My grandfather, Jack commenced studying medicine at Guys Hospital, but had to give up because he had such poor eyesight. He also suffered from asthma. When he was about 20, he went to British Guiana for a while where he had a position as an overseer on a sugar plantation. In 1898, he left England and went to live in New Zealand. At first he worked on a farm near Wanganui and later had his own farm in the Manawatu region.
In 1906 Mary also left London and went out to New Zealand to live with Jack. Jack married Beatrice Annie Hallett (Bee) in 1908. Her family had come out to New Zealand around 1850 and had settled in Hawkes Bay. Jack and Bee had two daughter, Kathleen Mary (Molly) and Caroline Margaret (Peggy). Jack had inherited his father’s charm and wit, but unfortunately was also hopeless with money. Over the years, he inherited, at various times, some quite substantial amounts, but just couldn’t keep it. When he died in 1938, his farm had to be sold to pay for debts.
Mary lived the rest of her days with Jack, Bee and their two daughters on the farm in the Pohangina Valley in the Manawatu region of New Zealand. She did, however, see her sister, Fanny, again. Fanny’s two children, Oswald and Hilda both lived in New Zealand and when Fanny and Kenric visited them, would also stay with Mary and her family. Kenric eventually retired to New Zealand and lived with Hilda, but died in South Africa while on one of his frequent travels. Mary died in 1918 and is buried in the Terrace End Cemetary in Palmerston North.
In 1926, Jack was advised by his doctor to move north and nearer the sea as it would help his asthma.