Killed at Dunkirk

Frank Edward GRICE was baptised at Filey St Oswald’s. He was about nine months old when his father Frank [GH7Y-7L4] died. His mother Kate married Richard MAULSON in May 1915 and in 1921 Frank was sharing 9 Reynolds Street with a stepbrother and three half-brothers. Filey Genealogy & Connections doesn’t give us his peacetime occupation but in January 1940 he crossed the Channel to France with the 4th Battalion of the Green Howards. Many of Frank’s brothers-in-arms were back home by the summer but he didn’t survive the retreat from Dunkirk and is buried at Nine Elms British Cemetery at Poperinge.

You can follow him in the last months of his life here. He is remembered on the Murray Street Memorial and there is a photograph of his headstone at Nine Elms here.

Charles Herbert SPIVEY was the son of one Primitive Methodist minister and the father of another. (His paternal grandfather was a carpet weaver.) He was baptised at the Ebenezer in Union Street, Filey and at the age of thirty, he married Annie Mayfield WRIGHT in Sheffield. They had a son, Ronald Vincent in 1907. Charles wandered the country, as most Methodist ministers did, and retirement found him in Great Yarmouth in September 1939. He died in Torquay fifteen years later, a man of means.

The value of Charles’ effects today is about £700,000.

Martha is the only BRADFORD in my Filey database and she may never have left her home county of Lincolnshire. Her granddaughter Lucy DUNDERDALE [L2QL-GL5] was born in Cottingham and at Filey St Oswald’s in 1919 she married Thomas Robert WALLER (AP 17 · death · 3 January and fstID GN3G-QBN). Martha has a substantial pedigree on the Shared Tree but George William (Lucy’s father) is not one of her eleven children. A blue hint for fifth child William makes a case for George’s inclusion – and the link to Filey can then be made.

John Gallienne PHILLIPS, born in Wales at Pembroke Dock, married Kate VARLOW in Glanford Brigg, Lincolnshire in 1907. They set up a home in Doncaster where, in 1911, John was a “fancy draper”. In 1939 he was retired and incapacitated, living with Kate in Station Road, Filey. Kate died in 1944 and John had to manage without her for another six years. Both are buried in Filey churchyard but there is no record of a headstone in the Crimlisk or EYFHS Surveys

Water 59 · Martin’s Ravine