Person:Bernard Timothy (1)

Bernard Vincent Timothy
  1. Bernard Vincent Timothy1881 - 1966
Facts and Events
Name Bernard Vincent Timothy
Alt Name Bernard Vincent Timothy Cooke
Gender Male
Birth[1][4] 25 May 1881 Manchester, Lancashire, England
Census[2] 5 Apr 1891 Wigan, Lancashire, England95 Wallgate
Census[3] 2 Apr 1911 Leigh, Lancashire, England26 Ellesmere Street
Census[4] 29 Sep 1939 Tempsford, Bedfordshire, EnglandStonebridge House
Death[6] 1966 Bedfordshire, England

Bernard Vincent Timothy was born on 25th May 1881 in Manchester, son of a domestic servant called Mary Cooke and a surgeon and physician called Peter Vincent Timothy. Bernard's parents were not married - his father had recently left his wife to live with Bernard's mother. Bernard had eight surviving older half-siblings from his father's marriage, but as his father lived apart from them and their mother it seems likely that Bernard would have had little contact with them.

Bernard's parents moved from Manchester to neighbouring Salford some time before 1883, when Bernard would still have been very small. Bernard's mother died in Salford in 1884.

After Mary's death, Bernard's father had a relationship with a lady called Anne Webb, with whom he had seven children between 1886 and 1897, and did eventually marry in 1905 after his first wife had died. The family moved around extensively, with Bernard's younger half siblings being born in Liverpool, St Helens, Wigan, the Essex suburbs of London and back in Manchester. Bernard appears in the 1891 census living with his father, Anne Webb and three younger half-siblings in Wigan.

Bernard has not been found in the 1901 census, at which time his father and Anne Webb were living in Longton in Staffordshire. They moved to Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast around 1903 and settled there for the rest of their lives.

The 1911 census finds Bernard living at Leigh in Lancashire, working as a labourer in an iron foundry. Bernard's father and stepmother both died in 1919 in Great Yarmouth.

Bernard never married. From the late 1930s he lived at Tempsford in Bedfordshire, appearing there in electoral rolls for 1938 and in the 1939 Register taken at the outbreak of the Second World War. His occupation was given as "none" in the 1939 Register, but it seems likely that his work was connected to the Royal Air Force's Special Duty Service which was based at Tempsford, in one of the most secret airfields of the Second World War; immediately after the war Bernard was listed in the electoral registers at an address care of the RAF base, and in the early 1950s he lived at "Airfield Hut" in the neighbouring parish of Everton - the airfield straddled Tempsford and Everton parishes.

In the late 1950s Bernard lived in the nearby town of Bedford. Electoral rolls from the 1960s show he spent some years living at 1 Dunstable Street in Ampthill, which was the former workhouse, which by this time was used as an old people's home. Bernard died in the Bedford are in 1966, aged 85.

  1. Births index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    b. Bernard Vincent Timothy COOKE, June Quarter 1881, Manchester Registration District, Volume 8d, page 313, mother's maiden name blank

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1891 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG12; Piece 3052; Folio 97; Page 13, 5 Apr 1891.

    Address: 95 Wallgate, Wigan, Lancashire
    Peter Vincent Timothy, head, married, male, 59 [1831/2], Physician & Surgeon Registered, employer, b. St Giles, London
    Annie Timothy, wife, married, female, 31 [1859/60], b. Knutsford, Cheshire
    Bernard Vincent Timothy, son, male, 10 [1880/1], Scholar, b. Manchester, Lancashire
    Earnest Augustus Timothy, son, male, 5 [1885/6], b. Liverpool, Lancashire
    Maude Eveline Timothy, daughter, female, 3 [1887/8], b. St Ann's, Lancashire
    Percy Lionel Timothy, son, male, 1 [1889/90], b. Wigan, Lancashire
    Ellen Swift, servant, single, female, 17 [1873/4], Domestic Servant, b. St Helens, Lancashire
    Margaret Alice Duckworth, visitor, single, female, 16 [1874/5], b. Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire

  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1911 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG14; Piece 23209; Schedule 127, 2 Apr 1911.

    Address: 26 Ellesmere Street, Leigh, Lancashire
    2 rooms occupied
    Bernard Timothy, lodger, male, 29 [1881/2], single, Foundry Labourer - Iron Foundry, worker, b. Manchester, Lancashire
    James Whittle, lodger, male, 39 [1871/2], married, Butcher (assistant), worker, b. Glazebury, Lancashire
    John S. Chapman, lodger, male, 18 [1892/3], single, Butcher assistant, worker, b. Nantwich, Cheshire
    Albert Council, lodger, male, 38 [1872/3], single, Millhand stripper and finder - Cotton Spinning, worker, b. Bolton, Lancashire

  4. 4.0 4.1 General Register Office. 1939 Register
    Biggleswade Rural District, 29 Sep 1939.

    Address: Stonebridge House, Tempsford, Bedfordshire
    Stuart, Hester E. / female / b. 12 Jul 1859 / widow / Unpaid domestic duties
    Wright, Catherine / female / b. 4 Apr 1881 / married / Nurse
    Young, Arthur C. / male / b. 28 Jun 1886 / married / Butler
    Young, Annie / female / b. 6 Jun 1891 / married / Cook
    Timothy, Bernard U. [sic] / male / b. 25 May 1881 / single / None

  5.   Bedfordshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1986 (Bedfordshire Archives & Record Service, Bedford /

    1938: Tempsford Hall, Tempsford: Bernard Timothy
    1939: 1 Station Road, Tempsford: Bernard Timothy
    1945: 24 Church Street, Tempsford: Bernard V. Timothy
    1946-1948: c/o A.M.W. Depot, R.A.F. Station, Tempsford: Bernard V. Timothy
    1949-1951: not found - Bernard Timothy not listed in either Tempsford or Everton
    1952-1954: Airfield Hut, Everton: Bernard Vincent Timothy
    1955-1956: 18 St John's Street, Bedford: John Timothy (only appearances of a John Timothy in this record set)
    1957-1959: 18 St John's Street, Bedford: Bernard Timothy
    1962-1966: 1 Dunstable Street, Ampthill: Bernard V. Timothy

  6. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    d. Bernard V.T. COOKE or Bernard V. TIMOTHY, September Quarter 1966, Bedford Registration District, Volume 4a, page 38, aged 85 [1880/1]