The Family of Florence Wace formerly Wyborn

Florence (known as Peg) was born 30 December 1890 at 58 Palace Road Bromley (registered with no other names in the March quarter 1891, in the Bromley district). She was a daughter of Thomas Harrison Wyborn and Elizabeth formerly Branton.

In the 1891 census of 58 Palace Road, Bromley, she was at home with her parents, aged 3 months, and born at Bromley.

In the 1901 census of 43, East Street, Bromley, she was at home with her mother, aged 10, and born in Bromley.

She was married 4 August 1917 to Robert Herbert Wace (known as Roy), a storekeeper (whose uncle had been a dean of Canterbury Cathedral). The marriage was registered in the September quarter in the Pancras district (1b 35), Florence Wyborn to Robert H. Wace (cross-checked under both names to confirm the name Robert). They lived at 12 Prospect Place, Bromley. She died 26 January 1976.

Florence and Robert's child was Ronald Charles (1921 - 1963). His birth was registered in the June quarter 1921 in the Bromley district. He was in the RAF (Coastal Command). He died in a plane crash off Whitstable. He was doing aerobatics in a Chipmunk and was taking a young cadet through a loop-the-loop manoeuvre when his plane suddenly plunged 800 feet into the sea. His body was recovered but a young cadet, 14 year old Michael Paul Shepherd of Bethnal Green, who was with him, was not recovered. The newspaper report, the next day after the inquest at Ramsgate (death by misadventure), stated that he was a bachelor of Mason's Hill, Bromley, a volunteer reserve pilot who served at RAF Manston at weekends. He was aged 42 and had had a brain haemorrhage shortly before his death and had suffered undetected minor bleeding in the brain for some months. His death was registered in the Thanet district in the December quarter 1963. He was aged 42.

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Posted 18 January 2007