Probate – C



Ethel Inez Jane CHAPPLE died 11 July 1960

CHAPPLE Ethel Inez Jane otherwise Ethel Inez of Armidale Salcombe Devon widow died 11 July 1960 at South Hams Hospital Kingsbridge Devon. Probate Exeter 13 September (1960) to John Stewart Jeffrey Chapple bank manager. Effects £3,424 19s 4d.

George Stewart CHAPPLE died 13 January 1942

CHAPPLE George Stewart of Primrose Cottage Povington Tyneham Dorsetshire died 13 January 1942. Probate Llandudno 10 August (1942) to Ethel Inez Jane Chapple widow. Effects £6,980 16s 6d.

Susan Priscilla CHARLES neé BALSON died 28 June 1947

CHARLES Susan Priscilla of 22 Kimmeridge Dorsetshire widow died 28 June 1947. Administration Winchester 4 September (1947) to Alfred Charles Balson corporation employee and Adelaide Mabel Godden (wife of Ernest Godden). Effects £877 5s 8d.

Bernard CHILCOTT died 28 December 1917

CHILCOTT Bernard of Lutton Farm Steeple Dorsetshire a gunner siege battery Royal Garrison Artillery died 28 December 1917 in France. Administration Blandford 28 February (1918) to James Arthur Chilcott retired farmer. Effects £1,436 7s 6d.

Alice Maude CHURCHILL nee WEBBER died 9 September 1955

CHURCHILL Alice Maude of 1 Greenland Cottages Stoborough Wareham Dorsetshire (wife of Thomas Henry Churchill) died 9 September 1955. Probate Winchester 21 October (1955) to Wilfred George Slade bricklayer and Reginald James Burt solicitors clerk. Effects £384 9s 6d.

Job CHURCHILL died 26 February 1931

CHURCHILL Job of The Lodge Bury St. Austens Rudgwick Sussex died 26 February 1931. Probate London 27 March (1931) to Edward Louis Churchill farm bailiff and Ralph Neville Jones solicitor. Effects £2,260 8s.

Albert Thomas COOPER died 3 January 1942

COOPER Albert Thomas of 1 Sunnydale Villas Swanage Dorsetshire died 3 January 1942. Probate Winchester 24 July (1942) to Charles Edwin Cooper carpenter and Beatrice Mary Cooper spinster. Effects £2,260 8s.

Eleanor Elizabeth COOPER died 3 October 1943 – see Eleanor Elizabeth RYALL

Joseph COOPER died 30 September 1872

COOPER Joseph. 4 January 1873. The will of Joseph Cooper late of Povington in the Parish of Tyneham in the County of Dorset Yeoman who died 30 September 1872 at Povington was proved at the Principal Registry by Mary Cooper of Povington Widow the Relict the sole Executrix. Effects under £300.

William Joseph COOPER died 31 March 1951

COOPER William Joseph of The School House Grange near Wareham Dorsetshire died 31 March 1951. Probate Winchester 24 May (1951) to Ernest Edward Cooper clayworker. Effects £371 3s 6d.

Frederick de la Poer Beresford CORFIELD died 7 March 1929

CORFIELD the reverend Frederick de la Poer Beresford of The Sanctuary Watchet Somersetshire clerk died 8 June 1954. Probate London 6 September (1954) to Gertrude Phoebe Meirion Rees spinster. Effects £8,638 6s 4d.

Gertrude Annie CORFIELD died 7 March 1929

CORFIELD Gertrude Annie of Nettlecombe Rectory Williton Somersetshire (wife of the reverend Frederick De la Poer Beresford Corfield) died 7 March 1929. Administration Taunton 17 February (1930) to the said reverend Frederick De la Poer Beresford Corfield clerk. Effects £84.




The Cleall Family lived at Povington

Francis Henry ‘Frank’ Cleall

Francis Henry ‘Frank’ Cleall was baptised on 6 July 1884 at Chaldon Herring. In 1911 Frank, aged 26, and his two brothers Charles, aged 21 and Walter, aged 16, were boarding at West Whiteway.

Charles was killed in WW1 and is commemorated on the memorial plaque in Tyneham Church.

Frank married Frances Amelia Charles of Steeple parish in 1912. Frank died after notice of eviction was served but before the evacuation took place.

113367, 257th Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
who died age 27
on 02 November 1917
Son of John and Hannah Cleall.

War Dead

Home | The war memorial plaque can be found in Tyneham Church. It commemorates six men associated with Tyneham who lost their lives in the First World War. Below we record details of all of the men associated with Tyneham that we know of who have lost their lives serving… Continue reading

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Home|Families|A-E|F-J|K-O|P-T|U-Z The Cleall Family lived at Povington Francis Henry ‘Frank’ Cleall Francis Henry ‘Frank’ Cleall was baptised on 6 July 1884 at Chaldon Herring. In 1911 Frank, aged 26, and his two brothers Charles, aged 21 and Walter, aged 16, were boarding at West Whiteway. Charles was killed in WW1… Continue reading

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Probate 1945

Frances Amelia CLEALL nee CHARLES died 18 February 1944 CLEALL Frances Amelia of 1 West Walls Wareham Dorsetshire died 18 February 1944. Probate Winchester 30 May (1945) to Walter James Cleall storekeeper. Effects £288 10s. 6d. [Frances Amelia Charles was baptised 28 May 1882 at West Lulworth and was living… Continue reading

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1925: Farm labourer’s fatal accident near Coombe Keynes

Fall from Farm Waggon – Bournemouth chauffeur as principal witness The tragic circumstances under which George Cleall (43), a cowman employed at Povington Farm, East Lulworth, met his death whilst returning from Hethfelton Farm with a load of straw on a haorsed waggon, formed the subject of an enquiry by… Continue reading

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1906: Tyneham School

SCHOOL CHALLENGE SHIELD. – This school has won the challenge shield for the East Dorset Division this year. DR. BARNARDO’S HOMES. – A collection box has been made by the school children in aid of Dr. Barnardo’s Homes with the following results: – Irene Knight, 13s 7d; Lizzie Restreux, 11s… Continue reading

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Hollow Ditch and a Hollow Promise

by Roy Martin

Hollow Ditch Farm was at West Creech; about one kilometre, five furlongs, north-west of Creech Grange, which we knew as Grange House. The farmhouse and outbuildings seem to be built mainly of sandstone, with brick corners. The farmers who lived there were tenants of the Bond family.

Matthew Langrish Charles (1866-1939) and his wife Susan Priscilla Charles (1877-1947) (pictured below) were the tenants in the 1920s and probably earlier. Aunt Sue was a Balson from the hamlet of Whiteway. She had married Uncle Mat at Tyneham in July 1913, when she was 26, over twenty years younger than him. In the 1891 census Matthew was living at Egglestone (Egliston) with his parents William & Emma Charles. Matthew was recorded as an Agricultural Labourer and his father as a Shepherd; in 1901 Matthew was still there but described as a Carter.  By 1911 he was living at Hollow Ditch with his father, and was recorded as an ‘Estate Labourer’.

Aunt Sue & Uncle Mat at Hollow Ditch in the 1930s

My father, Gerald Charles Martin, was born at Whiteway in 1916. His Dorchester born father, Alma Victor Martin, was killed on 18 November 1916 in the Battle of Ancre, the last day of the Battle of the Somme. His mother Edith Ellen Martin (neé Balson), Susan’s sister, contracted TB and was sent to the Sanatorium at Poole. As she was unable to look after her little boy he was sent to Hollow Ditch; a rather lonely boy as there were no other children, though the Cake family were at the nearby Whitehall Farm. He seems not to have been formally adopted.

There was a small primary school at Creech and for his secondary education my father cycled daily to Wareham. I sometimes think how different his life might have been if he had been able to go to the new Grammar School at Swanage, he was certainly bright enough, but the money would not have been there.

My father and mother met when she was ‘in service’ at Grange House, then just about the only opportunity for a working class girl. When they married in 1936 Mat and Sue bought them a small bungalow at Wool, being a prudent couple they charged the young Martins rent of ten shillings a week – so that the young couple would ‘learn the value of money’. From there Dad could motor cycle to work at Bovington Camp. I was born there later that year.

My memories of Hollow Ditch must be from 1943, by this time Aunt Sue was a widow.

I remember making butter in a small glass churn; now I see the photograph of Sue’s solitary cow I can see why we only made enough for ourselves. Other memories include sorting the stored apples to throw out any that had ‘gone off’ and eating wild strawberries on the banks of Pike’s clay pit railway to their Povington mine. I suffered bad stomach ache after those strawberries!

In 2009 I contacted the military at Lulworth Camp and they were kind enough to arrange for a Ranger, with a 4×4, to take us where ever we wanted to go. We first headed to Hollow Ditch;  I wished that my parents could have seen it once more, but it is now a sad sight. There were no strawberries to be seen, but there was still fruit in the orchard. We then went to Whiteway, but there is even less there. What came to mind at both sites were the ‘then and now’ photographs of Normandy, with the buildings all rebuilt: and the similar devastation at the South Georgian whaling stations, where I also took many photographs.

Uncle Mat died in 1939; so when the eviction notice arrived in November 1943 Aunt Sue was living alone. By that time my father was in Italy with the Royal Engineers and most of the male Balsons and her mother were dead, so she must have felt rather alone. She moved to Kimmeridge, where she lived together with a refugee called Eva (pronounced Ava).

Like the other evacuees Sue was never allowed to return to her home. She died at 22 Kimmeridge in 1947 and Eva moved to a small bungalow at the junction of Holme Lane and Grange Road. The old house now looks as if it will be swallowed up by the West Creech Clay pit, a giant white hole.

It would seem that the military is able to sell the land it requisitioned, but will not allow the families to return to their homes. A Hollow Promise indeed.

We are very grateful to Roy Martin for writing this feature for us. If you would like to write a feature about your ancestors from Tyneham parish, please get in touch at

Rodney Legg quotes Mrs S P White

One of the younger girls, Edith, worked at Tyneham house. She married but her husband was also killed in the war and she was left with a little boy.  Later she died and was always discussed in grim whispers (galloping consumption and a broken heart) but Gerald was brought up by another aunt at Hollow Ditch, a smallholding north-west of Creech Grange. I spent many happy holidays with them and the more familiar with that part.

This was a sturdy little house with little windows and thick walls. Large cupboards by the fireplace house hams and smoked bacon. Breakfast there were marvellous meals – my aunt and uncle having done hours of work fetching the cows and milking by hand, had by this time developed large appetites. Hence we had masses of eggs, thick slices of bacon and chitterlings and soft potato cakes. Sometimes they cooked eels which cousin Gerald had teased me with early in the morning.

Mother’s name was Beatrice Bessie Balson, and you can imagine how she was teased about that. Her sister, Susan, who lived at Hollow Ditch, married Matthew Charles.

At Hollow Ditch there was a large russet apple tree, large wooden butter pats with intricate patterns, and rows of lovely golden butter laid on a tray ready to go to Wareham market. Once a lady named Elsie Cake called, on a straight-up, no-nonsense bicycle with a fancy chain-guard. She hopped off in a most graceful manner, in spite of long skirts and button boots.  I later tried to do the same but came a cropper.

In the evenings I would go across the heath to the Marepool and watch the deer drinking at dusk. It was also from this spot that I watched Lulworth Castle burning (in 1929). My grandparents are buried at Tyneham churchyard and Aunt Susan was buried at Steeple. She ended her days in a cottage at Kimmeridge, having been moved there at the time of the evacuation.  But she always hoped to return to Hollow Ditch…