PART FORTY-FIVE

 

The Worcestershire Connection

 

Updated February 2018

 

 

 

 

This is the family line of Paul Collett (Ref. 45S5) of Towcester in Northamptonshire and Adrian Collett (Ref. 45S7) of Aldershot in Hampshire.  Initially it started with Thomas Collett (Ref. 45N2) but in 2018 further research was undertaken which managed to move the start back by three generations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

45L1

JOHN COLLETT, who was possibly born around 1720, was married to Hannah and their children were baptised at Naunton Beauchamp, nine miles east of Worcester, near to the villages of Abberton and Bishampton, when their surname was recorded as Collet.

 

 

 

45M1

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1745 in Worcestershire

 

45M2

John Collett

Born in 1747 in Worcestershire

 

45M3

THOMAS COLLETT

Born in 1750 in Worcestershire

 

45M4

Richard Collett

Born in 1752 in Worcestershire

 

 

 

 

45M1

Elizabeth Collett was baptised at Naunton Beauchamp on 5th June 1745, the daughter of John and Hannah Collett.  Tragically she was just two years old when she died of 14th August 1747, one month after her brother John (below) was born.

 

 

 

 

45M2

John Collett was baptised at Naunton Beauchamp on 17th July 1747, another child of John and Hannah Collett.

 

 

 

 

45M3

THOMAS COLLETT may have been born and baptised at Naunton Beauchamp around 1750, like his three assumed siblings which, if confirmed, would place him as another child of John and Hannah Collett.  Thomas was married to Elizabeth around 1775 and all of their children were baptised at Naunton Beauchamp, and all with the Collet spelling of the surname.

 

 

 

45N1

John Collett

Born in 1777 in Worcestershire

 

45N2

THOMAS COLLETT

Born in 1780 in Worcestershire

 

45N3

John Collett

Born in 1783 in Worcestershire

 

45N4

Hannah Collett

Born in 1785 in Worcestershire

 

45N5

Luke Collett

Born in 1788 in Worcestershire

 

 

 

 

45M4

Richard Collett was baptised at Naunton Beauchamp on 20th February 1755, perhaps when he was quite a few years old, the youngest child of John and Hannah Collett.  It is therefore possible, although not proved, that he may have been the Richard Collett who married Elizabeth White in 1765, whose family details can be found in Appendix One, whose youngest son married a girl from the village of Abberton.  However, upon further investigation, it would appear that Richard was the son of William and Elizabeth Collett, born at Wickhamford near Broadway in 1741.

 

 

 

 

45N1

John Collett was born east of Worcester in 1777, the eldest of the five known children of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett, who was baptised on 19th December 1777 at Naunton Beauchamp.  It seems highly likely that he died before reaching five years of age, since the couple’s third son was also given the name of John.

 

 

 

 

45N2

THOMAS COLLETT was born to the east of Worcester in 1780, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  It was at Naunton Beauchamp that he was baptised on 25th December 1780.  When he attained full-age he married Robina (Rebecca) who was a few years younger, having been born around 1783, with whom he had at least the seven children listed below.  On the day their first child was baptised at Naunton Beauchamp, the family’s surname was spelt with just one t, but thereafter the name was recorded with two.  By the time of the Droitwich & Worcester census conducted in June 1841 Thomas Collett was 59 and his wife Robina (Rebecca) was 57, when they were residing at Little Park Street in the parish of St Peter Worcester.  The only children still living there with them at that time were their two youngest children Christeven Collett who was 19 and Jane Collett who was 14.  Thomas Collett senior died later that same year at Worcester, where he was buried on 14th October 1841.

 

 

 

45O1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1802 at Worcester

 

45O2

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1806 at Worcester

 

45O3

Stephen Collett

Born in 1809 at Worcester

 

45O4

George Collett

Born in 1811 at Worcester

 

45O5

Caroline Collett

Born in 1816 at Worcester

 

45O6

CHRISTOPHER STEPHEN COLLETT

Born in 1823 at Worcester

 

45O7

Jane Collett

Born in 1827 at Worcester

 

 

 

 

45N3

John Collett was born to the east of Worcester in 1783 and was baptised at Naunton Beauchamp on 26th January 1783, another son of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

45N4

Hannah Collett was born to the east of Worcester, possibly in the village of Naunton Beauchamp, where she was baptised on 19th June 1785, the only known daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

45N5

Luke Collett was born to the east of Worcester in 1788 and was the last of the five known children of Thomas and Elizabeth Collett.  It was at Naunton Beauchamp that Luke was baptised on 9th November 1788.

 

 

 

 

45O1

Thomas Collett was born at Worcester of 12th December 1802 and was baptised at the Nonconformist Chapel of the Countess of Huntingdon on Birdport Street in Worcester on 2nd January 1803, the eldest of the seven children of Thomas and Rebecca Collett.

 

 

 

 

45O2

Mary Ann Collett was born at Worcester on 20th September 1806 and was baptised at the Chapel of the Countess of Huntingdon on 12th October that same year, the eldest daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Collett.  Her baptism was the first occasion in the family line when the surname was recorded as Collett, thereafter used in every subsequent record.

 

 

 

 

45O3

Stephen Collett was born at Worcester on 6th November 1809 and was baptised one month later on 10th December at the Birdport Street Nonconformist Chapel of the Countess of Huntingdon.

 

 

 

 

45O4

George Collett was born at Worcester in 1811, where he was baptised on 29th August 1811, another son of Thomas and Rebecca Collett.

 

 

 

 

45O5

Caroline Collett was born at Worcester on 6th April 1816 and was baptised on 30th June that same year at the Chapel of the Countess of Huntingdon on Birdport Street.

 

 

 

 

45O6

CHRISTOPHER STEPHEN COLLETT was born within the Worcester parish of St Helens on 23rd April 1823.  The registration of his birth confirmed that he was Christopher Stephen Collett, the son of Thomas and Rebecca Collett, as did he baptism on 27th July 1823.  It would appear that during the early years of his life he was referred to as Christopher.  During his life he worked as a currier and a leather-stainer and in June 1841 when he was 19 years old and he was living with his parents and younger sister Jane (below) at Little Park Street near Fort Royal Park within the Worcester parish of St Peter.  On that occasion he was recorded at Chris Steven Collett.  Later that same year Christopher Stephen Collett married Eliza Matthews on 22nd November 1841 at Whittington on the eastern outskirts of Worcester.  Almost exactly two years later the couple’s known son was born.

 

 

 

It has not been determined at this time whether or not there were any other children born into the family, but by 1851 Elizabeth Collett and her seven years old son Richard were still living in the Worcester area, the census that year listing them within the St Martin Worcester North registration district.  At that same time, a Christopher Collett from Worcester was living and working in the St Thomas area of Birmingham.  Ten years later he gave his name as Stephen Collett and his age as forty, when he was living within the Kidderminster registration district.  By this time it would appear that Stephen and his wife were separated, although there is a possibility that she may have died.  However, it is known that their son Richard was 17 and was living and working in Worcester in April 1861.  Also in April 1861, there was Elizabeth Collett, age 35, who was living in Worcestershire in the Pershore registration district, and she may have been Stephen’s estranged wife.

 

 

 

Sometime after 1861 Stephen Collett left Worcestershire and moved north to Staffordshire where, around 1868 he entered into a relationship with Jane Spriggs.  Jane was born at Walsall around 1850 and was considerably younger than Stephen and is believed to have been the eldest daughter of William Spriggs and his wife Sarah.  The later events in the lives of Stephen and Jane cast some doubt as to whether they were ever actually married, and this may have been because Stephen’s first wife was still alive, and that they were only separated due to an irretrievable break-down of their marriage.

 

 

 

Either way, the relationship between Stephen, who would have been around 46, and Jane, who was 18, produced three children for the couple, all three having been born while the family was living at Walsall.  According to the Walsall census of 1871, Jane Spriggs was 21 and was living there with her two years old son Stephen Spriggs, but without Stephen Collett.  Curious fact #1 – the use of the Spriggs surname for both Jane and her son perhaps indicates she was not married and that her son was base-born.  However, the boy’s birth certificate gave his father’s name as Stephen Collett, a currier.

 

 

 

Ten years later at the time of the census of 1881, Stephen Collett, Jane Collett and their four children had left Walsall and had returned to Worcestershire where they were described as inmates at the Kidderminster Workhouse.  Curious fact #2 - whilst all six family members had the surname of Collett, Stephen and Jane were not recorded as being husband and wife.  Stephen Collett, whose age was stated as being 56 and whose place of birth was Worcester, was employed as a leather-stainer.  His ‘companion’ Jane Collett, who was confirmed as being 30 years old and born at Walsall, was working as a domestic servant, possibly within the workhouse.

 

 

 

The census also confirmed that the couple’s four children were also born at Walsall and they were listed as Stephen Collett who was 12, Alice Collett, who was nine, Alfred Collett who was seven years old and Sarah A Collett who was five years old.  At that time the Kidderminster Workhouse in Kidderminster Foreign was home to twenty-five adults and children, including Eliza Collett who was 39 and from Neen Savage in Shropshire.  She was the daughter of William Collett (Ref. 67M2) and his wife Sarah Deuce.  See Part 67 – The Collett Family of Cleobury Mortimer

 

 

 

By 1891 Stephen Collett, at the age of 69, was still living in the workhouse in Kidderminster, where he was also recorded ten years later in March 1901, by which time he was 80.  The census that year confirmed his birthplace as being Worcester.  Not long after 1901 it must be assumed that Stephen died.  The November 1891 marriage certificate of Stephen’s and Jane’s eldest son Stephen Collett gave his father’s name as Stephen Collett and his occupation as that of a leather-stainer.

 

 

 

45P1

Richard Stephen Collett

Born in 1843 at Worcester

 

45P2

STEPHEN SPRIGGS COLLETT

Born in 1868 at Walsall

 

45P3

Alice Collett

Born in 1871 at Walsall

 

45P4

Alfred John Collett

Born in 1873 at Walsall

 

45P5

Sarah A Collett

Born in 1875 at Walsall

 

 

 

 

45O7

Jane Collett was born at Worcester where she was baptised on 26th August 1827, the last child born to Thomas and Rebecca Collett.  At the age of 14, Jane Collett was living with her family at Little Park Street near Fort Royal Park within the Worcester parish of St Peter.

 

 

 

 

45P1

Richard Stephen Collett was born in 1843 and was baptised at St Peter’s Church in Worcester on 29th November 1843.  The baptism record confirmed that he was the son of Christopher and Eliza Collett.  By 1851 Richard was seven years old and was living with his mother Elizabeth in the St Martin district of Worcester North.  Ten years later in 1861 Richard S Collett of St Peters in Worcester was 17 and was working as a grocer’s apprentice with William Ponting while living at the Ponting’s home at 62 High Street in Worcester St Nicholas in the parish of St Swithins.

 

 

 

William Ponting from Wells in Somerset was 39 and a grocer employing three young men and two boys.  Richard Collett was the most junior of the three young men, the other two being assistant grocers Delabee Walker 23, and Frederick Jenkins who was 21.  William Ponting and his wife Ann, who was 30, had a one-year old son Theophilus Ponting and they were supported by two servants, Elizabeth Allen, age 22, and Ann Bradley who was 15.

 

 

 

By that time in 1861 it would appear that the marriage of Richard’s parents had broken down, since his father Stephen was living in Kidderminster, while his mother was possibly living in Pershore.  Richard’s father later moved north to Walsall where he entered into a new relationship from which was born three further children.  It was just over four years later that Richard Stephen Collett married Matilda Mary Harris, the event recorded at Cheltenham (Ref. 6a 829) during the last three months of 1865.  Matilda had been born at Chertsey in Surrey, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 4 37) during the third quarter of 1838.  That means that she was around five years older than Richard, something that was never reflected in all of the following census returns.  Once married, the couple initially settled in the Bordesley area of Birmingham and it was there that the couple’s first two children were born, where one of them was also baptised.

 

 

 

After the birth of their second child, the family left Birmingham and returned to Cheltenham, where the remainder of Richard’s and Matilda’s children were born, which was also where they were baptised in a joint ceremony with the couple’s oldest child.  By 1871 the family was recorded as living in Cheltenham where it comprised Richard S Collett, age 27, his wife Matilda, who said she was 30 – rather than 32, and their four children Archibald Collett who was four, Millicent E Collett who was three, Blanche M Collett who was two and Emily B Collett who was not yet one year old.

 

 

 

No further children were added to the family, so according to the census of 1881, the family of six was living at 71 Upper Regent Street in the hamlet of Barton St Mary within the parish of Gloucester St Mary de Lode.  The census confirmed that Richard Collett was 37 and a grocer from Worcester, and that his wife Matilda M Collett was 40 and from Chertsey in Surrey.  The four children were listed as Archibald R M Collett who was 14, and Millicent E Collett who was 13, both of them born in Birmingham, while Blanche M Collett, age 12, and Emily B Collett, age 10, were born at Cheltenham.  Staying with the family was fourteen years old Henry W Harbour of no occupation, who was from the Isle of Wight and simply described as a visitor.

 

 

 

During the next decade Archibald left the family home to make his way in the world, although by 1891 he was still living within the Gloucester area, not far from his family who were still living at Barton St Mary in the South Hamlet registration district of the city.  On that occasion grocer Richard was 47 and Matilda was 50 – instead of 52, and still living with them at Regent Street were their three daughters Millicent E Collett who was 23, Blanche M Collett who was 22, and Emily B Collett who was 20.  By around the middle of the next decade Richard’s eldest daughter Millicent had left home to be married, following which she settled in Gloucester where she and her husband raised a family of their own.

 

 

 

By March 1901 the family was living at Heathville Road in Gloucester, which runs between London Road and Denmark Road, and had been reduced to just Richard S Collett of Worcester who was 56 and still working as a grocer, his wife Matilda M Collett from Surrey who was 58 – rather 62, and their two unmarried daughters Blanche and Emily.  While the census return correctly gave the girls’ place of birth as Cheltenham, their age in each case was incorrectly recorded as 28 and 26, when they would have actually been 32 and 30 respectively.

 

 

 

Later that same year, the death of Matilda Mary Collett nee Harris was recorded at Gloucester (Ref. 6a 201) during the last three months of 1901, when the registrar was informed that she was 61 and not her actual age of 63.  That situation was confirmed in the Gloucester census of 1911, in which widower Richard Stephen Collett was 67 and the manager of a grocer’s shop, and once again the stated ages of his two unmarried daughters were incorrect.  Blanche Matilda Collett was 34 instead of 42, and Emily Beatrice Collett was 32 instead of 40.  The death of Richard S Collett was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 311) during the third quarter of 1912, when he was 68.

 

 

 

45Q1

Archibald Richard Matthews Collett

Born in 1866 at Birmingham

 

45Q2

Millicent Eliza Collett

Born in 1867 at Birmingham

 

45Q3

Blanche Matilda Collett

Born in 1869 at Cheltenham

 

45Q4

Emily Beatrice Collett

Born in 1870 at Cheltenham

 

 

 

 

45P2

STEPHEN SPRIGGS COLLETT was born at John Street in Walsall on 24th December 1868.  He was original known as Stephen Spriggs, being the son of the unmarried Jane Spriggs, and was listed as such in the 1871 Census for Walsall.  At that time he was three years old and was living with his mother.  It has not been confirmed that his father was Stephen Collett, although there is a strong possibility that he was.  And certainly it would appear that he and Jane had two further children over the next few years.

 

 

 

So by April 1881 Stephen was listed in the census return as Stephen Collett, age 12, who was living at the Kidderminster Workhouse with his mother Jane Collett, his likely father Stephen Collett, and his two younger siblings Alice Collett and Alfred Collett.  Stephen later joined the army and may have been stationed at garrison in Aldershot in the late 1880s, since it was there that he married Eliza East on 18th December 1891.  Eliza was born at Feltham in Middlesex, probably in 1862 making her six younger older than her husband.

 

 

 

Eliza East of Feltham was living there with her mother Elizabeth East in the census of 1871 and was eight years old.  Ten years later she was 18 and was working as a domestic servant at the home of grocer Harry Atkins at Uplands Road in Camberwell.  Her place of birth was again confirmed as Feltham.  Ten years after that she was located in the 1891 Census as was living in Farnham in Surrey, just to the south-west of Aldershot.  Her age at that time was 28.  However, nearly nine months later, at the time of her marriage to Stephen at Aldershot she gave her age as 27, perhaps because she was conscious that she was older than her husband.

 

 

 

It would appear from the birthplace of their first child that Stephen and Eliza stayed at Aldershot only for a short while before being posted to India for three years where, at Meerut, their next three children were born, two of whom were twins.  The family then returned to England before the end of the century and may have been visiting members of Stephen’s family in Staffordshire when their fifth child was born.  By the time of the 1901 Census Eliza was 36 (another reduced age) and was living back at Farnham with her five children.

 

 

 

Her children were Stephen, who was eight and born at Aldershot, who was a honeymoon baby, Albert who was six years old, the twins Alfred and Florence who was four and confirmed as having been born at Meerut in India, and Mabel who was two years old and born at Wade in Staffordshire.  No record of Stephen has been found in either 1891 or 1901, so he is likely to have been abroad and possibly taking part in the Boer War for the latter date, which started on 10th October 1899.  What is known about him is that he was a private with the Fifth Dragoon Guards when his second son was born in 1894 and had been promoted to the rank of corporal by the time the twins were born in 1896.  It is also well established that the Fifth Dragoon Guards were led by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Baden-Powell and were part of the besieged force at Ladysmith in January 1900.

 

 

 

Two further children were born into the family over the four years after the turn of the century and both were born while they were living in the Farnham area of Surrey.  By the time of the census of April 1911 Stephen had returned from his travels and was back living with his family at Farnham.  Two members of the family were notable by their absence, and they were daughters Florence and Mabel.  The remainder of the family was Stephen who was 44 and born at Walsall, his wife Eliza 45 and from Feltham, and their children Stephen, age 19 who was born at Aldershot, Albert who was 17 and Alfred who was 15, who were both born in India, Henry who was nine and born at Farnham, and Winifred who was seven years old and born at Cove near Farnborough.

 

 

 

45Q5

STEPHEN STANLEY COLLETT

Born in 1892 at Aldershot

 

45Q6

Albert Victor Collett

Born in 1894 at Meerut, India

 

45Q7

Alfred Ernest Collett    twin

Born in 1896 at Meerut, India

 

45Q8

Florence Ruth Collett   twin

Born in 1896 at Meerut, India

 

45Q9

Mabel E Collett

Born in 1898 at Wade, Staffordshire

 

45Q10

William Henry Collett

Born in 1901 at Farnham, Surrey

 

45Q11

Winifred Maud Collett

Born in 1904 at Cove, Farnborough

 

 

 

 

45P3

Alice Collett was born at Walsall in 1871 and was the daughter of Stephen Collett and Jane Spriggs.  Around the middle to late 1870s Alice and her unmarried parents, together with her two brothers Stephen (above) and Alfred (below), moved to Kidderminster.  Times were obviously very hard then, and the five of them could only find accommodation in the Kidderminster Workhouse.  Alice was just nine years old and her birthplace was confirmed as Walsall.  Living conditions in the workhouse would not have been ideal for a young girl and it seems very likely that during the next few years Jane Spriggs removed herself and her three children from the Kidderminster Workhouse.

 

 

 

By 1891 when Alice was 20 years old she was living and working in the Kings Norton registration district five miles to the south of the centre of Birmingham, while her brother Alfred was not far away at Harborne with Kings Norton.  Ten years later it would appear from the overview of the census of 1901 that both Alice, who was then 30, and her brother Alfred, were still living in Kings Norton.  However, ten years after that, in 1911 it is known that Alfred was married, and since no record of Alice Collett has been found, it may be assumed that she too was also married by then.

 

 

 

 

45P4

Alfred John Collett was born at Walsall in 1873 and was the son of Stephen Collett and Jane Spriggs.  Not long after he was born he and his family left Staffordshire and moved south of Birmingham to Kidderminster where, in 1881, they were inmates at the Kidderminster Workhouse.  According to the census return, Alfred was just seven years old and his parents were not listed as being married.  This may have been a contributing factor to the future break-up of the family, since by 1891 the family had separated, with each of the five members going their own way in life.

 

 

 

In 1891 Alfred Collett was 15 and living in the Harborne & Kings Norton district just south of Birmingham, and a few miles from where his sister Alice (above) was living and working.  Ten years later both siblings may have been reunited as both of them were living in Kings Norton.  On that occasion bachelor Alfred Collett from Staffordshire was twenty-seven and he was employed as a general farm labourer. It seems very likely that he was married during the next few months after the census, with the couple’s only child being born either at the end of that year or at the beginning of the following year.

 

 

 

By April 1911 the family of three was living in the Feckenham area of the Alcester registration district of Warwickshire to the west of Stratford-on-Avon.  The census return recorded the family as Alfred John Collett who was 36, as was his wife Emiline Collett, and their son Alfred John Collett who was nine years old.

 

 

 

45Q12

Alfred John Collett

Born in 1901 after 31st March

 

 

 

 

45Q1

Archibald Richard Matthews Collett was born in Birmingham on 9th September 1866, his birth recorded at Aston (Ref. 6d 235) as Archibald R M Collett during the last quarter of 1866. That may have taken place at Bordesley, where his sister Millicent (below) was born during the following year.  For some reason Archibald was not baptised there and at that time like his sister, but was baptised when he was five years old in a joint ceremony with his two youngest sisters.  When Archibald was two years old, and just a few months after his sister Millicent was baptised in Bordesley, his parents left Birmingham and moved south to Cheltenham where his two youngest sisters were born.

 

 

 

By the second of April in 1871 the Collett family was complete and was living in Cheltenham where Archibald was four years old.  Five months after the census day the baptism of Archibald and his two sisters took place at Christ Church in Cheltenham on 6th September 1871 when the children’s parents were confirmed as Richard and Matilda Collett.  During the next ten years the family moved into the city of Gloucester where they were living in 1881 when Archibald R M Collett of Birmingham was 14 and was living with his family at 71 Upper Regent Street in the hamlet of Barton St Mary within the parish of Gloucester St Mary de Lode.

 

 

 

It would appear that Archibald never married and at the age of 24 in 1891 he had left the family home in Barton St Mary, although he was still living and working in the Gloucester parish of St John the Baptist, within central area of the city, at that time.  It was at Northgate Street, the home of chemist John Sadler and his wife Mary, that Archibald was working with John as a chemist’s assistant.  Over the next ten years Archibald left Gloucester and acquired a job in Coventry.  The position as assistant chemist to Thomas Sellors also came with accommodation.  So, by March 1901, Archibald Collett from Birmingham was 33 years old when he was living at 7 Cross Cheaping, near the centre of Coventry, the home of chemist and druggist Thomas Sellors, age 58, and his wife Catherine.

 

 

 

Cross Cheaping lies within the parish of Holy Trinity and number seven may well have been a pharmacy as well as being a residential property.  In addition to employing Archibald Collett, Thomas Sellors was also employing 26 years old Thomas Lancaster at that time, who was also described as a chemistry drug assistant.  Also listed as supporting the household, was Ann Keys who was 50 and the cook, and servant girl Margaret Court who was 16.

 

 

 

Archibald was still a bachelor ten years later in April 1911 when he was still living in Coventry at Cross Cheaping although, by then, it was with chemist and optician Charles Henry Welton that Archibald Richard Matthews Collett aged 44 was again employed as a chemist’s assistant.  Twenty-two years after that census day, the death of Archibald Collett was recorded at Coventry register office (Ref. 6d 603) during the third quarter of 1933 when he was 66 years old.

 

 

 

 

45Q2

Millicent Eliza Collett was born at Birmingham in 1867, her birth recorded at Aston (Ref. 6d 256) during the month of October, following which she was baptised at the Church of St Paul in Bordesley on 6th November 1867.  The baptism record confirmed that she was the daughter of Richard and Matilda Collett.  Shortly after that her parents travelled south from the Birmingham area and settled in Cheltenham, where Millicent E Collett was listed as being three years old in the census of 1871.  Sometime during the next decade, the Collett family left Cheltenham and moved again, that time to the county town of Gloucester where, in 1881, they were living at 71 Upper Regent Street in the Barton St Mary district of the city.  The census recorded that Millicent E Collett had been born in Birmingham and that she was 13 years old.

 

 

 

The family was still living at Barton St Mary within the South Hamlet registration district in 1891, but by then the family’s only son Archibald (above) had left the family home to make his own way in the world.  The census return that year recorded the unmarried Millicent E Collett as being 24 and a school governess.  It was around five years later that Millicent married Albert William Healey with whom she had five children during the following ten years and all born in Gloucester.  Albert Healey was a carriage builder who was born in Gloucester in 1868 and who was still living there with his young family in 1901.

 

 

 

The census that year confirmed that Albert William Healey was 32, and that his wife Millicent Eliza Healey was also 32 and born in Birmingham.  Living with them were the first three of their five known children.  They were Albert who was three, Millicent who was two, and Charles who was not yet one year.  The remaining two children were born during the next few years, so by 1911 the Gloucester family comprised Albert William Healey 42, his wife Millicent Eliza 43, and their five children Albert Reginald Collett Healey 13, Millicent Christine Healey 12, Charles Norman Healey 10, Basil Archibald Collett Healey who was nine, and Victor Lionel Collett Healey who was five years old.  It is not known why three out of the five children were given the Collett-Healey name, when the other two were not.

 

 

 

45R1

Albert Reginald Collett Healey

Born in 1897 at Gloucester

 

45R2

Millicent Christine Healey

Born in 1898 at Gloucester

 

45R3

Charles Norman Healey

Born in 1900 at Gloucester

 

45R4

Basil Archibald Collett Healey

Born in 1901 at Gloucester

 

45R5

Victor Lionel Collett Healey

Born in 1905 at Gloucester

 

 

 

 

45Q3

Blanche Matilda Collett was born in Cheltenham on 29th January 1869, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6a 452).  She was also recorded as being two years old in the Cheltenham census of 1871.  Five months after the census day, Blanche, her brother Archibald (above) and her sister Emily (below), were all baptised in a joint ceremony in Cheltenham.  That took place on 6th September 1871 at Christ Church on Malvern Road in Cheltenham, at its junction with Christ Church Road, when all three youngsters were confirmed as the children of Richard and Matilda Collett.

 

 

 

Ten years later in 1881 Blanche and her family were living at 71 Upper Regent Street in the hamlet of Barton St Mary just south of Gloucester city centre, when Blanche M Collett was 12 years old and her place of birth was confirmed as Cheltenham.  And it was also there, at Regent Street, that the family was still living ten years later in 1891 when Blanche M Collett was 22 and working as a school mistress, perhaps working alongside her older sister Millicent (above).  By March 1901 Blanche and her sister Emily were still living in Gloucester, at Heathville Road, with their parents Richard S Collett of Worcester and Matilda M Collett of Surrey.

 

 

 

It seems rather strange that on the day of the census that year, both of the sisters’ ages were incorrectly recorded, when school teacher Blanche M Collett from Cheltenham said she was 28, instead of 32, leading to Emily say she was two years younger than her sister.  Just a few months later that same year, Blanche’s mother died, leaving her and her sister to look after their widowed father, which she did until his death in the summer of 1912.

 

 

 

The family of three was still living together in Gloucester in April 1911, when Blanche again gave an incorrect age.  At that time she was recorded as Blanche Matilda Collett from Cheltenham, who had no occupation, whose aged was listed as being 34, when in actual fact she was 42, and yet again her sister Emily was recorded as being two years younger than Blanche.  Blanche never married and it was during the second quarter of 1923 that her death was recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 337), at the relatively young age of 54.  At the time of her death the home of spinster Blanche Matilda Collett was ‘Ripples’ on Elmbridge Road in Gloucester, although prior to that she had been admitted into Sherborne House Nursing Home in Gloucester, where she died on 26th May 1923.  Her estate of £315 was subject to probate in Gloucester on 12th June that year, when the money was presented to her married sister Emily Beatrice Foxlow (below).

 

 

 

 

45Q4

Emily Beatrice Collett was born at Cheltenham on 29th January 1871, her birth recorded there (Ref. 6a 423).  and was two months old by the time of the census that year.  Emily was just seven months old when she was baptised at Christ Church in Cheltenham on 6th September 1871 in a joint baptism with her brother Archibald who was five years old and her sister Blanche (above) who was two and a half years old.  How long her family lived in Cheltenham is not known, but during the following few years the family moved into the city of Gloucester where they were living in 1881.  Emily’s father was grocer Richard Collett and the whole family was living at 71 Upper Regent Street in the Barton St Mary part of the city.

 

 

 

Emily B Collett was ten years old and the census confirmed that she had been born at Cheltenham.  Ten years later the family was still living in Barton St Mary at Regent Street where, by early April in 1891, she was listed as Emily B Collett aged 20, who had no occupation.  Another family move saw Emily and her parents residing at a property on Heathville Road in Gloucester on the day of the next census in 1901.  Although a full ten years after the previous census, Emily’s age was stated as being only 26, instead of 30, and once again she had no stated occupation.  So it is possible that she helped her father in his grocer’s shop.

 

 

 

With the death of her mother towards the end of that same year, Emily and her sister Blanche remained unmarried and continued to live with their widowed father in Gloucester until his death around six months after March 1911.  According to the census that year, Emily Beatrice Collett from Cheltenham informed the census enumerator that she was only 32, when she was actually 40 years old.  On that occasion both she and her older sister had no occupation while, completing the household was their father Richard, domestic servant Florence Tylor who was 15, and visitor Annie Elizabeth Spark from London.

 

 

 

Only weeks after the census day in 1911, Emily Beatrice Collett married Anthony Frank Foxlow, the event recorded at Gloucester register office (Ref. 6a 637) during the second quarter of 1911.  Upon the death of her unmarried sister Blanche in the spring of 1923, it was as Emily Beatrice Foxlow, the wife of Anthony Frank Foxlow, that she was the sole beneficiary of her estate, which amounted to £315.

 

 

 

 

45Q5

STEPHEN STANLEY COLLETT was a honeymoon baby born at Aldershot on 10th September 1892, almost nine months after his parents were married there. 

 

His birth was registered at Farnham that same month and the following month he was baptised at the Church of All Saints in the garrison at Aldershot on 7th October 1892.

 

That took place prior to the family of three leaving England for a period of military service in India.

 

 

 

The family lived at Meerut in Bengal for around five years where Stephen’s father was a private and then a corporal with the 5th Dragoon Guards.  On their return to England the family settled in Farnham near Aldershot where they lived for a short while before moving to Cove near Farnborough where they were living in early 1904.

 

 

 

Stephen of Aldershot was listed as being aged eight in the census of 1901 and was nineteen in the April census of 1911 when he was living with his family in the Farnham registration district of Surrey.  It seems highly likely, according to the story told by his son Albert Collett, that it was around that time when Stephen was working at Farnborough aerodrome, where he is believed to have been helping the American aviator Samuel Franklin Cody with his early attempts at flying.  Stephen was also working at Farnborough when the Royal Flying Corps was established there on 13th April 1912.  Sadly Cody was killed in a flying accident at Farnborough on 7th August 1913.

 

 

 

It was on 4th October 1912 that Stephen Stanley Collett was enlisted directly into the RFC with the service number 415, two months after his brother Albert (below) signed-up.  It is also interesting to note that on 3rd October 1912, and given the service number 413, was Charles Ingles Collett (Ref. 57A/P9).  Stephen was still based at Farnborough on 31st May 1914 when he married Mary Pearl Stewart at the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians in Farnborough.  Whether by coincidence or not, Mary was born at Muttra in India on 8th September 1895, so may have been a longstanding family friend.  Following the outbreak of war just two months later on 28th July 1914, air mechanic Stephen was posted to France and less than a month after that he was based there at 1AM Aircraft Park on 14th August.

 

 

 

He only served for a further eighteen months when, on 4th February 1916 he was discharged from duty for reasons of sickness.  He time with the RFC earned him the Silver War Badge No. 69432.  During his war-years his wife lived in Aldershot where all of the couple’s seven children were born.  Following his departed from the RFC Stephen was employed as a bus driver with the Aldershot and District Traction Company and later became a driver for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME).

 

 

 

It would appear that the couple lived all their life at Aldershot, and it was there where Stephen Stanley Collett died on 5th October 1950.  Less than eight years after the death of her husband Mary Pearl Collett nee Stewart also died at Aldershot on 22nd May 1958.

 

 

 

45R6

Stephen John Collett

Born on 13.04.1915 at Aldershot

 

45R7

Stanley Roland Collett

Born on 28.03.1917 at Aldershot

 

45R8

Ernest Henry Collett

Born on 19.03.1919 at Aldershot

 

45R9

RICHARD LOUIS COLLETT

Born on 28.03.1921 at Aldershot

 

45R10

Lawrence William Collett

Born on 18.06.1923 at Aldershot

 

45R11

Albert Dennis Terence Collett

Born on 01.06.1927 at Aldershot

 

45R12

Ralph Thomas James Collett

Born on 20.05.1930 at Aldershot

 

 

 

 

45Q6

Albert Victor Collett was born at Meerut in the Bengal area of India on 7th October 1894 at a time when his father Stephen Collett was a private with the 5th Dragoon Guards.  In both 1901 and 1911 he was living with his family in the Farnham registration district of Surrey, when he was seven years of age and 16 years old respectively.

 

 

 

During the following year, and under two years before the outbreak of World War One, Albert joined the Royal Flying Corps on 12th August 1912, shortly after it was formed in mid-April that same year. He was based at Farnborough near to where his family was living at that time and his service number was 289, indicating that he was one of the early recruits.  By the spring of the following year he was assigned to No. 2 Squadron based at Montrose in Scotland.

 

 

 

When the war in Europe was declared on 28th July 1914 Albert volunteered for flying duty and was posted to Farnborough, from where he flew to France on 13th August in a BE2a flown by Lieutenant Emmett a pilot from South Africa.  Albert’s description of the flight was recorded in the book ‘The Forgotten Ones’ as follows:  “My armament consisted of a short-butt Lee-Enfield rifle with 150 rounds, and a Webley Mark 4 pistol and fifty rounds of ammunition.  We landed first at Shoreham to refuel, then took off for Dover.  On coming into land, the engine cut out and we crashed badly on landing.  The pilot’s right thumb was broken and I was seriously injured and taken to Dover Cliff Hospital.

 

 

 

On being discharged from hospital later that year, Albert was posted to C Flight of No. 7 Squadron based at Longreach near Dartford in Kent.  He later joined A and B Flights at Netheravon, where Clive Franklyn Collett (Ref. 62O36) from New Zealand was based in the summer of 1915.  From Netheravon he flew to France on 3rd April 1915 and was based at St Omer 1AM Aircraft Park with No. 7 Squadron.  He was promoted to sergeant (aero-rigger) on 1st August 1916, and was listed as a Sergeant Mechanic in the 1918 RAF Muster Roll. He served at two aircraft depots in France and finished his involvement in the war in very unhappy circumstances.

 

 

 

He had been invalided back home to England owing to an attack of poisoning and, because he had gained a wide experience of engines and aircraft during his years of service, he was posted to No. 1 School of Military Aeronautics at Reading upon being discharged from hospital.  Of this he states:  “I tried my damnedest to avoid this posting.  Every technical NCO was scared stiff of being posted there because we knew how strict it was, and that for the least thing you would be placed on a charge.  I stopped four reprimands in one month for crimes I didn’t know I had committed.  Three officers were relieved of their duties while I was there, and there were two suicides.”

 

 

 

It would appear that it was during the war that he met and married Hannah Pam who was born at Philadelphia in North America in 1897.  Hannah was referred to as Nan by the family.  In 1918 Albert and Nan were living at Reading where their first child was born.  It was also in 1918 that the Royal Flying Corps became amalgamated into Royal Air Force.  Five years after the war Albert was still in the air force and at the time of the birth of the couple’s second child he was station at RAF Halton near Wendover in Buckinghamshire, the child having been born in the RAF Hospital there.

 

 

 

Five years later in 1928 Albert had achieved the rank of Flight Sergeant and on 12th August 1930 he was made a Warrant Officer SM2 while he was serving in India, for which he was awarded the Indian General Service Medal and Clasp.  Thirty years later, and upon his retirement, Albert and Nan were living in Blackpool in 1960.  It was four years later that Albert Victor Collett died during March 1964 and was followed four years after by Nan who died in 1968.

 

 

 

45R13

Leslie Edward Collett

Born in 1918 at Reading

 

45R14

Frederick Maurice Collett

Born in 1923 at Halton, Bucks

 

 

 

 

45Q7

Alfred Ernest Collett was one half of a set of twins born on 14th November 1896 at Meerut in the Bengal area of India.  In the two years since the birth of his older brother his father had gone from a private to a corporal with the 5th Dragoon Guards.  Alfred was baptised at Meerut on 16th December 1896 in a joint christening with his twin sister Florence (below).  Not long after that the family returned to England, initially to Staffordshire, but ultimately back to Farnham near Aldershot, and three years later to Cove near Farnborough.

 

 

 

In the Farnham census of 1901 he was four years old and ten years later, still living with his family in the Farnham registration district, he was 15.  The only other facts known about Alfred are that he married Doris, who was born in 1911, and that he died in June 2002.  It is not established if he ever had any children from his marriage to Doris.

 

 

 

 

45Q8

Florence Ruth Collett was the other half of the twins born on 14th November 1896 at Meerut in Bengal.  And it was also there, just over a month later that she was baptised in a joint ceremony with her twin brother Alfred (above) on 16th December 1896.  As Florence L Collett she was listed living with her family at Farnham in Surrey in 1901 at the age of four, although curiously there is no record of her in the census of 1911 when she would have been fourteen.  This then raises the question as to whether or not she had died during the first decade of the new century.

 

 

 

 

45Q9

Mabel E Collett was born after the family had returned from their time in India and was born at Wade in Staffordshire in 1898.  Apart from her inclusion in the census of 1901 at the age of two years, no further record of her has so far been located.  It might therefore be assumed that she died while still a child and may have been subject to the same fate as that which resulted in the absence of her older sister Florence (above) from the same census.

 

 

 

 

45Q10

William Henry Collett was born at Farnham in the second half of 1901, where his family was living on the thirty-first of March of that year.  By the time of the census of 1911 William was aged nine and living with his parents within the Farnham registration district in Surrey, although he was recorded as being Henry Collett.  William never married and was a member of the Royal Air Force.  He also worked as a conductor with the Aldershot & District traction Company and, at some time, worked at the War Service Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough.  During his life he was referred to as Bruiser Collett, which might indicate he was a boxer or just handy with his fists.  The only other detail so far known about him is that he died in 1970.

 

 

 

 

45Q11

Winifred Maud Collett was born at Cove near Farnborough on 4th January 1904.  She was referred to as Rus within the family and was listed as being seven years old in the census of 1911 when he place of birth was confirmed as being Cove in Hampshire.  She later married George Gordon who was born on 21st January 1901 and was a Regimental Sergeant Major with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

 

 

 

The marriage produced four children for the couple.  Their eldest son married Francis lives in Keynsham near Bristol, the second child lives in Canada, the third child married Gwenda and remained living at Farnborough, where he worked at the Royal Aircraft Establish, and their youngest child was Jean Gordon.  George Gordon died during June 1979 and was followed almost immediately by Rus Gordon nee Collett who died on 13th July 1979.

 

 

 

 

45R6

Stephen John Collett was born at Aldershot on 13th April 1915, the eldest child of Stephen Stanley Collett and Mary Pearl Stewart.  His birth was recorded at nearby Farnham register office (Ref. 2a 209) during the second quarter of that year.  Stephen attended East End Boys School and later married Violet Ivy P Leach in 1942.  Violet was born on 18th January 1915 and also at Aldershot, and was known as Vi within the family.  Their marriage was recorded at Aldershot register office (Ref. 2c 675) during the second quarter of 1942 and produced two children for the couple.  The first of them was born while they were living in Aldershot and the second when they were living in Farnborough.  As well as being born within a few months of each other in 1915, Stephen and Vi died within a month of each other.  Violet Ivy Collett nee Leach died first on 5th August 1963 and was followed by Stephen John Collett who passed away on 6th September 1963, his death recorded at the South-Western Surrey register office (Ref. 5g 774) during the third quarter of that year when he was 49 years old.

 

 

 

45S1

Patrick Rowland Collett

Born in 1944

 

45S2

Janet Stephanie Collett

Born in 1947

 

 

 

 

45R7

Stanley Roland Collett was born at Aldershot on 28th March 1917 and his birth was recorded at Farnham register office (Ref. 2a 204) during the second quarter of that year.  He was one month old when he was baptised at St Joseph’s Church in Aldershot on 29th April 1917.  He too attended East End Boys School and later enlisted with the Royal Navy at the outbreak of the Second World War, but was discharged on medical grounds.  He died shortly after that on 3rd February 1940, the cause of death being certified as pneumonia.  As with his older brother (above), the death of Stanley R Collett was recorded at the South-Western register office (Ref. 2a 1326) during the first quarter of 1940, when he was just 22 years of age.  He never married.

 

 

 

 

45R8

Ernest Henry Collett was born at Aldershot on 19th March 1919, with his birth also recorded at Farnham register office (Ref. 2a 179).  Like his two brothers before him, Ernest was also a pupil at East End Boys School.  He was a soldier with the 2nd and 4th Battalion Hampshire Regiments who saw action in Europe during the Second World War.  What is known is that it was during the early 1940s in Austria that he met and married Sophie Herzog, who was born at Klagenfurt in Austria in May 1917.  Their first child was born in Austria during the war, while their second child was born at Aldershot, where the couple had settled during the latter part of the 1940s.  It was also during that time in his life when Ernest worked for F W Woolworth.  Sometime later in their lives Ernest and Sophie moved to Cambridge where Ernest died in November 1969, his death recorded at Cambridge register office (Ref. 4a 695).  Sophie continued to live in Cambridge after the death of her husband but eventually moved to Wigan in Lancashire, where her son was living, and where she died on 12th December 2010 at the age of 93.

 

 

 

45S3

Karen Collett

Born in 1943 in Austria

 

45S4

Stephen Collett

Born in 1950 at Aldershot

 

 

 

 

45R9

RICHARD LOUIS COLLETT was born at Aldershot on 28th March 1921 and it was there that he was baptised on 8th May 1921, the fourth child of Stephen Stanley Collett and his wife Mary Pearl Stewart.  His birth, like that of his siblings, was recorded at Farnham register office (Ref. 2a 260) during the second quarter of the year.  However, unlike his older brothers, he was educated at Farnborough Grammar School, and upon leaving school he went to work for F W Woolworth where he spent his entire working life.  During World War Two he served with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps at Agra in India and was Warrant Officer R L Collett No. 10538126.  It was during the early years of his military service that he met his future wife, whom he married a year after the end of the hostilities.

 

 

 

Eileen Mary Lenehan was born on 19th September 1920 at Carbury in County Kildare in Ireland and she were married Richard at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Aldershot on 13th July 1946, following which they had two children.  Whilst he was employed by F W Woolworth, Richard moved regularly round the country living in Farnham, Portsmouth, Ely, Cirencester and Upminster, finally achieving the position of Senior Head Office Manager.  He retired early in 1977 following heart problems and retired to the village of Helmdon in Northamptonshire.  Richard Louis Collett died at Helmdon on 2nd February 1987, from lung cancer, and it was also there that he was buried a week later on 9th February 1987.

 

 

 

45S5

PAUL ANTHONY COLLETT

Born on 18.02.1947 at Farnborough

 

45S6

Catherine Ann Collett

Born on 02.05.1950 at Farnham

 

 

 

 

45R10

Lawrence William Collett was born at Aldershot on 18th June 1923 and was quickly baptised three days later on 21st June 1923 due to a defect at birth.  His birth was later recorded at Farnham register office (Ref. 2a 231) during the third quarter of that year.  However, despite being brain damaged from birth, he survived for over twenty-nine years when he died at Aldershot on 11th November 1952.

 

 

 

 

45R11

Albert Dennis Terence Collett was born at Aldershot on 1st June 1927, his birth recorded at Farnham register office (Ref. 2a 275).  As with other male siblings of his family he was educated at East End Boys School.  He later entered service with REME where he was trained as a motor mechanic.  On 4th June 1955 Albert married Maureen Mitchell just after her twentieth birthday, she having been at Aldershot on 22nd June 1935.  Once married the couple remained living in Aldershot where, it was previously believed that, all four of their children were born.  However, the registration of the birth of the couple’s eldest daughter, Frances, actually took place at Huntingdon, where the mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Mitchell.  And it was at Aldershot that Albert Dennis Terence Collett died from cancer on 17th October 1999 and where he was buried on 29th October 1999.  The cause of death was cancer.  Curiously the death of Albert Dennis T Collett was recorded at West Surrey register office (Ref. 7611e).

 

 

 

45S7

Adrian Paul Collett

Born on 30.03.1958 at Aldershot

 

45S8

Frances Teresa Collett

Born on 30.03.1965 at Huntingdon

 

45S9

Sarah Louise Collett    twin

Born on 14.09.1966 at Aldershot

 

45S10

Christopher Collett       twin

Born on 14.09.1966 at Aldershot

 

 

 

 

45R12

Ralph Thomas James Collett was born on 20th May 1930 at 4 Lynford Villas off Highland Road in Aldershot and his birth, like that of all of his older siblings, was recorded at nearby Farnham register office (Ref. 2a 291) when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Stewart.  Ralph was baptised at St Joseph’s Church in the town on 29th June 1930, the last child born to Stephen Stanley Collet and his wife Mary Pearl Stewart.  On leaving school he joined the Royal Navy and later become a police inspector.  At some stage in his early working life he moved to Dorset and initially settled in Weymouth where he married Patricia Ann Lawrence at St Joseph’s Church on 24th July 1954.  It was also while the couple were living at Weymouth that the first of their two daughters were born.

 

 

 

His wife was less than three weeks difference in age from Ralph, and had been born on 8th June 1930 at Dorchester where the family was living when the couple’s second daughter was born.  During the later years of their life together Ralph and Patricia left Dorchester and moved the 23 miles east to Wimborne Minster where Ralph Thomas James Collett died on 8th July 1986 and where he was buried.  It was at Wimborne that Patricia Ann Collett nee Lawrence also passed away.

 

 

 

45S11

Carole Susan Collett

Born on 20.10.1957 ay Weymouth

 

45S12

Janet Christine Collett

Born on 20.11.1960 at Dorchester

 

 

 

 

45R13

Leslie Edward Collett, the eldest of the two children of Albert Victor Collett and Hannah Pam, and was born at Reading in 1918.  The birth was recorded at Reading register office (Ref. 2c 619) during the third quarter of 1918, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Pam.  It was also at Reading where Leslie E Collett married Marjorie K J Brooks during the second quarter of 1960, where the event was recorded (Ref. 6a 265).  The first of the couple’s three children was born at Reading, before the family of three moved to High Wycombe where the second child was born.  Within the next couple of years the family moved again, on that occasion to Blackpool where their third and last child was born.

 

 

 

45S13

Simon Collett

Born in 1961 at Reading

 

45S14

Andrew Collett

Born in 1963 at High Wycombe

 

45S15

Christopher Collett

Born in 1966 at Blackpool

 

 

 

 

45R14

Frederick Maurice Collett was born at the Royal Air Force Hospital at RAF Halton near Wendover in Buckinghamshire during 1923.  His birth was recorded at Aylesbury register office (Ref. 3a 1662) during the first quarter of that year, the son of Albert Collett and his wife Hannah Pam - whose maiden name was included on the register.  In August 1941 he married Lorna MacPherson who was born at Port Sunlight in Cheshire in 1922.  The couple spent almost sixty-five years together before Lorna passed away in June 2006 at the age of eighty-four.  Her husband is retired schoolteacher, and during his life he was an official of the Youth Hostels Association and founder of the Kendal Athletic Club.

 

 

 

The following item appeared in The Times newspaper on Thursday 21st June 2012 and related to the progress of the Olympic Torch on its journey around the British Isles, on its way to London for the 2012 Olympic Games at the end of July.  The article, under the headline, ‘Day 33 York to Carlisle - Torch Bearers’ Day in the Sun’ read as follows:

 

 

“As with the Diamond Jubilee, the question I ask myself about the Olympic Torch Relay is this:  why are so many people so excited?  No use denying that they are, even though, viewed dispassionately as a product the Torch Relay doesn't amount to much.  You stand for an hour yesterday, thankfully in the sun, then a few coppers turn up on motorbikes, followed by a few sponsor vans, followed by a rather forlorn figure in a white track suit carrying the flame.  Kids cheer, matrons wave their Union Jacks, cameras click, the show moves on. That's it.  And yet everyone loves it.  Mediocre product, massive popularity.  The Torch Relay is actually a lot like Coca-Cola, its most celebrated sponsor.  Why?  Because in places like Layburn and Aysgarth Falls and Richmond, all in North Yorkshire, the relay is as close as anyone will get to the Games in the flesh.  Because ‘It's history isn't it?  I won't see it again in my lifetime.’  Because it's something to do.  Because it's a morning off school.  Because the passage of the Torch is as much a celebration of a place and a people right here and now as it is a celebration of a gathering of millionaire athletes in far-off London at the end of next month.  And also I think because, contrary to the received wisdom in sceptical media circles, the British remain a fundamentally uncynical bunch.

 

Yesterday, on a bridge over Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale, Maurice Collett, 89, a retired maths teacher from Kendal, handed over to Caroline Curtis, 32, a Scout leader from London.  The event was witnessed (sort of) by Eleanor Hurn, six weeks old, from Dublin.  Mr Collett's daughter, Jurdy Brewer, had flown over from her home in Malaysia to witness her dad's big moment.  Ms Curtis is half-Malaysian.  In their exchange, something of the original, and still enduring, international spirit of the Olympics could be discerned.  Mr Collett, who was born not long before the Chariots of Fire games in 1924, has a right arm withered by childhood polio.  Nonetheless, he devoted much of his life to amateur and school athletics.  What does the flame represent to him, someone asked?  A modest man, Mr Collett said nothing.  ‘It's a recognition of a lifetime of achievement’ his daughter answered proudly.  Indeed so.  You'd have to be a fairly hardened cynic to deny a man such as Mr Collett his day in the sun.

 

 

 

45S16

Susan Jurdy Collett

Born on 29.11.1947

 

45S17

Paul Andrew Collett

Born on 14.03.1950

 

45S18

Sally Ann Collett

Born on 12.02.1959

 

 

 

 

45S1

Patrick Rowland Collett was born at Aldershot in 1944, where his birth recorded (Ref. 2c 504) during the first three months of that year, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Leach.  He married Carol Lesley Gregory in 1964 with whom he had two children while the couple were living at Farnham in Surrey.  Tragically he died in a drowning incident in 1976 when he was only 32 years old.

 

 

 

45T1

Tracy Jane Collett

Born in 1966 at Farnham, Surrey

 

45T2

Gavin Patrick Collett

Born in 1968 at Farnham, Surrey

 

 

 

 

45S2

Janet Stephanie Collett was born at Farnborough on 22nd October 1947, although her birth was recorded at Aldershot register office (Ref. 6b 65) during the last three months of that year.  She married (1) Barry Michael Finch on 12th July 1969.  Barry was born at Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex and was the father of Janet’s two children.  After they were married the couple initially settled in Shoreham and it was during that time that their first child was born and baptised at Shoreham.

 

 

 

Less than two years after the birth of the child the family moved five miles west of Shoreham to Worthing where their second child was born.  The family remained living at Worthing for the next twenty years and it was there on 11th July 1992 that Janet married (2) Leonard Roy Rogers.  Leonard was ten years older than Janet having been born in London on 19th May 1937 and was baptised at Dulwich just over a month later on 27th June 1937.

 

 

 

45T3

Jason Thomas Finch

Born on 04.01.1970 at Shoreham

 

45T4

Benjamin Nicholas Finch

Born on 02.03.1972

 

 

 

 

45S3

Karen Collett, the child of Ernest Henry Collett and Sophie Herzog, was born in Austria during 1943.  It was in London during the 1960s that she married (1) Mr Haley, but the marriage produced no children and the couple were later divorced.  She later returned to Austria where she married Adolf Schreiber with whom she had a son, who was born in Austria during 1976.  She still lives in Austria, as does her unmarried son, while her husband Adolf died in 2010.

 

 

 

 

45S4

Stephen Collett was born at Aldershot in 1950 and was another child of Ernest and Sophie Collett.  He married Miss Tennant during the early 1970s with whom he had two children, both of them being born in Wigan, when he and his wife were still living in 2013.

 

 

 

45T5

Emma Collett

Born in 1978 at Wigan

 

45T6

Ian Collett

Born in 1983 at Wigan

 

 

 

 

45S5

PAUL ANTHONY COLLETT was born at Farnborough in Hampshire on 18th February 1947 and was baptised there that same day, the eldest of the two children of Richard Louis Collett and Eileen Mary Lenehan.  He attended school at Presentation College in Reading from 1957 to 1963 and, upon completing his education he was employed by W H Smith.  It was while he was working for them in Liverpool that he met his future wife Angela Mary Holden who was born at Farnworth in Lancashire on 7th October 1948.

 

The couple were married at Farnworth, north-west of Manchester, on 30th August 1969, and once they were married it was Paul’s work which took the couple south to Hornchurch in Essex, where their first two sons were born at Rush Green Hospital. 

 

 

 

Following a change in his occupation, Paul and his family later moved to Towcester in Northamptonshire during 1975, and it was while they were living there that the couple’s third son was born at the Barrett Maternity Hospital in Northampton.  In 2012 Paul and Angela are still living in the Towcester area of Northamptonshire, and it was Paul who kindly provided the information that has enabled this family line to be constructed.

 

 

 

Footnote:  Paul and his cousin Adrian Collett (Ref. 45S7), together with Brian Collett of Brixworth in Northamptonshire, attended the opening of the Royal Flying Corps Museum at Farnborough on 12th April 2012 to celebrate the centenary of the formation of the RFC, one of their early recruits being the cousins’ grandfather Stephen Stanley Collett (Ref. 45Q5).

 

 

 

45T7

Richard Paul Collett

Born on 05.08.1970 at Hornchurch

 

45T8

Simon Anthony Collett

Born on 04.01.1972 at Hornchurch

 

45T9

Timothy Edward Collett

Born on 25.05.1978 at Northampton

 

 

 

 

45S6

Catherine Ann Collett was born on 2nd May 1950 at Farnham in Surrey where she was baptised on 18th June 1950.  She was a schoolteacher and it seems likely that it was through her work that she met fellow teacher Malcolm Cramp who was born at Chatham in Kent on 15th January 1949.  Catherine was thirty-three when she married Malcolm at Maidstone in Kent on 23rd December 1983.  And it was whilst the couple was living at Maidstone that their two children were born.  Malcolm Cramp, the husband of Catherine Ann Collett, died on 31st August 2015 at Loose Village in Kent, the cause of death being a brain tumour.

 

 

 

45T10

Lucy Cramp

Born on 25.10.1986

 

45T11

Joseph Cramp

Born on 06.08.1989

 

 

 

 

45S7

Adrian Paul Collett was born at Aldershot on 30th March 1958, the eldest of the four children of Albert Dennis Terence Collett and his wife Maureen Mitchell.  His birth was simply recorded as Adrian Collett at Aldershot register office (Ref. 6b 11) during the second quarter of 1958, when his mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Mitchell.  It was in his teenage years, when he was confirmed, that Adrian took the saints name Paul. 

 

Upon leaving school he began a career in food retail management with MacFisheries, and later with Mac Market supermarkets.  He was a MacFisheries shop manager at 21 and a supermarket manager by the time he was 22.

 

 

 

On giving up his career in retail during 1980 Adrian became involved in local politics and successfully stood for election to various local councils on nineteen occasions between 1980 and 2011.  It was on 30th March 1989 that, as Adrian P Collett, he married Pamela Mary Baldock nee Birkett at the Aldershot register office, Pamela having been born at Mitcham in Surrey on 14th July 1948.

 

 

 

Just prior to becoming a married man Adrian became the youngest Council Leader in the country, a post he held from 1986 to 1988.  Since then he has stood for Parliament five times, as a Liberal Democrat for Aldershot Constituency, getting closer to winning each time but never quite getting there.  On 12th June 2012 he was chosen as Chair of Hampshire Police Authority.

 

 

 

Pamela has two children, Emma and Robert Baldock, from her previous marriage, and the two children of his step-daughter Emma (Tabitha and Molly) both refer to Adrian as ‘Granddad’.

 

 

 

Adrian, together with his cousin Paul Collett (Ref. 45S5) and webmaster Brian Collett, attended the opening ceremony of the Royal Flying Corps Centenary Exhibition at Farnborough on 12th April 2012.  Adrian is shown standing in front of the displays, which includes his grandfather Stephen Collett and others members of the wider Collett family.

 

 

 

 

45S8

Frances Teresa Collett was born at Huntingdon on 30th March 1965, the base-born daughter of Maureen Mitchell, who was separated from her husband Albert Dennis Terence Collett at that time in their married life.  The birth of Frances Teresa Collett was recorded at Huntingdon register office (Ref. 4b 839) during the second quarter of 1965, where her mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Mitchell.  Shortly after the birth, both mother and daughter were reunited with Albert and their son Adrian back at Aldershot.  Sometime after that Frances was adopted into the family of Albert and Maureen Collett.  It was at Aldershot register office (Ref. 495-1144) on 15th July 1999 that the marriage of Frances Teresa Collett and Raymond John Crooke took place, the event brought forward by a year so that Frances’ poorly father could attend.  Frances and Raymond were only married for fifteen years, when Raymond died suddenly on 25th September 2014.  Just over three years later, when Frances was only 52 years of age, she suffered with septicaemia and died on 14th December 2017 at St George's Hospital in Tooting, following which her funeral was held at Aldershot Park Crematorium on Monday 8th January 2018.

 

 

 

 

45S9

Sarah Louise Collett was the other half of a set of twins born at Aldershot on 14th September 1966, where her birth was recorded (Ref. 6b 94).  Thirty years later she married Ratahi Maciopa Watene in New Zealand on 20th December 1996.  He was known as Ra, and he and Sarah have two children, Jordan Watene born at South Auckland on 26th January 2002 and Lana Kiri Watene born on 30th March 2004.

 

 

 

 

45S10

Christopher Collett was one half of a set of twins born at Aldershot on 14th September 1966.  His birth, as with that of his twin sister (above), was recorded at Aldershot register office (Ref. 6b 95) when their mother’s maiden name was confirmed as Mitchell.  He lived all his life at Aldershot where he married Gwenn Bartrop on 3rd July 1993 at the Aldershot register office.  Tragically he died less than two months before his thirty-sixth birthday on 21st July 2002 at Aldershot, where he was buried on 1st August 2002.  For some reason his death was recorded at West Surrey register office (Ref. 7611c), rather than at Aldershot, while the birth of their son was recorded at the Surrey North-Western register office (Ref. 7582b), the mother’s maiden name given as Bartrop.

 

 

 

45T12

Damien Collett

Born on 21.12.1993 at Aldershot

 

 

 

 

45S11

Carole Susan Collett was born at Weymouth on 20th October 1957 and was baptised there the following year on 16th February 1958.  She married (1) Kenneth Edwards but later married (2) Colin Jarvis on 24th September 1983 at Wimborne in Dorset where her parents were living at that time.  Colin was born at St Austell in Cornwall on 26th July 1952 where he was baptised five years later on 8th May 1957.  The marriage produced two children for Carole and Colin, and both were born at Poole Hospital although the couple were living at Wimborne where the two children were later baptised.

 

 

 

45T13

Paul Stephen Jarvis

Born on 02.05.1986; baptised on 03.08.1986

 

45T14

Sarah Michelle Jarvis

Born on 15.05.1988; baptised on 31.07.1988

 

 

 

 

45S12

Janet Christine Collett was born at Dorchester in Dorset on 20th November 1960 and it was there that she was baptised during the following year.  She married Keith Michael Hickling at Wimborne on 12th June 1993.  Keith was born in Birmingham on 1st May 1959.  At the time of the birth of their two children, Janet and Keith were living at Frimley Park just north of Farnborough.

 

 

 

45T15

Katie Jane Hickling

Born on 14.10.1994

 

45T16

Lucy Ann Hickling

Born on 11.02.1997

 

 

 

 

45S13

Simon Collett was born at Reading in 1961, the son of Leslie Edward Collett and his wife Marjorie.   In the first half of the 1980s he married Ms Hardwick who was born in 1960 at Ashover, which lies midway between Matlock and Clay Cross in Derbyshire.

 

 

 

45T17

a Collett child (living in 2008)

Born on 29.05.1987

 

45T18

a Collett child (living in 2008)

Born on 08.01.1989

 

 

 

 

45S14

Andrew Collett was born at High Wycombe in 1963, the second son of Edward and Marjorie Collett.     Within two years of his birth the family had move north and was living in Blackpool.  It was there that Andrew met and married Ms Bickerstaff during the early 1990s.  She was born in the village of Wesham, midway between Blackpool and Preston in Lancashire.

 

 

 

45T19

a Collett child (living in 2008)

Born on 15.10.1996

 

 

 

 

45S15

Christopher Collett was born at Blackpool in 1965 and was the youngest of the three sons of Edward and Marjorie Collett.  He later married Ms Bradbury who was born in 1966 at Chester.

 

 

 

 

45S16

Susan Jurdy Collett was the eldest child of Maurice Collett and his wife Lorna MacPherson and was born on 29th November 1947.  Jurdy, as she is known, was married four times during her life, the first time to Mr Burford, on the second occasion to Mr Pearce, the third was Mr Forrest and the fourth was Mr Collins.  Her first three husbands were all still living in 2008 so, on each occasion, the separation was the subject of a divorce.

 

 

 

 

45S17

Paul Andrew Collett was born on 14th March 1950, the second child Maurice and Lorna Collett.  At sometime in his life he travelled north to Scotland where in Aberdeen he met and married Ms Robertson.  She was born in Aberdeen on 7th June 1957 and their wedding took place on 1st November 1986.  The couple’s first child was born while they were still living in Aberdeen.  However, their second child was born after the family had moved to Singapore.

 

 

 

45T20

Adam Paul Collett

Born on 29.11.1988 at Aberdeen

 

45T21

Paris Taylor Collett

Born on 07.11.1994 at Singapore

 

 

 

 

45S18

Sally Ann Collett was born on 12th February 1959, the youngest child of Maurice and Lorna Collett.  She first married (1) Mr Sahni who was born at Pinner near Harrow on the outskirts of north London.  A divorce followed some years later and in 1993 she married (2) Mr Soady.  In June 2012 Maurice Collett was a torch bearer for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and when he was interviewed by The Times newspaper (see Ref. 45R14), his daughter Jurdy Brewer from Malaysia was with him at Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale.

 

 

 

 

45T1

Tracy Jane Collett was born at Farnham in 1966 and was the first-born child of Patrick Rowland Collett and Carol Lesley Gregory.  Tracy later married Nigel Davies and their marriage produced three children for the couple, and they were Natalie Davies, Matthew Davies, and Zoe Davies.

 

 

 

 

45T2

Gavin Patrick Collett was born at Farnham in 1968, the younger of the two children of Patrick Rowland Collett and Carol Lesley Gregory.

 

 

 

 

45T4

Benjamin Nicholas Finch was born at Worthing on 2nd March 1972 and baptised at Shoreham-by-Sea, the son child of Barry Michael Finch and Janet Stephanie Collett.  He married Victoria Jane Bolingbroke at Lewes in East Sussex on 4th January 1997.  Victoria was born on 23rd September 1970 at Brighton, where she was also baptised.  The marriage produced two children for the couple, Maria Finch born in November 1998 and Peter Thomas Finch who was born at Worthing on 11th November 2004.  Tragically Benjamin Nicholas Finch, the son of Janet Stephanie Collett, died in a car accident in Chichester on 29th November 2014.

 

 

 

 

45T5

Emma Collett was born at Wigan in 1978 and was the eldest of the two children of Stephen Collett and his wife, the former Ms Tennant.  Emma studied Spanish at Aberystwyth University in Wales and left Wigan in 2003 to travel the world, spending four years teaching English to children in China and Spain.  She now lives in Brisbane, Australia, and was married in 2007, her husband was born in 1980 and originally from New South Wales.  Their first child, a daughter, was born in Brisbane during 2012, while the couple’s second child, their son, was also born in Brisbane, Queensland, in the autumn of 2014.

 

 

 

 

45T6

Ian Collett was born at Wigan during 1983, the son of Stephen Collett and his wife – whose christian name is not known.  It was also in Wigan where he was still living in 2013 with his fiancée, who is also from Wigan.

 

 

 

 

45T7

Richard Paul Collett, who is referred to as Alf, was born at the Rush Green Hospital in Hornchurch in Essex on 5th August 1970, the eldest of the three sons of Paul Anthony Collett and his wife Angela Mary Holden.  He was baptised at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church at Farnworth in Lancashire, where his mother was born and where his parents were married.  He was educated at Sponne School in Towcester, to where his parents moved in 1975, and at the University of West England in Bristol, from where he graduated with a BSC (Hons) in November 1994.  He later studied for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the same university, and then took up a teaching post at Bangkok in Thailand during 2000.

 

 

 

It was two years later that Richard married Alice Ruth Orton at Edinburgh Registration Office on 21st December 2002.  Alice was born on 1st March 1978 at Woolwich in the British Hospital for Mothers and Babies.  The witnesses at their wedding were Richard’s brother Simon Anthony Collett (below) and Kirsty Orton, Alice’s sister.  The marriage ended in November 2011.

 

 

 

 

45T8

Simon Anthony Collett was born at the Rush Green Hospital in Hornchurch on 4th January 1972 and was baptised at nearby Upminster in St Joseph’s Church.  He later met Lucy Jayne Jones who was born at Pembury in Kent on 19th December 1978 and with whom he now has a son and a daughter who were both born at Milton Keynes Hospital.

 

 

 

45U1

Louis Owen Maximus Collett

Born on 20.02.2007 at Milton Keynes

 

45U2

Darcey Rebeca Collett

Born on 23.07.2009 at Milton Keynes

 

 

 

 

45T9

Timothy Edward Collett was born at the Barrett Maternity Hospital in Northampton on 25th May 1978, and was baptised at St Thomas Moore’s Roman Catholic Church in Towcester.  Tim met Sarah Barrett who was born at Weymouth on 14th December 1969 whom he married at Towcester Register Office on 22nd August 2009.  They now have two daughters who were both born while the couple was living in Hammersmith, the first child having been born at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London.

 

 

 

45U3

Megan Rose Collett

Born on 15.12.2006 at Hammersmith

 

45U4

Matilda Mae Collett

Born on 25.05.2009 at Hammersmith

 

45U5

Hazel Erin Collett

Born on 29.08.2012 at Hammersmith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX ONE

 

The Collett Family of Abberton, near Naunton Beauchamp

 

 

45l1

William Collett and his wife Elizabeth lived at Wickhamford on the main road between Broadway and Evesham in Worcestershire, where their four known children were baptised.

 

 

 

45m1

William Collett

Born in 1730 at Wickhamford

 

45m2

William Collett

Born in 1735 at Wickhamford

 

45m3

John Collett

Born in 1737 at Wickhamford

 

45m4

Richard Collett

Born in 1741 at Wickhamford

 

 

 

 

45m1

William Collett was born at Wickhamford in 1730 and was baptised there during the month of July that year, the eldest son of William and Elizabeth Collett.  It would seem, following the birth of the next son born to the couple and also named William, that the first born-son suffered an infant death.

 

 

 

 

45m2

William Collett was born at Wickhamford in 1735 where he was baptised on 6th May 1735, the second child of that name for William and Elizabeth Collett.  It was also at Wickhamford where William Collett married Mary White on 6th June 1772.  It is interesting to note that William’s brother, Richard Collett (below), married Elizabeth White, who was possible Mary’s sister.  The married of William and Mary may have only survived a few years because, at Wickhamford on 9th December 1778, Mary Collett married Samuel Cox.

 

 

 

 

45m3

John Collett was born at Wickhamford in 1737 and it was there also that he was baptised on 16th February 1737, another son of William and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

45m4

Richard Collett was the son of William and Elizabeth Collett who was baptised at Wickhamford near Broadway on 4th June 1741.  The marriage of Richard Collett and Elizabeth White took place at Broadway in 1765.

 

 

 

45n1

Mary Collett

Born in 1771 at Broadway

 

45n2

Robert Collett

Born in 1780 at Broadway

 

45n3

Robert Collett

Born in 1781 at Broadway

 

45n4

Elizabeth Collett

Born in 1783 at Broadway

 

45n5

Richard Collett

Born in 1785 at Broadway

 

 

 

 

45n1

Mary Collett was born at Broadway in 1771 where she was baptised on 7th October 1771, the eldest child of Richard Collett and Elizabeth White.

 

 

 

 

45n2

Robert Collett was born at Broadway in 1780 and was baptised there on 27th September 1780, another son of Richard and Elizabeth Collett, who sadly, did not survive, with the couple’s next child being given the same name. 

 

 

 

 

45n3

Robert Collett was born at Broadway in 1781 and was baptised there on 25th December 1781, the second son of that name of Richard and Elizabeth Collett. 

 

 

 

 

45n4

Elizabeth Collett was born at Broadway in 1783 where she was baptised on 26th October that year, another daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Collett.

 

 

 

 

45n5

Richard Collett was born at Broadway, where he was baptised on 7th August 1785, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Collett.  It was at the Church of St Michael-in-Bedwardine, on Burleigh Road in Worcester, on 6th February 1816 that Richard Collett married the much younger Sarah Willis.  Sarah was baptised at Abberton on 13th January 1793, the daughter of Thomas and Nancy Willis.  Following their wedding day, Richard and Sarah settled in the village of Abberton, twelve miles east of Worcester, where all of their children were born. 

 

 

 

Some time later Richard and Sarah moved to nearby Bishampton, between Abberton and Pershore, which was where they were residing in 1841, by which time their daughter Ann was married.  The census that year recorded the couple as Richard Collett, with a rounded age of 60, Sarah Collett, with a rounded age of 50, who still had living with them, their son Thomas Collett who was 24.  Completing the household was Sarah’s widowed mother Ann Willis who was 70.  It was exactly the same situation in 1851, when Richard was 66 and a labourer, Sarah was 58, son Thomas was 30 (sic) and also a labourer, and Nancy Willis was 80.  The census return stated that Richard had been born at Wick (Wickhamford), that Sarah and Thomas had been born at Abberton, and that Richard’s mother-in-law had been born at Crowle near Worcester.  

 

 

 

The death of Richard Collett was recorded at Pershore (Ref. 6c 231) during the fourth quarter of 1857.  However, his widow, and their unmarried son, were still living in Bishampton, according to the census conducted in 1861.  Sarah Collett was 70 and recorded in a dwelling on Principal Street.  The son living with her, while being 45 years old and the right age for son Thomas, was recorded as John Collett from Abberton who was an agricultural labourer, Thomas having become a married man three years earlier.  The third member of the household that day was four-year-old Maria Brooks from Sheriffs Lench near Evesham, who was described as the granddaughter of Sarah Collett.  She was the daughter of Sarah’s only known daughter Ann Collett.

 

 

 

45o1

Thomas Collett

Born in 1816 at Abberton

 

45o2

Ann Collett

Born in 1817 at Abberton

 

45o3

John Collett

Born in 1819 at Abberton

 

 

 

 

45o1

Thomas Collett was born at Abberton in 1816 and was baptised there on 4th August that year, the first child born to Richard Collett and Sarah Willis.  He was 24 years old in the census of 1841, when he was the only child still living with his parents who, by then, had moved to Bishampton.  Thomas was a labourer and still not married in the Bishampton census of 1851 when, once again, he was living with his parents, but where his age was recorded in error as only 30, instead of 34.

 

 

 

It was over six years after that census day when Thomas Collett married Jane Page on 27th November 1857 at Peopleton, just north of Pershore, where the marriage was recorded (Ref. 6c 600).  Jane, who already had a base-born son, William Page aged eight years, was in 1851 an inmate at the Union Workhouse in Holy Cross, north of Catshill, when she was 25.  How she came to be alone and twenty miles north of where she was born near Worcester, remains an unsolved mystery, as does the fact that her son was born in Gloucestershire forty miles south of Holy Cross just one year later.  After giving birth to her son at Stanley Pontlarge, Jane crossed the county boundary back into Worcestershire to eventually married Thomas Collett at Peopleton.  Their marriage resulted in the birth of at least the three children listed below, when Thomas and Jane were residing in Peopleton, where the couple and their first child were recorded in the census of 1861.

 

 

 

Agricultural labourer Thomas Collett from Abberton was 45, his wife Jane from Grafton Flyford was 35, and their son Richard Collett was one year old.  Thomas’ stepson, William Page from Stanley Pontlarge in Gloucestershire was eight years of age.  It was again at Peopleton that the family was living in 1871, when both Thomas and Jane were said to be 50 (sic), while by that time two more children had been added to their family, although William Page was no longer living with them.  Thomas was still working as an agricultural labourer, while the couple’s three children were recorded as Richard Collett who was ten, Thomas Collett who was seven and Mary Ann Collett who was four, all born at Peopleton.

 

 

 

Over the next decade the couple’s eldest son left home to join the army and it was at Alverstoke in Hampshire, where Richard Collett from Pershore in Worcestershire was 20 years old and serving as a private in 1881.  On that same day his family had left the Pershore area of Worcestershire and was recorded in the Aston, Birmingham census, at Nursery Grove.  Thomas Collett from Abberton was 60 and working as a gardener, Jane from Grafton was 54, son Thomas was 17 and employed as a chandelier maker, and daughter Mary A Collett was 10 years old and still attending school.  Both of the children were confirmed as having been born at Peopleton.

 

 

 

No record of the family has been found after 1881, while son Richard had also settled in Birmingham, where he was residing at Ellen Street with his wife in 1891.  Richard Collett from Worcestershire was 29 and working as carter, and his wife Louisa Collett from Staffordshire 30.  No other record of the couple has been so far revealed after 1891, but in 1913 Richard Collett from Worcestershire, and born there around 1860, received an army pension.

 

 

 

The birth of William Humphris Page at Stanley Pontlarge was recorded nearby at Winchcombe (Ref. 6a 331) during the last three months of 1852, his second forename perhaps the surname of his unknown father.  The births of the couple’s three Collett children were recorded at Pershore in the following way.  Richard Collett (Ref. 6c 327) was born during the third quarter of 1859, Thomas Collett (Ref. 6c 390) was born during the second quarter of 1863, and Mary Ann Collett (Ref. 6c 355) was born during the third quarter of 1867.

 

 

 

45p1

Richard Collett

Born in 1859 at Peopleton

 

45p2

Thomas Collett

Born in 1863 at Peopleton

 

45p3

Mary Ann Collett

Born in 1867 at Peopleton

 

 

 

 

45o2

Ann Collett was born at Abberton in 1817 where she was baptised on 21st September 1817, the daughter of Richard and Sarah Collett.  Ann was of full-age when she married Mark Brooks who was baptised at Bishampton on 28th April 1816, the son of Joseph and Mary Brooks.  The wedding was recorded at Pershore (Ref. 18 437) during the third quarter of 1839 and may have been conducted at Bishampton to where Ann’s parents had moved before 1841.  It was also at Bishampton that Mark and Ann Brooks were living in 1841, not far from Ann’s parents and brothers Thomas and John.  Mark and Ann were both aged 24, while with them was their first child Elizabeth Brooks who was one year old.

 

 

 

A second daughter was added to their family when they were still living in Bishampton prior to a move, the short distance to nearby Church Lench, where they were residing in 1851.  However, some time in between, the couple’s third daughter was born at Sheriffs Lench.  The five members of the family in 1851 were confirmed as Mark Brooks, a carpenter of 33 years from Bishampton, Ann Brooks who was also 33 and from Abberton, Elizabeth and Marie Ann Brooks, both from Bishampton, who were 11 and 9, Emily Brooks who was four years of age.  On that day Ann was already expecting the birth of the couple’s next child, their son Charles Brooks who was baptised at Church Lench on 21st September 1851.

 

 

 

The baptism of the couple’s daughter Mary Ann Brooks took place at Bishampton on 19th September 1841, with daughter Emily Brooks baptised at Church Lench on 21st February 1847.  One more child was born into the family at Church Lench and that was Maria, who was born in 1856.  Rather curiously no record of the family has been found within the census of 1861, although the couple’s youngest child, Maria Brooks aged four years, was staying with her grandmother Sarah Collett at Principal Street in Bishampton, when her place of birth was recorded as Sheriffs Lench, like her older sister Emery Brooks who was born there in 1847.

 

 

 

Despite their absence in 1861, Maria was reunited with her family during that decade and was living with them and her brother Charles at Sheriffs Lench in 1871.  Mark and Ann Brooks were both 53, son Charles was 19 and daughter Maria was 14, with all four of them described as a labourer.  The death of Ann Brooks, nee Collett, was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 210) during the last three months of 1871 when she was 54.  Twenty years later, according to the census in 1891, Mark Brooks was 73 and a carpenter, when he was residing at Badgers Hill in Church Lench, the home of his married daughter Maria.  Head of the household was her husband Job Haines aged 36, Maria being 34, who also had staying with them Job’s niece Myra M Tyler who was 11.  After a further eight years, the death of Mark Brooks was recorded at Evesham (Ref. 6c 201) during the first quarter of 1899, at the age of 81.

 

 

 

 

45o3

John Collett was born at Abberton in 1819 and it was there also that he was baptised on 19th December 1819, another son of Richard and Sarah Collett.  By the time of the census in 1841 John Collett had let school and was living at the Abberton home of Giles Checketts, perhaps where he was a domestic service or an agricultural labourer.  Giles Checketts would have given the census enumerator John’s age, which was incorrectly recorded as 15 to 19 years.  No record of him has been discovered in 1851, but in 1861 John had returned to the family home to be with his widowed mother Sarah.  On that day the age of John Collett from Abberton was again given in error, as 45, when he was an agricultural labourer residing at Principal Road in Bishampton with his elderly mother.  Staying with them that day was Maria Brooks, the daughter of John’s married sister Ann.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX TWO

 

Other so far unconnected Bromsgrove Colletts

 

 

45/Ap2

Thomas Collett of Bromsgrove was born around 1785 and he died around 1866.  Thomas married Jane Cooper and he was the great great great great grandfather of Wendy Collett of Australia.  During the 1820s the family was residing at Dodderhill Common, Hanbury, just south of Stoke Prior where the earlier children were baptised.  Thomas and Jane appeared in all of the census returns for 1841, 1851, and 1861 and in the first of them they still had living with them ‘a house near the hall’ in Bromsgrove, their three youngest children.  Thomas and Jane both had a rounded age of 55, while their children were recorded as Sarah who was 15, Thomas who was 13, and Harriet who was 10.

 

 

 

In the next census conducted in 1851, Thomas Collett was 65 and working as a farm servant at the home of William L Sanders in Bromsgrove, where his wife Jane was a domestic servant at the age of 66.  Thomas’ place of birth was named as Weedley in Worcestershire (not known), while Jane had been born at Upper Arley near Kidderminster.  At that same time, their son George was living at Catshill near Bromsgrove with his family.  Ten years later, in 1861, Thomas was still working as an agricultural labourer at the age of 75, when he and Jane, aged 74, were living at Little Dodford, just west of Bromsgrove, and not far from Catshill.  And it was at Little Dodford that Thomas Collett was buried on 6th May 1866 at the age of 80.

 

 

 

45/Ap2/1

John Collett

Born in 1817

 

45/Ap2/2

George Collett

Born in 1819

 

45/Ap2/3

Richard Collett

Born in 1822

 

45/Ap2/4

Sarah Collett

Born in 1825

 

45/Ap2/5

Thomas Collett

Born in 1828

 

45/Ap2/6

Harriet Collett

Born in 1831

 

 

 

 

45/Ap2/1

John Collett was born at Stoke Prior near Droitwich in 1817, where he was baptised on 3rd July 1817, the son of Thomas and Jane Collett.  Curiously the baptism record stated that the family’s place of residence was Severn Stoke, which lies midway between Worcester and Tewkesbury, many miles from Stoke Prior.  However, the death of John Collett, son of Thomas and Jane was recorded at Stoke Prior on 3rd March 1821.

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born at Stoke Prior in 1819 and was baptised there on 1st April 1819, the son of Thomas and Jane Collett, and once again the entry gave the family’ place of residence as Severn Stoke.  George married Ann towards during the first half of the 1840s and on the day of the census in 1851 George and Ann were living just to the north of Bromsgrove at Catshill where they both had a recorded age of 27.  Living with them were their first two children, Thomas who was four, and John who was two years old.  It would also appear from later census returns that all of George’s and Ann’s children were born while the family was living at Catshill.

 

 

 

Ten years later the family was still living within the Catshill ecclesiastical district of Bromsgrove, and not far from George’s parents.  The census in 1861 revealed that the family was living at Brimstone Lane to the west of Catshill where George of Dodderhill was 36 and employed as an agricultural labourer.  Working with him were his two eldest sons, Thomas fourteen, and John who was twelve.

 

 

 

The rest of the family were George’s wife Ann Collett of Bromsgrove who was also 36, and the couple’s three youngest children, George Collett who was seven, Sarah A Collett who was four, and one-year old Joseph Collett.  George’s and Ann’s daughter Virtue was missing from the family in both the 1861 and 1871 Census records, but she was back living with her parents by 1881.

 

 

 

By 1871 the family had reduced in size, but was still living in the Bromsgrove area of Worcestershire.  Rather strangely though, George’s age from this time onwards conflicted with his actual age, although Ann’s age was close to her real age in each census.

 

 

 

Having both been 36 in 1861, in 1871 George gave his age as being 53, while his wife was 47.  The only children still living with them were sons John 22 and Joseph 11, and daughter Sarah who was fourteen.  Also living not far away within the Bromsgrove area were the couple’s other two sons Thomas who was 24 and George who was 16.  Sometime during the next few years George and Ann left the Bromsgrove area and moved north to Dudley where, in 1881, they were living at 3 Waterloo Place in the town.

 

 

 

Once again, where up to 1861 George and Ann were the same age, on the occasion of the census of 1881 George gave his age as 62, instead of around 56 as Ann did.  Three of their children were still living with them, although it was a different three from ten years earlier.  This time it was son John who was 30, had been joined by Virtue who was 28, and George who was twenty-seven.

 

 

 

George and his two sons were all employed as farm labourers, while his daughter Virtue was described as unemployed, and all of them were described as having been born at Bromsgrove rather than Dodderhill and Catshill.

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett

Born in 1846 at Catshill

 

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John Collett

Born in 1848 at Catshill

 

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Virtue Collett

Born in 1851 at Catshill

 

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George Collett

Born in 1853 at Catshill

 

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Sarah Ann Collett

Born in 1856 at Catshill

 

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Joseph Collett

Born in 1859 at Catshill

 

 

 

 

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Richard Collett was born during 1822 at Dodderhill Common in Hanbury near Droitwich and just south of Stoke Prior from where his family had only recently moved.  Tragically it was at Dodderhill where Richard Collett died and was buried on 27th June 1826 at the age of four years, the son of Thomas and Jane Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Collett was born at Dodderhill Common in 1825 but was baptised at nearby Hanbury on 6th June 1825, the daughter of Thomas and Jane Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Bromsgrove in 1828 and was baptised there on 19th December 1828, the son of Thomas and Jane Collett.  At the time of the Bromsgrove census of 1841 Thomas was 13 years old and was still living with his parents and two youngest sisters Sarah Collett who was 15, and Harriet Collett who was 10.

 

 

 

Just prior to or around 1860 Thomas married Elizabeth and over the next fifteen years the marriage produced four children for the couple, and all of them born at Smethwick.  By 1881 the family was living at Broomfield in Harborne where Thomas Collett of Bromsgrove was a shoemaker at the age of fifty-three.

 

 

 

His wife Elizabeth was fifty and from Upton Warren in Worcestershire, and with them were their four children William 18, Jane 13, Laura 10, and Minnie who was six years old.  Also living with the family was Elizabeth’s older widowed sister Mary Whitehouse who was a dressmaker.

 

 

 

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William Collett – a turner in 1881

Born in 1862 at Smethwick

 

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Jane Collett

Born in 1867 at Smethwick

 

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Laura Collett

Born in 1870 at Smethwick

 

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Minnie Collett

Born in 1874 at Smethwick

 

 

 

 

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Harriet Collett was born at Bromsgrove in 1831 where she was baptised on 16th November 1831, the daughter of Thomas and Jane Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett was born at Catshill just north of Bromsgrove in 1846, and was baptised at Catshill on 3rd January 1847 the eldest son of George and Ann Collett.  At the age of four Thomas and his family were still living at Catshill, where they remain until around 1860.  The following year, according to the census in 1861, Thomas was 14 and he and his family were living in Brimstone Lane near Catshill where Thomas was working with his father and brother John (below) as an agricultural labourer.  Where he was after 1861 has not been determined, but in March 1901 Thomas Collett from Bromsgrove was 56 and was living in Dudley where his occupation was described as a ‘binder lader coke’ (?).  No record of him has been found in 1911.

 

 

 

 

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John Collett was born at Catshill in 1848 and it was there that he was baptised on 26th January 1849, the second son of George and Ann Collett.  In 1851 the family was still living at Catshill where John was two years old.  In 1861 he was 12 years old and was already working as an agricultural labourer alongside his father and older brother Thomas (above) while living with his family at Brimstone Lane to the west of Catshill.  He was still there ten years later when he was 22.

 

 

 

By 1881 John and his parents had moved to 3 Waterloo Place in Dudley where John was still working with his father, when both of them were described as farm labourers.  Whilst his father’s age was incorrect, so too was John’s, who said he was 30 instead of 32.  Ten years later John Collett was 43 and in March 1901 he was 53 and was employed as a domestic groom while he was still living in Dudley.  On this latter occasion he had living with him his younger unmarried sister Virtue Collett, who was still living with him in 1911 when John Collett was 63.

 

 

 

 

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Virtue Collett was born after the end of March in 1851, but so far no baptism record for her has been found, nor has she been identified in the census records for 1861 or 1871.  However, Virtue Collett was 28 and still living with her parents at 3 Waterloo Place in Dudley in 1881.  She also appeared in the census returns for Dudley in 1901 when she was 46, and again in 1911 when she was 56.  On each occasion her place of birth was confirmed as Bromsgrove, and in both census returns she was acting as housekeeper for her brother John Collett (above).

 

 

 

 

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George Collett was born in 1853 and very likely at Catshill like most of his siblings.  His family moved to Dudley during the 1870s and in 1881 they were living at 3 Waterloo Place in Dudley where George was 27 and a farm labourer like his father and older brother John.  About a year or so later George married Elizabeth with whom he had two children before 1891.  In that year’s census the family was still living in Dudley where George of Bromsgrove was 35, Elizabeth was 33, and their two sons were James William Collett who was eight, and George Collett who was five.

 

 

 

The Dudley census of 1901 confirmed that George from Bromsgrove was married to Elizabeth who was 43 and from Sedgley, and that it was while they were living at Sedgley that their two sons James 18 and George 15 were born, before the family moved to Dudley.  George Collett was working as a domestic groom, like his older brother John (above), while his two sons were a bricklayer’s labourer and an assistant in a boot and shoe shop, respectively.  Ten years later in 1911 George was 53 and Elizabeth was 52, and they were still living in Dudley, but by which time their two sons had left the family home.

 

 

 

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James William Collett

Born in 1882 at Sedgley

 

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George Collett

Born in 1885 at Sedgley

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Ann Collett was born at Catshill in 1856 and it was there also that she was baptised on 31st May 1857, the daughter of George and Ann Collett.

 

 

 

 

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Joseph Collett was born at Catshill in 1859 where he was baptised on 29th May 1859, the son of George and Ann Collett.  In the following Census returns Joseph was one year old and eleven years old in 1871 when living with his family in Brimstone Lane near Catshill.  A few years later Joseph and his family moved to Dudley and it was there that Joseph met his future wife.  Just prior to the census in 1881, Joseph married Ann who was born at Dudley in 1859 and, according to the census that year, the childless couple were living at Pensnett Road in Dudley.

 

 

 

Joseph Collett of Bromsgrove was 22 and his occupation was that of a carman and horse driver.  His wife was Ann M Collett, also aged twenty-two, from Dudley.  What happened to Ann is not known but by the middle of the 1890s Joseph had married Caroline from Brierley Hill in Dudley and before the end of the century their marriage had produced two children.  Caroline was 29, her daughter Lottie A M Collett was 6 and her son George Collett was two.  The children’s father was not listed with them at that time.

 

 

 

However, in April 1911 the family was complete.  Joseph Collett from Bromsgrove was 51 and his wife Caroline who was 41, were living in Dudley with their two children, Lottie Collett who was fifteen, and George Collett who was twelve.

 

 

 

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Lottie A M Collett

Born in 1894 at Dudley

 

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George Collett

Born in 1898 at Dudley

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Collett of the parish of St. Lawrence, Evesham married Mary Hyde of the parish of Hampton near Evesham in Worcestershire by banns on the 19th June 1809.

 

 

 

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Ann Deborah Collett

Born on 27.08.1815 at Hampton

 

 

 

 

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Ann Deborah Collett who was born at Hampton near Evesham where she was baptised at Great Hampton on 27th August 1815, the daughter of Thomas and Mary Collett.  Ann married George Phipps of Upper Slaughter on 28th August 1839 when her father was again confirmed as Thomas Collett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX THREE

 

OTHER COLLETTS BORN IN WORCESTERSHIRE

 

 

 

Firstly, in Part 2 – The Gloucestershire Secondary Line there are four connections to Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, and they are:

Thomas Collett (Ref. 2J20) born at Bourton-on-the-Water who died at Bromsgrove (1718-1790)

Richard Collett (Ref. 2K12) born in Gloucestershire who died at Bromsgrove (1754-1808), and

John Collett (Ref. 2L25) who was born at Bromsgrove in 1775 and who went to Newfoundland in 1815 and who is the subject of Part 32 – The Newfoundland Line.

 

William Collett (Ref. 57M3) in Part 57 – The Bakers of Abbots Morton in Worcestershire, who married Ann Hulbert at Abberton in 1826.