PART NINETEEN

 

The Oxfordshire International Line - 1720 to 2010

and including a branch of the family in Bishopsgate & Shoreditch

 

Updated November 2018

 

This family line starts in Oxfordshire and has branches in Australia, Canada and South Africa

 

It is the family line of the late Leon Christopher Collett (Ref. 19S15) of Melbourne in Australia,

which is depicted by the names in capitals, and Andrew (Andy) David Collett (Ref. 19T4),

also of Melbourne, whose line is depicted by the names underlined

 

Previously included in this file was an appendix detailing the Colletts of Wooburn near High Wycombe.

This has since been removed and can now be found in Part 72 – The Buckinghamshire High Wycombe Line

 

 

 

19L1

RICHARD COLLETT was born in Oxfordshire around 1720 and may have been the son of John Collett and Hannah Moors who were married at Lewknor, where Richard may have been born.  He later married Mary Burgess at Drayton St Leonards near Dorchester-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, the daughter of John and Sarah Burgess, who was born at Little Missenden on 12th August 1722.  The first decade of their life together was spent at Drayton St Leonards, where the couple’s first three children were born.  Their second and third sons were both born at Lewknor, perhaps indicating that they made a return to Richard’s place of birth.  However, the connection with Drayton St Leonards was also later maintained, as the marriage of their second son took place there in 1781.  Richard Collett died on 16th February 1787 and was buried at Drayton St Leonard four days after on 20th February, while his wife Mary Burgess survived as a widow for a further ten year, when she passed away during 1797.

 

 

 

19M1

Ann Collett

Born on 25.12.1749 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19M2

Mary Collett

Born circa 1753 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19M3

John Collett

Born on 19.01.1756 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19M4

RICHARD COLLETT

Born on 10.11.1758 at Lewknor

 

19M5

Stephen Collett

Born on 19.07.1761 at Lewknor

 

 

 

 

19M1

Ann Collett was born on 25th December 1749 at Drayton St Leonards, where she married William King on 19th August 1770.  It is possible that the marriage produced a son, John King, who was ordered to pay £20 to support the base-born child of Mary Collett (Ref. 19N6) in 1811.

 

 

 

 

19M2

Mary Collett was very likely born at Drayton St Leonards, the birth taking place around 1753.  It is possible that Mary later married Edward Smith at Chinnor on 11th July 1774.

 

 

 

 

19M3

John Collett was born on 19th January 1756 at Drayton St Leonards, where he married Hannah Stacey on 24th June 1782.  It would appear that the couple continued to live at Drayton after they were marriage, since that was where their son was born and where he was living into his old age, while working as a carpenter.  Hannah Collett nee Stacey died during August 1802 when her youngest known child was only five years old.  John Collett had survived her by nearly twenty-four years, when he died during February 1826.  The earlier than expected date of death his wife, close to her fortieth birthday, might indicate that she died during the birth of the couple’s final child, who also did not survive.

 

 

 

19N1

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 16.07.1786 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N2

Ann Collett

Born on 30.12.1787 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N3

Stephen Collett

Born on 15.01.1792 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N4

Hannah Collett

Born on 10.12.1797 at Drayton St Leonard

 

 

 

 

19M4

RICHARD COLLETT was born on 10th November 1758 at Lewknor.  It was at Drayton St Leonards on 25th June 1781 that he married Mary Bridges who was born in 1765.  Richard died at Dorchester-on-Thames in 1811 aged 53, his death coinciding with that of his eldest grandson Richard Collett (Ref. 19O1).  The baptism record for son Thomas Collett born in 1790 indicates that his father Richard Collett was a pauper.  Furthermore, at the time of Richard’s death in 1811, the Dorchester Poor Law Book stated that his widow Mary Collett was given money.

 

 

 

19N5

John Collett

Born in 1781 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N6

MARY COLLETT

Born in 1782 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N7

Ann Collett

Born in 1784 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N8

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1785 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N9

James Collett

Born in 1786 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N10

Thomas Collett

Born in 1790 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19N11

Samuel Collett

Born in 1795 at Drayton St Leonard

 

 

 

 

19M5

Stephen Collett was born at Lewknor on 19th July 1761, the youngest known child of Richard Collett and Mary Burgess.  There is a record of a Stephen Collett, age 72, who died at 10 Rose Alley in Bishopsgate in London during December 1833, who was buried at the Church of St Botolph in Bishopsgate on 15th December 1833.  This would indicate that he was born in 1761, the same as Stephen Collett of Lewknor.  No evidence has so far been found that confirms this Stephen was the one born in Lewknor, the details of his life and family have been included in the Appendix A at the end of this family line.

 

 

 

 

19N3

Stephen Collett was born at Drayton St Leonard on 15th January 1792, the son of John and Hannah Collett.  He later married (1) Elizabeth Arnold and the first of their four known children was born at Drayton in 1816.  At the baptism of all four children the parents’ names were recorded as Stephen and Elizabeth with the surname Collet.  By the time of the census in 1841 Stephen and Eliza Callett (sic) both had a rounded age of 45, while still living with the couple was their eldest daughter Eliza Callett who was 25, who had with her Eliza Callett who was four years old and her base-born daughter.  Upon the death of Elizabeth Collett just after 1841 Stephen married (2) Christian Smith at Drayton St Leonard, near Wallingford on 30th October 1844. 

 

 

 

At the time of the census in 1851, Stephen Collett was a carpenter at the age of 59, when he was living with his wife Christeen (sic), age 58 and from Berrick (Berrick Salome), at Drayton St Leonard in Oxfordshire where he was born, although it was within the Abingdon registration district of Berkshire at that time. 

 

 

 

Ten years later, in 1861, Stephen and Christian were still living at Drayton St Leonard, then within the Abingdon & Nuneham Courtney registration district, where they were both recorded as being 69 years of age, and Stephen from Drayton St Leonard was still continuing his occupation as a carpenter.  It was during the 1860s that Christian Collett passed away, so by the time of the next census in 1871, Stephen Collett, age 79, was a widower and a retired carpenter living with his married daughter Emma Greenaway and her husband at Dorchester within the Wallingford & Cholsey registration district of Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

Stephen was described as the father-in-law of William Greenaway who was 55 and a farm labourer from Dorchester, while his daughter was Emma Greenaway who was 54 and born at Drayton like her father, who was nurse.  Living with the couple on that day in 1871 was Emma’s grandchild Emma Wildes.  It was four years later that Stephen Collett died at Dorchester at the age of 83, his death recorded at Wallingford (Ref. 2c 212) during the second quarter of 1875.  Probate of the Will of Stephen Collett late of Dorchester in the County of Oxford who died on 14th April 1875 was proved at the principal registry by John Goodenough of Shillingford, a brewer’s man, and William Greenaway of Dorchester labourer, the executors.  His personal effects were valued at under £200.

 

 

 

19O1

Emma Collett

Born in 1816 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19O2

Ann Arnold Collett

Born in 1818 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19O3

Catherine Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1820 at Drayton St Leonard

 

19O4

Eliza Collett

Born in 1825 at Drayton St Leonard

 

 

 

 

19N5

John Collett was born at Drayton St Leonard on 9th September 1781, the son of Richard and Mary Collett.  His children’s baptism records provide the name of his wife as Hannah Collett, who was formerly Hannah Goodall, born in 1786 who died in 1847.  At the time of the first national census in Great Britain, John and his family were living in the Dorchester area of Oxfordshire.  The age of John Collett was rounded down to 55 when he would have been 59 and his occupation was that of an agricultural labourer.  His wife Hannah was also 55, and living with them were sons John Collett aged 29, and Felix Collett aged 21, and their daughter Susan Collett who was 25, and she had with her, her base-born daughter Jane Collett who was three years old.

 

 

 

19O5

Richard Collett

Born in 1809 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19O6

John Collett

Born in 1810 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19O7

Susanna Collett

Born in 1813 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19O8

Richard Collett

Born in 1816 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19O9

Felix Collett

Born in 1819 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

 

 

 

19N6

MARY COLLETT was born on 24th November 1782 at Drayton St Leonards, the daughter of Richard and Mary Collett.  She married Jonathon Vaughan at Warborough on 31st January 1813 by which time she already had a base born son by an unknown father.  However, the Quarter Sessions record of 1811 stated “Richard Wilsdon labourer £20 and John King farmer £20, both of Chalgrove (near Dorchester in Oxon) to answer for the child of Mary Collett of Dorchester”.

 

 

 

There may be a link between John King referred to in the Quarter Sessions record and William King who married Ann Collett (Ref. 19M1).  It is therefore possible that John was William’s son, making him the cousin of this Mary Collett.  As Mary Vaughan, she then had a further five children all born at Warborough where Jonathon Vaughan died on 25th December 1839, followed by Mary on 4th April 1850.

 

 

 

19O10

RICHARD COLLETT

Born in 1809 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19O11

Ann Vaughan

Born on 21.08.1814 at Warborough

 

19O12

Benjamin Vaughan

Born on 16.07.1815 at Warborough

 

19O13

James Vaughan

Born on 12.04.1818 at Warborough

 

19O14

John Vaughan

Born on 12.03.1820; died 19.02.1841

 

19O15

Henry Vaughan

Born on 18.08.1822; died 05.04.1826

 

 

 

 

19N8

Elizabeth Collett was born at Drayton St Leonard in 1785, the daughter of Richard and Mary Collett.  She later married James London on 25th October 1806 in Oxfordshire.  It is established that she had at least one child, her daughter Hannah London, who was born at Whitchurch in Oxfordshire in 1809 with whom Elizabeth was living in 1871.  By that time in her life Elizabeth London was 84 and described as the mother-in-law of John Lewendon, his wife being Hannah Lewendon.  Ten years earlier, when she was 74, Elizabeth London gave her place of birth as Drayton in Oxfordshire, as she did in the 1881 Census for Whitchurch, age the age of 94.  It was three years later that Elizabeth London nee Collett died during the last quarter of 1884, her death being recorded at the nearby Bradfield register office.

 

 

 

 

19N10

Thomas Collett was born at Drayton St Leonard in 1790, the son of Richard Collett and his wife Mary Bridges.  With Drayton St Leonard being a small village near the town of Dorchester-on-Thames it was perhaps inevitable that late in his life he referred to his place of birth as Dorchester.  He married Hannah from Durham and by the time of the first national census in 1841 Thomas and Hannah were living in the Staines area of Middlesex with their daughter Mary.  Thomas was 48, Hannah was 49, and Mary was 15.  Ten years later their daughter may well have been married, because the couple was still living in Staines area, but alone.  Thomas Collett, age 60 and from Dorchester Oxon, was an agricultural labourer living in the village of Harlington [abutting London Airport] with Hannah also 60 from Durham.

 

 

 

19O16

Mary Collett

Born in 1825

 

 

 

 

19N11

Samuel Collett may have been born at Drayton St Leonards near Dorchester-on-Thames in 1795, but was certainly baptised at Dorchester on 31st May 1795, when he was named as the son of Mary Collett, who it is assumed, was the wife of Richard Collett of Dorchester.  Rather late in his life, it would seem that Samuel married Jane who was sixteen years younger than himself, and this would appear to have happened during the 1840s.  By the time of the census in 1851, Samuel Collett from Dorchester was living at Smiths Gardens in the St Mary Lambeth area of London, where he was working as a meal-man.  He was 54, and living there with him was his wife Jane Collett who was 38 and from Hertfordshire.

 

 

 

 

19O1

Emma Collett was born at Drayton St Leonards in 1816, where she was baptised on 18th August 1816, the eldest child of carpenter Stephen Collett and his wife Elizabeth.  Her youngest sister Eliza (below) died in 1826 and when Emma gave birth to a base-born daughter ten years later she gave her the same name in honour of her late sister.  By the time of the census in 1841 when the child was four years old, unmarried Emma Collett was 25 when she was living at Drayton, the only sibling still living with her parents.  The baptism of Eliza Collett at Drayton St Leonards on 15th October 1837 simply named Emma Collett as the only parent.  During the couple of years after the census day in 1841 Emma’s mother died and her father re-married.

 

 

 

It was just less than two years after the census in 1841 that Emma Collett married farm labourer William Greenaway on 10th April 1843 when the witnesses were William Hicks and Hannah Wilkinson.  Emma presented William with four children, although her base-born daughter was not living with Emma and her Greenaway family in 1851.  The census that year listed the family as William, who was 36, Emma, who was 33, Jn Greenaway who was seven, Ann Greenaway who was five and Charles Greenaway who was under one year old.  Only Charles was still living with the couple in 1861 when he was 12 and William was 45 and Emma was 46.

 

 

 

All of their children had left the family home in Dorchester by 1871 and, following the death of Emma’s stepmother, her widowed father Stephen was living with the couple.  William Greenaway was 55 and a farm labourer from Dorchester, his wife Emma Greenaway from Drayton was 54 and a nurse, while her father Stephen Collett was 79.  Living with the couple on that day in 1871 was Emma’s grandchild Emma Wildes.  The pair of them was still living in Dorchester ten years later, although by then Emma’s father had passed away.

 

 

 

19P1

Eliza Collett

Born in 1837 at Drayton St Leonards

 

 

 

 

19O2

Ann Arnold Collett was born at Drayton St Leonards in 1818 and it was there where she was baptised the daughter of Stephen Collett and his wife Elizabeth Arnold.

 

 

 

 

19O3

Catherine Elizabeth Collett was born at Drayton St Leonards in 1820 and was baptised there on 10th October 1820, the daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

19O4

Eliza Collett was born at Drayton St Leonards in 1825 and was the youngest known child of Stephen and Elizabeth Collett.  She was baptised at Drayton on 27th March 1825 but tragically the following year on 1st August 1826.

 

 

 

 

19O5

Richard Collett was born at Dorchester-on-Thames in 1809, where he was baptised on 29th October 1809.  It was also at Dorchester that died in 1811, the same year that his grandfather Richard Collett (Ref. 19M5) also passed away.

 

 

 

 

19O6

John Collett was born at Dorchester in 1810 and it was there that he was baptised on 21st October 1810, the son of John and Hannah Collett.  At the time of the June census in 1841 John Collett was 29 and an agricultural labourer living in Dorchester with his parents, his brother Felix, and his sister Susan, together with Susan’ base-born daughter Jane Collett.  It would appear that both of his parents died during the 1840s, since by the time of the census in 1851 farm labourer John Collett aged 39 and from Dorchester was living at Scotts Row in Dorchester with his unmarried sister Susan and her daughter Jane.  The three of them were still living together at Scotts Row ten years later in 1861, when John was 49, Susan was 47, and Jane was 22.  What happened to Susan after this time is not known for sure, except that she was not living with her brother by 1871.

 

 

 

Instead bachelor John Collett was 59 when he was recorded as still living at Scotts Row in Dorchester, and the only person living with him at that time in his life was his niece Jane Collett who was 32 and acting as his housekeeper.  It was the same situation ten years later in 1881, when unmarried John was listed as being 69 years old and a farm labourer living at Scotts Row.  Living with him once again was his niece Jane Collett.  She too was born at Dorchester, and was listed as an unmarried tailoress of 42 years.  John Collett died during the 1880s as he was not listed as living in Dorchester or anywhere else in 1891.

 

 

 

 

19O7

Susanna Collett was born at Dorchester in December 1813, the daughter of John and Hannah Collett.  When she was around twenty-five years of age, she gave birth to a daughter out of wedlock, following which both Susanna and her daughter Jane continued to live at the home of Susanna’s parents in Dorchester.  In June 1841 Susan Collett was recorded with a rounded age of 25 in the first national census, while her base-born daughter Jane was three years old.  On that occasion she was living at the Dorchester home of her parents, together with her two brothers John and Felix.

 

 

 

During the next decade both her parents passed away, and her brother Felix left the family home to be married.  So, by the time of the next census in 1851, it was just 35 years old Susan and her thirteen years old daughter living at Scotts Row in Dorchester, with her unmarried brother John Collett, a farm labourer, as the only bread-winner.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1861 it was the same situation, with the three of them still living at Scotts Row.  By that time Susan Collett was listed in the census as being unmarried at 47, the head of the household, who was a farm servant receiving parish relief.  Her unmarried daughter Jane was 22 and a last (?) maker, while Susan’s brother John was 49 and an agricultural labourer.  Lodging with the family was George Davies, another agricultural labourer from Dorchester.  In the dwelling immediately adjacent to where Susan was living, was her younger brother Felix Collett (below) with his family.

 

 

 

With no further record of Susan or Susanna Collett found in any subsequent census returns it is possible that she eventually married, or that she perhaps died while still in her early fifties.  What is known for sure is that her daughter Jane continued to live with her uncle John Collett at Scotts Row in Dorchester up until his death sometime during the 1880s.

 

 

 

19P2

Jane Collett

Born in 1838 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

 

 

 

19O8

Richard Collett was born at Dorchester in February 1816, the son of John and Hannah Collett.  It was also at Dorchester that he married Sally Stanley on 5th February 1837.  In the Census of 1881 they were living alone, except for a lodger, at Fulmer near Uxbridge.  Richard was listed as a 64 years old gardener born at Dorchester and Sally as 63 and born at Burnham near Slough.

 

 

 

 

19O9

Felix Collett was born at Dorchester on 17th January 1919 where he was baptised one week later on 24th January, the youngest known son of John Collett and Hannah Goodall.  In June 1841 Felix was 21 and was working with his father and brother john as an agricultural labourer when he was still living at the family home in Dorchester.  Just less than six years after that, when he was working as a brewer, he married Sarah Carter on 24th March 1847, Sarah having been born in 1826 at Denchworth near Wantage.  Over the following few years Sarah presented her husband with four known children while the couple was living in Dorchester. 

 

 

 

In 1851 the census that year shown the couple residing at a dwelling in Daveys Road in Dorchester where Felix Collett from Dorchester was a farm labourer, his wife Sarah from Denchworth in Berkshire was 25, and their two children were Alice who was two years of age and George was just two months old.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1861 the couple were recorded at Scotts Row in Dorchester, living right next door to Felix’s sister Susan and his brother John (above).  Felix Collett was 39 (sic) and a carter, while his wife Sarah was 35 and an agricultural labourer from Denchworth.  Their four children were named as Alice Collett age 13 who was a servant, George Collett, age 12 who was a plough boy, James Collett, who was nine and attending school, as was Hannah Collett who was five years old.  Lodging with the family on that day was drainer John Oberton from Tring.  By the time of the next census in 1871 Felix’s wife had died so he was recorded as a widower at the age of 51.  Living with him in Dorchester at that time were just his two youngest children, James who was 18 and Hannah who was 14.

 

 

 

During the next decade James and Hannah left home, Hannah to marry James Holliday.  As a result of that Felix went to live with Hannah at her new home in Upper Field in Dorchester.  The census return in 1881 described Felix Collett as father-in-law to head of the household James Holliday, and listed him as being aged 61 years, born at Dorchester, and having the occupation of a farm labourer and carter. 

 

 

 

It was only a brief time that he was living with his daughter since it was in Oxford that Felix Collett died during the last quarter of the following year.  His death was recorded at the Headington Register Office (Ref. 3a 442) when his age was stated as being 65, rather than 63.

 

 

 

19P3

Alice Collett

Born in July 1847 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19P4

John George Collett

Born in 1849 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19P5

James Collett

Born in 1853 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

19P6

Hannah Collett

Born in 1856 at Dorchester, Oxon

 

 

 

 

19O10

RICHARD COLLETT was born at Dorchester where he was baptised on 29th October 1809, the base-born son of unmarried Mary Collett.  It was unclear as to who his father was, and so it was decreed at the 1811 Quarter Sessions that the cost of rearing the child should be borne by two ‘suspects’, John King and Richard Wilsdon, each being charged £20.  It may have been the ignominy of being a Collett within the Vaughan family that forced a division between Richard and his mother Mary, which eventually lead to his separation from the family.

 

 

 

On 12th February 1830 Richard enlisted as a farrier with the First Brigade Artillery of the Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Regiment and on 5th March that year he travelled on the Castle Huntley to Madras.  Seven years later he was a bombardier with the Log Roll Madras Artillery.  He married Mary Elizabeth Rowland on 5th January 1835 at Nagapore, Madras in India.  Mary, born in 1820 was the daughter of James Rowland born in 1800 of Yorkshire and Elizabeth Foulstone (1804-1848).  The baptism records for all of their children provide confirmation that Richard was part of C Troop Horse Artillery.

 

 

 

History relates that C Troop Horse Artillery left Madras in September 1841 to travel to China to take an active part in the storming of Ching Kiang Fu only returning to Madras in January 1843.  Participation in this campaign earned Richard the China Medal for the 1842 First Opium War.  Richard was invalided out of military service to the European Veterans on 31st May 1850 and six years later he died of effusion in the chest on 10th June 1856 aged 46.  He was buried on 11th June 1856 at St Thomas’ Mount in Madras.  His wife Mary died from dysentery on 21st January 1865 aged 44 and was also buried at St Thomas’ Mount.  Upon his death, Richard’s military record shows he left an estate in money and effects amounting to the princely sum of 14 pounds 12 shillings and 5 pence.

 

 

 

19P7

Sarah Collett

Born on 22.11.1835 at Nagapore, India

 

19P8

Richard Collett

Born on 09.10.1839 at Bangalore, India

 

19P9

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 11.08.1841 at Bangalore, India

 

19P10

JOHN COLLETT

Born on 08.01.1847 at Jaulnah, India

 

19P11

James Collett

Born on 18.11.1849 at Jaulnah, India

 

19P12

Jane Collett

Born on 17.08.1852 at Jaulnah, India

 

 

 

 

19O12

Benjamin Vaughan was born on 16th July 1815 at Warborough.  According to the Census of 1881 for Warborough he was aged 67 and married to Martha also 67 but born at Kingston in Berkshire.  Benjamin was an agricultural labourer and shepherd.  Living with them was son Henry Vaughan aged 25 and an agricultural labourer born at Warborough.

 

 

 

 

19O13

James Vaughan was born on 12th April 1818 at Warborough.  In the 1881 Census for that village, James was listed as aged 64 and a married agricultural labourer living at the home of his son 30 years old Abraham Vaughan and his family.  Abraham was born at Warborough and was married to Sarah Hester aged 29 of Henley in Oxfordshire.  In addition to the couple’s six children, Sarah’s mother Eliza Hester aged 68 and from Chieveley in Berkshire, was living with them.

 

 

 

 

19O14

John Vaughan was born at Warborough on 12th March 1820 but died shortly before his twenty-first birthday on 19th February 1841.

 

 

 

 

19O15

Henry Vaughan was born at Warborough on 18th August 1822 and survived for less than four years when he died on 5th April 1826.

 

 

 

 

19P2

Jane Collett was born at Dorchester in 1838 and was the base-born daughter of unmarried Susanna (Susan) Collett of Dorchester.  Jane was three years old in the June census of 1841, when she was living with her mother at the Dorchester, Overy home of her grandparents.  Following the death of her grandparents during the 1840s, Jane and her mother took over the family home at Scotts Row in Dorchester, which they shared with Jane’s uncle John Collett, her mother’s older brother.  This was confirmed in the census of 1851 and 1861 when Jane was listed as being 13 and 22 respectively.

 

 

 

Sometime during the following decade Jane’s mother either died or left Scotts Row to be married.  By 1861 it was just Jane Collett, age 32, who was living with her uncle John, and this was repeated ten years later in 1881, when once again the pair of them were living at Scotts Row when Jane was 42.  Where Jane went after the death of her uncle is not known, as she has not been identified within the census of 1891.  However, by March 1901, Jane Collett from ‘Wallingford in Berkshire’ was 62 and was living in Middlesex where she was employed at a hand-wash laundry.  Ten years later unmarried Jane Collett, age 71 and from Dorchester in Oxfordshire, was living as an inmate at an institution in Brentford in Middlesex.

 

 

 

 

19P3

Alice Collett was born at Dorchester in July 1847, the daughter of Felix Collett and Sarah Carter.

 

 

 

 

19P4

John George Collett was born at Dorchester-on-Thames on 13th April 1849, the eldest son of Felix and Sarah Collett.  He married Susan Dyer on 14th October 1873 at Dorchester-on-Thames, Susan having been born at Winterbourne Stoke in Wiltshire on 12th November 1853.  In 1881 the couple was living in the village of North Stoke just to the south of Wallingford.  George Collett was a County Police Constable, age 32, and his wife Susan was 27.  With them were four of their first five children, their second son George Fitzroy Collett having already died by that time.  They were James Collett, who was seven and who had been born at Wheatley near Oxford, Cecil Collett, who was four and born at Rotherfield Greys, George Collett, who was two and born at Rotherfield Peppard (both near Henley), and Richard Collett who was just two months old and born at North Stoke.

 

 

 

Sometime after April 1881 the family left North Stoke and moved the short distance north to Bensington, now called Benson.  During their time at Bensington a further two children were added to the family, following which a further move, five miles north, took the family to Nuneham Courtney where their last child was born.  Sometime during the next decade George’s work as a village policeman took him from Nuneham Courtney to the village of Islip near Bicester, to the north of Oxford.  The census return for 1891 listed the family as George Collett 42, and his wife Susan who was 37.

 

 

 

Living there with them were their seven children, James F C Collett who was 17, Cecil Collett who was 14, George Arthur Collett who was 12, Richard Collett who was 10, Albert Ernest Collett, who was seven, Pamela Alice Collett, who was five, and Septimus Octavian Collett who was four years old.  From Islip the family made a final move to Hailey just north of Witney, and it was while they were living there that George eventually retired from the police force, only to enter into the world of farming.

 

 

 

Just after the turn of the century, and according to the 1901 Census, George Collett, age 52 and born at Dorchester, was no longer a policeman but was living with his family at Hailey near Witney where he was working as a farmer.  Living with George was his wife Susan, who was 47 and born at Winterbourne, together with their three youngest children.  They were Albert, age 17, who was born at Benson, Pamela who was 15 and also born at Benson, and Septimus who was 14, who was born at Nuneham Courtney.  By that time in their lives their son George was a soldier in the army.

 

 

 

During the next decade George and Susan left the village of Hailey and moved into the nearby town of Witney, where they were living in early April 1911.  George was 62 and Susan was 58, and still living with the couple was their youngest son Septimus Octavius Collett who was 24.  Two years later while still residing at Witney, George Collett died on 24th March 1913 at the age of 64.  Susan had survived her husband by over twenty-eight years, when she died at the age of was 88 at Oxford on 20th December 1941.

 

 

 

19Q1

James Felix Carlo Collett

Born on 09.01.1874 at Wheatley

 

19Q2

George Fitzroy Collett

Born on 29.10.1875 at Rotherfield Greys

 

19Q3

Cecil Collett

Born on 15.01.1877 at Rotherfield Peppard

 

19Q4

George Arthur Collett

Born on 17.02.1878 at North Stoke

 

19Q5

Richard Collett

Born on 04.02.1881 at North Stoke

 

19Q6

Albert Ernest Collett

Born on 26.07.1883 at Benson

 

19Q7

Pamela Alice Collett

Born on 27.08.1885 at Benson

 

19Q8

Septimus Octavius Collett

Born on 07.02.1887 at Nuneham Courtney

 

 

 

 

19P5

James Collett was born at Dorchester around 1853, the son of Felix Collett and Sarah Carter.  He married Susannah Elizabeth Herd on 11th February 1877 in Bermondsey, London, although the marriage was recorded in error under the name of Callett.  James Callett was 24, the son of Felix Callett, while his bride was the daughter of Joseph Valentine Herd, after whom Susannah’s two children were named.  The marriage only produced two children and by the time of the census in 1881 the couple was living at 28 Brook Mews North in the Paddington area of London with their two young children.  On that occasion James Collett from Dorchester was 29 and was employed as a domestic butler, as he had been at the time of the birth of his daughter in 1878.  His wife Susannah E Collett was from Bermondsey and was 28.

 

 

 

The couple’s eldest child was Alice J Collett who was two years old who had been born while they were living in Paddington, while their youngest child James V Collett was under one year old and had been born at Shinfield, near Reading in Berkshire. 

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was still living in Paddington at 40 Portnall Road, where Jas Collett from Dorchester was 38 and a domestic butler, Susannah was 36, and their two children were Alice J Collett was 12 and Jas V Collett from Reading was 10.  Initially it was believed that James Collett died during the 1890s, while in the next census of 1901 Susannah was recorded as still being married, rather than being a widow.  He was still alive when she died in 1924, so it is assumed that it was his work which resulted in his absence in both 1901 and 1911.  The census in March that year for St George Campden Hill in Kensington included Susannah E Collett from Bloomsbury who was 45 living at 38 Kensington Place with her two children.  They were Alice J Collett from Paddington who was 22 and a hose woman working for a draper, and James V Collett from Reading in Berkshire who was 20 and employed as a commercial clerk.

 

 

 

During the next decade daughter Alice left the family home, presumably to be married.  By the time of the 1911 Census in April that year it was just Susannah Elizabeth Collett, aged 56, who was a store keeper with a catering business who was still living at 38 Kensington Place in Campden Hill with her son James Valentine Collett who was 30.  The census return continued to affirm that Susannah was still a married woman and that she had been married for thirty-three years, during which time she had given birth to just the two known children listed below.

 

 

 

Susannah Elizabeth Collett nee Herd died on 26th December 1924, just a few months after her son James.  Curiously probate for her personal effects, valued at £138 10 Shillings, was granted on 17th January 1925 to her husband James Collett, a bath-chair man, who has not been located after the census in 1891.  At the time of her death she was at 28 Marloes Road in Kensington, although she was described as Susannah Elizabeth Collett of 78 Campden Street in Kensington, the home of her widowed daughter-in-law Alice Mary Collett nee Birch.

 

 

 

19Q9

Alice Josephine Collett

Born in 1878 at Paddington

 

19Q10

James Valentine Collett

Born in 1880 at Shinfield, Berks

 

 

 

 

19P6

Hannah Collett was born at Dorchester in 1856 the youngest child of Felix and Sarah Collett.  She was recorded as Hannah Collett aged five years and 14 in the 1861 and 1861 census returns, when living with her parents in the first of these, and then living with her widowed father in the second.  Hannah married James Holliday in 1875, their marriage recorded at Wallingford (Ref. 2c 460) during the first three months of that year.  By 1881 she and James were living at Upper Field in Dorchester with their two young sons.  Hannah was referred to as Annie Holliday and was confirmed as being aged 24 and born at Dorchester, while her husband James was 25 and a farm labourer and carter also born at Dorchester.  Living with them, in addition to their two children James Holliday 5 and George Holliday 4, was Hannah widowed father Felix Collett who was also a farm labourer and a carter on a farm.

 

 

 

 

19P7

Sarah Collett was born at Nagapore in Madras.  The register for the baptism recorded the event on 5th June 1836 as Sarah daughter of Richard Collett Farrier Horse Artillery and Eliza his European wife, born on 22nd November 1835, baptised by C Jefferson Chaplain Nagpur.

 

 

 

 

19P8

Richard Collett was born at Bangalore in Madras on 9th October 1839.  The register for the baptism recorded the event on 9th October 1839 as Richard son of Richard Collett Rough Rider with C Troop H A and his wife Mary Eliza born this day and baptised by S J M Tuvor Chaplain.

 

 

 

 

19P9

Elizabeth Collett was born at Bangalore in Madras.  The register for the baptism recorded the event on 29th December 1841 as Elizabeth daughter of Richard Collett Gunner with C Troop H A and his wife Eliza, born on 11th August 1841 baptised by W Tuyens Joint Chaplain.

 

 

 

 

19P10

JOHN COLLETT was born at Jaulnah in Madras on 8th January 1947.  The register for his baptism recorded that the event took place on 6th June 1847 and that John was the son of Richard Collett Bombardier with C Troop H A and his wife Eliza.  The baptised was conducted by William Nagle with sponsors Edward Kelly, Thomas Cribb and Jane Kelly.  John married Rachael Moreino on 3rd December 1866 and just over three years later their son was born while the couple was still in India.

 

 

 

19Q11

CHRISTOPHER HENRY COLLETT

Born in 1870 in India

 

 

 

 

19P11

James Collett was born at Jaulnah in Madras.  The register for the baptism recorded the event on 5th March 1850 as James son of Richard Collett C Troop H A and his wife Elizabeth, born on 18th November 1849.

 

 

 

 

19Q1

James Felix Carlo Collett was born on 9th January 1874 at Wheatley near Oxford.  In 1881 he was listed as being seven years old and born at Wheatley.  At that time, he was living with his family at North Stoke near Wallingford.  Around 1898 he married Annie Florence Ostertag who was born at Barnsbury near Islington in London in 1881 but after 3rd April.  Florence was the daughter of Ulrich Ostertag, who was born in Alsace, and Elizabeth Robinson of Stafford.  In 1881 just prior to her birth, Ulrich was a cook aged 22 who was living at 48 Wardour Street in Soho with his wife who was 25 and employed as a kitchen maid.

 

 

 

Once married, the couple remained living near Florence’s parents at Barnsbury for a while and it was there that the first of their four daughters were born.  Sometime over the next year or so the family of three moved south of the River Thames and settled for a short while in Southwark.  Another moved followed not long after the birth of their second child which saw the family return to Oxfordshire and the village of Ramsden just north of the village of Hailey near Witney where James’ parents were living at that time.

 

 

 

According to the 1901 Census the James, age 27 and of Wheatley, was living with his wife and two daughters at Ramsden Entire in Oxfordshire.  His occupation at that time was that of a licenced victualler.  His wife Florence of Barnsbury in London was aged 20 and their two children were aged two years and under twelve months respectively.  By April 1911 the family was once again living in north London, the census that year confirming they were residing at 2A Fourth Avenue, Bush Hill Park in Enfield within the Edmonton registration district of Middlesex.

 

 

 

The census return confirmed that James and Annie had been married for thirteen years and had given birth to five children.  James Felix Carlo Collett from Wheatley was 37 and a typewriter travelling salesman, his wife Florence was 29, and with them were their five children.  They were Dorothy who was 12 and born at Barnsbury, Gladys Florence Collett who was 10 and born at Southwark, Harold Albert Collett was nine and born at Heston, Alexander Carl Collett was seven and born at Lampton and Stanley Frank Collett who was born at Cork in Ireland who was five years of age.  James Felix Carlo Collett died on 7th June 1944.

 

 

 

19R1

Dorothy Collett

Born in 1898 at Barnsbury, London

 

19R2

Gladys Florence Collett

Born in 1900 at Southwark, London

 

19R3

Harold Albert Collett

Born in 1902 at Heston, Middlesex

 

19R4

Alexander Carl Collett

Born in 1904 at Lampton, Middlesex

 

19R5

Stanley Frank Collett

Born in 1905 at Cork, Ireland

 

 

 

 

19Q2

George Fitzroy Collett was born on 29th October 1875 at Rotherfield Greys near Henley, where he died almost a year later on 27th September 1876.

 

 

 

 

19Q3

Cecil Collett was born on 15th January 1877 at Rotherfield Peppard near Henley and by the time of the census in 1881 he was living with his family at North Stoke near Wallingford, where he was four years old and his place of birth was confirmed as Rotherfield Peppard.  Ten years later he was 14, by which time he and his family were living at Islip near Bicester.

 

 

 

Before the end of the century Cecil had joined the Life Guards and was recorded in the 1901 Census as Trooper Cecil Collett, aged 23.  His place of birth was given simply as Henley and he was based somewhere in Berkshire at that time.  It would appear that within the next couple of years Cecil may have been invalided out of the army and that he most likely returned to the family home in Witney.  It was while he was there that he met and married Agnes Maria Harris, their wedding day recorded at Witney register office (Ref. 3a 1927) during the fourth quarter of 1902.  Agnes was five years old than Cecil, having been born at Witney in 1872. 

 

 

 

Shortly after they were married the couple was living at Windsor in Berkshire, where their first son was born.  Within a short while though, the family moved to Devon where they initially settled in Newton Abbot, and it was there that their second son was born.

 

 

 

By the time of the 1911 Census the family of four had moved to Dorset and was living in the village of Broadmayne just two miles south of Dorchester, from where Cecil was employed at Warmwell House in the next village of Warmwell.  Warmwell House was the home of Lady Eva Lillian Cecilia Wynford, age 25, of Belgravia in London and her two daughters Mary Janet Grace Best, age three years, and Eva Constance Edith Best who was two.  It was there that Cecil was recorded on the day of the census as Cecil Collett a married man of 34 from Henley-on-Thames.  He was described as an army pensioner, while position at Warmwell House was that of a domestic servant and butcher.

 

 

 

His family on that same day, residing at Fernside in nearby Broadmayne, comprised his wife Agnes Maria Collett, who was 39 and from Witney whose husband was ‘living in private service’, and their two sons Wilfred Cecil Collett, who was six and born at Windsor, and Ronald Eric Collett who was four and born at Newton Abbot.  The census also confirmed that Cecil and Agnes had been married for eight years.  It is understood that a further son was born into the family three years later.

 

 

 

During their life Cecil and Agnes ran a holiday hotel at West Bay in Dorset.  It is possible, but not known for sure, that they owned the George Hotel, the management of which was later taken over by their eldest son Wilfred.  An entry in the Kelly’s Directory of 1935 stated that proprietor of The George Hotel in West Bay was Mrs A M Collett, ideal for family and commercial customers.

 

 

 

19R6

Wilfred Cecil Collett

Born in 1904 at Windsor

 

19R7

Ronald Eric Collett

Born in 1906 at Newton Abbot

 

19R8

Kenneth Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

19Q4

George Arthur Collett was born on 17th February 1878 at North Stoke and was given the same christian name as his deceased older brother.  In 1881 he was listed as being two years old and born at North Stoke, where he was living with his family at that time.  After first moving to Benson, the family was living in Islip near Bicester in 1891 when George Arthur Collett was 12.

 

 

 

During the next ten years he left the family home, which by March 1901 was at Hailey near Witney and, instead, he was living at Church Street in Bicester Market End, where there was already an established Collett family.  Further work needs to be done to determine whether or not there was a family link that attracted George to go there.  Certainly, it is known that also living there in 1901 was George’s future wife, whom he married during the following year.  On that day in 1901 George A Collett who North Stoke was unmarried at the age of 21, when his occupation was recorded as being that of a policeman, as was his father George before his retirement from the police force.  Also, on that census day, Lizzie Powell from Winslow in Buckinghamshire, was living at Sheep Street in Bicester Market End with her widowed father and her five younger siblings.  With no stated occupation, it must be assumed that she was acting as the family’s housekeeper.

 

 

 

The marriage of George Arthur Collett and Elizabeth Powell was recorded at Bicester register office (Ref. 3a 1865) during the last three months of 1902.  Lizzie, as she was known, was the daughter of former Winslow innkeeper John Powell and his wife Roseanna from Bicester.  Not long after they were married, George and Lizzie travelled to Hammersmith area of London, where their first child was born.  Two years later Lizzie gave birth to their second child at Richmond in Surrey and, on the day of the census in 1911, the family of four was residing at Croydon.  By that time George Arthur Collett from North Stoke was 32 and a bread baker, his wife Lizzie Collett from Winslow was 30, and their two daughters were Connie Pamela Collett who was seven and Doris Collett who was five years old.  At least two more children were added to the family after that, although the birth record for son Major Collett has not been discovered.  The couple spent nearly fifty years together before George A Collett died on 13th February 1960, his death recorded at Uxbridge register office (Ref. 5f 168) when he was 81 years old.

 

 

 

19R9

Connie Pamela Collett

Born in 1903 at Hammersmith

 

19R10

Doris Collett

Born in 1906 at Richmond

 

19R11

Cyril George Collett

Born in 1913 at Croydon

 

19R12

Gladys Collett

Born in 1917 at Croydon

 

19R13

Major Collett – not confirmed

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

19Q5

Richard Collett was born on 4th February 1881 at North Stoke, the son of George Collett and Susan Dyer, which was confirmed by the census in 1881 when Richard was recorded as being two months old.  Over the next ten years Richard’s family first moved to Benson, and after to Islip near Bicester where the family was living in 1891.  Richard Collett from North Stoke was 10 years old on that occasion.

 

 

 

So keen was he to enter the army, like his older brother Cecil (above), that Richard added three years to his stated age when he attested for the 3rd Royal Berkshire Militia Regiment at Reading on 1st April 1896.  The details he gave on that occasion are as follows: born at North Stoke near Wallingford in Berkshire; age 18 years and one month; a baker by trade; 5 feet 9¼ inches tall; 134 lbs in weight; fresh complexion; brown eyes and dark brown hair.  He had a scar on his left eye and one on his sacrum. 

 

 

 

On 21st November 1896 as No.4666 he was posted from the Depot of the 49th Regimental District of the Berkshires to the 2nd Battalion, but only remained with that unit until the following year.  Under authority of a War Office letter dated 11th December 1897 he was transferred to the 1st Life Guards with effect that date as No.2036 when he joined his new corps in London. After a period of ceremonial duties in London, and following the declaration of hostilities against the Boer Republic, the 1st Life Guards were sent to South Africa in a combined Household formation with the 2nd Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards.

 

 

 

The regiment arrived in South Africa around 4th November 1899 and saw action in the relief of Ladysmith and the capture of the Boer Laage at Paardeburg.  They returned to England in August 1900, where Richard was granted the Queen’s South Africa Medal with bars for Paardeburg, Dreifontein, Johannesburg, Cape Colony, and the Relief of Ladysmith.  According to the census in March 1901 Richard Collett, age 23 (sic) and born at North Stoke, was serving as a trooper with the First Life Guards and was based in Kent.

 

 

 

During the next three years of his military service he spent a period of 21 days in ‘the glasshouse’ for some undisclosed offence in February 1903, before being transferred to the Army Reserve at Regents Park Barracks on the 29th October 1904.  However, between those two dates bachelor Richard Collett, age 22 and a trooper with the 1st Life Guards, married (1) Dorrene Louisa Dark, a spinster of 21, at the St George Hanover Square Register Office in London on 9th December 1903.  Richard was confirmed as the son of farmer George Collett, while Dorrene’s father was named as William Dark, deceased, an officer in the British Army.  The address for both the bride and the groom was given as 11 Montpelier Square in Knightsbridge, while the witnesses were Fanny Couldrey and P W Leversha.

 

 

 

Eighteen months after they were married it would appear that Dorrene had an adulterous affair with one Richard Smith which, upon its discovery by her husband, resulted in Richard Collett filing a petition for divorce on 24th August 1905.  This was submitted to the Probate, Divorce & Admiralty Division of The High Court of Justice and read as follows:

 

 

 

I Richard Collett of the Borough Police Station Reading in the County of Berkshire, Police Constable, the petitioner make oath and say as follows

1 - that the statements set out in paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 6 of the said Petition dated 11th day of August 1905 are true

2 - that the statements set out in paragraphs 4 and 5 are true to the best of my knowledge information and belief

3 – that there is not any collusion or connivance between me and my wife Dorrene Louisa Collett in any way whatever

4 – that there have been no previous proceedings in the Divorce Division of the High Court of Justice with reference to my marriage with the said Dorrene Louisa Collett by or on behalf of either of the parties to the marriage.

Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays that his said marriage may be dissolved and that he may have such further and other relief in the premises as may seem meet.

 

 

 

The Decree Nisi was granted on 11th January 1906 and was followed by the Decree Absolute which was passed by the High Court of Justice on 23rd July 1906, as followed:

”Before the Honourable Sir Henry Bargrave Deane, Knight, one of the Justices of the High Court, sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, in the County of Middlesex, on the 23rd day of July 1906 in the case of Collett against Collett and Smith.  Referring to the Decree made in this cause on the 11th day of January 1906 whereby it was decreed that the Marriage had and solemnised on the 9th day of December 1903 at the Register Office in the district of St George Hanover Square in the County of London between Richard Collett, the Petitioner, and Dorrene Louisa Collett then Dark spinster, the Respondent be dissolved by reason that since the celebration thereof the said Respondent had been guilty of Adultery with the Co-Respondent Richard Smith unless sufficient cause be shown to the Court why the said Decree should not be made absolute, within six months from the making thereof – and no such cause having been shown, the judge on application of the said Petitioner by his final Decree pronounced and declared the said Marriage to be dissolved”

 

 

 

Over the next twenty months Richard continued to serve with the Army Reserve until his final discharge on 31st March 1908, having served a total of 12 years’ military service.  It was during the previous year that divorced Richard had married (2) Margaret Gibbons on 10th April 1907.  Margaret was born on 2nd December 1883 at Lancaster Gate in Paddington, and it was there that they were married.  Just over a year after they were married Margaret presented Richard with the first of their three children, the child being born at Reading, where the family was living at 27 Upper Crown Street in 1911.  The census that year recorded the family as Richard Collett, age 30 and from North Stoke in Oxfordshire, who was a police constable with Reading Borough Police, his wife of three years Margaret Collett, age 28, who said she was born at Lancaster Mews in Paddington, and their daughter Margaret Alice Collet who was two years old and born at St Giles in Reading.  Their abode was described as comprising four rooms.

 

 

 

Three years later, with War declared against Germany, Richard re-enlisted for short service with the 1st Life Guards at Reading on the 3rd September 1914.  At that time he was a Police Constable living at 6 The Forbury in Reading.  On that occasion he gave his correct age of 33 years and 8 months, which underlined the fact that he had lied about his age when joining the army in 1896.  Having joined the Life Guards, he was given the Service No.3079 and was duly promoted to Acting Corporal on 19th September 1914.  Whilst serving at Hyde Park Barracks on 13th October 1915 he was reprimanded for neglect of duty and reported by the RSM.

 

 

 

On 12th August 1916 he reverted to the rank of trooper and was transferred to the Military Mounted Police where he was immediately promoted to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal, No. P3712.  It was just under one month later that Richard was finally sent overseas, sailing out of Southampton on 8th December 1916 and arriving at Le Havre the following day.  There he joined his unit at Rouen where he served until being posted to 18th Corps in January 1917.  In December 1917 he was posted to the Army Headquarters and serves with them until the end of the war.  After peace was secured Richard was transferred to back to England for demobilisation on 1st June 1919 and was eventually discharged from his duties on 30th June 1919.

 

 

 

Later in his life, and just twenty-one months prior to his death, Richard was on holiday with his extended family in Canada when he wrote down his memories from his time in the service of the British Army, and this has been reproduced in Appendix C at the end of this file.

 

It is likely that the photograph on the right was taken after the First World War, possibly around 1919 or 1920, and shows Richard with his second wife Margaret and their two daughters Margaret and Pamela.

 

Richard Collett died at Brighton in Sussex on 24th August 1961.  Following the death of her husband it would appear that Margaret emigrated to Canada, where she was reunited with her son Major and his family.  And it was at Burlington in Ontario that Margaret Collett nee Gibbons died on 30th July 1982.

 

 

 

19R14

Margaret Alice Collett

Born on 06.05.1908 at Reading

 

19R15

Pamela Joan Collett

Born on 02.02.1916 at Reading

 

19R16

Major Stewart Collett

Born on 08.02.1925 at Wokingham

 

 

 

 

19Q6

Albert Ernest Collett was born on 26th July 1883 at Bensington near Wallingford.  The name of his birthplace was later shortened to Benson as confirmed by the 1901 Census in which Albert was aged 17.  By that time he was still living with his parents at their home in Hailey, near Witney, from where he was working as a brewer’s clerk.  Seven years later he married Millicent Kate Harris on 4th May 1908 with whom he had four children.  According to the census in 1911 Albert Ernest Collett from Bensington was 27 when he was residing at 1 Sunnyside, Woodstock Road in Witney from where he was working as an assistant manager for a brewery with ten branches.  With him was his wife Millicent Kate Collett who was 24 and their son Guy Sidney Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

Albert Ernest Collett died on 19th January 1940 when he and his wife were residing at 128 Warwick Street in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.  Probate for his estate of £651 16 Shillings 2d was settled at Birmingham on 9th February 1940 in favour of his widow Millicent Kate Collett.  She suffered another tragedy in the family three years later when she received the sad news that her son Cecil had been killed in action while in the service of the Royal Marines.

 

 

 

19R17

Guy Sidney Collett

Born on 15.10.1909

 

19R18

Mary Millicent Collett

Born on 20.11.1912

 

19R19

Cecil Ernest Collett

Born on 08.02.1915

 

19R20

Dennis Albert Collett

Born on 04.05.1920

 

 

 

 

19Q7

Pamela Alice Collett was born on 27th August 1885 at Bensington (Benson).  By 1901 she was 15 when she was living with her parents at Hailey near Witney.  On leaving school she later became a school teacher but during her first period of employment she was a ‘teacher monitoress’ at the National School in Hailey.  She later married James (Jim) Lutener when she was in her early twenties.  James B Lutener was born at Middlesbrough in Yorkshire around 1880 and was the son of James Lutener of Durham and his wife Emily.  According to the census of 1901 James was an engine fitter aged 20 and was living with his family in York at that time.

 

 

 

James Lutener senior was 52 and his occupation was that of a railway machinist, his wife Emily from Lincolnshire was 50, and the only other member of the family at that time was James’ younger brother Arthur who was 14 and an errand boy who had been born at Aycliffe in County Durham.  The marriage produced three children for the couple and these were Florence and Jim who were born prior to the Great War, and Cecil who was born two years after.  This might indicate that Jim Lutener senior was away on active service during the war years.

 

 

 

By the time of the April census of 1911, Pamela Alice Lutener was recorded as being 25, her husband James Biott Lutener was 30, and with the couple at Witney was their first child Florence Emily who was listed as being just one year old since she was nearly three months short of her second birthday.  While their daughter was born at Witney, it seems likely that their two sons may have also been born there.  Pamela Alice Lutener nee Collett died at Witney where her death was recorded (Ref. 20 3012) during the first quarter of 1980.  Twenty-two years earlier her husband James Biott Lutener, of Park View in Bladon, had passed away on 20th June 1958, when probate of his Will valued at £704 was granted to his widow Pamela.

 

 

 

It is understood that the name Lutener was derived from a corruption of the name of the village of Lewknor in Oxfordshire.

 

 

 

19R21

Florence Emily Lutener

Born on 26.06.1909 at Witney

 

19R22

James Lutener

Born on 17.05.1913 at Witney

 

19R23

Cecil Lutener

Born on 12.02.1920 at Witney

 

 

 

 

19Q8

Septimus Octavius Collett was born on 7th February 1887 at Nuneham Courtney north of Dorchester-on-Thames.  By the time of the 1901 Census he was 14 and was living with his parents at Hailey, near Witney, where he was working with his father George who was a farmer.  He later married (1) Lily Fenemore, their marriage recorded at Witney register office (Ref. 3a 1377) during the first three months of 1911.  The witnesses at the wedding were John Holland and Harriet Pratley.  The marriage produced four children for the couple and a few weeks after they were married the census of 1911 recorded Septimus and Lily as both being 24 and living at Witney.  It was during the summer of that same year when the first child was born at Witney.

 

 

 

During the First World War Septimus served with the Royal West Kent Regiment, service number 201764 and, having survived the ordeal, he was presented with the Victory Medal.

 

 

 

In his younger days Septimus was a policeman, possibly in Pershore, where his youngest child was born, but upon his retirement he purchased The Brandy Cask public house [shown above] in Pershore where he lived with his second wife.  The death of Lily Collett was recorded at Warwick register office (Ref. 6d 1425) during the second quarter of 1941, at the age of 54.  It was just over two years after losing his wife when Septimus married (2) Eileen Dowler, the wedding recorded at Warwick register office (Ref. 6d 2138) during the third quarter 1943.  Towards the end of his life, when he was in poor health, he and Eileen were living in the village of Wadborough, less than three miles west of Pershore, where it is assumed, he later died.  His death was recorded at Pershore register office (Ref. 9d 160) during the second quarter of 1957 when he died on 2nd June at the age of 70 years.

 

 

 

19R24

Stanley George Collett

Born in 1911 at Witney

 

19R25

Kathleen Collett

Born in 1913 at Witney

 

19R26

Eileen Collett

Born in 1915 at Atherstone

 

19R27

Gordon F Collett

Born in 1924 at Pershore

 

 

 

 

19Q9

Alice Josephine Collett was born at Paddington in 1878, the only daughter of James and Susannah Elizabeth Collett.  When she was two years old, she was living with her family at 28 Brook Mews North in Paddington where she may also have been born.  By the time of the census in March 1901 her father was absent from the family home at 38 Kensington Place in Campden Hill in Kensington when Alice was 22 when she was working as a hose woman for a draper.  On that occasion it was just Alice and her brother James (below) who were still living with their mother.

 

 

 

It was three years later that Alice Josephine Collett married George Frederick Lockhart and Camden on 30th August 1904.  The marriage produced two children; Ivy Josephine Lockhart who was born during in 1907 and George Howard Lockhart who was born in 1911 who died in 1944.  Alice Josephine Lockhart nee Collett died at Camden in 1947.

 

 

 

 

19Q10

James Valentine Collett was born at Shinfield, near Reading in Berkshire in 1880, although his birth was recorded at Wokingham (Ref. 2c 394) during the third quarter of that year.  He was under one year old at the time of the census in 1881 when he was living at 28 Brook Mews North in Paddington with his family.  Upon leaving school he became a commercial clerk, as confirmed by the census in 1901 when he was 20 years of age and was living at 38 Kensington Place in Campden Hill in Kensington in London with his mother Susannah and his sister Alice (above).  Where his father James was on that day is not known even though it is established that he was still alive when James died in 1924.  James Valentine Collett was still a bachelor ten years later when he was 30 and was still living with his mother at 38 Kensington Place in Campden Hill. 

 

 

 

Towards the end of 1919 James V Collett married Alice M Birch, the wedding recorded at Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 319) during the last three months of the year, after which the couple settled at 78 Campden Street in Kensington, where they were recorded in 1920.  The couple was also listed in the Electoral Roll of 1924 for Kensington as James Valentine Collett and Alice Mary Collett.  However, it was during that same year that James Valentine Collett died at the age of 44.  His death was recorded at Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 126) during the third quarter of the year.

 

 

 

Just a few months after his death, James’ mother passed away and the administration of her estate was granted to her husband James Collett, a bath-chair man.  It is also interesting that it would appear that his mother was living with James’ widowed at the time of her death on Christmas Day in 1924, as her address was given at 78 Campden Street, even though she died elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

19Q11

CHRISTOPHER HENRY COLLETT was born in 1870.  He was a lawyer and married Annie Maude Hart on 26th March 1894 in India.  Christopher Henry Collett died around 1898, following which Annie re-married to become Annie Sterling.

 

 

 

19R28

JOHN CHRISTOPHER HART COLLETT

Born on 18.10.1894 in India

 

 

 

 

19R4

Alexander Carl Collett was born at Lampton in Middlesex during 1904, the fourth child of James Felix Carlo Collett and Annie Florence Ostertag.  He and his family were living at 2A Fourth Avenue, Bush Hill Park in Enfield in April 1911 when Alexander Carl Collett was seven years old.  The death of Alexander C Collett was recorded at Leighton Buzzard register office (Ref. 3b 354) during the third quarter of 1934 when he was 30.

 

 

 

 

19R5

Stanley Frank Collett was born at Cork in Ireland on 3rd August 1905.  He was the last of the five children of James and Annie Collett, who was five years old in 1911 when the family was residing at 2A Fourth Avenue, Bush Hill Park in Enfield.  It was in the first quarter of 1937 that he married Dorothy Gwen Chase, the event recorded at Luton register office (Ref. 3b 831).  Dorothy was born on 10th April 1914 and she died in 2003 at the age of 89.  The death of Stanley Frank Collett was recorded twelve years earlier at Bedford register office (Ref. 9 163) during the second quarter of 1991 when he was 85.

 

 

 

 

19R6

Wilfred Cecil Collett was born at Windsor on 6th May 1904, the eldest of the three children of Cecil and Agnes Collett.  Shortly after he was born his parents moved to Newton Abbot in Devon where Wilfred’s brother was born.  Sometime prior to 1911 the family of four moved again, that time to Broadmayne to the south of Dorchester in Dorset.  According to the census of 1911, the family was living at Fernside in the village of Broadmayne where was Wilfred Cecil Collett was six years old and his brother Ronald was four.  At some later date Wilfred’s parents moved to coastal resort of West Bay, not far from Bridport, where they took over the running of the George Hotel.  Whether the premises had been purchased by the Collett family has not been determined, but it is known that Wilfred eventually took over the management of the hotel.

 

 

 

By the time of his retirement Wilfred was residing within the county of Somerset, and it was at Mendip register office (Ref. 23 1244) that the death of Wilfred Cecil Collett was recorded during the first three months of 1981 when he was 76.

 

 

 

 

19R9

Connie Pamela Collett may have been born at the end of 1903 at Hammersmith, while it was at Fulham register office (Ref. 1a 242) that her birth was recorded during the first three months of 1904, the eldest child of George Arthur Collett and Elizabeth Powell.  By 1911 her father, a former policeman, was a bread baker living in Croydon, where Connie Collett from Hammersmith was eight years of age

 

 

 

 

19R10

Doris Collett was born at Richmond in Surrey on 30th March 1906, another daughter of George and Elizabeth Collett.  In the Croydon census of 1911, Doris Collett from Richmond was five years old.  At some later time in her life she married H P Bishop in China, while it was in the United States of America that she died.

 

 

 

 

19R11

Cyril George Collett was born at Croydon in 1913 where his birth was recorded (Ref. 2a 516) during the second quarter of that year and when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Powell.

 

 

 

 

19R12

Gladys Collett was born at Croydon in 1917, the last confirmed child of George and Elizabeth Collett.  Her birth was recorded at Croydon register office (Ref. 2a 394) during the first quarter of the year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Powell.

 

 

 

 

19R14

Margaret Alice Collett was born at Reading on 6th May 1908, the eldest of the three children of Richard Collett and his wife Margaret Gibbons.  She was two years old in the Reading census of 1911 and when her father was re-enlistment into the army in 1914 Margaret and her parents were living at 6 The Forbury in Reading.  She later married Percival Barney and they had three children Brian Barney, Pamela Barney, and Gordon Watson Collett Barney, all of whom lived in Toronto.

 

 

 

 

19R15

Pamela Joan Collett was born at Reading on 2nd February 1916 the daughter of Richard and Margaret Collett.  She married Harold Cheeseman on 3rd April 1936 and they had three sons.  Ian Howard Cheeseman who was born on 4th November 1937 at Crawley in West Sussex who later married in Canada, but who was living in Rhodesia in the 1960s, and Peter Cheeseman and Stewart Cheeseman, the latter being married at Oshawa in Ontario.

 

 

 

 

19R16

Major Stewart Collett was born on 8th February 1925 at Wokingham in Sussex, the last of the three children of Richard and Margaret Collett.  Rather curiously his birth was recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 2c 602) during the first quarter of 1925.  He married (1) Joan Dorothy Brown at Horsham in West Sussex.  Joan was born at Cheam in Surrey on 12th October 1925 and died at Scarborough in Ontario on 13th April 1976.  Their first two children were born while they were still living in England.  The others were born after the family had emigrated to live in Canada.  After the death of Joan, Major married (2) Heather Summerfield in Toronto.

 

 

 

19S1

Carol Jacqueline Collett

Born on 17.07.1942 at Crawley

 

19S2

Roger Stewart Collett

Born on 18.06.1944 at Crawley

 

19S3

Carl Collett

Born on 07.07.1966 at Ontario, Canada

 

19S4

Stefanie Victoria Collett

Born on 24.05.1968 at Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

 

19R17

Guy Sidney Collett was born on 15th October 1909 and that may have taken place at Witney where he was living in 1911 at the age of one year.  The family’s address on that occasion was 1 Sunnyside on the Woodstock Road in Witney.  It was during the second quarter of 1937 in Warwick (Ref. 6d 1975) when he married Thelma Doris Cole who was born in Staffordshire with her birth recorded at Lichfield register office (Ref. 6b 475) during the second quarter of 1910.  Their marriage produced two children for the couple.  The death of Sidney Guy Collett was recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon register office (Ref. 9c 2410) during the second quarter of 1973 when he was 63.

 

 

 

19S5

Rebecca Collett

Born circa 1940; died in 1970

 

19S6

Rodney Guy Collett

Born in 1944 at Stratford-upon-Avon

 

 

 

 

19R18

Mary Millicent Collett was born on 20th November 1912 and possibly at 1 Sunnyside, Woodstock Road in Witney where her parents were living in April 1911.  She later married Charles Oliver Wise.  The marriage produced two daughters for the couple, and they were Jane Mary Wise who was born on 28th April 1940 and Susan Lindsey Wise whose date of birth is not known.  Mary Millicent Wise nee Collett died during 1999.

 

 

 

 

19R19

Cecil Ernest Collett was born on 8th February 1915 and he was killed during the Second World War on 13th March 1943 at Dieppe in France.  The record of his death is included in the Collett website folder entitled WW2 Collett Fatalities and is reproduced below.

 

 

 

Cecil Ernest Collett was a Sergeant PLY/X101104 with the Royal Marines and was born on 8th February 1915 and was the son of Albert Ernest and Kate Millicent Collett.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial – Panel 83, Column 3.

 

 

 

 

19R20

Dennis Albert Collett was born on 14th May 1920 and he married Olive Leah Buckingham in 1947, with whom he had two children.  Their marriage was recorded at Witney register office (Ref. 6b 2626) during the third quarter of that year.  The only other information so far known about the couple at this time is that they jointly ran a bookshop at Farnham in Surrey during the 1950s and 1960s.  During the summer of 2010, ninety-year old Dennis was staying at a nursing home in the Petersfield area of Hampshire.

 

 

 

In 2011 a magazine article about the Second World War was received from Brian Foster in Australia in which the reference to ‘D A Collet’ is believed to be none other than Dennis Albert Collett.  The main focus of the item was the purchase of 64 North American B25 Mitchell bombers by the exiled Dutch Government to equip a Royal Air Force squadron.  One of those planes in particular, which was still flying in 2004, was serial number FR193 assigned to 32 Dutch Squadron based at Dunsfold in Surrey on 10th August 1944.  It was on the evening of 8th September 1944 that all three squadrons of 139 Wing were sent to attack enemy gun positions around Boulogne, with Mitchell FR193 being flown by Flying Officer D A Collet.

 

 

 

19S7

Jennifer Christine Collett

Born in 1948 at Oxford

 

19S8

David Geoffrey Collett

Born in 1954 at Oxford

 

 

 

 

19R21

Florence Emily Lutener, who was known as Flossie, was born at Witney on 20th June 1909 and was one year old at the time of the 1911 Census when she was living at Witney with her parents.  She lived a long life and passed away on 28th August 2004.

 

 

 

 

19R22

James Lutener was born on 17th May 1913 and this may have taken place at Witney where his parents were living in April 1911.  He was known as Jim and he later married, the marriage producing two sons for him and his wife.  James died on 28th October 1998 and it was his son Hugh who kindly provided the brief details of his father’s and his grandfather’s families.

 

 

 

19S9

Hugh Lutener

Born on 08.06.1946

 

19S10

Paul Brian Lutener

Born on 12.01.1950

 

 

 

 

19R23

Cecil Lutener, who was born on 12th February 1920, is known to have died in September 1998 just a few weeks before his brother Jim (above).

 

 

 

 

19R24

Stanley George Collett, who was known in the family as Stan, was born just over six months after his parents were married, the birth of Stanley G Collett recorded at Witney register office (Ref. 3a 2231) during the third quarter of 1911, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Fenemore.  He was the eldest child of Septimus Collett and Lily Fenemore.  Very little is known about him except that he married Kathleen with whom he had a daughter Anne Collett who later married to become Anne Jones.  Stan was a builder and built and lived in two houses in Worcester at some time in his life

 

 

 

19S14

Anne Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

19R25

Kathleen Collett, who was known in the family as Kath, was born at Witney, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 3a 2145) during the first three months of 1913, where her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Fenemore.  She later married Francis Alfred Davis on 24th June 1939.  Francis, who was known as Frank, was born in 1914 and died in 1981.  During the war years between 1940 and 1946 Kathleen presented her husband with three children.  It is understood that Kathleen Davis was living at Pershore in Worcestershire during 2007.

 

 

 

19S11

Andrea Jane Davis

Born in September 1940

 

19S12

Warren Davis

Born in June 1944

 

19S13

Kevin Davis

Born in May 1946

 

 

 

 

19R26

Eileen Collett was born in 1915 and her birth was recorded at the Warwickshire Atherstone register office (Ref. 6d 1028) during the fourth quarter of that year, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Fenemore.  She later married Maurice Taylor and it was their son Andy Taylor who kindly provided this new information about his Collett family.

 

 

 

 

19R27

Gordon F Collett was born on 24th July 1924, his birth recorded at Pershore register office (Ref. 6c 288) during the third quarter of 1924, the mother’s maiden name confirmed as Fenemore.  She was the fourth child of Septimus Octavius Collett and his first wife Lily Fenemore.

 

 

 

 

19R28

JOHN CHRISTOPHER HART COLLETT was born on 18th October 1894 in India, where he married Florence May Ritchie during 1929.  John died at Rockhampton in Australia in 1958 and Florence died later at Sydney in 1998. In 2012 John’s daughter, Evangeline Veruthey was married to a retired psychiatrist, when they were living in Las Vegas, USA.  It was John’s youngest son, John W Collett, who provided new family information between 2012 and 2015.  By the time of the latter, the married daughter of J W Collett and his wife Denise, had already purchased a property in the village of Bradninch, just north of Exeter in Devon, where they were living at that time, where John and Denise were hoping to visit later that same year.

 

 

 

19S15

Evangeline Collett

Born on 12.03.1930

 

19S16

LEON CHRISTOPHER COLLETT

Born on 03.07.1936 in India

 

19S17

John W Collett

Born after 1936

 

 

 

 

19S2

Roger Stewart Collett was born on 18th June 1944 at Manor House in Crawley, West Sussex.  He married Linda Blowing at Highland Creek near Toronto in 1965. 

 

 

 

19T1

Scott Douglas Collett

Born on 11.02.1967 at Scarborough, Canada

 

19T2

Leah Collett

Born on 11.01.1972 at Scarborough, Canada

 

19T3

Karen Lisa Collett

Born on 16.02.1976 at West Hill, Canada

 

 

 

 

19S4

Stefanie Victoria Collett was born on 24th May 1968 at Burlington, Ontario.  She married (1) Roger Allard in May 1986 at North York in Ontario.  She later married (2) John William Bryan on 11th April 1992 at Dahlonega in Georgia, USA.  That second marriage for Stefanie produced two children, they being Collette Virginia Bryan who was born on 1st October 1993 and Heather Bryan who was born on 30th May 1996.  Stefanie then married for a third time (3) David Eugene Brotheridge on 11th November 2000 at Marietta in Georgia.

 

 

 

 

19S6

Rodney Guy Collett was born on 28th June 1944, his birth being recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon register office (Ref. 6d 1983) when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Cole.  He was the son of Guy Sidney Collett and Thelma Doris Cole.  Nothing further is known about his life, except that he died in Wales in 1971, his premature death at the age of only 26 years being recorded at the East Glamorgan register office (Ref. 8b 2134) during the first three months of that year.

 

 

 

 

19S7

Jennifer Christine Collett was born at Oxford on 4th July 1948, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 1347), when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Buckingham.  She never married, with the death of Jennifer Christine Collett taking place at Sutton in Surrey on 29th November 1999 when she was fifty-one years old.

 

 

 

 

19S8

David Geoffrey Collett was born at Oxford on 24th April 1954 and his marriage to Christine Barbara Mortimer was recorded at Surrey North-Western register office (Ref. 17 0458) during the early months of 1977.  In the summer of 2010 David and Christine were living at Southsea in Hampshire and living there with them was their daughter Maria and her fiancé.

 

 

 

19T4

Andrew David Collett

Born in 1979 in Surrey

 

19T5

Leah Christine Collett

Born in 1981 in Surrey

 

19T6

Steven Dennis Collett

Born in 1983 in Surrey

 

19T7

Maria Michelle Collett

Born in 1989 in Surrey

 

 

 

 

19S14

Anne Collett was the daughter of Stanley and Kathleen Collett and upon her married she became Mrs Anne Jones.

 

 

 

 

19S16

LEON CHRISTOPHER COLLETT was born on 3rd July 1936 in India, the only son of John Christopher Hart Collett and Florence May Ritchie. 

 

At the age of sixteen (in 1952) he received the Rotary Prize as the High School’s ‘Best All-Rounder’, and this was followed by

 

He later studied at Pacific Union College in Angwin in California where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1960.

 

 

Leon married Catheryne Davis Kaltenbach (USA/Aus) in Sydney on 10th May 1962.

 

 

 

Leon continued with his studies and in 1966 he secured a Commonwealth University Scholarship with which he attended the University of New South Wales in Kensington where in 1968, he became a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours.  This was followed by further success when he was awarded a CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship that same year.

 

 

 

Eight years after this Leon was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy at the same university in 1976 for his thesis entitled ‘Respiratory physiology of two turbinid gastropod molluscs in relation to their ecology’.

 

 

 

During his working life as a scientist in the field of hydraulics and the environment Leon wrote many books and articles on the subject, some of which were co-written with various colleagues. From 1971 to 1977 Leon was employed by the New South Wales Fisheries as a senior biologist, during which time, and together with a colleague David Pollard, he co-wrote ‘Guidelines for the establishment of underwater parks and reserves in Australian waters’ which became recognised as a seeding initiative on this topic in Australia.  It also led to a National Conference on this subject in 1978, and the subsequent establishment of marine parks and reserves in several States.

 

 

 

Another joint publication released during this period in his life was entitled ‘Guidelines for the protection and management of estuaries and estuarine wetlands’ and this paved the way for a number of subsequent worthwhile outcomes and careers.  It was also adopted by the Metropolitan Waste Disposal Authority in Sydney to limit the use of wetlands around the city for the disposal of waste.

 

 

 

On leaving the NSW Fisheries, Leon worked as a project leader for the Marine Pollution Studies Group in Melbourne where he was the co-author of a book relating to the pollution of sea grasses in eastern Australia which was published in 1978.  In addition to this, and during the years between 1974 and 1978, Leon served as a member of the council on the Marine Science Association of Australia.

 

 

 

By 1981 Leon was working for the Port Phillip Bay as their Technical Director.  Five years later in 1986 Leon was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy while at the University of Melbourne in Parkville in Victoria.  It was also around this time that he was appointed Executive Officer to the Director-General of the Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands.

 

 

 

Also, during the 1980s he was involved in a number of environmental projects, including the establishment of the Point Cook Marine Park, the St Kilda Tourism Development Plan, and the beautification of Geelong and Lakes Entrance waterfronts.

 

 

 

In 1991 Leon was appointed to the post of Senior Executive with the Melbourne Water Corporation and the Melbourne Parks & Waterways Authority.  During this period in his life he wrote ‘A Solution to Urban Run-off’ which was published in 1992, and the following year he co-wrote ‘The Urban Waterway Challenge’ with two fellow scientists.

 

 

 

A further book followed in 1995 which was entitled ‘Ecology impacts of groundwater discharges to catchment streams and Port Phillip Bay’ which formed part of a major project managed by Leon under the name of the Port Phillip Bay Environmental Study.  During the previous year (1994) Leon was appointed Manager of Corporate Risk Management with the County Fire Authority.

 

 

 

The photograph of Leon (above) was taken during June 2006 while he and Catheryne were in England for the second Collett Reunion at Shepton Mallet.  All of the photographs included in the reunion file were taken by Leon and kindly donated for displaying in this way.  (see Shepton Mallet June 2006)

 

 

 

Five years earlier in March 2001 Leon had joined the staff at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) as National Program Coordinator. The AFAC is responsible for the provision of fire and emergency services throughout Australia and New Zealand.  He was a well-respected member of the team and represented the AFAC at many national forums, committees, and events, and was always keen to share his experiences and knowledge to benefit the industry and the communities it served.

 

 

 

After many years within the fire and emergency services sector, particularly through his long association with the fire services in Victoria, Leon was able to use his amazing intellect and particular analytical ability to raise awareness of problems and, more importantly, pose solutions on how to address them.

 

 

 

Leon was responsible for managing the AFAC Strategic Information Management Strategy Group, Data Management Group and, Business Management Group.  In addition to this, Leon played a key role in supporting the Chief Executive Officer on many strategic issues, including analysis of the Council of Australian Government (COAG) Reform Agenda; the impacts for the industry of the COAG Bushfire Inquiry and the formulation of the partnership arrangements between AFAC member agencies and the Pacific Islands Fire Service Association.

 

 

 

After working there for almost six years Leon retired at the end of 2006.  However, even in his retirement Leon remained an active member of the community.  An occasional panel member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Leon enjoyed the opportunity to use his expertise to guide public policy and community benefit decisions.

 

 

 

Through his work, Leon had also been involved with the Australasian Assembly of Volunteer Fire Brigade Associations Inc which, upon his retirement, stated that ‘he was an excellent scientist’.  During his time with the Fire Authority, Leon had also worked closely over many years with the Fire Service in the United Kingdom.  In addition to all of this, Leon was an active member of the Planning Panels Victoria in a juridical role, the organisation which manages the conduct of individual panels appointed by the Minister for Planning.

 

 

 

Outside his business interests, Leon’s passions included attending the gym, building his consultancy business (Collett Consulting), reading, cooking, listening to classical music, and writing a book on Gosses Bluff – a meteor crater in the McDonald Ranges.

 

 

 

Collett Consulting was involved in many areas of work, including Coastal Zone Management (Federal and State Governments), Land Use Planning, Catchment Management, Water Conservation, Risk Management (Federal and State Governments), and Emergency Management (Federal and State Governments).

 

 

 

Tragically, only one year into his retirement, Leon died rather unexpectedly on 30th November 2007.  A tribute to him by the AFAC read as follows: ‘Leon made a wonderful contribution to AFAC and the fire industry, but more importantly he made a fantastic contribution to the lives of those around him, and he will be dearly missed’.  Included in Appendix D at the end of this line are other tributes to Dr Leon C Collett.

 

 

 

Such was Leon’s standing in the community, that in 2007 he was nominated for the prestigious award of Australian of Year for 2008 which, sadly in this case, and in accordance with the rules and regulations, could not be presented posthumously.

 

 

 

19T8

JACQUELENE MARCELLE COLLETT

Born on 17.07.1963 at Sydney, Aus

 

 

 

 

19T1

Scott Douglas Collett was born at Scarborough in Ontario on 11th February 1967, and he later married Paula in 1998.

 

 

 

 

19T2

Leah Collett was born at Scarborough in Ontario on 11th January 1972, and she later married Russ Blunsdon.

 

 

 

 

19T3

Karen Lisa Collett was born on 16th February 1976 at West Hill in Ontario.

 

 

 

 

19T4

Andrew David Collett, who is known as Andy, was born on 13th March 1979.  His birth was recorded at the Surrey North-Western register office (Ref. 17 1039), when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Mortimer.  He is married to Catherine Elizabeth Radford and, in the summer of 2010, they celebrated the birth of their first child.  Andy and Catherine currently live in Melbourne and it is thanks Andy that the new details about himself, his siblings, his father, and his grandfather have now been included in this family line.

 

 

 

19U1

Chloe Elizabeth Collett

Born on 06.07.2010 at Melbourne, Aus

 

 

 

 

19T5

Leah Christine Collett, who is known as Christine, was born on 13th February 1981.  Her birth was recorded at the Surrey North-Western register office (Ref. 17 966), when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Mortimer.  In 2010 Leah is undertaking a degree course at Cambridge University

 

 

 

 

19T6

Steven Dennis Collett was born on 9th August 1983.  His birth, like that of all three of his siblings, was recorded at the Surrey North-Western register office (Ref. 17 965), when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Mortimer.  In 2010 he was living at Farnham in Surrey with his partner, where their son was born.

 

 

 

19U2

Jason Collett

Born on 16.07.2010 at Farnham, Surrey

 

 

 

 

19T7

Maria Michelle Collett was born on 6th June 1989 and it was also at the Surrey North-Western register office that her birth was recorded (17 1193), her mother’s maiden name confirmed as Mortimer.  In 2010 she is engaged to be married and is living with her fiancée at the Southsea home of her parents David and Christine.

 

 

 

 

19T8

JACQUELENE MARCELLE COLLETT was born at Sydney on 17th July 1963.  She married Michael Barron at Melbourne on 20th November 1983 and they have two children, both of them born in Melbourne.  Sophie Alice Barron was born on 13th February 1996 and Alexandra Olivia Barron was born on 4th April 2000.  Jacquelene works in the field of Pathology and Cytology, while Michael is a Barrister/Senior Council & Company Secretary with a large Australian mining company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX A

 

 

 

All of the following information relating to Stephen Collett who died at Bishopsgate in London in 1833 at the age of 72, has been received from Valerie (surname not supplied), and it was originally thought it might relate to Stephen Collett (Ref. 19M5) who was born at Lewknor in 1761.  But this has not yet been proved.

 

 

 

The alternative might be that Stephen may have been the son of Peter Collett and his wife Deborah Collett of Bishopsgate.  It is also understood that Peter may have been a Huguenot Collett or Colet and very possibly a nonconformist, hence the reason for not being able to locate his baptism record, or a record of his marriage.

 

 

 

 

19m5

Stephen Collett and his wife Mary were living at 10 Rose Alley in Bishopsgate in London at the time of his death in December 1833, following which he was buried at the St Botolph’s Church in Bishopsgate on 15th December 1833.  This would indicate that he was born in 1761, the same as Stephen Collett of Lewknor.  However, his life story is as follows, whereas in contrast, nothing so far is known about the life of Stephen from Lewknor.

 

 

 

Although no record of the marriage has so far been found, Stephen Collett married the widow Mary Taylor, the daughter of William and Sarah Dalby, who was born within the parish of All Hallows the Great, where she was baptised on 12th October 1755.  What is known is that Mary had previously been married to Joseph Taylor on 10th June 1776 at St Giles Church in Cripplegate, London, with whom she had a son who lived with Stephen and Mary after they were married. 

 

 

 

Judging by the birth of their first child, Stephen would appear to have married Mary when he was in his early twenties, that is, after 1781 and before 1786.  This would also mean that Mary was some years older than Stephen, perhaps having been born around 1755.  All of their children were born in London during the ten years between 1787 and 1797, by which time Mary would have been in her forties.

 

 

 

Stephen Collett was a wine cooper by trade, as were his two eldest sons Richard and Nathaniel, together with his grandson William, the son of Richard.  In addition to which, up to the 1850's, Stephen and his family had worked in various occupations ranging from coopers and plumbers, to carpenters and carmen.

 

 

 

It has been confirmed that Stephen and Mary had seven known children, although there is a possibility that there were eight.  However, the information on the latter child is that he suffered an infant death in 1803, while his year of birth is unknown.

 

 

 

Following the death of Stephen Collett in 1833, his widow Mary left the Bishopsgate area of London, when she moved to Newington in Surrey, just south of Southwark.  It was there that she lived with her married daughter Mary Cooper, and it was there also, at 17 George Street in the census of 1841, that she was looking after her two grandsons, the children of her deceased daughter Margaret Trewick. 

 

 

 

Mary died later that same year, when she passed away on 17th November 1841 at the age of 86.  Three weeks after her death in Newington, her body was taken back to Bishopsgate for burial at the Church of St Botolph, where she was buried with her husband on 5th December 1841.  Following her death, the Trewick boys she had been looking after also left Newington, when they too returned to the Bishopsgate and Shoreditch area to live with their Collett and Taylor cousins, where they became very attached to their uncle Richard William Dalby Collett.

 

 

 

19n1

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1787 at St Martin-Vintry

 

19n2

Richard William Dalby Collett

Born in 1790 at Bishopsgate

 

19n3

Nathaniel Stephen Collett

Born in 1792 at Bishopsgate

 

19n4

John Stephen Collett

Born in 1793 at Bishopsgate

 

19n5

Stephen Collett

Born in 1796 at Bishopsgate

 

19n6

Nathaniel Samuel George Collett

Born in 1797 at Peckham

 

19n7

Margaret Sarah Collett

Born in 1797 at Bishopsgate

 

19n8

Peter Collett – not confirmed

Born in 1800; died 1803 at Bishopsgate

 

 

 

 

19n1

Mary Ann Collett was born whilst her parents were living in the London parish of St Martin Vintry.  However, the parish church was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666, and was never re-built.  It was therefore at All Hallows Church, where her mother was baptised thirty-two years earlier, that Mary Ann Collett was baptised on 7th October 1787, the eldest child of Stephen Collett and his wife Mary Taylor, nee Dalby. 

 

 

 

It would appear that Mary Ann never married and, in the census of 1841, Mary A Collett was living in the St Olave Southwark district of London, just across the River Thames in Surrey and opposite the Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster.  It was also close by, in the neighbouring area of Newington, that her widowed mother was living at that time.

 

 

 

Sometime after the death of her mother in December 1841, Mary Ann left Southwark, when she moved across the river and, by the time of the next census in 1851 she was living in the Westminster parish of St James, at the age of 63.  It was later during that decade that she passed away.  However, in addition to all of this, there is a possibility that Mary Ann was married and became Mary Ann Cooper.

 

 

 

 

19n2

Richard William Dalby Collett was born within the Bishopsgate district of London, and was baptised there at St Botolph’s Church on 24th May 1790, the eldest son of Stephen and Mary Collett.  It was as ‘Richard William Dolbey Collett’ that he married Ann Tows at Old Church in St Pancras on 17th November 1811.  Ann Tow or Tows, was born in 1787 and was baptised at the same church in 1788, the daughter of William and Mary Tow.  The first of their children was born while the couple was living at Bishopsgate and he was baptised at St Botolph’s Church.  Sometime during the following years, the family moved to nearby Shoreditch and, as a result, all of their other children were baptised at St Leonard’s Church.

 

 

 

By the time of the first national census in June 1841, Richard and Ann were recorded as still living within the Shoreditch, Holywell & Moorfield district of London at King’s Head Square in Shoreditch.  Richard and Ann were both given a rounded age of 50, while with them were their five surviving children.  And they were, Stephen and Jane, who were both given the rounded age of 20, Elizabeth who was 15, William who was 14, and Richard who was eight years old.  Two other people were recorded at the address and they were sisters Ann and Phoebe Brown who were both aged around 15.  Ten years later, in 1851, the family was still living in King’s Head Square, when Richard Collett from Shoreditch was head of the household, aged 61 and working as a cooper (a barrel maker), his wife Ann was 60, and the only children still living there with the couple were two of their sons, William Collett who was 24, and Richard Collett who was 18.

 

 

 

After a further decade the census in 1861 stated that Richard Collett from Bishopsgate, rather than Shoreditch - as stated ten years earlier, was 71 and a cooper who was still living at 1 King’s Head Square in Shoreditch, within the Borough of Tower Hamlets, London.  With him that day was his wife Ann Collett from St Pancras who was 70 and two of their unmarried Shoreditch born children.  William Collett, aged 34, was a cooper like his father and his grandfather, and Elizabeth Collett who was a milliner whose age was incorrectly recorded as 32 instead of 36.  It may be of interest to note that thirty years earlier a dwelling in King’s Head Square, in Shoreditch, had been the home of Richard’s youngest sister Margaret Sarah Trewick (nee Collett) and her family.

 

 

 

And it was at Shoreditch St Leonards that the couple was still living in 1871 when cooper ‘Richd Collett’ was 82 and laundress Ann Collett was 81, both described as born at Shoreditch.  Only one of their children was with them on that occasion, and that was their unmarried daughter Elizabeth Collett.  She was recorded as a dressmaker aged 46 who was also from Shoreditch, who was presumably looking after her elderly parents as their housekeeper.  Two other Collett males were staying with the family, and they were described as sons, although they were more likely the grandsons of Richard and Ann because of the large differences in their ages.  JOHN COLLETT who had been born in Reading was 27 and an engineer, while his brother WILLIAM COLLETT of Shoreditch was 24, whose occupation was also that of a cooper, the main trade within the family.  Through a process of elimination, it is possible that John, born in 1843, and William, born in 1846, were the base-born children of unmarried daughter Elizabeth – under whose name they were listed as ‘son’ in the 1871 census, or her older sister Jane about whom very little is known.  Furthermore, it is very curious that no earlier or later record of the two men has been found to date.

 

 

 

Two years later the death of Richard William Dalby Collett was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. 1c 138) during the first three months of 1873.  Not long after his passing his widow and his daughter Elizabeth went to live with son William at 18 Ipswich Road in Shoreditch, where they were all living in 1881 when Ann was 93.  Living at 17 Ipswich Road was the family of another of Ann’s sons, Richard and his wife and son, and it was also at that address where her unmarried daughter Elizabeth was living in 1911.  Ann Collett, widow, was still living at 18 Ipswich Road in 1881 at the age of 93, although shortly after that she passed away.

 

 

 

19o1

Stephen William Collett

Born in 1816 at Bishopsgate

 

19o2

Thomas Richard Collett

Born on 10.10.1818 at Shoreditch

 

19o3

Jane Collett

Born on 31.07.1820 at Shoreditch

 

19o4

Elijah John Collett

Born on 11.10.1822 at Shoreditch

 

19o5

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 27.12.1824 at Shoreditch

 

19o6

William Collett

Born on 14.01.1827 at Shoreditch

 

19o7

Richard Collett

Born on 14.09.1829 at Shoreditch

 

19o8

Richard John Collett

Born on 20.11.1832 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

19n3

Nathaniel Stephen Collett was born at Bishopsgate in 1792, where he died that same year, following which he was buried at St Botolph’s Church.  Although no baptism record has been found, his burial record confirmed that he was the son of Stephen and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

19n4

John Stephen Collett was born at Bishopsgate in 1793, where he died that same year, following which he was buried at St Botolph’s Church.  Like his brother, Nathaniel (above), no baptism record has been found, but his burial record confirmed that he was the son of Stephen and Mary Collett.

 

 

 

 

19n5

Stephen Collett was born at Bishopsgate and was baptised at St Botolph’s Church on 16th May 1796, the son of Stephen and Mary Collett.  According to the census in June 1841 there were just two Stephen Colletts living in England of around the right age.  The first of them had a rounded age of 45 and was living at St Ives in Huntingdonshire with his wife Sarah and their daughter Ann, while the other was 43 and had been born at Over in Cambridgeshire and was living in the Poplar area of London with his wife Edith and their eight children.  That couple was married by banns at All Saints Church in Poplar on 20th June 1824 when the records confirm that Stephen Collett married Edith Anderson.

 

 

 

What happened to Stephen Collett of Bishopsgate is not known for sure, but the death of Stephen Collett was recorded at Greenwich (Ref. 1d 416) during the third quarter of 1858.

 

 

 

Stephen William Collett is known to have died in 1875, and this would have made this Stephen around eighty years old when he died which is possible, but also unlikely.  Therefore, there is every chance that the S W Collett who died in 1875 may well have been the younger Stephen William Collett (below) who was also born at Bishopsgate, but in 1816, although his death is understood to have taken place in 1858.

 

 

 

 

19n6

Nathaniel Samuel George Collett was born at Peckham in 1797, the son of wine cooper Stephen Collett and his wife Mary.  It would appear that his parent’s time in Peckham was short-lived, since before and after he was born the family was living in Bishopsgate.  It would also appear that Nathaniel retained his links with Bishopsgate, as that was where he was married when he was around 21.  It seems highly likely that his bride was already expecting the birth of their first child on the day they wed.

 

 

 

It was at St Botolph’s Church in Bishopsgate that he married the slightly older Hannah Howard on 18th July 1818, although at the time of the birth of the couple’s last child sixteen years later, Hannah’s surname was recorded as Harward.  Of their nine known children, the first four are believed to have been born while the couple were living in the Camberwell area of London.  The baptism records for two of the four confirmed they were baptised at St Giles Church.  The other five children were born after the family had settled in Shoreditch, where at least two of them were baptised at St Leonards Church, the last child having been baptised at Holywell Mount Independent Church in Shoreditch.

 

 

 

The census in 1841 set the family in a rather odd order with father and eldest son first and second and then Nathaniel’s wife, followed in age order by her younger children.  On that occasion the large family was recorded at Kings Head Square in Shoreditch.  Nathaniel Collett senior had a rounded age of 45, while Nathaniel junior was 15, both of them working together as coopers (barrel makers).

 

 

 

The remainder of the family was listed as Hannah Collett who was 49, daughters Hannah and Sarah who both had a rounded age of 20, Charlotte and Clara (Clarissa), both with a rounded age of 15, John who was 14, Henry who was 11, Mary who was nine and George who was seven years old.  During the next decade Hannah Collett nee Howard died, whilst it would appear that three of her four eldest daughters left the family home in Shoreditch, presumably to be married.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1851, Nathaniel S Collett, age 55 and from Peckham, was a widower living at 11 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch in the Tower Hamlets area of London.  His occupation at that time in his life was that of a journeyman cooper.  Living there with him were four of his children, they being unmarried Sarah J Collett, age 31, Henry Collett who was 20, Mary Anne Collett who was 18, and George Collett who was 16.

 

 

 

Also lodging with the family were two brothers, John Cheshire, age 19, who was a casual labourer, and James Cheshire who was 15 and a post boy.  Despite the twelve-year difference in their ages, it was nine years later that Nathaniel’s daughter Sarah Jane married lodger John Cheshire.  The house at 11 Pleasant Row must have been of a reasonable size, because also listed at the same address but living there separately was the widow Christiana Pleen who, age 65, was a monthly nurse.  And it was during the following year that Nathaniel Samuel George Collett died at Islington in 1852.

 

 

 

Thirty years after Nathaniel and his family had lived at 11 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch, the occupier of the dwelling in 1881 was Frederick William Collett (Ref. 62M42) who was born at Shoreditch in 1833, the son of William Collett (Ref. 62L12) from Melksham and Harriet Mence from London St Pancras.  And ten years earlier, William’s cousin Andrew William Collett (Ref.31M14) had been living at 5 Pleasant Row in 1871.

 

 

 

19o9

Hannah Collett

Born in 1817 at Camberwell

 

19o10

Sarah Jane Collett

Born in 1819 at Camberwell

 

19o11

Charlotte Agnes Collett

Born in 1822 at Camberwell

 

19o12

Nathaniel Samuel Collett

Born in 1822 at Shoreditch

 

19o13

Clarissa Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1826 at Camberwell

 

19o14

John Collett

Born in 1828 at Shoreditch

 

19o15

Henry Collett

Born in 1830 at Shoreditch

 

19o16

Mary Anne Collett

Born in 1833 at Shoreditch

 

19o17

George Collett

Born in 1834 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

19n7

Margaret Sarah Collett was born at Bishopsgate on 14th July 1797.  It was nearly three years later that she was baptised at St Botolph’s Church on 14th April 1800, the youngest daughter of Stephen Collett and his wife Mary Taylor nee Dalby.  Margaret was thirty when she married John Trewick at St Saviour’s Church in Southwark on 1st January 1828.  John was a lawyer, and had been born in Northumberland in 1788, the son of John and Jane Trewick of Ovingham, to the west of Newcastle-on-Tyne.  The marriage is known to have produced two known children for the couple.

 

 

 

It was during the first year of their marriage that Margaret presented John with their first child, Stephen John Richard Trewick who was born at Shadwell in Middlesex during December 1828.  Just over two years after they were married Margaret gave birth to the couple’s second son, John Richard Trewick.

 

 

 

He was born at Southwark in 1830, following which he was baptised in 1831 at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch.  On that occasion Margaret and John and their family was living at Kings Head Square in Shoreditch, when also living with the family was Margaret’s brother.  It was also at Kings Head Square that Margaret’s eldest brother Richard W D Collett and his wife Ann were still living at the time of the census in 1861.

 

 

 

Margaret Sarah Trewick nee Collett died on 10th July 1838 while she was living at Richardson Street in Bermondsey, the cause of death being meningitis.  Five days later she was buried at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Bermondsey on 15th July 1838.

 

 

 

Following the death of their mother, her two sons Stephen and John, aged ten and seven years respectively, were taken into the care of their grandmother Mary Collett.  This was a time in their lives when their father had been abandoned and had become a pauper who was living in the workhouse.  As regards her two sons, John Richard Trewick died at Shoreditch in 1895, while Stephen John Richard Trewick died in 1906, when he was living at West Ham in Essex.  Margaret was the great great grandmother of Valerie, who provided much of this information.

 

 

 

 

19o1

Stephen William Collett was born at Bishopsgate prior to mid-1816, following which he was baptised there at St Botolph’s Church on 11th August 1816.  The parish register confirmed that he was the son of Richard William Dalby Collett and Ann Tows who were married in November 1811.  In the Shoreditch district census of 1841, he was simply described as Stephen Collett, with a rounded age of 20 years, who was still living at the family home with his parents.  It was eight years later that Stephen married Jane Martha Coe of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire.  The wedding took place during 1849 at St Mary’s Church in Islington, where one of the witnesses was a Mr King or Dr King.  Once married the couple travelled to the south coast of England and settled in the Sussex town of Hastings.

 

 

 

According to the census in 1851 Stephen Collett from ‘London City’ was 33 and a house decorator who was living at 4 Beach Cottage in Hastings St Mary in the Castle with his wife Jane Collett who was 31 and born at Shoreditch (?).  However, the marriage only lasted for just less than ten years, when Stephen William Collett died at Stoke Newington on 10th December 1858, following which he was buried at Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington, where many dissenters and nonconformists are buried.

 

 

 

The 1856 edition of the Post Office Directory for the London area included an entry for Stephen William Collett, a plumber of 3 Frederick Place, Goswell.

 

 

 

The death of Stephen William Collett was recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 226) during the final quarter of 1858 and probate of his personal effects valued at under £300 was granted in London on 8th January 1859 with the following statement.  The Will of Stephen William Collett of 3 Frederick Place, Goswell Road in Middlesex, a painter and glazier, died 10 Dec 1858 at the above address, was proved by the oath of Jane Martha Collett, widow, the sole relict and executrix.

 

 

 

 

19o2

Thomas Richard Collett was born at Shoreditch on 10th October 1818 and baptised at the Church of St Leonards in Shoreditch when he was one month old on 15th November that same year.  By June 1841 he was 22 and a married man with a two-year old daughter living at an institution in Chad Place, St Pancras, with Caroline his wife who was 25.  Ten years later the next census in 1851 identified Thomas Collett from Shoreditch as 32 and a cook’s shopkeeper living at Chads Place in St Pancras and, according to the census return that year, his wife Caroline Collett was from Crayford in Kent and was 36.  Their daughter Ann Collett was 11 years of age and born at St Pancras.  No further record of any member of the family has been found after that time.

 

 

 

The birth of daughter Ann Collett was recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 1 260) during the first three months of 1840, while she was baptised at Old Church in St Pancras on 23rd February that year when he parents were confirmed as Thomas and Caroline Collett.  It is possible that Ann never married, since the death of an Ann Collett aged 75 was recorded at Brentford register office (Ref. 3a 143) during the second quarter of 1915.

 

 

 

19p1

Ann Collett

Born on 29.01.1840 at St Pancras

 

 

 

 

19o3

Jane Collett was born at Shoreditch on 31st July 1820, and was baptised at St Leonard’s Church on 10th September 1820, the third known child and eldest known daughter of Richard and Ann Collett.  In the Shoreditch census of 1841 Jane Collett, age 20, was still living there with her family.  It would appear that Jane never married, although no obvious record for her has been identified in the next three census returns.  However, by 1881 Jane Collett, age 60 and from London, was a visitor at the home of elderly ‘gentleman’ and widower John R Miller from Kent and his two unmarried daughters, at 1 Wootton Mount on the Old Christchurch Road in Christchurch, Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

19o4

Elijah John Collett was born at Shoreditch on 11th October 1822, where he was baptised at St Leonards Church on 17th November 1822 when he was confirmed as the son of Richard William Dalby Collett and Ann Collett.  No other record of him has been found, nor was he living with his family in June 1841.

 

 

 

 

19o5

Elizabeth Collett was born at Shoreditch on 27th December 1824, and was baptised at St Leonard’s Church 17th April 1825, the daughter of Richard and Ann Collett.  She was listed in the Shoreditch census of 1841 as Elizabeth Collett, age 15, when she was still living with her parents at the family’s home.  By 1851 Elizabeth from Shoreditch, at the age of 23, was a servant at the home of Robert Lancaster Ranes and his wife Sophia in St Martin-in-the-Fields.  However, by 1861 she was once again living with her parents at 1 King’s Head Square in Shoreditch, where her younger brother William (below) was also living at that time.  Elizabeth was unmarried and her place of birth was confirmed as Shoreditch, while her occupation was that of a milliner.  Curiously her age was recorded as 32, when in fact she was 36.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett, spinster of Shoreditch, was more accurately recorded in the next census in 1871, when she 46.  Once again she was living at the family home in Shoreditch, the only child still living there with her parents.  Following the death of her father during the 1870s, Elizabeth and her mother left King’s Head Square when they moved to 18 Ipswich Road in Shoreditch, the home of Elizabeth’s brother William (below).  And it was there that all three of them were living at the time of the census in 1881. 

 

 

 

On that occasion, yet again, Elizabeth’s age was incorrectly recorded as being 51, which may have been a misinterpretation of 57, even though she was 56.  She had no occupation, but was described as the sister of head of the household William Collett.  In order to provide some income, it would appear that the Collett family took in tradesmen as boarders, since staying at the house was Philip Marr, a gas works labourer, and Harry Will, who was a carpenter.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Collett of Shoreditch was still living with her brother William Collett at Ipswich Road in Shoreditch ten years later in 1891 when she gave her age as 64.  Her brother died at the end of that same year, whilst no record of Elizabeth has been found within the census of 1901.  However, in April 1911 Elizabeth Collett from Shoreditch was residing at the home of Walter John Little at 17 Ipswich Road in Dalston, Shoreditch.  Previously, in 1881, that same address had been the home of Elizabeth’s brother Richard and his family.  In 1911 Elizabeth was 87 and her occupation was that of a milliner.  Walter John Little was 31, as was his wife Ada Emily Little, while their son Walter Henry was three years old.  The census return indicated that the couple had been married for seven years and that they were related to Elizabeth Collett, which may have been an enumerator error.  Also living at that same address was Rebecca Stafford, a widow of 72 from Shoreditch.  It was just over two years later that Elizabeth Collett died, when her death was recorded at Shoreditch register office (Ref. 1c 122) during the second quarter of 1913. 

 

 

 

 

19o6

William Collett was born at Shoreditch on 14th January 1827, and it was there that he was baptised on 11th February 1827 at the Church of St Leonard, when his parents were confirmed as Richard William Dalby Collett and his wife Ann.  In the census of 1841 William Collett was 14, when he was still living with his family in the Shoreditch area of London.  Ten years later, when William was 24, he was unmarried and still living at the family home with his parents and younger brother Richard (below).  William was still a bachelor by the time of the census in 1861, when he was still living with his parents at 1 King’s Head Square in Shoreditch.  By that time in his life he was 34, and was working with his elderly father as a cooper.

 

 

 

Where William was in 1871 has not been discovered, but by the time of the census in 1881 he was head of the household at 18 Ipswich Road in Shoreditch.  The census return listed him as being unmarried at 54, and a cooper who was born at Shoreditch.  Living with him at that time was his widowed mother Ann Collett, following the death of William’s father during the previous years, and his unmarried sister Elizabeth (above).  It is also interesting to note that living (next door possibly) at 17 Ipswich Road was William’s brother Richard (below), together with his wife and son.

 

 

 

William’s mother died just after 1881, following which his sister Elizabeth continued to live with him.  In 1891 William Collett, age 66 (sic), was still living on Ipswich Road in Shoreditch when the census that year confirmed that his sister Elizabeth Collett was still living there with him.  It was later that same year that William Collett died at Shoreditch at the age of 64, when his death was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. 1c 107) during the final three months of 1891.

 

 

 

 

19o7

Richard Collett was born at Shoreditch on 14th September 1829, where he was baptised on 1st November 1829 at St Leonard’s Church, the son of Richard and Ann Collett.  The fact that the next child born to Richard and Ann was given the same name very likely indicates that this Richard did not survive beyond a few years or even a few months.

 

 

 

 

19o8

Richard John Collett was born at Shoreditch on 20th November 1832, and was baptised there at St Leonard’s Church on 3rd March 1833, the son of Richard William Dalby Collett and his wife Ann.  It was as Richard Collett, aged eight years, that he was recorded in the 1841 Census, the youngest son of Richard and Ann Collett living with them in the Shoreditch, Holywell & Moorfield census registration district, at that time.  Richard Collett, age 18, was one of only two children still living in that same area with his parents in 1851. 

 

 

 

Seven years after the census day, Richard J Collett married Sarah Ann Gardner at the Church of St John the Baptist in Shoreditch on 7th November 1858, and during the following year their son Richard was born and was baptised at the same church.  Rather strangely, no record of the family has been found in Great Britain at the time of the census in 1861.  However, by 1871 the family of three were living within the Shoreditch & West Haggerstone district of London.  Richard J Collett was 38, his wife Sarah Collett was 37, and by that time their son Richard Collett was 11 years old.

 

 

 

It was at 17 Ipswich Road in Shoreditch that the family was living in 1881, while at 18 Ipswich Road was Richard’s older brother William (above).  Rchd Collett, as he was recorded in the census, was 48 and a joiner from Shoreditch.  His wife Sarah Collett was 46 and also from Shoreditch, while their son was listed with them as Rchd Collett from Shoreditch, whose occupation was that of a valuer at the age of 22.  Just over one year later their son Richard Stephen Collett left the family home to be married.  The census in 1891 confirmed that Richard J Collett was 58 and that his wife Sarah was 57.  It was seven years after that when Richard John Collett died at the age of 65, his death was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. 1c 82) during the last three months of 1898.

 

 

 

19p2

Richard Stephen Collett

Born on 12.04.1859 at Shoreditch

 

 

 

 

19o9

Hannah Collett was born at Camberwell in 1818, the eldest child of Nathaniel Samuel Collett and his wife Hannah Howard, not long after her parents were married in July that year.  However, it was not until 25th February 1821 that she was baptised at the Church of St Giles in Camberwell.  By the time of the first national census in June 1841 Hannah, at 23 years of age, was still unmarried and living with her family in Shoreditch, although her rounded age in the census return was 20.  Five years later she was married by banns to George Scowen at St Paul’s Church in Canonbury on 8th February 1846.  Hannah’s father was confirmed as Nathaniel Samuel Collett and George’s father was named as Thomas Scowen.  She was 54 when she died, her death recorded at Islington (Ref. 1b 155) during the second quarter of 1875.

 

 

 

 

19o10

Sarah Jane Collett was born at Camberwell in 1819, and was baptised there at St Giles Church on 11th July 1819, when her parents were confirmed as Nathaniel Samuel and Hannah Collett.  Like her sister Hannah (above), Sarah also had a rounded age of 20 in the Shoreditch census of 1841 when she was still living with her mother and the rest of her family, excluding her father and brother Nathaniel (below).

 

 

 

Following the death of her mother during the 1840s, Sarah J Collett at 31 was the eldest child still living with her widowed father at 11 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch in 1851.  Although she was described as a laundress, and her place of birth was given as Shoreditch, it is very likely she was acting as housekeeper for her father and her three younger siblings, Henry, Mary, and George (below).  What is of special interest is that living with the family in 1851 was a lodger, John Cheshire, to whom Sarah Jane was married nine years later.

 

 

 

It was in 1860 when Sarah Jane Collett was 40 that she married the much younger John Cheshire who was around 30 years of age.  The event was recorded at Shoreditch (Ref. 1c 384) during the second quarter of that year when the two witnesses were George Blyth and Ellen Barnes.  Ten years later the census in 1871 included Sarah J Cheshire (Chesher) age 51 and her husband John age 41 living in Bethnal Green.  On that occasion they had two children living with them who would have been prior before they were married.  They were Sarah Cheshire who was 15 and Mary Ann Cheshire who was 12.

 

 

 

 

19o11

Charlotte Agnes Collett was born at Camberwell in 1822, and it was there also that she was baptised at St Giles Church on 9th January 1825, the daughter of Nathaniel Samuel and Hannah Collett.  She was listed with her mother in the census of 1841 as 15 years old, the same age also given for her sister Clara (below) and her brother Nathaniel (below) who was away with their father at that time.  It would appear that Charlotte never married, although it would seem that she was in a long-term relationship which resulted in the birth of a daughter around 1863.  When the child was eight years of age she was named as Agnes Stokes in the census return for 1871 when she was living at Finsbury in London with her parents, Henry Stokes, a baker from Cambridgeshire who was 39, and Charlotte Stokes from Bishopsgate who was 46.

 

 

 

However, ten years later, according to the census in 1881 unmarried Charlotte Collett from Shoreditch was 58 when she was living at 11 Hill Street in the Middlesex area of London.  That was the home of Henry Stokes, an unmarried baker from Cambridge who was 48.  Living with the couple was their daughter Agnes C Stokes, possibly Agnes Collett Stokes, who was 17 and who had been born at Clerkenwell.  Charlotte did not have an occupation, whereas her daughter was described as an industrial machinist.

 

 

 

Agnes Stokes was baptised at Clerkenwell on 19th August 1863, the daughter of Henry Stokes and Charlotte Agnes Stokes who were living at 53 St John’s Lane in Clerkenwell at that time.  Unmarried Agnes Stokes was 48 in 1911 when she was employed as a domestic servant at an orphanage and boys’ home at 46 – 48 Buckingham Place in Brighton.

 

 

 

19p3

Agnes Collett (later Agnes C Stokes)

Born in 1863 at Clerkenwell

 

 

 

 

19o12

Nathaniel Samuel Collett was born at Shoreditch in 1822 and was baptised at St Giles Church in Camberwell on 26th May 1822, the fourth child and the eldest son of Nathaniel and Hannah Collett.  On leaving school around the end of the 1830s, it would appear that Nathaniel worked with his father who was a cooper.  Whether for reasons of over-crowding in the family home, or for work related reasons, Nathaniel and his father were not recorded in the census of 1841 with the rest of their family.  Instead Nathaniel, age 15, and his father were living close by.

 

 

 

On 25th April 1850 Nathaniel Samuel Collett of West Street, a bachelor and a cooper of full age, was married by banns at the Church of St John in Hackney to spinster Sophia Kienlen of Napier Terrace.  He was confirmed as the son of Nathaniel Samuel Collett, while she was the daughter of Thomas Adolphus Kienlen, a graveviner, and it was he and his wife Fanny Eliza who signed the church register.  The register was also signed by the bride and groom.

 

 

 

Almost one year later cooper Nath’l Sam’l Collett of Shoreditch was 28, as was his wife Sophia Collett from Hackney, when they were living at 17 Grove Terrace in Hackney.  Just a few months after that Sophia presented Nathaniel with a daughter who was baptised on 9th July 1851 at St John’s Church in Hackney.  Four years later their son was born at Hackney and baptised on 23rd September 1855 at the Church of St Barnabas in Homerton.  However, two and a half years later the family was completely wiped out.  That tragedy happened during “The Great Stink of London”, a serious outbreak of cholera which brought the city to a standstill in 1858.

 

 

 

First Nathaniel Samuel Collett aged 35 died during March 1858, after which he was buried at St Barnabas Church in Homerton on 21st March 1858.  He was followed in quick succession by his son, whose death was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 201) during the third quarter of 1858, and his wife who was buried at St Barnabas Church on 12th August 1858.

 

 

 

19p4

Eliza Fanny Collett

Born in 1851 at Hackney

 

19p5

Nathaniel Thomas Collett

Born in 1855 at Hackney

 

 

 

 

19o13

Clarissa Elizabeth Collett was born at Camberwell around 1826 although, unlike most of her older siblings who were baptised shortly after they were born, she was five years old when she was baptised in a joint ceremony with her younger brothers John and Henry (below).  That event took place at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch on 19th September 1831 when the children’s parents were named as Nathaniel Samuel Collett and his wife Hannah.  In June 1841 she was named in the census as Clara Collett with a rounded age of 15, the same age as her sister Charlotte (above), when they were living in Shoreditch with their mother.

 

 

 

 

19o14

John Collett was born at Shoreditch in 1828, the son of Nathaniel and Hannah Collett, and was baptised with his sister Clarissa (above) and his brother Henry (below) at St Leonard’s Church on 19th September 1831.  John was still living at Shoreditch with his family in 1841 when he was 14 years old.

 

 

 

 

19o15

Henry Collett was born at Shoreditch on 30th October 1830, where he was baptised on 19th September 1831 at St Leonard’s Church, the son of Nathaniel Samuel and Hannah Collett.  On that same day his two older siblings were also baptised with Henry, and they were Clarissa Elizabeth Collett and John Collett (above). The census of 1841 gave his age as 11, when he was living there with his mother and seven of his eight siblings.  With the death of his mother over the following few years, Henry continued to live with his widowed father, and in 1851 just a year before his father died, Henry was living at 11 Pleasant Row in Shoreditch with his father and three siblings, Sarah, Mary, and George.  Unmarried Henry Collett, age 20 and born at Shoreditch, was working as a porter for a tobacconist at that time in his life.

 

 

 

A certain Henry Collett died in London in 1895, when his death was recorded at the Mile End register office (Ref. 1c 409) at the age of 64.  Whether this was Henry Collett from Shoreditch still needs to be determined.

 

 

 

 

19o16

Mary Anne Collett was born at Shoreditch on 15th February 1833, and it was at St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch that she was baptised on 11th March 1833, where he parents were recorded as Nathaniel Samuel and Hannah Collett.  In 1841 she was nine years old Mary Collett, living at Shoreditch with her mother, and ten years later she was 18 when she was still living there with her father, following the death of her mother a few years earlier.   At that time in her life Mary Anne Collett was a waistcoat maker.  On 5th August 1865 Mary Ann Collett married Edwin Ladd at St Barnabas Church in Homerton when her father was confirmed as Nathaniel Samuel Collett and his father was Richard Ladd.

 

 

 

 

19o17

George Collett was born at Shoreditch on 22nd June 1834, the last child of Nathaniel Collett and his wife Hannah Harward (Howard), as confirmed by his baptism record dated 2nd October 1834 at Holywell Mount Independent Chapel in Shoreditch.  By the time of the census in 1841 he was seven years old, when living at Shoreditch with his family, and was 16 in 1851 when he was still living there, but of that occasion he was one of four siblings living with his widowed father.  In 1851 George Collett was a cooper’s apprentice, and since his father was a cooper, it is logically to assume that father and son were working together.

 

 

 

 

19p2

Richard Stephen Collett was born at Shoreditch on 12th April 1859, and was baptised there at the Church of St John the Baptist on 8th May 1859, the only known child of Richard John Collett and his wife Sarah Ann Gardner.  Where he and his family were in 1861 is not known, but ten years later, when Richard was 11, he was living with his parents in the Shoreditch & West Haggerstone area of London.  It was on 27th September 1882 at All Saints Church in Haggerstone that Richard, age 23, married Clara Duke, age 21, with whom he had two daughters.  Clara was the daughter of John Duke.  In March 1901 the family of four was residing at 51 Fountayne Road in Hackney where Richard was 41 and a fire insurance surveyor.  His wife Clare was 39, while his daughters were Clara Holly Collett who was 17 and born at Shoreditch and Dorothy Lillian Collett who was 11 and born at Hackney.

 

 

 

By the time of the census in 1911 Richard Collett was 51 and was still living at 51 Fountayne Road in Stoke Newington with his wife Clara who was 49 and their daughter Dorothy Lilian Collett who was 21.  Richard’s place of birth was recorded as Kingsland in London, while his occupation was that of an insurance surveyor.  The census return also confirmed that the couple had been married for twenty-eight years, during which time Clara had given birth to two children.  Also visiting the family in April 1911 was Richard’s future son-in-law Stanley Holt, age 21, who eventually married his youngest daughter Dorothy Lilian Collett.

 

 

 

Richard S Collett was residing in the Edmonton area of London when he died in 1923 at the age of 64, and it was at Edmonton register office (Ref. 3a 524) that his death was recorded during the third quarter of that year.  Probate of the personal effects of Richard Stephen Collett was granted at London on 17th October 1923 with the following statement.  Richard Stephen Collett of 51 The Grove in Palmers Green, Middlesex, died on 23rd September 1923 with probate grant to his widow Clara Collett.  His estate was valued at £1,262 10 Shillings.

 

 

 

19q1

Clara Holly Collett

Born in 1882 at Shoreditch

 

19q2

Dorothy Lilian Collett

Born in 1889 at Hackney

 

 

 

 

19p3

Eliza Fanny Collett was born at Hackney in 1851 but after the census that year.  She was baptised on 9th July 1851 at St John’s Church in Hackney, the eldest child of Nathaniel Samuel Collett and Sophia Kienlen.  She was the only member of her family who survived the London cholera epidemic of 1858 which took from her both her mother and her father, and her baby brother.  Where Eliza was in 1861 has not been determined, but in the census of 1871 Eliza F Collett, age 19 and from Hackney, was a laundress, the only person living with her aunt Sarah Welles at 136 High Street in Hackney.  Sarah Welles, also from Hackney, was a married laundress of 51 whose husband was not recorded with her on that day. It was just over three years after that, at All Saints Church in Clapton Park, when Eliza Fanny Collett married William Henry Parrylane on 25th December 1874.  The deceased father of the bride was named as Nathaniel Samuel Collett and the father of the groom was Christopher Parrylane.  By the time of the census in 1881 there was no Parrylane listed in the census.

 

 

 

 

19q2

Dorothy Lilian Collett was born at Hackney in 1889 the second of the two daughters of Richard Stephen Collett and Clara Duke, has birth was recorded at Hackney (Ref. 1b 473) during the last three months of 1889.  In the census of 1901 when she was 11 her place of birth was noted as Hackney, but in 1911 when she was 21 it was stated as being Stoke Newington.  She married Stanley Charles Holt on 3rd August 1912 at the Church of St Michael and All Angels in Hackney, when her father was confirmed as Richard Collett and his father was named as Alfred Holt.  The bride and the groom were both 22, with Stanley having been born on 8th September 1889.  He lived a long life and died at Worthing in Sussex where his passing was recorded (Ref. 18 2504) during the first three months of 1978.  Dorothy L Holt had already died by then, with her death recorded at Worthing register office (Ref. 5h 605) during the third quarter of 1964 when she was 74.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX B

 

 

 

This appendix contains Collett details originally taken from the 1881 Census in the area around

Dorchester-on-Thames, where the individuals have not yet been identified within this family line.

They have been included here in the hope that they might one day be linked to this family line.

 

 

 

 

 

Dwelling - Wheatfield between Stoke Talmage and Adwell, Oxfordshire

 

 

Ap1

Thomas Collett, age 71, was born in 1809 at Stoke Talmage, near Lewknor. He was the head of the house and a carpenter in 1881 when was married to Mary Collett who was 67, who had been born at Wheatfield in Oxfordshire around 1813.  It was their youngest son John who was also a carpenter and a licenced victualler who was living nearby in the hamlet of Postcombe with his family in 1881.  Forty year earlier in 1841 Thomas was 30, Mary was 25, their son Joseph was five, their daughter Elizabeth was four, and James was just under one year old.  Ten years later carpenter Thomas Collett from Stoke Talmage was 42 and was living in Wheatfield with his wife Mary, age 38, and their five children.  Elizabeth was 14, James was 11, William was eight, Sarah was five and John was two years of age.  During the next three years Mary presented Thomas with two more daughters, the first of them later that same year.

 

 

 

In 1861 the family at Wheatfield comprised Thomas who was 51, Mary who was 47, William who was 18 and a carpenter working with his father, Sarah who was 15, John who was 11, Mary Ann who was nine and Pricilla who was six years of age.  According to the census in 1871 Thomas, age 61, and Mary, age 57, only had their two youngest children living with them Wheatfield and they were John who was 21 and Priscilla who was 16.  Staying with the family on that day was Thomas’ granddaughter Elizabeth Meads who was five years old and born in Teddington.  She was most likely the daughter of the couple’s eldest daughter Elizabeth, or even younger daughter Sarah.

 

 

 

Thomas suffered the loss of his wife during the 1880s and by the time of the next census in 1891 he was living alone at Wheatfield, one dwelling from Hill Farm and close to the parish church of St Andrews where his children were baptised.  He was described as being 81, a widower from Stoke Talmage, who was still working as a carpenter.

 

 

 

Ap1/1

Joseph Collett

Born in 1835 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/2

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1837 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/3

James Collett

Born in 1839 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/4

William Collett

Born in 1842 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/5

Sarah Collett

Born in 1845 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/6

John Collett

Born in 1849 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/7

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1851 at Wheatfield

 

Ap1/8

Priscilla Collett

Born in 1854 at Wheatfield

 

 

 

 

Ap1/6

John Collett was born in 1849 at Wheatfield, between Stoke Talmage and Adwell.  It now transpires that he was the youngest child of carpenter Thomas Collett and his wife Mary of Wheatfield.  In the census of 1881 he was 31 and the head of the house, a licensed victualler and a carpenter at The Feathers Inn at the hamlet of Postcombe in the parish of Lewknor.  He was married to Anne Collett, age 27, who was born in 1853 at South Weston, not far from Postcombe.  Their three children living with them at that time were Minnie Collett who was eight, Kate M. Collett who was four and Florence E. Collett who was only eleven months old.  All three children were described as having been born at Postcombe near Aston Rowant, and two years later Anne presented John with their fourth child at Postcombe.

 

 

 

John and his family were still living at and running The Feathers Inn at Postcombe ten years later – which is still there as a working public house in 2014.  However, within the census return for 1891 their children were recorded as being born at Lewknor which was more than likely a reference to where they were baptised in the parish church.  Licenced victualler and carpenter John Collett from Wheatfield was 41, his wife Annie was 37, and their daughters were Kate Collett who was 14, Florence Collett who was 11 and Emma Collett who was seven.  Annie may have been pregnant on the day of the census, since one more child was added to the family later that same year.

 

 

 

Sometime during the following decade John gave up the Feathers Inn when he reverted to being just a carpenter.  That may have simply resulted from him losing the post of landlord of the inn at the end of a term as the tenant.  The family also left Postcombe when that happened, and in 1901 John and his family were living in a dwelling on London Road in Tetsworth near Thame in Oxfordshire.  That was confirmed in the census of 1901 when carpenter John Collett was 51 and Annie Collett was 47, although it was John who was recorded in error as having been born at South Weston, while Annie’s place of place was noted as Postcombe, the same as for her daughters.  By that time the couple’s two eldest daughters were not included, when the three youngest children were named as Florence who was 20, Emma was who 17 and ‘Elenor M Collett’ who was nine years of age.

 

 

 

It was on Wheatfield Street in Tetsworth that the family was still living in 1911 when the census return stated that John and Anne had been married for 35 years and that they had given birth to only four children with just three surviving.  That would indicate they were married in 1875, thus making Kate M Collett as their first child.  This therefore raises the question as to who were the parents of Minnie Collett who was living with the couple in 1881.  Could she have been the base-born daughter of Anne, who took the name Collett when she married John?

 

 

 

From the contents of the earlier census in 1901 it is clear that the couple’s deceased child must have been their eldest daughter Kate who was 14 in 1891 and therefore may have died in childbirth if she was married before the end of the century.  For the remainder of the family recorded in the census of 1911 carpenter John Collett from Wheatfield was 61, Annie Collett was 57 and their daughter Eleanor Mildred Collett was a servant at home at the age of 19.

 

 

 

Ap1/5/1

Minnie Collett – possibly not John’s child

Born in 1872 at Postcombe

 

Ap1/5/2

Kate M Collett

Born in 1876 at Postcombe

 

Ap1/5/3

Florence Edith Collett

Born in May 1880 at Postcombe

 

Ap1/5/4

Emma Collett

Born in 1883 at Postcombe

 

Ap1/5/5

Eleanor Mildred Collett

Born in 1891 at Postcombe

 

 

 

 

Ap1/3

Florence Edith Collett was born at Postcombe during May 1880 and was eleven months old in the census of 1881 when she was living at The Feathers Inn at Postcombe with her parents John and Anne Collett.  She was 11 in 1891 when she and her family was still living at The Feathers Inn, but by the time of the census in 1901, when she was 20, the family was residing at London Road in Tetsworth.  During the summer of 1906 Florence Edith Collett married Percy Charles Cocks, the event being recorded at Thames register office (Ref. 3a 2025) in the third quarter of that year.  Percy had been a member of the army and by 1911 he was an army pensioner working as a hall porter, while residing at 78 Crown Terrace, Church Lane in Aldershot.  Percy was 40 and from Swallowfield, Florence from Postcombe was 30, and by then they had two children.  Frederick Cocks was three and Florence Cocks was two, both of them born at Aldershot.

 

 

 

The couple’s first child Marion Cocks would have been four years old, while two further children were added to the family after that day and they were Hilda W Cocks who was born in 1912 and Alfred Edward M Cocks who was born in 1913 who died in 1994.  The death of Percy C Cocks was recorded at Aldershot register office (Ref. 2b 2) during the first three months of 1947 when he was 76.

 

 

 

 

Ap1/5

Eleanor Mildred Collett was born at The Feathers Inn at Postcombe in 1891, the last child of John and Annie Collett.  By 1901 her family was living on London Road in Tetsworth near Thame when ‘Elenor M Collett’ was nine years old.  She was still living there at Wheatfield Road in 1911 when she was described as Eleanor Mildred Collett, age 19, working as a servant at home with her parents.  Perhaps because she continued to look after her ageing parents, it was sixteen years later that she married Thomas Frank Stevart at St Andrews Church in Kingswood, Surrey, on 11th June 1927.  Eleanor Mildred Collett of Tadworth in Surrey was 34, the daughter of carpenter John Collett, while Thomas was 36 and the son of Thomas Frank Stevart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX C

 

 

 

The Military Memories of Richard Collett 1881-1961 (Ref.19Q5)

Written in his own hand on 12th November 1959

 

 

 

I was born in a small country village near Oxford, the town of colleges in England, on 4th February 1881. My earliest ancestry was a protestant minister who escaped execution in France when he came to England with the Huguenots in 1685 and he settled in the village in which I was born.  I left school at the age of 14 years and obtained work in Oxford and worked under a cruel master.  I ran away after working there for a year and joined the army.  I was a tall youth and by telling a lie about my age by adding three years, I said I was 18 years and no enquiries were made about me.  I was a recruit in a smart Cavalry Regiment, the First Life Guards, with barracks in London and Windsor. My recruitment course involved horse riding and foot drill.  One of my first duties was sentry duty at the barracks and mounted sentry duty in London, including being part of the escort for Queen Victoria when she opened Parliament and with visiting Heads of State.  I often rode by the side of Queen Victoria's carriage.

 

 

 

In October 1899 war was declared between England and the South African Republic, the Boer War. Together with a detachment of men of 2nd Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards we immediately set sail for Africa.  Our boat was overcrowded with men and horses, and we encountered a very rough sea, our horses were battened down at the bottom of the boat and we lost many.  Our food on board consisted of corned beef and very hard biscuits.  No change was made for several days so we complained, an alteration was them made to cold bully mutton.  This was covered in thick white fat, so we complained again.  A large barrel of salt pork was then brought up from stores and when opened; inside the lid the date 1856 appeared.  No doubt it had been stored since the Crimean War and brought back from there.  It was rotten and was thrown overboard and we went back to bully beef and biscuits. Our food was very scarce.  We had a tin of mochonice ration occasioned with vegetables, but mostly it was bully beef and biscuits all through the war.  We scarcely saw bread.

 

 

 

At Cape Town our horses were all so weak and ill that they were taken off the boat and left there.  The rough voyage without any of them being able to lie down and packed in like sardines, had been very cruel.  We carried on for a few more days up the coast by boat and landed at Durban.  We then went to Petermaritzburg by rail.  Then marching, we joined General Bullers Army outside Ladysmith for the battle of Colenso.  We were repulsed there with heavy losses and were unable to relieve the besieged army inside.  No headway could be made on the Natal side of the country; and upon the arrival from England of General Lord Roberts to take over, we were then transferred to his army and joined him on the other side of the country for the Modder River Battle.  This being a success, we advanced to Paardeburg.  The Boer General Cronje and 4000 of his men were surrounded; we were held up for three weeks and during that time most of his oxen and mules, which had been killed by our artillery gunfire, were thrown into the Modder River which became blocked with their carcasses at our camp downstream.  To get water we had to push them aside.  The stench during the heat of the day was very bad.  Enteric fever and dysentery soon broke out among our troops.  Very many laid down on the veldt and died.

 

 

 

Field hospitals we set up and the only transport was by mule wagon.  Motor transport had not been heard of by then.  The Boers surrendered after three weeks and were treated very kindly and sent down to Cape Town, then taken by boat to St. Helena.  Their coloured transport drivers, Zulu, Kaffers, and Basutoes, who had surrounded willingly came over to our army for they had received no money from the Boers and were just slaves.  They were a great help to us, for they knew the way back.  We went into the Boer Laarger, or camp, after it was evacuated and it was just like a cemetery with dug graves which they had occupied during the three weeks.  We were then able to continue our advance a little.

 

 

 

Lord Roberts was a very strict General and would sign any sentence inflicted by a field court martial and one saw the occasional soldier tied with his arms outstretched to the wheel of a gun carriage for four hours facing the hot sun and for four hours back to the sun.  Many more Boers had arrived to face us, since their loss of the 4000.  They were on the Koppies, or Hills, with the huge stone boulders to hide behind and rest their rifles upon, and they being such good shots we lost many men.  The going was hard and slow.  My turn came for outpost duty with five others.  It was a very bad night, wind, rain, thunder and lightning.  We were well advanced in front of the troops, what with the noise of the wind and the animals on the veldt, we did not hear a commando of Boers who had crept behind us and being greatly outnumbered had forced our surrender.  We were ill treated and forced back with the butts of their rifles.  They knew we belonged to the army who had helped capture their comrades.  We were then tied up in bullock wagons.  Soon after I got to work loosening a board at the bottom of the wagon and when it was quiet in the very early hours of the morning, pulled it up and dropped to the ground and made off.  A few shots were fired after me but missed.  I shall never forget that.

 

 

 

I found my unit, and my comrades, who had been taken with me, reported when they were released, that they were forced to walk all day and tied in bullock wagons at night until they reached the prisoner of war compound at Watervaal in the hills above Pretoria.  They all looked very thin and ill when released and reported having had very little food.  The advance seemed a little quicker now.  Bloomfontun was taken and we soon seemed to be over the Vaal River into the Transvaal and the Elandofontien Battle, then along the Raand for seven miles through Johannesburg.  The two high natural forts guarding Pretoria were shelled by the naval guns which had been taken off the Battleships Powerful and Terrible and placed on carriages to be drawn overland.  As there was no reply to the shelling, we clambered up the mountainside into the fort which we found evacuated, and we entered the capital town Pretoria.

 

 

 

All we were longing for now was for Peace to be signed and for some of us to get back home, for many new troops were coming out to take over from us.  More men had died in that war from enteric fever and dysentery and other diseases than by gunfire.  President Kruger had cleared off from Pretoria with all the gold they said, but as soldiers we didn't care a little bit about that.  Mrs Kruger, wife of the President, remained in her little cottage there and I in my turn had to do sentry duty on the house to keep her safe.  My turn eventually came with others to be shipped back to England.  As I had several years to do in the Army to complete my term of service, I said goodbye to Africa, a country I had been hungry in, while many of my comrades whose service had expired were allowed to remain in Africa.

 

 

 

King Edward VII was now on the throne and we settled down in barracks in London for routine duty as in Queen Victoria's time, with escorts, sentry duty, etc.  On one occasion after leaving Buckingham Palace on escort, I was placed on one side of the King's carriage.  The road was wet, no tarmac road surface in those days.  The Kings equerry leaned out of the carriage and requested me to get further back as my high stepping horse was splashing His Majesty.  I have often thought of that incident - not many men have splashed a King.  I left the Life Guards after four years of service, with three years as a reserve to be added.  In 1904 I joined the Reading Police, where I was soon promoted to the Detective Department and married in 1907.  Things ran very smoothly in the Police and I extended my reserve period in the Army.  However, that smooth running period didn't seem to last long.  In 1914 war broke out with the Germans and I was called to re-join my regiment from the Reading Police.

 

 

 

I arrived back in barracks in London and that same evening, whilst crossing the street with a comrade outside, we were both knocked down by a very fast blacked out car and my comrade was instantly killed.  I was very severely bruised and shaken and I thought what a start to a new duty.  I was soon well and was sent to France and Belgium and was in the fierce battles of Ypres and Somme.  I was one of seven other occupants of a dugout during a bombardment, when a large German shell destroyed it.  Six were killed instantly, a comrade and myself were buried for a while, but after we were uncovered, were soon alright.  I was with the 5th British Army when the Germans broke through in March 1918 and drove us back to Villars Brettence in front of Amiens in France.  Things looked very black there and a very fierce battle raged for several days, but they were halted and driven back.

 

 

 

The General recommended me for a commission to officer rank and I was attached to an Infantry Regiment.  Our advance was slow.  On 11th November 1918 at 11 a.m. - 41 years ago yesterday - the bugle sounded the cease fire on all the battlefields; Germany had surrendered.  There was no cheering.  Men's thoughts turned to the friends they had lost.  I then continued on the march into Germany with the occupation troops, but I was soon to be on the demobilisation list and with a trainload of troops, was on my way back to England.  The train consisted of long transport vans with wide doors in the middle. The returning troops used to sit on the seats near the doors and wave at anyone they saw.  At Charleroi in Belgium our train ran off the lines and crashed on its side.  Most of the men sitting at the doors were killed or seriously injured.  I was very severely bruised and shaken. A very bad ending to a terrible war.

 

 

 

It was lovely to be home after so long.  I returned to the Reading Police and completed my term of service and retired on a pension in 1929.  I was then engaged in the Royal Enclosure at Ascot at race meetings and saw to the safety of King George V and King George VI and our present Queen Elizabeth.  In 1939 the Second World War broke out and I was already a well-trained air raid warden and did duty during the bombing of England.  My wife and I celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary two and a half years ago.  This is our second visit to Canada to be with our three children and eight grandchildren, which we are enjoying very much.  England is a lovely country.  Good Night and God Bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX D

 

 

 

Tributes paid to Dr Leon Christopher Collett following his death on 30th November 2007

 

 

 

 

 

Deepest sympathy to the Collett family on the sudden passing of Leon - a much valued member and contributor to Planning Panels Victoria.  He will be sadly missed.

Justin Madden MLC, Minister for Planning

 

 

 

Esteemed colleague, friend and mentor to me.  Leon will be fondly remembered for the gracious manner in which he brought highly valued intellectual rigor to policy development and business management at the CFA.  Thanks Leon and I'll miss our chats.  Sincere sympathy to Catheryne and family

John Nicholson

 

 

 

Leon will be sadly missed by the Emergency Services sector across the country.  He was a great friend of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia.  Sincere condolences to family and friends of Leon.  We have lost one of life's true gentlemen.

FESA Chief Executive Officer, JO Harrison-Ward

 on behalf of staff and volunteers who had the pleasure to know and work with Leon

 

 

 

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Catheryne and family.  Words cannot pay adequate tribute to our friend and colleague Dr. Leon Collett.  A marine biologist, a passionate environmentalist, an academic and teacher.  He was loved and respected by all of those who worked with him at the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) for his professionalism, integrity, generosity and gentle ways.  His fierce intellect, combined with a lifelong commitment to public service, made him an outstanding contributor to public policy debate, an ambassador for the fire and emergency services, and a passionate advocate for volunteerism.  Leon your friendship and wisdom will be deeply missed by all of your friends at AFAC and Bushfire CRC

 

 

 

The following tribute has been received jointly from Dave Berry, the now retired Head of the British Fire Department, and Cath Reynolds who took over the role from him, who work in the United Kingdom at the British Government’s Home Office, and who collaborated with Leon on a great many issues.

 

 

 

Leon was always thinking outside the box, looking for new ideas, new approaches, and how these could be applied to resolve existing and new problems.  His wide-ranging skills, and ability to identify novel solutions to problems, meant that the fire service around the world often benefited from the use and development of disciplines or skills that it otherwise would not otherwise come across.

 

 

 

His unassuming manner belied his keen, yet practical intellect, the combination of which meant that everyone he met enjoyed working with him.  His contact with fire services in the UK was mainly through working with the scientific and fire service personnel working within the Home Office, where he led joint working on thinking about the provision and allocation of fire service resources, and associated risk assessment.  Leon's thinking in this area is still influencing the future, and his legacy will remain with us for a long time.

Cath Reynolds & Dave Berry

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to these, there were many very personal letters from people who had been touched by Leon in very special ways; letters from people from other countries and from the pacific islands who had worked with Leon.

 

 

 

 

 

All of the above information, together with the details of the life of Leon (19S15), has been kindly provided by Catheryne Collett and resulted from the meeting between Catheryne and Brian Collett at the Collett Reunion in Norway in 2009.