THE MUDDLE FAMILIES
THE LINEAGE & HISTORY OF THE MUDDLE FAMILIES OF THE WORLD
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William & Elizabeth/Ellen Mudle’s Family
William George Martin Mudle married Elizabeth Frederica Sarah Hannah Pyke at Christ Church in Battersea on 30 March 1891. They were both then living at 46 Stainforth Road in Battersea, the home of William’s parents. A few days later in the census of 5 April 1891 they were living in one room at 24 Newman Street in Battersea and William was working as a bricklayer’s labourer. They lived at numerous other addresses in Battersea and William worked as a general or builder’s labourer; in 1900 he was earning just under £1 per week. They had at least eight children, born between 1892 and 1905. Four of these children died young, one from an abscess in the neck, two from diphtheria, and one was burnt to death in an accident with a night-light. See the sections below on two of these children, Alfred Edward and Rose Amelia, for full details. The inquests on these two children, and on Elizabeth herself, seem to indicate that she had at least two more children; these were probably stillbirths, possibly coming between their third and fifth children.
They were living at 18 Queen Anne Terrace when their first child was born in March 1892; at 7 Frere Street when their second child was born in June 1893; at 58 Abercrombie Street when their fourth child was born in September 1896; at 96 Grant Road when their fifth child was born in January 1899, and they were still there when this child died in January 1900; then at 33 Millgrove Street when their sixth child was born in November 1900. In the census of 31 March 1901 they were occupying two rooms at 33 Millgrove Street with their then two surviving children, and William was a general labourer. They were living at 20 Culvert Place when their seventh child was born in February 1903; at 44 Wycliffe Road when this child’s birth was registered in April 1903; and at 30 Wickersley Road when their eighth child was born in 1905.
They were living at 7 Amies Street in Battersea when Elizabeth died there on 18 March 1908 from heart failure. If her age of 20 at marriage was correct she would have been 37, not 39 as given at her inquest and on her death certificate. An inquest into Elizabeth’s death was reported in the South Western Star of Friday 27 March 1908 as follows:
WITNESS WHO DID NOT KNOW
AMEIS STREET WOMAN’S DEATH
The circumstances attending the death of Frederica Sara Anna Mudle, late of 7, Amies-street, Battersea, formed the subject of an inquest before Mr. Troutbeck at the Battersea Coroner’s Court on Saturday morning. Deceased died on Wednesday after a short period of acute illness.
William George Martin Mudle, 7, Amies-street, Latchmere-road, a labourer, identified the body as that of his wife. She was, he said, 39 years of age and her health had been “queer all the time.” Some years ago she had St. Vitus dance.
The Coroner: How many children has she had?
Witness (reflectively): I couldn’t exactly say.
You can’t exactly say. How Many? – About 11, I think.
Continuing, witness said she was expecting another. On Monday she was taken ill. Witness did not know what was the matter with her. She saw a doctor and he believed the doctor suggested that she should be removed to the infirmary. The papers were procured, but deceased was then too ill to be moved. She died on Wednesday. He did not know what she complained of and he had “no recollection at all” as to what caused her death. His wife merely told him she was queer.
Julia Collins, 7, Amies-street, described herself as a friend of deceased, who, she said, had been very bad. Witness really could not tell what was the matter with her nor what she complained of. On Tuesday deceased went to the doctor because she felt ill.
The Coroner: In what way?
Witness: I really could not tell.
What did the doctor say? – He said I was to take her home and put her to bed, as she
MIGHT DIE AT ANY MOMENT
I took her home and put her to bed and there she remained.
Didn’t you ask the doctor what was the matter? – Yes, sir, and Dr. Moreton told me she had six or seven different complaints.
All of them fatal? – That I really could not tell.
The coroner remarked that he never knew of a case in which there was such complete ignorance.
A sister of deceased was in court. She was not called because she said, in answer to a question, that all she knew was that deceased had always been ill.
Dr. McDade said he had attended deceased for a cold and subsequently he was sent for because she had an attack of bleeding from the nose. At that time there were no serious symptoms. On Wednesday the husband came and said he wanted his wife removed to the infirmary at once. Witness went to the house and found she was dying. He was unable to learn anything definite about the case.
Dr. Freyberger, having made a postmortem examination, said the heart was unhealthy and death was due to heart failure.
“A verdict accordingly” was unhesitatingly returned.
About 18 months after Elizabeth’s death William, at the age of 44, married 39-year-old widow Ellen Esther Joyce at the Church of the Ascension in Battersea on 5 September 1909. They were both then living at 32 Shirley Grove in Battersea and William was a labourer. Ellen’s maiden name was Legg, and she had 6 children from her first marriage, Fan, Ellen Louise, Lilian Rose, Beatrice Mabel, Jack and May. William and Ellen had three children, twins born in 1910, one of whom died soon after birth, and a son born 1912. When their twins were born in 1910 they were living at 32 Shirley Grove in Battersea and William was a builder’s labourer. William may have later become a master builder, as that was how he was described at the marriages of two of his children in the 1950s after his death. William was also something of an artist, and a pencil drawing of his survives.
Ellen died at the age of 63, her death being registered in Battersea registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1933. Nine years later William had been living at Argo, Market Avenue, Wickford, Essex, when he died at The Retreat, Great Burstead, Essex, on 22 September 1942 at the age of 77. William died intestate and administration of his estate, which was valued at £228 9s 6d, was granted on 7 October 1942 by Llandudno Probate Registry to his son, Thomas George Mudle.
Their children were:
William George Martin 1892-1893 Elizabeth Florence 1893-1899
Thomas George 1894-1967 Alfred Edward 1896-1899 Rose Amelia 1899-1900
Queenie Violet 1900-? Lucy Georgina 1903-? Frederick William 1905-1961
Albert Edward 1910-1910 Eva Florence 1910-? Arthur Henry 1912-1964
William and Elizabeth’s eldest child was William George Martin Mudle who was born at 18 Queen Anne Terrace in Battersea on 17 March 1892. William died when only 13 months old, at 7 Frere Street in Battersea on 7 May 1893, from an abscess in the neck.
William and Elizabeth’s second child was Elizabeth Florence Mudle who was born at 7 Frere Street in Battersea on 5 June 1893. Elizabeth died when she was only 5 years and 9 months old, at Fountain Hospital in Tooting on the 20 March 1899, from diphtheria, which she had suffered from for 28 days. Elizabeth would have been the sister referred to as having diphtheria when a doctor was called on 24 February after the death of her young brother Alfred from diphtheria. See details on the inquest of Alfred.
William and Elizabeth’s third child was Thomas George Mudle who was born at Battersea in London on 25 October 1894. In the census of 31 March 1901 Thomas, at the age of 6, was living with his parents at 33 Millgrove Street in Battersea. In 1910 Thomas was working as a butcher's assistant when he joined the Royal Navy at the age of 15.
Thomas' Royal Navy service number was J/9534. His service record describes him on entry as being 5ft 2¼in in height with a 36in chest, brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion, then at the age of 18 he had grown to 5ft 4½in in height with a 38in chest. He started as Boy 2nd Class on 23 August 1910 on HMS Impregnable, a 121 gun sailing ship built in 1860 that was now based at Devonport as a training ship. On 24 February 1911 Thomas was promoted to Boy 1st Class, and then on 7 October 1911 he transferred to the cruiser HMS Berwick. He transferred to HMS Pembroke I, a shore base at Chatham in Kent, on 15 January 1912 and then on to the battleship HMS King Edward VII on 31 January, returning to Pembroke I on 17 April until joining the cruiser HMS Endymion on 22 May. Thomas transferred to the battleship HMS Jupiter on 26 June, and then the battleship HMS Formidable on 14 August. On 24 September 1912 he joined the battleship HMS Irresistible where on his 18th birthday, the 25 October 1912, he was made an Ordinary Seaman and the 12 years that he had signed on for started. On 16 November he returned to shore base Pembroke I and then joined HMS Jupiter again on 7 December 1912. He transferred to the battleship HMS Vengeance on 9 January 1913, returning to shore base Pembroke I on 22 August. He then joined the cruiser HMS Blonde on 9 September, where, on 25 September 1913 he was promoted to Able Seaman and remained with that ship for the next two years until returning to shore base Pembroke I on 28 October 1915. Thomas moved on to shore base HMS Wallington at Immingham on the river Humber in Lincolnshire on 10 February 1916, where he was promoted to Leading Seaman on 1 April 1916. He returned to shore base Pembroke I on 13 September and then joined the destroyer depot ship HMS Woolwich on 9 November 1916. Thomas served on the Woolwich for just over a year during which time he got married, then on 2 December 1917 he transferred to the battlecruiser HMS Lion where he was promoted to a Petty Officer on 1 August 1918. He served on the Lion until returning to shore base Pembroke I on 1 April 1920, from which he was invalided out of the navy on 2 June 1920 because of deafness. During all his service Thomas was consistently described as being of very good character and of satisfactory ability. For his war service Thomas was awarded three campaign medals, the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 1914-15 Star.
When he was 22 years old Thomas married 18-year-old Ellen Joyce at All Saints Church in Battersea on 28 May 1917. Ellen was one of the daughters from the first marriage of Thomas’ stepmother, and she was then living at 57 Arthur Street in Battersea. Thomas was then a Royal Navy seaman on HMS Woolwich. Thomas and Ellen had four children, the first of whom died when about one year old. Their first three children were born in Wandsworth registration district between 1920 and 1925, and the fourth was born in Romford registration district in Essex in 1929.
They were living at 482 Valence Avenue, Dagenham, Essex, and Thomas was described as being a civil defence worker when he was granted administration of his father’s estate on 7 October 1942. Five years later Ellen died at the age of 49, her death being registered in Romford registration district during the 4th quarter of 1947. Then just over a year after Ellen’s death Thomas married Christina M M Staniland in Ilford registration district in Essex during the 1st quarter of 1949. Thomas died at the age of 72, his death being registered in Rochford registration district in Essex during the 2nd quarter of 1967. Two years later Christina married Francis Alexander in Rochford registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1969.
Thomas and Ellen’s eldest child was Ellen L Mudle whose birth was registered in Wandsworth registration district during the 4th quarter of 1920. Ellen died when about a year old, her death being registered in Wandsworth registration district during the 4th quarter of 1921.
Thomas and Ellen’s second child was Winifred Amelia Mudle whose birth was registered in Wandsworth registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1923. When she was about 19 years old Winifred married Eric L Sidman in Ilford registration district in Essex during the 2nd quarter of 1942. They had three children.
Thomas and Ellen’s third child was George Frederick Mudle who was born in Wandsworth registration on 6 July 1925. When he was about 22 years old George married Iris E Bate in Kidderminster registration district in Worcestershire during the 3rd quarter of 1947. They had one child born in Romford registration district in Essex during 1948. They had been living in Blackpool for several years when George died there on the 2 October 2002 at the age of 77.
Thomas and Ellen’s fourth child was Maud Louise Mudle who was born in Romford registration district in Essex on 15 June 1929. When she was 18 years old Maud married Terence Mills, who was about 24 years old, in Ilford registration district in Essex during the 4th quarter of 1947. They had two children. Maud died in about 1977, and Terence died when he was about 75 years old, his death being registered in Dacorum registration district in Hertfordshire during December 1998.
William and Elizabeth’s fourth child was Alfred Edward Mudle who was born at 58 Abercrombie Street in Battersea on 11 September 1896. Alfred died at 96 Grant Road on 24 February 1899 when he was only two years and five months old, from heart failure caused by diphtheria. An inquest into Alfred’s death was reported in the South Western Star of Friday 3 March 1899 as follows:
FATAL DIPHTHERIA AT GRANT-ROAD
An inquest was held by Mr. A. Braxton Hicks at the Battersea Coroner’s Court, on Tuesday, touching the death of Alfred Edward Mudle, aged two years and five months, the son of William George Mudle, a bricklayer’s labourer, of 96, Grant-road, Battersea. Deceased on Sunday had a difficulty in breathing, but the mother, thinking it was an ordinary cold, took no notice of it till Friday morning when she sent for a doctor. Before he arrived the child was dead. Death proved to have been due to diphtheria.
Elizabeth Frederica Hannah Mudle, the mother, said she had had altogether seven children, deceased being the sixth, and of these she had lost three. Deceased was always very weakly, and had suffered at times with his chest. On Sunday, February 19, witness noticed that deceased had a bad cold and his breathing continued to get more difficult. On Wednesday witness gave him some liquorice powder. On Thursday one of deceased’s little sisters was taken with a cold. On Friday morning witness went up to deceased in bed and thought he looked very queer. She called up a neighbour, who told her the child was dead. Later on a doctor was called in, and he found the sister was suffering from diphtheria.
The Coroner: There is a good deal of diphtheria in your neighbourhood, isn’t there?
Witness: Yes, sir: the school was shut up.
Well then when you get a child really bad with its breathing you ought to call in a doctor. I don’t suppose you knew what was the matter, but then that is all the more reason why you should have a doctor. You can’t doctor the child yourself you know.
Witness said she had no suspicion that the child was suffering from anything serious.
The Coroner: No I don’t suppose you had, but under the circumstances it’s always wisest to call a doctor.
Dr. J. Mackenzie, acting for Dr. Green, of Falcon-road, said he was called to 96, Grant-road on Friday morning, and found deceased dead in bed. He had since made a post-mortem examination, and found that though diphtheria might have been suspected by a medical examination in life it could not have been definitely known. Death was due to heart failure from diphtheria. The child was well nourished.
The Coroner: If the other children have got colds, I think Mrs. Mudle you ought to call in a doctor to attend to them.
Mrs. Mudle: Very well, sir.
The coroner in summing up, said now that diphtheria was prevalent it was very advisable that when a child became poorly the parents should call in a doctor.
The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”
William and Elizabeth’s fifth child was Rose Amelia Mudle who was born at 96 Grant Road in Battersea on 14 January 1899. Rose was only just one year old when she died at Bolingbroke Hospital in Battersea on 25 January 1900, from the effects of the burns she had suffered in an accident at home when her clothing was ignited by an overturned paraffin lamp. An inquest held on 29 January 1900 into Rose’s death was reported in the South Western Star of Friday 2 February 1900 as follows:
CHILD BURNT TO DEATH
SHOCKING AFFAIR AT GRANT-ROAD
At the Battersea Coroner’s Court on Monday, Mr. A. Braxton Hicks held an inquest touching the death of Rose Amelia Mudle, aged one year, the daughter of William George Martin Mudle, a labourer, of 96, Grant-road. The child was taken to bed with its parents on Tuesday night last week. Early next morning she crawled to the edge of the bed and upset a penny paraffin lamp. The bed-clothes and the child’s nightdress at once took fire. The child was terribly burnt and died in the hospital next day.
Elizabeth Frederica Sarah Hannah Mudle identified the body as that of her daughter. She was a healthy child. She could not walk, but could get about by catching hold of the chairs. On Tuesday night last week witness went to bed about 10 o’clock. By the side of the bed, on a washstand, was a penny glass lamp. The baby was on the other side of the bed and not near the lamp.
The Coroner: What was the first you knew of anything wrong next morning?
Witness: I was woke up by her screams about four o’clock.
Where was she? –
SHE WAS ALL IN FLAMES?
Where? – Near the washstand.
On the bed? – Yes.
Were her clothes all alight? – Yes.
Where was the lamp? – In the bed.
Close to where she was? – Yes.
How far was the lamp off the bed? – About so far (a foot).
She must have brought the lamp into the bed? – Yes.
Was there a side to the washstand? – Yes.
Then she’d have to reach over that as well? – Yes, she did.
Didn’t you feel her crawling across you? – No, she must have got over our heads.
The Coroner (to his officer): Have you seen the bed?
Sergeant Shoesmith: Yes. The bed is not a foot from the washstand; more like six inches.
Witness, continuing, said that her child was wearing a flannelette nightdress.
The Coroner: Did you find the bed-clothes burnt?
Witness: Yes; where she was sitting.
Continuing, witness said the flames were at once put out and then she noticed that the child was burnt. Witness took the nightdress off, but she had no oil of any kind in the house to dress the burns. She walked about the room trying to pacify the child, and at nine o’clock she took it to the Bolingbroke Hospital.
The Coroner: Is this the lamp (showing one to witness)?
The Coroner: It’s called a night lamp; if it was called
“A MURDER LAMP”
it would be nearer the mark. He pointed out that safety lamps could be procured for 6½d. He asked the husband, who was at the back of the court, how much he earned a week. He replied, “Just under £1.”
The Coroner (to Mrs. Mudle): You have had a good deal of trouble. How many children have you had?
How many have you now? – Only one.
How long have you had that lamp? – Only from last Saturday. I was out of candles, and as the little boy had to be left alone I got the lamp.
The Coroner: I think people like you should ask for a lamp with a metal container. There are some put on the market now at 4½d. These are death lamps.
Inspector Ross, of the London County Council, said that within three months he had had three fatal cases from similar accidents in the S. W. district. The oil in the lamp in question was high flash.
The Coroner: Not the deadly 73?
Inspector Ross: No.
Dr. R. C. Lyster, superintendent of the Bolingbroke Hospital, said the child was brought to the hospital burnt more or less all over the body and limbs. She died the next day from shock.
The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death,” and expressed an opinion in agreement with the coroner’s remarks in reference to the danger of the lamp in question.
The Coroner said he would pay for a safety lamp for the parents.
William and Elizabeth’s sixth child was Queenie Violet Mudle who was born at 33 Millgrove Street in Battersea on 28 November 1900. In the census of 31 March 1901 Queenie, at the age of 4 months, was living with her parents at 33 Millgrove Street. When she was about 23 years old Queenie married John Turner in Wandsworth registration district during the 4th quarter of 1923. It’s not known whether John died or they were divorced, but Queenie went on to marry an Eastwood from whom she was divorced. Queenie’s third marriage, when she was 54 years old, was to 63-year-old widower Edward Francis Scott at Chipping Norton Register Office in Oxfordshire on 19 February 1955. Edward was a boot and shoe repairer living at 21 Cockpit Close in Woodstock, and Queenie was living next-door at number 20.
William and Elizabeth’s seventh child was Lucy Georgina Mudle who was born at 20 Culvert Place in Battersea on 27 February 1903. In 1921 Lucy was a toy factory hand living at 32 Macaulay Road in Clapham when, at the age of 18, she had an illegitimate son. Then when she was 24 years old Lucy married Edward Cheer in Wandsworth registration district during the 4th quarter of 1927.
Lucy’s illegitimate child is Cyril Thomas Mudle who was born at 46 Ouseley Road, Balham, Battersea, which was part of St James' Hospital, on 27 July 1921. After his mother's marriage Cyril became known as Cyril Thomas Cheer. When he was 19 years old Cyril married 16-year-old Lillian White-Overton at Wandsworth Register Office on 3 December 1940 by licence. They were both then living at 221 Putney Bridge Road in Wandsworth, and Cyril was a van guard on Southern Railways. Lillian was the daughter of Edward and Ella White-Overton, and she had been born in Wandsworth registration district on 3 August 1924. During the Second World War Cyril was in the army and became a Prisoner-of-War of the Japanese. After the war Cyril returned to working on the railways and became a locamotive fireman. Cyril and Lillian lived in Battersea where they had seventeen children, six of whom died in infancy. Lillian died at the age of 75, her death being registered in Lambeth registration district in London during July 2000. Then about a month later Cyril died at the age of 79, his death being registered in Lambeth registration district during August 2000.
William and Elizabeth’s eighth child was Frederick William Mudle who was born at 30 Wickersley Road in Battersea on 12 October 1905. On 9 October 1923, just 3 days before his 18th birthday, Frederick was working as a motor driver when he enlisted at Kingston in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was then described as 5ft 3¾ins tall, weighed 135lbs, had a 35½ins chest with 3ins expansion, a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. For his service as Sergeant 7257727 with the 2/3 Cavalry Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Arab revolt (First Intifada) of 1936-39 in Palestine Frederick was awarded the General Service Medal with clasp for Palestine. He had initially been listed on the Medal Roll of the Army Dental Corps but then crossed out and added to the Medal Roll of the Royal Army Medical Corps 
When he was 34 years old Frederick married 41-year-old Joanna Cooney in Windsor registration district in Berkshire during the 2nd quarter of 1940. Joanna had been born on 16 March 1899. Frederick and Joanna were childless.
During the Second World War Frederick was in the R.A.M.C. (Royal Army Medical Corps) and some details of his service have been gleaned from announcements in The London Gazette. On 4 June 1943 acting Sergeant Major Frederick William Mudle No. 291585 of the Royal Army Medical Corps was made a Lieutenant (Quartermaster). Then in 1944 the King approved that Lieutenant (Quartermaster) F W Mudle No. 291585 of the Royal Army Medical Corps be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Italy. On The Quarterly Army List of April 1946 F W Mudle was recorded as having been released from embodied service.
Frederick died at the age of 55, his death being registered in Westminster registration district in London during the 2nd quarter of 1961. Twenty-six years later Joanna died at the age of 88, her death being registered in Hillingdon registration district in Middlesex during June 1987.
William and Ellen’s eldest child (William’s ninth), one of twins, was Albert Edward Mudle who was born at 32 Shirley Grove in Battersea on 8 May 1910 at 9.55am. Albert died soon after birth, his death being registered in Wandsworth registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1910.
William and Ellen’s second child (William’s tenth), one of twins, was Eva Florence Mudle who was born at 32 Shirley Grove in Battersea on 8 May 1910. When she was 19 years old Eva married Victor A Adams in Wandsworth registration district during the 4th quarter of 1929.
William and Ellen’s third child (William’s eleventh) was Arthur Henry Mudle who was born on 7 August 1912 in Lambeth registration district. When he was about 21 years old Arthur married Mary Beryl Bell in Battersea registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1933. They had four children born between 1933 and 1939 before Mary died at the age of 27, her death being registered in Mid-East Surrey registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1940. Arthur was then away serving in the Second World War, so his three daughters had to go into a home, and his young son was taken in by Lilian Rose Turrell, née Joyce, Arthur’s half-sister. Ten years later Arthur, at the age of 37, married 33-year-old divorcee Dorothy Hall at Morden Register Office on 29 July 1950. Dorothy’s maiden name was Stone, she had been born on 22 May 1917, and she had formerly been married to Frederick Joseph Hall. Arthur was then an accounts clerk living at 74 Waltham Road in Carshalton, and Dorothy was a stock keeper at a boot and shoe cream manufacturer and living at 27 Shillington Street in Battersea. They had two children born in North-East Surrey registration district in 1951 and 1953. They were living at 120 Langley Drive, Langley Green, Crawley, Sussex, when Arthur died in Crawley Hospital on 22 August 1964 at the age of 52. Dorothy died when she was about 83 years old, her death being registered in Sutton registration district during May 2000.
 See William’s evidence at the inquest on his daughter Rose Amelia, under section on Rose Amelia.
 TNA ADM 188/666 Royal Navy service record of Thomas George Mudle &
TNA ADM 171/110 f505, First War War Royal Navy Medal Rolls.
 Alfred’s death certificate incorrectly records his name as Alfred Edwin Mudle.
 Surrey History Centre 2496/31 p.57, Surrey Recruitment Register 1922-1925.
 TNA WO 100/509 ff58,102 General Service Medal (Palestine 1936-39) Rolls for ADC & RAMC.
 The Supplement to The London Gazette 14 September 1943 p.4069.
 The Supplement to The London Gazette 24 August 1944 p.3935.