Vassey, W. A.
William Alfred Vassey was born on 26 August 1898
and christened on 23 October at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Dover.
He was the son of Nathaniel James Vassey and his first wife, Sarah Ann,
formerly Chatwin. The couple had married in Dover in 1889. They began
their married life at 3 Tower Street, where, in 1891, Mr Vassey was
working as a painter and they had been joined by their first son,
Between 1895 and 1910 Mr Vassey was the landlord of
The Griffin, at 2 Folkestone Road, Dover. By 1911 the family had been
joined by four more children; Alexander, then 9, daughters Florence,
then 7, and Edith, aged 5, and William, then 2.
Mrs Vassey died at St Peter's, Broadstairs, on 4 June
1904, and the same year Nathaniel remarried to Mary Eliza Jordan. She
unfortunately also died, on about 4 July 1909.
By 1911 William was a scholar in the home of Francis
Edward Mann, a cousin living at 31 High Street, Broadstairs. Mr Mann was
a plumber, aged then 58, and he and his wife Louisa, from Dover, had
been married 17 years. They had no children, but as well as William had
an adopted daughter, Alice Sarchfield, from Middlesex, then aged 5.
Meanwhile, Mr Vassey had taken up again his trade of housepainting, and
he, with his daughter Edith, was living with his stepson Richard Chatwin,
a carrier, and the first Mrs Vassey's son, at 27 South Road, Dover.
enlisted to become 81151, a Private in the Royal Fusiliers. He died on
28 November 1917 and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval.
Nathaniel Vassey, born on 8 December 1860, lived
until 18 January 1936. He had been living at "The Glen", Upstreet, and
was a Bugle Major in the East Kent Volunteers.
Notes: Alexander, William's brother, married on 5
July 1913 at Christchurch, Hougham, Lucy Helen Dyer. She was the sister
of Albert and Abraham Dyer, the niece
of Edward Dyer, and the cousin of
relationships - Belsey and Dyer