Descendants of John Alston of Newton by Sudbury Suffolk

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1262. Isabella A ALSTON [8151] (William [5675]1011, Silvanus [5641]837, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1870 in Sudbury SFK.

1263. Albert ALSTON [8912] (William [5675]1011, Silvanus [5641]837, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1873 in Sudbury SFK.

1264. Walter ALSTON [8913] (William [5675]1011, Silvanus [5641]837, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1875 in Sudbury SFK.

1265. Beatrice ALSTON [8914] (William [5675]1011, Silvanus [5641]837, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1879 in Sudbury SFK.

1266. Gertrude ALSTON [8915] (William [5675]1011, Silvanus [5641]837, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 7 Jul 1880 in Sudbury SFK.

General Notes:
1939 Register
6 Gas Lane , Sudbury M.B., Suffolk, England
Gertrude D Alston 07 Jul 1880 Single Silk Winder (Incapacitated)

1267. Thomas ALSTON [8924] (Thomas [5674]1012, Silvanus [5641]837, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1874 in Sudbury SFK.

1268. Jane ALSTON [8925] (Thomas [5674]1012, Silvanus [5641]837, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1878 in Sudbury SFK.

1269. Ethel Edith Kate ALSTON [6317] (Frederick William [6315]1023, Daniel [5644]840, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 29 Dec 1896 in Sudbury SFK and died on 25 Nov 1966 aged 69.

Ethel married William Thomas PILGRIM [6318] on 5 Sep 1915. William was born in 1896 and died in 1968 aged 72.

General Notes:
Thomas & Ethel are the Grandparents of Sue Harding-Payne of Gibbs Farm, Oak Rd, Pebmarsh, Halsted.

1270. Frederick William ALSTON [6804] (Frederick William [6315]1023, Daniel [5644]840, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 4 Jun 1899 in Sudbury SFK.

1271. Grace Florence Ellen ALSTON [6805] (Frederick William [6315]1023, Daniel [5644]840, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 10 Jan 1903 in Sudbury SFK.

1272. Winnie Maud ALSTON [6806] (Frederick William [6315]1023, Daniel [5644]840, Peter [6074]641, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 21 Aug 1907 in Sudbury SFK.

1273. PAFFARD [24965] (Alice Maud ALSTON [24329]1030, Ezekiel Francis [5758]849, William [5652]644, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in Still born.

1274. Herbert George ALSTON [32026] (Herbert William [7853]1045, Stephen [6689]863, Stephen [5656]648, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1890 and died in 1949 aged 59.

1275. Leonard ALSTON [32027] (Herbert William [7853]1045, Stephen [6689]863, Stephen [5656]648, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1898.

1276. Frank Harry Pollard ALSTON [32028] (Frank Pafford [7854]1046, Stephen [6689]863, Stephen [5656]648, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1889 in Steyning SSX and died on 28 Apr 1917 in France aged 28.

1277. Ada Gertrude SHARPLES [14422] (Mary Helena PAFFARD [14415]1053, Amelia Merrick ALSTON [5681]864, Stephen [5656]648, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1894 in Heaton, NBL and died in 1922 in Evington LEI aged about 28.

1278. Dorothy Ruth SHARPLES [14423] (Mary Helena PAFFARD [14415]1053, Amelia Merrick ALSTON [5681]864, Stephen [5656]648, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1895 in Heaton, NBL and died in 1944 in Evington LEI aged 49.

General Notes:
Dorothy was a "student teacher, private"

1279. Frank Paffard SHARPLES [14424] (Mary Helena PAFFARD [14415]1053, Amelia Merrick ALSTON [5681]864, Stephen [5656]648, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1896 in Heaton, NBL and died in 1916 in France aged 20.

1280. George Ambrose ALSTON [6118] (William Henry [5685]1072, Ambrose [6023]874, Sturgeon Drew [5683]650, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born 3 Qtr 1886 in Sudbury SFK and died in 1963 in Reg Ipswich aged 77.

General Notes:
George, son of William Henry Alston cabinet maker deceased, not admitted to the Freedom of Sudbury 14 Sept 1920.

George worked in Alston's Sudbury shop, and was also a bread vendor - his family nickname was "Hot Rolls". Roy Alston 2003.

George was aged 76 at his death.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 11 Stirling Street Ipswich SFK. George is recorded as a son unmarried aged 14 born Sudbury.

1281. Leslie William Llewellyn ALSTON C.B.E. [6032] (Percy (Pat) Walter Filbee [6029]1076, William Alfred [6025]878, Sturgeon Drew [5683]650, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 30 Aug 1904 and died in Mar 1976 aged 71.

General Notes:
Essex Record Office
Category Parish Records
Registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
Item Marriage register
Scope and Content Contains, pasted in: forms recording marriages solemnized in Walton parish church after performance of civil marriage ceremonies, issued in respect of Leslie William Llewellyn ALSTON and Eliza Scrivener, 2 April 1927

In 1921 Percy Alston's son Leslie started an apprenticeship with his father and then completed this at Fisher Trade Woodworking in London's East End. In 1937 Leslie started his own manufacturing business at a redundant coconut matting factory in Long Melford. The business was set up with a L6,000 bank loan. Leslie's brother Roy joined him there to help run the new venture.
The company later adopted the trade mark Albro as an abbreviation of Alston brothers, this continued into the 1980's. During the Second World War, the factory in Long Melford switched its production to 'utility' bedroom and dining furniture. Extra work was also taken on to manufacture coffins for the war effort.
Later in the war, the Long Melford factory was burnt out and new premises were sought in Ipswich. Initially production was resumed within Wrinch's factory in Nacton Road, Ipswich. Land was also purchased adjacent to Wrinch's and a factory was built by joining war surplus Nissen huts together to form a linear building and a continuous production line was created within it. This temporary structure survived until 1971 when new building was errected over the old huts ensuring that not an hour of production was lost. The cabinet business has remained at this site to this day.
During this time a new Head Office has been built and a programme of continuous investment in machinery maintained. It has manufactured almost exclusively bedroom furniture during this period.In the 1950's and 60's this was centered on suites of bedroom furniture of veneered teak , walnut and mahogany finish (a suite comprised a ladies wardrobe , a gents wardrobe and a dressing table).
The 1970's saw the introduction of modular bedroom furniture ranges in veneered and painted finishes.In more recent years the company has become a market leader in the production of traditional and contemporary bedroom ranges of laminate and painted finish. Leslie Alston remained in charge of this business until his death in 1976 at which point his oldest son Rex (John) took over as Managing Director with Leslie's brother Percy (Roy) as Chairman. In 1979 Alan, Leslie's other son became Chairman and Managing Director assisted by his bother Rex and with their cousin Noel (Percy's son) as Sales Director.

1939 Register
9 Old Market Place , Sudbury M.B., Suffolk, England
Leslie W (L) Alston 02 Jun 1904 married Cabinet Maker.
Lilah E (Eliza) Alston 31 Aug 1898 Married Unpaid Domestic Duties.

Industry Mourns Leslie Alston.
Leslie Alston, CBE, one of the industry's best known and liked, and hardest working figures, died last weekend. He was 72 and had not been in the best of health for some time.
Since his earliest days in the industry, with the foundation in 1937 of what has now become the Alston Group of Companies based in Ipswich, Mr Alston has been a leading figure in almost every aspect of the industry.
He was a past president of BFM (he served in this office from 1965 - 1968), of UEA and of the LFM. He was a former director of the Training Board and of FDC, the predecessor of the FIRA. He was a past president of the FTBA and a leading figure in the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers (only last week ill-health forced him to retire from the post of Junior Warden).
His membership of all these organisations was far from a nominal one he was a tireless worker, not only within his own very substantial group of companies, but also within the aspects of the trade and its organisation and charities.
Last year he was awarded the CBE for his services and received the award from the Queen herself.
Mr Alston leaves a widow Eliza and two sons Alan and Rex both of whom are directors of the Alston Group.
The funeral is to be held at 2:30 pm next Monday (March 22nd at St Gregory's Church Sudbury, Suffolk).
Peter Dark writes:
"Furniture has lost one of its best-known characters and one whose personal contribution to so many of its activities has been immense.
I recall vividly one of the first remarks that Leslie Alston made to me. "You know, boy" he said "I make furniture for the cloth cap brigade" perhaps it was this understanding of "the cloth cap brigade" which allied to a shrewd business brain enabled him to build what is today the Alston Group of companies into one of the largest and most successful in the cutthroat market of producing cabinets and upholstery for the mass market
He was a self-made man, but never aggressively so. No pretensions, no pomposity. There was the Rolls and the large yacht down in the Med. But it was always "me chauffeur", "me yacht".
Leslie Alston was a big man, with one of the most distinctive profiles in the business he worked hard and he lived hard, at a pace which much younger men found daunting. Seldom can he have been called upon to take part or to help and said no. At one time or another he was involved in most of the furniture industries organisations and activities and, because of his commercial stature, it was inevitable that he eventually took on the mantle of chairman or president, including the "top job" in the BFM, the European UEA and the FTBA.
It was typical of the man that when his very good friend George Ferguson was suddenly taken ill, there was no hesitation despite all his other responsibilities, Leslie Alston was soon commuting to Kirkcaldy helping to guide the firm of A H Mackintosh, so recently installed in their new factory.
Among the many occasions at which we would meet was the annual dinner of that salesman's organisation with the long title: the Metropolitan (Furniture) branch of the UCTA, of which he was also president More than once he flew back from holiday, just to attend the dinner. Obviously he felt very much at home in such company and spoke to them as one who had been "a tail board salesman", making in the factory, and going out and selling direct from the lorry.
There are a few sections of the industry which will not miss seeing that portly figure in their midst and benefiting from his down-to-earth advice. In my years as CM's editor, Leslie Alston was present at so many of the conferences and functions which the editor attends I shall miss him more than most.
Ref: Cabinetmaker and Retail Furnisher March 19, 1976

From Alston Furniture Website 2011
. . . . . In 1951 Leslie Alston decided to open Alstons Upholstery in Colchester, Essex which has relocated three times within the town to end in its current site in Gosbecks Road. The family has recently purchased an adjoining site to aid further expansion.
Today the fifth generation of Alston brothers, John and David run Alstons Cabinets and Alstons Upholstery, Upholstery now accounts for 75% of the total sales.
They are joined by the sixth generation, Holly and Jessica, the first Alston sisters.

Alston Leslie William Llewelyn CBE of Swans Nest Waldringfield Woodbridge Suffolk died 13 March 1976. Probate Ipswich 26 June 1978. £1,075,745. 781006210r
National Probate Calendar.

Leslie married Eliza SCRIVINER [6033] on 2 Apr 1927 in Walton le Soken.

1282. Percy Roy Playsted ALSTON [6039] (Percy (Pat) Walter Filbee [6029]1076, William Alfred [6025]878, Sturgeon Drew [5683]650, Peter [6050]454, Thomas [6057]255, Peter [4023]120, Samuel [6088]63, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 28 Jun 1910.

General Notes:
Percy was a Chairman and Director of Alston's (Long Melford) Ltd, Director of Alstons (Sudbury) Ltd. He was admitted to the Freedom of Sudbury 14 Feb 1984, member of the Masonic Order, gave long service to the local Fire Services.

1939 Register
8 Old Market Place , Sudbury M.B., Suffolk, England
Percy R Alston 28 Jun 1910 married House Furnisher

Image Courtesy Roy Alston 2010

Percy married Lena Sibyl DANSIE [6040], daughter of Frederick William DANSIE [6304], on 21 Sep 1933 in St Marys Boxford SFK. The marriage ended in divorce on 20 May 1946. Lena was born on 11 Oct 1912.

General Notes:
1939 Register
Cocanut House Hall Street , Melford R.D., Suffolk, England
Lena Sybil De Courrcy (Alston) 11 Oct 1912 married Unpaid Domestic Duties

The child from this marriage was:

   1597 M    i. Noel William ALSTON [6041] was born in Dec 1938 in Long Melford SFK and died 17 Apr 2003 (Maundy Thurs).

General Notes:
1939 Register
Cocanut House Hall Street , Melford R.D., Suffolk, England
Noel W Alston 16 Dec 1938 Under School Age

Noel was admitted to the Freedom of the City of London as a Citizen and Furniture Maker - 23 April 1970

ALSTON - Noel William, 1938 - 2003. Passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 17, 2003, aged 64. Beloved husband to Eva and much loved father to Amanda and Rebecca, much loved son of Jean, brother to Roy (Tim) and half sister Susan, much loved by his stepchildren Julia, Karl and Emma, loved and respected father-in-law to Marlowe, Fraser and Catherine, grampy to Bethy and Molly and grandpa to Edward, Michael, Harry and Elsa. Loved and missed by so many more.

Percy next married Jean ROWE [6042] on 8 Feb 1947. Jean was born in Sep 1917 and died in 2011 aged 94.

The child from this marriage was:

   1598 F    i. Janet Mary ALSTON [6043] was born in Aug 1951, died in Oct 2002 in Gt Waldingfield SFK aged 51, and was buried in Sudbury SFK.

1283. Ernest ALSTON [1016] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1).

1284. Edith ALSTON [1018] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1854 in Warrnambool VIC AU, died in Jan 1921 in Warrnambool VIC AU aged 67, and was buried on 14 Jan 1921 in Warrnambool VIC AU.

Edith may have married. Marriage status: unmarried.

Her child was:

   1599 M    i. Norman ALSTON [224] was born in 1880 in Warrnambool VIC AU, died on 10 Jun 1939 in Warrnambool VIC AU aged 59, and was buried in Warrnambool, Cemetery No 36/22.

General Notes:
Norman was a Roman Catholic.

Norman married Elizabeth Catherine DREW [256] in 1924. Elizabeth died on 13 Jun 1953.

1285. Alice ALSTON [274] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1856 in Warrnambool VIC AU and died in 1935 in Warrnambool VIC AU aged 79.

1286. Charles ALSTON [1013] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 29 Nov 1858 in Warrnambool VIC AU and died in 1935 in Fitzroy aged 77.

General Notes:
Charles was a cabinet maker

Charles married Eliza CUMMING [257] in 1892. Eliza was born about 1861 and died in 1941 in Cheltenham GLS aged about 80.

General Notes:
Eliza was aged 83 at her death

Children from this marriage were:

   1600 F    i. Elsie Margaret ALSTON [259] was born in 1895.

   1601 F    ii. Mary Eugene ALSTON [260] was born in 1899.

   1602 M    iii. John Cumming ALSTON [261] was born in 1900.

John married Florence Ceclia CLEMENTS [262] in 1924.

1287. George Grey ALSTON [1014] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 30 Jan 1861 in Warrnambool VIC AU and died on 21 Dec 1929 in Queensland Aust. aged 68.

General Notes:
At some time George went to Queensland and had 3 children, who died. The mothers name given for the 1885 births was Elizabeth Jane Turner. For the 1901 birth Elizabeth Jane HALLIDAY.

George married Elizabeth Jane Halliday TURNER [5298] in 1884 in Tasmania Aust. Elizabeth died on 17 Feb 1930 in Queensland Aust.. Another name for Elizabeth was Elizabeth Jane HALLIDAY.

General Notes:
IGI names bride as Elizabeth Jane Turner.

Children from this marriage were:

   1603 F    i. Alice ALSTON [5299] was born in 1885 and died on 8 Dec 1885 in Queensland Aust.

   1604 M    ii. Alan George Downing ALSTON [24496] died on 11 Aug 1907 in Queensland Aust.

General Notes:
Alan George Downing Alston
Registration year 1907
Registration number 1907/002741
Death date 11 Aug 1907
Father's name(s) George Gray Alston
Mother's name(s) Elizabeth Jane Halliday Turner
Queensland Deaths 1829-1964

   1605 F    iii. Lucy Maria ALSTON [5300] was born in 1885 and died on 19 Feb 1885 in Queensland Aust.

   1606 F    iv. Ann Turner ALSTON [5301] was born on 5 Jun 1901 and died on 15 Jun 1901 in Queensland Aust.

   1607 M    v. Sidney ALSTON [24501] died on 21 Aug 1963 in Queensland Aust.

General Notes:
Sidney Alston
Death date 21 Aug 1963
Father's name(s) George Grey
Mother's name(s) Elizabeth Jane
Mother's last name Turner
Queensland Deaths 1829-1964

1288. Arthur ALSTON [1015] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 6 May 1863 in Warrnambool VIC AU.

General Notes:
Arthur was a teacher.

Arthur married Elizabeth COAKLEY [5302] in 1887. Elizabeth was born about 1861 and died in 1918 aged about 57.

Children from this marriage were:

   1608 F    i. Mabel Alice ALSTON [5303] was born in 1888.

Mabel married Robert Sydney YOUNGER [5307] in 1915.

   1609 M    ii. Henry Arthur ALSTON [5304] was born in 1891.

Henry married Ruby Florence KERR [5306] in 1918.

   1610 F    iii. Doris Ruby ALSTON [5305] was born in 1892 and died in 1921 aged 29.

1289. Louisa Emma ALSTON [280] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1865 in Warrnambool VIC AU.

1290. Edward Henry ALSTON [1017] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 2 Sep 1866 in Warrnambool VIC AU and died in 1949 in Oakleigh aged 83.

General Notes:
Edward was an actuary.

Edward married Mary Elizabeth McCALLUM [5295], daughter of Duncan McCALLUM [5296] and Jane MERSON [5297], in 1898. Mary died in 1937 in Oakleigh.

General Notes:
Mary was aged 72 at her death (ref Oakleigh 3713).

1291. Frank Louis ALSTON [271] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1869 in Warrnambool VIC AU and died in 1902 in Orbost, Vic. Aust aged 33.

1292. Mary Kate ALSTON [275] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1871 in Warrnambool VIC AU and died in 1949 in Ballarat Australia. aged 78.

1293. Walter Clement ALSTON [276] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1873 in Warrnambool VIC AU.

General Notes:
Walter was a farmer.

1294. Leonard ALSTON [277] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1875 in Warrnambool VIC AU, died on 4 Dec 1953 in Cambridge CAM. aged 78, and was cremated on 8 Dec 1953 in Cambridge Crematorium.

General Notes:
Modern constitutions in outline : an introductory study in political science 1905
ALSTON, Leonard
Littleton Building
Inner Temple catalogue 2009

The Times 19 November 1926 pg 15 col F
To the Editor or of The Times
Sir: As a Cambridge teacher of economics I have read with no little enjoyment Sir Ernest Benn's diverging article in The Times today dealing with teaching of economics at Cambridge. I am afraid Sir Ernest would prove himself, under test, a very ingenious examinee. When the Cambridge examiner asks, in his customary solemn way: "in what circumstances, if any, do you expect two and two to make five? Give reasons for your answer; illustrating from (a) contemporary, (b) historical sources"
Sir Ernest Benn examinee would probably (if very keen on reaching the first place on the class list) racking his brains to discover some cases which might please the academic ignoramus set over him as the judge. Most Cambridge examinees, however more wiley.
As an examiner, on the other hand, Sir Ernest would painstakingly put into his questions everything that he would like the docile candidate to repeat. "Evaluate carefully the sum of two and two. Show that it must equal four. Prove (by the help of diagrams or otherwise) that if it appears to equal either (a) more than four (b) less than four, a mistake must have crept into the calculations" Cambridge examiner's, however seem to be unreasonably prejudiced against this method.
I note, with interest and alarm, Sir Ernest's indubitable proofs that the serious problems of wealth production must have been almost completely ignored. And this, though the Economics Board have apparently taken some pains in the matter. They have included among the examiners for the years 1923- 26 (1) the official at the Board of Trade who is responsible for the Census of Production: (2) the president of the L.M.S. Railway; (3) the editor of the Economist (a former secretary to the Iron and Steel Federation); (4) and (5) two non resident economists whose published writings are largely, perhaps mainly, concerned with statistics of production. Several of these eminent nonresidents were concerned in setting up in 1926 questions which Sir Ernest has so patiently dissected. Not one of them, however, seems to have assumed that it was his public duty to put into his queries the whole of what the victims were expected to put into their answers: and therefore the published questions give us no inkling of what the Orthodox candidate ought to believe about the economic fate of England and the Empire. Let us hope that their successors, now that they have read Sir Ernest's merited rebuke, will amend their slovenly ways, and so provide no future occasion for scandal.
Yours &c.,
Leonard Alston.
38 Parkside Cambridge November 17.
Leonard was not without a sense of irony.

The Times 26 May 1932 pg 10 col C.
Political Prisoners in India
Sir, When discussing the present situation in India it is customary for certain sections of the Press to lay great stress on the numbers now serving sentences of imprisonment for political offences.
In the case of a man like Mr Gandhi it is obvious that a term in prison differs scarcely at all from an enforced sojourn by a British Cabinet Minister in a nursing home, where he is expected to obey the instructions given by doctors and nurses. How does it stand in the case of the great majority of lesser folk - for example, the semi-pauper types that are paid by political organisations to carry out such tasks as picketing? I make no assertions on the point. But it would be interesting if we could be informed authoritatively by someone with first-hand knowledge, whether or not it is the case that in prison such people enjoyed a safer and larger income (food and shelter) under pleasanter conditions then they could hope to enjoy outside.
I am, Sir, yours &c.,
Leonard Alston
6 Pemberton Terrace Cambridge

The Times 5 July 1932 pg 10 col A.
Restoration of Prices
Fresh Money for Spending.
To the Editor of The Times.
Sir, The progress of the crisis is continually confirming the view that the most serious evil from which we are now suffering is a great fall in wholesale prices of the last two and a half years. This has bought about serious maladjustment as throughout the economic system owing to the fact that some prices move readily under the influence of supply and demand, while others are relatively inflexible. The most practical remedy for this situation is to operate upon the prices which are recast it will; these should be raised until they bear the same relation to the fixed prices as they bore at the outset of the crisis. This may be brought about in various ways of which we propose to mention three:-
1. Private individuals and institutions can assist by spending according to their capacity. In cases of doubt, the patriotic motive should weigh on the side of expenditure rather than economy.
2. The banking system should endeavour to increase the quantity of means of payment at the disposal of the public, both by being willing to give credit on the easiest possible terms, on all usual types of security, and by purchasing securities in the open market.
3. The government is at the heart of the economic system, and its operations have far-reaching effects for good or evil. It is therefore essential that its actions should be shaped in accordance with the general policy here outlined.
Until the restoration of prices is achieved, it should undertake to impose no additional taxation, it should be prepared to remit existing taxation, where that presses hardest, and it should encourage departments, local authorities, etc to speed up the expenditure on all sound schemes of construction and development. The government should obtain funds for these purposes from the banks which will thus be assisted in their efforts to put fresh money into circulation. To secure confidence and allay possible anxieties, the government should explicitly declare its policy in advance. A definite pronouncement of this kind should remove all fears of uncontrolled inflation - fears which arise primarily from a sense of uncertainty.
In these circumstances the government should be able to secure the external value of sterling against speculation or alarmist withdrawals. The policy of reducing the commodity value of sterling should not be associated with one of deliberate external undervaluation. So long as the financial structure of other countries it is in a position of extreme jeopardy, no attempt should be made to gain a competitive advantage by depressing the external value of the pound below its internal value. An improvement in our balance of trade secured in this way would only produce a further fall in world prices, and a consequential deterioration of the world situation.
Yours faithfully
L. Alston - Economics Faculty University of Cambridge, with 40 others from Oxford Cambridge and other universities.

The Times 18 September 1934 pg 8 col C.
Workers and Workless
The "Gainfully" Employed.
To the Editor of The Times
Sir, This is a rather belated addition to the correspondence that arose out of your contributors article on August 22 " Workers and Workless".
Neither the writer of the article nor his critics drew attention to the point that seems to me to emerge most prominently from the figures he has used. In 1881 the proportion of the population returned as gainfully occupied (a term that includes unemployed as well as employed) was 43%; the remainder being dependants or persons of independent means. The percentage is now 47. For the 21 years 1875-1895 I find that the average trade union figure for unemployment was almost exactly 5.25%. If the figures 43% and 47% can be taken as applicable within the wage earning section of the population, as well as in the population as a whole, we get the following rough result: in 1881 out of every 100 members of the wage earning section 43 had some recognized means of earning, and normally some 41 were actually earning. If in 1931 there were still 41 out of each 100 actually earning, this would appear officially as 41 out of 47 or 87% giving hours and unemployment figure of 13%.
Now, let us a picture the aggregate earnings of the wage earners as being pooled between the employed, the unemployed, and the dependants. Then, if the real wages of those in employment are no less than in 1881, the average real income of the whole working-class would be unaffected (compared with 1881) when the post-war unemployment figure is oscillating around 13%. (Though it needs to be remembered that the expenditure required to maintain an adult worker in comfort is greater than that needed for a dependent child). The last recorded unemployment figure for the last 12 months has been moving between 16.3 and 19.1; and for the period 1924/29 it really, except in 1926, rose above 11 or fell below 10; and as the post-war official figures were more comprehensive than the prewar trade union percentages, the contrast between the prewar 5.25 and the post-war 10 to 20% is probably in fact much less sharp than it appears to be (or in other words for comparative purposes, I had these actual post-war figures should be reduced, all the post-war figure equivalent to the prewar trade union figure should be taken as well above 13).
But real wages of the employed are found to be distinctly higher, if one adopts the usual methods of computation from money wagers and the cost of living index. This index, moreover, takes no account of the multitude of cheapened miscellaneous items (Cinema performances, bicycles, gramophones etc) which now form a noticeable part of the working class families real income (to say nothing of cheapened medical services connected with the Health Insurance Acts); more is spent publicly on the children's welfare (better schooling, medical inspection, meals for necessitous schoolchildren, etc); while of the social insurance schemes even out this income more satisfactorily as between relatively good and relatively bad times. So, if the well-being of the wage earning families could be satisfactorily measured by the real income received, no account being taken of disappointed expectations and frustrated energies, this section of the population as a whole would appear to be better off than in prewar days; and the elderly specially gain by the existence of old age pensions. With the falling size of the family (which accounts for the great reduction in the title of dependants in the population) it becomes possible for continually higher unemployment figures to emerge without the necessity of any reduction in average working-class incomes per head.
The very young are not very conscious of the frustrations and disappointments of industrial depression; they are getting in many ways a healthier and more enjoyable life than their predecessors; they receive a more satisfactory schooling, and there seems to be a a very much higher proportion of them who do not actively dislike schooling under present methods of teaching. In short, they are living lives that resemble much more closely than previously the lives of their coevals among the non-wage earning groups. All these are points of considerable importance when we, and the parents of these children, turn our thoughts towards the time when the children themselves will be workers, voters and parents. Moreover, just as the reduction in the size of the individual family, down to a certain point, means that the members of it can be more intensively equipped for their future careers, so also the growing reduction in the aggregate proportion of dependants in the population must mean that the gainfully occupied can between them, directly and indirectly (e.g. through rates and taxes) give a longer an qualitatively better training to the children of the nation with the same amount of sacrifice as today. Thus we may reasonably expect, even with mounting unemployment figures, a gradual advancement from a C3 in the direction of an A1 population as the country moves forward to its next testing period of national emergency.
Yours &c.,
Leonard Alston.
6 Pemberton Terrace Cambridge.

Stoic and Christian in the second century : a comparison of the ethical teaching of Marcus Aurelius with that of contemporary and antecedent Christianity by Leonard Alston.

The Times 28 April 1937 pg 12 col A.
A further letter by Leonard on the subject "Paying for defence, spreading the burden"

The Times 27 October 1937 pg 10 col D.
A further letter by Leonard on the subject "Essential Food and Materials - storage in peacetime for war"

The Times 3 November 1938 pg 15 col F.
A further letter by Leonard on the subject "What Democracy Means - an attitude of mind, not an article for export"

1939 Register
6 Pemberton Terrace , Cambridge M.B., Cambridgeshire, England (A Lodging House)
Leonard Alston 11 Apr 1875Single University Lecturer Cambridge

The Times18 Apr 1944 pg 5 col F
A further letter by Leonard on the subject "Freedom from Want"

ALSTON, Leonard (1875-1953) [Who Was Who May 2003]
Categories: Biography
Summary: Details: ALSTON, Leonard; born Australia, 1875. Education: Thrice Univ. prizeman, Camb. . . . . Work: Deputy Prof. of History and Political Economy, Elphinstone Coll., Bombay, 1904-1905; University Lecturer, in Economics, Cambridge, 1926-1940; Litt.D, Melbourne, 1908. Publications: Modern Constitutions in Outline, 1905; The Obligation of Obedience to the Law of the State, 1905; Stoic and Christian in the Second Century, 1906; Sir Thomas Smith's De Republica Anglorum, 1906; The White Man's Work in Asia and Africa, 1907; Education and Citizenship in India, 1910; Elements of Indian Taxation, 1910; The Functions of Money, 1932. Address: 23 Warkworth Street, Cambridge. Died: 4 December 1953
Ref: Know UK CD - Colin Fenn

Death announcement:
The Times, Dec 05, 1953; pg. 1; Issue 52797; col A
ALSTON - On Dec. 4, at a nursing home, Leonard ALSTON, M.A., formerly University Lecturer in Economics of 23 Warkworth Street, Cambridge, aged 78 years. Funeral at Cambridge Crematorium on Tuesday Dec. 8, at 11 a.m.
Ref: Rosie Flower - 2008.

1295. Minna Charlotte ALSTON [278] (George Downing [1011]1085, Charles [1008]880, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1877 in Warrnambool VIC AU, died in 1959 aged 82, and was buried on 15 Dec 1959.

1296. Florence ALSTON [8095] (Henry Charles [1024]1086, Henry George [267]881, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1860 in St Pancras London.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 44 Bryantwood Rd Highbury Hill Islington MDX. Florence is recorded as a daughter single aged 11 born Pancras

1297. Kate Annie ALSTON [7825] (Henry Charles [1024]1086, Henry George [267]881, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1856 in Islington MDX London.

General Notes:
Kate is Henry G Alston's grandaughter, that Henry is her father is conjectural

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Kate is described as a grand daughter aged 5 born Islington

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Kate is recorded as a grand daughter unmarried aged 15 a scholar born Islington

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Kate is recorded as a grandaughter unmarried aged 25 milliner born Islington MDX

4. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Kate is recorded as a neice single aged 35 milliner born Islington MDX

5. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Kate is recorded as a neice single aged 44 a dressmakers assistant worker at home born Islington LON

1298. Henry J ALSTON [8096] (Henry Charles [1024]1086, Henry George [267]881, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born Mar Qtr 1858 in Islington MDX London.

General Notes:
1858 Birth: March quarter, Islington 1b 221 - ALSTON Henry John.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 44 Bryantwood Rd Highbury Hill Islington MDX. Henry is recorded as a son aged 13 born Islington MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, West Islington London. Henry is recorded as Head of house married aged 23 warehouseman born Barnsbury MDX

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Islington MDX London. Henry is recorded as Head of house married aged 33 Wholesale fancy woollens salesman born Islington.

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, St Pancras Camden Town LND. Henry is recorded as Head of house married aged 43 Warehouseman worker born London Also in the house is Henrys Neice Ellen Hill aged 24 born London

Henry married Isabella THOMPSON [9693] in 1880 in London. Isabella was born about 1860 in Twickenham.

Research Notes:
1871 Census Possible find - sister in law of Thomas E NALTY married to Marianne (23,b. Middx Lon) at 22 Clifton Road, Islington.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, West Islington London. Isabella is recorded as a wife aged 20 born Twickenham SRY

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Islington MDX London. Isabella is recorded as a wife aged 30 born Twickenham SRY

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, St Pancras Camden Town LND. Isabella is recorded as Isabel married aged 39 born London

The child from this marriage was:

   1611 F    i. Lillian A ALSTON [9694] was born in Nov 1880 in Wandsworth, London, SRY.

General Notes:
1880 Birth: December quarter, Wandsworth 1d 719 - ALSTON Lilian Agnes.

1299. Kate A MERRIFIELD [13872] (Mary Catherine ALSTON [1027]1087, Henry George [267]881, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1).

1300. Annie Francis MERRIFIELD [9490] (Mary Catherine ALSTON [1027]1087, Henry George [267]881, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born Dec Qtr 1863 in Islington MDX London and died on 15 Nov 1897 in Islington MDX London aged 33.

General Notes:
BDM Index. Birth. Merrifield Annie Frances. 1863 Dec Qtr Islington 1b 280

BDM Index. Death. Merrifield Annie Frances 34. 1897 Dec Qtr Islington 1b 219

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Ann Merrifield is recorded as a grandaughter aged 7 scholar born Islington MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Ann is recorded as a grandaughter unmarried aged 17 born Islington MDX

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Ann (Annie) is reported as a neice single aged 27 dressmakers assistant born Islington MDX

1301. Alfred Alston MERRIFIELD [9491] (Mary Catherine ALSTON [1027]1087, Henry George [267]881, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 1 Apr 1866 in Islington MDX London and died in 1935 in London aged 69.

General Notes:
BDM Index. Birth. Merrifield Alfred A. 1866 Jun Qtr Islington 1b 296

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 44 Bryantwood Rd Highbury Hill Islington MDX. Alfred is recorded as a nephew aged 5 born Islington MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Alfred is recorded as a grandson unmarried aged 15 born Islington MDX

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Alfred is reported as a nephew single aged 25 a clerk (Commld) born Islington MDX

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 86 Goodrich Rd Dulwich Camberwell. Alfred is recorded as head of house married aged 34 merchants clerk born Islington

Alfred married Emma Elizabeth HIDER [9494] in 1892. Emma was born on 7 Apr 1873 in Bermondsey and died in 1966 aged 93.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 86 Goodrich Rd Dulwich Camberwell. Emma is recorded as married a wife aged 27 born Bermondsey

Children from this marriage were:

   1612 M    i. Sydney Cecil MERRIFIELD [9495] was born on 30 Mar 1893 in Camberwell LND.

Sydney married Florence STUBBS [11515].

   1613 F    ii. Winifred Elsie MERRIFIELD [9496] was born on 29 Jun 1894 in Islington MDX London and died in Sep 1996 aged 102.

Winifred married Edgar FOORD [11523].

   1614 F    iii. Emily Gertrude MERRIFIELD [9497] was born on 22 Sep 1897 in Dulwich and died on 14 Oct 1981 in Letchworth HRT aged 84.

   1615 F    iv. Mary Elizabeth MERRIFIELD [11524] was born on 3 Sep 1905 in Forest Hill Honour Oak Park Lewisham LND and died on 9 Mar 1998 in Lewisham LND aged 92.

Mary married Dennis Francis COPE [11525] in 1942. Dennis was born on 6 Oct 1907 in Stamford Hill LND and died on 20 Mar 1976 in Lewisham LND aged 68.

General Notes:
1939 Register
Lebanon Grimms Hill , Amersham R.D., Buckinghamshire, England.
Denis F Cope06 Oct 1907Attendant On Elderly single

1302. Edith Catherine MERRIFIELD [9489] (Mary Catherine ALSTON [1027]1087, Henry George [267]881, James of Bocking [88]651, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 22 May 1867 in Islington MDX London.

General Notes:
BDM Index. Birth. Merrifield Edith Catherine. 1867 Jun Qtr Islington 1b 363

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Edith Merrifield is recorded as grandaughter aged 3 born Clerkenwell MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Edith is recorded as a grandaughter aged 14 scholar born Islington MDX

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Edith is recorded as a neice single aged 23 a useful help (dom) born Islington MDX

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 3 Upper Park St Trinity Islington. Edith is recorded as a neice single aged 33 useful help (dom) at home born Islington LON

1303. Louisa C HOWARD [4604] (Anna Maria LIVEING [106]1096, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 28 Nov 1861 in Calcutta India, was christened in St John Calcutta India, and died on 29 Oct 1917 in Reg Isle of Wight aged 55.

General Notes:
MY PET AVERSION: Caterpillars
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO: What cant be cured must be endured

On the 23rd Oct., at St. John's, Calcutta, Ambrose L EDE, of Silchar, third surviving son of Charles EDE of Bramley, Surrey, to Louisa Charlotte, only daughter of William HOWARD, also of Bramley. The Times, Nov 12, 1906; pg. 1; Issue 38175; col A

E L Fenn writing to H L Fenn 6 Dec 1906 says "Louie Howard was married in the same church in Calcutta she was baptised in, her husband Mr Ede is a tea planter in Assam"

Noted events in her life were:

1. Louisa Howard: To Elizabeth Ambrose nee Liveing, Abt 1865, Copford ESS.
1 Dec/65 (pencilled in at a later date)
Dear Cousin Betty
Tommy has broken his head I have been playing in the garden - there is a nice little pony here, and Papa took us for a drive there are kittens and a big dog and a little puppy here
Sketch of children and Papa sitting about reading.
Page 2.
This is a school where Papa went when he was a little boy. Polly is alive and well
your afsect little cousin
. . . . . a letter shared with her mother.
Gressenhall Dec 1 /65.
Liveing Archive: Letter 20a & b

My dear Cousin Bett
I liked the Valentine you sent me very much I had four besides and a mug with my name on it and some barley sugar - Mamma gummed all my valentines in my scrap-book - Mamma and I are going to Bombay with Papa in a ship Aunt Mary has been to stay with us a very long time - My doll is sitting at the table now
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her name is Susan and she is having tea and she has got knives & forks and some tea-things Papa bought me at the Crystal Palace - I bought a little cart for a penny for my good marks -My baby cousin is a funny little thing & has got a lot of hair on his head
This is the picture of it - Kisses - competent sketch of Aunt Fanny in bed with a nurse on a chair at the foot of the bed nursing the infant.
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and Aunt Fanny in bed. I thought of a nice name for it - John - I have a pair of scissors and I can cut with them but they are 'nt (sic) doll ' s scifsors real nice scifsors
This is my silver knife - ( a good sketch of scissors and a table knife.)
I have got two eggs, real nice eggs if you would come another day you should see them and my dolls house - I have a large box of bricks Mrs Fenn gave it to me - (sketch of a box)
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Your affecte little cousin

Mrs Ambrose
The Lodge
Living Archive: Letter 23 a b
Later noted on page 1
" to Eliz Ambrose f r L Howard 1866"

My dear Cousin Betty
Thank you for the Christmas card - I have a pretty doll's house which Auntie Scott gave me full of little things, chairs & tables & Rooms here are the two pictures (Sketch of dolls house)
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of it - On Christmas day I had a horse with legs Mrs Hadwen sent it to me - I went to see my cousins yesterday and had dinner with them - Grandma and the Aunties are away except Aunt Fanny - This is the picture of my Xmas tree
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(Sketch of a laden Christmas Tree)
we lighted it up
Louies love and goodbye.
Liveing Archive: Letter 24 a & b

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Culmstock Devon. Louisa is recorded as a daughter aged 9 born Calcutta

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Lower Bourne Farnham Surrey. Louisa is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 19 born Calcutta

4. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, High St Bramley Surrey. Louisa is recorded as a daughter aged 29 born Calcutta India

5. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Balarny House Bramley SRY. Louisa is recorded as a daughter single aged 39 born Calcutta

Louisa married Ambrose Leopold EDE [7038], son of Charles H EDE [9695] and Emma [9696], on 23 Oct 1906 in St John Calcutta India. Ambrose was born 4 Qtr 1865 in Reg Hambledon SRY, was christened on 19 Dec 1865 in St John Wonersh SRY, and died on 14 May 1948 in Bognor Regis ENG aged 83.

General Notes:
1865 Birth: December quarter, Hambledon 2a 110 - EDE Ambrose Leopold.

Students attached to the Institute of Civil Engineers:
Admitted one March 1886 Ambrose Leopold Ede of Wonersh Lodge nr Guildford.
Ref: Ancestry.

Not found 1891/1901Census

Ambrose was a tea planter in Assam"

Ede Ambrose Leopold of Little Hobart Shelley Road Bognor Regis Sussex died 14 May 1948 at The Gables Aldwick Road Bognor Regis Administration (with Will) (limited) Lewes 19 January 1949 to Margaret Julia Hustler spinster. Effects L4618.0.7p
Ref: National Probate Calendar.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Wonersh SRY. Ambrose is recorded as a son aged 5 born Wonersh SRY

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Basingstoke HAM. Ambrose is recorded as a pupil at Queens school aged 15 born Wonesh

1304. Prof. Edward Henry Torlesse LIVEING ARSM MIME [445] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P. [100]1097, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 30 Jun 1855 in Nayland SFK, was christened on 29 Jul 1855 in Nayland SFK, died on 14 Dec 1950 in Longstanton CAM aged 95, and was buried in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

General Notes:
On the 30th ult, at Nayland, Suffolk, the wife of Edward Liveing, Esq, of Caius College, Cambridge, of a son.
Ref: Morning Chronicle Wednesday for July 1855.

Edward Henry Liveing
Registration Year: 1855
Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration district: Sudbury Suffolk
Volume: 4a
Page: 347

Edward was educated at Charterhouse School without merit and the Royal School of Mines ARSM 1877. Articled to A L Stevenson chief engineer to Bell Brothers. Obtained a certificate of Collery Manager 1880. Prospected for coal and metals in the Morocco 1883/4, goldmining in Hungary 1884 - 1890. Goldmining in many other countries 1890 - 1898. Professor of mining in Yorkshire College Leeds 1898 - 1901. Consulting engineer to the associated Gold Mines of Western Australia and associated northern blocks of West Africa 1900 - 1921.
Ref: Red Book. The dates above appear to conflict somewhat with Edward's work at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle

Edward presented a number of specimen gold nuggets to Cambridge Museum about 1940 that are housed there in a special Cabinet.
Ref: Red Book.

Julius Archive: Image Note 1
Werry umble
May We ave
A Whitening for
T this day without sin?
Friday = been a farstin orful.
Unsigned but attributed to Edward.

1919 Edward is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway

In 1890 aged 24 accompanied by his wife aged 24 Edward travelled from London to Melbourne Australia on the Orizaba. Ages from ships manifest.
Ref: findmypast. 2011

Liveing, E. H. 1896-1897 Member Federated Institution of Mining Engineers
Ref Durham Mining Museum.

Cablegrams have been received from Mr Landau (Chairman of the Associated Gold Mines of Western Australia Co.) "My object has been obtained. Have appointed as manager Liveing and William Dick as a provisional arrangment. My opinion is on the whole favourable. Future prospects are excellent"
Ref:Glasgow Herald 22 Mar 1900

E H Liveing arrived in Port of Sydney 2 Apr 1903 on the "China"

Company Meetings Reports.
Murchison Goldfields Ltd
This is a report by a newly formed company to purchase and resell mines, and mine gold in Western Australia.
It says " Murchison Goldfields Ltd, is represented on the spot by two engineers of undoubted eminence in their profession, namely, Mr Edward H. Liveing, associate Royal School of Mines, Member of the Institute of Mining Engineers, who has already had, practical experience of mining in Australia and in other parts of the world, and Samuel Mitchell J.P. (A Western Australian worthy) . . . . . "
" Before leaving Northampton W.A. for this goldfield on the 23rd January last, Mr Liveing cabled as follows: Murchison - from all that I can learn, I consider that this field holds out the best hopes of properties suitable for English mining companies"
Ref: Extracted from the Aberdeen Journal 25th of February 1895. also reported in The Freeman's Journal 25 February 1895 and other publications.
Note: Edward was indeed right, the Murchison Gold Fields discovered by Tom Cue in 1895, was part of a large and prosperous gold rush to Western Australia in the 1890's, Cue sold his claims soon after, did he sell them to Murchison Gold Fields Ltd ?

Edward was Professor of Mining at Leeds.

Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch:
Catalogue Ref. FB80
Churchyard - ref. FB80/C2
FILE - Envelope - ref. FB80/C2/2 - date: 1929
Containing declaration of Trust for the administration of a fund for the maintenance of the churchyard, which has been donated by Edward Henry Liveing, of Brookfield House, Longstanton, Cambridgeshire.
Ref A2A

1939 Register
Brookfields, High Street , Chesterton R.D., Cambridgeshire, England
Edward HLiveing30 Jun 1855MaleMining Engineer (Retired)Widowed
EdithGlee21 Sep 1895 FemaleHouse KeeperWidowed

Longstanton Church registers contain no family records but the organ was presented by E H Liveing
Ref: Red Book

LIVEING - On Dec. 14, 1950, at Longstanton, Cambs, Professor Edward Henry LIVEING, aged 95 years. The Times, Dec 16, 1950, pg. 1; Issue 51876; col A.

Liveing Edward Henry of Brookfield House Longstanton Cambridgeshire died 14 Dec 1950 Probate London 29 March 1951 to Robert Henry Torlesse Liveing retired Capt HM Army. Effects £44357 11s 0d
National Probate calendar

Research Notes:
Edward became the custodian of Liveing family records and memorabilia, he produced a catalogue of the items. These passed to his nephew R H T Liveing at his death.

Three Family Tree's have passed down to family in the 21st Century via Edward, they are:
A Descendant Tree from John Liveing: Image 3839

Pedigrees Downing Baldwin Chambers Woolley & Descendants: Image 3937

Copied by Edward Henry Torlesse Liveing from originals in his possession and given to me by my mother, Elizabeth, younger daughter of Catherine Downing Liveing and James Waugh Butters
Of the eleven in my possession, eight have handwritten notes on the reverse revealing the identity of the ancestor in the portrait:
Died 1755
Buried at Hackney
Pub. his Encyclopaedia 1728
Died May 1740
Buried in cloisters W. Abbey - from a miniature in my possessionE.H.Liveing
3REV. JOHN WHITMOREBorn 28th Nov 1765
Died 5th Sept 1840
Rector of Polstead & buried there. He was brother of Aunt
Harrold (Sarah Whitmore) he was much troubled by the
unenviable notoriety acquired by the parish on acc* of the
murder of Maria Martin 1826
4CATHERINE DOWNINGBorn 27th Nov 1767
Died 8th July 1802
From a miniature in my possession
E.H. Liveing 1933
5CAPT. WILLIAM LIVEING R.N. Born 31st Oct 1791
Died 14th June 1870
Commanded the Postal packet from Holyhead & afterwards
fr Weymouth to France
Was Chairman of Paddington Board of Guardians
Buried in Paddington Cemetery
6CHARLES LIVEINGBorn 13th Feb 1798
Died 1859
Chief Clerk of the National Debt Office
Lived at Denmark Hill
Buried in Norwood Cemetery
Died March 27th 1884
Rector of Tansor (Tailsor?)
From a photograph taken by me at Tansor July 1875
Died 18th Aug 1877
Sometime Dean (otherwise Provost) of St. Ninians Perth
Before that incumbent of Wilmcote nr Stratford on Avon where he built the Church Vicarage & School (a**1848?)
Under the influence of the Oxford Movement
finally joined the Church of Rome in the 70's
NB This likeness was not identifiable since nothing was written on the reverse. However it was identified from miniature collection (3)
10 UNKNOWN MALE AND FEMALE portraits of the same
&11period and in matching oval frames.

They are possibly portraits of George Downing, Rector of Ovington, (son of Dixon Downing and Bridget Baldwin) and his wife, Catherine Chambers. (This may be just wishful thinking on my part and I have not done any research on the costume of the period, but there is some resemblance in the male to the portrait of George Downing b. 1762)
Claudia Buxton
June 2008

A Pedigree of Torless or Torlesse of Berkshire endorsed Edward H Liveing, Longstanton, Cambridge, June 1923 . With the following note: "The early part of this pedigree is the work of my late father Dr Edward Liveing. I have completed the pedigree to date and have had it printed with a hope that it may be of some interest to some members of the Torlesse family.
The only uncertain point in the pedigree is the parentage of Dr Richard Torless, I have shown him as the son of John Torless of Godalming which is most probable but not absolutely certain. his baptism does not appear in the Godalming register where those of John Torless's earlier children are recorded, but he may easily have been baptised elsewhere.
The last on the register is Francis Torless baptised April 1636 and if Richard followed in 1637 he would have been 16 years old when he entered St Johns College Oxford in 1653. He is entered on the College Register as the son of a gentleman but unfortunately his fathers name is not stated, he claimed founders Kin so he was certainly one of the family if not the son of John then the son of Francis Torless as there were only two men of that generation who married"

Sothebys offered for sale in London 10 July 2013 the following collection of Edward's papers.
Liveing, Edward H
13 autograph notebooks, in pencil and black ink, containing detailed notes on laboratory experiments on various subjects including metallurgy, speculative ideas for further research, work on his Patent Gas Indicator (1870s), notes on the Lewis Thompson Calorimeter, reports and results of mining assays, mostly relating to coal deposits in South Wales and Queensland, and engineering notes relating to Siddeley and Wolseley motorcars, including many diagrams and sketches, 12mo, most with labels on spines; together with more than 100 leaves of further loose notes and letters, including letters received (some carbon copies), drafts of letters sent, and other papers, relating to subjects including his patented inventions and his involvement in various mining projects such as gold mining in Kalgoori, Western Australia, Southern Australia, and Transylvania, a small quantity of family correspondence, and notes from printed sources; also with 10 printed items including pamphlets by Liveing; c.1874-1923, nicks and tears, some dust staining

A significant archive relating to science, engineering, and mining technologies in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. Edward Henry Liveing was closely involved in the mining industry, both in technological developments within the industry (for example in his Patent Gas Indicator), and also in searching out new mineral deposits in Western Australia and elsewhere. His interests were much wider, however, and of particular interest are a group of papers relating to the contested invention of the electric light bulb. One of his notebooks includes "my Idea of a perfect Electric light (Feb/79)", and in the early 1880s Liveing got drawn into the patent dispute between Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan. The papers include a letter from Swan's lawyers explaining their defence against Edison (2 pages, 4to, 14 June 1883), and Liveing's draft reply outlining his involvement in and knowledge of the crucial technological innovation of a "fine Carbon Thread lamp of high resistance" that Swan had developed by early 1879, independently of Edison.

Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh offered the same lot 15 Jan 2014.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Edward is recorded as a son aged 5 born Nayland SFK

2. Edward H T Liveing: School reports, 1868-1869, Charterhouse School Charterhouse MDX.
Liveing Archive

Edwards school reports might indicate he was dreaming of greater things than latin verbs!
"Liveing's work is very poor"
"Takes a very long time to do very little"
"Wants steadiness of purpose"
"Makes no progress"
"Wanting in energy"
"Not sufficiently industrious"

But his
"Conduct good"

However his most successful and interesting life belied his teachers view.

3. Edward H T Liveing: Headmasters letter, 1870, Charterhouse School Charterhouse MDX.
Liveing Archive

Edwards Headmaster did not despair of his lacklustre record at Charterhouse.

Charterhouse. Oct. 1. 1870
My dear Sir,
I regret very much that your boy has not made the progress for which I looked. He has an excellent moral character but he is very sluggish in the performance of his schoolwork. There is however no sufficient ground for anything like despair about him. I have known instances of boys showing similar disqualifications for schoolwork & yet attaining by late developed talent to honourable positions. I hope that this is in your boy that which will yet prove him to be something different from the character which a view of some portion of his schoolwork would assigne to him.
I must earnestly wish him well, & trust that your plans for his advancement will be as successful as you devise them to be.
I am dear Sir,
yours faithfully
Mr Haig Brown

It appears Edward was at Junior School University College London 1865-66

4. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Edward is described as a son aged 15 a scholar born Nayland SFK

5. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Edward was described as a son aged 25 an unmarried mining engineer (A R S of Mines?) born in Nayland SFK

6. Edward H T Liveing: Electrical Engineer for installation of Electric light in Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace., 1883-1885, London.
Liveing Archive

Edward appears also to have worked as an electrical engineer:
Edward and a Mr Massey were entrusted with the work of installing the first electric light in parts of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. c1883/85. Two telegrams and a letter from Sir John Cowell
1, and a letter from the Comptroller (?) of Queen Victoria's household with congratulations to Edward on the success of the venture contrast with the media reporting of the time. The Queen "found the light too strong for her eyes" (Pall Mall Gazette 3 Nov 1890) and it was not until the 24 May 1899 that the Leeds Mercury reported the lights in St James Hall Windsor Castle were "switched on" in the Queens presence.
The Civil Service estimates (Bristol Mercury 4 Mar 1898) provides for a sum of "L3500 for beginning the installation of electric power in Buckingham Palace".
Ref: Red Book

Post Office Telegraph's
4 May 1882
Windsor Castle
Sir John Cowell
Windsor Castle.
Mr Liveing
Electrical Engineer
52 Queen Anne Street
Cavendish Square
Could you arrange to show the reflector here tomorrow in front of the Queen's Rooms that is at South last Angle if not it might be arranged as last night please reply answer paid

Post Office Telegraph's
6.28pm 23 Jul 1883
Sir John Cowell
Windsor Castle.
Mr Liveing
Electrical Engineer
Buckingham Palace Ldn.
Glad to hear electric work is all right I wish we could have electric in other corner candelabra but suppose there is not time.

The Garter House,
Windsor Castle2.
30 May 1883.
Dear Mr Liveing,
I must send you one line to tell you how delighted everyone was with the result of all your hard work - it really was a most brilliant success, and you can have no idea of the difference of security & brilliancy in the light, as compared to the old system - All the diamonds showed so much better - & the change was the one topic of conversation amongst all the guests. Numbers of people spoke to me about it, & I was perfectly delighted that all should have gone off so well - I am sure you and Mr Massey were very glad to feel it was well over & truly it was a most complete success in every point of view.
I have not yet heard if my protégé has found his Election
With my congratulations
Believe me
dear Mr Liveing
Yours truly
J E Cowell?.

Embossed Crown with the word Osborne below
22 December 1885
Dear Mr Liveing
As the electric lighting at Buckingham Palace has firm satisfaction, I feel sure that from your having been engaged in it under the responsibility
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of Mr Massey, that you are entitled to your share of the credit for this, & though I am not in a position to award that, I am satisfied that Mr Massey would be the first to acknowledge your merits in any work that he has had your cooperation in.
Believe me
yours truly
J C Cudek ?

E H Liveing Esq.

1. The Master of the Household, Sir John Cowell, was a courtier of long standing. He was an officer of the Royal Engineers and had been governor to Prince Alfired and also to Prince Leopold. He was appointed Master of the House-hold in 1866 and remained in that position till he died in 1894.
2. In 1883 electricity was installed in the ballroom (Windsor), the largest room in the palace. Over the following four years electricity was installed throughout the palace, which now uses more than 40,000 lightbulbs.
This was carried out by Crompton & Co of Chelmsford Essex for whom Edward must have worked.

7. Edward Liveing: Patent Gas Detector - Silver Medal, International Inventions Exhibition London, 1885.
Liveing Archive.

North Country News
A New Gas Indicator For Mines.
Mr Edward Liveing, assistant to Mr A. L. Stevenson, Hollywell Hall, Durham, has invented a gas indicator which will show the minutest particle of gas found in a mine. It has been very successfully tried in some of the Durham coal mines.
Ref: The Northern Echo 14 August 1880.

8. Edward H T Liveing: Cir 1898.
Edward was involved in the Hungarian Gold & Silver Reduction Works Lim, at Abrudbanya, Transylvania late in the 19thC, at about this time he married Ida Erdebji a Hungarian.

Gold mines in Transylvania date back to the Roman period.

9. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Harman Villa Seacroft YKS. Edward is recorded as head of house single aged 45 a mining engineer born Nayland SFK

10. Edward H L Liveing's notes on the Torlesse family: 1903.
Liveing Archive: Images Notes 2 - 6

Tasmanian Notes April 1903 made by EHL about his Grandfather Henry Boden Torlesse [1622] on a trip to Tasmania. See Henry's notes & images file.

11. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Angel Inn Stoke by Nayland SFK. Edward is recorded as a boarder aged 55 married a mining engineer born Nayland SFK On census night the Inn Keeper William Tonkin had 4 guests, two single men, a law student and a wood hewer, & the Liveings

12. Edward H T Liveing: Letter from Margaret Fripp, 14 Jun 1914.
Liveing Archive 264a-d ME Fripp 25541 to EHTL 14 Jun 1914

13. Edward H T Liveing: Copy of letter to Miss M E Fripp [25541], 25 Jun 1914.
Liveing Archive 261a-b EHTL 445 to ME Fripp 25541 25 Jun 1914

14. Letter from Edward: To his uncle George Downing Liveing, 20 Oct 1920, Felixstowe SFK.
Liveing Archive Image IMG 3662 - 63

Melrose Hotel
20 October 1920
Dear Uncle
We came here on Monday for a week and yesterday I went over to Harwich and visited St Nicholas Church I have been able to get some further information re Liveings viz dates of birth and death of the 1st Robert Liveing and his wife Martha which completes the pedigree back to 1670. The old home in Kings Head Street is now divided into 2 tenancies and is in a deplorable state of filth and dilapidation.
Yours EHL

15. Letter from Oliver Williams: To Edward H T Liveing, 17 Nov 1920, Westminster LND.
Liveing Archive: Image IMG 3927

116 Victoria Street
17th November 1920

E. H. Liveing Esq
Brookfield House
Dear Liveing,
I am delighted to get a letter in your own handwriting and to know that you have been enjoying Felixstowe. It is a delightful spot and frankly I much prefer it to Harwich or Dovercourt.
I am sending your letter about the Liveing connections on to my sister Mary and clergyman brother Fred who are both interested in these matters.
I do not know whether you noticed but I remember that there are one or two gravestones in connection with the Liveing family in the churchyard close to the east end of the Church. I rather think there are one or two stones in the old Church yard on the opposite side of the street and seem to remember some inscription about Captain "Billie" i.e. William Liveing who you will remember commanded had one of the mail packets 100 years ago but my memory is not very clear.
Jackson, Church Street, Harwich is the name of the bookseller to whom I referred as likely to give you information.
We are all I am glad to say well and flourishing. I am as usual enjoying my very busy life.
With every kind wish.
Yours sincerely,
Oliver Williams.

16. Letter from Edward to and from: Mrs A M Fortescue [14684]., 28 Sep 1925, 3 Oct 1925, 8 Oct 1925.
Liveing Archive IMG 4209-4210
Edwards letters are handwriten copies he kept for his own records and are very scribbled and abbreviated

Long Stanton
28 September 1925

Mrs Knottesford Fortescue
Bridge Town House
Dear Mrs Fortescue
I am at present trying to make a new pedigree of the Downing - Baldwin - Chambers families and their descendants and am anxious to bring it up-to-date as much as possible. I wonder if you would kindly give me the names and dates of births of your own children and if any are married or dead kindly give these dates also - a large number of memorial rings and a large extensive collection of old letters, some dating back to 1713, have been helpful in fixing many facts and dates - I intend to have it lithographed in the same manner as I did with the Torlesse pedigree two years ago - and I shall be pleased to send a copy to any member of the family who take an interest in the subject - I have a number of packets of letters written from Alveston by aunt and uncle Knottesford to my grandmother between 1827 & 1859 when he died. I understand from your brother in law the Rev Vincent Fortescue that you were good enough to say that you would show me any portraits or relics of the Downings that you have at Bridge Town House if I called on you.
Yours very sincerely
Edward H Liveing
Copy of letter

Alvaston Manor,
Stratford on Avon
October 3. 25
Dear Mr Living (sic)
My son has the pictures at Wilmcote Vicarage when he went there he asked to have some of the portraits and he gave as he thought plain orders but in the end all the men were sent to the ladies left at the Manor House. Will you write to my son, the Rev J Nicholas K Fortescue Wilmcote Vicarage S M A. We should be pleased to see you and put you for the night should you be coming in this direction a little later in the autumn.
My daughter joins me in very kind regards.
Believe me to remain
Yours very sincerely.
A.M. Knottesford Fortescue.

Dorning Hotel Sherington
8 Oct 1925
Dear Mrs Fortescue
A large number of family relics have gradually come into my possession these consist of miniatures memorial rings seals & . . . . . etc also some pictures and books and a large collection of old letters - in order to make these things more intelligible and interesting to the next generation - I have been drawing up a joint pedigree of the Baldwin - Downing - Woolly and Chambers families and their descendants which I am anxious to bring up-to-date
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of many dates relating to Fortescue Dewes & Jacksons and I should be very glad if you could and would help me in this matter - I should also much like to see the portraits which I understand you have at Wilmcote and your mother has at Alveston - I propose to motor over to Stratford and put up for a night or two at one of the Stratford hotels - your mother very kindly offered to put me up for a night at Alveston later on in the autumn but I could not possibly put her to that trouble
Yours very sincerely
Edward H Liveing
My wife and I are staying at Sherington for another week - but shortly after our return home I propose
Copy of letter

17. Letters from Edward: To Rev J Nicholas Fortescue, 28 Sep 1925, 3 Oct 1925, 8 Oct 1925.
Liveing Archive IMG 4206 - 4217/19 4220/22 4239 - 44
Edwards letters are handwriten copies he kept for his own records and are very scribbled and abbreviated

27 October 1925
My dear Cousin
I was very glad to receive your kind letter Thursday morning for I was beginning to fear that you took no interest in your ancestors and the old family connection - and only considered my letter as a nuisance, but now I quite understand your silence I will put off my visit to Stratford until after your return home - and look forward with
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much pleasure to meeting you - I trust your wife will have benefited by your stay at Bournemouth - I am enclosing one of many letters which your G grandfather wrote to my grandmother dated The Deanery St Ninian's Perth July 8, 1851 - describing his visit to his son who had recently been made Dean if it interests you please keep it as I have many others.
Yours very sincerely
Edward H Liveing.

Brookfield House
18 Dec 1925
My dear cousin Nicholas
Many thanks for your kind letter and for the two excellent photographs of Alveston Manor House which I am very pleased to have - I am looking forward to visiting you again in the spring and I am anxious that our wives should meet as I feel sure they will like each
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other - you must both come over on the car . . . . . in the spring as I have so many things I want to show you and discuss with you I am also very anxious to take you over to Stoke. I have room to put? you . . . . . up here and will make you as comfortable as we can.
In going over the pedigree notes I made the other day I found I have omitted your wife's name and date of birth - also your sister Gabrielle's husband's name and date of marriage would you kindly let me have these.
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I find also I have not got the jotting relating to your uncles
John K. Fortescue's date of birth and death
George K Fortescue date of birth and marriage and name of wife and death.
Rev Vincent K Fortescue date of birth ditto marriage and name of wife.
I propose to write to your uncle Vincent to ask him for these particulars.
I am enclosing you a photograph engraving in the European Magazine of February 1801 of George Downing (my Gt grandfather) only son of George Downing Rector of Ovington - it is very like the miniature which I have & was probably taken from it.
With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
I am your affectionate cousin
Edward H Liveing

22 December 1925
My dear Cousin
It was a real pleasure to me to meet you and make your acquaintance the other day at Wilmcote and the only regret I have was that we had so short a time to talk of the project I hope however if we are both alive in the spring, to come over again (in the spring and that I may have the pleasure of a first hand talk with you)
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I have some 60 letters written by Maria F Knottesford (your grandmother to my grandmother CML between 1827 - 1852 MFR died in November 1852) also over 20 letters from Francis F Knottesford to my grandmother the last in 1859 the year of his death - so I am quite conversant about their life at the old Manor house during that long period - you told me you are now 81 - so you were
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about 15 years old at the time of his death and I should like to hear what you now can remember of the old times at Alveston when we meet again - I think I mentioned to you that I was drawing up a joint pedigree of the Downing - Baldwin - Chambers and Woolly families and their descendants in order to render the family relics & old letters which I have, more interesting and intelligible to the next generation. I am anxious to bring this pedigree up to date as far as possible - and I wonder if you would help me with some dates relating to Jackson's and Stowes? Which I have not got? I enclose a rough sketch showing the dates that I want - and if you would put in any that you can I should be very grateful do not however trouble about it if it is in any way a worry to you
Your affectionate Cousin
Edward H Liveing

The Rev V Fortescue
Corley Rectory Coventry
January 18, 1926
My dear Cousin
I am drawing up a joint pedigree of the Downing - Baldwin - Chambers & Woolly families & their descendants in order to make the relics old letters & and more in my possession more interesting & and intelligible to the next generation and I am trying to include as many dates of births marriages and deaths as possible I wonder if you would without much trouble to yourself and any dates and facts in respect to your two brothers John and George and yourself - I enclose a rough form showing what I know & what I don't and if you can add any dates et cetera I should be greatly obliged last November 24 I arranged to get over to Stratford and Wilmcote spending one night at Wilmcote with your nephew Nicholas. He and his wife who were most kind to me and gave me great pleasure to meet them . . . . . Mrs Fortescue unfortunately was . . . . . drove from Alveston Manor on that occasion but Nicholas took me over the house and showed everything which greatly interested me - I was surprised at the large number of old portraits in the house and at Wilmcote but I regret exceedingly that with the exception of the portraits of Dixon Downing and his son George Downing afterwards Archdeacon of Orpington none more are named and I understand that there is no one now living who knows who they represent
I had also the pleasure of meeting Miss Mary C Jackson when at Wilmcote and I had an interesting talk with her - your nephew very kindly invited me to come over again in the spring which D.V. I hope to do.
Your affectionate Cousin
Edward H Liveing

18. Edward H T Liveing: Copy letter to a Jackson Cousin re Dickson Downing.
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19. Edward H T Liveing: Letters from C M Ashwin, 7 Feb 1922, 38 Kildare St London.
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20. Edward H T Liveing: Copy of letter to Miss Edith Bowles, 16 Dec 1925.
Liveing Archive 262a-b EHT Liveing 445 to Edith Bowles enquiry 16 Dec 1925

21. Edward H T Liveing: Letter from Joan Rands, 16 Dec 1925.
Liveing Archive 263a-b Joan Rands 7067 to EHT Liveing 445 14 Dec 1925.
Advising Edward to write to Edith Bowles

22. Letter from Edward: To a Miss Downing, Aft 1925, Felixstowe SFK.
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Undated copy of a letter by E.H.T. Liveing.
After 1925.

Dear Miss Downing,
I received your letter today with much pleasure and interest, and I shall be delighted to meet you when next you are in England - if you will come and look us up here.
With regard to our line of Downings the pedigree is quite simple and certain back to Major Downing of the Guards in Charles II reign he is mentioned as Captain Downing by Pepys, see diary 9 November 1666 and 19 November 1667 he was my 5 times great grandfather but whether he was related to his contemporary Sir G D Downing of Downing St family or not we do not know - if he was we have to go further back to seek them.
My brother the Rev H.G.D. Liveing has of late been examining old Downing Wills but so far has not cleared up the matter and if he has any success I will let you know
I am sending you a photo reconstruction of a combined pedigree I drew up in 1925 to explain the large number of family relics miniatures and rings letters and so on now in my position I also enclose a photo of a very beautiful miniature name of Katherine Downing sister of George Downing my 9th grandfather her sister Marie Downing was great grandmother of my cousins the Knottesford Fortescues of Stratford on Avon who you know.
Yours very sincerely.
Edward H Liveing.

P.S. Should the price prove more I will send on balance.

I well remember Mr H Duncan Skrine coming to see my Father at 52 Queen Anne Street about 1870 ( I was then 15) I have a letter of his dated 25 June 1870 written to my Father re family history etc and enclosing a rough copy of the Skrine Pedigree which I have.
I remember that one of his sons named Sholto had a gun accident and seriously damaged his hand.

23. Letter from Edward: To Rev Vincent Fortescue, 18 Jan 1926.
Liveing Archive
Edwards letters are handwriten copies he kept for his own records and are very scribbled and abbreviated

The Rev V Fortescue
Corley Rectory Coventry
January 18, 1926
My dear Cousin
I am drawing up a joint pedigree of the Downing - Baldwin - Chambers & Woolly families & their descendants in order to make the relics old letters etc and more in my possession more interesting and intelligible to the next generation and I am trying to include as many dates of births marriages and deaths as possible. I wonder if you would without much trouble to yourself add any dates and facts in respect to your
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two brothers John and George and yourself - I enclose a rough form showing what I know & what I don't and if you can add any dates etc I should be greatly obliged last November 24 I arranged to get over to Stratford and Wilmcote spending one night at Wilmcote with your nephew Nicholas. He and his wife who were most kind to me and it gave me great pleasure to meet them . . . . . Mrs Fortescue unfortunately was away? from Alveston Manor on that occasion but Nicholas took me over the house and showed everything which greatly interested me - I was surprised at the large number of old portraits in the house and at Wilmcote but I regret exceedingly that with the exception of the portraits of Dickson Downing and his son George Downing afterwards Archdeacon of Ovington none more are named and I understand that there is no one now living who knows who they represent.
I had also the pleasure of meeting Miss Mary C Jackson when at Wilmcote and I had an interesting talk with her - your nephew very kindly invited me to come over again in the spring which D.V. I hope to do.
Your affectionate Cousin
Edward H Liveing

24. Letter from Edward: To Hope-Nicholson, 1928.
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Dr Mr N
Many thanks for your letter I am sorry the Hearn pedigree is evidently quite unreliable from your definite facts it came to me with a number of other pedigree notes (chiefly Alston's of Nayland) from my late Uncle G. Downing Liveing I think . . . . . it was probably drawn up from memory by someone possibly at Nayland
it is in one hand . . . . . in pencil but ink over by the same hand - but whose I do not know - it is not my grandmother C M Liveing's . . . . . I found amongst my father's papers the fragment of another pedigree which he says was found at Copford after my great aunt Julia Ambrose's death 1868 this I will copy and send you
I shall be glad to place any information I have re Harwich people houses and packet services at Mr Basil Hughes disposal though I don't know that it will give him much help with a history of Harwich. Perhaps he might come over one day and see me?

25. Letter from Edward: To his sister Harriet., 21 Jan 1928.
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Copy of a letter E H T Liveing to (possibly) his sister Harriet

21 Jan 1928
My dear Harry
Many thanks for your notes an particulars I will put in Richard Dixon as you suggest. I also have the fathers note re Richard Dickson of the Haberdashery Co and Denmark Street St Giles having had plague and recovering from it also that Dickson Downing lived in Denmark Street St Giles and died from effects of a fall in his own drawing room caused by catching his foot in the carpet.
I also remember our grandmother CML telling me both these stories when she showed me relics and letters in the cabinet drawers. I enclose a copy of 2 notes by Uncle George re Richard Dixon his wife and daughters. Mrs Sarah Dixon who died 20 October 1709 was evidently the wife of Richard Dixon and mother of Elizabeth Downing who died January 18, 1713. Her son Dickson Downing being then only 12 years old he inherited from his mother a considerable fortune (doubtless made by old Dixon in his clothing business) but being ill advised lent it out on some French . . . . . and before his death in 1745 he had lost most of it, it is evident from the letters of G Downing to his sister Bridget that she and her Mother were not too well off, and that Aunt Skrine widow of Richard Skrine (Dixon's half brother) wanted Bridget to come and live with her at Cobham (sic) this G.D. opposes and urges her to remain? with her mother and hopes to be able to provide for her on leaving college, subsequently her mother married again some man in the city, a match not approved by the family (according to Aunt Knottesford - G.D.L.) I do not know the man's name but only that she is buried at St Aldermanbury Church in the City. It is of course impossible to print particulars of people into the pedigree for want of space my intention is the pedigrees shall indicate who the people were and to add figures and separate notes about each person of whom I have relics or know facts regarding their lives.
The pedigree dated 1787 which I have shows the 3 children of Dickson Downing who died infants however I did not put them in the pedigree for want of space. The 1st wife of Nathaniel Chambers (Sarah Boucher) by whom he had one child who died an infant is also omitted for the same reason.
With regard to the Chamberlains they certainly came from Westmorland possibly from Kendal, the father was a yeoman farmer and the 3 sons were doubtless educated at Kendal Grammar School. Zachary and Nathanial both became Attorneys in London and Ephraim the youngest was apprenticed to (Sennex) a globemaker (some type of instrument maker of today). There is an interesting account of him in the Penny Encyclopedia according to G.D.L. he of course compiled the 1st encyclopaedia 3 large volumes and back? in 1728 an immense labour for one man to have accomplished, he died at the early age of 44 and is buried in the cloister of Westminster Abbey, in the tomb on the wall.
Nathanial was of Grays Inn but lived at Hackney which as the letter of his which I have dated 2 August 1750 speaks of peaches and nectarines in his garden was then a country place he died there 9 Dec 1755 aged 66 (mem Ring number 7) his burial there is recorded in the Hackney register. Zachary lived at Wesch...? (Vide G.D.L. letter to sister. Died December 1773). . . . . .

26. Letter from Hope-Nicholson: To Edward H T Liveing, 27 Jan 1928, Re old Harwich families.
Correspondance between Edward & Hedley Hope-Nicholson regarding the early family in Harwich. See also letters on searches of Hadleigh etc by Edwards brother William.

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On headed paper, Oxford & Cambridge Club, Pall Mall SW1, but crossed through
34 Tite Street
Chelsea SW
27 Jan 1928
Dear Sir
I have for some time been interested in the genealogy of the Liveing family, as Robert Liveing of Harwich was the executor of the will of my great great great grandfather, Thomas Hearn in 1776. I have just discovered, through being given a copy of the will, that he was also the testator's brother-in-law. If I am not mistaken in thinking
you are a member of the same family, I wonder if you have records showing the names of the parents of Sarah Hearn, Robert's wife? The Registers & inscriptions etc at Harwich give me three different couples as the possible parents of Thomas Hearn. I imagine that you are connected with the Harwich family (a) because the late President of St John's College Cambridge was the son of Edward Liveing, a surgeon of Nayland, Suffolk, in 1827, and (b) my ancestor's grand daughter Mary Ann Hearn married Ralph Willoughby Cleghorn in 1800, who shortly after was a surgeon at Nayland. He was my great grandfather. I have had few more names & dates of Liveings at Harwich if you would care for them.
With apologies for troubling you,
Yours faithfully
Hedley Hope-Nicholson

27. Letter from Hope-Nicholson: To Edward H T Liveing, 31 Jan 1928, Re old Harwich families.
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Letters to Edward enquiring of the family.

Oxford and Cambridge Club
Pall Mall SW1
34 Tite st
Chelsea SW
31 Jan 1928
Dear Sir
Your nephew, Mr E. G. D Liveing, will no doubt have written to you, mentioning my enquiry about the Liveings of Harwich.
I am specially anxious to know if you have any details about Sarah, wife of Robert Liveing, who must have been the sister of my great great great grandfather, Captain Thomas Hearn, R.N. She died in
1772, aged 49. There is some doubt as to which of three couples were the parents of Thomas Hearn, & perhaps the Liveing pedigree may settle this. His wife was an Ann, daughter of James Clements. I have notes as to Robert Liveing's parents, if you by any chance have not got them.
I may be going to Harwich on Friday, to stay with the Carlyon-Hughes, who are a great genealogists. I might be able to look up some point for you in the Registers, if you desire? My wife tells me that a cousin of hers, Archie Napier, married a Miss Liveing, perhaps she is a relation of yours?
Yours faithfully
Hedley Hope-Nicholson

28. Letter from Edward: To Hope-Nicholson, Feb 1928.
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Dear Mr Nicholson
My nephew forwarded me your letter of 27 June and I now have yours of 31st. so I must say that it has given me much pleasure to hear from a distant cousin and one who like myself is interested in records of the past. I am sending you per parcel post a Liveing pedigree drawn up by me in 1921 and lithographed - if it is of any interest to you please keep it (I have spare copies). I include also a rough copy of the Herne pedigree found amongst my old papers & notes re Harwich. It clearly shows that George Herne was the father of
Sarah who married Robert Liveing ( the 2nd.) and also of Thomas Hearn your ancestor, unfortunately it gives no dates and is imperfect I don't know who drew it up. I have a number of notes re Harwich etc and memoranda taken down by my late father Dr Edward Liveing (ob 1919) from the memoirs of his uncle Capt William Liveing (died 1871) & the Rev H T Liveing (died 1884) I have also a large number of letters by my great grandmother Harriet Liveing (wife of Capt Thomas Liveing) from Harwich between 1820 to 1837 the year of her death also a few earlier. I will look through these notes and letters and see if I can find anything of interest re Herne Cleghorn etc and make copies for you
1920 - I went through the register of St Nicholas Harwich with Job Brewster ? the old clerk but not thoroughly .as I was short of time any dates you can add to the Liveing pedigree I shall be glad of.
Yours very sincerely
E H Liveing

29. Letter from Hope-Nicholson: To Edward H T Liveing, 2 Feb 1928, Re old Harwich families.
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Oxford and Cambridge Club
Pall Mall SW1
34 Tite st
Chelsea SW
2 Feb 1928
Dear Mr Liveing
It is most kind of you to give me the copy of the splendid Liveing pedigree. Your nephew also suggested that I should write to his father, who has sent me his copy to look at. It is gratifying to find kinsman who are interested in genealogy, and able as well as willing to help. My great uncle Ralph Cleghorn seized and lost a book containing the Hearn pedigree, which I am reconstructing from family papers, tradition, and the registers. My mother would have been very much interested in your researches, had she been alive - she was the youngest daughter of Thomas Cleghorn, and a fourth cousin of yours. I add a little information for the Liveing pedigree. I have only met the Archie Napier's a few times, but I had no idea that the giants Charles and Sandy were my 5th
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cousins! The "Herne" pedigree, I am afraid, is rather in a tangle! Is it all in one script? It looks to me as if it were compiled at Nayland - the compiler knows all about my great aunts - not so much about the two elder brothers. Now my great grandmother, Mary Ann (Hearn) Cleghorn died, I think at Nayland, in 1840: I don't think Eliz. Hearn Cleghorn married Aggio (not Aggis) before 1846 - and Phillis married James Bruce in June 1856. Could it have been compiled by the widow (Cath Mary) of Edw Liveing, who was 2nd cousin of my great grandmother, and who lived, I believe, at Nayland? It looks to me as if it were confused family tradition - Thomas H. the I married and Ann Clements:
Thomas II married Eleanor (Townsend?)
George Ward married Elizabeth Hearn, 1751.
Joseph Deane married Eleanor Hearn, 1750, & had son William.
(no Sophia appears in Mr Carlyon-Hughes ' very big Deane pedigree)
Mary Hearn married Edmund Hunt, 1763
William Hearn married Susanna Annis, 1756
William Hearn & Elizabeth were the parents of George Poulson H born 1775, and of Maddison Hunt H born in 1777.
George Hearn was brother probably, not father, to most of the above (bap 1735,? buried 1785)
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I knew that Oliver Williams was a cousin of my grandfather's (he belonged to the same stock as Oliver Cromwell) but the pedigree shows me how, if it is to be relied on. My grandfather Cleghorn married Sarah Chisnall of Hadleigh: I wonder if the Chisnall's, or Orford's, come into your Hadleigh notes at all? Your collection of Harwich letters, etc sounds most interesting, and I shall look forward to any scraps of information. Some of it may not be very edifying perhaps - Thomas Hearn III was a terrible fellow, and a great trial to all his relations. "Aunt White" had to retire to Coggeshall to get away from him! When I return from Harwich, I will send you any thing I may happen to find, with the latest accounts of the seven pretenders to be the parents of Sarah wife of Robert Liveing! Mrs Carlyon-Hughes (The Chaseway, Dovercourt) with whom I am
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going to stay, is connected with the Deanes. Her son Basil is writing a history of Harwich, and I am sure he would be most grateful for anything bearing on the subject - social or topographical - especially owners and situation of houses, etc.
I am glad to hear that Bob Brewster is still alive - he was most helpful to me when I was there some years ago.
With many thanks
Yours sincerely
Hedley Hope- Nicholson

30. Letter from Hope-Nicholson: To Edward H T Liveing, 7 Feb 1928, Re old Harwich families.
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Oxford and Cambridge Club
Pall Mall SW1
34 Tite st
Chelsea SW
7 Feb 1928
Dear Mr Liveing
Your letter was forwarded to me from Dovercourt, where I found a few fresh facts, but not so much as I expected. The registers are so voluminous that I had not time to do all I wanted, & unfortunately forgot that Betts was one of your names - I remember that they came frequently. I enclose sheets of facts which you may not have. I am beginning to think that the traditional ancestors, William & Sarah Hearn, are right:
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and that she was a Simkin , Sarah Simkin's birthdate fits Mrs Sarah Hearn, & two of her grandchildren (by different children) were named Simkin. It is kind of you to promise me a copy of the other Hearn pedigree. It is possible that the Oliver Williams family have a pedigree? Perhaps you could tell me who is the present representative of the family. I have sent on your promise of help to Mr Carlyon-Hughes. If ever you come to London, it would be so pleasant to make your acquaintance. I met some other cousins at Dovercourt - Major and Miss Graves: they are descended from the Deanes, & share a Clements ancestor with me.
Yours sincerely
Hedley Hope-Nicholson.

31. Letter from Edward: To Hope-Nicholson, 13 Feb 1928.
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13 Feb 1928
Dear Mr Nicholson
Many thanks for your letter and the extracts from the Harwich Registers which are of such interest to me and will enable me to add some dates to my Liveing pedigree.
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I am seldom in London now but it would be a pleasure to me to meet you and have a chat and I will let you know beforehand the next time I am coming up and should it happen to be convenient to you I would call on you.
Your Herne pedigree showing the Simking (sic) connection is very interesting and certainly looks as if it was correct the reusing of the name in the next generation being good evidence -
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I enclose you the torn fragment of Pedigree of Copford I mentioned - it however seems to be the same sort of mixup from someone's imperfect memory that the former one was - George Hearn is again put in as father of Sarah Thomas etc . . . . . and a daughter of grandmother Peppers put in as his possible wife - who was grandmother Pepper? My father's notes on Liveings Harwich mostly in pencil on sheets of notepaper . . . . .
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taken down when staying with his Uncle Rev H. T. Liveing at Tansor Rectory at various dates some also from when staying with his Aunt Ambrose (Julia Liveing ob 1868) agd 80. I am making copies in ink of all these and when finished will send you for perusal and you can send on to Mr Basil Hughes if you think they would interest him -
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with regard to the Williams family I don't think they have any pedigree that would help you I called on Oliver Williams about 1920 to get any information he might have but he knew nothing but what I already knew.
Edmund the eldest son died a good many years ago Oliver died a year or two since. I believe the youngest son the Rev H. William
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is still alive he was Vicar of Duston Northampton have few years ago he however left that place for some church in Leicester but his present address I do not know. I will however find out from my Sister Mrs Rands of Northampton. It might perhaps be worth your while to write to him I remember staying with the Williams in Harwich when a boy some time in the sixties and being shown the old home in King Street where my great grandfather lived and died and also his father . . . . . there is a water colour drawing for this house made by my Aunt Mary about 1860 a photo of which I will send with copies of my father's notes . . . . .

32. Letter from Hope-Nicholson: To Edward H T Liveing, 16 Feb 1928, Re old Harwich families.
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On headed paper Oxford & Cambridge Club crossed through.

34 Tite Street
Chelsea SW
16 Feb 1928
Dear Mr Liveing
Very many thanks for the extra Hearn pedigree which you so kindly copied out for me, & for the promise of a photograph of the Liveing house in Harwich. I can't think who grandmother (or Godmother?) Pepper was. George Herne was of a later generation than Sarah Liveing's father. I will look up the Rev H. Williams in Crockford. He might possibly have some
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papers which might help. Your anecdote about the names of the officers on the packet is very amusing. I have just had a letter from Mrs Wetherall, the last of Captain George Deane's daughter's (aged 98) who has asked me to see her, at Pangbourne. She once saw Sarah Liveing's niece, Mrs White, (who was born in 1753) and says she kept a china bowl full of sovereigns over a door! Although she died in 1846, she seems quite real to me, as I have furniture, china, & letters of hers, and have always heard of her as "Aunt White". Mrs Wetherall said my letter was like a voice from the dead! It seems I am only just in time to rescue these scraps of family history.
Yours sincerely
Hedley Hope-Nicholson

33. Letter from Hope-Nicholson: To Edward H T Liveing, 18 Mar 1928, Re old Harwich families.
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More House
34 Tite Street
18 March 1928
Kensington 1599

Dear Mr Liveing
I am returning your notes on Harwich & the Liveings with the two prints of the silhouettes, and the copies of the two letters. It is most kind of you to have sent them to me, and I enjoyed reading them immensely. They have made that period at Harwich, of which I knew a little, seem so much more real. The two letters are delightful. I had no idea
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that the Packet Commanders were so well off. But I'm afraid some of them at least knew how to spend! A great deal of the Hearn money went at the "Three Cups" - which made their refusal to give me luncheon the other day doubly annoying!
I imagine the Hope family that so elated Capt Bridge were our Dutch cousins, the bankers of Amsterdam. Old Mr Hopkins was the male witness at the marriage of my great grandmother Mary Ann Hearn to Ralph Cleghorn. There is a portrait of Capt. Thomas Hearn II (her father) in South Africa - but the owner of it says it is too dark to distinguish anything, but
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will not have it photographed - even at my expense! Mrs Wetherall (the youngest of Capt. George Deane's daughters) is a wonderful old lady, in spite of her 98 years and has various quaint anecdotes of the relations at Harwich. She has a young grandson, Robin Baillie, who is interested in genealogy, luckily. I send you a little reminiscence of hers which may amuse you! I am sending on my copy of your notes to B Carlyon-Hughes at Dovercourt, in case there is
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anything for his book. I am hoping to go to Coggeshall soon to search the registers there, as I am trying to find out who the wife of Capt Thomas Hearn II was - Eleanor was her Christian name: she may have been a Townsend of Coggeshall.
With many thanks for the loan of your papers,
Yours sincerely
Hedley Hope-Nicholson.

34. Letter from Edward: To Mrs E L Fenn, 22 May 1934, Longstanton CAM.
Brookfield House
22 May 1934
My dear Mrs Fenn
As promised I now enclose you six prints from old negatives taken by my father and myself of the old house in 1874, they show well in what a dilapidated condition it was before cousin Edward had it so beautifully restored.
I also enclose a photo copy of a watercolour sketch by James Boggis of Nayland Street in 1838 the fine old redbrick vicarage on the right was pulled down before I can remember.
It was a great pleasure to me to see you and Adria the other day and I hope to be able to get over to Stoke and Nayland again sometime this summer.
Yours very sincerely
Edward H. Liveing
Letter without envelope on file E L Fenn 2007.

35. Letter from Edward: To Dr E W Ainely-Walker author of "Skrine of Warleigh", 4 Oct 1935, Longstanton CAM.
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Brookfield House
4 October 1935
Dear Dr Walker
My brother Rev H.G.D. Liveing has sent me your letter and enclosure re R Dickinson. I am much interested and should like if it is not too late to be a subscriber to your book on the Skrine family I therefore enclose a cheque for 25/-.
A few years ago I drew up a combined pedigree of the Downing Baldwin Chamberlain and Woolley . . . . . page missing
Memorial rings one which does not appear to be a death ring. It has a cross of 5 diamonds and one ruby in centre inside it is engraved Sir George Molesworth with no date and outside in blue enamel is
he was the 2nd son of Sarah Skrine who married W Molesworth
Yours very sincerely,
Edward H Liveing.

36. Letters: Edward to Robert his nephew, 3 Apr 1949, 15 Apr 1949, 12 May 1949, 7 Jun 1949, Brookfield House Longstanton CAM.
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Brookfield House
3 April 1949
My dear Bob
I am sorry I kept you so long without a letter but there really was nothing to tell of.
After 5th of April the balance at the Bank will be too large and some of it should be reinvested I consider a balance of L4000 is enough to keep and anything over should be invested of course the difficulty is to decide what to invest in.
There is nothing new here I will write again in a few days.
Your affectionate Uncle
E H Liveing

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Brookfield House
Good Friday
15 April 1949.
My dear Bob,
I am afraid I have left your kind letter of 10 some days unanswered.
I was not surprised at Kerridges bill of L60 and paid it at once. They have done no more since. I am afraid I may have left the drains round the house in a sad muddle but the rain water and sewerage fr closets seem to get away all right.
Since Mr Rae left - Mrs Rae has kept on the room paying some rent, but I have had to get
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Walter Crisp to sleep in my house so as to have an able-bodied man in case of burglars etc he occupies the room you usually have, and it makes it difficult to put you up at home I should be delighted to see you for a few days.
The Bank take no trouble about me as long as I keep a big balance that is all that matters to them there is no urgency re reinvestment.
I don't think there is anything else to tell you of at present.
Your affectionate uncle
Edward H Liveing.

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Brookfield House
12 May 1949
My dear Bob
Many thanks for your letter, here also there is nothing new to tell of - I had a letter from John but I couldn't reply as he gives me no instructions how to address him or where - there is a balance at the Bank of L6307 some of which should be reinvested but it can stand over for the present -
I am much as usual and Miss A is pretty well I am glad to say.
Your affectionate Uncle
Edward H Liveing

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Brookfield House
7 June 1949
My dear Bob
Many thanks for your letter I am glad to hear that things are going on at Radlett much as usual here I have nothing much to tell of - I am a poor useless old crock and can do no useful work and the only exercise I get is a walk round the garden 2 or 3 times a day - it looks as if I may reach my 94th birthday on the 30th but if I do I shall still be 3 years younger than my Uncle G D L who was 97 at the time of his death. I should of course be glad to see you though there is nothing
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that I want doing particularly at the moment some of the large bank balance wants reinvesting but it can wait -
I had a postcard today from John who is in Dublin for a holiday -
Miss Arnold is well I am thankful
With best love to you all
Your affectionate Uncle
Edward H Liveing

37. Letters: Edward & his houskeeper to Robert his nephew, 3 Apr 1949, 15 Apr 1949, 12 May 1949, 7 Jun 1949, Brookfield House Longstanton CAM.
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Brookfield House
17 July 1949.
My dear Bob,
I will be glad to hear you had got home I hope the short change at Brighton has done Josephine some good?
Here I have a good many changes to tell of the Turners are going but I have got a nice young man and wife to take the sheds on the same terms he had been RAF man but is now studying for a Camb degree.
The Rae's our house lodgers
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are also going and I must find someone to take their place, on 25 July Miss A is going for her two-week holiday to rest at her sister in London and I shall have to do with Alice who will sleep in the house as she did last year.
A new up-to-date list of my securities ought to be made out and checked by the Bank but I feel quite incapable of doing this alone I shall need your help and I hope you will come down
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for a few days after Miss Arnold returns from her holiday.
I am a poor useless crock.
Your affectionate uncle
E H Liveing

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Brookfield House
13 August 1949
My Dear Bob,
I badly need your help my mental powers seem failing and I cannot keep in touch with my cash and securities, a new list of the securities once making out with present valuations to replace the old one of May 1948 and I am quite incapable of doing this.
When can you come down and help me?
Your affectionate Uncle
E H Liveing

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Brookfield House
Tuesday 20 Sep 1949 (date from postmark)
Dear Mr Liveing
Dr Cain came in this morning and thought your uncle a bad colour and told me to let him know at once if I saw any change in him, I reminded him to communicate with you, he said he would write to you. As far as I can see, he is just the same as when you were here, very peaceful eating his food quite as well as usual.
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I told Dr Cain, he was sleeping a good deal, his remark was, very merciful, I will write to keep you acquainted with how he is. I don't want him to sense that we are anxious about him.
Just keeping the atmosphere round him very quiet and peaceful.
Mrs (Catherine) Butters has written to say she would like him to come in for an hour or two tomorrow Wednesday, he got all irritable and fussed and said he had no wish to see her, and then left it to me to do as I liked
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I Have arranged for a Taxi to meet her at Cambridge Station and will warn her not to excite him because the doctor says his heart is not too good.
Alice and I will have both our bedroom doors open during the night and I am letting Walter, do all the Cambridge shopping, he has not liked me going to Cambs for some time, you will know at once, if things get worse. I am keeping the bed is made up in the spare room.
Yours Sincerely
D Arnold

38. Letters: Edward & his houskeeper to Robert his nephew, 3 Apr 1949, 15 Apr 1949, 12 May 1949, 7 Jun 1949, Brookfield House Longstanton CAM.
Liveing Archive 11b EHL
Brookfield House
Sept 23 1949 (taken from the postmark)
My dear Bob
I am afraid Barr has made a mistake to put the Family Relics into the will - it will cause very heavy death duty - I really cannot deal with this matter and think you better come down and straighten things out while I can still alter my will.
Your affectionate Uncle
E H Liveing.

Liveing Archive 08b EHL
Brookfield House
Oct 23 1949
Dear Bob
Many thanks for your letter telling me of Norah's engagement I wish her every happiness and good luck in the matter you must let me know when the marriage is to take place so that I can send her a wedding present -
There is nothing new to report here.
I get more and more useless as time goes on but can only expect this
Page 2
I hear from no one but you and St John what the rest of the family are doing I have no information -
Your affectionate Uncle
Edward H Liveing

Liveing Archive 19b EHL
Brookfield House
24 Oct 1949 (from postmark)
Dear Mr Liveing
Many times I have been going to write you a few lines, I have no doubt as I have not written, you know everything is going on all right your Uncle is about the same as when you were here, varies a little, from day-to-day, eating his foods as well as usual, I don't think he is
Page 2
sleeping quite as well, but he is going along very quiet and happily. I went down to Mr Wrights to get some oil for the Atco, and he mentioned, to me, his son would very much like to live on the lawn.
I said I would speak to your Uncle about it, which I did he said then, he had no objections, if they got in you would not be able, to get them out, because he works for his father, all the people, that have lived there have been temporary.
Walter took a big Hamper of Apples
Page 3
down to them, they were very pleased. I hope you are all keeping well my Best Wishes for your Daughters Happiness.
Yours Sincerely
D Arnold

39. Letters: Edward & his housekeeper to Robert Liveing, 3 Apr 1949, 15 Apr 1949, 12 May 1949, 7 Jun 1949, Brookfield House Longstanton CAM.
Liveing Archive 17b EHL
Brookfield House
3 November 1949 (postmark)
Dear Mr Liveing
Your Uncle is fairly well about the same as when you were here, he was interested and pleased to receive Norah's letter, and also news of her engagement.
At the moment he is rather unhappy about, cigarettes, he tells me he has dipped heavily into his reserves,
Page 2
he knows that I am writing to ask if you are able to collect some for him, last night, he said I was not to write and worry you, but he agreed to let me write this morning.
I also asked Alice to get some, (she will).
He upsets himself if I go to Cambridge, sometimes I have to go, I am always back into a half hours, it does not give me any time to scrunge(?) apart from Matthew
Page 3
Alice says there was a man in the middle of the drive when she came in the other night, several times there has been someone down by the gates, Mrs Turner told me the same, last evening I spoke to Mr Baguely he said he had turfed, one or two out, sometimes when he has come home 11 o'clock at night. Your uncle does not know about this, I wondered if you would write to the Police about it, I think they would take notice of view when they might not me. Best Wishes to You All
Yours Sincerely
D Arnold.

Liveing Archive 07b EHL
Brookfield House
Nov 16, 1949
My dear Bob
Many thanks for the 500 Craven A received this morning it will make an ample addition to my reserve.
I enclose 17/6 X 5 = . . . . . 1/6 postage = L4 9s 0d if postage was more let me know and I will put it right.
There is nothing new here to report.
Your affectionate Uncle
E H Liveing

40. Letters: Edward to Robert his nephew, 3 Apr 1949, 15 Apr 1949, 12 May 1949, 7 Jun 1949, Brookfield House Longstanton CAM.
Liveing Archive 12b EHL
Brookfield House
Dec 8 1949
My dear Bob
I am afraid I have left your last letter some time unanswered but there is nothing to tell of here the Adyias (?) do not go away until 16th and return 2nd of Jan they are putting no one to sleep in the sheds which I think unwise as burglars may break in and take anything they can find.
I am having an able-bodied man to sleep here while they are away.
Page 2
I enclose a L5 cheque for Norah as a wedding present I send to you as I don't know her fresh address.
I am much as usual and Miss A is pretty well I'm glad to say I am glad you have got over your bad colds.
I don't think I have anything to tell you.
Your affectionate Uncle
Edward H Liveing

Liveing Archive 20b EHL
Brookfield House
Dec 23/49
Dear Mr and Mrs Liveing
Thank you both very much, for the very pretty present and your kind remembrance of me. Your Uncle is fairly well and it has cheered him up because everybody have (sic) remembered him. Marjorie and Ted wrote him nice long letters and asked if he would like, to see them, he advised them to come for a day when the days were longer,
Page 2
It does seem a pity that they don't write him a letter at regular intervals, he enjoys that more than anything else. It is weeks now since he was able to go in to the garden.
Baguelys have gone to Africa, for once we are lucky, the best pair are left to occupy the huts, I believe the man is clever he is at Trinity College, and if he is successful, is going in for research on Atomic energy. I was very glad to see him cementing up the cracks, he took the mower to pieces and got it going. Quite the best pair, we have had there
they have gone away for a fortnight Xmas holiday, we have got Will the head batmen, sleeping in (Alice's Friend) while they are away will stop I hope you have all recovered from your colds and be able to enjoy the Xmas Fare.
Thank Norah, and Millie, for their kind remembrance.
wishing you all a very Happy Xmas.
Yours Sincerely
Daisie Arnold.

41. Letters: Edward to Robert his nephew, 3 Apr 1949, 15 Apr 1949, 12 May 1949, 7 Jun 1949, Brookfield House Longstanton CAM.
Liveing Archive 15b EHL
Brookfield House
Dec 30 1949
Dear Bob
I am in a hopeless muddle about I (sic) Tax returns and wish you would come down and try and straighten things out - I have become quite incapable - the bank would help but want papers I can't find
Your affect Uncle
E H Liveing

Liveing Archive 14b EHL
Brookfield House
9 Jan 1950
My dear Bob
Many thanks for your kind letter of 7th inst.
The Bank have taken over the income Tax business and although I could not supply all the papers they asked for will I hope manage to carry on
I don't think there is any need for you to come down here at present but I will write if it seems desirable - take care of yourself and don't try to do too much -
Your affectionate Uncle
E H Liveing

Liveing Archive 13a EHL
Brookfield House
March 20, 1950.
Dear Bob
Many thanks for letter giving particulars of Norah's wedding - don't trouble about me I shall not need your help in any case until after you return from Ireland - there is nothing new to tell of here - and things are going on as usual.
Your affectionate Uncle
Edward H Liveing

42. Letters: Edward to Robert his nephew, 3 Apr 1949, 15 Apr 1949, 12 May 1949, 7 Jun 1949, Brookfield House Longstanton CAM.
Liveing Archive 16b EHL
Brookfield House
1 May 1950
Dear Bob
Many thanks for your last letter telling me of your return home after Norah's wedding.
You don't say anything about your own health but I hope that . . . . . not suffered from . . . . . any exertions you must have had while away - there is nothing new here to tell of things are going much as usual - let me hear how you are.
Your affectionate Uncle
E H Liveing
PS I will let you know when in May it will be
Page 2
convenient for you to come for a couple of days as you propose.
Your affectionate Uncle
E H Liveing

Liveing Archive 10b EHL
Brookfield House
2 May 1950
Dear Bob
I can now put you up for 2 nights any date you wish to fix so choose your date and let me know when I may expect you
Your affectionate Uncle
E H Liveing

Liveing Archive 09b EHL
Brookfield House
Jun 26 1950.
Dear Bob
I was glad of your letter of 22 June and to hear you can now tackle garden work without overdoing yourself.
Here there is no news to give it looks as if I shall reach my 95th birthday on 30th. Miss A and I are both fairly well and things going on as usual.
Your affectionate Uncle
E H Liveing

43. Sale of Brookfield House: Pt 1, 27 Apr 1951, Longstanton CAM.

44. Sale of Brookfield House: Pt 2, 27 Apr 1951, Longstanton CAM.

45. Edward H L Liveing: Notes on the Knottesford Family Of Alveston WAR.

46. Edward H T Liveing:
Edward had a widely varying life, an invitation to a concert at Buckinham Palace, his card for an Eastern Europe minerals company.

47. Letter from Mr Greenfield: To Mrs Atkinson, Undated, Cromby Terrace Southampton.
Liveing Archive: Image 3880 - 3882
This matter is attributed to Prof. Edward Henry T Liveing with no certainty (2011)

Copy of Mr Greenfield's letter to Mrs Atkinson
I fear Professor Liveing will find it a difficult matter to show his descent from Sir G. Downing of East Hatley the founder of Downing College or from his first cousin and heir to the baronetcy Sir Jacob Garrard Downing the last Bt who died without issue, 6th of February 1764, when the Downing estates reverted according to the disposition under the will of his cousin and predecessor Sir George who died 10th of June 1749, which will was confirmed by decree of the Lord Chancellor Camden 17th of June 1768. The charter for incorporation of the college having been approved by the Privy Council was confirmed by the King and passed the Great Seal under Lord Chancellor Loughborough 22 September 1800, when your grandfather's (E.B.T) Uncle Francis Annesley M.D. of Reading was appointed the first Master of the College. This Frances Annesley was shown to be the nearest male representative of the Founder - being son and heir of Mary Hanbury the eldest daughter and heiress of Francis Cotton, only daughter of John Cotton Esq and his wife Francis Downing eldest daughter of Sir George Downing 1st Bart, and eldest aunt of Sir G Downing the founder (who was 3rd Bart). It appears that the Founder died leaving a daughter, who seven months after her father's death married 23 February 1750 John Bagnall Esq and brought L.20,000 into settlement, but she does not appear to have been included in the entale created by her father's will which was made in 1717 (32 years before his death) at which time I fancy she was not born. There was a Rev George Downing a Prebendary of Ely. He was living in 1802 and had an only son, George Downing barrister at law of Lincoln's Inn who died S.P. 10 October 1800 to the great grief of his parents; but I cannot discover that the Prebendary of Ely was in any way related to the East Hatley family. I cannot find a Dixon Downing. The Founder was an only son. His father Sir George 2nd Bart was the eldest of three brothers William the second brother died S.P. Charles the third brother was father of Sir Jacob Garrard Downing 4th and last Bart.
Crombury Tce
Letter without envelope on file E L Fenn 2007.

Edward married Ida ERDEBJI [26928].

Noted events in her life were:

1. Image of Ida Erdebji: Cir 1898.
Images 293

2. Letters in Hungarian involving Edward Liveing & Ida Erdebji: Cir 1898.
Images 286

3. Letters in Hungarian involving Edward Liveing & Ida Erdebji: Cir 1898.
Images 287

4. Letters in Hungarian involving Edward Liveing & Ida Erdebji: Cir 1898.
Images Part 1 288

5. Letters in Hungarian involving Edward Liveing & Ida Erdebji: Cir 1898.
Images Part 2 288

6. Letters in Hungarian involving Edward Liveing & Ida Erdebji: Cir 1898.
Images 289, 290, 291, 292.

Edward next married Emily Sarah JONES [446], daughter of Joseph Gray JONES [11203], on 17 Nov 1904 in Emmanual West Dulwich Lambeth London. Emily was born on 12 Nov 1862 in Finsbury London, died on 7 Feb 1939 in Longstanton CAM aged 76, and was buried on 13 Feb 1939 in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

General Notes:
Emily Sarah Jones
Marital Status: Single
Birth Date: 1859
Marriage Date: 12 Sep 1881
Marriage Place: St Peter's Church, Derby, Derbyshire, England
Marriage Age: 22
Father: Joseph Gray Jones
Spouse: John Bosworth
FHL Film Number: 2082643

Name: Edward Henry Liveing
Marriage Date: 17 Nov 1904
Marriage Place: Emmanuel, West Dulwich, Lambeth, England
Father: Edward Liveing
Spouse: Emily Bosworth
Register Type: Parish Register

Emily was a widow at her wedding to Edward of Senta Acrlet? Row West Dulwich. Witnesses were E Sutton Reid and S P Reid

LIVEING - On Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1939, at Brookfield House, Long Stanton, Cambridgeshire, Emily LIVEING, the beloved wife of E. H. LIVEING. Funeral 12 noon. Monday, Feb. 13, at Stoke-by-Nayland Parish Church. The Times, Feb 10, 1939; pg. 1; Issue 48226; col A.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Spondon DBY. Emily is recorded as a wife aged 32 born Finsbury London.

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Harman Villa Seacroft YKS. Emily is recorded as a servant (housekeeper) a widow aged 37 born London.

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Angel Inn Stoke by Nayland SFK. Emily is recorded as aged 48 married 7 yrs no children born London

1305. Frances LIVEING [451] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P. [100]1097, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 5 Feb 1857 in Cambridge CAM., was christened on 5 Apr 1857 in St Andrew Cambridge CAM, and died on 3 Feb 1903 in Briarcombe Haslemere SRY aged 45.

General Notes:
Holland = Liveing. At Stoke by Nayland, Frederick C, son of Rev Charles Holland, rector of Petworth, to Frances, daughter of Edward Liveing, M.D. of Queen Anne Street Cavendish Square, Feb 5.
Ref: Pall Mall Gazette Tuesday, 8 February 1881

An alternative marriage ref for a Frances Liveing Mar Qtr 1881 Sudbury 4a 5[06]1 BDM

6 Feb 1903
Holland: On Tuesday, 3 Feb 1903. At Briarcombe, Haslemere Surrey, Frances, the dearly loved wife of Frederic Catesby Holland, and daughter of Edward Liveing, MD of Queen Ann Street, aged 45.

Picture pg 134 Bygone Days

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Francis is described as a daughter aged 4 born Cambridge CAM

2. Childhood paintings by Frances: 1865.

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Francis is described as a daughter aged 14 scholar born Cambridge CAM

4. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Dulwich Camberwell LND. Frances is recorded as a wife aged 24 born Cambridge CAM

5. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Hillside Leatherhead SRY. Frances is recorded as a wife aged 34 born Cambridge CAM

Frances married Frederick Catesby HOLLAND [452], son of Rev Charles HOLLAND [1738] and Emily TORLESSE [1673], on 5 Feb 1881 in Stoke By Nayland SFK. Frederick was born on 14 Apr 1853 in Shipley SSX, was christened on 12 May 1853 in Shipley SSX, and died in Mar 1939 in Chichester SSX aged 85.

General Notes:
Frederick Catesby Holland
Baptism Date:12 May 1853
Baptism Place:Shipley, Sussex, England
Father:Charles Holland
FHL Film Number:1041563
Reference ID:item 1

Frederick was a solicitor.

Messrs, Sanderson, Holland, Adkin, and Co, Queen Victoria Street, announce that in consequence of the retirement from practice of Mr Frederick Catesby Holland the style of the firm will in future be Sanderson, Adkin, and Lee.
Morning Post 1 May 1897.

After his second marriage they lived in Johannesburg South Africa.

Holland Frederick Catesby of Kingsway Lower Bognor Road Bognor Regis Sussex died 17 January 1939 Administration London 16 March 1953 to Dorothy Mary Frances Catesby Smith widow.
Effects L433 3s 3d
National Probate Calendar.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Petworth SSX. Frederick is recorded as a son aged 8 a scholar born Shipley SSX

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, The Rectory Petworth SSX. Frederick is recorded as a son unmarried aged 17 a scholar born Shipley SSX

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Dulwich Camberwell LND. Frederick is recorded as head of house married aged 27 a solicitor born Shipley by Horsham

4. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Hillside Leatherhead SRY. Frederick is recorded as head of house married aged 39 a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature in England born Shipley SSX

Children from this marriage were:

   1616 M    i. Evelyn Catesby HOLLAND [459] was born on 26 Feb 1882 in West Dulwich SRY and died on 9 Nov 1955 in General Hospital Bloemfontein South Africa aged 73.

General Notes:
Holland. February 26, at Norwood, the wife of Frederic Catesby Holland, of a son.
London Evening Standard 1 March 1882.

Evelyn settled in South Africa.

Holland. Evelyn Catesby of Shottermill District Faunesmith South Africa died 9 November 1955 at the General Hospital Bloemfontein Orange Free State South Africa. Probate Bloemfontein to Katharine Gwendolyn David Holland. Effects. 2070 19 8 in England. Sealed London 9 November 1956.
National Probate Calendar.

Evelyn married Katherine Gwendoline David KENNELLY [7065], daughter of John E KENNELLY [23625] and Katharine [23626], in May 1922. Katherine was born 3 Qtr 1891 in Wandsworth LND and was christened on 11 Oct 1891 in All Saints Wandsworth LND.

General Notes:
In January 1921 a Katharine Gwendolyn Kennelly aged 29 a teacher travelled from Durban to London. Ref Ancestry.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Wandsworth LND. Katharine is recorded as a daughter aged 9 born Wandsworth LND

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Eltham KEN. Katharine is recorded as a student unmarried aged 19 born Wandsworth England

   1617 F    ii. Dorothy Mary Frances Catesby HOLLAND [460] was born on 31 Jan 1884 in Carlyle Square Chelsea London SW and died 1 Qtr 1967 in Reg Kensington LDN.

General Notes:
Dorothy Mary Frances Catesby Holland
Marital statusspinster
Banns date08 Sep 1912
Spouse's name(s)William Arthur Smith
Spouse's marital statusbachelor
Spouse's residenceSt Johns, Paddington, London
Event typeBanns
Records year range1831-1916
ArchiveWarwickshire County Record Office

Dorothy Mary Frances Catesby Holland
Birth year1884
Marital statusspinster
Marriage date07 Oct 1912
Spouse's first name(s)William Arthur
Spouse's last nameSmith
Spouse's age27
Spouse's birth year1885
Spouse's marital statusbachelor
Spouse's residenceLondon W
Spouse's occupationBank Clerk
Father's nameFrederick Catesby Holland
Father's occupationSolicitor
Spouse's father's nameWilliam Arthur Smith
Spouse's father's occupationMerchant
First witnessEdwr Living
Second witnessAnn Smith
Document typeParish registers
ArchiveWarwickshire County Record Office.

Dorothy is recorded as aged 84 at her death

Dorothy married William Arthur SMITH [461], son of William Arthur SMITH [27812], on 7 Oct 1912 in Combrook WAR. William was born in May 1885 in Norwich NFK and died before 1953.

General Notes:
None of the below is proved to William Smith [461]

Civil Births
William Arthur Smith
Registration Year: 1885
Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
Registration district: Norwich Norfolk
Volume: 4b
Page: 130

In 1901 Census William aged 15 was recorded as a medical student born Norwich

Birth year1884
Death quarter1
Death year1946
Record setEngland & Wales Deaths 1837-2007

1306. Margaret "Meg" LIVEING [453] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P. [100]1097, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 21 Dec 1858 in Highbury Middlesex. She was usually called Meg.

General Notes:
Rands = Liveing. On the 28th ult, at the Rectory Church, St Marylebone, by the Rev W Page Roberts, MA, George William Rands, of Northampton, to Margaret, daughter of Edward Liveing, MD, of Queen Anne Street, Cavendish square.
Ref: Northampton Mercury Friday 4 December 1891.

Marriage of Mr G W Rands and Miss Margaret Liveing.
On Saturday afternoon the marriage of Mr George William Rands, solicitor, Northampton, son of Mr G Rands (Borough Register), and Miss Margaret Liveing, daughter of Dr Edward Liveing, Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, was celebrated at the Rectory Church St Marylebone. The ceremony was performed by the Rev W Page Roberts.
The bride's dress was of cream brocade and satin; and the bridesmaids, two little girls were Miss Dorothy Catesby Holland (niece of the bride) and Miss Dorothy Lamb (cousin of the bridegroom). Mr Knyvett, of Northampton, officiated as best man. An "At Home" was afterwards held at the residence of Dr Liveing, father of the bride. The bride and bridegroom left during the afternoon for Torquay, where the honeymoon is being spent. The presents were very handsome, and being so numerous formed a lovely collection.
Northampton Mercury for December 1891.

In 1917 Margaret was living at "Field Head " Dallington Ave Northhampton.

Picture pg 134 Bygone Days

Research Notes:
See attached sources.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Margaret is recorded as a daughter aged 2 born Highbury MDX

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Margaret is described as a daughter aged 12 a scholar born Islington? MDX

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Margaret was described as a daughter aged 22 unmarried born Highbury MDX

Meg married George William RANDS [454], son of George RANDS [10859] and Julia WRIGHT [10860], on 28 Nov 1891 in Rectory Church St Marylebone LND. George was christened on 23 Jan 1853 in Northampton NTH and died in Mar 1940 in Northampton NTH aged 87.

General Notes:
Northants Solicitor Dead.
Worked at 87, Despite Blackout.
Mr G. W. Rands.
By the death of Mr George William Rands, which took place at his home, Field Head, Darlington Avenue Northampton on Saturday, the legal profession in Northampton loses its oldest practising member.
Mr Rands, who was 87, continued to work at his office, despite the blackout, until a few weeks ago. Mr Rands began practice as a solicitor in 1874 in partnership with his father, who founded the business now known as George and G W Rands in 1842. His son Mr St John Rands, after serving throughout the last war with the 4th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, joined the firm in partnership with him in 1921.
The firm is thus nearly 100 years old, and has been under the personal superintendence of father, son, and grandson for the whole of that period, a remarkable record and one that is possibly unique in this country.
Mr Rands was the oldest son of a family of 8
Law Society Presidency.
He was president of the Law Society from 1913 to 1980 on his 80th birthday he described to a "Mercury and Herald" reporter the great changes he had seen in his long connection with the legal profession, changes which were, however, scarcely less striking than the transformation in the appearance of Northampton.
Mr Rands succeeded his father, Mr George Rands, who died in 1902, as registrar of the Borough Court of Record, a position he held at the time of his death. The court is a relic of Saxon days.
Mr Rands in his youth was a keen Rugby player and good swimmer, as well as being an excellent sporting shot. He was of a rather retiring disposition and devoted much of his time in his later years to his garden and home. He had a most conscientious and upright character in all things, and a cheerful, kindly and lovable disposition.
He leaves a widow and son, Mr G St John Rands. His 2nd son, Mr Oliver Rands, gave his life for his country in the Great War and his daughter, Miss Julie Violet Rands, died 2 years ago.
Ref: Northampton Mercury 29 March 1940.

Mr G W Rands; The death occurred at his home at Northampton during the week-end of Mr George William RANDS senior partner in the firm of G and G W Rands, Solicitors, at the age of 87. Mr Rands was Northampton's oldest lawyer, and despite his great age continued to work at his office until a few weeks ago. He had been in practice since 1874, when he became a partner in the firm founded by Mr George Rands, his father. On his death Mr G W Rands succeeded him as Registrar of the Northampton Borough Court of Record, an office which now becomes vacant. Mr Rands leave a widow and a son Mr G St John Rands who became a partner in the firm in 1921.

Will of Mr G.W. Rands
Mr George William Rands, of the Avenue, Darlington, solicitor, who died on March 23, left L5916 8s 2d, with net personally L2985 14s 10d. The will is proved by Mrs Margaret Rands the widow, and George St John Rands, son. Mr Rands leaves everything to his wife for life and then to his son.
Northampton Mercury 5 July 1940.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Northampton NTH. George is recorded as a son unmarried aged 28 a solicitor born Northampton

Children from this marriage were:

   1618 M    i. George St John RANDS [462] was born on 21 Mar 1893 in St James Dunston Northampton NTH and died in Mar 1978 in Market Harborough LEI aged 85.

General Notes:
George was a solicitor in Harlestone, Northampton up until 1961

George married Marjorie Joan Georgina BOWLES [7067], daughter of Henry Albany BOWLES [26949] and Louisa Alethea YOUNGER [26950], on 18 Apr 1925 in St Mary Bramshott. Marjorie was born in Jul 1896 and was christened on 29 Jul 1896 in Otterbourne Ham.

General Notes:
Marjorie Joan Georgina Bowles
Baptism Date: 29 Jul 1896
Baptism Place: Otterbourne, Southampton, England
Father: Henry Albany Bowles
Mother: Louisa Alethea
FHL Film Number: 6344432

The Times; April 20 1925; Marriages; On the 18th April at St Mary's, Bramshott, GEORGE ST JOHN eldest son of Mr and Mrs GW RANDS of Dallington, Northampton to MARJORIE JOAN GEORGINA third dau of the REV and Mrs A.H. BOWLES of Liphook, Hants.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, The Hollies Church St, Epsom SRY. Marjorie is recorded as a daughter aged 14 a part-time student born Otterbourne HAM

2. Letter from Joan Rands nee Bowles: to Edward H T Liveing, 16 Dec 1925.
Liveing Archive 263a-b Joan Rands 7067 to EHT Liveing 445 14 Dec 1925.
Advising Edward to write to Edith Bowles

   1619 M    ii. Oliver Francis RANDS [463] was born on 12 Mar 1895 in St James Dunston Northampton NTH, died on 3 May 1917 in action France aged 22, and was buried in Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France.

General Notes:
Oliver was educated at Oundle School Northhampton, and Royal School of Mines.

His death in action in France is recorded by the Commonwealth Wars Graves Com:
Private PS/3177 8th Bn., Royal Fusiliers
Who died on Thursday, 3rd May 1917. Age 22.
Son of George William and Margaret Rands, of "Field Head", Dallington Avenue, Northampton.
Educated at Oundle School, and Royal School of Mines.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL1, Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference; Panel ; Bay 3 11
1. The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, du Boulevard General de Gaulle in West Arras.

Research Notes:
Birth date may be 22 Mar 1895?

   1620 F    iii. Julia Violet Charlotte RANDS [464] was born on 21 Dec 1898 in St James Dunston Northampton NTH and died on 10 Apr 1938 in Northampton NTH aged 39.

General Notes:
Noted Exhibitor of Elkhounds.
Death of Miss J V C Rands
The death took place in her sleep at a London nursing home, of Miss Julia Violet Charlotte Rands, only daughter of Mr George William Rands and Mrs Margaret Rands, of Field Head, Darlington, Northampton.
Miss Rands, who was but 38, had been ailing for some years, but her condition did not become serious until about a month ago. At Christmas time she spent a holiday in Scotland.
Born in Northampton of a well-known local family, her father is a partner in Mrs George and G W Rands, solicitors, of St Giles Square, Miss Rands was educated at St Ethelburga's school Harrogate.
Miss Rands was intensely interested in animals, especially dogs. She bred many, notably elkhounds, with which she won numerous prizes.
For many years Miss Rands was joined honorary secretary, with Mrs Humphry, of Darlington, of Northampton branch of the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She was also a member of the committee of the Elkhound Society.
Miss Rands was of musical and artistic temperament. She was particularly fond of animal portraiture and exhibited occasionally at art exhibitions in Northampton.
Ref: Northampton Mercury 30 April 1938.

There is a hymn board memorial in Stoke by Nayland church to Julia (1999). An inscription reads; "In memory of Julia Violet Charlotte only daughter of George and Margaret Rands, and grand daughter of Edward and Francis Liveing - daughter of Henry Bowden Torlesse R.N. Born 21st Dec 1898. Died 10 April 1938."

1307. Rev Henry George Downing LIVEING [447] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P. [100]1097, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 10 Mar 1861 in Queen Anne St London, was christened on 5 Jun 1861 in St Mary, St Marylebone Rd London, and died on 17 Apr 1947 in Burgh Heath SRY aged 86.

General Notes:
Liveing. On the 10th inst, the wife of Edward Liveing, Esq., M. B., of 52, Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, of a son.
Ref: The Morning Chronicle 14th March 1861

Birth Ref Jun Qtr 1861 Marylebone 1a 423 BDM

Liveing: Rev Henry George Downing 2s Edward of London, Gent., St Edmund Hall, matric., 5 Feb 1879 aged 17 B.A. 1882.
Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 NZSOG

Crockfords 1888 Henry George Downing Liveing - 52 Queen Anne St W-St. Edin Hall Oxford BA 1882; 1884 Win. Priest 1886 by Bishop Cramer Roberts for Win,Curate of Selbourne Dio. Win 1886; Curate of Westcott SRY 1884 - 87; Crockfords 1895 - Selbourne Hants. 1886 - 88; Gillingham Dorset 1889 - 90; Bramley SRY 1890 - 92.

Ecclesiastical Intelligence.
Licences To Curacies.
By the Bishop of Salisbury.
Dorset - Henry George Downing Liveing, B. A. to Gillingham.
Ref: Ipswich Journal 21 May 1888.

Romsey Hampshire.
Private Residents.
Liveing Rev H.G. The Abbey
Warrens Winchester Directory 1895.

Benevolent Institutions
Refuge. North Walls
. . . . . Cmtte. . . . . . Rev H.G. Liveing. . . . .
Warrens Winchester Directory 1900.

1919 Edward is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway

Rumour has it he a Husseyite (Moravian Church)?

When Henry was Curate of Polstead, he lived at the "Cottage" at Stoke by Nayland.

Henry was a published author.
Liveing, Henry George Downing
Records of Romsey Abbey : an account of the Benedictine house of nuns with notes on the parish church and town (A.D. 907-1558) : compiled from manuscript and printed records
Published Winchester : Warren and Son 1906
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxiii, 342 p., (34) leaves of plates : ill., maps, geneal. table ; 23 cm

Liveing, Henry George Downing, St Edm. Hall, Ox. BA 1882, MA 1888. d 1884 Win. p 1886 Bp Cramer Roberts for Win. C. Of Westcott 1884 - 86; Selborne 1886 - 88; Gillingham, Dorset, 1888 - 90; Bramley 1890 - 92; Romsey 1892 - 98; V of St Bart. Win. 1898 - 1912; Combrook w Compton Verney 1912 - 19; Rothersthorpe, Dio. Pet. from 1919. (P, P. Phillips Esq; Eccles, Comm. 133L; o.s.3L; Gross Inc 137L and Ho; Pop 239) Rothersthorpe Vicarage, Northampton.
Ref: Crockford's Clerical Directory

Parish Gifts to Rector.
Retirement of the Rev H. G. Liveing.
At the parochial tea, held in the Memorial Hall, at Rothersthorpe, gifts were made to the rector, the Rev H.G. Liveing, who is retiring, and to Mrs Liveing.
Mrs Smith, on behalf of the parish, presented a wallet of notes and expressed the appreciation of the parish of the rector's 14 years of faithful service. Three of the oldest scholars, Derek Green, Betty Wyne and Vera Smith, acting on behalf of the schoolchildren, presented a smoker's compendium and cigarettes to the rector and a work basket and stand to Mrs Liveing, and two of the youngest scholars, Sheila Smith and Winifred Byson, handed Mrs Liveing a bouquet.
Replying, Mr Liveing said he regretted leaving Rothersthorpe and recalled many happy gatherings. He wished to thank all who had contributed to the presents and especially thanked the churchwardens and officials, with all the helpers, who had worked with him for so long, and Mrs Robinson, who had arranged the tea.
A concert which was thoroughly enjoyed by a large audience, was presided over by Mr S Smith and the following contributed to the programme: Mr A Paul, Mr A Clifton, Mr R Botterill, and Mr A Byson. Miss E M Wilson, the school mistress, who arranged the concert, produced the sketches, and was assisted by Miss McInnerley, the assistant school mistress, who also acted as pianist.
Tea was served by Mr and Mrs Crowder, Mrs J Smith, Mrs H Haynes, Miss Dunbabbin, Miss I Cook, Miss F Jeffry, Mrs Manning and Mrs Bester, who were assisted by Mrs J Smith, H Manning, W Paul, and H Hayes.
Ref: Northampton Mercury Friday, 27 October 1933.

1939 Register.
19 Oaklands Avenue , Esher U.D., Surrey, England
Henry GLiveing10 Mar 1861Clerk In Holy Orders Pensioned & Private MeansMarried
Margaret Liveing17 May 1859Incapacitated Married
Frances D Liveing 19 Jun 1898 Unpaid Domestic Duties Single

Liveing Rev H G.D. Roxana 19 Oaklands Ave Esher Emberbrk 1566
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1934/35/36/37/38/39

Liveing Rev Henry G. D. Copt Gilders Alcocks Ln Burgh H 2805
Ancestry: London Phone Books 1943/45/46/47

Henry was aged 86 at death.
Ref Table 1A Byegone Days.

Liveing the Rev Henry George Downing of Copt Gilders Alcocks Lane Burgh Heath Banstead Surrey died 17 April 1947 Probate London 16 July to Marjorie Downing Liveing spinster and Edward George Downing Liveing general manager.
Effects L7154 11s 4d
Ref: National Probate Calendar.

Research Notes:
Elizabeth Hallett, Historian for Romsey Abbey, Hampshire writes 2016:
Between 1892-1898 Rev Henry George Downing Liveing, M.A. was an Assistant Curate at Romsey Abbey.

He wrote The Records of Romsey Abbey, having done extensive research of the period 907 to 1558, a book which has been invaluable to Abbey historians ever since.

By the 1890s the parish consisted of the large Romanesque Abbey Church, three small Victorian daughter churches in outlying hamlets at Crampmoor, Lee and Ridge, sometimes called mission churches. Crampmoor and Ridge had been built as schools during the week, conveting to become churches on Sundays. There was also a Mission Room in Middlebridge Street in the town, and the Union Workhouse. The Vicar during Henry Liveing's curacy was the Revd James Cooke-Yarborough.

Mrs Liveing put an advertisement in the Church Times on 19th August 1892: WANTED in a clergyman's family Romsey Hampshire, a young girl as NURSE for one child 13 months old. Must be well recommended. State wages. Apply to Mrs Liveing 42 Newland, Northampton. This child was a daughter, Marjorie, born at Bramley.

March 1893, Henry Liveing gave a lecture in the Temperance Hall Romsey in connection with the Higher Religious Education Society. It dealt with the scenes, places, monasteries, abbeys etc which have been the subject of the Rev C Smith's lectures this winter in connection witht he Reformation, on behalf of the Society in Romsey. He was present at the unveiling of a peal board in the ringing chamber March 1893. A number of other parochial duties mentioned in local paper.

In June 1893 the Church Times carried an advertisement: LOC. TENENCY wanted for several Sundays in July or August in South Wiltshire, South Hants or Dorset. Seaside preferred. Rev H Liveing, The Abbey, Romsey, Hants.

Together with R. A. Sidebottom, he was on the committee organising a Sunday School Fete at Broadlands with 641 children present - these came from the Abbey, Lee, Ridge and Crampmoor chapels, Bible classes etc. Easter 1898 Henry was mentioned in reports of the Easter services, together with the Revs Hampson, Sidebottom and Yarnall. and he also returned in March 1899 to attend the funeral of Mr Charles Holloway, sexton and choir member for 52 years.

Henry Liveing's departure in early 1898 led to an advertisement in the Church Times in 18th February 1989: ROMSEY ABBEY - Assistant Curate wanted. Country town, huge number of poor. Daily celebrations. L150. Address Vicar, Romsey, Hants.

He became Vicar of St Bartholomew's, Hyde, Winchester in 1898, the appointment announced in the Church Times on 4th February 1898.

1912-1919 Vicar of Combrook, Compton Verney; and of Rothersthorpe in Diocese of Peterborough from 1919-1933. When he retired from Rothersthorpe, a parochial tea was held in the Memorial Hall, at Rothersthorpe, 'gifts were made to the rector, the Rev H.G. Liveing, who is retiring, and to Mrs Liveing. Mrs Smith, on behalf of the parish, presented a wallet of notes and expressed the appreciation of the parish of the rector's 14 years of faithful service. Three of the oldest scholars . . . acting on behalf of the schoolchildren, presented a smoker's compendium and cigarettes to the rector and a work basket and stand to Mrs Liveing, and two of the youngest scholars . . . handed Mrs Liveing a bouquet.
Replying, Mr Liveing said he regretted leaving Rothersthorpe and recalled many happy gatherings. He wished to thank all who had contributed to the presents and especially thanked the churchwardens and officials, with all the helpers, who had worked with him for so long, and Mrs Robinson, who had arranged the tea. A concert which was thoroughly enjoyed by a large audience.'

The Liveings moved firstly to 19 Oaklands Avenue, Esher Emberbrook and then to Copt Gilders, Alcocks Lane, Burgh Heath, Banstead, Surrey.

1893-1984 - A Snapshot of the Curates at Work at Romsey
The parish archive has a bound copy of the parish magazines for 1893 and 1894. These report a wide range of activities in the parish, and from them it is possible to get a picture of the life of the curates of the time. Listed in the parish accounts was a Curates Fund, which was to pay the stipends of the assistant clergy. They also received an Easter offering from the congregation, which in 1893 amounted to L14.5.1.

1893 started with the departure of the Rev Ernest Evans. The Vicar wrote: We all seem agreed that a third Curate is a necessity, and you will have heard with regret that we shall have to find a successor to the Revd E Evans, who leaves us to be Vicar of New Charlton. It seems quite necessary to re-open Ridge, and there is a fair congregation, but that means we have to supply clergy for no less than 9 services every Sunday and sometimes 10, while outside of Romsey there are 1200 people scattered over 10,000 acres to be visited from time to time. I do trust therefore that I may have your liberal help in raising the necessary L100 a year.

Henry Liveing became Secretary of a newly-established branch of the Higher Religious Education Society (HRES) which aimed to encourage the study of the Bible, Prayer book and Church history by means of regular lectures, instruction papers and a small lending library. During Lent Henry Liveing preached at Evensong on some 'Great Penitents', while the Catechisings during the children's afternoon service were taken by Thomas Hampson.

Thomas Hampson was involved with the Choir and was also very active as Vice-President of the Band of Hope, part of a great movement to encourage temperance. The new curate, the Rev Allan Gunn, had arrived by Lent, when he gave a course of Bible instruction on Thursday afternoons in the Side Chapel at 3pm and also preached each evening during Holy Week.

The Rev Arthur Corfe meanwhile, although involved chiefly with the Union Workhouse, was very active in arrangements for a major display put on by the Reading Society, and also a garden party at Broadlands in August in aid of SPG.

In September came the Sunday School treat when among the other activities was the Cocoa-nut stand which did a roaring trade and provided "200 cocoa-nuts to be bowled at and affording something like 1000 shots for the children and their friends at a net cost of some 10/- to the organisers of the treat. We have to thank Mr Liveing for introducing and managing this form of entertainment."

During Advent Henry Liveing preached each Sunday morning from the Prophet Isaiah
on God's Pleadings; God's Purity; God's Punishments and God's Promises. At the afternoon Catechising, Thomas Hampson preached on the Herald of the First Advent: His Office; His Earnestness; His Boldness and His Humility.

By the start of 1894 it was reported that Temperance work was now having some success, 'several meetings have been held and many consciences have been stirred, three pledges have been taken, the Band of Hope has been revised and with a roll of already 100, bids fair to be a great success. This branch of our work is more especially under the charge of the Revs H Liveing and T Hampson'. The Church of England Temperance Society (CETS) was also active in the parish and at an evening entertainment, Rev Allan Gunn 'kindly contributed the popular element in the comic line'.

In March a past Curate was invited back to Romsey - the Rev C M A Tower (1872-1873) preached at the Three Hours Service on Good Friday and also the Maundy Thursday address.. The Vicar wrote: 'This is a great gain to Romsey, as Mr Tower apart from the associations connected with his having been once a curate here, is undoubtedly a very good preacher, we trust that a blessing may come through his lips to many this Holy Week'.

Henry Liveing was Secretary of the Bell Ringers' Guild. The sale of work and fete for the schools at Broadlands was a major summer event and the Curates were kept busy and inside the house Rev H Liveing and his helpers conducted frequent parties round to see the pictures.

In September they had an unusual experience: there was a wedding of 'a lady and gentlemen, neither of whom were able to make the responses by word of mouth, being deaf and dumb. The Clergyman who ministers to those who are so afflicted in this Diocese was unable to be present, his place was supplied by two of the Assistant Clergy of the Abbey, who by means of writing, signs, and the dumb alphabet, tied up at the happy couple in a very effectual manner'.

In December Allan Gunn gave three Thursday night addresses which, the Vicar said, will be of an interesting character and intended for all classes, and we hope that those whose days are spent in toil will still surrender a part of the evening rest to the things that belong to their eternal peace.
Ref: E.C. Hallett, Historian Romsey Abbey Hampshire.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Henry is recorded as a son aged 1 mth born Marylebone MDX

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 1 Sussex Villas Cambridge CAM. Henry was described as a grandson and scholar aged 10 born London MDX

3. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. Henry was described as a son aged 20 an unmarried scholar born Marylebone LON

4. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Station Rd Bramley SRY. Henry is described as head of house married aged 30 Clerk in Holy Orders born Marylebone LON (Spelt Leveing in Ancestry)

5. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Hyde Vicarage Winchester. Henry is recorded as Head of a house of 12 rooms aged 50 married a clergyman born Marylebone LON. There was a cook and a housmaid also in the house

Henry married Margaret RANDS [448], daughter of George RANDS [10859] and Julia WRIGHT [10860], on 27 Aug 1890 in St Sepulchre Northampton. Margaret was born on 17 May 1858 in St Sepulchre Northampton, was christened on 21 Jul 1858 in Northampton NTH, and died on 18 Mar 1947 in Burgh Heath SRY aged 88.

Marriage Notes:
From the marriage certificate Henry is shown as 29 years old, a Clerk in Holy Orders from Gillingham Dorset, Margaret's age is not given, she is described as a spinster of Newlands and her father as George Rands, solicitor. Witnesses were George Rands, William R F Liveing, Sarah Eleanor Rands, Gertrude Rands and Julia Rands.

General Notes:
Marriage ref Sept quarter 1890 Northampton 3b 171 BDM

Liveing = Rands. August 27, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, the Rev Henry G.D. Liveing, second son of Edward Liveing MD of Queen Anne Street Cavendish Square, to Margaret third daughter of George Rands, solicitor, Northampton.
Ref: Stamford Mercury 5 September 1890, also Northampton Mercury Friday, 29 August 1890.

Marriage of Miss M.Rands.
The nuptials of the Rev. Henry Downing Liveing, M.A., second son of Mr. Edward Liveing MD of 52 Queen Anne Street, London, and Registrar to the Royal College of Physisicans, to Miss Margaret Rands, third dau of Mr.George Rands, solicitor and Registrar to the Northampton Borough Court of Record were solemnised on Wednesday at St Sepulchre's Church . . . . . The bride who was attired in white satin brocade with Honiton lace and veil, and who carried a handsome bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom, was given away by her father ; the bridesmaids being her four sisters; Miss S.E.Rands, Miss Edith Rands, Miss Gertrude Rands and Miss Lillian Rands. The bridesmaids dresses were of white Bengaline silk trimmed with lace and mauve and green velvet. They also wore white felt hats, with feathers to match, and gold broaches set with pearls, the later being the gift of the bridegroom. Mr William R Liveing , brother of the bridegroom, was best man. At the conclusion of the ceremony the wedding party returned to the residence of the brides father, where a reception took place. The presents included (very long list, a short sample of which is . . . . .); Furniture Dr.Edward Liveing ; silver cream jug and sugar basin Mr and Mrs George Lamb, cheque Mr Pickering Phipps, flower stand Miss Phipps, afternoon tea kettle Dr and Mrs Lamb, French hand-painted vases Mrs Phipps, crown Derby preserve jar the Misses Wright, dessert knives and forks Mr and Mrs Phipps jun, china cake dish Mrs.Holbrook, fish knives and fork Mrs Pain, bread trencher and knife servants of 41 Newlands, tea cloth and worked bag Miss Holbrook, case of table cutlery Dr and Mrs C St John Wright, pair of silver dinner rings Misses Edith and Gertrude Rands, portrait of her father Miss Lily Rands, portrait of her mother Miss Rands, tea cosy indian worked slippers and eight day clock Miss Ula Rands, cheque Mr Rands, pair of silver salt cellars Mr T.R.Rice, china flower centre Miss Pell, gold chain bracelet Mr G.W.Rands, cheque Mr W.H.Rands.
Ref: Northampton Mercury Fri 29th Aug 1890.

Margaret's birth date is inscribed on EHTL's pedigree in her husband's hand. She died 2 months short of her 89th birthday.

Margaret is recorded in the 1939 Register as incapacitated.

Liveing Margaret of Copt Gilders Alcock Lane Burgh Heath Banstead Surrey (wife of Henry George Downing Liveing) died 18 March 1947 Probate London 18 June to the said Edward George Downing Liveing general manager and Marjorie Downing Liveing spinster. Effects L1630 6s 7d
Ref: National Probate Calendar

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Northampton NTH. Margaret is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 22 born Northampton

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Station Rd Bramley SRY. Margaret is described as a wife aged 30 born Northampton

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Hyde Vicarage Winchester. Margaret is recorded as a wife aged 51 married 20yrs 4 children still living born St Sepulchre Northampton

Children from this marriage were:

   1621 F    i. Majorie Downing LIVEING [455] was born on 10 Jul 1891 in Bramley SRY, was christened on 2 Aug 1891 in Holy Trinity Bramley SRY, and died on 4 Sep 1978 in St Leonards-on-Sea East Sussex aged 87.

General Notes:
Marjorie visited Alston Court 7 June 1963

Birth Ref Sept Qtr Hambledon 1891 2a 145 BDM

Marjorie Downing Liveing
Baptism Date: 2 Aug 1891
Baptism Place: Bramley Holy Trinity, Surrey, England
Father: Henry George Downing Liveing
Mother: Margaret Liveing
FHL Film Number: 2262180

Liveing Archive: Images 3700 - 3704
24 Grevile Road
NW 6
Nov 29 (19)20
My dear Uncle Eddie
I got your letter this morning forwarded on from Rothersthorpe. I am away from home until next April about the beginning of December: I am taking charge of the flat & servants, &
Page 2
last, but not least the small baby of a friend of mine, who is going out to India, and will not be back till the end of Mar - so till then I shall be in London. I very much look forward to coming down to visit you and aunt Emily in April when I am
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3 once more, and can hand the baby over to its mother (if it is still alive by them!!). It is most interesting to hear that you have fou(nd) the interesting entry in the Harwich register of your great great great grandfather, I will get hold of the correct dates
Page 4
of our branch of the family, also the Rands & let you have them. Cousin Charlie's address is:10 Albert Court London SW7.
I am afraid the news of poor Aunt Suzie is no better. She is still in much the same condition
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absolutely miserable, & frightfully depressed, she never speaks a word they say from the time she gets up in the morning till she goes to bed at night. Of course she suffers from absurd delusions about herself. It's so tragic to see her so utterly different
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like quite another person. If only it had taken a happy form it would have been better, but to see her so absolutely wretched & hopeless is tragic.
Edward has got a very nice job for four months he is going out to Egypt with a Professor
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Blackman an Egyptologist, who is taking some boys out as well. Edward is going to tutor them while the Professor examines ancient remains. They go via Italy and will stay in Venice for a few days at Christmas then motor across Crete &
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Gandia - on to Alexandria, Cairo, & finally the upper Fords of the Nile which will be their head quarters They will probably go up to Luxor before returning home in April. He has got a story into the November number of Blackwood's Magazine
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Dad & Mother will be quite alone for Christmas all the family being away. I believe it will be the first time that none of us have been at home for Christmas. I must not write more now. How is the Beast going these
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days? I do hope you're keeping well I should not think that Arthur MacDonald can be having a very comfortable time in Dublin just now!!
Yours affectly
Marjorie Liveing

Liveing Archive: Images 3712 - 3714
The Vicarage
March 25 21
My dearest Uncle Eddie
I have had the offer of a very specially good job in India, to be the secretary to Mr Holland the governor's agent in Rajpentana. it seems to (sic) good to refuse such a chance of seeing the world. The difficulty is finding L200 cash for the passage, & my outfit. Though I shall get L100 a year out there, & all expenses paid. Dad has promised by making a special effort to find me L100
& I am writing to ask whether you would consider the possibility of a lending me L100 for 12 months, when we will undertake to repay it. We expect to be in a better position to find the cash at the end of another year. I should not have thought of worrying you about this, only Dad has had already to withdraw L200 from capital to complete Teddie's time at Oxford. My very great friend Joan Lethbridge has had the post but she is coming home to be married - so the post is vacant. She says the life is most interesting they travel into all the native
states, paying visits to the Maharajah's when he (Mr Holland) goes on tour.
I wonder whether you & Aunt Emily have been away yet, as you were talking about it when I was staying with you. I am still with the Goscombe John's and am only down here for two nights to discuss this proposed arrangement. I go back to London tomorrow, my address will be
24 Greville Rd
St Johns Wood
If I do go I shall have two sail about May 6th I think.
Please give much love to aunt
Emily. I hope that you are both keeping well.
With love
yours affectly
Marjorie Liveing

Liveing Archive: Images 3705 - 3707
Greville Rd
St Johns Wood
March 31 21
My dearest Uncle Eddie
Ever so many thanks for your letter, & so kindly sane that you would lend me a L100. It is really very dear of you, many many thanks. Since writing to you the situation has altered somewhat. To start with I felt when I got back to London that
considering the money question all round, it was too much of a risk for me to take, as there would always be the possibility of my crocking up. So I wrote to Catherine & asked her whether she would like to take on the job, the post takes some time so I have not yet had an answer but expect to hear today. Now this morning I have had a letter from the fiance of my great
friend Joan Lethbridge, whose post I was to fill, and he says I can stand out for my passage both going out and coming back. That very much alters things and I should not then feel I was risking so much. I should only have to ask you to lend me the money for a very short time, until I get out there and get it refunded. Until I hear from Catherine
I shall not know which of us will go. If she cables to say she will take the job I shall let her go because I think she is so very well fitted for the post & she will have chucked up her present job. I can keep on with this one ad: lib: I am so sorry that you have been seedy again it is wretched for you. Poor dear Uncle George I did not know he had
been in bed with his leg bad again. Please give him my love & sympathy when you next see him.
My love to Aunt Emily & yourself, & again many thanks.
I will write in a day or two & tell you what has been definitely settled.
Your affectate niece
Marjorie Liveing
P. S. How goes the pedigree?
I am sure, Catherine my grandmother did not take this post because she was married in August 1921 in London, only 3 months after the proposed sailing date in May. I have no idea if Marjorie went. C.H.B.

Electoral Register
7 May 1945
Allcock's Lane Copt Gilders
Liveing Marjorie D
Liveing Francis D
Liveing Henry G D
Liveing Margaret

Liveing Marjorie, 20 Evelyn Mansions Carlyle Plc
SW 1 Victoria 5094
Ancestry: London phone book 1945/46/47

Liveing Marjorie Downing of 6 the Mount St Leonards on Sea died 4 September 1978 Probate Bristol 8 December 1978 £14,765. 780905989K
National Probate Calendar.

This may be Marjorie Liveing [9737]

   1622 F    ii. Catherine Downing LIVEING [456] was born on 29 Aug 1893 in 41 Newland Northhampton, was christened on 10 Oct 1893 in Northampton NTH, died on 27 Apr 1980 in Ramsgate KEN aged 86, and was buried in Upper Hardres KEN.

General Notes:
Birth ref Dec quarter 1893 Northampton 3b 42 BDM

Catherine's ashes were interred in her husbands grave at Upper Hardres, Kent.

Catherine married Lt Col James Waugh BUTTERS [7069], son of Joseph BUTTERS [9366] and Janet WAUGH [9367], on 3 Aug 1921 in St Thomas Portman Sq London. James was born on 19 May 1886 in Schoenfeld Austria, died on 5 Jul 1964 in Stelling Minnis KEN aged 78, and was buried in SS Peter & Paul, Upper Hardres, Kent..

Marriage Notes:
Catherine was aged 27 at her marriage and her residence is given on the marriage certificate as Hotel Somerset.
James was aged 35 of Kremlin, Newmarket, Cambridge. A batchelor, a tempory Captain of H.M. Army seconded to the Foreign Office.
Witnesses were Henry G D Liveing, M Liveing, Margaret Liveing, Joseph Butters and cousin Alec Waugh (who was also best man).

   1623 M    iii. Edward George Downing LIVEING [457] was born on 24 Mar 1895 in Romsey HAM, died on 31 Jan 1963 in London aged 67, and was buried in Stoke By Nayland SFK.

General Notes:
Bradfield College Register; 2567 Sept. 1909.
Liveing Edward George Downing. b Mar 1895; a. Sept. 1909; l. Jul 1912; St Johns Coll. Oxon; Exhr., 1914; BA 1920; MA 1925; 2nd Lieut 12th Lon. Regt., served in France, Palestine, Egypt. Capt., North Regional Director BBC.

Edward at St Johns College Oxford, could claim Founders Kin. He was an author and had a distinguished career with the BBC.

Liveing Archive: Images 3708 - 3711
Fir Hill,
East Downs Road
East Downs
January 29, 1928
My dear Uncle Eddie
I send you with this letter a very interesting letter which I have just received from Mr Hedley Hope-Nicholson. I am also sending a copy to my father who, as
you know, has recently been making investigations of the Harwich registers. I am writing to Mr Nicholson today saying how interested we are in his letter and (with which I am sure you will agree) suggesting that he should get into touch with yourself and my father. It is quite likely that the papers
in his possession may be of use to you from the point of view of amplifying details in the family genealogy. We were both delighted to hear that Aunt Emily was progressing so well and hope that she is now able to read again. I suppose that it takes some time before the full benefit of the
operation is felt. Please give her our love and best wishes. I believe that you are now busy making wireless sets of your own, and would very much like to come over at a weekend when the good weather begins to set in, and listen to foreign stations, with you. I shall never forget that dreadful super heterodyne
that I brought over and how it kept us up into the early hours of the night!
We left our flat at Kersal a fortnight ago and are living in the rooms here for a few weeks until we move into a small house, which we are buying, in Disley. I have decided that it is
better to pay off a mortgage to a reputable building society than an exorbitant rent to a profiteering Manchester landlord. The majority of one's money becomes capital which it certainly does not when one is a tenant. I hope that you are keeping well and should very much like to have your news.
Our love to both of you,
Your affectionate nephew
Edward George Downing Liveing.

The Times 1 July 1937 pg 14 col D.
Mr E G D Liveing.
Mr E G D Liveing, North Regional director of the BBC., formerly a station director at Manchester, and previously connected with the now discontinued Nottingham station, retired from the service of the corporation last night after nearly 13 years.

In 1942 aged 47 Edward George D Liveing sailed from Liverpool to Freetown Sierra Leone on the Ashantian. He is described as a BBC official. Ref: findmypast - 2011

The Times 6 December 1947 pg 5 col E.
BBC Officials.
To the Editor of The Times.
Sir, The BBC's recently announced establishment of a board of directors under the chairmanship of the Director General raises certain issues which deserve public attention. Of the four members whose names have hitherto been published only two have seen a long service in the BBC, one has only become associated with it comparatively recently, and the fourth is an entire newcomer. If one takes into account the fact that the Director General himself, admittedly a most able administrator, joined the BBC as editor in chief in 1943, it will be seen that length of experience in broadcasting is not one of the assets of the new board.
The BBC has been in existence for 25 years. It is no longer a newly fledged organisation and it has long since developed into a professional service. An official's relationship with broadcasting, even if it is concerned with administration or publicity - I purposely mention those two branches of the service most remote from the studios - requires intimate knowledge of the art of radio, and this knowledge can only be acquired through some considerable length of employment in a broadcasting institution. The introduction of persons in experienced in broadcasting matters into the higher executive posts of the BBC has, with a few exceptions, been unsuccessful in the past; and it seems unfortunate that the BBC should not have learned wisdom in this respect from earlier mistakes. It is difficult enough, even for a newcomer brought into the BBC had a low grade, to master the nature of his work within one or two years. It is much more difficult for someone brought in at a high level to assimilate the complexities both of the organisation and radio technique; and during the period of such assimilation he must rely largely on the men beneath him, thus creating them an added burden.
There is another aspect which should be noted. This is the unfortunate effect on the morale of a public institution in which employees must realise by now that they have very little opportunity for rising to the top. A morbid atmosphere group sent to any organisation whose officials know that they cannot carry field marshals battens in their knapsacks. There are a number of extremely able man in the BBC today who could take over work in higher posts than those which they are holding now, and this particularly applies to that of Director of Administration, now allotted to an air chief marshal. No one would dispute this officer's great abilities, but he has yet to prove himself in an entirely new field of professional activity. One wonders what effect it would have if the position were reversed and a BBC official were introduced into the Air Ministry in a similar appointment. The name of the new Director of the "Spoken Word" has not yet been disclosed, and it can only be hoped that it will be filled from the ranks of the BBC.
It will be contented, and rightly, that fresh blood should be brought into the management of the BBC from time to time. The proper place for this is the Board of Governors, the composition of which is subject to periodical changes in accordance with the provisions of the BBC's Charter. But to introduce amateurs, however distinguished, into the executive is altogether another matter. I venture to say that the issues raised in regard to the BBC go far beyond that organisation, since there is a regrettable tendency in public life today for vacancies to be filled by persons who have made names in their particular spheres of life, but may be quite unfittered for others.
I am, Sir, yours faithfully,
E G D Liveing.
Savile Club, 69 Brook St. W1, Dec 4.

Liveing, Edward George Downing, 1895-
The House of Harrild, 1801-1948
Subject: Harrild and Sons, Ltd (Printers & Printing Machinery)
Published London : Harrild and Sons Ltd 1949
Physical Description: ix, 69 p : ill. ; 30 cm

Liveing, Edward George Downing, 1895-
Pioneers of petrol: a centenary history of Carless, Capel and Leonard, 1859-1959. (Distillers & Refiners who tradenamed petroleum distillate as Petrol)
Subject: Carless, Capel and Leonard, Ltd. Gasoline. Petroleum industry and trade History Great Britain
Published London : H.F. & G. Witherby 1959
Physical Description: xxiii, 94 p : illus ; 23 cm

Liveing, Edward G. D. (Edward George Downing), 1895-1963
Adventure in publishing : the House of Ward Lock, 1854-1954
Subject: Ward, Lock and Company, Ltd. Publishers and publishing Great Britain. (Renowned for the Red guides)
Published London : Ward, Lock 1954
Physical Description: 108 p : ill. ; 22 cm. 108 p : illus ; 22 cm

Liveing, Edward G. D. (Edward George Downing), 1895-1963
A century of insurance : the Commercial Union group of insurance companies,1861-1961:a centenary history
Subject: Commercial Union Assurance Company
Published London : Witherby 1961
Physical Description: 320 p : illus ; 26 cm. 320p.,ill.,26cm

Liveing, Edward G. D (Edward George Downing), 1895-1963
Burrup, Mathieson & Company Ltd., printers & stationers in the city of London, 1628-1950
Notes: Typewritten. Published 1950
Physical Description: 29 p ; 34 cm

A history of Edward's residential address's via the English telephone directories.

Victoria 3140 Liveing EGD 32 Morpeth mans SW1
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1907/20

Nottingham 6807 Liveing E 47 Highfield rd WB
Ancestry: Birmingham Nottingham Sheffield etc Phone Book 1925

Chorlton-c-H 1130 Liveing EGD 56 Alexander rd S Whalley Range
Ancestry: Liverpool Manchester Cumberland etc Phone Book 1925

H Broughton 1131 Liveing E G D Heath Mount Vine st Kersal
Ancestry: Liverpool Manchester Cumberland etc Phone Book 1926/27

Liveing E G D Dawn cott Hr Disley Disley 125
Ancestry: Liverpool Manchester Cumberland etc Phone Book 1928/29/30/31/32/33

Liveing E G D 16 Kingston rd Didsbury 1977
Ancestry: Liverpool Manchester Cumberland etc Phone Book 1937

Liveing EGD9 Addison tce 14 Rusholme 1559
Ancestry: Liverpool Manchester Cumberland etc Phone Book 1934/35

Liveing EGD Little Timbers Black corner Crawley Pound Hill 123
Ancestry: Essex Norwich Bedford etc Phone Book 1939

Liveing E G D Cottage-by-the-Stream Chideock Chideock 309
Ancestry: Southampton Exeter Bristol etc Phone Book 1942/43/44/46

Liveing E G D Flat 4 Newton hall Gt Dunmow 433
Ancestry: Colchester Cambridge Oxford etc Phone Book 1954

Liveing E G D 28 John st WC1 Holborn 0955
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1959/60/61/62/64

The Times 2 February 1963 pg 12 col C
Mr. Edward George Downing Liveing who died in London on Thursday at the age of 67. was a pioneer of BBC development in the Midlands and North who returned to serve the corporation during the last war.
Born in 1895. he went to Bradfield and St. John's College. Oxford, where he was an Exhibitioner in English Literature. He was in France and Palestine with the London Regiment in the First World War and Assistant to the Military Censor in Egypt in 1918-19.
He joined the B.B.C. in 1924 after having edited "Discovery" for two years. As director of the relay station at Nottingham he gained experience which was useful in the wider activities of helping to create the B.B.C. North Region in the late twenties.
Until 1937, when he resigned from the corporation, he was its North Regional director.
After travelling in northern Europe he was recalled by the war to broardcasting. The establishment of the Staff Welfare Unit in 1941 was followed by a brief spell as West Regional director. Then Liveing was sent to the Middle East in 1942 for liaison work between the B.B.C., the Minister of State's office. and the service authorities.
As first Middle East director he established the B.B.C. Cairo office in 1943.
After the war he acted as Joint Secretary of the Educational lnterchange Council and wrote several commercial histories. He was a contributor to Blackwoods magazine and The Fortnightly Review. His "Attack" was one of the earliest books by a serviceman about the First World War.
He was a member of the Savile Club He married in 1923 Gladys Constance Baker. who died in 1959. There was one daughter of the marriage who survives him.
Pg 404 Alstoniana.

LIVEING, Edward George Downing (1895-1963)
Details: LIVEING, Edward George Downing, MA; Author and commercial historian; born 24 March 1895; son of late Rev. H. G. D. Liveing and Margaret Rands; married 1923, Gladys Constance Baker (died 1959); one daughter.
Education: Bradfield Coll.; St John's Coll. Oxford (Exhibitioner in English Literature).
Work: Served during 1914-1918 War with London Regt in France and Palestine (wounded in Battle of Somme); Asst to Military Censor, Egypt, 1918-1919. Editor of Discovery, 1921-1923. Joined BBC in 1924; entrusted with creation of BBC's N. of England Region in 1928 and was its North Regional Dir till 1937. Mem. of Lancashire Industrial Development Council, 1935-1937. Managing Director, Motoring Abroad Publications Ltd, 1938-1939. During 1939-1945 War returned to BBC for special war-time activities including establishment of Staff Welfare Unit, 1941, appt as West Regional Director, 1941-1942, assignment in Middle East 1942 for liaison between BBC, the Minister of State's office, the service authorities, and Arab governments during El Alamein period; as its first Middle East Director established BBC Office in Cairo, 1943. Joint Secretary, Educational Interchange Council, 1946-1947.
Publications: Attack; The House of Harrild; Adventure in Publishing; Pioneers of Petrol; A Century of Insurance; Across the Congo; contributions to Blackwood's Magazine, Fortnightly Review, etc.
Recreations: travel.
Address: 28 John Street, London WC1. Telephone: Holborn 0955.
Clubs: Savile.
Died: 31 January 1963
Ref: Know UK CD

Research Notes:
There are 7 pictures of Edward in the NPG

Edward married Gladys Constance BAKER [2043] in Apr 1923 in Axebridge Somerset. Gladys was born on 9 Oct 1901 and died in 1959 aged 58.

General Notes:
Gladys C Liveing aged 34 arrived Port of Plymouth ENG from Lourenco Marques Mozambique, 18 Mar 1935. Ships name City of Ngapur

Mrs G Liveing born 1902, left on the City of Ngapur, in 1935, on a "round voyage" London to South Africa and back. The manifest records her address as 9 Addison Tce, Victoria Park, Manchester
Ref: findmypast 2011

Liveing Mrs G C 347A Upper Richmond rd SW15 Putney 6115
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1935/36/37/38

1939 Register
14 Queens Parade , Bristol C.B., Gloucestershire, England
Gladys C Liveing aged 44 was recorded as being at the Watts Houshold She is listed as married occupation unpaid domestic duties.

   1624 F    iv. Frances Downing LIVEING [458] was born on 19 Jun 1898 in Winchester HAM and died on 11 Mar 1979 in Margate KEN aged 80.

General Notes:
Frances appears on a list of British passengers embarked at the port of Southampton and bound on the Aquitania for New York 14th January 1928. She is listed as a Nurse aged 29 travelling 1st class with Ernest Davies, Director aged 25, his wife Natalie aged 24 and their son Peter aged 7 months. Their address is given as 35 Ormarch Gate, London SW. However, the American immigration list of passengers arriving in New York shows the ship departing Southampton on 18th January arriving in New York on 26th and shows Frances's name crossed out with a note at the base of the page 'Did not embark'.

Birth Ref Sep Qtr 1898 Winchester 2c 133 BDM

Frances was recorded as living with her parents in the 1939 Register, her occupation unpaid domestic duties.

1308. William Robert Francis LIVEING [449] (Dr Edward LIVEING M.D. F.R.C.P. [100]1097, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 9 Feb 1866 in Queen Anne St London, was christened on 22 Mar 1866 in St Mary St Marylebone Rd St Marylebone, London., died on 11 Dec 1944 aged 78, and was buried in Radlett HRT.

General Notes:
William was at the family home in London on the 1881 Census night, aged 15, occ Undergraduate University of Oxford.

Marriage ref Sept Qtr 1894 Maldon 4a 750 BDM

William is listed on the roll of "Old Westminsters":
Liveing, William Robert Francis, youngest son of Edward Liveing, MD FRCP of Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, London, by his first wife Frances, only daughter of Lieutenant Henry Torlesse, RN., Police Magistrate at Hobart Tasmania; b Feb 9, 1886; adm Oct 2 1878; left May 1883; married August 16, 1894, Harriet Amelia, eldest daughter of Thomas's Flick, of Burnham, Essex.

Liveing William Robert Francis Solicitor & Commissioner for Oaths
Trefusis Manor Rd Forrest Hill SE
Post Office Directory 1908 London County Suburbs.

1919 & 1932 Robert is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway

Liveing Archive: Images 3934 - 3937
W.R. F. Liveing,
The Cherries,
St. Briavels,
S.O. Gloucester
21 August 1928
Enclos (ie enclosures?)
My dear Eddie
I now enclose full copies of all the entries in the Hadleigh Registers as furnished by the Rector together with copies of his letters containing his views on various points - for your digestion and consideration.
The principal thing we have to establish is the paternity of Robt Liveing I of Harwich and if possible to identify the John Lyving baptised on Apr 19, 1618 as his Father.
I have been of course working on the assumption that a John Living of Hadleigh was his father as recorded in Aunt Ambrose's pedigree you mentioned. I will prosecute any further search you may think to be in any way likely to be helpful.
Trusting you and Emily are well and with our kind love to you both
Ever your affectionate brother
W.R F. Liveing

London Metropolitan Archives:
Catalogue Ref. ACC/1887
Access Conditions: Because of the private nature of some of the correspondence letter books containing material less than 100 years old may not, before 2034, be consulted without the written permission of the depositors.
016280 W. R. F. Liveing decd Dec 1946
Ref A2A
William was a solicitor, was this his firm?

Sydenham 257 Liveing WRF Solr & Commisioner Trefusis Forrest Hill
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1906/07/08/09/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17

Hornsey 1949 Liveing WRF Solr & Commr 3 Holly ter West Hill Highgate N6
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1918/19/20/21/22/23

Londn Wall 7600 Liveing WRF Solr & Commr 65 Basinghall st EC2
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1911/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20/21

1939 Register
8 Hillside Road , Watford R.D., Hertfordshire, England
William R FLiveing09 Feb 1866Solicitor RetiredMarried
Harriet A Liveing23 May 1867Unpaid Domestic DutiesMarried

Liveing William Robert Francis of Waverley 8 Hillside Road Radlett Herts died 11 December 1944 Probate Llandudno 9 March to Harriet Amelia Liveing widow and George Lawrence Stewart solicitor
Effects L8193 8s10d
Ref: National Probate Calendar.

Research Notes:
See attached sources.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. William is described as a son aged 5 born Marylebone MDX

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 52 Queen Ann St Cavendish Sq Marylebone MDX. William was described as a son aged 15 an Oxford Undergraduate born Marylebone LON

3. William R F Liveing: As a child and various documents.

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 24 Carnholm Rd ? Lewisham LND. William was described as head of house aged 35 Solicitor born Marylebone LON

5. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Trefusis, Manor Rd Forest Hill. William is recorded as head of a house of 9 rooms aged 45 married a solicitor working on his own account born 52 Queen Anne St Marylebone LON

6. William Robert F Liveing: Support of the War effort, 1915.

7. William Robert F Liveing: Letter to his brother Edward, 21 Aug 1928, St Briavels GLS.
Liveing Archive: Images 3934 - 3937

W.R. F. Liveing,
The Cherries,
St. Briavels,
S.O. Gloucester
21 August 1928
Enclos (ie enclosures?)
My dear Eddie
I now enclose full copies of all the entries in the Hadleigh Registers as furnished by the Rector together with copies of his letters containing his views on various points - for your digestion and consideration.
The principal thing we have to establish is the paternity of Robt Liveing I of Harwich and if possible to identify the John Lyving baptised on Apr 19, 1618 as his Father.
I have been of course working on the assumption that a John Living of Hadleigh was his father as recorded in Aunt Ambrose's pedigree you mentioned. I will prosecute any further search you may think to be in any way likely to be helpful.
Trusting you and Emily are well and with our kind love to you both
Ever your affectionate brother
W.R F. Liveing

8. William Robert F Liveing: Letter to his brother Edward, 21 Aug 1928, St Briavels GLS.
Liveing Archive: Images 3928 - 3929

W.R.F. Liveing,
The Cherries,
St. Briavels,
S.O. Gloucester
21 August 1928
My dear Eddie,
Herewith I enclose my cheque for L3.5.0. in the payment of half years interest due 2nd July on your share of Walfords mortgage less tax & 1/- expenses.
Re Pedigree
You will be interested to hear I have obtained a great deal of further information. First of all I had the Saffron Waldron registers searched from the commencement to 1700. They are revealed nothing except the following marriage 14 May 1655 Robert LIVIN to Cath Seamer both of Clavering. Clavering is a small village near Manuden where Aunt Mary lived. Secondly I had the Hadleigh registers searched from the commencement 1558-1750 and they reveal records of a great number of the Liveing family. Uncle Henrys search only covers the period from 1689-1800. I will send you a copy of all the entries I have obtained from the Rector & Rural Dean of Hadleigh Rev M N Bate.
Before going seriously to work on the fresh materials I have I should like to know how far back & during what period the Harwich registers have been searched. I am in some little difficulty about identifying the John Liveing father of Robert Liveing I. He is as you know described in Anne Ambroses pedigree as of
Hadleigh. I find in the Register of baptisms at Hadleigh "John Lyving son to (blank) ye saddler April 19 1618." This would have made him 66 in 1684 the date of the birth of Robt Liveing I of Harwich.
This John Lyving does not appear to have settled in Hadleigh as there is no record of his marriage or burial there.
There are two entries in the burial registers at Hadleigh as under :
July 7, 1624 John Living son to George.
March 30, 1630 John Living son to George
The above named John Lyving baptd Apr 19, 1618 was undoubtedly the son of George Living Saddler whose burial is recorded on Nov 29, 1639.
I think the 2 John Livings who were buried 7 July 1624 and 30 March 1630 were the sons of George living whose burial is entered as on 11 October 1610 and not the sons of George Living ( Saddler ) when you survey complete lists in front of you will see what I mean and can give me your opinion.
Shall I have the Harwich Registers searched and if so during what periods?
M L etc? for ……
Your affectionate brother
W R F Liveing

9. William Robert F Liveing: was a keen gardener, Radlett HRT.

William married Harriet Amelia FLICK [450], daughter of Thomas FLICK of Burnham ESS [8338] and Harriet STAGGS [14783], on 16 Aug 1894 in Burnham ESS. Harriet was born on 23 May 1867 in Burnham-on-Crouch ESS, died on 26 Jun 1945 aged 78, and was buried in Radlett HRT.

General Notes:
Harriet was called Millicent in Bygone Days.

Liveing = Flick on the 16th inst at St Mary's Church, Burnham, Essex, by the Rev J L Govett vicar, William Robert Francis Liveing, youngest son of Edward Liveing, Esq. M.D. of 52 Queen Anne Street, London. To Harriet Amelia (Millicent) eldest daughter of the late Thomas Flick, of Burnham, Essex.
Ref: Essex Newsman Saturday, 18 August 1894, also Chelmsford Chronicle Friday, 17 August 1894.

A Mrs Harriet Liveing aged 71 sailed from Kobe Japan to Southampton ENG arriving 26 Apr 1939 ships name Potsdam. England address 22 Queen Alexander Mansions Tuddstr. LON WC1 Ancestry

Liveing Harriet Amelia of 8 Hillside Road Radlett Herts. widow died 26 June 1945 Probate Llandudno 11 August to Robert Henry Torlesse Liveing retired captain HM army. Effects L8516 5s 5d
Ref: National Probate Calendar.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, St George Parish Lewisham. Harriet is described as a wife aged 33 born Burnham Essex

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Trefusis, Manor Rd Forest Hill. Harriet is recorded as a wife aged 43 married 16 yrs one child still living born Burnham on Crouch ESS

3. Harriet and Robert Liveing: at home, Cir 1930's.
William and Harriet on left in left hand picture

The child from this marriage was:

   1625 M    i. Capt Robert Henry Torlesse LIVEING [465] was born on 16 Sep 1896 in Lewisham LND and died on 27 May 1961 aged 64.

General Notes:
Birth Ref Dec quarter 1896 Lewisham 1d 1228 BDM

Robert was in the Tank Corps, and was posted to Egypt c1916 - 1918. He was wounded in the second battle of Gaza in April 1917, when his Mk I male tank was shelled and destroyed. He lost an eye and was for a time dangerously ill.

Tanks were described by the Army as "His Majesty's Land Ship" and had official names. Roberts HMLS, was called "Sir Archibald" after the General Officer Commanding Egypt 1916-1917

Robert's Military Record.
To No.2 Battalion Battalion Commander
L.P.T.B. Home Guard.
1914-1916,19th Royal Fusiliers. (Public School Battalion).
Served overseas, France 1915 to March 1916.
Cadet Course at Keble College, Oxford, March & April 1916.
GrantedCommission, 2nd Lieutenant in H.S.M.G.G. (Royal Tank Corps)
Served overseas, Palestine December 1916.
Wounded at Gaza, 1917. (April) .
Transfered to Delta and Western Force H.Q. Staff, Abassia, on General List,
doing duty as Camp Commandant and Cypher Officer.
Gazetted rank of 1st Lieutenant, November 1917.
Transferred G.H.Q. Cairo & District, doing duty as acting Staff captain.
Returned to England, March 1919
Discharged with rank of 1st.Lieutenant on retired pay and wound pension.
2nd. I/C "C" Company
No.2 Battalion.

Robert Henry Torlesse Liveing
Military Years: 1914-1920
Rank: Private subsequently commissioned. Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal
Regiment or Corps: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) Regimental Number: PS/3662 Previous Units: 19/R. Fus. Pte. PS/3662
Ref: Ancestry

Suppliment to London Gazette 13 November 1942.
The Undermentioned to be 2nd Lt.
12 Oct 1942: Lt Robert Henry Torlesse Liveing (244567)

Robert served with distinction in the Home Guard during WWII

Robert on the death of his uncle Edward Henry Liveing received most of the "family relics" as he put it. He further conserved the records mounting some in a folder the family have dubbed "Red Book".
The following are extracts from same:

"Now all that most of the family relics have passed into my hands: I have made a revised list of same From E. H. Liveing's two green notebooks. This has been done as some of the relics from Brookfield House Longstanton Cambridge, were beyond repair. A quantity of books were also left to me but owing to lack of space, I was unable to take them.
Numerous letters, family Bibles and other items I thought should be returned to the respective families of R/Admiral Torlesse of Alverstoke Hants., and Colonel Fenn of Alston Court Nayland. This I did in January 1952."
R.H.T. Liveing

Army and Navy Club,
Pall Mall, SW1
13 January 1952.
My dear Liveing,
The parcel containing portraits, letters etc arrived safely and without damage on Friday shortly before my wife and I took off for a weekend in London to celebrate her birthday. I have therefore only had time to glance through the contents but I have seen enough to realise how valuable and interesting they will be to me and my family. It must have given you a great deal of trouble to sort things out and I can't thank you adequately for passing them on to me. I am indeed grateful. One of these days when I am in London I would much like to come and see you to thank you personally. I imagine it is quite easy to reach Radlett from here though I haven't made any enquiries yet as to how it may be done. Remember please that we would be delighted to put you up in Nayland at any time she would you care to visit a neighbourhood. With renewed thanks.
Believe me
Yours very sincerely
Alston Fenn.

10 Bury Road,
12 January 1952.
My dear Liveing,
Very many thanks for your letter and for bringing up the bonnet box. It was very kind of you to take the trouble, and very convenient for me, as my wife came up to town with the car yesterday to take the boys to a pantomime and so we were able to bring it home last night without any trouble.
I am only sorry that I did not know you were coming so that I could have asked you to lunch. However we must try to meet another time, and I hope next time you come to town and will be free for lunch you will let me know.
The box is certainly a curiosity, and I shall be interested to read the letters some time. I am glad to have Henry B. Torlesse's family Bible. We also have his grandfather's with the record of a large family of Torlesses in the early 18th century.
Yours very sincerely
David Torlesse.

The Red Book also records of these items, originally owned by Charles Liveing:
Empress Josephine Cabinet, which belonged to the Empress and was bought by Charles on one of his many Continental tours.
Relic of the Royal George - a small bronze cannon on an oak carriage, (The Royal George sank off Spithead 1782.)
Bronze figure of a boy - on a Sienna marble pediment.

1939 Register
10 Selborne Gardens , Hendon M.B., Middlesex, England
RobertLiveing16 Sep 1896L P T B (Railway) Mechanic Engineer (Electrician) Married
Josephine (M) Liveing03 Jun 1890Unpaid Domestic DutiesMarried

Liveing Capt R H T 10 Selborne gdns Hendon 3216
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1937/38/39/41/42/43/45/46

Liveing Capt R H T Waverly 8 Hillside Rd Radlett 6327
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1946/47/48/49/50/52/53/54

Liveing R H T Parkbury 74 Offington dv Worthing Swandean 684
Ancestry: Brighton Phone Book 1955/56/57/59/60/61/62/63/64/66/68.

Liveing Robert Henry Torlesse of Parkbury 74 Offington Drive Worthing died 27 May 1961 Probate London 13 July to Josephine Mary Liveing widow. Effects L5352 10s 0d
Ref: National Probate Calendar.

Research Notes:
Tanks in Palestine WWI:
A detachment of eight heavy Mark I tanks from the Tank Corps (also known as Heavy Section, Machine Gun Corps) reached the front. Tanks had been in use in France since September 1916 and Palestine was to be the only other theatre of the war they were employed. They "seemed to offer the best chance of a successful frontal assault." Lyden-Bell reported to the War Office that they would frighten the defenders "out of their lives." Senior officers apparently deployed them for this purpose in widely separated pairs.
The tanks which arrived in Palestine in January 1917 had been used for instruction and were not of the latest type, however during a trial attack they proved themselves in the sandy conditions. "The sand though fairly heavy, did not interfere with them in the least. They buzzed along most satisfactorily." They worked well in sand so long as the treads were not greased, which was the normal practice. The tank, War Baby was powered by a Daimler 105 horse power engine. It had a revolver, loop holes, periscopes, dynamos and differentiator, and was armed with four Hotchkiss machine guns and two auxiliary guns. This tank was manned by one officer sitting beside the driver, four gunners on bike seats and two greasers.
The tanks were to be deployed along the front and advance across open country where they could give shelter to the infantry following behind them. However, as the tanks became targets the infantry also suffered, and only two tanks succeeded in reaching their objectives.

WWI Tanks were classified male and female dependent on the main armament carried. For males, this was a naval 6 pounder gun carried in a sponson on the side of the tank and, apart from the barrel being shortened, this was constant all through the war. For females it was 2 machine guns per sponson per side, of differing types as the war progressed.

Re a Liveing Crest.
8 Hillside Rd,
On February 20, 1952 I wrote to the College of Arms sending a wax seal impression also a very rough sketch of these arms - asking if a search could be made to ascertain if they are the Liveing Arms.

College of Arms London E.C. 4
21st February 1952
RHJ (sic) Liveing Esq.,
8 Hillside Rd,
Dear Sir,
Thank you for your letter of the 20th of February and enclosures.
If you would care to send the search free of three guineas I shall be pleased to make a search in our records with a view to answering your enquiry. If the arms are found I can then let you know the cost of copies.
Yours faithfully
Anthony R Wagner
Richmond Herald

College of Arms London E.C. 4
26 February 1952
RHJ (sic) Liveing Esq.,
8 Hillside Rd,
Dear Sir
thank you for your letter of the 22nd of February and enclosed cheque for three guineas for which I send my receipt.
The Arms of which you sent details are in fact those of the family of Levinge of Baddesley, Warwickshire, and elsewhere, as entered in the Visitation of Warwickshire in 1619. Vert a chevron Or in chief three escollops Argent, with the Crest: Within a Chaplet Vert an escallop Argent a branch of this family is represented at the present day by Sir Richard Levinge Bt. In these circumstances your own right to these arms can only be established if it could be shown that you were descended from the Levinge family, and that the name had in some way become altered or corrupted. To ascertain the facts in regard to this genealogical research is necessary, and if he would care to send me such particulars as you have of your own pedigree with places and dates of birth, marriages and death of ancestors in the direct male line where known, I would try to advise you on the possibilities and cost.
Yours faithfully
Anthony R Wagner
Richmond Herald

Copy of a letter dated 27 February 1952 to:
Anthony R Wagner Esq.,
Richmond Herald.
Dear Sir,
I thank you for your letter of 26 February and for the information contained therein also for the trouble you have taken. I appreciate that it would be necessary to show that I must be descended from the Levinge family - unfortunately my pedigree only goes back to 1684 from authentic records - although prior to that date the registers of Harwich, Eling Nr Southampton, and Hadley in Suffolk show such names as Lyvine, Livinge, Lyving, Levying and many other similar corruptions from 1546; but I have no scroll up until 1684 to prove my right. It is curious that a great uncle Captain William Liveing R.N. had a seal of the arms in question also a silver salver (both of which I now possess) with the same arms in described here on - this was a presentation on his retirement as chairman of the Governors of the Paddington Board of Guardians nearly 100 years ago. As I am not in a position to explained a big outlay to further the enquiry is at present I regret I shall have to let the matter drop. I have been collecting and putting together details of my family, hence the enquiry I have made a view.
Thanking you, I am,
Yours faithfully
College of Arms London E.C. 4
28 February 1952
RHJ (sic) Liveing Esq.,

8 Hillside Rd,
Dear Sir
Thank you for your letter of the 27th of February. I appreciate the position but would suggest that when your researches are completed you should submit the pedigree so far as you feel you can establish it for official registration here so that the results gained may not be lost, and a basis may be available for anyone in a position to carry the work further hereafter.
Yours faithfully
Anthony R. Wagner
Richmond Herald.

Copy of a letter dated 29 February 1952 to:
Anthony R Wagner
Dear Sir,
Thank you for your letter of 28 February: I am greatly obliged for your suggestion and help in the matter. I have every hope of taking it up again at some later date. All the material so far collected I am carefully keeping together.
Yours faithfully

RHT Liveing Esq.,
74 Offington Drive,
College of Arms London E.C. 4
12 January 1955
Dear Sir
Further to my assistat's letter of 29 December 1954, the cost of cleaning and flattening out as much as possible the painting of arms you have sent me, and touching up the paint when necessary, will amount to L3-2-6.
If you would care to send me a cheque for that amount, the work shall be put in hand.
Yours faithfully,
Anthony R Wagner
Richmond Herald.

RHT Liveing Esq.,
74 Offington Drive,
College of Arms London E.C. 4
17 January 1955
Dear Sir
Thank you for your letter of the 13th January 1955 enclosing a cheque for L3-2-6 for which I send my receipt herewith.
The work shall now be put in hand.
Yours faithfully,
Anthony R Wagner.
Richmond Herald.

Robert married Josephine Mary BEHAN [466], daughter of Edward Christopher BEHAN [14792] and Jane REILLY [14793], in Nov 1918. Josephine was born on 3 Jun 1889 in 16 Basin Lane Dublin, was christened on 6 Jun 1889 in St James Dublin, died on 4 Nov 1970 aged 81, and was buried in Durrington Cemetery Worthing SSX.

General Notes:
Josephine served as a nurse in the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) 1915 - 1918. She met Robert in Egypt and married him in 1918. He was wounded and lost an eye in 1917 in the 2nd battle of Gaza.

British Overseas Marriages
Marriage year1918
Marriage placeCairo Roman Catholic Chaplaincy Egypt
Groom's other name(s)Henry Torlesse
Groom's occupationLieutenant
Groom's father's first name(s)William
Groom's father's last nameLiving
Groom's mother's name(s)Millicent nee Flick
Bride's other name(s)Mary
Bride's residence or birth placeDublin
Bride's father's first name(s)Christopher
Bride's father's last name Behan
Bride's mother's name(s)Jane nee O'Rielly
Ref: Findmypast

Liveing J 74 Offington dv Worthing 64684
Ancestry: Brighton Phone Book 1969/71/72

Noted events in her life were:

1. Josephine M Behan: Early life and in nursing in Egypt, Abt 1917, Helouan & Assuan Egypt.

2. Josephine M Behan: Family life, 1919 to 1940's.

1309. Katherine Edith LIVEING [1558] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D. [101]1098, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 22 Sep 1867 in Marylebone London MDX, was christened on 25 Oct 1867 in St Mary Branston SQ Westminster MDX, and died on 20 Dec 1942 in Reg Westminster aged 75.

General Notes:
Katherine in the 1881 British Census, was staying at Wycliffe Lodge Tonbridge with her aunt Elizabeth Hawker.

Napier - Liveing. March 16, at St Thomas's, Portman Square, A. Scot, son of the late Hon W Napier, to Katharine Edith, daughter of R Liveing, MD of Manchester Square, W.
Ref: London Daily News Wednesday, 20 March 1889.

Marriage ref March 1889 quarter Marylebone 1a 879 BDM
At her marriage Katherine was aged 21 and a spinster of 11 Manchester Sq.

She later lived in India.

1942 Dec Qtr a Katharine E Napier died aged 75 reg. Westminster 1a 384

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 11 Manchester Sq, St Marylebone LND. Katherine was described as a daughter aged 3 born at Marylebone LON

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Wycliffe Lodge Tonbridge Kent. Katherine was described as a neice and a scholar, born abt 1868 in London W MDX. Head of the household was Elizabeth Hawker aged 57.

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Isle of Wight HAM. Katharine is recorded as a wife aged 23 born Marylebone London

Katherine married Archibald Scott NAPIER C E [1559], son of Hon William NAPIER [11201] and Louisa Mary LLOYD [14806], on 16 Mar 1889 in St Thomas Marylebone London MDX. Archibald was born on 9 Jun 1865 in Scotland and died on 22 Dec 1934 aged 69.

General Notes:
At his marriage Archibald was aged 23, batchelor, civil engineer, of 31 Seymour St. Witnesses were Francis Horatio Napier, Robert Liveing and one other.

Archibald was registered as a Member, Institute of Civil Engineers (M.Inst.C.E.).

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Isle of Wight HAM. Archibald is recorded as head of house married aged 25 a civil engineer born in Scotland.

Children from this marriage were:

   1626 M    i. Maj Gen Charles Scott NAPIER C.B. [7054] was born on 3 Feb 1899 in India, was christened on 3 May 1899 in Bangalore Madras, and died on 16 Jun 1946 aged 47.

General Notes:
Charles Napier was educated at Wellington College, Wellington, Berkshire, England. He fought in the Second World War and was Chief of Movements and Transportation Branch 6-4 Division, Supreme HQ, Allied Expeditionary Force between 1943 and 1945.1 He was decorated with the award of the Legion of Honour, invested as: Commander, Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.), Companion, Order of the Bath (C.B.) and decorated Commander, U.S. Legion of Merit.

Charles married Ida Kathleen DOUETIL [21750], daughter of Victor Napoleon DOUETIL [21751], on 8 Aug 1927. Ida died in 1979.

   1627 M    ii. Maj Alexander NAPIER [7055] was born on 7 Sep 1904 and died on 31 Aug 1954 aged 49.

1310. Helen Adelaide LIVEING [1560] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D. [101]1098, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 7 Mar 1870 in London., was christened on 13 Apr 1870 in St Thomas, St Marylebone, and died on 19 May 1893 in Marylebone London MDX aged 23.

General Notes:
Birth Ref Jun Qtr 1870 Marylebone 1a 476 BDM

Death Ref Jun Qtr aged 23 Marylebone 1a 389 BDM

Administration of the estate of Helen Adelaide Liveing of 11 Manchester Sq Marylebone MDX spinster who died 19 May 1893
was granted in London to Robert Liveing M.D. 22 May 1894 at
L103 15s 8d

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, 11 Manchester Sq, St Marylebone LND. Helen was described as a daughter aged 1 born Marylebone

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 11 Manchester Sq, St Marylebone LND. Helen was described as a daughter aged 11 a scholar born London MDX

1311. Lieut Col R.A. Charles Hawker LIVEING C.M.G. D.S.O. [1556] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D. [101]1098, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 1 Apr 1872, was christened on 13 Jun 1872 in St Paul Cambridge, and died on 20 Mar 1934 aged 61.

General Notes:
Charles attended Uppingham School (founded 1584).
Liveing Charles Hawker: (H.F.) April 1872; son of Dr R Liveing, 11 Manchester St W. Came Sept 1886, left Apr 1889; Major RFA; CMG (1918) DSO (1914); desp., (3); Legion of Honour Officer.
Uppingham School Roll. 1824-1931. NZSOG 2009

Naval and Military.
Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
The following are declared by the Civil Service Commissioners to have obtained the first 60 places at the examination held in November and December for admission to the Royal Military Academy Woolwich:. . . . . Charles Hawker Liveing.
Ref: extracted from the Daily News 24 December 1889

Charles was a Captain in the Royal Artillery.

Great Britain Army War List: 1893 Regimental Lists
C H Liveing Madras.

Charles was aged 29 a batchelor, Capt R.A. of 11 Manchester Sq. Witnesses. Laura Farmer, H.D.O. Ward

Liveing C. H. Major, 32rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery mentioned in dispatches. London Gazette 20 October 1914, page 8382.

With the approval of the King, President Poincare has decorated 119 British officers with. the Legion of Honor. for gallantry during the operations between August 21 and 30. The following have been given the Cross of Office : . . . . . Major C. H. Liveing, 135th. Battery R.F.A. . . . . .
Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume X, Issue 503, 12 January 1915, Page 2

1919 Charles is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway

Marriage ref Sep quarter 1901 Marylebone 1a 1395 BDM

Liveing Lieut Col C H, C.M.G. D.S.O. 10 Albert ct SW7 Kensington 3707
Ancestry: London phone book 1926/27/28/29/30

LIVEING, Lt-Col Charles Hawker (1872-1934)
Details: LIVEING, Lt-Col Charles Hawker, CMG 1918; DSO 1914; born 1 April 1872; married Mabel Weston Varnum; one son.
Education: Uppingham; RM Academy, Woolwich.
Work: Entered army, 1892; Captain, 1900; Major, 1909; Lt-Col 1915; retired as Lieut-Colonel, 1921; served European War, 1914-1918 (despatches twice, DSO, CMG, Legion of Honour, 4th Class).
Address: Segenworth Farm House, Titchfield, Hants.
Died: 20 March 1934
Ref: Know UK CD - Colin Fenn

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 11 Manchester Sq, St Marylebone LND. Charles was described as a son born abt 1839 in London and a scholar

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 11 Manchester Sq, St Marylebone LND. Charles is described as a son aged 28 born St Marylebone LON Occupation Capt Royal Artillery

Charles married Mabel Weston VARNUM [7056], daughter of Reuben Mason VARNUM [11202] and Procinbia TYLER [14774], on 4 Jul 1901 in St Thomas Marylebone London MDX. Mabel was born on 18 Dec 1880 in Yokohama Japan and died in Mar 1972 in Gosport HAM aged 91.

General Notes:
Mabel was aged 21 at her marriage, a spinster of 68 The Common Woolwich

1919 Mabel is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway

Liveing Mrs C H 22 Palace mans W14 Fulham 6310
Ancestry: London phone book 1931/32/33/34

Mabel Weston Liveing aged 45 departed New York on the Orca arriving Southampton 20 Oct 1925

Mabel Liveing born 1881 sailed from Liverpool to Boston USA in 1935, on the Laconia, her address appears The Frifth McClaren Park?
Ref: findmypast 2011

Mabel Liveing aged 56 departed Port Said Egypt on the City of Kobe arriving Liverpool 22 Sep 1936

Mabel Liveing born 1880 a wife aged 57 of 6 Pall Mall SW sailed from London to New York in 1937, on the American Trader
Ref: findmypast 2011

Mabel Liveing aged 57 departed New York on the American Trader arriving London 14 Dec 1937

Mabel Weston Liveing aged 64 departed New York on the Rangitiki (Cunard White Star Line) arriving Liverpool 17 Oct 1944. Ancestry

Mabel W Liveing born 18 Dec 1880, sailed from Liverpool to Boston USA in 1957, on the Newfoundland. Her address was Lloyds Bank Falmouth.
Ref: findmypast 2011

Mabel Weston Liveing aged 77 departed Boston USA on the Newfoundland arriving Liverpool 9 Sep 1957.

The child from this marriage was:

   1628 M    i. Lt Cmdr. Robert George LIVEING R.N. [7057] was born 2 Qtr 1905 in Woolwich KEN and died 1 Qtr 1968 in Reg Dist Portsmouth.

General Notes:
Birth Ref Jun Qtr 1905 Woolwich 1d 1255 BDM

Sub Lieut., R G Liveing sailed from London to Hongkong in 1927, on the P.O. ship Kyber Ref: findmypast 2011

1929 Robert is registered as a shareholder in the Gt Western Railway.

Liveing - Bickmore.
On January 9, 1931 at St Mary Abbot's, Kensington, Lt R G Liveing, R.N., son of Col C H Liveing, CMG, DSO, and Mrs Liveing, to Manon, widow of Lt N A Bickmore, R.N., Daughter of Major and Mrs Vere Ker-Seymer.
Ref: Unidentified Newspaper Report

A history of Robert's residential address's via the English telephone directories.

Liveing Lt R G R.N. Segenworth Farm hse Titchfield 28
Ancestry: Norwich Cambridge Essex etc Phone Book 1932/33/34/35/36

Liveing Lt Comdr R G R.N. Kingswood Brodrick ave Gosport 8647
Ancestry: Bristol Plymouth Southampton etc Phone Book 1936/37/38/39

Liveing Lt Comdr R G R.N. 36 Southsea ter Portsmouth 6382
Ancestry: Bristol Plymouth Southampton etc Phone Book 1941

Liveing Lt Comdr R G R.N. Kingswood Brodrick ave Gosport 89497
Ancestry: Bristol Plymouth Southampton etc Phone Book 1946/49/50/51/52/53/54/55/56/57/58

Liveing Lt Comdr R G R.N. Westerhouse ave Alverstoke Gosport 8452
Ancestry: Bristol Plymouth Southampton etc Phone Book 1938/39/46/49/50/51/52/53

Liveing Lt Comdr R G R.N. Kingswood Brodrick ave Gosport 83556
Ancestry: Bristol Plymouth Southampton etc Phone Book 1960/61/62/64/65/66/67/68/69/70
Some listed under M Liveing?)

Death 1 Qtr 1968 Portsmouth 68 695

Robert married Manon Diana KER-SEYMER [14794], daughter of Horace Vere Clay KER-SEYMER [14796] and Diana CREYKE [14797], on 9 Jan 1931 in St Mary Abbots Kensington London. Manon was born on 20 Jan 1903 in Chelsea LND MDX.

General Notes:
1939 Register
26 Crescent Road , Gosport M.B., Hampshire, England. (Leah Household)
Manon D Liveing Birth 20 Jan 1903 Private MeansWidowed

Research Notes:
Ref: Ker-Seymer Tree - Colin B Gurney, (Coventry), Family Tree Ancestry 2012

1312. Robert Arthur Harrold LIVEING [1557] (Dr Robert LIVEING M.D. [101]1098, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 4 Jan 1876 in Marylebone London MDX, was christened on 17 Sep 1876 in St Thomas Marlylebone LND, and died on 3 Jun 1879 in Marylebone London MDX aged 3.

General Notes:
Birth ref Mar quarter 1876 Marylebone 1a 555 BDM

Liveing, Robert A H son of Mr Robert, aged 3, June 3.
Ref: Pall Mall Gazette 11 June 1879.

1313. Lucy MACDONALD [7058] (Harriet LIVEING [107]1099, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1876 and died in 1879 aged 3.

1314. Major Arthur Kennan MACDONALD MA Cantab. [7059] (Harriet LIVEING [107]1099, Catherine Mary DOWNING [97]883, Mary ALSTON [91]652, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 7 Feb 1878 in Dublin Ireland and died on 4 Apr 1950 in Emerald Lodge Ballybrack Dublin aged 72.

General Notes:
Arthur was MA Cantab., M.Dent.S. (TCD), RADC

MacDonald Arthur Keenan. Adm pens at St John's Oct 8, 1897, of Ireland, son of the Rev William Archibald (Trin Coll Dublin 1865) of Ballybrack (and Harriet Liveing). b Feb 7 1878 in Dublin. Matric Mich 1897 BA 1900 MA 1904.
Ref: Alumni Cantabrigienses.

Major Arthur Kennan MACDONALD, Army Dental Corps, is granted a temporary commission
as Squadron Leader on attachment to the B.A.F. 5th Sept. 1927. He will continue to receive emoluments from Army sources.
Ref: The London Gazette, 9 Sep, 1927. Pg 5805

Macdonald Arthur Kennan of 29 Kildare St, Dublin died 4 April 1950 at Emerald Lodge Ballybrack Dublin Probate (save and except settled land) London 30 January 1952 to National Bank Ltd effects £655 13s 8d in England.
National Probate Calendar.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: Ireland, 1901, Albert Road Dublin Ireland. Arthur is recorded as a son aged 23 born Dublin city a graduate of Cambridge and law student Middle Temple.

2. Census: Ireland, 1911, Kildare Street Dublin IRL. Arthur is recorded as head of house aged 33

Arthur married Eithine Fidelina HEALY [7060] on 3 Aug 1903. Eithine was born on 14 Jul 1878 in Dublin.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: Ireland, 1911, Kildare Street Dublin IRL. Eithine is recorded as a wife aged 32 born Dublin

Children from this marriage were:

   1629 F    i. Sheila Eithne Harriet MACDONALD [7061] was born on 6 Sep 1907 in Dublin.

General Notes:
They have living issue 2012

Sheila married Denis Anthony HEGARTY [14758], son of Denis HEGARTY [14759] and Elizabeth KIRBY [14760]. Denis was born in 1907 in Miltown Cork IRL.

   1630 M    ii. Noel Kennan MACDONALD [7062] was born on 8 Jan 1909 in Dublin.

   1631 F    iii. Lucy Catherine Mary MACDONALD [7063] was born on 12 Dec 1909 in Dublin.

   1632 M    iv. George Liveing MACDONALD [7064] was born on 25 Sep 1911.

General Notes:
George was of "Donard" Burnaby, Greystones, Co. Wicklow in Dec 1951

George is recorded with his daughter Philippa travelling on the Mauretania, departing Southampton 16 October 1954 bound for New York. George is shown aged 43 gas engineer Philippa 4, their last address was Ballybrack Killiney Ireland. (Note their surname was recorded as Liveing-MacDonald)
Ref: Findmypast Passenger Lists

George married Eileen Stephanie HEYWORTH [9868].

1315. Hugh-Durrant ALSTON [1518] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander) [71]1103, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 2 Dec 1865 in Porthpean Cornwall., was christened on 10 Feb 1866 in St. Austell, Cornwell, and died on 21 Aug 1931 in San Francisco California USA aged 65.

General Notes:
Hugh was Surveyor of Mines.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. Hugh is recorded as a son aged 15 a scholar born Porthrian (sic) Cornwall

Hugh-Durrant married Margaret Jane McNEA [12106], daughter of Thomas McNEA [19930] and Mary Ann BENSON [19931], on 12 Sep 1901 in Wabigoon TWP Rainy River District Ontario CAN. Margaret was born in Nov 1869 in Ontario, Canada.

The child from this marriage was:

   1633 F    i. ALSTON [12107] was born on 16 Jun 1902 in Wabigoon TWP Rainy River District Ontario CAN and died on 16 Jun 1902 in Wabigoon TWP Rainy River District Ontario CAN.

1316. Ashton ALSTON [1519] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander) [71]1103, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 8 Mar 1867 in Greenhithe, KEN, was christened on 20 May 1867 in Holy Trinity Ramsgate, and died on 21 May 1962 in Fort William Ontario CAN aged 95.

General Notes:
Ashton appears twice in the 1881 Census.

Ashton was in the service of the Hudson Bay Co. Incorporated in 1670 the Company claims "No other company in the world can boast the longevity of success, legacy of innovation"

Ashton's employment record with the Hudson Bay Company.
Name: Alston, Ashton Parish: England Entered Service: 28 August 1893 Dates: b.8 March 1866
d. 21 May 1962 Appointments & Service
Outfit Year* Position Post District HBCA Reference
*An Outfit year ran from 1 June to 31 May
1893 - 1897 Apprentice Clerk Norway House & York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1897 - 1900 Clerk Churchill York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1; D.38/44 fo. 81
1901 - 1904 Post Manager Trout Lake York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1904 - 1907 Post Manager Oxford House York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1907 - 1910 Post Manager Churchill & Oxford House York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1910 - 1916 Post Manager Churchill York Factory HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1916 - 1918 Post Manager Lake Huron HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1918 - 1922 Post Manager Barriere HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1922 - 1924 Post Manager Attawapiscat HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1924, 1 March retired HBCA, RG3/40A/1
1962, 21 May died at Fort William, Ontario Moccasin Telegraph, Spring 1963 p. 50
For an interview with Ashton Alston, see E.93/10.
See also PP 5297 "Reminiscences of York Factory" by Adelaide Alston Taylor
Uncle: Rear Admiral Herbert Campion (B.239/c/25 fo. 410)
Wife: Jane Faries (b. 1874 m. 1902) daughter of Angus Faries (1840-1899) and Mary Corston
(ca. 1850-1938) Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3
Children: Mary Adelaide (b. 13 Aug. 1904) m. (1) George Findlay, (2) Charles Taylor Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3
Jessie Rosalee (b. 28 Nov. 1906) m. Russell Smith Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3
Edith Mary Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3
Amy Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3
Alfred (d. 1983) Info. from T.R. McCloy, FC/3208/M3

Filename: Alston, Ashton (1866-1962) (fl.1893-1924) Aug. 1985/JHB:ek (Revised Jan. 1987/ES:wg; Aug. 1994/JHB) ; May/99/mhd; Rev. PC May/00

Reminiscences of York Factory by Adelaide Alston Taylor.
Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society Papers and Records, Vol. IX, 1981:1-6
Subjects Hudson's Bay Company -- Employees.
Fur trade -- Manitoba
Notes: Reminiscences by the daughter of Ashton Alston and Jane Faries
HBCA Collection PP 5297 Onsite reference only
Ref : Archives Winnipeg Manitoba.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Christs Hospital School Newgate LND. Ashton is recorded as aged 12 a scholar born Greenhithe KEN

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. Ashton is recorded as a son aged 14 a scholar born Greenhithe KEN

Ashton married Jane FARIES [10265], daughter of Angus FARIES [10541] and Mary CORSTON [10609], in 1902. Jane was born in 1874 and died on 5 Apr 1925 in Fort William Thunder Bay Ontario aged 51.

Children from this marriage were:

   1634 F    i. Mary Adelaide ALSTON [10610] was born on 13 Aug 1904.

General Notes:
Mary is the author of "Reminiscences of York Factory" the headquarters of the Hudson Bay Company in Hudson Bay Canada.

Mary married George FINDLAY [10617].

Mary next married Charles TAYLOR [10731].

   1635 F    ii. Jessie Rosalee ALSTON [11104] was born on 28 Nov 1906.

Jessie married Russell SMITH [11228].

   1636 F    iii. Edith Mary ALSTON [11417] .

   1637 F    iv. Amy ALSTON [11418] .

   1638 M    v. Alfred ALSTON [11419] died in 1983.

1317. Commander Alfred Gilmore ALSTON C.M.G. R N [1520] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander) [71]1103, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 10 Oct 1868 in Greenhithe, KEN, was christened on 9 Feb 1869 in St Mary Stone KEN, died on 1 Oct 1954 in Eastbourne SSX aged 85, and was buried in Eastbourne, Ocklynge Cemetery.

General Notes:
Alfred appears twice in the 1881 Census.

Following his father Alfred went to sea, first in the Merchant Service passing his 2nd Mate Certificate 14 Feb 1889, 1st Mate Certificate 8 Feb 1891 and his Masters Certificate 22 Jun 1893.

On the 31 October 1895 he joined the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant aboard the Spartan until May 97. Then he served on the Venus for a year, the Antelope for part of a year, the Phoenix for 3 years, then the Marathon for a year and the Terpsichore for a year.
He was assessed from the start of his career as an officer of very good conduct and ability, a painstaking hard-working and most efficient officer.
Described as an excellent watch keeper his Commanders recorded they had perfect confidence in him. He is further described as a careful and very good Navigation Officer and Pilot, with good judgement.
On station in North China the British Commander recorded the great assistance rendered by Lt. Alston.
He is recommended for promotion to Command, it was noted he was a very good observer, had extraordinary keen sight and was zealous in his duties.
He applies to retire in 1905 although not eligible until 1908. On 14 May 1909 he is placed on the retired list with the rank of Commander.
In retirement he served as President for Transport duties in Newhaven and Southampton, but returns to sea on the Egmont in the First World War as Acting Captain to Egypt, then serving as the DNTO (Divisional Naval Transport Officer) in Alexandria, Kantara, and Cairo. It is noted that he was treated in Alexandria in May 1916 for haemorrhoids.
February 1917 General Allenby draws attention to the good work done by Cmdr Alston "Has done his utmost to improve the efficiency of the Transport Department".
In April 1919 he is granted one month's leave in England, then he reverts to the retired list on 18 November 1919, promoted to Captain retired in recognition of his war service.
On 15 June 1920 he is awarded the Order of the Nile (3rd class). Conferred by H.H. the Sultan of Egypt.

ALSTON, Alfred Gilmore b.Greenhithe (sic) 1868 (1865 vol.73) 020655 London 1893 Commander RN vol.73 vol.43 1893-1895; vol.58 no voyages listed; vol.73 1906-1911

1939 Register.
21 Brook Lane , Felixstowe U.D., Suffolk, England
Alfred GAlston10 Oct 1868 R N RetiredSingle
Adelaide Alston01 Apr 1875 Unpaid Domestic DutiesSingle

Death Ref: 4th Qtr 1954 5h 210 aged 86
. . . . .
And of
Captain A. G. ALSTON
C.M.G., R.N.
third Son of the above
who died October 1st 1954
aged 86.
Sussex grave 2 register reference L193c
Record set Sussex, Eastbourne Monumental Inscriptions.
Ref: Findmypast

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. Alfred is recorded as a son aged 12 a scholar born Greenhithe KEN

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Christs Hospital School Newgate LND. Alfred is recorded as aged 11 a scholar born Greenhithe KEN

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Arklow House Eastbourne SSX. Alfred is recorded as a son unmarried aged 42 living on private means a retired Commander R.N. born Greenhithe KEN

1318. George Hamilton Galbraith ALSTON [1521] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander) [71]1103, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 22 Apr 1871 in Rowin, Dumbarton, SCT and died in Jul 1887 aged 16.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. Hamilton is recorded as a son aged 9 a scholar born Row Scotland

1319. Adelaide ALSTON [1523] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander) [71]1103, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1873 in Usk Monmouthshire WLS, was christened on 5 Jun 1873 in Usk Monmouthshire WLS, and died Dec Qtr 1967 in Eastbourne SSX.

General Notes:
Baptism year1873
Baptism day 5
Baptism monthJun
Mother's first name(s)Jessie Rosalie
Father's first name(s)Alfred Henry
Record setMonmouthshire Baptisms

Adelaide was still living in Eastbourne 1964.

Death: 1967 December quarter, Eastbourne 5h 371 - ALSTON Adelaide, 93.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. Adelaide is recorded as a daughter aged 8 a scholar born Monmouthshire WLS

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Southbrook Rd Lee LND. Adelaide is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 18 a scholar born Monmouthshire WLS

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 5 Limes Rd Folkestone KEN. Adelaide is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 27 born Usk Monmouthshire WLS

4. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Arklow House Eastbourne SSX. Adelaide is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 38 living on own means born Monmouthshire WLS

1320. John Oxenden ALSTON [1522] (Alfred Henry R N (Commander) [71]1103, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 16 Apr 1874 in Charlton KEN and died 4th Qtr 1964 in Walsham District NFK.

General Notes:
John was a Missionary with the Irish Church Missions.

Death Ref: Dec 1964 Alston John O 90 N Walsham 4B 575.

Research Notes:
John was the witness for James Thompson City Missionary at his marriage to Charlotte Barrington 20 April 1897 St George Church Dublin

John is mentioned on page 45 of "St Nicholas A Historical Survey of a Glamorganshire Parish" by Charles F Shepherd 1934

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 30 Auckland Hill Norwood LND. John is recorded as a son aged 6 a scholar born Carshalton KEN

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Southbrook Rd Lee LND. John is recorded as a son aged 17 a scholar born Charlton KEN

1321. Rev Alfred Edward ALSTON [1526] (Edward Graham (Hon) [72]1105, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 25 Jun 1862 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was christened on 27 Jul 1862 in Christ Church Cathedral Victoria BC, died in 1927 in Framingham Earl NFK aged 65, and was buried in Framingham Earl NFK.

General Notes:
Alfred was rector of Earls Framingham co Norfolk.

Alston Alfred Edward, Glouc. p1887. rec.1887 Framingham Earl and Bixley, Norwich.
Clergy List.

Norfolk Record Office:
Catalogue Ref. MC 138
Creator(s): Colman family of Bixley, Norfolk
FILE - Deeds of Bixley Glebe - ref. MC 138/37/1-3 609 x 4 - date: 1834 - 1888
Include Abstract of Title 1888 with Glebe terner 1834, Agreement for sale of Glebe with plan and conveyance from the Rev. Alfred Edward Alston to J.J.Colman both of 1888. (This bundle has the deed reference No. 175 which corresponds to an entry in the firm's register. This records that this property was conveyed to J and J Colman in 1897 and sold to R.J. Colman in 1901.)
Ref A2A

Norfolk Record Office:
Parish records of FRAMINGHAM EARL
Catalogue Ref. PD 186
Creator(s): Church of England, Framingham Earl Parish, Norfolk
FILE - Assorted items - ref. PD 186/36(W) - date: 1887-1936
Register of church events 1887-1936, including lists of births, deaths and marriages 1887-1927, lists of those confirmed, liturgical changes etc.; list of rectors 1300-1927, curates 1784-1885; with newspaper cutting about the church c. 1930; newspaper obituary of Rev. A.E. Alston; typescript extract from his will listing articles owned by him kept in the church; draft notes on the church building
FILE - Correspondence from W.G. Horseman to Rev. A.E. Alston re history of the church, with sketches and plan - ref. PD 186/39 - date: 1915
FILE - Survey of parish made by Rev. A.E. Alston - ref. PD 186/41 - date: 1888
Ref A2A

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 6 Adelina Tce Tottenham MDX. Alfred is recorded as a son unmarried aged 18 a student of Law born Vancouver Island BC

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Framingham Earl NFK. Alfred is recorded as Head of house single aged 28 Rector of Earls Framington born Victoria Is BC

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Framingham Earl. Alfred is recorded as Head of house single aged 38 Clerk in Holy Orders Church of Emgland born Victoria BC

Alfred married Audrey FFOLKES [2604], daughter of FFOLKES [6861] and Emily [6862]. Audrey was born on 15 Mar 1878 and died in 1965 aged 87.

General Notes:
Audry was the eldest of three girls from a well connected family of Hillington Norfolk, her grandfather was Sir Martin ffolkes Bt.
Audrey an accomplished violinest and tutor, taught the viola to Benjamin Britten, this is mentioned in an obituary for her son Denys, who with his brother Christopher became a close friends of the composer.
Audry on the death of her husband and the help of his brother William built "Three Ways" for herself and family in Framingham Earl
After Audry and her second husband separated she built a second home in Framingham Earl "Alston Meadows" passing it to her younger son Christopher when he married in 1950. She then built a bungalow nearby for herself in the pyghtle.

1939 Register
Alston Meadows,Framington , Forehoe and Henstead R.D., Norfolk, England.
AudreyAlston (Sutton)15 Mar 1883 Unpaid Domestic Duties

Research Notes:
Note this surname is Ffolkes

Children from this marriage were:

   1639 M    i. John Denys ALSTON F.R.A.M. F.R.C.O. [2605] was born in 1914 and died on 9 Mar 1996 aged 82. The cause of his death was from injuries sustained in a fall in his home.

General Notes:
Denys was educated at Fernden School 1922-27; Awarded a Gibbs Choral Scholarship to Lancing College 1927-32; Organist Christchurch Albany St N.W.1 1932-34; Royal Academy of Music 1933-36 (Stainer Exhibitioner 1933/34/35); A.R.C.O. 1935; F.R.C.O. 1936; Denstone College Organist/Director of Music 1936-41; A.R.A.M. 1942, Officer in J.T.C., Capt in Home Guard; Worldwide Examiner for Royal Schools of Music 1948 on; Director of Music Lancing College from 1949; T.D. 1953; A regular performer at Aldeburgh Festival and co-produced with Benjamin Britten "Noah's Fludde" there.

John Dennis Alston R.R.A.M. F.R.C.O. (1922 – 27); brother of Edward Alston (1925 – 29); son of Rector of Framlingham Earl, Norfolk; married to Gwyneth, daughter of the reverent Alban of Ben Rydding, Yorkshire; Gibbs Choral Scholarship (Lancing) (1927); Lancing College (1927 – 32); organist, Christchurch Albany Street, NW1 (1932 – 34); Royal Academy of Music (1933 – 36) – Stainer Exhibitor (1933/34/35); A.R.C.O. (1935); F.R.C.O. (1936); Assistant Music Master/Organist Denstone College, Staffs (1936) – Director of Music (1940) – Housemaster (1941); A.R.A.M. (1942); Officer in J.T.C.; Captain in Home Guard; Examiner for Royal Schools of Music (1948) which involved worldwide travelling over many years; Director of Music, Lancing from 1949; T.D. (1953); John's mother taught Benjamin Britten the viola who then became a close friend. John was a regular at the Aldeburg Festival and did a co-production with Britten of "Noah's Fludde" which was performed at Lancing Chapel. The funeral service was held in the local church with the rector wearing that the "Alston Cope" and an address was given by the Lancing Chaplain. Died at home on 9th of March 1996 aged 81.

John married Gwyneth ALBAN [4872].

   1640 M    ii. Edward Christopher ALSTON [2606] was born on 29 May 1917 in Framingham Earl Old Rectory NFK and died in Dec 2003 aged 86.

General Notes:
Christopher, a resident of Framingham Earl is a farmer. He served with the R.A.F., was active in Local Government retiring in 2000 after serving for 52 years on his Council, is a published novelist keen yachtsman sailing a Norfolk Punt Class "Goldeneye" built in 1926 which he bought in 1937. Christopher was active on his property, Alston Meadows, up to his death.

1939 Register
Alston Meadows,Framington , Forehoe and Henstead R.D., Norfolk, England.
Edward C Alston 29 May 1917 Single Fruit Farming

Edward married Julia Mary Bland STIMPSON [2607]. Julia was born on 6 Sep 1921 in Bixley NFK and died on 23 Nov 2002 in Framingham Earl aged 81.

1322. Constance Jane (Connie) ALSTON [1527] (Edward Graham (Hon) [72]1105, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 18 Jan 1865 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and was christened on 9 Apr 1865 in Christ Church Cathedral Victoria BC.

General Notes:
1905 Marriage: September quarter, Henstead 4b 419 - ALSTON Constance Jane & GORDON Richard.

Research Notes:
Birth & Baptism details:

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Gt Parndon ESS. Constance is transcribed as Caroline J grandaughter of Edward Abbott a Gent of independant means, Constance is aged 6 born Victoria Vancover

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Kemp Town Brighton SSX. Constance is listed as a boarder unmarried aged 16 scholar born Vancover Island BC
(Note pg 52)

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Framingham Earl. Constance is recorded as a sister single aged 26 born Victoria BC

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Framington Earl. Constance is recorded as a neice (of Gertrude Mary Turner) single aged 36 living on own means born Victoria BC

Constance married Robert GORDON [6865] Sep Qtr 1905. They had no children.

General Notes:
Robert who lived at Maidenhead, and later Three Ways Framingham Earl, was an accountant. He was described as a "very upright somewhat old fashioned man with his stiff high white collar"

1323. Charlotte Maria (Lottie) ALSTON [1532] (Edward Graham (Hon) [72]1105, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 6 Jan 1868 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was christened on 9 Feb 1868 in Christ Church Cathedral Victoria BC, and died Mar Qtr 1940 in Barnes. The cause of her death was a fall and breaking a hip resulting in pneumonia.

General Notes:
Lottie was an watercolourist, Nancy Fenn remembers her at Alston Court Nayland, and has a photo of her. Lottie, who did not marry lived at Barnes (London?) and had a nickname "Potlatch". She bequeathed her home to John & Christopher Alston.

1939 Register
2 Lowther Road , Barnes M.B., Surrey, England
Charlotte M Alston 06 Jan 1868 Single Art Teacher (Retired)

1940 Death: March quarter, Surrey N E 2a 327 - ALSTON Charlotte M, 72

Research Notes:
Birth and Baptism Data:

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 6 Adelina Tce Tottenham MDX. Charlotte is recorded as a daughter aged 13 a scholar born Van Couvers Island

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, St Paul Deptford LND. Charlotte is recorded as C M Alston a daughter single aged 23 Artist and teacher of painting born Victoria BC

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, St Stephen Sq. Paddington. Charlotte is recorded as a daughter aged 33 Sculpturist and Art teacher own account born Vancouver BC

1324. Fr Henry George "Father Cyprian" ALSTON [1530] (Edward Graham (Hon) [72]1105, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1869 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He was usually called Father Cyprian.

General Notes:
Henry was Father Ciprian (Cyprian) of the R C Order of St Benedict, he had a Parish in Little Malvern, and was a fat jolly man in the manner of Friar Tuck.

Research Notes:
Alternative date of birth 1870. No trace of Henry's Vital Records in BC - 2013

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 6 Adelina Tce Tottenham MDX. Henry is recorded as a son aged 11 born Van Couvers Island

1325. Canon William Tuzo ALSTON [1531] (Edward Graham (Hon) [72]1105, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 31 Jul 1871 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was christened on 19 Aug 1871 in Christ Church Cathedral Victoria BC, and died on 1 Nov 1949 in Pietermaritzburg Natal S A aged 78.

General Notes:
William was Ordained Deacon 20 Sept 1896, Priest Dec 1897 in Gloucester.
He became a Canon in Pietermaritzburg South Africa returning temporally to Norfolk in 1927 to assist his brother Alfred who was dying and his family. It was with William's financial help that Audrey Alston, Alfreds widow was able to build and re-house her family.

Alston William Tuzo of Pietermaritzburg Natal South Africa died 1 November 1949 at 10 Garfield St, Pietermaritzburg. Probate Pietermaritzburg to Frank Quintin Stubbings accountant. Effects £255 6s in England.
Sealed London 5 November 1951.

Research Notes:
Age at death 81 date is unproven Ref 5c 908

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 6 Adelina Tce Tottenham MDX. William is recorded as a son aged 9 born Van Couvers Island

1326. Dr William Evelyn ALSTON B A M B. [1534] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major) [75]1107, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 15 Feb 1868 in Sydney NSW Australia, was christened on 14 Mar 1868 in Holy Trinity Sydney, died on 13 Apr 1958 in Pembury Hospital KEN aged 90, and was buried in Apr 1958 in Charing, London.

General Notes:
When William was 6 months old he travelled back to England on board the "Rifleman" which took 96 days.

Alston William Evelyn. Adm. at Clare, Mar 27 1886. (S and H of William Evelyn, M.D. late Army Medical Service. B. Feb. 15 1868) School, South Eastern College, Ramsgate. Matric. Michs. 1886; BA 1889; MB and BC 1893; MD 1900. At Guys Hospital, London. Lieut., R.A.M.C. 1909; Lieut. Col. (retired). In general practice; late medical superintendent of the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, Birtley. Married and had issue. Of Innhams Wood, Crowborough, Sussex. Brother of Arthur F (1891). (St Lawrence Reg; Medical Directory 1936).

After he attended Clare College, according to the General Medical Council, 44 Hallam St, London W1N 6AE, he was registered on 8th August 1893 and he lived at the following addresses;
1. 1893 - 22 Bentinck St, Cavendish Square West, 108 Denmark Hill, S.E.
2. 1914 - West Malling, Kent
3. 1920 - C/- Holt & Co, 44 Charing Cross S.W.1 1 The Bungalow, Prisons Hospital, Bitley, Co.Durham.
4. 1921 - C/- E.Fawssett Esq. Overdene, Riding Mill, Northumberland.
5. 1922 - Wribbenhall, Bewdley, Worcestshire.
6. 1931 - Beaulieu, Crowborough, Sussex.
7. 1947 - Denefield, Crowborough, Sussex.

He worked for some time at Guy's Hospital, in London and after he married Clara he went into private practice in Wheathampsted.
He joined the R.A.M.C. in 1914 and served in France and at the Base hospital in Le Havre, attaining the rank of Lt Col. He divorced Clara, by arrangement in 1919 and went to work in Chester-le-Street, Durham. He married, for the second time Mary Harvey in 1919 and eventually retired in 1930 and went to live in Crowborough where he died, he was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Charing cemetery gardens.

THOMAS WILLIAM JESSHOPE, Killing - murder, 26th April 1910.
. . . . . WILLIAM EVELYN ALSTON , physician and surgeon, 108, Denmark Hill. On March 29, having been called, I got to the Camberwell Empire Music Hall at 12.15 or 12.20 a.m. I found deceased lying dead against the wall of the pit with a wound on his left side between the third and fourth ribs. On the same day I made a post-mortem examination and found the entrance wound was about 1 1/2 in. long and about 3 1/2 in. deep. The weapon had penetrated the pericardium and the right ventricle of the heart. The cause of death was sudden and more or less rapid syncope from the haemorrhage caused by the wound. Assuming that the man had a coat, waistcoat, and a shirt on fairly considerable force must have been used. The wound could have been caused by a knife of this description (produced).
Cross-examined. I suppose there was a certain amount of bad luck in his hitting between the two ribs, but there is a fairly wide space between them. The knife did not touch the sternum. It would be difficult to give a blow with this knife without inflicting injuries. I cannot say I have made a study of questions of insanity. I think that epilepsy running through two or three different generations is liable to lead to mental deterioration. . . . . .

1939 Register
Bealieu , Uckfield R.D., Sussex, England.
William E Alston 15 Feb 1868 married Physician (Retired)

Alston William Evelyn of Denefield London Road Crowborough Sussex died 13 April 1958 at Pembury Hospital Pembury Kent. Probate London 23 June 1958 to Mary Anne Alston widow and Doris Evelyn Alston spinster.
Effects L24647 2s 8d. Resealed Sydney 20 Mar 1959
National Probate Calendar.

Research Notes:
Williams birth ref:1868 - no. 526 births Sydney.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Waterton Lodge Milton Rd Woolston Ham. William is recorded as a son aged 3 born NSW

William married Clara HARRISON [1535], daughter of Thomas Hugh HARRISON of Rochdale LAN [1537] and Elizabeth Ann McDOWALL [4851], on 1 Nov 1893 in St Marys Durham. Clara was born on 3 Jul 1864 in Rochdale Lancashire Eng., died on 21 Sep 1931 in Folkstone, KEN aged 67, and was buried on 25 Sep 1931 in St.Martin's, Shorncliffe, Kent.

General Notes:
Clara moved to Durham, co, Durham where her father opened the Organ Works, Harrison and Harrison. Schooled in Durham she trained as a nurse at Guy's Hospital in London.

She divorced William Alston in 1918 and went to live in London where she opened a Nursing Home in Denmark Hill - Fitzroy House - London.

PRO Reference:J 77/1346/1200
Divorce Court File: 1200. Appellant: Clara Alston. Respondent: William Evelyn Alston.
Wife's petition for...
Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, later Supreme Court of Judicature: Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files. 1917-1920 Series. Divorce and matrimonial cause files, described at... Divorce Court File: 1200. Appellant: Clara Alston. Respondent: William Evelyn Alston. Type: Wife's petition for restitution of conjugal rights [wrcr].
Held by:The National Archives - Supreme Court of Judicature

After closing the Nursing Home, where James Daly Murray had been a patient, she went to live in Folkstone, Kent.
When her son, Basil Evelyn Alston went to work in Newcastle-on-Tyne, she moved to Gosforth and from there she married Daly Murray in the Registry Office in Newcastle-on-Tyne on 5th September 1927.
After his death, in Gosforth, she returned to live in Folkstone, where she died.
She was cremated at Charing and her ashes buried at St.Martin's, Shorncliffe in the grave with James Daly Murray.

Marriage Ref: 1893 no. 367 Durham marriages

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Dunston Hse Crossgate Durham. Clara is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 16 born Rochdale LAN

Children from this marriage were:

   1641 F    i. Doris Evelyn ALSTON [1536] was born on 11 Sep 1895 in Ardmore Isleworth, MDX and died on 9 Mar 1973 in Liverpool, LAN aged 77.

General Notes:
Doris inherited her father's love of gadgets and of all things mechanical. When he bought a very early model of cars, she managed its intricacies and became his chauffeur driving him around his practice. She subsequently caused quite a
stir in London when she became the first woman to obtain a licence to drive a taxi although she in fact, never used it.
During the 1st World War she worked as a V.A.D., nursing members of the armed forces. During the 2nd World War she was an A.R.P. (Air Raid Precautions) Warden, checking that people observed theblack-out rules, helping to extinquish fires caused by bombs etc. She was a Roman Catholic and never married, but enjoyed travelling throughout Europe and on many sea cruises. She died in her sleep on 9th March 1973 while staying with her niece Ann Brooke, and was cremated and her ashes were spread at Charing, Kent where her father was cremated.

Doris's official war record is a motor driving instructor, service no. G20. She enrolled in the Womens Royal Naval Service on 19 Feb 1918

1939 Register
55 Hatherley Road , Chislehurst and Sidcup U.D., Kent, England.
Doris (Eveleen) Alston11 Sep 1895 Unpaid Domestic Duties

Alston Doris Eveleen of 110D Bluehouse Lane Limpsfield Oxted Surrey died 9 March 1973. Probate London 2 July 1973
Effects L21599 730208392B
National Probate Calendar.

Research Notes:
Birth Notice (Sept 1895) : ALSTON - On the 11th inst., at Ardmore, Isleworth, the residence of her father, the wife of W Evelyn Alston B.A. M.B. B.C. (Cantab), of a daughter.

   1642 F    ii. Phyllis Winifred ALSTON [4620] was born on 20 May 1898 in Wheathampsted, HRT and died on 22 Sep 1958 in Liverpool, LAN aged 60.

General Notes:
Phyllis was a tall elegant auburn haired woman who, on 2 occasions caused quite a stir in Marseilles (France). Firstly she was the first woman to obtain a driving licence in that town and regularly drove her open-topped Peugeot.
On another occasion, to the joy of the local Frenchmen in the main street, she calmly stepped out of her French Knickers and put them into her handbag, when the elastic failed. She contracted Multiple-Sclerosis when in her late thirties, an illness she uncomplainingly bore with great courage and fortitude for the next 22 years.
After she and William married they were posted to Brussells and Marseilles, returning to the U.K. in 1930.
She died in a nursing home near Liverpool, where she was cremated and her ashes spread, at her request, over the Blackdown Hills, Somerset, which she viewed from her window where she lived in Wellington, Somerset from 1939 to 1958.

Phyllis married William Norman CULVERWELL [4651] on 12 Aug 1921 in Ilfracombe DEV. William was born on 28 Aug 1895 in Wellington SOM and died on 17 Dec 1958 in Sutton Coldfield WAR aged 63.

General Notes:
William was a banker, he died in hospital while staying with his son, as cremated and his ashes were partly spread on his family grave in Wellington, Somerset, and over the Blackdown Hills in Somerset.

1939 Register
144 Hagden Lane , Watford M.B., Hertfordshire, England
William NCulverwell28 Aug 1895Bank Cashier Married

   1643 M    iii. Basil Evelyn MURRAY-ALSTON [4621] was born on 22 Jun 1901 in Wheathampsted, HRT, was christened on 30 Jun 1901 in Wheathampsted, HRT, died on 29 Nov 1962 in Kilkenny, Ireland aged 61, and was buried in Dec 1962 in Roselawn Cemetery, Belfast, NIR. The cause of his death was was pulmonery congestion, respiratory paralysis, bulbar palsy.

General Notes:
Basil attended pre-school, Prep School at Westgate-on-Sea, then Durham School from 1914-1919 where he was a School House Prefect, Head of School and Captain of Cricket.
He entered London University in 1919/23 and studied Electrical Engineering for a B.E., then to Newcastle Electric Supply Co. under his uncle Evelyn Fawssett in 1923. In 1927 when he went to live in Folkstone, Kent. going into partnership in a garage business.
In 1930 he moved to Birmingham while he worked for the General Electric Company, then to Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland as Engineer for GEC.
Basil lived in Gosforth until the War (1939) when he joined the Royal Artillary. After he was de-mobbed in 1945 he moved to Thackwood, Raughton Head, Cumberland and in 1949 to Ireland - Caheroyan Park, Athenry, Co. Galway.
In the late 1950's he retired to the Gate House, Kilkenny. In 1961 he came out to Australia, returning in Aug 1962 to Ireland where he died on 29th November 1962 from Amylotrophic disease (lateral sclerosis),which he had suffered from for 2 years.
He was cremated in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and his ashes were scattered in the crematorium Garden of Rememberance, Crossnacreavy, Belfast, in Roselawn Cemetary.
He took the name MURRAY in addition to ALSTON, by deed poll dated 3rd August 1929, after his step-father died in 1927.
2 images on file under Murray-Alston
Murray Alston Basil Evelyn of Gate House Castle Blunden Kilkenny died 29 November 1962. Probate London 30 April to Barbara Benedict Murray Alston widow and Henrietta Westwood Gabbert married woman.
Effects L2002 12s 1d in England.
National Probate Calendar

Basil married Barbara Benedicta HARVEY [434], daughter of Lt. Col Gardiner Hasell HARVEY [292] and Winifred Benedicta MARTEN [289], on 8 Mar 1930 in Holy Trinity, Folkstone, Kent. UK. Barbara was born on 28 Sep 1910 in Shalmsford Manor, Canterbury, Kent, was christened in 1910 in Chartam Church, KEN, died on 16 Apr 2004 in Brisbane Australia aged 93, and was buried on 19 Jun 2004 in St. Kierans Cemetery, Kilkenny. Ireland. The cause of her death was respiratory arrest, cardiac heart failure.

General Notes:
BARBARA BENEDICTA HARVEY Barbara was born on 28th September 1910 the daughter of Gardiner Hasell and Winifred Benedicta (nee Marten) Harvey, at Shalmesford Bridge Manor, Canterbury, the home of her Grandmother, Mrs Stephen Marten. [Ref: 1910 - no. 149 births Chartham Co. Kent]. She was christened by Rev. Cyril Randolf in Chartham Church.
She and her mother travelled to Ireland in 1910 and lived at Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and Malin Hall, while her father was stationed in Aldershot. In 1915 they went to live in Cambridge and she attended the local Dame School, in 1916 (at the age of 6) she went to boarding school, St. Margaret's, Bushy, near Harrow until 1920. She spent the school holidays with cousins the Rev. & Mrs George Green at Whitfield, near Dover, whilst her parents were in India.
She left St. Margaret's in 1920 (at the age of 10) and went to Beach Court School in Walmer, Kent, where she stayed until 1924 when her parents returned from India and she went on to Rochester Grammer School as a day girl from 1924-1926. She went to France in 1926 with her Uncle and Aunt George Baskerville and lived with them in Tamaris near Toulon and attended dress making classes etc.
Her parents retired to Folkstone, Kent and she returned to live with them after travelling through Europe, mostly France, Italy and Switzerland in 1927. In 1928 she was presented at Court to King George V and Queen Mary. 1928 to 1930 were spent in Folkstone, and on 8th March 1930 she married Basil Evelyn Murray-Alston at Holy Trinity Church, Folkstone and went to live in Birmingham - 1930-31 and then to Gosforth in Northumberland. [Ref: 1930 - no. 45 marriages Elham, Co. Kent].
During World War 2 she lived in Newcastle and was an Ambulence driver with the Air Raid Patrol. In 1946 they bought Thackwood, Raughton Head, Cumberland,and sold again in 1949 when they moved to Caheroyan Park, Athenry, Co.Galway. She and Basil then retired to the Gate House, Castle Blunden, Co. Kilkenny, where Basil died. In 1964 she married the Very Rev. John Gash, Dean of Ossery and went to live at the Deanery in Kilkenny.
In 1972 John and she retired to Dublin, then Connemara and finally Rathclaren, Co Cork where John died on 29th December 1980. In October 1981she moved out to Melbourne Australia where her son and daughter lived.
2 Images on file under Harvey Barbara

1939 Register
36 Oaklands , Gosforth U.D., Northumberland, England
Barbara BMurray-Alston28 Sep 1910Private MeansMarried

Medical Notes: 20 Apr 2004 Barbara was cremated - Traditional Funerals, Burpengary, QLD. AU then buried in Kilkenny Ireland

William next married Mary Ann HARVEY [2514] on 7 Apr 1920 in Kings Norton Registery Office Birmingham. Mary was born on 28 Nov 1874, died on 3 Jan 1959 aged 84, and was buried in Crowborough, SSX.

General Notes:
Mary was a nurse with a Nursing Home in Bristol and apparently joined the R.A.N.C in 1914 where she served in France.

Susan Perrett conjectures Mary met William Evelyn Alston, in France as she was also Matron of the Base Hosptial at Havre. She married William Evelyn Alston in 1919 and eventually went to live in Crowborough in Sussex where she died.

1939 Register
Bealieu , Uckfield R.D., Sussex, England
Mary AAlston28 Nov 1874 Trained Nurse Retired Married Women

Alston Mary Anne of Denefield London Rd Crowborough SSX widow died 3 Jan 1959. Probate London 6 April 1959 to Rev Oliver Douglas Harvey clerk. Effects L16356 16s 1d.
National Probate Calendar.

1327. Robert Graham Fitzgerald ALSTON [78] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major) [75]1107, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 7 Jan 1870 and died on 23 May 1940 in Dursley GLS aged 70. The cause of his death was paralyois agitaus.

General Notes:
Nothing much is known of Robert Graham except that he was a Tea planter in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) for 20 years and that he also served in the Army during the 1st World War.
Alstoniana Pg 374

1939 Register
Plum House Wotton Road,Kingswood , Dursley R.D., Gloucestershire, England.
Robert G F Alston 07 Jan 1870 married Retired Incapacitated

Alston Robert Graham Fitzgerald of Penn House Kingswood Wotton under Edge Gloucestershire died 23 May 1940. Probate Bristol 31 July 1940 to Kathleen May Alston widow. Effects L1573 10s 6d
National Probate Calendar.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Waterton Lodge Milton Rd Woolston Ham. Robert is recorded as a son aged 1 born Plymouth DEV

2. Death Certificate: 23 May 1940, Penn House Kingswood Wotton under Edge Dursley. Certificate on file - Robert is described as a retired tea Planter, aged 70

Robert married Kathleen May KIRK [4834]. Kathleen was born on 14 Oct 1883 and died after 23 May 1940.

General Notes:
1939 Register
Plum House Wotton Road,Kingswood , Dursley R.D., Gloucestershire, England
Kathleen M Alston 14 Oct 1883 married Private Means.
Thomas C Kirk19 Jan 1861 single Retired.

Kathleen was present at the death of her husband.

The child from this marriage was:

   1644 F    i. Clarissa Kathleen ALSTON [4835] was born on 29 Apr 1913.

General Notes:
1939 Register
Plum House Wotton Road,Kingswood , Dursley R.D., Gloucestershire, England
Clarisse K Alston 29 Apr 1913 married Unpaid Domestic Duties.

Clarisse Kathleen Alston
Birth year1913
Marriage year1942
ParishSt George, Hanover Square
Spouse's first name(s)Dennis Arthur Birkett
Spouse's age28
Spouse's birth year1914
ArchiveCity of Westminster Archives Centre
Record setWestminster Marriages

Clarissa married Sqd. Ldr. Dennis Arthur BIRKETT [4836] on 15 Aug 1942 in Christ Church Mayfair Westminster.

1328. Lila Elizabeth ALSTON [81] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major) [75]1107, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1871 in Woolston Hampshire and died on 31 Dec 1934 in Folkstone, KEN aged 63. The cause of her death was vaginal cancer and heart failure.

General Notes:
Lila never married, she was a bit of an enigma and she had rather unusual views on many matters. After her mother died in 1918, she continued to live by herself, more often than not without a resident maid. Her mother left her East Cliffe House in Sandgate, in her will. Lila died after a long and painful illness, her death certificate records her as a spinster of independant means, living at 5 Wellesley Tce Sandwich Kent before her death at 11 Limes Rd Folkstone.
There is a story that Lila had one very unpleasant experience. One night about 10 o'clock the front door bell rang violently, but there was no one there. The same thing happened the next few nights. Lila, accustomed to living by herself, was not unduly alarmed, but she was certainly intrigued, and decided to consult the Police. A constable was sent to patrol the house, but the front door bell continued to ring each night. After further consultation the plumber who for years had done the house repairs offered to come and stay in the house for an evening. At last the mystery was solved. There was a row of bells along a passage leading to the kitchen and larder in the basement. The plumber noticed one or two holes in the wall just near and he found out that a rat was in the habit of walking along the bell wires leading to the larder. And there was the solution.

Alston Lila Elizabeth of East Cliffe House, Sandgate Kent spinster died 31 December 1934 at 11 Limes Road Folkstone. Administration London 29 March 1935 to William Evelyn Alston MD effects L21971 0s 9d. Resealed Sydney 19 December 1935.
National Probate Calendar.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Waterton Lodge Milton Rd Woolston Ham. Lila is described as a daughter aged 3mths born Woolston

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Oadby Leicester. Lila is recorded as residing at Broxhill House Oadby, a daughter aged 10, scholar, born Woolston Hampshire. (Probably Woolton Hants)

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, East End House, Sandgate, Kent. Lila is recorded as a daughter single aged 20 born Woolston Hampshire

4. Death Certificate: 31 Dec 1934, 11 Limes Rd Folkstone. Death certificate on file (S Perrett)

1329. Rt Rev Arthur Fawssett ALSTON M A [79] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major) [75]1107, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 30 Dec 1872 in Sandgate, KEN and died on 20 Feb 1954 in St Helena Hospital Hastings aged 81. The cause of his death was coronary thrombosis.

General Notes:
Arthur was educated Clare College Cambridge. Then Archdeacon of St Leonards on Sea (Hastings), 1938 consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Middleton Manchester, by Archbishop Temple in York Minster.

In 1936 he visited Sydney as a representative of the Home Church on the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of the foundation of the first Bishopric in Australia. Up until this time Australia had been in the Diocese of Calcutta, 6000 miles away. While in Australia he and his wife spent some time with his cousin, Fitzgerald Evans at his station at Dabee, Rylstone in the Blue Mountains some 80 miles west of Sydney.

The Times 27 April 1927 pg 10 col C
New Prayer Book
To the Editor of The Times
Sir, We, members of the committee of the Anglican Evangelical Group Movement, desire to commend the Deposited Book, which has now been approved by the decisive vote of the Convocations, to the careful and sympathetic consideration of all who desire to see order restored in the Church of England. It has not been altogether easy for us to accept all its provisions, especially in the matter of Reservation; we have good reasons however, for believing that the Bishops intend to administer the Book, and we shall loyally support them.
Yours faithfully
A F Alston. Rector of St Leonards on Sea, Rural Dean of Hastings.
And some 23 other clergy.

The Times 21st July 1928 pg 10 col D
The Prayer Book
Use of the Alternative Canon
Sir, The recent pronouncement by the Bishops stating that course of action which they are prepared to pursue in connection with the Prayer Book crisis is causing grave concern to many who gave a general support to the Deposited Book. The pronouncement does not, it is true, authorise the immediate use of the Book which parliament rejected; but it seems to show that the Bishops, if they received adequate backing from other Synods, are prepared to sanction the use of the Book, where at the consent of the Parochial Church Council has been obtained. The use of those parts of the Book which our concerned with the Holy Communion is hedged round with certain qualifications, but it would be open to any Bishop, if in his judgement the occasion should call for it, to sanction the use of the whole. The plea put forward by the Bishops is that they must restore order, and that the only possible basis for the restoration of order is the rejected Book. Too many it will seem a strange procedure to base a restoration of order on an act that savours of disorder. The Bishops freely admitted the right of Parliament to reject the Book. Their present policy seems to the average Englishman to be an example of lawbreaking. Behind the plea that order can be restored only in this way is the assertion of the principal of the spiritual independence of the Church. The soundness of this principle few will be ready to deny, but we believe that it ought to be vindicated in such a way that it does not involve the moral issue of this owning the Enabling Act under the terms of which the Prayer Book Measure was presented to Parliament.
We appreciate the difficulty of the position in which the bishops find themselves by the rejection of the Deposited Book, and earnestly desire to co-operate with them in finding a satisfactory solution. But over against the pressing problem of the Restoration of order must be set the larger issue of what is best for the Church and nation in the long run. Is it better to take a step which will not promote peace, and will offend the conscience of large masses of the English people, ought to proceed more slowly and endeavour by constitutional means to secure the end in view? Is it true that the bishops are as powerless as they think themselves to be in the matter of restoring discipline? The Bishops argument is that as an instrument for restoring order the 1662 Book has hopelessly broke and down, because its regulations are out of date, and no one attempts to obey them. There is an easy method of obtaining legal sanction for a large number of the desired improvements and that he is by promoting a Measure dealing with the parts of the Book which do not touch the Eucharistic controversy. Parliament would pass this in a moment; and that the promotion of such a measure would be proof that the Church is really desirous of setting its house in order. The habit of discipline would begin to grow, and bad temper would be created of great value for the more difficult portion of the task which still has to be accomplished.
Meantime there seems to us to be a real moral distinction between sanctioning those parts of the Book to which parliament has taken no exception, and those parts of the Book which we regard as causing its rejection. A large number of Churchmen who are not Erastian do not interpret the action of Parliament as a determination to refuse the reasonable demands of the Church, but as a warning to the church That to be sure that its proposals are of a kind to bring real and lasting peace.
As an interim policy in connection with the Holy Communion we venture to suggest:
(1). That no injury would be done to faith and morals is no use were made of the alternative Canon.
(2). That no new permissions for reservation should be given.
(3). That has a first step in restoring discipline efforts should be made to secure that the practice of Reservation, where it has been already permitted, should not go beyond the limits laid down in the Book of 1928.
In conclusion we wish to say that we cannot regard the recent attempt at revision as more than a step towards the provision of a Prayer Book which shall more fully meet human needs and aspirations in the world of today.
Yours faithfully
Arthur F. Alston, Rector of St Leonards on Sea, Rural Dean of Hastings.
And some 19 other clergy.

The Times 19 March 1930 pg 15 col F.
Arthur is a signatory, with others, to a long letter on church unity throughout the world in respect of other British Protestant congregations and the Church of England.

The Times 22nd of February 1954 pg 8 col D
The Right Rev Arthur Fawssett Alston, formerly Bishop Suffragan of Middleton, Lancashire, died on Saturday at Hastings at the age of 81.
He was born on December 30, 1872, at Sandgate Kent, the son of the late Surgeon Major W. E. Alston, and was educated at Clare College Cambridge, and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1896, and in the following 11 years held curacies at St Katharine Northampton, at Farringdon, and at St Simon Southsea. From 1907 until 1915 he was vicar of St Matthew, Hull, when he was appointed to the living of St George's, Leeds. After three years there he became vicar of All Saints, Bradford.
After this long period in Yorkshire, he became in 1920, Rector of St Leonards on Sea. He remained there until 1929, being Rural Dean of Hastings from 1926 until 1929, when he became Archdeacon of Hastings. Alston left Hastings in 1938 on his consecration as Bishop Suffragan of Middleton. He retired in 1943 and returned to live at St Leonards on Sea. He leaves a widow, three sons and two daughters.

ALSTON, Rt Rev. Arthur Fawssett (1872-1954) [Who Was Who May 2003]
Categories: Biography
Summary: Details: ALSTON, Rt Rev. Arthur Fawssett, MA; born Sandgate, Kent, 30 December 1872; son of late Surgeon-Major W. E. Alston, MD, JP, and late Mrs E. R. Alston, Sydney, NSW; married 1900; three sons two daughters. Education: Clare College, Cambridge; Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Work: Ordained, 1896; Curate of St Katherine, Northampton, 1896-1898; Faringdon, 1898-1905; St Simon, Southsea, 1905-1907; Vicar of St Matthew, Hull, 1907-1915; St George's, Leeds, 1915-1918; All Saints, Bradford, 1918-1920; Rector of St Leonards-on-Sea, 1920-1929; Rural Dean of Hastings, 1926-1929; Archdeacon of Hastings, 1928-1938; Suffragan Bishop of Middleton and Residentiary Canon of Manchester, 1938-1943. Recreations: golf. Address: 18 West Hill, St Leonards-on-Sea. Telephone: Hastings 2083. Died: 20 February 1954
Ref: Know UK CD - Colin Fenn

Alston the Right Rev Arthur Fawssett of 18 Westhill St Leonards on sea retired Bishop of Middleton died 20 February 1954 at St Helens Hospital Hastings. Probate Bristol 16 June 1954 to Mary Isabel Alston widow Arthur Reginald Alston BBC official and John Frederick Alston schoolmaster. Effects L6081 2s 2d
National Probate Calendar.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy K Burgess, the Post Card original is for sale.

Lambeth Palace Library: Manuscripts [MSS 3386 - 4433]
Catalogue Ref. MSS
Lambeth Palace Library
FILE - Photographs - ref. MS 3438 - date: 20th century
item: Alston (Arthur Fawssett), Suffragan Bishop of Middleton. - ref. MS 3438, no.6 - date: 1938
Ref A2A

Half plate negative 1932 at NPG London.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Oadby Leicester. Arthur is recorded as residing at Broxhills House Oadby, a son aged 8, scholar, born Sandgate Kent

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, East End House, Sandgate, Kent. Arthur is recorded as a son single aged 18 a student of Theology born Sandgate

3. Death Certificate: 20 Feb 1954, St Helena Hospital UD. Arthur is recorded as of 18 West Hill Hastings UD, retired Suffragen Bishop of Middleton aged 81 - Certificate on file.

Arthur married Mary Isabel TEBBUTT [4643] on 8 Feb 1900. Mary was born on 7 Dec 1877.

General Notes:
1939 Register
Bealieu , Uckfield R.D., Sussex, England
Mary I (A) Alston 07 Dec 1877 Married Women

Children from this marriage were:

   1645 M    i. Arthur Reginald (Rex) ALSTON [4633] was born on 2 Jul 1901 and died on 8 Sep 1994 aged 93.

General Notes:
Arthur Reginald (Rex) was educated at Clare Cambridge, an athletics Blue for his house (100 yds), then went teaching. He had a distinguished career in sport and broadcasting. Rex was present at the death of his father 20 Feb 1954, his address is given then as 58 Smitham Bottom Lane Purley Surrey.

1939 Register
4 Putnoe Lane , Bedford M.B., Bedfordshire, England
Arthur R Alston 02 Jul 1901 MarriedSchoolmaster
Elspeth Alston 01 Sep 1911 Married Unpaid Domestic Duties.

ALSTON, (Arthur) Rex (1901-1994) Who's Who-1989
Freelance broadcaster and journalist with The Daily Telegraph, retired 1988; BBC Commentator, 1943-61, retired; b 2 July 1901 ; e s of late Arthur Fawssett Alston, Suffragan Bishop of Middleton, and late Mary Isabel Alston; m 1st, 1932, Elspeth (d 1985), d of late Sir Stewart Stockman and Lady Stockman; one s one d; m 2nd, 1986. Joan, widow of T. C. A. Wilson, dental surgeon. Educ Trent College; Clare College, Cambridge. Assistant Master, Bedford School, 1924-41. Joined BBC, Jan. 1942. Publications: Taking the Air, 1950; Over to Rex Alston, 1953; Test Commentary, 1956; Watching Cricket,1962. Recreations: golf, gardening. Address: Garlands, Ewhurst, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 7QA. T: Cranleigh 277315. Clubs: East India, Devonshore, Sports & Public Schools, MCC.

The Times 19 October 1985 pg 10 col G.
John Woodcock writes:
Rex Alston who has died at the age of 84, was a sports commentator with a pleasant courteous style and versatility seldom seen today. A useful sportsman himself he won an athletics blue at Cambridge, played rugby on the wing for Bedford and Rosslyn Park, and captained Bedfordshire at cricket - he taught for 17 years at Bedford School, where he had been as a boy, before joining the BBC in 1942.
After the end of the war he soon became an one of England's best-known radio voices, with a nice tone and no forced crescendos. He seemed as much at ease at Lord's and Wimbledon in the summer as that Twickenham and the White City (for the athletics) at other times of the year. After retiring from the staff of the BBC at the age of 60, he continued as a freelance commentator defying the years I invariably looking and sounding much younger than he was, and became a regular contributor to the sporting column is of The Daily Telegraph.

The Times 21 October 1985 pg 14 Col H.
Mr Rex Alston.
Saturday's edition of The Times incorrectly printed a report of the death of Mr Rex Alston. We are happy to say that Mr Alston is in good health and offer our apologies to him, his family and his friends for any distress that may have been caused.

Tuesday July 2nd 1991:
There is no better phrase for it. Rex Alston, 90 years-old today, is one of nature's gentleman. It is an expression used , perhaps rather more often than is should be. It was heard, for example, when a grieving widow recently gave a vicar of my acquaintance a cup of tea and sought, through him, to justify her desceaced husband's life by saying: "He never even kicked the cat." I cannot believe Rex has ever been anything but polite to cats, or to anything or anyone else.
Immobilised only by rheumasism in his knees, the legacy of a notable sporting career, he remains otherwise as bright and mentally alert as he was in giving his precis, lucid commentaries on cricket, athletics, rugby and lawn tennis for the BBC. It is quite a testament to his impact on radio broadcasting that he should remain such a familiar name, and voice, exactly 30-years after his retirement. He was still spry, spritely and sharp, in the best sense, at a party given for him on Sunday by his devoted wife. Thereby hangs a happy tale.
Rex had seen his first wife, Elspeth, die after a long decline induced by Alzheimer's disease when he was rescued from a lonely old age by Joan. Together they survived the unusual experience of reading his obituary in THE TIMES, one of those journalistic aberrations which occur from time to time even in the best run offices. Forbearing to quote Mark Twain, the story, apocryphal I fear, is that he rang the newspaper and asked to be put through to the obituaries' editor. Eventually connected, he pronounced in a voice still clear as a bell: "This is Rex Alston speaking. Would you kindly explain why you have published news of my death this morning, and an obituary, albeit a very generous one?" There was a long pause at the other end of the line before as ashen-faced editor replied:" Where are you speaking from?"
This unfortunate experience apart, Rex has, in effect, had at least four lives, as schoolboy, schoolmaster, commentator and journalist. He was a fine all-round games player at Trent College during the l914-18 war and just after it at Cambridge for whom he ran in the hundred yards alongside the great Harold Abrahams. While a master at Bedford School he played cricket for Bedfordshire and captained the East Midlands as a pacey wing-three-quarter. Early in the l939-45 war he was told that he could not, at the age of 40, join up, being in what was called a "reserved occupation".
He was persuaded by the musician Leslie Woodgate to join the BBC as a billeting officer and once his "nice, clear voice" was recognised, one thing soon led to another. His first commentary test was at a wartime match at Headingley and he was first let loose on the air soon afterwards at Abbeydale Park in Sheffield. "There was no luxury like a scorer or a commentary box," he remembers. Graduating to a job in outside broadcasts, he was "No 2" (assistant) to Stewart McPherson on V E night and he stood in for Howard Marshall, the established voice of cricket, in the victory Test at Old Trafford. For 15 years after the war he continued to be at the heart of BBC radio's sporting coverage, at first in days when television was very much the junior partner. He organised the cricket commentaries, as well as participating in them and covered five Olympic Games, starting at London in 1948. I recall one of the old BBC engineers telling me what a charming man he always was to work with and I had cause to be grateful for his courtesy and friendliness when given my own first commentray test at the Oval under his kindly supervision. Once having settled me in front of a microphone, with the tape recorder in motion, he tactfully withdrew so that I would not feel inhibited.
There were a few cameras clicking on Sunday, although I do not know whether anyone actually said to Rex, as they did to Sir Winston Churchill after taking a photograph of him in his 90th birthday,"I hope to be taking another one of you when you are 100, Sir." Churchill replied:"I think there's every chance, young man. You look quite fit enough." Written by Christopher Martin-Jenkins.

When a Rex Alston was in hospital in 1985, The Times published his obituary prematurely.
When, at the age of 93, he died last week, The Times got his obituary wrong again. They called him the BBC's voice of tennis.
Alston did many things for BBC Radio but tennis was not his first sport. Athletics and cricket were the ones he excelled in, and E. W. Swanton will know how much he meant to cricket on radio.
I travelled with him to Melbourne for the 1956 Olympics, the Games that were boycotted by television because of a dispute with the International Olympic Committee.
Alston was the home audiences only link with the events in Melbourne. Great Britain won only one track medal, Christopher Brasher's 3000 meters steeplechase. Alston called the race absolutely correctly and though Brasher was disqualified temporarily, Alston was adamant that he had won his race honourably. And that's how it turned out. Alston was a commentator of the old BBC school, in enormously likeable and always a joy to meet. The last time I saw him was at Westminster Abbey for Brian Johnston's memorial service. Alston would not get that type of sendoff, but he earned a deserved the thanks and affection of all who heard him.
Paul Fox On Television Sport.

Rex Alston, who has died aged 93, was a household name in sports broadcasting during the two decades after the Second World War.
He seemed equally at home describing cricket at Lord's, Rugby football at Twickenham, lawn tennis at Wimbledon or athletics at the White City.
In each of these roles Alston came across as a precise, conscientious, fair-minded commentator, aspiring to no heights of imagery, but concerned to convey to the listener a clear and accurate picture.
His voice and style were as far as possible removed from the Hampshire burr and imaginative word pictures of an Arlott or the jokey pleasantries of a Johnston; and for some his stints on the air made and agreeable contrast.
On three of his four subjects, Alston had the advantage of speaking from first-hand knowledge. At cricket he was a Cambridge Crusader, before playing six seasons for Bedfordshire, whom he captained in the Minor Counties Championship in 1932.
He paid Rugby football on the wing for Bedford, East Midlands and Rosslyn Park, and he gained an athletics half blue, running second in the hundred yards to Harold Abrahams in the University sports, and helping Oxford and Cambridge to beat Harvard and Yale at Wembley in 1923.
There is no record of Alston achieving any notable skill in tennis, but for many years he did a capable job in the Wimbledon Championships beside Max Robertson and Dan Maskell.
Alston covered four Olympic Games for the BBC - from London in 1948 to Tokyo in 1964 - generally in partnership with Abrahams. His most memorable broadcast was of the great race in the Commonwealth Games between Roger Bannister and the Australian John Landy, who were then the only man to have broken the four minute barrier.
All who listened will recall Alston crying "He can't do it" as Landy led around the last been - to be followed as Bannister swept past with that wonderful finishing burst, with "He's done it".
The son of the Rt Rev A. F. Alston Suffragen Bishop of Middleton, Arthur Reginald Alston was born on July 2, 1901 and educated at Trent and Clare College Cambridge. He began as an assistant master at Bedford where he ran the cricket. In 1941 after being rejected for call up on grounds of age (he was then 40) he was persuaded by the musician Leslie Woodgate to join the BBC as a billeting officer.
At the end of the Second World War S. J. "Lobby" de Lotbinere, the head of Outside Broadcasts, appointed Alston to "a job which was heaven sent for me". He was put in charge of the outside broadcasting of the four sports with which he became identified.
Except when Wimbledon or athletics claimed his attention Arlott, Alston and The Daily Telegraph's own E. W. Swanton were the resident Test Match broadcasters in the early post-war years. Alston commentated on more than a hundred Tests, including those when he toured Australia, West Indies and South Africa as the BBC representative. He covered nearly as many rugby internationals.
He had an unnerving experience in Trinidad when a riot caused play to be suspended. Believing Alston guilty of an insensitive remark, the crowd hurled bottles at the commentary box until the police intervened.
Alston's years as a schoolmaster made him a rare stickler for accuracy. He would hurriedly corrected himself even when there was little chance of the listener being able to spot, say, a case of mistaken identity in the field.
Once towards the end of his time he got into a muddle amusing to everyone other than himself. There was a Pakistani player whose name, Afaq Hussain made commentators understandably nervous.
According to Brian Johnston's version Alston announced; "There's going to be a change of bowling. We are going to see Afaq to Knight at the Pavilion end." Whereupon Alston held his head in his hands and said "What am I saying? He isn't even playing".
Alston reached retirement age in 1961, but continued to broadcast long after that as a freelance. He also reported on cricket and rugby for The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. He published "Taking the Air" (1950), "Over to Rex Alston" (1953), "Test Commentary" (1956), and "Watching Cricket" (1962).
In 1985 - by one of those unhappy mischances that are the obituarist's nightmare - the Times managed to publish his obituary notice. Alston complained that it was not only premature but incomplete.
Alston's first wife, Elspeth, daughter of Sir Stewart Stockman, had died earlier that year. In 1986 the Times was given the opportunity to reassure Alston's admirers by publishing the news of his second marriage to Joan Wilson.
Alston, still trim of figure and with his present light voice unchanged, continued to report games until the mid-1980s. He gave as his secret the fact that he washed daily in a cold bath!

A memorial service was held yesterday at St Bride's Fleet Street, for Rex Alston, who contributed Cricket reports for The Daily Telegraph long after his retirement from the BBC. He died aged 93, on September 8. The following poem, by former BBC colleague Max Robertson, was read at the service:
Oh Rex, Radiothesaurus
Of sporting terms and strife,
We sing to thee,
Since sad are we
That you have left this life.

But there are traces yet of you
In records of your voice,
Imprints sublime
Set for all time,
A track and varied choice.

Your innate aim was accuracy
To paint the actual scene;
Rugger cricket
That's the ticket -
As well as might have been.

Sometimes, of course, your instinct erred,
Produced a glorious fluff;
"Drobny now serves
But has no balls"
And all that sort of stuff.

Athletics was your other sport
A sprinter then you were
Your broadcasts ran
As fast as man
In tones supremely clear.

Oh Rex Radiothesaurus,
Blessed will be the day
When we contrive
That you revive
By vocal DNA.
Ref: The Daily Telegraph Sept 1994.

Arthur married Elspeth STOCKMAN [4640] on 7 Jan 1932 in England. Elspeth was born on 1 Sep 1911 in England. and died in 1985 in England. aged 74.

Arthur next married Joan WILSON [11367] in 1986.

   1646 F    ii. Marjorie Ruth ALSTON [4646] was born on 21 Mar 1904 in England.

General Notes:
Marjorie was Secretary of the Girls Public Schools Trust, she did not marry.

   1647 M    iii. John Frederick ALSTON [4647] was born on 6 May 1908 in England.

General Notes:
John went to Clare College Cambridge was a Hockey Blue for his College, married, and was a housemaster of Felstead School Essex all his life.

   1648 M    iv. Geoffrey Malcolm (Mac) Fawssett ALSTON [4649] was born on 4 Apr 1914 in England.

General Notes:
Malcolm (Mac) went to Clare Cambridge and was a Hockey Blue for his College, he married and had two sons and two daughters.
He served in the Indian Army and commanded his regiment during the second world war in Italy. He was selected for the I.C.S. till India attained self-government and later served in the Foreign Office.

   1649 F    v. Nancy Eileen ALSTON [4650] was born on 29 Apr 1918 in Reg Bradford England.

General Notes:
1939 Register
Bealieu , Uckfield R.D., Sussex, England
Nancy E Alston 29 Apr 1878 single Secretary.

Electoral Register
Nancy E Alston
Year: 1946
Borough: Kensington and Chelsea Ward or Division/Constituency:
Kensington Street address: 17 J6

Nancy lived in Scotland.

Nancy married Robert Leslie SEARLE [4855] 1 Qtr 1947 in Kensington LDN.

General Notes:
Robert was employed in papermaking in a large Bristol firm.

1330. Col Ernest Alfred Brooke ALSTON [80] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major) [75]1107, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 29 Oct 1878 in Sandgate Cheriton Folkstone KEN, died on 11 Aug 1917 in France aged 38, and was buried in Ramskappelle Road Military Cemetery, Nieuwpoort, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

General Notes:
Ernest was educated at Tonbridge School. He joined the Militia in 1895 and was gazetted from there to a commission in the Northampton Regiment, with whom he served during the South African War, being awarded the Queens's medal with three clasps. In May l915 he went to France with a battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment as a Major and a year later was given the command of the 10th battalion of the D.C.L.I. Except for six weeks prior to taking his new command into active service, he had been on continuous active service from May 1915 until the day of his death in action 11 August 1917. He was then acting Lieutenant-Colonel, and had been twice mentioned in despatches.
His London address was 25 Iverns Court, Kensington. [above information provided by Peter Culverwell]

Served in the Northampton Regiment - Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry

Hart's Annual Army List for 1915 lists Ernest as being in the Special Reserve Regiment 3rd Battalion with his entry reading -
Alston - Ernest Alfred Brooke, Captain 3rd Bt.
2nd Lt. 18 Oct 1899
Lt. 15 June 1901
Cpt. 3rd Bt. 26 July 1908
Cpt. 2nd Bt. 26 July 1908

ERNEST ALFRED BROOKE was the fifth child of William Evelyn and Elizabeth Rouse Alston (nee Fitzgerald) and was born on 29.10.1878 and was educated at Tonbridge School. He joined the Militia in 1895 and was gazetted from there to a commission in the Northampton Regiment, with whom he served during the South African War, being awarded the Queens's medal with three clasps. In May l915 he went to France with a battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment as a Major and a year later was given the command of the 10th battalion of the D.C.L.I. Except for six weeks, when he took over this command previous to taking them on active service, he had been on continuous active service from May 1915 until the day of his death, when he was than a temporary Lieutenant-Colonel, and had been twice mentioned in despatches. He was killed in action on 11th August 1917, at which time he was married to Eileen Alston,(nee Hunter) then living at 25 Iverns Court, Kensington, London. [above information provided by Peter Culverwell]

Alternative year of birth 1877.

Lieutenant Colonel
Northamptonshire Regiment
Commanding 10th Bn., Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
who died on Saturday, 11th August 1917.
Age 40.
Additional Information:
Son of Surgeon Maj. William Evelyn Alston, M.D., J.P., of Eastcliffe House, Sandgate, Kent; husband of Eileen Finnis (formerly Alston), of Shirley Park Hotel, East Croydon.
Commemorative Information
RAMSCAPPELLE ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, Nieuwpoort, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference/ Panel Number: II. B. 21.
Temporary Route due to roadworks along N367.
The village of Ramskapelle (formerly Ramscappelle) is located east of Veurne off the E40 motorway. From the motorway E40 which runs between Veurne and Oostende, turn off at Junction 3 (Nieuwpoort) and turn onto the N355 in the direction of Diksmuide. At the village of Ramskapelle take the first turning left into Molemstraat; follow this road to the end and turn left into Ramskapellestraat, the N356. Follow the N356 to the T-junction and the cemetery is on the left.
Historical Information:
From June to November 1917, Commonwealth forces (XV Corps) held the front line in Belgium from St Georges (now Sint Joris), near Ramscappelle, to the sea. Most of Plot I of Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery was made in July and August 1917, but the cemetery was considerably enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other burial grounds in the area and from the battlefields. There are now 841 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 312 of the burials are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate two casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There are also special memorials to 26 casualties originally buried at Nieuport (now Nieuwpoort) or Nieuport-Bains, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Medal card of Alston, E A B
CorpsRegiment NoRank
Northamptonshire Regiment Major Temporary Lieutenant Colonel
Date 1914-1920
Catalogue reference WO 372/24links to the Catalogue
Dept Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies
Series War Office: Service Medal and Award Rolls Index, First World War
Piece Mentioned 3 times in Despatches, Meritorious Service Medals and Territorial Force Efficiency Medals
Image contains 1 medal card of many for this collection.

Alston Ernest Alfred Brooke of East Cliffe House Sandgate Kent Lieutenant-Colonel 5th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment died 11 August 1917 in France on active service. Probate London 20 March 1918 to Eileen Alston widow. Effects L6471 5s 6d
National Probate Calendar.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Oadby Leicester. Ernest is recorded as residing at Broxhills House Oadby, a son aged 3, born Sandgate Kent

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, East End House, Sandgate, Kent. Ernest is recorded as a son single aged 13 born Sandgate

3. Ernest Alfred Brooke Alston: Will, 22 Mar 1916.
Ernest on active service with the 5th Northamptonshire Regt leaves his entire estate to his wife Eileen Alston

Ernest married Eileen HUNTER [4854] Mar Qtr 1916 in Paddington London MDX.

General Notes:
1916 Marriage: March quarter, Paddington 1a 6 - ALSTON Ernest A B & HUNTER Eileen.

Eileen remarried FINNIS (from CWGC record for Ernest):
1920 Marriage: December quarter, Battle 2b 115 - ALSTON Eileen & FINNIS William T.
Rosie Flower writes she cannot find Eileen HUNTER in 1901, she wonders if she was already widowed when she married Ernest. - 2008

1331. Dora Gladys Oxenden ALSTON [82] (William Evelyn (Surgeon Major) [75]1107, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 30 Nov 1879 in Sandgate, KEN, died on 17 Nov 1940 in Overdene, Riding Mill, Northumberland aged 60, and was buried in St Andrew, Bywell, Northumberland.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Oadby Leicester. Dora is recorded as resident at Broxhills House Oadby, daughter aged 1, born Sandgate Kent

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, East End House, Sandgate, Kent. Dora is recorded as a daughter aged 11 born Sandgate

Dora married Evelyn FAWSSETT [110], son of Surgeon Lieut Frederick FAWSSETT Md Jp [2515] and Ella Eliza BOUCHER [2509], on 8 Sep 1910 in Parish Church, Sandgate, Kent. Evelyn was born on 15 Nov 1879 in Louth, LIN, died on 11 Jul 1953 in Overdene, Riding Mill, Northumberland aged 73, and was buried in St Andrew, Bywell, Northumberland.

General Notes:
Evelyn practised as an electrical engineer with the North East Electrical Supply Co., Newcastle on Tyne.

Evelyn Fawssett, who died on the 11th July, 1953, was born on the 15th November, 1879. He will be sadly missed by his many
friends, and members of the numerous technical committees upon which he was serving up to the time of his death will doubtless realise how much he contributed to their work by his tireless effort, his special experience and his sound judgment.
Fawssett was born in Louth, Lincs, and was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Louth, and at the Central
Technical College of the City and Guilds, where he spent a fourth year on research. His practical training consisted of two years as technical assistant at the Croydon Corporation electricity works. The rest of his professional life (1903-44) was spent with the
North Eastern Electricity Supply Co., where he rose to be Chief Engineer of the Testing Department, one of the largest in the
He took a deep and active interest in the pursuit of accuracy of metering and power-station efficiency, and may be said to
have made lasting contributions to the technique of meter design and precision testing. He was a keen advocate of standardization and simplification, and in the British Specification for Meters he played a major part in bringing about standardization of dimensions and a reduction in the number of ratings. He was granted patents relating to metering, remote indication schemes and cable-core temperature apparatus: he was also associated with the development of the Fawssett-Parry sensitive relay and the Fawssett-Parnall load-rate meter.
In his work upon committees of the Electrical Research Association and the British Standards Institution he undertook a
widening field of important work including the rating of cables, instrument jewels, meters and earthing, and in many cases his
ability and industry led to his election to the chair. The dominating interest of his later years was the hitherto little studied subject of earthing, which became so vitally important with the spread of rural electrification by overhead lines and of the introduction of nonmetallic water pipes. What he probably regarded as his magnum opus was the preparation, as chairman of an E.R.A. Committee, of a Code of Practice on Earthing, for The Institution. Although he lived to complete this work it had not quite reached the final form at the time of his death.
The loss of his wife in 1940 was a heavy and enduring blow, and thereafter he suffered from great loneliness. Unable to bring
himself to part with the old home at Riding Mill he remained there, for the most part alone, surrounded by sad reminders of the
past. Those who have spent occasional weekends at "Overdene" will have been touched by his efforts to keep loneliness at bay
and by his devotion to his dog. His difficulty in finding a congenial companion among his old friends, free to share the touring
holidays he loved so much, naturally increased, but his enterprise and even enthusiasm continued, and his last trailer-caravan
holiday in his beloved "Wall" country was undertaken alone. This was not much more than a year ago, and he had something
of a collapse which he wisely accepted as a warning. However his driving remained first class. He had other interests and
hobbies, especially photography, and to all he devoted the same serious study as was displayed in his professional work.
Fawssett was a somewhat reserved man, and some assumed that he was difficult of approach; others found him shy. He won
the high esteem of his colleagues and the sincere affection of those who knew him well. He is survived by a son and two
He joined The Institution as a Student in 1898 and was elected an Associate in 1902, an Associate Member in 1905 and a
Member in 1912. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Newcastle Local Section (now the North-Eastern Centre), 1920-22 and
1926-28; as Chairman of the Meter and Instrument Section (now the Measurements Section), 1930-31; as an ordinary
member of the Committee of that Section, 1941-44; and on the Committee of the North-Eastern Radio and Measurements
Group, 1946-48.
His published papers include "Distribution Losses in Electric Supply Systems" (Journal, 1903), "A Power Company's Testing
Department" (1911), "Apparatus and Methods for Accurate Maintenance of Large A.C. Energy Meters" (Fawssett and Moore,
1931) and "Practical Aspects of Earthing" (Fawssett, Grimmitt, Shotter and Taylor, 1940), for which a Transmission Section
Premium was awarded. He also wrote two Progress Reviews on "Integrating Electricity Meters (1928 and 1931). P. B. F.
Ref: M R Burn

Research Notes:
Evelyn's surname is properly pronounced Fossett.

Children from this marriage were:

   1650 F    i. Dorothy Mary FAWSSETT [83] was born on 29 Dec 1914 in Heaton, NBL and died in Jun 2003 in Little Bealings SFK aged 88.

General Notes:
Mary lived in Church Rd Wimbledon for many years, she has had a life long interest in music, the piano and choral work, particularly with the Hill Singers. Also with sketching and craft work, tapistry and embroidery, her work can be seen at Ely and Bury Cathedrals and Westminster Abbey. Mary had in her possession Alston family portraits, the four poster bed and tester from the solar at Alston Court.

Dorothy married Dr Rollin Arthur BURN MB BS FRCS [84], son of Dr Robert BURN [2512] and Gertrude PATTERSON [2513], in 1942 in Newcastle. Rollin was born in 1916, died on 11 May 2001 in Ipswich, SFK aged 85, and was buried on 21 May 2001 in Ipswich Crematorium. The cause of his death was Alzheimers disease.

General Notes:
Rollin was educated at Haileybury College, then did medicine, specialising in opthalmic surgery after WW II. He met his wife Mary when she was working as a V A D in a wartime operating theatre. After they married Rollin was draughted to India and Burma
RAMC until 1945. After the war they settled in Newcastle, then moved to Wimbledon London where Rollin was a Consultant Opthalmic Surgeon at St Mary's Hospital Paddington from 1962 - 1984. He retired to Grove Mill Farmhouse Little Bealings SFK.

Burns. On May 11th Rollin Arthur Burn FRCS 1916 \endash 2001. Consultant ophthalmic surgeon at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington 1962 \endash 1984. Leaves his wife Mary and sons Michael, Julian and Robert and grandchildren Rosamond, Theodore, Christopher and Francis. Funeral services at Ipswich Crematorium, North Chapel on Monday, May 21th at 1:45 PM no flowers by request. Donations to Alzheimer's Society.
Ref: The Times 16 May 2001.

   1651 F    ii. Angela Joan FAWSSETT [2409] was born on 27 Apr 1917 in Jesmond, NBL and died on 19 Dec 1992 in 9 Richmond Dr, Lisburn, Co Antrim aged 75.

General Notes:
Angela's photo was of her as a V A D in Second World War.

Angela married Dr John Stevenson RODGERS [2510] on 18 Dec 1946 in St Andrew, Bywell, Northumberland. John was born on 31 Dec 1910 and died on 20 Feb 1996 aged 85.

General Notes:
John was a Naval Surgeon of Ballymena Northern Island.

   1652 M    iii. Frederick FAWSSETT [2410] was born on 3 Feb 1922 and died on 7 Sep 1998 in Philip Island, Victoria. Australia aged 76. The cause of his death was was cancer.

General Notes:
Frederick was in the Royal Air Force WW II, served in the siege of Malta. He emigrated to Australia, where he died.

Frederick married Joyce [2511].

1332. Elizabeth Catherine NUGEE [1543] (Edith Isabel ALSTON [1541]1108, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 25 Nov 1888 in Sneinton NTT and died on 7 Jul 1991 in Wallingford OXF aged 102.

General Notes:
The family story is that Catherine Nugee, wanted to marry a Richards boy as had her brother & sister, but their mother, Edith Nugee , forbade it as she thought that for 3 of her 5 children to marry back into the same Richards line was too dangerous. As a result, Elizabeth became a missionary in East Africa for a while and she stayed unmarried to the end of her 102 year long life.
Ref: John Nugee writes of his Gt. Aunt Catherine - 2015

Elizabeth was living at 24 Silverdale Rd Eastbourne in 1958.

1991 Death: July 1991, Wallingford 20 2484 791 - NUGEE Elizabeth Catherine, born 25 Nov 1888. aged 102

Nugee Elizabeth Catherine of The Old Vicarage Moulsford Wallingford Oxon died 7 July 1991. Probate London 6 December 1991
Estate not exceeding £125,000.09 151118164A.
National Probate Calendar

Research Notes:
Image courtesy Nugee Family Tree J Walker Ancestry.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Windmill Lane Snenton Nottinghamshire. Elizabeth is recorded as a daughter aged two born Snenton NTT

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Elizabeth is recorded as a daughter single aged 12 born Sneinton NTT

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Muston Rectory Nottingham. Elizabeth is recorded as a daughter single aged 22 born Sneinton NTT

1333. Laura Christine NUGEE [1544] (Edith Isabel ALSTON [1541]1108, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 23 Dec 1889 in Sneinton NTT and died on 11 Apr 1970 in Battle SSX aged 80.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Windmill Lane Snenton Nottinghamshire. Laura is recorded as a daughter aged 1 born Snenton NTT

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Laura is recorded as a daughter aged 11 born Sneinton NTT

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Muston Rectory Nottingham. Laura is recorded as a daughter single aged 21 born Sneinton NTT

Laura married Rev Reginald Philip Edward RICHARDS [2443], son of Cmdr Philip Thomas RICHARDS RN [22138] and Kate DANBY [22143], on 7 Aug 1915 in St Martin Leicester. Reginald was born on 9 Dec 1884 in Farlington HAM and died on 24 Jan 1969 in Tonbridge KEN aged 84.

General Notes:
Reginald was living at Highmoor, Mayfield? Sussex 1958.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

Children from this marriage were:

   1653 F    i. Laura Dorothy Kate RICHARDS [2450] was born on 26 Jul 1916 and died in 2000 aged 84.

Laura married Reginald Arthur Reid HOWATT [2451] on 24 Jul 1937. Reginald was born on 8 Apr 1910 and died on 12 Jun 1981 aged 71.

   1654 M    ii. Edward Reginald John RICHARDS [2456] was born in 1918 and died in 1981 aged 63.

General Notes:
Edward was with the Malayan police force

Research Notes:
Images Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

Edward married Mary Eileen McCONACHIE [2457] in 1941 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Another name for Mary was CONECHY.

   1655 F    iii. Edith Lucy RICHARDS [2460] was born on 12 Dec 1919.

Edith married Harold Hoghton CAREY [2461] on 23 Jun 1942. Harold was born on 2 Nov 1907 and died on 6 Apr 1992 aged 84.

   1656 F    iv. Sr Elizabeth Mary RICHARDS [2464] was born on 24 May 1923.

General Notes:
Elizabeth was a Nun A R C., she took the name Sister Mary Cecilia

   1657 M    v. David Andrew RICHARDS [2465] was born on 28 Jan 1929 and died on 21 Feb 2012 aged 83.

1334. Francis John NUGEE Q.V. M.C. T.D. [2438] (Edith Isabel ALSTON [1541]1108, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 30 May 1891 in Sneinton NTT and died on 29 Jan 1966 in Cheltenham GLS aged 74.

General Notes:
Francis went to Radley College, then Magdalen College Oxford, he matriculated 1910 taking his BA and MA. At the outbreak of war he served as a captain in the Leicestershire Regiment 1914 - 18 was wounded in France and awarded the MC in 1918.

After a drawn-out engagement he married in 1930, he taught for some years at his old school Radley College before becoming headmaster of Eastbourne College 1938 - 1956. He served on the governing Council of Radley College until ill-health forced his retirement in 1965.

Nugee Francis John (Mr Stone B)
Son of Rev Francis Edward Nugee, Rec of Muston, Nottingham, and Hon Canon of Peterborough; SP. 1908-09; Hist. Essay; C. xi 1907,1909-10; Fxi 1907-09; left 1910; Magd. Coll. Oxf. 1910;3rd Cl Hist. 1914; BA 1915; MA 1919; Seniors Assn. Football; Asst Master at Radley from 1919; Hon. Sec. Radleian Society from 1919; in 4th (T.) Bn. Leicestershire Regt. from 1914; Capt 1916; served in France 1915-19 wounded, MC 1918, 1914-15 Star, War & Vict. med. Cavendish Club. C/o Radley College Abingdon. St Peter's College, Radley Register.

F J Nugee
Oxford University
1910 Nugee, F. J., M.A. (October 5, 1914). Captain 1/4th Leicestershire Regt, (Maj.). France, 1915-18, 1918-19. M.C., January 1, 1918.
Matriculated 1910. Member of University OTC prior to 1915
Oxford University Roll of Service (1920) Magdalen College
Britain School & University Memorial Rolls 1914-1918

Eastbourne College.
( F J Nugee MC MA Headmaster, J E Bowman Bursar), Blackwater Rd.
1938 Kellys Directory - Kent Surrey Sussex.

1939 Register.
Francis J Nugee born 10 Nov 1891 Headmaster E College married 77-1
Name obscured born Jan 1901 female incapacitated married 77-2
Lucy F M Walker nee Nugee born 17 Sep 1932 at school single 77-3
And three staff.

Francis J Nugee
Birth year1882
Marital statusM
Departure year1951
Departure day18
Departure month1
Departure portLondon
DestinationBUENOS AIRES Argentina
Ship nameParaguay Star
Ship official number182860
Ship registered tonnage6324
Number of passengers46
Record setPassenger Lists Leaving Uk 1890-1960

Birth year1892
Death quarter1
Death year1966
DistrictCheltenham Gloucestershire
England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007

Nugee Francis John of The Bungalow Marle Hill Cheltenham died 29 January 1966. Probate London 26 May 1966 to Lucy Maude Nugee and Edward George Nugee barrister at law and David Andrew Richards Major HM Army. Effects £21,601.
National Probate Calendar.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Muston Rectory Nottingham. Francis is recorded as a son single aged 22 a student born Sneinton NTT

Francis married Lucy Maude MORRIS [2437], daughter of Charles Smith MORRIS [1550] and Maude Mary ALSTON [1549], on 8 Jan 1930. Lucy was born on 15 Jan 1901 in Cardiff Glamorgan WLS and died on 20 Dec 1977 in Cheltenham GLS aged 76.

General Notes:
Birth year1901
Birth quarter1
Record setEngland & Wales births 1837-2006
Ref: Findmypast

1977 Death: December quarter, Cheltenham 22 1566 - NUGEE Lucy Maud, born 15 Jan 1901. (née MORRIS)

Nugee Lucy Maude of The Bungalow Walnut Close Cheltenham died 20 December 1977. Probate Oxford 10 February 1978
Effects £152,686. 782900441K.
National Probate Calendar

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

The child from this marriage was:

   1658 F    i. Lucy Frances Maud NUGEE [2445] was born on 17 Sep 1932 in Abingdon BRK and died on 30 Oct 2006 in Fareham HAM aged 74.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

Lucy married Keith William Scutts WALKER [2446], son of William Scutts WALKER [22277] and Dorothy May HOLDER [22278], on 24 Sep 1955. Keith was born on 23 Apr 1930 in Oxford OXF and died on 4 Jul 2010 in Portsmouth HAM aged 80.

Research Notes:

For details of this family see John Nugee's family tree on Excell

1335. Brigadier George Travers NUGEE C.B.E D.S.O M.C. [1546] (Edith Isabel ALSTON [1541]1108, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 7 Jul 1893 in Sneinton NTT and died on 29 Mar 1977 in Wallingford OXF aged 83.

General Notes:
George was schooled at Radley College and then enrolled as a gentleman cadet at the Royal Military Academy Woolwich becoming a Second Lieutenant in 1913. He served with the Royal Artillery, was awarded the Military Cross in 1916, DSO in 1919. He was awarded a CBE and retired in 1947 with the rank of Honorary Brigadier.

Nugee George Travers (Mr Stone, B.)
Son of Rev Francis Edward Nugee, Rector of Muston, Nottingham, and Hon., Canon of Peterborough; SP 1911; Heathcote Math Sch; Hall Math Pr.; viii 1911; F. xi 1910-11; left 1911; RMA Woolwich 1912-13; joined RFA 1913; Capt 1917 (acting Major 1917-18); served in France 1914-18, three times mentioned in dispatches, DSO 1918, MC 1916, 1914 Star, War and Victoria medals; in Afghanistan 1919, med. Army and Navy club. C/o Messrs Cox and Co.
St Peter's College, Radley Register.

Milton Mowbray.
An engagement is announced between Capt George Travers Nugee, DSO, MC, RHA, second son of the Rev Canon F E and Mrs Nugee of Shangton Rectory, Leicester, formally Rector of Murton, and Violet Mary, only daughter of Lt Col Harold A D Richards, CMG, DSO, and Mrs Richards
Ref: Grantham Journal 29 January 1927.

Colonel (Hon. Brigadier) George Travers Nugee
Post nominalsCBE DSO MC
Birth year1894
Death year1977
Death date29 Mar 1977
Record setBritish Army, Royal Artillery officer deaths 1850-2011
Ref: Findmypast

Nugee George Travers of The Old Vicarage Moulsford Wallingford Oxon died 29 March 1977. Probate London . . . . (Illegible)
National Probate Calendar.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

Image Courtesy of J Nugee - 2019

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. George is recorded as a son aged 7 born Sneinton NTT

George married Violet Mary RICHARDS [2469], daughter of Lt Col Harold Arthur David RICHARDS CMG DSO [22155] and Helen Dorothy PARKER [22158], on 29 Sep 1927 in Godalming SRY. The marriage ended in divorce. Violet was born on 23 May 1904 and died on 23 Jun 1997 in Bath & Walcot SOM aged 93.

Research Notes:
Violet and George were divorced in 1937 on George's petition for adultery, she then married Arthur Brooks the co-respondent mentioned in the divorce.
Ref: The Longcrofts.

Children from this marriage were:

   1659 M    i. Edward George (Ted) NUGEE Q.C. [2049] was born on 9 Aug 1928 in Godalming SRY and died on 30 Dec 2014 aged 86.

General Notes:
The Times.
17 March 2015
Edward Nugee
Barrister who was involved in key cases on tax and pensions and whose name appeared often in the letter pages of The Times.

Edward Nugee was one of the pre-eminent Chancery barristers of his generation and a rarity in that his influence stretched well beyond the chancery bar's narrow confines. He was renowned in the fields of trusts, land law, pensions and tax, but operated extensively outside the law and was an inveterate letter writer to The Times. He regularly pronounced on topics as various as same-sex marriage, Hamas, Richard III and blood alcohol levels.

His views were forthright and unpredictable. In his final published letter in March 2014, responding to an Opinion article about the crisis in Ukraine, he asked "Does no one in the US State Department or the foreign office understand how Russia sees the world?" He was a lifelong supporter of Russia, taking his children to visit, among other things, the wartime cemeteries in Leningrad.

Nugee, always known as Ted never retired - although as a concession to old age he latterly took Wednesdays off - and practised for more than 58 years, the last 37 as a QC, outlasting all his contemporaries to become the most senior Chancery silk in practice. For more than 30 years until 2006, he was head of Wilberforce Chambers, overseeing its growth from a small traditional set into one of the largest of the modern chancery bar.

Nugee played his part in building its reputation appearing in the first cases to reach the House of Lords on rent review, capital transfer tax and commons registration, and for the winning parties in the first two modern pensions cases (Imperial Foods and Courage Group). He also sat as a deputy High Court judge from 1982 to 1997.

Edward George Nugee was born in Surrey in 1928. He went to school first at Brambletye and then at Radley College before winning a scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford, to read classics. He spent two years as a gunner in the Royal Artillery, serving in Singapore during the Malay Emergency. He developed a lifelong taste for Indonesian curries and a preference for wearing sarongs, although usually only in bed.

Going up to Worcester on his return, he realised he had not seen a Latin or Greek text in two years so abandoned classics for law. He left Worcester with a double first and in 1953 was awarded the Eldon Law Scholarship.

In 1955 Nugee was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple and was a pupil at 2 New Square in Lincoln's Inn. That same year he met and married Rachel Makower, who worked as a code breaker at Bletchley Park. The couple moved to Hampstead where they lived throughout their married life. She survives him, along with their four sons - John, a financial consultant, formerly of the Bank of England; Christopher, a High Court judge (who is married to Emily Thornbury, the Labour MP); Andrew, chief executive of a multimedia tour company; and Richard, a Major General in the Army.

Life as a junior chancery barrister in the 1950s was not easy. Nugee soon moved next door, to the chambers of Richard Wilberforce. He and Rachel celebrated each brief with a walnut whip - they had three in the first year. He found time for the Territorial Army and for Lewisham Citizens Advice Bureau, where he gave advice on landlord and tenant issues for 18 years. On taking silk in 1977, he developed a more litigious practice: he was most proud of a capital transfer tax case in which he acted for the Revenue in the House of Lords (IRC v Pearson). The High Court judge and all three judges in the Court of Appeal had held against the Revenue, and in the Lords he faced three days of withering fire from Viscount Dilhorne. Nugee eventually won him round, securing victory by 3 to 2.

His main interest outside work was the church, particularly the Church of England. He wrote on theology and church history: one correspondent who suggested that the Church of England had been founded by Henry VIII and that until then England was a Roman Catholic country, received a detailed, polite but forceful reply on the unbroken continuity of the Church of England from before the Reformation.

The Telegraph.
7 Jan 2015.
Edward Nugee, who has died aged 86, was a well known and highly respected barrister, practising at the Chancery Bar.
He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1955; but his practice began at 3 New Square, Lincoln's Inn. Later, it moved address but was well known as Wilberforce Chambers.
He continued to practise until his death, and thus he had the privilege, believed to be unique, of welcoming in 2013 from the Bar his own son, Sir Christopher Nugee, on to the Bench as a High Court Judge (Sir Christopher's wife is the Labour MP Emily Thornberry).
Edward Nugee took silk in 1977. His practice as a junior was mostly advisory work, rather than in Court, and this explains why he became a QC relatively late.
Although his command of all branches of English law was encyclopedic, he specialised in property law including landlord and tenant cases, as well as the law of charities and other trusts, with, of course, capital taxes as well. He also made a speciality of private sector pension cases. In fact the chambers became a dominant force in the field of private pensions.
When he became the head of his chambers, there were only 10 members; but when he retired from that role in 2006 (continuing to practise at the Bar thereafter) there were 45 members including 18 QCs. This growth reflected both his reputation and the increase in pension work.
He was a traditionalist by nature, always wearing a black coat and striped trousers; and he tended to be a fatherly figure in managing the chambers, which he did very effectively. He was popular among colleagues and, being known for common sense and integrity, was made a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1976 and Treasurer (the most senior position) in 1996.
It was not surprising, given his known ability, that he was in 1967 made a Junior Counsel for the Land Commission. He was from 1968 to 1977 Counsel for Litigation under the Commons Registration Act 1965. He was also Conveyancing Counsel to the Treasury, the Defence Department, the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries and the Forestry Commission. These appointments illustrate how highly his advice was rated.
Edward George Nugee was born on August 9 1928 and educated at Radley, having won an open scholarship, and then, after National Service in the Royal Artillery, he went as an exhibitioner up to Worcester College, Oxford, to read Law. He graduated with a First in 1952 and then won the Eldon Law Scholarship in 1953.
Ted Nugee did a great deal of work for the Family Welfare Association, for the London Citizens' Advice Bureau, and as Poor Man's Lawyer in Lewisham. He was a Church Commissioner between 1990 and 2001 and on the Legal Advice Commission of the General Synod dealing with knotty problems of ecclesiastical law.
Closer to his legal practice, he was on the Council of Legal Education Committee from 1967 to 1990 and helped with the work of the Law Commission. Between 1982 and 1997 he often sat as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division.
He was, in 1984, appointed chairman of an inquiry into the management problems of privately owned blocks of flats set up by the minister of housing. This resulted in the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1987, but Ted Nugee had nothing to do with the drafting of this Act which Lord Bingham aptly described as "dismal".
Ted Nugee served in the Territorial Army from 1950 to 1964, retiring as a Captain and holding the Territorial Decoration. He was a man of sometimes surprising views - a lifelong supporter of Russia, a defender of Putin and an enthusiast for Henry VIII.
In 1955 he married Rachel Makower who had served at Bletchley Park as a young woman and later on, having joined the Mothers' Union (in 1952) became their worldwide president until 1982.
He is survived by his wife and their four sons.
Edward Nugee, born August 9 1928, died December 30 2014

Research Notes:
Nugee Foundation
The connection between the Nugee family and Farlington goes back to 1782, when Griffith Richards came as a curate (see the memorial to him on the West wall of St Andrew's Church). He, his son, Edward Tew Richards, and his grandson, Arthur James Richards, served the parish for 143 years. AJ Richards was patron and Rector.
The patron of Farlington used to be Miss Gwendolen Richards, A.J. Richards' daughter, who lived for many years in Leigh Road, Havant, When she died she left the patronage jointly to Dr Leatherdale, Sarah Wynter Bee's father, and to the granddaughter of A.J. Richards. When she died in 1993 the patronage was inherited by her son Edward (known to everyone as Ted).
In 2007 Ted founded a small charity, The Nugee Foundation, and transferred the patronage to the Trustees, himself and his four sons, John, Christopher, Andrew and Richard. On Ted's death on 30th December 2014 his four sons became the remaining trustees of the Nugee Foundation.
John runs his own financial consultancy business, Laburnum Consulting Ltd; Christopher is a High Court judge; Andrew runs a business known as Imagineear, which makes multimedia guides to museums, exhibitions and cities (and much else besides); and Richard is a Major-General, having followed his grandfather into the Royal Artillery: he is currently Defence Services Secretary.

Medical Notes: The Times
Edward Nugee.
Barrister who was involved in key cases on tax and pensions and whose name appeared often in the letter pages of The Times.
Edward Nugee was one of the pre-eminent Chancery barristers of his generation and a rarity in that his influence stretched well beyond the chancery bar's narrow confines. He was renowned in the fields of trusts, land law, pensions and tax, but operated extensively outside the law and was an inveterate letter writer to The Times. He regularly pronounced on topics as various as same-sex marriage, Hamas, Richard III and blood alcohol levels.
His views were forthright and unpredictable. In his final published letter in March 2014, responding to an Opinion article about the crisis in Ukraine, he asked "Does no one in the US State Department or the foreign office understand how Russia sees the world?" He was a lifelong supporter of Russia, taking his children to visit, among other things, the wartime cemeteries in Leningrad.
Nugee, always known as Ted never retired - although as a concession to old age he latterly took Wednesdays off - and practised for more than 58 years, the last 37 as a QC, outlasting all his contemporaries to become the most senior Chancery silk in practice. For more than 30 years until 2006, he was head of Wilberforce Chambers, overseeing its growth from a small traditional set into one of the largest of the modern chancery bar.
Nugee played his part in building its reputation appearing in the first cases to reach the House of Lords on rent review, capital transfer tax and commons registration, and for the winning parties in the first two modern pensions cases (Imperial Foods and Courage Group). He also sat as a deputy High Court judge from 1982 to 1997.
Edward George Nugee was born in Surrey in 1928. He went to school first at Brambletye and then at Radley College before winning a scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford, to read classics. He spent two years as a gunner in the Royal Artillery, serving in Singapore during the Malay Emergency. He developed a lifelong taste for Indonesian curries and a preference for wearing sarongs, although usually only in bed.
Going up to Worcester on his return, he realised he had not seen a Latin or Greek text in two years so abandoned classics for law. He left Worcester with a double first and in 1953 was awarded the Eldon Law Scholarship.
In 1955 Nugee was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple and was a pupil at 2 New Square in Lincoln's Inn. That same year he met and married Rachel Makower, who worked as a code breaker at Bletchley Park. The couple moved to Hampstead where they lived throughout their married life. She survives him, along with their four sons - John, a financial consultant, formerly of the Bank of England; Christopher, a High Court judge (who is married to Emily Thornbury, the Labour MP); Andrew, chief executive of a multimedia tour company; and Richard, a Major General in the Army.
Life as a junior chancery barrister in the 1950s was not easy. Nugee soon moved next door, to the chambers of Richard Wilberforce. He and Rachel celebrated each brief with a walnut whip - they had three in the first year. He found time for the Territorial Army and for Lewisham Citizens Advice Bureau, where he gave advice on landlord and tenant issues for 18 years. On taking silk in 1977, he developed a more litigious practice: he was most proud of a capital transfer tax case in which he acted for the Revenue in the House of Lords (IRC v Pearson). The High Court judge and all three judges in the Court of Appeal had held against the Revenue, and in the Lords he faced three days of withering fire from Viscount Dilhorne. Nugee eventually won him round, securing victory by 3 to 2. His main interest outside work was the church, particularly the Church of England. He wrote on theology and church history: one correspondent who suggested that the Church of England had been founded by Henry VIII and that until then England was a Roman Catholic country, received a detailed, polite but forceful reply on the unbroken continuity of the Church of England from before the Reformation.

Edward married Rachel Elizabeth MAKOWER [2050], daughter of John Moritz MAKOWER MBE MC [2051] and Adelaide Gertrude FRANKLIN [22250], on 1 Dec 1955 in Hampstead MDX. Rachel was born on 15 Aug 1926 in St Pancras London and died on 11 Aug 2015 in Kingston-upon-Thames SRY aged 88.

General Notes:
John Nugee writes in 2015 of the death of his mother and something of her family history:
The Franklin family is an established British Jewish family of some standing, the most famous associate member (by marriage) being Herbert Samuel (1870-1963) who married Miss Beatrice Franklin at the end of the 19th century. He was a former leader of the UK Liberal Party and the first High Commissioner of British Palestine (in 1920) - see:,_1st_Viscount_Samuel.
The Makower family is of Polish-German origin, the family still has a strong (East) German contingent which remarkably survived both the Holocaust under the Nazis, and Communism in the DDR; my mother's branch came to the UK in the latter part of the 19th century.

Research Notes:
Images courtesy John Nugee 2015

   1660 F    ii. Margaret Anne NUGEE [2470] was born on 11 Feb 1931 in Wilton DOR and died on 8 Aug 2014 in Abingdon BRK aged 83.

General Notes:
Margaret Anne was always known as Anne in her family

Margaret married Bertie Claude (Toby) MILNE [2471] on 3 Jul 1958 in Battle SSX. Bertie died on 12 Jul 1981 in Twickenham MDX.

1336. Rev Andrew Charles NUGEE [9704] (Edith Isabel ALSTON [1541]1108, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 28 Oct 1895 in Shelton NTT and died on 22 Oct 1977 in Lechlade aged 81.

General Notes:
1895 Birth: December quarter, Bingham 7b 446 - NUGEE Andrew Charles.

Nugee Andrew Charles (Mr Stone, B.)
Son of Rev Francis Edward Nugee, Rector of Street Martins Leicester and Hon Canon of Peterborough; SP 1913; Jnr Sch 1909; F. xi 1913; S viii 1913-14; left 1914; temp. Lt 9th Bn Rifle Brigade 1914; res on account of wounds 1916; served in France 1915, wounded; 1914-15 Star, War and Victoria medals; Magdalen College, Oxford, 1914 and 1918-19; BA 1919; MA 1922; Bishops Hostel, Lincoln 1920-21; HO 1921; Cur of St Thomas Winchester, from 1921. Married 1920 Frances Elizabeth, daughter of the late Rev Richard Arthur Walls, of Boothby Hall, Burgh, Lincs. C/o 29 Southgate Street Winchester
St Peter's College, Radley Register.

Lt Nugee Wounded.
Canon Nugee, vicar of St Martins, Leicester, has received intimation that his son, Lt AG Nugee, of the rifle Brigade, has been seriously wounded in the head arm and leg was serving with the British Expeditionary Force in Flanders.
Grantham Journal 7 August 1915

Andrew was blinded while serving in WWI but was rehabilitated to lead as normal a life as possible. He followed his father into the church and was vicar of the parishes of Littlehampton and Bradfield on the Green in Northamptonshire. He became rural Dean for Preston in 1932 then took up the chaplaincy of St Dunstan's training centre in hospital during WWII. He returned to parish life and finished his working life as Rector of Kencot and Vicar of Broadwell OXF.

New Vicar of Houghton.
An Ex-Service Man.
The Rev Andrew Charles Nugee, curate of Bramley, Guildford, since 1926, has accepted the living of Little Houghton cum Brafield, and will take up residence at the vicarage in May. The patron of the living is Mr Christopher Smythe, JP, DL.
Mr Nugee, who lost the sight of one eye in the war, was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and Chancellors School, Lincoln. He was ordained deacon in 1921 and priest in 1922. From 1921 to 1926 he was curate of St Thomas's Winchester, and since then has been at Bramley.
Ref: Northampton Mercury 14 March 1930.

Church News
New Appointment.
It is announced that the King has presented to the Rev Andrew Charles Nugee the living of Eckington with Renishaw, in the Derby Diocese, vacant by the resignation of Canon W R Hewson. Mr Nugee has been Vicar of Little Houghton since 1930 and rural Dean of Preston for five years.
Ref: Derby Daily Telegraph 22 October 1938

Braille in the Pulpit.
The newly appointed Rector of Eckington, the Rev Andrew Charles Nugee, who was inducted into the living on Saturday in succession to Canon Hewson, is one of the victims of the war. Injuries on the battlefield in France so affected his eyesight that he became an inmate of St Dunstan's, where it was necessary for him to learn Braille. In this he soon became proficient, and he still finds it necessary to have recourse to this means of reading Holy Writ. At the services yesterday he used Braille both at the lectern and in the pulpit. His induction service, by the way, was attended in force by the Eckington branch of the British Legion, to whom his work for St Dunstan's had become known.
Ref: Derby Daily Telegraph 12 December 1938.

Blind Chaplain.
The Bishop of Hereford will formally license St Dunstan's new blind Chaplain at Church Stretton Shropshire, on November 6. The blind Chaplain is the Rev Andrew Charles Nugee, and he's the first so afflicted to be appointed. He was at Oxford, studying for the civil service when the last war broke out, and he took a commission In the Rifle Brigade. He was a lieutenant when he was wounded at Hooge, and lost his sight completely.
He went to St Dunstan's "to learn to be blind"and did so effectually enough to return to Oxford and take his BA degree in 1919. He felt the call of Holy Orders, and was ordained deacon in 1921 and priest in 1922. He has held curacy is in Hampshire and Surrey, and in 1938 became Rector of Eckington, Sheffield. He has resigned that office in order to become Chaplain to the famous institution where he acquired his "second sight". Mr Nugee reads the lessons most effectively in Braille. St Dunstan's is already receiving fresh student patients from the battlefields of the Middle East.
Ref: Nottingham Evening Post 29 October 1942

1977 Death: December quarter, Cheltenham 22 1566 - NUGEE Andrew Charles, born 28 Oct 1895.

Nugee Rev Andrew Charles of Downington Green Lechlade Gloucester died 22 October 1977. Probate Oxford 6 March 1978 effects £20,087. 782802111T.
National Probate Calendar

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Andrew is recorded as a son aged 5 born Shelton NTT

Andrew married Frances Elizabeth WALLS [9705], daughter of Richard Arthur WALLS [9706] and Mary Dorothea [9707], on 14 Jan 1920 in Welton-le-Marsh Lincolnshire. Frances was born in Aug 1897 in Letchworth HRT and died on 17 Apr 1963 in Oxford aged 65.

General Notes:
1897 Birth: September quarter, Hitchin 3a 589 - WALLS Frances Elizabeth.

At Wilton le Marsh, Jan 14 ex-Lt Andrew Charles Nugee, of Shangton, Leicester, to Francis Elizabeth Walls, of Boothby Hall, Burgh le Marsh.
Ref: Boston Guardian 7 February 1920

1963 Death: June quarter, Oxford 6b 939 - NUGEE Frances E, 65.

Nugee Frances Elizabeth of The Cottage Broadwell Lechlade Gloucestershire (wife of the Rev Andrew Charles Nugee clerk) died 17 April 1963 at Acland Nursing Home Oxford. Probate Oxford 23 July 1963 to Edward George Nugee barrister at law and Archibald John Ogg ophthalmic surgeon. Effects £21,407 0s 1d
National Probate Calendar.

Research Notes:
Image courtesy Nugee Family Tree J Walker Ancestry.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Letchworth HRT. Francis is recorded as a daughter aged 3 born Letchworth HRT

Andrew next married Zeala Maisey INDER [21900], daughter of Clarence John INDER [22242] and Marion (May) Cunningham MURDOCK [22243], on 16 Sep 1963 in Kencot Whitney OXF. Zeala was born on 4 Jul 1906 in Norwood SRY and died on 16 Oct 1999 in Stroud GLS aged 93.

General Notes:
Zeala was buried under the name Wimperis, it appears she remained close to her first husbands family, who were the sole beneficiaries of her will.

England & Wales births 1837-2006 Transcription
Birth year1906
Birth quarter3
Ref: Findmypast

Zeala was a passenger on the "Coronado" to Cristobal in May 1925 with her family
Birth year1906
Departure year1925
Departure day25
Departure month5
Departure portAVONMOUTH
Destination portCRISTOBAL
Ship official number136350
Ref: Findmypast

England & Wales marriages 1837-2008
Westminster Marriages Transcription
Marriage year1927
Marriage day8
Marriage monthSep
ParishSt George, Hanover Square
Spouse's first name(s)COURTENAY ALLINGTON
Spouse's last nameWIMPERIS
Groom's age25
Bride's age21
Re: Findmypast

Marriage quarter3
Marriage year1963
MarriageFinder - ZEALA M WIMPERIS married ANDREW C NUGEE
Spouse's last nameNUGEE
DistrictWITNEY Oxfordshire
Ref: Findmypast.

England & Wales deaths 1837-2007 Transcription
Birth day4
Birth month7
Birth year1906
Death quarter4
Death year1999
District number4871A
Register number56C
Entry number098
Date of registration mm/yy1099
Ref: Findmypast.

Research Notes:
Image courtesy Nugee Family Tree J Walker Ancestry.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, 13 Tyson Road Forest Hill London SE. Zeala is recorded as a daughter aged 4 born Norwood Surrey

1337. Mabel Travers MORRIS [2432] (Maude Mary ALSTON [1549]1109, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1891 in Bridgend Glamorgan Wales and died on 10 Dec 1983 aged about 92.

General Notes:
Mabel did not marry.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Mabel is recorded as a neice aged 10 born Bridgend Glamorgan Wales

1338. Daisy Emily Smith MORRIS [2433] (Maude Mary ALSTON [1549]1109, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 29 Mar 1893 in Bridgend Glamorgan Wales and died 4 Qtr 1978 in Kidderminster WOR.

General Notes:
Morris. On the 29th ult, at Westfield, Bridgend, the wife of Charles Smith Morris, Esq.
Ref: Globe 5 June 1893.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Croxton Kerrial Leicestershire. Daisy is recorded as a neice aged 7 born Bridgend Glamorgan Wales

Daisy married Col Geoffrey William AUTEN [2434]. Geoffrey was born on 27 Aug 1896 and died on 4 Dec 1981 in WOR aged 85.

General Notes:
Geoffrey was a Colonel in the Welsh Regiment.

Auten Geoffrey William of Broome House Clent Worcestershire died 4 December 1981. Probate London 27 March 1982 £89,205. 820004883V
National Probate Calendar.

The child from this marriage was:

   1661 F    i. Mary Morris AUTEN [2435] died after 1936.

Mary married James M CARPENTER [26005]. James was born on 28 Dec 1924 and died 2 Qtr 2004 in Kidderminster WOR.

1339. Charles Alan Smith MORRIS [2436] (Maude Mary ALSTON [1549]1109, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 15 May 1895 in Bridgend Glamorgan Wales and died on 23 Apr 1917 in Killed In Action Evin, Malmason aged 21.

General Notes:
Casualties to Local Officers
Second Lieutenant C A S Morris.
Second Lt Charles Allen Smith Morris, Bedfordshire Regiment, who has been wounded, is the only son of Mr Charles Smith Morris, of Clevis Newton, Porthcawl, Glamorgan, and a grandson of the late Mr Byng Morris of Cheltenham and Bridgend, so that he is closely related to several families in this vicinity. He received his commission in the 3rd Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment in August last, he is in his 20th year.
Ref: Gloucestershire Echo 27 March 1915.

The Stricken Brave.
Second Lt Charles Allen Smith Morris, Bedfordshire Regiment, who has been wounded, is the only son of Mr Charles Smith Morris, of Clevis Newton, Porthcawl, Glamorgan, and a great grandson of Sir John Morris, second Baronet, who married the Honourable Lucy Juliana Byng, youngest daughter of the fifth Viscount Torrington. Second Lieutenant Morris is 19 years of age.
Ref: Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 27 March 1915.

Casualties to Local Officers.
Capt C A S Morris.
Capt C A S Morris, who was killed in action on April 23, was educated at Mr Owen's Stancliffe Hall, and at Wellington College, and went on to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he stroked his college boat and one the Ladies Challenge Plate at Henley Regatta in 1914. On the outbreak of the war he joined up, and was attached to the Bedfordshire Regiment, and in 1915 went to France. He was wounded at the battle of Neuve Chappel. Afterwards he was attached to the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and went to Salonika, where he was again wounded in December, 1915. Later he rejoined the Bedsfordshires and was at the Battle of the Somme, and has been at the front since that date. The colonel of his regiment writes: "Your son was such a gallant fellow, and met his death in the most courageous and gallant manner possible. He had reached two objectives, and then it appears his company were held up by a machine gun. Without a moment's hesitation he called upon his men to rush it, and leading the charge, fell." Capt Morris was the only son of Mr Charles Smith Morris, of Clevis house, Porthcawl, Glamorgan and grandson of the late Mr Byng Morris of Cheltenham and Bridgend so that he was closely related to several local families.
Ref: Gloucestershire Echo 1 May 1917.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

1340. Lucy Maude MORRIS [2437] (Maude Mary ALSTON [1549]1109, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 15 Jan 1901 in Cardiff Glamorgan WLS and died on 20 Dec 1977 in Cheltenham GLS aged 76.

General Notes:
Birth year1901
Birth quarter1
Record setEngland & Wales births 1837-2006
Ref: Findmypast

1977 Death: December quarter, Cheltenham 22 1566 - NUGEE Lucy Maud, born 15 Jan 1901. (née MORRIS)

Nugee Lucy Maude of The Bungalow Walnut Close Cheltenham died 20 December 1977. Probate Oxford 10 February 1978
Effects £152,686. 782900441K.
National Probate Calendar

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

Lucy married Francis John NUGEE Q.V. M.C. T.D. [2438], son of Rev Canon Francis Edward NUGEE [1542] and Edith Isabel ALSTON [1541], on 8 Jan 1930. Francis was born on 30 May 1891 in Sneinton NTT and died on 29 Jan 1966 in Cheltenham GLS aged 74.

General Notes:
Francis went to Radley College, then Magdalen College Oxford, he matriculated 1910 taking his BA and MA. At the outbreak of war he served as a captain in the Leicestershire Regiment 1914 - 18 was wounded in France and awarded the MC in 1918.

After a drawn-out engagement he married in 1930, he taught for some years at his old school Radley College before becoming headmaster of Eastbourne College 1938 - 1956. He served on the governing Council of Radley College until ill-health forced his retirement in 1965.

Nugee Francis John (Mr Stone B)
Son of Rev Francis Edward Nugee, Rec of Muston, Nottingham, and Hon Canon of Peterborough; SP. 1908-09; Hist. Essay; C. xi 1907,1909-10; Fxi 1907-09; left 1910; Magd. Coll. Oxf. 1910;3rd Cl Hist. 1914; BA 1915; MA 1919; Seniors Assn. Football; Asst Master at Radley from 1919; Hon. Sec. Radleian Society from 1919; in 4th (T.) Bn. Leicestershire Regt. from 1914; Capt 1916; served in France 1915-19 wounded, MC 1918, 1914-15 Star, War & Vict. med. Cavendish Club. C/o Radley College Abingdon. St Peter's College, Radley Register.

F J Nugee
Oxford University
1910 Nugee, F. J., M.A. (October 5, 1914). Captain 1/4th Leicestershire Regt, (Maj.). France, 1915-18, 1918-19. M.C., January 1, 1918.
Matriculated 1910. Member of University OTC prior to 1915
Oxford University Roll of Service (1920) Magdalen College
Britain School & University Memorial Rolls 1914-1918

Eastbourne College.
( F J Nugee MC MA Headmaster, J E Bowman Bursar), Blackwater Rd.
1938 Kellys Directory - Kent Surrey Sussex.

1939 Register.
Francis J Nugee born 10 Nov 1891 Headmaster E College married 77-1
Name obscured born Jan 1901 female incapacitated married 77-2
Lucy F M Walker nee Nugee born 17 Sep 1932 at school single 77-3
And three staff.

Francis J Nugee
Birth year1882
Marital statusM
Departure year1951
Departure day18
Departure month1
Departure portLondon
DestinationBUENOS AIRES Argentina
Ship nameParaguay Star
Ship official number182860
Ship registered tonnage6324
Number of passengers46
Record setPassenger Lists Leaving Uk 1890-1960

Birth year1892
Death quarter1
Death year1966
DistrictCheltenham Gloucestershire
England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007

Nugee Francis John of The Bungalow Marle Hill Cheltenham died 29 January 1966. Probate London 26 May 1966 to Lucy Maude Nugee and Edward George Nugee barrister at law and David Andrew Richards Major HM Army. Effects £21,601.
National Probate Calendar.

Research Notes:
Image Courtesy of Julian Walker Nugee Family Trees 2015

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Muston Rectory Nottingham. Francis is recorded as a son single aged 22 a student born Sneinton NTT

(Duplicate Line. See Person 1334)

1341. Mildred Travers LLOYD [2439] (Ethel Travers ALSTON [1551]1110, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was christened on 12 Oct 1900 in St Saviour London and died on 8 Jun 1989 in California USA aged 88.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, St Mary Paddington LND. Mildred is recorded as a daughter aged 7 mths born Paddington LON

Mildred married R E DECKLEMAN [2440].

General Notes:
Deckleman was living in California. They had no issue.

1342. Katharine Lawrence ALSTON [2442] (Hubert George R.N. C.B. (Capt) [1540]1112, George Downing (Rev) [68]884, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born Mar Qtr 1897 in Brighton SSX and died Oct Qtr 1979 in Avon Bristol Glos.

General Notes:
1897 Birth: March Quarter, St Ives 3b 303 - ALSTON Katharine Lawrence.

1939 Register
Broome Cottage West Haven Close, Station Road , Long Ashton R.D., Somerset, England
Katherine L Alston 07 Dec 1896 Single Unpaid Domestic Duties.
Mabel M Alston 27 Apr 1863 Widow Private Means

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Hemingford Grey HUN. Katharine is recorded as a daughter aged 4 born Earith HUN

2. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, Jesmond Northumberland. Katharine is recorded as a daughter aged 14 a schoolgirl born Earith Huntingdonshire

1343. Cmdr. George Edward Basil HAND R N [441] (Annie Vanderzee FENN [4]1113, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 10 Mar 1870 in Nayland SFK, was christened on 7 Apr 1870 in Nayland SFK, and died on 22 May 1931 in Weybread SFK aged 61.

General Notes:
His infant photo was incribed on the back "For Aunt Robert"

Birth year1870
Baptism year1870
Baptism day7
Baptism monthApr
Relationshipson of
ParentsGeorge W & Mary A
Suffolk Baptism Index (part 1)

George married but had no issue.

George's Naval Record:
1883-85 Enlisted as a naval cadet, training at HMS Britannia, Devonport and at sea on the Pacific station between June - December 1885. Passed as a Junior Midshipman with a 1st Class Certificate and appointed midshipman on 15 December 1885. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1885-89 Serving on HMS Calypso on the Training Squadron. Contracted enteric fever. Passed provisionally in Seamanship in Gibraltar Hospital on 14 December 1889. Promoted to Acting Sub Lieutenant and Sub Lieutenant on the same date. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1890 Brought home from Gibraltar on HMS Duke of Wellington, arriving England 14 January. In March was assessed to be fit to continue service, but in a ___ climate. Passed Seamanship with 1st Class certificate in Portsmouth on 24 March. Re-examined for fitness in Scandinavia. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)

Cadetships in Royal Navy.
The following is a list of successful candidates in order of merit for the 1st 31 places . . . . . George Edward Basil Hand 1143 . . . . . (The highest marks were 1392 the lowest 842).
Ref: Manchester Courier 25 June 1883.

Cadetships in Royal Navy.
Among successful candidates at the recent examinations for naval Cadet ships we notice the name of Mr George Edward Basil Hand, eldest son of Capt George Weightman Hand R N of Dedham. Mr Hand's tutor was Mr Foster Of Stubbington House Hampshire.
Ref: Chelmsford Chronicle 6 July 1883.

Tuesday Gazette.
Admiralty November 13.
The following Sub Lieutenants have been confirmed . . . . . George Edward Basil Hand . . . . .
Ref: Portsmouth Evening News 18 November 1891.

1890-91 Served on several ships (HMS Impregnible, Pembroke, Indus) whilst completing College studies. Passed College with 2nd Class Certificate in January, Torpedo (2nd Class) in March, Gunnery (3rd Class) in June, and Pilotage (2nd Class in October). (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1891-94 Engaged in surveying services on HMS Egeria. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1892 Placed on merit as 4th Class Assistant Surveyor on 15 June. Promoted to Lieutenant on 30 June. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)

Admiralty 22 July 1892.
The undermentioned sub lieutenants have been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant . . . . . George Edward Basil Hand . . . . . Dated 30 June 1892.
Ref: Portsmouth Evening News 23 July 1892.

1893 Advanced to 3rd Class Assistant Surveyor on 20 June. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1894 2nd Class Certificate for short Gunnery course at HMS Excellent, Portsmouth 1 September - 26 October. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1894-95 November 1894 - March 1895 coastguard duties aboard HMS Iglatea and Edinburgh. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1895-97 Serving on the cruiser HMS Rainbow. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1897-98 Aboard HMS Archer, another cruiser. An inspection of Archer by Comm. de Halle found her in a very satisfactory state - "An efficient ship in capital order and always ready for any service required of her". (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1898-99 On HMS Black Prince, a training ship stationed at Queenstown, Ireland. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1899-1902 On 3rd Class Cruiser HMS Polone, possibly based on the East Indies station. He was noted as a very good executive officer, skilled in surveying. Satisfactory inspection of Pomone in August 1900. He appears to have requested to be placed on the retired list after 12 years of service but this was refused in 1901. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1900 Promoted to Lieutenant Commander on 30 June. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1901 Single. Lieutenant aboard HMS Pomone, a Third Class Cruiser at Lat. 7:28'N Long. 76:15'E (i.e. near the Maldives in the Indian Ocean).
1902-03 Apparently three separate commissions aboard HMS Apollo (record keeping lapsed). Injured in/near Bombay in January and brought home aboard HMS Assaye, arriving Southampton 26 February 1902. Unfit for service until the end of May. Engaged in opening up waterways in South Nigeria. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1903-06 Involved in manoeuvres and . . . . . at R N Barracks, Devonport. Specially recommended for promotion in May 1904. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1906 May to July - engaged on coastguard duties at Edinburgh. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1906-07 Coastguard duties at Fowey. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1907-1 Coastguard duties at Banff. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1914 Retired at his own request on 1st May and refused to accept the rank of Commander. However, would have been recalled from reserve on the outbreak of war. May - August: serving on HMS Island Prince mobilising Officer (?) Trawler Reserve at North Shields. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1916 Accepted the rank of Commander (ret'd). (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1919 Reverted to the retired list on 30 July. (PRO: ADM196/43/123)
1924-26 With RNR at Lowestoft; 10 days special service aboard HMS President.
Ref: Rosie Flower 2008

Probate calendar:
Hand Frederick Edward Basil of Wyebread SFK died 22 May 1931 Probate Norwich 7 Aug 1931 to Beatrice Carrie Bedford Hand widow. Effects L4158 18s 5d.

Naval Officers Estate.
The late commander George Edward Basil Hand R N (Retired) of Waybread Suffolk son of the late Rear Admiral George Weightman Hand. Left L4158 net personally L3258
Ref: Plymouth Evening News 27 August 1931.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Bear St Nayland SFK. George is recorded as a nephew (of Edward Liveing Fenn) aged 1 born Nayland SFK

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Tinwald Lodge St Peters Sq Hammersmith LND. George was described as a grandson aged 11 a scholar born Nayland SFK

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Royal Naval College Portsea HAM. George is recorded as an officer RN single aged 21 born Nayland SFK

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Royal Navy vessels at sea HMS Pomone. George is recorded as a member of crew single a Lieut aged 31 born Nayland SFK

George married Beatrice Carrie Bedford KENYON [554], daughter of Edmund Peel Bedford KENYON [555] and Isabella [9592], on 26 May 1909 in St Leonards Aldrington. Beatrice was born about 1877 in New Zealand and died on 5 Dec 1936 in Weybread Lodge Suffolk aged about 59.

General Notes:
Hand - Kenyon : On the 26th May at St Leonards Aldrington, by the Rev E Morgan, George Edward Basil Hand, Lieut. Royal Navy, of Banff, eldest son of Admiral Hand J.P. of Chiswick, to Beatrice Bedford Kenyon, third daughter of Edmond Peel Bedford Kenyon, Esq., Barrister-at-Law of Hove.

All Beatrice's siblings in the 1901 Census are recorded as born in NZ, her father was a barrister & Dunedin.

Beatrice C B Hand
Birth Date: abt 1878
Date of Registration: Dec 1936
Age at Death: 58
Registration district: Hartismere: Suffolk
Volume: 4a Page: 1103.

Hand Beatrice Cary Bedford of Weybread Lodge Weybread Suffolk widow died 5 December 1936. Probate Norwich 3 March 1937 to Adeline Frances Bedford Kenyon spinster and Zoe Georgina Bedford Hardy (wife of Geoffrey Lancelot Hardy). Effects L8909 14s 5d
National Probate Calendar

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Aldrington SSX. Beatrice is recorded as a daughter single aged 23 born New Zealand

1344. Frederick Harrold HAND [442] (Annie Vanderzee FENN [4]1113, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 14 Mar 1874 in Limerick Ireland and died on 2 Mar 1906 in West Norfolk & Lynn Hospital New Lynn aged 31.

General Notes:
Probate Calendar:
Hand Frederick Harrold of 17 Brook Green Hammersmith MDX who died 2 Mar 1906 at the West Norfolk & Lynn Hospital Kings Lynn NFK. Administration London 10 Apr 1906 to George Weightman Hand retired Rear Admiral R.N. Effects L1463 9s 1d

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, The Castle Dedham ESS. Frederick is recorded as a son aged 17 scholar born Ireland

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Hammersmith LND. Frederick is recorded as a son single aged 27 a medical student born Limerick Ireland

1345. Rt Rev George Sumner HAND [443] (Annie Vanderzee FENN [4]1113, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1880 in Midhurst SSX, was christened on 24 Sep 1880 in St Denis Midhurst SSX, and died on 26 Jul 1945 in St Kitts Leward Is Carribean aged about 65. The cause of his death was heart failure.

General Notes:
MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: "Fives", going to theatres
MY IDEA OF MISERY: Going to the dentist
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION: Getting photographs of places I have been to
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER: Violet, Carnation
MY FAVOURITE POETS: Shakespear & Longfellow
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS: M Rider, Haggard, Valentine
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER: Sir Joshua Reynolds & Miss Yonge
MY FAVOURITE FOOD: Chocolate, cocoa, sponge cake
MY FAVOURITE NAMES: Dorothy Catherine Lillian
MY PET AVERSION: Being jawed
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO:"Early to bed and early to rise etc"

Hand: Rev George Sumner, M.A. (rector of St Lawrence and vicar of St Gregory) St Lawrence's Rectory - Mill Hill road.
Kelly's 1916 Norfolk Directory.

George was consecrated bishop of Leeward Is & Antigua at St Pauls Cathedral 1937. He was an adherent to the High Church Anglo Catholic tradition of the Anglican Church.

George did not marry and it appears his flock was his family. A wonderful example of this has been found through Veronica Dyde, who was born in Antigua and whose father greatly benefited from George's kindness. She writes:
"My father, T G Josiah Joseph was born in the village of Seatons on the island of Antigua in 1910. As a boy he was spotted by the Rector of St Phillip's Church, the Reverend George Hand who, when he became Dean, took Josiah to live with him at the Deanery in St. John's and took responsibility for his schooling. His kindness extended to sending Josiah as a young man to the Ontario Business College in Canada, where he qualified as an accountant. Bishop Hand had wanted my father to enter the priesthood, but readily acceded to his desire to enter the business world.
When Bishop Hand retired he wanted to bequeath father a portion of his wealth, but the latter refused saying that he had already been bequeathed of something with far more value. However, upon the Bishop's insistence, my father accepted the sum of L50 which he said would enable him one day to start his own business. And this is exactly what he did, after some years of gaining experience as an accountant with various companies in St. John's. My father also agreed to accept some of Bishop Hand's family silver, with the remainder being distributed among other Antiguans whom Bishop Hand had helped. In 1941 my father married Enid Grey, a teacher from St Kitts, in Antigua where I was born and raised."
Ref: H V Dyde. 2015
T G Josiah Joseph made much of the opportunity given him by George Hand, he returned to Antigua and worked as an accountant, including to the Antigua Electric Light Co, was a founding director of the Antigua Commercial Bank and adviser to members of the Antigua Government and its Prime Minister. A man of high standards commercially and ethically, Josiah's views were not always welcomed by those in power, but his good shone through and he became widely respected by all. There can be little doubt that George Hand was well pleased with his protege, it might be said that some of the nobility Josiah displayed in his life was perhaps a reflection of his mentor.
Ref: E. L. Fenn from information provided by H.V. Dyde

George is recorded as arriving London 4 Jun 1932 on SS Ingria from Denerera, Guyana. He is described as the Dean of Antigua, he gave his address as the Church Imperial Club, Westminster.
Also recorded arriving London 9 Jun 1937 on SS Inanda from St Kitts with his Clerk Maurice Daniel. He was described as the Dean of Antigua he gave his address as Royal Empire Club, Northumberland Ave.
Ref: Anthony Turreff

The Times 31 December 1932 pg 13 col C.
To the Editor of The Times
Sir, Will you kindly allowed me space in your columns to make a few observations regarding the early history of the British Empire which are of special interest at the present time? This year marks the tercentenary of the British occupation of the island of Antigua, headquarters of the Leeward Islands, the oldest colony of the British Empire, for it was in 1632 that Edward Warner, the son of the famous Thomas Warner, who had settled nine years before (1623) in the neighbouring island of St Kitts, and so gave birth to the British Empire, landed and settled in Antigua.
To mark this historical event it is proposed to build and endow an industrial school in Antigua to enable the youth of that island to become better equipped to take their part in its future destinies. The present condition of the island is an anxious one. In addition to the economic depression, which the island shares with the rest of the world, but constant droughts to which the island is subject and the uncertain price of sugar (the industry upon which the community almost entirely depends for its livelihood) render the standard of living among the masses a very precarious one, indeed, at times on the level of starvation. But this unhappy state of affairs is accentuated by the fact that our people, through lack of proper training, are unable to render such efficient service to the community as would otherwise be the case, for they are intelligent and only lack practical knowledge. We are strongly of the opinion that had there existed in the island during the past few years an industrial school, well-equipped and efficiently staffed, which provided training in agricultural science, craftsmanship, and domestic science, the present position of the island would be very different. It is therefore, of primary importance for the future of the community that provision should be made, and made before it is too late, to enable our people to turn the material at their disposal to better use. This is rendered even more necessary and urgent by the fact that the doors of America, which formerly were open and taken advantage of by the more ambitious and intelligent among the people, are now closed. This means, of course, that the population of the island's will steadily increase, and ways and means must be found to enable them to earn a livelihood. The existence of an industrial school would enable our island to become more self-supporting, and therefore less likely to be a burden on the Home Country.
This movement has the sympathy and support of his Excellency the Governor, and of the Archbishop of the West Indies. The appeal is for L17, 000, or 4 million pennies. Are there 1000 people in England who would be willing to raise L17,000 or 4 million pence? I shall be glad to know of anyone who would help in this way. Cheques and postal orders,&c., marked "Antigua Industrial School" may be sent to Mr P E Couratin, 27 Uffington Rd, West Norwood, SE 27.
Believe me, Sir, yours faithfully,
George S. Hand
Dean of Antigua.

GEORGE SUMNER HAND: Eighth Bishop of Antigua (1937 - 1943).
At the Electoral Synod held in January, 1937 the Very Rev G.S. Hand, who was then Rector of St John's and Dean of Antigua, was elected as a successor to Archbishop Hutson in the See of Antigua. Bishop Hand was consecrated in St Paul's Cathedral, London, on 29 June, 1937 at the same time as Dr Alan Knight who was to be Bishop of Guiana, of whom Bishop Hand prophetically remarked "He is a good man and will go a long way". The enthronement in his cathedral took place in November of that same year.
Before coming to Antigua Father Hand was Rector of St Lawrence and St Gregory in Norwich, and General Secretary of the Antigua Association. Writing in the Association's Quarterly Leaflet in April, 1923, the Archbishop said:
"Father Hand has volunteered to come out to us and we are expecting him at the end of May if all goes well. I appreciate this more than I can express . . . . . I want to thank Fr Hand for what he has done for us in England. I think he has done wonderfully, and we are ready to give him a warm welcome at the front."
On his arrival in the Diocese he was given the cure of St Philip's Parish, Antigua, which had been without a priest for some time. He was, it was said, the right man at the right time and his missionary zeal resulted in an upsurge of religious consciousness in the Parish, and indeed in the whole Diocese, because he was largely instrumental in having a Mission preached in 1928 under the able leadership of Father Hart of the Mirfield Fathers.
Then in 1926 the Diocesan Synod at its meeting in Dominica invited him to undertake an appeal in England for a capital sum of L12,000 to be used as the nucleus of the Diocesan Central Fund which the Synod had inaugurated. The magnitude of this task was fully appreciated by the devoted priest. In writing to the General Secretary of the Antigua Association, Mr Hand said:
"I am afraid I have a strenuous task before me . . . . . I am at your disposal from the middle of May to the beginning of October. If you can get every Sunday and weekday filled up I shall be only too delighted." And he ends his letter with these words, so typical of the man:
"the Synod kindly offered to pay my expenses out of the money raised, but I declined their kind offer so that every penny raised can go straight to the Funds of the Antigua Association, earmarked "Capital Fund".
He came to the Cathedral in 1930 after the retirement of Dean Sheppard and continued as Dean until 1943 when he appointed the Rector of St John's the Rev G.S. Baker, to succeed him.
The new Bishop had just settled down to his work as Diocesan when World War II broke casting a heavy shadow over the whole world and adding considerably to his anxieties and difficulties. Supplies from England and other places were short; correspondence was delayed and travelling to the various Islands of his Diocese was difficult and the opportunities few. It was under such circumstances that Bishop Hand showed the qualities of leadership which he possessed, by challenging sermons which he preached in the Cathedral and elsewhere and by the diligence with which under personal discomfort and danger he travelled from Island to Island, anxious to be in touch with his people, to share their difficulties and dangers and bringing to them a message of inspiration and hope through deepening their confidence and faith in God.
The Centenary of the diocese took place during his term of office, and with much enthusiasm the Bishop threw himself into the preparations for a celebration. This involved much correspondence, much writing, many lists and much work to raise the Centenary Building Fund which was to help to put the diocese on a sounder financial footing. Among the fundraising efforts was the publication of a Centenary Calendar and of a booklet, The Story of the Cathedral, which has been one of the sources from which the writer of this book has drawn freely.
As a man, Bishop Hand was keenly interested in the social problems of the community in which he worked, and in the education of the youth; and the interest extended beyond the narrow limits of his own flock. And this interest was not merely academic; many a young man in the island of Antigua owes his opportunity for education to this generous man who dispensed his liberality without fanfare. He was instrumental in building and furnishing the Domestic Centre which was attached to the Bishop Mather Schoolroom and presenting it to the Government of Antigua - the first of its kind in the Island, and for the establishment of a junior school at St Johnston's Village, Antigua.
After the hurricane of 1928, he took into his Rectory at St Philip many of the children whose homes had been wrecked, housed and fed them until they could be resettled. The Moyne Commission visited the Islands in 1938 to investigate the causes of the disturbances which had recently taken place throughout the British West Indies. Among the persons who gave evidence before the commission was Bishop Hand himself and the burden of his evidence was that the people were not asking for Charity but for Justice.
Towards the end of 1943 he realised that the war was drawing to a close after which there would, of necessity, have to be a period of reconstruction. He considered that a younger man should be Bishop to undertake such work and he wanted his successor to become acquainted with the work of the Diocese before the next meeting of the Lambeth Conference and therefore decided he would retire. His last sermon as Bishop of the Diocese was preached in the Cathedral at the Watch Night Service on 31 December, 1943 and after giving the blessing he placed his Pastoral Staff on the High Altar, as a token that he was giving up his office to God, and immediately left the cathedral.
For a few months he was in charge of St Mary's parish, Antigua and then became Archdeacon of St Kitts and Priest-in-Charge of St George's, St Kitts. On 26 July, 1945, one year and one day after the consecration of his successor, he had a heart attack and passed away
He had given himself and all that he had freely and willingly to the service of God in the Diocese. Those who knew him will never forget his dominant personality and the dynamic power of his preaching. Others will recall his deep spirituality and the sincerity of his addresses at Quiet Days and Retreats.
Ref : By S.E. Anoorathasingham. From THREE HUNDRED YEARS OF WITNESS, by G.S. Baker O.B.E., M.A, Dean Emeritus of Antigua

Bishops Consecrated - by the Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's Cathedral . . . . . The Very Rev George Sumner Hand (Dean of St John's Cathedral, Antigua) consecrated bishop of Antigua.
Ref: Yorkshire Post 30 June 1937.

The Times 2 Aug 1945
The Right Rev. G. S: Hand, Bishop of Antigua from 1937 to 1943, died in hospital at St. Kitts, B.W.I., on July 26.
George Sumner Hand, born in 1880, son of the late Rear Admiral G. W. Hand, was educated at Bloxham and at St. John's College, Oxford. After training at Ely Theological College he was ordained in 1903 and went to All Saints, King's Lynn, as curate. Five years later he became curate of North Creake and was appointed chaplain to the Bishop of Thetford. From 1911 to 1913 he served as curate of Thorpe Hamlet, and he was rector of St. Lawrence with St. Gregory, Norwich, from 1913 to 1923, when he went to Antigua to become rector of St. Philip's.
In 1930 he was appointed Dean of St. John's Cathedral, Antigua, which he continued to be until he was consecrated Bishop of Antigua in 1937. In 1943 he resigned the bishopric but continued active work for the Church as Arch-deacon of St. Kitts-Nevis.
With other clergy Bishop Hand was shipwrecked in July, 1944. The clergy were on their way in the motor yacht Romaris to attend the enthronement of the new Bishop, when the yacht was wrecked off Sandy Island at the entrance to St. John Harbour. They were rescued and landed in time to take part in the ceremony.
The Times.
2 Aug 1945.

Hand. On July 26, 1945 in hospital at St Kitts BWI. The right Rev George Sumner Hand M.A. Bishop of Antigua 1937-1943 and rector of St Lawrence and St Gregory Norwich 1913 - 1923.
Andrews newspapers cards - Ancestry.

Hand George Sumner of Basseterre St Kitts died 28 July 1945 at the Cunningham Hospital Basseterre. Probate Norwich 12 October 1948 to Hubert Charles Dinzey merchant. Effects L4377 9s 8d.
National Probate calendar.

The Times.
Memorial Services.
Hand - a Requiem for Bishop George Sumner Hand, formerly Bishop of Antigua, will be sung in Bloxham School Chapel on Friday, October 26, at 11:15 am. The 9:10 am train from Paddington will be met at Banbury if notice is given by October 25 to the headmaster, Bloxham School, near Banbury, Oxon. (Telephone, Bloxham 206)
Ref: H V Dyde 2015

Research Notes:
Image of Bishop courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery London.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, The Castle Dedham ESS. George is recorded as a son aged 10 a scholar born Midhurst

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Hammersmith LND. George S is recorded as a son single aged 20 undergraduate born Midhurst

3. T G Josiah Joseph: Life & Obituary, Photo dated 2005.
Josiah was sponsored by Bishop George Hand who sent him to Canada for an education and supported his carreer. Josiah who trained in accountancy led a distinguished life in Antigua W.I. The letter is a note of congratulations to Josiah and his wife, from the Bishop on the birth of his daughter Sonia in 1942. It reads:
19 Aug 1942,
My dear Josiah and Enid,
Heartiest congratulations on the birth of your little daughter. May she grow up to be a real blessing to her parents.
A Centenary baby!
Yrs affect
+ George Antigua
Images courtesy of H.V. Dyde

That Josiah exceeded the faith placed in him by George Hand is remembered in an obituary by his son-in-law Brian Dyde at Josiah Joseph's death:
My first meeting with Mr Joseph was in 1973, when I came to Antigua as captain of a ship of the Royal Navy with orders to survey the waters between here and Barbuda. During a visit to the deepwater harbour some weeks after this work had started, and in order to ingratiate myself with one of his daughters I invited him and Mrs Joseph - together with the daughter concerned - on board for dinner. I specified the time of seven o'clock but, having had previous experience of West Indian life and ways, thought I would be lucky if they arrived before half past seven. I have rarely been so badly mistaken. At precisely one minute to seven, while I was still half-dressed, a sailor put his head around the door of my cabin and told me my guests were even then getting out of a car on the quayside. I doubt if Mr Joseph, who became my father-in-law two years later, was ever late for anything in his life, and if punctuality really is the courtesy of princes, then he was indeed a prince - particularly among West Indian men. Thomas Girthwick Josiah Joseph was born in Seatons in 1910. He preferred the third of his Christian names and was known - and as I shall refer to him from now on - as Josiah throughout his life. Had he not chosen this name it is difficult to believe that Thomas Joseph, or heaven forbid, Tom Joseph, would have been quite the same man that we are here to remember today. He was largely self-taught as his schooling at Seatons consisted of little more than a grounding in the three ars. However, while he was still at school he had the great good fortune to become the protégé of a man he revered for the rest of his life, and whose portrait was prominent in every home that Josiah over occupied. This was the Reverend George Sumner Hand, then the rector of St Philip's church, who later became dean of this cathedral and subsequently Bishop of Antigua. Throughout his later boyhood and early manhood Josiah remained very close to George Hand, and the character and attributes we recall today owe a great deal to the mentorship of that most excellent and generous priest. Generous, because he had singled out Josiah as a suitable candidate for ordination and a career in the Church, but when his protege rejected this in favour of the life of a businessman he accepted it without rancour, or any suggestion of withdrawal of the financial support Josiah would need to pursue another career. Considering what might have been, it is not too difficult to imagine Josiah as a man of the cloth, but perhaps more readily as the Reverend Thomas Joseph, or better still Father Tom Joseph. But this was not to be and in his twenties, and with the assistance of by this time Dean Hand, Josiah went to study accountancy at the Ontario Business College. Returning home after his graduation he worked in the firm of Hope-Ross for a while until, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, he obtained a job for which he was ideally suited. This was as the accountant of the Antigua Electric Light Company, the forerunner of the present APUA. Josiah married his beloved wife Enid in 1941 and all went well with work and family until 1951, when the Electric Light Company was nationalised. By this time Josiah was 41 years old. He was afraid of no man, white or black. He had long since set the standards he expected of those in public life. He had no hesitation in speaking his mind, and he had strong views on political and public affairs. These were noble attributes which remained with him for the rest of his life, but in 1951 they were too much for the government of the day to stomach, and, as an act of pure political malice, he was dismissed from the position in the Electric Light Company which he had filled with probity and honour for the previous decade.
He had enough strength of character to turn this misfortune into good, and the famous Nook was opened alongside his house in St Mary's Street later the same year. He and his beloved Enid, ably assisted by their daughters (their brother being too young to take part) ran the place successfully for the next sixteen years. So successfully indeed that after the business was sold in 1967 Josiah was able to enjoy a period of retirement which came to an end only last week. He retired to a house in Paradise View, where he remained until not too long after Enid died in 1986.
While the years between the opening and the selling of the Nook were successful they were not without incident, In the late 1950s, the malice of the government of the day knowing no bounds, an attempt was made to burn down both the ice-cream parlour and the family home to which it was attached. However, such was the stupidity of the arsonists employed that they couldn't even find the right house, and instead set fire to a neighbouring house, which belonged to a Doctor Joseph who was no relation. Although most unfortunate for the good doctor, who lost a perfectly good home, it did nothing to decrease the sales of ice-cream. This was just as well, as the leader of the government of the day, the man who must have ordered the arson, or at least given tacit approval to those who planned it, also enjoyed the flavour. On numerous occasions in the 1960s Josiah took great pleasure in pretending not to recognize a certain car which would park in St Mary's Street, some distance away from the Nook, or the shamefaced minion who then came in to buy a quart for his master. The true nobility of Josiah was displayed much later, when he was living in retirement at Paradise View, and the same leader used to pay him regular evening visits in order to seek his unbiased advice on various political matters. Despite being asked, by me if no-one else, Josiah refused to disclose the substance of their talks, and now that both men are dead no-one will ever know what transpired between them.
Josiah had no false ideals concerning race or class, and was just as willing to help the man-in-the-street as he was the country's prime minister. In 1955 he was a founding director of the Antigua Commercial Bank - the "Penny Bank" established to provide a service for the less well-off members of society. Once again, he was ideally suited to the job, being astute with figures and scrupulously honest. He remained a director until forced to resign on grounds of age in 1980. His one regret was that, due to nothing more than petty-mindedness on the part of his fellow-directors, he was not allowed to continue to sit on the board for a few months after his 70th birthday in order to complete twenty-five years of service, Following Enid's death in 1986 he moved to Montserrat to live with my wife and myself, but in 1994 decided to move to live with his youngest daughter and her family in Bermuda. As one would expect of Josiah, in both of these islands, just as in Antigua, he established a wide network of friends, black, white and every shade in between, and was treated with great respect and affection. To give one example of his outstanding ability to get on with anyone, amongst those who visited him regularly in Bermuda were two Jehovah's Witnesses '97whom he welcomed not because he had an intention of ever leaving the Anglican Church, but because they were equally keen students of the Bible, and were able to give him quotation for quotation. Before ending I must also mention a couple of Josiah's other attributes. He loved gardening and had green fingers, something he has passed on to at least two of his daughters. Throughout his life and wherever he lived he grew fruit and vegetables. The profit from the sale of these in his earlier years was turned to great use when it came to the opening of The Nook. He was also a skilful self-taught harmonica player, and he spent many a happy hour, particularly in Bermuda, playing the mouth-organ. As I have said Josiah was largely self-educated. He achieved this mainly from books. He read extensively throughout his life, his eyesight '97 along with all his other senses '97 remaining intact to the end, and as a result he was always ready with an apt or pithy quotation to fit any situation. One of his favourites was drawn from an obscure Hebrew prophet known as Nahum of Gonzo, and often used with regard to any family set-back or misfortune: "this also is for the good". I am quite sure that the Almighty, whom Josiah worshipped faithfully throughout his life - and he attended church as usual the Sunday before his death - I am quite sure the Almighty, when He reviews Josiah's life, can't fail to say "this also is for the good".
B. Dyde R.N.


1346. Margaret Rosa Katherine HAND [19] (Annie Vanderzee FENN [4]1113, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1883 in Dedham ESS, was christened on 25 Sep 1883 in St Mary Dedham ESS, died on 22 Jul 1959 in Hyekem Hall LIN aged 76, and was cremated on 25 Jul 1959 in Grimsby.

General Notes:
Margaret was unmarried.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, The Castle Dedham ESS. Margaret is recorded as Catherine a daughter aged 7 born Dedham

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Hammersmith LND. Margaret is recorded as a daughter single aged 17 born Dedham

1347. Henry George (Harry) HAND [444] (Annie Vanderzee FENN [4]1113, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in Oct 1885 in Dedham ESS, was christened on 6 Dec 1885 in St Mary Dedham ESS, and died on 28 Jun 1931 in Hospital St Pierre Calais France aged 45.

General Notes:
Harry was a Chartered Accountant.
1 Courage
2 Courage
1 At the theatre
2 Travelling
1 Going to the Dentists
2 Having toothache
1 Bird's nesting
2 Bird's nesting
1 Grey
2 Pink grey light blue
1 Rose sweet pea
2 Rose sweet pea
1 Tennyson Rudyard Kipling
2 Tennyson Rudyard Kipling
1 Henty, Wilkie Collins
2 Jerome K Jerome, Conan Doyle
1 Landseer Cooper Leader Goodall
2 Landseer Cooper Leader Goodall
1 Roast beef
2 Roast beef
1 Dorothy Charles
2 Cyril Cecil Dick Dorothy
1 Snakes
2 Writing letters
1 Nothing venture nothing have
2 Honi soit que mal y pense

6 November 1924.
Birth year1885
Departure year1924
Departure day6
Departure month11
Departure portLONDON
Destination portSYDNEY
StateNew South Wales
Ship official number145419
Ship master's nameT C E DAYAS
Ship square feet24682
Ship registered tonnage8003
Number of passengers1071
Record setPassenger Lists leaving UK 1890-1960

Birth year1886
Death year1931-35
Record sourceGRO Consular Death Indices (1849 to 1965)
Year range1931-1935
Record setBritish nationals died overseas 1818-2005
CategoryLife Events (BDMs)
Record collectionDeaths & burials
Collections fromUnited Kingdom

Hand Henry George of Weybread Lodge Diss Norfolk died 28 June 1931 at Hospital St Pierre Calais France Administration London 21 August to Margaret Rose Katharine Hand spinster
Effects L1243 2s 11d.
Ref: National Probate Calendar.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, The Castle Dedham ESS. Henry is recorded as a son aged 6 born Dedham ESS

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Arnold Hse Hove SSX. Henry is recorded as Harry a boarder (at school) single aged 15 scholar born Dedham ESS

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, 33 Burlington Gardens Chiswick LND. Henry George was recorded as a son single aged 25 a chartered accountant born Dedham ESS

1348. Kenneth COTES [485] (Isabella Frances Louisa FENN [6]1114, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born about 1875 and died in Infancy.

1349. Dorothy Eleanore Digby "Dolly" COTES [486] (Isabella Frances Louisa FENN [6]1114, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 20 Mar 1877 in Karachi India, was christened on 25 Apr 1877 in Karachi India India, died on 6 Dec 1962 in St Marys Convent Chiswick LND aged 85, and was buried on 11 Dec 1962 in Lanteglos by Fowey CON. The cause of her death was pneumonia. She was usually called Dolly.

General Notes:
Dorothy Eleonore Digby Cotes
Baptism year1877
Birth year1877
MotherIsabella Frances Louisa
FatherDigby Henry Cotes
Baptism date25 Apr 1877
Birth date20 Mar 1877
Archive referenceN-3-51
Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bombay, 1709-1948.

Dolly is believed in her youth to have possessed a Victorian "Album of Confessions" autograph book given to her by her mother. In it she recorded the "Confessions" of her many cousins, a glimpse into Victorian teenagers. This book is in the possession of Adrian Hopkins (2006)

MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: Doing what I like and bathing
MY IDEA OF MISERY: Tooth ache & practising Going to school
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION: Tennis boating cricket
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER: Roses camellias lilac lilies
MY FAVOURITE POETS: Milton Longfellow A Proctor
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS: Rider, Haggard, Miss Yonge
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER: Vicat Cole, Lin F Leighton
MY FAVOURITE FOOD: Strawberries & cream apricots
MY FAVOURITE NAMES: Ethel Elsie Harry Cyril
MY PET AVERSION: Cold potatoes Parnell, O'Brien

1 Mt Ararat Road
Dear old Hawar
Thank you so much for the stamps you sent me, I was so delighted with them. 14 I had not got but the rest will come in nicely for swaps - I am sending you some postmarks, what do you do with them? I have not been to school for a whole week because I had a horrid tooth ache, so instead I have to take the most disgusting medicine. I can't think of anything to say as mother has told you all the news the other day Baa was to have a great treat - Miss Annie Proctor told him that if he was very good he should sail his boat in the Vicar's Bath - just fancy! On Sundays now as it is too cold to go in the Vicarage garden they assemble indoors and sing hymns - I have not been present at one of these performances yet - I am dying to see Sequa - nice man - he seems to be a great favourite here - I will send you some more stamps if you think you can swap them.
Your loving Dolly
October 27 (1890)
Written on two sides of a sheet of notepaper

1 Mt Ararat
October 15th, 1893
Dear Vandy,
I am so glad to see from the letter that you wrote to Linnie that you like your school so much - you seem to have a lovely lot of holidays. It is so warm today quite hot in fact - the Vicar is away, and we had Mr Booth to preach this morning. The Vicar has gone to Eastbourne with the Miss Proctors for three weeks, though he says that he does not like holidays, they always make him ill - I have not heard from Harry this term, though I wrote to him some time ago - I expect that I shall have a letter tomorrow - we were expecting Harold Hand over this Sunday, but he has not turned up, and we have given him up. Yesterday Aunt Isabella and I went over to Wimbledon to see Aunt Lucy. Of course the three boys are away, so Kitty was the only one at home - we had writing games all the time. I did not see Charlie while he was here - he came up one day with Jack, but I was out. Rees writes the most comical letters. The spelling is wonderful and he writes very often Aunt Lucy says. He said once that he was " joyful" oh quite as happy as it home, and also that the hose keeper (house - keeper) was very kind to him - it must be quite a puzzle to read the letters - E Lewes is at Yarmouth by himself, and one day he wrote a letter assisted by Cyril. Think what the spelling must have been, if Cyril had anything to do with it. The harvest festival here was last Tuesday week. The church was rather prettily decorated
Arthur Dudley has grown such a big boy - we saw him in the Post Office a little while ago - the Bateman's are well. Guy has had influenza rather badly, and went down to Brighton with Mr and Mrs Bateman and Laura to get some sea air. The Hopkins and Guy came to have some games in the park sometime ago. We had a lovely hide and seek amongst the break. Guy and I were never found, though the seekers stamped on Guys toe,
With best love from Aunt Isabella and myself
From your loving cousin
P.S. I never told you that I went down to Hearn Bay at the end of the holidays for eleven days without mother - was it not a wonderful event?
You remember Hearn Bay don't you when you went with Nancy and Baa, I have just remembered you were not there with them, but you went down before school began some time ago did you not? We had great fun it was too cold to bathe, but we took long walks on the cliffs, and played tennis, and had a great deal of whist in the evenings - sometimes till 11 o'clock! Mother was shocked when I told her - there was splendid sea-fishing and my cousin Willie Coates the one who Charlie is with in London now, offered to take me out sailing and fishing, but I was too bad a sailor to venture. One day some friends of his went out, and caught over 400 fish, tabs, whiting, re, in a few hours, was not that splendid? I should like to have gone if it had not been the sea! We used to listen to the niggers too, and 3 men with black masks on, who sang and played beautifully.
I believe that Mr Edgar is going to leave Temple Grove next term, and Mr Alan will take his place. Then Victor Crump is going to Temple Grove to his great delight - I think that he was very sorry when you left.
Written on 7 sides of 2 sheets of letter paper folded in half

23 Sept /41
New address is
96 Southbourne Rd
Dear Harry
Amazingly early though it is I suppose the Christmas mail will be going soon. Let's hope it won't go to the bottom of the sea! All good wishes to you and the family - in the snapshot you sent me, Edward Liveing looks very bonny - he must be a great interest to you both. I am very busy packing up - I give up this flat on the 29th inst store the furniture, and am taking a room in Boscombe, or rather Southbourne, till we see what happens. It is very tiresome having to move about in wartime, but if I stayed on here I should be a rheumatic cripple. Mother loathed the Cheltenham climate, and apparently it affects me the same way but I am sorry about it because of my Aunt, who I came to be near, also moving is a big expense and I have all these years, only moved to Fowey and Boscombe. Alston Court had the military for a time and is now empty I hear - Adria is still in Cheltenham and I hope will stay here. Ailwyn is also here - R.C's generally hang together, Aunt Bertha is near Olive at Eastbourne, but finds it very cold and thinks now Boscombe!! She was bombed out of her London flat. I had quite a shock when I was in town having heard nothing about it I went to call on her she had gone, with her furniture and the porter took me round to see the damage. Aunt B was not hurt. Surrounded by smashed glass. She was plucky - the people in London are perfectly magnificent. I had not been up since last year till I went up last June and I never heard one grouse. Even from people who had lost everything. I went to see the Todd's - they looked very fit, Grace wrote and told me she had just had her 80th birthday1! I had a nice little stay with Muriel Julius in the spring in Cornwall we . . . . . Remainder of the letter is missing.
On the front page is the closing.
"had quite exciting nights! Love and best wishes for Xmas, again. Your affectionate Cousin Dolly" and a letter head "Readymoney Kennels, Readymoney, Fowey, Cornwall". struck out with the note. "Jack's & my paper comes in useful now!"
All written on two pages of letter paper

23B Hamilton Rd
Dear Alston
I was so pleased to hear from you I was only thinking of you the other day - but it was ages since I had heard. But I am very bad at writing these days so I ought not to expect it!
When Cyril and I had nothing better to do, we used to walk over to Studland, to see Gt Uncle George's grave! Mother used to stay at Studland quite a lot when two Smythies were young - Miss Smythies married Gt Uncle George for her second husband. I did not know Edith Nugee was still alive. I remember so well mother taking me up to see Bishop Smythies consecrate Bishop Hornby it was at St Paul's Cathedral and Bishop Smythies insisted that mother should take me to the lunch which followed the consecration and I had the seat of honour between the two bishops. I was very small but I quite enjoyed the honour! - Hope I behaved properly. Adria is going up to Scotland for her holiday. Rather bad just at the festival but she has evidently got rooms and Edinburgh is always lovely - she ought to see it. A good thing you have a big house I have always loved every bit of it. Mother and I used to go down in August every year for my summer holiday and did'nt I love it. I have got a large picture of Great Grandmother too, she certainly looks very forbidding you'd better have it when you're I'm gone - anything else you like including Grandfather's picture of Dieppe Castle if I have not sold it!
Much love to you both and to Olive.
Your affectionate cousin
D Cotes
Written on 2 sides of a piece of note paper with the closing squeezed in on the top of the front page. Attached was a Family Tree of the descendants of George Alston & Isabella Smythies.

Dolly was cared for in her last years at her cousin Josephine's convent, at Chiswick London.

Death Notice : COTES - On 6th Dec 1962, at St Marys Convent and Guest House Chiswick, Dorothy Elenore Digby Cotes, wife of the late John Charles Cecil Cotes, of Fowey. Funeral at Lanteglos-by-Fowey, on Tuesday 11th December at 10.30 am.

Adria Fenn in a letter to her brother Harry (7 th Dec 1962) on the occasion of Dolly's death says she is buried with Aunt Isabella and Jack Cotes at the beautiful but remote Cornish village of Lanteglos (Highway)

Sparling Benham and Brough,
3 West Stockwell Street
24 April 1963
Mrs D.E.D. Cotes deceased
Dear Mr Fenn
Thank you for your letter of the 16th instant. I confirm that I have been instructed by Westminster Bank Ltd, the sole executor of the late Mrs Cotes will, Mrs Cotes having died on 6 December 1962 her will having been proved recently in the Ipswich District Probate Registry
I received a letter a short time ago from the bank asking me to write to the various beneficiaries, and I was just about to write to your son and your daughter informing them of the money bequeathed to them under the will.
The particular paragraph under which your two children benefit reads as follows;
(5)" I give free of any duty is some equivalent to the net proceeds of sale of the ground rents of my leasehold properties in Upper Norwood London SE19 now under contract for sale to be divided as to one third share thereof to my cousin Edith Nancy Alston Hadwen of 10 Bathgate Road Wimbledon SW19 as to one third share thereof to my cousin Adria Margaret Fenn of 17 College Road Cheltenham in the County of Gloucester and as to the remaining one third share thereof to be divided equally between my cousins Edward Liveing Fenn and Katharine Julius Fenn both of Hadlow Number 4RD Timaru New Zealand or the survivor of them. Provided nevertheless that if my said cousins Edith Nancy Alston Hadwen or my said cousin Adria Margaret Fenn shall die in my lifetime then and in that event the share of the legacy as aforesaid shall be given to such cousin shall be divided equally between the said Edward Liveing Fenn and the said Katharine Julius Fenn or the survivor of them."
The four named persons to benefit under this paragraph of the will are in fact alive, and your son and your daughter will each receive one half of one third share in the net proceeds of the sale, and the ground rent which amounted to L5825 3s 3d i.e. they will each receive L970 17s 2p I believe your daughter is under the age of twenty-one and the bank has asked me in the event of any of the beneficiaries being under 21 to let them have sight of such beneficiaries Birth Certificate for purposes of the records and perhaps to save postage your son could bring a copy of the Birth Certificate to England when he comes. I should be grateful also if you will confirm that their Christian names are in fact correctly shown and spelt in the will.
I should be very pleased to meet your son and can certainly make all the necessary arrangements for him to receive his legacy whilst he is in England, and if he likes to drop me a line and let me know what arrangements he wishes me to make I will carry out his instructions.
I was very interested indeed to learn of your old connection with my family in Colchester. Gurney Benham whose book you still have, was my grandfather, my father, having practised for many years in Colchester, died last July, my Brother and I now helping to carry on his practice. The Essex County Standard is managed by my step uncle, so the family still take a fairly active part in the town's life.
With kind regards,
Yours sincerely,
Peter Benham.
Written on an Air Letter.

Cotes Dorothy Eleonore Digby of St Mary's Convent Guest House Burlington Lane Chiswick London W4 widow died 6 December 1962. Probate Ipswich 27 February 1963 to Westminster Bank Ltd. Effects L21,240 8s 2d
National Probate Calendar.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 1 Mt Ararat Rd Richmond SRY. Dorothy is recorded as a daughter aged 14 born India (British Subject)

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, 1 Mt Ararat Rd Richmond SRY. Dorothy is recorded as a daughter single aged 24 born India

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, 50 Mt Ararat Rd Richmond SRY. Dorothy is recorded as a daughter unmarried aged 34 of private means born in Karachi India.

Dolly married John Charles Cecil "Jack" COTES [487], son of Rev William Eastwick Henry COTES [2061] and Maria Anne MASON [9688], 1 Qtr 1925 in Reg Christchurch HAM. Jack was born Mar Qtr 1890, died on 23 Mar 1925 in Beach Cottage Fowey CON aged 35, and was buried in Lanteglos by Fowey CON. The cause of his death was was heart failure after influenza. He was usually called Jack.

General Notes:
1890 Birth: March quarter, Fulham 1a 187 - COTES John Charles C.

25 Mar 1925
COTES: On the 23rd March, suddenly after heart failure after influenza. JOHN CHARLES CECIL, (Jack), late R.N.A.S. of Beach Cottage, Fowey. Dearly beloved husband of DOROTHY COTES and only beloved son of the Rev. W. Eastwick and Mrs. Coles, of Point Neptune. Fowey. R.I.P. Foreign and Colonial papers, please copy.

Jack may have kept a kennels called Readymoney Kennels, at Readymoney Fowey, his wife Dolly writes to Harry 23 Sept 1941 on paper with that letterhead, saying Jack's & my paper comes in useful now (wartime).

Research Notes:
A coincidence of Cotes marrying Cotes.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, St Pancras London. John is recorded as a son aged 1 born Hammersmith LON

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Stone House St Peters Broadstairs KEN. John is recorded as a pupil at Stone House aged 11 born London

3. Census: England, 2 Apr 1911, 40 Portland Plce W St Marylebone LND. John Charles Cecil is recorded as a son aged 21 unmarried a clergymans son reading for Law born hammersmith MDX

1350. Dr Charles Edward "Charlie" FENN [18] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D. [3]1115, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 23 Sep 1873 in Richmond SRY, died on 30 Apr 1947 in 8 Priory Rd Kew London. aged 73, and was buried on 5 May 1947 in Richmond Cemetery. The cause of his death was heart failure. He was usually called Charlie.

General Notes:
Charlie was educated at Haileybury College 1887.3 to 1890.3, Graduating Durham University, M.B. 1898. M.R.C.S. 1898, L.R.C.P. 1898 then Kings College London 1902. He was a House Surgeon at Worcester and Colchester Hospitals. He then moved to London where as a junior partner he resided at 34 Streatham Hill (existing 2003 near to the Christchurch Rd. intersection), in practice as Fuller Drake & Fenn. He moved on to 1 Leigham Ave, Streatham (a large house on 2 acres now demolished 2003), as senior partner of Fenn & Hudson, then retired.
Served in the R.A.M.C. WW I Capt, as a surgeon, stationed Sailsbury Plain. Retired early due to poor health to the Rosaries Dedham (next door to Castle House), then to Polstead (the New/Old house) followed by a further move to a small house without staff in Worthing as Charlie lost money in the Wall St crash. Nancy did the last three years of High School here.
After several further moves, Charlie then inherited Alston Court after the death of Edith Fenn in 1938, they let the property before moving in, in 1942. War time conditions made living at Alston Court very difficult and in 1943 Charlie and Edith moved to 8 Priory Rd. Kew London after selling to Alston Fenn.

Haileybury Register 1887.3
Fenn, Dr Charles Edward, M.D.,b. 23 Sept. 73, s. of E. L. Fenn, M.D. C87.3-91.2. D. at Kew, Sy.,30 Apr., 47.

MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: Going to a theatre
MY IDEA OF MISERY: Going to school
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION: Boating swimming tennis
MY FAVOURITE COLOUR: Red rose lily of the valley
MY FAVOURITE FLOWER: Pink heliotrope
MY FAVOURITE POETS: Milton Tennyson Hood
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS: Miss Braddon, Rider Haggard.
MY FAVOURITE PAINTER: Vicat Cole Solomon J Solomon
MY FAVOURITE FOOD: Turky Ices Curry Goose Tipsy cake
MY FAVOURITE NAMES: Jack Dorothy Charlie Cyril Harry
MY PET AVERSION: Bread & butter pudding
MY FAVOURITE MOTTO: Never put of till tomorrow what may be done today

Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons.
Past examinations: Charles E Fenn, King's College.
The Times 8 August 1893.

Julius Jottings No 5 June 1901.
Charles Edward Fenn has been appointed House Surgeon at the General Infirmary, Worcester.

34 Streatham Hill, SW.
July 3rd 1914
My dear Van,
Just a line to tell you that I am engaged to Miss Ella Shuttleworth, daughter of Dr Shuttleworth, he used to live at Richmond. It was the inevitable result of the Swiss tour in which Ella, Dolly and myself took part.
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn

Fenn-Shuttleworth. On the 14th April, at St Peter's Church, Belsize Park, N.W., by the Very Rev Dr Hackett, Vicar, assisted by the Rev E. V. Fenn (brother of the bridegroom) and the Rev F. H. Lacy, Charles Edward Fenn M.D., of Streatham Hill, eldest son of the late Edward Liveing Fenn, M.D. of Nayland Court, Essex, to Edith Elizabeth (Ella), only daughter of Dr and Mrs Shuttleworth, of Hampstead (formerly of Aancaster House, Richmond Hill).
Ref: Unsourced paper clipping 1915.

1939 Register
Vicarage , Towcester R.D., Northamptonshire, England
Charles E Fenn 23 Sep 1873Married Medical Practitioner Retired

Fenn Dr C E 8 Priory Rd Richmond 5927
Ancestry: London Phone Book 1945/46

Charlies grave reference: Section 13, grave 10075. (London Borough of Richmond on-line burial search)

Charlies Will dated 4 Apr 1946, was proved 15 Aug 1947 for L24,000 Leaves his entire estate to his daughter. Copy on file 2003

Research Notes:
Charlie & Ella were living at 34 Streatham Hill when their daughter was born.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Royal Albert Asylum Scotforth Lancashire. George is recorded as head of house unmarried aged 24 Superintendant of Asylum BA Lon MD MRCS Eng LSA born Edgbaston WAR

2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 1 Portland Tce The Green Richmond SRY. Charlie is recorded as a son, a scholar, aged 7yrs, born Richmond SRY.

3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Haileybury College Lt Amwell Hertfordshire. Charlie is recorded as a pupil aged 17 occupation Student born Richmond SRY

4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Worcester Hospital. Charlie is recorded as a medical Officer aged 27 single employed as a House Surgeon born Richmond SRY

5. Charlie's Schoolboy Letters: To his Brothers, 19 Feb 1889, 27 Mar 1889, 1 Mar., Haileybury College HRT. Haileybury College
Feb 19th 1889
Dear Vandy
Many happy returns of the day I hope you will have a very happy Birthday. As Haileybury is a very bad place for presents I am afraid I must postpone mine till Easter. We have had a great deal of snow lately and it was collected into an enormous heap and then the boys tobogganed down it. Tobogganing is a game in which you get a piece of wood and sit on it and then slide down the hill. Are you learning French now I think you were going to this term. I am sending you a few stamps I hope you will like them but I am afraid they are not very good ones. Last Monday Week we had a splendid snow fight all the boys played in a large field and we attacked and stormed a great many snow forts. Last Saturday we had a football match against a picked team from the Cambridge University and we won. Please give my love to Father, Auntie Polly, Nanny Goat, Cyril and Emperor BAA.
From your loving brother
On notepaper headed with the family crest immobilis.

Haileybury College
Mar 27th (1889)
Dear Harry
Many happy returns of your birthday and I hope you will enjoy it very much. I am very sorry I could not write before but I had no stamps. Are not you glad Oxford won the boat race? I am awfully missing page
Do you know that Aunt Margaret's children and herself have arrived from New Zealand a few days ago. Father has just written to me and says that I am going to leave Haileybury after next term and go to a clergyman in a little village near Hanover in Mecklenling Scharuin so that I will be able to learn modern languages. We will have great fun in the holidays Auntie Polly says I must go in for boating a good deal and it would be very nice if we two could go for little rows up to Kingston and back etc. You must get on with swimming too and then we will always be allowed on the River together. There is only a few more days to the holidays now isn't it nice. Thanks awfully for the stamps you have got for me I think I will buy some in the holidays because I want to get 1000 very much. The influenza he is dying of now . . . . . did Auntie Polly tell you I had been in the Sick House again. There is a disgusting old nurse their who used always to pick her nose. So one day while she was doing it in our room I said to her fellow "What are you consider the most disgusting habit" so he (we had arranged it before) said "Oh I think to pick one's nose" the nurse took the hint and smoked so till she was nearly purple. Anyhow she did not pick her nose in our room again. I have been having a good deal of toothache this term and have been twice to London to have them sent to I have had none out.
Love to Fritz and Alexed?
From your affec/te brother
He's getting a big boy now He's 12 years old And can blow is own nose He's getting a big boy now
I will postpone my present until the holidays when you can choose what you like.
On notepaper headed with the family crest immobilis.

Haileybury College
Mar 1st
Dear Harry
Thanks very much for your letter and the stamps some of them were very good especially the Nova Scotia and the Chinese ones. I added up my stamps yesterday and found that they came to the total of 1312 so I have gained a lot this term next term I am going to get the total up to 1500. Next holidays I am going to buy a very good Album one of Senfs nearly all the stamps are illustrated & it is beautifully bound, it will be a tremendous business to move the stamps into it, but I shall do it gradually. It has been very hot weather here with us. There are a lot of cases of measles in the school about 40 and a few of chickenpox. I went in for a Divinity Prize the examination came off last Saturday next week the lists will be up I hope I get it though I have not much chance as there are several good men in for it. Auntie Ada wrote to me last week and I have written to her has she written to you? When do you come home for the holidays we break up on the 9th of April. I am sending you these stamps as swaps the two St Helena are very good for they are unused. There have been several good paper chases this term. Some fellow fainted in the last one when they came an for it was a very hot day. Afraid I have no more to say.
Love to all both great and small.
Especially Futy & Bertha so tall
From your affect brother
Charlie Crusoe Dick Fancy (?)
A schoolboy signature of sweeps and letters.

6. Charlies Letters: To his Brothers Van & Harry, 19 Feb 1889, 27 Mar 1889, 1 Mar., Haileybury, London, Streatham London. Haileybury College
Mar 27th
Dear Harry
Many Happy returns of your birthday I hope will (sic) have a jolly day. These stamps I am sending you are not of course a present for they would be of no use to you, but I will give you something in the holidays. I break up on April 9th and as you break up on the 10th very likely I shall be able to meet you at Victoria. Vandy is already at home & so he will go back to school when we have been home only for about a week which is rather a pity it will make him very sad at going back. Do you know that Father has said that I can have my camera next holidays, won't that be jolly, I have sent up for a catalogue from "Lancaster" which is a great place & when I have got it I will mark the one I want & send the catalogue & he will send for it. Won't it be nice to be able to get photographs, I think I shall make our dressing-room into a dark room we can easily wash in the other room & it is not wanted for anything else. Of course you know poor Father is ill, but he is better now, he is going off to the S of France when he gets right, viz about the Easter Holidays, we will be left alone in the house, I expect Aunt Isabella will come & stay there. The Athletic Sports are going to be held on Easter Monday and Tuesday, the heats are being run off now, I expect they will be very good this year as we have some very good runners. We have spent Good Friday exactly like a Sunday, we had hot or I ought to say cold cross buns for breakfast and tea. I am getting on well with my stamps, I added them up a few days ago & I found I had got 1378 so I ought to get 1400 by the end of this term which he is a good deal. At the beginning of the Holidays I am going to spend a few days with the Parkers I think I shall take my camera there and get some photographs of the country you know that they live near Tilford and I could get some photographs of the Jumps (The Devils Jumps?), Prospect Tree (possibly the Tilford Oak?), The Pond where I shot the frog etc which would be very nice. We have been having a lot of measles in the school but they are getting much better now. I can't think of anything more to say so I must shut up.
From your affect brother

45 Gt Marlboro St
Regent St
April 5th 97
My Dear Van
Will you let me know when you are going back home, I am intending to bicycle back and want you to take back a handbag of mine, I will meet you at Liverpool Street if you will let me know when & where & give you the bag, it will give you no trouble & it is very expensive for me to send it per C.P. & Co. I saw the boat race on Saturday, being near the winning post, Oxford paddled past, an easy victory, afterwards I got into a boat with Jack Bateman & we were towed up the river to Richmond. In the evening Uncle Churchill Family arrived, there were Polly, Ethel, Ella & Ada; Ella has got very big eyes, I recognized them all besides them there was Uncle Arthur & Bessie, Aunt Ada, Joe Hunt & all the Batemans, 23 of us altogether. Is it true that G Cyril has passed into the Navy, I was told so at Bridge House but I have heard nothing about it from home perhaps the "Ra.ra.Paw" will be able to enlighten me. I had a long letter from Harry today, he is going to meet me at Witham on his bike and we are going to ride together to Colchester. As Cyril would say "I must stop now as the bell is ringing for tea (an awful whopper)", still I must shut up as I have to be off to the Spital Ta ta
Your affect brother
Charles E Fenny
PS I enclose addressed postcard CEF
Written on black edged note paper.

5A, Streatham Place,
Streatham Hill, SW.
Nov 7th 06
My dear Harry
I think that it is about time that I wrote to you again and besides this letter ought to reach you about Christmas so I am wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year in faraway New Zealand and your new sphere of work. I daresay it will seem curious to you to be spending Christmas in midsummer weather but you have an advantage over us. We have begun the wet and foggy season in London, yesterday morning the fog was so thick that I could not see across the road and when it cleared up a little it began to pour & has been pouring ever since, a nice prospect! and I was called out last night to see a case. A few, a very few patients come straggling in, but everything must have a beginning and I feel that I am getting a little more known, it is just a year today since I came to Streatham Hill and the first year is always the slowest. I was down at Nayland a few weeks ago but there was no one at home, even the faithful Edgar had departed to Oxford, so Chick had to entertain me, after stopping a few days there I went on to Colchester where I stopped with Dr and Mrs Day, during that time I amused myself by having teeth out, I had gas three times, I got quite accustomed to it. These various operations prevented me from seeing many of my old friends but I went to tea with Mrs Lockwood. Miss Kate Lockwood, I dare say you know died last June I wanted to see the Miss Thompson Smiths but I could not find time. They have been having exciting times at the Hospital since I left. They had to sack one of the House Surgeons because he would go away for a day or two without leave, a calm? thing to do, and then the House Physician took himself off so for a few days there was no resident Medical Officer at the hospital at all. I had a very pleasant trip to Norway last July though unfortunately the weather was not favourable I caught a few trout and we climbed some mountains the country is rather like Switzerland, with much more water in it, I was very much taken with the place and its inhabitants. We stayed several days at various hotels and so got to know the people well. We had games of Bridge in the evening, some of the Norwegian girls play very well, some of the Norwegian girls are very pretty.
Van paid me a visit a few weeks ago he has settled to go as curate to Cuckfield in Sussex. As he arrived for lunch, we patronised the Zoo in the afternoon, I had not been there for ages, some of the beasts are very smelly, I had a strong whiff from some old bears, full on the chest, and it nearly knocked me over. Curiously enough Mr Haides of Nayland visited the Zoo that same afternoon. How are you liking your work? I suppose that you are getting quite accustomed to it by now. It seems funny that you, who I suppose, had hardly ever been on a horse in your life, should now live mostly in the saddle, but it must be a very healthy life and ought to suit you much better than any indoor occupation, I hope that you have not had any asthma lately. I dare say you will be taking to yourself a wife, in the future, I very often feel lonely in the evenings and have thought about it, but I have not come across the right woman yet and anyhow to tie one's self for life to a girl requires a good deal of thinking over. Cyril fell madly in love with a girl he met at the theatricals at Nayland last June. I met her when I was at Alston Court in Oct, she came to dinner with the Greys and afterwards I was her adviser at Bridge. I must tell this to Cyril he will be green with jealousy.
Jack Bateman pays me occasional visits in the intervals between his exams. He is up again at Edinburgh preparing for another attempt. Dr Drake my partner, has bought a motorcar, a Lanchester, a very fine one & Dr Fuller has just purchased a Humber.
Well, old boy, I must end up with lots of good wishes to you for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
From your affectionate brother
Charles E. Fenn.

7. Charlies Letters: To Harry in NZ re fathers death, 19 Feb 1889, 27 Mar 1889, 1 Mar., Streatham London SW. 5A, Streatham Place,
Streatham Hill, SW.
May 7th 1907
My dear Harry
I hope that you are getting along well and flourishing like a green bay Tree. Just at present times are rather slack with me and as it is pouring with rain and I cannot go out, I thought that it would be a good opportunity to indite you a letter, though I don't think that there is anything very exciting to tell you.
Father I am glad to say, is still slowly improving, since his first illness he had two more convulsive attacks which were alarming, so I went to consult Dr Ferrier and he very kindly came down to an Nayland with me, he thoroughly examined Father and came to the conclusion that there was no very serious mischief but that all these attacks were caused by the condition of his arteries, that means that he is liable to have similar attacks in the future but that with proper care and treatment they may be staved off and that he may go on for many years. That opinion on the whole is reassuring, as I was afraid on account of the subsequent attacks that there might be some serious mischief such as a tumour present.
I went down to Ham last week and stopped the night, it is many years since I was there, in fact I do not think that I have seen Dudley since he was in sailor suits. They told me that poor Bertha's engagement had been broken off and that of the two girls were coming to London, this is a very unfortunate year for them to come, what with Father's illness and Uncle B's death and Uncle Arthur is letting his house again this year for the summer and Uncle Henry in lodgings. I feel that I am the only representative of the Julian Genus able to welcome them but unfortunately being a bachelor, I am unable to offer them the shelter of my roof, however I shall call on them when they are in town and offer my services.
I had a little burst of gaiety about 10 days ago when I went to three dances in quick succession one of them was a fancy dress in which I figured as Sir W. Raleigh in gorgeous costume and a short pointed beard, as was the only proper I danced with several Queen Elizabeth's. The dance was in London and the Streatham party went up in a bass which was supposed to hold 12 but 14 crammed into it so you can imagine the squash. We were somewhat uproarious coming back. I had also a very nice dance at the Streatham Town Hall where I met some very charming partners. I am trying to improve my cat run called by courtesy a garden, I ordered down yesterday a whole lot of flowering plants which I shall plant promiscuous like about the place. I put it in to climbing roses and am training up my verandah, they are getting on very well and several buds are appearing.
Jack Bateman is doing locum work, he is now at Brighton, he visits me occasionally in the intervals. A few days ago he sent me a photo of himself which made me recoil in horror he had actually grown a beard and more forbidding looking ruffian I have rarely seen.
I am discharging my deaf servant, she has been in the hospital for some time past with something wrong with her eyes so I gladly took the opportunity of discharging her, her mother is still stopping on. I had Edgar with me about a month ago for a few days, we went to see " Raffles the Amateur Cracksman" which is a play somewhat of the Sherlock Holmes type, and enjoyed it thoroughly. I hope that the sheep shearing has been successfully accomplished, I daresay you are quite settling in in far away New Zealand, all you want is a wife and so do I, but I can't find the girl.
Well mon frere, farewell, hope you are quite well in yourself and not troubled with any asthma.
Your affectionate brother
Charles E. Fenn.

5A, Streatham Place,
Streatham Hill, SW.
Dec 17th 1907
My dear Harry
You will, of course, have already heard from Van by the last mail about the death of the dear old Dad. I came down on the Saturday evening Dec 7th, I do not think that he recognized me, he became more and more unconscious and died on the Sunday morning Dec 8th at 7 a.m. It was a terrible night and I often wished that I was far away, but he died very quietly and peacefully. You never saw him since his illness in February so you would not know how he had changed, I think if we look at the matter impartially we must realise that it is all for the best, for there is no doubt that his mental powers as well as his physical ones were failing and these would have got worse and would have led to softening of the brain, that is what he feared and he told me so in the summer. Very often, when I used to see him during this last year, I had many a pang when I contrasted him then to what I had known him as and to what you have always known him viz a dignified and stately gentleman and endowed with a magnificent intellect, and yet he always used to be thinking of you, I think that you were more in his thoughts than anyone, the Christmas letter that he wrote to you was one of the last, if not the last of his letters, it occupied him four or five days and he would go to Colchester to get your present himself. He was always delighted to see any of us when we went to Nayland and I think we bought back to him more forcibly the memory of our Mother and his first Marriage. We have indeed been born of good parents, the one an upright and conscientious Christian gentleman, the other a sweet, pure and saintly lady. Father often used to talk about his boys saying how good we were in writing to him he kept all our letters since his illness. Well it is all over and done with, he lies in his grave in the Nayland Cemetery next to Aunt Margaret and Uncle Sam. Van will have told you all about the funeral and you will also see the account of it in the local papers we sent you, on Sunday evening the service was a kind of memorial one, special hymns & Mr Grey preached such a beautiful sermon and amongst other things he told us what a splendid example our Father had given to all who knew him. It seems sad that you should be far away, the other side of the world, at such a time as this but I think that you realise that it was very probable that you would never see the Dad again when you bade him goodbye on board the Tongariro, and I think that he thought so too, but it is inevitable, death comes to all of us and only time can soften the pangs that it leaves behind.
Well I must get on to another subject and that is the legal aspect of the situation. Father in his Will left all his estate to the Mater for her lifetime when it will be divided equally among its those who survive her (except that the money which Father and advanced to me from his estate to buy this practice is to be deducted from my share). We five however come into possession of the property of our Mother, together with the Life Insurance on his life. The value of both of these is L6000 about, so that we should each get about L1200, in order that we may deal with your share, what is called in legal phraseology a power of attorney will be sent you for signature and this will be sent you by Willie Liveing who is managing the estate. What you will do with the money is for you to decide, I think that if you can live on your present income, it will be best to let both principle and interest accumulate until you want to use it or part of it in purchasing some sheep farm or whatever you are intending to set up in the future. It is always very useful to have a certain amount of capital in readiness.
Father also left you his gold watch, so you must let us know if you would like to have it sent out to you at once.
I hope that you are feeling all right again now and are no longer troubled with those wretched boils.
With my love to you.
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn
Written on black edged notepaper.

5A, Streatham Place,
Streatham Hill, SW.
Mar 27th 1908
My dear Harry
Many thanks for your letter. I received the Power of Attorney safely.
As you will see by the following that we cannot get 5% for our money with any degree of safety over here, the money is as follows, the Canadian Pacific Railway stock having been bought with the insurance money less the amount of death duties for our estate.
(i) L236 Canadian Pacific Railway 4% debenture stock worth L248
(ii) L226 5% G.W. Railway rent charge stock worth L416
(iii) L196 5% Ontario & Quebec Railway permanent debenture stock worth L245
(iv) L358 4% G.E. Railway Consolidated preference stock worth L383

(i) Brings in L 9-8-9 a year
(ii) " " L11-6-0 "
(iii) " " L 9.16.0 "
(iv) " " L14-6-0 "
Capital if at present time sold would be worth L1192 which brings it out just under 4% interest.
Besides these are 80 shares of L5 each in the Alliance Economic Investment Company. These are worth very little and it will not be possible to sell. The interest is about 2% if it comes at all and so as we cannot divide them up, I am taking charge of them and whatever interest comes from at the end of the year I shall divide up amongst us five, so you may get about L2 a year from this source. We would sell them if we could but there is no market for them. If therefore you would like to have your money invested in New Zealand, I will, on instructions from you sell all your stocks and put them together with any dividends that may have come in, into Elworthy's bank. Let me know what is his London bank.
Farewell, old boy, I will write again soon, but I am in a great hurry today.
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn
Written on black edged notepaper.

8. Charlies Letters: Life in his practice, Estate dividend., 19 Feb 1889, 27 Mar 1889, 1 Mar., Streatham London SW. 34 Streatham Hill, SW.
November 10th 1908
My dear Harry
I have just realised that my Christmas letter to you will be somewhat late, which I hope you will excuse, there are no signs of Christmas here at present, except certain small boys who howl dolefully outside one's door, "While shepherds watched etc" they started that game the other evening when I was with a friend and he left his fox terrier at Maxton, there was a tremendous scrummage and the band melted instantaneously. I am quite getting settled down in my new house and have taken vigorously to gardening, I am at present planting bulbs most fatiguing work, so I hope I shall be repaid for my efforts in the spring. Nothing exciting has happened to me since I last wrote. I went down to Richmond last Sunday and did a round of visits, the Bateman's, like Quirks, Linnie is laid up with an inflamed vein, and Aunt Isabelle & Dolly. You will no doubt hear full particulars of the memorial window from eyewitnesses Aunt Isabella tells me that it is very beautiful, Cyril was able to get down for it, he is still very thick with Dosie Denlaw?. I believe that there must be something in it and so do the rest of the family, he carries her photo about with him everywhere and they correspond. The dancing season has commenced and I have been asked to an ordinary subscription dance, a fancy dress one and the dance at Bedlam, I have my doubts however about going to the Bedlam one. I took Dolly to the Coliseum last week, there was a very good programme & we enjoyed it immensely. We are just beginning the foggy weather now and consequently are kept a little more busy, we have been very slack up to the present. I suppose that you will be sweltering in torrid heat.
I hope however that you will have a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Au Revoir
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn
P.S. I hope the gun is going strong.

34 Streatham Hill, SW.
May 7th 1909
My dear Harry
Excuse a hurried letter but I want to catch the mail and I am very busy just at present as Dr Fuller is away. I shall be writing to you next week and shall be sending you a draft for L35 on the Bank of Australasia at Christchurch. The bank manager however told me that if Christchurch was too far away . . . . . your boss would cash it for you all to the total amount of money paid to your account is as follows.
L17-14-11 your share in the sum left over after a winding up the Trust Funds.
L6-16-0 G.E. dividend August 08
L5-7-4 G.E. dividend August 08
L6-16-0 S.E. dividend February 09
L5-7-4 S.W. dividend February 09
L6-16-0 deducted for cost of gun and carriage to New Zealand
L35-5-7 Balance due to you.
I am sending you therefore by the next mail a draft for L35-0-0 leaving the odd shilling to be brought forward to the next accumulation.
You say that you have only received one dividend from the Canadian Pacific Railway, if you are quite sure of this you must communicate with them as another dividend ought to have been sent to you on July 1, 1908.
I am glad to hear that you are flourishing, I find that now I have moved on to the main road I am doing a little more but it is still very uphill work, just at present I am fairly busy as Dr Fuller is away for a fortnight.
No time for more, will write next week.
Your affectionate Brother
Charles E. Fenn

34 Streatham Hill, SW.
May 13th 1909
My dear Harry
I am enclosing you your draft for L35 which you must take to the Bank of New Zealand Christchurch to get cash or else your boss will change it for you. You must not be surprised to get another one next week, that will be a duplicate one and is only sent for purposes of safety, so if you have cashed the first one, the duplicate is of course useless.
Edgar has been staying with me for a few days last week, he came up to be measured for an artificial hand, by the time he goes to Ely in July, he ought to have got accustomed to it and to be able to make some use of it. I am still going in for gardening in my spare moments; as I have a fair sized piece of garden, it will repay my efforts. One of my partners Dr Fuller is away at present, so I am doing the heavy swell and rolling about in his carriage and pair. I have not heard anything much about the family circle lately. Jo Fenn (Josephine) wants to be a nurse so Aunt Margaret has written to me, she will probably be going to the Colchester Hospital shortly. My parrot is very flourishing and is learning a few more words, I forgot though, you have never seen her, never mind that will be a pleasure in store. Nothing much to relate, you will have a letter from me next week, in closing the duplicate. Adieu
Your affectionate Brother
Charles E. Fenn

9. Charles Fenn: Home & Rooms in Streatham and WWI Service, 1910-1918, London.

10. Charles Fenn: His marriage to Ella 1915 & his family., 1915, London.

11. Charlies Letters: To Harry in NZ re death of Edgar sale Alston Court to A A Fenn, 15 Aug 1942, 31 Aug 1942, 10 Jun 1943., Lois Weedon NTH. Lois Weedon Vicarage
Aug 15 42
My dear Harry
You may have heard by now about dear old "Gillys" death. It occurred suddenly on Aug 7th and was due to a cerebral tumour causing convulsions and coma. He had left the Convalescent Home & was making good progress after his accident. He was only back again in Castlethorpe for a week. I am enclosing you a cutting from the Wolverton Express which gives a full account of the funeral. Van says he has never known such a thing as the Bishop (in fact there were two of them) sending letters of sympathy to be read at the Funeral Service. It all shows how much he was beloved and respected. We shall all miss him very much and especially Van. Van and I stopped at Castlethorpe for tonight's, I was at Miss Gregory's the Organist and Van stayed at your old hosts the Cooks who enquired affectionately after you. Edgar left me to be his sole executor, and I am determined not to have the appalling delays which occurred with Dudley, so I interviewed Mr Rands of Northampton the day after the funeral and am seeing him again in a few days as I am stopping a week with Van. After a few legacies he left all his property to be equally divided between us four. I do not know yet what the expenses e.g. Death Duties etc, will come to, but the residue ought to amount to about L4000 and I should suggest as I did before in one of my letters that you should pay Elworthy L1000 off his mortgage, it would I think make it easier to sell the farm and anyhow I could not get you such a high rate of interest as you are paying him. Trustee securities now range between 3 & 31/2%. By the time you get this letter you will probably be informed that a draft has been paid into your bank and I shall be sending you another as soon as I get your income-tax rebate, (curse them for their slowness).
I do not remember ever having thanked you and Margot for your most generous Christmas present, it was awfully good of you both andLoi the contents of the tins were delicious. Ella has often said how good and generous you both were and would, I know, join me in thanks if she were staying here.
We are living our life at Alston Court under difficult circumstances, it is very nice to be in the old Homestead again, but under the strict rationing system it is impossible to keep the house properly warm & lighted and all our cooking has to be done on a decrepit oil stove. The new vicar, Canon Wright, is a great success, he was inducted on July 8th and we asked him and his family together with Archdeacon and Mrs Buckley into tea before the ceremony and afterwards, the old "Beershop" himself came and partook of light refreshments. I had thought of taking a house for 3 or 4 months during the winter, with all modern conveniences, for I am training of the cold weather, my circulation is getting so bad, but Nancy wants to leave her farm at Ham and get on to one near Nayland where she can live at Home, poor child, she has been living in a good deal of discomfort at Kew and as well-meaning relatives & friends shower invitations on her, I fear she is not getting enough rest and he is getting Anaemic.
I hope you are progressing as well as one can expect and also Margot.
Best love to you both and also to E.L. what a jolly little chap he is growing into.
Ever your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn

Alston Court
Aug 31st 42
My dear Harry
After keeping the vouchers and claim for rebate which I sent them, in over 7 weeks the Income-Tax Authorities have sent me the enclosed. I did mention the matter to you in one of my letters about a year ago, but I suppose it never reached you, as you made no allusion to it, and as they paid up your rebate last year, I thought it would be all right. Since my last letter to you about poor old dear Gilles death, nothing much has happened. Ella and I spent a week in town to see something of Nancy who is working at the Ham farm, we also visited Richmond, Kew and Hampstead, and returned to Nayland a few days ago. Canon Wright the new Vicar here, is I think, going to be a great success, he is stirring up the village, which badly needs a little stimulus. Last Sunday there was a parade of troops, over 100 of them and they all came to Church. The Major in command read the first lesson and I read the second has Col. Rundall was away. Ella and I are still very busy with household duties, as we can get no help, so we live in a little corner in the South part of the house and have not been able to have any visitors to stay this summer.
Excuse short note, love from Ella and myself to you and Margot and also "His Nibs", E.L.F.
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn

Alston Court,
June 10, 43.
My dear Alston
Owing to my failing health and to the fact that neither Ella nor Nancy wish to stay on at Alston Court, I am seriously considering the question of selling the property. As you know it is an exceptional house, possessing as it does woodcarving supposed to be unequalled in East Anglia and 15th century heraldic and old Flemish glass. My father spent about L4200 in restoring it and if I put it on the market I should put a reserve of L5000 on it but I am prepared to let you have it for L4500 and to throw in the 8 valuable pastle portraits of the Alston family and also other rellies such as the original certificate of the appointment of Sir Edward Alston to be the president of the Royal College of physicians in Charles II reign. Besides the house there is a Meadow and Fennage which I let for L21.5.00 per annum, I am told they are worth a good deal more than that. The whole property covers 7.8 acres. I wrote to aunt Alison asking for your address and she may have sent you my letter as I gave her other particulars regarding the estate. I should like, if possible, and answer in the near future, as both Ella and Nancy wish to settle down near London soon.
I hope you and yours are keeping well.
Your affectionate cousin,
Charles E Fenn.
Written on 2 sides of a sheet of notepaper

12. Charlies Letters: To Alston Fenn re sale of Alston Court, 15 Aug 1942, 31 Aug 1942, 10 Jun 1943. Alston Court,
July 15, 43
My dear Alston
Many thanks for your letter, I am glad to hear you are buying the old family house as it would have grieved me very much to have had to sell it to a stranger. The valuer appointed by Lloyds Bank came here on Tuesday last and went over the house and grounds. As regards the mortgage, I am quite willing to accept 4% per annum but should prefer to have it for 3 years without the option of renewal. It is quite probable that I may not last that time and I want to leave my estate in as simple a form as possible for Ella and Nancy. As we can mutually arrange many details ourselves, I do not think it would be necessary to employ 2 sets of lawyers, they only quibble and split hairs between each other and greatly increase the expense, so I should suggest a man I know in Colchester, I have dealt with him once, his charges are not excessive, he is on the spot and knows all about the title deeds of Alston Court, though our ancestors were lawyers, the title deeds were lost, which gave my father a good deal of trouble when he succeeded to the property and also myself when I was trustee for the estate, however they are all right now and in order. I have just succeeded in getting the little house at Kew which was lucky as there are now no more houses in that locality to be obtained except ruinous old hulks at enormous prices. Our own business ought to be settled by the next quarter day, and if you do not want to take possession of it at once it might be let. I am throwing in - as you are taking the place - the Alston pastel portraits, military honours and other photos of our ancestors with the exception of an etching of Jacobus Vanderzee which I had promised some time ago to my brother Van (Vanderzee), the tapestries and framed certificate in the solar room I am giving you also the antique fire irons in the dining room, library and solar. Regarding the pictures in the Hall (except my Father) they belong to Adria, but I expect she to would like them to remain in the old house, I will mention this when I write to her.
Do not trouble to send back the photos of the house, you may keep them, they are very good ones, I will also, when I have time, let you have a copy of the history of the house and the old glass etc, which I have compiled, at present I have only the one copy, also the book "Alstoniana" and "Portraits In Suffolk Houses".
No more to say now,
Your affectionate cousin,
Charles E Fenn.
Written on 3 sides of 2 sheets of notepaper.

Alston Court
September 6 43
My dear Alston,
Mr White of Brook Farm Leavee Heath called upon me last Saturday he wants to rent the fennage for another year from February next. He says that the rentage of the fennage are purely for grazing purposes and have nothing to do with the shooting over them. That you must apply to the fennage Committee. Mr Taylor the local schoolmaster has got the rights of shooting over some of them and he could give you full information, of course you can shoot over the Meadow and paddock belonging to Alston Court and I have often seen pheasants and partridges flying about. Mr White also said that he would buy the fennage from you but that he would prefer to rent them. The annual rent at present is L11.5.0 a year. He also said that if you wanted shooting he would let you shoot over his farms at Leavee Heath (about 2 miles from here) for nothing. Plenty of rabbits there I know. Adria is willing to leave the pictures in the hall and landing and oak settle, also clock as long as they remain in the house and I am willing to do the same with the Alston portraits the four poster bed and others on the list you sent by Dorothy, on the same terms. If however you have to vacate the house (which of course, I hope will not be the case) that they shall return to the original owners or their heirs to dispose of as they think best. This if you could send your consent in writing could be known as a "Gentleman's Agreement" and would save all the expense and fuss which lawyers so love to make, if they drew up an agreement of that kind. Adria's address is 1 St Luke's Villas College Road, Cheltenham. There are at present 3 tons of coke and one and a quarter tons of coal in the outside and inside coal houses, worth L14.0.0 at today's prices I will let you have it for L13.5.0. I believe Dorothy wants the Suffolk Corner Cupboard at L5.0.0 and the 3 electric stoves at 30/-each. Col. Sykes who lives next door, has similar stoves, so they ought to be all right.
Hope you are all well. We enjoyed seeing Dorothy and Alison last week.
Yours ever.
Charles E Fenn.
Letter on 2 sides of notepaper with a note on it "letter and cheque sent 16.9.43 L22.10.0"

8 Priory Road,
Sept 24th 43.
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letter and enclosed cheque. I will write to Mr White and ask him to communicate with you, when the lease is due for renewal. We have been in the throes of removal, hence my delay in answering, but I have been packed off to Hampstead and do not go to Kew until tomorrow the 25th. The day I went to town I signed the lease in the lawyer's office so they are getting on with it, regarding the past about Mrs Raine, I sold it to her before I had any idea about selling the house; in August 1942 she asked me if I would sell a small portion of my land in order that she could have a little garden to her cottage, it is down in the woody part beyond the "Barbary Hut", but I had gone away in the winter and could not get hold of a necessary paper so the matter was held over until the spring. I have laid down certain restrictions so it will not cause the slightest inconvenience to the owner of Alston Court. I enclose a draft of our agreement it covers everything required. I have left behind some gardening tools and a ladder for your use as Spooner, will want something to go on with during the autumn and winter. With regard to the ladder he borrowed it some weeks ago to fix up some tiles on his roof, I told him to bring it back, but as far as I know he has not done so if you don't see it about you will know where it is. I have paid him his wages up to the end of this week. After this week he will be only able to work two ana half hours a day and in the middle of October he did not have his tea interval but worked from 4 to 6. After that he could not work much more than one hour a day and I paid him accordingly. I have left you a shed crammed full of wood which will come in useful for firing etc also a quantity of flowerpots and seed pans. Spooner thoroughly cleaned out the cesspool a few days before we left so it will not want seen to until March 1945.
If there is any more information you want let me know.
Yours ever,
Charles E Fenn.
Written on 2 sides of a notepaper.

No. 3 War Office Selection Board
Locko Park,
TEL Derby 55743
Draft of Gentleman's Agreement.
With reference to the various articles (pictures, furniture, books etc), which belong to you and which you have very kindly decided to leave and Alston Court, I undertake that they shall not be removed from the house except with your permission or on receipt of your instructions. I undertake to take the greatest possible care of them so long as they remain in my charge and recognise that you have the right at any time to dispose of them as you may think fit. Further I undertake to notify you or a member of your family at once if ever I should decide to relinquish the ownership of Alston Court.
Sent to Charlie on 3.10.43 AAF.
Sent to Adria on 8.10.43 (8 pictures, oak settle, and clock) AAF.
Written on army notepaper address above struck out.

13. Charlies Letters: To Alston Fenn details sale Alston Court Nayland, 15 Aug 1942, 31 Aug 1942, 10 Jun 1943., Priory Rd Kew London. 8 Priory Road
Oct 7th 43.
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letters, I am glad to hear you are having a much-needed holiday. My tenant is Mr A C Biggs, the son of old Biggs the mechanic, the father is a decent old chap, but I cannot say the same for his son, who is a somewhat truculent individual. There was no legal agreement between us, only a verbal one and since I gave him notice, he has told me that a farmer need not pay any rent for the last year, I spoke to Asher Prior about it and they tell me that he ought to pay his rent only I must give him compensation for what he has spent on the land, I do not think he has spent 1d it is not as if it was arable soil. Any how he has not paid me any rent since last March. The agreement was for the meadow, so you can use the paddock. Biggs has apparently made use of the paddock for his cows which used to stray into the garden, causing damage, Spooner hates him like poison, the rent agreed was L10 a year and his time is up on March 1st next. As he has paid no rent, I do not see why you should not use the meadow as well, especially as so far this year he has not used the meadow for grazing purposes. Since Dorothy's visit I have heard that the Angel Hotel Colchester is much cheaper than the George, but have had no personal experience of it. I enclose an invoice from Keeman & Davie evidently intended for you, so sorry you were unable to obtain more.
Yours ever
Charles E Fenn.
p.s. Forgot to say that Biggs lives with his father and A C Biggs Nayland Colchester would find him. I had a very good crop of blackcurrants last year & this year but the old bushes want a great deal of pruning. Hope your Fruit Farm will be a great success.
The plot sold to Mrs Raine can only be used as a flower and vegetable garden, it cannot, be built upon, or used as a tea garden, probably Asher Prior will include the agreement in the Title Deeds.
Written on 2 sides of notepaper

8 Priory Road,
Oct 22nd 43.
My dear Alston,
I had intended to write to you before you left Nayland, but have been laid up for a few days with a slight feverish attack, so my correspondence has been neglected. Many thanks for your letter, I heard from Archer Prior yesterday and they tell me that the sale is completed. Your idea about payment of interest on mortgage is an excellent one my bankers are Barclays Bank Ltd. George St. Richmond. Surrey. There were 3 matters I had ordered to be put in hand some time before I left Nayland.
(1) Replacement of some tiles which had fallen out of the roof in the new wing, Biggs told me that as the tiles had come out in embedded in mortar he could have done the job in quarter of an hour if he had had the necessary ladders, so I told Deaver about them, they, as usual, promised to do so but never did, Deaver has so few men and also government contracts to do that I really think it would be better to call in Webb for any local job at present, though I don't know anything about his work.
(2) Plastering the cupboard on the passage outside South bedroom, Deaver were also going to do this, they repaired the roof above, in which there was a leak.
(3) Repair of sink in pantry next to dining room, Biggs was going to do this, + you probably have found the lower lavatory devoid of water, Biggs inspected the cistern above it and told me it was all right and that when it was filled, a tap must have been left running.
All these items I will pay for when the work is being done.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to Nayland and were able to put in some work in the paddock. I find that the 2 books I promise to give you have been removed here viz "Alstoniana" and "Pictures in Suffolk Houses". I will let you have them when you take up your residence at Alston Court. The village will be glad to have a Fenn there again.
Yours ever,
Charles E Fenn.
p.s. I doubt if I have told you that I have written to Mr White, Brook Farm, Leavee's Heath and told him that you had no objection to his renting the fennage from you, the grazing has nothing to do with the shooting, an owner of fennages can always shoot over them, White said you could always shoot over his farm lands whenever you wanted to.
Written on 2 sides of a notepaper

8 Priory Road,
Oct 28 (43).
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letter which I only received last night, as I have been away for a few days staying with my mother in law, while Ella and Nancy have been gallivanting in Bath. I went over to Richmond this morning to get a registered letter which I was told was waiting for me, it was from Asher Prior containing a cheque balance of your purchase money, they charged me L42 odd as expenses, but gave no details, your bill seems very stiff but I expect it was mainly composed of stamp duties and other Govt charges, I should certainly ask for details if they have not sent any, so far they have been fairly moderate in their dealings with me, but I loathe having anything to do with lawyers. Ella is going down to Nayland next Tuesday, to bring back our cat, she will take with her the books "Alstoniana" and "Pictures in Suffolk Homes" and leave them in the S bedroom cupboard. As regards the picture of dogs and a cat, I found it lying in the loft with a lot of other lumber. Adria had written to me before and said she had no use for it, it was an awful daub at the best, so, as we were clearing out the loft we put it in the sale with some other rubbish and the whole lot fetched the magnificent sum of 1/-. The two pictures flanking the pastoral scene on the landing are I think good ones, I remember them well in the drawing room of Portland Terrace, Richmond, but whether they came from our grandfathers house at Stourbank all my maternal grandfather am not quite sure but am pretty certain on the whole that they were from Stourbank. I am glad that Mrs Kerridge made you so comfortable and that you were able to make the acquaintanceof the Caulfields and the Sykes, as well as the Vicar.
Wishing you all success in your fruit growing schemes,
Yours ever
Charles E Fenn
Written on 2 sides of notepaper endorsed answered 31.10.43 "Query re-upkeep of cottage fences near tennis court" in Alston Fenn's hand.

14. Charlies Letters: To Alston Fenn re Alston Court, and Margot Fenn in NZ, 15 Aug 1942, 31 Aug 1942, 10 Jun 1943., 8 Priory Rd Kew London. 8 Priory Road
Nov 14th 43.
My dear Alston,
I am afraid I have been somewhat behindhand in my correspondence for various reasons. Many thanks for your letter, I think you are going to turn the Alston Court Gardens into charming grounds, your idea of having an orchard on the east side of the house is very good, it always has been somewhat of an eyesore. I am sorry the cistern for the downstairs lavatory is leaking, I had Biggs in to repair it about a year ago, he did so and reported that he had made it right, it was a mad idea in the first place to have a separate system there. If you can get on to the main water supply, you ought to be able to sell the pumping engine for a good sum.
Now you were asking about the ownership of the fences of the cottages, I so rarely ventured into those parts that I really forget how they were built, but the owner of a fence is the one on whose side the upright posts and transverse beams are. Several horrible fungy appeared in the passage leading to the library and in the library itself and they are caused by damp, however I think I have removed the cause. When I took over the house from my tenants the Praclls (sic), I noticed that the gutter in the courtyard was broken and water had been streaming down the side of the wall there, I called in Deaves and he discovered it was much more serious than a broken gutter alone, that it was due to the rotting away of some of the timbers in the roof above and that it and the tiles with it had slid down into the gutter, I had new timbers put in and the tiles imputed on it in mortar and now it is quite all right, but the damp will remain for a time, if ever I found a fungus, I used to paint the pest with paraffin after I had removed it and I should advise you to get Mrs Kerridge (she is very obliging) to paint that part and the steps leading into the hall with paraffin every few weeks, the wood skirting round the lavatory and passage to it was liable to rot and my stepmother had a deep damp course (I think that is the correct name for it) built but there is some woodwork in the passage between the Hall and the library which will require removal.
I hope you and your family are keeping well.
Yours ever,
Charles E Fenn
Written on 2 sides of notepaper endorsed answered 28 Nov 43 in Alston Fenn's hand.

8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
My dear Margot,
As I said to Harry in my last letter to him, I feel quite ashamed of myself in not having written before to thank you for the stream of presents you are so generously sending us she's, but, honey and last but not least that magnificent Christmas Cake, which is brought out on state occasions and which we are still enjoying, a triumph of culinary skill. Then too there is the New Zealand illustrated paper and the many snapshots of your beautiful Edward Liveing, what a fine little boy he is, no wonder you and Harry are so proud of him. We are settling down here and Van and Adria up paying visits to us next month but as we can get no outside help and Nancy is away all day and comes back "dead beat" at night household work takes up nearly all our time, I have however hung most of the pictures & china and Ella is gradually getting most of the rooms in order. The blackout has been a bit of a problem as the authorities are so particular about it being complete. I hope the end of this year will see the end of that tiresome regulation, though I am afraid that rationing and many other wartime conditions will continue for some time. We spent a quiet Christmas day at home, I managed to get to Church in the morning, the former Archbishop of Canterbury (Lord Lang) preached he has a house on Kew Green just by the Church and we saw him as he walked across from his house to the Church in his full Canonicals making a picturesque & Medieval figure in his purple & scarlet robes against the old Georgian buildings on the Green, after the service we saw him again and he gave Nancy a beaming smile. Nancy is working on her farm, most disagreeable at this time of year, as the first three hours are in complete darkness and icy cold. She gets lifts back, in all kinds of strange vehicles, the latest one being a "Black Maria", in which she travelled with two policemen and on her thanking them at the end of her journey received the gallant reply "you are as welcome as the flowers in May". Ella and Nancy are going to Bath tomorrow (Jan 15th) for a weeks holiday and I am being packed off to my mother-in-law, Mrs Shuttleworth, as I cannot travel long distances now, especially in the winter time and when the trains are so crowded and especially now as the movements of troops (preparatory I hope to another Front) are so extensive. Nancy is very keen on anything in the 18th century so naturally Bath is a happy hunting ground for her. Col. Alston Fenn to whom I have sold Alston Court, is very enthusiastic about the house, he has an energetic wife and two charming daughters, both I believe, musical, who will prove a great acquisition to the village, as for myself it was a great wrench to leave the old place at first, but I now have got accustomed to this nice little house at Kew and am relieved of a great deal of worry and in any case, it would have been too great a burden to have handed on to Ella and Nancy. I have written a small booklet about the history of Alston Court which I must give to Alston when I can make out a fresh copy. I often visit the Todd's at Wentworth House, the two poor old ladies are having a hard time of it, especially Adria, on whom all the burden falls, now that Mabel has had a slight stroke. She is getting better now. When I went there about Christmas time, your cake was brought out for tea amid fresh eulogies. I do hope poor old Harry is not suffering much from his osteo arthritis, take my advice and sell the farm now the going is good you may never have such a favourable opportunity again.
My love and thanks again to you and Harry, and love to little E.L.F. from his old Uncle Charlie.
Your affectionate brother-in-law
Charles E. Fenn
Written early 1944.

8 Priory Road
My dear Alston,
Many thanks for your letter. Regret not having answered it before, but Christmas is always a busy time. I think the clauses in your Will regarding the disposal of Alston court are excellent and well thought out. I hope you all had a good time this Christmas, we spent ours quietly here and attended the service at the Kew Parish Church the preacher being Lord Lang, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, he lives on Kew Green. We had our new years dinner with Mrs Shuttleworth at Hampstead. Ella and Nancy are going to Bath for a week on Jan 16th and I shall be staying with my mother in law. I can't travel any distance in the wintertime I feel the cold so much.
Thank you and Dorothy very much for your card and good wishes.
With love from us all,
Yours ever,
Charles E Fenn.
Written on 2 sides of notepaper undated but clearly early 1944

15. Charlies Letters: Life in War Time London, His Wife Ella's Death., 15 Aug 1942, 31 Aug 1942, 10 Jun 1943., 8 Priory Rd Kew London. 8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
Sept 7th 44
My dear Harry,
It was so good of you and Margot to send us that delightful present, we have already started on the honey which is delicious. We all thank you both so much for it. We were so sorry to hear of your various illnesses and do hope that the precious E.L.F. has quite recovered from his croup. From Aug 31 to Sept 4th I spent a perfectly delightful weekend at Nayland. Dorothy and Angela (the younger girl) made everything so comfortable for me and I saw most of my old friends, I also read the Lessons in Church, my "Swan Song" I told them, but I was howled down. They are working hard in the garden and the house and are making many improvements. I am very glad you were pleased with the sum remitted to you, the N. Zealand exchange must be very favourable to you. I have now the Defence Bonds (L163) which will not be paid before Nov 15th., as the authorities require six months notice, also your rebate and a final sum which is lying to your credit at the bank, so there is still a nice little bit of money. There are still those wretched Illinois Bonds which seem almost impossible to sell, however Rands (of Northampton) is attending to them. Dorothy has asked Van to come to Nayland and I hope he will go, I wrote to him today to that effect. I hope you are settling down happily in your new house, as I felt at Nayland, it must have been a great wrench to leave your old "Homestead". Still it will be a great rest and relief to you all.
With love from us all to yourself Margot and little E.L.F.
Your affectionate brother
Charles E. Fenn

8 Priory Rd
Phone: Ring 5927
July 15th 45
My dear Harry,
Thank you very much for your long chatty letter telling me all about your home life, also for the photo of Margot and E.L.F. How very much he resembles what you were like at his age, when you were photographed in petticoats holding a hoop and with long curls, how the fashion's alter! I must have been a most objectionable child in the my earlier years in I usually am depicted with a discontented, scowling expression. Aunt Ada used to tell me later on that I usually had a grievance, the whole universe was against me. The family at Nayland are settling down very happily there, Alston has been demobbed and is now living the life of a country gentleman. Aunt Alison (his mother), Aunt Bertha that was, who has been bombed out of London and was temporarily living at Northampton where she found Van's visits a perfect godsend, left their for Eastbourne the other day, she got permission to motor the whole distance and stopped at Kew on her journey through town, she brought her maid and the chauffeur and Ella and Nancy had prepared a veritable Lord Mayor's banquet for them all which the old lady enjoyed four she wrote to us a very grateful letter of thanks afterwards. She is staying with Olive at present until she can find good rooms in a Hotel which will take a long time under present circumstances. I am trying hard to obtain a crossword puzzle book, but they are not printing them now, I have applied at Smith's and Boots without success, I sent you one or two some years ago but whether they ever reached you is doubtful. I occasionally go into Richmond and at a large "At Home Tea Party" I met Lucy Bateman, she does not look a day older than 65 and yet she will be 80 next year how time flies. Dolly B is still in her chronic ill-health, I dare say you knew that Jesse died a few years ago, otherwise they are all fairly well. The two dear old ladies at Wentworth House are having a hard time, or rather Adria is for she has to bear all the burdens and anxieties, bombs have on two occasions almost destroyed the house, they are without maid's, Enid Routh and a weird friend of hers called Hamilton Fraser I have never met her but she seems to be a somewhat hypochondrieal sort of person, she hails from New Zealand, somewhere in your locality, I think Adria finds her more a trouble than a help, poor Adria, she was so long that petted lamb of the family and now in her old age, to be the drudge, but she bears it all nobly. Ella and I have the greatest admiration for Adria Todd.
Ella and I went out to Hampstead a few weeks ago and met Dolly Cotes who was staying a week with Mrs Shuttleworth, I had not met Dolly in some years, but I thought that she had aged very much, she still keeps on moving about so I never know her address, but at present she is somewhere in Bournemouth. I believe Van has got our old "Ye Christmasse Pille" and I have suggested that he should send it to you this Christmas, as now there will be no risk, Margot I am sure would like to see the queer old card and to read its history which I wrote out on its 30th birthday, next year please send it to me (if I am still in the land of the living).
July 16th., Have just received your most kind and welcome present, but really old chap, in the present state of your finances you must not send me any more of your generous presents and in any case don't send any honey in the summer, Van who received his parcel a few weeks ago told me that the honey was losing all over its container and in my case, it must have arrived dripping externally, for the P.O. Authorities had to open it and remove what they called the "perishable article". We have had a heatwave (Temp 85 and more) and terrific thunder and storms all over the country. Ella and Nancy are going away for a change soon, if they can secure accommodation, they both need a change especially Ella who has not been very well lately. But time is now getting short for Margot and by the time you receive this letter it will be all, I trust safely over and may the wee mite turn out to be a blessing and pride to you both.
With much love from us all,
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn.
P.S. you seen to have altered your address it used to be at Park Street Gleniti and now it is Gleniti Taiko RMD, (whatever that may mean)

My dear Harry,
Thank you for your letter. Since I last wrote to you, the most terrible calamity has been fallen upon me. My beloved Ella has died. She was attacked by a growth, but at first the treatment she was receiving did her so much good that the doctors held out high hopes, but afterwards secondary growths appeared which spread with terrible rapidity and she sank & died on April 9th. She lies buried in Richmond Cemetery, the service was at Kew Church and I was so glad that Van was able to conduct it, Nancy and I are alone here now & you can imagine the blank that has fallen upon our lives, but Nancy is a wonderful girl and is the greatest comfort and help to me. Ella had been wondering if you & Margot ever received a little garment she embroidered for little Katharine, the last piece of embroidery she did. It was sent out about the beginning of last December. Yes we received safely the Julius family tree, but Nancy had been keeping it to show to Van and now she wants to keep it to show to Muriel Julius who has just returned from Cornwall but I want to send it back at once. Nancy and I are continuing to live here, anyhow for my lifetime, it is a nice house and suits us both, and it is easy to run, I hope that you and Margot and of the two two (sic) dear children are all keeping fit.
Love from Nancy and myself to you all,
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn
8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
April 24th (1946)
To you both
Since daddy wrote this I have received Margot's letter to mummy: thank you so much for it I was delighted to hear that the little coat arrived safely - m - often wondered if it had - and near the end she had a dream about chalk to children and she said they had found the parcel - so that quite satisfied her. She was so splendoured and brave throughout her illness - I was able to nurse her myself - which was a great comfort to me - except for two or three times a week when a very nice retired nurse we'd know (who helped us with D last year) came an did to be few things I couldn't manage myself, we wandered a beard of all service for her- and with the many friends - the music & flowers - people told us afterwards that we had succeeded. We entered on a note of triumph with "Praise my Soul the King of Heaven" - Uncle Van's suggestion - and I asked everyone to sing. I feel that to mourn it only to show self-pity - m - must be happier out of this troublesome world, but we were such great friends it seems terrible to be parted. Daddy has been splendid & I been so busy I hardly had time to think - m was very keen I assured continue with my singing which is a great interest. I lunched at a Chinese restaurant today - with my Uncle Lee. Afterwards I saw my Grandmother who is very ill & I am afraid cannot last long - everything comes at once - I hope the future will be brighter - the spring blossoms at Kew are lovely - how kind of you to think of parcel - tongues and dried fruits would be most welcome - All love Nancy.
Both letters together written on an Air Letter.

16. Charlies Letters: To Harry in NZ thanks for food parcels.London after the war, 15 Aug 1942, 31 Aug 1942, 10 Jun 1943., 8 Priory Rd Kew London. 8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
My dear Harry,
Yours and Margot's very welcome presents reached us two days ago, it is most generous of you both to send us them, especially as I know you are hard up. I had some of the marmalade for breakfast this morning it was the most delicious I have ever tasted. Just imagine you keeping some of my Haileyburian letters, do you remember that awful contretemps I made when I was at Temple Grove when I wrote a letter to you beginning "Dear Cocky Lockey Kiri Kik etc and sent it to Father by mistake, and you received my letter to Father. I had a regular stinger from the Dad by return, and he reported the matter to Mr Edgar and I went about for some days afterwards looking like a whipped hound. I wish I could give you some definite news about these infernal Illinois bonds, but what with my own out of pocket expenses and Rands bill and the Banks, I don't think there will be much left for us when it is divided into four. After that has been paid off there will only be these mysterious postwar credits, your share is about L9-9-0. Nancy is splendid looking after me and the household, her cooking is wonderful. At present she is cooking fish, with our greedy cat in close attendance. We have had Van. In the lead in the side of last week, he and Nancy did the Academy, went to Hampton Court and one day Van looked up the Bateman's and Todd's and explored the cemetery where he found several fresh graves including old Mr and Mrs Todd and others, he seems to like doing that sort of thing. He looked fairly well and Nancy fed him up, I fancy he leads rather a Spartan like existence with that awful William. Nancy is getting on well with her singing and is singing at a big private party early next month. I hope Edward acquitted himself well as a page. Your description of Katharine shows what a sweet baby she must be, Nancy could say "Dad Dad" long before she could say Mum Mum, much to her darling Mother's grief. My own health is none of the best I just exist and can manage to hobble down to Kew Green and watch the cricket on a Saturday afternoon, but it has been such miserable cold weather lately, we have not really had any summer.
Best love to you and Margot from Nancy and myself and many many thanks again for your generous present.
Your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn.
Written after April 1946.

8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
My dear Harry,
Yours and Margot's stream of presents shown no sign of slackening and I really do not know whether I have thank you for all of them, anyhow I think you are now it is most kind and generous of you both. Van sent me a cutting from the "Times" about George Julius death and also another cutting which you had sent him some time ago both of which I shall put in my big album. What a marvellous brain he had, I had no idea that he had held so many important posts. By the way one cutting says he left two sons have either or both survived him? If so the Fredrick Gilder Julius branch is not extinct I had always thought that when Dudley's son says Saul was killed in the war that he was the last survivor of our branch of the Julius line. You ought to have received by now that wonderful genealogical table which George sent you. The stamp on your letter interested me, it was a clever idea of Audry's to have the plate glass window at the back of the altar looking out on that beautiful view. I rather envied him still hoping to be able to drive a car, I have long given that up for with my "elephant" legs I can only crawl about and my balance is so bad that I keep on tumbling, unless I have Nancy on one side of me. I am afraid my deafness is increasing, I have ordered a fresh pair of spectacles which I hope will improve my eyesight. American "red tape" still holds up the sale of Edgars Illinois Railway Bonds when this wretched business will be settled I really cannot tell, let us hope in my lifetime, for I am the sole executor. Glad to hear that Edward likes his school and is beginning to read quite well. Nancy is having a gay time and her engagement book is usually full up, today in she is lunching at the Ladies Carlton Club with her cousin Mab Dalton, then she is going on to tea with her Aunt Inez (who married Lee Shuttleworth) and in the evening is going to a Concert where Anna Shuttleworth (a wonderful cello player) is performing. Anna is the daughter of Inez and is Nancy's only first cousin on the Shuttleworth side of the family, so I am left alone with the precious Persian cat Cymbeline, of aristocratic dissent and whose real name is Lord Wirelscombe. Your Labour Govt and our Labour Govt are doing their best to ruin and bring to bankruptcy our respective countries. Alison Fenn daughter of Alston is engaged to be married, she will be married from Alston Court, I was trying to think when there had been a wedding from Alston Court, certainly not in my lifetime, and as Uncle Sam & Aunt Margaret were both single, it may have be our grandfather T H Fenn, surgeon when he married Maria Alston somewhere about the year 1840.
With love to you both
Ever your affect brother
Charles E. Fenn
Written on an Air Letter after June 46.

8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
My dear Harry,
Many many thanks to Margot and yourself for your kind and generous gifts, which Nancy has been taking full advantage of. She is going to two weddings in the near future, one to a friend of hers on the farm at Ham and the other to Alison Fenn's marriage to a Major Redman at Nayland. The latter will be a great event all the village agog, Church Bells ringing etc they wanted Van to marry them but he would be unable to do so as the wedding is on a Saturday. I thought at first I might go if I took a motor there and back, but as I cannot walk about and am very deaf, I came to the conclusion it was not worth while. It is the first wedding they have had from Alston Court since our grandmother Marie Fenn married Thomas Fenn (our grandfather) 106 years ago. Nancy is not stopping the night and will return the same day. Perhaps you have heard that Mabel Todd has had another stroke, but it was only a very slight one and she is rapidly recovering from it. Mrs Shuttleworth died two or three weeks ago she had run through nearly all her money but luckily they will be able to sell the leasehold of her house at a good price and her furniture ought to fetch good prices. Nancy is one of the executives and she is up at Hempstead at the present moment. I have just been making enquiries at my bank about those wretched Illinois Railway Bonds but they have had no further news. American red tape seems to be even worse than our own. Thank you for your many snapshots of the family, tall Agrippa is he not appropriate in one of them. Van sent me on Katharine's photo, a darling little girl she is. Adria is settling down comfortably in Cheltenham with all her Alston Court furniture around her, having to act the part of nurse attendant on Mrs ? is making a new woman of her and bringing out all her best qualities. Thank you for New Zealand illustrated papers, I pass them on to an old gentleman living in an Priory Road, aged 92, an aristocratic old boy and related to the late Earl of Dysart of Ham House.
With much loved to your wall from Nancy and myself.
Your affectionate brother
Charlie E. Fenn
Written on an Air Letter c Jul1946.

17. Charlies Letters: Family news and his failing health, 4 Nov 1946-15 Dec 1946, 8 Priory Rd Kew London. 8 Priory Rd
Kew Surrey.
My dear Harry,
Your family a group photo arrived a few days ago. Thank you for sending a copy, I think it a splendid one, quite the best you have ever had taken off you all, Margot and yourself are excellent, what a darling little Katharine looks, Edward appears a little alarmed, but he clings on to the arm of "tall Agrippa" you will by now have received a little money from me, Edgars bonds fetched more than I had expected, considering all the expenses had to be deducted, including lawyers & Banks fees and my own out of pocket expenses. I have been able to sell three years of your Post War Certificates as you were over 65, they came to L7 odd, the widows cruise is almost trained except for one drop viz your last P War Certificate which comes to L2 odd, when I shall recover it I don't know probably not in my lifetime for I get weaker every day though the process is very gradual. You were asking me about the two old men at Tilford, Cousin Kate married a Reginald Julius and Eggie or Egbart - was her brother-in-law Reginald was another brother to grandfather Julius, he Eggie had a stroke and thus was rather imbecile he had been a solicitor in Farnham. The other one was his brother I have forgotten his name but I think you will find it all down on Georges wonderful genealogical tree.
Nancy has been very gay, she goes to many Concerts etc including one at the BBC which was very interesting, she is developing a good voice and, I hope, will be able to make something out of it in the future. There is nothing much for me to tell you, we have come to the horrible month of November, damp and cold, and I rarely leave the house. Van paid us a visit a few weeks ago, he was looking very well in spite of the neglect of that horrible William; Nancy is making a few fresh friends, but they must have some hobby such as music or history, we gave a tea party here the other day and had very interesting discussions, history has always been one of my hobbies, so I could join in the talk as far as my deafness would allow me to. I have not been to Wentworth House lately so cannot give you any news of the Todd's.
With love to you all
Your affectionate brother
Charles E. Fenn
Written on an Air Letter dated 4 Nov 1946.

Dec 15th 46
My dear Harry,
I had intended to write to you sometime ago in order that I might send you and Margo our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, but I am afraid this letter will be late. I have been ill lately, in fact I nearly "pegged out" owing to loss of blood from an extracted tooth, the bleeding went on until past midnight and then I staggered up to bed where I collapsed, Nancy in alarm sent for the doctor he found me stone cold and pallid, however with brandy and hot water bath's I revived but it left me very weak and I was in bed for some days. Thank you very much for all your letters, to me your one by ordinary mail has just arrived. I was shocked to read the news about George Julius's son most incomprehensible. The weather at present is appalling, thick fog and a freezing atmosphere, the worst possible combination, I never venture out of doors. Nancy and I are spending Christmas here and may entertain the Shuttleworth's (Lee his wife and daughter) if they can come. Nancy is very busy at present settling up her Granny's affairs she has got down here her baby grand piano and a very beautiful piece of furniture it makes our drawing room. She is getting on very well with her singing and this afternoon is away at a party which her singing mistress is giving to some of her pupils. Nancy has been chosen to sing a song and a duet . . . . She is a dear child and looks after me with loving care for now that my dearest Ella has died we are all in all to each other and I feel I must try and carry on though this weather is terrible for me and I often wish that I had not recovered from my illness the other day, however for Nancy's sake I feel I must keep on going. Your Christmas presents are most generous and most welcome, Nancy is sending the tin of fat to Mrs Shuttleworth's cook who is going to make us a plum pudding with it for our Christmas dinner. I dare say you have heard that Aunt Alston has gone to live at Nayland, Van will miss his weekly visit to her. We are having another cosmopolitan tea party next Saturday (Swedes, Norwegians, and Dutch) our last one was a great success, they are all musical and interested in history so Nancy and I have plenty of interesting topics to talk to them about, though alas I am getting very deaf. Hope the money draft has arrived by now, did not send it by cable this time, in order to save expense. Well old chap all good wishes to you and Margo and the family in the New Year from Nancy and myself
Ever your affectionate brother
Charles E Fenn.
A Air Letter giving address 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey to Harold L Fenn Gleniti Taiko RMD Timaru NZ

18. Charlies Letters: Family news Charlie's last letter to Harry & Margot, 23 Feb 1947-18 Mar 1947, 8 Priory Rd Kew London. 8 Priory Road
Feb 23rd 47.
My dear Harry
As this letter ought to reach you somewhere near your birthday, I take the opportunity of wishing you many happy returns of the day, I hope the money draft has reached you by this time the letter post takes a long time now, for I only received "ye Christmasse Pill" a few days ago. You did say that your Bank was the Bank of Australia Timaru, for that was where I directed the draft to be sent to, however alas I heard you had not received it, I caused enquiries to be made at my Bank, they have referred the matter to their Foreign Office Department but I have not heard from them yet. Van is coming to us for a few days on March 3 if a thaw starts, at present he is snowed up and has to give up all his visiting as he cannot use his bicycle, he and Nancy hope to see the King's picture exhibited at Burlington house, I shall be thankful when milder weather comes on, for these prolonged Arctic conditions are simply too awful and I feel the cold intensely. My darling Nancy looks after me with the utmost loving care, she is getting on very well with her singing and goes to numerous concerts and musical entertainments I have not put my nose out of doors for months and, as I think I have told you before, just exist! Nancy visited Wentworth house the other day, poor Adria is kept prisoner for Mabel weeps constantly if Adria ever leaves her, very selfish of Mabel. We have got a new vicar at Richmond, a married man with 4 children, they are going to give up the old vicarage, the ground will probably have large flats built upon it. There is also a new vicar at Nayland, I hope he will prove a great success than his predecessor Canon Wright. He comes from Cumberland and is a married man. I expect on his induction he and the Bishop will be entertained at Alston Court as we did when Canon Wright was inducted. I believe they are getting on well at Alston Court and keeping Aunt Alston warm in spite of the great fuel and electricity cuts though I don't know how they can manage it. Well old boy, much love to you, Margo and the family.
Your affectionate brother
Charles E Fenn
An Airletter giving address 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey to Harold L Fenn Gleniti Taiko RMD Timaru NZ.

Mar 18th 47.
My dear Harry,
Your most generous gift arrived a day or to ago, Nancy and I thank you and Margo very much for it, Jam, Marmalade, Honey are just what we want as they all cost a great many points and we are not supplied with many of these. My bank has just informed me that they have heard through their Foreign Office Department that your money is at the Bank of Australasia, Timaru, so if you have not got it that is where you must apply for it. I said Bank of Australia, perhaps they are both at Timaru. Van arrived yesterday and is stopping until March 2nd he has been completely snowed up for a few days. We have been very lucky and have escaped any damage from storms and floods at present England is like a tremendous lake. We are having our upstairs room made habitable by running a hot water pipe up there and putting in a sink the new district nurse and her husband are coming to live there, they came to tea here the other day both very nice people and will give no trouble. I hope your osteo arthritis is no worse perhaps they will be able to deal with that disease by the radium chemicals that can be obtained by the release of atomic energy. This letter ought to arrive about your birthday, so I take the opportunity of wishing you many happy returns of the day, thank you and Margo very much for all those interesting papers from New Zealand. Much love to you both.
From Nancy and myself
Your affectionate brother
Charles E Fenn
An Airletter giving address 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey to Harold L Fenn Gleniti Taiko RMD Timaru NZ. Endorsed CEF's last letter he died in April 47

Charlie married Edith Elizabeth "Ella" SHUTTLEWORTH [30], daughter of Dr George Edward SHUTTLEWORTH BA (Hons) MD LSA MRCS [558] and Edith Mary HADWEN [2401], on 14 Apr 1915 in St Peters Belsize Park. Ella was born on 17 Feb 1881, died on 9 Apr 1946 in Kew London aged 65, and was buried on 13 Apr 1946 in Richmond Cemetery. The cause of her death was breast cancer. She was usually called Ella.

General Notes:
Edith was always known as Ella, she was a very good pianist and always in demand as an accompanist. Ella assisted her father in his work with handicapped children, and used music to engage them in any early form of music therapy.
Ella brought her music to Suffolk, forming a Womens Institute Choir in Polstead with considerable sucess. However she had little interest in living in Alston Court Nayland, a large cold house lacking amenities.

The marriage of Edith Elizabeth Shuttleworth daughter of Dr. G E Shuttleworth and of, Edith M.Shuttleworth of 8, Lancaster Place Hampstead, N.W. formerly of Ancaster House Richmond and Parkholme East Sheen to Dr Charles Edward Fenn, 34, Streatham Hill, S.W. son of the late Dr. E. L. Fenn, of Richmond, took place at St. Peter's, Belsize Park, NW, on Wednesday.
The bride who was given away by her father, wore a gown of ivory silk brocale veiled with ninon Brussels lace with, bodice and veil of the same and her ornaments were pearls and diamonds and peridot and pearl bracelet, the gift of the bridegroom.
The bridesmaids were Miss Digby (Dorothy) Cotes, of Richmond and Miss Esther MacGillycuddy, of Bournemouth, and they wore dresses of pale blue French satin with mauve hats trimmed with violets and roses. They carried Victorian bouquets of violets and roses and wore Amethyest and pearl pendants the gifts of the bridegroom.
The officiating clergy were the Very Rev.H.M.M. Hackett :M.A., B.D. LL.D. D.C.L. the Rev. E. Fenn. M.A. brother of the bridegroom, and the Rev. F. H. Lacy, M.A., and Lieut-Commander Cyril Fenn R.N. brother of the bridegroom acted as best man. The groomsman was Mr. H. L. H. Shuttleworth I.C.S. (brother of the bride), in the uniform of the Punjab Light Horse.
The service was a full choral one and. and at the close Miss Constance Drever sang Now will I sing to God (Kelly). Mr L D Marsden, A.R.C.O. was at the organ.
The reception took place at the residence of the bride's parents, 8, Lancaster Place N.W., and later in the day the newly married pair left for Devonshire for the honeymoon. The bride's travelling dress was a dark blue Roman satin coat and skirt with Tagal hat to match. Over 200-presents were received.

A second newspaper report records some of the guests at the wedding:
Mrs E. Liveing Fenn, Colonel Fenn, C.I.E. and Mrs Fenn, Mrs Digby Cotes, Lieutenant Commander Cyril Fenn and the Rev E. V. Fenn, Mrs and Miss Bateman, Miss M. Benson, Dr and Mrs Borne Benson, Mrs Rothwell, Mrs Perry and Holmes Perry, Mr Mrs and Miss Masterson, Lady McGregor, Lady Dalton, Miss Dalton, the Mayor and Mayoress of Richmond, Mrs George Cave, the Rev and Mrs Welch Owen, Mr and Mrs Douglas Charrington, Mr R Jack, A.R.A and Mrs and Miss Jack, Dr McGillicuddy, Dr and Mrs Fuller, Dr and Mrs Wall, Dr Brock, the Rev and Mrs Faithfull Davies, the Very Rev Dr Hackett and Mrs and Miss Hackett, Mrs Tickell, Mr and Mrs Atkins, Mr W. Lisle Taylor, Mr and Mrs Kelsall.
Also reported was the bride and bridegroom were the recipients of about 250 presents which included jewels, plate, pictures, and drawing room furniture.
Ref: No 1 Clipping Book

Postcard of Japanese Cherries in Kew.
Addressed to
Miss Fenn
Hawkins Farm
Caundle Marsh

95 Queens Rd
20 Aug 40
Your delightful long letter and the dress arrived this aftn I shall try on the dress this evening. It was sweet of you to finish it when you are so busy. Van has just arrived, so in a minute or two I must start preparing supper. Mrs Adams rang up this morning. Daddy and Van send their love.
Very much love and renewed Thanks

Postcard of the Thames from Richmond Hill
Addressed to
Miss Fenn
Hawkins Farm
Caundle Marsh

95 Queens Rd
19 Sept 40
This must have been Surrey taken from nearly our favourite seat; I have written to Mrs Lemon(?) to ask her to put us up on Oct 1st if she can, it would be lovely to see you again and to have a respite from these endless nights! Two very nice Air Raid Wardens searched our garden during the night for Mrs Marshall heard a crash, nothing was found so I conclude it was a tile
Very much love from D and Me

Ella was aged 65 at her death.

Ellas grave reference: Section 13, grave 10075. with Charlie (London Borough of Richmond on-line burial search).

Noted events in her life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, Royal Albert Asylum Scotforth Lancashire. Edith is recorded as a daughter aged under 2 mths born Scotforth LAN

2. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Royal Albert Asylum Scotforth Lancashire. Edith is recorded as a daughter aged 10 a scholar under tuition born Scotforth LAN

3. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Ancaster House Richmond SRY. Edith is recorded as a daughter single aged 20 born Lancaster LAN

4. Charlie & Ella Fenn: Locket owned by their daughter Nancy.

The child from this marriage was:

   1662 F    i. Edith Nancy Alston "Nancy" FENN [31] was born on 2 Feb 1917 in 8 Lancaster Plc. Hamstead London, died on 26 Sep 2003 in Wimbledon London aged 86, and was cremated on 6 Oct 2003 in Putney Vale Chapel Wimbledon. The cause of her death was ischaemic heart disease. She was usually called Nancy.

General Notes:
Fenn - On the 2nd Feb., at 8 Lancaster place, Hampstead, N.W. the wife of Captain C. E. Fenn R.A.M.C., of a daughter.

Edith was always known as Nancy, she was born at her grandmother's home at Belsize Park 8 Lancaster Place, Hampstead, and educated at a number of schools (8 in all) including Ipswich and Worthing High Schools passing her G.S.E in 1934. A career in music (harp, she was a pupil of Edith Mason) was interrupted by WW II when she became a Land Girl. She worked first on a dairy farm near Sherborne, then moved to work at Home Farm, Ham House London enabling her to look after her parents who were in poor health.
Nancy was unable to return to instrumental music as wartime farm work had damaged her hands with arthritis, however music remained a lifelong passion. She developed her singing voice, achieving competition success as an amateur into her 80's when this was written (1999). A common love of music brought Nancy and Dudley Hadwen together (Nancy joked that noticing Dudley had an appreciation of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet she realised his sometimes hidden qualities). She was living in her late parents home at 8 Priory Rd Kew at that time.
Nancy was a member of the Wimbledon Friends Meeting.
Since 1987 Nancy regularly travelled to NZ to spend February with her cousins.
Nancy formed a charitable trust in 1985 from which she donated tens of thousands of pounds over the years in support of music in England particularly the English Sinfonia, the Society of Friends, opera, animal welfare, OXFAM, Hospice, and many other worthy causes.

Nancy Fenn is not competing for amateur billiards championship, but she played a practice game with Mrs Shuttleworth, her grandmother, one of the entrants in the Women's Billiards Championships
Mrs Shuttleworth brought along her granddaughter to act as mascot at the Championships now being held at Burroughes & Watts billiards hall in Soho Sq.
Nancy was thrilled. She plays a bit herself, and to see grannie play in a real championship was wonderful. The sacred calm of Burroughes and Watts could scarcely repress her enthusiasm. When grannie knocked up a nice little break Nancy's eyes shone with undisguised pleasure. But grannie was not quite good enough for Mrs. Sills, of Cambridge, who won the match 200-163." The tense silence as the match neared its end was almost too much for Nancy. She bit her lips in excitement, and watched with bated breath. An almost inaudible sigh left her lips when Mrs Sills made the winning stroke, and her eyes were suspiciously bright. She impetuously, ran across to grannie, and tucked her arm in the loser's, with an air that said, " Never mind, grannie dear, I'm sure you could have won if you'd tried".

Whistle For A Miss
Grandmother At Billiards
by James Dunn
Watching women play billiards is a study in grace and temperament. Since Miss Ruth Harrison become a professional player last year there is no amateur women billiards champion of Great Britain, so they are seeking one in a competition that, among other places began at Burwat Hall Soho Square W yesterday.
In this London qualifying section they were 21 competitors including Lady Constance Childe-Pemberton who is 62.
Mrs Shuttleworth, who had bought her granddaughter, charming Nancy Fenn, to watch her play Mrs Stills in the preliminary round enjoys playing billiards, but she does not believe that the billiards room is a sanctuary of silence.
When she misses an easy shot she whistles in disgust; when she gets into an awkward position she does not hesitate to denounce the balls as "blighted" and when her opponent makes a good stroke she cheerfully calls "Oh good shot"
Mrs Sills plays billiards as if she were bent on making the balls behave when she accidentally potted the white she said "Sorry" and chalked her cue with the determination of a woman who would see to it that such a thing never happened again.
During the game of 200 up there were no big breaks but the game was good to watch if only for the grace and sportsmanship shown by the players. Every time Mrs Stills fluked, Miss Nancy Fenn sniffed, but Mrs Shuttleworth smiled her jolly smile.
Mrs Stills ran out winner by 200 points to 163. Her best break was 19, and Mrs Shuttleworth, the jolliest of losers, broke down as an unlucky 13.
Lindrum may be the world's greatest billiards player, but I would sooner hear Mrs Shuttleworth whistle after a bad miss, than I would watch him make a 1000 break.

GIRL BILLIARDS PLAYER At the top of the page is a picture of Miss Nancy Fenn, the Worthing girl billiards player. She wears her hair in plaits down her back Last week-end, Miss Fenn was beaten in the semifinal of the girls' amateur billiards championship in London. Her father is a doctor and the family live at West Avenue, Worthing.
Dr and Mrs Fenn told me the other day that Miss Nancy is a pupil at the Worthing High School for Girls. Owing to the fact that she is studying for her school certificate examination, she has not been able to practice billiards of late although she is a member of the Worthing Women's Billiards Centre. She is 161/2 years of age, and intends to have another shot for the girls' title next year. Her tutors have been Miss Eva Collins who instructs the Worthing Women's Centre, and Mr Jaggard, the marker at the Forum Club. London. Better luck next time Nancy.

A quote about Nancy which the compiler has only added posthumously, at the request of the writer Christopher Alston [2606], although he is sure Nancy would have had a good laugh. Writing about Alston Court that his Aunt Charlotte [1532] had painted, he continued "Actually it was she who tried very hard in the 30's to marry me off to Nancy Fenn, a spinster of somewhat plain but pleasant features! My aunt thought it would be a good idea to return to my roots and live at Alston Court. I fear that in those days of my youth romance did not include family history! it was a nice thought though" Nancy's father became the owner of Alston Court about that time, but rarely lived there.

Kingston & Wandsworth Quaker Meeting Magazine No 42 Summer 1992.
I am fortunate in having relations in New Zealand, many of whom have been over to stay with me in Wimbledon, so for the past few years have been happy to be at the receiving end of their kind hospitality (Edward & Jeanette Fenn).
I flew out at the end of January and when I heard that my neighbour on the plane was travelling to Christchurch to spend his 90th birthday with his son, while I would be celebrating only my 75th while I was away, I felt quite youthful. It was glorious to arrive in Auckland on a hot summers day with Hibiscus, Bougainvillea, Agapanthus, Roses and many other flowers growing in profusion in the rich volcanic soil.
Auckland is becoming quite a cosmopolitan city with people settling there from all over the world. There were many good concerts and exhibitions on when I was there in there splendid new arts centre, the Aotea. When I was there last year I attended a concert given by the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra and this year by contrast I went to the musical "Chess" which rather to my surprise I really enjoyed! It is good to be in a city that has so many fine beaches within easy reach, clean, with long stretches of empty shores. Nearly everybody has a boat of some sort to go sailing round the beautiful islands.
I flew down to Invercargill at the southernmost point of South Island to visit more relations (Katherine Kitto). The town is very Scottish in character and it is not surprising that many Scots have settled there. We were lent a Bach (or little holiday house) at Queens town on Lake Wakatipu looking out towards the fine range of mountains called the Remarkables.
A friend I had met last year came to join us and remembering a conversation we had then had brought me a copy of Matthew Fox's "Original Blessing" which I am still reading with great excitement!
On the last Sunday, back in Auckland we went to Mt Eden Meeting. Several of their members have visited us in Wimbledon and they gave me a warm welcome. After Meeting for Worship we were taken round an adjoining house, now owned by the Meeting which provides very comfortable self catering accommodation for visitors. I was asked to tell Friends at home they would be very welcome to stay there if they were ever in Auckland.
I left New Zealand in early March with there Autumn approaching, to arrive back in Britain for the first signs of Spring.
Nancy Hadwen

2003 - Nancy recalls memories of a time during the 1st World War when her father and his family were stationed on Sailsbury Plain, probably operating at Longleat, where he was involved in early work with plastic surgery. Richard (Dick) Fenn was also stationed in the area for a time and a family story is of Dick bringing his platoon to a salute as Nancy was wheeled by in her pram.
Charlie and Dick Fenn used to write each other doggeral describing Nancy's progress as a child:
"Edith Nancy Alston Fenn has a temper well I ken
She has got the fat of ten
Edith Nancy Alston Fenn"

Nancy Hadwen 2001
Some time ago, as a long-time member of the Clarsach Society, it was suggested that I might like to write down some of my memories over the years.
I first joined the London Branch in the mid 30's, and attended several celidhs. I was studying the pedal harp and clarsach with Miss Edith Mason at the time, who also introduced me to Prunella Stack and the Women's League of Health and Beauty (Prunella was another of her pupils).
I was living with my parents at East Sheen, before the war, and remember Canon Hood, Rector of Keithley in Yorkshire coming to preach at Mortlake Church - afterwards he lunched at our house and I was thrilled to hear that Patuffa Kennedy Fraser was his wife! Later on, Miss Brown Douglas (whom many of us remember with affection) sold off some of her harp music, amongst which I found the second volume of 'Songs from the Hebrides' that had actually belonged to Patuffa, and was signed by her inside, and dated 1917.
During the war I worked on a farm in Dorset, and one day, bringing the cows in for afternoon milking, was astonished to see Edith Mason the other side of the herd. She had come down from London unexpectedly, to seek some peace and quiet in the country!
I see from the London branch newsletter (April 2000) that during the war Miss Rouse and Miss Mackinnon (the two Secretaries at the time) moved down to Bournemouth, where they continued to play and teach the harp. They very kindly asked me to stay with them for a weekend - and what a treat it was for me to have a brief respite from my farm work
My membership of the Clarsach Society lapsed for a time after the war (having to handmilk the most difficult cows my fingers were finding it hard to cope with harp-playing once more!). I was attending a singer's workshop at the City Lit however (where incidentally I met Marigold Dick just starting her harp career!) and a friend suggested I should go with her to a celidh at the home of Gwendolen and Edith Mason in Kensington, and so I was drawn into the net once more!
The newsletter (no 13) again brought me in touch with interesting people. There was an article by Penny Sibson about John Thomas's harp, that was now in New Zealand - my Grandmother had been a pupil of John Thomas, so I was immediately interested. It was a fascinating story about a Doctor Charles Nalden, a professor of music at Auckland University and founder of the first Conservatorium of Music there. He had just written his autobiography called "Half and Half - The Memoirs of a Charity Brat". At just three weeks' old, he had been deposited at the Foundling Hospital in Coram Fields, where the discipline was very hard for a child. However, he was sent, with other boys, to train in a military band. Later he worked his way up to become Director of Music at Kneller Hall.
Amongst many instruments that he played was the harp (he studied with a pupil of John Thomas), and when he heard the great man's harp was for sale, he made several bids to buy it, and was eventually successful. Later he decided to emigrate with his family to New Zealand and the harp went with him! As I was about to visit my cousins in Auckland, it was suggested I should call on Dr Nalden at his home, to purchase my copy of his book. I received a most kind and friendly welcome - he not only got the harp out to show me, but also gave me a tape of his playing on it. I, in my turn, was able to give him a copy of John Thomas's 'History of the Harp' which he did not know about.
Needless to say I found Dr Nalden's book absolutely fascinating, and counted myself fortunate to have met him. Sadly I have just heard of his recent death - but he was an active musician well into his 90's, so perhaps harping may help to keep us all young.

Hadwen - Edith Nancy Alston at her home in Wimbledon, twenty-sixth of September 2003, peacefully aged 86.
Funeral, 2:15 PM, Monday sixth October, Putney Vale Crematorium, flowers, or donations to the Nancy Hadwen charitable trust, to homes and daughters funeral directors, for sixty-one Upper Richmond Road W. Tel: (020) 8392 1012
The Times, Personal Column, Saturday, October 4, 2003.

During the evening of the 26th Sept 2003 Nancy died peacefully of heart failure while watching TV, ending a life well lived in humble optimism, avoiding judgement and accepting of all. Her friends and family gathered first at the Putney Vale Chapel for a Quaker service of rememberance and committal to cremation, then to the Wimbledon Meeting House for a tribute of music and song organised by Anna Shuttleworth, and tea.
On the 24th of June Anna Shuttleworth, David Sellen, Jeanette and Edward Fenn, Kevin and Valerie Richmond-Price and David Wells gathered at the grave of Charlie and Ella Fenn in Richmond Cemetery London for tributes to Nancy and a symbolic scattering of part of her ashes on the grave. Unfortunately the grave surround had been engraved in Nancy's maiden name "E Nancy A Fenn 1914 - 2003" All present agreed this would have caused Nancy a great laugh.
Further to this, part of her ashes were scattered on Wimbledon Common, in Bathgate Rd and in the West Country by the Richmond-Price family.

A Celebration Of The Life Of Edith Nancy Alston Hadwen.
Putney Vale Chapel
6th October 2003
Order of Service.
Music by Mozart sung by Emma Kirkby
Welcome by Eric Bramsted of the Wimbledon Friends Meeting.
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation
Joachim Neander 1640.
Contemplation and sharing on the life of Nancy Hadwen.
The shaking of hands
Recessional Music - Bach
Everyone present is warmly invited to gather again from 3.30pm today to continue this celebration with pictures music and song including a performance of the Mozart Quartet in D Minor by Nancy's musician friends, followed by refreshments; at the Wimbledon Friends Meeting House 40 Spencer Hill Rd Wimbledon SW19 4EL. (see page 4)
You are also invited to pick up your, or any floral tribute and bring it to the Meeting House and/or take it home with you.
Quaker Funerals
Nancy Hadwen, many years ago found the Quaker tradition of quiet contemplation in accord with her spiritual needs.
Quaker funerals have no set form, gathering together in silence, all present, are invited to enter into a communion of prayer and contemplation, bearing in mind those who are bereaved.
Anyone who feels moved to do so may speak, with helpful words, as well as messages, which may testify to the qualities the deceased displayed in life.
In this way loving remembrance and thankfulness may rightly find expression, together with thoughts of comfort and sympathy for those left behind.
Whether in silence or otherwise, all who are present may help by their thought and prayer in the fellowship, into which we are brought together, by the Spirit of Christ, our Christian Heritage or other beliefs.
The worship ends with the shaking of hands, each with the other.
It is in this way we gather today to celebrate the long and full life of Nancy Hadwen, who in her serene unselfish way brought much good to this world.
Nancy profoundly expressed her joy for life through her love of music, which she approached with uncomplicated universal enjoyment.

NANCY HADWEN -- 02.ii1917 - 26.ix.2003
"Remember that we all share responsibility for the meeting for worship, whether
our ministry is in silence or through the spoken word." (Advices & Queries No.12)

For Wimbledon Friends, Nancy was as much a part of the Meeting as were the flowers on the
table - which often she herself had grown and brought. Their presence made the meeting room just that little bit more welcoming for those coming in on a Sunday morning to worship. And like the flowers, Nancy's presence lifted our spirits, her ministry being more often than not of the silent kind.
When she did feel moved to share something with us in words, they were words of faith and quiet conviction, and they were the more valued for being infrequent. Friends recall her ministry as clear and deeply sincere; she did not speak at length and her ministry was the more effective for it.
Edith Nancy Alston Fenn was born at her grandmother's home in north London on the 2nd
February 1917. In later life she recalled memories of a time during the First World War when her father and the family were stationed near Salisbury Plain. He was a medical doctor, involved in early work with plastic surgery, and a brother, Richard (Dick) Fenn was also stationed in the area for a time. There is a family story of Dick bringing his platoon to attention and saluting as Nancy was wheeled by in her pram. After the war the family moved to Sussex, and Nancy became a pupil at the Worthing High School for Girls. In her teens she became skilled enough at billiards to compete at national level. She also had a great love of music, and was particularly fond of the harp, which her grandmother played. By this time the family had moved to East Sheen, and she began studying the pedal harp and clarsach (Celtic Harp) at the Royal College of Music in London, joining the London Branch of the Clarsach Society in the mid 1930s, and attending several Ceilidhs.
However, her studies and indeed her career aspirations were interrupted by World War II,
when she had to become a
Land Girl.' She worked first on a dairy farm near Sherborne, Dorset, then moved to the Home Farm of Ham House, London, which enabled her to look after her parents who were in poor health. Sadly, after the war ended, Nancy was unable to return to instrumental music, wartime farm work having led to her fingers becoming plump and her hands arthritic. In an article she wrote for the Clarsach Society, she noted: "My membership of the Clarsach Society lapsed for a time after the war (having to hand milk the most difficult cows, my fingers were finding it hard to cope with harp-playing once more). I was attending a singer's workshop at the City Lit however, and a friend suggested I should go with her to a Ceilidh . . . . . and so I was drawn into the net once more."
Music remained a lifelong passion. She developed her singing voice, achieving competition
success as an amateur into her 80's, and it was a common love of music that brought Nancy and her future husband Dudley Hadwen together. They were married on the 15th April 1950 in Kew, and Nancy moved into the house in Bathgate Road, Wimbledon, which Dudley's parents had bought. Sadly, he was a compulsive smoker, and after more than 30 years of marriage, he succumbed to lung cancer. He died on 14th May 1982 after a lengthy and painful period of ill health which proved a testing time for Nancy.
Following Dudley's death, Nancy began to travel again, including several journeys to
relatives and friends in New Zealand. She also returned to the clarsach, and once more took up singing, joining a local class at the Adult Education Centre, where she made many new friends. She also joined the Putney Music Society, regularly attending talks given by eminent musicians, and offering lifts to those who would otherwise have found it difficult to attend, particularly evening events.
Nancy began attending Wimbledon Meeting in 1960; she joined the Religious Society of Friends on the 18th September 1976 ("by convincement" as it says in the records) and proved a loving and committed member of the Meeting. She attended the meetings for worship regularly and steadfastly, and also came to the business meetings as often as she could. In due course she became the organiser of hospitality and refreshments, especially when it was Wimbledon's turn to host its monthly business meeting, and she filled this role for many years. Rather than press others into service, though, she was very relaxed about the job, believing that the Meeting responded best when gently led by example. She served as an Elder over many years and was most effective in her quiet convinced way. She was also a loyal supporter of the Meeting's discussion groups, and occasionally helped with the Children's Meeting. She was especially glad that Wimbledon Meeting included a group of children, possibly because she never had any of her own. Summer walks or picnics on the Common sometimes concluded at her lovely house with its well-kept garden for a delicious tea - needless to say, she was a keen gardener, hence the flowers for Sunday mornings.
Nancy had many other fine qualities: she was warm, sociable, cultured and very modest. She had a gift for friendship and this was very much in evidence from the many testimonies at her funeral. She was a very balanced person and this led to a serenity, which was an essential part of her personality. She was a good listener, too, and had much empathy for other people. Being young of heart, she took a strong interest in the world around her, and very much endorsed the modern Quaker acceptance of the arts and the rejection of that Puritanism which had denied music, theatre and literature its proper place in life. All these many positive qualities and her years of steadfast attendance at the activities of the Meeting made her a pillar of strength for our small community. However, her life was not bounded by Quakerism. Her vision was too wide for that, as the above record shows, and in all her many friendships she respected and appreciated the faiths of others. She could happily join with others in their worship, but her words: "Quakerism is right for me" encapsulated her belief. She loved the Meeting, and the Meeting loved her in return.
In 1985 Nancy set up a charitable Trust and appointed as a fellow trustee a friend from her late husband's firm of accountants who shared her love of music in general and opera in particular. Almost immediately she was asked to help the English Sinfonia, whose principal cellist at that time was a cousin of Nancy's, Anna Shuttleworth. The orchestra urgently needed a new office and in liaison with Graham Pfaff (its then Chief Executive) they were able to acquire a property in Sandy, Bedfordshire. When this was sold in the mid-990s, the Trust bought larger premises which were later donated to the orchestra in 2001. One of the first grants made by the Trust was in response to an appeal for funds to buy Mendelssohn's house in Leipzig and establish a museum there. Nancy was thrilled to be invited to its opening.
Both Nancy and her husband were devoted supporters of Glyndebourne. She liked to take her friends to the festival, where they enjoyed not only the music but also Nancy's excellent picnics. The Trust also supported the Musicians Benevolent Fund, but its beneficiaries were by no means confined to musical associations. The Trust reflected Nancy's concern for those in need, and made regular donations to the British Red Cross, Oxfam, NSPCC, RNID, Shelter and Trinity Hospice, and supported a number of Quaker projects. At a local level, it helped the Wimbledon Guild of Social Welfare and the Chamber Concerts Association of Wimbledon.
George Fox urged Friends to keep their Meetings,' and Stephen Allott, writing in The Friend of 30th January 2004, reminded us that: "we need a solid body of Friends who will ensure, by their regular attendance, that the Meeting is there, both for newcomers and for less regular attenders." Nancy Hadwen belonged to that body in Wimbledon Meeting. She is greatly missed.
Approved by Wimbledon PM on the 9th May 2004, and signed on its behalf by Jenny Ellam, Clerk. Drafted by Kurt Strauss on the basis of material kindly provided by Anna Shuttleworth, Edward Fenn and David Wells, with additional material from Eric Bramsted and Ann Strauss.
It is the custom of the Society of Friends to create a panegyric of a deceased member, which becomes part of the Society records. ELF

Nancy's ashes were partly scattered about her favourite haunts in Wimbledon the remainder on her parents grave in Richmond Cemetery (Ref section 13 grave 10075) where she is remembered with her parents on the grave site. Due to a confusion her name is recorded as Nancy Fenn, this was not remedied as all involved felt Nancy would have been amused at the error.

Research Notes:
Nancy's War Time Letters
(Images of Originals in Event Pictures.)

Milton Cottage
Lily Lane
Bishops Cornwall
Sherborne Dorset
October 25, 1940
My dear uncle Harry and Margo,
We have just got your letter today with the great good news of the birth of your son and heir, I can't tell you how glad I am, it really is splendid, my very best congratulations you have set the ball rolling again, after everyone thought the Fenn family was going to peter out with me! As soon as the war is over I want the three of us to come out to visit you in New Zealand, the parents seemed quite keen when I suggested it the other day, it would be so nice to see you both again, and of course the great Edward Liveing!
I've now been on the land for nearly 4 months I've been so lucky in getting onto a very suitable farm, we came on it by pure chance. One day we came to Sherborne to see the school, and liking it so much, we stayed here for a week. Mummy and I went out to see a farm the first day, and two ladies in a car gave us a lift. We found one of them knew a great friend of ours and the other was a farmer's wife, they asked us to tea the next day, and we arranged I should start work on their farm in a fortnight. The farmer, Mr Foot is such a nice man though he was very sceptical about a land girl, he said "Let the girl come she will be fed up with it in a fortnight" he knows differently now. I got in for the haymaking and of course the harvesting for both of which we had perfect weather, though it was hard work as we were so very shorthanded. One day when we were through threshing we were up milking at 5.30 and didn't get our tea till 8 o'clock at night. There were some bombs dropped near us that night but they didn't keep me awake! We started milking in the usual way at 6 A.M. I do eight cows now morning and evening my fingers were terribly stiff at first, then I go to another farm to fetch the four horses, huge beasts, as big as Suffolk Punches. After breakfast I clean out the cow sheds and pigsties and feed two sets of calves, after that I do the job of the day whatever it is on, at present it is Mangold pulling and hauling, until I go for the cows for the afternoon milking. I enjoy the work very much and it is a very good thing to have plenty to do in wartime - Mr Foot and our two men are in the home guard. One night they were all called out and Mrs Ford and I were left with the prospect of milking forty-two cows in the morning. Luckily it was a false alarm and the men were back the next day there are two dear little boys at the farm, Michael and Freckles aged 9 and 7. I've learned quite a lot about small boys since I've been there! They're much nicer than I'd always thought! Mrs Ford has a brother at Dunedin New Zealand called Asten, she was a nurse and one of her patients she took to the South of France, is living at the farm at present. She is the boy's godmother, a Mrs Adams and very charming, her flat in town was bombed last week. I was so worried about my parents in London, we've had bombs all around our house, but so far we've had no worse than broken windows. M and D spent most nights under the dining room table last month as we have no shelter! It really is splendid the way everyone is carrying ................... page missing.
Written on both sides of two pages of writing paper. Endorsement on the front page.
"I suppose this will reach you about Christmas time my love and very best wishes for it and the New Year"

37 Grosvenor Gardens
Sept 5 (43)
My dear Margo,
I'm afraid it's a long time since I wrote you, but these are such busy days, as you well know! Have I thanked you for the very interesting New Zealand paper? I was so glad to get it. You may have heard by now that after having tried to live at Alston court we came to the conclusion that it was really more than we could manage. Daddy said he could not stand the winter is down there, and of course there are endless difficulties and expenses running a house of that size (and garden) in war time, the Labour problem is steadily getting worse. Eventually we decided to offer it to Alston Fenn, he jumped at the chance of having it and as he can afford to run the house properly and is one of the family, it seemed an ideal solution to our problem, although we can't help feeling rather sad too, in spite of of the discomforts we have had to endure living there! The Fenns have two daughters, a little younger than I am, who love old things and are fascinated with the house (they have never had a permanent home with their father being in the army) Houses are very difficult to get in town now but we have managed to get quite a nice little one off Kew Green - where I think we all ought to be very happy together. I am still on the farm at Ham so can live at home, it is on the flat for daddy and of course we all love the gardens. It's an easy place to get up to town from too. We are parking daddy at my grandmothers at Hampstead, and I have got some time off to help mummy with the move which is on September 23 our address will be 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey. I went to see an excellent play at the arts Theatre Club the other day - it was G.K.Chesterton's "Judgement of Dr Johnson" - the member who took me was a Nancy Grigg (and niece of Sir James Grigg I believe) she lived near Timaru when young and apparently knew a lot of the Julius's - she mentioned a certain "Fenny" who I oppined to be my uncle! She was in the land Army but left it, and now works with a friend of mine at the War Office. This year we have doing a good deal of evening work - but one night I felt I had earned a treat so I dashed up to town (complete in breeches!) to hear a prom at the Albert Hall - it really was a most grand programme, all Bach and Handel Leon Goossens, Harriet Cohen, Thalben-Ball were some of the soloists. It was rather interesting to, as the Queen had decided to take Princess Elizabeth to her first prom concert that evening - I couldn't understand why everybody was standing up and clapping, until I looked just above me and saw them in the Royal box!
I was swimming in the open air pool at Twickenham last week and saw a notice of a concert to be given by an amateur orchestra, so I crossed by the ferry and thoroughly enjoyed Handel's Water Music which seemed most suitable! My annual weeks holiday I am having in October, I thought we would enjoy it better when the move was over. We haven't decided whether to go to Buxton or Malvern yet, I'll get back in time for Marigold pulling! I'm in digs at present in the house of a very nice girl whose husband is in the RAF in India, there is just the two of us and her dog.
I do hope this letter reaches you safely.
My best love to you all especially young Edward how I'd like to see him come and see us all.
Written on both sides of three sheets of notepaper

Nancy's Letters:
8 Priory Road
Dec 3 (44?)
My dear Uncle Harry,
I really am filled with shame when I realise we shall be feasting on your beautiful cake at Christmas time and I have not even written a letter to send you our greetings - we also have to thank you for the most interesting local papers which arrived last month. I expect you are settling down in your new home, do you feel lost without your farm? I also, have retired from agriculture after precisely four years and four months. Daddy was again taken ill in the autumn and so was my grandmother, so that my mother had a very hard time with both invalids and trying to run the house (which we still have not got straight!) So I resolved that if the Labour Exchange would release me to work at home I ought to do so. Somewhat to my surprise they were most understanding and told me to give a weeks notice which I did forthwith. So now I'm back at women's work! And there's no shortage of that at home, even though it is slightly less strenuous than the farm.
I got the farmer safely married to a great friend of mine before I left, they had a very quiet wedding in September and spent their honeymoon in Devon and Cornwall - the housekeeper went off in a bit of a huff beforehand so I helped the secretary prepare the house for their homecoming.
I met the wife of the new director of Kew Gardens, Dr Salisbury, at a friends the other day, she was rather an interesting woman, and so I prevailed on mummy to call on her - unfortunately the day we asked them to tea mummy was unwell, so I had to be the hostess-in-chief luckily Muriel Julius came along too, and they appeared to have a great many professional friends in common, so we had a most entertaining afternoon. I miss my open-air life somewhat (though I've the garden to tackle in the spring) so whenever I go into Richmond to shop, I walk through the length of Kew Gardens, it's grand being so near them - we still take a lunch in there on sunny days and even Daddy can get slowly over the green to them on mild days (he is better now but has to take everything very carefully and always has a day in bed a week)
I dashed out to Kew church this morning - it's only a few minutes over the green - old Lord Lang preached today but we have two very alive young clergy who really have turned the church into a going concern! We had a sale last week, much to my amazement they took L522 - my grandmother managed to have her poppy party for Armistice Day, again this year, and she got L42 which really was very good. As I haven't much time to practice the harp now I'm having some singing lessons from a very charming Scandinavian friend of ours - I do so enjoy it. Her husband, who is half Dutch and half English moved from his city offices to what used to be a games club down at Teddington I lunched with him one day as it was just by our farm but it was a bit too much of a rush in my dinner as I had to polish myself up a bit before entering civilised society, it was enjoyable but I found it more restful to flop down under a hay rick!
My mother and I went to quite a good production of the Beggars Opera the other day which we much enjoyed - my cousin Anna Shuttleworth is now studying the cello at the college, she is in both orchestras and wanted me to go up to her end of term concert. There were about a hundred in the orchestra, and I thought played exceptionally well. I expect you heard a Doodle Bug fell just behind the Todd's on a garage in Old Palace Yard - and they suffered very badly from blast although neither of them was hurt mercifully - poor Aunt Adria (the Great-half one!) was very upset at the ruin of her precious glasshouse. Mummy and I have made several journeys to Wentworth House to save some of the poon plants from the winter's blast, as we have a little conservatory here. Both aunts seemed as well as could be expected, although A.A. has a rather awful time running the house with an invalid and only one somewhat emotive maid.
When we left Nayland we gave the Giles Chinese Dictionary away to Col Rundal but hearing they were very short of them at the School of Oriental languages he consented to present it to them. The next day a beautifully made parcel arrived from Ray which mummy said she had better take straight up to the school. At the last minute I suggested it might be better just to look in the parcel - on opening it I found "With love from Alston Court"! And the contents rows of lovely Suffolk Spice Pippin's - I should love to have seen M handing apples round to the Oriental professors. However the dictionary did arrive later and was received with enthusiasm. My best love to Margo and Edward and to yourself.
Written on five sides of notepaper, year uncertain.

8 Priory Rd Kew Surrey.
July 13, 1945
My dear Margo
We were so delighted to receive your long and interesting letter, I love hearing about your new home, it sounds so attractive and in such a glorious position - we have been thinking of you all this month and the little new arrival, how thrilled Edward must be - although there are many advantages of being an only child - I must say I wouldn't mind some brothers and sisters at present - I've had Mummy in bed lately I think she got thoroughly run down last winter - still if I could get my family all away to the sea for a bit it would do them a lot of good - daddy is better but I'm afraid he would find the crowded travelling conditions of the present day very trying - Aunt Alison then paid us a visit last week on the way from Northampton to her daughter Olive George at Eastbourne. She hired a car for the journey, which I believe cost her a fabulous sum. She arrived for lunch complete with chauffeur and maid!
August 12th. As usual I couldn't write the letter straight through, one seems to get so little time to settle down to things nowadays! Mummy seemed no better so my grandmother put daddy up for a week - I think he was really better for the change - and enjoyed several little bridge parties! Everybody now is trying to get away to the sea for the first peacetime holiday so we had great difficulty in getting anywhere to go to however we remembered two lady gardeners we often talk to at Kew - (they look after the Rose Garden and herbaceous borders) they had told us they had a little house at Broadstairs where they had a gardening business, which they had to leave at the outbreak of war - we ask them if we could picnic in their house and they very kindly agreed - we had such a happy peaceful week - the air is so bracing there and the sea glorious. I bathed and we had picnics & in the evening went down to listen to the very good military band on the front. Mummy's people had a holiday house there years ago when she was a girl, and she says it has altered very little since then even the same old concert party and the only new cinema was hit by a bomb! We only had two grey days which we employed in visiting Sandwich and Canterbury - I was fascinated by the latter though it is sad to see the devastation all round the cathedral, the sun came out as we reached it, and it looked very fine, it is grand to feel it is practically undamaged by the horrible war - budleas seemed to grow in profusion on bomb sites - we already have brought one home with us from Bath now we have one from Canterbury unfortunately Mummy was no better when we returned so visited our Dr, who sent her up to a specialist. She had had some bad glandular swellings - he was rather serious about it and she is having to go up to London each week for some sort of light treatment - oh how I hope it will make her better. Still I'm so glad to be near London where one can get the best treatments it would have been very difficult if we had still been at Alston Court where incidentally they seem very contented and happy. Now I must thank you for the perfectly magnificent cake which arrived safely a short while ago. It really is good of you to send me such a rich and beautifully baked cake I know the time it takes - and especially with all you have to do - we do appreciate all your kindnesses to us during the war - I am saving the cake for a very special tea party.
Sept 1st I have just received your letter with the gladsome news we are all so delighted at the arrival of Katherine and send our best love and congratulations. How nice of you to Air Mail the news we were all so anxious to hear, we toasted your health at supper - Adria Fenn is staying with the Todd's in the weekend, we expect her to tea today - mummy has started her treatments and they are doing her good I'm glad to say love from us all to you all
Written on six sides of 3 sheets of letter paper..

8 Priory Road,
Nov 25 (1945)
My dear Margo,
I'm afraid this will arrive a little late for Christmas but I do send all my love and best wishes to you and your family, mummy embroidered this little coat for Katharine so I am sending it off for her, as she has had rather a hectic time going to and from the hospital for her treatments lately. She just finished a course last week and is having a break from them now, I think they really did her good. On top of everything else my grandmother was taken ill last week, the doctor thought it was all up with her, and we had to keep on dashing over to Hampstead, however he underestimated her North Country constitution! and this week she has rallied amazingly, and really seems on the mend. She had been doing too much lately with her various charities, for Poppy Day she had her usual party and made over L57 which was a splendid total. There was a terrific crush, and during the musical interludes I sat halfway up the stairs, the only seat I could find! Daddy seems better I'm glad to say, I've been with him to various tea parties lately and he thoroughly enjoys meeting all his old Richmond friends. One day we went to the Salisbury's, he is the director of Kew Gardens, they have a lovely old Georgian house on Kew Green very picturesque, but bitterly cold in winter with our fuel shortage. Today the gas people have gone on strike! And I've been trying to cook the meals with hardly any heat. Luckily we have an open fire in the drawing room where I keep a kettle going, but we generally do all our heating and cooking by gas, though I really prefer electricity. My greatest friends when we lived at Streatham were the son and daughter of the vicar of Christ Church, the girl was married last month at Holy Trinity Brompton (the third wedding running I have been to there) they flew to Ireland for their honeymoon as the groom was in Imperial Airways. The music at the wedding was lovely (there was a bishop and a couple of vicars to marry them properly!) And afterwards a very good reception at the Rembrandt Hotel. I dash down to the farm at Ham whenever I can, the Secetts always give me a warm welcome, I helped in the dairy and fed cows last time, it was fun for a change. Have you seen "Johnny Frenchman" filmed in Cornwall, the "Seventh Veil" (parts filmed in Richmond and grand music) and "Perfect Strangers" a naval film? I enjoyed them all especially the second one.
Mummy and Daddy join me in love to you all
endorsed at the top of the first page "daddy sends photo of U Harry in youth as he thinks Edward resembles him so much"
Written on both sides of three sheets of notepaper.

8 Priory Road
January 16 (1946)
My dear Margo
I do hope these trinkets reach you safely, I know my mother intended to send you the blue enamel brooch, that belonged to my grandmother (Uncle Harry's mother) the other things also belong to her, except the little turquoise ring and bracelet, which I had when I was small, and I wanted Katharine to have them. The bracelet looks rather nice on a chubby wrist!
We are thankful to be nearly in Spring again, today has been glorious, sunshine all the time, I got daddy out for a bit. He gave me a bicycle for Christmas (my old one had had a hard time during my farm years!) I always bike whenever I can, to get fresh air, it's very useful for shopping when one cannot get goods delivered to one's house too.
Uncle Van is coming to stay with us in February, he wants to see the King's Pictures at Burlington house, (I have been twice already they are most interesting). Later in the month I really hope to get away to my friend at the Isle of Wight and grannies maids are coming to look after daddy.
Your tinned meats have been most useful during this wretched transport strike, the only dissatisfied one is Cymbeline the cat, who doesn't like tongue! We handed over my grandmother's house on December 31 I was relieved not to have to journey over to Hampstead any more, it took so much time. I went to a New Year's Eve party on Kingston Hill, it was great fun, we ended up with Sir Roger de Coverley. As there was no other way of getting home, I had to cycle in spite of wearing an evening dress which I hoiked up on an elastic band like a pintle. London is very full, everything booked up very much. I tried for the circus at Olympia, the Proms, with no success.
With love to you all from us both
Written on both sides of two sheets of notepaper, Nancy ran out of room at the end.

Ommaroo Hotel
Jersey C.I.
July 29, 1947
My dear uncle Harry I feel quite guilty not to have written to you and Margo before to thank you for your letters papers and perfectly delicious cake, and another parcel of food, also very welcome - the latter so very useful to have - it is such a treat to have a change in our somewhat monotonous diet! It is more than kind of you both to continue your generous presents. As you see by the above address I am staying at Jersey - I came with a girlfriend of mine who lives at Richmond and we are both thoroughly enjoying a fortnight's holiday here. There are many remains of the German occupation here - including a large underground hospital built with Russian labour - we have been very lucky in our hotel and weather; the bays around the island are perfect for bathing. One day we went by the mail boat to Sark - it is too small for motor traffic and a most beautiful spot. We had an excellent crossing from Southampton but as we could not get berths didn't get much sleep that night! We return by day via Weymouth so will see more of our journey. I still have the Conways in the top floor at home - really very kind and helpful people to have in the house - while I am away Jenny (my maid) and her old mother are also staying in the house and enjoying visits to Kew Gardens and Richmond Park. I am so thankful to have Jenny she was with Granny for twenty-six years and really takes an interest in my well-being! And is a very true friend. I have just received a letter from the farm I was on in Dorset, inviting me down in August so I am going there to give a hand with the harvest. I expect you heard I had a few days at Alston Court, Aunt Adria was there to - they seem very happy and are making aEight Priory road good job of village life these difficult days. Did you hear of Jack Bateman's death last month, I believe it was quite sudden. Soon I shall be settling down for the winter and will let you know how I am getting on. Very much love to you all from Nancy
Squeezed into an Air Letter addressed to Mr and Mrs HL Fenn Taiko RMD Timaru NZ.

Sept 20 (1947) 8 Priory Road Kew Surrey England.
My dear Fenn family - I do hope all is well with you - I have been meaning to write to you in case you wondered what had happened to the watch and ring I was going to send it off sometime ago but found the watch was not going, so I took it into Richmond to be mended - it ought to be ready in about three weeks time - the man said being an old watch - you probably would not have been able to get it repaired in New Zealand. So I'm glad I noticed it before I sent it off - I have been very lucky with holidays this year - think I last wrote to you from Jersey where I had a glorious time lots of bathing etc. I had not been home more than a week when the farmer's wife at Sherbourne (where I worked in 42) asked me to spend a fortnight with them - the harvest was so early this year, I got up for all the cutting and carrying of the corn, but I enjoyed it and found I had not lost my skill with a pitchfork. Then the widow of our old vicar at Streatham - now living with her son - who is a rector near Worcester - also asked me down for a week - they are very old friends of ours - and I was so glad to be with them again, and also to see that part of England which was new to me - the Malvern Hills, Tewkesbury and Worcester - I intended going over to Cheltenham but A(unt) Adria was away. I did enjoy moving about a bit this year, I have been so stuck in the past and with direction of labour coming on again here probably will be in the future! To safeguard myself from being put in a factory I have taken a part-time job at my old farm at Ham - which I hope will allow me to carry on with my musical studies at the same time - life is a jigsaw puzzle nowadays! And one is restricted more and more in every way! I never thought I would take up farming again. The other evening I went to Covent Garden to hear Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte" done by the Viennese State Opera Company. It really was most thrilling and very nice to see people turning up in evening dress as they used to in prewar days. I can't tell you how I appreciate all food parcels you send, the cake is still being reserved for a suitably important occasion before I cut it. Much love to all Nancy.
Squeezed into an Air Letter addressed to Mrs Fenn Gleniti Taiko RMD Timaru NZ.

8 Priory Road Kew
4 Jun 1947
My dear uncle Harry and Margo,
Thank you both so much for your kind sympathetic letters - it is just as you say I shall miss Daddy very much - we were such friends - but I realise how he would have hated to have been dependent on other people - it was wonderful how much he did manage to do - and it was much happier that he went before his life became too much of a burden - he missed Mummy very much to of course. I had just been away for my first holiday for nearly 2 years I stayed with a friend at the Isle of Wight for a week, granny's two good maids looked after D whilst I was away - he was so nice in wanting me to go. I shall always be thankful I was firm about coming home to be with him for what were to be his last few days with me. I took him into Kew Gardens in a wheelchair (the first time this year) the cherry blossom was out, and everything looked beautiful - it is such a mercy I had just got the nurse and her husband living upstairs - they both could not have been kinder and more helpful. My grandmother's maid, Jenny comes to me three days a week and is an absolute treasure. All my friends have been so kind asking me out. Today I have been planning with a girl to go to Brittany in the summer holidays and perhaps to Jersey - all new ground for me when at the Island last month the peowrittenple who on six sides had just moved to the next house were the Dudgeons from 2 Portland Terrace Richmond, of course they know all my friends and relations, it was.......... to meet there! I may do a bit of farm work this summer but as singing is becoming so interesting to me I want to keep my home together, I shall not take up agriculture seriously again! Now I must thank you for your wonderful food parcel I can't tell you how I appreciate and enjoy it it really is very kind and generous of you both, such a great help. I wanted Edward and Katherine to have his watch and ring so I will send them off soon by the safest route.
With much love to you all - yours affectionately
P.S. Mrs Gray (nee Ada Julius) wrote she was returning to New Zealand shortly.
Written on an Air Letter addressed to Mr and Mrs HL Fenn Taiko RMD Timaru NZ8 Priory road Kew Surrey

10 Bathgate Rd London SW 19
Jan 3rd 1962
My dear uncle Harry and Margo
I really should have written to you earlier to say how absolutely thrilled we were with your wonderful tape! We do appreciate all the time and trouble you must all have taken to record it. Uncle Harry sounded just as he did in 38 when I last saw him (and very interesting to hear about his life in New Zealand) and Margo just as if she was talking to us in the room - your garden I'm sure would put ours to shame. I enjoy gardening up to a point but there are so many other things I want to do, my aim at present is to cut things down to a minimum flowering shrubs and grass! I hope for more help from my Gingers next season! Last year the weather was so often bad when they came over they couldn't do much. We had a very happy Christmas, our cousins came up to stay with us and brought their cat with them! It was fairly cold but so far no snow - then on New Year's Eve we had a regular blizzard - we were going to a party in North London but it was impossible to get out - cars were being abandoned in the snow everywhere - I've managed to keep the house warm and no frozen pipes so far - but travelling is still pretty bad - I haven't dared take the car out yet - poor Dudley took three hours getting to the office (usually takes him about an hour) I'll be thankful when the spring comes you talk of lilacs etc sounds to heavenly! Yet on the continent now they're wanting snow for the winter sports. Adria just missed hearing your tape - she came up for a day before Christmas - but she's longing to hear it - so hope she will come up again soon. Will get her to speak on the next tape we send you. Thank you for your lovely calendar (so far only one arrived)
Best love from Nancy
Written on a Air Letter

10 Bathgate Rd London SW 19
22 Aug 1962
My dear Margot,
Thank you so much for your letter with the great news that Edward has actually booked his passage - I expect you can all hardly believe it yet! I'll be under the clock at Waterloo Station on June 3rd! We will probably have a holiday in May, as I find Dudley badly needs one about that time, after having got the firms accounts out but will certainly make a point of being home when Edward arrives - I just want him to feel he can use this place as a base and feel free to make whatever plans he wants - and to come and go as he pleases - I hope it will be a better summer next year - it has been most unsettled this year - and occasional glimpse of the sun - and then the high winds and storms. We had another lovely visit to Glyndebourne last Friday to see Monteverdi's "Poppea" we enjoyed it enormously, glorious music and a wonderful performance. Though we had our picnic supper in the car park in the usual thunderstorm! We haven't gone around the gardens at Glyndebourne once this year, most disappointing, although it's more difficult to keep private gardens up to the mark in England the ones open to the public are really lovely - we went to the Savill Gardens which are in Windsor Great Park last Saturday - beautiful herbaceous borders and roses etc. On Sunday afternoon we walked over Wimbledon Common to White Lodge in Richmond Park - it is now the Junior Royal Ballet School - a glorious place for hermits open to the public during August well worth seeing.
Love to you all from us both
from Nancy
Written on a Air Letter

nr Bideford N Devon
Aug 7 82
My dear Edward
At last I've managed to get away to stay with Brenda for a holiday and am really enjoying myself and feeling the benefit. I spent two nights en route with Angela and Ken at Winchcombe - Angela has been splendid helping Adria - I think I told you she had been moved to a nursing home connected with Faithful House - but Angela rang me shortly after to say she was not at all happy about the home - where Adria was just in a ward - so together we found another nursing home where we liked the Staff and she could have a nice big room - ground floor level - they did it up for her, and we've moved her furniture pictures books etc in and it really looks much pleasanter than her previous rooms - at FH - Mary Legge is now ninety - but visits Adria frequently! Adria was wandering in mind (& body) and really needs twenty-four hours a day attention which FH said they could not give - I saw Adria three days running in the new home and she was beginning to look better already - although she did say she had to get back to her mother at Alston Court! But she's perfectly sensible most of the time - and her walking is improving, so we are hoping to get her out in a car sometime. I really got to know Angela & Ken which was good, and enjoyed staying with them lovely to get back from a hot sticky day in Cheltenham to have a swim in their swimming pool in the garden - with a glorious view of the Cotswold Hills! I've got Jenny and brother George and his wife and sister (The Ginger Family) looking after Charming (the cat) and Homebush whilst I'm away - which is a good thing also burglaries arrive in London (I've had two break-ins since May and with the insurance money would probably install a burglar alarm) I'm really enjoying my holiday in Devon (first for four years) and Brenda makes one so welcome - Kevin her son is very busy restoring old furniture in his workshop and I couldn't resist buying a country Hepplewhite chair he brought virtually in bits and made a beautiful job of. We went to the North Devon Agricultural Show day before yesterday - great fun but it poured with rain in the afternoon! Brenda the last few years has had a Subaru car which she has been delighted with (I expect you have them in New Zealand being Japanese) at the show her Barnstable garage had a stand and a super second-hand 1981 one owner car was amongst the exhibits. My old Rover is now ten years old and needs a lot spending on it - so after sleeping on it - we rang the garage - I had a run in the car - and we made a deal so now I'm going home in it! And good old Rover stays in Devon. It's a changeover I knew I would have to make sooner or later preferably sooner! I'm hoping to call in to see Alison and Ray for an hour or two on my homeward journey, haven't seen them for ages and I would be passing quite near them. I've had some good bathing here you can surf ride near Bideford. Been to a concert where some friends of Anna's (and mine) were performing at the North Devon music festival and am now really feeling much better for a holiday.
Written on four sides of two sheets of note paper
Do hope you and the family are well
Lots of love

Nancy married Dudley Manning HADWEN [491], son of Arthur Henry HADWEN [2526] and Eleanor Kathleen "Kitty" JOPP [2528], on 15 Apr 1950 in Kew Parish Church SRY. Dudley was born on 1 Dec 1903 in Putney London, died on 10 May 1982 in Wimbledon London aged 78, and was cremated in Putney Vale. The cause of his death was haemopericardium, dissecting aneurism of the aorta, carcinoma of the lung.

General Notes:
Dudley qualified a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1927 becoming a Fellow in 1960. He was for many years the Company Secretary for Whiley & Co of London goldbeaters, and administered private accounts. He shared a deep love of music with his wife Nancy, was keen on photography, mathematics, the stock market and travel. Much of Dudley's success came from an ability to focus exclusively on a subject, sometimes to the exclusion of everything else around him. Dudley inherited his family home at 10 Bathgate Rd Wimbledon built by his father, which was sold out of the family at his wifes death in 2003.

1939 Register
10 Bathgate Road , Wimbledon M.B., Surrey, England
Dudley M Hadwen01 Dec 1903MaleChartered Accountant Single1471

OBITUARY - Old Kings Club Newsletter No.61 September 1982.
D M Hadwen (1921) was at Kings (College School Wimbledon) during the First World War. After leaving he became a Chartered Accountant and, after a short time in private practice joined the firm of G M Whiley where he remained for 50 years, eventually becoming Company Secretary. Outside business he enjoyed a keen appreciation of music. We offer our sympathy to his wife Nancy.

Dudley's cremation ref was 60727, his ashes were scattered in the Garden of Rememberance, Putney Vale London.

1351. Walter Robert Julius "Bobby" FENN [32] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D. [3]1115, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 5 Jan 1875 and died on 9 Aug 1880 in Isle Wight aged 5. He was usually called Bobby.

General Notes:
On 5 January at the Old Palace Richmond, Surrey, the wife of Dr EL Fenn, of the son.
The Times 8 January 1875

Two portraits of Bobby in the possession of E L Fenn Auckland NZ 1998.

1352. Evelyn Alston FENN [34] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D. [3]1115, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 29 Feb 1876 in Richmond SRY and died on 27 Sep 1877 in Portland Tce Richmond SRY aged 1.

General Notes:
Death Notice : On the 27th Sept at 1 Portland-terrace, Surrey, Evelyn Alston, daughter of Edward L and Katherine P Fenn, aged one year and seven months.

1353. Harold Liveing "Harry" FENN [33] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D. [3]1115, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 28 Mar 1877 in Richmond SRY, was christened in Stoke, died on 6 Jan 1969 in St Georges Hospital Christchurch NZ aged 91, and was buried in 1969 in Timaru N.Z. He was usually called Harry.

General Notes:
Harry was born in the Wardrobe Court of the Old Palace Richmond in the room Elizabeth I died in, however his birth certificate records their address in the nearby 1 Portland Tce Richmond. His sponsor was Dr G.D. Liveing. The Wardrobe Court was a Grace and Favour premises leased by the Crown to the Julius and Fenn families. The Julius family lived there, and their medical practice, of which Edward Fenn was a partner, was there also. Harry's birth was there, probably with his mother attended upon, by her father Dr Frederick Julius, and her mother closeby. Frances Harriet Torlesse was a Godmother.

Harry was 9 when his mother Katherine died and would, as was the custom then, have been at boarding school. Katherine's sister Aunt Polly (Mary Caroline Julius) was a surrogate mother to the family until her untimely death in 1890. They also had as children a succession of Nannies some appeared loving and supportive (see letter from Nannie Goat below). Harry was educated at Malvern House Dover and Haileybury College 1891.3 - 1894.3. He then attended Kings College London for a term, before training as a mechanical & electrical engineer with Davey Paxman (now GEC) of Colchester ESS, then Christy Brothers and Middleton of Chelmsford one of the pioneers of electrification in the early 20th.C.
He was responsible for the installation of steam turbine driven electrical generating plants, and reticulation of the electricity. He told a story of having his hand in the cylinder of a steam engine when someone stood on the flywheel, squashing his hand to about half an inch thick, it recovered without lasting harm. About this time he took up photography as a hobby.

Haileybury Register 1891.3
Fenn, Harold Liveing, b. 28 Mar 77, s. of E. L. Fenn, M.D. Colchester, C91.3-94.3. D. in ChCh N Zealand, 6 Jan. 69.

MY IDEA OF HAPPINESS: Having a jolly holiday.
MY IDEA OF MISERY. Writing in this book.
MY FAVOURITE OCCUPATION: Fishing, boating, bathing.
MY FAVOURITE PROSE AUTHORS: Rider, Haggard, Julius Horne.
MY FAVOURITE FOOD: Chicken & mutton.
MY FAVOURITE NAMES: Ethel, Ada, Bertha, Charlie.
MY PET AVERSION: Hot treacle tart.

Harry spent some time at the end of his English schooling at schools near Montreux, Switzerland it is thought this may also have been undertaken for health reasons.

In mid 1895 Harry had a climbing accident on the "Roche de Naye" in Swiss Alps, this is described in a letter from his father to his brother Van.
Harry's brush with death 12 May 1895.
Have you heard of Harry's near escape on the mountain? As I do not think you have I will quote his words:
"I and some other chaps began to go up the Rocke de Naye, all went well until we got up about 5000 feet then we had to go up steep slopes covered with frozen snow the snow was very hard and it was also freezing hard, well we ascended by dint of hard work cutting our way up them, after we had gone up about 100 yards (I forgot to tell you these slopes were covered with huge rocks) we walked along the top of the slope under a huge set of rocks, after a bit we had to get round one, three of the boys got round and then I came, I got half way when just as I was bringing my right foot round to another step my left foot and the step gave way, immediately I began to go down these tremendous slopes at a terrific pace, I crashed through between two trees and then down I went getting faster and faster if it was possible. I pressed my alpine stock head hard down on the snow it made no difference except to keep my head from going down head foremost, well at last I crashed on to a rock and rolled over 6 feet to the ground on the other side and would you believe it I was none the worse for it except very much bruised cut and shaken. I went down quite 80 feet it was steeper than the slope in front of the drawing-room window"
He says if he had fallen a little further he would have been dashed to pieces over the precipice.
Thank God for preserving him I say
Edward L Fenn

The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers
Admissions between 1730 and 1950
Harold Liveing Fenn, Grey Friars Colchester Essex, Engineer, Date admitted to Freedom 18/04/1902, Admitted in Right of Servtude, Date admitted to the Livery 14/04/1911

Harry, was admitted as a Liveryman to the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, a City of London Guild dating back to the 12th century. Apart from the protection of their trade and support of their members, the Guild has supplied (bees) wax candles to St Paul's Cathedral since 1371. He was introduced to the Guild by his half grandfather Charles J. Todd who was known as "Father of the City Corporation" (City of London). Charles was member for Queenhithe ward for 50 yrs from 1857
When Harry died in 1969 he was the longest serving Liveryman in the Guild.

A sufferer from asthma, for his health's sake he emigrated to N.Z. leaving Tilbury London Thurs 22 Mar 1906 on the R M S Tongariro. He was seen off by his father and brothers Charlie, Cyril and Edgar. His asthma did not abate in New Zealand, but from the day of his marriage in 1939, he did not suffer another attack.

Harry worked as a farming cadet with his Cousin Ella's husband Arthur Elworthy at "Holme Station" (see Elworthy [595]). Then in 1910 Harry purchased "Grange Hill" Maungati, South Canterbury for L10,000. A 5000 acre grazing run in the Hunter Hills, he made a reasonable living over the years in spite of selling fat lambs for 6d each, and wool for 4d a pound during the depression.

NZ Gazette 1917 pg 1943
Men called up under the Military Service Act 1916 for Service in NZEF.
* 31805 Fenn Harold Liveing Sheep Farmer Grange Hill Cave. (* = previously volunteered.)
Harry was not called up, age health and being a farmer probably accounted for this

Using his considerable knowledge and practical and mechanical skills he installed electricity at Grange Hill and at other properties in the district.

Harry visited England in 1921, to see his brother Cyril who died while he was in England, travelling on the S.S. Orvieto. Returning on the S.S. Rimutaka sailing from Southampton 2 Dec 1921 via Panama. He visited England again in 1938 where he met his wife to be on the ship RMS Tainui "home" to England, he returned on RMS Arawa.

Land Transfer Act Notice.
Evidence having been furnished of the loss of the outstanding duplicate of lease of small grazing run, Register book Volume 322, folio 147, for Rural Sections 36222 and 36223, situate in blocks VII, VIII, XI and XII, Nimrod Survey District, whereof Harold Liveing Fenn, of Cave, Farmer, is the registered lessee, and application having been made to me for the issue of a provisional lease in lieu of the said outstanding duplicate I hereby give notice that it is my intention to issue such provisional lease at the expiry of 14 days from the date of the Gazette containing this notice.
Dated at the land Registry Office, Christchurch, this 18th day of October, 1938
A.L.B. Ross, District Land Registrar
THE NEW ZEALAND GAZETTE October 20 1938 No. 77 Pg 2266

Harry a bachelor in Maungati for 35 years was much respected in the community. An accomplished magician, he enjoyed entertaining the children of the district, and at his own cost installed and maintained a telephone service in the area. He played the piano a little! Grange Hill was popular for picnic and shooting parties hunting pig and wallaby. Harry was a gentle and loving father who was always slightly in awe of a life that brought him into farming which he "loved", and then a loving wife and family at age 62.

A social and dance was held in the Maungati School on November 3 for the purpose of making a presentation to Mr H. L. Fenn, to welcome his wife, and to extend the good wishes of the district to the newly-married couple.
Practically every household in the district was represented at the gathering, as were the households of the surrounding districts.
The size of the gathering and its representative character were eloquent testimony of the general esteem and affection that Mr Fenn has won in his long residence at Grange Hill. Speeches expressing that esteem were made by Messrs A. Cookson and D. Dent, and Mr Bird, as the oldest resident and the one first associated with Mr Fenn when he came to Grange Hill, presented Mr and Mrs Fenn with a silver tea set on behalf of the residents.
Mr Fenn, returning thanks on behalf of himself and his wife, deferred to the present and the numbers present as just another visible example of the friendship and goodwill on the part of all which he had enjoyed throughout his residence in the district, and which he keenly appreciated. Miss N. Neale played for the dancing and Mrs Dent, Mr W. Smith and Mr W. Forman contributed extras.

Extracts from The Silver Tussock.
By Allister Evans.
Mr H. L. Fenn: H. L. Fenn was born in Richmond, Surrey, England. But more than this he was born in the historic Palace of Richmond which was Queen Elizabeth I's favourite residence, and where she died. By chance he was born in the same room.
H. L. Fenn was educated in a Preparatory School in Dover, Hailbury College, and in Switzerland. He came to New Zealand in May 1906. Actually he had trained in England as an electrical engineer, but due to poor health came out to New Zealand, hoping to find suitable work. After a few weeks in Christchurch with his uncle, Bishop Julius, he went as a cadet to his cousin by marriage, A. S. Elworthy of Holme Station, where he worked for four years. Then in 1910 he took possession of Grange Hill from M. Ormsby, and there he remained till 1944. In October 1939, he married Marjorie Barker.
While at Maungati he was instrumental for having party lines installed in the telephone system, linking up the settlers to the central bureau. At his own cost he maintained the line till he left the district. He took an interest in religious matters and was a member of the Anglican Church Committee. For several years the Timaunga School Picnic was held at Grange Hill, and was looked upon as the event of the year.
Life on a sheep station frequently meant very long hours. In order to commence mustering in time, it was necessary to be up long before daylight, have breakfast, prepare the horses and dogs, and be out on to the hills in the semi-darkness. The neighbouring runholders all helped one another during the several musters of the year. They also co-operated for the marking and docking of the lambs, for the weaning and dipping, and whenever help was required. During his many years of hard work and toil on Grange Hill, Fenn experienced all the joys and sorrows of farming. In 1932 was a record low price for wool - four pence (i.e. (three cents) per pound, which brought with it a slump in the prices of sheep as well. There were floods and droughts in the same year. But over the years, he saw the run being developed very much to his satisfaction.
He made many warm and lasting friendships in the local community, the remembrance of which will always remain with him. In 1944 Mr and Mrs Fenn and the family left Maungati to reside in Gleniti, where the children attended school and later travelled daily to the Timaru High School for their secondary education. The Gleniti property was taken over by their son Edward after his marriage in November 1964. Early in 1965, Mr and Mrs Fenn went to live in Christchurch.

A Memory of Pat (Phil) McManus, a neighbour.
I remember my father sending my brother and me on our horses up to the Hunters Hills to ask Harold Fenn when it would be suitable for us to bring our sheep to his run to have them dipped. This was in 1917. As we approached the house we met a lad and asked for Mr Fenn. "He's not here" was the retort. "Well then Mrs Fenn, Well I dint recon we don't keep her here" said the lad in a very broad Scottish dialect. We then learnt that Harold Fenn was a bachelor. I forget about the dipping, but I guess the sheep were dipped at Fenns until my father built his own dip.

Ref: The Silver Tussock (Pareora river basin/ Timaru) by Allister Evans 1975 A history of Holme Station, Craigmore, Maungati, Cannington, Craigmore Downs, Motukaika, Upper Pareora and Alpine from the 1860s onwards. 235pp b&w photos and maps.

Harry retired in 1945 unable due to his osteoarthritis, to get off his horse at the end of a day of mustering. It was wartime and he could not hire labour to help him. Lucky at love but not so with money, he sold out in 1945 for L7500 under wartime Labour Govt price controls losing L2500 on what he paid in 1910 for the run. (The purchaser sold in the early 1950's wool boom for a reported L250,000)

The family moved to Gleniti a rural suburb of Timaru NZ where Harry enjoyed pottering in a large garden and doing "things" in his shed. In 1964 he and Margot moved to an apartment in Cambridge Court Christchurch (destroyed in the 2010 earthquake) to enable Margot's treatment for multiple myloma.

Fenn Harold Liveing. On January 6, 1969, at Christchurch, loved husband of Margery Helen Ruth Fenn, and loved father of Edward and Katharine, in his 92nd year. No flowers by request, but donations to Nurse Maude Association. The funeral will leave St Mary's Anglican Church Merivale, Tomorrow (Wednesday), after a service commencing at 3:45 PM, for the Canterbury Crematorium Chapel, Bromley. G Barrell and Sons Ltd.
Ref: Christchurch Press.

Research Notes:
Haileybury College, a Public School, is the successor to the East India Coy College it is located at Hertford Heath near Hertford. It was a liberal and humanitarian institution primarily for the education of prospective employees of the Honourable East India Company. The curriculum included oriental languages, its buildings are topped by a fine dome designed by William Wilkins.

Harry has not been found in the 1891 England Census?

The pictures of Harry taken at Craigmore Maungati NZ are from the Craigmore visitors book of the time in the possession of Sir Peter Elworthy 1999.

Peter wrote after that visit:
3 Dec 1999
Dear Edward
It was a delight meeting you again after so long, and your visiting Craigmore - The house where your father was so much at home.

Maungati (was Timaunga)
The Government acquired for settlement a block of land twenty miles west of Timaru which had been named Timaunga by the owner, who intended the name to mean 'cabbage tree hill.' For this meaning the form is incorrect; it should have been Maungati. When later a post office was to be opened in the locality, Johnnes Carl Anderson was approached by the Department and asked if the form was correct. He said No ; the place was a hill so it was not grammatically correct as a Maori word, and the Post Office changed it to Maungati and that name has been used for the school and the district generally, although the post office closed after only a few years of service.
Ref: Olwyn <>

Medical Notes:

Harry suffered for more than 30 years without complaint fro
m Arthritic pain in his hips and knees. Also a chronic asthmatic, remarkably he was not to suffer another attack from the day he married.

Noted events in his life were:

1. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 1 Portland Tce The Green Richmond SRY. Harold is recorded as a son aged 4 born Richmond.

2. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, Wentworth Hse The Green Richmond SRY. Harold was a visitor at the Todd home Wentworth House, he is recorded as aged 24 single, employed as an Electrical App Engineer, born Richmond.

3. Fenn Family: Ye Christmasse Pill, To The King of Pugs, Confessions, Abt 1900.
"Ye Christmasse Pill"
An Art Nouveau card illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley (see picture file).
For more than 50 years the Fenn brothers circulated this Christmas Card between each of them in sequence annually, its history is recorded below.

Colchester Christmas 1899? - Still going strong

An Essex child, I came to light.
At Colchester one Christmas bright.
Born but one season's joy to give,
I little thought;
To such an hoary age to live.

The Christmas seasons come and go,
In years of joy and years of woe.
And though I'm worn and scarred and old,
I still survive;
Nay more, I'm worth my weight in gold

And thus encouraged, still l cling.
To life, and trust some joy to bring.
So please accept now, if you will
My Reader dear;
A greeting from Ye Christmasse Pill.

Ye Christmasse Pill
The History of My Life.
Having attained my 30th birthday, it has seemed good to me that I write a history of my life and the strange experiences which I have undergone, for it may well be, that the matter in which I came into this world, my miraculous escape from a painful death and my subsequent wanderings be, in truth, forgotten, unless set down on paper for the benefit of the generations to come.
My earliest recollections are of a shop in the High Street at Colchester, which indeed remains to this very day. With many other Christmas cards I lay there, frequently handled, but always passed over in contempt until on Christmas Eve 1899 I was purchased with other cards by two young men and carried off. My heart thrilled with triumph, at last I had been noticed, but my joy was too premature for later in the day I was brought out with the others and greeted with shouts of mockery and derision. "We could not possibly send this ugly card to anyone" was said and forthwith I was cast on the fire. Even now, although full thirty years have elapsed, I can feel the cruel flames licking my sides and searing my body, I gave myself up for lost but my dreadful fate appeared to touch the heart of the younger of the two brothers who had brought me and noticing that I was not wholly consumed he plucked me out of the flames. For a while I lay trembling but I was carefully preserved and a year later I was sent to the elder brother. To my great relief instead of mockery and hatred, he greeted me with joy and affection, in truth the ugly duckling had grown into a swan, and ever since then, every Christmas time I have visited one or other of the four brothers who now compose the family. I have crossed the ocean many times to far-off New Zealand, I have travelled all over England, whether it be that the North, South, East, or West and every home that I have come to, my advent has been hailed with joy and gladness. It is my dearest wish that I may continue on my joint journeys and that with my four faithful friends, not one missing, I may celebrate my jubilee.
When Van Fenn retired in 1951 to live with his brother Harry in New Zealand they were the surviving brothers, and the journeys stopped.
The transcription of this history was done in 2007, Ye Christmasse Pill, has now twice celebrated its jubilee, and has been retired to an archive.
Aubrey Beardsley was one of the most controversial artists of the Art Nouveau movement this card would have been very avant garde in 1899.
Van wrote the above history and the transcriber suspects that it was he who saved Christmasse Pill.

To the King of Pugs
Though is the best little dog of his day?
The quickest the wisest of the brightest I say,
Who sneezes and cries like a good little man,
And does all that you tell him as well as he can.
Who shuts to the door with a bang bang bang?
And rings the bell for Elizabeth Ann,
Who cries when you're ill and laughs when you're pleased,
And, Oh! never bites when even he's teased.
Who hates the white cat with unutterable scorn?
Who calls on mother and granny each more on?
Who loves the best place on the hearth rug soft?
Who jumps on your lap every day so oft?
His cousins can't hold a candle to him,
Although they are pretty and both very slim,
But they've not got his brains, nor his curly tail,
Vote for "Tiptree" and "Pat" his love will not fail,
For his nature it is to be noble and true,
And he loves all his kin, and you, And me to.
The transcriber thinks that this doggerel was written by Harry, Pickles was of course the family dog.

4. Harry in his youth: c 1880's. Harry's Birthplace The Old Palace Richmond & School Haileybury College.

5. Harry Living at Grey Frairs Colchester: Abt 1900. Harry at Grey Frairs Colchester and images of a generating plant the installation of which, he was responsible for.

6. Harry's Employment Testimonials: 1906 England.
Testimonials to Harry's work in England:
Harold L. Fenn Esq.
Alston Court
nr Colchester

Golden Valley Paper Mills
Nr Bristol
March 13, 1906
Dear Mr Fenn
I gather that this letter will be all you will require, and serve your purpose quite as well as a merely formal testimonial. I think I mentioned to you when you completed Messrs Christy's work here than I considered the work very thoroughly done. I might also add that, I consider the way that you and your colleague stuck at the work through thick and through thin, and in all temperatures was praiseworthy, and that if ever I had a large contract to place again for a L2000 job like that extending over a period of 12 months or more, there is no one I should more like to employ, than men of like character and cheerfulness such as you both proved yourselves to be.
Should you desire a letter of recommendation, to any person or firm, when you reach your destination, I shall be happy to send one.
Bon voyage
Yours sincerely Golden Valley Paper Mills
Charles King Smith. Prop
Hand written on one sheet of company letterhead, with envelope bearing the company name and franked Colchester 7 am Mar 14 06

From Fielding and Johnson
Anker Mill
March 16 /06
Dear Mr Fenn
Enclosed please find the testimonial you wrote for and both my father and myself wish you a very successful career and good luck with your new berth.
Yours truly
A. E. Baker

Fielding and Johnson
Anker Mills
March 16, 1906
We have great pleasure in giving this testimonial of the abilities of Mr Harold L. Fenn who has done electrical work for us on several occasions, which was always very satisfactory and thoroughly reliable and we alway found him very obliging during his stay here.
W. A. Baker
Hand written on two sheets, the second having an elaborate letterhead showing pictures of Fielding and Johnson's three (woollen) mills in Leicester and Nuneaton. Contained in an envelope, defaced by the removal of the stamp, but bearing on the back a postmark "Colchester 9:30 am MR17 06" and an embossed mark by Fielding and Johnson containing the image of a sheep. A short history of this company is to be found on the Internet -

Christy Brothers and Middleton
Electrical Engineers
April 2, 1906
Reference 21/L.F.C.

H. L. Fenn
Bishops Court
New Zealand
Dear Sir
We have pleasure in stating herewith that you have been in our employee for a period of about 31/2 years, during which time you have been engaged on all classes of electrical work, including some large power transmission installations, the carrying out of which you have had charge of, and also been for some considerable time in our drawing office designing machinery for electrical plants.
We have always found you take a great interest in your work, and been able to retain the knowledge gained therein.
We feel sure that you will be successful in any work of a similar nature that you may take elsewhere.
We remain
yours faithfully,
Christy Brothers and Middleton
Typed letter on company letterhead, from Leonard F. Christy identified from the letterhead. The letterhead also identifies the company as contractors to the War office, Home Office etc.

7. Harold the Farmer: 1910-1945. Harry the farmer and his farm Grange Hill

8. The Holme Station Fire: 21 Jun 1910.
C/o A S Elworthy
Holme Station
June 28th 1910
My dear Van
I think this past week is one I am not likely to forget for the rest of my life. Ella and the Boss left for Sydney on the 19th and I was to sleep in the house until they came back; as there was only the governess, the four children and half a dozen female servants. We all retired per usual Monday night; when about two o'clock I was woken up by the terrible cry of the "house is on fire" Tearing out a bed and down stairs to the back of the house I found the servants hall and wash house in flames; we fought against them for a short while but it was no good; and then I realised that the whole of the beautiful Homestead was doomed. The first thing was to see that everyone was safe and then summon help from the station (half a mile away) on their arrival we started to save everything that was movable downstairs; by the time we were driven out of the house by the flames we had saved practically everything in the front rooms downstairs. It was a very sad sight watching the destruction of the beautiful house; my eyes were suspiciously moist as I thought of the many happy days spent in it; alas all over now. The flames sweeping up from the back of the house burnt the stairs through so that the upstairs rooms were quickly cut off. The kids and the governess lost practically everything and I lost the few things I had up there including, worst luck, both my two pairs of eyeglasses. I sent in a claim for 8L but it was no good, as my policy only holds good as long as I am in this house. It was very sad for Ella and the Boss on stepping off their boat at Sydney to find this cable awaiting them. The kids were all so awfully good, owing to Miss Ford keeping so cool and quiet; it was a mercy she never lost her head. It was very merciful that the cook woke up then, and not a quarter of an hour later, for I am afraid there would have been lives lost. I am afraid it has shaken my nerves up considerably; the first two or three nights after, I sprang out of my bed two or three times dreaming the place was on fire; however that is over now. I am sending you a copy of a Timaru paper (not the leading one) The report is absurd and theatrical like in many ways, and I should think it is evident that the "Hero" was the man interviewed you might send it round to Charlie Cyril and Edgar. I am sending Aunt Ada and Mater one. Well, old chap, how are you getting on; about time you came out here I think. I expect you have had news of me from Aunt Ada before this. It was grand to have had her out here. Fare thee well, Van my boy
From your ever
affect brother
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of a notepaper.

Evening Post, Volume LXXIX, Issue 144, 21 June 1910, Page 8
TIMARU, This Day.
The homestead at Holme station, Pareora, Mr. A. S. Elworthy's residence, was destroyed by fire about 2 o'clock this morning The house contained about 40 rooms, and very little furniture was saved. The fire originated in the kitchen, and is supposed to have been caused by a defective chimney. The flames had a strong hold when discovered, and spread so rapidly that the children had to bo taken out in their night clothes. The building was insured for L3700, and the contents for L2060 in the Alliance office.
Ref Papers Past

Timaru Post
Wednesday June 22 1910.
The Fire At Home Station
The Fight with the Flames
Unrehearsed Deeds of Daring
A Descriptive Account
" Never again!" these were the solemn words of an old servant, who stood beside the ruins of the magnificent structure known as the Holme Station homestead, that has been the home of Mr Arthur S. Elworthy for many years, and the home of his father before him. "Forty six years come next month" said the old servant reflectively, " and they'll never see it again".
The old fellow's conversation was so extremely melancholy that the "Post" representative hastened to change the topic to one of a more agreeable nature. It was only on Thursday last, it appears, that Mr and Mrs Arthur Elworthy took their departure for Australia, leaving behind them the fairly large retinue of domestic servants and farm assistants, and their four children Edward, aged eight years; Rachel, aged seven years; Bettie, aged five years, and Johnny, aged three years - in charge of the governess, Miss Ford. Mr P A Elworthy, of Gordon's Valley, returned last Saturday from a visit to Australia, while Mr Herbert Elworthy is at present touring the South Sea Islands. It was Mr and Mrs Arthur Elworthy's intention to have gone on an extensive motor car tour in Australia, but the fates were not kind to them, and immediately on Mr Elworthy stepping off the boat at Sydney he was handed the following startling communication: " Homestead totally destroyed by fire this morning".
The consternation of the recipient may be better imagined than described, and was intimated in a brief cable home "Returning by next boat"
Viewed yesterday, the huge mass of burning and smoking debris revealed merely the fact that a fire had taken place. There was little to indicate that a magnificent old building, teeming with historical associations for one of the oldest families in South Canterbury, and containing some L3000 worth of the finest furniture and curios to be found anywhere in the Dominion, was represented in those smouldering ashes. Yet such was the fact. The fine old home was estimated to be worth between L4000 and L5000 and was insured for L3700 while of the furniture was valued at something like L3000 and was insured for L2500. In a home of this description, however, as, in fact, in all homes more or less, there are articles of furniture whose commercial value for insurance purposes is but the merest trifle of the value that the owner places upon them. But curios, collected from all parts of the globe are infinite trouble and no little expense, were valued because of the associations that surrounded them, and the story of travel and adventure that each little article recall; their commercial value was not a consideration, in as much as the owner was not prepared to sell them.

Features of the House
The house which was built of fine old seasoned timber, and plastered throughout, contained 26 rooms, in addition to a liberal provision of larders, cupboards, etc. The rear portion of the dwelling was erected by the late Mr Edward Elworthy in the year 1864, but it has had several additions made to it from time to time. The latest addition was the northern wing, containing a handsomely furnished billiard room. Among the 26 rooms were, of course numerous bedrooms; also two nurseries (one downstairs and the other upstairs), a school room, a sewing room, a morning room, a drawing room, dining room, dressing rooms, etc. Every apartment was furnished in a thoroughly complete and up-to-date manner, and contained every convenience that a modern gentleman could desire. The whole dwelling was lit by electricity, supplied from a special powerhouse situated about 30 yards to the west of the dwelling. In the rear portion of the structure were situated the kitchen, the scullery, the servants sitting room, and to the south of these rooms divided by a passage, were the cellar and the dairy. It was somewhere in this portion of the building, probably in the servants sitting room, that the fire originated. Credence is lent to this deduction by the fact that the fire was first noticed in this quarter, and it was certainly the most thoroughly burnt out section of the whole dwelling. The servants declare that they left a low burning fire in a perfectly safe condition, but it is a well-known fact that it is in these low burning, apparently safe fires that little coal gas explosions sometimes take place, with the result that burning cinders are thrown into the room, and disaster follows. There would seem to be still plenty of reason, in this modern era, for the use of the old-fashioned safetyguard, that was supposed to perform the double duty of barring the outward progress of exploded cinders, and of swelling the dividends of the insurance companies.
The Holme Station, it should be mentioned, is a magnificent estate of about 5000 acres of first class land. The homestead faced to the east, and from the front one could obtain an un-interrupted view of the beautiful country that stretches in one great plain as far as the eye can reach. To the northwest, towers Mount Horrible; to the west the chain of hills, some distance behind which lies at the Timaru Borough's Pareora water dam. The homestead is well protected by tall plantations, while in the immediate vicinity of the destroyed dwelling are beautifully laid out grounds, containing flower beds, rose avenues, and beautiful English and colonial trees. To the west and with its branches resting over the roof of the dwelling was an aged walnut tree which, to the homestead hands at least, has now a melancholy historical interest. Its huge blackened stem and charred branches speak eloquently of the part it played in the sorry conflagration.
At 11 o'clock on Monday evening the maids and the governess retired to bed; the children had long since been wrapped in the arms of slumber. The homestead male hands, with the curious propensity of the sex, have not yet acquired the habit of early retirement. At 1:00 o'clock a.m. one of these hands sauntered across the yard for a final breath of fresh air before retiring. The night was an extremely beautiful one. Though moon shone with unwonted brilliance, and the gentleman in question confesses to the belief that the old homestead never looked half so charming as it did that morning. At the hour mentioned he is quite satisfied that there was not a suggestion of the coming fate of the old home. Everything looked perfectly peaceful, and the servant's sitting room, shaded as it was by the dairy, was quite dark, and there was not the faintest illumination of any description that could serve to arouse his suspicions. In short, he is quite positive that at 1:10 a.m. the house had not caught fire, and at that hour he retired to bed perfectly easy in mind.

The Outbreak
There is something unusually tragic about a country fire. There is no fire alarm to give, no fire brigade to call, and, as a rule, no fire appliances with which to quell the outbreak. A country fire is almost invariably a devastation, which the owner and friends are compelled to watch in exasperating impotence. The hand of the clock had just past the hour of two o'clock when Mrs Popham, who occupies the position of cook at the Homestead, was awakened by a slight crackling noise. Womanlike, she did not wait to argue as to whether she was dreaming, but was alert on the instant. One moment of complete wakefulness was sufficient to satisfy her that the house was on fire, and she immediately sounded the alarm. Rushing to the maids and governess's quarters she called to them to get out of the house, and after awakening Mr Fenn (the cadet), she rushed to the men's quarters. With an alacrity born of the moment, Mr Pearce (the under gardener), Mr Jones (the dairy man), and Mr Philip (the chauffeur, and son of the manager), leapt from their respective bunks and rushed to the scene of the outbreak. It was immediately apparent, however, that any attempt to save the Homestead was hopeless. Huge flames and clouds of smoke were curling up from the servant's sitting room and the scullery, and already the flames were eating their way to the northern wing and the centre of the house. A call on the telephone showed it to be out of working order, and, without waiting to debate the point, the chauffeur made haste to the station where the farmhands reside, in search of assistance. The dairy man, and Mr Fenn set to work on the only possible hope before them, that of saving some of the more valuable furniture. The six maids, the governess, and the four children, clothed only in the night robes, had by this time found their way on to the lawn, and there, barefooted, and exposed to the bitter frost and the bedewed ground, they stood shivering and debating the best course to pursue. After a short consultation, as the front of the house was free from flames and smoke, it was decided to place the children in one of the rooms there out of the cold. Not a whimper was heard from the little mites, and during their progress out of the smoking rooms, on the lawn, and into the front of the house, and out again to safety, they behaved like true little New Zealanders. The under gardener here revealed a commendable spirit of chivalry and courage. The appearance of the shivering maids on the lawn on was too much for him, and, although the rooms were ablaze, he determined to enter the servant's bedrooms and secure some of the missing garments. Decision and action were the work of a moment, and the pulses of the bystanders were quickened by the sight of Mr Pearce disappearing head first through the window. A couple of minutes later he emerged blackened but triumphant the proud possessor of a huge bundle of feminine garments. The maid's thanks were brief and their robing operations under the shade of the fir trees of almost as brief duration. To the front of the house Mr Fenn, the dairy man and the under gardener then directed their attention, and were in the midst of a hurried salvage operations, with the assistance of the electric light which had been turned on, when the station hands arrived in breathless haste. Then the salvage work, nobly assisted by the women, began in earnest. The handsome grand piano of inconvenient bulk, was dragged through the broad windows and safely deposited on the law. Then followed several valuable pictures, and other miscellaneous articles off value. In the midst of the operations the electric light gave out, the wire having been burned through, and the salvagers were left in semidarkness. Still salvage work went on, and valuable crockery ware, ornaments, and further pictures were removed from the front rooms. In his hurry the under gardener had the misfortune to put his head through one of the pictures, and was much relieved yesterday afternoon on receiving the assurance that the picture had not greatly depreciated in value. His comrades aver that his appearance through the window, with the tangled framework about his shoulders and a handsome painted face surrounding his own smoke begrimed, though not by any means unhandsome countenance, was most interesting. Almost the last article to be saved was the famed picture table the property of Mr Bond, whose wife had charge of the homestead at the time of the fire. This unique piece of work, made of innumerable small panels of wood, and picked out in the resemblance of the Saviour, is valued at 500 guineas, and the under gardener was also the hero of its salvation. Hearing that it was missing, he entered the burning building, and after considerable suffocating rummaging among upturned furniture, he triumphantly brought out the valuable article uninjured. At this stage Mr P A Elworthy, of Gordon's Valley Station some 3 miles distant, arrived with the force of men, and they, along with the Holme Station hands, rendered invaluable assistance. Shortly after 3 o'clock however, the tremendous heat thrown out by the burning building, compelled the discontinuing of the salvaging operations, and all hands stood by to watch the final stages of the destruction of the magnificent old home. And, overlooking the destruction involved, it was a truly superb spectacle. The night was one of perfect calm, and to this fact is due the entire lack of injury to the powerhouse and other scattered buildings. The flames shot straight upwards, and, curiously enough, the greater volume of direct flame came through the several tall chimneys. At about four o'clock of the upper storey gave way and fell with a loud crash onto the foundations. With the illumination afforded by the moon and flames, the surrounding half mile of country was lit up almost as bright as by daylight, and it would have been possible to have picked up a pin anywhere within 200 yards of the homestead. The number of watchers greatly increased as the morning advanced, traps, loaded with would-be helpers, arriving from all directions. Some excitement was created by the rapid explosion of cartridges within the house, and finally by a loud explosion in the cellar. Not before seven o'clock did the flames abate much in fury, by which time the old house was a mere mass of burning debris. The manager of the station (Mr Philip) was promptly on the scene, but, like the other watchers, was unable to do anything to check the disaster.

The Ruins
A number of visitors from Timaru and surrounding districts motored or drove out and inspected the ruins yesterday afternoon. The debris continued to smoulder throughout the entire day, and today (Wednesday) was still smoking. The salvaged effects were all removed to places of safety yesterday. It is almost impossible to distinguish any article of furniture in the ruins. The destruction has been most complete. Five tall chimneys are the sole standing relics of the homestead. A pot of lard on the kitchen range, the misshapen framework of one of the maids bicycles, a broken bath, and old "luck" horseshoe nailed in a prominent position on one of the chimney stacks, and innumerable scarred the books are the sole distinguishable remnants.
The servant maids lost practically all their effects. Two of them lost bicycles, and one L7 in cash, while all lost more than they could afford. The shrunken shrubs about the house bear silent testimony to the heat of the flames.
Yesterday afternoon a curious relic was unearthed amongst the embers by a visitor in the form of a pretty Dolton Ware cup, quite uninjured.
Ref: Hocken Library Dunedin 2008

9. Harry at Craigmore Sth Canterbury: 1920's. Harry at the Elworthy farm Craigmore & with some of his Elworthy cousins at Grange Hill.

10. Harry's "Home" Trips: 1920's.
Emigrating to NZ
MR H L FENN, Age 29, Birth year 1877, Marital status S, Occupation ENGINEER, Departure year 1906, Departure day 22, Departure month 3, Departure port LONDON, Destination portWELLINGTON, Ship name TONGARIRO, Ship master's A SUTCLIFFE, Shipping line THE NEW ZEALAND SHIPPING COMPANY LIMITED
Mr H L Fenn: Male Age: 29 Birth Date: abt 1877 Departure Date: 22 Mar 1906 Port of Departure: London, England Destination Port: Wellington, New Zealand Ship Name: Tongariro Master: J A Sutcliffe

Visiting his dying brother Cyril in England
Mr H L Fenn Birth Date: abt 1877 Age: 44 Port of Departure: Brisbane, Australia Arrival Date: 4 Jun 1921 Port of Arrival: London, England Ports of Voyage: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Colombo, Suez, Plymouth. Ship Name: Orvieto Shipping line: Orient Steam Navigation Company Ltd Official Number: 129628

Mr H L Fenn passenger on the NZSCoy SS Rimutaka departed Southampton 2 Dec 1921 to Wellington and Lyttleton NZ via Panama. Capt F.A. Hemming.

11. Harry's 1938 Trip "Home": To Visit His Family, 1920's.
Harold Fenn Birth Date: abt 1877 Age: 61 Port of Departure: Wellington, New Zealand Arrival Date: 14 May 1938 Port of Arrival: Southampton, England Ship Name: Tainui Search Ship Database: Shipping line: Shaw, Savill and Albion Company Ltd Official Number: 124507

Name: Mr H Fenn: Male Age: 61 Birth Date: abt 1877 Departure Date: 30 Sep 1938 Port of Departure: Southampton, England Destination Port: Wellington, New Zealand Ship Name: Arawa, Shipping line: Shaw Savill and Albion Company Limited Official Number: 140148 Master: T V Roberts

The four living Fenn brothers in 1938 - Edgar, Charlie, Harry & Van.

12. Harry's Diary 1938 Part 1: On board Tainui with Margot Barker, 5 Apr 1938 to 13 Oct 1938. Diary of Harold L Fenn 1938
Transcribed by his son Edward in 2014.
Note this diary has been transcribed using error ridden voice recognition technology.

On board R M S Tainui
Tuesday, April 5, 1938
Left Wellington at 8:30 am on my long trip to England, but very slow for first three hours, some of the fireman too drunk to do their job bit of a swell all afternoon which upset some of them as we crossed the 180 degree latitude last night.
Another Tuesday 5
I won the first sweepstake of the voyage on the days run. Rain squalls on and off all day, but sea very calm, but a good many passengers feeling queer all the same.
Wednesday 6
Won the sweep on the boats run yesterday. Beautiful day but windy in afternoon usual daily routine plenty of albatrosses following us to day.
Thursday 7
Another nice day till clouds came up after lunch. Shifting all the coal from the foredeck, consequently dust flying everywhere. Bridge in evening
Friday 8
Miserable wet weather canvases up round the ship nothing much doing of interest, ship pitching a bit this afternoon
Sunday 9
Had service in the aft dining saloon in the morning, a song service at 8:30 in evening when the Padre exceeded the time limit badly.
Monday 10 to Wednesday 12
We had the usual, on board ship, Eat Slept played the usual deck games, and bridge most evenings, weather has been calm all the time, expect to reach Pitcairn early tomorrow. Quite good partners on Tuesday evening.
Thursday 13
Up at 5:45, when the boat's whistle roused us, as we approached the island. Bit of a swell running and we kept a fair way out. Three big boats loaded with Islanders came aboard, and after trading a few odds and ends, we left after a stay of two hours.
Good Friday 14
Passed a big tropical island yesterday apparently uninhabited except for thousands of birds that nest there in the season. Service at 10:30 and sung service at 8:30. Spent all morning looking for reading glasses, and eventually found out my cabin mate (Chambers) had put them in his pocket thinking they were his.
Saturday 15
The games competitions started today, I got beaten in both I played today, the deck quoits singles and doubles. The deck was very slippery and a big swell, made accurate throwing as far as I was concerned out of the question. Concert dancing, in evening but I played bridge.
No days shown.
Nothing much doing each day until we arrived at Balboa. We had arranged to have a car waiting for us to make the round trip our party consisted of Miss Wade, Paterson, Warren,?, Tur & bub (sic) and myself. Didn't think much of Panama went out to the golf club and had tea then on to the old ruins, stopping at a miserable collection of animals on the way, back by the sea to the old Cathedral with the gold altar all very tawdry, and then Mrs Livingston wanted to go back to the boat to change, so we hung about the streets till she returned. Then we went to the Balboa Tier Gardens and spent the rest of the evening and back to the boat.
Left at 5:30 for the canal beautiful day, and the canal very interesting we went through without a halt in about five & half hours and then set off for Jamaica, which we reached in a day and a half
Had the day of my life here in this beautiful island. Leaving the boat about twelve we went into Kingston and had a feed, and then we hired a car to take us up in the mountains to Newcastle, a wonderful drive. When we got to Newcastle we decided to do the round trip down the other side and round back to Kingston. It was a drive I shall never forget, the tropical scenery was wonderful, and got back to Kingston about 7:30 where we had a feed, we then saw a bit of the evening life and back to the launch which left at 10:00 for Port Royal where the boat had gone to coal. Bed was out of the question, so Doreen and I sat together until 4:30am when we retired, as they had started the donkey engine near us. It was a great day with two nice sorts Margo and Doreen myself and Joe and old Chalmers, who was a good sport. We left at 8:30 for our run across the Atlantic, and nothing much happened on the way. Pictures, dances, race meetings passed the time in the crossing with Bridge etc we eventually got in sight of the lighthouse of the Scilly Isles at 9:00 on Friday night, the Bishop (Rock) lighthouse, an hour later we saw the light of the Lands End and then to bunk at 12:00 after a hilarious evening.
Saturday 14 May 1938
Nasty drizzling morning next day, a great pity as we could hardly see the coast as we steamed up the Channel. Arrived off the Needles about 1 o'clock and eventually reached Southampton about 4 where a letter from Charlie and a welcome telegram from Dolly awaited me: I was glad to hear Charlie had not left Sheen although he had sold the house. Tender farewells to everyone and then on to the boat train
Pages missing.
aged a lot, but still full of fun, and really wonderful for her age although she says her old brain is one which she can't remember things, but I couldn't see anything wrong and we had a good talk. Back to Sheen for a feed at 7:45
I went up to the city and did my business, booking a berth on the Arawa for September 30th I had lunch at an ABC and then had a look around St Pauls, incidentally breaking Charlie's walking stick, a great pity, and then back to Sheen Played billiards in the evening.
Great reunion lunch party today, Adria, Van, Edgar, Charlie and I met together for the first time since we had grown up, after lunch we decided to go to Hampton Court, but the car jibbed and we just went round the park, backed by Kew, where we shoved Adria onto the evening train! and then back, changed and Charlie, Nancy and I went over to Hampstead to have dinner with Mrs Shuttleworth, back about midnight
Called on Mrs Nell Rhodes in morning, and then in afternoon Nancy and two very pretty girl friends of hers Charlie and I took our tea and spent a very pleasant afternoon in Kew Gardens in the evening, a Mr and Mrs Wilson came in and we had some Bridge, and I had the pleasure of collecting the money.
Left about 10:30 for Golders Green went into the City first and then got the tube at the Bank arriving at the house at 10 to 1 Mrs Fisher's sister was a very different person to my nice Miss F, but she was very charming and hospitable and gave me a very warm welcome. We had a sumptuous lunch washed down with sparkling Burgundy and then I left for Richmond to call at the Todd's. Got there at four and found they had just started tea Grace and Adria had altered a lot but not Mabel, with the exception of being a good bit shorter. Stayed there for an hour and a quarter, and then spent an hour and a half with the old Aunt, and thoroughly enjoyed my chat.
Left about 12:00 for a day in town, had lunch in Hammersmith Broadway and then passed to Mme Tussauds where we (Nancy Fenn) spent the afternoon had some tea there and then faced the Chamber of Horrors and then had a great feed at the Corner House Oxford Street. Took the bus then to the Sadler's Wells Theatre, where we saw the Magic Flute by Mozart, his last piece he wrote before his death. The music was beautiful and the staging and lighting a revelation to me and arrived home about 12:00. I bought Nancy a nice wristlet watch for her birthday.
Had lunch in town and then Nancy and I went to the Royal Tournament at Olympia. Enjoyed every moment of it. Charlie gave a dinner party that night. The Vicar and his charming bride of three months, Lottie Alston and Mrs ? her friend and us three. Played billiards afterwards.
Charlie and I set sail about 10:45 for Nayland. Had a blowout at Finchley and got a new inner tube, and fixed nuts on the post wheel which was only holding by three out of the six bolts and then on to Great Bentley to the new house which I wasn't much enamored with, and that he wants to change to it from his nice comfortable home at Sheen beats me, but they tell me it is the ladies who run the show.
Left for Nayland, and got here about 5:30. I was prepared for a shock on seeing Mater, but she was even worse than I expected, being practically helpless and can hardly talk I can't understand a word she says, poor dear, it is very sad to see her in this state, as she was such a wonderfully active woman when I last saw her.
A nice day, but very cold for the time of year. Marked out the tennis court today and had a game in the evening, with two gardeners I had brought my old racket home, as nothing here are any good Charlie left at 10:30
Went for a row yesterday in the boat, pity there isn't more water as it is a nice boat. Went to Colchester after dinner and renewed acquaintance with the old place, very little altered. A fire broke out in the Midland bank premises, but bar a bit of smoke and plenty of water nothing to see. Called on the Howards saw the two sons, and had a yarn with Mrs Jacklin, and am going to call on her next week. Bought some netting for the court and so home. Chess with Adria in evening.
Working on tennis court most of day putting in posts etc.
Putting up netting etc and making gate
Went to Colchester and went to the pictures (4 Fathers) Joan and Diana Cliff and Brenda Russall (sic) came in and spent the evening charming girls.
Went to London and then on out to Sam at Denham (Airbase) . Had a great afternoon at the Air Pagent and luckily the weather cleared and it was a grand afternoon till about 5:30 when it started to rain again, got back to London at 11:00
Margot and Doreen and Uncle Bill and myself left for Epping Forest by bus had a great lunch and then wandered through the forest for a time and back eventually to the city and supper at the Corner House and back to Bayswater, where we spent a glorious evening till 11:45!
Met the girls had lunch in the city then we went to Mme Tussauds had an excellent dinner there and back home
Weather cold and showery so we decided to go to the Museum of Science and Inventions after going to the Scala for a mat(inee) which was full, so we booked seats for the evening and went on to the Museum where the girls left us later on and went back to dress and Bill and I went back to his digs for a wash and brush up and then had a feed in town and then out to the theatre where the girls met us. The play Mikado was good in the dressing line, but badly staged on a small stage. Saw the girls home and then on home ourselves.
1 June 1938
Looked up Uncle B who I found in bed with a rotten cold; took him some aspirins, and then to Kensington had morning tea with Dr M and Mrs M and I left for Windsor Castle went out by Blue Bus and spent a glorious day together, sat by the river for a bit, and then walked to Staines where we picked up a bus to the city. Had dinner at the Oxford Corner house, and so on reluctantly home after a wonderful day with M (argot)
Found Uncle B much better went into city had a feed after leaving my bag at L Street then and put in time went to the Tower missed my little pal badly caught 4:57 for Colchester and arrived at home. Wrote to M.
Wrote to Van, Ella, Dolly, and Aunt Ada in answer to their letters had a brisk walk to Wiston to see ? Went poodle faking to Col Sykes next door not much in my line. Chess with Adria after reading to Mater in the evening.
Went into the church and gave helpful? advice to Diane and Joan Cliff while they decorated the pulpit, did some archery in the afternoon.
Went to church in morning and before I went up into the Belfry and watched them ringing the bells. Adria and I went up to the cemetery in evening and then strolled back through the crooked lanes. My thought as we sat on the style in a beautiful evening naturally drifted back to last Sunday, a very happy day.
Nothing special this morning had a run up the river in late afternoon, after visiting the Nayland sports in the afternoon and trying my hand at the sideshows.
Barbara Goodwin picked Adria and I up at 10:30, and we went for a grand run with the Countryman? Society to various beautiful churches a Mr Munro Cautley a great authority on these churches, talked to us about them, and very interesting it was too. Wrote to Mr J Fisher. The new nurse arrived today hope she will be good.
Went up to the vicarage in afternoon and played tennis the Cliff girls very good indeed, and few others there are also very good, but I enjoyed myself.
Edgar arrived last night, nothing much today. Went to see C ?
Went into Colchester by 1:30 bus to see tailors and met Charlie and Ella and Nancy and we all went to the pictures, a splendid programme. Life of Emile Zola and supporting film was excellent Charlie drove us back to Nayland, where we found Dolly and Q awaiting us.
Went to early church and loafed about in morning played croquet etc in afternoon wrote to Margot Church in evening.
A and I went to Colchester after lunch, saw Queen Mary arriving, came out for dinner played bridge in evening beautiful day.
Had another trip round the country in afternoon including Flatford, Dedham etc, very interesting as a perfect day Bridge in evening.
Went up to vicarage and played tennis in afternoon.
Colchester all afternoon went to cinema and I saw excellent film life of Emile Zola wrote to Boss played bridge at Foggart's in evening.
Saturday 18 June.
Went up to London and got to Blackheath in evening. Found a man who put me on to a good private hotel. At 7:30 I went up to Stonefield and there I met Margo we took the tram up to the top of the Heath and sat and yarned.
Tuesday 19.
Sat about in the morning and did nothing, talking with my fellow lodgers After dinner bus down to Richmond and saw the Todd's and told them I would not come to lunch the next day, had tea with them and left for B about 6:00 was late getting there and Margot and I just took a stroll and sat and talked.
Monday 20.
A wonderful day Margot and I left about 11:00 with the idea of going to B Beeches, but got into the wrong bus, and we got out at Hammersmith, and then decided to go to Virginia Water instead perfect day and we had lunch at the Wheat Sheaf and then spent a glorious afternoon till 4:30 when we returned to London supposed to meet Doreen and Bill at a place for supper, but they did not turn up, thank goodness, so just walked slowly through the city to Charing Cross and so home, a red letter day.
June 21 1938
Left at 11:00 for London, went round and saw D and told her I would pick her up at 1:00 and we would go out to Wimbledon, had a good afternoon very hot it was, but we had splendid seats in the Centre Court and saw some great tennis. Had to leave in the middle of a doubles match, as I was meeting Margot at 8:30 was late as usual about 10 to 9 when I got them, so did not lose much time together.
Did some shopping in London and in evening Margot and I went in to Greenwich Park, very pretty it was, and then walked miles back (sic) but we took a bus back.
Left for Rottingdean via Brighton, got a bit muddled about the station first I went to Cannon Street and then I had to go back to London Bridge and got to Brighton about 2:00 where Charlie and Nancy were there to meet me we drove back to Rottingdean about 5 miles and a very charming little bungalow.
Friday 24.
Nancy and I went down to the Lido where Nancy had a swim, too cold for me to venture, so read the paper till 1:00 when we returned to "Tantos".
Saturday 25.
Went into Brighton and went to a splendid revue on the ice called "Ice Time", the skating was thrilling and marvellous had tea in town and so on home.
Sunday 26.
Blowing hard today and; very late breakfasting nearly 10 before we sat down, after dinner, we took some afternoon tea with us and went up the road towards Peacehaven then turned of on to the moors and camped had some tea, left the car, and walked on to Earlscombe (Telscombe ) a tiny old world village off the beaten track. Gracie Fields has a nice house there but the church in the old Norman kind organ was fearfully out of tune and then walked back to the car and so on home.
Wind still blowing strong and too cold for any Lido work. Had lunch in town and then on to the West Pier where there was a splendid band all girls; but they could play had some tea and then walked along the promenade to Rottingdean.
Tuesday 28.
Wind stronger than ever Charlie & I set sail for Lewes where we met Joan?, who was staying at St Leonard's. How strong? the wind was terrific at times upon the doors In afternoon we all went into Brighton, and listened to the ladies band again, and thoroughly enjoyed it, back for tea and then C, J and G left for Lewes again
Wednesday 29.
Left about 12:00 for Brighton, a great sea running, the waves breaking right over the promenade. Went to the pictures in afternoon, Lonie Henry in a skating thing not much good and the other was a thriller by Edgar Wallace and was pretty good Supper at Lyons and then on home.
Thursday 30.
Charlie and I left in the yellow peril at 11:45 for London, it stuck us up in the busiest spot in Brighton, opposite the East Pier, we pushed with help into a neighboring garage and eventually started again. All was well until we got to? about 20 miles from London when she played up again, this time we had to push her (luckily it was mostly downhill) to a nearby petrol station. When we eventually got going again, reaching London about 4:00. Charlie got his new car, and was all at sea with the gears and accelerator at first, but I left him at a bowser near Thackers?, and came on down to the station, and so on to the W H hotel, where dear old Margot and D were there.
Friday 1.
July 1938
Making arrangements for our trip tomorrow, getting tickets etc etc and so to bed
Saturday 2 July
Left at 7:30 for Victoria and got our seats in the boat train everything splendidly arranged for us, no bother no fuss; had a very calm crossing, and took our reserved seats in the Paris boat train. Arrived at Paris about 4:00. Special bus to meet us to take us to our hotel, had a rest; then after dinner, we had a round of the night clubs of Paris as put on for tourists; first time I had ever seen stark naked girls on the stage, and wasn't very edified by the spectacle. Home to the hotel about 2:45 and so to bed (Harold was with Margot Barker)
Left at 11:00 for Versailles we went to Mal Maison first the home of the Napoleons, most interesting and then on a sumptuous lunch at Versailles, and afterwards through the wonderful palace and gardens, we were lucky to see the fountains playing before we left; and so home after a good day.
Monday 4.
Went to various places on a morning tour round the city, unfortunately it was pouring with rain, so we could not get out and look at things much; but we had a good guide who showed us everything as we pulled up at various places, luckily the afternoon was fine, and we took a second tour around Paris seeing the Pantheon, Notre Dame and other places of interest had a stroll before dinner and early to bed.
Tuesday 5.
Took taxi to Eiffel Tower and went to the top of it, pretty cold up on top, back to the hotel for lunch, and then we walked to the Louvre, where a charming French lassie acted as our guide for two hours, when we had to leave for the hotel and the station. A bit rough coming over but too short a passage to worry anyone very much, although quite a few were ill. Arrived in London on the tick of 11:00 and back to our pub.
Wednesday 6.
Didn't do much today except loaf around in the city by myself, in the afternoon lunch with the girls. Girls bought a car on moving.
Thursday 7.
Went to Richmond and had lunch with dear old aunt and stayed there til (sic) quarter to four and then on to tea with the Bateman's only Jesse and Ida there and then back to London. Putrid evening
Saw the girls off for their motor tour, and sore of heart I left them, or rather her. Caught the 12:15 from Marylebone for Helmdon via Brackley, and dear old Van was there to meet me with a car, and so I have arrived at Lois Weedon at last, had a yarn with the locals on the village green in evening and then to bed.
Went to Northampton today to the pictures in the afternoon and then on home.
Church in morning, very few there, nasty cold drizzly day awful weather I call it for English summer. In the afternoon after tea we strolled across the fields as the weather had taken up to his little church at Plumpton, quaint affair with high pews and no pulpit quite a good congregation.
Rode a bike for the first time for over thirty years to see a local vicar had tea with them and then on home, heavy rain shower came on, and we had to take shelter in a friendly barn. Quite stiff and bit achy after, evidently no good for arthritis hips.
Left about 10:15 and walked to where we caught the train for Northampton changing at Blisworth. Went to lunch at the Rands, and very pleasant they were, three other females in the place I was introduced to. Had some tea in Northampton did some shopping and back home again.
Wednesday 13.
Went over the Mayor Doynes place in morning and looked at his pedigree cattle had lunch, and Van went to a Ruridecanal Conference and went on to Northhampton where I spent the afternoon with Edgar, went to the pictures and saw E off, and then on home. Wrote to Jack F (Ford)
Wrote to Ethel Cargill today Cayuer (Cayer?) picked us up at two and we went to Stratford-upon-Avon via Banbury wasn't very thrilled at the place; we then went on through Warwick, on to Kimbolton where I enjoyed exploring the old Castle; then on to Leamington where we had tea, raining as usual, and then on back to Lois Weedon Cayuer drives his little car too fast for my liking when only out sightseeing the country.
Whether as usual cold and showery doesn't promise to well for the Sunday School Treat, however they all turned up at 4:00 and as the weather was unsettled all had a feed indoors and then they played games on the lawn until the rain started again and drove them all home.
Nothing special today except the feeling a bit down in the dumps.

13. Harry's Diary 1938: Covering his trip to England Part 2, 5 Apr 1938 to 13 Oct 1938. Sunday.
Usual sort of day at a vicarage. Nice evening so we walked across the fields to Plumpton where Van was holding service, quite a good congregation, quaint little church with high pews all through it, first I had seen.
Left by car to catch train at ? changed at Blisworth and caught train for Castlethorpe where old Edgar was awaiting me. Went to his digs, then we went on to my digs at Mrs Cook's, Mrs C charming young thing, and things looked very comfortable except the sanitary arrangements.
Called on the Whiteny's were asked for tea and stayed till 6:30, I liked him she was a bit of a snob although a nobody.
Left for Northampton where we met Van, and then on to the cricket ground to see Northants versus Sussex the former knocked up 350 runs on an easy wicket took our lunch with us and got some tea on the grounds and stayed till 6 PM, bit achy about the bottom from the hard seats before long.
"Thursday Mr Cayer, Edgar and Van left in his car for Stratford etc wasn't very thrilled with Stratford but loved Kimbolton Castle, but on to Leamington where we had tea needless to say it started to rain while there and then on home to".
This entry struck out as it related to the previous Thursday.
Went round with Whiteny and saw them busy haymaking etc, weather quite hot, and in afternoon we went to Mr Geary he wanted to walk my legs off round his place I went a good way and looked at his sheep etc and then bucked when he wanted to take me away up a hill to look at his corn, back to the house for afternoon tea and then on to the vicarage for evening meal. Had a pleasant musical evening the vicar's wife played beautifully and he sang well for his age, also his nephew who had a good tenor voice, Edgar did his share, and I was the only dud. Mrs ? Ran us back to Castlethorpe.
The post man took us part of the way in his car and then we walked on to Hanslope Park to have tea with the squire; didn't enjoy it much as he was very reserved and hard to get on with, listened to the test cricket; and then the chauffuer ran us home.
Left after lunch for Hanslope where the annual Hospital Fete was being held, usual sort of thing, comic cricket match, sideshows etc back in the bus at 5:45.
Sunday went to church and Holy Communion at Castlethorpe, very few there, read the lessons and again in the evening when the attendance was better although Edgar said it was the poorest they had had for some time, after supper Edgar and I went for a walk and sat down in the fields near the railway and yarned.
Went for a walk on my own to the water softening works down the line (Picture: and sat down for an hour and watched the express taking up the water etc, beautiful day. Had tea with the Cook's and then went in to the Whiteney's to bid them farewell, sat and watched some quite good tennis for some time and then on in the evening I went up with Clark into the signal box and watched the process of railway control, most interesting about ninety-eight trains go through during the night till 6 AM.
Met Van in Northampton at 10:30 did some shopping and had lunch and then to the pictures, a most excellent programme, and got home about 6:30, quiet evening.
Left by the 8:40 for Wolverton where E had come with me and then I caught the express for Euston took my bags to ? and went into the city for a short time had lunch and caught the 1:00 express for Okehampton, arriving in pouring rain were Margaret and Janet (Bendyshe) were there to meet me, and then on up here the rain clearing off pretty soon. After dinner Margaret and I went into Okehampton (5 miles) to the pictures and met the other girls; rotten picture if ever there was one.
Fine and very close and hot picked sweet peas and larph? in the morning and had a walk through the woods and Margaret and I took a run round the district in afternoon. Glorious country this, and a beautiful view from the house looking out over the valley with Exbourne and Okehampton lying before us and out to the heights of Dartmoor 25 miles away, Yes Tor 2100 feet, the highest point being very notable. Bendysh gave us a private movy (sic) show in the evening.
Quiet morning and went over to General ? for tennis in afternoon, quite a good set or two and then on home.
Went over to Woods in Okehampton ? a beautiful house; widow and two daughters, very close and hot
Sunday 31 July
Nothing much doing today went over to some place or other and watched the young fry playing tennis, met some interesting people.
Were leaving after lunch for fete, but bad thunderstorm and heavy rain started so couldn't go. J.B. (John Bendyshe) took me over after tea to the Lays, rather alarming the prospect of staying here till Wednesday.
Jogged round with Mr Lay in the pony cart, and enjoyed the trip through the lovely lanes. Took a car in afternoon and went to Bilston and then on up over the moors to B (Black) Tor and back to the car, very hot at times.
Left by 9:25 for London Mr L driving me down to the station; a grand run up, but the heat in London was very trying 82 degrees and very moist at that caught the 4:57 for Colchester and arrived here for dinner. Found a letter from Margo awaiting me, she seems to be having a grand time.
Went to Colchester in morning and tried to hire a car for a fortnight but no luck as everything gone; bit of a nuisance, as depending on buses is a nuisance. Marked out tennis court in evening very hot and sultry.
Charlie came over here Adria and I went to Colchester and met Nancy in High Street and I came back at once and caught Charlie before I left for GB (Great Bentley) here I can get a car.
Went into Colchester and arranged about getting car on Monday went to fete in afternoon but heavy thunderstorm and rain spoilt the whole show.
Rained on and off all day.
Went into Colchester and picked up the car and went out gingerly to G Bentley had a snack with Charlie and then back to Colchester to meet Van who arrived about 4:30. Drove him back to Nayland in time for tea. Grand little car.
Tuesday left at 11:45 and took our lunch and had a picnic lunch on G Bentley common lovely hot day, went on to Clacton and sat on the pier for an hour and then went to hear my favourites the Pitrolarys? Ladies band good show. After tea set sail for home, quite at home with the little bus now.
Left at 11:30 with lunch and took a tour of Suffolk had a good look round Bury St Edmunds, and then on to a wood where we had lunch; took to the road again journeyed on through heavy rain at times to Ipswich went over the Christchurch Museum had tea and home via Dedham Flatford etc very jolly day.
Set sail for Friston and much admired it, so clean and nice and beautiful bathing, went on to Walton what a contrast, shoddily shabby the place and everything connected with it. Back home to G Bentley for tea and supper met the vicar of Bentley who stayed solidly for 3 hours home about 9.
Rained pretty hard all morning and on and off in the afternoon too cold to use the car, Charlie arrived in time for tea but of course tennis was out of the question.
Last day with the car so decided on another day at Clacton to hear the famous band. Adria stayed at home with Mater and Van and I and nurse set sail for Clacton, had lunch on the way side in rustic surroundings and then spent a pleasant few hours at Clacton and then on home to give up the bus at 6:00 a great little car and so economical on petrol cost.
Early service and went for a walk with nurse and Van to Stoke in afternoon Nayland church in evening.
Quite missed the car today Van and I and Adria went into Colchester and saw a film. Went round to Froggatt's in evening and had some good bridge with Crane? and Mr and Mrs Froggatt.
Charlie Ella and Nancy arrived after dinner and we played tennis all the afternoon pretty hot made arrangements for our trip abroad.
Nothing much happened today went into Colchester in the morning re-clothes etc.
Van and I went up to London he got rooms in his hotel and I after doing some business in the city went down to Bayswater and got a room in the hotel almost opposite the White Hill? then I met Van at Victoria and we had lunch and then went to the zoo very hot the day, we then came up to town had a feed and went
Bottom of the page ripped off.
Saturday ?
Left by train for Carisbrook Castle (Isle of Wight) took our lunch with us and as the day was gloriously fine, we had a very jolly day. After exploring the Castle and the old Norman church we lay in some hay in the moat and snoozed till time to leave wonderful day.
Decided to go to Alum Bay so took train to Freshwater changing Sandown and walking down to the seafront before our train left unfortunately weather changed and spoilt the afternoon, so back to our pub.
Left for London arriving next day, had feed at Corner House, and then spent an hour or two in St James Park, looked in at St Margaret's Westminster and then had a devil of a rush to catch my train had to take a taxi from Charing Cross and only just got it.
Tuesday. 23 Aug
Missed my Margo something awful; left for Colchester and met Charlie and Ella and Nancy and we had lunch together and caught a blue bus for London at 3:15 got to King's Cross at 6:15 and there by taxi to Cannon Street, where we booked our luggage through to Interlaken and started on our trip to Switzerland at 8:05 p.m. got on the steamer at 10:45 and had a very clear? trip over to Ostend the night being very mild big crowd on the steamer.
Took our seats in the Basel express, very poor seats for an important trip like this, hard wooden seats and no cushions consequently no sleep for me all night except a fitful doze for a few minutes at a time reached Basel at 1:45 two hours to wait and then caught the train for Interlaken, arrived there at 7:30, weary and worn and after dinner very ready for bed, very beautiful the country we have been through.
Very comfortable hotel had a look around in the morning and in afternoon walked up to a hotel up through pine forests 5000 feet up above the lake. Got adrift from Charlie and Ella and they got back very late.
Took trained up the Lauterbrunnen and then by rack railway up to Wenger, a beautiful trip through marvellous scenery. From Wenger we walked up to the Wengeralp 6100 feet up, but the clouds coming down spoilt the view, great pity, back to hotel. After dinner we went to the Kinosaal and listened to the band, saw the best firework display I have ever seen, damping a bit in the evening.
Went for a stroll in morning and then took the steamer to Giessbach where there are some wonderful falls much impressed, had tea at the hotel by the falls, owing to the spray everything very damp and moist. Started to rain as we came down to catch the steamer rained all evening.
Sunday 28 Aug.
Went to the English church in the morning and had a real nice service. In the afternoon Nancy and I went to the open air theatre and saw William Tell a splendid performance and the weather was kind to us and the sun shone during the play however it started to rain later on and rained all the evening.
Monday 29 Aug.
Last day, so took trained to Grindelwald and then we walked to the upper Grindelwald glacier, and had some glorious views of the mountains as the clouds lifted. Went up into the ice cave and then walked back, had tea at Grindelwald and so on home, where it started to rain as usual in the evening. However it hadn't spoilt a very good day
Tuesday, 30 Aug.
Left did 9:00 for Montreux and travelled through typically beautiful Swiss valleys and so to my old haunts of forty years ago passed through the long tunnel Les Arantes? and so to Montrose in thick fog. Cleared up a little bit and as it looked to be clearing up we started to walk to Chillon but the rain started in earnest and after much taking shelter we got back to the hotel not very wet staying at the Hotel de Joh Mont very comfortable.
Wednesday 31.
Just wandered round Landus shopping.
Visited my old haunts Veytaux not changed a bit except the approach to it visited the castle and Nancy and I went all over it.
Friday 2.
Walked up to Les Avants and back quite a good walk had lunch on the way
Saturday 3.
Took the steamer and made a Grande Tour de Lac via Lausanne Evian Bursinel? beautiful day and enjoyed the trip especially the French side of the lake.
Sunday 4.
Went to church at Clarens in the morning and in the afternoon we walked to Vevey and back by boat to Montrose weather very cloudy on the mountains.
Monday 5.
Took train up Rhone Valley to Villars sur Ollon but on arriving there found the clouds very low and weather very threatening and cold so we started to walk back to Aigle took our time and had our lunch on the way and eventually got to Aigle about 4:00. Had some tea and then caught train back to Montreux and bed
Tuesday 6.
Caught the train for Basel changed carriages at the Lausanne and got onto our beastly third class ones and then to Basel. Had an hour and a quarter to wait there and then got on board the Ostend special. Had very little sleep that night as seats beastly hard and uncomfortable after a good crossing arrived at Folkestone at 1 then on to London and getting there about 3:30 and there after a shave and wash to Bayswater to see my dear Margo.
Thursday 8.
Ran down and saw the relations at Richmond and back to the hotel for dinner
Went down to G by bus and just poked about
Went out to Hampstead and enjoyed the wonderful views of the heath.
We went to church this morning I enjoyed the service sat in the old Castle grounds and enjoyed the lovely morning and the flowers. For the afternoon went out to Crompton the potteries sort of museum to Watts R A saw his mausoleum and much admired the old Chapel at C where Gywne was vicar once had some afternoon tea and walked back to the main road is when had to wait for one hour for the bus back
Monday 12.
Came down to Nayland and heard that poor Mater had had a bad heart attack on the Saturday and very nearly died Dolly is staying here
Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14
Nothing special doing these days just poked about and took it easy.
Went to Colchester in afternoon and looked up the Jacquelines? had tea with them and then we went to a football match which I enjoyed afterwards we played billiards had supper and then he bought me back home enjoyable day.
Friday 16.
Nothing doing today.
Saturday 17
Went to Colchester and to the football at 3:15 and then on home.
Sunday 18.
Church in morning Nurse and I walked up to Stoke and back by the fields in afternoon more church at night.
Monday 19.
Left in good time and went over and spent the day with Charlie, who has had a nasty heart attack a day or two ago, the poor old chap looked fit and well but was in bed back in evening and spent evening at Froggatt's playing bridge I was 2/3.
Tuesday 20.
Nothing special today.
Wednesday 21.
Left the London route to Castlethorpe couldn't catch the train I wanted so went down by later one getting their about 4:15 Van and Edgar on the platform to meet me, both looking very well. Returned to Edgar's digs and spent a pleasant evening I returned to my old digs with Mrs Cook at 10:30.
Thursday 22.
Left after lunch for Northampton where we went to a cinema "The Hurricane" had tea and then Van left us at the station while Edgar and I came on to Castlethorpe While Edgar was taking service and choir practice I looked up the Whiting's and went out with him and few others partridge shooting quite a lot of birds about and I got six.
Friday 23.
Got to London at 10:15 met Margo and spent day together Tps a
Saturday 24.
I went to Felixstowe today, after good look around the museum park.
Sunday 25.
Went to Felixstowe and sat on the beach despite the slight rain, and were as happy as sand boys. Back to Felixstowe and then we went to the parish church for Evensong beautiful service and so back.
Monday 26.
Took Margo to Nayland and spent a memorable day, also the time is getting only to short, and we shall have to part soon, dreadful to contemplate. Margo enjoyed the old house, and I took her back to Colchester in a taxi in the morning sad parting.
Tuesday 27.
Just moped about sad and sore of heart for only two more days in England.
Wednesday 28.
Left to spend the day with Charlie and Ella with Adria. Everyone very anxious over war news, may be another world war, dreadful to think of everyone getting gas masks and trenches being dug even at home saw Mrs Howard and said goodbye to them. Packing and sitting with mater in evening. Telegram from Mr ?
Thursday 29.
The last day has arrived and what with Margo clearing out and not be able to spend the last evening together things were very bleak and dismal. Arrived at LS (Liverpool St Station) and the darling was there to meet me and joy of joys she was not going away for a day or two. Went down to Golders Green and said goodby to Mrs F's sister and then on to Aunt Alison and back to Margo where we spent a sad evening together for the last time.
Friday 30.
Margo saw me off at Waterloo and we kept our peckers up wonderfully, although feeling otherwise, reached Southampton and went on board expecting to find Dolly on board no luck, and later she arrived on the wharf but they wouldn't allow her on nor would they allow me off so all very disappointing sailed at 1:00 for NZ in spirits better left unsaid, that aft and evening hell upon earth.
October 1
Miserable wretched day knew nobody and just moped about missing my M too much for words to describe.
October. 2
Got a place in second sitting thank goodness but poor lot of table companions sunrise at 10:48? made a few approaches today but oh so lonely without my M. Managed to get up a four and bridge this evening quite bucked me up.
Monday to Thurs 5.
Nothing new on board but the same old round but the thrill has gone out of everything since leaving M I suppose I shall get over it in time had bridge most evenings pictures Thursday evening sat with Mr Campbell and Russ.
Friday Saturday and Sunday.
Weather getting fearful hot and the sea day after day like glass most unusual for the Atlantic heat in the cabins is awful and not much sleep even with the fan going all the time just lay stripped on the bunk and sweated.
Monday Tuesday 10.
Heat getting worse, as very moist 92 degrees on board official reading yesterday. Hurt my big toe playing deck tennis a nuisance as I want to play off tournament games. Get to Willemstad Curacao in early hours of tomorrow.
Wednesday 11.
Arrived at Willemstad at 1:30 AM we all had an early breakfast and then J and Russ and Miss N Cauly and few others got a car and drove to town six & half miles away drove round the town and then left the car and did some shopping and back to the car at 10:15 and so on back to the boat being about 11:00 didn't think much of Willemstad and the country all round it.
Arrived off the canal at 2:00 pm but never got started till 3:30 and so went through half of it in the dark bad luck for those who had had never seen it we completed about 10:45 and we were in quarantine for a suspected case of yellow fever, a girl who had got on at Willemstad we were not allowed ashore till 11:30 after our temp had been taken too late to go ashore so turned in and got an early start.
End of diary.

14. Harry's Diary 1939: Life as a Sheep Farmer, 7 May 1939-28 Oct 1939.
Diary of Harold L Fenn 1939
Transcribed by his son Edward, who has filled out abbreviated names and places etc in italics where he can - 2014.
Note this diary has been transcribed using error ridden voice recognition technology.
The diary is in worn condition with missing pages.

Sunday 7 May 1939
Went to Tony's (Elworthy?) today first time I had seen the house, very nice, had a look round the place also the proposed lime works site and back in evening.
Monday 8 May
Left at 9:30 for Timaru en route to Christchurch no luck trying to sell eggs today Left after lunch and went up quickly I got to Betty's (Gould) about 5:00. Had some afternoon tea at Rakaia. First time I have driven my car up to Christchurch.
Tuesday 9 May
Did some business in town and then went to Audrey's (Julius) for lunch, job to find his place; then I went on to Lyttleton to meet Slade as the ? berthed about 1:30 yarned on board for an hour or so. I then left and came on to Sumner and had dinner with John and Hester, then on home.
Wednesday 10 May
Got a puncture which delayed me so went straight out to the boat and picked up Slade at 10:45 and took him for a long drive on Summit Road and Hilltop and back, wonderful run along the Summit Pass the road only just finished dinner on board with Slade.
Thursday 11 May
Couldn't get hold of Broadhurst till twelve and then I drove him up to Cloudesley (Home of Churchill Julius) and back and then I set out for Timaru came down in good time two and a half hours, getting to Timaru at 4:00 and went into the Hay's (local Vicar) for evening meal and so on home, lights suddenly fused on way home much delay
Friday 12 May
Mustered in Lower Ford (Name for a big block on the station) three rams missing and one of Squires (Tommy Squire neighbour to the South) in there. Went on to party given by Mrs Squire. I went down to make a four amongst the elders.
Saturday 13 May
Mustered in Freehold missing rams there but two blue heads short. Ran wires out for the new fence.
Eglington & Harris had a smash on Sargents? Cutting no one seriously injured.
Sunday 14 May
Stayed at home for once; Tommy (Squire) bought a big crowd of shooters over. They got to pig and about ten Wallabies perfect day.
Monday 15 May
The weather is simply glorious day after day no frosts at night which I'm thankful for. On the fence all day running out the nine wires.
Tuesday 16 May
White washing and cleaning out fowl house all day, a dusty job. Took ride over for the mail*. Beautiful day. Looked over the eggs in the evening. Wrote to Edgar Van and Adria.
(* Harry's large mail box (approx 1m X 500mm X 500mm) was several miles away on Pareora Gorge Road near the Motukaika Memorial)
Wednesday 17 May
Took seven & half dozen eggs into Timaru, after much haggling I sold them for 1/5d the highest price I've ever got for them. Got my demand for the tax L101.15.0 a nasty blow coming as it does this year. Put in at Holme Station and had a feed and a good long yarn with Ella and ASE. (Ella & Arthur Elworthy)
Friday 19 May
I mustered down Top Ford (name of a block) and held them for two hours all rams there but unfortunately I did not count them as it proved later. Betty, Derek (Gould) and the boys came up for picnic lunch in the afternoon. A glorious warm day more like Mediterranean summer, than winter.
Saturday 20 May
Mustered in Lower Ford and found few ewes short wished I had counted the Top Ford went to Trotter's for evening meal and spent the evening playing bridge very enjoyable
Sunday21 May
Fishers (The Married Couple - John (Jack) helped on the farm his wife Ella cooked and kept house) left about 9:30 to spend the day at Waimate I did nothing all day milked cows in evening hard frost last night and freezing hard tonight again.
Monday 22 May
Put new dry battery onto wireless. Mustered down Heriot (name of a block) all sheep there and the rams. Drafting up sheep in afternoon and taking out posts to fence with Fisher & LF.
Tuesday 23 May
On fence with Fisher & LF most of day I went for mail and grubbed a bit of gorse.
Wednesday 24 May
Mustered in Freehold (name of a block) a few too many in it but not as many as I expected to find.
Friday 26 May
Took balance of my eggs into Timaru, 161 (sic) dozen all told, played bridge in the evening at the Club and enjoyed my game. Freezing very hard tonight
Saturday 27 May
Started cutting down some more pines at the back of the house as they are completely useless as shelter
Sunday 28 May
Quite a crowd turned up today first some fellows after pigs, then Isabella and some fellow hikers (4) came and left to walk to the top and on to Nimrod, then a family party came up to picnic and spend the day, After dinner Harrold J, Bernard and Betty arrived B took my gun and horse to try it. I gave them some afternoon tea and then they left had a real good time they said.
Monday 29 May
White frost last night, cutting down and splitting pines I started on the sledge in afternoon the cursed light engine all fut (sic*) and won't go at all sucking air somewhere, & two females? turned up after teatime and I bought 2lb box of tea off them.
(*a common expression of Harry's)
Friday 2 June
Mustered Upper and Lower Ford all the sheep seem to have turned up this time.
Sunday 4 June
Another perfect day Tommy and friends came up again after pigs and got about five I went over to Wilfred Howell (Mt Nimrod Station) and then drove on to look at some swedes and chow. Very good feed so got feed for the hoggets 4d a week (per head I think) lucky to get it. Went over to Verity's (Motukaika) for evening bridge.
Monday 5 June
I had a marvellous run round the Grange Hill after the ewe lambs and got them all in by 11:30 wonderful to relate? Tommy D and I crutched all afternoon till 4 I docked them all, ewe lambs looking very well T and D helped crutch bit evening.
Tuesday 6 June
Phil helped all day crutching till 330.
Wednesday 7 June.
Phil started on road with them 411 ewe hoggets & got to Blackmore..
Thursday 8 June
F and I left in good time and went to Wilfred Howell and picked up netting and then on to the turnips Fencing all day Perfect day for the job do hope they will do well on the chow and swedes at 4p a week
Friday 9 June
Blackler took sheep on from Cave, haven't seen him to hear how he got on. (The Blackler family of Totara Valley, Pleasant Point)
Sunday 11 June
Went down to have a feed with June and Harold (Elworthy of Craigmore); she had quite forgotten she had asked me to come about a fortnight ago; but they had only just started. As Tuck (dog) has been missing for three days went away at 5 to look for him. Heard he had been over at Squires all the time.
Tuesday 13 June
Very cold night last night deadly southerly blowing with sleet and snow, quite a lot on tops and well down this morning. Mustered in Lower Ford wind was very cold but it moderated and a nice afternoon. Took sledge back after a hectic drive over the back road skidding and slipping all over the shop.
Friday 16 June
Jack (Fisher) in bed all day so I did the chores etc, roasted the dog tucker which was getting pretty high.
Saturday 17 June
Don Millichamp came up with his tractor. Left for Timaru and then out to the Point to Point races perfect day quite mild and good races. Had a very nice evenings bridge with the Mullins Jack & Alison Mullins of Tycho) came out about 1/6d on the right side.
Sunday 18 June
Alison and I went to church in the morning choral Holy Communion and a lovely service. Very raw and cold. In the afternoon Tim (Timaru Rhodes,Hadlow Grange) and I went over to P.P. (Pleasant Point) to see the hoggets they are doing fine.
Monday 19 June
Shopping in Timaru and meant to come home before dark but got inveigled into making a four at bridge at the Club, of course I lost 17/6 today. Club bridge no good for me.
Tuesday 20 June
Hardest rain we have had for months all day Creek came down no snow on the high country. Badly needed so will do a lot of good, about one & three quarter inches fell.
Wednesday 21 June
Breathing not too good yesterday and today so didn't do anything very strenuous, till afternoon when we felled a big pine. Left for Timaru at 4:15 and went to Rachel (Sinclair-Thomson) for evening meal and then H (Hamilton Sinclair-Thomson) and I went to see (a film, name illegible) I enjoyed it, but not what the papers cracked it up to be.
Thursday 22 June
Left after Young Bros had overhauled my lights which were very bad and came round by the hoggets to see how they had fared in the wet found everything quite dry there no water in the creek and hoggets in grand fettle Spent the evening at Ben and Shona's (Howell), Nubby (Hugh? Knubley) was there and played auction bridge.
Friday 23 June
Cold miserable day rain on and off breathing no good so did very little coming back last night found the old dog tucker horse cast on the flat, so shot it this morning and carted it up to the gallows. Blasting pines all afternoon. (splitting timber with a blasting gun)
Saturday 24 June
Sawing all morning and put down battens in afternoon ready for crutchers. Went over to Verity's this evening for bridge tournament; four tables and we spent a very pleasant evening I won the prize for men.
Sunday 25 June
Went to church in afternoon then on to Ford's ( Lottie and sons John & Bob Ford, Foxdown) for the rest of the day. John up at Mount Harper afternoon doing a spot of work. Marvellous weather very mild day after day.
Monday 26 June
Jack (Fisher) told me Pye's going to Holme Station after doing Bakers so rang up B and found they were coming to me all right this evening. Had a tour around the Grange Hill, but didn't get many wethers in (65) and then mustered in freehold drafted and filled the shed Pye Bros arrived at eight.
Tuesday 27 June
Pye Bros crutched all day did 514, but one only started after dinner. Cross brought up 80 bags of chaff
Wednesday 28 June
Crutching all day weather very mild and warm they did 259 + 430 = 689 today
Thursday 29 June
Pye Bros finished today doing 1865 all told weather good and very mild.
Sunday 2 July
The Gillingham's had asked me over there for the day, so turned up about one and spent a pleasant day, met H and K and his wife
Tuesday 4 July
Trying to mend the wash house tank all day, and eventually managed to finish it; whether it will stand up to the pressure when full I don't know but only hope so. Went over to Ben Howell's (Matata Station) for evening meal and bridge.
Wednesday 5 July
I went to town for various things. Some fool hit me in Stafford Street and took my bumper bar off, lucky no worse. After tea in town went out to Rich's (Geoff Rich - The Rock, Cave) at the Cave for a bridge tournament in aid of Craighead (School) swimming baths funds, very cold night.
Thursday 6 July
Wretched day, first real winter day we have had, driving snow showers and cold all day. Needless to say didn't do much.
Friday 7 July
Margo sails for New Zealand
Fisher's in town all day, as weather improved although a cold wind blowing. Got Bully out of freehold and put him on flat with Poley, as I want to feed him up
Saturday 8 July
Work round the place deadly cold wind and sleet. Breathing not too good all day slight exertion and I am out of breath. Left for Charlie Verity's at 5:30 spent a very good evening at bridge.
Sunday 9 July
Didn't get up till all hours of the morning as weather still cold and miserable with snow showers. Stopped at home all day for a change as off to the Hay's tomorrow. Poley took the Bull.
Monday 10 July
Wonderful day, just like spring. Jack and I went over to the hoggets and put up another break with Blackler. Not a big job and finished at 12:15 home after going to Thompson to see about mangles.
Tuesday 11 July
I went down to Thompson and got a load of mangles nothing special doing today.
Wednesday 12 July
J and I went over to Tod's looking for cattle beast Alexander told us he had not seen it, so drove in Freehold mob, very wild impossible to yard, cut and marked two calves, then got in Lower Ford and after much trouble, shot a young steer right in the mud by the gate, big job keeping it clean as we dressed it.
Thursday 13 July
Went down for a load of mangles this morning and saw Mrs Dent (Doug & Margaret Dent) she is getting up a small play for funds for Sunday school, Jack got dog tucker horse of Dent.
Friday 14 July
Hard black frost last night. Cut up the steer and took some over to Tim (Rhodes) and Rachel (Sinclair-Thomson). Came out after tea lost six shillings at bridge as per usual, can't hold any cards. Wrote to Aunt Ada
Saturday 15 July
Had a good look around the Lower Ford, and burning and tidying up rubbish in the plantations. Fairly hard frost last night.
Sunday 16 July
Went church in morning called at Dent's re play to produce, and then to Holme Station where I had lunch and afternoon tea meeting Charlie Millers niece and nephew-in-law then went to Mills and spent a jolly evening, Mills and his sister Alexander and myself had some good bridge.
Tuesday 18 July
Had a job with the big pine leaning in towards the house got two horses on it and managed to pull it over and fell without doing any damage sawing it up all afternoon.
Wednesday 19 July
Blasting logs all morning.
Thursday 20 July
Hardest frost this year last night pulled pump to pieces and got going, old engine got badly the worse for wear and I doubt if it will see out the year.
Saturday 22 July
Went into the Hunt Club races cold day, saw the first three races, had a sumptuous lunch with Tim, and then Ted (Elworthy) and I slipped away to the football (Rugby) match Waitaki (Boys High School) V Timaru Boys High School splendid game draw eleven all. (This fixture has been played continuously since 1883)
Sunday 23 July
Arthur (Cargill of Waitawa), Hart and I went out to look at the hoggets and then we had a look at the Downlands scheme pipes etc (supplies water to rural Sth Canterbury), and so on back to the "ranch" for a slightly late dinner 1:30 had a look round the "ranch" after.
Monday 24 July
Picked Ted (Elworthy) up in town and brought him out for a few days.
Tuesday 25 July
Deadly wind blowing Ted's back bad so he kept out of it.
Wednesday 26 July
Damnable cold wind blowing. Here heaviest falls of snow ever recorded on Akaroa peninsular and Dunedin, both snowed in and cut off from every way by road and rail
Thursday 27 July
Ted's back still bad, did nothing but keep warm.
Friday 28 July
Ted and I left for Four Peaks in my car, after lunch went out to Hadlow (Grange) and picked up huge load of odds and ends and so on to Four Peaks.
Saturday 29 July
Went down to Orari for a load of wood delayed as had to get a new tire in Geraldine.
Monday 31 July
Started to build a garage for Ted, shovelling snow out of the way to put in the piles, damnably cold for the job. 6 to 8 inches of snow everywhere around here
Saturday 5 August
Garage building all day Ted and I went to hoggets and put up another break
Sunday 6 August
Went to Orari for wood and the best of intentions to go to church but time flew and getting late for church 11:45 on to home with load. Aunt Edie and Nan (Bond) out for lunch.
Monday 7 August
Finished doors for garage hung one of them but Ted can finish now.
Tuesday 8 August
Breathing very bad after a hectic night. Brought Denderah (Elworthy nee Rhodes) into Timaru to Hadlow to look after her Mother while the rest been in ChCh. I arrived out here at 4:15
Wednesday 9 August
Looking over wool
Monday 14 August
Don came up with his tractor and we sawed all day and didn't quite finish it (circular saw bench driven by tractor)
Tuesday 15 August
Finished wood this morning, better than knocking my old engine to pieces doing it.
Friday 18 August
Went to town came out in pouring rain never thought this would turn up for rehearsal so came on up here but rain not bad here so turned round and picked up Don and the two girls and went to Dent's.
Sunday 20 August
Farewell service at Maungati to Mr Hay a large congregation turned up, and the old chap preached a good farewell sermon to us; I am sorry myself he is leaving went round to the Fords for the evening.
Monday 21 August Black Monday
Poor old Rook ill today, hope not flu, and then after breakfast the faithful Fisher's gave me notice, a fearful blow for me. Boss (Arthur Elworthy) came up afternoon and it seems as if they will have to leave in a fortnight if they want the job at Holme Station curse Holme Station.
Tuesday 22 August
Got word last night that the hoggets would have to be shifted next Friday cursed nuisance, as no feed about here everything seems to be going wrong. Went over to hogget's to see what is what and found he had eaten out everything with his own sheep.
Friday 25 August
Ted and I journeyed all over the place looking for Guthrie at last found him and he said he wasn't looking for a married couple's job that's all I got for my trouble. Took Ted to Holme Station at eleven, had lunch with ? and brought back sixteen bags of chaff.
Saturday 26 August
Left for Timaru interviewed a couple, no good as the child was the difficulty re school. The other couple never turned up. Left by 4:25 train en route for Wellington.
Sunday 27 August
Good trip up in the Rangatira, a bit of a swell at first, but quite a normal trip arrived Wellington in pouring rain. Unfortunately Polly (Hansell nee Julius) came down to meet me, and I never got up but had breakfast on board, and she was good enough to come down again later for me.
Monday 28 August
Very nice service at Karori last evening intercessions for peace, Visited Gwen and Arnold (Stewart) for lunch and after I went to the town and poked about round there and back for tea.
Tuesday 29 August
Turned up at the wharf at 8:00 and met dear old Margot after eleven months absence, she was looking so well and as sweet as ever. Friend of hers drove Margot and I out to Lower Hutt where there was a family reunion. After lunch I left Margo to the family.
Wednesday 30 August
Rang Margo up and we met at 12:00 had lunch at Kirkaldy and Staines, sat in the lounge for a bit and Polly and Arthur (Hansell) came in and met Margo who they knew very well in Lower Hutt days. Margot and I went up to the Art Gallery and had a good talk and she said she would marry me etc etc Left by Rangitira at 7:45
Thursday 31 August
Beautiful night and calm trip had breakfast Christchurch Railway Station then spent an hour with the Com. Gen. Lands; he wasn't very encouraging. Came down by bus arrived Timaru 5:00 and stayed the night with old Tim (Rhodes)
Friday 1 September
Did some shopping & interviewed a couple but no good & then on home
Monday 4 September
Heard of a couple so went into town to see them, they were married on Saturday, and I liked the look of them and they were willing to come.
Friday 8 September
Went to town and got my petrol licence got 22 gallons a month not bad all I want. Bought some things at Mortons Sale Rooms a jolly good duchess for 25/- carpets easy chairs all cheap
Saturday 9 September
A sad day indeed
The Boss (Arthur Elworthy) came up for the Fisher's midday, and I was very downcast to see them go down the road, they have been such a splendid couple. My back very bad today which made things all the worse, altogether a black Saturday.
Sunday 10 September
On my lonesome for a week did not do anything today, except moon about as my back pretty bad.
Thursday 14 September
Got a good burn on sunny facing on Grange Hill made a clean sweep of it all.
Friday 15 September
Went to town and back in time for milking.
Saturday 16 September
Cleaning up the house ready for new couple but heard they would not be here till tomorrow.
Sunday 17 September
Large gathering at Mrs Stewart's and had a jolly evening. Mr Mrs Evans sister who had come up for the day to visit her, drowned herself in pond near house extra ordinary affair. New couple arrived about 5:30.
Monday 18 September
Do hope the couple will stay, I don't think they were very impressed with everything yesterday. On the blackberries, all day, I went up to Top Ford in afternoon despite my leg feeling pretty bad, and got a good fire going.
Tuesday 19 September
Good burn yesterday on Top Ford when I went up to look this morning black (back) burning in afternoon
Wednesday 20 September
Black burning (back) most of day I seem to have become completely crippled I can only limp about
Friday 22 September
Went to town, and after tea came out home beastly day cold and raining most of it awful weather for time of year.
Sunday 24 September
Couple went to town and after lunch I left for Mills via Blue Cliffs (Station) where I picked up my packsaddle. Alexander turned up at Mills and we played till 12:30
Monday 25 September
Bed at 2 am this morning, so, as the day was cold and wet took it out of the blankets this morning hoping a rest may do my hip good.
Tuesday 26 September
Leg very bad today, working in the bush felling on the steep sideling very bad for it, but the firewood has to be cut, Gordon (new man?) went over for the mail, and I cleaned out garage, ran engine etc
Friday 29 September
Wrote to Charlie and Grace, couple went to town, after dinner beastly drizzle on and off all day but nothing down the road.
Saturday 30 September
Gordon and I spent most of the day in the bush stripping out wood we had felled and splitting some, bust ring on maul and that ended our splitting went to the school for a rehearsal; all at sea with everything stayed for annual tennis meeting.
Sunday 1 October
I left after afternoon tea for Mrs S who kindly gave me a lift to the Mills where we spent the evening bridge disappointing and I played with two duds who only played auction
Monday 2 October
Looked in freehold, two dead making five in all so far one cast but got it okay. Got in old horse and killed it after dinner, as don't want to keep it hanging about all summer. G (Gordon) had a tour of U & L Ford blocks
Wednesday 11 October
Went to town and met Margo and bought her out to stay a few days at Craigmore came on up here in afternoon a beastly cold day for Margo's first acquaintance with Grange Hill. Had a terrible shock found someone has stolen my little nest egg of about 40 pounds out of my desk.
Thursday 12 October
Took Margo down last night to Craigmore and stayed the night and came on up by the next morning and started planning where to furnish up the house.
Saturday 14 October
Went to the races and introduced Margo to various people beastly cold wind blowing so Margot and I Rachel and Ella cleared off to the pictures much better from my point of view
Sunday 15 October
Margot and I went down to Holme Station for dinner, everyone charmed with the dear girl. After tea went to Tom's for supper and the evening and then on back to Craigmore.
Monday 16 October
Margot and I left Craigmore after breakfast for Timaru, when I got Timaru I had a very serious attack of fibrositis, I could not walk or speak while it lasted & very painful. Margot took me to see Dr Moir who prescribed for me and told me to have perfect rest for a few days.
Tuesday 17 October
Went over to Squires after afternoon tea found they had cut out and were starting here in the morning, curse Squires for not letting me know earlier. Back via Foxdown where I got Alexander to help to muster and rounded up a few for the shed, finished shedding in the dark and I was supposed not to do anything strenuous.
Wednesday 18 October
Shearing all day took Margo down to Craigmore in the morning as she leaves for home today.
Thursday 19 October
Shearing miserable weather for the job cold and wet
Friday 20 October
Shearing all day. ? back today Went down to the school with planks etc getting things ready for the evening
Saturday 21 October
Took things back to Craigmore. Drafted up hoggets in afternoon ready to take away in the morning. Our show last night great success big crowd despite the rotten evening.
Sunday 22 October
Party at Verities in my honour very enjoyable, went over there with Stewart
Monday 23 October
Left Grange Hill for Wellington took car up to Christchurch, but found all garages in Lyttleton closed so left it in Christchurch. Had evening meal with Alice (Davies nee Hansell) and Arthur (Davies) Full train but caught the express. Fearful crowd on board and I got a bunk in the dining saloon, mighty little sleep.
Tuesday 24 October
Arrived Wellington 7 am sharp had breakfast at railway station and caught bus out to the Hutt. Margot and I went in after lunch and shopped, and back for evening meal. Then Margot and I went over to Eastbourne for the evening, and so to bed ready for the momentous day tomorrow
Wednesday 25 October
My wedding day.
Arthur Hansel and Canon Davies officiated and then we adjourned to the Grand Hotel for light refreshments etc, just Margo's nearest friends and relatives and Polly only one speech. After they left we went back to the hotel and rested then out to Petone to see a dear old couple; they were very pleased to see us. Caught Rangitira in evening.
Thursday 26 October
Very calm run down. Had breakfast at Christchurch Railway Station, got the car and back to Lyttleton for our luggage nowhere to be found; had various officials on the run looking for it. Back to Christchurch did some shopping and back to hotel. Went to the Cathedral for play "The Zeal of thy House" Well done but couldn't hear anything.
Friday 27 October
Shopping all day looking at carpets etc had lunch with Betty (Gould nee Elworthy) decided on getting carpet made as no ready-made ones big enough. Went to the pictures in evening.
Saturday 28 October
Left hotel at nine loaded up to the plimsoll mark picked up parcels etc and left at 9:40 for Timaru arrived there at 12:00 just in time to get my suit fitted, looked in at the A&P show for an hour and a half and then on home with my Margo. Had to do all the chores as couple away back to earth with avengence

End of diary.

15. Map of Grange Hill and environs: Maungati Sth Canty.

16. Harry & Margot Fenn: 1940-1945. Their marriage 25 Oct 1939 at Old St Pauls Wellington, at Craigmore, and with their new family

17. Harry in Timaru NZ: 1940's - 1960's. Harry with his children at Gleniti Timaru, with his brother Van, with his granddaughter Jane and daughter-in-law Joan 1967.

18. Harry's Letters: Dated 6 Mar 1887 and 19 Feb 1889.
Malvern House
March 6, 1887
Dear Dolly
Thank you very much for the nice long letter you sent me I hope you enjoyed going to the Wax Works There is a very nasty bloodhound here and it has four pretty big young ones, we were going out for a walk and we met all five and the largest of them the father came up to me and looked up into my face with its great big blood eyes and it nearly knocked me over and there is a nother great Colley dog it bit a boy's head
I often went into Dover and there are lots of men of war There are such a lot of soldiers here and come in every Saturday and they drill I am very happy here I am the youngest boy in the school the oldest boy is eighteen I hope Auntie Isabella is quite well I am in a great hurry because I have got to go down and say me scripture I have racked my brain to think of some more to say.
Goodbye from your loving cousin.
Harold Liveing (Fenn)
PS Excuse is writing
Letter a written on four sides of a plain sheet.

Malvern House
February 19th 1889
Dear Vandy
I wish you many happy returns of your birthday I would send you a present only as I am not allowed to go into Dover I cannot but I must give you one when I come home I am sending you a few foreign stamps I am afraid this will not get to you at breakfast time as there is no post The smudge I made was because a boy pushed my hand and I smudged it.
We are having very nice weather here are you I hope you're birdie and my bully are all right. There is a man here walking for a lot of money I don't know how much he is walking for Please give the emperor a lot of kisses from me. That term is going very quickly how many stamps have you do you know could you tell me next time Aunt Pollie writes and tell me what present you get.
I have know more to say
Give my love Naney Goat and all from your loving brother
Written on 3 of 4 sides of a small piece of notepaper headed with the family IMMOBILIS crest, and some squiggles from Harry.

19. Harry's Letters: Dated 6 Mar 1887 and 19 Feb 1889.
March 27th
Dear Harry
I am sending you a little prayer book which I hope you will like. I wish you dear many happy returns of your birthday I hope you will spend a happy day, the Emperor Baa wants to know how you will get your hamper, he thinks you ought to come home. I tell him you will very soon come home. I am teaching him to read, he knows all his letters, I tell him if he is good I will give him a prize at Easter, he has just asked if Harry to read this letter, he sends you lots of love and six kisses. Bully is all right he tries to sing I think he will soon. We shall be so pleased to see you again. I am sure you will be pleased with the mail coach. I hope we shall have nice weather in the holidays so as to have nice long walks with it.
With much love to you dear Harry
Nanny Goat

Malvern House
May 17th /91
Dear Dolly
Thank you very much for your lovely long letter I got it this morning at breakfast I was very sorry to have miss you but I thought you would be at the station when I got there. I've found a Robins next in an old tin just thrown into the hedge I am going to bring it home with the nest inside when the young birds have gone it looks so lovely. I should have liked to see that chap in the water with the boat upside down. There is going to be a grand fete here tomorrow just the house so we shall have the merry go rounds. I am going to get a full-sized adder and get it stuffed or if I cant do that put it in a bottle of gin so as to keep a nice. I am glad little Asper Welle Welle One is all right I will try and get you some stamps if I can. I am getting on with my net lovely. I have been into Dover twice this week, walked in and come by the train it was lovely. I hope we have a half holiday tomorrow we ought to we had one last year. Give my love to Aunt Isabella Pie Nanny and all from your loving cousin
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of plain notepaper with a pen and ink sketch of Harry striking an adder under a tree, Harry's signature has a large flourish.

20. Harry's Letters: Dated 19 Feb 1895 and 16 Feb 1896.
Maison Falquier
Feb 19th /95
Dear Van
I am awfully sorry this letter won't get to you on your birthday, but I forgot the days, and I was reading the paper which has just come which is the one for the 18th I thought today was the 18th. I wish you many happy returns of your birthday. It is not half bad out here although it is not very nice being such a long way far away from home. I am sending you a picture out of an advertisement, it will give you a little idea of what this end of the lake is like. We are having very cold weather out here but nothing like as cold as it is in England. I will now try and explain the favourite pastime out here namely luging, well, you go up one of the roads which go up the mountain which is very slippery and when you have got up as high as you like, you sit down on your luge which is like a toboggan only higher and my lighter built, and then you start, and you go a tremendous pace guiding yourself with your feet or with two pieces of wood. I had a dreadful journey out here, I did not get here till late on Tuesday, travelling all Sunday, it was fearful. I have to wear blue glasses to keep the glare of the sun and snow off. I am learning the piano I am getting on fairly well with it, it is funny to go everywhere and hear them gabbling French, or Italian. It is rather awful, sometimes I go into a shop and say Avez vous des and then I have not the faintest idea of the French for what I want so I say it in English with a beaut French pronunciation sometimes, or make gestures. It is Icey all right, these things hanging down are supposed to be icicles (sketch of a finger and a thermometer) and the thermometer as you see below zero. We have had about a foot and a half of snow while I have been here. I hope we have no more. I have got a catty and I catty all the birds I see I have not got one yet; but I hope to soon, the birds consists principally of jays and magpies. I saw some Eagles the other day flying around the tops of the mountains. I have only skated once since I have been here I like luging better. There are 11 boys here they are all very jolly chaps. We do plenty of work here, we begin at 9 and go on without a break till half past 12 and then I go home to dinner (I suppose you know I don't live at Mr Musson's house but Mr Lewises which is about three quarters of a mile away), then we begin work again at 4.30 and go on till seven then I come home and have supper and do an hour work after. For summer we do work from 2 till 4.30 as it is too hot to . . . . .
Written on four sides of a sheet which has an embossed letter head of a lion and cross in a shield under which is "SUB CRUCE CANDIDA", the remainder of the letter has been lost.

Clos de Grand Champ
Feb 16th -
My Dear Van
I wish you many happy returns of the day, and hope you will have many of them. The winter this year has been quite a phenomenal one, we haven't had a drop of rain or any snow since the 29th of December, we have had some very good skating up the Rhone valley. Yesterday I went for a long walk in some mountains in the valley, in consequence of the little snow on the mountains you can go up to 6000 feet or more, but where there is not much sun, there is plenty of snow. Just fancy poor P(?)iddle having measles how very sad, I hope they won't be a bad attack. I have been paying a call or two on a dentist here, it is rather awkward to jaw French when he has his two hands down your throat but I got on all right. I am going to have one out soon. I suppose you enjoyed the rest of your holidays very much, going to the theatre's etc. There was a fire just near here this morning and all the people in Villneure turned out and formed two long lines down to the lake and passed water up in every conceivable thing that could hold it even in stools "er - tit!! - tit!!", for fire engines are few and far between here. I have been doing a lot of luging at the beginning of the year it was very good then, but it has all finished now, worse luck. Old Mrs Potts has been getting in furious rages with everyone "God only knows why" er-tit!! tit!!, she has got two cats and it is rather curious but the cats don't seem to like us, funny isn't it.
How is (a sketch of a thermometer and some fingers, the transcriber takes this to be a reference to Icey) I suppose there is a great demand for it now the weather is so hot. I have been playing tennis a good deal lately, I shall play a good deal next week I hope. I heard from Gerald the other day I had no idea at poor Adria had been so ill, I hope she will soon be better. Montreux is very full now and the balls and theatricals have just come to an end now. We have got two new chaps here this time Knight-Bruce the chap I'd brought out with me, he's an awful shit I think and Pott is the name of the other he is almost as bad, it is rather awkward having a chap called Pott here. I have been doing so little lately that I have no more to say, hoping you will have a happy birthday.
I remain your loving brother.
Harold L Fenn
PS I suppose you will give your fags a holiday on your birthday n'est ce pas
Written on four sides of a piece of heavy note paper, overwritten slightly on the front.

21. Harry's Letters: Dated 19 July 1891 and 4 Nov 1894.
Malvern House
July 19th /91
Dear Dolly
I have not written to you for a long while I am so sorry but the Sundays were so hot, today is not very hot. We break up on the 31st I wish I could come home on the 30th or when Heidleberg breaks up. We had a lovely game of cricket on Saturday but we had to go up to the house because it was raining it was a pity I made 18 rounds. We had a tremendous thunderstorm on past Wednesday week the hail stones were as big as large marbles. I am dreading the examinations I do hate them I hope little Asper is all right I can swim a long way in salt water we go to the baths every Monday and Friday. Mr Hammond is always telling me he wants me to say, I want to stay in some ways and I want to go in others. Fritzies Hammond says that he is coming to our house in the holidays, when do your holidays begin. All the hay is cut and we had awful fun siding the wagons when they were full, it is all gone now, and the field looks very dull and bare. We have had heaps of tennis this time. Give my love to Aunt Isabella and purra Pie Nanny Tip Baa and everybody from your loving cousin
PS How nice it will be living in the same house with you
Written on four sides of a small piece of notepaper.

Haileybury College
Nov 4th /94
Dear Icey
Thanks awfully for that letter of yours it was a lovely one. I am afraid I could not write to you in a French lesson although I loathe it. I will make some parts of the sledge in the carpenter's shop, I cant put it together here it would be such an awkward thing to take home. I am afraid I have not written to Cyril yet. I am afraid I have not got my house badge yet but I have hopes for it, I have not knocked out any teeth as yet this term. Was it Icey!!! you burnt in the gas how lovely if it was. We break up on the 20th, no more school for me. Yesterday Charlie came down and we gave him tea in the study and we watched the match, our school XV is jolly good this year, you know Cheese the brother of the one at Temple Grove is in this study he is in the school XV We will have a concert next holidays, I hope we have plenty of snow, do you remember our tobogganing last year (the second syllable tit tit) Jumbo is flourishing he has not asked me to tea yet beastly insolence of him. I really have no more to say
From your loving brother
Harold Liveing Fenn
Written on four sides of a small note sheet with a sketch on the back by Harry of an arm with a note "all its grandeur" another arm with a large muscle is scratched out. This letter is written to his brother Van, Icey was the boy's name for Vans withered left hand.

22. Harry's Letters: Dated 18 Feb 1897 and 19 Feb 1904.
Grey Friars
Feb 18th 1897
My dear Van
I wish you many happy returns of the day. "As Colchester is such a bad place for presents, I will keep mine until the holidays!!!!" I like my life at Paxmans very much my daily routine is this I get up at about five or ten to six, begin work at half past, leave off at 8.20 come home for breakfast (during the said breakfast Edgar reads the billiards to me), begin again at 9 go on till 1 p.m. and then from 2 till 5:30 p.m., so I have a good long day of it. I have got a nice bicycle. Lately I have purchased a cyclometer and gear case. Since the beginning of last week up until now I have been 711/2 miles. When you come home I will take you round the works and show you the molten iron, furnaces etc. Bo and Chick are still both flourishing. I remain in haste your loving brother
Harold L. Fenn PW
PS My latest title is PW (Paxmans workman)
Written on four sides of a small notepaper with a Grey Friars letter head

59 Devonshire Rd
Greenwich S4
February 19th 1904
My dear Van
Very many happy returns of this eventful day the 20th of February, my dear brother I am afraid our correspondence lately between us, can hardly be called heavy, what say you. As you perceive by the above address I am still in the land, famous for its time. Lately I have been inflicting my, I trust, welcome presence on our various relations etc in the neighbourhood, namely that the Todds, Routh's, Julius's, Cotes. I am going down to the Todd's tomorrow for a weekend; and the following Saturday I honour Uncle Arthur again with my company. I enjoyed the billiards last time I was there immensely, we were at it till 11:45 p.m. I saw a few weeks ago that Colonel Conor was appointed Governor of the Isle of Wight prison, (Parkhurst I believe it was) so I suppose the family will be retiring from Chelmsford; just my blooming luck; you will have an all your own way now with the five Miss Conor's. I am at present walking about with a bread pudding hanging to my fingers as I have managed to poison my hand. I expect you have been having some splendid sea's lately during these high gales, we have been having the river into the new engine room's during these very high tides. I went and saw the "Orchid" at the Gaiety last Saturday it was very good indeed. I expect you have forgotten what the inside of a theatre looks like out in the Wild West of Cornwall. I wrote and congratulated father on his find; I expect it bucked him up tremendously (the autograph I mean), wild horses wont drag him away from them now. I had a very quiet Christmas; and was very disappointed not to get any rabbiting; but the poor Church's have had rather a job to keep the wolf from the door, during Harry C's long illness, so they sold all their rabbiting ferrets etc. Mrs Gardener looked as well as ever have you written to her since Christmas as she asked me your address, and I forgot to give it her. I shall be down here for a few weeks still, I am in no hurry to get away; although I object to 5:15 in the morning but still I have a lump it Now my dear brother, I must bid you farewell, once more wishing you every luck and happiness for your birthday and the future
From your affectionate brother
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of plain notepaper, partly overwritten on the front.

23. Harry's Letters: Dated 18 Feb 1897 and 19 Feb 1904.
Alike to those we love, and those we hate,
We say no more at parting at life's gate,
To him who passes out beyond earth's sight,
We cry - as to the wanderer for a night
We have no dearer word for our hearts friend
To him who journey's to the worlds far end,
And sears our soul with grief, thus we say
As unto him who steps but o'er the way
Hand written on two sides notepaper unaddressed and unsigned it is clearly written to Harry - the handwriting is very close to Nanny Goat's his Nanny.

Rev E Vanderzee Fenn
St Minver

R.M.S. Tongariro
The Atlantic
Nr Cape Town
My dear Van
Just a line to tell you how I am getting on. We expect to arrive at Cape Town on Saturday next, we ought to arrive Friday at what with bad coal and high seas against us, we are a bit late. I spent a very enjoyable six hours ashore at Tenerriffe; having the pleasure of seeing Alphonso VIII of Spain about four times that morning, each time we gave him some good hearty English cheers, he waved his hand to us and smiled and the Queen Mother threw us a kiss. It was very warm that day, the town was all beautifully decorated and all the people had their best gala dress on. We went and saw the bull ring; I understand the King has expressed his wish that they should discontinue bull fighting there, I expect Princess Ena is bringing him up to scratch. We came board again about 3.0 p.m. laden with fruit etc and we haven't seen a thing since except two boats that passed us in the tropics. When we crossed the line Neptune came aboard, and we had the usual ceremony. I expected I should have to go through it so clad myself suitably for the occasion they pounced on me and bought me up before him and then "shaved" me ? and back I went into a large tank of water where I was well ducked. We are holding some support yesterday I am in for the final of the potato race, run off today. There are very few musicians on board, so we can't get any good music. The man who plays the organ at the morning service refuses to play twice on a Sunday, so I play in the evening. I managed to get through the chants all right. I am writing to all the brothers I shall have quite a bundle at Cape T. Seen heaps of porpose's and flying fish etc.
Best love to yourself from your
Harold L Fenn
Written on a patent notepaper with sealing flaps, addressed with a one penny stamp Frank Pier head Cape Town. Some pencil notes by Van on the back.

Edgar J Fenn Esq
Alston Court
near Colchester
Via Frisco.
Had a long letter from Van last night, am writing to him tomorrow. So sorry I did not write to you for your 21st birthday it slipped my memory. You will be glad to hear carrots and turnips have gone up in price while mangles and swedes are not so steady!! I beg your pardon. Audrey is to be married in September. TeTe HLF
On the front of the card - what price Brentwood incline now. It takes three trains to shove each up here. This is in the North Island. What price the train!!
Postcard of train ascending the Rimutaka Incline NZ postmarked 24 Jul 1906.

24. Harry's Letters: Dated 18 Feb 1897 and 19 Feb 1904.
Rev E Vanderzee Fenn
St Minver

C/o A S Elworthy
My dear Van
I am writing to Rock to wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year. It seems funny to me, here am I sitting down the first week in Nov to send you all Christmas greetings when we just beginning our summer.
I don't know whether father has sent round any of my letters to any of you. My occupation for the last seven weeks has been riding round paddocks looking after the sheep and lambs, it has been an exceptionally good year up to the present for lambing and the young crops. The agricultural year is of course from June to June here I regret to say I have only been to church twice since I have been here, but now the evenings and drawing out I must make an effort one of these Sundays, (when I get one to myself). I wish I had brought out my old bike; the price of bikes out here is something awful, a L10.10.0 machine out here costing 25L. I shall have to get one soon; but I am looking out for a bargain. Up to the present I like the life and work very much; of course I get fits of homesickness and doubts as to whether I shall ever do any good at this game but I must'nt give way to them. Mr and Mrs Arthur (the chief and his wife) have left worst luck; so I have to have all my meals in the cookshop now; I am very sorry as it was very nice for me before. Shearing begins next week. I expect my job will be branding ie I had to count out the sheep as they are finished, so many to each man, and then brand them according to their age and clear them out of the way ready for another lot. There are 25 shearer's so I shall have to bustle round start work at 5.30 and go on till it is dark. I am sending you one of my photos which I trust you will be pleased with. Timaru doesn't boast of a really first class photo. We had a bad thunderstorm here at last Tuesday reminds me of (Alice through L G), the thunder seems much louder out here, due no doubt to the mountains all round us. Hoping you will not mind the short scrawl, as I have a lot to get off by this mail, and not much time to do it either.
From your affect brother
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of the line notepaper that date 1906 is entered in pencil. Envelope carries a one penny NZ stamp Timaru franked 10 November, the back is franked Dunedin NZ November 12-06 3 a.m.

Note picture of Harry's first accommodation at Holme Station the whare (hut) to put him in his place!

25. Harry's Letters: Dated 28 June 1910 and 20 Sept 1910.
C/o A S Elworthy
Holme Station
June 28th 1910
My dear Van
I think this past week is one I am not likely to forget for the rest of my life. Ella and the Boss left for Sydney on the 19th and I was to sleep in the house until they came back; as there was only the governess, the four children and half a dozen female servants. We all retired per usual Monday night; when about two o'clock I was woken up by the terrible cry of the "house is on fire" Tearing out a bed and down stairs to the back of the house I found the servants hall and wash house in flames; we fought against them for a short while but it was no good; and then I realised that the whole of the beautiful Homestead was doomed. The first thing was to see that everyone was safe and then summon help from the station (half a mile away) on their arrival we started to save everything that was movable downstairs; by the time we were driven out of the house by the flames we had saved practically everything in the front rooms downstairs. It was a very sad sight watching the destruction of the beautiful house; my eyes were suspiciously moist as I thought of the many happy days spent in it; alas all over now. The flames sweeping up from the back of the house burnt the stairs through so that the upstairs rooms were quickly cut off. The kids and the governess lost practically everything and I lost the few things I had up there including, worst luck, both my two pairs of eyeglasses. I sent in a claim for 8L but it was no good, as my policy only holds good as long as I am in this house. It was very sad for Ella and the Boss on stepping off their boat at Sydney to find this cable awaiting them. The kids were all so awfully good, owing to Miss Ford keeping so cool and quiet; it was a mercy she never lost her head. It was very merciful that the cook woke up then, and not a quarter of an hour later, for I am afraid there would have been lives lost. I am afraid it has shaken my nerves up considerably; the first two or three nights after, I sprang out of my bed two or three times dreaming the place was on fire; however that is over now. I am sending you a copy of a Timaru paper (not the leading one) The report is absurd and theatrical like in many ways, and I should think it is evident that the "Hero" was the man interviewed you might send it round to Charlie Cyril and Edgar. I am sending Aunt Ada and Mater one. Well, old chap, how are you getting on; about time you came out here I think. I expect you have had news of me from Aunt Ada before this. It was grand to have had her out here. Fare thee well, Van my boy
From your ever
affect brother
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of a notepaper.

Grange Hill
Nr Timaru
20 Sept 10
My dear Van
I really forget whether I have written to you, since I became a landed proprietor. The future which was always rather a gloomy outlook before; is now all change. I have a home to work up; and perchance I might one day take to myself a wifee. It is a pretty little homestead nine rooms in it and a nice verandah facing the sun. The gardens both kitchen and flower are well stocked and looked after. I have got a very good man with me. He has been on a place fifteen years. He does all my cooking, washing etc. This place is about 121/2 miles back inland from Holme Station, so I am about 25 miles from Timaru. There are about 4100 acres nominal, as a matter of fact there is over 5500; of course a lot of it is very rough and steep. The highest parts of my country run up higher than the highest mountain in Great Britain 4540 ft is my limit. As regards the stock I have about 2400 sheep 20 head cattle, two horses, etc. If the price of wool and lambs keep up I ought to make 400L per annum clear. I shan't do that this year because I shall have a lot of extra expenses with regards to the transfer of the place. You know I cabled home to Mater to see if she could advance me L1500; and with my own I could then raise the required L3000 pounds I had to show. I am now borrowing all the money I want off A S Elworthy, and playing him 5%. So now "my boy" when you visit your poor brother; he can give you a bed in his own house, instead of getting shelter for you in someone else's. I feelEdgar very lonely at times, but will get used to that soon. My lambing is just starting I hope I shall get a good return of youngsters. I hope you are keeping fit, as "your humble" is. I am glad to say that Uncle C and Aunt Alice and all the New Zealand relations are in the best of health. My nearest neighbours are only about three miles away but I like my own fireside best, so I don't expect I shall go out much except Sundays. Before I left the Station; all the hands got up a farewell dance; and in the middle presented me with a very handsome English saddle and bridle; very nice of them all I thought. I responded with a few (very few) suitable words. I have furnished one room in my mansion; in which I live and have my being. Now my brother "au revoir" from your affect brother
Harold L. Fenn
Written on four sides of a notepaper.

26. Harry's Letters: Fond family letters 1947, 1950's.
Harry had an entertaining mind, at the time of the birth of his daughter Katherine (Aug 1945) he wrote this note to his son, most of it is lost. The first part is in "looking glass writing" see picture file.
. . . . . pen is running backward. . . . . I cant stop it most annoying I call it I expect it will get all right in a minute or so - there I am all right again now Mrs Banty's chicks are due tomorrow morning, I am afraid we . . . . . On the back is Harry's drawing of a buxom cow with the writing. Where's that "Boss of mine - 6 o'clock and not milked yet - I'm positively, busting".
Cosy Cot !!

Wed Morn
(May 1947)
My own precious Mummy
With joy and delight I got sure to loving letters this morning - I retired to the verandah and basking in the glorious sun I perused them over and over again - bless you my darling; but I'm sure you are well content, when you know the joy they gave me - I am so glad to hear all the good news of the family, and I am so glad my darling one is having a quiet restful time - I am much relieved to hear the dip is covered; but I could hardly believe that Bob (Ford) would not take some precautions, to guard his own daughter's safety. Spent a quiet evening with R (Rachel) and Ham, the two youngsters had a picture party, so we three just listened to Mackagar(?) and Holland and talked till 10:15 when I left, incidentally we got on to Plunket, and R let out the fact that she hadn't given anything; that started me off, and I think I scored heavily on all my points - no heat about it just a quiet talk - Saw the storm coming up Monday evening, so flew for the bucket and up to Pollie? (Poly), to try and beat it - the cold wind soon came up, but I beat the rain, and was safe inside before it started. Jack Pots was a washout, too much statics. Am ringing you up in an hour or two's time I do hope I shall be able to hear you - I said 12:30 but I am making it later as I thought K might be "ish ish" as early as that - bless the little darling gave her a huge squeeze from her darling Daddy, and get her to give you a beautiful one from me - only one attack of indigestion; due to too many cakes and tea on Monday last, - I am fit as a flea with the exception of the usual trouble which is particularly stubborn this time I have finished the jar of molasses and I'm getting JE Fenn Esqit filled today, as Ham wants me to sign some papers the sooner the better - and more than delighted and relieved to hear E is behaving so well.
Au revour my loved one, I look at the family Gallery lovingly when ever I am in the bedroom - hope to hear that your raucous (deleted) - I beg your pardon dulcet tones in about three hours. Fare thee well, till we meet
Every your loving old
Written on two sheets of notepaper very illegibly, R and Ham mentioned are the Sinclair-Thompson family, "ish ish" is sleep.

Taiko R D
Sunday the 31st 1947 3 p.m.
My darling old girl
I wonder what the "old Wiff" is doing at the moment, perhaps having a bit of ish ish - well after leaving you I deposited our son at "Kildonan" Margaret (Dent) hadn't arrived back and I forgot to tell Bev (Dent) of Mary's message however Mary (Ford) can ring Margaret herself. I passed Doug (Dent) at *Radon's as I journeyed home, arriving in due course at 5:45, and so eventually to bed where I found my darling's good night message awaiting me. An all electric breakfast next morn, made a mess of the poddgy left over for me it seemed to go into a lot of hard lumps, so I made some fresh. I turned the little "Banty" in with the rest she seemed to have gone off the cluck altogether - In the afternoon I went to the football match, and thoroughly enjoyed a good game Timaru or rather South Canty retaining the Hannon shield, beating the challengers Mid-Canty by 19 to 6 - I again rang Gladys third attempt and got her, they are living over at Cecil's, while their place is being redecorated etc, when she asked me if I wanted Bertie with great "presence of mind" I said "Oh no I was just ringing up to find out how Aunt Edie was". Cow milked, fowls fed, breakfast and all over by 9:30 this morning so went to Kirk, they had a new organist quite a young chap but "Oh boy could he play the organ" - the mountains skipped like lambs the thunder rolled etc etc and in the end he played a glorious voluntary, they all got up and made for the door as per usual but quite a lot came back and sat down and listened to it. Journeying home I called in at Rachels for half an hour and eventually it leaked out I was a "grass widower" so they promptly asked me down to evening dinner on Tuesday next with bridge after - a pleasing prospect my darling - Fleeing on from Rachels I came up to the Small's who had kindly invited me up There. Mrs S. frightened me with a platefuls she put in front of me however by removing half, I managed to leave nothing on my plate, she explained that Bill was a big eater and was helping me by his standard? So back to Cosy Cot where I am now writing to my darling - how are you dear one I hope you are having a nice lazy time and how is the darling K., my word how I miss you; I hope you are taking great care of my precious "daut", not over laying her or letting her get near that awful dip or the various creeks about. I thought the wind last night would blow in some of the windows in the front of a house it was "that"! strong however it died down before midnight. Well my beloved one I do hope you will take it easy and have a good spell. Dad's having a glorious time no le symphony note or a crazy concerto rent the air last night, I listened to the start of a new serial "The Corsican Bros" promises to be good. My best regards to Lottie (Ford) and a huge "queeze" and lots of kisses to my darling one and a dear wee K. - Time for a cuppa 4-5
You're ever loving old
Ha wa-too
PS Shall ring you up 12:30 next Wednesday on chance you will be at home, see my darling "filly" is handy
Written on two sheets of notepaper rather illegibly, Harry has just left Margot it seems with their old neighbours, the Ford's at Foxdown Maungati, probably to give Margot a rest, Harry presumably had to stay home to milk the cow. Edward (the compiler of this!) was left with the Dent family, also in Maungati, who were great friends and very much enjoyed having Edward to stay, over the years, as they had lost their only son in WW II. Edward also has many happy memories of staying with the Dent's and their three pretty daughters! *Mrs Radon operated the telephone exchange which Harry had installed in the district many years before.

To the darling old whiff who has given me 11 years of happiness and loving care.
Bless you my own darling.
Not having been in town lately I am giving to my darling wife, who has made the 12 years of our married life so supremely happy for me, this little bit of paper, with my fondest love, and may the rest of our life together be one of continued happiness and love my darling.
Your loving old
The compiler is of the view that these two sweet little notes written by Harry were for wedding anniversaries. Fenn family finances were always such that presents were not necessarily the norm.

Harry now aged 84 wrote to his son, travelling in the North Island, on the occasion of his 21st Birthday. He still worked in the garden in spite a very painfull hip and knee.
Hadlow 4 R.D.
My dear old boy,
My warmest congratulations and love for your 21st birthday and as you step across the threshold to start your life may be a long happy and prosperous one, dear old chap. You are naturally in our thoughts all the time now, and I'm sure you are enjoying every moment of it. Mum has had a letter or two from Eine, giving us some details of you and your departure from . . . . . I soon "pilled" my heart attack off that Tuesday, and was undressing in the bedroom when she arrived home, as it turned out you had plenty of time. I turned turtle in the drain (Moores fence) yesterday my cries for help brought Mate along in great haste. Seeing his old boss wallowing in the muddy water, he thought "good oh, here's a game", dived into the drain, and then all over me, in the way you know he can show his excitement. I was well mucked up when Mum came to my rescue and pulled me out. Going out to tea at Fred Smiths this afternoon, when Mum hopes to have a nice talk on stocks and shares! with Fred. No news here as usual, Sandy and Mate flourishing ditto Mum and K.; please note the order in which I put them! Some interesting looking parcels have arrived for you, something to do with television or radio? The stamps on the parcel were of some interest to Mum. Hope you can read this my hand is a very cold. Best of love to you my dear boy and every good wish for your future.
From your loving old Dad

Harry married Marjorie Helen Ruth "Margot" BARKER [40], daughter of Thomas Lugg Mankey BARKER [634] and Alice Catherine "Lal" JOHNSON [635], on 25 Oct 1939 in Old St Paul Cathedral Church Wellington N.Z. Margot was born on 5 Jun 1907 in Wellington NZ, died on 27 Jun 1970 in Fairlie N.Z. aged 63, and was buried in 1970 in Timaru N.Z. The cause of her death was cancer (Multiple Myloma). She was usually called Margot.

General Notes:
Margot was the ninth child in an interesting and intelligent family of ten, she had an outgoing and enquiring personality with ideas and interests often ahead of her times. Margot was Head Girl at Wellington College, trained at Wellington Hospital, she met her husband Harry on board the Tainui enroute to England. She bought a car in London and travelled extensively in Britain, then tours to Europe. She nursed at Stonefield Hospital Blackheath London and from Sunnybank Private Hospital Ave Petit-Juas Cannes, France in 1938/9 where the nursing of many of her patients was at their homes, or in Hotels. Returning to Sydney Australia on the P&O ship Strathnaver 16 Aug 1939 then on the Wanganella to Wellington 29 Aug 1939, and married. At age 32 she was 30 years younger than her husband.

Found in Margot's bible from her school days was notice of her engagement to Oxley Hughan c1935:
Hughan - Barker
Marjorie Helen Ruth fifth daughter of Mr and Mrs T L Barker of Lower Hutt to Oxley only son of Mr A and Mrs Jessie Hughan (nee Oxley) of Eketahuna.
(HUGHAN - McDOUGALL: At Wellington, on April 16, 1943, Nan McDougall to Oxley Alexander Edgar Hughan. Oxley Hughan was a sometime film director with the NZ National Film Unit)

A recent wedding, which took place at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, was that of Marjorie Helen, fifth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Barker, Lower Hutt, and Harold Liveing, second son of the late Dr. and Mrs. E. L. Fenn, Alston Court, Colchester England. The ceremony was performed by the Ven. Archdeacon A. L. Hansell, assisted by Canon Davies.
The bride was wearing a model ensemble of turquoise blue with black accessories. A reception was held at the Grand Hotel, the bride and bridegroom leaving later for their future home in South Canterbury.
Evening Post, Volume CXXVIII, Issue 109, 4 November 1939, Page 18

Margot's details as recorded in her 1938 diary were:
Height 5ft 73/4in. Weight 8 St 91/2lbs. Passport No. 77955 issued 2 Mar 1938. Divers Lic No 4H due 11-1-76 Telgraphic Address 2974 Bay.

Margot was active in the National Party in Timaru, secretary of the Gleniti Branch, and in her Church, she was a Franciscan Tertiary. With an elderly husband raised by a Nanny in the Victorian era, most of the work and decisions of postwar child rearing fell to Margot, she was a tireless worker for her family, and in her beloved 1.5 acre garden most of which she created by her own efforts. The arrival of her brother-in-law Van in 1951 was a great stimulus to her spiritually, as Van was well educated biblically.
Margot suffered bravely with cancer for more than 10 years, her selfless attitude to life was an inspiration to many people, she derived great strength from her faith, an optimist to the end.

Margot had a long interest in the spiritual and ethical values of the Order of St Francis, she was a subscriber to their English language publication "Franciscan" from the 1930's. The Order was established in NZ in the 1950's, Margot was professed in the Third Order in 1964, one of the first in New Zealand.

Margo's confirmation certificate includes:
Baptised:"Provisional Adult Baptism 5 Sept 1962 Ronald Plaistow Archdeacon Timaru."
Confirmed: 5th August 1923 by the Bishop of Wellington.
First Communion: 12 Augt 1923 at All Saints Church Kilbirnie.
Signed J H Sykes. Vicar.

It would be hard to better a description of Margo as a person, than the testimony that follows from her daughter-in-law, Joan.
Marjorie Helen Ruth Fenn
Margo Fenn was my mother-in-law - a role she played to perfection although this was a fact that eluded me until years had passed, life had taken many learning curves, and I was mature.
In 1963 Edward and I met en route to the United Kingdom so my initial contact with his mother was by correspondence, which we, over time, did regularly and enthusiastically. This was the foundation of what eventually became a compatible, loving friendship between us. I also corresponded with Margo's sister, Ine, getting to know her, albeit from afar, too. Sadly she died during the time we were returning to New Zealand on board the ship, 'Himalaya'. I had a cape for her in my luggage, which was the particular garment she always wore to camouflage her withered arm. The interest, sincerity and friendship shown by way of correspondence to a young girl whom they had never met were indicative of the Barker sisters' personalities.
Edward's parents, Margo and Harold Fenn, welcomed me into their family, warmly introduced me to relatives and friends, and I grew to have an extremely close and special bond with them, loving them without reservation. I learnt richly from them and I trust I have, in turn, passed on even a little of this knowledge and awareness to our children, Jane and Hamish.
Margo was an intelligent, discerning, modest, kind and wise woman with absolute devotion to her Christian faith. She was well read with an academic inclination. She was tall in stature, slim and had lovely blue eyes.
Unintentionally and unknowingly she introduced me to a different perspective of living that previously had not been part of my environment but which I appreciated and have continued to aspire to.
I have many clear memories; one of which being how she encouraged my new interest in cooking - it was her suggestion I should phone the local radio station for a Chicken Liver Pate recipe (not a usual menu item in those days!). Her freezer was commercial size and always full of an exciting variety of food. Gardening was another interest and subject of which she had a wide knowledge - visible by the very large, lovely flower and vegetable garden surrounding the house on the outskirts of Timaru. Ashamedly now, in my youthful ignorance I re-planted an area in that same garden with totally unsuitable flora. In her infinite wisdom Margo made no comment but certainly must have had many thoughts!
On our parental visits to Christchurch I recall how Margo would so generously loan me an expensive, tan, suede tailored coat which she knew I loved - at that time, as newly weds, we were careful with our finances and my wardrobe had limitations.
Material possessions were incidental to her, especially after she had become a member of the Order of St. Francis. She gave me a lovely square sapphire and diamond ring (from a broken engagement many years before) which I treasure along with two small glass violet vases and a blue felt sewing needle holder. All have different monetary value but are of equal value to me.
I particularly remember her wisdom in being non-judgmental and keeping a 'still tongue' where her newly married young son and daughter-in-law were concerned! An example I often bring to mind, and hopefully follow, now I am a mother-in-law.
She was terminally ill during the years I knew her but never did she complain or draw attention to her health. Edward and I would often be treated to thoughtfully prepared meals but, at this time, even cooking would sap the limited energy she had. Regular visits were made to Christchurch Hospital for blood transfusions to help her cope with daily living.
I treasure the memories I have of Edward's parents; they were my mentors, whom I respected, admired and loved. I look back with happiness and gratitude.
Joan P Baggott 2005

Joan Baggott's sentiments can be appreciated in the light of how both these women reached out to the other:
No4 R.D.
October 14, 1963.
My dear Joan,
It was certainly an inspiration on your part to write and introduce yourself instead of passing it on to Edward. It is such a joy to be able to write back straight away (your letter came this morning) and say how much we are all looking forward to welcoming you into our family circle. I know we will love you as Edward does and for me especially at this time it is a crowning happiness to know that my dear boy has found such a lovely girl to be his wife. The slides he sent arrived on Thursday last and I riffled through them with much impatience till I found the ones of you. Now we have to wait till we can get a crowd together and have a real film evening. Everyone is dying to see what he has been doing with his time and there is quite a sneaking suspicion abroad that he has somehow or another become involved sentimentally. I do hope your parents will feel as happy about our lad as we are about their daughter. As there seems to be nothing official about your engagement yet - I can't ask you for the address but naturally I shall look forward to getting to know them as soon as possible. To think I was so near to you will when I was in Auckland in March and I didn't even feel "vibrations" of all the exciting things that were coming to pass! I am very sorry that I've had to mar Edward's happiness by telling him of my illness. I'd have done anything to avoid it - but knowing my loving son, I know he would feel desperately hurt if I had kept silent any longer. I'm writing this in a hospital room where I await the first of the blood transfusions that will keep me going (I hope for a long time) I am to have a talk with the Medical Superintendent later, he will tell me what I am to tell Ed, so it will be straight from the horses mouth if one can so designate so august a person has a M.S.! I hope so much that what I hear will not mean that E misses out on his European tour. (I forgot to tell him to get some tablets for sterilising water, especially for his teeth but he'll know that I expect as a good soldier, he's done some jungle warfare). You will need the woollies and boots you spoke of buying for the South Island. It is arctic here today after a freezing day yesterday (6" of snow in Southland) the sun is shining anyway, and life seems very good. I think you will like Timaru, it's not an exciting place but the people are very sincere and steadfast types and at the present moment it's beautiful the gardens everywhere are full of tulips and blossom trees and the lawns are all brilliantly green after our foul wet winter. You won't see much snow here - except at a distance but the Southern Alps and our own hills are lovely all through the season. You'll have had quite enough trouble trying to decipher my handwriting Joan, so I won't write any more - but I know my husband and K. join with me in saying "Welcome Joan" and may we see you in our midst as soon as may be!
Ever your affectionate
Margot Fenn.

Mrs E. L. Barker
C/o Maitland Conv Home
254 The Terrace
New Zealand
September 11, 1938
My darling one
Here's a nice reminder of spring (Bluebells) to cheer you up # a health germ goes with it XXX. Harold and I have been having a most lovely day at Guildford in Surrey 28 miles from London. It is a very ancient town and full of interesting things besides having some of the loveliest scenery in England. The trees are all turning now some of them are simply magnificent, and the hedgerows are full of scarlet berries - tell daddy there is a big tree with berries and leaves exactly like his Cotorcaster? Pinosa - I'm going to try and find out what it is - the berry shrubs everywhere made me think of home. I long for news of you all - but there is a mail in tomorrow so mayhap I'll hear then. Do hope the body? is getting well and strong and some sun to shine on you to help you along. All my love darling Mum
From your Margo

Miss A. A. Fenn
2 St Luke's villas
College Road

Taiko RMD.
Timaru NZ
My dear Adria
This is to convey the joyful tidings that you are now the aunt of niece! Katherine Julius arrived a fortnight ago today and today I take my precious infant home! I'm longing to see Edward's face when confronted by his little sister - I believe he has been wild with delight. He wanted a sister so much more than a brother and so of course did Harry - a daughter. Dear old boy he has been housekeeping for himself for nearly 4 weeks since I had to come to hospital a fortnight before the infant was born. However he seems to have managed very well and I hope he has got his hand well in in domestic affairs because I've got no help at all and I expect the going will be fairly hard for a while. I'm fortunate in having another placid baby and one that is making good progress. K is a copper top like me - a funny little scrap at the moment but so was Edward at the same age and now he is huge. I hope we will be able to have some snaps taken ere long. I'm so glad you're pretty jacket will adorn a little girl - so much more appropriate isn't it? It's wonderful to think of you all living in peace again may it not be long before your rations are restored. It will make a vast difference now that the Japs are defeated and there will be more ships available for taking our meat and butter and cheese. I do hope you are happily settled in your new home with your own things around you. How glad you must be to have a home again - the shortage is acute everywhere but must be particularly bad in England. We were vastly interested in your elections - you have a far better government than ours, you know
Much love from all
Written on three parts of a New Zealand Airmail Letter Card , franked Timaru 1945 with an 8d Tuatara stamp on it.

Miss Fenn
17 College Rd
Cheltenham Glos

11 January 1952
Dear Adria
Many thanks indeed for your kind wishes and calendar, we tried to give old Van a real family Christmas and I think succeeded in so doing, but he didn't get any turkey, a rare commodity out here; however the kids roused him up bright and early, but that didn't matter as he was helping out at early H.C. at 7 and 8 a.m. that morning. You really have a wonderful "flair" for picking presents for the children, "real winners" Edward calls them and that's mighty high praise. Van loves picnics; so now the holidays are on, we jaunt out into the country or to the sea side when the weather tempts us; so far our spring and summer have been rather cold and wet. Best of good wishes for the New Year from all the Fenn family and love from us all
Your affectionate brother
Greetings to you both and many thanks for your letter
All letters written on three sides of a New Zealand Air Letter Form franked Timaru.

Miss Fenn
17 College Rd
Dear Adria
This family is much in your debt again two books have arrived for me lately and I am most grateful to you for them. How I envy you your second hand bookshops in Cheltenham - I do love browsing amongst old books and things. I had some glorious "pokes" at the Caledonian market while I was in England but of course never made any real "finds". It was awfully good of you to entertain Miss Ford as you did. She was most grateful for your hospitality. How we laughed at your choice of the word "patient" to describe the spate of words that flows from her kind old lips! H. and I first go to sleep (mentally) and let her have her head whenever she is here. They are both of the deaf now - and anyway not particularly interested . . . . . and she is happy as long as she can talk. Both old brothers are flourishing and both working hard - H. is putting up a fence (timber) 50 yds x 6 ft high - a big job but as labour is our chief expense it won't be so terribly expensive as he is doing it - E. is helping him as far as a one armed man can help. Only another 10 days or so till that plaster comes off his arm and I imagine he'll be pleased as its a heavy thing to lug around with him (I expect Van told you that he'd fractured his wrist at school). I do hope you're having a lovely spring and will have a perfect summer. It's like Midsummer here at present.
Much love to you and greetings to Mrs Rowden
Written on three sides of a New Zealand Aerogram franked Timaru 1955 with a NZ 8d stamp.

Margot wrote to her son, travelling in the North Island, on the occasion of his 21st birthday
No 4 R.D.
Sunday 17th of Sep 1961
Dear old Boy,
Do hope this will be in the letter rack awaiting you at Dargaville, it's difficult to judge the mailing times but I trust you will have a note from me tomorrow on your arrival at Russell. It was grand hearing from Eine. I expect you were nearly as pleased to see her as she to see you and she certainly wrote plenty - wrote again later the same day Wednesday, when she got home from a trip to the Levin and opened the suitcase - dear old Eine - she thought you were a "lovely boy" (so you are when you're asleep). We'll be bombarding you with telegrams on Wednesday so I'll not say more than "don't paint Dargaville too pink" - remember you're a Fenn and a gentleman. The old Fenn is being moderately good, the old devil gave me a lot of work and anxiety yesterday when I had to bulldoze him out of the drain (full of stinking water - pooh) near to the cattle trough. It was a case of monkey brand and soft soap and clean clothes to the bare skin but he is sweet smelling now. Lots of fun at Don Pitt's, he is negotiating for the farm that belonged to Maurice Harper at the Levels and Norman Verity (ex-butcher) is keen on Don's house here. Life is never dull round these parts. Dad and I had just returned from a tea party at Fred Smiths - it's a grey cold day here but they had a good fire on, and a luscious pavlova cake, so we enjoyed ourselves very much. Now K and I are going to church. A large parcel came for you from Sydney parts for a radio set I imagine - it had been opened for examination - some more exam papers and the notice for an army parade today - that's all so far. Mate is pawing the ground at my feet being perfectly adorable. I know he'd send dodgy good wishes to his old "nunky" Ed for his 21st. The time seems to have flown since Tuesday I hope it hasn't gone so fast for you. I also hope that you're getting some good colour pictures. No news of any of your friends - in fact there's no news about these parts and Dad is wondering how I managed to fill two pages.
I'll stop now and get the tea. Hope you had some good citrus fruit at Keri Keri
Much love darling
Your loving Mum
Dear Ed
Happy birthday old bean. Hope you're enjoying yourself as much as I'm not. All the best for the 20th.
Love Kay.

Miss Fenn
Amberley Court
Clarence Square
Glos. England.
My dear Adria,
Kay tells me she is writing to you to so I won't say too much since her mind is much clearer than mine at the moment.
Our dear old Harry went to his well deserved rest on Monday the sixth Epiphany after a period of unconsciousness that really prepared us for the end - the beginning of his glorious life. What a wonderful thing it is to think off - Kay said he looked so lovely and peaceful when she is went to see him.
His funeral service was yesterday taken by his old friend and vicar in Timaru days - Archdeacon Plaistow (our vicar was away) RP prepared Kay for confirmation so I know he would be a help to her and he was to everyone else there from all accounts since he dwelt on Harry's faithfulness - especially to his church and as they were mostly old friend's present (although not necessarily old in years) it was well received. Then most after came here for tea and I was able to have a word with everyone It was a happy occasion in all loving talk of "old Fenny" And rejoicing at his peace after pain.
I've had to stay in bed with this jolly painful face that is the legacy after shingles. The doctor says it could last several months so I'm not going to risk getting a chill if I can.
It's heaven having kind little Kay here but her very presence adds as an incentive to my getting well.
Edward has rung several times from Suva and Joan came down for the night on Sunday the fifth returned next day. Looking so well and with number two little Fenn . . . . . expected for June July exciting isn't it and Harry knew about it.
My eye is very painful so I'll leave K to write more fully.
We shall miss our loved one sharn't we but how we rejoice in his new life.
Fondest love
Written on four sides of New Zealand AEROGRAMME. Jan 1969.

Rolleston Court
35 Cambridge Terrace
Christchurch 1
Saturday 24 January 1970
My darling K.
Thank you for your letter this morning, love you were not feeling a mite home sick where you? I can't imagine you were, or worried about me? Cos you don't need to be. Naturally I miss having you about I'd not be honest if I said otherwise that I'm never a moper as you NO and will thought of you and Pootles being together fills me with joy. Be sure to make the call when you get the phone - collect to me it's almost the only thing I can do for you at present but I've been planning to do a couple of cases of tomatoes for you later on Im sure you'll need the vitamins to help you combat the cold especially later and I can do them very easily in the Vacola so sweetest when you were thinking of Harvey buying me fruit and veggies our thoughts were very closely linked bless your kind little heart and his the dear.
I asked Mr Weir to get me a lettuce yesterday and he got me a nice one albeit with a few outside leaves withered 3/- 30c ! Molly Keith is very good . . . . . fruit and veg at present. I've been there to lunch again today and to the library first jolly good of her, love to you both from them both. Sue departs for Wellington tomorrow poor lamb the unknown school can be a bogey but I hope things will work out well for her
Michael hasn't written since he left home to get to Cambridge eventually. I'm very glad you and E have more imagination and think of the "little white-haired mother o mine" looking for a letter and receiving one with joy. This doesn't tie you down you know but oddly enough as I know, it is one of the things I'm gladdest of all that I did for my family and Daddy while I could. NO BLACKMAIL! Oh a confession - I might have known had I thought for a moment that I wouldn't have two letters from Suva in a week but I was so thrilled to see your writing and Joans that at first went ahead and opened both - silly me (glad I am not Mata Hari! No harm came can come and I've given them your address. What a bargain you've got in your dining table and chairs, this one was very expensive for a mear make up type of wood and it does scratch dear and I'm afraid there is no remedy for a proper scratch. The value of this "wood" is that it doesn't stain or show heat marks a wipe over with wet or dry cloth is enough so Sweetie I can't help you unless you got a proper wood (can't remember names at the moment I am sorry to say) Cedar etc need special care, what kind of bedroom furniture have you got and living room? You've not told me anything of furnishings yet and what of curtains and floor coverings? I imagine the flats
are quite new? Oh I'm so thrilled for you to have a nice home to share with your P and to entertain from.
Barbara was here briefly on Friday and wants me to go back with them when school starts I probably will tho HOME and quiet still exert their magic and I'm never lonely or . . . . . Frank and Sally asked to share a leg o pork tonight but knowing of his lunches I refused, and sure enough I've no appetite left, and such delectability would be wasted on me! Not very nice weather blustery and grey and some rain marvellous letters from all my kind friends keep me busy Ann Brookfield - Barton has a second daughter (in passing) have you the cousins names and addresses Chris Cole Judy & Donald McKenzie Joan & Alex Aitken The J McK's are Joan and Mac I think, I'd write to John and Wendy Bull in Auckland they are generous and John is in the electrical trade I think so the jug could be from them better than not writing for they are kind soles and Wendy bothered to write me a note saying how sorry they were that they couldn't come. Have you chosen your wedding photos yet? I think they're lovely but I'm happy with my little coloured ones. Everyone asks for you - so kind and unobtrusive with their gifts of food, NO news here you ken but I like to dribble on
Fondest love my dear two - from your loving M

Margot spoke little of her faith except to those who shared it, the following is a glimpse of that part of her life.
Written by Mrs Evans and published in the "Franciscan"
In June 1970, after eight years of suffering, Margot Fenn died in the home of friends in Fairlie.
I first met Margot Fenn entering a hall for Brother Geoffrey's first meeting in Timaru, South Canterbury in 1963. Her face was alight with excitement and joy as she had not known until the advertisement for the meeting that there had been any friars in New Zealand, though since 1938 she had been in touch with Cerne Abbas. Brother Geoffrey was admittigg some Companions on this occasion and I asked her if she would care to become one too. Her answer was symbolid (sic) of Margot's total generosity to God "Oh no, Third Order or nothing for me." We arranged to talk this over and this was the beginning of an experience in friendship that stands apart, for Margot herself showed a spiritual pilgrimage through much suffering and joy until her death.
It is hard to write of her, but that God accepted. her offering of herself to use anyway He chose for the honour and glory of his name and for the coming of a men's Order to N.Z. was obvious. Almost as soon as she had become a novice Tertiary it was found that she had leukaemia, and the doctors said she two weeks to live. From then on the fight for health was on and how the devil fought back and tried to overwhelm Margot's courageous spirit. But throughout N.Z. and elsewhere many were praying for her, she stayed close to the Sacrament of the church and was given strength to care for her elderly invalid husband in their Christchurch flat where so many came just to be with them, to ask for help or a share in her prayers. As the years passed and both Harry and Margot became weaker one could only wonder at the way she was able to lift her husband in and out of his chair and continue nursing him but still the same joy and love for others was shared there and by letter. The marriage of their son and the birth of their first grandchild were doubly appreciated as a blessing they might not have lived to see. Things were not the same after Harry's death, which came at a time of even greater pain for Margo, but she grew in love for Christ and all his children. She radiated love her parish priest.wrote "I just loved her as a person. Of her great courage, hopefulness and cheerfulness one can speak with the utmost conviction these are surely marks of a Christ like life. what a lot she had to contend with! And she never moaned about it. One of those folks who make me feel very humble . . . . " Another priest who knew her very well for many years wrote of "her experience of Christ which grew over the years in depth, a growth in love in spite of suffering immense pain and of her generosity to all" How many of us in New Zealand received blessings as her acceptance of this suffering. Her intercession list was huge and truly embraced all men and those of every branch of the Church. How grateful she was to be allowed to live to see the wedding of her beloved daughter, to see the Friars safely established in N.Z. and the first N.Z. priest made novice in Brisbane. The last month of, her life she stayed with close friends in Fairlie in great peace with them, finally our Lord came to her in a special way before, upheld by the prayer of these friends she died in her sleep. May she and her husband rest in peace, and all of us be grateful for her life and friendship.

My dearest Fiji Fenn's,
First Joanie a very big thank you for your share in my elegant winter nightie. It is a valued addition to my collection and a happy reminder of birthday 63 and of Edward's visit to us. Thank you again my dear old fellow for all you did for us - driving us about and above all for the gargantuan job of clearing out the garage. It was jolly good of you. I hope the trip back was uneventful, Joan Wood wrote that she went to the airport to see you. She is very fond of our family (and very good to me). I hope I'll hear soon that Kay reached Invercargill uneventfully, I most thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Geraldine with you old son. What a lovely day it was and both days here have been the same. Lloyd went off to join his farmers party yesterday at 8 a.m. They hope to visit prosperous farms in Otago and Southland before returning on Thursday. It is gloriously calm and peaceful here Barbara goes round the sheep and feeds the stock while I sit blissfully in the sun and catch up with my correspondence. I've found this awful envelope amongst my papers so I'm using it up, it was probably written from hospital, where I was considerably less well than I am now - I'm no great chop even now and my walking ability and general strength is still a lot below par. Still, when I think of the clinic doctors and their general astonishment, I feel I'm jolly lucky and I am certainly not complaining. Fairlie is as lovely as ever - the whole house is warm - my bed is wonderful and I awake in in the morning with the sun melting the hoarfrost of my bedroom windows. There after I follow the sun around till nearly 5 o'clock when it is finished for the day. It was lovely to see your house plans and may it not be long ere you are all united under its roof. I hope N.Z. will not seem too dull after Fiji, but I'm sure there's lots of advantages in a maddening Country - perhaps we won't have Keith for much longer, too. Barbara seems to want to keep me here as long as possible - so I expect I'll be here till mine next clinic appointment & then see what the fairies have provided in the way of a companion. It was wonderful having you and Kay here together, Ed to talk things over. Thank you for all you did under that heading too. I can imagine what a welcome home you got on Tuesday, especially from the children. I hope all had gone well in the firm and that it will continue to prosper. Nothing has happened here of note - but I do want to thank you both for your unselfishness and love. It is a thing to treasure and I do.
Bless you, dears and love to you all
Mother F
One of the last letter's Margot wrote, in a very unsteady hand.

Telegram 29 June 1970
To Miss Fenn, Amberley Court, Clarence Sq, Cheltenham.
Mother died very peacefully Saturday 27th writing soon.
Love Kay.

Medical Notes:

Margot whose cancer caused severe anaemia was a patient of an oncology researcher, Dr Guntz at Christchurch Hospital NZ, she was part of an early program developing chemotherapy.

Noted events in her life were:

1. Marjorie Barker: Her Early Years, 1907-1935, In Wellington & Lower Hutt NZ.

2. Marjorie Barker: As a teenager, 1925-1928, In Wellington & Lower Hutt NZ.
Marjorie was Head Girl at Wellington East College 1925, swimming at Maugaroa Upper Hutt Wellington 1927

3. Marjorie Barker: NZ and in Europe, 1927-1938. Margot meets Geo VI Wellington 1927, with Sparks on board Tainui, Cold in Scotland, Hot in Cannes France.

4. Marjorie Barkers 1938 Diary: Travelling to and in Europe Part 1, 25 Dec 1937 to 31 Dec 1938. Marjorie Fenn's Diary 1938
Transcribed by her son - 2014
Note this diary has been transcribed using error ridden voice recognition technology.

Christmas Day 25 Dec 1937
Such a happy day my dear ones Dos and Eileen to lunch much joy over mother's presence on couch for lunch (she has strained her ankle) listen to good radio tonight.
Boxing Day
Sunday 26 Dec 1937
Hillman family arrived about 9:30 AM and we set off for New Plymouth very happily stopped for long lunch at Waikanae. Arrived New Plymouth uneventfully at 7:45 PM everyone there very fit dear souls
Monday 27 Dec 1937
To ? for a picnic - topping day and saw many friendly faces - Stu's day somewhat marred by toothache - Doss awfully sweet to us.
Tuesday 28 Dec 1937
To Brooklands in a.m. lazed and played tennis in pm, very hot lovely being in New Plymouth
Wednesday 29 Dec 1937
Left 9:45 am for Auckland lovely day, though dusty in spots arrived about 8 pm nice digs
Saturday 1 January 1938
Auckland wet day - To Point Chevalier in a.m. Mr Pike took me for a long drive in pm to see Barbara Knight and Jock H latter was not in but rang me later - sounds awfully fit. To Onehunga at night. Mr Barkers house 13 Ferryhill Road Mt Eden is great fun the frigidaire shakes the whole house and interrupts my sleep otherwise all is well.
Sunday 2 of January
A topping day - to Mission Bay in a.m. went over by car ferry to Devonport a lovely place with many huge phoenix palms glorious weather beach crowded glorious beaches in Auckland
Monday 3 January
Left for Rotorua about 10 am took our time and arrived at 5 pm, had booked in at Empire but on our way found a delightful "Cosy Cabin" so parked there - 4 bunks and all cooking necessities - baths et cetera for 15/6d a day did the town and shopped before teatime.
Tuesday 4 January
To Whaka in a.m. and Tikitere in pm frightfully hot - Langley and I walked to Roto-Kawau while the others did Tikitere, to Blue Bath's at night.
Wednesday 5 January
Awfully wet - Bathed in Lake and drove about, our cabin is great fun and most comfortable better than camping to see Merle C. but found her away.
Thursday 6 January
Left early for Huntersville gorgeous day and scenery 200 miles odd. Hillman's did not like the Rangitaiki roads arrived 7 pm all feeling pretty dished. Eine and family well, 1st visit to new farm
Friday 7 January
Hillman's left early am. Awfully hot here - busy all day - men are haymaking. Eine has sore feet and is pretty miserable - will not be able to go home tomorrow.
Saturday 8 January
Eine has 2 septic corns and is pretty worn out. Sent for Dr at night Burrett late of New Plymouth Hospital
Sunday 9 January
Awfully hot - went to river for pm. Dr called, Eines toes still pretty messy - has erysipelas in one leg
Monday 10 January
Not going home today Tok H starts for year (17th)
11 January - 16 January no entries.
Monday 17 January
Keim? visited LWH first meeting for year and spoke interestingly sorry to miss that
18 January no entry
Wednesday 19 January
Home by New Plymouth Express, glad to see my family
Thursday 20 January
Gardened hard all day.
Friday 21 January
To town for most of the day planted crocuses at Karori a nice gardener gave me rock plants and a promise of Autumn crocuses.
Saturday 22 January
Betts birthday - mother is still in bed but improving. Back to toil after dinner, several retreatants had arrived - oh hell
Sunday 23 January
To church 8 am awfully wet so had church in Chapel at night - Grr
Monday 24 January
8 people here for retreat went visiting to Mrs Crawford in pm saw beautiful carving and needlework.
Tuesday 25 January
To town in pm - saw shipping people and definitely booked by Tainui on March 30 gardened in a.m.
26/27 January no entry
Friday 28 January
Awful day retreatants left 9 am and S.C.M came at 9:40 am what a life! Nice crowd this time 23 of them. Nesta Wood and Co, Mr MacKenzie. Went home at night
Saturday 29 January
Busy day but enjoying these people.
Sunday 30 January
Sam Wood took Holy Communion in Chapel which I skipped everyone in foul moods Grr and awful atmosphere. How I loathe it - most of crowd departed.
Monday 31 January
Remaining 6 departed - the usual busy Monday
Tuesday 1 February
Forgot to say "Rabbits". Gardened in extreme heat so as to avoid visitors - bad tempers rife.
Wednesday 2 February
Builders in possession Miss Nicholls to lunch to town later
Thursday 3 February
Mrs Ward head to lunch a nice soul in trouble several folk to tea in pm
Friday 4 February
Day off - what joy gardened and messed about at home - got mother up - she can walk a little now. Fellowship at Mrs Taylors
Saturday 5 February
Toc H women arrived while we were having prayers - a nice crowd.
Sunday 6 February
Bishop celebrated for Toc H service - a busy day. Boys help me with dishes. They left 7 pm.
Monday 7 February
Miss Compton Smith arrived early and we went over things together a nice girl. Took my leave with much regret before lunch. Robbie rang at night. Good to be home.
Tuesday 8 February
To town to collect rent etc got form for passport met Sr Milne did some shopping
Wednesday 9 February
Gardened and went through my positions.
Thursday 10 February
Doss came for lunch and I went to town with her - shopped and bought a hat. Mother up more and walking a little. Sir Truby King died - John S called a.m.
Friday 11 February
Poured so no gardening but mended and sorted my clothes. Happy day with mother. Hillman's called - Phil Hillman rang.
Saturday 12 February
A busy day - rained - took Mr Rait for walk p.m. - to movies with father and Mr Hufton called at night Sir Truby King accorded a state funeral.
Sunday 13 February
Slept in a.m. rained intermittently. Hillman's came at 7 pm and took mother and me for a topping drive mother's first outing for ages.
Monday 14 February
Busy day at home still raining LWH at night talk by Brigadier Green of S.A. good attendance for so foul a night
Tuesday 15 February.
Uneventful busy day at home mother walked round the estate and was very thrilled with herself
Wednesday 16 February
Went to dressmaker p.m. chose styles for 5 frocks. Tea with Mrs McMillan.
Thursday 17 February.
Mr and Joyce Bennett came for a short time - to Rima Stevens-Smiths for tea 16 Railway Avenue. Mother dined with Mrs Brimley - Margaret Grant returned from Blenheim - went there for evening
Friday 18 February.
To town pm and much shopping accomplished - how I loathe it. To Fellowship at night at Mrs Wedekinds
Saturday 19 February.
Margaret G came early p.m. and stayed for tea wound my jumper wool and sewed
Sunday 20 February.
Rained hard so stayed home all day Hillman came at night and took mother and me for a drive to Eastbourne had a cup of tea with them later
Monday 21 February
Doss and Nan flew to Nelson. Picked me up at railway station 6:30 pm and I went with them to Raumati. The house is great with all its additions early to bed.
Tuesday 22 February
Frightfully tired and lazy for a picnic to Waikanae went up to see Betty Wilson. Nan's baby is a pet, will weekend with them if possible before I sail.
Wednesday 23 February.
Returned to town had a lovely shopping day with Dossie. Latter came to Hutt with me for tea and returned later.
Thursday 24 February
Bet went to blind picnic at Paekakariki so mother and I had a happy day by ourselves John G came for am tea and signed my passport
Friday 25 February
Gardened hard all day and accomplished much Fellowship at Mrs Williams very good - ? brought me home.
Saturday 26 February
Poured - church garden party postponed sewed all day.
Sunday. 27 February
Eine's birthday. Stayed in all day D and E both rang finished both sides of my jumper a particularly peaceful nice day.
Monday 28 February.
Washed and ironed. Went to Hutt and saw Town Clerk about premises for Tok-H jumble sale - rent free fortunately.
Tuesday 1 March
Said "Rabbits" to town 11 am mother full of beans and we had a happy day. Lunched at Dos and then to "Victoria the Great" an excellent picture mother enjoyed her first outing to town immensely.
Wednesday 2 March
Grr! Mother completely knocked out today Dos rang prior to starting on her holiday and wired late from Dannevirke
Thursday 3 March
Gardened and sewed all day how I am enjoying these days at home. Joan Hoare and Phyllis B came out at night mother improving Bet W rang Doss rang from Napier.
Friday 4 March
Doss rang from Napier to Hutt early a.m. to dressmaker Mary and Mrs Grant came p.m. pleasant p.m. John G and I went for a tramp at night and 8 chocolate biscuits all route. He is going to be ordained on St Patrick's Day. Mac brought my new steamer ?
Saturday 5 March
A good day washed and ironed Bet went to church garden party and Pop to the trots, Mother and I stayed home. Gardened some too, Lou came home at night
Sunday 6 March.
Fearfully stormy day went to John's church 11 am with Mrs D good sermon (Mark 14) Mac H and Doug are were at the Manse afterwards J and Mrs D go to Auckland tonight sewed all p.m. and listened to radio
Monday 7 March
Beastly windy day rather aimless generally sewed far too much and got a rotten head in consequence Bet went to Tok H
Tuesday 8 March.
Still beastly wind which tires everyone to death. My garden is a weathered ruin. Awful morning arranging this damn jumble sale. Ah me. Mother is feeling so much better.
Wednesday 9 March.
To Hutt am and to dressmaker. To town PM with mother to see Fay Compton in "Victoria Regina" very good to Mrs Gresens is for Fellowship at night
Thursday 10 March.
To Joyce at Gays Bay a.m. called in to see Mrs Wedekind's lad en'route happy day bathed and lay inside for an hour boiling sun. To dressmaker at night
Friday 11 March.
Up betimes to town Tok H jumble sale 9am L3 clear profit besides much fun my 1st experience thereof. To Mrs Wedekind at night they are dears.
Saturday 12 March.
A pleasant day at home a telegram from Doss in Auckland meeting Bet to join them later - sewing and gardening a bit
Sunday 13 March
Corporate Communion of Fellowship 8am Quite a few turned up. Pleasant lazy day.
Monday 14 March.
Mother's birthday a stunning day May and John came out and L came work. Lots of presents and love for the dear - same was very happy - to LWH at night where I was introduced Mrs Mitchell Wellington LWH
Tuesday 15 March
To town pm collected last of Hataitai rent and shopped. To Mrs Jamesons at night.
Wednesday 16 March.
Mrs Gillespie came for lunch and p.m. for tea - a cheery day - Dad and I gardened Joyce rang letter from Kessie?
Thursday 17 March.
To lunch with Nell Cullen - a happy day. Rang Robbie and wrote 5 letters John was ordained at Auckland
Friday 18 March.
To dressmaker and Mac came in car and brought us stuff from markets. Fellowship at Mrs Hillman's very pleasant wrote several letters very wet
Saturday 19 March
A wet day - gardened a good bit. Eine rang to say that she & Allan & Judith & John will be down next weekend. Nice letters from Doss in Whangarai
Sunday 20 March
To mums for tea listened to broadcast Clousteu's arrival from England to Cambridge Terrace Congregational church at night to hear Mr Hurst. Walked back with Min and returned in time to catch 10:10 bus
Monday 21 March.
Washed and ironed and did some gardening rather wet day Bet went to Toc H and mother and I had a delightful evening together I painted her mantelpiece John G rang and Nell.
Tuesday 22 March
Robbie came down and we went to the Grand Hotel for dinner.
Wednesday 23 March
To Miss Penny's pm - collected many cuttings and plants. Hectic morning in town buying boat ticket, finance etc.
Thursday 24 March.
To Joyce is for lunch Fellowship at night Miss Penny's - very pleasant tea with Mrs Bennett at Lowry Bay glorious day gardened p.m.
Friday 25 March.
Oxford Group Tok H. Busy day house cleaning etc Eine and Hillman come tomorrow p.m. Doss rang at night just retired from N P L W H - Lady Day sermon John took same a lovely service 6 of us gave me a nice book.
Saturday 26 March.
Busy a.m. to photographers with mother - then into town for a LWH luncheon. Met Mrs Edwards and Miss Bynton from England. Auntie Mabel came out. Eine Allen and family arrived 6 pm.
Sunday 27 March.
Busy a.m. - went to Dave before lunch Alan departed afterwards to church noete. Mr McLeary preached Harvest Festival. To Hillman's for supper most enjoyable
Monday 28 March.
Washed - Doris came out p.m., Eine Bet and children went to the zoo etc. To LWH at night my last - John came and took prayers very beautifully. He had a most hilarious meeting and got soaked coming home.
Tuesday 29 March.
John Gier and Mrs Dawson and Marge Grant came to tea. Mother and I went to John's re-ordination service at night very lovely happy day.
Wednesday 30 March.
John rang a.m. Mrs August Jamieson came for tea. To Lenten service nocte then on to Mrs Guy for a party - very pleasant. Letter from Darling Pete +
Thursday 31 March.
To town with mother in a.m. Met Doss and did business, out to Karori for lunch. To flicks p.m. and to Mrs Meech for tea. To Mrs Taylor for Fellowship - very pleasant Hillman brought us home - brought Beechy
Friday 1 April.
To Mrs Grants to say farewell - Mrs Bennett called and took us to Joyce's fatigue. Pleasant party L1 from J - shopping - Phyllis B came out at night
Saturday 2 April
Gardened. Mrs Hillman and Grant came over with gifts. To town with Mr Taylor to visit Tainui awful old tub. Lunched with T then out to Mr Rait, met wireless operator on Tainui - promises to be nice - fiendishly hot day.
Sunday 3 April.
To church 8 am most of the Fellowship there Alan and Ch arrived for lunch and took Eine and Ch back. St John's Church at night. Awfully hot weather said goodbye to John and Mrs Duncan.
Monday 4 April
To town and met Doss 9 am shopped and out to Karori home 2 pm. gardened and finished packing Nan called for me and took us to boat at 8 pm about 50 were down to see me off - Oh boy - great excitement.
Tuesday 5 April
Glad to rise after a sleepless night ship sailed at 7:15 am glorious day and there appears to be a decent crowd aboard. My cabin mate is charming. Gained one day I'm feeling better, danced at night
Wednesday 6 April
Usual round walked ate and slept mainly nothing extraordinary dull. Sent mother a telegram 5/- for 20 words
Thursday 7 April.
Still rather grey and dull but calm thank God life's damn dull and only 4 days out
Friday 8 April.
Still feeling rather cold, 4th, and Sparks are only my interest.
Saturday 9 April.
Things improving - some sun today drill class again livens things up a bit, passengers becoming more friendly
Sunday 10 April.
To church 10:30 am, taken by a parson passenger no sermon so out by 11am rest of the day exactly as any other. Wrote a good many letters
Monday 11 April.
Amazing the way the days pass - doing nothing except sleep and eat and an occasional game of quoits thrown in. Not awfully keen on the deck games prefer to have my walk round the deck and then to sleep.
Tuesday 12 April
The QM Mr Grimmett friend of the Jenkins is a nice chap and most helpful. Played deck tennis the best of the games, have entered for everything games commence tomorrow
Wednesday 13 April
Getting much hotter now glad to leave off most things. Life is not quite so fine
Thursday 14 April
Awaked 6 am with ships siren announcing our approach to Pitcairn. Great excitement on board Islanders are a poor lot - but their oranges and bananas are better. Lord Nelson gave us a bucketful stout fellow.
Good Friday 15 April
Church 10:30 am quite nice short service but missed 3 hours. Hot, good on top deck. Swimming bath up - but not many bathing, weather more settled
Saturday 16 April
Usual round of games and sleep. Won a few rounds. Romeo and Juliet have joined our threesome
Sunday 17 April
For swim early Holy Communion at 7 am in lounge matinees at 10:30 am singing poor and couldn't hear parson - good session on top deck at night.
Monday 18 April
Getting more tropical am quite brown - but not sunburnt swimming every day.
Tuesday 19 April
Hot - as usual
20 April no entry
Thursday 21 April.
Won some games a restless day played mah-jong all afternoon with Doreen, John Barker and Joe Lambert.
Friday 22 April.
Won golf and tennis doubles, celebrated Romeos win race meeting at night won 5 shillings celebrated some more. To bed late-ish.
Saturday 23 April.
Lost golf and tennis finals. Whoopee night.
Sunday 24 April.
Church 10:30. Parked on top deck with Sparks a.m. Marvellous weather mah-jong evening p.m.
Monday 25 April.
Everyone getting excited about Panama tomorrow. Pictures tonight "Crime over London" not bad good Anzac Day service 11 am quite impressive.
Tuesday 26 April.
Arrived Panama 2 pm, tied up at Panama City. For 3 hours drive - shopped and saw everything, filthy place. To Balboa Bar garden at night - Whoopee - especially later but in bed by 1:30
Wednesday 27 April
Up 6 am to see last of Panama City, glorious weather, trip through Canal most absorbing interesting, through by 2 pm violent weather in Caribbean Sea.
Thursday 28 April.
Feeling about 80% today damn queasy - two days - still blowing hard and half the ship down - wish we were not so near Jamaica.
Friday 29 April.
Great excitement as islands began to appear around 7 am berthed at Kingston 11 o'clock and went ashore for lunch at "Peggy Browns" had turtle steaks plantains etc. Went for a marvellous trip to Blue Mountains 5000 feet 6 hours drive all round a glorious place return to ship at Port Royale about 10:45 - I love Jamaica.
Saturday 30 April.
Had a marvellous night at Port Royale XX home at 5 to find the gangway taken up and had to wait till it was replaced. Sailed from Port Royale at 9 am hugged land for quite a time and still seeing plenty of ships. Feeling very well after and entirely dry day. Saw some marvellous trees and plants at Castleton Gardens - spices, rubber plants, ginger, cloves, teak, cannonball, pride of Burma, cocaine, pride of Sultan, glorious colouring.

5. Marjorie Barkers 1938 Diary: Travelling to and in Europe Part 2, 25 Dec 1937 to 31 Dec 1938. Sunday 1 May
A glorious day warm and blue, to church 10:30 am with Joe. Mah-jong all p.m. as usual - same fun at night - John went to bed early so sat with Joe.
Monday 2 May
Fine glorious weather Gulfstream making sea calm and temperature perfect. Feeling awfully well and very happy - so is John a very loving evening on boat deck.
Tuesday 3 May
A happy day - usual inactivity enjoying swimming again - rather perfect session in wireless room after lunch. Mah-jong p.m. pictures night Tim Walls in Fishermans Bridge? Most amusing to bed early afterwards to re compensate.
Wednesday 4 May
Perfect weather the sea is like a blue millpond Recketts blue hardly a movement in the ship - Sparks and I had a lovely evening on the boat deck temperature 74 degrees.
Thursday 5 May
Received a very loving message from John on awakening to my birthday! More glorious weather cool in the shade most heavenly sun celebrating my 21st birthday today in lieu of June 5th. Doreen 21 to Whoopee party at night - Baker iced my cake and we had 15 for a party after dinner. Received nice gifts. Such a happy evening John X ships concert on, Romeo and Porky marvellous. A glorious day.
Friday 6 May
Cold day resumed woolies children's party p.m. Sparks working tonight so sat with Joe and Harold
Saturday 7 May
Fine again. Everyone busy with preparations for fancy dress dance I dressed as Britannia and didn't look bad. John came and danced and we had a most lovely evening - especially after 12 when we sat on the soaking wet boat deck (awnings taken down) my blue frock is ruined but it was worth it!! Dressed Joe as a Shiek and Harold as Rajah of Bong.
Sunday 8 May
Miserable day everybody suffering from hangovers played mah-jong p.m. Joe and I went to church a.m. marvellous night on top deck with John.
Monday 9 May
Fine but grey and windy played golf packed up early and had a marvellous night.
Tuesday 10 May
Wet and rough - seas rough hateful on deck. Slept till 4 pm. Prize giving in after saloon Doreen won Tote & shouted, pictures at night - Sparks lonely and miserable - so stayed with him for a while.
Wednesday 11 May
Fine and cold - seas still rough race meeting at night saw one race then returned to boat deck - boat drill and much amusement p.m.
Thursday 12 May
Fine thank heavens - so sat and purred and slept on top deck all day - Sparks free - mah-jong in pm with John Barker, Doreen and Joe. Farewell dinner at night a marvellous feed. Sparks and I danced and enjoyed a Whoopi night generally. Won spot dance 5 shillings
Friday 13 May
Cold and foul so no top deck - busy packing a depressing day to many ? and John feeling ill - A cheery sing in the bar at night and a real gathering of the clans - top deck radio house 10:30 pm!!! 38th day of voyage
Saturday 14 May
Great excitement prevails as the first of the English coast appears. Cold and wet tied up at 6 pm. Letters from Mac and Mona letters to Richard , Pat, Dr Ashcroft at Waterloo to meet me. To Whitehall Hotel with Mona. To Corner House for supper by bus and Tube to start with. Came up from Southampton with Bill, Joe and Harold saw wild bluebells. Remember Doss birthday. London is marvellous - Doreen with me and both excited - but hated leaving John this evening.
Sunday 15 May
The first morning in London is a fine one, glad to rise after a sleepless night Doreen and I went to Hampstead to see her cousin. To Richard's flat p.m. for tea he is a dear boy to be married June 4 wrote to John.
Monday 16 May
Slept well - food in this place not quite adequate for my ferocious appetite but very nicely served. Found our way to New Zealand house and met many Tainui friends plus Romeo who took us to lunch at Mrs Brown's little teashop - 12 letters from me - rang A Fletcher wrote home to Mrs Fry - early night
Tuesday 17 May
Had my hair done while Doreen went to bank in Moorgate by tube and narrowly missed being killed in accident. Lunched at Whiteleys with Mona. Tea at P Robinson's with Pat, Mac etc a great reunion shopped at Woolworths for home! Home all evening bed 11 pm
Wednesday 18 May
To New Zealand House for our mail 3 letters from home and one from Miss Hill - to Kew Gardens by Tube lunched there and saw everything squirrels robbins! Tired feet but otherwise enjoyable - tulips noteworthy
Thursday 19 May
Out shopping - bought a costume L3/3/- and a green wool frock L1/1/-. To Blackheath by SR to see Francie p.m. am to go there on staff June 7 for 3 weeks - quiet evening at home with D and Mona Posted letters home plus air mail
Friday 20 May
A great day! Did Kensington Gardens through saw Peter Pan etc Hyde Park St James Park Buckingham Palace Whitehall etc and Westminster Abbey the latter appalling with all its effigies bitterly cold - tea in our own little room most acceptable - letter from Harry
Saturday 21 May
To the tower 11 am via Billingsgate over London Bridge - enjoyed town immensely - ate lunch on Tower green - walked over Tower Bridge to Southwark Cathedral lovely. By bus to Croydon airport - saw many large planes arrive and leave. Home by devious new routes. A most enjoyable day. Found note from John today he'd called and rung - Oh My!
Sunday 22 & 23 May
A perfect day - hot - up betimes (from Samuel Pepys) and to guards Chapel in Birdcage Walk saw Miss Moir the French's there. A magnificent chapel and atmosphere perfect - but hot more so - this latter - than in the evening when Mona and I went to Savoy Chapel off the Strand a perfect gem - set amongst tall buildings a most homely service to. Feel much happier again - but felt awful X - John rang earlier and arranged for us to meet at Olympia this p.m. - a marvellous show and wonderful to see the dear soul again - to lunch with Miss Fletcher at D H Evans most enjoyable - early to bed - bought a hat and blouse.
Tuesday 24 May
Empire Day
Not feeling particularly Empire-ish - rotten cold & throat - to Victoria League and glad to come home and go to bed - wet and cold - but otherwise all right wrote home to . . . . .
Wednesday 25 May
Wet and inclined to be cold-ish - indoors all day cold foul - letter from Romeo - wrote home etc
Thursday 26 May
To dentist 11:30 am and had my front tooth repaired 7/6d - interesting bus ride to Finchley. Met Romeo and Doreen at New Zealand House 1:30 and lunched at Slaters. To Regents Park and zoo for most enjoyable - especially aquarium - dinner at Slaters again to Snow White and 7 Dwarfs later - good - letter from Harold.
Friday 27 May
Out early for shopping. 2 postcards from John from Chester - dear soul - Mona brought her wedding frock. To Chelsea Flower Show after lunch at Selfridge's. Glorious display but my cold spoils everything. Wrote to Joe cancelled our trip to Sussex.
Saturday 28 May
To shops early am and bought 2 frocks and a coat - one for wedding. John rang but could not get out - seems awfully depressed. Lazy p.m. at home sewing and reading - I wrote to John Gielson? - lovely letters from home - letter from Honor Fry - very wet day - brought new purse
Sunday 29 May
To church - Lancaster gate 8 am Harold rang early and arranged with him and Bill to go to Epping Forest - a fair day but rained later - a glorious drive an excellent lunch - Forest lovely - tea at Lyons Baker Street - To Madam Tussards and restaurant - boys came home with me.
Monday 30 May
John, Harold and Bill rang. John and I had a lovely morning together coffee at Marble Arch then on to Chapel of the Savoy for a quiet time saw him off at Charing Cross for Wales and met other 3 at New Zealand house - lunch at Slaters - then on to Science and V&A Museum's for pm. To Mikado first night good voices and costuming - but theatre small - happy night
Tuesday 31 May
Harold rang early - D and I shopped for a kitchen lunch for Mona - great fun - Harrold came up p.m. for cuppa. To dinner with W Smith at Piccadilly hotel - a heavenly night. Took in all round Covent Garden and Soho first - letters from Joan Hoare and
Wednesday 1 June.
Said "Rabbits" - Harold called early and took me to Windsor for the day. J stayed home. Lovely country and passed Eton and saw boys in full toppers. To London and dined at 10 pm. A most pleasant day
Thursday 2 June
Down to Tunbridge Kent by Green bus 9:30 am. Dear Joe met us and took us to his house his mother and sister Mog are sweet a glorious country drive later and most sumptuous tea. A walk over ruined Castle later. Home by 11 pm lovely letter from John in Wales.
Friday 3 June
Went to see rehearsal of trooping of colour at Horse Guards Parade lovely uniforms, horses etc. John rang and came around p.m. topping session. My bridesmaids frock is a flop - home all evening.
Saturday 4 June
Up early for wedding at 9:15 am. Everything went off well and Mona made a stunning bride. Geoffrey Scarlet brought me home afterwards. Found four Air Mail letters and a cable from home and Joyce - long letter from Harold to - Bill rang and we went to Hampton Court for p.m. John joined us lovely place saw grapevine etc and got through the maze safely. Dinner at Cowes House and to Iolanthe - wonderful show though all feeling very tired
Sunday 5 June
John rang to wish me a happy birthday - stayed home all day packing and writing letters. D and I
- forth to dinner at Cowes house later after many adventures to "Break the News" with Maurice Chevalier and John Buchanan - supper after.
Monday 6 June
John and Bill rang early and we met Bill for lunch at Slaters and went to "Engadean Express" a marvellous show. Met John at 6 PM and dined at Pinoldis - gorgeous dinner to "George and Margaret" later lovely - John saw me home XX
Tuesday 7 June
This day seems like a year - John rang and we said goodbye till October. D and I went to Charing Cross after I'd seen Doreen and I caught train for Blackheath. Everyone very nice here - but feeling very strange. Yarned with Sister at night off at 8:30 pm.
Wednesday 8 June
Still feeling very new - but like it all right. Letters from John and Harold - cheered me considerably.
Thursday 9 June.
Usual day - but feeling better on my own today. But not very busy. No letters - but wrote to John Harold and Doreen. To a Theosophical lecture at night mostly a lot of hooey.
Friday 10 June
Busy day - John rang just as his ship was about to leave for Southampton and New Zealand. Felt a bit lonely and letter from Doreen. Spent p.m. on my bed and Francie who leaves tomorrow Joe rang p.m. and came at 8:30 and we walked over the Heath to Greenwich Park - the dear.
Saturday 11 June
Good day - ? and I went to the village to shop. Letter from H Commission invitation to Royal Garden Party - lovely letter from John from Southampton p.m. early to bed
Sunday 12 June.
Easy day though cold-ish - had fair amount of time off - tho couldn't go to church. I wrote and I went for a bus ride and walk to Jack's Hill after 9 pm - up Shooters Hill - lovely evening wrote to A Fletcher and H Cross?.
Monday 13 June.
As usual off at 8:30 ish - good day - . . . . . departed to her case - lovely letters from Harold and Joe at night - plans to go to London tomorrow with Brooks a Scotch (sic) girl - letter from Doreen in Ireland
Tuesday 14 June
Day off unexpectedly as I was going on duty - so got back to bed for brekke - Brooks and I went to town and thence by launch to Richmond - lunched there and lay in Richmond Park and slept. Back to town via Kensington High Street and saw St Mary Abbot's church - dinner C house thence to open air theatre for Midsummer Nights Dream at Regents Park - home 12:30 and found letters from home Southwark Cathedral again.
Wednesday 15 June
Slept well off from 2:30 to 8:30 and until 11pm relieving - wrote home and to Joe and Harold and John etc - off late and rather tired. Letter from mother by mothers hand.
Thursday 16 June
Another marvellous mail from New Zealand letters from everyone and Jessie M - glorious weather -wrote some letters and retired early nothing of note occurred.
Friday 17 June.
PC from Doreen - easy day went to village p.m. posted Air Mail to John at Panama 9d (8-12 days) (Jamaica 7-11)- wrote home and Air Mail to mother - early night
Saturday 18 June.
Letters from Francie and Mona - marvellous day - Harold rang 6 pm and arrived up at 8:30 went walking later. Doreen came home from Ireland and came in for dinner here. Harold and I took her to station and then went for a bus ride to Plumstead Common - marvellous evening.
Sunday 19 June.
Rested p.m. Harold arrived 7 pm and we went walking in Greenwich Park - saw Observatory Royal Naval College etc - sat on Heath till bedtime.
Monday 20 June
Day off and a glorious day met Harold at station, we went to Virginia Water for the day - great fun slept in the sun and shade and of the trees till 4:30 pm. Lunch at the Wheat Sheaf Hotel. To Pinoldis for dinner and wandered Whitehall, Soho etc after. Home 11 pm after some cider at his digs.
Tuesday 21 June.
Busy day but quite good Harold arrived 9 pm after day at Wimbledon and we went walking he goes to Rottingdean tomorrow.
Wednesday 22 June.
Darling Joe rang from Tunbridge wrote to him - home and John - rang Doreen p.m. Mac rang and asked me to supper at Chislehurst on Sunday. Harry leaves 4:30 pm Royal Albert Dock Liverpool Street station.
Thursday 23 June
On duty so Doreen saw Joe off didn't sail till 7 pm - Brooks and I went to Hiawatha at the Albert Hall a marvellous show - home 12:30 - doggo - photo came from home jolly good.
Friday 24 June.
Sizzling hot day and woke to find my gold filling out to dentist p.m. Mac and Doreen came in. Weary unto death tonight wrote to Harold letter from him at night.
Saturday 25 June.
Awfully hot and tired all day and thanking God I'm not staying longer. To bed early wrote to Joyce.
Sunday 26 June.
Awfully busy day hectic p.m. Mona and Richard came out - Caught 7:40 train from New Cross to Chislehurst and had dinner with Mac - lovely place and fresh strawberries - home at 12 laden with free lunch
Monday 27 June.
An interesting day packed - letters from Mogg and Doreen - Mary cut my hair at night - marvellous mail from home Mother Bet Doss and Margaret.
Tuesday 28 June.
Pouring with rain and jolly cold - busy morning Doreen rang a.m. Left Stonefield 3:30 pm in Mrs Williams car J met me at Charing Cross letter from Harold on arrival - good to be back - to dinner with Mona and Richard - very happy
Wednesday 29 June.
Tired today but off out early to sales bought gloves for Joyce etc wrote Kate, Peggy etc in evening and early to bed
Thursday 30 June.
Left fur? coat at Whitley's in coat (cold?) storage. Photo in 5 positions? 20 - LWH - All Hallows and to service at St Olaves at 1 pm lovely - back at 3 to find telegram from Harold who arrived 6 pm to stay - home all evening
Friday 1 July.
Doreen Harold and I met Mona at New Zealand House and to Slaters for lunch saw the Richardsons there and had some chat - to Caledonia market p.m. a most amusing experience - bought tomatoes and lettices for tomorrow's lunch.
Saturday 2 July.
Up early brekkie at 7:15 to Victoria by 8 am to Paris by Folkestone Boulogne route one and a quarter hours by sea perfect crossing, hot train journey - gorgeous strawberries and peaches at Boulogne Station - went for a walk before dinner and got our bearings. Called at Cooks 9:45 and got seats for nightclubs - awful mostly but some quite interesting and Follies Bergere - very good lots of nudes - I loathe the white wines though, home by 2:30 awfully tired slept spasmodically - Hotel St Petersburg
Sunday 3 July. (Margot was with Harold)
Brekkie in bed 2 large eggs and bacon up by 10:30 and Cooks trip to Mal Maison Napoleon and Josephine's residence 1807 thence to Versailles for lunch which was large and gorgeous to the Trianon Palace, saw fountains glorious scenery and altogether happy day home at 7 and a bed early
Monday 4 July.
Up at 10 am after petit-dejeuner in bed croissants and coffee mumm! For bus ride round city am and pm visited Notre Dame, Madeleine, Palais de Justice, Napoleon's tomb, etc etc - rained like the deuce - had an amusing time ordering tea. To bed early after writing many PCs.
Tuesday 5 July
Breakfast in bed - to Eiffel Tower a.m. and to Louvre p.m. saw marvellous things in latter Winged Victory - Venus de Milo - Gleaners - Mona Lisa etc shown by most interesting guide - tiring trip from Gare Nord - rough seas and glad to get on Southern train - home 11:30 pm to find Air Mail from darling John from Jamaica and from Mac and Peggy.
Wednesday 6 July
Letters from John Gill and mother this a.m. - to Cheapside to buy our car 85 pounds got my English licence lunched Harold and Doreen at station
Thursday 7 July.
Packed in preparation for tomorrow - went to town and shopped a bit - wrote to family Joyce etc rang Mrs Fletcher - to bed early. To be joined by Nancy Skelton NP
Friday 8 July.
Up and away by 10:30 George took us as far as Hendon pouring day but feel light-hearted - through glorious country stopped at St Albans and saw Cathedral and stopped at Royston for tea - arrived Cambridge 4:45 pm and found B&B place. Went out and saw colleges and chapels had an awful meal at Marks & Spencer.
Saturday 9 July
Slept well in quite fair digs - up 8 pm and departed early after good breckkie - saw remainder of colleges and glorious King's College Chapel best stained glass and stonework I've seen yet - to Ely and Norwich saw Cathedrals there - to Sandringham etc etc p.m. at Kings Lynn for 3 pm and saw a carnival. Landed at Stacey and put up a very noisy hostelry pretty tired slept 3 in a room
Sunday 10 July
Good breckkie and were on our way to Yarmouth by 10:30 am wet & cold stopped at Yarmouth and inspected the parade piers etc - crowded and awful sent H a postcard from there - then Lowestoft & Ipswich etc stopping for tea at Ufford - a spot of bother over a room but eventually found a good farm house at Kirby-le-Soken and stayed the night
Monday 11 July
Left 10 and on to Frinton-on-Sea quite nice seaside place - Clacton awful! South end - Tilbury ferry to Gravesend - lovely evening - to Rochester - letter from Mac. Had a good meat meal - out to Hartlip where we slept in one bed very comfortably
Tuesday 12 July.
Up at 8 AM and made off early without breckkie - back to Rochester and Chatham and saw the castle and cathedral the latter very lovely - Norman - ate pork pies in the park - onto Canterbury and saw Cathedral. Evensong there - exquisite - lovely town - night at farm house at Ash.
Wednesday 13 July.
Left at 10:30 in glorious sunshine to Sandwich - first puncture at Ashford helped by men - Deal Dover - Folkestone - quite decent coastal farms - through Rye & Hastings without stopping at Eastbourne for dinner and night at pub at Berwick in Sussex.
Thursday 14 July.
Left 10-ish after a comfortable night through Newhaven to Brighton - Arundel - glorious Castle but couldn't get in - beautiful county - to Bognor - awful full of trippers - Chichester - old Cathedral but very garish and unappealing. Portsmouth - awful crowded and poor - spent night comfortable at East Meon in Hampshire farmhouse.
Friday 15 July.
Away 10ish and inspected a Norman church in the village - Winchester in pouring rain did Cathedral very thoroughly a lovely place looked at college from outside - saw King Arthur's round table - loved Winchester - to Southampton a lovely place and so to middle of new Forest where we spent a comfortable night in Dick Turpin Inn - Stoney Cross with people who had lived in New Zealand.
Saturday 16 July.
Then New Forest marvellous trees and perfect villages - Burley - Lyndhurst - To Beaulieu Abbey and church 1204 - built by King John to Salisbury Cathedral for Evensong glorious - Jane Austen's grave in Salisbury Cathedral - Wiltshire is a delightful county. Lunch in town and had an amusing time trying to find B&B Mrs Wellington refused us repose at her very suspicious or doubtful residence - but we found fair digs at Combe Bennett - most glorious evening.
Sunday 17 July
Glorious fine hot day - up betimes to Holy Communion in the village church - away from our digs by 9:30 and then most lovely country Codford & Sling - saw NZ and Aussie badges on hillside - Stonehenge - poppy fields and wildflowers galore. Lunched in a hay field home 4 pm and to bed early after much spring cleaning and great to be in London again.
Monday 18 July.
Letters from John and home etc etc tired this a.m. but up early at 9 ready for royal garden party - marvellous affair saw all the royals except the Duchess of Kent - very closely - wore my blue bridesmaid frock - Mona rang my proofs came - letters from Harold and Moria.
Tuesday 19 July.
Up betimes and were away by 10:30 posted am mail to mother and John also other letters home - Aldershot - then Winchester and Salisbury again where we stopped. Spent night at a delightful spot called "Sims Dyke" with interesting people wrote to L, WH etc.
Wednesday 20 July.
Tarried talking till late and sat by wayside writing till 12:37 enjoyable day just fooling - then New Forest again - Bournemouth lovely - Poole pottery works and the aquatics carnival - Swanage - Corfe Castle - marvellous Dorset scenery and blue seas - night in a Dorset thatched cottage (and thatched Dyke! (WC)) and No Bath. Dorset is amongst lovely country from Lulworth, white horse carved in chalk hill.
Thursday 21 July.
Away by 10 through most lovely country - always with a view of the sea blue and glorious - to Weymouth a nice beach - Portland Bill - lighthouse - to Doncaster for lunch. Visited a nice china shop. To Cerne Abbas (church) and into Sherborne (Abbey) a beautiful place and quaint town - through glorious scenery to Pinho 3 miles from Exeter for night still no bath - but new and beautifully clean
Friday 22 July.
To Exeter Cathedral for Matins liturgy and later heard Holy Communion beautifully sung postcard to Stu. Then glorious country to Chagford - Rev and Mrs Holmes - saw lovely old church - Teignmouth and Dawlish for tea rather less crowded place. Red soil is fascinating. Parked in quite pleasant spot in Teignmouth
Saturday 23 July.
From Torquay some of the most pleasant spots yet - glorious sea views blue sea and sun. Wildflowers marvellous everywhere and sea as blue and gold and purple - Devon is a beautiful county fields marked out in multicoloured handkerchief squares - red soil predominating. Then Dartmouth (perfect) to Plymouth (Hoe) with its Amada associations over several ferry's to Looe Cornwall cream tea at an odd farm house. Spent the night at a delightful farmhouse at Lostwithiel - Mrs Berryman, and slept well.
Sunday 24 July.
Up for brekkie at 10am much refreshed some interesting chat with hostess. Then not very interesting country dull stone houses and few trees - Truro awful Cathedral shut - to Lizard - South point of England and Lands End - sea blue and sun hot. Then Penzance not interesting - glad to park at a funny little place at Porthleven with kind people.
Monday 25 July.
Left 9:30 with impression that Cornish people are generous and hospitable. Felt mouldy the pouring rain and dull country. Glad to leave Cornwall at Hartland and into North Devon at Bideford - some pretty places en route. Dined at Barnstable. Walked in rain to see King Arthur's Castle at Tintagel - lovely coast - also at ....... Sands where we spent night
Tuesday 26 July.
To Clovelly a lovely little village lovely country and seascape to Woolacombe Infracombe Lynton Valley and rocks glorious scenery - the loveliest yet Doon Valley Heather Hills with Somerset - Taunton Glastonbury saw Abbey and Woking Hole and Wells then a fierce thunderstorm and rain spent night at Wells with an entertaining Frenchwoman.
Wednesday 27 July
On our way early in the time for Choral Matins and look at Cathedral clock with moving figures is the only one thing of great interest. Then Cheddar Gorge to Bath Abbey - good glass and Roman baths and pump room. Then Bristol to Gloucester the night rain slept in one room thatched dyke!
Thursday 28 July
Left quite comfortable digs to visit Gloucester Cathedral cloisters especially noteworthy bought some white shoes and 2 uniforms then Chepstowe and Wye Valley Tintern Abbey most glorious scenery to Monmouth and Herefordshire - saw Cathedral here and had an awful time finding a meal. Spent comfortable night in Little Stretton near Shrewsbury.
Friday 29 July.
On our way disappointed to find only 2 local letters paper from mother at Salop onto Wales - most lovely country Snowdon and the Llanberis Conwy Caernarvonshire Menai Bridge castles and glorious seascapes - mountain scenery and waterfalls then Rhyl to Chester 8 pm. To Duke of Westminster's country seat Eaton Hall, spent night in a hotel posted a letter to John V.
Saturday 30 July.
Spent night in a hostel N and I slept together on a settee - out and about and round the city wall most interesting - brought some etchings - lunched at an Elizabethan Inn - spent 31/2 hours in Cathedral marvellous place and choral Evensong - Chester is the loveliest city yet full of old half timbered houses To Birkenhead and through Mersey Tunnel wonderful to Liverpool! Preston onto Lancaster for the night at the Boot & Shoe Inn
Sunday 31 July.
Collected letters from home and Harold (X). To Lancaster Kendal Windermere lovely lakes all but spoiled by rain saw Wordsworth and Southeys homes etc at Rydal and had a good lunch at Prince of Wales where sun came out and we saw the glorious beauty of the place - night near Carlisle.
Monday 1 August
Glorious day and we could hardly tear ourselves away from Carlisle a lovely spot - Gretna Scotland amusing time at blacksmith shop on to Fenwick for night stopping for lunch and sleep at a most pleasant spot - most glorious scenery locks hills and heather spent night at Fenwick.
Tuesday 2 August.
To the exhibition at Glasgow 11am not such a crowd exhibition exactly as any other NZ court good lunch at a nice cafe then off to Loch Lomond Ben Lomond glorious scenery again and perfect day and locks are extensive and picked white heather and raspberry's puncture on Rest and be Thankful Hill amusing time having it fixed - slept in car as we couldn't get digs.
Wednesday 3 August.
Slept little and were glad to start again at 6:30. Fort William for brekkie - good! Fort Augustus wild raspberry's and strawberries for lunch by Loch Ness - glorious day rang William from Post Office letter from Mac lovely old town Mrs Macante? Kyle of Lochalsh decided to drive partway to Skye and drove over 50 miles without finding a bed finally knocked on an old couple and slept on the floor - no car! For 60 hours we have lived in our clothes
Thursday 4 August.
Away by 9 am after a trying night no sanitation - much kindliness - car behaved badly and we found dry batteries. Drove to Skye and found 16 shillings ferry fees to high so returned by the same route flies too troublesome to let us rest but we washed by the roadside - to Inverness and met Willie at the Caledonian hotel - delightful evening. Took us out to Culluden Moor glorious sunset +++
Friday 5 August.
Willie called for us and 9:30 and we went to Gairloch for the day 160 miles in all through most glorious country blue locks trees waterfalls craggy hills and mountains and overall glorious sunshine. Lunched at a most delightful hotel overlooking the sea and had various drinks. Very happy day wrote to Bulls and John Barker thunderstorm at night.
Saturday 6 August.
Tired next am - left 10:30 charming landlady - to Braemar via Balmoral Castle beautiful country again miles of moors then trees and parks worthy of England - then Blairgowrie to Perth where we beat down our landlady to 5 shillings and spent an amusing time our friend dining with us etc.
Sunday 7 August
Set off from Perth in the rain which soon cleared and we had a lovely drive to St Andrews - a delightful seaside place. The famous course is very surprising and humble. Had to buy a new tire there. On to Falkirk where we were most hospitably received by Mrs MacGregor - dear Mr MacGregor ran several films for us at night.
Monday 8 August.
Left 10am by Linlithgow & South Ferry and saw the Forth Bridge clearly - on to Edinburgh there at 11:30 and found 2 letters from Mr Tom who was leaving for North that day - rang him - saw over Castle War Memorial and St Giles Cathedral. Memorial is marvellous - Cathedral contains R.L.S. Memorial - stayed with a very sweet soul in King Street and early to bed.
Tuesday 9 August.
Shopped in Edinburgh which is a most lovely city - beautiful flower beds and floral clock and monuments - left early and saw city and Holyrood Palace -want to return someday. On our way to Durham where we arrived 6 pm and saw town and Cathedral (very lovely Norman) put up at Duke of Wellington on road to York.
Wednesday 10 August.
On road to York via Fountains Abbey and Studley Park - saw Minster exquisite glass and quaint old town. Ripon Cathedral too, 670 A.D. very beautiful - curfew rings for both these old towns - horn blower at Ripon - night at York city.
Thursday 11 August
Explored the town thoroughly some very interesting homes - town and walls etc but not comparable to Chester. Bought 2 aquatints. Left 2 pm and came via Selby - visited Abbey - a lovely old Norman church - organ playing - lovely War Memorial and Windows. Slept at Southwell in Notts very happily read A J Russells "Christ comes to town"
Friday 12 August.
Saw Southwell Minster a beautiful Norman church with Norman font. Then some beautiful scenery Sherwood Forest Chesterfield (crooked spire) Leicester -Quorn hunting country - Duke of Portlands estate Haddon Hall etc Derby Rugby spent night near Warwick in terrific thunder at Cubbington
Saturday 13 August.
Through to Leamington Spa and Warwick (lovely old town) to Worcester Cathedral (Woodbine Willie Elgar etc. Saw over pottery works too expensive to purchase though. Back to Stratford saw "Macbeth" in Memorial Theatre. Saw all the tombs sites beautiful old town and lovely gardens everywhere - posted letters to home Chris and Jock H put up for night at a farmhouse in Warwick, Combe Cottage.
Sunday 14 August.
Breckkie at 10 and were away soon after to Banbury where we ate cakes (delicious) and so on to Bicester Edge Hill and Oxford - saw 12 of the 21 colleges including Exeter - delightful city - glorious beach forests returning via Windsor Staines and Runnymede. Letters from Harold Mona and Katie, awfully tired.
Monday 15 August
Up and washed extensively then back to bed for the day. D went shopping and brought back Air Letter from John in NZ, Max G and Mogg and paper from home. Terribly tired rose for dinner. Nan came in - letter from Harold - wrote many letters
Tuesday 16 August.
Feeling better to Mona's for lunch and dinner concert Tchaikovsky at night. Restful day
Wednesday 17 August.
Lovely exploring day all by self - met Helen Atkinson in Tube to NZ house and wrote letters and read papers. Then shopped along the Strand - Fleet Street - Lincolns Inn Fields - Middle and Inner Temples - Temple church -(Goldsmith's grave d 1774) - St Clement Danes oranges and lemons and St Dunstan's to the West - Cheshire Cheese restaurant - (John on his monument in St Paul's) also Sir Arthur Sullivan died 1900 also to Robert Scott etc Evensong at SP explored Fleet Street.

6. Marjorie Barkers 1938 Diary: Travelling to and in Europe Part 3, 25 Dec 1937 to 31 Dec 1938. Thursday 18 August.
Up be times and caught green bus H to East Grinstead to Peg at Bexleyheath. Happy day there returned 8 pm to find note from Harold who himself called late and we made plans for the weekend.
Friday 19 August.
Stepped off at 11 and had lunch and caught 1:50 train to Ryde Isle of Wight via Portsmouth - saw Victory there. Found digs and then Tea'd and did the town - not a bad place though cold - watched Punch & Judy show and ventriloquist and to bed about 9:30
Saturday 20 August.
Rather a sleepless sort of night but out early - caught train to Newport and missed? To Carisbrook Castle - an interesting place - the residence of HRH Princess Beatrice (daughter of Queen Vic) who is Gov of the Isle of Wight - saw donkeys turn a treadmill to draw water then went through a very interesting old church, then lay in the sun and burned till time to go home. To bed early and slept well
Sunday 21 August
A glorious day but we did not hurry up and so missed train for Freshwater caught another via Sandown later - and explored South coast in the sun there. To Alum Bay and The Needles for lunch. Rained so we came home.
Monday 22 August
Alum Bay is a delightful spot coloured sands we saw The Needles as we came up the Solent on May 14 - am so happy here and hate the thought of going back today caught 10:20 train and lunched and walked in St James Park St Margaret's etc before I saw Harold off at Liverpool Street at 5 pm. He gave me a lovely Prayer book.
Tuesday 23 August
Slept well - though felt lonely! Went and interviewed Miss R re a job 6 Pembridge Place - may start their later tho salary is poor. Nan came in evening packed my bags and wrote letters
Harold left for Switzerland.
Wednesday 24 August.
Met Nan early at Liberty's and explored it and other shops thoroughly. Lunched at Boots thence to Royal Mews - very enjoyable - to Lambeth Palace - closed - then through city to home - letter from Harold. John G left for Sydney.
Thursday 25 August.
Wrote letters all am - later went to Golders Green to call on Mrs Taylor dear old soul - spent a cheery homely p.m. and returned 7 pm. Spent a restless night in a strange house next door - letter from Khan and my letter to John at Panama returned unclaimed.
Friday 26 August.
This am to Olympia for radio exhibition - very good especially television. Note from Mona on arrival home wrote to John at Panama. To prom concert at Queens Hall at night - Beethoven work - stood all the time - Sir Harold Wood conducting - found marvellous mail from John V and home when I returned at 12ish.
Saturday 27 August
Wrote letters a.m. Richard rang and I went to Mona's for lunch and tea - sunbaked at Norman's flat and typed in wrote letters. Letters from Harold and Mac on arrival home 12
Sunday 28 August.
To church it 8 am at Bayswater wrote letters and slept all p.m. To City Temple (Grays Inn Tube) p.m. lovely service with a Yankee taking. Wrote about 10 letters.
Monday 29 August.
Card from Harold with a lovely stamp on it he is enjoying Switzerland immensely D & I spent ages exploring Westminster Abbey and Cloister Chapels. Saw over Westminster School - where Wren, A A Milne etc etc attended. To see Miss Williams p.m. and subject to health report I may go to Cannes? Francie rang p.m.
Tuesday 30 August
Miss Main rang a.m. she is going back to New Zealand soon. Mona and I went to Caledonian market all a.m. bought some fish knives for John H. Home all p.m. and wrote letters to bed early.
Wednesday 31 August.
Found cable from home saying that Mops had been separated on 24th poor sweet. To Chislehurst 4 pm and dinner - lovely. Lovely letter from Harold on return - also Miss Brown - Mogg - Miss Hall etc on Tuesday.
Thursday 1 September.
Said "Rabbits" - received note from Dr Pink re vaccination went to Harrods - shopped at Notting Hill Gate and banked my cash at PO - to Tate Gallery Westminster Hall etc p.m. Mona rang, letter from Kate none from home to bed early
Friday 2 September.
Nan and Dr Pink rang - Doreen left for Cooks tour of central Europe 9 am Mona came for lunch and we went shopping after seeing someone off at St Pancras. I then went to Blackheath where Dr P vaccinated me. Nan and I walked home.
Saturday 3 September.
Fooled and shopped all a.m. to "Tobias the Angel" at open air theatre p.m. with Miss Smart - awfully good enjoyed Regents Park Gardens after - rather lonely evening at home. No mail from New Zealand which worries me.
Sunday 4 September.
To St Martins in the Fields a.m. very good (with Nan) lovely day though winter is on its way. To Golders Green to tea and Miss Taylor later to church after - most enjoyable.
Monday 5 September.
Letters from Kate Harold and Doreen - H returns on Wednesday. Tried to ring Nan a.m. to Katie's at Tadworth p.m. - a most enjoyable p.m. Returned to town 7 pm and had a hasty meal before meeting Nan - we went to Carmen at the People's Palace. Good in some respects but disappointing generally.
Tuesday 6 September.
Lovely mail awaiting me at 12 md - letters from John V, Mother etc 1 pm before I settled to sleep. Today explored All Hallows and sundry other spots. Nan and I went to "A Yank at Oxford" at night letter from Harold at night.
Wednesday 7 September.
Went round to Golders Gate where Nan set my hair very nicely. Wrote home and to Phil H - Harold arrived 4 pm from Switzerland looking very well - the dear - talked and had an early night. Clippings from John V.
Thursday 8 September.
Re-packed bags! Then Harold had to see about his boat and by some hankies? We lunched at 'The old Cheshire Cheese" awfully expensive, went to Pats at Highgate with Mac and Mona. To operetta N Coward with Harold at night explored Cornhill etc some good churches there.
Friday 9 September.
Rang Helen Atkinson - to town early lunched at Slaters. Caught 2:20 bus to Guildford and stayed at Ye Angel Hotel - an ancient hotel - explored the old town at night but it was cold so we returned at 10 pm.
Saturday 10 September.
For a walk a.m. - seeing churches Castle etc glorious sun. Home for lunch and then out to Hindhead ahead a lovely spot on the Heath and picked heather and was happy with Har-War-Too (Harold Fenn) - Surrey is very beautiful with glorious views from high levels - the trees are turning too and hedgerows full of red berries - wish I knew their names. To bed early feeling pretty awful with Percy? and vaccination which has raised a huge lump in my groin.
Sunday 11 September.
Had breakfast in bed after a good night sleep. Up in time for 11 am service at the Cathedral. To Compton in the Watts country pm glorious little village and pottery works and a mausoleum and a gallery of Watt's pictures - wonderful country everywhere postcard to mother.
Monday 12 September.
Feeling awful this a.m. - leg is huge and throbbing dreadfully - left Guildford at 10:30 to White Hall by 12 and packed my bags. H and I lunched at Lyons and then sat in Victoria Embankment Gardens till 3:30 pm - hated saying goodbye to the darling. Mogg met me at tea and we had a most pleasant evening.
Tuesday. 13 September.
Sat in the garden in the hot perfect sunshine. To tea p.m. at Monks Cottage charming people the Elmore's. To bed early postcard from Doreen a.m. leg seems a bit better perfect day.
Wednesday 14 September.
Letters from home am plus Harold and Mrs Taylor. To hop gardens p.m. and picked hops for 2 hours and saw oven in Oast house - great fun. Toured the bigger gardens in the evening.
Thursday 15 September.
Mr Chamberlain flies to Germany today to see Hitler. Letters from Harold and H Mores. Perfect weather. To Penshurst Place the home of Lord D'Lisle and Dudley - heavenly place - to tea at Mrs Harris - very delightful drive in the countryside. Wrote to Harold. Letter from him and H Mores.
Friday 16 September.
Gardened a.m. To Tunbridge Wells p.m. to shop. Saw most interesting ? including Bowen? Mill. To church presentation at night met a Rev Child a friend of Bishop Holland. Awfully tired.
Saturday 17 September.
Doreen returns today. Beautiful weather - Simp & Molly came for tea and stayed till 10ish. Elsmore - Monks Cottage Hildenborough Kent
Sunday 18 September.
To St Saviours 8 am and to visit an old couple the Samways at night. French ministers arrived here to talks with Chamberlain at 10 Downing Street in complete agreement with him. Letter from Harold.
Monday 19 September.
Went for a delightful picnic in Ashdown Forest and had lunch visited then such delightful spots as Groombridge Windy Side Ashurst - home for visitors p.m.
Tuesday 20 September.
Caught 2 pm train home collected mail from NZ plus some at W Hall will stop Harold is here too. Doreen and I went to Mona is for the evening. Slept badly and have a foul headache.
Wednesday 21 September.
H and I breakfasted together. Then he went off to Castlethorpe and I stayed in and wrote to Harry and Mogg. Rang Mrs Fletcher - wrote H Fry etc yesterday and sent off my certificates.
Thursday 22 September.
Still have a foul headache but my leg is healing. To Mrs Taylors for tea p.m. - her daughter was there. To bed early.
Friday 23 September.
Letter from Harold a.m. met him at 10:15 at Euston - packed our bags at Liverpool parked our bags at Liverpool Street and went to King George V dock to view the Arawa jolly good boat. Lunched at Corner House thence to train and at 3:40 for Ipswich. Put up at ? rather lovely place and went walking at night. Slept well despite a dance on at the hotel.
Saturday 24 September
Today went over Christchurch Mansion 1553 an ancient house and Park. Saw several dull churches and thence to Felixstowe by bus 12 miles spent a happy evening at home and to bed early. Czech situation grave. Mr Chamberlain returned from his 2nd trip to Germany with an ultimatum for Czech's which they will probably refuse.
Sunday 25 September.
Up 9:30 after a good night's rest. Took lunch from here and went to Felixstowe again. Rained but it didn't matter we were so happy. To church 6:30 pm - good singing to bed early.
Monday 26 September.
Left Ipswich 9:30 and caught train to Colchester where we had an hour's wait so walked about the town and visited churches etc - thence by bus to Nayland and spent a most happy day. Ha-wa's sister Adria being very sweet - walked one mile to Wiston Church a sweet place - where H played on one of the two barrel organs in England in a perfect moment.
Tuesday 27 September.
Home on 9 train at night Wrote to Harold John and home - war scare very close now - got our gas masks today. To Wallace Collection magnificent things - listened to Chamberlain's speech 8 pm
Wednesday 28 September.
Ghastly news that Hitler intends striking at 2 pm today - atmosphere tense - trenches being dug in all the parks and sandbags everywhere. I stayed in as I expected John to ring - Tainui is due in. Mac G rang me and asked me to join her with Miss McKibbin's children at Petworth - which I accepted most thankfully and wired Ha-Wa to tell him and received one back.
Thursday 29 September.
Magnificent news and such a relief to hear that Britain Italy and France will meet Hitler today anew in Munich. Francie rang early to say that we wouldn't go to Petworth. The relief of all this tension is amazing. Mr Chamberlain has made a magnificent bid for peace. I met Ha-Wa at Liverpool Street station at 10:23 and we went to Bank etc together - oh dear this parting is going to be hell. I wrote letters and walked in Hyde Park till he came to Whitehall for dinner and spent the night.
Friday 30 September
It was very depressing and mouldy - but got it over with result that I saw him off at Waterloo quite creditably at 10:06 am went to Westminster Abbey after ringing Mac (news had come through of the peace pact) I met Mac and we shopped at Harrods. Then dined at Pinolis to ? for Dominoes - home at 12
Saturday 1 October.
Up be times to pack before going to Chislehurst for weekend at 10:42 - walked all over Chislehurst in pm and at night Mac and I sat over the fire and I read English Theme - letter from Miss Williams - am to go to Cannes on October 6.
Sunday 2 October.
Thanksgiving day for peace. To Holy Communion at 10:15 church crowded. Pouring day - so home and wrote to Ha-Wa etc. For walk with Brian p.m. in sunshine. Quiet evening at home.
Monday 3 October
Home by 2:23 train. Felt lonely and blue on arriving back to empty room. John V rang p.m. and arranged to lunch today. Wrote letters and packed like mad
Tuesday 4 October.
Two letters from Doss and Lou and Mona this a.m. - also a S.L.T. from Harold which cheered me greatly wrote to a good many people. Shopped like blazes - new uniforms - Cardigan etc. Ticket from Cooks - contretemps with John who were supposed to ring me.
Wednesday 5 October.
Busy day. Shopped and visited - ? for dinner awfully tired - no letters cold and wet.
Thursday 6 October.
Glorious day - awake 4 a.m. - Doreen saw me off caught 10:56 from Victoria - met Hindle and Bowler who accompanied me Newhaven to Dieppe in rough seas - to Paris Gare St Lazare - enjoyable trip - dined and did the city till 9:25 train at Gare Lyon - glad to meet French cooking again. Slept well in a compartment to myself for most of the night. Very grotty but enjoying the trip.
Friday 7 October.
The two girls are nice and we enjoy meals on the train - I was made to try my French on the waiter and bought vin rouge very bravely. Arrived at 2 pm and were met by Gabriel and Gamble - glorious place and sunshine - magnificent scenery - home very comfortable - very kindly welcomed by Miss Williams. Slept well.
Saturday 8 October.
Today off breakfasted at 8:30 off delicious melon. Sun glorious again so we went to Marina Plaques where we swam and lay in the sun and baked. Delicious lunch on beach. Bowler and I then explored the town - sent post cards to the family and Harold. All the tropical flowers and shrubs seem to grow here and palms. The houses are fascinating to - all colours with bright shutters. Our French is pretty priceless
Sunday 9 October.
Peaceful day off during a.m. and washed my hair and wrote to family. For a walk p.m. Sun and evening perfect
Monday 10 October.
Glorious day off a.m. so Gamble and I took lunch and Miss Williams joined us for a swim at Marina Plaques water glorious. Home 2:30 and lazed about at hospital doing odd jobs posted letters home via Francie.
Tuesday 11 October.
Called out to case - Mrs Selby at 9 am. Nothing much to be done interesting family - husband Bartoff? Pianist - Sewed and did nothing much all day. Tired when Gabriel called for me - letter from Mogg. Ha-Wa due in Curacao
Wednesday 12 October
There again - very pleasant spot and glorious day. Wrote several letters and found 7 waiting for me on return home at 9 pm mother etc
Thursday 13 October
Glorious day - family at Monte Carlo so wrote letters etc a.m. wrote home Robbie Doreen - tasted vodka for first-time - good - one must swallow it all in one gulp and take a savoury after. Home soon after 9 - had violent diarrhoea.
Friday 14 October.
H at Panama today. Still fine and warm - at Villa Annunciata again. Family go to Monte Carlo again tomorrow, wrote to Mogg - Joan and Mrs Duncan and Ha-Wa. Drank health's in 3 glasses of 1924 champagne and cointreau (Evian & Badoit Water)
Saturday 15 October.
arrived in Cannes I've read "Defy the Foul Fiend" "We Forget Because we Must" "Perfume from Provence""Diary of a Provincial Lady"
Sunday 16 October.
To 8 am service at All Saints with Hemel and Miss Williams - sat in sun am in perfect weather. For a walk p.m. with H thru most lovely country houses etc - can see where Spring Flowers will be later.
Monday 17 October.
Off p.m. so Buller and I went shopping - great time - pas de lettres
Tuesday 18 October.
Heavenly day and hot so Hemmel and I went swimming - the major shouted us a sherry! We dined delicately of croissants and cream cakes. Sewed all p.m. Letters from John Grierson and Doss. Wrote home and to John.
Wednesday 19 October.
To Nice p.m. not as nice as Cannes but pretty - home 7 pm Letter from Neemie
Thursday 20 October.
Spent a.m. writing letters etc - to town pm and explored old Cannes with Buller
- very interesting - church and tower and old museum and a glorious views - pas de lettres au son!
Friday 21 October.
Off a.m. so Bowler and I went to Caques enroute to St Paul (de Vence) - A lovely wee fortress - very old and setting on top of a hill. Very late back on duty but were kindly received - mouldy - no letters again so haven't written any.
Saturday 22 October.
Glorious day sat and mended in the sun all a.m. Wrote letters to Doris Miss Gill is Gillespie and Johnny and Neemie p.m. glorious mail from NZ. Mother, Dad, Doss, Eine, Buff, & Don.
Have read my book on Devon - The Galaxy - Dusty Answer - The Golden Violet (Jamaica)
Sunday 23 October.
To church at 10:30 with Miss Williams and Gamble - walked both ways - p.m. to Cap d' Antibes with Hemmel via Juan les- Pins and Antibes - very delightful.
Monday 24 October.
Sewed in sun all a.m. took a walk to cemetery with sister Buller - mouldy - no mail
Tuesday 25 October.
Went early to Grasse to assist Miss Hesketh who is sick. Delightful drive there and back but found Miss H up and better. First rain we've had since I arrived - thunder and lightning.
Wednesday 26 October.
Spent the whole of the morning getting my identification papers cleaned up. No letters.
Thursday 27 October.
Wakened feeling simply foul and sure I've got rheumatic fever at least. Mail which should have come last night brought 3 marvellous letters from Harold the Darling - cheered me immensely but increased my homesickness.
Friday 28 October.
Still more or less to my bed feeling with pains in every muscle and joint. Sister is marvellous Bulley isn't well either. Letter from Mac G - moved over to hospital for a month.
Saturday 29 October.
Stayed in bed feeling absolutely done - feeling very nauseated too - can't eat - I do feel awful
Sunday 30 October.
Moved to hospital.
31 October to 2 Nov
awful days
Thursday 3 & 4 November
Ha-Wa due in New Zealand
Letters from Adria Mac G Mogg Aston Doss Doreen etc still sick and feeling absolutely low am as yellow as a quince and feeling like half.
Saturday 5 November.
No excitement here on the glorious 5th everyone extremely tired and homesick - I am still the latter - can't read or write and time drags heavily.
Sunday 6 November
Grr wrote home and to Francie McGibbon.
Tuesday 7 November.
Feeling better though still sick.
Tuesday 8 November.
A better day wrote to Doreen and Ha-Wa and read the newspaper - letter from Doss.
Wednesday 9 November.
Paid for it today by a foul sick headache all day - letters from Mops Buff and the Doss.
Thursday 10 November.
Better today but still can't read or write or sleep so time hangs heavily - letters from Doss and Nan I owe dozens now.
Friday 11 November.
Still the colour of a Chinese but wore my poppy bravely - listened to a wonderful "Festival of Remembrance" at Albert Hall last night Duke and Duchess of Windsor met Duke and Duchess of Gloucester Paris
Saturday 12 November.
Down in garden am felt like nothing on earth - so awfully weak but will be better tomorrow letters from Doss John etc - read 3 books in 2 days.
Sunday 13 November.
Up again and feel better - wrote to - - - frightfully tired still
Monday 14 November.
Up and dressed today feeling like a cat's breakfast - getting in with my blue jumper.
Tuesday 15 November.
Feeling better - wrote a few letters. P.C. from Doss
Wednesday 16 November.
Up and walked a little feeling very weak on my pins and tired still - weight 8 stone 4 1/2 pounds (52Kg) gosh! Letter from D
Thursday 17 November
Nothing happened wrote and received letters.
Friday 18 November.
Wrote to Doris, Eine, Robbie, Mona, Peg & Betty - letters from Jesse, Myrtle, also my photos and some NZ books.
Saturday 19 November.
Usual day getting on with my jumper - card from Doreen - Nil of note
Sunday 20 November.
My clothes arrived 8 am from Doreen - wrote home to GR etc
Monday 21 November
No letters - went by bus to the Mairie and got my carte d'identite - feeling better.
Tuesday 22 November.
Walked to Cannes with girls, Buller & Gamble and I had 11's at a cafe and then I came home - done in - letters from Mogg
Wednesday 23 November.
Too tired to walk today sun perfect wrote to Wilson and Mitchell letter from Robbie and paper from home.
Thursday 24 November.
A fortnight since I heard from home - to super - Cannes by bus with Buller and Hemmel lovely view right to Italian Alps - snow clad now. Tired though after - letters from D and Mrs Taylor.
Friday 25 November.
Shopping with Buller and bought wool for Buff's cardigan - PC from Katie - wrote to Ha-Wa Mother Mrs Taylor and K Frys Fellowship - Raits and Tanners for Xmas - lunched with staff.
Saturday 26 November.
Sat in sun a.m. and walked with Stringer p.m. tea and dinner with staff but tired when I got to bed at 9 pm no letters for me in yesterday's. "Broom Sticks" by Walter Delamere published by Cassell's.
Sunday 27 November.
Up for 8:30 brek to church 10:30 with Buller and Hemmel - Holy Communion and Matins which I enjoy greatly rested p.m. and knitted.
Monday 28 November.
On call a.m. and went to town pm no mail or excitement general strike expected throughout France on Wednesday.
Tuesday 29 November.
Went to Grasse for a drive with Gabriel etc heavenly there now with autumn tints everywhere. To La Bocca - same way - p.m. soldiers everywhere in preparation for great strike a.m.
Wednesday 30 November.
General strike a.m. full of anxiety all day - postie didn't come - so we don't know whether there was a strike or not - paid today - cashed my cheque.
Thursday 1 December
Said "Rabbits" lovely day so washed my hair still no letters from home and feeling awfully worried.
6 pm letters all well - letters had been sent via Cannes
Friday 2 December.
Gorgeous day - Buller and I moved to the pavilion - posted photographs to Harold and letters home.
Saturday 3 December.
Went walking p.m. with sister and Stringer to top of Sanatorium Hill - lovely day and sunset - saw Alps Maritimes under snow - letters from home
Sunday 4 December.
Called out to case at Beau-Site-Gont dull day - nothing to do - missed Arthur Rubinstein's concert p.m.
Monday 5 December.
The same - food and service good at this hotel - wrote to Harry and home getting on with my knitting.
Tuesday 6 December.
The same - to town a.m. for a while - finished case pm (L1) - and so home letters from Nan and Doss - 2 months since we arrived here.
Wednesday 7 December.
Buller and I went shopping p.m. and I bought Innoxa stuff - letter am from Mop & Buff and two from Ha-Wa a fortnight earlier at sea
Thursday 8 December
Posted letters to Harold and home and Margaret G. Stayed home all day as it was raining - no letters. Gas lecture by Miss Heathcote at night - very weary - none from home - 10 weeks since Ha-Wa left England.
Friday 9 December.
Collected ambulance case at Alsace-Lorraine hotel a.m. and brought him in - am on the hospital staff now - and like it so far - though easy - marvellous mail from home via Francie - plus Weekly News, F.L. and Australian papers
Saturday 10 December.
Shopped a.m. letters to Doris p.m.
Sunday 11 December.
Thank heavens - have been feeling awful - wrote copious letters p.m. very wet and cold
Monday 12 December
Off during p.m. rested on my bed
Tuesday 13 December.
Busy day half day p.m. wrote letters etc received lovely letters from Mops Doss and Mrs Wedekind
Wednesday 14 December
As usual - shopped a.m. and bought silver and brown suede shoes.
Thursday 15 December.
Joy of joys a letter Air Mail from Ha-Wa arrived at 10 am and made my day for me - the dear - it had taken nearly a month though - I wrote to him and mops and D by pm post.
Friday 16 December.
11 weeks since we parted - sun shining today but awfully cold went for a nice walk with Partridge found wild violets - lots of thunder.
Saturday. 17 December.
Lovely mail from Mops, Phil H, Adria, Mac G, Lowery etc stayed home and wrote letters.
Sunday 18 December.
To church 10:30 am Holy Communion very cold and windy today. Wrote letters p.m. - off at 7:15 pm.
Monday 19 December.
Fearfully cold and wet day (temperature 27°) in parts of England, we hear about 35° here. Another lovely a.m. mail - letter from Ha-Wa and a parcel from? Wrote to Christine and Ha-Wa
Tuesday 20 December.
Bitterly cold and snow on the hills - snowing in London - grr
Wednesday 21 December
No entry
Thursday 22 December
Lovely mail from NZ.
Friday 23 December.
Several cards and same hankies from Mogg - to town a.m. and bought grog for Christmas - also cashed my cheque from home.
Saturday 24 December.
Still frightfully cold - decorated p.m. - book of patterns from Doris. Wire from Richard and Mona am which cheered me greatly
Sunday 25 December.
To church by car at 8 am with Miss W and 4 others church prettily decorated a jolly day and a ripping dinner at night - I won a diary.
Monday 26 December.
A glorious mail this a.m. - Eine Doreen Peg G, Mona 2, etc Gamble and I went to the Creche Le Suquet p.m. but it wasn't working (a nativity automaton). To tea at Des Nampiers?
Tuesday 27 December.
No mail - half a day and I want to hear Grace Moore at the casino - lovely Duchess of Windsor was there - had chocolate with Partridge later and wrote letters home
Wednesday 28 December.
Very cold wrote letters
Thursday 29 December.
Went for a good walk in lovely sunshine with Miss Williams - no letters (I have a filthy cold) wrote home
Friday 30 December.
Finished in hospital 3 months wrote letters frantically
Saturday 31 December.
Betty Hennell and I went to Beuil and Valberg for the day - heavenly day and route - snow and icicles everywhere watched skiing etc back at 7:30 to find letters from home most cheering. Saw the old year out 11 pm with sherry in Bullers room.

7. Marjorie Barker's 1939 Diary.: Europe & New Zealand Part 1, 1 Jan 1939 to 19 Nov 1939. The diary of Marjorie Helen Ruth Barker 1939.
Transcribed by her son Edward in 2014.
Note this diary has been transcribed using error ridden voice recognition technology.

As with Margot's 1938 diary, she recorded the mass of letters she received from her family and friends. This continued in this record, perhaps even to a greater extent in her periods of loneliness, and ill health. For the sake of brevity this detail has been generally edited except for Harry (Ha Wa) and her patients who wrote to her.
Sunday, January 1
Called out 9 am to Hotel Californie to Mrs Graaf. Dull day and couldn't get out to see the Battle of Flowers - an in auspicious beginning for 1939 but had my first ride in a Rolls!
Monday January 2.
The same. Went a short walk above the Californie but it rained so I returned and exchanged stamps with Maria, Mrs Graaf's maid. Letters from Ha Wa
Tuesday, January 3.
Aurst's here to so we lunched and dined together and walked on La Croisette p.m. Finished at Californie.
Wednesday, January 4.
Posted letters home and to Ha Wa letter from Adria to say her mother had died on December 22 so wrote to her again and Ha Wa also to heaps of others - a good day - no letters p.m.
Thursday, January 5.
Called out to Grand Hotel to Mrs Prescott-Westcar with bronchitis - a sweet soul very happy there: found enormous mail awaiting me - glorious.
Friday, January 6.
Mrs Westcar was a little better but I stayed in all day and wrote many letters. Harold's photo arrived p.m. - the Darling.
Saturday, January 7.
Lunched with Major Westcar - but p.m. very worrying Mrs Westcar not so well - poor darling. Found marvellous mail from home
Sunday, January 8.
Gabriel took us in his car - so we hadn't to walk. Mrs Westcar was better again and stayed so altho exhausted. Wrote to Ha Wa.
Monday, January 9.
An uneventful day did not go out and no letters.
Tuesday, January 10
Dr Pris rang from his bed with a cold and did not visit us Mrs Westcar continues to make good progress.
Wednesday, January 11.
Out for a while a.m. and met Buller - Found letters from home - on arrival home - awful night thunder storms etc.
Thursday, January 12.
An uneventful day save that Mrs W got up. Awful storm and no letters at night.
Friday, January 13.
The same - letters - p.m.
Saturday, January 14.
Knitted and read "Sunset house" - pouring - letters from Mrs Taylor - and Auckland Weekly from Elsie.
Sunday, January 15.
Uneventful day did not go out. Mrs Westcar up for nearly 9 hours.
Monday, January 16.
The same went for a walk past the Palm Beach Casino and discovered Russian Church and Alexander's III's Chateau. No letters.
Tuesday, January 17.
Major Prescott-Westcar my patient today with bad cold.
Wednesday, January 18.
Nil of note.
Thursday, January 19.
A hectic day - To Sunny Bank p.m. and packed my clothes. Found 9 glorious letters from home. Stayed night at the Grand - and went to the Java ballet - wasn't bad - very tired.
Friday, January 20.
Up betimes and got my people away safely by 10:40 train. Then home and packed - to St Raphael p.m. for case.
Saturday, January 21.
Not such an awful night and day though pretty wearing - didn't sleep either. Cake from Buff and calendar from Nene arrived. Sent L10 to London - wrote home - Ha-Wa - Mrs August senior, Miss Williams.
Sunday, January 22.
Awful day or rather a.m. Gillett woke me early and we had a fearful time with Dr up etc - gosh!
Monday, January 23.
Postcard from Doss - no letters took Chicko for a walk to Valescure. Wrote to Pop - Tuesday, January 24.
A big day - radiologist came first - followed by a doctor, a big man from Toulouse - another nurse from Paris etc etc - no letters.
Wednesday, January 25.
Miss Cartier and I went p.m. night duty - sleeping at the Hotel des Anglais - didn't sleep one wink all day - letter from Adria.
Thursday, January 26.
Slept better today in a quiet room and aspirin not on till 10 pm tonight. Lovely mail.
Friday, January 27.
As usual - slept well - it's good having 2 of us on night. Our friend had a "rigor" just as the doctor came.
Saturday, January 28
Letter from Doris - nothing happened - walked back to our hotel.
Sunday, January 29.
Great excitement at 10 am when Sir Kenneth Goodly arrived from England etc etc to do a needling. We were glad to escape at 11 am
Monday, January 30.
As usual - hardly slept at all today how I loathe this place no letters either.
Tuesday, January 31.
A glorious day - made going to bed even worse than usual. Partridge arrived and Gillett returned for 3 days. two letters from Harold - Mrs J August and blouse from Joyce.
Wednesday, February 1.
Said "Rabbits" - day started by Commander having a very bad heart attack - so wasn't greatly surprised when Partridge woke me to say he died. Letters from Harold.
Thursday, February 2.
Couldn't sleep so finished my book got up feeling awful - caught train back to Cannes for lunch found letters. desperately tired but day off tomorrow with Partridge - posted gift to Eine.
Friday, February 3.
Breakfast in bed then off to Monte Carlo after cashing my cheque. Glorious day - had an amusing lunch at Bottam's, nice. At M C and Monaco - delightful poke round and returned 7:30 pm. Monaco is like a tiny Kingdom with soldiers in fancy dress.
Saturday, February 4.
Letter from Amy a.m. to say she was on her way home. Bowler and I shopped p.m. and I wrote to Ha Wa. Posted L10 to Doris and postcards to Pop and Mrs Clark. Letter from John Sparks from New Zealand! And from Doris suggesting I join her for a week's car drive in Devon - to bed early with a bad head and pain.
Sunday, February 5.
To St George's a.m. with Miss Hesketh. Great parade of French and English banners etc all very lovely. To case p.m. Col Cumming - wrote to Ha Wa.
Monday, February 6.
Day went smoothly no letters - wrote home and to Lou and Miss Jordan and D. Glorious weather. Lovely view here - Golfe Juan - Royal Sovereign.
Tuesday, February 7.
As usual - Knitted a bit - no letters. Rang Miss Williams. Perfect day.
Wednesday, February 8.
Uneventful day which had its subsequent events "Place Neville Chamberlain" named with much pomp.
Thursday, February 9
Went up to Sunny Bank (Hospital) and collected letters from H, John Gilk - Mrs Gillespie, FMG, Helen Atkinson - Mrs Prescott-Westcar etc etc. Awful day and very depressed (loss of letters etc). Letter from Ha Wa
Friday, February 10.
Wrote to family. Rang Helen A and had tea with her and her cousin Mr Turven and at the Beau Site - very pleasant - no letters.
Saturday, February 11.
Shopping at Golfe Juan - am to Gorges du Lamp p.m. Very lovely - especially garden on the Hill - 500 m up with lovely misty valleys below. Letter from Miss Widdecombe and p.m. posted letters to Mrs Taylor.
Sunday, February 12.
To Draguignan lovely drive through beautiful country. Almond and cherry blossom everywhere.
Monday, February 13.
Wrote to mother. To Sunny Bank p.m. and collected calendar from GR.
Tuesday, February 14.
A happy day - stayed home at Le Mazet - wrote to Mrs Gillespie and Amy no letters
Wednesday, February 15.
Walked with Col and Mrs Cumming a.m. and left p.m. for Sunny Bank rang Helen and Mrs Widdecombe and have 2 days off.
Thursday, February 16.
Hindle and I were off together and lay on the rocks by Mrs Elliott's Villa - saw Col and Mrs C and collected letters. To dinner with Helen ? - very pleasant - danced - such a dears both of them.
Friday, February 17.
This a.m. for a delightful walk from La Napoule to the Esterels - the Mimosa etc lovely. Home where the Wedekinds's collected me for tea at Juan les Pins and to their home marvellous - mail from Ha Wa, Adria etc Doss Buff Fr 2400.
Saturday, February 18.
Got our forms for Italian tour. PC from Doss and letters from mother. Went walking in the pinewoods with King and Hensell - primroses showing up and violets everywhere. Posted letter to mother.
Sunday, February 19.
To Church 8 am by self. After lunch to town to see the fete des Mimoses - very pretty town well decorated. To casino later Bruno Walter - Mozart Concerto. Symphony Nocturne Minuet Sonata etc. Posted letters to H. Adria, Mrs Wed
Monday, February 20.
Sat in sun and Knitted all day - no mail "day off" tomorrow - may go to Isle de Levins with Monaghan.
Tuesday, February 21.
Dull day so we went to Nice and intended going on to Monaco - but stayed and saw all the Mardi Gras p.m. fearful crush but it was worth it - an amazing spectacle.
Wednesday, February 22.
Letter from Toots a.m. for a lovely drive to Valbonne with Miss Heathcote - picked anemones, violets etc 100% heavenly - night duty with Miss Mort at a Russian Villa. Letters E G Anderson Hosp
Thursday, February 23.
Finished at 8:30 am and was supposed to go back at night but Miss W fixed that with result that I attended Miss H at "Figaro" in a box at night a marvellous show and the loveliest music ever. "The end of the Mozart Festival and Bruno Walter. Very heavy rain all day.
Friday, February 24.
Poured all day Buller and I went shopping p.m. and I bought zips for my jumper - which looks good now. No letters. Wrote to EGA Hosp
Saturday, February 25.
To town am and home all p.m. except for giving a lone washout at Martine's. Went to bed with a vile head - everyone being most kind to me.
Sunday, February 26.
To church a.m. off duty and in the sun a.m. most unexpectedly went to Faust p.m. - a most lovely company with splendid voices.
Monday, February 27
Wrote letters a.m Mrs Cumming, H - out to case at Savoy p.m. an awful muddle. No letters.
Tuesday, February 28
am in sun. To case at Beau-Site p.m. Miss McLintock bronchitis - Sir William and Lady McLintock - solid nice Scots people - Dr Bes.
Wednesday, March 1.
Wrote to Adria and Helen. Stayed in all day. Enjoyed my evening SW shared his winnings with me Fr 1000. (Sir William McL 1st Bt of Sanquhar)
Thursday, March 2.
For a lovely drive p.m. to Frejus with Sir William heavenly in the Esterels - lots of plum blossom out.
Friday, March 3
Stayed in all day wrote home and to Harold but didn't post.
Saturday, March 4
Went for a drive in pm with Miss McLintock as far as Theoule - S W shared his roulette winnings again another Fr1000 ! (Fr 1000 in 1939 about 200Stg in 2014)
Sunday, March 5
Miss McLintock went to lunch at Mougins - so I returned to Sunny Bank till 4 pm. To bed for p.m. Collected mail from home, plus Miss Gillespie
Monday, March 6
Returned to Sunny Bank 3 pm - sad to say goodbye but have addresses of both people. Found no one in at Sunny Bank.
Tuesday, March 7.
Mail from Buff and Ha Wa - on duty in hospital all day - cashed cheque and saw Col and Mrs Cumming in Barclays bank. Brought 2 pairs of stockings.
Wednesday, March 8
On duty specialising Princess Sunika daughter of Rajah of Indore.
Thursday, March 9.
Still specialising the Princess a sweet little Blackamoor - her mother - the Ranee is charming.
Friday, March 10
My patient went home a.m. and I was given a lovely box of chocolates. Posted letters to D + L10. Mrs Gillespie and Ha Wa. To Civil Hospital 5 pm to an accident case who died - an awful experience.
Saturday, March 11
Told that I should have to join Gardener at Valescure p.m, but returned from an outing to Olivet to find that it was changed to Monte Carlo - so set forth by Michilin half an hour later - lovely journey and nice hotel and people day duty only. Carnival on here today.
Sunday, March 12.
Letters arrived - peaceful day - drove pm to Menton and all-round Monte - Dr Bayer - wrote to Miss W.
Monday, March 13.
Drove pm to La Turbie, Eze & Nice returning via Grand and Moyenne Corniches.
Tuesday, March 14
Pops birthday drove to golf links, Mont Agel a most lovely day. This part of the coast's most attractive and full of Roman remains.
Wednesday, March 15
Took a drive to Peille p.m. letters - wrote to Mrs Taylor and Mrs Angush.
Thursday, March 16.
Marvellous mail from home Drove to Italian border - Frontier then back and went over the oceanic Museum at Monaco very interesting.
Friday, March 17
For a drive to Cap Ferrat - walked then again pm - warships at Beaulieu.
Saturday, March 18
Rained but we drove to Cap Ferrat - Mrs J came down to beach Mr and I walked p.m. after visiting the Jardine Exotique - sat in the lounge after dinner. No letters International situation grave. Hitler has annexed Bohemia Ruthenia etc and everyone is very nervous. Wish I could have heard Mr Chamberlain's speech.
Sunday, March 19.
For a drive to Cap Ferrat a.m. and walk p.m. heavenly country posted postcard to Popper.
Monday, March 20
Driving a.m. Had a rotten collision and got badly bumped - were lucky to escape greater injury - wrote to Francie no letters.
Tuesday, March 21
Walked in sun and inspected the shops a.m. Lovely on the famous Tenances - had tomato juice and returned to an orchestra. Posted PC to John. Tea at sporting club.
Wednesday, March 22
King of Sweden dined at next table and at lunch today Kreistler (sic)* sat near me - said goodbye to the Jacobs 4:30 pm and returned to Cannes a marvellous mail awaited me plus L100.
*(Fritz Kreisler a great violinist of the time)
Thursday, March 23.
Day off with Maugham so we went to Peira Cava a lovely trip taking in many interesting places in a snowstorm part of the time and the snow was lovely.
Friday, March 24.
Called up at 2:15 am to go to Lady Gladstone - lovely villa did not sleep much when I got to bed Gillett is on day duty.
Saturday, March 25
At Thoencial? again Lady Gladstone is interested in Toc H so we got on all right. Finished today and G is going to stay there. To Montfleury Hotel to a Mr Walker 82 - a bridegroom! from Canada!
Sunday, March 26.
Robertson is on day here - Miss Heathcote took me in her car to St George's where there was a parade of sailors from HMS Arethusa.
Monday, March 27.
Posted letters to - received from - slept not so badly reading Rebecca by Du Maurier and Ravine B Nicholls.
Tuesday, March 28.
Slept well. Letter from Ha Wa p.m. 28th Feb. Pretty awful case.
Wednesday, March 29.
Slept poorly. Lovely mail from?
Thursday, March 30.
The usual awful night ghastly woman - to HC (Holy Communion) a.m. at St Paul's and did good work cleaning out my room a.m. before I went to bed. Holly joined me on night and that evidently stirred up the fireworks!!
Friday, March 31
Had to ring Dr Guinness at 4 am but he was very nice and I was jolly relieved to leave the place - ugh.
Saturday, April 1
Said Hares and Rabbits! The poor old man died this a.m. I was working in hospital. Pretty grim there to - tho' sister let me off at 7:30 pm. Received letter - posted some to - Letters are coming fast now - Air Mail speeding up international situation not very promising. Oxford - Cambridge boat race.
Sunday, April 2.
In hospital again and looking forward to a Holy Week cantata p.m. when called out to Grand Hotel to Ranee of Indore's children - with flu. Letter from Mrs Cumming a.m.
Monday, April 3.
Up at 7:30 - quite cheerful day. To Sunny Bank p.m. and found Mr Gardner in blustery and very miserable day. No letters. To bed early.
Tuesday, April 4.
Wrote to - and Ha Wa p.m. letter from Doreen who has been mixed up in bomb outrages. Miserable day so didn't go out. Wrote to shipping offices and Mrs Cumming.
Wednesday, April 5
No letters - went up to Sunny Bank p.m. wrote to Miss Taylor, a year today since I left New Zealand.
Thursday, April 6.
Dull day met Price and we strolled for an hour in the Rue d'Antibes blustery and grey - no letters - children up.
Friday, April 7
Missed having no Hot + Buns here! Letter from Doreen a.m. to Holy Trinity 2 - 3 pm very nice service. Later sat in sun with Price Gardener and Wearing. Took Sunika to dentist 5 pm and went for a short drive later, evening paper full of Italy's conquest of Albania - God knows what will happen next.
Saturday, April 8
Rested with sore headache p.m. but took Sunika to dentist p.m. very hot and muggy - no letters.
Sunday 9 April
To church 7 am perfect Easter day took children for a walk a.m. to Sunny Bank p.m. and to church 5:30 pm. A lovely day summer seems to have arrived everywhere is green trees - lovely wisteria.
Monday, April 10
Glorious day.To a recital by Kreisler p.m. with Price - Sonata Cantata Mendelssohn Concerto Gil & Karen Luis? Hymns to the Sun Caprice Vieonnies - Londonderry Air - Tchaikovsky & Kreisler
Tuesday, April 11.
Took children shopping and in glorious sun. Price had tea with me. Lunched at restaurant with Ranee who later presented me with a beautiful evening bag sorry to leave them. War news not reassuring tonight
Wednesday, April 12
Went shopping and walking in the sun with Buller who is on night call p.m. - marvellous mail - Ha Wa - called out at 10 p.m. to a filthy case and have to stay - feel awful.
Thursday, April 13.
Gabriel brought my night things this a.m. feel thoroughly cafed?. Did not sleep a wink all day and am frightfully miserable in consequence. Gave Gabriel letters to
Friday, April 14
Went up to Sunny Bank a.m. feeling about 0% the kids were marvellous. War news bad. France well mobilised - Italy trip off, I'm afraid. Slept well after taking a large dose of Viriane.
Saturday, April 15.
Still here to town a.m. to buy papers and dope - news and more reassuring as England is very definite in her policy - Mr Chamberlain made an excellent speech in Parliament on Thursday - Italy really is definitely off though rang Hetty.
Sunday, April 16
Summer time begins glad to do one hour less duty! "Slept" at Sunny Bank most thankfully today or rather didn't sleep - damn Percy. Found my old lady very fractious.
Monday, April 17.
Glorious day and I sat in sun to have my plateau. Slept 2 hours and got up to find letter from Doris acknowledging my L100 nice brown bag from Mrs Cumming for me.
Tuesday, April 18.
Had tea with Mrs Cumming walked to Golfe Juan - Guns and soldiers everywhere though no news of any beginning at present - slept 2 hrs - letter from Mona.
Wednesday, April 19.
Went early to bed and slept 2 hours old lady a bit better. Letters from Adria
Thursday, April 20
Hitler's birthday and everyone very apprehensive and distrustful - in bed later. Bought luggage straps Fr 25 - nice letters from ? told I'm to take a pt (sic) home on 28th by Blue Train.
Friday, April 21.
No sleep again today received cheque from Doris posted letters Ha Wa
Saturday, April 22
Thrilled to find letters from - Harold and Doris unexpectedly posted letters home 24-4-39 to Ha Wa and Doris.
Sunday, April 23
Saw the old ladie's treasures from Queen Victoria etc then to church at Holy Trinity glorious day and a good sleep after sedomid
Monday, April 24
To Isles des Lerins with - nothing startling though a lovely day. Letters from Dill and Adria.
Tuesday, April 25
Anzac Day met Hetty and Wearing and saw over a lovely garden - finished with the old ladies. Very tired but further depressed when sister told me the trip to England was off - can go anyhow - so booked seat by Route des Alpes for Thursday and started packing.
Wednesday, April 26
Busy time making my bag shut but accomplished all and finished up satisfactory. Start at 8:10 am spent L10 to book a ticket by Vitesse to Paris - American Express.
Thursday, April 27
Up betimes and was away after much farewelling at 7:50 am. Poured with rain in the Esterrels but after Frejus was perfect and I enjoyed every moment of the trip. Lunched at Avignon and reached Lyon at 7 pm looked around the shops a nice hotel and good bed flowers - Lilac and Judas trees especially marvellous. Looked around the shops.
Friday, April 28
Called at 6 am and were on the way to Paris by 7 am Lyon looks a lovely old town wish I could stay longer. Passed through glorious country. Valleys of the Rhone and Loire - many chateaux and beautiful pastures fields of cowslips etc - talked to an English doctor on the trip and was sorry to reach Paris at 7pm. A nice room at St Petersburg where I felt very much at home found a postcard from Bullen to say she and P are still here - better luck than I'd hoped for and I rang them and arranged to meet for an aperitif today. Slept well.
Saturday, April 29
Found American Express office closed when eventually got there after wandering Montmartre. Arranged to dine with Buller and P and then off to the Louvre for pm. Saw many new things besides Mona Lisa etc etc. Home in the rain through the Tuileries Gardens to Folies Bergere later excellent show.
Sunday, April 30.
Wakened late after my dissipation and roamed the streets - finding many new spots of interest thrilling to be here again. Wrote letters p.m. and at night dined at Ha Hungaria with a gypsy band with B and P Excellent.

8. Marjorie Barker's 1939 Diary.: Europe & New Zealand Part 2, 1 Jan 1939 to 19 Nov 1939. Monday May 1
Said rabbits and had a busy day saw about Belgium trip at American Express and departed at 2:15 pm sorry to leave Paris but love Brussels arrived 5:40 pm booked trip to Holland for tomorrow excellent hotel and good dinner out. Feeling very happy. Posted letters to H and mother and D.
Tuesday May 2
Up betimes and left Brussels at 7 am past through Antwerp and saw many war spots and shrapnel scarred homes, into Holland soon after 11 am lunched at Amsterdam and took a boat trip along the canals. Passed through bulb fields at Harlem etc amazing home 10:45 am met some nice American people.
Wednesday, May 3.
Was dead this a.m. but recovered after coffee & rolls and was out & about by 9:30. Took a tour of the city in glorious weather - a beautiful place with magnificent buildings, lunched at the Cafe Rozier and took tram and train to Bruges 1 hour completely different to Brussels much smaller of course and more dilapidated though clean on the whole interesting crow stepped roofs everywhere and magnificent churches, public buildings and tower - tired though so to bed early.
Thursday May 4
Caught 10 am train to Ostend after not very good night due to many bells! To Ostend by 10:20 and got my boat easily - good crossing and arrived over before 3 - Doris meet me at Victoria and I came to my new digs - found many letters. To Hungarian Rhapsody at the Adelphi at night after supper in town.
Friday, May 5.
Slept well.? Sallied after brek and I collected letters from New Zealand house from - Lunched at home after buying corsets, unpacked bags and at night went out to supper and later collected my bags from Whitehall not able to get a car.
Saturday May 6.
A lovely day so departed 10 am for Tunbridge Kent is heavenly now. Tried to get cycles without success so lunched in the castle grounds and then went to Mogg who took us in her car to see bluebell woods and primroses - home after nice tea at 8 pm found postcards from ? and Adria.
Sunday May 7
Rose not too early and went walking in Regents Park in glorious sunshine. Home for lunch and after a rest to St James Park till church time (Savoy Chapel) - watched a Fascist demonstration. Posted letters home.
Monday May 8
Doreen got away by 10:45 am train from Victoria. Saw her off. Then met Mona at Baker Street and shopped till 5 pm. Dined with Ken and got home very late. Letter from Miss Williams.
Tuesday, May 9.
Bought shoes in West Hampstead met Dill at Paddington and we went by train to Kensington to look at clothes. Dined at home and she left at 11 pm. More cables from home.
Wednesday May 10.
Moved my room. Bought a new dress and coat hat etc dined well alone - letters from Doris and Amy.
Thursday May 11.
Letters from Doris and Mac went early and inspected shops in Kensington High Street. To lunch with Dr and Mrs Fenn - very nice and to Kew with Adria. Bluebells marvellous - saw Queen Mary there! Who gave us a nice bow!
Friday May 12/13.
Today set off to see how far could go without spending! Walked across Hyde Park to Green Park to Westminster Cathedral. Very fine tho smelly with incense. Next to London Museum - full of interesting things - clothes et cetera - back for lunch then 4d + 3d + 3d to St Paul's - very interesting service - 100 years K.C.H. (Kings College Hospital) Archbishop of Canterbury preached - saw the Bishop of London and talked to a nice Toc H girl on the steps of the Cathedral. A most interesting day altogether for 10p! Marvellous mail letter from home and Harold Reg Pyke etc wrote to Doreen
Ha-Wa and home today Saturday - saw P&O about the ship probably the Strathnaver July 7 pending X - PC from Mona.
Sunday, May 14.
A year since I landed in England. To church near here 11 am. To Mac at Chislehurst p.m. and for supper. Such a happy day - I love this life. Posted letters to Sally & Joyce.
Monday May 15
Very wet - so filled in a.m. at home. Shopping p.m. and discovered many new streets "Welbeck" etc bought flower seeds etc. To Mona p.m. and spent a very happy time - knitting Ha-Wa and M cutting out frock. Rang Hetty B 5:30 pm at Cumberland
Tuesday May 16.
Het arrived for lunch and we went to the Citadel later very good met Jean Ambury and Mac at the Cumberland and had some quick ones. Dined at C house and then went out to Pats - very cheery evening - letters.
Wednesday May 17.
Very wet so packed up my lunch and went over to Mona found Betty Gordon there. Stayed till after dinner M and R coming part of the way with me asked to stay Whitsunday at East Horsley.
Thursday May 18
To church 12 noon at Hyde Park Square after going to Notting Hill Gate. To NZ house p.m. and going home bought silver from shop in Regent Street busy with washing etc till late so didn't go to Sadler's Wells Ballet as I'd intended.
Friday, May 19.
Up betimes and caught 10:50 am train to Welwyn where Betty and Mrs Hennell met me. B and I walked in perfect blue bell woods a.m. and p.m. till Peggy called for us and took us to Oxford - arrived there 8:30 and went punting on the Sherwell with nice lads and Michael her brother amazing digs over a restaurant.
Saturday, May 20.
Michael called for us to take us to his digs for brekkie. After which we went round the town and saw colleges etc till early lunch. After which he left us as he was rowing for his college at the Bumps, we joined him at the boathouse later and spent a most lovely - if cold - afternoon watching the rowing and crowds. After a ? supper in evening dress! We went for most enjoyable concert at Teddy Hall and supper, met some charming people. Listened to Haydn's Symphony "Miracle"
Sunday, May 21.
To Michael's digs again for a stupendous breakfast after which some exploring of Oxford till church 11 am at St Aldates - very fine sermon. More exploring of lovely places The Trout at Godstow - Christchurch Meadows etc in the country is marvellous - to St Mary the Virgin 8 pm Brother Algie Robertson spoke marvellous weekend got home 11:30pm very tired but feeling frightfully bucked.
Monday, May 22
Came up to town 1:30 and went with Betty to Barts etc. Had tea there. Found letters from - awaiting me - slept badly and awoke feeling fine.
Tuesday May 23.
Had a marvellous shopping day saw Duke of Gloucester leave Buckingham Palace in a State Coach for service at St James. Lunched at Pembethys and then saw Changing of the Guard at St James Palace - also a christening there - shopped hard. Met Amy T at Waterloo and we dined at Lyons Brasserie and saw "Four Feathers" at the Odeon.
Wednesday May 24.
Called for Mona and we lunched with Richard in Kensington thence to Barkers where we brought many dress materials to make up. Dined with them - slept very badly. Paid my boat deposit on
Tuesday 23.
Thursday May 25.
To Mona's for dressmaking a.m. cut out blue frock but didn't get far with it - did a lot of knitting.
Friday May 26
Took my material to Hutton's and was measured for my suit by Mr Elliott - brought gloves and shoes - met R & M at Waterloo and took train for East Horsley, Surrey at 8:42. Lovely evening. Went for a walk on arrival.
Saturday May 27.
Lay in, sunny, and later join Norman and Richard who were playing cricket at Ockham. Lovely in the sun. Tea at Horsley and played dominoes at night.
Sunday May 28.
Glorious day - Norman played cricket and we joined him p.m. and walked to Effingham and had tea at an Inn - collected wildflowers.
Monday, May 29.
Had intended walking to Shere but were too lazy so just lay in the sun and knitted or slept - walked in evening in lovely rhododendron woods and picked primroses.
Tuesday May 30.
Cleaned up house a bit and left Horsley at 12 mid. Found marvellous mail from home Harold - wrote home mail from home again at night
Wednesday, May 31.
Mona rang and we went shopping p.m. I bought a reading lamp frock etc and Mona a lot of cosmetics! To bed early and knitted.
Thursday, June 1.
Said rabbits out betimes to see Nan S who will do my hair tomorrow. Then to Pontries where I bought a great suit etc etc - a marvellous shop! Met Harrold 6:45 at John Lewis's and we then entered upon a pub crawl ending up with a nightclub - and arriving home very much the worse for wear ugh
Friday, June 2.
How my head aches this a.m. didn't wake until 8:30 but was at Notting Hill by 9:30 and sat till 2 pm having my hair done by Nan. Feel much better! Dill came p.m. and we set off Hampton court - glorious time return to Richmond by boat. Supper at Brasserie and so home a glorious day.
Saturday, June 3
Booked Amy's and my trip to Switzerland at Dean and Davidson's. To Mr Taylor p.m. - a great welcome - dear old soul. Met Nan and another at the old Vic 8 pm for "Ballets Jooss" a very good show for 9/6d!
Sunday, June 4.
Up betimes and away to City Temple where I heard Leslie Wheatherhead preach. Very good. At 3 pm to the Temple - glorious music - Scarlet cassocks etc - later went to St Michael's Chester Sq with "First Who Supped with Me" W H Elliott very fine
Monday, June 5.
Busy day shopping - washed and ironed p.m. and Dill came at night - cable from home - bought cider as Harrolds gift and linen.
Tuesday, June 6
Shopped etc Doreen came up from Eastbourne p.m. and supped with me.
Wednesday, June 7
To Aldershot later p.m. through lovely country most enjoyable evening - home 3 am.
Thursday, June 8
Up betimes and tried to get seats for Aida at Covent Garden unsuccessfully - got tickets for Switzerland - packed bag at night.
Friday, June 9.
Busy a.m. to Mona's for lunch after meeting Amy at Waterloo. Caught train for Switzerland at 3 pm - cold crossing and glad to get on train. Changed at Brussels one hour and then to Basel 11 am not such a bad night with 3 Scots folk.
Saturday, June 10.
Lovely country thru Strasbourg left Basel 3 pm and were in Lucerne 80 minutes later. Lovely place - were met by a nice D and D man - excellent hotel - food and beds - slept and slept we were so weary - typical country chalets firs everywhere - and such a glorious Lake - we are right on the River.
Sunday, June 11.
Slept late but got up for brekkie by 10 am then for a walk discovering the town. Rained p.m. So we slept and wrote home and to Ha Wa. For a walk after dinner and are further enthralled with this place.
Monday, June 12.
For a good walk about the town to the Lion Monument and Glacier Gardens etc. I bought a picture etc too wet to do anything p.m. so we slept beneath our feather bed's - still very tired.
Tuesday, June 13.
Up betimes and caught 9 am boat for Fluelin and Tells country. Rained soon after we left, but on the whole wasn't a bad day - beautiful country saw William Tell's statue etc. Smooth on Lake Lucerne. Captain Mansfield DD's man very kind.
Wednesday, June 14.
Wet morning so we prowled around the town and saw Glaciers Garden p.m. to Kussnacht (6 miles) where Queen Astrid was killed - too tired to go out off hotel.
Thursday, June 15.
Up betimes and caught 9:17 pm to Interlaken - much colder here, the very pleasant and beautiful wildflowers as we came along were too marvellous - Brunig Pass etc at Horn hotel where Ha Wa stayed felt mouldy and lonely for him - walk p.m. and reached Kursaal etc
Friday, June 16.
Walked a.m. in direction of Thun (Tun) and lay in the sun. p.m. to Kandersteg, Blue Lake - marvellous scenery then Aeschi-Spiez - Thun etc saw lake from boat took snaps of each other and excellent trip.
Saturday, June 17.
Caught train to Lauterbrunnen 10 am and thence walked to Trummelbach Falls - glorious tho raining hard. After lunch left Lauterbrunnen for Murren where we walked to the Valley of the Flowers (Blumenthal). Picked gentians, primula crocuses anemones alpine crowsfoot etc etc heavenly - to a yodelling concert at Kursaal wet so went to bed and so to bed.
Sunday, June 18.
Interlaken to church 10:30 am HC where Mr Adams took the service and after gave us a ride in his car - to Giessbach Falls by steamer p.m. glorious on Lake Brienz. Saw some cine films of Swiss at (illegible).
Monday, June 19.
Posted letters home and to D. Left Interlaken 9 am very sadly and were at Montreux by 1 pm. Lovely place with Castle of Chillon nearby. For a walk to Vevey p.m. and bought glorious cherries to bed early and thankfully.
Tuesday, June 20.
To Geneva by boat 9 am glorious on Lake Leman though cold arrived Geneva at 1:10 pm and were taken for a tour of the city - very interesting and beautiful - Calvin and John Knox - to Palace of Nations where we saw many rooms and a cinema for Fr 50.
Wednesday, June 21.
Lovely day so walked to Chateau d'Chillon - glorious old 10th to 16th century castle with perfect rooms pewter etc. Sewed and lounged p.m. in perfect content.
Thursday, June 22.
Montreux - lazed and walked a.m. lovely sun - to Lausanne and explored a lovely Cathedral - Protestant and listened to organ music. Had a sumptuous tea with strawberry tarts etc and came home by train in a thunderstorm. To bed early.
Friday, June 23.
Glorious day packed early and went out in the sun and bought cherries and tomatoes for our train journey. Had a late tea so didn't need supper except for what we had at Basel Park. The journey not really so foul this time.
Saturday, June 24
Arrived at Ostend at 10:30 - grey and gloomy so we decided not to go to Ypres as planned crossing smooth - home by 6 pm and found a great pile of mail - from home Ha Wa - and Richard rang almost immediately - Maida Vale 5051.
Sunday, June 25.
Lay abed till 11-ish wrote letters and then to Mona's for day sewed hard but with not much success home to a sleepless night - curse it.
Monday, June 26.
Up betimes and to the Shipping Offices and tailor - shopped extensively till 3 pm having late lunch when Miss McKay and Mac arrived for tea.? Tired out at night and took some sedomid with better results.
Tuesday, June 27.
Dill arrived early so we shopped - then lunched and went to Westminster Abbey - stayed for Evensong lovely to Cal Market and was to meet Doreen but didn't.
Wednesday, June 28.
To Delwyn where Betty met me had such a happy day sewing for her and nearly finished a dress for myself. Home 11:30.
Thursday, June 29
Dill calls shopping a.m. bought furs etc. To Nan is to have my hair done. Met Willie at Sarn 8:30 and dined marvellously - dear soul too late for a show - so we just talked till 11-ish and he brought me home in his Rolls.
Friday, June 30.
a.m. to tailor - bought cabin trunk etc etc but generally wasted a lot of time - not feeling well. To
"Me and My Girl" p.m. very good. Packed at night and slept better.
Saturday, July 1.
Said rabbits caught early bus to Tunbridge and spent day with Lamberts motored to Tunbridge Wells and had a business getting home after the last bus had left.
Sunday, July 2.
8:50 am at Whitehall Theatre met Nan and went to Westminster Abbey where the King and Queen were giving thanks for the safe return from America.
Monday, July 3.
Dill came and we shopped and lunch together Mac gave me a sweet clock - busy all p.m. and to Westminster Abbey at night for a Handel evening walked home with Ivan S afterwards.
Tuesday, July 4.
a.m. tea with Miss McGibbon pm to Wickens and Jones for tea party with 10 New Zealanders - awfully jolly. Adria came up and we went to "Under Your Hat" at the Palace - marvellous - Jack Hubbert. Supper at Corner House after.
Wednesday, July 5.
Mona came to help me pack! And after lunch to buy a hat or 3 - to supper at West Hempstead NW6 slept nier a wink.
Thursday, July 6.
Shopped a.m. and lunched with J at D H Evans. Bought a coat and shoes etc Doris arrived p.m. with books for me and stayed till I left for Mrs Fenns. Such a happy evening there they are dears, Nancy played the harp and sang and then saw me to the bus. Letter from W Mac L sail 1.50pm St Pancras..
Friday, July 7.
Pleasant easy a.m. shopped a little then Dill arrived and we lunched at Marble Arch Corner House and Mac and Dill saw me off at St Pancras and I was soon settled in on board SS Strathnaver, seems a pleasant ship though crowded - fair dinner and to bed late-ish.
Saturday, July 8.
Slept like a log on a soft bed and awakened to a good cup of tea at 6:30 am, spent day chatting to quite pleasant folk and knitting and sleeping. Grey, cold day but ravenously hungry all the time - to bed early. Glorious bunch of flowers from Mona and Richard. Letter from Bett on arrival.
Sunday, July 9.
To church 11 am very dull and lugubrious ate lazily and slept p.m. Crossing Bay of Biscay so many absent from meals though so far it isn't more than a heavy swell - fogs - ship heaves to every few hours.
Monday, July 10.
Talked to various people and had a few drinks and got on with my socks - lazy day but not too terribly hot - not many playing games and no organisation think God. Past St Vincent Cadiz etc then Gibraltar.
Tuesday, July 11.
Very exciting to see land and set foot in Tangier Moorish and smelly I didn't buy anything - to Gib 1:30 3hrs surprisingly big went ashore by tender in both places and I bought scent? and a pouf and some snaps - to a silly D Durbin picture nocte (night).
Wednesday, July 12
Wrote letters in delightful cool and knitted mostly.
Thursday, July 13.
Tied up at Marseille 1 pm and went ashore - a grubby place. Bought stamps etc. Interesting around the port met a nice Welsh officer and chatted some.
Friday, July 14.
Lazy day - chatted to 4th and had tea and a drink with him. To Marseille later and watched fireworks etc - 14th of July celebrations. Had a party with Susan and Miss Street later!
Saturday, July 15.
Away 4 am - cool still and very pleasant on top deck. Talked to Miss Kirk and slept p.m. passed close to Corsica p.m. and Sardinia. Late to bed after a pleasant evening
Sunday, July 16.
Interesting and very lovely day. Past Stromboli steaming 3 pm and Straits of Messina later - Italy and Sicily - I saw Etna in distance - glorious scenes and whether - sea perfect - good evening Taff pointed out all the places of interest.
Monday, July 17.
No land till Crete at night perfect evening most glorious weather started to play chess at night but abandoned it.
Tuesday, July 18.
Slept in read "Mr Deed Goes to Town" a.m. - had our usual sustenance with Scotty and parked for rest of evening.
Wednesday, July 19.
Arrived Port Said 5 am were away 8:30 very hot coming through canal - 12 hours - past camels Sheikhs etc awful sands but glorious scene.
Thursday, July 20.
Getting hotter and hotter - though glorious weather finished a detective yarn. Taffy and I too tired to go to boxing so went to bed instead and slept well.
Friday, July 21.
Arrived at Port Sudan 11 am - hottest day so far - awful hellish - no shops - only vendors. Sea temperature 91 degrees, in shade 113 degrees - though cool at night when we sat on poop, and later drank long gins and tonic.
Saturday, July 22.
This heat is almost unendurable I wonder how I can exist much longer.
Sunday, July 23.
Aden tied up at 6 am in most wicked heat. Went ashore and bought some undies etc - almost sick with heat and after.
Monday, July 24.
When we ran into the monsoon - ghastly rough weather, though mercifully cooler.
Tuesday, July 25.
A dreary depressing day very hot and grey Taffy and I sat on deck and watched dancing till 11:45.
Wednesday, July 26.
Very hot and muggy - played tennis and quoits and nearly dropped with exhaustion after.
Thursday, July 27.
Arrived at Bombay 12:30 pm and went for a drive round the city - beautiful buildings saw Temple snake charmers with mongoose - Burning gats and tower of silence plus vultures - filthy streets - No shopping left at 11:30 pm
Friday, July 28.
Very hot still and port holes closed again - sat and knitted and chatted to German people all day. Took tea with Taffy - to flicks at night - very good and sat on deck till 12
Saturday, July 29.
Cooler day on deck - normal day.
Sunday, July 30.
Arrived Colombo 7 am and after much cogitation Miss Kirk and I went off on our own 3 hours drive in rickshaw - tea at why Y.W. and much shopping. Then back to the ship and later walked with much fun in search of church - returned to ship 8:30 pm glorious city. Cinnamon gardens like Jamaica gardens and Buddhist temples ad lib - glorious flowers and trees - Al Amanda yellow - saw chameleon - woodpecker etc rather clean and civil and happy.
Monday, July 31.
Awfully tired today - slept p.m. and so didn't have tea with T met him later and we went to the flicks - K Hepburn - and later had a binge in Sammy's cabin after one on deck.
Tuesday, August 1.
Said rabbits had a happy morning playing whist and ? Very hot at night in T's cabin.
Wednesday, August 2.
Lazy morning - slept p.m. - had a 6 some in T's cabin - and later he taught me crib.
Thursday, August 3.
As usual.
Friday, August 4.
Party at night - Sammy sang with great feeling and gusto.
Saturday, August 5.
Played bridge lock? in T's cabin with Mr and Mrs Ward - tea as is usual.
Sunday, August 6.
To church 11 am rest of day as usual tea and evening with T.
Monday, August 7.
Repacked my bags and lazed about generally all day as usual - Taffy took Mr Mrs Ward & myself all over the engine room - very interesting.
Tuesday, August 8.
Fremantle wakened 5:30 am and had to get up for medical inspection. Sent ashore 9:30 and took a bus to Perth three quarters of an hour clean nice city and bright warm sunshine - looked around and returned to ship after lunch. Early to bed for once - left 5 pm.
Wednesday, August 9.
Day as usual and Tea - Saturday cinema till 9 pm but no plans, to bed later into Bight 3 pm.
Thursday, August 10.
Baked in the Sun out of the cold wind. Albatross and Cape Hens interesting and porpoises hugged coast for quite a way. Very smooth and calm in Bight contrary to expectations. Late-night washed hair and tidied bags.
Friday, August 11.
No entry.
Saturday, August 12.
Arrived at Adelaide 7 am and took train to town half an hour with Mr and Mrs W and Mr Shields. Excitement over new governor's arrival lovely city and fair day - walked in gardens with Mr S and later took trolley bus in the sun. Most enjoyable day with very nice W.A. man.
Sunday, August 13
Bitterly cold to church with Mr W and others - Tea with Taffy - tied up at Melbourne 8 pm. Spent evening with T and H went into Melbourne in the evening.
Monday, August 14.
To town early a.m. and saw over city of Melbourne - Minal Hall for lunch - Victorian lovely stone buildings and parks - Shrine of remembrance - to St Kilda beach - botanical gardens etc etc. Left 6 pm and had a very pleasant evening before and after.
Tuesday, August 15.
Rather cold and wet. Packed all a.m. Gymkhana p.m. Started a party at 5:30 Bane, CW after tea with Taffy and then with Dale and T later Harry and finally Sammy - Danced with T nocte good night.
Wednesday, August 16.
Arrived in Sydney 7:30 am - wire from home but no friends. HS and I took a tour to Jenolan caves - very interesting - through glorious Blue Mountains scenery - blue gums ad lib and miserable villages - Cave house very nice - saw Lucas Cave at night.
Thursday, August 17.
Awake betimes and had own pineapple - glorious day and warm. H and I walked hard and then did Orient Cave - glorious! Left after lunch and returned to town 5:30 pm and put up at Metropole. Dined and then H went back to ship his cold being much worse.
Friday, August 18.
Had photo taken at Dorothy Welding's and got my ticket for New Zealand. Met Hugh for lunch at David Jones - cold much better. Then we went to P&O?. Nice and later to top of pylon on bridge. Saw him off on Strathnaver 4 pm for Rabane* - feeling very blue - a nice friend of H's took me for tea and then I met Miss Gostelars - who took me back for supper - saw their films at night and returned to Metropole 11 pm. (*Strathnaver was then used as a troop ship for the duration)
Saturday, August 19.
Explored shops and saw domain and War Memorial cathedrals and St James church BP gardens. Poinsettia is a Euphorbia - Taxodium nice feathery tree like in Melbourne. To "Goodbye Mr Chips" nocte - excellent - saw bosuns grandmother on film must tell them.
Sunday, August 20.
Gostelar's called for me at Metropole 10 pm and took me for a long drive to Bulli Gorge (Pass) Natural Park etc - Cronulla - home 2 pm and put up at YWCA seems pretty awful. Went to Cathedral for Evensong.
Monday, August 21.
Up not so early and went to Taronga Park - good - but somehow disappointing - very windy. Went over bridge by rail and returned by ferry. To bed early - feeling very blue.
Tuesday, August 22
Rang Mrs Lyons and then caught 10:15 ferry for all day trip on harbour windy and cold but later sunny. Interesting trip and good lunch at Clifton Gardens Hotel. Met a nice S.A. girl (McMahon). Later went to "Vernon and Irene Castle" GR and Fred Asta?. (Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire)
Wednesday, August 23.
Mrs G rang and said there were letters from home for me. Mended stockings and wrote letters a.m. and p.m. met Mrs Wash for tea and later went to Bondi and Darlinghurst for dinner and supper.
Thursday, August 24.
To Mrs Lyons for day, Ryde - returned 11 pm and started packing.
Friday, August 25.
Left the YW 9 am and took my bags to Wanganella - good cabin to myself - hurray - 4pm leave for NZ. Then to Manly ferry to meet Mrs W and Nancy and we went to M very pretty. Posted letters to T and Hugh, Amy, & Wall.
Saturday, August 26.
Left Sydney 5ish in good weather - which has lasted today - feeling fit and well - 2 pictures last night - stupid. Miss Lender and Mrs Kirk from Strathnaver on board and about 5 others.
Sunday, August 27.
Another crisis these last few days (War) - makes peace seem grim. To church a.m. - two Australian bishops took service - nice - to pictures nocte - Good -
Monday, August 28.
Wet and cold all day, so spent time largely in my cabin. To bed early in preparation for arriving next day - finished "London Roundabout"
Tuesday, August 29.
Home - wakened 3 am when we anchored at Wellington up soon after 6 am and was ashore by 8 am. Buff, ?, Eine, Phil B, and HaWa were at wharf to meet me - customs okay. Marvellous welcome home by all. Pops 80th birthday a great success and a happy day spent by all.
Wednesday, August 30.
H rang early and I went into town and joined him for lunch. Met the Hansell's - talked hard and then went to Art Gallery 4 pm. Saw Mrs Lenden there. Saw H off at Ferry 7:30 and was home by 8:30.
Thursday, August 31.
Peaceful quiet day at home - feeling very weary. Mary Peck rang.

9. Marjorie Barker's 1939 Diary.: Europe & New Zealand Part 3, 1 Jan 1939 to 19 Nov 1939. Friday, September 1.
The same - wet and cold awful hailstorm. Buff and Judith went to the zoo.
Saturday, September 2.
Saw Eine off to Hunterville at 2 pm. Washed and tidied generally.
Sunday, September 3.
Wet and cold - lovely quiet day at home - wrote to Harry etc and did much mending etc.
Monday, September 4.
Washed and was generally busy.
Tuesday, September 5.
No entry.
Wednesday, September 6.
To Joyce's by 11 am bus and spent a happy day mostly talking. Home with Dash's in tin can..
Thursday, September 7.
Dor rang and I decided to go to P'ram (Paraparaumu) next day.
Friday, September 8.
Met Nan at 5 pm and we went to P.P. All looking very nice - gardens full of flowers etc.
Saturday, September 9.
Gardened - sewing many seeds - wet and cold generally.
Sunday, September 10.
Listened to a very fine sermon by Archdeacon Bullock - I generally had a lazy day.
Monday, September 11.
Planted vegetable seeds etc.
Tuesday, September 12.
As usual.
Wednesday, September 13.
Cold and wet so I stayed in doors and sewed all day.
Thursday, September 14.
Warm p.m. so I sat on verandah and answered HaWa's letter.
Friday, September 15.
Left P'ram 9 pm and D and I had a happy day in town - saw many friends. D brought me a pair of sheets and helped me to look at rings. Later she came home with me and I later accompanied her to Hutt.
Saturday, September 16.
Gardened furiously all a.m. - p.m. Went to John's with mother - and had a very happy evening - gave us cheque etc. Letter from Harry.
Sunday, September 17.
Gardened a.m. To Mrs Widdecombe's for tea p.m. Sevad nocte (Saved by sleep?)
Monday, September 18.
Mops went to town I gardened and wrote letters.
Tuesday, September 19.
To lunch with Mr McCrea at Leges Court - met Lin & Phil for tea and later shopped. Wire from Stuart who came out here later - the dear - and we had a gloriously happy evening. Walked to Hutt with him.
Wednesday, September 20
S rang also Mr McC - saw Joy Kirk yesterday - gardened.
Thursday, September 21.
To town a.m. met Mr McC & shopped.
Friday, September 22.
S rang as he was about to return to New Plymouth. To "Mikado" no etc (sic) in much rain.
Saturday, September 23.
Gardened nice letter from Stu - Mop and Dad went to the trots. I planted many vegetables and generally tidied up the place.
Sunday, September 24.
Phil and Mrs Gillespie came out.
Monday, September 25
Washed and ironed no letters - to dinner with Taytons nocte - Joyce came in.
Tuesday, September 26.
To town pm and bought my ring. Letter from Harry a.m.
Wednesday, September 27.
Caught early bus for Joyce's - to am tea with Doreen and later p.m. tea, with another happy evening at home. Sewing.
Thursday, September 28.
Lay and sunned all am. Letters from Taffy and Hugh - Esdales came at night.
Friday, September 29
To town pm and did much shopping. Letter from Dor. Rang mother - pleasant evening chatting and sewing.
Saturday, September 30.
Joyce and June bought me home a.m. Gardened hard all p.m. Removing old hedge and planting a new one.
Sunday, October 1.
Gardened a bit and sewed more Miss Blackburn came p.m. said "Rabbits".
Monday, October 2.
Gardened and sewed and to Pygmalion at night with Miss Gibbons a delightful picture.
Tuesday, October 3.
To town for lunch with Joan H & D - tea with Mops at Kinks and so home lovely letter from HaWa
Wednesday, October 4.
John came out for day and Miss Jordan for tea wrote to H, Dill and Dor.
Thursday, October 5.
To church a.m. with Tot - sewed pm - to Fellowship nocte and renewed fellowships very pleasantly.
Friday, October 6.
To town a.m. and lunched with Doss at John Smith's - she gave me glorious towels and a frock and we bought blue velvet. Home in car with her. Letter from Mrs Elworthy p.m.
Saturday, October 7.
Letter from H a.m. suggesting I go south on Tuesday night. Wrote to Mrs E. Took old Chappie for a walk and saw the dressmaker on my way home. Darling S came out and we went for a walk to Gracefield. He caught 11 pm train back to T.
Sunday, October 8.
Busy day gardened and weeded - to Hillman's for supper.
Monday, October 9.
Gardened and washed - to town pm and got my steamer ticket and shopped etc.
Tuesday, October 10.
Joyce called round and took my velvet to make up. Got my clothes from dressmaker and Mop and I went to town and I caught the ferry about 7:45.
Wednesday, October 11.
Arrived Timaru at 11:30 am - my dear one met me and we shopped. To Craigmore for lunch a lovely place - to Grange Hill p.m. and oh such joy.
Thursday, October 12.
To Grange Hill a.m. for lunch and to Junes for a cocktail after. Quiet evening Harry had to go to a play rehearsal.
Friday, October 13
To town pm and H was measured for a suit and we brought wallpaper etc. To Grange Hill after and I did some more gardening H staying with me at Craigmore.
Saturday, October 14.
To races at Washdyke p.m. Picnic lunch and later went to flicks with Mrs Elworthy a very happy day.
Sunday, October 15
Lazy a.m. with breakfast at 9 am. To Holme Station for lunch - a most happy time + furniture. To supper with the Rhodes and home feeling oh so happy.
Monday, October 16.
Left Craigmore 10:30ish and got my steamer ticket. Harry had an awful turn and we had to go to see Dr and I went back to Grange Hill with him and started his treatment.
Tuesday, October 17.
Long quiet a.m. with Harry in boiling sun - gardened and planted glads. Great excitement over shearing p.m. and it was late before we got to bed.
Wednesday, October 18.
Started shearing a.m. up at 7 am. H took me to Craigmore and Mr E drove me in - ASE* travelled with me - Wahine 8:30. (*Arthur Stanley Elworthy)
Thursday, October 19
Home 8:30 and was soon hard at it with licenses rings etc. An awful day really and was deadbeat at night. Tea with Mrs Fry p.m. Letter from John Gilk.
Friday, October 20.
Feeling rather awful - but got good work done - packing etc. Rang Doris and many others?
Saturday, October 21.
Busy a.m. at home - Joyce and Mrs B and Ray called in pm after races and then went dining for the last time.
Sunday, October 22.
Rang Doss and she and Stuart came out p.m. for tea. Went round to Joyce's - Archdeacon and Mrs Hansell called p.m. To Hillman's after tea we took Dos home later to town feeling most wretchedly tired.
Monday, October 23.
Labour Day.
Tuesday, October 24.
The darling arrived at 9-ish and and in pm we went to town for some whirlwind shopping - collecting our cake as we went. To Joyce's nocte where I tried on my frock they gave us some spoons and coffee cups.
Wednesday, October 25.
My wedding day dawned grey but not cold - many folk rang a.m. but we were both calm - I was late for church but it's all went off very well. 19 there and many at the church besides. I've never felt happier. pm we got my steamer tickets and went out to to see the Raits Who were very thrilled to see us. Rangitira at night - pm Buff & Phil saw us off slept well and a smooth crossing.
Thursday, October 26
Arrived Christchurch and motored down to Lyttleton again only to miss our bags and awful contretemps. Put up at Federal and proceeded to shop like mad. To the "The Zeal of Thy House" at Cathedral at night jolly good. Bitterly cold here but am oh so happy.
Friday, October 27.
More farce with our baggage this a.m. but we finally located it. To Betty Gould's for lunch and p.m. purchased carpets furnishings etc - a busy day - to "Alexander Bell"* at night and so to bed (*film)
Saturday, October 28.
Up betimes this a.m. and were away 9:30 - to Timaru Show p.m. and met many new folk. Home James where H had to milk while I got tea - wonderful to be in my own home - dear H.
Sunday, October 29.
A lovely quiet day at home - unpacking and generally digging in.
Monday, October 30.
Rained hard at times my plants are doing well - planted many gladioli. Wrote dozens of letters.
Tuesday, October 31.
Ha Wa was out toiling all day I plod on with my painting - doing our living room now. Rang the paper hanger to do the papering. My love and I went walking over the hills after a visit to the Evans.
Wednesday, November 1.
How the days fly by we have been married a week. Painting and gardening today and writing many letters - Mr Howell called.
Thursday, November 2.
Ha Wa was up at 5 but I slept in till 9 - finished up my paint so I couldn't get on. H got home for lunch at 3 pm! Wrote to Miss Williams.
Friday, November 3.
To town early - called in at Holme Station and got chair and couch to be covered, and to Fishers*
(*Harry's ex married couple). Shopped hard and got my hair done. My frock arrived. To the party at Maungati at night a great crowd there and we were presented with a silver tea service and tray.
Saturday, November 4.
Home at 1:30 and Ha Wa had to rise again at 4:30 poor sweet. Painted most of the day and put in my houseplants. Letter from Mops and Eine. Rained p.m. To bed early.
Sunday, November 5.
Lay in bed till 9:30 and then had a lovely day in the sun H's godchild Margaret Ford came over - I cooked lunch after which we went for a walk to "Pisgah" (Summit) - so very happy. Wrote letters home nocte - owe H L2.12.6 - picked clematis.

Now follows gaps.
Friday, November 10.
To town a.m.
Sunday, November 12.
June and Harrold with family brought tea and we had it in the bush - H and I worked hard a.m. and moved over into our bedroom proper.
Friday, November 17.
P arrived* and I felt like death. Went to town - lunched with Mrs Elworthy - beautiful garden - dinner with Rachel - Mrs Bond presented us with an entree dish and the Rhodes a coffee set and tray. Home late feeling awful. (The transcriber considers this is short for "Percy" Margot's menses)
Saturday, November 18.
Worked hard a.m. - to a bridge party at Mrs Verity's nocte - 23 people - presented with numerous gifts - home 1:30.
Sunday, November 19.
Slept in - laid carpet - Ha Wa went mustering with Mr Squire p.m.

10. Marjorie Barker: After Her Marriage, 1940-1963. Margot with son Edward & sister Doris, the Fenn Family, Caroline Bay Timaru Jan 1947, Margot 1955, 1960 &1964 in her beloved garden..

11. Margot Fenn: Letter to her son aged 4, Aug 1945, Jean Todd Maternity Hospital Timaru N.Z.
Margot was close to having her second child, and her precious son was being looked after by a friend and neighbour at Maungati, Margaret Dent, wife of Doug Dent. Marie was their youngest daughter.

The captions are as follows:
Nurse giving mummy some horrible medicine to make her better.
Edward being a good boy and going Ish Ish (sleep) as soon as Aunt Margaret tells him to.
Marie in her little bed.
Aunt Margaret and Aboo Sam (Gollywog) in A M's bed in the morning. Pretty flowers that Mrs McDonald sent today
Edward Fenn A for (apple) Dear Daddy making a big rock garden for mummy. Poly the cow Ru the cat
Big loves darling from your loving mummy. OOO XXX
The dorse records a note:
My dear Margaret - I was hearten'd seeing you all yesterday - my little darling looked so sweet and happy. Oh my dear - you've no idea what a comfort it is to me that he loves you so and that he is not being too big a handful for you
I hope soon to have news for you Much love my dear

The son mentioned above, now 76, appreciates that this matter does not add greatly to the accumulated wisdom of the human race. It does however show something of the tone of the upbringing he was so fortunate to enjoy.
Ref: Found by Joan Baggot 2016

1354. Reginald Alston FENN [35] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D. [3]1115, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born in 1878 in Richmond and died on 11 Jul 1879 in Portland Tce Richmond SRY aged 1.

General Notes:
Death Notice : On the 11th inst., at 1 Portland-terrace, Richmond, Surrey, Reginald Alston youngest son of Edward L Fenn Esq., M.D. aged 13 months.

1355. Rev Ernest Vanderzee "Van" FENN M A [37] (Dr Edward Liveing FENN M.D. [3]1115, Maria ALSTON [2]891, George [61]654, Samuel [85]456, Samuel [640]256, John Jnr [4025]121, Daniel of Edwardstone [117]64, Anthony [2652]40, Gregory of Edwardstone [2645]30, Henry of Edwardstone [2643]18, John of Newton Suffolk. [2826]17, William [11108]10, Thomas of Sudbury [433]6, Time Line 15thC [5993]4, Timeline 14th C [5990]3, Time Line 13th C [5992]2, Family Background [26914]1) was born on 20 Feb 1880 in Richmond SRY, was christened on 31 Mar 1880, died on 22 Jan 1956 in Timaru N.Z. aged 75, and was buried in 1956 in Timaru N.Z. The cause of his death was a road accident. He was usually called Van.

General Notes:
Van was baptised 31 Mar 1880, a Godfather F J Proctor gave the infant a bible to commemorate the occasion, now in the possession of the writer, ELF 2008. Van was educated at Temple Grove East Sheen, and Blundell's School, Tiverton, confirmed 15 Mar 1895, Noted for Distinction Blundell's Speech Day 1898 for "Blundell's Exhibition at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge" graduated M.A. Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, then Wells Theological College. Ordained Truro Cathedral 7 June 1903,
(29 May 1904?), Curate St Minver Cornwall 1903. Curate at Cuckfield W Sussex for 8 years from c1907, Vicar of Kirkby Liverpool for 12 years from 1915, Vicar of Lois Weedon Northhampton for 24 years from 1927.

At Sidney Sussex College the vacant Blundell Exhibition of the annual value of £60, tenable for 3 years, open to scholars from Tiverton School, has been conferred on EV Fenn.
Times August 10, 1898.

Sidney Sussex College elected to scholarships: EV Fenn £20.
Times Saturday, June 24, 1899.

Fenn Ernest Vanderzee: Late Exhib. SS Coll. Camb. BA (2nd class CL Trip.) 1901. MA 1906, Wells Th Coll 1902, d 1903, p 1904 Truro, C of St Minver Cornw. 1903-07, Cuckfiels 1907-15; Chap Cuckfield U. 1912-15; V of Kirkby 1915-27; Lois Weedon (w Plumpton from 1928), Dio. Pet. from 1927, (LP, KC, Cam. and Jesus Coll. Ox.; GL Val. L.7;Eccles. Comm. L.386; Fees L.2; c.o. L3; gross inc. L412, nett L399 and HO; Pop. 375. Lois Weedon Vicarage Towcester.
Crockford 1934.

Ernest Vanderzee Fenn. College: SIDNEY Entered: Michs. 1898 Born: 20 Feb 1880 More Information: Adm. pens. at SIDNEY, Oct. 1, 1898. S. of Edward Liveing, M.D., of Colchester. B. Feb. 20, 1880, at Richmond, Surrey. School, Blundell's, Tiverton (Mr Francis). Matric. Michs. 1898; Exhibitioner; B.A. 1901; M.A. 1906. Ord. deacon (Truro) 1903; priest, 1904; C. of St Minver, Cornwall, 1903-7. C. of Cuckfield, Sussex, 1907-15. Chaplain, Cuckfield Union, 1912-15. V. of Kirkby, Liverpool, 1915-27. V. of Lois-Weedon (with Plumpton from 1928), Northants., 1927-1950. (Crockford; Blundell's Sch. Reg.)
Alumni Cantabrigienses. Ancestry.

Van as a child suffered poliomyelites which left him with a withered left hand. His life was one of dedicated commitment, upon completing his education at Cambridge, his father, in a congratulatory letter, observed how hard Van had worked to achieve his results. He went on to a lifetime of service as a parish minister with the following quotes a sample of how he was regarded:
"Nobody could have served Cuckfield more faithfully and better than Mr Fenn had done"
"Parting with the Rev E.V. Fenn has caused very real sorrow throughout the parish. His earnest and devoted service endeared him to one and all, and many will remember his unselfish example and faithful ministry with appreciation and gratitude. The high esteem and affection which he won by his unfailing kindness to everyone, add warmth and sincerity to heartfelt good wishes for his future well-being".
"This parish has been enriched by the presence and quiet influence of the late E.V. Fenn . . . . . for his many helpful sermons . . . . . his quiet example of humble and sincere Christian faith, his complete unselfishness and his thoughtfulness for others".
"The news of the death of the Rev E.V. Fenn was received in the villages of Lois Weedon and Weston, with very profound sorrow"
Van's sermons were both scholarly and spiritual, he was a well-regarded preacher.

Ormskirk Advertiser
12 October 1915
The New Vicar of Kirkby.
Institution by the Lord Bishop of Liverpool.
A large number of the parishioners, in spite of the unfavourable weather, attended St Chad's Parish Church Kirkby to witness the institution of the new vicar, the Rev Ernest Vanderzee Fenn M.A., by the Lord Bishop of Liverpool, and his induction, by the Venerable Archdeacon Spooner, to the benefice. The Rev E Vanderzee Fenn has for the past 8 years been Curate of Cuckfield, Sussex and now succeeds the Rev R Lloyd Crawley Boevey who has resigned owing to failing health. The service was conducted by the Venerable Archdeacon Spooner, and opened with hymn "Our blessed Redeemer" . . . . .
After the institution ceremony, Archdeacon Spooner received at the hands of the Bishop the Mandate of Induction, and in company with the new incumbent and the churchwardens (Messrs G Glover and James Merser) proceeded to the main door of the church, where the Rev E Vanderzee Fenn was inducted "into the real, actual, and corporeal possession of the Church and Benefice of the New Parish of St Chad, Kirkby, in the Diocese of Liverpool, with all its fruits, members and appurtenances"
the closing him was "Through the night of doubt and sorrow" and whilst this was being sung a collection on behalf of the Diocesan ordination candidates exhibition fund was taken.

Van retired to live with his brother H L Fenn in N Z in 1951. His addition to the household helped considerably with financial matters, for, while not wealthy, Van enabled his brother to purchase newer cars, motor mowers to help with the big garden, etc. In 1955 he fell from his bicycle and died as a result of his injuries. Van did not marry, he was a very gentle, reserved, and scholarly man, who won great respect for his accepting and compassionate manner. Ref: Scrap Book 1 E L Fenn 1998.

Julius Jottings Jan 1902 No 6.
Dear Mr. Editor,
I have known a man write a splendid article for a certain magazine, which he started on in happy ignorance of any subject, and though I cannot treat the Julius Jottings to any such brilliant performance, I feel my self in much the same position at the outset, not knowing whether to inform its readers of the doings of our branch of the family or describe my experiences in this University wherein I have the honour to reside.
As to the former, however, I have despaired of finding any beginning or ending (especially any beginning), so I must needs confine myself to Cambridge-worthy of a far better pen than mine - hoping there are some among the readers of the Jottings not intimately acquainted therewith.
I am writing this letter at the opening of the May term, the shortest but by far the most enjoyable of them all. I say short because men who want to "keep" a full term are only obliged to "keep "49 nights." Keeping "a night," by the way, means being in college between 12 midnight and 6 in the morning. On one occasion, a man decided to ride home on his bicycle; as it was summertime, he wanted to start very early, and so he left off at 4 o'clock; on arriving home, he found a telegram awaiting him, which requested his return to college, as he had not "kept" his full term by two hours.
I said just above that this was the most enjoyable term ; these joys, however, I should mention, are by no means experienced by the third year " honours " men, whose tripos is fast approaching (though I am sure they make up for it after it's all over). They will have been " up " some time before most men arrive, putting in some extra work, for the time is now short before the "dies nefasti." "Tripos," by the way, is said to be derived from the word "tripod" or three-legged stool, on which the examiner sat facing the unfortunate candidates. This was in the days of " viva voce " exams., happily no longer now in existence.
The "Trips," as they are called, all come off this term, but in good time to leave things clear for May Week. Much ignorance exists, I believe, amongst most people with regard to the, term "May," as used at the Varsity. It is indeed, in itself, very misleading, for I may say at once that none of the things coupled with the word "May" have anything to do with the month alluded to at all. College " Mays," for instance, are exams. held at the end of terms either in December, March, or June : "May week" itself is in the early part of June, and likewise also the May races, and so on. May week begins on June 5th this year, and lasts about 10 days ("week," then, is another misnomer).
The first 4 days are devoted to the boat races, the most important events. Cambridge is crowded with visitors, and everyone almost goes down to the races; heaps of parties row up from the boathouses and line the bank with their boats, while others throng the "paddock" at Ditton, which is situated about half-way down the course, where the "gallery" bumps take place. It is said that some of the spectators care as little for the actual racing as the lady- who remarked that Henley would be really delightful if it wasn't for those tiresome races. However that may be, everyone seems very interested when the eights pass, though I admit the most exciting time is the return journey for those on the river.
The Cam, not being widely celebrated for any capacious breadth, is soon crowded from side to side. Rowing is out of the question very often; boats are incessantly running you down, and if you don't keep a good look-out your rudder will be unhooked and your boat will go anywhere but the right way then - this is a very old joke. There is, however, seldom an "upset" in spite of all the "mush." I have only seen two canoes upside down with their former occupants in the water, but canoes are a bit risky on occasions like this. Well, the rest of May week is given up to college balls and concerts, etc., and then we come to more serious things.
Visitors begin to disappear, and the examiners get their turn : tripos lists are now appearing, which had almost been forgotten in the past week. Men very seldom go to hear their own list read out, but send deputies, who return to congratulate or condole as the case may be. "Degree" day follows closely, and the rather tedious performance is for a few minutes relieved by the presentation of the famous wooden spoon to the last man in the mathematical tripos. When this happy man advances to receive his degree, a huge wooden shovel (bearing no resemblance to a spoon) is dangled in front of him from the gallery; as soon as he can manage to get hold of it he cuts it off and bears it away in triumph as a B.A. On one occasion a certain Vice Chancellor tried to abolish this ceremony, and every man who went up to the galleries was searched by the proctors. When the time came, however, there was the "spoon" again as usual dangling in front of the Vice-Chancellor himself.
So this brings us to the end of the term, and is perhaps a fitting end to this attempt at a description of something of what one experiences at Cambridge.

Nov. 1908.
SOLE CHARGE or curacy desired after January by Priest, Grad., young, single, experienced. Comradeship with vicar essential. Not "appendage" to Vicar's wife. Gladly specialise in visiting and preaching. O.K. 436, Church Times Office.

The Earl of Sefton, patron of the living of the parish of St. Chad, Kirkby, near Liverpool, has appointed the Rev. E. Vanderzee Fenn to succeed the present vicar, the Rev. R. Lloyd Crawley-Boevey, who will retire in August next.
The Rev. E. Vanderzee Fenn has for the past eight years been curate at Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, Sussex, where he has done excellent work. He is M.A. of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and was ordained in 1903 by the Bishop of Truro, when he was licenced to St. Minver, Cornwall.
Lord Sefton has presented the Rev. E. Fenn, curate ''of Cuckfield, to the vicarage of Kirkby, near Liverpool which is worth about L300 a year, with house.
The handsome church at Kirkby was rebuilt by the late Lord Sefton at a cost of L18,000. It contains a remarkable Roman font, highly decorated.
Our readers will be much interested to hear that the Rev. E. V. Fenn will be inducted to the living of Kirkby on October 12th, at 7 p.m. (1915)

The Rev E V Fenn vicar of Kirkby Liverpool, has been appointed to the vicarage of Lois Weedon, Northamptonshire (Patrons Kings College Cambridge).
The Times 24 November 1927.

1939 Register
Vicarage , Towcester R.D., Northamptonshire, England
Ernest V Fenn20 Feb 1880 single Clerk In Holy Orders
Mary Legg 07 Nov 1863 Housekeeper Widow

In 1951 Van travelled out to New Zealand on the Dominion Monarch to visit his brother and family, the following are extracts from the diary he kept off the voyage.
Friday, January 12: At Waterloo I meet G Burne who comes to bid me farewell, though he cannot stay to see the trains start. We leave about 2.30 . . . . . I have a babe in the carriage who requires a good deal of attention . . . . . its dark and wet when we reach Southampton and I joined the long line at the Custom Sheds. I am only asked one or two questions before my suitcases are chalked and I can proceed on board. I soon find my cabin 183, very nice and comfortable and after a cup of tea I unpacked and arrange things. . . . . . We leave eventually at 6.30, I receive six telegrams and some farewell letters before we start. At 7.30 a vast menu is put before me in the dining salon, but I can only manage some soup and a little fish. I spend the evening in the smoking room and go to bed early.
Saturday, January 13: Rather a sleepless night. The wind and noises on board and the motion of the vessel keeps me awake. When I got up about seven I feel very bad with the rolling of the ship. I attempt some breakfast, but I must confess I was grievously sick afterwards and feel very shaky all morning though I do get on the games deck for a walk and a blow about 11 o'clock. It is still blowing hard and we roll over way through the bay. I missed lunch and tea and spent most of the afternoon in my cabin lying down, but by evening I do feel sufficiently well to have some soup and fish for dinner. I have a pipe in the smoking room and get into conversation with an Australian from Queensland. To bed 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 14 I have a much better night . . . . . 7.45 to the smoking room where the other C of E person on board takes a celebration . . . . . seven present only one lady. It is not quite so rough today and I manage to eat some breakfast and keep it down . . . . . At 10:31 of the officers takes matins in the lounge it is well filled . . . . . today temp 59F distance 454 total distance 829 miles.
Monday 15 January: It is warm today and I enjoy sitting in the sun on deck . . . . . the swimming pool is filled this afternoon . . . . . I have written to Adria and . . . . . At night attended the cinema . . . . . not very interesting . . . . . temp 60F distance 479 total 1208.
Tuesday 16 January: Wake about 5:30 lights in my porthole . . . . . Las Palma is prettily situated among the hills . . . . . volcanic in appearance. We are at once bordered by a number of main selling elaborate tablecloths, dolls, jewellery etc . . . . . I'd go ashore and join a couple of young people in a taxi and we drive of to the town. . . . . come to the Cathedral taken to the top of the tower in a lift there is a good view of the town. The cathedral itself is not very impressive and the glass is poor. . . . . in the main shopping centre and port the roads are lined with palm trees and bright flowers and some lovely villas . . . . . sailed after lunch. . . . . temp 66F distance 311 total 1519
Wednesday 17 January: A brilliant cloudless day. . . . . I have quiet day with reading and sitting out on deck . . . . . kindly couple sitting at my table. . . . . temp 70F distance 443 total 1962.
Thursday 18 January:. . . . . cloudless sky . . . . . Mrs S at my table has influenza . . . . . many such cases on board . . . . . tonight is very hot . . . . . temp 73F distance 475 total 2437.
Friday 19 January: . . . . . passing the Doldrums . . . . . sea smooth . . . . . many flying fish . . . . . get into conversation with a Presbyterian minister . . . . . an interesting man . . . . . has done excavation work in Palestine and Egypt. . . . . I hear there was a death on board Sir H. Harley . . . . . at 3 p.m. the ship's slows down and the burial takes place. . . . . sports take place. . . . . cinema show North Island of New Zealand. . . . . temp 83F distance 471 total 2908
Saturday 20 January: . . . . . 6:22 the swimming pool where I enjoyed a nice bathe. . . . . crossed the line today Neptune's Court come aboard. . . . . men are shaved . . . . . women's haircut with immense wooden scissors . . . . . temp 79F distance 480 (a record) total 3388
Friday 26 January:. . . . . I look out of my porthole and see Table Mountain and the houses and lights of Cape Town. . . . . went ashore some shopping sent of postcards three of us take a car and have a drive round the coast . . . . . visit the Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Memorial, . . . . . lunch a fruit meal at the "Waldorf" . . . . . visit St George's Cathedral where a black verger is going round with a mop . . . . . leave for Freemantle temp 65F distance 335 total 5992.
Saturday 27 January: It is a stormy day but decks are wet with flying spray . . . . . by the evening I am sea sick again to bed early. Temp 59F distance 290 total 6290
Monday 29 January: Less stormy today and tho far from being quite fit I can take my meals and set on deck . . . . . it is rather chilly temp 56F distance 447 total 7182
Monday 5 February: Fine and warm got to my trunk in the baggage room and took out some clothing . . . . . assemble in the lounge to get the landing card and to pass the doctor . . . . . visited the kitchens. Temp 67F distance 471 total 10424
Tuesday 6 February: Fine and warm . . . . . 6:30 to the lounge for medical inspection before the ship can enter harbour . . . . . took a bus from Freemantle . . . . . into Perth to see something of the town . . . . . 1 p.m. to sea again . . . . . rough temp 71F distance 332 total 10756
Wednesday 7 February: Ash Wednesday . . . . . celebration at 7:45 (Communion) Allerton is rather absent-minded and leaves out the creed . . . . . ship rolling . . . . . temp 61F dist 417 total 11173
Saturday 10 February: . . . . . in Melbourne . . . . . Mary and Joan kindly come to meet the boat . . . . . take me around the city . . . . . we lunch together. . . . . they then come on board and see over the ship.

New Zealand Post Office telegram
9 July 1955
Reverent E. Fenn
Hospital Timaru.
Very sorry indeed to hear of your accident may you soon be more comfortable thinking of you.

Rev E. V. Fenn
Served Church Over 50 Years
The Rev. E. V. Fenn, who died in Timaru yesterday, was a minister of the Anglican Church in England for many years before retiring and coming to live in Timaru. A few years ago he celebrated 50 years of ordination, and received many congratulatory messages from the parishioners he served so well at Home.
Mr Fenn, who was a bachelor, lived with his brother, Mr H. L. Fenn, at Gleniti. He was well known for his work at St. John's Church, Highfield, where he was ever ready to assist at services and for a period relieved as vicar.
In his quiet and efficient way Mr Fenn served the church faithfully and well for more than 50 years His work at St. John's will long be remembered.
Timaru Herald - Jan 1956.

Tributes Paid at Funeral of Rev E. V. Fenn
A tribute to a "great friend and a great priest of the church" was paid by the Rev. R. P. Andrews at the funeral of the Rev. E. V. Fenn held in St John's, Highfield, .yesterday. There was a large attendance of parishioners and friends of the late Mr Fenn.
"Mr Fenn was a man of real humility and sincerity," said Mr Andrews.
He mentioned that in the Sanctuary at St John's was a prie dieu which Mr Fenn had given the church to commemorate his 50 years in the ministry.
Mr Andrews also spoke of the great help given St John's by Mr Fenn during the last five years, particularly at the time the ministry was vacant, and when he, Mr Andrews, was without the services of an assistant curate.
During the service at the church the choir sang Psalm 23 and the hymn "Now Thank We All Our God."
Assisting Mr Andrews at the services at the church and at the graveside was the Rev. B. A. W. Beckett, and the clergy was represented by the Rev. Canon H. S. Hamilton, Waihao Downs, the Rev. L. E. Cartridge, of Waimate, and the Rev. G. S. Lamont, of St Mary's, Timaru. Two members of the clergy, the Rev. J. Thomas, of St Peter's, Kensington, and the Rev. A. A. Purchas, of Fairlie, were pallbearers.
Timaru Herald - Jan 1956

Memorial Service
To Rev. E. V. Fenn
Held at St. John's (Timaru NZ)
"Seek those things that are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God"
How true these words are of Ernest Vanderzee Fenn," said the vicar, the Rev. R. P. Andrews, at the memorial service to the Rev. E. V. Fenn held in St John's, Highfield, last night.
"When a man is ordained to the ministry he is called upon to make his main interest the things of God, the teaching and spiritual welfare of God's children; and to make his main study the Word of God. After 50 years, even when he had retired from active ministry, Mr Fenn never failed each day to read his Bible and to study it in the original texts of Greek and Latin; and also to say the daily offices of Matins and Evensong.
"His mind was indeed set upon the things above, and yet this interest in the Scriptures and in prayer went hand-in-hand with a lively interest in people and, especially, a desire to help whenever possible. Mr Fenn, who was a nephew of our late Archbishop Julius, took his M.A. degree at, Cambridge University and studied at Wells Theological College. After serving two curacies, he was vicar of Kirkby for 12 years and of Lois Weedon for 24 years.
"It was a happy day for this parish when, on his retirement, Mr Fenn came to visit the home of his brother at Gleniti and a happier day still when he found such a warm and happy welcome that he decided to stay. We have often had reason to be grateful for his ready and able assistance in this parish. For two months before I came to St. John's Mr Fenn conducted all the services; and during my first year, when we had no assistant curate, he gave invaluable help, enabling us to increase the services in the other centre's.
"I know that you appreciated, as I did, his sincere desire to be of assistance; and his helpful sermons which, while giving evidence of his careful Bible study, always contained a message to take away. But it is not only in this parish that Mr Fenn gave such willing and able help. In almost every parish in South Canterbury he took services, sometimes for several weeks at a time"
"But I think the two things for which most of us will remember Van Fenn are his simple and sincere humility and his thoughtfulness for others. His humility was rooted in his love of God and his consciousness of God's blessings. When he had completed 50 years in the ministry his first thought was, How can I in some tangible way express my thanks to God and we are proud to have in our, church his beautiful gift for this purpose"
"His thoughtfulness for others, often when he might so well have been thinking of himself, has been an example to all of us. We shall long remember his many acts of unselfish kindness, and remembering will help us to do the same.
"Here was a man who, at the call of God, set his affections on things above, and who found the love of God and the work of the ministry thrilling and satisfying.
"And so as we offer our sympathy to those from whose family circle, he will be sadly missed, we thank God for the wonderful example of his life and ministry; and also for the joyful knowledge that our loved ones do not die, but pass as it were through a doorway to a larger and brighter room.
"Of Ernest Vanderzee Fenn it, may well be said:
Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, even so saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labours' And for ourselves, this promise of St. Paul is true; if we will set our affections upon things above, then Christ, Who is our life, shall appear, then shall we appear with Him in Glory".
Assisting Mr Andrews at the services at the church and at the graveside were the Rev B.A.W. Beckett, and the clergy was represented by the Rev Canon H. S. Hamilton, Waihao Downs, the Rev L. E. Cartridge of Waimate, and the Rev G. S. Lamont of St Mary's, Timaru. Two members of the clergy, the Rev Jim Thomas of St Peter's, Kensington, and the Rev A. A. Purchas, of Fairlie, were pallbearers, also Edward Elworthy, Hamilton Sinclair-Thomson, Dr Melville Brookfield, & Edward Fenn.
Timaru Herald - 1956

Catalogue of (Fenn) Family Memorabilia, Ref S/49 has a collection of three of Van's sermon notes.