The Markham Family
Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham
19 August 1872, at Church Street,
Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham and Jessie
Irene (Edmondson) Markham on their wedding day in 1913
Elizabeth Susan Chadwick (Kelly) Markham
Irene Edmondson on 4 February 1913 in St Peters parish church,
Benjamin Thomas Kelly Markham is recorded as a bachelor, aged 40. He is a
stock inspector, resident in Isandhlwana, Zululand. Jessie Irene Edmondson
is recorded as a spinster, aged 19, resident in Maritzburg. Consent was
given by C. Edmondson, mother and legal guardian of the bride. The marriage
was witnessed by A E Potterill and A. Edmondson.
Stock Inspector, and later a poultry
Gravestone of Benjamin Thomas Kelly
Markham and Jessie Irene (Edmondson) Markham in Anglican Church of
the Resurrection cemetery, Camperdown, Natal, South Africa
photo by Alta Griffiths at eGGSA
The Hiltonian July 1928 p46
B. T. K.
Markham (Camperdown): —
“As you know, I have been retired from Government service as from
1st January, 1928. I am trying to build up a poultry farm. Hilton
College has a very warm spot in my heart. I hope to send my contribution
along at the end of this month. I met Arthur Hime the other day, after
Benjamin served in World War I. He
was appointed temporary captain in the South African Army Service Corps on
15 July 1916, but with seniority from 1 November 1914 (London Gazette 15 December 1916 p12316).
Benjamin was awarded the Military
Cross on 1 January 1918 (London Gazette 28 December 1917 p53). On 10
April 1919, Benjamin relinquished his temporary commission as a major on
ceasing to be employed, retaining the rank of major (London Gazette 23 April 1920 p4824).
The Hiltonian June 1920 pp32-3
Markham, who was a captain in the Transport Corps throughout the war,
was on active service during the Rebellion, in German South West and in
East Africa. He was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished
services in East Africa. He is, now living at Camperdown, being Stock
Inspector for that district.
14 December 1950, in Camperdown,
Natal, South Africa
Anglican Church of the Resurrection
cemetery, Camperdown, Natal, South Africa
The gravestone reads:
In Loving Memory Of / Benjamin Thomas Kelly
Markham M.C. / dearly loved husband of Irene / passed
peacefully away at Camperdown / 14th December 1950 / Aged 78 Years. / His duty nobly done /
Jessie Irene Markham / passed peacefully away on / 27th June 1982 - Aged
89 Years / fondly remembered by Hazel and Jess and their Families / Rest
Margaret Hazel Irene (Markham) Massingham
Irene (Edmondson) Markham
Thomas Frederick Blake Massingham
on 26 August 1939 in St Peters, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Thomas Frederick Blake Massingham is recorded as a bachelor, aged 28, born
in Trans. He is a clerk, resident at 20 Leighton St, Pietermaritzburg.
Margaret Hazel Irene Markham is recorded as a spinster, aged 25, born in
Zululand. She is a clerk, resident at Y.W.C.A., Pietermaritzburg. The
marriage was witnessed by E. M. Massingham and BTK Markham.
Thomas was born in 1910/11, in the Transvaal, South Africa, the son of
Frederick James Massingham and Elise Maud Young. He was Clerk of the Natal
Provincial Council. Thomas died in 1977.
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