Some Barking & Dagenham Lives
Several biographical works were published in the earlier part of the twentieth century relating to people with Essex connections. These include Essex Whoandwhere 1909; Pike’s Contemporary Biographies 1909 and An Essex Who’s Who 1935. This note details some of those recorded with Barking and Dagenham links. Many are professionals such as medical practitioners and clerics. Others have local government connections serving as Councillors. Service in the Great War of 1914-
Ayres, Edward Water. Ayres was born in 1899 at Bow, London. He was the son of William George Ayres and he married Stella Annie Briscoe in 1921. Edward was a veneer cutter and was educated at Old Palace, Bromley-
Bale, Alfred Ernest. Bale was born in 1895 at Cardiff. He was the son of Alfred Amer Bale and educated at Moorland Road School Cardiff. Alfred was a Justice of the peace for Essex; Member of Dagenham Urban District Council 1928-
Bewers, William. He was born on 26 September 1843. For many years he was the manager of G.D. Ridley and Sons, Flour Mills, Barking. For 12 years he was a member of the Barking Local Board, including 4 years as Vice-
Bloomfield, Daniel Peter. Bloomfield was born in 1878 Barking, the son of Henry Bloomfield and educated at the Wesleyan School Barking. He married Ada in 1898. Daniel was elected to Barking Urban District Council in 1921 and served as Chairman 1924-
Clack, Robert James Daniel. Clack was born in 1901 at Bromley-
Dellow, Charles. Dellow was born in 1890 at Mile End, the son of George Dellow. He was educated at St. Paul’s, Bow and married Jessie McQuire in 1917. He was a member of Dagenham Council in 1926 and chairman 1929-
Duthie, Charles Kenneth. Duthie was born in 1904 at Huddersfield, the son of a vicar and educated at the City of London School and the Law Society’s School. He married Eileen Beryl Richardson in 1929. Charles was a Solicitor and Commissioner of Oaths. He was a member of the Chadwell Heath Ward of Dagenham Council. Charles was also Chairman of Chadwell Heath Ratepayers’ Association. He competed at Brooklands racing motorcycles and was placed at the opening meeting in 1933. Charles was Secretary to the Speedway Riders’ Association and enjoyed horse riding, swimming and shooting. His address in 1935 was Tenby House, Chadwell Heath. [EWW 1935 p. 90].
Earl, William George. Earl was born in 1862, the son of George Earl. He was educated at Ford’s School. William married Elizabeth Pickett in 1886. He served as a member of Romford Council and as a member of the Public Assistance Committee and was a Justice of the Peace for Essex since 1932. William was a builder and house agent who lived at Atherstone, 62, Church Street, Dagenham. [EWW 1935 p. 91].
Eisdell, Rev. John Warmington. Eisdell was born on 9 December 1860 at Ipswich. He was educated at Ipswich and at Merton College, Oxford, but he left before graduating due to a breakdown in health. Eisdell held clerical positions in New South Wales 1885-
Fanshawe, Evelyn John. Fanshawe was born on 22 July 1854. He was educated at Eton and married Emily Moore in 1887. Formerly he was Captain in the 4 Battalion of the Essex Regiment. Their son, Edgar Sydney Waldo Fanshawe was born on 29 April 1891. Evelyn described himself as the “Present representative of Fanshawes of Parsloes Dagenham, which estate has been in the family since 1615”. He was a member of the Carlton Club and lived at Parsloes, Dagenham [EW 1909 p. 42].
Fenton, Charles Francis. No details are listed apart from his address; 70, Park Avenue, Barking. [EW 1909 p. 42].
Fenton, William John. Fenton was born in 1898, the son of Charles Francis Fenton. He was educated at the Mercers School London and married Helen McOwan in 1927. They had a son John Charles Fenton in 1928. Dr. Fenton was a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians. He was a Divisional Police Surgeon; on the Resident Staff at the London Hospital and a Lieutenant with the Royal Field Artillery of the 66 Division of the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1918. His address in 1935 was The White House, Movers Lane, Barking. [EWW 1935 p. 102].
Finer, Joseph. Finer was born in 1907 at Islington and educated at Slough and Middlesex Hospital. He married Betty Slonims in 1933. Dr. Finer was Medical Practioner and a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and also a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians. His recreation was motoring. In 1935 his address was 153, Woodward Road, Dagenham. [EWW 1935 pages 104-
Glenny, George Wilmot. Glenny was born in 1873 at Barking, the son of W. W. Glenny. He was educated at Hampton Grammar School and King’s College. He married Margaret Haggart in 1921. He was Chairman of Harris Browne Ltd., Hadley Brewery, Barnet Hertfordshire. George was appointed an Essex Justice of the Peace in 1929; a Land Tax Commissioner; Deputy Chairman of King George Hospital and a member of the River Roding Catchment Board in 1931 and an Income Tax Commissioner in1932. His address in 1935 was The Gables, Monkhams Drive, Woodford Green. Thomas Wallis Glenny was his heir [EWW 1935 pages 118-
Glenny, William Wallis. Glenny was born on 28 June 1839 and died in 1923. He was the son of Thomas Glenny and Harriet Wallis a shipbuilder’s daughter. William Wallis Glenny married Eliza Jane Blackmore a Navy Captain’s daughter. They had four sons and five daughters. He was a Justice of the Peace, Vice-
Glindoni, Henry Gillard. Glindoni was born in 1852 and died 1913. He lived at The Studio, Whalebone Lane North, Chadwell Heath 1891-
Gould, Allan Dalgleish. Gould was born in 1890 at Edinburgh the son of James Gould. He was educated at Edinburgh Royal High School and Edinburgh University. He married Mollie Eileen Coles in 1929 and their son Robert Alan Gould was born in 1933. Allan was a Medical Practitioner and Bachelor of Medicine. His address in 1935 was 147 Hallent Street, Dagenham [EWW 1935 p. 122].
Harrison, Reverend Clement Charles. The only information given is that he was Vicar of Dagenham and a Master of Arts. [EW 1909 p. 57].
Hardwick, Daniel George. Hardwick was born in 1881 at Barking the son of Sidney James Hardwick. He was educated at the Wesleyan and Gascoigne Schools Barking and married Louisa March in 1903. His heir, Clifford William Bramwell Hardwick was born in 1910. Daniel Hardwick was a Coal Worker. He was elected Alderman in 1931; Chairman of the Public Library Committee 1931-
Henson, Reverend Herbert Hensley. Henson was born on 8 November 1863 and died in 1947. He was the son of Thomas Henson of Broadstairs, Kent and Isabella Dennistoun. Henson was Vicar of Barking 1888-
Hewett, Robert Muirhead. Hewett was born in 1860 at Roden Lodge, Barking the son of Robert Hewett and died in 1952. He was the son of Robert and Emily Hewett. He married Alice Minna Scott in 1883 and they had three sons and four daughters. He was educated at Charterhouse. Robert gave his occupation as fisherman. Hewett was in charge of the Hewett Company when the 1899 Barking explosion occurred which finally finished off Barking as a fishing port. He was a Justice of the Peace for the County of Essex in 1908 and President of the Barking Liberal Association and also President of Romford Division Liberal Council for many years. Hewett was Chairman of the Becontree magistrates and during the Second World War carried out his duties while living in the reinforced basement of Roden Lodge. Hewett was a Gold Medallist of the National Skating Association for Ice and Roller Skating. His recreations included yachting and skating. Robert’s heir Robert Roy Scott Hewett was born in 1886. His address was Roden Lodge, Barking and he belonged to the Royal Thames Club. [EW 1909 p. 60; EWW 1935 p. 143; Howson 1990 p. 25].
Hewett, Captain Roy Scott. C.B.E. Hewett was born at Barking in 1886 and died in 1967. He made his first trawler trip to Iceland at the age of 11. Roy was a Common Councilman of the Corporation of London in 1934 and Sheriff 1942-
Hope, Colonel William V.C. Hope was born in 1834 and died in 1909. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for action at Sebastapol on 18 June 1855 while Lieutenant in the 7 Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). William leased Parsloes, Dagenham 1867-
Hubbart, James. Hubbart was born in 1899 in London, the son of Alderman Peter Hubbart and was educated at Bow. He married Colina Mary Hatwell in 1924. James was a Transport Worker. He was elected a member of Barking Borough Council in 1934 and served as Chairman of the Markets, Wharves and Street Trading Committee in 1934; Chairman of Local Hospital Committee, 1934 and Vice-
Inskip, Right Reverend James Theodore. Inskip was born in 1868 and died in 1949. He was a Doctor of Divinity and 2 Suffragen Bishop of Barking 1919-
Jackson, George. Jackson was a Member of the Essex County Council, Barking North Division. His address in 1909 was Ivy Cottage, James Street, Barking. [EW 1909 p. 67].
Kerr, Norman (Captain). Kerr was born in 1899, Manchester, the son of Joseph Kerr. He was educated at the Royal High School, Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh. Norman married Irene Isobel Gillespie in 1926. She was the daughter of Captain J.J. Gillespie of Liverpool. He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps. and the Regular Army Reserve of Officers. His occupation was Physician and Surgeon. He served in Infantry Regiments in France and Belgium in 1918. He was patron of the Barking Section, Old Contemptibles Association. Norman was the author of “Bony Abnormality in Relation to Mental Deficiency”. His recreations included Flying, Motoring and Swimming. Norman’s heir was John Gillespie, who was born in 1933. Captain Kerr’s address in 1935 was Aldersyde, Longbridge Road, Barking, Essex. [EWW 1935 pages 165-
Loftus, Ernest Achey (Colonel). Loftus was born in 1884 at Hull, the son of Captain William Loftus and he died in 1987 in Zimbabwe aged 103. He was educated at York and Trinity College, Dublin and married Elsie Cole of West Tilbury in 1916. They had two sons. He was Headmaster of Barking Abbey School from 1922. He served with the Essex Regiment from 1910-
McDonald, John. Physician and Surgeon of 9 Linton Road, Barking. [EW 1909 p. 79].
Malone, Wilfred Keith. Malone was born in 1902 at Sheffield, the son of Ralph Keith Malone. He was educated at Sheffield University and married Margaret Hicks in 1930. Wilfred was a Medical Practitioner in Sheffield 1925 and Buxton 1926 before becoming the Medical Officer of the 138 Essex Detachment, British Red Cross in 1932. His recreations included chess and conjuring. His address in 1935 was 10, Bennets Castle Lane, Dagenham. [EWW 1935 p. 185].
Marshall, Herbert Samuel James. Marshall was born in 1899 at Islington, the son of Samuel Henry Marshall. He was educated at King’s College London and the London College of Divinity, Highbury. Herbert married Margaret Cain in 1928. A son, Bryan Henry James Marshall, was born in 1932. He was a Clerk in Holy Orders. He served as Curate in Leyton and Stratford and was in charge of St. Aidans’s in 1928 before becoming Vicar of St. George’s Dagenham from 1929. In 1935 he was living at St. George’s Vicarage, Rogers Road, Dagenham. [EWW 1935 pages 187-
Parry, Herbert Charles. Parry was born in 1886, Dorset, the son of Herbert Parry and educated at Ilminster Grammar School. He married Mabel Helen Thornton. Herbert gave his career to Municipal Service and was a Member of Dagenham Parish Council 1925; a Member of Dagenham Urban District Council 1926-
Reeve, Arthur Edwin. Reeve was born in 1867, Stepney, the son of Edwin Reeve and educated at Bays Collegiate School, Forest Gate. He married Cecilia Elizabeth Terry in 1906. Arthur was a Member of Dagenham Council 1909; Chairman four times; First Chairman of Dagenham Urban District Council 1926; Secretary and Trustee of the Dagenham Charities from 1909-
Robins, Henry Charles (Canon). Robins was born in 1882 at Beccles, Suffolk the son of Henry Lambley Robins. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford where he studied Classics and obtained a Master of Arts degree. Henry married Dorothy Lloyd in 1915. He became Vicar of Barking in 1930 and was at one time the Mayor’s Chaplain; District Padre for Toc H and Temporary Chaplain to the Forces. Prior to this he was ordained Deacon in 1907 and Priest in 1908 and served as Curate at Gosport; Chaplain at Khartoum; Vicar of Fleet; Vicar of Romford and Rural Dean of Chafford. His heir was John Henry Robins who was born in 1919. In 1935 Henry was living in Barking Vicarage. [EWW 1935 p. 237].
Seabrook, Arthur Hugh. Seabrook was born on 10 August 1875. He was member of the Institutions of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He was at one time Electrical Engineer and Tramways Managers, Barking Urban District Council. His address in 1909 was given as 86, Claremont Road, Forest Gate, Essex. [EW 1909 p. 111].
Sherwell, Arthur Erskine (Dr.). Sherwell was born in 1901 at Brislington, Somerset the son of David Sherwell and educated at Bristol Grammar School and the University of Bristol. He married Mary Eileen Grace Wilkinson in 1926. He was a Medical Practitioner being a qualified physician and surgeon. Arthur was Certifying Factory Surgeon for Dagenham and Rainham from 1934; District Medical Officer for Dagenham from 1932 and Medical Officer to the Post Office, Dagenham from 1933. His recreations included Cricket and Shooting. In 1935 he was residing at 129 Broad Street, Dagenham, Essex. [EWW 1935 p. 251].
Shinwell, Emanuel. Shinwell was born in 1884 and died 1986 as Baron Shinwell of Easington, Durham. He lived at 105 Stevens Road, Dagenham 1923-
Stedman, Joseph. Stedman was born in 1868 at Buckhurst Hill, the son of Edward Stedman. He was educated at Buckhurst Hill and was a Barking Councillor 1931. In 1935 he was retired and a Justice of the Peace living at 7 Swiss Avenue, Chelmsford. [EWW 1935 p. 269].
Stewart, Donald Macrae (Dr.). Stewart was born in 1896 at Lochcarron, Ross-
Thomson, Adam Edward (Dr.). Thomson was born in 1902 at Aberlour, Banffshire the son of James Thomson. He was educated at Aberlour School; King’s College and Marischal College, Aberdeen. Adam married Jean Herron Love McNaughton in 1929. A son and heir, John McNaughton Thomson, was born in 1930. Adam was a Medical Practitioner and served as District Medical Officer and Public Vaccinator, Dagenham Central 1932. His recreations included Golf, Swimming and Tennis. [EWW 1935 pages 282-
Vesey, Percival Charles. Vesey was born in 1889 at Barking, Essex the son of Charles Alexander Benjamin Vesey. He was educated at the Wesleyan School, Barking. He married Violet Lillian Brooks in 1913. Percival was an engineer. He served as a Member of the Barking Borough Council 1932; Co-
Waller, Charles Kempson (Rev.). Waller was born in 1891 at Chelmsford, the son of Theodore Harry Waller. He was educated at Felsted School; St. John’s College, Oxford and Wells Theological College. Charles married Ruth Marion Eisdell in 1918, the daughter of John Warmington Eisdell. Their son, Richard Charles Eisdell Waller, was born in 1919. He was a Clerk in Holy Orders and was Assistant Curate at Barking Church 1914-
Warington, Robert. Warington was born in 1838 and died in 1907. He was an agricultural chemist at J. B. Lawes’ works at Barking 1867-
Anon. 1909. The Essex “Whoandwhere 1909. Colchester. Benham & Company 175 pages.
Anon. 1935. Who’s Who in Essex. Worcester. Ebenezer Baylis & Son Ltd. 327 pages.
Clifford, Tony, Abnett, Kathryn and Watson, Mark. 1992. Residents and Visitors: Some Barking and Dagenham Personalities. ISBN 0900325135. 50 pages.
Pike, W.T. 1909. Essex in the Twentieth Century: Contemporary Biographies. Pike’s New Century Series No. 27. 336 pages.