Smith Family


The Smith Family lived at Tyneham Farm from 1909 to 1941. The family left Tyneham before the evacuation.

Walter Case Smith (1861-1948)

Walter was born in Swanage on 14 July 1861. He was baptised on Brownsea Island on 25 August 1861.

In 1881, Walter was a live-in barman at The Castle public house in Notting Hill, London. The following year he married Louisa Beasley.

In 1885 daughter May Louisa Smith was born at Chesterton in Oxfordshire (Louisa’s home village). On 1 Feb 1891 daughter Nellie Amelia Smith was born in London.

At the time of the census in 1891, Walter was in domestic service as a Butler. He was shown as single. Walter and Louisa divorced the following year.

By 1901, Walter was farming Slepe Farm near Arne. He was employing a housekeeper and a cowhand.

Walter Case Smith

In May 1906 Walter was advertising Slepe Farm to let.

Walter married his housekeeper Kate Theodora Doble (1862-1938) on 11 June 1907 at Stoke Wake. Walter and Kate did not have any children.

Around 1909, Walter was farming Tyneham Farm. He had the nickname ‘Leather Jacket’.

In 1932 Walter was fined £20 for working four horses in an unfit state.

Kate died on 22 October 1938.

In 1939, Walter had a live-in housekeeper, Kathleen Bristowe and domestic servant Ivy Taylor.

In 1941 Walter sold all the assets of the farm and moved to Holly Lodge, Stapehill. He died on 28 January 1948. His estate was valued at £9,570 9s.

Page last updated 6 August 2021

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