James Seaward Cooper (1881–1942) = Jane Tatchell (1883–1957)

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James was born on 18 September 1881 to Charles Seaward Cooper (1843–1927) and his wife Sarah Annie Cooper nee White (1846–1933).

By 1901, James was employed as a blacksmith at Kingston.

In 1908, James married Jane Tatchell who was born on 25 November 1883 at Swanage. James’s brother Albert Henry Cooper married Frances Mary Tatchell, also in 1908, but it is not known whether the two Tatchell girls were related in any way prior to becoming sisters-in-law.

James and Jane had two sons, Seaward, born in 1908, and George, born in 1914.

In 1922, the family were living at 1 Townsend Lane, Swanage.

At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, James, Jane and second son George were living at 26 Steer Road, Swanage. James’ occupation was shown as Agricultural Mechanic & Farrier (Journeyman).

The Cooper Family. Photo courtesy of Jason Harrison.

Pictured standing from left to right are: James Seaward Cooper, son Seward Charles Cooper, ?, and son George Frederick William Cooper. Seated is James’ mother Sarah Ann Cooper nee White.  The photo was taken about 1930 at the rear of the cottages on South Street, Kingston. It is likely that James’ wife Jane Cooper nee Tatchell took the photo.

James died in 1942 and his widow Jane died at Swanage Hospital in 1957. She was buried at Godlingston Cemetery.

Children of James and Jane:

1. Seaward Charles Cooper (1908-1962).

Seaward Charles Cooper. Photo courtesy of Jason Harrison.

Seaward, born on 15 December 1908, was known as ‘Sid‘. He was a carpenter and married Beatrice ‘Beat’ Violet Bartlett (1919-1977) in 1939. They lived at 16 Court Road, Swanage. Sid died in 1962 and Beat married Frank Inman in 1971. She died in 1977.

2. George Frederick William Cooper (1914-1986)

George was born 1 July 1914. In 1939, George was a journeyman painter and decorator. He was single and living with his parents.

Page last updated: 19 March 2021




Thomas Cooper (1808-1891) = Elizabeth Seward (1811-1883)

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Thomas Cooper (1808-1891)

Thomas was born 20 December 1808 to Samuel Barnes (1774-1866) and his wife Mary Cooper nee Barnes (1787-1854). Thomas was baptised along with his sister Harriet on 15 January 1810.

Thomas married Elizabeth Seward (1811-1883) on 27 February 1832 in St. Michael’s Church at Steeple. (born 1811 in Northwood, Isle of Wight)

Thomas and Elizabeth had 11 children born between 1834 and 1855. The elder children were baptised at Kimmeridge but, after 1839, the younger children were baptised at Steeple.

From each of the Census returns the following facts have been established:


Thomas, shown as aged 30 (actually 32), is recorded in the Steeple census living in a dwelling known as Hide in Steeple and following the profession of Carpenter. He is accompanied by his wife of nine years, Elizabeth, and have five children resident with them: Sarah 8, Georgenia 6 (spelling is as recorded in at least two census returns), Henry 4, James 2 and Eliza 2 months old.


Thomas aged 42 is recorded in the Kimmeridge census as living at the Prevention Centre where he is working as a carpenter. His wife Elizabeth (40) and eight children are also living there. The main task of the Prevention Centre (now the Coastguard Service) at Gaulter was to prevent smuggling of contraband (brandy, tobacco, silk etc). I presume Thomas was employed in the maintenance of the coastguard boats and other equipment and properties used to house, launch and operate the boats. The eight children listed are: Georgenia 16, Henry 14, James Seaward 12, Eliza 9, Charles Seaward 7, Amelia 4, John 2 and Albert 1. Their eldest daughter, Sarah Elizabeth (18), is away from home working as a General Servant at Tyneham Rectory and is not yet married.


Thomas, now 52 but recorded as 55 in the Steeple census and still a carpenter, is living in a cottage near Kimmeridge (believed to be at Gaulter). He and his wife, Elizabeth have the following children resident at their home: Sarah Elizabeth 27, Amelia 15, Charles Seaward 17 (carpenter), John Alfred 13 (scholar), Albert Thomas 10 (scholar), Herbert William 8 (scholar) and Frederick George 6 (scholar). Henry at 24 is working as a coachman at Smedmore House in Kimmeridge. Georgenia 26, James Seaward 22 and Eliza 19 are probably working away from the family home but it is possible they have married and set up their own homes (but not to my knowledge within the immediate locality)


Thomas, age 62 in the Kimmeridge census, is at Smedmore House as a carpenter where his daughter Eliza 29 is also working as a General Servant. However, his wife Elizabeth is recorded in the Steeple census age 60 and still resident in the cottage at Gaulter together with sons (Albert) Thomas 20 and (Frederick) George 16, and her now married, eldest daughter, Sarah Taylor 38 who has three children with her: Elizabeth 6 & Henrietta 5, both born on the island of Jersey, and Bedford 10 months born at Swanage. Charles Seaward Cooper 27 carpenter, has married Sarah Ann White from Kingston and they are recorded in the Steeple census in a cottage possibly close to Charles’s mother. They have three daughters Elizabeth 4, Eliza 2 and Annie 11 months. Amelia Cooper 25 is no longer at the family home having married James Smith in September 1868. John Alfred Cooper 23 and Herbert William Cooper 18 are not present at the family home.


Thomas 72 and Elizabeth 70 are living with son George (Frederick) 26 and their grandchildren (believed to be children of Sarah Taylor) Henrietta 15 and Edith 7 who was born at Bristol, Somerset.


Thomas, aged 85 (82) recorded in the Steeple census is living with youngest son Frederick George in cottage No. 10 at Gaulter. Elizabeth his wife passed away on 22 May 1883 and is buried in the churchyard of St Michael’s Church, Steeple. Frederick 35 is continuing the family profession of carpenter and is married to Ellen (surname not yet known) who originated from Nottington near Weymouth. They have five children: Mary Elizabeth 7, Emma 5, Arthur 4, Percy 2 and Henrietta 2 months.

Thomas Cooper passed away on 29 October 1891 aged 82 and he was also buried in St. Michael’s churchyard.

Children of Thomas & Elizabeth:

1. Sarah Elizabeth Cooper (1833-?)

Sarah was baptised at Kimmeridge on 24 February 1833. In 1851, Sarah Elizabeth (18), is away from home working as a General Servant at Tyneham Rectory and is not yet married. By 1871  Sarah is married Taylor 38 who has three children with her: Elizabeth 6 & Henrietta 5, both born on the island of Jersey, and Bedford 10 months born at Swanage.

2. Georgenia Louisa Cooper (1834-) ,

Georgina was baptised on 10 December 1834 at Kimmeridge.

3. Henry Robert Cooper (1836-)

Henry was baptised at Kimmeridge on 16 October 1836. In 1861 Henry at 24 is working as a coachman at Smedmore House in Kimmeridge.

4. James Seaward Cooper (1839-)

James was baptised 3 February 1839 also at Kimmeridge.

Eliza Cooper (-)


Charles Seaward Cooper (-)

In 1871 Charles Seaward Cooper 27 carpenter, has married Sarah Ann White from Kingston and they are recorded in the Steeple census in a cottage possibly close to Charles’s mother. They have three daughters Elizabeth 4, Eliza 2 and Annie 11 months.

Amelia Cooper (-)

Amelia Cooper 25 is no longer at the family home having married James Smith in September 1868

John Alfred Cooper (-)

2 and

Albert Thomas Cooper (-)


Herbert William Cooper (-)

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Frederick George Cooper (-)

Frederick George in cottage No. 10 at Gaulter. by 1891 Frederick 35 is continuing the family profession of carpenter and is married to Ellen (surname not yet known) who originated from Nottington near Weymouth. They have five children: Mary Elizabeth 7, Emma 5, Arthur 4, Percy 2 and Henrietta 2 months.

Note from Dave Cooper: Be aware there were two Thomas Cooper’s born at about the same time and registered at St. Michael’s Church in Steeple. One remained single and worked as a groom for Rev. Henry Bond at South Petherton, Somerset. The other is our Thomas. Both died in 1891 and both are buried in Steeple churchyard!

With special thanks to David Gerald Lester Cooper, great grandson of Charles Seaward Cooper and  Sarah Ann Cooper (nee White)

William Charles Cooper (1880-1962) = Nora Sarah Hooper (1880-1948)

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William was born on 21 February 1880 at Gaulter, Kimmeridge, Dorset, where his father Charles Seaward Cooper (1843-1927) was working as a carpenter.  and Sarah Ann Cooper nee White who married at Corfe in 1866.

Later William moved with the family to Kingston and, in 1898 he joined the Royal Navy at Portsmouth being allocated the service number P342021.

William joined the Royal Navy at Portsmouth on 21 March 1898 aged 18 having probably been ‘working’ as a blacksmith in the village Smithy most likely since leaving school at the age of 10. In the Navy he was given the occupational rate of ‘Blacksmith Mate’ on 8 January 1900 on completion of his Boy’s training. In passing for Blacksmith in 1906 amongst other tests, William made a copper kettle on a metal stand which remains in the family. on 2 June 1879

William courted the girl across the road – Nora Sarah Hooper (1880-1948) who, following her schooling locally, became a successful housekeeper. Nora, born on 9 August 1880, was the eldest daughter of David Hooper (1843-1922) and Emily Sarah Hooper nee White (1845-1905).

William and Nora married at Kingston Old Church in March 1907 while he was serving on HMS Majestic.

Their first child David was born in 1907.

At the time of the 1911 census, Nora was at West Street with her father David Hooper and her first two children. William was away serving in HMS Prince George.

William was promoted to Petty Officer Blacksmith in May 1913 and served throughout World War 1 in HMS Agincourt. He was present at the Battle of Jutland which took place on May 31 1916.

During his navy career the family lived in Portsmouth with Nora returning to her family home at Kingston when William was serving abroad and for the births of her children.

A third son, Gerald Edward (1914) and a daughter Mary Geraldine De Courcy (1919) were both born at Kingston following the family tradition of the daughter returning to her parents home for the births, although Nora’s mother had passed away in 1905.

After William left the RN as a pensioner in 1919, he and Nora lived in a cottage between West Lynch Farm and Blashenwell Farm between Corfe Castle and Kingston and William cycled 16 miles each day to work at Holton Heath, where he was employed dismantling surplus WW1 tanks.

Around 1926 the family moved to a new council house at 1, West Street, Corfe Castle and William was later employed at the Norden Clay Works, just 2 miles north of Corfe Castle, again as a Blacksmith. Norden produced a very fine clay used in the manufacture of Minton china amongst others. Steam engines were used to transport the clay around and off of the site and maintenance of these was one of William’s tasks. William continued working there until his retirement in 1947. Sadly, his wife Nora passed away in 1948.

In retirement William enjoyed gardening and kept a large vegetable plot from which he produced most if not all vegetables for the family kitchen. A pig or two were fattened in a sty at the end of the long garden. He remained in the same house throughout his life, eventually sharing it with his son Gerald and his family. Gerald eventually purchased the house from the council after it had been provided with modern sewerage disposal. If not in the garden, William was to be found “tinkering” in his workshop, usually on some metal based project and with his pipe aglow! The house was re-numbered to 58 West Street in the early 1960’s.

Sadly in 1962 William was diagnosed with cancer of the throat and he passed away in Poole Hospital. He is buried together with Nora in the ‘old’ New Cemetery at Corfe Castle.

William & Nora’s children:

1. David Charles Cooper (1907-1981)

David was born at Kingston in December 1907 while his father was serving on HMS Antrim. David married Kathleen Mary Florence Lester (1913-1987) at Hartley Wintney in 1936 and they had six children: Terence, Jacqueline, David, Kathryn, Roger and Malcolm. Unfortunately, the first two children died soon after birth, and Malcolm died in 1971.

2. William George Cooper (1910-1911)

William died aged just 14 months of meningitis. From the 1911 census records a second son William George was born in May 1910 but sadly he died aged 14 months on 2 July 1911. This death is recorded in the Portsmouth Registry as William was then serving in HMS Prince George as a Blacksmith and Nora was living at 23 Wilson Road, Stamshaw, Portsmouth. The cause of death was Meningitis convulsions.

3. Mary Geraldine Decourcy Cooper (1914-2010)

Mary Geraldine Cooper aged 2. Photo courtesy of Ann Zweckbronner.

Mary Geraldine Decourcy Cooper was born at Kingston on 17 October 1914 and baptised there. At the outbreak of World War 2, her occupation was shown as shop assistant. Mary married Alec Roy Cottrell (1914-1987) from Corfe on 28 October 1939.

Mary and Roy’s wedding in 1939. Photo courtesy of Ann Zwechbronner.

The photo above shows, left to right, Mary’s brother Gerald, Roy’s mother Millicent, the happy couple Roy and Mary and Mary’s parents, Nora and William.

Mary and Roy had three children: William, Anne and Sarah. Mary died in March 2010 aged 95 years.

4. Gerald Edward Cooper (1919-1997)

Gerald married (Hilda) Margaret Hussey (1917-1980) from Chideock and their daughter Susan lives in Corfe.

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Message from David Cook

Like David Cooper (who has produced an excellent history of the Cooper family), my father Christopher Seward Cook is also a great grandson of Charles Seaward Cooper.

My father celebrated his 100th birthday on 15th January 2017! His grandmother was Eliza, the second child of Charles and Sarah Cooper. Eliza married Walter Cook from Rusper and they had two children:

  • Seward James Cook (my grandfather) who married Clara Ethel Brain. Seward James was a member of London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) and killed in World War 1 on 16 June 1917.
  • Florence Cook.

I am also trying to establish why Seward James Cook was apparently also called Sid.

Charles Seaward Cooper (1844-1927) = Sarah Ann White (1846-1933)

Note: The spelling of Seaward is as read from several documents but it is likely to have been derived from his mother’s family name Seward.

Charles was born at Kimmeridge suggesting that his parents had by then moved from Hide (sic) to Gaulter as Hide was in the Parish of Steeple. In 1861 aged 17, Charles was living with his parents and six siblings, at Gaulter near Kimmeridge. His father Thomas was a carpenter, and Charles took up this trade originally at Steeple and then at Kingston.

In September 1866 Charles aged 22, married Sarah Ann White (1846-1933) aged 20 from Corfe Castle, in St. Edward’s Church at Corfe Castle.

In the 1851 census, Sarah Ann was 5 years of age living with her grandparents George and Elizabeth White in East Street, Corfe Castle. Her mother is not identified. However the grandparents also have an unmarried daughter, Mary aged 34 staying with them and 3 grandsons all with the surname White. A younger daughter Caroline, who was Sarah’s mother and aged 30, is not present.

In 1861 Sarah aged 16, is working as a domestic servant at the Castle Inn, Corfe  Castle, owned or managed by a Mr Miller.

The 1871 census identifies Charles and Sarah with three children and living in a cottage at Steeple. The eldest child, Elizabeth, is 4 years old, Eliza 2 and the baby Annie.

In the 1881 census Charles and Sarah are still at Steeple with a family of six children at home: Eliza 12, Annie 10, Henry 7, Edward 2, Georgina 5 and William 1.

By 1891 the family has moved to South Street, Kingston (part of the Encombe Estate) with six children at home and Charles is identified as a carpenter journeyman (self-employed) and is working on the Encombe Estate. The children at home were Edward 12, William 11, James 9, the twins Albert and Caroline 7 and Emma aged 5.

In the 1901 census Charles is still working as a carpenter on the Encombe Estate, is still resident in (I believe no. 5) South Street, Kingston with his wife Sarah and they have living with them three children: James 19, Albert 17 and Emma 15 and two grandchildren James and Florence Cook aged 6 and 4 respectively and born at Rusper in Sussex (these were Eliza’s children). The census does not indicate the house number but I know that Caroline (known in the family as Auntie Carr) and her sister (Auntie) Annie (Dorey) lived in no. 5 as I visited them many times during my childhood and from family history they were still living where their parents had lived.

Charles who was apparently a rather large person, predeceased his wife Sarah by some six years when he died in 1927. He was buried at Kingston New Church. Charles and Sarah had 12 children. From family history Sarah was a very meticulous character with regular habits and was particularly fussy about her hair which was brushed and combed each day, in her latter days by her daughter Caroline.

1. Elizabeth Caroline (Bess) Cooper (1867-?)

In 1891 Elizabeth was employed as a cook by a Sarah White of East Street, Corfe Castle and in December 1900 she married James George Colman Clewes in Kingston Church. Bess and her husband moved to South Lambeth, London where he lived and where they raised two daughters known in the family as ‘Ciss’ and ‘Dolly’.

2. Eliza Alice Cooper (1869-1959)

Still at home aged 12 in the 1881 census but by 1891 she is employed as a cook to the Pinnery family at West Buckknowle, near Church Knowle. Eliza Alice married Walter Cook from Rusper, Sussex in 1894. They had two children: Seward James Cook and Florence Cook. Seward James, who married Clara Ethel Brain, was a member of London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) and was killed in World War 1 on 16 June 1917. Seward’s son celebrated his 100th birthday on 15th January 2017!

Walter Cookwho passed away some six years later.

Eliza remarried at Kingston in 1909 to Thomas John Dipper also from Kingston.

3. Annie Grace Cooper (1871-1963)

Annie was employed as a housekeeper and married  (William) Frederick Dorey, a groom, also from Kingston, son of Stephen Dorey, a gardener. Sadly William died aged 41 leaving Annie to raise her two children Charles and Agnes. She continued working while her sister Caroline tended to the children.

4. Catherine Louisa Cooper (1872-1872)

5. Henry Sidney Cooper (1874-1882)

6. Georgina Mary Cooper (1876-1882)

Aged 5 at the 1881 census.

7. Edward Thomas Cooper (1878-1916)

In the 1911 census Edward is working as a gardener and living with his wife Mary and three children Cecil, James and Violet at Winchfield, Hampshire.

8. William Cooper (1879-1962)

william cooper

Nora married William Charles Cooper (1881-1962) at Kingston in 1907 ant they had four children: David, William, Mary & Gerald. Please see The Cooper / Hooper Connection 1907.

9. James Seaward Cooper (1881-1942)

Aged 19 at the 1891 census James is employed as a blacksmith at Kingston. James married Jane Tatchell (1883-?) and they had two sons Seaward Charles Cooper and George Frederick William Cooper. Please see The Cooper / Tatchell Connection#1 1908.

10. Albert Henry Cooper (1884-1958)

Bert, as he was known was a twin with his sister Caroline and he married Frances Mary (Fanny) Tatchell from Kingston in September 1908. I believe it may have been Fanny who provided the part time ‘Sweet Shop’ in West Street. They had a daughter Winifred Gertrude. Please see The Cooper / Tatchell Connection#2 1908.

11. Caroline Mary Cooper (1884-1972)

Caroline married George Theodore Hunt and they lived with her father in Kingston. Caroline had no children of her own but she almost fostered her sister Annie’s children while Annie continued working as a Housekeeper. Caroline lived her latter years, still in her parents house No. 5, South Street, Kingston, with her elder sister Annie. As a child I recall visits to these elderly aunts – they were both scrupulous in their appearance and the house was spotless although there was always the lingering whiff of parafin which was used to fuel the cooking appliance. This small hob and oven produced fantastic fairy cakes, but we children had to remain silent unless spoken to! They were both frail and slim built and I can recall their grey hair but they were very loving Aunties and we loved visiting them. In her latter years Caroline was cared for by her neice Mary (Cottrell) at Verwood but she was laid to rest at Kingston.

12. Emma Louisa Cooper (1886-?)

Emma married Edward James Leavey of Old Basing near Basingstoke.

Information and photograph kindly provided by David Gerald Lester Cooper, great grandson of Charles Seaward Cooper and  Sarah Ann Cooper (nee White)

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War Dead

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World War One

A commemorative plaque to the men of the parish who gave their lives in the First World War can be found in the New Church of Kingston St. James. It starts:


The names inscribed are shown below, together with further information established about each serviceman killed where known:

Richard BYDDER

Richard St. George Bydder was a Master Mariner in the Mercantile Marine and died on 18 July 1920. He was the sister of Kingston school teacher Beatrice Allen nee Bydder.

Sidney COOK

No information located as yet.


No information located as yet.

George DAVIS

George Davis was a Corporal with the Royal Garrison Artillery 11th Seige Battery (service number 137061) who died on 1 November 1917. George is commemorated at Dozinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium (grave/memorial reference X11. D. 8.).


Henry James Furmage, known as ‘Harry’, was a Private with the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 100 Company (service number 14992) who died of wounds on 21 August 1916 in the Battle of the Somme. Harry is also commemorated on the war memorial at Corfe Castle. He was buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Somme, France (grave/memorial reference III. F. 23.).

Harry was the second of two children born to clay miner James Furmage (1862-1956) and his wife Elizabeth Ellen Furmage nee Burgess (1859-1930). Harry was baptised at Corfe Castle on 7 July 1889. By 1901 his father had become a dairyman and the family were living at Afflington Dairy House near Kingston. By 1911 the family were at Scoles Dairy with Harry and his brother Thomas both Assistant Dairymen.

Robert GRANT

Robert Grant was a Corporal with the Royal Garrison Artillery, 285th Siege Battery (service number 334335) who died on 25 March 1918 aged 23. Robert is commemorated at Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France (grave/memorial reference VI. C. 25.). Robert was the son of Edward and Susan Grant, of Kingston, Corfe Castle, Dorset.


David Hooper had served in the regular army with the Dorsetshire Regiment (service number 15705) and was discharged having completed both active and reserve service in 1910. He was called up in 1916 when the Military Service Act extended conscription to the ages of 18 – 40 years and then served as a Private with the Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment, 2nd Battalion (service number 5359).

David was listed “Missing Presumed Dead” during the German offensive “Operation Michael” launched on 21 March 1918 in an attempt to regain areas of the Somme that they had lost earlier in the war. David died on 27 March 1918 aged 40. He is commemorated at Pozieres Cemetery, near Albert, Somme, France (memorial panel 78).

David was the son of David Hooper and Emily Sarah Hooper nee White of West Street, Kingston, Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Charles LOVEL

No information located as yet.

James MEDD

James Medd was a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment, 1st Battalion and also the Wiltshire Regiment, attd. 1st Battalion (service number 3/7850) who died 20 August 1916 in the Battle of the Somme. James is commemorated at Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuile Wood, Somme, France (grave/memorial reference I. C. 3.).

James was the son of Thomas Swan Medd (1846-1919) and Emily Ann Medd nee White (1843-1893).

Albert SPECK

Albert George Speck was a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery, 112th Siege Battery (service number 55793) who died on 21 March 1918 aged 20. Albert is commemorated at Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz-les-Cambrai, Pas de Calais, France (grave/memorial reference B. 11.). Albert was the son of Walter and Mary Speck, of West Hill, Kingston, Dorset.


Harry Stevens was a Private with the Dorsetshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion (service number 27367) who died on 16 July 1917 aged 34. Harry is commemorated at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq (grave/memorial reference XV. C. 11.).

Harry was the son of the late John Stevens (1848-1915) and Mary Stevens nee Savage (1848-1898), of Eastington Farm, Swanage and husband of Alice ‘Daisy’ Maria Stevens nee Howard (1892-1976) of Blashenwell Farm, Kingston, Dorset. Harry and Daisy had a son Laurie Howard Stevens (1912-2005) and twins May Howard Stevens and Edward Howard Stevens both of whom sadly died shortly after birth in 1914.


Frederick John Stickland was a Private with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 6th Battalion (service number 29199) who died on 23 August 1917 aged 19. Frederick is commemorated at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (grave/memorial reference LXVI. H. 29.). Frederick was the son of Alice Mary Stickland, of Encombe, Kingston, Corfe Castle, Dorset, and the late Edward Stickland.


Henry Lawrance Travers was a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery, 278th Siege Battery (service number 334312) who died on 30 May 1918 aged 26. Henry is commemorated at Pernois British Cemetery, Halloy-les-Pernois, Somme, France (grave/memorial reference I. E. 13.). Henry was the son of Henry ‘George’ Travers (1866-1951) and Bessie Maud Travers nee Speck (1870-1954) of South Street, Kingston, Corfe Castle. He left a widow Ellen Olive Travers nee Burden (1895-1968) of Tadnoll Cottage, near Dorchester and two children Thomas Henry William Travers (1915-2004) and Margaret ‘Joyce’ Travers (1917-2007).

World War Two

Beneath the many body of the commemorative plaque dedicated to those who gave their lives in the First World War is the following simple inscription:

The names inscribed are shown below, together with further information established about each serviceman killed where known:


Ronald Henry Beavis was a Sergeant with the Royal Engineers. He died in September 1943 and was buried at Kingston.


Able Seaman Henry Charles Kellaway (service number P/JX 249485) was serving with H.M.S. President III., Royal Navy. Henry died on 13 August 1942 aged 28. Henry was the son of Charles Henry and Lilian Kellaway, of Kingston, Dorset and the husband of Kathleen May Kellaway. Henry is remembered with honour on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Douglas John HIXSON

Douglas John ‘Jack’ Hixson (1920-1949) is believed to have been invalided during World War 2. He died at The Borough Sanitorium, Weymouth on 14 November 1949 aged 29. Jack was buried at Kingston on 19 November 1949.

Jack was the son of Albert ‘Ernest’ Hixson (1886-1962) and Elsie Hixson nee Collins (1885-1957).


Cricket Club

kingston cricket ground 1926

Kingston Cricket Ground, with pavillion, to the south of the village, on the site of the former Rope Factory

In his book ‘Odds and Ends from My Century’ (1992), Bob Dorey wrote:

Kingston had cricket teams. The Earl had his own team, including, of course, the Vicar, who had been a Cambridge Blue, and other local gentry; the Earl also took the four best of the village lads to play in his team.


There was also a village team. Twice during the summer they would play the Earl’s team, once “at home” for the Earl on his well kept pitch out on Steart Field (above “London Doors”) and once on the village pitch up in “Rope Walk” (a field at the top of South Street, … the site of a rope-making works in earlier times). Traditionally refreshments at half time were provided by the Earl, as was a roller to keep the pitches in good order.


As a young man, a little while after coming back from the war, I found myself Secretary trying to restart the Cricket Club. The Earl, and his Team, had gone; so had the roller.

Former Vicar, the Rev. F.S. Horan commented in his book ‘From the Crack of the Pistol’:

The Kingston Cricket Club was quite a going concern. A certain Ernest Hixson was Captain – a tricky left-hand bowler; and we had a redoubtable demon bowler in one of the Dorey family – Arthur. With a long run and a hop, skip and jump, he would deliver a ball calculated, on a rough village wicket, to strike terror into the most intrpid bastsman.


Ken Orchard (son of Charley Orchard and Mrs. Orchard the postmistress) was our champion heavy-weight slogger. He used to stride up to the wicket with his bat over his shoulder, a braod assured grin on his face – a Hercules, but for the leopard skin. Fielders fell back – he took his centre – and then with every ball bowled it was “six” or “out” with him. Ken certainly didn’t believe in slow cricket – he quickly brought any match to life. We had fixtures with most of the villages round and our Kingston boys generally gave a good account of themselves.

Match Reports



Played at Kingston on Saturday, and won by Corfe Castle by 32 runs. Scores:- Corfe, 66 (Major Woodhouse 20, Dr. Drury, not out, 18); Kingston, 34 (Jeffs 12). Loxton bowled well for the home side, and Savage and Beath for Corfe.

Western Gazette, 25 August 1922



Played at Kingston on Saturday, and resulted in an easy win for the home team by 79 runs. Batting first Corfe Castle made a bad start, and lost five wickets for 28 runs, the total reaching 84 (Colonel Strange 31). The home team made a good reply, the first wicket putting on 35 runs, and the Corfe total was passed with five wickets in hand, the total eventually reaching 163, the last wicket putting on 38 runs (G. Travers 41, Loxton 22, Hixson 20). For Kingston Hunt took four wickets for 18 and Hixson three for 18. The most successful bowler for Corfe was the Rev. F. Corfield, with five for 49.

Western Gazette, 24 July 1925

1931 – DIVISION I.


By 47 runs (33-80) Kingston beat Corfe Castle on the latter’s ground. G. Travers (3-8), C. Dorey (4-12), and E. Hixson (3-11) were responsible for Corfe’s dismissal, whilst the chief scorers for the winners were W. Stickland (21), K. Orchard (18), Travers (12), and F. Cooper (10). Five Corfe bowlers shared the wickets – Stockley (2-5), Fooks (3-23), D. Cooper (2-16), P. Crofts (2-20), and K. Greenstock (1-10).

Western Gazette, 3 July 1931

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1936: Obituary: Funeral of Mr. Andrew Dorey


The beautiful little village of Kingston was in mourning on Tuesday  for the loss of Mr. Andrew Stephen Dorey, aged 57, who (as reported in another column) met his death in tragic circumstances on Friday, when he was killed by a fall of gravel in the course of his work on the Encombe Estate. Mr. Dorey worked from his boyhood on the Encombe Estate, and was for many years shepherd, but during recent years, since Mr. and Mrs. Dorey have been resident at Encombe House, where Mrs. Dorey is housekeeper, he has done general work on the estate. He was known and highly respected throughout the neighbourhood, and his lossis very keenly felt. He was a staunch churchman, and a chorister and bellringer for many years, also a bandsman in the Village Band. Mr. Dorey leaves his widow, one son and two daughters to mourn their loss.

The Vicar, the Rev. F. S. Horan, conducted the funeral service, during which he paid tribute to the character of Mr. Andrew Dorey who, through a life well lived, was leaving a happy memory for those who loved him. He was a friend to all, his cheery smile will always be remembered, and he leaves the village poorer for his loss.

Sir Ernest Scott was among those attending, and the large congregation included estate employees and parishioners. Mr. E. A. Hixson represnted Mr. W. E. Candy, the agent, who was prevented being present, and Mr. F. Pond represented the Swanage Town Band, deceased having been a member of the Kingston Band. Estate employees – Messrs. G. Hunt, H. Sansom, C. Brown, and C. Orchard – acted as bearers.

The chief mourners were the widow and family.


Beautiful wreaths were sent by the following: His loving and sorrowing wife; Art and Gladys (son and daughter-in-law); Irene and Percy (daughter and son-in-law); Olive (daughter); Charlotte, Mabel and Bill (sisters and brother-in-law) and Philip (nephew); Bessie (sister) and family; Jennie and Ernest (sister and brother-in-law); Walt and Gertie (brother and sister-in-law) and Marjorie (niece); Gilb and Frances (brother and sister-in-law); Alf and Rose (brother and sister-law); Fred and Iris (nephew and niece); Bob and Bet (brother and sister-in-law); Grace and Betty (nieces); Mabel, Will, Winnie and Gilbert (nieces and nephews); Jim and Kath (nephew and niece); Cecil and Ron (nephews); Lottie, Annie, Rose, Amy, George and Jennie (cousins); Ern (cousin); Aunt Fan, Bert, Fred, Win, Nancy and Len; Fred and Em; Bob; Cousin Poll (Ellen); Jim and Kate; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hann; Mr. and Mrs. W. Barnes and family (East Holme); Mr. and Mrs. D. Barnes (Arne); Mr. and Mrs. W. Cooper; Charlie, Nellie and Ken Orchard; Percy and Ada Damer; Mrs. Robert Damer and Dawson; Jack and Elsie; Joan; Mr. and Mrs. Seymour and family; In memory of our comrade and workmate, from men of Encombe Farm and Estate; From Garden staff, Encombe; Churchwardens, sidesman, choirmen and bellringers; Mrs C. Bartlett and Mr. and Mrs. G. Bartlett; H. Sansom and family; Mrs. Joyce; The Rev. and Mrs. F. S. Horan; Charlie and Beat (Creech); Bill and Maud; Mrs. Loxton; Mr. and Mrs. P. Churchill; Mrs. Pooss (Preston).

Mrs. Dorey and family wish to thank all who gave their assistance, also for sympathy in their sad bereavement, and floral tributes sent.

September 1936

Our thanks to Carol Brown who provided this cutting

1935: Fete in the Purbecks


An unusual privilege – that of viewing the beautiful grounds of Encombe Manor –  was enjoyed by hundreds of villagers and visitors who attended a flower show and fete held there by kind permission of Sir Ernest Scott, K.C.M.G., M.V.O, on Thursday afternoon and evening. Fete attractions were scattered over the smooth lawns surrounding the delightful bright green lake at the rear of the house, and a small but excellent lot of entries for the flower show were exhibited in the quaint temple in the grounds round a magnificent bronze statue of a gladiator.  Glorious sunshine and an admirably organised programme made the occasion ideal. The effort was in aid of general parish funds and the flower show was the second annual.

The fete was opened by Sir Ernest, to whom sincere thanks were voiced. There was a variety of attractive side-shows and the general arrangements were supervised by Rev. F. S. Horan (vicar). Mr. W. E. Candy was hon. Treasurer, and the show was organised by Mr. N. Phillips, head gardener to Sir Ernest. Sir Herbert Cook, of Studland, was among those present, and his head gardener, Mr. F. C. Gibbons, judged the show exhibits. Commenting on their all-round excellence he said: “It is a much better show  than it was last year; it is at least twice as good.  I really do think that it will be a better show than that at Swanage in years to come.”

Organisers of the various departments of the fete were: – Side-shows, Mr. R. Dorey; gymkhana, Col. Muspratt; entertainments, Mrs. F. W. Pond of Swanage; refreshments, Mrs. Orchard (assisted by members of the Kingston W.I.). A folk dancing display was given under the direction of Miss Dawson, and there was Morris dancing under the leadership of Miss Dymand, of Langton Matravers. Many of the dancers had competed in winning teams in Albert Hall competitions. In the evening modern dancing took place of the lawn. The two entertainments arranged by Mrs. Pond of Swanage, and given voluntarily by the Everest Concert Party, were excellent. Selections were played by the Kingston and Corfe Castle Band, under the direction of Mr. W. Hooper, who gave their services.

There were frequent ‘buses from Corfe Castle and Swanage to Kingston, from where a special ‘bus service ran to Encombe along the steep and richly wooded slopes of the Purbecks, on top of which the beautiful village of Kingston stands.

Five hundred entrance tickets were sold and yet there were not enough for all. Besides these, Scouts, Guides, and children were admitted free.



Three vases of cut flowers – Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. C. Orchard. Cut flowers – Mrs. Tizzard, Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. Orchard. Sweet peas – Mrs. Orchard, Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. A. Cooper. Asters – Mrs. Orchard, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. Tizzard. Stocks – D. Hunt. Window plant – Mrs. C. Hunt, D. Hunt, Mrs. W. Dorey.

Potatoes – J. Marsh, W. Dorey, W. Damer. Shallots – R. Beavis, J. Marsh, D. Hunt. Carrots – W. Tuck. Spring Onions – G. White, D. Hunt, G. Bartlett. Peas – Mrs. H. Hunt. Marrow – Mrs. J. Marsh. Runner beans – W. Dorey, P. Damer, D. Hunt.

Cooking apples – R. Beavis, W. Tuck, C. Brown.

Wild flowers – Miss I. Marsh, Miss G. Dorey, Miss Stickland.

Home-made jam – Miss Joyce, Mrs. A. Cooper, Miss K. Bullen. Plain cake – Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. C. Orchard, Mrs. A. Cooper. Fruit cake – Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. P. Damer. Jam sandwich – Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. W. Dorey. Collection of vegetables for special prize given by Mr. Gibbons – W. Dorey, J. Marsh, P. Damer.


Runner beans – L. Stockley. Spring onions – G. Wright, Mrs. Stockley. Peas – 2, L. Stockley. Cucumbers – L. Stockley. Stocks – L. Stockley.



A gymkhana was admirably arranged by Colonel Muspratt of Swanage. Among the various amusing events were blowing up balloons (Miss Daphne Bankes was the winner in completion with many Scouts); balloon sticking; and sausage stakes.

There were two bowling competitions. A pig presented by Mr. Barnes of Afflington Farm, was won by a visitor at the farm. A ham given by Mr. Dicker, of Wareham, was secured by Miss Roupell, a visitor from Surrey. The skittles prize, a shoulder of mutton, presented by Mr. Budden, of Corfe Castle, went to Mr. Brain. Treasure “stakes” were arranged by Mrs. Hare.

Western Gazette, Friday 23 August 1935

1914: December: Parish Magazine

Vicar: Arthur Napier

Church Services

I hope to have the usual Lantern Services on the first three Wednesdays in Advent, namely – December 2nd, 9th and 16th, at 7 p.m.

There will be no Mid-day Service of Communion on the third Sunday of the month, but two Celebrations on Christmas morning at 8 and 11. The collections on this day will be made for the Church of England Society for Waif and Stray Children.


The Lord Bishop of the Diocese held a Confirmation Service at Corfe Castle on Thursday, November 26th, at 3 o’clock. Three candidates were presented from Kingston: George Caines, Seymour Tatchell and Lillian Allen.


We have now, I am proud to say, twelve (in addition to E. J. Collins, at present a prisoner of war) connected directly or indirectly with our village who are serving with the Colours.

May God protect them and enable them to be a credit to their King, their Country and their village home:

William Cooper            Fred Bullen

Walter Hunt                  Robert Grant

James Medd                 Jesse Marsh

Robert Dorey                George Davis

Jack Caines                  Alan Travers

Parish Almanacs

These Almanacs for the New Year can be had after any of the Lantern Services in December.


Nov. 15.            Mary Geraldine de Courcy Cooper