BRANSCOMBE TIMELINES

The Twentieth Century

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@1900

15 January, Aston district Harold Cecil Branscombe born. Birth registered March Q, Aston district.[1] [d.15 January 1902. Ninth child of glass manufacturer Edward Henry & Emma (Bennett - m.1880 Aston Brook). Siblings Maud Mary (1881 Birmingham), Elsie (1882 Birmingham), Beatrice Alice (b.1885 Aston, m.1915 Aston, Herbert Green (d.1964 Erdington), d.1972 Bangor), Margaret Emma (1887 Birmingham), Constance Elizabeth (1889 Birmingham - 1891), Edward Bennet (1890 Birmingham), Constance Gertrude (b.1898 Aston, remained a spinster, d.1972 Pontllyfni), Muriel (1897), Cyril Tom (1905-1909)]

 

? February, Mudgee?: Emma Branscombe [b.1877], third child of Henry "Harry" William & Susannah Burrell, marries Andrew Hartcher [b.1871].[2]

 

20 February, 84 Southam Street: Eleanor May, daughter of general labourer William Hambridge & Emma Elizabeth (Rogers - m.1889 Notting Hill), born. Registered 10 April 1900 at Kensington District, by the mother.[3] Baptised 1 April, Christ Church, Notting Hill.[4]

 

March quarter, Birkenhead district: George Arthur Branscombe's birth is registered.[5] [poss m.1930 Mary E Jones?]

 

March quarter, Hendon district: Winifred Branscombe's birth is registered.[6] [Married 1927 Willesden to Dodman]

 

March quarter, Westminster district: Frank Stanley Branscombe's birth is registered.[7]

 

March quarter, Romford district: Mary Ellen Branscombe marries ? [8] [poss widow of Charles Alexander Branscomb, d.1899? Poss m. Marott? cf: marriage of daughter Ettie Marianne, 1911]

 

March quarter, Bethnal G district: Mary Ann C Branscombe marries ? [9]

 

2 March: The Relief of Ladysmith. `London went mad. Not until the night of 11 November 1918 would the capital see such rejoicing, such wild enthusiasm.'[10]

 

April, Kumasi, West Africa: Death of William Harcourt Branscombe, of Cape Coast Castle, West Africa, born in Bristol 1873, son of William & Emma (Bigwood - m.1860 Bristol?). Probate of his will is granted in London to William Branscombe, Gentleman. £184.3s.[11] [cf:1902 for an account of his murder. William is probably his father, d.1912, Eastbourne. Poss siblings: Henry James (1862 St.Kilda, Victoria, Australia), Mary Elizabeth (1863 Richmond, Victoria), John Ernest Mackay, (1879 Barton K district)]

 

1 April, Christ Church, Notting Hill: Eleanor May, daughter of labourer William Hambridge & Emma Elizabeth (Rogers - m.1889 Notting Hill) of 84 Southam Street, baptised. Born 20 February.[12]

 

June quarter, Camberwell district: Leslie Branscombe's birth registered.[13] [Married 1924, West Ham, to Winifred G Sellick]

 

June quarter, Camberwell: Frederick Branscombe marries ? [14]

 

September quarter, Rochford district: Florence Maud Branscombe's birth is registered.[15] [married 1922, Greenwich, to Felix]

 

September quarter, Birkenhead district: Francis Valentine Branscombe's birth is registered.[16]

 

September quarter, St.Thomas district: Robert Douglas Branscombe marries ? [17] [son of John, grocer of Heavitree (b.1841 Morchard Bishop, d.1888 Heavitree) & Ellen (d.1911), m. Maud Wakeham. Children: Winifred E (1905), Douglas John (1907)]

 

September quarter, Windsor district: Henry Branscombe marries ? [18] [poss b. 1880 Englefield Green, Surrey? Poss reg Old Windsor in the 1901 census, poss wife Edith, aged 20, born Old Windsor? Poss brother of William?]

 

September quarter, Bolton district: Hannah Branscombe marries ? [19]

 

September quarter, Richmond S district: Ada Branscombe marries ? [20] [according to Suzanne Langford letter of 3 May 1997, this is Ada Annie, born 13 Sept 1869 at West Street, Maidenhead, to Anthony Bransom and Ann (Brown). Anthony was a baker and Ada Annie was registered as Bransom. But when Ada married George Relf Stanley Chandler, on 15 Aug 1900, she was registered as Branscombe. Their address is 13 Honblen Road, Richmond, Surrey. Anthony is described on the certificate as a tradesman]

 

23 October, Maitland, N.S.W: Doris Irene Branscomb, daughter of George Arthur & home, Maria Agnes Home, baptised. (IGI)

 

13 November: Ann Branscombe, wife of William, dies, aged 81.[21] An extract of death certificate[22] says she was buried on the 14th. It gives the place of death as West End, Mudgee, and the cause as ("cerebral apoplexy?"). Details of her father and mother are marked "not known". Informant is Harry Branscombe, her son. It shows her place of marriage as Devon, although her husband William's certificate of death (10 March 1895) states they were married in Jersey. Her surviving children are listed:

 

                        Mary A.                       57
                        Charlotte                      54
                        Harry W.                      50
                        Jane L.                         47
                        Sarah                           43

 

December quarter, Holborn district: Grace Branscombe's birth is registered.[1]

 

December quarter, Greenwich district: Emily Louise Branscomb's birth is registered.[24]

 

December quarter, Godstone district: Clement W Branscombe marries ? [25] [poss Clement William, bp.1878 St.Saviour, Southwark, son of Harry Branscombe, bricklayer of Withycombe Raleigh, & grandson of builder Henry & Mary Ann (Horn - m.1836 Exeter?). Siblings: Henry John (1874?),  Emma Mary (1875?), Alice (1877?), Olive & Ada. cf: 1881 census for Camberwell]

 

Cecil Sharp, formerly director of the Adelaide Conservatorium, becomes a collector of English folk songs. According to his assistant, interviewed in The Theatre Magazine, his first encounter was an impromptue soiree at the house of a Somerset landowner, where the "staff" gave a recital. The gardener's song, The Seeds of Love, became the first of Sharp's celebrated collection.[26]

 

A Mr. Brownscombe, carpenter, has a workshop in the outbuildings formerly belonging to the late William Abbot, wooldealer, (d.1871) at Bradiford, Pilton, Devon.[27]

 

John Sims Reeves [b.1818], famous English tenor and teacher of Edward George Branscombe [George Edward Salmon], dies.[28]

 

Harry Stanley Branscombe appointed Rector of Pulford, Cheshire, to 1905.[29] [Harry Stanley, son of John Graham & Sarah (Cother-Rider). Married Grace West Pearce, 1897 Camelford. Children: John Stanley Graham (1898 Chester), Monica (1899), Gwyneth Mary & Winifred Violet (1901), Edward (1909]

 

Approximate year Frederick J Halsey (Grandad's brother - "Uncle Fred") is born, fifth child of Frederick & Annie (Halsey - m.1881 Kensington). [siblings: Beatrice Annie (1882), Florence Elizabeth Rose (1884), Albert J (1892?), George Jesse (1899?), Margaret Millicent (1904)]

 

London:population; is the largest city in the world, with a population of 4 million. (cf: 1800 - 1 million)

 

Britain controls 25% of the world's population, and an equal percentage of the world's land-mass.

 

The Central Line opens, .

 

Tacoma, Washington state: Approximate year of birth of Virginia Branscombe. She marries William Earle Darrah in about 1926. She was a stenographer for US Marshall Albert A. White. Darrah was Deputy US Marshall in Ketchikan. They were married by US Commissioner V.A. Paine.[30]

 

@1901

22 January, Osborne: Reign of Queen monarchsVictoria ends at 18:30 (since 1837). monarchsEdward VII succeeds to the throne (to 1910).

 

`No-one then alive will forget the mourning for Queen Victoria. All England draped itself in black. White-clad Englishmen in Africa bought black-bordered handkerchiefs. Little girls wore black for the first time. The regret was not for the old lady - rather stupid, very bigoted and, recently, almost mindless - who had died at . Rather, it was regret for a way of life, and for an age, in which belief in human progress seemed tenable. In which scientific knowledge certainly increased. In which riches were multiplied, and in which the flag of flew over the lands which promised as much as El Dorado.'[31]

 

March quarter, Kensington district: Alfred Branscombe's birth is registered.[32] [may have died 1901]

 

March quarter, Windsor district: Edith Florence Branscombe's birth is registered.[33] [registered in the 1901 census for Old Windsor]

 

4 April: The first permanent public electric tramway in London, the London United, begins service between Shepherd's Bush and Acton.[34]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Alfred Branscombe's birth registered.[35] [duplication of March entry?]

 

June quarter, Holborn district: Arthur Claude Branscombe's birth registered.[36]

 

June quarter, Chester district: Gwyneth Mary & Winifred Violet Branscombe's births registered.[37] [Twins. Third & fourth children of Harry Stanley & Grace (West Pearce - m.1897). Siblings: John Stanley Graham (1898), Monica (1899), Edward (1909). Great-grand-daughters of John & Ann (Graham) of Highbury]

 

William Branscombe, son of William & Emma (Bigwood - m.1860 Bristol?) was murdered by African natives in Ashanti (Gold Coast?), in April 1900, generating what is described as a `thick file' of correspondence, held in the government archives in Accra. This reportedly includes a letter from Joseph Chamberlain, asking for information. The following letter is dated July 1901, Kumasi, and is from Captain B Stewart, Resident, to the Governor. It is stamped `Received 10 August 1901, Colonial Secretary's Office, Gold Coast'. It is also marked `confidential'.

 

`Sir,

I have the honour to forward the following report on the murder of the late Wm Branscombe, an Engineer in the employ of the Ashanti Goldfields Co. for the information of H.E. the Governor. In April 1900 it appears that Wm Branscombe was on his way from (Lusomah?) to Kumasi, for the

purpose of signing some concessions his Company were in negotiation for. He was unaware that the hostilities had commenced and arrived at the village of (Emalim?) in (Ahafo?) where he was well treated by the Chief called (Gimmah?). He then continued his march to the village of (Impasafelna?), near where he was attacked by an armed party sent out by (Elfilfa?), one of the native Committee of Kumasi, under the command of one (Akwisi Gewoo?). 11 of his carriers were killed, but Wm Branscombe himself managed to escape into the bush while the (Ashanti?) were busy breaking open his boxes, where he wandered for about two days, ultimately walking into (Emalim?), the village he had left the morning he was attacked. Unfortunately for him, messengers from (Elfilfa?) were in the village, telling the Chief what had happened, and ordering him to search for the whiteman and kill him.

 

Chief (Gimmah?) was disinclined to do this, but consented on threats being made that (Elfilfa?) would (look?) him as friendly to the English and would attack him later on if he failed to carry out his orders. Chief (Gimmah?) now gave orders that he should be killed and (Elfilfa?) his neighbour was the principle person who wished him to do so and it was this man who first actually attacked Wm Branscombe. Cutting him down with a machete, he struck him five times and then some of the crowd beat the body with sticks. (Elfilfa?) now ordered two of them called (Amanguah?) and (Guume?) to cut off the head, which was done by them, and the head given to (Elfilfa?).

 

From the evidence it seems that Wm Branscombe was quite dead when this was done by them and so to my regret, these men could hardly be hanged for murder, but they were sentenced to twenty years penal servitude each, and another man called (Akwesi Mensah?) who was present, and assisted them, to ten years penal servitude. The two Chiefs of the village of (Emalim?) called (Gimmah?) and (Kofi Afo?) undoubtably gave the order for, or (...?) sanctioned the death of Branscombe but were not brought to trial as the (senior?) chief called (Gimmah?) was a very old man and died before I could arrest him. Chief (Kofi Afo?) hung himself to avoid arrest.

 

(Elfilfa?) in his defence stated that he received news that an Officer with Hausas was advancing from the West and he sent an advance party under (..?) to attack them, and this was done, but he had nothing to do with the murder. He (...?) he attacked the whiteman in fair fight. Of course it is possible and very (probable?) that Wm Branscombe may have been taken for a Haussa Officer, as we had Officers and men in (Sufurlie?) and British (Samian?) District, to the west of Kumasi.

 

Chief (Elfifa?) has since been deported to Seychelles for life.

 

Wm Branscombe was killed by blows form a machete and was not tortured in any way. I state this clearly, as many stories have been spread about that he was brutally tortured before being killed, and I'm sure it will be some comfort to his relatives to hear that it is not correct.

 

All Wm Branscombe's boxes were looted, and I was able to recover only a few trifles of little or no value which I forwarded to Wm (Champion?), the manager of the Ashanti Goldfields.

 

Wm (Champion?), while at Kumasi, informed me that Wm Branscombe had £730 with him, belonging to the Company, when he was attacked. So I gave orders that this money was to be searched for and brought in. (Kofi Sinclure?) the Chief who was entrusted with this work, recovered £400 from the different headmen and others who had looted Wm Branscombe's caravan. This money I have paid into the Treasury (Chest?) at Kumasi, awaiting His Ex. the Governor's authority as to its disposal. I attach a copy of a letter from the Ashanti Goldfields Co. as to a reward to be paid to the Chief that recovered the money. As soon as I receive the Governor's authority for paying £25 to £30 to this Chief, I will do so, of course this sum is to be deducted from the £400 recovered.

 

It has been a long and (..?) business to get to the bottom of, as everyone shielded each other. But I can safely say that the actual murderer has paid the penalty for his crime, and those by whose authority it was done are either dead or deported. Of course, many other people were in the village looking on, and no doubt some of them beat the dead body with sticks, but it was difficult to prove this, and I fancy many were in it. The principals, however, have been taken and suffered, justice at last being done, and I hope that H.E. the Governor will take my view of the case, in not executing more than the actual murderer, though the others were accessories, no doubt. I felt (..?) in all fairness that there ought to be some difference (...?) between the actual murderer and those that mutilated the body after death.

 

(Ampoful?) was hung this morning, all troops in the garrison being present and large crowds of (Ashantis?).

 

I have the honour to be, Sir, Your Obedient Servant...'[38]

 

See www.anglogoldashanti.com for a brief history of the company.

 

17 August, Chalvey Grove, Slough: Martha Branscombe dies, aged 84. She is the widow of William Branscombe, `Rent Collector'. Dr. J.Blackwell certifies her death from `exhaustion, age, congestion of lungs & (croup?). Registered 17 August, Eton district. Informant, present at the death, is her nephew, Thomas Frances Crouch, of Board School, Trafalgar Street, Walworth.[39] [b. Penshurst, Kent. bp. Martha Crouch, 13 July 1817, Tonbridge Independent Chapel, daughter of shoemaker Edward & Mary. Third wife of

William Branscombe, shoemaker of Torquay (b.1796 Dawlish, m.1865, Newton Abbot district). This is the first time William is referred to as a Rent Collector. Previously he was described as a shoe or boot-maker, a cordwainer, or a gentleman]

 

September quarter, Holborn district: Frederick Dradge Branscombe's birth registered.[40] [cf:1879 March quarter, Shoreditch district, Frederick Drage Branscombe's birth registered - poss father? cf also:1909, William Drego b. Holborn - sibling?]

 

September quarter, Aston district: Jessie Branscomb's birth registered.[41] [poss daughter of Harry, grand-daughter of glass bottle-maker Samuel & Phoebe Louise -?. If so, she remained a spinster. Poss siblings of Jessie: Samuel, George Henry (1903) & Evelyn][42]

 

December quarter, Toxteth Park district: Ernest W Branscombe's birth registered.[43]

 

December quarter, Birkenhead district: Norman Herbert Branscombe's birth registered.[44] [married 1932 Birkenhead to Nora Blewitt. Son Harold E b.1933]

 

December quarter, Whitechapel district: Richard A Branscomb's birth registered.[45]

 

10 December, 48 Parliament Street, Aston, Warwickshire: Sarah Branscombe dies, aged 67. Probate of her will is granted to Edward Henry Branscombe, glass manufacturer, in 1902. £1,583.0.8d.[46] [Sarah Yardley m.1854 Birmingham to Edward Branscomb (b.1836 Oxford), glass manufacturer, d.1893. Edward Henry is her son (b.1856 Birmingham, d.1928 Birmingham). 48 Parliament Street has been Sarah's home since at least 1880, when Edward Henry was married from there]

 

Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio transmission at St.John's, Newfoundland.

 

Seebohm 's study of urban poverty in York, Leeds and Sheffield becomes the focus of a movement towards social reform which would eventually lead to the National Health Service.

 

H. [Henry] Branscombe, tinsmith of listed in the N.S.W. Post Office Directory.

 

Arthur Branscombe's The Cradle of Washington & the Home of the Franklins (`profusely illustrated by the author...'), published in London & New York by the Anglo-American Exchange.[47]

 

Possible year Edward Branscombe first tours Canada with the Westminster Glee Party.[48] In the national census, he is registered in Acton with his wife Mary. [m.1892 St. Giles-in-the-Fields, London. Divorced before 1912]

 

The national census: Branscombe's population is 627, down from 742 in 1891 and 1017 in 1851. `... a rapid decrease, even compared with the surrounding neighbourhood.'[49]

 

Census registers: John Branscombe, 33, born St James, Plymouth, a ‘Cpo’ (?) [no place of census is given in the transcript, nor any explanation about John’s occupation]

 

Aston, Birmingham: census registers Henry Branscomb, 19, born Birmingham, a Glass Bottle Manufacturer, Minnie Branscomb, 19, born Birmingham, Samuel Branscomb, 1,  born Birmingham.

 

Aston Manor: census registers Sarah Branscomb, 65, born Birmingham, living On Own Means.

 

Atherington, Devon: census registers John Brownscombe, 59, born Atherington, Farmer,

Ellen Brownscombe, 56, born Sampford Peverell, Devon, Farmers Wife, Fred Brownscombe, 31, born Atherington, Farmers Son.

 

Barking, Essex: census registers Walter Branscomb, 22, born Camberwell, General Labourer.

 

Beckenham, Kent: census registers Harry Brunscombe, 22, born Peckham, London,  Bricklayer.

 

Bermondsey, London: census registers ... ? Branscomb, 28, born Bermondsey,  Greengrocer’s Assistant, and Robert Branscomb, 12, born Bermondsey. [no christian name given in the transcript]

 

Berrynarbor, Devon: census registers Thomas Brownscombe, 37, born Parracombe, Devon, Farmer, Jane Brownscombe, 31, born Combmartin, Devon, Mary Brownscombe, 13, born Combmartin, Thomas Brownscombe, 11, born Combmartin, Farmers Son, Jane Brownscombe, 5, born Combmartin.

 

Bethnal Green: census registers Ethe Branscomb, 18, born Bethnal Green.

 

Bideford: census registers William Brownscombe, 67, born Bideford, Retired Seaman,  William Brownscombe, 33, born Langtree, Devon, Mason, Lucilla Brownscombe, 32, born Shebbear, Devon, Elizabeth Brownscombe, 24, born Langtree, Housemaid Domestic, Edwin Brownscombe, 20, born Bideford, Joiner.

 

Birkenhead: census registers Maggie Brunscombe, 41, born Denbighshire, Philip Brunscombe, 40, born Liverpool, Printer, Florence Brunscombe, 17, born Birkenhead,  Philip Brunscombe, 16, born Birkenhead, Shop Boy Chemist, Beatrice Brunscombe, 13, born Birkenhead, Lina Brunscombe, 11, born Birkenhead, Violet Brunscombe, 7,  born  Birkenhead, Horace Brunscombe, 5, born Birkenhead, Ruby Brunscombe, 2, born  Birkenhead.  

 

Birkenhead: census registers Harold Branscombe, 39, born Liverpool, a plater’s helper in shipyard. [b. registered December quarter 1863, West Derby district. poss m.1898 West Derby district?]

 

Birkenhead: census registers Delia Branscombe, 30, born in Ireland,

 

Birkenhead: census registers Frederick Branscombe, 49, born in Shrewsbury, a ship yard labourer. [prob merchant seaman Frederick John Pennington, b.1849 Shrewsbury, son of Frederick Alphonso & Harriet (Hitchcock - m.1839 Oxford). m. Sarah Ann (Lewis - 1892 June Q, Liverpool district) Frederick's second marriage. Prob first marriage in 1882 Barton R district? Children of Frederick: poss Frederick, Philip, Mark, Bert, George, Daisy, Susan, Lily, Stella, May? A Frederick Bronscombe, 80, born Oxford, retired, is also registered in Birkenhead, in this census – poss Frederick Alphonso?]

 

Birkenhead: census registers Sarah Branscombe, 31, born in Birkenhead. [prob Sarah Ann (Lewis – m. June quarter 1892, Liverpool district), Frederick John Pennington  Branscombe. [50] Second marriage of Frederick John. cf: 1882 for poss first marriage. Poss children: Frederick William (19 July 1892), Philip, Mark, Bert, George, Daisy, Susan, Lily, Stella, May?]

 

Birkenhead: census registers Mark Branscombe, 13, born in Bristol, an errand-boy,  Frederick Branscombe, 8, born in Birkenhead, Sarah Branscombe, 7, born in Birkenhead, George Branscombe, 5, born in Birkenhead, Susan Branscombe, 3, born in Birkenhead, May Branscombe, 1, born in Birkenhead. [prob children of Frederick John Pennington Branscombe. Mark b. Sept Q 1887, Bristol dist., poss m. 1911 Birkenhead, - Porter? Frederick William b. 19 July 1892, 7 Hind Street, Birkenhead. Sarah Harriet b. March Q 1894 Birkenhead. George Henry b. March Q 1896, Birkenhead. Susan Annie b. March Q 1897, Birkenhead. Poss m. 1923 Birkenhead to - Finlay? May Louise b. December Q 1899, Birkenhead. poss m.1920 Birkenhead to - Clements?]

 

The census for Birmingham lists: Alice Branscombe, 24, shopkeeper, born in Birmingham, and Amy Branscombe, 50, living on own means, born in Birmingham.

 

Birmingham: census registers Amy Branscombe, 50, born Birmingham, Living On Own Means, Amy Branscomb, 29, born Birmingham, James Branscomb, 29, born Aston Manor, Cycle Frame Files, Alice Branscombe, 24, born Birmingham, Shopkeeper,

Emily Branscomb, 6, born Aston Manor, Edwin Branscomb, 2, born Aston Manor.

 

Bratton Fleming, Somerset: census registers Edward Brownscombe, 66, born Bratton Fleming, Living On Own Means.

 

Brentor, Devon: census registers John Brunscombe, 62, born Coryton Devon, Baker & Grocer, Mary Brunscombe, 59, born Towcester Northamptonshire, Alfred Brunscombe, 22, born Brentor, Baker & Grocer.

 

Bromley, Middlesex: census registers Alice Branscombe, 21, born Mile End, London,  Tailor’s Machinist.

 

Camberwell: census registers Frederick Branscombe, 50, born Kingsbridge, Joiner, Florence Branscombe, 38, born Norwich, Florence Branscombe, 36, born Bermondsey,  Mantle Maker Tailor, Frederick Branscombe, 24, born Camberwell, Carpenter, Clement Branscombe, 22, born Bermondsey, Bricklayer, Lilian Branscombe, 22, born Camberwell, Florence Branscombe, 21, born Dulwich, Cook Domestic, Mabel Branscombe, 21, born Bermondsey, Albert Branscombe, 10, born Walworth, London,  William Branscombe, 8, born Walworth, Frederick Branscombe, 6, born Peckham, Leonard Branscombe, 4, born Peckham.

 

Chipping Sodbury: census registers Sidney Branscomb, 46, born Rock Ferry, Cheshire, an inn keeper. [Sidney is the licencee of the New Inn, Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury, in 1902. Rock Ferry is in Birkenhead. In 1903, the licence changes hands. He may be the Sidney A. Branscombe who dies in Birmingham dist., in 1917]

 

Also in Chipping Sodbury, possibly at the same address: Phoebe Branscomb, 40, born Birmingham, Walter Branscomb, 17, born Birmingham, Glass Blower, Jessie Branscomb, 15, born Birmingham, George Branscomb, 10, born Birmingham. [Sidney may be Sydney, the ‘missing’ brother of  Samuel Branscomb (c1858-1896), husband of Phoebe Louise Cooper (m.1881) and father of Walter Harold, Ada Jessie and George, whose ages and birth places all match]

 

Clee, Lincolnshire: census registers Harry Brunscombe, 39, born Torquay, Mariner, Ada Brunscombe, 38, born Hull, Yorkshire, Seamstress, Ada Brunscombe, 13, born Grimsby,   Lincolnshire, Ethel Brunscombe, 10, born Grimsby.  

 

Clerkenwell: census registers George Branscombe, 46, born Chelsea, House Decorater, Edith Branscombe, 21, born Battersea, Dora Branscombe, 19, born Bloomsbury, Herbert Branscombe, 17, born Bloomsbury, Dresser’s Assistant, Ernest Branscombe, 12, born  Battersea.  

 

Colan, Cornwall: census registers Edward Brinscombe, 30, born Newton Abbott,  Horseman On Farm, Hannah Brinscombe, 30, born St Austell, Cornwall, Laura Brinscombe, 10, born St Blazey, Cornwall, Edward Brinscombe, 9, born Luxulian, Cornwall, Albert Brinscombe, 6, born Langteglosby Forley, Cornwall, Reginald Brinscombe, 5, born Fowley, Cornwall, Hilda Brinscombe, 3m, born Colan, Dorothy Brinscombe, 2, born Newlyn East, Cornwall.

 

Croydon: census shows Lydia Branscombe, 19, born Croydon. [poss Lydia Obrecht Branscombe, b. 1 May 1881 Croydon, only child of Henry (1844-1887) & his second wife Marie (Obrecht - m.1880). Registered in the June quarter, Croydon district.[51] First wife Lydia (Williams - m.1871). Half-siblings: Bianca Adeline (1872), Henry Graham (1873), Varinka Muriel (1874), Juanita Madeline (1876), Carmelina Geraldine (1878-1880). Lydia m.1915 Kensington, to John Gay Wilkinson, solicitor, who is an executor, with Juanita, of the will of her aunt, Charlotte Mortimer Branscombe, spinster, who died in 1923 at 166 Highbury New Park. Lydia died in 1927 without issue, and John married again, to Amy Sophia -? John died in 1944]

 

Croydon: census shows a Maria Branscombe, 54, a French national born in France, living on own means. [prob Marie (Obrecht – m.1880), second wife of Henry (1844-1887), living with her daughter Lydia]

 

Fulham: census registers Elizabeth Brownscombe, 64, born Northum, Devon, George Brownscombe, 34, born Bideford, Meat Carver, Emily Brownscombe, 33, born Torquay,   

Emina Branscombe, 26, born Bermondsey, Domestic Servant, Annie Brownscombe, 7, born Cornwall, Alice Brownscombe, 5, born Bideford, George Brownscombe, 3, born  Bideford, Edwin Brownscombe, 2, born Chelsea.  

 

Essex: census registers Arthur Branscombe, 38, an upholsterer born in St. Marylebone.

 

Hackney: census registers Emily Branscombe, 76, born Ipswich, Suffolk, Samuel Branscombe, 42, born Hackney, Umbrella Manufacturer’s Clerk, Annie Branscombe, 39, born Clapton, Middlesex, Lydia Branscombe, 37, born Clapton, Amy Branscombe, 23, born West Ham, Essex, Cook Veg., Frederick Branscombe, 22, born Notting Hill, Plumber & Gasfitter.

 

Heavitree: census shows Ellen Branscombe, 65, born South Wonford, a sub-postmistress, Robert Branscombe, 28, born Heavitree, a sorting clerk and telegraphist, Jessie Branscombe, 23, born Chistowe, Devon.

 

High Bickington, Devon: sensus registers John Brownscombe, 25, born High Bickington,  Harness Maker, Florence Brownscombe, 22, born Hollacombe, Ready Made ...Trade, Charles Brownscombe, 31, born High Bickington, Farmer & Wheelwright, Elizabeth Brownscombe, 31, born High Bickington, William Brownscombe, 7, born High Bickington, Mary Brownscombe, 6, born High Bickington, Charles Brownscombe, 5, born High Bickington, Harold Brownscombe, 3, born High Bickington, ... ? Brownscombe, 6 M, born High Bickington, Ann Brownscombe, 3M, born High Bickington.

 

Highweek: census shows Anna Branscombe, 60, born in Highweek, living on her own means.

 

Hill Entire, Gloucestershire: census registers George Branscombe, 45, born Winchester, Living On Own Means, Marie Branscombe, 42, born Brighton, Brian Branscombe, 13, born Bishopsteignton, Dorothy Branscombe, 11, born Bishopsteignton.  

 

Hornsey, Middlesex: census registers Maria Branscomb, 68, born Clerkenwell, Living On Own Means.

 

Huntshaw Entire, Devon: census registers Mary Brownscombe, 82, born Torrington,  Retired Farmer’s Widow, Ann Brownscombe, 74, born Week St Mary, Devon, Farmer, Edward Brownscombe, 54, born Huntshaw, Farmer, Caroline Brownscombe, 44, born  Instow, Devon, John Brownscombe, 41, born Huntshaw, Farmer’s Son, Annie Brownscombe, 35, born Huntshaw, Farmer’s Daughter, Elizabeth Brownscombe, 35, born Huntshaw, Farmers Daughter, Lavinia Brownscombe, 33, born St Giles In The Wood, Devon, Housekeeper Domestic, Charles Brownscombe, 20, born Huntshaw,  Farmer’s Son, Sarah Brownscombe, 18, born Huntshaw, Farmer’s Daughter, Samuel Brownscombe, 14, born Huntshaw, Thomas Brownscombe, 13, born Huntshaw,

William Brownscombe, 8, born Huntshaw, Studley Brownscombe, 7, born Huntshaw.

 

Ilfracombe, Devon: census registers William Brinscombe, 1, born Ilfracombe.

 

Islington: census registers Mary Branscomb, 78, born Dawlish, Living on Own Means, Mary Branscombe, 67, born Highlabor, Essex, Living on Own Means, Edwin Branscomb, 49, born Hackney, Plumber, Adelaid Branscomb, 40, born Dawlish, Book Keeper, Caroline Branscombe, 32, born Petersfield, Hampshire, Eleanor Branscombe, 30, born  Highbury, London, Waitress, Frank Branscombe, 29, born Canada, Cab Driver, Lucy Branscomb, 29, born Hackney, Elizabeth Branscombe, 28, born Bermondsey,

Lucy Branscomb, 9, born Hackney, William Branscombe, 7, born Holloway, London,  

Edwin Branscomb, 5, born St Lukes, London, Constance Branscombe, 4, born St Pancras, London, James Branscomb, 3, born Hackney, London, Frank Branscombe, 1, born St Pancras.

 

Islington: census shows William Branscombe, 36, born Dawlish, a tram conductor, living in Islington. [poss William Beard Branscombe, b. December Q Dawlish, son of Captain William Waymouth Branscombe, master mariner, & Mary (Beard - m.1854), m.1891 Petersfield, Hants., d.1927 Islington district]

 

Islington: census shows Emily Branscombe, 35, born Clifton Somerset, a missionary from China. [cf: 1866 March quarter, Bristol district, Emily Branscombe birth registered]

 

Kensington: census registers Caroline Branscombe, 54, born Carbroke, Norfolk,

Edward Branscombe, 50, born Manchester, Painter, John Branscombe, 50, born St Lukes London, Railway Checker, Ellen Branscombe, 45, born Barnch, Middlesex, Jane Branscombe, 42, born Kensington, Helen Branscomb, 42, born Kenston, London, Frederick Branscomb, 39, born Paddington, Paper Langer, Edward Branscombe, 26, born Barnch, Middlesex, Painter, William Branscombe, 25, born Kensington, Pork Butcher Assistant, Emily Branscombe, 23, born Barrow, Suffolk, Florie Branscombe, 19, born North Kensington, Charley Branscombe, 18, born Chelsea, Van Guard, Alfred Branscombe, 17, born North Kensington, Daisy Branscombe, 16, born North Kensington,  Joseph Branscombe, 16, born Marylebone, Van Guard, Alice Branscomb, 16, born Paddington, General Servant, Frederick Branscomb, 14, born Kensington, Van Guard, Albert Branscombe, 13, born Chelsea, Edith Branscombe, 12, born Kensington, Violet Branscombe, 10, born North Kensington, Bertie Branscombe, 9, born North Kensington, Harry Branscombe, 8, born Chelsea, George Branscomb, 8, born Kensington, William Branscomb, 7, born Kensington, Rose Branscombe, 5, born North Kensington, William Branscombe, 5, born Chelsea, James Branscomb, 4M, born Kensington, Walter Branscombe, 2, born Kensington, Alfred Branscombe, 1M, born Kensington.

 

Kentisbury, Devon: census registers Agnes Brownscombe, 70, born Bratton Fleming, Devon, James Brownscombe, 68, born Bratton Fleming, Farmer, Dorcas Brownscombe, 32, born Combe Martin, James Brownscombe, 30, born Glamorganshire, Wales, Farmer, Dorcas Brownscombe, 1, born Kentisbury.

 

Lambeth: census registers Agnes Branscombe, 54, born Brighton, John Branscombe, 52, born Carning Town, Essex, Wholesale Stationer’s Accountant, Charles Branscombe, 48, born Plaiston Marsh, London, Artist In Black & White, Harriet Branscombe, 46, born Walworth, London, Richard Branscomb, 46, born Plainston, Essex, Manager Cocoa Rooms, Eleanor Branscomb, 38, born Camberwell, Charles Branscombe, 27, born Brixton, Wholesale Stationer’s Assistant, Ada Branscombe, 26, born Brixton, Milliner, Alice Branscombe, 24, born Southwark, Housemaid Domestic, Frederick Branscombe, 23, born Kennington, Surrey, Clerk Cork Merchants, Henrietta Branscombe, 22, born  Kennington, Surrey, Edith Branscombe, 20, born Kennington, Surrey, Dressmaker, Lilian Branscombe, 18, born Kennington, Surrey, Blouse Sewing Machinist, Gilbert Branscombe, 17, born Kennington, Surrey, Shipping Clerk, Leslie Branscomb, 11M, born  Camberwell, Charles Branscombe, 9, born South Lambeth, John Branscombe, 7, born Stockwell, Percy Branscomb, 6, born Camberwell, Nellie Branscomb, 4, born Camberwell.

 

Lancaster, West Derbyshire: Annie Branscombe, 49, born Leeds, Confectioner.

 

Langtree, Devon: census registers Joseph Brownscombe, 59, born Buckland, Devonshire,  Farm Laborer Ordinary, Mary Brownscombe, 58, born Langtree, John Brownscombe, 36, born Langtree, Farm Laborer Ordinary, Sarah Brownscombe, 21, born Langtree, William  Brownscombe, 13, born Langtree.

 

Leytonstone, Essex: census registers Edwin Branscombe, 46, a commercial clerk born in Hoxton, Sarah Branscombe, 46, born in Stepney, Arthur, 9, born in Leytonstone, Elsie, 4, born in Leytonstone. [Edwin poss baptised 9 November 1856, St. Luke's, Old Street, Finsbury, fifth child of John & Emma (Scales - m.1840). poss m.1887 West Ham Sarah Ann - ? Poss children: Edwin Harold S (reg.1889), Arthur Edwin & Arthur Alfred (reg.1891), Annie Emma & Rose Evelyn (reg.1892), Elsie Lilian (reg.1898) d.1927 Rayleigh, Essex?]

 

Littleham (Exmouth): census shows Clement Branscombe, 51, born Exmouth, a baker, confectioner and shopkeeper, Harriet Branscombe, 52, born in Exmouth, Emma Branscombe, 49, born in Abbots Kerswell, a cook domestic, Florance Branscombe, 21, born Marylebone, Mabel Branscombe, 18, born Marylebone.

 

Liverpool: census registers Horatio Branscombe, 44, born Chelsea, “musician organist” [poss Horatio Arthur Branscombe, b. Chelsea c. 1857, third child of house decorator/oil & colorman Frederick George Branscombe & Elizabeth (? - m.1850 St. George Hanover Square district). cf:1861 census for 2 Cadogan Terrace, Chelsea. Siblings: Elizabeth (b. about 1851 Chelsea), George William (b.about 1855 Chelsea). Horatio goes up to New College, Oxford, in 1875, aged 18.[52] He marries ? in Holborn in 1878, and Ellen M Judge in Birkenhead, 1924. He dies in 1941, in north Wales]

 

Liverpool: census registers Dorothy Branscombe, 19, born in Liverpool. [poss b. March quarter 1882, Liverpool district, Dorothy Gertrude Branscombe.[53] m.1914 Liverpool?]

 

Liverpool: census registers Eliza Branscombe, 55, born in Cirencester.

 

Liverpool: census registers Philip Branscombe, 16, born Liverpool. [poss Philip Arthur, b. registered Liverpool 1884 Sept Q or Birkenhead, Mar Q 1885? Poss father Philip m. 1883 West Derby district? cf: 1905 Liverpool directory for Borough Road, Birkenhead]

 

Liverpool, Toxteth Park: censusus records Ernest Branscombe, 35, born Hoxton, London, Tabacco Manager Leaf, Christina Branscombe, 29, born Scotland, Emma Branscombe, 5, born Liverpool.

 

London: census registers Jno Branscombe, 61, born Torquay Devon, a Carman.

 

London, St Luke: census registers Thomas Branscombe, 31, born Hoxton, Essex, Varnish Ware House, Eliza Branscombe, 30, born St Luke, Essex, Willie Branscombe, 7, born St Luke, Essex, Grace Branscombe, 5M, born St Luke, Essex, Lessie Branscombe, 4, born  Camberwell, Florance Branscombe, 2, born St Luke, Essex.

 

Lynton, North Devon: census registers William Brownscombe, 35, born Bishopstow, Devonshire, Harness Maker, Rosa Brownscombe, 33, born Barnstaple, William Brownscombe, 1, born Barnstaple.

 

Maidstone, Kent: census registers William Brownscomb, 51, born Appledove, North  Devon, School Master Majistrate, Ethel Brownscomb, 25, born Liverpool, Ella Brownscomb, 16, born Maidstone.

 

Mile End Old Town, London: census registers Marianna Branscomb, 61, born London,  Repairing Furrier.

 

Newcastle, Westgate: census records Charles Branscombe, 40, Coachman. [transcript does not show his place of birth]

 

Newington, London: census registers Winifred Branscombe, 61, born I Of Wight N K, Mantle Finisher.

 

Newport, Monmouthshire: census registers Mary Branscombe, 48, born Chepston,  Monmouthshire, William Branscombe, 48, born Newport, Carter, Clara Brownscombe, 31, born Appledore, Devon, Albert Brownscombe, 29, born Appledore, Builder, William  Branscombe, 4, born Newport, Cyril Brownscombe, 4m, born Newport, John Brownscombe, 4, born Newport, Harriet Brownscombe, 3, born Newport.

 

Northam, Devon: census registers Elizabeth Brownscombe, 80, born Wear Gifford, Devonshire, Eliza Brownscombe, 75, born Tremington Devon.

 

Northchurch, Hertford: census registers Elizabeth Branscomb, 73, born Brasford, Wiltshire.

 

Old Windsor, Berkshire: census registers Louisa Branscombe, 47, born Datchet, Buckinghamshire, Laundress, William Branscombe, 24, born Englefield Green, Surrey, General Labourer, Frances Branscombe, 21, born Englefield Green, Henry Branscombe, 21, born Englefield Green, General Labourer, Edith Branscombe, 20, born Old Windsor, Louisa Branscombe, 17, born Englefield Green, Laundress, James Branscombe, 15, born  Englefield Green, Garden Boy, Frederick Branscombe, 13, born Englefield Green, Alice Branscombe, 9, born Englefield Green, Frederick Branscombe, 2, born Old Windsor, Henry Branscombe, 1, born Old Windsor, Edith Branscombe, 4m, born Old Windsor. [William poss b. 3 September 1877. m. Windsor June Q 1899. Joan says he married Frances Mary Butler. He prob d. Windsor Mar Q 1914, aged 37. Frances poss remarries Ethelbert T. Hales, Windsor, 1921? Henry poss m. 1900 Sep Q? Edith poss his wife? James may m. 1909 Windsor Rose Edith Webb. A descendent claims he and two of his brothers, Henry and William, all died in service in WWI]

 

Paddington: census registers Thomas Branscombe, 42, born Paddington, Bricklayer’s Labourer, Ann Branscombe, 42, born Paddington, William Branscombe, 18, born Paddington, Rivetter’s Lad, Ada Branscombe, 16, born Kensington, General Domestic, Arthur Branscombe, 16, born Paddington, Van Guard, Alice Branscombe, 12, born London, George Branscombe, 10, born Paddington, Lillian Branscombe, 8, born Paddington. [prob Thomas Fox II, born 22 September 1857, 7 Alfred Place, Paddington, fifth child of Thomas Fox Branscombe, journeyman plasterer, & Mary (Hill - m.1855 Notting Hill). Thomas m. 1882 Kensington district, Julia (Goddard), registered as Ann J. in the 1891 census for 86 Woodchester Street, Paddington. Their children at that time were William T., 8, Arthur G., 6, Harry, 4, and George A., 1]

 

Paignton, Devon: census registers William Brinscombe, 33, born Stoke Gabriel, Devon,  Horse Haulier Contractor, Selina Brinscombe, 28, born Paignton, Walter Brunscombe, 18, born Staverton, Devon, Carter, Selina Brinscombe, 7, born Paignton, William Brinscombe, 2, born Paignton, Clara Brinscombe, 1, born Paignton.

 

Peterborough, St John the Baptist: census registers Helena Branscombe, 26, born Grantham, Lincolnshire, Hotel Waitress, Arthur Branscombe, 4, born Kettering. [no trace of either births]

 

The census for Plymouth shows: Frederick Branscombe, 35, born Plymouth, a naval pensioner, Belinda Branscombe, 32, born Plymouth, and Frederick Branscombe, 5, born Plymouth. [prob Frederick Branscombe, b. December quarter 1865, Plymouth district, first child (?) of John Branscombe of Calstock, Cornwall, bargeman, and Sarah (Northsworthy - m.1856 East Stonehouse) of Kingsbridge. cf: 1881 census. Married 1893 Plymouth? Poss children: Olive Sarah J (1894 Plymouth), Frederick John H (1895 Plymouth), William Richard (1896 Plymouth), Alice May (1898 Plymouth), Ivy Lilian (1902 Plymouth)? Frederick senior poss d.1924 Plymouth district?]

 

Pokesdown, Hampshire: census registers Florence Branscombe, 19, born London,  Laundress. [poss Florence Maud, b. March Q 1881 Camberwell, or Florence Alice, b. March Q 1882 Kensington?]

 

Portsmouth: census shows Joseph Branscombe, 61, born in Westminster, a shoe maker. [no record of his birth]

 

Prittlewell ? : census registers Emily Branscombe, 30, born Stanway, Essex, Arthur Branscombe, 28, born Mile End, London, House Decorator, Florence Branscombe, 7m, born Southend, Essex, John Branscombe, 2, born Southend. [poss Arthur Alfred, b. September quarter 1872, Mile End district? m.1891 West Ham district? d.1960 Stepney? Poss registered in the Woodford, Essex, household of his grandfather, George Bird, in the 1881 census?]

 

Pulford, Chester: census shows Varinka Branscombe, 25, born Penge, Surry. [poss  Varinka Muriel, daughter of Henry Branscombe & Lydia (Williams - m.1871), born 1874, baptised 8 January 1875 at St.Paul's, Upper Norwood, London.[54] Siblings: Bianca Adeline (1872), Henry Graham (1873), Juanita Madeline (1876), Carmelina Geraldine (1878-1880), Lydia Obrecht (1881 - by Henry's second wife, Marie Obrecht). Varinka died a spinster. Poss staying with her cousin, Harry Stanley Branscombe, appointed Rector of Pulford in 1900?]

 

Pulford, Chester: census shows Harry Branscombe, 36, born Port of Spain, Trinidad, a clergyman of the C of E., Grace Branscombe, 31, born Camelford, Cornwall, John Branscombe, 2, born Holy Trinity, Chester, Monica Branscombe, 1, born Chester Cathedral precincts, Gwenyth & Winifred Branscombe, 1 month, born Pulford. [Harry Stanley, b.1864, son of John Graham Branscombe, barrack-master, & Sarah Ann (Cother-Rider, m.1861 Torquay). Married Grace West Pearce 1897, Camelford Cornwall]

 

Ramsgate, Kent: census registers E. Branscomb, 32, born Stoke Gabriel, Devon, Servant Domestic. [poss Elsela, born Stoke Gabriel about 1872, the first child of Samuel Brimicombe, an agricultural labourer and Thursa. In the 1881 census for Stoke Gabriel, they had another child, Henry, aged 2. He was also born in Stoke Gabriel] [55]

 

Rotherhithe, London: census registers Robert Branscomb, 34, born Bermondsey, London,  Mechanical Enginer, Rose Branscomb, 31, born Bermondsey, Rose Branscomb, 6, born Bermondsey, Maud Branscomb, 2, born Bermondsey, Emily Branscomb, 6m, born Peckham. [poss Robert Alexander Charles, born Rotherhithe March Q 1866, son of James Alexander, himself the third? child of solicitor Walter & Jane Branscomb of 1 Wine Office Court, Fleet Street?In the 1881 census, a Robert of the right age is registered as the son of James and an engineer’s assistant, in Bermondsey]

 

Rugby: census shows William Branscombe, 52, born Rugby, railway engine driver, Eliza Branscombe, 55, born Opton, Staffordshire, Lily Branscombe, 19, a hatters shop assistant, born Rugby, Maggie Branscombe, 14, born Rugby. [William Edward, b. 21 June 1850, Queen Street, Rugby, son of William Branscomb, stone mason, and Mary Ann (Mitchell - m.1847 Coventry).[56] Baptised, St. Matthews, Rugby, 9 Nov 1851. (IGI)  William Edward married 3 March 1881, St. Andrew, Rugby, Eliza Bect. (IGI). It was William Edward’s second marriage. William poss d.1915 Rugby? William senior son of Edward & Ann (Starling - m.1817, Dartmouth), brother of second great-grandfather Edward. Lily May Branscombe b. March Q 1882, Rugby. Maggie Bray Branscombe born March quarter 1886, Rugby district]

 

St Clement Urban, Cornwall: census registers Alfred Brownscombe, 23, born Maidstone,  Assistant Master.

 

St Marylebone, London: census registers Lottie Brinscombe, 22, born Newton Abbot,  Kitchenmaid Domestic.

 

St Pancras, London: census registers Robert Branscombe, 68, born Torquay, Night Watchman Port, Charlotte Branscombe, 66, born Wood Ditton, Cambridge, Esther Branscombe, 45, born St Pancras, Green Grocer, Katherine Branscombe, 42, born  Highgate, Working House Keeper, John Branscombe, 16, born St Pancras, Railway Vanguard. [Robert John, b. 17 December 1832, Tormoham, Torquay, eighth and last child of third great-grandparents Edward Branscombe & Ann (Starling - m. 1817, Dartmouth). Bp. 27 Jan 1833, Tormoham. poss m. 1853 Exeter, Charlotte Cave, then as a widower m. 1873 Paddington, Charlotte Smith?Poss d.1911 Pancras?]

 

St Woolos, Monmouthshire: census records John Brownscombe, 53, born  Appledore, Devon, Builder, A. Brownscombe, 50, born Appledore, Arthur Brownscombe, 21, born Newport, Monmouthshire, Bricklayer, Harold Brownscombe, 17, born Newport, Carpenter, Laura Brownscombe, 15, born  Newport, Clerk Telegraph.

 

Shoreditch, St. Leonard: census registers Mary Branscombe, 59, born Blackfriars,  Shirt Ironer, Thomas Branscombe, 56, born St Lukes, London, Plumber’s Maker. [poss Thomas, first child of John Branscombe & Emma (Scales - m. 1840), bapt 2 March 1845, St. Luke's, Old Street, Finsbury, first child of John Branscombe & Emma (Scales - m. 1840)? cf: 1841 census. Siblings: Mary (1848), John (1851), William (1853), Edwin (1856), Emma (1861), William Mortlock (1863), Ernest (1865), Alice Maud (1869). Married Mary A. (?) of Southwark. By the time of the 1881 census, Thomas was living in Shoreditch with 6 children, working as a wood carver. Poss d.1907? cf: 1901 census for Stratford Bow for poss brother William Mortlock]

 

Slough: census registers Martha Branscombe, 83, born Penshurst, Kent. [b. Penshurst, Kent. bp. Martha Crouch, 13 July 1817, Tonbridge Independent Chapel, daughter of shoemaker Edward & Mary. Third wife of William Branscombe, shoemaker of Torquay (b.1796 Dawlish, m.1865, Newton Abbot district). d.1901 Chalvey Grove]

 

Southwark, St. Saviour: census transcript shows an “Irarita” Branscombe, 24, born Penge, a hospital nurse. [prob Juanita Madeline Branscombe, bapt. 8 July 1876, St. Paul's, Upper Norwood,  born 5 June. Fourth child of Henry Branscombe & Lydia (Williams - m.1871, d.1879).[57] Siblings: Bianca Adeline (1872), Henry Graham (1873), Varinka Muriel (1874), Carmelina Geraldine (1878-1880), Lydia Obrecht (1881 - by Henry's second wife, Marie Obrecht). In 1923 Juanita, a spinster, is an executor/beneficiary of Charlotte Mortimer Branscombe's will. The other executor is John Gay Wilkinson, husband of Lydia Obrecht. Juanita dies in 1980, Kensington district, aged 104]

 

Southwark, St George the Martyr: census registers Harry Branscombe, 53, born Exmouth,  Devon, Bricklayer, Emma Branscombe, 47, born City Of London, Henry Branscombe, 28, born Bermondsey, Bricklayer, Olive Branscombe, 18, born Southwark, Book Folding, Ada Branscombe, 17, born Southwark, Book Folding, Ethel Branscombe, 16, born Dulwich, General Servant Domestic. [This is most likely to be Harry, born 1848 Withycombe Raleigh, son of Henry the builder of Littleham and Bath. Poss m. Emma 1873 St. Olave? Their son Clement William registered Southwark district December quarter 1878, probably marries 1900, Godstone district. Their daughter Emma Mary Ann reg St Olave December quarter 1874, d.1957 St.Olave's Hospital, Bermondsey, a spinster aged 82. She was executor/beneficiary of the will of spinster Olive Maud Branscombe, of the same address, b.1882 Southwark, who died in Southwark in 1940. Also mentioned in the will is Ada Eleanor Branscombe, spinster, b.1884 Southwark]

 

Stratford Bow, St Mary, London: census registers William Branscombe, 37, born Hoxton,  Commercial Traveller, Emily Branscombe, 35, born Stoke Newington. [poss William Martlock, bapt 27 December 1863, St.Luke's, Old Street, Finsbury, seventh child of John & Emma (Scales - m.1840). Registered as William Mortlock, March quarter 1863, Shoreditch district.[58] William marries 1891, Hackney district. Siblings: Thomas (1845), Mary (1848), William or John (1851), William (1853 prob d. 1855), Edwin (1856), Emma (1861), Ernest (1865), Alice Maud (1869). Cf: 1901 census for Shoreditch for poss brother Thomas]

 

Stratton & Bude, Cornwall: census shows Charles Branscombe, 45, born Kingston, Surry, a licenced victualler, Ada Branscombe, 31, born Bridport, Dorset, a hotel proprietress, George Branscombe, 14, born Scotland, and Helen Branscombe, 12, also born in Scotland. [Charles Henry Branscombe b. March Q 1858, Kingston, son of Walter James (b.1836, m.c1855 Mary (Maria?) Burdett) cf:1881 census for Herringfleet, Suffolk. Poss a painter by profession? poss d.1924 Stratton district? Cf:1881 census for 9 Lorne Gardens, Marylebone – an Ada Branscombe, born in Scotland, is head of the household. The following year’s P.O. Directory says the house is occupied by Charles Branscombe. Helen M.K. Branscombe dies, in Stratton dist., June Q 1922]

 

Sudbury St Gregory, Suffolk: census records John Branscombe, 44, born Hackney, Middlesex, Silk Manufacturer’s Clerk, Amy Branscombe, 37, born Bishopsgate, London,  John Branscombe, 9, born Hackney, School Boy. [poss John William, son of draper John Hinam Branscombe & Emily (Womack Ridley - m.1855), registered Sept Q 1856 Hackney? John senior was registered as a silk merchant with premises in Church Street, Hackney, in an 1855 directory. If so, other children of John & Emily may include Samuel Ridley (b. ABOUT 1859), Mary Emily (1860-1865?), Annie Gertrude (1862 Hackney), Lydia Grace (1864 Hackney). The 1881 census for Hackney also lists a Lucy Chare (1848 Calcot, Somerset) as a daughter, so Emily may have been married before. cf:1861 census Hackney. John is an executor of his father's will, 1895. John junior poss m. 1890, June Q, Edmonton dist?]

 

The census for Swansea, Glamorgan, shows Mary Branscombe, 37, born Melbourne Australia. [prob. Mary Elizabeth Branscombe, spinster, executor of the will of Emma (Bigwood - m.1860 Bristol? to William) Branscombe, in Herne Bay, Kent, 1927? The Victorian Pioneers Index lists the birth of Mary Elizabeth to William Branscombe and Emma (Bigwood) at Richmond, 1862.[59] Poss siblings: Henry James (1862 St.Kilda, Victoria), William Harcourt (1873 Bristol - murdered in Ashanti, 1901)]

 

The census for Swansea, Glamorgan, shows Elise Branscombe, 25, born Clifton,. [poss Lilian Elsie, born June quarter 1876, Clifton district?]

 

The census for Swansea, Glamorgan, shows Jack Branscombe, 22, born Clifton, an office manager [poss John Ernest Mackay, son of William & Emma (Bigwood - m.1860 Bristol?), b. Barton K dist., March Q 1979. If so, he’s working as a sculptor with studios in Gloucester Road, London, by 1909. He d.1956 in Maidstone. He was the brother of William Harcourt Branscombe, b.1873 Bristol, murdered in Africa 1900. William senior d.1912 Eastbourne, Emma d.1927 Herne Bay. Poss other siblings: Henry James (1862 St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia), Mary Elizabeth (1863 Richmond, Victoria) who is also registered in Swansea at this time, possibly in the same house?]

 

The census for Swansea, Glamorgan, shows William Branscombe, 72, born Kingsbridge, living on own means, and Emma Branscombe, 58, born Bristol. [prob William and Emma (Bigwood – m. 1860 Bristol?), parents of John and Mary, also registered in Swansea at this time]

 

Uxbridge: census records Georgina Brownscombe, 44, born Shephered Brook, London,  Henry Brownscombe, 43, born Huntshaw, Torrington, Devon, Police Inspector, Annie Brownscombe, 16, born Pimlico, London, Elementary Schoolteacher, Herbert Brownscombe, 14, born Marylebone, Lionel Brownscombe, 7, born Holloway, London.

 

Walthamstow, Essex: census registers Rose Branscombe, 25, born in Barkingside, Essex. [no record of her birth]

 

Walton-on-the-Hill, Lancs (Liverpool): census registers Mary Branscombe, 39, born London (Middlesex), living on own means. [poss 1862 Camberwell or Dalston, or 1863 London?]

 

West Ham: census records Rose Branscomb, 20, born Mile End, London, Female Sorter G P O. [poss Rose Lilian registered Mile End June quarter 1881. Rose m.1904 West Ham?If so, she’s poss the daughter of Thomas Branscomb, born about 1856 Bethnal Green, a hatter and shaper, and Emily - ?, born in about 1852 in St George East parish. Poss other children: Emily J., born Mile End about 1878, Alice E., poss Alice Helena, reg June quarter 1879 Mile End? Cf: 1881 census for Mile End. Rose m.1904 West Ham?]

 

Willesden: census shows Thomas Branscombe, 31, born Brixton, a silver polisher, Emily Branscombe, 25, born St. Pancras, Emily Branscombe, 2, born Camden Town and Winifred Branscombe, 1, born Kilburn. [poss Thomas Henry, poss b.1867 Lambeth district, and poss marries 1897 Pancras?If so, he’s poss the son of Thomas Branscombe, b. Ashton circa 1831, recorded as a general carrier's clerk lodging in the household of coach-driver Peter Jones, in Plymouth St. Andrew. Thomas poss m.1863 Lambeth Mary Ann Nottage? Poss other child Alice Nottage b.1872 Islington? She poss m.1893 Islington?]

 

Withycombe Raleigh: census shows Alice Branscombe, 27, born Exmouth, a charwoman.  [no record of her birth so far, so perhaps Branscombe is her married name?]

 

The Australasian Stage Annual notes the marriage of Lilian Branscombe on p.63.

 

@1902

17 January, 47 Sutton Street, Aston: Harold Cecil Branscombe dies, aged 2, of measles, (pertussis?) and memingitis.[60] [b.15 Jan 1900]

 

30 March, Birkenhead: Frederick Alphonso Branscomb, formerly a printer's manager, dies, aged 81, at The Home, Parkfield Avenue. He died of old age. His son P. Branscomb, of 80 Borough Road, was in attendance. The death was registered 1 April.[61] [b. ABOUT 1821 Oxford, son of Robert Branscomb, tinman, (b.1786 London) & Eliza(beth) (Talboys - m.1819 Oxford). Frederick married Harriett Hitchcock in Oxford, 1839. Harriett d.1891 Birkenhead. Brother-in-law of Sarah (Yardley, d.1901). Philip Branscomb (b.1860 West Derby district), printer, is registered at 80 Borough Road, Liverpool, in 1905. The 1901 census lists Frederick’s surname as Bronscombe]

 

14 May: Elizabeth Hunt dies. Baptised 1827 Oxford, fourth child of tinman Robert Branscomb of London & Eliza(beth) (Talboys - m.1819 Oxford). Elizabeth registered in the 1851 census at Abingdon, Berkshire, as a music teacher. She married Charles Hunt in Birmingham, 1868, when she was aged 41.[62] [sister of Frederick Alphonso, above - sister-in-law of Sarah Yardley, below]

 

31 May: The Boer War ends, with the Peace Treaty of Vereeniging. (since 1899) The Boers accept British sovereignty in return for aid to restock arms.[63]

 

June quarter, Rochford district Arthur George Branscombe's birth registered.[1] [married 1924 Rochford to Doris Godbold]

 

June quarter, Windsor district: George Ernest Branscombe's birth registered.[65] [d.1905 March Q, Windsor]

 

June quarter, Plymouth district: Ivy Lilian Branscombe's birth registered.[66] [married 1923 Plymouth to Gibbs. Poss fifth and last child of Frederick & ? (? - m.1893 Plymouth?). Frederick poss b.1865 Plymouth district, first child (?) of John Branscombe of Calstock, Cornwall, bargeman, and Sarah (Northsworthy - m.1856 East Stonehouse) of Kingsbridge. Poss siblings of Ivy: Olive Sarah J (1894 Plymouth), Frederick John H (1895 Plymouth), William Richard (1896 Plymouth), Alice May (1898 Plymouth)?]

 

June quarter, Birkenhead district: Stella Branscombe's birth registered.[67] [married 1926 Birkenhead to Jones]

 

June: possible time of Edward [& Mary] Branscombe's first tour of Canada & the United States with the Westminster Glee Singers.[68] [or 1901? Possibly a second tour in 1902][69]

 

9 August: Coronation of Edward VII, postponed from 26 June, due to the King's appendicitis operation.[70]

 

September quarter, St.Olave district (Southwark): Nellie Branscombe's birth registered.[71] [married 1919 Lambeth to Stockwell]

 

12 September, Sudbury, Suffolk: John William Branscombe dies, aged 46. Executor is his widow, Amy Florence. The will is proved in Bury St.Edmunds.[72]

 

December quarter, Camberwell district: Alice Kathleen Branscombe's birth registered.[73] [married 1926 Camberwell to Smith]

 

December quarter, Holborn district: Amy Annie Branscombe's birth registered.[74] [died 1902. cf:1903, Amy Mary A b. Holborn - sister?]

 

Will of Sarah (Yardley), wife of Edward Branscomb, glass manufacturer of Birmingham, born in Oxford. [cf:1893 for Edward's will]

 

Glenroy Street;, Hammersmith, named by London County Council.

 

H. [Henry] Branscombe, tinsmith of Mudgee, listed in the N.S.W. Post Office Directory. The Hall's Post Office Directory of the same year lists him as a plumber.

 

Gena Branscombe [b.Picton, Ontario, 1881] is a teacher of piano at Chicago Musical College.[75]

 

Will of John William Branscombe of Sudbury, Suffolk, proved. Probate to widow Amy Florence Branscombe.[76]

 

Aston district: Harold Cecil Branscombe's death is registered (aged 2).[77] [registered as Branscomb, March Q 1900]

 

The peak year of the horse population in Britain. There are an estimated 3.5 million of the beasts. A horse eats at least 6 tons of food a year, the product of 4-5 acres of land. (21 million tons = 12 million acres) There is an estimated 10 million tons of droppings, per annum.

 

Sidney Branscomb is the licencee of the New Inn, Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury, where he was registered in the 1901 census. He was born in Rock Ferry, Cheshire (Birkenhead) in about 1855. In 1903, the licence changes hands.

 

@1903

3 January, 48 Gravelley Hill, Erdington: Cyril Tom Branscomb dies, aged 3, of diptheria after 3 days.[78]

 

20 January, Branscomb, California: Letter from Benjamin Franklin Branscombe, founder of the township of Branscomb, California, to his youngest sister.[79]

 

My dear Sister Emmy:

 

Your welcome letter of 17 inst. is at hand and I will endeavor to answer to the best of knowledge; but that is poor indeed as to the geneology of the Branscombe family.  As I am (in my own estimation) the most important one of the name will say I was born in Fayett County, Ohio on 24 day of March, 1836.

 

My father was born in Henrie County, Virginia in 1816.  Father's name was Joseph Edmond, His father Benjamin Branscombe, with his brother Edmond and another brother (name unknown) came to the U.S. shortly after the close of the Revolutionary War from England.- (but formerly from Scotland as their names imply).  Father moved to Ohio and married a Miss Dianah Pearce.  Her father was a cousin of President Pearce.  My grandmother Branscombe's maiden name was Southwood.  My father and mother moved from Ohio to Knox County, Ill and settled on Spoon River in 1838.  Father went to California in 1853, came back in 55, moved to Iowa in 55 and to Missouri in 56.  My father in writing his name left off the terminal "B", and added an "e".  My brother, C.A not knowing when to quit a good thing, retained both the "b" and the "e", thus Branscombe.

 

That is as far as my knowledge of the name goes and some of that is only tradition handed down from sire to son.  Of course I could go on and tell someting of my father's family and their names and ages, but should leave that to my sisters and brothers and leave you supply more recent data.

this leaves al well to date.  Give my love at all inquiring friends and relations and especially to lerla.  Your loving, Ben

 

March quarter, Southwark district: Henry Victor Branscombe's birth registered.[80]

 

March quarter, Aston district: George Henry Branscomb's birth registered.[81] [poss son of Harry, grandson of glass bottle-maker Samuel & Phoebe Louise -?. Poss siblings of George: Samuel, Jessie (1901) & Evelyn][82]

 

1 May: Ellen Branscombe, spinster, dies. Buried in Highgate cemetery, grave #20218. [b.1837 Kingsbridge, second child of John & Anne (Graham - m.1833). Siblings: John Graham (1834), Charlotte Mortimer (1841), Henry (1844)][83]

 

5 May, Toronto, Canada: Bianca Adeline Ord dies, aged 31. She is interred in the Ord family tomb. [niece of Ellen, above. Born 1872, Bianca Adeline Branscombe, first child of Henry & Lydia (Williams - m.1871). Siblings: Henry Graham (1873 - d.1897 Florida), Varinka Muriel (1874), Juanita Madeline (1876), Carmelina Geraldine (1878-1880), Lydia Obrecht (1881 - born to Henry's second wife, Lydia Obrecht, m.1880). Bianca married Lewis Ord in Toronto about 1897][84]

 

June quarter, Windsor district: Alfred Branscombe's birth registered.[85] [married 1925 (Windsor/Watford?) to Gladys A Trimmer. Children: Iris (1930)]

 

June quarter, Birmingham district: Frederick Matthew Branscombe's birth registered.[86]

 

September quarter, Wandsworth district: Frederick T Branscombe's birth registered.[87]

 

September quarter, Birkenhead district: Leonard Charles Branscombe's birth registered.[88]

 

September quarter, Windsor district: Violet May Branscombe's birth registered.[89] [d.1923 Windsor district]

 

September quarter, Greenwich district: Frederick C Branscomb's birth registered.[90]

 

December quarter, Holborn district: Amy Mary A Branscombe's birth registered.[91] [married 1931 West Ham to George F Groom. cf:1902, Amy Annie b. Holborn - sister?]

 

December quarter, Thingoe district: Vera Emily Branscombe's birth registered.[92]

 

15 December, 32 Devonshire Street, Marylebone: Margaret Millicent, sixth and last child of Frederick Halsey, GWR railway carman and Annie (Clark - m.1881 Kensington), is born.[93] [Grandad's sister - "Auntie Mag". siblings: Beatrice Annie (1882), Florence Elizabeth Rose (1884), Albert J (1892?), George Jesse (1899?), Frederick J (1901?)]

 

17 December, Kittyhawk: The Wright brothers achieve the first recorded powered flight, of 59 seconds.

 

H. [Henry] Branscombe, tinsmith of Mudgee, listed in the N.S.W. Post Office Directory.

 

Edward Branscombe & his wife Mary ("Marie" Hooton), pay their second visit to Australia [cf:1896], this time with the Westminster Glee Party, on their first full-scale colonial tour. It was a great financial success, with receipts at the Sydney Town Hall amounting to over £1000 in one week. They start the Australasian tour in Auckland. From 23-25 April, they play the Theatre Royal, Wellington.[94]

 

According to his obituary in the Natal Mercury [23 November, 1931] he also toured South Africa in this year, or 1904.

 

`A major boost to ballad popularity came with the arrival of the gramophone at the beginning of the 1900s when many famous singers of the day, such as Caruso, Melba, Chaliapin and Patti quickly overcame their early reluctance to commit their voices to the strange new medium. Just beginning his career then was Peter Dawson who made a successful test recording in 1904 and then began to record regularly ... eventually selling fourteen million discs before he retired in 1956. An almost exact contemporary of his in England was Norman Allin, whose deep bass voice provided him with an operatic career spanning forty years...'[95]

 

Black wax cylinder recordings are produced. [cf:1896,1905]

 

Charles Booth publishes Life and Labour of The People of the Land. In it, he describes North Kensington as one of the worst districts in London.

 

Toronto: Bianca Adeline Ord dies. Born 1872 Bianca Adeline Branscombe, first child of Henry (1844-1887) & Lydia (Williams - m.1871, d.1879). Bianca married Lewis Ord in Toronto, where her descendents still live.[96]

 

@1904

March quarter, St.Olave district: Frederick John Branscomb's birth registered.[97] [d.1927 Lewisham, the result of a motorbike accident, leaving a widow, Elizabeth]

 

8 May, St.Michael & All Angels, Kensington: Grandfather Edward George Branscombe (29), a bachelor painter of 30 Rackham Street, Kensington, son of painter Edward John, marries grandmother Edith Nunan (24), of the same address, a widow, daughter of cabman William Weston. Witnesses are John David Dear & Frances Dear.[98]

 

June quarter, Birkenhead district: Elizabeth E Branscombe's birth registered.[99] [poss d.1905 Sept Q, Birkenhead?]

 

September quarter, Rochford district: Ada Olive Branscombe's birth registered.[100] [d.1921 Billericay]

 

22 September: 's tram system opens.

 

December quarter, Croydon district: Harry Branscombe marries ? [101]

 

December quarter, Fulham district; Robert Branscombe marries ? [102]

 

December quarter, West Ham district: Rose Lilian Branscomb marries ? [103] [b.1881 Mile End? Cf: 1881 census for Mile End and 1901 census for West Ham]

 

December quarter, Kensington district: Ellen Edith 's birth registered.[104] [Dad's sister "Nell", married 1921 to Reuben J Lee. First child of Edward George & Edith Weston (Nunan - married 8 May this year)]

 

December quarter, Marylebone district: Alice Branscombe's birth registered.[105]

 

December quarter, Camberwell district: Alice Ada Branscombe's birth registered.[106] [d.1905 June Q, Camberwell]

 

December quarter, Kensington district: Charles Henry Branscombe's birth registered.[107] [married 1932 Kensington to Catherine M Bagnall. Poss only child b.1934 Morpeth?]

 

December quarter, Rochford district: Olive Maud Branscombe's birth registered.[108]

 

H.[Henry] Branscombe, tinsmith of Mudgee, listed in the N.S.W. Post Office Directory.

 

Probable year [or 1903?] of Edward Branscombe's (first?) tour of America with the Westminster Glee Party [or the Scarlet Mysteries?]. He definitely toured South Africa and India in this year.[109]

 

@1905

March quarter, Brentford district: Kathleen Enid Branscombe marries ? [110]

 

March quarter, Pontypridd district: Dorothy Branscombe's birth registered.[111]

 

March quarter, Birkenhead district: Leslie Arthur Branscombe's birth registered.[112] [poss m.1931 Birkenhead to Lilian M Smith?]

 

March quarter, St.Olave district: Florence Edith Branscomb's birth registered.[113]

 

March quarter, Aston district: Rose Alicia Branscomb's birth registered.[114] [poss daughter of Walter & (?) Pearce, grand-daughter of Samuel & Phoebe? Poss siblings of Rose: Maude, Sidney Wilfred (1921)][115]

 

March quarter, Windsor district: Edith Mary Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 22.[116] [b. ABOUT 1883 - no match at present, so may be a marriage? Poss wife of Henry, m. Sep Q 1900 Windsor, registered in the 1901 census for Old Windsor?]

 

March quarter, Windsor district: George Ernest Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 2.[117] [b.1902 June Q, Windsor]

 

5 March, Aston district: Cyril Tom Branscomb born. Birth registered June Q, Aston district.[118] [Tenth and last child of Edward Henry & Emma (Bennett - m.1880 Aston Brook). Siblings: Maud Mary (1881 Birmingham), Elsie (1882 Birmingham), Beatrice Alice (b.1885 Aston, m.1915 Aston, Herbert Green (d.1964 Erdington), d.1972 Bangor), Margaret Emma (1887 Birmingham), Constance Elizabeth (1889 Birmingham - 1891), Edward Bennet (1890 Birmingham), Constance Gertrude (b.1898 Aston, remained a spinster, d.1972 Pontllyfni), Muriel (1897), Harold Cecil (1900-1902). Cyril d.1909 buried in the grave of Edward Branscombe & Sarah (Yardley - m.1854 Birmingham), along with Maude Mary  (Welburn), eldest daughter of Edward Henry Branscomb & Emma]

 

20 March, New Unitarian Church, 461 Pitt Street, Sydney: John Crews Northsworthy Branscombe, seaman of HMS Mildura, aged 35, born Plymouth, son of pawnbroker John Oliver Branscombe and Sarah (Northsworthy), marries Amy Powell, machinist of Surrey Hills, born West Maitland, daughter of farmer Henry Powell and Marie (Kerr). Solemnized by JHL Zillmann. Witnesses: Rene Zillmann & Joice Greig.[119] [b.1870 Plymouth, second child of bargeman John & Sarah (Northsworthy - m.1856 East Stonehouse). Siblings: Frederick (1865 Plymouth), Mary Louisa (1878 Plymouth). John O[liver?] Branscombe, poss first child of John & Amy, b.1905]

 

Sydney: The birth of John O Branscombe, son of John C N & Amy, is registered.[120] [probably John Crews Northsworthy  Branscombe & Amy (Powell - m.1905 Sydney). John senior's birth registered March quarter 1870, Plymouth district, second (?) child of John Oliver Branscombe of Calstock, Cornwall, bargeman/pawnbroker, and Sarah (Northsworthy - m.1856 East Stonehouse) of Kingsbridge - cf:1881 census, East Stonehouse]

 

11 May, Union Springs, Alabama: John W., son of John Sanford Branscomb and Ida (Dismukes), born. Becomes a bishop in the Methodist Church, dies 16 January 1959.[121]

 

June quarter, Camberwell district: Alice Ada Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 0.[122] [b.1904 Dec Q, Camberwell]

 

June quarter, St.Thomas district: Elizabeth Branscombe's death registered. Aged 70.[123] [there are several Elizabeths born in Devon at about the right time, besides many marriages later]

 

September quarter, Birkenhead district: Elizabeth E Branscomb's death registered.[124] [poss b.1904 June Q, Birkenhead?]

 

September quarter, St.Thomas district: Winifred E Branscombe's birth registered.[125] [Winifred Ellen, first child of Robert Douglas Branscombe & Maud (Wakeham - m.1900). Sibling: John Douglas (1907)]

 

September quarter, Birmingham district: Harold Branscomb's birth registered.[126]

 

December quarter, Bromley district: Harry Nelson Branscombe's birth registered.[127]

 

5 December: Prime Minister A.J. Balfour resigns. Replaced by Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman.

 

Harry Stanley Branscombe appointed Vicar of St.Mary Magdalene, Manningham, Bradford.[128] [Harry Stanley, son of John & Ann (Graham) of Highbury. Married Grace West Pearce, 1897 Camelford. Children: John Stanley Graham (1898 Chester), Monica (1899), Gwyneth Mary & Winifred Violet (1901), Edward (1909]

 

A memorial to George is erected on Allen Island, Canada.[129]

 

The shipsLoch Vennachar is lost, with all hands, off Kangaroo Island.

 

George [A?] Branscombe, bricklayer of Wallace Street, West Maitland, N.S.W..[130]  [cf: 1882]  The Directory lists him as the eleventh householder on the right side of Wallace Street, from the railway, one from the end of the street.

 

William Branscombe, Jacob A. Kear and William Hartcher have opened a coach-building business, in Mudgee [cf:Emma Branscombe marries Andrew Hartcher, 1900]. Henry Branscombe is still listed as a tinsmith.[131] [This William Branscombe is almost certainly William Robert, born 1875, son of Henry "Harry" William & Susannah Burrell][132]

 

Edward Branscombe and the Westminster Glee Singers pay a second visit to Australia. [cf:1903] They also visit China and Japan, Hawaii, the Bahamas and West Indies, British Guiana, Java, Sumatra, Cuba, the Malay States & Newfoundland.[133] [There may well have been descendents of Arthur Branscombe of Grand Lake, New Brunswick, present at the Newfoundland concerts - check local newspapers]

 

Henry Branscombe, grandson of Arthur Branscombe of Grand Lake, New Brunswick [d.1825], dies at Corn Hill, King's County, N.B..[134]

 

Disc recordings start to replace cylinders. [cf:1896,1903]

 

LIVERPOOL [135]

Ernest Branscombe, 169 Kingsley Road, Liverpool South, manager of Noakes, Carden & Co., tobacco brokers.

[poss bp.1865 Finsbury, eighth and last child of John & Emma (Scales - m.1840 Shoreditch)? Married Christina Mary ? (d.1928 at this address, when Ernest is described as a commercial traveller)]

Horatio A Branscombe, 40 Canning Street, Liverpool, professor of music.

[poss Horatio Arthur, b. about 1857 in Chelsea, third child of house decorator/oil & colorman Frederick George Branscombe & Elizabeth (? - m.1850 St.George Hanover Square district). cf:1861 census for 2 Cadogan Terrace, Chelsea. Siblings: Elizabeth (b. about 1851 Chelsea), George William (b.about 1855 Chelsea). Horatio went up to New College, Oxford, in 1875, aged 18.[136] He married for the first time in Holborn in 1878, the second in Birkenhead in 1924 Ellen (Mary/May?) Judge, his widow in 1941, when he died in north Wales - see will]

Philip Branscombe, 103 Borough Road, Birkenhead, fruiterer & greengrocer.

[poss Philip Arthur b.1885 Birkenhead, m.1914 West Derby Hannah Connor? poss son of Philip below?]

Philip Branscombe, 80 Borough Road, Birkenhead, printer. [b.1860 West Derby district, son of printer Frederick Alphonso & Harriet (Hitchcock - m.1839 Oxford). cf:1863 Harold & Matilda born West Derby. Also 1883 poss marriage West Derby, poss son Philip Arthur above, b.1884 Liverpool or 1885 Birkenhead?]

Mrs. Annie Branscombe, 203 Chatworth Street, Liverpool East, smallware dealer.

[poss d.1921 Birkenhead, aged 70?]

 

@1906

March quarter, Kensington district: Charles E Branscombe marries ? [137] [b.1884 Chelsea? OR 1873 Lambeth?]

 

March quarter, Uxbridge district: Richard Branscombe marries ? [138]

 

June quarter, Rochford district: Alfred Cecil Branscombe's birth registered.[139]

 

June quarter, Newcastle-upon-Tyne district: George Branscombe's birth registered.[140] [died this same quarter]

 

June quarter, Newcastle-upon-Tyne district: George Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 0.[141] [born this same quarter]

 

June quarter, Hendon district: Alice Branscomb marries ? [142] [poss b.1877 Bermondsey, daughter of bricklayer Harry Branscomb of Withycombe Raleigh & Emma ?]

 

26 July: Evelyn "Eva" M., daughter of Francis "Frank" Maidment, is born, probably in North Kensington or Paddington. Will marry Percy Albert Branscombe in the Kensington District, December quarter 1928.

 

September quarter, Holborn district: Ethel Branscombe's birth registered.[143] [prob d.1907 June Q, Kensington district]

 

September quarter, Aston district: Eveline Louise Branscomb's birth registered.[144]

 

December quarter, Kensington district: Percy Albert Branscombe's birth registered.[145] [dad's older brother]

 

December quarter, Birkenhead district: Lily Branscombe's birth registered.[146] [poss m.1928 Birkenhead to ? Finlay?]

 

December quarter, Kensington district: William James Branscombe's birth registered.[147] [poss d. this quarter, Paddington district?]

 

December quarter, Birkenhead district: Florence E Branscombe marries ? [148] [Florence Emily, b.1883 Birkenhead?]

 

December quarter, Paddington district: Lily Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 11.[149] [poss Lilian Mary, reg. 1895 June Q, Kensington district, twin sister of Rose Lily (m.1915 Kensington?)?]

 

December quarter, Paddington district: William Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 0.[150] [poss William James, b. this quarter, Kensington?]

 

16 December, Maitland, N.S.W: Allyn Branscomb, son of George Arthur [bricklayer of Wallace St., West Maitland] & Maria Agnes Home, baptised. (IGI)

 

The N.S.W. Post Office Directory lists the coach-building business of Branscombe, Kear & Hartcher, and of Henry Branscombe, tinsmith, in Mudgee. [cf: 1905]

 

`Ragtime music reached Britain around 1906, and Tin Pan Alley was creating perfect English songs like Nellie Dean or Down at the Old Bull and Bush: these were both written in New York.'[151]

 

Houses on the east side of Eyneham Road constructed.

 

The Britain. The s enjoy a landslide.

 

The tram disaster. Four people are killed when a number 11 tram runs, out of control, down swindonVictoria Hill, and overturns.

 

@1907

March quarter, St.Olave district: Florence E H Branscombe's birth registered.[152]

 

March quarter, Camberwell district: Marjorie Agnes Branscombe's birth registered.[153]

 

March quarter, St.Olave district: Sidney William Branscomb's birth registered.[154]

 

March quarter, West Ham district: Herbert Arthur Branscombe marries ? [155] [b.1884 St.Giles?]

 

March quarter, Uxbridge district: Thomas F Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 84.[156] [Thomas Fox I, b.1823 Exeter, fourth child of Edward & Ann (Starling - m.1817 Dartmouth). Thomas became a plasterer, m.1855 Mary Hill, Notting Hill. Children: William Henry (1848), Ann Starling (1849), Edward Thomas (1852-55), Emily (1856), Thomas Fox II (1857), Mary Jane (1859), Eliza Esther (1860)?]

 

4 May: The metric system is brought into Denmark, by law.

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Ethel Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 0.[157] [prob b.1906 Sept Q, Holborn]

 

September quarter, St.Thomas district: Douglas John Branscombe's birth registered.[158] [Douglas John Branscombe, second child of Robert Douglas Branscombe & Maud (Wakeham - m.1900). Sibling: Winifred E (1903). cf:1937]

 

September quarter, Bradford district: Wilmot Edward T Branscombe's birth registered.[159] [Wilmot Edward Trevarthian - published several Catholic religious books. See:1938/39/41]

 

September quarter, Kensington district: Daisy Louise Branscombe marries Tom G. McGowan.[160] [b.1885 Kensington, daughter of great-grandparents Edward John & Ellen (Bartlett - m.1873). T.G. McGowan informant of Edward's death 1931]

 

December quarter, Birmingham district: Amy Branscombe's birth registered.[161]

 

December quarter, Windsor district: Beatrice Frances Branscombe's birth registered.[162]

 

December quarter, Kensington district: Rose Emma Branscombe's birth registered.[163]

 

December quarter, Romford district: Edwin John Branscombe's death registered. He was 37 years old.[164] [poss b.1872 June Q, Shoreditch? Poss m.1891 Islington?]

 

December quarter, Pancras district: Esther Caroline Branscombe's death registered. She was 52 years old.[165] [no record of birth, so perhaps a Branscombe by marriage?]

 

December quarter, Christchurch district: Frank Branscombe's death registered. He was 83 years old.[166] [poss b.1824 Newton Bushel? Poss apprentice wood-tuner in Shoreditch, 1841 census? Poss m.1856 Chelsea? Poss wood-turner in Berkampstead, 1881 census?]

 

December quarter, Kensington district: Thomas Branscombe's death registered. He was 62 years old.[167] [poss bp.1845, 2 March, St.Luke's, Old Street, Finsbury: Thomas, first child of John & Emma (Scales - m.1840) Branscombe, OR poss b.1845 June Q, Pancras district, son of William & Sarah (Whelpdale?)? In the 1861 census, Thomas is an apprentice, possibly to his father, a licenced victualler at the White Horse public house in Hampstead]

 

5 December, Primitive Methodist Hebbron Memorial Chapel, Hexham: Elizabeth Branscombe, spinster aged 19, of St.Wilfrids Cottage, Eastgate, Hexham, daughter of Charles Branscombe, coachman, marries Ridley Dickinson Forster, a bachelor butcher aged 26, of 7 St.Wilfrid's Road, Hexham, son of stone quarryman Ridley Dickinson Forster (deceased). Witnesses: John Forster & Maud Branscombe. Registered in December quarter, Hexham district.[168] [cf:1908 poss marriage of (sister?) Maud?]

 

The N.S.W. Post Office Directory lists the coach-building business of Branscombe, Kear & Hartcher, and of Henry Branscombe, tinsmith, in Mudgee, and lists George Branscomb, bricklayer of West Maitland. [cf: 1906]

 

Both this directory and also the rival Sands' list a John (Jonathan?) Branscombe at 13 Harris Street, Rozelle, Sydney. [poss seaman John Crews Northsworthy & Amy (Powell - m.1905 Sydney)? John b.1870 Plymouth?]

 

Gena Branscombe [cf:1902] teaches piano at Whitman College, Washington.[169]

 

@1908

23 January, Wellington, New Zealand: Edward Branscombe presents Leo, Jan & Mischel Cherniavski in a series of concert recitals at His Majesty’s Theatre, assisted by Madame Marie Hooton, contralto, and Mr Percival Driver, baritone.

 

March quarter, Holborn district: Edwin Branscombe's birth registered.[170] [prob d. same Q]

 

March quarter, Holborn district: Edwin Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 0.[171] [b. same Q]

 

March quarter, Newcastle-upon-Tyne district: Elizabeth Branscombe's death registered. She was 45 years old.[172] [no record of birth in Newcastle, so possibly a Branscombe by marriage?]

 

March quarter, Paddington district: Arthur George Branscombe marries ? [173] [Arthur b.1884 Kensington? m. Louisa O'Connor (d.1913) at St.Mary Magdalene]

 

March quarter, Islington district: Mary Branscombe's death registered. She was 86 years old.[174]

 

March quarter, Birmingham district: Harold Branscomb's death registered. He was aged 2.[175]

 

14 May: The Central London Railway (the original `tuppenny tube') is extended from Shepherd's Bush to Wood Lane, to serve the Franco-British Exhibition, at the White City. Over the next few years, the line carries vast crowds to a series of international exhibitions held there.

 

Olympic games held at White City stadium.

 

June quarter, Kensington district: William H Branscombe's birth registered.[176]

 

June quarter, Aston district: Elsie Maud Branscomb's birth registered.[177]

 

13 August, 10 Holborn Place, Plymouth: John Oliver Branscombe, pawnbroker, dies, aged 76. Executor is his widow, Sarah. Will proved in Exeter.[178] Death registered September quarter, Plymouth district.[179] [Born about 1832 Calstock, Cornwall. Married 1856 East Stonehouse, Sarah Northsworthy of Kingsbridge. At that time he was a bargeman. Children: Frederick (1865 Plymouth), John Crews Northsworthy (1870 Plymouth), Mary Louisa (1878 Plymouth). Sarah d.1918 Plymouth]

 

September quarter, Edmonton district: Leslie Henry G Branscombe's birth registered.[180]

 

September quarter, Hexham district: Maud Branscombe marries ? [181] [cf:1907 (sister?) Elizabeth marries, Hexham. Hexham registrar says there is no record of Maud's marriage, although it's indexed at St.Catherine's House]

 

September quarter, Paddington District: William Thomas Branscombe marries Hermiona Annie L. Pile.[182] [William Thomas Fox Branscombe (b. Kensington 1882), first child of Thomas Fox Branscombe II & Ann(e) Julia (Goddard - m.1882 Kensington). Children: Alfred W W (1911), Ivy E L (1913), Henry Stephen (1915), Florence L (1917), Albert George (1918), Ernest W (1921), Leslie A (1926)]

 

December quarter, Rochford district: Winifred Grace Branscombe's birth registered.[183]

 

Rotherhithe road tunnel; opened.

 

`A survey in Westminster comparing the flow of vehicles in 1903 and 1908 at selected points, revealed that the number of private horse carriages and cabs going by had fallen from 43,790 to 29,967, while the flow of private motor cars had risen from 1,064 to 6,961 and of motor taxis had risen from zero to 19,718.'[184]

 

John Branscombe [cf:1907] living at 1 Rosebery Place, off Hyam Street, Balmain, Sydney.[185] [poss John Crews Northsworthy & Amy (Powell - m.1905 Sydney)? John b.1870 Plymouth?]

 

The N.S.W. Post Office Directory lists the coach-building business of Branscombe, Kear & Hartcher, and of Henry Branscombe, tinsmith, in Mudgee, and lists George Branscomb, bricklayer of West Maitland. [cf: 1907] It also lists a Charles Branscombe, at 25 William Street, Redfern, Sydney.

 

Edward Branscombe and the Scarlet Troubadours, the forerunner of his later "Dandy" troupes, arrive in Australia. [they stay together for four years][186]

 

@1909

3 January, Aston district: Cyril Tom Branscomb dies, aged 3. Death registered March Q, Aston district.[187] [b.1905. Buried in the grave of Edward Branscombe & Sarah (Yardley - m.1854 Birmingham), along with Maude Welburn, eldest daughter of Edward Henry Branscomb & Emma (Bennett - m.1880 Aston Brook), Witton cenetery, Moor Lane, Birmingham]

 

March quarter, Islington district: Annie E H Branscombe's birth registered.[188] [d. June Q, Wallington]

 

March quarter, Paddington district: Edith Florence Branscombe's birth registered.[189]

 

5 May (Camberwell?): Charles William Branscombe joins the 21st Battalion, Company of London. In his Attestation[190] he is given the number #1042. He states he was born in Stockwell, London, and that he is 17 years and 6 months old. His occupation is given as an apprentice (draughtsman?). He states he’s in the employ of Charles Branscombe, and that his residence is 8 Cornfield Grove, Balham. He says he is unmarried, and that he received a Notice. [called up?] When asked if he is willing to serve for 4 years in the 21st London Battalion, he says yes. He signs the Attestation. His medical inspection report follows:

 

age                                          17 years 6 months

height                                      5 feet 9 and a half inches

chest                                        33 and a half inches

range of expansion                 2 and a half inches

vision                                       normal

physical development              good

 

He is declared fit for service on 7 May.

 

In his statement of service, he is given the number #994. It says he was granted leave in 1911 and purchased his discahrge at 27 St John’s Hill, on 24 April, 1912, having served 117 days.

 

He gives his next of kin as Charles Branscombe, father, 8 Cornfield Grove, Balham.

 

June quarter, Holborn district: Felix Richard Branscombe's birth registered.[191] [d. this same quarter]

 

June quarter, Holborn district: Felix Richard Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 0.[192] [b. this same quarter]

 

June quarter, Birkenhead district: Beatrice Branscombe marries ? [193] [Beatrice Victoria b.1888 Birkenhead?]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Harriet Branscombe marries ? [194] [b.1874 Norfolk, first child of William Henry Branscombe & Caroline (Newson - m.1873)]

 

June quarter, Wallington district: Annie E H Branscombe's death registered. She is aged 0.[195] [b. March Q, Islington]

 

June quarter, West Ham district: Emily Branscomb's death registered. She is aged 59.[196]

 

September quarter, Kensington district: Norah Louise Branscombe's birth registered.[197] [d.1910 June Q, Kensington]

 

September quarter, Holborn district: William Drego Branscombe's birth registered.[198]

 

September quarter, Paddington district: Albert Edward Branscombe marries ? [199] [age 21, poss b.1881 Chelsea, son of Charles Edward, decorator, & Jane (Brain - m.1882). Albert marries Mary Agnes Finch, age 20, at St.Mary Magdalene. Witnesses include Catherine Branscombe. Charles Edward is the son of Edward & Mary Ann (Chenneour) Children of Albert & Mary: Phoebe (1912), Kathleen (1914-1917), Albert (1915), Walter (1919-1922?), Annie (1921)]

 

September quarter, Kensington district: Violet May Branscombe marries ? [200] [b.1890 Kensington? Daughter of Edward & Ellen? Marries Reg Emberton, although a descendent says the marriage was in 1910. She also says Violet was living in Wheatstone Road at the time, and was still living there in 1968, when she moved to Haverhill, Suffolk][201]

 

September quarter, Southend district; Alice Branscombe marries ? [202]

 

September quarter, Newport, Monmouthshire, district: William H Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 55.[203] [poss b.1852, Newport, third child of Henry of Barnstaple & Elizabeth? Poss registered in the 1881 census for Elswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, as a Sargeant of P(olice?)]

 

29 October, St. Kilda, Melbourne: Edward Branscombe’s Scarlet Jesters open at the Arcadia Living Picture Gardens on the Upper Esplanade.

 

"The Belvedere", a striking Spanish Mission style block of flats, stands at number 22, Upper Esplanade on the northeast corner of Robe Street. It was built in 1929 and beside it, further along Upper Esplanade, are blocks of flats built at about the same period. The Belvedere occupies the former site of Mooney’s Royal Hotel. The land adjoining the Royal Hotel was used mainly for live shows, but for short periods films were shown there. In 1913, St. Kilda By The Sea wrote that prior to 1909 the site was "Then used as an open-air picture show", 51 and the Sands & McDougall Directory of 1909 describes it as "Living Picture Gardens". 52 The Star of March - April 1921 however, writes of the opening of "Arcadia" there on October 29, l909 by Edward Branscombe’s "The Jesters". It would seem that the venue was officially called Arcadia, but because of its identification with the Jesters vaudeville troupe it became informally known to its many patrons as "The Jester’s Theatre" and was even listed as such in the Sands & McDougall Directory of 1911.[204]

 

9 November, St.Kilda: Edward Branscombe and the Scarlet Troubadours begin open-air costume comedy work that was to become the stock-in-trade of Edward Branscombe's Dandies.[205]

 

December quarter, Windsor district: Miriam Elizabeth Branscombe's birth registered.[206][m.1927 Windsor district, Reginald J. Hampstead]

 

December quarter, St.Olave district: Winifred Ethel Branscombe's birth registered.[207]

 

December quarter, Houghton (Sunderland) district: Isabella Branscombe marries ? [208] [b.1891 Newcastle-upon-Tyne?]

 

December quarter, Windsor district: James Branscombe marries Rose Edith Webb.[209] [Joan suggests he may have been born in Wandsworth, 1860? children: James Alfred John (1910), Dorothy E M (1911), Ivy V A (1913), Edith (1914-1915), Freda (1915-1915). According to descendant Mark Hill, James and his 2 brothers, William & Harry, were killed in the first World War. They are named in the war deaths register, all Privates in the Royal Fusiliers, Berkshire Unit. William died in 1915, Henry in 1916 and James in 1917. The names and dates also tally with James being the 15 year-old registered in the Old Windsor census of 1901. His older brother Henry would have bee 36 in 1917, and his brother William 39. However, William is thought to have died in March 1914, in Windsor, and his widow, Frances, remarried] [210]

 

George Beavis [b.1819], brother of William Branscombe, tinsmith of Mudgee, dies aged 88.[211]

 

J.E.M. Branscombe, sculptor, of The Studios, 151 Gloucester Road, London S.W., exhibits a bronze bust of his father [exhibit #1637] at the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts.[212] [John Ernest Mackay Branscombe, b.1879 Barton district, brother of William Harcourt Branscombe (killed, Kumasi, West Africa, 1901). Sons of William & Emma (Bigwood - m.1860 Bristol?) William d.1912, in Eastbourne. Emma d.1927, in Herne Bay. John d.1956 Maidstone. Poss other siblings: Henry James (1862 St.Kilda, Victoria, Australia), Mary Elizabeth (1863 Richmond, Victoria). Cf: 1901 census for Swansea]

 

The geophysicist Andrija defines the boundary between the Earth's crust and mantle-the `Moho'.

 

J Charles Cox comments that "there are still considerable remains" of "the romantically situated house" [Edge Barton].[213]

 

The N.S.W. Post Office Directory lists the coach-building business of Branscombe, Kear & Hartcher, and of Henry Branscombe, tinsmith, in Mudgee, and lists George Branscomb, bricklayer of West Maitland. [cf: 1908] It shows Charles Branscombe, still at 25 William Street, Redfern, Sydney. It also lists a Charles Henry Branscombe, at 8 Brown Street, Camperdown.

 

John Branscombe [cf:1908] still living at 1 Rosebery Place, off Hyam Street, Balmain, Sydney.[214] [poss John Crews Northsworthy & Amy (Powell - m.1905 Sydney)? John b.1870 Plymouth?]

 

@1910

March quarter, Kensington district: Albert E Branscombe's birth registered.[215] [poss d.1911 June Q, Kensington - Albert K?]

 

March quarter, Birkenhead district: Edith Branscombe's birth registered.[216] [poss m.1928 to ? Waterhouse?]

 

March quarter, Lewisham district: Frederick Neal Branscombe's birth registered.[217]

 

March quarter, Camberwell district: Ethel Annie Branscombe marries ? [218] [b.1885 Camberwell?]

 

March quarter, Newport, Monmouthshire: Henry Branscombe marries ? [219]

 

4 May: Rose J Starling, daughter or ward of Arthur ?, 10 Edenham Street, North Kensington, is admitted to Middle Row School. She last attended York Road School, Battersea, which she left when she and/or her family moved. She was born on 6 November 1900.[220]

 

7 May, 15 Clarendon Street, Paddington: Edith Margaret, first child of Arthur George Branscombe and Alice Louisa (O'Connor - m.1908), born.[221] Registered June quarter, Paddington district.[222]Edith baptised at St. Mary Magdalen, Paddington, 24 May. Father is given as Arthur George, a car man. [223] [sibling Richard b.1912]

 

June quarter, Windsor district: James Alfred John Branscombe's birth registered.[224] [first child of James & Rose (Webb - m.1909 Windsor district). Siblings: Dorothy E M (1911), Ivy V A (1913), Edith (1914-1915), Freda (1915-1915). According to descendant Mark Hill, James was born 3 May, at 2 Providence Place, Windsor, moving to Old Windsor at the age of 6. He married Hilda Walker. They had 6 children, and he died in Windsor, 15 February 1983] [225]

 

June quarter, Birmingham district: Oliver Ernest Branscombe's birth registered.[226]

 

June quarter, Wayland (Norfolk) district: Ada Amelia Branscombe marries ? [227] [b.1885 Kensington?]

 

June quarter, Islington district: John William Branscombe marries ? [228]

 

September quarter, Dartford district: Mary A Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 78.[229]

 

October: Gena Branscombe, pianist & composer [b. Picton, Ontario, 1881], marries John Ferguson Tenney. They have four children, Gena (1911), Vivian Allison (1913), Betty [d. aged 3], Beatrice Branscombe [b.1919, d.1954]. This year she also becomes an American citizen.[230]

 

December quarter, Holborn district: Sylvia N Branscombe's birth registered.[231]

 

December quarter, Birkenhead district: Albert S Branscombe marries ? [232] [no record of Albert S birth]

 

December quarter, Birkenhead district: Mark W. Branscombe marries ? [233] [Mark Wood Branscomb - b.1887 Bristol? Poss m. ?? Porter? Poss children: John A. (1912), Frank (1913), Walter (1916), Leslie A. (1919)? Mark d.1956 Norwich]

 

December quarter, Devonport district: William H F Branscombe marries ? [234] [William Henry Frederick, b.1887 Stoke Damerel, only child of sailor William (1859-90) & Georgina (1860-1951)? Married Evelyn Mugford? Children: Gwendoline (1914), Kenneth (1917), John Francis (1920)?]

 

Reign of King Edward VII ends (since 1901). George V succeeds (to 1936).

 

Wormwood Scrubs is used for the flying attempts of Claude Grahame- and others.

 

The GWR works in Swindon employ about 12,000 out of a total population of 50,000.

 

The N.S.W. Post Office Directory lists the coach-building business of Branscombe, Kear & Hartcher, and of Henry Branscombe, tinsmith, in Mudgee, and lists George Branscomb, bricklayer of West Maitland. [cf: 1909] Charles Branscombe has left at 25 William Street, Redfern. Charles Henry Branscombe is still at 8 Brown Street, Camperdown.

 

John Branscombe [cf:1909] still living at 1 Rosebery Place, off Hyam Street, Balmain, Sydney.[235] [poss John Crews Northsworthy & Amy (Powell - m.1905 Sydney)? John b.1870 Plymouth?]

 

Maud Branscombe, actress, flourished 1875-1910.

 

@1911

March quarter, Kensington district Alfred W.W. Branscombe's birth registered.[1] [Alfred William Walter, first child of William Thomas Fox Branscombe (b.1882 Kensington District) & Hermiona Annie Louise (Pile - m.1908). Siblings Ivy E L (1913), Henry Stephen (1915), Florence L (1917), Albert George (1918), Ernest W (1921), Leslie A (1926)]

 

March quarter, Fulham district: Ruby Branscombe's birth registered.[237]

 

June quarter, Rochford district: Eleanor E Branscombe's birth registered.[238]

 

June quarter, Lewisham district: Herbert W Branscombe's birth registered.[239]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Albert K Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 1.[240] [poss b.1910 March Q, Kensington - Albert E?]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Nora L Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 1.[241] [Nora Louise, b.1909 Sept Q, Kensington]

 

June quarter, Pancras district: Robert Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 78.[242] [poss Robert John, b. 17 December 1832 Torquay, eighth and last child of third great-grandparents Edward & Ann (Starling - m.1817 Dartmouth)?. poss m. 1853 Exeter, Charlotte Cave, then as a widower m. 1873 Paddington, Charlotte Smith? Cf: 1901 census for St Pancras]

 

25 June, 34 Cross Park Terrace, Heavitree: Ellen Branscombe, widow aged 75, dies. Executor/beneficiary is Robert Douglas Branscombe, telegraphist. The will is proved in London.[243] Registered June quarter, St.Thomas district. Ellen's age is given as 76.[244] [widow of John, grocer of Heavitree (b.1841 Morchard Bishop, d.1888 Heavitree) and mother of Robert Douglas (b.1873 Heavitree). She was born in Heavitree about 1836. She is buried with her husband in the churchyard of St.Michael & All Angels, Heavitree][245]

 

27 June: Description of Alfred Branscombe (b.1881 Egham), in his Royal Navy record of service. [cf:27 June 1899 for other descriptions. Invalided out of the Service 30 September 1920] [246]

 

height                 5 feet 4 inches

hair                    l brown

eyes                    brown

complexion        fresh

 

two forefingers on the right hand deformed

 

14 August, Portsmouth: Alfred Branscombe (b.1881 Egham) awarded a bronze medal and certificate for saving lives in Portsmouth Harbour.[247]

 

September quarter, Windsor district: Dorothy E.M. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name is Webb.[248] [second child of James & Rose (Webb - m.1909 Windsor district, Joseph Cleary). Siblings: James Alfred John (1910), Ivy V.A. (1913), Edith E.L. (1914-1915), Freda (1916-1916)]

 

8 November, Barking parish church, Essex: Ettie Marianna Branscomb, 28, spinster of no profession, of 107 (Area?) Street, daughter of Charles Alexander Branscomb, warehouse clerk, marries 34 year-old bachelor accountant Frederick Robert Lubbock, of the same address, son of carpenter Robert Lubbock, after banns. They both sign the register. Witnesses: Maria Ellen (Marott?) and Matilda Kate Johnson. [249] [registered December quarter 1910, Romford district! According to grand-daughter Wendy Banath, the marriage took place at St. Mary's, Plaistow. Maria Ellen is almost certainly Ettie’s mother, who remarried (poss March quarter 1900 Romford?) after her husband Charles died, in 1899][250]

 

22 November (New York?): Gena, first child of John Ferguson Tenney & Gena (Branscombe - m.1910 New York), born. Becomes a musician like her mother. Marries ? Phenix. They have two sons, Roger Branscombe Phenix (1945) & Morgan Scott Phenix (1946).

 

9 December, St James’ Theatre, Piccadilly: Miss Lydia Branscombe appears in a production of  Bella Donna by James Bernard Fagan, along with Mrs Patrick Campbell. [251]

 

26 December: William Henry Branscombe marries Evelyn Annie Mugford. [William Henry only child of William Branscombe, sailor (b.1859 Plymouth? d.1890 Plymouth), & Georgina (Dixon - m.1886 Plymouth?). Evelyn b.1886 Stoke Damerel, d.1963. They had three children: Gwendoline (b.1914 Brixton), Kenneth George Bruce (1917) & John Francis (1920 Brixton). This family lived in Branscombe from 1923-1932 with William's mother, Georgina, who died in Colyton in 1951.[252] But cf: December Q 1910 marriage registered]

 

Machu Picchu, Peru; re-discovered in Peru. The only complete city ever found.(cf:1532)

 

Arthur A.H. Branscombe is living at 120 Grafton Street, Woollahra, while Charles Henry Branscombe is still at 8 Brown Street, Camperdown [cf:1910].[253]

 

According to the N.S.W. Post Office Directory, George Branscomb is still a bricklayer in Maitland, while Branscombe and Hartcher, in Mudgee, seem to have split from their partner Jacob A. Kear, in the coachbuilding business, although Jacob is still listed as a resident. John Branscombe [cf:1910] still living at 1 Rosebery Place, off Hyam Street, Balmain, Sydney. [poss John Crews Northsworthy & Amy (Powell - m.1905 Sydney)? John b.1870 Plymouth?]

 

July, Pickering, North Yorkshire: British balloonist and parachutist, Dolly Shepherd, ascends above the crowd at the Pickering Gala, waving a Union flag.

 

Lily Rodman, a New Zealand-born actress enjoyed a brief career as a silent movie actress in Hollywood (1911-1913), appearing in dozens of films as Lily Branscombe. Married Herbert Ashton senior. Their son, Herbert Ashton, was an actor. Lily died, 26 September 1970, in San Fransisco.

 

@1912

March quarter, Holborn district: Albert C.D. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Platt.[254] [only child]

 

March quarter, Birkenhead district: George Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Herdman.[255] [Siblings: Arthur (1914), Albert (1917), Elsie (1921), Lilian (1923), Doris (1925), William (1928)]

 

March quarter, Aston district: Amy Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 70.[256] [cf: Amy Branscombe, aged 50, registered in Birmingham in the 1901 census]

 

24 April, 27 St John’s Hill (London?): Charles William Branscombe purchases his discharge from the 21st London Battalion. He joined on 5 May, 1909.[257] [born Stockwell, December 1891, son of Charles Branscombe]

 

27 April, "Verona", 9 Upper Avenue, Eastbourne: William Branscombe dies. Executor/beneficiary is his widow, Emma. The will is proven in Lewes.[258] Registered June quarter, Eastbourne district. He was aged 83.[259] [Emma (Bigwood), married William Branscombe, poss 1860 in Bristol? They had three sons and a daughter. Henry James was born in 1862 in St.Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. Mary Elizabeth was born the following year in Richmond, Victoria. William Harcourt was born in Bristol in 1873. He went to Cambridge and rowed for his college. Working as a mining engineer, he was visiting what is now Ghana when he was attacked by natives and killed, in 1901. John Ernest Mackay was born in Barton K district in 1879. He was a sculptor with studios in London. He died in Maidstone in 1956. Emma died in Herne Bay, in 1927. Her executor was her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Branscombe, a spinster]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Catherine Branscombe marries ? Thomas. [260] [b.1886 Chelsea?]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Kathleen M Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Weston.[1]

 

June quarter, Windsor district: George H. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Branscombe.[262] [Married Margaret A(da) Reynolds DQ1937, Windsor]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Phoebe T. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Finch.[263] [daughter of Albert Edward Branscombe & Mary Agnes (Finch - m.1909 Paddington). Albert, poss b.1881 Chelsea, is the son of Charles Edward, decorator, & Jane (Brain - m.1882). Siblings: Kathleen (1914-1917), Albert (1915), Walter (1919-1922?), Annie (1921)]

 

September quarter, Southwark district: Walter J A Branscomb marries Florence Whitehead.[264] [Walter James A(lexander?), b.1888 Camberwell?]

 

September quarter, Aston district: Elsie Branscomb marries ? Davidson.[265] [b.1883 Aston?]

 

December quarter, Edmonton district: Dorothy E Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Lansley.[266]

 

December quarter, Holborn district: Dorothy M Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Newman.[267]

 

December quarter, Ch. Stretton district: Elsie L Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Branscombe.[268]

 

December quarter, Birkenhead district: John A Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Porter.[269] [cf:1913 Frank]

 

December quarter, Woolwich district: Florence Branscombe marries ? Johnson.[270]

 

27 December: Arthur [Richard] Branscombe born.[271] [cf:1921] He is the second child of Arthur George Branscombe and Alice Louisa (O'Connor - m.1908). Registered March quarter 1913, Paddington district. At this time the family lived at 8 Brindley Street. He is christened at St. Mary Magdalen, Paddington, on 14 January 1913, as Richard. His father is registered as George, a car man, of 12 Brindley Street. [272] [Alice dies 25 August 1913. Sibling Edith Margaret b.1910] [273]

 

William Harper                                     148 Barlby Road
Thomas Walter Harper                           6 Bramley Mews

Frederick William Branscombe               9 Bosworth Road
[at 61 Acklam Road in 1891. b.1861 Paddington, son of Edward & Mary Ann (Chenneour), d.1927]

William Branscombe                               3 Bevington Road

Henry William Rogers                           20 Bevington Road
[at this address in 1891]

Thomas Hambridge                                            3 Queen Anne's Terrace
Henry Hambridge                                             111 Southam Street

William Hambridge                                           18 Southam Street
[gas-stoker, son of gas-stoker Thomas Hambridge, married Emma Elizabeth Rogers, 1889. d.1915]

Charles Branscombe                             98 Southam Street
[poss Charles Edward, decorator, m.1882 Jane Brain]

Frederick John Dallamore                                 29 Wheatstone Road

[Alfred John Branscombe, b.1883, son of Edward & Ellen (Bartlett - m.1873 Kensington), m. widow Margaret Dallamore]

Edward Branscombe                                        20 Wheatstone Road
[Grandparents Edward George & Edith (Nunan-Weston - m.1904. Edward is a house painter]

Edward John Branscombe                                26 Wheatstone Road
[Great-grandparents Edward & Ellen (Bartlett - m.1873. Edward is a house painter]

Albert Arthur Edward O'Connor                       153 Wornington Road
Mrs.Emma Rogers                                            126 Southam Street
George Harper                                     17 South Row.[274]

 

Approximate year of birth of Marion Branscombe alias Williams, who is baptised in Ashford, Devon, 9 June 1937,  aged about 25, daughter of carpenter Samuel & Anne.[275]

 

The Piltdown Man hoax. (exposed, 1950)

 

Edward Branscombe's Dandies touring in Australia.

 

Arthur A.H. Branscombe is still living at 120 Grafton Street, Woollahra, while Charles Henry Branscombe is still at 8 Brown Street, Camperdown [cf:1911].[276] George Branscomb  is still a bricklayer in Maitland, Branscombe & Hartcher are listed again as coachbuilders in Mudgee, where Henry Branscombe, tinsmith is still working. However, John Branscombe is no longer at 1 Rosebery Place, Balmain. The house appears to have been replaced by a Lever Brothers factory.

 

`By 1912 there was a railway network of 23,000 miles. It was a dense system, but unevenly distributed. Lines were congregated around the West Riding towns and the coalfields of Nottinghamshire & West Derbyshire, for example, while many parts of rural Northumberland, Lincolnshire & Dorset were some distance from a railway station. Despite this, there was scarcely anywhere in the country where the influence of the railway was not felt.'[277]

 

@1913

March quarter, Paddington district: Ivy E.L. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Pile.[278] [second child of William Thomas Fox Branscombe & Hermiona Annie Louise (Pile - m.1908):Ivy E.L.;. d. BEFORE 1993. Siblings: Alfred W.W. (1911), Henry Stephen (1915), Florence L. (1917), Albert George (1918), Ernest W. (1921), Leslie A. (1926)]

 

March quarter, Windsor district: Ivy V A Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Webb.[279] [third child of James & Rose (Webb - m.1909 Windsor district). Siblings: James Alfred John (1910), Dorothy E M (1911), Edith (1914-1915), Freda (1915-1915)]

 

March quarter, Islington district: Lucy E Branscombe marries Harold G Pavey.[280] [b.1892 St.Saviour (Southwark)?]

 

17 March, "Highfield", Highweek, Newton Abbot: Anna Branscombe, spinster, dies. Executor is Martin James Greener, solicitor. Will proved in London. Registered March quarter, Newton Abbot district. She was aged 72.[281] Buried All Saints, Highweek.[282] [b.1840, daughter of Samuel (tanner of Highweek, 1792-1874) & Mary (Eales - m.1829, d.1847), & sister of Elizabeth (1829-60), Anna (1831-36), Emily (1832-72), Charlotte (1834-83, spinster), Louisa (b.1835 - spinster), Mary (1837-52), John (1838-39), Lucy (1842-57), John (1843-51), Amelia (1846-63) & Rebecca (b & d 1847)]

 

June district, Birkenhead: Violet M Branscombe marries William Hinton.[283] [Violet May, b.1893 Birkenhead?]

 

25 August: Alice Louisa (O'Connor - m.1908), wife of Arthur George Branscombe and mother of Arthur Richard (b.1912, 8 Brindley Street), dies. Registered September quarter, Paddington district. She was aged 23.[284] [Arthur junior, his father and his older sister Edith are  looked after from this date by their paternal grandparents, Thomas Fox Branscombe II and Ann Julia (Goddard - m.1882 Kensington). `Arthur and Edith used to meet their grandfather, Thomas Fox, at Royal Oak station on a Saturday, when he used to give them a present, usually fresh fruit.'][285]

 

September quarter, Windsor district: John Robert Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Butler.[286] [died 1975, Canterbury. Sibling: Philip (1920)]

 

September quarter, Brentford district: Eleanor Branscombe marries Frank Bartholomew.[287]

 

23 September, Frank Branscombe born, son of ?? and ?? (Porter - m?). Registered December quarter, Birkenhead district. [288] [siblings: John A. (1912), Walter(1916), Leslie (1919), Gertrude A. (1925), all registered Birkenhead. Frank d.1988 Birkenhead]

 

December quarter, East Preston district: Eric V. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Barnes.[289] [only child]

 

December quarter, Birmingham district: (male) Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Lees.[290] [d. same Q]

 

December quarter, Birmingham district: (male) Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 0.[291] [b. same Q]

 

December quarter, West Ham district: Rose E Branscom marries Percy Valentine.[292] [Rose Evelyn Branscombe b.1892 West Ham?]

 

December quarter, Paddington district: George A[lbert] Branscombe marries Alice M[ary] Steer.[293] [b.1889 Paddington? cf:1914, daughter Lily born - 1918, son George Walter born]

 

20 December: Beattie (Willis) born.

 

Arthur A.H. Branscombe is still living at 120 Grafton Street, Woollahra, while Charles Henry Branscombe is still at 8 Brown Street, Camperdown [cf:1912]. George Branscomb is still a bricklayer in Maitland, Branscombe & Hartcher are listed as coachbuilders in Mudgee, where Henry Branscombe, tinsmith is still working.[294]

 

Houses at the East Acton end of Du Cane Road on the Old Oak Estate constructed.

 

Mrs. Alice Rogers is at 10 Amberley Road, Arthur George Branscombe is at 33 Amberley Road and Frederick Halsey is at 64 Amberley Road.

 

Thomas Fox Branscombe II, [b.1857 7 Alfred Place, Paddington fourth child of Thomas Fox Branscombe I & Mary (Hill - m.1855) - d.1917 Paddington Infirmary], plasterer/labourer/handyman, resides at 42 Woodchester Street.[295]

 

@1914

11 February, Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton: George Herbert Branscombe dies. His last address was "Woodstock", Queen's Park, Seaford, Sussex. His widow, Marie, is the executor/beneficiary. The will is proved in London.[296] Registered March quarter, Brighton district. He was aged 59.[297] [George may have been bp.1855 Winchester, son of George & Mary (Wright). Poss m.1886 Richmond, Surrey, district? Marie died in 1927. Her executor was Brian Walter Branscombe, farmer, born 1888 Newton Abbot, probably their son. cf:1881 census for Herringfleet, Suffolk. George Herbert, a sailor, is staying in the household of Charles Glasspool with Charles, a painter]

 

March quarter, Windsor district: Edith E (L?) Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Webb.[298] [d.1915 December Q. Fourth child of James & Rose (Webb - m.1909 Windsor district) Siblings: James Alfred John (1910), Dorothy E M (1911), Ivy V A (1913), Freda (1916-1916)]

 

March quarter, Windsor district: William Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 37.[299] [William poss b. Surrey, 3 September 1877, m. Windsor June Q 1899, Frances Mary Butler. Cf: 1901 census for Old Windsor. Frances poss remarries Ethelbert T. Hales, Windsor, 1921?]

 

March quarter, St.Olave district: Hilda I. Branscomb's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Pepper.[300]

 

March quarter, West Derby district: Philip A Branscombe marries Hannah Connor.[301] [Philip Arthur, b.1885 Birkenhead, son of Frederick Alphonso, printer of Liverpool & Harriet (Hitchcock - m.1839 Oxford)? cf:1905 Liverpool directory - Philip is a greengrocer a few doors away from his father's printery in Borough Road]

 

21 March, Appledore: Elizabeth Brownscombe aged 94 dies.[302] [cf:1867 - James Brownscombe dies Appledore, aged 45. Also cf:1893, George Herbert Branscombe of Appledore]

 

26 March: Vera Grace Hambridge [great-aunt Vera] born, probably 18 Southam Street. [daughter of gas-stoker William Hambridge, son of gas-stoker Thomas Hambridge, married Emma Elizabeth Rogers, 1889. d.1915]

 

June quarter, Birkenhead district: Arthur Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Herdman.[303] [poss m.1936 Birkenhead to M.Hughes? Siblings: George (1912), Albert (1917), Elsie (1921), Lilian (1923), Doris (1925), William (1928)]

 

June quarter, Liverpool district: Dorothy G Branscombe marries Frederick J Haslam.[304] [b.1882 Liverpool?]

 

5 June, 20 Wheatstone Road, North Kensington: Edward George, son of grandfather Edward George Branscombe, house painter, & Edith (Nunan-Weston m.1904), born.[305] Registered September quarter, Kensington district. Mother's maiden name Weston.[306] Great-grandfather Edward John Branscombe is living three houses away at #26.[307]

 

21 June, 38 Lydford Road, Paddington: Harry Edwin, son of Reginald D Bowden, journeyman tailor, & Florence Elizabeth Rose (Halsey), is born. Registered 31 July.[308]

 

20 July, 12 Hayworth Road, Lower Clapton: Emily Womack Branscombe dies. Executor is John Ridley, retired shipbroker. The will is proved in London.[309] [b.1824, Ipswich, Emily Womack Ridley, m.1855 Islington, John Hinam Branscombe of Bampton. He died Chingford, Essex, 1895. Their children include: John (1857), Samuel (1859) & Mary Emily (1860)] [310]

 

August: The `Great Game' begins.

 

September quarter, Kensington district: Kathleen Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Finch.[311] [daughter of Albert Edward Branscombe & Mary Agnes (Finch - m.1909 Paddington). Albert, poss b.1881 Chelsea, is the son of Charles Edward, decorator, & Jane (Brain - m.1882). Siblings: Phoebe (1912), Albert (1915), Walter (1919-1922?), Annie (1921)]

 

September quarter, Southwark district: Winifred M Branscombe marries ? Wainwright.[312] [Winifred Maud Branscombe, b.1892 Camberwell?]

 

September quarter, Hackney district: Emily J Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 89.[313]

 

September quarter, Birmingham district: James A Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 43.[314] [poss James Adolphus, b.1871 Birmingham, son of glassmaker James Adolphus (b.1838 Oxford) & Amy (Parsons - m.1860). Married 1890 Birmingham district?]

 

20 September, Brixton: Gwendoline Irene, first child of William Henry Branscombe (b.1887 Devonport) & Evelyn (Mugford - m.1911), born. Registered Lambeth district, December quarter.[315] [Siblings: Kenneth (1917), John (1920). Lived at Branscombe][316]

 

21 September: Annie Harper, daughter of William, a soldier of 76 Southam Street, transfers from Barlby Road School to Middle Row, North Kensington. [to 21 June 1917] [317]

16 September: Lily Ethel, daughter of car man George Branscombe of 48 Amberley Road, Paddington, and Alice Mary (Steer), born. Registered December quarter, Paddington district.[318] Baptised St. Mary Magdalen, Paddington, 4 October. [319] [sibling George Walter (1918)]

 

Charles H[enry?] Branscombe living at 3 Codrington Street, Darlington, Sydney. May have moved from Camperdown [cf:1913] Arthur A.H. Branscombe is still living at 120 Grafton Street, Woollahra. George Branscomb is still a bricklayer in Maitland, Branscombe & Hartcher are listed as coachbuilders in Mudgee, where Henry Branscombe, tinsmith is still working, although William Branscombe has a separate listing as a coachbuilder, also.[320]

 

William Hambridge is living at at 18 Southam Street. [gas-stoker son of gas-stoker Thomas Hambridge, married Emma Elizabeth Rogers, 1889. d.1915]

Albert Branscombe is at 157 Southam Street.

Charles Branscombe is living at 35 Golborne Gardens W. [poss Charles Edward, decorator, m.1882 Jane Brain]

Charles Richard Branscombe is at 54 Bosworth Road. [poss Charles Richard, b.1856 Kensington. Son of painter & glazier Edward & Mary Ann (Chenneour - m.1847), d.1918 Kensington]

In Appleford Road, Francis Maidment lives at #3.

William Edward Henry Branscombe is renting two rooms, unfurnished, on the top floor of 48 St.Ervans Road. The landlord is Cecil C. Brignell, of the same address. [This may be the second son of William Henry & Caroline (Newson - m.1873), who is listed as a milk carrier in the 1891 census for 37 Wheatstone Road]

In Lancaster Road West, George Henry Hunt is renting one room, unfurnished, on the ground floor at #56. The landlord is Mrs. Louisa Eatwell, of the same address. William John Organ is renting two rooms, unfurnished, on the top floor of William Aspland's house at 7 Appleford Road.[321]

 

Millions of Britons live below the britainpoverty line.

 

@1915

7 January, 29 Claremont Road, Rugby: William Branscombe dies. Executor is Ellis Wilson, signwriter of London. Will proved in London.[322] Registered March quarter, Rugby district. He was aged 65.[323] [b.1850, Rugby, William Edward, son of William Branscomb, stone mason, and Mary Ann (Mitchell - m.1847 Coventry). William Edward married for the second time, March Q 1881 Rugby? William senior son of Edward & Ann (Starling - m.1817, Dartmouth), brother of second great-grandfather Edward]

 

Edward Branscombe Pty. Ltd. registered as entertainers at The Esplanade, East Manly, Sydney. The January 1st edition of The Theatre Magazine contains an article and critique of the performance, at Manly, of Edward Branscombe's Pink Dandies, a music-hall type entertainment troupe, specialising in costume musical comedy, with a change of programme mid-week, twenty-four different shows a year. According to an advertisement in the magazine, there are six teams of "Dandies" managed by Edward Branscombe, touring Australia & New Zealand. In fact, at the time of the article there is a second troupe, Edward Branscombe's Scarlet Dandies, performing at the Coronation Theatre, Bondi Junction. Each troupe has its own manager. The Pink Dandies are managed by Frank Peachey, originally a solicitor in England, who came to Australia in 1893, and worked for J.C. Williamson, before joining the Dandies in 1912. The Scarlet Dandies are managed by Rannall Carlisle.

 

 

                        BRANSCOMBE'S DANDIES.

                        Appearing Nightly.

            Pink Co. ............ Manly
            Scarlet Co.  Bondi Junction
            Red Co. .......... Brisbane
            Green Co. ....... St. Kilda
            Orange Co. .......... Perth
            Violet Co. ....... Adelaide

 

The February edition of The Theatre Magazine mentions that the Pink Dandies had left Manly in mid-January for a tour of Tasmania and New Zealand. They are replaced by the Scarlet troupe from Bondi Junction. Rannall Carlisle, of the Scarlets, has gone on tour with the Pinks.

 

The March edition mentions the Red Dandies are playing in an outdoor theatre in Brisbane, Cremorne Gardens.

 

`A Dandy is asked what he is crying for. "This morning", he wails, "I saw a car run over a monkey-nut, and kill two kernels!"'[324]

 

March quarter, Fulham district: Henry Stephen Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Pile.[325] [d. before 1993. Third child of William Thomas Fox Branscombe & Hermiona Annie Louise (Pile - m.1908). :Henry S.;Siblings: Alfred W W (1911), Ivy E L (1913), Florence L (1917), Albert George (1918), Ernest W (1921), Leslie A (1926)]

 

4 April: Grove Military Hospital, Neasden Lane: Private William Hambridge of 18 Southam Street, dies of kidney failure within two weeks of catching a cold while on duty with the North Kensington battallion of the National Reserve. He is given a military funeral and buried at Kensal Green cemetery.[326]

 

`Until May 1915 all German raids were by aeroplanes nicknamed Gothas, and took place in daylight. There were no casualties. But the Germans, fed with stories that the psychological effect of bombing would give them a quick victory, contributed to a National Zeppelin Fund, and Count Ferdinand Zeppelin sent one of Germany's best pilots to plot targets. In the first airship raid on the night of 31 May 1915, eight people were killed, including a man and his wife reported to have died while praying by their beds.'[327]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Lydia O Branscombe marries John Gay Wilkinson.[328] [Lydia Obrecht Branscombe, b.1881 Croydon, only child of Henry Branscombe (1844-1887) & his second wife Marie Obrecht. John is a solicitor who is executor of Charlotte Mortimer Branscombe's will, in 1923]

 

June quarter, Birkenhead district: Mary Branscombe marries ? Cairns.[329] [poss b.1894 Newcastle-upon-Tyne?]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Rose L Branscombe marries Nelson L Garton.[330] [Rose Lily Branscombe, b.1895 Kensington?]

 

June quarter, Islington district: William H Branscombe marries ? Stepp.[331] [William Herbert Branscombe, b.1893 Islington, son of William Beard Branscombe & Caroline (Summers - m.1891 Petersfield, Hants.)? Marries Margaret Stepp]

 

June quarter, Aston district: Beatrice A Branscomb marries ? Green.[332] [Beatrice Alice Branscomb, b.1885 Aston, daughter of glass maker Edward Henry Branscomb & Emma (Bennett - m.1880 Aston Brook), marries Herbert Green. cf:1934 will of Emma]

 

18 June, Kensington: Newspaper obituary for P, 13th. Kensington Battalion, the London Regiment. Killed in action, May 21st.

 

August, Sydney: The Theatre Magazine mentions the following:

 

`During the month, Mr. Branscombe shifted his headquarters from Melbourne [235 Flinders Lane?[333]] to Sydney. He has bought, for £8000, the premises on Bayswater Road, Darlinghurst, known as "Waratah", together with the land the house occupies, and he is erecting thereon a fine open-air theatre [the Garden Theatre], which he expects will be ready in October. Waratah is almost opposite the Hotel Mansions. So Mr. Branscombe will, in the future, play a much more active part in the Sydney amusement field than he has done in the past, considerable as his interests here have hitherto been.'[334]

 

September quarter, Willesden district: Albert A Branscombe marries Lucy Johnstone.[335]

 

2 October, Darlinghurst: At a cost of £15,000, Edward Branscombe's open-air Garden Theatre opens, with a new show by his Scarlet Dandies. However, as the weather remains cold, attendances are down for the first few weeks.[336]

 

December quarter, Holborn district: Constance E Branscombe marries ? Tiley.[337] [Constance Edith Branscombe, b.1897 Pancras?]

 

December quarter, St.Albans district: Eunice M Branscombe marries ? Welch.[338]

 

December quarter, Windsor district: Edith E.L. Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 1.[339] [registered as Keith E.L.. b.1914 March Q, Windsor. Fourth child of James & Rose (Webb - m.1909 Windsor district) Siblings: James Alfred John (1910), Dorothy E M (1911), Ivy V A (1913), Freda (1916-1916)]

 

Harry Stanley Branscombe appointed to the church of Marham, to 1919.[340] [Downham Market, Norfolk. Harry Stanley, son of John & Ann (Graham) of Highbury. Married Grace West Pearce, 1897 Camelford. Children: John Stanley Graham (1898 Chester), Monica (1899), Gwyneth Mary & Winifred Violet (1901), Edward (1909)]

 

Middle Row School, North Kensington, opened 1878, is rebuilt.

 

Privates George Branscombe of the R.F. (Royal Fusiliers?) London Unit & William Branscombe of the Berkshire Unit, die in service.[341][William’s two brothers, also of the Berkshire Unit died as well. Henry in 1916 and James in 1917]

 

Toronto City Directory 1915

 

Geo. Branscombe, jeweller       85 Margueretta
Wm. H. Branscombe, waiter     207 John Street

 

George Branscomb is still a bricklayer in Maitland, Branscombe & Hartcher are listed as coachbuilders in Mudgee, where Henry Branscombe, tinsmith is still working, William Branscombe continues to have a separate listing as a coachbuilder, also. Arthur A.H. Branscombe is still living at 120 Grafton Street, Woollahra. Charles H. [Henry?] Branscombe living at 3 Codrington Street, Darlington, seems to have been joined by a Mrs.Branscombe, masseuse.[342]

 

Pte. Joseph H Bransombe, #L 10958 Middlesex, dies in army service. [343] [poss Joseph Henry Branscombe, b.1885 Marylebone - son of decorator Charles Edward and Jane (Brain - m.1882)]

 

Lieutenant J.R. Branscombe record of service 1915-23.[344]

 

@1916

March quarter, Islington district: Frank W Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 45.[345] [so far, the only possible candidate is Frederick William, son of Edward & Mary Ann (Chenneour), listed as `Frank W' in the 1871 census, but b.1861 Paddington, so 10 years too old. In any case, a Frederick William of the right age dies in 1927]

 

March quarter, Windsor district: Freda R. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Webb.[346] [d.1916 March Q, Windsor. Fifth and last child of James & Rose (Webb - m.1909 Windsor district). Siblings: James Alfred John (1910), Dorothy E M (1911), Ivy V A (1913), Edith (1914-1915)]

 

March quarter, Windsor district: Freda R. Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 0.[347] [b.1916 March Q, Windsor. Fifth and last child of James & Rose (Webb - m.1909 Windsor district). Siblings: James Alfred John (1910), Dorothy E M (1911), Ivy V A (1913), Edith (1914-1915)]

 

March quarter, Fulham district: William L Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 74.[348] [poss William Linnards, b.1841, Dec Q, Torquay, prob son of Robert Bowden Branscombe & Mary (Linnards - m.1841). Siblings: Mary (1843), Eleanor (1845), John (1849). cf:William Branscombe, who is registered in the 1871 census at 105 Albany Street, St.Pancras, as head of the household, married to Annie, aged 30, born in Devon and a comedian by profession! Also registered in the 1881 census at 4 New Street, Kensington, aged 39, a clothier. cf:1875 St.Giles, William Linards Branscombe marries. Also 1866 St.James', William L Branscombe marries. Poss a son, George, b. ABOUT 1858 Northampton?]

 

8 June: Dorothy Davies is born. From 1925-1930 Dorothy attends Middle Row School, when her parent or guardian is given in the register as Dorothy Branscombe of 3 Golborne Gardens.[349]

 

September quarter, Lambeth district: Annie E Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 26.[350] [poss Annie Emma, twin of Rose Evelyn, b.1892 West Ham? Daughters of Edwin & Sarah Anne (? - m.1887 West Ham?). Poss siblings:  Edwin Harold S (1889), Arthur Edwin & Arthur Alfred (1891), Elsie Lilian (1898). Their father, Edwin, d.1927 Rayleigh, Essex. Their mother Sarah Ann d.1936 in Essex. Arthur Edwin was a police officer when he was executor of his mother's will. He d.1941 Southampton, leaving a widow, Alice Maud Branscombe. Rose Evelyn m.1913 West Ham?]

 

September quarter, Southampton district: John W Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 68.[351] [b. ABOUT 1816 - no idea who this is. cf:1919 Georgina Branscombe dies, Southampton]

 

September quarter, Windsor district: Alice Branscombe marries William Wells.[352] [Alice May poss b.1898 Plymouth? OR Alice listed in the 1901 census for Old Windsor as a 9 year-old born in Englefield Green, Surrey? – could be 16 just!]

 

3 November, Registar General's Office, Chancery Square, Sydney: Edward George Branscombe, theatrical manager of the Garden Theatre, Darlington, divorced, born London, aged 52, son of Henry Firman Salmon (deceased, of independent means), marries Eleanor Margaret Clarke, trained nurse of 129 Mackay Street, Potts Point, aged 44, born in Monaghan, Ireland, daughter of Robert Clarke (deceased, of independent means) and Margaret Nesbitt. Witnesses: Marcella R Clarke & T W (Salway/Salmon?).[353] [Edward's first marriage to Mary Hooton, 1892 in London. The last mention of them as a couple is in 1903]

 

December quarter, Birmingham district: Sidney A Branscomb's death registered. He was 61.[354] [poss Sidney Albert, m.1874 Birkenhead, but so far no record of birth, circa 1855. Poss brother of Samuel, glass bottle-maker of Aston? Poss third brother also Sidney, who died a bachelor? Cf: 1901 census for Chipping Sodbury. A Sidney Branscomb of the right age, an innkeeper, appears to be head of a household that includes Phoebe, widow of Samuel, and her three youngest children]

 

According to the N.S.W. Post Office Directory, George Branscomb is still a bricklayer in Maitland, while Branscombe and Hartcher, coachbuilders of Mudgee, seem to be missing, although A. Hartcher, coachbuilder, is listed separately, as is William Branscombe, coachbuilder. There is a new listing for Edward Branscombe Pty.Ltd., at the Garden Theatre, Bayswater Road [Darlinghurst], Sydney. [cf:1915 & Edward's second marriage this year] Arthur A.H. Branscombe is still living at 120 Grafton Street, Woollahra, while Charles H. [Henry?] & Mrs. Branscombe (masseuse) are still living at 3 Codrington Street, Darlington. John Branscombe is living at Cumberland Road, Auburn.[355] [poss John Crews Northsworthy & Amy (Powell - m.1905 Sydney)? John b.1870 Plymouth?]

 

Evelyn Branscombe Petter publishes two books: Miss Velantys Disclosure,[356] and Scope,[357] a novel. [she publishes another, in 1917]

 

Privates Henry Branscombe of the Berkshire Unit & Horace Branscombe of the Cheshire Unit, die in service.[358] [poss Horace (Rupert?), b.1895 Birkenhead? Henry’s 2 brothers, also serving with the Berkshire Unit, died as well: William (1915) James (1917)]

 

L/Cpl Lionel Brownscombe, #390541, 2679 London, dies in army service. [359]

 

Aston district: George Herbert Branscomb marries Gertrude Grice. They have 2 children, both born in Aston district, Sydney Eric (1917) & Molly Delia. George Herbert is the son of Samuel, glass bottle-maker of Aston, b. Liverpool, & Phoebe Louise Cooper. [360]

 

Camberwell: William Henry Branscombe marries Louisa Jane Charlotte Griswood.[361][William b.1895 Camberwell, d.1941 Dartford]

 

Singapore: Ettie Marianna (Branscomb) Lubbock widowed. She moves, with her 2 children, Joan and John, to Sydney, Australia.[362]

 

@1917

March quarter, Kensington district: Caroline Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 69.[363] [prob Caroline (Newson - b.Norfolk - m.1873 Paddington), wife of plasterer William Henry Branscombe. Poss children: Harriet (1874 Norfolk), William Edward Henry (1876), Ada Amelia (1883), Albert & Edith (1889)]

 

March quarter, Birkenhead district: Albert Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Herdman.[364] [Siblings: George (1912), Arthur (1914), Elsie (1921), Lilian (1923), Doris (1925), William (1928)]

 

4 April, Town Hall, Wellington, N.Z.: Grand Vaudeville performance by H M S "Philomel", assisted by New Zealand's leading artists & The English Pierrots. "Kia Ora Katoa". Wednesday and Thursday, April 4th and 5th, 1917. Edward Branscombe Ltd.

 

 

 

15 April, Paddington Infirmary, 255 Harrow Road: Thomas Fox Branscombe II dies. His grandparents were third great-grandparents Edward & Ann (Starling - m.1817, Dartmouth) Branscombe. His address at death is 38 Brindley Street, Paddington. An inquest is held on 18 April. Death is ascribed to `absorption of toxins from an abcess of the elbow, the result of a fall.' The verdict is accidental death. Registered June quarter, Paddington district. He was aged 59.[365] [Thomas was born 22 September 1857 at 7 Alfred Place, Paddington. He married Ann(e) Julia Goddard in Kensington District, 1882]

 

1 May: Doris May Branscombe born.

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Kathleen Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 2.[366] [b.1914, daughter of Albert Edward Branscombe & Mary Agnes (Finch - m.1909 Paddington). Albert, poss b.1881 Chelsea, is the son of Charles Edward, decorator, & Jane (Brain - m.1882). Siblings: Phoebe (1912), Albert (1915), Walter (1919-1922?), Annie (1921)]

 

June quarter, Hammersmith district: Florence L. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Pile.[367] [d. bef 1993. Fourth child of William Thomas Fox Branscombe:Florence L.; & Hermiona Annie Louise (Pile - m.1908). Siblings: Alfred W W (1911), Ivy E L (1913), Henry Stephen (1915), Albert George (1918), Ernest W (1921), Leslie A (1926)]

 

1 August: Kenneth George Bruce, second child of William Henry Branscombe (b.1887 Devonport) & Evelyn Annie (Mugford - m.1911), born. [Registered Lambeth district. Siblings: Gwendoline (1914), John (1920). This family lived in Branscombe from 1923-1932][368]

 

25 August, Theatre Royal, Hobart: First appearance of Edward Branscombe’s Scarlet Troubadours.

 

Full size image of First appearance of Mr. Edward Branscombe's famous comedy costume concert company, The Scarlet Troubadours

 

 

12 September: John Stanley Graham Branscombe (b.1898 Chester) enters the army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Battallion of the Green Howards Regiment. [He was wounded at Dickebusche, 30 April, 1919; on 12 March 1919 he is made a Lieutenant; from 28 June 1922 to 29 June 1924, he was an Assistant Instructor, SAS in India. He is made a Captain on 27 September, 1929, and a Major on 1st August, 1938. He retired on 30 Jan 1947, with the rank of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel. He won 8 silver and bronze medals. He died on 20 January 1993, at Great Driffield, East Yorkshire, aged 94, the oldest surviving officer of the Green Howards, at the time. First child of Harry Stanley & Grace (West Pearce - m.1897 Camelford). Siblings: Monica (1899), Gwyneth Mary & Winifred Violet (1901), Edward (1909). Great-grand-children of John & Ann (Graham) of Highbury]

 

October: Bolshevik revolution, Russia.

 

7 November: Volume 153 of Punch contains a review of a novel, Souls in the Making, by Evelyn Branscombe Petter. [publishers Chapman & Hall]

 

December quarter, Birkenhead district: Sarah A Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 48.[369]

 

B.H. Branscomb takes at First in Theology at Wadham College, Oxford.[370] [Bennett Harvie Branscomb - author? cf:1937]

 

Evelyn Branscombe Petter publishes Souls in the Making.[371] [she published two other books in 1916]

 

Private James Branscombe of the Berkshire Unit dies in service.[372][James’ 2 brothers, also of the Berkshire Unit, died as well: William (1915) Henry (1916)]

 

L/Sgt George Brownscombe, #60398 RF London, dies in army service. [373]

 

Camberwell: John W Branscombe marries ? Thomas.[374] [cf:1916 John W Branscombe dies, Southampton]

 

@1918

7 March, Warrington Crescent, West London: a single 660 lb. bomb is dropped from a German plane, destroying four houses and breaking the glass in almost a thousand in the surrounding area, which extends into the eastern end of Amberley Road.

 

`Zeppelins, sliding silently through the night over a virtually defenceless city, left an unforgettable impression on those who saw them. Until May 1915 all German raids were by aeroplanes nicknamed Gothas, and took place in daylight. There were no casualties. But the Germans, fed with stories that the psychological effect of bombing would give them a quick victory, contributed to a National Zeppelin Fund, and Count Ferdinand Zeppelin sent one of Germany's best pilots to plot targets. In the first airship raid on the night of 31 May 1915, eight people were killed, including a man and his wife reported to have died while praying by their beds ... The final figures (24 December 1914 to 17 June 1918) were 51 airship and 57 plane raids over Britain. The total casualties came to 1,117 civilians killed, and 2,886 injured. London's death toll was 587. (In the 1939-45 war, 19,073 people were killed in London raids.)'[375] [a map illustrating places where the bombs fell accompanies the above text. It marks the south-east corner of Ladbroke Grove & Westbourne Grove, and locations west of Paddington station]

 

6 April, 4 Clayton Place, Plymouth: Sarah Branscombe, widow, dies. Executor/beneficiary is Mary Louisa Bateman, wife of Thomas William Richard Bateman.[376] Registered June quarter, Plymouth district. She was aged 49.[377] [She must have been aged 79. b. about 1838 Kingsbridge, Sarah Northsworthy. Married John Oliver Branscombe, bargeman of Plymouth, in East Stonehouse, in 1856. John, by then a pawnbroker, d.1908 Plymouth, aged 76. Children include: Frederick (b.1865 Plymouth), an unmarried bargeman in 1881; John Crews Northsworthy (seaman, b.1870 Plymouth, m.1905 Sydney); Mary Louisa (b.1878 Plymouth). Mary is almost certainly the executor of Sarah's estate]

 

June quarter, Camberwell: Edith Branscomb's death is registered. She was aged 0.[378]

 

(9/12?) July: Caroline Hambridge is born, daughter of William Frederick. She attended St.Andrew's School, (North Kensington?) up to 13 April 1927, when she left because of her parents' wish. She then attended Middle Row School from 26 April 1927. Her address at that time was 15 Edenham Street.[379]

 

September quarter, St.Olave district: Winifred M Branscomb's death is registered. She was aged 78.[380]

 

September quarter, Kensington district: Charles R Branscombe's death is registered. He was aged 62.[381] [Charles Richard, b.1856 Kensington. Son of painter & glazier Edward & Mary Ann (Chenneour - m.1847)]

 

September quarter, St.Thomas district: Harriet Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 78.[382]

 

September quarter, Hammersmith district: Albert George Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Pile.[383] [fifth child of William Thomas Fox Branscombe:Albert G.; & Hermiona Annie Louise (Pile - m.1908), born this year. d. bef 1993. Siblings: Alfred W W (1911), Ivy E L (1913), Henry Stephen (1915), Florence L (1917), Ernest W (1921), Leslie A (1926). Albert marries Joyce ?, and they have two children, Keith & Brenda]

 

27 September: George Walter, son of George Albert Branscombe & Alice Mary (Steer), is born. He later attends Amberley Road Infants School.[384] [descended from Robert & Ann via Thomas Fox Branscombe. cf: 1926, 1932. George is baptised at St. Mary Magdalen, Paddington, on 27 October. The father is registered as a “car man” of 5 Brindley Street. sibling: Lily Ethel (1914)] [385]

 

11 November, 11 am: Prime Minister Lloyd announces the Armistice. Britain has lost 750,000 men in the Great WarWarWar, the Empire another 200,000. Lloyd George has presided over a /coalition since 1916.

 

The promises free education for all to the age of 18, and compulsory schooling to the age of 15. But the Act is not implemented, and is widely disregarded.

 

The Representation of the People Act extended the householder franchise of 1884 which, though hailed at the time as democratic, gave the vote to only three out of every five adult males, and no women. A simple six month residency qualification was introduced for men, and votes were given to women over thirty on the old occupancy basis. This Act added more voters to the register than all its predecessors put together. There were now 13 million men and 8.5 million women eligible to vote. A redistribution of seats aimed at creating uniform constituencies, each of about 70,000 voters and each returning one M.P.. A common franchise was established for both parliamentary and local elctions. The number of Devon M.P.s was maintained; the Ashburton Division was abolished, and the three Plymouth districts of Devonport, Drake and Sutton were given one M.P. each.'[386]

 

No private homes were built, between 1915 and 1918, leading to a shortfall of 600,000. This was also due to rising population, a fall in the age of consent to marriage, and the migration of people from the country to the city.

 

Worldwide (to 1919).

 

A Branscombe, no christian name noted, is living at 25 Muston Street, Mosman, Sydney. Arthur A.H. Branscombe is still living at 120 Grafton Street, Woollahra. Mrs. Branscombe, masseuse, now has premises at Rawson Place, Sydney, among her neighbors are theatrical costumiers & poster printers, and at least one other masseuse. The Mrs. Ellen Branscombe, masseuse, who is resident at 55 Darlington Road, Darlington, may be the same person who lived, with Charles H. Branscombe, at 3 Codrington Street, Darlington, in 1916. There is a Thomas Bransgrove [Branscombe?] at 72 Brown Street, Paddington, and an Arthur Branscombe in Roberts Road, Enfield. Henry Branscombe, tinsmith of Mudgee, is still listed, as is George Branscomb of West Maitland, although his entry is no longer accompanied by the description "bricklayer". Jonathan (John) Branscombe is still in Cumberland Road, Auburn. [387] [poss John Crews Northsworthy & Amy (Powell - m.1905 Sydney)? John b.1870 Plymouth?]

 

Aston district: Edward Bennet Branscomb (b.1890 Aston), is married.[388] [m. Ruby Eales][389]

 

Gena Branscombe publishes Every Town is your Home Town, arranged by Tom Clark.[390] [see 1946 & 1948 for other publications]

 

The silent drama film The Foundations of Freedom, written and directed by Arthur Branscombe, is released in the USA. It was made in Britain in Birmingham, or by the Birmingham company. It was 6 reels in length. It starred Maud Yates as Jane Butler, and Cecil Morton York as Colonel Washington Butler. It is described as an historical romance, dealing with the love between American and English families during the time of Ben Franklin and George Washington.[391]

 

Private James T Branscombe of the M.G.C. Unit & Rfn. Samuel A Branscombe of the K.R.R.C. & L.R. Unit, die in service.[392] [poss James Thomas, b.1898 Shoreditch? & Samuel Arthur, b.1899 Aston?]

 

Southwark district: Leonard Branscombe m. Hannah E Driscoll.[393]

 

@1919

March quarter, Portsmouth district: Joseph Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 78.[394] [no record of birth circa 1841. Nearest is 1848 St.Thomas]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Walter Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Finch.[395] [poss d.1922 Fulham? son of Albert Edward Branscombe & Mary Agnes (Finch - m.1909 Paddington). Albert, poss b.1881 Chelsea, is the son of Charles Edward, decorator, & Jane (Brain - m.1882). Siblings: Phoebe (1912), Kathleen (1914-1917), Albert (1915), Annie (1921)]

 

25 August, "Kondrovo", The Grove, Coulsdon, Surrey: Marie Branscombe, widow, dies. Executor is Lydia Obrecht Wilkinson, wife of John Gay Wilkinson, solicitor. The will is proved in London.[396] [widow, second wife, of Henry Branscombe (b.1844 Bristol, bp.1862 Islington, d.1887 at this same address), son of John Branscombe & Ann (Graham - m.1833 Cornwall) of Kingsbridge/Highbury. Henry married Lydia Williams in 1871, and they had five children, Bianca Adeline (1872), Henry Graham (1873), Varinka Muriel (1874), Juanita Madeline (1876), Carmelina Geraldine (1878-1880). He married Marie in Hampstead 1880. Executor Lydia Obrecht Wilkinson (née Branscombe - b.1881 Croydon) was their only child. Juanita Madeline, who remained a spinster, is the executor of Charlotte Mortimer Branscombe's will in 1923, along with Lydia's husband. Charlotte was Henry's sister, and she died at 166 Highbury New Park, the family home since before 1861. Henry and/or his son may have been a shipping and insurance agent? cf:1882 London Post Office Directory commercial listings. From the 1901 census, it would seem Marie was French]

 

September quarter, Croydon district: Marie Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 75.[397]

 

29 September: Robert Douglas Branscombe [d.c.1953], of 27 Cross Park Terrace, Heavitree, telegraphist, son of John & Ellen, buys a house called The Ryalls, East Wonford Hill, Heavitree. The house was for many years in the occupation of the Rev. T.W. Chignell. It then passed to Alfred Leonard Noake, and is currently occupied by Mrs. Jeans. The vendor is John Charles Lamacraft, a retired licenced victualler of Pleuna, Pinhoe, who sells The Ryalls to Robert for £320. The house is noted as being adjacent to The Knoll, Heavitree.[398]

 

30 September: Robert Branscombe mortgages The Ryalls for £200 to the Rev. T. Webster & another, at 5% per annum. [cf:1937]

 

December quarter, Southampton district: Georgina Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 58.[399] [cf:1916 John W Branscombe dies, Southampton]

 

Henry Branscombe, tinsmith of Mudgee, is still listed in the N.S.W. Post Office Directory, as is George Branscomb of West Maitland, although his entry is no longer accompanied by the description "bricklayer". Jonathan (John) Branscombe is still in Cumberland Road, Auburn. Mrs. Ellen Branscombe, masseuse, is resident at 55 Darlington Road, Darlington. Thomas Branscombe is now at 10 Hevington Street, Auburn, and there's another Thomas Branscombe at Edwin Street, St.Peters.[400]

 

Harry Stanley Branscombe appointed (Dio.Rep?), Rothwell, Leeds. Still there in 1938.[401] [Harry Stanley, son of John & Ann (Graham) of Highbury. Married Grace West Pearce, 1897 Camelford. Children: John Stanley Graham (1898 Chester), Monica (1899), Gwyneth Mary & Winifred Violet (1901), Edward (1909]

 

Birkenhead: Frederick W Branscombe marries May Ellis.[402] [Frederick William, b.1892 Birkenhead, first child of merchant seaman Frederick John Pennington Branscombe & Sarah Ann (Lewis - m.1892 June Q, Liverpool district). Frederick senior b.1849 Shrewsbury, son of Frederick Alphonso & Harriet (Hitchcock - m.1839 Oxford). Other children of Frederick & Sarah: Philip? Children of Frederick & May: Frederick W (1920), George (1922), Noel (1926), Olive (1928), Eric (1932), Cyril (1935), all b. Birkenhead]

 

The Canadian Patriotic Fund 1914-1919
Saskatchewan Branch Secretaries

                        Shellbrook                    G.R. Branscombe
                        Wynard                        B.D. Branscombe

 

Lambeth: Nellie Branscombe marries ? Stockwell.[403] [poss b.1902 St.Olave's, Southwark?]

 

After 1919, the Liberal Party that had ruled Britain declined, and the Labour Party took its place as the principal alternative to the s.

 

After 1919, poverty in was partly conquered.

 

In 1919, ruled a vast empire, including India and the britainColonies, and exercised strong influence over the dominions - Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

 

T.F. Halsey M.P., Chairman of Hertfordshire Quarter Sessions & of Hertfordshire  County Council. His portrait, painted in this year by Sir Arthur R.A., hangs in the Hertford County Council chambers.

 

The first successful non-stop transatlantic flight lifts off from St.John's, Newfoundland, and lands in an Irish bog, 16 hours and 27 minutes later.

 

@1920

9 January, Brixton: John Francis, third and last child of William Henry Branscombe (b.1887 Devonport) & Evelyn Annie (Mugford - m.1911), born. [Siblings: Gwendoline (1914), Kenneth (1917). This family lived in Branscombe 1923-32][404]

 

31 January, Paddington Register Office: George Jesse Halsey, aged 20, a bachelor plumber’s mate of 64 Amberley Road, son of Albert Halsey (deceased), house painter, marries Eleanor May Hambridge, aged 19, the spinster daughter of labourer Willaim Hambridge (deceased), also of 64 Amberley Road. Both signed the register. Witnesses A. Halsey and E. Clark.[405]

 

March quarter, Dudley district: Edwin Branscomb marries Florence M Dunn.[406] [Edwin poss b.1899 Aston? cf: September Q this year for first child James A]

 

March quarter, Birkenhead: Frederick W. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Ellis.[407] [first child of Frederick William Branscombe & May (Ellis - m.1919 Birkenhead). Siblings: George (1922), Noel (1926), Olive (1928), Eric (1932), Cyril (1935)]

 

March quarter, Windsor district: Philip E.H. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Butler.[408] [sibling: John (1913)]

 

13 April: Harry, son of Ernest Buckle of 64 Amberley Road, admitted to Amberley Road School from Amberley Road Infants. He left on 21 July 1926.[409]

 

June quarter, Hammersmith district: Jane Branscombe-Wood's death is registered. She was aged 73.[410] [poss Jane Elizabeth, b.1847 Newport, Mon., daughter of haulier Henry of Bath & Elizabeth. Poss m.1871 Newport?]

 

17 July, Paddington: Vera Margaret Halsey is born, 64 Amberley Road, Paddington. [Mum says she thinks it was early hours of the morning on a Saturday. The birth was in the front room on the first floor] Baptised, 1 August, St.Mary Magdalene, Paddington. First child of grandparents George Jesse & Eleanor May (Hambridge - m.1920 Kensington). [siblings: George William Frederick (1922), Ronald Edgar (1923), Lilian Joan (1925), John Joseph (1927)]

 

28 July: The Central Line is extended from Wood Lane to service the new London County Council estate west of the White City, including a wooden halt at East Acton.

 

September quarter, Dudley district: James A. Branscomb's birth is registered.[411] [Only child of Edwin & Florence M. (Dunn - m.1920 March Q Dudley). Edwin prob b.1899 Aston]

 

30 September: Alfred Branscombe invalided out of the Royal Navy. He has served since 1897. Born Egham, Surrey, 27 June 1881. Occupation: gardener. Service record includes descriptions [cf:27 June 1899 & 1911]. Ships on which he served include: Impregnable, Agincourt, Alexandra, Raleigh, St George, Duke of Wellington, Glory, (Firequeen?), Excellent, Victory I, Canopus, Revenge, Blenheim, Invincible, Dryad, Harrier, Egmont (Harrier?), Victory X (Harrier?), Colleen (Harrier?), Greenwich (Vancouver?), Columbine (Vancouver?). In 1906/7, while serving on the Canopus, he was confined to cells for 2 lots of seven days.[412]

 

16 October: Upper Castle Street, Liverpool. Rachael Theodora Viner Branscombe born, second child of Philip Arthur  Branscombe and Clara Edith. [sibling: John Viner Branscombe, 1924-1943.[413] Rachael is admitted, on 30 August 1927, to Longmoor Lane Infants School, Aintree, Liverpool. [414] Her father’s occupation then is a bank clerk, living at The Cottage, Moor Park. cf:1914 West Derby district, Philip A Branscombe marries Hannah Connor. Philip Arthur, b.1885 Birkenhead, son of Philip Branscomb (b.1860 West Derby district), son of Frederick Alphonso, printer of Liverpool & Harriet (Hitchcock - m.1839 Oxford)? cf:1905 Liverpool directory - Philip is a greengrocer a few doors away from his father's printery in Borough Road]

 

December quarter, Lambeth district: Agnes Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 73.[415] [poss Agnes P. ?, b. about 1847 Brighton, wife of John Branscombe, general merchant (d.1925 Norwood)? cf: 1881 census for Newington]

 

Henry Branscombe, tinsmith of Mudgee, is still listed in the N.S.W. Post Office Directory, as is George Branscomb of West Maitland, although his entry is no longer accompanied by the description "bricklayer". Jonathan (John) Branscombe is still in Cumberland Road, Auburn. Thomas Branscombe is at Edwin Street, St.Peters.[416]

 

Bradbury House, Hare Street re-named White House.

 

Birkenhead: May L. Branscombe marries ? Clements.[417] [poss May Louise, b.1899 Birkenhead?]

 

Grandfather George Jesse Halsey marries grandmother Eleanor May Hambridge in Paddington. [Register Office?] Mum says grand-dad worked for most of his life for Revel-Terry, the court dressmaker in the West End, but by 1927 he was calling himself a painter.

 

Southwark: Edith E. Branscombe marries ? Bell.[418] [poss Edith Emma, b.1890 St.Olave's, Southwark, poss daughter of Robert Albert C. Branscomb, b.1866 Rotherhithe (m.1888 June Q, St.Olave?). Poss brother Robert William b.1888 St.Olave?]

 

@1921

March quarter, Edmonton district: William P. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Stepp.[419] [only child? Great-grandson of William Waymouth Branscombe]

 

5 April: Arthur Richard Branscombe, son of Arthur George of 57a Alfred Road (Paddington?), is admitted to Amberley Road School, aged 9, from Amberley Road infants.[420] [cf:1923] Arthur junior and his older sister, Edith Margaret (b.1910), are living with their paternal grandmother Anne Julia (Goddard - m.1882 Kensington), in Alfred Place, which runs parrallel to the railway at the end of Alfred and Waverley Roads. She had two rooms on the first floor. It's probable their father, Arthur George, was in hospital at this time [he dies 11 June 1922].[421]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Ethel Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 19.[422]

 

June quarter, Winchester district: Joan K Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 0.[423]

 

June quarter, Birkenhead district: Elsie Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Herdman.[424] [Siblings: George (1912), Arthur (1914), Albert (1917), Lilian (1923), Doris (1925), William (1928)]

 

September quarter, Billericay district: Ada O Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 17.[425] [prob Ada Olive, b.1904 Rochford]

 

September quarter, Aston district: Sidney Wilfred Branscomb born, third child (?) of Walter & (?) Pearce. [siblings: Rose & Maude][426]

 

September quarter, Windsor district: Frances M. Branscombe marries Ethelbert T. Hales.[427] [prob Frances Mary (Butler), widow of William Branscombe, m. Windsor dist June 1899. Cf: 1901 census for Old Windsor. William died 1914 March quarter, Windsor district, aged 37] [428]

 

9 November, Sydney: Doris Irene Branscomb, probably of Maitland, marries Roy Lorne Harvey, probably of Sydney. (IGI)

 

December quarter, Romford district: Marianna Branscomb's death registered. She was aged 80.[429] [Marianna Ursula, b.1839 St.Brides, fourth child of solicitor Walter & Jane (Cowling? - m.1832?). Siblings: Sarah Marianna (1833), Walter James (1836), James Alexander (1837), Samuel? (1838?), Alexander Charles (1847)]

 

December quarter, Birkenhead district: Annie Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 70.[430] [cf:1905 Liverpool directory for 203 Chatsworth Street, Liverpool East - Mrs. Annie Branscombe is a smallware dealer]

 

December quarter, Kensington District: Annie Branscombe's birth registered.[431] Mother's maiden name Finch. [fifth and last child of Albert Edward Branscombe & Mary Agnes (Finch - m.1909 Paddington). Albert, poss b.1881 Chelsea, is the son of Charles Edward, decorator, & Jane (Brain - m.1882). Siblings: Phoebe (1912), Kathleen (1914-1917), Albert (1915), Walter (1919-1922?)]

 

16 December, Chest Infirmary, 28 Marloes Road, South Kensington: Grandfather Edward George Branscombe of 20 Wornington Road, dies aged 47, of lobar pneumonia, certified by Dr. R. Hobbs, the same doctor who attends the death of Great-grandfather Edward John Branscombe in the same chest infirmary, in 1931. E. Branscombe, widow of 20 Wornington Road, was the informant and was in attendance at the death.[432] Registered December quarter, Kensington district. He was aged 45.[433] [Dad, aged about 7, is sent to a Catholic Boys' Home, possibly until he was about 12, when the family moved to East Acton (?) His sisters Kit (aged about 9) and Doll (aged about 4) were sent to a convent. Nell, aged about 17, marries Reuben Lee in the December quarter. Mum says Edward didn't approve of the marriage, which took place shortly before his death, as he considered Nell was too young. It was a busy year, as twins Len and Richard were also born. Percy, aged about 15, was probably at work. Mum says he may have been a lorry driver, as was Reuben, who she says worked for the railways]

 

Hammersmith District Ernest W Branscombe, sixth child of William Thomas Fox Branscombe & Hermiona Annie Louise (Pile - m.1908), born this year. [Siblings: Alfred W W (1911), Ivy E L (1913), Henry Stephen (1915), Florence L (1917), Albert George (1918), Leslie A (1926)]

 

Leonard Richard Branscombe born.

 

Richard Leonard Branscombe born. [d.1923 Kensington]

 

Primula Street, Hammersmith, named by London County Council.

 

Arthur Branscombe produces the last of his stage musicals, Society Unlimited, at the Scala Theatre, London. It was not a great success. Among the songs that featured in the show was The Dover Patrol, sung by Haydn Coffin. and Arthur returned to America to produce a film for the Sulgrave Institution in New York. It was called, The Cradle of the Washingtons, the title of the book he had published there in 1901. This film was shown in the Exchange Cinema, Northampton, before HRH the Duke of York.[434]

 

The poll register for this year shows, at 26 Wheatstone Road, Alfred John, Edward John & Ellen Branscombe. [great-grandparents Edward & Ellen (Bartlett), & their son Alfred John (b.1883)?]

 

Henry Branscombe, tinsmith of Mudgee, is still listed in the N.S.W. Post Office Directory, as is George Branscomb of West Maitland, although his entry is no longer accompanied by the description "bricklayer". Jonathan (John) Branscombe is still in Cumberland Road, Auburn. Mrs. Ellen Branscombe, having missed a mention in the 1920 edition, has set up new premises as a masseuse at 44 Collins Street, Annandale.[435]

 

Branscomb, California: Founder Benjamin T. Branscomb dies, aged 89. Benjamin T. Branscomb had moved to Jackson Valley, Mendocino County, in 1880. In 1857, he'd joined an ox-team wagon train that was headed for California. He was born in Jackson, Ohio, in 1832, the son of Joseph Edmond Branscomb. The family soon moved to De Kalb County, Missouri, where Joseph became Sheriff. He was shot and killed 3 days before President Lincoln was assassinated. Benjamin settled in Sonoma County and farmed there for about twenty years. He married one of the daughters of the captain of the wagon train, Mary Jane Taylor, and they had 10 children, 6 boys and 4 girls. At Jackson Valley he homesteaded 160 acres of land and 40 acres more under the Timber Act. He was instrumental in starting the first school in that area. He built a large home which, after his family had grown up, he turned into a hotel. A small grocery store, meat market and livery stable were added later. After more people came into the area, he was even able to establish a post office. This was named after him. After his death, one of his sons, John, inherited the property and ran it until 1959, when he sold it to the Harewood family, who built the timber mill in Branscomb.[436]

 

@1922

March quarter, Kensington district: Annie Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 84.[437]

 

May: George William Frederick Halsey [mum's brother] born at 16 Appleford Road, North Kensington, second child of grandparents George Jesse & Eleanor May (Hambridge - m.1920 Kensington). [siblings: Vera Margaret (1920), Ronald Edgar (1923), Lilian Joan (1925), John Joseph (1927)]

 

June quarter, Paddington district: Arthur R Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 37.[438] [no record of birth, circa 1885. Nearest is Arthur George, b.1884 Kensington]

 

June quarter, Stratton district: Helen M K Branscombe's death registered. She was aged 33.[439] [cf: 1901 census for Stratton & Bude, Cornwall. Helen registered as aged 12]

 

June quarter, Fulham district: Walter Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 3.[440] [no record of birth circa 1919]

 

June quarter, Windsor district: Louisa Branscombe marries Charles B. Plumridge.[441]

 

11 June, Paddington Infirmary, Harrow Road: Arthur Richard Branscombe, father of Edith Margaret (b.1910) & Arthur Richard (b.1912), dies. His wife, Alice Louisa (O'Connor - m.1908) had died in 1913. The two children had been living with their paternal grandmother, Anne Julia (Goddard - m.1882 Kensington) at 57a Alfred Place. After some eight months, they were taken into care. [cf:1923][442]

 

14 November: British Broadcasting Company sends out its first broadcast from Marconi House, in the Strand.

 

Henry Branscombe, tinsmith of Mudgee, is still listed in the N.S.W. Post Office Directory, as is George Branscomb of West Maitland, although his entry is no longer accompanied by the description "bricklayer". Jonathan (John) Branscombe is still in Cumberland Road, Auburn. Mrs. Ellen Branscombe, masseuse, is at 44 Collins Street, Annandale.[443]

 

Birkenhead: George, second child of Frederick W Branscombe & May (Ellis - m.1919 Birkenhead), born. [siblings: Frederick W (1920), Noel (1926), Olive (1928), Eric (1932), Cyril (1935), all b. Birkenhead][444]

 

Birkenhead: Ruby M Branscombe marries ? Lewis.[445] [poss Ruby Mostyn b.1899 Birkenhead?]

 

@1923

Late Spring: Arthur Branscombe, playwright and film director, returns to America from Brington, Northamptonshire, to put the finishing touches to his latest book on George Washington's ancestral associations with Northamptonshire.[446]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Richard L Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 2.[447] [dad's brother. b.1921, twin of Leonard Richard]

 

July: Ronald Edgar Halsey [mum's brother] born at 16 Appleford Road, North Kensington, third child of grandparents George Jesse & Eleanor May (Hambridge - m.1920 Kensington). [siblings: Vera Margaret (1920), George William Frederick (1922), Lilian Joan (1925), John Joseph (1927)]

 

George Branscomb of West Maitland still makes a mention in the N.S.W. Post Office Directory, but has been joined there by a Harold L. Branscomb, of Paterson Road. Jonathan Branscombe is still resident in Auburn.

 

Arthur Richard Branscombe, son of Arthur George [deceased], & Alice Louisa (O'Connor - m.1908) [deceased], leaves Amberley Road Junior Mixed School, aged 11.[448] [cf:1921] He goes into `care of guardians'. He and his sister Edith are taken away from their maternal grandmother, under protest, and put into Marylebone Workhouse. They are then moved to Trenmar Gardens Home.[449]

 

`... social workers recognize that Southam Street, with its 140 nine-roomed houses in which 2500 people were living in 1923, an average of two persons to every room in the street, and the equally crowded roads in the immediate viscinity, for bad housing accommodation surpass even the Special Area of Notting Dale. It is the basements which are so appalling, those `slum basements where rheumatism and consumption and drink scribble their names on the dirty wallpaper.''[450]

 

September quarter, St.Thomas district: Alice M M Branscombe's death is registered. She was aged 53.[451]

 

September quarter, Birkenhead district: Lilian Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Herdman.[452] [Siblings: George (1912), Arthur (1914), Albert (1917), Elsie (1921), Doris (1925), William (1928)]

 

30 October, 166 Highbury New Park, Highbury: Charlotte Mortimer Branscombe, spinster, dies. Registered December quarter, Islington district. She was 82 years old.[453] Executors are Juanita Madeline Branscombe, spinster, and John Gay Wilkinson, solicitor. The will is proved in London. Buried Abney Park cemetery, Stoke Newington, 2 November, section G04, 139956. [454] [b.1841 Bristol, daughter of John & Anne (Graham, b. Gibraltar - m.1833 St. Teath, Cornwall) of Kingsbridge. Charlotte bp.1841 Bristol. named after John's mother, Charlotte Mortimer, who married William Branscombe at Newton Abbot in 1789. A good example of a maiden name surviving for a hundred and fifty years independently of the male line. Charlotte probably lived for more than sixty years in "Kingsbridge House", 166 Highbury New Park, the house her father is said to have built on his return from China, sometime before 1861. He died in 1874]

 

17 November, Kensington Register Office: William Branscombe, bachelor general labourer aged 29, of 15 Hazlewood Crescent, W.10, marries Florence Gertrude Shirley, spinster aged 23, of 25 Hazlewood Crescent, daughter of Walter Shirley, general labourer. William was born 5 January 1894, the son of paper-hanger Frederick William Branscombe & Ellen (Green - m.1889). Witnesses were Harriett & J W Shirley.[455] [children: Florence E (1923), Evelyn H E (1925-26), Ernest G (1928), Dorothy J (1929-31), Alfred E (1932), Raymond (1934), Alan E (1938)]

 

December quarter, Kensington district: John Branscombe's death is registered. He was aged 72.[456] [poss b.1851 son of wood turner John Branscombe & Emma (Scales - m.1840)? If so, was registered in the 18181 census for Hackney as an unmarried carrier’s clerk, aged 29]

 

December quarter, Lambeth district: Richard Branscombe's death is registered. He was aged 69.[457] [no trace of birth, circa 1854. Poss french polisher, born Plaistow, registered with his family in the 1881 census for Southwark?]

 

December quarter, Windsor district: Violet M. Branscombe's death is registered. She was aged 20.[458] [b.1903 Windsor district]

 

December quarter, Paddington district: Florence E. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Shirley.[459] [first child of William Branscombe & Florence G. (Shirley - m.1923 Kensington).[460] Siblings: Evelyn H E (1925-26), Ernest G (1928), Dorothy J (1929-31), Alfred E (1932), Raymond (1934), Alan E (1938)]

 

5 December: Vera Hambridge (9), ward of plumber Henry Ferrer & Rose (Hambridge) of 16 Appleford Road, North Kensington, transfers from Holy Trinity School, Paddington, where she achieved Standard 1, to Middle Row. She is not exempted from religious instruction.[461] [cf:1928]

 

William Henry Frederick Branscombe (b.1887 Devonport) & Evelyn Annie (Mugford - m.1910 Devonport), their three children, Gwendoline Irene (b.1914 Brixton), Kenneth George Bruce (b.1917), & John Francis (b.1920 Brixton), and William's widowed mother, Georgina Mary (Dixon - m.1886 Plymouth, William Branscombe), all commence living at Hooknell, a cottage in Branscombe purchased by William. Later, when this house burned down, they moved to a cottage called Bauld Ash. All three (?) children were christened at St. Winifred's, in 1924. The family moved back to London in 1932, except for "Granny Branscombe", who moved to Colyton in 1936.

 

Birkenhead: Susan A Branscombe marries ? Finlay.[462] [poss Susan Annie b.1897 Birkenhead?]

 

@1924

Arthur Branscombe, author [b. Marylebone 1862?], dies. Wrote The Cradle of Washington & the Home of the Franklins (`profusely illustrated by the author...'), London & New York, the Anglo-Saxon Exchange, 1901. There is an obituary in The Times of London, on 21 February:

 

 

DEATH OF MR. BRANSCOMBE
AUTHOR OF "MOROCCO BOUND"


News of the sudden death in New York of Mr. Arthur Branscombe, the English dramatist and author, has been telegraphed by Mr. John A. Stewart, chairman of the Sulgrave Institution in America, for which organization Mr. Branscombe had been recently working as lecturer, writer and film-producer. He had just completed a life of George Washington, concerning whom he had found fresh data in American archives.

Mr. Branscombe was 62, and was formerly an officer in the Royal Navy. In an engagement with a slave ship off the African coast he was severely wounded in the leg and crippled for life. While he and the other wounded were being attended to in a native village, they were attacked by another tribe, and Branscombe, despite his shattered leg, sat up and used his revolver in repelling the raiders. Finding, during his convalescence, that he had some gift for writing, he went on a tour round the world to gather local colour for plays and articles. While in Morocco, he was arrested for invading the Holy Places and trying to draw sketches, and was brought before the then Sultan. His knowledge of Arabic enabled him to conduct his own defence and that of his companions, with the result that they were discharged, and the Sultan eventually entertained them at his palace. These experiences he turned to account in his musical comedy Morocco Bound, which proved a success. He wrote several other musical comedies, more or less successful, but his last one, Society Limited, produced at the Scala, three years ago, involved him in a heavy loss. He then turned his attention to producing the film Cradle of the Washingtons, dealing with the English ancestral homes and history of the founders of the American Republic. He also wrote several songs, including one for Empire Day. During his travels, Branscombe spent many months in the South Sea Islands, learning the language and studying the habits of the natives. On some of the remote islands in the Pacific he extricated himself from escapades by conjuring tricks, by his skill as a musician, and especially by giving shocks with his electric battery.

We are asked to state that Mr. Branscombe's American friends desire to correspond with his relatives and solicitors, and that communications for that purpose should be addressed to Mr. W.H. Holloway, editor of the Northampton Independent.

March quarter, Liverpool district: Eliza R Branscombe's death registered. She was 81 years old.[463]

 

June quarter, Stratton district (Cornwall?): Charles H Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 67.[464] [poss Charles Henry, a painter, b.1858 Kingston District? Poss related to sailor George Herbert, b.1854, son of Walter James (b.1836, m.c1855 Mary (Maria?) Burdett)? cf:1881 census for Herringfleet, Suffolk & 1901 census for Stratton & Bude, Cornwall]

 

June quarter, Southwark district: Harry Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 76.[465] [poss b.1848 St. Thomas district, son of Henry, builder of Withycombe Raleigh, & Mary Ann (Horn - m.1836). Cf:1851 census for Withycombe]

 

16 August, St. Winifred's, Branscombe: Baptisms of Kenneth George Bruce (b.1917), & John Francis (b.1920 Brixton), children of William Henry Frederick Branscombe (b.1887 Devonport), "factory man" & Evelyn Annie (Mugford - m.1910 Devonport) "of London". The family have been living at Hooknell, and then Bauld Ash, Branscombe, since 1923, with William's widowed mother, Georgina Mary (Dixon - m.1886 Plymouth, William Branscombe).[466]

 

December quarter, Plymouth district: Frederick Branscombe's death registered. He was aged 59.[467] [poss Frederick b.1865 Plymouth district, first child (?) of John Branscombe of Calstock, Cornwall, bargeman, and Sarah (Northsworthy - m.1856 East Stonehouse) of Kingsbridge. Siblings: John Crews Northsworthy (1870 Plymouth), Mary Louisa (1878 Plymouth). cf:1881 census. Frederick married ?,  1893 Plymouth? Poss children: Olive Sarah J (1894 Plymouth), Frederick John H (1895 Plymouth), William Richard (1896 Plymouth), Alice May (1898 Plymouth), Ivy Lilian (1902 Plymouth)?]

 

George Branscomb of West Maitland still makes a mention in the N.S.W. Post Office Directory, as does newcomer Harold L. Branscombe. There is also a new entry this year for Wilfred H Branscombe, of Cowper Street, West Maitland or Wallsend. Jonathan is still living in Auburn.

 

William Robert Branscombe, coach-builder of Mudgee and son of Henry "Harry" William & Susannah Burrell, dies at 7 Pacific Street, Manly.[468]

 

Birkenhead: Horatio A Branscombe marries Ellen M Judge.[469] [poss Horatio Arthur, b. about 1857 in Chelsea, third child of house decorator/oil & colorman Frederick George Branscombe & Elizabeth (? - m.1850 St.George Hanover Square district). cf:1861 census for 2 Cadogan Terrace, Chelsea. Siblings: Elizabeth (b. about 1851 Chelsea), George William (b.about 1855 Chelsea). Horatio went up to New College, Oxford, in 1875, aged 18.[470] He married for the first time in Holborn in 1878. In 1905 he is probably working as a Professor of Music at 40 Canning Street, Liverpool. He d.1941 in north Wales. Ellen (Mary/May?) survived him - see will]

 

@1925

17 May, St.Mary's Hospital, Paddington: Lilian Joan, fourth child of grandparents George Jesse Halsey, milliner's porter of 16 Appleford Road, Kensington, & Eleanor May (Hambridge - m.1920), born.[471] [siblings: Vera Margaret (1920), George William Frederick (1922), Ronald Edgar (1923), John Joseph (1927)]

 

June quarter, Birkenhead district: Doris Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Herdman.[472] [Siblings: George (1912), Arthur (1914), Albert (1917), Elsie (1921), Lilian (1923), William (1928)]

 

7 August: A letter to The Times from I. Branscombe of Wayside Cottage, St.Michaels, Tenterden, Kent, about barking dogs destroying the tranquillity of the village, is published in The Times.[473] [poss Isabel E Branscombe, d.1950, Bridge, Kent, aged 84?]

 

December quarter, Newton Abbot district: Kathleen W. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Hobson.[474] [siblings: Valerie (1927), Charles (1928), George (1930)]

 

December quarter, Kensington district: Evelyn H.E. Branscombe's birth registered.[475] Mother's maiden name Shirley. [Died 1926. Second child of William Branscombe & Florence G (Shirley - m.1923 Kensington).[476] Siblings: Florence E (1923), Ernest G (1928), Dorothy J (1929-31), Alfred E (1932), Raymond (1934), Alan E (1938)]

 

7 December, 34 Hainthorpe Road, West Norwood, Surrey: John Branscombe dies. Executors are Charles Ernest Branscombe, commercial traveller and Frederick John Branscombe, company managing director. The will is proved in London. [general merchant John Branscombe b. about 1849 Canning Town. Married Agnes P. ? Children include: Charles Ernest (1873), Ada Agnes (1875-1955), Frederick John (1878), Henrietta Kate (1879), Edith Maud (1880). cf:1881 census Newington. Agnes P. poss d.1920 Lambeth?]

 

19 December, Market St., Mudgee: Susannah Branscombe (née Burrell), wife of Henry "Harry" [d.1928] dies, aged 75.[477]

 

Birkenhead: Lily Branscombe marries ? Hankin.[478] [poss b.1906 Birkenhead?]

 

According to the N.S.W. Post Office Directory, George Branscomb of West Maitland is still in the land of the living, as is Harold L. Branscomb, also in West Maitland. Wilfred H. Branscombe is mentioned again [cf:1924], as is Jonathan Branscombe of Auburn. There is a new entry at 7 Pacific Parade, Manly, home of William R. Branscombe. [d.1924]

 

@1926

March quarter, Maidstone district: Stanley A.C. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Hickmott.[479] [siblings: Edie (1928), Roy (1932), Diane (1934), Ivy (1937), Edwin (1943)]

 

13 April: George [Walter] Branscombe, son of George [Albert & Alice (Steer)] of 39a Harrow Road, is admitted to Amberley Road School, aged 7. he has transferred from Amberley Road infants.[480] [descended from Robert & Ann via Thomas Fox Branscombe. cf:1932]

 

9 June: Eliza Branscombe, aged 55 buried, Abney Park cemetery, Stoke Newington. Section O06 144587. [481] [born c.1871/2?]

 

June quarter, Edmonton district: Eileen L. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Isaacs.[482] [sibling: Edwin (1931)]

 

19 July, Abney Park cemetery, Stoke Newington. Samuel Ridley Branscombe buried, aged 67. [483] [b. March quarter 1859, Hackney district, second child of draper John Hinam Branscombe & Emily (Womack Ridley - m.1855). John Hinam Branscombe b.1823 Oakford nr Bampton, d. 1896 Chingford, Essex. Emily b. 1824 Ipswich - d. 1914 Clapton. Other children: John William (1856), Mary Emily (1860-1865?), Annie Gertrude (1862 Hackney), Lydia Grace (1864 Hackney). The 1881 census for Hackney also lists a Lucy Chare (1848 Calcot, Somerset) as a daughter, so Emily may have been married before. cf:1861 census Hackney. Samuel is an executor of John's will, 1895]

 

July: John Joseph Halsey [mum's brother] born at Bevington Road, North Kensington, fifth and last child of grandparents George Jesse & Eleanor May (Hambridge - m.1920 Kensington). [siblings: Vera Margaret (1920), George William Frederick (1922), Ronald Edgar (1923), Lilian Joan (1925)]

 

Approximate year when Dad, aged about 12, leaves the Boys' Home, where he has been for about five years and rejoins his mother, his sisters,  Kit aged about 14, Doll aged about 9, and his brother Len, aged about 5, when they move from North Kensington to 28 Wulfstan Street, Old Oak Estate. he is about 12, and has been in care since he was about 7. Mum's family didn't move to East Acton until 1928.

 

Hammersmith District: Leslie A. Branscombe, seventh and last child of William Thomas Fox Branscombe & Hermiona Annie Louise (Pile - m.1908), born this year. [Siblings: Alfred W W (1911), Ivy E L (1913), Henry Stephen (1915), Florence L (1917), Albert George (1918), Ernest W (1921)]

 

Douglas John Branscombe enters Exeter University to study for a BSc. Graduated 1932.[484]

 

Birkenhead: Noel, third child of Frederick W Branscombe & May (Ellis - m.1919 Birkenhead), born. [siblings: Frederick W (1920), George (1922), Olive (1928), Eric (1932), Cyril (1935), all b. Birkenhead][485]

 

Henry Branscombe, tinsmith of Mudgee makes a comeback to this year's N.S.W. Post Office Directory. If he's the same Henry that came as a child immigrant with his father William and mother Anne, in 1854, he would be 76 years old. [He may be that Henry's own son Henry] George & Harold of West Maitland are listed also, as is Jonathan of Auburn. If George is the same George Arthur, bricklayer, who lived in Glebe in 1882, he must be in his early sixties. 7 Pacific Parade Manly is now owned by Mrs. C. Branscombe, so William R. may have died. The house is called "Kurramboola".

 

Mudgee: Mary Ann Pauling-Roberts, née Beavis [Branscombe], b. Jersey 1843, dies. First child of William (Beavis) Branscombe, tinsmith [d.1895] & Ann Davey.[486]

 

Birkenhead: Stella Branscombe marries ? Jones.[487] [b.1902 Birkenhead?]

 

Camberwell: Alice K Branscombe marries ? Smith.[488] [poss Alice Kathleen, b.1902 Camberwell?]

 

@1927

February: Henry Branscombe publishes an article, Chinese Decorative Designs in Woodwork, in the magazine International Studio. [489] [cf: September 1927 – another article on oriental design]

 

March quarter, Newton Abbot district: Valerie M. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Hobson.[490] [siblings: Kathleen (1925), Charles (1928), George (1930)]

 

26 April: Vera Margaret Halsey (6), daughter of painter George Halsey of 16 Appleford Road, transfers from Middle Row Infants' School to Middle Row Junior Mixed. [cf:1928] Ivy Ferrer [b.3 Sept. 1916], daughter of plumber Henry of 16 Appleford Road, North Kensington, is also admitted to Middle Row School. She had previously attended St.Andrew's, but had left due to her parents' wish.[491] [between this date and September 1928, when mum's family moves to East Acton, they move twice: once to Bevington Road and again to Swinbrook Road]

 

17 May, "Hill Top Cottage", Herne Bay, Kent: Emma Branscombe, widow, dies. Executor is Mary Elizabeth Branscombe, spinster. Will proved in London. [Emma (Bigwood), married William Branscombe, poss 1860 in Bristol? They had three sons and a daughter. Henry James was born in 1862 in St.Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. Mary Elizabeth was born the following year in Richmond, Victoria. William Harcourt was born in Bristol in 1873. He went to Cambridge and rowed for his college. Working as a mining engineer, he was visiting what is now Ghana when he was attacked by natives and killed, in 1901. John Ernest Mackay was born in Barton district in 1879. He was a sculptor with studios in London. He died in Maidstone in 1956. Emma's husband died in Eastbourne in 1912. So far, we don't know where William senior was born]

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Leslie Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Barker.[492] [sibling: Joyce (1933)]

 

13 June: Lydia Obrecht Wilkinson dies. Born 1881 the only child of Henry Branscombe (1844-1887) & his second wife, Marie Obrecht. Lydia married solicitor John Gay Wilkinson. He remarries, Amy Sophia -?, and dies in 1944.[493]

 

30 August, Longmoor Lane Infants School, Aintree, Liverpool: Rachael V Branscombe admitted. Entry #6492. Date of birth, 16 October 1920. Fathers name - Philip A., a bank clerk. Address - The Cottage, Moor Park. Previous school - Private. [494][cf:1914 West Derby district, Philip A Branscombe marries Hannah Connor. Philip Arthur, b.1885 Birkenhead, son of Philip Branscomb (b.1860 West Derby district), son of Frederick Alphonso, printer of Liverpool & Harriet (Hitchcock - m.1839 Oxford)? cf:1905 Liverpool directory - Philip is a greengrocer a few doors away from his father's printery in Borough Road. There is a picture of the school at <http://freespace.virgin.net/dave.wood2/scouse.htm>] [495]

 

September: Henry Branscombe publishes an article, The Age of Lacquer Furniture, in the magazine International Studio. [496] [cf: February 1927 – another article on oriental design]

 

14 September, "Woodstock", Queen's Park, Seaford, Sussex: Marie Branscombe dies. Her executor is Brian Walter Branscombe, farmer. The will is proved in London.[497] [Widow of George Herbert, who died 1914 at the same address. George may have been bp.1855 Winchester, son of George & Mary? Poss m.1886 Richmond, Surrey, district? Brian was b.1888 Newton Abbot district]

 

24 September, Prospect House, Rayleigh, Essex: Edwin Branscombe dies. Executor/benefactor is his widow, Sarah Ann. [poss bp.1856 Finsbury, son of John & Emma (Scales - m.1840)? Married Sarah Ann ? 1887 West Ham. Poss children: Edwin Harold S (reg.1889), Arthur Edwin & Arthur Alfred (reg.1891), Annie Emma & Rose Evelyn (reg.1892), Elsie Lilian (reg.1898). Sarah Ann d.1936 Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex. Arthur Edwin Branscombe, police officer, was the executor]

 

December quarter, Windsor district: Miriam Elizabeth Branscombe marries Reginald J. Hampstead.[498] [b.1909 Windsor district]

 

18 December, Lewisham, Kent: Frederick John Branscombe of 9 Raymouth Road, Bermondsey, Surrey, dies. Executor/benefactor is Elizabeth, his widow. Will proved in London.[499] [Birth registered St.Olave district, March Q 1904. cf: newspaper report below]

 

20 December: A fatal accident involving Frederick J. Branscombe is reported in The Times:[500]


Frederick John Branscombe, aged 22,
of Raymouth-road, Rotherhithe, died in
Lewisham Hospital on Saturday night [18 December] from injuries received while motor-cycling in Loampit Vale, Lewisham, earlier in the day.

Portsmouth: William Henry Valentine Branscombe [b.1897 Newport, son of Henry of Barnstaple & Elizabeth] marries May Willoughby.[501] [cf:1929]

 

John Joseph Halsey (Mum's brother) is born.

 

Frederick William Branscombe, b.1861 Paddington, son of Edward & Mary Ann (Chenneour), dies aged 66?

 

Islington district: William Beard Branscombe dies.[502] [aged c.63, b.1864 Dawlish, son of Captain William Waymouth Branscombe, master mariner, & Mary (Beard - m.1854). m.1891 Petersfield, Hants.]

 

Edward Branscombe and the Westminster Glee Singers appear in a film made in the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process, directed by Widgey R. Newman. [503]

 

@1928

17 January, 48 Gravelly Hill, Erdington, Birmingham: Edward Henry Branscomb dies. His widow, Emma, is executor. Proved in Birmingham.[504] [Edward Henry Branscomb, glass maker, b.1856 Birmingham, son of glass manufacturer Edward of Oxford & Sarah (Yardley - m.1854). Married Emma Bennett 1880 Aston Brook. Children: Maud Mary (1881), Beatrice Alice (b.1885 Aston, m.1915 Aston, Herbert Green), Constance Gertrude (b.1898 Aston, spinster), Edward Bennet (1890). Emma dies 1934]

 

March quarter, Kensington district: Ernest G. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Shirley.[505] [third child of William Branscombe & Florence G. (Shirley - m.1923 Kensington). Siblings: Florence E (1923), Evelyn H E (1925-26), Dorothy J (1929-31), Alfred E (1932), Raymond (1934), Alan E (1938)]

 

4 April: Great-aunt Vera Grace Hambridge (14) leaves Middle Row School, North Kensington. [cf:1923]

 

June quarter, Portsmouth: Ivor Eric Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Willoughby.[506] [son of Henry Valentine Branscombe & May (Willoughby - m.1927). Sibling: Gordon (1931)]

 

June quarter, Birkenhead district: William Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Herdman.[507] [Siblings: George (1912), Arthur (1914), Albert (1917), Elsie (1921), Lilian (1923), Doris (1925)]

 

June quarter, Maidstone district: Edie Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Hickmott.[508] [siblings: Stanley (1926), Roy (1932), Diane (1934), Ivy (1937), Edwin (1943)]

 

June quarter, Windsor district: Constance M. Branscombe’s birth is registered. Mother’s maiden name Midwinter.[509] [m.1948, Windsor district: James Stewart]

 

14 September: Mum leaves Middle Row Junior Mixed School at North Kensington. Mum's family moves to 71 Henchman Street, Old Oak Estate from Swinbrook Road, North Kensington. She is aged 7. Mum is looked after by her Aunt Vera while the removals take place. Her mother then came to get her and they went to East Acton on the number 7 bus. They got off at the stop by the railway bridge in Du Cane Road. Mum's first reaction on seeing the Old Oak estate was `Oooh! Innit posh!' She attends Old Oak School. Dad, aged about 14, is living around the corner, at 28 Wulfstan Street.

 

10 November, Budgee Budgee, Mudgee: Henry "Harry" Branscombe dies, aged 78.[510]

 

17 November, 169 Kingsley Road, Liverpool: Christina Mary Branscombe dies, wife of Ernest William Branscombe, commercial traveller, who is executor. The will is proved in Liverpool.[511] [so far, the only candidate for Ernest is bp.1865 Finsbury, son of John & Emma (Scales). There is no sign of his marriage to Christina. A 1905 directory for Liverpool lists Ernest at this address, as manager of Noakes, Cardne & Co., tobacco brokers]

 

December quarter, Kensington District: Evelyn "Eva" M. Maidment [b.26 July 1906], daughter of Francis "Frank" Maidment of Swinbrook Road, North Kensington, marries dad's brother, Percy Albert Branscombe.

 

December quarter, Newton Abbot district: Charles J.S. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Hobson.[512] [siblings: Kathleen (1925),Valerie (1927), George (1930)]

 

December quarter, Birkenhead: Olive Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Ellis.[513] [fourth child of Frederick W. Branscombe & May (Ellis - m.1919 Birkenhead). siblings: Frederick W. (1920), George (1922), Noel (1926), Eric (1932), Cyril (1935), all b. Birkenhead][514]

 

Birkenhead: Edith Branscombe marries ? Waterhouse.[515] [poss b.1910 Birkenhead?]

 

The process of democracy in Britain was completed with the Representation of the People Act of this year, which lowered the voting age of women to 21 [from 30], with the same six month residency qualification as for men. This added about five million voters to the register.'[516]

 

@1929

22 November, 60 St.Andrew's Road, Exmouth: Clement [Courtney] Branscombe dies, aged 79. [b.1850 Withycombe Raleigh, son of builder Henry & Mary Ann (Horn - m.1836 Exeter?). Daughter Florence Isabel Courtney Branscombe b.1879 Marylebone, daughter Mabel Beatrice Courtney Branscombe b.1882 Marylebone. Clement is a baker in Exmouth, in 1893. His executors/benefactors are Florence & Mabel, spinsters of London].[517]

 

December quarter, Paddington district: Dorothy J. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Shirley.[518] [Died 1931. Fourth child of William Branscombe & Florence G (Shirley - m.1923 Kensington). Siblings: Florence E (1923), Evelyn H E (1925-26), Ernest G (1928), Alfred E (1932), Raymond (1934), Alan E (1938)]

 

From 1929-1931, there are several reviews in The Gramophone of recordings by a male vocal quartette called the Westminster Singers. They tended toward the more popular song repertoire, including humourous songs.[519]

 

@1930

September quarter, Newton Abbot district: George B. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Hobson.[520] [siblings: Kathleen (1925), Valerie (1927), Charles (1928)]

 

30 October, Birmingham, Alabama: Lewis Capers Branscomb dies, Methodist clergyman b.1865 Union Springs, Alabama.[521] [cf:1905, Methodist bishop John W Branscomb born, Union Springs]

 

3 November: A copy of dad's birth certificate is issued, for the purposes of unemployment insurance. [in Joan's collection]

 

Commander Walter Raleigh buys back his ancestral home, Compton Castle, and begins restoration.

 

I Lived in a Slum by Mrs. Cecil ,[522] describes conditions in North Kensington in the 1930's.

 

BESLEYS EXETER DIRECTORY 1930


R.D. Branscombe, The Ryalls, East Wonford

[is listed at this address from 1930-1940]

 

Birkenhead: George Branscombe marries Mary E Jones.[523] [poss George Arthur, b.1900 Birkenhead? Children: Margaret (1931), George (1933), Elizabeth (1935-37), Edith (1938-38), Ronald (1941), Eric (1945), James (1946)]

 

@1931

18 January, Chest Infirmary, 28 Marloes Road, Kensington: Great-grandfather Edward John, house painter of 26 Wheatstone Road,  dies aged 80, of chronic bronchitis, as certified by Dr. R. Hobbs, the same doctor who certified the death of grandfather Edward George Branscombe in the same infirmary, ten years before. The informant is T.G. McGowan, son-in-law, who was also in attendance at the death.[524] [Tom McGowan married Edward & Ellen's daughter Daisy 1907.[525] Joan says Ellen (Bartlett - m.1873 Kensington), wife of Edward John also dies this year in Kensington]

 

March quarter, Edmonton district: Edwin W. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Isaacs.[526] [sibling: Eileen (1926)]

 

March quarter, Windsor district: James A.J. Branscombe marries Hilda Walker.[527] [James Alfred John, b.1910 3 May, d.1983 15 February. Children: Maureen B. (1931-1938), Brenda P.R. (1934), Daphne A. (1937), Carol A.V. (1940), Michael J. (1947), Irene F. (1955)]

 

Census: The population of is 538.

 

June quarter, Windsor district: Maureen B. Branscombe’s birth is registered. Mother’s maiden name Hilda Walker.[528] [James A.J. Branscombe m. Hilda Walker, Windsor district, March quarter this year. Maureen d. June Q 1938. Siblings: Brenda P.R. (1934), Daphne A. (1937), Carol A.V. (1940), Michael J. (1947), Irene F. (1955)]

 

Possibly this year (or 1930?) when Wilfred Thomas joins Edward Branscombe in Sydney.

 

`... the Westminster Glee Singers were losing their baritone. He had fallen in love with a hula girl in Honolulu and wanted to go back. The company had reached Sydney in the course of a concert tour of the world. There were ten men, all supposedly English cathedral soloists, half a dozen boy sopranos and two or three wives. Thirty years before, when Westminster Abbey was closed for the Coronation preparations, one of the tenors in the choir had arranged a tour of Canada for his unemployed colleagues. His name was Edward Branscombe. Since those days he had run costume comedy companies and taught singing, but whenever funds got low and he was seized once more by wanderlust, he organised another company of male singers and took to the road. The picture of Westminster Abbey on the programmes and the inclusion of choir boys in mortar-boards and Eton suits, sold the company to English expatriates in outposts of the Empire. The yellow eyes of the white bwanas clouded with self pity as one of the trebles fluted a song of innocence like "Cherry Ripe" or "Hear My Prayer", and when the full chorus turned on "John Peel" or "Widdecombe Fair", sahibs glowed with a clubby solidarity beyond the ken of the natives who hemmed them in. Mr.Branscombe was convinced that he should be knighted for promoting this emotion, so he always wore a bowler hat, stiff collar and cuffs, black coat and striped pants, regardless of local fashions. In fact, he seldom removed his bowler, and I never saw him without his little ginger wig, which he kept fast with strips of plastacine. He was an adventurer, a man of courage, but there was nothing flamboyant about the old gentleman. He was petite, neat and decorous. He was never rattled by a crisis. In the Java sea, when the waves were too rough for him to board our ship in mid-channel from a sampan by climbing a rope ladder, he clambered into a cargo sling which was lowered over the water, and sat calm and upright, and when spilled out on deck like a sack of flour he lost no dignity. Whenever the profits were swallowed up by fares and hotel costs, he graciously gave opportunities for acquaintances to contribute finance to our mission. When good times came again, he honourably repaid all creditors. In the Palace Theatre, Sydney, at the request of Roland Foster [singing teacher], Mr.Branscombe granted me an audition. Politely, he heard me sing, then he said, in a voice as precise and clipped as his brown-and-white moustache, "Thomas, would you care for a dish of tea and a stick of nicotine?" and we ambled into a cafe. There he satisfied himself that I would be unlikely to behave discreditably, and invited me to join his company for the rest of the Australian tour, with Asia and Africa to follow, probable termination two years hence in London. Then I learned two things: first, that celebrities are not always well paid, and second, that I was not musical after all, for he handed me a hundred and fifty part-songs to memorise. I could not even sight-read with confidence, but I was a fully fledged pro now - out on my own. I bought a pitch-pipe, and on hotel beds all over Australia I learned the repertoire of madrigals, folk songs, sea shanties, comic quartettes and anthems, besides my own solos. The pitch-pipe was an indispensible piece of equipment. Before we walked on to the stage for a concerted number, we huddled round Mr.Branscombe, who blew the keynote from which each of us pitched the note on which he would be starting. Then we took up our positions, Mr.Branscombe counted us in with a whisper, and to the astonishment of the audience, who expected piano accompaniment and a conductor to give the down-beat, we started to sing in harmony as though under telepathic control ... So we kissed the girls goodbye and sailed for Singapore ... Mr.Branscombe had stocked up with fresh boy sopranos in Australia, and sent home to England those whose voices were cracking. Parent after parent he persuaded to part with a hooting hopeful. He paid the children pocket money, but induced them to save and kindly acted as their banker. There were crises when their funds paid our fares. he encouraged one of the male altos to marry a school mistress in Tasmania, thus demonstrating that altos are basically baritones, and at the same time satisfying the authorities who were concerned about the boys' education.'[529]

 

`When I heard Lee White sing Hong Kong with its inspired opening lines,

 

"There are many Oriental places
 Down in China-town",

 

I did not expect that I should ever see Hong Kong; but that was out next port of call on the Glee Singers' tour ... Mr.Branscombe consulted the box office and was disappointed at the reservations for our concerts, so he instructed our boy sopranos to put on their Eton suits and mortar-boards and led us on a conducted tour. The unusual sight, he hoped, would stimulate interest in our concerts. He sat in the first rickshaw, spectacles on nose and guide-book in hand, the rest of us followed in a long procession ... now and then Mr.Branscombe ... turned and waved his guide-book to indicate a "Sight"' [530]

 

`The Westminster Glee Singers must have been the last British concert company to tour the Asian cities commercially. We were in on the end of an era of history, and our programmes, too, belonged to the past.'[531]

 

`Our failure to arrange a season in Japan had upset a poor Mr.Branscombe's calculations, and to fill in time he booked us into Bangkok. He was warned that there were only four hundred potential customers there, but he had never been to Bangkok before. As our train approached the Thailand border from petal-carpeted Penang, Mr.Branscombe summoned us into his compartment. When we were all seated, he said, "Gentlemen, you may smoke. I have some surprising news for you." He fitted a cigarette into his holder as he scanned us with his candid blue eyes. "Gentlemen, we are travelling on this train without tickets. I am, as the vulgar saying goes, flat, motherless broke. I should be obliged if you would take up a collection so we may pay our fares in an honourable British fashion." Alas, we could only say that we were all broke, too. Nervously, we sat watching the countryside go by. The fat farms, the kite-flying children, the graceful girls naked to the waist. Presently the inspector appeared, flanked by two Thais with drawn swords. We referred him to Mr.Branscombe, who with exemplary calmness, appeared to be surprised that the fares had not been paid by his agent in Bangkok. The inspector accepted his i.o.u.'[532]

 

15 August, Durban: The Westminster Glee Singers open their first, week-long season at the Theatre Royal, part of a three-and-a-half year tour under `veteran' entrepreneur Edward Branscombe. The troupe of six men and six boys is said to have a repertoire of five hundred songs.[533]

 

28 August, Maitland, NSW: George Arthur Branscomb, bricklayer, (b.1852 Little Bolton, Lancs) dies.[534] [first wife Kezia Ann (Howe - m.1879 Surrey Hills, NSW) d.1887. Second wife Maria Agnes (Howe - sister of Kezia, m.1888 Lochinvar, NSW)]

 

September quarter, Birkenhead district: Margaret Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Jones.[535] [siblings: George (1933), Elizabeth (1935-37), Edith (1938-38), Ronald (1941), Eric (1945), James (1946)]

 

September quarter, Windsor district: Frederick A. Branscombe marries Ellen Huse.[536]

 

17 September, 27a Roscoe Street, Golden Lane, Finsbury: Thomas William Branscombe dies, aged 61. Executors/beneficiaries are William Thomas Branscombe, assistant manager, and Edward Branscombe, varnish maker. The estate is proved in London.[537] [b.1870 Shoreditch, m.1893 Finsbury. William b.1894 Holborn district. Thomas William buried Abney Park cemetery, Stoke Newington, 23 September] [538]

 

September: The Glee Singers are appearing at the Opera House in Cape Town.

 

7 September, Toronto, Canada: John H. Branscombe, great-grandson of Arthur Branscombe of Grand Lake, New Brunswick [d.1825], certifies a history of the family published by Dr. E. Stone Wiggins, in 1876. John's signature is witnessed by Margaret Branscombe.[539]

 

5 November: A letter to The Times from the Reverend Henry Stanley Branscombe [b.Trinidad] of Rothwell vicarage, Leeds, about class conflict and the need for the Labour Party to join with all other parties to create `... peace at home as well as abroad.' [540] [Harry Stanley, son of John & Ann (Graham) of Highbury. Married Grace West Pearce, 1897 Camelford. Children: John Stanley Graham (1898 Chester), Monica (1899), Gwyneth Mary & Winifred Violet (1901), Edward (1909]

 

Saturday 21 November, Durban:

 

`The 1,100th concert of the tour was given at Durban. The house was full, the audience was enthusiastic, and Mr.Branscombe gave a happy curtain speech. Next morning he decided to breakfast in bed. He said he felt unwell, and his wife spent twenty minutes telephoning doctors, but it was a Sunday, and none was available. Within the half hour, the stout old warrior's heart gave up the struggle. His body was put into a laundry basket and taken out of the hotel in the goods lift, so as not to disturb the other guests. At the cremation, the parson informed us that the old man would be spending eternity singing "Holy, Holy, Holy". A bustling newspaper man tried to organise us into rendering a few selections from our sacred repertoire. Although we were obviously too choked up to sing, he felt cheated when we declined and stamped off indignantly.'[541]


THE NATAL MERCURY

Monday, November 23, 1931[542]


DEATH OF FAMOUS GLEE SINGER
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TRAGIC END TO TOUR AT DURBAN
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FATAL HEART ATTACK IN HOTEL
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MR. E. BRANSCOMBE'S WORLD TRAVELS


Within a few hours of completion of the South African tour, Mr. Edward Branscombe, of the Westminster Glee Singers, died in his hotel in Durban yesterday morning.

The last performance was at the Theatre Royal on Saturday night, and Mr. Branscombe was then in perfect health. When he wakened yesterday morning he was not well. He did not go down to breakfast, and when at 10.30 Mrs. Branscombe went back to the room he complained that he was ill. He died from a heart attack before a doctor could be summoned.

The Glee Singers have given more than 200 performances in South Africa on this tour, and leave shortly for Egypt. Mr. C. Dearden, Mr. Branscombe's manager, will take charge of the party. Mr. Branscombe was one of the best known impresarios in England, and his death will be a loss to British music, as he had throughout his lengthy career always stood for the best type of English music, especially the old folk song melodies on which many of the national airs have been based. He was for ten years tenor soloist at Westminster Abbey, and it was his ardent enthusiasm for the traditional music, of which cathedral music is representative, which led him to form the original Westminster Glee Party with which he toured several countries, including South Africa, about 27 years ago. Subsequently he introduced, under his management, several of the best platform singers of that day to South Africa, including such artists as Lloyd Chandos and Perceval Allen.

Mr. Branscombe spent the last years of his career in Australia. At one time, he had six parties of singers running at once. He arrived in South Africa with the present party in July last, and made a double circuit of the Union. He introduced two Durban singers into the party quite recently. They are Cyril Evans, son of the well known conductor and singer and young Stanley McCullough, who has already fulfilled Mr. Branscombe's expectations by becoming a soloist in the party.

The body will be cremated today after a strictly private service.


THE NATAL MERCURY

Monday, November 23, 1931[543]


FUNERAL NOTICES
_____

The FUNERAL of the late EDWARD BRANSCOMBE

(Musical Director, Westminster Glee Singers) will leave our Funeral Chapel, 589 West Street, THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON at 2.30 o'clock, proceeding to the Crematorium, Stellawood Cemetery.

By request no flowers

Umbilo tram leaves P.O. at 2.19 o'clock.

Friends are invited kindly to attend.

ADLAM, REID & CO.

(Late Thos. Drew & Son),

Undertakers & Embalmers.

556 West Street.

November 23, 1931.

 


THE NATAL MERCURY

Tuesday, November 24, 1931[544]


IMPRESSIVE CREMATION CEREMONY
______

TRIBUTE TO MR. EDWARD BRANSCOMBE

With fitting solemnity, the remains of Edward Branscombe, musical director of the Westminster Glee Singers, who died suddenly in Durban on Sunday, were cremated at Stellawood yesterday.  Beneath a dull, threatening sky and to the accompaniment of the rustling of leaves, the simple ceremony was carried out. Three red roses on the coffin were the only flowers. Silently age and youth stood by bareheaded. Then, in the middle of the burial service the purple velvet curtains of the Crematorium parted slowly, and inch by inch the coffin moved into the blackness beyond. Then the curtains closed again slowly, and the service ended.  The ashes are to be "scattered to the four winds of heaven." The service was conducted by the Rev. H.B. Fairbourn, of St. John's Church. At the conclusion Mr. Fairburn [sic] spoke of the great loss to the musical world by the death of Mr. Branscombe. They had experienced a unique pleasure in hearing him and many of them would probably never have the opportunity of enjoying such a musical treat again in this world. In the words of the national poet he was so fond of quoting: "There's a great soul gone."  Among those present at the cremation were: Mr. Karl Gundelfinger, Mr. Harry Evans, Mrs. A. de Graaf, Madame T.E. Edwards, Mrs. M. Walker, Mr. Dan Godfrey, Mrs. J.I. Havik, Mrs. Llewelyn, Miss A. Scheffer, Mrs. O.F. Evans, Mr. E. Anderson, Mr. Franklin, Mrs. Wilson and Mr. & Mrs. Curnow. 

High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in Durban at the time is Sir Herbert Stanley.

 

The Foreign Office Index of general consular correspondence lists letter(s) concerning the employment of minors abroad by W.E.(sic) Branscombe, without the necessary licence being issued for them, and concerning financial standing in connexion with the Westminster Glee Singers.[545] [this could result from consular enquiries in Durban at the time of Edward's death, or from an incident earlier in the tour, when he was lectured about financial provisions by a worried  consular official in Bangkok.[546]]

 

December quarter, Windsor district: Dorothy E.M. Branscombe marries Joseph Cleary.[547]

 

Austin Tappan Wright dies.

 

Wiley Post and Harold Gatty complete their round-the-world flight.[548]

 

Portsmouth: Gordon Branscombe, son of Henry Valentine Branscombe & May (Willoughby - m.1927), born.[549] [m.1961 - cf:1929,1939]

 

The poll register for this year shows Florence Annie & Harry Branscombe living at 38 Wheatstone Road.

 

Albert Edward Branscombe & Mary Agnes (Finch) are at 157 Southam Street. [Albert, poss b.1881 Chelsea, is the son of Charles Edward, decorator, & Jane (Brain - m.1882). Albert & Agnes married in Paddington, in 1909. Children: Phoebe (1912), Kathleen (1914-1917), Albert (1915), Walter (1919-1922?), Annie (1921)]

 

Joan says a William Henry Branscombe is living at 155 Southam Street, this year. [cf:1881 census for 124 Southam Street - William Henry, plasterer aged 31, born Exeter 1848, son of Thomas Fox Branscombe I]

 

Birkenhead: Leslie A. Branscombe marries Lilian M. Smith. [550] [poss Leslie Arthur, b.1905 Birkenhead? No children]

 

@1932

18 January, Kensington district: Alfred Edward Branscombe's birth registered, fifth child of William & Florence G (Shirley - m.1923 Kensington).[551] After serving in the British Army, he emigrates to Canada in 1960. [siblings: Florence E (1923), Evelyn H E (1925-26), Ernest G (1928), Dorothy J (1929-31), Raymond (1934), Alan E (1938)][552]

 

23 March: George Branscombe aged 14, son of George, transfers from Amberley Road School to Senior Street Senior Boys'.[553] [cf:1926]

 

March quarter, Edmonton district: Roy Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Hickmott.[554] [siblings: Stanley (1926), Edie (1928), Diane (1934), Ivy (1937), Edwin (1943)]

 

The German-made Blatternerphone, the first tape-recorder suitable for broadcasting, installed by , in London. It used steel tape running at 60 inches per second. Editing involved cutting and welding.

 

The Foreign Office Index to general correspondence lists letter(s) concerning the remittence of moneys for E. Branscombe from Chile.[555]

 

Paddington: Great-grandfather Frederick Halsey dies (b.1858 Kensington, m.1881 Annie Clark, Kensington). [children: Beatrice Annie (1882), Florence Elizabeth Rose (1884), Albert J (1892?), George Jesse (1899?), Frederick J (1901?), Margaret Millicent (1904)]

 

William Henry Frederick Branscombe (b.1887 Devonport) & Evelyn Annie (Mugford - m.1910 Devonport), and their three children, Gwendoline Irene (b.1914 Brixton), Kenneth George Bruce (b.1917 Lambeth district), & John Francis (b.1920 Brixton), move from Bauld Ash, Branscombe village, where they have been living since 1923, back to London. They leave behind William's widowed mother, "Granny Branscombe", Georgina Mary (Dixon - m.1886 Plymouth to sailor William (John?) Branscombe). She moves to Colyton in 1936, where she dies, in 1951, aged 91.[556]

 

Douglas John Branscombe graduates from Exeter University with a BSc.Spec. (Chemistry) II. He entered as an undergraduate in 1926. He returns in 1937 to sit for a Teacher's Certificate.[557]

 

Birkenhead: Eric, fifth child of Frederick W Branscombe & May (Ellis - m.1919 Birkenhead), born. [siblings: Frederick W (1920), George (1922), Noel (1926), Olive (1928), Cyril (1935), all b. Birkenhead][558]

 

Birkenhead: Norman H Branscombe marries Nora Blewitt. [Norman Herbert b.1901 Birkenhead. Son Harold E b.1933][559]

 

Kensington district: Charles Henry Branscombe marries Catherine M. Bagnall. [Charles b.1904 Kensington. Poss only child b.1934 Morpeth?]

 

@1933

28 February, 28 Rowhill Mansions, Clapton, Hackney: Annie Gertrude Branscombe dies, a spinster aged 70. Executor is Lydia Grace Branscombe. The will is proved in London. [Annie b.1862 Hackney, sister of Lydia, b.1864 d.1957, Hackney]

 

April: after seventy years of chaos, the houses in Dawlish are all officially re-numbered, for the first time.[560]

 

24 May: Jean Halsey, aged 3, dies when she falls from the balcony of 64 Amberley Road, Paddington, while waving at the Empire Day parade.

 

June quarter, Kensington district: Joyce S. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Barker.[561] [sibling: Leslie (1927)]

 

June quarter, Birkenhead district: Harold E. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Blewitt.[562] [son of Norman H. Branscombe & Nora (Blewitt - m.1932 Birkenhead)].[563]

 

September quarter, Islington district: Jean Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Bailey.[564]

 

September quarter, Birkenhead district: George A. Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Jones.[565] [siblings: Margaret (1931), Elizabeth (1935-37), Edith (1938-38), Ronald (1941), Eric (1945), James (1946)]

 

Hammersmith District: Alfred William Walter, born in Paddington District 1911, first child of William Thomas Fox Branscombe & Hermiona Annie Louise (Pile - m.1908), marries Hilda L. Reading. [child: Malcolm (1939), Hammersmith]

 

Douglas John Branscombe publishes a dissertation in German on dyes.[566] [b.1907 Heavitree, second child of Robert Douglas Branscombe & Maud (Wakeham - m. ABOUT 1903)]

 

The Depression.

 

J.B. motors around England. He is unimpressed with 's Regent Street:

 

`...cheap shops and sixpenny bazaars.'

 

 

Captain Frank Masters, an architect, buys Edge Barton. It was still being used as a farmhouse [since 1618?]. `He carried out many alterations, including the addition of the rather incongruous loggia on the south side, but sold the house before the war, to a man who died before he could take possession.'[567]

 

London Transport created.

 

Gena Branscombe, musician & composer, forms the Branscombe Chorale in the U.S.A..[568] [b.Ontario, 1881]

 

Prof E.W. Tristram paints the effigy of Walter Branscombe, from his tomb in Exeter Cathedral, as a record of his restoration of the colours on the figure.

 

@1934

March quarter, Morpeth district: Selina M. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Bagnall.[569]

 

September quarter, Windsor district: Brenda P.R. Branscombe’s birth registered. Mother’s maiden name Hilda Walker.[570] [second child of James Alfred John Branscombe & Hilda Walker (m.1931 Windsor district). Siblings: Maureen B. (1931-1938), Daphne A. (1937), Carol A.V. (1940), Michael J. (1947), Irene F. (1955)]

 

20 September, 48 Gravelly Hill, Erdington, Birmingham: Emma Branscomb, widow aged 74, dies. Executors/beneficiaries are Beatrice Alice Green, wife of Herbert Green, and Constance Gertrude Branscomb, spinster. The will is proved in Birmingham. [Emma (Bennett) m.1880 glass maker Edward Henry Branscomb. Children: Maud Mary (1881), Beatrice Alice (b.1885 Aston, m.1915 Aston, Herbert Green), Constance Gertrude (b.1898 Aston, spinster), Edward Bennet (1890)]

 

December quarter, Edmonton district: Diane L. Branscombe's birth is registered. Mother's maiden name Hickmott.[571] [siblings: Stanley (1926), Edie (1928), Roy (1932), Ivy (1937), Edwin (1943)]

 

December quarter, Brentford district: Male birth registered, sixth child of William Branscombe & Florence G (Shirley - m.1923 Kensington).[572] Later named Raymond.[573] [siblings: Florence E (1923), Evelyn H E (1925-26), Ernest G (1928), Dorothy J (1929-31), Alfred E (1932), Alan E (1938)]

 

The commercial English-language service of Radio Luxembourg begins transmissions.

 

Marriage in Exeter of Winifred Ellen Branscombe, daughter of Robert Douglas Branscombe & Maud (Wakeham - m.ABOUT 1903) to Edwin A. Lawrance.[574]

 

@1935

September quarter, Birkenhead district: Elizabeth Branscombe's birth registered. Mother's maiden name Jones.[575] [d.1937. Siblings: Margaret (1931), George (1933), Edith (1938-38), Ronald (1941), Eric (1945), James (1946)]

 

Birkenhead: Cyril, sixth and last child of Frederick W Branscombe & May (Ellis - m.1919 Birkenhead), born. [siblings: Frederick W (1920), George (1922), Noel (1926), Olive (1928), Eric (1932), all b. Birkenhead][576]

 

@1936

March quarter, Wirral district: Frank Branscombe marries Louisa Griffiths. [children: Alan (1936), Olwen (1937), Paul (1957)]

 

20 April, St.James' Infirmary, Balham: Charles Branscombe dies, aged 83. His last address was 8 Cornfield Grove, Balham. Executor/beneficiary is Charles William Branscombe, secretary to company director. The will is proved in London. [b.1853 West Ham, probably m.1890 Lambeth. Charles William is almost certainly his son, b.1891 Lambeth. Charles William joined the 21st London Battalion on 5 May 1909, and purchased his discharge on 24 April 1912. He described himself as an apprentice (draughtsman?) in the employ of his father, Charles Branscombe, of 8 Cornfield Grove, Balham]

 

June quarter, Edmonton: Adelaide Mary Branscombe, daughter of Captain William Waymouth, dies a spinster, aged 78. [577]

 

June quarter, Birkenhead: Harold Branscombe dies, aged 72. b. 1863 December Q, West Derby district [Liverpool] [cf: 1864 - poss m.1898 West Derby district? Registered in Birkenhead in 1901 census]

 

26 June, Wallasey: Alan Branscombe, musician, born, first child of Frank and Louisa (Griffiths - m.1936 Wirral). Birth registered June quarter, Wallasey district. Died 1986 Fulham. [siblings: Olwen (1937), Paul (1957)]

 

25 October, Kenwood Nursing Home, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex: Sarah Ann Branscombe, widow, dies aged 72. Her last address was 238 York Road, Southend-on-Sea. The executor/beneficiary  is Arthur Edwin Branscombe, police officer. The will is proved in Winchester. [widow of Edwin, m.1887 West Ham. Their son Arthur Edwin was b.1891 West Ham. Edwin d.1927 in Rayleigh, Essex. Arthur Edwin d.1941 in Bitterne, Southampton]

 

Colyton: Widow Georgina Mary Branscombe (Dixon - m.1886 Plymouth), "Granny Branscombe", moves from Grape Vine Cottage, Branscombe to be housekeeper for an old bachelor friend, Colin West, in East Street, Colyton, where she dies in 1951, aged 91. She was born in Montreal, Canada.[578]

 

Birkenhead: Arthur Branscombe marries Dorothy M Hughes. [poss b.1914 Birkenhead, mother's maiden name Herdman? Only child Kenneth P. b.1939][579]

 

Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, American artist, dies. [b.1850]

 

Reign of King George V ends (since 1910). Edward VIII succeeds, but abdicates before the year is out. George VI takes over (to 1952).

 


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Email: genealogy (at) branscombe (dot) net

 



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[2] Holmes letter, 28 June 93

[3] Birth Certificate

[4] Register of births, Christ Church, Notting Hill

[5] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/476

[6] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #3a/259

[7] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/513

[8] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #4a/481

[9] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1c/259

[10] Maitland, One Hundred Years of Headlines, p.106

[11] Margaret Archer's probate index

[12] Register of births, Christ Church, Notting Hill

[13] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/846

[14] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1d/1577

[15] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #4a/681

[16] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/568

[17] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #5b/78

[18] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #2c/919

[19] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #8c/766

[20] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #2a/883

[21] monumental inscription, Mudgee cemetery

[22] Holmes letter, 28 June 93

[23] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/702

[24] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/1036

[25] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #2a/399

[26] The Theatre Magazine, November 1915, p.37

[27] Reed, Pilton ..., p.122

[28] Dictionary of National Biography

[29] Clergy List

[30] Earl L. Darrah e-mail 14 May 95:
   102037.2370@compuserve.com

[31] The Victorians, p.5

[32] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/154

[33] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/439

[34] Weightman & Humphries, The Making of Modern London, p.82

[35] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/94

[36] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/714

[37] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/385

[38] Marion Branscombe documents

[39] Death certificate

[40] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/748

[41] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/280

[42] Letter from S. Eric Branscomb, 1993

[43] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8b/147

[44] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/(468/488?)

[45] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1c/271

[46] Margaret Archer's probate index

[47] British Library #Cup.24.a.2

[48] The Theatre Magazine, Sydney, 1 October 1915, p.27

[49] Elijah Chick, The Parish & Church of Branscombe, p.12

[50] Register of marriages, St. Catherine's House #8b/34

[51] Register of births, St. Catherine's House #2a/250

[52] Alumni Oxoniensis Vol I, Joseph Foster, Kraus Reprint,
    Neudeln, Lichtenstein, 1968

[53] Register of births, St. Catherine's House #8b/122

[54] Marion Branscombe documents

[55] 1881 census surname index

[56] Birth certificate

[57] Marion Branscombe documents

[58] Index of births, St.Catherine's House #1c/156

[59] Victorian Pioneers Index #23227

[60] Extract from death certificate by Paula Dodd

[61] Death certificate

[62] M. Wheeldon letter, 27 October 1994

[63] Palmer, The Chronology of British History, p.332

[64] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #4a/713

[65] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/433

[66] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #5b/225

[67] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/477

[68] Thomas, Living on Air

[69] The Theatre Magazine, Sydney, 1 October 1915, p.27

[70] Palmer, The Chronology of British History, p.332

[71] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/229

[72] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[73] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/807

[74] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/705

[75] Grove's Dictionary of Music & Musicians

[76] Margaret Archer's probate index

[77] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[78] Extract from death certificate by Paula Dodd

[79] Donna Serna email, 5 August 1997

[80] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/21

[81] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/256

[82] Letter from S. Eric Branscomb, 1993

[83] Marion Branscombe documents

[84] Marion Branscombe documents

[85] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/451

[86] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/107

[87] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/747

[88] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/503

[89] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/456

[90] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/1112

[91] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/689

[92] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #4a/932

[93] Birth certificate

[94] The Theatre Magazine, Sydney, 1 October 1915, p.27

[95] Lyndon Jenkins, The Golden Age of Ballads & Parlour
   Songs
, #TC-GX 2554, EMI Records, London, 1987

[96] Marion Branscombe documents

[97] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/253

[98] Marriage certificate

[99] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/507

[100] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #4a/749

[101] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House

[102] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House

[103] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House

[104] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/128

[105] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/517

[106] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/964

[107] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/141

[108] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #4a/714

[109] The Theatre Magazine, Sydney, 1 October 1915, p.27

[110] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #3a/85

[111] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #11a/710

[112] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/465

[113] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/200

[114] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/299

[115] Letter from S. Eric Branscomb, 1993

[116] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[117] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[118] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/342

[119] Marriage certificate

[120] NSW births #300600 1889-1918 via Irene E Johnson

[121] Who Was Who in America Vol III, Marquis-Who's Who,
   Chicago, 1963

[122] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[123] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[124] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[125] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #5b/44

[126] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/111

[127] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2a/527

[128] Clergy List

[129] The Times Index-Gazetteer of the World gives 3 locations:
   (57.03N 102.31W) (63.16N 67.50W) (63.30N 64.55W)

[130] New South Wales Post Office Directory

[131] New South Wales Post Office Directory

[132] Holmes letter, 28 June 93

[133] The Theatre Magazine, Sydney, 1 October 1915, p.27

[134] Louisa Shermerhorn letter, 28 September 1993

[135] Paula L Dodd letter, 8 March 1995

[136] Alumni Oxoniensis Vol I, Joseph Foster, Kraus Reprint,
    Neudeln, Lichtenstein, 1968

[137] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/283

[138] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House

[139] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #4a/746

[140] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #10b/160

[141] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #10b/98

[142] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House

[143] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/663

[144] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/231

[145] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/128

[146] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #3a/429

[147] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/171

[148] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House

[149] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[150] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[151] Weightman & Humphries, The Making of Modern London, p.9

[152] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/183

[153] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/812

[154] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/?15

[155] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #4a/212

[156] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[157] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[158] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #5b/46

[159] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #9b/70

[160] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/377

[161] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/76

[162] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/423

[163] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/111

[164] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[165] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[166] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[167] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[168] Marriage certificate

[169] Grove's Dictionary of Music & Musicians

[170] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/667

[171] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1b/462

[172] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #10b/35

[173] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/51

[174] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1b/259

[175] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #6d/73

[176] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/138

[177] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/223

[178] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[179] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[180] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #3a/546

[181] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #10b/613

[182] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/38

[183] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #4a/675

[184] Weightman & Humphries, The Making of Modern London, p.56

[185] Sands' Sydney & Suburban Directory

[186] The Theatre Magazine, Sydney, 1 October, 1915, p.28

[187] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[188] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #?b/231

[189] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/66

[190] PRO Kew WO364

[191] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/547

[192] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[193] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House

[194] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/390

[195] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[196] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[197] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/90

[198] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/621

[199] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/108

[200] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/377

[201] Maureen Williams letter, 7 November 1994

[202] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House

[203] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[204]The Screening of St Kilda, A History of St Kilda’s Cinemas by Peter A. D. Fogarty, St Kilda Historical Society ISBN 0-9751060-1-5 <http://www.skhs.org.au/SKHScinemas/Cinema.htm>

 

[205] The Theatre Magazine, Sydney, 1 October, 1915, p.28

[206] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/436

[207] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/224

[208] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #10a/867

[209] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #2c/1055

[210] Mark Hill email 10 Jan 1999 <MHill60344@aol.com>

[211] Holmes letter, 28 June 93

[212] Royal Academy Exhibitors, EP Publishing, East Ardsley,
    Wakefield, Yorkshire, 1973

[213] A Manor House Restored, H.Dalton Clifford, Country Life,
    30 August 1962

[214] Sands' Sydney & Suburban Directory

[215] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/79

[216] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/436

[217] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/1121

[218] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1d/1230

[219] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #11a/309

[220] Middle Row School register, GLRO

[221] Eileen Branscombe document

[222] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/57

[223] St. Mary Magdalen baptismal register

[224] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/407

[225] Mark Hill email 10 Jan 1999 <MHill60344@aol.com>

[226] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/137

[227] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #4b/487

[228] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1b/581

[229] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[230] Ewen, American Composers, p.89/ Who Was Who in America
    Vol III, Marquis-Who's Who, Chicago, 1963

[231] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/519

[232] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #8a/1063

[233] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #8a/945

[234] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #5b/737

[235] Sands' Sydney & Suburban Directory

[236] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/136

[237] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/258

[238] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #4a/691

[239] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/1112

[240] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[241] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[242] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[243] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[244] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[245] Monumental inscription, St.Michael & All Angels,
    Heavitree #N254

[246] PRO Kew ADM188/1134

[247] PRO Kew ADM188/1134

[248] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/879

[249] Marriage Certificate

[250] Email from grand-daughter Wendy Baneth, 16 October 1998 <baneth@netspace.net.au>

[251] Play Pictorial, v.20, 1912, No.119 <http://library.kent.ac.uk/library/special/icons/playbills/playdat2.htm>

[252] John Francis Branscombe letter, 12 January 1994

[253] Sands' Sydney & Suburban Directory

[254] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/1218

[255] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/944

[256] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[257] PRO Kew WO364

[258] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[259] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[260] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/277

[261] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/283

[262] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/814

[263] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/283

[264] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1d/224

[265] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #6d/410

[266] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #3a/1024

[267] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1b/1044

[268] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6a/962

[269] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/821

[270] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1d/2295

[271] Amberley Road School records, GLRO

[272] St. Mary Magdalen baptismal register

[273] Eileen Branscombe document

[274] Electoral rolls, GLRO

[275] Transcript of parish register, SOG, London

[276] N.S.W. Post Office Directory

[277] Ward & others, Seasons of Change, p.99

[278] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/26

[279] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2a/806

[280] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1b/263

[281] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[282] monumental inscription, Highweek

[283] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #8a/949

[284] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[285] Eileen Branscombe document

[286] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/817

[287] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #3a/342

[288] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/849

[289] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2b/550

[290] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6d/497

[291] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[292] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #4a/494

[293] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/96

[294] N.S.W. Post Office Directory

[295] Electoral rolls, GLRO

[296] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[297] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[298] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/797

[299] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[300] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/462

[301] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #8b/758

[302] Transcript of monumental inscription, SOG, London

[303] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/1052

[304] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #8b/206

[305] Birth certificate

[306] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/233

[307] Register of Electors, North Kensington, 1914-15

[308] Birth certificate

[309] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[310] Ronald Branscombe documents

[311] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/284

[312] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1d/57

[313] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[314] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House

[315] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1d/764

[316] John Francis Branscombe letter, 12 January 1994

[317] Middle Row School register, GLRO

[318] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/18

[319] St. Mary Magdelen baptismal register

[320] N.S.W. Post Office Directory

[321] Register of Electors, North Kensington, 1914-15

[322] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[323] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #6d/1022

[324] The Theatre Magazine, June 1 1915, p.15

[325] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/364

[326] Contemporary newspaper report, John Halsey collection

[327] Barker & Jackson, The History of London in Maps, p.154

[328] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/390

[329] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #8a/1362

[330] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1a/366

[331] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1b/716

[332] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #6d/852

[333] Who's Who in Music, 1915

[334] The Theatre Magazine, August 2 1915, p.10

[335] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #3a/886

[336] The Theatre Magazine, October 1st., 1915, p.34

[337] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #1b/1770

[338] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #3a/2369

[339] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #2C/581

[340] Clergy List

[341] Index to Army War Deaths, St.Catherine's House #181/8 &
    153/25

[342] N.S.W. Post Office Directory

[343] GRO Index to War Deaths 1941-21 Army (other ranks) Vol I.89, p 52

[344] PRO Kew WO374/8631

[345] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1b/308

[346] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #2C/781

[347] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #2c/614

[348] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/399

[349] Middle Row School register, GLRO

[350] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1d/286

[351] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #2c/14

[352] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #2c/962

[353] Marriage certificate

[354] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #6d/390

[355] N.S.W. Post Office Directory

[356] British library shelf #NN.3284

[357] British library shelf #NN.3783

[358] Index to Army War Deaths, St.Catherine's House #153/382
    & 127/457

[359] GRO Index to War Deaths 1941-21 Army (other ranks) Vol I.84, p 327

[360] Letter from S. Eric Branscomb, 1993

[361] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[362] Email from grand-daughter Wendy Baneth, 16 October 1998 <baneth@netspace.net.au>

[363] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/150

[364] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/844

[365] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/48

[366] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/236

[367] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/270

[368] John Francis Branscombe letter, 12 January 1994

[369] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #8a/496

[370] Supplement to the Historical Register of 1900, Clarendon
    Press, Oxford, 1934

[371] British library shelf #NN.4574

[372] Index to Army War Deaths, St.Catherine's House #153/352

[373] GRO Index to War Deaths 1941-21 Army (other ranks) Vol I.81, pp 491/532

[374] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[375] Barker & Jackson, The History of London in Maps, p.154

[376] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[377] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #5b/312

[378] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1d/824

[379] Middle Row School registers, GLRO

[380] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1d/147

[381] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/159

[382] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #5b/31

[383] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/259

[384] Amberley Road School records, GLRO

[385] St. Mary Magdalen baptismal register

[386] Devon Record Office Guide to Sources

[387] N.S.W. Post Office Directory

[388] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[389] Paula Dodd document, March 1995

[390] British library shelf #948/VOC/1948/BRANSCOMBE

[391] Robert Connelly, Silent Film 1910-1936, p.87

[392] Index to Army War Deaths, St.Catherine's House #M5/157 &
    179/213

[393] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[394] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #2b/820

[395] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/195

[396] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[397] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #2a.353

[398] Miscellaneous Deeds, Devon County Records Office

[399] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #2c/60

[400] N.S.W. Post Office Directory

[401] Clergy List

[402] George Branscombe

[403] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[404] John Francis Branscombe letter, 12 January 1994

[405] Marriage certificate

[406] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[407] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/1074

[408] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/1032

[409] Amberley Road School registers, GLRO

[410] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/268

[411] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #6b/1890

[412] PRO Kew ADM188/1134

[413] Mary Branscombe, daughter, email of 12 May 2011

[414] Longmoor Lane School admissions book

[415] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1d/409

[416] N.S.W. Post Office Directory

[417] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[418] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[419] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #3a/836

[420] Amberley Road School records, GLRO

[421] Eileen Branscombe document

[422] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/125

[423] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #2c/126

[424] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/992

[425] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #4a/485

[426] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[427] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House

[428] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[429] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #4a/492

[430] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #8a/563

[431] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/208

[432] Death certificate

[433] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/176

[434] Northampton Independent, 23 February 1924, p.10

[435] N.S.W. Post Office Directory

[436] Ben L. Branscomb letter, 30 April 1977

[437] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/286

[438] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/81

[439] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #5c/4

[440] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/384

[441] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House #2c/???

[442] Eileen Branscombe document

[443] N.S.W. Post Office Directory

[444] George Branscombe

[445] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[446] Northampton Independent, 23 February 1924, p.10

[447] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/150

[448] Amberley Road School records, GLRO

[449] Eileen Branscombe document

[450] Barker (Ed.), Gladstone, Notting Hill in Bygone Days,
    1869 (1924), p.202

[451] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #5b/48

[452] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/848

[453] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1b/362

[454] Abney Park cenetary index 7S07

[455] Marriage certificate

[456] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1a/168

[457] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1d/306

[458] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #2c/514

[459] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a.98

[460] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[461] Middle Row School registers, GLRO

[462] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[463] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #8b/86

[464] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #5c/5

[465] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #1d/14

[466] John Francis Branscombe letter, 12 January 1994

[467] Register of deaths, St.Catherine's House #5b/285

[468] Holmes letter, 28 June 93

[469] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[470] Alumni Oxoniensis Vol I, Joseph Foster, Kraus Reprint,
    Neudeln, Lichtenstein, 1968

[471] Birth certificate

[472] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/880

[473] The Times, Friday 7 August 1925, p.17

[474] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #5b/186

[475] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/143

[476] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[477] Nepean Family History Society Record Series #20, p.19

[478] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[479] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2a/1430

[480] Amberley Road School records, GLRO

[481] Abney Park cenetary index 7S11

[482] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #3a/814

[483] Abney Park cemetery index: 144750/section I07/7S11

[484] Exeter University Register 1893-1962, University of
    Exeter, 1970

[485] George Branscombe

[486] Holmes letter, 28 June 93

[487] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[488] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[489] International Studio vol 86, February 1927, pp.72-76

[490] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #5b/177

[491] Middle Row School registers, GLRO

[492] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/219

[493] Marion Branscombe documents

[494] Longmoor Lane School admissions book

[495] Tom Miller <scouse@globalserve.net>

[496]  International Studio vol 88, September 1927

[497] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[498] Register of marriages, St.Catherine's House

[499] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[500] The Times, Tuesday 20 December 1927, p.4

[501] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[502] Joan Branscombe Hunt

[503] http://www.amazon.imdb.com/title/tt0498201/

[504] Joan Branscombe Hunt's extract of Branscombe wills

[505] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #1a/163

[506] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2b/718

[507] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #8a/777

[508] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2a/1484

[509] Register of births, St.Catherine's House #2c/748

[510] Nepean Family History Society Record Series #20, p.19