Burmester, Charles Mansel (1875-1918)

C. M. Burmester (1875-1918), Dulwich College, The Fallen of the Great War; https://dulwichcollege1914-18.co.uk/fallen/burmester-cm/.

 

Charles Mansel Burmester was a financial broker. He lived at 2037 Pendrell Street in 1911.

 

Northern Who’s Who; a Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women, by C.W. Parker; Vancouver, Western Press Association, 1916, page 103; https://archive.org/details/northernwhoswhob01park/page/103.

 

 

Family Background: Grandparents

Charles Mansel Burmester was born on October 23, 1875, in London, England.

Charles’s grandfather was Henry Garden Burmester, who was born in England about 1817. Henry’s parents were Charles and Ann Margaret Burmester.

Henry Garden Burmester was baptized on July 8, 1817 at Holborn St Giles in the Fields in Camden, Surrey.

 

Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: DL/T/036/027. Name: Henry Garden Burmester; Gender: Male; Record Type: Baptism; Baptism Date: 8 Jul 1817; Baptism Place: Holborn St Giles in the Fields, Camden, England; Father: Charles Burmester; Mother: Ann Margaret Burmester; Register Type: Bishop’s Transcript.

 

On August 22, 1842, in Delhi, India, Henry married Julia Amelia Forster.

 

The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British India and its Dependencies, November 1, 1842, page 314.

 

Julia was born in Delhi on August 31, 1824. Her parents were Henry Forster (1793-1862) and Wilhelmina Elizabeth Kellner (1799-1857). Wilhelmina Forster was murdered by mutineers at Delhi on May 11, 1857.

 

The Indian Mutinies, Belfast News-Letter, August 5, 1857, page 1, column 4 (possible connection).

 

Henry Forster died in Calcutta on October 9, 1862.

 

List of Inscriptions on Tombs or Monuments in Bengal Possessing Historical or Archaeological Interest, edited by C. R. Wilson, M.A.; Calcutta; Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, India, 1896, page 101; https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/List_of_inscriptions_on_tombs_or_monuments_in_Bengal.pdf.

 

By the mid-1850s, Henry Burmester was a captain in the 48th Regiment (Bengal Native Infantry).

 

Captain Burmester, about 1856-57, photograph by Ahmad Ali Khan; India Collection at the British Library, Manuscript Number: Photo 269/2(112).

 

Henry Burmester was killed on June 3, 1857, while he was on a military expedition from Lucknow, India.

 

Bristol Mercury and Daily Post, February 13, 1858, page 6, column 6.

 

Henry’s widow, Julia, received a pension of £134 per year.

 

Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons and Command, Volume 42, 1858, Home Accounts of the British East India Company, page 11.

 

In 1863, Julia became the administrator of Henry’s estate.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Henry Garden Burmester; Death Date: 3 Jun 1857; Probate Date: 21 Jul 1863; Probate Registry: Principal Registry.

 

On January 31, 1865, Julia married Rev. William Francis Sims, who was the vicar of Christ Church in Lee, Kent.

 

Ancestry.com. London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Marriage Bonds and Allegations. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives. Name: Reverend William Francis Sims; Event Date: 27 Jan 1865; Parish: Christ Church Lee; County: Kent; Spouse’s name: Julia Amelia Burmester; Spouse’s Parish: Holy Trinity Lee; Spouse’s County: Kent; Event Type: Allegation; Reference Number: MS 10091/242.

 

Jackson’s Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), February 4, 1865, page 5, column 2.

 

William Sims was born about 1811. He studied at Magdalen Hall, Oxford. (Magdalen Hall became Hertford College in 1874: Magdalen Hall, http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/libraries-and-archives/archives/magdalen-hall/.)

 

Ancestry.com. Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Foster, Joseph. Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886 and Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1500-1714. Oxford: Parker and Co., 1888-1892, page 1301; Name: William Francis Sims.

 

William had been married before, on August 7, 1850, to Susan Gordon (née Swete).

 

The Gentleman’s Magazine, October 1850, volume 34; volume 188, page 427, column 2, paragraph 7; https://books.google.ca/books?id=sVoyAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA427#v=onepage&q&f=false.

 

Susan died at Lee, Kent, on March 21, 1862.

 

Essex Standard, March 26, 1862, page 3, column 6.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Susan Sims; Death Date: 21 Mar 1862; Death Place: Kent, England; Probate Date: 1862; Probate Registry: Principal Registry.

 

William Sims died on January 16, 1887.

 

The Times (London, England), January 18, 1887, page 1, column 2.

 

Julia became the executor of William’s estate.

 

The Times (London), February 28, 1887, page 3, column 2.

 

Julia Sims died at Scarborough, Yorkshire on August 16, 1904.

 

The Times (London, England), August 19, 1904, page 1, column 1.

 

Walter Stewart Burmester became the administrator of Julia’s estate.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Julia Amelia Sims; Death Date: 16 Aug 1904; Death Place: Middlesex, England; Probate Date: 26 Sep 1904; Probate Registry: London, England [edited image].

 

Charles’s Parents: Walter Stewart Burmester and Florence Augusta Baglehole

Walter Stewart Burmester was born in 1850 in Cawnpore (now often spelled “Kanpur”) in Bengal, India. Cawnpore  was an important British military garrison.

Walter served with Her Majesty’s 103rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Bombay Fusiliers).

 

Freeman’s Journal (Dublin, Ireland), January 23, 1868, page 3, column 8 [selected portions].

 

Bearskin badge, 103rd Regiment (Royal Bombay Fusiliers), 1869; National Army Museum, Study collection; https://collection.nam.ac.uk/detail.php?acc=1970-12-238-1.

 

In February 1871, Walter arrived in England on H.M.S. “Crocodile.”

 

 

Hampshire Telegraph and Naval Chronicle (Portsmouth, Hampshire), February 8, 1871, page 2, column 4 [first portion of article].

 

Walter retired in 1871.

 

The London Gazette, issue 23810; December 22, 1871, page 5780, column 2; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/23810/page/5780.

 

On September 6, 1873, in Christ Church, Lee Park, a suburb of London, Walter married Florence Augusta Baglehole.

 

Pall Mall Gazette (London, England), September 9, 1873, page 3, column 2.

 

Morning Post (London, England), September 10, 1873, page 8, column 6 [best available image].

 

Christchurch, Lee Park, Lewisham; https://gilbertscott.org/christchurch-lee-park-lewisham/. “This was a Commissioners Church, built 1853-4 with a £5000 grant, in Gothic style with gabled aisles, a steeple added in 1877. It was badly damaged during World War II and subsequently demolished.”

 

Christ Church, Lee Park; https://runner500.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/the-lost-church-of-lee-park/. (Note: the tower was not built until 1877.)

 

Lee Park ja Christ Church kirik – Inglismaa vana postkaart [Lee Park and Christ Church – old English postcard]; https://www.osta.ee/lee-park-ja-christ-church-kirik-inglismaa-vana-postkaart-127574500.html.

 

Florence Baglehole was born in Brixton, Surrey, England on July 17, 1852. Her parents were William Baglehole (1821-1907) and Sarah Augusta Wilkinson (1820-1890).

 

 

Observer (London, England), July 26, 1852, page 8, column 4.

 

 

Florence was baptized in Stockwell, Lambeth, England on August 11, 1852.

 

Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P85/MIC/001. Name: Florence Augusta Baglehole; Gender: Female; Record Type: Baptism; Baptism Date: 11 Aug 1852; Baptism Place: Saint Michael, Stockwell, Lambeth, England; Father: William Baglehole; Mother: Sarah Augusta Baglehole; Register Type: Parish Registers.

 

Florence was a talented musician.

 

The Musical World, volume 50, 1872; page 215.

 

Florence’s mother, Sarah Augusta Baglehole, died on January 18, 1890.

 

Daily News (London, England), January 22, 1890, page 1, column 1.

 

Sarah was buried in Norwood Cemetery.

 

Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: DW/T/0946. Name: Sarah Augusta Baglehole; Age: 69; Record Type: Burial; Birth Date: abt 1821; Death Date: abt 1890; Burial Date: 23 Jan 1890; Burial Place: Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Road, Lambeth, Lambeth, England; Register Type: Bishop’s Transcript; Comments: Reused graves at Norwood. [edited image].

 

Florence’s father, William Baglehole, died in Bournemouth on February 9, 1907.

 

The Times (London, England), February 15, 1907, page 1, column 1.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: William Baglehole; Death Date: 9 Feb 1907; Death Place: Bournemouth, Dorset, England; Probate Date: 15 Mar 1907; Probate Registry: London, England [edited image].

 

Walter and Florence Burmester’s Married Life

For most of Walter’s and Florence’s marriage, Walter lived the life of a retired military man. The census records from 1881 onward gave his occupation as “late ensign in army,” “retired army officer” and “retired from the army.”

In retirement, Walter continued to maintain his interest in events going on in India.

 

Standard (London, England), December 18, 1885, page 3, column 4.

 

In May 1910, Florence travelled to Canada to visit her son, Charles. She arrived in Quebec City, and she was on her way to Vancouver.

 

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H25-Q1S : 11 March 2018), Florence Burmester, May 1910; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4766, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

 

(It appears that Walter Burmester remained in England while Florence went to Vancouver. In the 1911 England census, Walter was a boarder at Merley, 54 Belle Vue Road, Southbourne, Christchurch, Hampshire.)

For a time, Florence was a music teacher at Warburnitz Piano House in North Vancouver.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 2, page 1262 (North Vancouver).

 

The Express (North Vancouver, British Columbia), June 2, 1911, page 3, columns 1-2; https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/bcnewspapers/expressnv/items/1.0309827#p2z-1r0f:

 

Florence Burmester performed at a concert in North Vancouver in November 1910.

 

“Presentation at North Vancouver,” Vancouver Daily World, November 9, 1910, page 5, column 3 [extract from longer article].

 

In December 1911, “Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Burmester” of Vancouver sailed from Canada to Liverpool. (The reference to “Mr.” Burmester may be an error, if Walter had remained in England in 1910 and 1911.)

 

Montreal Gazette, December 29, 1911, page 14, column 1.

 

Walter Burmester died in Southbourne, Hampshire, on December 25, 1912.

 

The Times (London, England), December 30, 1912, page 1, column 1.

 

Florence became the executor of Walter’s estate.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Walter Stewart Burmester; Death Date: 25 Dec 1912; Death Place: Hampshire, England; Probate Date: 30 Jan 1913; Probate Registry: London, England.

 

Florence died in Ely, Cambridgeshire, on January 8, 1927.

 

The Times (London, England), January 11, 1927, page 1, column 2.

 

Florence’s daughter, Mabel, became the executor of Florence’s estate.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Florence Augusta Burmester; Death Date: 8 Jan 1927; Death Place: Cambridgeshire, England; Probate Date: 8 Mar 1927; Probate Registry: London, England.

 

Charles Burmester’s Early Life

In the 1881 and 1891 English censuses, Charles was living with his parents in Lambeth, Surrey.

He studied at Dulwich College in Dulwich, England, from 1889 to 1894.

 

 

Charles later attended Scoones’ College for Diplomatic Service. William Baptiste Scoones (1838-1906) was a well-known tutor or “crammer” for civil servants and diplomats.

 

Morning Post (London, England), May 29, 1891, page 1, column 5.

 

William Scoones died in Germany on August 1, 1906.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: William Baptiste Scoones; Death Date: 1 Aug 1906; Death Place: Middlesex, England; Probate Date: 8 Oct 1906; Probate Registry: London, England [edited image].

 

Charles Burmester was a skilled shooter. In 1896, he wrote to the Pall Mall Gazette, describing the skill of Boer marksmen in the South African conflict, and implying that England should promote similar skills in its own army.

 

The Pall Mall Gazette (London), January 9, 1896, page 8, column 2.

 

In 1898, Charles became a private secretary to the director general of Nord-deutscher-Lloyd Steamship Co., in Bremen, Germany.

 

South Africa

In 1899, Charles served in the Boer War with the 58th Company, 15th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. (His regimental number was 6135: https://www.angloboerwar.com/unit-information/imperial-yeomanry-by-company/2371-58th-company-15th-battalion.)

He received the Queen’s South Africa medal with four clasps. Each clasp indicated participation in a particular action or campaign. For Charles, the clasps were:

  • Wittebergen: Wittebergen (1–29 July 1900). Awarded to those who were inside a line drawn from Harrismith to Bethlehem, thence to Senekal and Clocolan in the Orange Free State along the Basutoland border, and back to Harrismith.
  • CC: Cape Colony (11 October 1899 – 31 May 1902). For service in the Cape of Good Hope where no clasp for a specific action in the Cape had been received.
  • OFS: Orange Free State (28 February 1900 – 31 May 1902). For service in the Orange Free State where no clasp for a specific action in the Orange Free State had been received.
  • SA1901: South Africa 1901 (1 January – 31 December 1901). Awarded to those who served in South Africa during 1901 and who were not eligible for the King’s South Africa Medal.

(Sources: Captain Charles Mansel Burmester; http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=11398; Queen’s South Africa Medal, Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen%27s_South_Africa_Medal.)

The image of a similar medal (below) has five clasps.

 

 

By 1905, Charles was the chief clerk in the prime minister’s office in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (According to one source, in 1901 he was the clerk to the Secretary of the Orange River Colony Administration. He was clerk to the Colonial Secretary in 1902 and the chief clerk in 1904 and 1905.)

 

Marriage to Mabel Bickley

On June 28, 1904, in Germiston, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Charles married Mabel Mary Bickley. She was born in South Africa about 1885.

 

Charles Mansel Burmester and Mabel Mary Bickley; marriage certificate; June 28, 1904; reproduced in Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, later Supreme Court of Judicature: Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files, J 77; Reference Number: J 77/1063/2232; Name: Charles Mansel Burmester; Gender: Male; Record Type: Divorce; Type: Wife’s petition for divorce [WD]; Petition Date: 1911; Spouse: Mabel Mary Burmester; Divorce Court File Number: 2232.

 

It appears that Mabel’s parents were William Vernon Bickley and Matilda Elizabeth Mary Ramsbottom. (C.S. Ramsbottom was one of the witnesses to the marriage.)

 

To Vancouver

In 1909, Charles and Mabel moved to British Columbia, where Charles began working as a financial broker.

 

Charles’s Business Activities in Vancouver

Charles was associated with a series of businesses in Vancouver. They included a firm that promoted real estate sales, a piano store,  and a wine importing business.

In 1909, Charles was in a partnership called Ward, Alexander and Burmester.

 

Vancouver Province, November 20, 1909, page 6, column 6.

 

In early 1910, the partnership became Ward and Burmester.

 

Vancouver Province, January 7, 1910, page 32, column 6.

 

By February 1910, the business was called “Ward, Burmester and Von Graevenitz.”

 

Vancouver Province, February 16, 1910, page 28, column 6.

 

Ward, Burmester and von Graevenitz’s firm promoted real estate development throughout British Columbia, although it focused on the Greater Vancouver area.

Ward, Burmester and Von Graevenitz also had an interest in Warburnitz Piano House Limited in North Vancouver. The “Warburnitz” name was an amalgamation of parts of “Ward,” “Burmester,” and “von Graevenitz.”

 

British Columbia Gazette, September 8, 1910, page 10472; https://archive.org/details/governmentgazett50nogove_d1s2/page/10472 [objects of company omitted].

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver Directory, 1911, Part 2, page 1289 (North Vancouver).

 

Another business was “The Canadian European Wine Company Limited.”

 

British Columbia Gazette, November 7, 1910, pages 13240-13241; https://archive.org/details/governmentgazett50nogove_o8y6/page/13240 [selected portions].

 

In 1911, Percy Ward sold his interest in the business to George Greyham Palmer. The firm became Palmer, Burmester and Von Graevenitz.

 

Vancouver Daily World, October 25, 1911, page 13, column 4.

 

The firm later became a limited company named Palmer, Burmester and Von Graevenitz Limited.

 

British Columbia, its History, People, Commerce, Industries, and Resources, by Henry J. Boam; London, England, Sells Limited, 1912, page 220; https://archive.org/details/britishcolumbiai00boam/page/220.

 

“Centre of Realty Activity Shifts to North Shore,” Vancouver Sun, March 4, 1912, page 5, columns 1-2 [selected portion].

 

In 1913, a recession affected several areas of the British Columbia economy. Many firms had to reorganize, and some went out of business completely.

In August 1913, Palmer, Burmester and Von Graevenitz auctioned the stock of its furniture business.

 

Vancouver Daily World, August 11, 1913, page 4, column 2.

 

In late 1913, Charles withdrew from the business, which changed its name from Palmer, Burmester and von Graevenitz Limited to Palmer and von Graevenitz Limited.

 

Vancouver Province, November 21, 1913, page 31, column 3.

 

In 1914, a new company, called The Canadian European Investment Corporation took over Palmer and Von Graevenitz Limited.

 

British Columbia Gazette, December 11, 1913, pages 9125-9127; https://archive.org/details/governmentgazett53nogove_o7u1/page/9125 [selected portions].

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1914, Part 1, page 706.

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1914, Part 1, page 48.

 

(Frederick Eric James Lockington was a son of James Lockington, who lived at 1096 Denman Street from 1911 to 1913. In 1912 and 1913, Frederick Lockington was working as a clerk with Palmer, Burmester and von Graevenitz. In 1914, he was a clerk with Canadian European Investment Corporation.)

 

In 1914, Percy Ward, who had formerly been in Ward, Burmester and von Graevenitz, was associated with the Canadian-European Investment Corporation.

 

Vancouver Province, March 25, 1914, page 19, column 5.

 

Also in 1914, the British Columbia Homes Trust, Limited decided to amalgamate with the Canadian European Investment Corporation Limited and to allow the liquidation and winding up of the trust company.

 

British Columbia Gazette, August 5, 1915, page 2256; https://archive.org/details/governmentgazett55nogove_s1c6/page/2256.

 

It appears that the First World War brought an end to the activities of these companies.

 

Besides Charles Burmester, the main local participants in the business were Percy Ward, Hans von Graevenitz, and George Greyham Palmer.

 

Percy Ward

Percy Ward was born in Birmingham, England on November 29, 1882. Like Charles Burmester, Percy had lived in South Africa before moving to Vancouver.

 

Northern Who’s Who; a Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women, by C.W. Parker; Vancouver, Western Press Association, page 839; https://archive.org/details/northernwhoswhob01park/page/839.

 

In 1911, Percy Ward sold his interest in the business to George Greyham Palmer. The Ward family continued to live in the Vancouver area until the 1960s. Percy was associated with several hospital associations.

Percy’s wife, Zellah, died in North Vancouver on June 3, 1962.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 4, 1962, page 27, column 6.

 

Percy died in North Vancouver on January 31, 1964.

 

Vancouver Province, February 4, 1964, page 19, column 3.

 

Vancouver Sun, February 5, 1964, page 11, column 4.

 

 

Hans von Graevenitz

 

Northern Who’s Who; a Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women, by C.W. Parker; Vancouver, Western Press Association, page 826; https://archive.org/details/northernwhoswhob01park/page/826.

 

Hans George Ernst von Graevenitz was born in Germany on May 5, 1870. He had a political and military background in Germany before he arrived in Vancouver about 1909.

 

Northern Who’s Who; a Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women, by C.W. Parker; Vancouver, Western Press Association, page 826; https://archive.org/details/northernwhoswhob01park/page/826.

 

In the summer of 1914, he went to Germany.

 

Vancouver Sun, August 3, 1914, page 11, columns 4-7 [selected portions].

 

He appeared in the Berlin telephone directory in 1915.

 

Ancestry.com. German Phone Directories, 1915-1981 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015; Name: Hans von Graevenitz; Year: 1915; Locality: Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland (Germany); Title: Verzeichnis der Teilnehmer an den Fernsprechnetzen in Berlin und Umgegend, 1915, page 378.

 

He died on August 8, 1918.

 

Ancestry.com. Berlin, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Landesarchiv Berlin; Berlin, Deutschland; Personenstandsregister Sterberegister; laufendenummer: 337. Name: Hans George Ernst von Graevenitz; Age: 48; Birth Date: abt 1870; Death Date: 8 Aug 1918; Death Place: Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland (Germany); Civil Registration Office: Charlottenburg I; Certificate Number: 1091.

 

George Greyham Palmer

George Greyham Palmer was born in Grahamstown, South Africa on ???. His parents were George Thomas and Sarah Helen Stead.

He married Aletta Maria Oelrich, who was born in South Africa on December 20, 1880. Her parents were Herman Oelrich and Mary Berry.

Aletta died in Vancouver on February 5, 1933.

 

Vancouver Province, February 6, 1933, page 3, column 3.

 

On June 24, 1938, in Vancouver, George married Florence Mary Adeline Brice, who was a stenographer. She was born in Vancouver about 1909. Her parents were Joseph Brice and Ethel Beatrice Slader (1881-1961).

 

Vancouver Province, June 28, 1938, page 17, column 1.

 

George Palmer died in North Vancouver, British Columbia on October 23, 1963.

 

Vancouver Sun, October 25, 1963, page 32, column 3.

 

Florence was still living when her brother, William, died on July 4, 1969.

 

Vancouver Province, July 8, 1969, page 22, column 2.

 

William Henry Pratt (Boris Karloff)

The actor Boris Karloff, (who was born William Henry Pratt), worked briefly with Ward, Burmester and Von Graevenitz. He lived at the Hornby Mansions, which were in the 500 block of Hornby Street. (Various sources give the address as 530, 534 or 530 Hornby Street.)

 

Henderson’s City of Vancouver and North Vancouver Directory, 1910, Part 2, page 1055.

 

Vancouver Province, January 29, 1910, page 32, column 1.

 

In 1910, Charles Burmester was a witness at William Pratt’s marriage to Grace Harding.

 

Vancouver Province, February 28, 1910, page 28, column 1.

 

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDD3-PRH : 11 March 2018), , 23 Feb 1910; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11375, Vital Statistics Agency, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1,983,703.

 

Although the marriage registration said that William Pratt’s birthplace was London, England, he generally gave his place of birth as Dulwich, a London suburb. Perhaps he and Charles Burmester had known each other in the Dulwich area, since Charles had gone to school in Dulwich.

Another version of William (“Billy”) Pratt’s association with Charles’s firm appears in “Karloff in Saskatchewan,” by Stephen Jacobs, Saskatchewan History, spring 2007, volume 59, number 1 [at page 3 of this version: http://www.morethanamonster.com/downloads/Karloff-in-Saskatchewan.pdf]:

 

“Walking on the street one day, Hugh Arthur, a friend of a brother of mine in China, spotted me,” he said. “There was a boom in land at the time. He suggested that I should become a real estate salesman.” Billy took the advice and was employed as a broker with ‘Ward, Burmester, and von Graevenitz.’

 

William’s and Grace’s marriage ended in divorce in 1913.

 

Vancouver Sun, January 9, 1913, page 7, column 4.

 

William went on to have a successful entertainment career as Boris Karloff. He died on February 2, 1969.

 

Charles: Travel to Europe

In March 1911, Charles went to Britain on a business trip.

 

Montreal Gazette, March 10, 1911, page 12, column 5 (first portion of article).

 

In May 1911, he was in London, England, when he wrote a letter to the Daily Mail, commenting on Vancouver’s rapid growth.

 

Daily Mail (London, England), May 30, 1911, page 6, column 6.

 

In October 1911, Charles returned to Canada.

 

Montreal Gazette, October 12, 1911, page 12, column 1 (first portion of article).

 

Vancouver Daily World, October 26, 1911, page 24, column 4.

 

 

Mabel’s Divorce from Charles

In December 1911, Mabel petitioned the English court for a divorce. The court proceedings described Mabel’s allegations of Charles’s unpleasant behavior and his adulterous activities while he had been on his business trip to Europe.

According to Mabel, Charles was living with “Madeleine Sicot” at the Beaufort Mansions in Chelsea, London. (“Madeleine” was probably Adolphine Sicot.)

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, later Supreme Court of Judicature: Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files, J 77; Reference Number: J 77/1063/2232. Name: Charles Mansel Burmester; Gender: Male; Record Type: Divorce; Type: Wife’s petition for divorce [WD]; Petition Date: 1911; Spouse: Mabel Mary Burmester; Divorce Court File Number: 2232. [selected extracts].

 

The Beaufort Mansions were brick-faced rental apartments on the west side of Beaufort Street, just north of the River Thames in London. The buildings were built in the early 1900s.

 

Times (London), February 28, 1905, page 15, column 5.

 

The Times, (London), July 5, 1906, page 16, column 2.

 

Beaufort Mansions - Chelsea - Postcard; http://www.exciting.org.uk/postcards/chelsea/g-m/johns/03511.jpg

Beaufort Mansions – Chelsea – Postcard; [former source, no longer active in 2019]: http://www.exciting.org.uk/postcards/chelsea/g-m/johns/03511.jpg.

Beaufort Mansions, Beaufort Street, London, England; Google Streets, searched September 14, 2019; image dated October 2018.

 

Reports of the divorce case appeared in several newspapers, including the New Zealand Herald.

 

“Your Little Woman,” New Zealand Herald, Volume XLIX, Issue 15068, 10 August 1912, Page 2, http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=NZH19120810.2.134.

 

The court granted the decree nisi on June 24, 1912, and the final decree of divorce on June 2, 1913.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, later Supreme Court of Judicature: Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files, J 77; Reference Number: J 77/1063/2232. Name: Charles Mansel Burmester; Gender: Male; Record Type: Divorce; Type: Wife’s petition for divorce [WD]; Petition Date: 1911; Spouse: Mabel Mary Burmester; Divorce Court File Number: 2232.

 

Charles’s Marriage to Adolphine Sicot

On June 2, 1913, the day of Charles’s divorce from Mabel, he married Adolphine Sidonie Josephine Sicot in Vancouver. She was born in France on March 14, 1889. Her parents were Louis Sicot and Marie Menard.

 

Vancouver Province, June 3, 1913, page 8, column 3.

 

Vancouver Sun, June 3, 1913, page 8, column 5.

 

Charles and Adolphine lived in an Arts and Crafts house at 621 West 15th Street in North Vancouver. (In a 1913 letter, Charles called the house “Désormais” (meaning “henceforth” or “from now on”).

 

Henderson’s Greater Vancouver City Directory, 1913, Part 2, page 1587 (North Vancouver).

 

Reyburn Jameson, (1875-1949) designed the house: http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/149.

 

Vancouver Province, March 16, 1912, page 38, column 1.

 

621 West 15th Street, exterior; real estate listing; Grant Stuart Gardiner and Kyla Gardiner; http://iloveheritage.com/my_listings_621W15th.htm.

 

621 West 15th Street, interior; real estate listing; Grant Stuart Gardiner and Kyla Gardiner; http://iloveheritage.com/my_listings_621W15th.htm.

 

In July 1913, the Times of London published a letter from Charles, in which he described his views of the investment opportunities that were available at the time.

 

The Times (London, England), July 18, 1913, page 22, column 3.

 

First World War and Death in France

On September 23, 1914, in Val Cartier, Quebec, Charles enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He described himself as a journalist. (Presumably he was referring to a publication called “Old Country Man,” which he edited. No further information is available for this publication.)

 

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Name: Burmester, Charles Mansel; Regimental Number: 29039; Date of Birth: 1875-10-23; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1291 – 38; Item Number: 76719; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=76719; digitized service file: B1291-S038; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B1291-S038.

 

He later served with British military forces, including periods with the Third Battalion, South Wales Borderers and the First Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.

In November 1916, Adolphine sailed from London to Gibraltar.

 

Ancestry.com. UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Outwards Passenger Lists. BT27. Records of the Commercial, Companies, Labour, Railways and Statistics Departments. Records of the Board of Trade and of successor and related bodies. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England. Name: Mrs Adolphine Burmester; Gender: Female; Age: 27; Birth Date: abt 1889; Departure Date: 2 Nov 1916; Port of Departure: London, England; Destination Port: Gibraltar; Ship Name: Khyber; Shipping Line: Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co; Official Number: 135564; Master: H E Kitcat.

 

On April 11, 1917, Charles became a member of Letchworth Lodge (3503), which is a Masonic lodge in Gibraltar.

 

Ancestry.com. England, United Grand Lodge of England Freemason Membership Registers, 1751-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Library and Museum of Freemasonry; London, England; Freemasonry Membership Registers; Description: Membership Registers: Country O 3402-3496 to Country P 3503-3683; Reel Number: 67. Name: Charles Mansel Burmester; Gender: Male; Initiation Age: 41; Birth Year: abt 1876; Initiation Date: 11 Apr 1917; First Payment Year on Register: 1917; Year Range: 1910-1921; Profession: Captain RWF; Lodge: Letchworth Lodge; Lodge Location: Gibraltar; Lodge Number: 3503; Folio Number: 3.

 

Charles was wounded in action in France, and he died on October 8, 1918. He was buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery in Aisne, France.

 

Burmester, Charles Mansel, Cemetery/memorial reference: V. M. 7; https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/237994/burmester,-charles-mansel/.

 

Bellicourt British Cemetery in Aisne, France; Google Streets; searched September 14, 2019; image dated April 2009. (Latitude: 49.96128; Longitude: 3.22899).

 

Charles Mansel Burmester, Vancouver Province, November 8, 1918, page 18.

 

The Times (London), November 27, 1918, page 3, column 4.

 

Charles’s name appears on the war memorial at Dulwich College.

 

War Memorial East of Dulwich College, College Road, Dulwich, Southwark, Greater London, SE21 7LD, England; Google Maps, 3D view; searched September 14, 2019.

 

Dulwich College WW1 and WW2 Cross [detail]; image 4/14; https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/12610 [original image © Andrew Tatham (WMR-12610).]

Two of Charles’s First World War medals were for sale in 2012.

 

Arthur Johnson & Sons, Sale Date(s) 18 Aug 2012 10:00 BST; https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/arthur-johnson-and-sons/catalogue-id-2865715/lot-15120868: lot 788: “A pair of World War I medals to Capt. C.M. Burmester, two 1914-15 Stars to Cpl. W. C. Hill S.A.E.C. and Burg, .J.E. Coetzer 12DE B.S., a British War Medal to Pte. J. W. Kerr 2nd Infantry, an Africa Service Medal to 336475 J.L. Bredenkamp and three World War II medals”.

 

The executor of Charles’s estate was his sister, Mabel Ethel Whittle.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Charles Mansel Burmester; Death Date: 8 Oct 1918; Death Place: Hertfordshire, England [sic]; Probate Date: 9 Jan 1919; Probate Registry: London, England.

 

Mabel was born on October 3, 1874, in Brixton, Surrey, a suburb of London, not far from Dulwich.

 

Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper (London, England), October 11, 1874, page 11, column 3.

 

On January 6, 1902, Mabel married Abel William Whittle.

 

Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P70/ALL/011. Name: Mabel Ethel Burmester; Gender: Female; Marriage Age: 27; Record Type: Marriage; Birth Date: abt 1875; Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1902; Marriage Place: All Saints, Battersea, Wandsworth, England; Father: Walter Stewart Burmester; Spouse: Abel William Whittle; Register Type: Parish Register. [note error “when married” column].

 

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, January 9, 1902, page 1, column 1.

 

In 1928, Mabel was still administering Charles’s estate.

 

The London Gazette, January 31, 1928, page 724, column 2; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33352/page/724/data.pdf.

 

Abel Whittle died on January 4, 1938.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Abel William Whittle; Death Date: 4 Jan 1938; Death Place: Devon, England; Probate Date: 23 Feb 1938; Probate Registry: Exeter.

 

Mabel died on February 23, 1952.

 

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright. Name: Mabel Ethel Whittle; Death Date: 23 Feb 1952; Death Place: Cheltenham; Probate Date: 24 Apr 1952; Probate Registry: Gloucester, England.

 

Mabel Burmester (née Bickley): Later Life

In 1913, in Hampstead, England, Mabel married Claude Ramsay Rawcliffe, who was born in Lancashire in 1890. Claude was an actor and theatre personality in South Africa who sometimes went by the name “Claude Ramsay.”

Mabel and Claude had a son, Claude Allan Ramsay Rawcliffe, who was born on July 29, 1913.

 

Ancestry.com. Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Oxfordshire Family History Society; Oxford, Oxfordshire, England; Anglican Parish Registers; Reference Number: PAR115/1/R2/4. Name: Mabel Mary Rawcliffe; Gender: Female; Parish as it Appears: Goring; Spouse: Claude Ramsay Rawcliffe; Child: Claude Allan Ramsay Rawcliffe.

By 1921, Claude and Mabel were divorced. On July 14, 1921, in Pretoria, South Africa, Mabel married James Alexander Milligan (1886-1972).

 

“South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPHD-6LRL : 15 August 2019), James Alexander Milligan and Mabel Mary Binkley Rawcliffe, Pretoria, Pretoria; citing Marriage, , NARS “Civil registration (marriages – coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927.” The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria.

 

Mabel Mary Milligan died in South Africa in 1968.

 

Source: National Archives of South Africa (NASA); search page: http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl [TAB: National Archives Repository (Public Records of former Transvaal Province and its predecessors as well as of magistrates and local authorities).] Indexed in: Ancestry.com. Transvaal Province, South Africa, Estates Death Notice Index, 1855-1976 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Transvaal Estates Death Notice Index. Records of the Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria. National Archives, Pretoria. Name: Mabel Mary Milligan; Death Year: 1968; Death Country: South Africa; Title: Transvaal Estates Death Index (Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria); Source: National Archives, Pretoria; Reference Number: 1048/68.

 

James Alexander Milligan died in South Africa in 1971.

 

Source: National Archives of South Africa (NASA); search page: http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl [TAB: National Archives Repository (Public Records of former Transvaal Province and its predecessors as well as of magistrates and local authorities).] Indexed in Ancestry.com. Transvaal Province, South Africa, Estates Death Notice Index, 1855-1976 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Transvaal Estates Death Notice Index. Records of the Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria. National Archives, Pretoria. Name: James Alexander Milligan; Death Year: 1971; Death Country: South Africa; Title: Transvaal Estates Death Index (Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria); Source: National Archives, Pretoria; Reference Number: 12379/71.

 

Claude Rawcliffe’s Later Life

On November 6, 1925, in South Africa, Claude Rawcliffe married Nessie Avis Kiesel.

 

“South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QP32-NF69 : 15 August 2019), Claude Ramsay Rawcliffe and Nessis [Nessie] Avis Kiesel, Johannesburg, Johannesburg; citing Marriage, , NARS “Civil registration (marriages – coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927.” The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria.

 

Nessie died in South Africa in 1953.

 

Source: National Archives of South Africa (NASA); search page: http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl [TAB: National Archives Repository (Public Records of former Transvaal Province and its predecessors as well as of magistrates and local authorities).] Indexed in Ancestry.com. Transvaal Province, South Africa, Estates Death Notice Index, 1855-1976 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Transvaal Estates Death Notice Index. Records of the Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria. National Archives, Pretoria. Name: Nessie Avis Rawcliffe; Death Year: 1953; Death Country: South Africa; Title: Transvaal Estates Death Index (Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria); Source: National Archives, Pretoria; Reference Number: 6149/53.

 

Claude died in South Africa in 1954.

 

Source: National Archives of South Africa (NASA); search page: http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl [TAB: National Archives Repository (Public Records of former Transvaal Province and its predecessors as well as of magistrates and local authorities).] Indexed in Ancestry.com. Transvaal Province, South Africa, Estates Death Notice Index, 1855-1976 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Transvaal Estates Death Notice Index. Records of the Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria. National Archives, Pretoria. Name: Claude Ramsay Rawcliffe; Death Year: 1954; Death Country: South Africa; Title: Transvaal Estates Death Index (Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria); Source: National Archives, Pretoria; Reference Number: 2045/54.

 

Adolphine’s Later Life

It appears that Adolphine did not re-marry after Charles died.

In May 1919, she sailed from Quebec City, Canada to Liverpool.

 

Ancestry.com. UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists.; Class: BT26; Piece: 653. Name: Adolphine S J Burmester; Arrival Age: 30; Birth Date: abt 1889; Port of Departure: Quebec, Canada; Arrival Date: 24 May 1919; Port of Arrival: Liverpool, England; Ship Name: Melita; Shipping Line: Canadian Pacific Line; Official Number: 136367.

 

In 1939, she was in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.

 

Ancestry.com. 1939 England and Wales Register [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2018. The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/1599E; Adolphine S J Burmester; Gender: Female; Marital status: Widow; Birth Date: 14 Mar 1889; Schedule Number: 144; Sub Schedule Number: 1; Enumeration District: DEBD; Registration district: 142/1.

 

Adolphine died in Hertfordshire in late 1974.

 

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVCB-D73H : 4 September 2014), Adolphine Sidonir J Burmester, 1974; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Dacorum, Hertfordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Charles and Mabel had two daughters.

 

Elsa Florence Burmester

Elsa Florence Burmester was born on October 28, 1905, and she was baptized on December 14, 1905. (The residential address of 17 King Edward Road is the same as one of the addresses in Mabel Burmester’s petition for divorce from Charles.)

 

“South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KFNQ-CMR : 16 August 2019), Mabel Mary Burmester in entry for Elsa Florence, 14 Dec 1905; citing Baptism, St Andrew and St Michael, Bloemfontein Cathedral, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa, p. 170, William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

 

Elsa died at the age of four months on March 5, 1906.

 

“South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7FQC-Y56Z : 13 August 2019), Elsa Florence Burmester, 5 Mar 1906; citing Death, Transvaal, South Africa, National Archives of South Africa, Pretoria.

 

Phyllis Marjory Burmester

Phyllis Marjory Burmester was born in South Africa on October 26, 1907.

She was married several times.

Sometime before 1930, she married a Mr. Scott. This marriage ended in divorce.

On July 5, 1930, in Johannesburg, South Africa, she married Henry Rory Ashley Peacock Watson.

 

“South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QG28-PY5W : 15 August 2019), Henry Rory Ashley Peacock Watson and Phyllis Margery Burmester Scott, Johannesburg, Johannesburg; citing Marriage, , NARS “Civil registration (marriages – coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927.” The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria.

 

On October 9, 1944, Phyllis married Edward Douglas Durham Inglis in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa. He was born about 1892.

 

“South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDZ9-BN5 : 10 March 2018), Edward Douglas Durham Inglis and Phyllis Margery Burmester Scott Watson, 09 Oct 1944; citing Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa; 01999; National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria; 1,938,581.

 

In 1945, Phyllis and Henry Rory Ashley Peacock Watson were involved in a contested court application.

 

Source: National Archives of South Africa (NASA); search page: http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl [TAB: National Archives Repository (Public Records of former Transvaal Province and its predecessors as well as of magistrates and local authorities).] reference 675/1945.

 

Phyllis later married Allan Augustine Gibson, who died in 1959.

 

Source: National Archives of South Africa (NASA); search page: http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za/sm300cv/smws/sm300dl [TAB: National Archives Repository (Public Records of former Transvaal Province and its predecessors as well as of magistrates and local authorities).] Indexed in Ancestry.com. Transvaal Province, South Africa, Estates Death Notice Index, 1855-1976 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Transvaal Estates Death Notice Index. Records of the Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria. National Archives, Pretoria. Name: Allan Augustine Gibson; Death Year: 1959; Death Country: South Africa; Title: Transvaal Estates Death Index (Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria); Source: National Archives, Pretoria; Reference Number: 8668/59.

Phyllis was still living in 1959. No further information is available for her.

 

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Henry Garden Burmester (grandfather of Charles Mansel Burmester)

Henry Garden Burmester (1820–1857); Birth: ABT. 1820; Death: 3 JUN 1857, Murdered By Mutineers at Lucknow India (ancestry.ca).

“India Marriages, 1792-1948 ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGN3-TS7 : 10 February 2018), Henry Gervor Burmester and Julia Amelia Forster, 22 Aug 1842; citing Delhi, Bengal, India; index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 498,980.

“British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPCN-CC46 : 17 April 2019), Henry Garden Burmerster, Capt, Hastings, Sussex, England, United Kingdom; records extracted FamilySearch and images digitized by FindMyPast; citing Hastings, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, 6 Feb 1858, The British Newspaper Archive, Ireland; FHL microfilm .

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“England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPJ9-BR3B : 30 August 2018), Henry Garden Burmester, 21 Jul 1863; citing Probate, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Great Britain.; FHL microfilm .

 

Henry Forster (father of Julia Amelia Forster)

“Anglo-Indian Heroes Myths and Legends,” by Warren Brown; “Writers’ Exchange,” December 20, 2009; https://www.xing.com/communities/posts/anglo-indian-heroes-myths-and-legends-by-warren-brown-1002624791: “Colonel Henry Forster , was the son of Henry Pitts Forster of the East India Company’s Civil Service who came out to India in1783. Henry Pitts Forster was later made the Master of the Calcutta Mint. Henry Forster was born in 1793, and being of mixed descent he was disqualified from obtaining service in the Company. Finally he joined the Mahratta Army, and in 1816 he was appointed Adjutant of the second regiment of Skinner’s Horse. During the outbreak of the Mutiny, Forster was detailed to reduce the mutinous 34th N.I. and Ramghur Infantry in Singhboom,Manbhoom and Chaisbasa. Having accomplished this Forster was ordered to perform a similar task at Sumbulpore. On his arrival , he was appointed Commissioner. Colonel Forster died at his residence in Calcutta, at Ballygunge, after a prolonged attack of fever, in 1862. Colonel Forster first married Miss Kellner who was murdered at Delhi, during the Mutiny. His second wife was an Indian lady.”

Military Awards from the Collection of John Tamplin; Date of Auction: 20th September 2002; https://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive/special-collections/lot.php?specialcollection_id=183&lot_id=77419: “Thomas Francis Forster was born into this well-known Anglo Indian family at Saugor on 16 September 1825. To his grandfather, Henry Pitts Forster, belongs the credit of publishing the first English work of lexicography for the Bengali language, as a result of which Bengali subsequently became the official language of the Presidency and the most prolific literary language of India. His father, Henry Forster, had a distinguished career and died in 1862 as a Colonel with a C.B., having raised the Shekhawattee Brigade in 1835 which served with great distinction in the Sutlej campaign and in the Indian Mutiny. Henry Forster’s first wife, Thomas’s mother, was killed at Delhi in May 1857, after which Henry Forster married Nina, an Indian.”

Ancestry.com. India, Select Marriages, 1792-1948 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: India, Marriages, 1792-1948. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Name: Henry Forster; Gender: Male; Marriage Date: 9 Sep 1814; Marriage Place: Calcutta, Bengal, India; Spouse: Whelhelmina Elizabeth Kellner; FHL Film Number: 498610.

“India Deaths and Burials, 1719-1948,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGLC-M4F : 11 February 2018), Henry Forster, 10 Oct 1862; citing Calcutta, Bengal, India; index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 499,008.

 

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“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q918-NN2 : 2 May 2019), Julia Sims in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9C9-SB9 : 20 May 2019), Julia A Sims in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Norwood subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NRK-C92 : 31 December 2014), Julia Amelia Sims, 1904; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPLQ-56QQ : 17 September 2018), Julia Amelia Sims, 26 Sep 1904; citing Probate, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Great Britain.; FHL microfilm 251,392.

 

William Francis Sims (husband of Julia Amelia Forster)

William Francis M A Sims (1803–1887); Birth: ABT. 1803, Newington, Surrey, England; Death: 16 JAN 1887, Kent, Lewisham, 1d 676 [sic] (ancestry.ca).

“British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QLS7-68RK : 18 April 2019), Rev Rev William Francis Sims in entry for Ann Sims, Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; records extracted FamilySearch and images digitized by FindMyPast; citing Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, 18 Apr 1849, The British Newspaper Archive, Ireland; FHL microfilm .

“England and Wales Census, 1851,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGR9-M6T : 12 September 2019), William F Sims, Lee, Kent, England; citing Lee, Kent, England, p. 10, from “1851 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

Ancestry.com. 1861 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Class: RG 9; Piece: 414; Folio: 47; Page: 28; GSU roll: 542633. Name: Wm Francis Sims; Age: 58; Estimated birth year: 1803; Relation: Head; Spouse’s name: Susan Sims; Gender: Male; Where born: Newington, Surrey, England. Household schedule number: 110; Piece: 414; Folio: 47; Page Number: 28.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MG-PH9F : 22 April 2019), Francis, Lee, London, England, United Kingdom; from “1861 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q277-891T : 10 December 2017), William F Sims, Lee, London,Kent, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 49, Piece/Folio 730/100, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,385.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2JB4-3GF : 31 December 2014), William Francis Sims, 1887; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Lewisham, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Susan Swete (wife of William Francis Sims)

Susan , Gordon (née Swete); (1805–1862); Birth: ABT 1805, Oxton Kerton, Devon, England; DEATH 3 1862, Lee, Kent, England (ancestry.ca).

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NB3L-TL4 : 11 February 2018, Susan Swete, 03 Aug 1804); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 916,851.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N2QV-H2R : 10 February 2018), Adam Gordon and Susan Swete, 08 Nov 1825; citing Topsham,Devon,England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 917,543, 962,976.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N2QV-H2R : 10 February 2018), Adam Gordon and Susan Swete, 08 Nov 1825; citing Topsham,Devon,England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 917,543, 962,976.

“England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGY9-VVSC : 24 April 2019), Susan Swete, Spinster in entry for Adam Gordon, 7 Nov 1825; citing Marriage, Topsham, Devon, England, United Kingdom, the Devon Record Office, Exeter.

“England and Wales Census, 1851,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGR9-M6Y : 12 September 2019), Susan Sims in household of William F Sims, Lee, Kent, England; citing Lee, Kent, England, p. 10, from “1851 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MG-PH7W : 22 April 2019), Susan Sims in household of Francis, Lee, London, England, United Kingdom; from “1861 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NK8-9CB : 31 December 2014), Susan Sims, 1862; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Lewisham, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPJS-RK5P : 30 August 2018), Susan Sims, 31 Oct 1862; citing Probate, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Great Britain.; FHL microfilm .

 

Walter Stewart Burmester (father of Charles Mansel Burmester)

Walter Stewart Burmester (1850–1912); Birth: 27 JUL 1850 • Banda, Madhya Pradesh, East India; Death: 25 DEC 1912, Hampshire, England (ancestry.ca).

“India, Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FGQ3-15H : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter Stewart Burmester, 20 Feb 1851; citing CHR CAWNPORE BENGAL INDIA, reference ; FHL microfilm 498989.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2DGQ-ZY3 : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter Stewart Burmester, 1873.

The London Gazette, May 28, 1861, page 2253; https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/22514/page/2253: “14. The three older Regiments in the several Presidencies will thus be converted into Regiments of Her Majesty’s General Army, and will be numbered and designated as follows : . . . The 103rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Bombay Fusiliers).”

“Christ Church, Lee Park,” History of Lee and Its Neighbourhood, By F. H. Hart, 1882, pages 45-46; https://books.google.ca/books?id=uf0VAAAAYAAJ; also available at: https://archive.org/details/historyleeandit00hartgoog/page/n57; https://archive.org/details/historyleeandit00hartgoog/page/n58.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQ72-L8R : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, 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 .

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/Q918-Q3Z : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter S Burmester, England; citing “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 12, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/Q918-WW2 : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Florence A Burmester, England; citing “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 12, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X9C9-SYB : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X9C9-SY1 : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Florence A Burmester, Lambeth, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XWQ8-3Q9 : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Walter Stewart Burmester, Bournemouth, Southbourne Christchurch, Hampshire, England; citing “1911 England and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 14, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2N18-ZXC : 31 December 2014), Walter S Burncester, 1912; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Christchurch, Hampshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPLW-JH6D : 17 September 2018), Walter Stewart Burmester, 30 Jan 1913; citing Probate, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Great Britain.; FHL microfilm .

 

William Baglehole (father of Florence Augusta Baglehole)

William Baglehole (1821–1907); Birth: ABT 1821, Lambeth, Surrey, England; Death: 9 FEB 1907, Poole, Dorset, England (ancestry.ca).

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NLYV-8PT : 11 February 2018, William Harris Or Baglehole, 04 Mar 1821); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 307,700, 307,701, 307,702, 307,703.

“England and Wales Census, 1841,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQKS-X1W : 22 May 2019), William Baglehole in household of Ellen Harris, Lambeth, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NJWP-N45 : 10 February 2018), William Baglehole and Sarah Augusta Wilkinson, 09 Oct 1850; citing Folkestone Parish, Kent, England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 413,317.

“England and Wales Census, 1851,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGLK-V6K : 9 November 2017), William Baglehole in household of Sarah Johnstone, , Kent, England; citing , Kent, England, p. 48, from “1851 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MG-F5PB : 22 April 2019), William Bagilhole, Camberwell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from “1861 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VB63-KL4 : 25 April 2019), William Baglehole, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q277-8MVD : 10 December 2017), William Baglehole, Lee, London,Kent, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 50, Piece/Folio 730/100, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,385.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QN94-LW2 : 3 May 2019), William Baglehole, Croydon, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Surrey county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NB8-K9Z : 31 December 2014), William Baglehole, 1907; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Poole, Dorset, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Sarah Augusta Wilkinson (mother of Florence Augusta Baglehole)

Sarah Augusta Baglehole [sic] (1821–1890); Birth: ABT 1821, Deptford, Kent, England; Death: MAR 1890, Croydon, Surrey (ancestry.ca).

“England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NJWP-N4P : 10 February 2018), William Baglehole and Sarah Augusta Wilkinson, 09 Oct 1850; citing Folkestone Parish, Kent, England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 413,317.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MG-F55K : 22 April 2019), Auguste in household of William Bagilhole, Camberwell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from “1861 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VB63-KLH : 25 April 2019), Sarah A Baglehole in entry for William Baglehole, 1871.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q277-8MV1 : 10 December 2017), Sarah A Baglehole in household of William Baglehole, Lee, London,Kent, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 50, Piece/Folio 730/100, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,385.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2J6W-PGC : 31 December 2014), Sarah Augusta Baglehole, 1890; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Croydon, Surrey, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Florence Augusta Baglehole (mother of Charles Mansel Bemister)

Florence Augusta Baglehole (1852–); Birth: JULY 1852, Brixton, Surrey, England; Death: Unknown (ancestry.ca).

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ND9N-H8B : 10 February 2018, Florence Augusta Baglehole, ); citing item 3 p 79, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,520.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JSPZ-BXS : 11 February 2018, Florence Augusta Baglehole, 11 Aug 1852); citing , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,520.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NWD-GX2 : 1 October 2014), Florence Augusta Baglehole, 1852; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Lambeth, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1861,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MG-F5T1 : 22 April 2019), Auguste in household of William Bagilhole, Camberwell, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from “1861 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 9, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1871”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VB63-KLC : 25 April 2019), Florence A Baglehole in entry for William Baglehole, 1871.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DG3-1T1 : 13 December 2014), Florence Augusta Baglehole, 1873; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1873, quarter 3, vol. 1D, p. 1231, Lewisham, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27Q-2BLZ : 11 December 2017), Florence A Burmester in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, London,Surrey, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 7, Piece/Folio 616/8, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,311.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q918-WW2 : 2 May 2019), Florence A Burmester in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9C9-SY1 : 20 May 2019), Florence A Burmester in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Norwood subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-S7P1 : 16 March 2018), Florence Busmester in entry for Joseph Litalien, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVHZ-63CJ : 4 September 2014), Florence A Burmester, 1927; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPLD-F1CB : 17 September 2018), Florence Augusta Burmester, 8 Mar 1927; citing Probate, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Great Britain.; FHL microfilm .

 

Charles Mansel Burmester

Dulwich College, Wikipedia article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulwich_College.

Charles Mansel Burmester, Dulwich College Register, pages 247-248.

“England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPL7-1HRM : 17 September 2018), William Baptiste Scoones, 8 Oct 1906; citing Probate, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, Great Britain.; FHL microfilm 251,398.

Charles Mansel Burmester, The Anglo-African Who’s Who and Biographical Sketchbook, 1907, Walter H. Wills, Jeppestown Press, 2006, reprint of 1907 edition; pages 55 and 56, http://books.google.ca/books?id=HsSpvNOr7SEC&dq=charles+mansel+burmester&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Charles Mansel Burmester, Who’s Who in Western Canada, 1911, page 124.

Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes, later Supreme Court of Judicature: Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files, J 77; Reference Number: J 77/1063/2232. Name: Charles Mansel Burmester; Gender: Male; Record Type: Divorce; Type: Wife’s petition for divorce [WD]; Petition Date: 1911; Spouse: Mabel Mary Burmester; Divorce Court File Number: 2232.

The Other Woman: Wife’s Discovery of a Love Letter, London Standard, June 25, 1912, page 12, http://newspaperarchive.com/uk/middlesex/london/london-standard/1912/06-25/page-12.

“. . .Mrs. Mabel Mary Burmester, of Cromwell road, S.W., asked to have her marriage dissolved on the grounds of the alleged cruelty and misconduct of her husband, Mr. Charles Mansell Burmester, a financial agent. There was no defence.  Mr. Bayford (who appeared for the petitioner) said that the marriage took place in June, 1904, in South Africa, the petitioner being only 18 years of age. . . . In 1910 they went to Vancouver. The following year Mr. Burmester came to England, and after some time returned to Vancouver, but she persuaded him to return. They only lived together a fortnight when he treated her with cruelty. One day the wife got a parcel from the post office addressed to her husband, and on it was the address of the sender, “Mrs. Burmester, Beaufort-mansions, Chelsea.” Her husband having been in England for a considerable period just previously the wife searched and found a number of letters from this woman to her husband. The petitioner, in the box, said that she was married at Germiston, South Africa, and afterwards lived at Bloemfontein. Her husband used to have fits of violent temper. Once he threw a lighted candle at her, and had hit her with his fist. One of the letters the witness found from the other woman read: ‘My darling boy, I so long for news of you. It seems so long since I have seen you and have not kissed you. Now, Mansell, you must promise to come back to me. Swear that you will, for I love you. My heart belongs to you. If your conscience tells you to return to her [the wife] for the sake of your child, don’t think of me. I will sacrifice myself, for you ought to be happy with your kid. I am miserable through my own fault, for you told me you were married. With my sweetest caresses I kiss you on your handsome eyes. Your Little Woman.’ Evidence having been given of the marriage in South Africa, a decree nisi was granted.”

Your Little Woman. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLIX, Issue 15068, 10 August 1912, Page 2, http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=NZH19120810.2.134: “Your Little Woman.

Wife Discovers Secret Letters.” Engaged at the age of 15 and married at 18 to a gentleman who served with the Yeomanry in the South African War, a wife described in the Divorce Court the discovery of love letters written to her husband by another woman. Petitioner, Mrs. Mabel Mary Burmester, of Cromwell Road, Kensington, asked for the dissolution of her marriage with Charles Mansell Burmester, on the ground of his cruelty and misconduct. Mr. Bayford, for petitioner, said that the marriage took place at Germiston, South Africa, in 1904. Mrs. Burmester was then aged 18. and had made the acquaintance of respondent in 1900, when he was out with the Yeomanry during the war. After the marriage petitioner discovered that her husband was a man of violent temper, and on several occasions he used most violent language, and assaulted her. In 1911 they were living in Vancouver, respondent having business there and in .London. In March of that year respondent paid a visit to London, and when he returned he declined at first to live with his Wife. Ultimately ho did return to her, but only for about 10 days. About this time a parcel arrived for him, which petitioner discovered came from a lady in London. This made her suspicious, and in his desk she found a number of letters, which showed that while in London he had lived with a woman as his wife at Beaufort Mansions, Chelsea. Mrs. Burmester, in evidence, said that in June, 1907, her husband flung a candle at her. One evening, while they were at Vancouver, a dispute arose about the temperature of the water in which she was bathing the child, and her husband threw a sponge full of water at her. One of the letters she found in his desk contained the following passages: — “My Darling Boy,—l so long for news from you. It. seems so long to me since I have seen yon, and have not kissed you. . . . Now, Mansell, you must promise to come back to me. Swear that you will, for I love you. My heart belongs’ to you. If your conscience tells you to return to her (the wife) for the sake of your child, don’t think of me. I will sacrifice myself, for you ought to be happy with your” kid. I am miserable through my own fault, for you told me you were married. With my sweetest caress I kiss you on your handsome eyes.—Your Little Woman.” After other evidence, petitioner was granted a decree nisi.”

 

Charles Mansel Burmester, Who’s Who and Why, 1916, page 103, https://archive.org/stream/northernwhoswhob01park#page/103/mode/1up.

Charles Mansel Burmester, Geni.com; http://www.geni.com/people/Charles-Mansel-Burmester/6000000008881290295.

Boris Karloff in British Columbia, By Greg Nesteroff, http://www.bchistory.ca/awards/article/Nesteroff.pdf: Boris Karloff, (born William Henry Pratt), worked with the firm of Ward Burmester and Von Graevenitz.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQ72-L8B : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Charles M Burmester in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, 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.

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q918-D6Z : 2 May 2019), Charles Burmester in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, London county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

Burmester v. Burmester [1913] Probate Division 76: has facts of marriage and divorce.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZJ-KLD : accessed 05 Aug 2014), Charles Mansel Burmester and Adolphine Sidonie Josephine Sicot, 02 Jun 1913; citing Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, British Columbia Archives film number B11377, Division of Vital Statistics, Victoria; FHL microfilm 1983705.

Charles Mansel Burmester, The War Graves Photographic Project; http://twgpp.org/information.php?id=3144620.

Captain Charles Mansel Burmester, Canadian Great War Project, http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=11398.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: Burmester, Charles Mansel; Regimental Number: 29039; Date of Birth: 1875-10-23; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1291 – 38; Item Number: 76719; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=76719; digitized service file: B1291-S038; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B1291-S038.

Charles Mansel Burmester, Canadian Virtual War Memorial, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/237994.

Charles Mansel Burmester, Masonic Great War Project, https://www.masonicgreatwarproject.org.uk/legend.php?id=425.

Captain Charles Mansel Burmester, The South Wales Borderers, http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/details/C1075160?descriptiontype=Full&ref=WO+339/21243; Reference: WO 339/21243.

C.M. Burmester, South African War Graves, http://www.southafricawargraves.org/search/details.php?id=3061

In Memory of Burmester, Charles Mansel; South Africa War Graves Project; http://www.southafricawargraves.org/search/print.php?id=3061.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVKT-MLZT : 11 July 2016), Charles Mansel Burmester, 1918; Burial, Bellicourt, Departement de l’Aisne, Picardie, France, Bellicourt British Cemetery; citing record ID 56486131, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56486131.

Dulwich College War Memorial, Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulwich_College_War_Memorial

Times (London), November 27, 1918, page 4, issue 41958, column c, deaths: “Captain Charles Mansel Burmester, South Wales Borderers, attached to King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, who died of wounds in France on October 8, was born in 1875. He was the son of the late W.S. Burmester, later of the 3rd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, grandson of Captain Henry Garden Burmester, killed in the Indian Mutiny, great-grandson of Colonel Forster, C.B., who raised and commander the Shekhawattee Brigade, now the Shekhawattee Regiment (13th Rajputs), and of Charles Burmester, of Weston Lodge, Penyard, near Ross-on-Wye. Captain Burmester was educated at Dulwich College, where he was head of the Modern VIth in 1894 and shot in the VIII. in 1892, 1893, and 1894. He served as correspondence clerk in the North-German Lloyd at Bremen from 1897 to 1899, and for his services in the Sought African Way was awarded the Queen’s medal with four bars. He worked under Lord Milner in the Colonial Secretary’s office of the Orange River Colony from 1902 to 1907, and under the Boer Government until 1909, when he went to British Columbia and founded and edited the Old Country Man of Vancouver, B.C. He enlisted in 1914 in the Tyrone Regiment of the Ulster Forces, and again in August, 1914, in the 18th Canadian Highlanders, being commissioned as lieutenant in the following December, and promoted captain in February, 1915. Captain Burmester, who was the author of “The Log of an Overseasman,” was president of the Bloemfontein Rifle Club in 1904 and won the first Century Medal in 1905.’”

“Capt. Burmester Dies From Wounds,” Vancouver Province, November 8, 1918, page 18: “Word has been received that Capt. C.M. Burmester of this city died from wounds on October 8 in Field Ambulance No. 141, France. Capt. Burmester was well known in Vancouver and also known to practically all North Shore residents, as he was prominently identified with much of the development of that section. He left Vancouver in September, 1914, with the first contingent of the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders and while in England transferred to the 3rd South Wales Borderers. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, who resides in North Vancouver, and his mother, daughter, and a sister, in England. He was born in Tulse Hill, London, England, in 1875, and was educated at Dulwich College. He was a veteran of the South African war and came to Canada in 1909, locating in this city, where he was a partner in the firm of Ward, Burmester & von Gravenitz [sic].”

Sicot/Burmester Residence, 621 West 15th Street, North Vancouver, (built 1912), https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=6335. [Includes heritage note, brief biographical references to Charles Mansel Burmester, and illustration of rear of house.]

Reyburn Jameson, (1875-1949) Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada , 1800 to 1950; http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/149: NORTH VANCOUVER, residence for Adolphine Sicot, West 15th Street near Berwick Avenue, 1912 (City of North Vancouver Heritage Inventory, 1994, 117, illus.); VANCOUVER, residence for Charles M. Burmester, West 15th Street near Franklin Street, 1912 (Province [Vancouver], 16 March 1912, 38 [column 1], descrip.)

621 West 15th Street; real estate listing; Grant Stuart Gardiner and Kyla Gardiner; http://iloveheritage.com/my_listings_621W15th.htm. [Includes images of exterior and interior of house].

Re Charles Mansel Burmester, Deceased, notice to file claims, London Gazette, January 31, 1928, page 724, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33352/page/724/data.pdf: “724 THE LONDON GAZETTE, 31 JANUARY, 1928.: Re CHARLES MANSEL BURMESTER, Deceased. Pursuant to the Trustee Act, 1925. ALL persons having claims against the estate of Charles Mansel Burmester, late of Hazeldean, Cassio-road, Watford, in the county of Herts, and of North Vancouver, British Columbia, a Captain in the 3rd South Wales Borderers (who died on the 8th day of October, 1918, and whose will was proved by Mabel Ethel Whittle, the sole executrix therein named, on the 9th day of January, 1919, in the Principal Probate Registry), are required to send particulars, thereof, in writing, to the undersigned, on or before the 30th day of April next, after which date the executrix will proceed to distribute the assets, having regard only to the claims of which she shall then have had notice.—Dated this 25th day of January, 1928. C. G. SCOTT SON and PRYCE, 35, New Broad-street, London, E.G. 2, Solicitors for (138) the said Executrix.”

Arthur Johnson & Sons, Sale Date(s) 18 Aug 2012 10:00 BST; https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/arthur-johnson-and-sons/catalogue-id-2865715/lot-15120868: lot 788: “A pair of World War I medals to Capt. C.M. Burmester, two 1914-15 Stars to Cpl. W. C. Hill S.A.E.C. and Burg, .J.E. Coetzer 12DE B.S., a British War Medal to Pte. J. W. Kerr 2nd Infantry, an Africa Service Medal to 336475 J.L. Bredenkamp and three World War II medals”.

 

Mabel Ethel Burmester (sister of Charles Mansel Burmester)

“England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2XZH-TTT : accessed 17 Oct 2014), Mabel Ethel Burmester, 1874.

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQ72-L8Y : accessed 17 Oct 2014), Mabel E Burmester in household of Walter S Burmester, Lambeth, 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 .

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X9C9-SBM : accessed 17 Oct 2014), Mabel E Burmester, Lambeth, London, Middlesex, England; citing “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005”, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/263C-ZR1 : accessed 17 Oct 2014), Mabel Ethel Burmester, 1902.

London Standard,  January 8, 1902, page 1, http://newspaperarchive.com/uk/middlesex/london/london-standard/1902/01-08/: “Whittle—Burmester – On the 6th January , at All Saints’ Church, Battersea Park, S.W., by the Rev. G. Harcourt, vicar, Abel William Whittle, late of Sherborne, Dorset, to Mabel Ethel Burmester, only daughter of W.S. Burmester, late 103rd R.E. Fusiliers, and of Norwood, No cards.”

Northam Monumental Incriptions, Tomb numbers Z2 S9 to Zzc 9, http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/Northam/MonumentalInscriptions/MI-Inscriptions.Z.html, In Loving Memory Of Abel William Whittle, Beloved Husband Of Mabel Ethel Whittle, 1866 – 1938

 

William Vernon Bickley (appears to be father of Mabel Maria Bickley)

William Vernon Bickley and Matilda Elizabeth Mary Ramsbottom, marriage date: 31 Dec 1884; South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004; https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GTWM-9V74?i=80&cc=1468076.

 

William Ramsbottom (father of Matilda Elizabeth Mary Ramsbottom (later Bickley)

William Ramsbottom, South African Settlers; http://www.southafricansettlers.com/?cat=28&paged=13: “Ramsbottom, William; Last Name: Ramsbottom; First Name: William; Date of Birth: 1832; Place of Birth: Dublin, Ireland; Parents – Father: John Ramsbottom; Parents – Mother: Margaret Wren; Name of Spouse: Matilda Ramsbottom, born Wallace; Marriage Date: [not given]; Marriage Place: [not given]; Date of Death: 20 Jan 1903, age 70 years, 6 months; Place of Death: Aliwal North

 

Matilda Elizabeth Mary Ramsbottom (appears to be mother of Mabel Maria Bickley)

William Vernon                 Bickley and Matilda Elizabeth Mary Ramsbottom, marriage date: 31 Dec 1884; South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004; https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GTWM-9V74?i=80&cc=1468076.

“South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7QKZ-GG3Z : 13 August 2019), Matilda Elizabeth Mary Ramsbottom Bickley, 1 Apr 1937; citing Death, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, National Archives of South Africa, Pretoria.

 

Mabel Maria Bickley (wife of Charles Mansel Burmester)

“South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPHD-2GD1 : 15 August 2019), Charles Mansel Burmester and Mabel Mary Bickley, Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa; citing Marriage, Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa, NARS “Civil registration (marriages – coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927.” The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26CJ-CDC : 13 December 2014), Mabel M Burmester and null, 1913; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1913, quarter 4, vol. 1A, p. 1486, Hampstead, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Ancestry.com. Transvaal Province, South Africa, Estates Death Notice Index, 1855-1976 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Transvaal Estates Death Notice Index. Records of the Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria. National Archives, Pretoria. Name: Mabel Mary Milligan; Death Year: 1968; Death Country: South Africa; Title: Transvaal Estates Death Index (Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria); Source: National Archives, Pretoria; Reference Number: 1048/68. [possible connection].

 

Claude Ramsay Rawcliffe (husband of Mabel Maria Bickley)

Claude Ramsay; Encyclopaedia of South African Theatre, Film, Media and Performance (ESAT); https://esat.sun.ac.za/index.php?title=Claude_Ramsay: “Claude Ramsay (b. Haigh, Lancashire, **/**/1890 – d. South Africa, **/**/1954) was a one-time actor. According to the British Census, Claude Ramsay Rawcliffe, the son of a collier, was a music student in 1911. In 1913 he married Mabel Mary Bickley, who had previously been married to Charles Burmester, then a civil servant in the employ of the government of the Orange River Colony. . . In 1920 an advert in the Rand Daily Mail announced that he was taking over the business of the Globe Garage and Engineering Company. The following year he and Mabel were divorced and he subsequently married Nessie Avis Kusel, who predeceased him in 1953.”

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2XBN-XXL : 1 October 2014), Claude Ramsay Rawcliffe, 1890; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Wigan, Lancashire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWY4-2GW : 17 August 2019), Claude Ramsay Rawcliffe in household of Bessie MacFarlane Rawcliffe, Aspull, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom; from “1911 England and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26C5-QPD : 22 May 2014), Claude R Rawcliffe and null, 1913; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1913, quarter 4, vol. 1A, p. 1486, Hampstead, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Ancestry.com. Transvaal Province, South Africa, Estates Death Notice Index, 1855-1976 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Transvaal Estates Death Notice Index. Records of the Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria. National Archives, Pretoria. Name: Claude Ramsay Rawcliffe; Death Year: 1954; Death Country: South Africa; Title: Transvaal Estates Death Index (Master of the Supreme Court, Pretoria); Source: National Archives, Pretoria; Reference Number: 2045/54.

“South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QP32-NF69 : 15 August 2019), Claude Ramsay Rawcliffe and Nessis Avis Kiesel, Johannesburg, Johannesburg; citing Marriage, , NARS “Civil registration (marriages – coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927.” The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria.

 

James Alexander Milligan (husband of Mabel Maria Bickley)

James Alexander Milligan (1886–1972); Birth: JULY 1886 , Keswick, Cumberland, England; DEATH ABT 1972, Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa (ancestry.ca).

 

Adolphine Sidonie Josephine Sicot (wife of Charles Mansel Burmester)

Adolphine Sidonie Josephine Sicot (1889–1974); Birth: 14 MAR 1889,  France; Death: 1974, Hertfordshire, England (ancestry.ca).

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVCB-D73H : 4 September 2014), Adolphine Sidonir J Burmester, 1974; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Dacorum, Hertfordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Elsa Florence Burmester (daughter of Charles Mansel Burmester)

“South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KFNQ-CMR : 16 August 2019), Mabel Mary Burmester in entry for Elsa Florence, 14 Dec 1905; citing Baptism, St Andrew and St Michael, Bloemfontein Cathedral, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa, p. 170, William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

 

Phyllis Margery Burmester (daughter of Charles Mansel Burmester)

“South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QG28-PY5W : 15 August 2019), Henry Rory Ashley Peacock Watson and Phyllis Margery Burmester Scott, Johannesburg, Johannesburg; citing Marriage, , NARS “Civil registration (marriages – coloureds), Transvaal and Swaziland, 1898-1927.” The National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria.

“South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDZ9-BN5 : 10 March 2018), Edward Douglas Durham Inglis and Phyllis Margery Burmester Scott Watson, 09 Oct 1944; citing Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa; 01999; National Archives and Records Service of South Africa, Pretoria; 1,938,581.

“South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDCR-8W8 : accessed 06 Aug 2014), Edward Douglas Durham Inglis and Maria Potter Calder, 26 Jul 1915; citing Durban, Natal, South Africa; 02854; 1795574.

“South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDCB-WB7 : accessed 06 Aug 2014), Edward Douglas Durham Inglis and Maria Potter Calder, 26 Jul 1915; citing Durban, Natal, South Africa; 00784; 1796225.

“South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Marriages, 1845-1955,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDZ9-BN5 : accessed 06 Aug 2014), Edward Douglas Durham Inglis and Phyllis Margery Burmester Scott Watson, 09 Oct 1944; citing Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa; 01999; 1938581.

 

Henry Rory Ashley Peacock Watson (husband of Phyllis Margery Burmester)

Henry Rory Ashley Peacock Watson (1895–1947); Birth 1895, Johannesburg, Transvaal; Death: 17 OCT 1947, Durban, Natal, South Africa (ancestry.ca)

 

William Henry Pratt (Boris Karloff)

Boris Karloff in British Columbia, by Greg Nesteroff; British Columbia History, Volume 39, Number 1, pages 16-21; https://open.library.ubc.ca/media/download/pdf/bch/1.0190687/0.

Getting the Word Out, by Greg Nesteroff, May 26, 2018, https://www.bchistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/GregN_Getting-the-Word-Out-2.pdf. Includes background information on Boris Karloff in British Columbia.

Boris Karloff, Wikipedia article; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Karloff.

Karloff in Saskatchewan, by Stephen Jacobs, Saskatchewan History, spring 2007; volume 59, number 1; updated version without references and endnotes; http://www.morethanamonster.com/downloads/Karloff-in-Saskatchewan.pdf.

 

Percy Ward

North Vancouver heritage home free to a good home; Heritage house faces demolition if not moved, by Brent Richter, North Shore News, April 22, 2015; https://www.nsnews.com/news/north-vancouver-heritage-home-free-to-a-good-home-1.1830814: “The house was first owned and occupied by Percy Ward (1882-1964) and Zellah Celestine Ward (died 1962), according to documents filed with the City of North Vancouver in 2010.”

“A Heritage House Happy Ending,” Heritage Home News, October 2015, http://iloveheritage.com/newsletter/NewsletterIssue15_Oct2015.pdf: “The developer was allowed to demolish this house in return for legally protecting another heritage house on the development site, the King Residence.”

“6 Engineer Squadron,” 6 Field Engineer Squadron (6 FES) Museum; http://www.6es.ca/drupal/node/6: “In 2011 the Museum took possession of the antique sword of the late Major Percy Ward, a former officer in 6 Field Engineer Company as well as Alderman and real estate businessman in North Vancouver. Ward was one of the first recruits to join the new militia unit in 1911, later serving in France during World War I. His sword was graciously donated by his grandson Gary Silverton.”

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WWTM-XMM : 5 May 2019), Percy Ward in household of Thomas Ward, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Staffordshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-SDNF : 16 March 2018), Percy Ward, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Name: WARD, PERCY; Rank: MAJ; Date of Birth: 1882-11-29; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10085 – 41; Item Number: 298173; Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF); http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=298173; digitized service file: B10085-S041; http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B10085-S041.

Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 13; Census Place: North Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia; Page Number: 11. Name: Percy Ward; Gender: Male; Marital status: Married; Age: 37; Birth Year: abt 1884; Birth Place: England; Relation to Head of House: Head; Spouse’s name: Zellah Celestine Ward; Father Birth Place: England; Mother Birth Place: England; Year of Immigration: 1909; Racial or Tribal Origin: English; Province or Territory: British Columbia; District: Vancouver; District Number: 13; Sub-District: North Vancouver; Sub-District Number: 62; City, Town or Village: North Lonsdale North Vancouver District; Street or Township: St Osborne Rd E; Municipality: Ward 2; Occupation: Fruit Merchant; Household Members: Percy Ward: 37; Zellah Celestine Ward: 37; Nelly Celestine Ward: 12; Lily Ward: 10; Mary Ellen Ward: 6.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLTJ-N7W : 8 November 2017), Percy Ward, 1964; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/c9239906-34a7-4bdb-969f-bbdbbeae204c.

 

 

Zellah Celestine Fitzmaurice (wife of Percy Ward)

Zellah Celestine Fitzmaurice “Ward” (1883–1962); Birth: 25 JUN 1883, Bethnal Green, Middlesex, England; Death: 3 JUN 1962, North Vancouver, British Columbia (ancestry.ca).

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2X2L-XCV : 1 October 2014), Zillah Celestine Fitzmaurice, 1883; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Bethnal Green, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9ZW-VBB : 20 May 2019), Celertine Fitzmaurice in household of Pricella Fitzmaurice, Mile End Old Town Holy Trinity, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Mile End Old Town Western subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLT8-Z2F : 8 November 2017), Zellah Celestine Ward, 1962; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/a69cbc29-c2bd-4dc1-97ac-62442ef4bd84.

 

Hans Georg Ernst von Graevenitz

Hans Georg Ernst Graevenitz (1870–1918); Birth: 5 MAY 1870, Frehne, Prignitz, Brandenburg, Deutschland; Death: 8 AUG 1918, gef Flandern. (ancestry.ca).

Ancestry.com. Rhineland, Prussia, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1533-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Name: Hans von Graevenitz; Gender: männlich (Male); Marriage Age: 36; Event Type: Heirat (Marriage); Birth Date: 5 Mai 1870 (5 May 1870); Marriage Date: 27 Nov 1906; Marriage Place: Bromberg, Posen, Deutschland (Germany); Spouse: Helena von Tümpling; Parish as it Appears: Bromberg; Page Number: 5; Custodian: Evangelisches Kirchenbuchamt Hannover; City or District: Bromberg; Author: Evangelische Kirche. Militärgemeinde Bromberg.

“Deutschland, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Volkszählung 1900”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVYH-D3W : 10 April 2019), Hans Von Graevenitz, 1900.

Ancestry.com. Rhineland, Prussia, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1533-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Lutherische Kirchenbücher, 1533-1950. Evangelische Kirchenbuchamt Hannover, Hannover, Deutschland. Name: Hans von Graevenitz; Gender: männlich (Male); Marriage Age: 36; Event Type: Heirat (Marriage); Birth Date: 5 Mai 1870 (5 May 1870); Marriage Date: 27 Nov 1906; Marriage Place: Bromberg, Posen, Deutschland (Germany); Spouse: Helena von Tümpling; Parish as it Appears: Bromberg; Page Number: 5; Custodian: Evangelisches Kirchenbuchamt Hannover; City or District: Bromberg; Author: Evangelische Kirche. Militärgemeinde Bromberg.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2QS6-G38 : 11 March 2018), Hans Von Graevnnitz, Jan 1911; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, T-4700, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJP2-QZS : 16 August 2019), Hans Von Graevenitz, 1911.

Ancestry.com. Berlin, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Landesarchiv Berlin; Berlin, Deutschland; Personenstandsregister Sterberegister; laufendenummer: 337. Name: Hans George Ernst von Graevenitz; Age: 48; Birth Date: abt 1870; Death Date: 8 Aug 1918; Death Place: Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland (Germany); Civil Registration Office: Charlottenburg I; Certificate Number: 1091. Original data: Lutherische Kirchenbücher, 1533-1950. Evangelische Kirchenbuchamt Hannover, Hannover, Deutschland.

 

Helena (Ilka) von Tümpling Ast FREHNE/ (wife of Hans Georg Ernst von Graevenitz)

Helena (Ilka) von Tümpling Ast FREHNE (1885–); Birth: 8 JAN 1885, Groß Wartenberg; Death: Unknown (ancestry.ca).

 

George Greyham Palmer

George Greyham Palmer; born: June 26, 1880; British 1820 Settlers to South Africa; https://www.1820settlers.com/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I93329&tree=master.

“South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KYJC-Z9V : 16 August 2019), Sarah Helen Palmer in entry for George Greyham Palmer, 07 Aug 1881; citing Baptism, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, p. 68, William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

“South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KYJC-Z9V : 16 August 2019), Sarah Helen Palmer in entry for George Greyham Palmer, 07 Aug 1881; citing Baptism, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, p. 68, William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

“South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KYJC-Z9V : 16 August 2019), Sarah Helen Palmer in entry for George Greyham Palmer, 07 Aug 1881; citing Baptism, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, p. 68, William Cullen Library, Wits University, Johannesburg.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HL7-7ZY : 11 March 2018), Geo Grahm Palmer, Oct 1910; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-4773, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-S7T4 : 16 March 2018), Greyhorn Palmer, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MR-1CT7 : 18 March 2018), Greyham George Palmer and Florence Adeline Mary Brice, 1938; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/947be714-4654-409c-8c6c-69e6e43852aa.

 

Aletta Maria Oelrich (wife of George Greyham Palmer)

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-S7TH : 16 March 2018), Aletta Palmer in entry for Greyhorn Palmer, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 51-76, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,663.

“California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1W-HT6C : 12 March 2018), Aletta Maria Palmer, 1913; citing San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1410 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,465,634.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HGC-L2B : 11 March 2018), Aletta M Palmer, Aug 1919; citing Immigration, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, T-14700, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLGX-YL6 : 8 November 2017), Aletta Maria Palmer, 1933.

 

Joseph Brice (father of Florence Adeline Mary Brice)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLLT-W58 : 8 November 2017), Joseph Brice, 1943.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVV5-SN1J : 13 December 2015), Joseph Brice, 1943; Burial, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, Mountain View Cemetery; citing record ID 26269873, Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26269873: “Joseph Brice; Birth: unknown; Death: 28 Oct 1943; Burial: Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; PLOT: OLD/5/02/015/0012; Memorial ID: 26269873.”

 

Ethel Beatrice Brice (mother of Florence Adeline Mary Brice)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLRB-7NL : 8 November 2017), Ethel Beatrice Brice, 1961; http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/5640a0c6-32bc-46ee-b28d-b1cceb339200.

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