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George Henry Kirby                           1876-1960
  George was born in 1876, the son of Alfred Octavius Kirby and Alice Baxendale, in London.
  He was educated at Eton, and Trinity College, Cambridge.   The family then moved to Ceylon, where he became a planter, as was also, his wifes family.   While in Ceylon, he also Served for 9 years in the Ceylon Volunteer Rifles; resigned on leaving Ceylon, and sailed to Sydney, Australia.   When war broke out in 1914, He enlisted in September of that year, and served in the 1st Light Horse Regiment,
embarking from Sydney on 20 October 1914, on board Transport A16 Star Of Victoria.   He saw service in Egypt, Gallipoli, and the Western Front.   He was discharged on 14 October 1918.   The family returned to England, and resided at Woodyates House, Salisbury, Devon.
  At some point in the marriage, he and Elsie separated, and George sailed off to New Zealand.   He first appears in the Wellington Electoral Roll in 1943, as a civil servant.   He remarries after Elsie's death.

Alice Marie "Elsie" Maitland           1880-1950           (1st Wife)
Elsie was born about 1880, the daughter of George Keith Maitland and Christina Mary Theresa McDonell.
I have identified the following children.
  Alfred Reginald Claude Born abt 1901   Married Rosemary Louise Wright
Valda Mary Born abt 1903   Married Lt.-Col. Alexander Shepstone Godley
Roderick George Maitland Born abt 1911   Died 22 Jun 1941

Birth of Parents
George Henry Kirby b: abt 1876               London       1876 4Q Kensington 1a 92
son of Alfred Octavius Kirby and Alice Baxendale
Alice Marie "Elsie" Maitland b: abt 1880        
daughter of George Keith Maitland and Christina Mary Theresa McDonell

abt 1900
George Henry Kirby
Alice Marie "Elsie" Maitland


Elsie Maitland

Alfred Reginald Claude Kirby b: abt 1901               Ceylon
son of George Henry Kirby and Alice Marie Maitland
Valda Mary Kirby
"Zara Valda Mari Kirby"
b: abt 1903               Ceylon
daughter of George Henry Kirby and Alice Marie Maitland
Roderick George Maitland Kirby b: abt 1911               Ceylon
son of George Henry Kirby and Alice Marie Maitland

IN Memory of
139432, Royal Corps of Signals
Who Died Age 28
ON 22 June 1941

Son of George H. Maitland Kirby and Elsie Mari Maitland-Kirby,
of South Kensington, London.

Buckinghamshire, U.K.

1941 2Q Horsham 2b 753
The Times, Thursday, Jun 26, 1941                   DEATHS
  KIRBY - On June 22, 1941, Roderick George Maitland Kirby, Captain, Royal Corps of Signals, son of Major G. Kirby and Mrs. Kirby, now of 13 Rowland Gardens, Old Brompton Road, London, S.W.   Funeral at Whaddon Church, Bletchley, Bucks, at 2:30 p.m. today (Thursday).

LLANDUDNO   12 Nov 1941                         Probate
KIRBY, Roderick George Maitland - of 13 Roland-gardens, London S.W.7 died 22 June 1941 on War Service, Administration Llandudno 12 November, to Elsie Maitland Kirby (wife of George Henry Kirby).   Effects £421 18s. 8d.

Alice Marie "Elsie" (Maitland) Kirby 26 Oct 1950, Age 71,       1950 4Q Kensington 5c 1041

The Times, Monday, Oct 30, 1950                         DEATHS
  KIRBY - On Oct. 26, 1950, peacefully, at a London nursing home, after a short illness, Alice Mari (Elsie) Kirby, in her 72nd year.   Requiem Mass, Convent Church, Kensington Square, 10 a.m., to-morrow (Tuesday).
LONDON   7 Feb 1951                         Probate
KIRBY, Elsie Mary - of 13c Roland Gardens, South Kensington, London S.W.7 (wife of George Henry Kirby) died 26 October 1950, at The Knaresborough Nursing Home, London S.W.5 Probate London 7 February, to Patrick Stormonth Darling, solicitor.
  Effects £5,456 10s. 4d.

Miriam Lavinia Bowker                         1888-1966           (2nd Wife)
Miriam Lavinia Greenwood was born about 1988, based upon age at death. She married Benjamin Percy Lawn in 1908. This marriage ended in divorce. She then married Walter William Bowker in 1924, ending in a divorce in 1929.
There were no children.

Birth of New Wife
Miriam Lavinia Greenwood b: abt 1888

George Henry Kirby   (Age abt 74)
Miriam Lavinia Bowker

Major George Henry Kirby Died 2 Oct 1960, Age 85,       1960/35245
Burial: Karori Cemetery (11d/27/22), Wellington, New Zealand

Miriam Lavinia (Bowker) Kirby Died 1966, Age 78,     Auckland, New Zealand   1966/35634

SPECIAL THANKS  to Justin Kirby of London, England; a great great great grandson of George Goldsmith Kirby, for the photos and many of the details provided above.