Joseph Henry (Harry) WATERS

young Harry
Harry's marriage
Harry with moustache
Harry & sons

According to a family chart, Harry was born in Calcutta on 19 August 1854.

His father was William WATERS from Drinagh, Wexford, Ireland, who had joined the East India Company Army in 1831 and travelled to India on the "Thomas Grenville". William was a Gunner stationed at Dum Dum, the HQ of the Bengal Artillery. William was promoted to Corporal by 1839, then Sergeant in 1843. From 1843 to 1852 William was Sergeant Overseer at the Government Stud, presumably involving Artillery horses. In 1852 he completed 21 years Army service, and was "pensioned to GOCC" attached to Haupper Stud as a Sergeant on Bengal Pension Establishment until 1856.

His mother was Isabella Ann JOHNSON, born 1824 at Dum dum, the daughter of another Bengal Artillery man. They married in 1839 at Dum Dum St. Stephens when William was 29 and Isabella was 15. (not unusual in India) but there is no evidence of any children until Harry arrived in 1854. There followed two daughters: Alice Mima in 1858, and Kathleen Hope in 1861 in Darjeeling. William wrote his last will and testament in 1859 with Isabella as Executrix. In 1861 he was residing in Kurseong, (10 miles South of Darjeeling) a tea planter on 1500 acres of land situated on a spur of the Sanchall Range. In December 1861 William died while on his way from HopeTown to Calcutta. The children were 7, 3, and 1 years old.

I have not found Harry's baptism, and suspect the family were Wesleyans, as Kathleen was eventually buried with her mother with "Wesleyan burial rites".

Harry was educated at St. Martiniere College in Calcutta, and became a school master at Serampore (Shrirampur), Doveton (Calcutta), St. Thomas Howrah (Haora-Calcutta), and Christ Church Boys School in Simla where he was living at "Brighton" when he married Evangeline Jeanette FRENCH in 1880.

Eva FRENCH was the Great-granddaughter of Charles FRENCH who had joined the East India Company Madras Artillery in 1785. Eva was born in 1855 and baptised at Agra St. Pauls Church in 1857 when her father Charles John was an Assistant in the Office of the Chief Commissioner of Oudh. (Charles John enrolled himself as a Volunteer for the defence of the Baillie-Guard Garrison of Lucknow and served during the siege and the recapture of the city 30 June to 22 November 1857. Frequently employed watching enemy movements from the roof of the Post Office, he received the Mutiny Medal & Clasp). Eva was resident at Simla when she married Harry there in 1880.

Harry was appointed Headmaster at RawalPindi Station European School in 1884 where he served for 27 years. (Rawalpindi Station School still operates in 2005). Harry and Eva had two sons: Henry Vincent Osmond (Hal) at "Brighton" Simla in 1885, and Hubert at Rawalpindi in 1896. Harry's sister Alice married Matthew PETTIT at Calcutta in 1886. . His mother Isabella died in 1888 and is buried in Calcutta's Lower Circular Road Cemetery, with her two daughters later buried in the same plot

Harry's wife Eva died in 1900 aged just 44, and is buried at Rawalpindi. Her Monument is still largely intact (2005).

Evie's grave 1900
Evie's grave 2000

In 1906 Harry was a 2nd Lieutenant in Volunteer Forces, possibly "North Western Railway Volunteer Rifles" Joseph Harry WATERS died 30 August 1936 aged 82 years 11 days. and is buried in LAHORE Jail Road Cemetery. At that time, son Henry (Hal) was living in Lahore as Superintendent- Office of Inspector General of Prisons, with a son Malcolm; while Hubert had six children, the youngest Beatrice born in Simla.

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 Compiled by "my email address" Auckland New Zealand