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951 [Hill.FBC 5.FBK.FTW]

Sheriff of Limerick 
WALLER, George (I1826)
 
952 [Hill.FBC 5.FBK.FTW]

srd Bat of Castleconnell 
DE BURGHO, Sir John Allen (I1930)
 
953 [Hill.FBC 5.FBK.FTW]

They had 6 children and along with their parents,drowned in the wreck of "the Dunbar" at the Gap .Sydney Heads

On the night of Thursday 20 August 1857, the clipper Dunbar approached the heads of Sydney Harbour after a voyage of 81 days from England. Launched in 1853, the vessel was owned by Duncan Dunbar, and was the sister ship of the Phoebe Dunbar, the Dunbar Castle and the Duncan Dunbar. It was under the command of Captain Green and was on its second voyage to Sydney. Despite the treacherous weather conditions on the night, Captain Green and his crew attempted to enter Sydney Harbour that evening, rather than wait until morning.

The Dunbar was driven into the reef at the foot of South Head and began to break up immediately. In the hours that followed, all but one of the passengers and crew perished. The sole survivor, able seaman James Johnson clung to a ledge on the cliff face until he was rescued on the morning of 22 August, some 36 hours after the Dunbar ran aground.

When news of the wreck reached Sydney the following day, it immediately captured the attention of the public. In the days following, the media provided extensive coverage of the search for survivors and victims, and the progress of the inquest was chronicled daily. Residents were drawn to the scene for the morbid task of identifying friends, relatives and business associates. Still only a relatively small town, Sydney was staggered by the enormity and proximity of the tragedy.

A mass funeral for those who died and who, in most cases, could not be identified was held on 24 September. The interments took place at St. Stephen's Cemetery, Camperdown where there is still a monument to the victims. 
WALLER, Kilner (I1866)
 
954 [Hill.FBC 5.FBK.FTW]

Was A Colonel in the Bengal Horse

The middle brother, Robert (1808-1877), went off to be a soldier in the Bengal Army in India. Very successful he
was too. He earned fame commanding the 1 st Troop Bengal Horse Artillery (known as the Red Devils because of
their Roman type helmets surmounted by a long red horsehair plume) in the 1 st Afghan War (1839-1842) and retired as a Colonel.
This unit was part of the Kabul garrison which tried to retreat to India and was, apart from one
wounded and exhausted doctor who along reached Jalalabad, southeast of Kabul, totally annihilated in the
mountains short of the Khyber Pass.
Robert himself was very severely wounded in an early action, but his troop
particularly distinguished themselves at the battle of Jagdallak (1841) where they acted as rearguard to let the rest of the force get away, fighting and dying to the last man. Robert was lucky; expecting to die, he was surrendered as a hostage together with his heavily pregnant wife and baby daughter, but survived in captivity near Kabul until rescued a year later. On their way back to Kabul a second daughter was born in a tiny fort guarding the gorge of theTazeena River. The baby was given the name Tazeena, which has been used in the family several times since as a Girls Name.

service Ist afghan war 1839 -1842
Sutlej Campaign( Battle of Sobroan 1846,despatches,,Brevet Major)
Punjab Campaign 1848 - 1849 ( recieved thanks of the Govern General)
Mohmand Expdn 1851 -1858 
WALLER, Colonel Robert (I1806)
 
955 [Hill.FBC 5.FBK.FTW]

William Thomas married Eliza Guinness, a granddaughter of Arthur Guinness, founder of the brewing family. The lady did not meet with the approval of his mother who had been left the contents of the house and she moved out before the wedding to live with her daughter Elizabeth, who had married a Hutchinson of Timoney. She took with her such of the contents of the house including the silver and glass, as had not already gone in the girl's dowry. Undeterred, Eliza bred four sons who all became prominent n the neighborhood. The eldest, George Arthur (1835-1923) was the ablest and most interesting of the Prior Park Wallers, although neither he nor his brothers ever lived Prior Park after their youth. Arthur, after graduating at Trinity College, Dublin, joined his cousins' firm of Arthur Guinness Ltd. and quickly rose to be both Chief Engineer and Chief Brewer. Knowing that the barley grown along the east bank of the Shannon was particularly suited to make malt for porter, he set up two of his brothers as barley buyers and maltsters; Robert (1837-1915) at Nenagh, and Francis Albert (1846-1892) at Banagher. The fourth brother Edmund (1839-1894) also joined the Guinness Brewery where, for some years, he was in charge of the extensive horse transport department. These ventures were successful and although later on the Nenagh maltings were sold, F.A. Waller Ltd. Of Banagher still exists. Its malting business recently combined with that of D.E.Williams of Tullamore as Williams-Waller Ltd. This firm, the second largest maltster in Ireland, still supplies a sizeable proportion of the Guinness malt requirement. 
WALLER, William Thomas (I1807)
 
956 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. HILL, Robert Bruce (I1675)
 
957 {On 6 Aug 2014, at 3:25 pm, Robert Clark wrote:
Dear Chris,

I thought I would let you know that my Mum - Sheila Clark - first cousin of Irene and Vida -  died following a massive stroke on 1st August. She was 93 and I had recently gently persuaded her to move into residential care as she had been on a downward path since a fall last October, and both she and I were finding it difficult to cope. I was visting every week but was always a question of keeping one step ahead of the latest problem.

She was a very good mother, and even handed with her four children despite a lot of sibling rivalry. She had interesting life, spending her early years in China, and recently she startled me by suddenly bursting into Chinese. During the war she was a radar mechanic which involved repairing the electronics in the sets used for Air Surface Vessel radar, and then installing these sets in all the different aircraft, and going up in the aircraft to test them. She flew in almost every different kind of flighter plane used in the war. I miss her terribly and think about her all the time but at the same time have sense of lightness now, to use her words, "she has soared aloft".

I don't know if Irene and Vida are alive, as they must be of similar age to Mum, but if they are I would be grateful if you  could pass on this sad news.

Kind regards,

Robert Clark

Obituary: {Sheila Clark (nee McCloy) 1921 to 1926 (12 August 2014)

Sheila McCloy was born in Plymouth. Her father, who was from a farming family in Northern Ireland, trained as a doctor and became a surgeon in the Royal Navy. Her Mother was the daughter of a naval engineer from Devon, who married a French woman from Jersey.

Shortly after her birth her father was transferred to Wei-Hai-Wei in China where Sheila spent the early years of her life together with her elder brother Craig. A couple of months ago when her younger brother Jim was visiting and the family were reminiscing about those days Sheila astonished the family gathering by suddenly speaking convincing sounding Chinese.

The next posting was Malta. She recently repeated her linguistic party trick by singing a folk song about goats and milk in Maltese.

Her father who had married in his early 40s, left the Navy for civvy street, and set up a GP practice in Polperro in Cornwall where he remained for the rest of his life. Sheila and her two brothers were sent to boarding school, in Sheila's case The Godolphin in Salisbury where she got her School Certificate in January 1938. A few family friends that she grew up with in Polperro now live in Sherborne as well, and I am pleased that they are in this congregation.

Sheila's father wanted her to go to university and she enrolled at London University to do a BSc in Household Science. In her second year the bombing of London became sufficiently bad for the students to be evacuated first to Leceister and then to Cardiff. Shelia had a wonderful time, she loved what is now called “ballroom dancing” and she was a good dancer. On one occasion she attracted the spotlight when dancing with a New Zealander Naval Volunteer in uniform. As they danced the band switched to "All the nice girls love a sailor".

When she finished her degree, she worked as food scientist for Joe Lyons. This left her with a lifelong dislike of factory made cakes, and her greatest treat in Sherborne was to get a lemon sponge cake from the Thursday Digby Hall country market.

She wanted to "do her bit", and she joined the Womens’ Royal Naval Service in September 1942 at the age of twenty-one. After basic training she was selected to become a Radar Mechanic. This involved repairing the electronics in the sets used for Air Surface Vessel (ASV) radar, and then installing these sets in all the different aircraft, and going up in the aircraft to test them. She flew in almost every different kind of fighter plane used in the war including in Swordfish, Albacores, Walrus and Barracudas. She was interviewed last year at this time at the Fleet Air Arm museum, and there is a wonderful DVD of her looking and sounding her best.

During the war years Sheila had a number of admirers, and very sadly several of them lost their lives. Around the end of the war, when stationed at Yeovilton, Sheila met a Fleet Air Pilot, James (Jimmy) Clark. Jimmy was lucky to be alive to meet her. In 1941 as a newly trained fighter pilot he had been assigned to a ship called the Michael E. The Michael E was the first Catapult Aircraft Merchant Ship, an idea accredited to Churchill. It was torpedoed on its maiden voyage, and the survivors including Jimmy spent two days in rough seas in lifeboats before being picked up and taken to Nova Scotia.

Jimmy was absolutely smitten with Sheila and wooed her with elegant, romantic letters. In 1946 he wrote to his parents
“I was up in London last night seeing my girl friend. She is a Wren Officer at Dale. Pretty as a picture, sensible, sweet, an Admiral’s daughter and the focal point of all my dreams. Incidentally I am madly in love with her. Her name is Sheila McCloy and I want to marry her. At the time of press she is being rather difficult, but I hope to talk her round.”

By 1947 he had won her over, and they married in London. Shortly afterwards Jimmy resigned from his short term commission and got a job teaching English at a prep school in Sussex. Their first child June was born in 1949. A matron at the school extolled the virtues of life in central Africa. "The climate is so good that by the time you hang out the last item the first item is dry."

In 1951 Jimmy got a job at a boarding school for farm children in the rural Vumba hills of Southern Rhodesia, and emigrated with Sheila (pregnant with Robert) and small baby June. Their first home was of wattle and mud construction with a thatch roof and compacted dung floor. A wood stove was use for cooking and hot water, and lighting was by paraffin lamp. They fell in love with the country and its people and enjoyed a very happy but simple life.
They moved from the Vumba to a town called Umtali, and bought a new built bungalow with an acre of ground. Sheila developed a talent for gardening and most meals involved vegetables and fruit grown in the back yard, where she also kept chickens. Two more babies followed, Harry in 1954, and then Sarah in 1963. The weekends were great fun, picnics in the bush, visits to kind farming friends and exotic short holidays in Mozambique.

In the early 1960s the right wing Rhodesian Front Party, headed by Ian Smith, was swept to power. The electorate, mainly white, were frightened by the influx of people fleeing the chaos of the Congo and the MauMau uprisings in Kenya. As Harold Macmillan famously and accurately said in 1960:

"The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact".

Despite the increasing political unrest Jimmy and Sheila were still optimistic about the future, and Jimmy changed jobs as he progressed through the ranks of the Rhodesian Education service, taking the family to Salisbury (Harare) for a few years, and then Bulawayo where he was Headmaster of a African Secondary School, Mizilikazi.

Sheila took this in her stride and renovated a very charming early colonial home in Bulawayo with wide cool verandahs and pressed steel ceilings, appropriately located in Clark Road. And of course she turned bush into garden.

Jimmy then became a School Inspector and travelled hundreds of miles down dirt tracks to Roman Catholic and other mission schools in the bush. Sheila's and Jimmy's determination and optimism was shattered when there was terrible massacre at one of the schools he had recently inspected.

Their beautiful adopted homeland had become defiled, and in 1977 they returned to Britain, initially living in rather shabby tied accommodation at a prep school in Harrow, where Jimmy got a job, and Sheila made a garden on the school's rubbish tip. The death of Jimmy's Mother left enough funds to buy the Matchbox in 1978, and they retired to Sherborne in 1980.

Sherborne is a town of kind hearts and gentle people, and Sheila and Jimmy were quickly integrated into the Sherborne community, assisted by Pauline Heard, a fellow Wren that Sheila had shared a house with when they both had small babies.

Many, many people know Sheila and loved her, and would stop and say hello to her when they saw her briskly walking up and down Cheap Street, always with a distinctive hat and wicker wheely basket. The Sherborne shop community always greeted her warmly and asked after her.

Her family have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown to her by her friends, who would give her lifts, get her Saturday paper, help her with heavy bags, take on the responsibility of being key holders, make her soup and many other practical things that allowed her to live for so long independently which was what she wanted, and of course Jane Craw would bring her communion. Avril, Sandie, the Luxmores and the Parkers have been particularly pkind and helpful, and her carers have been wonderful.

And the family have also been very touched by the lovely tributes that people have written. I quote from a South African friend of hers, David Brokensha, who writes from Fishoek in the South African Cape:

" In my memories Sheila is always bright, considerate, kind  and good company. She was also a good critic – I asked her to look over some of my writing and I always benefited from, and appreciated her comments."

Her four children, their spouses, and her grandchildren regard her not only as a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, and granny, but also a most gracious lady and wise and caring friend, who is most sadly missed. } 
MCCLOY, Sheila (I4957)
 
958 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. CONDIE, Irene (I2854)
 
959 “John Ford was a builder and ? the Queen’s Tax Collector in Lambeth. He had a large family.” FORD, John (I448)
 
960 “married a Capt in the army who was awarded the George Cross. He was an architect.” Antonia Waller HATT, Kathleen Matilda (I5307)
 
961 “Ommaney” on father’s death cert.: presumably this name was given by his mother, Elizabeth Peters, nee Knight when she gave the details of her family to the recording officer.

“Ormsby” - Mary Alice Ormsby married Edmund Henry Pery, Ist Earl of Limerick
One of her descendants, H V Pery married the Annie, the sister of Emily Peters nee Hooper

no marriage cert in NSW, not married on death cert
1903 census; 221 1/2 Castlereagh St Sydney; watchman
In his sister-in-law's (Emily Peters) letter to her son Ernest in South Africa, she said he had been charged with stealing at about midnight one night. The tone of her letter indicates he was not someone they wished to be associated with. His brother James bailed him out and paid for a lawyer to get him off "for the sake of the family".
Died aged 78 of "Auricular Fibrillation" in State Home at Lidcombe. Stated on death cert to be normally resident in Paddington. Mother stated to be Lily Chambers and place of birth Manly on death cert. No relatives at burial. Looks like a pauper's burial.
of Castlereagh St, Sydney 1903; d cert 22110 
PETERS, Keith Ormsby (I293)
 

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