PART TWO

 

The Second Gloucestershire Line - 1885 to 1910

 

This is the third of four sections of Part Two of the Collett family line

 

Updated October 2020

 

 

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Alfred Edward Hersey Collett was born at Parry Sound, Ontario in Canada, on 20th June 1877, the first-born child of Alfred George Thomas Mawbey Collett and his wife Harriet Hersey.  Alfred was a fur trader and he married Sybil Ellis on 10th December 1902.  In the years after they were married the couple lived at North Bay but, by 1936 the family was living at Pine Grove in Ontario.  Alfred and Sybil both died only a few months apart during 1957.

 

 

 

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Ruth Alfreda Beatson Collett

Born on 23.06.1906 at Pine Grove

 

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Lilian Jane Rosalie Collett

Born in 1909 at Pine Grove, Ontario

 

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Thomas Ernest Bertrand Collett

Born in 1910 at Pine Grove, Ontario

 

 

 

 

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Ernest Henry John Collett was born at Parry Sound on 16th September 1879, another son of Alfred and Harriet Collett.  He married Annie May Gillespie in 1901, with whom he had four children, and died in 1961.

 

 

 

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Reta May Collett

Born in 1902 in London

 

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Gerald Sherman James Collett

Born in 1903 in London

 

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John Aubrey Beresford Collett

Born in 1906 in London

 

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Ivan Bertrand Collett

Born in 1908 in London

 

 

 

 

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Bertrand Oswald Mawbey Collett was born at Parry Sound on 16th September 1881, the third child of Alfred and Harriet Collett.  He married Helen Elma Fieldhouse on 5th August 1908 and he died in 1945.

 

 

 

 

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Lillian Hattie Amelia Collett was born at Parry Sound in 1883, the fourth child and eldest daughter of Alfred and Harriet Collett.  She later married Thomas Hemsworth in 1907 and died in 1961.

 

 

 

 

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Rosalie Gertrude Helena Collett was born at Parry Sound in 1885, the last child born to Alfred George Thomas Mawbey Collett and Harriet Hersey.  She was twenty-four years old when she married Melford Proctor in 1909 and was sixty-one years of age when she died in 1946.

 

 

 

 

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Ernest Henry Collett was born at 14 Pembroke Street in Islington on 6th May 1878, the eldest surviving child of Mawbey Ernest Collett and his first wife Elizabeth Alice Stare.  He was two years old in 1881 when he and his younger brother Herbert (below) were living with their parents at 1 Hawley Road in St Pancras. Ten years later, when he was 12, he was recorded in error as Ernest F Collett, while living with his family within the Pancras & Kentish Town area of London.  He was still living in the St Pancras area in March 1901, at the age of 22, and just one year later, while still in St Pancras he married Rose Elizabeth Rogers on 5th April 1902.  The marriage produced four children for the couple over the next seven years and all of them born at a different local, perhaps a result of Ernest’s work.  The first child was born at Cross Place in Kentish Town.

 

 

 

Around 1909 the family settled in Walthamstow where their daughter was born and where they were residing in April 1911.  The family recorded at Walthamstow comprised Ernest who was 32, his wife Rose who was 31, their three sons who were Ernest aged eight, Reginald who was six and Sidney who was three, plus their daughter Edith who was only eight months old.  No second names were given in the census return.  At some time during his life Ernest was a constable with the Metropolitan Police, although an account given by his half-brother the Rev. Sidney Collett (below), who was a Titanic survivor, stated that he was working for an electrical company in England around the time of the ship’s disastrous maiden voyage in 1912.  His wife Rose Elizabeth Rogers was born in 1880 and she died in 1955, ten years after Ernest Henry Collett had passed away on 28th May 1945.

 

 

 

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Ernest Joseph Collett

Born on 23.01.1903 at Kentish Town

 

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Reginald George Collett

Born in 1905 at Croydon

 

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Sidney John Percy Collett

Born in 1908 at Stoke Newington

 

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Edith Rose Elizabeth Collett

Born on 08.07.1910 at Walthamstow

 

 

 

 

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Harold John Collett was born at 88 St Johns Road in Upper Holloway on 10th March 1883 and was eight years old in the Pancras & Kentish Town census of 1891, by which time his mother had died and his father had re-married.  Upon leaving school Harold joined the Royal Navy, and by the time of the next census in 1901 he was stationed at Plymouth.  The census return on that occasion recorded him as Harold John Collett from St Pancras who was an ordinary navy man at the age of 18.  He later emigrated to Canada, where he was a driver on the Canadian Pacific Railway.  That very likely happened during the first ten years of the new century, since he would appear to have left England by the time of the census in 1911.  He is known to have married and lived in Toronto with his wife and three children.  He eventually had nine grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

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Percy Alexander Collett was born at 5 Estelle Road in Hampstead on 6th October 1884, the son of Mawbey Ernest Collett and his first wife Elizabeth Alice Stare, who had died when he was just eleven days old.  He was seven years old in the Kentish Town census of 1891 when he was living with his father and his stepmother Ann, but by 1901, at the age of 16, Percy A Collett from Hampstead was working as a waiter in the Epsom area of Surrey.  It would appear that he later joined his parents in America, where he married Margaret Acheson with whom he had a son, who was very likely born in the USA.  The only other known fact about him is that it was in America that Percy Alexander Collett later died.

 

 

 

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Ernest John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Alfred Fletcher Collett was born 5 Estelle Road in Hampstead on 30th January 1886, the first child born to Mawbey Ernest Collett by his second wife Ann Pinfold.  Thomas A F Collett was five years old in 1891 when living with his parents in the Pancras & Kentish Town area of London.  Ten years later, in 1901 when his father was away in Devon, Thomas Collett was 15 years old and was living with his mother and his four younger siblings at 68 St Johns Road in Islington, part of Upper Holloway.  By that time in his life he was employed as a clerk, perhaps even in his father’s coach-building and ironmonger company of Collett & Co.  On that occasion in the census return for 1901, his place of birth was recorded as Gospel Oak, like that of his brother and two sisters (below).  He emigrated to America with his parents in 1910 and was educated at Columbia University, where he took his Master Degree.  At the time his younger brother Sidney was a passenger on the ill-fated Titanic, Thomas was living in Syracuse, where he was attending the College of Liberal Arts at the University there.  He later became a minister in the Episcopalian Church of America, was married to Irene and had two daughters who were both born in New York.

 

 

 

On the occasion of the American Census of 1920 Thomas A Collett from England was 33 when he was living in the Bronx district of New York with his wife Irene, who was 25 and from Massachusetts, and their daughter Joan who was not yet one year old.  Six years later Irene presented Thomas with their second child to complete the family and in 1930 the family of four was still living in the Bronx where Thomas was 44, Irene was 36, Joan was 10 and Grace was four years of age.  The census that year stated that Thomas had entered America in 1905.  By the time of the Bronx census in 1940 it would appear that the couple’s eldest daughter had already left home.  However, in addition to Thomas who was 54 and his daughter Grace who was 14, Thomas’ wife was curiously described as Irene Collett who was only 36 and from New York.  That may indicate that she was his second wife as the original Irene would have been 45 or 46 and was from Massachusetts.  It was twenty-four years after that when Thomas Alfred Fletcher Collett was still residing in New York that he died on 16th August 1964.

 

 

 

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Joan Collett

Born in 1920 at Bronx in New York

 

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Grace Collett

Born in 1926 at Bronx in New York

 

 

 

 

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Sidney Clarence Stuart Collett was born at 5 Estelle Road in Hampstead on Saturday 8th January 1887, the son of Mawbey Ernest Collett and his second wife Ann Pinfold.  It was as Sydney C S Collett that he was recorded with his family in the census of 1891 when he was three years old and living in the Pancras & Kentish Town district of London.  By March 1901 he and his mother Ann and his four siblings were living at 68 St Johns Road in Islington when, as simply Sidney Collett, he was listed in the census as being aged 13, with no occupation.  A sometime in his youth, presumably during the first decade of the new century he spent time living on Guernsey with an uncle, where he was known as the boy preacher.  Although he was always recorded under first forename, Sidney was more commonly referred to as Stuart within his family, to avoid any confusion with another relative by the name of Sidney Collett.  Just over nine years after the census in 1901 his parents sailed to America in 1910, following the sale of the family business Collett & Co and his father’s retirement at the age of 60.

 

 

 

It was during the previous year, in 1909 that he was ordained and was henceforth referred to as the Reverend Sidney Collett.  He was then ready to follow his parents to the United States and two years after they had sailed to America, he purchased a second-class ticket to New York on the maiden voyage of the unsinkable RMS Titanic.  The ticket, No. 28034, cost him £10 10 shillings, and he sailed out of Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912, his final destination being Port Byron in New York State where his parents had settled.  Thankfully he was one of the survivors rescued from Lifeboat 9 by the ship Carpathia, when the Titanic sank in mid-Atlantic in the early hours of the fifteenth of April.  The photograph of Stuart was taken on board the Carpathia.  Three days later, on Thursday 18th April, the Carpathia docked at New York’s Pier 54 with 706 survivors from a total of 2,223 passengers and crew.

 

 

 

 

A newspaper account of the tragedy reported that “The Rev. Sidney Collett arrived at the home of his parents after having been rescued from the Titanic of the White Star Line which was lost at sea.  His parents, Rev. & Mrs Mawbey E Collett of North Main Street, had gone to Syracuse to meet him and he had showed signs of tiredness and careworn, not being fully recovered from his terrible experience”.

 

 

 

The local newspaper in Port Byron, The Daily Advertiser, also covered the story by publishing an interview with Sidney on 23rd April 1912 under the headline ‘Port Byron survivor of the Titanic wreck’.  Sidney recalled “The first boats carried men.  Several boats had been lowered full of men, among them the President of the America Line, Joseph Bruce Ismay, who was also the Chairman and Managing Director of the White Star Line.  The officers were just lowering boat number 9, the third from the last to be put off.  The ladies stepped into the boat, then the officer, with drawn revolver, said to me ‘Well, what of you, where are you going?’ To which I replied that I have these young ladies in my charge and felt it my duty to take care of them.  ‘Get in’ said the officer and a moment later the boat was lowered.  A fright for those in small boats.”

 

 

 

“After we had floated for an hour or more there came our first real scare for our own safety.  All about us we could see the backs of monster fish, their shiny skins or scales glimmering grew in the moonlight.  They were terrible looking monsters and we feared that they would swim under our boats and upset them, but they did not.  It was a time when we were close to our Maker.  I prayed constantly from the time our boat struck the iceberg until I reached New York.  Never was there a wireless message that went so quickly and straight as my prayers to the throne of God.  Never will I forget those horrible hours after the sinking of the ship.  It was maddening. Minutes seemed like hours and hours like days.”

 

 

 

When he eventually returned to his studies he was set upon by some fellow students, the following item reported in the newspaper.

 

“Sidney C Stuart Collett, son of Reverend and Mrs. Mawbey E. Collett of Port Byron, who is well known in Auburn (Cayuga County, New York) as one of the survivors of the Titanic disaster, was the victim of hazers in Denison College, Granville, Ohio, recently, and may have been disfigured for life by the treatment he received.  The Syracuse Post-Standard today contains the following story of the occurrence and a statement from Collett’s brother, a student in Syracuse University: “Six students, alleged to have been led by Kent Pfeifer of St. Paul, Minn. took charge of Collett’s hazing which consisted of branding his forehead with nitrate of silver.  Acid used to obliterate the stain of the nitrate apparently has added to the disfigurement.  “Thomas F.A. Collett, a student at Syracuse University and a brother of Stuart, declared last night that steps probably will be taken to bring the hazing to the attention of the British ambassador as young Collett is still a subject of the King.  Whatever move is made will probably be through Richard Collett, an uncle, who is a wealthy Englishman and a member of Parliament.”  The item concluded with a final paragraph: “It was Collett’s intention to enter Rochester Theological Seminary at the completion of his course at Denison, where he went upon the advice of relatives in England.  He studied in Glasgow two years before coming to America.”

 

 

 

In 1916, with the war raging in Europe, Sidney submitted his registration card in which he sought exemption from military service whilst in America on the grounds of being a Titanic survivor.  The form confirmed that Sidney C S Collett had been born in London, England on 8th June 1887 and that he was 29 years old residing at 364, West 57th Street in New York, an alien and not being a U S citizen.  His occupation as a student (Baptist Ministry) and he was then a single man.  He eventually returned to England, after 1920, where he was married.  It is unclear to whom he was married and what happened during the remainder of his life in England, expect that it was in Reading Cemetery, on London Road, where he was buried during 1941.  It is also now known that the Sidney Collett, the husband of Ruth, who died at Hendon on 8th May 1941 and was buried there on 13th May at the age of 83, was not Sidney Clarence Stuart Collett but was Sidney Collett [2O71], the cousin of his father.

 

 

 

Other newspaper articles about Titanic survivor the Rev. Sidney Collett

 

 

 

The Rev. Sidney Clarence Stuart Collett of Port Byron is one of the fortunate survivors of the Titanic.  His father, who is Rev. M. E. Collett of the First Baptist Church in Port Byron, his mother and three sisters, Lillian, Daisy, and Violet, all live in Port Byron.  The girls are at present in Rochester preparing for college.  One brother, Thomas Collett, lives In Syracuse and attends the College of Liberal Arts of Syracuse University.  Another brother is in Ontario, Canada, and another brother, Frederick P. Collett, is with the General Electric Company in Shanghai, China and another brother, Ernest Collett, is in England, connected with an electrical company in London.  Mr. and Mrs. Collett settled in Port Byron two years ago.  The family have been experiencing the most harrowing extremes of gloom and joy intermingled with such shocking frequency since the first news came that it will be surprising if no permanent nervous shock results.  The first news came on Monday morning when Rev. and Mrs. Collett heard that the big liner had collided with an iceberg.  Knowing that their son, Rev. Sidney C. S. Collett, was aboard, they were instantly plunged into despair, and it was not until the afternoon dispatches, sent out from various places near the scene of the trouble, erroneously stated that all passengers were being taken off and there was no danger, that their fears were allayed.  Later came the news that the vessel was reported to be sinking, although there was no definite news as to the fate of the passengers.  Mrs. Collett had written a postcard to her son, Thomas, in Syracuse stating "Teddy is on the Titanic.  All taken off in Mats.  How dreadful.  We are anxious."

 

 

 

The Syracuse member of the family thereupon went continuously to the offices of the local papers anxious to hear further news, and when the shocking message came that the big liner had never had any chance and had gone to the bottom at midnight on Sunday night, he was overcome.  He went at once to Port Byron to comfort his mother, and the family prepared for the worst.  Hastening back to Syracuse for further news, young Collett was admitted into the Post-Standard office last night.  He arrived shortly after six o'clock, just as the Associated Press operator was receiving the latest revised list of those who were saved and were on board the Carpathia.  Peering with tear-stained eyes over tine shoulders of the telegraph expert, who was kept at top notch of efficiency in his efforts to catch correctly the names, he watched the type keys of the typewriter as it rapidly spat out the lines of names of the fortunate survivors.  The operator had pounded out 14 names on his mill and with the fifteenth name young Collett gave a gasp and trembled with joy when he read "Stuart Collett".

 

 

 

"I must tell father and mother" he exclaimed, as he ran for the telephone booth.  The joyful news was soon conveyed to the various members of the family assembled at home and although happy in the news, they now await the son in flesh and blood before they will be calmed.  He is expected on the Carpathia, which will reach New York sometime tonight or tomorrow morning.  The family motto "dum spiro sperc” meaning "while I live, I hope" was put to the test in this rare episode.  The family bears a name distinguished in England.

 

 

 

The Rev. Sidney Collett was ordained to the Baptist ministry three years ago in England and was coming to this country to preach.  The rescued clergyman is commonly known as Stuart Collett because another Collett is known by his surname Sidney.  He is the last but one of the family to leave England.  The Colletts have been coming to America for eight years and are making places for themselves in educational and church work.  The Collects are linked with the nobility of England.  The family coat of arms bears the motto of hope and Sir Richard Collett of Peasenhall Hall in Suffolk, is an uncle of the Port Byron clergyman.  In the reign of Edward VI, a Collett was twice Lord Mayor of London and the family name is prominent in history.

 

 

 

Eight years ago, Thomas Collett, now about 30, came to America.  For some time, be had been connected with St. Paul's Church in Syracuse.  He is also taking a course in the College of Liberal Arts of Syracuse University.  Sir Richard Collett, head of one branch of the family, was one of the six engineers who designed the Great Eastern, in its day the largest vessel afloat.  For his services in this connection he was knighted by the King of Portugal. 

 

 

 

Stuart was bringing with him those family possessions which had not been previously brought to America by other members of the family.  These consisted of a valuable library, family documents and a considerable sum of money.  All of the valuables are believed to have gone to the bottom of the ocean with the Titanic.  Stuart's trip on the Titanic was not his own choice.  He arranged for passage on the St. Louis, but this boat's sailing was cancelled because of the coal strike.  His passage was then arranged on the Philadelphia, but this was cancelled for the same reason and the young man wrote to his parents congratulating himself that he was coming over on the giant Titanic at the rate asked for on the other boats.  In a letter written on April 5, Stuart told his mother to remind Thomas of a promise the latter made to carry until Stuart reached America - a small pocket Bible.  Thomas still has the Bible, although it is only a packet of worn covers and loose leaves.  Stuart contemplates entering the ministry in this country, and probably owes his life to having two young girls in his care while on board the Titanic.

 

 

 

The two girls were Miss Kate Buss, and Miss Marion Wright, the daughter of Mr. Wright, of Yeovil, who formerly lived in College Road in Reading, who was on her way to New York to be married.  Marion Wright was also mentioned by name when the record of the last evening on board the Titanic was documented in an article in the Toronto Daily Star on 20th April 1912, as re-produced below.

 

 

 

What happened at the regular Sunday service on board the Titanic on the day of the ship's doom?  Many have asked that question, but the answer is only now being supplied, and the man who tells of it is a young theological student by the name of Stuart Collett, from North London.  On the fateful day he assisted the Rev. Mr. Carter, also of London, in a hymnal and prayer service on the Titanic.  At this service Miss Wright played the piano and sang three solos, which were ‘There is a Green Hill Far Away', ‘For Those in Peril on the Sea’ and ‘Lead, Kindly Light’, after which the Rev. Carter prayed.  There were 35 at the service, and after the prayer they sang 'Now the Day is Ended'.  Shortly after they felt the crash of the ship against the iceberg and scrambled to the decks to find the crew manning the lifeboats.  Young Mr Collett, said he assisted Miss Wright and Miss Buss to the lifeboat and after explaining to the crew about to man it that the young women had been entrusted to his care, he was allowed to enter the lifeboat with them.  'When Collett met his brother here [in New York] the first thing he did was to take a small Oxford bible from his pocket and hand it to his brother.  It was given to him by his brother when they last parted, with the admonition that he was to hand it back the next time they met.

 

 

 

In another article, the following was written.

Mother put the kettle on, Let's have a cup of tea,

Ready for dear old Sid, Who's coming home from sea,

You'll be glad to see him and kiss him with delight,

So put the kettle on Mother, I'm coming home all right

 

The above jingle was received on a postal card by Mrs. Mawbey Ernest Collett, mother of the Rev. Sidney S Collett, the young clergyman who was one of the fortunate survivors of the Titanic, a few days after that hapless vessel sailed from Southampton for New York.  It was the only news they had received beyond earlier advices that he intended to sail on the Titanic, but its pleasant little message was set at naught when the news of the sinking reached the Port Byron home and placed a crushing weight upon the young man's parents.  But the glad news came that he had been saved and his return home, now delayed by the investigation in New York, is anxiously awaited.

 

 

 

According to the meagre information thus far furnished, Mr. Collett was assisting the women and children and, while at first, he was stopped by ship's officers, he was allowed to pass when it was seen that he was ministering to the sick and injured.  He is now in New York attending several of the survivors and waiting to be called by the investigators of the Senate.  In all probability, the examination of the officers will not be concluded today and he may have to wait until next week and go to Washington.  While his inability to come home is a cause of deep regret to his parents, they patiently defer their preparation for his home coming, but they will surely “put the kettle on" once definite news reaches them that he is on his way.

 

 

 

Also, in April/May 1912, the Guernsey Evening Press included an item about Mr Stuart Collett.  That stated that “Mr. Stuart Collett, the Boy Preacher who conducted a mission at Cobo Bay [Guernsey] some time ago, was among the survivors.  A telegram announcing his safety was received by his uncle in London [Thomas Huntley of Reading], and copy of it was transmitted to Mr. D. Nicolle [another uncle] at Rue du Gele, Castel on Guernsey.” 

 

 

 

In addition to that, the Reading Observer of 24th April 1912 stated that Stuart Collett was the nephew of Mrs Thomas Huntley of London Road in Reading.  It also stated that the two girls who were in his company on board the Titanic were Marion Wright and Kate Buss.  Marion formerly lived at College Road in Reading and was born on 26th May 1885, making her two years older than Stuart.  It is interesting that the final resting place of Sidney Clarence Stuart Collett was Reading Cemetery, also on London Road in the town.

 

 

 

The details of an in-depth interview with Sidney Clarence Stuart Collett were published in The Auburn Citizen on 23rd April 1912; Auburn of Cayuga County in New York State being where he was living at that time.  The article is too long to reproduce here but was serialised over two months in the Collett Newsletters No. 105 and 106 in early 2015.

 

 

 

The final act, in that most tragic of incidents, was that the Reverend Sidney Collett subsequently submitted a claim against the shipping company’s insurance for $50 for the loss of hand written college lecture notes from an earlier two-year course of study.

 

 

 

 

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Violet Amelia Collett was born at 5 Estelle Road in Hampstead on 15th December 1888 and was two years old in the census of 1891.  By the time of the census in 1901 she was 12, at which time she and her family, minus her father, was living at 68 St Johns Road in Islington.  She later emigrated to America with her parents in 1910, and in 1912 she was at Rochester with her two sisters (below) getting ready to start college.  She later married John Van der Kolk.  The marriage produced twin sons for the couple, neither of whom survived, and two daughters; Jean Van der Kolk, who married Mister McCall, and Lily Van der Kolk, who married Richard Cowles.

 

 

 

 

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Daisy Ann Collett was born at 5 Estelle Road in Hampstead on 17th February 1891 and was six weeks old in the census of 1891.  Ten years later she and her mother and her four siblings were living in the Upper Holloway area of Islington at 68 St Johns Road.  It was nine years later, and following the sale of her father’s business, Collett & Co, that Daisy emigrated to America with her parents in 1910.  In April 1912 when the Port Byron newspapers were running stories about her older brother Sidney (above) on how he survived the sinking of the Titanic, Daisy and her two sisters were at Rochester preparing for college.  The only other known detail about her is that Daisy Ann Collett died in America during 1953.

 

 

 

 

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Lily Elizabeth Collett was born at 5 Estelle Road in Hampstead on 24th April 1892, the youngest child of Mawbey Ernest Collett and his second wife Ann Pinfold.  Within the census return for the family in March 1901, Lily was recorded as ‘Lilly Collett’ aged eight years, living at 68 St Johns Road in Islington, who had been born at Gospel Oak like her four older siblings, rather than Hampstead.  When Lily was 18, she, together with other members of her family including her parents, emigrated to America in June 1910 on board the Steam Ship SS Teutonic.  And it was there, in America in 1912, that Lily was living with her two sisters at Rochester just prior to them entering college.  Lily Elizabeth Collett later married to become (1) Lily Elizabeth Collins, and after that (2) Lily Elizabeth Williams.

 

 

 

 

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Kathleen Collett was born in 1884 and, according to the later census returns, she was born at Hampstead and St John Hampstead, with her birth recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 310) during the last quarter of that year.  She was the first of the two children of London-born merchant Walter Collett and Amelia Jane Sprunt from Glasgow who were living at Coverdale Road in Hammersmith in 1881 just after they were married.  No record of Kathleen, her brother Ronald (below) and their parents has been found in 1891, whilst the electoral roll of 1898 placed them residing at within the London Borough of Hammersmith at 14 Brook Green.  Three years after that, the family of four was in Torquay when Kathleen Collett from Hampstead was 16, perhaps on holiday, as they were staying at a boarding house.  She was unmarried and 26 years old in the Hayes, Middlesex, census of 1911, when she was not credited with a job of work.

 

 

 

Twelve years later, and five years after the death of her father, the marriage of Kathleen Collett and Sheldon Arthur Stewart Bunting took place at The Presidency in Bombay, India, on 10th February 1923.  Kathleen was recorded as being 36 (sic) and the daughter of Walter Collett (deceased), with Sheldon being 40 years old and the son of Percy William Bunting.  Sheldon Arthur S Bunting was born in London, where his birth was recorded at St Pancras (Ref. 1b 326) during the third quarter of 1882 who, in 1901 was a pupil boarder, attending Rugby School, when Sheldon A S Bunting from St Pancras was 18.  Kathleen and Sheldon were living in Llandudno, where first Kathleen Bunting died on 12th September 1942, with her Will proved in Devon on 12th January 1943, the main beneficiary named as Sheldon Arthur Stewart Bunting.  It was only seventeen months after being widowed, that Sheldon died on 22nd June 1944, when his Will was proved at Middlesex on 17th October 1944, the main beneficiary was John Budgett.

 

 

 

 

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Ronald Leslie Collett was born in 1886 at Hampstead, where his birth was recorded (Ref. 1a 236) during the third quarter of the year.  Twelve years later he and his family were living at 14 Brook Green in Hammersmith.  After another three years, it seems likely the family were enjoying a spring holiday in Torquay, where they were staying at a boarding house in 1901 when Ronald Leslie Collett from Hampstead was 14.  By the time he was 24, Ronald was working as an analytical chemist who was a bachelor still living with his family, but at Hayes within the Uxbridge census registration district.  The death of Ronald L Collett was recorded at Paddington register office (Ref. 5d 8) during the third quarter of 1955, when he was 69.

 

 

 

 

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Denbigh Collett was born at Bayswater in London during 1878, the eldest child of Edward Charles Collett and his wife Charlotte Wadham Hill, his birth being recorded at Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 136) during the second quarter of that year.  He would have been approaching his third birthday in April 1881, when he was recorded in the census that month as being two years old when he and his sister Eveline (below) were living with their parents at 40 Oxford Gardens in North Kensington.  The family was still living in Kensington in 1891 when Denbigh was 12 and still at school, while living at 139 Ladbroke Place, Ladbroke Grove Road, the census return confirming that he had been born at Bayswater.  His father died in 1893 and that sad event may have caused his family to become separated.  According to the census in 1901 his mother was at an institution in Kensington, while at that same time Denbigh Collett, aged 22, was living and working in the Battersea area of London, where he was employed as a commercial clerk.

 

 

 

By that time Denbigh would appear to have entered into a relationship with a teenage girl, whom he eventually married at the end of 1901.  Denbigh Collett was 23 when he married Alice Louise Gant who was only 18 in London, their wedding being recorded at Hanover Square register office (Ref. 1a 978) during the last three months of the year.  Once married the couple initially set up home in Battersea, but later moved to Pimlico, then to Fulham, before being recorded as residing at Wimbledon in April 1911.  According to the census that year Denbigh Collett from Bayswater was 32 and was still working as a commercial clerk, whilst living with his family at 100 Faraday Road in Wimbledon.

 

 

 

His wife Alice Louise Collett was 27 and from Pimlico and she and Denbigh were recorded as having been married for nine years.  Their three children at that time were Dorothy Alice Collett, who was eight and from Battersea, Evelyn Maud Collett, who was five and from Pimlico, and Edward Denbigh Collett who was four years old and from Fulham.  Also living with the family was Alice’s widowed father Robert Valentine Gant, who was 69 and a retired carpenter from Fakenham in Norfolk.  It is known that two further children were added to the family after the Great War, the youngest being another daughter by the name of Mary who was known as Molly, and Betty who later married to become Betty Hall, the grandmother of Jan Boneham who kindly provided her family details.

 

 

 

Denbigh Collett died in 1953 when his death was recorded at Uxbridge register office (Ref. 5f 141) in Middlesex during the fourth quarter of that year.  Alice survived for a further thirteen years after losing her husband and eventually left London to live out her final years in Northamptonshire with, or close to, her married daughter Betty.  Alice Louise Gant was born in the Pimlico district of London, her birth recorded at St George Hanover Square register office (Ref. 1a 413) during the third quarter of 1883, while her passing was recorded at the Northamptonshire register office in Daventry (Ref. 3b 513) during the last three months of 1966.

 

 

 

2Q80

Dorothy Alice Collett

Born in 1903 at Battersea

 

2Q81

Evelyn Maud Collett

Born in 1905 at Pimlico

 

2Q82

Edward Denbigh Collett

Born in 1906 at Fulham

 

2Q83

Betty Kathleen Collett

Born in 1918 at Fulham

 

2Q84

Mary Collett

Born in 1922 at Fulham

 

 

 

 

2P86

Eveline Margaret Collett was born at Kensington in London in 1880, although the birth was recorded at her mother’s home town of Barnstaple in Devon during the first three months of that year.  She was the second child and eldest daughter of Edward and Charlotte Collett and was just one year old at the time of the census in 1881 when her family was living at 40 Oxford Gardens in North Kensington.  It was that census return that gave her place of birth as Kensington, as did the one in 1891 when Eveline was 11 and living with her family at 139 Ladbroke Place, Ladbroke Grove Road in Kensington.

 

 

 

 

2P87

Maud Collett was born at Kensington in 1881 and very likely at 40 Oxford Gardens in North Kensington where her family was living in April that year.  She was nine years old in 1891 by which time the family was living at 139 Ladbroke Place, Ladbroke Grove Road in Kensington.  Maud was only eleven years old when her father died and by 1901, she appears to be looking after the younger members of her family, while her mother was in an institution in Kensington.  The census in 1901 recorded Maud Collett working in the West Ham area of London, where her two younger brothers George and Frank (below) were recorded at an institution, perhaps an orphanage.  A Maud Collett, aged 29, was still living and working in West Ham ten years later, although by then her two youngest brothers were still living together, but in the St Pancras area of London.

 

 

 

 

2P88

Ormonde Collett was born at Shepherd’s Bush in 1886, the son of Edward Charles Collett and his wife Charlotte Wadham Hill, while his birth was recorded at Fulham (Ref. 1a 240) during the second quarter of 1886.  He was four years old in 1891 when he and his family were living at 139 Ladbroke Place, Ladbroke Grove Road in Kensington.  Following the death of his father in 1893 no record of him has been found in 1901 when his mother and two youngest brothers (below) were in separate institutions in London.  By 1911 Ormonde Collett was 24 and was a bachelor living and working in the Uxbridge registration district.

 

 

 

It was almost exactly two years later that Ormonde Collett sailed out of Liverpool on 20th May 1913 on board the White Star Dominion Line ship Arabic bound for Portland in Ontario, Canada, the passenger list describing him as a labourer of 27 years.  Two months later he crossed the border between Canada and America which was recorded at Noyes in Minnesota in July 1913, when he was named as Ormonde Collett from London who was 27.  Not long after that on 11th August 1913 in the York district of Toronto he married Alice Amelia Hulber with whom he had six children.  However, all of their known children were born after the couple had settled in New York State.  Alice was 24 and the daughter of Alfred Hulbert and Ellen Farr, while 27-year-old Ormonde was recorded as the son of Charles Edward Collett and Charlotte Hill.

 

 

 

On 1st November that same year the newly married couple made a permanent move to America and, on that day, they were recorded entering the country at Buffalo in New York State.  On that occasion Ormonde’s mother’s name was recorded as Charlotte Lette, presumably an error for Collett.  More curious is a reference to a foster sister June Toroment who may have been related to Alice.  From Buffalo the couple made their way east and settled at Rotterdam in Schenectady where their children were born over the following years.

 

 

 

It was there also that the family was still living in 1920, when the census that year listed the family as Ormonde Collett from England who was 31, his wife Alice Collett also from England who was 30, and their two children Grace who was five and Frank who was three.  The enlarged family was still residing in Schenectady ten years later by which time Ormonde was 43, Alice A Collett was 41, Grace N Collett was 16, Frank W Collett was 14, Edna M Collett was nine, Ruth L Collett was six and Jack E Collett was two years of age.

 

 

 

By 1940 Ormonde Collett from England was 53 and he and his reduced family were residing at 454 Arthur Street in Schenectady, New York.  His wife Alice was 51 and only four of their six children were still living with them at the family home.  They were Frank Collett who was 23, Edna Collett who was 19, Ruth Collett who was 16 and Jack Collett who was 12 years old.  Seventeen years after that Ormonde Collett died in New York on 24th January 1957, death certificate number 1957/5862.

 

 

 

2Q85

Grace N Collett

Born in 1914 at Schenectady, NY

 

2Q86

Frank W Collett

Born in 1916 at Schenectady, NY

 

2Q87

a Collett child

Born in 1918 at Schenectady, NY

 

2Q88

Edna M Collett

Born in 1921 at Schenectady, NY

 

2Q89

Ruth L Collett

Born in 1924 at Schenectady, NY

 

2Q90

Jack E Collett

Born in 1928 at Schenectady, NY

 

 

 

 

2P89

George Collett was born at Kensington either near the end of 1887 or early in 1888, his birth recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 116) during the first quarter of 1888, the fifth of the six children of Edward and Charlotte Collett.  It is possible that he may have been born at 139 Ladbroke Place, Ladbroke Grove Road in Kensington, since it was there that he was living in 1891 when he was three years of age.  Two years later his father died and it seems likely that the family was then split up with his mother ending up in an institution by 1901.  Also, at that same time George and his brother Frank (below) were also placed in an institution, but in West Ham and not at Kensington where their mother was recorded.  George was only 13 at that time in his life.  George and Frank stayed very close and, by 1911, they were still sharing the same accommodation and the same employer in the Grays Inn Road area of St Pancras.  Both brothers were confirmed as working as upholsterer’s clerks, who were born at Kensington, and employees of the head of the household where they were living, when George Collett was 23.

 

 

 

 

2P90

Frank Barry Collett was born at 139 Ladbroke Place, Ladbroke Grove Road in Kensington, either near the end of 1889 or early in 1890, his birth recorded at Kensington (Ref. 1a 162) during the first quarter of 1890.  It was also at 139 Ladbroke Place, where he and his family were living in 1891, when Frank Collett was one year old.  With his father dying in 1893 and his mother in an institution by 1901, Frank aged 11 was with his brother George (above) in 1901, when the pair of them were staying at an institution in West Ham, where their older sister Maud was also living and working at that time.  Ten years later, according to the census in 1911 for Grays Inn Road in St Pancras, Frank Barry Collett was once again living with his older brother George Collett.  Frank was 21 and an upholsterer’s clerk, and assistant and employee of the head of the household, as was his brother, their place of birth confirmed as Kensington.

 

 

 

 

2P91

Elizabeth Collett, who was referred to as Bess, was born in Hammersmith in London on 29th October 1879.  Two years later she was listed as living with her parents at 32 Oxford Gardens in Kensington. While she was 11 years old in the 1891 Census when Elizabeth and her family were still residing in Kensington.  Two years later her mother died, so on the occasion of the next census in 1901 she was 21 when she was living with her widowed father at 86 Leathwaite Road in Clapham from where she was working as a post office clerk at a local branch of the General Post Office. 

 

 

 

With the early death of her father Percy Collett in 1902, it was left to Elizabeth, as his eldest daughter, and supported by her brother Algernon (below), to look after the younger children of the family.  Around 1909 Elizabeth married William Frederick Ford Arnold at St Paul’s Church in Hammersmith.  William was born at Southwark in 1870 and at the turn of the century he was a book binder living in Battersea.  He later became a dealer in fine art and at the time of their wedding he was living at 42 St Dunstan’s Road, opposite Charing Cross Hospital.  Shortly after they were married Elizabeth and William left London and moved north to live at Newcastle-upon-Tyne where their two children were born and where William opened a picture gallery.  By April 1911 the marriage had produced the first of the couple’s two children.  The census return that year confirmed that Elizabeth Arnold of London was 31 and that her husband William Frederick Ford Arnold of London was 41.  Living with the couple was their one-year-old son Cecil William Arnold who had been born after they had arrived in Newcastle.

 

 

 

During the following year Elizabeth presented William with their second son Stanley Ford Arnold who was born in 1912 and who, twenty-seven years later, married (1) Minnie Hepplewhite Alderson which was recorded at Newcastle-upon-Tyne register office (Ref. 10b 50) during the second quarter of 1939.  Their marriage produced a daughter who was born the following year when the birth of Elizabeth M Arnold was recorded at Newcastle (Ref. 10b 191) in 1940.  It would appear that within a few short years Stanley and Minnie were divorced most likely when Stanley was a serviceman with the British Army.  It was in Singapore during 1948 that Stanley married (2) Gladys Louvain Aldridge, the source of the information being the GRO Index of Army Marriages.  Many years later his first wife also remarried, the event being recorded at the Border register office in Northumberland (Ref. 1a 47) during the last three months of 1964 that Minnie H Arnold married Joseph E Coulthard.

 

 

 

Sadly, Elizabeth’s first son Cecil William Arnold died while still very young, and further bad luck hit the family when Elizabeth’s husband’s art gallery failed and he was declared bankrupt.  William Frederick Ford Arnold died in 1927 and the age of 57.  Elizabeth lived a widow’s life for a further thirty-eight years before she died in 1965 at the age of 86.  Elizabeth’s other son Stanley Ford Arnold died at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk during 1987 when it was confirmed that he was born in 1912, while his first wife Minnie Hepplewhite Coulthard died at Newcastle in the 2000 at the age of 86.  Their daughter Elizabeth married John Noble at Northumberland Central register office (Ref. 1a 371) in the last quarter of 1972 under the name Elizabeth M Coulthard.  Their two children were John Noble (born 1979) and David Noble (born 1981).

 

 

 

 

2P92

Algernon Percy Collett was born at Kensington in London during the third quarter of 1881, and certainly after the third of April that year.  It is very likely that he was born while his parents were living at 32 Oxford Gardens in Kensington where his family was recorded in the census return that year.  He was nine years old in the Kensington census of 1891 and just two years after that his mother died during childbirth.  On leaving school he took up work in a solicitor’s office and by 1901 was 19 years of age and was employed as a solicitor’s clerk while living with his widowed father and the rest of his family at 86 Leathwaite Road in Clapham.  He later became an articled clerk and eventually qualified as a solicitor.

 

 

 

Following the death of his father Percy Collett during 1902, Algernon and his older sister Elizabeth (above) took over responsibility for the care of their five younger siblings.  Around 1909 both Algernon and Elizabeth were married, by which time their youngest sibling was still only sixteen years of age.  It was in London that Algernon married Winifred Mary Gill, who was known as Winnie, the marriage being registered at Hackney during the first three months of 1909.  When his sister Elizabeth was married, she and her husband immediately moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, so it was left to Algernon and Winnie to continue to look after the youngest members of his family.

 

 

 

By April 1911 the marriage had produced the first child for Algernon and Winnie.  At the time of the census that year the family of three was recorded as visiting the home of Algernon’s younger married sister May Blossom Dunhill (below) and her husband Arthur at 14 Arnold Road in Tottenham within the Edmonton registration district of London.  One-year earlier, Algernon and Winnie had been residing at Stroud Green in the London Borough of Haringey when their son was born.  The census return in 1911 listed the three of them as Algernon Percy Collett who was 29, his much younger wife Winifred Mary Collett who was 21, and their son Frank Percy Collett who was just one year old. 

 

 

 

The couple later left London shortly after the census day in 1911 and travelled east to settle in Rochford in Essex where the couple’s next three children were born.  It is understood that the marriage actually produced to total of five children, but so far only the four of them listed below have been identified.  Not long after the birth of the fourth child, and at the height of the First World War, the family left Essex when they swapped the east of England for Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset.  It was also at Weston-Super-Mare that Algernon Percy Collett died in 1945, his death being recorded there during the final three months of that year.  Winnie survived her husband by fourteen years, when Winifred Mary Collett nee Gill died at Weston-Super-Mare during the first quarter of 1959.

 

 

 

On 8th July 1948 a certain spinster by the name of Sarah Bryan Collett died at 166 Milton Road in Weston-Super-Mare, following which her Will, valued at £6,269 3 Shillings 2d, was proved at Bristol on 30th August.  Named as executor was Alice Kathleen Goad, the wife of John Henry Goad, who may have been her married sister.  Apart from the Weston connection, the details have been included here because of Sarah’s second name of Bryan.  It is established that Bryan Collett [2P97] died in 1911 and he may have been her cousin, Sarah being born just after he died and named in his memory, perhaps even the child of Algernon and Winifred missing from the list of their children below.

 

 

 

2Q91

Frank Percy Collett

Born in 1910 at Stroud Green, London

 

2Q92

Beryl M Collett

Born in 1912 at Rochford, Essex

 

2Q93

Stanley Collett

Born in 1914 at Rochford, Essex

 

2Q94

Muriel W Collett

Born in 1916 at Rochford, Essex

 

 

 

 

2P94

May Blossom Collett was born at Kensington in 1883, the twin sister of Hubert J Collett.  Whilst she may have been born at Notting Hill, like her younger siblings, it was at Kensington where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1a 83) during the third quarter of the year.  She was seven years of age in 1891 and was 17 years old by the end of March 1901.  She was not in employment at that time but was probably helping her widowed father Percy Collett to look after her younger siblings in the family home 86 Leathwaite Road in Clapham after the premature death of her mother in 1893.  A little while later, but before 1911, she married Arthur Dunhill and they initially settled in the Edmonton area of London near to where May’s brother Algernon (above) was also living at that time.  According to the Edmonton district census of 1911 May Blossom Dunhill was 27, when she and her husband Arthur, who was 25, were residing at 14 Arnold Road in Tottenham.  They had no children at that time and on the day of the census they had visiting them May’s older brother Algernon Percy Collett (above) and his wife and their first child.  Later in their life together, it is known that May and Arthur lived at Finsbury Park where the marriage produced three or four sons for the couple.

 

 

 

 

2P95

Stanley Collett was born at Notting Hill in London on 15th April 1887, when his birth was recorded at Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 113).  He was three years old in the Kensington census of 1891.  He was still at school at the turn of the century at the age of 13, his mother having died when she was only five years old.  Therefore, in March 1901, he was living with his widowed father and the rest of his family at 86 Leathwaite Road in Clapham.  He was a very clever young man and had great successes in his Civil Service Examinations and became a civilian quartermaster with the Royal Navy and sometime between 1901 and 1911 he left London and moved to Portsmouth.

 

 

 

According to the census of 1911, Stanley Collett from Notting Hill, was 23 and a civil servant and an assistant secretary to the admiral superintendent at H M Dockyard Portsmouth, who was a boarder at the home of Edward and Eliza Caroline Paddick.  Visiting him there on that day, were two of his younger siblings Adelaide and Bryan Collett (below).  Just over eight years later, the marriage of Stanley Collett and Ethel Florence Adams was recorded at Havant register office in Hampshire (Ref. 2b 1259) during the third quarter of 1919.  Ethel was ten years younger than her husband, having been born at Portsmouth on 7th July 1897, the youngest child of Harry and Alice Adams, who were living at Farlington near Havant in 1911.  The marriage produced two daughters for Stanley who served with the Royal Navy in Singapore during the 1930s and, during the Second World War, he was posted to Rosyth in Scotland.  His travels with the navy may be the reason why the birth of the couple’s second child has not been found in Great Britain.  His daughters were both married in Surrey, their weddings recorded at the South-Eastern register office, where the death of Stanley Collett was recorded at the same register office (Ref. 17 1174) during the first few months of 1980, when he was 92 years old.  Three years later, the death of Ethel Florence Collett was recorded at the Surrey Mid-Eastern register office (Ref. 17 110) during the spring of 1983, aged 85

 

 

 

2Q95

Sheila J Collett

Born in 1927 in Plymouth

 

2Q96

Ursula D Collett

Born in 1929

 

 

 

 

2P96

Adelaide Rose Collett was born at 44 Chesterton Road in Notting Hill, London, while it was at Kensington (Ref. 1a 146) where her birth was recorded during the last quarter of 1889.  That was confirmed by the census of 1891, when she was one year old, and two years later her mother died.  By the time she was 11 in 1901 she was living with her widowed father and the rest of her family at 86 Leathwaite Road in Clapham.  Later that same year Adelaide’s father died, at which time she had reached her twelfth birthday.  The death of her father resulted in her having to leave school to seek employment, which she did, at a local draper’s shop.  At that time in her life she and her other young brothers and sisters were looked after by the two oldest members of the Collett family, they being Adelaide’s sister Elizabeth and brother Algernon.

 

 

 

However, when both of them were married around 1909, Adelaide and her brother Bryan (below) travelled to Portsmouth in 1911, where their brother Stanley Collett was a member of the Royal Navy and in lodgings there.  The April census of 1911 recorded all three unmarried siblings together, when Adelaide Rose Collett was 21 and a draper’s shop assistant from Notting Hill, who was a visitor at the boarding-house managed by Edward and Eliza Caroline Paddick from London.  Within just a few weeks, her brother Bryan died in Portsmouth when, in the census that year, he was described as an invalid.  Sometime later, perhaps when Stanley became a married man, Adelaide left Portsmouth and headed for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where she stayed with her older married sister Elizabeth ‘Bess’ Arnold.  It was while she was living with her sister, that she met her future husband Sverre Hjersing.  Sverre had been born at Moss in Norway in 1890 and worked in Oslo and the United States of America as a naval architect.  He came to England in 1916 and was employed at Anesen Christensen & Smith Ltd where he later became one of the directors at their Cardiff office.

 

 

 

Adelaide married Sverre at St Johannes Church in Maple Street in Newcastle on 24th November 1917.  The couple later had three children, Betty Hjersing who was born at Cardiff in 1919 and who went on to marry George Welford, Harold Hjersing who was born in 1920, and Elsie Hjersing who was born in 1925 and who later married Laurence Reed.  Sverre received a royal commendation from the King of Norway for his efforts and support in the ‘Free Norway Movement’ and he died on a business trip in 1956 aged 66.  Following his death Adelaide lived at Bolham House in the village of Bolham just north of Tiverton in Devon, where she later died in 1974.

 

 

 

 

2P97

Bryan Collett was born at 44 Chesterton Road in Notting Hill, his birth recorded at Kensington register office (Ref. 1a 326) during the third quarter of 1891.  His mother died in 1898, after which his father took the family to the Wandsworth & Clapham area of London.  Bryan was nine years old by the day of the census in 1901, when he was living with his widowed father and his brothers and sisters at 86 Leathwaite Road in Clapham.  Less than one year later, his father Percy Collett died, following which Bryan and his siblings were looked after by the two oldest unmarried siblings Elizabeth Collett and Algernon Collett.  The young family continued to live together like that in London until 1909, when both Elizabeth and Algernon were married to their respective life partners.  By that time, Bryan’s older brother Stanley Collett (above) had already joined the Royal Navy and was a boarder in Portsmouth at the home of the Paddick family.  On the day of the next census in 1911, Bryan Collett, together with his sister Adelaide (above), were visitors at the boarding-house where Stanley (above) was living in Portsmouth.  The census return confirmed that all three siblings had been born at Notting Hill, with Bryan being 19 and an invalid and a former bank clerk, no longer able to work.  Tragically, not long after that census day, the death of Bryan Collett was recorded at Portsmouth register office (Ref. 2b 53) and during the second quarter of 1911, when he was still 19 years of age.

 

 

 

 

2P99

Frances Collett was born in 1895 at 26 Chesterton Road in Notting Hill, to where her parents had moved in 1894, the last child of Percy Collett and Elizabeth Berridge.  Her birth was recorded at St Pancras during the second quarter of 1895, where her mother’s death was recorded in 1898.  It was the census in 1901 which has caused confusion over her year of birth, since at that time she was said to be seven years of age, instead of being six years old.  According to the census return that year Frances Collett was living at 86 Leathwaite Road in Clapham with her father Percy Collett and her seven older siblings or half siblings.  During the next few months another major tragedy struck the family with the third death in the family in the space of just a few years, when her father died.  For almost the remainder of the decade Frances was cared for by the older members of her family, primarily her eldest sister Elizabeth, and her eldest brother Algernon, and later by Algernon and his wife Winnie.

 

 

 

By April 1911 Frances’ sister Elizabeth was married and was living in Newcastle, while her brother Algernon and his wife were living in Edmonton, as was married sister May Blossom who was actually living at the same address as Algernon.  And it was also in Edmonton, but at a different address that Frances Collett was living and working at the age of sixteen.  That perhaps was a better indicator that she was actually born in 1895.  After the Great War Frances married Harold H Penman from Nottingham at Newcastle during the June quarter of 1921.  The marriage produced a daughter Evelyn Penman who was born at Tynemouth in 1925 and who later married Francis Beck, from Kendall in Cumbria, at Hendon in 1952.  Frances Penman nee Collett died in Surrey during the last three months of 1979 at the age of 86 and was followed two years after by her husband Harold H Penman who died at Islington in London in 1981.

 

 

 

 

2P103

Anne Collett was born at Broadway in 1878, the likely base-born daughter of unmarried Amelia A Collett who would have been around 30 when she fell pregnant.  With her mother being employed as a domestic servant at The Vicarage in Childswickham in 1881, Anne was being looked after by her grandparents Francis and Mary Ann Collett in Broadway.  Just after the turn of the century Anne Collett from Broadway was living within the North Broadway registration district and was listed in the census of 1901 as Annie Collett, aged 22.  On that occasion Annie was a boarder at the Midland Store in the High Street, in the north part of Broadway, where she was working as a grocer’s manager with Henry Preece and his wife.  The only other Collett living within that same area of Broadway at that time was Sarah Collett who was 69 and from Childswickham (see the Appendix One in section one of Part 2 for more details).

 

 

 

 

2P104

William Reuben Collett was born at Northleach in 1859, the eldest son of Edwin from Cold Aston and his wife Maria from Little Rissington, Edwin being the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Collett.  Just after he was born his father’s work as a carpenter resulted in the family moving to nearby Farmington where they were living at the time of the census in 1861.  Their home was the tollgate cottage at New Barn Pike in Farmington, where William’s mother Maria was the collector of tolls.  The census return confirmed that William R Collett was one year old and had been born at Northleach.  For whatever reason, that was the only occasion when William was recorded with his parents.

 

 

 

It was also at Farmington that the family was still living when William’s brother Charles (below) was born later that same year, although shortly after that the family moved again, to nearby Great Rissington, where the majority of William’s later siblings were born.  By the time of the next census in 1871, and perhaps for reasons of over-crowding in the family home, William R Collett from Northleach was living with his elderly grandmother, Elizabeth Collett from Cold Aston, at a private house in the village of Little Rissington.  The census return confirmed that he was 11 years of age and the grandson of widow Elizabeth Collett.  The only other person residing at the house was Elizabeth’s youngest son Henry Collett, aged 20 and a blacksmith, who was the youngest brother of William’s father.

 

 

 

During the years that followed, Elizabeth eventually left Gloucestershire, when she travelled south to Sevenoaks in Kent to live with her son James and his family.  It seems very likely that William also made the long journey with his grandmother, because that was where he was living in 1881, albeit separately from his grandmother and his uncle James, as confirmed in the census of 1881.  At that time William Collett, aged 21 and from Gloucestershire, was a servant and assistant grocer at the home of grocer Thomas Hill from Ashford in Kent, at 78 Hills Yard in Sevenoaks.

 

 

 

Five years later, during the first three months of 1886, William Reuben Collett married Jane Henrietta Lambert at Sevenoaks in Kent, where the event was recorded (Ref. 2a 966).  The birth of Jane H Lambert was registered at Chippenham during the first quarter of 1859, the second child and eldest daughter of Henry and Jane Lambert of Box in Wiltshire.  Once they were married, William and Jane settled in Brighton on the south coast of Sussex and it was there that three of their four children were born.  It was also in Brighton that the family was still living at the time of the census in 1891, albeit with only two of their children, since the couple’s third child was born four years later.

 

 

 

The Brighton census in 1891 listed the family as William R Collett, aged 31 and from Northleach in Gloucestershire, his wife Jane H Collett from Box in Wiltshire, who was incorrectly recorded as being 36, when she was the same age as her husband, and their two children Cecil L Collett who was three and Percy H Collett who was two years old.  Sometime after 1895, and following the birth of the couple’s third child, the family left Brighton when they moved along the coast to settle in Hasting, where the fourth child was born.

 

 

 

It was within the Holy Trinity area of Hastings, at Cambridge Gardens, that the family was residing in March 1901.  Once again, the census confirmed that William was involved in the grocery trade, when he was described as William R Collett from Northleach who was 41 and a grocer and a shopkeeper.  His wife was recorded as Jane H Collett, aged 42, and their four children on that occasion were Cecil L Collett aged 13, Percy H Collett aged 12, Dorothy K Collett who was five years of age, and Marjorie L Collett who was one year old.

 

 

 

During the first decade of the new century the family moved again, on that occasion to Burnham in Buckinghamshire, midway between Maidenhead and Slough.  It was at Burnham that the family was located in April 1911 when the census return that year recorded the family as William Reuben Collett who was 51 and a grocer and a draper, Jane Henrietta Collett who was 52 and assisting in the family business, Cecil Lambert Collett who was 23 and Percy Herbert Collett who was 22, both of them working with their father as grocer’s assistants, Dorothy Kathleen who was 15 and a draper’s assistant, and Marjorie Lucy Collett who was 11 and still attending school.

 

 

 

The couple appear to have lived out the rest of their life together in that area of the country, since the death of William Reuben Collett was recorded at the Windsor register office (Ref. 2c 526) during the last three months of 1926.  Following the death of her husband Jane continued to live in Burnham for the next twenty-five years when, at the age of 92, widow Jane Henrietta Collett died on 1st November 1951.  She was residing at a dwelling on the High Street in Burnham at that time, but passed away in St Peter’s Hospital at Chertsey in Surrey and it was at Chertsey register office (Ref. 5g 638) that her death was recorded.  Her Will was proved at Oxford on 19th March 1952 when the executors of her estate of £3,705 5 Shillings 4d were named as Cecil Lambert Collett, a master grocer, and Percy Herbert Collett, the manager of a newsagents.

 

 

 

2Q97

Cecil Lambert Collett

Born in 1887 at Brighton

 

2Q98

Percy Herbert Collett

Born in 1888 at Brighton

 

2Q99

Dorothy Kathleen Collett

Born in 1895 at Brighton

 

2Q100

Marjorie Lucy Collett

Born in 1899 at Hastings

 

 

 

 

2P105

Charles H Collett was born at Farmington in 1861 after the census that year, the second son of Edwin and Maria Collett.  Just after he was born his parents moved to nearby Great Rissington, where the family lived until 1876, when they moved north to County Durham.  In every census from 1871 to 1901 he was listed as Charles H Collett and he followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a joiner.  He was nine years old in the Great Rissington census of 1871 and was 19 in the census of 1881, by which time he and his family were living at North End in Sedgefield, where Charles was working with his father as a joiner’s apprentice. 

 

 

 

He was the eldest offspring of Edwin and Maria and one of just five of their children still living with them at High Row in Sedgefield in 1891.  On that census day, when unmarried Charles H Collett from Farmington who was 29 and a joiner like his father, with whom he may have been working.  Ten years later the family home was at High Row in Sedgefield from where Charles, aged 39, was still working alongside his widowed father as a joiner and a carpenter.  It is assumed that Charles never married and, in April 1911, the census that month, confirmed that Charles Collett from Farmington in Gloucestershire was 49 and a joiner, who was still living his widowed father Edwin at The Square in Sedgefield.  By that time Charles’ unmarried younger sister Marion Collett was the only other member of the family living there, and she was the housekeeper.  Twenty-seven years later, the death of Charles H Collett was recorded at the Durham Western register office (Ref. 10a 202) during the fourth quarter of 1938, when he was 76 years old.

 

 

 

 

2P106

Emily Collett was born at Great Rissington in 1863 just after her parents Edwin and Maria Collett move there from Farmington.  As a result of which, the birth was recorded at Northleach during the last three months of the year, and it was at Great Rissington that she was living with her family in 1871 at the age of seven years.  Around five years later Emily’s family left Gloucestershire and moved to Sedgefield in County Durham.  By the time of the next census in 1881 the family was living at North End in Sedgefield and at that time in her life Emily had already left school and had entered into domestic service.  The census return that year confirmed she was 17 years of age and from Great Rissington, when she was working as a domestic servant at the home of curator Richard Everold Thomas and his mother Annie Thomas and his sister Ann Everold Thomas at 3 Grove Street in Elswick, Northumberland.

 

 

 

By 1891 the census that year placed Emily Collett aged 26 was living and working in the Bishopwearmouth district of Sunderland.  Upon the death of her mother Maria, just before the end of the century, Emily returned to the family home at High Row in Sedgefield to take over as housekeeper for her widowed father and other members of her family.  According to the census in March 1901, Emily Collett from Rissington in Gloucestershire was 37 and was the domestic housekeeper for her father Edwin and her brothers Charles and Alfred at Sedgefield.  In that role she was supported by her younger sister Marion (below).  Sometime during the first decade of the new century Emily left Sedgefield, leaving her sister Marion to care for her father and her brother Charles.  By April 1911 Emily Collett from Great Rissington was 47 when she was living in the Auckland registration district of County Durham.  It would appear that she never married and lived for the rest of her life in Durham where she died at the age of 80 during the second quarter of 1944, her death recorded at Durham Western register office (Ref. 10a 217).

 

 

 

 

2P107

Alfred J Collett was born at Great Rissington in 1865, the son of Edwin and Maria Collett, and it was there he was living with his family in 1871 when he was five years old.  Around the time when he was ten or eleven years of age, his family left Great Rissington and travelled north to County Durham and settled at North End in Sedgefield.  It was there that Alfred was living with them in 1881 at 15 years of age when he was still at school, although no census record for him has so far been found ten years later in 1891.  However, after a further ten years Alfred J Collett, aged 35 and from Rissington, was back living with his widowed father in Sedgefield, where his occupation was that of a domestic coachman.

 

 

 

Two and half years later Alfred married widow Isabella Strawbridge, the marriage being recorded at Lanchester (Ref. 10a 461), seven miles north-west of Durham, during the third quarter of 1903.  The former Isabella Burton was baptised at Cornforth, Durham, on 22nd November 1876, the daughter of Thomas and Isabella Burton.  The death of her late husband, William Strawbridge, was recorded at Lanchester during the second quarter of 1902.  Twelve months earlier, Isabella Strawbridge was 26 in 1901, when she was recorded in the Scottish census that year at Kelvin, Glasgow in Lanarkshire, with her first husband William Strawbridge who was 33.  That day she was expecting the birth of her third child, having already given birth to James H Strawbridge who was four and William Ward Strawbridge who was three years old, both of whom had been born in the County Durham village of Quebec.  So, when Isabella married Alfred, she brought with her, into his home, the three children from her first marriage.

 

 

 

Following their wedding day, Alfred and Isabella made their home at Annfield Plain, in the parish of Lanchester, where Isabella had been born and where the couple’s four children were born although, only two of them were still alive by April 1911.  However, one more child was added to the family two years later.  The census in 1911 placed the family residing at 2 Antliff Terrace, a three-roomed accommodation, in Annfield Plain, County Durham.  Head of the household was A J Collett from Gloucestershire who was 46 and a labourer at Bank Colliery.  His wife of seven years, Isabella Collett, was 36 and had been born at Kyo, Annfield Plain.  Their two surviving daughters were Margaret Collett who was seven and attending school, and Isabella Collett who was three years old. 

 

 

 

Living with the Collett family that day, were Isabella’s three Strawbridge children, described as Alfred’s stepsons.  They were James Strawbridge who was 14 and working with his stepfather at Bank Colliery, William Strawbridge who was 12 and S Strawbridge who was nine, both of them still attending school.  Alfred’s only son and namesake was born at Annfield Plain in 1913, the birth of Alfred J Collett recorded at Lanchester register office (Ref. 10a 719) during the third quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Burton.  Twenty-four years on from his birth, Alfred J Collett, senior, was still living within the parish of Lanchester in County Durham (Ref. 10a 329) when he died during the second quarter of 1937, at the age of 71.

 

 

 

2Q101

Margaret Ann Collett

Born in 1904 at Annfield Plain

 

2Q102

Ellen Collett

Born in 1906 at Annfield Plain; died 1909

 

2Q103

Isabella Collett

Born in 1908 at Annfield Plain

 

2Q104

Emily Collett

Born in 1909 at Annfield Plain; died 1909

 

2Q105

Alfred J Collett

Born in 1913 at Annfield Plain

 

 

 

 

2P108

Elizabeth Annie Collett was born at Great Rissington in 1867, the daughter of Edwin and Maria Collett.  It was at Great Rissington that the family was living in 1871 when Elizabeth Annie Collett was three years of age.  Around five or six years later the family left Gloucestershire and set up a new home in County Durham and it was at North End in Sedgefield where the family was recorded in 1881.  The census that year confirmed that Elizabeth Collett from Great Rissington in Gloucestershire was 13 and still at school.  During the following decade the family left North End and settled at High Row in Sedgefield where Elizabeth A Collett from Rissington was a dressmaker at 23.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Annie Collett was 29 years of age when she married Arthur Arnold Ashton, aged 26, at St Edmund’s Church in Sedgefield on 19th July 1897, when the bride’s father was confirmed as Edwin Collett and the groom’s father was named as Thomas Ashton.  The marriage produced at least two children, although for some reason the couple’s first-born son was staying with his grandfather, Elizabeth’s father, at High Row in Sedgefield on the day of the census in 1901.  Reginald Ashton was born at Tudhoe near Spennymoor in County Durham and was the two-year old grandson of widower Edwin Collett.  On that same day his parents were at their home in Tudhoe where Arthur A Ashton from Kirby Moorside in Yorkshire was 29 and the manager of a grocer’s shop.  His wife Elizabeth A Ashton from Great Rissington was 33.  Ten years later all four members of the family were together in Auckland.  Arthur Arnold Ashton was 40, his wife Elizabeth Annie Ashton from Gloucestershire was 42 and their two sons were Albert Reginald Ashton who was 12 and Roland Percival Ashton who was eight years of age.

 

 

 

 

2P109

Agnes Eliza Collett was born at Great Rissington during the month of May 1870, another daughter of Edwin and Maria Collett.  Within the Great Rissington census that was conducted the following year Agnes Eliza Collett was eleven months old but when she was around six years old her family moved to Sedgefield in County Durham.  It was at North End in Sedgefield that the family was recorded in 1881 where Agnes Collett was 10 years old and attending the local school.  From North End the family moved to High Row where they were living in 1891 but without Agnes Collett who would have been 20 years of age.  Therefore, either she had died by then or had married before reaching adult age.

 

 

 

 

2P110

Alwyn Collett was born at Great Rissington during the first three months of 1874, the birth being recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 391).  When he was around three years old his parents moved to Sedgefield in County Durham, as confirmed by the census of 1881 in which they were recorded as living at North End in Sedgefield, when Alwyn Collett from Great Rissington was seven years old and at school.  According to the next census in 1891, Alwyn Collett from Rissington was 17 when he was still living with his family at High Row in Sedgefield where his occupation was that of a domestic gardener.  During the next ten years Alwyn left the family home at High Row in Sedgefield and moved to the Cornforth area of County Durham, where he was a lodger in March 1901 at Church Street in Coxhoe, the home of the Holmes family.  At that time, the census confirmed he was 27 and had been born at Rissington, by which time he was employed as a signalman and a porter working on the staff of the North Eastern Railway Company.

 

 

 

Just five years later, Alwyn Collett of Great Rissington married (1) Beatrice Othick Clarke at Darlington during the second quarter of 1906 and, it was in the following year that, their son was born at Cornforth.  He was named jointly after Beatrice’s father and Alwyn’s father.  Beatrice was born at Chilton, near Sedgefield, in 1882 and was the daughter of Major and Elizabeth Clark.  In the census of 1901 Beatrice O Clark was 18 and was a dressmaker at Cornforth, where she very likely met Alwyn.  The subsequent census for Darlington in 1911, recorded the family of three as Alwyn Collett, who was 37 and from Little Rissington, a railway signalman, Beatrice Othick Collett, who was 28 and from Ferry Hill in Durham, and Major Edwin Collett who was three years old and born at Cornforth.  On that day, Alwyn’s work had taken the family to Croft Spa Station, at Hurworth-on-Tees, on the Darlington Main Line.  As far as can be determined, no further children were added to the family over the following years and, four years later, the death of Beatrice O Collett, aged 33, was recorded at Darlington register office (Ref. 10a 6) during the second quarter of 1915.  Three and a half years after being widowed, the marriage of Alwyn Collett and (2) Lena Marie Eden was recorded at Darlington (Ref. 10a 5) during the last three months of 1918.  That second marriage endured for almost twenty years, while it was at York register office that the death of Alwyn Collett was recorded during the second quarter of 1937 (Ref. 9d 20), when he was 63.  His Will was proved at York on the 5th July, which confirmed the day he died as 6th May 1937, while the sole beneficiary under the terms of the Will was Lena Marie Collett, his second wife.

 

 

 

2Q106

Major Edwin Collett

Born in 1907 at Cornforth

 

 

 

 

2P111

Marion E Collett was born during 1876 at Great Rissington, another daughter of Edwin and Maria Collett.  She was still a baby when her family left Gloucestershire and, by 1878, they had settled in North End in Sedgefield, County Durham.  The census in 1881 included Marion E Collett living with her family at the age of five years, her place of birth confirmed as Rissington.  It was at Sedgefield appears to have lived for the rest of her life.  Ten years later the family was residing at High Row in Sedgefield when the census in 1891 listed her in error as Maria E Collett from Rissington who was 15 and a dressmaker’s apprentice.  After a further ten years the census in 1901 revealed that her mother had died and that Marion E Collett aged 25 had no stated occupation, so was most likely helping her eldest sister Emily (above) in supporting her widowed father and two brothers.  By April 1911 Marion Collett from Great Rissington, aged 34, was the housekeeper for her elderly father and her unmarried brother Charles (above).  It is not known at this time whether or not she was ever married.

 

 

 

 

2P112

Ellen Maria Collett was born in 1878, the youngest child of Edwin and Maria Collett from Gloucestershire and their only child to be born at Sedgefield on County Durham.  She may have been born at North end in Sedgefield where the family was recorded in the census of 1881 when Ellen M Collett was three years old.  In 1891 and 1901 the family was residing at High Row in Sedgefield where Ellen M Collett was 13 in the first on them but had left home by the second.  No trace of her as Ellen Collett has been found after 1891, either in the census returns for 1901 or 1911.

 

 

 

 

2P113

Frank Charles Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1865, the eldest child of Albert Collett and his wife Caroline Clifford.  His birth was registered at Stow-on-the-Wold during the June quarter of that year.  By the time of the census in April 1871 Frank’s family had left Upper Slaughter and was living in Bourton-on-the-Water, where Frank Collett was recorded as being five years old.  Ten years later Frank was still living with his family at The Bank in Bourton, by which time he was 15 and was working with his father as a shoemaker.  He later worked as an engine driver on the railway which took him all over the country and, it was while in Birmingham, that he met his wife (1) Florence Ada Rowley who was born at Aston in the final three months of 1860.  The marriage took place in 1889 at Reading where it was registered during the September quarter of that year.  By the time of the census in 1891 Frank and Florence were residing at Southall in Middlesex when their son was born.

 

 

 

Southall lies immediately north of the main rail line out of Paddington, so it is very likely that Frank was employed by the Great Western Railway.  And that might be further confirmed by the fact that ten years later in 1901 he was living in the St Marys area of Truro which also lies on the GWR main line.  The 1901 Census confirmed that Frank C Collett, aged 35 and born at Upper Slaughter, was employed as a railway engine driver at that time in his life.  Living with him at Truro was his wife Florence A Collett, aged 36 and from Birmingham, and their son Rowland A Collett who was ten and born at Southall.

 

 

 

It was around six months later that Florence Ada Collett nee Rowley died at Truro where her death was registered during the September quarter of 1901, when she was 37.  Following the death of his wife Frank left Cornwall, and it may have been his work on the railways that eventually took him to Oxfordshire.  Just over four years after being made a widower Frank married (2) Ellen Pilgrim, who was born at Woburn in Bedfordshire in 1868, the wedding taking place at Banbury in Oxfordshire during the last three months of 1905. 

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in April 1911 Frank Charles Collett from Upper Slaughter was 46, and that living with him in the Banbury area was his wife Ellen Collett who was 43 and from Bedfordshire.  It was almost exactly twenty years after that when Frank Charles Collett died in 1931, his passing being registered at St Albans during the first three months of the year.  Ellen survived her husband by twenty-eight years when, at the age of 90, she too died at St Albans where her death was recorded during the second quarter of that year.

 

 

 

2Q107

Rowland A Collett

Born in 1890 at Southall, London

 

 

 

 

2P114

Ernest Austin Collett was born at Upper Slaughter in 1867, the second of four sons of shoemaker Albert Collett and his wife Caroline.  His birth was registered at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 340) during the last three months of 1867.  Within the census return for Bourton-on-the-Water in 1871, Ernest A Collett was three years old.  However, by the time of the next census in 1881, Ernest had left the family home in Bourton, even at the tender age of 13.  At that time in his life he had taken the major step of moving to London, where he was recorded as a visitor at the Lambeth home of the widow Susan Kidman at 23 Dorset Road.  Whilst Susan Kidman’s three sons, all in their twenties, were working as barristers’ and solicitors’ clerks, young Ernest A Collett was described as being a lad in an architect’s office, which was a major change from his family background of shoemaking.  On that occasion his place of birth was simply recorded as Gloucester, a shortening of Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

Ernest was still a bachelor in 1891 when the census that year placed him living at Bishops Road in Lambeth in London, a boarder at the home of the Burdett family.  It was as Ernest A Collett, aged 23, and from Upper Slaughter, that he was recorded on the census return as an architect’s assistant.  Just over five and a half years later he met and married Grace Bourne.  Grace was born at Ninfield in East Sussex the daughter of Benjamin and Harriet Bourne, her birth being recorded at Hailsham register office during the third quarter of 1873, while their wedding was also registered there (Ref. 2b 219) during the final three months of 1896.  Once married the couple settled in Battersea, where their only known child was born almost exactly nine months later.

 

 

 

And it was at Broadlands Terrace, on Nightingale Lane in Battersea St Luke, that the family of three was living in March 1901.  The census on that occasion recorded them as Ernest A Collett, aged 33 and from Upper Slaughter, whose occupation was still that of an architect’s assistant, his wife Grace Collett aged 27 of Ninfield in Sussex, and their son Alan Collett who was three years old and born at Battersea.  Ten years later Grace Collett was temporarily separated from her husband and her son when she was staying with her elderly parents in nearby Hastings in April 1911, perhaps even looking after them in their advanced years.  The census on that occasion described Grace Collett from Ninfield as being 37 years of age and married for fourteen years during which time she had given birth to just one child, still living.  On that occasion she was staying at 78 Alfred Road in Hastings the home of her parents, Benjamin Bourne aged 67 and a retired grocer, and Harriett Bourne who was 71.  At that same time the remainder of her family had left Battersea in London and instead Ernest and his son were recorded at Sledmere within the Driffield registration district of the East Riding of Yorkshire to the south-west of Bridlington.  The Sledmere census return in 1911 listed the two of them as Ernest Austin Collett from Upper Slaughter who was 43 and an estate clerk of works, and his son Alan Collett from London who was 13.

 

 

 

Judging by the circumstances prevailing at the time of the death of Grace Collett nee Bourne, it is possible to surmise that she and her husband were never reunited and that earlier separation was a permanent arrangement.  What is known is, that both of them did live out their lives in East Sussex.  Grace Collett nee Bourne died towards the end of the Second World War on 3rd April 1944, when her passing was recorded at Battle register office in Sussex during the second quarter of 1944 when she was 70.  It was her Will, proved at Lewes on 30th May 1944, that has given rise to the theory that she was not with her husband at the time of her death.  Probate of her personal effects, amounting to £3,077 15 Shillings 5d, was granted jointly to her son Alan Collett, a poultry farmer, and solicitor Reginald West Fovargue.  At that time Grace was described as the wife of Ernest Austin Collett, her address recorded as Houblon in Ninfield, while it was in The Bexhill Hospital in Bexhill where she died.

 

 

 

Eleven years later the death of Ernest Austin Collett was recorded at Hailsham register office during the third quarter of 1955.  Probate for Ernest Austin Collett of Alwyn, Bexhill Road in Ninfield, midway between Bexhill and Battle where his wife had been born, stated that he died on 23rd September 1955.  The executor of his estate of £3,052 9 Shillings 2d, was named as Winifred Collett, a married woman, who was the wife of his son Alan Collett.  Why it was not granted to his son remains a mystery, since Alan Collett died in 1991.  Furthermore, there may have been issues with the estate or problems with the Will of Ernest Austin Collett because a further grant was made by the probate office nearly seven years later on 5th January 1962.

 

 

 

2Q108

Alan Collett

Born in 1897 at Battersea, London

 

 

 

 

2P115

Archibald Collett was born at Upper Slaughter around 1869, the son of Albert and Caroline Collett, his birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 359) during the final three months of that year.  Not long after he was born his family moved from Upper Slaughter to Bourton-on-the-Water, where they were living in 1871.  The census that year confirmed that Archibald Collett was one year old.  The next census in 1881 placed him, at the age of 11, and his family living at The Bank in Bourton-on-the-Water.  Ten years later, according to the census in 1891, Archibald Collett, aged 21, was still living with his family at Bourton and by then his occupation was that of a shoemaker, like his father, with whom he was probably still working. 

 

 

 

It was during the following year at Headington in Oxford where he married Selina Mary Ann Webb, the event recorded at Headington register office (Ref. 3a 1239) during the June quarter of 1892.  She was apparently born at Cheltenham during the second quarter in 1863 (Ref. 6a 410) although in the census of 1901 her place of birth was curiously recorded as Horton in Buckinghamshire.  At that time the childless couple was living at Bourton-on-the-Water where Archibald was still a shoemaker.  It would seem likely that they never had any children since they were living alone in the Stow-on-the-Wold area of Gloucestershire in April 1911 when Archibald Collett was 41 and his wife Selina Collett was 50.  By the time of his death nearly forty years later Archibald was a widower living at Deben in Suffolk where it was recorded during the last three months of 1949 (Ref. 4b 720).  In fact, he had spent the previous twenty-two years as a widower following the death of Selina Mary Ann Collett nee Webb at Woodbridge in Suffolk during the second quarter of 1927.

 

 

 

 

2P116

James Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 5th October 1874, the son of shoemaker Albert Collett and his wife Caroline Clifford, the birth being registered in Stow-on-the-Wold.  He was living at The Bank in Bourton with his family at the time of the census in 1881, when he was of six years old, although no record of him has been found in the census of 1891.

 

It was during December 1899 at Shipston-on-Stour that James married (1) Lavinia Gertrude Maud Gillett from Moreton-in-Marsh, who was born there in 1875 the daughter of John Gillett of Moreton-in-Marsh and his wife Emma Godree of Stow-on-the-Wold. 

 

 

 

By March 1901 the couple were living at Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, from where James was working as a grocer’s assistant.  Two years later their marriage was blessed with the birth of a son.  The child had a christian name of Norton, and that may have been an acknowledgement of a family name, or simply a reference to his place of birth.  A little while later the family left Oxfordshire and moved to Coventry in Warwickshire, and it was within the Coventry registration district that the family was living in April 1911.  James Collett from Bourton-on-the-Water was 36, as was his wife Lavinia Gertrude Collett, while their only son Kenneth was seven years of age.

 

 

 

It was just fifteen months later that Lavinia died at Coventry, where she was buried on 4th July 1912.  James continued to live in Coventry, and it was there also that he married (2) Alice Cresswell during December 1913.  The marriage certificate recorded widower James Collett as being 39 and the son of Albert Collett, while Alice was a spinster of 25.  In fact, she had been born on 10th July 1890 at Shire Oak, Walsall Wood, Brownhills in Birmingham, the daughter of Thomas Cresswell and Esther Chatwin, meaning that she was really only 23 and therefore sixteen years younger than James.  The marriage took place at Christchurch in Coventry and provided James with a further four children, although their first son died shortly after he was born. 

 

 

 

By the time of the birth of their third child the family was living at 20 Coombe Street in Coventry, which is also where they were living at the end of their lives.  It was also a year early, when the couple’s only son died and was buried on 5th March 1921.  Forty years later, James Collett died at Coventry during January 1961, at the age of 87, and was buried there on 26th January.  His wife Alice died nearly two years later, when she passed away in Coventry on 24th December 1962, aged 72, and was buried on 3rd January 1963.  An insight into the life of James and Alice Collett in their home at 20 Coombe Street has been generously provided by their grandson Colin James Poynton, a copy of which can be found in Appendix Two at the very end of Part 2.

 

 

 

2Q109

Kenneth Norton Collett

Born in 1903 at Chipping Norton

 

The following are the children of James Collett and his second wife Alice Cresswell:

 

2Q110

Clarice Wilmore Annie Collett

Born in 1914 at Coventry

 

2Q111

Norman James Stewart Collett

Born in 1919 at Coventry; died 1921

 

2Q112

Marjorie Joyce Collett

Born in 1922 at Coventry

 

2Q113

James Collett

Born in 1926 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

2P117

Annie M Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water in 1877, with her birth being registered at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 404) during the second quarter of that year.  It was at ‘The Bank’ in Bourton that she was living with her family in 1881 when she was three years old.  As Annie M Collett, she was still there ten years later when she was 13 and one of only two children still living with her parents Albert and Caroline Collett.  With the last of her siblings to be married during the last decade of the century, Annie was the only child recorded with her parents at Bourton in 1901.  By then her father was a retired shoemaker and her mother was a dressmaker.  Unmarried Annie M Collett of Bourton was 23 and was also employed as a dressmaker, very likely working alongside her mother at the family home.

 

 

 

It was during the first quarter of 1908 that Annie M Collett married Thomas (Tom) John Robinson at Wolverhampton (Ref. 6b 748).  Tom was at Ashbourne in Derbyshire during 1879 (Ref. 7b 613).  No details of any children are known at this time, except that Annie Robinson died at Birmingham during the first three months of 1952.  Tom Robinson died ten years later, when he passed away at Wolverhampton (Ref. 93 772) during the third quarter of 1962 at the age of 83.

 

 

 

 

2P118

Frederick Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1864 and he was six years old and living with his family in the census for that village in 1871.  Upon leaving school Fred, as he was known, entered into domestic service and by 1881 he was 16 and was working and living in a hotel in Cirencester.  The Fleece Hotel at 117 Dyer Street in the town was managed by James Trinder and his wife who had three children of their own.  In addition to Fred Collett, who was employed as a servant with a duty to clean boots, there were five other servants including cook, barmaid, waitress, and chambermaid.

 

 

 

Through his association with the hotel Fred eventually secured a job as a coachman which allowed him to travel the country.  In 1891 he was 26 and was recorded on his travels at Barton-upon-Irwell in Lancashire.  On that same day his future wife Louisa A Baker was 19 when she was living at Frimley near Farnham in Surrey with her family.  It must have been almost immediately after the census day that Frederick married Louisa Agnes Baker, the daughter of Henry and Mary A Baker of Watlington in Oxfordshire, as the birth of their first child was recorded at Farnham register office during the September quarter of that same year.  Ten years earlier the census of 1881 confirmed that Henry Baker, aged 47 and a labourer, was living at Princess Street in Frimley, within the Farnham registration district of Surrey. 

 

 

 

Once married the couple initially settled in Camberley, Surrey, where their first two children were born.  Three more children were added to the family after Frederick’s work took him to a new employer in Aldershot.  By March 1901 Frederick was a domestic coachman and was one of the eleven servants employed by Major General Laurence Oliphant of 3rd Infantry Brigade at Aldershot Barracks within the Farnham and Frimley census registration district, while it was at Farnham that Frederick’s youngest brother Algernon Collett (below) was living with his family in 1911. 

 

 

 

According to the Farnham census in 1901 Frederick Collett from Little Rissington was 37, his wife Louisa Collett from Watlington was 29, and their three children at that time were Alfred Collett who was nine, Kathleen Collett who was four, and Ernest Collett who was one year old.  Louisa was probably with-child on the day of the census since, later that same year, she gave birth to the couple’s fourth child and he was followed a couple of years after by the birth of their last child.

 

 

 

Sometime between that final birth and the next census in April 1911 Frederick Collett suffered a premature death before completing forty years of his life.  Whether his death was a result of his work or through illness is not known, but by 1911 his widow Louisa Agnes Collett from Oxfordshire who was 38, was head of the household living at Royal Oak Cottages, Fern Bank Road, Ascot Heath within the parish of Winkfield near Ascot, in the Easthampstead registration district of Berkshire.  To provide an income for her family, Louisa was working as a laundress, while living with her were just her three youngest Aldershot born sons.  They were Ernest Frederick Collett who was 11, Harry Edward Collett who was 10 and Harold Percival Collett who was seven, all three still attending school.  The census return also confirmed that Louisa had been married for nineteen years, during which time she had given birth to seven children, two of whom were no longer alive.  It therefore seems very likely that those two deceased children were born during the first five years of her marriage.

 

 

 

Her eldest son Alfred Collett had already joined the British Army and was based at Colchester Barracks where he was recorded as Alfred Collett from Camberley who was 22.  On that same day her absent daughter was staying or visiting her uncle Algernon Collett and his family at Farnham, where she was recorded as Kathleen Collett from Camberley who was 14.  Staying with the family on that day was Louisa’s widowed father Henry Baker, aged 77, and her brother William Henry Baker who was 28.

 

 

 

2Q114

Alfred W Collett

Born in 1891 at Camberley, Surrey

 

2Q115

Kathleen Mary Collett

Born in 1896 at Camberley, Surrey

 

2Q116

Ernest Frederick Collett

Born in 1899 at Aldershot

 

2Q117

Harry Edward Collett

Born in 1901 at Aldershot

 

2Q118

Harold Percival Collett

Born in 1903 at Aldershot

 

 

 

 

2P119

Lewis (Louis) Collett was born at Little Rissington during the first three months of 1867.  When he was twenty-four in 1891 Louis was an ostler (stableman at an inn) at a hotel at Weston Subedge just east of Evesham in Herefordshire.  Just over four years later he married Blanche Kate Wyatt from Minister Lovell, their marriage being registered at Stow-on-the-Wold during the September quarter of 1895.  Blanche was born at Minister Lovell in 1868, the daughter of Charles and Mary Wyatt, whose birth was recorded at Witney in Oxfordshire (Ref. 3a 669) during the third quarter of that year.  On the day of the census in 1871, Blanche Kate Wyatt was two years of age when she had her younger brother Henry Wyatt from Great Rissington were living at Hulbert’s Lodge in Great Rissington with their parents.  Charles Wyatt was 46 and a labourer from Minister Lovell who was one of ten men working for farmer Lewin Hulbert, while his much younger wife Mary from Great Rissington was only 24. 

 

 

 

Ten years later Blanche Wyatt from Minister Lovell was 12 years old when she and her family were residing at Clapton Lane in Bourton-on-the-Water.  Charles Wyatt was 57, Mary Wyatt was 34, and Blanche’s two younger siblings were Henry Wyatt who was 11 and Cornelia Wyatt who was nine years of age.  On the day that Blanche Kate Wyatt married Lewis Collett she was already heavily pregnant with the couple’s first child and, even though the birth of Ruby Cornelia Collett was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold during the last three months of 1895, their daughter was born during the last ten days of September.

 

 

 

It may have been the birth of the next two children that resulted in the eldest child of Lewis and Blanche being looked after by her maternal grandmother, both in 1901 and again in 1911.  On the occasion of the first of those two census days the remainder of the family was recorded at Bourton-on-the-Water where Lewis Collett was 35 and an ostler at a livery stable, his wife Blanche K Collett was 32, and their two children were Blanche M Collett who was three and born at Lower Slaughter, and William S Collett who was one year old and born at Bourton.  By that time the father of Blanche Kate Collett had died and her widowed mother Mary was married to inn keeper William Tyler, the landlord of the Bell Inn at Bourton-on-the-Water.  Mary Tyler from Great Rissington was 54 and living with her and William Tyler, aged 76, was her granddaughter Ruby Collett who was five years old, whose place of birth was recorded as Little Rissington.

 

 

 

According to the next census in 1911, the family was still living at Bourton-on-the-Water.  The family was then made up of Lewis Collett, aged 45 and from Little Rissington who was a groom and domestic gardener, Blanche Kate Collett from Minister Lovell was 42, Blanche May Collett who was 13, William Seymour Collett who was 11, Charles Henry Collett who was seven and Horace Lewis Collett who was eight months old and a much later addition to the family.  On that same day the couple’s eldest daughter Ruby Cornelia Collett was still staying with her grandmother who, by then, had married for a third time.  Mary Giles from Great Rissington was 64 and was married to William Giles who was 62 and the new landlord of the Bell Inn.  Ruby Cornelia Collett was 15 years of age and an apprenticed dressmaker from little Rissington.  It was towards the end of the following year that Blanche Kate Collett nee Wyatt died at Stow-on-the-Wold, where her death was recorded during the last three months of 1912.  Lewis or Louis Collett passed away sometime during the next seven years since, on the occasion of the marriage of his eldest daughter Ruby, he was described as Louis Collett, deceased, a former groom and gardener.

 

 

 

2Q119

Ruby Cornelia Collett

Born in 1895 at Little Rissington

 

2Q120

Blanche May Collett

Born in 1897 at Lower Slaughter

 

2Q121

William Seymour Collett

Born in 1900 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

2Q122

Charles Henry Collett

Born in 1902 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

2Q123

Horace Lewis Collett

Born in 1910 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

 

 

 

2P120

Alfred Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1868 and was 12 years old at the time of the Little Rissington census of 1881.  He was still living in that area of Gloucestershire in 1891 when he was twenty-three, but during the next decade he left Gloucestershire and moved to Kent.  According to the census in March 1901, Alfred Collett from Little Rissington was unmarried at 32 years of age and was a Metropolitan Police Constable living and working in Sheerness in Kent.  He was nearing his fortieth birthday when he married the much younger Annie Eliza Groombridge who was born at Bishopsbourne in 1881, the daughter of Joseph and Ann Groombridge, the wedding recorded at Thanet register office (Ref. 2a 1965) during the second quarter of 1909.  with whom he had a daughter prior to the census in 1911.  By that time, Alfred and his wife and their daughter, were living at Frindsbury, one of the Medway towns in Kent, where Alfred Collett from Little Rissington was 42 and still working as a metropolitan police constable.  His wife Annie Collett from Bishopsbourne in Kent was 29, while their daughter Norah Collett was just one year old and born at Frindsbury.  The birth of Norah, and the couple’s next two daughters, were all recorded at Strood register office, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Groombridge.

 

 

 

2Q124

Norah Collett

Born in 1910 at Frindsbury (Strood)

 

2Q125

Evelyn M Collett

Born in 1912 at Frindsbury (Strood)

 

2Q126

Elsie F Collett

Born in 1916 at Frindsbury (Strood)

 

 

 

 

2P121

Harold Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1870 and was listed as being under one year old in the census for that village in 1871.  Ten years later according to the village census in 1881 he was living with his family and, at the age of 11, he was described as an idiot.  In 1891 he was 21 years old and ten years after that he was still living at the family home in Little Rissington.  By that time, he was 30, and it was very likely that it was his mental condition that was the reason for the fact that in no census record was he ever credited with an occupation.

 

 

 

By April 1911 unmarried Harold Collett of Little Rissington was 40 and was living there with his widowed mother Eliza Collett who was 75 and a domestic housekeeper and head of the household.  Living with them was Harold’s unmarried brother Edwin (below) and their niece Dorothy Collett from Cheltenham who was 10 years of age and described as Eliza’s granddaughter.  Once again it was indicated that Harold had no occupation and instead, in the final column on the census return, it was written that he had a condition from birth, although it not clear what that was.  Despite whatever that disability may have been, Harold Collett died at the age of 64, his death recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold register office (Ref. 6a 451) during the fourth quarter of 1934.

 

 

 

 

2P122

Edith Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1872, her birth recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 377) during the third quarter of the year.  She was the fifth child of Herbert Reuben Collett and his wife Eliza.  Edith was recorded in the census of 1881, when she was eight years old and living at Little Rissington with her family.  Ten years after that, Edith Collett from Little Rissington had left the family home in Gloucestershire when, aged 18, she was employed as a housemaid and domestic servant at the Paddington home of the large Harris family at Sutherland Avenue.  No record of her has been found in 1901 but, wherever she was, unmarried Edith Collett would have been in the late stages of pregnancy, upon discovery of which, she made her way to Cheltenham, where her base-born daughter was born shortly after, her birth recorded there (Ref. 6a 450) during the second quarter of 1901.  It was later that same year, at All Saints Church in Cheltenham, that Dorothy Collett was baptised on 7th October 1901, the daughter of Edith Collett – no father named.  The baptism record also placed Edith as residing at Frances Owen Home, at 28 Cambray Place in Cheltenham.  The children’s home was founded in 1883 and was intended for the rescue of girls who had fallen into moral danger, sometimes referred to as the 'friendless and fallen'.  It provided accommodation for up to three months for up to eight girls, while local cases, like Edith, were received without charge.

 

 

 

With no record found of Edith ever being married, and with her daughter being taken into the care of paternal grandmother, Eliza Collett, Edith’s mother, it is possible that unmarried Edith returned to London to continue working in domestic service.  It may also be, that the death of Edith Collett, recorded at Islington register office (Ref. 1b 180) during the third quarter of 1902, was the Edith Collett from Little Rissington, as no later record of her has been found.  Instead, on the day of the census in 1911, her daughter was living with her grandmother at Little Rissington, when Dorothy Collett from Cheltenham was 10 years old.  Completing the Collett household were Edith’s two unmarried brothers, Harold Collett who had a disability, and Edwin Collett who was a small holder farm.

 

 

 

2Q127

Dorothy Collett

Born in 1901 at Cheltenham

 

 

 

 

2P123

Kate Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1874 and was six years old in 1881.  It would appear that Kate left Little Rissington for London once she left school as both girls were working there in 1901.  That year Kate Collett of Little Rissington was 26 and was employed as a parlour maid in a house in Paddington, the area of the city where her sister had also been working.  Sometime in the next decade it is likely that Kate was married as there is no Kate Collett of Little Rissington recorded in the census of 1911.

 

 

 

 

2P124

Edwin Collett was born at Little Rissington on 18th August 1876 and was four years old at the time of the census of 1881 when he was living there with his family.  Ten years later in 1891 Edwin had left school, and at the age of 14 he was employed as a hall porter while still living with his family in Little Rissington.  No record of Edwin Collett has been found in 1901, but by April 1911 he was back living in the family home at Little Rissington.  The census return recorded that he had been born at Little Rissington, was 34 years old and unmarried, a small holder farmer having his own account working at home, who was living with his widowed mother Eliza, his brother Harold, and niece Dorothy.  On that same census day, and not very far away, was Edwin’s future wife.  Violet Evelyn Annie Burford, from the Isle of Wight, was 22 and assisting her uncle Alexander Austin Stokey run his hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water, when living there with him, his wife and their son.  However, it was just over nine years later, that the marriage of Edwin Collett and Violet E Burford was recorded at the Isle of Wight register office in Newport (Ref. 2b 1688) during the third quarter of 1920.  Vera was ten years old when she was baptised at Ryde on 1st October 1898, the daughter of Hugh Sydney Burford and his wife Selina Annie, the date of her birth being 6th May 1888, and recorded during the second quarter of that year (Ref. 2b 635).  The earlier marriage for Mary Ann Collett [2O38], recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1875, involved John Fisher, an ironmonger from the Isle of Wight.  Was that just a coincidence? Or was there some link between the families.

 

 

 

It is now established that Violet presented Edwin with three children, although their third child was not living with the family at Little Rissington in 1939.  The births of all three children were recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Burford.  By the time of the compilation of the 1939 Register, with the threat of the Second World War on the horizon, Edwin Collett was a wharfman, who was still living in Little Rissington with his younger wife Violet, who was a housekeeper, son Stanley was a gardener and daughter Vera was still attending school.  Less than a year later, the death of Edwin Collett was recorded at the North Cotswold register office (Ref. 6a 1661) in 1940, when he was 63.  Having lost her husband, and with her children married, widow Violet settled in Guildford towards the end of her life.  Her address in 1962 was 37 Canterbury Road in Guildford, and it was there, at the Surrey South-Western register office, that her death was recorded (Ref. 5g 934) during the last three months of that year, when Violet Evelyn Annie Collett was 74 years old.  Her body was then taken to Little Rissington, where she was buried with her later husband on 5th October 1962.

 

 

 

2Q128

Stanley Edwin Collett

Born in 1923 at Little Rissington

 

2Q129

Vera Evelyn Collett

Born in 1927 at Little Rissington

 

2Q130

Howard Victor Collett

Born in 1929 at Little Rissington

 

 

 

 

2P125

Algernon Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1878, the last child born to Herbert Reuben and Eliza Collett.  His birth was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 396) during the third quarter of that year.  He was two years old in the census of 1881 when he was still living at Little Rissington with his parents.  Ten years later at the age of 12 he and his were still living at Little Rissington in 1891.  No record of Algernon has been found anywhere in Great Britain in the census of 1901 although, it is now known that four years later, he married Susan Elizabeth Baker at Colchester in Essex during the first three months of 1905.  Susan was slightly older than Algernon, having been born at Henley in Oxfordshire during the third quarter of 1873.

 

 

 

Once married the couple settled at Frimley, near Camberley in Surrey, although the births of their three known children were recorded at Farnham, to the south of Frimley.  The first child was born just over nine months after they had been married, so appears to have been a honeymoon baby.  By the time of the census in April 1911 the family was still residing at Frimley.  Algernon, from Withington in Gloucestershire, was 33 and an office servant domestic, his wife Susan from Oxfordshire was 37, while their three children were listed with them as Harold Collett who was five, Walter Collett who was three, and Ivy Collett who was one year old.  Living with the family was boarder Henry Watts, aged 30 from Aldershot, and Kathleen Collett, the niece of Algernon Collett, who was 14 years old and also born at Camberley in Surrey.  In 1901 she had been living with her parents Frederick Collett (above) and his wife Louisa within the Farnham registration district.  However, upon the possible death of her father after 1907 and before 1911, she was perhaps just visiting Algernon and his family while her mother was living in Easthampstead with three of her four brothers.

 

 

 

The couple was living at 64 Middle Gordon Road in Camberley when Susan Elizabeth Collett nee Baker died while a patient at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading 29th November 1945 when she was 71.  The death of Susan E Collett was recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 2c 440) during the last quarter of that year.  Five days after she passed away, she was buried at the Church of St Michael in Camberley where she was reunited with her husband nine years later.  Administration of her personal effects of £166 5 Shillings 6d was granted to her husband Algernon Collett, a head porter.  Algernon Collett died at 26 Victoria Street in Camberley, Surrey on 19th August 1954 at the age of 76, following which he was buried at St Michael’s Church in Camberley four days later on 23rd August.  It was at the Surrey North-Western register office (Ref. 5g 572) during the third quarter of 1954, while administration of his personal effects, valued at £815 10 Shillings 5d, was granted in London on 8th October 1954 to his son Harold Algernon Collett, a painter and decorator.

 

 

 

2Q131

Harold Algernon Collett

Born in 1905 at Farnham, Surrey

 

2Q132

Walter Henry Collett

Born in 1907 at Farnham, Surrey

 

2Q133

Ivy Blanch Collett

Born in 1909 at Farnham, Surrey

 

 

 

 

2P126

Albert James Collett was born at Sandgate in Kent on 22nd October 1867, the eldest of the five sons of evangelist James Collett from Little Rissington and his wife Ruth Pegrum.  Over the months after he was born his parents moved first to London, where the family was residing in 1871, and later to Sevenoaks where the family was living in 1881.  In 1871 Albert J Collett was three years old when he was living with his parents within the Kensington & St Mary Paddington district of London.  By 1881, the family was residing at 2 Cedar Terrace in Sevenoaks, where Albert J Collett was 13, where they were also still living in 1891.  On that occasion the census in 1891, identified Albert J Collett, aged 23, as an apprentice dentist living at 38 Southernhay West in Exeter, the home of dental surgeon Francis D Harris aged 53 and from London.  One difference from the information in the previous census, was that Albert gave his place of birth as Sandgate near Folkestone in Kent, rather than Sevenoaks.  A repeat of that same detail, in the next census in 1901, perhaps means that his parents moved to Sevenoaks shortly after he had been born at Sandgate.

 

 

 

By the time of that next census, in March 1901, Albert James Collett, aged 33 and a dental surgeon from Sandgate, was living at Lewisham with his widowed mother and his youngest brother Edwin (below).  It was probably around five years later that he married Beatrice Mary Cooper at the Congregational Church in Lewisham.  Beatrice had been born at Brockley Road in New Cross, London on 14th December 1882, while it was at Lewisham where her daughter was born.  Not long after the birth the family of three moved to Cambridge where the family was living in April 1911.  Albert was 43, Beatrice was 28, and Doris Evelyn was three years old.  No further children appear to have been added to the family after that time.  Albert James Collett died on 24th December 1949 when he and Beatrice were living at 112 London Road in Bromley, Kent.  Probate of his estate of £260 3 Shillings was granted in London on 23rd October 1950 to his brother Edwin Howard Collett, a dentist, and Beatrice May Collett, his widow.  It was just over twenty years later that Beatrice Mary Collett nee Cooper died on 29th March 1970 while residing in a diabetic home at 3 Beach Avenue in Birchington, Kent.

 

 

 

2Q134

Doris Evelyn Collett

Born in 1907 at Lewisham

 

 

 

 

2P128

Walter Ebenezer Collett was born at Sevenoaks in 1872, the third son of James and Ruth Collett, and his birth was recorded at Sevenoaks register office (Ref. 2a 527) during the final three months of that year.  It was at 2 Cedar Terrace in Sevenoaks that Walter E Collett was living with his family in 1881 when he was eight years old, and again in 1891 when he was 18.  By that time, he was already working as an apprentice to a whitesmith.  It was just three years later that he married Flora Emily Couchman in Tunbridge Wells in Kent where the event was recorded during the second quarter of 1894 (Ref. 2a 1100).  Flora, who was known as Emily, was born at Ticehurst in Sussex in the autumn 1868 and, once they were married, she and Walter settled in Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, where their two children were born. 

 

 

 

By March 1901 Walter E Collett from Sevenoaks was 28 and a plumber and a gas and hot water fitter.  His wife Flora, named as Emily Collett, was 31 and their two children were Albert G Collett was six years old and Walter J Collett was four years old, both of them born after the couple had moved to Leighton Buzzard.  It was a similar story ten years later when Walter Ebenezer Collett was 38, Emily Collett was 41, and they were living at 25B Hockliffe Street in Leighton Buzzard with their two sons Albert George Collett, aged 16, and Walter James Collett who was 14.  Living with the family was Alice Katie Kingsnorth from London who was 16 and described as the niece of Walter Collett.  The same census return stated that Walter and Emily had been married for seventeen years, during which time they had only had two children, both living. 

 

 

 

Alice Katie Kingsnorth was baptised on 5th May 1895 the daughter of Fred and Rhoda Kingsnorth of 3 Queens Street off the Edgware Road in London.  It is therefore possible that Alice was actually the niece of Emily, rather than Walter.  Of further interest is another resident of Leighton Buzzard in 1911, that being Evelyn Minnie Collett (Ref. 9P5) who was 17 and from Swindon.  She was employed as a general domestic servant at the home of Bernard Robert Parkinson and his family at their residence ‘Ristholme’ on Albany Road in Leighton Buzzard.  Walter Ebenezer Collett died at Leighton Buzzard, and it was at Leighton Buzzard register office in Bedfordshire (Ref. 4a 107) that his death was recorded during the first three months of 1960.

 

 

 

2Q135

Albert George Collett

Born in 1894 at Leighton Buzzard

 

2Q136

Walter James Collett

Born in 1897 at Leighton Buzzard

 

 

 

 

2P129

Herbert Edgar Collett was born at Sevenoaks in 1874, the son of James and Ruth Collett.  He was six years old in 1881 when as Herbert E Collett he was with his family at 2 Cedar Terrace in Sevenoaks.  There was then a gap in his life when he was absent from the family home at 2 Cedar Terrace in Sevenoaks in 1891 when he would have been 16.  In 1901 he was 27 and a dental mechanic who was still living in Sevenoaks. 

 

 

 

Six years later, during the second quarter of 1907, Herbert Edgar Collett married Annie Lavinia Gregory, at Tonbridge in Kent.  The wedding was recorded at Tonbridge register office (Ref. 2a 1521) when the witnesses were named as Frederick Harvey and Sarah Vigor.  Whether anything significant can be read into the Vigor surname is unclear at this time, but the Collett family depicted in Part 64 – The Gloucestershire Upper Swell Line contains the name Vigor/Vizor.  Having married in Tonbridge shortly thereafter the couple settled on the south coast at Eastbourne.  And it was at Eastbourne that they were living in 1911, when Herbert Edgar Collett from Sevenoaks was 36, while Annie Lavinia Collett was 28.

 

 

 

It would appear that the couple lived all of their married life at Eastbourne since it was at 11 Kings Avenue in the town that they were living when Annie Lavinia Collett nee Gregory died on 15th march 1949.  Her Will was proved at Lewes on 5th July that year and named her husband Herbert Edgar Collett, a dental surgeon, as the sole executor of her personal estate of £2,562 4 Shillings 10d.  Herbert Edgar Collett survived his wife by ten years and, when he passed away on 8th June 1959, he was residing at 24 Kings Avenue in Tonbridge.  With no children, his Will was proved at Lewes on 9th September that same year, when Barclays Bank was the executor of his estate of £6,444 8 Shillings 1d.

 

 

 

 

2P130

Edwin Howard Collett was born at Sevenoaks on 13th January 1878, the last of the five sons of James and Ruth Collett and was three years old and living at 2 Cedar Terrace in Sevenoaks in 1881.  It was at that same address that the family was still living at the time of the census in 1891 when scholar Edwin H Collett was 13.  By 1901 Edwin H Collett of Sevenoaks was 23 and a dental mechanic living at Lewisham with his widowed mother Ruth Collett and his older brother Albert (above).  Eventually Albert left to be married so in 1911 Edwin Howard Collett, aged 33, was still a bachelor living with his mother in Lewisham.

 

 

 

Upon the death of his older brother Alfred James Collett (above) at the end of 1949 it was Edwin Howard Collett, a dentist, who was named as a joint executor of his small estate together with his brother’s widow Beatrice Collett.  Very little else is known about Edwin except that he was living within the Northwood area of Ramsgate, at Windmill House in Millfield Road, when he died in 1969 at the age of 91.  His death was recorded at the Thanet register office (Ref. 5f 1966) during the last three months of that year.

 

 

 

 

2P133

Henry James Allington Collett was born at Maidstone in Kent in 1886, his birth as Harry James A Collett was recorded at Maidstone (Ref. 2a 715) during the last three months of that year.  He was then baptised as Harry James Allington at Holy Trinity Church in Maidstone on 18th February 1887, the son of Henry Collett and his wife Annie, who may well have been Annie Allington.  Not long after he was born his father secured work in London as a prison warder at Holloway Prison, where Henry James Collett was living with his family in both 1891 and 1901 when he was four years of age and 14 years old respectively.  By the time of the latter census his mother had died and Henry was already working as a commercial clerk.

 

 

 

It was on 20th April 1918, when Harry James Allington Collett was 32 and confirmed as the son of Harry Collett, that he married Lilian Cresswell at St Paul’s Church in Gloucester, when Lilian was 30 and named as the daughter of Henry Cresswell.  It seems highly likely that their son was an only child since, at the time of the death of Henry James Allington Collett in 1957, Anthony was the only one named in his Will.  It was as Harry James Allington Collett of Tally Ho at Condicote, near Cheltenham, that his death was recorded at the Moore Cottage Hospital in Bourton-on-the-Water on 27th October 1957.  Probate of his personal effects, valued at £267 16 Shillings 9d, was granted at Gloucester on 3rd December 1957 to Anthony Cresswell Collett, an omnibus conductor.

 

 

 

2Q137

Anthony Cresswell Collett

Born in 1922 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

 

 

 

2P134

Mary Jane Collett was born at Gloucester during the June quarter of 1873, the eldest of the four children of Joseph Collett and his wife Jane Elizabeth Lewis.  She and her family were living at The Lamb Inn on St Mary’s Square in Gloucester in 1881 when she was eight years old.  Upon leaving school, and according to the 1891 Census, Mary J Collett aged 18, was working as a barmaid for her father Joseph at The Lamb Inn where he was not only the inn keeper but a fruiter as well.  Later that same year Mary’s mother died so she did not see Mary Jane married (1) Charles George Guest in Gloucester during the third quarter of 1893.  Tragically it would appear that Charles, who was born in Gloucester in 1871, also died there within ten years of them being married.  It was therefore in the final three months of 1902 that Mary Jane Guest, formerly Collett, married (2) Harold Piuce Perkins in Gloucester.  Harold had been born at Exeter in 1871 and he died in Gloucester in 1939.  Just less than three years after losing her second husband Mary Jane Perkins nee Collett died at Gloucester during the first three months of 1942.

 

 

 

 

2P135

Charles Ernest Lewis Collett (previously thought to be Charles Edwin) was born in Gloucester during the June quarter of 1875 to Joseph Collett and his wife Jane Elizabeth Lewis.  It was as Chas Collett that he was listed with his family in 1881 when he was six years old and was living with them at The Lamb Inn on St Mary’s Square in Gloucester, where his father was the inn keeper.  Charles E L Collett was still living with his family at The Lamb Inn ten years later in 1891, when he was 16, but just six months after the census that year his mother died, following which his father remarried.

 

 

 

It was also during the late 1890s that Charles and his brother Frank (below) left Gloucester to seek work in the London area where they were both taken on as plumber’s apprentices.  It was while in London that Charles met and married Florence Daphne Knights, who was born there around 1874.  They were married during 1900 and by the time of the census in 1901 they had a daughter and were residing at 19 Victoria Terrace in Gillingham, Kent, where Charles was then a fully-fledged plumber.  Their daughter Ethel Collett was under one month old and may have unwell at the time, since staying with the family was a monthly nurse, Ellen Sager who was 63.  Also living with the family was Charles’ brother Frank Collett, who was still a plumber’s apprentice.

 

 

 

It appears that Charles and Florence did not retain the name Ethel for their daughter, and perhaps changed their minds by the time the birth was registered a few days after the census.  That situation seems to be confirmed in the next census of 1911, by which time Florence had presented Charles with a son, which he named after his younger brother, who curiously has not been identified within the 1911 Census.

 

 

 

According to the census that year Charles Ernest Lewis Collett from Gloucester, was 36 and a foreman plumber, living at 102 Franciscan Road in the Tooting Graveney district of South London with his family.  His wife was recorded as Florence Daphne Collett, who was 37 and from Paddington, to whom he had been married for eleven years.  Their daughter was listed as Dorothy Violet Collett, aged 10, and their son was as Frank Charles Collett who was six years of age.  Born children were attending school and both had been born in Gillingham.  Also staying with the Collett family were two of Florence’s siblings and one of her cousins.  They were Arthur Samuel Knights who was 23 and a plumber, presumably working for Charles Collett, Maud Marion Knights, aged 26 who was a schoolteacher, and Arthur John Knights who was a widower and a master plumber of 36.  All three of them had been born at Bristol.

 

 

 

Without all of the additional information on Charles Ernest Lewis Collett entered during September 2012, it was previously written here that Charles enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment and became Private Collett 11143.  That Charles Collett was tragically killed in action on 2nd March 1916 and was buried at St Sever Cemetery in Rouen.  His next-of-kin was named within the War Office records as his sister Miss M Collett of 138 Fort Road, Bermondsey in London.  One possibility is that he was Charles E Collett (Ref. 37P19) who had a sister Mary A Collett (Ref. 37P15), but this still needs to be verified.

 

 

 

More recent information added In December 2013 has verified the Charles Ernest Lewis Collett of 53 Greenfield Gardens in Cricklewood, London died there on 22nd May 1954.  Probate was granted in London on 2nd November 1954 to Florence Daphne Collett, his widow, and to his son Frank Charles Collett, a bank official, regarding his personal effects amounting to £2,358 12 Shillings 9d.

 

 

 

2Q138

Dorothy Violet Collett

Born in 1901 at Gillingham, Kent

 

2Q139

Frank Charles Collett

Born in 1904 at Gillingham, Kent

 

 

 

 

2P136

Frank Collett was born at Gloucester during the September quarter of 1883 and was eight years old in the census of 1891, when he was living with his family at The Lamb Inn on St Mary’s Square in Gloucester.  With the death of his mother later that same year, and his father subsequently remarrying towards the end of the decade, Frank and his brother Charles (above) headed for London to seek work.  By the time of the next census in 1901, Frank Collett, aged 18 and from Gloucester, was a plumber’s apprentice living and working with his brother Charles at 19 Victoria Terrace in Gillingham, Kent.

 

 

 

Just over six years later it is possible that Frank married Annie Florence M Harvey during the last three months of 1907 at Bromley in Kent.  Annie was born during the June quarter of 1883 at St Saviour Southwark in London, the daughter of George and Annie Harvey, and it is established that she died at Bromley in Kent during the second quarter of 1956.  No record of Frank or Annie has been found in the census of 1911, nor is it known whether the marriage produced any children for the couple.  However, in 1911 an Annie May Collett was living at Bromley in Kent, but her husband was John Henry Collett who had been born in 1877, and anyway she was 30 years of age.  In addition to that, there were two Frank Colletts recorded in the census of 1911 but, whilst both of them were around the correct age, both were serving overseas.  One was 28 and a sailor with the Royal Navy, while the other was 27 and was a soldier with the British Army.

 

 

 

 

2P137

Ethel Maud Collett was born at Gloucester, her birth being registered there during the last quarter of 1884.  At the age of 16 years Ethel M Collett was a dressmaker living with her father Joseph and his second wife Emily at 3 Worcester Street in Gloucester.  Ethel was still unmarried and living with her widowed father in 1911, following the death of his second wife in 1903.  In the census that year Ethel Maud Collett gave her age misleadingly as 24, when she was still acting as housekeeper to her elderly father in Gloucester.  Five years after that, when she was actually thirty-one, she married Charles G Irving at Gloucester during the first three months of 1916.  Their marriage resulted in the birth of three children, all very likely born at Cheltenham where their twins were definitely born.  John G Irving was born in the early months of 1917, just a year after the couple were married, and he died at Daventry in Northamptonshire in 2001.  Charles Graham Irving was a twin born on 4th May 1923, and he died at Cheltenham in 1995, while the birth of his twin sister Ethel G Irving was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 75) in the second quarter of 1923.  Ethel was twenty years old when she married Winifred M Wallace-Hadrill in 1943 and was recorded at Cheltenham register office (Ref. 6a 983) during the third quarter of 1943.

 

 

 

 

2P138

George Henry Collett was born at Glascote near Tamworth in 1871, his birth being registered at Tamworth during the third quarter of that year.  As George Henry he was eight years old in 1881, when he was living with his family at Tamworth Road in Bolehall & Glascote.  Ten years later in the 1891 census for Glascote he was still living with his family as George Collett aged 20, when he was a cart haulier.  It was two years later that he married Anna Upton at Hinckley in Leicestershire during the first three months of 1893.  Anna was born around 1871 at Wolvey in Warwickshire, just south of Hinckley.  After eight years there were no children resulting from the marriage and in 1901 George H Collett, aged 29 and from Glascote, was living there and was working as a market gardener.  Living with him was his wife Anna from Wolvey who was 30.  It was the same situation ten years later, when the Glascote census of 1911 listed just the pair of them as George H Collett, who was 39, and Anna Collett who was 41.

 

 

 

 

2P139

Joseph Collett was born on 19th February 1873 at the home of his parents at Allens Row in Glascote.  He was seven years old and 18 years of age in the two Glascote census returns for 1881 and 1891, but just eight years later he became a married man, when he married Elizabeth Combes at Newark Parish Church on 29th June 1899.  Elizabeth was the daughter of William Combes and his wife Emily Bentley and was born on 6th March 1876 at Harcourt Street in Newark, Nottinghamshire, the Combes’ family home.  Elizabeth may have been living at 54 Whitfield Street in Newark just prior to the wedding, which was witnessed by Annie Combes, Elizabeth’s older sister, and George Combes, an older brother.  At that time in his life Joseph was a warehouseman living at 9 Cross Street in Newark.  Earlier in his life he had been a cart haulier, like his brother George (above).  Apparently, Joseph had moved to Newark with the intention of learning the trade of a tailor.

 

 

 

Elizabeth’s mother had passed away sometime before the turn of the century since, in 1901, Joseph and Elizabeth were living at her widowed father’s home in Harcourt Street, where his son-in-law Joseph Collett from Tamworth was still working as a warehouseman at the age of 29.  While living there, his wife Elizabeth, aged 25 and from Newark, continued to manage the corner grocer’s shop and off-licence at 1 Harcourt Street, which her father had managed until he retired.  With the couple, was their first-born child George W Collett who was one year old.  Living at the same address, with her father, was Elizabeth’s younger married sister, Emily Headland nee Combes, her husband Samuel, and their daughter Emily.  Eventually Joseph managed to secure a position at Mumby’s Wholesale Clothing Company in Appletongate, and he later opened a gentleman’s outfitters shop in the Arcade in Newark. 

 

 

 

Five more children were added to the family during the next decade, but tragically only three of them survived.  By 1911, the family recorded at Newark was made up of Joseph who was 38 and a tailor, Elizabeth who was 35, George William who was eleven, Constance Ivy who was eight, Winifred who was six, and Gertrude who was three.  Working for the family was Ellen Laud from Newark, who was 25 and a domestic servant.  Sadly, Elizabeth suffered with cirrhosis and dropsy and, less than one year after that census day, she died at Newark on 11th March 1912, where her death was recorded (Ref. 7b 588) at the age of just 36.  Her Will was proved on 17th May that year, the sole beneficiary being her husband Joseph Collett.  Following her death, Joseph left Newark and moved to Birmingham, around the time of the First World War, Joseph and his son George work in the munitions factory of the General Electric Company in Witton, Birmingham.  It was while he was living at Sycamore Road, in the Aston area of the city, that he died on 18th November 1937, when he was 64, his passing recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 188).  During his year at Newark, Joseph Collett was a Borough Councillor.

 

 

 

2Q140

George William Collett

Born in 1899 at Newark, Notts.

 

2Q141

Constance Ivy Collett

Born in 1903 at Newark, Notts.

 

2Q142

Winifred Collett

Born in 1905 at Newark, Notts.

 

2Q143

Lennard Collett

Born in 1906 at Newark; died in 1906

 

2Q144

Gertrude Collett

Born in 1908 at Newark, Notts.

 

2Q145

Vera Collett

Born in 1910 at Newark; died in 1910

 

 

 

 

2P140

Walter Collett was born at Glascote in 1875, the birth being registered at Tamworth during the first three months of the year.  He was six years of age and 16 years old in the Glascote census returns for 1881 and 1891, when he was living there with his family.  It was during the third quarter of 1894 that he was married at Tamworth to Sarah Ross who was born at Baddesley in Warwickshire in 1875, her birth being recorded at Atherstone during the September quarter of that year.  In 1901 the couple was living in Glascote with their daughter, where Walter, at the age of 26, was a market gardener working with his older brother George Collett (above), Sarah was 25, and Annie Collett was nine months old.  For some reason, perhaps overcrowding in the family home, the couple’s eldest child Annie was staying with her grandparents in 1911 at their home at ‘Glenthorne’ on Glascote Road in Tamworth where she was 10 years old.

 

 

 

The family of Walter and Sarah comprised only six of their seven surviving children in 1911, although the census return that year confirmed that Sarah had given birth to nine children, two having died by then.  Those two unknown children are therefore missing from the list below.  Walter Collett from Glascote was 36 and a mine loader, his wife of sixteen years Sarah Collett from Baddesley was 35, and their six children were Ethel Collett who was nine, Belinda Collett who was seven and Walter Collett who was six, all born at Glascote, William Alfred Collett who was three and Rose Collett who was two, who were born at Tamworth, and George Henry Collett who was just six weeks old who had been born after the family had settled at 15 Cross Street in the Kettlebrook district of Tamworth.  The dwelling was described as having three bedrooms and two rooms down stairs.

 

 

 

Walter Collett was originally stated here as having died at Lichfield during the summer of 1949, while his wife Sarah Collett nee Ross had died there only a few months earlier, when her death was recorded at Lichfield during the first three months of that same year.  However, new information from the Lichfield register office (Ref. 9b 196) indicates that Walter Collett died there at the age of 84 during the second quarter of 1959, which corresponds exactly with his year of birth.  That therefore raises the question, did his wife actually die in 1949, ten years before her husband and, with no record of the death of a Sarah Collett at Lichfield in 1959, that would appear to be a valid assumption.

 

 

 

2Q146

Annie Collett

Born in 1900 at Glascote, Tamworth

 

2Q147

Ethel Collett

Born in 1902 at Glascote, Tamworth

 

2Q148

Belinda Collett

Born in 1903 at Glascote, Tamworth

 

2Q149

Walter Frederick Edmund Collett

Born in 1904 at Glascote, Tamworth

 

2Q150

William Alfred Collett

Born in 1907 at Tamworth

 

2Q151

Rose Collett

Born in 1909 at Tamworth

 

2Q152

George Henry Collett

Born in 1911 at Kettlebrook, Tamworth

 

 

 

 

2P141

Leonard Collett was born at Glascote in 1877 and the birth was registered at Tamworth during the fourth quarter of that year.  In the census of 1881, he was named as Lennard Collett, who was three years old, when he was living at Tamworth Road in Bolehall & Glascote.  Ten years later in 1891, Leonard was 14 and, by 1901, he was listed as a labourer working on the land while he was still living with his family at Glascote at the age of 22.  By April 1911 Leonard Collett from Glascote was 33 and a gardener who was still living with his parents and his youngest sister Rhoda (below) at ‘Glenthorne’ on Glascote Road in Tamworth.  It seems likely that he never married or that he ever left the county of Staffordshire, since his death was recorded at Lichfield register office (Ref. 9b 270) during the first three months of 1958 when he was 80 years of age.

 

 

 

 

2P142

William Alfred Collett was born at Glascote in 1880, the birth being registered at Tamworth during the September quarter of the year.  He was 11 years old in 1891 and was listed with his family in 1901 at Glascote as William A Collett, aged 20, who was an apprentice wheelwright of Glascote.  Ten years later William Alfred Collett, aged 30 and from Tamworth, was still a bachelor, but was living and working in the Rugby area of Warwickshire.  It was William who informed the registrar of the death of his brother Joseph Collett on 18th November 1937.  At that time William was living at Harman Road in Erdington near Birmingham.  Twenty years later the death of William A Collett was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 9c 170) during the second quarter of 1957 when he was 76.

 

 

 

 

2P143

Ernest Samuel Collett was born at Glascote in 1882, the birth being registered at Tamworth during the last three months of the year.  It was simply as Samuel Collett, aged eight years, that he was listed with his family in 1891.  However, he was curiously named as Elijah S Collett, aged 18 and from Glascote, in the census of 1901 when he was still living with his family at Glascote, by which time he was working as a labourer at a local colliery.  It was during the last three months of the following year that he became a married man, when he married Annie Elizabeth Bott, who was born in 1884, her birth being recorded at Tamworth during the second quarter of that year.  According to the Glascote census conducted in April 1911, Ernest Samuel Collett from Glascote was 28, his wife Lizzie Collett was 27, and their son Ernest Samuel Collett was six years old and had been born at Glascote.  It is not known at this time whether any further children were added to their family.  Ernest Samuel Collett was 79 years old when he died during the final three months of 1960, his passing being registered at Lichfield.

 

 

 

2Q153

Ernest Samuel Collett

Born in 1904 at Glascote

 

 

 

 

2P144

Rhoda Collett was born at Tamworth on 11th January 1889 and was two years old at the time of the Tamworth & Fazeley census of 1891, when she was the youngest member of the family of George Collett and Annie Lyes.  In 1901 she was 12 and was still attending school in Glascote, while she was still living with her family.  After a further ten years Rhoda Collett from Glascote was 22 and was still living there with her parents and her older brother Leonard Collett (above).  It was during the September quarter of 1926 that she married Thomas S Bray at Tamworth, he having been born at Kings Norton in Worcestershire during the December quarter of 1885.  His death in 1953 was recorded at Smethwick in Staffordshire during the first three months of that year.  Rhoda Bray nee Collett died twenty-three years later, when her death was registered at Lichfield during the last quarter of 1976.

 

 

 

 

2Q1

John Brain Collett who was referred to as Jack, was born within the Ladywood area of Birmingham on 14th May 1903, his birth recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 42).  He was the eldest child of John Brain Collett and Annie Marie Carter.  He and his parents were still living at Ladywood in April 1911 when, as John Brain Collett, he was seven years old.  When he was still only sixteen years of age, Jack decided to leave Birmingham for a new life in the colonies and sailed to New Zealand in 1920 to be reunited with his uncle Arthur Frederick Collett who had settled there just prior to the start of the Great War and who very likely sponsored the move.  It is also understood that John actually celebrated his seventeenth birthday with a cake during the sea journey to New Zealand.  It was also in 1920 when Jack’s mother died and his father remarried and that may well have been the reason for him travelling to the other side of the world.

 

 

 

However, it is established that John’s father gave him an army great coat and a small amount of money when he sailed out of Southampton.  The coat had already been well used and was later worn by John’s second son Alan who used to wear it during the winter months to go out in all weathers to train his dog.  When Alan tragically suffered a premature death in hospital at the age of 18, his dog instinctively knew before John returned home from the hospital with the sad news, as the dog had pulled the coat off the hook and was curled up in it and would not move.

 

 

 

Ten years after his arrival in New Zealand John Brain Collett married school teacher (1) Margaret Janet Shirley at Levin on 19th December 1931.  The marriage produced six children for Jack and Margaret before her untimely death just over twenty years later on 4th April 1952 aged 49.  Following the death of his wife, John and his eldest daughter Shirley were ably supported by John’s sister Hilda and her husband Murray in looking after the younger children of the family.  At some later date Jack married (2) Olive before he died at the age of 80 on 22nd September 1983.

 

 

 

2R1

John Brian Collett

Born in 1932 in New Zealand

 

2R2

Alan Maxwell Collett

Born in 1934 in New Zealand

 

2R3

Shirley Anne Collett

Born in 1936 in New Zealand

 

2R4

Jean Margaret Collett

Born in 1940 in New Zealand

 

2R5

Judith Lynne Collett

Born in 1943 in New Zealand

 

2R6

Patricia Collett

Born in 1945 in New Zealand

 

 

 

 

2Q2

Leonard George Collett was born at Ladywood in Birmingham at the end of 1905, with his birth recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 11) during the first three months of 1906.  It was also early in the year that Leonard George Collett, the son of John and Annie Collett, was baptised in Birmingham on 21st January 1906.  He was five years old according to the census return for Ladywood in 1911, where he and his family were still living.  Sometime later he and his sister Hilda (below) sailed to a new life in New Zealand where they were reunited with their brother Jack (above).  Leonard never married and remained a bachelor all his life.  During World War Two he served in the Pacific campaign.  After the war he lived at Levin, within the Wellington region of North Island, New Zealand, where both brother Jack and sister Hilda also lived with their families.  He was 52 years of age when he died in New Zealand during 1957.

 

 

 

 

2Q3

Albert Edward Collett was born at Ladywood in Birmingham on 2nd July 1907, where he was living with his parents in April 1911 at the age of three.  His birth was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 262) and, unlike other members of his family, Albert continued to live with his father in Birmingham when some of his siblings emigrated to New Zealand.  During his life in Birmingham, he was a tram driver and/or a bus driver, and it was there also that Albert Edward Collett from Ladywood was 79 when he died during the spring of 1987, his death recorded at the Birmingham register office (Ref. 32 267).  The present-day family believe that one of Albert’s sons was still living in Birmingham in 2008, with both his marriage and the birth of three children having been discovered during an extensive search in 2020, all the records found in Birmingham.

 

 

 

It was during the third quarter of 1937 that the marriage of Albert E Collett and Betsy Smith was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 5d 22).  A year later the first of their three children was born, followed three years after by the birth of their second child and, it was just over five years later when their daughter was born.  All three births were recorded at Birmingham register office, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Smith; (Ref. 6d 53) during the third quarter of 1938, (Ref. 6d 124) during the fourth quarter of 1938, and (Ref. 9c 114) during the second quarter of 1947,

 

 

 

2R7

Robert E Collett

Born in 1938 in New Zealand

 

2R8

Ian V Collett

Born in 1941 in New Zealand

 

2R9

Maureen Collett

Born in 1947 in New Zealand

 

 

 

Previously he was thought to have married Minnie during the first quarter of 1935, with whom he had three children at Birmingham, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Grove.  However, it is now confirmed that Minnie Grove actually married Edward Angel Collett [2Q3i], as confirmed at their marriage and at the baptism of their youngest son (3) Robert Arnold Collett [2R9i] on 21st April 1946, following his birth on 8th February 1946 at Birmingham.  The couple’s two other older Birmingham-born children were (1) Maureen Ann Collett [2R7i] (born in 1937) and (2) Michael J Collett [2R8i] (born in 1942).

 

 

 

In addition to all of the above, the discovery in 2012 of the Will of Albert Edward Collett [2Q3ii] of 48 Nicholls Street in West Bromwich should not be confused with this Albert Edward Collett.  The probate process at Birmingham on 3rd October 1952 gave the date that he died as 1st August 1952 at Hallam Hospital in West Bromwich, his widow as Mabel Eveline Collett, when his estate was valued at £2,121 10 Shillings 5d.

 

 

 

 

2Q4

Hilda Annie Collett was born at Ladywood in Birmingham in 1909, her birth recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 17) during the second quarter of 1909.  She was two years of age at the time of the census in April 1911 when she was living with her family in Ladywood.  Later in her life, she and her brother Leonard (above) followed in the footsteps of their older brother Jack (above) by emigrating to New Zealand, where Hilda married Murray.  The couple had three children, although the two sons had already passed away by 2008.  At that time Hilda’s daughter Marie was still living at Levin in New Zealand, where her parents had lived prior to their passing.

 

 

 

 

2Q7

Arthur Collett was born in Birmingham on 28th July 1921, the eldest of the three children of Albert Edward Collett by his second wife Ruth Hannah Woodall.  It was at Birmingham register office that his birth was recorded (Ref. 6d 432) during the third quarter of 1921, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Woodall.  It was also during that same, his eldest half-brother, John Brain Collett (above), emigrated to New Zealand, who was followed there by other family members.  It was also expected that Arthur would join them they once he was old enough to do so.  However, with the outbreak of war in 1939, that did not happen.  At that time Arthur joined the British Army and played an active part in the Second World War, possibly in the Middle East and/or Far East.  What is known is, that after the war, he was stationed with the army in India.  He was married twice during his life, resulting in two families.  While his second wife was certainly Jeanette, there were two marriages for an Arthur Collett and a Jeanette, both of them recorded at Southampton.  The first of them was Jeanette S E Strange to whom he was married during the third quarter of 1966, the event recorded at Southampton register office (Ref. 6b 1958).  The second more curious, because it was Jeanette F M Collett, the event recorded during the fourth quarter of 1986 (Ref. 20 867).  It was also at Southampton, that the death of Arthur Collett was recorded there (Ref. 5002d d53a) early in 1997.  His widow survived for a further eleven years and, in 2008, Jeanette Collett was a widow living at Botley in Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

2Q8

Walter R Collett was born at Birmingham, where his birth was recorded during the third quarter of 1923 (Ref. 6d 333), his mother’s maiden name being Woodall.  He too remained behind in Birmingham, with his father, after some of his half-siblings emigrated to New Zealand.  The marriage of Walter R Collett and Elizabeth (Betty) R Perks was recorded at Ludlow in Shropshire (Ref. 9a 317) during the second quarter of 1952.  The births of their two known children were also recorded at Ludlow register office, when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Perks.  Walter and Betty were still residing in Ludlow during 2008.

 

 

 

2R10

Josephine R Collett

Born in 1954 at Ludlow, Salop.

 

2R11

Alan F Collett

Born in 1958 at Ludlow, Salop.

 

 

 

 

2Q9

Estelle E M Collett, who was referred to as Stella, was born at Birmingham and was the third and last child of John Brain Collett and his second wife Ruth Hannah Woodall.  Her birth was recorded at the Birmingham North register office (Ref. 6d 524) during the second quarter of 1926, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Woodall.  Much later in her life, when she was in her mid-twenties, she emigrated to New Zealand around 1951.  And it was in New Zealand that Stella was married and where she and her husband raised their three children.

 

 

 

 

2Q10

Edna Collett was born in the Birmingham district of Kings Norton, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6d 155) during the first three months of 1921, the only known child of Walter Raymond Collett from Upper Slaughter in Gloucestershire and his wife Bertha Levy from Birmingham.  It is likely that Edna married one of the following two men; John J Fallon, recorded at Birmingham during the fourth quarter of 1946 (Ref. 9c 911), or Walter Jones, that marriage recorded at Birmingham (Ref. 9c 1521) during the third quarter of 1953.

 

 

 

 

2Q11

Anthony John Brain Collett was given the names of his paternal great grandfather, and was born at Upper Slaughter in 1931, the son of Francis George Brain Collett.  His birth was recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold (Ref. 6a 549) during the first three months of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was said to be Long.  Anthony it known to have continued the family building and property maintenance business established by his grandfather Francis William Collett in 1890.  It was during the last three months of 1959 when the marriage of Anthony J B Collett and Poppy M Wells was recorded at Warwick register office (Ref. 9c 1927).  The birth of their two sons were recorded at the North Cotswold register office when, on each occasion, the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Wells.  In 2011 contact was made with the company at Upper Slaughter where Anthony, aged 80, still managed the business, aided by his two sons Peter and John.  After the Second World War, Tony’s father carved a wooden plaque on which Tony then hand-painted the names of the 36 men and women of the village of Upper Slaughter who safely returned from the conflict, one of only a few villages to enjoy a safe return for all of their serving men and women.  Also, after the war, Tony entered the Royal Marines for his two years' National Service, and on Remembrance Day 1950 he was in uniform in Whitehall as the King laid a wreath at the Cenotaph.

 

 

 

2R12

John Brain Collett

Born in 1960 at Upper Slaughter

 

2R13

Peter William Collett

Born in 1962 at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2Q12

George William Collett was born at Upper Slaughter during 1951, the son of Francis George Brain Collett and his second wife Phyllis Parr.  The record of his birth was recorded at North Cotswold register office (Ref. 7b 637) during the fourth quarter of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Parr.  George and his mother, Phyllis Collett Tyler, attended the Collett Reunion in Shepton Mallet in 2006, and around 2005 he was living in Watford, but sometime after that he moved to Thornbury, just north of Bristol.  His mother did a tremendous amount of work on researching the Collett family of her first husband and, following her death in 2011, that was passed to George who hopes to publish it in due course.  The marriage of George W Collett and Ann C Gittins was recorded at the North Cotswold register office (Ref. 22 1814) during the spring of 1974.  By the time the couple’s children were born, they were living in Derbyshire, the births of their two known children recorded at Chesterfield register office in 1978 (Ref. 6 236) during the summer, and in the early months of 1980 (Ref. 6 313).  On both occasions the children’s mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Gittins.

 

 

 

2R14

Katharine Ellen Collett

Born in 1974 at Chesterfield

 

2R15

Jonathan George Collett

Born in 1980 at Chesterfield

 

 

 

 

2Q13

Christian McLaren Thomson Collett was born at Astley, near Stourport, in 1915, the eldest on the three children of Jesse Collett and Jane Robb Thomson, her birth recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 163) during the last quarter of the year, where his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Thomson.    It was during the Second World War when Christian M T Collett married Ronald S Williams, the event recorded at Alcester register office (Ref. 6d 2767) during the second quarter of 1942.  Ronald was serving with the Royal Air Force as a squadron leader of a bomber squadron who tragically, was killed in action just over a year later, on 14th July 1943, and sadly after the birth of his son.  The birth of Ian R Williams was recorded at Alcester register office (Ref. 6d 1764) during the second quarter of 1943, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Collett.  It is understood that he passed away during 1999. 

 

 

 

 

2Q15

George Robert Thomson Collett, who was known as Bob, was born at Astley near Stourport on 17th November 1923, the only son and third child of Jesse Collett and Jane Robb Thomson.  His birth was recorded at Worcester register office (Ref. 6c 171).  It was in 1935 that his parents returned to Coughton and Parkfield House, where the Collett family had farmed since September 1891.  He later married Ann Josephine Allen during 1950, the event recorded at Alcester register office (Ref. 9c 13) during the quarter of that year, where the births of the couple’s first two children were recorded.  Thereafter, the family moved to Birmingham, where their last three children were born.  George Robert Thomson Collett passed away during the summer of 2004, his death recorded at Redditch register office (Ref. 522/1 14b).

 

 

 

2R16

Martin Robert Collett

Born in 1951 at Coughton (Alcester)

 

2R17

Neville John Collett

Born in 1953 at Coughton (Alcester)

 

2R18

Geoffrey Edward Collett

Born in 1956 at Birmingham

 

2R19

Richard Thomas Collett

Born in 1960 at Birmingham

 

2R20

Alexander George Collett

Born in 1970 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

2Q16

Rita Gwendoline Collett was born on 3rd June 1920,at Alcester in 1920, the eldest of the seven children of Otto Collett and Dorothy G Gibbs who were only married a short while before the birth of Rita, which was recorded at Alcester register office (Ref. 6d 1940) during the second quarter of 1920, when the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Gibbs.  By the time she was fifteen years of age, Rita and her family were farming in Kent.  However, it may well have been Rita who was the first member of her family who returned to the Midlands, where it is known her parents left Kent for, a few years after the end of the Second World War.  It was at Wolverhampton register office (Ref. 6b 1734), during the second quarter of 1942, when Rita G Collett was 22, where her marriage to Samuel J A Chetter was recorded.  At some time during her married life, Rita is believed to have work at, or managed, a small shop in Bicester, and it was certainly at Oxford register office (Ref. 70 21d) where the death of Rita Gwendoline Chetter was recorded during the early months of 1997.

 

 

 

 

2Q17

George Otto Collett was born on 22nd August 1921, the eldest of the two sons amongst the five daughters of farmer Otto Collett and his wife Dorothy.  His birth was recorded at Alcester (Ref. 6d 1665) during the third quarter of 1921, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Gibbs.  When he was fourteen years of age, his father took the family from Warwickshire to another farm in Kent and, it was at Bromley in Kent, where the marriage of George O Collett and Katie L Roffey was recorded (Ref. 5b 269) during the last quarter of 1946.  Six years later, for the birth of the couple’s first child, George and Katie were living within the catchment area of the town of Northampton, where the birth of Ian R Collett was recorded.  After a further seven years, George and his family were living within the area of his birth, which may well have coincided with an earlier move back to Warwickshire by his parents and other siblings.  It was also at Alcester register office that the birth of his youngest son was recorded.  It is understood, that some years later, the four of them were living in the neighbouring county of Worcester, where George’s youngest son was married in 1981.  It was also at Worcester, twenty years later, where George Otto Collett died on 1st December 2001

 

 

 

2R21

Ian R Collett

Born in 1952 at Northampton

 

2R22

Anthony P Collett

Born in 1959 at Alcester

 

 

 

 

2Q18

Ina Margaret Collett was born at Alcester where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6d 1412) during the second quarter of 1924, the third of the seven children of Otto and Dorothy Collett.  When she was eleven-years-old, her family settled in Kent and later returned to Warwickshire, but before that return to the county of her birth, the marriage of Ina M Collett and Charles R Godwin was recorded at Staines register office (Ref. 3a 145) during the third quarter of 1945.  They lived in North Moreton, near Didcot in Berkshire, but were later divorced during the late 1970s and early 1980s, after which Ina moved to Worcester.  While they were still living together in Berkshire, both of them were employed at Atomic Energy Research Institute at Harwell, near Didcot, where Ina worked as a secretary who, later in her life, used her typing skills to work from home for students in Worcester.  And it was also at Worcester where Ina Margaret Godwin died on 1st April 2007, at the age of 83.

 

 

 

 

2Q19

Gladys Monica Collett was born at Alcester on 10th February 1926, another daughter of farmer Otto Collett and his wife Dorothy.  Her birth was recorded at Alcester register office (Ref. 6d 1352) during the first three months of 1926, when her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Gibbs.  Gladys M Collett married Bertram H Horton at Birmingham where the event was recorded during the second quarter of 1952.  It is understood that they never had any children and, just like her sister Ina (above), the marriage of Monica (as she was known) and Bert ended in divorced.  In fact, following her death by an act of suicide, it was as Monica Gladys Horton that her tragic end was recorded at Birmingham during the first months of 1993.

 

 

 

 

2Q20

Mavis Dorothy Collett was born in 1928 and, like all of her six siblings, her birth was also recorded at Alcester register office (Ref. 6d 1380) during the second quarter of the year.  She was seven years, when the family moved to Kent although, by the end of the 1940s, the family had returned to Warwickshire and had settled in Birmingham.  As a result of that return to the Midlands, it was at Birmingham register office (Ref. 9c 78) that the marriage of Mavis D Collett and Raymond J L Power was recorded during the third quarter of 1949.  It was also there, during the next year, that Mavis’ sister Pat (below) was married.  The marriage of Mavis and Ray provided the couple with two children while they were living in Birmingham, Hilary J Power (born in 1958) and Gillian Power (born in 1961).  Raymond John L Power was born on 22nd December 1925 and died during the summer of 1997, his death recorded at Solihull register office (Ref. 07 31a).  It seems likely that Mavis survived her husband by some years, as she was no longer alive by 2020.

 

 

 

 

2Q21

Patricia M Collett was born at Alcester, with her birth also recorded there (Ref. 6c 1269) during the first quarter of 1930, the youngest daughter of Otto and Dorothy Collett.  At the age of five years, the family travelled to Kent, where they farmed until the late 1940s, when they returned to live within the Birmingham area of Warwickshire.  The marriage of Patricia M Collett and Lawrence R Bevington was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 9c 1128) during the third quarter of 1950, and only ten months after her sister Mavis (above) was also married there.  The couple’s two sons are Andrew L Bevington (born on 13th February 1959) and Martyn N Bevington (born on 1st August 1962).  Lawrence Reynolds Bevington was born on 17th February 1924 and he died in Birmingham on 1st December 2001.

 

 

 

 

2Q22

John Malcolm Collett was the last of the seven children of Otto Collett, a farmer, and Dorothy G Gibbs.  He was born at Alcester on 29th March 1932, his birth recorded there (Ref. 6d 1345) during the second quarter of the year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Gibbs.  John was around three years old, when the family moved from Warwickshire to Kent, where his father continued as a farmer.  It is known that his married older brother George (above) returned to Warwickshire near the end of the 1950s, as did his parents.  John was twenty-seven when he married Dorothy Mabel Frankland at Clitheroe on 24th October 1959, the event recorded at Clitheroe register office (Ref. 10c 118).  Dorothy was born at Clitheroe, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 8e 103) during the first quarter of 1932, where her mother’s maiden name was recorded as Bryan.  During the first three years of their marriage, Dorothy gave birth to two sons, both of them born at Templecombe in Somerset.  John served with the Royal Air Force, starting as a mechanic, and progressing to the rank of chief technician, during which time he was stationed  initially at Yeovilton, Famagusta and Nicosia during the mid-1960s), Lyneham, Masirah in Oman  for a nine-month unaccompanied tour during the mid-1970s, Hullavington, and Northern Ireland.  Upon completing his service with the RAF in 1986/87 the family moved to Hemswell Cliff in Lincolnshire.  The death of John Malcolm Collett was recorded at Lincoln register office (Ref. 61 91a) during the spring of 1994, when he was 62, and seventeen years after, Dorothy Mabel Collett passed away during the month of September in 2011.  It is thanks to their son Chris who, in 2020, kindly provided new details for his father and his six older siblings.  At this time Chris is living at Stonehaven, near Aberdeen, with his wife of thirty-one years.

 

 

 

2R23

David John Collett

Born on 02.02.1961 at Templecombe

 

2R24

Christopher Paul Collett

Born on 20.10.1962 at Templecombe

 

 

 

 

2Q23

Violet Winifred E C Collett was born at Gloucester on 31st March 1901, her birth being registered there during the June quarter of that year, the eldest child of Albert Henry Collett and his wife Rosina A Lewis.  It is highly likely that she was born at 49 Sherborne Street in the Kingsholm district of Gloucester St Marks, where her parents were recorded as visitors in the March census of 1901, which also took place on that same date, perhaps indicating that Violet was born immediately after the census return had been completed.  Around 1906 or 1907 her family moved to Wales, and it was at 23 Dolphin Street in Newport in Monmouthshire, that she was living with her parents in April 1911 when she was 10 years old.

 

 

 

It was ten years later at Newport at the end of June in 1921 that Violet married Henry Gregory Flage with whom she had nine children.  It was at Newport also that the marriage was registered during the third quarter of that year.  Violet and Harry, as her husband was generally known, lived at Newport where all of their children were born.  Their children were, Violet Rosina Elizabeth Flage, known as Rosy (1921-1983), who married Leonard H Walker at Newport in 1943, Hannah P Flage (born in 1923), William Mervyn Thomas Flage, known as Billy, (1927-1983), Bessie Eleanor Flage (born in 1931), who married Llewellyn Francis Jenkins at Newport in 1951, Barbara Flage (born in 1934), Nora Lorraine Flage (1936-2001), Jean A Flage who was born in 1941 who married Brian Walker at Newport in 1959, and Janet Flage (born in 1944) who married Julian E Cueto at Newport in 1965.

 

 

 

Billy Flage, who was born at Newport in 1927, emigrated to Australia in 1966 as part of the ‘ten-pound pom’ deal, and it was while he was living in Brisbane that he died in 1983.  William Mervyn Thomas Flage was the father-in-law of Jenny Flage of Canberra in Australia who kindly provided the details regarding the children of Violet Collett and Harry Flage, Jenny having married Billy’s son John Flage.  Henry Gregory Flage was born at Cardiff on 6th June 1900, and he died at Newport during the September quarter of 1972.  However, he had been a widower for the last twenty-five years of his life, when his wife Violet Winifred E C Flage nee Collett died at Newport during the third quarter of 1947 at the relatively young age of 46.

 

 

 

 

2Q24

Ella Agnes Collett was born at Gloucester during the first three months of 1903, the daughter of Albert and Rosina Collett.  When she was around three years of age, her family left Gloucester when they moved to South Wales, and in 1911 the family was living a 23 Dolphin Street in Newport, where Ella Collett was eight years old.  She married Arthur David Davies who may have been the brother of Pearl Davies who married Ella’s younger brother Albert (below).  They were married at Newport during the September quarter of 1926, while Arthur had been born at Newport during the last three months of 1902.  The couple lived at Newport where their two children were born, the first born during the second quarter of 1927.  Ella Agnes Davies nee Collett died in East Glamorgan during the first quarter of 1941, while it was twenty years after her death that her husband Arthur passed away at Caerleon in Monmouthshire in 1961 at the age of 58.

 

 

 

Both of Ella’s children were still alive in 2015, as confirmed by Dai Davies, the son of Arthur David Davies, who kindly provided the photograph taken at the wedding of his grandparents Ella Agnes Collet and Arthur David Davies (below).  In the centre of the picture is Ella’s father Albert Henry Collett.

 

 

 

2R25

Patricia Davies

Born in 1927 at Newport

 

2R26

Arthur David Davies

Born in 1930 at Newport

 

 

 

 

2Q25

Mervyn Stephen A Collett was born at Gloucester on 16th March 1905, his birth being registered there (Ref. 6a 87) during the second quarter of 1905.  Not long after he was born his father’s work took the family to Newport in South Wales, where they were residing at 23 Dolphin Street in April 1911 when Mervyn was six years old.  He was the eldest son of Albert Henry and Rosina Collett and he married Hannah (Nancy) Cross at Newport, where the marriage was recorded (Ref. 11a 553) during the last three months of 1928, when he was confirmed as Mervyn S A Collett.  Hannah had been born at Pontypool in 1910 and, once married, the couple lived in Pontnewynydd, where their three children were born, when their births were recorded at nearby Pontypool.  At some time during his life Mervyn was a merchant navy seaman Mervyn, as confirmed by his service record which contained his date of birth and indicated that he signed up on leaving school.  The same record also suggested that he left the service in 1941.  Stephen A Collett died at Newport in 1982, his passing recorded there (Ref. 28 97) during the final three months of that year, while his wife outlived him by a further seventeen years when she died during the summer of 1999.

 

 

 

2R27

Joan Collett

Born in 1929 at Pontypool; infant death

 

2R28

Violet Reddy (adopted)

Date of birth unknown

 

2R29

John Collett

Born in 1932 at Pontypool

 

 

 

 

2Q26

William Collett was born at Newport not long after his family settled there after moving from Gloucester in the previous year.  His birth was registered at Newport during the first three months of 1907, as confirmed by the census in 1911, when he was recorded as being four years old while living with his family at 23 Dolphin Street in Newport.  He was referred to as Bill and he married Edith Berry at Newport during the final three months of 1930.  Edith was born at Newport in 1908, and it was also there that the couple lived and where their two children were born, the first during the latter three months of the following year.  The couple’s whole life appears to have been spent living together in Newport, since it was there that their deaths were recorded in 1972 for Edith and in 1994 for William.

 

 

 

2R30

Elaine R Collett

Born in 1931 at Newport

 

2R31

Bertram John Collett

Born in 1937 at Newport

 

 

 

 

2Q27

Arthur Stephen Collett was born at Newport on 28th May 1909, his birth recorded there (Ref. 11a 2).  He was twenty-seven, when the marriage of Arthur S Collett and Lilian L Hillman was recorded at Newport register office (Ref. 11a 44) during the last three months of 1936.  It was also at Newport that the births of their three children were recorded.  The family group picture was taken at Newport after the birth of their daughter, being held by her mother.  Daughter Shirley appears to be around one-year-old, dating the picture around 1939.  Seated is Arthur’s mother Rosina Collett to the left of whom is her grandson David Davies, the son of Ella Davies nee Collett (above).  Arthur is standing at the back behind his wife Lily.  It is unclear who the child is sitting on the table.

 

 

 

2R32

Arthur Stephen Collett

Born in 1837 at Newport

 

2R33

Shirley Collett

Born in 1938 at Newport

 

2R34

Robert Anthony Collett

Born in 1948 at Newport

 

 

 

 

2Q28

Lewis George Collett was born at Newport on 15th July 1911, the sixth child of Albert Henry Collett and his wife Rosina A Lewis.  He married Irene Beatrice Argust who was born in Wales on 2nd April 1911, the daughter of Thomas John Argust and Matilda Watts Pearce.  Curiously, the couple was married in London, with the marriage of Lewis G Collett and Irene B Argust recorded at Paddington register office (Ref. 1a 124) during the second quarter of 1934.  After that event, the pair of them left their families in South Wales, when they moved north to the West Midlands, making their home at Shard End in Birmingham, where their five children were born.  Sadly, they lost their first child, when he was only four years of age, in tragic accident on the canal.

 

 

 

Lewis was a man of tall statue and as such it was an obvious choice that he joined the Welsh Guards.  However, an altercation with a superior officer resulted in him being given a dishonourable discharge.  Lewis George Collett died at Birmingham on 13th June 1986, following which Irene lived the life of a widow for a further seventeen years before she died in September 2003 also at Birmingham.

 

 

 

2R35

Lewis Alan Collett

Born in 1934 at Birmingham; died 1939

 

2R36

Derek George Collett

Born in 1937 at Birmingham

 

2R37

Sheila Marion Collett

Born in 1938 at Birmingham

 

2R38

Patricia Ella Collett

Born in 1941 at Birmingham

 

2R39

Adrian Norman Collett

Born in 1949 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

2Q29

Nora L Collett was born at Newport on 13th June 1913, the younger daughter of Albert and Rosina Collett.  The marriage of Nora L Collett and Leslie G Faulkner was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 123) during the second quarter of 1938.  It was around four years earlier that Nora moved to the Birmingham area, when her older brother Lewis (above) and his wife set up home there.  Once married, Leslie and Nora made their home in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham, where their two children were born.  They were Patricia E Faulkner (born 1939) and Christopher Faulkner.  Nora was a real character and one of her quirkier aspects was that she was never known to address her brothers’ wives by their married name of Collett.  Instead she always referred her sisters-in-law by their maiden names.

 

 

 

 

2Q30

Bertram Henry F Collett, who was known as Bertie, was born at Newport on 2nd June 1915 and was the youngest child of Albert Henry Collett and Rosina A Lewis.  His birth was recorded at the Newport register office (Ref. 11a 48).  It was at Birmingham during the last three months of 1937 that he married Pearl E Davies (Ref. 6d 39), after which the couple returned to Newport where all of their seven children were born.  Pearl was also from South Wales, having been born at Abergavenny in Gwent during the last quarter of 1918 (Ref. 11a 66).  Bertram H F Collett died at Newport, where his death was recorded at the Newport register office during the first three months of 1972 (Ref. 8c 103).

 

 

 

2R40

Hannah P D Collett

Born in 1939 at Newport

 

2R41

Bertram Thomas Collett

Born in 1940 at Newport

 

2R42

George H Collett

Born in 1943 at Newport

 

2R43

John Collett

Born in 1947 at Newport

 

2R44

Catherine M Collett

Born in 1951 at Newport

 

2R45

Paul Collett

Born in 1953 at Newport

 

2R46

Christine A Collett

Born in 1955 at Newport

 

 

 

 

2Q31

Ella Winifred Bizley was born in Swindon on 17th February 1909, the eldest child of Nellie Winifred Collett and her husband Edward Bizley.  She never married and was living in Devizes when she died between July and September 1974.  Twenty-five years earlier Ella and her sister Nora (below) were named as the joint executors of her mother’s Will, which was proved at Gloucester on 20th October 1959.

 

 

 

 

2Q32

Edward Bizley was born at Swindon on 5th May 1912 and was named after his father.  The photograph here shows Edward circa 1920 with his mother Nellie Bizley nee Collett and his sisters Nora and Ella.  Edward was a sailor with the Royal Navy and on 24th May 1941 his battleship HMS Hood was engaged in a sea battle with the German battleship Bismarck in the Denmark Straits between Greenland and Iceland.  As a result of the ensuing battle HMS Hood was sunk with the loss of all hands.  Three days later the Bismarck was engaged in another battle and that time it was the German ship which was sunk, on only the ninth day of its maiden voyage.

 

 

 

 

2Q33

Nora Bizley was born at Swindon on 13th March 1914, the youngest of the three children of Nellie and Edward Bizley.  Just like her older sister Ella (above), Nora never married and died at Barnstaple during the last three months of 1971.  The two spinster sisters were named as the joint executors of their mother’s Will in 1959.

 

 

 

 

2Q34

Ruby Lillian Maud Collett was born on 9th February 1917 at Devizes in Wiltshire and she later married James Albert Longley on 26th April 1941 at Sheffield.  Their only daughter was born at Sheffield and it was there also that James Albert Longley died on 19th November 1988.

 

 

 

2R47

Jacquelyn Longley

Born in 1945 at Sheffield

 

 

 

 

2Q36

Arthur William Henry Collett was born on 16th October 1921 at Sheffield, where he married Elizabeth (Betty) Bartholomew on 26th June 1946.  Betty was born during the last three months of 1921, her birth being recorded at Barnsley.  Arthur’s occupation was that of fitter with the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) at Sheffield, where the couple’s only daughter was born.  It was also at Sheffield that he died on 13th October 1975.

 

 

 

2R48

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1953 at Sheffield

 

 

 

 

2Q37

Charles Fredrick Collett was born on 12th November 1923 at Sheffield where he later married Elizabeth (Betty) Stamp on 28th September 1946.  His occupation was engine driver with the LMS Railway in Sheffield, and it was there that his daughter was born.

 

 

 

2R49

Judith Collett

Born in 1948 at Sheffield

 

 

 

 

2Q38

Glenna Collett was born at Sheffield on 11th July 1925, but it was at Swindon that she married Robert Lawson on 19th March 1949 and where both of their children were born.  Glenna Lawson née Collett was still living in Swindon when she died on Thursday 18th April 2019, at the age of 93.  The funeral service took place at St Barnabas Church in the Gorse Hill area of Swindon on 24th May.

 

 

 

The unusual name of Glenna was chosen by her parents after the American Hall of Fame Golfer Glenna Collett (1903-1989) who was born in New Haven in Connecticut.  She was the winner of six US Women’s Championships, the second being in July 1925 immediately prior to the birth of our Glenna.  During the previous year she created an astonishing record by winning 59 out of the 60 events she entered, the only defeat being on the final hole in the 1924 US Championship.  She married Edwin H Vare Junior with whom she had two children, and as Glenna Collett-Vare she was a member of the victorious US team that won the Curtis Cup at Wentworth in 1934 and was player-captain of the team in 1934, ‘36 and ‘38 and again in 1948.

 

 

 

2R50

Yvonne C Lawson

Born in 1956 at Swindon

 

2R51

Wayne Stephen R Lawson

Born in 1959 at Swindon

 

 

 

 

2Q39

Mervyn Collett was born at Sheffield on 12th July 1928, the youngest son of Arthur Stephen Alan Collett of Swindon and his wife Mary Maud Bigwood from Devizes.  He was eleven years old at the outbreak of World War Two and, with Sheffield being a target for the German bombing, Mervyn was sent to live with his mother’s married sister Lillian and her husband Percy at their home in Devizes.  It was therefore while he was at Devizes that he received his secondary education, and for many years thereafter he kept in touch with his Devizes school friends and he and his family would meet up with them and other members of the Collett and Bigwood families in Wiltshire.

 

 

 

After the war Mervyn returned to his home town of Sheffield, from where he joined the merchant navy.  He later married Patricia Beverley at Sheffield on 14th February 1953 and, following his time as a merchant seaman, he became an engineering manager at Cintride Limited at Shiregreen in Sheffield.  It was also in Sheffield that the couple’s three daughters were born.  Mervyn Collett died at Sheffield on 28th April 1983 at the age of 54.  In 2011 Patricia Collett nee Beverley was still living in Sheffield and was the proud owner of the China Medal awarded to Royal Navy seaman William Collett from Bibury, her late husband’s grandfather.

 

 

 

2R52

Gillian Beverley Collett

Born in 1955 at Sheffield

 

2R53

Susan Ann Collett

Born in 1957 at Sheffield

 

2R54

Diane Patricia Collett

Born in 1962 at Sheffield

 

 

 

 

2Q40

Patricia Mary Collett was born at Sheffield on 24th September 1930, although it was at Swindon that she married Peter Sidney Hammans on 28th August 1954.  The family lived at 6 Briery Close at Stratton St Margaret near Swindon for much of their later life and from where Peter Sidney Hammans died on 9th November 1994.

 

 

 

2R55

Teresa Karen Hammans

Born in 1958 at Swindon

 

2R56

Elaine Mary Hammans

Born in 1962 at Swindon