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Henry George ‘George’ Travers (1866-1951)

‘George’ was born at Puddletown, Dorset in 1866. He was the son of Daniel Travers and Edith Travers neé Puckett, both of whom appear to have spent some time in Dorchester Gaol! In 1871 the family were living at Wareham St. Martin and in 1881 they were living at Downshay Farmhouse, Worth Matravers. In 1886 George was a labourer living at White House, South Middlebere.

On 15 December 1886 George married Bessie Maud Speck (1870-1954) at Corfe Castle. Bessie was the third child of Henry Frank Speck (1843-1920) and Martha Maria ‘Mary’ Speck neé Marshallsay (1845-1907).

George and Bessie had eleven children. In 1901, George and Bessie were living at Barn Cottage, Kingston. By 1911 they were living at South Street, Kingston. George died in 1951 and Bessie died three years later in 1954.

Children of George and Bessie:

1.   William Herbert Travers (1887-1968)

William married Hill Bottom resident Lily Jane Mitchell  (1888-1939) in 1909. They may have had three or four children. Lily died at Gillingham in 1939 and William died there in 1968 aged 81.

2.   Arthur Lionel Travers (1889-1954)

Arthur was a labourer and married his mother’s cousin Agnes Matilda Speck (1881-1953) at Kingston on 13 December 1911. Arthur and Agnes had four children:

Frederick Arthur Travers (1913-1994)

Edna May Travers (1916-1982)

Leonard A Travers (1920-2012)

Harold George Travers (1922-1988)

3.   Winifred Rose ‘Rose’ Travers (1891-1968)

Rose married railway constable Alfred Dorey (1889-1967) at Kingston on 26 December 1914. Alfred served in France from August 1915. Alfred and Rose lived in Paddington, London and had one son:

Frederick Charles Dorey (1915-2004)

4.   Henry Lawrence Travers (1893-1918)

Henry was a groom at the time of his marriage to Ellen Olive ‘Nellie’ Burden (1895-1968) at Winfrith on 27 July 1914. Henry and Nellie had two children:

Thomas Henry W Travers (1915-2004)

Margaret J Travers (1917-?)

During World War 1, Henry served as a Gunner (service number 334312) with the 278th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery and was killed in action at The Somme on 30 May 1918. Henry is commemorated on the memorial plaque in Kingston New Church and at the Halloy-les-Pernois Cemetery. Henry’s widow Nellie later married Charles Darch (1897-1978) at Portsmouth in 1922 and they had a number of children together.

5.   Albert Horace Travers (1895-1990)

Albert was born at Kingston on 17 September 1895 and started at Kingston School on 28 September 1898 aged 3. Albert signed up for service in World War 1 at Swanage on 17 November 1914 and, like his older brother Henry,  he served as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery. Albert married Ethel Mary Hobbs (1897-1981) in 1931. Ethel died in 1981 and Albert died in 1990.

6.   Gordon Alan ‘Alan’ Travers (1897-1966)

Born at Kingston on 7 September 1897, ‘Alan’ was admitted to Kingston School aged 3 on 10 September 1900. Alan married Linda Annie Cleall (1898-1988) in 1918. Alan and Linda had four children:

Robert Cyril Travers (1915-1993)

Walter Gordon K Travers (1919-1987)

Ronald Lionel Travers (1921-2010)

Vernon George Travers (1926-1981)

Alan married  Millie Hammond (1905-1969) in 1932. Alan later lived at Oakbank Farm, Sway and died on 18 April 1966 at the Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton.

7.   Henrietta Maud ‘Maud’ Travers (1900-1974)

‘Maud’ was born at Kingston on 23 January 1900 and started at Kingston School on 23  January 1903 on her 3rd birthday. Maud married soldier Robert Ernest Bridges (1898-1926) at Hamworthy on 30 June 1917 and they had four children:

Gwendoline Bessie Maud Bridges (1917-1987) who married Encombe dairyman Randolph Francis Tuck (1913-1980) at Kingston on 3 May 1941

Gladys Bertha Maria Bridges (1919-1995)

Bernard Robert Henry Bridges (1922-1982)

Douglas Maurice Bridges (1926-1987)

Robert died in 1926 and Maud married Henry G Norris in 1931. Maud died in 1974.

8.   Edward George Travers (1901-1985)

Edward was born at Kingston on 22 October 1901 and started at Kingston School two days after his 3rd birthday. Edward married Elizabeth Mary Wills (1897-1988) in Somerset and they returned to Dorset where they had one daughter, and a son who sadly died shortly after birth.

Edward and Elizabeth later moved to Rutland where Edward died in 1985 and Elizabeth in 1988.

9.  Dorothy Annie ‘Anne’ Travers (1903-1959)

Born at Kingston on 26 September 1903, ‘Anne’ started at Kingston School on her 3rd birthday. Anne married William Stockley in 1926. William and Anne may have had six children. Anne died at Bournemouth in 1959.

10. Gerald Blaise Travers (1906-1977)

Gerald was born at Kingston on 7 August 1906 and he started at Kingston School on 6 September 1909. Gerald married Evelyn Hilda James (1909-1976) at Kingston on 26 November 1932. Evelyn was later a member of the Kingston Women’s Institute. Evelyn died in 1976 and Gerald died the following year at Swanage Hospital.

11. Phyllis Mary Travers (1908-1987)

Phyllis was born at Kingston and married Jack Young (1904-1973) at Kingston on 20 October 1928. Phyllis and Jack may have had five children. Jack died in 1973 and Phyllis died in 1987.

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Page last updated: 3 January 2016

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