Collection AR1032 - Photograph albums and other material owned by the King family

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Photograph albums and other material owned by the King family


  • 1901 - 1941 (Creation)

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(c. 1879 - 1941)

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Acquired by the donors when they purchased the house c.1980

Material belonged to Daisy King who was the last occupant of the house (Daisy Ethel King b. 02 Feb 1891, d. March Qtr 1979) before the donors purchased the house. Daisy King was the aunt of the actor Peter Cushing (1913 - 1994): her elder sister Nellie Maria (1880 - c.1961) had married George Edward Cushing, a quantity surveyor (who worked for Coulsdon and Purley UDC at one time) in Camberwell, Sep Qtr 1907).

Nellie and Daisy were two of at least eight siblings (six girls and two boys are shown living with the widowed David King at 69 Barry Road, Camberwell in the 1901 Census).

George Cushings sister, actress Maude Ashton , married a professional soldier, lt Col. Richard Annesley West of the North Irish Horse. He was commanding the 6th Battallion Tank Corps when he was killed on 02 September 1918. He was awarded a posthumous VC for outstanding bravey and inspiring leadership in defeating an enemy counter attack.

See Chapter one of Peter Cushings An Autobiography (1986) shelved at S70 (92) CUS and chapter four for his time in California.

In the 1970 electoral roll, residents at 4 Olden Lane are George Gatenby, Daisy King and Winifred Murison (presumably nee King, b. c.1887).

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Photograph albums:
1) Green Reminiscent photograph album, c.1910 - 1920. Mainly family groups and portraits.
2) Brown: Florrie Tours Scotland c.1902. (Florrie King was born c.1879).
3) Brown: Memories of the Eastbourne Holidays, July and August 1901 also of Pleasant Days spent up the river, 1901 taken by Geo. Gatenby and George E. Cushing. (Holiday pictures etc featuring George Cushing with King sisters an others). (Note: Gatenby married Rose King).
4) Green: Memories of the Folkestone Holidays, July and August 1902 by George Gatenby. (Holiday pictures etc featuring George Cushing with King sisters an others).
5) Burgundy: Memories of the Bournemouth Holidays, August 1903) taken by Geo. Gatenby and George E. Cushing. (Holiday pictures etc featuring George Cushing with King sisters an others).
6) Green paperback album of wartime postcards addressed to Florrie King by Will (William) King who was serving in the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. As the postcards seem to stop abruptly in 1915, it is presumed that William (born c.1883) was killed in action (a Pte William King of the 4th Bn Cameron Highlanders died 24 March 1915 (source: CWGC).

7) Material from Cameron uniform together with button with picture of soldier and 1897 Diamond Jubilee coin (probably belonging to William Smith).

8) Three small books of common prayer, two marked F.King (presumably Florrie.) One with clasp intact.

9) Pamorama photograph from Sunny Southern California from Peter Cushing (resident 1766 West Ridge Road, Brentwood, W.L.A, California) to Mr and Mrs G.E.Cushing, Cherry Tree Cottage, Norwood Hill near Horley, Surrey, dated 19 January 1941.

10) Obituary of Mr D. King from the Furniture Record, 20 May 1920. He had worked for James Humphries and Sons of Snow Hill, London, for 56 years.

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