Elders and Fyffes and Atcherley – Part 2

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Grand Canary was a fair way from the British Isles, but Robert Atcherley and others had the drive and determination to bring sporting activities from the green and pleasant land of their birth, to their new island home. This I discovered during the course of my eagle-eyed Atcherley research, when by a stroke of good fortune I discovered that Robert was very much to the fore as a Las Palmas golfer.

Offices of Elder & Dempster at Las Palmas, Grand Canary

A strong British community was already established at Las Palmas when Robert Atcherley and his new wife Anastasia arrived there in 1893, and that community continued to grow. The Canary Islands’ convenient location on Atlantic shipping routes linking Europe with north America and with Africa was a key factor. In part 1 of this story I mentioned that “Elder & Dempster’s steamers stopped [at the Canary Islands] to take on water and coal”. Elder & Dempster was itself one of the companies (most of which were Anglo-Spanish ventures) which reaped the rewards of operating a coaling company at Las Palmas, and helped to turn it into one of the busiest shipping ports in the world.

With shipping came opportunities to trade in the Canary Islands’ own commodities, opportunities which enterprising Brits were quick to seize. As we have seen, bananas (though not native to the islands) became one such commodity. Sugar was another: John Milberne Leacock (who, with Robert Atcherley and others, became a director of Elders & Fyffes in 1901) purchased a sugar mill on Grand Canary, the £2,000 cheque for which was delivered to the seller by his ‘compatriot Robert Atcherley’. And there was tourism, which received a huge boost in 1895 when Sir Alfred Lewis Jones of the Elder Dempster Line (and another Director of Elders & Fyffes) reduced the cost of a return ticket from Liverpool to Las Palmas, to £15 – £25.

The growth of the British community at Las Palmas led to an increased demand for British goods and services – and facilities for British sports. One such sport, as you will have noticed from my introduction above, was golf.

If, as I suspect, Robert Atcherley was a Grand Canary resident in 1891, he may well have played a part in the establishment of the Las Palmas Golf Club. The club was instituted on 17 December 1891, making it the oldest golf club in Spain. The course was described in the Golfing Annual of 1898-99 as follows:

The golf links, which are remarkably well laid out, are the property of Las Palmas Golf Club, and adjoin the grounds of the Catalina Hotel. The links are about two miles round, and there are thirteen holes, some of the upper ones being played twice for the full course of eighteen holes. […] The obstacles are principally natural, consisting of “Barrancos,” or dry water courses, and euphorbia scrub, which to any badly directed ball is very fatal. These natural obstacles have been in places supplemented by dry retaining walls, which require some negotiating. The subscription to the club is very low, 10s for a year, or any part of one. No entrance fee. […]

The links, being on an elevated plateau, commanding magnificent sea and land views, are always blessed with a fresh and invigorating breeze, and are a favourite walk for the visitors, who enjoy the tea picnics given frequently at the clubhouse, which is only ten minutes walk from the hotel. All Golf requisites can be obtained in the island.

The Captain of the Las Palmas Golf Club (in 1902 and 1905, and quite possibly in the years before and after) was none other than Robert Atcherley. What’s more, on 8 December 1902 Robert set a record score for the course (in a club competition) of 80, which was still unbeaten in 1905. By 1912, Robert had set a course record of 71.

Another sport introduced to Grand Canary was cricket. It is said that the Las Palmas Cricket Club was established on 29 March 1890, with its grounds being laid out on a large area of level ground situated between Santa Catalina Clinic and La Casa del Caminero. Although the club grounds may have been established then, the club itself was in existence by the beginning of the previous year. The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser of 25 January 1889 reported that “the first cricket match ever played in the Canary Islands, took place on the 2nd inst., at las Palmas”. The teams were Grand Canary Cricket Club, versus HMS Penelope and Torpedo Boats Nos 28 and 29!

Although Robert Atcherley was not one of the players who took part in Grand Canary’s inaugural cricket match, he did at some point join the island’s Cricket Club. Matches against military personnel from visiting ships were popular, with a series of three matches against officers and NCOs of the West India Regiment in 1903 being watched by large crowds. Among the “local players” who took part was Mr Atcherley. Robert was later named as the Cricket Club’s Secretary in A List of English Clubs in all parts of the world for 1907.

In addition work and play, religion was another important part of the lives of Britons living in Las Palmas. The erection of an Anglican church on Grand Canary was first proposed in 1887, and the search for a suitable site began two years later. In 1891 a parcel of land measuring 2190 square meters, situated between Las Palmas and the port of La Luz, was chosen. This land was purchased (for 2,700 Pesetas) from none other than Elder Dempster & Co, and the foundation stone of what would become the Holy Trinity Church was laid that same year. The church was completed around 1892/3.

The first Church Committee consisted of prominent figures in Grand Canary’s British community, including men who played a leading role in commercial life of the island’s capital. Was Robert Atcherley involved in these early years of the Holy Trinity Church? We will probably never know for sure. Sadly, records of the committee’s early work were lost – the minute books were deposited in the the offices of the Grand Canary Coaling Company, and those offices were destroyed by fire in 1902.

When records become available once more, they show a committee made up of different men. Most of these men served continuously (the committee being re-elected en bloc each year) up to the outbreak of the First World War when a War Committee was formed. Those men were William Seddon, Arthur Doorly, Otto Vahland – and Robert Atcherley.

While Robert’s name appears in a variety of records which attest to his prominence in the British community of Las Palmas, his wife’s name is conspicuous by its almost complete absence. Helena was however mentioned in at least one newspaper report, following the visit of King Alfonso XIII to the Canaries in 1906. The subject of the report was an English photographer then based at Las Palmas, Charles Edward Medrington, who had sent His Majesty “an album containing a complete collection of photographs taken during the King’s visit to Las Palmas”. One of the select few ‘guest photographers’ whose pictures were included in the album was Señora Atcherley!

As I noted in the first part of this story, ships’ passenger lists were one type of record in which Helena did feature (along with Robert). I have yet to track down all of the lists in which this couple appeared, but those I have tracked down reveal a pattern. Over most of the 20 or so years during which Robert and Helena Atcherley lived at Las Palmas, they typically made return trips to England every other year. Often their journeys to Liverpool were made separately, with Helena arriving in May and Robert following in July. The Atcherleys usually returned to Las Palmas together, at the end of August or late September / early October.

From 1912 onwards Robert and Helena came back to England annually, returning for good in 1915 aboard the Highland Laddie (which arrived at Liverpool on 13 June). Robert was described as a merchant on the ship’s passenger list. He was most likely still a Director of Elders & Fyffyes, having been listed as such in 1914. It was not long before he retired from business however. It is possible that the war may have played a part in this, as during the conflict Atlantic sea trade was greatly reduced and this of course had a huge impact on the Canary Islands.

If Robert and Helena had dreamed of a long and happy retirement together, that dream was cruelly dashed. Helena died, at Formby in Lancashire, on 21 December 1919. She had been suffering from fatty degeneration of the heart for ten years, and from nephritis for 3 years.

As we have seen, after the death of Helena Robert married Gertrude Elizabeth Brookes, his first cousin, on 20 June 1921 at High Ercall. Gertrude was the eldest of five children born to John Brookes and Charlotte Emma, née Atcherley, but she was the last to marry. When the 1911 census was taken, Gertrude was enumerated as a visitor in the household of her future husband’s parents and siblings. Passenger lists show that she was no stranger to Las Palmas, having made three trips there since 1909. Those lists also show that Gertrude worked as a hospital nurse.

Robert and Gertrude settled at Poynton Villa, close to Shawbury but in the parish of Ercall Magna, Shropshire. When advertised as being to let in 1904, Poynton Villa was described as “containing sitting-room, dining-room, kitchen, 5 bedrooms, &c.; coach-house, and other outbuildings; good garden, and about two acres of grass land.” It was close to Green Lane House, where Robert’s father Samuel Atcherley had settled just before his death in 1917 – Robert and Gertrude later took up residence there themselves. Robert died at Green Lane House on 19 January 1954, at the age of 86. Gertrude then moved to a house named Bettifrid, in King Street in nearby Wellington, where she died, aged 91, on 11 April 1961.

Robert and Gertrude’s married life together seems to have been a peaceful one, during which they spent time with their shared family and relatives. The couple attended the wedding reception (and presumably the wedding itself) of their niece Josephine Helen Atcherley in 1930. When the 1939 Register was taken at the beginning of World War 2, Robert and Gertrude were staying with Robert’s widowed sister Helena Taylor at Wollescote House in Worcestershire; my guess is that this was not the only such visit.

As for Robert’s ‘retirement’, it appears that this was not permanent. Evidence for this comes from a report in the Hull Daily Mail of 7 August 1925, relating to the launch of a new vessel at Cammel & Laird’s Birkenhead shipyard. A statement made on behalf of the ship’s owner noted that when the new vessels then being built were completed, they would make the Company’s fleet up to 28 vessels, with a capacity for bringing 16,000,000 bundles of bananas in a year to European ports. The company was of course Elders and Fyffes, and their spokesman was named as Mr Atcherley. Perhaps being away from Las Palmas, the golf club and the banana trade for a long time leaves a hole in one’s heart, and makes the idea of returning to the business … appealing.


Picture credits. Oficina de Elder Dempster en la calle de Triana 1895-1900: From El Coleccionista de Instantes Fotografía & Video Flickr photostream, adapted, used, and made available for re-use under a Creative Commons licence. Cricket player, 1890s: Adapted from a public domain image by J J Harrison, taken from Wikimedia Commons. Desembarque de S.M. Alfonso XIII en el Puerto de la Luz – Grand Canary: From a contemporary postcard dating from 1906 and therefore out of copyright.


References

See also references for Part 1.

[1] La Luz Port History. At: La Luz Port (website, accessed 2 Apr 2018).
[2] González-Sosa (2017), Cuándo y por qué llegó Mister Leacock a Guía de Gran Canaria. At: La Provincia website (accessed 7 Apr 2018).
[3] David Penny (2013), Early days of tourism. At: TenerifeNews (website, accessed 8 Apr 2018).
[4] Las Palmas Golf Club, Canary Islands. At: Golf’s Missing Links (website, accessed 8 Apr 2018).
[5] H Cox (1902), The Golfing Annual. Volumes 12-21. Pages 151 and 188. Snippets viewed at Google Books.
[6] H Cox (1905), The Golfing Annual. Volume 19, page 207. Snippets viewed at Google Books.
[7] Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 25 Jan 1889, page 3. The First Cricket Match in Grand Canary. Copy viewed at Findmypast.
[8] Antonio Samuel Almeida Aguiar (2003), Un Acontecimiento Social: Deporte y Educación Física en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (1844-1914). Pages 281-2. Copy downloaded from Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria website. Also available at ResearchGate.
[9] E C Austen Leigh (1907), A List of English Clubs in all parts of the world for 1907. Page 183. Snippets viewed at Google Books.
[10] Jorge A Liria Rodríguez (2015), Holy Trinity Church, eje social de la colonia británica en Gran Canaria. At: Cómplices con la Historia (website, accessed 8 Apr 2018).
[11] El Fotógrafo Inglés. At: NorteGranCanaria.es (website, accessed 8 Apr 2018).
[12] The Colonies and India, 6 Jul 1895, pages 27-28. “LIST OF ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES BY COLONIAL AND INDIAN STEAMERS. ARRIVALS. […] British and African Steam Navigation Company, Limited (ELDER, DEMPSTER & Co., Agents, 14 Castle Street, Liverpool), per Steamer ‘Niger’ (Captain P. P. Dupen), at Liverpool June 29— […] FROM SIERRA LEONE. […] Mrs Atcherley […]”. Copy viewed at Newspapers.com.
[13] The Colonies and India, 20 Jul 1895, page 27. LIST OF ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES BY COLONIAL AND INDIAN STEAMERS. […] ARRIVALS. […] British and African Steam Navigation Company, Limited (ELDER, DEMPSTER & Co., Agents, 14 Castle Street, Liverpool), per Steamer ‘Axim’ (Captain C. Harvey), at Liverpool July 15— […] FROM GRAND CANARY.—Mr R. Atcherley”. Copy viewed at Newspapers.com.
[14] Passenger list for the Cabenda, departing Liverpool, England 31 Aug 1895 for Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley and Mrs R Atcherley. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960. Note: Also listed in Colonies And India, 7 Sep 1895, page 28; copy viewed at Newspapers.com.
[15] The Colonies and India, 26 Jun 1897, page 27. “African Steamship Company (Elder, Dempster & Co, Managers, […]), per R.M.S. ‘Angola’ […] at Liverpool June 21 […] From Grand Canary. […] Mrs Atcherley […]”. Copy viewed at Newspapers.com.
[16] The Colonies and India, 31 Jul 1897, page 26. “ARRIVALS. […] African Steamship Company (ELDER, DEMPSTER & Co., Managers, 14 Castle Street, Liverpool), per Steamer ‘Biafra’ (Captain R. Wharton), at Liverpool July 28 :— […] From Grand Canary. […] Mr Atcherley […]”. Copy viewed at Newspapers.com.
[17] The Colonies And India, 2 Oct 1897, page 24. “British and African Steam Navigation Company, Limited (ELDER, DEMPSTER & Co., Agents, 14 Castle Street, Liverpool), per Steamship ‘Bathurst’ (Capt. T. W. Norman), from Liverpool September 25 :— FOR GRAND CANARY. Mr Robt. Atcherley Mrs Robt. Atcherley […]”. Copy viewed at Newspapers.com.
[18] Liverpool Mercury, 2 Oct 1899, page 12. “Departure of the Olenda.—The British and African steamer Olenda (Captain G. N. Hampton) left the Mersey on Saturday for Grand Canary and the West Coast of Africa. Among those on board were Mr. R. Atcherley and Mrs. Atcherley, […]”. Copy viewed at Findmypast. Note: Record(s) of Robert’s and Helena’s arrival(s) arrival not yet found.
[19] Passenger list for the Biafra, arriving Liverpool, England 13 Aug 1900 from Grand Canary shows Mr Atcherley. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960. Note: Record of Robert’s arrival not yet found.
[20] Passenger list for the Jebba, departing Liverpool, England 20 Sep 1902 for Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley, Mrs Atcherley, Mrs Atcherley and Mr S Atcherley. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960. Note: Note: Record of Robert’s and Helena’s arrival(s) not yet found. Mrs S Atcherley and the second Mrs Atcherley may have been Robert’s parents, or his brother and new sister-in-law.
[21] Passenger list for the Olenda, departing Liverpool, England [list undated but attributed to 1904] for Grand Canary shows Mr Atcherley and Mrs Atcherley. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960. Note: Record(s) of Robert’s and Helena’s arrival(s) not yet found. See also next reference, which confuses things a bit!
[22] Passenger list for the Muraji, departing Liverpool, England 8 Jun 1904 for Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960. Note: Two departures for Robert in 1904? As noted in previous reference, a record of his arrival has not yet been found.
[23] Passenger list for the Fantee, arriving Liverpool, England 24 May 1906 from Las Palmas shows Mrs R Atcherley. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[24] Passenger list for the Sekondi, arriving Liverpool, England 4 Aug 1906 from Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[25] Passenger list for the Bonny, departing Liverpool, England 3 Oct 1906 for Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley, English, and Mrs Atcherley, Irish. Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[26] Passenger list for the Tunisian, arriving Liverpool, England 14 May 1908 from Las Palmas shows [W / N = H ?] A Atcherley, female. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960. Note: Record of Helena’s departure not yet found.
[27] Passenger list for the Aro, arriving Plymouth, England 16 Aug 1908 from Las Palmas shows R Atcherley, female [= male?]. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960. Note: Record of Robert’s departure not yet found.
[28] Passenger list for the Burutu, departing Liverpool, England 28 Aug 1909 for Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley, English. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960. Note: Record of Robert’s arrival not yet found.
[29] Passenger list for the Dakar, arriving Plymouth, England 31 Jul 1910 from Las Palmas shows R Atcherley, male. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960. Note: Record of Helena’s arrival not yet found.
[30] Passenger list for the Mendi, departing Liverpool, England 12 Oct 1910 for Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley and Mrs Atcherley, both English. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[31] Passenger list for the Mendi, arriving Plymouth, England 27 May 1912 from Las Palmas shows H A Atcherley, female, countries of last and intended future permanent residence – Grand Canary and Foreign Countries. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[32] Passenger list for the Burutu, arriving Liverpool, England 26 Aug 1912 from Las Palmas shows R Atcherly, male. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[33] Passenger list for the Onitsha, departing Liverpool, England 1 Oct 1912 for Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley and Mrs Atcherley, countries of last and intended future permanent residence – Foreign Countries and Grand Canary. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[34] Passenger list for the Elmina, arriving Liverpool, England Jun 1913 from Grand Canary shows G Brookes, 29, no occupation, and R Atcherley, 43, no occupation, both female, countries of last and intended future permanent residence for both – Spain and England. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960. Note: Presumed to be Mrs Robert Atcherley and one of her husband’s Brookes cousins.
[35] Passenger list for the Appam, arriving Liverpool, England 27 Jul 1913 from Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley, 45, commercial agent, countries of last and intended future permanent residence – Grand Canary and Foreign Countries. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[36] Passenger list for the Elele, departing Liverpool, England 30 Sep 1913 for Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley, fruit trader, and Mrs Atcherley, countries of last and intended future permanent residence – Foreign Countries and Grand Canary. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[37] Passenger list for the Elmina, arriving Liverpool, England 6 Jun 1914 from Grand Canary shows Bertha [= Helena?] Atcherley, 48, wife, countries of last and intended future permanent residence – Grand Canary and England. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960. Note: Record of Robert’s arrival not yet found.
[38] Passenger list for the Ardeola, departing Liverpool, England 29 Aug 1914 for Las Palmas shows Mrs H A Atcherley, full age, no occupation, countries of last and intended future permanent residence – England. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[39] Passenger list for the Egori, departing Liverpool, England 7 Nov 1914 for Grand Canary shows Mr R Atcherley, fruit merchant, countries of last and intended future permanent residence – Foreign Countries and Canary Islands. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[40] Passenger list for the Highland Laddie, arriving London, England 13 Jun 1915 from Las Palmas shows Mr Robert Atcherley, 47, merchant, and Mrs Helena Atcherley, 48, UK address for both – Clifton Hotel, Welbeck St, London, countries of last and intended future permanent residence for both – Las Palmas and England. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[41] Who’s Who in Business (1914), entry for Elders & Fyffes, Ltd. Copy and transcript viewed at Grace’s Guide (website, accessed 8 Apr 2018).
[42] Death of Helena A Atcherley registered at Ormskirk, December quarter 1919; volume 8b, page 887; age given as 58. Copy of entry in register of deaths obtained from GRO can be viewed at the Atcherley Flickr photostream.
[43] National Probate Calendar (1951) shows: ATCHERLEY Helena Anastasia of Lawswood Victoria-road Formby Lancashire (wife of Robert Atcherley) died 21 December 1919 Administration London 9 April to the said Robert Atcherley retired merchant. Effects £25. Copy viewed at Ancestry.
[44] Birth of Gertrude Elizabeth Brookes registered at Wellington, Shropshire, June quarter 1869; volume 6a, page 740; mother’s maiden name Atcherley.
[45] Ercall Magna, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1869. Entry dated 22 May for: “Gertrude Elizabeth dr of | John & Charlotte Emma | Brookes | Osbaston | Farmer”. Copy viewed at Shropshire Archives.
[46] 1911 census of England and Wales. Green Lane House, Green Lane, Maghull, Lancashire, England. Piece 3530, folio 12, page 15.
[47] Passenger list for the Tarquah, departing Liverpool, England 14 Dec 1909 for West Africa, shows Miss G E Brookes, English, contracted to land at Grand Canary. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[48] Passenger list for the Sapele, departing Liverpool, England 30 Nov 1912 for West Africa, shows Miss Gertrude Brookes, nurse, contracted to land at Grand Canary, countries of last and intended future permanent residence England and Grand Canary. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[49] Passenger list for the Highland Rover, arriving London, England Jul 1915 from , shows Gertrude Elizabeth Brooks, 45, hospital nurse, embarked at Las Palmas, countries of last and intended future permanent residence Las Palmas Grand Canary and England. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[50] Passenger list for the Ardeola, departing Liverpool, England 4 Feb 1916 for Lisbon, Madeira and Canary Islands, shows Miss Gertrude Elizabeth Brookes, 46, nurse, contracted to land at Las Palmas, countries of last and intended future permanent residence England. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
[51] Passenger list for the Aquila, arriving Liverpool 24 May 1919 from Las Palmas, shows arrival from Madeira of Gertrude Elizabeth Brookes of Woolescote Hall, Stourbridge, hospital nurse, age 50, country of intended future permanent residence England. Copy viewed at Ancestry – UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960.
[52] Register of Electors, Wrekin Division, Autumn 1921. Parish of Ercall Magna or High Ercall. [Robert Atcherley shown at Poynton Villa. He was not included in the Spring 1920 register.] Copy viewed at Shropshire Archives.
[53] Register of Electors, Wrekin Division, Autumn 1925. Parish of Ercall Magna or High Ercall. [Robert Atcherley and Gertrude Elizabeth Atcherley both shown at Poynton Villa.] Copy viewed at Shropshire Archives.
[54] Register of Electors, Wrekin Division, 1930. Parish of Ercall Magna or High Ercall. [Robert Atcherley and Gertrude Elizabeth Atcherley both shown at Poynton Villa, Shawbury.] Copy viewed at Shropshire Archives.
[55] Register of Electors, Wrekin Division, 1934. Parish of High Ercall (or Ercall Magna). [Robert Atcherley and Gertrude Elizabeth Atcherley both shown at Poynton Villa, Shawbury.] Copy viewed at Shropshire Archives.
[56] Kelly’s Directory for Shropshire (1934), page 344 (Private Residents) shows: Atcherley Rt., Poynton villa, Poynton, Wellington
[57] Wellington Journal, 2 Jul 1904, page 6, column 2. “TO Let, 29th September, Poynton Villa, near High Ercall […]”. Copy viewed at British Newspaper Archive.
[58] Death of Samuel Atcherley registered at Wellington, Shropshire, March quarter 1917; volume 6a, page 1189; age given as 74.
[59] Liverpool Echo, 22 Mar 1917, page 3. ”ATCHERLEY—March 16, suddenly, of heart failure, Samuel Atcherley, of Poynton, Salop (late of Maghull).” Copy viewed at Findmypast.
[60] National Probate Calendar (1917) shows: ATCHERLEY Samuel of Green-lane House Poynton Shropshire died 16 March 1917 Probate London 13 June to Robert Atcherley fruit merchant and John Taylor chair [= chain] manufacturer. Effects £3964 9s. Copy viewed at Ancestry.
[61] Death of Robert Atcherley registered at Wellington, March quarter 1954; volume 9a, page 278; age given as 86.
[62] Shropshire Family History Society transcriptions of Monumental Inscriptions at High Ercall St Mary & All Saints; item C200.
[63] National Probate Calendar (1954) shows: ATCHERLEY Robert of Green-lane House Shawbury near Shrewsbury died 19 January 1954 Probate London 31 March to Gertrude Elizabeth Atcherley widow and Robert Daniel Newill solicitor. Effects £7070 18s. 11d. Copy viewed at Ancestry.
[64] Death of Gertrude E Atcherley registered at Wellington, June quarter 1961; volume 9a, page 202; age given as 91.
[65] National Probate Calendar (1962) shows: ATCHERLEY Gertrude Elizabeth of Bettifrid King Street Wellington Shropshire widow died 11 April 1961 Probate Chester 17 January to Wilfred Arthur Shakeshaft tool room supervisor and John Barrowclough solicitor. Effects £6342 8s. 10d. Copy viewed at Ancestry.
[66] Hereford Times, 8 Nov 1930, page 15. “Sutton Homecoming. Welcome for Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Andrews.” Copy viewed at Findmypast.
[67] 1939 Register, Piece 5800F, Item 020, Lines 32 – 34 show Helena Taylor, born 25 Jun 1870, widowed, unpaid domestic duties; Robert Atcherley, born 1 Jan 1868, married, retired fruit merchant; Gertrude E [= Gertrude Elizabeth] Atcherley, born 5 May 1869, married, unpaid domestic duties. Copy viewed at Findmypast.
[68] Hull Daily Mail, 7 Aug 1925, page 5. “The Banana Fleet.” Copy viewed at Findmypast.

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