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Does anybody have information about Olive Awdry ( neeToswill) who got an MBE in1920

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I am looking for the details of several women in Wiltshire who were organising women in agriculture in the Great War. Does anybody have information about Olive Awdry who lived in Manningford and got the MBE in 1920?
 

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Hi,

You may have already seen this. Wikipedia has an entry for a Robert Awdry who married Olive Muriel Tosswell in 1913.

Marriage notice 31 Jan 1913 - Exeter
Olive Muriel Tosswell - fathers name Louis Henry Tosswill
Spouse Albert William Awdrey - fathers name Charles Awdrey

The marriage notice on the familysearch site has Albert William Awdrey. Probably a mis-transciption.

Death registration - 1976 - Dec quarter -Torbay Devon
Olive Muriel Awdry
Date of birth 10 Jan 1884

Her probate has her date of death 8 October at the Seven Hills Nursing Home.
 
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Awdrey married Olive Muriel Tosswill in 1913[6] and they had one daughter.[2] In 1920, Olive was appointed MBE for services to Wiltshire Women's County Agricultural Committee.[7] Awdry had Hawkswell House built at Little Cheverell, Wiltshire around 1914–1920,[8] and lived there until 1941.[9]
Death...AWDRY, Olive Muriel,M.B.E. Seven Hills Nursing Home, 7 St. Margaret'sRoad, St. Marychurch, Torquay, Devon,Widow. 8th October 1976.
 

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Devon and Exeter Daily Gazette (Exeter, England),

Wednesday, January 29, 1913

AWDRY - TOSSWILL,- January 27th at the Cathedral Church of S. Peter, Exeter, by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, assisted by the Rev. Treasurer Pryke, Robert William, younger son of the late Chrales Awdry and Mrs Charles Awdry, of East Lavington Manor, Wilts, to Olive Muriel, daughter of Louis Henry Tosswill, of Barnfield Cresent, Exeter.
 

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Not easy apart from London Times to find newspaper archives later than about 1910. The Gale Collection is mainly 1800s.
 

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Devon and Exeter Daily Gazette (Exeter, England),

Wednesday, January 29, 1913

AWDRY - TOSSWILL,- January 27th at the Cathedral Church of S. Peter, Exeter, by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, assisted by the Rev. Treasurer Pryke, Robert William, younger son of the late Chrales Awdry and Mrs Charles Awdry, of East Lavington Manor, Wilts, to Olive Muriel, daughter of Louis Henry Tosswill, of Barnfield Cresent, Exeter.
The daughters name was ANSTICE. The GRO has the birth as J Quarter 1914 in PEWSEY, mmn TOSSWILL . Volume 05A Page 263
 

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Olive Muriel Tosswill was born 6 October 1884 Exeter, Devon. Her father Louis Henry Tosswill (b1843 Reigate, Surrey). He married Caroline Ann Dymond (possibly b1852 Exeter), in 1874 at Newton Abbott, Devon. Appart from Olive they had 6 other children.
Obituary for Louis Henry Tosswill in the Western Morning News, 08 Jul 1922, Plymouth, Devon.
 

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The Western Times (Exeter, England),
Friday, May 15, 1914;

BIRTHS
AWDRY - May 8th, at Manningford Manor, near Pewsey, Wilts, Robert and Olive Awdry, a daughter.
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The Western Daily Press and Bristol Mirror (Yeovil, England),
Monday, February 07, 1949

Late Col. R. W. Awdry .
The funeral will take place privately today of Colonel Robert William Awdry who died at Devizes, aged 67.
Colonel Awdry who was chairman of the Wiltshire County Council had been a member of that authority for 30 years, 15 as chairman of the Finance Committee.
 

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Hawkswell House, south of the church, was built in brick in 1914–1920 for Robert Awdry, to designs of Arthur Campbell Martin (who also designed additions to Dauntsey's School, West Lavington). 0524c2b789c407800cd1b1512f57af49f50cc60c.jpg img_0_0_hd.jpg Awdry, a cricketer and county councillor who was chairman of Wiltshire County Council from 1946 to 1949, lived here until the house was commandeered by the War Office in 1941.
 

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Had a hunch that Robert William maybe related in some way to Wilbert Vere Awdry the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine. Looks like his is.
Robert William Awdry born 20 May 1881, father Charles Awdry, ( 1847), mother Margaret Helen Moberly, (1852), married 20 APR 1876, Hampshire.
Charles Awdry. father Sir John Wither Awdry, (1795), mother Frances Ellen Carr, (1821), married 24 Jul 1839, Poona, Bombay, India. Charles Awdry was also the brother of Vere Awdry, (1854), who later became Reverend Vere Awdry, he married Lucy Louisa Bury. They had 2 sons, George Edward Vere Awdry, (1916), and Wilbert Vere Awdry, (1911), who became Reverend W Awdry the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine .
I hope my hunch is correct :).


Sources FamilySearch and geni.com.


 
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