Balston family page
The marriage certificate of Bertha Austin and John Williams in 1907. Bertha was baptised Bertha Mabel Balston in Jersey in 1881, but after they moved to Wales, her father appears to have adopted his second forename, Austin, as the family name between 1891 and 1901
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Origins of surname
This family is believed to have been named after a lost village of the same name, probably in Devon, because of the numbers found in that county. It is said to be a corruption of Beald's valley or settlement (tun).
The name first appears in Jersey records in 1849.
Births and baptisms
Balston family members who served in World War 1
- Lewis Alfred Balston (1888-1916) Private, East Surrey Regiment
- Thomas William Balston (1884- )(St P) Private, Hampshire Regiment, ex-RMIJ, wounded
- George Charles Henry Balston (1858- ) husband of Mary Piquet, Private, Machine Gun Corps, ex-RMIJ
- Clarence Albert Balston (1898-1955) (St H) son of Albert Henry and Matilda Roach, Private, Machine Gun Corps (first cousin of above)
- William Thomas Balston (1887- ) (St L) son of William Thomas and Helen Maud Private, London Regiment, wounded (uncle of above)
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