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Ada Jane BLACKWELL [1491]



      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Dec Q 1871 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 885,886
    Christening: 19 Aug 1878 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 887
          Death: Mar Q 1936 - , Northamptonshire, England 888
         Burial: 

Events

Residence: 1881, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 22 Back Road, 1891, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 36 Lancaster Road, 1901-1911, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: Alfred BLACKWELL [1295] (1840-1917) 
         Mother: Ann MILLER [1294] (1841-1923) 884 

Spouses and Children
1. *Albert Ernest WALKER [1568] (Jul 1868 - Aug 1946) 66 
       Marriage: Mar Q 1891 - Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England 889
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. William Alfred WALKER  890 [1569] (1892-1981)
                2. Albert Owen WALKER [6] (1895-1971)
                3. Theresa Kathleen WALKER [1571] (1899-1966)
                4. Thomas Harold E WALKER  891 [1570] (1904-1905)
                5. Grace Winifred WALKER [1572] (1906-1975)

Notes
General:
http://www.rushdenheritage.co.uk/Villages/people/walker-silver-wed1916.html
Rushden Echo, 28th April 1916, transcribed by Kay Collins
Councillor and Mrs. Ernest Walker
Silver Wedding

The Silver Wedding of Councillor and Mrs. Ernest Walker was celebrated on Easter Monday, when a number of Mr. and Mrs. Walker's friends and relatives assembled at their residence, 36 Lancaster-street, to do honour to the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Walker were the recipients of many tangible expressions of felicitations in the shape of handsome articles of silver ware. Councillor Walker is a native of Ringstead, but has resided in the borough for upwards of 40 years, having left his birthplace at a very early age. About ten years ago he was elected, as a Labour member, to the Town Council, in which connection he has done a great deal of useful work, and has earned the high respect and esteem of his colleagues. He has been a member of the Higham Ferrers Boot and Shoe Productive Society for upwards of 16 years. Mrs. Walker is a native of the borough, and a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Blackwell, of Town-yard, both of whom are still living, although advanced in years. Mrs. Walker's father is 76 years of age and her mother 74. Both are natives of the borough, and during the whole of their lives have never resided away from the town of their birth. Mrs. Walker is one of the nurses at the Higham V.A.D. Hospital.

picture Adam Myles BLACKWELL [7941]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Malcolm I BLACKWELL [7937] 
         Mother: Jean SANDERS [7940] 


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Alan Walter Gilbert BLACKWELL [1613]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Douglas Lancelot BLACKWELL [242] (1905-1942) 892 
         Mother: Theadora MORGAN DAWES [241] (1906-1979) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Valerie KING [1648]
       Children:
                1. Gregory Alan BLACKWELL [1649]
                2. Andrew David BLACKWELL [1653]


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Alfred BLACKWELL [1295]



      Sex: M
AKA: Alfred BLACK
Individual Information
     Birth Date: 2 Mar 1840 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 893
    Christening: 16 Aug 1840 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 894
          Death: 26 Apr 1917 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 895
         Burial: 

Events

Residence: High Street, 1841, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: Newland Street, 1851, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Occupation: shoemaker, 1861.

Residence: 1861, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Occupation: shoemaker, 1871.

Residence: High Street, 1871, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Occupation: shoemaker, 1881.

Residence: High Street, 1881, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Occupation: rivetter, 1891.

Residence: High Street, 1891, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Occupation: shoe rivertter, 1901.

Residence: 73 High Street, 1901, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 12 Town Yard, 1911, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: John BLACKWELL [1319] (Abt 1796-1870) 884 
         Mother: Ruth CLARKE [1318] (Abt 1798-1871) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Ann MILLER [1294] (2 Dec 1841 - 12 May 1923) 884 
       Marriage: 25 Dec 1864 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 896
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Sarah Jane MILLER BLACKWELL [1488] (1862-1920)
                2. Harry BLACKWELL [1489] (Abt 1866-1943)
                3. William BLACKWELL [1283] (1867-1953)
                4. Emily BLACKWELL  884 [1490] (1869-1958)
                5. Ada Jane BLACKWELL  884 [1491] (1871-1936)
                6. Ralph BLACKWELL [6190] (1873-1879)
                7. BLACKWELL  883 [6191] (Abt 1875-Bef 1911)
                8. Beatrice Annie BLACKWELL  884 [1492] (1878-1961)
                9. Charles Edgar BLACKWELL  884,897 [1493] (1880-1917)

Notes
General:
Christened under the surname Black.

At the 1841 Census, Alfred was living at High Street Higham Ferrers, and in the 1861, 1871 and 1881 census he was still living in High Street, Higham Ferrers. His occupation was given as shoemaker. On the 1911 Census, Alfred and Ann advised that they had 9 children, 2 of whom were deceased. We only had 7 children recorded, however I have since found Ralph's birth and death. The 9th child still has not been identified.

Beatrice, Ada and Ralph were all christened at Higham Ferrers on 19 Aug 1878 according to the Family Search website.

Witnesses to the marriage of Alfred and Ann were Charles Blackwell and Sarah Groom. Presumably Charles Blackwell was Alfred's brother, and Sarah Groom may have been a friend of Ann's as Ann's sister Eliza had married an Andrew Groom. In the same quarter and year of the marriage entry of Ann and Alfred, is the marriage of a Sarah Bethia Groom to a George Childs.

The family apparently kept in touch with their son William's late first wife's family because in 1911, almost 20 years after Evangaline died,her brother Edgar John Adams was staying with Alfred and Anne Blackwell at the time of the census. William had already emigrated to Australia by this time.

The Northampton Mercury - Saturday 25 March 1882 page 6
DISASTROUS FIRE AT HIGHAM FERRERS
GREAT DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY

On Tuesday Higham Ferrers was the scene of one of the most disastrous fires which have occurred of late years in the county of Northampton, and certainly one of the greatest magnitude that is within the remembrance of "the oldest inhabitant" of the particular locality indicated. "Higham", as most of our readers are aware, is one of those ancient places to be found in Northamptonshire of which it may be said that, if its ancient glory is not altogether departed, its relative influence and position are considerably reduced. Still it is a thriving business town. Practically, it consists of one long street on either side of which the houses for the most part are built in a style of architecture peculiar to a period that to the present generation is somewhat remote. In many cases the dwellings are of old material, covered with thatch, and it is to this fact that the alarming extent of the conflagration of Tuesday is undoubtedly due in the main.
The details we have been enabled to glean show that on the afternoon of Tuesday, about twenty minutes past one o'clock, as a man named Mason was returning, during his dinner hour, from his daily employment at Rushden, he when descending the hill entering the town, observed smoke issuing from the rear of the Swann Inn, an old established hostelry, kept by one Host Kilsby, and situate near the site formerly occupied by the now extinct tollgate, on the west side of the street. Thinking something was wrong, Mason at once made his way to the house, and acquainted its inmates of what he had seen. They, hitherto utterly oblivious of the fact disclosed, immediately made examination of the premises, and discovered that a fire had broken out near the kitchen. Prompt measures were at once taken to extinguish the flames; but, unfortunately, a blustering sou'-wester was blowing hard at the time, and catching hold of the flames, which soon began to leap through the thatch of the building, sent them with startling rapidity in the direction of the adjoining house. This being similarly covered the fire-for it had assumed these proportions in a few minutes-quickly communicated itself, by the aid of the favouring wind, to adjoining houses on the same side of the street, until in a quarter of an hour no less than fourteen adjacent cottages were in flames. The fifteenth house had also a thatched roof, but this, singularly enough, escaped. Not so, however, buildings on the opposite side of the street, as these became ignited from the multitude of sparks which the wind mercilessly drove onto the roofs. Here they soon obtained a firm hold, and by two o'clock -or about three quarters of an hour after the fire was first discovered-there were no less than twenty-five houses on either side on fire, if not roofless. During this time, of course, every effort had been made by the startled inhabitants to check the progress of the flames. Information was conveyed with despatch to the local fire brigade quarters, and their engine, under the command of Captain Shelton, was at the scene of the conflagration by a quarter to two. The news of the outbreak was also telegraphed to Rushden and Wellingborough. The brigade of the former place, under Captain Foskett, was but a few minutes behind the local team; while the Wellingborough Brigade arrived at a quarter-past two o'clock. Each brigade, in fact, displayed the most commendable promptitude in answering the call of duty; while the Police, under Supt. Baillie, of Wellingborough, were by no means behindhand, and lent valuable aid There being an ample supply of water-thanks to the contents of the moat of the ancient castle, and the numerous wells in the town-the brigades were soon able to get to work in earnest. The scene at this time it is no stretch of imagination to describe as of almost bewildering confusion. The street itself was enveloped in clouds of smoke, so dense in capacity and continuous volume, that many of those who were engaged in the midst of the fire aver that they actually could not see the flames springing from the roofs, though in reality these latter formed a blazing beacon, pointed to the consternation by the inhabitants of Wellingborough and other places for miles around. So rapid, to, did the fire travel from house to house, that, although the furniture of the cottages was hurried pell-mell out of the windows, both upstairs and down, quite indiscriminately, and every possible exertion was made to secure its removal, a very large proportion of it was destroyed by the consuming element; while nearly an equal amount was injured, almost past repair, by the rough handling it received. The density of the smoke before alluded to had one most regrettable effect, it seems that the inhabitants of the houses on the east side of the street, on witnessing the extreme peril in which their neighbours' property was placed, nobly went to their assistance, and it is a fact that while they were helping their friends to subdue the flames and rescue their furniture, their own houses and furniture were at the same time actually being consumed. As an illustration of the intensity of the heat caused by the fire, it may be mentioned that in one of the cottages a couple of fat porkers, weighing some 17 score, which had only been killed the day before, were completely frizzled. Thanks, however, to the united and well-directed exertions of the various brigades, and the welcome assistance of many willing workers, the fire, which at one time it was feared might extend itself to the greater part, if not the whole of the town, was got well under. Still such was the inflammable character of the material the flames had to work upon, that the conflagration was by no means extinguished. The engines continued for some time playing on the smouldering ruins. Only the bare walls and chimneys of the various dwellings were left standing through the combined effects of the large quantity of water poured upon them and the searching, destructive flames. Shortly after dusk the Wellingborough and Rushden brigades, after doing service which does them every credit, left the town, it being generally believed that what may be termed the remnants of the fire could safely be left to the efforts of the local brigade. The latter, we should add, were most watchful and unsparing in their exertions, members of the brigade being on duty all night for the purpose of extinguishing the flames which, in one cottage after another, fitfully made their appearance for many hours. Fortunately, by these admirable precautions the possibility of a renewed outbreak was prevented.
The fire, it is pretty generally believed, originated in the ignition of one of the huge beams in the interior of the Swan Inn. It is useless to speculate what the fearful consequences might have been had the conflagration occurred during the night; but it may certainly be said it was fortunate it happened just when it did. At that time the male occupants of the houses were at home, it being their dinner hour, and being thus on the spot were able at once to take prompt action for the preservation of their own property and the extinction of the fire. Though the latter was so extensive, it is pleasing to be able to state that no loss of life was caused, although Mr. S. J. Goll, grocer, sustained somewhat serious injuries, and a young girl named Charlotte Bailey had her eye severely burnt.
One of the most praiseworthy, as it is the most gratifying incidents in connection with an event which has rendered so many families homeless, at least in a temporary sense, was the practical sympathy and help shown by all classes, from the highest to the lowest, for the unfortunate sufferers by the fire. Not only did those who possessed them lend their horses and carts for the removal of furniture and the conveyance of water to the engines, but the clergy and principal inhabitants of the town and immediate neighbourhood were present at the fire, aiding, to the best of their ability, in the work of suppressing it. Nor were they lacking when the immediate danger was passed in extending their assistance to the distressed. The houses of many inhabitants were freely thrown open to afford accommodation. Fortunately, however, it was not found necessary to trespass on their good nature to a very great extent, as it so happened that near the destroyed cottages were a number of newly built dwellings, erected by Mr. Thomas Sanders, which that gentleman kindly placed at the disposal of those who needed shelter, and to those many transferred what furniture they had been able to save, and made themselves as comfortable as their altered circumstances would allow. The Rev. E. Templeman allowed the Bede-house to be used for the purpose of storing furniture, while the Mayor (Mr. J. Higgins) lent the Town Hall , and Mr. T. Sanders, his malt-house for the same object. The Vicar, The Mayor, and other of the better class of inhabitants, were most liberal in their offers of assistance, While Mr. W. Simpson made it his duty to go round in the evening and satisfy himself, on behalf of those kindly disposes persons, that no distress went unrelieved. It was also decided to hold a meeting in the morning of the magistrates and other benevolently disposed people for the purpose of forming a distress fund. In addition to those gentlemen mentioned, others who were at the fire and who offered kindly assistance were the Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam, F. U. Sartoris, Esq., Mr. C. Simpson, Mr E. B. Randall, Mr. W. J. Lamb, and many others. The property destroyed, we may add, belonged to the following owners:- The Swan Inn, to Mr Campbell Praed; the two adjoining houses, to Mr. T Saunders; and the remainder to the executors of the Hon. G. Fitzwilliam. The property, we believe, was not insured, nor was any of the cottagers' furniture.
The following is a list of the names of the occupiers of the cottages which have been destroyed:-
G. Kilsby, wife, six children-lost nearly everything;
Henry Wright, wife and two children;
Charles Flawn and wife;
Mary Miller, infirm widow-lost everything
Alfred Blackwell, wife, and seven children;
Elizabeth Blackwell, widow and four children-lost all clothing and most of furniture;
Charles Groom, wife and two children;
William Mason, wife (recently confined) and seven children;
Mrs Park, widow, her grandson and his wife;
Thomas Pack, wife and one son;
Thomas Denton (who has been seriously ill for the last twelve months), his wife and three children-lost almost everything;
Elizabeth and Eliza Parker, and nephew and niece;
William Pack wife and three children;
William Wagstaff, wife and son-lost his savings, which were considerable;
William Riseley (who has been ill for some years), his wife and two children-lost everything;
William Linnett, wife and eight children;
James Draper, wife and four children;
William Warner, wife and four children-lost everything;
Eli Bailey, wife and seven children-lost almost everything. While Bailey is very ill, and one of his children was removed while suffering from severe illness;
Edward Scholes, niece and two lodgers-lost everything;
George Parker, daughter, her husband and two children-lost a lot of machine closer's work, entrusted to him to make up for a London firm for whom he worked;
Allen Draper, wife and three children;
Mrs Perkins and her brother (in one part of the house), with John Mayes, wife and four children (in other part), one of the latter very ill-reported loss of 40 cash in house;
Thomas Randall, wife and four children-lost everything;
Sarah Kingston, widow, with orphan niece and nephew-lost everything.
Tuesday night, which proved a very boisterous one, passed without any alarm being given of another outbreak. When morning dawned, the suns bright rays showed with remarkable clearness, the outlines of the smouldering ruins which the fire had caused. A very high wind was blowing, and by many it was feared some of the chimneys, which were exposed with but treacherous support, might be blown down. Up to noon, however, no such thing had occurred. The families who had occupied the houses passed the night fairly well, and were visited this morning by Dr. and Mrs. Crewe, who were solicitous in their inquiries as to the health of the unfortunate people, and careful to observe that the necessitous were duly provided for. The occupants of the houses we may state were a thrifty class. They paid comparatively low rents, but expended considerable sums in improving the property. The losses of some are serious. Thus G. Parker, it is estimated, has suffered to the extent of some 200, a new workshop he had built having been destroyed, together with a large quantity of work he had finished for a London firm, besides the damage to his machine. James Pack, Charles Groom, too, are others who have also lost what to them is no small sum in the improvements and additions they had made to the premises they occupied. We have remarked above the readiness of the inhabitants generally to assist in extinguishing the fire; but an instance of another kind has been mentioned. It is stated-on authority which is beyond question-that as a number of men were unconcernedly looking on at the conflagration, Mrs. Templeman inquired of them whether they were not going to assist in subduing the flames. The answer returned was "who's to pay"? Whereupon the vicar's good lady, remaking that a woman could show a man how to work, took her stand among the ranks of bucket-passers, and did her best to help stop the progress of the fire and at the same time stimulating others to do the same by her example. This instance, however, it is but just to state, is the only one in which we heard of any one showing an unwillingness to give their assistance.

ANOTHER ACCOUNT
"A Rushden Clicker" sends the following account:- At one o'clock everything was as usual, the weather was fine but it was very windy. When Mr. Nicholls's men were going back to work after dinner, at half past one, some of them noticed the roof of the Swan Inn smoking. Dr. Crewe, who was also passing at the time, smelt a strong smell of burning, and went in to inquire if anything was on fire. The thatch then commenced to flare, and although it was then only about as large as a man's hand, the wind soon puffed it into a strong blaze, and in ten minutes the roofs of about fifteen houses on the one side of the street and twelve on the other were all in flames. I had finished my dinner, and was just thinking of getting ready to go back to work, when we heart there was a fire at Higham. I sent out directly, and got there about twenty minutes to two, just when the fire was at it eight. I never saw such a big fire in all my life. As far as one could see through the smoke, on both sides of the street, the houses were all one blaze of light. Men were halloaing, women were crying, children screaming, the fire roaring, and the roofs of the houses falling in one after the other. Rushden fire engine soon put in an appearance, and in a minute or two both Rushden and Higham engines were in full swing. Everybody in Higham, and most people in Rushden and the adjoining places, where the news was carried to, gave up work for the day, so there was no lack of hands to work the engines; and when the Wellingborough Brigade appeared upon the scene the place was crowded. The women who were not employed in removing their own or their neighbours' property, turned out to help the men in handing buckets of water to supplement the efforts of the firemen. Right up the street there was a double line; the men on the one side handing the buckets of water to the scene of action, and the women on the other returning them to be replenished hand to hand. After the fire had been got under the place presented a pitiable scene in the extreme. Twenty seven houses, which two hours before were happy homes, were now completely gutted; while the occupants, some of whom have lost their little all, were turned out into the cold March wind without a place to call their own. One man had only saved his shirt and trousers, while his wife and children had only what they stood upright in. One poor woman, who was confined the day before, had to be taken from her bed and removed to a place of safety. At the Swan Inn there was about forty bushels of potatoes, which were all really "roasted"; and immediately opposite, two pigs that had been killed in the morning met the same fate.



A DISTRESS FUND FORMED
A public meeting was held in the Town Hall on Wednesday morning, for the purpose of establishing a fund for the relief of the distress caused by the disastrous fire. There was a good attendance, and a noteworthy fact was that several gentlemen were present from neighbouring villages. The Mayor (Mr. W. J. Higgins) was voted to the chair, and among those in attendance were the Rev. E. Templeman, Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam, F. U. Sartoris, Esq., Mr. Campbell Praed, Spencer Pratt, Esq., Mr. Wetenhall (Stanwick), Mr. W. A. Pope (Stanwick), Mr. H. Packwood (Rushden), Dr. Crewe, Mr. Thompson, Mr. W. Simpson (deputy recorder), Mr. J. Saunderson, Mr. C. Simpson, Mr. E. B. Randall, Mr. S. Whyman, Mr. J. Lamb, Mr. G. Shelton, Mr. H. Saunders, Mr. T. Saunders, Mr. A. Groom, Mr. W. Spong, Mr. J. Spicer, Mr. J. Sargeant, Mr. B. Flintham, Mr. C. Parker, Mr. F Turner, Mr. S. J. Joll, &c.-The Mayor explained that the object of the meeting was to take into consideration what relief could be given to the sufferers through the destructive fire of the day before. That the case was one of the greatest urgency he need not say, and he therefore hoped, as many gentlemen were present, speakers would be brief in their remarks, so that they might commence their task in earnest, with as little delay as possible.-Rev. E. Templeman remarked that the ruined walls and roofless cottages spoke more eloquently than any words of their own in support of the object they had met to promote. There had been a great calamity in the place, and their object was to remedy the distress and suffering it had caused as well as they possibly could. With this end in view, he proposed "that the following committee be appointed for collecting and administering the funds for the relief of the sufferers by the fire of yesterday, with the power to add to their number:- The Mayor, Mr. W> Simpson, Mr. E. B. Randall, Mr. G. Shelton and Mr. T. Saunders; and that the following ladies be asked to assist the committee in its work, viz:- Mrs. Templeman, the Mayoress, Mrs. Simpson, and Mrs. Crewe." The rev. gentleman went on to say that he did not think they could decide exactly what had to be done at the present moment, as it would be necessary for them to go minutely into the circumstances of the persons who had suffered from the fire. One thing was quite certain-they would want money, but how much they did not know. In such a position it was only natural they should look for some assistance to a gentleman, who, directly he received the news announcing that the town was on fire, ordered a special train, and arrived on the spot with the greatest promptitude. (Hear, hear) He referred, of course, to the Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam (applause), who represented the owners of nearly the whole of the property in Higham Ferrers. They were quite willing to do their part in carrying out the details of the work, but they must look to him to help them peculiarity in the matter. He (the speaker) had brought a bag with him in which to receive contributions, and had placed in it as his humble subscription to the Distress Fund.-Mr. W Lamb seconded the motion.- Mr. F. U. Sartoris read a letter he had received from Captain Arkwright, stating his regret at being unable to attend, and his willingness to help the fund which was being formed.-Mr. Campbell Praed wished to know if the losers by the fire were to be fully compensated, or only temporarily relieved?-Rev. E. Templeman said he did not think they could undertake to compensate all fully; but that would depend upon the amount of money subscribed.-Mr. Praed supposed, then, that any one who was not in impoverished circumstances would not be compensated.-Rev. E. Templeman replied that the fund was purely a charity .-Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam observed that any compensation that was given would depend on the amount raised. If they were able to place the people in the position they occupied before the fire, they would be only too pleased to do so; but to do that it would be necessary to raise a considerable sum. As far as the Fitzwilliam property was concerned, he was not in a position yet to state what would be done, but he was sure the Marquis of Bristol (one of the trustees of the estate) would be glad to meet the matter in a liberal way. (Hear, hear) He had no authority to pledge the Marquis, as he had not had an opportunity of communicating with him. He would, however, write him that night, and communicate his answer to the Mayor as soon as he could. (Hear, hear)- Mr. F. U. Sartoris suggested the advisability of those present guaranteeing a sum of or so that the committee might draw at once and proceed with their work of relieving the distressed. The only doubt in his mind was whether they should do this, or put their names down for a definite sum at once. In any case, however, he thought an appeal might be made to the neighbouring villages for assistance. (Hear, hear)-Rev. E. Templeman said his idea was that they would require money at once, and that was the reason he hoped they would subscribe something at once.- Mr. W. Simpson said it was absolutely essential the committee should have funds at once. There were many cases in which the people were absolutely destitute. They had nothing whatever but what they stood upright in, and therefore the committee, to be of any service, should have funds at its disposal at once. (Hear, hear) As to how far the compensation would go, that was a matter which could only be decided when the committee knew what funds they had to dispose of. The previous evening he had spent several hours in ascertaining what the loss the people affected by the fire had sustained, and he discovered that they had saved very little indeed, and but a very few had saved anything considerable out of what they had. Therefore, he believed they would require a large sum, but he did not despair of seeing it raised. The people of Higham Ferrers were quite prepared to do their duty in the matter, and he did not think it would appeal to others who lived in the county to help them in vain. That this expectation would in all probability be fulfilled was strengthened by the fact that several gentlemen from neighbouring villages were present at that meeting to show their practical interest in the matter in hand. This disaster was too great for Higham to cope with alone and unaided, but they had every confidence in the liberality of outside people. The speaker (who, we should explain kindly acted as secretary,) then invited gentlemen to subscribe, observing that no doubt the Corporation would like to contribute something.-The resolution having been carried, alderman Randall proposed, and Alderman Saunderson seconded, that be paid out of the Corporation Fund towards the list of subscriptions.-This having been agreed to, the subscription list was circulated, and after a short interval showed a total amount subscribed in the room of The chief contributors were:-The Corporation Mr. Campbell Praed, Mr. F. W. Sartoris, the Mayor Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam, Mr. W. A. and Mrs. Pope 10 each; Mr. Wetenhall, Mr. Spencer Pratt, Rev. E. Templeman, Messrs. Ward and Sheffield (Earl's Barton), names of the Rev. E Templeman, Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam, and Mr. Campbell Praed were added to the committee; and, on the motion of the Chairman, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the gentlemen who had so liberally responded to the appeal which had been made.-Mr. H. Packwood (Rushden) suggested that the religious bodies of the neighbouring villages of Raunds, Irthlingborough, Finedon, Rushden and Wellingborough should be asked to allow collections at their services in aid of the Distress Fund. He felt certain there were any comparatively poor people who would be glad to show their sympathy to the distressed by subscribing their pence or their sixpences; and speaking for his own little place (the Union Church), he could say they would be only too pleased to have one, or even two collections in aid of the fund next Sunday. (Hear, hear)-On the motion of the Rev. E. Templeman, seconded by Mr. F. Turner, a hearty vote of thanks was conveyed to the Mayor for presiding, and the proceedings terminated.-Subsequently the committee met and requested the ladies to visit the distressed during the day and relieve the cases of necessity. In the evening another meeting was held in order to take the various cases into consideration.

Rushden Echo, 27th April 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins
Mr. Alfred Blackwell

The Death took place yesterday morning at 3 o'clock of a well-known resident of Higham Ferrers in the person of Mr. Alfred Blackwell, aged 77, of Town Yard. Mr Blackwell was seized with a stroke a week last Sunday and was only conscious at intervals up to the time of his end, which was very peaceful. Deceased, who was a native of Higham Ferrers and was a beadsman six or seven years ago, leaves a widow, aged 75, four daughters and three sons, 28 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon and the service will be conducted at the cemetery. One son is in Australia, and one is in the Tyneside Scottish Regt., serving in France.

picture Amy BLACKWELL [7909]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Richard John BLACKWELL [7908] 
         Mother: 


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Andrew David BLACKWELL [1653]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Alan Walter Gilbert BLACKWELL [1613] 
         Mother: Valerie KING [1648] 

Spouses and Children
1. *Jolanda STOKKEL [1654]
       Children:
                1. Sean BLACKWELL [1655]
                2. Natasha BLACKWELL [1854]
                3. Brody BLACKWELL [1853]


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Andrew Robert BLACKWELL [1665]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Robert Eric BLACKWELL [1617] (1941-2015) 
         Mother: Maria Joanne VUGGS [1664] 


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Annie BLACKWELL [4430]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Mar Q 1888 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 898
    Christening: 
          Death: 1969 - Kettering, Northamptonshire, England 899
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Herbert Charles BLACKWELL [1483] (1860-1934) 
         Mother: Sarah KNIGHT [4427] (1863-1910) 900 

Spouses and Children
1. *Ernest DICKERSON [7560] (       -       ) 894 
       Marriage: 5 Aug 1911 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 894
         Status: 

Notes
General:
http://www.rushdenheritage.co.uk/genealogy/registers/methcircuitm-1865-1915.html
Rushden Research
37 Ernest DICKERSON 25 B shoe machine pressman College Street Irthlingborough George shoe hand
&
37 Annie BLACKWELL 23 S 88 High Street IrthlingboroughHerbert Charles boot operative
R 05 Aug 1911

picture Arthur BLACKWELL [4431]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 26 Feb 1892 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 898,901,902
    Christening: 
          Death: 20 Apr 1969 - Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada 901
         Burial: in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada 901

Events

Residence: 31 Mar 1901, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 2 Town Yard, 1911, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: Herbert Charles BLACKWELL [1483] (1860-1934) 
         Mother: Sarah KNIGHT [4427] (1863-1910) 900 

Spouses and Children
1. *Florence Patience LINE [10719] (6 Feb 1892 - 28 Sep 1983) 901 
       Marriage: 12 Sep 1914 - Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada 901
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Hilda Frances BLACKWELL  901 [10720] (1915-1996)
                2. Kenneth Roy BLACKWELL  901 [10721] (1920-2006)

Notes
General:
Arthur immigrated to Canada on 18 April 1913, where he married Florence Patience Line who was born in Rushden, Northamptonshire.

picture Barry Carlyle BLACKWELL [1624]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Paul Carlisle BLACKWELL [1553] (1920-2006) 
         Mother: Alma Rose DAWES [1554] (1923-2004) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Stasi Bernadette KATKEVICIUS [1683]
       Children:
                1. Russell John BLACKWELL [1684]
                2. Mark Anthony BLACKWELL [1685]


picture
Barry Charles BLACKWELL [7901]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1942
    Christening: 
          Death: 2012 - , , England 109
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Victor Charles Henry BLACKWELL [7899] (1916-1988) 109 
         Mother: Nellie SHERWOOD [7914] (1915-2002) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Susan ABBOTT [7903]
       Children:
                1. Jocelyn E BLACKWELL [7904]
                2. Ian D BLACKWELL [7905]

2. Kathleen A MEANWELL [7906]
       Children:
                1. Claire Louise BLACKWELL [7907]


picture
Beatrice Annie BLACKWELL [1492]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 23 Feb 1878 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 903
    Christening: 19 Aug 1878 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 904
          Death: 17 Nov 1961 - Chester, Cheshire, England 905
         Burial: 

Events

Residence: Railway Cottage, 1901, Lamport, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 116 Dee View,, 1911, Oakenholt, Flintshire, England. (Occupant)

Residence: 71 St Marks Road, 1939, Chester, Cheshire, England.

Residence: 71 St Marks Road, 1961, Saltney, Flintshire, England.


Parents
         Father: Alfred BLACKWELL [1295] (1840-1917) 
         Mother: Ann MILLER [1294] (1841-1923) 884 

Spouses and Children
1. *Joe TEBBUTT [7519] (Abt 1877 - 17 Nov 1951)
       Marriage: 11 Feb 1901 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 906,907
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Ralph Joseph TEBBUTT [7520] (1904-1976)
                2. Ivy Beatrice TEBBUTT [7526] (1911-1982)

Notes
General:
Joe and Beatrice were married in the Parish Church according to the rights and ceremonies of the Established Church by T W Pritchard, Assistant Curate. Witnesses to the marriage were Harry Blackwell and Alice Tebbutt. Joe's address was given as Lamport at the time of his marriage and his occupation was given as signalman. His father was Thomas Tebbutt, a currier.

At her death, Beatrice was a widow living at Saltney, Chester. Probate was granted in 1962 to Robert Hayes William Simon, retired Bakers manager. Her estate was valued ad 1094 7s.

It would appear that she died 10 years to the day after the death of her husband Joe.


picture Bertha Davy BLACKWELL [1486]

      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Mar Q 1872 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 908,909
    Christening: 19 Aug 1878 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 910
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Events

Residence: High Street, 1901, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: Charles BLACKWELL [1481] (Abt 1835-1866) (Relationship: not biological )
         Mother: Elizabeth PARKER [1482] (Abt 1834-After 1911) 
         Father: UNKNOWN [12466] 
         Mother: Elizabeth PARKER [1482] (Abt 1834-After 1911) 

Notes
General:
Probably married Frederick Joseph Pashler in 1904 Higham Ferrers and had two children
* Cyril Frederick Pashler b. 1904 Rushden, died Q Dec 1918 and
* Howard Owen Pashler b. Sept 1906 Wellingborough d. Sep 1906 Wellingborough.

Frederick Joseph Pashler was born in 1872 and served in the Royal Army Medical Corp in WW1 and died on 25 November 1918 in England.

Bertha Pashler died in Wellingborough in 1951

picture Beryl Edyth Ethel BLACKWELL [1614]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Douglas Lancelot BLACKWELL [242] (1905-1942) 892 
         Mother: Theadora MORGAN DAWES [241] (1906-1979) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Donald Frederick CAMPBELL [1656] (25 Apr 1937 - 11 Oct 2021)
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Belinda Louise CAMPBELL [1657]
                2. Sheridan Lisa CAMPBELL [1658]
                3. Glenn Donald CAMPBELL [1659]


picture
Beverley Doris BLACKWELL [1619]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Eric William BLACKWELL [1551] (1916-1990) 911 
         Mother: Lilian May GORRIE [1552] (1913-1993) 

Spouses and Children
1. *John Charles OCCLESHAW [1671]
       Children:
                1. Tracey Lee OCCLESHAW [1672]
                2. Anthony Richard OCCLESHAW [1674]
                3. Adam John OCCLESHAW [1675]


picture
Brody BLACKWELL [1853]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Andrew David BLACKWELL [1653] 
         Mother: Jolanda STOKKEL [1654] 


picture
Charles BLACKWELL [1481]

      Sex: M
AKA: Charles BLACK
Individual Information
     Birth Date: Abt 1835 - , , England
    Christening: 20 Aug 1837 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England
          Death: 18 Apr 1866 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 912,913
         Burial: 23 Apr 1866 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 914

Events

Residence: 1841, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 1861, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 1911, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: John BLACKWELL [1319] (Abt 1796-1870) 884 
         Mother: Ruth CLARKE [1318] (Abt 1798-1871) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Elizabeth PARKER [1482] (Abt 1834 - After 1911)
       Marriage: 22 Aug 1859 - Kettering, Northamptonshire, England 915,916
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Herbert Charles BLACKWELL [1483] (1860-1934)
                2. Emma Maria BLACKWELL [1484] (1862-1938)
                3. Mary Elizabeth BLACKWELL [6645] (Abt 1864-1865)
                4. Horace Thomas BLACKWELL [6644] (1865-1867)
                5. Gertrude Kate BLACKWELL  908 [1485] (1869-      ) (biologial child of one parent) (Father: not biological )
                6. Bertha Davy BLACKWELL  908 [1486] (1872-      ) (biologial child of one parent) (Father: not biological )
                7. Horace George BLACKWELL  908 [1487] (1878-1941) (biologial child of one parent) (Father: not biological )

Notes
General:
Christened under the surname Black.

Charles Blackwell died in 1866. I have now found the burial of Charles at Higham Ferrers in April 1866. This would make the last 3 children who were born to Charles's wife from 1868 onwards not his children.

An Ann Clarke was present at the death of Charles. It is possible that this is one of his mother's family.

picture Charles BLACKWELL [4429]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 9 Oct 1883 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 898
    Christening: 6 Mar 1887 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 894
          Death: 28 Apr 1970 - Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England 917
      Cremation: 1 May 1970 - Kettering Crematorium, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England 918

Parents
         Father: Herbert Charles BLACKWELL [1483] (1860-1934) 
         Mother: Sarah KNIGHT [4427] (1863-1910) 900 

Spouses and Children
1. *Rosa CHAMBERLAIN [5965] (Abt 1884 - 23 May 1969) 901,917 
       Marriage: 
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Herbert Charles BLACKWELL [5966] (1907-      )
                2. Emily Constance BLACKWELL [5967] (1910-      )


picture
Charles BLACKWELL [7536]

      Sex: M
AKA: Charles BLACK
Individual Information
     Birth Date: Abt 1825
    Christening: 21 Aug 1825 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 894
          Death: Jul 1826
         Burial: 20 Jul 1826 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 919

Parents
         Father: John BLACKWELL [1319] (Abt 1796-1870) 884 
         Mother: Ruth CLARKE [1318] (Abt 1798-1871) 

Notes
General:
Christened under the surname Black. Burial information under Charles Black.

picture Charles Edgar BLACKWELL [1493]



      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: Sep 1880 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 920,921
    Christening: 28 May 1882 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 922,923
          Death: 9 Apr 1917 - , , France 924,925,926
         Burial: Apr 1917 - Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, , France 927

Events

Residence: High Street, 1891, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 73 High Street, 1901, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 12 Town Yard, 1911, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Military: World War 1 British Army regimental number 48388, 1914-1918.


Parents
         Father: Alfred BLACKWELL [1295] (1840-1917) 
         Mother: Ann MILLER [1294] (1841-1923) 884 

Notes
General:
Charles was a private in the Northumberland Fusiliers. Part of the 21st Battalion (tyneside Scottish) and was killed in Action in the Western European Theatre. Formerly 179288 RHA. His regimental number was 48388. It is possible that Charles took part in the 2nd Battle of Arras, also known as the Battle for Vimy Hill. This offensive commenced on the 9th of April 1917 in the area where Charles appears to have been killed on that date.

The Battle of Arras began in a snowstorm on 9th April 1917, when Australian, British, and Canadian Divisions fought on a front from Vimy Ridge in the north (Canadian sector), to the trenches east of Arras (British sector), to Bullecourt in the south (Australian sector). It was hoped that the much-awaited breakthrough might be made here. However, the key purpose of the offensive was to tie down the German army in a joint effort with the French, who were simultaneously attacking on the Chemin des Dames. This latter offensive was a complete and costly failure resulting in mutinies among many French divisions.
The Battle of Arras slogged on until mid-May 1917, following a final large-scale attack on 3rd May when casualties were particularly high on the British side. It became the greatest killing battle of the war, with a daily casualty rate even higher than the Somme.

Only an estimated 30% - 40% of the WW1 British military service records have survived due to being destroyed by fire during Second World War bombings, and sadly Charles record appears to be in the 60%- 70% that have been lost.

From the Commonwealth War Graves Photographic Project website, which includes a photograph of the headstone I obtained the following details.
Cemetery: Roclincourt Valley Cemetery
Country: France
Area: Pas De Calais
Rank: Private
Official Number: 48388
Unit: 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers.
Force: Army
Nationality: British
Details: 9th April 1917. III. F. 10.

Roclincourt is a village a little to the east of the road from Arras to Lens. Take the N17 from Arras until the junction of this road and the D60. Travel along the D60 into Roclincourt village. Roclincourt Valley Cemetery lies to the north-east of the village. It is on a farm track signposted off the Thelus road.
Historical Information: Roclincourt was just within the Allied lines before the Battle of Arras in 1917 and it was from here that the 51st (Highland) and 34th Divisions advanced on 9 April 1917. The 1st Canadian Division attacked further north, across the Lens road. Roclincourt Valley Cemetery (originally called Roclincourt Forward Cemetery No.2) was begun after 9 April 1917 by the units which fought on that day. It was used until the following August when it contained the graves of 94 soldiers, of whom 40 belonged to the 51st Division. These form Plot I, Rows A to E and part of Row F. The cemetery was enlarged after the Armistice when graves, almost all of April 1917 and mostly from the 34th and 51st Divisions, were brought in from the surrounding battlefields and from certain smaller cemeteries, including:- KING CRATER CEMETERY, ROCLINCOURT: a mine crater, it contained 99 burials in five big graves, made by the 34th Division in the middle of April 1917, all dating from 9 April. All but two belonged to the Tyneside Brigades of the Northumberland Fusiliers. KITE CRATER CEMETERY, ST LAURENT-BLANGY, contained 53 burials of 9 April 1917 in five big graves, mainly of the 34th Division. RABS ROAD CEMETERY, ST LAURENT-BLANGY, contained 20 burials of 9 or 13 April 1917, 16 belonging to the 15th or 16th Royal Scots. ROCLINCOURT LONG CEMETERY (called at one time Roclincourt Forward Cemetery No.3), contained 68 burials of 9 April 1917, all 51st Division. THELUS ROAD CEMETERY, ROCLINCOURT, was made by the XVII Corps and contained 42 burials of 9 April 1917, 51st Division. The cemetery now contains 518 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 83 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to four casualties known, or believed, to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield. (information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission).

see also https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Blackwell-2386 928

picture Charlotte BLACKWELL [7534]

      Sex: F
AKA: Charlotte BLACK
Individual Information
     Birth Date: 1819 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 929
    Christening: 22 Aug 1819 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 894
          Death: After 1891
         Burial: 

Events

Residence: 1851, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.

Residence: 63 High Street, 1881, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England.


Parents
         Father: John BLACKWELL [1319] (Abt 1796-1870) 884 
         Mother: Ruth CLARKE [1318] (Abt 1798-1871) 

Spouses and Children
1. *William GROOM [7537] (1816 -       ) 894 
       Marriage: Dec Q 1840 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 930
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Sarah GROOM  894 [7540] (1843-      )
                2. George GROOME  931 [9260] (1845-1846)
                3. Emma GROOM  894 [7541] (Abt 1847-1867)
                4. Alfred GROOM [7542] (1850-1862)
                5. William GROOM  894 [7543] (Abt 1853-1891)
                6. Frederick GROOM  894 [7544] (Abt 1857-      )
                7. Rhena GROOM  894 [7545] (Abt 1861-1877)

Notes
General:
Christened under surname Black. Married under the name Blackwell.

In the 1861 census, Charlotte is described as a widow although I have not found her husbands death. At the 1891 census, Charlotte was living with her son William. I have been unable to find either Charlotte's son William or Charlotte in the 1901 census. I have found a possible death of a Charlotte Groom at Kings Norton, Worcestershire, in the October quarter of 1896, estimated birth of this Charlotte was abt 1816.

picture Charmaine Louise BLACKWELL [1327]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Douglas Geoffrey Francis BLACKWELL [186] 
         Mother: Nancye June BONHAM [185] 

Spouses and Children
1. *Neil JEREMIAH [1329]
       Children:
                1. Matthew Francis William BLACKWELL [1328]


picture
Christine Lee BLACKWELL [1678]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Lindsay Alan BLACKWELL [1620] 
         Mother: Joy Marie SHARP [1676] (1951-2020) 


picture
Christopher J BLACKWELL [7939]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Spencer Robert BLACKWELL [7900] (1917-1999) 109 
         Mother: Bertha Ada BALL [7936] (1920-1995) 438 

Spouses and Children
1. *Vanetta M YATES [7943]
       Children:
                1. Deanna Marie BLACKWELL [7944]

2. Valerie OLIVER [7945]
       Children:
                1. Georgina BLACKWELL [7946]


picture
Claire Louise BLACKWELL [7907]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Barry Charles BLACKWELL [7901] (1942-2012) 109 
         Mother: Kathleen A MEANWELL [7906] 

Spouses and Children
1. *MITCHELL [7930]


picture
Clifford Arthur Bernard BLACKWELL [1612]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Douglas Lancelot BLACKWELL [242] (1905-1942) 892 
         Mother: Theadora MORGAN DAWES [241] (1906-1979) 

Spouses and Children
1. Jennifer Rose JOHNSON [1645] (30 Jul 1944 - 31 Oct 1983)
       Marriage: 
         Status: 

2. *Hilda Tilar TIBERIO [1646]
       Children:
                1. Hannah Jasmine Tiberio BLACKWELL [1647]


picture
Constance Mavis BLACKWELL [1593]



      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 10 Jul 1920 - Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
    Christening: 
          Death: 12 Dec 2012 - , Victoria, Australia 932
      Cremation: Dec 2012 - Private cremation 933

Parents
         Father: Gilbert Darlow BLACKWELL [1540] (1896-1973) 934 
         Mother: Annie DAVIES [1541] (1896-1969) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Alfred James KNEE [1594]
       Children:
                1. Julie Anne KNEE [1629]
                2. Robyn Mae KNEE [1630]
                3. Brian James KNEE [1633]
                4. Iain Gilbert KNEE [1631]


picture
Coral Janine BLACKWELL [2]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Douglas Geoffrey Francis BLACKWELL [186] 
         Mother: Nancye June BONHAM [185] 

Spouses and Children
1. *Michael James JONES [910]
       Children:
                1. Michelle Janine JONES [1]
                2. Tristan James JONES [4]
                3. Lachlan Douglas James JONES [5]


picture
Craig Douglas BLACKWELL [1669]

      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 6 Nov 1966 - Pakenham, Vic, Australia
    Christening: 
          Death: 20 Oct 1992 - Bundaberg, Qld, Australia
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Lance Douglas BLACKWELL [1618] 
         Mother: Shirley Christina SHARPE [1668] (1945-2004) 


picture
Damon Paul BLACKWELL [1769]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: David FAIRLESS [10153] 
         Mother: Narelle Kylie BLACKWELL [1691] 


picture
Daniel Geoffrey Robert BLACKWELL [1846]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Private 
         Mother: Naomi Jeanette BLACKWELL [1336] 


picture
Darren Anthony BLACKWELL [1680]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Uk [?] [3234] (      -      ) 
         Mother: Gail Olga BLACKWELL [1622] 


picture
Darryl William BLACKWELL [1616]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Eric William BLACKWELL [1551] (1916-1990) 911 
         Mother: Lilian May GORRIE [1552] (1913-1993) 


picture
David Graham BLACKWELL [7902]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Victor Charles Henry BLACKWELL [7899] (1916-1988) 109 
         Mother: Nellie SHERWOOD [7914] (1915-2002) 


picture
Deanna Marie BLACKWELL [7944]

      Sex: F

Parents
         Father: Christopher J BLACKWELL [7939] 
         Mother: Vanetta M YATES [7943] 


picture
Dennis Bruce BLACKWELL [1625]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Paul Carlisle BLACKWELL [1553] (1920-2006) 
         Mother: Alma Rose DAWES [1554] (1923-2004) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Vivienne Janette MISTRETTA [1686]
       Children:
                1. Sharon Marie BLACKWELL [1687]
                2. Janette Lea BLACKWELL [1688]


picture
Doris Augustus BLACKWELL [1538]



      Sex: F

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 6 Aug 1895 - Kettering, Northamptonshire, England 935
    Christening: 25 Aug 1895 - Kettering, Northamptonshire, England 936,937
          Death: 1 Mar 1927 - Melbourne South, Vic, Australia 938,939
         Burial: 2 Mar 1927 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Parents
         Father: William BLACKWELL [1283] (1867-1953) 
         Mother: Ada Primrose DARLOW [1282] (1874-1942) 

Spouses and Children
1. *William Isaac Peter PETTMAN [1539] (1895 - 1953)
       Marriage: 10 Sep 1919 - Nar Nar Goon, Vic, Australia 940
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Claude Cedrick PETTMAN [1578] (1920-1974)
                2. Ralph William PETTMAN [1609] (1921-1921)
                3. Bernard Russell PETTMAN [1584] (1922-1999)
                4. Rex Clifford PETTMAN [1586] (1924-2000)
                5. Doris Joyce PETTMAN [1588] (1926-2003)

Notes
General:
Family story has it that Doris went out and arrived home later than expected. The house was locked up when she returned and she got a chill. The chill turned to pneumonia and Doris died.

The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 1 March 1930 Page 13
PETTMAN.-In loving memory of Doris, dearly beloved, wife of William, and loving mother of Claude, Bernard, Rex, and Joyce, who passed away on March 1, 1927.
Just a memory fond and true,
To show, dear Doris, we think of you;
Not gone from memory, not gone from love.
But gone to a better home above,
-(Inserted by her loving husband and children.)

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Tue 4 Mar 1930 Page 1 Family Notices
PETTMAN. - In loving memory of our dear daughter and sister, Doris, who died 1st March, 1927. Gone, but not forgotten. - Inserted by her loving parents and sister, Mr. and Mrs W. Blackwell and sister, Phyllis

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Tue 3 Mar 1936 Page 1 Family Notices
PETTMAN (Blackwell). - In loving memory of our dear Doris, who died 1st March, 1927. Parted, but not forever.
- Inserted by mother, father, sisters and brothers
PETTMAN. - In loving memory of my dear sister, Doris, who passed away 1st March, 1927.
- Inserted by her loving brother, Bern.

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Tue 1 Mar 1938 Page 1 Family Notices
PETTMAN (nee Blackwell) - In loving memory of my sister, Doris,, died March 1, 1927. Parted, but not for ever. - Vincent and Esther.

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Wed 1 Mar 1939 Page 16 Family Notices
PETTMAN (nee Blackwell). - In : memory of our dear daughter and sister, Doris, died March 1, 1927., Ever remembered.
- By her mother and father, brothers and sister, Narnargoon, and Gilbert and Annie, Ormond. .

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Sat 1 Mar 1941 Page 13 Family Notices
PETTMAN (nee Doris Blackwell). - In loving memory of our dear daughter and sister, Doris who passed away March 1, 1927. A silent thought brings many a tear. Of one we miss and love so dear. - Inserted by her loving parents, sisters and brothers. Bob, Annie, Gilbert, Paul, Eric. Phyllis
and Lil, Narnargoon.

picture Douglas Geoffrey Francis BLACKWELL [186]

      Sex: M

Parents
         Father: Douglas Lancelot BLACKWELL [242] (1905-1942) 892 
         Mother: Theadora MORGAN DAWES [241] (1906-1979) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Nancye June BONHAM [185]
       Children:
                1. Coral Janine BLACKWELL [2]
                2. Douglas Harold Maxwell BLACKWELL [1326] (1960-1988)
                3. Charmaine Louise BLACKWELL [1327]
                4. Linda Diane BLACKWELL [1330]
                5. Naomi Jeanette BLACKWELL [1336]


picture
Douglas Harold Maxwell BLACKWELL [1326]



      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 12 Mar 1960 - Warragul, Victoria, Australia
    Christening: 
          Death: 5 Dec 1988 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia 941
         Burial: 8 Dec 1988 - Bunyip, Vic, Australia 942

Events

Residence: 46 Garfield Road, 1960 To 1974, Garfield, Vic, Australia.

Residence: 4 Hunter Street, 1973 To 1987, Wonthaggi, Vic, Australia.

Residence: 7 Blackburn Road, 1977, Mooroolbark, Vic, Australia.

Occupation: Communications Engineer, 1985 To 1988.

Residence: 14 / 25 Royal Avenue, 1985 To 1988, Glenhuntly, Vic, Australia.

Residence: James Street, 1985, Glenhuntly, Vic, Australia.


Parents
         Father: Douglas Geoffrey Francis BLACKWELL [186] 
         Mother: Nancye June BONHAM [185] 
        Marriage This person had no known marriage and no known children
                 

Notes
General:
Douglas worked at various occupations on leaving school, including for Smith and Nephew at Wonthaggi and Containers Ltd at Dandenong. He gained employment as a communications technician installing radio equipment and towers for PG Wallace until late 1988. He was living in Glenhuntly, Victoria. He then got a position for another communications firm installing car telephones and the like. He had only been working at the job for two weeks and was on his way to work on his on his motorbike about 2kms from his home when he hit a speed hump in the road and was thrown into a fence. The accident occurred in Lyons Street, Glenhuntly at the edge of R M Lord Park or Koornang Park. Douglas sustained serious injuries and was transported to the Alfred Hospital where he remained in a critical condition for one month where he died as a result of his injuries. Douglas did not marry or have any children.

Douglas was the second child and only son of D. Geoff Blackwell and Nancye (Bonham). He lived at Garfield, Victoria, Australia, until he was 14 years old, when his family moved to Wonthaggi, Victoria, Australia. Douglas spent some time unemployed after he finished school, and later worked at Smith and Nephew in Wonthaggi and at Containers Limited, a packaging factory in Dandenong, driving from Wonthaggi to Dandenong daily. He moved to Glenhuntly in approximately 1985 where he had obtained a job working for P.G. Wallace and Co, a Prahran based company, who installed, serviced and maintained communications antennas. He worked all over Victoria installing these towers, but most of the work was carried out in the Melbourne area.

Douglas was an early adopter of computer technology and was adept at computer programming. He was also an amateur (ham) radio operator and enthusiast. He assisted in the early stages of organising and installing equipment for the formation of a local radio Station in the South Gippsland area, now known as 3MFM. He was undertaking a course in electronics at the Swinburne Institute of Technology.

The Rialto Towers (often The Rialto) is the second-tallest reinforced concrete building and the tallest office building in the southern hemisphere, when measured to its roof (several other skyscrapers in Australia are taller if their spires are included, as are some other structured in Australia such as communications masts and observation towers). The building is located at 525 Collins Street, in the western side of the central business district of Melbourne, Australia.

The Rialto Towers featured Melbourne's first skyscraper public observation deck which operated between 1994 and 31 December 2009 It was also the location of Melbourne's first Tower running event.

At the time of its completion it was the 23rd tallest building in the world and the 2nd tallest outside of the United States (behind First Canadian Place in Toronto, Canada). Construction of the Rialto Towers was completed in 1986.*(Wikipedia Feb 2012)

P G Wallace and Company installed the communications towers on the top of the Rialto building. Douglas, who was initially very unhappy working at height, soon got used to it, and would proudly recount the fact that he and his workmates used to fly paper aeroplanes from the roof of the Rialto building during its construction and the installation of the communications towers.

Douglas left this job with P.G. Wallace and Co in mid 1988 and commenced working for a company called Australnet Communications that installed car telephones that operated from Mount Waverley. This was an infant industry at the time.

In his younger years Douglas played the cornet in the Wonthaggi Citizens Band, and played competition table tennis at Wonthaggi. He also enjoyed archery. As a child and into adulthood he built and flew model planes, eventually branching out into radio controlled equipment including planes, cars and boats. He competitively raced radio controlled sailing boats on the Albert Park Lake in Melbourne.

As children, Douglas and his sisters learned to ride motorbikes, which were ridden at Garfield on Theadora Fenn's land which was about 6 acres. Eventually Douglas obtained his motorbike licence and rode his bike to work in Melbourne trying to save fuel costs. He had purchased a 125cc racing motorbike which he was preparing to race in 1989.

Douglas was on his way to work at his new job at Australnet Communications, where he had been working for only 2 weeks, when his motorcycle hit a speed hump in the road, only about 2 kms from his home in Glenhuntly. He lost control of the machine and was critically injured and taken to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where he remained in a critical condition for one month, but finally succumbed to his injuries on the 5th of December 1988.

Douglas did not marry or have any children but loved his nieces and nephews dearly. 943

picture Douglas Lancelot BLACKWELL [242]



      Sex: M

Individual Information
     Birth Date: 27 Apr 1905 - Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England 499
    Christening: 4 Jun 1905 - Kettering, Northamptonshire, England 944
          Death: 13 Oct 1942 - Townsville, Qld, Australia 499,945
         Burial: 14 Oct 1942 - Townsville, Qld, Australia 499,946

Events

Occupation: Dredge operator.

Residence: Government Road (later called Garfield Road), Cir 1931-1942, Garfield, Vic, Australia.

Burial information: Townsville cemetery grave No 3 / 387 / F, Oct 1942, Townsville, Qld, Australia.


Parents
         Father: William BLACKWELL [1283] (1867-1953) 
         Mother: Ada Primrose DARLOW [1282] (1874-1942) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Theadora MORGAN DAWES [241] (1 Jan 1906 - 21 May 1979)
       Marriage: 1 May 1926 - Bunyip, Vic, Australia 499,948
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Gwendoline Pax Maud BLACKWELL [1610] (1926-1995)
                2. Pearl Gladys Doreen BLACKWELL [1611] (1929-2005)
                3. Douglas Geoffrey Francis BLACKWELL [186]
                4. Clifford Arthur Bernard BLACKWELL [1612]
                5. Alan Walter Gilbert BLACKWELL [1613]
                6. Beryl Edyth Ethel BLACKWELL [1614]
                7. Eve Lillith BLACKWELL [1615] (1943-2001)

Notes
General:
Christened at St Andrews Church, Kettering.

Douglas and his brother Paul married cousins, Theadora Morgan-Dawes and Alma Rose Dawes. Douglas and Dora lived in Dandenong for a short time after their marriage, but later moved to 52 Garfield Road, Garfield to the home of Dora's parents Alfred Dawes and the Morgan sisters to look after them in their old age. They probably had at least 2 children when they returned to Garfield, D. Geoff was born in the house at Garfield so they were certainly living in Garfield by 1933. Dora inherited the house at Garfield when her father died.

According to Douglas's brothers and those that knew him, he was a very intelligent man who was very good at fixing things and working things out. One of the Weatherhead's used to say that Douglas was the cleverest person he had ever met.

In 1937 Dora was expecting her 5th child and her health was not good. Douglas and Dora decided to hire a housekeeper in the short term to assist with domestic duties. They hired Cecilia Ryan, mother of the infamous Ronald Ryan (The last man hanged in the State of Victoria). Pearl Madden recounted a story of the time when Cecilia's Husband Jack came to the house at 52 Garfield Road, Garfield and knocked on the front door asking to talk to his wife. Mrs Ryan did not want to talk to her husband, but he forced his way into the house and, armed with a bread knife, chased Cecilia around the kitchen table trying to stab her and shouting abuse. Pearl Blackwell grabbed her 2 younger brothers, Cliff and D. Geoff and run to the bedroom where the children hid under the bed until the commotion died down. I am uncertain if the police were called or if Jack Ryan simply calmed down and left. Allan Blackwell was born in 25 September 1937 and it is thought that Mrs Ryan left Garfield sometime after that time.

Douglas was blinded in one eye following a childhood accident. He was a dragline/dredge operator and during WW2 he worked for the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission and lived and worked away from home a great deal of the time. He began work at the State Rivers in approximately 1935 and was employed for 1 1/2 years as Fireman on Steam Boilers and then as Operator in charge of Caterpillar Diesel Engine Excavator. In 1939 Douglas began a correspondence course with the "International Correspondence School (A/sia) Pty Ltd. The course was on Diesel engine maintenance and repair which he continued until his death in 1942. There are many "percentage Certificate"s for this course and the lowest mark he ever obtained was 96% which was on the first paper he completed.

In October 1940 Douglas was working at Wodonga, on the Hume Weir. He joined the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemen's Association of NSW and had been a member of that Union's Victorian Branch up until 12 October 1940. His last letter to Dora from Wodonga was dated December 5 1940. In March 1941, Mr F Honeychurch of the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission at Koo-Wee-Rup wrote to Douglas offering him a position as a second Machine operator. It is assumed that Douglas took up this offer as there is a letter dated 23 December 1941 from the SR & WSC, East Melbourne, Koo-Wee-Rup branch signed by the District Officer introducing Douglas to the Captain Superintendent of Training at the Flinders Naval Depot at Crib Point (now known as Cerberus) and another letter dated 1942 from the Department of Defence, Flinders Naval Depot in the form of a Pass in and out of the depot. There is a letter from Douglas to Dora from the Flinders Naval Base is dated Jan 10th (1942). His next letter is c/- the Country Roads Board and is almost certainly sent from Fulham where he worked for a time. His letters continue to say c/- CRB until May 11th, 1942, when the heading changes back to SR&WS, and the location changes to Sale. He was working on the sewerage system in the area. After the Sewerage was completed it is thought that Douglas worked on a project at the Sale RAAF Station as there is a Special Pass dated 6 July 1942 for the hours of 0730 -1800 hours daily for the purposes of working.

There are several references in Douglas's letters to Dora to Sid Black and his wife. Sid Black was a Power Shovel Driver who also worked for the State Rivers and in 1942 was living at 77 Stawell Street, Sale. Douglas sometimes stayed with Sid when he returned to Sale from home at Garfield and then went out the works camp at Sale the following day. Sid's wife sometimes forwarded Douglas's pay to Dora. It is thought Sid's wife's name was Sheila.

There is an enlistment record on the National Archives of Australia website for the Allied Works Council, Civil Construction Corps Register noting Douglas's enrolment to serve from 4 June 1942 as a Drag Line Operator. The records states that Douglas was 5 feet 6" tall and weighed 9 stone 5 lbs. It noted that he had a weak right eye and on 11 September 1942 was ex State Rivers Sale to Brisbane. Under the general remarks section it states 17/9/1942. Wire from Brisbane re destination (see file Maries) deceased see file ....eligible for 2 days service leave.

On the 3rd of September 1942 Douglas received a letter from the SR&WSC Melbourne advising that the Allied Works Council was considering sending operators from Machine No's 21 and 27 to North Queensland and asking if Douglas would be interested in travelling up to his machine. His reply is unknown, but his next letter to Dora dated September 13th is from Brisbane. He spent some time at the Allied Works Camp at Chernside in Brisbane.

He left Brisbane to travel to Townsville on the evening of 1 October 1942 and arrived in Townsville at lunchtime on the 3rd of October and were sent out to "The Black River Camp" about 12 miles out of Townsville on the 5th of October. When he arrived at the camp he decided to try to locate the machines he was supposed to be operating. He found the machines at the Main Roads Camp and was upset to find that they had any number of operators for the machines and felt that his trip to Townsville was a wasted one so he went and spoke to the Engineer. The engineer advised that he would have "them" (Douglas & Frederick Ernest Maries of Shepparton) sent back to Melbourne. Douglas's last letter to Dora from the Townsville camp was dated October 7 1942. His service number was CV26213.

Douglas was in his tent at the Bohle River Civil Construction Corps Camp on the evening of the 9th of October 1942. He and his tent mate Frederick Ernest Maries were to leave the camp to return to Melbourne on the 10th of October. At around 6pm on the 9th, a blast went off from the nearby quarry. Maries was standing at the door of the tent watching the blasting and talking to Douglas about it, and when he did not receive a response from Douglas he (Maries) turned around and saw Douglas lying on his stretcher with a wound to his head. He got help and an ambulance took Douglas to the Townsville General Hospital, but he died from his injuries at around 4.30 am on the 13th of October 1942.

The Bohle River Civil Construction Corps Camp where Douglas was staying was in close proximity to a quarry where blasting was undertaken on a regular basis. It appears that for some time there had been problems with stones from the blasting flying into the camp area and the powder monkey had reduced the charge to try to stop this happening, and discussions had also been held on moving the camp. According to the "powder monkey", Mr Arthur Hill, the camp and quarry were only about 150 yards apart as the crow flies. The powder monkey allowed 15 minutes prior to lighting the fuse and word of mouth and a whistle sounding was used as a warning of the impending blast. The police officer who attended the scene, Arthur Vincent Moylan advised that the tent in which Douglas was located was about 300 yards from No 1 quarry. The stone that was picked up near the tent was weighed and found to be 2lbs 3 ozs. This is thought to be the stone that hit Douglas in the head and caused the holes in the tent.

Dora received a telegram notifying her of Douglas's death. A second telegram was said to have been sent requesting Dora's decision as to whether Douglas's body was to be shipped back to Victoria for burial or whether he should be buried in Townsville. Dora never received this telegram and consequently the authorities buried Douglas in an unmarked grave in the Townsville cemetery. The existence of this telegram is quite uncertain, particularly in view of the fact that McKimmins Undertakers of Townsville buried Douglas at the New Cemetery in West Townsville on the 14th of October, the day after he died. Mr James Henry Joseph Kelly, the Officer in charge of personnel of the Allied Works Camp in Townsville advised that he sent at least three separate telegrams, to the Police at Garfield, the Deputy Director of Personnel in Melbourne and the Assistant Director of Personnel in Brisbane.

Ironically, all of Douglas's brothers served during WW1 and WW2 and all survived, but Douglas who was in the Civil Construction Corp was killed.

Douglas is buried in the Belgian Gardens Cemetery in Townsville. Many years later, family friends, Hector and Jessie Elliot of Pakenham travelled to Townsville and Hector constructed a concrete headstone at Douglas's grave. Douglas's wife Dora was expecting her 7th child when he died. In 1963 Theadora Fenn (Blackwell) paid the Townsville Cemetery Trust to purchase the plot at the Townsville cemetery where Douglas was buried. She paid 10 pounds for the grave number 3, allotment 387, section F, and 2 pounds 2 shillings for the permit fee. This may have been to allow the headstone to be legally constructed, although this is uncertain.

Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954) Wednesday 9 December 1942 Page 2
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/170330217
CCC FATALITY
Struck By Stone
BRISBANE, Tuesday. At the Coroner's inquest into the death of Douglas Blackwell, married, of Victoria, a member of the CCC, held this after noon, the evidence revealed that deceased on October 9 was sitting in a tent during blasting operations at a quarry 250 yards away. When a companion came into the tent later he found him lying In bed with head injuries. He was taken to hospital, where he died. Police investigations revealed a rent in the fly of the tent and it was apparent deceased had been struck by a piece of blue granite metal. The death certificate showed that death was due to cerebral lacerations and compound fracture.

Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 - 1954) Wed 9 Dec 1942 Page 2
A coroner's inquiry was held on Tuesday afternoon before Mr. R. H. Allen, Coroner, into the cause and manner of death of Douglas Blackwell, who died at the Townsville District Hospital on 13th. October from injuries received at a Townsville district camp on October 9 during blasting operations. The evidence showed that the deceased had been sitting on the side of his bed whilst blasting operations were being carried out 250 yards away. When a companion entered the tent, he found deceased lying on the bed, with extensive head injuries, and he was conveyed to the hospital. When the police made investigations they found a rent in the fly in the centre and three or four punctured holes in the tent itself. It was apparent that the deceased had been hit by a piece of blue granite metal. Deceased was a married man, from Victoria, and was employed by the C.C.C. A certificate showed death was due to cerebral lacerations, and a compound fracture of the skull. The inquiry, conducted by Sergeant Purtell, was adjourned to a later date, owing to the inability of one witness to attend.

Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 - 1954) View title info Wed 23 Dec 1942 Page 2
On Tuesday afternoon Mr. R. H Allen, Coroner, concluded the inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Douglas Blackwell at the Townsville District Hospital on October 13 last. Death was due to injuries received at a camp on October 9, during blasting operations, J. J. Kelly, of the Allied Works Council, gave evidence as to having taken a statement from F. Maries, at the time of the accident. In his statement, Maries stated he, with the deceased, arrived back from town on October 9 at about 5.45 p.m. and were relaxing in their tent. About 5.50, blasting operations were in progress, about 200 yards away. He got off his bed to have a look, and then called out to Blackwell to come and have a look. One blast had blown half the limbs off a tree. Blackwell did not come. Then he heard a thud, and, looking around, he saw the deceased on his bunk, with blood pouring from his ears. First aid was quickly available and the injured man was conveyed to the hospital The witness stated Maries was not available to give evidence. This concluded the inquiry, which was declared closed.

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Sat 13 Oct 1945 Page 11 Family Notices

BLACKWELL. - In sad memory of our loved husband and father, Douglas Lancelot, who died October 13. 1942.- Inserted by his loving wife and children.
BLACKWELL.- In fond, remembrance of Douglas, who passed away October 13, 1942. Sadly missed by father and Phyllis. [Blackwell]
BLACKWELL. - In loving memory of Douglas. who passed away October 13, 1942.
Always remembered by his loving brother, Eric (A.I.F.) and Lil. [Blackwell]
BLACKWELL.- in loving memory of my dear . brother, Douglas, accidentally killed (Townsville) October 13, 1942. For ever In our thoughts. - Inserted by Ethel and Bill. Murrumbeena. [Jones]
BLACKWELL. - In memory of Douglas, who passed away at Townsville October 13. 1942. - Inserted by Bob and Rita. [Blackwell]

The Dandenong Journal (Vic. : 1927 - 1954) View title info Wed 21 Oct 1942 Page 12 SPRING VALE HAPPENINGS
DISTRICT FRIENDS of Mrs. W. Jones, of Spring Vale road, sympathise deeply with her in the death of her brother, Mr. D. Blackwell, of Garfield. Deceased was on an Allied Works Council job at Townsville, when he was fatally injured during blasting operations, a large fall of rock coming down on him.

The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Thu 13 Oct 1949 Page 2 Family Notices
BLACKWELL. In memory of Douglas, passed away October 13, 1942, at Townsville, Qld.
- Inserted by his brother, Bob, and his friend, Rita. 949,950,951,952,953,954,955,956,957,958,959

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