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William Royston Crofton and Blanche M. J. Hawkins

Married 1914

In the newspaper cutting about Vernon's obituary, one of his daughters is named "Mrs. Crofton". This seems to tie in very well with the entry in the GRO index for Jul/Aug/Sep 1914. Here it is noted that a Blanche M. J. Hawkins was married to a Mr. Crofton in Chelsea, (volume 1a page 996).

On the relevant page for Crofton, there  is an entry for a William R. having married a miss Hawkins.

Husband:   William Royston Crofton

Born: 1887

It seems likely that the William R. Crofton is the same William Crofton that appears in the 1901 census living with his parents in Portsmouth, aged 13.

Tracing this back, there is an entry in the GRO indices for Jul/Aug/Sep 1887 of the birth of a William Royston Crofton, born in Portsea (volume 2b page 461).

Wife:   Blanche M. J. Hawkins

Born: 1893
Father: Vernon John Charles Hawkins
Mother: Mary Jane Hogan

Born on Guernsey. Aged 7 at the time of the 1901 census, so would have been born sometime between 1st April 1893 and 31st March 1894.

She may have been named after either or both of two aunts - both Vernon and Mary had sisters named Blanche.

Blanche was apparently a very maternal figure, and spent a lot of time looking after other members of the family. It is thought she looked after Mary in her later years, as well as taking in her sister Olive's daughter when Olive died.

Male  Child 1:   Vernon Royston Crofton

Born: 7-Dec-1920
Died: Jul-1990

There is an entry in the England and Wales Civil Registration Death Index: 1984-1992 for a Vernon Royston Crofton (South East Hampshire,  7/90, volume 20, page 1533).

Female  Child 2:   Brenda Crofton

Spouse: Keith Thomas