The Henwood Family

Bertram Howard Henwood

Birth: 24 September 1899, in Rusapi, Southern Rhodesia

Father: William Darcy Henwood

Mother: Annie Maria Louisa (Tyzack) Henwood

Education: St Charles College, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, Marist Bros., Johannesburg, Transvaal and S.E. Agricultural College (London University)

Married: Elizabeth Muriel Biddlecombe on 7 September 1922 in St Pauls Church, Durban, Natal, South Africa
Bertram Howard Henwood is recorded as a bachelor, aged 22. He is a farmer, resident at Beaulieu, Besters, Natal. Elizabeth Muriel Biddlecombe is recorded as a spinster, aged 29, resident at Swinesleys, Beaulieu, Hant. England. The marriage was performed by S. O'Conner Fenton, vicar of St Paul's, Durban, and witnessed by J. B. English and M. E. Henwood.

Elizabeth was born in 1893 in Beaulieu, Hampshire, England, the daughter of Samuel Suffield Biddlecombe and Alice Matilda Read.
Census:
1901: Boldre, Hampshire: Elizabeth M. Biddlecombe, daughter, is aged 8, born in Beaulieu, Hampshire
1911: Beaulieu, Hampshire: Elizabeth Muriel Biddlecombe is aged 18, born in Beaulieu, Hampshire

Occupation: Stud Farmer and Politician
Bertram spent eight years on the Pietermaritzburg City Council, then eight years on the Natal Provincial Council before being elected Member of Parliament for Pietermaritzburg in 1948, representing the United Party. He was returned unopposed in 1953, and re-elected in 1958.

He was also the owner of the "Bewley" stud of horses (although earlier the farm is referred to as "Beaulieu", named after the birthplace of his wife), Jersey cattle, pigs and Great Dane dogs. He was on the Natal Agricultural Union Executive from 1929 to 1940 and served on Gen. Kemp's Agricultural Board in 1933. He represented Natal on S.A.A.V. and South African Wool Growers' Association and was vice-chairman of the Pig Development Association of South Africa.

Notes:
Bertram served in the First World War, with the Witwatersrand Rifles in German South West Africa in 1914-15, when he was only 15 years old, then with the South African Heavy Artillery 71st Siege Battery in France from 1915-17, and the Royal Flying Corps from 1918-19. Flight Cadet Henwood was granted a temporary commission as 2nd lieutenant (A. & S.) on 17 August 1918 (London Gazette 25 October 1918 p12618), and placed on the unemployed list on 27 September 1919 (London Gazette 24 October 1919 p13029). Bertram also served in the Second World War from 1940-45 with South African Air Force in Egypt, Palestine and Italy.

Bertram was a member of the Victoria Club, Pietermaritzburg Club and City Sporting Club. His recreations were tennis, boxing, rugby and racing.

Wie is wie in Suid-Afrika 1959 pP163-5:
HENWOOD, BERTRAM HOWARD, M.P., b. 24.9.1899 in Rusapi, S. Rhodesia, s.o. late Mr. William Darcy Henwood of Durban.
  Educated at St. Charles College, Pietermaritzburg, Marist Bros. Johannesburg and S.E. Agricultural College (London University). He served in G.S.W.A. in 1914-1915 at the age of 15 years, with the Witwatersrand Rifles, 1915-1917 S.A.H.A., 71 Siege Battery, France, 1918-1919 R.F.C. (Pilot), 1940-1945 S.A.A.F. in Egypt, Palestine and Italy. He was on the Natal Agricultural Union Executive from 1929 to 1940. He served on Gen. Kemp's Agricultural Board in 1933. For years he represented Natal on S.A.A.V. and S.A. Wool Growers' Assn. For years he was vice-chairman of the Pig Development Assn. of S.A., chairman of various Agricultural assns. 1946 Council and Executive N. and E.G. Fresh Milk Producers Union till election as M.P. in 1948 when he resigned because of being in Cape Town most of the year. Eight years on Pietermaritzburg City Council, eight years on Natal Provincial Council. Elected M.P. for Pietermaritzburg in 1948, returned unopposed in 1953, and re-elected in 1958. He is the owner of the 'Bewley" Stud of Horses, Jersey Cattle, Pigs and Great Dane dogs. Winner of hundreds of prizes. He is on the Royal Agricultural Society of Natal and vice-president of Royal Agricultural Society.
  Married 7.9.1922 to Elizabeth Muriel, d.o. Mr. S. S. Biddlecombe of "Beaulieu", Hampshire, England. Three daughters.
  Recreations: Tennis, boxing, rugby and racing
  Clubs: Victoria Club, Pietermaritzburg Club and City Sporting Club
  Address: "Bewley," P.O.Box 626, Pietermaritzburg


Death: 1970

Addresses:
1959:  "Bewley," PO Box 626, Pietermaritzburg   (Wie is wie in Suid-Afrika 1959 p163)

Sources:

Darcy Wilfred Henwood

Birth: 27 August 1902, in Durban, South Africa

Father: William Darcy Henwood

Mother: Annie Maria Louisa (Tyzack) Henwood

Married: Jemima Martin on 15 October 1925 in Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Darcy Wilfred Henwood is recorded as single, aged 23, born in South Africa the son of William Henwood and Amnnie Tyzack. Jemima Martin is recorded as single, aged 24, born in Scotland, the daughter of John Martin and Esther Connolly.

Darcy and Jemima were divorced in 1950, in Duval, Florida, United States.

Jemima was born in 1901, in Scotland, the daughter of John Martin and Esther Connolly.
Census:
1930: Bridgewater, Somerset county, New Jersey: Mima Henwood, boarder, is aged 28, married, born in Scotland. His father and mother were born in Scotland. She immigrated to the United States in 1925.

Occupation: Engineer
Darcy worked for Standard Oil of California (SOCAL) in the 1930's.

Notes:
Darcy arrived in the United States on 26 May 1924, aboard the Tuscania, from Glasgow. Darcy Wilfred Henwood is 21 years old, single, a draughtsman, born in Durban, South Africa and previously resident in Kilmarnock, Scotland. He is described as 5'11" tall, with a pale complexion, fair hair and grey eyes. He has a scar on his forehead. (manifest of the Tuscania 26 May 1924).

Darcy served in the United States army during World War II, enlisting as a private in Philadephia on 13 October 1942. His army serial number was 33340001. His nativity is recorded as "Ascension", born in 1902. The KGB attempted to recruit Darcy. Isaac Folkoff who was the Communist Party of the United States West Coast liaison with Soviet intelligence put Henwood in touch with the San Fransisco office of Soviet intelligence in 1944 and detailed "identificatory particulars" about him was sent by the agent "Kharon" (Grigorij Markovich Kheihets, Soviet Vice-Consul in San Francisco) to "Viktor" (Lt. Gen P. M. Fitin) in Moscow on 5 March 1944. It is unclear whether the recruitment was successful or not, and Darcy continued to live in the United States until his death in 1957.

Death:
24 July 1957, at Highland Park, Dallas, Texas, United States, of lung cancer

Buried: 25 July 1957. Darcy's body was disposed of by the State Anatomical Board, Dallas, Texas.

Census & Addresses:
1930: Bridgewater, Somerset county, New Jersey: Darsay Henwood, boarder, is aged 27, married, born in Africa. His father was born in England, and his mother in the United States. He immigrated to the United States in 1924.
1957: 4545 Belfort Ave, Highland Park, Texas   (death certificate)

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Lillian Violet Henwood

Birth: 8 May 1892, in South Africa

Father: William Darcy Henwood

Mother: Annie Maria Louisa (Tyzack) Henwood

Occupation: Secretary

Death:
6 May 1969, at Retama Manor, Brownsville, Cameron county, Texas, United States, of colon cancer

Buried: 10 May 1969, at Buena Vista Burial Park cemetery, Brownsville, Texas, United States

Census & Addresses:
1930: Roselle, Union county, New Jersey: Lallian V. Henwood, boarder, is aged 37, single, born in South Africa. Her father was born in England, and her mother in New Jersey. She immigrated to the United States in 1928.
1969: 1415 W. Washington Street, Brownsville, Cameron county, Texas   (death certificate)

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William Darcy Henwood

Birth: 1854/5, in England

Father: James Henwood

Mother: Mary (_____) Henwood

Married: Annie Maria Louisa Tyzack on 13 September 1890, privately in Durban, Natal
William Darcy Henwood is recorded as a bachelor, aged 35. He is a transport rider, resident in Durban. Annie Maria Louisa Tyzack is recorded as a spinster, aged 18, resident in Durban. Consent to the marriage was provided by the bride's parents and magistrate's order. The marriage was performed by W. H. Mann, Congregational minister, and witnessed by C. T. Tyzack and Natalie Tyzack.

Children:
Occupation: Transport rider
He is probably the William Henwood referred to in
Natalia 31 "Post Carts in Southern Natal and East Griqualand" pp30-33 (Ken Strachan and Milner Snell2001)
By the early 1870s the mail was being conveyed by post cart, although post was still taken by African runner for many years after the post carts were established. In 1872 a post cart service was established between Pietermartizburg and Richmond by a William Henwood. In 1879 Henwood's service was replaced by one run by J. W. Welch.

Notes:
William emigrated to Natal aboard the Priscilla, arriving in Durban on 16 September 1860. He is recorded as aged 6. Accompanying him were his parents James (33) and Mary (30) and siblings Ellen (9), James (8), Charles (3) and John (infant).

Between 1903 and 1905, William is listed the employer of a number of immigrants from India. His address is listed as Brickfield, Mayville, Durban.

Death: 1906

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