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Edward Arthur Gerrish (b. 28 Apr 1878, d. 07 Nov 1960)
|In Teignmouth in 1960s|
Edward Arthur Gerrish (son of Thomas Gerrish and Emily Clark)491 was born 28 Apr 1878 in Melksham, Wiltshire491, and died 07 Nov 1960 in Teignmouth, Devon491.He married Alison Kellie-McCallum on 05 Aug 1916 in All Saints Parish Church, Langton Green, Kent, daughter of Outram Kellie-McCallum and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Caroline Wright.
Notes for Edward Arthur Gerrish:
In the 1881 census (see scrapbook for Thomas Gerrish), Edward's father Thomas was a groom living in a shared mews house in Hanover Square with Emily. Edward was 2 in the census.In the house there was also a coachman and another groom and his wife and baby.
In the 1891 census (see scrapbook for Thomas Gerrish), Edward, 12, was an errand boy in Melksham, still living with his parents.
As a boy, Edward used to organise his friends into various dubious activities, which he then benefited from.Once, after an apple scrumping expedition when a number of boys were caught, the local policeman congratulated Edward's father on having such a well-behaved boy, not realising that Edward had actually organised the whole thing.
When the Kelliie-McCallum family returned to England in the early 1900s to live in Wargrave, Berkshire, Edward was employed as a manservant for Outram, who had become an invalid after contracting rhumatic fever in India.Apparently, Outram's wife Lizzie told her girls to be nice to Edward because they did not want to lose such a good servant.Alison did her bit enthusiastically, and Edward thought she was giving him the come-on.Before long, he decided to try his luck and ask her to marry him. Outram was furious, but Alison had fallen in love with him and told him she would wait for him.
When the First World War began in 1914, Edward had to join up, but he had had a cycling accident as a boy and one leg was considerably shorter than the other.It was decided that he was not fit to fight, so he was put into the Army Service Corps and spent most of the war driving supplies round northern France.One story his daughter Alison tells about him, was when his lorry broke down and a young lieutenant came to see what the matter was.Edward opened the bonnet and the young man took off his jacket and started to fix the engine.Each time he tried to get Edward to carry on, Edward looked at him and said he didn't quite understand what had to be done.In the end, the officer fixed the engine, slammed the bonnet down and turned to Edward.'I rather think I'm the mug, not you,' to which Edward merely grinned.
In 1916, when Outram died, Alison made her mother agree to her marriage to Edward - something that he might have been glad to get out of apparently.However, Alison was determined and they married much against her family's wishes.Unfortunately, it was a disaster right from the start.After all, Alison had been brought up to a life of ease with a house full of servants and suddenly she was expected to cook and clean and live in rented accommodation with very little money. But Alison would not agree to a divorce, though they soon split and lived separately for most of their married lives.Alison, however, insisted on living in the same town or village as Edward, who seemed to move jobs every few years.Their daughter Alison went to eight different schools, so her mother could keep up some semblance of respecability by being near her husband.
After the Second World War, when his daughter Alison married, Alison his wife finally agreed to let him go and she moved in with the newly married couple and lived with them for the next thirty years.Edward moved to Teignmouth with his partner and they lived together until his death in 1960.
More About Edward Arthur Gerrish and Alison Kellie-McCallum:
Marriage: 05 Aug 1916, All Saints Parish Church, Langton Green, Kent.
Children of Edward Arthur Gerrish and Alison Kellie-McCallum are:
- +Alison Gerrish.