The Warr family lived at Worbarrow

The ‘Warr’ family tiles in Tyneham Church

Edwin Charles Warr (c.1862-1937)

Edwin was born at Sturminster Newton, Dorset circa 1862 to Elizabeth Warr nee Eustance. Her husband George Warr (1821-1858) had died shortly before the birth of their daughter Amelia in 1858. There does not appear to be any civil registration or church baptism record for Edwin.

At the time of the 1871 census, Edwin aged 9 was living at Belchalwell, Dorset with his mother and step-father.

Edwin, who could not write, gave his father’s name as Charles Warr when he married (see below). Edwin’s mother Elizabeth married James Elsworth and they had a son William.

Edwin married Sarah Elmes (1865-1937) at Tyneham Church on 21 February 1887. Edwin’s occupation was labourer and his residence was given as Steeple. He signed with his mark. Sarah’s residence was given as Tyneham. The witnesses were George Elmes (1861-1894), Sarah’s eldest brother, and Emma Murray (1855-?).

Marriage of Edwin to Sarah

Edwin and Sarah had a total of 15 children, 8 of whom died. Known children are

  • Charles Warr (1888-?) – baptised at Tyneham on 22 April 1888
  • Bessie Elizabeth Martha Elmes (1889-?) – born on 6 May 1889 at the Red Lion, Charleton Horethorne, Somerset
Bessie’s arrival in 1889
  • Annie Louisa Warr (1890-1966)born in Chile – married William Henry Parker at Tyneham on 12 October 1915
  • William George Warr (1892-1966)born in Quilpué, Chile – William took part in an air rifle shooting match for Tyneham against Povington in March 1914 scoring 19 points and helping them to victory – married Muriel Gwendoline Watts (1904-1995) and had a daughter Phyllis Neal nee Warr (1926-2015)
  • Albert Frank Warr (1899-?)
  • Alice Edith Ella Warr (1902-?) ‘Edith’ was born at Slepe
  • Julia Isabel Rose Warr (1903-1997) – born at Slepe – did not marry – in 1939 was in domestic service at Southend-on-Sea, Essex
  • Margaret Florence Warr (1905-1985)known as Maggie – married George Stanley Bown (1905-1978), known as Stanley, at Frampton in 1928 and had three children
  • Daisy Warr (1907-1992)born at Wytch on 5 January 1907 – baptised at Tyneham on 7 February 1909 – married Granville Preston (1898-1975) in 1939 and had three children

From 29 April 1889, Edwin was licensee of the Red Lion, Charleton Horethorne, Somerset. It was owned by Jennings, Styring & Co of the Marnhull Brewery, Sturminster Newton and is understood to have closed in 1891.

On 3 April 1890, Edwin and Sarah departed Liverpool with their two children, Charles and Elizabeth, on board the SS Gulf of Corcovado bound for Valparaíso, Chile. Sarah would have been expecting daughter Annie at the time.

By 1902 the family had returned from Chile and were living at Slepe, roughly halfway between Arne and Stoborough. Edwin was most likely employed by Walter Case Smith at Slepe Farm.

By 2 April 1911 Edwin and Sarah and the six younger children were living at Worbarrow near Tyneham.

Edwin died in 1937 and was buried at Stratton, Dorset on 18 January 1937. Sarah died later that same year and was buried on 6 December 1937.

Page last updated 10 August 2021

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