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Arthur Edward WARMAN (1872-1918)

and Flora BOORMAN (1868-1952)


Arthur Edward Warman and Flora Boorman were my Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on Saturday 16 May 1896 at the Register Office in Headington, Oxford.  He was a 23 year old bachelor and corn dealer's assistant of 28 Boulter Street, St. Clement, Oxford.  Flora gave her age as 26 years.  She was a spinster and domestic servant of Cranham, Iffley Road, Oxford.  The witnesses to their marriage were C. W. L. Spittall and A. M. Herbert.

Arthur Edward Warman was born on Saturday 28 December 1872 in  Beenham, Berkshire.  He was the second son and third child of John Warman (1832-1887) and Mary Elizabeth Webb (1836-1874).  His birth was registered by his mother of 20 January 1873 and at that time his father was a master carpenter and joiner.  At the time of the 1881 census he was an 8 year old scholar, living at 78 Castle Street in the St. Mary's district of Reading, Berkshire.  When the 1891 census was recorded he was an 18 year old draper's assistant living in the home of Obediah Corke in Wadhurst, Sussex.    In 1901 Arthur was a house painter and paper hanger, and the family were then living in Aldrington, Sussex.  Shortly before the outbreak of World War 1 he travelled to Canada with the intention that his family would follow later, but it wasn't to be and they remained in Sussex.  Arthur enrolled with the 16th Battalion, Manitoba Regiment of the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 14 February 1916.  He gave the following information on his attestation form:

Arthur Edward WarmanPresent address:  Arlington Hotel, Winnipeg

Born:  Beecham, Berkshire, England

Next of Kin:  Flora Warman (wife) of 2 Crown Road, Portslade, Sussex

Trade or Calling:  Farmer

Willing to be vaccinated:  Yes

Belong to Active Militia:  No

Previous Military Force:  3 years Volunteers, Royal Berks

Understand nature and terms of engagement:  Yes

Willing to serve:  Yes

Age:  43

Height:  5 feet 6 inches

Girth when fully expanded:  40 inches, range of expansion 3 inches

Complexion:  Dark

Eyes:  Blue

Hair:  Iron Grey

Religion:  Baptist/Congregationalist

Arthur was killed in action on Monday 2 September 1918 when he was part of a group that successfully recaptured the village of Cagnicourt, near  Arras in France.  He was buried on 3 September 1918 in the Dominion Cemetery, Hendecourt-les Cagnicourt, Pas-de-Calais, 10 miles south east of Arras.

Flora Boorman was born on Saturday 28 March 1868 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  She was the eldest daughter and child of Frederick Edward Boorman (1846-1884) and Frances Barham (1836-1917).  In 1891 Flora was a school teacher in the Wadhurst school and it is not known why or when she left Sussex and travelled to Oxford.  Flora died aged 84 years on Wednesday 17 December 1952 at 131 Trafalgar Road, Portslade-by-Sea, Sussex.  She was buried in the Victoria Road Cemetery, Portslade.  Her cause of death was abdominal tumour and her death was registered by her son-in-law Walter Patching, who was present at the death.  He was also of 131 Trafalgar Road.  My dad tells me that Flora had gone to live with her daughter Dolly due to her poor health and that shortly before she died she caught a cold, which my dad had thought was her cause of death.  Flora left a will dated 14 October 1948 in which she appointed Lloyds Bank Ltd. as her executors.  Probate was granted on 23 January 1953.  Her gross estate was valued at 1,094:8:6, the majority of this (750) coming from the sale of her home, 2 Eastbrook Road, Portslade.  Her net estate of 1,058:6:1 was divided equally between her 4 children.

When the 1911 census was recorded the couple, together with their 3 youngest children were living at 71 Wellington Road, Portslade-by-Sea.  Arthur was then a 38 year old house painter and Flora was 42.  It was noted that they had been married for 15 years.


Photograph from about 1902/3 of Arthur and Flora and their children (left to right) Bessie, Fred and Violet.


Arthur Edward Warman and Flora Boorman had 4 known children:

  1. Violet May Warman was born on 21 September 1897 at 6 Kennet Road, Newbury, Berkshire.  Her father was then a grocer's porter.  She died on 22 December 1959 at Booker Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  In 1901 she was staying in Wadhurst with her Grandmother Frances Boorman.  In 1911 she was 13 years old and still living with her grandmother in Church Road, Wadhurst.

    Violet married Patrick O'Ryan on 28 March 1926 at the parish church of Islington in Middlesex.  There were no children from this marriage.

    Patrick died aged 55 years on 15 June 1943 at The End House, Westhorpe Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire.Bessie Warman

  2. Bessie Warman, my Grandmother, was born on 25 January 1900 in Southampton, Hampshire.  She married William Charles Willard in 1920.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Frederick John Warman was born on 9 January 1902 in Brighton, Sussex.  He died on 7 November 1972 in Australia.  Fred owned several cobblers shops in the Lancing and Sompting areas of Sussex before emigrating to Australia in the early 1950's.  In 1911 he was 9 years old and living with his parents.

    Frederick married Elizabeth Violet Woods on 26 December 1929 at the Baptist Chapel in Portslade, Sussex.  He was then a 27 year old bachelor and boot repairer of 2 Eastbrook Road, Portslade-by-Sea.  Elizabeth, known as Bessie, was a 26 year old spinster and domestic servant of 10 Ellen Street, Portslade-by-Sea.  The witnesses to the marriage were F. G. Davis and G. M. Woods.

    Elizabeth was born on 10 December 1903 in Wisborough Green, Sussex and was the daughter of Robert Woods (1856-?) and Sarah Parsons (c1868-?).  She died on 5 August 1984 in Australia.  Fred and Bessie had 4 children.
    Fred and Bessie's wedding day Fred and Bessie at their son's wedding on 13 April 1968

    As mentioned, the Wood's family lived at 10 Ellen Street and my mother's Tullett Grandparents lived at 14 Ellen Street.

  4. Dorothy Grace Warman was born on 17 May 1905 in Portslade, Sussex.  She died on 8 December 1993.  Dorothy was known as Dolly.  At the time of the 1911 census she was 5 years old and living with her parents.

    Dolly married Walter Patching on 24 June 1931.

    Walter was born on 17 June 1904 in Portslade and died on 28 June 1990.  I believe he was an only child.  He was the son of Harry Patching (c1871-?) and Mary Jane West (c1871-?).  When the 1911 census was recorded he was 6 years old and living with his parents at 131 Trafalgar Road, Portslade.  His father was then a head domestic gardner.

    Walter and Dolly are buried together in the Downsway cemetery in Southwick, Sussex.

    They were known to me as Aunty Dolly and Uncle Walter and in the 1970's they lived about 5 minutes walk away from us, in Shoreham-by-Sea.

    They had 3 children:

    1. Peter Robert Patching (1932-2002)

    2. living

    3. living



1891 census - Town, Wadhurst, Sussex (RG12/780, folio 9, page 11)

Obadiah T Corke, Head, M, 44, Grocer & Draper, born Sussex, Rotherfield

Mary H Corke, Wife, M, 47, born Sussex, Mayfield

Ethel M Corke, Daur, S, 19, born Sussex, Wadhurst

Edith H Corke, Daur, S, 18, born Sussex, Wadhurst

Charity Thompsett, Mother in Law, Wid, 81, Living on her own means, born Sussex, Wadhurst, Blind

Alfred E Stanley, Assistant, S, 26, Grocer's Assistant, born Kent, Marden

Charles F Nye, Assistant, S, 18, Grocer's Assistant, born Surrey, Redhill

Arthur E Warman, Assistant, S, 18, Draper's Assistant, born Berkshire, Beenham

Emily Crouch, Serv, S, 22, General Servant, born Kent, Edenbridge

Rosina Streeter, Serv, S, 19, General Servant, born Sussex, Wadhurst


1901 census - 85 Coleridge Street, Aldrington, Hove, Sussex (RG13/939, folio 32, page 3)

Arthur E. Warman, Head, M, 28, House Painter & Paper Hanger, Worker, born Berks, Beenham

Flora Warman, Wife, M, 32, born Sussex, Wadhurst

Bessie Warman, Daur, 1, born Hants, Southampton


1911 Census - 71 Wellington Road, Portslade-by-Sea, Sussex (RG14PN5209 RG78PN230 RD80 SD3 ED6 SN109) Enumeration District 6 (transcript)

Arthur Edward Warman, Head, Married, M, 38, House Painter, born Beenham, Berkshire

Flora Warman, Wife, Married, years married 15, F, 42, born Wadhurst, Sussex

Bessie Warman, Daughter, F, 11, born Southampton, Hampshire

Frederick John Warman, Son, M, 9, born Brighton, Sussex

Dorothy Grace Warman, Daughter, F, 5, born Brighton, Sussex


1911 Census - 131 Trafalgar Road, Portslade-by-Sea, Sussex (RG14PN5205 RG78PN230 RD80 SD3 ED2 SN225) Enumeration District 2 (transcript)

Harry Patching, Head, Married, M, 40, Gardener Head Domestic, born Portslade, Sussex

Mary Jane Patching, Wife, Married, years married 7, 40, born Crowland, Lincs

Walter Patching, Son, M, 6, born Portslade, Sussex

Edith Downs, Boarder, Single, F, 23, School Teacher, born Steyning, Sussex



1901 - Harry Patching, Boarder, S, 29, Gardener domestic servant, born Portslade, Sussex

at Bear? Green, Capel, Surrey.


1891 - Harry Patching, Boarder, S, 20, Gardener, born Portslade, Sussex

at 27 Priory Street, Southover, Sussex


1881 - Harry Patching,  Son, 11, born Portslade, Sussex

son of Walter and Ellen, at Nelson Terrace, Portslade.

Walter, 44, born Portslade, Market Gardener

Ellen, 33, born Lancaster, Lancashire

other children:  Arthur 15, Jane 13, Emily Ellen 9, Richard 6, Ellen 2.

Next door:  Alfred Patching, 32, Market Gardener, born Portslade

wife Frances Ann, 28, born Firle, children:  Alfred 8, Harry R 6, Edward William 2.


1841 - Walter Patching, 4, living in Portslade with Richard 35, Jane 30, Thomas 6, Jane 2, William 6mths.


1851 - Walter Patching, 14, living in Robins Row, Portslade with Richard 46 born Portslade, Jane 41 born Parham, Jane 12, William 10, Mary Ann 5, Edmond 4, Alfred 2, Emily 2mths and Susan Patching, niece, 26


Walter Patching baptised 30 October 1836, Porstalade, son of Richard Patching and Jane White.

Walter born 8 February 1838?? died 7 August 1920.  Married Ellen Jackson (1848-1906).


Richard Patching and Jane White married on 12 April 1834 in Portslade.  Jane White


Richard Patchen baptised 16 December 1804, Portslade, son of Anthony and Mary.

Richard Patchen baptised 29 April 1808, Portslade, son of Peter and Mary.


Richard Patching and Susannah Peters married 2 April 1829 in Portslade.


Anthony Patching (1754-1839) married Mary Merchant (1764-1841)

Anthony son of Joshua and Mary

Joshua Patching married Mary Pain

Joshua (1719-1780) son of Joshua Patching (1680-?) and Bridget Sewell (1686-?)

Joshua son of James Patching (1649-1698) and Elizabeth James (1650-?)

James son of John (1607-?)



This page was updated on 20 May 2012