CHOLMELEY, Blanche Emily Roberta

1861 - 1948

Blanche Emily Roberta Darling was born at Eyke, Suffolk on 4 January 1861, eldest daughter and fourth child of the seven children of Revd James George Darling (c1824-5 May 1891), rector of Eyke from 1856, and his second wife Mary Emily Darling née Johnson, who married at Trinity Church, Chester, on 2 December 1854, his first wife was Louisa Susanna née Molyneux (1834-17 August 1853) who died without issue. In 1883, as Miss B. Darling, she exhibited at the Woodbridge Industrial & Art Exhibition at the Lecture Hall, Woodbridge, a watercolour 'Basket, Jar, Apples and Cocoa Nut'. Blanche married at Eyke on 1 August 1888, Robert Francis Cholmeley (1862-31 December 1947), O.B.E., a school headmaster and an author, and their son was Lt. Hugh Ralph, born 24 April 1891, who was killed in action on 14 June 1915, aged 24. As Blanche Cholmeley, she exhibited from The Cottage, Blaxhall at the Ipswich Art Club in 1933, a watercolour 'Cottage Flowers' and in 1935 an oil 'The Yellow Mug'. Blanche Emily Roberta Cholmeley died at Mill Cottage, Blaxhall, Suffolk on 2 April 1948, aged 87.

Children of James George Darling and Mary Elizabeth née Johnson, all born at Eyke.
1.Mary Jane Darling, born 5 September 1855, died 19 October 1855
2.Augustine Major Darling, born 25 June 1857, died 2 March 1938
3.Henry Eaton Hodgkinson Darling, born 4 September 1859, died 27 December 1939
4.Blanche Emily Roberta Cholmeley
5.Georgina Margaret Darling, born 4 April 1862, died 20 April 1895
6.Ruth Emma Darling
7.Venerable James George Reginald Darling, born 31 October 1867, died 24 June 1938