Help Wanted

Help Wanted

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People

ALLEN, Muriel

ARNOLD and BLOW families

AUSTIN, George and Hannah

BRADING, George Henry

BENTON, John

BOWES, COUSINS, FOQUETT etc

BREEN, John

DAY, Mary Anne

GRAY, TOOGOOD, MIDLANE, HUMPHRIES, etc.

GREENHAM, Honor May

GROUNDSELL family

HAYWARD or HEYWOOD, Hannah

HENLEY, Robert

HUMPHREYS, Harriott Catherine

JONES, Charles

LEAHY, John

ORCHARD, Mary

PEEL, James Abraham

REED, Alf

ROBINSON, Bethel Martin

SCOTT family of Calbourne

SILVERTHORNE, Charles

TUTTON, Mary Ann

WHITE, John Lee

Places

FORD Mill, Newport

Topics

Motor Vehicle Licensing records for the Isle of Wight

WESTMORE Limited

AUSTIN, George and Hannah

I have George AUSTIN and his wife Hannah who was born about 1761. She was buried 31 January 1809 at Newchurch, Isle of Wight.
I have been unable to find their marriage. Several years ago I went to the Record Office and I have noted from their index card index that in the Bishops' Transcripts she is listed as Hannah JOLLIFFE.
Has anybody resolved the query, were they married?

Requestor :  Elizabeth Cox. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted October 2021

TUTTON, Mary Ann

I am looking for information on the TUTTON Family. Mary Ann’s Parents were John Tutton and Sarah Tutton who had 6 children from the Isle of Wight. John and Sarah are my great great grandparents and I have full family history from them to present day. 

Does anyone have any connections with John and Sarah Tutton?

Requestor :  Mavis Allam. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted June 2021

GREENHAM, Honor May

I am seeking help for any details of Honor May GREENHAM born on Isle of Wight in 1896, her parents and grandparents names if possible.
She married Frederick Samuel James GRACE born 1890 in Gosport, Hampshire.

Honor May GREENHAM is my wife's grandmother.

Requestor :  Jeffrey Kidd, in Australia. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Posted June 2021

GROUNDSELL family

I am trying to trace my paternal family name of Groundsell. As far as I know they are all from the Isle of Wight.
My Great Grandfather was Henry Groundsell b.1843 Carisbrooke; he married Mary Ann Rann (Rand) in 1878 and he died in 1923. His father was Charles Groundsell (1803-1863) and mother Jane James (1808-1878). From there I am stuck as there are too many possibilities. If anyone can help I would appreciate it.

Requestor : Sue Sweatman. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Posted March 2021

ORCHARD, Mary  

My name is Chris Watson and I am the 3 x great nephew of Mary Ann ORCHARD who was born in 1830 in Fordington, Dorset and who worked for Princess Alice in the 1860/70s. I have been aware for sometime of the interesting life of Mary Orchard and have recently been trying to find out more about her. I know about her early life in Dorset and have details of her death in 1906 in Essex. What intrigues me is the question 'How did Mary go from being the daughter of a farm worker in Dorset, a servant in St Helier, Jersey (1851 census) to the head nurse in the household of the Tsarina in Russia?' I have no record of her after the 1851 census until she appears in literature relating to the Romanovs. I have searched the Royal households on the 1851 and 1861 census but have found nothing of interest. According to someone else's research 'Mary was summoned by Queen Victoria on the 31 July 1866 to work for Princess Alice'. The telegram to Mary was sent by a Mrs SILVER. We believe that Mrs Silver was the vicar's wife of Holy Trinity Church in West Cowes. We also think that the vicar was 'a friend' of Dr HOFFMEISTER, Queen Victoria's doctor for the Royal Household in Osborne House. We think that Mary Orchard's connection with the vicar in Jersey may be connected with her 'next' post for the vicar in Cowes and possible nanny to Mrs Silver's children but this is an assumption. Unfortunately we are aware that 111 souls have gone 'missing' from the 1861 census for Cowes which may have included the Silvers and Mary Orchard. We are seeking possible confirmation of these assumptions and if anybody in the Local Family History societies may have evidence of the Silvers in Cowes or know a bit more about Mary Orchard. As an aside to this, I spent 3 years of my life as a boarding school pupil with King James I school based in Newport and Nubia House in Baring Road; I have some fond memories of dinghy sailing around the River Medina, Cowes and Gurnard whilst at school. It would be nice if others in the society have some connection with the school and can relate some stories or possible contacts that I can share. I would be most grateful for any help you can give me in tracing this member of my family.

Requestor : Chris Watson. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Originally posted September 2020, verified November 2020

GRAY, TOOGOOD, MIDLANE, HUMPHRIES, etc.  

I am trying to establish a connection between a George GRAY b Eling Hampshire 1819 and the IoW. In 1872 at the age of 53 years he married at Southampton an Elizabeth Sophia HUMPHRIES, b Lambeth c1832. We believe he may have been married previously with a possible connection to the Island. Prior to marrying George, Elizabeth Sophia had an illegitimate child whilst living in Brighton in 1857. We do know who the father was. This child was 'farmed out' to live with a Frances Naomi POTTER whose maiden name was TOOGOOD b Carisbrooke c1830. Frances married Thomas POTTER at East Grinstead (Forest Row) Sept qtr 1856. At the time of their marriage Thomas was butler at a large mansion just outside East Grinstead. Frances may also have been employed there as well. They then lived in Brighton and at Ringmer near Lewes and had several children one of whom, Ellen Elizabeth b Brighton 1858, married Charles MIDLANE in 1882 Dec qtr at Lewes. He was the son of the Newport carriage builder Charles Midlane (senior) and Ellen had been shown as staying at an address in High Street Newport in the 1881 census. What I am trying to do is establish what the connection between these people and the IoW was. There must have been a fairly close relationship for Frances and Thomas Potter to bring up Elizabeth Humphries' illegitimate child as he is still shown as with the Potter family in Ringmer in the 1871 census. I have not yet been able to establish a death for Elizabeth (Sophia) Gray so she may have re-married after George Gray died in 1883. Any information gratefully received and Thanks for any help with this mystery. NB: Our George Gray is NOT the George Gray who had married Ann Lock as we now know, thanks to IoWFHS, that that family went to Australia. Many thanks for any help.

Requestor : Tim Sargeant. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Originally posted September 2020, verified November 2020

BRADING, George Henry  

I have to own that my links to the Isle of Wight are tenuous. As a lifelong sailing enthusiast I have visited the harbours, particularly on the Solent side, on many occasions. But it was not until I became interested in my family history that I found, through my wife's side a direct link. So I joined IWFHS feeling sure that in such a small population I would quickly find more interesting links. But a year later I am none the wiser, as none of my family links have come to light. So please help me. The direct link to my wife's family is via her maternal grandfather George Henry Brading who was born in July 1854 at Newport. He left the Island and married Harriett Pierpoint and they lived in Brighton where he was a Tailor. They moved to London and when Harriett died he married Eva Carter who is my wife's grandmother. George Brading's parents are Henry Brading and Mary Ann Baggs and from the 1861 Census his father Henry is shown as living in Newport employed as a Greengrocer. Henry is shown as being born in Newport and Mary from Godshill. If I have been able to follow the family tree back accurately Henry's parents were William Henry Brading 1794-1869 and Sarah Ann Cass 1799-1872. From the 1851 Census William was employed as a Coachman and they were both born in Whippingham where they were married. I have no more information on Sarah Ann Cass but William's parents are Hezekiah Brading 1768-1831 and Hannah Urry and they were married at Whippingham. I have no further information on Hezekiah or Hannah. Going back to Mary Ann Baggs, her parents are James Baggs 1803-1875 a Labourer born in Godshill and Ann Haines born in Newchurch. I have no more information on James but Ann's parents are John Haines born in 1770 at Godshill and Susanna Sivier 1769-1810 born in Northwood where they were married in 1794. Susanna's parents are William Sivier1736-1833 and Fanny Cork 1744-1795. They are both from Northwood where they were married in 1764. William's parents, I think, are William Sivier 1702-1758 born at Cowes and Jane of whom I have on more information. The last information I have of the Sivier link is William's father John 1670-1746 who married Martha Hollis 1674-1720 in Cowes 1696. I would be most interested to have any confirmation of the links I have made and better still any additional information to fill in some of the gaps.

Requestor : Keith Mackenzie. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Originally posted April 2020

DAY, Mary Anne  

I wonder if any members can help me, I am trying to find out what happened to my Great Grandmother, Mary Anne DAY. She was born in 1867 in Brighstone to William DAY and Priscilla JACKMAN, She married William COFFIN in 1887: they had 2 children and divorced in 1895. Soon after this the children were farmed out to relatives. Family lore has it that she died young but we cannot find a record of her death. My Grandmother (Dorothy Irene, birth registered Alverstoke 1889) was sent to live at The Little Brown Jug in Newport and her brother to Gatcombe farm; I don't know who these relations were so any information at all would be much appreciated.

Requestor : Brenda Farrell. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted July 2020

ALLEN, Muriel
REED, Alf
 

MURIEL ALLEN / ALF REED. My late father (born 1913, son of Mildred Hirter, née Mantell, mother's name Reed) used to mention his cousin Muriel Allen of Stag Lane, Lake. Also an 'uncle Alf Reed' whose sea chest I have inherited. I would be grateful for any information on either of these relatives.

Requestor : Julia Courtney. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted March 2020

HENLEY, Robert  

I have done a lot of family history research of the IoW HENLEYs who were my grandmother Isabella FOWLER's (nee Henley) relatives. Robert was her father, born in Newbridge in 1846 but I have never been able to trace a photograph of him. Robert's working life started as an agricultural labourer, followed by a career as an Isle of Wight Railwayman, culminating in his becoming an Engine Driver. I wonder if there are any members of IWFHS who could help with this and any other information about him.

Requestor : Bob Fowler. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Originally posted February 2020

WESTMORE Limited



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I am continuing research into the firm of Westmore Limited
My interest is that I'm involved with one of their steam waggons that is still in running order over 90 years on (see pictures)
I was wondering if any of your members may be able to help with ...?
1, any photos of the Westmore fleet either steam or later petrol or diesel lorries
2, the driver of our waggon was one Ernest Russell of 64 Hunny hill Newport - the site seems to have a modern house on it now. Is there an image of it from 1930-50 ?
3, the fire man on the waggon was Albert Jones, - that's as much as I know - probably born 1890-1900 from photos I have
4, the registered office was 149 High street Newport - now under the large building from the 1960s? What was there before?
5, any info on Mr James Toms of Freshwater, coal merchant and pig farmer, he owned a steam waggon later purchased by Westmore
6, any info on a Sentinel steam waggon owned by Gunville brick works at Carisbrooke
Any other information regarding Westmore Limited gratefully received

Requestor : Martin Hunt. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Originally posted January 2020

FORD MILL  

I lived at Cave's Nurseries, East Street, Newport from 1948 until my family moved to the mainland about 1958.
I am seeking any photos/pictures of Ford Mill which was also in East Street, Newport.
I and my family had to walk past the Mill to get to the Nursery, all of which has since sadly been demolished. Can anyone help ?

Requestor : Judy Reeves. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted December 2018, verified November 2020

ROBINSON, Bethel Martin  


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My great grandfather was born at the end of 1807 at Parkhurst Barracks where his father's regiment was quartered. His father was Bethell Martin ROBINSON 1781-1852 and he served with the Royal African Corps and the Royal York Rangers between 1804 and 1814. He bought his commission as a lieutenant in 1804 and left in 1814 as a captain.

I have been to Newport on two occasions to visit their Records Office, but I can't find out anything regarding Bethell Martin Robinson being stationed there and what he was doing. His wife was Margaret Robinson, formerly DUNBAR and she must have been there also since their son was born at Parkhurst. The person I spoke with in the Records Office said that it was possible that a travelling minister performed the baptism of Henry Charles Robinson, and that there were many different organisations at Parkhurst, because of the ongoing Napoleonic battles. I found references to Bethell Martin Robinson when I visited The National Archives, where he moved backwards and forwards between the two regiments, but no record of what he was doing.
I just wondered if there was any more information on the activities at Parkhurst Barracks at this particular time, or where I might find out anything more.

Requestor : Susan Smith. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted December 2018, verified November 2020

PEEL, James Abraham  

Most of my family has a link to Leeds, Yorkshire.

My 3 x great grandfather was James Abraham PEEL who is registered as being born in Newport, Isle of Wight in 8 sources (mostly censuses) in about 1817. He married in Leeds in 1836, one of the witnesses being an Alfred PEEL, and worked in the city as a cloth dresser, dying in 1902. I have no records of his birth/baptism, or family members on the Isle of Wight. Could anyone help me with this brick wall?

Requestor : Verity Ferguson. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted August 2018, verified November 2020

HAYWARD or HEYWOOD, Hannah  

I would very much appreciate any assistance I can receive from Isle of Wight researchers regarding my 4xgreat grandmother, who I can not trace further back than her transportation to New South Wales; she arrived in 1803.

Her details describe her as:

Name: Hannah Hayward

Birth Year: 1779

Origin Place: Isle of Wight

Arrival Year: 1803

Pardon Date: 1841

Vessel Name: Glatton

Record Type: Conditional

Details on conditional pardon: Listed as Servant, life, offence not listed, Height 5'-" born 1779, complexion Sallow, hair: fair mixed with grey, eyes hazel, note: red ?natural mark around left eye, purple mark and ? over left eyebrow, another at top of ear, left side of forehead ? over right side of upper lip. Apparently she was tried as Hayward, Hannah alias Heywood, Place of Trial: Hampshire, Assizes, Date of Conviction: 2 March, 1801

I would be happy to help others with New South Wales research in return.

Requestor : Diane Solomon Westerhuis. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted October 2017, verified November 2020

JONES, Charles  

I am seeking assistance in tracing the ancestors of a Charles JONES (alias SILVERTHORNE). This man was convicted in the Old Bailey on 12 May 1831 at 16 years of age and sentenced to transportation to New South Wales for life. His Conditional Pardon signed by Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy, Governor Of New South Wales, on 11 July 1847 records Charles as being a native of the Isle of Wight, a shoemaker, born in 1814.

Requestor : Peter Jones. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Originally posted August 2016, verified November 2020

LEAHY, John  

My great-grandfather John LEAHY is buried in Shanklin. (Died in 1906). John was an army doctor in India. I’m wondering if any of your members has any information to give about him or his family. My Grandmother Maud was a daughter.

Requestor : Mrs Didi Magnin, Switzerland. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted July 2015, verified November 2020

HUMPHREYS, Harriott Catherine  

Has anyone any knowledge or information about Harriott Catherine HUMPHREYS who died in Godshill district on the Island aged only 20 years in 1881 June quarter. Does anyone know what the IoW connection was with this family?

Requestor : Tim Sargeant. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Originally posted December 2014, verified November 2020

BREEN, John  

My Great Grandfather was a John BREEN, born in Wexford, Ireland in 1831. His wife was a Mary GRIFFIN, who I believe was born in Waterford, Ireland in 1846 and they married in Greenwich in about 1862. I believe they had three children, Thomas, John and Susan. My Grandfather would be their son, John, who I understand was born on the Isle of Wight, when his father was serving at Yaverland. I have so far not been able to trace any birth record for him. He was supposedly born in 1866. By the 1901 census his family was back in Woolwich. I am trying to get further back than my Grandfather, and so far have not been able to prove the above to be my Great Grandparents. Would very much like to get hold of a birth record for my Grandfather which would hopefully give me the relevant information. I would be very grateful for any help anyone is able to offer.

Requestor : Sally Argent. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted January 2014, verified November 2020

BENTON, John  

I am trying to trace the parents of a John BENTON who died in Australia who according to his death certificate was born at Newport, Isle of Wight to John BENTON and Elizabeth W. about 1809. He moved to Australia in the early 1850s and was married to a Caroline STRANGWIGE. In the 1851 England census he is listed as an unmarried visitor at 29 Manor Place, Lambeth, London and she is listed as unmarried with 4 children as head of house under name Strangwige, occupation Lodging House keeper. The census also gives his place of birth as Isle of Wight and age 42 which correlates with being born about 1809. In the census he gives his occupation as assistant treasurer to a theatre. The Australia John Benton worked at Drury Lane, Covent Garden and Vauxhall Gardens from around 1832 to 1850. There is information that an Elizabeth BENTON worked at Drury Lane and was married to a John BENTON but her maiden name was CATNACH.

Hope you may assist me solve this piece of my family history.

Requestor : Sam Murray. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Originally posted July 2013, verified November 2020

OWEN, Thomas  

My 3x Gt Grandparents Thomas OWEN and Eleanor QUIGLEY were married in Carisbrooke on 27 July 1814. (Pallot's)

The information I have from the OPR transcript is that Thomas was a 'Sergeant Garrison Staff'. I have no further details about them and would like to trace their origins. Can someone advise how I might find out more about them? What does 'Garrison Staff' mean? Was it regular army or militia? I have tried online military records and have asked a Kew researcher, but am still no nearer understanding what role he played or which Regiment Thomas Owen was serving in.

I realise that the island was heavily garrisoned during the Napoleonic Wars, and would like to learn more. Where did the Quigleys came from? I believe it to be an Irish surname and there still appear to be Owens and Quigleys resident on the Island. We have Eleanor's death cert in 1872, when she is described as 'Widow of Thos Owen, gentleman'. Another fact I'd like verified is the birth of their daughter Mary (and any other children) – I have her from census details as being born in Carisbrooke/Newport in 1816. It would be great to be able to search the relevant OPR and glean more details.

I would really appreciate some help with this, especially for my dad, who is in his 80's and is called Thomas Owen after his Gt Gt Grandfather.

Requestor : Sue Veitch. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted May 2013, verified November 2020

BOWES, COUSINS, FOQUETT etc  

I would like further information on this family :

Philip and Amelia BOWES : Newport, Isle of Wight.
Their son William is my gggg grandfather.
William BOWES married Elizabeth COUSINS, and their children were :

Mary Springer
[ Mary Springer Bowes was the first child of Elizabeth Cousins and William Bowes. There is a bastardy report in Hampshire stating her father was a butcher named Springer, but she was named Mary Springer Bowes and born into the William Bowes household. ]
1798 Joseph
1800 John
1802 James
1804 Lancelot
1805 Charles
1806 Richard Foquett
1808 Elizabeth Foquett who is my ggg grandmother (married BARKER)
1810 Ann Cousins

All moved to Prince Edward Island [PEI] 1810 and I have a good deal of information of them from 1810 to the present.

Now to go backwards, I want to find the BOWES/Foquett connections.

Here is a list of the people I want to integrate into the roots of this family:

My William Bowes' father was Philip Bowes and his mother was Amelia Lewis.(documented) I got this from the IOW historical society... and it is backed up by the information at Keillor House archives in New Brunswick.
Philip Bowes is listed as a cabinet maker in Newport, 1766.
Our William Bowes, son of Philip, was in the English Army/Navy sent to PEI in 1810.
His first son William Foquett Bowes was born 1791 in London and went to PEI and Nova Scotia as a teacher.
John and James were in the printing business in Halifax NS.
Richard was a mariner.

Another William Bowes in the Isle of Wight was a tailor who married an Ann Foquett in 1767. He could have been a brother of Philip.
Jane Foquett of Carisbrooke was the daughter of John Foquett (1740) a tailor and she married, on 6 Dec. 1767, William Cousins of Newport, a tailor.
There is a John Foquett, tailor of Newport 1740
There is a John Foquett of Newport in 1723 probably father of the previous (1740) John Foquett.
There is a Lancelot Foquett between 1760 and 1786, a landwaiter with the Customs House. He is probably a son of John Foquett, 1740.
Then there is a John Bowes, cabinet maker in West Cowes 1777.
William Bowes, son of Phillip and Amelia, married Eliz. Cousins named one of their sons JOHN and another LANCELOT. What was the relationship between the two Lancelots?

AS FOR COUSINs COUZINS, CUSIONS there are many deviations who are probably just bad spellers, or unconcerned but nevertheless related in the IOW area.

According to the staff list IOW Customs Dept. :

1790 T (probably Thomas) Bowes was Chief Mate
1816 Richard Cousins was a Mariner
1816 William Cousins was a Mariner
1825 Thomas Couzins was a Glut Tidewaiter
And William Cousins, the tailor who married Ann Foquett 1767. The above Richard, William and Thomas are probably brothers and Wm Cousins and Jane Foquett could be their grandparents.

Any help would be appreciated.

Requestor : Winifred Cherry. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted May 2013, verified November 2020

SCOTT family of Calbourne  

I am interested in the SCOTT family from Calbourne - my great-grandmother was Rosa Caroline SCOTT, youngest child of William SCOTT and Frances WAY.

William (b. 17 Feb. 1818) and Frances (b. 18 April 1821) married on 13 March 1840 and the family story is that they had to elope because of the opposition of Frances' father, David WAY, a miller. They had 12 children: Frances Jane (b.1841), Ellen Mary (1843), William Edward (1845), Emily Marian (1847), Selina Charlotte (1949), Annie Catherine (1851), Elizabeth Hannah (1853), Walter Way (1855), Arthur James (1857), Louisa Edith (1858), Charles Leonard (1959) and Rosa Caroline (1862). Of these, two died in infancy (William and Louisa) and two in young adulthood (Emily and Elizabeth).

My late father, who was born in Portsmouth and brought up in Gosport, recalled visiting cousins in the Isle of Wight as a child.

I have traced some of the family through the census records from 1841 to 1911 and I have found some very helpful information on your site but inevitably I have gaps! I would be most interested to hear from anyone else descended from this extensive family or who has researched the Scotts and of course I would be happy to share information.

Requestor : Linda Briggs. Please contact her if you have any further information.

Originally posted August 2012, verified November 2020

ARNOLD and BLOW families  

I would like to request assistance through your website, and I am happy to cover any expenses etc.

My direct ancestor Mary ARNOLD was born in Newport c 1770/1.
Her father was James ARNOLD born c 1740/50 in Arreton and had the occupation of Haberdasher.
Her mother was Esther BLOW born c 1740/50 in Newchurch, and they married in Newchurch in 1761.

I would like to rebuild the Arnold and Blow families and their ancestries.
Mary ARNOLD married John WHITE from Moreton in Essex, but I don't know when, and she was living (aged 70) with one of her daughters in the 1841 census. She died in 1842 in Moreton.

My guess is that she came to Moreton in service and married John there.
A second guess is that John was in the military and married her on the island, but I have found no trace of military history.

Requestor : Mike Burnham. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Originally posted April 2012, verified November 2020

WHITE, John Lee
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John Lee WHITE: For some years I have been researching a 1905 Vauxhall 7/9hp motor car which was originally owned by John Lee White of 'Seafield', Ryde Isle of Wight.

J L White, (born Mar qr 1862) was the eldest son from the first marriage of J Samuel WHITE the famous Cowes Shipbuilder. What I have been trying to find out is when and where John Lee White died and if he left a Will. It is of note that he does not appear in J Samuel White's Will although his wife Mabel does. Mabel White came from a farming family also named 'White' at East Farleigh / Wateringbury near Maidstone Kent. J L White does not appear at the Seafield address after 1912 (Although he had a yacht built about this time) but his wife is there until some years later. Can anyone help please?

The Isle of Wight Motorists' Association. T B H Cochrane / J Lee White. With reference the above query re John Lee White and his 1905 Vauxhall 7/9hp; It would appear that when the Motor Vehicle Licensing Office (MTO) at Newport closed the old Register of Motor Vehicles containing the records of vehicles registered on the Island with 'DL' registrations from December 1903 until 1925 was given to a private collector. In spite of letters in the IoW County Press and visits to the Island I have so far been unable to locate this old register. Would any members have any knowledge of this ? I am trying to ascertain what the original registration number for this motor car was; It would appear to have been registered around April 1905. I do have records of some surviving veteran cars registered around this time and know that the IoW buses were registered 'in time for Easter' 1905 and these were DL75 to DL81 from photos at IoW RO. J L White was a founder member of the Isle of Wight Motorists' Association in November 1903 with headquarters at Warburton's Hotel and their inaugural motor meeting was at Carisbrooke Castle on 27th July 1905 with a 'Motor Gymkhana'. The Vauxhall went back to the mainland about 1909 / 1910 and got re-registered in Surrey as was the rule in those days. The President of the IoW Motorists' Association was Thomas B H Cochrane Deputy Governor of the Island who had a Dennis registered DL68 as illustrated.

I understand that there was somewhere on the Island a photograph of this event but the person who told me about it could not remember where he had seen it. The IoW County Press gave a whole column report in their edition dated 29th July 1905 but no picture. Any ideas anyone ?

Requestor : Tim Sargeant. Please contact him if you have any further information.

Originally posted March 2009, verified November 2020