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Jelinger Henry Symons

by William Edward Abbott
albumen carte-de-visite, April 1864
3 1/2 in. x 2 3/8 in. (88 mm x 59 mm) image size
Purchased, 2011
Photographs Collection
NPG x135500

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P Fisher

17 November 2020, 19:42

Jelinger Henry Symons was born 30 Aug 1835 in Plymouth, the son of Capt William Henry Symons RN. He was married in Shepton Mallet 16 Aug 1864 to Annie Grace Hyatt. He served in the Royal Marines until 1875 when he retired as a Major. He died on 12 Jun 1921 aged 85.

Edward Garcia

25 January 2020, 06:23

In the caption for the carte de visite Jelinger Henry Symons by William Edward Abbott, Symons is listed as a naval officer. He was, in fact, an officer of the Royal Marine Light Infantry.