Until recently I had been unable to identify the man listed as H F Daniels under Immanuel, Streatham. I had found various references in ringing reports to a J S Daniels ringing at both Immanuel and St Leonard’s, but had been unable to find him in the censuses to see if he had relatives who might be H F Daniels. However, while researching the Rayner brothers of Benhilton in order to write their pages, I found a peal report from 1912 for Immanuel rung by John Stenton Daniels and seven of his employees in his building and decorating firm. Interestingly, these employees included William Mardell, George Liddiard and Ernest Attwater, all also listed as Immanuel ringers, along with Ernest’s brother Frank, listed as a St Leonard’ ringer. Another member of the band was Henry Rumble, who we briefly met in connection with Thomas Arthur Talbot
With the additional information as too his occupation, I finally managed to track down the Daniels family in the 1911 census. John Stenton Daniels had been mistranscribed as John Hinton Daniels. He had a son called Henry Vernon Daniels, which seemed promising, despite the discrepancy in middle initial. Accroding to the roll “H F Daniels” served with the RAF, a quick search of Discovery for Henry Vernon Daniels found an RAF record in AIR 79/1943/215989 who also had earlier service in the Royal Naval Air Service under ADM 188/591/15989. Examination of the records show that they are one and the same person as the Henry Vernon Daniels in the census.
Googling also found a catalogue entry for some planning records held by Essex County Archives as D/RR/5/3/27 for a house built in Rochford after the war, owned by John Stenton Daniels, and the archtiects given as J S Daniels and Son, the RAF record described Henry Vernon Daniels as a draughtsman, and the Streatham addresses given on the planning record also match those in the RAF record. This web search also found