Harry Phillips                                                            Home

 

This family was big and noisy and loved a good “knees up”. They were good drinkers but knew when to stop. They were very fond of playing pranks such as filling the piano with coal and painting Sidney Lindfield’s face with lipstick when drunk/asleep. After a party they would all sleep on the floor. When someone was in trouble they all chipped in to help. When Nell and her three daughters needed money to come back to England after their family broke up, all her brothers and sisters raised the money for the boat fare home by  placing bets and making and selling goods.

 

 

Born:   

5 Nov 1866

34 Elliots Row, Southwark, London

Married:

15 Nov 1885

St Brides, London

Died:

1944

 

Occupation:

Printer, toolmaker, brass finisher

 

 

 

Harry was a very strict man with his children but his grand-children remember him as ‘lovely’. He was so strict that he threw out his son Boo for refusing to wear a tie to the dinner table. He dressed very well, always pin-striped trousers and Homburg hat. Until he turned 50 he was a regular soldier. At that time he was at WW1 and celebrated his birthday so loudly that he was caught and sent home, 50 being the age limit for a soldier at war. Prior to that he was a quarter master sergeant and his family always ate well. Later he worked for a taxi company and invented the piece of machinery that allows a London taxi to turn in its own length. For this he was paid £100. He also invented a rifle sight that was used until WW2. He and Annie lived for many years at 214 Albert (now Consort) Rd, Peckham. One day there was a hold up with transport so he walked to work from Gordon St, Peckham to Kennington Oval where he collapsed and died.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wife:            Annie Frances Hollingsworth

 

Born:   

17 March 1866

Milton Crt, Milton Lane, London

Died:

1939

London

Occupation:

Tailoress

 

 

 

 

 

Annie was adored by her grandchildren and they would run to her when they needed affection. To them she was ‘Nannie’. She was short and round with long black hair which she wore as ‘ear phones’ and never went gray. She was so crippled by athritis that she had a metal plate in one knee and spent a large amount of time in an armchair. Crocheting blankets was a common activity. She died of dropsy.

 

 

 

 

 

Children:

 

Harry Charles (Charley)

 

Born:   

11 Sep 1886

Camberwell, London

Married:

14 Nov 1908

St Mary’s Newington

Died:

19 June 1959

 

Occupation:

Military tailor

 

Spouse

Nellie Elizabeth Porter

 

 

 

He married and had two daughters and two sons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lancelot George (Boo)

 

Born:   

 

11 July 1888

 

Holborn

Died:

26 March 1986

 

Occupation:

Brewery drayman

 

Spouse

Caroline Asquith

 

 

His nieces say he was lovely and you could see your face in his shoes. This was probably because of his time in the army which he joined before WW1. He lived at Peabody Gardens, Elephant and Castle which was a rough area. He had two daughters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alfred Roland

 

Born:   

1890

Camberwell

Married:

1918

 

Died:

1937

218 Consort Rd Peckham

Spouse:

Irene Elizabeth Surridge (Doll) 1896-1987

 

 

He lived in a chaotic household. When he died from the after effects of poison gas he had a military funeral with a gun carriage. He and his wife had seven  children:

 

 

 

 

Alfred and his sister Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ada Emily

 

Born:   

Oct 1892

Clerkenwell, London

Died:

Oct 1901

 

Ada died from eating a nut with a worm in it which grew. She was in the hospital her mother was in while having Frederick.

 

Sarah Annie (Cis)

 

Born:   

 

31 Jan 1895

 

Holborn

Married:

1920

Camberwell

Died:

13 July 1987

Heaton Rd Peckham

Occupation:

Dress maker machinist

 

Spouse:

Will Fox

 

 

She had a lovely house at Beckenham but left her husband when he had an affair. She danced at every party with her drawers showing and her dress up. She would get piggy backs from Sunny (Horace Kirby) who was her long-time friend. He used to buy frilly underwear for her. Even on her 80th birthday she got drunk and danced all night.  She was in the ATS throughout

 

 

Ellen Esther*

 

Born:   

11 Oct 1896

30 Lever St, Holborn,  London

Married:

1 August 1920

Camberwell

Died:

6 July 1982

Footscray, Victoria, Australia

Occupation:

Dress maker machinist

 

 

Ellen, commonly known as Nell, was living at 214 Albert Rd, Peckham with her parents when she got married. After she left her husband in Australia, Nell brought her daughters, Alma, Marjory and  Joan, back to England and later married Sidney Lindfield. They lived in Spencer Rd, Battersea. In about 1953 she and Sid came to Moe, Australia. After Sid died in 1960 she lived with her daughters in turn until moving into Westhaven, Footscray in early 1979.  She used to make clothes for her granddaughters and Geraldine remembers a Little Red Riding Hood outfit that she made for a Fancy Dress party.  She was a heavy smoker and enjoyed a good time.  From 1971 till 1979 she lived with Alma and spent her time crocheting beautiful lace, playing patience, watching soap operas and wrestling on television. She had a Cockney way of speaking and used to drive her daughter Alma crazy by calling her ‘girl’ even when Alma was over 60

 

William Thomas

 

Born:   

 

1898

 

St Lukes, London (Holborn)

Died:

1899

 

 

He drowned in a rain butt.

 

Frederick John

 

Born:   

11 Oct 1901

 

Married:

 

 

Died:

1884

Bromley

Occupation:

 

 

Spouse

Kathleen (Kit)

 

 

 

He couldn’t read or write because of meningitis but he was a brilliant engineer. He was a mechanic and worked on the London cabs with his father. He was in India in the army in 1927 and during WW2. He was at Dunkirk and made it to the birth of one of his children just in time wearing wet army gear. He could drink a lot.

He and his wife had four children.

 

 

 

 

 

Alma May

 

Born:   

9 Feb 1903

Camberwell

Married:

May 1928

 

Died:

Mar 1984

 

Occupation:

Dress maker machinist

 

Spouse:

James George Morris (b. 16 May 1903)

 

 

 

Alma liked knitting, cooking and reading cowboy stories. She didn’t drink much and was soft with her kids, at her happiest when they were all there.  

 

Richard Chamberlain (Dick)

 

Born:   

20 Dec 1905

 

Married:

1926

 

Died:

1979

 

Occupation:

Bus conductor

 

Spouse:

Amy Wentworth

 

 

 

 

His wife left him with his son Harry (B. 1927) who died in 1944 of tuberculosis while Dick was away at war in the Navy. He was a naval gunner. They had lived with his parents. He always had a nice smile. He had a long time lady friend called Lil. He used to knit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James (Sonny)

 

Born:   

 

 

Married:

 

 

Died:

 

 

Occupation:

Lorry driver

 

Spouse:

Elizabeth (Bibb)

 

 

Sonny was always happy-go-lucky, played the piano and was a lovely dancer. He worked for Oxo’s delivering animal feed to the country, possibly Kent. Before he died he was working in a wood yard. He and Bibb adopted two children. He did not live long after Bibb died. He did not marry until his mother died and kept Bibb waiting several