Robert Stickland Welsh (1856-1913) = Jessie Louisa Stiles (1858-1950)

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Robert Stickland Welsh was born at Corfe Castle and was baptised on 18 January 1856. He was the son of Mary Ann Welsh (1831-1915) who married Robert Linnington (1837-1898) at Corfe Castle on 11 September 1861. Mary and husband Robert had ten children together, one of whom died in infancy.

Robert Stickland Welsh, a clay cutter, married Jessie Louisa Stiles (1858-1950) in 1881. Jessie was born at Devonport on 14 October 1858 to Royal Navy seaman James Stiles (1822-1890) and Louisa Stiles nee Edgcombe (1825-1910). By 1871, 12 year old Jessie was living with her parents and two sisters at West Mill Cottages, Corfe Castle. Ten years later, and still at West Mill, Jessie was now a dressmaker about to be married. After they married, Robert and Louisa continued living at West Mill Cottages and were still there in 1891. They had seven children in total.

The Welsh Family c.1903 – Photo courtesy of Jane Davarian

Back row, left to right: Magdalene May, William James, Bessie Mary, Walter John

Front row, left to right: Robert Strickland Welsh, Gladys Mabel, Jessie Louisa, Edward George, Jessie Louisa Welsh (nee Stiles)

By 1901 Robert and Louisa were living at Scoles Gate, Kingston. Robert was shown as a ‘clay miner – underground’. By 1911, Robert had retired and Louisa was dressmaking.

Sometimes Cook (Mrs. Gould) would appear unexpectedly – “Go down to Scoles Gate and fetch me five dozen eggs from Mrs. Welsh’s. I’ll pickle them”.

I knew all the Welsh children, they went to Kingston school; four boys and four girls. A healthy and sturdy family, the boys all grew up either to enter the Police Force or the Services and the girls were all shapely and soon married; an achievement when you consider their father was an invalid, confined to his home for years, and Mrs. Welsh the breadwinner.

Bob Dorey, ‘Odds and Ends from My Century’, 1992

Robert died in October 1913. No infirmity was recorded on the 1911 census.

In 1939, Jessie was living at 5 London Row with her unmarried son William and other family members. Jessie died on 30 September 1950 and was buried at Worth.

Children of Robert & Jessie:

1. Jessie Louisa Welsh (1882-1937)

Jessie was baptised at Corfe Castle on 9 April 1882. In 1901 Jessie was a parlourmaid at Chilworth House in Hampshire. In 1911, ‘Louisa’ was a parlourmaid at Cattistock Lodge near Dorchester.

Jessie married George William Bugler (1882-1974) at Kingston on 8 April 1912. George was born at Hill Bottom to William Bugler (1853-1945) and Mary Louisa Bugler nee Grant (1853-1932). Jessie and George did not have any children. Jessie died in August 1937 aged 55 and was buried at Worth.

In 1939, widowed George was living with brother-in-law William Welsh and other Welsh family members at 5 London Row, Worth.

George died at the James Day Home, Swanage on 29 January 1974 and was also buried at Worth.

2. Bessie Mary Welsh (1884-1966)

Bessie was born at Corfe Castle on 26 January 1884 and baptised on 13 April 1884. In 1901, Bessie was a servant to Swanage butcher Frederick Vye and family.

In 1919, aged 35, she married George Speck (1889-). George was born on 15 February 1889 to Henry James Speck (1853-1934) and Harriet Jane Mary Louisa Speck nee Loveless (1857-1931).  In 1911, George was working in Bemerton, near Salisbury, as a wheelwright.

In 1939 Bessie and George were living in East Street, Corfe Castle with their two young sons, Robert Speck and Louis Speck. George was shown as a carpenter and joiner.

George died in 1960 aged 71 and Bessie in 1966 aged 81.

3. William James Welsh (1886-1957)

William was born 2 March 1886. He was a Policeman and served He joined the Metropolitan Police in London at the age of 20 on 14 May 1906. In 1911 he was stationed at Hackney. He retired on 17 May 1931 aged 45 after serving 25 years. At that time he was 5 feet 10 1/2 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes and dark hair turning grey. In 1939 William was living at 5 London Row. William did not marry. He died on 6 April 1957. Probate was granted to his widowed sister Gladys Mabel Gillfillan.

4. Walter John Welsh (1888-1944)

Walter Welsh – Photo courtesy of Jane Davarian

Walter was born on 2 September 1888 at Corfe Castle and was baptised there on 4 November 1888.

In 1916, Walter married Florence Mabel Hooper (1891- ). ‘Floss’ was born 16 May 1891 to Montague ‘Mont’ Hooper and Bessie Mabel Hooper nee Audley.

Extract from the Western Gazette – Friday 14 July 1916


SCHOOL TEACHER’S WEDDING: BRIDE’S TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO LATE VICAR:- The wedding was solemnised, at the Parish Church of St. Nicholas, of Flossie, youngest daughter of Mr. M. Hooper, of Worth, and Walter, second son of the late Mr. R. Welsh, of Corfe Castle. The officiating minister was the Rev. J. W. Coulter, of Langton Matravers. The bridesmaids were Miss Hooper (sister of the bride) and Miss Welsh (sister of the bridegroom) – their ornaments included gold brooches, and they carried pink bouquets, the gifts of the bridegroom. The bride was given away by her father; and Mr. W. Welsh, oldest brother of the bridegroom, acted as “best man.” After the ceremony a reception was held at the bride’s home, where a numerous party sat down to the breakfast. A tea was partaken of at the School-room by the parents and village children, this being provided by the kindness of the bride, who has been an assistant-teacher at the school for some 12 years. The wedding group was photographed on the Vicarage lawn by kind permission of the widow of the late Rev. J. Edwards, after which the bride placed her bouquet on the grave of the late Vicar – a sympathetic act which was much appreciated by the widow. The presents, which were numerous and useful, included a clock from employees of the munition works where the bridegroom works, and a similar gift to the bride from the head school-mistress (Miss Smith) and village school children.

In January 1920, the S.S. Treveal was shipwrecked on the Kimmeridge Ledges and subsequently broke in two and sank. In total, 36 on board lost their lives with some 21 bodies being washed ashore. Walter Welsh and father-in-law Mont Hooper were soon on the scene and brought with them two women (one of whom was Miss May Welsh, Walter’s sister) who played a crucial role with artificial respiration of the numbed and nearly lifeless. Seven survivors in all were revived. Walter’s wife Floss and her mother Bessie Hooper laid out the dead on trestle tables in Worth Village Hall.

In September 1939, Walter was a Munition Worker handling nitro glycerine. The family were living at Sunnyside (no. 6 London Row).

Son Gordon James H Welsh (1921-2003) was born 23 August 1921. In 1939 he was a Grocery & Provision Manager. Gordon married Gladys Legg and had a son Brian. Gordon later married Patricia Audley.

The family ran the F Welsh Store on Pike’s Lane at Worth.

F Welsh Store – Photo courtesy of Jane Davarian

Walter died at Sunnyside on 20 April 1944 and was buried at Worth. Floss died in Berkshire in 1968 and her ashes were interred at Worth. Son Gordon died in 2003.

5. Magdalene May Welsh (1891-1964)

May was born on 17 May 1891.

In January 1920 May helped give artificial respiration to survivors of the S.S. Treveal disaster (see above).

In 1920, May married George Trevor Carroll (1897-1985). George was born on 24 April 1897 and was a farmer and agricultural contractor.

May and George had a son George Carroll (1929-2006) who is pictured later as a young boy with his cousin. George junior was born on 22 December 1929. George married Josephine and had two children, Robert and Jane.

6. Edward George Welsh (1894-1965) 

George Welsh – Photo courtesy of Jane Davarian

George was born 16 October 1893. George became a policeman.

George married Annie Ethel Jeanes (1897-1975) at Piddlehinton on 16 June 1920. Annie was born 28 February 1897.

George and Annie had a son Walter Edward Welsh (1925-1945). Walter was born on 6 April 1924. He worked for Dorchester Town Council before becoming a Flight Engineer in the RAF during the Second World War. Sadly he was killed on 4 March 1945 along with the pilot and two other crew members when the Halifax aircraft [NR179] they were in had returned from a bombing raid on Kamen in Germany but was unable to land back home as planned because of multiple attacks on UK airfields. They were running low on fuel when they came under attack by a German fighter. Control of the plane was  lost, the fuselage caught fire and the pilot gave the order to bale out. It took less than a minute from catching fire to crashing somewhere near Sutton-upon-Derwent. Three crew members managed to parachute to safety. Walter was buried at Melcombe Regis.

Walter Edward Welsh (right) and his cousin George Carroll – Photo courtesy of Jane Davarian

In September 1939, the family were living at Church Farm Cottage near Dorchester. George was then serving in the Police Reserve.

George died in 1965 and Annie died in 1975.

7. Gladys Mabel Welsh (1896-1984)

Gladys was born on 15 December 1896.

Gladys married James Gilfillan (1896-1950). James was born on 19 February 1896.

Gladys and James had a daughter Jessie May Gilfillan (1932-1939) born 19 February 1932 but who sadly died aged 7 on 3 August 1939 and was buried at Worth.

James died on 10 March 1950. Gladys died on 5 April 1984 aged 87. They are both buried at Worth.

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