Reverend Edward John Hockly MA

So much information was found about Nigel Hockly's father the Reverend Edward John Hockly MA, that this page was written recording his history and connection to Horton and Manor hospitals in Epsom.

To try to discover what connection there was between the N. Hockly engraved on the War Memorial and Epsom, Nigel's family tree was traced back to the marriage of Nigel's great grandparents, Edward Hockly and Mary Minett who were married in St Augustine The Less in Bristol Gloucestershire on 10 March 1817. Their son John was given the middle name Minett, after his mother's maiden name when he was baptised on 11 December 1829 in Portsea Hampshire.

John Minett Hockly married Caroline Rebecca Cole in 1855 in Plymouth, Devon and in 1858 their daughter Alice Laura was born, followed by Edward John Hockly in 1860.

John was not at home with his wife Caroline and children on the night of the 1861 Plymouth census but found at sea as 'Master' in the Royal Navy on the ship 'Odin', which was sailing to Yantai China.

Looking through the 1871,1881 and 1891 censuses Edward was found to have been looked after by Caroline Spry who had become his and his sister Alice's guardian after the death of their mother in 1867.

According to Edward's records in Crockford's Clerical Directory and the Cambridge University Alumni, a Dr Holmes taught Edward at Mannamead in Plymouth.

Edward at the age of 19 matriculated Jesus College Cambridge on 1 October 1879. His father John Minett Hockly was noted as deceased. By 1882 he had achieved his Bachelor of Arts and was ordained a deacon in Exeter in 1883, after which he was made curate of St Mary Major Exeter.

It was during 1884 in Plymouth, that Edward married Ada Bennett. The following year, 1885, their son Colin Edward was born in Exeter just before the family moved to Chesham Buckinghamshire where Edward was to be working for a year, again as curate.

In 1886 Edward gained his Master of Arts and the family moved again, this time to St Pancreas London where their daughter, Frances Ada 'Minette' Hockly, was born on 30 May 1887. The family moved again this year to Trowbridge Wiltshire where they stayed until 1889.

In 1890 Edward was made headmaster of Ealing Grammar School Middlesex and this was where their son Douglas was born that year on 13 June. On the 1891 census Edward's occupation was recorded as being 'Clerk of Holy Orders and Schoolmaster' living in 14 The Park Ealing with his family. Two years later in 1893, their son Donald was born in the Isle of Man. There has been no record found as to why the family were there at this time but they were recorded as staying in Ealing for seven years until 1897. For part of this year, 1897, Edward was recorded as being 'H.B.M. Chaplain in Bahia Brazil' (HBM = His Britannic Majesty's). His family did not go with him but records show that Edward return from Bahia aboard the 'Trave' ship of the North German Lloyd line on 26 Oct 1897 to be Curate of Ealing and Chaplain of Ealing Grammar School until 1901. Edward and Ada's youngest son Nigel Hockly was born on 14 August 1899 (Sep 1899 Brentford 3a 108) in Ealing Middlesex. His father baptised him 'Nigel Alan' in St Mary's parish church Ealing on 9 September 1899, and his baptism record shows the family as living at 33 Uxbridge Road.

In the 1901 census the family lived at 1-3 Hopton Road, Streatham Surrey. Edward was noted as a 41 year old Clergyman running a Church of England school employing eight servants to look after 16 pupils. Ada aged 37 was noted as being a schoolmistress so must have had one of the servants to take care of Nigel aged 1. 'Minette' aged 13, Douglas aged 10, and Donald, aged 8 were all being taught in the school. Their oldest brother Colin Edward was not on this census with them, but was a 15 year old cadet in the Thames Nautical Training Ship for Officers, H M S Worcester, in Swanscombe Kent.

The family once more packed up in 1904 and moved to Chichester where Edward was to work as 'licensed priest for the Diocese' until 1905. The family returned again to London but this time to Stepney where Edward became the curate for Christ Church until 1907. Ealing Grammar School managed to reclaim Edward as their chaplain for a year in 1907 but in 1908 the family were again on the move, this time to Hanwell in Middlesex where Edward was to be Chaplain to Hanwell Asylum until 1913.

In the 1911 census Edward and Ada appear living at 85 Grove Avenue Hanwell. The census also records that they had been married for 26 years. The only child living with them is their youngest daughter Eileen Violet, who had been born in Streatham on 9 June 1901 after the 1901 census had been taken. Eileen Violette had been baptised by her father on 27 July 1901 in the Immanuel church on Streatham Common, and the baptism records the family as living at the time at The Elms Coventry Park. She is however noted as being aged 9 in this census. Their son Nigel, now aged 11, was a student in the St. John's Foundation School for the sons of poor clergy of the Church of England. The address of this school was given as Epsom Rd Leatherhead. Douglas was by now an apprentice seaman and in 1912, aged 22, was sailing to Sydney NSW Australia aboard the "Westgate". By 1916 his oldest brother Colin was a 2nd Officer aboard "Malwa" which was sailing to Sydney NSW Australia.

Patients in the grounds of the War Hospital
Image courtesy of Jeremy Harte, Curator, Bourne Hall Museum (Opens in a new window)

Edward and his family moved to Epsom Surrey in 1913 where Edward was recorded in Crockford's as Chaplin at Horton Mental Asylum and Manor War Hospital until 1932. He was also recorded as being Chaplain to the Forces between 1915 and 1919, his rank being that of Captain. The 1915 electoral role has Edward as living at 'Penson' Heatherside Road West Ewell Surrey. Edward is briefly mentioned, as follows, on page 199-200 in the book 'The Story of Horton (Co. of London) War Hospital: Epsom' by Lieut.-Colonel J R Lord CBE, MB that was published in 1920:
'Training centre for Chaplains, CE - It was felt that a Senior Chaplain with army experience would be advisable in a hospital of this size, so Mr Hockley was transferred to the Manor War Hospital and the Rev. W T R Crookham (2nd Class Chaplain to the Forces, CE) was posted here as Senior Chaplain.'

Manor as a War Hospital
Images courtesy of Jeremy Harte, Curator, Bourne Hall Museum (Opens in a new window)

At the age of just 17 Edward and Ada's youngest son Nigel, who was an apprentice mercantile marine, was killed on 27 February 1917 when his ship "Galgorm Castle" was sunk by gunfire from a submarine, 90 miles west of Fastnet. The "Galgorm Castle" was a 1,596-ton small ship, carrying a cargo of maize. Ten other crewmembers were lost at the same time.

Nigel's 27-year-old brother Douglas was still also at sea at this time, as the 3rd mate on the "Karmala" which was sailing between London and New York between 1917/1918. During this time Douglas was recorded as being anything between 5 foot 4 inches and 5 foot 61/2 inches tall and weighing between 150lbs and 160lbs. On 19 September 1918 Douglas sailed to Boston USA and the following year to Sydney Australia aboard the "Plassey" as Super. 2nd Officer.

From the Kelly's directory of 1918 Reverend Edward John Hockly M.A, was listed as living at 5 Temple Road Epsom, in Kelly's 1922 'The Grot' Temple Rd Epsom and in Kelly's 1924 as 36 Temple Rd Epsom. However, in Crockford's, Edward's address for between 1913-1932 is noted as being number 26 Temple Road Epsom. Which is correct has not been established.

In 1924 Edward and Ada's oldest son Colin was found to be a 'master mariner' traveling as a passenger on board the 'Deseado' of the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company line, which was sailing from Port Stanley Falkland Islands to Liverpool. Traveling with him were his wife Irene, and 13 year old daughter Barbara. Their proposed address was Blackrock County Cork Ireland.

Their youngest daughter Eileen appears to have trained as a school teacher and remained unmarried. Records have been found that she sailed several times from the UK to Argentine between 1931 and 1938 at least. From the SS Asturias ship's incoming passenger lists she arrived in Southampton on 2 January 1931 from Argentine and gave her home address as 26 Temple Road Epsom.

26 Temple Road in 2009
26 Temple Road
Image courtesy of Hazel Ballan © 2009

In the British phone book, between 1927 and 1932, the Reverend Edward John Hockly M.A was still listed as living in 'Grot Temple Rd Epsom'. Using the above information from Eileen's travel records we now believe this to be number 26 Temple Road. Crockford's do not have any more information of his whereabouts after 1932 and presumably he had died although no death entry has been found for him or his wife Ada. The British phonebook also shows an entry for a Colin E Hockly living in Chingford. He is registered as being a Dog Club secretary but it has not been proven yet that this was Edward's son.

Frances Ada Minette Hockly was found to be working as an unmarried nurse who had lived in India and Iraq. Records show that she came home in 1932, 1934 and 1948. She and her brother Douglas both died in 1985. Frances was aged 97, and died in Maidstone Kent while Douglas aged 95, died in Shepway, Kent.

There has been no other information concerning Donald found.

This article was written and researched by Hazel Ballan, 2008

A Postscript from Hazel who researched 'Nigel Hockly and his Dad Rev Edward J Hockly'

For the last few weeks I have been helping Clive Gilbert research the names on the Epsom and Ewell borough's WW1 Memorials.

Over my morning coffee on Sunday I was idly read through the other 'H's that I had not helped with and started reading about Nigel Hockly.

Clive had found Nigel in the 1901 census and had put this and what else he had found regarding Nigel's short time in WW1 on our website but had added that he had not found the link between Nigel and Epsom. Never one to sit in front of my computer without something or someone to search for, I started to look to see if I could find the link.

If you have read the article, you will know the link was found but not without 'one-of-those-moments' for me.

As I read Clive's bit about the family in 1901 it struck me, somewhere at the back of my mind, that in the last five years of doing my own family tree searches that I'd only once before come across the name 'Minette'. The thought came and went for the rest of the day until I suddenly realised where I had seen the name before. Tugging out one of my Family Tree folders I delved in and, low and behold, the answer was there before me.

Appearing in the Ballan file on the 1901 Streatham census in was not only the Hockly family but also pupil Theodora Ballan from Liverpool. Once the goose bumps had gone down I worked out that Theodora was my husband Bob's 1st cousin twice removed or in other words, Theodora was Bob's grandfather's cousin and had been taught by Edward and Ada Hockly at the school when Nigel had been born.

This is not the first time though, that something like this has happened to me. Finding Bob's great-great grandfather, John Ballan from Durham working, as butler for Lord Byng in London, in the 1841 census was in its self exciting, as all other family members seemed to have had occupations as 'ag labs'. What really freaked me was that on the other page, working next door, as a butler as well, was James Coppin from Addington, Surrey my 1st cousin 6 times removed.

The second time this happen was when visiting my mother's uncle earlier this year.

I was shown a postcard that his father (my mother's grandfather) had sent to the family in Chesham Bucks from Oxted Surrey where he was convalescing from appendicitis. Nothing strange in that but the card had been bought from the only stationers in Oxted, which just happened to be next door to my father's grandparent's ironmonger's shop. Wonder if they past the time of day together.

Both sets of my grandparents were still unmarried at this time and of course neither of my parents were born at this time.

Makes you wonder that maybe your families have been criss-crossing forever, wherever, for generations.

Hazel Ballan

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