Muriel Hope Atcherley: In and Out of Africa (Part 2)

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Lions and leopards lurked in the undergrowth, and lions actually killed and carried off Dr. Hemsted’s horse from the stable near the house. Two lions were later shot on what is now the front lawn.

According to the article from which the above quote is taken, Dr Henry Hemsted (who had married Muriel Hope Atcherley in 1911) bought his plot of land at Ngong in 1914. Whether or not this is true is open to question, given that he and Muriel did not take up residence in British East Africa until 1919. Even then the couple were based at Nairobi, and the earliest record I have found confirming their residence at Ngong dates from 1920. Perhaps a more pertinent question is why Henry and Muriel chose to leave England and set up home amidst the lions and leopards of Africa.

Henry Hemsted’s career as a doctor had been a very successful one, and there is no apparent reason why it could not have continued. Maybe that was not enough for Henry. A spirit of adventure, and perhaps the chance to earn a more profitable living in a country in the early stages of being opened up to Western settlers, may have played a part in his decision to emigrate. He was certainly not the only member of his immediate family to start a new life on the other side of the world: his brother Rustat Henry Hemsted did so in Australia. Other Hemsteds, almost certainly relatives, were already living in East Africa (indeed, when Henry and Muriel returned to England from their first trip to the Protectorate in 1913, they were accompanied by a 37-year-old Miss Hemsted). Those relatives may have encouraged Henry to stake his own claim in the East African highlands. I do wonder what say Muriel had in the decision – and I hope she was a willing partner in the adventure.

The article which tells us of the lions and leopards on the Hemsted property also describes Henry and Muriel’s home there:

The original house consisted of a small grey stone, one-storied building with a wide veranda facing south-west. Later a square tower was added to the side, but connecting with the house. The tower contained a downstairs bedroom with bathroom attached, and an upstairs sitting-room, over which, higher still, stood the water-storage tanks.

The author went on to describe the building as “rather an ugly little cottage” which was only transformed into “a pretty white house with a decidedly colonial aspect” after the Hemsteds left. Another publication provides us with a detailed description of the Hemsteds’ estate. Rather than paraphrase, I will quote it verbatim:

Beyond Major Steele’s splendid coffee and fruit farm is Dr. Hemsted’s property; with its charming stone homestead picturesquely placed amongst indigenous timber, green lawns, and vividly coloured flowers, and facing Ngong Hills. This settler concentrates on coffee and has erected a simple, efficient pulping factory, near the little river, which is noteworthy for an ingenious automatic feeding device designed by the owner.

A considerable area of this estate remains under its beautiful woodland; and as this section is alongside the main road it has been decided to retain it in its natural state and sell it off in small  blocks as a residential area for retired officials and others who desire perfect rural, sylvan surroundings within easy reach of Nairobi.

Dr. Hemsted is deservedly popular in a district where there is no medical assistance nearer than town; but he himself has nothing but praise for the healthiness of the entire countryside. Fever, he states, is unknown here and had he not retired from his profession, after many successful years of practice before the war in Bournemouth, and taken to coffee-planting, Ngong would be, from a business point of view, one of the last places to choose for settling down in.

Lemons were originally grown here in wholesale quantities; but to-day coffee is taking the place of this fruit in the cultivation paddocks. A considerable area of this farm still remains under forest. The land is, however, of high quality, equal indeed to anything in the district, and will make a very valuable coffee estate when cleared and planted.

Neighbouring south of Dr. Hemsted’s and occupying a loop in the Mbagathi where it turns towards the east is the main estate of the Karen Coffee Company, a Swedish enterprise that has gone in for this favourite crop on a wholesale scale.

The Karen Coffee Company Ltd was owned by relatives of a young Danish woman, Karen Blixen (pictured left with her brother) who, as Karen Dinesen, had left her homeland in 1913 to marry the Swedish Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke and with him run a coffee farm in British East Africa. The farm at Ngong was a new, larger estate bought in 1916. Karen Blixen took over the management of the farm in the early 1920s after she and her husband separated (they divorced in 1925). The farm, the local people (settlers and natives), and Karen’s lover Denys Finch Hatton, were immortalised by Karen in the book she later wrote about her experiences, Out of Africa (since adapted into an Oscar-winning movie).

Knowing that Karen Blixen and the Hemsteds were near neighbours, I searched her book for any reference to them – and found the following short chapter, entitled The Elite of Bournemouth:

I had as a neighbour a settler who had been a doctor at home. Once, when the wife of one of my houseboys was about to die in childbirth, and I could not get into Nairobi, because the long rains had ruined the roads, I wrote to my neighbour and asked him to do me the great service of coming over and helping her. He very kindly came, in the midst of a terrible thunderstorm and torrents of tropical rain, and, at the last moment, by his skill, he saved the life of the woman and the child.

Afterwards he wrote me a letter to say that although he had for once, on my appeal, treated a Native, I must understand that he could not let that sort of thing occur again. I myself would fully realize the fact, he felt convinced, when he informed me that he had before now, practised to the élite of Bournemouth.

The doctor referred to in the above passage is not named, but there is no doubt at all in my mind that Henry Hemsted, who had lived in Christchurch and practised in neighbouring Bournemouth before serving on hospital ships in the Great War and then settling at Ngong, was the subject.

Karen Blixen was forced to sell her property and leave Africa in 1931. Her coffee farm was already struggling financially, and the slump in coffee prices in 1930 following the Wall Street crash was the final straw. Other settlers were affected too, but Henry and Muriel Hemsted appear to have weathered the storm. The electoral rolls which were published in the Kenya Gazette showed them both at Chestnut Farm, Ngong, (Post Office Box 545, Nairobi) from 1922 through to 1934.

During their years at Chestnut Farm, Henry and Muriel nurtured not only coffee but also children. Their second child, Elizabeth Gay Atcherley Hemsted, born in England 1913, does not seem to have been among them however. I have never been able to establish what happened to her: she did not appear with her parents on a passenger list, nor have I found a death or burial record for her. Although she was named in the 1919 edition of The County Families of the United Kingdom, it is possible that she had already died by that time. However another daughter was born, at Ngong, in 1922, and may still be living. Henry and Muriel also had two sons in Kenya, Rupert Henry Rustat Hemsted and William Richard Tobias Hemsted (known as Toby). All three of these offspring went with their parents on a visit to England from June to October 1928, where they stayed at the Vernon family home, Hilton Park (pictured below).

Henry and Muriel’s youngest son, William, was born 8 Oct 1924. He married Margaret Evangeline Stanford (1920 – 2012) and with her had a son and daughter in the 1950s, but he has since passed away. His older brother Rupert, born 30 May 1921, joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in the Second World War, and died in Italy on 18 Jan 1944, aged 22. His grave is among those at Naples War Cemetery.

Henry Hemsted also served in World War 2, returning to the duties he performed in the First World War: he was principal medical officer on the hospital ship Amra. He died on 15 Dec 1945, at Naivasha in Kenya, where the family had relocated in the 1930s. Over the years he had served as a member of the Kisumu District Road Board (and had accompanied L D Galton-Fenzi on many of his pioneering motor journeys in the East African territories), a Justice of the Peace in both Ngong and Naivasha, and he continued to be registered as a medical practitioner until his death.

Henry’s widow, Muriel Hope Hemsted, nee Atcherley, married Charles Edward Stuart-Prince in London, England on 18 September 1946. She returned with him to Kenya the following year. The couple visited England again in 1949, returning to Kenya afterwards, but when they made the journey to England in 1954 it was from their new home, in South Africa. Muriel and Charles became naturalized South African citizens in 1960.

Muriel Hope Stuart-Prince died on 17 May 1978 in Port Elizabeth, aged 87. The notice of her death in The Times of London described her as a “Dearly loved sister, mother and grandmother.” She had maintained connections her native England and was dear to the hearts of those who knew her. I think her own heart, after she settled in the Protectorate and Colony of Kenya, was never out of Africa.


Picture credits. Lions in Kenya: photo by Benh Lieu Song, taken from Wikimedia Commons and used under a Creative Commons licence. Coffee berries: photo by Stanislaw Szydlo, taken from Wikimedia Commons and adapted, used and made available for re-use under a Creative Commons licence. Karen Blixen and Thomas Dinesen: photo held by Royal Danish Library, taken from Wikimedia Commons, image out of copyright. Hilton Hall (Hilton Park): photo © Copyright Geoff Pick, taken from Geograph and adapted, used and made available for re-use under a Creative Commons licence.


References

[1] Homes and Gardens, Volume 33, page 72. 1951. Snippets viewed at Google Books.
[2] Muriel Hope Atcherley: In and Out of Africa (Part 1)
[3] MAS (undated), Index of Old Epsomian Biographies between 1855 and 1889. (PDF)
[4] Walter Sidney Bromhead (1924), What’s What in Kenya Highlands. Their Pioneering Romance and Colonising Possibilities. Page 193. Snippets viewed at Google Books.
[5] Karen Blixen in Africa. At Karen Blixen Museet website (accessed 24 Aug 2014).
[6] Karen Blixen (writing as Isak Dinesen) (1937), Out of Africa. Copy viewed at Google Books.
[7] Nicholas Best (2013), Happy Valley: The Story of the English in Kenya.
[8] The Official Gazette of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya (Kenya Gazette), 7 Jun 1922, page 42. Kenya Electoral Roll, Electoral Area (No. 11) Kikuyu. Copy viewed at Google Books.
[9] The Official Gazette of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya (Kenya Gazette), 29 Dec 1934, page 105. Kenya Electoral Roll, Electoral Area (No. 11) Kiambu. Copy viewed at Google Books.
[10] Passenger list for the Matiana, arriving London, England, 6 Jun 1928. UK National Archives document Class BT26. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[11] Passenger list for the Madura, departing London, England, 26 Oct 1928. UK National Archives document Class BT27. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960.
[12] Molteno Family Tree (website, accessed 24 Aug 2014).
[13] Register of births in the District of Kyambu in the Province of Kikuyu shows Rupert Henry Rustant [= Rustat] Hemsted, born 30 May 1921, father Henry Hemsted, mother Muriel Hope Nee Atcherby [= Atcherley]. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1627-1965.
[14] Hemsted, Rupert Henry Rustat. At Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (accessed 25 Aug 2014).
[15] Principal Probate Registry: Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration (1946). Entry for Henry Hemsted. Copy viewed at Ancestry – England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966.
[16] The Crown Colonist, volume 16, 1946, page 203. Snippets viewed at Google Books.
[17] The Official Gazette of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya (Kenya Gazette), Volume 24, No. 845, 13 Sep 1922, page 556 .Copy viewed at Google Books.
[18] The Official Gazette of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya (Kenya Gazette), Volume 29, No. 1135, 6 Apr 1927, page 442. Government Notice No. 203. Copy viewed at Google Books.
[19] The Official Gazette of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya (Kenya Gazette), 12 Apr 1938, page 378. Government Notice No 270. Copy viewed at Google Books.
[20] The Official Gazette of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya (Kenya Gazette), 23 Jan 1945, page 32. General Notice No. 127. Copy viewed at Google Books.
[21] Marriage of Prince and Muriel H Hemsted registered at Barnet, September quarter 1946; volume 5a, page 1898.
The Times (London), issue 50573, 4 Oct 1946, page 1. Marriages.
[22] Passenger list for the S S Orbita, departing Liverpool, England, 19 Sep 1947. UK National Archives document Class BT27. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[23] Passenger list for the Dunnotar Castle, arriving London, England, 25 Oct 1949. UK National Archives document Class BT26. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[24] Passenger list for the Durban Castle, arriving London, England, 17 Apr 1954. UK National Archives document Class BT26. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[25] Union of South Africa Government Gazette, 27 January 1961. Abstract viewed at Ancestry24.com (website, no longer online).
[26] The Times, issue 60309, 24 May 1978, page 32. Deaths.
[27] London Gazette, issue 47995, 5 Nov 1979, page 13885.


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Muriel Hope Atcherley: In and Out of Africa (Part 1)

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HEMSTED, Mrs., of Marton Hall, Shropshire; of Cymmau Hall, Flintshire; and of The Ffrith, Denbighshire. Muriel Hope, eldest dau. of Francis Robinson Hartland Atcherley, Esq., of Marton Hall [...] m. 1911 Henry Hemsted, Esq., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., temp. Major R. Army Medical Corps, and has a dau., Elizabeth Gay Atcherley.—H.M.’s Hospital Ship ‘Ebani,’ Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

The above extract from the 1919 edition of The County Families of the United Kingdom shows that by, or (more likely) some time before the end of the First World War, Muriel Hope Atcherley was married to Dr Henry Hemsted, had a daughter – and was resident aboard the Hospital Ship Ebani. What it does not reveal is that although Muriel was “of Marton Hall, Shropshire” and of other properties she had inherited from her Atcherley forebears, she never lived in them, and that with her husband she had left England in 1914 intending to make a permanent home in one of Britain’s African colonies. Let’s go back to the beginning of Muriel’s story and retrace her journeys in England and Wales, to Canada and the USA, and into – and out of – Africa.

Muriel Hope Atcherley was the only child of Francis Robinson Hartland Atcherley, a Captain with the Militia (3 Battalion Shropshire Light Infantry), and his wife Esther Hodgson (nee Mills). She was born in the summer of 1890 at her parents’ residence, Stone House, Sutton, in the Shropshire parish of West Felton, and was baptised at the parish church of St Michael (pictured above) on 7 August that year. The family was enumerated at Stone House on the 1891 census, along with their five servants: a sewing maid, a cook, a nurse, a housemaid and a groom.

From the Rhyl Journal we learn that in September 1893, Muriel accompanied her parents during their visit to that resort town on the north coast of Wales. Her father had spent a part of his childhood there, living with his maiden aunts Emma, Elizabeth and Anne Atcherley at their home in Russell Road. Elizabeth and Anne were still living there in 1893, as was their brother Captain William Atcherley Atcherley. No doubt all three were glad of the chance to see their nephew, his wife, and three-year-old Muriel.

Muriel returned to Rhyl five years later, in September 1898, but not with her parents. This time she was in the company of her uncle Richard Topping Beverley Atcherley, aunt Caroline Mary Wynne Atcherley (nee Ffoulkes) and cousins (Richard and Caroline’s daughters) Mary Elizabeth Hope Atcherley and Hester Mary Hope Atcherley. In the years since her previous trip to Rhyl she had lost her father Francis, who had died in 1895 aged just 30 (his gravestone at Middle St Peter’s is pictured right), and gained a stepfather when her widowed mother Esther married Walter Bertie William Vernon (of Hilton Hall in Staffordshire) in 1897. In 1900 she also gained a stepbrother, Richard Leveson Vernon.

If we rely solely on the census, it might appear that Muriel Atcherley did not spend much time with the Vernon family she became a part of. In 1901, while Walter, Esther and the infant Richard Vernon were living at The Grange in Welsh Frankton, Shropshire, Muriel was boarding in the household of clergyman William Leeke and his family at the Abbey Foregate Vicarage in Shrewsbury. She does not appear at all on the 1911 census as far as I am aware. It is however important not make too manyassumptions based on census records, particularly those which show people living apart from their families.

Census records show where our ancestors were, with whom they were residing and (where applicable) what they did for a living, on just one day in every ten years. They therefore provide a picture of people’s lives which is far from complete. Muriel was probably boarding in Shrewsbury in 1901 while attending school there. Letters which she sent to her stepbrother Richard in later life have suggested that the two were close. The 1911 edition of The County Families of the United Kingdom gave Muriel’s address as The Grange at Welsh Frankton, the home which she undoubtedly shared with her mother, stepfather and stepbrother. As for Muriel’s no-show on the 1911 census, that was probably due to an event which took place on 29 March that year at St Margaret’s in Westminster. On census night, 2/3 April 1911, the newly-married Muriel Hope Hemsted would almost certainly have been on her honeymoon.

Muriel’s husband, Dr Henry Hemsted, who was born in 1878 in Whitchurch, Hampshire, shared both his name and his profession with his father. He was registered with the General Medical Council on 3 November 1899, in which year he was admitted a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, England, and a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, London, in 1899. I have not found him on the 1901 census but this might be explained by his attending the University of Brussels at that time, where he obtained the M.D.(Brux.) qualification which later appeared after his name.

In 1909 the British Medical Journal carried a short communication on the treatment of a case of tuberculosis, written by Henry Hemsted, M.D.Brux, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. Henry was then living at Purewell Hill in Christchurch, Hampshire, situated just over the county border from Bournemouth, Dorset. He was still there in 1911, the year of his marriage to Muriel, and the year in which the couple’s first child, Rupert Henry A Hemsted, was born – and died.

“But what of Africa?” I hear you ask. Henry and Muriel Hemsted first travelled there in 1912, departing from Southampton on 27 December aboard the Gaika. They were contracted to land at Mombasa. It was not their intention to stay for more than a year in what was then the East Africa Protectorate (or British East Africa), and indeed they returned to England the following year. Not long afterwards, their daughter Elizabeth Gay Atcherley Hemsted was born in Dorset.

Henry and Muriel’s next sea voyage began on 6 May 1914, from Avonmouth, but their destination was not Africa but Canada. The passenger list for the Royal Edward (the ship is pictured above) shows Dr Henry Hemsted, 36, doctor, and Edith Hemsted, 24. Which just goes to show that you can’t always rely on those who compiled the lists to get their passengers’ names right! The passenger list for the Princess Adelaide, arriving at Seattle, Washington, USA on 20 September 1914 from Victoria, Canada, was more accurate, recording Henry Hemsted, M.O., age 36, and Muriel Hemsted, 25.

In fact, the list showed even more information: Henry was 5 feet 10½ inches tall, with a dark complexion and blue eyes, while Muriel’s height was 5 feet 6 inches, her complexion fair, and her eyes grey. Both were in good physical and mental health, neither of them had been to the USA before, and neither of them was a polygamist or an anarchist! Their ultimate destination, after what seems to have been an extended holiday, was Whitchurch, England, where they were to join Henry’s father. They did not remain long in England after their return however.

On 5 December 1914, Surgeon H Hemsted, 37, and Mrs Hemsted, her age wrongly recorded as 34, set off from London aboard the Briton, bound for Cape Town. Henry then enlisted with the South African Medical Corps, and this is how he – and, it would seem, Muriel – ended up on the Ebani. At this point I will let Major-General Sir W G McPherson (whose History of the Great War was published in 1921) take up the story:

When war was declared, the mobilization of an expeditionary force for operations against German South-West Africa was commenced. Cape Town was to be its main base, and mobilization camps were prepared at various places on the Cape Peninsula. The forces mobilized, however, were entirely Union forces and did not come under the command of the Imperial military authorities. But considerable work was thrown on the Imperial senior medical officer in connection with them. Large increases in hospital accommodation became necessary. The military hospital at Wynberg was expanded into a general hospital, a second general hospital was established at Maitland, a suburb of Cape Town, and a hospital transport, the ‘City of Athens,’ and a hospital ship, the ‘Ebani,’ organized. The latter was equipped under the directions of defence headquarters and the official advisory committee on voluntary aid, with additional comforts from the South African Red Cross Society. The personnel was obtained from the South African Medical Corps. On the termination of the German South-West African campaign the ‘Ebani’ was transferred to the Imperial authorities, and was used as a hospital ship in various places. Those of its staff of South African Medical Corps who remained on board were transferred to the R.A.M.C.


HMHS Ebani, in dock

Sure enough, the London Gazette shows Major H. Hemsted of that Corps becoming a temporary Major in Britain’s Royal Army Medical Corps in August 1915. Within two months the ship was operating in the hazardous waters of the Mediterranean. A close encounter with the enemy took place on the last day of that month, after a German submarine sunk a nearby cargo steamer. The sub then approached the Ebani, but on being shown the ship’s list by the medical officer, the Germans allowed the hospital ship to proceed on its way and pick up the crew of the sunken steamer, who had been given time to escape in lifeboats. A New Zealand serviceman on board the Ebani later said “the hospital ships are painted so that no mistake can be made, and there is no doubt it was only the Red Cross that saved us.”

It is believed that over the course of World War One the Ebani travelled over 200,000 miles and carried 50,000 sick and wounded. However, Henry and Muriel did not spend the whole of the war aboard that ship. Henry’s paper A Combined Embarkation and Boat Distribution Scheme: for Hospital Ships and Ambulance Transports, published in The Lancet in September 1918, was credited to Henry Hemsted, M.D. Brux., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. Lond. (Temporary Major, R.A.M.C.; o.c. Troops, H.M.H.S. “Neuralia.” The Ebani was serving off the coast of Tanzania in 1917-18 so the Hemsteds must have switched ships before she departed European waters. The Neuralia meanwhile had served in the Mediterranean during 1915 before returning to Britain in 1916. She remained as part of the Home Fleet until September 1918, after which she acted as an ambulance transport ship until July 1919. It was probably while serving on this ship that Henry Hemsted was mentioned in despatches (apparently this was ‘Gazetted’ on 7 March 1918, but I have been unable to find this in the online version of the London Gazette).


A ward on board HMHS Ebani

The Neuralia then resumed her pre-war career, ferrying passengers to and from East Africa. Henry and Muriel Hemsted may well have been among the passengers on her first voyage back to that part of the world. Certainly, the couple were living in Nairobi by the middle of 1919, and were resident at Ngong, about 22 km south-west of Nairobi, from 1920, after which they spent most of the rest of their lives firmly rooted in Africa. At Ngong, Henry and Muriel became part of a scattered community of European settlers, one of whom later included Henry in the book she wrote about her experiences. Its title was Out of Africa.


Picture credits. West Felton St Michael: © the author. Gravestone of Francis Robinson Hartland Atcherley: © the author. RMS Royal Edward: public domain image taken from Wikimedia Commons. HMHS Ebani, in dock: The Guardian Witness, via Wikimedia Commons, cropped and used under a Creative Commons licence. Ward on board HMHS Ebani: from W G McPherson (1921), History of the Great War based on Official Documents,  Volume I, facing page 333. Publication not in copyright according to the Internet Archive website.


References

[1] Edward Walford (1919), The county families of the United Kingdom; or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Page 639. Copy viewed at Internet Archive website.
[2] Birth of Muriel Hope Atcherley registered at Oswestry, September quarter 1890; volume 6a, page 658.
[3] West Felton, Shropshire baptism register covering 1890, entry for Muriel Hope Atcherley. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and Findmypast.
[4] Wrexham Advertiser, 14 May 1887, page 6. “Mr Atcherley is succeeded in the Atcherley estates by his nephew, Mr Francis R. H. Atcherley, eldest son of the late Lieutenant-Colonel Atcherley …”
[5] 1891 census of England and Wales. Piece 2114, folio 95, page 2. Stone House, Sutton, West Felton, Shropshire.
[6] Rhyl Journal, 9 Sep 1893 (supplement), page 1 and page 2. List of Visitors and Householders. Copy viewed at Welsh Newspapers Online. (See also listings printed on 16 and 23 Sep 1893.)
[7] 1881 census of England and Wales. Piece 5528, folio 60, page 15. Bryn Estyn, Russell Road, Rhyl, Rhuddlan, Flintshire.
[8] Rhyl Journal, 23 Nov 1895, page 2. Death of Mr. F. R. H. Atcherley. Copy viewed at Welsh Newspapers Online.
[9] Rhyl Record and Advertiser, 17 Sep 1898 (supplement), page 1. List of Visitors. Copy viewed at Welsh Newspapers Online. (See also listings printed on 24 Sep and 1 Oct 1898.
[10] Rhyl Journal, 17 Sep 1898, page 2. Copy viewed at Welsh Newspapers Online.
[11] Rhyl Journal, 24 Sep 1898, page 2. Copy viewed at Welsh Newspapers Online.
[12] Liverpool Mercury, 1 Jun 1897, page 5.
[13] Marriage of Esther Hodgson Atcherley and Walter Bertie W Vernon registered at Oswestry, September quarter 1897; volume 6a, page 1337.
[14] Birth of Richard Leveson Vernon registered at Oswestry, March quarter 1901; volume 6a, page 673.
[15] Vernon Genealogy. At Antony Maitland’s Genealogy Pages (website, accessed 23 Aug 2914).
[16] 1901 census of England and Wales. Piece 2546, folio 130, page 3. Frankton Grange, Frankton, Whittington, Shropshire.
[17] 1901 census of England and Wales. Piece 2538, folio 73, page 13. Abbey Vicarage, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
[18] Edward Walford (1911), The county families of the United Kingdom; or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Page 38. Copy viewed at Internet Archive website.
[19] Westminster St Margaret, London, marriage register covering 1911, entry for Henry Hemsted and Muriel Hope Atcherley. Copy viewed at Findmypast.
[20] 1891 census of England and Wales. Piece 961, folio 72, page 12. haverhill, Whitchurch, Hampshire. Head: Henry Hemsted, 54, General Practitioner (Rgd Medical), born Whitchurch. Wife: Ellen Hemsted, 50, born Winterborne, Dorset. Dau: Ellen M H Hemsted, 26, born Whitchurch. Dau: Ada H Hemsted, 24, born Whitchurch. Son: Frederick Hemsted, 18, dental student, born Whitchurch. Son: Henry Hemsted, 13, born Whitchurch.Plus 2 visitors and 3 servants (housemaid, cook, under housemaid).
[21] General Medical Council (1903), The Medical Register for 1903, page 739. Copy viewed at Ancestry.
[22] Hemsted, Henry (1909), A Case of Disseminated Tuberculosis treated with Marmorek’s Serum. In: British Medical Journal, (2) 2549, 6 Nov 1909, page 1337-8. Copy viewed at Europe PubMed Central.
[23] General Medical Council (1911), The Medical Register for 1911, page 709. Copy viewed at Ancestry.
[24] Birth of Rupert H A Hemsted registered at Christchurch, December quarter 1911; volume 2b, page 1172; mother’s maiden name Atcherley.
[25] Death of Rupert H A Hemsted registered at Christchurch, December quarter 1911; volume 2b, page 772; age 0.
[26] Passenger list for the Gaika, departing Southampton, England 27 Dec 1912. UK National Archives document Class BT27. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[27] History of Kenya. At Wikipedia (website, accessed 24 Aug 2014).
[28] Passenger list for the Dunvegan Castle, arriving Southampton, England, 17 May 1913. UK National Archives document Class BT26. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
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[30] Passenger list for the Royal Edward, departing Bristol, England, 6 May 1914. UK National Archives document Class BT27. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960.
[31] Passenger list for the Princess Adelaide, arriving Seattle, Washington, USA 20 Sep 1914. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC, Record Group Number 85. Microfilm publication M1464, roll 268. Copy viewed at Ancestry – Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956.
[32] Passenger list for the Briton, departing London, England 5 Dec 1914. UK National Archives document Class BT27. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960.
[33] W G McPherson (1921), History of the Great War based on Official Documents: Medical Services General History. Volume I. Copy viewed at Internet Archive website.
[34] London Gazette, issue 29415, 21 Dec 1915, page 12803.
[35] Marlborough Express, 6 Jan 1916, page 2. Saved by the Red Cross. Copy viewed at Papers Past.
[36] HMHS Ebani. At Wikipedia (website, accessed 24 Aug 2014).
[37] Henry Hemsted (1918), A Combined Embarkation and Boat Distribution Scheme: for Hospital Ships and Ambulance Transports. In: The Lancet, (192) 4960, 21 Sep 1918, pages 382–384. Copy of first page viewed at Science Direct.
[38] The Troopships 1902 to 1922. At Merchant Navy Officers (website, accessed 24 Aug 2914).
[39] HMSO (1920), The Quarterly Army List. Part II. January, 1920. Page 2071. Copy viewed at National Library of Scotland website.
[40] The Official Gazette of the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya (Kenya Gazette), 3 Dec 1919, page 932. Resident’s Game Licences. Copy viewed at Google Books.
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[42] Karen Blixen (writing as Isak Dinesen) (1937), Out of Africa. Copy viewed at Google Books.


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