Continuing the exploration of the large batch of old family snaps digitised last week, here’s one of the more intriguing. It’s a wonderful action shot, taken by that prolific photographer ‘person unknown’.
Labelled ‘Fred and Dora’s wedding September 25 1926’, the event is obvious and the most prominent figure pictured is also easy to identify as grandfather Sydney Howes. The occasion: Frederick Hinton Cullum, son of William John Cullum and Sarah Neve, marrying Dora Lillian Briselden – I had found the basic info already and the caption pleasingly confirms this and adds the precise date. But after that, questions arise:
- Who is the boy next to Sydney? There’s probably quite a few candidates of the right age in the family tree.
- Is that gran (Emily) just off centre frame?
- It is tempting to take the baby in the archway behind to be Dad, but he would only be a few months old at the time. Even with my limited knowledge, this one is surely somewhat older, perhaps 18 months? It could conceivably be Ann Harriet Howes (Cutlock), half aunt to the groom, holding him/her.
Here are the happy couple in a separate shot. The wedding is somewhere in the Lewisham area, both having been born in Catford.
Sadly Fred died only seven years later age about 33. This does mean that the basic probate record is available on Ancestry, providing some useful information, but I don’t know how he died or why/when he had moved to Ealing.*
Dora appears to have died in Salisbury, Wilts in 1964, presumably having moved in with her daughter’s family by the name of Shephard (or was staying there at the time). I have further details on this family but as they are likely to still be alive I won’t include them in a public post. If they are reading this – do please get in touch! *
More on the Cullum/Cutlock family.
You will note from the comments below that my plea has been answered. Some consequent additions/corrections:
- Fred worked in the City for the National Bank of Scotland, and died from kidney cancer.
- Dora moved into her own maisonette in Salisbury, “up a hill near Old Sarum”.