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John Reginald ENNEVER

John Reginald ENNEVER

Male 1924 - 1946  (21 years)

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  • Name John Reginald ENNEVER 
    Born 31 Aug 1924  Kingston, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Misc 1939 

    • Last of the 'lost lads'passes on
      Published:Thursday| February 12, 2015
      RichardMitchell, Staff Reporter
      Seventy-sixyears ago, five Jamaica College (JC) students went missing in the forest of theBlue Mountains. The last surviving member, Don Soutar, passed away last monthat his home in Florida, United States.
      His deathcompletes the story of the lost lads; an event which captured the nation'sattention in 1939, their return to civilisation a national celebration.
      The boyswere Trevor 'Teddy' Hastings, John Ennever, Eric Gray, Douglas Hall and WilliamDonald 'Don' Soutar.
      Soutar,born on April 14, 1920 and later became the managing director of Wills BatteryCompany, died at his home in Florida on January 24, 2015 at the age of 94.
      Accordingto publications from The Gleaner, the events surounding the boys beganwhen the five left JC for an Easter weekend hike on April 5. They planned tohike to Port Antonio via the Blue Mountain Peak.
      On April14, three days after the boys were scheduled to reach Port Antonio, familymembers journeyed to JC to report their concern to Reginald Murray, headmasterat the time.
      On April 16,The Gleaner published the first of many news articles on the boys. Thefront page read 'Wide jungle search for five lost hikers'.
      Thesearch for the boys came at a time in the country's history when mass media andnewspapers were synonymous because the country lacked any other methods of masscommunication.
      "Therewas no local radio station at that time. And of course, no cellular phones, nowalkie-talkies, no CB radios, and no television station," reported HartleyNeita, a contributing journalist at The Gleaner.
      Neitawent on to pen the novel The Search, which captures the eventssurrounding the five boys.
      After 14days in the forest, on April 20 the five boys stumbled on a farm and the farmowner alerted the relevant persons. The boys were not missing, only lost.
      On April21, one day after the lads were found, reports from The Gleaner told ofscenes of islandwide joy; church bells rang in their honour, and thanksgivingservices and other celebrations were held.
      After theordeal, on April 20, 1939, Soutar told The Gleaner: "We are reallysorry to have caused so much anxiety to our people and to everyone in theisland. It had never been our intention to try anything foolhardy, but once inthe jungle, we could not turn back."
      More than200 persons were involved in the search.
      The OtherBoys
      JohnEnnever was the youngest of the five. He was 15 years old during the time ofthe events and died of typhoid fever in 1946 at the age of 22. His brother,Vincent Harvey Ennever, later became headmaster at JC.
      Teddy Hastingswas 17 when he and his friends went hiking in the Blue Mountains. He migratedto British Honduras, the country which is now known as Belize.
      Eric Graybecame an executive of Jamaica Time Square in downtown Kingston, and died onOctober 10, 1998. He was 17 years old at the time of the hike.
      DouglasHall passed away in November 1999, became a prominent professor of history atthe University of the West Indies and authored many books on history. He was 19when he and his friends took that eventful hike.
      In 1939,future prime minister Michael Manley was a student at JC. David Coore, apolitician who helped to write Jamaica's Constitution, was also in attendanceat the school at that time.
    Died 1946  Kingston, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Typhoid fever 
    John Reginald Ennever (1924-1946)
    John Reginald Ennever (1924-1946)
    Article & poem in Jamaica Gleaner 28/7/1946
    Person ID I7724  3. Jamaican Ennever/ors
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2015 

    Father Reginald Vincent ENNEVER,   Born:  12 Sep 1894, St Elizabeth, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  30 Mar 1985, Kingston, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Mother Ernestine Adassa RERRIE,   Born:  17 Jan 1896, Cascade, Hanover, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  14 Sep 1989, 8 Karachi Avenue, Kingston 6, Jamaica Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 10 May 1922  Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • First name(s) Reginald Vincent
      Last name Ennever
      Sex Male
      Race Black
      Marital status Single
      Age 27
      Birth year 1895
      Birth place Jamaica, B.W.I.
      Father's first name(s) Herman
      Father's last name Ennever
      Mother's first name(s) Eunice
      Mother's last name Beaumont
      Event Marriage
      Year 1922
      Event date 10 May 1922
      Location Manhattan
      County New York
      State New York
      Country United States
      Spouse's first name(s) Ernestine Adossa
      Spouse's last name Rerrie
      Spouse's race Black
      Spouse's marital status Single
      Spouse's age 26
      Spouse's birth year 1896
      Spouse's birth place Jamaica, B.W.I.
      Spouse's father's first name(s) Richard
      Spouse's father's last name Rerrie
      Spouse's mother's first name(s) Torah
      Spouse's mother's last name Gilpin
      FamilySearch film number 001653422
      Record set United States Marriages
      Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
      Subcategory Marriages & divorces
      Collections from United States

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    Family ID F2167  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) Winsome Eunice ERNANDEZ,   Born:  6 Jul 1920,   Died:  1984  (Age 63 years) 
    Married Abt 1944 
     1. Norma Marguerite ENNEVER,   Born:  18 Jul 1943,   Died:  26 May 2005, New York City, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     2. Camille ENNEVER,   Born:  2 Jan 1947,   Died:  1990  (Age 42 years)
    Family ID F2377  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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