Harry Montague Langridge was born in 1856 in Maresfield, Sussex to John (c1833 - 1909) and Esther (Morley) Langridge (c1828 - 8 August 1897). He was baptised on 11 November 1856 in Maresfield. Harry was one of at least two brothers John Joshua Langridge and George Edgar Langridge.
John and Esther Langridge and their two young boys left London for New Zealand on the ship Indiana on 2 August 1858 arriving in Lyttleton on 23 November of that year and then going on to Wellington, arriving there on 14 December of that year. It seems that the Langridge's disembarked at Lyttleton and settled in the South Island.
John and Esther arrived with their two year old son Harry Montague. Their baby, George Edgar having died on the trip from England to New Zealand. They went on to have a number of other children. All together their family seems to have included:
Harry Montague Langridge - baptised on 11 November 1856 (see family details below).
George Edgar Langridge - born and died in infancy in 1858 (died at sea on the Indiana).
Alfred Herbert (AKA Alfred Albert) Langridge - born in 1860 and died as an infant in 1860.
Henry Edward (AKA Edward Henry ) Langridge - born in 1861 and died in 1938 (see family details below).
Frank Felix Langridge - born in 1862 but also died in infancy in 1863.
John Joshua Langridge - born in 1864 (see family details below).
Frances Edith Langridge was the eldest daughter and was born in 1865 (see family details below).
Bertram Langridge - born in 1866 and died in 1938 (see family details below).
Frederick Stephen Langridge - born in 1868 and died in 1933 (see family details below).
Ann Elizabeth Langridge born in 1869 - no trace. Known also as Elizabeth Rosetta Langridge who married Walter Fay in 1889?
Leah Emalia (AKA Leah Emily) Langridge born in 1873 (family details follow below).
Arthur George Langridge born in 1874 and died in 1951 (family details follow below).
At the time of Esther's death in 1897, John was living at Waitohi, out of Temuka. He died himself twelve years later, and the following obituary appeared in the Star on 23 August 1909:
In 1884 Harry Montague Langridge, second son of John and Esther Langridge, married Elizabeth Badger Worrell. Together they had nine children - seven sons and two daughters. The family seem to have lived in Westport for a time, and then settled in Wanganui, for a time at 15 Bell Street, Wanganui, and in 1915 when the boys went away to war, the family were living at 16 River Bend, Wanganui.
Eldest child, John Worrell Langridge was born in 1884. John was the one who went on to marry Flora McLeod Sutherland in 1917. Prior to marrying her, John had spent some time in Christchurch - being listed as living there at the time of his brother Francis' death in 1915. He was apparently a commercial traveller, prior to enlisting, explaining his time away from the Wanganui District. John became a Lieutenant and served overseas during WWI. Details here. While John was away at war, Flora remained at Craigielea, her father's farm at Fordell. John appears to have won a silver medal, as a bravery award from the Royal Humane Society in July 1905. An account of him receiving the award appeared in the Wanganui Herald on 15 September 1905.
Harry and Elizabeth's second son was Alfred Montague Langridge was born in 1886. I cannot find much of anything about Alfred.
Third son, Arthur Frederick Langridge was born in 1888. Arthur married Violet Emily Smith in 1915. He died in 1954.
In 1891 Francis Bertram Langridge was born at Westport. Francis was to join up during WWI. Sadly, he was one of the many who did not return home, being killed in action at Gallipoli on 8 May 1915. He had only embarked in February of that year. He was aged 24, and was a Corporal at the time of his death.
Florence Elizabeth Esther Langridge was born on 1 October 1893. She was the eldest daughter of the family and in 1914 she married Richmond Melville Millard (1891 - 1966). Florence died in 1989.
Harry Montague Langridge was born in 1895. Following his brother Francis' death in 1915, Harry enlisted and left for Plymouth in October 1916. Previously, Harry had been a plumber. Sadly, Harry also followed his Francis, being killed in action on 17 June 1917. Harry was aged 21 and was a Rifleman at the time of his death.
The Wanganui Chronicle recorded in its Roll of Honour on 28 June 1917:
The youngest Langridge daughter was Lily Huia (AKA Huia Lillian) Langridge - born in 1898. In 1923 Lily married Arthur William Brown.
On 12 February 1900 the youngest children, twins William Archibald Langridge and Charles Joshua Langridge, were born. In 1925 William married Violet Elizabeth Pattison (24 February 1903 - 1984) and in 1927 Charles married Hylda May Thomason (21 June 1893 - 1991). William died in 1975 and Charles died in 1976.
Harry Montague died in 1929 and his wife Elizabeth died later, on 27 July 1951. I am unsure where Harry was buried, but Elizabeth was cremated at Karori, Wellington.
Henry Edward Langridge (AKA Edward Henry Langridge) was born in 1861 and died in 1938 - he was the second child of John and Esther Langridge to be born in New Zealand after his brother, Alfred. However, he was the first child born in New Zealand to survive infancy.
On 7 April 1885, at the Holy Trinity Church, Kumara, Henry married Martha Langley Ward. Rev. Hefferen married the pair. Martha was from Woodstock and Henry is listed as the second son of John Langridge, residing in Temuka. Henry and Martha had a family of four sons and two daughters.
In 1886 Henry and Martha's eldest daughter, Olive Edith Langridge was born. In 1909 Olive married Frederick Clarence de Berry. Later that same year, their first daughter, Edna Mavis de Berry, was born. Olive died in 1951.
Henry and Martha's second daughter Esther Mary Langridge was born in 1887 and died in 1957. Esther married local Constable John Rodgers in 1913, and a note of a kitchen tea held for her is recorded in the 12 February 1913 edition of the Grey River Argus:
The following day, a full report of the wedding itself was also recorded in the Grey River Argus:
Third daughter Alice Martha Langridge was born in 1889. I can't ascertain what happened to her at this point.
Fourth child, but eldest son, Thomas Edward Langridge was born in 1892. Thomas died young, in 1918. I suspect that he was Corporal T. Langridge referred to in the Grey River Argus , 25 June 1917, Page 4.
In 1896 fourth daughter Emily Leah Langridge was born - undoubtedly named for Henry's younger sister, Leah Emily! Emily grew up to marry Charles McDougall in 1922.
Finally, Henry and Martha's youngest child, Henry Stephen, was born in 1903. Henry married Hannah Tindale in 1929.
Henry died in 1938, and Martha died a couple of years later in 1940.
John Joshua Langridge was born in 1864. In 1890 he married Elizabeth Ruth "Bessie" Heley, and they had six children over the following 16 years - five daughters and one son. I believe that John and "Bessie" lived in and around Nelson and Takaka with their children. They seem to have moved there from Greymouth around the middle of 1893, and John seems to have purchased a business and became a General Merchant. John was later also a Justice of the Peace, and was foreperson on inquests in the area around Takaka and Golden Bay.
Eldest child, Mary Leoni (AKA Leonie Mary) Langridge, was born 22 July 1892. In 1912, Leonie married Arthur Robottom (1878 - 1941). Leonie died in 1975.
Second daughter, Mabel Ellis (AKA Ellis Mabel) Langridge, was born in 1894. Mabel never married and died in 1967.
Third daughter, Ana Bessie Langridge, was born in 1895 and married Gordon Collins in 1917.
Fourth daughter, Dorothy Winter Langridge, was born in 1899 and sadly died at the tender age of three months, later that year.
The first son of the marriage, John Castlemaine Langridge, was born in 1902. Sadly, like his sister Dorothy, John died as a baby, at the age of 7 months on 26 January 1903, at Nelson. Castlemaine, Victoria was apparently where Bessie was from.
Youngest daughter, Josephine Margaret Langridge, was born on 4 February 1908. In 1931, she married Donald McLeay (9 June 1906 - 1998). Josephine died in 1996.
The family seem to have moved to Otane some time after 1906, and had another son, their final child, Earle Ross Langridge on 17 November 1911. Earle married an Enid Buckman and had two sons. He died on in 1990 and is buried in Auckland.
John died on 18 February 1931 and is buried at the Otane Cemetery. Bessie died two years later on 31 January 1933. She is buried at Otane with John.