Henry Dodwell Moore
Henry was born in the City of London in 1838 where his father was a lawyer. After studying mathematics at Pembroke College, Oxford he was ordained as a priest in London in 1864, obtaining his MA the following year. His first job was as curate of Barkingside before moving to Bromley by Bow. In 1867 he married Augusta Rosina Price of Prince’s Terrace, Knightsbridge and he became the vicar of Honington. He was later also made a canon of Lincoln Cathedral. Their children (the first born in Knightsbridge, all the others born in Honington) were:
- Arthur William Dodwell Moore (1868-1940)
- Emma Mary Moore (1870-1961)
- Frederick George Dodwell Moore (1870-1891)
- Charles Henry Dodwell Moore (1872-1942)
- Rosina Elizabeth Moore (1873- )
- Edmund Schneider Dodwell Moore (1874-1949)
- Annette Augusta Moore (1876-1951)
- Florence Margaret Moore (1879-1966)
- Agnes Phillipa Moore (1879- )
- Richard James Dodwell Moore (1881-1895)
From 1872 he raised nearly £600, largely from his and his wife’s family to pay for repairs to damage to the church, some of which was caused by removal of the organ belonging to the previous vicar. In 1889 he was trying to raise another £400 in subscriptions to pay for repairs to the chancel and to re-tune the 3 bells. He wanted to raise a further £70 to buy 2 more bells.
Augusta died at Honington Vicarage in 1901. Henry retired due to ill health in 1916 after 48 years at Honington. His processor, Dr Coles, had lived in Honington 63 years, so the village had seen only one change in incumbent in 111 years. Henry retired to Brant Broughton. He died on 2 Aug 1919 whilst visiting his sister in Eltham, Kent.
Arthur William Dodwell Moore
Arthur was born in Knightsbridge but was brought up at Honington Vicarage. By 1901 he’d qualified as a solicitor and was living with his uncle in Eltham. In 1905 he married Audrey Massey in Lewisham. They lived in Eltham, Sussex and Surrey and had 2 daughters. As well as a law practice in the City (Knightrider Street) Arthur worked in the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, where he signed the special marriage licenses for famous people and royalty, including King George VI and his brother the Duke of Kent. He was awarded the freedom of the City of London. He retired in 1939 and died the following year.
Emma Mary Moore
Emma was born in Honington in 1870. In 1898 she married Rev. Gerard Chilton Bailey. He’d been born in Panton (near Wragby) and his father was the vicar of East Stoke (near Newark) but after being the curate at Beeston Hill near Leeds, Gerard had moved to Durban, South Africa in 1890. He remained in Natal Colony, moving to Newcastle, Estcout and Harding before settling as the vicar of Dundee in 1896. Here he built the church and the vicarage and established schools and other institutions.
After their marriage Emma moved to Dundee Vicarage, where they had a daughter – Natalie Rosina – in Aug 1899. But the Second Boer War broke out the following month and, as Dundee was very exposed most of the population were evacuated and Emma and the baby left for Durban. The first battle of the war was at Talana Hill, just outside Dundee a week later (20 Oct 1899). The British captured the hill but at a heavy cost and Rev. Bailey looked after wounded men from both sides. The British general, Sir William Penn Symons, was buried in his churchyard.
Three days later the surviving British forces (now under General Yule) withdrew to Ladysmith leaving the town to the Boers, but Gerard refused to leave his parishioners. His brother Walter, who had been staying with him joined the Natal Carbineers and marched with General Yule to Ladysmith and was there through the subsequent siege.
Emma only expected to be away from Dundee a few days, but it was 7 months before she could return. In the meantime, she helped refugees in Durban and tended the sick. Gerard and the remaining parishioners (5 men and 25 women and children) were said to be well treated by the Boers, but on the approach of General Buller’s relief column on 19th May 1900 he raised the union jack (which he’d hidden under the church floor) over the grave of General Symons. His diary for this period were later published in a book “Seven Months under Boer rule”.
General Buller made him chaplain to the troops and he continued to attend to the sick and wounded on both sides. He was the only chaplain north of Ladysmith. But unfortunately he caught enteric (typhoid) fever and died in November 1901.
A few months later (26 March 1901) Emma had a 2nd daughter, Augusta MC. Emma and her daughters then returned to England where they lived with her brother Charles for several years. By 1939 Emma and the daughters were living in Hailsham, Sussex and the 2 girls were auxiliary nurses. Augusta married David Stedman Davies in Jerusalem in 1946. Emma died in Sussex 1961. Natalie died in 1989, Augusta in 1993.
Frederick George Dodwell Moore
Frederick was born at Honington in 1870. He became an architect and served with 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. By 1891 he was suffering from rheumatism and spent time in Aix les Bains for his health. However, it developed into rheumatic brain disease and he died at Honington vicarage on 13 Oct 1891. His brother Charles had been in Australia for his health and returned just after Fred’s death.
Charles Henry Dodwell Moore
Charles was born in Honington in 1872. In 1891 he visited Australia for his health. He graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford in 1892 and then attended the nearby Cuddesdon Theological College. He was ordinated as a deacon at Peterborough Cathedral in 1899. By 1901 he’d been appointed curate at Hugglescote and Bardon, Leicestershire. His sister Emma and her 2 daughters then came to live with him. In 1910 he became the chaplain to Rt Hon. Earl Ferrers at Staunton Harold Hall, where he lived in the chaplain’s house, taking his sister and nieces with him.
In May 1920 he was appointed vicar of Hough on Hill, replacing GWRC Kent who moved to Gumley, Leicestershire. The following month Charles married Louisa Harrriette Williams in Winchester. She’d been born in Osgathorpe, Leicestershire where her father had been the rector. Her brother was the British chaplain in Berlin. Charles remained vicar of Hough until his death on 15 March 1942, aged 70. A memorial window was dedicated in Hough church in 1946.
Rosina Elizabeth Moore
Rosina was born in 1873. In 1896 she married Charles Arthur White, an engineer with the Indian Civil Service Public Works Department at Ballasor, Orissa, India. ‘Rosy’ and Charles had 4 children. They retired to Stevenage. where Charles died in 1944.
Edmund Schneider Dodwell Moore
Edmund was born at Honington Vicarage in 1874. He joined the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry in 1900 and served as a private in the Boer War. In 1904 he took up farming at Court Leys, near Brandon. He seems to have been a colorful character, e.g. playing with gunpowder as a boy and being fined for using obscene language whilst riding a motorcycle in Leasingham in 1913.
In 1914 he was called up and became a sergeant with 1/1st Battalion, Sherwood Ranger Yeomanry. He served in Egypt, Gallipoli and Salonika and was mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. After the war he returned to Court Leys, but sold up in 1922 and moved in with his retired father at The Hollies, Brant Broughton. Here he bred wirehaired fox terriers and had a small poultry farm. He also worked for the hunt and laid hedges. During WW2 he became an ARP warden for Brant Broughton. He died there in 1949, apparently while riding his bicycle and exercising his dog.
Annette Augusta Moore
Annette was born in 1876. In 1906 she married Lt Cdr Hugh Percival Buckle, Royal Navy at Honington. He was from a naval family (he was born in Gibraltar) and at the time was serving on the destroyer HMS Kennett in Devonport. They had 2 children. Annette died in Salisbury in 1951; Percy died 4 years later.
Florence Margaret Moore
Florence was born in 1879. Florence stayed with her father at Honington Vicarage for 10 years after her mother died. But in 1911 she married Canon Edward Heberden Wilgress, the rector of Carlton Scoop.
Agnes Phillipa Moore
Agnes met her husband whilst nursing during WW1. She married in South Australia and lived on a cattle station.
Richard James Dodwell
Richard was born in 1881 but died aged 15.