Edward Tilbury (1842-1915)
1922. 14 Jul, Provident Accident & Guarantee Company Ltd. of Coleman St, London EC2, requested details confirming Edward' of Boulogne's application, ie. he joined the 2/3rd London Brigade, RFA as 2nd Lieutenant rising to the rank of Major on the Staff of GHQ, New Echelon and was demobilised about 20th Nov 1919.
17/5/15 Appointed 2nd Lieutenant
1/6/16 Promoted Lieutenant
1/4/19 Appointed to Dept.A.D. of Graves Registration & Enquiries and to be temporary Major whilst employed
17/10/19 Vacated appointment, Disembodied.
23/11/19 Transferred to Territorial Force Reserve as Major
30/9/21 Relinquished commission and retained the rank of Major.
- Edward & Esther
Edward Tilbury (1842-1915)
Esther Faulkner (1848-1915)
- Father: ? Faulkner
- Born: 11 Nov 1848, Southhampton, Hartfordshire
- Married: 4 Jun 1868, Edward Tilbury, Highfield Church, Southhampton, Hants.
- Died: 16 Sep 1915
- Birth 1842 Edward Tilbury
Edward's ?father/grandfather had a carriageworks outside London and around 1815 they designed and produced the "Tilbury" carriage, a two-seater sport carriage known as a gig. It was a most fashionable gentlemen's vehicle, characterised by a seven-spring suspension. The "Stanhope" carriage was also manufactured by the carriageworks.
1868. Edward and Esther eloped [why?] and married when Esther was 19. They had 17 (yes, 17) children.
1871. Edward (28), Esther (23) and Ettie (4 months) were visiting Thomas and Sophia at the time of the census 2 Apr 1871. The census records show Ettie's name as Eliza.
1901. Census taken at 6 Forest View, All Saints, Southampton, shows Edward (58, Railway Goods Supervisor/Superintendant, born London), wife Esther (51, born Southampton) and children Maud (unmarried, 25, milliner, born Southampton), Florence (unmarried, 25, surgical truss maker, born Southampton), Edward (unmarried, 18, commercial clerk, born Southampton), Ella (16, born Southampton) and Dorothy (8, born Southampton).
A Family Bible in the USA was held by Betty Byecroft nee Tilbury, daughter of James Tilbury (1881-1972) and is now held by E. Mark Tilbury, another descendant. The bible was originally owned by Edward Tilbury (1842-1915) and the dates of births and deaths of the family were recorded in the Bible. The information below was presented during a gathering of Tilburys at the home of Charles and Sally Tilbury, Sebastopol, California on 15 Sep 1994, when Robert and Monique Tilbury were welcomed to California by the family.
Below is the family of Edward and Esther Tilbury copied from the Family Bible, Vol. 1.
EDWARD TILBURY, born May 8, 1842 at 19 Sidmouth St., St. Pancras. London.
ESTHER TILBURY nee Faulkner born Nov 11, 1848.
Above were married June 4, 1868 at Highfield Church, Southampton by Rev. Callander.
CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE:
- A girl born, Nov 9, 1869, died same day and buried Southampton Cemetery/Christened
- Ettie Mary Sophia born Dec 7, 1870 at Middle Portland Terr: Southampton. Holy Trinity Ch. Also recorded as Eliza S.M.
- Phoebe Annie Augusta born May 1872, at 5 Clifton Terr. Southampton. Died 1880
- George Fredrick Edward born June 14, 1873 at 19Weymouth Terrace. Died, Durban. South Africa
- Henry Edward, born Sept 18, 1874. Died Feb 19, 1876. Buried Southampton Cemetery
- Ettie Maud born Feb 17, 1876. died Johannesburg. South Africa 1937
- Madeline, born August 3, 1877 at 25 Weymouth Terrace . Died April 5, 1880. Buried Southampton Cemetery.
- Lucy Stephanie, born Nov 15, 1878 at 35 East Park Terrace. Christened at All Saints Church . Died Southampton about 1904
- Florence Mary, born Feb 13, 1880 at 29 Oxford St .• Christened St. James Church
- James, born Oct 13, 1881 at 10 Forest View. Christened Holyrood Church by Rev Whitlock
- Edward, born Feb 5, 1883 at 10 Forest View. died Prague, Czechoslovakia 1931.
- Eleanor Jane, born Octl8, 1884 at 12 Milton Rd., Southampton, Christened by Rev. Whitlock
- Charles . born April 1, 1886, at 6 Forest View. Christened at St. Julien's by Rev, Whitlock, Died Santa Monica, California, July, 1955, age 69
- Augustus, born May 3, 1887 at 6 Forest View. Killed in action France 1918. World War I.
- Ernest, born Jan 20, 1889 at 6 Forest View. Died Altadena, California 1942.
- Sydney, born June 21, 1890 at 6 Forest View, Christened Holyrood Church. Died June 2, 1900
- Dorothy Grace born March 19, 1893 at 6 Forest View. Christened Holyrood Church by Rev. Whitlock on Apr 23.1
- Children of Edward & Esther
Paula Tilbury, newborn, died 9 Nov 1869 at Southampton.
Ettie Mary Sophia (1870-)
Ettie (Sophia) was born 7 Dec 1870, Middle Portland Tce, Southampton and was unmarried.
Phoebe Annie Augusta (1872-1880)
Born 11 May 1872 at 5 Clifton Tce, Southampton. Died Apr 1880 at ca.8 years of age.
George Frederick Edward (1873-)
George (Fred) was born 14 Jun 1873 at Southampton. He was a missionary and died in Durban, S.Africa.
Henry Edward (1874-1876)
Henry was born 18 Sep 1874 and died an infant 19 Feb 1876 in Southampton.
Ettie Maud (1876-1937)
Ettie (Maud) was born 27 Feb 1876 at 25 Weymouth Tce, married ? Phillips, had 2 sons and lived in S.Africa.
Born 3 Aug 1877 at 25 Weymouth Tce. Died an infant on 5 Apr 1880 in Southampton.
Lucy Stephanie (1878-1913)
Born 15 Nov 1878 at 35, E.Park Tce, Southampton. In 1901 Lucy (22, unmarried) was attending the Diocesan Training College for Schoolmistresses at the Cathedral Church of Salisbury, The Close. She died aged 33 in Jan 1913 at Fareham, Hants.
Florence Mary (1880-1962)
Florence (Florie) was born 13 Feb 1880 at 29 Oxford St, Southampton.
In 1910 Florence married her cousin George Herbert (Bertie) Tilbury (1878-1938), son of Augustus William Tilbury (1852-1902) and Georgina nee Pither (1851-1899), at Stoneham, Hants.
They had a daughter and three sons:
- Florence (Betty) (1914-) was born 28 Jun 1914 Southampton, Hants. She married Oliver Barstow on 10 Nov 1938 at Ojai, California. They had two children:
- Stephen Allen Barstow, born 13 Apr 1940 in Los Angeles, California
- George Oliver Barstow, born 20 Apr 1942, also in L.A.
- George H. (1916-). George H. was born ca1916 in the Philippines.
- Augustus (Gus) Faulkner Tilbury (1919-). Augustus was born 1919 in the Philippines. He married Phyllis Frances Brown on 15 Nov 1952 in Los Angeles, California. They had three children:
- William Faulkner Tilbury, who married Susan Anderson
- Jill Tilbury, who married Michael Heydorff
- Denise Tilbury, who married Jeffrey Attig.
- Edward (Ted) James (1923-2005). Edward was born 14 Mar 1923 in Manila, Philippines. Edward married Gwen Pettijean and died 3 Mar 2005 in Victoria, BC. Canada.
This information is also provided at Augustus William (1852-1902).
George Herbert died 12 Nov 1938 in Portland, Oregon. Florence lived until Jul 1962 and died in Glendale, California.
James Tilbury (1881-1972)
James was born 13 Oct 1881 at 10 Forest View, Southampton. He married Winifred Warn (1888-1909) on 2 Oct 1909 at St.Barnabas Ch., Southampton and died Jun 1972 in Dallas, Texas.
Winifred was born 8 Jun 1888, Southampton and died Oct 1984, Texas. Winifred's father is unknown; her mother was Annie Warn (ca1849-). In the 1901 Census Winifred's mother Annie (widow, 52, born Hants., Cowes) was running a boarding house at 92 Above Bar St, All Saints, Hampshire. She had seven boarders, including the Consul of Venezuela and the Consul of Spain, four servants and Winifred (13, born Southampton) residing in the house at the time of the census.
James led a varied and colourful life. In 1963 he completed an autobiography of his life.
James and Winfred had five children:
- Dorothy Margret Tilbury b: Jun 1911 at Vancouver, Canada. Married Laurence Heath before 1942 and had 2 sons3 and a daughter, Sandra Heath.
- Freda Joan Tilbury b: 12 Apr 1914 at Southampton, England d: 23 Apr 1999 Dallas, Texas. Married Leroy Dermont III Nutter b: 18 Sep 1904 d: May 1984 Illinois. Had 3 sons.3
- Winifred Betty Tilbury b: 30 Dec 1915 at Philadelphia, Pa. d: Oct 1984 at Dallas, Texas. Married Albert E. Bycroft b: 6 Jun 1888. 3 children: Pamela Bycroft, who married ? Wetherill; Roger Bycroft, and a son.3
Edward (Ted) (1883-1929)
- Birth 1883? Edward Tilbury
The Tilbury Family Bible records Edward (Ted) Tilbury's birth as 5 Feb 1883 at 10 Forest View, Southampton. His birth certificate is an incomplete photocopy of an extract but it shows the birth was registered by his father six years later, on 4 Mar 1889. In the intervening years the family had moved from 10 Forest View to 6 Forest View.
Edward married Geneviève Capy (1897-1987) in Jun 1920. Geneviève was born 4 Oct 1897 and died 18 Feb 1987 in Rouen, France.
Edward and Geneviève had five children, all born and raised in France:
- Dorothy Tilbury b: 7 May 1921, married Daniel Decroix 27 Dec 1946.
- Jeanine Tilbury b: 31 May 1922, married William Armstrong 10 May 1948.
- Francis Tilbury b: 18 Aug 1925 d: 8 Jan 1994. Married Constance Grococ, then Chantal Grangé
- Robert Tilbury b: 30 Mar 1927, married Monique Charrier b: 14 Jan 1929 m: 30 Jun 1954. Had 4 children:
- Sabine Tilbury b: 19 May 1955 Laval France, married Philip Bovet b: 26 Mar 1949.
- Florence Tilbury b: 30 Sep 1958 Rochester, NY USA, married José Delamadeleine b: 8 Jun 1953
- Eric Tilbury b: 27 Sep 1960 Montclair, NJ USA
- Helen Tilbury b: 6 Feb 1964 Montclair, NJ, married Gilles Abravanel b: 9 Dec 1957 and had 2 children.
- Edward (Ted) Tilbury b: 14 Jul 1929 d: 28 Apr 2008, married Beryl J. L. James b: 5 Jun 1933.
Edward died 29 May 1929 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Eleanor Jane Tilbury (1884-1973)
Charles Edward (1886-1955)
Charles Edward was born 1 Apr 1886, Southampton, England and died 31 Jul 1955 in Santa Monica, California. He married Sheila Graham 3 Nov 1921 at All Saints, Church of England, Blackheath, London.
Charles and Sheila had one son, unusual in those times:
- Charles Graham Tilbury, who married Sally Colburn and had three daughters:
- Theresa (Terry)
- Margaret (Peggy)
Charles attended Winchester School as a child in Southampton on a scholarship and was accepted as a chorister. He was preceeded by two brothers, George (Fred) and James (Jim). He replaced his brother Jim, who had sung from age 9 to 16. When a choirboy's voice changed he was released. Thus, there was a Tilbury in Winchester Cathedral choir from 1882 to 1902, 20 years. Three other brothers, Edward (Ted), Augustus (Gus) and Ernest were choristers in the Winchester College Chapel choir as well from 1892 to 1904, a total of 12 years. Charles sang a solo before the elderly Queen Victoria in concert in approximately 1900.
1901. Charles (15, born Southampton) was boarding, along with 14 other boarders, at 27 & 28 Colebrook St, Winchester.
1904. At the age of 18 Charles set off for South America where he worked as a clerk in the goldmines of Minigeras (sp?), a few miles out of Rio. From there he went to Philadelphia where his brother Edward (Ted) found him a job in the travel department of a Philadelphia newspaper. He was later with Raymond and Whitcomb.
1910. Charles travelled to America from Brazil. Later he served in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I and was stationed in France. For this service he received his American citizenship.
1923. Charles moved to the Los Angeles area with his young wife Sheila, settling in Southern California.
1925. Son Charles Graham (Graham) was born. In business life he became known as "Chuck".
Charles owned and established "Biltmore Travel" in the new Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. His offices were off the lobby. He later opened offices in Beverly Hills on little Santa Monica Blvd., as well as one in the El Mirador Hotel in Palm Springs, California, "during the season". These offices closed.
1936. Charles specialized in deluxe travel for some of the wealthiest Southern California families, much of it before the beginnings of air travel. He specialized in steamship travel, making the Atlantic crossing himself numerous times as well as to the Orient. One of his most successful promotions was the organization of a tour group, which was to have attended the coronation of the Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII. Unfortunately the Duke of Windsor abdicated, the Coronation was rescheduled and after volumes of paperwork, the group of 30 clients sailed from New York and attended the coronation of George V in 1936 instead. The tour was a great success. Sheila joined the group later in Paris and they returned aboard the Normandy.
1939. Charles opened Beverly Hills Travel in the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills.
1941. World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 marked the end of the leisure travel business as Charles had known it. Discretionary travel came to a standstill. Charles disbanded his offices and became the Night Manager of the Beverly Hills Hotel and maintained a desk in the lobby during this period.
1945. After the war was over Charles reopened the agency. He had retained his appointments with the steamship and airline companies under the name "Beverly Hills Travel". His son "Chuck" worked for him part-time while in college and upon his graduation from Loyola University, Los Angeles in 1950 he joined his father full-time at the lobby desk with two chairs.
Charles remained in this office until his death in 1955. As partners they opened an office in the arcade area of the hotel with two desks. Chuck (Graham) retained the Hotel Office until 1983. By then there were five branches of the agency. For 44 years there was an office of Beverly Hills Travel in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
?1972. The first branch office was opened on Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills and the rest is history. Beverly Hills Travel became a California Corporation in 1965 [1975?], with Chuck as President.
1986. The corporation was sold to Maritz Travel Company, St. Louis, Missouri. Chuck stayed on as Vice President until 1990, at which time the agency had over 200 employees. (See Chuck's bio) [??]
One of the pleasures of Charles' later life was the birth of his first granddaughter, Terry, and his second, Peggy. He was a doting grandfather. Unfortunately, he died one year before meeting his third granddaughter, Mary. Nor did he know his six great-grandchildren, Jessica McNulty, Justin McNulty, Elizabeth Orr, John Orr, Simon Levy or Jane Levy.
Charles could never have dreamed the agency he began - a travel business with one desk - would, though interrupted by war, someday become the premier agency in Southern California, with five offices and 200 employees. Charles was an elegant and dapper gentleman. He is remembered with great fondness by his wife, son, daughter-in-law and his eldest grandaughter.
[Sources: 1993. Sally Tilbury (daughter-in-law), Sheila Tilbury (Charles' widow), James Tilbury's autobiography]
1887. Augustus was born 5 Mar 1887 at 6 Forest View, Southhampton, the sixth son and 14th child of Edward and Esther. He was Killed In Action on 8 Jun 1917 in France and is buried at the Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, Grave I.I.1.6
[The following information was provided by Winchester College]
1896. Augustus (8) was admitted to Winchester College as a quirister on 28 Apr and left 4 Apr 1903. He and brothers Edward and Ernest were all quiristers (younger boys who sing in the chapel choir) at the College.
1901. The Census lists Augustus (13) and his brother Ernest (12) as boarders at 64/3 Kingsgate St, Winchester. This address was Quirister House, a boarding house of Winchester College. There were 16 students in the house ranging in age from 10 to 15, all choristers. They were under the care of schoolmaster Edward C.Williams (37) and his family: wife Louisa Alice (37) and sons Kenneth (9), Lionel (7) and Donovan (1), as well as a matron and a nurse. Quirister House was also a school for the boarders and for a few day-boys who attended for lessons. Today the College's quiristers still live in Quirister House but attend a nearby prep-school for lessons. In the period of the Tilbury boys attendance at the College, the boys also helped serve food and clear tables in the main dining hall and had some of their meals there.6
Winchester College had 2488 members of its community serve in the armed forces during WWI. 513 died, serving predominantly in the army. The total number of boys in the school, in each year between 1914 and 1918, was no more than 450. Effectively, Winchester College lost a generation of young men to the Great War.
1914. At the outbreak of war Augustus was in America, but returned home immediately and enlisted in the 1st Hampshire Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery. He afterwards gained a commission, being gazetted 2nd Lieutenant from 5th September 1915. He served initially with a London Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery but for many months before his death was with a Heavy Trench Mortar Battery, RFA.
1917. Augustus first served in France, entering the war on 14 Apr. His address was recorded as Portman House, Omdurman Rd, Southampton. He was Killed In Action two months later on 8 Jun 1917 at Bullecourt France, during action on the Hindenburg Line. At the time he was a 2nd Lieutenant (Acting Captain). He lies in grave I.I.1 of the Mory Abbey Military Cemetery and is commemorated on his parents’ grave in Southampton Old Cemetery.6
Augustus was a bachelor, his parents were deceased and his eldest brother was abroad. His next-of-kin was listed as sister, Miss S. Tilbury, Municipal Buildings, Johannesburg, S.Africa. He died intestate, with an estate of £205.10.2.
1919. On 25 Oct the War Office sent correspondence with the wish of the Army Council, on behalf of H.M. Government, that the next-of-kin of all officers and men who had fallen in the defence of their country should receive a plaque and scroll, bearing the name and regiment, as a memorial of their patriotism and sacrifice. The initial notice was sent to E.F. Tilbury, 34 Portland Terrace, Southampton. On 10 Dec the notice was sent to T.G.E. Tilbury Esquire, 132 Berea Rd, Durban, Natal, S.Africa.
1920. On 29 Jan the same notice and a reminder were sent to E.F. Tilbury, 34 Portland Terrace, Southampton. On 16 Sep the notice was sent to Augustus' sister Miss D.G. Tilbury, c/o Mrs Henry Browning, Hoplands, Kingsomborne, Nr. Stockbridge, Hants., where it finally met with success. On 21 Sep a reply was received from Dorothy (sent 16 Sep), address as above but permanent address stated as c/o Mrs Prince, 77 Livingstone Rd, Southampton, Hants. Dorothy stated that she had been granted Letters of Administration for the settlement of her brother's affairs. All her brothers and sisters were abroad in Africa, the Phillipines and America and she planned to be going abroad in a few months time. The War Office had mistakenly stated Augustus' middle name as William (probably a coincidence that Augustus' uncle was named Augustus William?), which Dorothy corrected.
The following may be a transcript of the scroll that was received from the Army Council7:
Ernest Faulkner (1889-1942)
- Birth 1889 Ernest Falkner Tilbury
- Marriage 1924 Ernest Faulkner Tilbury, Helen Grace Mason
Ernest Faulkner was born 20 Jan 1889 at 6 Forest View, Southampton. Ernest's birth certificate names him as Ernest "Falkner" and records his mother's maiden name as Falkner. His marriage certificate names him as Ernest Faulkner.
1898. Ernest (9) entered Winchester College as a quirister (young students who sing in the chapel choir). He and older brothers Edward and Augustus all attended Winchester College as quiristers.
1901. The Census lists Ernest Faulkner (12) and Augustus (13) as two of 16 boarders at 64/3 Kingsgate St, Winchester, which is in fact Quirister House, a boarding house for Winchester College's quiristers and in that period, also a school for the boarders and for a few day-boys. Today the quiristers attend a nearby prep-school for lessons. For more information about the Tilbury boys at Winchester College please read the section above on Augustus (1887-1917).
1924. Ernest married Helen Grace Mason (1904-1986) on 9 Aug 1924 in Paris. Helen was born 3 Jun 1904 in Pasadena, California.
Ernest and Helen had four children:
- Edward (Ted) Mason Tilbury b: 1925 at Colorado. Married Constance Warren at Altadena, California d: 2001 Bakersfield, Ca. Two children: Tyler Tilbury and Margo Tilbury
- Gordon Melville Tilbury b: 26 Jan 1928 at Colorado d: 15 Sep 1993 at Gui Lin, China. Married Marion Reeves at Pasadena, California and had two children: Victoria Ann Tilbury and Michael Gordon Tilbury. His second wife was Sarah Sue, whom he married at Newport Beach, California.
- Norman Tilbury b: 25 Aug 1933 at Altadena. He married Janice Colleen Wiese (born 7 Jan 1937 at Jamestown, N. Dakota) on 3 Sep 1955 at Phoenix, Arizona. They had 3 children:
- Dana Kristen Tilbury b: 6 Jun 1962
- Tara Colleen Tilbury b: 29 Jan 1963
- Allison Tilbury b: 29 Oct 1964 at Berkeley, California, married Terrence Andrew Harker (b: 15 Sep 1964 at Redondo Beach, Ca.) on 7 Jul 1986 in Berkeley, Ca. They had two children: Briana Kristen Harker b: 11 Jul 1986 and Whitney Mason Harker b: 11 Jul 1986
- David Tilbury b: 11 Nov 1937 at Arcadia, California, married Christine Murakishi (b: 1951 at Hawaii) on 12 Mar 1978 at Berkeley, Ca. and had a son, Edward Fallkner Tilbury b: 8 Dec 1978. David married 2nd wife Mei Siau Lahn Tang (b: 1 Feb 1972 at Singapore) on 21 Dec 1990 at Reno, Nevada. Died 30 Jun 2015.
Ernest died 28 Mar 1942 in Altadena, California. Helen was to live for another 44 years, dying in Califonia.
Sydney Tilbury (1890-1900)
Dorothy Grace Tilbury (1893-)
Dorothy married Owen Hooper. They had two sons:
- Anthony Hooper status unknown in Britain - was mentally disabled after serving in British Army against Japanese in WWII. Last residence Bransgore, Hants., England.
- John Hooper in S.Africa
- Florence (Betty) (1914-) was born 28 Jun 1914 Southampton, Hants. She married Oliver Barstow on 10 Nov 1938 at Ojai, California. They had two children:
 Source Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Byecroft. 144 Beacon Lane. Jupiter Inlet Colony; Florida 33458, phone (407) 746 7364.
 Photos provided by Susan Hawley, great-granddaughter of Augustus William
 Information from James Tilbury's autobiography
 Photos provided by April Boothe, great-granddaughter of James Tilbury
 Photos provided by David Tilbury, Oregon
 Photos and information provided by Winchester College at War
 ? Army Council (provided by David Tilbury of Oregon)