ROFFEY, Delamark Banks

1853 - 1917

Delamark Banks Roffey was born at Minster-in-Sheppey, Kent in 1853 and baptised on 24 September 1853, only son and youngest of the four children of Richard John Roffey (1822-12 November 1859) and his wife Ann Elizabeth Hinds Rogers (1821-8 July 1907), eldest daughter of the late Williiam Rogers, who married at Harlington, Middlesex on 29 July 1843. His father Richard died at Walmer, Kent in 1859 and in 1861 Delamark, was an 8-year-old, living at 7 Terrace, Walmer with his 39-year-old widowed mother and his siblings Nanette Ann 16, Margaret Ceclia 14 and Richard John Edward William 11, who died at Holbrook Rectory, Suffolk on 5 December 1863, aged 14. Delamark was educated at Oxney Court, Dover, Kent and in 1881, was a 28-year-old animal painter, living at 17 The Grove, Boltons, South Kensington with his 58-year-old mother Ann. A founder member of the Ipswich Art Club 1875-1887 and exhibited from 17 The Grove, Boltons, South Kensington, London in 1881, four paintings 'Escaped', 'Study of Fingo's Head', 'Bully' and 'Fum: Chinese Dog'; four in 1882 'My Bird, I think', 'Lady Susan at Home', 'Rough and Ready' and 'Velvet and Rags', one in 1883 'On Guard' and two in 1884 'The Blue Ribbon Movement' and 'Waiting'. He married at Great Mongeham Parish Church, Deal, Kent on 1 March 1892, Ida Constance Maria Cholmeley Harrison (14 June 1854-24 April 1923) and they went to live at 39 Cromwell Road, Hove, Sussex being described as 'on private means'. A keen cricket player and is recorded as playing for the Suffolk County side and spent his summers at the Bath Hotel, Felixstowe, Suffolk from at least 1873 until the hotel was burnt down by the suffragettes in 1914. Delamark Banks Roffey died at 39 Cromwell Road, Hove on 12 October 1917, aged 64, without issue.