Harriet Deborah White (1854-1947) = Charles William Miller (1851-1943)

Harriet and Charlie

Harriet, was the daughter of William White (1822-1896) and Elizabeth Kingsbury White nee Fry (1827-1900). She was born at Bloxworth and  attended school there in 1861 aged 6. By 1871, aged 16, Harriet was a schoolteacher at Kingston school. Harriet later became a schoolteacher at Tyneham.

Harriet married Charles William Miller (1851-1943) at Kingston on 29 January 1879.

Charlie’ was the son of William Henry Miller (1821-1883) and Sarah Jane Miller nee Miller (1825-1914).

As there were so many Miller families at Warbarrow, Harriet was referred to as ‘Mrs. Charlie.’ Charlie and Harriet did not have any children. They lived at Fern Hollow, Worbarrow where they also kept chickens. As visitor numbers increased, they sold eggs, chocolates, sweets and even postcards to boost their income.

Fern Hollow, Warbarrow

Harriet was a stalwart in the choir at Tyneham having sung with them for over forty years. On 19 December 1943, Charlie and Harriet, along with all the other villagers, were evicted from their homes at Tyneham and Worbarrow. Charlie and Harriet went to live at Rose Cottage in Stoborough but Charlie died on 1 January 1944, less than two weeks after the eviction. The army allowed him to be buried at Tyneham.

Harriet died on 29 August 1947 but had to be buried at Wareham because the Ministry of Defence would not give permission for her to be buried with her beloved Charlie at Tyneham.

Margaret King nee White remembers visiting her father’s Auntie Harriet at Rose Cottage, Stoborough.

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Siblings:  |  James Edward (1850-1919)  |  George (1852-1899)  |  Edmund William (1859-1896)  |  Charles (1861-1913)

1947: Aged Evacuee From Training Area – Mrs. C. Miller – Dies at Stoborough

An evacuee from the much discussed battle training area of the Isle of Purbeck, whose exclusion from her lifelong home at Warbarrow Bay has aroused the sympathy of all interested in the “battle” of Purbeck. Mrs. Harriet Deborah Miller, has died at her home at Stoborough. The fate of the only home she knew in her sixty odd years of married life has still to be decided by the Government.

Mrs. Miller, who was 93, was evacuated in December 1943, and within a week her 93 years old husband, Mr. Charlie Miller, died. By permission of the military authorities, he was buried in his home parish of Tyneham, and ever since his widow has grieved that she has been debarred from visiting his last resting place.

In view of all the circumstances Mrs. Miller decided that her last resting place should be at the cemetery adjoining Wareham Parish Church, where her relatives could visit and tend her grave.

So it was that Mrs. Miller was buried at Wareham, separated from her husband, with whom she lived in the little cottage at Warbarrow for the 63 years of her married life. A native of Kingston, she was for some time before her marriage a teacher at Tyneham School.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. John Frith, and chief mourners were Mrs. J. Hodge, Mrs. A. Head, Mrs. G. Mudford, Mrs. E. Woadden, Miss E. Houliston (nieces), Mr. G. White, Mr. A. Head, Mr. F. Hodge (nephews), Mrs. Houliston (sister-in-law), Miss Minnie Miller (cousin), Miss B. Minterne and Miss. W. Minterne (friends and former neighbours at Warbarrow). Others present included Mr. and Mrs. W. R. G. Bond, Mrs. Pryce (representing Wareham and Purbeck Rural Council) and Mr. C. F. J. Durant-Lewis, clerk to the Council), Mrs. H. C. Money, Mr. and Mrs. P. Brachi, Mr. and Mrs. G. Hart and Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Reeks.

Western Gazette – Friday 5 September 1947

Notes: Harriet was the daughter of William White and Elizabeth Kingsbury White nee Fry who lived at Willwood. Harriet taught at Kingston School for a while and appeared twice in the 1871 Kingston census, both at home with her parents and boarding with blacksmith Thomas Goodchild’s widow Mary. Harriet’s nephew Gerald White from Kingston was present at her funeral.