The 'Horne' Family

1856 - Eliza Jane
1858 - Jemima Emma



Eva Ann Horne
1885 - 1918
Thanks to
Brian Rollinson
Eva's Grandson for his contribution to this page


Eva Ann Horne  


January 22, 1885 Mattishall
Died: Oct 22, 1918 Croydon - Dec quarter (2a 817) - age 34
Buried: ? 1918 not known
Parents William Mann Horne (1858)
Bertha Dann

Fred and Eva
we assume on their wedding day


Frederick William O'Leary  


1886 Woolwich - Mar quater (1d 1265)
Died: April 21, 1921 Croydon - Jun quarter (2a 357) age 34
Buried: 1921 not known
Parents Edward O'Leary
Florence Mary Alberta Fisk

Frederick's early death has recently been classified as a First World War Casualty - see the sad details Below



1910 - age 25 Kensington - Dec quarter (1a 297)



Date of birth:
Birth Place:
Molly Frances O'Leary Mar 14, 1912 Medway Kent - Jun quarter (2a 1378)
Herbert Edward O'Leary 1913 Medway Kent - Sep quarter (2a 1561)

Herbert died age 5 - See below
Death record Herbert M O'Leary age 5 at Croydon - Dec quarter (2a 831)


File Information:


Eva Ann Horne born January 22, 1885
Daughter of William Mann Horne (1858) a Tailor and Shopkeeper and Bertha Dann of Mattishall

1891:- Mattishall census page 22:Schedule No.154: 35 South Green
William M Horne, Head, Mar, aged 33, Grocer & Tailor, born Mattishall
Alice M Horne, Wife, Mar, aged 28, born Costessey
Eva A Horne, Daughter, aged 6, Scholar, born Mattishall
Flora K Horne, Daughter, aged 4, Scholar, born Mattishall
Arthur E Horne, Son, aged 2, born Mattishall

1901: Census - 6 Quebec Stree, East Dereham
Charles B. L Norgate - Head - Solicitor - born North Elham, Norfolk
Eliza Norgate - wife - age 61 - born Isington
Beatrice S. Norgate - dau - Single - age 30 - born East Dereham
Emma C. Gooch - Ser - Single - age 32 - Cook Domestic - born Cley, Norfolk
Charlotte Cooper - Ser - Single - age 23 - Housemaid Domestic - born Gillingham, Norfolk
Eva A. Horne - Ser - Single - age 16 - Under Housemaid Domestic - born Mattishall

1910: Marriage record Eva Ann Horne married Fredrick William O'Leary at Kensington - Dec quarter (1a 297)

1911: Census - 56 Abingdon Villas Kensington W, London
Eugenia Moira - Head - Widow age 77 (1834) born London
Nina Moira - Daughter - Single - age 45 (1866) - born London
Dorothy Tunstall - Visitor - Single - age 21 (1890) - Professional Musical - Home in Paris
Arthur Tunstall - Visitor - Single - age 19 (1892) - Engineer Fitter Visitor - Home in Paris
Eva Oleary - Domestic Servant - Married - age 26 (1885) - Cook Domestic Visitor - Home Norfolk
Ella Pitman - Domestic Servant - Single - age 24 (1887) Parlourmaid - born Devonshire
Eva's husband Frederick was living at the barracks - in the record there seams to be confussion over his marital status

1911: Census - 18 Company R G A Garrison Sheerness Military Barracks, Kent
Frederick William O'Leary - Single ? - Gunner - age 26 (1885) - born Woolwich Kent

1912: Mar 14 - Fredrick and Eva were living at 7 Otway Street Chatham, Kent - Frederick was a Police Constable.

1918: Frederick was recorded as living at 20 Percy Street, South Norwood, London - Occupation Army Pensioner

1921: - Frederick and Eva were living at 20 Percy Street, South Norwood, London - Fredrick was an Electrician (Switch Board Attendant)

More on Eva Ann Horne
Eva Ann(1885) Eva was born on Thursday January 22nd 1885 at Mattishall. There is no record of her baptism but she first attended Mattishall school on July 5th 1890, together with her younger sister Florence Kate Horne. The family were Primitive Methodist so she would have also attended the village Methodist Church, which was then behind the village store on church plain, now known as 'Tabnabs.' Eva was the daughter of William Mann Horne (1858) a Tailor of Mattishall and Bertha Dann.

In 1901 we find Eva as a ‘Under Housemaid’ age 16 working for Charles B. Norgate a Solicitor and his wife Eliza together with there two children and two other domestic servants at 6 Quebec Street, East Dereham. Sometime after this Eva had moved to London for in 1910 at the age of 25 Eva married 24 year old Frederick William O’Leary a full time boy Soldier at Kensington, London. Frederick William O’Leary was born in the March quarter of 1886 at Woolwich Kent the son of Edward O’Leary and Florence Mary Alberta Fisk.

In the 1911 census it records Frederick as being born about 1886 at Woolwich Kent which confirms the above, he was recorded as a 'Gunner' in the 18 Company Royal Garrison Artillery Garrison Sheerness Military Barracks at Kent. During the 1914-1918 war the 18 Company manned the Eastern Coastal Defences. He must at sometime gone into action as later we discovered that he was wounded in the head - see below.

The 1911 census shows Eva and Frederick were living apart, we assume as his military position did not give accommodation to wives of service personal. Eva was a 25 year old Domestic Cook working for 77 year old Widow Eugenia Moira, together with her 45 year old daughter Nina and two visitors from Paris at 56 Abingdon Villas Kensington West London.

Eva and Frederick had two children: Molly Frances O'Leary born 1912 and Herbert Edward O'Leary born 1913.

On Tuesday October 22nd 1918, Eva at the young age of 34 and heavily pregnant died at home (20 Percy Road, South Norwood, London), she died of Spanish Flu. Frederick's mother was attending to her at the time, she was recorded present at death. Frederick's mother lived in the same road at number 39.

Twelve days later on Sunday November 3rd young Herbert O'Leary aged just 5 was to suffer the same fate, he also died of Spanish Flu. Again Frederick's mother was nursing him, this time at her house. 39 Percy Road. She was recorded also present at young Harry's death. She must have been distraught. It is hard to believe what she must have gone through, not only witnessing her daughter in-law dying in such an awful way and then we assume arranging and attending her funeral but then to go through the same thing all again losing her little grandson all within a few days.

Armistice day was November 11th 1918, although the troops had begun to come home in the summer and with them came this virulent virus which could kill its victims in less than a day. It is claimed Spanish Flu took more lives than the war itself and more than the Black Death.

The real victims of this tragedy are Fredrick and Molly for within a few days their whole lives had been shattered and changed forever. It is not clear where Eva and her young son Herbert are buried.

From all accounts Frederick was wounded in the war and discharged on June 26th 1916 with shrapnel in his head

Frederick remarried in the June quarter of 1919 to Edith L Herbert at Croydon, they were still living at Percy-road. However happiness was not to last - Frederick had survived the war, albeit wounded, he then endured the awful experience of losing his wife and son to Spanish Flu so we will never know how this all effected him or what went on in Fredericks mind, but from all accounts his wounds, the loss of his wife and his son must have been to much to take, for on, Thursday, April 21st, 1921 he took his own life.

Croydon Times 27/04/1921

Shrapnel Wounded Ex-Soldier Ends His Life

A pitiable story of the suffering of an ex-serviceman who in 1915 sustained a severe shrapnel wound in the head, which later resulted in paralysis of the right side, was unfolded at an inquest conducted by the Borough Coroner (Dr. H. B. Jackson) at the Union Offices Croydon on Monday morning of Frederick Wm O’Leary (34), a switchboard attendant, who resided at Percy-road, South Norwood. He was found suffocated in the kitchen of his house last Thursday evening.


The widow Mrs. E. L. O’Leary, stated that deceased had been in the Army, and whilst discharged on June 26th, 1916, suffering from the effects of a shrapnel wound in the head. He was paralyzed in the right side, and witness believed that he had a piece of shrapnel in his head which could not be extracted. He always complained of pains in the head.
Recently he had had an attack if influenza and only recommenced work on Tuesday last. Witness last saw him alive on Thursday morning. He then saw her off at South Norwood station when she went to London.


Returning to her home that same evening, witness found the door locked, and receiving no answer, after knocking for some time, she went to he brother-in-law’s house and informed him. He brought a ladder, climbed in through one of the upstairs windows, and opened the front door. On entering witness proceeded to the kitchen and opening the door smelt gas. She rushed across and opened the window, and in doing so kicked the body of her husband, which was lying on the floor.
In reply to the Coroner, witness said that when deceased saw her off at Norwood Junction he seemed strange in his manner.
He had had fits of depression, but never threatened to take his life. One night last week, when suffering in his head, he asked witness to give him something to put him out of his misery.


The Coroner produced a letter addressed to the widow “and others” which was written by deceased. In it he said: “No doubt when you get this I will be gone. I cannot stand the pain in my head any longer. I have stood it as long as I can, but I feel as though I am going mad.”
Frederick Wm Mummery, Percy-road, South Norwood, brother-in-law, stated that Mrs O’Leary came to his house on Thursday evening and asked him to force the door of her house as she could not enter. Witness procured a ladder and entered though one of the bedroom windows. He smelt gas strongly, and as Mrs O’Leary was almost in hysterics, he took her away. When he returned the body had been removed to the backyard.


William Edward Stanley, labourer of Stanley-road, said he was called into the house by Mrs O’Leary. He went onto the kitchen, the door of which was ajar. Mrs O’Leary followed witness and witness also kicked the body, which was lying on the floor. He led Mrs O’Leary out of the room and then opened the doors and windows. Witness on looking round, saw the body on the floor, which was covered with a quilt. Witness did not touch the quilt, but ran out to the door to call the police. As he reached the doorway he met PC Fitzgerald.
Dr. A.R. Mansell said when he examined the body it was quite cold. He was under the impression that deceased had been dead about two hours. The doctor attributed death to gas poisoning.


P.S. Fitzgerald (30Z) said at 9:20pm on Thursday, he was called to the house and preceded to the kitchen saw the deceased lying down covered with a quilt. With assistance, witness carried the body to the yard and immediately sent for the doctor. Witness inspected the kitchen and found the tube of a gas ring has been attached to a bracket, and apparently deceased had placed this in his mouth. He also found a letter near by. Witness tried artificial respiration, but without effect.
A verdict of “Suicide while of an unsound mind” was returned, and the Coroner remarked that the people who first arrived on the scene should have tried to first get the man out into the air. He, however greatly appreciated the prompt action of the Police Sergeant.
The widow also thanked the police officer for his assistance.

Frederick's early death has recently been classified as a First World War Casualty and is remembered in the United Kingdoms' Book of Remembrance.' as below

In Remembrance of
Service Number 15646
Died 21/04/1921
Aged 34
1st Bn. Royal Garrison Artillery

(Served as ELDER, Charles William). Son of Edward O'Leary;
Husband of Eva Anna O'Leary (nee Horne) of South Norwood, London.

It is not clear where Molly was at this time but she was now left orphaned at the age of 9.

It is said that on hearing this dreadful news William Mann Horne 1858 (Molly's Grandfather) announced Molly could come to live with the Horne family at Mattishall, Norfolk. The death of his eldest daughter must have brought back a lot of memories and emotions for William for he must have recalled the awful time in 1889 when he lost his wife, Bertha Dann (Eva's mother) to the flu virus at the very young age of 30. However fate was to deal another blow, for William just a few days later fell from his horse and trap seriously damaging his back and after a few days of suffering much pain died on Thursday May 5th 1921. Therefore the plan for Molly to come to Norfolk never materialised and Molly was from all accounts placed elsewhere in London. Precise details are unclear at this time.

More on Molly below.....

More on Frederick William O'leary

Frederick’s father:
1855: Birth record – Edward O’Leary at St Pancras – Jun quarter (1b 102)

Frederick’s parents:
1878: Marriage record –
Edward Francis O’Leary
married Florence Mary Alberta Fisk at St. George Hanover Square – Dec quarter (1a 772)
Edward and Florence had children:

This is Fredricks sister
about - Elizabeth OLeary is born at Malta

Frederick’s birth
1886: Birth record – Frederick William O’Leary at Woolwich – Mar quarter (1d 1265)

Frederick’s father dies
1886: Death record – Edward O’Leary at Colchester – Jun quarter (4a 231) age 33 (1853)
Edward was a full time soldier and we assume he was at Colchester Barracks

So it appears that Frederick never knew his father, he was brought up by his stepfather (below)
It also appears that his mother’s family ties where around the St George Hanover Square area as she was born and married there twice and as we will see Florence and William would have six children all registered at St George Hanover Square.

Fredrick’s mother remarries
1887: Marriage record –
Florence Mary A. O’Leary married William Mummery at St. George Hanover Square – Sep quarter (1a 931)
Florence and William had children:

[1] Florence Jannetta Mummery was born in the Sep quarter of 1888 at St Geo Han Sq (1a 398)
Florence married James Stephen Bates or Sydney Grantham Combs in the Dec quarter of 1909 at Croydon (2a 618)

[2] Reginald Mummery was born in the Dec quarter of 1890 at St Geo Han Sq (1a 375)
Reginald appears to have married Maggie S. Short in the Jun quarter of 1924 at Lewisham (1d 2083)

[3] Bertha Amy Mummery was born in the Jun quarter of 1892 at St Geo Han Sq (1a 443)
There is no marriage record of a Bertha that resembles this Bertha but there is an Amy B.
Amy B Mummery married William F. Ehlers in the Mar quarter of 1938 at Thanet (2a 1997)
This is just a guess!!!!

[4] Edgar Walter Mummery was born in the Jun quarter of 1895 at St Geo Han Sq (1a 433)
Edgar married Helen Morris in the Dec quarter of 1915 at Bromley (2a 1583)

[5] Cecilia Ruth Mummery was born in the Sep quarter of 1897 at St Geo Han Sq (1a 468)
Cecilia married John C. Pugh in the Mar quarter of 1917 at Croydon (2a 567)

[6] Leslie William Mummery was born in the Dec quarter of 1900 at St Geo Han Sq (1a 414)
Leslie married Mary Barnes in the Dec quarter or 1919 at Croydon (2a 960)

1891: Census Westmount Street
William Mummery - Head - age 30 - Shoemaker - Cantabury
Florence Mummery - Wife - age 30 - Pimlico London
Elizabeth O'Leary - Step dau - age 7 - Malta
Fredrick O'Leary - Strp Son - age 5 - Woolwich Kent
Florence Mummery - Dau - age 2 - Pimlico London
Reginald mummery - Son - age 7months - Pimlico London

1901: Census - No 7 Depot Royal Artillery
Frederick O'Leary - Soldier - age 15 - Woolwich Kent

1901: Census - 4 Effingham Street St George Hanover Square
William Mummery - Head - age 40 - Boot Maker / own account at home - Canterbury, Kent
Florence Mummery - Wife - age 40 - Pimlico London
Florence Mummery - Dau - age 12 - Pimlico London
Reginald Mummery - Son - age 10 - Pimlico London
Bertha A Mummery - Dau -age 9 - Pimlico London
Edgar A Mummery - Son - age 6 - Pimlico London
Cecilia R Mummery - Dau - age 3 - Pimlico London
Leslie Mummery - Son - age 5months - Pimlico London

1911: Census - 39 Percy Road South Norwood London
William Mummery - Head - age 51 - Bootmaker and Repairer at Home worker - Canterbury
Florence Mary Alberta Mummery - Wife - Married 24 years - age 51 - Pimlico London
Reginald Mummery - Son - single - age 20 - Boot Repairer - Pimlico London
Edgar Walter Mummery - Son - age 16 - Boy in Saw Mill - Pimlico London
Ruth Mummery - Dau - age 13 - Scholar - Pimlico London
Leslie William Mummery - Son - age 10 Scholar - Pimlico London


(age 24)
Marriage record - Fredrick William O'Leary married Eva Ann Horne at Kensington - Dec quarter (1a 297)

(age 26)
Mar 14 - Fredrick and Eva were living at 7 Otway Street Chatham, Kent - Frederick was a Police Constable.

Frederick would have been on of the 129 bicycling police patrols in Kent. Each cycle patrol was issued with a forage cap, knickers and puttees. The forage cap being replaced in 1915 with a peaked cap.

(age 32)
Frederick was recorded as living at 20 Percy Street, South Norwood, London - Occupation Army Pensioner

(age 34)
- Frederick and Eva were living at 20 Percy Street, South Norwood, London - Fredrick was an Electrician (Switch Board Attendant)

Fredericks mother dies
1941: Death record – Florence Mummery at Croydon – Sep quarter (2a 1034) age 81 (1860)
Her birth record
1859: Birth record – Florence Mary Alberta Fisk at St George Hanover Square – Jun quarter (2a 229)

Surprisingly there are quite a few William Mummery’s so it is not that easy to see when he died.

More on Molly Frances O'Leary

It is not quite clear to the precise details regarding Molly's early years following her father's death or where she lived as Molly never talked about it. The next record we have is Molly's marriage to Wilfred Rollinson

1931: Marriage record - Molly F. O'Leary married Wilfred H. A Rollinson at Croydon - Jun quarter (2a 965)
Wilfred Henry A Rollinson was born in the Mar quarter of 1903 at Croydon - (2a 290)
Mollie and Wilfred had children;

[1] Kenneth W Rollinson born 1932 in the Croydon district
[2] Brian F. Rollinson born 1934 in the Croydon district

Willfred and Molly






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