The Reffell Family - 1900s

At the start of the century, the 1901 United Kingdom census shows that the family resided in the following counties; London, Middlesex, Surrey, Essex, Buckinghamshire, Kent, Renfrewshire and South Glamorgan. Overseas the family had travelled to Canada, the USA and New Zealand.

The First World War, the 'War to End all Wars', was the first British war that involved so many ordinary people. The national outpouring that followed the end of that conflict was noted by the spontaneous display of remembrance that still lives on today. Unfortunately only twenty years later the world was to see another conflict, this time a more global war. Those in the extended family who lost their lives are commemorated on this website from both the First World War and the Second World War.

In a century where small breweries could not compete with the larger soon to be global industries, the two still-open breweries sold out to larger companies and were closed down; the Gomshall Brewery to Young & Company of Wandsworth in 1926 and Reffell's Bexley Brewery Limited was made into a limited company, eventually being bought out by Courage & Barclay and closed in 1956.

Between 1900 and 1999, in the UK there were 374 births, 334 marriages and 262 deaths recorded in the England, Wales and Scotland civil registration indexes.

The Reffell Family in 1911


9 January 1900 Louise Josephine Masset is hanged for the murder of her 3 year old son

1904 Robert (Bobby) Abel retires from first-class cricket

31 July 1913 John (Earthquake) Milne dies

1914-1918 The First World War

1922 Herbert William Reffell moves to Wiltshire and opens a butchers shop

1926 The Gomshall brewery is closed

1927 Reffells Motor Works opens in Gomshall

20 September 1928 Eric Robot is exhibited at the Society of Model Engineers in London

1937 Reffells Service Station opens on the new Guildford by-pass

1939 William Scoresby Routledge dies

1939-1945 The Second World War

1956 Reffell's Bexley Brewery Limited is closed

1980 The Wiltshire butchers shop closes