RODWELL, Eleanor Hunter

1868 - 1961

Eleanor Hunter Rodwell

As Eleanor Parkin, she was born in Brighton, Sussex on 30 September 1868, youngest daughter of John Bawden Parkin (1830-4 September 1892), an army captain, and his wife Elizabeth Brooke, only daughter of Isaac Brooke of Ipswich, an army surgeon, who married at St George's Hanover Square, London on 13 October 1852. In 1871, Eleanor was a 2-year-old, living at Stanford Road, Steyning, Sussex with her parents, 41-year-old John and 39-year-old Elizabeth, who was born in France, with siblings Elizabeth Mary 15, Henry 12, Sarah 10, Arthur 8, Frederick 7 and newly born William and by 1881 they had moved to 4 Globe Terrace, Herbert Road, Plumstead, Woolwich, London. Eleanor married at All Saints' Church, Shooter's Hill, Kent on 9 July 1890, Capt. Ernest Hunter Rodwell (19 February 1858-27 November 1937), then a captain in the Bengal Staff Corps. In 1891 they were living at Queen Anne Villas, High Street, Frimley, Surrey and during the First World War, Ernest was a Brigadier-General in the Indian Army. As Mrs E. H. Rodwell, she exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1935 from Southside, Holbrook, Suffolk, a watercolour 'Home Sweet Home'. Her husband died at Southside, Holbrook in 1937 where Eleanor was still living in 1939 with their daughter Sibyl Rosalie (24 February 1904-15 November 1998). Eleanor Hunter Rodwell died at Southside, Holbrook on 22 October 1961. Their surname is now usually hyphenated Hunter-Rodwell.