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3rd March 2019

Kevin Standen:

My name is Kevin Standen and my family left Wittersham for America in 1850. Just wanted to say hello from Dana Point California.

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Family History

20th June 2018

Susan Ingram:

I have been tracing my family history, and my direct ancestor, Richard Sims, (5 generations) apparently came from Wittisham in Kent. Is this the same place, but has been Misspelt?

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Wittersham / Tenterden War Horse

26th July 2016

Ivor Body:

I would have like to put a letter from Camouflage your own war horse. Doctor Thomas Body rode him in the Somme where he was injured. When he was repatriated with 27 other horses Dr Thomas was waiting to purchase him. They went on to win 11 point to point races and went hunting together. Tenterden museum in 2018 are having an exhibition on men who returned fro the great war and Camouflage and Dr Thomas will be included with the letter and photos.

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Wittersham / Tenterden

16th July 2016

Ivor Body:

Dec 1916. Newspapers not identified.
The Distinguished Service Order has been conferred upon Captain John Body, Territorial Buffs, of Wittersham …

Captain J. Body, of Tenterden, has been appointed an Acting Lieutenant-Colonel, while commanding a Territorial Battalion of the Buffs. He was recently awarded the D.S.O. for his services in Mesopotamia.

Wittersham has much cause for congratulation in the honour which we are sure has been well earned by its heroic son, Captain John Body of the Buffs (Territorial Battalion). He has had conferred upon him the Distinguishes Service Order for services in the operations in Mesopotamia.
We are pleased to record that Captain T.M. Body of the RAMC is among the number saved in the recent torpedo attack on the ship “Minnesota” In Mesopotamia. It appears that she was torpedoed in the neighbourhood of Crete, and although it was a sudden attack, yet there at once gathered around her a vast number of trawlers and other craft, and the whole of the troops on board (1,700) were saved. It is remarkable that whilst the enemy, it must be admitted, has been very successful in submarine warfare, that in comparison to the great number of ships, with large bodies of men on them, there have been few lives lost. We have not yet, to all appearances, succeeded in counteracting the enemy submarine enterprise. No doubt, later on, we shall be found adopting methods which might have been employed at the earliest stages of the enemy’s dastardly attacks.

Captain J. Body, the Buffs, who has been granted the D.S.O. in connection with the operations in Mesopotamia, is the elder son of the late Mr, John Body, J.P. of Wittersham, and of Mrs. Body, who still resides at that place. He was educated at Tonbridge School, where he distinguished himself in the cricket field. He was for some years in the Weald of Kent Volunteers, from which he retired, but on Captain Munn Mace being appointed lieutenant-colonel of the battalion he rejoined the corps and became captain of the Tenterden Company. He went to Mesopotamia with the battalion in November 1915, and took part in the sever fighting in which the regiment had many casualties. Another son of Mrs. Body, Dr. T.M. Body, joined the RAMC and was sent to Amara, where the two brothers met. Dr. Body returned home recently. The ship in which he made the voyage was torpedoed, but happily all on board were saved.
Jan 1917
WAR HOSPITAL SUPPLY DEPOT – The following letter from Lieut, W.H. Marshall, 1/5th Buffs, written on January 10th 1917, has been received by the Secretary – “So many thanks for another generous package of comforts. The bandages as usual are most acceptable, and well repay the loving care spent on rolling them. We are now pretty well off for Oxo cubes, though the last have proved very welcome. What we want now is Horlick’s milk, either In tablet or powder form. This acts as food for any man who is a bit off colour. Nestle’s condensed milk is very valuable too. You may be interested to hear what the battalion is doing. We are in a regular warren of trenches, and are slowly pushing the Turks back on Kut. Every night a party goes out and digs a bit further, or consolidates a bit of ground taken by day, under cover of a terrific bombardment by our guns. The men feel the cold by night, but are a cheery as possible in spite of the cold and fatigue. Col. Body looks after every detail as usual, there never was such a C.O. We are awfully lucky in our Brigadier too, General Thompson, who is always round the lines, and always ready to send congratulations and thanks in his own writing to a subaltern who does a bit of good work. The men would go anywhere for such leaders.”

“The 5th Buffs have had their baptism of fire and have gained great praise from all, but at a very heavy cost. I am not allowed to tell you much, but no doubt you will have seen the casualty list before you get this. Fraser, Cheesman, Adam, Peters, Macfadyen, Walker, Collingridge, Leaf and self were the only officers not hit. Poor Hugh Marchant, Guy Baker and Rothwell were killed, Buss and Goshen cannot recover, all the others were slightly wounded. [Then there is something about the casualties among the men which has all been crossed out in blue pencil, and all I can see is ‘slight; wounded – this added by Mabel]. It was a terrific battle and the 5th Buffs have made a great name for themselves out here. I am very proud of them, they were splendid and fought like lions. The General addressed us yesterday and thanked us all for all we had done. I am very fit, we hear no new and I am longing to get another letter from you.”

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Wedding Body / Kenward

16th July 2016

Ivor Body:

9 Oct 1901. Newspaper name not recorded.

A marriage in which keen local interest was taken was celebrated on Wednesday afternoon at the church of St. Stephen, South Dulwich. The contracting parties were Miss Mabel Kenward, younger daughter of the late Mr. Trayton Kenward, of Icklesham, and Mrs. Kenward, of Montagu House, Crystal Palace Parade, Upper Norwood, and Mr. J. Body, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. John Body, of Wittersham. The bride is a well known and much liked lady, and the popularity of the bridegroom, both as a gentleman and a sportsman, is deservedly great. The sacred edifice was artistically adorned for the ceremony, the chancel, which contains a splendid fresco (valued at £800) by Sir Edwards Poynter, being massed with palms and ferns and flowering plants. The Rev. T.T. Churton, Rector of Bexhill, and recently Vicar of Icklesham, performed the ceremony, being assisted by the Rev. T.E. White, Vicar of St. Stephens, South Dulwich. The Rev. Theodore Johnson, Rector of Bodiam, had intended to assist.

The bride, charmingly radiant, wore a costume of white satin, with a side flounce of chiffon round the skirt, the bodice having a bolero of paillettes studded with pearls. A big chou of chiffon in front was draped up with sprays of orange blossoms. She wore a lace veil and wreath of orange blossoms, and carried a magnificent shower bouquet of white heather and roses, the gift of the bridegroom. The bridesmaids were Miss Midred Holm (a cousin of the bride), Miss Lottie [This has been crossed through by Kitty – it must have been Mary Louisa Body] and Miss Kathleen Body (sisters of the bridegroom), Miss Primrose Bartholomew, and Miss Elsie Craig. They were costumed in pale blue glace silk trimmed with white chiffon, and wore white picture hats trimmed with ostrich feathers. They carried shower bouquets of Parma violets, and wore brooches of turquoise and pearls, both the gifts of the bridegroom. The bride was escorted to the altar and given away by her brother (Mr. R. Kenward) and her train was born by Master Jack Stevens, wearing a sailor’s white suit. The bridegroom was attended by his brother (Mr. Thomas Munn Body) as “best man”.

The service was choral, the clergy and choristers meeting the bridal procession at the porch, the processional hymn being “The voice that breathed o’er Eden”. Psalm lxvii was chanted, and from it the Rev. T.T. Churton took his text, “God, even our own God, shall give us His blessing”, and addressed the bride and bridegroom in earnest and affectionate terms. The hymn “Thine for ever, God of love” preceded the blessing, given by the Vicar. The organist, Mr. Charles Lawrence, Mus. Bac. Oxon., played the £Bridal Procession” from “Lohengrin” (Wagner); “Benediction Nuptials” (Dubois); “Elevation chaminade”; Allegretto from “Lobgesang” (Mendelssohn); and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March”.

The company present at the church included, we observed, Mrs. Kenward, Mr. and Mrs. John Body, Captain and [this, again, has been crossed through by Kitty] Mrs. Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dawes, Miss Elsie Dawes, Dr. Wade, Mr. and Mrs. A. and Miss Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. C. and Miss Vidier.

A quiet reception was held during the afternoon at Montagu House, after which he happy couple left en route for the Continent, where the honeymoon will be spent. The bride’s going away costume was tailor-made of red cloth striped with black, and big white felt picture hat, with black ostrich feathers inside brim.

The presents, numerous and costly, included –
Bride to Bridegroom, fitted dressing case.
Bridegroom to Bride, piano (Codard) and set of sables.
Mrs. Kenward (mother of the Bride), household linen, dessert and fish knives and forks.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Body, plate and trap.
Captain and Mrs. C.J. Stevens, (sister of the bride), dinner gong and sapphire and diamond ring.
Master J. Stevens, silver-mounted trinket box.
Mr. Robert Kenward, revolving breakfast dish and silver cigarette box.
Mr. A.J. Kenward, silver hot water jug.
Mr. F.C. Kenward, silver tea tray.
Mr. Richard Kenward, morocco dressing bag.
Mr. E. Kenward, silver teapot and silver cigarette box.
Mr. C. Kenward, set of silver salt cellars.
Mr. W. Body, silver butter dish.
The Misses Body, standard lamp.
Mr. T.M. Body, glass and coffee cups.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Holmes, clock.
Messrs. R. and G. and the Misses Holmes, silver salver.
Mr. R.B. and Miss Dorothy Holmes, grape scissors.
Mr. J.R. Holmes, flower pot.
Mr. Alfred Body, silver photo frame.
Mrs. R. Kenward, rose bowl.
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Kenward, cake basket.
Mrs. J.C. Holmes, vase.
Miss Ford, silver dessert spoons and sugar sifter.
Mrs. Saunders, china cup and saucer.
Miss Bartholomew, entree dish.
Mr. and Mrs. Mace, silver-mounted jam pot.
Miss Craig, worked tablecloth and cosy.
Miss J. Bartholomew, silver sugar tongs.
Miss Curteis and the Misses Burra, silver mustard pot.
Messrs. H.C. and R.P. Burra, decanters.
Miss Turl, silver tea set.
Misses Comfort, silver-plated cheese, biscuit and butter dish.
Misses Thomas, Doulton ware ornament.
Mr. Kennington, Ambleside kettle.
The Rev. and Mrs. Johnson, silver candlesticks
Mr. A. Johnson, silver-handled bread knife.
Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Vidler, salad bowl.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Dawes and family, silver rose bowls.
Miss Helen Smith, silver butter knife.
Mr. and Mrs. Abbey, two silver cake dishes.
Mr. ad Mrs. Prentice, silver vases.
Miss Ann Sharwood, silver-mounted salt cellars.
Miss Lizzie Field, silver-mounted match box.
Miss Lizzie Chapman, silver bread fork.
Miss Goulby, clock.
Misses Gilmour, Japanese embroidered table centre.
Mrs. Stevens, St. Malo flower vase.
Miss D.M. Compton, table cloth, d’oyleys, and silver mustard pot.
Mr., Mrs. And the Misses Pilgrim, silver scent bottle.
The Rev. and Mrs. G.L. Bates, claret jug.
Dr. Wynne, silver photo frame.
The Rev. and Mrs. H.P. Edridge, Bible.
Mr and Mrs. Piercy, silver-mounted scent bottle.
Mr. Courtenay Stevens, inkstand.
Mr. and Mrs. Ainsworth Barr, two silver rose bowls.
Miss Pullan, silver photo frame.
Mr. and Mrs. Keeling, silver inkpot and tray.
Miss Keeling, silver mounted blotter.
Dt. Wade, silver serviette rings.
Mr. A. Piper, silver Apostle spoons.
Miss and Mr. J.F. Selmes, silver cigarette case.
Miss Ellen Yarley, butter dish.
Mrs. Smith, jug of Sussex ware.
Mr. John Eden, silver pen and pencil case.
Mr. and Mrs. Ticehurst, silver sugar caster.
Mr. Robert Skinner, pair of silver-mounted cut glass vases.
Mr. Wilde, fish, game and meat carvers.
Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Jupp, scent bottle.
Mrs. Franks, biscuit box.
Mrs. and Miss Whitehead, blotter.
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Day, silver toast rack.
Mr. and Mrs. James Cooper, Sussex ware candlestick.
Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Skinner, cut glass silver-mounted flower vases.
Wittersham Cricket Club, inkstand.
Mr. R. Piper, sardine dish.
Mr. and Mrs. Piper, silver and ivory paper knife.
The Misses Standen, silver pen wiper.
Mrs. Gosbee, letter rack.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Vidler, jam spoon.
Miss K. Abbey, photo frame.
Miss Lena Greig, flower vase.
Mr. and Mrs. Lemon, tea caddy.
Mr. and Mrs. T.G. Sharpe, silver mounted match stand.
Mr. and Mrs. E.P.S. Jones, two pictures.
Dr. and Mrs. Albert Vidler, silver muffineers.
Mr. R.A. Neave, breakfast service.
Mr. C.C. Neave, two photos in frame.
Three Widows, set of jugs.
Employees at Wittersham and Bodiam, dining room clock and fish carvers.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hunter, drawing room mirror.
Mr. and Mrs. Kingsnorth, nut crackers.
Mr. Desprez, morocco leather purse.
The Misses Macfarlane, table centre.
Mrs. Anderson, flower vases.
Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Rose, silver knife rests.
Miss Ladell, photo frames,
Mr. and Mrs. Goldman, embossed plate.
The Misses Stevens, Venetian glass ornament.
Mrs. Frost, embroidered bag.
The Playden Hockey Club, entrée dishes and gold hat pin.
Dr. and Mrs. Montgomery, silver sugar basin.
Dr. and Mrs. Paget, silver serviette rings.
Mr. and Mrs. Bushell, salad bowl.
Dr. and Mrs. Pridham, silver vases.
Mrs. Bishopp, book of photos.

Another dated 9 Oct 1901, from an unnamed source.
The members assembled in the Ewe and Lamb pn the 3rd instant to present to their captain a silver inkstand procured through Mr. A,C, Terry of Tenterden, on which was engraved:- “Presented by the isle of Oxney Cricket Club to their captain, Mr. John Body, jun. on his marriage October 9th 1901.”, together with a list of 35 subscribers, which was headed:- “The undermentioned members of the Isle of Oxney Cricket Club present to their captain, Mr. John Body, jun., on his marriage, October 9th 1901, this inkstand as a small mark of their esteem, trusting that he and his wife may enjoy a long life of happiness and prosperity.”

Part of a report of the same date, again from an undisclosed source, headed:

The president said the last year had been a record one for the Rye Football Club – from a matrimonial point of view (laughter). Four members had been married. First there was Mr. Bert Longley (the ten captain), then their old friend Rhodes (otherwise known as ‘Jokey’), then Mr. John Body (loud cheers), and last Sunday Pellett (otherwise known as ‘Bosco’). The president did not know the reason for these many marriages, but perhaps those he had mentioned, finding they could not win the Cup, decided to go in for a new team altogether (loud laughter). To mark the club’s appreciation of Mr. John Body, he had to ask that gentleman’s acceptance of a silver mounted walking stick (cheers).
Mr. Body (again loudly cheered) said that he would value the gift all his life. It was a lovely present, just what he wanted, and, above all, it represented the kindly feelings of the Club towards him. He had enjoyed himself as much with the Rye Football Club as anywhere. He could not thank them as well as some would, but his thanks were heartfelt (cheers).

The Mayor then distributed the medals awarded to the Club as joint holders of the League Cup, first asking Mr. John Body to accept on behalf of his brother (Mr. T.M. Body) his runner-up medal for the Sussex Junior Cup.

Another report of the Wedding, in an unnamed newspaper.
On the 9th inst., at St Stephen’s Church, South Dulwich, by the Rev. T.J. Churton, assisted by the Rev. F.E. White (vicar), Mr. John Body, son of Mr. J. Body, J.P., of Wittersham, Kent, to Miss Mabel Kenward, daughter of the late Trayton Kenward, of Icklesham, Sussex, and Mrs. Kenward, Montagu House, Upper Norwood, E.E. The bride was given away by her eldest brother, Mr. Robert Kenward, and was attired in a charming dress of ivory satin trimmed with chiffon and lace. Her tulle veil covered a spray of orange blossoms, and she carried a bouquet of white roses and heather – the bridegroom’s gift. There were five bridesmaids, Miss E.M. Holmes (cousin of the bride), Miss Body and Miss M.K. Body (sisters of the bridegroom). Miss P.M. Bartholomew and Miss E.B. Craig, who wore pale blue glacé silk dresses draped with fichus of white spotted gauze, and big white picture hats trimmed with white plumes and blue velvet, each carrying a bouquet of Parma violets and lilies of the valley, given with pearl and turquoise brooches by the bridegroom. The page, Master Jack Stevens (the bride’s nephew), wore a white satin sailor suit and received a gold safety pin from the bride. The duties of best man were performed by Mr. T. Body, and after the reception at Montagu House the newly-married pair left for Paris and Brussels to spend their honeymoon, the bride going away in a light red cloth dress and long coat, and a white and black picture hat. The wedding cake was supplied by Messrs. W. and G. Buszard of Oxford Street.

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Wittersham Cricket Match of the Century

5th October 2015

Ivor Body:

Here is a transcript from the Kentish Express 1936. The members at the luncheon are missing, but I have details.


Extract from the Kentish Express, 11th September 1936.


Looked forward to for several months – ever since Major Neve and others in the Isle of Oxney conceived the idea – the great tussle between Ashdown and Wensley and an Isle of Oxney Eleven was played at Wittersham last Saturday.
Enormous energy had been put into the making of a good pitch and outfield, and the addition of marquees and tents and side-shows, the presence of a B.B.C. commentator’s van, hundreds of chairs and other seats and a ring surrounded by motor-cars made a spectacle that was intense in its cricketing atmosphere of the present day.
How different from what the little ground nearer the church must have looked when Wenman and Mills defeated eleven men of the Isle a hundred and two years ago! And at that time there were no mowing machines; the grass on the pitch was cut by the scythe, while pairs of scissors sometimes came into play. It was no billiard-table surface to bat upon, high kickers and shooters coming along incessantly. Yet Wenman and Mills, under these difficulties, won.
The London papers have made a capital story out of this match and, as usual, an incorrect one. They tell us that cricketers of the Isle of Oxney have resented their defeat over a hundred years and sent a challenge to Ashdown and Wensley so that they could take their revenge. All rubbish! The match was arranged by a few enthusiasts to revive the memories of the historic match of last century.
Anyway, it was a truly sporting match and will be recorded as a bright spot in Kent cricket history, remembered a hundred years hence, and longer still.
Many a visitor came to the ground expecting a rustic match, ardent but crude cricket, and with some of the eleven wearing waistcoats and maybe their Sunday-best trousers. Not a bit of it.
This was a smartly-dressed eleven, flannels as white as any seen in a ‘Varsity match, white caps with red initials, made specially for the occasion; every man on his toes and fielding well, batting in good style, against bowlers who have taken the wickets of the best batsmen in the world. Yes, that is what impressed one most – the sterling all-round cricket of the Isle of Oxney Eleven.
The first pair, Pridham, the skipper, and Chubber Catt, not only made a good start but played the early overs with confidence and skill. Many of those balls would have beaten county batsmen. And others who followed showed that this was no yokel team. Runs were easy to get, of course, but they had to stop jolly good balls. “Chunbber’s” was an innings to be remembered.
And then the wicket-keeping of G. Gooke was really splendid, not only in the way he took the bowling but in the clean way he gathered the ball when thrown in from the field. The bowling was never ragged.
Alfred Bush is fast and was once tried at the county nursery, but they only want youngsters there and he is 26. I liked his natural delivery and he is certainly fast. He might have been bowled more often.
Of the other bowlers F. Bromham, tall, with a high delivery in his spell of 18 overs, often bowled short, but when he kept a length was effective. C. Bush only had one over from which Ashdown hit 3 consecutive fours and a single and Wensley a six! Catt bowled 5 overs, and ought to have bowled more, for he had the batsmen guessing at times. A. Bush, in his second spell, took the only wicket.
Ashdown and Wensley won by clever tactics. Ordinary medium bowling was too expensive if the batsmen could keep up their wickets. With no fieldsmen against them they could get a run from almost every ball so a change became necessary: Wicket-keeping gloves were discarded, the bowlers sent down slows, and at times Ashdown fielded at short square leg, while Wenslet bowled leg breaks.
Roars of laughter, in which Ashdown joined, went up when Ashdown, after placing himself in the exact spot, fumbled a catch from Pridham.
The men of Oxney found slow bowling more difficult than fast, and that was their undoing.
I would back the Isle of Oxney eleven against most of the town elevens in Kent .
When batting, the two professionals were very careful at first – the loss of one wicket meant the end. But both punished every loose ball, especially on the off side. Glorious cuts from Ashdown. Once they slowed down considerably, especially when A. Bush got his length, but runs always came at a good pace. It was a fine display of confident batting under trying conditions.
I watched the play and left the ground – even the thunderstorm did not damp my admiration – as a Man of Kent proud of the display made by the Men of Oxney, and equally proud to know that Kent and Sussex possess such a sporting pair of professionals as Ashdown and Wensley, two fine all-rounders.
And then there was the setting, pastoral and lovely, typically Kentish. Facing us from one side of the ground was the white stone tower of the church, five centuries old, peering just above the tall trees that wreath the churchyard; the red roofs of the houses in the village street; and a nest of oast-house cowls that remind us of the hops athat once grew in such profusion close by.
And then, from another side of the ground, the range of hills in the distance, the summits of which formed a strong defence when Danish pirates attacked the Isle of Oxney and the sea surrounded it. Across the level land leading to the back-ground of hills are rich pastures, bright green from the rains of summer, and patches of woodland dotted here and there: red cattle and white sheep browsing. A beauty sopt of beautiful Kent .

The early morning of Saturday promised none too well and overnight rain made the pitch soft and easy. A shower fell during lunch time, but the two innings were completed soon after four o’clock when a heavy thunderstorm which had been threatening for a long time burst over the ground and stumps were drawn. Over 3,000 people were present, as against 2,000 when the Wenman match was played in 1834. Then it was horses and walks of many miles; this year they came in motor-cars which lined the ground, and instead of walking, many villagers came in ‘buses.
The little pavilion of the Wittersham club had been freshly painted, and up-to-date scoring boards each end of the ground recorded run by run, and were manipulated by scouts. Mrs. Bligh, wife of the Ashford Cricket Club skipper, kindly scored.
The arrangements for the match were made by Major R. neve and a committee, who were congratulated on every hand. The proceeds of the match went to charities in the Isle of Oxney. Messrs. J. A. Jennings, of Canterbury , printed a souvenir illustrated programme and score cards. The head of the firm, Mr. J. A. Jennings, who is nearing his 90th year, came over from Canterbury to witness the match.
Pridham had won the toss and he opened the innings with Catt, locally known as “Chubber”, and they took the score to 39, when the captain was stumped.
With only 3 runs added rain stopped play for fifteen minutes, but the players did not wait for the grass to dry and despite the slippery state of the ground the game proceeded. A. Bromham and Catt took more risks in running. 50 was on the board in 40 minutes. Another 50 came in 45 minutes!
Much cheering and a chorus of motor horns greeted two hefty fours and the hundred went up. Two runs later, Catt edged one, Wensley fielded it and threw down the wicket and Bromham was given out. 102 for 2. Catt’s innings came to an end when, in trying to hit the ball out of the ground, he was bowled. He hit 11 fours.
Ashdown and Wensley quickly dismantled six men for 49 runs, and at lunch the score was 152 for 9. Shanbrook and A. Bush, “Charcoal”, as he is dubbed, being the only batsmen to make any stand. The last wicket fell in Wensley’s first over after lunch for the addition of one run.
The Eleven’s score, to most of their supporters, looked good enough but in two hours Ashdown and Wensley had passed it. As soon as they had got the pace of the wicket they gave a brilliant display.
The first 50 cam in 45 minutes. Ashdown reached his 50 in as many minutes, and Wensley in 75 minutes. At 58 the Sussex cricketer was nearly caught at second slip, A. Bromham just touching the ball with uplifted hands. Runs came afterwards at a great pace – 50 in twenty minutes.
Several changes in the bowling had the effect of keeping the rate of scoring down, but Wensley, after a slow spell, hit out with a couple of sixes. To the accompaniment of much applause and many motor horns hooting, Ashdown made the scores level, and from a bye their opponents’ total was passed. Wensley was 89 and Ashdown 82.
Five bowlers had tried. Wensley had most of the bowling and when 96 he was cleverly caught by the wicket-keeper standing back, who took the fast-travelling ball low down on the leg side. In his sparkling knock Wensley hit 3 sixe and 13 fours, and Ashdown 14 fours. The two players had a lead of 33.
Both Ashdown and Wensley said they had thoroughly enjoyed the game and were “quite ready for another”.
Isle of Oxney
F. G. H. Pridham, st. Wensley, b. Ashdown 11
W. Catt, b. Ashdown 68
A. Bromham, run out 20
G. Cooke, b. Wensley 0
C. Gorham, b. Ashdown 0
A. Gush, b. Wensley 14
C. Bush, c. Ashdown, b. Wensley 2
P. J. Shanbroke, lbw, b. Ashdown 28
F. Jenner, b. Wensley 0
F. Bromham, not out 5
F. Burt, b. Wensley 0
Extras 5
Total 153
Bowling:- Ashdown, 12 overs, 0 maiden, 82 runs, 4 wickets;
Wensley, 12.4 – 0 – 66 – 5
Two Players
W. Ashdown ( Kent ), not out 83
A. F. Wensley ( Sussex ), c Cooke, b. A. Bush 96
Extras 7
Total 186
Bowling:- A. Bush, 12.4 – 2 – 39 – 1; F. Bromham, 18 – 0 - 92 – 0;
C. Bush, 1 – 0 – 19 – 0; W. Catt, 5 – 0 – 29 – 0.


Menu of the centenary luncheon consisted of baron of English beef, prime York ham, saddle of mutton and roast stuffed cygnet, salads, national pudding and brandy sauce, fruit salad, old English cheddar and Kentish ale.
Colonel Body presided - he had taken great interest in the arrangements for the match – and gave the toast of the King. He then offered a hearty welcome to the large assembly who had come to watch the match. It was not likely that any of them would see the next centenary match, but their grandsons might do so.
Sir William Jowitt proposed the health of Ashdown and Wensley and said that what the “visiting team” lost in quantity they made up in quality. This centenary match was two years late, but that was nothing, for Wittersham being two years behind the times! (laughter). The next match would probably be played in the Elysian fields! He noticed that the nickname of one of the players was “Charcoal”, he would be a useful bowler there. The wicket would be a fast one, and Major Neve would be there to organise it as, without him, a match on the Elysian fields would be nothing, but he did not know how the “ticket of leave” operated there, but he would do his best for him (laughter).

Wittersham, he went on to say, had a population of 1,000 or more, when the last
centenary match was played …
numbered about 600 and
time the next match
would only the two men
wishing the two players a
Sir William said he would
as a judge would a case
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innings of a match at Lords
do it at Wittersham, although
catches at square leg.
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ton. No doubt the
Wittersham ground would
the Sussex Downs . He
at Lords, but not at Wittersham
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winter went to the colonies
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of taking wickets and in
Wittersham were grateful
Those present at the b
Sir Reginald Ashburnham
glesden , Sir William and
Charles Kirkpatrick. Colonel
Body, Lieut. Col. R.
Neve, the Rev. W. L. V.
Watson, the Rev. R. C.
Mr. and Mrs. B. R.
Cheeseman (vice-president
Mr. and Mrs. M. Cleland
Mr. C. Kenwood (committee
and Mrs. Kenwood, Mrs.
V. Rendel, Mr. J. Rendel
and Mrs. E. P. Smith
J. Stevens, Mr. G. J.
Leslie Wilson, Mr. H. J.
Hemmings and Mr. E.
grandsons of the late Mr.
and Mr. Tutt (41 years on
at Hastings.

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James Harris

1st October 2015

Eve Mazery:

Hello Ken,

I have tried to send a message to you via email but it keeps saying that I have got the address wrong! I will keep trying. But in case I don't succeed my email address is

Best wishes,


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James Harris

25th September 2015

Ken Harris:

We have a few pictures of Wittersham Hall that we could share with you and more information. I'll give you my email address and we can send some via that, it's

All the best,


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James Harris

22nd September 2015

Eve Mazery:

Hello James - thank you for your message - I am so glad to hear from you. I am the great great grand daughter of James Harris. His son Robert - the Admiral - was my great grandfather.

Amazing that Wittersham Hall still exists and that it was in the family owned it as recently as 1957! Do you have any pictures of it?

How are you related to James Harris? We must be cousins of some sort. And I see that you live in Wales - I have been in contact with Rosanne Howe who is also a relative but I am not sure quite how we are related.

I have very little information about the Harris family except my own branch and would love to know more about everyone else. I will willingly pass on any information that I have that you may not have discovered for yourself.I live in South Africa but do manage to get over to the UK about once a year. My only sister lives in Scotland and I have a son up there too.

Best wishes,

Eve Mazery

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James Harris

19th September 2015

Ken Harris:


I am a descendant of James Harris too. I have done some significant research on the family over the last few years.

Wittersham Hall still exists and hasn't been in the family since 1957/59.

Please get in touch- I would be interested to know how you're related to James.

Ken Harris - Wales

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