Vernon Augustus Bell


The grandson of Thomas and Esther Roydhouse Vernon Augustus Bell was

born in Camberwell, Surrey on the 19th January,1879.

He was the eldest of 4 children.

He was boarding at 6 Harwick Road, Chorlton cum Hardy in Manchester and

his occupation was recorded as a travelling lace salesman in 1901.

He married in 1909 to Harriet Maud Campbell nee Bastin.

In 1911 he is living with wife Harriet and step-son George (aged 13) and servant

Ida Gooding at 1 Cricklade Avenue, Streatham.

They occupy a 7 room apartment in a large block of flats.

He and Harriet are  managers/employers of a wholesale costume business.

From 1913-c1919 he and Harriet lived at 55 Downton Avenue in Streatham.

As shown by the Google map, this is one street away from their previous

address in Cricklade Avenue, suggesting their business was nearby.

In 1914, he is registered as Temporary Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval

Division records of service.

After 1919, their address is in New Cavendish Street, Westminster.

He travelled to Spain several times in the early 1930’s by small ship as a silk

merchant, appearing to spend at least 4 months each year in that country.

Harriet did not travel with him.

His last trip to Tenerife was completed as the “BAZAN” arrived in London in

April 1933  and his death is recorded in Preston in the December . He was

aged 54.

Dowton Avenue, Cricklade in the background.

1911 census details, Ancestry

(New Cavendish Street, Google maps)


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