Part 1 - The Main Line 1880 to 2021

PART ONE

 

The Gloucestershire Main Line - 1880 to 2021

 

This is the fourth of four sections of the first part of the Collett family line

 

Updated May 2021

 

The information used to update this file in the past has been kindly provided

by Alan Collett (Ref. 1R33) and Rob Collett (Ref. 1R44), and it is the latter

who provided substantial details for his family for the Sept 2011 update.  Prior

to this, other information has been received from Don Cameron (Part 62)

 

 

THE JOINING OF TWO COLLETT LINES

 

ALICE LOUISA COLLETT [1P60] was born at Bisley on 17th May 1880, the daughter of Robert and Rosanna Collett.  The census in 1881 recorded her living with her family in Church Road at Ashton Keynes, just across the boundary in Wiltshire.  At that time Alice Louisa Collett was just ten months old, while her place of birth was given as Eastcombe which is near Bisley.  Ten years later Alice Louisa was 10 years old, by which time her family was settled in the village of Siddington near Cirencester.  By the time of the next census in March 1901 Alice Collett was recorded as being 22, when she employed as a domestic housemaid living at Ryeford Hall, a school at Stonehouse near Stroud in Gloucestershire.  This photograph of Alice was taken after 1901 and prior to her wedding day eight years later

 

She married HARRY JAMES COLLETT (Ref. 2P30) on 13th March 1909 at St Mark’s Church in New Town Swindon.  Harry was the fifth child of William Collett of Bibury, near Cirencester, and his wife Caroline Ruth Watts.  Immediately prior to the wedding Alice was in service with the Morse family and lived-in at The Croft, a very large house on Croft Road in Old Town Swindon.  Once married, the couple set up home at 7 Bathampton Street (formerly Bath Street) in New Town Swindon, where the Collett family lived until 1959.  Harry James Collett, referred to as HJ by the family, was born at 16 Exeter Street in Swindon on 9th January 1879, and his occupation was that of boilermaker with the Great Western Railway.  By April 1911 Alice had presented Harry with the first of their eight children, as confirmed in the Swindon census that year

 

According to the census return Harry James Collett, aged 32 and from Swindon, was a boilermaker in the loco department at the Swindon GWR Works.  His wife Alice Louisa Collett, aged 30 and from Siddington, Glos, had been married to her husband for two years and their son William Henry John Collett was one year old and had been born at Swindon.  Their address was 7 Bathampton Street, where all of their remaining children were born.  Immediately after Christmas Day in 1937 Harry was taken into the Radium Institute at No.1 Riding House, Posttana Place in London W1, for an operation on his eye.  Upon his arrival at the Institute, a branch of the GWR Hospital in Paddington, he sent a postcard to his eldest son William dated 29th December 1937 to say he had arrived safely.  However, he never recovered from the operation that took place on 1st January and died the following day.  The cause of death was given as ‘carcinoma of the jaw’.   He was buried at the Whitworth Cemetery (Plot F780) in Swindon on 8th January 1938.  His Will was proved at Trowbridge in Wiltshire on 10th February 1938, which named his widow Alice Louisa Collett

 

Harry owned an 1899 pocket book in which his address was given as 111 Dixon Street, the same address where dressmaker Miss W Iles lived in 1936 who made the wedding dress for his eldest son’s bride Noreen Harman.  Curiously enough, the name Iles has cropped up on more than one occasion in connection with the Collett family.  First there was Charles Iles Collett (Ref. 1O86) who was baptised in 1846.  Then there was John Iles, Harry’s great-grandfather.  And finally, there was Elsie Iles who married the brother of the aforementioned Noreen Harman, George Harman in 1930 at Swindon.  Alice Louisa Collett died on 31st March 1969 of a cerebral thrombosis, while she was living at 25 Swindon Road with her married daughter Ellen Goddard and her family.  She was buried in the same plot as Harry at Whitworth Cemetery.  Details of the family of Harry James Collett can be found in Part 2 - The Second Gloucestershire Line leading up to the reference 2P30

 

1Q41 – WILLIAM HENRY JOHN COLLETT was born in 1909 at Swindon

1Q42 – Agnes Ellen Collett was born in 1911 at Swindon

1Q43 – Harry James Collett was born in 1913 at Swindon

1Q44 – Alice Louisa Collett was born in 1915 at Swindon

1Q45 – Rose Phyllis Louvain Collett was born in 1916 at Swindon

1Q46 – Albert Edward Collett was born in 1918 at Swindon

1Q47 – Arthur Stephen Walter Collett was born in 1922 at Swindon

1Q48 – Caroline Ruth Collett was born in 1924 at Swindon

 

John Levi Collett [1P61], who was referred to as Jack by the family, was born at Siddington on 21st January 1882, the third child and eldest son of Robert Collett and his first wife Rosanne King.  His birth was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 408) during the first quarter of 1882.  He was listed with his family at Siddington in 1891 when he was nine years old but, by 1901, when he would have been 19, he had already left home and he may have been abroad with the army, since no record of him has been found and, it is now known, that during his early working life he did serve with the British Army.  Ten years later he was listed in the 1911 Census as John Levi Collett, aged 29, when he was living and working in the Southampton area, when his place of birth was given as North Cerney in Gloucestershire.  At that time, he was still in the army, from which he was eventually rejected three years later in 1914.  However, it was during the first quarter of 1913 that the marriage of John L Collett and Lucy E King was recorded at Eton register office (Ref. 3a 1401).  Eighteen months later, after the couple had settled at Ivor in Buckinghamshire, John joined the Buckinghamshire police force as a special constable, a position he held from 28th August 1914 to 1st September 1919.  It was also at Ivor where John had married Lucy Elizabeth King and where their first child was born

 

John later became a butler to G T S Stevens, a Middlesex County Cricketer and, afterwards, was in service to a gentleman by the name of Hebbert.  Later in his life he worked for Lady Murray who was reputed to be the person who first introduced the Pekinese breed of dog into England.  He eventually gave up his occupation as a butler, to work at the Bell Punch & Ticket Company in Uxbridge, where he was employed as a service electrician.  It was after the family had settled at Rockingham Road in Uxbridge that Lucy gave birth to two further sons.  John had served for thirty-two years with the Bell Punch & Ticket Company when he retired on 25th April 1952.  During his retirement Jack worked as a tea boy in the local toy factory producing Darleks made famous in the BBC television programme Doctor Who.  His wife Lucy, who was born on 19th February 1890, suffered from phlebitis in her legs and, for almost thirty years of her life, never went outside the house.  She was the daughter of Henry and Annie King who, in 1901, were living at Rockingham Road in Hillingdon, where Lucy was 11 years old and born at Uxbridge.  Before moving to Uxbridge around the turn of the century, John was a choirboy at the Church of St John the Baptist in Cirencester and returned there late in his life with his son Lewis, hoping to find some record of his days in the choir, but was unsuccessful.  Jack (John) and Lucy spent most of their life at 78 Rockingham Road in Uxbridge (possibly the former home of the King family).  Lucy Elizabeth Collett nee King died on 6th June 1973, her death recorded at Hillingdon register office (Ref. 5c 868) during the second quarter of that year.  It was also at Hillingdon register office that the later death of John Levi Collett was recorded (Ref. 13 1181) following his passing on 7th December 1978

 

1Q49 – John Henry Collett was born in 1916 at Iver, Buckinghamshire

1Q50 – Ronald James Collett was born in 1924 at Uxbridge, Middlesex

1Q51 – Lewis Frank Collett was born in 1926 at Uxbridge, Middlesex

 

William Robert Collett [1P62] was born at Siddington on 2nd December 1883, the fourth child of Robert Collett and Rosanne King.  He was seven years old in 1891 and by the time of the census of 1901 he was 17 and a domestic groom still living at home in Siddington.  It is known that William was under 20 years old when he married the slightly older Jane Julia Harvey who was born at Cirencester during 1881, the eldest child of John and Matilda Harvey of Cricklade Road in Cirencester.  In 1901, Jane J Harvey was 19 and working as a live-in domestic servant at the Cecily Hill, home of elderly Anne Bridges, in Cirencester.  Within the first year of their married life together, Jane presented her husband with a son William who was born at Cirencester although, by the time the census was conducted in 1911, the three of them were living in the village of Rendcomb, to the north of Cirencester.  The census return that year listed the three of them as William Collett who was 26 and born at Siddington, a farm labourer, his wife Jane Julia Collett who was 29 and from Cirencester, as was their son William Collett who was seven years old.  Also living with the family on that occasion was William’s younger brother Walter Collett who was 21.  Jane and her son William were living at 171 Gloucester Street in Cirencester during the first year of the Great War and it was there that Jane received the tragic news of the death of her husband while fighting for his King and Country in Belgium.  He was Private William Robert Collett service number 7790 of 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, which he joined on 13th August 1914.  Less than three months later he was critically injured, while in frontline action, and died on 1st November 1914, during the First Battle of Ypres.  During the battle he suffered gas exposure and was badly wounded and died as a result of his injuries.  His name appears on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial at Ieper, West Vlaanderen in Belgium.  After the war, his family was presented with three medals, The Victory Medal, The British War Medal and the 1914 Mons Star, to which was attached the 1914 Clasp

 

The military records for the days before he died indicate the regiment was had a quiet night over the 29th and into 30th October.  At 9.30am the first attack on the British frontline troops at Zandvoorde took place and that by 10.30 the Seventh Division had been forced to fall back.  That position was then held under artillery fire until 4.30 pm, at which time two platoons were placed south of the road to Chazuvelt.  The report for the previous day (29th) revealed that one officer had been killed, with two missing, and two injured, while ten other men had been killed, 77 had been injured and 132 were missing.  The 3rd Brigade was heavily attacked during the night, and at 6 am on the morning of 31st October the troops of the Welsh Regiment were heavily attacked and retreated from their trenches on the barricade at Chazuvelt.  At 10.30 the Gloucestershire Regiment were ordered to hold the line running north and south through the O of Veldhoek and there collect every officer and man coming back.  By midday the Welsh and Queens Regiments had been driven back by the enemy and were re-grouped behind the Gloucestershire Regiment.  During the afternoon the battalion entrenched themselves on both side of the Veldhoek crossroads.  The remnants of the 3rd Brigade formed up on this line and, despite very heavy and continuous German attack, the line was held by the brigade until the evening of 1st November when they were relieved by the 1st Brigade and allowed to re-organise in Heronthage Wood.  It is therefore estimated that William Robert Collett was no longer alive by then

 

1Q52 – John William Collett was born in 1904 at Cirencester

 

Bertram Henry Collett [1P63], referred to as BH by the family, was born on 15th October 1885 at Siddington, and was five years old in the Siddington census of 1891, when he was recorded living there with his family as Bertie Henry Collett.  Sometime after leaving school Bertram initially worked for James Clifford at Brinkworth in Gloucestershire, where he learnt the trade of a farrier, and by 1901 James had married Bertram’s eldest sister Lily Harriet Collett, by which time James and Lily were living in Bristol.  It was also in Bristol that Bertram was apprenticed to a blacksmith at Brislington, prior to joining the Army Service Corp as a Sergeant Farrier at Woolwich Barracks, where he served for twenty-one years.  It was while he was in the army that he was posted to Ireland, where he met his future wife.  The story within the family was that he was sent to Ireland at the time of the Dublin uprising and it was then that he was married.  This cannot be the case, as the uprising took place at Easter in 1916, over five years after they were married.  However, this does not discount the fact that he was sent to Dublin in 1916 as part of the peace-keeping force

 

What is known for certain is that Bertram Henry Collett married Elizabeth Lillian Fuller on 20th December 1910 at Dublin, Elizabeth having been born at Leinster on 14th March 1886.  Curiously no record of him has been found in the census of 1901 when he would have been around 16 years old, so he may have already been serving with the army.  By the time of the next census in 1911 Bertie Henry Collett, aged 24 and from Siddington, was a soldier with the Army Service Corps.  His wife Elizabeth Collett was also 24 and from Ireland, when the childless couple was living at Woolwich Barracks, south of the River Thames in London.  On leaving the army after the Great War, Bertram then took up the post of Stud Groom & Farrier with Sir Edward Durrand at his Ashton Keynes Estate in Gloucestershire.  Sometimes he would even travel with Sir Edward to events in France and Belgium with a string of polo ponies.  Initially, while working for Sir Edward, the family lived at Somerford Keynes in a tithe cottage, until that property was sold.  After which they moved to Langley, near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire.  Bertram worked for Sir Edward Durrand until he retired in the mid-1950s.  Elizabeth presented Bertram with a total of three children, the first of whom was born at Woolwich, the second during Bertram’s posting back to Dublin, while their daughter was born at Langley, near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire, after Bertram had left the army.  Bertram Henry Collett died on 23rd February 1962 at Cheltenham and his widow Elizabeth Lillian Collett, nee Fuller, died sixteen years later on 11th March 1978, her death also recorded at Cheltenham (Ref. 22 1978)

 

1Q53 – Harry Collett was born in 1913 at Woolwich, London

1Q54 – Bertram John Collett was born during 1915 in Dublin, Ireland

1Q55 – Lily Rose Collett was born in 1919 at Langley, Gloucestershire

 

Ernest Collett [1P64] was born on 10th August 1887 at Siddington and was three years old in the Siddington census of 1891.  In 1901, when he was 13, he was still living at home with his family, by which time he had left school and was working as a pantry boy and domestic servant in Siddington.  He later married Lillie Louisa Holborn at Bradford-on-Avon, where the event was recorded (Ref. 5a 281) during the last quarter of 1907, when Ernest’s occupation had changed to that of a groom and gardener.  The birth of Lily Louisa Holborn was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 570) during the third quarter of 1884, the daughter of Henry and Celia Holborn.  By the time of the census in April 1911, the marriage had produced the first of the couple’s three children.  The family of three at that time was recorded as living at Box, within the Chippenham registration district, where Ernest Collett of Siddington was 23 and a domestic groom and gardener, his wife Lillie L Collett from Freshford was 26, and their daughter Cynthia Q Collett was one year old and had been born at Wormwood between Box and Atworth.  Judging by the age of their son Ronald and his sister Cynthia, the photograph above was very likely taken in Bradford-on-Avon around 1916, and just prior to Ernest leaving England to join the British Army in France.  He often referred to himself as a 'Gloucestershire Monkey', while he referred to his wife, who was from Freshford in Somerset as a 'Somerset Cuckoo', and his two Wiltshire born sons as 'Wiltshire Moonrakers'

 

Towards the end of the Great War, he was badly wounded during 1918.  After the war, and due to the limitations placed on him by his injuries, Ernest and his family eventually moved to Trowbridge, where he took up work in the Dye House of the local Cloth Mill.  The couple’s second child was also born at Bradford-on-Avon, while the third child was born after the family had moved to Trowbridge.  It was originally understood that later in their life Ernest and Lily went to live in Swindon, apparently to be near other members of Ernest’s family, but new information received in 2014 from Sue Chillcott nee Collett, their granddaughter, states that they continued to live in Trowbridge for the rest of their lives together.  The death of Lillie L Collett, nee Holborn, was recorded at Devizes register office (Ref. 7c 425) during the first three months of 1957, when she was 72.  Upon being widowed, Ernest may have moved to Swindon during the next decade since, the death of Ernest Collett was recorded there (Ref. 7c 869) following his passing on 28th December 1967, when he was 82

 

1Q56 – Cynthia Queenie May Collett was born in 1910 at Wormwood, Wiltshire

1Q57 – Ronald Ernest Collett was born in 1912 at Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

1Q58 – Robert William George Collett was born in 1919 at Melksham, Wiltshire

 

Walter Collett [1P65] was born on 3rd December 1889 at Siddington.  In the Census of 1901, he was 11 and was described as a domestic pantry boy while living at Siddington with his family.  Following the death of his mother in 1902, Walter went to live with his married brother William Robert Collett (above) at Cirencester, as confirmed by the Cirencester census in 1911 when Walter Collett was 21.  It was just after the census that year that Walter and his younger brother Robert Percy Collett (below) had a big disagreement with their father Robert Collett, following which the two young men ran away from their family in Cirencester.  The brothers eventually settled at Cinderford in the Forest of Dean, where they lodged with Mary Ann Matthews at Newtown Steam Mills.  The separation from his father was permanent, as a result of which Walter was never reunited with him, although the elderly and infirmed Robert Collett he did attend Walter’s funeral in 1945

 

Shortly after his arrival in Cinderford, Walter married the widowed Mary Ann Matthews on 27th May 1912 at Holy Trinity Church at Drybrook in the Forest of Dean.  Mary Ann was originally born as Mary Ann Haile in 1872.  His occupation at that time was that of miller and he later served with the Royal Horse Artillery as a horse driver in the Great War.  During the war he was gassed and was invalided out of the army.  Upon returning home he became a coalminer at the local gas works and was promoted to shift foreman at the Northern United Colliery in Cinderford.  His wife, Mary Ann, who was seventeen years older than Walter, already had three children when he married her.  They were Frederick William George Ryder Haile (base-born), and Olive Ann Matthews and Mary Lucinda (Molly) Matthews, both daughters being from Mary’s first marriage to Thomas Matthews.  It has since been discovered that it was Olive Ann Matthews, the youngest daughter of Walter’s wife, who actual gave birth to Walter’s only child who, to the outside world, was brought up by Walter and Mary Ann Collett as their own, even thought he was Mary Ann’s grandson.  The child was born at Cinderford, where Walter Collett died on 7th July 1945 at the age of 54, and when his only son was just fifteen years old

 

1Q59 – Frederick Walter Thomas George Collett was born in 1930 at Cinderford, Glos

 

Robert Percy Collett [1P66], who was referred to as Bob within the family, to avoid confusion with his father, was born at Siddington on 3rd January 1892, the son of Robert Collett and Mary Ann Dent.  His birth was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 354) under his full name.  He was nine years old in March 1901 when he was still living with his family in Siddington.  His mother died during the following year and, in 1903, his father remarried.  It was with his father Robert, and his stepmother Annie, that he was living in 1911 at Baunton, just a mile north of Stratton, near Cirencester.  Robert Collett junior was a married man at the age of 19, when he was working as a general instrument on a farm.  Completing the household was his son Percy Collett who was fifteen months old and born at Stratton, his birth recorded as Raymond Percy Collett. 

 

Although he said he was a married man, no record of the marriage of Robert Percy Collett has been found.  If the statement in the census return was correct, the only death of a female recorded at Cirencester around the time of the birth of his son Raymond Percy Collett, was that of Lily Collett.  She had been born at Cirencester in 1894 and was only 16 years old when she died in 1910 who, was six years old and a pauper in the Cirencester census of 1901.  It seems unlikely that she was the mother of Raymond Percy Collett, so perhaps he was simply the base-born son of Robert Percy Collett, the mother not surviving the birth of their son.  All that is known, within the family, is that there was some kind of major upset between Robert Collett senior and his son Robert Percy.  That may have centred around who should be responsibility for raising his son Percy, which perhaps Robert junior was not prepared to do, preferring to enlist with the army, as indicated by him picture in uniform above

 

Following the dispute with his father, Robert Percy Collett left Cirencester after 1911 and was apparently never reunited with his father or his son, who died in 1919.  It was to Cinderford, in the Forest of Dean, that he travelled to be with his brother Walter (above), where Walter was married in 1912.  Robert Percy Collett was 29 years old when he married Annie Kibblewhite on 14th May 1921, the event recorded at Westbury-on-Severn register office (Ref. 6a 572) during the second quarter of that year.  Annie was the youngest child of Cornelius and Ann Kibblewhite who were living in Westbury-on-Severn in 1891, when Annie from Ampney Crucis was three years old.  Once they were married the couple resided at Harrow Hill in Drybrook, near Cinderford, where both of their daughters were born.  Robert’s occupation was that of master baker at the Cinderford Co-operative & Industrial Society.  He later retired in very poor health, caused by flour dust in his lungs.  Robert Percy Collett died at Drybrook on 29th September 1961, with his passing recorded at the Forest of Dean register office (Ref. 7b 59)

 

1Q60 – Raymond Percy Collett was born in 1910 at Stratton, near Cirencester

These are the children of Robert Percy Collett by his second wife Ann Kibblewhite:

1Q61 – Gladys J Collett was born in 1923 at Drybrook, near Cinderford

1Q62 – Hilda G Collett was born in 1925 at Drybrook, near Cinderford

 

Mabel Rose Collett [1P67] was born at Siddington on 28th September 1894, the last child born to Robert Collett and his first wife Rosanna King.  And it was at Siddington that she was living with her family in March 1901 when she was Mabel R Collett who was six years old.  One year later her mother died and during 1903 her widowed father Robert Collett married Annie and moved the short distance to live in nearby Stratton.  That also may have coincided with ever member of the family living Siddington, some of whom moved into the town of Cirencester.  Mabel was one of only three members of her family still living in the Cirencester area in 1911.  The census that year recorded Mabel Rose Collett, aged 16 and from Siddington, working as a general domestic servant with the Jones family from Oxfordshire, at their home in the village of Bagendon.  Over the next couple of years Mabel left Cirencester and moved to Stratton St Margaret, just east of Swindon.  And it was at Swindon where she married George Bramble on 25th December 1919.  After the wedding the couple lived at Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, where their first two children were born

 

At some time during 1922 the family moved to Wanborough, again just outside Swindon.  As a couple, they were well known for travelling everywhere on a tandem, which even included trips to see Mabel’s estranged brothers Walter Collett and Robert Percy Collett at their respective homes in the Forest of Dean.  Mabel was a large jovial lady and George, by comparison, was a short, slightly built man.  Mabel Rose Bramble nee Collett died at Swindon on 26th November 1972, while her husband George Bramble had died five years earlier on 29th September 1967.  According to their son Peter Bramble, there were three other children in addition to those listed below, two of which were twins who died in infancy.  Peter’s younger brother George Bramble was living at 37 Graham Street in Swindon during the 1990s.  Of particular interest in the Mabel Collett and George Bramble family was their eldest daughter Irene Rosanna Bramble who was born at Stonehouse on 2nd July 1920.  She married later married to become Irene Rosanna Page and she and her husband lived at 150 Rodbourne Road in Swindon, where their daughter Pamela was born in 1955.  Pamela Page eventually went on to marry Robert Martin Collett (Ref. 28R44) at Swindon, but from whom she was later divorced.  Robert Martin Collett was born at Swindon in 1955, the son of Anthony Roy Collett (Ref. 28Q57).  Details of his family can be found within Part 28 – The Faringdon Line

 

The second eldest child in the family of Mabel Collett and George Bramble was their son Claude Bernard Bramble was born on 4th December 1921 at Stonehouse.  In the 1990s he was living at 20 Frasers Close, Nythe in Swindon and his son Robert Bramble was living at 56 Nyland Road in Swindon.  The other known children of Mabel and George Bramble were Thomas Bramble who was born on 4th June 1923, Eileen Bramble who was born on 26th April 1925, Dorothy Bramble who was born on 23rd November 1927, Peter Bramble who was born on 27th December 1929, George Bramble, Betty Bramble, Elizabeth Bramble who was born on 9th January 1937, and Ann Bramble who was born on 24th July 1941

 

Alice Mary Collett [1P68] was born at Alvescot during the third quarter of 1887, the birth being registered in Witney.  In the Bampton & Witney area census of 1891 she was recorded as being four years old while living with her parents and younger sister Elsie.  Following the birth of her next sister in late 1891, the family moved to Cirencester, but by the start of the next century the family was living in the Almondsbury area north of Bristol.  She later married Herbert John Golledge at Bristol in 1909.  Herbert was the son of Charles Golledge and Hannah Needham of Stapleton in Bristol.  It may be interesting to note that the Needham family, through their Hulin family connection, are linked to the Collett family described in Part 35 – The Melksham Line.  By the time of the Bristol census of 1911 Alice had given birth to a son.  Herbert John Golledge was 22, Alice Mary Golledge of Alvescot was 23, and their son Hubert Eric John Golledge was nine months old

 

Interesting note:  Herbert John Golledge was the second cousin twice removed of Don Cameron in Australia, through his mother Hannah Needham.  Hannah's mother was Priscilla Brooks of Stapleton in Gloucestershire who was Don’s great great great aunt.  Don’s actually Collett family can be found in Part 62 – The Wiltshire Line to New Zealand and Australia (Ref. 62O1)

 

John Henry Collett [1P74] was born at Gloucester in 1876 and was four years old in April 1881 when he living with his family at 2 Hawkesbury Villa, Weston Road in the Longford St Mary district of Gloucester.  In 1891 John Collett, aged 14, was attending a school at Axminster in Somerset, where his younger brother Gilbert (below) was also recorded in that year’s census.  Just after the start of the new century he was working with his father as a chemical manufacturer in Gloucester.  John H Collett, aged 24, was still a bachelor living at his parents’ home at Hillfield, 101 Great Western Road in Gloucester and the census record for 1901 indicated that he was educated with a Master’s Degree in Science although, so far, no record of his attendance at university has been found, unlike his brother Gilbert who received his master’s degree at Cambridge in 1905.  Not long after the census day in 1901, it would appear that John Henry Collett, who was also known as Harry, joined the Territorial Army and, on 3rd March 1909, when he was already Captain John H Collett, he was promoted to the rank of Major.  An announcement to this effect was confirmed in The London Gazette on 25th May 1909.  The same article also mentioned that his brother Gilbert F Collett had been promoted to the rank of Captain, also on the third of March 1909.  It was during the previous year that John Henry Collett married Dorothy Elizabeth Foster, the event recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 937) during the second quarter of 1908.  The witnesses at the wedding were William Aston, Jane Elizabeth King, and Newman Lockwood.  Over the following three years Dorothy presented John with two children, although there may have been other children added to their family after the census in 1911

 

According to the census that year the couple and their two sons were living in the Stroud area of Gloucestershire.  The census return revealed that John Henry Collett was 34, and his wife Dorothy Elizabeth Collett was 32.  Of their two children, only the eldest one was named, presumably because the younger one had only just been born, and no name had yet been decided upon.  John Nelson Collett was one year old, while his brother was simply listed as a male of no age, not even in terms of days.  Also staying with the family on the day of the census was John’s unmarried younger brother Leopold George Collett.  Upon the start of hostilities between England and Germany in 1914, John and his brother Gilbert both enlisted as officers with 5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment.  An article published in The London Gazette on 7th June 1917 referred to Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Collett, the same rank that his brother also held by the end of The Great War.  During the 1930s, and very likely around the time of his retirement, John and Dorothy settled in Cheltenham when they lived at Pittville Circus from where John was a Justice of the Peace.  In 1925, John Henry Collett and two of his brothers, Gilbert and Seymour, were named as the joint executors of their father’s estate amounting to £88,291 14 Shillings 2 Pence, when the probate service described him as John Henry Collett CMG [i.e. Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George], a chemical manufacturer.  Towards the end of 1942 the home address for John Henry Collett CMG, DL, JP was of 7 Pittville Crescent in Cheltenham but, sadly, on 8th November 1942 at the age of 66, he died at the Imperial Nursing Home, his death being recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 503) under the name of John H Collett.  Probate of his considerable estate of £18,794 13 Shillings 9 Pence was granted jointly to the National Provincial Bank and the Reverend Seymour Collett, John’s younger brother (below)

 

Published in the London Gazette at that time was the following notice.  “In the Estate of Colonel John Henry Collett, deceased.  Pursuant to the Trustee Act, 1925.  All persons having claims against the estate of John Henry Collett late of No. 7 Pittville Crescent, Cheltenham in the County of Gloucester C.M.G., D.L., J.P., a Colonel retired in H.M. Army who died on the 8th day of November 1942, and whose Will dated the 15th day of September 1941, appointed National Provincial Bank Limited the executor thereof jointly with the Rev. Seymour Collett, are required to send written particulars to the undersigned by the 15th day of February 1943 after which date the executors will distribute the deceased's estate having regard only to valid claims then notified.  Dated this 9th day of December 1942.  Madge Lloyd and Gibson, 20 Bell Lane, Gloucester, Solicitors for the Executors.”

 

1Q63 – John Nelson Collett was born in 1910 at Gloucester

1Q64 – Anthony Foster Collett was born in 1911 at Gloucester

 

Agnes Sophia Collett [1P75] was born at Gloucester in 1878 and was listed as being two years old in the 1881 Census when she was living with her parents at 2 Hawkesbury Villa in Weston Road in Gloucester.  She was still living with her parents ten years later in 1891 when she was 13 and the family home was in the South Hamlet registration district of Gloucester.  After a further ten years Agnes, aged 23, was living at Hillfield, 101 Great Western Road in Gloucester, the home of her parents John Martin and Sarah Ann Collett.  Still living with the family was Agnes’ older brother John and her younger brother Leopold and they, and their father, were involved in the family business of J M Collett & Co Ltd, chemical manufacturers of Gloucester.  According to the next census in April 1911 Agnes Sophia Collett was recorded as being younger than she actually was at 30, and was two years younger than her younger brother Gilbert (below) who was correctly listed as being 32.  Her place of birth was confirmed as Gloucester and she was still a single lady still living with her parents and her brother at Kimsbury House in Upton St Leonards, Gloucester, where the family was supported by three servants.  It would appear that she never married, and died on 5th September 1963 while she was living at Sussex Lodge, Claverton Down in Bath.  At the time of her passing she owned a number of properties, including land opposite Sussex Lodge, a lock-up shop at 40-42 Eastgate Street in Gloucester, and a shop at 174 High Street in Cheltenham.  The property situated adjacent to her back garden at Sussex Lodge was occupied by her younger brother, the Reverend Seymour Collett (below), until his death in 1972

 

Gilbert Faraday Collett [1P76], named after the physicist, was born at Gloucester on 19th July 1879, the second son and third child of chemical manufacturer John Martin Collett and his wife Sarah Ann.  Gilbert was one year old by the time of the census in 1881, when he was living with his family at 2 Hawkesbury Villa on Weston Road in Gloucester.  Ten years later he and his brother John (above) were attending a school in Axminster in Somerset, when Gilbert Faraday Collett was 11 years old.  He later attended Cheltenham College, where he was educated from 1893 to 1898, when he matriculated.  It was during October 1898 that Gilbert was accepted at Pembroke College in Cambridge, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1901 and his Master’s Degree in 1905.  His university entry record confirmed that he was the second son of John Martin Collett of Guy’s Cliff, Wolton, Gloucester, later of Wynstone Place near Gloucester.  While he was at Cambridge Gilbert won a rugby blue in Varsity Match of 1898.  It was during the following year that he was invited to join the touring Barbarians team.  Around the time that he received his MA, or shortly thereafter, Gilbert was a founding member of the Gloucester Fire Brigade.  During his time at Cambridge, it would appear he was visiting friends or relatives in the Cheltenham area, since at the time of the census in March 1901 Gilbert F Collett, aged 21 and from Gloucester, was recorded in the village of Cowley, just south of Cheltenham.  After completing his university education Gilbert joined his brother in the Territorial Army, and on 3rd March 1909, when his brother John was promoted from Captain to Major, Gilbert was made given the rank of Captain, all as published in The London Gazette on 25th May 1909.  Less than two years later, according to the census in April 1911, Gilbert had returned to Gloucester to live with his family, where he was recorded under his full name of Gilbert Faraday Collett.  He was further described as being 32 and a chemical manufacturer living with his parents and sister Agnes (above) at Kimsbury House in Upton St Leonards, to the east of Gloucester City.  Rather curiously his ‘older’ sister Agnes was listed as being two years younger than Gilbert, whereas in all of the previous three census returns he was the younger sibling by two years

 

At the outbreak of hostilities, Gilbert enlisted with the British Army and served with 5th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment during The Great War of 1914-1918.  He was promoted to Captain on 12th August 1914, when he was stationed at a training camp near Colchester.  He travelled to France towards the end of 1915 and later became a Major.  He was made an acting Lieutenant Colonel from 1917 until he was invalided out of frontline duties with trench fever during 1918, by which time he had already achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He was mentioned in despatches on three occasions and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order medal in 1918.  It was only in 1934 that he retired from the army, when he was 55.  In 1925 Gilbert Faraday Collett and two of his brothers, John and Seymour, were named as the joint executors of their father’s estate amounting to £88,291 14 Shillings 2 Pence, when the probate service described him as Gilbert Faraday Collett DSO, a chemical manufacturer

 

During the following year, when Gilbert was around 47 years of age, he married Dorothy Lawrence Miller M B, from Dundee Scotland.  It seems very likely that Dorothy was much younger than Gilbert since, within two years of their wedding day, she presented Gilbert with a son and heir.  When the child was just a few years old Gilbert and Dorothy moved to a large house at Battledown Gates in Cheltenham, on the corner of Hales Road and Battledown Approach.  That move followed a similar move by his brother John, who had already settled in Cheltenham and was living nearby at Pittville Circus.  While in Cheltenham, Gilbert was a member of the Cheltenham Race Course and a mason with the Old Cheltonian Lodge.  Gilbert, Dorothy and their son were living at Hucclecote near Barnwood to the east of Gloucester when Gilbert died on 26th February 1945, when his son was just seventeen years old.  Following the death of her husband, Dorothy married William Hubert Cullis of Balcarras Court in Charlton Kings near Cheltenham.  And it was at Cheltenham that Dorothy died during June 1982, which may further indicate that she was very likely around ten to twenty years younger than Gilbert.  Within the records of the Cambridge Alumni, Gilbert Faraday Collett was described as being the Managing Director of J M Collett & Co Ltd, Gloucester, the company founded by his father.  The same records also confirmed that he was married and had issue, including a son to carry on the Collett name, and at some time in his life he lived at Battledown Gates in Cheltenham.  His name also appeared in the 1939 version of Who’s Who

 

During his younger days he was a keen rugby (union) player and, in addition to his Cambridge Blue and The Barbarians Tour, he also played on the wing for Cheltenham RUFC, and in 1903 he won three caps playing for the British Isles team in a tour of South Africa, but sadly was never selected to play for the English National team.  During the South African Tour, Gilbert played in 20 of the 22 matches, including all three Test games against the South African national team. He was a prolific scorer during the first half of the tour, with a dropped goal in his first match against Western Province Country team, followed by eight tries over the next eleven games, including two tries in both games against King William's Town and Griqualand West.  He also played first class cricket for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, and in 1924 he was President of the Gloucestershire Golf Union

 

1Q65 – Gerald David Martin Collett was born in 1928 at Gloucester

 

Leopold George Collett [1P77], who was known as Lee within the family, was born at Gloucester during 1882.  It was as Leopold G Collett aged eight years, that he was living with his family in the South Hamlet district of Gloucester at the time of the census in 1891 and, ten years after that, he was still living with his parents at Hillfield, 101 Great Western Road in Gloucester, at the age of 18.  By March 1911, under his full name of Leopold George Collett, he was still a bachelor at 28, when he was staying at the Gloucester home of his married brother John Henry Collett (above) and his family.  It seems curious that Leopold was the only one of the four sons of John Martin Collett not to be named as a joint executor of his father’s Will in 1925.  It was five years later, during the last three months of 1930 when the marriage of Leopold G Collett, aged 48, and Joy Mona Luis Fernandes was recorded at Upton-on-Severn register office in Worcestershire (Ref. 6c 373).  Joy was born during November 1901 and was an accomplished artist.  The couple had been married for twenty-nine years when Leopold died in 1959 at the age of 76.  His death was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 7b 522) during the first quarter of that year.  Probate for Leopold George Collett, of Wolds Cottage of Chedworth Laines near Cheltenham, who had died on 15th March 1959, was granted to his widow Joy Mona Luis Collett, when his personal effects were valued at £559 11 Shillings.  Twelve years later, the death of Joy Mona L Collett was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 7b 1048) during the early months of 1971

 

Seymour Collett [1P78] was born at Gloucester in 1883, the last child born to John Martin and Sarah Ann Collett.  Seymour was seven years old at the time of the census in 1891 when he was recorded with his family in the South Hamlet district of Gloucester.  He was educated at Cheltenham, where he was recorded on the day of the census in 1901 when he was 17.  Ten years later in April 1911, he was a boarder staying at 55 Victoria Grove in Bridport, Dorset, the home of elderly Emily Hodder.  The census return described him as Seymour Collett, aged 27 years and from Gloucester, who was a bachelor and a clergyman of the established church

 

The only other known details regarding the Rev Seymour Collett are that he remained a bachelor all his life and that he retired to Little Stoke, Claverton Down, to the east of Bath, where he died in 1972.  The death of Seymour Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 687) during the fourth quarter of that year, when he 89.  His final place of residence at Little Stoke may have been purchased at the same time as the adjacent property, since his sister Agnes had lived there and died there nine years prior to his passing, their two gardens backing onto each other.  During his life the Reverend Seymour Collett officiated at various family events, including the christening of the granddaughter of his brother Gilbert Faraday Collett.  From 1926 to 1938 he was the vicar at St James Church in the village of Bratton, south-east of Trowbridge.  Upon his leaving Bratton, his parishioners and friends from the village presented him with a book containing their names and those of the children who attended Sunday School, plus photographs. The inside front cover was a very elaborate and colourful tribute to Seymour Collett

 

In 1925 Seymour and two of his brothers, John and Gilbert (above), were named as the joint executors of their father’s estate amounting to £88,291 14 Shillings 2 Pence, when the probate service described him as the Reverend Seymour Collett, a clerk.  He was also named jointly with the National Provincial Bank regarding the Will of his older brother John Henry Collett who died at Cheltenham in November 1942.  His brother’s personal estate was valued at £18,794 13 Shillings 9 Pence and was the subject of a notice in the London Gazette that year

 

Walter Charles Collett [1P79] was born in 1868 at Ham in Surrey, just north of Kingston-upon-Thames, the eldest child of Charles George Collett and his wife Ann.  It was at Kingston that his birth was recorded (Ref. 2a 268) during the third quarter of 1868.  At the age of two years, Walter G Collett was living at Ham with his parents and younger brother Edward, who tragically died shortly after the census day in 1871.  At the time of the 1881 Census Walter was 12 years old and was living with his family at Acre Road in Kingston, and ten years he was still living there with his parents at the age of 22.  It was at Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey, during the first three months of 1899, that Walter Charles Collett married Charlotte Emily Tovey, as recorded at the Kingston register office (Ref. 2a 472).  The witnesses at their wedding were George William Bishop and Elizabeth O’Rourke.  Charlotte was born in the Hammersmith area of London and in March 1901 the census conducted that month revealed that the childless couple was living at Surbiton in Surrey.  The census return listed the couple as Walter C Collett, aged 32 from Ham in Surrey, who had taken up his father’s occupation as a carpenter, while his wife Charlotte from Hammersmith was 26.  By April 1911 Charlotte had given birth to a son who was born in the Surbiton area, where the family was still living at that time.  Walter Charles Collett from Ham was 42, Charlotte Collett was 35, and their son Walter Vincent Collett was just four years old, his middle name being taken from his grandfather’s second wife’s maiden name.  The marriage of Walter and Charlotte sadly end just over five years later when the death of Walter C Collett was recorded at Kingston register office (Ref.2a 566) during the month of December in 1916 when he was only 48

 

1Q66 – Walter Vincent Collett was born in 1906 at Surbiton, Surrey

 

Edward Collett [1P80] was born at Ham in Surrey during 1869, and was baptised at Petersham in Ham on 19th December 1869, the second child of Charles George Collett and his wife Ann.  Edward was one year old in the census of 1871 when he was living at Ham with his parents and older brother Walter (above).  Sadly, it was not long after that when he died

 

Alice Collett [1P81] was born at Ham in 1872, the eldest daughter of Charles and Ann Collett.  She was nine years old in 1881 when she was living at Acre Road in Kingston-on-Thames.  Ten years later she was still living with her family in Kingston when she was 19.  Whether through her father’s business as a carpenter or not, Alice later met and married Horace W Daysh, a carpenter from Fareham in Hampshire who was twenty years older than Alice.  Just after the start of the new century, according to the census conducted in March 1901, Alice Daysh, aged 29 and from Ham, was living in Kingston-upon-Thames with her carpenter husband Horace, who was 49, and their daughter Annie S Daysh who was two years old.  Ten years later in April 1911, the same Daysh family was still living in Kingston at 78 Gordon Rd (78 Canbury Avenue), but had living with them at that time Alice’s widowed mother Ann Collett, aged 74, and Alice’s youngest sister Louisa Collett (below).  According to the census return Horace Daysh was 37, his wife of twelve years Alice Daysh from Ham in Surrey was 39, and their daughter Annie Daysh was 11

 

Lucy Collett [1P82] was born at Ham in 1873 and was eight years old in the census of 1881, when she was living with her family at Acre Road in Kingston-on-Thames, where she was listed as Lucey Collett.  Ten years after that she was recorded as Lucie Collett, aged 18, when she was still living in Kingston with her family.  It has not been discovered where her parents were in 1901, but at that time unmarried Lucy Collett, aged 28 and from Ham, was a tailoress and a boarder at the home of spinster Sarah Gooddy at 27 St James Road in Kingston.  Also boarding at that same address was Lucy’s sister Louisa (below)

 

Louisa J Collett [1P83] was born at Kingston in 1876, the last child born to Charles George Collett and his wife Ann.  In the census of 1881, she was her family were living at Acre Road in Kingston, where Louisa was five years old.  It was as Louisa J Collett, aged 14, that she was still living with her parents in Kingston in 1891.  On leaving school she lived and worked with her older sister Lucy (above) in Kingston where they both employed as tailoresses.  Where her parents were in 1901 has not yet been revealed, but on the occasion of the census that year Louisa Collett, aged 23 and a tailoress from Kingston, was boarding with her sister Lucy at 27 St James Road in Kingston, the home of Miss Sarah Gooddy.  Following the death of her father Louisa returned to live with and support her elderly mother, and in 1911 the two of them were staying with Louisa’s older sister Alice Daysh (above) at her home in Kingston.  At that time in her life unmarried Louisa Collett was 34

 

Percy George Collett [1P84] was born in 1888 at Bromley in Kent where the birth was recorded (Ref. 2a 409) during the last quarter of the year.  He was the elder of the two sons of George Collett and Lucy Warrell and, as simply Percy Collett, he was two years old in 1891 when living with his parents at Park End in Bromley. and was 12 in 1901 when on both occasions he and his family were still residing in Bromley.  After a further ten years, when he was described as being unmarried Percy George Collett aged 22 and from Bromley in Kent, he was living at Hawkhurst in Kent, where he was a joiner and a lodger at the home of John Anthony Bradley from Derby.  And in so doing, Percy had followed the same profession as his carpenter father.  He was still living in Kent, when the death of Percy G Collett was recorded at Sevenoaks register office (Ref. 2a 1479) during the first three months of 1937

 

Walter Collett [1P85] was born at Bromley in 1893, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 2a 421) during the third quarter of the year.  He was eight years old in the Bromley census of 1901 when he and his brother Percy (above) were living at Gwydyr Road.  When his parents moved south from Bromley to Sevenoaks, Walter went with them and, in 1911, Walter Collett aged 17 years and from Bromley was employed as a grocer’s assistant when living with his parents in the village of Dunton Green

 

Herbert William Collett [1P86] was base-born at Clerkenwell in 1888, the eldest child of Herbert William Collett, formerly Herbert William McCann, by Elizabeth Lile Mills who were not husband and wife at that time.  His birth was recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 207) during the last quarter of 1888, which was two years before his parents were actually married.  In 1891 he was named as Herbert Wm Collett, aged two years, when he was living with his family at 21 Rounall Buildings in Clerkenwell.  Three years later in 1894 Herbert Collett of 9A Rosamund High Street at Clerkenwell in the Holborn district of London was attending Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.  By 1901 he and his family were residing at 12 Easton Street in Clerkenwell when Herbert Collett was 13.  Tragically Herbert and his five surviving siblings were made orphans during the following year, as a result of which the six children were taken in by Doctor Barnados.  What happened to Herbert William Collett after that is not known for sure, while there was a William Collett from London who was 23 and serving overseas with the British Army at the time of the census in 1911.  Seven years earlier in 1904, and two years after they had lost their parents, Herbert’s two siblings Ada and Frank both sailed to Canada, where they were joined by sisters Louisa May and Jessie in 1911

 

Ada Elizabeth Collett [1P87] was born at Clerkenwell on 12th December 1891, and was baptised at St James’ Church in Clerkenwell on 24th January 1892, the daughter of pastry cook Herbert William Collett and his wife Elizabeth who were living at 5 Wherlin Street at that time.  Her birth was recorded at Holborn (Ref. 1b 320) during the first month of 1892.  Nine years later, at the time of the census in 1901, Ada Collett was 10 years old and was living with her family at 12 Easton Street in Clerkenwell.  It was during the following year that her father died, and his death was followed not long after by the passing of Ada’s mother.  As a result of being orphaned Ada and her five surviving siblings were taken in by the Doctor Barnados Children’s Home in 1903 and during 1904 she and her younger brother Frank (below) were shipped off to Canada.  Once in Canada she was placed in the care of a family in Kent County who eventually adopted her, when her name was changed to Ada Florence McKerracher.  In 1913 she married Ira Ross who was born in 1884, with whom she had three children, Sanford Ross, Dorothy Ross, and Helen Ross.  Upon the death of her husband in 1950, Ada later married Hollie Ellis.  Ada Florence Ellis was happily reunited with her two sisters Louisa May and Jessie (below) and they lived close to each other in the same Kent County town in Ontario for much of their later life.  And it was there that she died in 1981

 

Frank Collett [1P88] was born at 9A Rosamund High Street in Clerkenwell towards the end of 1893 and his birth was recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 90) during the first three months of 1894.  By 1901 the family had moved house two times and was residing at 12 Easton Street in Clerkenwell where Frank was eight years old, having previously been living at 23 Rawstorne Street, just of Goswell Street, in 1898.  Tragically in 1903 Frank and his sibling were orphaned by the death of their parents who died within a short time of each other.  As a result of their loss all of the children were taken into a Doctor Barnados Children’s Home from where Frank and his sister Ada (above) were taken by the organisation to Canada during the following year.  It is known that his sister was adopted by the family in Ontario with whom she was placed, while it is not known what happened to Frank

 

Louisa May Collett [1P90] was born at Clerkenwell on 24th January 1898, the birth being registered by her mother on 9th March 1898 at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 359).  At that time her parents, Herbert and Elizabeth Collett, were living at 23 Rawstorne Street, just of Goswell Street.  By the time of the census in March 1901 the family was living at 12 Easton Street in Clerkenwell where May Collett was three years old.  With both of her parents dying during the next two years, Louisa and her five siblings were taken into care with the Doctor Barnados Children’s Home, and it was through that organisation that she and her sister Jessie (below) eventually sailed to a new life in Canada during 1911.  The photograph of Louisa May Collett, provided by her granddaughter Marilee Rylett Magder, was taken in Canada possibly on the occasion of her wedding day, since she was holding a posy of flowers and had a ring on the wedding finger of her left hand.  The larger picture from which it was extracted also includes her younger sister Jessie, whose portrait from the same photo is presented below

 

Louisa May Collett married (1) Charles Ernest Rylett in Kent County, Ontario during March 1922.  Charles was eight years older than Louisa, having been born in 1890.  It was also at Kent County that Louisa and her sister Jessie were reunited with their older sister Ada Elizabeth (above).  The marriage of Louisa and Charles produced a son for the couple, Leslie Rylett (1923-2006) who, in 1949, married Mary Ellen Bruegeman who was born in 1927.  However, after twenty-eight years together they were divorced during 1977.  After enjoying only seventeen years together, Charles Ernest Rylett died in 1939, following which his widow Louisa May Rylett married (2) Alvin Campbell.  Later on, she was made a widow for a second time, after which she then married (3) Preston Smith.  Louisa May Smith nee Collett died in 1989.  It was the marriage of Leslie Rylett and Mary Ellen Bruegeman that produced a daughter Marilee Rylett Magder, and it was Marilee, of Whitby in Ontario, who kindly provided all of the details for the January 2012 update of this family line

 

Jessie Collett [1P92] was born at Clerkenwell during December 1900, and was just three months old on the day of the census in March 1901 when she was living at 12 Easton Street in Clerkenwell with her family.  Her birth was recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 141) early in 1901.  She was still only a baby when first her father Herbert Collett died in 1902, and he was followed shortly after by the death of his wife.  That double tragedy left their six children as orphans, who were then taken under the care of the Doctor Barnados Children’s Home.  In 1911 Jessie, together with her sister Louisa May (above) were taken to Canada to live, and the picture here was taken with the same sister around the time that she was married in 1922.  It was a few years later that Jessie Collett married Harold Barker (1904-1976) in Kent County, Ontario, just across the Canada/US border from Detroit.  Harold was born in 1904 and he and Jessie had three daughters, Mary Louise Barker, Doreen Barker, and Nancy Barker.  At some time during her life at Kent County that Jessie and her sister Louisa were reunited with their other sister Ada Elizabeth who had been adopted after arriving in Canada in 1904.  Harold Barker died in 1976 leaving Jessie to live a widow’s life for the next fifteen years, before she passed away in 1991

 

Arthur William L Collett [1P93] was very likely born at Hampstead on 10th July 1912 while his parents Arthur Charles Collett and his second wife Beatrice Isobel Manchester were living at 18 Gardnor Road, their address when they were married in October 1911.  His birth was recorded at Hampstead register office (Ref. 1a 1092) during the third quarter of 1912, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Manchester.  From the 1939 Register, it is established that Arthur, Beatrice and their son were living within the Islington area of London, at 44 Hollingsworth Street, from where Arthur W L Collett was employed by the Islington Borough Council as a works cleaner.  Six years later, Arthur William L Collett was residing at 14 Fieldway Crescent in Islington in 1945, and it was during the second quarter of the following year when Arthur W L Collett married Vera D Jarvis at Islington in London (Ref. 1b 287) – the same year his father died.  Their marriage is understood to have produced just the one son for the couple.  During the Second World War Arthur served with the British Army, possibly in Palestine, but was eventually invalided out of the army with ear problems.  His mother’s sister, Vera Frances Louise Penn nee Manchester made her Will in 1962 in which Arthur Collett of 20 Church Lane in East Finchley was bequeathed £100.  Very little else is known about the family at this time, except that Arthur William L Collett died at the age of 89, his death being recorded at Ross-on-Wye during October 2001

 

1Q67 – Michael A R Collett was born in 1948 at Islington, London

 

Elizabeth Hannah Collett [1P94] was born at Newport in Wales on 26th October 1866, the eldest child of Henry Albert Collett and his wife Mary Ann Thomas.  The birth of Elizabeth H Collett was recorded at Newport (Ref. 11a 370) during the fourth quarter of 1866.  She was nearly one month old, when she was baptised using her full name at Stoke Prior in Worcestershire on 17th November 1866.  For some reason, when she was four years old, her family had returned to Gloucestershire, when her second brother was born at Stonehouse in January 1871, and where they were still living two months later at the time of the census that year.  On that occasion though, Elizabeth H Collett who was four, was not living with her family.  Instead, she was staying with her grandmother, the widow Elizabeth Collett, at her home in nearby Woodchester.  Not long after that Elizabeth’s parents took the children back to Newport where two more children were born, before they moved to the Bath area of Somerset in 1877.  By the time of the census in 1881 the family was living at 11 Alexandra Buildings in the Weston district of Batheaston, where Elizabeth was 14.  Ten years later she was still living there with her parents and six of her siblings in 1891, when she was unmarried at the age of 24.  With no record of her as a single lady after that time it is assumed that she was married by 1901

 

Henry Thomas Collett [1P95] was born at Newport during the fourth quarter of 1868, the eldest son of Henry and Mary Ann Collett.  He was two years old in the census of 1871, when he was listed as Henry T Collett who was staying at Stonehouse in Gloucestershire with his parents.  Shortly after that, the family returned to Newport where two more children were added to the family, before they moved to Somerset.  By 1881 he and his family were living at 11 Alexandra Building at Weston near Bath, where Henry was 13 and was still at school, but on leaving school he appears to have left Somerset and followed his older sister Elizabeth to Staffordshire

 

Later in his life he followed his father’s example and was employed on the railways, a job that took him to Burton-on-Trent where he met Bertha Miller, the daughter of John Miller, whom he married on 26th December 1894.  The marriage of Henry Thomas Collett and Bertha Miller was recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 593) during the fourth quarter of 1894.  According to the census of 1901 Henry T Collett was 31 and was working as a railway engine driver, while residing at Grange Street in Burton.  His wife Bertha was 26 and their only child at that time was Winifred, who was not yet one year old, who had been born at Burton.  No more children were added to the family and, by 1911, the family of three was still living in Burton-on-Trent, where Henry Collett was 42 and still employed as a railway engine driver, Bertha Collett was 37 and Winifred Collett was 10 years old

 

Joan Murton nee Townsend (see Ref. 1P105) recalls her Uncle Harry Collett and Auntie Bertha Collett, together with their daughter Winnie Collett, Joan’s cousin.  The birth of Winifred Gladys Collett was recorded at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 6b 446) during the second quarter of 1900.  On being baptised at Christ Church in Burton on 23rd May 1900, her parents were confirmed as Henry Thomas Collett and his wife Bertha.  The death of Henry T Collett was recorded at Burton register office (Ref. 9b 104) during the first three months of 1950, when he was 81 years of age.  Bertha Collett, nee Miller, died in 1954, her passing recorded at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 9b 74) during the first three months of the year

 

1Q68 – Winifred Gladys Collett was born in 1900 at Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

 

James Edward Collett [1P96] was born on 2nd January 1871 at Noah's Ark in Stonehouse and was baptised on 16th July 1871 at Kings Stanley, when he was confirmed as the son of Henry Albert and Mary Ann Collett.  The family was recorded in the Stonehouse census of 1871 when James E Collett was two months old.  He was no longer living with his family in 1881 when they were recorded at 11 Alexandra Building in Weston, nor has he been located elsewhere in that year’s census, or the next one in 1891.  However, it was at St Olave’s in London, during 1897, that he died at the age of 18

 

William Albert Collett [1P97] was born on 24th October 1872 at Newport where he was baptised on 17th November 1872.  It was around 1877 that his family left South Wales, when they moved to Weston near Bath and the census of 1881 recorded the family as residing at 11 Alexandra Building in Weston, where William was nine years old.  Ten years later as simply William Collett he was still living with his family in 1891 when he was 19.  It was during the third quarter of 1896 that the marriage of William Albert Collett and Clarissa Frances Weare was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 92).  The birth of Clarissa Frances Beatrice Weare was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 296) during the second quarter of 1876 who, in 1881 at the age of five years, together with her widowed mother Ellen Weare (nee Leek), and her seven-year-old brother Percy Weare, were boarders at the Alexandra Building in Weston, where nine-year-old William Albert Collett was living in both 1881 and 1891.  By 1891, Clarissa and her brother and mother, were living with Ellen’s two younger unmarried sisters, Alice and Caroline Leek, at Locksbrook Road in Weston.  At the time in her life Clarissa was 15, and had left school, when she was working as a sales assistant in a boot and shoe shop

 

Her marriage to William produced two sons, both of them born at Weston, with their births recorded at Bath register office.  According to the census, completed at the end of March in 1901, William Collett was 28 and an iron moulder living at Weston with his wife Clarissa Collett aged 25, and their son William who was two years old and born at Bath.  Staying with the young family that day was Clarissa’s mother Ellen Weare.  Ten years later, in April 1911, the family was living in the Bath St Michael area of the city and had been added to by the birth of the couple’s second son.  Iron moulder William A Collett was 38 and working at a local iron foundry, Clarissa F Collett was 35, and the two sons were William P H Collett who was 12, and Ernest L Collett who was two years old.  Staying with the family that day were Arthur L Flay from Melksham, who was 52, and 51-year-old Julien Joubert, a visitor from France.  Whether there were other children born to William and Clarissa between their two sons is not known for sure.  However, Joan Murton nee Townsend (see Ref. 1P105) recalls her Uncle Bill Collett, Auntie Rissa Collett, and her two cousins William and Ernest Collett

 

The death of William A Collett was recorded at the Somerset register office in Bath (Ref. 7c 42) during the last quarter of 1952, when he was 80 years of age.  He left no Will, so the administration of the personal effects of William Albert Collett of 5 Lyndhurst Road, Oakfield Park in Bath, amounting to £961, was granted to his widow Clarissa Frances Beatrice Collett.  She survived her husband by just less than eight years, when Clarissa died at Woodland Grove, Weston Park in Bath on 25th March 1960, at the age of 84.  The Will of Clarissa Frances Beatrice Collett was proved at Exeter on 3rd May 1960, when her youngest son Ernest Leonard Collett, a buyer, was named as the executor of her estate of £953 11 Shillings 6 Pence

 

1Q69 – William Percival H Collett was born in 1898 at Bath, Somerset

1Q70 – Ernest Leonard Collett was born in 1909 at Bath, Somerset

 

Robert Edward Collett [1P98] was born at Newport in 1875 and he was six years old in 1881 while living at 11 Alexandra Building in Weston near Bath with his family.  He was still there in 1891 when he was 15, and after a further ten years Robert Collett from Newport was 25 and a tailor’s presser who was still living with his parents in Weston.  Furthermore, he was still a bachelor ten years later in 1911, at the age of 35, when he was still living at Weston with his parents.  However, according to the memory of his niece Joan Murton nee Townsend (see Ref. 1P105) she clearly remembers her Uncle Bob Collett, his wife Katherine, who was Auntie Kate Collett, who had two sons, her cousins Cecil and Stanley.  New information received from Jennie Cordner in August 2013 confirms that Robert E Collett married Kate E Pickett at Bath, where the register office recorded the event (Ref. 5c 1103) during the third quarter of 1912.  The same record listed the witnesses at the wedding as Annie Anstey and Edward Gillard.  In addition to this, the birth of their son Cecil also confirmed the child’s mother’s name as Pickett.  Robert Edward Collett was residing at a property referred to as Moorlands in Englishcombe Lane in Bath when he died as a patient in St Martin’s Hospital in Bath on 19th July 1957 at the age of 82.  The death of Robert E Collett was recorded much later at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 17) during September that year.  He left a Will in which his eldest son Cecil Edward Collett, a foundry foreman, was named as the sole executor of his estate of £129 12 Shillings 11 Pence

 

1Q71 – Cecil Edward Collett was born in 1914 at Bath, Somerset

1Q72 – Stanley George Collett was born in 1917 at Bath, Somerset

 

Frances Adelaide Collett [1P99] was born at Weston near Bath on 3rd January 1878 and was listed as being three years old in the Weston census of 1881, and was 13 in 1891.  By 1901 she was 23 and was working as a dressmaker with her sister Ethel (below) while still living with her parents at Weston.  Frances was the grand-mother of Merryl Wells of Hemel Hempstead.  Shortly after the census that year, Frances married Thomas Henry Gullick of Bath, with whom she had four children, the first two being Vera May Gullick, who was born at Bath in 1904, and Francis Albert Gullick, who was born at Paddington on 2nd September 1910 and died at Bournemouth during September in 1990.  On the day of the census in 1911, the family of four was residing in the Paddington area of London, when Tom Henry Gullick from Bath was 30 and a printer’s compositor, Frances Adelaide Gullick from Bath was 33, Vera May Gullick from Bath was six years of age, and Francis Albert Gullick was seven months old, his birth recorded in Middlesex.  Over the following years the family was added to with the births of Leslie M Gullick at Fulham in 1914 and Victor Charles Gullick who was born at Bath on 26th May 1916 and died at St Albans in the summer of 1981.  The earlier death of Frances Adelaide Gullick was recorded at Hertfordshire’s Hitchin register office (Ref. 4b 26) during the first quarter of 1960, when she was 82 years old.  All of this coincides with the memory of Joan Murton nee Townsend (see Ref. 1P105) who recalls her Uncle Tom, Auntie Frances, and cousins Vera, Frank, Leslie and Victor

 

Mary Louisa M Collett [1P100] was born at 11 Alexandra Building in Weston, near Bath, during January 1881, but was listed as Diana Collett, aged two months, in the census conducted on 3rd April that year, possible prior to her birth being registered.  Her birth was subsequently recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 242) as Mary Louisa M Collett.  On that census day the family was still living at 11 Alexandra Building in Weston.  Sadly, Mary was the second of the four children of Henry Albert Collett and his wife Mary Ann Thomas to suffer a premature death, the first being her older brother James (above), the third being her younger sister Maria, together with a fourth unidentified child mostly likely born into the family after the death of Maria.  Mary Louisa M Collett was just over one-year-old when her death was recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 290) during the second quarter of 1882

 

Ethel Florence Gertrude Collett [1P101] was born at Weston near Bath on 10th May 1883, her birth recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 143).  According to the next two census returns she was still living with her family at Weston in 1891 and 1901.  In the first of them, she was recorded simply as Ethel Collett, aged eight, while ten years later she was Ethel F G Collett who was 18 and employed as a dressmaker, like her older sister Frances (above).  No trace of Ethel has been found in Great Britain in 1911, and that is because she entered into a relationship with Edward Weaving of Bath, whose birth was recorded there (Ref. 5c 255) towards the end of 1880, and had left England for South Africa by 1905.  It was at Mowbray, Western Cape, that Ethel Florence Gertrude Collett married Edward Weaving on 13th September 1905, after which they had four children: Disa Weaving, Aubrey Edward Weaving, whose wife was Jane, and who died on 3rd October 1982; Raymond Wilton Weaving; and Ralph Lionel Weaving, born in 1921 and married Gaynor Taylor.  The was also a fifth child who did not survive, the details for which are as follows.  An Unnamed Weaving child was born and died in November 1917 at Prince Road in Claremont, Cape Town, who was confirmed as a daughter of Edward Weaving.  In June 1938, Ethel Weaving made a return to England, possibly to visit her elderly mother who passed away in 1940.  The journey from Durban was on board the Arundel Castle, of the Union Castle Mail Steamship Company, which arrived in Southampton on 24th June 1938.  The passenger listed the three members of her family as Edward Weaving, who was 57, Mrs Ethel Weaving aged 55 and their son Ralph Lionel Weaving who was a 17-year-old student.  According to Ancestry.com, it was nine years after their return to South Africa, that Edward Weaving died on 20th August 1947 at Paddock, a district of Port Shepstone in Natal. 

 

However, the legal documents regarding the proving of his Will in Natal, provide a much more accurate account of his passing one year later.  Edward Weaving, a British Subject from Bath, England, a retired railway auditor with a government pension, and residing at Station House, Paddock, in Port Shepstone, died on 1st September 1948 at Paddock.  He was 67 years and 11 months old.  The same document also confirmed that he had married at Mowbray, and that his wife was Ethel Weaving, and his three surviving adult children were Aubrey Edward Weaving, Raymond Wilton Weaving, and Ralph Lionel Weaving.  The proving of his Will was completed on 14th September at Paddock, by the signing of the documentation by his widow, at which time she confirmed that his estate had a value above £300, but contained no unmovable property.  It was nearly four years after being widowed, that Ethel Weaving died on 5th July 1952 at the age of 69.  The record confirmed that Ethel Florence Gertrude Weaving, born Collett in England, and from Alexandria in Cape Province was staying at 43 Russell Road in Port Elizabeth, where she had been undertaking domestic duties.  That may well have been the home of one of her sons.  The cause of death was a carcinoma of the oesophagus, for which she was being treated at St Joseph’s Hospital in Port Elizabeth, where she passed away after a year-long illness.  She was buried at South End Cemetery in Port Elizabeth, and probate of her estate was settled on 22nd June 1953

 

The details above coincide with the memory of Joan Murton nee Townsend (see Ref. 1P105), who recalls the family as Uncle Ted Weaving, Auntie Ettie, and their four children Disa, Aubrey, Raymond, and Ralph, living in South Africa

 

Lilian May Collett [1P103] was born at Weston near Bath on 6th February 1886 and she was five years old in the Weston census of 1891 when she was listed as Lilian Collett.  Upon leaving school she worked in a tobacconist’s shop as confirmed by the 1901 Census for Weston when she was 16 (sic) and still living with her parent as Lilian M Collett.  Lillian was unmarried ten years later when she was still living with her parents in Weston, where she was described as Lillian May Collett of Weston who was 24.  Twelve months later, the marriage of Lilian M Collett and Sidney A Garraway was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 149) during the second quarter of 1912.  Sidney had been born on 5th January 1888.  Nine months after their wedding day, Lilian gave birth to twin boys, their births recorded at Bath during the last three months of 1912, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  They were Kenneth George Garraway (Ref. 5c 47) and Sidney Henry Garraway (Ref. 5c 49).  However, according to the memory of Lillian’s niece Joan Murton nee Townsend (below), she remembers her Auntie Lily, Uncle Syd, having a son of a different name, he being Joan’s cousin Jim.  The couple’s twin sons were baptised in a joint ceremony in Bath on 2nd March 1913, when the family was residing at 21 Millmead Road in Twerton, when their father was a gardener.  Later in his life, Sidney A Garraway was the cemetery foreman at the Bath Twerton Cemetery, the job also providing their home, in the form of the Cemetery Lodge on Bellotts Road in the Twerton area of Bath, where Sidney and Lillian M Garraway lived at that time.  It was a Bath register office that the death of Sidney Arthur Garraway was recorded during the summer of 1972, when he was 84.  Five years after losing her husband, the death of Lilian May Garraway was recorded at Bath register office (Vol. 22) towards the end of 1977, when she was 91 years old.  A single headstone in the churchyard of St Peter’s Church in Twerton-on-Avon includes the names of full names of Sidney and Lilian, plus that of their son Sidney Henry Garaway who was 63 when he died in Wales in 1974

 

Nellie Edith Evelyn Collett [1P104] was born at Weston near Bath on 19th August 1888, the daughter of Henry Albert and Mary Ann Collett nee Thomas, and was strangely recorded in the census of 1891 as Nellie Collett who was under one year old, rather than two years of age.  However, in the Weston census of 1901 she was more on 23rd November 1957, died  accurately described as Nellie E E Collett, aged 13.  It is now known that she later married George Leonard Fisher and that they had a son Harold Leonard Fisher who was born at Bath in 1912.  Exactly one year earlier, Nellie Fisher from Bath was 22 when she was living at Bath with her husband George Leonard Fisher, aged 25 and also born at Bath, who was a gas and oil engineer and fitter.  George had been born at Bath towards the end of 1885, one the sons of George and Martha Fisher who, on completing his education took up the occupation of a mechanical engineer.  Just like her sister Lillian (above) Nellie was also 91 years old when she passed away, the death of Nellie Edith E Fisher recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 4) during the spring of 1980.  Joan Murton nee Townsend (below) has a clear memory of her Auntie Nelly, her Uncle Len and their son, her cousin Harold

 

Rosaline Winifred Collett [1P105] was born at Weston near Bath on 29th May 1893, the last child of Henry Albert Collett and Mary Ann Thomas, and was listed with her family as Rosaline W Collett aged eight years in 1901.  Ten years later she was described using her full name of Rosaline Winifred Collett, when she was 17 and confirmed as having been born at Weston, where she was still living with her family.  Towards the end of 2012, contact was made with the only child of Rosaline Winifred Collett, she being Joan Edna May Townsend, now Murton, who lives in South Africa.  And it is thanks to Joan that we now know a little more about her mother Rosaline and other members of this family line.  Rosaline Winifred Collett was married to Edward George Townsend at Bath on 31st January 1924.  It was also at Bath where the couple was living when their daughter was born during the following year.  Sometime after the marriage of their daughter in Bath in 1948, Rosaline and Edward left Bath and settled in Cheltenham where the couple’s two grandchildren were born, and Rosaline Winifred Townsend nee Collett died on 7th May 1971, at Cheltenham, where her passing was recorded (Ref. 7b 84).  Her husband survived her by six years, and when Edward George Townsend died at Cheltenham during 1977, following which he was buried there with his wife

 

Joan Edna May Murton, nee Townsend

Joan Edna May Townsend was born at Bath on 30th March 1925, the only child of Edward George Townsend and his wife Rosaline Winifred Collett.  Joan was nearly twenty-three when she married Walter Murton on 7th February 1948 at Holy Trinity Church, Combe Down near Bath.  Walter was born on 9th July 1924 at, Sandal, Wakefield in Yorkshire and, during his life with Joan, she presented him with a son and a daughter.  Norrison Philip Murton, known as Philip, was born at Cheltenham on 2nd April 1952, while Hilary Collette Murton was born on 10th July 1956 when the family was still living in Cheltenham.  Walter Murton was a glider pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.  After the war he obtained degrees in Physics and Engineering which ultimately enabled him and his wife, together with their teenage child, to move to South Africa, when Walter was offered a senior position with ISCOR, SA. (Government Iron and Steel Corporation) in 1970.  At that time in their lives the family was residing in the village of Southam, just north of Cheltenham.  After thirty-six years in South Africa, it was at Johannesburg that Walter Murton died on 13th July 2006

 

Joan and Walter’s son Philip studied at the University of Cape Town where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Chemistry and more recently achieved an LL.B from UNISA in Pretoria.  He married Barbara Heydenryck of Johannesburg on 9th February 1980.  Joan’s and Walter’s daughter Hilary attended the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, obtaining a Diploma in Oncology Radiography (Radiation Therapy).  She was married to John Harrison of South Africa on 10th February 1979.  Their marriage produced three children while they were living in Johannesburg, and they were Timothy John Harrison, who was born on 19th July 1986, Christopher James Harrison, who was born on 22nd December 1988, and Nicholas Giles Harrison who was born on 22nd January 1992

 

Henry Charles Collett [1P106] was baptised at Frampton-on-Severn on 2nd November 1868, two months after his parents, Charles Collett and Mary Catherine Boucher, were married on the last day of August that same year.  Within the baptism register he was named as the son of Charles and Catherine Collett but, only two weeks after he was baptised, he died at Frampton on 16th November 1868, where he was buried.  The birth, and the death, of Henry Charles were both recorded at Wheatenhurst during the last quarter of 1868, the birth (Ref. 6a 302), and his death (Ref. 6a 170)

 

Sarah Ann Collett [1P107] was born at Frampton-on-Severn in 1870, the second child of Charles and Mary Catherine Collett, her birth recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 302) during the third quarter of 1870.  It was a little while later that, as the daughter of Charles and Catherine Collett, Sarah Ann Collett was baptised at Fretherne, just a short distance north-west of Frampton, on 18th September 1870.  Whilst her family are known to have continued to live in Frampton, no record of Sarah and her family has been identified in 1871.  Ten years later, the Frampton census in 1881 placed Sarah Collett as schoolgirl of ten years, who was living at Frampton Street with Georgina Halling, who was 21 and the wife of absent waterman William Halling, and her son William Halling, all three of them born at Frampton.  On that same day, her parents, Charles Collett, a mariner, and Catherine Boucher, a charwoman, were living nearby at Leather Bottle Lane in Frampton.  Living with them was Sarah’s younger sister, baby Margaret Collett, and Sarah’s older stepbrother Matthew Boucher. 

 

It was just over ten years later the marriage of Sarah Ann Collett and Thomas Purnell Marchant was recorded at Barton Regis (Ref. 6a 275) during the third quarter of 1881.  Their wedding took place at Clifton Emanuel in Bristol on 18th August 1891, when Sarah’s father was confirmed as Charles Collett and Thomas’ father was named as George Purnell.  The couple’s four daughters were baptised at the Church of St John the Baptist in Clifton, as follows: Beatrice Elsie Marchant on 13th March 1892, Winifred Catherine Marchant on 15th October 1893, Gertrude Annie Marchant on 5th September 1895, with Margaret Edith Marchant born on 30th August 1899 who died in 1974.  The Bristol census in 1901 recorded the family at Worral Road as Tom P Marchant from Clevedon in Somerset, who was 39 and a bricklayer, Sarah A Marchant from Frampton-on-Severn who was 30, Elsie B Marchant who was nine, Winnie C Marchant who was seven, Gertrude A Marchant who was five, and Margaret E Marchant who was one year old.  All four daughter were confirmed as having been born in Bristol.  Staying with the family at that time, was Sarah’s youngest sibling, William G Collett aged 14 and from Frampton-on-Severn, who was described as the brother-in-law of Tom Marchant

 

Albert James Collett [1P108] was baptised at Frampton-on-Severn on 8th September 1872, the son of Charles Collett and Mary Catherine Boucher.  He was less than four years old when he died at Frampton on 3rd April 1876, where he was buried with his older brother Henry Charles Collett (above).  On the day of his baptism, his father was correctly named as Charles, while his mother was named as Ann, as she was, two years later, for the baptism of his sister Louisa Elizabeth (below).  The birth, and the death, of Albert James Charles were both recorded at Wheatenhurst, the birth (Ref. 6a 302) during the third quarter of 1872, and his death (Ref. 6a 209) during the second quarter of 1876, when he was three years of age

 

Louisa Elizabeth Collett [1P109] was baptised at Frampton-on-Severn on 20th December 1874, the eldest daughter of Charles Collett and his wife, who named as Ann instead of Mary or Catherine.  Her birth was recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 327) during the last month of the year.  It seems highly likely that whatever illness or ailment ended the life of her two older brothers Henry Charles and Albert James (above), also affected Louisa since, a third burial record at Frampton, confirmed the death of Elizabeth Louisa Collett in 1876.  Her death was also recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 233) during the first three months of 1876, when she was just over one year old

 

Margaret Esther Collett [1P110] was born at Frampton-on-Severn towards the end of 1878, another daughter of Charles and Mary Catherine Collett.  She was two years old in the census of 1881 when she was living with her parents at Leather Bottle Lane in Frampton, and they were still there ten years later in 1891, but at Rosamunds Green, when Margaret Esther Collett was 12.  Her father died at Frampton in 1893 and five years later both Margaret and her mother passed away in 1898 and were buried at Frampton.  The death of Margaret Esther Collett was recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 225) during the first quarter of 1898, when she was said to be 18 years old

 

Albert Collett [1P111], who is still to be confirmed as a son of Charles Collett and Mary Catherine Boucher, was born at Frampton-on-Severn in 1880.  However, the death of Albert Collett was recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 213) during the first quarter of 1882

 

John Collett [1P112], who is still to be confirmed as another son of Charles Collett and Mary Catherine Boucher, was born at Frampton-on-Severn in 1882.  His death, like that of his likely brother Albert (above), was also recorded at Wheatenhurst in 1883, following which he was buried at Frampton, where his siblings were buried, and where his parents were laid to rest during the 1890s

 

Frank Collett [1P113] was born at Frampton-on-Severn in 1884, another son of Charles and Mary Collett, whose birth was recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 332) during the second quarter of that year.  Sadly, like many of his siblings, he too did not survive, with the death of Frank Collett being recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 239) during the first three months of 1888, when he was three years of age

 

William George Collett [1P114] was born at Frampton-on-Severn in 1886, the last child born to Charles Collett and Mary Catherine Boucher.  His birth, like that of all his siblings, was recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 215) during the last quarter of the year.  It was at Rosamunds Green in Frampton-on-Severn, that four-year-old William George Collett was the youngest of the three children still living there with his parents in 1891.  His unmarried uncle, William Boucher aged 28 and, his mother’s younger brother, was also living with the family that day.  During the following decade, William Collett suffered a triple loss in his life at Frampton, the first with the death of his father in 1893, when he was only seven years old.  Then, five years later, his mother and her sister both died at Frampton in 1898, when William was 12 years old.  As a result of being made an orphan, William was taken into the family of his uncle William Boucher who had become a married man three years earlier.  Also at that time, William’s surviving younger brother Arthur was placed in the care of his married half-brother Matthew George Boucher

 

That situation was confirmed in the next census of 1901, when the three of them were residing at Forthampton, near Tewkesbury.  That day William Boucher was 39 and a carter on a farm and his wife Elizabeth Boucher was 36.  Interestingly, William Collett was described as their son William Boucher, who was 15 and working with ‘his father’ as a general labourer on a farm.  So maybe William had been formally adopted by then.  After a further decade, the census conducted in 1911, revealed that William Collett from Frampton was 24 and again working as a labourer on a farm, who was still living with his uncle William Boucher and his wife Elizabeth, but at Upleaden, north-west of Gloucester and south-west of Tewkesbury

 

It will be interesting to find out where William George Collett was living in 1921, when that census details are due to be released later on.  However, it is established that he was married twice in his life, with both of them recorded at the Lancashire register office in Barton-upon-Irwell, in the Old Trafford district of Manchester.  On the first of those two occasions, the marriage of William G Collett and (1) Rosina E Hope was recorded there (Ref. 8c 1273) during the second quarter of 1926.  Tragically, Rosina Eva Collett died nine months after they were married at the age of 40, presumably during childbirth, when the child also did not survive.  Rosina died in Lancashire on 19th January 1927 and, six months later, probate of her personal effects was resolved on 16th July 1927 in favour of William George Collett

 

After six years as a widower, William was re-married at the Church of St Andrew in Eccles on 23rd June 1933, the event again recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell register office (Ref. 8c 1259).  The marriage certificate confirmed that William George Collett, a widower, was the son of Charles Collett, deceased, was married by licence for the second time to Mary Ellen Ashurst, a widow of 43 from 529 Barton Road in Eccles.  Mary was the daughter of Thomas Blinkhorn, deceased, a former cotton polisher, while the witnesses were John William Egan and Ellen Egan.  That second marriage for William lasted just five, when the death of William G Collett, aged 52, was recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell (Ref. 8c 637) during the final quarter of 1938.  His widowed survived him by seventeen years, when Mary E Collett, aged 66, passed away during the third quarter of 1956, her death recorded at Barton register office (Ref. 10b 223)

 

Arthur Stanley Collett [1P115] was born at Frampton-on-Severn in 1890, and possibly at Rosamunds Green, the last child of Charles Collett and Mary Catherine Boucher.  His birth, like those of all his older siblings, was recorded at Wheatenhurst (Ref. 6a 52) during the second quarter of 1890, and it was a Rosamunds Green that he was living with his family 1891.  Rosamonds Green in Frampton, was named after the mistress of King Henry II, Rosamund Young and, at 22 acres, is reputed to be the largest village green in England.  That year, Arthur Stanley Collett from Frampton was one-year-old when he was listed with his depleted family, with just an older sister and brother still alive from a total of ten children.  Further tragedy happened within the family during the next seven years, with first the death of Arthur’s father in 1893, followed by the death of his mother and sister in 1898

 

That very sad state of affairs, left Arthur and his brother William (above) as orphans, with no immediate family to call on.  Therefore, it was members of his mother’s Boucher family, who took the two brothers into their care.  While William (above) was taken into the family of his uncle William Boucher, Arthur joined the family of Matthew George Boucher, the base-born son of Arthur’s mother before she married Arthur’s father.  That was confirmed by the census of 1901, when half-brother Arthur Collett from Frampton-on-Severn was 10 years old and living at Bromley (Kent) in South London, at the home of Metropolitan Police Office Matthew Boucher who was 34 and from Whitminster, near Frampton-on-Severn, his wife Lydia Eliza Stock who was 33 and from Hardwick in Gloucester, and their three younger child Archibald, Lillian and Doris Boucher.  Upon leaving school, Arthur entered the boot and shoe industry but, prior to the next census day, he had signed on with the British Army and was assigned to barracks at Farnborough, to the north of Aldershot, by 1911.  The census return that year, described him as Arthur Collett from Frampton in Gloucestershire, who was single and aged 20, whose occupation was that of a shoemaker.  Whilst it mentioned the Malplaquet Barrack, under institution it read Oudenarde Barracks, Church of England Soldiers’ Home, Square Brigade Office, caretaker, Royal Army Medical Corps”

 

R Collett [1P116], full name not known, was the daughter of Wallace Edwin Collett and was born at Rosewood in Queensland.  From a later family story told by her married daughter Edna Sunner, we know she was married and that her married name was Mrs R Henning.  The story, reported as a magazine article and told during an interview with Edna Sunner, is re-produced in full below, but with additional information included in brackets [ ] which, in one case, marked*, replaces incorrect information about the village of Amberley, close to Woodchester in Gloucestershire.  This overrides the original assertion that Amberley was a town in Sussex.  It was at Amberley that her paternal grandparents were living before the family emigrated to Australia

 

“The name Amberley was given to the area [of Queensland] by Mr James Edwin Collett [Ref. 1N59], a farmer who arrived from England in the 1850s to settle on a property at 3 Mile Creek west of Ipswich.  He called the property ‘Amberley’ after his home at *[Amberley in Gloucestershire].  Mr Collett originally commenced growing cotton, cutting timber and general farming on the property.  However, with the restoration of American grown cotton after the Civil War to the British spinning mills, the cotton growing declined.  The area then remained as primarily dairy farming up until 1938

 

Forty years later, on 25th July 1978, Mrs Edna Sunner of Ipswich retold the history of her pioneer family.  With F-111s slicing the air above her Ipswich home, the swift aircraft provided a personal link with the past.  Four generation of one family’s history lie in their flight path.  Taking off from RAAF Base Amberley, they leave land once tilled by Mrs Sunner’s great grandfather James [Edwin] Collett.  The planes climb over farmland and swing over her mother’s childhood home.  The family’s history encapsulates the development of the Ipswich area – from the slab hut days of James Collett to the urban prosperity of Mrs Sunner’s modern brick home in Horan Street

 

Her family’s Ipswich story began in the 1850s when James Edwin Collett and his wife Martha, arrived with their four sons and one daughter to begin general farming.  Mrs Sunner is unsure how long the Collett family remained at Amberley – but they left lasting monuments behind them.  The local Congregational Church building was named Amberley Church to honour the family’s religious work.  The family’s links with the area were weakened after 1881 when Mrs Sunner’s grandfather, Wallace Henry Collett, and his wife Harriet Perrem, moved to Rosewood.  Wallace Henry lived in the area until 1944, when he died in the Lockyer Hospital at the age of 87.  The spent his final years living with his daughter, Mrs R Henning – Mrs Sunner’s mother”

 

William Henry Collett [1P117] was born at Rosewood in Queensland on 30th April 1885, the only known son of Wallace Edwin Collett, who was also known as Wallace Henry Collett, and his wife Harriet C Perrem.  It was at Rosewood on 19th August 1908 that he married Ethel Lydia Shelton who was born on 6th June 1886 in the English village of Hucknall Torkard in Nottinghamshire, today simply known as Hucknall.  Their marriage produced six daughters, as listed below, the first of them being born only three months after the couple’s wedding day.  William was a fruiterer, a carrier and a shop proprietor during his working life.  William Henry Collett died on 19th March 1958 at the age of 73 years, following which he was buried at Tallegalla to the north of Rosewood.  It was just over four years later when his widow Ethel Lydia Collett nee Shelton passed away on 14th May 1962 when she was 75, after which she too was buried at Tallegalla Cemetery

 

1Q73 – Charlotte Caroline Collett was born in 1908 at Rosewood, Queensland

1Q74 – Ivy Elizabeth Perrem Collett was born in 1911 at Rosewood, Queensland

1Q75 – Lydia May Collett was born in 1917 at Rosewood, Queensland

1Q76 – Leila Maude Collett was born in 1920 at Rosewood, Queensland

1Q77 – Enid Joyce Collett was born in 1924 at Rosewood, Queensland

1Q78 – Valmai Doreen Collett was born in 1926 at Rosewood, Queensland

 

Leila Collett [1P118] was born in Australia during 1887 and was the first-born child of James Ford Collett and Elizabeth Elliott.  Tragically, the Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and Advertiser, carried the story of the premature death of Miss Leila Collett in the edition of the newspaper printed on Saturday 6th August 1904.  The article read as follows:

“It is my sad duty (writes our Rosewood correspondent under yesterday’s date) to record the death at the early age of 17 years of Miss Leila Collett, eldest daughter of Mr J F Collett, of the firm of Collett Bros, of this township, her demise taking place t an early hour on Thursday morning.  The deceased young lady, whose constitution has never been robust, but who, nevertheless, was of a bright and happy disposition, was, up till a few weeks ago, in her usual condition of health, and consequently no extra anxiety was felt by her friends.  A little over a month ago, however, grave symptoms manifested themselves and medical advice was sought at once.  Her parents then received the dread intelligence that she had become a victim of that insidious malady, Bright’s Disease, and that no hope of her ultimate recovery could be entertained.  She appeared to rally, however, and continued to do so until Saturday last, when she again took a change, and it became apparent to her relatives that her days were numbered, though she lingered on until Thursday morning.  Everything that the loving care and sympathy of many friends could do was done to alleviate her agony, which she bore with patient fortitude and with ready acquiescence in the Divine will.  The greatest sympathy is expressed on all sides for her parents and relatives in their loss – for a life thus cut off in the early flower of youth

 

The deceased was assistant organist at the local Congregation Church and a prominent member of the choir, and one of the senior scholars in the Sunday-school.  The funeral took place this (Friday) morning, and was one of the largest ever seen here”

 

Hector Elliott Collett [1P121 was born at Rosewood in Queensland, Australia on 26th May 1900, the only son and youngest of the four children of James Fords Collett and his wife Elizabeth Elliott.  He later married Rose Margaret Krebs and they had two daughters.  Rose Krebs was born on 10th December 1900 at Englesburg, which today is Kalbar near Fassifern in Queensland.  It would appear from this photograph that he served with the army during the Second World War.  Hector Elliott Collett died in Queensland on 12th September 1956, just twenty years after his father died, and it was almost exactly ten years later that his wife Rose Margaret Collett nee Krebs died there on 6th November 1966.  His army service record reveals that he served with the Australian Army, Service Number QX8676, and that his date of enlistment was 7th June 1940 when he was living at East Ipswich in Queensland.  The enlistment office was at Kelvin Grove in Queensland, and his next-of-kin was recorded as his mother Rose Collett, following the death of his father in 1936.  He was discharged from duty on 27th September 1945 with the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1

 

1Q79 – Joyce Fords Collett was born in 1923 Australia

1Q80 – Hazel Elliott Collett was born in 1925 at Brisbane

 

Alice Maude Collett [1P122] was born at Coln St Aldwyns where she was baptised on 27th February 1870.  As Alice M Collett she was eleven years old in the Coln St Aldwyns census of 1881 when she was living with her draper and grocer father Francis Collett and the rest of the family.  It would appear that she never married and lived all of her life at the family home in Coln St Aldwyns.  In 1891 Alice was 21 and a school teacher and was living with her widowed mother Harriet Collett and the rest of the family.  By March 1901 Alice was then working as a seamstress at the age of 30, while living with her mother and sister Lydia both of whom were also seamstresses.  Ten years later according to the census of 1911, Alice Maude Collett of Coln St Aldwyns was still living there with her seventy-year-old mother when Alice was 41 and still earning a living as a seamstress.  It is possible, although not proved, that Alice Maud Collett of Coln St Aldwyns was the same Alice Maud Collett who was named as the widow of Raymond John Collett (Ref. 1O118) of Coln St Aldwyns, who died there in 1928.  If so, she was his niece and seventeen years younger than carpenter and wheelwright Raymond

 

Lydia M Collett [1P123] was born in 1872 at Coln St Aldwyns and like her sister Alice Collett (above) she never married.  She first appeared in the census of 1881 when she was nine years old and living with her family at Coln St Aldwyns.  She was still living there with her widowed mother Harriet Collett ten years later when Lydia was 19 and a draper’s assistant, helping her mother manage the family business.  By 1901 her mother had given up the family draper business and instead Lydia 28, her mother Harriet, and her sister Alice were all working as seamstresses, while still living at Coln St Aldwyns.  Sometime during the next ten years Lydia left Coln St Aldwyns and moved north to Oddington near Stow-on-the-Wold, where she was living and working in 1911.  At that time, she was a spinster aged thirty-eight and her place of birth was confirmed as Coln St Aldwyns, when she was employed as a parlour-maid, one of three domestic servants, at the Oddington home of elderly widow Elizabeth Lucy Rice from Kent, who was living on her own means.  Lydia never married, and was 72 years of age when she died, the death of Lydia M Collett recorded at Cirencester register off ice (Ref. 6a 122) during the third quarter of 1944

 

Charles William Collett [1P124] was born at Coln St Aldwyns in 1874 and was seven years old in the census of 1881.  Ten years later he was still living with his widowed mother at Coln St Aldwyns when he was seventeen and employed as a carpenter, while by March 1901 he was recorded as Chas W Collett aged 26 who was living and working in the Wells area of Somerset.  By April 1911 Charles was married and was living at Axbridge in Somerset where his two children up to that time had been born.  The census returns listed the family as Charles William Collett, aged 39 and from Coln St Aldwyns, his wife Jessie Catherine, who was 29 and from Wells, and their two children Clifford William Collett aged three years, and Francis Edgar Collett who was one month old

 

Charles’ wife was Jessie Catherine Brown, the daughter of carpenter William Henry Brown and Annie Brown of South Street in Wells, whose birth was recorded at Wells (Ref. 5c 520) during the second quarter of 1881.  It was also in Wells, at St Cuthbert’s Church, that she was baptised on 23rd June 1881.  Her marriage to Charles William Collett was recorded at Wells register office (Ref. 5c 994) during the last three months of 1907.  On the day of the census in 1901 Jessie K Brown was 19 years old and working as a dressmaker, while still living with her family at South Street in Wells.  It is now established that three more children were added to the family after 1911, and that one of them was Jessie Collett.  He enlisted with 4th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry and was Private Jesse Stanley Jack Collett, service number 5676458 and, when he was 27, he was killed in action on 29th June 1944 and was buried at the St Manvieu War Cemetery.  His military service record confirmed that he was the son of Charles William Collett and his wife Jessie Catherine Collett

 

1Q81 – Clifford William Collett was born in 1908 at Axbridge, Somerset

1Q82 – Francis Edgar Collett was born in 1911 at Axbridge, Somerset

1Q83 – Jess Stanley Jack Collett was born in 1917 at Axbridge, Somerset

1Q84 – Margaret A C Collett was born in 1919 at Axbridge, Somerset

1Q85 – Gertrude Blanche Collett was born in 1922 at Axbridge, Somerset

 

Herbert Francis Collett [1P125] was born at Coln St Aldwyns on 24th April 1878, his birth recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 72), and who was two years old in 1881.  His father Francis died during the next few years so by the time of the census of 1891 Herbert was an errand boy at the age of 12 when he was living with his widowed mother Harriet at Coln St Aldwyns and the rest of his family.  Herbert later became a groom and a gardener and in 1901 he was living and working at Little Faringdon, just north of Lechlade.  Three years later, Herbert Francis Collett, a gardener aged 24 (sic), was married by banns on 7th July 1904 at St Mark’s Church in Swindon, to Sarah Jane Norris, where she was born, and recorded there (Ref. 5a 362).  Herbert’s place of residence was Weston Subedge and his father was Francis Collett, a carpenter, while Sarah was living at 73 Redcliffe Street in Swindon, and was the daughter of William George Norris, a blacksmith.  Herbert had given his age as 24, the same age as Sarah, who was working as a domestic servant.  The two witnesses were Sarah’s father and Herbert’s younger brother Percy Allen Collett (below).  Eleven months after their wedding day, Sarah gave birth to a son, who birth was recorded at Evesham register office.  By the time of the census conducted in 1911, the family of three was living at Weston Subedge in Worcestershire, where their son had been born.  Herbert Collett from Coln St Aldwyns was 30 (sic) and a domestic gardener, his wife Sarah Collett was 31 and from Swindon, and their son Francis Collett was five years of age.  The same three members of the family were still together on the day the 1939 Register compiled, with Herbert F Collett was 62 and the head gardener at a private house.  Living with him at Fern Cottage in Cheltenham was Sarah J Collett and Francis P Collett.  It was two years later, that they son was married and ten years later, when Herbert was 71 years old, that he died at Fern Cottage, Laverton, and was buried on 4th November 1949, the service conducted by the vicar of Childswickham.  The death of Herbert F Collett was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 7b 73).  His widow was living in the Evesham area when she passed away at the age of 83, the death of Sarah J Collett recorded at Evesham register office (Ref. 9d 187) during the last three months of 1963

 

1Q86 – Francis Percy Collett was born on 15th June 1905 at Weston Subedge, near Evesham

 

Walter Louis Collett [1P126] was born at Coln St Aldwyns on 25th October 1879, his birth recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 138) as Walter Louis Collett.  However, upon being baptised at Coln St Aldwyns on 7th December 1879, the son of carpenter Francis and Harriet Collett, his name was recorded in error as Walter Lewis Collett.  He was one-year old in the 1881 Census for Coln St Aldwyns, when he was living there with his draper and grocer father Francis Collett and the rest of his family.  Tragically, his father died during the next decade, at which point his mother took over the running of the family business.  That was confirmed in 1891 when Walter was eleven and was still living at Coln St Aldwyns with his widowed mother Harriet and the rest of his family.  By 1901, Walter L Collett was 21 when he was living and working as a gardener in the neighbouring village of Hatherop, still within the Cirencester registration district.  However, it was six years later that the marriage of Walter Louis Collett and Ruth Scaldwell was recorded at Witney register office (Ref. 3a 191) during the second quarter of 1907.  Ruth was the daughter of Edward and Ruth Scaldwell of Little Milton near Thame, where her birth was recorded during the second quarter of 1884, who was attending a school for young ladies near Bampton to the south of Witney in 1901, when she was 15 and a laundry pupil.  It was around twelve months after they were married, that Ruth presented Walter with the first of their two sons.  According to the census conducted in April 1911, Walter Louis Collett of Coln St Aldwyns was 31 and a domestic gardener, when he and his young family were still living in Hatherop, where his wife Ruth Collett from Little Milton in Oxfordshire was 28 and their son Herbert Louis Collett, born at Hatherop, was two years old.  Staying with the family that day, were two of Ruth’s younger brothers, Robert and Frank Scaldwell.  One more child was added to their family nearer the end of 1911, the birth of Frederick W Collett was recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 71) during the fourth quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Scaldwell.  Many years later, Walter and Ruth moved to Totnes in Devon where their eldest son was married in 1934.  Their move to Totnes was confirmed in the 1939 Register, when they were recorded at Mayenette Lodge, with Walter still working as a gardener.  Six years after that, the death of Walter L Collett, born in 1879, was recorded at Totnes register office (Ref. 5b 70) during the last quarter of 1945.  Fifteen years later, the death of Ruth Collett was also recorded at Totnes register office (Ref. 7a 57) during the first quarter of 1960, when she was 75 years of age

 

1Q87 – Herbert Louis Collett was born in 1908 at Hatherop, near Cirencester

1Q88 – Frederick W Collett was born in 1911 at Hatherop, near Cirencester

 

Percy Allen Collett [1P127] was born at Coln St Aldwyns on 22nd June 1881, his birth recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 383) during the third quarter of 1881.  He was last child born to Francis and Harriet Collett, and was baptised at Coln St Aldwyns on 31st July 1881.  On leaving school, he entered into domestic service and by the turn of the century he was working as a footman at Cricklade.  Whilst no obvious record of Percy has so far been found anywhere in Britain on the day of the census in April 1911, it was towards the end of that year when Percy Allen Collett married Florence Selah Horler at St John’s Church in Frome, Somerset, on 22nd November 1911.  In March 1901 Florence S Horler was living with her parents William and Emily Horler at Vicarage Street in Frome, when Florence was working as a milliner at the age of 19.  The birth of Florence Selah Horler was recorded at Frome (Ref. 5c 488) during the fourth quarter of 1881

 

It is possible that the marriage resulted in the birth of one or more children, although none were named at the time of the death of Percy Allen Collett, nor was his wife named during the probate process.  This in itself is curious and perhaps raise the issue that the couple had separated before then.  What is known for sure is that Percy and Florence eventually settled at Caistor in Lincolnshire, where they were recorded living in the 1939 Register, when Percy A Collett was 59 and employed as a butler.  Later, on the occasion of the death of Percy Allen Collett from Coln St Aldwyns on 30th July 1957 he was residing at The Cottage in Brocklesby, just four miles from Immingham, north of Grimsby.  He was buried in the churchyard of All Saints Church in Brocklesby, when his wife was confirmed as Florence Selah Collett.  His Will was proved at Lincoln on 11th September that same year, when George Harry Borrill, a retired carpenter, was named as the sole executive of his personal effects valued at £1,366 7 Shillings 11 Pence

 

By the time of the death of his widow, eight years later, Florence Selah Collett nee Horler was living at 397 Pelham Road in nearby Immingham when she passed away on 1st April 1965.  The probate process was concluded at Lincoln on 21st July 1865, when settlement of her estate amounting to £2,045 was handled by designated executor Margaret Annie Catherine Thorndyke, a married woman, who may have been her married daughter.  The couple’s headstone confirmed their dates of passing

 

Eliza Jane Collett [1P128] was born at Eastleach Turville in 1872, the first child of Aaron and Louisa Collett.  She was eight years of age in the Eastleach Turville census of 1881, but only fifteen months or so after that her father died.  Her mother remarried in 1884 and none of her four Collett children were living with her at Eastleach Turville in 1891.  In fact, no record of Eliza has been found so far in that year’s census returns.  It is however known that she became a school teacher and that she was married by the time of the census in 1901.  Eliza Jane Collett married Michael William Minchin from Northleach, the son of Jane Minchin from Coln St Aldwyns, where the three of them were living together in March that year.  Jane Minchin was 53, her son Michael W Minchin was 30, and his wife Eliza J Minchin from Eastleach was 28.  Michael was a tiler and a plasterer, while Eliza was described as being a teacher in a Co Eng School.  No children were born to the couple, and in April 1911 the same three people were still living in Coln St Aldwyns, when Jane was 63, Michael was 40 and Eliza Jane was 38

 

William Collett [1P129] was born at Eastleach Turville in 1874, the second child and eldest son of Aaron Thomas Collett and his wife Louisa Adams.  He was six years old in the census of 1881 when he and his family were still living in Eastleach Turville.  However, following the death of his father during the following year and then the remarriage of his mother near the end of 1884, William eventually left the home of his mother and his stepfather and by 1891 he was living and working in the Croydon area of Surrey.  William Collett from Eastleach was 16 years old and was a harness maker and a boarder at the home of thirty-two-year-old Emily M Corley from Eastleach and her husband David W Corley who was 33 and a coachman groom.  It is very likely that Emily was familiar with William’s family and arranged for him to work with her husband at 4 Crosland Road in Croydon. 

 

George Harry Collett [1P130] was born in 1876 at Eastleach Turville, while his birth was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 8) during the third quarter of the year.  According to the later census records, he was the son of carpenter Aaron Thomas Collett and his wife Louisa Adams.  In the first of the census returns, in 1881, George was four years old and, on that occasion, he was living with his family at Eastleach Turville.  Sadly, his father died just over a year after that and, during the last three months of 1884, his mother was remarried.  On leaving school George went to live with his widowed grandfather Charles Collett at Coln St Aldwyns, and it was with him that he was living at the time of the census in 1891.   By that time George H Collett was 14 and was working alongside his grandfather as a carpenter’s apprentice.  The housekeeper was George’s aunt Eleanor Collett (Ref. 1O116) who was 43, and the enumerator for the census was his uncle Raymond Collett (Ref. 1O118)

 

According to the next census in March 1901 George’s grandfather had passed away and his remarried mother was living in Oxfordshire.  On that occasion George was living and working in Swindon, where he was referred to in the census as George Collett, aged 24 and from Eastleach, whose occupation was that of a carpenter.  George Collett was still not married by census in April 1911, which confirmed that he was a carpenter from Eastleach who was 34, who was living as a boarder at The Marsh in Wanborough, the home of widower Solomon Beasley of Wanborough and his son Albert.  Nothing more is known about George after that time

 

Francis Charles Collett [1P131] was born at Eastleach Turville in 1878 and his birth was recorded at Northleach (Ref. 6a 68) during the third quarter of the year.  He was listed as being two years old in the Eastleach Turville census of 1881 when he was living there with his parents Aaron and Louisa Collet and his three older siblings.  Francis was only three or four years old when his father died at Eastleach Turville during the second quarter of 1882, and it was during the last quarter of 1884 that his mother married for a second time when she wed Thomas Hall.  Curiously no record of Francis has been found in the census of 1891 when he was not living with his mother and stepfather at Eastleach Turville.  However, by the time of the next census in 1901 Francis C Collett, aged 23 and from Eastleach Turville was once again living with his mother who, by that time was residing at The Bell Inn at Langford in Oxfordshire.  He was working as a labourer and was referred to as the stepson of head of the household Thomas Hall. 

 

Three years after that census, the marriage of Francis Charles Collett and Martha Cripps was recorded at Windsor register office (Ref. 2c 357) during the third quarter of 1904, and it was within the parish of New Windsor that the couple was residing in 1911.  Martha may have been a widow, as no birth of a suitable Martha Cripps has been discovered, and she was certain over ten years older than Francis, who inflated his age in the 1911 census, making him older than his brother George (above).  The census that year recorded the couple living at The Royal Dairy, where Francis Collett from Eastleach in Gloucestershire was 35, instead of 32, who was working as a poultry man, while his wife Martha Collett from Oxford, County Mayo in Ireland, was 45.  Although said to have been born in Ireland, Martha’s parents were recorded as English.  The later death of Francis C Collett, aged 75, was recorded at Surrey North-Western register office (Ref. 5g 44) during the last quarter of 1952.  For the last ten years of his life, Francis was a widower, following the death of Martha Collett in South-Eastern Surrey (Ref. 2a 143) during the second quarter of 1941, when she was 76 years of age

 

Mildred Louise Collett [1P133] was born at Shoreditch in London (Ref. 1c 64) during the first quarter of 1872, the first of the children of joiner Thomas Collett and Lucy Andrews Hall.  It was during the autumn of 1875 that she and her family left England on board the Zealandia for a new life in New Zealand, and upon their arrival they settled in North East Valley.  Sadly, she was only eight years old when she died on 11th May 1880 when living at Kelvin Grove in Dunedin with her widowed mother and three siblings.  She was buried three days later on 14th May at Northern Cemetery in the same grave where her late father was buried following his premature death in 1877

 

Clara Emmeline Collett [1P134] was born at Hackney in London (Ref 1b 454) during the third quarter of 1874, the second child of Thomas and Lucy Collett.  Clara was just one year old when her family emigrated to New Zealand on the sailing ship Zealandia and it was at Dunedin that both her father and older sister Mildred died, only two years and five years after settling there in North East Valley.  At the time of the death of her father in 1877 the family was residing at Lambeth Road in Dunedin, while three years later the reduced family was living within the Kelvin Grove area of Dunedin.  It has not been proved, but it is likely, that Clara Emmeline Collett was the same person as Clara E Collett who was mentioned in an article in The Otago Witness on 23rd March 1893, which reads: “The labour commissionship for women has been given to Miss Clara E. Collett, who holds the degree of M A from London University, and whose sympathy for the poor is well-known.  Some of the best-written articles in our magazines and reviews, especially in The Nineteenth Century on the Labour problem, have emanated from her pen.”

 

Another article published in The Star on 12th November 1898 with the heading ‘Miss Colonia in London Confidences to her Cousins Across the Sea’ also made reference to Clara Collett, as follows: “Dear Cousin, it is almost a truism now to say that there is scarcely any field into which woman will not find her way, by gate or stile, if there be one, if not by boldly leaping hedge and ditch.  In the British Association which has just closed its meeting at Bristol, women were well represented, both as lecturers and hearers.  One of the papers that interested me most was that of Miss Clara Collett, of the Labour Department of the Board of Trade, who is quite one of the leading experts on women's work.”

 

A Ladies Page and Cosy Corner with an Emmeline as its writer and president, featured in The Otago Witness from around 1893 until 1909 and this is believed to be the pen-name of Clara Emmeline Collett. A typical weekly page would include Answers to Correspondents, Table Talk, a Weekly Article on a Subject of Interest to Women, Ladies' Gossip, Fashion Gossip, Country Entertainments, Weddings, and Home Interests.  Also, within that same timescale, The Otago Witness also published details of the marriage of Clara’s sister Thomasina (below) which took place in Australia in 1908 and which may have been instigated by Clara

 

Another family living in the North East Valley at the time of the Collett family, was that of the Honourable William Mouat Bolt who had a son William Mouat Bolt who Clara Emmeline later married.  The Hon William Mouat Bolt took a prominent part in the Free Thought movement, acting as secretary of the first association and was a member of the Dunedin Schools Committee for four years, part of which time he was chairman, while also being actively engaged with the first trades council, of which he became vice-president.  In 1880 Mr. Bolt propounded a scheme of co-operative settlement on which he lectured in various parts of the Colony.  It is therefore likely that it was the Hon. William Bolt who was an influence on the young Clara who obtained her Master of Arts Degree at the London University, in the city where she born

 

The Otago Witness of 31st October 1900 reported on the marriage of Clara Emmeline Collett and William Mouat Bolt in the following way.  “On Wednesday last the little church in Woodhaugh Valley was enlivened by a wedding party, the first marriage celebrated in the building, which was very tastefully decorated for the occasion.  The young couple were Mr William Mouat Bolt, fourth son of the Hon W M Bolt, and Miss Clara E. Collett of North-East Valley.  The presents, received from a large circle of friends, were rare, numerous, and valuable.  They included a beautifully bound volume of the Scriptures and a copy of Wesley's Hymns from the trustees of the church, and a handsome over-mantel from their fellow employees in Messrs A & T Inglis.  At the conclusion of the ceremony the party adjourned to the residence of the bride’s mother, and shortly afterwards the happy couple took a train for the north on their wedding tour”

 

William and Clara Emmeline Bolt had three children.  Lucy Lois Thomasina Bolt was born in 1906 and in 1929 she married Gordon Herbert Beale who was born in 1902.  William Mouat Bolt was born on 13th April 1908 and on 23rd October 1933 at the Wesley Church in Taranaki Street, Wellington, he married Marjory Eleanor Halford who was born on 1st March 1912.  William Mouat Bolt (junior) died during 1972 and his wife Marjory passed away in 2002.  The last of Clara’s three children was Harry Collett Bolt who was born in New Zealand during 1910, while her husband, William Mouat Bolt (senior), died in New Zealand in 1932.  What happened to Clara Emmeline Bolt nee Collett, after the death of her husband, is not known at this time

 

As can be read in the paragraph above, the Bolt family was prominent in early New Zealand history in parliamentary circles and a nephew of Clara’s husband was a leading early aviator in New Zealand about whom much has been written.  At Auckland Airport passengers will most likely travelled along George Bolt Memorial Drive to enter or leave to complex.  In addition to this some members of the Bolt family were good friends with members of the Brittenden family, Doreen Marie Agnes Brittenden having married Edward Carnarvon Collett (Ref. 4N12) at Dunedin, while Leslie Joseph Charles Collett (below) married Gertrude Louise Brittenden at Napier in 1912

 

Harry Bertram Collett [1P135] was born at Lambeth Road in Dunedin (Ref. 1876/3539) during 1876, the son of Thomas and Lucy Collett, his family having only arrived in New Zealand from England during the previous year.  Tragically, his father died when Harry was only one-year-old and his eldest sister Mildred passed away three years later when she was only eight years of age.  In 1917, at forty-years-of-age, unmarried Harry was employed as a presser by a company producing army uniforms for the First World War when he was living at 127 Elizabeth Street in Wellington.  It was during March that year that he made an appeal before the Wellington Military Service Board, as reported in the Evening Post on 14th March 1917, regarding enlistment in WW1 army service on the grounds that his occupation was in the public interest, saying that he was a presser and examiner of military clothing. 

 

Mr Crombie, for the appellant, stated that Collett was 42 years of age and had been passed as fit, providing he underwent an operation.  His employer, an army contractor, had a great deal of military work on hand and Harry had twenty years' experience as a presser and two years as examiner, and was the only presser he had.  He said “During the past two years, the witness had supplied about 50,000 garments to the Defence Department”.  The appeal was dismissed and one month’s leave of absence was granted.  On 25th April 1917 Private Harry B Collett, service no 53694, was assessed before the Medical Board at Featherston Military Hospital who found he was suffering from hammer toe and was therefore unable to march or do drill, and the Board recommended that he be discharged.  Harry Bertram Collett of 22 Konini Road in Hataitai was 66 years of age when he died on 23rd May 1942 and was buried at the Karori Cemetery in Wellington on 26th May 1942 in Plot 313J, where his mother had been buried twenty-three years early

 

Thomasina Martha Harriet Collett [1P136] was born at Lambeth Road in Dunedin (Ref. 1877/13728) during 1877, the four and last child of joiner Thomas Collett and Lucy Andrews Hall.  Her father died on the second day of May that same year, so it has not been determined at this time whether or not he was still alive at the time of her birth.  The marriage of Thomasina was announced in The Otago Witness on 25th November 1908 when she was thirty-one.  The ceremony of the marriage of Frank A Coombs, the second son of John Coombs, and Thomasina M H Collett, the youngest daughter of the late Thomas Collett, both of Dunedin, was conducted on 4th November 1908 at the Wesley Church in Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales, by the Reverend A J Burt

 

Lucy Anne Collett [1P141] was born at Piltown in County Kilkenny in Ireland on 12th December 1875, the first child of Thomas Collett from Hatherop and his wife Susan Harris from Piltown.  Sadly, she died not long after she had been born and was also buried at Piltown

 

Henry James Collett [1P142] was born at Stoke Damerel in Devonport in January 1881 the eldest surviving child of Thomas and Susan Collett.  Today Stoke Damerel is simply known as Stoke, a district within Plymouth.  At the time of the census in early April that year, Henry J Collett was two months old and living at 23 Clowance Street in Stoke Damerel with his mother Susan Collett from Kilkenny in Ireland.  His father Thomas Collett was a Corporal First Class with the Royal Navy and was away from home at that time.  Upon his father completing twenty-year’s service around 1888, the family moved to Swindon and in 1891 they were living at 4 York Terrace where Henry was ten years old

 

The family was still altogether in Swindon by March 1901 when Henry was twenty and was employed by the Great Western Railway as a carriage body maker.  Four years later the marriage of Henry James Collett and Amelia Brazell was recorded at Swindon (Ref. 5a 54) during the second quarter of 1905, followed by the birth of a daughter the year after.  All of this was confirmed in the census of 1911 when Henry James Collett aged 30 and from Devonport was living in Swindon, where he was working as a coach body maker with the Great Western Railway.  His wife Amelia was also 30 years old and had been born at Battersea in London and their daughter Gwendoline Frances Collett was four years of age and born at Swindon.  Amelia Collett, nee Brazell, died in 1966, her death recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 7c 585) during the second quarter of that year.  Seven year later, the death of Henry James Collett was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 7c 2664) during the first months of 1973.  The certificate also confirmed that he had been born during the month of February in 1881

 

1Q89 – Gwendoline Frances Collett was born in 1906 at Swindon

 

Thomas George Harris Collett [1P143] was born at Stoke Damerel in Devonport in 1883, and was named after his father Thomas Collett and his mother Susan Harris.  He was eight years old in 1891, by which time his family have left Devonport and were living at 4 York Terrace in Swindon.  In 1901 Thomas G Collett of Devonport was eighteen and was working as a brass locksmith, while still living with his family in Swindon.  Ten years later Thomas was recorded in the census return of 1911 as Thomas George Harris Collett, aged 28 and unmarried from Devonport and, at that time in his life, he was living in the village of Langley Burrell near Chippenham in Wiltshire

 

Herbert E Collett [1P144] was born at Stoke Damerel in Devonport in 1887.  Shortly after he was born his father completed his service with the Royal Navy and the family moved to Swindon.  In 1891 Herbert was three years old and was living with his family at 4 York Terrace in Swindon.  They were still there ten years later when Herbert was thirteen.  Upon leaving school in Swindon, Herbert moved to the south-east of England and in April 1911 he was living and working in Steyning in Sussex.  He was twenty-four, unmarried, and he stated that he had been born in Devonport.  Although there were other Colletts living in Steyning at that time, none of them was with Herbert or related to him.  One of them was Anthony Collett from Combe in Oxfordshire (Ref. 38o37) who appears in Part 38 – The Oxfordshire Stonemasons Line

 

Lucy May Ann Collett [1P147] was born at Akaroa, south of Christchurch New Zealand during 1883, the first of the five children of Edward William Collett and his first wife Sarah Louisa Bates who were married during the summer of the previous year.  When Lucy was only four years old, she and her family attended the Wainui School Annual Prize Giving celebrations held on 22nd December 1887.  During the day there was a picnic and athletic sports events, followed by a dance that was held later in the evening.  In the sports events, young Lucy Collett took second place in a boys and girls under six-year’s race, while her uncle, Joseph Bates, took first place in the youth’s 12-16 race. Lucy’s father Edward William Collett assisted in the organisation of the sports events and upwards of forty couples attended the dance in the evening, which was said to have been one of the most enjoyable and successful gatherings that had ever been held in Wainui

 

Lucy obviously inherited her parents’ interest and talent in music and, at the age of sixteen, she successfully passed her Trinity College of Music (London) examination under the tutelage of her piano teacher Miss Davidson of Akaroa, as reported in the local newspaper on 14th November 1899.  Lucy then went on to play the organ during the services at her local church.  Sadly, it was exactly eight years later, when Lucy was only 24, that she died at Akaroa on 31st October 1907.  An obituary printed in the newspaper on 5th November 1907 stated that “There was a very large attendance at the funeral of Lucy May Ann Collett on Sunday afternoon.  Many friends from Wainui and Bays, as well as Akaroa residents, followed in the cortège.  The Rev. Pringle read the burial service very impressively, and in the evening, at the Presbyterian Church, he made reference to her many good qualities, and the many good services that had been rendered by her.  The organ was draped and the pianist played the ‘Dead March in Saul’ and the ‘Vital Spark’.  There were numberless floral tributes”

 

David Edward Leonard Collett [1P148], who was known as Leonard, was born at Jolie Street in Akaroa on 24th December 1884, the eldest son of Edward and Sarah Collett.  His early schooling was undertaken in Akaroa and he later attended Christchurch Boys’ High School.  He was 25 years old when he married Harriet Rebecca Andrews at Lyttelton during 1909.  Once married the couple made their home in Lyttelton where all of their children were born.  Harriet was born at Christchurch in 1885, and was the daughter of Thomas Andrews and his wife Rebecca Craze.  Ten years before Leonard was born, there was a chemist shop at the corner of London Street and Oxford Street in Lyttelton.  Although small, it was well stocked with a large variety of patent and proprietary medicines and chemists’ sundries, and had a dispensing department and office at the back. The business, originally established by Dr Macdonald, was sold to Mr Vangioni in 1902.  Mr Vangioni was born at Akaroa in 1875 and was a son of Mr Joseph Vangioni, an old colonist of Akaroa.  He was also educated at Christchurch Boys’ High School and it was after that when David Edward Leonard Collett bought the business, who later passed it onto his son Bruce.  Father and son entered into a partnership, but eventually Bruce took over on his own account.  In addition to being a chemist, Leonard was also Deputy Mayor of Lyttelton for some time and built an impressive architecturally designed home at 25 Sumner Road in Lyttelton.  It was also at Lyttelton that Leonard and Harriet died, when first Harriet passed away during 1941, and was followed twenty-six years later when David Edward Leonard Collett died there during 1967

 

1Q90 – Joyce Elaine Collett was born in1913 at Lyttelton, New Zealand

1Q91 – Ronald Leonard Collett was born in1917 at Lyttelton, New Zealand

1Q92 – James Bruce Collett was born in1920 at Lyttelton, New Zealand

1Q93 – Douglas Alister Collett was born in1923 at Lyttelton, New Zealand

1Q94 – Eliot David Collett was born in1925 at Lyttelton, New Zealand

1Q95 – Margaret Rebecca Collett was born in1928 at Lyttelton, New Zealand

 

Jessie E Louise Collett [1P149], who was known as Vida, was born at Akaroa around 1888, the daughter of Edward and Sarah Collett.  Vida was only four years old when she died at the North-East Belt of Akaroa on 8th February 1893.  She was buried at Linwood Cemetery on Butterfield Road in Christchurch with her grandfather Joseph Bates who had died just four months earlier on 3rd October 1892, the grave reference being Block 22, Plot 61.  It was also there that Vida’s grandmother Annie Bates was laid to rest following her death on 2nd January 1912.  The informant for the passing of her grandfather in 1892 was her own father Edward William Collett

 

Leslie Joseph Charles Collett [1P150] was born at Akaroa on 6th October 1890, the youngest son of Edward and Sarah Collett.  In the sports events at the Annual Wainui School Picnic held in March 1900 Leslie Collett was first in the Boys’ 10-12 race and his sister, Eileen Collett (below) was first in the Girls’ 8-10 race.  A Children’s Fancy Dress Ball was held in the Oddfellows Hall, Akaroa in June 1901 in which Leslie Collett was dressed as a sailor and Eileen Collett was a French Peasant.  Leslie was also the best man at the wedding of Millie Wright, the fourth daughter of Alex Wright of Akaroa who married William Bridgeman of Manawaru, Auckland on 16th July 1909.  In October 1907 a conversazione evening was held in the Oddfellows Hall in Akaroa for an evening of music and including a euchre tournament.  Leslie Collett was the successful gentleman in the euchre (card-game)

 

It was on 20th November 1912 when he married Gertrude Louise Brittenden at St Augustine’s Church in Napier (Ref. 1912/8538).  Gertrude had been born at Deal in Kent, England on 3rd September 1881, the daughter of William Brittenden and Hannah Jane Rodolph Dunn.  Gertrude excelled at sewing and drawing while attending the George Street School in Dunedin, gaining Standard III and IV Certificates in 1894 and 1895.  She was also one of the principal prize takers for girls in the events at a school picnic in 1896.  Leslie and Gertrude were still living in Napier when their first two children were born, but later moved to Christchurch where their last child was born, and where the couple was still living at the time of their deaths many years later.  New information recently received from Malcolm Moffitt in Perth, Australia, states that Leslie had a building partner, Bill Cross, and that they had worked together on the St Albans and Papanui Seventh Day Adventist Churches in Christchurch, and also the Ashburton Bridge in Mid-Canterbury.  Gertrude was a devout Seventh Day Adventist and it was perhaps inevitable that both Leslie and Bill also converted to the Seventh Day Adventist faith around that time

 

Leslie built the family home at McFaddens Road in St Albans and, also took over sole ownership of the properties at 28 and 30 Armagh Street previously owned by his mother Sarah Louisa Collett who died in May 1941.  The two adjoining houses had been left to Sarah’s two sons Leslie and Leonard, but according to Nola Gertrude Moffitt nee Collett their sister, Leslie Collett purchased his brother’s share, only for the two properties to be later sold to Ogilvie Clifford.  Sadly, Leslie Joseph Charles Collett died just over a year after his mother, when he died in tragic circumstances on 21st June 1942, just prior to his fifty-second birthday.  The report of his death read as follows:

 

“One man was drowned and two are missing and believed to have been drowned through a yacht capsizing at the mouth of the estuary at Sumner late last night.  The man drowned was Ernest William Dobbie, aged 23, an airman of 247 Fitzgerald Street, and those missing are Percy Benjamin Dobbie, aged 25, motor mechanic of the same address, and L. Collett, builder, of McFaddens Road.  The only known survivor is H. Collett (Harold Ernest Leslie Collett), of 139 Matsons Road.  He reached the home of Mrs Thomas Newburgh, in Sumner, about 11.45 p.m. in a very exhausted condition, and said he and his companion had been washed overboard when the tide came in.  The yacht was the ‘Pera’, which sailed from Lyttelton to Sumner, and became stranded in the mouth of the estuary.  The four men stayed on board, hoping to float the boat off when the tide came in.  The yacht was completely wrecked.  The wheelhouse and a large amount of debris, was washed ashore by 1.30 a.m. today, and Mr. Dobbie’s body was washed ashore at about midnight.”  The two Dobbie boys were sons of William Dobbie and his wife Mabel Brittenden, who was Leslie Collett’s sister-in-law, she being Gertrude’s sister

 

Gertrude Louise Collett nee Brittenden survived her husband by twenty-four years when she passed away on 7th September 1966.  Apart from being a devout Seventh Day Adventist, Gertrude also enjoyed playing and singing hymns on the piano with her grandchildren.  She had a gentle nature but when her grandchildren ganged up on her to stop her winning whilst playing Ludo, her raised voice was apparent to show her displeasure

 

1Q96 – Harold Ernest Leslie Collett was born in 1913 at Napier, New Zealand

1Q97 – Mavis Louisa Collett was born in 1918 at Napier, New Zealand

1Q98 – Nola Gertrude Collett was born in 1920 at Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Eileen Adele Collett [1P151] was born at Akaroa near Christchurch in New Zealand on 25th February 1892, the youngest child of Edward William Collett and his first wife Sarah Louisa Bates.  When Eileen was seven years old, she attended the Wainui School Picnic and Sports Day.  In addition to each scholar being presented with a book, the following prizes were handed out by Mrs Collett, one of which was given to her own daughter Eileen for the Girls’ Handicap Race for 6 to 8-year-olds.  Eileen was only 54 when she died in Christchurch on 28th August 1936

 

Ernest Walter Raymond Gordon Collett [1P152] was born at Christchurch in New Zealand on 10th September 1874, the eldest child of Ernest Collett and his wife Martha Varcoe.  He was a miller and, at Christchurch on 25th April 1905, he married Agnes Gertrude Pearce who was born on 10th November 1876 and was known as Gertie.  From the time they were married the couple lived at 17 Strickland Street, Sydenham, in Christchurch for many years, together with four other Collett relatives, including Ernest’s widowed father and Ernest’s brother Herbert (below), who lived next door at 15 Strickland Street.  A total of nine children were born to Ernest and Agnes over thirteen years, but sadly the last two, born in 1917 and 1919 were stillborn.  The brothers and sisters were very close, with many of them living in two adjacent houses.  Ernest was a storeman at Woods flourmills in Addington and used to cycle to work each day, bringing home flour sweepings off the mill flour for feeding to his fowls.  At the age of 60, a bale of wool fell on him, after which he suffered with heart problems.  Fifteen years after the accident, Ernest passed away on 18th May 1949.  Nine years later, Agnes Gertrude Collett, nee Pearce, died in Christchurch on 15th February 1958 at the age of 81

 

1Q99 – Edna Ernestine Collett was born in 1906 at Christchurch, New Zealand

1Q100 – Raymond Leonard Collett was born in 1906 at Christchurch, New Zealand

1Q101 – Ruby Catherine Collett was born in 1908 at Christchurch, New Zealand

1Q102 – Constance Martha Collett was born in 1909 at Christchurch, New Zealand

1Q103 – Frances May Collett was born in 1911 at Christchurch, New Zealand

1Q104 – Arthur Stanley Collett was born in 1913 at Christchurch, New Zealand

1Q105 – Norma Gertrude Collett was born in 1915 at Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Herbert Frank Collett [1P153] was born at Christchurch on 29th January 1876, the second son of Ernest and Martha Collett.  It was on 25th April 1905 that Herbert married Sarah Burrows who was born during 1878, with whom he had three children.  During his life Herbert was a cabinet maker and in 1906 he and his family lived next door to his brother Ernest (above) at 15 Strickland Street, Sydenham, in Christchurch.  It was later in their life that Ernest and Sarah moved the short distance to Stourbridge Street in Spreydon, a suburb to the south-west of Christchurch.  Sarah Collett nee Burrows died in New Zealand during 1949, when she was 71.  After the death of his wife Herbert lived just four streets away from Stourbridge Street, when he moved in with his daughter Gladys Sutton and her husband Tom at their home in Conway Street, Spreydon.  Herbert Frank Collett was the grandfather of Brian Gregory Collett (Ref. 1R65) who kindly provided some of the details which has enabled his family to be included here

 

1Q106 – Gladys Mary Collett was born in 1906 at Christchurch, New Zealand

1Q107 – Leslie Herbert Collett was born in 1908 at Christchurch, New Zealand

1Q108 – Ernest George Collett was born in 1914 at Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Robert George Victor Collett [1P154], who was known as Vic, was born at Christchurch on 25th February 1878.  Upon leaving school he moved around Christchurch a lot, presumably seeking work where he could find it.  Apart from a brush with the law, and drinking after hours in a New Brighton Hotel, not a great deal is known about him, except that he lived with his two younger unmarried siblings Nell and Jack (below), and died a bachelor on 1st September 1939

 

Eleanor Mabel Collett [1P155] was born at Christchurch on 15th September 1879, the eldest daughter and fourth child of Ernest and Martha Collett.  It would appear that she was known within the family as Nell and Ellen, and in 1917 she was unmarried and living at 20 Chancellor Street in Christchurch.  Tragically, Nell was involved in a terrible road accident near Lyndhurst, which resulted in the removal of a leg, which was replaced with a wooden one.  It was in fact within the First World War military records of her brother Arthur Samuel Gordon Collett (below), that Miss Ellen Collett (sister) was mentioned as his next-of-kin.  Some years after that she was known to have lived at 448 Madras Street in Christchurch, and once again that address was referred to in the military records of her brother Arthur.  Other than that, no other information relating to Eleanor has so far been found, except it is known that she was very close to her brother Jack (below), who lived with her, and that she never married, and died on 7th May 1956.  Also living with Nell and Jack, until he died in 1939, was their troubled older brother Vic (above)

 

Arthur Samuel Gordon Collett [1P156] was born at Christchurch on 21st April 1882, another son of Ernest Collett and his wife Martha Varcoe, who was more commonly known as Jack.  Upon leaving school he learned his trade as machinist, a fitter and a turner, and worked at Hastings on the North Island prior to the First World War.  With the Great War raging in Europe, Arthur enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force on 21st February 1917 at Hastings.  At that time, he was described as being 35 years old and single, being 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 158 lbs, with dark hair, grey blue eyes, and a medium complexion.  His occupation was that of a machinist, a fitter and a turner, with the company of R Holt & Sons of Hastings, which was also his last known address.  The other details on his entry form confirmed that his father was Ernest Collett, who had been born in Gloucestershire, England, and that his mother was Martha Collett deceased, who had been born in Norfolk, England, and that they had been residing in New Zealand for the last 60 years.  To the question, if single how many persons are absolutely dependent on you, Arthur had only inserted the name of his sister Ellen Collett.  He was accepted into the New Zealand Engineers 29th Reinforcement Regiment as Sapper A Collett 54311 on 1st May 1917, when his next-of-kin was named as his sister Miss E Collett of 20 Chancellor Street in the Shirley district of Christchurch.  That address was later amended to 448 Madras Street in St Albans, which was later changed to Lyndhurst in Christchurch

 

It was on 13th August 1917 that Arthur sailed out of Wellington on the troopship Mokoia Evellington, bound for Glasgow in Scotland, where he arrived on 2nd October 1917.  From Scotland, the troops travel to the south coast of England where they undertook basic training, following which they then crossed the English Channel into France, arriving in Etaples on 13th June 1918.  Just over one year later, on 2nd July 1919 Arthur was in Liverpool boarding the ‘SS Somerset’ for the return journey to New Zealand.  Three days later he was admitted into the ship’s hospital, where he spent the next three days.  By the time peace was declared, and Arthur had been discharged from the New Zealand Engineers on 17th September 1919, he had served a total of two years and one hundred and thirty-eight days, of which 2 years and 8 days had been spent overseas in Western Europe.  For his service during the war, he received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal which he received ay Lyndhurst, Canterbury during March 1921

 

During his life he had a 100-acre farm at Lyndhurst, and then lived on a small holding at Rolleston.  For much of his life, he shared a house with his sister Nell and brother Jack (above).  Arthur never married and in 1938 was recorded on the electoral rolls as living with his family at 17 Strickland Street, Sydenham, in Christchurch.  Arthur Samuel Gordon Collett died while he was living at Burwood in Christchurch on 12th December 1958, aged 76.  His next-of-kin at that time in his life was named as Mrs C M Nicholls of 52 Puriri Street in west Christchurch, who was described as his niece, the daughter of his brother Ernest Walter Raymond Gordon Collett (above), she being Constance Martha Nicholls nee Collett (Ref. 1Q102) 1909–1989

 

Harriet Clara May Collett [1P157] was born at Christchurch on 8th March 1884, only the second daughter of Ernest and Martha Collett.  It was in 1912 that she married Thomas Lester Anderson Osborn.  The couple raised their family on North Island where, tragically, their son Travis Osborn was killed in an air accident in 1941, the same year that Harriet died during September that year.  Thomas was born in 1884 and died in New Zealand during 1963

 

Leonard Ransom Collett [1P158] was born at Christchurch on 15th March 1886, the youngest child of Ernest Collett and his wife Martha Varcoe.  Len, as he was known, was a printer and a storeman, and he married Elsie Kennedy Fleming on 1st April 1907, and their marriage produced two sons.  The electoral rolls in both 1935 and 1938 placed Leonard and his family living at 17 Strickland Street, Sydenham, in Christchurch.  A later address was 62 Sinclair Street in Christchurch.  Leonard died on 5th September 1947, while Elsie died almost exactly four years after, on 15th September 1951, at the age of 66.  Both of them were buried at Bromley Cemetery in Christchurch.  Elsie Kennedy Fleming was born in the county of Devon in England during 1885

 

1Q109 – Clifford Collett was born around 1908 at Christchurch, New Zealand

1Q110 – Ralph Collett was born around 1910 at Christchurch, New Zealand


 

George William Collett [1P159] was born at Christchurch on 28th October 1875, the eldest of the two children of George William Collett and his wife Margaret Coutts.  He was barely two years old when .his father died, leaving his mother to raise two very young children on her own.  However, George was eventually raised by his widowed and re-married grandfather Samuel Collett who, shortly after taking over the care of the boy, moved to Waimate, midway between Christchurch and Dunedin to the south.  George was greatly influenced by living with his grandfather and, as a result, followed his grandfather’s example by becoming a builder, a brewer, and an undertaker, eventually taking over all of his grandfather’s business interests upon his retirement in 1899.  Three years later in 1902, when George was twenty-seven years old, he married Christina Sevicke Jones who was also 27, having been born in 1875.  Just like his grandfather, George William Collett was also a town councillor, from 1909 to 1923

 

The couple had four children, the youngest one of whom later visited England to conduct research into his earlier ancestors, although it was their eldest son who wrote the story of the family’s life in his book entitled “The History of Two Families”.  George William Collett died on 5th March 1953, and both he and his wife are buried in Waimate Cemetery, where his grandfather and his second wife were also buried.  It was originally report here, that one of his sons was named Grahame, and that it was he who travelled to England to research his family’s origins.  However, the name of Grahame Collett does not appear in the very latest information used to update this family line in January 2012.  There is therefore a chance that Grahame has been confused with George, although the details for both indicate that they married different women.  As a result of this uncertainty, his name has been retained here as the fifth child of George and Christina, until such time as it can be categorically proved that he was not a child of their marriage

 

1Q111 – May Thompson Collett was born in 1903 at Waimate, New Zealand

1Q112 – Hori Coutts Collett was born in 1906 at Waimate, New Zealand

1Q113 – Edgar Harold Collett was born in 1908 at Waimate, New Zealand

1Q114 – Geoffrey Sevicke Collett was born in 1912 at Waimate, New Zealand

 

Amanda Elizabeth Collett [1P160] was born at Christchurch on 9th July 1877, the youngest of the two children of George William Collett and Margaret Coutts.  Following the death of her father not long after she was born, Amanda was raised by her mother, while her brother George (above) was taken into the care of the children’s grandfather.  Amanda later married Richard William John Maffey during 1901, and she died on 10th January 1969, following which she was buried with her late husband in Wellington Cemetery.  Richard, who was the son of John and Elizabeth Maffey and had been born in 1869, had died ten years earlier during 1959

 

James Mann Collett [1P161] was born at Christchurch on 18th December 1887, the base-born son of Mary Collett (previously Margaret Coutts), the widow of George William Collett who had died ten years earlier.  James married Flora Mildred Bell, the daughter of Charles and Ann Eliza Bell, on 28th August 1911 in Wellington, New Zealand.  Their known children, extracted from James’ World War One military records below were Jessie Guthrie McDonald Collett who was born on 25th May 1912 and Flora Barbara Collett who was born on 26th September 1914.  The Army Personal File for James Mann Collett included the following details:  Assigned to the 4th Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, as a rifleman service number 38939, date of birth 18th December 1887, occupation carpenter employed by Mathews of Ashburton, next-of-kin his wife Mrs F Collett of 112 Cox Street in Ashburton, discharged on 27th June 1919.  The details relating to his marriage and his family stated that he had married Flora Bell, a spinster, at Wellington on 28th August 1911 and that he had two children, both born at Ashburton where James Man Collett died in 1967

 

As with many soldiers returning from the Great War, James had trouble settling down into family life and in 1924 he set himself a prohibition order which he later broke when he left his home in Ashburton in May that same year with the intention of visiting Methven, and was found in Wellington shortly thereafter.  On 31st May 1924 he was charged in the Magistrates Court in Ashburton for a breach of prohibition order and was fined 20 shillings.  Flora Mildred Collett nee Bell died on 8th August 1954 at Ashburton and was buried in the Ashburton Cemetery, while thirteen nearly years later James Mann Collett died on 23rd March 1967, when his next-of-kin was named as Mrs R M Chambers of 156 Walnut Avenue in Ashburton

 

1Q115 – Jessie Guthrie McDonald Collett was born on 25th May 1912 at Ashbourne, New Zealand

1Q116 – Flora Barbara Collett was born on 26th September 1914 at Ashbourne, New Zealand

 

Jane Collett [1P162] was born in Birmingham in 1888, the eldest child of Herbert Edward and Emily Collett.  Her birth was recorded at the Aston register office (Ref. 6d 303) during the last quarter of that year.  Where she and her family were in both 1891 and 1901 has still not been determined, although by 1911 Jane Collett was 22 when she was living with her family in the Aston region of Birmingham

 

Herbert Collett [1P163] was born at Birmingham in 1890 and was 21 years old and married by April 1911.  He was referred to as Herbert Collett junior to avoid confusion with his father Herbert Edward Collett.  Herbert junior, his sibling and his parents, have not been located within the census returns of 1891 or 1901.  However, Herbert was 20 years of when he married (1) 18-years-old Nellie Elizabeth Edinburgh at Aston on 20th March 1910, the event recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 316) when Herbert’s father was confirmed as Herbert Collett and Nellie’s father was named as Robert Henry Edinburgh.  Not long after they were married, Nellie presented Herbert with a daughter whom he named jointly after his mother and his wife.  According to the Aston Manor census in 1911, Herbert Collett junior from Birmingham was 21 and employed as a carman with the London North Western Railway.  Nellie Elizabeth Collett was 20 years of age and born at Brisbane in Australia and their daughter Emily Nellie Elizabeth was seven months old.  At that time, the young family was living not far from where Herbert’s parents were living. 

 

A double tragedy occurred during the following year, when Nellie gave birth to a second daughter but died during the ordeal, the daughter also not surviving beyond a few months.  The birth of Nellie Collett was recorded at Aston (Ref. 6a 701) during the first quarter of 1912, her mother’s maiden name confirmed as Edinburgh. During that same three months, the death of Nellie E Collett, aged 20, was also recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 435).  It was then, during the third quarter of 1912, that the death of baby Nellie Collett was recorded at Aston (Ref. 6a 309).  It is unclear what happened to Herbert and his surviving daughter immediately after being widowed, but it is established that he later married (2) Emily Bissell, their wedding day recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 1137) during the third quarter of 1915.  Albert Edward Collett, who was born fifteen years later.  From his military record it is also known that Herbert and Emily were living in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham in 1945 when they were informed of the death of their son.  Although no record has been found for son Herbert after he was born, his birth was recorded during the second quarter of 1920 at Aston register office (Ref. 6a 1246), when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Bissell.

 

1Q117 – Emily Nellie Elizabeth Collett was born in 1910 at Aston, Birmingham

1Q118 – Nellie Collett was born in 1912 at Aston, Birmingham

The following are the children of Herbert Collett by his second wife Emily Bissell:

1Q119 – Bertha Collett was born in 1916 at Aston, Birmingham

1Q120 – Herbert Collett was born in 1920 at Aston, Birmingham

1Q121 – Elsie M Collett was born in 1923 at Aston, Birmingham

1Q122 – Albert Edward Collett was born in 1924 at Aston, Birmingham

1Q123 – Doris Collett was born in 1925 at Birmingham

1Q124 – Joan Collett was born in 1928 at Birmingham

 

Arthur Leigh Collett [1P173], formerly Simmons, was born at Victoria on Prince Edward Island on 8th December 1890, the base-born son of Alice Simmons, who later married William Henry Collett who adopted him.  In the Prince Edward Island census of 1901 Arthur Simmons was 12 years old when living there with his mother, his stepfather, and his half-sister Aggie (below).  Ten years later Arthur L Collett from New Brunswick was 22 and a boarder at the Prince Edward Island home William Knight and his family.  In June 1914 Arthur sailed out of Prince Edward Island on the ship Royal George, bound for Quebec.  The passenger list stated he had been born in Canada, and was 24 years old.  At the outbreak of the war, as Arthur Collett, he enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 23rd September 1914 at Valcartier in Quebec.  He was unmarried at that time and described as a student.  He had already served four years in a PEI regiment, the 82nd Abegweit Light Infantry.  On his attestation paper, his next-of-kin was recorded as “W H Collett of Victoria, PEI”.  On reaching England he was assigned to the Eighth Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment and just two years into the campaign he reached the rank of Second Lieutenant.  Sadly, he was killed in action on 18th November 1916 at the Battle of the Somme and was buried at Grandcourt Road Cemetery in Grandcourt

 

The struggle to take Grandcourt began on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, and was secured during the night of 5th February 1917.  It was briefly taken back by the Germans between April and August in 1918.  The cemetery at Grandcourt is sited on the Ancre Battlefield to the north of Thievpal.  It is perhaps curious that another military record states that Lieutenant Arthur Leigh Collett of the 8th Battalion, was 25 years of age when he died of wounds in France on 18th November 1916, after which he was buried in Grandcourt Road Cemetery, Grandcourt.  In the Church of St John the Evangelist, on Prince Edward Island, there is displayed a brass plaque in his honour, in addition to which his name also appears on the cenotaph at nearby Borden.  The name of Arthur Leigh Collett is also included on a stone tablet on the exterior wall of the local hall (now a theatre) in the village of Victoria, as one of those from the village who served in the Great War.  A tribute in the Toronto Star newspaper on 28th November 1916 recorded that Arthur Leigh Collett was a Rhodes Scholar in 1912-1913, hence why he was listed as a student on enrolling in 1914

 

On 25th March 2018, at the town of Borden-Carleton on Prince Edward Island, the Cenotaph Research Project held an open day and presentation which was attended by Joyce Loo of Springfield.  She had seen an earlier article by the group published in the County Line Courier, which had sparked her interest.  She wrote “I am very interested in your article in the County Line Courier about Arthur Collett.  He taught my mother in Springfield School, when he boarded with Louis Haslam and his family.  I now live in that house and found his Greek Bible in the attic.  My mother liked him very much as a teacher and she knew he had died in France.”  The leader of the Project Team then contacted King’s College in Nova Scotia, where Arthur was educated, as a result of which he received this response from the university’s librarian

 

From the information contained in the March-April 1913 issue of The Record - a student magazine that later become the yearbook for King’s College, we learned that “In 1906, on taking a County Scholarship, Arthur Collett entered Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown.  During the years 1906-1908, Mr Collett was enrolled in H Company of the 82nd Regiment Abegweit Light Infantry.  He then left Prince of Wales College in 1908 and took up teaching before entering King’s in 1909.  In his last year at King’s, Arthur was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and was also the Senior Student, equivalent to being head of the student body.”  It was also revealed that while he was at King’s College, he had the nickname “Deak” and was briefly on the debating team

 

Aggie Eliza Collett [1P174] was born on Prince Edward Island on 4th June 1894, where she was baptised on 18th October 1894, the only known child of William and Alice Collett who was six years old in the census of 1901.  At the age of 15, Aggie E Collett from Canada was recorded at the home of Willie and Flora Chalfont from Nevada at Township 1 in Inyo County, California.  Also living and working at that same address was Aggie’s mother Alice Collett from Canada who was the housekeeper for the Chalfonts.  Five years later, the Canadian Border Crossing records at Vermont St Albans, include the following details for Aggie Collett, aged 21, a stenographer, born in Canada, of English descent.  Her last address in Canada was 223 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, her mother was Alice Trowsdale [following the death of Aggie’s father], and her final destination in America, was Chicago

 

Thanks to Norm Crone on Prince Edward Island, we now know that Aggie Collett married Harvey O Weeks, who was born on 29th January 1897.  In 1942, the WW2 Draft Registration for Harvey O Weeks stated that he was 45 and living at Bishop in Inyo County, where he was employed by the State of California Highways Office in Sacramento.  Eight years later, Harvey O Weeks died at Crapaud, Prince Edward Island during 1954, where he was buried.  At the time of her death in April 1978, when she was 84 and named as Aggie Collett Weeks, she was on a visit to California, but was returned to Crapaud, where she was buried with her husband (Lot 29) at the St John the Evangelist Anglican Cemetery at Crapaud in Queens County, PEI.  Also, at Crapaud in the church is a grand stained-glass window which commemorates “The Collett Family of Aggie and her husband Harvey O Weeks”

 

The earlier census of 1930, confirms that Harry O Weeks, from Illinois, was an automobile mechanic aged 36, residing at Tujunga, Los Angeles, who had been married when he was 30 years of age.  However, it was four years later, on 15th June 1934, that he married Aggie Eliza Collett, whose last entry into America had been on 28th June 1932, at Calais in Maine.  Not long after they were married, the couple left their home at 680 Grove Street in Bishop, California, their destination being Victoria on Prince Edward Island.  The port of departure was Calais, where the couple made the border crossing by automobile, it noted that Aggie was not naturalised in the USA.  The reason given from leaving America was recorded as “going to live in Canada”

 

Maudie Leona Collett [1P181] was born in California on 13th December 1898, the eldest of the four children of James Bradford Collett and his wife Janey Truscott.  She married Robert H Mumm who was born at Wisconsin around 1897.  Up until the US Census in 1920, Maudie was living with her parents at their home in Warms Springs, Inyo.  It was shortly after that when she and Robert moved to Berkeley in California.  She and Robert had a son, Sidney Mumm who was born in Sacramento on 30th August 1928, following which the family of three was living at Woodland, Yolo, California in 1930.  Maudie Leona Mumm nee Collett died at Tulare in California on 14th April 1987, while her son Sidney Mumm died there on 29th June 2003

 

Florence H Collett [1P182] was born at Bishop, Inyo on 24th July 1903, the daughter of James and Janey Collett.  Her early life was spent living with her family at Township 1 in Inyo, and at Warm Springs in 1920.  It was during the early 1920s that she married Walter Ancel Ray who had been born at Greenfield, Adair in Iowa on 23rd December 1899.  On 11th March 1925 Florence presented her husband with a daughter, Barbara Ray, and by 1930 the family of three was living at Caliente, Lincoln in Nevada.  Florence H Ray ne Collett was still living at Caliente when she died during December 1986, while her daughter Barbara was living in San Diego when she died on 31st August 2008

 

Mabel Berniece Collett [1P183] was born in California on 18th February 1906, the third daughter of James and Janey Collett.  Like her three sisters, ‘Mable’ was living with her parents at Township 1 in Inyo up to 1910, and by 1920 the family was living at Warm Springs in Inyo.  Also like her sisters, ‘Mable’ was married during the 1920s, when she wed Leonard L Parish who was born in Texas on 15th September 1901.  Once married the couple settled in Sacramento where their two daughters were born.  Virginia Ruth Parish was born on 14th July 1926, and Beatrice Lea Parish was born on 11th October 1927.  The family was living in Sacramento in 1930, and it was there also that Mable Berniece Parish nee Collett died on 10th May 1985.  Her husband Leonard had died there over twelve years earlier on 13th January 1973.  Sadly, their two daughters both died in 2005; Virginia on 19th April at Sacramento, and Beatrice on 29th November at Roseville, Placer in California

 

Beatrice Evelyn Collett [1P184] was born at Bishop, Inyo in California on 12th June 1908, the youngest of the four daughters of James Bradford Collett and his wife Janey Truscott.  Up until the time of her marriage Beatrice lived with her family at Township 1, Inyo, and later at Warms Spring.  It was possible at Warms Springs in Inyo that she married Aarian Sydney Cakebread on 17th November 1927.  He was the son of William Cakebread and Henrietta Marie Schwendel and was born in California on 19th September 1903.  Following their wedding day, the couple settled in San Jose, Santa Clara in California, where their one child, William Keith Cakebread was born on 21st February 1930.  Beatrice Evelyn Cakebread nee Collett died at San Jose on 4th December 1988, her husband having died there two years earlier on 21st February 1986, the day of their son’s 56th birthday.  William Keith Cakebread also lived most of his life in San Jose, where he died on 2nd December 2005.  He was the father of Cherie Mosher who put together the history of this branch of the Collett family, although it was through contact with Andrew Collett (Ref. 3Q18) that it now appears in this family line

 

William Brady Collett [1P186] was born in 1894 at Prince Edward Island, the second of the five children of William and Margaret Collett.  According to the Queen’s PEI census in 1901, William Brady Collett was seven years old.  By the time of the Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts census of 1920, William B Collett was 25 years of age and married to Mary E Collett from Canada, who was 24.  William, also from Canada, was employed as a packer in food production.  Staying with the couple that day, was Harriet A Knight, who was 14 and described as William’s sister-in-law.  That presumably indicated that his wife was Mary E Knight

 

Margery Annie Collett [1Q1] was born in the Dorset village of Maiden Newton in 1903, the eldest of the five children of Frederick Collett and Annie Louisa Martin.  The birth of Margery Annie Collet was recorded at Dorchester register office (Ref. 5a 310) during the last three months of the year.  She was seven years of age in the census of 1911, when she was still living at Maiden Newton with her family, her father being absent as he was a member of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.  It may have been a posting to Devonport, Plymouth, that followed her father’s term at Portsmouth, because it was later, at Penzance, where Margery A Collett married George H Williams.  The event was recorded there (Ref. 5c 428) during the third quarter of 1925, where her brother Stanley (below) was married eight years after

 

Percy Frederick J Collett [1Q2] was born at Maiden Newton in Dorset on 21st December 1905, his birth recorded at Dorchester register office (Ref. 5a 326) during the first quarter of 1906.  Many years later, and after the start of the Second World War, the marriage of Percy F Collett and Edith I Johnstone was recorded at Warrington register office (Ref. 8c 385) during the final three months of 1941.  Percy continued to reside in Lancashire and it was there, at the Sefton North register office (Ref. 37 0355) that the death of Percy Frederick Collett was recorded during the first few months of 1983, when he was 76 years old

 

Stanley Martin Collett [1Q3] was born at Maiden Newton in Dorset near the end of 1908, his birth recorded at Dorchester register office (Ref. 5a 300) during the first quarter of 1909.  He was then baptised at Maiden Newton on 8th February 1909, the son of Frederick and Annie Collett nee Martin.  He was two years old in the census of 1911 when he was living with his mother at Maiden Newton, while his father was away from home, a serving seaman with the Royal Navy.  Just like his older sister Margery (above) and two of his three younger siblings (below), it was also at Penzance that Stanley Martin Collett was married, albeit eight years afterwards.  The marriage of Stanley M Collett and Violet M Arnell was recorded there (Ref. 5c 516) during the third quarter of 1933

 

Eileen Gladys Louisa Collett [1Q4] was born in 1911 at Maiden Newton in Dorset, the fourth child of Frederick and Annie Collett.  The birth of Eileen G L Collett was recorded at the nearby Dorchester register office (Ref. 5a 549) during the last three months of 1911, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Martin.  It was also at Maiden Newton that she was baptised on 9th January 1912 using her full name.  It is speculated that her father, a seaman with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, was later posted to Devonport naval base, most likely after the birth of Eileen’s youngest sibling and during the First World War.  The reason for that assumption being that Eileen, and three of siblings, were subsequently married at Penzance.  The marriage of Eileen G L Collett and Joseph W Rowe was recorded at Penzance register office (Ref. 5c 449) during the second quarter of 1937.  Within the next twelve months their daughter was born, with the birth of Patricia Rowe also recorded at Penzance (Ref. 5c 243) during the second quarter of 1938, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett

 

Kenneth C H Collett [1Q5] was born in 1914 at Maiden Newton, the last child of Frederick Collett and Annie Louisa Martin.  At the recording of his birth at Dorchester register office (Ref. 5a 566) during the second quarter of 1914, his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Martin.  His father was serving with the Royal Navy in 1911 and may well have been there still when Kenneth was born.  However, sometime after he was born, there is every probability that the family left Dorset and moved to Cornwall, since it was at Penzance that Kenneth and three of his older siblings were married.  He was twenty-five years of age when Kenneth C H Collett married Vera M Simons at Penzance, where their wedding was recorded (Ref. 5c 882) during the last three months of 1939 and not long after the start of the Second World War.  It was towards the end of the war that their daughter was born, the birth of Janet A Collett also recorded at the register office in Penzance (Ref. 5c 292) during the third quarter of 1944.  The record also confirmed child’s mother’s maiden name was Simons

 

1R1 – Janet A Collett was born in 1944 at Penzance, Cornwall

 

Valerie Joyce Collett [1Q7] was the only child of Victor Jesse Bernard Collett and Daisy E Woodward.  Her birth was recorded at Swindon register office (Ref. 5a 45) during the third quarter of 1931, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Woodward.  She later married Cyril V Dunsby, their wedding recorded at Swindon (Ref. 7c 1219) during the last three months of 1949.  They had two children, Steven Dunsby who was born in 1951 and Diane Dunsby who was born in 1955.  Steven is married and has a son Christopher, while Diane is now Diane Humphreys and has three daughters, Rebecca, Danielle and Sarah.  All three girls are married and have presented their mother with two grandchildren, they being Danielle who was eight and Angel who was three in July 2008.  After being divorced from her husband Cyril later in her life Valerie reverted back to her maiden name and is once again known as Valerie Collett.  Thanks go to Diane and her mother Valerie, who kindly provided the information that has resulted in an earlier update of their family’s information

 

John D Collett [1Q8] was born in Australia on 31st May 1940, where his three sons were also born.  It was John from Notting Hill in Victoria, who kindly provided information relating to his direct line of Collett ancestors.  In 2010 John was Managing Director of Anglo Italian Concrete and it was also with that company that his two sons Simon and Chris both worked

 

1R2 – John Simon Collett was born on 11th October 1970 in Australia

1R3 – Christopher Andrew Collett was born on 8th November 1972 in Australia

1R4 – Jonathan Saville Collett was born during 1977 in Australia

 

Florence Verbena Collett [1Q9] was born in New Zealand during the later months of 1906 and was the first child born to William Henry Collett and Ellen Elizabeth Nettell who were married earlier that same year.  Although no details are currently known about Florence after she was married, it is known that she gave birth to a daughter Betty Florence who was born in 1930 and who was Betty Florence Hobday, aged 83, in 2013 when she confirmed the names of her mother’s four siblings.  At that time Betty was living in Auckland, New Zealand

 

Daniel David Collett [1Q12] was born in New Zealand on 12th April 1911, the fourth child of William and Ellen (Nellie) Collett.  It would appear that he never married and the only other known aspect of his life is that he died in New Zealand during 1996

 

Maud Alice Collett [1Q14] was born at Hamilton in New Zealand on 3rd July 1920, the only known child of Francis Albert Collett and Rhoda Charlotte Simons.  Around the time of the Second World War, she was married Hector George Whyte who was born at Christchurch in 1921 and who died at Hamilton on 4th December 2012.  It is established that there was at least one child born into the family and that was Roger Whyte.  Today Roger, and his wife Lesley, own and operate the apple orchard at Hamilton that was original set up by his parents.  The only other detail known about Maud Alice Whyte nee Collett is that she had died eight years before her husband during 2004

 

Elizabeth Florence Collett [1Q15] was born at Bath in 1891, the eldest child of James Collett and Rosa Roberts.  It was also at Bath (Ref. 5c 533) that her birth was recorded during the last three months of that year.  In 1901 Eliza Collett aged nine years was living with her family at Florence Terrace, Devon Road in Bristol.  By the time of the census was conducted in 1911, Elizabeth Florence Collett was 20 and a general domestic servant living and working at the Bristol home of Walter Merrell and his family, when her place of birth was recorded as Walcot, Bath in Somerset. Just over one year later, Elizabeth Florence Collett, aged 21 and the daughter of James Collett, married Ernest Budd, who was 25 and the son of Frederick Budd, at Bedminster in Somerset on 28th June 1912

 

May Herma Collett [1Q16] was born at Bath in 1892, her birth recorded there (Ref. 5c 559) during the fourth quarter of the year.  May Collett was eight years old in 1901 when she and her family were residing at Florence Terrace in Bristol, on Devon Road.  She was still living with her family at Bristol in 1911, when May Collett from Bath was 18 years of age and was employed at the cocoa factory of Parker & Company Limited in Bristol

 

Albert James W Collett [1Q17] was born in 1894, the third child and eldest son of James and Rosa Collett.  His birth was also recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 564) during the third quarter of the year and, as Albert Collett, he was six years of age in 1901 at the family home in Florence Terrace on Devon Road in Bristol.  After leaving school, Albert was taken on as a labourer by a local printing company, as confirmed within the Bristol census return for 1911 when he was 16 years of age and still living at the family home with his parents

 

Charles Henry Collett [1Q18] was the fourth child of James and Rosa Collett, but the first one to be born in Bristol.  It was there, at Barton Regis, that his birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 101) during the second quarter of 1896.  Charlie Collett was six years old in 1901, one of the six children living with their parents at Florence Terrace in Bristol.  Charles, aged 15, had already completed his education by 1911, when he was living with his family in Bristol, from where he was a boot maker in a nearby shoe factory

 

Rose Emily Daisy Grace Collett [1Q19] was born at Bristol in 1898, with her birth recorded at Barton Regis register office (Ref. 6a 100) during the first three months of the year.  It was as Rose Emily Grace Collett that she was baptised at St Mark’s Church in the Easton area of Bristol on 3rd September 1898, the daughter of James and Rosa Collett.  She may have been born at Florence Terrace, Devon Road in Bristol, where her family was living in 1901 when Rose E Collett was three years of age.  Where her family was in 1911 has not yet been determined while, on that census day, Rose Collett from Bristol was 12 years old when she was living at the Bath home of her aunt Matilda Eyles, aged 61 and from Bath, when she was still attending school.  Eighteen years later, the marriage of Rose E G Collett and Ernest C Poole was recorded at Bristol register office (Ref. 6a 380) during the third quarter of 1929

 

Rose Emily Daisy Grace Collett [1Q21] was born at Bristol in 1898, with her birth recorded at Barton Regis register office (Ref. 6a 100) during the first three months of the year.  It was as Rose Emily Grace Collett that she was baptised at St Mark’s Church in the Easton area of Bristol on 3rd September 1898, the daughter of James and Rosa Collett.  She may have been born at Florence Terrace, Devon Road in Bristol, where her family was living in 1901 when Rose E Collett was three years of age.  Where her family was in 1911 has not yet been determined while, on that census day, Rose Collett from Bristol was 12 years old when she was living at the Bath home of her aunt Matilda Eyles, aged 61 and from Bath, when she was still attending school.  Eighteen years later, the marriage of Rose E G Collett and Ernest C Poole was recorded at Bristol register office (Ref. 6a 380) during the third quarter of 1929

 

Lily Matilda Collett [1Q22] was born at Bristol on 10th August 1904, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 192) during the third quarter of that year.  She was the last child born to James Collett and Rose Roberts who was baptised at the Church of St Philip and St Jacob in Bristol on 28th August 1904.  As simply Lily Collett aged six years, she was living with her family in Bristol in 1911

 

Charles James Collett [1Q23] was born at Bath on 4th May 1898, the only known child of Henry George Collett and Harriet Jane Haggett, whose birth was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 539) during the second quarter of 1898.  He was three years of age in the Bath census of 1901 and was 13 years old in 1911, when still living in Bath with his parents.  Eleven years after that day, the marriage of Charles J Collett and Winifred G Lane was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1248) during the fourth quarter of 1922.  Winifred was born on 10th October 1895 and was a daughter of Henry James Lane and his wife Ellen, her birth recorded at Bath (Ref. 5c 544).  It would appear that they had no children, but lived all of their life together at Bath, where they both died.  The death of Charles J Collett was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 825) towards the end of 1970.  Fifteen years after being widowed, the death of Winifred G Collett was recorded at Bath (Ref. 22 18) during the last few weeks of 1985

 

Lilian Violet Collett [1Q25] was born at 14 Nettleton Road in Gloucester in 1891, the eldest of the two known children of William Henry Collett and Elizabeth Martha Hill.  Her birth was recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 290) during the third quarter of the year.  It was simply as, Lilian Collett of Gloucester, aged nine years, that she was living with her family at 14 Nettleton Road in 1901, where she was still living in 1911 when, as Lilian Violet Collett aged 19, she was not credited with having a stated occupation.  Two years later, the marriage of Lilian V Collett and John M Andrews was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 679) during the third quarter of 1913.  They were still residing in Gloucester when their son William Henry C Andrews was born, his birth recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 541) during the second quarter of 1916, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett

 

Francis Edward Collett [1Q28] was born at Cirencester in 1881, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 366) during the fourth quarter of the year, the eldest child of Edward Collett and Eliza Adams.  The earliest record of his father was as Edward Haines Collett but, upon his death in 1906, he was named as Francis Edward Collett.  When Francis was around three years old his parents took the young family north to Burton-on-Trent and the suburb of Winshill, where his family was living at North Street in 1891, 1901 and 1911.  In the first two of those census days Francis E Collett was nine years old and Frank Collett was 19 years of age when he was working as a maltings labourer at a nearby brewery, where his father was also employed

 

Just over six years later the marriage of Francis Edward Collett and Lizzie Allen was recorded at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 6b 806) during the third quarter of 1907.  By then Lizzie was a widow with a daughter from her first marriage, Emily Elizabeth Allen, who eventually took the Collett surname.  That second marriage for Lizzie produced at least two further children who were born at Winshill, as was her first child.  It was also at Winshill that the family was residing in 1911.  At that time in his life, Francis Collett from Cirencester was 29 and a collier labourer working below ground.  Lizzie Collett was 32 and from the Horninglow area of Burton-on-Trent, although no record of her marriage to Francis has been discovered.  The three children were described as Emily Allen Collett who was six, Edith Collett who was three and Edward Collett who was one year old, all of them born at Winshill.  Francis was 69 and still living in the area of Burton-on-Trent, where his death was recorded (Ref. 9b 77) during the final quarter of 1950

 

1R5 – Emily Elizabeth Allen (later Collett) was born in 1905 at Winshill, Staffordshire

The following are the two known children of Francis Edward Collett and Lizzie Allen:

1R6 – Edith Lucy Collett was born in 1908 at Winshill, Staffordshire

1R7 – Francis Edward Collett was born in 1909 at Winshill, Staffordshire

 

Ellen Martha Collett [1Q29] was born at Cirencester in 1883, the eldest daughter and second child of Edward and Eliza Collett.  Her birth was also recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 351) during the fourth quarter of the year.  Not long after she was born, her parents moved to Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire and it was just east of the town centre, in the area known as Winshill, where the family settled in North Street.  In the Winshill census of 1891 Ellen M Collett was seven years of age and ten years later she was 17 with no stated occupation, so was very likely helping her mother look after her large family.  Her father died in 1906 and, by 1911, Ellen was still living at Winshill with her widowed mother and her younger siblings, when she was described as Nellie Collett from Cirencester who was 27 and still not having any occupation.  Ellen presumably remained living with her mother and appears not to have married, with her death record at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 9b 96) during the first three months of 1958 when Ellen Collett was said to be 72 years of age

 

Edith Annie Collett [1Q30] was born at North Street in Winshill in 1886, another daughter of Edward and Eliza Collett, whose birth was recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 411) during the second quarter of the year.  It was at North Street that Edith A Collett was five years old in 1891 and where she was 15 in 1901.  Her father passed away five years later and, after a further five years, Edith was no longer living at Winshill with her family, most likely married by 1911

 

William James Collett [1Q31] was born at North Street in Winshill, his birth recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 438) during the second quarter of 1889.  He was one year old in 1891 and was 11 years of age in 1901, on each occasion he was simply listed in each census return as William Collett of Winshill, living there with his family.  By 1911, and following the death of his father in 1906, William was the eldest son and bread-winner still living at Winshill with his mother and younger members of his family, when he was working as a labourer at a nearby Burton brewery.  No record has been found that would indicate he was ever married, while it was at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 6b 316) where his death was recorded during the last three months of 1942 when William J Collett was 53

 

George Robert Collett [1Q32] was born at North Street in Winshill in 1892, the fifth child of Edward and Eliza Collett.  His birth was recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 110) during the second quarter of that year.  It was as George Collett, who was nine years old in 1901, and who was 19 and a baker’s assistance in 1911, that he was living at the family home in Winshill, his father having died in 1906.  Three years later the marriage of George R Collett and Ethel E Stonehouse was recorded at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 6b 841) during the second quarter of 1914.  The birth of the couple’s only known child took place at the end of that same year, most likely a honeymoon baby.  Thereafter the only other known detail of the family is that it remained living in the area of Burton-on-Trent, since it was at the register office there that the death of George R Collett, aged 61, was recorded (Ref. 9b 67) during the first three months of 1954

 

1R8 – Leslie Collett was born in 1914 at Burton-on-Trent

 

Henry Collett [1Q33] was born at Winshill on 23th February 1897, another child of Edward and Eliza Collett.  The birth of Henry Collett was recorded at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 6b 460) during the first three months of the year.  He was three years old in the Winshill census of 1901 and, as Harry Collett aged 14, he was a milk seller in 1911 when he was living with his widowed mother at Winshill, following the death of his father five years earlier.  Just over ten years later, the marriage of Henry Collett and Lily Yeomans was recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 815) during the second quarter of 1921.  Their daughter was born three years after they were married and may have been their only child, the birth of Margaret I Collett recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 675) during the second quarter of 1924, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Yeomans.  It was also there, that the death of Henry Collett was recorded (Ref.9b 96) towards the end of 1971, when he was 74

 

1R9– Margaret I Collett was born in 1924 at Burton-on-Trent

 

Albert Stanley Collett [1Q34] was born at Winshill in 1899 and was said to be two years old in the Winshill census of 1901.  His birth was recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 442) during the second quarter of 1899, making him just under two years of age on the census day.  At the age of 12 Albert Collett was still living at the family home in Winshill in 1911, following the death of his father in 1906.  No marriage record for Albert Stanley Collett has been found, while it was at Burton-on-Trent register office that the death of Albert S Collett was recorded (Ref. 9b 39) during the second quarter of 1965, when he was 66 years old

 

Alfred Ernest Collett [1Q35] was born at Winshill on 23rd March 1901, just after the census day that year.  He was the last child of Edward Collett and Eliza Adams, whose birth was recorded at Burton-on-Trent register office 6b 428) during the second quarter of 1901.  His father died when Alfred was five years old and in the Winshill census of 1911 Alfred Collett was 10 years of age when he was living there with his family.  He was thirty-two years old when the marriage of Alfred E Collett and Gertrude A Collier was recorded at Burton (Ref. 6b 814) during the second quarter of 1933.  Gertrude Annie Collier was born in the Burton area in 1906.  It is curious that, after the birth of their son in 1934, the birth of Annette M Collett was recorded at Burton in 1959, the child of a Collett/Collier relationship.  However, it would not be possible for the mother to be Gertrude Collett, nee Collier, who would have been around fifty-three years of age at the birth.  Her husband was 78 years old, when the death of Alfred Ernest Collett was recorded at East Staffordshire register office (Ref. 30 0736) during the last three months of 1980

 

1R10 – John V Collett was born in 1934 at Burton-on-Trent

 

Dorothy Leanora Collett [1Q36] was born at Maesteg in 1900, with her birth recorded at Bridgend (Ref. 11a 811) during the first quarter of the year, the first child of Charles Collett and Mary Hannah Hinkin.  She was 11 years old in the census of 1911 when she and her family were living at Nantyffyllon to the north of Maesteg.  She was only sixteen when she married John Morris, the event recorded at Bridgend register office (Ref. 11a 1394) during the third quarter of 1916

 

Victor Campbell Collett [1Q38] was born at Nantyffyllon in 1908 and his birth was recorded at Bridgend (Ref. 11a 954) during the second quarter of that year.  He was two years of age in the Nantyffyllon census of 1911 when living there with his family.  On the day he was married, he was 21, with the marriage of Victor C Collett and (1) Nellie Llewellyn being recorded at Bridgend (Ref. 11a 1529) during the second quarter of 1929.  Coincidentally, there must have been two weddings recorded at Bridgend between the families of Collett and Llewellyn, since there are a number of Collett births recorded there, when the mother’s maiden name was Llewellyn.  Some of the dates clash with each other, making it impossible for them to be in one family.  Therefore, from the indices, it is not absolutely clear which are the children of Victor and Nellie.  So, the list below is subject to further scrutiny.  The Bridgend births that coincide with those below, relate to Valenta M Collett who was also born during the first quarter of 1933 (Ref. 11a 1179) and Peter Collett who was born during the third quarter of 1936 (Ref. 11a 964).  After the birth of the last child of Victor and Nellie, it seems possible that Nellie died, since the second marriage of Victor C Collett and (2) Bariah (Mariah?) David was recorded at Bridgend register office (Ref. 8b 125) during the second quarter of 1958

 

1R11 – Joan Collett was born in 1931 at Bridgend, Wales

1R12 – Betty Collett was born in 1933 at Bridgend, Wales

1R13 – David L Collett was born in 1935 at Bridgend, Wales

1R14 – Marilyn Collett was born in 1936 at Bridgend, Wales

1R15 – Brian T Collett was born in 1939 at Bridgend, Wales

1R16 – Alan C Collett was born in 1945 at Bridgend, Wales

 

WILLIAM HENRY JOHN COLLETT [1Q41] was referred to as Willie when a boy; as Will by his close family for all of his life; and as Bill by his wife, her family, and his work-mates.  He was born on 1st December 1909 at 7 Bathampton Street in Swindon and he married Noreen (Nora) Alice Maud Harman on 26th September 1936 at St Paul's Church in Swindon.  The photograph was taken in his early twenties.  Bill and Nora, who was born on 15th September 1910 at Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, lived all of their married life at 140 Whitecross near Abingdon-on-Thames, where all four of their children were born.  William’s occupations were those of boilermaker with the Great Western Railway, car-body builder with the Ford Motor Company at Dagenham and public service vehicle driver with Abingdon Coaches.  He had the unfortunate distinction of being made redundant from every job of work he every turned his hand to.  In the late 1950s he was made redundant yet again when Abingdon Coaches was taken over by Tappins Coaches of Wallingford

 

However, undaunted, he drew on his past experience as a boilermaker to apply for the post of stoker with the Ministry of Public Buildings & Works at the Royal Air Force base at Abingdon.  This, at fifty years of age, required him to embark on a course of study in heating engineering.  His hard work on the correspondence course was rewarded when he gained a City & Guilds qualification.  Almost inevitably he was again made redundant, but this time it would be his last.  His newly acquired qualification enabled him to become a heating engineer with the Oxford Universities Laboratories, where he stayed until his retirement in 1975.  For many years he travelled the seven miles to and from work in Oxford on a pedal-cycle, until he eventually treated himself to the luxury of a motor car.  Ironically this was an old upright black Ford Popular of the type that he had helped build while at Dagenham in the 1930s.  It was the first mass-produced car that in 1937 cost £100 and, according to Henry Ford, ‘you could have in any colour as long as it was black’

 

Before being married, the young William was a regular member of the Territorial Army.  During World War Two he was a ‘desert rat’ with the Royal Kent Yeomanry of the Royal Artillery and was awarded the North Africa Star and bar, plus four other medals.  He travelled extensively with his regiment throughout the war years, sailing to Iraq via Cape Town, travelling overland down through Palestine and across into Egypt to join the forces involved in the battles between Montgomery and Rommel.  He eventually sailed across the Mediterranean to advance up through the length of Italy and into Europe.  Within a few days of arriving in Venice, the peace treaty was signed to mark the end of the war in Europe.  While in Egypt in 1943, and by a sheer coincident which surprised then all, William was reunited with his two younger brothers Bert and John (below) during a period of leave in Cairo.  His GWR apprenticeship certificate was signed by C B Collett (Ref. 4N28) the Chief Mechanical Engineer responsible for the design of the Kings and Castles classes of locomotive.  Details of the family line of Charles Benjamin Collett can be found in Part 4 - The Great Western Line leading up to the reference 4N28

 

William Henry John Collett died of a carcinoma of the pancreas on 15th November 1990 at the Marcham Road Hospital at Abingdon in Oxfordshire, while Noreen Alice Maud Collett nee Harman, who suffered for fifteen years with Alzheimer’s Disease, passed away on 31st January 2004

 

1R17 – Patricia Collett was born in 1937 at Abingdon-on-Thames

1R18 – Joyce Collett was born in 1940 at Abingdon-on-Thames

1R19 – BRIAN CLIFFORD COLLETT was born in 1946 at Abingdon-on-Thames

1R20 – Mary Susan Collett was born in 1950 at Abingdon-on-Thames

 

Ellen (Nell) Agnes Collett [1Q42] was born on 22nd May 1911 at 7 Bathampton Street in Swindon.  She married Leslie Goddard (a photographer) on 27th July 1946 and died on 18th September 1989 at 25 Swindon Road.  They lived most of their life in the family home at 7 Bathampton Street, where the two sons were born, looking after Nell’s mother Alice Louisa Collett.  In 1959 the whole family moved to 25 Swindon Road in Old Town Swindon.  Today Bathampton Street and the surrounding roads and buildings are designated as a conservation area as a mark of respect for Swindon’s great railway traditions of the past.  The photograph was taken in April 1937

 

The couple’s eldest son, Philip Goddard was born on 2nd August 1947 at Swindon, where he married Margaret Curry with whom he had a son Nicholas who was born on 22nd July 1980.  Philip and Maggie were later divorced.  Following twelve-year’s service in the Royal Air Force, he followed in his father’s footsteps as a photographer setting up his own studio in Old Town Swindon.  In 2003 he gave up the studio, whilst still continuing to undertake weddings and portrait photography.  That same year he was offered a job as photographer at RAF Lyneham.  He was a keen player of both squash and rugby.  For the later part of his life, and prior to his death from lung cancer on 1st January 2005, he lived at 156 Croft Road in Swindon with his son.  His funeral at Christ Church, Swindon, on 11th January was a very grand occasion attended by a guard of honour of comrades from the RAF and the Air Training Corp - for whom he was an instructor, and by members of Swindon Rugby Club, plus family and friends.  The service, at 9.00 am, was marked by a fly past by an RAF Hercules C130 Transport Aircraft from Lyneham.  It was rather fitting that he posthumously won first place in the 2005 Royal Air Force photographic competition with a colourful picture of descending parachutists with colourful canopies and smoke canisters attached to their feet

 

Richard Goddard was born on 5th February 1949 at Swindon and he married Sally Hillier of Swindon on 30th August 1975, where both of their daughters were born.  They lived at 14 Corby Avenue and their daughters are Louise Goddard, who was born on 16th August 1980, and Jennifer Goddard, who was born on 26th March 1983

 

Harry James Collett [1Q43] was born on 29th November 1913 at 7 Bathampton Street in Swindon.  He married Frances Norris on 15th July 1939.  They spent the majority of their married life in Swindon where all three the children were born.  Photographs of Harry are rare.  This one was taken in January 1938.  Harry’s original occupation was that of a brass worker with the Bell Foundry in Croydon.  However, on his return to Swindon after the Second World War in which he saw active service with the British Army, Frances' father, who was a 1st Class Engine driver, secured Harry a job as a steam raiser with the Great Western Railway

 

He later became a brass moulder with the GWR which, shortly after became British Rail.  His increasing blindness eventually forced a move to a less demanding job, that of transport cleaner with Howard Tennens Transport Company, from where he retired.  Blind and in poor health, he lived his final years with Frances at 27 Beaulieu Close at Toothill in Swindon.  Harry James Collett died on 14th October 1991 and Frances died six months later in April 1992.  Following a chance first meeting with Harry’s daughter Jane at the funeral of Albert Edward Collett (Ref: 1Q46) in August 2000, it was revealed that Harry had raised Jane as his own child, although it was only discovered when she was 32 years of age that he was not her real father.  Her mother Frances had conceived the child as a result of an extra-marital affair.  Whilst this was known by the extended Collett family, who severely ostracised Frances, they managed to keep it a secret within the family until Jane was informed by her father on her wedding day

 

1R21 – David Norris Collett was born in 1942 at Swindon

1R22 – Alan Francis Robin Collett was born in 1947 at Swindon

1R23 – Jane Collett was born in 1956 at Swindon

 

Alice Louisa Collett [1Q44] was born on 23rd September 1914 at 7 Bathampton Street in Swindon.  She married Stanley Dixon on 5th January 1935.  The children were both born in Swindon and this photograph was taken at the christening of their daughter on 12th September 1937.  Alice Louisa Dixon nee Collett lived her twilight years at Prospect Hospice in Swindon but passed away peacefully in hospital on 18th April 2014 following a stroke earlier that same week.  Alice was just five months short of her one-hundredth birthday, while her husband Stan had died many years earlier, when he passed away in April 1977.  Laura Dixon was born on 5th August 1937 at Swindon where she married Sidney Jacobs.  They had three children, two boys and a girl, all born in Swindon.  Derek Dixon was born on 5th July 1942 at Swindon where he married Anne Todhunter.  They had three children, two boys and a girl, all born in Swindon.  In the 1990s the family lived at 5 Frobisher Drive in Walcot near Swindon

 

 

Rose Phyllis Louvain Collett [1Q45] was born on 19th October 1916 at 7 Bathampton Street in Swindon.  Her occupation was that of florist in a shop in the centre of Swindon.  She married (1) Stanley Goddard on 3rd June 1944 and (2) Jack Webb on 8th April 1978, both in Swindon.  The photograph was taken in July 1940.  Stan Goddard is believed to have been a distant relative of Leslie Goddard who married Rose’s sister Nell (above).  Neither marriage produced any children.  Rose Phyllis Louvain Webb died in Swindon during 1989 from cancer of the colon

 

 

 

 

Albert Edward Collett [1Q46], referred to as Bert by the family, was born on 19th March 1918 at 7 Bathampton Street in Swindon.  He married (1) Freda Irish on 21st July 1941 at Mirfield in Yorkshire and (2) the widow Heather Frances Wall on 23rd November 1974 at Swindon.  His occupation was that of postman and he served with the Royal Army Service Corp at Westbury in Wiltshire before the Second World War, in which he saw active service.  143 Redcliffe Street in Swindon was the permanent address for the family, where both daughters born.  Albert Edward Collett died in Swindon on 3rd August 2000 from bone cancer.  The photograph was taken prior to his first wedding in 1941.  Bert’s second wife was born Heather Frances Holden and she was the daughter of an officer in the Gurka Regiment and was born in India on 2nd September 1923.  Tragically, she died quite suddenly from a heart attack on 21st December 2008, just days after writing out all of her family Christmas cards

 

1R24 – June Collett was born in 1944 at Swindon

1R25 – Linda Collett was born in 1948 at Swindon

 

Arthur Stephen Walter Collett [1Q47], referred to as John by the family, was born on 29th April 1922 at 7 Bathampton Street in Swindon, where he married Lucy Lane on 11th June 1949 at Swindon.  They lived at 14 Stanley Street in Swindon where the two boys were born.  John’s occupation was that of builder-labourer with the Great Western Railway.  He also saw active service during the Second World War with the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry.  Early in the war he was thrown from a cavalry horse in Palestine, causing him permanent injury.  Arthur Stephen Walter (John) Collett died on 13th December 1987 and Lucy, who was born in Swindon on 17th March 1922, died a few months later of a broken heart on 11th April 1988

 

1R26 – Stephen Collett was born in 1950 at Swindon

1R27 – John Collett was born in 1959 at Swindon

 

Caroline Ruth Collett [1Q48], referred to as Carrie by the family, was born on 20th December 1924 at 7 Bathampton Street in Swindon, where she married Walter Easter on 25th August 1945.  In their early days, Walt had been a garage owner in Swindon, where both Carrie and their son Michael worked.  The two children were born while the family was still living in Swindon.  They later moved out of Swindon to live most of their married life at Cotswold Lodge in Great Coxwell near Faringdon in Oxfordshire, formerly in Berkshire until the boundary change in 1974.  However, due to Walt’s failing health and the need to be closer to the healthcare facilities that he now relied on, the couple moved back to Swindon in 1996.  During the early half of 2006 Walt suffered three strokes which later in the year resulted in the need for twenty-four-hour care.  He was therefore admitted into a nursing home at Wanborough where he died on 13th December 2006.  The couple’s daughter Carole Anne Easter was born on 31st May 1946 at Swindon where she married (1) Anthony Nigel Ruck on 2nd April 1966 at Christ Church in Swindon and later (2) Derek Holmes on 7th June 1997 at Swindon Registry Office.  They were no children from either marriage and Derek died on 3rd December 2007.  Michael Easter was born on 7th April 1950 at Swindon and he never married, but lived with his parents and worked in his father’s garage.  It was on 18th November 2016 that Michael passed, while a resident at the Kingsmead Care Home in Swindon Old Town

 

John Henry Collett [1Q49], who was referred to as Jay by the family, was born on 9th October 1916 at Uxbridge where he married Ellen Irene Norton on 12th December 1943.  For work, he followed his father into the Bell Punch & Ticket Company in Uxbridge where he put the glass linings into steel barrels.  Both of their daughters were thought to have been born at Uxbridge, although their births were recorded at Amersham in Buckinghamshire and at Rochford in Essex.  Later in life he worked for Fairey Aviation, after which he worked for Freddie Laker of Laker Airways.  In the 1990s John and Ellen were living at 412 Obelisk Drive in Northampton.  It was at Market Harborough in Leicestershire that John Henry (Jay) Collett passed away on 20th July 2009 and his funeral was attended by, amongst others, his nephew Alan Collett (Ref. 1R33), who provided the details of that sad event

 

1R28 – Linda Irene Collett was born in 1951 at Amersham, Buckinghamshire

1R29 – Sharon Ann Collett was born in 1962 at Rochford, Essex

 

Ronald James Collett [1Q50] was born on 1st January 1924 at Uxbridge where he married Amy Louise Goodbody on 4th April 1946.  His occupation was that of works manager at a trade shop tool-room until the depression of 1981, after which he became chief inspector at an engineering works until his retirement in 1988.  It was previously written here that their children had been born in Uxbridge, but their birth have since been revealed at the Ealing register office.  During the 1990s the family home was 34 The Grove, Pott Row at Grimston in Norfolk.  Ronald James Collett died from cancer while still living at Pott Row on 27th May 1999

 

1R30 – June F Collett was born in 1952 at Uxbridge (Ealing)

1R31 – Anthony J Collett was born in 1954 at Uxbridge (Ealing)

 

Lewis Frank Collett [1Q51] was born on 4th November 1926 at Uxbridge.  He married Ellen Williams on 9th May 1950 at Middleton in County Cork, Eire.  Ellen, who was known as Helen, was born on 11th November 1925.  As a single man he was severely injured in a motorcycle accident at Waterloo in Hampshire while on holiday at Portsmouth.  He was taken to Portsmouth Hospital where he lost the sight in one eye, but was tended to by an Irish nurse whom he later married.  He also changed his religion to become a Roman Catholic at this time.  His occupation was that of engineering draughtsman with the recording company HMV (His Master’s Voice) and after with Fairey Aviation which was later taken over by Westland Helicopters.  Prior to his retirement in 1991, he took up teaching engineering drawing at the local college of further education. 

 

The couple lived at ‘Lewellen’ 163B Long Lane in Hillingdon in Middlesex, where all four of their children were born.  Lew and Helen celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Sunday 9th May 2010.  Their received their card from the Queen and were taken out to lunch with their four children, their nine grandchildren and one great grandchild, plus of course their wives, and partners.  There were also three special guests, one of whom was a second cousin of Helen’s who went to school with her.  The photograph (above) of the happy couple, was taken during their special day, and was kindly supplied by their son Alan

 

Sadly, it was on the morning of Monday 23rd November 2020 when Lewis Frank Collett died at home in Hillingdon, his two daughters Elaine and Joan with him when he passed away.  It was during Tuesday of the previous week, that he took a turn for the worst, which resulted in full palliative care being initiated.  Two weeks before that he and the family celebrated his 94th birthday

 

1R32 – Elaine Collett was born in 1951 at Hillingdon, Middlesex

1R33 – Alan Collett was born in 1953 at Hillingdon, Middlesex

1R34 – Joan Collett was born in 1956 at Hillingdon, Middlesex

1R35 – John Joseph Collett was born in 1964 at Hillingdon, Middlesex

 

John William Collett [1Q52] was born at Cirencester on 23rd April 1904, the only known child of William Robert Collett and Jane Julia Harvey, although no record of his birth has been found at Cirencester.  Not long after he was born his father’s work resulted in a family move, a few miles north of Cirencester, to the village of Rendcomb, where they were recorded in the census of 1911.  On that occasion the couple’s seven-year-old was simply recorded as William Collett, like his father.  It was in 1929 that John W Collett married Beatrice A Smart, the wedding recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 593) during the first three months of that year.  Their marriage appears to have produced a daughter and a son; the birth of both children recorded at Cirencester register office.  It was also at Cirencester (Ref. 22 1676) that the death of John William Collett was recorded in the spring of 1991

 

1R36 – Linda M Collett was born in 1930 at Cirencester

1R37 – Dennis W J Collett was born in 1933 at Cirencester

 

Harry Collett [1Q53] was born on 5th June 1913 at Woolwich.  He never married and worked with his father Bertram Henry Collett on Sir Edward Durrand's Estate at Langley near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire.  Harry Collett died on 15th November 1985

 

Bertram John Collett [1Q54], referred to as Bert by the family, was born on 14th March 1915 in Dublin.  Like his brother Harry, he too never married.  His occupation was that of Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages at Winchcombe.  Upon his retirement he moved into a property that backed onto the garden of the house in which his sister Lily Bishop (below) lived in Cheltenham

 

Lily Rose Collett [1Q55] was born on 8th August 1919 at Langley near Winchcombe.  She married George Henry Bishop at Cheltenham.  Lily worked with her brother Bertram Collett (above) and was often used as a witness at registry office weddings.  George, her husband, was a solicitor in Cheltenham, where the couple settled, and where their two sons were born.  Their son David J P Bishop, who was born in 1947, worked at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, while younger brother Paul George Bishop, born in 1952, worked with his father George as a solicitor's clerk.  Neither of the sons ever married and all four of them were living at 15 Fairhaven Road in Cheltenham at the turn of the century.  George Henry Bishop died at Cheltenham on 30th January 2007

 

Cynthia Queenie May Collett [1Q56] was born at the end of March in 1910 and, according to the census one year later, her place of birth was said to be Wormwood in Wiltshire, midway between Box and Atworth.  Her birth, as Cynthia Queenie M Collett, was recorded at Chippenham register office (Ref. 5a 64) during the second quarter of 1910.  It was at Box that the family of three was living in the Chippenham census of 1911, when Cynthia Q Collett was one year old.  During the next eighteen months the family moved to Bradford-on-Avon where her eldest brother was born, before settling in Melksham where her youngest brother was born.  Cynthia was 21 years old when she married Alfred Pickering, the event recorded at Melksham register office (Ref. 5a 266) during the fourth quarter of 1931.  Before having a child of their own, Cynthia and Alfred adopted a son, given the name David Collett, who died very young.  Thereafter, in 1948, their daughter was born at West Bromwich. 

 

Thereafter, their daughter Cynthia R Pickering was born, her birth recorded at West Bromwich register office (Ref. 9b 1348) during the first quarter of 1948, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  She was 21 when she married Ian Rodgers, the event recorded at the Staffordshire Aldridge & Brownhills register office (Ref. 9b 44) during the second quarter of 1969.  During the 1990s they and their family were living in Redditch.  Deborah Collette Rodgers Born in 1973 at Birmingham Philip Stephen Rodgers Born in 1979 at Birmingham

 

Ronald Ernest Collett [1Q57], referred to as Ron by the family, was born on 12th October 1912 at Bradford-on-Avon, where his birth was recorded (Re. 5a 208).  He married Zillah Lily Hayward at the Church of St James in Trowbridge, with the event recorded at Melksham register office (Ref. 5a 195) during the first three months of 1935.  Zillah was born at Westbury in Wiltshire on 20th August 1908.  The couple then settled in Swindon, where their two daughters were born.  Ron’s occupation was that of an accountant and later the manager of the Co-op Bank in Swindon.  He was an accomplished landscape painter and some of his paintings were displayed in the bank.  In the 1990s he was living at 63 Plymouth Street in Swindon, his wife having died during the early months of 1982.  After ten years as a widower, the death of Ronald Ernest Collett was recorded at Swindon register office (23 2653) during the month of February in 1992

 

1R38 – Margaret Jean Collett was born in 1935 at Swindon

1R39 – Sheila A Collett was born in 1938 at Swindon

 

Robert William George Collett [1Q58], who was referred to as Bob by the family, was born on 17th August 1919, his birth recorded at Melksham (Ref. 5a 159) when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Holborn. It was also at Melksham register office (Ref. 5a 339) that the marriage of Robert W G Collett and Joan Palmer was recorded, while their wedding ceremony was conducted at Trowbridge on 18th February 1942.  He was a sales manager for Unigate Dairies and his hobby was copper plate writing.  At the time of the birth of his first child, Bob and Joan were living in Devizes but later moved to the village of Holt, just north of Trowbridge, with their second child being born in Trowbridge.  In the 1990s he was living at Flat 24 Raleigh Court, Pole Barn Road in Trowbridge

 

1R40 – Susan Collett was born in 1949 at Devizes, Wiltshire

1R41 – Nicholas Collett was born in 1953 at Trowbridge, Wiltshire

 

Frederick Walter Thomas George Collett [1Q59], who was referred to as Tom by the family, was born at Cinderford on 21st March 1930.  The birth of Frederick W T Collett was recorded at Westbury-on-Severn register office (Ref. 6a 69) during the second quarter of that year, when both the father’s and mother’s name was recorded as Collett.  He married Phyllis Dorothy Pound at Cinderford on 7th July 1951 and it was there that both of their children were born.  Tom did his national service at Woolwich Barracks in 1948 and later worked at the Cinderford branch of the Co-operative & Industrial Society.  Tom was the son of Walter Collett and Olive Ann Matthews, the daughter of Walter’s wife Mary.  It was Mary that played the part of mother to her grandson while Olive went on to marry first John Bennett and later Fred Bignall

 

1R42 – Andrew Keith Collett was born on 9th September 1956 at Cinderford

1R43 – Denise Lesley Collett was born in 1960 at Cinderford

 

Raymond Percy Collett [1Q60] was born at Stratton near Cirencester, either at the end of 1909 or the beginning of 1910.  It was at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 50) where his birth was recorded during the first month of 1910.  According to the census the following year, Percy Collett, aged fifteen months, was living at Baunton – the adjacent village to Stratton, with his grandparents Robert Collett and his second wife Annie Collett, and his father Robert Percy Collett, a married man with no wife.  Just over eight years later, the death of Raymond P Collett was recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 6a 35) during the last quarter of 1919

 

Gladys J Collett [1Q61] was born on 15th January 1923 at Drybrook, her birth recorded at Westbury-on-Severn register office (Ref. 6a 475), when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Kibblewhite.  It was also at Drybrook where, on 23rd September 1946, Gladys J Collett married John B Griffiths, the event recorded at the Forest of Dean register office (Ref. 7b 939).  In the 1990s they were living at Edge End in Coleford in Gloucestershire

 

Hilda G Collett [1Q62] was born at Drybrook on 20th October 1925 and her birth, like that of her sister Gladys (above), was also recorded at Westbury-on-Severn (Ref. 6a 421) and again, her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Kibblewhite.  When she married Thomas I Baldwin at Drybrook on 28th April 1951, the event was recorded at the Forest of Dean register office (Ref. 7b 939).  They lived at 6 Prospect Place in Cinderford where their two daughters were born.  Elaine Baldwin was born on 28th March 1952 and she married Mark A Tribble, and Joyce Baldwin was born on 12th June 1957 and she married Leslie J Worgan in 1978

 

John Nelson Collett [1Q63] was born in Gloucester on 9th March 1910, the eldest of the two known sons of John Henry Collett and his wife Dorothy Elizabeth Foster.  He was one year old in the census of 1911, when he and his family were living within the Stroud area of Gloucestershire.  It is established that John Nelson Collett never married and followed in his father’s footsteps by pursuing a career with the army and was later referred to as Lieutenant Commander John Nelson Collett.  John Nelson Collett was 88 years of age when he died on 30th July 1998 at Penzance in Cornwall, where his death was recorded (Ref. 53c 188) during August that year.  The notice in the Western News read as follows: COLLETT - John Nelson 30/7/1998 aged 88 born in Cheltenham, funeral 7/8/1998 at Penmount Cemetery”

 

Anthony Foster Collett [1Q64] was born in Gloucester on 4th March 1911, and was the youngest of the two sons of John Henry Collett and his wife Dorothy Elizabeth Foster.  By the time of the census on the second of April 1911, Anthony’s parents had still to decide upon a name for their son, since he was simply recorded as a male of no age, while living with his family in the Stroud area of Gloucestershire.  During the Second World War Anthony was a submariner and was a Lieutenant Commander with the Royal Navy, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on 21st November 1941, and the Bar to the DSC on 25th August 1944.  His naval record shows that he was made a Sub-Lieutenant on 16th January 1932, was promoted to Lieutenant on 16th March 1934, and obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander on 16th March 1942.  He retired from the navy on 29th January 1948, having been based out of Sheerness and Chatham during his naval career

 

During the war years he saw active service with the following submarines: HMS H34 from 26th April 1940 to 18th September 1940; HMS Unique from 19th September 1940 to 18th June 1942; HMS Upright from 1st July 1942 to 11th December 1942; and HMS Tactician from 12th December 1942 to 1st October 1944.  A diary record of some of the events of his war years can be found in Appendix One at the end of this file.  Towards the end of the war, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, a decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, which was announced in The London Gazette on 30th March 1945 in the following way: “The King [George the Sixth] has been graciously pleased to give unrestricted permission for the wearing of the following decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America for outstanding service in operations in the Far East.  The Legion of Merit, Degree of Commander, to Lieutenant Commander Anthony Foster Collett, DSC, Royal Navy.”  It seems highly likely that the award was made for the following event in 1944, recorded by a member of the crew of HMS Tactician

 

The submarine Tactician was on patrol in the region of Sabang.  The Captain, "Farmer" Collett, had orders to proceed to Sabang, but to remain on the surface after dawn, to act as an air sea rescue boat.  Reason being that the combined Fleet Air Arm, namely H.M.S. Victorious and U.S.S. Saratoga were to raid the oil installations at Sabang. We, the Tactician, were on station; Oerlikon gunner (me), Vickers gunners, extra lookouts were ready and waiting.  Dead on time they came, the combined Fleet Air Arm; British and Yanks.  What a grandstand view we had of a most successful operation; it must have blazed for weeks.  Our job was to pick up any pilots shot down; the Japanese treatment of shot down pilots was indescribable.  All the pilots had been given our position and told that, should they have to ditch, to try to do it near us, to be picked up.  One American, Lt. Klahn, found his stern piece was alight, so he had no alternative but to ditch in the drink, regardless.  Tactician's lookouts were all about, a bearing was taken, 380 revs passed to the engine room post haste to do as was our orders.  The fact that the boat came under fire from shore batteries did not deter our Captain, Lt. Cdr. Collett, from carrying out his orders.  Ably assisted by Lt. Klahn's fellow pilots, we hoved to under fire from shore batteries

 

We came alongside, almost, our stern swung away, Jimmy and Second Coxswain P.O. McNally were in a fix, target (the pilot) drifting away by this time.  P.O. McNally tied one end of a heaving line to his body, passed the gash end to Jimmy and me, then dived into the "ogin" to drag said pilot, who, hampered by his Mae West, was making little headway toward us.  On reaching the pilot, he had the combined efforts of Jimmy and me.  Still under fire from shore batteries, McNally achieved a "Johnny Weissmuller" and soon we had them both aboard - "Rev up Stokes, let's get the hell out of here!"  We got everyone below and then dived.  The operation was complete, the planes had returned to their carriers, some 300 miles distant.  Tactician on the surface that night (charging) had a super view of the burning oil - well, the officers and the lookouts did, no doubt.  In passing, it's time to say who we picked up; none other than Lt. Klahn, son of the Commander of the Saratoga.  The rest of the patrol was uneventful, some three weeks later we returned to Trinco.  A certain Commander U.S. Navy was first over the plank, followed by cartons of "Lucky Strikes" and ice cream.  He shook hands with the entire crew.  There followed an invitation to all (bar duty watch) aboard U.S.S. Saratoga.  The hospitality abounded (no drinks of course; U.S. ships are dry).  The grand finale of an unusual patrol was when watching a film on the vast deck, after big eats, the Captain of Saratoga spoke: "Men of the Saratoga, sitting among you tonight are some of the bravest men of the British Submarine Service, who snatched our Lt. Klahn from certain death by torture from the Japs at Sabang"

 

The aforementioned rescued US pilot Lt. Klahn, made his own comment on the event in the following way.  Imagine being rescued by a loin-cloth wearing captain of a submarine.  Knowing Collett as I did (he sold us this house 29 years ago and moved to a small place locally) I can vouch for his eccentricities.  In his final years, he used to drive around in one of those electric battery powered wheel-chairs. He often got stuck as he ran out of power on the hills here, and once was taken home by a farmer friend, still sitting in the wheelchair, which the farmer had picked up in his front loader”

 

Anthony married ex-wren Margaret Frances Henson at Hexham Abbey in Northumberland on 25th November 1944.  Margaret, who was known as Wendy, was born on 27th August 1918, and was the daughter of Pease Henson and Rosemary Portman.  The marriage lasted for only four years, during which time there was no issue.  Margaret later married Demetrios Issaias and they had three children, Michael Demetrios, Barbara Helen Frances, and Timothy John.  After they were divorced, Anthony lived at Maisemore Park in Maisemore, to the north-west of Gloucester, up to the mid-to-late 1950s, and it was just short of his eightieth birthday, when Anthony Foster Collett was living in Wales that he died during the month of February in 1991.  In his later life he was a gentleman of leisure and collected orchids

 

Gerald David Martin Collett [1Q65] was born on 11th February 1928, when his father Gilbert Faraday Collett was approaching his forty-ninth birthday, which suggests that his mother, Dorothy Lawrence Collett nee Miller, was some years younger than his father.  The birth very likely took place in Gloucester and before his parents settled in Cheltenham.  He was educated at Cheltenham Collett from 1941 to 1945, following which he went to Trinity College in Oxford from 1945 to 1948, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in law with honours.  After being a flying officer instructor with the Royal Air Force Education Branch in 1949 and 1950, he became a barrister-at-law at the Inner Temple, and was called to the Bar on 26th January 1951.  From 1953 to 1960 he held the position of Crown Counsel for the Nyasaland Protectorate

 

It was also at the end of 1953 that Gerald David Martin Collett married (1) Jill Hodder on 10th December 1953 in Nyasaland.  Jill was from Fountainstown, Ballea, Carrigaline in County Cork, Ireland, where she was born on 4th October 1932.  During the nine years following their wedding day, two children were born to Gerald and Jill.  Around the time of the birth of their daughter in Cambridge, Gerald had been working there for the John Hilton Bureau as a legal advisor, following which he was appointed Solicitor General to the Bahamas in 1963, a post he held until 1970, when he became Attorney General in the Bahamas.  After three years as Attorney General, for the next seven years from 1973 until 1980 he was Queen’s Counsel for the Bahamas, Bermuda and Guyana, at the end of which he became a senior litigation counsel for the private legal practice of Dill & Pearman in Bermuda, where he worked during 1981-1983.  From 1983 to 1987 he was Puisne Judge at the Supreme Court of Bermuda, and from 1987 to 1989 he was the Chief Justice in the Cayman Islands

 

With a break in his career after 1989, he eventually took up the appointment of Justice of Appeal in the Cayman Island, apposition he held from 1995 until 2004.  It was in 1991 that Gerald and Jill settled in Cork in Ireland, and ten years later on 28th April 2001 it was there that Jill passed away.  During her life Jill had been a garden historian and author – see Appendix Two for details of her two books.  Following the death of his wife, Gerald then married (2) Mollie Huth in 2003, but sadly she died that same year.  It was one month after he finally retired that Mr Justice Gerald David Martin Collett, CBE, QC, FCArb, BA, died in Ireland on 8th March 2005

 

It was against his father’s wishes that Gerald became a lawyer, with his father Gilbert Faraday Collett always hoping that he would take over the Gloucester-based family business in chemical manufacturing set up by his grandfather John Martin Collett in 1869.  After working almost entirely abroad during his working life, serving largely as a Government Legal Officer in the rapidly diminishing remnant of the British Colonies, Gerald eventually had the satisfaction of achieving his ambition to become a judge.  The Law was his vocation.  Justice, for him, was one of life’s fundamentals, the bedrock of civil life and human freedom, so consequently, justice should be done, and seen to be done, really mattered to him.  For a more detailed look at his life, see Appendix Two at the end of this file

 

1R44 – Robin Andrew Collett was born in 1954 at Nyasaland

1R45 – Lucy Deborah Collett was born in 1962 at Cambridge, England

 

Walter Vincent Collett [1Q66] was born at Surbiton in Surrey during 1906, the only known child of Walter Charles Collett and Charlotte Emily Tovey, who was four years old in the Surbiton census of 1911 and who was only nine years old when his father died during December 1916.  Walter Vincent Collett was 24 years old when he married Winnie Daisy Dale at the Church of Holy Trinity and St Peter in South Wimbledon on 4th April 1931.  Winnie was 21 and was named as the daughter of Frederick Edward and Mary Dale, while Walter’s father was confirmed as Walter Charles Collett, deceased.  By that time in his life Walter was an electrician.  It is not known whether Walter and Winnie had any children, nor where they settled after they were married.  What is known is that Walter V Collett died at the age of 60 in 1967, his death being recorded at the Greater London register office in Merton (Ref. 5d 454) during March that year

 

Michael A R Collett [1Q67] was born in 1848, the only son of Arthur William L Collett and Vera D Jarvis who were married at Islington.  And it was there also that his birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 1455a) during the last three months of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Jarvis.  The marriage of Michael A R Collett and Diane V Woodland was recorded at Lewisham register office (Ref. 5d 372) during the second quarter of 1973.  It was also at Lewisham that the birth of their son was recorded during the summer of 1984 (Ref. 14 920), when the mother’s name was confirmed as Woodland

 

1R46 – Ross Daniel Collett was born in 1984 at Lewisham, London

 

William Percival H Collett [1Q69] was born at Bath on 7th November 1898, the first of the two sons of William Albert Collett and his wife Clarissa Frances Beatrice Collett.  His birth was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 105) during the last three months of 1898, under the name of William Percival H Collett.  In 1901 the family of three was living in the Weston district of Bath when William was two years old.  Sometime thereafter the family moved into Bath where they were living when William’s brother (below) was born and where the family was living in 1911 when William P H Collett was 12.  Nothing more is known about him at this time, except that his death was recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 22 105) during summer of 1975, when he was listed as William Percival H Collett aged 75.  However, the marriage of a William P H Collett has been found in Dorset in 1928, when William P H Collett married Florence M Partridge in Bournemouth, where the event was recorded (Ref. 2b 25) during the third quarter of that year.  Their marriage resulted in the birth of two daughters whose births were recorded at Bournemouth register office, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Partridge

 

1R47 – Sylvia W M Collett was born in 1929 at Bournemouth, Hampshire

1R48 – Winsome D Collett was born in 1936 at Bournemouth, Hampshire

 

Ernest Leonard Collett [1Q70] was born at Bath on 8th January 1909, the second son of William and Clarissa Collett, who was two years old in the Bath census of 1911.  Upon the death of his mother in March 1960 it was Ernest Leonard Collett, a buyer, who was made sole executor of her estate of £953 11 Shillings 6d.  Why he was not named as a joint executor with his older brother William (above) remains a mystery.  It was in 1938 that Ernest married Joyce May Poole, the wedding being recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1440) during the second quarter of that year.  It would appear that the couple spent their entire married life at Bath, since it was there that first Joyce passed away in 1986, and was followed nine years later by her husband.  The record of the death of Joyce May Collett nee Poole, aged 71, at Bath register office (Ref. 22 164) was during the month of June in 1986, when her date of birth was noted as being 16th May 1915.  Ernest Leonard Collett also died at Bath, where his passing was recorded (Ref. C51c 139) at the age of 86

 

Cecil Edward Collett [1Q71] was born at Bath on 15th July 1914, the son of Robert and Kate Collett, the event being recorded under the name of Cecil E Collett at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 847) during the third quarter of 1914, his mother’s maiden name confirmed as Pickett.  The only other known fact about Cecil at this time is that he was a foreman at a foundry in 1957, when he was named as the sole executor of his mother’s Will at Bath, and that he died during July 1997.  His death was recorded in Berkshire at Bracknell register office (Ref. 21a 35) at the age of 83

 

Stanley George Collett [1Q72] was born at Bath on 1st October 1917, the youngest of the two sons of Robert Edward Collett and his wife Kate E Pickett.  His birth was registered at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 602) as Stanley G Collett during the last three months of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was recorded as Pickett.  He later married Jessamine Saunders in 1940, the event recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 5c 1891) in the third quarter of the year.  It was under his full name of Stanley George Collett that his death was recorded at Bristol register office (Ref. 22 570) during February 1991 when he was 73

 

Charlotte Caroline Collett [1Q73] was born at Rosewood in Queensland, Australia on 15th December 1908, the eldest of the six daughters of William Henry Collett and Ethel Lydia Shelton who were only married four months earlier.  Charlotte later married Norman Sparks and they had two children, Keith Sparks and Fay Sparks

 

Ivy Elizabeth Perrem Collett [1Q74] was born at Rosewood on 15th March 1911, the second daughter of William and Ethel Collett. Her third forename was the maiden name of her grandmother. Just prior to the Second World War, Ivy married Stanley Drew and they had two children, Judith Drew, known as Judy, who was born on 12th September 1941 and Gregory (Greg) Drew who was born on 23rd May 1946.  Ivy Elizabeth Perrem Drew nee Collett died on 30th March 1994 and was buried with her husband at Hemmant Cemetery in Brisbane

 

Lydia May Collett [1Q75] was born at Rosewood on 13th March 1917 and was known as Bub, another daughter of William and Ethel Collett.  She later married Colin Clifford Windle who was born on 17th October 1915 and who died on 26th July 1976.  Five years earlier Lydia May Windle nee Collett had passed away on 1st May 1971, both of them buried at Hemmant Cemetery in Brisbane.  The announcement of the wedding of Lydia and Colin was published in The Queensland Times on 3rd December 1938, as follows

 

WINDLE-COLLETT - At St. Luke's Church of England, Rosewood, on Saturday, the marriage was celebrated of Miss Lydia May (Bub) Collett, third daughter of Mr and Mrs H Collett of Rosewood, and Mr Colin Clifford Wlndle, third son of Mrs E Wlndle and the late Mr E Windle of Woodend, Ipswich.  The Reverend H Saull (Rector) officiated.  The church was decorated for the occasion and Miss A Harding (Church Organist) played the wedding music.  The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a street length frock of blue georgette, featuring a full swing skirt.  The bodice was daintily shirred, and had a scalloped neckline and elbow length sleeves.  She chose a large white hat and white accessories.  To the handbag, carried by the bride, was attached a sprig of orange blossoms, worn by her mother, and a silk handkerchief sent from Ireland.  The bride's sister, Mrs S J Drew of Somerset Dam, was matron of honour.  She wore a pleated street length frock of pink boucle matelasse with navy bows from the neck to hemline.  Her hat and accessories were in matching shades.  Mr Claude Windle (brother of the bridegroom) was best man.  The reception was held at the home of the bride's parents.  The bride's mother wore black matelasse relieved with white, and added a white shoulder posy.  She chose a black hat and black accessories.  A frock of floral sandella with a wood pulp posy, and a hat of black were worn by the bridegroom's mother.  Decorations of pink and blue and bowls of lilies decorated the bridal table.  A novel feature of the two-tier wedding cake was suspended satin streamers with "Health, Wealth, Happiness, and Prosperity" embroidered thereon in icing.  The cake was made by the bride's sister, Miss Enid Collett, and was iced by Miss Eaton of the Marburg Rural School.  Leaving on her wedding tour, the bride wore a frock of blue floral sheer with a hat to tone.  Mr and Mrs. Windle's home will be at Somerset Dam, north-west of Brisbane in Queensland”

 

Lydia and Colin had two sons.  Bruce Windle was born on 3rd December 1949 and died on 13th March 2007 (his ashes interred at Hemmant Cemetery Brisbane with his parents.  He was married to Heather Godsall, and they had Shelley Miree Windle, Heather Colleen Windle and Calvin John Windle.  Bruce cherished Heather’s children from her previous marriage, and they were Lorna Mary (May) Cody and Kayti Elizabeth (originally Kathryn) Cody.  The second son of Lydia and Colin was Ross Windle who was born on 1st June 1954, who kindly provided all the new family details for the 2017 upgrade of this family line.  Ross married Ann Margaret Wilson, who was born on 3rd February 1955, and they have two daughters.  Liza Ann Windle was born on 3rd May 1982 and she retained her maiden name when she married Bradley Jon Childs who was born on 22nd September 1982.  Liza’s son Asher John Law was born on 1st March 2016.  The second daughter of Ross and Ann, Emma Kate Windle, was born on 10th June 1984 who is partnered with Christopher Murphy

 

Leila Maude Collett [1Q76] was born at Rosewood on 9th August 1920, another daughter of William and Ethel Collett.  Tragically, she was only three years and four days old when she perished in a terrifying house fire in Rosewood.  That terrible event was reported in the Queensland Times, Ipswich edition, on Wednesday 15th August 1923, as re-produced below, in which the child’s father was referred to by his second forename.  The death of her baby spurred Ethel Collett into raising money for an ambulance centre in the small town of Rosewood.

 

BURNING FATALITY.  CHILD BURNT IN BED.  MOTHER SEVERELY INJURED.  ROSEWOOD

A sad fatality occurred at Rosewood last night, when Leila Maud Collett the three-year-old child of Mr and Mrs Henry Collett, was the victim of a fatal burning accident.  The mother had put the child safely to bed in the front bedroom of the house, the lamp light was turned down.  About 8.30 she was ironing in the rear of the shop, which adjoins the residence.  Hearing a cry, she sent one of the children in to see if the baby was all right.  The child ran out screaming, and the mother, on reaching the room, was horrified to find the bed, in which she had placed the child, was in flames.  She rescued her little child from the flames and, although severely burnt herself, carried the child from the room.  The screams of the unfortunate child, and the glare of fire, had attracted the attention of the neighbours.  Dr Wallace, who was living opposite, and the two local chemists were immediately on the scene.  The child was found to be very badly burnt.  Everything possible was done by those present to alleviate its suffering.  At 11.30 p.m. it was conveyed by car to the lpswich Hospital.  She died at 2 a.m. this morning.  The fire in the house had meanwhile been extinguished by other workers.  The origin of the fire is attributed to the bursting of the lamp, which stood on the duchess, through which the curtains were evidently ignited.  Very great sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents in the sad loss of their child”

 

Enid Joyce Collett [1Q77] was born at Rosewood on 17th November 1924, the fifth of the six daughters of William and Ethel Collett.  Some years later Enid married Noel Trevor, their marriage producing two children, Ross Trevor and Glen Trevor

 

Valmai Doreen Collett [1Q78] was born at Rosewood on 31st May 1926, the youngest of the six children of William Henry Collett and Ethel Lydia Shelton.  She married Francis Bradley, known as Bill, with whom she had three children.  They were Alan Bradley, Paula Bradley and Gary Bradley.  Valmai Doreen Bradley nee Collett died on 9th October 2007 and was buried at Kalgoorlie in Western Australia

 

Joyce Fords Collett [1Q79] was born during March 1923 at Brisbane in Australia and was the elder of the two daughters of Hector Elliott Collett and his wife Rose Margaret Krebs.  Thanks to Lindsay Bauman, we now know that Joyce married Maurice Sandford Collings on 24th February 1943 at Ipswich in Queensland, where they had three children, Lesley Collings, Judy Collings, and Steven Collings.  Joyce Fords Collings, nee Collett, later died on 27th December 1975

 

 

Hazel Elliott Collett [1Q80] was born at Brisbane on 27th December 1925, the youngest daughter of Hector Elliott Collett and his wife Rose Margaret Krebs.  Hazel married Dugald Ian Winton Cameron and they had just the one daughter, Wendy Lynne Cameron, who was born on 30th March 1952.  Dugald was born in Tonga during 1921, the son of Alexander Donald Cameron and Clara Elizabeth Cocker.  The pair of them were still living in Australia in 2017 when Hazel Elliott Dugald nee Collett passed away on 30th June, following a stroke.  Their daughter Wendy Cameron married (1) Mervyn Charles Bauman, who was born in 1936, and they had two girls who were both born in Brisbane.  They are Kimberley (Kim) Anne Bauman, who was born on 29th March 1974, and Lyndsay Elliott Bauman, who was born on 3rd August 1978.  Wendy later married (2) Vern Johnson with whom she had previously attended high school, and today Wendy Lynne Johnson is the editor of a newspaper in Queensland, while it was her daughter Lyndsay, who is a website/graphic designer on the Gold Coast in Queensland, who kindly provided the details of her family back to Edwin Collett (Ref. 1N60).  And it was there, at Gold Coast, on 10th March 2015, that Lyndsay gave birth to a son Lewis Elliott Bauman

 

Clifford William Collett [1Q81] was born at Axbridge in Somerset during the first three months of 1908, his birth recorded at Axbridge register office (Ref. 5c 409), the eldest child of Charles William Collett and his wife Jessie Catherine Brown.  In the Axbridge census of 1911 Clifford William Collett was three years old.  At the moment, no details of his life are known, except that his death was recorded at the Mendip register office in Somerset (Ref. 23 1301) during March 1982 when he was 74.  The death certificate also confirmed his date of birth as 17th February 1908.  His Will was proved in Bristol on 29th July 1982 and confirmed that he was living at 3 Portway in Wells when he passed, and that his personal effects were valued at £28,521

 

Francis Edgar Collett [1Q82] was born at Axbridge on 27th February 1911 and was recorded as being just one month old in the Axbridge census in 1911, his birth recorded at Axbridge (Ref. 5c 97).  He was the second of the five children of Charles and Jessie Collett.  Like his brother Clifford (above), nothing is so far known about his life, only his death certificate revealed that he resided at 48 Summerlands Road in Weston-super-Mare.  Probate of his estate, not exceeding £40,000, was resolved at Bristol on 6th April 1984, following his death on 21st February that same year

 

Jesse Stanley Jack Collett [1Q83], who was known as Jessie, was born at Axbridge in Somerset, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 134) during the first quarter of 1917, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Brown.  He was the third son of Charles William Collett and his wife Jessie Catherine Brown.  Jessie enlisted with 4th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry and was Private Jesse Stanley Jack Collett, service number 5676458 and, when he was 27, he was killed in action in the Caen area of France on 29th June 1944 and was buried at the St Manvieu War Cemetery, just west of Caen.  His military service record confirmed that he was the son of Charles William Collett and his wife Jessie Catherine Collett

 

Margaret A C Collett [1Q84] was born in 1919 at Axbridge in Somerset and was the fourth child and first of the two daughters of Charles and Jessie Collett.  Margaret’s birth was recorded at Axbridge register office (Ref. 5c 94) during the last quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Brown.

 

Gertrude Blanche Collett [1Q85] was born in 1922 at Axbridge in Somerset, the fifth and last child of Charles William Collett and Jessie Catherine Brown.  Her birth was recorded at Axbridge register office (Ref. 5c 136) during the first quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Brown.  At the age of 22, the marriage of Gertrude B Collett and Frank L L Cleaver was recorded at Wells register office (Ref. 5c 47) in Somerset during the first three months of 1944.  Three years later, the first of their three children was born, the birth of Raymond L Cleaver was recorded at Bristol register office (Ref. 7b 75) at the start of 1947.  He was followed by the birth of twin sisters Margaret J Cleaver and Pamela J Cleaver whose births were also recorded at Bristol (Ref. 7b 55) and (Ref. 7b 58) early in 1950.  The birth records for all three children confirmed their mother’s maiden name was Collett.  The two girls were barely fifteen years of age when the death of Gertrude Blanche Cleaver was recorded at Bristol register office (Ref. 7b 145) during the first three months of 1965, when she was 43 years old

 

Francis Percy Collett [1Q86] was born on 15th June 1905 at Weston Subedge, near Evesham, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6c 355), the only known child of Herbert Francis Collett of Coln St Aldwyns and Sarah Jane Norris from Little Milton in Oxfordshire.  It was also at Weston Subedge, on the county boundary between Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, that Francis Percy Collett was baptised on 6th August 1905, and where he was living with his parents in 1911, at the age of five years.  He was still an unmarried man in 1939, when he was again living with his parents, but at Fern Cottage in Cheltenham.  After a further two years, at the age of 36, the marriage of Francis P Collett and Doris M Titcombe was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 8) during the third quarter of 1941.  No record of any children has been found, while the later death of Francis Percy Collett was recorded at Evesham register office (Vol. 29) during the spring of 1987, when he was almost 82 years old

 

Herbert Louis Collett [1Q87] was born at Hatherop, near Coln St Aldwyns, on 20th April 1908, the birth being recorded at Cirencester register office.  He was again listed under his full name within the Hatherop census of 1911, when he was two years old, the older of the two sons of Walter Louis Collett from Coln St Aldwyns and his with Ruth Scaldwell from Little Milton near Thame, in Oxfordshire.  It is not clear who first moved to Devon, Herbert or his parents, since the wedding of Herbert L Collett and Doreen M Ryder, born 20th March 1912, was recorded at Totnes register office (Ref. 5b 16) during the first quarter of 1934.  Five years later, the 1939 Register included his parents also living in Totnes, when Herbert L Collett was 31 and a chauffeur living at Torquay with his wife Doreen, who was undertaking unpaid domestic duties, and daughter Jill who was attending infant school.  By the time the couple’s second and last child was born, the family was living in the Newton Abbot area of Devon, where her birth was recorded at the start of 1945, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Ryder.  It was also at Newton Abbot that the marriage of the couple’s first child was recorded in 1955.  While it was at Torbay that the marriage of their younger daughter was recorded.  The death of Herbert Louis Collett at the Torbay register office (Ref. 21 14) towards the end of 1976, when he was 68.  Probate was resolved on 1st December 1976, the document confirming that he died on 19th October 1976, while residing at 6 Bay Mount in Paignton, Devon, when his personal estate was valued at £7,867

 

1R49 – Jill V Collett was born in 1935 at Totnes, Devon

1R50 – Carol A Collett was born in 1945 at Newton Abbot, Devon

 

Gwendoline Frances Collett [1Q89] was born at Swindon in 1906, her birth recorded there (Ref. 5a 40) during the third quarter of the year, the only known child of Henry James Collett and Amelia Brazell.  She was four years old in the Swindon census of 1911, and it was there also where she married Cyril T Thompson in 1930, the event recorded during the third quarter of the year (Ref. 5a 37)

 

James Bruce Collett [1Q92], who was known as Bruce, was born at Lyttelton in New Zealand on 29th July 1920, the third child of David Edward Leonard Collett and Harriet Rebecca Andrews.  He was educated at Lyttelton Main School and his later occupation was that of a pharmacist.  He was 29 when he married Barbara Hodges on 8th October 1949 at Christchurch, with whom he had three children.  It is believed that all three children were born at Lyttelton, although this, and the year in which they were born, have still to be confirmed.  Barbara Hodges lived at Francis Avenue in St Albans not far from where Bruce’s cousin Mavis Louisa Parker nee Collett lived with her family in Carrick Street, and also quite close to the home of his uncle Leslie Collett and his wife Gertrude in McFaddens Road and also Nola Moffitt nee Collett’s two properties in nearby Esperence Street.  Barbara’s mother was descended from amongst the early settlers to Akaroa who arrived before the “First Four Ships” came to Canterbury.  James Bruce Collett followed in his father’s footsteps when he entered into a partnership with him to manage the chemist’s shop on the corner of London Street and Oxford Street in Lyttelton.  Bruce eventually took over the sole running of the shop where he continued the business for many years

 

While his father was Deputy Mayor of Lyttelton, Bruce later held the position of Mayor (see above photo) and fondly recalls meeting Queen Elizabeth II several times.  On one occasion he had lunch with the Queen, and on another he received an invitation to meet Her Majesty on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.  He also met the Queen Mother on another occasion who advised him to save the quaint old buildings and not to let Lyttelton get too large.  Among some other of the duties Bruce performed during his term as mayor were (a) having to preside over the official opening ceremony of the Third Lyttelton Railway Station, which was held on 14th October 1963, and (b) being among the guests of honour at the Centennial Celebrations at the historic Church at Rapaki in July 1969 along with the Maori Queen, Te Atairangikaahu and her husband Mr Whatumoana Paki, three local members of Parliament, Mr N. Kirk, Mrs W. Tirikatene-Sullivan and Mr H. J. Walker.  Bruce and Barbara built their home at Lyttelton and lived there for fifty-seven-years, where they raised their three children and enjoyed the company of the nine grandchildren.  By the end of that time, they found that their home in Sumner Road was too large for them to manage, as a result of which they moved to Ferrymead in Christchurch, where they were living in June 2010 when Bruce celebrated his 90th birthday.  It was just over two years later that James Bruce Collett died on 10th August 2012.  Bruce and his father were both pharmacists, a profession continued by one of his sons and then taken up by one of his granddaughters, completing a line of four generations in pharmacy

 

Earlier in his life he had been a vestryman and a vicar’s warden at the local Anglican church, had chaired the Lyttelton Main School Committee, and reached high office in the Masonic Lodge.  He founded Lyttelton Rotary Club and was an active member of the Chemists’ Guild.  Bruce also enjoyed his leisure pursuits, and loved racing yachts on Lyttelton Harbour, singing bass in the Christchurch Liedertafel Choir, and playing golf.  He was also the President of the Woolston Brass Band for eighteen years.  Following his death, a tribute was posted on the website of the Woolston Brass Band, which is reproduced below

 

“Bruce Collett QSO JP (Former Mayor of Lyttelton)

We’ve received some sad news – James Bruce Collett has passed away.  Although Bruce was never a playing member of the band, he was a devoted supporter who served on our Management Committee for many years. Bruce was first elected to the office of Band President 1971. The nephew of RJ Estall, Bruce was at the time the Mayor of Lyttelton, and his experience in administration and his personal contacts in the city were to prove invaluable over the years.  Bruce was one of the architects of our band’s legendary1975 tour to Great Britain. Without Bruce’s faith and effort, it is doubtful this tour would ever have taken place. His contribution in terms of leadership, motivation and sheer hard work cannot be over-emphasised in what was one of the most ambitious projects in our history.  Bruce Collett was named in the New Year’s Honours List of 1977 as a recipient of the Queen’s Service Order for Community Service.  As Tour Manager Bruce oversaw another ground-breaking venture in 1980. Without his indefatigable work and painstaking attention to detail, the tour to the Australian Championships in Mt Gambier would not have been the success that it was.  Our band has been very well served by Bruce, without whom we would not have made two overseas tours within five years.  Bruce was accorded the honour of Life Membership in 1989.  A funeral service for Bruce is to be held at Naval Point in Lyttelton at 2.30pm on Saturday 18th August 2012”

 

1R51 – Hugh Bruce Collett was born in 1950 at Lyttelton, New Zealand

1R52 – John Grant Collett was born in 1955 at Lyttelton, New Zealand

1R53 – Ann Rebecca Collett was born in 1959 at Lyttelton, New Zealand

 

Harold Ernest Leslie Collett [1Q96] was born at Napier, New Zealand on 19th November 1913, the eldest child of Leslie Joseph Charles Collett and Gertrude Louise Brittenden, and was baptised at St Augustine’s Church during 1914.  He was 24 when he married Hazel Winifred Setchfield-Smith on 21st February 1938.  Hazel was born at Balclutha, Otago, New Zealand on 29th July 1916, the daughter of Frederick Nelson Smith and Jane Wilkins, and she presented her husband with five children.  Harold was an engineer who spent almost all of his working life employed by the Sanitarium Health Food Company.  However, for approximately four years he was at Longburn, a satellite town of Palmerston North, where he worked in a Basket Factory that was associated with the SDA College there.  During the Second World War cane became hard to procure in New Zealand and the factory had to close.  Harold Ernest Leslie Collett died at Napier on 1st July 2002, while his wife Hazel also died at there on 1st December 2009

 

1R54 – Averill Beverley Collett was born during 1938 in New Zealand

1R55 – Lynette Jane Collett was born during 1941 in New Zealand

1R56 – Sandra Hazel Collett was born during 1943 in New Zealand

1R57 – Darryl Leslie Nelson Collett was born during 1948 in New Zealand

1R58 – Anthony Harold Nicholas Collett was born during 1959 in New Zealand

 

Mavis Louisa Collett [1Q97] was born at Napier on 10th August 1918, the eldest daughter of Leslie and Gertrude Collett.  It was in Christchurch on 25th July 1940 that she married John Graham Parker who had been born at Pirinoa near Martinborough in New Zealand on 30th January 1906, the son of Horace Stanley James Parker and Margaret Gillies (Makere Kiriti).  And it was at Christchurch that their children were born, and they were Audrey Alice Parker, who was born on 2nd August 1941, Verona May Parker, who was born on 8th October 1942, Kelvin Harold Parker, who was born on 23rd February 1945, Carolyn Rose Parker, who was born on 11th December 1948, Morris Graham Parker, who was born on 21st July 1951, Yvonne Louisa Parker, who was born on 15th November 1955, and Lawrence Martin Parker who was born on 18th July 1959.  Mavis Louisa Parker nee Collett died at Christchurch on 18th March 1985, and was followed by her older husband who passed away on 7th February 2004 just two years short of his one hundredth birthday.  And it was their son Kelvin Parker who kindly provided all of the details relating to this branch of the family which resulted in the July 2012 update of the file

 

Nola Gertrude Collett [1Q98] was born at Christchurch on 14th January 1920, another daughter of Leslie and Gertrude Collett.  She married Walter Joseph Moffitt at Christchurch on 27th November 1947, Walter having been born at Gore in New Zealand on 4th April 1919, the son of Joseph Turnbull Moffitt and Minnie Ethel Smith.  Their Christchurch born children were Alistair Joseph Moffitt, born on 22nd October 1949, Malcolm Leslie Moffitt, born on 10th May 1951, Kevin Alvyn Ernest Moffitt, born on 3rd July 1956, and Bronwyn Margaret Moffitt who was born on 24th December 1960.  Walter Joseph Moffitt died at Hastings, Hawkes Bay on 4th January 1986.  It was on 23rd July 2012 that Nola Gertrude Moffitt nee Collett passed away in Perth, Western Australia, when she was in her ninety-third year

 

Edna Ernestine Collett [1Q99] was born at Christchurch on 23rd November 1905, seven months after her parents’ wedding day.  She was the eldest child of Ernest Walter Raymond Gordon Collett and his wife Agnes Gertrude Pearce.  Edna later married Israel Wallace Lloyd Grenfell on 4th April 1928 who, previously, had been married to Jessie.  He was born on 30th January 1905 and died on 18th April 1979. Their marriage produced two children for Edna and Wallace, and the first of them was Geoffrey Lloyd Grenfell, born on 31st December 1930, who married (1) June Valerie Cassels on 14th January 1953.  Edna’s daughter Judith Lyndsey Grenfell was born on 26th July 1935 and on 13th September 1961, she married Alan Mitchener, an architect.  Sadly, Edna Ernestine Grenfell never survived to see her daughter married, as died on 31st October 1959 when she was only 53, having suffered a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage.  Two days later she was buried on 2nd November 1959 at Ruru Lawn Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Raymond Leonard Collett [1Q100] was born at Christchurch on 25th September 1906, the second child and eldest son of Ernest and Agnes Collett, who was known as Ray.  He attended Canterbury University in Christchurch during 1922 and graduated in 1930 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.  He practised as an accountant and, according to the Rolls Record he lived at 17 Strickland Street, Sydenham, in Christchurch from 1928 to 1938.  However, records can be wrong since, it is known that, in 1929 he set sail out of Auckland on the ship the Aorangi, bound for the New York and a job with Ross Brothers, Lybrand and Montgomery, today now Pricewaterhouse Coopers.  And it was while he was working in America that he met Beatrice Maud Foan, whom he married on 10th June 1931 at St Johnsbury in Vermont.  Four years later, in December 1935, the couple moved to San Francisco, where their two children were born.  It was later in New York, that Raymond Leonard Collett died of a heart-attack on 14th June 1965, aged 58.  His widow survived him by twenty-eight years, with Beatrice Maud Collett nee Foan, passing on 27th November 1993

 

1R59 – Richard Ernest Collett was born in 1936 at San Francisco

1R60 – Linda Ann Collett was born in 1940 at San Francisco

 

Ruby Catherine Collett [1Q101] was known as Cathy and was born at Christchurch on 8th June 1908, the third child of Ernest and Agnes Collett.  Ruby was twenty-one when she married Norman Kenneth Neil on 1st April 1930, and they adopted Norma Allison Neill who was born on 12th May 1933.  Ruby Catherine Neil died in Sydney on 29th August 1996, when she was 88 years old.  It was also that same month and year that Norman passed away

 

Constance Martha Collett [1Q102], known as Connie, was born at Christchurch on 5th November 1909, the daughter of Ernest and Agnes Collett.  She was married on 30th December 1938 to George Alex Nicholls with whom she had three children.  They were: Barbara Constance Nicholls, born on 9th October 1939, who married Thomas (Tom) Edgar Covery; John Raymond Nicholls, born on 16th July 1941, who married Barbara Ann Morrison; and Michael Dickson Nicholls who was born on 13th March 1950 who is not married.  Constance Martha Nicholls died on 8th March 1989 and was buried on 16th March 1989 at the Waimairi Cemetery in Christchurch, her husband having passed away thirty years earlier on 30th April 1959

 

Frances May Collett [1Q103] was born at Christchurch on 10th November 1911, another daughter of Ernest and Agnes Collett.  She was known as Francie and she married Harold (Harry) Keenan on 22nd April 1933, who had been born on 9th July 1910. Their four children are: Derek Reginald Keenan, who was born on 9th January 1935, a fitter and a turner when he married Fay Edna Dickson on 15th January 1958, who had been born on 27th December 1935; Roger Bryce Keenan, who was born on 8th July 1936, an accountant who married Judith Ann Davison on 21st November 1959; Jill Lynette Keenan, who was born on 8th July 1940, a nurse who married Robin Bruce McCallum on 14th March 1964; and Philip Harold Keenan, a secondary school teacher who married Deborah Ann Bradding on 12th January 1974.  Frances May Keenan, nee Collett, died from cancer at the age of 77, when she passed away on 17th April 1989.  The last ten years of her life was as a widow, following Harold’s death on 19th August 1979

 

Arthur Stanley Collett [1Q104] was born at Christchurch on 13th May 1913, the youngest surviving son of Ernest and Agnes Collett.  Despite two different christian names, he was known as Tom and, for much of his early life, he lived at 17 Strickland Street, Sydenham, in Christchurch with his older brother Raymond (above).  After he married Beatrice Ann McDowell on 27th May 1940, he left the house in Strickland Street when he set up a new home for him and Beatrice at 96 Neville Street, where they lived for many years.  During his life his occupations included fitter, turner, engineer, and farmer.  Arthur Stanley (Tom) Collett died at Rolleston, eight miles west of Christchurch, on 12th January 1997 at the age of 83, from prostate cancer.  His wife, who was known as Bea, was born on 13th September 1918 and was 84 when she passed away on 22nd June 2003.

 

1R61 – Ronald Lewis Collett was born in 1942 at Christchurch

1R62 – Carolyn Laraine Collett was born in 1946 at Christchurch

1R63 – Susanne Fay Collett was born in 1952 at Christchurch

 

Norma Gertrude Collett [1Q105] was born at Christchurch on 20th June 1915, the last surviving child of Ernest Walter Raymond Gordon Collett and his wife Agnes Gertrude Pearce.  It was on 29th December 1936, when Norma was 21, that she married Robert Ernest Taylor. The couple’s five surviving children are Anthony Robert Taylor, born 9th June 1938, Brent William Taylor, born 21st November 1941, Christine Collett Taylor, born 29th July 1946, Katherine Ann Taylor, born 31st July 1948, and Bronwen Eve Taylor who was born on 16th September 1954.  Norma Gertrude Taylor nee Collett died in St Winifred’s Hospital in Christchurch on 12th December 2008, at the age of 93, having suffered with vascular dementia.  Robert Ernest Taylor was born on 20th October 1910 and was baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Lyttelton on 14th December 1910.  He was 60 years old, when he died from a myocardial infarction on 30th September 1971.  Their son Brent Taylor made contact in 2021, to confirm that he had been living in London since 1971, when he was 29 years old, having been born in New Zealand on 21st November 1941

 

Gladys Mary Collett [1Q106] was born at 15 Strickland Street, Sydenham, in Christchurch on 21st October 1906, the eldest of the three children of Herbert Frank Collett and his wife Sarah Burrows.  She later married Thomas (Tom) Roberts Sutton during 1928 and they lived at Conway Street in the Spreydon district of south Christchurch.  Upon the death of her mother, her father lived with Gladys and Tom.  Gladys Mary Sutton nee Collett died in New Zealand in 1986, and was a widow for nearly forty years following the death of her young husband in 1947 when he was only 26 years old

 

Leslie Herbert Collett [1Q107] was born at 15 Strickland Street, Sydenham, in Christchurch on 9th July 1908, the son of Herbert and Sarah Collett.  During his working life Leslie was described as a coppersmith

 

Ernest George Collett [1Q108] was born at 15 Strickland Street in the Sydenham district of Christchurch on 29th September 1914, the last child born to Herbert Frank Collett and his wife Sarah Burrows.  He was referred to by his family as Sonny Jim.  Ernest later married (1) Joyce Ellen Houghton around 1938, and they lived at 104 Conway Street, where his married sister Gladys (above) also lived.  Joyce was born on 15th August 1915, and her marriage to Ernest produced three children for the couple, who later moved south to settle in Dyers Pass Road, within the Cashmere Hills area of south Christchurch.  Ernest was a self-employed plumber by trade, but also enjoyed growing Dahlias as a profitable hobby.  This led to Ernest establishing Conway Nursery, which he owned and developed, and was closely involved with the Christchurch Horticultural Society, with whom he sat of the committee for many years.  Joyce was only 50 years old when she died on 9th October 1965, and few years after Ernest married (2) Florence Rose Butterfield who was born on 30th November 1919.  Ernest George Collett died at Christchurch on 4th February 1982, while it was on 23rd November 2005 that his second wife passed away.  It is thanks to his son Brian, and Brian’s cousin Brent Taylor in 2021, that more details are known about the New Zealand branch of the Collett family

 

1R64 – Julie E Collett was born at Christchurch

1R65 – Brian Gregory Collett was born at Christchurch

1R66 – Dennis Collett was born in 1952 at Christchurch; died on 27th March 1972 (motorcycle accident)

 

Ralph Collett [1Q110] was born around 1910 at Christchurch, and was the second of the two sons of Leonard Ransome Collett and Elsie Kennedy Flemming.  He married Mabel Christine Sim, with whom he had one child.

 

1R67 – Graham William Collett was born in 1941

 

May Thompson Collett [1Q111] was born in 1903 and this may have been at Waimate where her father, George William Collett, was raised by his grandfather.  May was the eldest child and only daughter of George and his wife Christina Sevicke Jones and, in 1927, when she was 24, she married Alexander Allan Scott who was born on 30th May 1896.  They were married for only twenty-eight years, when May Thompson Scott nee Collett died on 25th September 1955 at Waimate in South Canterbury, New Zealand.  Alexander was 84 when he died at Waimate on 22nd July 1980, following which he was buried with May in the Old Waimate Cemetery

 

Hori Coutts Collett [1Q112] was born at Waimate, South Canterbury, on 26th February 1906, the eldest son of George William Collett and his wife Christina Sevicke Jones, his second forename being the maiden name of his grandmother.  Hori spent much of his early life living in Waimate, but spent his later years residing in Christchurch when he was married to Alva.  Upon his death in Waimate on 15th September 2001, Hori Coutts Collett was buried at Waimate Lawn Cemetery.  His wife Alva Leonore Moyse Cadle was born in 1906 and she was the daughter of Sidney Cadle (1863-1908) and Mary Louise Walker (1873-1911).  And it was Hori Collett who researched and wrote the book “The History of Two Families”, which was published in 1999 when he was 93, just two years before he passed away

 

Edgar Harold Collett [1Q113] was born at Waimate in 1908, the son of George and Christina Collett.  Tragically he was only eight years old when he died in 1917

 

Geoffrey Sevicke Collett [1Q114], previously named here in error as George Sevicke Collett, was born at Waimate on 23rd March 1912, the fourth and the last child of George William Collett and his wife Christina Sevicke Jones.  He was 27 when he married Kathleen Blank during 1939, with whom he had a son.  Geoffrey died at Waimate on 19th July 2004 and was buried at the Old Waimate Cemetery like many of his ancestors before him

 

1R68 - Graeme Sevicke Collett was born in 1940 at Waimate, New Zealand

 

Emily Nellie Elizabeth Collett [1Q117] was born at Birmingham in early September 1910, with her birth recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 307) during the last three months of the year.  Under her full name, she was baptised in Birmingham on 27th September 1910, the eldest child of Herbert and Nellie Elizabeth Collett, who was seven months old in 1911.  Less than one year after that, her mother died giving birth to a sister for Emily, who also did not survive.  Her father remarried three years later, but it is not known what happened to daughter Emily

 

Nellie Collett [1Q118] was born in 1912 at Aston in Birmingham, her birth recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 72) during the first three months of that yea, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Edinburgh.  Tragically, later that same year, Nellie Collett died on 6th August 1912, the child of Herbert Collett and his first Nellie Elizabeth Edinburgh

 

Bertha Collett [1Q119] was born at Aston in 1916, the first of the six children of Herbert Collett by his second wife Emily Bissell.  The birth of Bertha Collett was recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6a 1081) during the second quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Bissell.  She was 21 years old, when the marriage of Bertha Collett and David H Blackham was recorded at Birmingham (Ref. 6d 1299) during the second quarter of 1937

 

Elsie M Collett [1Q121] was born at Aston in 1923, another daughter of Herbert and Emily Collett, whose birth was recorded at Aston (Ref. 6a 770) during the last quarter of that year, with her mother’s maiden name confirmed as Bissell.  Elsie was just under 20 years of age when her marriage to Sydney Shutt was recorded at Birmingham (Ref. 6a 216) during the first three months of 1942

 

Albert Edward Collett [1Q122] was born at Aston in 1924, the youngest of the two sons of Herbert and Emily Collett.  The birth of Albert E Collett was recorded at Aston register office (Ref. 6d 843) during the second quarter of the year, her mother’s maiden name confirmed as Bissell.  Albert was near 20 years old when he was killed during the Second World War.  He was a sapper [service no. 14326077] with the 89th Field Company of the Royal Engineers and he died on 21st April 1945.  In addition to being buried at Witton Cemetery on Moor Lane near Perry Common, a plaque bearing his name is on the wall of The Council House at Victoria Square in Birmingham.  At the time of his death, he was described as the son of Herbert and Emily Collett of Kingstanding in Birmingham

 

Doris Collett [1Q123] was born in 1925, her birth recorded at Birmingham North register office (Ref. 6d 868) during the second quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Bissell.  Doris was 25 years of age when she married Arthur J Craig, the event recorded at Birmingham (Ref. 9c 1074) during the first quarter of 1951

 

Joan Collett [1Q124] was born at Birmingham in 1928, the last of the six children of Herbert Collett and Emily Bissell.  Her birth was recorded at the Birmingham North register office (Ref. 6d 857) during the second quarter of the year.  Tragically, the death of Joan Collett was also recorded at Birmingham (Ref. 6d 749) less than one year later, during the first three months of 1929

 

Jonathan Saville Collett [1R3] was born in Australia on 1st February 1977, the youngest of the three sons of John D Collett.  Jonathan, who works in Melbourne as a senior analyst with Goldman Sachs, is married with a son

 

1S1 – Angus John Collett was born on 19th August 2010 at Melbourne

 

Emily Elizabeth Allen [1R5], as she was originally born, was the daughter of Lizzie Allen by her first husband and, on marrying Francis Edward Collett in 1907, she became Emily Elizabeth Collett.  The birth of Emily Elizabeth Allen at Winshill was recorded at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 6b 438) during the second quarter of 1905.  At the age of six years, she was recorded as Emily Allen Collett when she was living with her mother and stepfather at Winshill, together with two half-siblings (below).  The later marriage of Emily Collett and Harold W Miller was also recorded at Burton register (Ref. 6b 435) during the first three months of 1931

 

Edith Lucy Collett [1R6] was born at Winshill in 1908, the first of the two known children of Francis Edward Collett and Lizzie Allen, her birth recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 441) during the third quarter of 1908.  As simply as Edith Collett, she was recorded in the Winshill census of 1911.  Tragically, she was just 10 years old when she died, the death of Edith L Collett recorded at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 6b 774) during the fourth quarter of 1918

 

Francis Edward Collett [1R7] was born at Winshill on 7th November 1909 and was named after his father, his mother being Lizzie Collett, nee Allen.  His birth was recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 412) during the last three months of the year.  To avoid confusion in the Winshill census of 1911, his father was listed as Francis Collett, while his son was recorded as Edward Collett, who was one year old.  Although no details of his long life are known as this time, it appears he spent the majority of his life in Staffordshire, since his death was recorded at East Staffordshire register office (Ref. 30 797) towards the end of 1990

 

Leslie Collett [1R8] was born at Burton-on-Trent, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 763) during the fourth quarter of 1914, the only known child of George Robert Collett and Ethel E Stonehouse.  He was 23 years old when he married Sarah E T Walker, the event recorded at Burton-on-Trent (Ref. 6b 601) during the first three months of 1938.  It has not been established whether or not they had any issue

 

John V Collett [1R10] was born in 1934 at Burton-on-Trent and it was there that his birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 487) during the last three months of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collier.  He was the only child of Alfred Ernest Collett and Gertrude Annie Collier.  It was also as John V Collett, aged 23, that he married Kathleen E Scotney, their wedding recorded at Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 9b 230) during the first quarter of 1958.  After being married for almost eleven years, Kathleen present John with a daughter, the birth of Helen Louise Collett being recorded at Burton (Ref. 9b 167) during the early months of 1969

 

1S2 – Helen Louise Collett was born in 1969 at Burton-on-Trent

 

Patricia Collett [1R17], referred to as Pat by the family, was born in 1937 at 140 Whitecross near Abingdon.  She married Raymond (Ray) John Haines of Botley in Oxford on 6th September 1958 at St Peter’s Church in Wootton, Oxfordshire formerly Berkshire.  The family lived the majority of their life at two addresses in Stanion in Northamptonshire, Manor Road and later at 3 Grays Drive.  Pat’s ultimate occupation was that of secretary, but she initially started her career with the Ministry of Public Buildings & Works at RAF Abingdon.  After her three daughters had grown-up, she worked for many years as school secretary at a junior school in Corby.  Ray Haines originally started out as an engineer with the Southern Gas Board that took him from Oxford, where he worked prior to the wedding, to Reading.  He then secured a job with Stewart & Lloyds the manufacturers of rectangular hollow steel tubes at Corby in Northamptonshire, where the children were born, before later being transferred to Scotland.  The family returned to Corby where Ray set up his own precision engineering business.  Over the following years he manufactured steel hulled longboats, trailers, fitted tow-bars, and repaired fairground equipment.  At one stage he opened a shop selling radio-controlled and die-cast metal model toys.  Later in his life he worked for his son-in-law, Robert Lockley.  After a serious illness, Ray passed away on 24th March 2019

 

The couple’s eldest daughter, Claire Susan Haines was born on 3rd February 1961 at 31 Birling Place in Corby.  She married (1) Kelvin MacPherson in 1982 and (2) Robert (Bob) Lockley on 9th November 1991, both weddings taking place at St Peter’s Church in Stanion, Northamptonshire.  The twins, born at Kettering, came from the second marriage, when the family lived at 10 Cardigan Road, Stanion.  Ben William Lockley and Grace Katie Lockley were born on 30th November 1996.  Pat and Ray’s second child, Dawn Elizabeth Haines was born on 19th May 1963 at Corby.  She married David Weiss on 28th April 1984 at Stanion.  They lived at 9 Cardigan Road in Stanion until the autumn of 1995 when, because of David’s work as a maintenance engineer of printing machines, they moved to Kirklington near Southwell in Nottinghamshire.  Their three sons were born at Corby Hospital, and they were Daniel David Weiss, born on 22nd September 1986, Christopher James Weiss, born on 15th April 1988, and Jack William Weiss, born on 7th April 1990.  The youngest of the three sisters was Sally Ann Haines who was born on 28th August 1965 at Corby.  She married Victor Francis Bright on 30th May 1987 at Stanion.  They lived at 3 Corby Road in Stanion and their two children were born at Kettering hospital.  Tragically Vic, who was born at Brigstock on 15th September 1945, died on 29th June 2007 following a long battle with cancer, and was buried at St Peter’s Church in Stanion on 11th July 2007.  Their two Kettering born children are Luke Bright, born 26th July 1994, and Georgina Bright, born 15th March 1996

 

Joyce Collett [1R18] was born in 1940 at 140 Whitecross near Abingdon.  She married Edward (Ted) Windsor James of Gosport in Hampshire on 17th June 1958 in Ceylon where Ted was serving with the Royal Air Force.  After leaving the RAF in the early 1970s Ted worked at Marconi in Leicester and was transferred to the Plymouth site around 1980, finally being transferred to Milton Keynes where they lived at 7 Colley Hill in Bradwell Village.  Their first son Stephen Andrew James was born on 19th January 1964 when the couple was living in Aden, and he later married Moira Gibson on 17th October 1992 at Hartwell Church.  They lived at 7 Blacksmiths Way in Hartwell in Northamptonshire until they were divorced in 1996.  Stephen continued to live at the address, but with a new partner Carrie, with whom he fathered sons Odell Kemble James, who was born on 16th June 2000, and Crevan Keir James who was born 18th May 2004.  Joyce and Ted’s second son Adrian Paul James was born during a posting to Edith Weston air force base in Rutland, on 18th December 1965, at 10 Derwent Avenue on the camp there. That was before the smallest county in England disappeared as part of local government re-organisation in 1974, which resulted in many boundary changes.  Fortunately, after a public outcry, the County of Rutland was re-instated in 1997.  Adrian married Pam Bangha at Bedford Registry Office on 4th May 2002, followed by a full Indian ceremony on 19th May 2002, after which the couple set up home in Shenley Lodge, Milton Keynes

 

BRIAN CLIFFORD COLLETT [1R19] was born in 1946 at 140 Whitecross near Abingdon-on-Thames and was baptised at St Peter’s Church in Wootton on 11th August 1946, the only son of William Collett, a PSV Driver, and his wife Noreen.  He was educated in Abingdon at Carswell School and after, at Larkmead School.  His first-choice occupation was that of an architect, but that never came to fruition and so the second career choice in civil engineering was realised.  Further education in civil engineering was therefore pursued, first at Oxford Polytechnical College (now Oxford Brookes University) for two years, which was followed by a further two years at Reading Technical College.  He married (1) Susan Carole Lorraine Larner on 23rd August 1969 at St Peter's Church in Wootton near Abingdon.  Sue was born on 9th June 1950 at Corsham in Wiltshire, the daughter of New Zealander William (Bill) Larner and Edith (Lynne) Denny.  However, the marriage ended in separation during the spring of 1979 when the couple and their son were living at 262 Obelisk Drive in Northampton.  The earlier years of their marriage had been spent in Oxford and Kettering, where their son Aaron was born at the London Road Maternity Hospital

 

As a result of the separation, Brian and Aaron then moved into a terraced house at 61 St John Avenue in Kingsthorpe where, eighteen months later and following his divorce, he was married for the second time.  He married (2) Belinda Savage of Kingsthorpe in Northampton on 18th October 1980 at the Guildhall Register Office in Northampton.  Belinda Chaudhury was born in the Morar district of Gwalior in India on St Valentine’s Day in 1958, the daughter of schoolteacher Roy Chaudhury and Dorothy Culverhouse of Northampton.  However, Belinda returned to live in England with her mother and her older sister Melanie, when she was just one year old.  A few years later her mother married Michael Savage of Kingsthorpe, following which Belinda and her sister were both formally adopted by their stepfather.  In February 1981, the new Collett family moved to 28 Brampton Way in Brixworth, five miles north of Northampton.  It was while living there that Brian’s second son Lloyd was born at the Barratt Maternity Hospital in Northampton.  The extended family now prompted a move to a larger home and, in January 1991, they moved to 2 Dairy Close, still in Brixworth, followed by a final move to Wheatens Close also in Brixworth in July 1997

 

Whilst Brian’s occupation and qualifications were that of civil engineer, a reduction in government capital expenditure on civil engineering works in the early 1990s led him to seek a new qualification and a change of career, to that of business manager and quality manager.  This he did initially within local government where, up to March 1997, he had worked since leaving school, that is, apart from a one-year contract with civil engineering consultants C S Allott & Son, later Allott & Lomax, working on the construction site of the Didcot Power Station in Berkshire during 1965 and 1966.  During his time in local government, he worked for the County Councils of Berkshire (twice), Oxfordshire, and finally Northamptonshire, where he held the post of Head of Business Services.  Upon being offered early retirement in March 1997, he took up the post of Administration Manager with the Wellingborough based company Kinderquest Limited, carrying out nursery inspections for Ofsted, the government’s education watchdog

 

Within eight months of joining Kinderquest, Brian was internally promoted to Quality & Contracts Manager, responsible for contract compliance on fifty childcare nurseries and twenty holiday playschemes.  Then in June 2002, the company was taken over by an American corporation, Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc, to become the largest childcare provider in the world with almost 600 nurseries globally, and over 100 in the UK and Ireland.  Apart from being an avid family history researcher and collector of everything from die-cast model Porsches to stamp booklets, he was very interested in music and was a singer with a couple of bands during the period 1966 to 1973, playing first the blues and soul music, and later heavy rock.  He had the opportunity to renew his singing career in later life when he was invited to perform at the US company’s annual leadership conferences in Phoenix Arizona in 2003 and in England in 2006 and 2007.  His most noteworthy moment in music was as the singer with the opening band for the Shelter Concert at the Roundhouse in London in 1971, supporting chart-toppers like Atomic Rooster and The Gun, plus many other bands of the day, including Barclay James Harvest – one of Brian’s favourite bands.  The photograph of Brian was taken in 2003

 

More recently, he achieved a lifelong ambition, when he performed with a set of American musicians, one of the all-time classic love songs in front of 200 to 300 colleagues at the 2006 Annual Awards Dinner in Nottinghamshire on the fifteenth of September.  The opening number was The Commodores’ song ‘Three Times a Lady’ which he dedicated to his late mother whose birthday it would have been, and that was followed by Lionel Richie’s fabulous ‘Endless Love’, in a duet with a female colleague.  He was also an active sportsman and, in his younger days, he was a keen cyclist.  During his adult life he played cricket, football, golf, squash and badminton.  It was the latter that, at the end of 2006, resulted in a serious injury to his neck, requiring an operation on two spinal discs in February 2007.  Brian’s second wife, Belinda became an established artist and watercolour painter in the early part of the twenty-first century, following many years of study.  Once established, she also gave demonstrations and passed her knowledge and experience on to local art groups around the Northampton town and county areas.  She was an active member of Network Arts and was Chairman, and then President, of the Fellowship of Professional and Amateur Artists from 2008 through to 2013.  A second opportunity to take early retirement occurred for Brian towards the end of 2008, which was a direct result of the global financial crisis.  This allowed him more free time to manage and develop the worldwide Collett Family History website and to become an active member of the University of the Third Age in Brixworth and a member of the committee for ten years.  On stepping down from the committee of Brixworth & District u3a, Belinda took on the role of Chair.  It was at that stage in their life when the Covid 19 pandemic struck, restricting the couple’s enjoyment of being with their two lovely granddaughters Aria Rose and Evalie Rae Collett

 

1S3 – Aaron Brian Collett was born in 1977 at Kettering, Northamptonshire

1S4 – Lloyd Nyall Collett was born in 1987 at Northampton

 

Mary Susan Collett [1R20] was born on 4th April 1950 at 140 Whitecross near Abingdon, the last child of William Henry John Collett and his wife Noreen Alice Maud Harman.  She married Nicholas John Martin Cairns of Newcastle on 4th September 1970 at St Edmund's Roman Catholic Church in Abingdon.  The couple initially lived in Spring Road in Abingdon-on-Thames, before moving to 7 Tennyson Drive.  All of their four sons were born in Abingdon where Mary and Nick were still living in 2021.  They were Damian Cairns who was born on 22nd November 1973, Martin John Cairns who was born on 1976, James William Cairns who was born on 16th February 1985, and Thomas Joseph Cairns who was born on 20th April 1987.  What is particularly interesting is, that Martin John Cairns married Elizabeth Charlotte Gegg on 6th November 1999 at Park United Reform Church in Reading and they set up home in Henley on Thames.  They met through their work, both of them being employed as analysts with the Environment Agency.  Elizabeth, who was born in 1972, came from Cirencester and was a descendent of a branch of the Collett family living at Chedworth in Gloucestershire around 1832.  Details of the family line of Elizabeth Gegg can be found in Part 3 - The Chedworth Line leading up to the reference 3R7 

 

David Norris Collett [1R21] was born on 8th August 1942 at Swindon, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 5a 45) during the third quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Norris.  He was twenty-one when he married Glynis Ann Jinks on 28th August 1963.  They lived at 62 The Street in Liddington near Swindon.  His occupation was that of Managing Director of Thamesdown Electrical in Swindon.  It is understood that David Norris Collett died at Swindon during the month of May in 2005

 

1S5 – Nicholas Norris Collett was born in 1964 at Swindon

1S6 – Simon David Collett was born in 1966 at Swindon

 

Alan Francis Robin Collett [1R22] was born on 23rd March 1947 at Swindon where his birth was recorded (Ref. 7c 902), his mother’s maiden name confirmed as Norris.  It was originally reported that he married Gillian Davis on 31st March 1967.  They were divorced some years after the birth of their fourth child.  Curiously, on the registration of the birth of all four children, the mother’s maiden name was stated as being Vincent.  After looking further into this, it has been revealed that the marriage of Alan F R Collett did take place at Swindon (Ref. 7c 1624) on 31st March 1967, but that his bride was in fact named as Jillian M Vincent.  Before that, and on leaving school, Alan started his working life at McIlroy’s Departmental Store in Swindon but, following the divorce, he moved to Cornwall where he became the manager of the Lanivet Inn at Lanivet

 

1S7 – Helen Frances Collett was born in 1968 at Swindon

1S8 – Sarah Jillian Collett was born in 1970 at Swindon

1S9 – Alison Louise Collett was born in 1972 at Swindon

1S10 – Peter Alan M Collett was born in 1974 at Swindon

 

Jane Collett [1R23] was born on 31st March 1956 at Swindon.  She married (1) David Ronald Jones on 20th April 1974 – divorced in 1978 – married (2) Terence Robert Gleeves on 22nd March 1980 – divorced 9th February 1990, thereafter reverting to her maiden name.  She had one son from her second marriage, Matthew Gleeves, born on 3rd November 1981, who later went to Portsmouth University to study accountancy and finance.  Jane’s occupation was that of state registered nurse in Swindon.  Before he died her father informed her that, although he had brought her up as his own, she was not his daughter.  Her mother had conceived her during an affair with another man

 

June Collett [1Q24] was born on 28th November 1944 at Swindon.  She married John Hughes on 19th January 1962 at St Augusta's Church in Swindon.  Up until 1998 the family owned a sheep farm, Manor Orchard Farm, at Middle Littleton near Evesham in Worcestershire.  In 1998, six months after her father’s eightieth birthday party, June and John emigrated to New Zealand to be near their daughter Deborah and her husband, who had emigrated there in the early 1990s.  June’s sister Linda (below) and her husband from the United States of America attended her father’s party, together with June’s son who was living in France, and many other members of the Collett family from around the United Kingdom.  The eldest of their two children is Deborah Hughes who was born on 19th March 1964 at Kingston-upon-Thames.  She married George Wood on 1st October 1993 at Middle Littleton near Evesham, and they live at Otana Park, Hawkes Bay in New Zealand, where all of the children were born.  They are Oliver John Wood born on 2nd March 1995, Harry Oscar Wood born on 29th June 1996, and Monty George Wood was born on 22nd November 1999.  Christopher John Hughes was born on 22nd July 1965 at Hastings in Kent.  His work in the field of marketing took him to Cruseille in France, where he set up his own business and where he married Sylvie Daviett on 9th September 2000


 

Linda Rose Collett [1R25] was born on 26th March 1948 at Swindon where she married Robert Tanguay of the United States Air Force on 27th July 1974.  They immediately moved to America and in the 1990s were living at 479 Cardinal Point Road in Brandenburgh in the state of Kentucky.  Their two daughters were Cherie Tanguay born on 12th February 1976 in the city of Newport News in Virginia and Karen Tanguay born on 1st December 1977 at Tacoma in Washington State. 

 

Stephen Collett [1R26] was born on 9th April 1950 at Swindon where he married Christine Farnell on 26th September 1970, the couple separating in 1998.  All of the children were born in Swindon and the family lived at 75 Lynhurst Crescent, Park North in Swindon.  Stephen’s last two children resulted from a liaison with Julie Ann Stannard who changed her name to Collett by deed-poll in 2000.  Sadly, the couple separated in 2011.  During May 2014 Stephen became a grandfather for the ninth time when his son Noel presented him with his second child and his tenth grandchild arrived in January 2015, a daughter for his son Patrick

 

1S11 – Darren Lee Steven Collett was born in 1971 at Swindon

1S12 – Patrick Robert Jason Collett was born in 1972 at Swindon

1S13 – Kristian Neil Wayne Collett was born in 1973 at Swindon

1S14 – Noel Nathan James Collett was born in 1974 at Swindon

1S15 – Leanne Victoria Krystal Collett was born in 1982 at Swindon

The following are the children of Stephen Collett by his second wife Julie Ann Stannard:

1S16 – Mitchell Joseph Collett was born on 14th March 2000 at Swindon

1S17 – Annabelle Lucie Mae Collett was born on 25th September 2004 at Swindon

 

John Collett [1R27], referred to as Johnnie by the family, was born on 21st February 1959 at Swindon.  He never married and lived the life of a recluse in the family home 14 Stanley Street in Swindon until he was taken into residential care in 2005 for health and safety reasons.  After being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes he did not enjoy the best of health and died of a heart attack on 30th June 2014

 

Linda Irene Collett [1R28] was born on 3rd February 1951, her birth recorded at Amersham in Buckinghamshire (Ref. 6a 362), when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Norton.  Her family later settled in Uxbridge, and it was there where she married Richard Colin Spicer on 18th March 1972.  After which they moved to St John’s Avenue in Northampton

 

Sharon Anne Collett [1R29] was born on 30th March 1962, her birth recorded at Rochford in Essex (Ref. 4a 1331), when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Norton.  It was later that she and her sister lived at Uxbridge where their father worked.  She was married and divorced, after which she moved, with her son, to live in Northampton near to her parents and sister

 

June F Collett [1R30] was apparently born at Uxbridge on 4th August 1952, while her birth was recorded at Ealing register office (Ref. 5e 242), where her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Goodbody.  She married Kenneth Owen on 11th January 1974 at Uxbridge, while the births of the couple’s two sons were recorded at Wycombe register office (Ref. 19 2192) and (Ref. 19 1828), where their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  It was June Owen who confirmed the date of the passing of her father Ronald James Collett.  Their two sons are Darren Rhys Owen who was born on 13th August 1981, and Simon Bryn Owen who was born on 22nd February 1984

 

Anthony J Collett [1R31], who is known as Tony, was born at Uxbridge on 8th October 1954, with his birth recorded at Ealing register office (Ref. 5e 190), when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Goodbody.  He married Margaret Rutter on 18th March 1985 at Cambridge.  His occupation was that of a retail shop manager selling amateur radio equipment.  In the 1990s they were living at 10 Quince Road in Hardwick near Cambridge

 

Elaine Collett [1R32] was born on 22nd March 1951 at Hillingdon.  She married Kevin Hemmings on 21st February 1981 at Kingston-on-Thames in Surrey, where all of the children were born.  In the 1990s they were living at 6A Tabor Gardens in Cheam in Surrey.  Their three children are Christopher Hemmings who was born on 14th June 1982, Elizabeth Hemmings who was born on 19th June 1984, and Nicholas Hemmings who was born on 19th December 1985

 

Alan Collett ]1R33] was born on 19th May 1953 at Hillingdon.  He married Marie Madeleine Dunphy on 14th June 1975 at Uxbridge.  His occupation was that of General Practitioner (doctor).  In the 1990s the family were living at Blenheim House at Tittleshall in Norfolk.  All of the children were born in Uxbridge

 

1S18 – Jonathan Desmond Collett was born on 20th October 1977 at Uxbridge, Middlesex

1S19 – Rebecca Helen Collett was born on 6th December 1979 at Uxbridge, Middlesex

1S20 – Gerard Francis Collett was born on 9th January 1982 at Uxbridge, Middlesex

1S21 – Ronan Thomas Collett was born on 9th January 1982 at Uxbridge, Middlesex

 

Joan Collett [1R34] was born on 6th June 1956 at Hillingdon, where she married David Sturgess on 27th March 1978.  The children were born in Uxbridge and they were Paul Francis Sturgess who was born on 17th March 1982, and Daniel Lewis Alan Sturgess who was born on 19th August 1983.  In the 1990s, the family was living at 110 Redwood Avenue in Woodley, four miles east of Reading in Berkshire

 

John Joseph Collett [1R35] was born on 25th June 1964 at Hillingdon and in the 1990s he was living at 15 Merton Avenue in Hillingdon

 

Lilian M Collett [1R36] was born at Cirencester in 1930, the eldest of the two known children of John William Collett and Beatrice A Smart, her birth was recorded there (Ref. 6a 528) during the first quarter of that year, when Lilian’s mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Smart.  It was during the first three months of 1955 when Lilian M Collett married Henry B Beasley, the event recorded at Cirencester (Ref. 7b 831), where their five children were born, all of their birth records confirming that their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  The birth of Patricia A Beasley was recorded there (Ref. 7b 507) during the third quarter of 1956; Janet M Beasley (Ref. 7b 555) born during the second quarter of 1959; James W H Beasley (Ref. 7b 573) born during the first quarter of 1961; Leslie R Beasley (Ref. 7b 655) born during the first quarter of 1962; and Angela A Beasley whose birth was recorded (Ref. 7b 617) during the last three months of 1963

 

Dennis W J Collett [1R37] was born at Cirencester in 1933, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 501) during the first three months of the year, and where his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Smart.  He was the younger of the two children of John William Collett and Beatrice A Smart

 

Margaret Jean Collett [1R38] was born at Swindon on 6th June 1935, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 5a 22), when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Hayward.  It was in Swindon where she married John Willis on 30th November 1957.  What is of great interest here is that John Willis was the son of Kate Willis nee Collett born in Swindon in 1910.  The births of John and Margaret’s two children were recorded at Swindon, where the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  Details of the family of Kate Collett (Ref. 28P90) are provided in Part 28 – The Faringdon Line.  Jean, as she was known, was a resident at the Wemyys Lodge Nursing Home in Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, when she passed away on her 85th birthday on 6th June 2020.  The death notice printed in the Swindon newspaper, made reference to her family, comprising her two children Deborah and Gary, and her grandchildren Katie and Lauren.  Deborah (Debbie) Willis was born in 1963 at Swindon, as was Gary Willis who was born in 1966

 

Sheila A Collett [1R39] was born at Swindon on 18th November 1938, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 5a 55), when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Hayward.  It was also at Swindon that she married John Murphy during the second quarter of 1960 (Ref. 7c 1259) and where their two sons were born.  Trevor L Murphy was born in 1962 and Vincent John Murphy was born in 1966

 

Susan Collett [1R40] was born at Devizes on 1st October 1949.  She married Roger Chillcott and, after initially settling in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the first of their two sons were born, the family eventually moved to Hereford in 1981 and it was there that their second child was born.  Sadly, the youngest son was only four years old when Roger died in 1986.  In the 1990s Sue and the children were still living in Hereford, and that is also where Sue was still living in 2014, when she kindly provided extra details about her family.  During 2017, Susan’s son Tom made contact all the way from Sydney, having very recently emigrated to Australia with his wife Rebekah.  Susan’s two sons are Samuel Chillcott who was born on 9th June 1979 at Stratford-upon-Avon, Thomas Chillcott who was born on 25th March 1982 at Hereford

 

Nicholas Collett [1R41] was born at Trowbridge on 27th June 1953 when his family was residing in the nearby village of Holt.  It was also at Trowbridge where Nicholas married Carole Ann Lucas on 8th June 1974.  In the 1990s the family was living at 3 Winterslow Road at Bradley Gardens in Trowbridge, their two sons having been born in Trowbridge prior to that.  Sadly, it was around the middle of the 1990s that Nicholas and Carole were divorced, Nicholas still being single in 2014.  As regards their two sons, they both have a partner and still live in Trowbridge in 2014

 

1S22 – Lee Collett was born on 21st May 1979 at Trowbridge, Wiltshire

1S23 – Neil Collett was born on 26th August 1983 at Trowbridge, Wiltshire

 

Denise Lesley Collett [1R43] was born on 12th October 1960 at Cinderford and she married Kenneth Leslie Mason on 18th May 1985 at Forest Hill Church in Drybrook.  Their children were born in Gloucester and were Michelle Mason who was born on 6th July 1990, and Jack Lee Mason who was born on 9th October 1995

 

Robin Andrew Collett [1R44], who is known as Rob, was born in Nyasaland on 9th November 1954, the only son of Gerald David Martin Collett and his wife Jill Hodder.  He was educated at Cheltenham College from 1968 to 1972, and then attended Christchurch College in Oxford from 1973 until 1976.  He left Oxford with a Master of Arts degree and a post-graduate diploma in counselling, and in 1982 he was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order.  The initial contact with Rob was made during August 2009, and since then he has kindly provided the detail which has enabled his family line, back to his great grandfather John Martin Collett (Ref. 1O92), to be added to this file.  Today, Rob lives within the Moseley area of Birmingham

 

Lucy Deborah Collett [1R45] was born at Cambridge in England on 16th December 1962, the only daughter of Gerald David Martin Collett and his wife Jill Hodder.  Her birth was also recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 22) during the last quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Hodder.  It was on 8th March 1996 that Lucy married Peter Prescott, with whom she had two sons whose births were recorded at Hammersmith in London, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  Nicholas James W Prescott was born on 4th August 1996 and Jamie Christopher Prescott was born on 17th July 1999

 

Sylvia W M Collett [1R47] was born in 1929 at Bournemouth, Hampshire, where her parents William Percival H Collett and Florence M Partridge where married nine months earlier.  At was also at Bournemouth register office that her birth was recorded (Ref. 2b 18) during the second quarter of 1929, her mother’s maiden name confirmed as Partridge.  The later marriage of Sylvia W M Collett and Kenneth E Pitts was recorded at the Somerset Bath register office (Ref. 7c 61) during the third quarter of 1947.  It was just over three years later that their son Stephen J Pitts was born, his birth also recorded at Bath register office (Ref. 7c 25) during the last three months of 1950, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett

 

Winsome D Collett [1R48] was born in 1936 at Bournemouth, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 2b 107) during the second quarter of 1929, her mother’s maiden name confirmed as Partridge.  Eleven years after the wedding of her older sister (above), Winsome married John E C Vivian, the event recorded at Chippenham register office (Ref. 7c 57) during the last quarter of 1961

 

Jill V Collett [1R49] was born on 20th August 1935 with her birth recorded at Totnes register office (Ref. 5b 64) during the third quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Ryder.  She was the older of the two daughters of Herbert Louis Collett and Doreen M Ryder.  She was recorded with her parents at Torquay on the day the 1939 Register was compiled, by which time she was already attending school.  Jill was not yet twenty years of age when the marriage of Jill V Collett and Leonard R Woods was recorded at Newton Abbot register office (Ref. 7a 102) during the second quarter of 1955.  

 

Carol A Collett [1R50] was born early in 1945, her birth recorded at Newton Abbot register office in Devon (Ref. 5b 111) during the first quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Ryder.  Carol was twenty-three years old when her marriage to Charles F Westwood was recorded at Torbay register office (Ref. 7a 5) during the last quarter of 1968

 

Hugh Bruce Collett [1R51] was born at Lyttelton around 1950, the eldest child of former mayor of Lyttelton James Bruce Collett and his wife Barbara Hodges.  Hugh was in his twenties when he left Christchurch in New Zealand in the late 1970s, first living in England then Saudi Arabia and eventually Indonesia.  It was in Indonesia where he has lived since 1983.  All of his sons attended Jakarta International School and, although they have never lived in New Zealand, they have retained their citizenship and national pride for that country

 

1S24 – David Hani Collett was born in 1982 at Al-Khobar in Saudi Arabia

1S25 – Paul Indra Collett was born in 1986 at Bogor in Indonesia

1S26 – Aaron Herawan Collett was born in 1989 at Jakarta in Indonesia

 

Averill Beverley Collett [1R54] was born in New Zealand on 28th November 1938, the eldest child of Harold Ernest Leslie Collett and Hazel Winifred Setchfield-Smith.  She married John Christenson in 1963 and presented him with five children.  They were Paul Christenson, who was born on 13th March 1964, Timothy Christenson, who was born on 15th July 1965, Sally Christenson, who was born on 24th January 1968, Jasin Christenson, who was born in 1971, and Amanda Gaye Christenson who was born on 20th September 1973

 

Lynette Jane Collett [1R55] was born at Palmerstone North in New Zealand on 10th October 1940, the second child of Harold and Hazel Collett.  It was during 1964 that she married Harry Wilkinson with whom she had three children.  Karen Wilkinson, who was born on 24th August 1965, Lance Wilkinson, who was born on 13th December 1966, and Angela Wilkinson who was born on 1st May 1968

 

Sandra Hazel Collett [1R56] was born in New Zealand on 28th June 1943, the daughter of Harold and Hazel Collett.  She married Keith Healey in 1963 and they had four sons.  Terry Healey, born on 17th May 1964, Nigel Healey, born on 9th May 1966, Stephen Healey, born on 13th July 1968, and Glenn Healey who was born on 22nd September 1973

 

Darryl Leslie Nelson Collett [1R57] was born at Christchurch on 4th November 1948, the fourth child and eldest son of Harold and Hazel Collett.  It was on 10th September 1972 when he married Lesley Ashmore, the marriage producing two children for Darryl and Lesley while they were living in Australia

 

1S27 - Mechelle Collett was born on 23rd April 1975 at Perth, Australia

1S28 – Bradley Collett was born in 1977 at Perth, Australia

 

Anthony Harold Nicholas Collett [1R58] was born in New Zealand on 14th July 1959   He married (1) Kim Polkinhorne on 7th June 1982 and they had a daughter, before Anthony married (2) Tess Kendrick with whom he also had a daughter

 

1S29 – Nardine Collett was born on 30th March 1985 in New Zealand

1S30 – a Collett daughter was born around 1995 in New Zealand

 

Richard Ernest Collett [1R59] was born on 25th July 1936 at San Francisco, the older of the two children of Raymond Leonard Collett and Beatrice Maud Foan.  He was married twice in his life, the first time to (1) Carol Peterson on 31st October 1959, and later to (2) Lynn Norwood on 5th June 1976.  All three of Richard’s children came from his first marriage

 

1S31 – Lisa Ann Collett was born during 1960 in America

1S32 – Michael Collett was born during 1962 in America

1S33 – Steven Rolf Collett was born during 1967 in America

 

Linda Ann Collett [1R60] was known as Lyn, and was born on 29th February 1940 at San Francisco and like her brother (above), she too married two times.  (1) Ben Arnold Griffin and (2) Paul Douglas Grant, her first husband being the father of her three children.  They were Richard Craig Griffin born in 1960, Jay Victor Griffin born on 10th March 1965, and Paula Lyn Grant Griffin in 1974

 

Ronald Lewis Collett [1R61] was born at Christchurch on 29th April 1942, the first of the three children of Arthur Stanley Collett and Beatrice Ann McDowell.  It was on 19th February 1966 that he married Carol Nina Edith Manners, who was born on 27th October 1944.  Within the following eight years, Carol presented Ronald with three children

 

1S34 – Dean Collett was born during 1970 in New Zealand

1S35 – Julia Collett was born during 1971 in New Zealand

1S36 – Glen Collett was born on 4th February 1974 in New Zealand

 

Carolyn Laraine Collett [1R62] was born at Christchurch on 14th February 1946.  She married Albert Allan Agnew on 11th April 1970, Allan having been born on 12th October 1943.  The couple’s two children are Sarah Ainas Agnew (born 8th April 1973) and Mark Allan Agnew (born 20th December 1977

 

Susanne Fay Collett [1R63] was born on 30th September 1952 at Christchurch, the last child of Tom and Bea Collett.  Her marriage to Gerald Forsyth Robertson was conducted on 18th February 1977, Gerald having been born on 28th December 1951.  Their three children are Luke Boyd Robertson (born 21st October 1979), Blair Allan Robertson (born 22nd March 1982; died 5th July 1982), and Anna Louise Robertson (born 10th October 1983)

 

Julie E Collett [1R64] was born at Sydenham in Christchurch who, on being married became Julie E Holmes.  For many years, Julie has lived at Witherlea in Blenheim and, prior to that, she raised three children, including twins Michael Holmes and Nicola Holmes, plus Karen Holmes who was born on 29th November 1970, who now lives in America

 

Brian Gregory Collett [1R65] was born in the Sydenham district of Christchurch, the second of the three children Ernest George Collett and his first wife Joyce Ellen Houghton.  Brian is married to Jane, with whom he has three children, and has been living at Cairns in Australia since 1972, and it was he who kindly supplied the information relating to his family from his great grandfather Ernest Collett (Ref. 1O128)

 

Graham William Collett [1R67] was born in New Zealand on 2nd May 1941, the only child of Ralph Collett and Mabel Christine Sim.  He later married Heather Jane Nicholson, who was born on 3rd August 1947, with whom he had two daughters

 

1S37 – Vicky Ann Collett was born in 1971 in New Zealand

1S38 – Julie Louise Collett was born in 1975 in New Zealand

 

Graeme Sevicke Collett [1R68] was the only child of Geoffrey Sevicke Collett and Kathleen Blank, and the grandson of George William Collett and Christina Sevicke Jones.  Graeme was born at Waimate in South Canterbury, New Zealand, during 1940 and by 2021 he and his wife Margaret Fay were living in Dunedin.  As a couple, they have spent many years researching their family history, and included a trip to England back some years ago, when they spent time in Gloucestershire, visiting Leonard Stanley, Haresfield, Quenington, etc, tracing the family back from Graeme’s great great grandfather Samuel Collett and his parents Thomas Collett and his wife Ann Antill.  Before his death, Graeme’s uncle, Hori Coutts Collett (1906-2001), gave him a ledger that had belonged to his great grandfather Samuel Collett.  It was from that comprehensive document that Hori got information for his publication 'The Story of Two Families' 1999.  The ledger covers Samuel's working life around Quenington from 1853 to 1858, the voyage out to New Zealand, and then in Christchurch through to 1878 when he and his family moved south to Waimate.  It is thanks to Graeme, who made contact in 2021, that new information has been added to this family line

 

AARON BRIAN COLLETT [1S3] was born in 1977 at the London Road Maternity Hospital in Kettering.  However, within a few days of his arrival it was closed down as part of the National Health Service expenditure cuts.  His occupation is that of quality auditor, health & safety advisor, and IT consultant, all of which he learnt while at the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Training & Enterprise.  After that he joined Training Northants before joining his father to work for the world’s largest childcare provider.  It was while employed at Bright Horizons Family Solutions that he became interested in photography.  Such was his natural talent with a camera, that he was soon appointed official photographer for the company on both sides of the Atlantic, resulting in tremendous opportunities for travel.  In 2005 he set up his own business and internet website www.aaroncollettphotography.co.uk which enabled him, in his spare time, to undertake weddings and portrait commissions during the following years.  He also forged links with a number of musicians, taking shots at live concerts.  This photograph was taken by himself in 2004

 

He is also an accomplished keyboard player and composer.  He recorded, engineered, and mixed his own music with some input from other musicians, in the recording studio he had set up at his home in Northamptonshire, and he designed and printed the covers for the compact discs that he produced.  He performed his own compositions live on BBC Local Radio and, on one occasion, played piano at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank in London as part of a music workshop with the composer and conductor James MacMillan and the London Sinfonietta.  He became engaged to Tina Kubiszyn of Northampton on 12th February 2008, following his proposal to her in a snow-covered Central Park in New York.  The couple were eventually married on 10th October 2010 at Sedgebrook Hall near Chapel Brampton in Northamptonshire

 

LLOYD NYALL COLLETT [1S4] was born in 1987 at Northampton’s Barratt Maternity Hospital.  He was baptised on 1st May 1988 at All Saints Church in Brixworth, the oldest and largest Saxon church still in use in England at that time.  Like his brother, Aaron (above), he too is interested in music and began learning the violin, before deciding to concentrate on the piano. Lloyd was also a keen sportsman and excels at golf, badminton and tennis.  Also like his brother, he too is a keen photographer.  In 2004 he began his working career with Barclays Bank in Northampton and, in just over two years, had been promoted to manage a small branch in the county.  He was also commissioned by the Bank to take photographs for displaying in the meeting rooms of Barclays Tower at Canary Wharf.  Six months before his twenty-first birthday he transferred to the Leicestershire district where he was made branch manager responsible for a main town centre branch of Barclays, together with a satellite branch in a nearby village

 

By the Spring of 2009, Lloyd had received the first of two major promotions; the first to manage a prestigious branch within the City of London, and the second one year later to an even larger branch in the heart of the shopping district.  A further position, as branch manager, became available to him in the Autumn of 2011, still within the City of London.  Also, by that time, Lloyd’s interest and skill in photography had developed to such an extent he was often asked to take the pictures at his friends’ and colleagues’ weddings.  In 2012 Lloyd climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and raised over £10,000 for Christie Cancer Care.  In 2015, Lloyd left London, when a new job opportunity took him to Lancashire, where he now lives with his wife Rachael and their two daughters, following their wedding on 23rd September 2017 at Stanley, Mellor, just west of Blackburn.  Their daughters were born when the family was living at Bromley Cross, from where they moved north to Edgworth in 2020

 

1T1 – Aria Rose Collett was born on 9th March 2016 in a Manchester Hospital

1T2 – Evalie Rae Collett was born on 16th August 2018 in a Manchester Hospital

 

Nicholas Norris Collett [1S5] was born on 21st August 1964 at Swindon.  He married Lucy Margaret Alsford on 4th July 1987 in Tunbridge Wells.  His occupation was that of Director at the company of his father-in-law, J. Alsford of Tunbridge Wells

 

1T3 – Sophie Louise Collett was born on 28th September 1989 at Tunbridge, Kent

1T4 – Ethan Collett was born on 4th August 1991 at Tunbridge, Kent

1T5 – Jordan Collett was born on 20th December 1993 at Tunbridge, Kent

1T6 – Emily Collett was born on 31st May 1996 at Tunbridge, Kent

1T7 – Samuel Collett was born on 31st May 1996 at Tunbridge, Kent

 

Simon David Collett [1S6] was born on 12th August 1966 and was an electrician in his father’s company in Swindon.  Simon married Kate Harry on 12th May 2011 in the town hall at Amalfi on the south-west coast of Italy.  Present at the wedding was Simon’s widowed mother Glynis, his brother Nick (above) with his wife Lucy and their twins Emily and Samuel, plus Simon and Kate’s two Swindon born children Paige Madeline Ricks, who was born on 27th November 2002, and daughter Isabelle Sarah Collett, together with some friends

 

1T8 – Isabelle Sarah Collett was born on 5th October 2009 at Swindon

 

Helen Frances Collett [1S7] was born at Swindon on 22nd September 1968 and, at the time her birth was recorded there, her mother’s maiden name was stated as being Vincent.  It was during the spring of 1991 that Helen F Collett married Mark A Martin at Swindon where the event was recorded (Ref. 23 2008).  The births of the couple’s two children were recorded at Swindon and, in each case, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  They were Samuel Thomas D Martin, born on 26th November 1995, and Lucy Sarah Martin, born on 13th November 1997

 

Sarah Jillian Collett [1S8] was born at Swindon on 2nd June 1970, her birth recorded there (Ref. 7c 2505), when her mother’s maiden name was given as Vincent.  The marriage of Sarah J Collett and James D Hyner was recorded at Swindon (Ref. 23 2929) during the summer of 1992.  The births of all of their four children were recorded at Swindon and, in each case, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  They were Jack Benjamin Hyner, born 6th April 1991, Benjamin James Hyner, born 24th November 1994, Thomas Jack Hyner, born 10th June 1997, and Emily Victoria Hyner, born 29th August 1999

 

Alison Louise Collett [1S9] was born at Swindon on 5th December 1972, the third daughter of Alan Francis Robin Collett and Gillian Davis.  However, the record of her birth, like those of her three siblings, stated their mother’s maiden name was Vincent and not Davis.  The birth of Alison Louise Collett was recorded at Swindon (Ref. 7c 2359).  Alison L Collett married Leslie E R Sawyer at Reading (Ref. 320 0125) during the summer of 2001

 

Peter Alan M Collett [1S10] was born at Swindon on 18th August 1974, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 23 1914)

 

Darren Lee Steven Collett [1S11] was born on 6th January 1971 at Swindon, the eldest child of Stephen Collett and his wife Christine Farnell.  His partner, Michaela Cox of Swindon, was the mother of his daughter, who also born in Swindon.  Chloe Victoria Collett was born at midday on the same day that the whole Collett family was assembled to celebration the 80th birthday of Albert Edward Collett (Ref. 1Q16).

 

1T9 – Chloe Victoria Collett was born on 21st March 1998 at Swindon

 

Patrick Robert Jason Collett [1S12] was born on 10th December 1972 at Swindon, the second son of Stephen and Christine Collett.  It was also at Swindon where he married Yvonne Angela Callcut on 29th January 1994 and it was there that their daughter was born.  Sometime much later Patrick and Yvonne parted company, and it was with his new partner Julia Willoughby that Patrick had a baby daughter Freya Isla Collett who at 4.20 p.m. weighing 6lb 3oz

 

1T10 – Jordon Marie Collett was born on 23rd July 1994 at Swindon

1T11 – Freya Isla Collett was born on 4th January 2015 at Swindon

 

Kristian Neil Wayne Collett [1S13] was born at Swindon on 3rd October 1973, the third son of Stephen and Christine Collett.  In 2010 Kristian and his partner Emily Louise Clayton had a son when they were living in the Birmingham area

 

1T12 – Alfie Junior (Ajay) Collett was born on 8th March 2010 at Birmingham

 

Noel Natham James Collett [1S14] was born at Swindon on 21st December 1974, the fourth son of Stephen and Christine Collett.  In 2014 Noel was married to Louise and they have two children

 

1T13 – Ellie Grace Collett was born on 17th September 2012 at Swindon

1T14 – James Alexander Collett was born on 17th May 2014 at Swindon

 

Leanne Victoria Krystal Collett [1S15] was born at Swindon on 10th July 1982, the fifth and last child of Stephen Collett by his wife Christine Farnell.  She later married Daniel Wayne Cox with whom she had a daughter, Taylor Nicole Cox, who was born at Swindon on 22nd April 2002

 

David Hani Collett [1S24] was born at Al-Khobar in Saudi Arabia on 20th December 1982, the eldest of the three sons of Hugh Bruce Collett, and currently lives at Manila in the Philippines.

 

Paul Indra Collett [1S25] was born Bogor in Indonesia on 7th January 1986, the second son of Hugh Bruce Collett.  Paul currently resides in Bali in Indonesia, and it was he who kindly provided the new information regarding his father and his two brothers

 

Aaron Herawan Collett [1S26] was born at Jakarta in Indonesia on 29th September 1989, the youngest of the three sons of Hugh Bruce Collett.  In 2014, Aaron was living and working in Hong Kong

 

Bradley Collett [1S28] was born at Perth in Australia on 25th March 1977, the youngest of the two children of Darryl Leslie Collett and his wife Lesley Ashmore.  It was on 1st March 2009 that Bradley married Sue Goh, their first child being born at Melbourne during the following year, with another expected during the month of August in 2012

 

1T15 – Zacharia Ashley Collett was born on 9th July 2010 at Melbourne, Australia

1T16 – another Collett child was born during 2012 at Melbourne, Australia

 

Lisa Ann Collett [1S31] was born during 1960 in America, the first-born child of Richard Ernest Collett and his first wife Carol Peterson.  Lisa was initially married in February 1985, but later married (2) Eric Patz who was born in New Jersey.  That second marriage resulted in the birth of two daughters for Lisa and Eric, and they were Samantha Marie Patz (born 26th October 1992) and Christie Nicole Patz (born on 25th April 1996)

 

Michael Collett [1S32] was born on 25th October 1962 in America and was the older of the two son of Richard and Carol Collett.  The marriage of Michael Collett and Stephanie Anne Alford took place on 22nd December 1984, after which the couple settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where their two children were born

 

1T17 – Trent Collett was born on 1st August 1991 at Atlanta, Georgia

1T18 – Anna Collett was born on 27th April 1994 at Atlanta, Georgia

 

Steven Rolf Collett [1S33] was born during 1967 in America, the third and last child of Richard and Carol Collett.  It was on 25th May 1995 that Steven married Lisa Corley at the port city of Duluth in Minnesota

 

1T19 – Sarah Katherine Collett was born on 17th June 1998 at Lawrenceville

 

Dean Collett [1S34] was born on 23rd August 1970 in New Zealand, eldest of the three children of Ronald Lewis Collett and Carol Nina Edith Manners.  The marriage of Dean Collett and Carol was conducted on 10th January 1997 at Blenheim within the Marlborough district of New Zealand South Island

 

Julia Collett [1S35] was born on 12th February 1971 in New Zealand.  She was eleven days short of her twenty-first birthday, when the marriage of Julia Collett and Michael Andrew Fraser took place on 1st February 1992, Michael had been born on 8th August 1964 and he and Julia had two children of their own.  Jared Michael Fraser was born on 22nd October 1994 and Lews Andrew Fraser was born on 16th July 1997

 

Vicky Ann Collett [1S36] was born on 25th September 1971 in New Zealand and she married John Lewis on 22nd March 2003

 

Julie Louise Collett [1S37] was born on 25th June 1975 in New Zealand and she married Shane Cate on 7th November 1998, with whom she has a daughter Erika Louise Cate who was born on 29th December 1999

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE

A brief diary of events in the Royal Navy service life of submarine commander Anthony Foster Collett (Ref. 1Q64)

Re-produced here courtesy of Rob Collett (Ref. 1R44) of Birmingham

 

HMS UNIQUE (a Submarine Class N95)

On 10th March 1941 the Unique, under Lt. A.F. Collett, torpedoes and sinks the Italian passenger/cargo ship ‘Fenicia’ about 95 nautical miles north-west of Tripoli, Libya.

3rd June 1941 the Unique, under Lt. F.D.G. Challis, torpedoes and damages (total loss) the Italian cargo ship ‘Arsia’ inside Lampedusa harbour.  At 1825 hours the previous day HMS Unique spotted a small Italian convoy.  The convoy entered Lampedusa harbour nearly an hour later.  The next day Unique closed the harbour submerged to investigate and found one of the ships in an exposed position, provided that the boom defences were not effective against torpedoes.  At 0753 hours, a torpedo was fired that struck the shore just astern of the ship.  Indeed, the boom defences were not torpedo proof, so another torpedo was fired at 0822 hours.  This was a hit amidships.  A big column of water and debris was thrown in the air followed by white smoke.

20th August 1941 the Unique, under Lt. A.R. Hezlet, torpedoes and sinks the Italian troop transport ‘Esperia’ 11 nautical miles bearing 318 off the Tripoli lighthouse, Libya

5th January 1942 the Unique, under Lt. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, attacks the Italian battleship ‘Littorio’ with torpedoes in the Gulf of Taranto.  All torpedoes fired missed their target.

 

HMS TACTICIAN (a Submarine Class P314)

5th May 1943 the Tactician, under Lt. Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, sinks the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel V17 / Pia with gunfire about 10 nautical miles west of Grosseto, Italy

12th June 1943 the Tactician, under Lt. Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, sinks the Italian schooner ‘Bice’ with gunfire 5 nautical miles north-east of the Bari lighthouse.  At 1220 hours (no time zone given in patrol report) the Tactician surfaced and engaged a large schooner with gunfire from 2200 yards.  The schooner was escorted by an armed vessel that was approximately 4500 yards away.  The first round was fired only 24 seconds after the Tactician passed 10 feet.  The fourth and fifth rounds were hits on the schooner’s hull.  The crew of the schooner abandoned ship.  About 5 minutes into the action the armed vessel opened fire on the Tactician which now shifted target.  Several hits were obtained on this vessel with one of the hits knocking out its gun.  The enemy vessel eventually fled towards Bari harbour.  Target was now shifted back to the schooner and that soon started to settle after several more hits.  At 1234 hours the Tactician was taken under fire by shore batteries forcing Lt. Cdr. Collett to dive and break off the action.  At 1320 hours 23 depth charges were dropped but these caused no damage.

14th June 1943 the Tactician, under Lt. Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, torpedoes and damages the Italian merchant ship ‘Rosandra’ off the coast of Albania.  The ship sinks the following day.  At 1610 hours (no time zone given in patrol report), while the Tactician was in position 15 nautical miles bearing 155 Cape Linguetta, a northbound merchant vessel of 7600 tons was sighted close inshore.  Four torpedoes were fired when range was closed to 2200 yards.  Although no escort was seen during the setup of the attack there was one that closed upon the Tactician and forced her deep shortly after firing the torpedoes.  Before the last torpedo exploded, a depth charge was dropped that was very close.  Within 10 minutes, 16 more depth charges were dropped with three of them even closer than the first one.  No real damage was done and the escort lost contact soon after.

20th February 1944 the Tactician, under Lt. Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, attacks a Japanese submarine north of Sumatra.  Five torpedoes were fired but these missed.  At 0725 hours, the Tactician spotted a Japanese submarine on the surface steering course 125.  At 0729 hours 5 torpedoes were fired from 5000-6000 yards.  All five torpedoes missed the target.  It was intended to fire eight torpedoes but when the 5th torpedo was fired it was realised that the targets speed was underestimated.

28th February 1944 the Tactician, under Lt. Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, sinks a small Japanese vessel off Penang.

27th May 1944 the Tactician, under Lt. Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, sinks two Siamese sailing vessels with gunfire of the west coast of Siam (today known as Thailand).

 

 

 

APPENDIX TWO

A brief history of the life of Gerald David Martin Collett (1Q65),

and re-produced here by the courtesy of Rob Collett (Ref. 1R44) of Birmingham

 

Born in Cheltenham in 1928, and educated at Cheltenham College, Gerald read law at Trinity College, Oxford.  After completing his national service in the Royal Air Force Education Branch from 1949 until 1950, and completing his pupilage under Christmas Humphreys, he was called to the Bar of England and Wales at the Inner Temple in 1951.  His working life started in Central Africa as a Crown Counsel to the Nyasaland Protectorate (now Malawi), where he married Jill Hodder and they remained until 1960.  Returning to England he then worked for the John Hilton Bureau in Cambridge, which answered questions from readers of the News of the World on a wide range of issues, including legal matters.  In 1963, at the age of 35, Gerald went abroad again to become Solicitor General of the Bahamas, a post he held until 1970, when he became Attorney General.  Practising law was an excellent field for his bright intelligence, his incisive clarity of mind, and extraordinary memory, which enabled him to have a considerable knowledge of the law at his finger-tips.  Although excelling in legal draughtmanship, his love was advocacy.  He was in court whenever the opportunity presented itself.  It was a natural step for him to become a Queen’s Counsel for the Bahamas in 1971.  When the Bahamas achieved Independence in 1973, he became Attorney General of Bermuda and held the post until 1981.  In Bermuda, he oversaw the prosecution of a number of major cases, notably those of ‘Buck’ Burrows and Larry Tacklyn for the Shopping Centre murders, for which they were hanged.  While in Bermuda, he also helped to found the Legal Aid Committee, of which he was the chairman for many years.  He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Honours in 1980

 

In 1983, after two years in private practice with conveyers Dill and Pearman, he joined the Bermuda Supreme Court as a Puisne Judge where he presided over a wide range of cases.  In 1987 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Cayman Islands.  Within his profession Gerald Collett was highly thought of.  He had a reputation for being principled in his application of the law, demonstrating above all his humanity and broad-mindedness.  Economy of words was his passion.  Consequently, he was admired by colleagues and members of the Bar alike.  Edward Zacca, President of the Bermuda and Caymanian Courts of Appeal, both courts on which Gerald Collett sat, said of him “He was a very distinguished jurist and was well respected by the Bar for his well-reasoned judgments and decisions.”  The current Chief Justice of Cayman [in 2011] Richard Ground, who appeared before him when he was Attorney General of the Cayman Islands, said: “He was a very well-respected Chief Justice in Cayman.  He was a fine judge and a clever man and had a great sense of fairness.  He brought common sense to the Bench, but was also capable of being very intellectual in his approach.”  Ramon Alberga QC, paying tribute on behalf of the Caymanian Bar, observed that Gerald Collett “Was quick to get to the heart of a problem; he did not delay in rendering his judgments, which were always well reasoned and logical expositions.  He had a passionate sense of justice and fair play and the moral courage to go with it.  He would never tolerate abuse or excess, nor would he be afraid to oppose it no matter what quarter it came from”

 

He also inspired tremendous loyalty in his staff, who held him in great affection and admiration.  When he retired in 1991 to his wife’s native Ireland, the couple lived near Cork.  Becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Arbitration, he still worked part-time, and increasingly found himself advising many Caribbean governments, as well as those in Mauritius and Fiji on constitutional and legislative drafting issues, and in particular establishing legal aid systems.  In 1995 he was appointed to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal and remained with the Court until February 2005, a month before he died at the age of 77.  His Irish wife Jill was the author of published books entitled “Bermuda – Her Plants and Gardens, 1609-1850”, and “A Guide to the Gardens of the Caribbean”.  Happily settled in Ireland, Gerald later married Mollie Huth in 2003, but was bereaved that the same year, when she passed away