LOFTUS, Helen [Ellen] Dorothea [Dorothy]

1880 - 1943

As Helen Dorothea Reynolds, she was born at Maida Vale, London in 1880, daughter of Bion Reynolds, a private tutor in mathematics, and his wife Fanny Mary F. née Fletcher who married at Ash, Kent in 1876. In 1891, a 10 year old living at 14 Colville Terrace, Kensington, London with her parents, 49 year old Bion, born Swanscombe, Kent and 52 year old Fanny, born Ash, Kent and two siblings. Her mother died at Kensington in 1894 and in 1901 Dorothy was a 20 year old typist, living at 67 Jesus Lane, Cambridge together with her father, the home of her maiden aunt, Kezia Fletcher. As Ellen Dorothy Reynolds, she married at Kensingon, London in 1909, Perse Creagh Loftus and in 1911 a 30 year old artist living at 26 South Green, Southwold, Suffolk with her 33 year old husband, Creagh, born Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, a brewery manager and part owner of Adnams brewery, and later MP for Lowestoft. As Dorothy Loftus she exhibited at the London Salon 1913-1914 from 26 South Green, Southwold and was also a member and an exhibitor at the Sole Bay Group [q.v.]. After Ellen Dorothy’s death at Ruthin, Denbighshire in 1943, aged 62, her husband, who was born on 20 November 1877, married again, Eileen Elkington, a widow, and he died on 20 January 1956.