DEBNEY, Ernest

1877 - ?

Ernest Edward Dallenger Debney was born at Woodbridge, Suffolk on 19 February 1877, son of Nancy Cole née Salmon (1842-1925), who married at Woodbridge in 1862, Thomas Claxton Debney (1840-1864), a carpenter. His mother Nancy went as housekeeper to John Dallenger (1812-1887), a solicitor, and in 1881, Nancy was the 38-year-old widowed housekeeper, to 68-year-old John Dallenger, with four children, Eva Debney 11, Gertrude Debney 7, Arthur John Dallenger Debney 5 and Ernest 4, all children being classed as 'boarders'. In 1891, 14-year-old Ernest was a bookbinder, living at Spring Road, Ipswich with his 48-year-old mother Nancy, a shopkeeper, and siblings Eva, Gertrude and Arthur. Ernest studied at the Ipswich School of Art and passed his examinations in model drawing in 1898 and in February 1900 won first prize in the 'Drawing Animal from the Cast' class. In 1901, a 24-year-old life assurance salesman, living at 24 Wilberforce Street, Ipswich with his mother and brother Arthur. Ernest married at Edmonton, London in 1909, Ethel Rose Webber (20 December 1885-1950) and in 1911, a 31[sic] year-old manager in a clothier's, living at 20 Roseberry Gardens, Haringey, Tottenham, London with his 26-year-old wife Ethel and their 3-month-old daughter, Nancy Doreen Terrell. During the Great War he served as a corporal in the Essex Regiment and in 1921 was an insurance manager living at 81 Park Road, Crouch End, Hornsey, Middlesex with his wife and two daughters, Doreen born 1910 and Ruby born 1912. In 1929 he voted in the election as living at Brighton, Sussex but his later history has yet to be uncovered. In 1939, his wife Ethel was described as married, had returned to her birth town, and was living at 57 Glanffrwd Avenue, Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire, and she died at Erith, Kent in 1950.