John Kolthammer1

#1794, (1889 - 1959)
FatherFriedrich Wilhelm Kolthammer2 (1856 - 1906)
MotherMargarete Kathrina Kobold2 (1862 - 1935)
RelationshipSon of Friedrich Wilhelm Kolthammer
ChartsDietrich Burchard Kolthammer - Eight generations of Descendants
Friedrich Kolthammer & Margarete Kobold - children & grandchildren


Kathleen Lucy Denbury (1896 - 1969)

Life Events

BirthOtto Kolthammer was born on 9 Dec 1889 in London.2,3
BaptismOtto was baptized on 12 Jan 1890 in St. Georges Lutheran Church, Little Alie Street, St Mary Whitechapel parish, Middlesex. Details from the register: 1 Sunday after Epiphany, born 9 Dec 1889, son of Friedrich Kolthammer, tailor, of Soltau, province of Hannover & wife Margarethe, formerly Kobolt of Eichennau, Kingdom of Württemberg, residence No 130 H Block, Queen's Building, Borough; sponsor Mrs M Nägeli; minister Rev V Stieglitz.2 
(with Parents) 1891 CensusOtto appeared on the 1891 Census of Southwark, St George the Martyr Civil Parish, London with his parents. He was age 1 and born in London Southwark.4 
(with Parents) 1901 CensusOtto appeared on the 1901 Census of St George The Martyr Civil Parish, Southwark, London living in three rooms with his parents and seven siblings. He was 11 years old and born in Southwark, London.5 
MilitaryOtto Kolthammer joined the Lancers in 1906.6
Permission for Otto Kolthammer to join the military
Signed by his mother Marie
1911 CensusOtto Kolthammer appeared on the 1911 Census of the Hyderabad barracks in Colchester, Essex. He was a Private, 22 years old, single, serving with the 16th Lancers, and was born in Southward [sic] Surrey.7 
AnecdoteDaughter Joan Haworth recounted hearing that he joined the army at less than 14 yrs old. Served in India with the Lancers and fought with Pancho Villa in Mexico [records to confirm this not yet found]. Joined army again for WWI.1 
MilitaryJohn Kolthammer served in the First World War and was mustard gased - he was repatriated and continued in the army in a clerical position.8 
MilitaryHe served in World War I. The medal index card is available from The National Archives for John O Kolthammer, Serjeant, of the Northamptonshire Regiment. A second card is available for service with the London Regiment
MarriageHe married Kathleen Lucy Denbury on 11 Jan 1916 in St George the Martyr Southwark, London.
Information from the parish register: John Otto Kolthammer, 25, bachelor, soldier, residence 79 Scovell Road, father Frederick William Kolthammer (deceased), tailor;
Kathleen Lucy Denbury, 18, spinster, 79 Scovell Road, father James Denbury (deceased), licensed victualler;
They were married after banns and the witnesses were William Frederick Martin, Florrie Lilian Morris, and Eliza Jane Denbury.10 
OccupationJohn Kolthammer was a appointed to the Postal Service in Jun 1922. The Appointment Minute Book index noted that his position was Clerical Officer and his location was the Savings Bank Department. There was another entry for him in August 1929. This index leads to other records at the British Postal Museum & Archive in London.11 
(Informant) DeathHe registered the 1935 death of Margarete Kathrina Kolthammer. He was recorded as son J Kolthammer, present, of 107 Middleton Road, Morden, Surrey.12 
1939 RegisterJohn and Kathleen Kolthammer appeared on the England and Wales 1939 Register in Morden, Surrey, at 107 Middleton Road. The register listed every civilian at the outbreak of war and was used in order to have current population statistics, issue identification cards, monitor population movements, and in 1940 to issue ration cards.
John was born 9 Dec 1889 and was a Civil Servant - Clerical Office of the GPO. Kathleen was born 15 Nov 1896. Information about three people in the household was redacted. The redaction will be in effect for 100 years from the person's date of birth or until proof of death is verified.13 
DeathJohn died in Oct 1959.1
AnecdoteMost of our cousins were bilingual, but my father Otto said the O stood for Owen and called himself John Owen and told us that the family came from Alsace Lorraine - daughter Joan.1 
Last Edited23 Jan 2017


  1. Letters from Joan Haworth, Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, to J Kolthammer, dated beginning in 1989.
  2. Microfilm of the Baptisms of St George's German Lutheran Church, Whitechapel, Middlesex, 1857-1897 (Family History Library, 1752197).
  3. FreeBMD. Otto Kolthammer, Mar Q 1890, St Saviour RD.
  4. 1891 Census for England & Wales, RG12/346 folio 143.
  5. 1901 Census for England & Wales, RG 13/366 folio 127.
  6. Service Records of Otto Kolthammer, 16th Lancers, 1906. The National Archives WO363 (images accessed on
  7. 1911 Census for England & Wales, Hyderabad Barracks, Colchester Essex.
  8. E-mails from Jackie Frost to J Kolthammer.
  9. Index to World War 1 Campaign Medals, London, 1914-1920, compiled by British War Office, The National Archives, 2004.
  10. Marriages of St George the Martyr, Southwark, London. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. John Otto Kolthammer & Kathleen Lucy Denbury, 1916, #395.
  11. Index to British Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969, compiled by British Postal Museum & Archives, London. Images viewed at and employment records are available at the Postal Archives, John Kolthammer, 1922 & 1929, Minute number 9691.
  12. Copy death certificate of Mary Margaret Kolthammer, died 22 August 1935, registered 24 August 1935 in the Registration District of Thanet.
  13. 1939 Register for England and Wales. John Kolthammer household. ef: RG101/1357E/022/6 Letter Code:.