Story 3 ....;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ..............1904
and updated additions are coloured Green.........
Musgrove's move to London
the remaining Musgroves by 1904 were living at 4
Richmond Street Barnsbury. The family at this time consisted of
the three sisters, Emily, Lilly, Adelaide and their two brothers Herbert
The first of the children to marry was Lilly who
married Arthur (John) Digby in 1905. He was a fishmonger from Chelmsford. The
Digby family had a long established shop in Duke Street Chelmsford which had
been established by John's father Henry
Digby. Henry had married Mary Ann Eliza Clark in Poplar
in 1857. The 1861 census shows the Digby's living with Mary Ann's parents in
Chelmford. Her father Richard Clark was Chief Turnkey at Chelmsford Goal. Between
the years 1860 and 1876 Henry and Mary Ann had beight children. Eliza Maud
Mary born 1860, Alice 1863, Minnie Gray 1865, Kate 1867, William John 1868,
Ada 1870, Ivy 1874, and Arthur (later known as John) in 1876. We believe that
Mary Ann Digby died shortly after this date. Henry Digby ran two Fishmongers
shops in the 1880's in Chelmsford. He lived until the mid 1890's when the business
were taken over by his sons William and Arthur. By 1902 only the Duke
Street Shop was trading and Arthur (John) soon sold up
and moved to London. John and Lilly Digby's first child John
Albert Roy was born in April 1905 at 4 Richmond Street.
In May 1908 Emily Sophia Musgrove married
John George Ruff. and they moved to nearby Wedmore Gardens where their first
child Grace Emily Ruff was
born in June 1909. John George Ruff was the son of Thomas and Anne Ruff of Clayton Street Islington.
Unfortunately the baby Grace
Emily died aged just six months. The Ruffs had now moved
nearby to 45 Kingsdown Road Holloway. Grace's death was registered by Emily's
sister Adelaide who was also living locally at 109 Devenshire road. We assume
that John George Ruff was away in Naval Service at the time. Emily and John
George (known in the family as Jack) were soon to move to 1
Layfield Road in Gillingham Kent. Their first son John
Victor Ruff was born here on the 27th October 1910 followed
by their second daughter Madeline
Eleanor Ruff (known as Molly) who was born 17th December
1913 also at 1 Layfield Road Gillingham.(Emily's husband John Ruff's naval
record is interesting). The 1911 census records
the Ruff family in Gillingham at this time.
By 1911 Lambert William Harris's family had moved from Boxworth
Grove to Belitha
Villas Barnsbury. The 1911 Census shows the family consisted of
Lambert and his wife Alice and their children Lambert Thomas shown as a pianoforte
Alfred a french polisher, Walter a post office employee and their daughter
Ivy who was at school. An interesting addition to the 1911 census householder
are details of the number of children born. The declaration shows that in
period of Lambert and Alice's marriage, one child had died. No name is given.
This would suggest the child had died in infancy.
Lambert's brother Charles Harris had moved by 1911 to 35
Mansion Street Camberwell. His son Charles Lionel Harris had married Emily Jane Hall in 1904 and they
lived together with his parents.
Further details of Charles Harris and family can be found in the RELATED FAMILIES section of this web site.
Henry Cole by 1911 was still living in Kennington. His daughter Jessie
Cole had married Sidney Robert Hickman in 1904. The 1911
census shows Henry Cole now aged 76 living with his daughter
Jessie Hickman at 22 Cleaver Street Kennington.
and Digby families move to Coventry
November 1908 saw the birth of Lilly and John's Digby's first daughter Winnifred Digby
at 2 Fairbridge Road. The Digby's next child Blanche was
born in October 1910. The Digby's had by now moved to Coventry and were living
at 95 Gosford Street in the City centre. The move was prompted the begining
of the motor car industry John Digby was now a mechanic and looking for engineering
work in this new market.
1908 Rupert Musgrove at 16 was the youngest of the Musgrove children.
He was living with the family in Fairbridge Road. At around this
time Rupert met Alice
Crook who lived nearby in Miranda Road Highgate. Alice fell
pregnant (a Musgrove family trait) by Rupert in May 1910. Alice came from
a very strict
Catholic family who wouldn't have seen the funny side of this situation.
This could easily explain that when Alice and Rupert's baby was born the
had also moved to Coventry.
Ruby Alice Musgrove was born in February 1911 at 6 Alexandra Terrace, Litttle
Heath, Foleshill just north of Coventry City Centre. Two doors away at number
8 were living his married sister Lilly and John Digby, who had presumably persuaded
Rupert to move north for better job prospects. Within weeks of the birth of
Ruby, Rupert and Alice married at a local register office Rupert's brother in law John Digby (Lilly's husband)
was a witness.
The census for 1911 was taken on the 2nd April and shows Rupert
his wife alice and their two month old daughter Ruby. John
Digby is listed with his wife Lilly, and children John
aged 6, Winnifred aged 2 and Blanche aged just 2 months.
In May 1912 Rupert and Alice's second child John
Bernard Musgrove was born. Rupert's family had now left Coventry
and returned to London to live in Alice's parents house in Miranda
Road Upper Holloway. Any bad feelings between the families after the
marriage of Rupert and Alice seemed to be now resolved.
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Rupert Musgrove (left) with his brother in law John Charles Crook photographed in London about 1913.
September 1912 saw the birth of Lilly and John Digby's second son Herbert
Henry (known as Sam). They were living at Alexandra Terrace,
Foleshill at this time. John
and Lilly Digby now living back in London at 27 Sonning Street had their
fourth child William born on the 7th August 1914 he
lived for only 24 days. Their next son George
born in 1916 and their Daughter Joyce in
By 1904 Christiana and Thomas Langman had resolved their
problems of the last few years and the family was living together
again. Chistiana and Thomas
a son named George
born in 1904 (presumably named after her father George
Musgrove who had died in 1900). The Langman's were now living at 3 Ivy
Terrace Myron Place Lewisham.
In 1904 their daughter Louisa now aged 10 was at this time attending Lewisham Bridge School. Their next child was born in 1906 in Greenwich
Hospital which had been The Infirmary of The Greenwich Union Workhouse. Christina
May Langman would have been the fourth generation Christiana,
but her mother was now prefering to be known as Christina. The Langmans
had now moved from Myrom Place to 5 The Buildings Dutton Street Blackheath.
have been unable to trace them here on the electoral register so they appear
to have lived for a very short while. Thomas and Christiana's next child Ethel Madeline Langman was born in July 1908. The family had now
moved to nearby 7 Blissett Street Greenwich. When the birth was registered in
September the family had moved to nearby Plumbridge Street.
Thomas and Christiana's son Henry Westlake Langman now aged 21 married Emily
Elizabeth Humphrey at Greenwich Registry Office in May 1909. Henry was in
service with the Royal Navy (see
his naval record). The couple had only one child named Florence Ivy Emily Langman who was born in Greenwich in 1909. The 1911 census shows only Emily and her daughter Florence living with her parents at 64 Ladywell Park Lewisham. Henry is not present as presumably he is overseas in the Royal Navy.
On the 29th September 1909 Ethel
Madeline Langman died aged just
14 months. The Langman family were now living at 38 Albury Street Deptford,
just off the High Street. Albury Street dates back to the early 1700's
and was then known as Union Street. The houses were popular with sea captains
and shipbuilders. By the 1890's Union Street became the western end of
Creek Road, and in 1900 was renamed Albury Street (its present name).
census lists the
Langman family now living across the road at 37
Albury Street Deptford. The family at this time consisted of Thomas and Christiana,
who was now calling herself Jessie, and their children John, Louisa,
George and May. The 1911 census Householder Record shows that the
occupied three rooms at this address. It was completed by hand
by Thomas Langman. An electorial registry for 1918 shows the family living in Bermondsey at 62 Abbeyfield Road.
By 1911 Christiana's eldest son Christopher Thomas Langman had
emigrated to Australia and married Janet
Wornham in Haberfield NSW Christopher's occupation was now a decorator.
It is possible that he had worked for Janet's father Peter
Wornham who had at
the time a Painting and decorating business in Reigate Surrey. The Wornham
Children emigrated after the death of both parents by 1908. Christopher
Langman travelled with them to Australia to start a new life.
Christopher lived to
the age of 73 and died Sydney
Hospital on the 18th April 1960.
The full story of the Langman's in Australia can be accessed here.
Christiana's daghter Louisa
Jane Langman married James Stoker How in january 1916
at St Mary's Church Lewisham. The couple were living at 14 Ladywell Park
up George Musgrove's Estate
George Musgrove's estate was finally wound up in May 1913 through the
solicitors Halliard & Ward Chelmsford. The executors were Lambert
William Harris and his sister Ada Day who
had been appointed in 1906. They
had lived together with the Musgrove family in the 1880's and were
always close to
George's children. When they moved to Barnsbury from Chelmsford
was to be a father figure to the five surviving children. 1913
was the year that
the youngest Musgrove child, Rupert reached the age of 21, and it was
decided by the Trustees that the Estate should be finally disolved
with each surviving
child receiving 77 pounds 14 shillings ,which is one fifth of the total
value less the solicitor's fees. Three of the children had already
had an advance
prior to this date. Emily and Lilly were paid 10 pounds each, and Adelaide
was also paid 10 pounds and an additional 15 pounds one month before
she married. The agreement shows
the distibution of the monies between the five children. The tern 'consols'
refers to Government securities with fixed interest which would date
back to the original amount that George Musgrove inherited from
Lambert William Harris was by trade a french polisher,
when he retired in about 1910 he decided to open a second hand
furniture and antique shop. He leased a shop in Highbury, but the
family lived nearby at 60 Aberdeen Road Highbury. Lambert's
family at this time was his wife Alice, his daughter
Ivy, and his three sons Walter, Alfred and Lambert Thomas. He maintained
the shop until the late 1920's.
Lambert William Harris's son Alfred
married Adelaide Musgrove (his cousin) in June 1913. The
couple initially lived above Lambert Harris's
Shop in Blackstock Road
Highbury but soon moved to 27 Arundel Square Barnsbury where their first
Alice Harris was born in 1914. By 1915 the family had moved around the corner to Ellington
Street. Sadly Grace died of Bronchitus aged 12 months. Their second child Herbert
Alfred Harris was born in May. By the time their next child
was born they had moved back to Blackstock Road Highbury to live above
Harris's second Shop. Ruby
Adeline Harris was
born in August 1916.
At the beginning of the 1914-18 war Lambert William Harris (brother of Emily
Musgrove and executor of George's Will) had his furniture and antiques business
well established at 239 Blackstock Road Highbury. With a second shop at 245
Blackstock Road also open. The road was soon to be renamed, and became Highbury
Park with the shops becoming 106 and 110 respectively. Lambert himself lived
with his wife Alice in nearby Aberdeen Road.
and Walter Harris's Military Service
With the start of what would be known as The Great War members of both the
Musgrove and Harris Families enlisted in the armed services. Herbert Musgrove
was already in the Merchant Navy and joined the Royal Navy (see his naval
Alfred Harris and his brother Walter Harris joined different
Units. Alfred joined the army's London Regiment whilst Walter joined
the Army and saw service in Egypt. Alfred fought with his regiment in Palestine
against the Turks and was killed
in action in November 1917. Walter transferred to the Royal Flying Corps at the time they became the Royal Air Force. Due to an unfortune traing accident in Edypt in 1918 Walter was invalided out of the service.
Musgrove's Military Service
Rupert Musgrove's marriage seems to have ended very soon after
the birth of their second child John Bernard in 1912. Unhappily
the couple separated with
the children remaining with their mother Alice. From later recollections by
John Bernard on his early life, he stated he never knew his father and his
mother when questioned had said he had died during The Great War. In fact Rupert
had joined the army and had been discharged on
health reasons. The irony is that the two children were brought up in the Highgate
area of London and their father Rupert unknown to them was living and working
in nearby East Finchley. His army papers reveal that at this time he was working
as a fishmonger and living at 91 Bedford
Road East Finchley. His next of kin is shown as Mrs Ann Appleton
at the same address. Rupert states that she is his cousin, which is incorrect.
Ann Appleton was married to William Appleton and listed at this address in
1913. As far as we know there was no family connections between the Musgrove
and Appleton families, although the Appleton's had lived in Fairfield Road
Chelmsford and some members of the Musgrove family had worked and lived with
the Appleton's. William Appleton of East Finchley was one of the sons of William
Appleton of Chelmsford and had married his wife Annie Rawlins in 19o4. It is
curious that Rupert should not give an immediate family member as next of
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to the 1920's
Rupert Musgrove moved back to Chelmsford in 1920. He lived with a family named Poulton near the Railway Station and Duke Street. Rupert would now be in his late twenties.
Following the end of the Great War Herbert Musgrove had moved to Highbury North
London by 1920 and was living above Lambert Harris's shop at 112 Highbury Park
where he now worked. His sister Adelaide ( now widowed) had lived in this flat
but by 1921 had moved to the flat above 106 Highbury Park when Lambert Harris
had opened his second shop. In 1921 Herbert Musgrove moved to a room in Lambert
Harris's house at 60 Aberdeen Road Highbury. A relationship developed between
Herbert and lambert's daughter Ivy which resulted in the cousins marrying at
Christ Church Highbury in
June 1921. The couple spent their honeymoon
in Lynton & Lynmouth in North Devon.
Herbert and Ivy's fiirst and only child Margaret
(Peggy) was born in June 1922. Peggy was born at her grandparent's
house in Aberdeen Road where she lived with her parents. The household at this
time would have included Lambert William Harris and his wife Alice, their sons
Walter and Lambert Thomas Harris, Herbert and Ivy Musgrove and their daughter
Peggy. A series of Photographs were taken in the back
garden of Aberdeen Road around this time. The family visited distant
cousins in Wales in the village of Llangattock
on the River Usk in 1923. These
relatives were directly linked to Alice Harris's Family and were descendents
of Alice's Grandmother's Sister. (For more information see "Hollings" in
"other related families on the Home Page"). In
about 1928 the Musgrove family then moved into and managed a lodging house
Highbury Hill. Ivy
Musgrove kept a series of diaries over the years and reflected on this period
in detail. She says that her brother Walter who lived with them at Aberdeen
Road had taken out a twenty year building society mortgage on 28 Highbury Hill.
With his father approaching retirement a long term lease was obtained on the
shop and the two flats above at 112 Highbury Park as well as for Aberdeen Road
itself. Lambert William Harris retired about 1931 and remained living with
his wife at Aberdeen Road. His pemises remained a furniture shop for many years.
.,,,The Ruff Family
move back to London
George Ruff was demobbed from naval service in December 1919.
The family at this time was John George "Jack" Ruff,
his Wife Emily and their children Victor and Molly. The family
were still living
in Gillingham in Kent and decided to move to London to follow a new
career. By 1920 the family were living at 84
Netherwood Road Shepherds
Bush W14. Looking for business opportunities Jack decided to open
a furniture shop possibly influenced by Lambert Harris's shop in
Highbury. Jack Ruff appears to have purchased an on going concern
in Fulham. The property at 304
Lillie Road had been operating since at 1901 as a furniture
shop by Harry and wife Mary Thompson. Harry Thomson had died aged
68 in 1919 so his wife sold the business as a going concern.
The Ruff family by 1922 were living above the shop in Lillie
Road having moved from Shepherds Bush the previous year. Whilst running
the shop Jack Ruff became friendly with ex-navy man Jethro Jewell who lived
close by at Tilton Street, and worked in the shop next door. The previous owner
Mary Ann Thompson remained living above the shop also. Business was not as
good as expected and Jack sold the shop after two years. The family then moved
in 1924 locally to 81 Adeney
Road. The family at this time was Jack and Emily and their two young
children Victor and Molly. They remained living at 81
Adeney Road until about 1929.
Adelaide Harris remained living above 106 with her children Ruby and Herbie
until 1931. She was joined by her brother Rupert Musgrove who moved into the
flat in 1928 and
stayed until she moved. The children appreciated their uncle Rupert's presence
as they were fatherless. Being an electrician he made the family a crystal
set radio and generally did odd jobs around the house. This was possibly as
a substitude for his son and daughter Bernard and Ruby who living nearby in
Holloway with his estranged wife Alice.
Adelaide Harris in 1931
married her second husband Jethro Jewell at the Islington Registry
Office. She had remained living above her uncle Lambert's shop at 106 Highbury
Park. The family including her son Herbert and her daughter Ruby then moved
to Brockley SE London.
Rupert Musgrove in 1930 moved to 7 Fieldway Crescent Holloway. By 1932 he moved into his sister Emily's house at 30
Eden Grove Lower Holloway. Emily and her husband John Ruff had moved
from Fulham to work at the Star Brush Company, also in Eden Grove. The house
went with the job. Rupert stayed here for three years before leaving in 1935. Between 1935 and 1939 Rupert lodged at four properties in the area. He initially moved to Tollington Road, Then to Highbury Hill, followed by Holloway Road, until finally moving to Seven Sisters Road in 1939. The Ruff family continued to live at Eden
Grove for the next few years.
The Digby family remained living at Sonning
St Islington during the 1930's. John
(Jack) Digby, the eldest son married Lillian Barratt in July 1929.
Winifred Violet Digby the eldest daughter married Charles Sydney Brooker in
January 1931 and Blanche
Digby was to marry Walter Wilson 3 years later 1n 1932. George
John Digby married Violet Willden in Camberwell in Oct 1939.
move to Bermondsey
The Langman family moved in 1919 into 39 Esmeralda Road Bermondsey
South East London. Electorial registers show the family over the next
few years. The family consists of Thomas and his wife Christina who was
now using her middle name of Jessie. Their sons Edward and John returned
from wartime service. The older children had now married and moved away
leaving just Geoge and Christina May living with their parents. In 1926
the youngest child Christina
May married William George Parker, the boy next door. He actually
lived next door but one at 35 Esmeralda Road. They continued to live
with her parents Thomas and Christina Langman (who had reverted back
to Christina from Jessie).
Thomas Langman who in later years had become a dock labourer died in
1933 at St Olave's Hospital Bermondsey. In the same year in June Christiana's
son George married Emily
Annie Isabel Gower. She was the daughter of Frederick Gower, a Licenced Victualler
who at the time was running The Lord Clyde Public House at 1 Brookhill Road
Woolwich. After Thomas had died the family remained in Esmeralda
Road until at least 1939.
Lambert's younger sister Ada Day had moved in 1928 from rooms above 45 South Lambeth Road which she shared with her son Charles Lionel Banfield Day and her daughter Ethel Madeline Day. She moved to 22 Grosvenor Street Camberwell where they lived until her son married Florence May Pollard who was a next door neighbour.
Further details of the Day family can be found in the RELATED FAMILIES section of this website.
Lambert William Harris continued to run his Highbury Furniture shop and the
family continued living at Aberdeen Road Highbury. After a short illness his
son Lambert Thomas Harris
died at home in January 1930. The household at this time was Lambert
William Harris, his wife Alice , and their children Walter and Lambert Thomas
Harris. In 1935 following a brief illness Lambert's wife Alice
Harris died at Marylebone Hospital aged 80 of heart and lung failure.
During 1937 both the Musgrove and Harris families holidayed
at Birchington on Sea staying at them family seaside home Laconia.
Lambert William Harris lived to a grand old age of 82 and then unfortunately
died of complications from an accident at home in 1938 See the account in the
............................................1939 Register and World War 2
In September 1939 following hostilities with Germany, the Government decided to register all UK Households for the purposes of issueing ID cards and ration books. This register was taken on 29th September and was similar to the 10 yearly Census. Adelaide Harris had married Jethro Jewell in 1931 and moved to 44 Revelon Road
Brockley S E London. The family comprised of Adelaide, Jethro, and Adelaide's
two children Herbert and Ruby Harris.
In 1939 Jethro & Adelaide Jewell and Ruby Harris were living in Brockley SE4. Adelaide's son Herbert having worked for Hamburg Wharfs in the Port of London had joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and was assigned to the Admiralty Contraband Control in Weymouth. He was shortly after posted to Malta where he was stationed until 1943.
Upon his return to the U.K. he married Gladys Lilian Duncombe in Ealing and was then posted to Glasgow for the remainder of the War. The marriage was not a success due to the war and they had divorced by 1950.
Ruby married RAF serviceman Joseph Buck, an old college friend of
her brothers. The 1939 Register shows him living with his parents at 39 Hither Green Lane Lewisham
Rupert's estranged wife Alice had remained living in North London during the
1930's. Her daughter Ruby unexpectably died when
aged just 21 in 1933. In September 1939 Rupert is living at 214 Seven Sisters Road Holloway. Alyce and her son Bernard are both living in Bexley in Kent, and Bernard's future wife Joan Richardson was nearby with her parents. Her son Bernard John Musgrove married Joan
Richardson at Bexley Kent in 1942.
Herbert and Ivy Musgrove were still living at 28 Highbury Hill Islington. Their daughter Margaret (Peggy) since the beginning of the War had moved to the west country to stay with cousins of her Mothers in Chewton Mendip near Wells in Somerset. She worked as a typist for a local Estate Agent in the nearby village of Farrington Gurney.
Ivy Musgrove's brother Walter Harris was still living at his fathers house at 60 Aberdeen Road Highbury. He is listed as Civil Servant Intellegence Officer Royal Air Force Emergency Reserve.
The Digby family in September 1939 were still in Sonning Street Islington. John Digby is shown as an engineer at Napiers Company. His wife Lilly is a housewife at home. His son Herbert (sam) is working for the Port of London Authority, Joyce is living at home. George Digby is not listed but his future wife Violet Willden is listed in Camberwell with her parents. John A.R.Digby and his wife Lilian are in West Finchley and his sister Blanche was living nearby with her husband Walter Wilson. Lastly Winifred and her husband Charles Brooker were living in Frinton on Sea Essex.
John and Emily Ruff were still living at this time at 30 Eden Grove Holloway. Their family consisted of their children Madeline (Molly) and John Victor Ruff together with lodger Edward Dobson and his daughter Eileen.
The Langman family in September 1939 were still largely in South East London. Christiana was still at 39 Esmeralda Road with her son in-law William Parker. His wife Christine (Christiana's daughter) were living in Portslade near Brighton. Her married daughter Louisa was living with her husband James How in New Cross Road and her brother John Langman was in nearby Scawen Road. We cannot trace Christiana's son George Langman but his wife Emily Annie Isabel Langman is recorded at her parents home the Lord Clyde public house in Woolwich. Finally Christiana's son Henry Westlake Langman and his wife Emily were living in Penge South East London.
During the Second World War the houses in Esmerelda Road Bermondsey above number 25 were destroyed by enemy bombing which included the Langman's
house at 39. In 1941 Christiana's son John
Married Gladys Amy Moss at St James Hatcham Deptford. By 1945 Christiana
had moved to Deptford Park and was living at 37
Scawen Road. Christiana Langman
lived to the grand age of 86 and died at St Alfrege's Hospital in Greenwich. Her son Henry Westlake Langman had moved during the 1930's to 36 Camlan Road Bromley. His wife Emily Elizabeth Langman died in 1945, Henry then lived with Marjorie Landridge in Bromley. They had a daughter Loraine Langman who was born in 1947. The couple married in 1958. Henry Westlake Langman was to live longer
than any member of the family that we have been able to trace. He lived to the grand age of 102 and died in
a retirement home in Hastings Sussex. His wife Marjorie Rosina Langman died in 1970 aged 54
After over thirty years of single life Rupert decided to get married again.
He married Rene Evelyn Ellis at
the Islington Registry office in 1943 at the age of 51. Although Rene was 16
years his junior they didn't have any children. Rene was born Rose Evelyn Ellis in 1908 and was the daughter of Henry James Ellis. Rupert and Rene moved to Seaford and lived at 17 Sutton Road until 1951. By 1954 Rupert and Rene have moved back to the London area and were living in Teddington Middlesex. Within two years they moved again this time to nearby Hampton Wick where the couple lived until about 1959.
Molly Ruff had spent the war in the Land Army working on a Gloucestershire
farm where she met her future husband William Stephens. They married in
July 1946 at St Mary Magdelines Holloway. The wedding guests included many
of the surviving Musgrove family which include Molly's mother Emily, her aunts
Lilly and Adelaide (who is with her husband Jethro) and her uncle Rupert with
his wife Rene.
Herbert and Ivy Musgrove remained running the Boarding House at 28 Highbury
Hill during the War. Their daughter Peggy lived with them until about 1946
when she trained to become a State
Registered Nurse. In September 1949 Peggy
married Edward Bennett. They were both working at Willesden General
Hospital. They were to have three children over the next seven years. Susan
Bennett was Born in 1951, Adrian Bennett in 1953 and Lucinda in 1956. Peggy
and Edward moved out of London after Adrian was born and settled in Gillingham.
Herbert and Ivy Musgrove semi retired and moved to a small cottage
at Radnage in Buckinghamshire. The couple lived at Lee
Cottage Radnage from 1948, although they still managed the Boarding House at Highbury Hill.
By 1952 they had moved to a larger property named Cop
Whiteleaf near Princes Risborough. Herbert's health had not been too good recently
so Ivy took over most of the business side of their work. Apart from the flats
at Highbury Hill they also managed the flats at 60 Aberdeen Road and 112 Highbury
Park which were owned by Ivy's brother Walter Harris.
Lambert and Alice Harris's youngest son, Walter had led an
eventful life. During the 1930's he remained living in Highbury and bought a holiday home named Laconia at Birchington on Sea in Kent. This was used by the family for weekends and holidays. During the 2nd World War he worked for the
Government's Foreign & Commonwealth
Office as an Intelligence Officer. Walter Harris retired and lived at Laconia
at Birchington on Sea Kent but returned to London due to ill health
in 1957 and died in
a nursing home in Hendon.
By 1956 Rupert Musgrove's first Wife Alice, her son Bernard and family had
decided to leave England for new job opportunaties in Australia. Bernard Musgrove
had left the cinema industry by 1950 to follow a change in Career. One of his
interests was television. The family moved to St Leonards Sussex for a short
while when Bernard ran a shop selling and repairing TV's. This was the inspiration
for emigating to Australia where
televisiion was in its infancy. The Musgroves departed from Southampton in
july on the MS Fairsea destination Melbourne. Television
was only introduced for the Melbourne Olympic Games of 1956 so TV engineers
were in demand. Bernard, his family and his mother Alice settled in Melbourne.
Bernard and Joan had one more child, another son who was named Philip.
........................ ....,,............... The
End of a Generation
Musgrove unfortunately died on the 24th November 1958. Although
now semi-retired, Herbert and Ivy lived at Cop End Whiteleaf near Princes
Risborough during the summer months. They returned to the Highbury Hill
boarding House in September 1958 for the winter season. Herbert
died after many years of poor health after a sudden heart attack.
Following Herbert's death
Ivy remained at Highbury Hill and spent as much time as possible at Cop
End. With her approaching retirement she began to plan the sale of all
the properties she owned in London. These consisted of the large flatlet
house at 28 Highbury Hill, her parents house at 60 Aberdeen Road, and
the furniture shop at Highbury Park. Following the sale of these properties
Ivy remained living at Cop End for a further two years. She moved from
Whiteleaf into a house named Winterfold at
The Butts Princes Risborogh. She lived here from 1962 until 1964 before moving
to a series
of properties in Sussex. She first moved to Mayfield in
1965, and then moved into a flat in Silverdale Road Eastbourne. After
a few years she regretted that she had moved from Mayfield and decided
to move to another bungalow, this time at Broadoak near
Heathfield. At the age of 81 she moved back to another flat in Eastbourne
was too remote in her old age. She stayed at this flat in Darley Road
until illhealth forced her to move into a nursing home. Remember Ivy
had inherited her brother Walter's estate in 1957 which undoubtedly financed
Ivy Musgrove lived out her last years in Eastbourne and died in 1992
Ada Day after the war moved to 27 Grosvenor Park Camberwell with her daughter Ethel. They moved in 1956 to 22 Amery House Kinglake Street Walworth where Ada Day Died in December 1957. Her daughter Ethel having never married contined to live at Amery House until her own death in 1959. Her Brother Charles Lionel Banfield Day married in 1938 Florence May Pollard and they contined to live at her parents home at 23 Urlwin Street Camberwell until his death in 1975. His wife lived a further ten years until her death in 1985.
Rupert Musgrove died in 1962 at Christchurch
Hospital. Rupert and Rene had moved to Wimborne Dorset following Rupert's
retirement as an electrician. They lived at Knole, Hayes Lane Wimborne.
After Rupert's death Rene never remarried and lived until 1998 when she
died in Bristol aged 90.
John and Emily Ruff had
retired and moved from Eden Grove Holloway after World War 2. They moved
to Fennells Farm Bisley in Gloucestershire where their daughter Molly
and husband William Stephens lived. The couple spent the remainder of
their years here. Emily died in 1949 aged 73 and John died in 1963 aged
85. John Victor Ruff son
of Emily Ruff (Musgrove) died on the seventeenth of March 2006 aged 95
in St Thomas Hospital opposite the Houses of Parlement in Lambeth the
warden of sheltered accomodation was with him when he died he had forgotten
any addresses and thought his sister Molly had died.
John and Lilly Digby had
moved from Sonning Street in Islington to Kew in 1939. Their new house
at 23 Haverfield Gardens became the centre of the Digby family for many
years. John Digby died in 1960 aged 82 and Lilly 15 years later aged
95. Sam Digby married for the first time aged 52 in January 1965 at
Kingston Registy Office. He was a Tobacconist and Confectioner with a shop
at 139 Kings Road Kingston opon Thames. He married Gladys Myrna Cohen daughter
fo Benjamin Cohen, proprrietor of a china and glassware store in Glasgow. Gladys
only lived a further five years dying in 1970. Sam lived until 2001 and died
Adelaide and Jethro
Jewell remained living in Brockley until 1968. They
then moved to Forest Hill and lived with Adelaide's daughter and son
in law Ruby and Joe Buck. They both lived to a good age, Jethro died
in 1972 aged 82 and Adelaide died in 1978 aged 92.
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The photo above shows a family gathering on 14th March 1970 at Joe and Ruby Buck's house near Forest Hill South East London. Living with them were Ruby's mother Adelaide and her husband Jethro Jewell and Ruby's son Robert Buck who took the above photo.
The people in the photograph are - top row left to right
Willy Stephens & wife Molly, John Harris, Joe Buck. Dorothy Harris, Betty Digby wife of Jack, Joyce & Alf Clarke.
Middle row left to right
Herbert Harris, Vincent Buck, Linda Harris, Adelaide Jewell, Ivy Musgrove, Blanche Wilson, Jethro Jewell & John Buck.
Front row Left to right
Ruby Buck, Lilly Buck, Linda Almond (future wife of Robert Buck) and Jack Digby.
This event was recorded by Ivy Musgrove in her diary which can be read here.
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