CLEMINSON, Hester Victoria

1887 - 1945

Hester Cleminson

As Hester Victoria Wood, she was born at Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, on 28 February 1887, daughter of senator Josiah Wood and his wife Laura Sophia née Trueman. She studied at Mount Allison University in Cumberland, Nova Scotia, Canada and, coming to England in 1905, at the Royal College of Art and exhibited at the Royal Academy as a student in 1910. Hester Wood, sculptor, married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1910, Lt. Commander Bernard Matheson Harvey, R.N. (4 July 1882-1914), a fellow Canadian and brother of a fellow student, husband Bernard died in the sinking of HMS Cressy on 22 September 1914 when Hester, with a young son, returned to Canada. Hester married secondly at Manhattan, New York on 3 September 1917, Henry Millican Cleminson, (27 February 1885-1970), solicitor, parliamentary agent and chairman & general manager of the Chamber of Shipping and returned to England, Hester had a further two sons. Hester was a member of the Southwold, Suffolk, Sole Bay Group and in 1939, she was living at The Maltings, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex with her husband Henry, who in 1960, when of Southwold, Suffolk, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Hester Victoria Cleminson was of White Barn, Walberswick, Suffolk when she died at her Chelmsford home at The Maltings, Writtle on 11 March 1945 and buried at All Saints' Church, Writtle five days later.

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