The Reffell Family in 1911

A snapshot in time on Sunday 2 April 1911

One Hundred Years ago...

A comprehensive survey of the Reffell family of one hundred years ago..

Interesting People in the 1911 Census

Alfred Hitchcock (Film Director) aged 10 and living with his fishmonger father William and mother Emma at 175 Rhodeswell Road in Limehouse. He was still at school, but his elder sister Ellen and his mother both helped in the business.

Charles Kenneth Horne (Comedian) was living at 20 Ampthill Square St Pancras aged 4. Also there were his parents Charles Silvester & Katherine Maria, and sisters Margaret Bridget, Joan Sylvester & Ruth Andry and brother Ronald Cozens-Hardy. His father was a congregational minister and the family had four live-in female servants.

Alastair Sim (Film Star) was 10 years old and living at 73 Viewforth in Edinburgh with his father Alexander, a tailor and clothier and his mother Isabella. Also in the house were his brother William and sisters Kathleen & Johanna.

John Logie Baird (Television Inventor) was 22 years old. He had studied electrical engineering at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, and was now working as an apprentice draughtsman in a motor car works. He was living at The Lodge, Helensburgh with his parents John & Jessie and his sister Jean.

Harry Patch (Plumber & First World War Veteran) was at school aged 12 and living at Fonthill Cottage Combe Down in Somerset with his parents William John & Elizabeth Ann, and his older brothers George Frederick & William Thomas,

Henry William Allingham (Automotive Engineer & First World War Veteran) aged 14 and at school, was living with his mother at 21 Heyford Avenue in Lambeth. When he was 14 months old, his father Henry Thomas Allingham had died and his widowed mother Amy Jane Allingham (n?e Foster) had married Hubert George Higgs. His stepfather was lodging away from home working as a wheelwright.

Ralph Vaughan Williams (Music Composer) and his wife Adeline Maria were living at 13 Cheyne Walk in Chelsea aged 38 & 40 respectively. He showed his occupation as a Doctor of Music. There were no children of the marriage. Though he could have avoided First World War service, he chose to enlist as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a stretcher bearer before being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery. In 1918, he was appointed Army Director of Music which helped him adjust back into musical life.

Frank Pick (Managing Director of the London Underground Group & Chief Executive of the London Passenger Transport Board) was acting as a 'Publicity And Claims Agent To Railway And Tramway Co' and living with his wife Mabel Mary Caroline at 47 Ellesmere Road in Chiswick.

Edward Johnson (Calligrapher & Developer of the 'Johnson Typeface') was born in Uruguay in 1872 and was living at 3 Hammersmith Terrace with his wife Greta Kathleen and daughters Bridget, Barbara & Priscilla. Also living with them was Eric Gill, sculptor, typeface designer, stonecutter & print maker, who was later to be associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.

Frederick John Perry (Tennis Player & Icon) was one year old and living with his parents Samuel Frederick & Hannah at 41 Carrington Road in Stockport Cheshire. His father's occupation is shown as a cotton spinner and was later to be elected in 1923 as the Member of Parliament for Kettering Northamptonshire.

Adela Pankhurst (Suffragette) Interestingly Adela is actually recorded on the 1911 census at 45 Marlborough Road in Sheffield. The entry is very vague as it has been carried out by the local Registrar of Births, Marriages & Deaths, it gives no other information other than a name. Also recorded at the same location are one named and fifty five unnamed individuals.