PART TWO

 

The Second Gloucestershire Line - 1890 to 2010

 

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

 

Updated July 2017

 

Some past information has been kindly provided by

Brian Alfred Prescott (Ref. 2R51) of Lowton near Warrington

and Bob Collett (Ref. 2R28) of Australia, while it is Brian who

has provided the bulk of the new details for the April 2013 update

 

Earlier information was also received from Bob Collett in Australia,

Andy Collett (Ref. 2S16) of Solihull and his Australian cousin Karen Rowan (Ref. 2S17)

 

 

 

2P85

Adelaide Rose Collett was born in Kensington in 1889 as confirmed by the census of 1891 when she was one year old and two years later her mother died.  So 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) went to live at Portsmouth with their brother Stanley.  This was confirmed by the April census of 1911 when all three on them were living there, and Adelaide Rose Collett was 21. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime later, perhaps when Stanley became a married man and her brother Bryan passed away, 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 was 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 who was born at Cardiff in 1919 and who went on to marry George Welford, Harold who was born in 1920, and Else 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P86

Bryan Collett was born in Kensington in 1891 and was nine years old by March 1901 when he was living with his widowed father and his brothers and sisters at 86 Leathwaite Road in Clapham.  About four or five years after the death of his mother, Bryan’s father died in during the first quarter of 1902.  At that time in his life he and his siblings were looked after by the two oldest siblings, they being Elizabeth and Algernon.  The young family continued to live together like that in London until both Elizabeth and Algernon met their respective husband and wife, at which time Bryan and his sister Adelaide (above) moved to Portsmouth to live with their brother Stanley (above), as verified by the Portsmouth census of 1911 when Bryan was 19.  Tragically it was later that same year that Bryan Collett died, presumably while he was still living in Portsmouth, although the cause of death is not known.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P88

Frances Collett was born in London and may have been the child of Percy Collett by his second wife, his first wife having died during the third quarter of 1893.  The reason for thinking this is that the birth of Frances Collett did not take place until the second quarter of 1895, when it was registered at St Pancras, most likely indicating that she was born that same year rather than much earlier.  It was the census in 1901 which has caused confusion over her year of birth, since at that time she was seven years of age, pointing towards her being born in 1893 or 1894.  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.  This 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P92

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, age 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P93

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.  Perhaps for reasons of over-crowding in the family home, by the time of the next census in 1871, 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, age 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 Collet (sic), age 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 married Jane Henrietta Lambert at Sevenoaks in Kent, where the event was recorded (Ref. 2a 966), although the groom was incorrectly named as William Kouben Collett.  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 the 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 third child was born four years later.

 

 

 

 

 

The Brighton census in 1891 listed the family as William R Collett, age 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 that the family was residing in March 1901.  Once again the census confirmed that William was involved in the grocery business, 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, age 42, and their four children on that occasion were Cecil L Collett age 13, Percy H Collett age 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 the Eton area of Buckinghamshire near Windsor.  [Following the boundary changes in 1974 Eton became part of the Royal County of Berkshire].  It was at Eton that the family was located in April 1911 when the census return recorded the family as William Reuben Collett who was 51, Jane Henrietta Collett who was 52, Cecil Lambert Collett who was 23, Percy Herbert Collett who was 22, Dorothy Kathleen who was 15 and Marjorie Lucy Collett who was 11.

 

 

 

 

 

The couple appear to have lived out the rest of their life together in the Eton area 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 eventually left the Eton and moved the short distance north to Burnham in Buckinghamshire.  After twenty-five years as a 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 at the age of 92.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q94

Cecil Lambert Collett

Born in 1887 at Brighton

 

 

2Q95

Percy Herbert Collett

Born in 1888 at Brighton

 

 

2Q96

Dorothy Kathleen Collett

Born in 1895 at Brighton

 

 

2Q97

Marjorie Lucy Collett

Born in 1899 at Hastings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P94

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 1910 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 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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P95

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 Collitt (sic) 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P96

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, age 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, seven miles north-west of Durham, during the third quarter of 1903.  Once married the couple settled 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 alive by April 1911.  However, further children may have been added to the family after that year.  The census in 1911 placed the family residing at 2 Antliff Terrace, a three-roomed accommodation, in Annfield Plain within the parish of Lanchester, 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabella Strawbridge was 26 in March 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.  So when Isabella married Alfred she brought with her into his home the three children from her first marriage.  The census return indicated that it was during 1895 when Isabella had married William Ward, and that her child by him were J Strawbridge aged 14 who was working with his stepfather at Bank Colliery.  Her two younger children were both attending school and they were W Strawbridge who was 12 and S Strawbridge who was nine. Alfred J Collett was still living within the parish of Lanchester of County Durham when he died during the second quarter of 1937 when he was 71.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q98

Margaret Collett

Born in 1903 at Annfield Plain

 

 

2Q99

a Collett child – an infant death

Born in 1905 at Annfield Plain

 

 

2Q100

Isabella Collett

Born in 1907 at Annfield Plain

 

 

2Q101

a Collett child – an infant death

Born in 1909 at Annfield Plain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P97

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Around the mid-to-late 1890s Elizabeth Annie Collett married Arthur Arnold 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P98

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.  So either she had died by then or had married before reaching adult age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P99

Alwyn Collett was born at Great Rissington during the first three months of 1874, the birth being recorded at Stow-on-the-Wold.  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 Cornforth where he was living in March 1901.  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 railways.

 

 

 

 

 

Just five years later, Alwyn Collett of Great Rissington married 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 near Sedgefield, where she very likely met Alwyn.  The subsequent census for Darlington in 1911 recorded the family of three as Alwyn Collett, who was 37, Beatrice Ottrick (Othick) Collett, who was 28, and Major Edwin Collett who was three years old.  Further children may have been added to the family over the following years, while it was at York that the death of Alwyn Collett was recorded during the second quarter of 1937.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q102

Major Edwin Collett

Born in 1907 at Cornforth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P100

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P101

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P102

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 this 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, age 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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q103

Rowland A Collett

Born in 1890 at Southall, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P103

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 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 possibly shortening of Gloucestershire.

 

 

 

 

 

Ernest was still a bachelor in 1891 when the census that year placed him living within the Lambeth & Kennington Second registration district of London.  It was as Ernest A Collett, age 23, and from Upper Slaughter that he was recorded on the census return.  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 during the final three months of 1896.  Once married the couple settled in Battersea where the only known child was born almost exactly nine months later.

 

 

 

 

 

And it was at Battersea that the family of three was living in March 1901.  The census on that occasion recorded them as Ernest A Collett, age 33 and from Upper Slaughter, whose occupation was that of an architect’s assistant, his wife Grace Collett age 27 of Ninfield in Sussex, and their son Alan Collett who was three years old.  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 married at 37, when she was staying at 78 Alfred Road in Hastings the home of Benjamin Bourne, age 67, 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 within the Driffield area of the East Riding of Yorkshire to the south-west of Bridlington.  The Driffield registration district census return in 1911 listed the two of them as Ernest Austin Collett from Upper Slaughter who was 43 and 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 at Ninfield towards the end of the Second World War 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 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, while her address was recorded as Houblon in Ninfield.  

 

 

 

 

 

Eleven years later the death of Ernest Austin Collett was recorded at Hailsham register office during the September 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 women, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q104

Alan Collett

Born in 1897 at Battersea, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P104

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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P105

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 this 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.  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 One at the end of this file.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q105

Kenneth Norton Collett

Born in 1903 at Chipping Norton

 

 

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

 

 

2Q106

Clarice Wilmore Annie Collett

Born in 1914 at Coventry

 

 

2Q107

Norman James Stewart Collett

Born in 1919 at Coventry

 

 

2Q108

Marjorie Joyce Collett

Born in 1922 at Coventry

 

 

2Q109

James Collett

Born in 1926 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P106

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P107

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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q110

Alfred W Collett

Born in 1891 at Camberley, Surrey

 

 

2Q111

Kathleen Mary Collett

Born in 1896 at Camberley, Surrey

 

 

2Q112

Ernest Frederick Collett

Born in 1899 at Aldershot

 

 

2Q113

Harry Edward Collett

Born in 1901 at Aldershot

 

 

2Q114

Harold Percival Collett

Born in 1903 at Aldershot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P108

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 her maternal grandmother, both in 1901 and 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 living within the Stow-on-the-Wold registration district.  The family was then made up of Lewis Collett, age 45 and from Little Rissington, Blanche Kate Collett age 42, Blanche May Collett who was 13, William Seymons (sic) 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q115

Ruby Cornelia Collett

Born in 1895 at Little Rissington

 

 

2Q116

Blanche May Collett

Born in 1897 at Lower Slaughter

 

 

2Q117

William Seymour Collett

Born in 1900 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

2Q118

Charles Henry Collett

Born in 1903 at Bourton-on-the-Water

 

 

2Q119

Horace Lewis Collett

Born in 1910 at Stow-on-the-Wold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P109

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 with whom he had a daughter prior to the census in 1911.  By this time Alfred and his wife and daughter were living within the Strood registration area of Kent.  Alfred from Little Rissington was 42, his wife Annie was 29, and their daughter was just one year old, both females having been born in Kent.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q120

Norah Collett

Born in 1909 in Kent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P110

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P111

Edith (Florence) Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1872.  It was as Edith that she was recorded in the census of 1881 when she was eight years old and living at Little Rissington with her family.  Again in 1891 she was listed as Edith Collett from Little Rissington by which time she was in domestic service in the Paddington area of London at the age of 18.  She was still in London and unmarried in March 1901.  It was on that occasion she was described as Florence Collett who was 28 and from Little Rissington, who was employed as a housekeeper.  It is highly likely that Edith may have been with-child on the day of the census, upon discovery of which she made her way to Cheltenham, where her base-born daughter was born and later baptised.  At the time of the child’s baptism at All Saints Church in Cheltenham on 7th October 1901 her mother, Edith Collett – no father named, was 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime during the following years Edith was probably married since no record of her as Edith Collett has been found within the next census of 1911.  Instead, on the day of the census that year, her daughter was living with her maternal grandmother.  Dorothy Collett from Cheltenham was 10 years old when she was living at the Little Rissington home of the widow Eliza Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q121

Dorothy Collett

Born in 1901 at Cheltenham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P112

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P113

Edwin Collett was born at Little Rissington in 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 in Little Rissington.  The census return recorded that he was 34 years old, unmarried and living with his widowed mother Eliza, his brother Harold, and niece Dorothy.  Edwin Collett of Little Rissington was listed as having the occupation of that of a small-holder and a farmer having his own account working at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P114

Algernon Collett was born at Little Rissington in 1878, the last child born to Herbert Reuben and Eliza Collett.  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 Farnham in Surrey where their three known children were born, the first of them being after they had been married for just over nine months.  By the time of the census in April 1911 the family was still residing in Farnham.  Algernon was 33 and Susan 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 Kathleen Collett, the niece of Algernon Collett, who was 14 years old and had born at Camberley in Surrey, ten miles north of Farnham.  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.  Five days later 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.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q122

Harold Algernon Collett

Born in 1905 at Farnham, Surrey

 

 

2Q123

Walter Collett

Born in 1907 at Farnham, Surrey

 

 

2Q124

Ivy Collett

Born in 1909 at Farnham, Surrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P115

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 Collette (sic) 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 still living in 1891.

 

 

 

 

 

On that occasion the census in 1891 identified Albert J Collett, age 23, as an apprentice dentist living at 38 Southernhay West in Exeter, the home of dental surgeon Francis D Harris age 53 and from London. Francis had a wife and five children, the family being supported by three servants.  One difference from the earlier census information was that Albert gave his place of birth as Sandgate near Folkestone in Kent, rather than Sevenoaks.  A repeat of that detail in the next census in 1901 perhaps means that his parents only moved to Sevenoaks after he was born.

 

 

 

 

 

By the time of the next census in March 1901 Albert James Collett, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q125

Doris Evelyn Collett

Born in 1907 at Lewisham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P117

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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q126

Albert George Collett

Born in 1894 at Leighton Buzzard

 

 

2Q127

Walter James Collett

Born in 1897 at Leighton Buzzard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P118

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P119

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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P122

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 is unclear whether the marriage produced any more than the one child named at the time of the death of Henry James Allington Collett in 1957.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q128

Anthony Cresswell Collett

Born in 1922

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P123

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 age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P124

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 Daphney Collett, who was 37 and from Paddington, to whom he had been married for eleven years.  Their daughter was listed as Dorothy Violet Collett, age 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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q129

Dorothy Violet Collett

Born in March 1901 at Gillingham

 

 

2Q130

Frank Charles Collett

Born in 1905 at Gillingham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P125

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, age 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 this, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P126

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 was 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P127

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 age 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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P128

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, 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 parents appear to have passed away sometime before the turn of the century, as in 1901 Joseph and Elizabeth were living at her late parent’s family home in Harcourt Street, where Joseph Collett from Tamworth was still working as a warehouseman at the age of 29.  While living there his wife Elizabeth, age 25 and from Newark, continued to manage the corner grocer’s shop and off-licence at 1 Harcourt Street, which her father had operated prior to his death.  Living with the couple on that occasion was their first born child George W Collett who was one year old.  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.  So by 1911 the family recorded at Newark was made up of Joseph, who was 38, Elizabeth, who was 35, George William, who was eleven, Constance Ivy, who was eight, Winifred, who was six, and Gertrude who was three.  Sadly Elizabeth suffered with cirrhosis and dropsy, and died at Newark during March 1912, at the age of just 36.  Following her death Joseph left Newark and moved to Birmingham.  It was while he was living at Sycamore Road in the Aston area of the city twenty-five years later that he died on 18th November 1937 when he was 64.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q131

George William Collett

Born in 1899 at Newark

 

 

2Q132

Constance Ivy Collett

Born in 1903 at Newark

 

 

2Q133

Winifred Collett

Born in 1905 at Newark

 

 

2Q134

Lennard Collett

Born in 1906 at Newark

 

 

2Q135

Gertrude Collett

Born in 1908 at Newark

 

 

2Q136

Vera Collett

Born in 1910 at Newark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P129

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.

 

 

 

 

 

So 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.  This 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, this would appear to be a valid assumption.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q137

Annie Collett

Born in 1900 at Glascote in Tamworth

 

 

2Q138

Ethel Collett

Born in 1901 at Glascote in Tamworth

 

 

2Q139

Belinda Collett

Born in 1903 at Glascote in Tamworth

 

 

2Q140

Walter Frederick Edmund Collett

Born in 1905 at Glascote in Tamworth

 

 

2Q141

William Alfred Collett

Born in 1907 at Tamworth

 

 

2Q142

Rose Collett

Born in 1909 at Tamworth

 

 

2Q143

George Henry Collett

Born in 1911 at Kettlebrook in Tamworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P130

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 he was Lenord Collett, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P131

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, age 20, who was an apprentice wheelwright of Glascote.  Ten years later William Alfred Collett, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P132

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, age 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2Q144

Ernest Samuel Collett

Born in 1904 at Glascote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2P133

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 (previously Ref. 33Q38) who was referred to as Jack, was born at Ladywood in Birmingham on 14th May 1903.  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 on 26.10.1932 in New Zealand

 

2R2

Alan Maxwell Collett

Born on 29.12.1934 in New Zealand

 

2R3

Shirley Anne Collett

Born on 23.06.1936 in New Zealand

 

2R4

Jean Margaret Collett

Born on 28.05.1940 in New Zealand

 

2R5

Judith Lynne Collett

Born on 08.04.1943 in New Zealand

 

2R6

Patricia Collett

Born on 09.11.1945 in New Zealand

 

 

 

 

2Q2

Leonard George Collett (previously Ref. 33Q39) was born at Ladywood in Birmingham in 1905 and 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 where both brother Jack and sister Hilda also lived with their families.  He was 52 years of age when he died.

 

 

 

 

2Q3

Albert Edward Collett (previously Ref. 33Q40) 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 113) and unlike other members of his family Albert continued to live with his father in Birmingham when other members emigrated to New Zealand.  And it was at Birmingham that he lived all his life and where he was married and where his three children were born.  During his life he was a tram driver and/or a bus driver.  One of Albert’s two sons was still believed to be living in Birmingham in 2008.

 

 

 

The discovery in 2012 of the Will of Albert Edward Collett 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.

 

 

 

Albert Edward Collett from Ladywood was 79 when he died in Birmingham during the second quarter of 1987, his death being recorded at the Birmingham register office (Ref. 32 267).

 

 

 

2R7

Robert (Bob) Collett

Date of birth unknown at Birmingham

 

2R8

Ian Collett

Date of birth unknown at Birmingham

 

2R9

Maureen Collett

Date of birth unknown at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

2Q4

Hilda Annie Collett (previously Ref. 33Q41) was born at Ladywood in Birmingham in 1909 and 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, the two sons having already passed away by 2008.  At that time Hilda’s daughter Marie was still living at Levin where her parents had lived before they died.

 

 

 

 

2Q5

Beatrice Ethel Collett (previously Ref. 33Q42) was born at Ladywood in Birmingham during February 1911 and was six weeks old on the census day on 2nd April that year.  At that time she was living with her family in the Ladywood district of Birmingham.  The birth of Beatrice Ethel Collett was recorded at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 50) during the first three months of 1911.  Tragically, it was also at Birmingham register office (Ref. 6d 143) that the death of Beatrice E Collett was recorded during the third quarter of 1915 when she was only four years old.

 

 

 

It was previously written here in error that Beatrice died in her old age and that her death certificate gave her date of birth as 6th December 1910, which is now known to relate to another of the same name.  The death of that Beatrice Ethel G Collett, aged 82, was recorded at South Warwickshire register office (Ref. 12c 7733) during the month of April in 1993.

 

 

 

 

2Q6

Arthur Collett (previously Ref. 33Q43) was born in 1921, the eldest of the three children of Albert Edward Collett by his second wife Ruth.  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 that same year that 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, this 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 resulting in two families.  His second wife was Jeanette and in 2008 Jeanette was a widow living at Botley in Hampshire.

 

 

 

 

2Q7

Estelle Collett (previously Ref. 33Q44) who was referred to as Stella, was born at Birmingham and was the second child of John Brain Collett and his second wife.  Much later in her life, when she was presumably in her late 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.

 

 

 

 

2Q8

Walter Collett (previously Ref. 33Q45) was born at Birmingham, possibly around 1910-1915.  He too remained behind in Birmingham with his father when some of his siblings emigrated to New Zealand around 1920. Walter married Betty and the couple were living at Ludlow in 2008.

 

 

 

 

2Q9

Thomas Walter Collett (previously Ref. 33Q46) who was known as Tom, was born in Surrey on 31st August 1911, the son of Walter Richard Collett and his wife Caroline.  With no record of his family in the census of 1911 it is possible his parents were not living in Great Britain when he was conceived.  It was as Tom W Collett that he married Rose E Burkin in London on 21st August 1932, the marriage recorded at the Camberwell register office (Ref. 1d 1741).  It was during the following year that the first of their two children was born while the couple was still residing in the Camberwell area of London.  In the years prior to the Second World War Tom was employed as an Army and Hardware Merchant, and at the outbreak of hostilities Tom joined the Royal Army Service Corps.  Tragically Sergeant T W Collett service number S/77635 died at sea on 28th May 1941.  His name is included amongst those listed on the Athens War Memorial – Face 8.

 

 

 

It is understood within the family that he was on board a ship, having just sailed from the island of Crete, when a shell hit the vessel and exploded in the cabin where Thomas and some of his comrades were billeted.  As a result, the ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea with the likely loss of most of those who were on board at the time.  Certainly the War Office letter received by his mother over a year later indicated that he was killed in action whilst serving overseas.  The fifteen month delay in notifying his mother of his death may well stem from the uncertainty as to who had actually died during the incident.

 

 

 

Rose Ellen Collett nee Burkin was born in 1912 and she died in 1975.

 

 

 

2R10

Anthony Collett

Born on 15.08.1933 at Camberwell

 

2R11

Sheila Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

2Q10

Anthony Collett (previously Ref. 33Q47) was born at Upper Slaughter in 1931, the son of Francis George Brain Collett.  Anthony it known to have continued the family building and property maintenance business established by his grandfather Francis William Collett in 1890.  In 2011 contact was made with the company at Upper Slaughter where Anthony, age 80, still manages 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

Peter Collett

Date of birth unknown at Upper Slaughter

 

2R13

John Collett

Date of birth unknown at Upper Slaughter

 

 

 

 

2Q11

George William Collett (previously Ref. 33Q48) was born at Upper Slaughter during 1951, the son of Francis George Brain Collett and his second wife Phyllis.  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, this was passed to George who hopes to publish it in due course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q14

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.  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 and they had five sons.  George Robert Thomson Collett passed away in 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

2R14

Martin Robert Collett

Born in 1951 at Coughton

 

 

2R15

Neville John Collett

Born in 1953 at Coughton

 

 

2R16

Geoffrey Edward Collett

Born in 1956 at Coughton

 

 

2R17

Richard Thomas Collett

Born in 1960 at Coughton

 

 

2R18

Alexander George Collett

Born in 1970 at Coughton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q20

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q21

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 June 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 are 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2R19

Patricia Davies

Born in 1927 at Newport

 

 

2R20

Arthur David Davies

Born in 1830 at Newport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q22

Mervyn Stephen Collett was born at Gloucester, his birth being registered there during the June quarter of 1905.  Not long after he was born his father’s work took the family to Newport where they were residing at 23 Dolphin Street in April 1911 when Mervyn was six years old.  He was the eldest son of Albert and Rosina Collett and he married Hannah (Nancy) Cross at Newport where the marriage was recorded during the last three months of 1928.  Hannah had been born at Pontypool in 1910 and once married the couple lived in Pontnewynydd where their three children were born.  Mervyn Stephen Collett died at Newport in 1982, his passing recorded there 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.

 

 

 

 

 

2R21

a Collett child (infant death)

Date of birth unknown

 

 

2R22

Violet Reddy (adopted)

Date of birth unknown

 

 

2R23

John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q23

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.

 

 

 

 

 

2R24

Elaine R Collett

Born in 1931 at Newport

 

 

2R25

Bertram John Collett

Born in 1937 at Newport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q24

Arthur Collett was born at Newport on 28th May 1909.  He married Lillian Hillman with whom he had three children while living in Newport.  The dates of birth of the first two children have been estimated from the photograph to the right.

 

This family group picture was taken at Newport after the birth of their daughter but before the birth of their last child.  Daughter Shirley appears to be around two years old, dating the picture around 1940.  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 who is holding their daughter Shirley.  Sitting on the table is their son Arthur Collett junior.

 

 

 

 

 

2R26

Arthur Collett

Born circa 1834

 

 

2R27

Shirley Collett

Born in 1938 at Newport

 

 

2R28

Robert Anthony Collett

Born in 1948 at Newport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q25

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.  Irene was the daughter of Thomas John Argust who was born during 1878 in Wales and Matilda Watts Pearce who was born in 1883 in Wiltshire.

 

The couple left South Wales after they were married and moved north to the West Midlands and made their home at Shard End in Birmingham where their five children were born.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

2R29

Lewis Alan Collett

Born in November 1934

 

 

2R30

Derek George Collett

Born on 14.01.1937

 

 

2R31

Sheila Marion Collett

Born on 23.12.1938 at Birmingham

 

 

2R32

Patricia Ella Collett

Born on 17.03.1941

 

 

2R33

Adrian Norman Collett

Born on 29.03.1949 at Birmingham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q26

Nora Collett was born at Newport on 13th June 1913.  She married Leslie Faulkner and they, like her older brother Lewis (above) and his wife, also moved to live in Birmingham at Kings Heath where their two children were born.  These were Patricia and Christopher Faulkner.  Nora was a real character and one of her more quirky 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q27

Bertram H 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.  The birth was recorded at the Newport register office (Ref. 11a 463).  It was at Birmingham during the last three months of 1937 that he married Pearl Davies (Ref. 6d 941), 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 848).

 

 

 

 

 

2R34

Hannah (Anna) Collett

Born in 1939 at Newport

 

 

2R35

Bertram T Collett

Born in 1940 at Newport

 

 

2R36

George H Collett

Born in 1943 at Newport

 

 

2R37

John Collett

Born in 1947 at Newport

 

 

2R38

Paul Collett

Born in 1950 at Newport

 

 

2R39

Cathy Collett

Date of birth unknown at Newport

 

 

2R40

Christine Collett

Date of birth unknown at Newport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q28

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q29

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 (Ref. 2P31) 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 this time it was the German ship that was sunk, on only the ninth day of its maiden voyage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q30

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q31

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.

 

 

 

 

 

2R41

Jacquelyn Longley

Born on 07.12.1945 at Sheffield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q32

Nellie Louise Collett was born on 18th November 1919 at Sheffield and she died there on 8th March 1928 at just eight years of age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q33

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.

 

 

 

 

 

2R42

Elizabeth Collett

Born on 31.05.1953 at Sheffield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q34

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.

 

 

 

 

 

2R43

Judith Collett

Born on 04.08.1948 at Sheffield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q35

Glenna Collett was born at Sheffield on 11th July 1925, but it was at Swindon that she married Robert Lawson on 19th March 1949.  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.

 

 

 

 

 

2R44

Yvonne Lawson

Born on 27.03.1956

 

 

2R45

Wayne Stephen Lawson

Born on 22.06.1959

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q36

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 daughter were born.  Mervyn Collett died at Sheffield on 28th April 1983 at the age of 54.  In 2011 Patricia Collett nee Beverley is still living in Sheffield, and is the proud owner of the China Medal awarded to Royal Navy seaman William Collett from Bibury, her late husband’s grandfather.

 

 

 

 

 

2R46

Gillian Beverley Collett

Born in 1955 at Sheffield

 

 

2R47

Susan Ann Collett

Born in 1957 at Sheffield

 

 

2R48

Diane Patricia Collett

Born in 1962 at Sheffield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q37

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.

 

 

 

 

 

2R49

Teresa Karen Hammans

Born on 30.12.1958

 

 

2R50

Elaine Mary Hammans

Born on 12.02.1962

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q38

Ella Florence Collett was born at Swindon on 30th March 1909, the eldest child of Maurice Edward Collett and his wife Florence Beatrice White.  Her occupations included bus conductor and auxiliary nurse.  She later married Alfred Prescott of Leigh in Lancashire on 6th September 1933 at Leigh Parish Church, and the couple’s two sons were also born at Leigh. 

 

Ella Florence Prescott nee Collett died at Leigh on 13th May 1998, while Alfred, who was born there on 15th September 1911, also died there on 21st August 1979.

 

 

 

 

 

2R51

Brian Alfred Prescott

Born on 21.01.1935 at Leigh

 

 

2R52

Terence Collett Prescott

Born on 29.11.1937 at Leigh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q39

Reginald Maurice Collett, who was referred to as Reg by the family, was born on 15th March 1911 at Swindon.  However, in the census of 1911 that took place when he was just two weeks old, his parents Maurice and Florence were living at 14 Stanier Street in Swindon, when Reg was recorded as Edward Collett.

 

It therefore seems likely that his name had not been registered by that time, and that this changed from Edward to Reginald shortly after.

 

Sometime after the birth of his brother Frederick (below) at Swindon, Reg’s parents moved north to Lancashire and settled in Newton-le-Willows.  However, when he was in his twenties, Reg returned to live in Swindon where, in 1941, he married Kathleen ‘Queenie’ Tucker at St Mark’s Church. 

 

 

 

 

 

His occupation was that of blacksmith with the Great Western Railway.  Unable to have children of their own, the couple adopted a son who became Michael John Collett.  Reginald Maurice Collett died from a heart attack on 28th September 1960 while he was living in the family home at 36 Portal Road in Swindon.  Twenty-eight years later Queenie was living at 4 Chantry Road in Moredon near Swindon at the time of her death on 29th September 1988.

 

 

 

 

 

2R53

Michael John Collett (adopted)

Born on 13.04.1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q40

Frederick Arthur Collett was born at Swindon on 9th March 1913.  He never married and lived with his parents at 426 Wargrave Road in Newton-le-Willows.  His occupation was that of locomotive fitter.  Following the death of his father Maurice Collett in 1954 he remained living at the address until his own death on 16th August 1960, the cause of death being a brain tumour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q41

Percival Francis Collett was born on at Newton-le-Willows 17th June 1915, and he married Edith Irene Johnstone of Warrington in 1941.  Like his brother Frederick (above), he too was a locomotive fitter.  The family lived at 19 Birchdale Avenue in Warrington and, unable to have children of their own, the couple adopted a daughter.  Percival Francis Collett died at Warrington on 23rd December 1986 while suffering with heart problems.  Edith Irene Collett nee Johnstone, who was born in 1920, had died six years earlier on 21st August 1980.

 

 

 

 

 

2R54

Barbara Collett (adopted)

Born on 26.06.1948 at Warrington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q42

Bertram William Collett was born at Newton-le-Willows on 21st September 1918, and it was at Wargrave on 21st March 1953 that he married Brenda Taylor.  They lived at 21 Cedar Crescent in Newton-le-Willows where Bertram’s occupation was that of charge-hand fitter.  Brenda was born on 19th February 1929 at Wargrave where the couple’s only daughter was born.  Despite spending more than four years in a prisoner-of-war camp during the Second World War, Bertram William Collett was the last surviving member of his generation of the family when he died on 17th November 2008.  He was buried at Newton-le-Willows Cemetery and was aged 90 years and 2 months.

 

 

 

 

 

2R55

Sandra Collett

Born on 13.03.1955 at Wargrave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q43

Ethel May Collett was born at Newton-le-Willows on 15th November 1920.  She was twenty-three when she married (1) William (Bill) Jones in January 1944 at Wargrave and it was just four months later that she was widowed.  Around two years later she married (2) Ernest Tiffany at Stalybridge in Cheshire on 19th May 1946.  During her working days, she was employed as a bookbinder, and it was from her second marriage that her three children were all were born at Wargrave. 

 

Tragically Ethel’s first husband Bill Jones died in France on D-Day 6th June 1944, during the invasion of Europe that virtually brought about the end of the Second World War.  Bill, who was born on 1st May 1921, had returned home on leave to get married but had returned to active duty almost immediately after.  He was a Sergeant in the Parachute Regiment of the British Sixth Airborne Division.

 

 

 

 

 

After the war Ethel attended an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace where she received the Distinguished Conduct Medal posthumously on behalf of her husband.  She was accompanied on her visit to London by her father Maurice Collett, her sister Ella Prescott nee Collett (above), her brother Reg and his wife Queenie Collett (above), and Bill’s father.  The photograph above is an extract from the larger group photograph taken outside the Palace to commemorate the occasion and shows Ethel May wearing her husband’s medal.  Ethel May Tiffany nee Collett died of a heart attack at Culcheth on 26th March 1991, while she was staying at the home of her daughter Yvonne.

 

 

 

 

 

2R56

Jean Valerie Tiffany     (twin)

Born on 18.05.1947 at Wargrave

 

 

2R57

Yvonne Wendy Tiffany (twin)

Born on 18.05.1947 at Wargrave

 

 

2R58

Keith Philip Tiffany

Born on 15.11.1948 at Wargrave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q44

Lily Cecilia Collett was born at Newton-le-Willows on 7th September 1923, and she later married George Mullin at Wargrave on 21st March 1953.  Prior to that she found employment as the operator of an electrical overhead travelling crane at the Vulcan Locomotive Foundry Works at Newton-le-Willows.  It is very likely that she was involved in the production of the Matilda Tank and other armaments to support the war effort in the late 1930s and the 1940s, this being the main task of the foundry leading up to and during the war years.  Later in her life she was a shop assistant.  Lily’s son, who was born out of wedlock from an earlier relationship, was born at Wargrave.  Once she was married Lily and her family lived at 162 Queens Drive in Newton-le-Willows.  Lily Cecilia Mullins nee Collett died from lung cancer on 9th August 1994, with George having died thirty-two years earlier in 1962.

 

 

 

 

 

2R59

Raymond Arthur Mullin

Born on 03.10.1947 at Wargrave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q45

Mervyn Albert Collett was born at Newton-le-Willows on 25th February 1926, and he later married Ivy Johnson on 12th April 1947.  The couple lived at 100 Belvedere Road in Newton-le-Willows, where their two children were born.  His occupation was that of coppersmith at the railway works.  Mervyn Albert Collett died at Newton-le-Willows of a heart attack on 17th September 1971.  Ivy, who was born on 19th May 1929, also died at Newton-le-Willows when she passed away on 4th November 1993.

 

 

 

 

 

2R60

Alan Mervyn Collett

Born in 1951 at Newton-le-Willows

 

 

2R61

Amanda Jayne Collett

Born in 1962 at Newton-le-Willows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q46

Stephen Peter Marshall Collett was born at Plymouth on 7th July 1920.  He never married and lived most of his life at home with his parents.  He was in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and was stationed at Ramsbury.  After the war he entered the Life Guards and was based at Windsor, where he taught the Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen) and her sister Princess Margaret to ride horses.  Stephen Peter Marshall Collett died in Plymouth during 1995.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q47

Fredrick Mervyn Collett was born at Swindon on 30th October 1910, the elder of the two sons of Mervyn Fred Matthew Collett and his wife Lily Thrush.  He was only a few years old when his father took the family to Plymouth where, over twenty years later, on 12th April 1947, Frederick married Muriel Gladys Martin who was born at Devonport during the third quarter of 1922.  He was a Royal Navy bosun and was allegedly responsible with another member of the Collett family for grounding HMS Cumberland in Plymouth harbour.  The couple’s two children were both born at Plymouth where the family lived for the rest of their lives.  Frederick Mervyn Collett was seventy when he died, his death being recorded at Plymouth register office (Ref. 21 1747) during the second quarter of 1981.

 

 

 

 

 

2R62

Marion Freda Collett

Born on 02.07.1948 at Plymouth

 

 

2R63

John Alfred Fredrick Collett

Born on 30.01.1950 at Plymouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q48

Maurice William Arthur Collett was born at Swindon on 10th September 1912, and it was shortly after he was born that his family moved to Plymouth.  He just twenty-four when he married Phyllis M Selley at Devonport during the final three months of 1936.  Phyllis was born at St Germans, near Saltash in Cornwall in the June quarter of 1917, and once they were married the couple lived at Tor Point in Plymouth, where all three sons were born.  Tragically their second son Barry, whose birth was registered at St Germans, was killed during the German bombing of Plymouth in 1943, following which his death was recorded in Plymouth.

 

 

 

 

 

2R64

David John Mervyn Collett

Born in 1937 at Plymouth

 

 

2R65

Barry Collett

Born in 1940 at Plymouth; infant death

 

 

2R66

Roger Maurice Collett

Born in 1944 at Plymouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q49

John C Collett was born at Swindon during the fourth quarter of 1923 (Ref. 5a 63), the only known child of Horace Frank C Collett and his wife Florence L King.  He was approaching his twenty-first birthday when he married Olive Leah Pemberton during the third quarter of 1944 at Oxford (Ref. 3a 3825).  Olive was four years older than John, having been born at Reading where her birth was recorded during the third quarter of 1919 (Ref. 2c 577).  Although it is established they had a daughter, nothing further is known about the couple at this time except that Olive Leah Collett nee Pemberton died at West Surrey during the month of January in 2005 (Ref. 7611e E18b).

 

 

 

 

 

2R67

Judith L Collett

Born in 1948 at Oxford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q50

Joyce Nancy E Collett was possibly born at Alcester in Warwickshire, where her birth was registered during the second quarter of 1922. (Ref. 6d 1543).  She was the daughter of George Otto Wilkins Collett and Florence M Hopkins.  She married Cyril Henry Cuckson at East Retford in Nottinghamshire during the last three months of 1948 (Ref. 3c 339), with whom she had three children.  Cyril had been born at East Retford during the second quarter of 1924 (Ref. 7b 18).  Joyce Nancy Cuckson nee Collett was 59 when she died in 1981, her death also being registered at Alcester (Ref. 31 0003) during the September quarter of that year.  It was seventeen years later that Cyril Henry Cuckson passed away, his death being recorded at the Mid-Warwickshire register office during the fourth quarter of 1998 (Ref. 7751b B38B).

 

 

 

 

 

The couple’s three children were as follows.  Christina Cuckson was born in 1949, the birth being registered at Stratford-upon-Avon during the second quarter of that year (Ref. 9c 1707).  She later married Michael J Nash at Alcester during the September quarter of 1972 (Ref. 9c 3) who had been born at Meriden, west of Coventry, in 1949 (Ref. 9c 1379).  The birth of (b) Angela E Cuckson was also recorded at Stratford-upon-Avon during the June quarter of 1953 (Ref. 9c 1609), and she married Graham A Wall at Alcester during the third quarter of 1973 (Ref. 9c 4).  Graham was born at Stratford in the June quarter of 1951(Ref. 9c 1722).  The last child was Wendy J Cuckson who was born at South Warwickshire in the second quarter of 1958 (Ref. 9c 6) and she married Liam W Coton at Alcester when she was twenty-five in 1983 (Ref. 31 0002).  Liam was born at Warwick during the first three months of 1959 (Ref. 9c 1945) and it would appear that they had one child, Alexander Wesley Coton who was born in February 1993 (Ref. 7751a A30B).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q51

Derek George Wilkins Collett was born at Alcester where his birth was recorded during the last three months of 1925 (Ref. 6d 1296), the second child of George and Florence Collett.  It was at Nottingham that his marriage to Catherine Margaret Shenton was recorded during the second quarter of 1947 (Ref. 3c 1148).  Margaret, as she was known, was born at Cheadle in Staffordshire during the second quarter of 1924 (Ref. 6b 560) and her marriage to Derek produced four children for the couple.  It is unclear where and when the first three children were born, although the order in which they were born is correct, while it is known that the family was living at Alcester at the time of the birth of their last child. 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Derek’s grandson Neil Williams it is now known that at some time in his life Derek Collett lived in Stratford-upon-Avon where he had a shop, and that later on he owned two shops, one in Alcester, the other in Mosley.  It is therefore possible that all four children were born in Alcester.  George Wilkins Collett died during July 2001 when his death was recorded at the South Warwickshire register office (Ref. 7733 23C).  Catherine Margaret Collett nee Shenton survived her husband by six years when she passed away in 2007.  During his life Derek would have loved to have entered the Royal Air Force but because of being deaf in one ear that was not possible.  However, Derek was delighted when his only son managed to do what he had always wanted to do when he served for many years with the RAF.

 

 

 

 

 

2R68

Julie Collett

Born circa 1948 at Alcester

 

 

2R69

Jacqueline Collett

Born circa 1952 at Alcester

 

 

2R70

Elizabeth Collett

Born circa 1955 at Alcester

 

 

2R71

Timothy G Collett

Born in 1961 at Alcester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q52

William Alfred Collett was born at 3 Hanover Street in Kentish Town, in the St Pancras district of London on 11th April 1894.  By March 1901 the family was living at 4 Cleveland Villas in Willesden, where William was six years old.  In between these times, and only for a few short months in 1900, William and his family had lived at 70 Carlton Road in Kentish Town.  In the April census of 1911, William Alfred Collett was 16 and was still living with his family who, by then, had moved to Hampstead where they were living at 134 Fleet Road.  During the next three years William and his family moved to 50 Lawn Road in Hampstead and, it was at this time in his life that he met Florence Rose Wood whom he married on 28th January 1915.

 

 

 

 

 

The wedding took place at Hampstead Registry Office in London (Ref. 1a 1283), where the witnesses were Francis Collett and Ellen Collett, who were William’s younger brother and sister.  The address given for both William and Florence was 106 Fleet Road in Hampstead, which was presumably where they were going to live once they were married.  Lawn Road, where William’s family was living at that time, is off the south side of Fleet Road, so was just around the corner from his parent’s house.

 

 

 

 

 

William Alfred Collett was 20 years old and was working as a provision merchant’s porter, while Florence Rose Wood was 24 and a domestic servant.  The fathers of the bride and groom were stated as being builder George Wood, and auctioneer’s porter William Henry Collett.  Florence was born in London when her birth was recorded at St Pancras register office (Ref. 1b 41) during the second quarter of 1891.  However, their twelve-year old marriage produced two sons, only one of which survived, before the premature death of Florence Rose Collett nee Wood who passed away in 1927, her death recorded at Hampstead register office (Ref. 1a 511) during the third quarter of that year.  William Alfred Collett outlived his wife by forty-four years when he died at Eton in Buckinghamshire where his passing was recorded (Ref. 6a 977) in the third quarter of 1971.

 

 

 

 

 

2R72

William G Collett

Born in 1915 at Hampstead

 

 

2R73

William G Collett

Born in 1916 at Hampstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q53

John Francis Collett was born at 3 Hanover Street in Kentish Town in London on 15th October 1895.  In 1900 his family was living at 70 Carlton Road in Kentish Town, but by March 1901 they were living at 4 Cleveland Villas in Willesden when John was recorded as being five years old.  Ten years later in April 1911 the family had moved east to 134 Fleet Road in Hampstead, where John Francis Collett was 15.

 

 

 

 

 

On leaving school he joined the Royal Navy and it was as Able Seaman Collett J/19404 serving on board HMS Astraea in Duala when he died from peritonitis on 28th January 1916.  As his next-of-kin, his parents W H Collett and Mrs E Collett were notified of his death at their home at 50 Lawn Road in Hampstead.  John Francis Collett was buried on 29th January 1916 at Duala Cemetery.  The naval record for John Francis Collett has been generously provided by Hilary A Collett (Ref. 2S43), the granddaughter of John’s brother Arthur, and is reproduced below.

 

 

 

 

 

His full-time service began on 15th October 1913, his eighteenth birthday, when he signed on for twelve years.  Prior to this he had been employed as an errand boy, and also took part in some part-time naval training.  He was not a tall man, being only five feet five inches, and having brown hair, brown eyes, and a fresh complexion.  The only distinguishing mark was a scar on his left cheek.

 

 

 

 

 

As early as August 1912 he had attended naval training initially as a Boy Class 2 at Vivid I, and then as a Boy Class 1 on board HMS Implacable which was moored at The Nore, a sandbank at the mouth of the Thames Estuary.  In April 1913, again as a Boy Class 1, John spent three weeks with HMS Pembroke, the shore-based barracks at Chatham.  It was on his full enrolment on 15th October 1913 that John Francis Collett was assigned to HMS Astraea as an ordinary able seaman.  The year-end report for 1913 confirmed that his character was ‘very good’ and that his ability was ‘satisfactory’.

 

 

 

 

 

The same result was achieved in his report at the end of 1914 and 1915.  It was less than a month later that the last entry was made, confirming that he died on board HMS Astraea at Duala in Cameroon, West Africa on 28th January 1916.  Very little appears to have been written about HMS Astraea apart from the fact that it was based out of the Cape of Good Hope for much of Great War.  It was one of three cruisers that comprised the Cape Squadron whose primary role was to protect the trade routes of the British Empire.  Its main claim to fame was its involvement in the bombardment of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanganyika.

 

 

 

 

 

The ship's log for the year from March 1915 to May 1916 (ADM 53/34353) confirmed the HMS Astraea was in Africa.  On the first March 1915 the ship was anchored at Simon’s Town, near Cape Town.  It sailed from there on 13th April 1915 and arrived at Duala Harbour in Cameroon on 28th April 1915, where it was moored for the next twelve months, during which time John Collett died there in Jan. 1916.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q54

Arthur Thomas Collett was born on 11th August 1897 at 3 Hanover Street in Kentish Town.  His father’s occupation on the birth certificate was stated as being a piano maker and journeyman, whereas twenty-three years later on his marriage certificate it was house painter.  In 1900 Arthur and his family were living at 70 Carlton Road in Kentish Town but, shortly after, at the time of the census of 1901, they had moved to 4 Cleveland Villas in Willesden, where Arthur was three years old.  During the latter part of the next decade the family moved house again, and by 1911 they were living at 134 Fleet Road in Hampstead where Arthur Thomas Collett was 13.

 

 

 

 

 

On 5th October 1915 Arthur Thomas Collett became a Private Collett G/13237 with the Middlesex Regiment and during the First World War he fought in France and Salonika where he contracted malaria.  After the war Arthur worked as a painter and decorator in North London.  He later married Elsie May Bowers at Hackney Registry Office on 12th February 1921.  On the marriage certificate Arthur was 23 and a plumber journeyman, while his bride was 18.  The address for both of them was given as 61 Park Lane in Stoke Newington.

 

 

 

 

 

Elsie was the daughter of tailor and journeyman Thomas Bowers Cheek and his wife Alice Rose Potter, and was born at 56 St Pauls Road in Camden on 30th May 1902, although at sometime in his life Elsie’s father simply referred to himself as Thomas Bowers.  During their marriage Elsie presented her husband with two sons and two daughters, all of whom were born while the family was living at Stoke Newington.  Tragically the couple’s eldest son died at Stoke Newington during the year after he was born.

 

 

 

 

 

Sometime during the 1930s Arthur and his family left Park Lane in Stoke Newington in North London when they made the move to live in South London.  In 1947 Arthur’s and Elsie’s eldest daughter Kathleen emigrated to America and once she was settled there with her husband (see later details) Elsie went to stay with the couple for a holiday.  That took place in 1949, and so impressed was Elsie with the lifestyle out there, that on returning to England she discussed moving there with Arthur.

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur was not at all keen to leave England and in the end the couple decided that the best course of action for them both was to sell their house and for each to walk away with half the proceeds.  It was therefore in 1951 that Elsie finally left England and joined her daughter in America, and it was four years late on the 13th September 1955 at San Francisco that she became a naturalised American.

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly thirty years later Elsie Collett was visited in California by her granddaughter Hilary Collett, the daughter of her son Ralph, while she was touring in America.  Elsie was still very enthusiastic about her ‘changed lifestyle’ in the States and proudly showed off her electric cooker and washing machine, and was completely unaware that these were also everyday items back home in Great Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

And it was while at Rose Hospital in Hayward, California, that Elsie died on 20th February 2001.  However, she was not laid to rest for another fortnight, when she was eventually buried at the Chapel of Chimes in Hayward on 2nd March 2001.  Arthur Thomas Collett remained in England and later moved to Weymouth where he died on 9th February 1987.  At that time he was living in an Old Peoples’ Home near to where his youngest daughter Muriel was living at that time.

 

 

 

 

 

2R74

Ronald Arthur Collett - died in 1922

Born on 28.11.1921 at Stoke Newington

 

 

2R75

Kathleen Wilhelmina Collett

Born on 30.10.1923 at Stoke Newington

 

 

2R76

Ralph Hubert Collett

Born on 26.05.1925 at Stoke Newington

 

 

2R77

Muriel Theodora Collett

Born on 05.02.1928 at Stoke Newington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q55

Grace Ellen Amelia Collett was born at 70 Carlton Road in Kentish Town on 8th December 1900.  She was three months old in March 1901 when living with her family 4 Cleveland Villas in Willesden.  Around ten year later she and her family had moved to Hampstead and were living at 134 Fleet Road in Hampstead when she was recorded as Grace Ellen Amelia Collett aged ten years.  Grace followed the profession taken up by her father and by the time that she was married she was a pianoforte action maker living at 50 Lawn Road in Hampstead.

 

 

 

 

 

She married Jacob (Jack) Nahum at the Hampstead Registry Office on 7th January 1922.  Jack was a carpet repairer working at Harrods and was living at 1 South Hill Park and was born at Smirna in Turkey, the son of grocer Israel Nahum.  Their marriage produced four daughters for the couple.  Jack served with the Royal Navy during the Second World War and died at Uxbridge in 1950 at the age of 51, where his death was registered during the September quarter of that year (Ref. 5f 109).  Later in her life, Grace and some of her children were known to be living in America and feature in the Matregrano family history – see details regarding her second daughter below.

 

 

 

 

 

The first of the couple’s four daughter was Vera R Nahum who was born in London, the birth being recorded at the St Pancras register office during the first three months of 1923 (Ref. 1b 235).  She later married Albert Salem in London during the September quarter of 1944 (Ref. 1c 30), who had been born at Bethnal Green in the June quarter of 1923 (Ref. 1c 230).  Their marriage produced a son, Victor Salem, who was born at Ealing in early 1949 (Ref. 5e 103), and he married Esther H Richards at Kensington in the second quarter of 1970 (Ref. 5c 1906), Esther having been born at Hampstead in the summer of 1951 (Ref. 5c 1212).

 

 

 

 

 

The second daughter was Simie Nahum who was born at Islington during the last three months of 1925 (Ref. 1b 235), and she married Louis J Matregrano during the June quarter of 1945 at Brentford in Middlesex (Ref. 3a 1005).  Rita S Nahum was the third daughter and she was born at Brentford in the first three months of 1932 (Ref. 3a 271) and she married Isaac Eskenazi during the second quarter of 1952 at London City (Ref. 5d 246).  Isaac was born at Hammersmith at the start of 1934 (Ref. 1a 302).  The last of the four girls was Pearl G Nahum who was born at Brentford at the end of 1933 (Ref. 3a 234) and she married Benjamin Salamon in the September quarter of 1955 at London City (Ref. 5d 339).  Their only known child was Londa Salamon who was born at Wandsworth during the third quarter of 1956 (Ref. 5d 950).

 

 

 

 

 

It was in September 1949 that grace’s widowed mother Ellen Caroline Collett nee Harris passed away, following which management of her estate of just over £222 was granted to Grace Ellen Amelia Nahum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q57

Albert Edward Collett was born in 1905, the youngest child of William Henry Collett and his wife Ellen Caroline Harris.  In 1901 his family was living at 70 Carlton Road in Kentish Town, while in 1911 Albert Edward (Bertie) Collett was five years of age and living with his family at 134 Fleet Road in Hampstead.  Whether he was born at one of these addresses is still not known.  Sadly his life was short-lived when he died at the age of 22, the death of Bertie Collett being recorded at Hendon register office (Ref. 3a 483) during the first three months of 1928.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q58

Reginald Collett, who was known as Reg, was born sometime between 1912 and 1915 and very likely at Hampstead.  In the census of 1911 his father Francis Ernest Collett was 41 when he was living with his brother William Henry Collett and his family at 134 Fleet Road in Hampstead.  It would appear that his father married sometime after the census day on the second April in 1911, but that Reg’s mother (not known), suffered a mental break-down during or after the birth and was unable to care for her son.  Reg’s father died in 1915 and it may have been that which contributed to the break-down.  So with no father, and a mother who was living in a home, Reg was taken into the family of his uncle, the aforementioned William Henry Collett, and what happened to him thereafter is not known.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q59

Arthur John Collett was born at Woolwich on 9th November 1905, where the birth was recorded (Ref. 1d 1270), the only known child of Edmund Alfred Collett and Everell Williams.  He and his parents were still living in Woolwich on the day of the census in 1911 when Arthur John Collett was five years old.  He married Winifred Ada Port in 1935, the event being recorded at Woolwich register office (Ref. 1d 2694) during the second quarter of the year.  Winifred was born in 1914 and her birth was recorded at Greenwich register office (Ref. 1d 2162) in the third quarter of that year.  Their marriage produced just the one son, Adrian G Collett, who would have been only twelve or thirteen when his grandfather Edmund Collett died in 1950. 

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur John Collett was 66 years old when he died in 1972, his death recorded at Battle register office (Ref. 5h 94) in Sussex during the second quarter of that year.  His wife Winifred Ada Collett nee Port had passed away eight years earlier on 31st May 1962, following which probate was granted in London two years later to her husband Arthur John Collett on 8th July 1964, when he was referred to as “an outside representative”.  Probate also confirmed that Winifred’s home address was 100 Harefield Road in Uxbridge, but that she died in St John’s Hospital in Uxbridge.  Her estate was valued at £1,299.

 

 

 

 

 

2R78

Adrian G Collett

Born in 1937 in London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q60

Harold Ernest Collett was born at Dartford in 1914 and he married Barbara Olive Odell at the London City Temple Church.  Barbara was twenty-five years younger than Harold who was an engraver who fought in Egypt during the Second World War.  He retired in 1979 and lived at 18B Langley Street not far from Cambridge Circus on the Charing Cross Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q61

Ethel Maud Collett was born at Hampstead on 8th January 1902.  At the time of her base-born birth her single mother Eleanor Collett was living in the Hampstead Workhouse but, immediately following the birth, the child was taken under the care of her grandfather Arthur James Collett, who later officially adopted Ethel.  Arthur and his third wife Harriet were living at 70 Constantine Road overlooking Hampstead Heath, at the time of the census in 1911, and it was that address which featured on Ethel’s birth certificate, together with that of the workhouse where her mother remained after the birth and where she died in 1918.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the census return in 1911 Ethel Maud Collett was nine years old and had been born at Hampstead.  She was described as the granddaughter of head of the household Arthur James Collett and his much younger wife Harriet when she was living with the couple at 70 Constantine Road in Hampstead.  Also living at that same address was Rose Collett, Arthur’s youngest daughter and Ethel’s aunt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q64

Lillian Jane Rosalie Collett was born at North Bay in Ontario on 28th September 1909 and was nearly thirty-six when she married Albert Wood on 11th September 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q65

Thomas Ernest Bertrand Collett was born in Ontario on 10th December 1910.  He later married Bertha James on 26th November 1938, with whom he had three children.

 

 

 

 

 

2R79

Thomas Alfred Collett

Born on 05.02.1940

 

 

2R80

David Frank Collett

Born on 30.10.1942

 

 

2R81

Paul Robert Collett

Born on 22.06.1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q66

Reta May Collett was born in Canada on 11th August 1902 and she married Richard Alexander.  Reta May Alexander nee Collett died on 17th July 1954.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q67

Gerald Sherman James Collett was born in Canada in 1903 and he married Bessie Mildred Magee in 1935.  At the time of the birth of their son, Gerald and Bessie were living in Winnipeg.

 

 

 

 

 

2R82

Dorothy Gail Collett

Born in 1940

 

 

2R83

Gordon Ernest Collett

Born in 1948 at Winnipeg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q68

John Aubrey Beresford Collett was born in Canada on 12th November 1906.  He married Bertha Miller on 6th July 1935 with whom he had two daughters. 

 

 

 

 

 

2R84

Shirley Ann Collett

Born in 1940

 

 

2R85

Wendy Joan Collett

Born on 16.11.1947

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q69

Ivan Bertrand Collett was born in Canada in 1908 and he married Constance Maud Page in 1934.

 

 

 

 

 

2R86

Beverley Lynn Collett

Born on 29.07.1941

 

 

2R87

Judith Heather Collett

Born on 30.05.1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q70

Ernest Joseph Collett was born at Cross Place in Kentish Town on 23rd January 1903, the eldest child of Ernest Collett and Rose Rogers.  He was eight years old and was living with his family at Walthamstow in April 1911.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q71

Reginald George Collett was born at Croydon in Surrey in 1905, his birth recorded at Croydon register office (Ref. 2a 290) during the first quarter of the year.  By the time he was six years old he and his family were living within the Walthamstow area of London according to the census in April in 1911.  He married Thelma I Guest at Falmouth in the second quarter of 1939 (Ref. 5c 364), Thelma having been born at Falmouth in Cornwall (Ref. 5c 236) in the first three months of 1921.  It was at Falmouth where the couple was living when their daughter, a honeymoon baby, was born and it was also there where Thelma was recorded as a widow in the Electoral Rolls of 2002 to 2005 when she was residing at 94 Kimberley Park Road in Falmouth.  Reginald George Collett, who had been born in 1905, died in Nottinghamshire where his death was recorded during the third quarter of 1992 (Ref. 8 933).

 

 

 

 

 

2R88

Valerie J Collett

Born in 4th Qrtr of 1939 at Falmouth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q72

Sidney John Percy Collett was born at Ayrsome Road in Stoke Newington, London on 9th March 1908, his birth recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 1b 392) during the first quarter of the year.  Not long after he was born his family moved to Walthamstow where he was three years of age in the census of 1911.  He married Edith M Russell at Greenwich in London during the last three months of 1944.  Edith was born at Mile End Old Town in London in the second quarter of 1916 (Ref. 1c 743) and it is appears that she died at Hammersmith/Fulham during the final three months of 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q73

Edith Rose Elizabeth Collett was born at Walthamstow on 8th July 1910 and was just eight months old at the time of the Walthamstow census of 1911, when she was living there with her family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q74

Ernest John Collett was very likely born in America, the son of Percy Collett and Margaret Acheson.  He married Claire Esther Bradshaw with whom he had one son.  Ernest John Collett died in America in 1975.

 

 

 

 

 

2R89

David John Collett

Date of birth unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q77

Dorothy Alice Collett was born at Battersea within the London Borough of Wandsworth in 1903, the eldest child of Denbigh Collett and Alice Louise Gant, and it was at Wandsworth register office that the birth was recorded (Ref. 1d 643).  By the time of the census in 1911 Dorothy was eight years old when she was living with her family at 100 Faraday Road in Wimbledon.  No further details are currently known about her after that time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q78

Evelyn Maud Collett was born at Pimlico in 1905, the second child of Denbigh and Alice Collett.  Her birth was recorded at St George Hanover Square register office (Ref. 1a 449) during the second quarter of the year.  She was five years old in 1911 by which time her family was residing at 100 Faraday Road in Wimbledon.  Like her sister Dorothy (above) nothing further is known about her at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q79

Edward Denbigh Collett was born at Fulham on 15th November 1906, the only son of Denbigh Collett and Alice Louise Gant.  In 1911 he and his family were living at 100 Faraday Road in Wimbledon, when Edward was four years old.  He was living at Kingston-on-Thames in Surrey during October 1928 when he married Audrey G Barnett, recorded at Kingston register office (Ref. 2a 25) as Audry during the last three months of that year.  Audrey was born at Eltham in Kent during the fourth quarter of 1902 (Ref. 2a 1105) and it was during the second quarter of 1929 when their only known son was born at Kingston. 

 

 

 

 

 

Previously it was stated here that Edward had emigrated to Canada at some time in his life.  However, it is now established that he was living in south Kent, not far from Folkestone, when he died, his death being recorded at Shepway register office (Ref. 16 1359) during the third quarter of 1977 under the name Edward Denbigh Collett.  His wife had already passed away by then, the death of Audrey G Barnett being recorded at Dover register office (Ref. 5f 1174) during the final quarter of 1972.

 

 

 

 

 

2R90

Denbigh J Collett

Born in 1929 at Kingston-on-Thames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q80

Betty Kathleen Collett was born at Fulham on 18th July 1918, one of the four daughters of Denbigh and Alice Collett.  She grew up in Pimlico and then lived at New Malden in Surrey, but later moved to Daventry in Northamptonshire after marrying Arnold (Basil) Hall from Surrey.  Their marriage produced three children Mary Hall, Peter Hall, and Geoffrey Hall who is the father of Jan Boneham nee Hall of Barby near Rugby who kindly provided the details about her family.  Betty Kathleen Hall nee Collett passed away at the age of 97 on 28th December 2015 and was cremated on 7th January 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q81

Mary Collett, who was known as Molly, was born at Fulham in 1922, the youngest child of Denbigh Collett and Alice Louise Gant.  She later married to become Molly Bobin, and her son David Bobin is a presenter on Sky Sports Television.  Mary (Molly) Bobin nee Collett died after February 2000 and before February 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q88

Frank Percy Collett was born in 1910 the eldest child of Algernon Percy Collett and Winifred Mary Gill, his birth being recorded at Stroud Green register office in the London Borough of Haringey (Ref. 3a 422) during the first three months of the year.  One year later the census in 1911 included Frank Percy Collett, aged one year, with his parents as visitors at the home of his aunt May Blossom Dunhill nee Collett at 14 Arnold Road in Tottenham.  That temporary arrangement was followed by a move to Rochford in Essex where Frank’s three known siblings were born, before the whole family finally settled in Weston-Super-Mare.

 

 

 

 

 

Frank was twenty-four when he married Nora B G Gibson at Plymouth in Devon, where the event was recorded during the second quarter of 1934 (Ref. 5b 682).  She was the same age as Frank, having been born Nora Bridie G Gibson at Falmouth in Cornwall during the first quarter of 1910 (Ref. 5c 127).  It has not been determined whether or not the couple had any children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q89

Beryl M Collett was born in 1912, her birth being recorded at Rochford register office in Essex (Ref. 4a 1436) during the first three months of that year, the daughter of Algernon and Winnie Collett.  She was only a few years old when her parents took the family to live in Weston-Super-Mare, perhaps even sometime during the Great War.  She later married William L F Down at Axbridge in Somerset during the final three months of 1932 (Ref. 5c 1136).  William had been born at Barnstaple in Devon during the fourth quarter of 1911 (Ref. 5b 744).  It is not known at this time if they had any children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q91

Muriel W Collett was born in 1916 the daughter of Algernon Percy Collett and Winifred Mary Gill which was confirmed at the Rochford register office (Ref. 4a 1319) during the first quarter of the year.  Her family left Essex just after she was born and settled in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset, and it was there that she married William Hancock.  The register office there recorded the marriage as taking place during the first three months of 1938 (Ref. 5c 876).  Over the following years Muriel presented William with four children.  They were all born at Weston-Super-Mare and were Peter W Hancock (born Dec Qtr 1939 Ref. 5c 1281), Gillian M Hancock (born Dec Qtr 1941 Ref. 5c 1104), Margaret R Hancock (born Dec Qtr 1943 Ref. 5c 563), and Robert Hancock (born Mar Qtr 1946 Ref. 5c 562).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q92

Sheila Collett was born at Plymouth during 1927, the eldest of the two daughters of Stanley and Ethel Collett.  It was also at Plymouth register office that her birth was recorded (Ref. 5b 277) during the first three months of that year.  When she married Bernard Wesley Grimsey the event was recorded at Surrey South Eastern register office during the third quarter of 1958 (Ref. 5g 1985).  Bernard appears to have been born at Hackney in London during the last three months of 1928 (Ref. 1b 479).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q93

Ursula Collett was very likely born in Scotland in 1929 when her father was based there with the Royal Navy.  She is believed to have married Peter Elliott and, like the wedding of her sister Sheila (above), it too was recorded at Surrey South Eastern register office (Ref. 5c 2117) during the third quarter of 1962.  Once married Ursula presented Peter with a daughter Alison Elliott whose birth was recorded at Surrey South Eastern register office during the last three months of 1963.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q94

Cecil Lambert Collett was born at Brighton during the second quarter of 1887 (Ref. 2b 287), the eldest child of William Reuben Collett and his wife Jane Henrietta Collett.  He was recorded as Cecil L Collett, age three years in the Brighton census of 1891, and around four years later the family moved to Hasting, where again he was recorded as Cecil L Collett, who was 13 in 1901.  Another move took the family to Eton in Buckinghamshire where they were residing in 1911 when Cecil was 23 and listed with his family under his full name.  Cecil was in his mid-thirties when he married Winifred A Cousens at Eton during the last three months of 1925 Ref. 3a 2054).  It is possible that his wife was Winifred Amy Cousins who was born at Shardlow in Derbyshire. 

 

 

 

 

 

Cecil Lambert Collett, master grocer, was named, with his brother Percy (below), as the join executors of their mother’s personal effects at Oxford in 1952, following her death the previous year.  Cecil Lambert Collett died at Hammersmith in London, where his passing was recorded during the second quarter of 1973 (Ref. 5b 1588).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q95

Percy Herbert Collett was born at Brighton in 1888, the second child of William and Jane Collett, and his birth was recorded at Brighton register office (Ref. 2b 270) during the last three months of the year.  He was two years old in Brighton in 1891 and was 12 years of age in 1901, by which time he and his family were living in Hastings.  Ten years later Percy Herbert Collett, age 22, was still living with his family, but at Eton in Buckinghamshire.  He married Dorothy H Webb at Greenwich in London during the last three months of 1925 (Ref. 1d 1717), while Dorothy was born at Kingston-on-Thames in Surrey during the third quarter of 1890 (Ref. 2a 305).

 

 

 

 

 

One later record discovered relating to Percy was at the time of the death of his widowed mother in 1951, following which Percy Herbert Collett, a newsagents manager, was one of the two executors of his late mother’s estate when her Will was proved in Oxford.  Percy Herbert Collett died at Worthing in 1970 and his widow Dorothy died seven years later when her death was also recorded at Worthing (Ref. 18 2112) but under her full name of Dorothy Helena Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q102

Major Edwin Collett was born at Cornforth in County Durham during 1907, the only known child of Alwyn Collett and his wife Beatrice Othick Clarke, although other children may have been born to the couple after 1911.  On the occasion of the census that year Major Edwin Collett was three years old when he and his parents were residing in Darlington.  When he married Ruth Anderson (1907-1975) at Richmond in New South Wales, Australia in early 1930 the parents of Major Edwin Collett were confirmed as Alwyn and Beatrice Collett.  The marriage resulted in the birth of two children, as listed below.  It was also in New South Wales that Major Edwin Collett died in 1981.

 

 

 

 

 

2R91

Linda Ruth Collett

Born in 1930 at Richmond, NSW

 

 

2R92

Edwin Collett

Born in 1932 at Richmond, NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q103

Rowland A Collett was born at Southall, London in 1890, his birth being recorded at Uxbridge during the September quarter of that year.  He was the only son of Frank Charles Collett and his first wife Florence who, who in 1901 were living in Truro where Rowland was 10 years old.  Sadly died during the first decade of the new century his mother died and by 1911 his father had remarried and was living at Banbury in Oxfordshire.  Where he was at that time has not been discovered.  Rowland was nearly forty years old when he married Nellie Annie Jennings at Watford during the first three months of 1930.  Nellie was born at Sevenoaks in Kent during the second quarter of 1887.  Rowland A Collett was married for twenty-six years, when he died at St Albans during the first quarter of 1956, at the age of 65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q104

Alan Collett was born at Battersea in London on 2nd September 1897, the only known child of Ernest Austin Collett and Grace Bourne who were married just nine months earlier.  Although Battersea was named as his place of birth in the census of 1901, it was at Wandsworth during the last three months of 1897 that his birth was registered.  The Battersea census in 1901 recorded Alan Collett, age three years, living there with his parents.  What happened next in his life is unsure, but by 1911 he and his father were residing at Driffield, south-west of Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire when Alan Collett was 13. 

 

 

 

 

 

Where his mother was at that time is not known, except that she died at Battle in Sussex in 1944.  Alan was around 33 when he married Winifred May Henderson at Hailsham in Sussex during the last three months of 1930, Winifred having been born at Wandsworth in the September quarter of 1898.  It was also at Hailsham that his father died in 1955.  It is perhaps a little curious that Alan’s and Winifred’s only known child was born fifteen years after they were married, and at the same place that Alan’s mother had died during the preceding year. 

 

 

 

 

 

The only other known facts regarding Alan Collett are that he died at Hastings during the month of August in 1991, and that he was not the named executor of his father’s estate.  Instead that role was granted by the probate office to his wife Winifred Collett and that it took nearly seven years to finally resolve some issues surrounding the settlement of his father’s estate.

 

 

 

 

 

2R93

Colette Collett

Born in 1945 at Battle, Sussex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q105

Kenneth Norton Collett was born at Chipping Norton in 1903, the only child of James Collett and his first wife Lavinia Gertrude Maud Gillett.  By the time of the census in 1911 he and his parents were living in Coventry, when Kenneth was seven years old.  Just fifteen months after that his mother died, and nearly eighteen months later his father married for a second time.  Sadly Kenneth Norton Collett was around 18 years old when he died during 1921, following which he was buried at Coventry on 5th July 1921.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q106

Clarice Wilmore Annie Collett was born at Coventry on 25th September 1914, the eldest child of James Collett and his second wife Alice Cresswell.  Clarice later married Stanley Fish at St Michael’s Church, Stoke in Coventry on 24th December 1939.  Stanley was born at Hollis Road in Coventry 22nd October 1913, the son of David Fish and his wife Louisa Stockdale.  The marriage of Clarice and Stanley produced two children, the first of which was David Fish who was born in 1941, and in March 1946 their daughter Sheila was born.  Clarice Wilmore Annie Fish nee Collett lived a very long life and was thrilled to receive a birthday card from Queen Elizabeth II in 2014.  It was eighteen months later that she passed away on 2nd April 2016, following which she was cremated at Canley Crematorium in Coventry.

 

 

 

 

 

Before she married Stanley he had enlisted for military service the Royal Corps of Signals on 27th May 1937 and was called to colours on 31st August 1939 at the outbreak of the Second World War.  He served in France from the start of the war as a Lance Corporal, but was evacuated from Dunkirk on 30th May 1940.  Thereafter he served at various points around the UK and then returned to France, Holland and Germany with the Royal Artillery during 1944-45.  He was discharged during October 1945.  Thirty years later he was employed by General Electric Company at Coventry as a telecommunications engineer.  Stanley Fish died at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry on 2nd March 1980.  Today their son David Fish is married with two sons of his own, Richard and Robert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q107

Norman James Stewart Collett was born at Coventry in 1919, where he died less than two years later and was buried on 5th March 1921

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q108

Marjorie Joyce Collett, who was known as Joyce, was born at 20 Coombe Street in Coventry on 6th June 1922, the youngest of the two surviving daughters of James Collett and Alice Cresswell. 

 

She attended the nearby school in Brays Lane and on completing her education she took up employment as a commercial clerk.  At the time of her wedding she was still living with her parents at 20 Coombe Street in Coventry.

 

Marjorie was 19 when she married watcher-maker James Poynton who was born at Bacup in Lancashire on 6th October 1914, the son of Solomon Poynton and Sarah Dobson.

 

 

 

 

 

The marriage took place at St Michael’s Church in Stoke, Coventry on 20th September 1941 and produced a son and a daughter for the couple.  Their son Colin James Poynton was born at Bradford on 6th April 1943, and after the end of the war the family returned to Coventry, where they lived with Marjorie’s parents at 20 Coombe Street for a few years.  On leaving Coombe Street the family settled in Allesley, about four miles north-west of Coventry, and it was there that Marjorie presented James with their daughter, Julie Ann Poynton, who was born on 31st July 1957.

 

 

 

 

 

In 1970 the family was living at 76 Church Lane in Stoke, Coventry.  James Poynton died at Coventry Hospital on 12th October 1977, while his wife Marjorie Joyce Poynton nee Collett survived for a further five years, until she passed away at Coventry on 14th January 1983.  It was Colin Poynton, who now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with his wife Jenny and their two daughters, who kindly provided the information about the second family of his grandfather James Collett.  We are also grateful to Colin for supplying a written statement concerning his memories of that time just after the war, when he and his parents were staying at 20 Coombe Street, as detailed in the Appendix One at the end of this file.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q109

James Collett was born at 20 Coombe Street in Coventry on 1st March 1926, the youngest of the four children of James and Alice Collett.  James married Joan McCarthy on 14th June 1952 at St Michael’s Church, Stoke in Coventry.  Joan was born in Kent on 14th June 1925.  It was very likely James’ occupation that caused the couple to live in different places during their early life together, since each of their three children were born at different locations.  However, by the time of the birth of their last child the family was settled back in Coventry, when they were living at 65 St Ives Road in Wyken, to the east of the city centre.  It is therefore curious why the birth of that child was registered in the town of Meriden, to the west of Coventry.  Joan Collett nee McCarthy died at Coventry on 18th September 1985, and was survived by her husband for a further fifteen years.  James Collett died at Coventry on 10th March 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

2R94

Roger Collett

Born on 15.05.1953 in Scotland

 

 

2R95

Angela Collett

Born on 03.06.1954 at Pershore, Worc.

 

 

2R96

Jacqueline Collett

Born on 26.11.1965 at Coventry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q110

Alfred W Collett was born at Camberley in Surrey, although it was at Farnham register office (Ref. 2a 102) that his birth was recorded during the third quarter of 1891, the eldest child of Frederick Collett and Louisa Agnes Baker who were not married on 5th April, the day of the census that year.  Therefore his mother was with-child on the day that she married his father.  Sometime after the birth of his sister Kathleen in 1896, Alfred’s family moved to nearby Aldershot where they were living in 1901 when Alfred was nine years old.  It is unclear whether his father died during the first decade of the new century since he was not living with the family at Easthampstead, nor was Alfred.  By that time 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps because he became a professional soldier, Alfred was forty-nine when he married Violet M Card at Croydon (Ref. 2a 2117) during the last three months of 1940.  Violet was born at Wandsworth in London during the second quarter of 1893 where her birth was recorded (Ref. 1d 616).  The couple was married for fourteen years when Alfred W Collett died in London, his death recorded at Hackney register office (Ref. 5c 117) in the first three months of 1955.  Violet survived for a further twelve years when she passed away in 1967, her death recorded at the Middlesex register office in Barnet (Ref. 5a 67) in the first quarter of that year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q111

Kathleen Mary Collett was born at Camberley in 1896, her birth recorded at Farnham (Ref. 2a 119) during the final three months of the year.  A year after she was born her father secured work in Aldershot, and it was there that Kathleen, aged four years, was living with her family in 1901.  On leaving school she also left the family home, which by 1911 was in Easthampstead where just her mother was living with Kathleen’s younger siblings.  On the day of the census that year Kathleen Collett from Camberley was 14 when she was staying with or just visiting her uncle Algernon Collett and his family at Farnham. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten years later she married Arthur Freeman May in the third quarter of 1921, the event being recorded at Windsor register office (Ref. 2c 1163).  He was born at Easthampstead during the first quarter of 1896 (Ref. 2c 404).  Against the norm, it was Kathleen Mary May nee Collett who passed away first, when she died at Windsor in the second quarter of 1961 (Ref. 6a 205), while it was over eighteen years later that her husband died at Bracknell where his death was recorded (Ref. 19 0026) in last quarter of 1979.  Their marriage produced a son Nigel E May who was born at Windsor in 1925 (Ref. 2c 697), who married Pamela J Sermon at Windsor in the second quarter of 1958 (Ref. 6a 393).  Pamela presented Nigel with two children, both born at Windsor, and they were Jacqueline May (born in 1959) and Nigel K May (born in 1961).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q112

Ernest Frederick Collett was born at Aldershot in 1899, the son of Frederick and Louisa Collett whose birth, like those of his siblings, was recorded at Farnham register office (Ref. 2a 110) during the first three months of 1900.  Sadly it was during the next few years when his father died leaving 11 year-old Ernest living at Royal Oak Cottages, Fern Bank Road in Ascot Heath with his mother and his two younger brothers (below) in April 1911.  He was thirty years old when he married Grace Emily Austin at Easthampstead in Berkshire during the second quarter of 1929 (Ref. 2c 1069).  Grace was born at Windsor during the last three months of 1904 (Ref. 2c 412).  The marriage produced one child who was born at Windsor.  The death of Ernest Frederick Collett was recorded at Windsor register office (Ref. 6a 168) in the final three months of 1951.  Just over twelve years later Grace Emily Collett nee Austin passed away, her death also recorded at Windsor (Ref. 6a 222) during the first quarter of 1965.

 

 

 

 

 

2R97

Cynthia A Collett

Born in 1931 at Windsor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q113

Harry Edward Collett was born at Aldershot in 1901 according to the census in 1911, although his birth was recorded at Farnham register office (Ref. 2a 120) during the second quarter of 1901.  He was the son of Frederick and Louisa Collett, but it was just with his widowed mother and his two brothers Ernest (above) and Harold (below) that he was living at Royal Oak Cottages, Fern Bank Road in Ascot Heath by the time of the 1911 Census when he was 10 years old.  It was sixteen years later that he married Dora Decima Bowyer at Windsor where the marriage was recorded (Ref. 2c 836) during the first three months of 1927.  Coincidentally Dora was born at Easthampstead during the June quarter of 1904 (Ref. 2c 419), so it seems likely that it was there that they first met.

 

 

 

 

 

Their marriage produced a total of five children who were all born at Easthampstead, the first of them being born within the same three months that the couple was married.  Harry Edward Collett died in 1973 when his death was recorded at Windsor register office (Ref. 6a 631) during the second quarter of that year.  Dora Decima Collett nee Bowyer was a widow for just six years, when she passed away, with her death also being recorded at Windsor (Ref. 19 0703) in the June quarter of 1979.

 

 

 

 

 

2R98

James Ronald K Collett

Born in 1927 at Easthampstead

 

 

2R99

Vera Grace Collett

Born in 1929 at Easthampstead

 

 

2R100

Lewis Edward Collett

Born in 1935 at Easthampstead

 

 

2R101

Doris A Collett

Born in 1937 at Easthampstead

 

 

2R102

Freda Collett

Born in 1940 at Easthampstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q114

Harold Percival Collett was born at Aldershot during the third quarter of 1903, the son and last child of Frederick Collett and Louisa Agnes Baker.  Harold hardly knew his father, who died when he was still very young, and by the time of the census in 1911 seven year-old Harold Percival was living at Royal Oak Cottages, Fern Bank Road in Ascot Heath with his mother and two older brothers (above).  Nothing further is known about Harold at this time, except that his death was recorded at Bracknell register office (Ref. 19 0039) in Berkshire during June 1981 at the age of 77.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q115

Ruby Cornelia Collett was born at Little Rissington on 20th September 1895, the first child of Lewis Collett and Blanche Kate Wyatt, who were only married a few weeks before she was born.  For whatever reason, by the time her next two siblings had been born, Ruby was being cared for by her maternal grandmother in 1901 and again in 1911.  On both occasions Ruby was staying at the Bell Inn at Bourton-on-the-Water, the first time when she was five and later when she was 15 and a dressmaker’s apprentice.  In each of the census returns her place of birth was stated as being Little Rissington, while her grandmother in 1901 was named as Mary Tyler and in 1911 as Mary Giles, each time her place of birth was given as Great Rissington.

 

 

 

 

 

The marriage of Ruby Cornelia Collett, aged 23 and the daughter of Louis Collett, a groom/gardener deceased, and Herbert Austin Lane who was 22 and the son of Austin Albert Lane, took place at Bourton-on-the-Water on 6th February 1919, six years after the death of her mother.  Although nothing further is known about her life after she was married, the death of Ruby Cornelia lane nee Collett at the age of 75 was recorded at Banbury register office (Ref. 6b 2801) during March 1971.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q117

William Seymour Collett was born at Bourton-on-the-Water on 12th March 1900, the second child and eldest of the three sons of Lewis Collett and Blanche Kate Wyatt.  By the time of the census in 1911 his family was residing in Stow-on-the-Wold where William was 11 years old but incorrectly recorded as William Seymons Collett.  On 21st May 1925 the Edinburgh Gazette described William Seymour Collett as being a mail sorting clerk and telegraphist from Dudley.  He was 73 years old when he died, although nothing is currently known about his life immediately prior to that.  The death of William Seymour Collett was recorded at Exeter register office (Ref. 7a 1157) during the first three months of 1973.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q119

Horace Lewis Collett was born at Stow-on-the-Wold on 2nd August 1910 after his family had moved there from Bourton-on-the-Water.  He was the youngest known son of Lewis Collett and Blanche Kate Wyatt.  In the Stow census of 1911 Horace Lewis Collett was just eleven months old.  Tragically he was two years old when his mother died at Stow-on-the-Wold, perhaps during the birth of a further child for the family.  Like his brother William (above), nothing is known about the life of Horace except that he was 70 years of age when he died in 1980, his death recorded at Windsor and Maidenhead register office (Ref. 19 0845) during the month of March in 1980. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2Q122

Harold Algernon Collett was born at Farnham in Surrey on 26th November 1905, the eldest of the three children of Algernon Collett and Susan Elizabeth Baker who were married at Colchester in Essex nine months earlier.  Harold later became a painter and a decorator and that was how he was described in 1954, following the death of his father when he was granted administration of his father’s effects.  It was during the first three months of 1991 that Harold Algernon Collett died at the age of 85, his death being recorded at North-Western Surrey register office (Ref. 17 772).