De Wet, Thomas Oloff (1869-1940)

Captain Thomas Oloff de Wet was a member of the British Royal Navy. He lived at 1951 Robson Street in 1919.

Thomas Oloff de Wet was born in Dublin, Ireland, on February 26, 1869. His father was Olof Golieb de Wet (1818-1894). His mother was Annie Thompson (about 1841-1919).

He studied at the Thames Nautical Training College, where he received a medal as “the boy likely to make the finest sailor.”

“The Thames Nautical Training College,” The Morning Post (London, England), Issue 35915, July 29, 1887; page 6.

“The Thames Nautical Training College,” The Morning Post (London, England), Issue 35915, July 29, 1887; page 6.

In 1896, in Croydon, Surrey, Thomas married Elizabeth Bradstreet. She was born about 1872 in Mitcham, Surrey.

Thomas did have a successful career in the navy. He became a captain and served in the First World War. He was mentioned in despatches and received the C.B.E. in 1919.

Thomas and Elizabeth, along with their children, Lily, Eugenie and Hugh, came to Canada in 1919, although it appears that their stay was relatively brief.

Thomas was also the principal naval officer in a series of operations, including the evacuation of Constantinople in 1923; North China in 1927; Egypt in 1924 to 1926, 1928 and 1933.

In 1938, Thomas and Elizabeth were living at Le Castel, Nivolas, Isère, in France.

Thomas died on March 30, 1940, at Marlborough House in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

Deaths, The Times (London, England), Issue 48579, Apr 2, 1940, page 1.

Deaths, The Times (London, England), Issue 48579, Apr 2, 1940, page 1.

Elizabeth died in London on June 1, 1966.

Deaths, The Times (London, England); Issue 56647, Jun 2, 1966; page 2.

Deaths, The Times (London, England); Issue 56647, Jun 2, 1966; page 2.

Thomas and Elizabeth had the following children.

 

Eric Oloff de Wet

Eric Oloff de Wet was born in Shippey, Kent, on February 28, 1897.

He died in 1918 while serving in the Royal Navy during the First World War.

 

Lily de Wet

Lily de Wet was born in Shippey, Kent, in 1901. She travelled to Canada in 1919 with her mother.

It appears that Lily died in 1980.

 

Emily Eugenie de Wet

Emily Eugenie de Wet was born about 1905, possibly on January 17, 1905, in St. Germans, Cornwall.

On August 20, 1938, in London, she married Philip Harold Balhatchet. He was the son of Charles Balhatchet.

Marriages, The Times (London, England), Issue 48081, August 24, 1938; page 1.

Marriages, The Times (London, England), Issue 48081, August 24, 1938; page 1.

It appears that Philip may have re-married in 1970, and that he died in 1992. Eugenie died in 1996.

 

Lionel Oloff de Wet

Lionel Oloff de Wet was born in Plympton, Devon, in 1909. It appears that he died in 1915.

 

Hugh William Arthur Oloff de Wet

Hugh William Arthur Oloff de Wet was born on April 2, 1912, at St. Lawrence, Jersey.

Births, The Times (London, England), Issue 39866, April 6, 1912; page 1.

Births, The Times (London, England), Issue 39866, April 6, 1912; page 1.

He was educated at Monkton Combe School in Bath. Later he trained as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, but he was injured in a road accident and he left the air force in 1934.

London Gazette; The Times (London, England), Issue 46833, August 15, 1934, page 19.

London Gazette; The Times (London, England), Issue 46833, August 15, 1934, page 19.

Later he became a well-known journalist, writer, and sculptor. He died in 1975.

“Mr Hugh Oloff De Wet,” The Times (London, England), Issue 59563, November 27, 1975; page 16.

“Mr Hugh Oloff De Wet,” The Times (London, England), Issue 59563, November 27, 1975; page 16.

 

Sources

 

Oloff Godlieb De Wet (father of Thomas Oloff De Wet)

Olof Golieb de Wet; https://www.geni.com/people/Olof-de-Wet/6000000011447300293: Birthdate: October 4, 1818; Birthplace: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa ; Death: Died March 2, 1894 in England, United Kingdom.

“South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 ,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XK4C-KF2 : accessed 26 May 2016), Oloff Godlieb De Wet, 18 Oct 1818, Baptism; citing p. , Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, State Archives, Cape Province; FHL microfilm 2,214,080.

“England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JZ82-HQQ : accessed 26 May 2016), Oloff Godlieb Dewet, 03 Mar 1894; citing , reference p 52 ln 414; FHL microfilm 994,433.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2JL7-11J : accessed 26 May 2016), Oloff Gotlieb De Wet, 1894; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Kingston, Surrey, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Annie Thompson (mother of Thomas Oloff De Wet)

Annie Thompson, https://www.geni.com/people/Annie-Thompson/6000000011938328589: Birthdate: circa 1841; Death: Died October 28, 1919 in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom; Immediate Family: Wife of Olof Golieb de Wet; Mother of Lilian Louisa Annie de Wet, Thomas Oloff de Wet, and Hamlet R de Wet.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9FD-98Q : accessed 26 May 2016), Annie De Wet in household of Thomas O De Wet, Sheerness, Kent, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Minster subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

 

Thomas Oloff De Wet

Thomas Oloff de Wet, https://www.geni.com/people/Thomas-de-Wet/6000000011944723400: Birthdate: 1869; Birthplace: England, Malsboroughgate, UK; Death: Died March 30, 1940 in Malsboroughgate, England, UK; Immediate Family: Son of Olof Golieb de Wet and Annie Thompson; Husband of Elizabeth de Wet; Father of Eric Olof de Wet, Lilly de Wet, Emily Eugenie Balhatchet, Lionel Oloff de Wet and Hugh William Arthur Oloff de Wet. Brother of Lilian Louisa Annie de Wet and Hamlet R de Wet. Half brother of Alexander de Wet; Occupation: Captain in the Royal Navy.

About Thomas Oloff de Wet; https://www.geni.com/people/Thomas-de-Wet/6000000011944723400: “Was a captain in the Royal Navy and awarded the C.B.E. in 1919; served in the First World War, was mentioned in despatches, was principal Naval Officer: (1) during the evacuation of Constantinople in 1923; (2) North China 1927; (3) Egypt 1924/6, 1928 and 1933.”

“Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FYTX-33P : accessed 26 May 2016), BIRTHS entry for Thomas Oloff De Wet; citing Dublin South, 1869, vol. 2, p. 801, General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101,046.

“Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FPTP-2JL : accessed 26 May 2016), Thomas Oloff, 26 Feb 1869; citing No 4, Dub, Ire, reference 2:29W59V3; FHL microfilm 101,181.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D15-BBW : accessed 26 May 2016), Thomas Oloff De Wet, 1896; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1896, quarter 1, vol. 2A, p. 321, Croydon, Surrey, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9FD-98M : accessed 26 May 2016), Thomas O De Wet, Sheerness, Kent, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Minster subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJZG-8X9 : accessed 26 May 2016), Thomas Oloff de Wet, 19 Oct 1918; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Lapland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVH1-FLXM : accessed 26 May 2016), Thomas O De Wet, 1940; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

 

Elizabeth Bradstreet (wife of Thomas Oloff De Wet)

Elizabeth de Wet (Bradstreet); https://www.geni.com/people/Elizabeth-de-Wet/6000000011944619530: Birthdate: 1867; Death: (Date and location unknown).

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2D15-XGZ : accessed 26 May 2016), Elizabeth Bradstreet, 1896; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1896, quarter 1, vol. 2A, p. 321, Croydon, Surrey, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9FD-989 : accessed 26 May 2016), Elizabeth De Wet in household of Thomas O De Wet, Sheerness, Kent, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Minster subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HLG-LFL : accessed 26 May 2016), Elizabeth De Wet, Jan 1919; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4757, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVC2-336D : accessed 26 May 2016), Elizabeth De Wet, 1966; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England. (possible connection)

 

Eric Oloff de Wet (son of Thomas Oloff De Wet)

Eric Olof de Wet, https://www.geni.com/people/Eric-Olof-de-Wet/6000000017204953593: Birthdate: February 28, 1897; Death: Died 1919; Cause of death: Verdwyning van Torpedo

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FWM-GF3 : accessed 26 May 2016), Eric Oloff De Wet, 1897; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Sheppey, Kent, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NJQK-L2N : accessed 26 May 2016), Eric Oloff De Wet, 06 Mar 1897; citing Sheerness, Kent, England, reference p 91; FHL microfilm 1,866,703.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9FD-98S : accessed 26 May 2016), Eric C De Wet in household of Thomas O De Wet, Sheerness, Kent, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Minster subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1911,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWQ4-X5T : accessed 26 May 2016), Eric O De Wet, Whippingham, Osborne Whippingham, Hampshire, England; 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.

“Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVKR-V8R5 : accessed 26 May 2016), Eric Oloff De Wet, 1918; Burial, Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England, Portsmouth Naval Memorial; citing record ID 56691488, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56691488.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission; De Wet, Eric Oloff; http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/3039671/: Rank: Sub-Lieutenant; Date of Death: 12/01/1918; Age: 20; Regiment/Service: Royal Navy H.M.S. “Narbrough.” Awards: D S C, Mentioned in Despatches; Panel Reference: 28. Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL; Additional Information: Son of Thomas Oloff de Wet, C.B.E., Capt. R.N. (Retd.) and Elizabeth de Wet (nee Bradstreet), of Le Colombia Manor, Jersey. Served in H.M.S. “Queen” on staff of Admiral Mark Kerr.

 

Lily de Wet (daughter of Thomas Oloff De Wet)

Lilly de Wet, https://www.geni.com/people/Lilly-de-Wet/6000000017204495729: Birthdate: circa 1901; Death: Died 1980.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FZZ-SXH : accessed 26 May 2016), Lily De Wet, 1901; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Sheppey, Kent, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9FD-983 : accessed 26 May 2016), Lily De Wet in household of Thomas O De Wet, Sheerness, Kent, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Minster subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HLG-LFG : accessed 26 May 2016), Lily B De Wet, Jan 1919; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4757, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Emily Eugenie de Wet (daughter of Thomas Oloff De Wet)

Emily Eugenie Balhatchet (de Wet), https://www.geni.com/people/Emily-Eugenie-Balhatchet/6000000017205163023: Birthdate: circa 1905; Death: Died December 22, 1995 in London, England, United Kingdom; Cause of death: Killed by bus.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FFC-MTX : accessed 26 May 2016), Emily Annie E De Wet, 1905; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, St. Germans, Cornwall, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2F55-FHH : accessed 26 May 2016), Philip H Balhatchet, 1914; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV8N-5ZH5 : accessed 26 May 2016), Philip H Balhatchet and null, 1938; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1938, quarter 3, vol. 1A, p. 662, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV8N-Y1QQ : accessed 26 May 2016), Emily A E De Wet and null, 1938; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1938, quarter 3, vol. 1A, p. 662, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

Births, The Times (London, England), Issue 48556, March 5, 1940; page 1: “Balhatchet.—On March 4, 1940, at Hazeldene Nursing Home, St. Albans, to Molly (née De Wet), wife of Philip H. Balhatchet—a daughter.”

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV6G-RC3N : accessed 26 May 2016), Philip H Balhatchet and null, 1970; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1970, quarter 2, vol. 5C, p. 1753, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England. (possible connection)

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV6G-RC3V : accessed 26 May 2016), Philip H Balhatchet and null, 1970; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1970, quarter 2, vol. 5C, p. 1753, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England. (possible connection)

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZC-ZNGN : accessed 26 May 2016), Philip Harold Balhatchet, Feb 1992; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death Registration, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZD-WQQX : accessed 26 May 2016), Emily Annie E De Wet, Jun 1996; from “England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death Registration, Greenwich, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HLG-LFP : accessed 26 May 2016), Engine De Wet, Jan 1919; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4757, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Lionel Oloff de Wet (son of Thomas Oloff De Wet)

Lionel Oloff de Wet, https://www.geni.com/people/Lionel-Oloff-de-Wet/6000000017204465920: Birthdate: circa 1909; Death: Died 1915; Immediate Family: Son of Thomas Oloff de Wet and Elizabeth de Wet.

“England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FKS-43F : accessed 26 May 2016), Lionel Oloff De Wet, 1909; from “England & Wales Births, 1837-2006,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Plympton, Devon, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.

“England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KCSL-KH1 : accessed 26 May 2016), Lionel Oloff Dewet, 1909, Baptism; from “Church of England parish registers 1538-1911,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Devon, archive reference , images provided by FamilySearch International.

 

Hugh William Arthur Oloff de Wett

Hugh William Arthur Oloff de Wet, https://www.geni.com/people/Hugh-William-Arthur-Oloff-de-Wet/6000000017205153013: Birthdate: April 2, 1912; Birthplace: St Lawrence, Jersey; Death: Died November 16, 1975 in London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom.

“Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HLG-LF5 : accessed 26 May 2016), Hugh De Wet, Jan 1919; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4757, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.