The Pennefather Family

Agnes Theodora Pennefather

Birth: 26 September 1887

Baptism: 9 November 1887, in Rawalpindi, Bengal, India

Father: Robert Forbes Pennefather

Mother: Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennefather

Death: 14 November 1887

Burial: 14 November 1887, in Rawalpindi, Bengal, India

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Bessie Theodora Forbes Pennefather

Doe Pennefather
Bessie Theodora Forbes ("Doe") Pennefather, right, at Hitchin Girls' Grammar School c1910
(click for the full photograph of the boarders which also includes Bessie's cousins, Phyllis Gosnell, back row second from left, and Joan Gosnell, front row second from right)
photograph from "The School on the Hill, a history of Hitchin Girls' Grammar School 1889 to 1989" by Priscilla M. Douglas
Birth: 1896, in Malta

Baptised: 1896, in Malta

Father: Robert Forbes Pennefather

Mother: Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennefather

Death: 8 December 1951

Probate: granted 22 March 1952 to Eric Arthur Forbes Pennefather, sole executor; will dated 2 August 1951

Census:
1901: Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire
1911: Hitchin Girls School, Hitchin, Hertfordshire: Bessie Theodora Pennefather is aged 14

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Constance Aimee Forbes Pennefather
Constance Aimee Forbes Pennefather (1912)
(click for full picture)
photo from Steve Potts

Constance Aimee Forbes (Pennefather) March

Birth: 1894, in Floriana, Malta

Father: Robert Forbes Pennefather

Mother: Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennefather

Occupation: Machinist (1911)

Married: Harry March in 1920, in Portsmouth district, Hampshire, England

Census:
1901: 60 Vernham Road, Plumstead district, London: Constance A. F. Pennefather is aged 6, born in Floriana, Malta (RG13/571 fol 69 p11)
1911: 72 Blackfriars Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire: Constance A. P. Pennefather is aged 16. Occupation: Machinist

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Eileen Forbes Pennefather
Eileen Forbes Pennefather (1912)
photo from Steve Potts
Wedding of Eileen Pennefather and Owen Potts
Marriage of Owen Joseph Potts & Eileen Forbes Pennefather
St Mark's Church, Portsmouth 31st July 1912
L-R Standing – George Potts, Frank Harman, Unknown, Frank Harris, Robert Forbes Pennefather, Jack Pennefather
L-R Seated – Emma Potts, Eric Arthur Forbes Pennefather, Constance Aimee Pennefather, Owen Joseph Potts, Eileen Forbes Pennfather, Edith Potts, Eleanor Alexandra Penefather (nee Gosnell) Joyce Muriel Rait Pennefather
(names taken from typed list attached to the original photograph)
photo from Steve Potts

Eileen Forbes (Pennefather) Potts

Birth: 7 July 1890, on Spike Island, Cork Harbour, county Cork, Ireland

Father: Robert Forbes Pennefather

Mother: Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennefather

Occupation: Shop Assistant (1911)

Married: Owen Joseph Potts on 31 July 1912, at St Mark's Church, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. Owen was born on 25 January 1889 in Havant district, Hampshire, and died on 25 October 1975. He is buried in St Johns Carlton, Nottingham.

Death: 25 June 1928, in Portsmouth district, Hampshire, England

Buried: Portsmouth cemetery, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Census:
1891: Golden Hill Fort, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
1901: 60 Vernham Road, Plumstead district, London: Eileen F. Pennefather is aged 10, born in Spike Island, Cork Harbour, Ireland (RG13/571 fol 69 p11)
1911: 72 Blackfriars Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire: Eileen Forbes Pennefather is aged 20. Occupation: Assisting in Shop

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Eric Arthur Forbes Pennefather
Eric Arthur Forbes Pennefather (1912)
(click for full picture)
photo from Steve Potts

Eric Arthur Forbes Pennefather

Birth: 1899, in Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Father: Robert Forbes Pennefather

Mother: Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennefather

Married: M.M. Payne in 1951 in Lewisham district, London, England

Occupation: Railway Clerk

Death: 1968, in Portsmouth district, Hampshire, England, aged 69

Census & Addresses: 1901: 60 Vernham Road, Plumstead district, London: Eric A. F. Pennefather is aged 2, born in Pimbroke Docks, Wales (RG13/571 fol 69 p11)
1911: The High School, Melksham, Wiltshire: Eric Arthur Forbes Pennefather is aged 12
1940: 22 Ember Farm Way, East Molesey, Surrey (will of Janet Elizabeth Gosnell)

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Gladys Eleanor Forbes Pennefather

Birth: 1889, in Bideford, Devon, England

Father: Robert Forbes Pennefather

Mother: Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennefather

Occupation: Gladys taught history and geography at Hitchin Girls' Grammar School, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, from 1915 until 1920. This was the same school that she had attended as a girl.

Death: 1952, in Hitchin district, Hertfordshire, England, aged 62

Census:
1891: 7 South View Terrace, Bideford, Devon
1901: Grammar School, 11 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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John Lysaght Forbes Pennefather
John Lysaght Forbes Pennefather (1912)
(click for full picture)
photo from Steve Potts
Ethel (Balmer) Pennefather
Ethel (Balmer) Pennefather in 1972
photo from Wendy Kuhl
John Lysaght Forbes Pennefather and Ethel (Balmer) Pennefather
John Lysaght Forbes Pennefather and Ethel (Balmer) Pennefather in the back garden of their home at 22 Frederica Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, in 1947
photo from Wendy Kuhl

John Lysaght Forbes Pennefather

Birth: 1892, in Floriana, Malta

Baptised: 1892, in Malta

Father: Robert Forbes Pennefather

Mother: Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennefather

Married: Ethel Balmer in 1915, in Newcastle upon Tyne district, Northumberland, England.

Occupation: Soldier.
John is listed as a gunner in the Royal Artillery in the 1911 census, and served in Egypt as a Battery Quartermaster Sergeant in the Royal Field Artillery in 1915. John joined the Home Guard in the Second World War serving in the in the 22nd Hampshire Home Guard (2nd SW Post Office), and on 5 April 1939 he was appointed "S" clerk in Bournemouth (Home Guard record 1939, London Gazette 14 April 1939 p2494)) On 30 November 1940 he was appointed C.O. (acting) of the Bournemouth T.M.O. (Home Guard record 1940). In 1942 John was a lieutenant in the 22nd Hampshire Home Guard, which appointment he resigned on 12 August, and on 13 August 1942 he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant on the General List, Infantry (London Gazette 11 September 1942 p4009). John  served in the army as Administration Captain and Quartermaster to the same Home Guard battalion. By becoming part of the regular army his unpaid part-time service would have become full-time paid service.

Notes: known as "Jack"

Census & Addresses:
1901: 60 Vernham Road, Plumstead district, London: John L. F. Pennefather is aged 8, born in Floriana, Malta (RG13/571 fol 69 p11)
1911: 72 Blackfriars Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire: John L. P. Pennefather is aged 18. Occupation: Soldier (Gunner - Royal Artillery)
1947: 22 Fredericka Road, Hampshire   (Wendy Kuhl)

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Joyce Muriel Rait Pennefather
Joyce Muriel Rait Pennefather (1912)
(click for full picture)
photo from Steve Potts

Joyce Muriel Rait (Pennefather) Edwards

Birth: 1902, in Woolwich district, London, England

Father: Robert Forbes Pennefather

Mother: Eleanor Alexandra (Gosnell) Pennefather

Married: Philip H. Edwards in 1947, in Portsmouth district, Hampshire, England

Census:
1911: 72 Blackfriars Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire: Joyce M. R. Pennefather is aged 8. Occupation: School

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Robert Forbes Pennefather
Robert Forbes Pennefather (1912)
(click for full picture)
photo from Steve Potts

Robert Forbes Pennefather

Birth: 11 January 1861, in Kilkenny, county Kilkenny, Ireland

Father: John Pennefather

Mother: Susan (Darlington) Pennefather

Married: Eleanor Alexandra Gosnell on 1 February 1886 in Anerstsar, Bengal, India

Children: Occupation: Sergeant, Royal Artillery. In 1901 his occupation is listed as "Writer Royal Arsenal".

Death: 20 September 1934, in Portsmouth district, Hampshire, England

Buried: Milton cemetery, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Census:
1891: Golden Hill Fort, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
1901: 60 Vernham Road, Plumstead district, London: Robert F. Pennefather is aged 40, born in Kilkenny, Ireland. Occupation: Writer Royal Arsenal (RG13/571 fol 69 p11)
1911: 72 Blackfriars Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire: Robert Forbes Pennefather is aged 50. Occupation: Pensioner (Army)

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