My dads (Thomas Malcolm Ainsworth - known as Malcolm) dad (Thomas Edmund Ainsworth) was registered at birth in 1908 in Standerton South Africa.
He married my grandmother Bridget Ann Lowe (nee Faulkney) in York in 1936 (Jan 22), before my dad was born (April 21 1936). He left soon after and was last heard of in about 1951 when he was trying to join the Canadian Army for some reason.
His father (Thomas Ainsworth) was in the 4th Irish Royal Dragoon Guards (hence the S.A. connection - Boer war I think). I don't know the name of his wife. It appears this Thomas died in South Africa - maybe Durban - don't know when.
I think my dad's dad was the eldest of four kids. The other kids names could be David, Ruth and something beginning with E.
They seem to have been in Carlisle in the 1920's when the mother became hospitalised and the kids were put in care. My dads dad did a runner, joined the army, got my nan up the duff and then did a runner again.
If you know anything about the history of this family or their relatives I'd be glad to hear as it's a bit patchy. But getting better. Discovered where Thomas Edmund was born today - Army birth records - Vol 240 page 34, so am making progress.