c.4. William Aubrey Newman. He was born after 1901 and he married (1st.) Gladys Tate, but they were divorced and there was no issue of this marriage.
His first wife was the daughter of a wealthy man whose business was the manufacture of cigarette making machines.
[Source: Betty Lowries, 1999]. Note on William A. Newman:
"At her sister's wedding (would be 1936) William asked her to dance. William said he was married, now divorced and showed her the inscription on the back of his watch from the Lyones' Heiress."
William married (2nd) on 12th.May, 1958 in Barnet, Ilse Helene Louise Antone Baxman, who was born on 19.12.1921 in Schoppenstedt, Germany. They lived above the Antique shop, High Street, Seal. William Newman died on 2nd.November, 1963 at the King Edward VII Hospital for Officers in London and was buried in Seal, Seven Oaks, Kent. This second marriage was without issue. After his death, Ilse returned to live in Germany and was still alive at the end of 2001. [She regularly sent us a Christmas card and greetings every year from the time they visited Cape Town]
Phillip remembers that, before the war, Billy had a 'super' M.G. car and took him out in it on the same day that Molly took him to the cinema to see Clark Gable in 'Test Pilot'.
Billy was a very enterprising man and turned his hands to a number of different projects. Early on he ran a roadhouse at Duntin Green and a pub called 'The Pump House' at Hastings and after the war he bought up a lot of materials that were Army Surplus and sold these very advantageously. I remember that all the china that was sent out to South Africa at that time was shipped in wire mesh containers well padded with straw and learnt later that Billy had marketed this wire mesh from Army surplus for this purpose; the mesh was also used for burglar proofing windows. But, in our opinion, his greatest accomplishment was the building of 'The Grasshopper Inn' near Westerham. He originally bought a small, rough and very old country pub, then proceded to hunt out and obtain old or antique building materials and fittings, putting them all together in a very artistic and ingenious manner that produced a most attractive result. He acquired a number of 'grasshopper' artefacts, which decorated various rooms, and the most beautiful stained glass window in sepia and white, showing a lady that looked like Good Queen Bess, in typical costume and headdress, which filled a large circular window at one end of the ballroom. The Breweries were most complimentary about the end result of this building, adding that with all their resources, they could never have produced anything as successful. He really had an eye for artistic merit, style, value and a bargain and an instinct for making the best of what came to hand by knowing exactly how to use it.
[We have a set of postcards of 'The Grasshopper' which give one a very good idea of the final result of his efforts and how, by using old and second-hand materials, Billy kept the building's look and atmosphere as that of a bygone age. It was an admirable accomplishment.]
After the outbreak of war he joined the same Infantry regiment as David Niven and they were very friendly with each other, even after the war. Billy and Ilse came out to Cape Town in 1963, their first visit to Africa, and they were so taken with the country that they wanted to buy a property in the Cape. We took them to see our friend, Peter Picton, who was renting an attractive house in Constantia, overlooking the valley, but which belonged to an Englishman, living in Exeter, who had left South Africa for political reasons. Billy thought it would be ideal for them to purchase and be able to pay for it in Britain. So, when they left, we all believed it would only be a matter of time before they returned permanently. Meantime, as Phillip was intending to go to USA via England, they suggested he stay with them at their home in Seven Oaks. On arrival at Heath Row, they were there to meet him in their Rolls Royce, with 'chauffeur'! [Billy employed his brother Jack to drive his car]. Sadly, Billy was far from well, unable to walk and taken to the Masonic hospital almost immediately, so on Phillip's return from America about ten days later, Phillip had to find other accommodation, which led to a strange coincidence. For business reasons he called on a firm making vacuum cleaners, which was also in the floor cleaning business, with a view to getting them to use our 'Wipe-on' products. The owner had been living and, in fact started his business, in South Africa, and on hearing Phillip needed accommodation in London, offered him the use of his firm's serviced apartment in George Street. Before he left SA, I had suggested that Phillip contact the mother of one of my school friends [Valerie Cooney nee Roothman] if he was in the city and so he telephoned Kay Gillett and her British Airways pilot husband, Ron. She asked where he was staying and when he told her, she said, 'Well, if you look out of the window, you will see our home as we are at 3, Cumberland Mansions, George Street!'. This enabled him to spend time with them and Kay kindly provided several meals as well, all of which greatly added to his comfort and convenience, of course.
M1/5.g Elizabeth Patience May, nicknamed 'Pomp', the seventh child and third living daughter (as two died young) of Charles John May and Caroline Amelia May nee Glessing. She was born on 29th.May, 1873 and died on 16th.February, 1950 at Bexhill. She was married to William George Bawcombe. He was head of Cooper Bros. a large English accounting firm and became British Consul in Belgium. There was no issue of this marriage, but Pomp remembered Percy's four children each Christmas after they remained in England and their father had left for Livingstone. Pomp died on 16th.February, 1950 in Bexhill.
Doris wrote: "Auntie Pomp was the one who helped us a bit by sending money to Mrs. Wheeler every Christmas to buy boots for us. The last time she sent us a gift for Christmas [it] was not money but a toy Lucky Tub and Mrs. Wheeler was furious."
Born between 1873-1874, Reading [Source: Census 1881 -CD]
Married William George Bawcombe [Source: Will of Charles May 1918], 1897 [Source: Civil registration.]
Address (Facts Page) 1: 1873, Reading
Address (Facts Page) 2: 1875, Reading
Address (Facts Page) 3: 1881, Croydon
Address (Facts Page) 4: July 1, 1918, 21, Leasewick Road, West Norwood [Source: Will of Charles May 1918]
Census 1881, 31, Alexandra Road, Croydon, Surrey, aged 7