Henry James Audley was born at Corfe Castle on 4 July 1865. He was the seventh child of Thomas John Audley and Sarah Audley nee Keats. He was baptised on 24 September 1865.
Henry married Alice Goodchild Dorey at Kingston on 28 June 1888. Henry was then a labourer living at the Brickyard at Lynch. He could not write. Alice was the daughter of John Dorey and Anne Dorey nee Goodchild. In 1881, Alice was in service at Winkton near Christchurch. Henry and Alice had four children (see later).
In 1891, Henry and Alice were staying with Alice’s widowed father John Dorey and sister at Kingston. Henry was now a shepherd and their first two children had been born.
At the time of the 1901 census Alice and all four children were living at The Lane but Henry was absent visiting the Damen family at Slepe near Organford.
By 1911 Henry had learned to write as he completed the census return. Their eldest child and youngest child were living at home.
In September 1939, Henry and Alice were still living in The Lane. Henry, then aged 74 was a ‘general farm labourer’.
Sometime after his retirement, on a slow walk up Kingston Hill when returning from a visit to the Doctor’s surgery at Corfe, Henry recounted to a companion how, in his early days, he and his sheepdog Bright were driving the sheep down Kingston Hill when they started turning and going back up the hill – when Henry got to the top he found Lord Eldon and his servants had come out of church and were surrounded by the sheep!
Alice died in May 1951 aged 87 and Henry died in October 1952 aged 88.
Children of Henry & Alice:
1. Frederick Charles Audley (1888-1940)
Frederick was born at Kingston. He married Kate Chapman (1885-1951) on 13 January 1912. They lived at Scoles Farm. Fred and Kate had six children.
2. Jessie Louisa Audley (1889-1981)
Jessie was born at Kingston. She married Arthur Edward Cross (1890-1971) had two children:
- Gwendolen Grace Cross (1914-1996) – Gwendolen married Ronald Langham Browne in 1949
- Henry James Cross (1919-1944) – Henry married Constance Myra May Blake in 1942 but was killed aged just 24 while serving in Pakistan
3. Dennis John Audley (1893-1980)
Dennis was born in May 1893 at Kingston. He married Ellen Maud Fielding (1895-1972) and they had two children:
- Alice Joan Audley (1919-1979) – Alice married Geoffrey Kynaston in 1946 and had two daughters and one son
- Ethel F Audley (1930-?) – electoral rolls show Ethel was registered as living at various London hospitals in the 1950s which suggests she was in the nursing profession
On 29 September 1939, the family were living at Croydon and Dennis was serving as a Constable for the Metropolitan Police.
Ellen died in 1972 and Dennis died in 1980.
4. Olive Grace Audley (1899-1983)
Olive was born at Kingston on 14 October 1899. She started at Kingston School on her third birthday. She was confirmed at Langton Matravers aged 14 on 24 March 1914. Olive married Leonard John Light (1898-1967).