I'm trying to fill in the gaps between the records I already have about William Henry Cole, born in Slapton, Devon, England around 1890, died in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943.
The relevant part of his timeline for this question is:
- 1901 Census age 11 with father William (44), mother Florence E (36), sister Olive (10), and brother Harold (3) at 12 Buxton Road, Rock Ferry, Cheshire (Civil Parish: Birkenhead)
- 1911 Census age 21 with with father William (54), mother Florence E (46), sister Olive (20), and brother Harold (13) at 533 New Chester Rd, Rock Ferry, Cheshire (Civil Parish: Birkenhead). His profession is "Apprentice Hot Water Engineer"
- 1913: He is initiated into the Masons. His lodge is Clyde no 408 Glasgow, Scotland; his occupation is steamfitter. (This card came from an index created later in Massachusetts, USA, so the event was recorded afterwards, when the memberbship index cards were created.) The collection is Massachusetts Grand Lodge of Masons Membership Cards 1733–1990. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts (accessed via Ancestry.com: Massachusetts, Mason Membership Cards, 1733-1990)
- 1921: 19 June Census day in 1921. The 1921 Census (not yet released) might list Place of work and industry.
- 1924: He departs the UK for the United States on the Celtic, arriving in New York on 10 Nov 1924. On the UK Outward passenger list, the previous address is 136 Mountcollyer St, Belfast. The US passenger list agrees that he is coming from Ireland, and gives his mother's address as 42, Highfield Road, Rock Ferry, Cheshire. His visa was issued in Belfast.
He becomes a member of the William Whiting Lodge of Masons in Holyoke in 1926; his obituary from 1943 says that he came to the USA in 1924, and lists his surviving siblings Olive and Harold in England, and his membership in the William Whiting Lodge of Masons.
I'd like to collect more information about his whereabouts between 1911 and 1924. One obvious record which would fill in the gap would be the 1921 Census, which is not yet released. Apparently there has been some debate about whether the ONS can release the 1921 Census because of the data protection acts; the release date might be in 2022, 100 years after the census was collected.
This thread Data Protection and the 1921 Census on the Who Do You Think You Are? magazine's forum mentions a 1915 National Registration, "which enumerated everyone (male and female) born between the 16th of August 1850 and the 15 August 1900".
I'm looking for early 20th century sources in the UK such as school yearbooks, trade directories, Masonic membership information, other directories that might have residence information, and any other records that might shed more light on this period. (If I find WWI service records, I will add them to this timeline; negative search results so far.)
I searched Scotland's People for Glasgow around the time he might have lived there, and found some similarly-named people in the Valuation Rolls, but none of them was a good match -- as far as I could tell, they were long-time residents of Glasgow and not 'my' person. The timing of the Valuation Rolls available made it unlikely 'my' William Henry Cole would have been captured in those records.
TNA RG 28/2 National Registration, 1915 to 1920 circular with occupational list at HistPop (21 pages)