|1. Arthur LEES, b. Abt 1854 in Lancaster,
England, d. Bef 1915, occupation Stonemason (Journeyman). 1901 census
shows Widower. Address in 1901 census is 70 Union Rd, Clapham, London. He
married Emma FARNHAM.
2. i. Louisa LEES b. ABT 1878.
ii. George LEES, b. abt 1886 in Lambeth, London, England. 1901 census gives age as 15.
3. iii. Margaret LEES b. 1 Nov 1892.
Second Generation2. Louisa LEES, b. ABT 1878 in Lambeth, London, England, d. 28 Mar 1915, buried in Newquay New Cemetery. While a Stewardess aboard S.S."Falaba", a ship of the Elder Dempster Steamship Line, the ship was torpedoed with the loss of 104 lives, March 28th FALABA. Steam Liner. 38 miles W. of Smalls enroute from Liverpool to Sierra Leone. Torpedoed by Baron Von Forstner's U.28
Grave ref. C 272. She married Henry James TEARLE, married JUN 1902 in Lambeth, London, England, b. 1881, (son of James TEARLE and Mary (TEARLE)) d. 1914 in Lagos, Nigeria. Henry: Died whilst in the employ of the Elder Dempster Steamship line.
i. Gertrude Louisa TEARLE, b. 15 Dec 1906 in Lambeth, London, Middlesex, England, d. Jan 1987 in Kent, England. Extracted from
The West Australian Institute And Industrial School for the Blind
43rd Annual Report & Balance Sheet (1940)
During the year, Miss Lowensohn had three months’ leave of absence, and her place was taken by Miss G. Tearle, a partially sighted girl, who carried out the duties of acting teacher in a very able
manner. During the period of her relief, Miss Tearle, (who already holds the Diploma of L. R. S. M. for signing and A. T. C. L. for piano) won a further prize at the West Australian Musical Festival
(1939), when she gained first prize in the vocal prize-winner’s section for singers who had won a first prize at any previous festival. The adjudicator commented very favourably on her performance.
The New Beacon,
The Journal of Blind Welfare, September 1987 Vol XXI No. 845 Page 296 . (Bill's comments in brackets)
Born on 15 December 1906, Gertrude Louisa Tearle was the only girl in a family of five children. Her father, who worked for the Elder Demster Steamship Line, died in Lagos, Nigeria, when she was very young. Her mother was given a job as purser (Listed as "Stewardess" by Commonwealth War Graves Commission) by the same company but her ship was torpedoed in 1914 (In fact it was March 1915. This was, I believe, the first passenger ship sunk by the Germans in WW1. One American passenger was amongst the dead and this meant that reference is made to it in the letters of outrage by the American president over the sinking of the Luisitania on the 7th May 1915 (1959 passengers and crew, 1198 dead including 128 Americans)) , leaving the family orphaned. Gertrude, aged 8, and her brothers were first looked after by their mother's sister (my Grandmother Margaret HASTINGS nee LEES) who married an Australian (A Pom, John Harry HASTINGS) in 1915. They later went to live in Australia, taking Donald, the youngest boy, with them. By then the eldest boy had gone to sea and the second to Canada, and Gertrude had been sent to a special boarding school at Brighton and then to the Royal Normal College at Norwood to study music by an uncle. Her brother, Ivor, who was partially sighted, was a great influence in her life. From him she inherited a great interest in cricket. Sadly, he died when aged about 16.
Gertrude passed the Preliminary Examination for Blind Candidates for the Elementary Teachers' Certificate in 1924 with credits in History, English Language and Literature, and obtained her LRSM and ATCL.
On leaving college her uncle hoped she would settle with or near him, but she decided to visit her aunt in Australia in 1927-and stayed twenty years, living first in Denmark (Group Settlement 111) and teaching in the Western Australian Institute for the Blind, where she was recognised as a gifted teacher. She also had private pupils and took part in many concerts, where her beautiful contralto voice earned her the Gold Medal at the Perth Festival (I have a copy of the programme) . She often broadcast and sang with the Wesley Church Singers. Towards the end of the war she visited and helped many blinded ex-servicemen, but on her aunt's death returned to England in 1947.
She took up an appointment on the teaching staff of the Yorkshire School for the Blind in York, where her cheerful manner and enthusiastic teachers were greatly commended. Various other teaching posts followed, and then in 1951 she joined the RNIB, where she transcribed braille music on to plates for printing and became so expert at this work that for some time no one could be found to replace her and she continued working part-time long after normal retirement age.
She decided to buy her own flat, and one day in 1965 she took a 74 bus from Lords cricket ground to its terminus at Putney Heath. Alone, she found a flat which she thought would be conveniently situated for Lords, the RNIB and other activities, which by then included concerts with the Pro Canto Singers.
It was when she was in Australia that she first met Sir Malcolm Sargent. She later sang in choirs conducted by him, attended all his concerts and faithfully supported the Fund he set up for children suffering from cancer.
Fear was something she seemed to know nothing about: she also managed to communicate this when in the presence of nervous animals, another of her great loves. She would just put out her hand and savage dogs, nervous kittens or wild horses seemed to grow calm in her presence.
She was a great traveller, and undertook journeys to Australia as lightly as a day-trip to Brighton, and enjoyed holidays in many of Europe's capitals, as well as sup-porting many music festivals, notably Bath and Edinburgh, and attending cricket matches in Worcester and in Australia, where she was allowed in the commentary box (a great thrill). She thought nothing of crossing London twice daily in the rush hour. Often she would be misdirected by well-meaning strangers and find herself in some remote suburb late at night, even once in Scotland, but this she took with unfailing good humour.
Perhaps her greatest gift was her capacity for fun and her ability to give extra enjoyment to others. She made friends easily and very much older or very young people took to her at once. She always got and gave the maximum enjoyment from the simple things of life-the scent of a rose, children's voices or a friendly touch. She is greatly missed by her friends.
ii. Donald Stanley TEARLE, b. 18 Nov 1910 in London, Middlesex, England. Came to Australia with the Hastings on board S.S. Demosthenes in 1925.
Enlisted WWII at Grants Patch 9th November 1939.
Army # WX 590
2/11 BATTALION 6 DIVISION
9th November 1939 - Enlisted in Kalgoorlie, showing occupation of miner and next of kin, brother, Mr A.T.Tearle, HMS Rosemary, Portsmouth.
20th April 1940 - Embarked for overseas
19th May 1940 - Disembarked - Kantara
7th June 1940 - Amitted to hospital with pleurisy - Gaza Ridge
24th June 1940 - Discharged from hospital
6th May 1941 - Promoted Sergeant - M.E. (Middle East?)
5th June 1941 - Missing & transferred to X list - Crete
4th November 1941 - Officially reported Prisoner of War, interned Stalag VIIA
17th November 1942 - Prisoner of War number 92511
9th December1941 - Now interned Oflag, New Prisoner of War number 2935
8th November 1943 - P.O.W.. Now reported interned Stalag 383 P.O.W. No 92511
31st May 1945 - deplaned in U.K. as recovered P.W.
19th September --disembarked Sydney ex "B.2"
Discharge papers in September 1945 - reason for discharge A.M.R. & O 253A (1) , whatever the heck that means - give the following discription
Age 34 - years 10 months
Complexion - dark
Eyes - brown
Marks/scars - right knee
Army papers show as deceased, 25th February 1984 with the notification as having come from V/A Vic which I assume to be Department of Veteran Affairs in Victoria.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 28th November 1947, page 5636.
"The King has been graciously pleased to approve, on the advice of His Majesty's Australian Ministers, that the following be mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Greece and Crete in 1941:-
WX 590 Sgt. D.S. Tearle
It appears that this results from an original recommendation for the Military Medal and the following comes from a listing on ebay. I was outbid.
By the King's Order the name of WX 590 Sergeant D.S. TEARLE, Australian Military Forces, was published in the London Gazette on 28th. November, 1947, as mentioned in a Dispatch for distinguished service. I am charged to record His Majesty's high appreciation. Signed by Frederick J Bellenger, Secretary of State for War.
This MiD comes in its original envelope.(Condition. Good)
Citation for Tearle's MM.
"On 23rd. May 41 at RETIMO Crete Sgt. TEARLE took over command of 2/11 Bn. Mortar Pl., after his Pl. Comd. and many others had become casualties .Sgt. TEARLE managed to keep our mortar in action with an improvised German base plate, until he could get a captured German one into action. He maintained a slow but very accurate sniping fire inflicting numerous casualties for a further period of 6 days- With his platoon reduced to 4 men and physically exhausted he did the lion’s share of work himself crawling forward to an exposed position to observe each shot and then back each time to make corrections. On May 30th our forward positions were over-run by enemy tanks. Our mortar ammunition exhausted Sgt. TEARLE, refusing to surrender, withdrew his men to a house and engaged the enemy with rifle fire. When this in turn was exhausted he withdrew them skillfully. Throughout the fighting CRETE Sgt. TEARLE proved himself an outstanding N.C.O his untiring bravery and his refusal to be deterred by the worst difficulties were a magnificent inspiration to his own men and to the companies he supported. (Crete recommended for M.M, P.O.W Staglag 383 no. 92511 Hohenfefs).The camp was situated at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, Hohenfefs, Parsberg nr Munich".
iii. Ivor TEARLE.
3. Margaret LEES, b. 1 Nov 1892 in Lambeth, London, England, d. 1 May 1945 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. Birth Cert. address 13 Renfrew Rd. Lambeth. She married John Harry HASTINGS, married 6 Apr 1915 in Lambeth, London, England, b. 29 Oct 1892 in St. Albans, London, England, (son of John HASTINGS and Eliza Mary Ann SMITH) d. 10 Aug 1964 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, occupation Soldier/Farmer. John: B/C. address Hatfields Rd. St. Peters.M/C 28 Bellefields Rd. Stockwell. According to son-in-law E.E.L he was the "eldest of four children of the second of three marriages (Smith, Hastings & Boston with nine children in all". Combining 1901 census with notation on back of Eliza Mary Ann BOSTON's gravestone photo there were 10 - Emmie, Ern & Bert Smith, Nell, Jack, Hilda, Frank, Dora, Maisie Hastings & Nel Boston.
M/Cert shows occ. Private 6th Dragoon Guards. WW2 attestation shows previous active service 3rd Dragoons.WW2 discharge -age 52 yrs 11 mnths,Eyes Grey, marks/scars Burn back right hand.Brit. Army # 389952. Aust. Army # W232725.
4. i. Florence Margaret HASTINGS b. 17 Jan 1916.
5. ii. Constance E HASTINGS b. 1918.
6. iii. John Graham (Jack) HASTINGS b. 23 Nov 1925.
7. iv. Ivor HASTINGS b. 19 Jan 1936.
Third Generation4. Florence Margaret HASTINGS, b. 17 Jan 1916 in Lambeth, London, England, d. 6 Jun 1989 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, occupation Supermum. She married Ernest Eric LEAVER, married 8 May 1933 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, b. 1 May 1910 in Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, (son of Charles Henry LEAVER and Mabel Gertrude BEARD) d. 10 Aug 1985 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, occupation Schoolteacher. Ernest:.
8. i. Ronald Eric LEAVER b. 11 Sep 1933.
9. ii. Gerald Beard LEAVER b. 5 Nov 1935.
10. iii. Donald Charles LEAVER b. 23 Dec 1940.
11. iv. Bruce LEAVER b. 19 Aug 1945.
12. v. William LEAVER b. 26 Jun 1947.
13. vi. Stephen LEAVER b. 12 Nov 1950.
5. Constance E HASTINGS, b. 1918 in England. She married (1) Darrell L RIGG, married 1940 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. She married (2) George MAUDE, occupation MotorTrimmer.
Children by Darrell L RIGG:
i. Doreen RIGG, occupation Nurse.
6. John Graham (Jack) HASTINGS, b. 23 Nov 1925 in Denmark, Western Australia, Australia, d. 1992 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, occupation Wellsinker/Waterborer. Enlisted WWII 12th November 1942, giving his birthday as 23 Nov 1922.
Army # 36857. Was in Darwin during Japenese raids. He married Valmae Joy MOORE, b. 28 Nov.
14. i. John Richard HASTINGS.
15. ii. Clive Wilfred HASTINGS b. 30 Nov 1955.
16. iii. David HASTINGS b. 20 Oct 1957.
7. Ivor HASTINGS, b. 19 Jan 1936 in Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia, d. 9 Dec 1989 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, occupation Soldier. 53004 Warrant Officer Class Two.
National Service 16 Aug. 1955 - 20 Nov 1955.
Regular Army 21 Nov 1955 - 01 Jul. 1982.
C.M.F. 02 Jul. 1982 - 16 Jun. 1983.
Decorations - medals
Vietnam Medal, National Medal with First Clasp, Vietnamese Campaign Medal,
Returned from Active Service Badge. He married Lesley Anne GOWLETT, married 1959, b. 15 Jan 1939, (daughter of Leslie William GOWLETT and Golda Augusta MULLER).
i. Anne HASTINGS, b. 1960.
ii. Ian HASTINGS, b. 1962, occupation Soldier/Computors.
iii. Ross HASTINGS.
iv. Donald Stephen HASTINGS, b. 1964.