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JOSEPH BECKWITH SUMMERS 1791-1874

Born in Dovercourt, Essex to Edward and Elizabeth.

Christened there in All Saints on 29/10/1793.

He was married to Mary ?, who was born in 1791 in Great Bentley.

Their children:

Judith 1823
Susanna 1825 (c) 30/10/1825
Joseph 1828 (c) 05/02/1828
Simon 1828 (c) 05/02/1828
Sarah 1831 (c) 27/03/1831

In 1841 Joseph and Mary were living in Back House Tendring with their children Judith, Susannah, Joseph and Sarah. Joseph snr was employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: HO107; Piece 338; Book: 25; Civil Parish: Tendring; County: Essex; Enumeration District: 12; Folio: 10; Page: 14; Line: 22; GSU roll: 241376.

In 1851 Joseph and Mary were was living in 70 Cottage, Tendring with their son Joseph. Joseph snr was still working in the fields. Class: HO107; Piece: 1779; Folio: 395; Page: 16; GSU roll: 207427.

Mary died in Tendring in Q4 1860, aged 72. She was buried in St Edmund's on 04/10/1860.

In 1861 Joseph's address is given as On The Green, Tendring. It could quite possibly be the same house. Joseph was living with his son Joseph. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 117; Page: 13; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Joseph was living on his own and still working on the land. He was living in Ribcoal Es (?) Lane, Tendring.

Joseph died in Tendring in Q1 1874, aged 83.


THE NEXT GENERATION: 2


Children of Joseph & Mary


JUDITH SUMMERS 1823-1898

Born in Little Bentley, Essex.

Married Robert Smee (b abt. 1814 in Great Oakley, Essex) in All Saints, Great Oakley, Essex on 11/10/1848.

Judith and Robert had no children.

In 1851 Judith and Robert were living at a house in Stones Green, Great Oakley. Robert was an agricultural labourer. Class: HO107; Piece: 1779; Folio: 423; Page: 7; GSU roll: 207427.

In 1861 Judith and Robert were still living in Great Oakley where Robert was now working as a groom. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 147; Page: 17; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 the pair of them were living at 55 Colchester Road, Stones Green. This could well have been the same house they had been living in all the time. Robert was still employed in the fields. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 32; Page: 12; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Judith and Robert were now living in Harwich Road in Great Oakley and Robert was still working on the land. Class: RG11; Piece: 1784; Folio: 9; Page: 11; GSU roll: 1341431.

I believe Robert died in Q3 1889 in the Tendring reg district..

In 1891 Judith was living on her own still in Great Bentley. Class: RG12; Piece: 1403; Folio 57; Page 6; GSU roll: 6096513.

I believe she died in 1898.


SUSANNAH SUMMERS 1825-03/04/1899

Bornin Tendring, Essex.

Christened there in St Edmund King and Martyr on 30/10/1825.

In 1841 Susannah was living in Back House Tendring with her parents and siblings Judith, Joseph and Sarah. Class: HO107; Piece 338; Book: 25; Civil Parish: Tendring; County: Essex; Enumeration District: 12; Folio: 10; Page: 14; Line: 22; GSU roll: 241376.

In Q4 1849 she married Henry Pinner (b 1831 in Great Hollands, Essex) in Tendring.

Their children:

Abraham 1850 (c) 13/10/1850
Henry 1853 (c) 05/06/1853
Margaret 1855 (c) 19/07/1857
Jane 1862
Emily 1866
Emily Louisa 08/12/1871 granddaughter they adopted

In 1851 Susannah and Henry were living in Great Holland, Essex with their baby son, Abraham. Henry was employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: HO107; Piece: 1779; Folio: 248; Page: 20; GSU roll: 207427.

In 1861 Susanna and Henry were living in Hollands Green, Great Holland, Essex with their children Abraham, Henry and Margaret. As was the case of most men in the locality, Henry was an agricultural labourer. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 90; Page: 22; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Susanna and Henry were living On the Green in Great Hollands with their children Jane and Emily. Henry was still in the fields. Class: RG10; Piece: 1678; Folio: 73; Page: 18; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Susannah and Henry were living in the same place and Henry was still working on the farm. Their daughter Emily was living with them. This was really their granddaughter Emily (illegitimate daughter of Margaret) who they adopted and brought up as their own daughter. Class: RG11; Piece: 1779; Folio: 92; Page: 14; GSU roll: 1341429.

In 1891 Susanna and Henry were living in Kirby Road in Great Holland. The children appear to have left home, although their granddaughter (daughter of Margaret) Amy Camm was said to be visiting them that day. Amy was actually sent to live with them for a while due to her ill health. Class: RG12; Piece: 1400; Folio 101; Page 7; GSU roll: 6096510.

I believe Henry died in 1896.

Susannah died on 03/04/1899 in the Islington reg district, London, aged 74. She was buried in Finchley cemetery, London in grave number 13636.


JOSEPH SUMMERS 1828-1915

Born in Tendring, Essex.

A twin to Simon.

Christened there in St Edmund King and Martyr on 05/02/1828.

In 1841 Joseph was living in Back House Tendring with hisr parents and siblings Judith, Susannah and Sarah. Class: HO107; Piece 338; Book: 25; Civil Parish: Tendring; County: Essex; Enumeration District: 12; Folio: 10; Page: 14; Line: 22; GSU roll: 241376.

In 1851 Joseph was living with his parents at 70 Cottage,Tendring and working as an agricultural labourer. Class: HO107; Piece: 1779; Folio: 395; Page: 16; GSU roll: 207427.

Married Mary Ann Crampin in St Edmund King and Martyr, Tendring on 02/11/1860. Joseph was 33 and Mary Ann 38.

In 1861 Joseph was living with his widowed father and working on the farm. (On this census he is listed as widowed, which I have only just spotted.) Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 117; Page: 13; GSU roll: 542752.

I believe Mary died in Tendring in January 1861. She was buried on 01/02/1861 in St Edmund King and Martyr, Tendring.

Joseph then married Maria Barton (b abt. 1839 in Little Bentley, Essex) in St Edmund King and Martyr, Tendring on 25/09/1862.

Their children:

Frederick (Maria's) 1860
Soloman 1863
Mary Ann 1864
Anna Maria 1867
Elizabeth 1868
Jane 1871
Eliza 1873
Harry 1876
Emily 1878
Sarah Ellan 1880

In 1871 Joseph and Maria were living On the Green in Tendring with Maria's son Frederick and their children Soloman, Mary Ann, Annie, Elizabeth and baby Jane. Joseph was still working as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Joseph and Maria where living in Tendring with their children Elizabeth, Jane, Eliza, Harry, Emily and Sarah. Joseph still employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Joseph and Maria were still living On the Green and Joseph was still toiling in the fields. At home with them on the day of the census were their children Harry, Emily, Sarah and grandson William. Joseph’s nephew, Frederick Pinner, joined them. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio 50; Page 19; GSU roll: 6096511.

In 1901 Joseph and Maria were still living in the same house with their son Harry. Both Joseph and Harry were working on the farm. Class: RG13; Piece: 1697; Folio: 11; Page: 13.

In 1911 Joseph and Maria were still living on the Green. Their grandson William was also there that day. Class: RG14; Piece: 10239; Schedule Number: 136.

Joseph died in Q1 1915 in Tendring, aged 87. He had been living in The Green, Tendring. Joseph was buried in St Edmund King and Martyr on 05/03/1915..

Maria died in Tendring in 1936 and the ripe old age of 97. She was buried in St Edmund King and Martyr on 02/11/1936.


SIMON SUMMERS 1828-1875

Born in Tendring, Essex.

A twin to Joseph.

Christened there in St Edmund King and Martyr on 05/02/1828.

I cannot find Simon in 1841.

In 1851 Simon was employed as a labourer at ? Farm, Wix, Essex. This was the home of John Boggis (farmer of 272 acres, employing lots of people) and his children. Class: HO107; Piece: 1780; Folio: 180; Page: 5; GSU roll: 207428

Married Eliza Rawlings (b 1824 in Tendring) in St Edmund King and Martyr, Tendring on 14/11/1857. Simon was a 28 year old labourer and Eliza was 30.

Their children:

Benjamin 1857
Eliza 1860
John 1866

In 1861 Simon and Eliza were living in Wix Road, Wix, Essex with their children Benjamin and Eliza. Simon was employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG 9; Piece: 1095; Folio: 119; Page: 14; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Simon and Eliza were living in Tendring Road, Wix with their children Benjamin, Eliza and John. Simon was employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG10; Piece: 1681; Folio: 115; Page: 15; GSU roll: 829964.

Simon died in Tendring in 1875. He was buried in St Edmund King and Martyr on 31/01/1875, aged 46.

In 1881 Eliza was living in Tendring with her sons Benjamin and John. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 30; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Eliza was living on the Green, Tendring with her son John. Her brother Robert Rawlings was also living there. Eliza was working as a charwoman. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio: 47; Page: 13; GSU roll: 6096511.

In 1901 Eliza (transcribed as Elizabeth) was still living on the Green. Her brothers Robert and Charlie were also living there. Eliza was working as a dressmaker. Class: RG13; Piece: 1697; Folio: 10; Page: 11.

Eliza died in Tendring in 1908. She had been living in Tendring Green. Eliza was buried in St Edmund King and Martyr on 26/03/1908, aged 81.


SARAH SUMMERS 1831-????

Bornin Tendring, Essex.

Christened there in St Edmund King and Martyr on 27/03/1831.

In 1841 Sarahh was living in Back House Tendring with her parents and siblings Judith, Susannah and Joseph. Class: HO107; Piece 338; Book: 25; Civil Parish: Tendring; County: Essex; Enumeration District: 12; Folio: 10; Page: 14; Line: 22; GSU roll: 241376.

Sarah died in Tendring in 1842. She was buried in St Edmund's on 27/02/1842, aged 10.


THE NEXT GENERATION: 3


Children of Susanna & Henry grandchildren of Joseph & Mary


ABRAHAM PINNER 1850-1865

Born in Great Holland, Essex.

Christened there in All Saints on 13/10/1850.

In 1851 Abraham was living in Great Holland with his parents. Class: HO107; Piece: 1779; Folio: 248; Page: 20; GSU roll: 207427.

In 1861 Abraham was living On the Green in Great Hollands with his parents and siblings Henry and Margaret. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 90; Page: 22; GSU roll: 542752.

Abraham died in Great Holland in 1865. He was buried there in All Saints on 01/05/1865, aged 14.


HENRY PINNER 1853-14/04/1919 nxg

Born in Great Holland, Essex.

Christened there in All Saints on 05/06/1853.

In 1861 Henry was living On the Green in Great Hollands with his parents and siblings Abraham and Margaret. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 90; Page: 22; GSU roll: 542752.

I cannot find Henry in 1871.

In 1881 Henry was a boarder at 65 Balls Pond Road, Islington. This was the home of Thomas Townsend (wheelwright) and his family. Henry was employed as a tailor's cutter. Class: RG11; Piece: 251; Folio: 134; Page: 72; GSU roll: 1341055.

Married Agnes Susannah Perks on 21/05/1882 in St Matthew's Church, Islinton, London. Henry was of full age and a tailor's cutter. Agnes was 20 and they were both living at 65 Balls Pond Road. the witnesses were James Sherman and William James Sherman.

Their children:

Edward Henry 1884
Agnes May 1885
Arthur George 1890
Daisy Elsie 1895
Harold Cliff 1899

In 1891 Henry and Agnes were living at 76 Gordon Villa, East Ham, Essex with their children Edward, Agnes and Arthur. There was also a 13 year old domestic servant named Ada Benton there. Henry was employed as a tailor's cutter. Class: RG12; Piece: 1339; Folio: 10; Page: 21; GSU roll: 6096449.

In 1901 Henry and Agnes were living at 13 Durlston Road, Hackney, London with their children Edward, Agnes, Arthur, Daisy and Harold. Henry was employed as a gents dressing gown fitter. Class: RG13; Piece: 212; Folio: 131; Page: 14.

In 1911 Henry and Agnes were living at 77 Durlston Road, Upper Clapton, Middlesex with their children Arthur, Daisy and Harold. Henry was employed as a gents dressing gown cutter. Class: RG14; Piece: 1053; Schedule Number: 167.

Henry died on 14/04/1919 at Hackney Infirmary, aged 66. He and Agnes had still been living at the same address. Probate was granted in London on 06/06/1919 to his widow Agnes Susannah Pinner. Henry's effects totalled £154 17s and 6d.


MARGARET PINNER 1855-1925

Born in Great Holland, Essex.

Christened there in All Saints on 19/07/1857.

In 1861 Margaret was living On the Green in Great Hollands with her parents and siblings Abraham and Henry. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 90; Page: 22; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Margaret was employed as a house servant in Upper Street, Essex. This was the home of William Howard (blacksmith) and his sister. Class: RG10; Piece: 1678; Folio: 53; Page: 7; GSU roll: 829962.

Her children:

Emily Louisa 08/12/1871
Frederick 29/04/1877

Daughter Emily was adopted by Margaret's parents and brought up as their daughter.

Married William James Camm (b 1858 in Islington, Middlesex) in St Mary's, Islington on 13/06/1880. William was a warehouseman who lived at 103 Cloudesly Road and Margaret lived at 7 Quadrant Road. The witnesses were Edward E Bowman and Elizabeth Bowman.

Their children:

Florence Winifred 1880
Amy 21/02/1882
William Frederick 1883

In 1881 Margaret and William were living at 181 Liverpool Road, Islington with their daughter Florence. William was employed as a packer. Class: RG11; Piece: 227; Folio: 97; Page: 17; GSU roll: 1341050.

In 1891 Margaret and William were living at 95 Liverpool Road, south west Islington with their children Florence and William. William's brother Frederick (draper's assistant) was also there that day.William was employed as a warehouseman. Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

In 1901 Margaret and William were still living in the same house with their children Florence, Amy and William. William was employed as a wholesale drapery assistant. Class: RG13; Piece: 177; Folio: 26; Page: 3.

William played the trumpet in a band that performed in the rain at the opening of the newly rebuilt Kew Bridge over the Thames River on 20/05/1903. He caught a cold that developed into pneumonia.

William died on 24/06/1903 in Islington as a result of his pneumonia. Weather records showed unusually heavy rainfall that spring and summer in the London area.

In 1911 Margaret was living at 91 Leslie Road, Leytonstone, Essex. This was the home of her son, Frederick Pinner. Margaret was working as a sewing machinist. Class: RG14; Piece: 9611; Schedule Number: 274.

Margaret died in the West Ham reg district, Essex in Q1 1925, aged 69.


JANE PINNER 1861-????

Born in Great Holland, Essex.

In 1871 Jane was living On the Green in Great Hollands with her parents and sister Emily. Class: RG10; Piece: 1678; Folio: 73; Page: 18; GSU roll: 829962.

Nothing else is currently known.


EMILY PINNER 1865-????

Born in Great Holland, Essex.

In 1871 Emily was living On the Green in Great Hollands with her parents and sister Jane. Class: RG10; Piece: 1678; Folio: 73; Page: 18; GSU roll: 829962.

Nothing else is currently known.

I get the impression that this family had some bad luck and all the children died young. I have tried various spellings but still nothing comes up. The Emilys in 1871 and 1881 are 2 different children, the 1881 one being a granddaughter that was adopted as a daughter.


Children of Maria & Joseph grandchildren of Joseph & Mary


FREDERICK BARTON 1860-????

Born in Frating, Essex. I believe he was Maria’s son, but not necessarily Joseph’s.

In 1861 Frederick was living at home with his mother’s family on the night of the census. This was in Weeley Lane, Little Bentley, Essex. Class: RG9; Piece: 1096; Folio: 59; Page: 15; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Frederick was living On the Green in Tendring with his parents and siblings Soloman, Mary Ann, Annie, Elizabeth and baby Jane. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

After this time I am not sure what he did as I cannot find anything solid about him.


SOLOMAN SUMMERS 1863-????

Born in Tendring.

In 1871 Soloman was living On the Green in Tendring with his parents and siblings Frederick, Mary Ann, Annie, Elizabeth and baby Jane. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Solomon was in Aldershot were he was a private in the army. His battalion was the 1st Battalion 2nd Queens Royal regiment. Class: RG11; Piece: 786; Folio: 29; Page: 16; GSU roll: 1341185.

I cannot find any more information about him after this.


MARY ANN SUMMERS 1864-07/02/1950

Born in Tendring.

In 1871 Mary Ann was living On the Green in Tendring with his parents and siblings Frederick, Soloman, Annie, Elizabeth and baby Jane. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Mary Ann was working as a domestic servant at 3A West Street in Harwich. This was the home of Edwin S Gunn (builder employing 2 apprentices). Class: RG11; Piece: 1781; Folio: 86; Page: 2; GSU roll: 1341430.

Married George Legget (b 1869 in either Chidham or Yapton, Sussex) in the Steyning reg district in Q1 1892.

Their children:

Alice Mary 1892
George Sullivan 1894
Soloman William 1895
Dorothy Ethel 1897
Jack Redvers 1900
Frank1902
Joseph Hector1903
Emily Florence 17/08/1904
Nellie Maria Summers1907
May Daisy1910

In 1901 George and Mary were living in Wick Street, Littlehampton with their children Alice, George, Soloman, Dorothy and Jack. George was employed as a plate layer. Class: RG13; Piece: 962; Folio: 122; Page: 2.

In 1911 Mary and George were living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with their children Solomon, Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily, Nellie and baby May. George was employed as a plasterer in the building trade. Solomon was working on a farm.

Mary died in Littlehampton in May 1950, aged 86. She was buried in Littlehampton Cemetery on 31/05/1950.

George died in Littlehampton in Q4 1951, aged 82. He was buried in Littlehampton Cemetery on 02/11/1951.


ANNA MARIA SUMMERS 1867-1938

Born in Tendring.

In 1871 Annie was living On the Green in Tendring with her parents and siblings Frederick, Soloman, Mary Ann, Elizabeth and baby Jane. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 she was a domestic servant for the Fisher family at Clap Gate Farm in Clacton, Essex. Class: RG11; Piece: 1779; Folio: 72; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341429.

Married Joseph Lord (b 12/03/1851 in Great Oakley, Essex) in Tendring on 24/04/1886. Joseph was a widow with 2 children (2 having died previously(.

Their children:

Harry Johnathan 1886
Frederick David 1890
Arthur Joseph 1893
Alice Maude 1896
Edward 1896
Walter George 1899
Leonard James 1901
Emily Annie 1904
Albert Edward 1905
Lily 1907
Ernest Robert 1910
Florence 1912

In 1891 Anna and Joseph were living at Salt Water Bridge, Bridge House, Great Oakley with their children Harry and Frederick. Joseph was a farm labourer. Class: RG12; Piece: 1403; Folio 73; Page 17; GSU roll: 6096513.

In 1901 Anna and Joseph were living in Back Road, Little Oakley with their children Harry, Fred, Arthur, Alice and Walter. Joseph was emplyed as a horseman on a farm and his son Harry was a cowman. Class: RG13; Piece: 1700; Folio: 54; Page: 7.

In 1911 Anna and Joseph were living in the same place with their children Frederick, Arthur, Alice, Walter, Leonard, Emily, Albert, Lily and Robert. Joseph was employed as a farm labourer. Class: RG14; Piece: 10256; Schedule Number: 49.

Joseph died in the Tendring reg district (quite likely Little Oakley) in Q3 1916, aged 63.

Anna died in the Tendring reg district (quite likely Little Oakley) in Q2 1938, aged 73.


ELIZABETH SUMMERS 1868-1929

Born in Tendring.

In 1871 Elizabeth was living On the Green in Tendring with her parents and siblings Frederick, Soloman, Mary Ann, Annie and baby Jane. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Elizabeth was still living at home in Tendring with her parents and siblings Jane, Eliza, Harry, Emily and Sarah. Elizabeth possibly went to London to work in the service industry. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In Q2 1890 she married Robert William Pegg, (b abt 1855 in Wales) in Marylebone, London.

Ethel Mary 1891
William Francis 1892
Elizabeth Florence 15/12/1894(c) 25/11/1896
Elsie Emily10/11/1896 (c) 25/11/1896
Violet Gladys29/11/18990 (c) 15/01/1902
Ivy Eleanor(Helena)07/12/1901 (c) 15/01/1902
Ella Winifred03/07/1906 (c) 18/07/1906

In 1891 Elizabeth and Robert were living at 6 Marylebone Mews, Marylebone with their baby daughter Ethel. Robert was a carman’s assistant. Class: RG12; Piece: 92; Folio 88; Page 30; GSU roll: 6095202.

In 1901 Elizabeth and Robert were living at 4 George Street, Marylebone with their children Ethel, William and Gladys. Also there that day was Elizabeth's nephew, William Summers (Was he really her nephew or was she his mother? That will have to remain unsolved for the time being.) and boarder George Elmer. Robert was employed as a furniture carman. Class: RG13; Piece: 114; Folio: 152; Page: 34.

In 1911 Elizabeth and Robert were living at 17 Jacobs Wells Mews, Manchester Square, Marylebone with their children William, Gladys, Ivy and Winnifred. Robert was still employed as a furniture carman. Class: RG14; Piece: 555; Schedule Number:145.

Elizabeth died in Q2 1929 in Marylebone, aged 60.


JANE SUMMERS 1871-1963

Born in Tendring.

In 1871 baby Jane was living On the Green in Tendring with her parents and siblings Frederick, Soloman, Mary Ann, Annie and Elizabeth. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Jane was still living at home in Tendring with her parents and siblings Elizabeth, Eliza, Harry, Emily and Sarah. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891, Jane was working as a housemaid for the Meldola family at 6 Brunswick(?) Square, n St. Pancras, London. Class: RG12; Piece: 123; Folio 41; Page 2; GSU roll: 6095233.

Married Arthur William Curtis (b 1859 in Wapping, London) in Marylebone in Q4 1892.

Their children:

Jennie Lavinia 1893 (c) 15/08/1895
Arthur Philip 1895 (c) 15/08/1895
Edwin Victor 1898 (c) 25/08/1898
Ella Lilian 1901 (c) 16/05/1901

In 1901 Jane and Arthur were living at 2 Wallwood Street, Limehouse, Stepney, London with their children Jennie, Arthur and Edwin. Arthur was employed as a waterman/lighterman. Class: RG13; Piece: 324; Folio: 38; Page: 21.

In 1911 Jane and Arthur were living at 12 Jephson Road, Forest Gate, London with their children Jennie, Arthur, Edwin and Ella. Arthur was employed as a night watchman. Class: RG14; Piece: 9561; Schedule Number: 82.

Arthur died in Q2 1932 in the West Ham reg district, Essex, aged 73.

I believe Jane died in Q1 1963 in the Essex south west reg district, aged 92.


ELIZA SUMMERS 1873-????

Born in Tendring.

In 1881 Eliza was living at home in Tendring with her parents and siblings Elizabeth, Jane, Harry, Emily and Sarah. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Eliza was down in Yapton visiting the Leggett family – the soon to be in laws of her sister Mary Ann. She was working as a domestic servant. Class: RG12; Piece: 839; Folio 84; Page 5; GSU roll: 6095949.

In 1901 she was still in service, this time she was employed as a general servant. The family employing her were the Lansley family and they lived at 301 High Street, Willesden, London. Class: RG13; Piece: 1224; Folio: 34; Page: 7.

In 1911 Eliza was employed as a general servant at 5 Cardinal Mansions, Carlisle Place, Westminster, London. This was the home of George M Moore (manager in an American company) and his wife. Class: RG14; Piece: 488; Schedule Number: 73.

Nothing else is currently known.


HARRY SUMMERS 1876-1963

Born in Tendring.

In 1881 Harry was living at home, On the Green in Tendring with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, Jane, Eliza, Emily and Sarah. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Harry was living at home in the same place with his parents and siblings Emily and Sarah. His nephew William Pinnerwas also there. Harry was working as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio 50; Page 19; GSU roll: 6096511.

In 1901 Harry was still living with his parents in the same place and working as a horseman on the farm. Class: RG13; Piece: 1697; Folio: 11; Page: 13.

Married Sophie Lester (b 1871 in Ardleigh, Essex)in St Edmund King and Martyr, Tendring on 27/04/1901. Harry was a 25 year old farm labourer, living in Tendring Green. Sophie was a 30 year old widow living at Brock Hall, Tendring.

Their child:

Violet Ivy 23/07/1903

In 1911 Harry and Sophie were living in Tendring Road, Great Oakley, Harwich, Essex with their daughter Ivy. Harry was employed as a farm labourer and thatcher. Class: RG14; Piece: 10258; Schedule Number: 21.

I believe Sophie died in the Harwich reg district, Essex in Q1 1952, aged 81.

I believe Harry died in Q4 1963 in the Cochester reg district, Essex, aged 87.


EMILY SUMMERS 1878-1954

Born in Tendring.

In 1881 Emily was living at home On the Green in Tendring with her parents and siblings Elizabeth, Jane, Eliza, Harry and Sarah. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Emily was living at home in the same place with her parents and siblings Harry and Sarah. Her nephew William Pinner was also there. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio 50; Page 19; GSU roll: 6096511.

In 1901 Emily was employed as a housemaid at 168 Edgware Road, Marylebone, London. This was the home of Edwin Spoake (draper) and his family Class: RG13; Piece: 111; Folio: 36; Page: 5.

I cannot find Emily in 1911.

Did she marry James Knappett in Tendring in Q3 1915? If so:

Reginald James 28/09/1916

Emily died in Q4 1954 in the Colchester reg district, Essex, aged 76 .


SARAH ELLEN SUMMERS 1883-????

Born in Tendring, Essex.

In 1881 Sarah was living at home On the Green in Tendring with her parents and siblings Elizabeth, Jane, Eliza, Harry and Emily. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Sarah was living at home in the same place with her parents and siblings Harry and Emily. Her nephew William was also there. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio 50; Page 19; GSU roll: 6096511.

As with the other girls in her family, Sarah went into service in London and in 1901 she was a housemaid at 20 Duke Street, Marylebone in London. This was the home of Caroline Clubb (lodging house keeper. Class: RG13; Piece: 104; Folio: 41; Page: 30.

Sarah possibly married in the West Ham reg district, Essex in Q3 1911 to either Charles W Channell OR Frederick C Stammers.

Nothing else is currently known.


Children of Simon & Eliza grandchildren of Joseph & Mary


BENJAMIN SUMMERS 1858-1916

Born in Wix, Essex.

In 1861 Benjamin was living in Wix Road, Wix with his parents and sibling Eliza. Class: RG 9; Piece: 1095; Folio: 119; Page: 14; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Benjamin was living in Tendring Road, Wix with his parents and siblings Eliza and John. Class: RG10; Piece: 1681; Folio: 115; Page: 15; GSU roll: 829964.

In 1881 Benjamin was living in Pillock Hall, Tendring with his widowed mother and brother John. Benjamin was employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 30; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

Married Emma Baynes (b 1855 in Tendring) in St Edmund King and Martyr, Tendring on 19/11/1887. Benjamin was a 29 year old labourer and Emma was 32.

Their children:

Mary 1891 (c) 11/10/1891
Emma 1893 (c) 12/02/1893
Albert 1895 (c) 19/05/1895

In 1891 Benjamin and Emma were living in Wagstaffs Lane, Tendring. Emma's widowed father, Daniel Baynes was also living there. Benjamin was employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio: 46; Page: 11; GSU roll: 6096511.

In 1901 Benjamin and Emma were living on The Green, Tendring with their children Mary, Emma and Albert. Emma's father was still living there. Benjamin was employed as a horseman on a farm. Class: RG13; Piece: 1697; Folio: 11; Page: 14.

In 1911 Benjamin and Emma were living on The Green, Tendring with their son Albert. Benjamin was still employed as a horseman on a farm. Class: RG14; Piece: 10239; Schedule Number: 37.

Benjamin died in Tendring towards the end of December 1916, aged 58. He was buried in St Edmund King and Martyr on 04/01/1917.

Emma died in Tendring in November 1924, aged 70. She had been living in Chapel Lane, Tendring. Emma was buried in St Edmund King and Martyr on 24/11/1924.


ELIZA SUMMERS 1860-1942 nxg

Born in Wix, Essex.

In 1861 Eliza was living in Wix Road, Wix with her parents and sibling Benjamin. Class: RG 9; Piece: 1095; Folio: 119; Page: 14; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Eliza was living in Tendring Road, Wix with her parents and siblings Benjamin and John. Class: RG10; Piece: 1681; Folio: 115; Page: 15; GSU roll: 829964.

In 1881 Eliza was employed as a housemaid in Mersea Road, Roman Hill,Eessex. This was the home of James C DeWinter (dividends) and his family. Class: RG11; Piece: 1795; Folio: 57; Page: 6; GSU roll: 1341433.

Married Henry Gardiner in St Edmund King and Martyr, Tendring on 27/10/1882. Eliza was 22 and Henry was a 22 year old labourer.

Their children:

Alice Eliza 15/11/1883 (c) 10/02/1884
Emma Elizabeth 1886

Henry died in Tendring in 1887. He was buried in the churchyard of St Edmund King and Martyr on 14/01/1887, aged 26. Henry was a thatcher.

In 1891 Eliza was living on The Green, Tendring with her daughters Alice and Emma. Eliza was working as a laundress. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio: 48; Page: 15; GSU roll: 6096511.

Eliza then married Charles Crampin (b 1856 in Tendring) in St Edmund King and Martyr, Tendring on 18/11/1893. Eliza was 33 and Charles was a 36 year old batchelor.

Their children:

Ellen Gertrude 1894 (c) 06/05/1884
Ernest Charles (c) 10/01/1897
Florence Grace (c) 26/07/1899

In 1901 Eliza and Charles(transcribed as Crumpin) were living on The Green, Tendring with their children. Charels was employed as an ordinary agricultural labourer. .

In 1911 Eliza and Charles(transcribed as Cramplin) were still living in the same place with their children Ernest and Floriie. Eliza's daughter, Emma Gardiner was also there that day. Charles was employed as a farm labourer. Class: RG14; Piece: 10239; Schedule Number: 23.

Charles died in Tendring in January 1924. He was buried in the churchyard of St Edmund King and Martyr on 26/01/1924, aged 68.

Eliza died in Tendring in January 1942. She had been living at 2 Lodge Lane, Tendring. Eliza was buried in the churchyard of St Edmund King and Martyr on 29/01/1942, aged 42.


JOHN SUMMERS 1866-1929

Born in Wix, Essex.

In 1871 John was living in Tendring Road, Wix with his parents and siblings Benjamin and Eliza. Class: RG10; Piece: 1681; Folio: 115; Page: 15; GSU roll: 829964.

In 1881 John was living in Pillock Hall, Tendring with his widowed mother and brother Benjamin. John was employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 30; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 John was living on the Green, Tendring with his mother. John was employed as an agricultural labourer. His maternal uncle, Robert Rawling was also there that day. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio: 47; Page: 13; GSU roll: 6096511.

Married Harriet Jennings (b 1866 in Wix) in Tendring in Q4 1892.

Their children:

Maud 1893
John William 1895
Kate 1896
Ellen Mary 1897
Robert 1900
Eliza 1902
Mabel 1904
Harriet 1908

In 1901 John and Harreit were living at Lodge Farm, Tendring with their children Maud, John, Kate, Ellen and Robert. John was employed as a horseman on a farm. Class: RG13; Piece: 1697; Folio: 9; Page: 10.

In 1911 John and Harreit were living at Park Cottage, Thorpe Park, Thorpe-Le-Soken, Essex with their children John (named as William), Kate, Ellen, Robert, Eliza, Mabel and Harriet. John was still employed as a horseman. Class: RG14; Piece: 10240; Schedule Number: 122.

I believe John died in Tendring in Q1 1929, aged 63.

I also believe Harriet died in Q1 1932 in the Romford reg district,Essex, aged 67.


THE NEXT GENERATION: 4


Children of Margaret: grandchildren of Susannah & Henry, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.

Information on this family has come from Audrey Armstrong and I am extremely grateful to her for allowing me too include it.

EMILY LOUISA PINNER 08/12/1871-12/05/1972

Born in Great Holland, Essex. Her father was unknown.

Emily was adopted by her maternal grandparents Susannah and Henry Pinner and brought up as their daughter.

In 1881 Emily was living On the Green in Great Hollands, Essex with her adopted parents. Class: RG11; Piece: 1779; Folio: 92; Page: 14; GSU roll: 1341429.

I cannot find Emily in 1891.

Married John William Nelson Jackson (b abt. 1868 in New Barnet, Middlesex) on 12/03/1899 in Emmanuel Church, Camberwell, London. John was a 22 year old cook and Emily was 27. They were both living at 1 Mazzard Row. The witnesses were Walter Jackson and Minnie(?) Scowrer(/).

Their children:

John William 1899
Thomas George 1903
Edward Arthur 1906
Amy ?
Dorothy after 1911

In 1901 Emily and John were living at 19 Belham Street, Camberwell, London with their son John. John was employed as a carpet porter. Class: RG13; Piece: 495; Folio: 33; Page: 54.

Emily and John emigrated to Canada and settled in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto, before the 1911 Canadian census.

In 1911 Emily and John were living at 327 Wilton Street, Toronto with their children. Also living there were her half sister Amy Porter, her husband and their children Nina and Frank. There was also a boarder.

Emily died at the Claremont Nursing Villa, Ontario, Canada on 12/05/1972, aged 100. She was buried in York Cemetery.


FREDERICK PINNER 29/04/1877-????

Born in Tendring, Essex, father unkown.

I cannot find Frederick in 1881.

In 1891 Frederick was living On the Green, Tendring with his maternal great uncle and aunt, Joseph and Maria Summers and their children. Frederick was employed as a butcher's lad. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio 50; Page 19; GSU roll: 6096511.

In 1901 Frederick was a boarder in Station Cottages, Woodham Ferrers, Essex. This was the home of Robert Clark (platelayer for G.E.Railways) and his family. Frederick was employed as a porter / signalman on the Great Eastern Railway. Class: RG13; Piece: 1669; Folio: 38; Page: 13.

In 1911 Frederick was living at 91 Leslie Road, Leytonstone, Essex. His widowed mother, Margaret Camm was living with him. Frederick was employed as a railway guard by the G.E. Railway Company. Class: RG14; Piece: 9611; Schedule Number: 274.

Nothing else is currently known.


Children of Margaret & William: grandchildren of Susannah & Henry, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.

Information on this family has come from Audrey Armstrong and I am extremely grateful to her for allowing me too include it.

FLORENCE WINIFRED CAMMM 1880-1965 nxg

Born in Islington, Middlesex.

In 1881 Florence was living at 181 Liverpool Road, Islington with her parents. Class: RG11; Piece: 227; Folio: 97; Page: 17; GSU roll: 1341050.

In 1891 Florence was living at 95 Liverpool Road, south west Islington with her parents and brother Frederick. Their sister Amy was living with their maternal grandparents, due to ill health. Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

In 1901 Florence was living in the same house with her parents and siblings Amy and William. Florence was employed as a stationers assistant. Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

Married Frederick Nathaniel Bevens (b 1880 in Islington) in Q2 1910 in the Fulham reg district, London.

Their children:

Winifred H 1910
Frederick W 1912
Doris I 1916

In 1911 Florence and Frederick were living at 16 Colegrave Road, Stratford, London with their baby daughter Winifred. Frederick was employed as an electrical instrument maker. Class: RG14; Piece: 9370; Schedule Number: 163.

Frederick died in Q4 1993 in the West Ham reg district, Essex, aged 53.

Florence died in Q1 1965 in the Essex South Western reg district, aged 84.


AMY CAMM 21/02/1882-10/11/1970

Born in Islington, Middlesex.

Amy was ill as a child and as a result, was sent to live with her maternal grandparents, Susannah and Henry Pinner. Her illness caused temporary blindness, from which she recovered.

In 1891 Amy was living in Kirby Road in Great Holland, Essex with her maternal grandparents. Class: RG12; Piece: 1400; Folio: 101; Page: 7; GSU Roll: 6096510.

In 1901 Amy was living at 95 Liverpool Road, south west Islington with her parents and siblings Florence and William. Amy was employed as a ? card manufacturer (stationery manufacturer). Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

Married Frank Porter (b 01/11/1884 in Islington) in St Thomas Church, Finsbury Park, Islington on 20/03/1905. Amy was a 23 year old cardmaker and Frank a 22 year old signalman. They had both been living at 154 S Thomas Road. The witnesses were Richard Earnes and Nina Katies Earnes.

Their children:

Nina Amy 27/12/1905
Frank William 13/10/1907
Charles Henry 13/10/1907
Frank William 06/04/1909

Amy and Frank, along with their children Nina and Frank emigrated to Canada. They arrived in Toronto by train, via Portland, Maine, U.S.A. in 1911, 2 months before the census. The friend/contact on their immigration form was W Jackson, husband of Amy's half sister Emily. The family had sailed from Southampton on 21/03/1911 onboard the Cairnrona of the Thomson Steamship Line. The master's name was J. S. Boynce. Frank was a signal man and Amy a housewife. Their ticket number was 2540.

According to the 1911 census, Amy and Frank and their children Nina and Frank were living at 327 Wilton Street, Toronto. This was the home of Emily and John Jackson.

On 14/08/1914 Amy and Frank were living at 7 Grove Avenue.

The family lived at some point at 516 Glebeholm Boulevard, Toronto. Frank was a stationary engineer.

Frank died in his sleep at Floral Park on 20/07/1957. He died of heart failure.

Amy died at the Guelph General Hospital, Canada on 10/11/1970, aged 89. Amy died of renal failure. She was buried in the Highland Memorial Gardens, Toronto.


WILLIAM FREDERICK CAMM 1883-05/12/1951

Born in Islington, Middlesex.

In 1891 Frederick was living at 95 Liverpool Road, south west Islington with his parents and sister Florence. Their sister Amy was living with their maternal grandparents, due to ill health. Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

In 1901 William was living in the same house with his parents and siblings Florence and Amy. William was employed as a drapery packer. Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

Married Henrietta Joel Whitehead (b 1879 in Lambeth, London) on 25/10/1908 in St Anselm's Church, Lambeth, London. William was a 26 year old warehouseman and Henrietta was 29. They were both living at 25 Courtnay Street. The witnesses were William Whitehead and Mabel Lilian Perry.

Their children:

Margaret Annie * 1908
Queenie Maureen 1909-1976
Irene May 1910
Beatrice Patricia 1914-2003

According to the 1911 census, this couple had one other child who had died by then. There are 2 possibilites, Margaret Annie and Stanley. I have gone for Margaret because of the name and the fact she was born in Lambeth.

In 1911 William and Henrietta were living at 104 Tollington Park, Finsbury Park, North London with their daughter Irene. William was employed as a warehouse porter in a carpet factory. Henrietta was employed as a caretaker by an Estate Agents business. Class: RG14; Piece: 832; Schedule Number: 343

William died on 05/12/1951 in the Islington reg district, London of a perforated duodenal ulcer. He was aged 68.


Children of Mary & George: grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


ALICE MARY LEGGETT 29/09/1892-1975 nxg

Born in Lyminster, Sussex.

In 1901 Alice was living in Wick Street, (possibly number 24) Wick with her parents and siblings George, Solomon, Dorothy and Jack. Class: RG13; Piece: 962; Folio: 122; Page: 2.

I cannot find Alice in 1911.

Alice worked as a hotel cook somewhere in West Sussex.

Alice had an liason with a man named Morley and ended up pregnant. The father went off to fight in WW1 and was killed in France. Research by Alice's grandson has narrowed the father down to either Albert Lorraine Morley or Stephen W Morley.

Her child:

Albert Edward 1915

Alice was affectionately known by one leg of the family as Aunt Dub

Alice was offered work as a housekeeper by Leonard Charles Clayden and moved to 44 Longlands Park Crescent, Sidcup, Kent, taking Berty with her. Berty was around 7 years of age. Alice worked for Leonard for many years.

Alice married Leonard (b 1874 in the London, Middlesex reg district) in Q1 1944 in the Bromely reg district. She was 52 years old. Leonard's family was well connected with the diamond industry in South Africa, but Leonard was cut off for marrying a servant.

Leonard died of bowel cancer later that year in Q4 1944 in the Bromley reg district, aged 70 years.

At the age of 67 Alice went on a trip to Canada. She returned home on the Empress of England, of the Canadian Pacific Line, arriving in Liverpool on 16/08/1960. She had been living at 44 Longlands Park Crescent, Sidcup, Kent.

Alice died in 1976 in the Bexley reg district, Greater London .


GEORGE SULLIVAN LEGGETT 01/05/1894-????

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1901 George was living in Wick Street, (possibly number 24) Wick with his parents and siblings Alice, Solomon, Dorothy and Jack. Class: RG13; Piece: 962; Folio: 122; Page: 2.

In 1911 George was aboard the H M S Impregnable, Devonport. He was a Boy 1st Class. Class: RG14; Piece: 13027

According to his naval records, George enlisted on 01/05/1912 for 12 years. He had fair hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion. His chest measurement was 33 1/2". His first height measurement was 5' 6 1/4" and the second one stated 5' 9 1/2". George was very much into tattoos, having a woman's head and a horse shoe on his right forearm and a dragon, eagle and clasped hands with floral design on the left forearm. He also had a floral design across his chest. George also had a scar on his chin.

George served on the Impregnable as a Boy 2nd Class from 11/04/1910. He then served as as Boy 1st Class from 25/03/1911 until 23/05/1911. His number was 5299. He then served as a Boy 1st Class on the Scrivick(?) from 24/05/1911 until 16/09/1911. His number was 113 and his character was said to be good to satifactory. George then transferred to the Victory where his number was 2861. He served aboard her from 17/09/1911 until 01/10/1911. He then transferred to the Revenge, from 02/10/1911 and he stayed there until 23/05/1912. George was then transferred to a ship who's name I cannot read although it looks like renew.. His number was 221 and he served as a Boy 1st Class from 20/12/1911. His character was once again said to be good to satisfactory. He became an Ordinary Seamoan, aboard this ship, on 01/05/1912 and continued serving there until 22/07/1912. His character reference was not so good this time, he got 2 lots of 42 days detention for refusing duty. George then served some more time on the Victory as an OS, with a number of 290. He served from 03/09/1912 until 05/09/1912. Finally, George served on the Superb from 06/09/1912 until 13/11/1912. His number is illegible for this tour.

George was to be discharged on 13/11/1912 in view of his character and offences of theft of money from another rating. He had served another 42 days detention for this theft.

George joined the merchant navy.

George fathered at least 2 illegitimate children by the name of Jack and Bubbles. Unfortunately nobody in the family knows the real name of Bubbles, but it was him who gave his niece, Frances Mugridge, the nickname Bunty.

Married Blanche E Meade in the Steyning reg district, Sussex in Q1 1919.

Their children:

Jack 04/06/1918
'Bubbles'

Nothing else is currently known.


SOLOMON WILLIAM LEGGETT 10/10/1895-1975

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1901 Solomon was living in Wick Street, (possibly number 24) Wick with his parents and siblings Alice, George, Dorothy and Jack. Class: RG13; Piece: 962; Folio: 122; Page: 2.

In 1911 Solomon was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with his parents and siblings Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily, Nellie and baby May. Solomon was working on a farm. Class: RG14; Piece: 5355; Schedule Number: 143.

Solomon was known as Wilf by some members of the family and Will by others and was apparently the black sheep of the family.

Wilf joined the guards and served many years with them, possibly reaching the rank of Sergeant Major. He served as a Guardsman during WW1 and his service number was 17005. He saw action in France and was awarded the Victory, British and Star medals.

Wilf apparently (all family of Emily and Nellie's say the same, so maybe some truth involved) gained himself a dishonourable discharge when he was caught messing around with an 18 year old boy.

According to his nieces, Wilf was a very snotty, ugly man with a waxed moustache.

After his discharge, Wilf stayed in his parents home at 24 Wick Street, Littlehampton. At one time he was living in the shed in the back garden of that abode.

Wilf spent the rest of days in a council flat in Littlehampton, Sussex where he kept his coal in his bath! When I asked the reason for this I was told it was because he didn't know what else a bath would be used for!!

Wilf died in Littlehampton in Q2 1979, aged 83.


DOROTHY ETHEL LEGGETT 17/09/1897-1987

Born in Wick, Sussex.

Dorothy was known as Aunt Doff by the children of her sister, Emily. None of them could tell me why though.

In 1901 Dorothy was living in Wick Street, (possibly number 24) Wick with her parents and siblings Alice, George, Solomon and Jack. Class: RG13; Piece: 962; Folio: 122; Page: 2.

In 1911 Dorothy was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with her parents and siblings Solomon, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily, Nellie and baby May. Class: RG14; Piece: 5355; Schedule Number: 143.

Her child: Derrrick J 1923

Married Alexander William Leonard Mayhead (b 1893 in Hastings reg district, Sussex) in the East Preston reg district in Q2 1926.

Their children:

Dorothy Aleaxndra 1926
Nellie Ethel 07/04/1928
Thomas Haig 11/11/1929

Dorothy and Alex lived in Eastbourne and Dorothy's niece, Bunty, recalls Alex as a bald man.

Alexander died in 1967 in the Sutton reg district of Greater London.

Dorothy died in the Sutton reg district in Q4 1987.


JACK REDVERS LEGGETT 1900-1963

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1901 Jack was living in Wick Street, (possibly number 24) Wick with his parents and siblings Alice, George, Solomon and Dorothy. Class: RG13; Piece: 962; Folio: 122; Page: 2.

In 1911 Jack was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with his parents and siblings Solomon, Dorothy, Frank, Joseph, Emily, Nellie and baby May. Class: RG14; Piece: 5355; Schedule Number: 143.

Jack enlisted in the Army in 1915 but only served 165 days. He enlisted on 17/07/1915 in Worthing, stating his age was 18 years and 120 days. On his examination paper he was lsited as 5' 7" tall, 116 pounds in weight, a fresh complexion, expanded chest of 33" and with a scar that covered part of his left back. He had been a labourer. He joined the Kings Royal Rifles and his serial number was 12702. He claimed his next of kin was his mother and she was living at 1 Linfield Terrace, Wick, Littlehampton. Jack was posted to Sheerness, Kent on 13/08/1915 and on 28/12/1915, Jack was discharged from the Army. He had obviously been caught out, the reason for his discharge being that he had made a mis statement as to his age on his enlistment. Underneath this statement is the figure 15 9/12 in large writing - presumablby his age at his discharge.

Jack was attested on 12/03/1919 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. He was 19 this time and had been employed as a baker. He joined the Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment and his serial number was 18661.

Jack moved down to Somerset at some point in his life.

Married Elsie Nellie Tucker (b 1899 in Othery, Somerset) in Q3 1923 in the Bridgewater reg district, Somerset.

Did they have a son named Clifford R, born in the East Preston reg district in 1928? Did they also have a son Maurice J born in the Bridgewater reg district in Somerset in Q2 1938?

Jack died in the Bridgewater reg district in 1963.


FRANK LEGGETT 29/02/1902-1972

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1911 Frank was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with his parents and siblings Solomon, Dorothy, Jack, Emily, Nellie and baby May. Class: RG14; Piece: 5355; Schedule Number: 143.

Frank was a painter and decorator by trade.

Never married, as far as the family know but he did have a long time partner whose name, I was told, was Violet Christ. I am beginning to doubt the surname as it does not tie up with the children. I believe it could have been either Cramfield or Cranfield. I am leaning towards Cranfiled as there are several Violet Cranfields of a suitable age.

Between Frank and Violet there were quite a few children, one named June and another named Kenneth, who supposedly went by his mother's surname. If the mother's surname was Cranfield, there was another child named Clifford E. P. Could my elderly aunt have got Kenneth confused for Clifford? Alas, it is too late to ask her.

In later life Frank lost an arm and went blind.

Frank died in the Worthing reg district in 1972.


JOSEPH HECTOR LEGGETT 27/07/1903-1974

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1911 Joseph was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with his parents and siblings Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily, Nellie and baby May. Class: RG14; Piece: 5355; Schedule Number: 143.

Possibly married Frances E Boxall in Q3 1926 in the Reigate reg district, Surrey.

I believe Joseph and Frances had at least 2 children, Ronald F (1927) and Irene J (1930).

Joseph died in the Chichester reg district, (quite likely in Littlehampton) in December 1974. He was buried in Littlehampton Cemetery on 16/12/1974, aged 71. in 1974.


EMILY FLORENCE LEGGETT 17/08/1904-11/07/1976

Born in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton, Sussex.

In 1911 Emily was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with her parents and siblings Solomon, Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Nellie and baby May. Class: RG14; Piece: 5355; Schedule Number: 143.

Her first child was born before her marriage and I am not certain her husband was the father.

Her child:

Frances May 21/02/1925

Married Caleb John Fisher Mugridge in the Registry Office in East Preston on Emily's 21st birthday (17/08/1925). The marriage was by licence and the witnesses were Ernest W Beademore and A Honeyman.

At the time of their marriage, Emily had been working as a barmaid and living in Wick High Street. Caleb was a lorry driver, living at 29 River Road, Littlehampton.

Their children:

Bertie John Leonard 04/06/1926
Elizabeth Ann 06/02/1930
Anthony Robert 19/04/1933
Alison Mary04/08/1950

Emily and Caleb lived in many different places in Hastings, most of them rented. According to her daughter Betty (my mum) several moves were made at night making her think years later that the Mugridges had been forced to make a moonlight flit.

Emily and Caleb bought number 14 Brook Street, Hastings where they lived for many years. The house had once been a cobblers shop, hence the double front to it.

Caleb drove lorries before working as a taxi driver and eventally having his own taxi company where he both drove and maintained the vehicles. Emily worked behind the bar or did cleaning jobs. I know she worked at the Hastings Chess Club and the Havelock Club as we had towels to prove it! She also worked for a few years at the, (then posh), Queens Hotel on Hastings seafront. The hotel is still there but nowhere near as grand as it once was.

After moving from Brook Street, Emily and Caleb moved into 6 Havelock Road with their daughter Alison.

While living in Havelock Road, Caleb was admitted to St Helens Hospital, Hastings where he died on 06/05/1960. The cause of death was a carcinoma of the stomach. Cancer was later to take the lives of a grandson and 4 of his 5 children. Caleb was cremated at Hastings crematorim.

Emily was a member of the Trefoil Guild and regularly took part in their fund raising. She was a great fan of jumble sales and I always went with her whenever I was down that way. My first bedsit was furnished by the many jumble sales Emily and I had attendended, a lot of them as helpers. Emily also went on several outings a year and had a lot of friends.

One year, one of the groups Emily belonged to put on a production of Henry V111 and his 6 wives, Emily played Catherine and thoroughly enjoyed the roll.

Emily had her grand daughter Lesley, (my older sister), live with her for a while to finish school. She did the same again with me when my parents were moving to Oxfordshire. A lot of fun was had living there.

Emily suffered a stroke near the beginning of July 1976, in the very hot, dry summer we had then. I visited her every day for a week and she was qite adamant that she was not going to leave the hospital and go home to be a burden on somebody. She had always been a very independant woman and did not like the idea of not being in total control. On the morning of 11/07/1976, Emily died in St Helens Hospital, Hastings. According to the death certificate, the cause was cerebro Vascular accident. Her son Bert had been the informant.

Emily was cremated at Hastings crematorium.


NELLIE MARIA SUMMERS LEGGETT 23/04/1906-1983

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1911 Nellie was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with her parents and siblings Solomon, Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily and baby May. Class: RG14; Piece: 5355; Schedule Number: 143.

Her child:

David M 1930

Nell had worked as a housekeeper for an old lady named Mrs Thomas. When she died, Mrs Thomas willed the house to Nell.

Married William James Heather (b 1913 in Rustington, Sussex) in Q2 1942 in the Worthing reg district.

Their children

Jenifer M 06/02/1943
Philip J 1949

Nell was always feared by the children and grandchildren of her sister Emily (known to Nell as Em) as they always saw her as a rather cruel, hard hearted woman. To be sent to stay with 'Aunt Nell' was a punishment worse than death although, to her grandson, she was a different person altogether - warm and affectionate. Bill was always thought of with great warmth by Em's family.

Bill worked as a prison officer at Ford open prison in Sussex. He was very good with his hands and made lots of soft toys for his relatives. Nell was always feared by the children and grandchildren of her sister Emily (known to Nell as Em) as they always saw her as a rather cruel, hard hearted woman. To be sent to stay with 'Aunt Nell' was a punishment worse than death although, to her grandson, she was a different person altogether - warm and affectionate. Bill was always thought of with great warmth by Em's family.

Nell was heavily involved with the Guide movement and was a Guide leader for many years. She also dabbled in floristry, amking wreaths for funerals and wedding sprays. Nell was known to buy cheap flowers from florists to use as wreaths. Flowers with damaged stalks but undamaged heads were perfect. She was also known to go down to the cemetery to remove the wire moulding on wreaths that had withered away.

Bill died of bowel cancer on 06/02/1974 in Littlehampton, Sussex. He was buried in the cemetery there on 11/02/1974, aged 60.

Nell visited Canada in December/January 1982/3 to visit her son David and his family for Christmas and New Year. On her return to England she went to visit a friend who was sick with influenza. Unfortuanely Nell also caught the flu and it had a nasty effect on her weak heart.

Nellie died in Littlehampton in February 1983.She was buried in the cemetery there on 11/03/1983, aged 76.


MAY DAISY LEGGETT 1910-????

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1911 baby May was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with her parents and siblings Solomon, Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily and Nellie. Class: RG14; Piece: 5355; Schedule Number: 143.

According to my aunt, May had an illegitimate son, Danny by a sailor. So far I have been unable to find a birth for this so it is not necessarily true. I have since discovered this to be true but the living son has changed his christian name.

Married Reginald Ayling in the East Prestron reg district in Q4 1929.

Their children:

Gordon R 1933
Brian B 1937
Colin G 1939
Caralie Alexandra 1949

May and Reginald lived in Arundel, Sussex and reglarly had May's niece, Frances (Bunty) staying with them. May was Bunty's favourite aunt.

May died of heart dropsy, about 4 to 6 weeks after the birth of her daughter. She died in the Alton reg district, Hampshire. That would explain why I could never find her death in Sussex. May is buried in Hartley Church, Selbourne, Hampshire.

Reginald possibly died in Arundel in 1955.


Children of Anna & Joseph: grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


HARRY JOHNATHAN LORD 1886-12/10/1916

Born in Great Oakley, Essex.

In 1891 Harry was living at Salt Water Bridge, Bridge House, Great Oakley with his parents and brother Frederick. Class: RG12; Piece: 1403; Folio 73; Page 17; GSU roll: 6096513

In 1901 Harry was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with his parents and siblings Fred, Arthur, Alice and Walter. Class: RG13; Piece: 1700; Folio: 54; Page: 7

In 1911 Harry was in Malta. He was a Private in the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment of the Army and his serial number was 8948. Class: RG14; Piece: 34986; Page: 8.

Harry was killed in action n France and Flanders on 12/10/1916. He had been a Lance Corporal in the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment and his serial number was 43378..


FREDERICK DAVID LORD 1889-1968

Born in Great Oakley, Essex.

Christened there in All Saints Church on 29/10/1893, along with his brother Arthur.

In 1891 Frederick was living at Salt Water Bridge, Bridge House, Great Oakley with his parents and brother Harry. Class: RG12; Piece: 1403; Folio 73; Page 17; GSU roll: 6096513

In 1901 Fred was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with his parents and siblings Harry, Arthur, Alice and Walter. Class: RG13; Piece: 1700; Folio: 54; Page: 7

In 1911 Frederick was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with his parents and siblings Arthur, Alice, Walter, Leonard, Emily, Albert, Lily and Robert. Class: RG14; Piece: 10256; Schedule Number: 49.

I believe Frederick died in Q1 1968 in the Colchester reg district, Essex, aged 78..


ARTHUR JOSEPH LORD 1893-26/09/1915

Born in Great Oakley, Essex.

Christened there in All Saints Church on 29/10/1893, along with his brother Frederick.

In 1901 Arthur was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with his parents and siblings Harry, Fred, Alice and Walter. Class: RG13; Piece: 1700; Folio: 54; Page: 7

In 1911 Arthur was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with his parents and siblings Frederick, Alice, Walter, Leonard, Emily, Albert, Lily and Robert. Class: RG14; Piece: 10256; Schedule Number: 49.

Arthur was killed in france and Flanders on or about 26/09/1915. He was a Private in the 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment and his serial number was 16341. Arthur was buried in Loos-en-Gohelle, Calais, France.


ALICE MAUDE LORD 1896-1965

Born in Great Oakley, Essex.

In 1901 Alice was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with her parents and siblings Harry, Fred, Arthur and Walter. Class: RG13; Piece: 1700; Folio: 54; Page: 7.

In 1911 Alice was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with her parents and siblings Frederick, Arthur, Walter, Leonard, Emily, Albert, Lily and Robert. Class: RG14; Piece: 10256; Schedule Number: 49.

Possibly married Eric G Hunt in Q4 1934 in the Tendring reg district, Essex.

Alice died in Q2 1965 in the Chelmsford reg district, Essex, aged 70.


EDWARD LORD 1897-1898

Born in Great Oakley, Essex.

Edward died in Great Oakley in q1 1898.


WALTER GEORGE LORD 10/07/1899-1981

Born in Little Oakley, Essex.

In 1901 Walter was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with his parents and siblings Harry, Fred, Arthur and Alice. Class: RG13; Piece: 1700; Folio: 54; Page: 7

In 1911 Walter was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with his parents and siblings Frederick, Arthur, Alice, Leonard, Emily, Albert, Lily and Robert. Class: RG14; Piece: 10256; Schedule Number: 49.

Walter joined the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment on 26/06/1923 as a regular Army member. His serial number was 6081967, he joined for 4 years in Warley and he was 23 years and 9 months old. His former employement had been as a milkman.

Probably married Phyllis M Willsher in the Colchester reg district, Essex in Q4 1940

Walter died in the Colchester reg district in Q3 1981, aged 82.


LEONARD JAMES LORD 1901-1982

Born in Little Oakley, Essex.

In 1911 Leonard was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with his parents and siblings Frederick, Arthur, Alice, Walter, Emily, Albert, Lily and Robert. Class: RG14; Piece: 10256; Schedule Number: 49.

Married Violet Elizabeth Day (b 30/04/1908 in Tendring, Essex) in Q1 1935 in Tendring.

Leonard and Violet had a daughter who may still be alive.

Leonard died in Q1 1982 in the Colchester reg district, Essex, aged 80.

Violet died in the same reg district in Q3 1982, aged 74.


EMILY ANNIE LORD 15/06/1904-18/01/1995

Born in Little Oakley, Essex.

In 1911 Emily was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with her parents and siblings Frederick, Arthur, Alice, Walter, Leonard, Albert, Lily and Robert. Class: RG14; Piece: 10256; Schedule Number: 49.

Married William Farrington (b 1900) in the Tendring reg district, Essex in Q2 1926.

Emily and William had a daughter and 2 sons, some of who may still be alive.

Emily died in the Colchester reg district, Essex on 18/01/1995 aged 90.


ALBERT EDWARD LORD 20/12/1905-25/10/1973

Born in Little Oakley, Essex.

In 1911 Albert was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with his parents and siblings Frederick, Arthur, Alice, Walter, Leonard, Emily, Lily and Robert. Class: RG14; Piece: 10256; Schedule Number: 49.

Married Amy Lilian Hatcher (b 02/06/1909in the Thanet reg district, Kent) in the tendring reg district in Q3 1938.

Albert and Amy had 2 sons and a daughter who may still be alive.

Albert died in Q4 1973 in the Colchester reg district, Essex, aged 68.

Amy died on 20/01/2000 in the same reg district,aged 90.


LILY LORD 18/02//1907-????

Born in Little Oakley, Essex.

In 1911 Lily was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with her parents and siblings Frederick, Arthur, Alice, Walter, Leonard, Emily, Albert and Robert. Class: RG14; Piece: 10256; Schedule Number: 49.

Possibly married Sidney A Button in the Tendring reg district in Q2 1924.

Lily and Sidney had a daughter who may still be alive.

Lily died in the Colchester reg district, Essex in Q2 1992, aged 85.


ROBERT ERNEST LORD 10/01/1910-1974

Born in Little Oakley, Essex.

In 1911 Robert was living in Back Road, Little Oakley with his parents and siblings Frederick, Arthur, Alice, Walter, Leonard, Emily, Albert and Lily. Class: RG14; Piece: 10256; Schedule Number: 49.

Married Marjorie L Deex in Q3 1938 in the Tendring reg district.

Robert and Marjorie had a daughter who may still be alive.

Robert died in the Colchester reg district, Essex in Q4 1974, aged 64.


FLORENCE MAY LORD 01/07/1912-1976

Born in Little Oakley, Essex.

Married George Charrington (b 24/11/1911) in the Tendring reg district, Essex in Q4 1935.

Florence and George had 2 sons who may still be alive.

Florence died in the Chelmsford reg district, Essex in Q3 1976, aged 64.

George died in the same reg district in Q1 1983, aged 71


Children of Elizabeth & Robert: grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


ETHEL MARY PEGG 15(17)/12/1891-1960

Born in Marylebone, London.

In 1891 baby Ethel was living at 6 Marylebone Mews, Marylebone with her parents. Class: RG12; Piece: 92; Folio 88; Page 30; GSU roll: 6095202.

When Ethel was 6 years old she attended St Paul's Bentinck School in the Westminster Borough of London. The school she attended before then was called St Mary's. Her date of birth is given as 17/12/1890. The family had been living at 18 Pridport Street.

In 1901 Ethel was living at 4 George Street, Marylebone with her parents and siblings , William and Gladys. Also there that day was William Summers, her couisin or half brother and a boarder named George Elmer. Class: RG13; Piece: 114; Folio: 152; Page: 34.

Ethel attended Stephen Street School in the Westminster Borough of London. Her admission date was 26/05/1902 and she was aged 11 years. This time her date of birth was given as 15/12/1890. The family were still living at 4 George Street.

In 1911 Ethel was employed as a domestic housemaid at 1 Colville Mansions, 1 Powis Terrace, London. This was the home of Henshaw Russell (Commander in Royal Navy, retired) and his wife. Class: RG14; Piece: 149; Scheduele Number: 433.

I believe spinster Ethel died in Q1 1960 in the Paddington reg district, London, aged 68.


WILLIAM FRANCIS PEGG 1892-1961

Born in Marylebone, London.

In 1901 William was living at 4 George Street, Marylebone with his parents and siblings Ethel and Gladys. Also there that day was William Summers, his couisin or half brother and a boarder named George Elmer. Class: RG13; Piece: 114; Folio: 152; Page: 34.

In 1911 William was living at 17 Jacobs Wells Mews, Manchester Square. Marylebone with his parents and siblings Gladys, Ivy and Winifred. William was employed as a porter. Class: RG14; Piece: 555; Schedule Number:145.

William possibly died in Q3 in the Croydon reg district, Surrey, aged 68.


ELIZABETH FLORENCE PEGG 15/12/1894-????

Born in Marylebone, London.

Christened there, in St Mary's, Bryanston Square on 25/11/1896. Her sister Elsie was also christened that day. The family had been living at 12 Wyndham Mews.

I have yet to find a death for Elizabeth but I know she died before the 1911 census.


ELSIE EMILY PEGG 10/11/1896-1898

Born in Marylebone, London.

Christened there, in St Mary's, Bryanston Square on 25/11/1896. Her sister Elizabeth was also christened that day. The family had been living at 12 Wyndham Mews.

Elsie died in Marylebone in Q2 1898, aged 1.


VIOLET GLADYS PEGG 29/11/1899-1973

Born in Marylebone, London.

Christened there, in Christ Church on 15/01/1902, along with her sister Ivy. The family had been living at 4 George Street.

In 1901 Gladys was living at 4 George Street, Marylebone with her parents and siblings Ethel and William. Also there that day was William Summers, her couisin or half brother and a boarder named George Elmer. Class: RG13; Piece: 114; Folio: 152; Page: 34.

In 1911 Gladys was living at 17 Jacobs Wells Mews, Manchester Square. Marylebone with her parents and siblings William, Ivy and Winifred. Class: RG14; Piece: 555; Schedule Number:145.

At some point in her life, Glad02/05/1902 in Reading, Berkshire) in the Marylebone reg district in Q2 1929.

Louis was employed as a lorry driver.

Gladys and Louis had 2 sons (born in Marylebone according to Free BMD.)

Gladys died in Wokingham, Berkshire in 1977, aged 77.

Louis died in Bedfordshire in 1980, aged 78.


IVY ELEANOR (HELENA) PEGG 07/12/1901-1969

Born in Marylebone, London.

Christened there, in Christ Church on 15/01/1902, along with her sister Violet. The family had been living at 4 George Street.

In 1911 Ivy was living at 17 Jacobs Wells Mews, Manchester Square. Marylebone with her parents and siblings William, Gladys and Winifred. Class: RG14; Piece: 555; Schedule Number:145.

Married James W Bates in Q1 1927 in the St George Hanover Square reg district, London.

Ivy died in Q2 1969 in the Westminster reg district, London, aged 67.


ELLA WINIFRED PEGG 03/07/1906-1991

Born in Marylebone, London.

Christened there, in Christ Church on 18/07/1906. The family had been living at 17 Jacobs Wells Mews.

In 1911 Winifred (as she was named in this census) was living at 17 Jacobs Wells Mews, Manchester Square. Marylebone with her parents and siblings William, Gladys and Ivy. Class: RG14; Piece: 555; Schedule Number:145.

Married Joseph Henry Bates (b 1905 in the St George Hanover Square reg district, London) in Q4 1929 in the Marylebone reg district. Very likely the brother of Ella's sister Ivy's husband James.

Ella and Joseph had a daughter who may still be alive.

I believe Joseph died in the Marylebone reg district in Q3 1955, aged 50.

Ella died in the Camden reg district, London in Q1 1991, aged 84.


Some information from Jean's Ancestry Tree.


Children of Jane & Arthur: grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


JENNIE LAVINIA CURTIS 02/06/1893-13/04/1979

Born in Limehouse, Tower Hamlets, London.

Christened in St Paul's, Bow Common on 15/08/1895, along with her brother Arthur. The family were living at 6 Wallwood Street at the time.

In 1901 Jennie was living at 2 Wallwood Street, Limehouse with her parents and siblings Arthur and Edwin. Class: RG13; Piece: 324; Folio: 38; Page: 21.

In 1911 Jennie was living at 12 Jephson Road, Forest Gate, London with her parents and siblings Jennie, Arthur, Edwin and Ella. Class: RG14; Piece: 9561; Schedule Number: 82.

In 1911 Jennie was employed as a kitchenmaid at 33 Phillimore Gardens, Kensington, London. This was the home of Arthur Horncastle (living on private means) and his wife. Class: RG14; Piece: 92; Schedule Number: 125.

Married James Albert Worsley (b 23/11/1889 in Upton Park, West Ham, Essex) on 19/02/1923 in the West Ham reg district, Essex.

Their children:

Leonard Francis 10/04/1923
Kathleen Joan 18/11/1924

Jennie and James had 2 more daughters who may still be alive.

James was a boilermaker.

James died on 29/06/1964 at the East Ham Memorial Hospital, Aldersbrook Unit, Wanstead, London, aged 74. He was cremated at the City of London Crematorium.

James and Jennie had been living at 30 Prestbury Road, London E7. Administration was grantedin London on 04/11/1964 to his widow Jennie Lavinia Curtis. James's effects totalled £1621.

Jennie died on 03/06/1979 in Forest Gate, London, aged 85. She too was cremated at the same crematorium.

Nothing else is currently known.

Additional information is from the tree of Gillian Worsley.

ARTHUR PHILIP CURTIS 1895-03/07/1958

Born in Limehouse, Stepney, London.

Christened in St Paul's, Bow Common on 15/08/1895, along with his siter Jennie. The family were living at 6 Wallwood Street at the time.

In 1901 Arthur was living at 2 Wallwood Street, Limehouse with his parents and siblings Jennie and Edwin. Class: RG13; Piece: 324; Folio: 38; Page: 21.

In 1911 Arthur was living at 12 Jephson Road, Forest Gate, London with his parents and siblings Jennie and Edwin. Class: RG14; Piece: 9561; Schedule Number: 82.

Arthur was attested into the Territorial Force for 4 years service on 12/06/1912. Arthur joined the 1/6th Battalion, Essex Regiment and his serial number was 1363

Arthur was still living at 12 Jephson Road, Forest Gate and working as a shop boy. He was 17 years and 10 months old, stood 5' 5" tall and had an expanded chest measurement of 34".

According to his records, Arthur did his recruits training from 12/06/1912 until 04/08/1912. He was a Private. He was at Shorncliffe from 28/07/1912 until 11/08/1912. Arthur was then embodied on 05/08/1914. Arthur was posted on 26/01/1916 and then again on 02/05/1916. Arthur returned to the Service on 12/07/1917. He was still a Private but his serial number had changed to 275100. He had been working as a small arms maker prior to his return.

Arthur served at home from 12/06/1912 until 23/07/1915, in the Mediterranian Expeditionary Force (M.E.F.) from 24/07/1915 to 30/10/1915, back home again from 31/10/1915 until 03/05/1916 then with the M.E.F from 04/05/1916 until (blank). He embarked for the M.E.F. in Devonport on 24/7/1915. He was in hospital in Gallipoli, Turkey from 27/09/1915 until 02/10/1915. Arthur wa salso admitted to the general hospital in Gibraltar on 08/10/1915, suffering from enteritis. On 25/10/1915 he was invalided out of this hospital to England aboard H.S. Ballarat. Arthur then spent 79 days in the Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol. He was admitted on 31/10/1915 and discharged on 17/01/1916. He was suffering from influenza and rheumatism.

Arthur then embarked in Devonport on 04/05/1916. He disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt on 15/05/1916. He joined his unit in Suez on 22/05/1916. On 05/08/1916, in the field, he was granted a Good Conduct Bage. On 01/07/1916, in the field, he was granted Class 2 P.P. Arthur suffered from something cannot decipher it in the field on 20/01/1918. In Alexandria he suffered from rheumatism on 31/01/1918. He again suffered from rheumatism on 23/03/1918 and he was in Mustapha at that time. He rejoined his unit in the field on 05/07/1918, going to hospital on 14/09/1918 in the field. Arthur was treated in the field for diarrhea on 14/09/1918, treated for (what looks like ) debilitry in Kantara on 16/09/18 and diarrhea again in Boulae on 20/09/1918.

Arthur then joined No1 BD (Brigade?) on 20/09/1918 in Raglara(?). He was treated for something in the field hospital on 02/10/1918. He was treated for influenza on 08/10/1918 in Cairo(?). Arthur was treated again for influenza on 14/10/1918 in Abbassia. He joined in Kantara on 22/10/1918.

Arthur was demobbed in Kantara on 20/05/1919. He embarked for the United Kingdom on 01/06/1919 from Alexandria. He was 27 years old and had been working as a cook in the Army. He had been sober, reliable and intelligen according to the Army Form W. 3226, signed on 17/05/1919.

Arthur was a member of the Egyption Expeditionary Force prior to his return to civil life. A letter thanking him for his services was dated 20/05/1919.

Married Dorothy Ellen Mansell (b 25/02/1894) in Q4 1921 in the West Ham reg district, Essex.

Arthur and Dorothy had a daughter who may still be alive.

Arthur died on 03/07/1958 at East Ham Memorial Hospital, London, aged 62. He and Dorothy had been living at 9 Oregon Manor Park, London, E12. Administration was granted to Dorothy on 24/11/1958. Arthur's effect totalled £371 18s and 6d.

I believe Dorothy died in Q1 1978 in the Poplar and Bethnal Green reg district, London, aged


EDWIN VICTOR CURTIS 03/08/1898-1984

Born in Limehouse, Stepney, London.

Christened in St Paul's, Bow Common on 25/08/1898. The family were living at 2 Wallwood Street at the time.

In 1901 Edwin was living at 2 Wallwood Street, Limehouse with his parents and siblings Jennie and Arthur. Class: RG13; Piece: 324; Folio: 38; Page: 21.

In 1911 Edwin was living at 12 Jephson Road, Forest Gate, London with his parents and siblings Jennie and Arthur. Class: RG14; Piece: 9561; Schedule Number: 82.

Married Ethel M Ringer in Q2 1928 in the west Ham reg district.

Edwin died in Q1 1984 in the Southend on Sea reg district, Essex, aged 85.


ELLA LILIAN CURTIS 21/04/1901-1988

Born in Limehouse, Stepney, London.

Christened (Ellen Lilian)in St Paul's, Bow Common on 16/05/1901. The family were living at 2 Wallwood Street at the time.

In 1911 Ella was living at 12 Jephson Road, Forest Gate, London with her parents and siblings Jennie, Arthur and Edwin. Class: RG14; Piece: 9561; Schedule Number: 82.

Married John T Mansell in Q4 1929 in the West Ham reg district, Essex.

Ella died in Q3 1988 in the Newham reg district, London, aged 87.


Child of Harry & Sophie: grandchild of Joseph & Maria, great grandchild of Joseph & Mary.


VIOLET IVY SUMMERS 23/07/1903 -1997

Born in Wix, Essex.

In 1911 Ivy (as she named in this census) was living in Tendring Road, Great Oakley, Harwich, Essex with her parents. Class: RG14; Piece: 10258; Schedule Number: 21.

Married Bertie George Budds (b 02/10/1902 in Great Oakley, Essex)in Q4 1929 in the Tendring reg district.

Violet and Berie had a son who may still be alive.

Bertie died in the Colchester reg district in Q4 1978, aged 76.

Violet died in the same reg district in Q2 1997, aged 93.


Child of Emily & James: grandchild of Joseph & Maria, great grandchild of Joseph & Mary.


REGINALD JAMES KNAPPETT 28/09/1916-1966

Born in Tendring, Essex.

Married Doris L Baker in the Colchester reg district, Essex in Q4 1940.

Reginald and Doris had 3 sons who still be alive.

Reginald died in Q1 1996 in the Colchester reg district, aged 79.


Children of Benjamin & Emma: grandchildren of Simon & Eliza, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


MARY SUMMERS 29/08/1891-1979

Born in Tendring, Essex.

Christened in Tendring at St Edmund King and Martyr on 11/10/1891.

In 1901 Mary was living on The Green, Tendring with her parents and siblings Mary, Emma and Albert. Her marternal grandfather, Daniel Baynes was also living there. Class: RG13; Piece: 1697; Folio: 11; Page: 14.

In 1911 Mary was employed as a cook in the High Street, Kelvedon, Essex. This was the home of Richard Galpin (physical surgeon) and his family. Class: RG14; Piece: 10409; Schedule Number: 66.

Married Harry Wass (b 1889 in Colne Engaine, Essex) in St Edmund King and Martyr, Tendring on 18/03/1915. Mary was 23 and living in Tendring. Harry was a 26 year old milkman, living in Mountnessing.

Their child:

Ivy Emma 1917 (c) 04/03/1917

I bleieve Harry died in the Colchester reg district in Q3 1968, aged 79.

Mary died in the Colchester reg district in Q1 1979, aged 87.


EMMA SUMMERS 31/12/1892-1971

Born in Tendring, Essex.

Christened in Tendring at St Edmund King and Martyr on 12/02/1893.

In 1901 Emma was living on The Green, Tendring with her parents and siblings Mary and Albert. Her marternal grandfather, Daniel Baynes was also living there. Class: RG13; Piece: 1697; Folio: 11; Page: 14.

In 1911 Emma was employed as a housemaid at The Hall, Tendring. This was the home of widow Mary Ann May (private means). Class: RG14; Piece: 10239; Schedule Number: 71.

Married Ernest Harold John Barker (b 18/08/1889 in Tendring) in St Edmund King and Martyr, Tendring on 20/06/1923. Ernest was a 33 year old gardener living on The Green. Emma was 30 and living in the same place.

Emma died in the Colchester reg district in Q4 1971, aged 79.

Ernest died in the same reg district in Q4 1972, aged 83.


ALBERT SUMMERS1895-????

Born in Tendring, Essex.

Christened in Tendring at St Edmund King and Martyr on 19/05/1895.

In 1901 Albert was living on The Green, Tendring with his parents and siblings Mary and Emma. Hisr marternal grandfather, Daniel Baynes was also living there. Class: RG13; Piece: 1697; Folio: 11; Page: 14.

In 1911 Albert was still living on The Green, Tendring with his parents. Class: RG14; Piece: 10239; Schedule Number: 37.

I believe Albert was buried with his father. This is according to the notes on Benjamin's burial on Freereg.

Nothing else is currently known.


THE NEXT GENERATION: 5


Children of Florence & Frederick: grandchildren of Margaret & William, great grandchildren of Susannaha & Henry, 2x great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


WINIFRED HILDA BEVENS 03/10/1910-1989

Born in West Ham, Essex.

In 1911 baby Winifred was living at 16 Colegrave Road, Stratford, London with her parents. Class: RG14; Piece: 9370; Schedule Number: 163.

Married William George Goodenough (b 13/08/1900 in West Ham) in the West Ham reg district in Q3 1934.

Winifred and William had 2 sons who may still be alive.

William died in Q1 1985 in the Waltham Forest reg district, London, aged 84.

Winifred died in Q2 1989 in the Waltham Forest reg district, London, aged 78.


FREDERICK WILLIAM BEVENS 09/03/1912-1991

Born in West Ham, Essex.

Did he died in Q3 1991 in the Stevenage reg district, Hertfordshire, aged 79?


DORIS I BEVENS 1916-1956

Born in West Ham, Essex.

Married William George Postle (b 1917 in West Ham) in Q2 1947 in the Essex South Western reg district.

Doris and William had a daughter who may still be alive.

Doris died in the Essex south western reg district in Q2 1956, aged 39.

William died on 08/04/1958 in the Essex south western reg district, aged 41. He had been living at 56 Barrett Road, London, E.17. Administration (limited) was granted in London on 23/06/1958 to Florence Elizabeth Smith (married woman) and Arthur Seedoff (clerical assistant). William's effects totalled £445 5s and 6d.


Children of Amy & Frank: grandchildren of Margaret & William, great grandchildren of Susannaha & Henry, 2x great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


NINA AMY PORTER 27/12/1905-1995

Born in Islington, London.

Nina and her family emigrated to Canada, arriving in Toronto by train, via Portland, Maine, U.S.A. in 1911, 2 months before the census. The family had sailed from Southampton on 21/03/1911 onboard the Cairnrona of the Thomson Steamship Line. The master's name was J. S. Boynce. Their ticket number was 2540.

According to the 1911 census, Nina, her parents and her brother Frank were living at 327 Wilton Street, Toronto. This was the home of her half aunt Emily Jackson and her family.

Married Hendrik (Henry) Veeen (b 24/06/1902 in Boven Knijpe, Netherlands) in Canada.

Nina and Herny had 3 daughters who may still be alive.

Henry was employed as a gardener.

Nina died in Peterborough, Canada on 21/12/1995 of septicemia.

Frank died in Peterborough, Canada on 02/10/1998 of a stroke.


FRANK WILLIAM PORTER 13/10/1907-1908

Born in Islington, London. Twin to Charles.

Frank (and his twin) died in Islington in Q1 1908 of a congenital heart defect..


CHARLES HENRY PORTER 13/10/1907-1908

Born in Islington, London. Twin to Frank

Charles (and his twin) died in Islington in Q1 1908 of a congenital heart defect.


FRANK WILLIAM PORTER 06/04/1909-1988

Born in Islington, London.

Frank and his family emigrated to Canada, arriving in Toronto by train, via Portland, Maine, U.S.A. in 1911, 2 months before the census. The family had sailed from Southampton on 21/03/1911 onboard the Cairnrona of the Thomson Steamship Line. The master's name was J. S. Boynce. Their ticket number was 2540.

According to the 1911 census, Frank, her parents and his sister Nina were living at 327 Wilton Street, Toronto. This was the home of his half aunt Emily Jackson and her family.

Married Thelma Griffiths (b 25/01/1909) in Toronto in 1932.

Frank was a chemist.

Frank and Thelma had 2 daughters and 2 sons who may still be alive.

Thelma died in Guelph, Toronto on either 07/08 or 13/08/1983. She died of a brain tumour.

Frank died in Guelph on 19/09/1988 of a heart attack.


Children of William & Henrietta: grandchildren of Margaret & William, great grandchildren of Susannaha & Henry, 2x great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


MARGARET ANNIE CAMM* 1908-1908

Born in Lambeth, London and my logical guess to the dead child.

Margaret died in Q4 1908 in Lambeth.


IRENE MAY CAMM 1910-1913

Born in Clapham, London.

In 1911 Irene was living at 104 Tollington Park, Finsbury Park, North London with her parents. Class: RG14; Piece: 832; Schedule Number: 343.

Irene died in the Edmonton reg district, London, aged 3.


BEARTRICE PATRICIA CAMM 15/10/1914-2003

Born in Islington, London.

Married Edward Ernest Whitaker (b 1917) in Q4 1943 in Islington.

Beatrice and Edward had 2 daughters, who may still be alive.

Edward died in Q4 1979 in Islington, aged 62.

Beatrice died in Q1 2003 in the Luton reg district, Bedfordshire, aged 88.


QUEENIE MAUREEN CAMM 24/06/1920-1976

Born in Islington, London.

Married Thomas Murrell (b 19/03/1909) in Q4 1951 in Islington.

Thomas died in Islington in Q3 1976, aged 67.

Queenie died in Q2 1966 in Islington, aged 66.


Children of Dorothy & Alexander: grandchildren of Mary & George, great grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, 2x great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


Information from the Ancestry World Tree of Tony Spearing.

DOROTHY ALEXANDRA MAYHEAD 1926-10/05/1945

Born in Eastbourne, Sussex.

Dorothy died of TB on VE Day, 10/05/1945 in the mid eastern Surrey reg district, aged 18.

Dorothy is buried in Wallington, Surrey.


NELLIE ETHEL MAYHEAD 07/04/1928-????

Born in Eastbourne, Sussex.

Was quite probably named after her aunt Nellie and her mother.

Nellie moved from Eastbourne up to the Surrey area sometime during her childhood.

Married Michael Edward Thomas Longhurs (b abt. 27/12/1924) on 25/06/1949 in Croydon, Surrey.

At some point in her life, Nellie changed her name to Barbara. She was Nellie when she married.

Barbara and Michael had a son and daughter, both of whom are still living.


THOMAS HAIG MAYHEAD 11/11/1929-11/11/1994

Born in Eastbourne, Sussex.

Thomas moved from Sussex up to Surrey with his family, some time during his childhood.

Married Margaret M Rhoades in Q4 1952 in the Surrey North Eastern reg district.

Thomas and Margaret had 3 sons and a daughter, some who are still alive.

Thomas died in the Worthing reg district Sussex on 11/11/1994, aged 64.


Children of Emily & Caleb: grandchildren of Mary & George, great grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, 2x great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


FRANCES MAY MUGRIDGE 20/2/1925-2/1/2003

Born in Littlehampton, West Sussex.

Known as Bunty, a nickname given to her by one of her mother's brothers.

Bunty moved to Hastings, Sussex with her family at some point in her childhood and apparently went to a Church School. Which one that was I don't know but Bunty had lots of stories to tell of her life at school to her children. Bunty also spent a lot of time living with her maternal grandmother in Wick, so maybe the school she went to was there, rather than Hastings. She also used to spend a lot of time with her mother's sister, May in Arundel, Sussex.

Upon leaving school, Bunty worked for some time at a hotel. It may well have been the Queen's hotel as her mother worked there at some point in her life.

At some point, the family moved to Hendon, London, to 3 Dehar Crescent. I think this was sometime near the beginning of the war, or possibly just after the war started.

Bunty went to work at an aircraft plant in West Hendon. She would watch the aerial fights between Spitfires, Hurricanes and German bombers until she was forced to go down to the air raid shelter.

In April 1942, Bunty managed to convince the Army that she was 17, when in fact she was a year younger. She joined the Women's Auxillary Territorial Services as a Private. Her mother had given her consent for the enlistment.

Bunty was sent to Scotland to do her basic training and was then assigned to an anti-aircraft gun post. Her job was to calculate the location of an attacking enemy aircraft and to issue the command to fire to the gunner.

Bunty was posted to several camps in England and Wales and was discharged in July 1945. She was still a Private, having turned down promotion. her reason for doing that was "she preferred to be in the war on her own terms".

Bunty remarked that a bad part of the war was all the rationing and the good part was meeting her husband.

Bunty met Corporal Howard Wayne Hendrix, of Wilks County, North Carolina, USA at a dance. He asked to walk her home and she agreed. Howard, apparently was so pleased that he gave Bunty some chewing gum.

Howard was promoted to Sergeant and posted to Africa, Sicily and France so their courtship had to continue by post.

When Howard returned from France he and Bunty were married at Hendon registry office on 10/4/1945. General Patton had signed the permit to marry.

Their children:

Carol Frances 8/6/1948
Alison Elizabeth 19/3/1954
Dorothy Gail 20/8/1955
Howard Wayne 19/3/1962
John Evertett 16/9/1965

Bunty set sail for America on the Queen Mary and arrived in the United States on 06/04/1946, along with several hundred other war brides. One of these brides was a lady named Ronnie Church who was to become Bunty's friend for 57 years. By a strange coincidence, neither of the ladies had met in England, they both rented rooms in the same house and discovered that they shared the same birthday and date. They decided they must be twins!

According to Bunty's youngest sister, Alison, Howard still had a girlfriend living in North Wilkesborough when Bunty arrived and Bunty was not treated too well in the early days of the marriage.

Howard worked as a mechanic at Gaddy Motor Company in North Wilkes.

Bunty was a very good seamstress, taking after her mother and she forever had people going in and out of her home with sewing jobs.

Howard died in ?

She was well know and very well liked and was full of life. She was for ever telling jokes and stories. She had a wicked sense of humour. She was also very fond of children and when her youngest went off to school, Bunty decided to babysit children, so her house was always noisy and full of fun.

To sum up Bunty, I will 'borrow' some script, written by Carol, Bunty's eldest child, to read at her memorial service. There were always folks at our house, either visiting, having sewing done, children andleaders from mom's scout troops or children being cared for by mom. As a result we gained more family. Mom was always reaching out to share her ambiance of love with everyone she could. It's hard to remember that the people weren't related by blood, but by love. One of mom's unwritten rules was that everyone must drink hot tea while sitting around her kitchen table (must have been a thow back to her life in England). And they did andd they enjoyed it. But, there was an exception...if you came to visit while Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy was on the TV, you were to either be quite or match your wits against mom. That was always a losing battle , she kenw the answer to everything. She was a walking, talking encyclopedia of information. She was the smartest woman I have ever known. I think there must have been some gene associated with this knowledge as her sister Betty and also myself are a mind of useless information!

Carol also went on to say "Mom spent hours pouring over her material and patterns and would think nothing about making us a new outfir to wear to school the next day. She also made many friends by sewing, there was always someone going in and out of our house, carrying in material and carrying out the finished garment. My brother Wayne says Mama is the fabric from which we childrenw were sewn.

I had many conversations on the phone with Bunty and she was always saying she should be doing the housework rather than talking but she never, ever got round to it. I would ask her next time we spoke but it had not been done. The only time it got done was if someone was coming over from England to visit. The whole neighbourhood knew Bunty was expecting company when they saw her start to clean. She had a theory that she had cleaned houses for too many years and she was now going to spend her time enjoying her children, grandchildren, her friends, her books, her sewing and shopping. That sounds like a very sensible idea to me. Life is too short to waste it on continual cleaning! Bunty was a lady who loved to shop and would start buying Christmas presents in the January sales. These presents would be hidden all over the house and sometimes they would be forgottern. It was not unusual to get a present the following summer when lost ones reappeared.

The family would always rent a large house on the coast in South Carolina each summer and a good time was had by all. In the summer of 2002 Bunty was sick during the trip. Shortly after her return, Bunty found out she had liver cancer. She had to have chemotherapy and Bunty, being Bunty, charmed the staff at Wilkes Regional hospital. They nicknamed her 'The Queen' and always curtsied or bowed whenever she went there. Bunty remained optimistic during the treatment but her body did not do so well.

Bunty died at her home on Thursday 02/01/2003. A memorial service was held for her on Saturday 4th February at the Miller Funeral Services Chapel, North Wilkes and there were so many people there, they had to stand outside. Bunty had been a very well known and loved lady.


BERTIE LEONARD JOHN MUGRIDGE4/6/1926-05/12/2001

Born in Littlehampton, West Sussex.

Joined the army as part of his national service and, according to his sister Betty, this was the best thing he did. Before that he had been in trouble a few times with the police for minor things but the Army got him back on the straight and narrow.

Married Jean Shaw (b 1926 in Hastings) on 3/8/1949.

Their children:

Christopher Andrew 4/12/1950
Graham Rex 20/2/1955

Bert worked for BEA (British European Airways) and lived for many years in Weybridge, Surrey. I believe he was still working for the airline when it joined forces with BOAC (British Overseas Aircraft Corporation) and became BA (British Airways). His younger brother, Tony worked for BOAC.

After Bert retired, he and Jean moved out to Spain, near Alicante where they bought a house. Theye spent several years there before their new batch of grandchildren called them back home.

Bert and Jean moved back to England, to Shropshire to be near his grandchildren.

Bert died in Telford, Shropshire on 05/12/2001 of lung cancer. He had also been suffering from emphysema for many years. Bert was cremated at Telford crematorium on Wednesday 12th December.


ELIZABETH ANN MUGRIDGE 6/2/1930-24/04/2008

My mum kept all sorts of bits of paper from her past for which I am extremely grateful. It's a shame I never knew about them until after her death as I would liked to have quizzed her on some of them.

Born in Wick near Littlehampton.

Christened on 08/05/1930 at All Saint's Church, Wick.

Known as Betty.

Moved to Hastings when she was fairly young and grew up as a tomboy. She did not like her younger brother Tony too much and was always fighting with him. I believe it was probably due to a bit of jealousy as she was no longer the baby of the family and Tony was spoilt. Despite her dislike of Tony, she lost her top two front teeth in a fight, when she was 11, defending him from a group of bullies. During her time in Hastings, Betty lived at many different addresses and some of the moves happened at night which led her to believe the family were doing a 'moonlight flit' to avoid the rent man. Some of the addresses the family lived at were St Thomas's Road, 33 Braybrooke Road and 136 Braybrooke Road.

The primary school Betty attended was Mount Pleasant school. For a short history of the school expansion, click here.

Betty obviously attended Sunday school regularly as she kept a scripture examination certificate that she was awarded in 1940. This certificate was awarded with honours and came form St Luke's Presbyterian School.

The family also spent some time in Hendon at 3 Dehar Crescent. I believe this was during the war, which would explain why Betty and her brother were evacuated.

During the war Betty was evacuated, with her younger brother Tony, to Bedford. Each time I asked her about her experiences she would just say it was not nice and clam up. She told me, in later years, that she had regularly been touched inappropriately by the man of the house. It is a shame she didn't tell her mother that when she came up to fetch Tony after it was discovered he had been ill treated. It was while she was evacuated that Betty went off sugar in her drinks. The parents used Betty's sugar rations and she had to have jam in her tea if she wanted it sweet. She told me this tasted so revolting, that she just stopped having anything sweet.

Betty was confirmed at St Paul's Church in Bedford in 1944, so obviously during her evacuation and she took her first communion at St Mary's Church in Bedford.

I don't know the name of the school Betty went to in Bedford.

After the war the family returned to Hastings where they bought a house at 14 Brook Street.

Betty then went on to attend school at Tower Road School in St Leonards on Sea, Sussex. The school buildings were built in a huge dip, the walls around the playground were about 30' high (or that's what they appeared to be when I was younger) and there was a ramp leading down into the playground. I have just found a piece about the opening of the school here. This school was later renamed as Woodlands Secondary School for girls (where I attended) and years later it became Christchurch Junior School. The majority of the old building was knocked down but the new buildings still occupy the old playground. Betty's great grandson went to school here. Betty passed exams there in 1944, aged 14, in French, hand writing and English (with distinction). These were all elementary certificates.

Betty was always an athletic person who enjoyed sports and took part in the activities in Hastings Youth Week, held in June, in 1948. On June 10th she came 3rd in the girl's 17-19 year old 150 yard race and also 3rd in the girls 100 yard race.

Straight after leaving school, she went to work at Pelham's Chemist in the High Street, Old Town in Hastings. The shop is still there, complete with the tiled name under the shop window, only today it is a florists shop.

She became godmother to Julia Pelham, (the daughter of the chemist's owner) at St Clements Church, Hastings on 14/08/1949 .

Betty decided to be different to the rest of her siblings and wanted to join the RAF rather than the Army. She enrolled as a member of the Women's Junior Air Corps on 18/02/1946, 12 days after her 16th birthday. She belonged to Unit 208 in Hastings and meetings took place on Monday nights from 19-00 to 21-30 hours at 4 Carlisle Parade. Betty was promoted to Lance Corporal on 18/2/1948, 2 years after her enrollment; Corporal on 21/06/1948, Sergeant on 01/05/1950 and a unit Sergeant on 06/11/1950. While a cadet Betty had 4 flights in a Fairchild Argos, which she told me she thoroughly enjoyed. On 21/04/1948 she gained her 1st Ability badge and on 03/11/1948 she gained her Air Ability badge. Betty left the WJAC on 07/05/1951, after 5 years.

On 18/05/1951, Betty signed up for 4 years service in the WRAF. Her serial number was 2816958 and she joined as an A.C.W/2.

Not long after she enlisted, Betty attended a big service in St Paul's Cathedral which was also attended by the King and Queen and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. This service took place on July 4th, 1951 and it was a Service of Commemoration of 28,000 American dead in war time comradeship with the people of Britain and of Dedication of the Roll of Honour for the American Memorial Chapel. Betty kept the booklet about the ceremony and it appears all her service pals signed it for her. I believe they had all probably recently finished their basic training and were going off to different RAF stations. Betty also managed to get the autographs of Dickie Valentine and Douglas Fairbanks Junior, who were also at the service. She had often talked about these but had never shown me them so I was a bit sceptical. I found them after her death.

Betty spent 2 years in the WRAF working as an airframe mechanic on Vampires and Meteors.

It was while Betty was doing a cours11/09/1931 in Bransdale, Yorkshire) on 29/3/1952 in St Andrews Church, Hastings, Sussex.

Their children:

Lesley Ann 31/5/1954
Jacqueline Theresa 8/2/1957
Kim Rosemary9/4/1959

After their wedding, Betty still worked at St Athans until she was posted to Germany and Eddie was posted elsewhere. At that point, Betty left the servcie.

Eddie was postesd to Singapore and went on ahead. Betty sailed out to Singapore on board the S.S. Lancashire, sailing from Liverpool on 26/02/1954. She had had to sail, rather than fly as she was expecting her first child. Betty had cabin 76, berth D. I have a menu for the night of 25/03/1954 with a note on the bottom saying "All clocks will be advanced 30 minutes at midnight tonight. Obviously the beginning of BST but why half an hour instead of an hour?

The first place they lived in Singapore was 103 Lorong J Telok Karau Road in Katong. This was a shared house where they had one room to themselves while sharing a kitchen and bathroom. They later moved into a married quarter at 17 Mornington Crescent, RAF Seletar. They had an armour there to help with the work who also helped look after their daughter, Lesley.

After Eddie's tour of duty came to an end, Betty and Lesley returned home to England on 21/02/1956. They lived at 34B Springfiled Road, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex. Eddie was sent on a training course for a different aircaft type and ended up serving in Malta for several months on his own. Whenever he was training or off on an unaccompanied posting, Betty and the girls always headed back to St Leonards on Sea where Betty's family still lived.

Eddie was then posted to RAF Watton, near Norwich in Norfolk. The family they lived at 34 Walploe Street, Norwich until they got a married quarter on the camp.

After the birth of their second daughter, Betty and Eddie moved into a 2 bedroomed married quarter at 15 Farnborough Road, at RAF Watton.

When daughter number 3 came along, the family moved into a larger 3 bedroomed married quarter at 25 Boscombe Road

From Watton, Eddie was posted to RAF Bruggen in Germany in 1961. As usual, he went ahead of the family and lived there for several months on his own while waiting for accomodation. During this time Betty and the girls lived with her mother at 190 Bohemia Road, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex.

Accomodation in a block of flats in Eindhoven, Holland became available and Betty and the girls moved in there. I remember when we flew out to Germany from gatwick airport, we spent the night in the Union Jack Club by Waterloo station in London. My grandmother stayed the night as well. We all travelled up by rail from Hastings to Charing Cross Station. They were only there for 3 or 4 months before they moved to a maisonette at 38K Webshall Strausee, Moenchengladbach in Germnay. This was an RAF off camp accomodation and the family lived there for the rest of the 3 year posting.

Eddie was sent off for more training on his return to England and once more Betty and the girls went down to St Leonards on Sea to live until a married quarter was available. They left Germany from RAF Wilderath on 2/10/1964.

Once a married quarter became available, Betty and the girls moved again; this time to 7 Valetta Road, RAF Dishforth, North Yorkshire. This was not far from Ripon.

The next move was a fairly short one from one part of Yorkshire to another. The family lived at 185 AMQ, RAF Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

In 1967 the family moved into 126 Pine Square, RAF Wattisham, Suffolk. This camp was near Ipswich.

Betty and the girls left RAF Wattisham in July 1970 and went to live temporarily with Betty's mother at 190 Bohemia Road. They then moved into a rented 3 bedroomed semi-detached house at 40 Shirley Drive, St Leonards on Sea. The monthly rent on the house was £36 and 8 shillings.

The family lived there for 7 months and Betty got a job working in Theakers, a chemist chain, in Battle Road, just a short walk from the house.

After 7 months, the family moved again, this time to 16 St Margarets Raod, St Leonards. This was a large victorian style terraced house that was arranged over 5 floors. The caretaker lived on the bottom 2 levels and Betty and the girls lived on the top 3. You could see the sea from the top 2 stories at the back of the house and it was only about a 7 minute walk to the pier and the beach.

Betty still worked for Theakers but was able to change shops and went to work in the town centre branch. After a falling out amongst the staff, Betty and one other employee went to work for another Chemist. This time it was a small time chemists named Cathaways, along Bohemia Road.

The family stayed in that house until 1973 when Eddie was posted to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Lesley had left home, Jacqui went to live with her grandmother and finish school while Betty and Kim moved in with Eddie at 99 Abbey Road, Witney, Oxon. This was a married quarter and much nicer than the ones at Carterton. Eddie took over the quarter on 29/03/1973 at 09-00 hours, his and Betty's 21st wedding anniversary.

While living in Witney, Betty went to work at the local Waitrose supermarket. She was trained to operate a chechkout till but very soon moved onto serving on the delicatessen counter. She really enjoyed this job and stayed there until she moved back down to Hastings again.

Eddie decided to retire from the RAF and went to work for the Saudi Arabian Air Force in 1975. Betty had taken Kim back to Hastings to live as she had gotten in with a bad crowd, Lesley was still living away and Jacqui went to lodge with the next door neighbours. The house at Witney was handed back to the RAF.

Betty and Kim rented a lovely house at 8 Hamilton Gardens in Hastings and stayed there for several months.

During one of Eddie's trips home to England he and Betty bought their first ever home. This was 9 Applewood Close in St Leonards on Sea. Betty lived there for a couple of years before she decided to go out to Saudi to live with her husband. The house was sold to Betty's younger sister, Alison, and her husband.

Betty arrived at Dhahran airport, Saudi Arabia, aboard BA 121 on 13/11/1978 at aproximately 19-00 hours.

During Eddie's time in Saudi he and Betty went on holiday to different exotic places, electing to off set their flying allowance (for home visits) on the cost of somewhere warm. They visited Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Kenya, Barbados, Mauritius, the Seychelles and several trips to Jersey. They really enjoyed these holidays.

Betty and Eddie lived in Saudi for about 3 years before they returned home to Hastings. They bought another house, 24 Shirley Drive in St Leonards on Sea for the sum of £24,950. This house was not far from the house they had rented back in 1970. Eddie went on a training course to do with helicopter engines. He then got a job at Fleetlands in Gosport, Hampshire so another move was on the cards.

Betty and Eddie moved into 169 Privett Road in Gosport in about 1983. They lived there quite happily for about 9 years and always had one or more grandchildren to stay during the school holidays. It was always Betty who asked if she could have them stay as she loved to take them out places. I really don't know who enjoyed it the most, her or the grandchildren! Both Betty and Eddie joined the RAF Association while they were down in Gosport and attended their meetings and functions.

Betty suffered from breast cancer and had a mastectomy in January 1991. I can't remember if she had the operation in Salisbury hospital or Queen Anne's hospital, Cosham, Hampshire. She made a quick recovery and was looking after 2 of her grandchildren for 10 days, 5 weeks after the op. I remember her telling me how strange it was, how she felt lopsided and how she nearly fell off a chair whhile changing a lightbulb as she was unbalanced!

Betty had reconstruction surgery a year after the operation and that took place at either Salisbury or Cosham. One op was done in one hospital and one in the other.

In 1992 Eddie was told he had to retire as he was a civil servant and had reached that age so they decided it was time to move again.

Betty and Eddie took their time to look around and decided to move to Ramsey in Huntingdonshire. They lived at 53 Blenheim Drive in Ramsey.

While in Ramsey, Betty became a member of the ladies wing of the Royal British Legion and made many friends. She worked as a volunteer in the Legion shop, sold poppies and went up to the Royal Albert Hall each year for the Remembrance service.

Betty and Eddie finally decided to return to Hastings to live in 2000, staying with her daughter Kim and her family in Battle Road, St Leonards on Sea while looking for a house to rent. They also spent several months living with their grandson Jamie (Kim's son) and his girlfriend while changing houses.

Betty and Eddie lived at 28 Pine Avene, Hastings, moved to 8 Berlin Road, Hastings and then finally moved into 40A Queens Road, a flat above Gamleys toy shop. There was a lovely view of part of Hastings Castle from her bedroom window. This flat was very close to homes her parents, grandparents and great grandparents had lived. Of course, she didn't know this at the time they moved in as I hadn't found all the relatives at that time. By a strange coincidence, the flat was rented through an estate agents situated at 109 Queens Road. The flat above this shop was once occupied by Betty's parents and younger sister.

Betty was diagnosed with uterine cancer and in March 2004 she under went a hysterectomy in Brighton hospital. This time she was not so lucky with avoiding radiotherapy treatment and had about 6 treatments. She did not mind those so much, she was more annoyed by the fact that she was limited in what she could do for 6 weeks after her op. She had always been an active person and hated the restrictions put on her.

Eddie died of a heart attack on the morning of Monday January 1st 2007, leaving Betty rather shell shocked. He had been ill on and off for years but this came out of the blue. He was cremated at Hastings crematorium on Thursday the 11th January on a wet, miserable day.

Betty began to suffer from awful pains in her hips and also pain in her right knee. The doctor discovered her knee was in need of a bit of repair and this wasd probably contributing to the pain in her hips. So in May 2007 she went into hospital to have it cleaned out. It didn't do the trick, the hip pain was still there.

The hip pain was discovered later in the year on a visit to her oncologist - the bones were breaking up due to cancer.

On Christmas Eve 2008, Betty was given the news that she had been dreading - the cancer had returned, this time to her stomach and this time it was untreatable. She was given months to live.

In the second week of January, Betty was admitted to St Michael's Hospice for a 2 week assesment. Because of the swelling in her legs and stomach and the fact she couldn't manage any of the stairs in her flat, it was decided that she should remain at the hospice. She was moved from her ward downstairs, to room 3, a private room on the floor above. The hospice was set in beautiful grounds and Betty had a lovely view of these from her room. The house Rider Haggard wrote 'She' in, was about 200 yards away from her room. The care she got there was fantastic and they put up with her cantankerousness very well.

On Friday 25/04/2008, Betty passed away in her room. She was cremated at Hastings crematorium on a beautiful, suny warm day on Thursday the 8th May.


ANTHONY ROBERT MUGRIDGE 19/4/1933-10/6/2001

Born in the bathroom of 33 Braybrooke Road, Hastings, Sussex.

Known as Tony and was spolit by his mother when he was young.

Tony was evacuated to Bedford, along with his sister Betty, during the war.The parents who were looking after the children were not so nice, it turned out. Tony would often be locked in the cupboard under the stairs. When his mother found out what was going on she went up to Bedford and took him home. Betty had to stay where she was. This information was from my mother, Betty.

Tony joined the Army and as far as I can remember he was in the R.E.M.E.

Married Paulette Goddard (known as Paula). I think this was in New Zealand.

Their children:

Karen 07/04/1961
Robert 17/10/1963

Tony and Paula lived a few years in New Zealand.

On their return to England TOny and Paula, along with their daughter Karen, lived in Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire at some point. Tony Worked for BOAC.

Tony divorced Paula some time after 1970.

Married Joyce Creswell in Hastings in Q4 1997.

Tony and Joyce lived in Battle.

Tony died of cancer on 10/06/2001 and was cremated at Hastins Crematorium on 22nd June..


ALISON MARY MUGRIDGE 4/8/1950-????

Born at 14 Brook Street, Hastings, Sussex.

Alison went to Woodlands Secondary Modern School for Girls.

When she left school, Alison trained as a florist.

Married Anthony Peter John Oak on 7/2/1970 in Hollington Church in the Woods, St Leonards on Sea.

Their children:

Peter Robert 21/8/1975
Laura Joanne 22/8/1980

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