Lottie Thompson (1900?-1930)

Charlotte Julia (Lottie) Thompson (1900?-1930)

Charlotte Julia (Lottie) Thompson was born at 1 Stepney Causeway Ratcliff on 15/02/1900 [1900Q1 Stepney Vol: 1c, Page: 412]. The topmost picture is of her aged about 8 at the marriage of her half brother George Edward Thompson (1876?-??).

As a spinster age 26 living at 40 King David Lane Shadwell she married James Thomas Cleverly (1888-??) a widower and Grocer's Manager living at 28 Ockenden Road Islington on 25/12/1926 [1926Q4 Islington Vol: 1b, Page: 697] at the Liverpool Road Wesleyan Chapel.
Their fathers, both deceased, were given as John William Thompson an Engineer, and Alfred George Cleverly a Tinsmith.
The witnesses were George Edward Thompson and William Charles Cleverly.

As an adult, Lottie taught piano to my Father; she would have been his aunt. My father remembers (dimly) going to where Lottie lived in King David Lane, and seeing his grandfather seated on a wooden seat - almost permanently - at the foot of the stairs to the flat where he played and learned the piano with his aunt.

Lottie was an accomplished pianist. She won a Bronze medal in the Theory of Music from the Victoria College of Music having been awarded 100% of the marks available and went on to take the Associateship Diploma in September 1924 in which she was awarded 90% and was therefore entitled to add AVCM(Hons) after her name. The graduation photo appears below. We believe she played at the People's Palace after graduating from Victoria College for piano.

Lottie worked with James Cleverly and his first wife at a shop in King David Lane Shadwell. After James' first wife died she married him. Precise numbering of the properties in this road seem confused and we wonder whether at some time the properties were renumbered.

Lottie Thompson (1900?-1930)

The graduation photo of Lottie Thompson AVCM(Hons) from Victoria College of Music, London.

Lottie Thompson marriage 1926

Marriage of Charlotte Thompson to James Cleverly with (we believe) George Thompson back row left and William Charles Cleverly back row right who were witnesses to the marriage. Back row ladies are unknown. Front row right is William's only child, Elsie Lilian b 1920.

Lottie Thompson (1900?-1930)

James and Lottie with their firstborn daughter.

The 1901 census [RG13/318; Folio: 141; Page: 11] at 1 Stepney Causeway, Ratcliff Stepney shows

Her parents were John William Thompson (1852-1926) and Annie Ross-Gevaux-Thompson (1859-1935) who were married in 1899.

Charlotte died 08/04/1930 at Tilbury Hospital Chadwell St Mary of Septicaemia and General Peritonitis; the death certificate gives her age incorrectly at 20 [1930Q2 Orsett Vol: va, Page: 523]. The informant was her mother Ann Thompson of Fleet Street Coryton.

After the death of her mother Charlotte Julia Thompson-Cleverly, her daughter was looked after by her aunt Edith until she was about 3. Then she went back to live with her dad, stepmother Agnes and step brother but went to her Aunt Edith (in Cheam, out of London!) in the late 1930s and stayed, as it looked as if war would begin. A brief period was spent in Devon during WW2. Lottie lived with her aunt and uncle until she married. She didn't know Agnes was not her mother until she was about 12.

Lottie Thompson was my grandmother's half-sister.