W5/6.[M] Harry Bradfield Warner = Amy Gertrude White
(1862 - 1900) [m.1896] (1868 - 1934)
Harry Bradfield Warner was the second child and second son of Ebenezer Joseph Warner and Emma Ruth Jenkins Warner nee Bradfield He was born on 6.8.1862 at the Clarkebury mission station near the White Kei. He entered the Civil Service in 1880, in Fort Malan; he and his brother, Clarence Jenkins Warner were both third generation of the family to join the service.
On 20.2.1896 he married at Port St. John, Tramskei, Amy Gertrude White, the daughter of Henry James White and Caroline Augusta White, and the granddaughter of Alfred and Margaret White; she was also related to the Bradfield family. Unfortunately this marriage only lasted four years, as he died in Port St. John's on 21.5.1900 and his widow lived for a further 34 years, also dying in Port St. John's on 19.12.1934.
They only had one son:
W5/7.[M]c Harold White Warner - Magistrate
b. 13. 9.1897 Kokstad, Eastern Cape
d. 21.12.1973 motor accident near Umtata, Transkei
m. 8.4.1925 in Komgha
b. 18.11.1898 East London, Eastern Cape
d.21.12.1973 Motor accident near Umtata, Transkei
[For details see the mini-biography written by his daughter Moreen Rogers nee Warner - to follow]
They had 4 children:
W5/8.c [k] Peter Jeffries Warner - Native Commissioner, Escourt, Natal. b. 23.11.1926 Mqanduli, Transkei
Felicity Joan Warrington-Jackson
W5/9.[k]5b Marion Warner b. 29.3.1961 Pietermaritzburg, Natal
She was in the Native Affairs Department - the 6th.
generation in the Civil Service.
She married Jeff ???
W5/9.[k]5a Brian Warner b. 16.11.1962 Pietermaritzburg, Natal
W5/8.c[a] Moreen Warner
b. 18.10.1928 Mqanduli, Transkei
m. (1st) 18.1.1951 Kloof, Natal
Ray Harvey Rogers
d. 14.6.1985 Cape Town, South Africa
He was a graduate of Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Cape.
Medical Technoligist in Matatiele - medicine for missionary work
He also had a funeral parlour
She married (2nd) Tom ???
There were 3 children of the first marriage:
c.1. Judith Dawn Rogers b. 5.1.1953 East London, E.P.
c.2 Margaret Helen Rogers b. 3.6.1955 East London
c.3. David Harvey Rogers b. 18.2.1961 East London, E.P.
W5/8.c[b] Elaine Warner
b. 14.5.1930 King William's Town, Cape
Kenneth Milne Joyner - farmer
The son of Archibald Scott Joyner (1877-1959)
They had 4 children:
c.1. Stuart Warner Joyner b. 10.10.1953, Matatiele
c.2. Ian Joyner b.19.2.1955 d. 8.5.1972 Matatiele
c.3. Graham Joyner b. 21.5.1957 Matatiele
c.4. Bruce Joyner b. 8.3.1960 Matatiele
W5/8.c[c] Shirley Warner
m. 1.8.1953 Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Peter Ormonde Wakefield - radiotrician
They had 4 children:
c.1. Gail Wakefield b. 15.6.1954 Pietermaritzburg
c.2. Anne Wakefield b. 12.10.1956 Pietermaritzburg
c.3. Jean Wakefield b. 9.10.1959 Pietermaritzburg
c.4. Roy Harold Wakefield b. 20.6.1961 P.M.burg
From Moreen Rogers nee Warner:
My father, HAROLD WHITE WARNER, was born in Kokstad on 13 September, 1897, the son and only child of Harry and Amy (nee White). When he was three years old, his father died - I do not know the cause of his early demise, but there is a tradition in the family that he had some sort of liver complaint, which should not have been fatal, but that the only doctor available was drunk at the time. After this, Amy and her child made their home with her brother Theophilius White (known in the family as Uncle Offie) on his farm Fairview, situated on the southern bank of the Umzimvubu River, about 20 kilometres above its mouth at Port St Johns.
Here he seems to have spent a very happy childhood, enjoying the companionship of the black children on the farm, and also for some time, of his cousin Norman Harris, whose mother, another member of the White family was also widowed, and shared the home at Fairview.
The one drawback to this life on the farm was that there was no school in the neighbourhood, and it was not until my father was about ten years old that he was considered old enough to undertake the long journey to Butterworth, where his uncle, Clarence Warner, was Chief Magistrate of the Transkei. From that time onwards, Butterworth became his home during term-time, and he returned to Port St Johns for the long holidays, twice a year. He would sometimes travel by post-cart, and at other times he caught the train to East London, spent a night in an hotel there, and then went by sea - quite an undertaking for a schoolboy! In Butterworthy, his companions were his cousins, Harry and Iris. His aunt Jessie did her best to turn Harold and Harry into little gentlemen, dressing them in sailor suits long after they had gone out of fashion for the time or for their age.
After leaving school, Harold decided to enter the civil service, rather than accepting an offer from his uncle Walter (W. E. Warner, of Idutywa) to take him into his firm as an articled clerk. Following family tradition, he joined what was then known as the Native Affairs Department. When war broke out in 1914, he wanted to enlist, but his widowed mother could not bring herself to sign the consent form for her only son, so he waited until he was twenty-one. As this came about in September, 1918, he didn't get further than the training camp in Potchefstroom - he used to tell us that when the Kaiser heard he was on the way, he brought the war to a hasty end!
I am not sure where he was stationed during his first years in the service, but the early twenties found him in Cofinvaba, and falling in love with the teacher at the school there, FLORENCE MARIA JEFFRIES, whom he married on 8 April 1925. They loved to tell the story of how they became engaged - Harold had been transferred away from Cofinvaba, but returned to spend his annual leave there . The teacher used to be given her morning tea by various ladies in the village in turn, and on this particular day, the post-cart arrived while they were having tea. As soon as the hostess of the day realised that Harold was a passenger, she insisted that Florence should stay at home to greet him, while she went to cope with the school. Harold had brought the ring with him, so after they had spent some time together, an excited and somewhat embarrassed Florence returned to her pupils!
The wedding took place on Springfountain, the farm in the Komga district which was the home of Florence's parents and was conducted by Rev. Louw of the Baptist Church. For their honeymoon, they went by sea from East London to Durban - Florence was not a good sailor, and the first time Harold became aware of his new status was when he went to breakfast alone, and the steward asked him, "Your wife sick, sir?"
Harold's first appointment as a married man was to Mqanduli, and during their time there, the couple's first two children were born - Peter Jeffries, on 23 November 1926, and Moreen on 18 October 1928. When Moreen was eight months old, they were sent to King William's Town, where they lived until February, 1935 - their longest stay in one place in his entire working life! While they were there, their family was completed with the birth of Elaine, on 14 May 1930, and Shirley, on 13 July 1932.
As Harold had passed the senior Civil Service law exams, his appointments tended to have a legal significance, and from King William's Town, he was sent to Pretoria as Registrar of the Native Appeal Court. This entailed a lot of travelling and frequent absences from home, when the court went on circuit, and must have been a difficult time for my mother, who had always lived on farms or small villages, and now had to cope in a city with four small children. This period lasted for eighteen months, and was followed by eight months in Umtata - the prelude to his appointment as magistrate (the title given to Native Commissioners in the Transkei, as they were responsible for all legal work) in Mount Fletcher, on 1 April 1937. This was an idyllic time for the children of the family, and I believe for their parents as well, as they enjoyed life in the Residency, as well as the responsibility and status that went with it. It was here that Harold was able to put his own imprint on his work, and he showed himself as conscientious and caring. We loved going into the district with him (this sometimes involved using Basuto ponies where there were no roads) as he went on tours of inspection, or to pay the various road-making gangs. One of his projects was to have fences erected around the springs, so that the people could have clean drinking water, unpolluted by cattle.
Unfortunately, Mount Fletcher also marked the beginning of separation in the family, as the school only covered primary classes, so that first Peter and then Moreen had to go to boarding school. This caused a considerable financial burden, as it did not seem to occur to the authorities that if they sent their staff to places where there were no schools, they should help with the cost of education. A further burden was caused by the outbreak of war, when, with so many of the younger men away in the forces, those who remained had to carry an extra work-load. My father's work was considered essential, and he was refused permission to join up, so he decided that his contribution to the war effort would be to go without leave for the duration. In 1941 he was transferred back to Umtata as additional magistrate, then in 1943 he went to Umzimkulu. This was a very difficult appointment from the family's point of view, as by this time all three of the girls were at boarding school, and travel to King William's Town from Umzimkulu was very difficult, especially in war-time conditions. For the only time in his working life, therefore, he asked for a transfer, and so was in Idutywa when the war came to an end. In 1946 he was promoted to the rank of senior-grade magistrate in Matatiele, and remained there until his appointment in 1950 as permanent member of the Native Appeal court stationed in Johannesburg.
His last promotion should have been to the post of President of the Native Appeal court, but the change of government in 1948 meant that several National Party supporters were rewarded with promotion posts, even though this sometimes meant that they were transferred from other departments. As a result, my father's last appointment was as permanent member of the Native Appeal Court in King William's Town. This involved travelling to Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, which both he and his wife enjoyed very much, as all their children were out of the home by now, and they were free to come and go as they wished.
During his time on the Appeal Court, Harold became aware of a serious lack in the law libraries - there was no handy reference giving a record of Appeal Court decisions. He therefore set out to remedy this defect, and published a Digest of Appeal Court decisions, which proved a very useful addition to both private and library shelves.
Just before his retirement in 1957, Harold and Florence had an extended holiday in England and Europe - their first trip overseas, and a wonderful experience for them both. When they returned, they moved into the house they had built at Bonza Bay, a seaside village near East London. They both became very involved in the local Bowling Club - they qualified as umpires, and were both elected as honorary life-members. In addition Harold learnt how to help blind bowlers, and both he and Florence were always ready to put their skills and gifts at the disposal of others. By this time all their children were married, and they loved having them and their children with them for holidays. When their eldest grandchild, Judith Rogers, was married in London in December 1973, they travelled to England to be with her. Shortly after their return they set off to visit their other children, but were killed together in a car-crash near Qumbu, on their way to their daughter Elaine, in Matatiele.
In the years between his retirement and his death at the age of 76, Harold had worked as a one-man commission, sorting out land-claims in various Black areas in the Ciskei and Eastern Cape. This meant being away from home from time to time, but he enjoyed feeling that he was still useful and busy - he was never much of a handyman or gardener, but was only too pleased to think that he was still making a contribution through his knowledge and experience.
We remember our father as a shy, retiring man, who could easily remain unnoticed in a crowd, but who was full of fun and good fellowship among people whom he knew. I don't remember hearing him read to me, but I have vivid recollections of the stories he told. Being quiet and gentle by nature, he tended to leave the discipline in the family to his wife, but when he did intervene, he was obeyed instantly. He had a wonderful sense of humour, and we loved his quiet witticisms. He made up for his own lack of family by becoming an integral part of his wife's - he was very much loved and respected by her brothers and sisters. He had quite a considerable talent as an actor - in his early days he used to take part in 'music-hall' type of entertainments, and he loved hearing the songs he used to sing. While he lived in Mataliele, he joined the local dramatic society, and was long remembered for his part as Mr Pym in A. A. Milne's play.
We consider ourselves privileged to have had such wonderful parents.