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..

London Branch

Nearly a half of all the Reffell family were living in London in 1911. It had been centred on London for many years and would continue to be so until some twenty years later as people moved out to the suburbs. There are a number of separate branches grouped under the London heading, some small whilst others were quite sizable.

Many of these branches originated in the Surrey area. Richard Alfred Reffell had married Emma E Noble in 1875 and died in 1902. Of their seven children only three of these were still around, although it is likely that another one, Florence had gone to New Zealand. The eldest and only surviving son William Alfred was working as a taxi driver and living with his wife Ethel Elizabeth Dawson at 24 Sutherland Street in Belgravia. With them were their five children to date; the eldest son Fitzroy Alfred who was to join the Royal Artillery as a despatch rider and be killed in early 1918, Esther Thornton Dawson, Wilma Ethel, Jack Arkaway and Richard Noble. There were two other daughters of Richard and Emma, Maude Mary and Alice Lilian.

Ernest Charles William Reffell and his wife Gertrude Louise Box were living in Palmers Green at 77 New River Crescent. Ernest was a private secretary and with them were their three children to date; Ernest Colin, Ronald Charles & Norman Eric.

Both originally from the Buckinghamshire farmers branch, cousins Percy Albert and Herbert William were now in London with their families. Only child Percy's father had died some while ago, but his mother Charlotte Ellen Hunt was living with him at 26 Chelsham Road in Clapham. He was working as a railway porter and was living with his wife Clara Creama Macathy and their three children; Marjorie Elaine, Stanley Albert & Vera Irene. Herbert William was to have a much bigger family of eventually sixteen children, which however was much filled with sadness as incredibly they had lost four children in the space of only six days during 1900. In 1911 he was still working as a butcher at the family home of 10 Sunnyhill Road in Streatham. With him was his wife Amelia Ellen Coulter and seven of their children; Dorothy Ellen, Ivy Rowena, Edwin Herbert Joseph, Horace Leon Cedric George, Amelia Patricia, Gwendoline & Mary Alexandra Victoria.