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Obituary 1 continued from the previous page:

 

In municipal life, he took but a minor share, though for a time he sat on the City Council for St. Sidwell's Ward as an Independent. An athlete in his younger days, he was always a devotee of swimming, and for years the 1st Rifle Volunteers claimed his allegiance.

 

He was a churchman (though the son of Dissenting parents) and a Conservative; a Freemason and member of the Royal Archaeological Institute and the Society of Architects.

He was married in 1868 at Littleham and lost his wife last year (1915). There are four sons - one in Canada, one in Natal, one a Captain in the 7th Devons and the fourth on munitions work - and three daughters, one of whom married Mr. Packham of Queen Street, the second being Mrs. Bassil  in Westcliffe-on-Sea."

 

DETAILS OF THE FAMILY OF HARRY HEMS

(Kindly supplied by Barbara Daniels (née Hems) and Barbara Bassil, grand-daughter of Harry Hems )

Henry (Harry) Hems

b Islington12 June 1842

m Littleham, Exmouth September 1868

Charlotte Presswell Turner

d 5 January 1916 aged 73

Charlotte Presswell Turner

b Exeter May 23 1842

m Littleham, Exmouth September 1868

Henry (Harry) Hems

d Exeter 25 June 1915 aged 73.

 

NAME BIRTH DATE SPOUSE
Grenville Chester Hems b. Exeter 20 July 1869 Unmarried
Margaret Ellen Hems b. Exeter14 July 1871 George Packham
Harry Turner Hems b. Exeter 15 August1873. Died 2 April 1952. -
Lottie Hems b. Exeter 2 October1875. Died 2 September 1945. -
William Hems b. Exeter 23 september 1877. Died 8 November 1940 in Durban SA. Florence Loaby
Mabel Maud Hems b. Exeter 23 November 1879. Died 20 April 1871. Bertram Frederick Bassil
Lord Archibald Hems b. Exeter30 December 1883. Died 29 February 1884.  -
Wilfred  Presswell Wostenholm Hems b. Exeter 21 April 1885. Died 16 February 1941. -

 

After the death of Harry Hems, the business was carried on by his sons Harry and Wilfred, neither of whom ever married. Harry died in 1952 and Wilfred in 1941. Both are buried with their father and mother in the Higher Cemetery, Exeter, alongside their little brother, Lord Archibald.

 

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