Arthur Watkin St. John Boultbee was an assistant inspector for Royal Life Insurance Company. He lived at 2058 Beach Avenue in 1911. (He was sometimes called “Watkin” rather than “Arthur.”)
He was born on February 6, 1877, in Wallington, Surrey, England. His parents were St. John Boultbee (1843-1898) and Ada Fanny Barber. St. John Boultbee obtained a M.A. from the University of Cambridge and later became a teacher in England and Tasmania.
In 1881, Arthur was living with his parents in Beddington, Surrey, where his father, St. John Boultbee, was a professor of mathematics.
In 1891, Arthur was in London, England.
Arthur seems to have arrived in Canada sometime in the early 1900s. In 1906, in Calgary, he married Beatrice Alice Jowett. She died in 1907. Arthur and Beatrice had a daughter, Dorothy Grace Boultbee, who was born in 1907 and died in 1908.
Arthur arrived in Vancouver about 1911, and lived at 2058 Beach Avenue. He was an assistant inspector for Royal Life Insurance Company.
On May 8, 1912, in Vancouver, he married Mabel Ellen Springer. She was born in Moodyville (later North Vancouver) on April 29, 1875. Her father was Benjamin Springer, the manager of the sawmill at Moodyville; her mother was Mary Frances Nias. After the wedding, Arthur and Mabel were planning to go to Victoria. Then they were stopping in Vancouver on their way to their future home in Winnipeg.
In November 1912, Mabel was back in Vancouver, living at 1972 Robson Street. Not long afterward, she became ill, and had to spend some time in the hospital. By February 1913, she was back home from the hospital.
In August 1913, Arthur and Mabel moved to Victoria. In 1913 and 1914, Arthur appeared in the Victoria city directory, living at 2130 Oak Bay Avenue.
By 1915, Arthur and Mabel were living in Hope, British Columbia.
In June 1916, Arthur signed his officer’s declaration paper to enlist with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He gave his address as the Union Club in Victoria, British Columbia.”
By November 1916, Arthur was getting ready to leave for England, probably as part of the war effort.
After 1916, information for Arthur is very sparse. It appears that he and Mabel were divorced.
Arthur married Dodun de Keroman (Sakskini) in St. George Hanover Square in London in 1923.
Arthur appears to have been living in France as late as 1940.
Mabel was active in Vancouver as a journalist for the Vancouver Sun’s women’s pages. She belonged to the Georgian Club. Along with her sister, Eva, she had an apartment in Vancouver that was well known as a gathering place for the social elite.
Mabel died in Vancouver on February 2, 1953. She was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.
St. John Boultbee (father of Arthur Watkin St. John Boultbee)
Chapter V — Joseph Boultbee of Coleorton And His Descendants, http://www.boultbee.freeserve.co.uk/bfh/v.htm
ESPN Cricket Info: St John Boultbee, born April 30, 1843, Bedford; Died September 4, 1898, Minster, Kent, http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/9886.html
The Peerage, http://thepeerage.com/p53444.htm, St. John Boultbee: “St. John Boultbee was born circa 1844 at Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. He was the son of Edward Moore Boultbee and Beatrice Jane Boultbee. He graduated with a Master of Arts (M.A.).” Citations: [S4567] Bill Norton, “re: Pitman Family,” e-mail message to Darryl Roger LUNDY (101053), 6 April 2010 and 19 April 2011.
“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQQ1-JRM : accessed 08 Jul 2014), St John Boultbee, Wallington, Surrey, England; citing “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/, p. , The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .
Guardian Newspaper Archive: July 11, 1883 – Page 34, http://newspaperarchive.com/uk/middlesex/london/guardian/1883/07-11/page-34: “Mr. St. John Boultbee, the Priory, Croydon (late Captain Massie and Boultbee), assisted by a staff of Graduates of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, received a limited number of pupils to prepare for the Competitive Examinations for Sandhurst, Woolwich, and for the Militia. The number of pupils is limited to twelve. Five pupils out of six were successful at the last Sandhurst Examination (July, 1882). Terms, references, and other information sent on application.”
Arthur Watkin St. John Boultbee
“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2XDD-DVP : accessed 08 Jul 2014), Arthur Watkin Boultbee, 1876.
“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2X64-MQL : accessed 08 Jul 2014), Archibald St John Boultbee, 1877. [possible connection]
“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/Q3KD-H3Z : accessed 08 Jul 2014), Arthur W Boultbee, England; citing “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and imag
“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XP5M-5PT : accessed 08 Jul 2014), Arthur Watkin Boultbee, Apr 1908; citing “Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954,” Ancestry.com; Ship , arrival port Pembina, North Dakota, , line 1, NARA microfilm publication M1464, roll 73, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8C-15Z : accessed 08 Jul 2014), Arthur Walkin St John Boultbee and Mabel Ellen Springer, 08 May 1912; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11376, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983704.
Social and Personal News, Vancouver Province, May 8, 1912, page 8: “In the presence of a gatherin of friends and relatives who assembled in Christ Church at noon today, the marriage took [lace of Miss Mabel Ellen Springer, daughter of the late Benjamin Springer, one of the early residents of Vancouver, and Mr. Watkin St. John Boultbee of Winnipeg, son of Mr. and Mrs. St. John Boultbee of Eltham, Kent, England. [description of wedding party] Mr. and Mrs. Boultbee left for Victoria for a short visit and will return to town for a few days before going on to their future home in Winnipeg.”
“Wedding Bells,” Vancouver Sun, May 9, 1912, page 7. [Similar to description in Vancouver Province article, above.]
Wedding notice, Winnipeg Tribune, May 14, 1912, page 9: the wedding of “Mr. Watkin St. John Boultbee, of Winnipeg, son of Mr. and Mrs. St. John Boultbee, of Eltham, Eng., took place In Christ church, Vancouver, last week.”
Vancouver Province, July 5, 1913, page 8: “Mr. Watkin Boultbee, of Victoria, was a visitor to the city this week.”
Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 1, page 493: “Boultbee Watkin asst insptr Royal Life Ins Co h 2058 Beach Ave”
Society, B.C. Saturday sunset, November 9, 1912, Page 16: “Mrs. Watkin Boultbee will receive on Monday for the first time since her return to Vancouver, at her residence, 1972 Robson street, and afterwards o the first and second Mondays of each month.
B.C. Saturday sunset, February 1, 1913, Page 15: “Mrs. Watkin Boultbee’s large circle of friends will be delighted to hear that she has sufficiently recovered from her recent illness to return home from the hospital.”
Vancouver Province, August 13, 1913, page 8: “Mr. and Mrs. Watkin Boultbee will leave town at the end of the week for Victoria where they intend residing permanently. Miss Eva Springer, who will accompany them, will remain as their guest at the capital until the beginning of autumn, when she intends going abroad to spend some time touring in Europe.”
Vancouver Province, July 7, 1914, page 8: “Miss Charleson has returned from spending several days with Mrs. Watkin Boultbee of Victoria,”
Vancouver Province, July 13, 1914, page 8: “Mr. and Mrs. Watkin Boultbee have come from Victoria to stay for a few weeks with Mrs. Frank Springer, Gilford street.”
B.C. Saturday sunset, March 13, 1915, page 5: “Miss Eva Springer, who is at present on a visit to her sister, Mrs. W.A. Bauer, at Shaughnessy Heights, expects to leave shortly to visit Mr. and Mrs. Watkin Boultbee, at Hope.”
Vancouver Sun, October 13, 1915, page 3: “Mr. and Mrs. Watkin Boultbee, of Hope, have been spending several days in the city.”
Vancouver Province, November 11, 1915, page 8: “Mrs. Watkin Boultbee of Hope has been the guest of Mrs. Osborne Plunkett for a few days.”
Vancouver Province, November 19, 1915, page 8: “Mrs. George Powell has returned from Hope, where she had been visiting Mrs. Watkin Boultbee for about ten days.”
Vancouver Province, November 29, 1915, page 8: “Mr. and Mrs. Watkin Boultbee and Miss Springer of Hope will spend the winter in Vancouver.”
Vancouver Province, November 22, 1916, page 8: “Capt. Watkin Boultbee arrived from Calgary today to spend a few days before leaving for England.”
Vancouver Province, December 1, 1916, page 8: “Mr. Watkin Boultbee, who has been for several days in Vancouver, left last night for Calgary, where he will join his battalion.”
“211th Infantry Battalion Nominal Roll 1916,” https://archive.org/stream/CEF_211thBattalion_1916#page/n1/mode/1up: Lieutenant; Boultbee, Watkin St. John; former corps: 6th Regt.; next of kin: Boultbee, Mrs. Mabel Ellen; address of next of kin: c/o Messrs. Senkeler [sic] & Van Horne, Vancouver, B.C.; country of birth: England: taken on strength: Vancouver, June 11, 1916.
Canadian Expeditionary Force, Name: BOULTBEE, ARTHUR WATKIN ST JOHN; Rank: LT; Date of Birth: 06/02/1877; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 923 – 75; Item Number: 55415; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=55415
“England, Middlesex, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KC8L-MD4 : accessed 08 Jul 2014), Arhtur William St John Bonltbee and Elvire Virgnie Maud Herise Sakakein, 1923, Marriage; citing “Parish registers 1539-1945,” index and images,findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); St George, Hanover Square, Middlesex, England, City of Westminster Archives Centre, London; FHL microfilm .
Free BMD marriages, December quarter 1923, St. George Hanover Square, volume 1a, page 1109; Arthur W S Boultbee and Dodun de Keroman (Sakskini); http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=150100103&d=bmd_1399917892; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=150100104&d=bmd_1399917892.
Mabel Ellen Springer (wife of Arthur Watkin St. John Boultbee)
Mabel Ellen Boultbee (née Springer), Greater Vancouver Book, 1997, page 812.
“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRC-8C8 : accessed 08 Jul 2014), Mabel Ellen Boultbee, 02 Feb 1953; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; British Columbia Archives film number B13214, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 2032863.
Mabel Ellen Boultbee, death notice, Vancouver Sun, February 3, 1953, page 17: “Boultbee – Mabel Ellen, Feb. 2, at Ritz Hotel, Vancouver, eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Springer. She leaves to mourn her loss her brother, Bob Springer, and sister, Mrs. William A. Bower; nieces and nephews. Funeral announcements later.”
Mabel Ellen Boultbee, death notice, Vancouver Sun, February 4, 1953, page 27. Same as notice on February 3, and adds date of funeral as February 5; interment in the family plot, Mountain View Cemetery.
“Pioneer BC Woman Passes,” Vancouver Province, February 4, 1953, page 8. (Mable [sic] Ellen Boultbee)
“Last Tribute Paid to Mrs. Mabel Boultbee,” Vancouver Sun, February 6, 1953, page 29.