PART EIGHTEEN

 

The Main Suffolk Line – 1890 to 2020

 

This is the fourth of four sections of Part 18 of the Collett family

 

Updated January 2022

 

The contributors for a previous update were Gillian Hawley, Liz Whittaker,

Gordon Collett, cousins Alan Collett and Sue Hammler, and Robert Porter

 

The new information in May 2011 was provide by John Davies,

great grandson of Edith Florence Davies nee Collett (Ref. 18Q169), and

Sue Hammler, the daughter of Cecil Benjamin Collett (Ref. 18Q79)

 

The information for the previous update was generously provide by

Katerina Antalopoulos, the granddaughter of Emily Collett (Ref. 18P28).

The Jan ‘10 update related to Mabel May Collett (Ref. 18Q84), the information for which

was kindly provided by Mary-Ann Dunn nee Collett (Ref. 18S39),

and Kate Collett (Ref. 18P104) the great grandmother of Steve Keeble

The Dec ‘09 update was thanks to Jane Reuben nee Collett (Ref. 18S88) of Surrey

Gordon Alan Collett (Ref. 18S91) kindly provided some of his family details

The information for the April 09 update related to Lionel Chas Geo Collett (Ref. 18Q62)

which was kindly provided by his great grandson Mark Norman

The information for the February 2009 update was kindly provided by Judith Jones

and relates to the family of John Christian George Collett (Ref. 18P151)

The previous update to the file provided details of the family line of siblings Rachael

and Andrew Collett down to Andrew’s son Sean Francis Collett (Ref. 18T34) who was

born in 2002 from Henry Colet in 1360, the line being identified by the names in italic print.

 

 

Benjamin George Collett [18Q60] was born at Gorleston in early 1888, the birth being registered at Mutford (Ref. 4a 957) during the first quarter of that year.  He was always known as George, following the death of his father, when he was only a few weeks old.  He was the third child and only known son of George Collett and Eliza Kerrison.  In 1891 he was recorded with his widowed mother and his older sister Margaret (above) living at St Johns Road in Belton, the home of his maternal grandparents George and Sarah Kerrison.  George Collett was three years old at that time in his life.  By 1901 he was still living with his widowed mother at the home of her then widowed father at St Johns Road in Belton All Saints, Sarah Kerrison having passed away during the 1890s.  George Collett of Gorleston was 13 and was still attending school while, to provide an income for the family, his mother ran a laundry and wash business with her own account.  Also living at the address was George Kerrison junior, the uncle of George B Collett, which must have been confusing, having three Georges living together.  Four months after the census day, gardener George Kerrison senior died at Belton, where he was buried on 6th August 1901.  Over the next few years George and his mother left Belton, when they moved into Gorleston, where they were living at 68 Suffield Road in the town in 1911.  George was recorded in the census return that year as George B Collett, aged 23, who was born there, while his widowed mother Eliza from Belton was 52.  On that occasion George was working as a railway clerk

 

In the middle of the First World War, Benjamin George Collett married Winifred Alice Harper, their wedding recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 51) during the first three months of 1916.  Winifred’s birth was recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 21) during the third quarter of 1893, after which she was baptised on 10th September 1893, the daughter of blacksmith Edward Patrick Harper and his wife Elizabeth of Victoria Street where Winifred had been born on 13th August 1893.  They were only married for thirteen years when the death of Benjamin George Collett was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 4b 131) during the second quarter of 1929 at the age of only 41.  He was buried at Great Yarmouth on 23rd April 1929, but not in consecrated ground, when it was confirmed that he died at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital.  The Administration of the Estate of Benjamin George Collett of Montcalm Road in Norwich, who died on 29th March 1929, was granted at Norwich on 27th June 1929 to Winifred Alice Collett, widow, for £280 2 Shillings 8 Pence.  Ten years later Winifred and her two children were residing at 78 Upper Cliff Road in Great Yarmouth.  Winifred A Collett, a widow, gave her date of birth as 14th August instead of the 13th, when she was the housekeeper doing unpaid domestic duties.  Her daughter’s details were redacted on the form, although she was known to be Brenda E Collett whose birth was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 4b 192) during the third quarter of 1926, while her son’s details were not redacted.  He was Brian G Collett, a schoolboy, whose date of birth was 3rd May 1929, meaning that he had been born just over a week after his father had died.  Perhaps it was the Second World War that caused Winifred to leave Great Yarmouth, because she was later living in Bedfordshire when she died, with her death recorded at Luton register office (Ref. 4a 154) during the second quarter of 1955, when she was 61 years old

 

18R49 – Brenda E Collett was born in 1926 at Norwich

18R50 – Brian George Collett was born in 1929 at Yarmouth

 

James Edward Collett [18Q61] was born at Gorleston in 1884, the first-born child of James Collett and Hannah Priscilla Adams, his birth registered at Mutford (Ref. 4a 900) during the second quarter of the year.  By 1890, the family had travelled north to West Hartlepool, where two of James’ brothers were born, and where the family was living in 1891 at 1 Belgrave Terrace in the Stranton district of West Hartlepool, when James E Collett who was seven years of age.  Towards the end of the century, his family moved again, to 12 Beethoven Street in South Shields, where James Edward Collett aged 17 and from Gorleston, was a steward on a trawler.  His father was not with the family that day as he was in South Africa making preparations for his family to emigrate there a few years later.  On his return to England shortly thereafter, his father together with James and his brother John (below) sailing out to South Africa to set up their new home, for James’ mother and his younger sibling, who joined them in 1904.  It was at Highfield Road in Green Point, Cape Town that his family was living in 1926, where James’ father died that year.  By the time his mother died in 1942, she was living at ‘Allviews’ Vesperdene Road, Green Point within the Cape Town District.  No record of the marriage of James Edward Collett from England has been found, even though he was described as a married man when he died.  At that time in his life, he was still living at ‘Allviews’ on Vesperdene Road at Green Point, where he died on 6th May 1952.  His death certificate said he was 68, a retired maslin mariner working for a trawling company, who was to be cremated at Maitland.  The cause of death was (a) coronary occlusion, (b) chronic myocarditis, and (c) arterial sclerosis.  While he had been suffering with (b) and (c) for three years, with (a) being only during the last eight months

 

John Edward Collett [18Q62] was born at Gorleston in 1887, his birth registered at Mutford (Ref. 4a 933) during the third quarter of the year, another son of James and Hannah Collett.  Just after the birth of his sister Maud (below) also at Gorleston, the family to 1 Belgrave Terrace in the Stranton district of West Hartlepool, where they were residing in 1891, Edward J Collett from Gorleston was three years old.  Nine years later his father was seeking a new life for the family in South Africa and was missing from the family home at 12 Beethoven Street in South Shields on the day of the census of 1901.  By that time John had finished his schooling and, as John Edward Collett from Gorleston, he was 13 and already working as a draper’s errand boy.  Tragically, later that same year, 14-year-old John Edward Collett died, with his passing recorded at South Shields register office (Ref. 10a 575) during the third quarter of 1901

 

Maud May Collett [18Q63] was born at Gorleston in 1889 with her birth also registered at Mutford (Ref. 4a 921) during the third quarter of the year, the eldest of the two daughters of James and Hannah Collett.  Not long after she was born, her family travelled north to West Hartlepool where they were living in 1891 at 1 Belgrave Terrace in the Stranton district of West Hartlepool, when Maud M Collett was one year old.  By the end of the decade, with her father in South Africa, preparing to take the family there, Maud and the remainder of the family was living at 12 Beethoven Street in South Shields in 1901, when she was 11 years old and still at school.  After the preparations had been completed the family sailed to Cape Town in 1904.  It was in South Africa, later in her life, that Maud May Collett was married and became Maud May Bengtson.  She was only 42 years old when she died on 8th November 1931 and living at Torbay Road in Green Point, Cape District, when her anticipated burial place was Waltemath.  The cause of death was chronic interstitial nephritis and broncho pneumonia, with which she had suffered the past two years.  Her husband was Johan Edward Bengtson from Sweden who had survived his wife by twenty years when he died on 12th March 1951 at Tamboers Kloof Nursing Home in Cape Town.  His death certificate confirmed that he was 78, a retiring sea captain with a trawling company, residing at 19 Sidney Street, Green Point within the Cape District, with his body to buried at Maitland No. 1 Cemetery, the cause of death being prostate cancer.  The family gravestone includes the names of Maud May and Johan Edward, together with George Basil Bengtson and Elsie Lol Bengtson

 

Cecil Henry Collett [18Q64] was born at 1 Belgrave Terrace in Stanton, West Hartlepool in 1890, the fourth of the six children of James Collett and Hannah Priscilla Adams.  His birth was registered at Hartlepool (Ref. 10a 151) in the third quarter of 1890, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Adams.  It was there also that he was living with his family in 1891, when he was a few months old.  Ten years later, when Cecil H Collett was 10 years of age, the family was living at 12 Beethoven Street in South Shields, when his fisherman father from Suffolk was in South Africa planning a new life there for his family.  It was three years later when the family sailed to Cape Town in 1904, where Cecil became a fishing boat skipper.  On reaching full-age he married Eveline with whom he sailed back to England on board the ‘Guildford Castle’ of the Union Castle Shipping Line, due to arrive at the Port of London on 29th July 1913.  The passenger list identified the couple, travelling third-class and disembarking at Southampton, as Cecil Henry Collett aged 23 and a clerk, and his wife Mrs Eveline Collett who was also 23, both of them from the Union of South Africa

 

Over the following years the couple sailed to England on many occasions, the next in 1924, when Henry was 33 and a manager travelling second-class to 15 Crouch Hall Road at Crouch End in London, when Eveline was 34.  For the next two crossings, in April and August 1939, the couple had a first-class cabin, when their forward destination for both trips was 37 George Road, South Chingford in London, when they were both 49 years old and Cecil was a branch manager.  Further sailings were made in 1950 during March and August and again to the same address, from which they sailed back to Cape Town in December 1952, by which time Cecil had retired, when he and Eveline were 62.  The next time they were in England, they were staying at the home of Mr Flux at 1 Willis Vean, Mullion, near Helston in Cornwall, from where the couple returned to Cape Town on 22nd October 1955.  Once again, they were travelling first-class when their dates of birth were recorded as 15th July 1890 for Cecil and 11th January 1890 for Eveline.  For the next visit to England, the couple sailed from Cape Town direct to Plymouth, arriving there on 20th March 1958, when they were heading back to Mullion Cove in Cornwall.  That was the final voyage for Cecil, while Eveline travelled unaccompanied when she disembarked at Plymouth on 24th November 1960 for her last journey to Mullion.

 

The death of Cecil Henry Collett was recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 7a 669) during the last three months of 1959, at the age of 69.  At the time he and Eveline were living at Nahoon Poldhu Cove Road, Mullion, but it was in Freedom Field Hospital in Plymouth where he died on 22nd October 1959.  His Will was proved at Bodmin on 19th January 1960 to Lloyds Bank Limited for £3,885 6 Shillings 8 Pence.  It was during the first quarter of 1968 when the death of Eveline Collett, a widow, was recorded at the Cornwall Kerrier register office (Ref. 7a 68) when she was 78.  She died a fairly wealthy lady, when her Will was proved at Bodmin on 14th June 1968 in the sum of £21,988, having died on 13th January 1968 at Top Flat, Trelawne, Mullion, Helston, Cornwall

 

Arthur Benjamin Collett [18Q65] was born at West Hartlepool on 9th November 1892, his birth registered at Hartlepool (Ref. 10a 115) during the last three months of that year.  He was another son of James and Hannah Collett, who was eight years old in the South Shields census of 1901, and three years after that, he and his family left England for a new life in Cape Town, South Africa.  During the First World War, Arthur served with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and reached the rank of Lieutenant (2372/SA), who tragically died when the H MS Plumpton, a Paddle Minesweeper, struck a mine off the coast of Ostend on 19th October 1918, with the loss of all the crew.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the South African War Graves Project included the following details.  He was 26 years of age, the son of James and Hannah Collett of 2 Highfield Road in Cape Town and his naval base was Plumpton (Plymouth) in Devon.  He was buried at Dunkirk (Dunkerque) Town Cemetery

 

Alice Beulah Collett [18Q66], who was known as Beulah, was born at Gorleston on 19th July 1895, the last of the six children of James Collett and Hannah Priscilla Adams.  Her birth was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 33) during the third quarter of 1895, and she was five years old in the South Shields census of 1901 when living at 12 Beethoven Street.  Her family left England for South Africa in 1904, and it was at Cape Town where she married John James Ovenstone, whose known as Ean, on 14th, July 1919, with whom she had at least four, one of whom, who may not have survived, was Ray F Ovenstone.  Beulah was the paternal grandmother of the wife of David Elias of Perth in Western Australia, who generously provided new informed about his wife’s Collett family in 2016.  The couple, and their first two children, sailed from Cape Town on the ‘Walmer Castle’ of the Union Castle Line, which arrived at Southampton on 23rd June 1930.  The family, travelling second-class, comprised John James Ovenstone, a manufacturer aged 39, Alice Beulah Ovenstone aged 34, seven-year-old Andrewina B Ovenstone, and five-year-old John Ovenstone.  The forward address for the family was ‘care of’ Messrs A L Brown & Company, Botolph Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3, with their hotel rooms booked at the Regent Palace Hotel near Piccadilly Circus in the centre of London.  It was on 17th October 1930, that the family sailed back to Cape Town from Southampton on board the ‘Edinburgh Castle’

 

Their combined memorial stone was arranged by their children and reads as following.  “In Loving Memory of Our Father and Our Mother John James Ovenstone, born 26th September 1892, died 11th October 1959, and Alice Beulah Ovenstone, born 19th July 1897, died 23rd October 1962”.  It is apparent that the surviving children were aware of the day of her birth in July, but not the year in which she was born.  The South African death certificate for widow Alice Beulah Ovenstone, formerly Collett, stated she died at Victoria Hospital, Wynberg, Cape Province, of pancreatic cancer, her home address being 501 Ashley Court, Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town, with an intention of being buried at Maitland Crematorium, where John was buried three years before her passing.  The earlier death certificate for John James Ovenstone described him as having been born at Wick in Scotland, a company director of a manufacturing company living at 501 Ashley Court, Green Point, with a wife and three surviving children.  Their three children were married daughter Andrewina Beulah von Bruddenbock who was named after his mother and his wife, John Ovenstone, and Miss Zila Ovenstone

 

Between the death of her husband and her own demise, Alice Beulah Ovenstone travelled to England in 1960 to resolve her late husband’s personal estate and to visit her sister-in-law Eveline Collett, the widow of Alice’s brother Cecil Henry Collett (above) who had died in a Plymouth hospital earlier that year in January.  It was on board the ‘Athlone Castle’ which sailed out of Southampton on 21st July 1960, when the passenger list stated that Alice Beulah had been staying at Nahoon Poldhu Road in Mullion, Cornwall

 

Elizabeth Julia Collett [18Q67] was born at Gorleston on 26th June 1893, the eldest child of Cornelius Bradnum Collett of Mettingham and his wife Elizabeth Taylor from Crook in County Durham.  Her birth was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 29) during the third quarter of the year.  It was during the following year that Elizabeth was baptised at the Church of St Peter & St John in Kirkley in Lowestoft on 23rd November 1894.  During the following years Elizabeth and her parents left East Anglia, when they moved north to West Hartlepool where the family was living at 38 Winter Street in 1901 when Elizabeth was seven years old.  Another family move took place during the first decade of the new century, when Elizabeth’s family settled in the Tynemouth area, where they were living at 25 Princes Street in North Shields by 1911.  Elizabeth had already left the family home by then and was recorded in the census that year as Elizabeth Julia Collett from Gorleston who was 17.  She was at an institution in South Shields, just across the River Tyne from North Shields, where she was possibly working as a nurse, rather than being there as a patient.  It was during the third quarter of 1916 when the marriage of Elizabeth Julia Collett and James H Turner was recorded at Tynemouth register office (Ref. 10b 422).  As simply James Turner, his birth was recorded at Tynemouth (Ref. 10b 258) during the second quarter of 1891, having been born on 29th May that year

 

Over the following years Elizabeth gave birth to six children, one of whom suffered a premature death, with four of the remainder still living with the couple at 3 Tyne Terrace in Tynemouth in 1939.  The births of five children were recorded at Tynemouth register office, where their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  They were James Henry Turner born in 1919, Arthur Turner born in 1923, Irene Turner (1925 – 1931), Roland Edwin Turner born in 1929, and Harold Turner born in 1932.  The child missing from this list is William John Turner who was one of the four children with James and Elizabeth in 1939.  The Register that year recorded James H Turner as a trawler fisherman aged 48, his wife Elizabeth as 46, William J Turner, an assistant in a shipping store, whose date of birth was 29th March 1921, Arthur Turner who was unemployed but seeking work who was born on 25th December 1922, Roland E Turner who had been born in 1st April 1929 and still at school, while the entry for Harold Turner was redacted and officially closed.  Elizabeth Julia Turner was 69 when she died at Tynemouth where her death was recorded (Ref. 1b 498) during the second quarter of 1961.  Nearly twenty years later James Henry Turner was 88 when he died, his death recorded at North Tyneside register office (Ref. 2 1133) at the start of 1980.

 

Cornelius William Collett [18Q68] was born at West Hartlepool towards the end of 1895, his birth recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 968), the second child and only son of Cornelius Bradnum Collett from Suffolk and Elizabeth Taylor from County Durham.  Tragically, he did not survive, with the death of Cornelius William Collett being recorded at Hartlepool (Ref. 10a 93) during the first three months of 1897

 

Grace Hilda Collett [18Q69] was born at West Hartlepool on 20th May 1897, her birth being recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 157) during the second quarter of the year.  She was three years of age at the time of the census in 1901 when she and her family were residing at 38 Winter Street in West Hartlepool.  By the time of the next census in 1911 Grace, aged 13 and still attending school, was living at 25 Princes Street in North Shields with her family.  It was during the last three months of 1917 that Grace H Collett married George T Green while she was still living within in the Tynemouth registration district, and it was at Tynemouth register office (Ref. 10b 443) that the event was recorded.  The birth of George Thomas Green was also recorded at Tynemouth (Ref. 10b 236) during the first three months of 1891.  Their children were Cornelius C Green born in 1918, Minnie L Green born in 1924, and Hilda Green who was born in 1925, all three births recorded at Tynemouth register office, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  The death of Grace Hilda Green was recorded at Tynemouth register office (Ref. 1b 1531) during the first quarter of 1973

 

Mary Ann Collett [18Q70] was born at West Hartlepool on 22nd September1898, the youngest of the three daughters of Cornelius and Elizabeth Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 133) during the last three months of 1897.  By 1901 she was two years old and was living with her family at 38 Winter Street in West Hartlepool, where it is possible that she was born.  Not long after that the family moved to 25 Princes Street in North Shields where they were living in April 1911, when Mary was 12 years of age.  It was after peace in Europe was declared that Mary Ann Collett married John Thomas Taylor Williams, their wedding recorded at Tynemouth register office (Ref. 10b 801) during the last quarter of 1919.  As John Thomas Taylor Williams he born on 21st October 1897 and was baptised at St Stephen’s Church in South Shields on 7th November 1897, the son of John Taylor Williams and his wife Mary Elizabeth.  It was during the spring of 1973 when his death was recorded at Tynemouth register office (Ref. 1b 1310).  After five years as a widow, the death of Mary Ann Williams was recorded at North Tyneside register office (Ref. 2 1084) towards the end of 1978

 

Cornelius Collett [18Q71] was born at 38 Winter Street in West Hartlepool, just after the day of the census in 1901, his birth recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 190) during the second quarter of that year.  It was only a few months later that the death of Cornelius Collett was recorded there (Ref. 10a 87) during the third quarter of 1901.  He was the second son of that name and the last of the five children of Cornelius Bradnum Collett and Elizabeth Taylor

 

Matilda Mary Collett [18Q72] was very likely born at 21 Wards Terrace in the Stranton area of West Hartlepool, where she was living with her parents on the day of the census in 1891.  She was born on 15th March 1891, her birth registered at Hartlepool (Ref. 10a 130) during the second quarter of that year.  She was the eldest child of Henry Collett and his wife Mary Tims Mitchell, and was just three weeks old on the day of the census that year.  Her enlarged family was living at 26 Bentley Street in the town, ten years later, when Matilda Collett was 10 years of age and, by the time of the next census in 1911, Matilda Mary Collett was 20 and still living with her family which was recorded as residing at 194 Hart Road in Hartlepool.  Matilda remained a spinster well into her later fifties, although she did eventually marry Frederick S Edwards in Durham (Ref. 1a 1985) during the third quarter of 1947, the marriage being recorded at the Durham South-Eastern registration office.  Frederick Sykes Edwards of Stockton, whose birth was recorded there (Ref. 10a 60) on 20th September 1886, was the son of William and Jane Ann Edwards, and was an apprentice joiner at Stockton in March 1901, when he was 14 years old, and was still single at the age of 53 in 1939 when he was a shipyard rivetter living at 39 Vicarage Avenue in Stockton-on-Tees.  Living at that same address was Frederick’s future brother-in-law William Henry Collett (below) with his second wife Edith.  Prior to her wedding day, unmarried Matilda Mary Collett was a state registered nursery residing at West End Terrace in Tynemouth in the 1939 Register

 

It was during the first quarter of 1964, when Frederick was 77 that he died, with his death recorded at Durham South-Eastern register office (Ref. 1a 670).  The Will of Frederick Sykes Edwards of 1 Stavordale Road, Stockton-on-Tees was proved at Durham on 30th June 1964 to Edith Collett, wife of William Henry Collett, and the said William Henry Collett, a retired railway goods guard, when his estate was valued at £3,703.  The probate process also confirmed that the deceased passed away on 26th March 1964 at Portrack Hospital in Stockton-on-Tees.  Why it was not Matilda, but her younger brother William, and his wife Edith, remains a mystery.  The later death of Matilda Mary Edwards was recorded at Cleveland register office (Ref. 3 2935) during the first quarter of 1975, at the age of 69.  The Administration, with a Will, of the personal effects of Matilda Mary Edwards who died at St Ann’s Hospital in Stockton-on-Tees on 2nd March 1975 was granted at Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 27th March 1975 to the value of £7,138

 

William Henry Collett [18Q73] was born at West Hartlepool on 20th January 1893, the second child and eldest son of Henry and Mary Tims Collett.  It was also during the first quarter of that year, when the birth was recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 1a 144).  It is possible that he was born at 21 Wards Terrace in Stranton, West Hartlepool, where his parents had been living in 1891.  However, by the time of the census in 1901 William was eight years old and he and his family were living at 26 Bentley Street in West Hartlepool.  Ten years later, when he would have been 18, he was absent from the family home, which by then was at 194 Hart Road in Hartlepool, so may have been in military service at that time.  It was over eight years later that he married (1) Eva Evans at Stockton-on-Tees (Ref. 10a 238) during the last quarter of 1919, presumably after he had served his King & Country in the Great War.  Their daughter, and only known child, was born eighteen months later

 

Tragically, Eva Collett, nee Evans, died when daughter Nancy was only 15 years old, her death recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 89) during the second quarter of 1937 when she was 45.  What happened to Nancy after that sad event is not known, but during the second quarter of 1938, the marriage of William Henry Collett and (2) Edith Edwards was recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 253).  Edith Edwards had been born on 7th January 1894, and was the younger sister of Frederick Sykes Edwards who married William’s older sister Matilda Mary Collett (above).  The year after William and Edith were married, they were living at the home of Frederick Sykes Edwards at 39 Vicarage Avenue in Stockton-on-Tees, when William was employed as a railway guard.  It is possible that Nancy was still living with her father and stepmother, but that has still to be confirmed.  Rather curiously, when Frederick Sykes Edwards died in 1964, with his widow still alive for the next eleven years, it was Edith and William Collett who were named as the executors of his estate and not his wife Matilda Mary Edwards.  Around nine months later, the death of William Henry Collett was recorded at Cleveland register office (Ref. 1b 801) during the first three months of 1965, when he was 72.  It was over ten years after being made a widow that the death of Edith Collett was recorded at Cleveland register office (Ref. 3 2182) during the third quarter of 1975, at the age of 81

 

18R51 - Nancy E Collett was born in 1921 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

Maud May Collett [18Q74] was born at West Hartlepool on 9th May 1894, the third child of Henry Collett and Mary Tims Mitchell, her birth recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 162) during the second quarter of that year.  Tragically, she only survived for thirty months, when she died on 9th November 1896, her death recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 8710) during that same month

 

John Arthur Collett [18Q75] was born at West Hartlepool on 25th November 1895, the son of Henry and Mary Collett, whose birth was recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 167) during the last quarter of the year.  He was five years old in March 1901 when he and his family were living at 26 Bentley Street in West Hartlepool, but by April 1911 the family had moved again and was living at 194 Hart Road in Hartlepool, where John Arthur Collett, aged 15, had already left school and was working as a repairer of scales.  It was just over ten years after that, when the marriage of John A Collett and Emily Fulton was recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 233) during the third quarter of 1921.  Emily was the daughter of Robert and Mary Jane Fulton of Stockton-on-Tees and, nine months after her wedding day, she gave birth to the couple’s only child.  The birth of their son was recorded at Stockton (Ref. 10a 131) during the first the months of 1922, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Fulton

 

18R51 - Arthur Collett was born in 1922 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

Charles Albert Collett [18Q76] was born at West Hartlepool on 26th January 1899, the son of Henry and Mary Collett, his birth recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 164).  The birth may have taken place at 26 Bentley Street in West Hartlepool, where the family was certainly living in March 1901 when Charles was two years old.  It was as Charles Arthur Collett that he was recorded with his family at 194 Hart Road in Hartlepool in the census of 1911, when he was 12 and still at school.  The marriage of Charles Albert Collett and Gladys May Anderson was recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 151) during the fourth quarter of 1926.  The marriage produced two children, the birth of both daughters recorded at Stockton, Margaret A Collett (Ref. 10a 73) in the fourth quarter of 1927, and Joan M Collett (Ref. 10a 129) in the first quarter of 1930.  On both occasions, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Anderson.  From the 1939, it is established that the four members of the family were living at 169a Laburnum Road in Redcar, where Charles Albert Collett was a railway clerk with the London North-Eastern Railway, who was also an air raid patrol warden.  His wife Gladys May Collett gave her date of birth as 11th May 1901, when her birth had been recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 96).  Once again, the details of their two children had been redacted and declared officially closed

 

The later death of Charles Albert Collett was recorded at Claro register office (Ref. 2 1977) during the last three months of 1977.  The district of Claro was abolished in 1998, when it became the North Yorkshire Registration District.  At that time in his life, he was living at 228 Laburnum Road in Redcar, where he died on 11th November 1977.  His Will was proved at Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 15th December 1977 for his estate of £200.  Gladys May Collett was 91 years old when she died, her death recorded at Cleveland register office (Ref. 3 2615) during the month of November 1992.  She was still living at 228 Laburnum Road in Redcar, when she died on 24th November 1992, her Will proved at Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 31st December 1992 with an estate valued at £125,000

 

The marriage of the couple’s eldest daughter to Alan Stangroom was recorded at Cleveland register office (Ref. 1b 1619) during the third quarter of 1950, the birth of Alan Stangroom recorded at Leeds during the second quarter of 1928.  Nine months later their daughter Christine E Stangroom was born, her birth recorded at Cleveland register office (Ref. 1b 902) during the second quarter of 1951, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett

 

The marriage of the couple’s younger daughter Joan was also recorded at Cleveland (Ref. 1b 1573) during the first three months of 1952 when she married Thomas Caddy who had been born at the start of 1930 in Guisborough, and who died at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in Yorkshire on 23rd February 2010.  Joan gave birth to two children, the first Susan Caddy whose birth was recorded at Cleveland register office (Ref. 1b 924) during the third quarter of 1958, as was the second child Gordon Caddy his birth recorded there (Ref. 1b 1003) during the second quarter of 1961.  On both occasions their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett

 

18R53 - Margaret Anderson Collett was born in 1927 at Stockton-on-Tees

18R54 - Joan May Collett was born in 1930 at Stockton-on-Tees

 

Albert Edward Collett [18Q77] was born at West Hartlepool on 12th April 1902, the son of Henry and Mary Collett, his birth recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 153).  One year earlier his family was living at 26 Bentley Street in West Hartlepool, which is where he may have been born.  However, he was only a couple of years old when his parents left West Hartlepool and moved the family into the Hartlepool parish of Throston, where they were living in 1911 at 194 Hart Road, when Albert Edward Collett was eight years of age.  Fifteen years after, the marriage of Albert E Collett and Edith Sudron was recorded at Stockton-on-Tees register office (Ref. 10a 204) during the second quarter of 1926.  Edith was the daughter of Charles and Margaret Sudron born in 1904 who was six years old in the census of 1911, her birth recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10b 98) during the last three months of the year

 

Over the following years. Edith gave birth to three children, the births of all three recorded at North Bierley register office, when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Sudron.  They were Ronald Collett (Ref. 9b 20) during the third quarter of 1927, Hilda Collett (Ref. 9b 9) during the fourth quarter of 1930, and Margery Collett (Ref. 9b 17) during the second quarter of 1932.  It was at Nunwick Hall, three miles north of Hexham, Northumberland, where the family was living when the 1939 Register was produced.  Nunwick Hall was the ancestral home of the Allgood family, so all of the numerous people recorded at the large property, along with the Collett family were all employed on the premises in some domestic capacity.  Where a family of five residing at a property would be number 1 to 5, at Nunwick Hall the Collett family start with Albert at 17 and ended with Margery at 23.  Unfortunately, the entries for 19 to 22 were redacted and official closed, which would certainly include the couple’s two eldest children Ronald and Hilda.  Curiously both Albert and Edith were recorded as being single, when Albert E Collett, born on 12th April 1902, was a lithographic printer and a member of the auxiliary fire service, Edith was a domestic servant who had been born on 12th November 1904, and daughter Margery Collett was attending school and had been born on 30th May 1932.  Margery later married Charles N Bell, their wedding recorded at Newcastle-upon-Tyne register office (Ref. 1b 300) during the first three months of 1955.  Six years earlier, the death of Albert Edward Collett was recorded at Newcastle-upon-Tyne register office (Ref. 1b 93) during the second quarter of 1949, at the age of 47.  His widow lived for a further thirty years, when the death of Edith Collett was also recorded at Newcastle-upon-Tyne register office (Ref. 2 0476) during the second quarter of 1979, when she was 74

 

18R55 - Ronald Collett was born in 1927 at North Bierley near Bradford, Yorkshire

18R56 – Hilda Collett was born in 1930 at North Bierley near Bradford, Yorkshire

18R57 - Margery Collett was born in 1932 at North Bierley near Bradford, Yorkshire

 

George Richard Collett [18Q78] was born at Hartlepool on 10th May 1907, another child of Henry and Mary Collett, his birth recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 198).  He was three years old while living there with his family at 194 Hart Road in April 1911.  It was at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 220) during the fourth quarter of 1934 when George Richard Collett married Aileen Anderson Fordy, with whom he had a son.  Aileen was from Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham and was born there on 16th August 1909 (Ref. 10a 87), the daughter of George and Mary Elizabeth (Lillian) Fordy.  According to the 1939 Register, Aileen A Collett was 30 years old and a married woman living at 6 Studley Road in Stockton, where she was an unpaid housewife, who had two people living there with her.  The first of them was her three-years old son Alan, the second being her widowed mother-in-law Mary T Collett who was 69.  Yet again, the line of data for son Alan was redacted and officially close.  Her absent husband George, had already enlisted with Royal Engineers by then, with whom he became Sapper Collett 1927515 with 107th Army Field Company.  Sadly, around nine months later, on 29th May 1940, he was killed on board a destroyer, having already been evacuated from Dunkirk beach.  He was 33 and his name is one of the 4,500 listed on the Dunkirk Memorial in Dunkirk Town Cemetery.  His widow lived a long and full life and was 95 years old when she died, her death recorded at Tameside register office (Ref. c61a 214) within the Great Manchester area in April 2005

 

 

His military record confirmed that he was the son of Harry and Mary Tims Collett, and the husband of Aileen Anderson Collett of Stockton-on-Tees.  It was George’s son Alan who kindly provided this photo of his father.  The history books indicate there were three destroyers rescuing troops that fateful day and all three were sunk just off the beach at Dunkirk.  HMS Wakeful had already picked up 600 men when it was hit by a torpedo, and when HMS Grafton attempted to pick up the survivors, she too was torpedoed and sunk

 

18R58 - Alan F (P) Collett was born in 1936 at Stockton

 

Cecil Benjamin Collett [18Q79] was born at Hartlepool on 6th December 1909, the youngest of the eight children of Henry Collett and Mary Tims Mitchell.  His birth was recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 106) during the first quarter of 1910.  It is very likely that he was born at 194 Hart Road in Hartlepool, where he was one year old at the time of the census in 1911.  It was three months before his twenty-seventh birthday when Cecil married Grace Ness on 10th September 1936 at Stockton-on-Tees, the event recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 311) during the third quarter of the year.  Grace was the third child of John William Ness and his wife Jane, whose birth was recorded at Middlesbrough (Ref. 9d 612) during the third quarter of 1909.  The marriage later produced two daughters for Cecil and Grace.  Prior to the outbreak of the war Cecil was a carter and carrier, delivering fireplaces and hearths.  For that work he was the proud owner of a wagon, which he affectionately called ‘Daisy’.  When Daisy was requisitioned by the British Army as part of the war effort, Cecil volunteered to join the army in order to remain the driver of the wagon.  Like his older brother George (above), Cecil also served with the Royal Engineers and had already join-up, prior to the 1939 Register.  Within that census/survey document, Grace Collett gave her date of birth as 18th June 1909 when she was living at the Stockton-on-Tees home of her parents-in-law, John and Jane Ness

 

The brothers George and Cecil Collett were just two of the many soldiers stranded on Dunkirk Beach in May 1940.  Somehow in the chaos, George had lost his rifle, so Cecil gave him his rifle as a replacement, but to no avail, since George was tragically killed while on board a rescue destroyer which was struck by a torpedo.  Thankfully, Cecil was one of the lucky ones who managed to reach England in ‘one of the small boats’ which helped in the evacuation from Dunkirk

 

 

It was while Cecil and Grace were living at 13 Vicarage Street in Stockton that their first child was born, after which the family settled in Thornaby-on-Tees.  And it was there that their second child was born.  After leaving the army at the end of the war, Cecil became a bus driver with United Automobile Services, more simply known as United.  The North Yorkshire company had a fleet of red double-decker buses which were usually very reliable in those days.  However, on one occasion he was driving down the very steep road that is Lythe Bank, between Loftus and Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast, when his brakes failed.  There then followed a few scary moments with the vehicle careering to the foot of the hill where, thank goodness, it came safely to rest.  Cecil Benjamin Collett died on 18th June 1981 when he was 71, his death recorded at Cleveland register office (Ref. 3 2056) that same month.  The Administration (with Will) of Cecil Benjamin Collett of 10 The Avenue, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, who died there on 18th June 1981, was granted at Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 8th August 1981 in the sum of £5,058.  The birth of the couple’s first child was recorded at Durham South-Eastern register office (Ref. 1a 949), the second at Cleveland register office (Ref. 1b 955) when, on both occasions, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Ness.  It was Cecil’s daughter Sue Hammler nee Collett who kindly provided the details regarding her parents, and those of her aunts and uncles, all of which has been used in updating this family line

 

18R59 - Jean Collett was born on 21st July 1946 at Stockton

18R60 - Susan Collett was born on 14th May 1953 at Thornaby-on-Tees

 

Robert James Collett [18Q81] was born at Mistley in Essex on 24th May 1883, the eldest child of Harry Collett and his cousin Emma Porter, his birth recorded at Tendring (Ref. 4a 426) during the second quarter of that year.  On being baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Mistley on 1st July 1883, his date of birth was recorded as shown above, the son of Harry and Emma Collett.  Shortly after he was baptised, his parents left Essex and moved to the St Mary Stoke area of Ipswich.  And that was where Robert was still living with his family in March 1901, when he was 17 and his occupation was that of a merchant’s clerk.  He was later employed at Paul’s of Ipswich, where he worked alongside a very young John Mills, who later became a legendary British film actor.  Robert, who was known as Bobs, married Elizabeth Teresa Hamblin at Ipswich (Ref. 4a 2247) during the last three months of 1918, following their only child was born there three years after.  Elizabeth was born at Ipswich on 15th December 1887, her birth recorded there in the first quarter of 1888 (Ref. 4a 845), the daughter of retired bookmaker Robert Hamblin and his wife Matilda Blanche Hamblin.  Coincidentally in 1901, Elizabeth, aged 13, was living with her family in the St Mary Stoke area of Ipswich, not far from where Robert’s family lived.  Ten years later Robert James Collett, aged 27 and from Mistley, was recorded in the census return for 1911 as a boarder at the Ipswich home of elderly Robert Perry from Dudley, when he was employed as a clerk to a shop owner.  Also recorded in the same census area was his future wife Elizabeth Teresa Hamblin, aged 23 and with no stated occupation, who was still living with her family in Ipswich. 

 

The family was living at 3 Lower Dales View Road in Ipswich in the 1939 Register, although the entry for their son was redacted and officially closed.  Robert J Collett was 56 and employed as a corn merchant’s clerk, when his wife Elizabeth T Collett was 51.  Eight years later Robert James Collett and his son Robert junior attended the 90th birthday celebrations for Emma Collett, nee Porter, the mother of Robert senior, at the Ipswich home of his brother William (below) in 1947 - see photograph at Ref. 18P93.  The death of Elizabeth Teresa Collett was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 10 2291) towards the end of 1976, when she was 89.  Fifteen years earlier, the death of Robert James Collett had also been recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 763) during the second quarter of 1961, at the age of 77 years.  His Will was proved at Ipswich on 6th June 1961 to Elizabeth Teresa Collett, widow, for £2,784 11 Shillings.  The legal documentation confirmed that he passed away at 21 Constitution Hill in Ipswich on 21st April 1961, when his home address was still 3 Lower Dales View Road, also in Ipswich.  The Administration process for Elizabeth Teresa Collett placed her living at The Lodge in the Parish of Rushmere St Andrew, just east of Ipswich, where she died on 10th February 1976.  Administration of her personal effects valued at £17,473 was granted at Ipswich on 18th March 1976

 

18R60 - Robert P Collett was born in 1921 at Ipswich

 

William Walter Collett [18Q82], who was always referred to as Will, was born at Ipswich on 6th October 1884, the son of Henry (Harry) Collett and Emma Porter.  The birth of William Walter Collett was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 4a 773).  By March 1901, when he was 16 years old, he was working as a brewer’s clerk at the Tollemache Brewery, in the St Mary Stoke area of Ipswich.  Seven years later on his twenty-fourth birthday on 6th October 1908, Will married Florence Maud Death, formerly of Ipswich, at the parish church in Great Clacton in Essex, their wedding recorded at Tendring register office (Ref. 4a 1197).  Florence was slightly older than William, having been born on 10th June 1881.  In 1911 the census was conducted on the second of April, less than a week away from the birth of the couple’s first child.  The completed census return therefore recorded just William Collett, aged 26, and his wife Florence Collett, aged 28, as living in Ipswich on that occasion.  The marriage produced two sons for Will and Florence, and both of them were born at Ipswich just prior to the Great War of 1914-1918, when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Death

 

 

Many years later, the 1939 Register identified the couple living at 16 Westwood Avenue in Ipswich when, with them was their daughter-in-law Grace Victoria M Collett, the wife of their second son.  Head of the household was William W Collett who was 54 who was a brewer’s clerk, when Florence M Collet was 57 and undertaking unpaid domestic duties, as was Grace.  She was 36 and also an auxiliary reserve nurse.  Just after the Register was compiled, Will signed up to serve King & Country, after which he returned to working at the Tollemache Brewery, where he was employed for the rest of his working life.  The brewery eventually merged with the Cobbold Brewery to become Tolly Cobbold, but that happened three years after Will had passed away.  William Walter Collett died during 1954 at the age of 69.  The photograph of him (above), was taken in the garden of his Ipswich home during 1939, following the birth of Will’s first grandchild.  The full picture shows four generations of the Collett family, from baby-in-arms Mary Ann Collett, her father Philip Robert Walter Collett, Will (William) Collett, and to Will’s mother Emma Collett nee Porter.  A later photograph also taken in William’s own garden in Ipswich in 1947, capture the 90th birthday gathering of the family for his mother Emma Collett nee Porter.  See photograph at Ref. 18P93, in which Will and his wife Florence feature, together with other members of the family still living in England at that time.  The death of Florence Maud Collett was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 2385) during the second quarter of 1970.  The Will of Florence Maud Collett of 28 Henley Road in Ipswich who died on 2nd June 1970 was proved at Ipswich on 21st July 1970 and was valued at £2,484

 

18R62 - Philip Robert Walter Collett was born in 1911 at Ipswich

18R63 - William Geoffrey Collett was born in 1912 at Ipswich

 

Beatrice Emma Collett [18Q83], who was known as Beattie, was born at Ipswich on 9th March 1887 when the birth was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 4a 797) during the first quarter of 1887.  and was 14 years of age and still attending school in March 1901 while living with her family at St Mary Stoke in Ipswich.  At the time of the census of 1911 Beatrice Emma Collett was 24 and was living and working in the Sudbury area of Suffolk.  Beattie never married and later returned to live with her parents, and remained with her widowed mother after the death of her father Harry in 1917.  The 1939 Register confirmed that Beatrice E Collett, aged 52, was living at the home of her mother Emma Collett at 45 Burrell Road in Ipswich, where both of them were undertaking unpaid domestic duties.  Seven years later, when she was 59 years old, Beattie Emma Collett died at Ipswich, leaving her elderly mother Emma, who was approaching her ninetieth year, on her own for the last four years of her long life.  The death of Beatrice Emma Collett was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 1046)

 

Mabel May Collett [18Q84], who was known as May, was born at Ipswich in 1889, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 4a 796) during the third quarter of the year.  In 1901 she was 11 and was living with her parents at St Mary Stoke in Ipswich.  Ten years later, at the age of 21, she was still living at the family home in Ipswich with her parents and younger sister Dorothy (below).  It was towards the end of 1917 at Ipswich, that Mabel May Collett married widower Howard Gant who already had two children from his first marriage.  Their wedding was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 2156) during the last three month of the year.  Howard was the ninth child of gardener Samuel Gant of Boxted in Essex and his dressmaker wife Anna Gant of Nayland in Suffolk.  Like all of the Gant children, Howard was born at Boxted in 1879 and, on leaving school, he worked as a tool turner.  In March 1901 at the age of 21 he was living with his parents, who were living in Colchester by then.  Five years later, during the summer of 1906, Howard Gant married Caroline and, by April 1911, the marriage had produced two children for the couple, both born in Colchester, where the family was still living at that time.  Their son Harold Gant was born in 1907 and died at the start of 1908, while their daughter Violet Gant was born near the end of 1909.  However, quite tragically their mother Caroline died during the last quarter of 1913

 

The subsequent marriage of Mabel Collett and Howard Gant produced two children for the couple both born at Ipswich.  Their son Howard Henry Gant was born in 1918, and their daughter Dorothy Lily Gant in 1922.  It was two years later on 19th June 1924, that Howard’s eldest son Harold Gant, aged just 16, sailed to Australia to seek a new life in Queensland.  The passenger list of the steamship SS Sophocles of the Aberdeen Line gave his occupation as farming, while his address on that occasion as 26 Bradley Street in the Stoke district of Ipswich, where Mabel and Howard and the rest of the family were living at that time.  It was also at that same address where the family of Howard, Mabel, Violet, Howard junior, and Dorothy was still living five years later, when they left England for Australia in October 1927

 

However, their sea voyage to Australia was not uneventful.  After sailing out of the Port of London for Brisbane on board the P & O Line steamship SS Bendigo on 13th October 1927, the vessel broke a drive shaft and was forced to dock at Falmouth in Cornwall.  The passenger list recorded the family as having two tickets.  The first 2279 covered Howard Gant, aged 47, who was a turner, and his son Howard Henry Gant who was eight years old.  The second 2280 covered his wife Mabel May Gant aged 37, Violet May Gant who was 17 and a domestic, and Dorothy Lily Gant who was five.  The same tickets were used again for their onward journey from Falmouth to Australia on board the P & O steamship SS Balranald which sailed out of Falmouth on 31st October 1927.  The SS Bendigo was subsequently taken out of service and was given a complete re-fit, following which is made its first voyage on 5th July 1929.  Howard Gant senior, died on 25th November 1963 at Queensland, Australia.  Less than eleven years after losing her husband, Mabel May Gant nee Collett died in Australia on 2nd April 1974 at the age of 85.  She was followed in 1990 by her daughter Dorothy who was 68, and in 2001 by her son Howard Gant junior who was 83.  All of the original information was kindly provided by Mary-Ann Dunn nee Collett [18S32], and our thanks also go to Beverley Hill who kindly provided the information on the Gant family, and to Roger Collett for his new details supplied in 2021

 

Dorothy Alice Collett [18Q85], who was referred to as Dorrie, was born at St Mary Stoke in Ipswich on 11th June 1895, the youngest of the five children of Harry Collett and Emma Porter.  Her birth was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 4a 875) during the third quarter of the year.  She was five years old at the time of the March census in 1901, and by April 1911 she was still living with her parents in Ipswich, when she was recorded as Dorothy Alice Collett, aged 15.  Later in her life she was still living at Ipswich, where she married Walter Alfred Ramsey, the event recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 1327) during the first three months of 1924.  Walter Alfred Ramsey was born on 22nd December 1889 and was baptised at Hertford on 19th February 1890, the son of Thomas and Ellen Rachel Ramsey.  Their marriage produced a son Henry (Harry) Thomas Ramsey, whose birth was also recorded during the first quarter of 1924, but at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 1672).  By 1939 the family was living in Ipswich where Walter was a civil servant and a clerk with the income tax office at 49 years of age, when Dorothy was 44, and Harry was 15.  Twelve years later, in 1947, all three members of the Ramsey family attending the 90th birthday celebration for Dorothy’s mother Emma Collett nee Porter, at the Ipswich home of Dorothy’s brother Will (above).  See Ref. 18P93 for a photograph taken on that summer’s day.  Dorothy Alice Ramsey, nee Collett, was 70 years old when she died at Ipswich, her death recorded there (Ref. 4a 1008) during the last quarter of 1965.  Four years after that, the death of Walter Alfred Ramsey was also recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 2771) during the fourth quarter of 1969.  His Will was proved at Ipswich on 20th November 1969 at £4,141 following his passing at Flat 118, Francis Towers, Greyfriars in Ipswich on 28th October 1969

 

Ralph Edwin Collett [18Q86] was born at Ipswich on 14th March 1916, the eldest child of Sidney Walter Collett and Ethel May Mallett, his birth recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 1973), his mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Mallett.  Ralph never married and was still living with his family in 1939 at 18 Ringham Road in Ipswich when he was 23 years old and an agricultural clerk.  When his father died in 1950, the remaining three members of the family were still living at Ringham Road, but at No. 17, with Ralph Edwin Collett, a commercial clerk named as one of the executors of his Will for £1,952 6 Shillings, the other being Ethel May Collett, widow.  Twenty-two years later, the death of Ralph Edwin Collett was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. b 2956) at the start of 1972 when he was 55 years old

 

Sidney Victor Collett [18Q87] was born at Ipswich on 30th September 1921, his birth recorded there (Ref. 4a 1791), the second of the two sons of Sidney Walter Collett and Ethel May Mallett.  The record of his birth also confirmed that his mother’s maiden-name was Mallett.  He and his older brother Ralph Edwin Collett were still living with their parents at the start of the Second World War, as confirmed in the 1939 Register.  The family was living at 18 Ringham Road in Ipswich, where 18-year-old Sidney V Collett was a cigarette operator.  Eight years later, and three years before his father died at the age of 61, the marriage of Sidney Victor Collett and Joan May Hunt was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 2221) during the second quarter of 1947, perhaps after he had seen action during the Second World War.  Joan May Hunt was born on 22nd April 1927, when her birth was recorded at Ipswich register (Ref. 4a 1665).  In the 1939 Register, Joan was at school, when she was living with her parents James and Ethel Hunt at Packard Avenue in Ipswich.  One year after their wedding day, Joan presented Sidney with a son, their only child.  Seventeen years after her son’s wedding day, the death of Joan May Collett was recorded at the Suffolk Gipping & Hartismere register office (Ref. 17a 275) during March 1999.  Three years after that sad day for Sidney, he died in the spring of 2002, when he was 80 years old, with the death of Sidney Victor Collett recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 7471c c26b)

 

18R64 - Alan Victor Collett was born in 1948 at Ipswich

 

Florence Mary Collett [18Q88] was born at Patricroft in the Eccles area of Manchester on 17th January 1885, with her birth recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell (Ref. 8c 677).  Three months later, she was baptised at Christ Church in Patricroft on 15th April 1885, the eldest child of George Collett of Mettingham and his first wife Matilda Jane Collett.  In 1891 the family was living at 24 New York Street in the Pendleton area of Salford, where Florence M Collett was six years old.  By 1901, the Collett family, including Florence Collett who was 16 and a machinist at a baby linen factory, was residing at 86 Church Street in Pendleton.  Ten years later in 1911, unmarried Florence Mary Collett from Patricroft was 26 and her mother’s helper, when she was living within the South Shore area of Blackpool with her complete family.  Six months earlier, Florence had given birth to a base-born daughter, Gertrude Lucy Collett, whose place of birth was nearby Fylde, who was also living with the family that census day.  Unmarried Florence Mary Collett was a witness at two weddings in Blackpool in 1914, the first in February for her brother Walter Collett (below) in February, and then again in October for brother George (below).  Those two events were recorded at Fylde register office, and it was there also that the marriage of Florence Mary Collett and George Robinson was recorded (Ref. 8e 1163) during the last three months of 1918.  By 1939 George and Florence Mary Robinson were living in Blackpool was Florence was 54, with George’s detail being redacted and officially closed.  Twenty years later, the death of Florence M Robinson was recorded at Blackpool (Ref. 10b 759) during the first quarter of 1959, aged 74

 

18R65 - Gertrude Lucy Collett was born in October 1910 at Fylde

 

George Collett [18Q89] was born at Pendleton in Salford on 16th May 1888, and his birth was recorded at Salford (Ref. 8d 47) during the second quarter of that year.  He was baptised on 1st July 1888 at Christ Church in Patricroft, the eldest son of railway ticket examiner George Collett of Pendleton.  He was two years old in the census of 1891 when he and his family were living at 24 New York Street in Pendleton.  By 1901 the family had moved to 86 Church Street in Pendleton where George Collett was 12.  After a further ten years the family had left the Salford area and had settled at South Shore in Blackpool within the Fylde district of Lancashire where George Collett from Pendleton was then 22 and employed as a printer machine operator for a local newspaper.  Just over three years after that census day, the marriage of George Collett and Blanche Gregson at Flyde register office (Ref. 8e 1078) during the last quarter of 1914.  They were married after the reading of banns at Christ Church in Blackpool on 31st October 1914, when Florence Mary Collett (above) was one of the witnesses, the other being Blanche’s brother Fred Gregson junior.  George Collett was 26, a bachelor, and a printer living at 24 Victoria Street in Blackpool – the Collett family home, the son of George Collett a railway worker.  His bride was 32 and a spinster from 7 Fairhurst Street, Blackpool, the daughter of Fred Gregson a photographer.

 

It was also at Christ Church, Blackpool, where Blanche was baptised on 10th September 1880 the daughter of Fred and Margaret Ellen Gregson, her birth recorded at Fylde (Ref. 8e 692) in 1880 following her birth on 25th July 1880.  Twenty-five years after her wedding day, Blanche Collett was a widow stilling living in Blackpool during 1939 at the age of 59.  That was because, during the spring of the previous year, the death of George Collett was recorded at Blackpool register office (Ref. 8e 746), during the second quarter of 1938 at the age of 50.  Blanche was 68 years old when she died, her death also recorded at Blackpool (Ref. 10b 517) during the second quarter of 1949.  The Will of Blanche Collett was proved at Lancaster on 3rd June 1949 to Norman Victor Gregson an ironmonger, when her estate was worth £654 10 Shillings, and her home address was 90a Osborne Road in Blackpool, where she died on 11th May 1949

 

Walter Collett [18Q90] was born at Seedley Road in Pendleton, Salford on 4th May 1890, his birth recorded at Salford (Ref. 8d 45), after which he was baptised at Christ Church in Patricroft on 6th July 1899, when the occupation of his father George was recorded as a railway ticket collector.  He was just under one year old by the time of the census in 1891 when his family was living at 24 New York Street in Pendleton where he was very likely born. He was still living with his family in Pendleton in 1901 but at 86 Church Street where he was still attending school at the age of 10.  Shortly after that his family left Pendleton and moved to South Shore, Blackpool, where the whole family was living in 1911 when Walter Collett from Pendleton was 20 years of age and a house painter.  Three years later, the marriage of Walter Collett and Martha Perkins was recorded at register office (Ref. 8e 988) during the first quarter of 1914.  Their wedding service by the reading of banns was conducted at Christ Church in Blackpool on 21st February 1914 when Walter’s sister Florence Mary Collett was a witness.  Walter Collett was 24, a bachelor and a railway ticket collector, living in the Collett family home at 24 Victoria Street in Blackpool, the son of George Collett a foreman porter.  Spinster Martha Perkins was also 24, living at 18 Albert Street, South Shore in Blackpool, the daughter of John Perkins deceased, a cab proprietor.  Martha had been born during the third quarter of 1889, with her birth recorded at Fylde (Ref. 8e 759), after which she was baptised on 9th October 1889, the daughter of John, a cab driver, and Elizabeth Perkins

 

The couple’s only son was born in 1927 with his birth recorded at Fylde register office (Ref. 8e 789) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Perkins.  He would have been 12 years old in 1939, when the 1939 Register for Blackpool included his parents, as a childless couple, living (or lodging) at the home of Leslie Howarth and his wife, when Walter Collett was 49 and a ticket collector with the London Midland & Scottish Railway Company.  His wife Martha was carrying out domestic duties and gave her date of birth as 14th August 1889.  Martha Collett’s death was recorded at Blackpool (Ref. 10b 476) during the second quarter of 1954, when she was 61.  Administration of her personal effects (£29 6 Shillings 4 Pence) was granted at Lancaster on 11th May 1954 to Walter Collett, a retired railway ticket inspector.  At that time in their live the couple were living at 38 Selby Avenue in Blackpool, where Martha died on 22nd April 1954.  Four years after, Walter Collett was 74 when his death was recorded at Blackpool register office (Ref. 10b 628) during the first three months of 1958, twenty years after his older brother George (above) had died there, and only three years after his younger brother Ernest (below) died there.  His Will was proved at Lancaster on 7th April 1958 to Thomas Hesmondhalgh, solicitor, and Albert Robinson Fletcher, dentist, for £223 9 Shillings 11 Pence.  The probate paperwork confirmed that he was living at 187 Park Road in Blackpool, although it was at Victoria Hospital in Blackpool that he died on 5th February 1958

 

18R66 - Henry Edwin Collett was born in 1927 at Blackpool

 

Ernest Victor Collett [18Q91] was born at 24 New York Street, Pendleton in Salford on 9th July 1893 with the birth recorded at Salford (Ref. 8d 16).  It was at the parish church in Pendleton that he was baptised on 20th August 1893, the son of omnibus driver George Collett, and his wife Martha Jane, of 24 New York Street, Pendleton.  In 1901 Ernest Collett who was seven years of age, was a schoolboy living at 86 Church Street in Pendleton with his family.  It was during the next decade that his family moved to the Fylde district of Lancashire where, in 1911, Ernest Victor Collett from Pendleton was 17 years old and a grocer’s shop assistant.  Four years later, on 9th October 1915, Ernest Victor Collett aged 22 was married by licence to Mary Ann Harrison aged 21 at Christ Church in Blackpool.  The groom’s occupation was that of a driver for R F A West Lanes who was living at 24 Victoria Street in Blackpool, the son of railway porter George Collett.  The bride was living at 79 Reads Road in Blackpool and was the daughter of Joseph Graham Harrison, a gentleman.  As with his two older brothers George and Walter, their sister Florence Mary Collett was one of the witnesses who signed the parish register.  The marriage of Ernest and Mary was recorded at Fylde register office (Ref. 8e 1399) and produced two daughters for the couple.  The birth of Mary Ann Harrison was recorded at Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester (Ref. 8c 835) during the first quarter of 1894. Upon the recording of the births of her two daughters at Fylde register office, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Harrison. 

 

By 1939 the couple and just their youngest unmarried daughter were living at 2 Weeton Avenue in Blackpool, the first house on the corner of Weeton Avenue with Faringdon Avenue.  Ernest Victor Collett was 46 and an employee of the London Midland & Scottish Railway Company, where he was a shunter and a trainee yard foreman and inspector.  Mary Ann Collett gave her date of birth as 30th December 1893, while the entry for Margery Collett, aged 19, was redacted and officially closed.  However, living next door at 4 Weeton Avenue was the couple’s married daughter Florence with her husband William Lister.  Like his two older brothers George and Walter, the death of Ernest Victor Collett was also recorded at Blackpool register office (Ref. 10b 433) during the third quarter of 1955 at the age of 62.  The later death of his widow Mary Ann Collett was recorded at the Blackpool & Fylde register office (Ref. 40 0440) during the last months of 1983

 

18R67 - Florence Collett was born in 1916 at Blackpool (Fylde)

18R68 - Margery Collett was born in 1920 at Blackpool (Fylde)

 

Fanny Collett [18Q92] was born at Wigan on 27th July 1896, the elder of the two daughters of Frederick Christopher Collett and his wife Margaret Jane Challoner.  The birth of Fanny Collett was recorded at Wigan (Ref. 8c 49) during the third quarter of that year.  It is very likely that she was born at 39 Darlington Street in Wigan, where she was living with her parents in 1901 at the age of four years.  After the birth of her sister Clara during the following year, the family of four settled in Hoscar Lathom, where they were living in 1911 when Fanny was 14.  Fanny Collett was still a spinster when first her mother passed away, and then also at the time of the death of her father in February 1939.  It therefore seems highly likely that Fanny was looking after her father at their home at West View in Hoscar Lathom, just three miles from Ormskirk.  However, six months after her father passed away, Fanny Collett was 43 when she was a paid domestic servant at 146 Chapel Lane in Wigan, the home of Thomas Barrow and his wife Clara Barrow, formerly Clara Collett (below), Fanny’s younger sister (below).  Many years later Fanny Collett was living in Cheshire, although her death was recorded at the Shropshire Ludlow register office (Ref. 30 69).  The Will of Fanny Collett of Brookfield House, Shrewbridge Road at Nantwich in Cheshire, where she died on 28th April 1992, was proved at Liverpool on 20th May 1992 and did not exceed £125,000

 

Clara Collett [18Q93] was born at Wigan on 18th October 1902, the younger of the two daughters of Frederick Collett from Suffolk and Margaret Jane Challoner from Flintshire, her birth recorded at Wigan register office (Ref. 8c 55) during the fourth quarter of the year.  By the time she was eight years of age, Clara and her family were residing at West View in Hoscar Lathom, near Ormskirk.  Clara was 20 years of age when her marriage to Thomas Barrow was recorded at Ormskirk register office (Ref. 8b 1608) during the third quarter of 1923.  The 1939 Register identified Thomas Barrow as having been born on 4th February 1886, who was living at 146 Chapel Lane, ‘Lock House’, Henhurst Bridge, to the south of Wigan, where he was the toll clerk and lock-keeper on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.  His wife Clara was an unpaid domestic, when living with the couple was Clara’s unmarried sister Fanny Collett (above), a paid domestic.  The death of Thomas Barrow was recorded at Liverpool North register office (Ref. 10d 293) during the first three months of 1964 when he was 79.  After thirty-eight years as a widow, Clara was just short of her one-hundredth birthday when she died, her death recorded at Shropshire Ludlow register office (Ref. 17d 259) at the end of 2001.

 

Bertha Collett [18Q94] was born at Patricroft in Eccles on 4th June 1894, the eldest of the five children of Henry Collett and his wife Catherine Atkinson.  Her birth was recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell register office (Ref. 8c 627) during the third quarter of that year.  At the age of six years Bertha was living with her family at 12 Hampton Grove in Eccles, while ten years later in 1911, when she was 16, the family was residing at 54 Liverpool Road in Eccles.  It was at 2 George Street in Urmston, in the Trafford area of Manchester, that Bertha Collett was 45 years old and a state certified midwife in 1939.  At time in her life, she was the head of the household, who had the three members of the Todd family living there with her.  Bertha never married and died while living in the north part of Lancashire, her death recorded at Lancaster register office (Ref. 40 1592) during the second quarter of 1980

 

Christopher Henry Collett [18Q95] was born at Patricroft in Eccles on 20th February 1896, the son of Henry and Catherine Collett, with his birth recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell register office (Ref. 8c 716) during the first three months of that year.  He was five years old in 1901 when living at 12 Hampton Grove in Eccles with his family.  By 1911 the family was living at 54 Liverpool Road in Eccles when Christopher was 15.  It was during the third quarter of 1923 when Christopher Henry Collett married Eleanor Thom, their wedding recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell register office (Ref. 8c 1507).  Eleanor Thom was born at Smalley in Derbyshire where she was baptised on 3rd July 1898, the daughter of mineral borer George Thom and his wife Mary.  In April 1924, Christopher Henry Collett was a witness at the Swinton marriage of his cousin Alfred Collett (below).  By 1939, the couple and their only known child were residing at 39 Gordon Road in Eccles, where Christopher was a scouring stone manufacturer using artificial stone (cement).  His wife Eleanor gave her date of birth as 1st June 1898, while the couple’s son Geoffrey J Collett was eight years old and at school.  The family was still living at 39 Gordon Road, Monton in Eccles where Christopher Henry Collett died on 21st January 1961, with his death was recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell register office (Ref. 10b 385) at the age of 64.  His Will was proved at Manchester on 17th May 1961 to Eleanor Collett, a widow, when his estate had a value of £1,732 12 Shillings 10 Pence.  The later death of Eleanor Collett was recorded at Salford register office (Ref. 39 0887) during the third quarter of 1977.  Her Will was proved at Manchester on 26th August 1977 for an estate of £9,873, which also confirmed she was still living at 39 Gordon Road, where she passed away on 15th July 1977 when she was 79

 

18R69 – Geoffrey J Collett was born on 25th March 1931 at Eccles (Manchester North - Ref. 8d 799)

 

Elsie Collett [18Q96] was born at Patricroft in Eccles on 16th November 1898, the daughter of Henry and Catherine Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell register office (Ref. 8c 701) during the fourth quarter of the year.  Elsie was two years old when she and her family were living at 12 Hampton Grove in Eccles, and was 12 years old ten years later, by which time her family was still living in Eccles but at 54 Liverpool Road.  Like her two sisters it is understood that she never married and was certainly a single lady in the 1939 Register, living at The Pines on Vyner Road South in Birkenhead, where she was 40 years of age and a paid domestic servant.  She later lived at Ulverston, just north of Barrow-in-Furness, and had her younger sister Dora (below) living with her there and later at nearby Grange-over-Sands.  It was at Ulverston where the death of Elsie Collett was recorded (Ref. 1 0530) during the third quarter of 1978.  Her personal estate was recorded as £27,868 when her Will was proved at Liverpool on 9th October 1978, her last address being Holmegarth, Cardrona Road, Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria, where she died on 10th September 1978 and where sister Dora died eleven years earlier

 

Dora Collett [18Q97] was born at Winton in Eccles on 4th June 1903, the last of the five children of Henry Collett and his wife Catherine Atkinson.  Her birth was recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell register office (Ref. 8c 677) during the third quarter of that year.  She may have been born while her family was living at 12 Hampton Grove, although by 1911 they were living at 54 Liverpool Road in Eccles, where Dora was recorded as being eight years of age.  It would appear that she followed the example set by her two older sisters by staying unmarried all her life, as confirmed by two later records.  The first was the 1939 Register when, at the age of 36, Dora Collett was living with her parents at 7 Brentwood Drive in Eccles, from where she was employed as a typist within the soft furnishing trade.  The Register also confirmed her date of birth, as detailed above.  Some years after that, Dora moved north to Cumbria to live with her older sister Elsie Collett (above) at Ulverston and Grange-over-Sands.  The death of Dora Collett was recorded at Barrow-in-Furness register office (Ref. 10b 219) during the first three months of 1967 following a period of time in the North Lonsdale Hospital in Barrow where she died on 17th February 1967.  It was during the Administration of her personal estate of £615, which was resolved at London on 3rd May 1967, that it was confirmed she had been living with her sister Elsie at Holmegarth, Cardrona Road, Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria.  It was also Elsie Collett, spinster, who was the sole beneficiary of Dora Collett  

 

Lillian Collett [18Q98] was born at Winton in Eccles in 1896, the eldest of the two children of Walter William Collett and his wife Eda Jones, and her birth was recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell register office (Ref. 8c 666) during the third quarter of that year.  At the age of four years Lillian and her family were residing at 22 Worsley Road in Eccles in 1901, and by 1911 they were living at 5 Byron Street in Eccles, where Lillian was 14

 

Alfred Collett [18Q99] was born at Winton in Eccles on 5th June 1898, his birth was recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell (Ref. 8c 693) during the second quarter of that year, when his parents were confirmed as William and Eda Collett.  He and his family were living at 22 Worsley Road in Eccles in 1901 when he was two years of age.  Ten years after that Alfred Collett, aged 12, was staying with his uncle Henry Collett and aunt Catherine at their home at 54 Liverpool Road in Eccles.  Perhaps that was a temporary arrangement to cover the period when his own family was living at 5 Byron Street in Eccles, where they had staying with them Samuel Bower the second husband of Alfred’s grandmother Lucy Collett nee Jones.  It was at St Peter’s Church in Swinton of 21st April 1924 that Alfred Collett was married by banns to Mary Stainsby, their wedding recorded at Barton-upon-Irwell register office (Ref. 8c 1360).  On that day Alfred was 25, a bachelor and a decorator, living at 2 Lynwood Avenue in Patricroft, the son of decorator William Collett.  His bride was 23 and a spinster working as a clerk while living at 62 Chorley Road in Swinton, the daughter of grocer Arthur Stainsby deceased.  Alfred’s cousin, Christopher Henry Collett (above) may have been his ‘best man’, since he was one of the witnesses.  Mary was the daughter of Arthur and Susan Stainsby, her birth recorded at Salford register office (Ref. 8d 90) during the first three months of 1901.  No record of any children has been found and fifteen years later the 1939 Register included Alfred and Mary living at 7 Lynwood Avenue in Eccles, when Alfred was already a full-time ARP Warden (air-raid patrol), when he was additionally described as a former decorator.  Mary was also in work as a shop assistant in a food store.  Living with the childless couple was Alfred’s elderly parents William and Eda Collett.  One very important detail known about the life of Alfred Collett has been kindly provided by Garry Helsby who spotted the name of Alfred Collett from Eccles mentioned in a local newspaper printed during the Second World War.  The article referred to “the promotion of Major Alfred C Collett to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, whose mother lives at Lynwood Avenue in Patricroft.  (His mother actually died later that same year at 7 Lynwood Avenue in Eccles)

 

Aged 47, Alfred was well known in the Eccles district before the war, having been with the family firm of W Collett & Son, painters and decorators (his father had already died in 1943, also at 7 Lynwood Avenue in Eccles).  A former pupil at Green Lane Council School in Patricroft, he served throughout the last war, entering as a private and finishing up as a First Lieutenant.  When he rejoined the army in 1940, he went back as a First Lieutenant, subsequently promoted to Captain and then Major.  For the past three years he has been in command of a port operating company of the Royal Engineers, and has seen service in North Africa, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.  Today, he is still with the British Army of the Rhine.  His wife now resides at St Anne’s-on-Sea”.  This is likely to be a reference to Lytham St Anne, where Alfred may have still been living when he died in 1966, at the age of 68.  The death of Alfred Collett was recorded at Blackpool register office (Ref. 10b 472) during the third quarter of that year.  Two years after being widowed, the death of Mary Collett, aged 67, was recorded at St Anne’s Fylde register office (Ref. 10c 223) during the summer of 1968, her date of birth being 3rd February 1901, as confirmed in the earlier 1939 Register

 

Herbert Robert Collett [18Q100] was born at Kentish Town, London, on 1st January 1892 when his birth was recorded at St Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 143) during the first three months of the year.  He was the eldest child of George Collett from Norwich and Ellen Wise Humbley of Kentish Town.  By 1901 the family was living at Manor Park in the East Ham area of London, where Herbert R Collett was nine years old and from where his father was employed as a coach smith.  Completing the family group was his mother Ellen, his sister Margaret, and brother Charles. 

 

It was during 1906 that he and his family left England when they sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to a new life in Canada.  The passenger list for the ship Pomeranian included all five members of the family, with Herbert R Collett from Norfolk being a scholar aged fourteen years.  Five years later, the family was identified in the Calgary census of 1911, when Herbert Robert Collett was 19 and a laundry operative, and his date of birth was confirmed as January 1892.  He was 28 in the census of 1921, by which time his father had purchased land and was working a farm at Alta, with Herbert and his brother Charles (below) both working on the farm.  After a further five years, Herbert Robert Collett from England was still single at the age of 34, when he was living at Acadia in Alberta with his father George Collett, his mother Ellen Wise Collett, and his seventeen-year-old sister Fern Alma Collett (below).  Seven years later the marriage of Herbert Robert Collett and Mabel Leckle, daughter of E Leckle took place at Hillhurst in Calgary on 28th June 1933.

 

The death of Herbert Robert Collett in Alberta, Canada was recorded on 3rd November 1979 when he was 87, after which he was buried at the Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Calgary.  His obituary published in Calgary on 6th November 1979 recorded that his spouse was Mabel Collett, that their daughter was Vera Collett, and that the family home was at Redcliff in Alberta

 

Margaret Priscilla Collett [18Q101] was born at Wood Green in London during the penultimate month of 1898, her birth recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 416) during the fourth quarter of 1898.  Margaret P Collett was two years old in the Manor Park, East Ham census of 1901.  In April 1906 all five members of the family were aboard the ‘Pomeranian’ travelling from England to Hamilton in Canada, when Margaret Collett was seven years old.  By the time of the census in 1911, the whole family was living in Calgary where Margaret Priscilla Collett was 12 years old, her date of birth confirmed as November 1898.  She was 22 in the Alta census of 1921, when she was simply Margaret Collett from England who had no job of work.

 

Ten years later, Margaret had left the family home and, at the age of 18, she was residing in the Calgary West area of Alberta where she was described as born in England and a roomer at the home of Ida van Essery.  The later records indicate that Margaret Priscilla Collett married George Furness on 4th September 1943, when she was confirmed as the daughter of George Collett

 

The undated obituary for George Furness reads as follows: “October 2nd, at Edmonton.  George beloved husband of Mrs Margaret Furness, 838 18th Avenue, N. W, born in Littleport (Cambridgeshire) England.  He came to Ontario in 1910 and moved to Winnipeg in 1912.  He served overseas in the First World War with the Imperial Army and came to Vermilion in 1922 as a maintenance man with the Alberta Government.  He moved to Calgary in 1942 and retired in 1948.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the King’s Mens’ Class.  Also surviving are a son Arthur of Wingham, Ontario, and two grandsons”.  His body was then laid to rest in the Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Calgary, where Margaret’s brother Herbert (below) was buried in 1979, and where Margaret was buried on 4th August 1973.  At that time in her life, she was a widow living at 512 14th Avenue, S. W, and was survived by her two brothers Herbert Robert Collett and Charles Leslie Collett

 

Charles Leslie Collett [18Q102] was born at Manor Park, East Ham, in London in 1900 and was still living there on the day of the census in 1901, at the age of one year.  He was six years old when his family sailed to Hamilton in Canada in April 1906.  He and his family had settled in Calgary by the time of the census in 1911, when Charles Leslie Collett was ten years of age, his date of birth reported to be during September 1900.  After a further ten years, he was working on his father’s farm, aged 20, alongside his older brother Charles (above).  Three years after that, it was at Calgary where Charles Leslie Collett married Ethel Constance King in 1924, and two years later his brother Herbert and sister Fern (below) were unmarried and still living with their parents at Arcadia in Alberta in 1926.  Upon the death of his married older sister (above), her obituary acknowledged that Charles Leslie Collett was still alive in 1973.  It was near the end of the following year that Charles Leslie Collett died at White Rock on 5th November 1974 at the age of 73.  His wife passed away six years after Charles, with both of their names and dates included on an ornate gravestone marker, the birth of Ethel Constance King recorded at Wellingborough, Northants, register office (Ref. 3b 124) during the third quarter of 1904 

 

Fern Alma Collett [18Q103] was born at Alberta in Canada during March 1909 to English parents George Collett and Ellen Wise Humbley, their fourth and last child and the only one not born in England.  Two years later she was listed with her family at Calgary, but recorded as Jesse Alma Collett, while in 1921 she was Fern Collett aged 12 who was living with her family at Calholm in Alta Province.  It was at Acadia in Alberta that she was living with her parents in 1926 at the age of 17.  On 15th August 1936 Fern Collett, a Canadian national aged 27 and the daughter of George Collett, crossed the border from Canada into America for the first time in her life, and at her own expense, for a two-week vacation, when she was an employee of the Calgary Power Company.  Four years later the marriage of Fern Alma Collett and Joseph (Joe) Hetherington took place at Calgary on 25th June 1940, when her father was confirmed as George Collett and the sister of Margaret Collett.  Joseph Peter Hetherington had been born at Listowell, Perth County in Ontario on 15th March 1904, the son of Arthur Robinson Hetherington and his wife Mary Jane Kines.  All that is currently known, is that Joe and Fern had a daughter Ellen Mae Hetherington.  At the time of her death on 31st May 1972, at the age of 62, her obituary published in Calgary on 1st June 1972 referred to her spouse Joe and her married daughter Ellen Mae Buttner

 

Ann Collett [18Q104] was born at Kendal in 1871, the eldest child of carpenter Henry Collett from Ireland and his wife Isabella Bousfield of Kendal.  Her birth was recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10a 689) during the second quarter of the year, and was baptised at Kendal on 6th August 1871.  In 1881, at the age of nine, Ann was attending school in Kendal where she was living at 10 Serpentine Road with her family.  Ten years later, when she was 19, she was working as a woollen warper, while she was still living with her family in Kendal.  By that time in her life, she may have already been betrothed and perhaps even was looking forward to being married, as she was the following year.  The marriage of Ann Collett and Thomas William Troughton took place at Kendal on 4th June 1892, when Ann was 21 and the daughter of Henry Collett and Thomas was 23 and the son of William Troughton.  The event was also recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 1138), where Thomas William Troughton had been baptised at St George’s Church on 28th March 1869.  Their only child William Troughton was also born there towards the end of the following year and was baptised at Kendal on 5th November 1893. It was after just five years of married life, and at the age of 26, that the death of Ann Troughton, the wife of Thomas W Troughton, was recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 442) during the second quarter of 1897, following which she was buried on 30th June 1897.  Twenty years after that sad event, the death of Thomas William Troughton was recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 1033) during the first quarter of 1917, at the age of 48.  Thomas was residing at 85 Stramogate in Kendall when he died on 30th January 1917, and his Will was proved at Lancaster on 12th March 1917 to William Troughton, a retired commercial traveller, and Esther Troughton, a widow and likely to be his second wife.  His estate had a value of £657 17 Shillings and, later that year on 23rd May 1917 his father William Troughton, aforesaid, left an estate amounting to £2,759 3 Shillings 6 Pence

 

Mary Elizabeth Collett [18Q105] was born at Kendal in 1872, her birth recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10a 670) during the last three months of the year.  It was just after Christmas, when she was baptised at Kendal on 29th December 1872, her parents confirmed as Henry and Isabella Collett.  As Mary E Collett aged seven years, she and her family were living at 10 Serpentine Road, just north of Kendal town centre, in 1881, and was still with her family in 1891, when she was working with her older sister Ann (above) as a woollen warper at 18 years old.  Less than four years after that, Mary Elizabeth Collett, aged 22, and William Stavert, who was 21, were married at Kendal on 26th January 1895, when the bride’s father was confirmed as Henry Collett and the groom’s father as John Stavert.  Their wedding day was recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 931), as was the birth of William Stavert (Ref. 10b 670) during the last quarter of 1873.  Around five months after they were married the first of their three children, Isabella Collett Stavert, was born at Kendal (Ref. 10b 760) during the second quarter of 1895 and baptised there on 2nd June that year.  Three years later the birth of John Henry Stavert was recorded there (Ref. 10b 705) during the last quarter of 1898.  Tragically, the birth of the couple’s third child coincided with the Mary not surviving the ordeal.  Mary was only 32 years old when she died, the death of Mary Elizabeth Stavert was recorded at Lancaster register office (Ref. 8e 493) during the fourth quarter of 1905, the same three months in which the birth of William Stavert was recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 746).  Mary’s widower William Stavert was 81 when he died, his passing recorded at Lancaster register office (Ref. 10c 774) during the first three months of 1955

 

Margaret Collett [18Q106] was born at Kendal in 1875, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 10b 720) during the second quarter of that year.  It was also at Kendal where she was baptised on 1st August 1875, another daughter of Henry and Isabella Collett.  It was as Maggie Collett, aged five years, that she was recorded in the Kendal census of 1881, when she was living at 10 Serpentine Road in Kendal with her family.  After a further ten years, Margaret Collett was 16 and working as a woollen winder, when she was again still living with her family at Kendal in 1891.  Sadly, it was approximately eighteen months after that census day, when the death of Margaret Collett, aged 17, was recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 369) during the third quarter of 1892

 

William Henry Collett [18Q107] was born at Kendal in 1877, the eldest son and fourth child of Henry and Isabella Collett, whose birth was recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 753) during the first three months of the year.  A few months later, the baptism of William Henry Collett was conducted at Kendal on 20th May 1877, which confirmed the names of his parents, as above.  He was four years old in 1881 when he was living at 10 Serpentine Road in Kendal, the census including him with his family as William H Collett.  On leaving school, William started his working life alongside his father who was a house carpenter, as confirmed in the Kendal census of 1891, when William H Collett was 14 and an apprentice to a joiner.  It was the similar situation in 1901, when William H Collett was a joiner aged 24, one of only two siblings still living with their father, who had re-married by then, and with whom they were both working.  Ten weeks after that census day, the marriage of William Henry Collett, aged 24, and Isabel Benson took place at Casterton on 9th July 1902, fourteen miles south-east of Kendal, the event recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 1279).  Isabel’s birth was registered at Kendal (Ref. 10b 687) during the first quarter of 1878.  The couple then settled in Kendal, where all of their children were born, and where the couple and their first two children were living in 1911.  That year, the family comprised William Henry Collett who was 33 and a carpenter and a joiner, his wife Isabel Collett who was also 33, and their two daughters were Elsie Collett who was nine, and May Isabel Collett who was seven.  All four members of the family were noted as having been born at Kendal, where the births of their four children were also recorded

 

Although many years passed, after the birth of their second child, no obvious birth or death records have been found at Kendal during the following thirteen years.  Then, in the middle of the war years, the couple was blessed with a late gift of twins, the consecutive birth records at Kendal confirming the mother’s maiden-name as Benson.  Those two additions to the family were recorded there during the first four days of 1916 (Ref. 10b 1301) and (Ref. 10b 1302), but did not survive the ordeal, with both Collett babies, William and Mary, being buried at Kendal on 5th January 1916, the children of William and Mary (?) Collett.  Their deaths were recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 952) and (Ref. 10b 953).  Just over two years later their mother was widowed, when the death of William H Collett was recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 846) during the second quarter of 1818, at the age of only 41.  Their couple’s two older children did survive

 

18R70 - Elsie Collett was born in 1902 at Kendal

18R71 - May Isabel Collett was born in 1903 at Kendal

18R72 - William Collett (twin) was born in 1916 at Kendal; infant death

18R73 - Mary Collett (twin) was born in 1916 at Kendal; infant death

 

Robert Bousfield Collett [18Q108] was born at Kendal, possibly near the end of 1879 or early in 1880, with his birth registered at Kendal (Ref. 10b 672) during the first quarter of 1880.  It was on 28th March 1880 that Robert Bousfield Collett, the son of Henry and Isabella Collett, was baptised at Kendal.  He may have been born at 10 Serpentine Road in Kendal, where his family was living in 1881 when, simply as Robert Collett, he was one year old.  It was as Robert B Collett, aged 11, that he was still living in Kendal with his parents at the time of the census in 1891.  He was around fourteen years old when his mother and his younger brother John (below) died but, by 1901, Robert was still living with his father, who had re-married by then.  Like his brother William (above), Robert also took up his father’s trade and in 1901 he was a joiner at the age of 21.  Tragically, within two months of that census day, Robert Bousfield Collett died, at the age of 21, and was buried on 27th May 1901, his death recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 455).  With the death of his older married brother William in 1918, there was no surviving male member of his original family, just his half-brother Harold from his father’s second married

 

Edward Compston Collett [18Q109] was born at Kendal, either at the end of 1882 or the beginning of 1883, with his birth recorded there (Ref. 10b 736) during the first three months of 1883.  He was around fifteen months old when he died, and was buried at Kendal on 13th April 1884, his young death recorded there (Ref. 10b 410)

 

Isabella Collett [18Q110] was born at Kendal in 1887, her birth registered there (Ref. 10b 750) during the second quarter of that year, another daughter of Henry Collett and Isabella Bousfield.  She was baptised at Kendal on 29th May 1887 and was six years old when she was buried on 13th July 1893.  Her death was recorded at Lancaster register office (Ref. 3c 591).  Two years earlier in the census of 1891, Isabella Collett was three years of age and was staying at 5 Tewitfield in Priest Hutton, ten miles north of Lancaster, with her aunt and uncle Margaret and Edward Compston

 

John Frederick Collett [18Q111] was born at Kendal in 1889 and his birth was recorded there (Ref. 10b 730) during the third quarter of the year.  He was one-year-old in the census return for Kendal in 1891, on that occasion he was the youngest child of Henry and Isabella Collett, who were anticipating the birth of their ninth and last child, who sadly did not survive.  Just over one year later the death of John Frederick Collett was recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 425) and was buried on 15th April 1892, less than two years prior to the death of his mother, in the first three months of 1894

 

Ruth Bousfield [18Q112] was born at Kendal in not long after the census day in 1891, the ninth and last child of Henry Collett and Isabella Bousfield.  Her birth, like those of all her older siblings, was recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 779) during the second quarter of 1891.  She was baptised there on 28th August 1891 but, two years after that, she died during November, her death recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 471), following which she was buried with her many deceased siblings on 28th November 1893

 

Harold Collett [18Q113] was born at Kendal on 15th May 1896, the only son of widower Henry Collett from County Mayo, Ireland, and his second wife, widow Mary Alice Foster, nee Lancaster, from Scarborough, who were married during the previous year.  The birth of Harold Collett was recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 773) during the second quarter of 189, after which he was baptised at Kendal on 21st June 1896.  Harold was living with his parents, his two Collett half-brothers and three Foster stepchildren in March 1901, when he was four years old, but by April 1911 he was the only Collett child still living at Kendal with his parents at the age of 14, who also had living there with them 27-year-old Nellie Foster, his half-sister.  By that time, he was an assistant in an ironmonger’s shop, when his only surviving half-brother, William Henry Collett, was married, his other half-brother Robert Bousfield Collett had already passed away within two months of the census in 1901.  The 1939 Register included unmarried Harold Collett as a boarder at 26 Eleanor Road in South Shields, the home of widow Margaret E Gammon aged 54.  Harold was 43 and was working as a waggon-wright, in heavy work.  Just under thirty years later, the death of Harold Collett was recorded at South Shields register Office (Ref. 1a 1949) during the second quarter of 1969 when he was 73 years old

 

Albert Vernon Tanner [18Q114] was born on 4th April 1873 at Kendal in Westmorland, his birth registered there (Ref. 10b 705) during the second quarter of 1873, the first of the nine children of John William Tanner and Bethia Ann Collett.  He married (1) Mary Agnes Wilson in 1910 at Holy Trinity Church in Lancaster, their wedding recorded at Lancaster register office (Ref. 8e 1354) during the last quarter of that year.  Tragically, after only fourteen years together Mary died on 20th June 1924 aged 44.  From the Index of Wills & Administrations 1858 – 1966, the administration of the personal effects, valued at £108 8 Shillings 4 Pence, of Mary Agnes Tanner of 7 Leyster Street in Morecambe, the wife of Albert Vernon Tanner, a ship’s steward, was granted in London on 17th July 1924 to the said Albert Vernon Tanner.  It was during the following year that Albert married (2) widow Clara Woodhouse, their marriage recorded at Lancaster register office (Ref. 8e 2107) during the third quarter of 1925.  It was at 3 Ridge Lane in Lancaster that the couple was living in 1939, where Albert was described as retired from Merchant service.  Clara was much younger than her husband, having been born on 24th July 1892.  Living with them was Clara’s daughter Alfreda Woodhouse, a mental nurse who was born on 13th July 1912

 

Although nearly twenty years younger than her husband, it was Clara Hannah Tanner who died on 12th February 1958, at the age of 66, at 3 Ridge Lane, her death was recorded at Lancaster register office (Ref. 10c 685).  Her Will was proved at London on 20th March 1958 to Joseph Albert Jones, solicitor, for £364 4 Shillings 6 Pence.  Albert survived for another eleven months, when he passed away on 19th January 1959 at the age of 85.  His death was recorded at Lancaster register office (Ref. 10c 712) during the first quarter of 1959.  From the Index of Wills & Administrations 1858 – 1966, the Will of Albert Vernon Tanner of 3 Ridge Lane in Lancaster valued at £262 was proved on 13th October 1964 and placed in the hands of executors John Taylor, a builder, and Joseph Albert Jones, a solicitor.  The probate notice also confirmed that Albert died at The Laurels, Cannon Hill in Lancaster

 

Walter Kitchen Tanner [18Q115] was born at Barrow-in-Furness in the last three months 1874, his birth registered at Ulverston (Ref. 8e 803) and sadly, he was only seven years of age when he died at Barrow-in-Furnace during the third quarter of 1882 and record there (Ref. 8e 518)

 

Edith Ann Tanner [18Q116] was born at Kendal in 1876, her birth recorded there (Ref. 10b 682) during the last three months of the year.  It was during the third quarter of 1896 when the marriage of Edith Ann Tanner and David Richard Hurley, who was born at Workington on 11th January 1878, the son of Edwin and Elizabeth Hurley, was recorded at Barrow-in-Furnace register office (Ref. 8e 1562).  Five years later the census in 1901 recorded the couple at 14B Walney Road in Barrow-in-Furness with their three children.  David Hurley, an ironworks coke fitter, was 23, his wife Edith was 24 and their children were David Hurley junior who was three, George F Hurley who was one year old and Edith L Hurley who was just eight months old and died later that same year.  A fourth child had been born to the couple in 1896, Albert Edward Hurley, who died during the following year before his first birthday.  Further tragedy struck the family in 1902 when Edith Ann Hurley nee Tanner died at the age of 25.  Following the death of his wife and two of his children, David emigrated to America during 1903 and arrived in New York on 30th July aboard the ship Teutonic which had sailed out of Liverpool.  He married Agnes Simpson who was born in 1886 with whom he had another son John who was born in 1910.  David Richard Hurley became a naturalised American on 27th January 1912 when he was residing at 1338 Jenny Lind Street in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where his brother Joseph Daniel Hurley also lived.  According to the US Census of 1940 David Hurley was 52 and his wife Agnes was 54 when they were living at 1604 Geaner Street in McKeesport, from where he was employed as a millwright.  During that decade he and Agnes were living at 604 Beaver Avenue in McKeesport, while it was on 21st June 1949 that David Richard Hurley died in McKeesport aged 71

 

John William Tanner [18Q117] was born at Barrow-in-Furness in 1878.  It was at St Mark’s Church in Barrow in 1905 that he married widow Sarah Ann Hetherington who was born in 1880 at Croydon in Surrey, England.  By 1911 John, aged 31 and Sarah were living at 19 Hawcoat Lane, Hawcoat Park in Barrow-in-Furness.  The census return that year confirmed the property had six rooms and stated that John, a flour mill labourer, and Sarah had been married for six years.  They had no children from their marriage, although living there with them was Sarah’s daughter Eva Hetherington who was 10 years of age and born at Barrow-in-Furness.  The record of the death of a ‘Sarah Tanner’ was recorded at Barrow-in-Furness register office in 1933 when she was 53, while it was fifteen years later that John William Tanner passed away in 1948 when he was 70

 

Francis Henry Tanner [18Q118] was born at Barrow-in-Furness in 1880 and died there the following year when he was one year old

 

Arthur Henry Tanner [18Q119] was born at Barrow-in-Furness in 1881 and was yet another childhood death in the family when he died during 1890 at the age of eight years

 

Beatrice Eleanor Tanner [18Q120] was born at Barrow-in-Furness on 13th August 1883, a daughter of John William Tanner and Bethia Ann Collett.  She later married William Eddleston in 1914 when she was 31.  Thanks must go to Brian Eddleston, the grandson of Beatrice and William, who generously provided lots of new information regarding Bethia Ann Collett and her family

 

Frederick James Tanner [18Q121] was born at Barrow-in-Furness in 1884.  He married Hilda Augusta Wise who was born in 1894 at Peckham in Surrey, one of the five children of Hubert and Jane Wise.  They married on 2nd December 1915 at the Church of St Mary in Balham, London when Frederick was 30 and a seafarer and Hilda was 21.  His address was the same as Hilda’s, that being 43 Balham Hill in Balham.  The groom’s father was confirmed as John William Tanner, a storekeeper, and the bride’s father was described as Hubert Lewington Wise, deceased, whose past occupation was that of a clerk.  The census in 1911 confirmed that Hilda was a laundry porter, while Hubert was a shipbrokers clerk

 

Edwin Smallwood Tanner [18Q122] was born at Barrow-in-Furness in 1887, the last of the nine children of John William Tanner and Bethia Ann Collett.  Sadly, neither mother nor child survived

 

William Collett [18Q123] was born at Berwick-on-Tweed in 1875, the only child of John Collett and Isabella Landell, his birth recorded at Berwick (Ref. 10b 410) during the last quarter of 1875.  He was later baptised at Berwick-on-Tweed in Northumberland on 5th December 1875 when his parents were confirmed as John and Isabella.  Tragically William was still only a few months old when his father died.  However, on the day of the census in 1881, when his widowed mother was working as a servant in Halifax, William Collett aged five years and from Berwick was staying with his grandmother Ann Collett of Ravenglass at 41 Hawke Street in Barrow-in-Furness.  Just a few months later, his mother married Job Barker in Halifax, and it was with his mother and stepfather that William was living in 1891.  The census in 1891 recorded William Collett from Scotland as being 15 years old and already working as a worsted doffer, who was living at Northowram, with Job and Isabella Barker and their daughter Martha E Barker, aged nine years.  It was just under seven years later, that the marriage of William Collett and Elizabeth Ann Priestley was recorded at Halifax register office (Ref. 9a 605) during the first three months of 1898.  Their marriage service was conducted at the Parish Church in Queensbury, to the north of Halifax on 8th January 1898 after the reading of banns.  William was of full age, a bachelor, and a mechanic, living at Queensbury, the son of John Collett, a clerk.  Elizabeth Ann, also of full age, was spinster of Queensbury with no occupation, the daughter of Samuel Priestley, a warehouseman.  The birth of Elizabeth Ann had been registered at nearby Bradford in Yorkshire (Ref. 9b 279) during the first quarter of 1878

 

The marriage is known to have produced just three children for the couple and, according to the census in 1901, William and Elizabeth Ann were living at Ambler Thorn, Queens Head, just north of Queensbury, midway between Halifax and Keighley.  Living there with them, were their first two children and, living nearby in Queensbury were William’s mother Isabella and his stepfather Job Barker

 

By that time William Collett, aged 25 and from Berwick, was working as a machine tool maker and turner, his wife Elizabeth A Collett was 23, and their two children were Annie Collett who was two, and Leonard Henry Collett who was not yet one year old.  On that occasion the place of birth of Elizabeth and her two children was simply given as Halifax, which was where the births of all three children were recorded.  Ten years later, and after the arrival of the couple’s third and last known child at Amber Thorn, the family was living in the Keighley area of Yorkshire, some seven miles north of Queensbury.  The census in 1911 listed the family as William Collett from Berwick, who was 35, Elizabeth Ann Collett from Queensbury, who was 33, Annie Collett from Queensbury, who was 12 and born at Queensbury, whereas Leonard Harry Collett, aged 10, and Harold Collett, who was nine years old, were both recorded as having been born at Ambler Thorn, within the parish of Queensbury.  The death of William Collett was recorded at Keighley register office (Ref. 9a 260) during the second quarter of 1934, when he was 58 years of age.  It was just over two years after being widowed, that Elizabeth Ann Collett passed away at the age of 58, when her death was recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 9c 733) during the third quarter of 1936.  Three years after being made a widow, the 1939 Register included Elizabeth Collett and her daughter Annie residing at 33 Hainworth Road in Keighley.  Widow Elizabeth A Collett had been born on 18th October 1877 and unmarried Annie Collett was employed a sickness visitor under national health insurance at the age of 41.  It was during the last three months of 1953 that the death of Elizabeth Ann Collett was recorded at Bradford (Yorkshire) register office (Ref. 2d 224) at the age of 76

 

18R74 - Annie Collett was born in 1898 at Queensbury

18R75 - Leonard Harry Collett was born in 1900 at Ambler Thorn, Queensbury

18R76 - Harold Albert Collett was born in 1902 at Ambler Thorn, Queensbury

 

Elizabeth Ann Collett [18Q124] was born at Barrow-in-Furness in 1883, the first child of William Collett and Frances Nelson, whose birth was recorded at Barrow (Ref. 8e 855) during the fourth quarter of 1883 when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Nelson.  Tragically Elizabeth Ann Collett was only three years old when she died at Barrow (Ref. 8e 543) during the third quarter of 1887

 

John William Collett [18Q125] was born at Barrow-in-Furness on 7th June 1886, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 7e 814) during the last quarter of that year.  He was recorded as John W Collett aged four years in the census of 1891 and was again named as John W Collett in the Barrow census of 1901 when he was 14.  It was only in the next census of 1911 that, as John William Collett aged 24, he was still living with his family at the Bay Horse public house in Barrow-in-Furness when his mother was the inn keeper and John was an electrical wireman.  His occupation was that of an engineer, his work taking him to and from South America on numerous occasions, as recorded here.  At that same time in 1911, the future wife of John William Collett, Olga Rickenberg aged 13 and her sister Elsie Rickenberg aged 15, both born in Brazil, were attending the Convent of Notre Dame in Wandsworth, London.  However, it was during the last years of the Great War that he married Olga Rickenberg and their only know daughter Adolpha Collett was born in 1918.  It seems likely that she was born in Brazil, since John William Collett left that country in 1919 on board the steam ship ‘Hildebrand’, a vessel of the Booth Steamship Company, when he travelled to England, arriving at Liverpool on 6th September 1919, three days after the ship’s scheduled dis-embarkment date.  Unaccompanied John William Collett from Para in Brazil was 33 and a public works manager whose destination was 65 Bishopsgate in London.

 

On 9th July 1926 all three members of the family sailed into Liverpool on the steam ship ‘Hildebrand’, having sailed from the Port of Belem in Brazil.  John William Collett, was an engineer aged 40, his wife Olga Collett was 29, and their daughter Adolpha Collett was eight years old, when they were travelling first class from their permanent residence in Brazil to the same destination address as in 1919, that being 65 Bishopsgate in London.  The purpose of that visit may have been to place their daughter in a private boarding school because, on 22nd January 1927, 29-year-old Olga embarked at Liverpool on a return to Brazil onboard the ‘Denis’ of the Booth Line, having been staying at the Albemarle Court Hotel, 18 Leinster Gardens, Bayswater in London.  After a further seventeen months, Olga and John travelled from Para in Brazil to Liverpool on the ‘Hildebrand’ arriving on 29th June 1928.  The passenger also proved very similar details for the couple, in that their forward address was again 65 Bishopsgate, London, for engineer John William Collett who was 42 and wife Olga who was 31.  Whether that was the occasion when the couple came to England to take their daughter back to Brazil has not been confirmed, however, three years after, on 26th June 1931, when Olga was 34, she made the solo journey onboard the ‘Hildebrand’ from the Port of Manaos to Liverpool, arriving that day.  From Liverpool she travelled to 149 Leadenhall Street in the Aldgate area of central London

 

Sometime later the family returned to their home within the State of Para on the northern Atlantic coast of Brazil.  Then again in 1932 John and his wife set sail from the Port of Manaus in the State of Amazonas and sailed down the Amazon River, before crossing the Atlantic out of Belem, bound for Liverpool.  On that occasion John Wm Collett was 45 and his wife Olga Collett was 33, when they were named on the passenger list of the steam ship ‘Hilary’ of the Booth Line, which arrived in Liverpool on 31st May 1932.  Their forward address was once more 149 Leadenhall Street in London, when the prime reason for that trip was that Olga was expecting the birth of another child.  It may also have been the case that John accompanied her to England for security reasons and that once she was safely settled there, he returned to Brazil.  The birth of their son Bolivar Jack Collett was recorded at Hampstead register office in London (Ref. 1a 674) during the last three months of 1932, when the child’s mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Rickenberg.

 

With her new-born baby only six weeks old, Olga Collett aged 35 had a first-class cabin on board the SS ‘Aidan’ of the Booth Steamship Line which sailed out of the Port of London on 24th November 1932 bound for the Port of Para in Brazil.  The passenger list also stated that her address while in London was 51 Cholmley Gardens, West Hampstead.  Nearly three years later John William Olga, and Bolivar, sailed from Manaos to Liverpool aboard the SS ‘Hilary’ of the Booth Line, arrived in Liverpool on 25th July 1935.  By that time the three of them were said to be from Para, where John W Collett was 49 and an engineer with the Para Telephone Company, whose forward address in England was 149 Leadenhall Street.  Olga Collett was 38, and Bolivar J Collett was three years old.  Ten years after that trip, it was just Olga and her son who were named on the passenger list of the ‘Basil’ of the Booth Line, arriving at Liverpool from Para on 10th March 1946, when Olga Collett was 48, a housewife, who was travelling to 27 Church Row in Hampstead, London, when Bolivar Jack Collett was 13

 

Towards the end of 1947, when Olga Collett was 49 and staying at the Whitehall Hotel on Steeles Road in Hampstead, London, she was on her own when she sailed out of the Port of Cardiff on 21st November on board the ‘Hilary’ bound for Brazil.  With his family presumably at their home in Para, it was just John William Collett, an engineer aged 63, who sailed out of Liverpool bound for Brazil on the ship ‘Hilary’ on 10th November 1949.  For his time in London, he had been staying at the Sandringham Hotel, 3 Holford Road in Hampstead.  Less than three years later the couple was named on the passenger list for the ‘Hilary’, when they arrived at the Port of Liverpool from the Port of Belem in Brazil on 8th June 1952.  That year John William Collett was 65 when the destination for him and his wife Olga was 30 Highgate in West Hill, London.  Olga was 56 when she returned to Brazil from that address, dis-embarking at the Port of Belem on 19th March 1954.  Eighteen months later, it was just John who sailed from Liverpool on 23rd September 1955 on the ‘Hubert’ of the Booth Line, having been living at Wyldes, North End, Hampstead, London.  Curiously, Olga’s name was on the passenger list but was crossed through, indicating that she did not make the journey with her engineer husband.  The last time they made the sea journey together was onboard the ‘Hildebrand’, arriving at Liverpool on 27th June 1957, when their intended stay in England was said to be nine months.  The date of birth for John Collett was 7th June 1886, who was still an engineer at the age of 71, when he and Olga, 60 and born on 15th June 1897, were again to stay at Wyldes, North End, Hampstead

 

It was also from Wyldes, North End in Hampstead, that John travelled back to Brazil on the ‘Sallust’ of the Lamport & Holt Line, sailing out of the Port of London on 4th December 1957.  Many years later, Olga Collett was living in the Hertfordshire area of England, with her death recorded at the Elstree & Potters Bar register office (Ref. 10 0276) during the early months of 1980, at the age of 82.  For the previous four years of her life, she was a widow, following the death of John William Collett whose death was also recorder in Hertfordshire, at the Barnet register office (Ref. 11 0272) during the last four months of 1975

 

18R77 - Adolpha Collett was born in 1918 at Brazil

18R78 – Bolivar Jack Collett was born in 1932 at West Hampstead, London

 

Thomas Henry Collett [18Q126] was born at Barrow-in-Furness either at the end of 1888 or early after the start of 1889, the son of William and Frances Collett, where his birth was registered (Ref. 8e 832) during the first quarter of 1889.  It was as Thomas H Collett aged two years and 12 years that he was listed with his family in the two Barrow censuses conducted in 1891 and 1901, and as Thomas Henry Collett that he was recorded again with his family in Barrow in 1911 when he was 22 and working as a joiner and woodworker for a building contractor.  Eleven years after that census day, the marriage of Thomas H Collett and younger Phoebe Williams was recorded at Barrow-in-Furness register office (Ref. 8e 2219) during the third quarter of 1922.  The birth of Phoebe Williams was recorded at Chorlton-cum-Hardy register office (Ref. 8c 911) during the first three months of 1899.  Their son may have been a honeymoon baby, born in mid-July the following year, who was living with his mother in 1939.  Where Thomas Henry Collett and his daughter Frances was that day has not yet been determined, after the birth of Frances A J Collett was recorded at Barrow (Ref. 8e 1079) during the last three months of 1924, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Williams.  The 1939 Register including only Phoebe Collett and their son, who were staying at the home of widow Sarah A Turner, aged 58, at 41 School Street in Barrow-on-Furnace.  There was a total of eight people at the address, which may have been a boarding house.  Phoebe gave her date of birth as 1st October 1899 and confirmed that she was married and undertaking unpaid domestic duties, possibly in lieu of payment of rent.  Her son William J Collett was fifteen years of age and an apprentice in metal work.  Very little else is known about Thomas Henry Collett except that he was 58 years of age when he died, his death recorded at Barrow-in-Furness register office (Ref. 10b 149) during the second quarter of 1947, but was still alive when his son became a married man just a few months earlier.  After ten years as a widow, the death of Phoebe Collett was recorded at Barrow-in-Furnace register office (Ref. 10b 159) during the third quarter of 1957, when she was 57

 

18R79 – William John Collett was born in 1923 at Barrow-in-Furnace

18R80 – Frances A J Collett was born in 1924 at Barrow-in-Furnace

 

Robert Collett [18Q127] was born at Barrow-in-Furness on 7th August 1891, the last child of William Collett and Frances Nelson, his birth recorded there (Ref. 8a 858) during the third quarter of the year.  It was at Back Hartington Street North in Barrow that he was living with his parents in 1901 at the age of nine years, and again in 1911 when he was 19 years old and a fitter and turner working with guns and engines.  Eight years later, during the third quarter of 1919, the marriage of Robert Collett and Blanche Evelyn McVee was recorded at Barrow-in-Furnace (Ref. 8e 2347).  The birth of Blanche Evelyn McVee was recorded at Barrow (Ref. 8e 797) during the second quarter of 1894.  They only had one child, who was also born at Barrow two years later, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as McVee.  As far as can be determined, it was Blanche and Derek (sic) who were the first to sail to Quebec in Canada, leaving Liverpool on 29th August 1924 on the steamship ‘Montclare’ of the Canadian Pacific Line, when their home address was 31a Welbeck Road, Walker in south-east Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and when Blanche was 29 and Derek Nelson was just two years old.  It was Robert’s job as an engineer/mechanic that saw him crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Canada, when he also sailed out of Liverpool on 27th July 1926, bound for Quebec.  He travelled first-class onboard the ‘Montlaurier’ of the Canadian Pacific Line at the age of 31 and from his home address at 26 James Street in Barrow-in-Furnace. 

 

Sometime after arriving in Quebec, it would appear that was a stepping stone in America, with the three of them recorded in the 1930 Census at Precinct 38 in Detroit, Wayne County in Michigan.  Robert Collett from England was 38 and a diemaker at an automotive factory, his wife Blanche E Collett was 33 and an inspector at a carburettor factory, and Derek N Collett was nine years old.  The census day that year was 17th April, while it was two years later that the three of them travelled to Montreal from where they sailed to Liverpool onboard the ‘Duchess of Richmond’ which arrived on 7th May 1932.  The occupants of the third-class cabin were engineer Robert Collett 40, Blanche Collett 38, and Derek Collett who was 11, when they were headed for 16 Brown Street in Barrow-in-Furnace.  That was likely only a temporary home for them because, by 1939, with war looming in Europe, Robert and Blanche were residing at 19 Cameron Road in Ilford, Essex.  Robert confirmed his date of birth (above) and that he was a toolmaker by trade, and was a tool and gauge inspector.  Blanche stated that she had been born on 21st March 1894 and was undertaking unpaid domestic duties.  The third member of the household was their son, whose record was redacted and officially closed

 

Thirty-one years later, the death of Robert Collett was recorded at the London Borough of Redbridge register office (Ref. 5d 1406) during the third quarter of 1970, at the age of 79.  Following the death of her husband, Blanche travelled to the north of England where, less than six years later, the death of Blanche Evelyn Collett was recorded at Gateshead register office (Ref. 2 0404) during the first months of 1976, when she was 81 years old

 

18R81 – Derrick Nelson Collett was born in 1921 at Barrow-in-Furnace

 

William Collett [18Q128] was born at Cratfield on 13th January 1883, his birth recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 850) during the first quarter of that year.  He was the first child born to Harry Collett and Elizabeth Randall, who eventually moved to nearby Redenhall around the start of the next decade.  That was partially confirmed in the census of 1891, when William Collett from Cratfield was still living there, at the age of seven, with just his mother and his younger sister Maria Collett (below), but at the Bell Lane home of his maternal grandfather.  On that same day, William’s father was setting up the new family home at Bungay Road in Redenhall.  As the oldest child in the Collett family, that arrangement was probably made out of convenience for the family, since William’s mother Elizabeth Collett, nee Randall, was expecting the family’s fifth child.  A little while later, William moved back in with his family at Redenhall, where he was recorded in 1901.  The census that year showed the family reunited and living in a house on the Bungay Road in Redenhall.  The only missing member was William’s sister, Maria, who was working in a neighbouring village.  By that time, William was 17 and an ordinary farm labourer from Cratfield.  It is very likely that he was working alongside his two younger brothers Harry and George (below) who were also farm labourers and, it may have been on the same farm, where their father worked as a teamster

 

The marriage by banns of William Collett and Laura Magdalene Leist was conducted at the parish church of Redenhall-with-Harlston-and-Wortwell on 9th October 1905, when he was 21 and she was 19.  They were both residing in Redenhall, where William was a labourer and the son of labourer Harry Collett, while Laura was the daughter of Henry Leist, also a labourer.  The two witnesses were both members of Laura’s Leist family, Henry and Rachel, her father perhaps because she was not of full age, and maybe her sister.  The wedding of William and Laura was recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 641), five months after which, their only known child was born.  The birth of Harry Collett was recorded at Depwade register office during the second quarter of 1906.  Laura had been born at Hardwick in 1885, the daughter of Henry and Magdalene Leist of Needham, whilst it was the day after her twelfth birthday that she was baptised at Needham parish church on 16th November 1897 in a joint ceremony with two younger siblings Edith Maria aged seven and Charles Frederick aged five

 

On the day of the census in 1911, the family of three was residing at Green Lane in Redenhall where their son had been born, when they were recorded as William Collett aged 27 who was a horseman working on a farm born at Cratfield, his wife Laura from Hardwick who was 25, and their son Harry Collett who was five years old had been born at Redenhall.  The electoral roll also confirmed that William and his family were still living at Green Lane in 1914.  Twenty-five years later, the 1939 Register identified the family living in Docking in North Norfolk, where William was 56 and an agricultural labourer, Laura gave her date of birth as 15th November 1885, and son Harry was still single at the age of 33, when he was working as a tractor-driver on a farm.  Later on, the death of William Collett was recorded at King’s Lyn register office (Ref. 4b 458) during the first three months of 1948 when he was 64.  At that time in his life, his home address was 1 Cross Street, Harpley in Norfolk, although he was buried in the churchyard of the parish church at Redenhall-with-Harlston-and Wortwell on 9th March 1948.  Geographically, Harpley lies a few miles south of Docking, and just west of Harpley in King’s Lyn, while his burial ground was some fifty miles to the south-east.  Laura survived her husband by over twenty years, when the death of Laura Magdalene Collett was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 1887) during the third quarter of 1970

 

18R82 - Harry Collett was born in 1906 at Redenhall

 

Harry Collett [18Q129] was born at Cratfield towards the end of 1885, when his birth was registered at Blything (Ref. 4a 843) during the last three months of that year.  He was another son of Harry and Elizabeth Collett who was around four years old when his family left Suffolk and moved to Redenhall-cum-Harleston in Norfolk.  By 1891 Harry was six years old and living at Bungay Road in Redenhall.  Ten years later and at the age of 15, Harry was working as an ordinary farm labourer with his two brothers William (above) and George (below), while all three of them were still living in the family home at Redenhall.  Harry Collett was nineteen years of age when her married Lucy Ellen Fairhead – who already had a son, the event recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 48 586) during the last quarter of 1904.  Lucy was born on 31st October 1886, a daughter of carpenter Frederick and Mary Ann Fairhead of Alburgh, Norfolk, where she was baptised with her older sister Jessie Fairhead in a combined ceremony at Alburgh on 29th March 1887.  Following their wedding day in 1904, the couple initially settled in nearby Redenhall-with-Harleston where their son was born.  However, not long after the birth, the family moved to Pulham Market in Norfolk, where they were recorded in the census of 1911.  At that time Harry Collett from Cratfield was 25 and employed as a horseman working on a farm, his wife Lucy Collett from Alburgh in Norfolk was 24, and their son Arthur was five years old.  The fourth person at the dwelling was Lucy’s son who was described as Harry Fairhead aged six years and also born at Alburgh as Harry William Fairhead, whose birth was also recorded at Depwade (Ref. 4b 220) during the same quarter of 1904 in which Harry and Lucy were married.  Harry Collett was only 48 years old when his death was recorded at Wangford register office (Ref. 4a 1003) during the third quarter of 1931. 

 

Lucy’s marital status was confirmed as a widow in the 1939 register when she was residing at 73 Ingate Street in Beccles where she declared she was much younger than her real age, perhaps because she had a younger bachelor living there with her.  He was Ernest G Studd who was born on 9th April 1892 and a fisherman, while housewife Lucy gave her date of birth as 23rd October 1891, instead of 31st October 1886.  She never re-married and it was as Lucy Ellen Collett that she died, when her death was recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4b 932) during the fourth quarter of 1964, at the age of 77.  Her Will for £647 was proved at London on 2nd December 1964 to Iris Elizabeth Bussey, a married woman.  The probate documentation also confirmed that Lucy was still living at 73 Ingate Street in Beccles, where she died on 16th November 1964, a widow

 

18R83 - Arthur Tom Collett was born in 1905 at Redenhall

 

Maria Collett [18Q130] was born at Cratfield on 16th February 1887, the only daughter in the six children of Harry Collett of Fressingfield and Elizabeth Randall of Cratfield, whose birth was registered at Blything (Ref. 4a 875) during the first quarter of 1887.  Rather confusingly Maria seems to appear twice in the census of 1891.  In the first she was four years old and living at Redenhall-cum-Harleston with her parents and two siblings Harry (above) and George (below), her place of birth confirmed as Cratfield.  At the same time her grandfather William Randall said she and her older brother William Collett (above) were staying with him at Cratfield, together with her mother Elizabeth Collett nee Randall.  It is accepted that William Collett was there, but it is thought that Maria and her mother were just visiting.  On leaving school Maria entered into domestic service and by March 1901, at the age of 15, she had left the family home at Clintergate Cottage in Redenhall and was employed as a general domestic servant at a house in Fressingfield cum Withersdale.  Twenty-seven months later Maria Collett married Frederick Arthur Ashfield at the parish church in Starston, Norfolk on 6th July 1903.  Frederick of Wingfarthing in Norfolk was 20 and a carman living in Starston, the son of Elijah Ashfield.  Maria was 18 and also living at Starston, the daughter of Harry Collett.  The witnesses were Laura Magdalene Leish, who married Maria’s older brother William in 1905, and Harry Collett who could have been her father of her older brother.  Their marriage was recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 451) during the third quarter of 1903

 

The marriage produced at least four children before 1911 and another seven afterwards.  In the census that year the young Ashfield family was living at Redenhall and comprised Frederick 28, Maria of Cratfield who was 24, and their children George Frederick Ashfield who was six, Albert Edward Ashfield who was four, Leonard Arthur Ashfield who was three, and Irene Winifred M Ashfield who was one year old.  All of the children were born at Redenhall, with their births recorded at Depwade register office.  Other children followed, with their mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Collett.  They were Maud M H Ashfield in 1911, Annie E Ashfield in 1913, Wilfred G Ashfield in 1914, Laura A Ashfield in 1915, Mabel F Ashfield in 1917, Kathleen M Ashfield in 1918, Cissie E Ashfield in 1920, Ernest W Ashfield in 1921, and Leslie John Ashfield in 1926.  The 1939 Register placed six members of the family still living together at Pecks Farm in Redenhall, within the Depwade rural district council area, where Frederick was a farm labourer who had been born on 2nd November 1882.  His wife Maria was 52, while three of the four children with them were Kathleen who was 21, Ernest who was 18, and Leslie who was 13.  Maria Ashfield, nee Collett, was 60 years of age when she died at Redenhall, her death recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 343) during the first three months of 1948, after which she was buried at Redenhall-with Harlston-and-Wortwell on 6th January 1948

 

George Collett [18Q131] was born at Cratfield on 18th January 1889, with his birth registered at Blything (Ref. 4a 861) during the first quarter of 1889.  Not long after he was born, his family left Cratfield and moved across the Suffolk County boundary into Norfolk, where they settled in Redenhall-cum-Harleston; and it was there in 1891 that George was recorded aged two years.  The family lived in a house on the Bungay Road in Redenhall where there were also living in 1901 and 1911.  By March 1901 George Collett was twelve years old and was already employed on a local farm as an ordinary farm labourer like his two older brothers William and Harry (above) with whom he was probably working.  It was during the last three months of 1909 when George Collett and married Edith Goldspink, with their wedding recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 635).  Edith had been born on 23rd February 1890 and was the daughter of Henry and Ellen Goldspink of Starston where Edith was baptised on 7th June 1891.  By the start of April in 1911, George Collett of Cratfield was 22 and an agricultural labourer living at Green Lane in Redenhall-with-Harleston with his wife Edith Collett who was 21 and from Starston in Norfolk.  The marriage had not produced any children for the couple by that time, which was still living at Green Lane in 1914.  The death of Edith Collett, nee Goldspink, at Green Lane was recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 365) during the second quarter of 1956, age the age of 66.  Just under fourteen years after his loss, the death of George Collett was recorded at Depwade (Ref. 4b 1293) during the second quarter of 1970 when he was 81.  The Will of George Collett for £255 was proved at London on 18th August 1970, following him dying at home on Green Lane in Redenhall on 5th June 1970

 

Charles Collett [18Q132] was born at Bungay Road in Redenhall in 1892, the fifth child born to Harry and Elizabeth Collett.  He was nine years of age in the census of 1901, when he and his family were living at Clintergate Cottage in Redenhall.  By 1911, it was only Charles, aged 19, and his youngest brother Ernest (below) who were living By Clintergate (in a cottage by Clintergate Farm), it was also later that same year that Charles’ mother died.  Tragically, Charles Collett was only 28 years of age when he died at Redenhall, his death recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 238) during the second quarter of 1920

 

Ernest Collett [18Q133] was born at Bungay Road, Redenhall in 1893 and was the last of the six known children of Harry Collett and Elizabeth Randall.  The family was again living in Redenhall in 1901, but at Clintergate Cottage, where Ernest was seven years old and was 18 years of age in 1911, when the family’s address was By Clintergate in Redenhall.  He and his brother Charles (above) were the only children still living with their parents that census day where, towards the end of 1911 their mother passed away.  Just over five years after that day, the death of Ernest Collett was recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 229) during the third quarter of 1916, when he was 23

 

Emily Emma Collett [18Q134] was born on 2nd August 1891 at St James South Elham, her birth recorded at Wangford (Ref. 4a 932) during the third quarter of 1891 as Emily Emma, the same as her mother Emily Emma Poppy, her father being Benjamin Collett.  It was also as Emily Emma Collett that she was baptised at St James South Elham on 6th September 1891.  Whether it was an attempt to save any confusion with her mother, her two forenames were reversed in the following two census returns, when Emma Emily Collett was nine years old and living with her parents at Barnham, and again aged nineteen, when the three of them were residing at Loddon.  Four years later the marriage of Emma Emily Collett and George W Medler was recorded at Henstead register office (Ref. 4b 655) during the last quarter of 1915.  George was born on 23rd April 1893.  It would appear that their only child, Reginald George Benjamin Medler was born either at the end of 1919 or early in 1920, with his birth recorded at St Faith’s register office in Norfolk (Ref. 4b 209) during the first quarter of 1920.  Six years after that, Emma’s mother died during 1926 and it may have been after that sad event that Emma’s father went to live with the Medler family.  Certainly, Benjamin Collett was living with his daughter on the day the 1939 Register was put together, when he was 73.  At that time George W Medler was 46 and a general labourer in heavy goods, while Emma E Medler was 48 and undertaking unpaid domestic duties.  Their son Reginald was nineteen, having been born on 1st February 1920, whose occupation was that of a trailer assembly fitter.  The later death of Emma Emily Medler was recorded at Lincolnshire Kings Lynn register office (Ref. 4b 1681) towards the end of 1972 and the age of 81, when her dated on birth was recorded as 30th August 1891

 

Frederick George Collett [18Q135] was born at Metfield on 21st July 1898, the only son of Eliza and George Collett from Fressingfield, whose father died around the time that he was born.  His birth was recorded at Hoxne register office (Ref. 4a 886) during the third quarter of that year.  The baptism of Frederick George Collett also took place in 1898 at the Church of St John the Baptist in Metfield.  During the next year his mother married Thomas Woolnough and it was with Thomas and Eliza that George Collett aged two years and from Metfield was living in March 1901.  When he left the home of his stepfather is not known, except that it had taken place prior to the next census in 1911, by which time his mother had given birth at Metfield to two half-sisters.  It was as Frederick George Collett aged 12 years that he was living with the Balls family at The Common on Harleston Road in Metfield, not far away from his mother’s new family when he was still attending the village school.  Eight years after that census day, the marriage of Frederick George Collett and Florence Rose Churchyard was recorded at Hartismere register office (Ref. 4a 2611) during the last three months of 1919.  Their marriage resulted in the birth of four children, the births of all four recorded at Hartismere register office, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Churchyard

 

It is unclear what happened to the family after 1931, since the 1939 Register placed son Charles living with his paternal grandmother who, by then, was Eliza Woolnough, the former Eliza Collett nee Pearce.  The pair of them were recorded at The Street in Hartismere when Eliza was 66 and a widow for the second time in her life, while the date of birth of eleven-year-old school boy Charles Collett was 3rd March 1928.  That same day in 1939 the main part of the family was residing at Church Lane in the Hartismere district at 3 Council House.  Frederick G Collett was 41 and multitasking as a wheelwright, a builder, and a coffin maker.  His wife Florence R Collett gave her date of birth as 23rd April 1897, son Felix W Collett was 19 years old, and a fourth entry for the family had been redacted and officially closed, which was for daughter Thelma, since son Thomas has been located working at another property within the Hartismere area.  It was at the home of seventy-year-old couple Walter and Annie Balls, at The Common, Harlston Road in Metfield, where Thomas W Collett was 15 years old and one of their three servants employed by the retired wheelwright and his wife.  Interestingly, it was also at the same couple’s house, and with them, that Thomas’ father was staying when he was a twelve-year-old schoolboy in 1911

 

As far as can be determined, their daughter may have been the only member of the family to marry, which she was at Hartismere in 1950.  The death of Florence Rose Collett was recorded at Hartismere register office (Ref. 4b 980) during the first three months of 1965, at the age of 67.  As Florence Rose Churchyard, her birth was recorded at the Suffolk Stow register office (Ref. 4a 828) during the second quarter of 1897.  Just over two years after losing his wife, the death of Frederick George Collett was recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 483) during the second quarter of 1968 when he was 69 years old

 

18R84 – Felix William G Collett was born in 1920 at Hartismere

18R85 – Thomas Wilfred Collett was born in 1924 at Hartismere

18R86 – Charles Frederick Collett was born in 1928 at Hartismere

18R87 – Thelma E Collett was born in 1931 at Hartismere

 

Mary Ann Collett [18Q136] was born on 17th May 1902 at Clapton, within the London Borough of Hackney, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1b 436) during the third quarter of 1902, the eldest child of Esau Collett and Mary Ann Cracknell.  She was eight years of age in the Hackney census of 1911, where she living with her completed family, when her place of birth was reported as Clapton, like all of her siblings (below).  Mary Ann was around twenty-five years old when she married Albert Edward Brockis at the London Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 1040) during the third quarter of 1927, his birth recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 4a 186) during the third quarter of 1902.  Their wedding ceremony service was conducted at the Church of St Matthew, Upper Clapton in London on 25th September 1927, just over a year after the death of her mother.  By then Mary Ann was 25 and living at the Collett family home at 44 Aveley Road in Upper Clapton, a laundress and the daughter of Esau Collett, a plate layer.  Albert was also 25 and a shop assistant, the son of Edward Brockis, a gas worker, when his address was also recorded as 44 Aveley Road in Upper Clapton. The witnesses were Edith Jane Collett, Mary Ann’s younger sister (below), and Leslie Henry Brockis.  The 1939 Register revealed that the childless couple was living at 18 Beecholme Road in Hackney when living there with them was Mary Ann’s brother Charles Esau Collett (below).  Albert E Brockis was a shopman and cold store worker at Smithfield Market, where he was classified as a heavy worker, and whose date of birth was 9th August 1902.  His wife Mary A Brockis was 37 years old and a packer and sorter at a local laundry

 

It was is possible that Albert Edward Brockis died as the result of a road traffic accident, as the place he died on 27th February 1965 was recorded as Station Parade, Elm Park Hornchurch in Essex, and not far from his home at 1 Windermere Avenue in Elm Park.  Administration of his affairs was resolved at London on 3rd May 1965 in favour of Mary Ann Brockis, a widow, in the sum of £4,238.  He was 62 years old when his death was recorded at Romford register office (Ref. 5a 556).  Nearly thirty years later, Mary Ann was living within the Havering area of Greater London when she died during the month of September in 1994 and the age of 92, with her death recorded there (Ref. hc73 13).  Her Will was proved at London on 11th November 1994 for her estate valued at under £125,000, when it was confirmed that she died at 1 Windermere Avenue, Elm Park, Hornchurch, Essex on 21st September 1994

 

George William Collett [18Q137] was born at 32 Detmold Road in Upper Clapton on 2nd November 1903, with his birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 442) during the last three months of 1903.  It was nine months later that he was baptised at St Matthew’s Church in Upper Clapton on 12th August 1904, the eldest son of horse-keeper Esau Collett and Mary Ann Collett.  That was a double baptism with his cousin Walter James Collett, son of horse-keeper William Collett and his wife Lydia (below), whose temporary address at that time was also 32 Detmold Road.  In the census of 1911, he was simply recorded as George Collett aged seven years, but sixteen years later it was as George William Collett, aged 24, a railway porter, and the son of bricklayer Esau Collett, that he was recorded on 23rd July 1927, the day he married Doris Griffin.  At that time in his life, George was still living at the family home at 44 Aveley Road in Upper Clapton.  Doris was 22, with no job of work, the daughter of deceased publican Samuel Joseph Griffin, and had been born at Upper Clapton on 5th September 1904, and baptised at St Matthew’s Church on 3rd June 1906.  On that occasion Doris Griffin was residing at 112 Winterbourne Road in Thornton Heath, when one of the witnesses was A Brockis.  He was Albert Brockis, the future husband of George’s older sister Mary Ann (above), who were marriage at the same church in September that same year.  Their marriage was conducted at St Stephen’s Church in Norbury, near Croydon, the event recorded at Croydon register office (Ref. 2a 900), after which Doris presented George with three children, the first of born in Croydon, the last two at Hackney

 

It is unclear where the two younger children were when the information for the 1939 Register was collected, as they were absent from the family group on that day, perhaps attending a boarding school somewhere or visiting other members of their extended family.  It would appear that there were more than three families residing at 44 Aveley Road, Upper Clapton in the London Borough of Hackney.  First on the list of occupants was Frederick Haddon, whose mother and her second husband were also listed at the address, and they were Esau Collett, George’s father, and his second wife Elizabeth Collett, formerly Haddon, George’s stepmother.  Two other people were also recorded there and they were mother and daughter May Elizabeth Reay and six-year-old Joyce E Reay.  The very next entry in the 1939 Register was the family of George William Collett, which comprised George W Collett aged 36 and a railway porter, his wife Doris Collett who was 35, and their son George F Collett who was eleven years old and attending school.  Twenty years later, the death of George W Collett was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 5c 618) during the second quarter of 1960, when he was 56.  Many years later, Doris Collett passed away at the age of 91, when her death was recorded at Waltham Forest register office in Greater London (Ref. e5 291)

 

18R88 - George Frank Collett was born in 1928 at Croydon

18R89 - Iris Winifred Collett was born in 1931 at Hackney

18R90 - Doris M Collett was born in 1936 at Hackney

 

Edith Jane Collett [18Q138] was born at 32 Detmold Road in Upper Clapton, London on 9th November 1905, her birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 410).  As just Edith Collett she was five years old when she was living with her family in Hackney on the day of the census 1911.  Upon the occasion of the wedding of her older sister Mary Ann Collett (above) in 1927, it was Edith Jane Collett who was one of the witnesses.  Her own marriage took place nine years later, when the wedding of Edith Jane Collett and Alfred Raymond Langdon Weaser was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 1006) during the third quarter of 1936.  Alfred was six years younger tha Edith, having been born on 27th November 1911, his birth recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 736), and was baptised at St James’ Church in Clapton on 31st December 1911, the son of licenced victualler Alfred Weaser of 34 Charnock Road, and his wife Mary Jane.  Just after their wedding day, Alfred’s father died, with Alfred and Edith then going to live with his widowed mother Mary Jane, where they were recorded in the 1939 Register.  The three of them were still living at 34 Charnock Road in Clapton within the London Borough of Hackney where, in addition to being a licenced victualler, as was his mother, Alfred was also a special constable volunteer.  He was 27 and his wife Edith was 33.  The death of Alfred Raymond L Weaser was recorded at Islington register office (Ref. 5c 1859) during the first three months of 1972.  He died on 27th January 1972 and was cremated at Islington on 3rd February 1972.

 

Charles Esau Collett [18Q139] was born at 32 Detmold Road in Upper Clapton on 18th March 1907, with his birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 396) during the second quarter of 1907.  In the Hackney census of 1911, Charles Collett was four years of age.  Twenty-eight years later when he was unmarried at the age of 32, Charles E Collett was staying at the Hackney home of his married sister Mary Ann Brockis (above), when he was working as an attendance at the Hackney Wick and Hendon greyhound-racing track.  No marriage has been found for Charles, while his death was recorded at Havering in Essex (Ref. 13 0834) towards the end of 1983, when he was 74 years old

 

Albert John Collett [18Q140] was born at 32 Detmold Road in Upper Clapton in 1909, while it was at Hackney register office that the birth was recorded (Ref. 1b 390) during the third quarter of the year, as a result John Collett was one year old in the Hackney census of 1911.  Tragically, just days or weeks later, the death of Albert J Collett, aged one year, was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 205)

 

Frank Martin Collett [18Q141] was the last child born to Esau Collett and Mary Ann Cracknell and was born on 1st February 1911 at 44 Aveley Road in Upper Clapton and, like all of his older siblings, his birth was also recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 393).  He was seven months old when he was baptised at St Matthew’s Church in Upper Clapton on 17th September 1911, when the parish recorded confirmed his parents as platelayer Esau Collett and his wife Mary Ann, their home address being 44 Aveley Road.  Earlier that year, Frank Collett was two months old on the census return.  He was 22 years old when he married Ivy Edith Metson, their wedding day recorded at Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 8) during the last quarter of 1933.  It was at Christ Church on Albany Street, to the east of Regents Park in London, that they were married by banns on 25th November 1933, when Frank was a sawyer living at 20 Cumberland Market and the son of Esau Collett, a railway under-man.  Ivy was 21, having no occupation, who was also said to be living at 20 Cumberland Market, the daughter of Ernest Harry Metson deceased, a former coachman.  Cumberland Market is situation at the north end of Albany Street, at the north-east corner of Regents Park.  Over the following decade, Ivy presented Frank with four children, the births of all of them were recorded at Hackney register office when, in each case, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Metson

 

The four members of the family by then were recorded in the 1939 Register, when they were living at 40 Betmold Road in Upper Clapton, within the London Borough of Hackney, the property being home to two families.  It was also at 32 Betmold Road where all of Frank’s older siblings were born before the family moved to 44 Aveley Road.  The first named occupants of 40 Detmold Road were the three members of the Gimble family.  Of the four members of the Collett, the details for their first-born child Anthony were redacted and officially closed.  For the other three, Frank M Collett was 28 and a wood machinist, his wife Ivy E Collett had been born on 6th June 1912, and their son Kenneth Collett was under school-age, having been born on 15th July 1937.  Later in his life, Frank appears to have moved the short distance to Poplar, where his death, as Frank Martin Collett was recorded (Ref. 5d 1412) nearing the end of 1970, when he was 59 years old.  His youngest son, seems not to have married, but his birth was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 398) during the first three months of 1943.  Following the death of her husband, Ivy E Collett married Alfred G Bailey during the first three months of 1976, the event recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 12 0981)

 

18R91 - Anthony Frank Collett was born in 1935 at Hackney

18R92 - Kenneth Collett was born in 1937 at Hackney

18R93 - Albert Collett was born in 1940 at Hackney

18R94 - Brian Collett was born in 1943 at Hackney

 

Mabel Lydia Collett [18Q142] was born on 7th February 1902 at 32 Detmold Road in Upper Clapton, her birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 449).  She was nine months old when she was baptised on 9th November 1902 at Haverland in Norfolk, the first-born child of stableman/horseman William Collett from Suffolk and Lydia Frances Jarvis from Norfolk.  When she was around three years old the family moved to 7 Detmold Road, where her younger siblings were born and from where they were baptised, and where the family was living in 1911.  That census day Mabel Lydia Collett was nine years of age.  Unlike her three younger sisters, Mabel never married and was still living with her parents in 1939.  The Pre-War Register for that year placed the family living at 11 Southwold Road in Hackney, where Mabel L Collett was 37 and a shop manageress at a laundry, one of two daughters at the address, the other being Agnes S Collett (below).  Three years later Mabel’s maiden aunt May Collett, her father’s youngest sister died and, in her Will, spinster Mabel Lydia Collett was the second named beneficiary.  After a further fourteen years, the death of Mabel Lydia Collett was recorded at Ilford, Essex, register office (Ref. 5a 284) during the third quarter of 1956, when she was 54 years old.  Administration of her personal effects of £640 14 Shillings 2 Pence was granted in London on 4th January 1957 to Grace Maria Eagle and Annie May Warbey, married women – Mabel’s sisters.  The legal documents also confirmed that Mabel was a spinster who had died at 12 Keswick Gardens in Ilford, Essex on 10th October 1956

 

Walter James Collett [18Q143] was born on 3rd May 1904 at 32 Detmold Road in Upper Clapton, his birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 441) during the second quarter of the year.  It was at St Matthew’s Church in Upper Clapton that he was baptised on 12th August 1904 in a combined ceremony with his cousin George William Collett (above) the son of Mary Ann and Esau Collett a horse-keeper, with Walter being the eldest son of horse keeper William and Lydia Collett.  According to the baptism entries in the parish register, both families were living at 32 Detmold Road.  During the following year the family left 32 Detmold Road, when they moved to a home of their own at 7 Detmold Road, where Walter James Collett was six years old in 1911.  He was 22 when the marriage of Walter James Collett and Mary Ann Crowther was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 1038) during the third quarter of 1927.  It was also at St Matthew’s Church in Upper Clapton on 4th September 1927 that they were married after the reading of banns, when they were both 23 and single, Walter a fruiter the son of William Collett a fruiter, Mary a domestic servant and the daughter of William Crowther a coal miner.  Both the bride and the groom were of 7 Detmold Road, Upper Clapton, both of whom signed the register in their own hand when one of the witnesses was Annie May Collett, Walter’s sister

 

The birth of each of their three children was recorded at a different register office, the first in Islington, the second in Hackney, and the last in Finsbury.  In each case the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Crowther.

 

18R95 – Doreen M Collett was born in 1928 at Islington, Middlesex (Ref. 1b 444) Q3

18R96 – Clifford James Collett was born in 1931 at Hackney, Middlesex

18R97 – Marylin B Collett was born in 1938 at Finsbury, Middlesex (Ref. 1b 444) Q3

 

Grace Maria Collett [18Q144] was born on 19th June 1906 at 7 Detmold Road in Upper Clapton, her birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 398).  Three weeks later she was baptised at St Matthew’s Church in Upper Clapton on 6th July 1906, when her father William was a horse-keeper and her mother Lydia of 7 Detmold Road.  Grace Maria Collett was four years old in the census of 1911, when she and her family were again residing at 7 Detmold Road in Upper Clapton.  She was 23 years of age when, on 1st September 1929 at St Matthew’s Church in Upper Clapton, Grace was married by banns to Bertie Ward Eagle, who was 21, single, and a civil servant, residing at 16 Ceesped Buildings, Brett Road in Hackney, the son of Bertie Ward Eagle, an engineer.  Grace Maria Collett of 7 Detmold Road was confirmed as the daughter of William Collett, a motor driver, when her sister Annie May Collett was one of the witnesses.  The wedding was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 1185) and produced one child for the couple.  The birth of Gerald W Eagle was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 507) during the last three months of 1930.  Upon the death of her old sister Mabel (above) in 1956, it was Grace Maria Eagle who was named, together with her younger sister Annie May Warbey (below), who were the beneficiaries.  By contrast, Mabel lived a very long life and was 98 years old when she died, her death recorded at Croydon register office during March 2005

 

Annie May Collett [18Q145] was born on 15th May 1909 at 7 Detmold Road in Upper Clapton, her birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 389).  She was baptised at St Matthew’s Church in Upper Clapton on 15th June 1909, another daughter of labourer William and Lydia Collett.  Annie May was recorded as being one year old in the Upper Clapton census of 1911 when she and her family were living at 7 Detmold Road.  The later marriage of Annie May Collett and Ernest Robert Warbey took place on 22nd August 1936 at St Matthew’s Church Upper Clapton, when they were both 27 years of age and one of the witnesses was W Collett.  Ernest was an insurance agent living at 84 Reighton Road, the son of Ernest Edward Warbey a traveller, while Annie of 11 Southwold Road (her parents’ address) was working as a clerk and was confirmed as the daughter of William Collett, a gardener.  Their wedding was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 1212).  No record of any children has been discovered, with Annie May Warbey being 78 years old when she died, her death recorded at the Gipping and Hartismere register office in Suffolk during April 1988.  Five years later Ernest Robert Warbey died in Suffolk during 1993.  He had been born on 18th August 1908, with his birth recorded at Islington register office (Ref. 1b 352)

 

Agnes Sarah Collett [18Q146] was born on 8th January 1915 at 7 Detmold Road Upper Clapton, her birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 736), where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Jarvis.  She was then baptised at St Matthew’s Church in Upper Clapton on 4th April 1915, the fourth child of London City Council official William Collett and his wife Lydia Frances.  By 1939, Agnes S Collett was 24 and a telephonist working on a private telephone switchboard (PBX), when she was still living with her parents at 11 Southwold Road in Hackney, together with her eldest sister Mabel (above).  Less than five years later, the marriage of Agnes Sarah Collett and Geoffrey Roland Passmore was recorded at Hartismere register office in Suffolk (Ref. 4a 2501) during the second quarter of 1944. The childless couple was residing in the county of Surrey when Geoffrey Roland Passmore died in 1985, his death recorded at the Surrey register office (Ref. 11 1335), when his date of birth was stated as 14th December 1913.  After twenty-one years as a widow, Agnes Sarah Passmore was living at Harleston where she died on 16th February 2005, her death recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 24c 252) at the age of 91

 

Ernest William Collett [18Q147] was born on 28th June 1920 at 7 Detmold Road in Upper Clapton, the last child of William Collett and Lydia Frances Jarvis, his birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 801) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Jarvis.  It was also at St Matthew’s Church in Upper Clapton that he was baptised 22nd August 1920, when his father’s occupation was that of a conduit cleaner with the London City Council

 

John William George Collett [18Q148] was born at Wrentham near Southwold on 4th October 1893, the eldest of the thirteen children of John Christian George Collett and Anna Meadows and interestingly in 1950, one of his daughters, Violet, married into the Meadows family.  John’s birth was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 899) during the fourth quarter of 1893.  Shortly after he was born the family moved to Yoxford north of Saxmundham, where his brother and sisters were born.  At the time of the 1901 Census, John W G Collett was seven years old when living at Willow Marsh Lane in Yoxford with his family.  By 1911, his father’s work as a farm labourer had taken the family to Westleton, near Yoxford, where John Collett from Wrentham was living with his family at the age of 17, from where he was working as a fisherman.  Within the next three years, on 28th December 1913, at St Margaret’s Church in Lowestoft, John William George Collett married Laura Lily Burden when he was 20 and she was 21, both of them recorded as living at 24 Cathcart Street in the centre of Lowestoft.  John was a fisherman and the son of labourer John Christian George Collett, while Laura was the daughter of labourer Henry Victor Reeves Burden.  The witnesses were Laura’s father and her sister Hilda Burden

 

Their marriage was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 2550) during the last three months of 1913, and Laura had been born at Lowestoft on 22nd October 1892, the daughter of Henry and Harriet Burden, and was baptised at Lowestoft on 17th February 1897 with three of her siblings, when her family was living at 14 Albert Street.  Over the next twenty years Laura gave birth to a total of fourteen children, although not all of them survived.  According to the 1939 Register, eight members of the family were living at 217 Raglan Street in Lowestoft, although the last three entries have been redacted and officially closed.  Of the remainder, John W G Collett was 45 and a general labourer, wife Laura L Collett was 46, Hazel H Collett was 18 and a general hand in a food factory, Harold G Collett was 14 and at school, as was Raymond L Collett who was 12 years of age.  Twenty-one years later Laura Lily Collett nee Burden died at Lowestoft on 17th November 1970, her death recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4b 2595).  Five years later she was followed by John William George Collett who also died there, on 21st December 1975, his passing recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 10 2943).  Laura and John were both buried at Lowestoft Cemetery, where a single headstone marks their grave

 

Their children who did not survive were (1) Jack Henry Frank Collett whose birth was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 7121) during the second quarter of 1914.  His Lowestoft baptism record confirmed that his parents were fisherman Jack William Collett and Laura Lily Collett of 12 Cathcart Street, where he was born on 16th April and baptised on 7th May 1914.  His subsequent death was recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 1759) during the first three month of 1915, after which he was buried at Lowestoft Cemetery on 5th March 1915.  The next was (2) Henry Alfred Collett whose birth was recorded during the third quarter of 1916 at Mutford (Ref. 4a 2022) who died shortly after on 5th July 1916 and was buried at Lowestoft Cemetery, his death recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 1009) during that same quarter of the year.  The next was (3) John Christian George Collett his birth also recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 1937) during the third quarter of 1923. He was two years old when he died on 20th February 1926 after which he was buried with his brothers at Lowestoft Cemetery.  His death was recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 1276) during the first three months of 1926.  The next was (4) Noel John William Collett, his birth recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 1646) during the first three months of 1932 when later that same year his death was recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 1025) during the third quarter of 1932.  The last of the unfortunately children not to survive was (5) Myrtle Rose Collett whose birth was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 1703) during the second quarter of 1934.  It was on 1st June 1934 that she died and was buried at Lowestoft Cemetery and her death recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 1248) during the same second quarter of 1934.  On all of the occasions of the registering of the birth of the above children, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burden.

 

18R98 - Jack Henry Frank Collett was born in 1914 at Lowestoft; infant death

18R99 - Irene Laura B Collett was born in 1915 at Lowestoft

18R100 - Henry Alfred Collett was born in 1916 at Lowestoft; infant death

18R101 - Edward Henry William Collett was born in 1917 at Lowestoft

18R102 - Francis Robert Charles Collett was born in 1919 at Lowestoft

18R103 - Hazel Hilda Collett was born in 1920 at Lowestoft

18R104 - John Christian George Collett was born in 1923 at Lowestoft; infant death

18R105 - Harold G Collett was born in 1925 at Lowestoft

18R106 - Raymond Lewis Collett was born in 1926 at Lowestoft

18R107 – Douglas N E Collett was born in 1929 at Lowestoft

18R108 – Violet L Collett was born in 1930 at Lowestoft

18R109 – Noel John William Collett was born in 1932 at Lowestoft; infant death

18R110 - Myrtle Rose Collett was born in 1934 at Lowestoft; infant death

18R111 – Dorothy R E Collett was in 1935 at Lowestoft

 

Alice Mary Collett [18Q149] was born at Willow Marsh Lane in Yoxford on 9th July 1895, the eldest daughter of John and Anna Collett, whose birth was recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 970) during the third quarter of 1895.  Probably because she came from a large family, by the time of the census in 1901, Alice Collett aged five years and from Yoxford, was a visitor at the Great College Street home in St Pancras of her married aunt Sarah Smith nee Collett, her father’s older sister.  She continued to live with her aunt, who had no children of her own, but adopted a son, and in 1911 Alice Collett was 16 and from Reydon (sic) in Suffolk, when the three of them were residing at 172 Sirdar Road in Noel Park, Wood Green, the home of William Smith and his wife Sarah Smith nee Collett.  Alice retained her London connection later in her life after she had married Lewis John Block by banns at St Margaret’s Church in Lowestoft on 24th May 1926, with whom she had three children.  The original marriage certificate was later amended because of false information provided by Lewis.  The information used on the first occasion stated that John Lewis Block was 36, a bachelor and a machinist, the son of John Block a diamond polisher.  Both he and Alice gave their address as 217 Raglan Street in Lowestoft, which was the home of her older brother John W G Collett (above) during the 1930s and perhaps even the 1920s.  Alice Mary Collett, a spinster at 30 years of age, with no occupation, was the daughter of John Christian George Collett, a labourer.  One of the witnesses was Alice’s aforementioned brother John W G Collett, while the groom signed the parish record as Lewis John Brock

 

The first error was noticed on the day of their wedding when, in the margin, was written “Column 2 should read Lewis John”.  Under that, but dated 23rd September 1930 was the following note.  “In Entry No. 402, Column 7, for John Block read William Abram Block and in Column 8 for diamond polisher read hair dresser, sign by Grant Morgan Rector in the presence of F W Osborne, superintendent registrar, and witnessed by J Hadenham & James G Warner.”  The couple’s wedding day was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 2506) during the second quarter of 1926.  Lewis was born at Islington in London and was the son of William Abraham and Emily Block of Tottenham.  It is interesting that, in 1954 at Wood Green, Clifford James Collett [18R95] married Margaret R Block

 

By 1939 the family was living at 206 Windsor Avenue in Uxbridge, where Lewis J Block was a wood machinist working in the cabinet making business, whose date of birth was 18th September 1894.  His wife Alice M Block was 44, when the details for only one of the three children living with the couple were available to view, the other three being redacted and officially closed.  Irene W Block was attending school aged ten years, her date of birth recorded as 3rd October 1928, with her birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 510).  She suffered a premature death at the age of 21, when her death was recorded at Uxbridge (Ref. 5f 99) during the last quarter of 1949.  The couple’s other two children were (2) Lewis John O Block his birth recorded at Uxbridge register office (Ref. 3a 122) during the third quarter of 1931, and (3) Hannah M V R Block whose birth was also recorded at Uxbridge (Ref. 3a 176) during the third quarter of 1939.  Their mother was 60 years of age when she died, the death of Alice M Block register at Uxbridge register office (Ref. 5f 125) during the fourth quarter of 1955.  The later death of Lewis John Block was recorded at the London Borough of Hillingdon register office (Ref. 5c 954) during the first three months of 1973

 

Annie Elizabeth Collett [18Q150] was born at Willow Marsh Lane in Yoxford on 4th April 1897 with his birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 960) during the second quarter of the year.  She was the third child of John and Anna Collett and was four years old in the census of 1901 when living with her family at Yoxford.  She was 14 in 1911 when Annie from Yoxford was living with her family at Westleton, not far from Yoxford.  Towards the end of the First World War, the marriage of Annie Elizabeth Collett and William Alexander was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 2099) during the first the months of 1918.  William was born at Ipswich in 1896 and was the son of William Alexander of Stonham Aspal and his wife Harriet.  The marriage never produced any children for Annie and William although they did raise the base-born daughter of Annie’s younger sister Elizabeth Collett (below), Queenie Doreen Collett.  Sadly, Annie only lived a relatively short life when she died in 1933 aged 36, the death of Annie Elizabeth Alexander recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 912) during the third quarter of that year.  Many years later the death of widower William Alexander was recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4b 750) during the first quarter of 1957, when he was said to be 67 when he was 62

 

William Saunders Collett [18Q151] was born at Willow Marsh Lane in Yoxford on 22nd October 1898, his birth recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 981).  He was another son of John and Anna Collett and was two years old in the 1901 Census when he was living with his family at Yoxford.  Ten years later, when William from Yoxford was 12 years old, he and his family had just moved to nearby Westleton.  Twenty years later, during the last three months of 1931, the marriage of William Saunders Collett and Laura Agnes Crisp was recorded at Plomesgate register office (Ref. 4a 2639).  Laura was born at Darsham in Suffolk, the youngest child of Jonah Crisp, a corn millers carter of Darsham, and his wife Emma, her birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1103) during the second quarter of 1902.  The marriage of William and Laura produced three children, whose births confirmed that their mother’s maiden-name was Crisp.  After eight years together, the couple was living at Cheney Lane within the Blyth registration district of Suffolk, where William S Collett was 40 years of age and working as a stockman carrying out heavy duties on a farm

 

His wife Laura A Collett had been born on 29th March 1902 and, by that time in their life, William and Laura had two children, with the details for the first of them having been redacted and officially closed.  The younger one was Clive R Collett whose date of birth was confirmed as 18th October 1938, so was just under a year old.  It was five years later that their last child was birth, the birth recorded at Ipswich, where the birth of the second had also been recorded.  The later death of William Saunders Collett was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 10 2702) during the spring of 1975, at the age of 76.  It was at Chapel Cottage in Darsham that he died on 3rd May 1975, after which his Will was proved at London on 28th July 1975.  For the last fifteen years of his life, he had been a widower following the death of Laura Agnes Collett which was recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4b 710) during the last three months of 1959, when she was 57.  Administration of her estate was granted in London on 15th March 1960 to William Saunders Collett, a farm labourer, in the sum of £1,064 1 Shilling 7 Pence.  That process revealed that she too died at Chapel Cottage in Darsham, on 28th December 1959

 

18R112 - Roy William Collett was born in 1932 at Blythburgh, near Southwold

18R113 - Clive Rex Collett was born in 1938 at Ipswich

18R114 - Gordon Daniel Collett was born in 1944 at Ipswich

 

Elizabeth Cissie May Collett [18Q152] was born at Willow Marsh Lane in Yoxford on 31st May 1900, her birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1039) during the third quarter of the year, and was under one year old on the day of the census in 1901.  It was as Cissie Collett from Yoxford, aged ten years, that she was living with her family at Westleton in 1911, when the census return confirmed that she had been born at Yoxford.  When she was in her mid-teenage years, she conceived a child that was born when she was 17.  Once the family discovered she was with-child she was sent away to Bulcamp Workhouse in Blythburgh, six miles north of Yoxford.  The birth of Queenie D Collett was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1500) during the last quarter of 1918, when the child’s mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  The father of the child was never determined and once born, the child was passed to Elizabeth’s older sister Annie to be brought up by her and her husband William Alexander as they had no children of their own.  A little over two years after giving up her daughter, the marriage of Elizabeth C M Collett and Jack E Reeve was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 2173) during the first three months of 1921.  Jack Edwards Reeve was baptised at Southwold on 27th December 1900, the son of John Edwards Reeve and Matilda Moore.  Curiously, when Jack was four months old (in 1901 census) he was a boarder with Samuel and Annabella Woodgate at 86 High Street in Southwold, who had adopted him by 1911.  Once married, Jack and Elizabeth moved to Chatham in Kent, where Elizabeth gave birth to four daughters

 

By the time of the 1939 Register, just three children were living at 138a Ordnance Street in Chatham with their mother, Jack perhaps already absent due to the impending war.  Elizabeth C M Reeve was 39, Dorothy Hazel A Reeve was a shop assistant in a provisions and grocery store, her date of birth being 4th October 1921, Ivy Winifred Constance Reeve was a domestic, most likely helping her mother, and her date of birth was 8th April 1923.  The details for the third child were redacted due to the child still being alive when the document was made available for the public to read.  She would have been Pamela E Reeve born early in 1935, who later married Michael Morse.  The absent daughter was Violet May Reeve, born in 1930 who later married Peter Noble.  From other details it is known that Dorothy married Alfred Hatt, with Ivy marrying Edward King.  The later death of Elizabeth Cissie M Reeve was recorded at Chatham register office (Ref. 16 0530) during the first quarter of 1978 at the age of 77.

 

The story within the family is that Elizabeth and her daughter Queenie Doreen Collett were never reunited.  In fact, Queenie never married and was still living in Suffolk when she died in 1987, when the date of birth of Queenie Doreen Collett was recorded as 24th September 1918

 

18R115 – Queenie Doreen Collett was born on 24th September 1918 in Suffolk (Blything)

 

Francis Ernest James Collett [18Q153] was born on 16th October 1901 at Willow Marsh Lane in Yoxford, when his birth was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1097) during the last quarter of the year.  He was nine years of age in the Westleton census of 1911, to where his parents John and Anna had recently moved.  Francis from Yoxford eventually left Suffolk and moved north to live in Scotland where he worked as a marine engineer.  It was while at Rosehearty near Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire that he married the widow Jemima Ritchie.  Jemima’s first husband had been a fisherman and died when he was lost at sea while working out of Rosehearty.  It was through Jemima’s work as a fish processor that she met Francis and by which time she had a child from her previous marriage.  The couple, with Francis’ stepdaughter, continued to live at Rosehearty after they were married, and it was there that their three children were born

 

18R116 - John Collett was born in 1930 at Rosehearty, Scotland

18R117 - Ivy Collett was born in 1936 at Rosehearty, Scotland

18R118 - Francis Ernest James Collett was born in 1942 at Rosehearty, Scotland

 

Violet Hazel Collett [18Q154] was born on 1st June 1903 at Willow Marsh Lane in Yoxford, with her birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1145) during the third quarter of that year.  When she was only one or two years old, her family moved two miles east of Yoxford to Westleton, where they were living in 1911, when Violet was eight years old.  In the 1939 Register, Violet H Collett was 36 years old and was a general domestic servant at The Bungalow on The Hill in Blythe.  It was four years later when Violet Hazel Collett from Yoxford married Gerald Ronald William Earrye, their wedding recorded at Blythe register office (Ref. 4a 2765) during the third quarter of 1943.  His surname was originally Eary and it was Gerald’s father, William James Eary - who was born at Lavenham around 1883, who changed the name to Earrye, prior to his marriage to Ethel Janet Moore from London.  They were married during the second quarter of 1805 at Wangford, Suffolk, where the birth of Gerald Earrye was recorded on 14th September 1910.  The census in 1911 placed the Earrye family as residing at Bungay in Suffolk when William was 26, Ethel was 23 and Gerald was six months old.  The marriage of Violet Hazel Collett and Gerald Ronald William Earrye produced a daughter, Gloria May Janet Earrye, who was born at Sudbury in Suffolk where her birth was recorded (Ref. 4b 1835) during the second quarter of 1947 when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  Sadly, six years later Violet Hazel Earrye nee Collett was only 49 when she died at Sudbury, where her death was recorded (Ref. 4b 868) during the second quarter of 1953, the cause of death being cancer.  From that time onwards her daughter was cared for by Gerald’s sister.  By the time of the death of Gerald Earrye at Newmarket, at the age of 76, during August 1987, his daughter Gloria had been married to John M Arbon for over fifteen years, their marriage recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 2184) during the first three months of 1972

 

Our thanks go to Pat Watson nee Earrye who, in early 2016, made contact regarding Gerald and his father William, and it was the brief details that she kindly provided which enable a more detailed investigation into their lives to be undertaken and from which resulted in the insertion of the above information.  Pat has also generously extended an offer of help to anyone carrying out research into the Eary/Earrye/Earey family name

 

Ivy Sarah Collett [18Q155] was born on 11th September 1906 after her family had moved the two-miles from Yoxford to Westleton.  Her birth was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1077) during the fourth quarter of that year.  As simply Ivy Collett, she was four years old in the Westleton census of 1911, where her parents remained for the rest of their life.  The later marriage of Ivy Sarah Collett and Herbert James Spindler was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 2825) during the last three months of 1927.  Herbert was also from Westleton and his marriage with Ivy produced only one child for the couple, Herbert James Spindler who was born at Westleton in 1928.  However, following the birth, Ivy suffered badly with post-natal depression from which she never recovered.  Eleven years after the birth, the 1939 Register identified the three members of the family residing within the Blyth area, at Hulver Hill, where Herbert J Spindler was a builder’s labourer and a member of the observer corps.  His date of birth was recorded as 6th November 1892, making him nearly fourteen years old that his wife, Ivy S Spindler being 33 compared to Herbert who was 46.  The details for their son were unfortunately redacted.  From sometime after that time, and due to her failing mental health, she spent her life in St Audrey’s Hospital at Melton near Woodbridge. where she died.  The death of Ivy Sarah Spindler was recorded at Deben register office (Ref. 10 2743) during the first three months of 1982.  Prior to 1916, St Audrey’s Hospital was the former East Suffolk County Lunatic Asylum.  The earlier death of her husband was recorded at Hartismere register office (Ref. 10 2341) during the last quarter of 1977, when Herbert James Spindler was 84 years old.  Herbert James Spindler junior died in Cheshire on 6th March 2014, having married Barbara Rosina Smith in 1953

 

Robert Charles Collett [18Q156] was born at Westleton on 10th April 1908, his birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1124) during the second quarter of the year.  He was two years of age when he and his family were living Westleton in 1911.  He was the youngest son of John and Ann Collett and his later marriage to Rachel Violet Goodchild, born on 4th March 1912, was recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4a 5267) during the fourth quarter of 1939.  Just prior to their wedding day, according to the 1939 Register, Rachel was 27 years of age when she was working as a paid domestic servant at the Holmwood, Blyth home of elderly widow Annie Cuthbert.  Their marriage produced three sons for the couple, with all three births recorded at Blyth register office, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Goodchild.  The death of Robert Charles Collett was recorded at Deben register office, just south of Woodbridge (Ref. 7431 26c) during the spring of 2000.  Three years prior to that, the death of Rachel Violet Collett was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 7421b b17d) in early 1997, her birth recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 2017) eighty-five years earlier

 

18R119 – Gerald F Collett was born in 1941 at Blyth

18R120 – Graham R Collett was born in 1945 at Blyth

18R121 – David John Collett was born in 1947 at Blyth

 

Lilian Emma Collett [18Q157] was born at Westleton on 19th May 1910 where her family was living in 1911, when Lillian was ten months old.  She was another child of John Christian George Collett and Anna Meadows, and her birth was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1097) during the second quarter of 1910.  Lilian was a member of the Girl Guides and it was while with the guides that she picked up a splinter in her finger which turned septic.  The resulting blood poisoning was listed as the cause of her death on 2nd February 1922.  The death of Lilian E Collett was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 1507) during the first three months of that year

 

Claude Victor Collett [18Q158] was born on 26th March 1912 at Westleton, his birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 2019), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Meadows, the eleventh known child of John and Anna Collett.  The marriage of Claude Victor Collett and Bessie Helena Harmer, not of full age, took place towards the end of 1934, and was recorded at the Norfolk’s Henstead register office (Ref. 4b 329) during the first three months of 1935.  Bessie’s birth was recorded at Henstead register office (Ref. 4b 334) during the second quarter of 1916.  They had two children who were both born while the couple was living at The Old Mill House in Westleton.  It was at the second of the four St Helena’s Cottages in Westleton that the family of four was living in the 1939 Register.  Claude V Collett was 27 and a forest worker and warrener, Bessie H Collett was looking after the family’s domestic duties, when Thelma J Collett was four years old and under school age.  The details for their son John were redacted.  Sometime later, Claude and Bessie moved to Norfolk, when the death of Claude V Collett was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 10 1891) at the end of 1991.

 

18R122 - Thelma June Collett was born in 1935 at Westleton

18R123 - John Victor Collett was born on 28th August 1937 at Westleton (Blyth Ref. 4a 1703) Q3

 

Louisa May Collett [18Q159] was born at Westleton on 16th March 1913 another daughter of John and Anna Collett, whose birth was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 2157) during the second quarter of the year.  Her later marriage to Leslie Arthur Harper, by whom she had three children, was recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4a 3649) during the third quarter of 1935.  Leslie had been born on 11th November 1914, his birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1982) during the last quarter of the year.  Four years after their wedding day, the couple had already completed their family and had three children living with them in the second of the two West Cottages on Yoxford Road within the Blyth area.  However, on the day the 1939 Register was compiled, Louisa’s husband was away from home, living Louisa M Harper aged 26 as a housewife, with Brian Arthur Harper who had been born on 27th December 1935 and described as under school age.  The details of her other two child were redacted, when they would be Maurice R Harper aged two years, and Beryl who was born around six-nine months prior to the 1939 Register.  Louisa May Harper, nee Collett, died in 1990 with her passing recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 10 2693), when she was 77.  Sixteen years after the death of his wife, Leslie Arthur Harper passed away during October 2006, his death recorded at Deben (Ref. 34c 006).  One of their daughters, Beryl May Harper, later married Christopher Scott.  They in turn, had a daughter of their own, Jane Scott who, as Jane Clements, provided valuable details of her family that enabled this family line to be updated during the early years of the twenty-first century

 

Dorothy Vera Collett [18Q160] was born at Westleton on 8th October 1914, the last child of John Christian George Collett and Anna Meadows.  Her birth was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1977), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Meadows.  She married Jack E Brabbin during the fourth quarter of 1937, the event recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4a 2991).  Their marriage eventually produced two children for the couple, although they were born after the 1939 Register was put together.  Within that, Jack E Brabbin was a road transport driver carrying heavy goods and passengers, with his date of birth recorded as 22nd September 1903.  Dorothy V Brabbin was undertaking unpaid domestic duties at their Mildenhall home at St Helens Cottage.  Many years later, the death of Dorothy Vera Brabbin was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds on 17th October 2007 at the age of 93

 

Laurina Sarah Mary Collett [18Q161] was born at Southtown, Gorleston-on-Sea, on 1st October 1884, her birth being recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 930) during the fourth quarter of that year.  She was the eldest child of Charles George Collett and Lavinia Ann Howlett and was baptised at Lowestoft on 26th October 1884 when her father was a cow man, with the family living at Southtown.  In the census of 1891, she was listed with her family at 8 Common Lane in Gorleston as Sarah Mary Collett who was six years old, while ten years later she was 16, when she was named in the 1901 census as Lavinia Collett.  Just under eight years after that census day, the marriage of Laurina S M Collett and William Ernest Killett Halfnight was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 10) during the first quarter of 1919.  William was born on 20th February 1885 and baptised on 21st June that year at Gorleston.  Their two Farnham, Surrey, born children were Lorna G S Halfnight born in 1921 and Victor W Halfnight who was born in 1922, where their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  Many years later, the death of Laurina S M Halfnight, nee Collett, was recorded at Greenwich (Ref. 5a 427) during the last three months of 1967, aged 83.  Her Will was proved at London on 4th January 1968, when her estate was valued at £606, the probate process confirming that she died on 11th November 1967 at her home address of 17 Craylands Main Road in St Pauls Cray, Orpington.  Her husband William died shortly thereafter, his death recorded at Chelsea register office (Ref. 5a 1428) during the second quarter of 1970, when he was 85.  His Will, estimated to be worth £6,853 was proved at London on 13th July 1970 following him dying at 65 Chorley Wood Crescent in St Pauls Cray, Orpington on 12th April 1970

 

Lionel Charles George Collett [18Q162] was born at Southtown, Gorleston-on-Sea, on 26th February 1886, his birth was recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 927b) during the first three months of 1886.  He was the second child and the eldest son of cow keeper Charles Collett and his wife Lavinia Anna, whose abode when Lionel was baptised on 28th March 1886, was Southtown.  Following the birth of his brother Albert early in 1891, it would appear that Lionel was sent to live with his grandparents to allow his mother to spend more time with the new arrival.  Certainly, in the census that year he was staying them at East Marsh Road in Burgh Castle, when he was recorded in error as George L Collett, who was five years old.  By the time the next census was conducted in 1901, grandsons Lionel and his younger brother Bertie (below), were two of the children of Charles and Lavinia who were living with their paternal grandparents Charles and Mary Collett at 11 Common Road in Great Yarmouth.  On that occasion, he was simply described as Lionel Collett from Gorleston who was 15 and a cattle man working on a local farm.  After a further ten years he was recorded as Lionel C G Collett from Southtown aged 25 and a milkman working on a farm, and a boarder at Marsh House in Southtown the home of William Moore, a retired cow-keeper from Marsham, Norfolk who was 76.  Also still living and working with Lionel in 1911 was his younger brother Bertie Collett

 

It was just over eighteen months later, on 12th December 1912 at All Saints Church in Filby, just north of Yarmouth, that Lionel Charles G Collett married Rosa Elizabeth Hubbard, their wedding recorded at the Flegg register office (Ref. 4b 93).  Rosa had been born at Filby, Yarmouth, on 29th March 1891 and was baptised on 28th June 1891, the daughter of carter William Hubbard and his wife Louis June Hubbard of Filby.  In the census of 1911, she was listed as Rose E Hubbard, aged 20 and from Yarmouth, who was living and working there at that time.  The 1939 Register revealed that the couple and their unmarried daughter were living at 66 Victoria Road in Great Yarmouth, where Lionel was 53 and a dairyman, his wife Rosa was a dairy helper, and their daughter Joan was a shorthand typist.  At the time of the death of his widowed mother, Lionel and Rosa were living at 24 Albany Road in the Southtown district of Yarmouth where, certainly, their first child was born, perhaps even the second one, six years later.  Lionel Charles George Collett died at 66 Victoria Road in Great Yarmouth on 24th June 1946 (Ref. 4b 27), where his Will was proved on 1st March 1947, when his widow Rosa Elizabeth Collett, was named as the sole executive of his estate.  His body was laid to rest at Caister Cemetery who he was 60 years old.  After that sad event, it was his son Kenneth who inherited the family business of L Collett Dairies, which Lionel had established over many years.  After thirty years as a widow, the death of Rosa Elizabeth Collett was recorded at Great Yarmouth register office (Ref. 10 1175) during the third quarter of 1977.  It was at Gorleston Nursing Home where she died, and from there she was buried on 6th October 1977 in Great Yarmouth Cemetery at the age of 86.  Her Will was proved at Ipswich on 16th February 1978 for £30,276, the probate process confirmed that her home address was 41 Lynn Grove, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, and that she passed away on 29th September 1977

 

18R124 - Kenneth Lionel Collett was born in 1915 at Southtown

18R125 - Joan Evelyn Collett was born in 1921 at Southtown

 

Bertie Herbert Victor Collett [18Q163] was born in the Southtown, Gorleston-on-Sea, on 16th September 1887, his birth recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 926) during the last three months of 1887.  Just over one month later, he was baptised at Gorleston parish church using all three forenames on 23rd October 1887, the son of dairyman Charles Collett and his wife Lavinia Anna of Gorleston.  He was recorded with his family at 8 Common Road in Great Yarmouth in 1891, when Bertie H V Collett was three years old.  However, as his family increased in size, Bertie and his older brother Lionel (above) were sent to live with their Collett grandparents at Common Road in Great Yarmouth, where grandson Bertie Collett was 13 years old but with no stated occupation in 1901.  The same two brothers were still together in 1911, when they were both boarders at Southtown, the home of the Moore family, where Bertie Collett of Southtown was 23 and a cowman on a farm, with his brother being a milkman on a farm.  It was at St Martin’s Church in New Buckenham on 10th October 1911 that the first of Bertie’s two marriages was conducted.  The groom was recorded under his full name and was 24, a yardman living at 21 Burnt Lane in Gorleston, the son of Charles George Collett, a labourer.  His bride (1) Gertrude Esther Bridges had been born and baptised at New Buckenham, where she was still living on their wedding day.  She was 21 years of age, with no occupation, when her father was named as labourer Thomas Beales, who may have been her mother’s husband.  Horace was also one of the witnesses, the other being Selina Maud Bridges.  Their wedding was recorded at the Thetford Wayland register office (Ref. 4b 707) during the last quarter of 1911, and their only child was born just over nine months after their wedding day.  On being baptised in October 1912, the family was living at 53 Trafalgar Road East in Gorleston-on-Sea, where Charles was a yardman

 

Gertrude was the base-born child of unmarried Emma Bridges of New Buckenham in Norfolk, where she was baptised on 5th April 1891 following her birth on 13th May 1890.  By 1939 the couple was living at 162 Bowthorpe Road in the County Borough of Norwich, where Bertie was a gardener at the age of 51, and Gertrude was 49.  Two years later, Gertrude was 51 when her death was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 264) during the third quarter of 1941.  One year after being widowed, Bertie H V Collett was 55 years old when he married (2) Maud Queenie Powley at Norwich (Ref. 4b 332) during the third quarter of 1942.  Three years earlier Maud Queenie Powley was living with her parents at 7 Henderson Road in Norwich, where she was working as a packer and her date of birth was 5th April 1915, and her parents were Harry Powley and Maud Powley.  They were married for almost twenty years when the death of Bertie Herbert V Collett was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 10 2069) towards the end of 1980.  Maud passed away near the end of the century, when she died at Norwich in March 1999, at the age of 83

 

18R126 - Hettie Lourina Maud Collett was born in 1912 at Gorleston

 

Albert Edward Sydney Collett [18Q164] was born at Southtown, Gorleston-on-Sea, on 27th August 1890, his birth recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 916) in the third quarter of that year, the fourth child of Charles and Lavinia Collett.  He was baptised in the parish church of Gorleston-with-Southtown on 24th September 1890, when he and his family was living at Gorleston, when his father was a dairyman.  He was seven months old in the census the following years when, Albert Edward Sydney Collett and part of his family was living at 8 Common Road in Great Yarmouth.  It was as Sidney Collett, aged 10 years and born at Southtown, that he was listed with his family at the High Road in Great Yarmouth in 1901.  By 1911 he was one of only two children still living at the home his parents at 21 Burnt Lane in Southtown, Yarmouth.  At that time in his life, he was recorded as Albert Edward Sidney Collett from Gorleston Great Yarmouth, aged 20, who was employed as a wooden box and crate maker within the box makers’ trade.  It is also known that he was residing at 34 Highfield Terrace in Southtown in 1915, when his mother passed away and that, on joining the Middlesex Regiment in 1916, he gave his next-of-kin as his eldest brother Lionel Collett (above).  He eventually transferred to 338 Regiment of the Home Service and, later still, to 337 Regiment of the H S Works Company.  The marriage of Albert E S Collett and Laura M Mills was recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 27) during the first quarter of 1935, Laura having a son from her first marriage

 

The 1939 Register recorded the childless couple living at 70 Century Road (Southtown) Great Yarmouth, when Sidney A E Collett was 48 and working as a box-maker and wood machinist.  Living with the couple was Edwin Mills, a textile hosiery machine operator, whose date of birth was 27th July 1919.  His mother Laura M Collett gave her date of birth as 1st June 1887 (?), so it must have been a surprise to the couple when, three years later, their daughter was born when Laura would have been 52 years old.  Albert was still living in the Great Yarmouth area when he died in 1965, his death recorded there during the third quarter of that year (Ref. 4b 497).  Curiously, although his home address was still 70 Century Road in Great Yarmouth, it was at Winchester Cemetery in Hampshire that he was buried on 4th August 1965, at the age of 74.  His Will was proved at Norwich on 10th November 1965 to Laura May Collett, a widow, in the sum of £1,091.  The documentation also confirmed that he was living at 70 Century Road, Southtown, Great Yarmouth when he died on 30th July 1965.  The name on his Will was Sidney Albert Edward Collett, the same as in the 1939 Register, which would indicate he had chosen Sidney as his preferred forename.  It was during the fourth quarter of 1979 that the death of Laura May Collett of 70 Century Road, was recorded at Great Yarmouth (Ref. 10 1179).  Unlike her late husband, Laura was cremated on 14th November following her passing on 8th November 1979 at the age of 82, when her ashes were interred at Great Yarmouth Crematorium

 

The birth of their Ann Collett was recorded at Acle, near Norwich (Ref. 4b 38) during the last quarter of 1942, when her mother’s surname was confirmed as Mills. It was during the second quarter of 1966, when Ann Collett married Michael J Brook, their wedding recorded at Acle register office (Ref. 4b 1009).  The birth of their daughter Rachel Jacqueline Brook was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 10 2160) during the first three months of 1979

 

18R127 - Ann Collett was born in 1942 at Acle, Norfolk

 

Grace Nellie Kate Collett [18Q165] was born at Southtown, Gorleston-on-Sea, on 5th March 1893, the last child of Charles George Collett and Lavinia Ann Howlett.  Her birth was registered at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 36) during the second quarter of that year.  It was at the parish church of Gorleston-with-Southtown that she was baptised on 10th May 1893, when her father was a cow keeper at Gorleston.  It is more than likely that she was born at 8 Common Lane in Gorleston where her family was living in April 1891, although her birth was recorded at Yarmouth register office during the second quarter of 1892.  Grace was eight years old in 1901 and was still living with her parents and brother Albert (above) 21 Burnt Lane in Southtown, Yarmouth in 1911 when she was listed under her full name of Grace Nellie Kate Collett.  By that time in her life, she was 18 and was employed as a domestic servant.  It would be reasonable to assume that she married during the next decade, although no further details of her life are available at this time

 

Gladys was still a single lady by 1939, when the Register that year revealed she was a parlourmaid at a large house on Ravenhill, off Summerhill in Chislehurst, Kent, the residence of chartered accountant Cecil W Atkins and his wife Edna.  Gladys’ date of birth was again confirmed as 5th March 1893.  The later death of Grace Nellie Kate Collett was recorded at Croydon register office (Ref. 5a 1840) during the second quarter of 1972.  She was subsequently cremated with her ashes buried at Greenwich Crematorium on 22nd May 1972, following her passing on 14th May 1972.  Administration of her personal estate, valued at £4,586, was granted at London on 14th August 1972, but with no named beneficiary.  However, it did state that she died on 14th May at the Coulsdon Hospital, which was very likely the Cane Hill Hospital in Coulsdon, which was the third Surrey pauper and lunatic asylum that closed during 1988

 

Lilian Emma Collett [18Q166] was born at Easton Bevants (Southwold), the first-born child of John Collett and Louisa Clara Haward.  She was known as Lily and her birth was recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 868) during the fourth quarter of 1892.  As Lily Collett, she was eight years old in the Southwold census of 1901 when she and her family were residing at 42 Church Street.  On leaving school, Lily followed the career path of a lot of young girls, by entering into domestic service, with the lure of London where there was plenty of work to be had.  According to the next census in 1911, she had left Suffolk, when Lilian Collett from Southwold was 19 and a general domestic servant for the Usher family at Friern Barnett within the Finchley, Middlesex, area of London

 

Ellen Louisa Collett [18Q167] was born at Easton Bevants in 1893, her birth recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 903) during the last quarter of the year.  The family was living at 42 Church Street in the Southwold census of 1901, when Ellen Collett was seven years of age.  She had left the family home by 1911 and, on that census day, Ellen Collett aged 18 and from Southwold, was a general domestic servant employed by electroplate manufacturer George Gates Honour and his family at a large 9-roomed property ‘Slanecroft’ in Muswell Hill, London.  Six years later, Nellie L Collett married the much younger Charles E Simpson at Southwold in 1917, the event recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1881) during the second quarter of 1917.  The birth of Charles Edward Simpson was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1053) during the second quarter of 1900.  Their son Charles William John Simpson was born in 1919, his birth recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 1399) during the first three months of that year

 

William John Collett [18Q168] was born at Easton Bevants on 16th February 1895, whose birth was recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 1010) during the first three months of that year.  He was six years old in 1901 when, simply John Collett, he and his family was recorded at 42 Church Street in Southwold, although no record of him has been identified in 1911.  His marriage to Emily Plantagenet Plant was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 3061) during the third quarter of 1920, Emily’s birth having been recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1022) during the third quarter of 1899.  Their marriage produced three children and, on reporting the names, the mother’s maiden-name in each case was confirmed as Plant.  The first two births were recorded at Blything, daughter Cicely (Ref. 4a 1809) in the second quarter of 1926.  By the time of the birth of the third child, the family was residing in the Lowestoft area, the birth recorded at Lothingland (Ref. 4a 1520) in the last three months of 1935.  Four year later, the 1939 Register identified Emily Collett living at 24 Wembley Avenue in Beecles, when she was 40 years of age and the head of the household, William being absent when the register was compiled.  The details for her three children were redacted and officially close.  The later death of William John Collett was recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 10 2839) towards the end of 1978, at the age 83.  Afterwards, he was cremated at Great Yarmouth Crematorium where his ashes were interred.  The service record for the event held on 4th December confirmed that he had died on 28th November 1978 at his home at 24 Wembley Avenue in Beccles.  His widow was 90 years old when she died during April 1990, her death recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 10 3028).  The Will of Emily Plantagenet Collett of Chevington Lodge, 8 Flixton Road in Bungay, where she died on 17th April 1990, was proved at Ipswich on 14th May 1990, when her estate did not exceed £100,000

 

Their eldest daughter Cicely was 24 years of age when she married Denis James Gruchy, the event recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 2b 2434) during the third quarter of 1950.  The couple had two children, the first of them being their son Martin Clive Gruchy was born in 1954, his birth also recording at Lothingland (Ref. 4b 1226), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  Their daughter was born three years after, with the birth of Jacqueline D Gruchy was also recorded at Lothingland (Ref. 4b 1308) in 1957.  Cicely’s husband, Denis was born on 27th October 1919, his birth recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 383), and died on 11th August 1991 and was cremated at Great Yarmouth Crematorium on 19th August 1991, when his home address was 1 Temperance Place in Beccles.  Administration of his estate was granted at Ipswich on 12th November 1991 when it was said to be not exceeding £125,000

 

The marriage of Hazel E Collett and Lionel F H Soanes was recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4b 2343) during the third quarter of 1959.  Lionel was born near the end of 1927, when his birth was recorded at Loddon register office (Ref. 4b 264).  In 1962 Hazel gave birth to a daughter, Lesley J Soanes, whose birth was recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4b 1449) during the last three months of the year, and when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  Two years later their son Gordon P Soanes was added to the family, with his birth also recorded at Lothingland (Ref. 4b 1783) during the second quarter of 1965

 

18R128 - Herbert John Collett was born in 1921 at Southwold

18R129 - Cicely M Collett was born in 1926 at Southwold

18R130 - Hazel E Collett was born in 1935 at Lowestoft

 

Edith Florence Collett [18Q169] was born at Southwold on 3rd September 1896, the daughter of John Collett of Ilketshall St Andrew and Louisa Clara Haward of Reydon.  Her birth was recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 972), while it was at Southwold that she was baptised on 11th March 1897.  It was at 42 Church Street in Southwold that Edith, aged five years, was living with her parents in March 1901.  Ten years later, in April 1911, her parents were still living at Southwold in the Blything registration district, where Edith Florence Collett of Southwold was recorded as being 14 years of age.  She later married Alfred Davies during the third quarter of 1916, the event recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 2037), with whom she had three children.  The first of them was Alfred Ernest John Davies, who is pictured below with his parents, the original photograph kindly provided by Edith’s great grandson John Davies

 

 

Alfred Ernest John Davies, who was born at Southwold on 9th November 1916, died on 29th August 1997.  The couple’s next child was George William Davies, and he was also born at Southwold on 28th October 1918 and died during the month of May in 2009.  Just over three years later Sarah presented Alfred with their third son Harold Charles Davies who was born at Abermule, Powys in Wales, on 30th December 1921, who is still alive in 2010.  The 1939 Register recorded the family living in Wales at Glanrafon, Abermule, where Alfred Davies was brickmaker and clay grafter, whose date of birth was 4th September 1894, and his wife Edith F Davies who confirmed her date of birth as quoted above.  Their son Alfred Davies junior was still living with the couple, who was working with his father as a brickmaker and setter’s labourer.  Edith Florence Davies nee Collett died on 9th December 1948 at the age of 52

 

Agnes Bessie Collett [18Q170] was born at Southwold on 3rd May 1903, another daughter of John and Louisa, her birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1156) during the second quarter of the year.  There was nearly seven years between Agnes and her older sister Edith, perhaps because her father may have been involved in African Wars, or maybe there were child born during those years, who did not survive.  It may have been at 42 Church Street in Southwold where Agnes was born, where her family was living in 1901.  Agnes Bessie Collett was seven years old in the Southwold census of 1911.  It was as Bessie A Collett that she married Claude A Dawson in 1926, the event recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 2814) during the third quarter of that year.  After forty-eight years together, the death of Agnes Bessie Dawson was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 10 2532) during the fourth quarter of 1974

 

Dorothy Mary Collett [18Q171] was born at Southwold on 6th March 1905, the sixth child of John and Louisa, when her birth was recorded at Blything (Ref. 4a 1111) during the second quarter of the year.  She was six years old in 1911, when still living in Southwold with her family.  The marriage of Dorothy M Collett and Charles L Gleed was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 2677) during the third quarter of 1926.  Their daughter Barbara B Gleed was born on 24th October 1928, and was living with the couple in 1939 at 10-12 Tuddenham Avenue in Ipswich, where they operated the family dairy business.  Charles L Gleed was a master dairyman who gave his date of birth as 9th January 1904, Dorothy M Gleed was 34 and a dairy worker, and daughter Barbara was at school.  Dorothy Mary Gleed was 85 when she died in February 1991, with her death recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 10 3070)

 

Daisy Evelyn Gertrude Collett [18Q172] was born at Southwold in 1907 and like all of her seven siblings, her birth was also recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1096) during the third quarter of that year.  Under her full name, she was recorded living with her family in Southwold in the census of 1911, when she was three years old.  She later married Leonard J Ling, his wedding with Daisy G E Collett being recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 4a 2942) during the second quarter of 1935.  Later that same year, Daisy gave birth to daughter Margaret Gwendoline Astrid Ling, her birth recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 4a 1435).  Leonard was born on 13th July 1914 and, after forty years of being marriage, the death of Leonard James Ling was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 10 2586) during the second quarter of 1975

 

Roland Sidney George Collett [18Q173] was born at Southwold on 23rd January 1909, the eighth and last child of John Collett and Louisa Clara Haward.  His birth was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1081) during the first quarter of 1909.  In the Southwold census conducted in April 1911, he was listed with his family using his full name, when he was two years of age.  No record of him ever being married has been found, and it was at Poole in Dorset (Ref. 23 756), where he was living, when he died on 19th December 1992, when he was 83.  The death record gave his name as Roland Sidney G Collett.  His Will was proved at Winchester on 30th March 1993, when it was stated that his estate did not exceed £12,500 and that his address had been Vergamont, Baileys Drive, in the Dorset village of Wool

 

Francis William Charles Collett [18Q174] was born at Carlton Colville near Lowestoft on 21st July 1890, his birth as Francis William C Collett recorded at Mutford (Ref. 4a 911) during the third quarter of that year.  It was at Carlton Colville that he was baptised on 17th August 1890, the eldest child of Robert Collett and Lois (Louisa) Girling.  It was as Francis W C Collett from Carlton Colville, who was eight months old, that he was listed with his parents at 15 Carno Street in Wavertree, in the Liverpool census of 1891.  By 1901 the family was living at 68 King Street in Garston, South Liverpool, when William Collett from Carlton Colville was 10 years of age.  Following the death of his father in June 1903, and the birth of his younger brother Robert in July that same year, William Collett aged 20 and from Carlton in Suffolk, was living with his widowed mother in 1911, when his occupation was that of a crane driver at a bobbin works.  Just over two years following that census day, again simply as ‘William Collett’ his marriage, by the reading of banns, to May Davies of Liverpool was recorded during the third quarter of 1913 at the Liverpool West Derby register office (Ref. 8b 660).  Their wedding ceremony was conducted at St Michael’s Church in Garston on 14th July 1913, when William was 22 and a crane driver, the son of labourer Robert Collett, deceased, who was living at 97 Chesterton Street in Garston.  May was 21 with no occupation, the daughter of labourer Matthew Davies, living at 10 Canterbury Street in Liverpool.  May Davies was baptised at Garston on 17th June 1894, the daughter of collier Matthew and Mary Ellen Davies of Downell Green, North Ashton, Wigan.  It is interesting that on the occasion of the weddings of three of his younger siblings, Albert in 1928, Florence in 1921, and Robert in 1933 (all below), they gave their place of residence as 97 Chesterton Street in Garston.  Tragically, two of their son suffered infant death when only one year old

 

At the start of the Second World War the family was residing at 14 Canterbury Street in Liverpool when, according to the 1939 Register, William Collett was 49 and a labourer at the nearby Albert Docks, May Collett’s date of birth was 3rd June 1893, when their two children were Mary E Collett a shuttle finisher who had been born on 12th April 1923, and Kenneth L Collett who was still at school, having been born on 26th April 1928.  The family was still living at 14 Canterbury Road when the death of William C F Collett, aged 63, was recorded at Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 447) during the last quarter of 1953.  Upon being buried at the Corporation of Liverpool Allerton Cemetery on 2nd October 1953, his name was recorded as William Francis Charles Collett.  May Collett, nee Davies, was 70 years old when she died at Liverpool, where her death was recorded at the Liverpool South register office during the first three months of 1965 (Ref. 10d 707).  When the Will of May Collett was proved at Liverpool on 1st April 1965 and valued at £2,204, it was her married daughter Mary Elizabeth Howell, a married woman, who was the beneficiary.  The documentation also confirmed that May died at home, at 102 Lincoln Street in Liverpool, on 8th March 1965

 

18R131 – May Collett was born in 1916 at Liverpool (West Derby)

18R132 – William Collett was born in 1919 at Liverpool (West Derby); infant death

18R133 – Harold Collett was born in 1920 at Liverpool (West Derby); infant death

18R134 – Mary Elizabeth Collett was born in 1923 at Liverpool (West Derby)

18R135 – Kenneth Leonard Collett was born in 1928 at Liverpool

 

Norah Collett [18Q175] was born at Wavertree in Liverpool on 19th May 1892, and it may have taken place at 15 Carno Street where her parents Robert and Lois Collett were living in Wavertree at the time of the census in 1891.  The birth of Norah Collett was recorded at the West Derby (Liverpool) register office (Ref. 8b 624) during the third quarter of that year, who was then baptised at Holy Trinity Church in Wavertree on 15th June 1892, by which time her parents address was 22 Oak Street, and her father’s job of work was that of a labourer.  When she was eight years old, on the day of the census in 1901, Norah was not listed as living with her parents who, by then, were living at 68 King Street in the Garston area of South Liverpool.  Instead, Norah Collett from Wavertree was many miles south, and living with her grandmother Lydia Ann Collett, nee Brighton, and her second husband William Artis, at their Suffolk home at Rushmere Road in Gisleham to the south of Lowestoft.  Norah’s father died at Liverpool in 1903, so it was the same situation for Norah after a further ten years when, in the census of 1911, she was 18 years old and from Wavertree, when it she and her younger sister Florence Collett (below) staying at the home of their grandmother Lydia Artis at Rushmere village, just a mile south of where she and Norah had been living in 1901.  By that time Norah was employed as a beatster, which is a shortened version of a drift fishing net beatster, a person skilled at making and repairing fishing nets

 

The marriage of Norah Collett and Bertie Charles Phillips was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 2703) during the third quarter of 1912.  A month before the end of that same year their son Bertie George Richard Phillips was born on 22nd November 1912 while the couple was still in Suffolk.  It was there also, that the family was living when Norah presented Bertie with a daughter Sylvia C Phillips at the end of 1914.  Sometime thereafter, the family then made their way back to Norah’s hometown of Liverpool.  It was there at 105 Chesterton Road in Garston that the couple and their son were living in 1939.  The Register that year confirmed that Bertie senior had been born on 29th April 1893 and was incapacitated in some form or other, his wife Norah was 47 and an office cleaner, while Bertie junior was a clerk working at an engineer’s store.  Tragically, four years later, Bertie junior was killed in action in Burma on 10th August 1943, when he was serving with 13th Battalion of The King’s Infantry Regiment Liverpool.  Norah’s husband was 54 when he died, his death recorded at Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 591) during the last quarter of 1947.  Bertie Charles Phillips of 105 Chesterton Road in Garston was buried at the Allerton cemetery on 31st December 1947.  Administration of his estate estimated to be £138 18 Shillings was granted at Liverpool on 7th May 1948 to Norah Phillips, a widow, whose husband had died on 28th December 1947.  The much later death of Norah Phillips was recorded at Liverpool register office (Ref. 36 0579) during the first months of 1982, when she was 80 years old.  Upon being buried at the Liverpool Allerton Cemetery on 8th March 1982, the burial record confirmed that her address was still 105 Chesterton Road in Garston

 

Ethel Maude Collett [18Q176] was born at Garston in Liverpool in 1895, when her birth was recorded at West Derby register office (Ref. 8b 614) during the last three months of the year.  Later on, she was baptised in joint ceremony with her younger brother Albert (below) at St Michael’s Church in Garston on 1st March 1898, the children of Robert and Lois Collett.  By that time her father was working as a labourer when the family was living at 3 Shakespeare Road in Garston, so it may have been there or the family’s previous address at Oak Street in Garston where she was actually born.  Ethel was five years old in the census of 1901 when she was living with her family at 68 King Street in Garston where she may have been born

 

Albert Collett [18Q177] was born at 3 Shakespeare Road in Garston on 16th November 1897, the son of Robert and Lois Collett, his birth recorded at West Derby register office (Ref. 8b 662).  For some reason the baptism of his sister Ethel (above) had been delayed, so it was on 1st March 1898 that both siblings were baptised at the Church of St Michael in the Garston area of South Liverpool.  On that occasion his family was living at 3 Shakespeare Road but, by the time he was two years old, they were living at 68 King Street in Garston in March 1901.  Ten years later, and after the premature death of his father in 1903, Albert Collett of Garston was 13, when he was still living at Garston with his widowed mother, his older brother William (above), and his youngest sibling Robert.  On the census day, Albert was described as being a school news-boy, most likely meaning that he was still attending school, while also being a newspaper delivery boy.  Seventeen years later, when Albert was nearly 31 years old, his marriage to Gertrude Harris was recorded at Liverpool register office (Ref. 8b 45) during the last three months of 1928.  Their wedding ceremony, following the reading of banns, took place within St Michael’s Church in Garston on 17th November 1928, when Albert was 31, a labourer living at 97 Chesterton Street in Garston, the son of Robert Collett (deceased), a labourer.  97 Chesterton Street was the home of Albert’s married brother Francis William Charles Collett (above).  Gertrude was 30 and a spinster with no occupation who was living at 61 York Street in Garston, the daughter of Thomas Harris (deceased), a labourer.  One of the witnesses was Robert Collett, Albert’s youngest sibling (below)

 

Gertrude had been born at 102 York Street in Garston on 13th December 1897 and was baptised at St Michael’s Church on 25th January 1898, the daughter of Thomas Perkins Harris and his wife Emily.  It would appear that Gertrude took over her own family home, possibly after her mother had passed away, since it was at 61 York Street that she and Albert were recorded as living in the 1939 Register.  Albert Collett was 42 and working as a pneumatic driller and constructional engineer involved with heavy work, while Gertrude had been born on 13th December 1897 in Liverpool and was also 42, undertaking unpaid domestic duties.  Completing the family was their son, school boy Albert Collett junior was nine years of age.  Gertrude Collett was 62 years old when she died, her death recorded at Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 402) during the third quarter of 1960.  Her burial record at Allerton Cemetery in Liverpool confirmed that she was residing at 61 York Street when she passed away, and that she was buried on 18th June 1960.  Administration of her estate, amounting to £147 19 Shillings 9 Pence was granted at Liverpool on 15th August 1960 to Albert Collett, a general labourer of 61 York Street in Garston, where his wife died on 12th June 1960.  He survived his wife by seventeen years, when Albert Collett died early in 1978, with his death recorded at Liverpool (Ref. 36 0995) during the first months of that year

 

18R136 – Albert Robert Collett was born in 1929 at Liverpool

 

Florence May Collett [18Q178] was born at 68 King Street in Garston, south Liverpool, with her birth recorded at the Liverpool West Derby register office (Ref. 8b 660) during the second quarter of 1900.  She was baptised at St Michael’s Church in Garston on 22nd July 1900, the youngest daughter of dock labourer Robert Collett and his wife Lois Girling of 68 King Street.  In March 1901, Florence was eleven months old and was one of only four children still living with the family at 68 King Street, Garston.  At that time, her missing older sister Norah Collett (above) was living in Suffolk with her father’s widowed and remarried mother Lydia.  Two years later, and following the death of Florence’s father in 1903, the family was split up, with Florence travelling south to Suffolk to live with her sister Norah at their paternal grandmother’s house.  According to the census of 1911, Florence Collett, aged 10 and from Garston, was living at the Suffolk village of Rushmere, just two miles from Carlton Colville where her eldest brother Francis William Charles Collett had been born in 1890.  On that occasion in 1911 Florence had with her, sister Norah Collett from Wavertree in Liverpool who was 18.  Both girls were described as the granddaughters to the head of the household, widow Lydia Artis who was 72, a widow (for the second time in her life) and an old age pensioner from Ilketshall St Andrew

 

It is obvious, that perhaps on the event of their grandmother’s death, the sisters returned to Liverpool, Norah already married before they moved, with Florence May Collett marrying William Francis Burnett by banns shortly after their return to the place of their birth.  Their marriage was recorded at the West Derby register office (Ref. 8b 664) during the third quarter of 1921.  It was at St Michael’s Church that the wedding ceremony was performed on 16th July 1921, six-days before the anniversary of her being baptised there twenty-one years earlier.  That detail was confirmed on their marriage record, which also confirmed that spinster Florence May Collett, of 97 Chesterton Street in Garston, was the daughter of Robert Collett, deceased, a coal trimmer.  97 Chesterton Street was the home of Albert’s married brother Francis William Charles Collett (above).  William Francis Burnett was 26, a bachelor and an iron moulder, living at 2 Durham Street in Garston, the son of Francis Burnett, deceased, a blacksmith.  One of the witnesses was Albert Collett, Florence’s older unmarried brother (above)

 

Tragically, they were only married a fairly short while, when the premature death of Florence May Burnett was recorded at Liverpool register office (Ref. 8b 253) during the second quarter of 1931, at the age of 31.  She was buried at Allerton Cemetery on 15th June 1931 from her home address at 6 Lyon Street in Garston, when she was simply described as a married woman.  William Francis Burnett was also baptised at St Michael’s Church in Garston on 30th April 1895, the son of Francis ad Mary Jane Burnett of 23 York Street in Garston.  It was earlier that same year that his birth had been recorded at Toxteth Park register office (Ref. 8b 250) during the first three months of 1895.  William was later married for a second time, to Martha Ellen Wimpenny, and died at the age of 66, at 72 Critchley Road in Liverpool, and was cremated on 14th December 1961

 

Robert Collett [18Q179] was born at 31 Salt Dock Cottages in Garston on 28th July 1903, where his father and namesake Robert Collett died one month before he was born.  The birth of Robert Collett junior was recorded at the West Derby register office (Ref. 8b 716) during the third quarter of 1903, and it was at St Michael’s Church in Garston that he was baptised on 16th August 1903, the last child of Robert and Lois Collett of 29 Salt Works in Garston.  Robert was living with his widowed mother and two brothers, William and Albert at Garston in 1911 while it was twenty-two years after that census day that the marriage of Robert Collett and Alice Marrion was recorded at Liverpool register office (Ref. 8b 63) during the second quarter of 1933.  Their first child was born at the end of that same year.  The wedding was conducted after the reading of banns at St Michael’s Church in Garston when Robert was 29, a bachelor, a labourer, and the son of Robert Collett (deceased), who was living at 97 Chesterton Street in Garston, the home of his married brother William.  Alice was 22 and the daughter of labourer George Marrion of 19 Vulcan Street, one mile north of Albert Dock.  One of the witnesses was Albert Marrion, presumably Alice’s brother, with the other being Sylvia Phillips who was the niece of the groom, being the daughter of Robert’s married sister Norah Phillips, nee Collett (above)

 

Six years later, married Robert Collett was one of two men living at 56 Lincoln Street in Garston, when he confirmed his date of birth as that written above.  At that time, he was employed by the London Midland & Scottish Railway Company, with whom he was a dock labourer and a trained capstan driver.  The other was Donald Simpson who was born on 13th March 1917 in Mansfield.  Alice Collett was recorded in the West Lancashire area that day, when she was undertaking unpaid house duties, whose date of birth was 25th June 1910.  Living there with her, at that same dwelling, were three redacted entries, two of which would have been the couple’s first two children, their third child born three years after.  The births of all three children listed below were recorded at Liverpool register office, all during the fourth quarter of their respective years, and all confirmed as having a mother whose maiden-name was Marrion

 

Robert was still living in Liverpool when he died, with his death recorded at Liverpool register office (Ref. 36 0528) during the spring of 1976, at the age of 72.  It was at Allerton Cemetery was he was laid to rest on 14th April 1976, when his home address was 104 Lincoln Street in Garston.  His Will was proved at Liverpool on 8th June 1976 in the sum of £6,760.  The probate documentation differed from the burial record insofar as his address, which was recorded as Crescent Lodge, Crescent Parade in the Speke area of south Liverpool

 

18R137 – Vera Collett was born in 1933 at Liverpool

18R138 – Hazel J Collett was born in 1936 at Liverpool

18R139 – Barbara Collett was born in 1942 at Liverpool

 

Hammond Alexander Collett [18Q183] was born at Brentford on 8th April 1891, the eldest child of Hammond Isaac Collett and Jessie Elizabeth Draper, his birth registered at Brentford (Ref. 3a 101).  He was baptised on 3rd May 1891 and, following the birth and baptism at Brentford of his brother William (below), the family settled in Chiswick.  It was also at Chiswick that the family was living in 1901, when Hammond Collett was nine years old.  Ten years later he was still there where Hammond Alexander Collett was 19.  Five years later the marriage by banns of Hammond Alexander Collett, aged 25, and Edith Lilian Louise Smith, aged 21, was recorded at Fulham register office (Ref. 1a 687) towards the end of 1916.  The wedding took place at Christ Church on Studdridge Street in Fulham on 19th November 1916, when both the bride and the groom gave their current address as being 198 Stephendale Road (Sands End, Parson Green), just a short walk from the church.  At that time in his life, Hammond was a bombardier with the RFA, the son of Hammond Collett, an engineer, while the bride’s father was named as William Smith, who was a painter.  The military records for Hammond Alexander Collett confirm that he served as a gunner 42708 with the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War and was later promoted to bombardier by the time he was married.  He survived the war and received the Victory Medal, British War Medal, 1915 Star Medal and the Silver War Medal.  The last of these medals was awarded to those men who were invalided out of the service due to an injury or health problem caused by the war.  The London Gazette for 21st September 1916 includes the name of Hammond Collett in a list of men who were awarded the Military Medal.  That may indicate he was involved in the Battle of the Somme

 

Edith Lilian Louise Smith was baptised at St John’s Church in Chelsea on 21st April 1895, having been born a month earlier on 23rd March 1895, the daughter of painter William Smith and his wife Janie of 17 Luna Street.  During the first fourteen years of their life together, Edith presented Hammond with four children, two sons and two daughters, their births all recorded at Fulham register office, when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Smith.  It was also at Fulham that all six members of the family were living in 1939.  Unfortunately, the entries for the two daughters had been redacted in the 1939 Register, which means that they were still alive when the Register was available to view by the general public.  Of the other entries, Hammond was a telephonist working for the London Telephone Company at the age of 48, his wife Edith was 44, Alexander was 17 and a clerk in a coal office, and John was 10 years and at school.  Hammond and Edith continued to reside in Fulham for the remainder of their lives.  The death of Hammond Alexander Collett was recorded at Fulham register office (Ref. 5b 871) during March 1970 when he was 78, and the death of Edith Lilian L Collett, at the age of 76, was recorded there (Ref. 5b 728) in December 1971.  The same record gave her date of birth as 23rd March 1895

 

18R140 - Marjorie J Collett was born in 1919 at Fulham

18R141 - Juanita Collett was born in 1920 at Fulham

18R142 - Alexander A Collett was born in 1922 at Fulham

18R143 - John Alfred Collett was born in 1929 at Fulham

 

William Alfred Collett[18Q184] was born at 3 Star Court in Brentford on 9th March 1893, the second child of Hammond and Jessie Collett, his birth recorded at Brentford (Ref. 3a 91).  It was on Easter Sunday 2nd April 1893 that he was baptised at St George’s Church in Brentford, shortly after which his family moved to Chiswick where his younger siblings were all born and where the family was still living in 1901.  On that census day, William Collett was eight years old and ten years later as William Alfred Collett he was an errand lad aged 18 when he was still living with his family at 3 Bond Street in Chiswick in 1911.  Just over four years later William Alfred Collett married Emily Eliza Watts by the reading of banns at Blandford Forum on 5th, 12th, and 19th December 1915, when William was residing within the parish and Emily was from Chiswick.  Furthermore, the marriage was recorded at Brentford (Ref. 3a 197) during the last two weeks of 1915.  The Dorset location is perhaps an indication that, like his brother Hammond (above), William was already a member of the British Army by that time.  Tragically, they were married for less than two years when William Alfred Collett was killed in action in France on 28th April 1917.  According to his military records he was Private Collett, service number CH/1902S, serving with 1st Battalion of the Royal Marines Light Infantry, his place of birth was Chiswick and his next-of-kin was his wife Emily Eliza Collett of 17 Hunt Street in Notting Hill, West London.  The name of William Alfred Collett appears on Bay 1 of the Arras Memorial.  It is not known if Emily ever gave birth to any children during their short time together, but being made a widow so soon after being married, Emily Eliza Collett later married Thomas Harold Willisson on 12th July 1919 at St Clement’s Church in Kensington.  She was born on 4th December 1893 and died in Hampshire at the end of 1985. Aged 92

 

Another William Alfred Collett, who was born at Hackney and whose occupation was that of a carman, was the son of John Collett and the brother of Joseph Collett, Edward Collett and Margaret Collett.  So far though, he has not been identified amongst the near 18,000 birth Colletts detailed within the Collett Family History website database

 

John Isaac Collett [18Q185] was born at 7 Back Lane, Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick on 18th March 1897 and was baptised on 2nd May 1897 at St George’s Church, Old Brentford, in the Borough of Hounslow.  His birth was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 122) and he was the son of Hammond Isaac Collett and Jessie Elizabeth from Australia and in the Chiswick census of 1901 he was simply named as John Collett aged four years.  Ten years later it was as John Isaac Collett that he was recorded still living with his family in Chiswick when he was 14.  What he did during the next decade is not currently known, but it was at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 281) that the marriage of John I Collett and Mary E Stentiford was recorded during the first three months of 1923.  Mary Emily Stentiford was born on 13th January 1902 and was also baptised at St George’s Church in Old Brentford on 31st January 1902, the daughter of George Robert Stentiford, a foreman and night watchman, and his wife Harriet Elizabeth of 1 Layton Road in Chiswick, where she was very likely born.  It has not been established whether they had any children, while at the start of the Second World War, John and Mary were living at 42 Springfield Road in Twickenham.  There were three people living at that address, with the third entry being redacted, which may have been a son or a daughter.  Mary was accurately recorded as having been born on 13th January 1902 who, in addition to her unpaid domestic duties, was an air raid patrol first-aider.  John on the other hand, gave his date of birth as 10th July 1898, perhaps embarrassed at being five years older than his wife.  His occupation at that time was that of a coppersmith and plumber

 

John Isaac Collett was 77 when he died in Surrey, with his death recorded at the Richmond-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 14 1614) during the month of September in 1974.  Administration of his estate, valued at £1,153 was granted at London on 24th September 1974, following him dying at home at 12 Redknap House, Cleves Road in Richmond on 11th August 1974.  Later on, the death of Mary Emily Collett was also recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames during the month of May in 1990 when she was 88 years old.  Her Will was proved at Llandaff on 3rd July 1990, when her estate was said to be not exceeding £100,000 and that she died at home at 49 Calvert Court in Richmond on 12th May that year

 

Harry Collett [18Q186] was born at 2 West Place in Chiswick on 23rd February 1899, with his birth recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 120) during the second quarter of the year.  He was baptised at Christ Church, Turnham Green in Chiswick on 26th March 1899, was the fourth son of Hammond and Jessie Collett.  He was two years old in the Chiswick census of 1901, and tragically died just over one year later, the death of Harry Collett being recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 74) during the third quarter of 1902

 

Jessie Elizabeth Collett [18Q187] was born at 57 Essex Place in Chiswick on 18th July 1901 and her birth was also recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 142) during the third quarter of that year.  She was baptised at Christ Church, Turnham Green in Chiswick on 1st September 1901 when her parents were confirmed as Hammond and Jessie Collett, and she was nine years old in the Chiswick census of 1911.  It was sixteen years later when the marriage of Jessie Elizabeth Collett and Sydney Edward Hands was recorded at the Buckinghamshire Wycombe register office (Ref. 3a 2279) during the second quarter of 1927.  By the time of the 1939 Register Jessie Hands was recorded as a divorced lady living at 1 Cornwall Grove, off Chiswick Lane in Chiswick, the home of elderly Bessie Lee, with Jessie acting as her paid housekeeper.  Much later in her life, she married Mario Giovanni Bianco, the event recorded at Ealing register office (Ref. 5e 487) during the third quarter of 1961.  After only fourteen years together, the death of Jessie Elizabeth Bianco was recorded at Hounslow (Ref. 13 1172) during the third quarter of 1975. It was at 230 London Road in Twickenham where she passed away on 16th September 1975, after which her Will was proved at London on 2nd December that same year, her estate worth £5,698

 

Sydney Edward Hands was born on 4th June 1903 and in 1939 was one of three male patients being treat by Doctor Douglas R Ainsworth at 10 Kendrick Road, off London Road in Reading.  All three men were described as having no occupation, and as patients of the Pay Master, with their respective R A P C numbers, Sydney’s being 9257.  In the end, he lived a long life and died on 22nd November 1991 at ‘Deahener’ 17 Brands Hill Avenue in High Wycombe at the age of 88.  His Will was proved in Oxford on 5 February 1992 for £107,590

 

Rosetta Collett [18Q188] was born at 57 Essex Place in Chiswick on 1st May 1904 while it was at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 168) was recorded during the second quarter of the year.  She was baptised at Christ Church, Turnham Green in Chiswick on 5th June 1904, the second daughter and sixth child of Hammond Isaac Collett and his wife Jessie.  She was six years old by the time of the census for Chiswick in 1911 and was 24 when she married James F Murray at Brentford, where the event was recorded (Ref. 3a 526) during the fourth quarter of 1928.  The birth of James Murray was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 161) during the last quarter of 1903.  During the second quarter of the following year, the birth of their son James was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 357) when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  On 15th May 1931, Rosetta Murray of 3 Bond Street in Chiswick, aged 27, together with her two-year-old son James Murray sailed out of the Port of London onboard the ‘Barrabool’ of the P & O Steam Navigation Company in a third-class cabin, bound for Australia.  

 

Irene Rebecca Collett [18Q189] was born at 57 Essex Place in Chiswick on 27th September 1906, her birth recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 168) during the fourth quarter of the year.  She was the seventh of the eight known children of Hammond Isaac Collett and Jessie Elizabeth Draper.  Like her older siblings above, she too was also baptised at Christ Church in Turnham Green in Chiswick on 11th November 1906.  The marriage of Irene Rebecca Collett and Frederick William Hamilton was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 802) during the third quarter of 1931 when she was 24.  Frederick was born on 17th July 1905, with his birth recorded at Bethnal Green in London (Ref. 1c 139).  Eight years later, they were residing at 11A Lyttelton Way in the Finchley area of London, when the 1939 Register identified Frederick Hamilton working as a chauffeur and a mechanic at the age of 34, and his wife Irene R Hamilton who was 32.  By the time she passed away, Irene Rebecca Hamilton was 92 years old, when death was recorded at Ealing register office in August 2004.  The last seventeen years of her life was spent as a widow, following the death of Frederick William Hamilton at Hounslow in April 1987, when he was 81

 

Albert Collett [18Q190] was born at Chiswick on 16th July 1909 when his birth was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 175) during the third quarter of that year.  It was at the parish church of Christ Church, Turnham Green in Chiswick that he was baptised on 29th August 1909, the last child of Hammond and Jessie Collett.  It is likely that he was born at 3 Bond Street in Chiswick, the family’s address on the day of his baptism and on the day of the census in 1911, where Albert was said to be one year old.  The later marriage of Albert Collett and Ivy Violet Clitheroe was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 324) during the first three months of 1939.  Ivy Violet was born at 7 Bond Street, two dwellings from Albert, when she was baptised in Turnham Green on 27th September 1913, the daughter of Joseph and Annie Clitheroe.  That same year that they were married, the 1939 Register recorded the childless couple at 70 Silver Crescent with the London Borough of Brentford & Chiswick, where Albert was 30 and an omnibus driver, while his wife’s date of birth was 31st July 1913.  Tragically, less than three years later, the premature death of Ivy Violet Collett was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 573) during the first three months of 1942, when she was only 28 years old.  Just after the end of the century, Albert Collett was 95 when he died on 30th January 2004 within the area of Bognor Regis, his death recorded at Chichester register office in Sussex

 

Alfred Lewis Collett [18Q191] was born at Kew in London on 8th September 1903, the first-born child of Alfred Lewis Collett and Rose Punter.  His birth was recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 2a 470) during the last three months of the year.  It was at St Anne’s Church in Kew Green where he was baptised on 13th December 1903.  In the census of 1911, the family home was at 21 Cambridge Cottages, Kew Green, in Richmond, where Alfred Lewis Collett junior was recorded as being just four years, which may have been an error in transcription or a poorly written seven by the enumerator.  After the war he married Lilian Rhoda Hobbs who was born on 7th September 1902 and baptised at St Peter’s Church in Crawley on 16th November with two older siblings, the children of French polisher George and Rhoda Hobbs of 94 Arthur Street.  The event was recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 1087) during the fourth quarter of 1922.  The young couple was married after the reading of banns at the parish church in Kew on 19th November 1922, when Alfred Lewis Collett was 20 and a milk roundsman living at 21 Cambridge Cottages in Kew, the son of Alfred Lewis Collett, a general labourer, who was also one of the witnesses.  Lilian Rhoda Hobbs was 21 and a shop assistant living at 35 Cambridge Cottages, the daughter of George Henry Hobbs, a French polisher and an upholster.  Milkman Alfred had a horse-drawn milk-cart with a horse called Gladys, the name he gave to his first daughter.  When the dairy was sold by Raleigh to Express Dairies, the livery on the milk-cart, depicted on the pub sign of the “Jolly Milkman” in Mortlake, was also changed in his honour

 

The large family was living at Ashburnham Road in Richmond-upon-Thames in 1939, where Alfred L Collett was 36 and a milk salesman, his wife Lilian was 37, when all seven children born into the family by then were still living with the couple, two more added within the following six years.  Three of the children’s details had been redacted in the Register prepared as the country faced another world war.  The other four children were Alfred L Collett junior who, at the age of 16 was working with his father as a milk yard boy, George H Collett who was 12 and at school, as was Charles A Collett who was 10, and William G Collett who was one year old and described as under school age.  The three redacted children were therefore John E Collett aged 14, Gladys L Collett aged eight years, and Joan S Collett who was four years of age.  Each of them would have still been alive when the 1939 Register was made a public document.  Alfred Lewis Collett died on 21st October 1963, his death recorded at the Surrey North register office (Ref. 5g 446) during the fourth quarter of 1963, when he was 60 years old.  Administration of his estate of £266 12 Shillings was granted at London on 3rd December 1963 for Lilian Rhoda Collett, widow.  That process revealed that he and Lilian were living at 50 Buckingham Road in Petersham, Surrey, where Alfred died on 21st October 1963.  Twenty years after losing her husband, the death of Lilian Rhoda Collett was recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 14 1530) during the second quarter of 1983, when she was 81 years old.  Her Will was proved at Brighton on 6th June 1983, when her estate was valued at £30,035.  The probate process also confirmed that Lilian died on 1st June 1983 when she was in the Barnes Hospital, East Sheen in London  

 

18R144 - Alfred Lewis Collett was born in 1923 at Richmond

18R145 - John Edward Collett was born in 1925 at Richmond

18R146 - George Hammond Collett was born in 1927 at Richmond

18R147 - Charles Arthur Collett was born in 1929 at Richmond

18R148 - Gladys Lilian Collett was born in 1931 at Richmond

18R149 - Joan S Collett was born in 1934 at Richmond

18R150 - William Gordon Collett was born in 1938 at Richmond

18R151 - Reginald Alan Collett was born in 1942 at Richmond

18R152 - Robert Graham Collett was born in 1945 at Richmond

 

Freda Rose Mary Collett [18Q192] was born on 2nd October 1907 at 21 Cambridge Cottages, Kew Green in Richmond, the eldest daughter of Alfred and Rose Collett, whose birth was recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 480) during the last quarter of the year.  She was baptised at St Anne’s Church in Kew Green on 27th October 1907, when she was recorded as Freda Mary Rose Collett.  As Freda Collett, she was three years old and living with her family at 21 Cambridge Cottages, Kew Green.  She was only seventeen years of age when she married Alfred Frederick Knight in 1925, their wedding recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 718) in the first three months of that year.  Their marriage, by licence, was conducted at the parish church in Kew on 14th February 1925, when Alfred was of full age and working as a milkman, who was living at 49 Priory Road in Kew, the son of Thomas Knight, deceased, a former potato salesman.  His bride Freda was only 18 and living at 21 Cambridge Cottages in Kew – the Collett family home, the daughter of Alfred Lewis Collett, a labourer.

 

Alfred was born on 8th January 1903 and was baptised at Friern Barnet on 29th January 1905, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Knight of 71 Friern Barnet Road.  It is possible that they had six children, although only the births of four of them at Richmond register office, confirmed the mother’s maiden-name was Collett, none of whom were living with the family in 1939.  By the time the 1939 Register was published, Alfred and Freda had three children with them, although for the middle child the record was redacted and labelled “officially closed”.  The four confirmed children of Alfred Knight and Freda Collett were: Beryl Knight (Ref. 2a 901, 1926 Qrt 2); Robin Knight (Ref. 2a 865, 1930 Qrt 4); Winifred C Knight (Ref. 2a 941, 1932 Qrt 3); and Rosemary Knight (Ref. 2a 176, 1937 Qrt 3)

 

The two children recorded with the couple in 1939 were Joyce Knight who was born on 16th May 1928, and Ronald Knight who was born on 9th November 1933, both of them attending school.  On that day in 1939 family was residing at the home of Freda’s parents Alfred Lewis Collett and his wife Rose at 24 Kew Green in Richmond, where Knight Alfred F Knight was described as a heavy worker/lorry driver, who was born on 8th January 1903, with his wife being Freda R M Knight.  When Joyce Knight was married on 11th August 1947, she became Joyce Hattam.  The death of Alfred Frederick Knight was recorded at Hounslow register office (Ref. 5c 1508) during the last three months of 1969.  It was at 5 Willow Cottage in Kew where he was living when he died on 2nd October 1969, after which his Will was proved at London on 27th November 1969, his estate valued at £8,714.  Freda Rose Mary Knight was still living in the Richmond area when she also died at 5 Willow Cottages on 4th December 1986 at the age of 79.  Her Will was proved at Winchester on 10th November the following year, her personal effects amounting to £59,165

 

John Collett [18Q193] was born at 21 Cambridge Cottages, Kew Green in Richmond on 3rd August 1912, although his father’s later military record simply stated he and all four of his siblings had been born at Richmond.  His birth was recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 1005) during the third quarter of 1912, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Punter.  It was on 8th September 1912 that he was baptised at St Anne’s Church in Kew Green when his parents were Alfred Lewis Collett and Rose Punter, living at 21 Cambridge Cottages where the family lived from around 1906, until his father died there.  It was at St Anne’s Church in Kew Green that John Collett married May Alexandra Fisher after the reading of banns on 6th August 1934, when the groom’s father was confirmed as Alfred Lewis Collett, a labourer, and the bride’s father was named as Thomas Abner Fisher, a boiler engineer.  Both the bride and the groom were 21 years old, John being a milkman residing at the Collett family home at 21 Cambridge Cottages, and Rose living at 5 Willow Cottages in Kew, and having no occupation.  John’s father was one of the witnesses, the other being a member of the Fisher family.  May Alexandra Fisher was born on 1st May 1913, her birth recorded during the second quarter of 1913 at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 1036), and was baptised at St John’s Church in Richmond on 22nd June 1913, the daughter of Thomas and Alice Fisher of 9 Avalon Street

 

The wedding was recorded at the Surrey North-Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 63) during the third quarter of the year.  Five years later, according to the 1939 Register, the childless couple was living at 9 Cambridge Cottages in Richmond, where John Collett was a milk salesman aged 27, and May A Collett was 26 and a domestic servant who had been born on 1st May 1913.  Living at 15 Cambridge Cottages was John’s uncle Robert Collett [18P169] and his wife Edith Martha Collett.  The 1939 Register included John and May residing at 9 Cambridge Cottages, Kew Green, in Richmond, where John was a milk salesman having the same date of birth as provided above, while May’s date of birth was also the same as above, when she was carrying out domestic duties.  Not long after that day, John Collett joined the 61st Anti-Tank Regiment of the Royal Artillery in which he was Gunner 1080057.  It was at El Alamein in North Africa that he saw active service and there also where he was killed on 18th October 1942, following which he was buried at the El Alamein War Cemetery.  His military records confirm that he was the son of Alfred Lewis and Rose Collett of Kew, and the husband of May Alexandra Collett of Kew Green.  After the war was over his widow, May Alexandra Collett, married Joseph Orr during the first three months of 1946 with whom she had a child, whilst it was forty years later that May Alexander Orr died at Kew in August 1986, at the age of 83, her death recorded at Richmond register office.  Joseph Orr was also 83 when he died in September 2000, his death recorded at Hounslow register office, when his date of birth was recorded as 28th May 1917

 

Marjorie Collett [18Q194] was born on 13th January 1914 at 21 Cambridge Cottages, Kew Green in Richmond, with her birth recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 951) during the first three months of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Punter.  However, just as with her younger brother Arthur, who was also born at Kew, they were baptised at St Mary’s Church in West Horsley, midway between Guildford and Leatherhead in Surrey, with first Marjorie on 3rd February 1915, another daughter of Alfred Lewis Collett and Rose Punter.  Marjorie was approaching eighteen years of age when she married (1) Joseph Robert Lazenby, their wedding recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 1304) during the last quarter of 1931.  He was born on 18th June 1902 and his birth was recorded at South Shields register office (Ref. 10a 835) during the third quarter of that year.  Eight years later the couple was living at 31 Mead Road in Richmond, where Joseph was incapacitated and had no job of work, and Marjorie was carrying out unpaid domestic duties.  One of two redacted entries at the same address, will have been Arthur Lazenby who was born in 1937, which his mother was confirmed as Collett.  At that same time, a patient at the Richmond Royal Hospital on Kew Foot Road in Richmond was four-year-old Marjorie Lazenby who had been born on 13th September 1935, whose mother’s maiden-name was also confirmed as Collett

 

During the summer of 1952, the death of Joseph Robert Lazenby was recorded at South Shields register office (Ref. 1a 665) at the age of 50, after which, around six months later, Marjorie married (2) Arthur George Lipscombe, the event recorded at the Surrey North register office (Ref. 5g 766) during the first quarter of 1953.  Arthur was born at 32 Chilton Road in Richmond on 3rd December 1903, the son of Henry and Louisa Lipscombe.  Arthur was 86 when he died on 2nd October 1990 at 9 Craig Road in Ham, Richmond, his Will proved in London on 27th March 1991, not exceeding £115,000.  Eight years prior to his passing, his wife Marjorie died during the spring of 1982, with her death recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 14 1358) when she was 68

 

Arthur Collett [18Q195] was born at 21 Cambridge Cottages, Kew Green, Richmond in 1916, his birth recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 819) during the last three months of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Punter.  Arthur was subsequently baptised at St Mary’s Church in West Horsley, Surrey between Guildford and Leatherhead on 23rd November 1916, when the parish register confirmed his parents as Alfred Lewis and Rose Collett, their last child.  Sadly, he only survived for a short time, when the death of Alfred Collett, aged one year, was recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 770) during the first three months of 1918

 

ROBERT JOHN COLLETT [18Q196] was born on 6th April 1904 at 34 Parliament Road, Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick, his birth recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 160), the eldest of the four children of Robert Collett and Edith Martha Sykes.  He was just under three months old when he was baptised at St George’s Church in Old Brentford on 26th June 1904.  At the time of the census in 1911, Robert and his family were still living in Chiswick but, within a short while, the family moved to 15 Cambridge Cottages at Kew Green.  It was also there, at that address, that his parents remained for the rest of their life.  Robert J Collett married Winifred Jeanes on 26th January 1929, and was recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 957).  Winifred was born at Birmingham on 11th December 1909, the daughter of Thomas Fenton Churchman and Jessica Louisa Jeanes.  The birth of the first of their four children was recorded at Holborn register office, the remainder at Richmond register office when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Jeanes.  The actual place of birth of that first child is not known, while the three younger children were all born at Kew, with their only daughter suffering an infant death.  The 1939 Register recorded the family living at 316 Kew Road, where Robert J Collett was a window cleaner at the age of 34, and his wife Winifred J Collett was 39.  All three of their surviving children were living with the couple, although the details for son Peter, aged 10, were redacted and officially closed due to him still being alive when the register was published. The other two sons were both attending school and were David Collett who was eight years old, and Michael J Collett who was five years of age.  Robert John Collett died at Putney Hospital on 29th April 1990 aged 86, his passing recorded at Wandsworth register office, and Winifred died just over a year later, at St Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton on 26th June 1991

 

18R153 - Peter Robert Collett was born in 1929 at Holborn, London

18R154 - David Collett was born in 1931 at Kew (Richmond)

18R155 - Jean Collett was born in 1932 at Kew (Richmond)

18R156 - MICHAEL JOHN COLLETT was born in 1934 at Kew (Richmond)

 

William Hammond Collett [18Q197] was born at 15 Pyrmont Road in Chiswick on 19th January 1910, his birth recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 169).  It was then a month later, at St Paul’s Church on Grove Park Road in Chiswick, that he was baptised on 27th February 1910, the second child of Robert and Edith Collett.  He was one year old in the Chiswick census of 1911, when family was residing 15 Pyrmont Road.  A couple of years after, that his parents moved to 15 Cambridge Cottages in Kew Green, where they lived for the rest of their lives.  Twenty years later, the marriage by banns of William Hammond Collett and Ruth Ivy Rossiter was recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 1310) during the final quarter of 1932.  Their wedding ceremony was conducted at the parish church in Kew on 19th November 1932, when William was 22 and a steward with the Royal Navy, assigned to HMS Fitzroy at Sheerness, the son of Robert J Collett, a labourer with the Port of London Authority.  The bride was 23 and working as a domestic servant, who was living at the Collett family home of the groom, at 15 Cambridge Cottages, the daughter of Walter Rossiter, a miner.  Ruth Ivy Rossiter was born in Wales on 17th June 1909, her birth recorded at Bedwellty (Ref. 11a 69), again under her full name, and was the sister of Walter Stanley Rossiter who married later William’s sister Alice Ada Collett (below).  In fact, the two witnesses at the marriage of William and Ivy, were Robert John Collett (William’s brother) and Walter Stanley Rossiter (Ivy’s brother).  Curiously, many years later on being baptised at Aberystwyth on 3rd July 1918 with three younger siblings, she was simply named as Ivy Rossiter one of the four children, baptised that same day in a joint ceremony, of Walter Stanley Rossiter, a collier, and his wife Ruth, of 79 Lancaster Street in Blaina.  Under her full name again, Ruth Ivy Collett died in the spring of 1991, her passing being recorded at Wandsworth (Ref. 15 931), after which her ashes were buried at Mortlake Crematorium.  Ten years after being widowed, William Hammond Collett died at Feltham in Middlesex on 18th January 2001, and was buried there on 23rd January.  His death was recorded at Hounslow register office at the age of 91

 

18R157 - Valerie Collett was born in 1935 at Marylebone, London

18R158 - William John Collett was born in 1939 in Surrey

 

Alice Ada Collett [18Q198] was born at 15 Pyrmont Road in Chiswick on 25th November 1911, the third child of Robert Collett and Edith Martha Sykes, her birth recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 346) during the first month of the following year.  It was at St George’s Church in Old Brentford that she was baptised on 15th December 1911.  She later married her brother-in-law, Walter Stanley Rossiter, the brother of Ruth Ivy Rossiter who married Alice’s brother William Hammond Collett (above).  The marriage of Alice A Collett and Walter S Rossiter was recorded at Surrey North Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 75) during the third quarter of 1940.  One year earlier, Alice A Collett had been living with her parents at 15 Cambridge Cottages in Richmond, when she was a domestic servant.  Also at the same time, and also recorded in the 1939 Register, Walter S Rossiter was a gardener living and working in the Richmond area of London, when his date of birth was 6th April 1911, although he was baptised in Wales, with his sister Ivy (above) and two other siblings on 3rd July 1918.  The couple had two daughters Anne Rossiter and Betty Rossiter and their father, who was born on 6th April 1911, died at Portsmouth on 15th May 1996.  The death of Alice Ada Rossiter was recorded at Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 17 296) during May 1985, at the age of 73.  It was eleven years after being widowed, that Walter Stanley Rossiter was recorded at Hampshire during May 1996, when he was 85 years old

 

Winifred Rose Collett [18Q199] was born at 15 Cambridge Cottage in Kew Green on 2nd June 1915, the fourth and last child of Robert and Edith Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 943), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Sykes.  Two weeks later, Winifred Rose Collett was baptised at St Mary’s Church in West Horsley in Surrey on 18th June 1915.  She was 22 years of age when she married Frederick S Richardson, the event recorded at the Surrey North Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 78) during the third quarter of 1937.  It was at the parish church in Kew that they were married by banns, when Frederick Stephen Richardson was also 22, and a packer living at 60 North Road in Brentford, the son of Frederick William Richardson, deceased, a former soldier.  Winifred Rose was employed as a domestic servant, and was still residing in the Collett family home at 15 Cambridge Cottages in Kew Green.  Winifred’s mother Edith M Collett signed the register as one of the witnesses.  Frederick had been born at 60 York Road on 1st August 1915, and was baptised at St George’s Church, Old Brentford on 12th September 1915, the son of Frederick and Annie Richardson.  Once married the couple lived at 52 North Road in Brentford, where just Frederick was recorded in the 1939 Register, with Winifred working at 19 Essex Road in Chesham, the home of elderly draper Richard Jepson and his wife, where she was described as an unpaid domestic.  Where nine-month-old daughter Patricia was is still not known.  Frederick was 24 and a commercial packer, who confirmed his date of birth as stated above, as did his wife.   The couple’s three children were Patricia Richardson who was born on 4th January 1939 who married John Gorham, Eileen Winifred Richardson who was born in 1941 who emigrated to New Zealand, and Kenneth Frederick Richardson who was born in 1943.  In each case, the birth were recorded at Brentford register office, when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  The couple was living in the Hounslow area of Middlesex when Frederick died at the age of 68, his death recorded there (Ref. 13 1230) during the spring of 1983.  Winifred Rose Richardson died in West Surrey on 13th January 1999, at the age of 83, and was buried at Easthampstead on 22nd January 1999

 

Ernest Louis Collett [18Q200] was born at Wilby on 9th June 1894, the first of the four surviving children of John Collett and Ellen Muttock, whose birth was recorded at Hoxne (Ref. 4a 787) during the third quarter of the year.  Before the end of the century, the family moved to Shotley on the north bank of the River Stour and across the water from Harwich.  It was there, as George Collett, that he was six years old and, while ten years later he was 16 and living with his family in Bury-St-Edmunds, from where he was working on a farm as a horse-keeper.  It was during the last quarter of 1917, when the marriage of Ernest L Collett and Jessie Johnson was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 4a 1941).  Upon the birth of their three children, all recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds, their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Johnson.  The 1939 Register identified four members of the family living at Council House No. 8, Shinham Bridge Road, Great Barton, Bury-St-Edmunds.  Ernest Collett was a stockman and a farm worker aged 45, whose date of birth was incorrectly recorded as 9th June 1896.  His wife Jessie Collett was born on 25th December 1895, and unfortunately the entry for one of the other two persons was redacted.  What was interesting though, was the un-redacted entry, which was a late addition to the family, being daughter June Collett who had been born on 11th June 1931 and who was at school.  Jessie Collett died in the summer of 1986, when she was 92, her death recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 10 2111).  Ernest Louis Collett was nearly 80 years old, when his death was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds (Ref. 10 2105) during the spring of 1974.

 

18R159 - Arthur Ernest Collett was born in 1919 at Bury-St-Edmunds

18R160 - Herbert Stanley Collett was born in 1921 at Bury-St-Edmunds

18R161 - June E Collett was born in 1931 at Bury-St-Edmunds

 

Emily Collett [18Q201] was born at Wilby on 20th December 1896, with her birth recorded at Hoxne (Ref. 4a 879) during the first months of 1897.  She was the only surviving daughter of John and Ellen Collett, with whom she was living in 1901 at Shotley, where her two younger brothers (below) were born.  Ten years later, Emily had left school and was already working as a domestic servant at the Bury-St-Edmunds home of farmer Arthur Henry Cobbald and his large family, where Emily Collett from Wilby was 14 years old and employed by the family as a maid, the youngest of three servants.  Emily was thirty years old when her marriage to Charles S Payne was recorded at the village of Stow (West Stow) just north of Bury-St-Edmunds (Ref. 4a 2391) during the fourth quarter of 1927.  After nearly twelve years together, the couple and their only child were living in the Bungay area of North Suffolk, where Charles S Payne was a milk pasteuriser whose date of birth was 3rd February 1897.  His wife Emily Payne had been born on 20th December 1896 and was undertaking unpaid domestic duties, while their son Cyril Stanley Payne was nine years old and at school, his date of being recorded as 11th July 1930.  His birth was recorded at Risbridge register office (Ref. 4a 1443).  Cyril later married Cynthia S Loynes at Newmarket in 1954.  The birth of Charles Stanley Payne was also recorded at Risbridge (Ref. 4a 775) and his death was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds (Ref. 4b 1034) during the first quarter of 1960, when he was 62

 

John William Collett [18Q202] was born at Shotley on 28th March 1900, with his birth recorded at Samford register office, south-west of Ipswich, (Ref. 4a 959) during the second quarter of that year.  As simply John Collett, he was one year old in the Shotley census of 1901 and as John William Collett, he was 11 years of age in 1911, by which time, he and his family were living in Bury-St-Edmunds.  John W Collett, a bachelor aged 39, was still living with his parents John and Ellen Collett in 1939, at Great Green in Thedwastre (Bury-St-Edmunds), from where he was working as a horseman on a farm, possibly the same farm where his father was a yardman.  Whilst no obvious record has been found to suggest that John later became a married man, the death of John William Collett was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 4b 2705) during the spring of 1971

 

Herbert George Collett [18Q203] was born at Shotley on 23rd February 1903, following which his birth was recorded at Samford (Ref. 4a 1027) during the first quarter of 1903.  He was the fourth, but not the last child of John Collett and Ellen Muttock, the couple’s last child suffering an infant death.  He was eight years old in the Bury-St-Edmunds census of 1911, where his family had settled.  It was with war looming in Europe, when the marriage of Herbert George Collett and Margaret Mary Plumpkin was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 4a 2979) during the second quarter of 1939.  Just before the outbreak of war that year, Herbert G Collett was 36 and a horseman working on a farm, and Margaret was 28 and a housewife who was anticipating the birth of their first (and only) child, when they were living at Chard Lane in Thedwastre (Bury-St-Edmunds).  Margaret had been born at Stow in Suffolk on 12th March 1911 and, just after the 1939 Register was compiled, around nine or ten months after their wedding day, she gave birth to a son, whose birth was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Plumpkin.  Their son was twenty-seven years old, when his father died, the death of Herbert G Collett being recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 4b 1154) during the first quarter of 1967, when he was 64.  Thirty-two years after being widowed, Margaret Mary Collett died on 3rd January 1999, when her death was recorded at Sudbury in Suffolk at the age of 87

 

18R162 - David J Collett was born in 1940 at Bury-St-Edmunds

 

Edith May Collett [18Q205] was born at Elmswell on 19th November 1893, her birth recorded at Stow register office in Suffolk (Ref. 4a 745) during the last quarter of the year.  She was the first child of Ephraim George Collett and Alice Louisa Mulley.  Under her full name, she was seven years of age and 17 years old in the two following census returns for Elmswell in 1901 and 1911.  Nearly twenty years later, the marriage of Edith May Collett and Ernest William Ford was recorded at Stow register office (Ref. 4a 2754) during the third quarter of 1930.  Ernest was three years younger that Edith, his birth recorded at the Sussex Steyning register office (Ref. 2b 281) during the second quarter of 1897.  When the 1939 Register was compiled the couple was living at 36 Hamilton Road in Brighton, where Ernest was a parcel porter with the Southern Railway Company, when his date of birth was recorded as 4th May 1897 and his wife was Edith M Ford who was 45 years old.  Eleven years later, the death of Ernest William Ford was recorded at Brighton register office (Ref. 5h 92) during the last quarter of 1950 at the age of 53.  Administration of his personal effects was resolved at Lewes in Sussex on 10th February 1951, Edith being the sole beneficiary of his estate of £369 5 Shillings 11 Pence.  The documentation also confirmed that his home address was still 36 Hamilton Road in Brighton, although it was at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he died.  Having spent the last years of her life as a widow, the later death of Edith May Ford was also recorded at Brighton (Ref. 5h 199) during the last three months of 1973.  

 

Ephraim George Collett [18Q206] was born at Elmswell on 30th April 1895, while it was at Stow register office that his birth was recorded (Ref. 4a 817) during the second quarter of the year.  In the Elmswell census returns for 1901 and 1911, he was five and 15 years of age respectively, when he was still living with his family.  Just over eight years later, the marriage of Ephraim George Collett and Edith Kate Kedge was recorded at London Dartford register office (Ref. 2a 1825) during the third quarter of 1919, possibly after serving King & Country in the Great War.  It was at the Parish Church in Erith, Kent, that they were married on 13th September 1919, when the groom was 24 and fish merchant residing at Rose Cottage in Elmswell, the son of Ephraim George Collett a bricklayer and journeyman.  His bride was 21 of 35 Crayford Road, the daughter of Jacob Kedge a cattle marker.  The marriage produced at least two children, who were born at 35 Crayford Road in Erith, with Ephraim using his second forename of their baptism records.  The two children were still living with the couple at Erith in 1939.  Ephraim was 44 and a foreman bricklayer, Edith K Collet’s date of birth was 31st August 1898, their son Cyril was a telephone fitter born on 29th June 1920, and their daughter Rita was a clerical worker in a publicity office whose date of birth was 15th March 1925.  It was during the first quarter of 1968 that the death of Ephraim George Collett was recorded at Greenwich register office (Ref. 5b 512) when he was 72.  It was at Greenwich where he was buried on 19th January 1968, nine days after he had passed away.  Edith Kate Collett was 91 when she died with her death recorded at the Kent Gravesend register office in the summer of 1990

 

18R163 – Cyril George Collett was born in 1920 at Erith, Kent

18R164 – Rita Mabel Collett was born in 1925 at Erith, Kent

 

Henry James Collett [18Q207] was born at Elmswell on 3rd August 1897, the third child of bricklayer Ephraim George Collett and his wife Alice.  His birth was recorded at the Suffolk Stow register office (Ref. 4a 843).  Tragically, he was only twenty-days old when he was buried at Elmswell on 26th August 1897, his death was also recorded at Stow register office (Ref. 4a 506)

 

Bessie Amelia Collett [18Q208] was born at Elmswell on 6th May 1899, another daughter of Ephraim and Alice Collett, who was one-year-old, and eleven years of age, in the two census returns for Elmswell in 1901 and 1911.  It was during the third quarter of 1926 when the marriage of Bessie Amelia Collett and Claude Angus Dawson was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 2814).  He was born on 30th May 1896 with his birth recorded at Colchester register office (Ref. 4a 626).  By 1939, the couple was living at Inglenook, The Drift, on Hutland Road in Ipswich, with their two children.  Claude A Dawson was 43 and a commercial traveller in confectionary and grocery, but also recently appointed an Air Ministry Warden.  Bessie A Dawson was 39, and their two children were Pamela D Dawson who was born on 15th February 1933, and Anthony George Dawson who was born on 29th July 1936.  The details for an older child have been redacted on the 1939 Register.  Tragically, just over one year later, the death of Pamela D Dawson was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 2a 2467) during the last three months of 1940.  Claude was 94 when he died at 5 Crick Court in Southwold on 9th September 1990, his death recorded at Waveney register office in Suffolk.  His Will was proved at Ipswich on 15th November 1990, when his estate did not exceed £115,000.  His son died at Southend near the end of 2005

 

Cyril Charles Collett [18Q210] was born at Elmswell on 14th June 1904, whose birth was recorded during the third quarter of the year at Stow register office (Ref. 4a 979).  He was the youngest surviving son of bricklayer Ephraim George Collett and Alice Louisa Mulley who was seven years of age in the Elmswell census of 1911.  His much later marriage to Lily Elizabeth Kimberley was recorded at the London Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 2414) during the second quarter of 1938, where her birth was also recorded (Ref. 3a 601) during the third quarter of 1910, having been born on 28th August 1910.  The year after they were married identified Cyril Charles Collett aged 35, a married man and a bricklayer working away from his wife at 74 Westbury Avenue in the Tottenham area of London.  On that same day in 1939, Lily Elizabeth Collett was staying with her mother-in-law Alice Collett and sister-in-law Katherine Collett at Rose Lane in Thedwastre (Bury-St-Edmunds).  Cyril Charles Collett was 88 years of age when he died at Norwich during the summer of 1992, and it was around nine months later that the death of Lily Elizabeth Collett, aged 82, was recorded at the Thetford Wayland register office in April 1993

 

Gladys Dorothy Collett [18Q212] was born at Elmswell in 1908, her birth recorded at Stow register office (Ref. 4a 908) during the fourth quarter of that year, another daughter of Ephraim and Alice Collett.  Gladys was forty-two when her marriage to Henry John Maslen was recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 5a 860) during the third quarter of 1950.  Henry was born on 5th May 1917, his birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 695), and was 89 when his death was recorded at the Essex Epping Forest register office in the summer of 2006

 

Katherine Grace Collett [18Q213] was the last child of Ephraim George Collett and Alice Louisa Mulley and was born at Elmswell in Suffolk on 9th April 1912, her birth recorded at Stow register office (Ref. 4a 1778), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Mulley.  In the 1939 Register, a very pregnant Katherine was living with her mother at Rose Lane in Thedwastre (Bury-St-Edmunds).  It was just a few weeks later that the marriage Katherine Grace Collett and Frederick George Rush was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 4a 4529) during the last quarter of 1939, and shortly after Katherine gave birth to twins.  The births of Martin C Rush and Roger A Rush were recorded at Hartismere register office (Ref. 4a 2434) during the same three months at the end of 1939, when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett, as it was two years later for the birth of her last child Brian E Rush.  His birth was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 4a 2004) during the first quarter of 1942

 

Frederick Rush was born in 1909 with his birth recorded at Rochford register office in Essex (Ref. 4a 718) during the first three months of the year.  Just prior to his wedding day, he was living at 299 South Avenue in Southend-on-Sea, from where he was employed as a government labourer who had been born on 3rd January 1909.  Perhaps surprisingly, he was a married man and was living with Gillian V Rush who was born on 21st September 1915, who was also married, and a first-aid volunteer and well as an unpaid domestic housewife.  It was on 19th July 1995 that Katherine Grace Rush passed away at the age of 83, her death recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office.  Twelve years losing his wife, Frederick George Rush died on 23rd October 2007, when he was 91

 

Caroline Collett [18Q215] was born at Pocklington on 27th September 1902, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 9d 74) during the last three months of that year.  She was the first child born to Cornelius Collett and Elizabeth Tennison and was eight years old in 1911, when the family living at Sprotbrough near Doncaster.  Nine years after that day, when she was still in her teens, Caroline Collett married George Lindley with their wedding recorded at Doncaster register Office (Ref. 9c 2190) during the second quarter of 1920.  His birth on 17th October was recorded at Doncaster (Ref. 9c 829) during the fourth quarter of 1898.  By the time of the 1939 Register, the couple had two children living with them at 37 Kenilworth Road in Doncaster.  George Lindley was 40 and a heavy worker above ground at a colliery aerial rope way.  Caroline Lindley was 37 and the details for the first of the couple’s two children was redacted, while the second was named as Gordon Lindley whose date of birth was 17th May 1929, who was attending school and who later died in Derby.  In total, the couple actually had five children, their births and deaths recorded at Doncaster register office during the 1920s and, in each case, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  They were: Kathleen May Lindley (1921-1923); George Edward Lindley (born 1922 Q3 Ref. 9c 1572); Eileen Lindley (1924-1925); Kenneth Lindley (1926-1927); and Gordon Lindley (1929-1997).  It was at Doncaster register office (Ref. 2b 504) that the death of George Lindley was recorded during the first three months of 1962 when he was 63.  Caroline survived her husband by thirty-five-years, when her death was also recorded at Doncaster during the spring of 1997, at the age of 94

 

Alfred Collett [18Q216] was born on 13th February 1904 at High Melton, his birth recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 9c 910), the second child of Cornelius and Elizabeth Collett.  He was seven in the Sprotbrough census of 1911.  Alfred never married and by 1939 he was recorded in the Register that year as the 125th person listed at Springwell House, Springwell Lane, Balby in Doncaster, a farm labourer.  Springwell House was in fact the Doncaster Public Assistance Institute which in the 1945 Hospital Survey was described as having a poor quality of accommodation.  Eight years later, when Alfred was 43 years old, his death was recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 2b 367) during the second quarter of 1947

 

Florence Elizabeth Collett [18Q217] was born on 10th December1905 at High Melton with her birth also recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 9c 876) during the first quarter of 1906, another child of Cornelius and Elizabeth Collett.  She was five years of age in 1911, when living at Sprotbrough with her family.  It has yet to be proved, but it does seem highly likely that, when Florence was around twenty years old, she gave birth to the first of two sons, the birth of both boys recorded at Doncaster when their mother’s maiden-name was Collett.  It was during the second quarter of 1939 that the marriage of Florence Elizabeth Collett and Lewin Pybus was recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 9c 2100).  Lewin Oswald Pybus was a farm labourer who had been born on 24th August 1901 at Ecclesall Bierlow near Sheffield and, around six months after their wedding day, according to the 1939 Register, Florence E Pybus aged 33, and Lewin Pybus aged 38, were living at 21 Baker Street in Doncaster.  Staying with them were four members of the Collett family, although the third name was redacted.  The remaining three individuals were Doncaster born Horace Collett who had been born on 18th October 1925, and his brother Charles Collett born on 28th November 1928, both of them attending school, and Florence’s widowed grandmother Caroline Collett, who may have still been living there two years later when she died at the age of 87.  Lewin Pybus died in 1971, his death recorded at Doncaster (Ref. 2b 1059) near the end of that year.  Ten years later, the death of Florence Elizabeth Pybus was also recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 3 0640) during the last months of 1981

 

18R165 - Horace Collett was born in 1925 at Doncaster

18R166 - Charles William Collett was born in 1928 at Doncaster

 

Ethel Minnie Collett [18Q219] was the base-born daughter of unmarried Annie Collett and was born at Stradbroke on 26th December 1897, her birth recorded at the Hoxne register office (Ref. 4a 871) during the first quarter of 1898.  She was the granddaughter of Alfred Collett and Caroline Smith, who raised her, most likely following the death of her mother during the birth, as no record of Annie Collett has been found after that date.  It was as Ethel Minnie Collett aged three years, that she was listed with her grandmother Caroline Collett at Wootten Green in Stradbroke in March 1901, and it was with both of her grandparents that she was still living there in 1911, when Ethel Collett was 13 and attending school.  Twelve years later Ethel M Collett married Edwin A Eustace, the event being recorded at Steyning register office in Sussex (Ref. 2b 625) during the third quarter of 1923.  Edwin Arthur Eustace was born on 7th December 1900 and, in 1939, they were residing at 306 Old Shoreham Road in Knoll, midway between Portslade and Hove, to the west of Brighton.  According to the Register that year, there were five members of the family living there, and they were Edwin Eustace was a navvy undertaking roads and sewer work, Ethel’s date of birth was as given above, Kathleen A Eustace was born on 6th November 1923 and was working as a domestic daily maid, and David A Eustace had been born on 11th January 1935 and was still under school age.  The details of the other child had been redacted.

 

On 6th May 1958, Ethel Minnie Eustace of 306 Old Shoreham Road in Hove, sailed out of Liverpool aboard the ‘Empress of France’ of the Canadian Pacific Steamships Company heading for Quebec and Montreal.  She travelled tourist class and was described as a housewife.  Later that same year, she made the return journey on the same vessel, arriving back in Liverpool on 16th September 1958, when her forward address was still 306 Old Shoreham Road.  Edwin Arthur Eustace died in Sussex at the age of 74, his death recorded at Cuckfield register office (Ref. 5h 750) during the first three months of 1974.  It was around four and a half years later that Ethel Minnie Eustace nee Collett passed away at the age of 80, with her death recorded at Brighton register office (Ref. 18 0181) in East Sussex during the third quarter of 1978.  The marriage of Ethel and Edwin produced a total of four children whose births were all recorded at Steyning register office in Surrey, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  They were: Kathleen Ada Eustace who was born later in the year they were married, that is towards the end of 1923, and she married Albert J Cull; Patricia M Eustace who was born in 1925 and married Albert M Tiffany; Charles A Eustace in 1926; and David Anthony Eustace born at the start of 1935

 

Thomas Theodore Collett [18R1] was born at Plymouth in 1897, his birth recorded there (Ref. 5b 227) during the first quarter of that year.  Around the turn of the century Thomas’ parents moved north from Devon to the West Riding of Yorkshire, where they settled for a while in the village of Wheatley.  By 1911 Thomas was attending a boarding school at Whitehaven in Cumberland.  At that time Thomas was 14 and his mother and his two younger sisters had returned to Plymouth, perhaps for health reason, while Thomas’ father continued his work in Carlisle as the Reverend Thomas Collett, Vicar of Scotby.  When war broke out three years later, Thomas was 17 and joined the 3rd Company 7th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment.  By the time he was 20 he had risen to the rank of Second Lieutenant.  Tragically, it was on 15th February 1917 that he died from the wounds he received in action during the Battle of the Somme.  Thomas Theodore Collett was buried in Grove Town Cemetery at Meaulte in Somme in France, grave reference iii.A.3.  By that time his father had died and his mother was living at 12 Garden Road in Tunbridge Wells.  The Grove Town Cemetery contains 1,395 First World War burials and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.  In September 1916, the 34th and 2/2nd London Casualty Clearing Stations were established at that location, known to the troops as Grove Town, to deal with casualties from the Somme battlefields.  His father’s gravestone at Scotby, Carlisle, also includes an inscription regarding Thomas Theodore Collett, although year was 1918, which is at odds with the year stated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

Kathleen Maude Collett [18R2] was born at Plymouth in 1899, her birth recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 5b 206) during the third quarter of the year.  Shortly after she was born, the family left Plymouth and moved to Wheatley in Yorkshire where her two younger sisters were born.  The census in 1901 confirmed that her parents Thomas and Agnes Collett, and her older brother Thomas (above) were living at St Mary’s Road in Wheatley, when Kathleen Maude Collett who was one year old.  It was at Doncaster register office (Ref. 9c 475) that the premature death of Kathleen Maude Collett was recorded during the quarter of 1903, when she was three years old

 

Florence Mary Collett [18R3] was born at Wheatley in the West Riding of Yorkshire on 27th August 1902, another child of Thomas and Agnes Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 9c 924) during the third quarter of the year.  She was still there three years later when her sister Evelyn was born.  However, by 1911 Florence was eight and Evelyn was five, and they were living with their mother in Plymouth, while their father the Reverend Thomas Collett in Carlisle had died near Darlington two years later.  It was during the second quarter of 1932 when the marriage of Florence M Collett and Max A C Warren was recorded at Tonbridge register office in Kent (Ref. 2a 2011), who had been born in Ireland on 13th August 1904.  The 1939 Register recorded the couple living at 1 Selwyn Gardens in the Newnham area of Cambridge, where Max was a Clerk in Holy Order, at the age of 35.  His wife Florence confirmed her date of birth as written above.  By that time, Florence had given birth to two daughters, both born at Bournemouth where their births were recorded and where their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett, Rosemary E Warren in 1934, and Patricia M Warren in 1936

 

During the probate process for her mother’s Will in 1940, she was named as a joint executor with her sister Evelyn (below), when she was referred to as Florence Mary Warren, the wife of the Reverend Max Alexander Cunningham Warren.  On 25th June 1947 Max sailed from Southampton on the ‘Queen Elizabeth’ of the Cunard White Star Line bound for New York.  The passenger list stated that he was 42, a minister of religion, from 15 Eliot Vale, Blackheath, London.  The reverse journey was made in 1955, when both Max and Florence sailing on the ‘Queen Mary’ arriving at Southampton on 21st March 1955.  The home address was the same as in 1947 and their dates of birth were recorded as 13th August 1904 and 27th August 1902, respectively

 

Max Alexander Warren was 73 when he died during the summer of 1977, his death recorded at the East Sussex Eastbourne register office (Ref. 18 0617).  His Will was proved at Brighton on 5th October 1977, when his estate was estimated to be worth £11,258.  Probate also stated that he had been residing at ‘Waymarkes’ 30 Micheldene Road, East Dean in Eastbourne when he died on 23rd August 1977.  The later death of Florence Mary Warren was recorded at Solihull South register office (Ref. 34 165) at the end of 1987, when she was 85.  Her Will was proved at Birmingham on 14th March 1988, when her personal effects were valued at £182,001.  The probate documentation confirmed that Florence Mary Warren, of Bentley Manor, Box Trees Road in Dorridge to the south of Solihull, died on 13th December 1987.  

 

Evelyn Margaret Collett [18R4] was born at Wheatley on 20th October 1905, her birth being recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 9c 839) during the fourth quarter of that year.  Not long after she was born, her mother took Evelyn and her sister Florence to live in Plymouth, where they were recorded in April 1911, when Evelyn was five years old.  At that time, her father Thomas was still working in the north of England, where he died during 1913.  According to the 1939 Register, Evelyn M Collett aged 34, was a visitor at the Royal Tunbridge Wells private convalesce home on Garden Road, where her elderly widowed mother Agnes Collett was a patient living on private means.  At that time in her life, Evelyn was described as a paid housekeeper at her permanent address, when her date of birth was as shown above.  With the premature deaths of both of Evelyn’s two elder siblings, Thomas and Kathleen (above), it was just Evelyn and her sister Florence, who were named as executors of their mother’s Will, following her death in 1940.  Evelyn Margaret Collett was still a spinster, as she was again a year later, when the Will of Ann Friend Collett (Ref. 18P6), spinster, was proved in October 1941, with Evelyn Margaret Collett named as the second executor of the Will.  Ann’s eldest brother was Thomas Trusson Collett, who was Evelyn’s grandfather

 

Charles Trusson Collett [18R5] was born at Crowthorne on 15th August 1904, his birth recorded at Easthampstead register office (Ref. 2c 439) during third quarter of the year.  He was six years old in the Crowthorne census of 1911, the eldest child of William George Collett and Ruth Lilian Kempthorne.  At that time, he was living with his family at Wellington College, where his father was an assistant master.  He later married Elizabeth Catherine Sibbald-Scott, the marriage recorded at Hollingbourne in Kent (Ref. 2a 3933) during the third quarter of 1938, with whom he four children.  Elizabeth was the daughter of Francis and Gladys Sibbald-Scott, her father being a representative of the Schweppes Mineral Water Company.  However, in the 1939 Register, recently married Elizabeth C Collett was expecting the arrival of her first child, when she was living with her parents at ‘Oast House’ Poll Hill in Harrietsham within the Hollingbourne rural district, just east of Maidstone, where the birth of that first child was recorded.  Just after that the family was living Berkshire, where the next two children were born, before making their permanent home in Hampshire, finally living at Yateley.  The death of Charles T Collett was recorded at the Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 5g 338) during the first three months of 1958.  In 1985, when his fourth child was married, David’s late father was described as Lieutenant Commander C T, O B E.

 

The Will of Charles Trusson Collett of Southlands, Yateley in Hampshire was proved at London on 21st August 1958 to George Kempthorne Collett, C B, D S C, retired rear admiral in the Royal Navy and Helen Elizabeth Collett, a spinster, (both siblings below) in the sum of £8,878 1 Shilling 1 Pence.  The notice of his death also confirmed that Charles died on 9th May 1958 at Warren House in Kingston-upon-Thames.  Ten years later, Elizabeth Catherine Sibbald-Scott Collett died on 4th October 1968, at the age of 49, and was buried in the grounds of St Peter’s Church in Yateley with her husband aged 53 and her young son Robin aged eight years, where a memorial grave-marker includes the details for all three members of the family.  The record of her death also confirmed her date of birth as 10th January 1919

 

18S1 - Charles Anthony Sibbald Collett was born in 1940 at Harrietsham, Kent (Maidstone)

18S2 - Robin Trusson Collett was born in 1943 at Windsor, Berkshire

18S3 - Elizabeth Heather Collett was born in 1945 at Windsor, Berkshire

18S4 - David William Francis Collett was born in 1952 at Aldershot, Hampshire

 

George Kempthorne Collett [18R6] was born at Crowthorne on 25th January of 1907, his birth recorded at Easthampstead register office (Ref. 2c 410) during first quarter of the year.  His second forename was his mother’s maiden-name.  By 1911, he was five years old and living with his family at Quatra Bras in Wellington College in Crowthorne.  It is established that George was a member of the Royal Navy and travelled a lot in the role, eventually ending up as a Rear Admiral with honours.  It was in 1937 that he married Cashie Rongnye Fernie Bell, with the event recorded at Windsor register office (Ref. 2c 1507) during the third quarter of the year, the first of their two children born during the following year.  Where George and his first child was in 1939 has still to be discovered perhaps not even in England, while the Register that year recorded his wife living and working as an unpaid domestic at ‘Lindeth Fell’ in the Windermere area of Westmorland, the home of solicitor William Forwood aged 67 and his wife Dora aged 64.  On that day, Cashie R F Collett gave her date of birth as 19th February 1915.  By 1947, George was with the navy in Gibraltar when, on 1st August, his wife and son sailed out of Southampton onboard the ‘Strathmore’ of the P&O Line bound for Gibraltar.  The passenger list identified them as having a first-class cabin, when C Rongnye F Collett was 32, and A Michael Collett was nine years old.  Their home address was written as “c/o Thomas Meadows & Co Ltd”, 35 Milk Street in the City of London, EC2

 

After the death of his older brother Charles Trusson Collett (above), it was George and his unmarried sister Helen Elizabeth Collett (below) who were named as the executors of his £8,878 1 Shilling 1 Pence estate.  It was on that occasion that George Kempthorne Collett was described as C B, D S C, and a retired rear admiral with the navy.  Forty years after the birth of his daughter, the death George Kempthorne Collett was recorded at the Surrey South Western register office (Ref. 17 1323) during the spring of 1982.  The notice of the announcement of his Will provided the following details.  That he was living at Coombe Farm in Churt Farnham, Surrey, when he died on 11th May 1982, and that his Will was proved at London on 30th December 1982 to the valued of £215,433.  His wife survived him by over twenty years, when Cashie Rongnye F Collett died during November 2004 at the age of 89, her death recorded at Uckfield register office in Sussex

 

18S5 - Anthony Michael Collett was born in 1938 at The Wirral, Cheshire

18S6 - Jean Rongnye Collett was born in 1942 at Winchester, Hampshire

 

Helen Elizabeth Collett [18R7] was born at Crowthorne on 21st October 1908, her birth recorded at Easthampstead (Ref. 2c 398), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Kempthorne.  She was two years of age bin the Crowthorne census conducted in 1911.  At that time, she was living with her parents at Wellington College, where her father was an assistant master.  With her brother’s connections with the armed service, it would appear that Helen too was involved with the Royal Air Force.  It was the 1939 Register that provided the following information on this subject.  Helen Elizabeth Collett was a single lady working as an Assistant Section Leader in administration at the Royal Air Force base at Odiham in Hampshire.  The listing was entirely comprised of females and, like all of the others above and below Helen, they had similar reference numbers, Helen’s being 880512, some of them prefixed with WAAF – Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.  The Register also included Helen’s date of birth, as indicated above.  Even after the Second World War, she remained a spinster, which was how she was described upon the proving of the Will of her eldest brother Charles Trusson Collett in 1982, when she was an executor of his Will, together with her brother George Kempthorne Collett.  The later death of Helen Elizabeth Collett was recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 3201a a14b) during the spring of 2005

 

Frank Ainslie Collett [18R8] was born at Wellington College in Crowthorne on 27th August 1911, his birth recorded at Easthampstead (Ref. 2c 838), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Kempthorne.  Frank was a merchant who travelled a lot as part of his work.  On 5th August 1940 he arrived back in Liverpool, having travelled from Samaran in Java onboard the ‘Clytomeus’ of the Blue Funnel Line in a first-class cabin.  Frank Ainslie Collett’s forward address in England was recorded as Woodhill, Crowthorne in Berkshire, while his overseas address was Netherland East Indies.  Three years later, Frank sailed from Southampton to Singapore on the ‘Oranje’ of the Nederland Line on 26th January 1944, when he gave the business address of the British America Tobacco Company.  He later returned to England, arriving at the Port of London on 28th November 1949 from Penang in Malaya on the ‘Carthage’ another P&O liner.  Once again, his home address was Woodhill in Crowthorne.  Two years later the marriage of Frank Ainslie Collett and Joyce Neta Gardiner was recorded at Windsor register office (Ref. 6a 563) during the third quarter of 1951.  Joyce was much younger than Frank, having been born on 9th July 1926, who presented him with two children

 

Joyce and her family were already used to sea voyages, with her father Ernest Gardiner being a wharfinger, the owner or keeper of a wharf, in 1927.  That particular year, when Joyce was only seven months old, the five members of her family sailed first-class from Shanghai in China, arriving at the Port of London on 15th March 1927 on the ‘Sarphdon’ of the Blue Funnel Line.  The address on the passenger list to which the family was headed was c/o Mrs Austin, Redesdale, Bridgnorth in Shropshire.  Joyce’s travel on the high seas was resumed eight years after she married merchant Frank Ainslie Collett, and following the birth of their two children.  All four members of their family made the outbound trip from Southampton onboard the ‘Canton’ of the P&O Line, departing on 13th November 1959, for India.  Merchant Frank Ainslie Collett’s date of birth was 27th August 1911, Joyce Neta Collett’s was 9th July 1926, Peter Frank Collett’s was 8th February 1954, and Diana Joyce Collett’s was 26th September 1956.  The family’s home address in England was Cape Cottage, St Mary’s Road, Sunningdale near Ascot.  How long the family was in India has not been discovered, except to say that it was at St Mary’s Road in Sunningdale that Frank and Joyce later retired

 

Under his full name, the death of Frank Ainslie Collett was recorded at the Berkshire Bracknell register office (Ref. 3181 23) in early 1995.  In fact, it was on 26th January 1995 that he died at Woodberry Down, St Mary’s Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, after which his Will was proved at Brighton on 14th December 1995, not exceeding £125,000.  Over ten years after being widowed, the death of Joyce Neta Collett was recorded at Gloucester during November 2006, when she was 80 years old

 

18S7 - Peter Frank Collett was born in 1954 in Surrey

18S8 - Diana Joyce Collett was born in 1956 in Surrey

 

John William Collett[18R9] was one of twins born at Crowthorne during the third quarter of 1915, his birth recorded at Easthampstead (Ref. 2c 739), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Kempthorpe.  He was thirty-three years of age when the marriage of bachelor John William Collett and previously married Betty Mary Langslow Payne was recorded at the Staffordshire Burton-on-Trent register office (Ref. 9b 193) during the first three month of 1948.  The earlier wedding of Betty Mary Langslow Bishop and Hugh F Payne was recorded at the Derby Shardlow register office (Ref. 7a 1719) during the third quarter of 1939.  It was at nearby Derby register office that the birth of Betty M L Payne on 20th October 1918, was recorded (Ref. 7b 949) during the last quarter of the year.  Their married resulted in the birth of one daughter and two sons.  Betty died during the spring of 1978, when she was 59 and her death was recorded at Eastbourne register office (Ref. 18 0696).  John William Collett was 69 when he died in 1984, his death recorded at the East Sussex Hastings & Rother register office (Ref. 18 979) during October 1984.  His Will was proved at Brighton on 20th November 1984 and did not exceed £40,000.  At the time he died on 12th October 1984 he was living at home at Burnhams, Forewood Lane, Crowhurst, Battle, East Sussex

 

18S9 - Leonie Gillian Collett was born in 1949 at Chichester, Kent

18S10 - Andrew John F Collett was born in 1955 at Yeovil, Somerset

18S11 - James Michael Collett was born in 1957 at Gosport, Hampshire

 

Gillian Ruth Collett [18R10] was one of twins born at Crowthorne on 11th July 1915, her birth recorded at Easthampstead (Ref. 2c 739), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Kempthorpe.  In the 1939 Register, Gillian R Collett was single and with no stated occupation, when she was one of the eight occupants of La Chasse on Jubilee Road in Frimley, Camberley in Surrey, the home of the Beer family.  She later married Maurice Knowles Garnett, a (tea) planter in Ceylon and, on 23rd May 1947, Michael aged 39 and Gillian aged 32 were first-class passengers on the ‘Oranje’ of the Nederland Line, which disembarked at Southampton, having sailed from Colombo in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).  The address that was their destination was Woodhill in Crowthorne, the home of Gillian’s parents, William and Ruth Collett.  The couple’s return journey to India started at the Port of London on 17th February 1948, when they sailed to Bombay on the ‘Empire Windrush’ of the P&O Line, stopping off at Ceylon.  The passenger list once again, confirmed the couple had been staying at Woodhill in Crowthorne.

 

Maurice’s first trip to Ceylon was in 1927 when he was 19 years old, and he made the same sea voyage near the end of 1933 when he was 25 and his home address was Woodthorpe in Crowthorne.  After he married Gillian, they made the same trip, leaving London on 29th October 1952, when Maurice was 44 and Gillian was 37, again from home in Crowthorne.  Although not confirmed, it is possible that the return journey from Ceylon, disembarking at Tilbury Docks in London on 19th May 1953, may have been the last one.  On that day, their destination address was c/o Paul, at The Croft in Berkswell, midway between Solihull and Coventry.  Just prior to the end of the century, Gillian Ruth Garnett died during May 1996 when she was 80 years old.  Her death was recorded at the Surrey North-Western register office (Ref. 30b 64).  Maurice Knowles Garnett was born at Wokingham on 3rd July 1908 and died during the summer of 1983 when he was 75, his death recorded at Bracknell register office (Ref. 19 0049).  His Will was proved at Oxford on 13th April 1984, when his estate did not exceed £40,000. He actually died at home on 6th August 1983, which was Greenshade, 25 Furzehill Crescent in Crowthorne

 

Ann Kathleen Collett [18R11] was born at Crowthorne on 19th July 1923, the last child of William George Collett and Ruth Lilian Kempthorne.  Her birth, like those of her older siblings, was also recorded at Easthampstead register office (Ref. 2c 735), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed at Kempthorne.  It was during the last three months of 1957 when the marriage on Ann Kathleen Collett and Richard David Frederick Goodfellow was recorded at Windsor register office (Ref. 6a 337), with whom she had three children.  Fiona R A Goodfellow was born near the end of 1957, her birth recorded at Wokingham register office (Ref. 6a 354) when her mother’s maiden-name was Collett, and she later married Aled M Lewis.  Angela M L Goodfellow was born in the summer of 1960, her birth recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 6a 134) when her mother’s maiden-name was Collett, and she later married John A Learmond.  Philippa J F Goodfellow was born in the spring of 1963 and her birth was also recorded at Reading (Ref. 6a 179) and again her mother’s maiden-name was Collett, and she later married Philip N Stokes

 

Richard D F Goodfellow was born on 26th September 1924, the son of Henry and Annie Goodfellow, and died during March in 1988, his passing recorded at Basingstoke register office in Hampshire (Ref. 20 246) at the age of 63, with the death of Ann Kathleen Goodfellow, aged 66, recorded during the following year also at Basingstoke (Ref. 20 195) during the summer of 1989.  Richard’s Will was proved at Winchester on 23rd May 1988 when his estate was valued at £96,779.  His death notice stated that he died at home at 26 Northfield Road, Sherfield-on-Loddon in Basingstoke on 13th March 1988.  The later Will of Ann Kathleen Goodfellow was worth £235,220 and was proved at Winchester on 22nd August 1989, also having died at 26 Northfield Road on 30th June 1989

 

Rita Eileen Collett [18R12] was born at 1 Bassett Road in the Mill Hill area of London on 27th November 1914, the daughter of George Clemson Collett and Elizabeth Mary Arkcoll, her birth recorded at Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 259), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Arkcoll.  It was on 22nd December 1914 that she was baptised at the Mill Hill Church of St Michael & All Angels, the daughter of George Clemson Collett, gentleman, who assisted the Vicar Henry Denison with the baptism.  During the First World War, Rita and her family living at 1 Bassett Road in North Kensington, when they were still living in 1939 at the start of the Second World War.  In the Register that year Rita E Collett was 24 and working as a shorthand typist.  Around eighteen months later, Rita Eileen Collett married Alan Robertson Gulland, who was born on 29th March 1914, their wedding recorded at Wokingham register office (Ref. 2c 1537) during the second quarter of 1941.  Alan was baptised at Christ Church in Sutton on 3rd May 1914, the son of stock jobber William Gulland and his wife Louisa Mary of ‘Dunedin’, Devonshire Road, Sutton in Surrey.  By that time Rita’s mother and brother George (below) were no longer alive.  Their marriage produced two sons William George Gulland, known as Bill, who was born at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London on 23rd April 1944, and John Robertson Gulland whose birth was recorded at Luton register office (Ref. 4a 289) during the last three months of 1946, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  Alan Robertson Gulland died in 1975 with his death recorded at Solihull register office (Ref. 34 0079) during the first three months of that year.  His Will for £25,840 was proved at Birmingham on 6th June 1975 and confirmed that he was living at Stoneleigh Road in Solihull, where he passed away on 23rd February 1975.  Twenty-three years after being widowed, Rita Eileen Gulland nee Collett passed away in 1998

 

George Richard Collett [18R13] was born at 1 Bassett Road in London on 11th March 1916, his birth recorded at Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 258), when his mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Arkcoll, the younger of the two children of insurance agent George Clemson Collett and his wife Elizabeth Mary.  He was baptised at St Columba’s Church on Pont Street in Knightsbridge on 7th April 1916.  It was during March 1939 that, George Richard Collett from Luton, joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as an airman u/t pilot.  That situation was confirmed in the 1939 Register which described 23-year-old George as an insurance official who was also a sergeant with the Royal Air Force when he was still living with his family at 1 Bassett Road in North Kensington.  He was eventually called up on 1st September 1939 and, after completing his training, as Sergeant G R Collett 745500, he was assigned to 54 Squadron on 15th July 1940.  Just nine days later, he claimed his first strike, when he shot down a ME109 but, later that same day, he ran out of fuel pursuing another enemy aircraft and had to make a forced landing on the beach at Dunwich, just north of Sizewell in Suffolk.  He was unhurt, but the Spitfire N3192 was written off

 

However, he resumed normal duties and less than one month later on 22nd August 1940 he was shot down and killed, when his Spitfire R6708 crashed into the English Channel near Deal.  He was 24 years old and, after his body was washed ashore in Holland, was buried at the Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery in Holland.  At the time of his death, his parents were living in Luton.  His name appears on the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne near Dover in Kent.  The Will of George Richard Collett of 1 Bassett Road in London was proved at Oxford on 14th July 1941 with a value of £373 2 Shillings 4 Pence to George Clemson Collett, a retired insurance superintendent

 

Daisy Collett [18R14] was born in 1905 at Lewisham in London.  All that is known about her is that she was very likely the first base-born daughter of Lydia Matilda Annie Perigo who was living with Alfred Alexander Collett in 1909 when she gave birth to the first of his three natural children, with only their last children born just after they were married in 1913.  It was on the 9th February 1910 at Christ Church in Camberwell that Daisy and her base-born sister Violet (below) were baptised in a joint ceremony there.  The parish baptism entry recorded the details as Daisy Bell, born on 19th October 1905, daughter of Alfred and Annie Collett of 14 Penarth Street, Livesey, Camberwell, from where Alfred was a box maker.  By 1911 the family was living at 40 Bridson Street, off the Old Kent Road, in the Camberwell/Peckham area of South London, where Daisy Collett from Lewisham was six years of age

 

Violet Collett [18R15] was born in 1907 at Lewisham and was the second child of Lydia Matilda Annie Perigow from Hastings, to be adopted by Alfred Alexander Collett from Camberwell.  Although Annie and Alfred were not married until 1913, their first child together was Gladys (below) born in 1909.  However, it was on 9th February 1910 that Violet and her older sister Daisy (above) were baptised together at Christ Church in Camberwell.  On that day Violet’s entry in the parish register recorded her details as follows.  Violet Annie Amelia born on 31st May 1909 (not 1907), daughter of Alfred, a box maker, and Annie Collett of 14 Penarth Street in Camberwell.  Her age of four years in the census of 1911, when the family was residing at 40 Bridson Street in Camberwell, accurately reflected that she had been born in 1970.  Violet was 24 years of age when, at All Saints Church in Deptford, she married 29-year-old Albert Edward Lamb, the son of James Lamb.  Their wedding was recorded at Deptford register office (Ref. 1d 2350) during the third quarter of 1931, when Violet’s father was confirmed as Alfred Alexander Collett

 

The birth of Albert Edward Lamb was recorded at Lambeth register office (Ref. 1d 448) during the last quarter of 1901, after which he was baptised at the Church of St John the Divine in Kensington on 30th October 1901.  The birth of the first of the couple’s two sons Ronald J Lamb was recorded at Lambeth register office (Ref. 1d 210) during the second quarter of 1934.  It was also at Lambeth that the birth of Leonard P Lamb was recorded (Ref. 1d 237) during the third quarter of 1936, in both cases, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  In the 1939 Register, married Violet Lamb was staying with her mother Annie Collett at ‘Mayfair’, Hever Road in Dartford, when she gave her date of birth, in error, as 1st May 1906 – which would be only six months after the birth of sister Daisy.  Nine years later, the death of Albert Edward Lamb was recorded at Lewisham register office (Ref. 5d 67) during the first quarter of 1949 at the age of 47

 

Gladys Marie Collett [18R16] was born at Greenwich in 1909, although it was at Southwark register office (Ref. 1d 120) where her birth was recorded during the second quarter of that year.  Gladys and her family were residing at 40 Bridson Street, off the Old Kent Road, in Peckham in 1911

 

Alfred Alexander Collett [18R17] was born at 40 Bridson Road in Peckham on 13th January 1911, with his birth recorded at nearby Camberwell register office (Ref. 1d 876) during the first quarter of the year.  He was two months old in the March census of 1911, the fourth child and only son of Alfred Alexander Collett and his wife Annie Perigow.  Thirty-five years later, the marriage of Alfred A Collett and Iris Bushell was recorded at Camberwell register office (Ref. 1d 1277) during the second quarter of 1946.  After being married for 29 years, the death of Alfred Alexander Collett was recorded at Ealing register office in London (Ref. 12 0173) during the summer of 1975, when he was 64.  Administration of his estate with a value of £2,197 was granted at London on 6th November 1975, following his passing at 11 Fontwell Close in Northolt on 19th July 1975

 

Agnes May Collett [18R18] was born on 8th April 1913 at 40 Bridson Street in Peckham, her birth recorded at Camberwell register office (Ref. 1d 1698) during the second quarter of 1913, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Perigow.  Although she was the ‘so-say’ fifth child of Alfred Alexander Collett and Lydia Matilda Annie Perigow, her parents were only married a few months before Agnes was born.  Like her older sister Violet (above), Agnes M Collett was also married at All Saints Church in Deptford, the event recorded at Deptford register office (Ref. 1d 1711) during the last quarter of 1938, when the groom was named as Joseph H J Bailey.  Agnes May Bailey was 74 when she died, with her death recorded at Stockport register office (Ref. 39 1127) during April 1987

 

Elizabeth Mary Benson [18R19], known as Liz, was born in Manchester on 5th January 1941.  She married Arthur Whittaker on 18th June 1962 at Altrincham register office.  Arthur was the son of Arthur Whittaker and Minnie Dawson and was born on 22nd July 1943.  Liz and Arthur have six children, the first three and the fifth having been born at Bowdon, near Altrincham, where Liz’s parents were living at the time of her marriage.  The fourth child was adopted and was born at Ashton-under-Lyne.  The family moved to Gloucester in the early 1970s where the couple’s sixth child was born.  The couple’s eldest son is listed separately below, while the other five children were Karen Whittaker (born 26.11.1962), Guy Whittaker (born 07.07.1967), Anthony Whittaker (born 02.01.1968), Howard Whittaker (born 13.11.1968) and Robert Whittaker (born on 15.12.1974).  During their lives together, Liz and Arthur lived in Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Surrey, Wiltshire, and today in the early years of the twenty-first century, they were living in Hampshire.  Thanks go to Liz for kindly supplying the information that has enabled this family line to be extended to the present day from what was originally a dead end with William Collett back in 1759

 

18S12 - Neil Arthur Whittaker was born in 1964 at Bowdon, near Altrincham

 

David William Benson [18R20] was born at a Maternity Home in Bowdon, Great Manchester, on 19th September 1942, while his family was living at Hale in Cheshire.  He married Marjorie Allen at Manchester where the event was recorded (Ref. 10e 20) during the second quarter of 1967, prior to the couple making a move to North America in 1973.  It was there, at Manatee in Florida on 7th January 1975 that they were divorced.  In 2008 David was living in Florida

 

Philip Martin Benson [18R21] was born at Bowdon, near Altrincham, on 27th June 1953.  He later married Dianne Irene Bainbridge, nee Borkett, on 14th November 1981, their wedding recorded at the Gloucestershire Stroud register office (Ref. 22 1456).  Tragically, he died from a brain tumour at the relatively young age of 38, on 7th October 1991 at the Sue Ryder Hospice in Cheltenham

 

Vera Margaret Collett [18R22] was born on 11th March 1911 at West Hartlepool, her birth recorded at Hartlepool register office (Ref. 10a 119), the only child of George William Collett and Sarah Margaret Elder, who was one month old in the census of 1911.  The later marriage of Vera Margaret Collett and Raymond Douglas Beadle was recorded at Middlesbrough register office (Ref. 9d 1514) during the third quarter of 1933.  Six years after their wedding day, the childless couple was living at 58 Harrow Road in Middlesbrough, when Raymond was working as an auctioneer’s clerk, his date of birth recorded as 10th September 1907.  His wife Vera M Beadle was working for the Red Cross in addition to her unpaid domestic duties at home.  They lived at that address right up to when Raymond died there on 5th December 1969, the death of Raymond Douglas Beadle recorded at Teesside South register office (Ref. 1b 1891) at the end of that year, when he was 62.  Administration of his personal effects was resolved at Ipswich on 15th August the following year when it was valued at £13,487.  Eight years after being widowed, the death of Vera Margaret Beadle was recorded at Cleveland register office (Ref. 3 1802) during the third quarter of 1977 aged 66.  It was at 33 Birchgate Road in Middlesbrough where she passed away on 8th September 1977, when her personal estate was valued at £16,618

 

Benjamin Louis Collett [18R23] was born in South Africa during January/February 1907 at 93 Chamberlain Road in Woodstock, Cape Town.  He and his parents returned to England when Benjamin was one month old, on board the ‘Kildonan’ which docked at Southampton on 9th March 1907.  He was the eldest of the three children Jesse Collett from Burgh Castle in Suffolk and Mary Seales from South Shields in Durham.  He was four years old in the South Shields census of 1911, when Benjamin, his parents and brother Clifford Collett, were staying at the home of his maternal grandparents, Matthew and Harriet Seales at 69 Imeary Street in the village of Westoe, near South Shields.  Although his family remained living in the north of England, Benjamin returned to Cape Town as a skipper for the Ovenstone Trawling Company.  In 1925 he married (1) Charlotte who was 25 and already carrying Benjamin’s first child, their daughter Gene, with a second child added to the family shortly after.  Later on, in 1939 Benjamin and Charlotte were divorced, leaving him to marry (2) Myra Moore, with whom he had a daughter and a son, both born in Cape Town.  Six years after the birth of their daughter, the family minus son Woodliff, sailed to England, their names included on the passenger list for the sea voyage from Durban, on board the ship Durban Castle, which arrived at Southampton on 20th December 1947.  Benjamin Collett was 41 years old and a mariner, his wife Myra Collett was 32, and their daughter Myrene Collett was six years of age.  The Durban Castle was a vessel of the Union Castle Mail Steamship Company Ltd.  In May 2019, Benjamin and Myra’s granddaughter, daughter Karen Suzette Nicol, informs us that Gene (the eldest daughter) is 93 years old and in an old age home in Pineland Cape Town.  Her mother Myrene also lives in an old people’s home in Cape Town, and her brother Woodliff Collett lives in Middleburg

 

18S13 – Gene Collett was born in 1926 in South Africa

18S14 – Benjamin James Collett was born in 1928 in South Africa

The following are the two children of Benjamin Louis Collett by his second wife Myra Moore:

18S15 - Myrene May Collett was born in 1942 at Cape Town, South Africa

18S16 – Woodliff Collett

 

Clifford Collett [18R24] was born at South Shields, his birth recorded at South Shields (Durham) register office (Ref. 10 792) during the last three months of 1910, another son of Jesse and Mary Collett.  Sometime later, he and his older brother (above) settled in South Africa, where he married Bessie with whom he had two daughter Ann Collett and Marion Collett.  Clifford was involved with theatrical work at 62 Shaftesbury Avenue in London when he sailed from Southampton to South Africa on 14th August 1936 when he was 25 years old.  He later made the return journey from Port Elizabeth to Southampton, arriving on 18th August 1939 on the ‘Winchester Castle’ of the Union Castle Line, when he was 28 and a merchant, whose onward address was 45 Hulve Avenue, Tynemouth, Northumberland.  It was from that same address, two weeks later, that he sailed back to Port Elizabeth, leaving the Port of London on 5th September 1939, that time aboard the Gloucester Castle

 

Edward Arthur Collett [18R25] was born at Tynemouth on 22nd March 1921, his birth recorded at Tynemouth register office (Ref. 10b 466) during the second quarter of 1921, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Seales.  He was the last of the three sons of Jesse Benjamin Collett, a fisherman, and Mary Ann Seales.  His father died while at sea in 1930 and in the 1939 Register it was just Edward who was living at 45 Hulne Avenue in Tynemouth with his widowed mother.  At that time in his life, he was an eighteen-year-old apprentice engineer and fitter of ship engines.  Six years later, Edward A Collett married Lilian Hartnupp, their wedding recorded at Northumberland South register office (Ref. 10b 755) during the fourth quarter of 1945.  Eighteen months later, their son Bernard L Collett was born, his birth also recorded at Tynemouth register office (Ref. 1b 899) during the second quarter of 1947, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hartnupp.  It is now known that Edward, who was known as Ted, was reunited with his brothers in South Africa, when he and Lily settled in Port Elizabeth, where two more children were added to their family.  The birth of Lilian Hartnupp was recorded at Tynemouth register office (Ref. 10b 542) during the last three months of 1921

 

18S17 - Bernard L Collett was born in 1947 at Tynemouth

18S18 - Lewis Collett was born at Port Elizabeth, South Africa, date unknown

18S19 - Gordon Collett was born at Port Elizabeth, South Africa, date unknown

 

Queenie Blanche Collett [18R26] was born at Burgh Castle on 15th May 1907, the eldest of the four daughters of Louis Arthur Collet and his wife Elizabeth Artherton.  Her birth was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 1180) during the second quarter of the year who, in 1911, she was three years old and living with her family at the High Street in Burgh Castle.  It is interesting that Queenie Blanche Collett married Frank Pearson, so it is possible that Frank may have been a relative of her paternal grandmother Emily Turvey Pearson.  The wedding was recorded at Walsingham register office (Ref. 4a 731) during the last three months of 1937, with her parents married at Walsingham thirty-one years earlier.  Two years later the 1939 Register recorded at recently married couple at ‘Hazelhurst’ on Hayes Lane in Walsingham, where from was Frank was a china and hardware retail and wholesale salesman.  Their stated dates of birth that day, also confirmed what is written here.  Nine months later, the birth of daughter Jean M Pearson was recorded at Walsingham (Ref. 4b 717) during the second quarter of 1940, with her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  Frank was born on 7th June 1910, his birth also recorded at Walsingham (Ref. 4b 239) during the third quarter of 1910, and it was at Torbay that he died on 9th January 1995, at the age of 84, when he was residing at 14 Waterleat Avenue in Paignton.  His Will was proved at Bristol on 14th June 1995 ad did not exceed £125,000.  However, it was earlier that the death of Queenie Blanche Pearson was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref, 10 1936) during the fourth quarter of 1979, after which she was buried at Fakenham on 21st December 1979 at the age of 72, when she and Frank had been living at Hunstanton

 

Mabel Jessie Collett [18R27] was born at Burgh Castle on 21st July 1908, the second child of Louis Arthur Collet and his wife Elizabeth Artherton, the birth being recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 1170) during the third quarter of that year.  She was two years old on the day of the census in 1911, when she and her family were living at the High Street in Burgh Castle, where it is likely that she was born.  Just like her parents and her sister Queenie (above), but two years after younger sister, Mabel J Collett was married at Walsingham (Ref. 4b 801) during the last quarter of 1935, when she wed Cecil Arthur Yallop.  It was also during that same three-month period, that the birth of the couple’s only known child Patricia H Yallop was recorded at Walsingham register office (Ref. 4b 310) where the mother’s maiden-name was Collett.  Cecil was born on 5th December 1908, the son of Albert and Florence Yallop of Walsingham, his birth recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 4a 139) during the first quarter of the year.  It was during the summer of 1970 that his death was recorded at Coventry register office (Ref. 9c 1686).  He was living at Flat 2, Culworth Row in Coventry where he died on 20th August 1970, when Administration of his estate of £625 was granted at Nottingham on 18th September 1970.  It was later that the death of widow Mabel Jessie Yallop, aged 79, was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 10 2315) at the start of 1988 and was buried at Fakenham on 14th January 1988 when she was living at 50 Queens Road in Fakenham

 

Ivy Selina Collett [18R28] was born at High Street in Burgh Castle on 23rd July 1911, her birth recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 2209) during the third quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Artherton.  Ivy was another daughter of Louis and Elizabeth Collett.  The marriage of Ivy Selina Collett and Richard Stanley Reynolds was recorded at Walsingham register office (Ref. 42 721) during the quarter of 1936.  Their wedding ceremony after the reading of banns was conducted at the parish church in Fakenham on 1st August 1936 when Richard Stanley was 28 and a painter the son of publican Richard Reynolds.  Ivy Selina was 25 and the daughter of Louis Arthur Collett, deceased, a former labourer.  The birth of Richard Stanley Reynolds was recorded at Hampshire Alton register office (Ref. 2c 193) during the second quarter of 1908.  Three years after their wedding day, the childless couple was living near Fakenham in the village of Pudding Norton at a dwelling ‘Belmonte’ where Richard was a printer-keyboard monotype setter, whose date of birth was 25th May 1908.  His wife Ivy confirmed that her date of birth was stated above

 

It was during towards the end of the following year that their son Richard Adrian Reynolds was born, with his birth recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 425), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  Upon the death of Richard Stanley Reynolds on 11th November 1992 at the age of 84, his date of birth was recorded at Waveney register office as 21st May 1908.  At that time in their lives, he and Ivy were living at 5 Forbes Drive in Beccles, from where he was cremated on 19th November, his ashes interred at the Great Yarmouth Crematorium in Gorleston.  Ivy was 88 years old when she died during December 1999, her death recorded at Waveney register office in Suffolk.  Ivy Selina Reynolds, a widow, died in 4th December 1999 while in the War Memorial Hospital in Beccles, after which she was buried at Great Yarmouth on 14th December 1999

 

Phyllis Emily Collett [18R29] was born at Burgh Castle on 20th January 1913, the last child of Louis Arthur Collett and Elizabeth Artherton, who sadly only knew her father for three years, as a result of him being killed in action in France in 1916.  The birth of Phyllis E Collett was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 2180) during the first three months of 1913, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Artherton.  She was three years old when her father was killed in action while serving with the army in France.  Sometime later her mother left Burgh Castle, taking unmarried Phyllis with her to near where she was born in the Walsingham area of Norfolk.  Interestingly, the 1939 Register for Lawn View Terrace in Walsingham, Phyllis’ soon to be husband was living there with them, when Phyllis was a saleslady in a grocery shop, and Jack Beazer was a compositor in the printing trade when his date of birth was 2nd September 1909.  On that day, Phyllis and Jack were preparing for the day they were to married, their wedding day recorded at Fakenham register office (Ref. 4b 1247) during the last three months of 1939.  The birth of Jack Beazer recorded at the south Suffolk register office at Plomesgate (Ref. 4a 1031) during the fourth quarter of 1909.  It was during the summer of 1977 that he died, when his death was recorded at Great Yarmouth register office (Ref. 10 1041) at the age of 68.  Phyllis was 85 when she died, with her death recorded at Waveney register office during the month of December 1998.  The double headstone that marks their grave at Great Yarmouth provides the dates of their passing as 23rd July 1977 and 12th December 1998

 

Joseph William Collett [18R30] was born at Grimsby on 17th November 1911, the first-born child of Joseph Thomas Collett and Mary Jane Bruce, his birth recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 7a 1166) when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Bruce.  It was at St Andrew’s Church in Great Grimsby that he was baptised on 20th December 1911.  He was 24 on 31st December 1935 when he married Elsie Vera Neslen, aged 18, at St Luke’s Church in Grimsby, the daughter of Robert Neslen, when Joseph was confirmed as the son of Joseph Thomas Collett.  Their wedding was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 7a 1691).  Elsie had been born at Caister on 24th January 1917, where she was baptised on 15th February 1917, the daughter of Robert and Edith Gertrude Neslen.  All four of their children were born in Grimsby, where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Neslen.  The 1939 Register included all four members of the family residing at 8 Convamore Road in Grimsby, when Joseph William Collett was 27 and a trawl fisherman, who was also a special trawler reserve.  His wife Elsie Vera Collett was 22, and their son Joseph William junior was under school age, having only just been born.  The entry for the couple’s daughter was redacted, for the reason that she was still alive when the information was later made public.  Joseph William Collett senior was still living in Grimsby when he died early in 1982, where his passing was recorded (Ref. 7 0656).  He was cremated on 19th March 1982, the same record confirmed that it was on 15th March 1982 that he passed away.  Elsie Vera Collett was 80 years old when she died during December 1997 by which time she was living within the North-Eastern registration district of Lincolnshire

 

18S20 – Elsie J Collett was born in 1938 at Grimsby

18S21 - Joseph William Collett was born in 1939 at Grimsby

18S22 – Janet Collett was born in 1943 at Grimsby

18S23 – Terence Collett was born in 1945 at Grimsby

 

Frederick Bertrand Collett [18R31] was born at Aberdeen on 6th August 1914, the middle of three children of North Sea fisherman Joseph Thomas Collett from Grimsby and his wife Mary Jane Bruce.  His time in Scotland may have been short-lived, with his parents eventually returning to Grimsby where his older brother and younger sister were born.  And it was at Grimsby register office where the marriage of Frederick B Collett and Betsy Amanda Francis was recorded (Ref. 7a 1703) during the last three months of 1938.  The wedding took place at St Luke’s Church in Grimsby on 26th December 1936, when Frederick was 24 and Betsy was 22, the daughter of John Aloysius Francis and her birth was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 7a 1078) during the last quarter of 1916.  The 1939 Register identified the couple living at ‘Sea View’ on North Sea Lane in the Humberston district of Cleethorpes, where Frederick B Collett was the branch manager at a gentleman’s outfitters, while the date of birth of his wife was 7th November 1916.  Shortly thereafter, Betsy gave birth to a son and Frederick signed-up for military service and was assigned to the Royal Army Service Corp as Driver T/154726.  Very tragically, he survived the war and, although peace in Europe was declared on 4th May 1945, it was five months later on 9th October 1945 that Frederick Bertrand Collett died in northern Germany, his body buried at the Becklingen War Cemetery.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission confirm that he was the son of Joseph Thomas Collett and his wife Mary Jane Collett, and that he was the husband of Betsy Amanda Collett of Grimsby.  His widow Betsy was eventually remarried, the event recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 3b 660) during the third quarter of 1958 when Betsy A Collett married Sidney Catley.  Sidney had been born in 1913 and died at Grimsby in 1971.  The later death of Betsy Amanda Catley on 5th November 1982 was recorded at Grimsby (Ref. 7 0391), after which she was cremated n 11th November 1982

 

18S24 – Frederick J Bertrand Collett was born in 1940 at Grimsby

 

Willemina Cumming Collett [18R32] was born at Grimsby on 20th October 1916, the youngest child of Joseph Thomas Collett and Mary Jane Bruce.  She was 20 years of age, when she married Frederick Olley Rushby, aged 23, at St Luke’s Church in Grimsby on 29th March 1937.  Their wedding was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 7a 1396), where Frederick’s birth was also recorded (Ref. 7a 1293) during the second quarter of 1913, the son of Fred Rushby, with Willemina confirmed as the daughter of John Thomas Collett.  A year later the birth of Frederick Joseph Betmead Rushby (on 6th April 1938) was recorded at Grimsby (Ref. 7a 877) during the quarter of 1938, when the child’s mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  Their son was eighteen months old in the 1939 Register, when the family of three was living within the Grimsby district of north-east Lincolnshire.  Frederick O Rushby was 26 and a fisherman’s deck hand, while Willemina C Rushby was a housewife whose date of birth was as indicated above.  Within the following six months Willemina gave birth to her second child on 8th February 1940, when the birth of Thomas William Rushby was recorded at Grimsby (Ref. 7a 1776), who was 62 when he died on 1st July 2002 in Grimsby.  The birth of the couple’s third child, Heather Mary Rushby, was recorded at Grimsby (Ref. 7a 1159) during the second quarter of 1943.  Two years later the birth of their fourth and last child, Andrewina Rushby, was also recorded at Grimsby (Ref. 7a 1030) during the third quarter of 1945 but sadly, so was her death.  When Frederick Olley Rushby died in North-East Lincolnshire in 19, his date of birth was recorded as 30th May 1913, making him 86 when he passed away, the same date as recorded in the 1939 Register.  Their son was still residing in the Grimsby area when he died on 11th May 1990 at the age of 52, after which he was cremated on 21st May 1990

 

Gladys Jessie Collett [18R34] was born at 2 Station Terrace in Southtown (Yarmouth) on 15th September 1899, the first of the four children of Thomas William Collett and Sarah Anna Jackson.  Her birth was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 29) during the last three months of the year.  Gladys Collett was one year old in the Southtown census in 1901 and again in 1911, when she was 11.  She married late in her life and was thirty-nine when the marriage of Gladys J Collett and William H Baxter was recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 75) during the fourth quarter of 1938.  Less than a year after their wedding day, William and Gladys were living with William’s elderly parents David and Georginana Baxter at 12 South Road in Cleethorpes.  William was a general labourer and shipwright who had been born on 27th July 1902 (at Mitford in Norfolk), and Gladys confirmed her date of birth as recorded above. 

 

Thirty years later, Gladys Jessie Baxter was residing in North Elmham, Norfolk, when her death was recorded at East Dereham register office (Ref. 4b 1109) during the summer of 1969, while it was early in 1976 that William died, when his passing was recorded at the Thetford Wayland register office (Ref. 10 2514) in Thetford, Norfolk, during the first quarter of the year.  He died at Eastgate Street in North Elmham, East Dereham on 16th January 1976, following which his Will was provided at Ipswich on 27th February 1976 when his estate was valued at £,923

 

Miriam May Collett [18R35] was born at 2 Station Terrace in Southtown on 31st March 1901, her birth recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 33) during the second quarter of the year.  In the Southtown census of 1911, May Collett was 11 years old, when living there with her complete family.  As Miriam M Collett she married Alfred Edward Warner, the event recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 47) during the third quarter of 1923.  Nine months later, their only child Donald M Warner was born at Yarmouth in the spring of 1924, where his birth and subsequent infant death were recorded (Ref. 4b 43 & 4b 39).  With the threat of war on the horizon, the Warner family was living at 49 Tillett Road, in the north part of Norwich in 1939, where Alfred E Warner was recorded with no occupation but with his date of birth as 14th May 1902.  In addition to his wife Miriam M Warner, who confirmed her date of birth as above, there were two other persons living with them, both redacted and officially closed.  It was on 18th April 1979 that Alfred died, with his death was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 10 1885) at the age of 77.  For some reason Alfred Edward Warner was cremated at Greenwich on 27th April 1979.  Ten years later, the death of widow Miriam May Warner was recorded at Norwich near the end of 1989 (Ref. 10 2193), when she was 88.  Her Will, said to be not exceeding £100,000 was proved at Brighton on 21st December 1989 and confirmed that she died on 16th November 1989 at home, which was 24 Merlin Avenue, Sprowston, Norwich

 

Isa Irene Collett [18R36] was born at 47 Elsie Road in Southtown on 29th July 1903, another daughter of Thomas and Sarah Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 34) during the third quarter of 1903, and she was seven years of age in the Southtown census of 1911.  Twenty years later the marriage of Isa Irene Collett and Benjamin Reardon was recorded at Epsom register office (Ref. 2a 133) during the third quarter of 1931.  Benjamin was born on 12th April 1904, his birth recorded during the second quarter of the year at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 6).  Their daughter, and only child, was born in 1932, when the birth of Brenda Isa Reardon was recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 43) during the third quarter of the year, her mother’s maiden-name being Collett.  Towards the end of their lives, Benjamin and Isa were living in Derbyshire, where they both died.  Benjamin was 73 when he died there, with his death recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 6 0859) during the second quarter of 1977.  His Will was proved at Nottingham on 28th June 1977 for £1,534 and recorded that he died at 6 Ashby Street in Allerton, a suburb of south Derby, on 14th May 1977.  The later death of Isa Irene Reardon was recorded at Derby register office (Ref. 6 533) during August 1992, when she was 89.  Daughter Brenda married Anthony F Bethell, their wedding recorded at Derby (Ref. 3a 557) during the last three months of 1958.  It was also in Derby that Brenda Isa Bethell died on 14th October 2019

 

Thomas William Harcourt Collett [18R37] was born at 47 Elsie Road in Southtown on 21st December 1906, with his birth recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 48 28) during the first three months of 1907.  He was the fourth and last child of Thomas William Collett and Sarah Anna Jackson.  Simply as William Collett, he was four years of age in the Southdown census of 1911.  Nineteen years later, when Thomas William Harcourt Collett was 23 and a clerk living at Sefton Lane in Great Yarmouth, the son of factory hand Thomas William Collett, he married Florence Gertrude Lee after the reading of banns at the parish church in Great Yarmouth on 14th September 1930.  Florence was 22 with no stated occupation, living at Tottenham Street, the daughter of William Herbert Lee, a bricklayer.  The two witnesses were Isa Irene Collett, Thomas’ unmarried sister (above), and Herbert Lee, possibly Florence’s brother.  The wedding was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 27) during the third quarter of 1930 and provided the couple with three children.  The births of all three children were recorded at Yarmouth register office, when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Lee

 

By the time of the 1939 Register, there were four members of the Collett family living at 76 Sturdee Avenue in Great Yarmouth, although the details for the couple’s first-born child had been redacted.  The other three were as follows.  Thomas W Collett was a brewer’s clerk whose date of birth was as written above, Florence G Collett whose date of birth was 14th June 1908, and Malcolm D Collett who was two years old and recorded as being under school age.  Florence was only 55 years old when she died, when her death was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 4b 790) during the first three months of 1964.  It was twenty-six years later, towards the end of 1990, that the death of Thomas William Harcourt Collett was recorded at Great Yarmouth register office (Ref. 10 1282).  He was cremated on 30th October 1990 and his ashes were buried at Great Yarmouth Crematorium, with the record there stating that he was a widow when he died on 22nd October when he was living at 30 Beresford Road in Great Yarmouth.  Those details were also confirmed when his Will was proved at Ipswich on 27th November, the value of his personal effects rated as not exceeding £115,000

 

18S25 - Margaret E Collett was born in 1931 at Yarmouth

18S26 - Malcolm David Harcourt Collett was born in 1936 at Yarmouth

18S27 - Valerie F Collett was born in 1941 at Yarmouth

 

Freda Jessie B Collett [18R38] was born at Heath Road in Banham, Norfolk, on 17th April 1903, her birth recorded at the Thetford Wayland register office (Ref. 4b 248) during the second quarter of 1903.  It was previously written here that she was born on 28th June 1903, which now appears the day that she was baptised   She was the eldest of the five children of Frank Ernest Collett and Alethea Rasberry.  As Freda Collett, aged seven years, she was living with her family at New Buckenham Road in Banham in 1911.  Twenty-five years later, the marriage of Freda J B Collett and Rudolph Barlow was recorded at Sheffield register office (Ref. 9c 938) during the fourth quarter of 1936.  The childless couple was recorded in the 1939 Register at 13 High Storrs Drive in the Greystones area of south-west Sheffield, where Rudolph was engaged in work with aircraft, when his date of birth was 14th January 1882 (registered at Blackburn - Ref. 8e 469), making him twenty-one years older than his wife, whose date of birth was recorded as 17th April 1903.  It was also at Garden Terrace in Blackburn where Rudolph Barlow was born and from where he was baptised in Blackburn on 5th February 1882, the son of Abraham and Mary Anne Rudolph.  Just after the 1939 Register was compiled, Freda gave birth to a daughter, Celia Barlow, whose birth was recorded at Blackburn register office (Ref. 9c 919) during the last three months of 1939.  Celia was only thirteen years old when her father passed away at the age of 71, the death of Rudolph Barlow recorded at Sheffield (Ref. 2d 259) during the second quarter of 1953.  After a further forty-seven years, the death of Freda Jessie B Barlow, aged 97, was recorded at Sheffield in South Yorkshire (Ref. d61a 47) during April 2000

 

James William Hughbourne Collett [18R39] was born at Heath Road in Banham, his birth recorded at the Thetford Wayland (4b 224) during the second quarter of 1904, the eldest son of Frank and Alethea Collett.  As Hugh Collett, he was said to be seven years old in 1911 when he was still living at the family home at Buckenham Road in Banham.  He was 22 years old when the marriage of James William H Collett and Olive Irene Bland was recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 67) during the second quarter of 1926.  The birth of Olive Irene Bland was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 15) during the second quarter of 1902.  Less than one year after their wedding day, Olive presented James with a daughter, Megan D M Collett, whose birth was also recorded at Yarmouth during the first three months of the year, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Bland.  Just after the birth, the death of James W H Collett was also recorded at Yarmouth at the end of the same first quarter of 1927 (Ref. 4b 47).  The young family was residing at 32 St Andrew’s Road in Gorleston-on-Sea when their daughter was born and when her father died, just prior to his twenty-third birthday.  The Administration of the personal effects of James William Hughbourne Collett was granted at Norwich on 24th June 1927 to Olive Irene Collett, widow, in the sum of £146 7 Shillings 6 Pence.  The process recorded that he died on 27th March 1927 at 87 Arundel Road in Great Yarmouth, two miles north of his home, after which he was buried at Great Yarmouth on 1st April 1927.  Three years after that sad day, Olive Irene Collett married George Richard Nickerson by banns at the parish church in Great Yarmouth in August 1930

 

18S28 - Megan D M Collett was born in 1927 at Yarmouth

 

Frank Christian Clowes Collett [18R40] was born at New Buckenham Road in Banham on 26th September 1907, another son of Frank and Alethea Collett.  His birth was recorded at the Thetford Wayland register office (Ref. 4b 217) during the last three months of the year who, as Frank C Collett he was the months old in 1911.  According to the 1939 Register, arrangements were being made for his forthcoming wedding, when he was staying with his future parents-in-law at their home on Mill Road in Reedham, within the Blofield & Flegg district of Norfolk.  Head of the household was Samuel Mills, a retired roadman aged 66, his wife Ethel was 60, daughter Gladys E Mills’ date of birth was 15th March 1907, when her husband to be, Frank C Collett was also 32 and the manager of a radio and cycle retailer, whose date of birth was a stated above.  Shortly after, the marriage of Frank C Collett and Gladys E Mills was conducted at Reedham and recorded at Acles register office (Ref. 4b 161) during the last three months of 1939.  Three years later, Gladys gave birth to their only child, Ann Collett, whose birth was also recorded at Acle register office (Ref. 4b 48) during the last three months of 1942.  Daughter Ann was 23 when she married Michael J Brooks during the second quarter of 1966 (Ref. 4b 1009).  Frank was still living in Norfolk when he died on 28th March 1983, the death of Frank C C Collett recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 10 2252).  By that time in their life together, he and Gladys were living at Windsor Cottage, The Hills in Reedham, not far from where they were living in 1939, to the south of Acle.  Upon cremation in Great Yarmouth on 31st March 1983, his was recorded under his full name of Frank Christian Clowes Collett aged 75.  After fifteen years as a widow, the death of Gladys Elizabeth Collett was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. e21b 266) during November 1998, when she was 91 years old

 

18S29 - Ann Collett was born in 1942 at Acle, Norfolk

 

Olive Elizabeth Hagan Collett [18R41] was at New Buckenham Road, Banham, on 10th July 1909, another daughter of Frank and Alethea Collett.  Her birth was recorded at the Thetford Wayland (Ref. 4b 225) during the third quarter of the year, and was reported to be one year old in the Banham census of 1911.  Olive E H Collett was 35 when she married Henry Alfred Thomas Whiley, the event recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 95) during the fourth quarter of 1934.  The couple and their first child were living at 22 St Andrew’s Road in Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth in 1939, where Henry A T Whiley was a special constable in Great Yarmouth, his main job of work being a buyer at a hardware and oil paint store.  His date of birth was recorded as 21st May 1908, while Olive’s date of birth was as written above.  The third person at the property had their details redacted, which would have been their four-year-old son Derek F J Whiley, his birth recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 33) during the third quarter of 1936.  On that day in 1939, Olive was already expecting the birth of her second child, Keith O Whiley, whose birth was recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 13) during the second quarter of 1940.  One more child was added to the family, when the birth of Brian G Whiley was recorded at the Thetford Wayland register office (Ref. 4b 297) during the third quarter of 1943.  In all these cases, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett

 

Despite the birth of their third child being recorded Thetford, perhaps a switch of venue during the war, it would appear that Olive and Henry continued to live at 22 St Andrew’s Road for the rest of their lives together since, it was at that address that they were still living when Henry Alfred T Whiley died on 21st September 1990 as patient in James Paget Hospital.  His death was recorded at Great Yarmouth when he was 82, and afterwards was buried at Great Yarmouth Cemetery on 27th September 1990.  His Will was proved at Ipswich on 12th November 1990 when his estate was said not to exceed £115,000.  At the start of his life, Henry was born at 46 Springfield Road in Gorleston when his birth was recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 35) during the second quarter of 1908.  Six weeks later, his baptism was conducted at Gorleston-with-Southtown parish church on 5th July 1908, the son of sailor James Whiley and his wife Lucy.  Fifteen years after being widowed, Olive Elizabeth Hagan Whiley died at Gorleston on 21st January 2006, at the age of 96.  By then she was a patient at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston-on-Sea where she died, after which she was buried with her later husband at Great Yarmouth cemetery on 6th February 2006

 

Ida Alethea Mary Collett [18R42] was born in the family home at New Buckenham Road in Banham towards the end of 1912, the fifth and last child of Frank Ernest Collett and Alethea Rasberry.  He birth was recorded at the Thetford Wayland register office (Ref. 4b 416) during the last three months of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Rasberry.  Her father died in 1917 and her mother in 1926, just a few weeks before Ida died in Gorleston Hospital.  The death of Ida Alethea Mary Collett was recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 34) during the second quarter of 1926, and was buried at Great Yarmouth Cemetery on 12th May 1926 when she was just 13 years of age

 

William A Collett [18R43] was born at Grimsby in 1919, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 7a 1156) during the fourth quarter of that year, the eldest of the three children of George Collett and Ethel May Shepherd.  He was born during the Spanish flu pandemic which followed the First World War.  Whether it was an after effect of that illness, the premature death of William A Collett was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 7a 666) during the last quarter of 1927, when he was nearly eight years old

 

Eileen Nora Collett [18R44] was born at Grimsby on 22nd November 1921, the daughter of George and Ethel Collett, whose birth was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 7a 1091) during the last three months of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Shepherd.  She was 26 years of age when the marriage of Eileen Nora Collett and Maurice Alan Wells was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 3b 524) during the first three months of 1948.  The birth of Morris A Wells was recorded at the Kent Tonbridge register office (Ref. 2a 1347) at the start of 1927, having been born on 2nd January 1927.  It was during the following year that Eileen gave birth to a son, John Alan Wells, whose birth was recorded at Tonbridge register office (Ref. 5b 1359) during the second quarter of 1949.  Then, during the very next year Eileen presented Maurice with a daughter, with the birth of Jean Ann Wells recorded at Kent Tonbridge register office (Ref. 5b 1077) during the third quarter of 1950.  The mother’s maiden-name for both children was confirmed as Collett.  Eileen Nora Wells was 62 when she died in North Norfolk, her death recorded at Kings Lynn register office (Ref. 10 1395) during December 1984.  Being six years younger than Eileen, it was six years after he was widowed that Maurice died on 4th February 1991 at the age of 64, his passing also recorded at Kings Lynn (Ref. 10 1780).  The Will of Maurice Alan Wells was proved at Ipswich on 4th June 1991 when the value of his estate did not exceed £115,000.  That process revealed that he died while at home, his last address being 8 Old Roman Walk (Branodunum), Brancaster, North Norfolk

 

Norman George Collett [18R44] was born at Grimsby on 2nd April 1924, the last child of George Collett and Ethel May Shepherd, as confirmed at the registration of his birth (Ref. 7a 1024).  He was 15 years of age in 1939, when he was one of the three children living with his parents at 102 Ainslie Street in Grimsby, when he was still attending school, but in non-school time was a scout messenger with the Air Raid Patrol.  The marriage of Norman George Collett and Dorothy Alward was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 3b 713) during the third quarter of 1950.  Dorothy had also been born at Grimsby, on 1st July 1930, and was nine years old in the 1939 Register when she was living at 17 Haven Street in Grimsby with her parents, Horace and Eleanor Alward.  The birth of their son Brian was also recorded at Grimsby (Ref. 3b 273) during the last three months of 1956, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Alward.  It was the same at the birth of the couple’s daughter, whose birth was also recorded at Grimsby (Ref. 3b 372) during the second quarter of 1958.  The later marriage of Sheila A Collett and Dennis Wells was recorded at Sleaford (Ref. 7 2374) in the summer of 1980, Dennis possibly being a member of the Wells family of Sheila’s aunt Eileen Nora Collett (above).  Norman George Collett died on 1st November 1999, when his death recorded at Lincoln register office at the age of 75, and was cremated on 9th November 1999.  His widow was 77 years of age, when Dorothy Collett passed away at Sleaford in Lincolnshire on 5th March 2007

 

18S30 - Brian Collett was born in 1956 at Grimsby

18S31 - Sheila A Collett was born in 1958 at Grimsby

 

Leslie James Collett [18R47] was born at Yarmouth on 31st March 1924, the second child and only son of Louis (Lewis) James Collett and Ethel May Hicks.  Rather strangely his entry in the 1939 was redacted, even though he was only fifteen years of age and may or may not have left school by then.  It was during the summer of 1948 that the marriage of Leslie James Collett and Jean Whittaker was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 1314) during the third quarter of the year.  Jean had been born on 30th December 1927 and she presented Leslie with two children, their births recorded at Yarmouth register office.  Jean Collett was 77 when she died on 23rd July 2005 at Mildred Stone House, Northgate in Great Yarmouth.  At time the couple’s home was 28 The Fairway in Caister, while it was at Great Yarmouth that she was buried on 2nd August 2005.  Seven years later, Leslie James Collett was 88 years old and a widower when he died at Great Yarmouth on 16th April 2012, and was buried with his wife at Great Yarmouth on 27th April, when he had been living at The Vineries, Winterton Road, Hemsby near Great Yarmouth.  Daughter Susan E Collett’s birth was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 689) during the second quarter of 1950, when her mother’s maiden-name was Whittaker.  Susan was twenty-one when she married Roger T Trett, the wedding recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 2223) during the third quarter of 1971.  The birth of Stephen James Collett was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 737) during the third quarter of 1956, when again the mother’s maiden-name was Whittaker

 

18S32 – Susan E Collett was born in 1950 at Yarmouth

18S33 – Stephen James Collett was born in 1956 at Yarmouth

 

Brian George Collett [18R50] was born at Yarmouth on 3rd May 1929, the second child and old son of Benjamin George Collett and Winifred Alice Harper.  His birth was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 45) during the second quarter of 1929, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Harper.  That was the same quarter of the year in which the death of his father was recorded, just over a week before Brian was born.  He was ten years old and at school when he and his widowed mother and his older sister Brenda were living at 78 Upper Cliff Road in Great Yarmouth for the 1939 Register.  Thirteen years later the marriage of Brian George Collett and Mary I Price was recorded at Maidstone register office (Ref. 5b 1040) during the last three months of 1952.  As far as we know, it is possible that their marriage did not produce any children.  Much later Brian was living in Surrey when he died during the spring of 1991, when he was 61, the death of Brian George Collett recorded at the Surrey South-Eastern register office (Ref. 17 1263)

 

Nancy E Collett [18R51] was born at Stockton-on-Tees in 1921, the only child of William Henry Collett and Eva Evans, her birth recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 197) during the third quarter of 1921, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Evans.  Only one such person with the name Nancy E Collett was born in England from the First World War onwards and that was the only daughter of William Henry Collett and Eva Evans.  Interestingly, there are two marriages for Nancy E Collett and both of them at Durham, just six years apart.  The first was during the second quarter of 1942, when the marriage of Nancy E Collett and Walter L Grooby was recorded at Durham South Eastern register office (Ref. 10a 241), with the second, between Nancy E Collett and David J Sabourin was recorded there during the last quarter of 1948 (Ref. 1a 1485).  It is therefore possible that Walter L Grooby was a casualty of the Second World War, with Nancy reverting to her maiden-name for the second wedding.  Certainly, on 5th May 1950, David Sabourin and his wife Nancy Sabourin sailed out of Liverpool on the ‘Franconia’ of the White Star Line, bound for Quebec in Canada.  Both of them was 28 years old, with David being an engineer, the address from which they came recorded as Vicarage Lane, Dore in Sheffield

 

By the summer of 1956, the couple had two children travelling with them from Vancouver to Auckland, New Zealand (31st July to 17th August 1956), the passenger list including David J Sabourin, Nancy E Sabourin, Susanna C Sabourin, and Malcolm N Sabourin.  They made the return journey, on the same ship, the ‘Oronsay’ later that year, leaving Auckland on 14th December and arriving in Vancouver of 28th December 1956.  On 21st May 1958, the ‘Maasdan’ of the Holland & America Line sailed into Southampton from Montreal with the same four members of the Sabourin family on board.  The address there were heading for was ‘Gables’ Cirencester Road in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.  On this voyage their dates of birth were included on the passenger list.  David Sabourin’s was 2nd September 1921, Nancy’s was 31st August 1921, Susanna Sabourin was born on 5th March 1952, and Malcolm Sabourin was born on 1st August 1955

 

Alan F (P) Collett [18R58] was born on 9th June 1936, the only son of George Richard Collett from Hartlepool and Aileen Anderson Fordy from Stockton-on-Tees.  His birth, as Alan P Collett, was recorded at Stockton register office (Ref. 10a 161), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Fordy.  Just one week before his fourth birthday Alan and his mother received the sad news that his father had been killed while taking part in the evacuation from Dunkirk on 29th May 1940, when the destroyer to which he was assigned was bombed.  Not long after his twenty-third birthday, Alan married Christine Louise Marriott on 22nd August 1959 at Belper in Derbyshire (Ref. 3a 183), with whom he had four daughters who, following their marriages at Oldham in Lancashire, presented Alan and Christine with seven grandchildren between the ages of sixteen and twenty-two by 2011.  The earlier birth of Christine Louise Marriott was recorded at Belper register office (Ref. 7b 1003) during the second quarter of 1938

 

 

This photograph of Alan was taken in the summer of 2013 during a visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial at Cape-le-Ferne near Dover, where he discovered the name of his very distant cousin George Richard Collett (Ref. 18R13)

 

18S34 - Gillian A Collett was born in 1960 at Durham

18S35 - Beverley A Collett was born in 1962 at Durham

18S36 - Joanne L Collett was born in 1965 at Durham

18S37 - Andrea Michelle Collett was born in 1969 at Saddleworth, Yorkshire

 

Robert P Collett [18R61] was born at Ipswich in 1921, his birth recorded there (Ref. 4a 1862) during the third quarter of that year, when his mother’s name was confirmed as Hamblin.  He was the only son of Robert James Collett and Elizabeth Teresa Hamblin who were married after peace in Europe was declared, towards the end of 1918.  Like his father, before him, Robert was also known within the family as Bobs.  He married later in his life and was around thirty-nine when Robert P Collett married Judith M Gower, the event recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 2247) during the third quarter of 1960.  Judith was born early in 1934, with her birth recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 1475) during in the first three months of 1934.  Perhaps, because of age, it appears that the couple had no children.  Prior to their wedding day, Robert had attended the 90th birthday celebrations for his grandmother Emma Collett nee Porter in the summer of 1947 – see photograph at Ref. 18P93).  It is possible that he died in March 2009 and that his obituary was published in the Ipswich Advertiser at that time

 

Philip Robert Walter Collett [18R62] was born at Ipswich on 8th April 1911, where his birth was recorded (Ref. a 1018), the eldest son of William Walter Collett and his wife Florence Maud Death.  Six months later his family was living in the Clacton area of Essex, where the baptism ceremony for Philip Robert Walter Collett was conducted at St James’ Church on 8th October 1911.  Just over two years before the start of the Second World War, Philip married May Lilian Read at St Matthew’s Church in Ipswich on 12th June 1937, their wedding recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 2542).  Within the next couple years May presented her husband with a daughter, just prior to Philip setting off to fight for King and Country.  The photograph (below) was taken at Ipswich in 1939, following the birth of his daughter, Mary-Ann, who kindly provided the full picture which included four generations from herself to her great grandmother Emma Collett nee Porter.  Two years after their wedding day, it would appear that Philip had already enlisted in the armed forces since, the 1939 Register for Ipswich placed only May L Collett living at 13 Beechcroft Road in the Castle Hill of the town.  May gave her date of birth as 17th May 1912, she having also been born in Ipswich, while there were two other people living with her at that address, but sadly, both of them redacted

 

 

Other than the years spent away from home, during the Second World war, Philip worked all his life for Cranfield Brothers of Ipswich, who were flour millers and bakers based at College Street in Ipswich.  After the war Philip returned to Cranfield Brothers, but transferred to their Chelmsford branch in the late 1940s.  And it was at Chelmsford register office (Ref. 9 1754) that his death was recorded during the spring of 1979, at the age of 68.  His Will was proved at London on 23rd October, with his estate valued at £58,762, with probate confirming that he was living at 5 Tyrell’s Close in Chelmsford where he died on 4th June 1979.  It was just after the start of the new century when the death of May Lilian Collett was recorded at Chelmsford register office in September 2002, when she was 90 years old

 

18S38 - Mary-Ann Collett was born in 1938 at Ipswich

 

William Geoffrey Collett [18R63], who was referred to as Geoffrey, was born at Ipswich on 28th August 1912, a son of William Walter Collett and Florence Maud Death.  His birth was recorded at register office (Ref. 4a 1912) but only during the last three months of 191, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Death.  It was during the second quarter of 1938, when the marriage of William Geoffrey Collett and Gladys Victoria May Finney was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 3185).  Gladys was born in Suffolk on 28th November 1912, her birth recorded at Woodbridge (Ref. 4a 2023) during the first quarter of 1913, where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Finney.  Eighteen months after their wedding day, William had already enlisted with the British Army with the Second World War approaching, leaving his wife living with his parents at 16 Westwood Avenue in Ipswich where she was an auxiliary reserve nurse at the age of 26.  In addition to his wartime service, at other times in his life, Geoffrey was a talented photographer, and also worked for the local electricity board.  His marriage to Gladys produced just one child, whose birth was recorded at Bromley (Kent) register office (Ref. 2a1194), during the third quarter of 1944, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Finney.  The marriage of Simone H Collett and Peter C Smith was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 2843) during the third quarter of 1956.  Later on, both Geoffrey and his wife died in the 1980s.  It was at Ipswich register office (Ref. 10 2937) that the death of Gladys Victoria May Collett was recorded during the first months of 1982.  The Administration of her personal effects was granted at Ipswich on 25th May 1982, for a sum not exceeding £25,000.  This also revealed that she and William were residing at ‘Coniston’ on Falkenham Road, in the village of Kirton, just north of Felixstowe, where she died on 30th March 1982.  Having lost his wife, William left Suffolk and moved to Kent, where his death was recorded five years later at Tunbridge Wells register office (Ref. 16 1824) during the summer of 1987

 

18S39 - Simone Hilary Collett was born in 1944 at Bromley, Kent

 

Alan Victor Collett [18R64] was born in 1948 at Ipswich, the only child of Sidney Victor Collett and Joan May Hunt.  His birth was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 4b 1342) during the second quarter of 1948, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hunt.  Alan was thirty-four when he married Rosemary J Huntingford at Ipswich in the spring of 1982 (Ref. 10 2955), although they appear to have had no children

 

Florence Collett [18R67] was born at Blackpool on 22nd January 1916, the first-born child of George Collett and Mary Ann Harrison.  Her birth recorded at Fylde register office (Ref. 8e 527) during the first quarter of that year when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Harrison.  The marriage of Florence Collett and William Lister (from Leeds) was recorded at Blackpool register (Ref. 8e 1293) during the last three months of 1937.  Less than two years later, according to the 1939 Register, Florence and William were living at 4 Weeton Avenue in Blackpool, the adjacent next-door-neighbours of George and Mary Collett, Florence’s parents.  William Lister was a market gardener and pig farmer, whose date of birth was 10th May 1912, when Florence Lister was 23 and a shop assistant selling boots and shoes.  It was during the summer of 1983 when Florence Lister died at the age of 67, her death recorded at Blackpool & Fylde register office (Ref. 4d 0302).  The later death of William Lister was recorded at the same register office (Ref. 40 596) but during the summer of 1991, when he was 79.  He was living at 137 Cunliffe Road in Blackpool when he died on 22nd July 1991, his Will proved at Liverpool on 16th December 1991, with his estate said to be not exceeding £125,000

 

Margery Collett [18R68] was born at Blackpool on 11th March 1920 and her birth was also recorded at Fylde register office (Ref. 8e 1319) during the quarter of that year.  She was the second of the two daughters of George Collett and Mary Ann Harrison, her mother’s maiden-name confirmed on her birth certificate.  The 1939 Register revealed that Margery was the only daughter still living with her parents at 2 Weeton Avenue in Blackpool, her older sister (above) having been married two years earlier.  Unfortunately, the details for Margery Collett were redacted and officially closed, due to her still being alive when the Register was released.  Just under four years later, the marriage of Margery Collett and Douglas Clark Horner, born 15th September 1920, was recorded at Blackpool register office (Ref. 8e 1060) during the first three months of 1943.  Twenty-six years later, the death of Margery Horner was recorded at Preston register office in Lancashire (Ref. 10f 780) near the end of 1969, when she was only 49 years of age.  Douglas was 70 when he died 11 States Road, St Annes-on-Sea, his death recorded at Blackpool & Fylde register office (Ref. 40 564) on 18th November 1990.  His Will was proved at Liverpool on 18th February 1991 for his estate of under £115,000

 

Elsie Collett [18R70] was born in 1902 at Kendal and was the eldest child of William Henry Collett and Isabel Benson, who was already with-child on her wedding day.  It was also during the first three months of that year that Elsie’s birth was recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 773).  The marriage of Elsie Collett and Norman Sarginson was recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 1545) during the second quarter of 1923.  It was during the third quarter of 1896 that Norman’s birth was recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 722).  Just like her own mother, Elsie was pregnant on their wedding day, following which she gave birth to Elsie D Sarginson around four months later, her birth also recorded at Kendall (Ref. 10b 1329) during the third quarter of that same year, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  Tragically, Elsie Sarginson, nee Collett, did not survive the birth, with her death recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 686) during that same third quarter of 1923.  She was only 21 years of age.  The later death of Norman Sarginson was recorded at Westmorland South register office (Ref. 1b 529) during the second quarter of 1958, when he was 61

 

May Isabel Collett [18R71] was born on 12th May 1903 at Kendal, only the second of the four children of William and Isabel Collett to survive beyond infancy.  The birth of May Isabel Collett was recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 820), and it was there also that her father died in 1918.  Seven years later, May Isabel Collett married William Ward, born 29th March 1904, their wedding recorded at Kendal (Ref. 10b 1434) during the third quarter of 1925.  The first of their two sons was born nine months later, when May gave birth to Brian William Ward, whose birth was recorded at Kendal register office (Ref. 10b 1255) during the first three months of 1926.  The family was still living within the Kendal area eight years later, where the birth of their second son, John Ward, was recorded near the end of 1934 (Ref. 10b 968).  On each occasion, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  The 1939 Register listed the family living at 58 Shakespeare Road in Fleetwood, to the north of Blackpool.  William Ward was a locomotive fireman – heavy work, who was born on 29th March 1904, his wife May I Ward was 36 and a housewife, Brian W Ward had been born on 3rd January 1926 and was at school, and John Ward had been born on 6th November 1934.  It was forty years later when the death of May Isabel Ward was recorded at Blackpool & Fylde register office (Ref. 40 0515) during the third quarter of 1979.  William Ward was 85 when he died, his death also recorded at Blackpool & Fylde register office (Ref. 40 821) during the first month of 1990

 

Annie Collett [18R74] was a honeymoon baby who born at Queensbury on 21st July 1898, the eldest child of William Collett from Berwick-on-Tweed and his wife Elizabeth Ann Priestley of Queensbury.  Her birth was recorded at nearby Halifax (Ref. 9a 494).  In the March census of 1901, Annie Collett from Queensbury was two years old and living with her parents and her younger brother Leonard Henry, at Ambler Thorn, Queens Head, to the north of Queensbury.  Around one year later her parents presented the family with a further son, so by the time of the census in 1911 the family of five had left the Queensbury area and, instead, was residing in Keighley, South Yorkshire, where Annie Collett was 12 years of age.  On leaving school, it is possible that she trained to be a nurse and, following the outbreak of the Great War, by 1917 she was certainly working in some capacity at Keighley War Hospital in Morton Banks, on the left bank of the River Aire, where she was caring for those injured during the hostilities

 

Between the years of 1916 and 1919, the hospital treated over 13,000 military cases and, from her first day on the wards, Annie kept an autograph book which was signed by many of the wounded soldiers.  Whatever role she performed in the hospital, she was very popular and certainly made an impression on the soldiers, judging by the comments, verses and drawings, they added to their signatures in her book.  Many of the entries made reference to the fact that she was a young single lady, like “Annie is your name, Single is your station, Happy will be the man, Who’ll make the alteration”.  And again in 1919, when the following was added “Annie now, Annie ever, Collett now, But not forever”.  The existence of the book only came to light in recent years, when it was retrieved from a rubbish skip by Ronnie Pickles of Keighley, following which an article was published in the magazine ‘Down Your Way’ in October 2011, which was spotted by Joyce Hidden nee Collett, who sent it on to us

 

Annie Collett was still not married at the start of the Second World War when, at the age of 41, she was living with her widowed mother Elizabeth Ann Collett at 33 Hainworth Road in Keighley, from where Annie was still caring for the sick and needy under a national health insurance scheme.  Fifteen years later, and just over a year after her mother had passed away, the marriage of Annie Collett, at the age of 56, and Thomas Narey took place during the first three months of 1955, the event recorded at Worth Valley register office (Ref. 2c 114) covering the area of Keighley.  After twenty-two years together, the passing of Annie Narey was recorded at Bradford register office (Ref. 4 0122) following her dying in Scalebor Park Hospital, a mental health facility in Burley-in-Wharfdale, Ilkley, West Yorkshire on 28th January 1977, when she was 78.  Administration of her estate of £2,585 was granted at Leeds on 16th February 1977

 

Leonard Harry Collett [18R75] was born towards the end of 1900 at Amber Thorn, Queens Head, Queensbury, and was six months old in the census of 1901.  His birth was recorded at Halifax (Ref. 9a 453) during the last quarter of 1900.  By 1911, he and his family were living in Keighley, where Leonard Harry Collett was ten years of age.  Seven years after that census day, the death of Leonard H Collett was recorded at Keighley register office (Ref. 9a 255) during the second quarter of 1918, at the age of 17.  The name of Leonard Harry Collett was not included on the list of World War One fatalities

 

Harold Albert Collett [18R76] was born at Ambler Thorn, Queens Head, Queensbury, his birth recorded at Halifax register office (Ref. 9a 68) during the first quarter of 1902.  He was the last child of William Collett and Elizabeth Ann Priestley, and was nine years old in the Keighley census of 1911.  No record of a marriage for Harold has been found, while his death was recorded at Worth Valley (Ref. 2c 77) during the first three months of 1963, when he was 61 years of age.  Worth Valley is just three miles from where he was born

 

William John Collett [18R79] was born on 15th July 1923 at Barrow-in-Furnace, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 8e 1213) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Williams.  In 1939 William J Collett was 15 years of age, by which time he had finished his schooling and was an apprenticed sheet Iron worker living with his mother at 41 School Street in Barrow-in-Furnace.  Seven years after, the married of William John Collett and Bridget Murphy was recorded at Barrow-in-Furnace register office (Ref. 10b 277) during the last three months of 1946.  The birth of Bridget Murphy was also recorded at Barrow-in-Furnace (Ref. 8e 1099) the first quarter of 1926.  In the 1939 Register, Bridget Murphy’s date of birth was recorded as 21st February 1926, so was 13 and still at school.  On that occasion she was living at 120 Rosedale Road in Barrow, the home of her parents, shipyard labourer James Murphy and his wife Marion.  His father Thomas Henry Collett died during the first half of 1947 and his mother ten years later.  Tragically, Bridget suffered a premature death when she died at the age of 36, her passing recorded at Barrow-in-Furnace register office (Ref. 10b 194) during the second quarter of 1962, one year after presenting William with the couple’s fourth child.  All of the children were born at Barrow-in-Furnace, where their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Murphy.  Thirty-three years after losing his wife, the death of William John Collett was recorded at Barrow-in-Furnace in the spring of 1995, aged 71.  The probate process confirmed that he died at home on 28th March 1995 at 57 Lesh Lane in Barrow, his Will proved at Liverpool on 3rd May 1995, when his estate was assessed at under £125,000

 

18S40 – Kathleen Collett was born in 1947 at Barrow-in-Furnace (Ref. 10b 283) Q2

18S41 – William John Collett was born in 1953 at Barrow-in-Furnace (Ref. 10b 218) Q4

18S42 – Peter Collett was born in 1957 at Barrow-in-Furnace (Ref. 10b 220) Q2

18S43 – David Collett was born in 1961 at Barrow-in-Furnace (Ref. 10b 263) Q2

 

Derrick Nelson Collett [18R81] was born at Barrow-in-Furnace on 13th February 1921, the only child of Robert Collett and Blanche Evelyn McVee.  His birth, using the name Derrick Nelson Collett was recorded there (Ref. 8e 1354) during the first quarter of 1921, the only time when that spelling of his first forename was used.  Every record thereafter referred to him as Derek Nelson Collett, the first of them being on the passenger list of the ‘Montclare’ which took just Derek Nelson Collett and his mother out of the Port of Liverpool on 29th August 1924, aged two years, to Quebec, from their home at 31a Welbeck Road in the Walker district of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  His father joined them there later, and by 1930, when Derek N Collett was nine, he and his parents were living in Detroit.  Their time stateside ceased in April 1932, when they returned to England, landing at Liverpool off the ‘Duchess of Richmond on 7th May.  The passenger list included 11-year-old Derek Collett, with a note that the family’s destination was 16 Brown Street in Barrow-in-Furnace.  However, seven years later they were living at 19 Cameron Road in Ilford (east of London), when Derek’s entry in the 1939 Register was redacted

 

It was during the first three months of 1945, when the marriage of Derek Nelson Collett and Gwyneth M Richards was recorded at Cardigan North register office (Ref. 11b 65).  Gwyneth’s birth was recorded at Hackney in London (Ref. 1b 574) during the third quarter of 1930.  Derek Nelson Collett was only 53 when his death was recorded at Stroud in Gloucestershire (Ref. 22 2095) in the spring of 1975.  It was on 24th May 1975 that he died at home at Bownham Park, Bagpath south of Rodborough, near Stroud

 

Harry Collett [18R82] was born on 6th March 1906 at Green Lane in Redenhall, and was baptised at the parish church of Redenham-with-Harlston-and-Wortwell on 17th July 1910, the only child of William Collett and Laura Magdalene Leish.  His birth was recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 213) during the second quarter of 1906.  It was also at Green Lane in Redenhall that the family was living through to at least 1914 according to the electoral roll.  In 1911 Harry Collett was with his parents at Green Lane when he was five years old.  By the time the 1939 Register was published, Harry was 33 and working as a tractor-driver on a farm when he was still living with his family, but at Docking in North Norfolk.  It was at Docking that Harry met his future wife, who was living there with her parents in 1939 at 35 South Lodge when her date of birth was recorded as 20th September 1910 and when she was employed as an office cleaner.  Her parents were Thomas and Elizabeth Seaman.  Just over a year later, Harry Collett married Frances Sarah Seaman, their wedding recorded at Fakenham register office (Ref. 4b 863) during the first quarter of 1942.  Two years after their wedding day, Frances gave birth to a daughter, whose birth was recorded at Fakenham register office (Ref. 4b 378), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Seaman.  Frances was 56 when she passed away, her death recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 4b 878) during the first three months of 1967.  Three years after that sad event, the death of Harry Collett was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 1686) during the third quarter of 1970, when he was 65

 

18S44 – Gillian G Collett was born in 1944 at Docking, North Norfolk

 

Arthur Tom Collett [18R83] was born at Redenhall on 12th November 1905 and six months later she was baptised there on 19th May 1906, the only known child of Harry Collett and Lucy Ellen Fairhead.  His birth was recorded at Depwade register office (Ref. 4b 209) during the last months of 1905.  By 1911, the family was living at Pulham Market in Norfolk, where Arthur Collett was five years old.  Also with him was his six-year-old half-brother Harry William Fairhead from Alburgh, the base-born son of Arthur’s mother.  Seventeen years later Arthur Tom Collett married Gertrude Ethel Maltby, the wedding recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 2742) during the second quarter of 1928.  Gertrude was born on 12th April 1907 and was baptised at Lowestoft on 14th October 1912 with three of her siblings, Beatrice Louisa Maltby, Priscilla Maltby, and Frederick Francis Spall Maltby, the children of fisherman John Maltby and his wife Beatrice of 11 Meadow Cottages in Oulton

 

Over the following years, Gertrude presented Arthur with three children, their births recorded at Wangford register office, and by 1939 the five members of the family were recorded at 50 Ellough Road in Beccles although, unfortunately, the details for two of the children were redacted and officially closed.  Arthur T Collett was a builder’s handyman aged 33, when Gertrude E Collett gave her date of birth as 29th March 1906, nearly a year different from the date recorded at her baptism.  That is also despite the record of her birth being registered at Mutford (Ref. 4a 1152) during the second quarter of 1907.  The only one of the three children whose details had not been redacted was Pearl S Collett who was very nearly nine years old and attending school, with her date of birth recorded as 3rd September 1930.  It was during the first three months of 1973 when the death of Arthur Tom Collett was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 1705) at 66 years of age.  Seven years after losing Arthur, the death of Gertrude Ethel Collett was recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 10 2800) during the second quarter of 1980.  On that occasion her actual date of birth was not known by the informant of her passing, which was recorded as ‘being around 1902’

 

18S45 – Velma I Collett was born in 1929 (Wangford)

18S46 – Pearl Sylvia Collett was born in 1930 at Beccles (Wangford)

18S47 – Roy G Collett was born in 1932 at Beccles (Wangford)

 

Felix William G Collett [18R84] was born on 25th July 1920 at Hartismere, the first of the four children of Frederick George Collett and Florence Rose Churchyard.  His birth was recorded at Hartismere register office (Ref. 4a 1985) during the third quarter of 1920, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Churchyard.  By 1939 the members of the family were living at three different dwellings.  Only Felix and his sister Thelma were still living at the family home at Council House No. 3 on Church Lane in the Hartismere district, when Felix W Collett was also a wheelwright and a builder, working with his father, when he confirmed his date of birth as above.  It was nearly fifty years later when the death of Felix William G Collett was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 10 2489) during the summer of 1988, when he was 68.

 

Thomas Wilfred Collett [18R85] was born on 6th July 1924 at Hartismere, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 4a 1603) during the third quarter of 1924, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Churchyard.  He was another son of Frederick and Florence Collett.  While his family was living in a Council House within the Hartismere area in 1939, Thomas was living and working at the home of seventy-year-old couple Walter and Annie Balls, at The Common, Harlston Road in Metfield.  Thomas W Collett was an assistant gardener for the retired wheelwright and his wife, one of their three servants employed by the couple.  It is very interesting that, it was there also where Thomas’ father was staying when he was a twelve-year-old schoolboy in the census of 1911.  Many years later, the death of Thomas Wilfred Collett was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. a13b 134) during the summer of 1994, when he was 70 years of age.  It is possible that the three unmarried brothers were living in close proximity to each other towards the end of their lives, as they were all living in the Ipswich area when they passed away over a period of eight years

 

Charles Frederick Collett [18R86] was born on 3rd March 1928 at Hartismere, the third son of Frederick and Florence, his birth recorded at Hartismere register office (Ref. 4a 1542) during the second quarter of the year.  According to the 1939 Register, it was at The Street in Hartismere that eleven-year-old school boy Charles Collett was staying with his paternal grandmother who, by then, was Eliza Woolnough, the former Eliza Collett nee Pearce, when she was 66 and a widow for the second time in her life.  Living not far away, at that time was his family at Council House No 3on Church Lane in Hartismere.  No recorded of a marriage has been found and it was during October 1986 that his death was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 10 1791) when he was aged 58

 

Thelma E Collett [18R87] was born in 1931 at Hartismere and was the youngest of the four children of Frederick George Collett and Florence Rose Churchyard.  Her birth was recorded at Hartismere register office (Ref. 4a 1573) during the third quarter of that year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Keable.  It would appear that she was only one of the four children to be married, when the wedding of Thelma E Collett and Basil J Keable was recorded at Hartismere register office (Ref. 4b 1640) during the last three months of 1950.  Within the following six months, Thelma gave birth to a son, when the birth of Frank J Keable was recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4b 971) during the first three months of 1951.  The couple’s second child, daughter Shirley A Keable, also had her birth recorded at Blyth (Ref. 4b 1223) during the second quarter of 1959.  On both occasions the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett

 

George Frank Collett [18R88] was born on 21st April 1928, the first of the three children of George William Collett from Hackney and Doris Griffin from Croydon.  It was at Croydon register office (Ref. 2a 530) that his birth was recorded during the second quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Griffin.  Just after he was born his parents settled in the London Borough of Hackney, at 44 Aveley Road in Upper Clapton.  It was there, in the 1939 Register, that George F Collett was eleven years old and still at school, the only child still living with his parents at 44 Aveley Road.  At that same time, his future wife was a school girl living at 36 Taye Green Road, Elsenham, Bishop’s Stortford, when her date of birth was 25th March 1928, her birth having been recorded at Pancras register office in London.  It was also at Hackney register office, twelve years later, that the marriage of George F Collett and Joan Alice Cresswell was recorded (Ref. 5c 1115) during the second quarter of 1951.  As far as can be determined, the marriage produced no children for the couple, with the later death of George Frank Collett recorded at Southend-on-Sea register office (Ref. 9 2822) towards the end of 1979.  Sometime after being widowed, Joan remarried and upon her death at Saffron Walden in Essex on 7th December 2009, she was recorded as Mrs Joan Alice Saunders who was 81

 

Iris Winifred Collett [18R89] was born at 44 Aveley Road in Upper Clapton on 22nd March 1931, her birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 495), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Griffin.  Iris was 21 when she married Sidney Joseph White, with the event recorded at Hackney (Ref. 5c 1476) during the first three months of 1953.  Sidney’s birth was recorded during the first quarter of 1930 at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 496).  They were married for around forty-four years, when the death of Iris Winifred Collett was recorded at Waltham Forest register office (Ref. 2551c c53) during the early weeks of 1997.  It was eleven years later, when Sidney was living at Benfleet in Essex, that he died on 9th October 2009, at the age of 79

 

Doris M Collett [18R90] was born at 44 Aveley Road in Upper Clapton when her birth was recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 519) during the second quarter of 1936.  Her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Griffin, she being the third and last child of George William Collett and Doris Griffin.  The later marriage of Doris M Collett and John Ledger was also recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 5c 1628) during the first three months of 1959.  After only seven years together, the premature death of Doris M Ledger was recorded at Carlisle (Ref. 1a 47) during the first three months of 1966 when she was just 30 years old

 

Anthony Frank Collett [18R91] was the first-born child of Frank M Collett and Ivy E Metson, his birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 545) during the last three months of 1935.  As Anthony F Collett, aged 22, he married Christina Philpot, their wedding recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 5c 1427) during the first quarter of 1958.  Christina V Philpot was born in London at the start of 1936, her birth recorded at Stepney register office (Ref. 1c 193).  She was the eldest daughter of church missionary John Philpot, and his wife Joyce, whose family had been spending some time in Western Australia, after which they sailed into Tilbury Docks from Freemantle on 9th April 1952 on board the ‘Ormonde’.  The birth of their two children were also recorded at Hackney register office, where their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Philpot.  Daughter Jacqueline’s birth (Ref. 5c 918) was recorded during the second quarter of 1961, while son David’s birth (Ref. 5b 761) was recorded during the third quarter of 1967.  Anthony Frank Collett was in Norfolk when he died at the age of 75 on 3rd July 2011

 

18S48 - Jacqueline A Collett was born in 1961 at Hackney

18S49 - David Antony Collett was born in 1967 at Hackney

 

Kenneth Collett [18R92] was born on 18th July 1937, another son of Frank and Ivy Collett, his birth recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 578) during the third quarter of 1937, his mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Metson.  It was also at Hackney register office, where his marriage to Hilda L Salmon was recorded (Ref. 5c 1241) during the fourth quarter of 1960.  Just over one year later, the birth of their only known child was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 5c 881) during the first three months of 1962.  He went on the marry Lisa Rowe, the marriage recorded at the Essex Thurrock register office (Ref. 9 1802) in early 1986.  Having seen his son married, it was later that same year when Kenneth Collett died at Waltham Forest, in London (Ref. 15 513) in September 1986 when he was only 45

 

18S50 - Christopher Kenneth Collett was born in 1962 at Hackney

 

Albert Collett [18R93] was the third of the four sons of Frank and Ivy Collett, with his birth also recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 550) second quarter of 1940, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Metson.  Just as with his two older brothers, Albert was also married at Hackney, where his wedding to Jeannette A Stout was recorded (Ref. 5c 1197) during the second quarter of 1960.  Jeannette’s birth was recorded at the Hertfordshire Hitchin register office (Ref. 3a 1781) during the second quarter of 1943.  Over the three years following her wedding day, Jeanette gave birth to three children, all recorded at Hackney, where the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Stout.  The birth of the first of them was recorded in the last three months of 1960 (Ref. 5c 680) after which, around the time she was 19 years old, Susan J Collett married Anthony J Rathbone, the event recorded at Poplar & Bethnal Green (Ref. 14 0754) near the end of 1979.  There are two options for the marriage of Albert and Jeannette’s son, whose birth was recorded (Ref. 5c 720) during the first three months of 1962, the first of them for Steven N Collett and Colleen Balfour at Hackney (Ref. 12 0830) early in 1981.  The second for Steven A N Collett and Jennifer G Wallace at the Essex Havering register office (Ref. 13 0048) in the first months of 1983.   The birth of the couple’s last child, Barbara, was again recorded at Hackney (Ref. 5c 430) during the last quarter of 1963, while it was at Havering (Ref. 234 041) that she married Martin Grover in May 1999

 

18S51 - Susan J Collett was born in 1960 at Hackney

18S52 - Steven A N Collett was born in 1962 at Hackney

18S53 - Barbara I M Collett was born in 1963 at Hackney

 

Clifford James Collett [18R96] was born in 1931, his birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 532) during the second quarter of the year, the only son of Walter James Collett and Mary Ann Crowther, and the second of their three children.  He later married Margaret R Block; the event recorded at Wood Green register office in Middlesex (Ref. 5f 1509) during the third quarter of 1954.  After six years together, Margaret gave birth to twin boys and later on, a daughter, the birth of all three recorded at Edmonton register office, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Block.  It should be noted that an earlier marriage between the Collett and Block families took place in London when Alice Mary Collett [18Q149] from Yoxford and Wood Green, married Lewis John Block born at Islington in 1900, the son of William Abraham and Emily Block of Tottenham

 

18S54 – Anthony James Collett was born in 1960 at Edmonton (Ref. 5e 437) Q4

18S55 – Gary James Collett was born in 1960 at Edmonton (Ref. 5e 437) Q4

18S56 – Alison J Collett was born in 1965 at Edmonton (Ref. 5e 541) Q1

 

Irene Laura B Collett [18R99] was born at Lowestoft on 7th May 1915, the daughter of John William George Collett and Laura lily Burden.  Her birth, including the initials L B, was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 2110) during the second quarter of 1915 where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burden.  Before the end of 1938, unmarried Irene Collett had a liaison with a man, the result of which was the birth to a daughter nine months later.  That situation was confirmed in the 1939 Register, when Irene L B Collett aged 24 and her baby Myrtle Patricia Collett who had been born on 23rd August 1939 were living at 56 London Road in Lowestoft.  The child’s birth was recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4a 2143), when her mother’s name was confirmed as Collett.  Between three and six months later, the marriage of Irene L B Collet and Edward Osborn Lambert was also recorded at Lothingland (Ref. 4a 3370) during the first quarter of 1940.  Edward was born on 8th April 1909, his birth recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 1127).  Five years after the wedding, Irene gave birth to a second daughter, with the birth of Sylvia J Lambert recorded at Lothingland (Ref. 4a 1703) during the second quarter of 1945.  Sometime thereafter the couple lived at 1 Well Cottage, Raglan Street in Lowestoft.  It was also at that address where Irene died on 12th February 1973 and was survived by her husband.  The death of Irene Laura L Lambert was recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4b 3235) early in 1973, when she was 57 years of age.  Later, during the summer of 1981, Edward Osborn Lambert died after which his death was recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 10 2706)

 

18S57 – Myrtle Patricia Collett was born in 1939 at Lowestoft

 

Edward Henry William Collett [18R101] was born at Lowestoft on 4th August 1917, the eldest surviving son of John and Laura Collett.  His birth was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 1614) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burden.  He married late in his life, when the wedding of Edward H W Collett and Ruth Winifred I Taberer was recorded at Luton register office (Ref. 4a 350) during the first three months of 1961.  It was also at Luton, that his younger brother, Harold (below), was married eight years earlier.  Two years after Edward and Ruth were married, their only known child was born and sometime after the birth the family of three moved to Kings Lynn, where their son was married in 1982, just after the death of his father.  Edward was 64 years old, and living at 14 Walpole Road in Kings Lynn, when he died, the death of Edward Henry W Collett recorded there (Ref. 10 1524) during the first days of 1982.  He was buried in the grounds of St Margaret & St Nicholas’ Church in Kings Lynn on 6th January 1982.  Three years after being made a widow, Ruth Winifred I Collett who had been born on 24th October 1925 at Edmonton in London, died around her sixtieth birthday, when her death was also recorded at Kings Lynn register office (Ref. 10 1496)

 

18S58 - Mark Edward Collett was born in 1963 at Luton

 

Francis Robert Charles Collett [18R102] was born at 217 Raglan Street in Lowestoft on 17th September 1919, another son of John and Laura Collett, whose birth was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 2183) during the fourth quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burden.  It was less than a month later when he was baptised at the parish church in Lowestoft on 19th October 1919, when his father’s occupation was that of a fisherman.  Tragically, he died in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp on 25th June 1943.  He was Private 5826640 F R C Collett of the 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment and was buried at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.  His Will was proved at Ipswich on 7th February 1946, when the beneficiaries were his mother Laura Lily Collett and his father John William George Collett

 

Hazel Hilda Collett [18R103] was born at Lowestoft on 3rd December 1920, with her birth recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 2056) during the first three months of 1921, the youngest daughter of John and Laura Collett.  In 1939 Hazel was still living with her family at 217 Raglan Street in Lowestoft, from where she was working as a general hand in a food factory at the age of 18.  Later on, when she was 24 years old, she married Richard George Llewellyn Pope, their wedding recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4a 2389) during the first quarter of 1944.  Their wedding service was conducted on 20th March 1944.  Richard had been born on 25th March 1918 and he was 78 when his death was recorded at Waveney during the month of January in 1997.  The later death of Hazel Hilda Pope was also recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 753/1 a 24c) in 2004, when she was 84

 

Harold G Collett [18R105] was born at Lowestoft on 27th May 1925, the son of John and Laura Collett, whose birth was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 1870) during the second quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burden.  During his school days, the family was living at 217 Raglan Street in Lowestoft.  By the time he was 25 years of age, it would appear that perhaps, Harold and his older brother Edward (above), had moved to Bedfordshire, where they were both married.  The marriage of Harold G Collett and Gladys Kate Ephgrave was recorded at Luton register office (Ref. 4a 396) during the third quarter of 1953.  Gladys had been born at Luton on 8th July 1927 and was the daughter of George and Kate Ephgrave.  It was also at Luton that Harold and Gladys’ two daughters were born.  The birth of Teresa was recorded there (Ref. 4a 274) in the last quarter of 1960 and in July 1984 she married John Clark at Bury-St-Edmunds, while the birth of Rosanne was recorded there (Ref. 4a 376) during the second quarter of 1966 and in April 1997 she married Neil J Cornish, also at Bury-St-Edmunds.  Gladys Kate Collett was 76 when she died in December 2003, her death recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds

 

18S59 - Teresa J Collett was born in 1960 at Luton

18S60 - Rosanne Jean Collett was born in 1966 at Luton

 

Raymond Lewis Collett [18R106] was born at Lowestoft on 26th September 1926, another son of John and Laura Collett, whose birth was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 3a 1680), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burden.  In the 1939 Register Raymond was at school and living at 217 Raglan Street in Lowestoft.  He later married Edith May Garrod at St Margaret’s Church in Lowestoft on 30th August 1950, the event recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4b 2292), with whom he had three children.  Raymond died at Lowestoft during March 2003, with his death recorded at Great Yarmouth, and four years after, Edith died there on 28th October 2007.  A black marble headstone marks the couple’s joint grave, with an inscription that includes the important dated for Raymond = 26. 9. 1926 – 10. 3. 2003, and Edith = 28. 11. 1930 – 28. 10. 2007

 

18S61 – Susan Ann Collett was born in 1953 at Lowestoft

18S62 - Jillian Edith Collett was born in 1955 at Lowestoft

18S63 - Paul Raymond John Collett was born on 17th November 1968 at Lowestoft

 

Douglas N E Collett [18R107] was born at Lowestoft in 1929, with his birth recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 1783) during the third quarter of 1929, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burden.  It was during the second quarter of 1953 that the marriage of Douglas N E Collett and Mary C Jones was recorded at Luton register office (Ref. 4a 283).  Douglas was the first of three sons of John and Laura Collett to be married at Luton, his wedding followed that same year by his brother Harold (above) and eight years later by his much older brother Edward (above).  The birth of Mary Jones was recorded at Hawarden register office (Ref. 11b 276) during the first quarter of 1933, Hawarden being in North Wales, just west of Chester.

 

Violet L Collett [18R108] was born at Lowestoft on 17th October 1930 and was another daughter of John and Laura Collett, whose birth was recorded at Mutford register office (Ref. 4a 1676) during the last three months of the year, where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burden.  In 1939 the family was living at 217 Raglan Street in Lowestoft, although Violet’s entry in the 1939 Register had been redacted because she was still alive when it became a public document.  She was nineteen years of age, when the marriage of Violet L Collett and William John Meadows, who was born on 3rd September 1923, was recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4b 1760) during the first quarter of 1950.  William may have been a member of Violet’s grandmother’s family since, as Anna Meadows, she married John Christian George Collett.  The death of William John Meadows was recorded at Ipswich register office during December 1997

 

Dorothy R E Collett [18R111] was born at Lowestoft in 1935 and was the 14th and last child of John William George Collett and Laura Lily Burden.  Her birth was recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4a 1542) during the fourth quarter of that year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Burden.  She was three years of age in the 1939 Register, when Dorothy and her family were living at 217 Raglan Street in Lowestoft where she may have been born.  Just like her sister Violet (above), Dorothy was also nineteen when her marriage to Noel J Lark was recorded at Lothingland (Ref. 4b 2274) during the first three months of 1955

 

Roy William Collett [18R112] was born at Blythburgh, near Southwold in 1932, the eldest of the three sons of William Sydney Collett and Laura Crisp.  His birth was recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 1555) during the last three months of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Crisp.  No record of any marriage for Roy William Collett has been found, even though he was 84 years old when he died on 19th June 2017

 

Clive Rex Collett [18R113] was born at Ipswich on 18th October 1938, his birth recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4a 1386), when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Crisp.  He married Valerie G Knight early in 1964, their wedding recorded at Blyth (Ref. 4b 2045), which was where the births of their two children were also recorded, within the Southwold area of Suffolk.  The death of Clive R Collett was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 4b 2660) during the second month of 1971.  He was only thirty-two years when he died at the West Suffolk Hospital in Ipswich on 2nd February 1971

 

18S64 - Paul Andrew Collett was born in 1967 at Blyth

18S65 - Sandra Jane Collett was born in 1969 at Blyth

 

Gordon Daniel Collett [18R114] was born at Ipswich in 1944, his birth recorded at the register office there (Ref. 4a 1860) during the second quarter of that year, where his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Crisp.  He was third and last child of William and Laura Collett and, tragically, he was only eighteen years old when he died at Darsham, four miles north of Saxmundham, on 9th January 1963.  His death was recorded at the nearby Blyth register office (Ref. 4a 1131) during the first three months of the year

 

John Collett [18R116] was born at Rosehearty in Scotland in 1930 and at some time in his life he emigrated to New Zealand where, in 2008, he was living at Palmerston, Otago in New Zealand aged 78.  Sometime after arriving in New Zealand, he met and married Jean Moyle at Port Chalmers with whom he had three children.  Contact received from John’s niece Rachael Collett in June 2014 indicates that John Collett died around two years or more after her father Francis Ernest James Collett (below) passed away, although his death was not generally known about within the wider family

 

18S66 - John Collett, born in New Zealand, living in Dunedin - date of birth unknown

18S67 - Peter Collett, born in New Zealand, living on North Island - date of birth unknown

18S68 - Karen Collett, born in New Zealand, living in Oamaru - date of birth unknown

 

Ivy Collett [18R117] was born at Rosehearty in 1936 and she was still living there in 2008 at the age of 72.  She married Mr Simpson and together they had three children.  Sadly, her husband died and Ivy remarried and is now Ivy Reid

 

Francis Ernest James Collett [18R118] was born at Rosehearty on 7th May 1942.  Around the time he was 19 in 1961, he left Scotland to start a new life in New Zealand, following in the footsteps of his older brother John (above).  To stay in Scotland would have meant going to sea as a fisherman, an occupation with a high mortality rate.  On arrival in New Zealand, he settled at Port Chalmers in Dunedin and not long after he met Kaye Isobel Doreen Montgomery who was born on 12th December 1943.  Francis and Kaye were eventually married on 17th September 1965 at Port Chalmers and their marriage produced two children.  From the time of his arrival in New Zealand to the time when he was aged 52, Francis was employed as a water-sider and a dock worker.  Francis and Kaye had been married for forty-three years when Francis died at home on 29th September 2008 from cancer at the age of 66, his home address recorded as 50 Avenue Road in Timaru.  It was his obituary that confirmed his wife was Kaye and their children were Andrew and Michelle (?)

 

18S69 - Andrew James Collett was born in 1969 at Port Chalmers, NZ

18S70 - Rachael Ann Collett was born in 1973 at Port Chalmers, NZ

 

Gerald F Collett [18R119] was born at Blyth in 1941, the eldest of the three children of Robert Charles Collett and Rachel V Goodchild, his birth recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4a 2324) during the third quarter of the year, his mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Goodchild.  He was 23 years old when he married Maureen A Paternoster, the event recorded at Blyth (Ref. 4b 2027) during the first quarter of 1965.  Maureen’s birth was recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4a 1517) during the last quarter of 1944.  The birth of the first of their two children was recorded at Ipswich, the birth of the second at Deben near Woodbridge (Ref. 4b 1466) when, on both occasions, their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Paternoster.  Daughter Julie Ann married Ryan D Hall during the summer of 1998, their wedding also recorded at Deben

 

18S71 – Stephen Charles Collett was born in 1967 at Ipswich

18S72 - Julie Ann L Collett was born in 1969 at Deben

 

Graham R Collett [18R120] was born on 8th March 1945, another son of Robert and Rachel Collett, whose birth was recorded at Blyth (Ref. 4a 1671) during the first three months of 1945, where his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Goodchild.  Unlike his brother Gerald (above), who married young, Graham was in his early thirties when his marriage to Doreen R Turner was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 10 3225) during the summer of 1977.  Doreen’s birth was recorded at Deben register office (Ref. 4b 933) in the last quarter of 1954.  Their daughter may have been a honeymoon baby, as her birth was recorded at Ipswich (Ref. 10 2885) during the first months of 1978.  Graham was 61 when he died, his death recorded at Wolverhampton register office in February 2006

 

18S73 - Rachel Louise Collett was born in 1978 at Ipswich

 

David John Collett [18R121] was born on 12th August 1947 and was the youngest of the three sons of Robert Charles Collett and Rachel V Goodchild.  Curiously, David’s birth was recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4b 1357) during the second quarter of that year, which raises the question, was it in April rather than August.  No record has been found to suggest that he was ever married, while David died at Altrincham on 4th November 2004, with his death as David John Collett being recorded at the Cheshire Trafford register office when he was 58 years old

 

Thelma June Collett [18R122] was born at The Old Mill House in Westleton on 14th June 1935, the eldest of the two children of Claude Victor Collett and Bessie Helena Harmer.  During the last three months of 1962 the marriage of Thelma Joan Collett and Peter L Walker was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 4b 1333).  The birth of her husband had been recorded at the Norfolk Aylsham register office (Ref. 4b 99) during the last quarter of 1935.  Thelma June Walker was 70 years old when she died, her death recorded at Norwich in the summer of 2005

 

John Victor Collett [18R123] was born on 28th August 1937 at The Old Mill House in Westleton, the son of Claude and Bessie Collett.  His birth was recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4a 1703), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Harmer.  Only two records in England feature the marriage of John V Collett and one of those was certainly John V Collett (Ref. 1R10) of Burton-on-Trent who married Kathleen E Scotney there.  It is therefore possible that the other marriage of John V Collett and Joan Howe, recorded at the Essex South-Western register office (Ref. 5a 536) in the first months of 1961 was in fact John Victor Collett

 

Kenneth Lionel Collett [18R124] was born at 24 Albany Road in Southtown (Yarmouth) on 16th October 1915, the eldest child of Lionel Charles George Collett and Rosa Elizabeth Hubbard.  His birth was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 43), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hubbard.  He later married Doreen Rose Boulter, the event recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 7) during the first quarter of 1939, with whom he had just one daughter.  Kenneth and Doreen were still a childless couple when the 1939 Register was produced, when they were living in the Great Yarmouth area, at a dwelling having the name ‘Kewdar’ possible on Cottage Burgh Road, but more likely Castle Burgh Road.  Kenneth gave his date of birth as 20th October 1915, different from that stated above, when he was working as a dairy manager.  Doreen gave her date of birth as 14th June 1916.  Around eighteen months after the 1939 Register was compiled, the birth of their only child was recorded in North Wales at the Hawarden register office (Ref. 11b 794) during the second quarter of 1941, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Boulter.  In addition to inheriting L Collett Dairies from his father when he died in 1946, Kenneth also became Mayor of Yarmouth during the 1960s

 

18S74 – Jacqueline D R Collett was born in 1941 at Hawarden, Flintshire

 

During his life as owner and manager of L Collett Dairies, Kenneth developed the company into a very successful business, which he sold on when he retired in 1981, at the age of 65.  Sadly, he only survived for a few years after that, when he died at Great Yarmouth, where his death was recorded (Ref. 10 1162) during the summer of 1984, when he was 68 and when his date of birth was recorded as 16th October 1915.  Following his death on 17th August 1984, he was cremated at Great Yarmouth Crematorium on 22nd August, his home address recorded as ‘Valhalla’ Mill Road in Burgh Castle.  His ashes were buried at Great Yarmouth Crematorium.  The Will of Kenneth Lionel Collett was proved at Ipswich on 189th November 1984 at an estimate value of £28,876.  After twenty-six years as a widow, Doreen Rose Collett died on 26th March 2010 at the age of 93 while at James Paget Hospital in Gorleston and was cremated on 8th April 2010 when her ashes were also buried near the ashes of her late husband

 

18S75 – a Collett daughter

 

Joan Evelyn Collett ]18R125] was born at Southtown on 28th November 1921, the daughter of Lionel Charles George Collett and his wife Rosa Elizabeth Hubbard.  However, her birth was not recorded at Great Yarmouth until just after the start of 1922 (Ref. 4b 43), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hubbard.  Joan never married and was living with her parents in 1939 at 66 Victoria Road in Great Yarmouth, when Joan was employed as a shorthand typist.  She was still living within the Great Yarmouth area when she died on 28th September 1989 at the age of 67.  When she was buried at Caister on 25th October 1989, her last address was recorded as 71 Southtown Road in Gorleston.  Curiously, when her Will was proved at Ipswich on 24th November 1989 the documentation stated that Joan Evelyn Collett was of 41 Lynn Grove in Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, when her estate was £111,394

 

Hettie Lourina Maud Collett [18R126] was born at Gorleston-on-Sea on 25th August 1912, the only child of Charles George Collett and his first wife Gertrude Esther Bridges.  Hettie was a honeymoon baby, her birth recorded at Wayland register office (Ref. 4b 413) when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Bridges.  It was at Gorleston-with-Southtown parish church that Hetty Lourina Maud Collett was baptised on 6th October 1912 when her parents were living at 53 Trafalgar Road East, where her father was a yardman.  Like her father, Hettie was also married twice during her life although, upon divorcing her first husband, she reverted to her maiden-name, which she used again on the day of her second wedding day.  The marriage by banns of Hettie M L Collett and (1) Cyril George Munday, born 23rd July 1908, was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 237) during the third quarter of 1934.  Five years later, Cyril was a shop assistant in a chemists’ shop in Aylsham.  Less than thirteen years later and after divorcing her first husband, Hettie Munday Collett married (2) Josef Wysocki on 24th March 1947 at St Thomas’ Church in Heigham, that event was recorded at Norwich (Ref. 4b 1212).  Hettie Wysocki was 89 when she died at Norwich on 21st February 2002

 

Herbert John Collett [18R128] was born at Southwold on 1st March 1921, his birth recorded at Blything register office (Ref. 4a 2018), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Plant, being the eldest child of the three children of William John Collett and Emily P Plant.  Herbert was twenty-eight years old when he married Joan Victoria Copeman, their wedding recorded at Lothingland (Ref. 4b 2301) during the third quarter of 1949.  Joan was born on 12th September 1923, her birth recorded at Wangford register office (Ref. 4a 1781).  They were married for around forty-two years, when the death of Herbert John Collett was recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 10 2807) during the summer of 1991, when he was 70 years of age.  Administration of his personal effect was granted at Ipswich on 21st October following his passing on 10th September 1991 at 37 Fredericks Road in Beccles, when his estate was said to not exceed £125,000.  Two years after losing her husband, the death of Joan Victoria Collett, aged 69, was recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. b7c 181) during the summer of 1993.  Her Will was proved at Ipswich on 4th November 1993 in the sum of £235,927, which also confirmed that she died on 13th June 1993 at 20 Temperance Place, Blyburgate in Beccles

 

Mary Elizabeth Collett [18R134] was born at Liverpool on 12th April 1923, her birth recorded at West Derby (Liverpool) register office (Ref. 8b 1216) during the second quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Davies.  She was the youngest daughter and fourth of the five children of William Collett and May Davies.  The 1939 Register confirmed that unmarried Mary E Collett, whose date of birth was as stated above, was one of only two children still living with their parents at 14 Canterbury Road in Liverpool.  By that time Mary had left school and was working as a shuttle finisher.  It was four years later, when the marriage of Mary E Collett and Fredericks S V Howells was recorded at Liverpool South register office (Ref. 8b 51) during the last three months of 1943.  Their marriage produced two children, Allan K Howells in 1946, and Glynis Howells in 1952, both births recorded at Liverpool when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  The children’s grandfather died in 1953 when Mary’s parents were still living at 14 Canterbury Road, but following the death of her widowed mother in 1965, it was Mary Elizabeth Howells, a married woman, who was the main beneficiary of her estate of £2,204 of May Collett of 102 Lincoln Street in Liverpool.  Mary Elizabeth Howells was 59 when she died, with her death recorded at Birkenhead register office (Ref. 37 0597) during the third quarter of 1982.  Her husband was born in London on 8th February 1921 who, in 1939 was an apprentice carpenter.  He was 76, when the death of Frederick Stanley V Howells was recorded at Birkenhead during August 1997

 

Kenneth Leonard Collett [18R135] was born at Garston on 26th April 1928, with his birth recorded at Liverpool register office (Ref. 8b 494), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Davies.  He was baptised at Garston on 5th June 1928, the fifth and last child of William Francis Charles Collett and May Davies. and was still attending school in 1939, when he and his family was living at 14 Canterbury Road in Liverpool.  Eight years later, the marriage of Kenneth L Collett and Doreen E Smith was recorded at the Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 1127) during the second quarter of 1947.  There were eleven children born at Liverpool between 1947 and 1961, all of them having a mother whose maiden-name was Collett, but surely, not all of them could be the children of Kenneth and Doreen.  They were Lynda D Collett in 1949, Kenneth J Collett in 1950, William Collett in 1951, Patricia M Collett in 1952, Susan V Collett in 1954, Ann J Collett in 1955, Shirley Collett in 1957, Elizabeth Collett in 1958, Leonard Collett in 1959, Robert Collett in 1960, and Janet Collett in 1961.  Four of the children have names that have an association with the family and they are Kenneth, William, Leonard, and possibly Elizabeth – if that was Doreen’s second name.  However, only two of the four have been included below, while future information is sought

 

It was during the second quarter of 1982 when the death of Kenneth Leonard Collett was recorded at Birkenhead register office (Ref. 37 0566), just a few months prior to the death of his sister Mary (above) which was also recorded there that same year.  He was cremated on 23rd June 1982 when the record held by the by crematorium confirmed that he was retired at the age of 54, and living at 102 Lincoln Street in the Garston area of South Liverpool when he died, the cause of death being cardiac arrest due to cardiogenic shock due to myocardial infarction and carcinoma of the bronchus

 

18S76 – Kenneth John Collett was born in 1950 at Liverpool

18S77 – Leonard Collett was born in 1959 at Liverpool

 

Albert Robert Collett [18R136] was born at Liverpool on 30th December 1929, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 8b 487) during the first three months of 1930, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Harris.  He was the only child of Albert Collett and Gertrude Harris, with whom he was living in 1939 at 61 York Street in the Garston area of south Liverpool when he was attending school, where they lived all their married life together.  It was during the summer of 1955, that the marriage of Albert R Collett and Barbara M Young was recorded at Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 1097) during the third quarter of that year.  Barbara Mary Young was born at Liverpool on 17th February 1934 and was the daughter of Matthew and Lily Young.  The couple’s only child was born at Garston during the second quarter of 1966, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Young, her birth recorded at the Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 802).  Barbara, and Albert, were still living in Liverpool when she died at the age of 65 in October 1999.  Her widowed husband Albert Robert Collett was still residing in the Garston area of Liverpool, when he passed away on 31st August 2016 when he was 86 years old

 

18S78 – Sandra Dawn Collett was born in 1966 at Garston, Liverpool South

 

Vera Collett [18R137] was born in 1933 at Liverpool nine months after her parents were married there.  She was the first of the three daughters of Robert Collett and Alice Marrion.  Her birth was recorded at Liverpool register office (Ref. 8b 128) during the last quarter of the year.  At the age of five years, Vera was most likely living with her mother in West Lancashire, although the entry in the 1939 Register had been redacted.  Whilst, the entry for her younger sister Hazel (below) was also redacted, it was the girls’ father who was absent because he was living at 56 Lincoln Street in Garston.  It was during the third quarter of 1957 when Vera married Leonard Williams, the event recorded at the Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 959), one year after her sister Hazel was married there

 

Hazel J Collett [18R138] was born in 1936 at Liverpool, her birth recorded there during the last three months of that year (Ref. 8b 88), the second child of Robert and Alice Collett.  The record of her birth also confirmed that her mother’s maiden-name was Marrion.  She was living with her mother in 1939 when her father was absent and sixteen-years later she married Edward F Preece, their wedding day recorded at Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 996) during the third quarter of 1956

 

Barbara Collett [18R139] was born in 1942 at Liverpool, the third and last child of Robert and Alice Collett, her birth recorded at Liverpool register office (Ref. 8b 406) during the last three months of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Marrion.  The marriage of Barbara Collett and Peter Baker was recorded at Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 866) during the first quarter of 1965

 

Marjorie J Collett [18R140] was born at Fulham where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1a 352) during the second quarter of 1919, the first-born child of Hammond Alexander Collett and Edith Lilian Louise Smith.  It was during the last three months of 1946 that she married Sidney Manasseh Gillan, the event recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 5e 654).  Sidney had been born within the Islington area of London, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 1b 482) during the third quarter of 1915 and had been a prisoner of war when he was capture by the Japanese army at Singapore.  He was a private with the East Surrey Regiment, service number 6147377, the son of William and May Gillan of Islington in London, where he was born of 7th July 1915.  He was 87 years of age when he died at Chichester in Sussex, where his death at Midhurst on 1st October 2002 was recorded. 

 

Juanita Collett [18R141] was born at Fulham on 8th October 1920, her birth recorded there (Ref. 1a 537), another of Hammond and Edith Collett, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Smith.  Juanita never married, with her death recorded at Chichester in Sussex (Ref. 7793 c39) during the summer of 1994.  Her Will was proved at Winchester on 31st August 1994 when it was valued at £284,742 and revealed that she died on 21st July 1993 at 24 Canada Grove, Easebourne, Midhurst in West Sussex

 

Alexander A Collett [18R142] was born at Fulham on 2nd September 1922, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1a 527) during the third quarter of 1922, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Smith, the eldest son of Hammond and Edith Collett.  At the age of 17 he was a clerk working at a coal office, when he was still living with his family in Fulham in 1939.  Nearly four years later, before reaching the age of 21, he became a married man, the marriage of Alexander A Collett and Diana A Dobson being recorded at Fulham register office (Ref. 1a 541) during the second quarter of 1943.  Diana had been born in 1921, her birth recorded at Fulham register office (Ref. 1a 548) during the second quarter of the year.

 

John Alfred Collett [18R143] was born at Fulham on 8th February 1929, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 1a 400), the fourth and last child of Hammond Alexander Collett and Edith Lilian Louise Smith.  According to the 1939 Register, John was ten years of age and attending school, when he was living with his whole family in Fulham.  He was 21 years old when his marriage to Betty Theresa Edwards was recorded at Fulham (Ref. 5c 1425) during the third quarter of 1950.  Betty had been born on 17th September 1928 within the Fulham area of London and had a twin sister Violet, their mother being Lilian Edwards.  John Alfred Collett was 72, when his passing was recorded at the South East Hampshire register office (Ref. 5013 h52) in the spring of 2001.  Eighteen months after being widowed, Betty Theresa Collett was 74, when her death was recorded at the same register office (Ref. h54 246) during the month of September in 2002

 

Alfred Lewis Collett [18R144] was born at Richmond-upon-Thames on 17th June 1923, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 2a 867) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hobbs.  He was the first-born child of Alfred Lewis Collett and Lillian Rhoda Hobbs.  With the Second World War at mid-term, the marriage of Alfred Lewis Collett and Doris Muriel Miles was recorded at the Surrey North Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 276) during the last three months of 1942, at the age of 19. Doris was born in 1925, her birth recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 147) during the second quarter of that year.  Two years before she married Alfred, she was living with her parents, Frederick and Ada at their Richmond, Surrey, home at 6 Woodville Road, when Doris’ date of birth was recorded as 15th April 1925.  Doris gave birth to three children over the six years following her marriage to Alfred, all three births recorded at the Surrey North-Eastern register office, when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Miles.  Alfred was 81 years old when he died, his death as Alfred Lewis Collett being recorded at the Chichester register office in Sussex (Ref. 779/1 12bd) in the early months of 2004.  It was actually at Bognor Regis where he died on 11th February 2004

 

18S79 – June Rose Collett was born in 1943 at North-East Surrey

18S80 – Alfred Lewis Collett was born in 1944 at North-East Surrey

18S81 – John E Collett was born in 1948 at North-East Surrey

 

John Edward Collett [18R145] was born at Richmond-upon-Thames in 1925, his birth recorded there (Ref. 2a 856) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hobbs.  He was the second of the nine children of Alfred and Lillian Collett, and was known as Jack.  It was at the Surrey Northern register office, where the marriage of John Edward Collett and Vivienne Joyce W Weston was recorded (Ref. 5g 534) during the last quarter of 1950.  Vivienne Joyce W Weston was born on 27th July 1928, her birth recorded at Cirencester register office (Ref. 6a 563).  In the 1939 Register Vivienne J W Weston was living at 33 Albert Road in Richmond-upon-Thames with her parents Jesse and Lily Weston.  Her later death was recorded at the Surrey Northern register office in the summer of 1999 when she was 71

 

George Hammond Collett [18R146] was born at Richmond-upon-Thames on 10th September 1927 and was another son of Alfred Lewis Collett and Lillian Rhoda Hobbs.  His birth was recorded at Richmond register office (Ref. 2a 750) during the final three months of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hobbs.  George Collett served his national service for eighteen months with the British Army stationed, for a while, in Tripoli just after WWll.  He spent his childhood and early adult years in Ham, Richmond, where he met Jean Marie Marshall.  They married in March 1952, their wedding was recorded at the Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 5g 647) and they had 4 children whilst living in Ham, Brentford then Feltham, in Middlesex.  George and Jean were divorced in early 1972.  Following their divorce, Jean Marie was remarried to George’s younger brother Charles Arthur Collett (below). George Hammond Collett died in June 1989, his death recorded at Hounslow register office (Ref. 13 968), when he was 62.  In a very sad twist of fate, both George and Charles passed away within three months of each other in 1989.  For most of his life, George was a passionate athlete, running for Thames Valley Harriers, both nationally and in international races.  He also ran in several London Marathons, from the inaugural race in 1981, and always supported Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Chris Brasher (co-founder of the London Marathon) and Ron Hill were running colleagues of George and both attended his funeral.  Guide Dogs for the Blind presented his family with a signed portrait in his memory.  Following his death at 12 Sunbury Road in Feltham, Middlesex, on 30th June 1989, the Will of George Hammond Collett was proved at London on the 15th August 1989 when his personal effects were valued at £100,000

 

18S82 - Peter John Collett was born in 1954 at Ham, Surrey

18S83 - Christina Jane Collett was born in 1955 at Ham, Surrey

18S84 - Paul Graham Collett was born in 1959 at Brentford, Middlesex

18S85 - David George Collett was born in 1962 at Brentford, Middlesex

 

Charles Arthur Collett [18R147] was born at Richmond-upon-Thames on 26th August 1929, his birth also recorded there (Ref. 2a 823) during the fourth quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hobbs.  Charles was forty-three when he married the divorced wife of his brother George (above), their wedding day recorded at Kingston-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 5c 2616) in the summer of 1972, when the bride was confirmed at Jean M Collett. Just over seventeen years later, the death of Charles Arthur Collett was recorded at Kingston-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 13 1984) in September 1989, when he was nearly sixty years old.  Administration of estate not exceeding £100,000 was granted at London on 6th January 1990 and confirmed that he died at 90 Elm Road in New Malden, Surrey on 12th October 1989

 

Gladys Lilian Collett [18R148] was born on 26th September 1931 at Richmond-upon-Thames, her birth recorded there (Ref. 2a 858), the eldest daughter of Alfred and Lillian Collett, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hobbs.  She was almost twenty-one years of age when the marriage of Gladys Lilian Collett and Terence Maurice Lloyd was recorded at the Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 5g 725) during the third quarter of 1952.  Terence was born on 31st August 1927 the son of Edward and Margaret Lloyd with whom he was living at 190 Welbeck Road, St Helier, Carshalton, Surrey in 1939, having been born at Bedwellty in Wales.  Their marriage produced three sons: Alan K Lloyd born during the summer of 1953; Stephen B Lloyd born in the spring of 1955; and Geoffrey G Lloyd born in the spring of 1961.  All three birth were recorded at the Surrey Northern register office, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  The couple continued to live in Richmond-upon-Thames where Terence died on 23rd March 2003 at the age of 76, while survived him by thirteen years, with Gladys being 86 when she also died at Richmond-upon-Thames on 12th January 2017

 

Joan S Collett [18R149] was born on 5th September 1934 at Richmond-upon-Thames another daughter of Alfred and Lillian Collett, whose birth was recorded at the Surrey North Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 128), again, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hobbs.  It was during the last three months of 1956 when the marriage of Joan S Collett and Peter N Walker was recorded at the Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 5g 470).

 

William Gordon Collett [18R150] was born at Richmond-upon-Thames on 29th August 1938, the seventh child of Alfred and Lillian Collett.  His birth was recorded at the Surrey North Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 170), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hobbs.  He married Jean Ann Croft on 6th July 1957 and the marriage, recorded at Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 5g 769), produced four children for the couple.  Jean was born on 11th January 1938, her birth recorded at the Surrey North-Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 185).  They enjoyed forty-two years together, when William Gordon Collett died on 17th September 1999, only three weeks after his sixty-first birthday, his passing recorded at Kingston-upon-Thames register office.  The last sixteen years of her life was spent as a widow, with Jean Ann Collett being 78 years old and living at Verwood, ten miles north of Bournemouth, when she passed away on 2nd March 2016.  It seems likely that she was buried with her late husband, as her body was certainly returned to Surrey, and buried at Leatherhead.  It was three years after she died that her obituary was published at Swanage in Dorset on the third anniversary of her demise

 

18S86 - Trevor P Collett was born on 14th May 1959 in North Surrey (Ref. 5g 441) Q2

18S87 - Jane S Collett was born in 1960 in Middlesex

18S88 - Sarah Jean Collett was born on 12th February 1968 at Kingston-upon-Thames (Ref. 5c 1453) Q1

18S89 - Melanie Clare Collett was born on 10th October 1969 at Kingston-upon-Thames (Ref. 5c 2401) Q3

 

Reginald Alan Collett [18R151] was born at Richmond-upon-Thames on 6th September 1942, his birth recorded at the Surrey North Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 240), his mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Hobbs.  He was 22 years old when the marriage of Reginald A Collett and Patricia M Wotherspoon was recorded at Southend-on-Sea register office (Ref. 4a 1701) during the last three months of 1964.  Patricia May Wotherspoon was from Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex and had been born on 20th December 1945, when her birth was recorded at Southend-on-Sea register office (Ref. 4a 1202).  The marriage produced two children for Reginald and Patricia, the birth of the first child recorded at Isleworth in Middlesex, and the second at Richmond-upon-Thames, in both cases the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Wotherspoon

 

18S90 - Gordon Alan Collett was born in 1965 at Isleworth

18S91 - Karen Patricia Collett was born in 1967 at Richmond-upon-Thames

 

Robert Graham Collett [18R152] was born at Richmond-upon-Thames on 21st December 1945, the last child of the nine children of Alfred Lewis Collett and Lillian Rhoda Hobbs.  His birth was recorded at the Surrey North Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 206), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Hobbs.  During the early months of 1981 the marriage of Robert Graham Collett and Anna C G de Nijs from Holland, was recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames (Ref. 14 0968), with whom he had two daughters whose births were recorded at Kingston-upon-Thames.  Their first child, Marieke Anne Collett may well have been a honeymoon baby, since her birth was recorded during the last three months of that same year (Ref. 13 1532).  Just over two years after, their family was completed, when the birth of Emily Rose was recorded during the first quarter of 1984 (Ref. 13 1588).  On both occasions the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as de Nijs.  It was at the age of 62, when Robert Graham Collett passed away on 23rd April 2008 when he was still living in Kingston-upon-Thames

 

18S92 – Marieke Anne Collett was born in 1981 at Kingston-upon-Thames

18S93 – Emily Rose Collett was born in 1984 at Kingston-upon-Thames

 

Peter Robert Collett [18R153] was born in London on 17th August 1929, his birth recorded at Holborn register office (Ref. 1b 836).  He married Pamela Elodie Davis on 10th April 1954 at Sidcup in Kent, where the event was recorded (Ref. 5b 1286).  She was born on 27th September 1929 at Trinity Rise near Thurlow Park in South London, the daughter of John Philip Davis and Beatrice Nelly Head, her birth recorded at Lambeth register office (Ref. 1d 531).  Eight years after their wedding day, their daughter was born

 

18S94 - Jane Elodie Collett was born in 1962 at Dartford, Kent

 

David Collett [18R154] was born at 92 Kew Green in Kew on 9th April 1931, his birth recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 2a 937), where his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Jeanes.  He married (1) Elizabeth Ann Rooney on 20th August 1955, the wedding recorded at Richmond (Ref. 5g 865).  Elizabeth was born on 20th August 1934 at Sheen in Surrey, her birth recorded at the Kent Elham register office (Ref. 2a 1911).  Later on, David married (2) June Alice Hebert on 1st May 1982 at Toronto in Canada, June having been born on 6th June 1934 at Paipoonge in Ontario.  When Elizabeth Ann Collett died on 24th September 2015 at the age of 81, she too was living in Canada, when her obituary confirmed that three of children were still alive.  They were simply named as Jeff Collett, Ian Collett and Gary Collett

 

18S95 - Geoffrey David Collett was born in 1959 in Canada

18S96 - Ian Donald Collett was born in 1961 at Winnipeg

18S97 - Gary Denis Collett was born in 1962 in Canada

18S98 - Diane Gail Collett was born in 1964 at Calgary

 

Jean Collett [18R155] was born at 92 Kew Green in Kew on 31st October 1932, her birth recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 2a 815), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Jeanes.  She died just three months later on 3rd February 1933 and was buried at the Richmond Cemetery on Lower Grove Road in Kew.  Her death, like her birth, was recorded at Richmond (Ref. 2a 955)

 

MICHAEL JOHN COLLETT [18R156] was born at 92 Kew Green on Kew on 5th January 1934, his birth recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 2a 885), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Jeanes.  He was baptised during February that same year, at St Anne’s Church in Kew.  He married Yvonne Dorothy Bernice Parker on 16th September 1967 at St Anne’s Church in Kew, their wedding recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames (Ref. 5d 7126).  Yvonne was born on 19th May 1943 at Paddington, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1a 87), the daughter of Eric Walter Maurice Parker and Dorothy Susannah Ringe.  Sometime after the birth of their son, it would appear that Michael and Yvonne possibly made their home in France, because it was there at Jonzac, Charente-Maritime, north of Bordeaux, that his death was recorded in French on 8 Mai 2013.  The same record also confirmed that he was 79 and had been born on 5 Janv 1934 at Richmond, Royaume-Uni

 

18S99 – DAVID MICHAEL ROBERT COLLETT was born in 1970 at Taplow, Buckinghamshire

 

Valerie Collett [18R157] was born in 1935 the first-born child of William Hammond Collett and Ruth Ivy Rossiter, her birth recorded at the London Marylebone register office (Ref. 1a 594) during the last three months of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Rossiter.  Valerie was seventeen years of age when her first marriage to (1) Philip William Liddle was recorded at Ealing register office (Ref. 5a 264) during the second quarter of 1953.  His birth was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 372) during the third quarter of 1931, so was 21 years old on their wedding day.  Not many months after that day, their daughter Linda V Liddle was born, her birth recorded at Ealing register office (Ref. 5e 261), when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  They must have been divorced, because Philip Liddle died at Harlow in October 2002.  Only four-and-a-half years after his first wedding day, Valerie Liddle married Peter Collins that second such event was recorded at the Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 5g 601) during the last three months of 1958.  The birth of Peter Collins was recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 2a 875) during the last quarter of 1931.  Many years later, Valerie Collins was 84 when she died in Maidenhead on 27th August 2019

 

William John Collett [18R158] was born on 30th December 1939, his birth recorded at the Surrey North Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 4), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Rossiter.  He was married twice in his life, the first time to (1) June M A Parson during the third quarter of 1957, when the event was recorded at Surrey North register office (Ref. 5g 771).  June’s birth was recorded at the Surrey North-Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 247) during the third quarter of 1940.  After around twenty years with June, the marriage of William John Collett and (2) Patricia M Thomas was recorded at St Albans register office in Hertfordshire (Ref. 10 0514) during the quarter of 1978.  William’s three children came from his first wife, when their births were recorded at different register offices in Surrey, the first at the Surrey North office, the other two at the Surrey North-Western office, all stating that the mother’s maiden-name was Parsons

 

18S100 – Ricki J Collett was born in 1958 at Richmond-upon-Thames

18S101 – Keith D Collett was born in 1961 at North-West Surrey

18S102 – Andrew J Collett was born in 1965 at North-West Surrey (Ref. 5g 296) Q2

 

Arthur Ernest Collett [18R159] was born in 1919 at Bury-St-Edmunds, the eldest of the three children of Ernest Louis Collett and Jessie Johnson, his birth recorded there (Ref. 4a 1208) during the second quarter of that year.  The register of his birth stated that the mother’s maiden-name was Johnson.  It was later, at Bury-St-Edmunds, that the marriage of Arthur Ernest Collett and Winifred Hazel Trudgett was recorded (Ref. 4a 3355) during the third quarter of 1941.  Winifred had been born at Bury-St-Edmunds on 8th May 1919, one of the daughters of Thomas and Annie Trudgett of Conyers Green, Great Barton, Bury-St-Edmunds.  Just less than three years after their wedding day, Winifred gave birth to a daughter, the first of the couple’s two girls.  The births were recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Trudgett.  Winifred was 84 when she died at Cambridge on 27th January 2004 where her death was recorded, the record of her passing stated that her last permanent home address was at Bury-St-Edmunds.  The couple’s first daughter was married during the third quarter of 1966, when the wedding of Vonda J Collett and David J Garrod was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 4b 3241).  Their younger daughter was married eight years after her sister, with the wedding of Monica Collett and Peter E Hobson recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 4b 2486) during the first three months of 1974

 

18S103 – Vonda J Collett was born in 1944 at Bury-St-Edmunds (Ref. 4a 1769) Q2

18S104 – Monica Collett was born in 1947 at Bury-St-Edmunds (Ref. 4b 1828) Q1

 

Herbert Stanley Collett [18R160] was also born at Bury-St-Edmunds on 7th April 1921, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 4a 1741a) during the second quarter of the year when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Johnson, the son of Ernest and Jessie Collett.  He was still living in the area of Bury-St-Edmunds, where his death was recorded during the month of August in 1999, when he was 78

 

June E Collett [18R161] was born at Bury-St-Edmunds on 11th June 1931, her birth recorded there (Ref. 4a 1529) during the third quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Johnson.  She was third child of Ernest Louis Collett and Jessie Johnson and their only daughter.  She was eight years old in 1939, when she was at school and living at Council House No. 8, Shinham Bridge Road, Great Barton, Bury-St-Edmunds, with her parents and one of her old brothers.  Just after the start of 1953, the marriage of June E Collett Gerald D Stiff was recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 4b 2173), his birth also recorded there (Ref. 4a 1525) during the third quarter of 1926.

 

David J Collett [18R162] was born in 1940 at Bury-St-Edmunds, the only know child of Herbert George Collett and Margaret M Plumpkin, whose birth was recorded there (Ref. 4a 2456) during the first quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Plumpkin.  Tragically, he did not survive, with his very premature death recorded at Bury-St-Edmunds register office (Ref. 4a 2716) during the same three months of 1940

 

Cyril George Collett [18R163] was born at 35 Crayford Road in Erith, Kent on 29th June 1920, the eldest of the two known children of Ephraim George Collett and Edith Kate Kedge.  His birth was recorded at Dartford register office (Ref. 2a 1304) during the third quarter of 1920, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Kedge.  Cyril George Collett was baptised on 16th July 1920, the son of machinist George Collett of 35 Crayford Road.  In 1939, Cyril was a telephone fitter who was 19 years old and still living with his parents at Erith, together with his sister Rita (below).  Cyril was nearly forty years of age when he became a married man, when his wedding to Myrtle Georgina Marshall was recorded at Dartford register office (Ref. 5b 614) during the second quarter of 1960.  Myrtle’s birth on 27th November 1925 was recorded at Dartford (Ref. 2a 976) prior to her being baptised on 12th December 1925, the daughter of Albert Ernest and Louisa Bertha Marshall.  Cyril was 73 when he died on 10th December 1995, his passing recorded at Greenwich register office, after which he was buried at Greenwich on 20th December 1995.  Seventeen years after being made a widow, Myrtle Georgina Collett on 14th December 2012 in Kent

 

Rita Mabel Collett [18R164] was born at 35 Crayford Road in Erith on 15th March 1925, the daughter of Ephraim and Edith Collett, whose birth was recorded at Dartford (Ref. 2a 1050) when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Kedge.  She was then baptised at Christ Church in Erith on 3rd April 1925, daughter of bricklayer George Collett and his wife Edith.  By the time she was 14 years of age, she had finished school and was a clerical worker for a publicity office.  That was in 1939, while it was less than six years after, when she married Lenard William Vousden on 6th April 1946, the wedding recorded at Dartford register office (Ref. 2a 1964) during the first quarter of 1946.  His birth as Leonard W Vousden was also recorded at Dartford (Ref. 2a 992) during the fourth quarter of 1921, having been born on 5th October 1921.  Rita was 69 when she died on 17th June 1994, her death recorded at Gravesend in Kent, following which she was buried at Greenwich Cemetery on 30th June 1994.  Leonard survived for another five years, when he died on 7th July 1999, his death recorded at Gravesend, with his body laid to rest at Greenwich Cemetery on 16th July 1999

 

Horace Collett [18R165] was born at Doncaster on 18th October 1925, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 9c 1529), when his mother’s maiden-name was Collett, making him the eldest of the two sons of unmarried Florence Elizabeth Collett.  Horace was fourteen years of age when his mother married Lewin Oswald Pybus at Doncaster early in 1939, with whom he and his brother Charles (below) were living at 21 Baker Street in Doncaster, as confirmed by the 1939 Register.  Ten years later, during the second quarter of 1949, the marriage of Horace Collett and Gladys Powis was recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 2b 869) which was followed one year after by the birth of their son, with their daughter born near the end of 1951 who, sadly did not survive beyond a few days.  Horace was 52 when he died, his death recorded at Doncaster (Ref. 3 0435) in the late summer of 1977

 

18S105 - David Collett was born in 1950 at Doncaster

18S106 – Christine A Collett was born in 1951 at Doncaster

 

Charles William Collett [18R166] was born at Doncaster on 25th April 1928 and, like his brother Horace (above), his birth was also recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 9c 1358), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  He was eleven years old in 1939 and attending school in Doncaster, when he and his brother were living at 21 Baker Street in Doncaster, the home of Lewin Oswald Pybus, a farm labourer who had only very recently married their mother Florence Elizabeth Pybus

 

Charles Anthony Sibbald Collett [18S1] was born in 1940 at the home of his maternal Sibbald-Scott grandparents at ‘Oast House’ Poll Hill in Harrietsham in Kent, with his birth recorded at nearby Maidstone register office (Ref. 2a 2728) during the first three months of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Sibbald-Scott.  He later married Linda Susan Griffith-Jones, with their wedding recorded at Midhurst in Sussex (Ref. 5h 1920) during the third quarter of 1972.  Linda was born at Batu Gajah in Malaya on 13th February 1950, the daughter of Deputy Public Prosecutor Eric Newton Griffith-Jones and Mary Patricia Heagarty.  The births of the couple’s two children were recorded at the Reading and Wokingham register office, their daughter (Ref. 19 0462) during the second quarter of 1975 and their son (Ref. 19 681) during the first quarter of 1977.  On both occasions, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Griffith-Jones.  The marriage of Lisa Patricia Collett and Hadley M Barnes was recorded at Petersfield in Hampshire (Ref. 496 0710) during the spring of 2002

 

18T1 - Lisa Patricia Collett was born in 1975 in Berkshire

18T2 - Richard Eric Charles Collett was born in 1977 in Berkshire

 

Robin Trusson Collett [18S2] was born on 23rd September 1942, his birth recorded at Windsor register office (Ref. 2c 853) during the fourth quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Sibbald-Scott.  By the time he was eight years old, Robin and his family were living in Reading, where the death of Robin T Collett was recorded (Ref. 6a 97) during the third quarter of 1951.  A shared memorial grave-marker with his mother (1919-1968) and his father Royal Navy Commander Charles Trusson Collett OBE (1904-1958), bears the date of his passing as 14th August 1951, and can be found in the churchyard at St Peter’s Church in Yateley, Hampshire, Southlands in Yateley bearing the home of his parents prior to their passing

 

Elizabeth Heather Collett [18S3] was born in 1945, her birth recorded at Windsor (Ref. 2a 908) during the second quarter of the year, where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Sibbald-Scott.  Just less than 24 years later, the marriage of Elizabeth Heather Collett and Richard Ahern was recorded at Wokingham register office (Ref. 6a 571) during the first three months of 1969.  Their marriage produced three children for the couple, the first of them being Luke Richard R Ahern whose birth was recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 7a 1625) during the summer of 1972, when his mother’s maiden-name was Collett.  It was near to the end of the following year that their daughter, Kate Sophie Ahern, was born with her birth also recorded at Plymouth (Ref. 7a 1295).  Five years later the family was complete, with the birth of Thomas Charles Ahern whose born was also registered at Plymouth (Ref. 21 1543) during the first months of 1979

 

David William Francis Collett [18S4] was born in 1952, his birth recorded at Aldershot (Ref. 6b 68) during the third quarter of the year.  His later marriage to Sarah M Kentish took place on 10th May 1985 and was recorded at Haywards Heath in Sussex (Ref. 18 1632) during the summer that year.  The birth of their daughter was recorded at the Surrey South Western register office (Ref. 17 1675) on the summer of 1987 where exactly two years later the birth of their son was also recorded (Ref. 17 1601).  The mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Kentish of both events

 

18T3 - Emma Elizabeth Collett was born in 1987 in Surrey

18T4 - William Douglas Charles Collett was born in 1989 in Surrey

 

Anthony Michael Collett [18S5] was born in 1938, his birth recorded at the Cheshire Wirral register office (Ref. 8a 683) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Bell.  He was the eldest of the two children of George Kempthorne Collett and Cashie Rongnye Fernie Bell.  Anthony was 28 when he married Virginia P Powell, their wedding recorded at Winchester register office (Ref. 6b 2117) during the third quarter of 1966.  Virginia had been born in London, with her birth recorded at Marylebone (Ref. 1a 461) during the last three months of 1944.  The birth of the couple’s first child was recorded in London (Ref. 5d 1418) at the start of 1969.  It was there also that the other two children’s birth were recorded, near the end of 1970 (Ref. 5d 2771) and at the start of 1975, in each case their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Powell

 

18T5 - Marina Rongnye Collett was born in 1968 in London St Marylebone

18T6 - Julian Edward Collett was born in 1970 in London St Marylebone

18T7 - Jessica Rongnye Collett was born in 1975 in London St Marylebone

 

Jean Rongnye Collett [18S6] was born in 1942 and her birth was recorded at Wokingham register office (Ref. 2c 1044) during the first quarter of that year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Bell.  She was the daughter of George and Cashie Collett.  The later marriage of Jean R Collett and Nicholas J Hallings-Pott was recorded at Westminster (Ref. 5e 1411) near the start of 1969.  After giving birth to two children, the couple was divorced in 1995.  The births of the two children were recorded at Westminster register office, Lucy Rongnye Hallings-Pott during the summer of 1971, and Charles John Hallings-Pott three years later

 

Peter Frank Collett [18S7] was born on 8th February 1954, with his birth recorded at Surrey North Western register office (Ref. 5g 823) during the first three months of that year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Gardiner, the eldest of the two children of Frank Ainslie Collett and Joyce Neta Gardiner.  Three years after his sister Diana was born, the four members of the family sailed to India where their father continued to plied his trade as a merchant.  How long the family remained in India is not known, except that the marriage of his sister Diana took place at Westminster in London during 1985.  Peter was 38 years of age when he married Philippa L Hutton in the spring of 1992, the event recorded at the Chiltern & South Buckinghamshire register office (Ref. 19 1223).  Peter’s father was described as Frank Collett of Ascot in Berkshire, and Philippa’s father was recorded as Robert Hutton of Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire.  Philippa’s birth was recorded at Bromley register office (Ref. 5b 201) during the third quarter of 1964.  The birth of their daughter was recorded at Westminster early in 1997

 

18T8 Jennifer Gillian Collett was born on 25th January 1997 in London

 

Diana Joyce Collett [18S8] was born on 26th September 1956 and her birth was recorded at Surrey North Western register office (Ref. 5g 842) during the third quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Gardiner.  She was the youngest of the two children of Frank Ainslie Collett and Joyce Neta Gardiner.  Not long after she was born her family left Surrey when they moved to Berkshire and Cape Cottage, St Mary’s Road, Sunningdale near Ascot but, by the time Diana was three years old, her whole family sailed to India where they lived for some years, before returning to England and their home on St Mary’s Road.  It was the passenger list for the journey to India in 1959 that her date of birth was revealed.  Back in England, the marriage of Diana Joyce Collett and Anthony James Hunt took place on 16th September 1985 and was recorded at Westminster register office (Ref. 15 972), when her father was confirmed as Frank Ainslie Collett of Ascot, and Anthony’s father was named as Lieutenant James Hunt of Richmond-on-Thames

 

Leonie Gillian Collett [18S9] was born in 1949 and her birth was recorded at Chichester in Kent during the second quarter of the year (Ref. 5h 475), where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Bishop.  She later married Rupert James Beaupre Creed with whom she had twin sons.  The couple’s wedding day was recorded at Cuckfield in Sussex (Ref. 5h 292) at the beginning of 1973.  The birth of Benjamin Beaupre Creed was recorded at Tonbridge register office (Ref. 16 2318) during the spring of 1976, as was that of Quentin Nicholas Creed (Ref. 16 2319) the very next entry in the register

 

Andrew John F Collett [18S10] was born during the second quarter of 1955, with his birth recorded at Yeovil, Somerset (Ref. 7c 418), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Bishop.  It was in 1980 that the marriage of Andrew J F Collett and Theresa J Cottam was recorded at the Hasting & Rother register office (Ref. 18 0463) during the third quarter of that year.  Theresa’s birth was recorded at Battle register office (Ref. 5h 4) during the third quarter of 1957.  Their two children were born in the Brighton area, where their births were recorded and where their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Cottam, Ralph (Ref. 18 89) and Alice (Ref. 18 253).

 

18T9 - Ralph William Collett was born in 1984 at Brighton, Sussex

18T10 - Alice Leonie Collett was born in 1988 at Brighton, Sussex

 

James Michael Collett [18S11] was born in the first months of 1957, his birth recorded at Gosport in Hampshire (Ref. 6b 426), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Bishop.  It was in the summer of 1985 that he married Mary Ann Tomlinson, when the event was recorded at the Surrey South Eastern register office (Ref. 17 961).  The birth of the couple’s first-born child was recorded at Bristol (Ref. 22 1863), as was the second (Ref. 3011b b17c), the mother’s maiden-name on both occasions was confirmed as Tomlinson

 

18T11 - Harriet Fay Collett was born in 1990 at Bristol

18T12 - John Edwin Collett was born in 1992 at Bristol

 

Neil Arthur Whittaker [18S12] was born at Bowdon near Altrincham on 24th April 1964, the eldest of the six children of Elizabeth Mary Benson and Arthur Whittaker.  His birth was recorded at Bucklow register office (Ref. 10a 185) when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Benson.  On leaving school he entered the world of Information Technology, initially working in Cheltenham, before spending a short time working in Edinburgh.  In 1987 Neil emigrated to North America and settled in Connecticut.  He had a partner Sherie with whom he had a daughter Jorgia Whittaker who was born on 8th April 1997

 

Benjamin James Collett [18S14], who was known as Jimmy, was born in South Africa on 13th April 1928 in South Africa, the second child of Benjamin Louis Collett and his first wife Charlotte.  It is understood by family members in South Africa in 2020, that Jimmy returned to England where “he was married and raised a large family”.  There was also a mention that his wife’s maiden-name may have been Harris.  However, no such family has been found, although the marriage of James B Collett and Cynthia A Wallis was recorded at the Basford, Nottinghamshire) register office (Ref. 3c 195) during the second quarter of 1954, when Jimmy would have been twenty-six years of age.  Their marriage produced seven children, all of them born in Nottinghamshire when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Wallis.  It is also known that the death of (Jimmy) James Benjamin Collett was recorded at Nottingham in 1995 (Ref. 6891c c65a).  The death record also confirmed his dated of birth as 13th April 1928.  The details of their six children are listed below and in every case the mother’s name was confirmed as Wallis

 

18T13 - Helena A Collett was born in 1956 at Nottingham

18T14 - Jon B Collett was born in 1957 at Basford, Nottingham

18T15 - Virginia E Collett was born in 1959 at Basford, Nottingham

18T16 - Nancy A Collett was born in 1960 at Basford, Nottingham

18T17 - Joseph C Collett was born in 1962 at Basford, Nottingham

18T18 – Daniel R Collett was born in 1964 at Basford, Nottingham (Ref. 3c 75) Q1

18T19 - James Alexander Collett was born in 1966 at Nottingham (Ref. 3c 857) Q2

 

Myrene May Collett [18S15] was born on 13th October 1942 at Cape Town in South Africa, the daughter Benjamin Collett and Myra Moore.  She was six years old when she sailed to England with her parents in 1947, to return later to Cape Town where she married John Whitelaw von Wiese who was also born in Cape Town on 23rd December 1931, nearly ten years her senior.  The marriage produced a daughter for the couple, who eventually took her mother’s maiden-name.  That change of name is likely to have followed Myrene’s divorce, which was granted in 1969.  In 1972, under her maiden-name, Myrene Mary Collett was back in court opposing an application with George Alexander Franklin.  After a further seven years she was back in court in a case of Myrene Mary Reynolds versus Bryan Seward Reynolds.  Myrene later became a grandmother, when Karen gave birth to two children, both born at Cape Town.  They were Zoe Ellen Nicol born on 21st December 1999 and Kirk Anderson Nicol born on 12th December 2001.  And it was Karen in South Africa, who kindly provided this new information about the life of her mother

 

18T20 - Karen Suzette Collett was born on 23rd February 1962 at Orkney, Transvaal in South Africa

 

Lewis Collett [18S18] was born at Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with his date of birth being after his parents left England, possibly around 1950, the second son of Edward Arthur Collett and Lilian Hartnupp.  When Lewis became a married man, his wife gave birth to a daughter Louise Collett, about whom nothing is known

 

18T21 - Louise Collett was born in South Africa, the date and place unknown

 

Gordon Collett [18S19] was born at Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the third and last son of Edward and Lily Collett.  The later marriage of Gordon Collett resulted in the birth of two children although, apart from their names, nothing further is known

 

18T22 - Lindsay Collett was born in South Africa, the date and place unknown

18T23 - Gary Collett was born in South Africa, the date and place unknown

 

Elsie J Collett [18S20] was born in 1938 at Grimsby, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 7a 933) during the second quarter of the year, where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Neslen.  She was the eldest of the two children of Joseph William Collett and Elsie Vera Neslen.  The four members of the family were residing at 8 Convamore Road in Grimsby, from where her father was a trawl fisherman.  However, the entry for Thelma was redacted and officially closed due to her still being alive when the document was available to members of the general public.  Twenty years afterwards, when she was 21, the married of Elsie J Collett and Charles F Gowing was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 3b 437) during the last quarter of 1959.

 

Joseph William Collett [18S21] was born on 28th June 1939 at Grimsby and it was there that his birth was recorded (Ref. 7a 1137) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Neslen.  He was the second child of Joseph and Elsie Collett with whom he was living at 8 Convamore Road in Grimsby in 1939, when his date of birth was recorded as provided above.  He was the first of the four siblings to be married when he was approaching, or had already celebrated, his twentieth birthday.  The marriage of Joseph William Collett and Joan Evison was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 3b 643) during the third quarter of 1959.  Joan was only eighteen years old on their wedding day, her birth having been recorded at Grimsby (Ref. 7a 1704) during the first three months of 1941.  Joseph was 68 when he died on 13th October 2007 at Cleethorpes, just three miles from Grimsby

 

Janet Collett [18S22] was born in 1943 at Grimsby and another daughter of Joseph and Elsie Collett.  Her birth was also recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 7a 952) during the last four months of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was Neslen.  It was during the third quarter of 1961 when the marriage of Janet Collett and Malcolm H Broadbent was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 3b 724).

 

Terence Collett [18S23] was born in 1945 at Grimsby, and was the last child of Joseph William Collett and Elsie Vera Neslen.  Like his three older siblings, his birth was also recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 7a 1015) during the second quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was Neslen.  He was twenty-five years old when he married Ursula Schroder with their wedding recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 3b 686) during the second quarter of 1970

 

Frederick J Bertrand Collett [18S24] was born in 1940 at ‘Sea View’ North Sea Lane Humberston, Cleethorpes.  He was the only child of Frederick Bertrand Collett and Betsy Amanda Francis, and his birth was recorded at Grimsby register office (Ref. 7a 1797) during the second quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was Francis.  There is every chance that Frederick did not get to know his father for much more than a few months, because Frederick senior enlisted with the British Army before Frederick junior was born and was serving abroad for most of the campaign.  Although he survived the Second Word War, he was still serving in Germany five months after peace was declared, most likely in the ‘clean-up operations’, where he died during the second week of October 1945.  He was very young when, at the start of 1962, the marriage of Frederick J B Collett and Pearl E A Darke was recorded at the London Ealing register office (Ref. 5e 535), Pearl’s birth having been recorded at Brentford register (Ref. 3a 618) during the last quarter of 1940.  Their three children were born in London, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Darke

 

18T24 – Matthew F Collett was born in 1963 at Willesden, London (Ref. 5f 562) Q1

18T25 – Kathleen Amanda Collett was born in 1969 at Ealing, London (Ref. 5b 68) Q1

18T26 – Peter William Collett was born in 1970 at Ealing, London (Ref. 5b 118) Q4

 

Margaret E Collett [18S25] was born at Yarmouth, with her birth recorded there (Ref. 4b 16) during the last quarter of 1931, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Lee.  She was the eldest child of Thomas William Harcourt Collett and Florence Gertrude Lee.  In 1939 Register, the details for Margaret were redacted because she was still alive when the document was available to view by the general public.  The marriage of Margaret E Collett and Eric G W Carter was also recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 1253) during the third quarter of 1953.  Eric’s birth was also recorded at Yarmouth during the first quarter of 1930 (Ref. 4b 26).  Just over five years after their wedding day, Margaret gave birth to the couple’s only child.  The birth of Julie M Carter was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 817) during the first three months of 1959, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett

 

Malcolm David Harcourt Collett [18S26] was born at Yarmouth on 20th December 1936, the second child and only son of Thomas and Florence Collett, whose birth was recorded there (Ref. 4b 26) during the final three months of 1936, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Lee.  Less than three years after being born, he and his family were living at 76 Sturdee Avenue in Great Yarmouth, when his date of birth was as repeated above.  Malcolm was 26 years of age, when his marriage to Janet Phyllis Wales was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 1434) in the third quarter of 1963.  Janet was born on 22nd July 1937 at 136 Beccles Road in Gorleston-on-Sea, the daughter of John and Daisy Wales, when her birth was recorded at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 37).  Just over one year later their son was born and was followed by the birth of a daughter, when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Wales.  Daughter Judith was only fifteen years old when her father died on 12th April 1983 at the age of 46, the death of Malcolm David Harcourt Collett recorded at Great Yarmouth register office (Ref. 10 1239).  Eight days later he was cremated with his ashes buried at Great Yarmouth Crematorium.  Administration of his personal effects, of £11,885 was granted at Ipswich on 6th June 1983, which also recorded his last home address as 145 Brasenose Avenue, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth.  Fourteen years after losing her husband, when Janet was 60 years old and still living at 145 Brasenose Avenue, she died there on 3rd November 1997, after which she was cremated on 11th November at Great Yarmouth when her ashes were interred there

 

18T27 – Richard David Harcourt Collett was born in 1964 at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 887) Q4

18T28 - Judith Elaine Collett was born in 1967 at Yarmouth

 

Valerie F Collett [18S27] was born at Yarmouth during the third quarter of 1941, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 4b 5), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Lee.  It is possible that she was born at 76 Sturdee Avenue in Great Yarmouth, where her family was living in 1939.  Valerie was the last child of Thomas William Harcourt Collett and Florence G Lee, who was just nineteen when she married Graham N Sawyer at Yarmouth (Ref. 4b 1022) during the last three months of 1960.  Graham was born in Suffolk with his birth recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4a 3144) during the second quarter of 1940.  Their marriage produced a son, with the birth of Anthony G Sawyer recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 979) during the first three months of 1965, when his mother’s maiden-name was Collett

 

Megan D M Collett [18S28] was born in 1927 at Yarmouth, the only child of James William Hughbourne Collett and Olive Irene Bland.  Her birth was recorded at Yarmouth register office (Ref. 4b 22) during the first quarter of 1927, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Bland.  Tragically, she grew up not knowing her father, who died on 27th March, just after she was born.  Her mother remarried in the summer of 1930, and Megan married Raymond R Ward in 1954, their wedding recorded at Watford register office (Ref. 4b 483) during the fourth quarter of 1948

 

Gillian A Collett [18S34] was born at Durham on 10th July 1960, the first of the four daughters of Alan F Collett and Christine Louise Marriott.  Her birth was recorded at the Durham South-Eastern register office (Ref. 1a 832), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Marriott.  Between 1965 and 1969 the family left Durham when they moved to Saddleworth in Yorkshire, within the Oldham district of Greater Manchester.  The later marriage of Gillian A Collett and Nicholas Wooley was recorded at Lancashire’s Oldham register office (Ref. 39 0056) during the summer of 1981.  Nicholas was born in 1960 and his birth was recorded at Ashton register office (Ref. 10b 201) during the first quarter of that year.  Their son James Robert Wooley was born at Salford, where his birth was recorded in early 1991 (Ref. 39 1124).

 

Beverley A Collett [18S35] was born at Durham on 1st June 1962, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1a 908), another daughter of Alan and Christine Collett, her mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Marriott.  She was 21 years of age, when the marriage of Beverley A Collett and Steven J Buckley was recorded at Oldham register office (Ref. 39 41) during the summer of 1983.  Steven was born in Oldham where his birth was recorded (Ref. 10f 69) during the third quarter of 1960 and he and Beverley had two sons.  Christopher Paul Buckley and Thomas Anthony Buckley whose births were recorded at Oldham register office in 1988 and 1991, where their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed Collett

 

Joanne L Collett [18S36] was born at Durham on 13th January 1965, another daughter of Alan and Christine Collett.  As with her two older sisters (above), her birth was also recorded at Durham South-Eastern register office (Ref. 1a 854) during the first three months of 1965 when, again, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Marriott.  A few years later, the family moved to Saddleworth, not far from Oldham, where the marriage of Joanne L Collett and Andrew L Harrison was recorded (Ref. 39 47) during the spring of 1987.  Andrew had been born during the third quarter of 1961, his birth recorded at Liverpool North register office (Ref. 10d 175).  Over the next five years, Joanne gave birth to two children, the first of them being Sarah Louise Harrison whose birth was recorded at Oldham (Ref. 39 26) in the summer of 1988.  The later birth of their son Paul Andrew Harrison was also recorded at Oldham (Ref. 39 399) during the spring of 1992

 

Andrea Michelle Collett [18S37] was born at Saddleworth in Yorkshire on 11th August 1969, the last of the four daughter of Alan F Collett and Christine Louse Marriott.  It was also at Saddleworth that her birth was recorded (2c 2498).  Just as with her three older sisters, Andrea M Collett was married at Oldham, where her marriage to Gavin Holland was recorded (Ref. 39 46) during the spring of 1992.  Gavin’s birth was recorded at Ashton register office (Ref. 10b 229) during the first quarter of 1968.  The births of their twin daughters Katie Leah Holland and Lauren Jade Holland was also recorded at Oldham (Ref. 071c OC40b) during the spring on 1995

 

Mary-Ann Collett [18S38] was born at Ipswich in 1938, her birth recorded there (Ref. 4a 1660) during the second quarter of that year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Read.  Within the next ten years Mary-Ann and her parents moved to Chelmsford, and it was there she was married.  The marriage of Mary-Ann Collett and Jack Taylor was recorded at Chelmsford register office (Ref. 4a 1295) during the third quarter of 1960 and produced two children.  They were Emma Louise Taylor and Matthew Nicholas Taylor whose births were recorded at the Cheshire North-Eastern register office early in 1964 and during the third quarter of 1965 respectively, where their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  By 2018 Mary-Ann had five grandchildren, Adam Philip Wood, Robert Matthew Wood, Lee James Delaunay-Taylor, Max Alaric Delaunay-Taylor, and Louise Alys Delaunay-Taylor.  Her grandson Adam Philip Wood graduated with an MSc from Emmanuel College in Cambridge in 2011 and, on showing his guests around the campus on graduation day, was pleased to point out the very large stained-glass window in the chapel dedicated to the humanist scholar John Colet.  Adam was always proud to show visitors around the college and to mention that he was descended from the uncle of John Colet.  And it was Mary-Ann Dunn who kindly provided the information relating to her family line

 

Gillian G Collett [18S44] was born at Docking in North Norfolk in 1944, her birth recorded at Fakenham register office (Ref. 4b 378) during the first quarter of 1944, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Seaman, the only child of Harry Collett and Frances Sarah Seaman.  During the summer of 1965, Gillian married Brian A Riches, their marriage recorded at King’s Lyn register office (Ref. 4b 1883) during the third quarter of the year.  Brian was very slightly younger that Gillian, his birth having been recorded at King’s Lyn (Ref. 4b 430) during the second quarter of 1944, when his mother’s maiden-name was recorded as Batterbee

 

Velma I Collett [18S45] was born in 1929, her birth recorded at Wangford register office (Ref. 4a 1753) during the third quarter of that year, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Maltby, the first of three children of Arthur Tom Collett and Gertrude Ethel Maltby.  It was during the first three months of 1957 that Velma I Collett married Ernest W Ward, as recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4b 2543)

 

Pearl Sylvia Collett [18S46] was born on 3rd September 1930 at Beccles, when her birth was recorded at Wangford (Ref. 4a 1635) during the fourth quarter of the year, with her mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Maltby.  At the time of the 1939 Register her family was residing at 50 Ellough Road in Beccles, from where nine-year-old Pearl S Collett was attending school.  She was over thirty years old when the marriage of Pearl S Collett and Ronald Mansfield was recorded at Hertford register office (Ref. 4b 275) during the third quarter of 1959

 

Roy G Collett [18S47] was born in 1932 and his birth was also recorded at Wangford register office (Ref. 4a 1576) during the last three months of the year, his mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Maltby.  He and his two sisters (above) were living at 50 Ellough Road in Beccles in the 1939 Register, when the details for Roy and sister Velma were officially closed, hence no date of birth.  His two sisters were already married, by the time that Roy became a married man, with his wedding to Margaret A Goldsmith was recorded at Norwich register office (Ref. 4b 1301) during the last quarter of 1958

 

Gary James Collett [18S55] was born in 1960, his birth recorded at Edmonton register office (Ref. 5e 437) during the last three months of that year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Crowther.  He was the middle child of the three children of Walter James Collett and Mary Ann Crowther.  It was around the time he was approaching his twenty-first birthday that he married Tina A Dunton during the on third quarter of 1981, their wedding recorded at Hillingdon register office in Middlesex (Ref. 13 0820).  Almost exactly two years later their son and only child was born, the birth of Paul Collett also recorded at Hillingdon (Ref. 13 681) during the summer of 1983, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Dunton

 

18T29 – Paul Collett was born in 1983 at Hillingdon, Middlesex

 

Myrtle Patricia Collett [18S57] was born on 23rd August 1939 at 56 London Road in Lowestoft.  She was the base-born daughter of unmarried Irene Laura B Collett and her birth was recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4a 2143), when her mother’s name was confirmed as Collett.  It was at that address that she was living with her mother in the 1939 Register, while just a few months after, her mother married Edward Osborn Lambert with whom she had a daughter Sylvia J Lambert in 1945.  It is possible that Edward Lambert was also Myrtle’s father.  Myrtle was thirty-four when she married Peter McCallum, their wedding recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 10 30 36) during the spring of 1974.  The death of Myrtle Patricia McCallum was recorded at Great Yarmouth (Ref. 10 1315) during November 1990.  The Register of Cremations at Great Yarmouth confirmed that Myrtle died on 23rd November 1990 at 3 Holst Close, Lowestoft, after which her cremation took place on 3rd December 1990

 

Mark Edward Collett [18S58] was the only child of Edward H W Collett and Ruth W I Taberer, his birth recorded at Luton register office (Ref. 4a 447) during the second quarter of 1963, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Taberer.  He and his parents later settled in Kings Lynn, where Mark’s father died in the early weeks of 1982.  That meant, when Mark married Maria R Watson, it was his widowed mother who gave him away, the wedding recorded at Kings Lynn register office (Ref. 10 1931) during the summer of 1982.  Maria was born during the first quarter of 1963, when her birth was recorded at West Ham register office (Ref. 5a 936).  Around fifteen months after their wedding day, the first of their two daughters was born, with her birth recorded at Kings Lynn (Ref. 10 1424) towards the end of 1983.  Less than four years after that, the birth of the couple’s second child was also recorded at Kings Lynn (Ref. 10 1904) in the spring of 1987.  In both cases, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Watson

 

18T30 - Lisa Marie Collett was born in 1983 at Kings Lynn

18T31 - Catherine Collett was born in 1987 at Kings Lynn

 

Susan Ann Collett [18S61] was born at Lowestoft on 10th August 1953, the eldest child of married Raymond Lewis Collett and Edith Garrod, her birth recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4b 1209).  Susan later married David J Mortlock, the event recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 10 3804) during the third quarter of 1978.  David was born at the other side of south England, his birth recorded at Redruth register office in Cornwall (Ref. 7a 133) during the third quarter of 1953

 

Jillian Edith Collett [18S62] was born at Lowestoft on 20th January 1955, the second of the three children of Raymond and Edith Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Lothingland register office (Ref. 4b 1192).  Jill, as she is known, married Paul Frederick Scott at St Margaret’s Church in Lowestoft on 1st June 1974, their wedding recorded at Waveney register office (Ref. 10 2983).  The birth of Paul F Scott was recorded at Lothingland (Ref. 4b 1204) during the third quarter of 1953.  The marriage produced two sons for Jillian and Paul, their births recorded at Great Yarmouth when their mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  They were Darrell Scott who was born on 24th May 1975, and Kalvin Scott who was born on 11th September 1986.  It was Paul Scott who kindly provided new information for the April 2016 update of this family line

 

Paul Andrew Collett [18S64] was born on 8th February 1967, his birth recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4b 1482), when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Knight.  He married Dawn A Kemp and has two sons whose births were recorded at Ipswich register office, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Kemp.  The earlier marriage of Paul A Collett and Dawn A Kemp was also recorded in Suffolk, at the Ipswich Deben register office (Ref. 10 3544) in the summer of 1989

 

18T32 - Martin Collett was born on 2nd August 1993 at Ipswich

18T33 - Ryan Lee Collett was born on 25th April 1996 at Ipswich

 

Sandra Jane Collett [18S65] was born in 1969, her birth being recorded at Blyth register office (Ref. 4b 3409) in the summer of that year, where her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Knight.  She was the youngest of the two children of Clive Rex Collett and Dawn A Kemp

 

Andrew James Collett [18S69] was born in New Zealand on 7th September 1969.  Around the age of 25 Andrew left New Zealand and came to England in 1994.  During the next few years, he held several accounting and banking jobs before he finally settled in London.  And it was while working in London around 1996 and 1997 that he met Michelle M Bates to whom he was married a few years later.  The married took place at the Cliff Head Hotel in St Austell in Cornwall on 27th August 2000 and was recorded at St Austell register office (Ref. 367 170).  Following the wedding, the couple lived at Wapping Wall in London where their son was born, his birth recorded at Tower Hamlets register office (Ref. c61 113) when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Bates.  In 2008 Andrew’s occupation was that of an accountant and financial advisor.  Outside of his work, Andrew and his son Sean are involved in junior rugby, as illustrated in this article sent in by Andrew’s sister Rachael.   On Saturday 31st May 2014 at Twickenham, the home of rugby, Northampton Saints played Saracens in the final of the Aviva Premiership, and the following article appeared in the press. 

“After sharing the Twickenham turf with Lions Owen Farrell and George North, Blackheath head coach Andrew Collett admits his Under 11 side will be forever reliving their Aviva Premiership Final debut.  As Saracens and Northampton Saints battled it out for Aviva Premiership glory in Saturday’s final, Blackheath U11s also descended on Rugby HQ.  And during half-time Collett’s youngsters [including his son Sean] got their moment in the spotlight in front of the sell-out 82,000 crowd as they took part in the Land Rover Cup Parade of Champions.  Not only did Blackheath U11s get to walk on the hallowed Twickenham turf, they also got to meet World Cup winner Lewis Moody.  Their time to shine was reward for winning a Land Rover Cup festival held by Harlequins back in October and Andrew believes his team loved every minute of their experience of a lifetime.  He said: “Every rugby player and fan dreams of getting the chance to walk out at Twickenham, so for our players to be in front of an 82,000 strong crowd at such a young age was incredible for them.”

 

18T34 - Sean Francis Collett was born on 19th November 2002 at Wapping Wall

18T35 - Rebecca Collett was born on 16th June 2009 at Wapping Wall

 

Rachael Ann Collett [18S70] was born in New Zealand on 27th October 1973 and today she is working as an embryologist at an IVF centre in Adelaide in South Australia, while living at Gawler.  It is thanks to Rachael that the file has been amended to include her family line details.  It is also hoped that further information will be received in due course for some of her immediate relatives.  On 7th September 2012 Rachael and her fiancée Andrew James Lindsell celebrated the birth of their son, coincidentally the same day that Rachael’s brother Andrew (above) was born forty-three years earlier.  Since that then Rachael and Andrew have been married, following which their second child, William Francis John Lindsell, was born on 8th September 2014

 

Stephen Charles Collett [18S71] was born in 1967 and his birth was recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 1693) during the first three month of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Paternoster.  It was in the summer of 1995 that Stephen Charles Collett married Alison Jane Heffer, their wedding recorded at the Suffolk Deben register office.  Alison was born towards the end of 1968, her birth recorded at Ipswich register office (Ref. 4b 1343)

 

The daughter of Kenneth Lionel Collett [18S74], whose date of birth is not known but who was still alive in 2009, was married to Mr Norman with whom she had a son Mark Norman.  And it was Mark that kindly provided the information that has enabled this family line to be extended into the twenty-first century

 

Kenneth John Collett [18S76] was born in 1950 at Liverpool and was possibly the eldest child of Kenneth L Collett and Doreen E Smith who were married in Liverpool in 1947.  His birth was also recorded at the Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 969) during the first quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Smith.  That office includes the Garston area of the city, where the family was known to reside.  It would appear that he never married and died at Garston on 3rd October 2010, aged 60, with his death recorded at Liverpool register office

 

Leonard Collett [18S77] was born in 1959 at Liverpool and was another son of Kenneth and Doreen Collett.  His birth was recorded at Liverpool South register office (Ref. 10d 1116) during the second quarter of the year.  There may have been other siblings, apart from Kenneth (above), as there were many children born at that time in Liverpool to Collett/Smith parents.  Leonard later married Linda M Griffiths in 1979, their wedding day recorded at the Merseyside Knowsley register office (Ref. 36 0010) during the third quarter of the year.  There were two Linda M Griffiths born in that area of the right age, one the daughter of a mother with the maiden-name of Samosa at Liverpool North (Ref. 10d 735) during the first quarter of 1962, the other Bishop at Ormskirk (Ref. 10f 208) during the last quarter of 1959, the latter seeming to be the most likely.  The daughter of Leonard and Linda had her birth recorded at Liverpool register office Ref. 36 827) during the second quarter of 1980, where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Griffiths

 

18T36 - Natalie Lyn Collett was born in 1980 at Liverpool

 

June Rose Collett [18S79] was born on 27th February 1943, her birth recorded at the Surrey North-Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 235) when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Miles.  She was the first of the three known child of Alfred Lewis Collett and Doris Muriel Miles.  Her first husband was (1) Alan Stokes and their wedding was recorded at Kingston-upon-Thames (Ref. 5c 1608) during the second quarter of 1965.  Alan was born on 24th June 1931, the son of William and Doris Stokes of Lymm near Warrington, and fifteen years later he died in Nuneaton.  At that time, he was living at 1 Regency Close in Weddington, Nuneaton where he died on 14th October 1980.  June Rose Stokes then married (2) Alfred L Emery, their wedding recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames (Ref. 14 1131) during the spring of 1982.  She died at the age of 55, when the death of June Rose Stokes Emery was recorded at Bournemouth register office following her passing away on 23rd September 1998 in Christchurch

 

Alfred Lewis Collett [18S80] was born in 1944, his birth recorded at the Surrey North-Eastern register office (Ref. 2a 121) during the third quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Miles.  He was the second children of Alfred and Doris Collett.  He was twenty-one years of age, when the marriage of Alfred L Collett and Doreen Coombes was recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 5d 1835) during the third quarter of 1965

 

John E Collett [18S81] was born in 1948, the youngest child of Alfred Lewis Collett and Doris Muriel Miles, whose birth was also recorded at the Surrey North-Eastern register office (Ref. 5g 841) during the first three months of that year, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Miles 

 

Peter John Collett [18S82] was born in 1954 at Ham, Surrey, the first-born child of George Hammond Collett and Jean Marie Marshall.  The birth of Peter J Collett was recorded at Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 5g 381) during the second quarter of 1954, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Marshall.  The marriage of Peter J Collett and Beverley C Tobutt took place at Feltham in Middlesex, during the latter part of 1976, and was recorded at Hounslow register office (Ref. 13 0776).  Beverley’s birth was recorded at the Surrey North-Western register office (Ref. 5g 785) during the fourth quarter of 1955, and she presented Peter with two children.  The birth of both sons was recorded at Surrey North register office (Ref. 17 0288) in the third quarter of 1979, and (Ref. 17 0296) in the second quarter of 1982.  On each occasion the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Tobutt

 

18T37 – Danny Peter Collett was born in 1979 at North-West Surrey

18T38 – Billy George Collett was born in 1982 at North-West Surrey

 

Christina Jane Collett [18S83] was born in 1955 at Ham, Surrey, the only daughter of George and Jean Collett.  The birth of Christina J Collett was recorded at Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 5g 410) during the last three months of 1955, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Marshall.  She married Michael F Cooper at Feltham, and their wedding was recorded at Hounslow register office (Ref. 13 1475) during the summer of 1974.  Michael was born during the third quarter of 1952, when his birth was recorded at the Middlesex South register office (Ref. 5f 64)

 

Paul Graham Collett [18S84] was born in 1959 at Brentford, Middlesex, another son of George and Jean Collett.  The birth of Paul G Collett was recorded at Ealing register office (Ref. 5e 110) during the fourth quarter of 1959, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Marshall.  Paul met Claire Elizabeth Chandler at college and they married in May 1981 at Bedfont, Middlesex and, like his two older siblings, his marriage was also recorded at Hounslow register office (Ref. 13 0919).  The birth of Claire E Chandler was recorded at Ealing register office (Ref. 5e 282) during the second quarter of 1961.  They have two children and Paul is a wildlife conservationist and Head Ranger of a woodland nature reserve in Surrey.  It was also Paul who kindly provided new details for his family in 2020

 

18T39 - Andrew Paul Collett was born in 1984 at Ashford, Middlesex

18T40 - Laura Claire Collett was born in 1987 at Ashford, Middlesex

 

David George Collett [18S85] was born in 1962 at Brentford, Middlesex, the last of the four children of George Hammond Collett and Jean Marie Marshall.  The birth of David G Collett was recorded at Ealing register office (Ref. 5e 145) during the second quarter of 1962, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Marshall.  It was during the summer of 1987 when the marriage of David G Collett and Susan J Baxter was recorded at Kingston-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 13 2146)

 

Jane S Collett [18S87] was born in South Middlesex on 21st October 1960, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 5f 17), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Croft.  She was the second of the four children of William Gordon Collett and Jean Ann Croft.  She later married Benjamin I Reuben at Richmond-upon-Thames, where the event was recorded (Ref. 14 1251) during the spring of 1984.  It was during the month of May in 1985 that the birth of David Benjamin Reuben was recorded at Kingston-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 13 1666) when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  It was the same situation three years later for the birth of the couple’s second son Nathan David Reuben, with his birth also recorded there (Ref. 13 8123) during the month of January in 1988.  In 2009 Jane was living in Surrey and kindly provided additional information relating to her family, back to her grandfather, which enabled this family line to be extended beyond the early 1900s

 

Gordon Alan Collett [18S90] was born at Isleworth on 22nd June 1965, his birth recorded at Hounslow register office (Ref. 5c 749), the eldest child of Reginald Alan Collett and Patricia May Wotherspoon.  Gordon is an accomplished artist with his own website www.muralartist.co.uk.  Later in his life, his partner was Maria Charles, with whom he has two children.  Upon their birth the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Charles

 

18T41 - Eleanora Venus Charles-Collett was born in May 2003 at Ealing, London

18T42 - Monty Alan Charles-Collett was born in October 2005 at Windsor & Maidenhead

 

Karen Patricia Collett [18S91] was born at Richmond-upon-Thames on 27th September 1967, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 5d 1173) and where her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Wotherspoon.  She was the younger of the two children of Reginald Alan Collett and Patricia May Wotherspoon.  Karen was in her mid-thirties when she married Timothy J Harland, their wedding recorded at the Castle Point & Rochford register office in Essex (Ref. 467 134) during the summer of 2002

 

Jane Elodie Collett [18S94] was born in Kent on 18th July 1962, with her birth recorded at Dartford register office (Ref. 5b 786), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Davis.  She was the only child of Peter Robert Collett and Pamela Elodie Davis.  The later marriage of Jane Elodie Collett and Douglas G Ripley was recorded at the Kent Gravesend register office in the month of February in 1992.  Douglas was born in 1950, his birth also recorded at Dartford (Ref. 5b 677) during the last three months of that year

 

Geoffrey David Collett [18S95] was born at Winnipeg on 30th March 1959, the first-born child of David Collett and Elizabeth Ann Rooney who were married in England in 1955.  He married Sandra Lynn on 13th August 1994 at Oakville in Ontario.  Sandra was born on 15th July 1961 at Kitchener in Ontario

 

Ian Donald Collett [18S96] was born at Winnipeg on 1st November 1961, another son of David and Elizabeth Ann Collett from England

 

Gary Denis Collett [18S97] was born at Winnipeg on 23rd August 1962, a third son of David and Elizabeth Ann Collett.  Sadly he died in Toronto on 27th December 1982 aged just 20 years

 

Diane Gail Collett [18S98] was born at Calgary on 4th October 1964, the four and last child, and only daughter of David Collett and Elizabeth Ann Rooney from England

 

DAVID MICHAEL ROBERT COLLETT [18S99] was born at Taplow in Buckinghamshire on 26th June 1970, his birth recorded at Eton register office (Ref. 6a 2120), when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Parker.  He was the only child of Michael John Collett and Yvonne Dorothy Bernice Parker

 

Ricki J Collett [18S100] was born on 3rd January 1958, the eldest of the three sons of William John Collett and his first wife June M A Parson.  His birth was recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames register office (Ref. 5g 427), his mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Parson.  No recorded of a marriage has been positively identity, while it was during the third quarter of 2003 that he died at the age of 45, death also recorded at Richmond-upon-Thames (Ref. 45 41a 76)

 

Keith D Collett [18S101] was born in 1961, the second of the three sons of William John Collett by his first wife June M A Parson.  Unlike his older brother (above) the birth of Keith D Collett was recorded at the Surrey North-Western register office during the third quarter of the year (Ref. 5g 850), where his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Parson.  He was in his mid-thirties when he became a married man, the marriage of Keith D Collett and Heather A Wallace recorded at Fulham register office during September 1997 (Ref 228 0405)

 

David Collett [18S105] was born at Doncaster on 6th May 1950, the only surviving child of Horace Collett and Gladys Powis, his birth recorded at Doncaster register office (Ref. 2b 869).  He was still living in Doncaster when he died on 30th August 2006 and was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in the Cantley district of Doncaster.  During his life, it is possible that he was married on two occasions, the first time in 1973 when David Collett married (1) Rosemary del Mar as recorded at Doncaster (Ref. 2b 788) in the second quarter of the year, and then again in 2000, when the marriage of David Collett and (2) Lesley Webb was also recorded there (Ref. 042 0215).  His three Doncaster born children came from the first marriage when, in each case, the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as de Mar (Delmar).  They were: Simon David Collett during the third quarter of 1975; Michelle Louise Collett during the fourth quarter of 1977; and Paul Collett again during the last quarter of 1981

 

18T43 – Simon David Collett was born in 1975 at Doncaster

18T44 – Michelle Louise Collett was born in 1977 at Doncaster

18T45 - Paul Collett was born in 1981 at Doncaster

 

Jessica Rongnye Collett [18T7] was born in 1975 at London St Marylebone, the third and last child of Anthony Michael Collett and Virginia P Powell.  Her birth was recorded at Marylebone register office (Ref. 14 2214).  Jessica was twenty-six years old when she married Robert C Waddington at Winchester in Hampshire, where the wedding was recorded on 27th September 2001.  Jessica’s father was recorded as Michael Collett of Stoke Charity in Hampshire, with Robert who was born at Cuckfield, Sussex, in the summer of 1968, being the son of David Waddington of Hadlow Down in Sussex

 

Helena A Collett [18T13] was born in 1956, possible as Basford like her younger siblings, although it was at Nottingham register office (Ref. 3c 525) during the second quarter of the year where her birth was recorded.  She was the first-born of the six children of South African born Benjamin James Collett, who was known as Jimmy, and Cynthia A Wallis.  Helena married late in her life, with her wedding with Bernard O Benfield-Dexter recorded during the month of May in 1995 at Nottingham register office (Ref. 689 047).  However, there was still time for Helena to add a daughter into the family, when the birth of Anastasia Grace Benfield-Dexter was recorded at Nottingham register office in July 1997

 

Jon B Collet [18T14] was born at Basford in Nottinghamshire, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 3c 53) during the fourth quarter of 1957, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Wallis.  He was the second of the six children of Jimmy and Cynthia Collett.  As Jon B Collett his marriage to Jane A Frost was also recorded at Basford register office (Ref. 8 0168) in the first months of 1980

 

Virginia E Collett [18T15] was born at Basford and her birth was recorded there (Ref. 3c 54) during the second quarter of 1959, when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Wallis.  She was another child of Jimmy Collett and Cynthia Wallis.  She was twenty years of age when the marriage of Virginia E Collett and Ian Frank South was recorded at Nottingham register office (Ref. 8 0638) at the end of 1979.  Ian had been born on 22nd July 1956 in Nottingham, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 3a 392).  In the decade after their wedding, Virginia presented Ian with two children, the births of which were recorded at Nottingham register office, when the mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Collett.  They were Claire Marie South in July 1985, and Mark Ian South in May 1988.  Ian Frank South was only 45 when he died on 5th October 2001, his death recorded at Nottingham register office (Ref. f71a 57), following which he was cremated on 23rd October 2001 at Nottingham Crematorium

 

Nancy A Collett [18T16] was born at Basford in 1960 where her birth was recorded (Ref. 3c 57) during the third quarter of the year, another child of Jimmy and Cynthia Collett.  She was forty-three years of age when the marriage of Nancy A Collett and Nicolas Jenkin was recorded at register office (Ref. 690 073) during October 2003

 

Joseph C Collett [18T17] was born at Basford in 1962, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 3c 78) during the second quarter of 1962, when his mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Wallis.  He later married Barbara J, whose surname may have been either Jordan or Bilous, the event recorded at Basford register office (Ref. 8 307) in the spring of 1984

 

Judith Elaine Collett [18T28] was born in 1967 at Yarmouth where her birth was recorded (Ref. 4b 963) during the third quarter of 1967.  She was the second child of Malcolm David Harcourt Collett and Janet Phyllis Wales.  It was during September 1989 at Great Yarmouth register office (Ref. 10 2015) that the marriage of Judith Elaine Collett and Andrew M J Hall was recorded

 

Andrew Paul Collett [18T39] was born at Ashford in Middlesex in 1984, the eldest of the two children of Paul Graham Collett and Claire Elizabeth Chandler.  His birth was recorded at the Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 17 250) towards the end of 1984, his mother’s maiden-name confirmed as Chandler.  Andrew married Aimee Gallant in July 2015 at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere in Surrey, with their son born during the following year

 

18U1 - Benjamin Collett was born in 2016 at Frimley, Surrey

 

Laura Claire Collett [18T40] was born in May 1987 at Ashford, Middlesex, the second child of Paul and Claire Collett, after which her birth was recorded at the Surrey Northern register office (Ref. 17 464), when her mother’s maiden-name was confirmed as Chandler.  Laura later married Bradley Aaron Platt in May 2015 at Great Fosters, just south of Egham in Surrey