Ruth Croucher [Deadman] (1908-2007)

Dates

Birth: 27 November 1908 Copse or Coppice Cottage, Furze Hills, Churt, Surrey, UK
Father: James Croucher 1860-1939
Mother: Ellen Fullick 1872-1943

Christening: 7 February 1909 St John the Evangelist, Churt, Surrey, UK

Marriage: 30 March 1935 St John the Evangelist, Churt, Surrey, UK
Husband: Frederick George Deadman 1910-1979

Death: 21 February 2007 Surrey, UK

Children

Christopher James Deadman 1941-2009

Notes

Birth of Ruth Croucher in FreeBMD in January-March 1909 in Farnham (2a 157).

Entry in Ancestry All Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912 for Ruth Croucher, baptised 7 February 1909 at Churt, St John the Evangelist, with Rushmoor, parents James and Ellen Croucher. "Page 88 Baptisms in the Parish of Churt in the County of Surrey in the Year One Thousand Nine Hundred and Eight-Nine [...] 1909 February 7th No. 700 Ruth, parents James, a Labourer, and Ellen Croucher of Furze Hill Churt".

In the 1911 census as Ruth Croucher aged 2, born in Churt, Surrey and living with her parents (James and Ellen), three brothers (Ernest, Frederick and William) and two sisters (Ellen and Emily) at Copse Cottage, Churt, Surrey.

The family were living at Mead End Cottages, Churt when her brother was born in 1916.

On leaving school at 14 her first job was domitory maid at Melbreck School on the Tilford Road run by the Verneys for small boys for two years. She then joined the living-in staff at the vicarage, Mr Bosanquet having taken over the living in 1925.

There are ten entries in Ancestry All Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1962 for Ruth Croucher address The Vicarage, Churt, Frensham, Farnham from 1930 to 1934, other occupants Bernard Hugh (vicar?) and Emily Mary Bosanquet.

Marriage of Ruth Croucher and Frederick G Deadman in FreeBMD in January-March 1935 in Surrey SW (2a 587).

Entry in Ancestry Surrey, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1937 for Ruth Croaker (sic) aged 26, father James Croaker (sic), and Frederick George Deadman on 30 March 1935 in Churt, St John the Evangelist, with Rushmoor. "Page 112 1935 Marriage solemnized in The Parish Church in the Parish of Churt in the County of Surrey. No. 223 March 30th Frederick George Deadman aged 24, a Bachelor and Painter of 2 Parkhurst Cottages Churt, father George Deadman, a Gardener, and Ruth Croucher aged 26, a Spinster and Domestic Servant of Fairfield, Churt, father James Croucher, a Gardener. Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns [...] in the Presence of us, Ronald Alfred Deadman and Sylvia Irene Deadman".

There are five entries in Ancestry All Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1962 for Ruth Deadman address 4 Sandy Lane, Tilford, Frensham, Farnham from 1935 to 1938, other occupant Frederick George Deadman (husband?) and 11 Council Cottages, Churt, Frensham, Farnham in 1939, other occupant Frederick George Deadman (husband?).

In the 1939 England and Wales Register as Ruth Deadman born 27 November 1908, married, a daily domestic help, and living with Frederick G Deadman (husband?) at 11 New Council Cottages, Hambledon, Surrey.

On the death of her mother, my father wanted them to live at Fairfield behind Ingledene, but this caused a rift in the family. There was a still born buried in the woods by my father. Her son was born in Churt in 1941.

She worked at Green Croft (converted by Mr West from two cottages using a ship's beam) as a nanny.

There are twelve entries in Ancestry All Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1962 for Ruth Deadman address 11 Green Lane Cottages, Churt, Frensham, Farnham from 1945 to 1960, other occupant Frederick G Deadman (husband?) from 1946.

I used to go to them one night a week from school after the death of my mother. I remember watching Quatermass on their TV, and then having to walk home in the lane after dark! I also remember hearing A-Tisket A-Tasket by Ella Fitzgerald on their gramophone. She also used to look after me on school holidays - I remember climbing the Jumps and also going to Mr Young the baker up Hammer Lane where the shop window was full of glass jars of sweets. Her son taught me how a reflector works and scared me with stories of lightning. They has a stuffed white owl at the top of the stairs which I believe came from his parents.

Her husband died in 1979.

Entry in 192.com for Ruth Deadman in the Electoral Roll 2002-07 aged 41-45 (sic) and living in Farnham, Surrey, GU10.

Entry in Ancestry UK, Electoral Registers, 2003-2010 for MS Ruth Deadman address 49 Parkhurst Fields, Churt GU10 2PQ, Farnham, Surrey from 2003 to 2007.

Entry in People Trace UK for Ruth Deadman - 49 Parkhurst Fields, Churt, Farnham GU10 2PQ from 1986 to 2012.

Entry in the Register of Deaths for Ruth Deadman, born 27 November 1908, in February 2007 in West Surrey (D23J 761/1D).

There are three entries in Ancestry Public Member Trees for Ruth Croucher born January 1908 at Furze Hill, Churt, Surrey, parents James Croucher and Ellen Fullick, her christening on 7 February 1909 at St. John the Evangelist, Churt, her marriage to Frederick George Deadman on 30 March 1935 at St. John the Evangelist, Churt witnessed by Ronald Alfred Deadman and Sylvia Irene Deadman, her son, and her death in West Surrey in February 2007.

More information on Ruth Croucher in Further Reflections on Churt by Olivia Cotton 2004 pp14-15. Also on the CD Vintage Churt 2006.

Relationship

Ruth Croucher was my aunt. Her husband was the the second great grandnephew of Harriet Deadman, wife of Charles Croucher, her great grandfather.

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