Gertrude Winifred HARDING[1]

Female 1880 - 1962  (82 years)


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  • Name Gertrude Winifred HARDING 
    Born 1880 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1962  Redruth District Q2 Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I359  Gayford 4
    Last Modified 22 May 2017 

    Family Ernest Arthur Byron GAYFORD,   b. 1878, Kensington District Q4 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1959, Brighton District Q4 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 1902  Kensington District Q2 Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Vol 1a / page 239
    Children 
     1. Ursula Louise GAYFORD,   b. 31 Jan 1903, Paddington District Q1 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1987, Camborne-Redruth District Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Sybil Esperansa GAYFORD,   b. 1907, Stenying District Q1 Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Diana Naomi GAYFORD,   b. 7 Feb 1916, St George Hanover Square Q1 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1999, Chiltern District Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 15 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F094  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • (Taken from www.cleugh.com about the Harding Family.)

      Edward and Amy Harding were a typical upper middle class English family of the late 19th Century. He had a business in the City, 'Toplis & Harding' and Amy was a devoted wife. They had two children: a very handsome son, Graham and an exceedingly plain daughter, Gertrude.

      One summer they took a house, as was customary, at Frinton; the family who had taken the neighbouring house were none other than the Count and Countess Maximilian Hollender. With them were their two sons Vivian and Bertie, aged twenty-two and twenty respectively and their daughter Dorothea 'Dolly' who was seventeen years old.

      Inevitably the two families became acquainted and an invitation to take tea at the Hollender house was shortly proffered and accepted. Dolly had spent almost every day at the garden gate and had been finally rewarded when she caught sight of Graham striding towards her, immaculately attired for a game of cricket. Over six foot, blonde and with bright blue eyes… Dolly fell instantly in love!

      The tea party was a great success and, cordial relations having been established between the two houses, Dolly was able to, more or less discreetly, persue her heart's desire.

      Only a few months later Ted Harding had a fatal heart attack and Graham found himself head of his father's firm at the age of only twenty-six. To his great dismay he discovered that the firm was practically bankrupt, not as a result of unsuccessful business practice but, rather, to Ted's inability to match his spending to his income. Ted Harding had always lived comfortably, entertained lavishly, kept a carriage and pair and rarely missed a race meeting.

      After carefully considering the situation Graham reached a daring conclusion. He would marry Dolly Hollender, borrow £2000 from his future father-in-law and put the company back on its feet. He achieved all his objectives.

      Graham's sister Gertrude married Ernest Gayford and duly produced three daughters, Ursula, Sybil and Diana. Where her mother was plain, Ursula grew up to be a beautiful young woman and married a very successful, very rich, advertising photographer, Jack Blake, but they had no children.

      Sybil (who for reasons nobody knows was always called 'Boosie' - yet she didn't drink!) married Aubrey Pyke. They were a large, colourful and vivacious couple known for their culinary prowess, producing the most exquisite meals… but no children!

      The third daughter Diana married Charles Chabot – related to the famous aviator Chabot; they had one son. But he too has no children so it is only through Graham Harding that the family line continues.

      Graham & Dorothea Harding
    • 1902
      MARRIAGE
      Kensington Registration District - Jun QTR - Vol 1a Page 239


  • Sources 
    1. [S5313] GRO Marriage Index.

    2. [S5349] GRO Death Index.