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Frederick's unusual story is to be told in the near future. In brief, he took part in the 2nd Boer War and was killed in an ambush in 1900.


Click here to read a moving letter written to Frederick's mother by

Lieutenant Adams after Frederick's death in the Boer War.


George stayed on in Newton St. Cyres all his life, taking over the family tailoring business at Blenheim House. He had one daughter, Muriel, whose family still live near Starcross. I can well remember two or three visits to see George holidays taken in Devon in the 1940's and 50's. He was a large man who was very deaf; he took a great pride in the garden at Blenheim House, where he produced many different vegetable crops and was a keen beekeeper, like so many of the family


George's wife, the author's mother, George and the author

L to R: Lily (George's wife), my mother, George and myself

© John Chudley


Albert moved to London in around 1910 and became a milk roundsman and eventually a branch manager for United Dairies; he worked at their Hanger Lane, Ealing, depot. In the 1930's he returned to Devon and married, but his wife Jane died at an early age. He later remarried and kept a small provisions shop in Bampton, Devon. It was here that I met him on two occasions. He was another beekeeper and I was taken to the Devon and Exeter Show one year to admire his prize-winning honey. Albert had no children.


Amy appears to have been most affected by James' marriage to Bessie. She had nursed her mother through her final illness and was in charge of domestic affairs, when Bessie was installed. She married Will Thomas and settled in Vancouver, Canada, where members of her family still live.


James, Bessie and Albert (Frank's son and my father)
In the garden of Blenheim House, Sweetham in 1929

Left to right: James, Bessie and Albert , (Frank's son and my father) 

© John Chudley




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