Walter Vernet QUILTER 
- Born: 26 Jul 1874, Geneva Switzland (Brit. Sub)
- Marriage (1): Ethel Grace Thorp WEST  on 25 Jul 1901 in St Thomas's Clapham Common LND
- Died: 25 Apr 1948, Guernsey Channel Is. aged 73
Walter was a batchelor aged 26 an architect residing at Gravesend when he married.
Verne lived on Guernsey and practiced as an architect.
Walter Vernet & Ethel Grace Quilter were deported from Guernsey to Biberach (Oflag 55 VD) Germany by the Germans in Feb 1943. They are also recorded on the same site as "Islanders deported to Germany from the Channel Islands collected by the British Red Cross and C.I.R. Committee from Relatives and Friends of Deported Persons. Source: The Channel Islands Monthly Review, January 1943"
Quilter Walter Vernet, b 1874.
Address: Cairngorm, Doyle Rd.,Guernsey, Channel Islands (1914)
Education: Worcester Cathedral School, University Coll., Bristol, Articled to Sidney Gambier Perry (1859-1948) Assistant to Sir Arthur Blomfield & Sons. Commenced independant practice 1904 in Guernsey. Listed with his work in the Whos Who of architecture 1914. Member of the Society of Architects.
Directory of British Architects 1834-1914
John Hill quotes his father: "My father wrote of his uncle and aunt. They and their daughters, Sylvia and Joyce, lived in a large straggling house on the west coast at Cobo. The house was on a part of a large estate belonging to Lord de Saumarez. It was called Mare de Carteret, (Carteret Manor) and it was surrounded by lovely gardens and woods, and there was a pretty pond there and a canal, and it was paradise for us youngsters. There was a donkey and trap which was often used to get to town, And there were ducks and chickens and pigeons and four friendly goats called, Golden Eyes, Homer, Big Brownie, and Little Brownie. Uncle Vernet was an architect by profession. He had a fine reputation, but he was not a good businessman. Often he would do work for people he knew could ill afford to pay, and he never bothered them about payment. They had a home help named Miss Green who was a pale and timid person. She was retained as a help more or less as an act of charity".
Quilter Walter Vernet of Old Mill Bungalow Rue Pondreuse St Martins Guernsey died 25 April 1948 at the Emergency Hospital Castel Guernsey. Probate London 30 August 1948 to Ethel Grace Thorpe Quilter widow. Effects £35 in England.
National Probate Calendar.
1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 55 London Rd Worcester WOR. Walter is recorded as a son aged 6 born Switzerland Brit Sub.
2. Carteret Manor: Guernsey CI.
Walter and family lived in this house which was owned by the 4th Baron Saumarez.
Walter his favoured architect redesigned the house amongst other work, the most well known on Guernsey being a twin towered footbridge on the Route de Carteret connecting Saumarex Manor to the coast at La Saline.
Image & data courtesy of Trevor Cooper, from his book on Guernsey's finest houses.
Walter married Ethel Grace Thorp WEST  [MRIN: 380], daughter of Rev G WEST of Horham Hall ESS  and Unknown, on 25 Jul 1901 in St Thomas's Clapham Common LND. (Ethel Grace Thorp WEST  was born about 1874 in Borrowdale Cumbria and died on 14 Jun 1959 in Guernsey Channel Is..)