Descendants of Thomas ROLFE

Fourth Generation


29. Edith Mina WHITE (Edith Emma ROLFE , Alfred , Thomas ) was born on 12 Jan 1899 in New Brompton, Kent. She died about Nov 1971.

ADDRESS: (1901): Living with parents
(1925, marriage certificate): 85 College Avenue, Gillingham

MARRIAGE: (1837online): Jul - Sep 1925 Vol 2A Page 2047, Medway District

DEATH: (Ancestry): Oct-Dec 1971 Vol 5F Page 630, Chatham District

Edith married Winston Stewart COLE son of Robert COLE and Emily on 25 Aug 1925 in St Mark's, New Brompton, Gillingham, Kent. Winston was born on 7 Jun 1900 in New Brompton, Kent. He died about Feb 1974 in Sittingbourne.

ADDRESS: (1901): 7 Balmoral Road, Gillingham
(1936): 30 Junction Road, Gillingham


OCCUPATION: (1936, Daughter's birth certificate): Chief Ordnance Articifer RN. HMS Pembroke.

MARRIAGE: (1837online): Jul - Sep 1925 Vol 2A Page 2047, Medway District

DEATH: (Ancestry): Jan-Mar 1974 Vol 5F Page 1763 Sittingbourne District

Winston and Edith had the following children:

  36 M i Stewart David COLE was born on 24 Sep 1927. He died on 1 Feb 1999 in Gillingham, Kent.

BIRTH: Searched to Sep 1943. No birth record recorded in GRO.

DEATH: Pure speculation: He died in Room 4, 72 Balmoral Road, Gillingham, Kent. Paul Edwards organised disposal of the body, presumably becasue no remaining family.
  37 F ii Living

34. Ivy Dorothy Mary ROLFE (Clarence Spencer , Alfred , Thomas ) was born on 15 Jul 1918 in Rochester, Kent. She died on 17 May 1985 in Bath.

BIOGRAPHY: Went to school first to Troy Town then Fort Pitt.

Ivy married Norman George WATSON son of Frank Annison WATSON and Florence Lillas HOSKIN on 21 Oct 1944 in St Nicholas, Rochester. Norman was born on 2 Oct 1920 in Gillingham, Kent. He died on 3 Apr 2008 in AvonPark Resedential Home, Bath.

BIRTH: Born at Shakespeare Road, Gillingham

BIOGRAPHY: Sang in the church choir with his father. Top student and graduated to Chatham Technical College at 16. Achieved a scholarship to Royal Naval College, Greenwich, studying as an electrical engineer. Moved to Portsmouth dockyard at end of war. Moved to Malta in 1950. Returned to UK in 1953 to Admiralty Engineering Laboratory , West Drayton. Moved to Chatham Dockyard in 1956 as Assistant Personnel Manager. 1965/6 moved to Plymouth Dockyard involved in rebuilding of Ark Royal. 1973 moved to Bath as Director of Dockyards. Retired in 1898. Died after long illness of alzeimer's.

MARRIAGE: Second marriage to Joan in 1986.

Norman and Ivy had the following children:

+ 38 M i Living

35. Vera Irene ROLFE (Clarence Spencer , Alfred , Thomas ) was born on 17 Apr 1921 in Rochester. She died on 18 Jan 2005 in Appleton, Oxon.

ADDRESS: First lived at 2 James Street, Rochester (1921-9). Lived at 245 Maidstone Road, Rochester (1929-43). When first married lived at 71 St Margaret's Street. When married, spent time in Weymouth (1945), and Dovercourt (Harwich) in 1949 when Dad was serving in Navy. Living in Englefield Green around 1951. Bought first house at 10 Pattens Lane, Rochester (before 1952). 1959 - moved to 42 Collinwood Road, Headington, Oxford. 1965 - moved to Maytree Cottage, Appleton.

BIOGRAPHY: Went to school first at Troy Town 1926-32, then Fort Pitt Grammar School for Girls 1932-8. Played piano under Professor Sharp in 1931. Passed Pitmans & RSA in shorthand (120wpm), and typing (60wpm). From 1938-45 joined Medway Choir and performed amongst others Merrie England, and Rebel Maid at the Central Hall. Choir apparently disbanded during War.


OCCUPATION: From 1938, joined Kent County Council at Springfield, Maidstone, as a Junior Receptionist and clerk in the Elementary Section. From 1939-45, joined the Building Department as a Shorthand Typist, then personal secretary to Mr G White (Sights & Buildings), and Mr Knight in Accounts. From 1968-85 worked for Local Examination Schools, Oxford as a leader of section dealing with certificates.

Vera married Living son of Frank Everden MARTIN and Bessie Mabel WICKER.

They had the following children:

  39 M i Living
        Living married Living.

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