Alfred Stuart Blomfield Cawthorne

Alfred Stuart Blomfield Cawthorne

Male 1897 - 1955  (58 years)

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  • Name Alfred Stuart Blomfield Cawthorne 
    • NSC : My grandfather was in the habit of giving his children "relevant" names. The "Blomfield" in my father's name referred to Sir Arthur William Blomfield (1829-1899) who was a famous Victorian architect.
    Born 29 May 1897  Contamine, Uxbridge Rd, Ealing Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID F5158ED84209C849ABA8C2CDEDA3C21B1BDC 
    Died 18 Oct 1955  Westminster Hospital, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Kensington Cemetery at Gunnersbury Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14  cawthorne
    Last Modified 22 Dec 2016 

    Father Alfred Matthew Churley (Cawthorne),   b. 26 Feb 1870, Hawthorne Cottage, Wells Rd, Sydenham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1957, Folkestone, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Annie Francis Woods,   b. 29 Apr 1866, Near Colchester Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1943, Eastbourne Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 15 Sep 1892  Preston Parish Church, Brighton,Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID ECD203BF1742964B94C1F6B8220CAEC25B61 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Eleanor Mitchell,   b. 11 May 1912, Harrow, registered in Hendon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 2010, St Peters Hospital, Chertsey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 18 Oct 1947 
    _UID 37B7D59978D2B24483366F714BCF61C97917 
     1. Nigel Stuart Cawthorne
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F37  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Stuart Cawthorne ca 1917
    Stuart Cawthorne ca 1917
    Kathleen & Stuart ca 1899
    Kathleen & Stuart ca 1899
    Pamela Danova
    Pamela Danova
    Annotated : "To the uncle who helped me out! With love from Pamela". This refers to Stuart Cawthorne.
    Pamela Danova
    Pamela Danova
    Annotated : "With love to Uncle Stuart from Pam"
    Pamela Danova
    Pamela Danova
    Annotated : "To Uncle Stuart Lots of love Pam"
    Stuart Cawthorne and Mary Mitchell
    Stuart Cawthorne and Mary Mitchell
    Wedding at the Chapel of the Assumption Convent.
    Shirley Mitchell is just visible behind in the door.
    Alfred M Cawthorne and Family 1914
    Alfred M Cawthorne and Family 1914
    From Clement's notes :
    Back row : Aunt Edie, AMC, Muriel, Stuart
    Front : Annie Frances with Gwen, Rose Sweet, Nurse, Aunt Emmie
    with Leighton on the ground.
    Rose Sweet is a Cousin of Alfred W B Churley.

    Headstones Stuart Blomfield Cawthorne
    Elizabeth (grand-daughter) and Mary Eleanor Cawthorne tidying up Stuart Cawthorne's grave in the Gunnersbury cemetry after it had been repaired. The original headstone had slipped. Dec 2004. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Stuart Blomfield Cawthorne
    Stuart Blomfield Cawthorne
    Mary Eleanor Cawthorne at Stuart Cawthorne's grave in Gunnersbury after it had been repaired. The original headstone had slipped. Dec 2004

  • Notes 
      Born at Dr. Bowlby’s home, 79 Uxbridge Road, Ealing (Brentford) when family were living at CASTLEDENE, Tudor Road, Upper Norwood. Stuart was not a robust baby or child, but although neither his mother nor his father was musical, he must have inherited an ear for music from his grandfather, Albert B. Churley. He went to a private school, “Watkins” at Caterham, and eventually went to Blundells School in Devon and left without distinguishing himself in July 1914, and at the age of 17¼ and giving his age as 18, he volunteered and joined the Guards at Caterham Barracks. However, he quickly went to the Inns of Court Regiment for officer training and was commissioned in the Norfolk Yeomanry, but within a month or two managed to transfer to the Middlesex Yeomanry, in which regiment he served throughout the war.
      During the school holidays he had hunted with the Old Surrey and Burstow Hunt, there being usually six hunters and a pony in the stables of Sylvan Mount, one of which, GOLDEN FLASH, had won a race in the Hunt Point-to-Point in 1912. 1914 was a time of family affluence, as we had in addition to hunters two Arrol-Johnson cars and a large staff of servants, both indoors and out.
      He served during the war without serious injury, although his ship was sunk in the Mediterranean, and later, just when the Unit was to land to reinforce the troops at the Dardanelles, it was re-routed to Egypt. He was in the advance against the Turks from the Suez across the desert and fighting the Turks in Palestine, he was one of the first to enter Jerusalem, preparing the way for General Allenby to enter in triumph. Later he was A.D.C. to a General Thwaites and after the war was demobilised with the rank of Captain.
      He had clearly been a wild officer and, as a young civilian, he was equally wild; while with Cox’s Bank in Athens his exploits led to the suggestion that he should return to London. Later, in about 1928, he went on the stage and toured with a well-known repertory company, eventually getting good parts in ‘Stop Flirting’ and ‘Yellow Sands’ in London theatres.
      Stuart was a man of great charm - particularly to women. He was often falling in and out of love, and, when in love, would play the piano for hours. He could go to a musical theatre show and come home and play the tunes by ear. He was generous, but nearly always broke, in spite of having his debts paid by his father from time to time. He somehow thought that he knew the horses and their form, but usually lost his money.
      Stuart married late in life MARY ELEANOR (née Mitchell) on 18th October 1946, by whom he had a son, NIGEL, born 26th July 1948. It is curious that Stuart, who was in temperament similar to his uncle, George, married a Roman Catholic, as his uncle had done when he married Bessie.
      Stuart served during the World War of 1939-45 for a short time in the Pioneer Corp, but for the greater part in the Sudan Defence Force with the rank of Bimbashi (Major), spending long periods on the one hand in the Qattara Depression during the battles with Romel, and later in Eritrea against the Italians.
      This second bout of war service, and perhaps his gay life, undermined his health and he died in 1955 at the age of 58.
    • 1901 Census :
      Alfred Cawthorne Head 31 Surveyor
      Annie F Cawthorne Wife 29
      Kathleen F Daughter 5
      Stuart Son 3
      Muriel Daughter 2
      Nellie Hill Servant 25
      Ballyman Churley Visitor 66 Living on own means
      Janet Churley Visitor 58 Living on own means