Images on this page adapted from family photographs courtesy of Chloe Ruby Crabbe and Merran White.
Merran continues:- "The children of Frederick Henry Jullion (Accountant) and Eleanor Mary Kaderica Clarke were:- Eldest son - Claude Jullion (Actor then Theatre Manager in Bristol) Daughter (my grandmother) - Ruby Jullion born 2.11.1881 died 1970 - and a 2nd son - Cecil Jullion (Engineering Draughtsman). Claude Jullion had two sons. The elder was Fred Jullion and the second son was John Jullion. Claude was married twice."
Information from Merran and her mother gives identities to the family members in the photograph adjacent as: "Back row L to R Rosa Jullion, Lizzie Jullion and Julia Jullion. The latter was always known as "Aunt Poms". Middle row L to R Eleanor Mary Kaderica Jullion and Ruby Jullion. Bottom Row Chloe Ruby Mansfield (daughter of Ruby Jullion).
Ruby Jullion married Ralph Edwin Mansfield on the 20th June 1908 and had two daughters. The eldest, Chloe Ruby Mansfield (my mother) was born 20th November 1909. The second, Iris Vivien Mansfield was born on the 22nd July 1913 and died in March 2003. We think St. Mary Redcliffe church was where Ruby Jullion was married. It was situated at the bottom of Elm Grove Road, where she lived, which was a very steep hill. The driver of the carriage wouldn't go down the steep hill and took her up the hill and a less steep way round which made her five minutes late at the church, much to her annoyance.
Rosa and Poms eventually became court dressmakers in London's Kilburn district - the nickname "Poms" probably being the result of her involvement in the fashion world (Pom-pons). My mother recalls going to see them in their workshop when she was eight or nine years old. They would have been in their sixties by then. They gave her scraps of white satin to make dolls' dresses. Rosa was always laughing but Poms was more serious and was cleverer than Rosa. I understand from mother that they often used to visit her family in Teddington and that they always used the Jullien spelling of the surname - the French aspect of the name being attractive, no doubt, for customers! Aunt Poms was unmarried and eventually moved to Paris."
Merran continues - "Cecil Jullion married Elizabeth Godsell and had one daughter, Kathleen Jullion who lives in South Africa - and is married. Chloe Ruby Mansfield married John Alexander Crabbe on the 18th February 1939. Their eldest son, Ian Malcolm Alexander Crabbe, was born on 27.8.1942 and twins, Colin Roy Crabbe and Merran Jacqueline Crabbe, on 2.7.46 - Colin being the elder by 5 minutes! I am married to Philip Grahame White. We have two children, Melanie Gaye and Stuart Van - and we have two 21st Century grandchildren ...
The photograph (right) is of a family group taken on Frederick Henry Jullion's yacht, an ex-coastguard cutter, named "Chloe". Ruby Jullion first met Ralph Mansfield on Frederick Jullion's boat and their daughter, Chloe, was named in celebration of this meeting.
In the foreground are (right to left) Ralph Mansfield (Ruby's future husband), Ruby Jullion (later Mansfield), Frederick Henry Jullion (who was a very large man) and Eleanor Mary Kaderica (Clarke) Jullion. The others in the picture are unknown but are most likely to have been "family".
My mother has mentioned that Ruby Jullion's family had to speak French until after breakfast every day. They lived in Cotham (Bristol) and Ruby attended Redland High School until she was 18 years old - so she was very well educated for girls of her generation.
|A fellow medical
student - and actor - (Richard Irving Dacre) - became the best man at
"Smythie's" wedding. They were later
to serve together in World War 1 in the R.A.M.C. See also
Richard Irving Dacre
Of November 1914, Richard Irving Dacre wrote: "Jimmy Smythe, who was one of my brother officers, came down from Chelmsford to get married to Enid Cloutman and asked me to be his best man. I was only too glad and "Smythie" stayed the night with me. Everything went well. James and I arrived at the Church - St. Mary Redcliffe - and, due to the minute, the bride arrived, but there was no parson. Minutes, like hours, kept passing by and I became thoroughly upset and frightened. Lots of thoughts passed through my mind. Was I to blame? Should I have ordered a parson. No. What should I do? Should I dash out and try and find one? Where should I go and where was the nearest cab-rank? The bride began to weep and I was beside myself. Something must be done, I said to myself -when the parson arrived ten minutes late. I looked at my watch; would there be time before three for them to be married? However they were married and they duly went off to their honeymoon; but that wedding took years off my life." (Courtesy John Dacre.)
Merran's grandfather, Ralph Mansfield, worked in London for B.A.T. (British American Tobacco) and was an assistant to M.A. Wood at Head Office Engineering Department.
A Company Bulletin, dated October 1923, notes that Ralph Mansfield was " ... accorded the honour of conveying the Duke and Duchess of York in his motor-launch, "Minbob", on the occasion of Their Royal Highnesses' visit to Twickenham for the second Annual Regatta of the Civil Service Rowing Association on June 30th."
This picture, taken at the time, reveals Elizabeth, Duchess of York, seated at the stern of the launch, next to Ruby (Jullion) Mansfield who is partially obscured by the royal bowler of Prince Albert, Duke of York! Seated in front of the Duke is (Sir) Louis Greig.
Ralph Mansfield is at the wheel and is flanked by two (currently unknown) men, presumed to be security officers. The enigmatic Wing Commander Greig enjoyed a close personal connection with Prince Albert, who was destined to become George VI, following the death of his father, George V, and the abdication of his brother, Edward. Elizabeth (Bowes-Lyon) became, of course, the much revered "Queen Mother" who died in 2002.
In 1909, when he was thirteen years old, Prince Albert, joined the Naval College on the Isle of Wight where, it is recorded, he felt "isolated and vulnerable". He found there, a "sympathetic mentor" in Lieutenant-Surgeon Louis Greig, the assistant medical officer, then aged twenty-eight. Louis Greig - with the later aid of an accomplice, John Colin Campbell - had, in fact, been the one who eventually "engineered" the engagement between Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and the Prince. "Louis Greig was the man called on by the royal family to transform a sickly, timid prince called Albert into the future George VI". The book shown - "Louis and the Prince" - was written by Greig's grandson, Geordie Greig, and was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1999. Paperback edition, May 2000 - ISBN: 0340728833.
By way of a pair of Family Vault asides, Anstruther family cousin, Sir Ralph Hugo Anstruther (1921-2002) became the Queen Mother's long-serving Treasurer and Equerry. He joined Clarence House in 1961 after a distinguished Army career and retired in 1998. He died in 2002, just under two months after the woman he had served so loyally for some forty years - years which saw momentous social changes both in global terms and in terms of the role of the Royal Family itself on that global stage.
Sir Ralph's paternal uncle, Harry Anstruther, had two children. The younger of these was Joyce Anstruther (b. 1901) - later known as the writer and poet, Jan Struther - who was educated privately in London and who attended her lessons with Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Joyce used to sit behind the future queen and was not beyond occasionally dipping the long (later 'royal') tresses into her ink-well. In later life, when quizzed about this by an Anstruther family member, the ever-tactful Queen Mother declared that she could recall nothing of it! The Anstruther Baronetcy now descends via the line of Douglas Anstruther, Joyce's elder sibling and grandfather in the maternal line of this site.