(1880 – 1958, Lingfield, Surrey)
Father – William Andrew Terry (1858 – 1931)
Mother – Mary Rusbridge (1854 – 1883)
Ethel Mary (born 1883)
Emily Payne (1883 – 1950)
Harold William (1909 – 1984)
Edith Evelyn Mary (1911 – 1991)
Winifred Vera (1914 –
Maurice Albert John (1919 – 1992)
Albert John Terry was born on 3 May 1880 in Crowhurst, a small hamlet just outside Lingfield in Surrey. His parents were William and Mary Terry. They had married on 21 October 1879 in Blindley Heath, Surrey.
In 1881 Albert was 11 months old when the 1881 census recorded the family as living at Old Park Farm Cottage, Bletchingly. William was an Ag lab and boarding with him and Mary were Mary’s younger brother, William, age 14 also an Ag lab and William Roffey age 17, who may have been one of Mary’s cousins.
In 1883, Ethel Mary was an addition to the family. She was born on 30 March 1883. By then the family were living at Anchor Field Cottages, Godstone, Surrey. Sadly Albert’s mother, Mary died on 4 April from Phlegmasia dolens thrombosis, which is known today as a deep vein thrombosis and was common in mothers who had given birth. Mary was 28 when she died.
On 2 April 1885 William married again, to Ethel Knight, in Lingfield and between 1886 and 1905 William and Ethel had 11 children.
By the time of the 1891 census the family were living in Crowhurst where William remained an Ag lab. Albert, aged 10 and Ethel aged 8 were joined by Edith and Sydney.
William and Edith had lost two small children, William Andrew born 1886 and Martha Mabel born 1890, the previous year, both died of whooping cough and acute bronchitis. Sydney just 8 months old died on 21 April 1891, again from acute bronchitis.
In 1901 the family were living at 2 Oak Cottages, Newchapel Road in Lingfield and Albert, aged 20 was a Post Office Clerk. William was now a Bricklayer’s Labourer. Additions to the family were Clara, aged 8, Alfred, aged 7, Kathleen, aged 4, Dorothy, aged 3, Leonard, aged 1 and Winifred, aged 9 months.
In 1907 Albert married Emily Payne on 24 August at the Lingfield Mission Hall, which appears to have been at Baldwin’s Hill, Felbridge Lane on the way to East Grinstead.
Albert and Emily had 4 children; Harold born in 1909, my grandmother Edith
born in 1911, Winifred (Winnie) born 1914 and Maurice (always known as John) born 1919. All 4 were born and raised in Lingfield and by the time the census was conducted in 1911 Albert had become the Post Office Clerk at Lingfield and the family had moved to the flat above the Post Office.
During WW1 Albert was called up in January 1917, when his occupation is noted at Post Office Clerk. He was recruited as a Canteen Steward. Their address was noted as Swiss Cottage, Lingfield. On his medical history he was found to have Flat Foot and something else which is not readable and was rejected from the Army. He was posted to Dieppe where he stayed for the remainder of the war. He forfeited 7 days pay on 13 July 1918 for leaving his kit bag hanging in the kitchen contrary to EFC Standing orders and apart from that his conduct was good. He was transferred back to England in January 1919.
By the time of the register compiled in 1939, just prior to WW2 he was the Sub Postmaster and the family were living upstairs at the Post Office. My mother remembers visits to her grandparents in the flat above the Post Office. By 1939, Harold was the Post Office Assistant working alongside his father and Winnie was a telephonist also working at the Post Office, a position my grandmother had also held until her marriage. In fact she met my grandfather in Three Cups when seconded in the early 30s to work at the Telephone Exchange in Heathfield. She visited the local Brethren Chapel where my grandfather attended.
When my grandfather died in 1991 we found a pile of letters written to him by my grandmother during the middle 1930s during their courtship which relay life at the Post Office as well as lists of presents just before they married in 1937.
Albert died on 12 February 1958 and was buried in Lingfield graveyard. He died of Coronary Thrombosis, Chronic Myocardial, Senility, Arteriosclerosis and K Terry; daughter was present at the death. Actually I think this is probably Kathlene, his daughter in law. He died at the Post Office and I believe that his son, Harold had taken over the running of the Post Office. In fact locals from Lingfield remember both Mr Terry’s of the Post Office and have mentioned they were kind and polite gentlemen.
Sadly I don’t have any photographs of Albert Terry and would dearly love to see him!