Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Constable Curtis
Constable Curtis

In March our Research Team added biographical information to 65 records on the website.

Lots of interesting stories were uncovered by our Research Team in March including:

* Report of the death of Constable Curtis in March 1909 at the age of 79 years. Capt. Constable Curtis took a prominent role in the yachting life of the South Coast. He was a member of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club since 1887 and had formerly served on the committee of the Club. He spent a great deal of his time on the Solent either in his steam yacht the “Blandusia” or his cutter, the “Jackdaw” He spent a lot of time in Ryde and made many friends in the town.

* Report of the death of Mary An n Allen in February 1903. She died as a result of blood poisoning from being bitten by a pet monkey.

* Report of the death of Mr George Charles Wolfe in February 1953. Mr Wolfe was born in Southsea but came to the Island as a youth. He served with the IW Rifles in WW1 and after being wounded in France he joined the outdoor staff of Ryde Corporation. He was a member of the Oddfellows and of the Ryde Social Club.

* Report of the death of Miss Dorothy Grace Sheppard, from pneumonia, in April 1930. Miss Sheppard was only 19 years of age and was the daughter of Mr and Mrs J F Sheppard of the Wolseley Inn, Monkton Street. She was a Sunday school teacher at Holy Trinity Church and a popular member of the Girls’ Social Club.

For the full list of records updated in March please click on the link below.

If you are able to help with this fascinating aspect of our work and could spend even a short time at the Record Office, please contact Ann Barrett, the leader of our Research Team. You can contact Ann by clicking on the Contact button at the top of the page.

Image of Capt Constable Curtis contributed by Rowena Kenyon.