Four generations of the Lucas Family lived at Tyneham

James Lucas (1750-1790)

James married

James Lucas (1780-1832)

was also born at Tyneham

James married

William Lucas (1822-1891)

of Tyneham and his wife Harriett Lucas (nee Anstey) (1826-1905)

James William ‘Shepherd’ Lucas (1848-1925)

Shepherd Lucas was born at Tyneham to William Lucas (1822-1891) of Tyneham and his wife Harriett Lucas (nee Anstey) (1826-1905) who are pictured below:

Shepherd’s grandfather James Lucas (1780-1832) was also born at Tyneham as too was great-grandfather James Lucas (1750-1790).

Shepherd Lucas married Jane Diskett (1851-1931) of Compton Valence at Tyneham on 2 October 1871.

Shepherd and Jane had ten children, all born at Tyneham:

  • William James Lucas (1872-1967) – William married Clara Louisa ‘Louisa’ Moore (1884-1973) of Child Okeford and they had three children:
    >Frederick James Lucas (1905-?) – Frederick married Ethel Florence Davis (1909-1976).
    >William George Lucas (1907-1971) – William married Winifred M Miles (?-?) and they had a daughter Janet Mary Lucas (1939-2007)
    >Irene Kate Louise Lucas (1909-1993) – Irene married Edgar James Burgess (1906-1991) at Bryanstone, Dorset on 27 March 1932 and they later settled in Berkshire.
  • Annie Maria Lucas (1874-1951) – Annie married Frederick Pearce Rolls (1865-1931) of Bockhampton near Dorchester. Annie and Fred had eight children, the first born at Tyneham and the others at Bockhampton: Edith Bessie Rolls (1894-1971), Ethel Winifred Rolls (1895-1896), William Reginald G Rolls (1896-1897), Albert Leonard James Rolls (1898-1961), George Rolls (1900-1957), Daisy Rolls (1903-1972), Hilda Beatrice Mary Rolls (1904-1957), Dorothy Kathleen Rolls (1906-1977). The family moved to Winterborne Whitechurch.
  • Ellen Jane Lucas (1876-1954) – Ellen married Frederick Ernest Parker (1875-1899) at Tyneham on 27 December 1897 and they had one son Wilfred Charles Parker (1898-1988). Sadly Frederick died in 1899. Ellen married George Orchard in 1905 and they had two sons and a daughter: Frederick George William Orchard (1906-1945), Lilian Rose Orchard (1907-1979) and Bertram Orchard (1911-1986).
  • George Lucas (1879-?) – George married Miriam Alice Lacey (1878-1949) and they had at least three children in the London area:Leslie Ernest N Lucas (1907-1984) – Leslie married Sylvia in 1942 and they had a daughter
    George Lucas b. Tottenham (1909-?)
    Harry William Claude Lucas (1911-2005) – Harry married Irene Vera West (1920-1995) in 1940.
  • Bessie Lucas (1880-1923) – Bessie married Benjamin Cooper (1877-?) , a Royal Naval Officer, at Tyneham on 19 December 1906. Witnesses were brother William Lucas, sister Edith Kate Lucas and her future husband Percy Beach. Bessie and Benjamin had four children all born at Emsworth, Hampshire: Archibald Benjamin Cooper (1907-1977), Hilda Beatrice Cooper (1908-1975), Gladys Isabel May Cooper (1910-2000), Wilfred Albert Leonard Cooper (1913-1989).
  • Charles Henry Lucas (1882-?)
  • Edith Kate Lucas (1885-1958) – Edith married Percy Beach at Tyneham on 5 August 1911 and moved to Upwey. Edith and Percy had two sons Cecil Stanley Beach (1913-1974) and Rowland Percy Beach (1916-1986).



The Wellman Family lived at Gwyle Cottages from about 1912 until 1936. They left approximately seven years before the evacuation.

Robert Wellman (1887-1964)

Bob was born at Upwey in Dorset to Walter Wellman and his wife Susan Wellman nee Cox.

Bob married Alice Victoria Lucas (1887-1975), the daughter of ‘Shepherd Lucas’ and his wife Jane who lived in Post Office Row – see the Lucas family page.

Bob and Alice had six children:

  • Alice Edith Rose Wellman (1912-1992)Rose worked as a servant for the Bond Family at Tyneham House. In 1934 she married Joseph Alfred Dando (1912-2002). Joe was also a servant at Tyneham House, having worked there from 1926. Rose and Joe had twelve children – seven boys and five girls.
  • Vera Winifred Wellman (1918-1970)Vera married Herbert Arthur Stockley (1917-1995) in 1941 and they had one son Ivan Owen Stockley (1944-1987).
  • Dennis James Wellman (1919-2004)Jim married in 1950 and had a son and a daughter.
  • Ivy Jane Wellman (1921-1997) Ivy married in 1946 and had a daughter and a son.
  • Peter Wellman (1925-2017)Peter married in 1952 and had a daughter and a son.
  • Freda Joyce Wellman (1927-2010)Joyce married and had three sons.

In October 1979, the three surviving Wellman sisters, Rose, Ivy and Joyce, returned to Tyneham for the first church service to be held there in 36 years.