, the GROE birth index indicates that (a) Mabel's mother's maiden-name was WHITE rather than KRATZ and (b) there was only one Mabel born during that period.

In 1911, James Aitchison, aged 50, born in Walworth Surrey, optician, manufacturing and retail, employer, and wife of 23 years Kate Sarah, aged 48, born in Blackfriars Surrey (mother of 6 children), were living in Sharwood, Westgate Rd., Beckenham, Kent. Present were children Irvine George (22) of Peckham, studying to be a barrister, Sidney William (21) of Nunhead, optician, Agnes Mary (19) of Nunhead, 1 visitor and 3 servants


"Mr. James Aitchison the optician, has died in his 52nd year. Mr. Aitchison founded the business of Aitchison and Company about a quarter of a century ago. He was a Liveryman of the Spectacle Makers' Company, and as a founder of the Optical Society he did much to promote study and research among members of the optical trade."

Globe, 26 December 1911, p. 4


James Aitchison died aged 51 years. 3

James Aitchison of Sherwood Westgate-road Beckenham Kent died 22 December 1911. Probate London 1 February 1912 to Kate Sarah Aitchison, widow, Johnson Musgrave Woodman, chartered accountant and Irvine George Aitchison, barrister-at-law. Effects £20972 6s.7d.

  Marriage Information:

James married Kate Sarah Kratz, widow of Samuel Henry Philcox, daughter of William Kratz and Sarah, on 10 Sep 1887 in Nunhead St. Anthony, Southwark, Surrey, England 2. (Kate Sarah Kratz was born on 24 Jul 1862 in Southwark, London, Middlesex, England, christened 31 Aug 1862 at Southwark Christ Church, Southwark, Surrey, England, and died on 12 Apr 1944 in Ennerdale, Penn Rd., Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, aged 81 years. 4.)

  Marriage Notes:

James Aitchison, 26, Bachelor, Optician, resident of 14 Gaylla? Rd., son of George Aitchison, Printer, and
Kate Sarah Philcox, 25, Widow, resident of 141 Bermondsey St., Southwark, daughter of William Kratz, Baker

Married after Banns

Witnesses: Henry N. Philcox, Bessie Parsons


1 Newington Parish Registers St. Mary, Births & Baptisms, p. 108, no. 858.

2 Nunhead St. Anthony Parish Registers, Marriages, p. 120, no. 240.

3 England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007, Bromley district, 4th Quarter, vol. 2a, p. 595; England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), p. 14.

4 England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), p. 36.

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