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Mrs Caroline Needham (nee Batchelor) with her family 1915

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mrs Caroline Needham (nee Batchelor) with her family, about 1915.Mrs Needham was born in Grove Street, Deptford, in the 1880s and lived on the island during her married life until she died in the 1950s. Before marriage she worked as a tinsmith at the Peak Frean factory in Bermondsey; during the First World War she fostered other children. The boy is William Needham, born 1907, later worked for J. W. Cook at the Minories and Blackwall. Eldest girl, May (Rose) Needham, born 1909, later Nimmo; she worked at Mortons and went into service at Haslemere. Baby is John Needham, born 1915; working at Maganese Bronze, he had an accident and apparently suffered a fractured skull so had to leave and work as a barrow boy in the City; from there he went into an office and ended up as joint manager of a Stratford firm. Middle girl, Emily Needham, born 1910, later worked at Mortons, the Docklands Settlement and at Hawkins& Tipson, where she lost a finger on a rope machine.Small girl, Kit Needham, who contracted TB in her hip , following an accident on the shore before she was 10. Kit never enjoyed good health and died of Asthma in 1964. by J. Needham