Humphrey family – of Albert Charles Humphrey
Some notes on the family of Albert Charles Humphrey who lived at Leigh from about 1912 .
Below are some brief genealogical details about the family:
Albert (Bert) Charles Humphrey (b. 1881) and Estate Carpenter at Leigh married Annie Elizabeth Bishop in 1905 at Tonbridge. (Annie Elizabeth Bishop was born ca. 1888 Tonbridge)
Albert Frank b. 1906 : mar. 1934 at Buxted,Sussex Nancy S G Levett
Dorothy Mabel b. 1908: mar. 1934 = John Irvine Passmore
Leonard Charles bapt 8 Aug 1908 carpenter: mar. 1940 at Leigh, Margaret Fulton, sister of Esther Fulton
Elsie Ruth b. 1910/11 mar. Albert Stanley Woodhams
Robert George b. 1912 mar. 1938 at Leigh Esther Fulton (of Northumberland) (sister Margaret Fulton) (lived Waterworks Cottages)
Doris Winifred bap. 11.4.15 at Leigh: mar. at Leigh to George Frederick Humphrey 1937)
(n.b. in bold shows the name they were known as)
Albert Charles Humphrey was born in Underriver in about 1881 and he married Anne Elizabeth Bishop at Tonbridge in 1905. Their first four children were born at Hildenborough and in 1911 census they are living at Mount Pleasant in Hildenborough. The 1911 states that they had four children, all living. Further children were born after 1911 – their fifth child, Robert George, was born in 1912 at Leigh; their daughter, Doris Winifred was born in 1914 at Leigh.
When they moved to Leigh the family lived at 2 Waterworks Cottages, in Kiln Lane.
Albert Charles Humphrey was a member of the Leigh Fire Brigade. At one point he was also a Special Constable.
Frank Humphrey (Albert Frank), his son, was at one point secretary of the Leigh Football Club and had been employed by Lord Hollanden. His other son, Robert George, also played for the Leigh Football Club.
The postcard of the Leigh Fire Brigade of 1926 is taken in what would have been the garden at South View – showing behind it the door of 6 Forge Square, and stairs up to 7 Forge Square. Hubert Russell is on the left at the front – he lived at South View. Another photo at Hall Place of the Leigh Fire Brigade in 1926 gives the name A. Humphrey – it is disputed between Jennie James and Gillian Wilson whether this is Albert Charles or his son, Albert Frank – however, on referring to Chris Rowley’s book “We Had Everything ..”, Bert Humphrey is named as being a member after WW1.
Albert Charles Humphrey and his two daughters Elsie Ruth and Dorothy Mabel were members of the Golden Years Club.
Below are some of the photographs provided by Jennie James and Gillian Wilson:
Joyce Field (October 2016) – from notes and photographs provided by Jennie James of New Zealand and Gillian Wilson of Australia.