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Alice BACKSHALL (1875-1957)




Spouse: Thomas PENFOLD, BR: Mabel, Alice, Thomas FR: Ivy, Alice

1 Alice Maud BACKSHALL (1875-1957) [47].

Born 3 Dec 1875, Ardingly, Sussex, England. Marr Thomas PENFOLD 13 Apr 1895, Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. Died 4 Dec 1957, Brighton, Sussex, England.

Sp. Thomas PENFOLD (1871-1959) [46], son of Thomas PENFOLD (1841-1903) [24] and Mary WILLIE (1847-1905) [27].

1.1 Stephen Bertrand PENFOLD (1896-1959) [64].

Born 11 Feb 1896, Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. Marr Hilda Emily LONGHURST 23 Feb 1916, Cuckfield, Sussex, England. Died 4 Mar 1959, East Dulwich, London, England. Buried Camberwell New Cemetery Grave 10983 Square 80.





(hand written in ink: September 14th 1912)

The annual prize meeting of “A” (Haywards Heath) Company 4th Battalion

Royal Sussex Regiment took place on Saturday at the Wellcombe Bottom Range, Hurstpierpoint. The light was fairly good at the shorter ranges, but bad at the 600 yards distance. The wind was steady during the morning, but became changeable during the afternoon. There were about 40 competitors. The Committee responsible for the arrangements were: - President, Major

L.C.R.Messel; Vice-Presidents, Lieutenant J.R.Warren, Second-Lieutenants S.K.

Reid and R.S.L. Worsley; Colour-Sergeant- Instructor Page, Colour-Sergeant Rapley, Sergeants Mitchell and Knight, Lance-Sergeant Giles, Corporals Weller, Kimber and Abbott, Lance-Corporals Upton, Stevens and Newman, Privates Rowland, Brooks and Anscombe. Scores: -

First (Officers’) Competition.

For members who have never won a prize over ten shillings at any rifle meeting, and recruits. Seven shots at 200 yards.

Pte. P.Rich 29 Pte. T.Pranklin 23

Pte. W.Squires 28 Pte. A.Farrow 22

Pte. J.Millyard 28 Pte. E.Knight 21

Pte. R.Ellis 25 Pte. C.Burt 21

Pte. F.Anscombe 24 Pte. D.Pattenden 21

Pte. A.Cook 24 Pte. S.Penfold 20

Pte. C.Lindup 23 Pte. R.Wilson 20

Lance-Corporal F.Newman, Privates F.Willey, F.Leney, E.King, A.Hygate, A.Awcock, F.Beard, R.Gibson, J.W.Webber, and A.Talmey also competed.

Second (Loder’s Challenge Cup) Competition. Seven shots at 200, 500, and 600 yards.

200 500 600

yds. yds. yds. Tl.

Col.-Sergt.-Inst.Page 35 32 29 96

Cpl. G.Weller 31 32 29 92

Pte. C.Rowland 33 33 24 90

Sergt. V.Giles 33 31 25 89

Pte. F.Brooks 34 27 18 79

Pte. M.Anscombe 29 28 21 78

Pte. S.Penfold 20 26 25 71

Pte. G.Baker 24 30 16 70

Cpl. A.Abbott 30 27 11 68

Pte. J.Millyard 28 21 14 63

Pte. P.Rich 29 22 12 63

Pte. W.Squires 28 16 18 62

Pte. F.Anscombe 24 27 10 61

Lce.-Cpl.H.Upton 26 15 19 60

Pte. L. Rowland 19 27 13 59

Pte. C.Burt 21 28 10 59

Pte. D.Pattenden 21 20 9 50

Sergt. A.Mitchell 29 17 4 50

Pte. R.Wilson 20 23 6 49

Pte. H.White 23 15 7 45

Also competed: - Private A.Cook, 43; Private

A.Farrow, 43; Private A.Sayers, 41; Colour-

Sergeant Rapley, 37; Lance-Corporal Newman,

34; Private S.Burt, 32; Private A.Hygate 30;

Private E.Knight 28; Private R.Ellis, 25;

Private Webber, 24; Private C. Lindup, 23;

Private E.King, 23; Private T. Pranklin, 23;

Private F.Beard, 20; Private F.Leney, 20;

Private A.Awcock, 18; Private R.Gibson, 17;

Private F.Willey, 16; and Private A.Talmey, 9.

Third (Drill) Competition.

Seven shots at 200 and 500 yards.

200 500 Drill Camp Tl.

yds. yds. Pts. Pts. Pts.

Cpl. A.Abbott 29 31 22 10 92

Cpl. G.Weller 32 30 19 10 91

Lce.-Sergt. Giles 31 30 17 10 88

Col.-Sergt.-Inst. Page 31 29 12 10 82

Pte. C.Rowland 27 32 16 0 75

Pte. G.Baker 25 27 11 10 73

Pte. J.Millyard 26 26 10 10 72

Pte. F.Brooks 28 23 10 10 71

Pte. P.A.Rich 30 21 10 10 71

Pte. R.W.L. Wilson 27 23 10 10 70

Pte. A.Sayers 23 23 14 10 70

Pte. C.Lindup 24 25 10 10 69

Pte. A.Cook 29 9 21 10 69

Pte. C.Burt 21 24 13 10 68

Pte. H.White 27 16 15 10 68

Pte. D.Pattenden 22 22 12 10 66

Col.-Sergt. G.Rapley 24 22 12 10 66

Pte. F.Anscombe 28 15 10 10 63

Pte. E. King 18 23 11 10 62

Pte. M. Anscombe 32 8 10 10 60

There also competed: - Private R.Ellis, 59;

Lance-Corporal Upton, 58; Private Pranklin, 58;

Private E. Knight, 57; Sergeant Mitchell, 56;

Private S.Burt, 56; Private Penfold, 51; Private

Hygate, 51; Private F.Willey, 50; Private W.

Squires, 48; Private Awcock, 48; Lance-Corporal

Newman, 46; Private Farrow, 45; Private Leney,

45; Private L.Rowland, 42; Private F.Beard,

38; Private Talmey, 36; Private Webber, 35; and

Private Gibson, 31.


30 May 1918 -

Sussex Daily ? –




At the East Grinstead Police Court, yesterday, before Mr. C. Holmden (in the chair) and MR. E.O. Wood, Private Victor Gatenvy, R.F.A., stationed at Forest Row, was charged with stealing a bicycle, a leather handbag and contents, and a waterproof cape at Forest Row on 28th May, the property of Stephen Bert Penfold, North-road, Tunbridge Wells.

Prosecutor, a discharged soldier wearing a wound stripe, said he was an assistant superintendent for an Insurance Company. On 28th May he cycled to Forest Row and left his machine outside a house about 10.15 a.m. A leather bag containing his dinner and some papers, also a waterproof cape, were on the cycle. He was in the house about 10 minutes and then found the cycle had disappeared. He identified the cycle, bag and cape produced, and valued them at £9.

George W.Dawe, 131, West-street, East Grinstead, motor driver, said that on 28th May about 2.15 p.m. he was driving along London-road towards Blindley Heath and gave Police-Sergeant Short a ride. The latter spoke to him about a lost bicycle. He dropped the Sergeant near Blindley Heath Church. As witness was returning to East Grinstead with his car he saw prisoner coming towards him. There was another car in the road and witness manoeuvred the car he was driving in such a way as to prevent the cyclist passing. He then called to the solider and told him he wanted to speak to him. In reply to witness’s question as to where he got the cycle the man said he took it with the intention of sending it back to the owner, whose address he had. Subsequently, on being told the owner was a discharge soldier, the man agreed to accompany witness in the car to the owner’s address, and with assistance witness put the cycle in the back of the car and drove to North End, where, much to the soldier’s surprise, he was handed over to P.C. Sinden. The bag was not attached to the cycle at that time.


P.S. Short (Forest Row) said it appeared the cyclist left then London-road, taking to the Lingfield-road, and entered the London-road again some distance down. In this way the car, which kept to the London-road overrode the cyclist. Witness returned later, and found the bag about half a mile beyond Felbridge. The food was missing, and some papers, but these were afterwards found on prisoner.

Accused pleaded guilty, and elected to be dealt with summarily. He made a statement to the effect that he was walking from Forest Row to East Grinstead when he saw the cycle. He passed it and re-passed it several times, and subsequently took it with the intention of returning it.

Lieutenant James Willliam Neylor, R.F.A., attended on behalf of the military authorities, and said the man was reported absent at 9 a.m. on 28th May. Previous to then offence he was in hospital, but witness could not say what was the matter with him. The military authorities did not want him back, as he was useless to them.

Superintendent Bristow produced a paper which was found on the prisoner, which showed that he had been in the Navy and after a long list of offences, he had been discharged as not wanted any longer.

The Chairman said prisoner would be sentenced to one month’s hard labour.

Addressing Dawe, the Chairman said they wished to commend him very highly for his smartness.


Sp. Hilda Emily LONGHURST (1894-1953) [65].

1.1.1 Colin Bertrand PENFOLD (1925-1973) [97].

Born 14 Jun 1925, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. Died 30 Jun 1973, Beckenham, Kent, England.

The South London Advertiser – Friday, October 17th 1947 PENFOLD-PENNYFATHER

The marriage was solemnised at St.Barnabas’ Church, Dulwich, on Saturday, of

Miss Emily Louisa Pennyfather, of 282, Lordship Lane, and Mr. Colin Bertrand

Penfold, only son of Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Penfold, of 282, Lordship Lane. The service was fully choral. Given away by Mr. S.B.Penfold, the bride was dressed in white satin, with veil and orange blossom headdress. Her bouquet was of pink

carnations, which were later sent to the Children’s Ward of the King’s College

Hospital. Attending the bride were the Misses Joan and Betty Blackwell, who were dressed in pale blue organdie, with headdresses to match. They carried bronze chrysanthemums. The bridegroom’s mother wore cinnamon brown. Mr. G.Tiller performed the duties of best man. A reception was held at St. Barnabas’ Hall and at 282, Lordship Lane. For the honeymoon journey to Devon the

bride wore a green dress with a grey coat and brown accessories.”


Sp. (unknown).

1.2 Alice May PENFOLD (1897-1982) [66].

Born 27 Mar 1897, Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. Marr Frederick Charles 'Carlo' LAWRENCE 9 Jun 1924, Arundel, Sussex, England. Died 1 Nov 1982, Arundel, Sussex, England.1

Known as "Aunt Ally"


Evening Argus: 27th September 1956


In a four-roomed, two-storey Lilliputian house on the bank of the swiftly flowing river at Arundel live Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Lawrence, aged 52 and 59.

The house is the smallest in Sussex. The front door is only 4ft. 9in. high.

Although there are two steps down into the kitchen, I had to develop round shoulders to stop cracking my head against the 6ft. ceiling, writes our reporter.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence chuckled at my plight. For the past 32 years they have never envied tall people.

If they were more than average height, life in their quaint home would long since have become intolerably uncomfortable.

And they might have decided against buying their ideal home for £200 from the Duke of Norfolk.

"It was a bargain" said Mr. Lawrence, 5ft 7in. jobbing builder.

His wife Alice showed me two fading snaps of the cottage, which looked even more like a dolls house before he replaced the weatherboards with cement.

Mrs. Lawrence does not have to go outside to pump water. She just turns a tap, the same as any other housewife.

But that is about the only modern gimmick. The couple want to retain the old-world character of their home, and evenings are spent in the light of paraffin lamps.

"I would not like to have a modern house with all those gadgets." smiled Mrs. Lawrence. "I want to do a bit of work around the home."

The couple know that the house dates back to at least the 18th century. Its true age, however, is a mystery to them.

"We scraped newspapers dated 1807 off the walls when we first came here" said Mrs. Lawrence.

"I have read a lot of books about Arundel, but I have never discovered anything about the history of the house."

They have proof of one fact: that their home was originally two cottages kocked into one. For it has two tiny spiral staircases to the bedrooms, about 6ft. from ground-level.

The eaves are a mere 9ft. above the front pathway. Standing on tip-toe, I could almost peer through the bedroom windows.

Inside the rooms, occupying most of the roof space, the beds are higher than the diminutive oblong window-frames.

In times of sickness, Mrs. Lawrence finds this a great boon. Desolate hours are filled with interest looking down through the windows at the passing parade of Arundel life.

Many are the visitors to this midget house. It is like stepping into the pages of "Gulliver's Travels"

Such is the fascination that the often-repeated warning "duck" is only painfully remembered when head smites timber.

Tradesmen, too, have their problems. The coalman 6ft. 3in. giant, got fed-up having to get on his knees to cart in his sacks. So now he sends his mate. "He's a little bit shorter." laughed Mr. Lawrence.


Sp. Frederick Charles 'Carlo' LAWRENCE (1902-1983) [67].

Putting first things first

Frederick Carlo Lawrence, cashier at Arundel's Mill Road putting green, who lives with his wife Alice in an ancient cottage in Stonemasones Yard, Arundel, was born at Orchard Place and went to school at Philip Neri.

He remembers happy days of childhood playing the Park. None of the children was out of trouble, he told me. The only trouble he remembers getting into was after he got home, and that chiefly through his mother having to mend his trousers rather too often for her liking.

When he left school there was plenty of work to be found and Fred started at Constable's brewery doing general work. After a few months he and the other lads decided to ask the manager, Mr. Pocock, for higher wages. To their surprise this was instantly granted. Encouraged by this success, only a fortnight passed before they went again with the same request and once more carried the day. With hopes still high they soon applied for yet another rise. "But this time," said Fred wryly "Mr. Pocock wouldn't play."

So the boys sought their fortunes elsewhere, and Fred worked for a local firm of wood merchants making pegs for the army. Next he went for a short spell to Dick Hull's butchery in The Square; and then on to the Duke of Norfolk's stables. This was followed by work in building yards on the Duke's estate for the next 25 years.

During World War II under directed labour Fred worked in London, Norfolk, Southampton and Portsmouth in the building trade. When the war was over he started working for himself as builder, chimneysweep, and rat and rabbt catcher.

Of himself Fred Lawrence said: "I was known as the Duke of Norfolk's number one poacher!"

This summer will see the 54th anniversary of his marriage. He met his wife Alice Penfold at Tortington School (now New England College) and they were married in the Cathedral in 1924. Alice Penfold had seen service in the Royal Flying Corps from 1917 to 1919 and was first statiioned at Dover and then posted to three camps in France, finishing up at Mottville.

In June 1949 Fred Lawrence earned the coverted Certificate of the Royal Humane Society for saving two people from drowing. A skiff had become out of control in a swiftly receding tide just above the bridge in Arundel, and two people were thrown into the Arun. Neither of them could swim. Fred, also a non-swimmer, ran along the bank, jumped in and grabbed them both, bringing them safely ashore.

Today Mr. Lawrence enjoys his job at the Arun District Council's putting green, meeting a large number of people both British and foreign who come back year after year.

Phoebe Somers.


The Arundel Mullets Marbles Team

Members of the team

Cyril Wilcock:- Captain and founder member, individual champion 1952 and 1953. He was a tailor and had a shop in Arundel High Street for many years, he was born circa 1891.

Bernard Wilcock:- Founder member and individual champion 1950. Also known as Big Bernard. He was a cloth cutter for a leading firm of London tailors, he was born circa 1903.

Joe Lee: - Founder member who worked for the Duke of Norfolk and was blacksmith or tinsmith, he was born circa 1892.

Tom Finch: - Founder member who was a local printer, he was born circa 1887.

Jack Lewis:- Founder member who was a Councillor and joinery works manager.

B. Brooker: - Founder Member.

C. Wakeford: - Founder member.

Bert Paradine: - Who was known as ‘Dusty’ or ‘Ginger’ played for many years and worked for the local Council, he was born circa 1902.

Fred Lawrence: - Who was known as ‘Carlo’ was a builder, he was born circa 1902.

W. Putlick: - Played in 1955 only.

Jim Pomphrey: - played in 1955 only.

S. Town: - played in 1955 only.

The Arundel Mullets Marbles Team.

1.3 Mabel Evelyn PENFOLD (1899-1974) [68].

Born 7 Jul 1899, Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. Marr Harry Charles WEATHERLEY 13 Jul 1918, Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. Died 26 Sep 1974.

"A PRETTY WEDDING took place on Saturday at St.Richard's Church,the contracting parties being Miss Mabel Evelyn Penfold, second daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Penfold, of Haywards Heath, and Pte. H.C.Weatherley, A.S.C.,Overseas Squadron, of Farnborough, Kent. The bride, who was given away by her father, was attired in a heavily embroidered white voile dress, trimmed with white satin and orange blossom, and veil, which was a gift of her grandmother, and she carried a bouquet of white lilies and sweetpeas, with maidenhair fern,and wore a

gold pendant and chain, a gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Miss Ivy Penfold (sister of the bride) and Miss Ida Penfold (cousin), who wore dresses of pale blue voile, trimmed with white satin and voile, and mole caps, and carried bouquets of pink sweet peas. Their silver and enamel brooches were the gifts of the bridegroom. Mr.S.B.Penfold acted as best man. The Rev. E.B.Hill officiated. The happy couple left Haywards Heath by the 3.25 train for Farnborough, amid showers of confetti. Numerous useful presents were received.".


Sp. Harry Charles WEATHERLEY (1897-1956) [69].

1.4 Ivy Winifred PENFOLD (1904-1966) [70].

Born 1904, Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. Marr George GUNN 21 Apr 1930. Died 6 Apr 1966, Brighton, Sussex, England.3

Sp. George GUNN (1893-1966) [71].


1"Death Certificate: Alice May Lawrence - Tree001:T013".

Source: Death Certificate: Alice May Lawrence - Tree001:T013, Tree001-T013-Death-Certificate

2"Frederick Lawrence: paper cutting".

Source: Frederick Lawrence: paper cutting

3"Ivy Winifred Gunn - Death".

Source: Ivy Winifred Gunn - Death