The Fridge and the Centurian
Stuck on my daughters fridge was a postcard of Plymouth which told an interesting story.
Her interpretation of the message was that it says : 'Brixham. To / Dear Hen. Just a card hoping you are all well. Thank mother for letter. I hope she received the fl-(flowers ?) alright. It is nice weather here today, but it has been very rough. I had a letter from Will. He's alright. I am getting on alright. Hope you are the same. Frank.' The postmark is Brixham but it is of Plymouth which is strange but maybe he just had an old posctard lying around ?
I discovered that the property still exists. It is Higher Rose Bank, Fore Street, Dolton, Winkleigh EX19 8QH .... north west of Exeter.
The recipient is Winnie Bealey aged 15, daughter of a carpenter. The mother mentioned is Bessie Bealey. It was sent to Winnie by her brother Frank Bealey. On the 1911 census he was aged 24, born Dolton, and living in The Vicarage, Brixham, occupation "domestic coachman". Amazing what you can learn from an old postcard !
Look at the servants they had - might be worth looking to see more about the Vicar ?
Found young Winnie on the 1911 census with her family :
one snippet (not about her) which is coincidently very apt - on 24th October 1916 (97 years ago today) one of her brothers, Sergeant Hubert George Bealey, died in Basra from Diptheria (from Military Records)
Winnie was one of 7 siblings, two died under 3, Hubert died in WW1 as I said above, another two brothers died aged 82 and 92. A sister reached 86 and Winnie herself ? She reached the grand old age of 100 and died in the Torbay region in 1996. Must be the good sea air ?
Winnie married Ernest Hellier in 1921 when she was 25 but there is no trace of them having had any children. He died in 1960.
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