Part 2 - Section 2.2 The Siblings of Alice Thorburn BRIGGS (2) (1909-1999)

2.2a Margaret Rawdon BRIGGS(23) (1903-1979)

Margaret was born on 04 May 19031 in Manchester2. She was the eldest of four daughters of Christopher Rawdon BRIGGS(3) and Helen Thorburn RIDDEL(4). In 1928 she married James Parlane GOLDSCHMIDT(509) (see section 2.2as below), the younger son of Mr and Mrs R. P. GOLDSCHMIDT of Oldenburg House, Rusholme, Manchester. They had two children, who both married and had children and grandchildren. Margaret died on 07 Sep 1979, in New Zealand 3.

2.2as James Parlane GOLDSCHMIDT(509) (1894-1970)

James Parlane GOLDSCHMIDT was born on 15 Feb 18944. Based on the 1901 census5 and marriage records6,7 he was the son of Richard Phillip GOLDSCHMIDT (18598-19409 and Mary PARLANE (186610-194611). Uncle Jim died in 1970 in New Zealand, aged 7512.

He had three siblings:

Based on some tidbits available on the web, he entered Charterhouse in the “Long Quarter” of 190816, the year that his elder brother left. On 23 Sep 1914, as Cadet or ex-Cadet of the OTC he was given the rank of temporary Second Lieutenant in the Infantry17, but I know nothing further about what he did in WWI. There is a record of his arrival at Southampton on 14 Aug 1925 on the SS Johan de Witt, having embarked at Genoa18. His occupation is given as shipping merchant, and his UK address is Oldenburg House, and presumably after WWI he had joined the family firm.

In 1927 he became engaged to Margaret Rawdon BRIGGS (1903-1979) 19, and they married in 192820. They had two children who both married and had children of their own.

Another online tidbit is the fact that Uncle Jim was an executor of Hilda KING’S (née RIDDEL)(27) will, in 194021.

At some stage after the second world war the entire family emigrated to New Zealand. In 1954 his and Margaret’s address is 17 Buckland Road, Mount Roskill, Auckland22 On 23 May 1956 there is a record of his arrival in London, England, on the SS Corinthic, having departed from Wellington, New Zealand23 With him was Margaret his wife, and they were headed for Oatlands Drive, Weybridge, presumably to stay with the Cowells. His occupation is described as a clerk.

2.2b Cicely Rawdon BRIGGS(24) (1906-1992)

Cis was born on 24 Jul 190624 in Manchester25. In 1932 she married David Robertson GOODFELLOW (345), M.D. (see section 2.2bs below). They had two children, a son and a daughter, who both married and had children. Cicely died on 16 May 1992, at Ashtead in Surrey26.

2.2bs David Robertson GOODFELLOW(345) (1906-1982)

David Robertson GOODFELLOW was born on 18 Jan 190627,28,29, 30. He was the third of five children of Dr Thomas Ashton GOODFELLOW (1520) (1866-1937) and Eleanor Winifred ROBERTSON (1521 (1878-1947), of which children one died in infancy. Uncle David died on 15 Oct 198231.

Just before he was born the family had bought the house at 60 Palatine Road, Didsbury, Manchester, which remained the family home essentially until David went to New Zealand (see below). His early schooling was at Ladybarn House, in Mauldreth Road, then at South Manchester Grammar School in Cavendish Road and at Moor Allerton school, a preparatory school in Barlow Moor Road. He then went to Clifton College, where he was in the rowing IV32. He left Clifton in 1923 and matriculated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge 33. There he rowed in the trial VIIIs in 1924/25, gaining his half-blue, and became a member of the Leander Club34. On 12 Aug 1926, aged 20, an undergraduate at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he left Liverpool on the SS Auriania for Montreal, Canada, presumably on vacation35.

He completed his clinical training at Manchester, and played for the 1st XV rugby for Manchester University in 1927 and 1928, also joining the R.N.V.R. in 192736. He was a house physician, and also house surgeon, at the Manchester Royal Infirmary from 193037 . Then, having completed his medical training, in 1932 he joined his father in general practice. He also undertook research into the effects of radiation on the blood38, at the Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute, and gained his M.D. in 193539.

On 06 Jul 1932 David married Cicely Rawdon BRIGGS(24) at St Aidan's Presbyterian Church, Didsbury, Manchester40. They had a son and a daughter. On 05 Apr 1937 there is a record of him, together with his wife Cicely, his mother-in-law Helen BRIGGS and his sister Christina, departing Avonmouth on the SS Bayano bound for Kingston, Jamaica, presumably on a holiday41.

During WWII David served as a Surgeon-Commander, R.N.V.R., initially on H.M.S. Durban in the Far East, and then, after the fall of Singapore, in the West of Scotland and finally at the naval base in Alexandria. In 1946 he returned to general practice in Manchester, also lectured in medical ethics at Manchester University, and was a member of the ethics committee of the BMA from 194842.

In 1949 David decided to give up general practice in England, possibly partly because he did not agree with the new National Health Service, and accepted the post of medical superintendent at the Auckland Hospital, New Zealand. He and his wife and daughter, but not their son, left Southampton on 29 Jul 1949 on the SS Mataroa bound for New Zealand43.

I know little about their life in New Zealand. Initially they had quarters at the hospital in the superintendent's house44, and later at 1 Quentin Avenue, Epsom, Auckland45. Also, David was granted New Zealand citizenship on 13 May 195946, the same day as his wife.

In 1966 he returned to England, and joined a practice in Castle Hedingham, Essex, until, in 1976, he had to retire due to ill health. His last years were ones of decreasing mobility47. Throughout his life, David was interested in railways, both full size, as is evident from his partial memoir48, and also models, which he mainly built himself. I have a memory of his layout at 60 Palatine Road, which I must have seen just after the war, and also in the basement of his first house at Castle Hedingham.

2.2c Hilda BRIGGS(25) (1914-1994)

Hilda BRIGGS, known as Hulu, or Bay to her sisters, was born on 20 Aug 191449, the youngest of the four daughters of Christopher Rawdon BRIGGS(3) and Helen Thorburn RIDDEL (4). I believe that she studied architecture, in Copenhagen, but do not know whether she ever practised. In 1937 she married Anthony Russell COWELL50, and they had two children, a daughter and a son. Hilda died on 27 Nov 1994 51, just a few months after her husband.

2.2cs Anthony Russell COWELL(1141) (1910-1994)

Anthony Russell COWELL was born on 16 Apr 1910, the younger of two children of Hubert Russell COWELL (1877-?) and Irene Zippie COOKE (1884-?)52, who married in 190753 . I know very little about him, except that he was an engineer and, at least during the latter part of his career, worked for the consulting engineering firm Merz & McLellan. For many years he and his wife lived at 107 Oatlands Drive, Weybridge. When he retired, he and his wife moved to Hampshire, where they built a house. He died on 12 Jul 199454.


Footnotes

1) Emily Holinger’s Birthday Book.
2) GRO births index, Chorlton, Lancashire, Jun quarter 1903, vol.8c, p.931.
3) New Zealand death register, No.1979/39195.
4) GRO births index, Chorlton, Lancashire, Jan quarter 1894, vol.8c, p.754.
5) England and Wales Census, 1901, RG13/3683, p.26. Head of household at Oldenburg House, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, was Richard P. GOLDSCHMIDT, aged 41, described as a shipping merchant and employer. Also present were Mary GOLDSCHMIDT, Richard’s wife, aged 34, and four children: Philip P. GOLDSCHMIDT, aged 10, Margaret GOLDSCHMIDT, aged 8, James as mentioned, and Hermine M. GOLDSCHMIDT, aged 1.
6) Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project, using FHL film 235659. Marriage Register, 1837-1896, p.198, entry 395. Richard Philip GOLDSCHMIDT, aged 28, merchant and bachelor of Oldenburg House, Birch Lane, son of Philip GOLDSCHMIDT, merchant, married Mary PARLANE, aged 22, spinster of Appleby Lodge, the daughter of James PARLANE, gentleman. The marriage was by banns, and took place at St James, Birch in Rusholme, Lancashire, on 06 Jun 1888.
7) GRO marriage index, Chorlton, Lancashire, Jun quarter 1888, vol.8c, p.879.
8) GRO births index, Chorlton, Sep quarter 1859, vol.8c, p.528.
9) National Probate Calendar, England and Wales, 1940, p.419, via Ancestry.com
10) GRO births index, Chorlton, vol.8c, p.644.
11) GRO deaths index, Manchester, Lancashire, Dec quarter 1946, vol.10e, p.110. Aged 80.
12) NZ deaths register 1970/25982.
13) GRO births index, Chorlton, Lancashire, Jun quarter 1890, vol.8c, p.705.
14) GRO births index, Chorlton, Lancashire, Jun quarter 1892, vol.8c, p.747.
15) GRO births index, Chorlton, Jun quarter 1899, vol.8c, p.796.
16) Charterhouse Register 1872-1910, Vol.II. 1892-1910. London, The Chiswick Press, 1911. Available online.
17) The London Gazette, 29 Sep 1914, p.7689, available online.
18) UK Incoming Passenger List, via Ancestry.com
19) The Times of Wed 31 Aug 1927, via the Times Digital Archive.
20) GRO marriage index, Manchester S., Mar quarter 1928, vol.8d, p.241.
21) London Gazette, 12 Nov 1940, p.6519; available online.
22) 1954 New Zealand Electoral Roll, via Ancestry.com.
23) UK Incoming Passenger List, via Ancestry.com.
24) Emily Holinger’s Birthday Book, p.142.
25) GRO births index, Chorlton, Lancashire, Sep quarter 1906, vol.8c, p.888.
26) GRO deaths index, Surrey Mid Eastern, May 1992, vol.17, p.69, reg.no.592, which also gives her date of birth.
27) Muz and the Thomas Goodfellow family, an unpublished memoir by D.R. Goodfellow, March 1980.
28) GRO deaths index, Braintree, Essex, Dec quarter 1982, vol.9, p.1430, in which the birth date is also given.
29) GRO births index, Chorlton, Jun quarter 1906, vol.8c, p.701.
30) Obituary in the British Medical Journal, vol.245, 4 Dec 1982, via Ancestry.com and directly online.
31) GRO deaths index, Braintree, Essex, Dec quarter 1982, vol.9, p.1430.
32) Clifton College Register, 1862-1947.
33) Muz and the Thomas Goodfellow family, an unpublished memoir by D.R. Goodfellow, March 1980.
34) Who's Who in New Zealand; Obituary in the British Medical Journal, see 30 above; Clifton College Register.
35) UK outgoing passenger list, via Findmypast.co.uk.
36) Who's Who in New Zealand, p.138.
37) Manchester Medical Collection, Ref. No. MMC/2/GoodfellowD, at the John Rylands University Library.
38) Leucocytic Variations in Radium Workers (Part I), David R. Goodfellow, M.A., M.D.(Cantab.), The British Journal of Radiology, 1935. Available online. Also Leucocyte variations in radium workers (part II), The British Journal of Radiology, Vol. 111 New Series No.96 December 1935; Radium and the human leucocytes, Acta Radiologica, Vol.XV1 Fasc. 6 No.94, 1936; Blaming doctors, correspondence to the British Medical Journal supplement, 24 July 1948.
39) Obituary in the British Medical Journal, vol.245, 4 Dec 1982, via Ancestry.com and directly online.
40) A notice of the marriage appeared in The Times of Thursday, 07 Jul 1932. The GRO marriage index has the marriage registered at Manchester South in the Sep quarter of 1932, vol. 8d, p.559.
41) UK outgoing passenger list, via Findmypast.co.uk.
42) Who's Who in New Zealand, p.138.
43) UK outgoing passenger list, via Findmypast.co.uk.
44) New Zealand Electoral Roll, 1949, and 1954 via Ancestry.com.
45) New Zealand Electoral Roll, 1957, via Ancestry.com.
46) New Zealand Naturalisations, 1843-1981, from Ancestry.com.
47) Muz and the Thomas Goodfellow family, an unpublished memoir by D.R. Goodfellow, March 1980.
48) Obituary in the British Medical Journal, vol.245, 4 Dec 1982, via Ancestry.com and directly online.
49) GRO deaths index, Winchester, Hampshire, Nov 1994, district 5021a, reg.no. A39D, ent. no. 262, in which the date of her birth is also given. GRO births index, Chorlton, Lancashire, Sep quarter of 1914, vol.8c, p.1443.
50) GRO marriage index, Manchester South, Jun quarter of 1937, vol.8d, p.395.
51) GRO deaths index, see note 49 above; also personal information.
52) GRO deaths index, Winchester, Hampshire, Jul 1994, Dist. 5021a, reg.no. A49D, entry no. 070, in which his date of birth is also given; GRO births index, Chertsey, Surrey, Jun quarter 1910, vol.2a, p.46; England and Wales Census, 1911, RG14PN2985 RG78PN104 SD1 ED4 SN86, via Findmypast.co.uk.
53) GRO marriage index, Southwark, London, Jun quarter 1907, vol.1d, p.103.
54) The Times, 15 Jul 1994; GRO deaths index, Winchester, Jul 1994, dist. 5021a, reg.no. A49D, ent. no.070.


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