My mother’s maiden name was Tarling. There are not many Tarling
families, in fact they seem to come from 3 main areas. There is large
amount of them to be found in Gloucestershire, some more in London, and
my Tarling’s, who come from Epping.
My Tarling ancestors lived in the village of Coopersale, which was part
of an area, called Theydon Garnon. It occurred to me
one day how funny it was that my two main areas of my employment with
Nortel Networks should be at New Southgate, where the Harris’s
lived for many years and then Harlow, close to Coopersale where the
Tarling’s are found. In fact I pass Coopersale everyday on the
M11 whilst heading towards Harlow.
The Parish of Theydon Garnon is mainly rural, with a section of the
town of Epping as the main center of population, in all numbering about
1600 people. The rest of the parish is farmland with isolated houses.
The Parish of Coopersale is situated between Epping and North Weald,
encompassing Stonards Hill just north of Epping to Roughtalleys on the
Their local church would have been St. Albans. This was built in 1852
with land and funds given by Miss Harriet Archer-Houblon (the Vicarage
also given by her was sold by the Diocese in 1993). The same benefactor
gave land and monies (approx. £47!) to have the Parish Room
built, and the Parish used it until 1985 when it was deemed
‘beyond repair’ and closed. This decision was re-assessed
in 1994/5 and it was refurbished and re-decorated at a cost of
The building is now used for Sunday School; with a Mother & Toddler
group on Mondays, a Pre-School group on Tuesdays and Wednesdays both
run on behalf of the Church. It is also used by private individuals and
groups for parties, meetings, etc.
The local community comprises all level income households, and whilst
Parklands was built by the Council for renting, many have now purchased
their houses. Coopersale Village is bordered by Green Belt, and boasts
a small parade of 4 shops – but no Post Office! However, the site
of the Nurses Home (Ivylands) and Oak Cottage on the Plain, together
with the closed part of St. Margaret’s Hospital are scheduled for
housing development. Part of the Essex Way goes through the Village.
The following text regarding Coopersale is taken from Fred Brown's
publication Fred Eyes Coopersale. fred passed away in 2005 but the
following is shown with the agreement of Pamela Bishop.
Coopersale is now a part of the Epping Forest District, and before
this, a part of the old Urban District. This came about in the early
1900's and prior to this Coopersale belonged to the large parish of
Theydon Garnon, which was part of the Ongar Hundred.
The derivation of a Hundred is not actually clear. It is said an area
which provided a hundred soldiers to the King's Armies, a hundred
families in an area, or a hundred freemen.
The parish took its name from two families amalgamated by marriage,
Theydon and Gernon who held the capital manor from the 13th century.
(Gaynes Park?). The name Coopersale sounds like the name of someone's
beer. Not so. In 1474 it was Coupereshale; in the 1570s Cobershale,
later Theydon Gardens; in 1612 Copershale, and in Golton's
Topographical Dictionary as lat as 1833 Cappersall. So there is a wide
choice as to its name. Quite possible that Cobershale is nearest. The
name Cober or even Coober and Hale means Nook, corner, retreat or
The boundaries of the parish of Theydon Garnon went from the north end,
the Garnon bushes (not the public house), along the left hand side of
the plain going towards Epping, and along the left hand side of Hemnall
Street, which held at one stage a manor house, one of three which
included Gaynes Park and Garnish Hall.
The boundary continued up towards the common; down the Theydon Bois
road along almost to Abridge; and back along to Passingford Bridge, the
Roding being the boundary here. It then encompassed land adjoining
Mount End, Theydon Mount, included Gaynes Park and so back to Garnon
bushes, roughly an oval in shape and approximately seventeen miles in
length. You can see what a large area this parish had, and with, as
yet, no mention of Coopersale. In fact, this did not really exist as we
now know it. A large common certainly, but very little habitation. A
main road which started in Newmarket did come via Thornwood through the
forest (The Stump, crossing the Epping - Ongar road, and took the path
roughly as of now, down to the Merry Fiddlers Hamlet, then straight on
to Abridge and thence to London. It was a road composed mainly of
gravel, and it is of interest here that in the Garnon Bushes and Forest
Glade area was called forest waste land had a quarry where gravel was
worked, and we must assume, used to maintain the stretch of road over
Of interest, and still in existence is the property known as Canister
Hall (the first building on your left after the railway bridge) which
was used as a stopping place by coaches using the road, and where a
change of horses, some refreshment, and a well earned rest could be
had. This was prior to the existence of the public house that we now
know as the Garnon Bushes, which was formerly knows as the Rose and
In the early part of the last century about twenty houses existed on
Coopersale common, with quite a lot of woodland in the surrounding
areas, particularly on the North and Eastern boundaries; peopled by
agricultural workers and little else. If anything, the centre of
Coopersale was 'The Street' to the Fiddlers crossroads. The inn knows
as The Merry Fiddlers was of 17th century origin and possibly earlier,
and undoubtedly gave its name to the area around the crossroads.
Opposite the Theydon Oak public house stands a large timber framed
house, formerly a farmhouse, dating from the 16th century. An annexe on
the Eastern end of the building was formerly the Post
Office, in recent years one of two, the other being on the Common.
Mr. Dowsett, who was a postman at Epping Post Office in the 30s' lived
here and his wife was, I suppose, the Post mistress in charge. She ran
it until its closure. Adjacent to this house was a large tithe barn,
used by the clergy to collect tithes.
In the latter part of the 18th century development on the Epping side
of Coopersale Street was continuing. Home Farm and the Elms opposite
the Merry Fiddlers was built, as was Coopersale Lodge, lived in
pre-second world war by Miss 'Georgie' Waters.
Now back tracking, we find that in 1801 the Theydon Garnon area had a
total population of 517 persons, and this increased in 1851 to 1,237.
On the extension of the L.N.E.R. steam railway from Epping to Ongar,
the population had risen to 1,371 by 1891.
A census was carried out in 1901. The upshot of this was that parts of
the parish were transferred to Epping. The population was then reduced
to 317, although there were, in the total area, 1,746 persons. The
parts transferred included Coopersale Common, The Street, and the
Fiddlers Hamlet; also Hemnall Street, Ivy Chimneys etc. This brought
about a change in the status of Epping.
An Urban District Council had been formed in 1896. Before this it had
been know as the Epping Special Drainage Area. This, of course,
enlarged the Epping area, and necessitated development and amenities to
the people who moved into these acquired areas.
Thanks again to Fred for that overview of Coopersale and to Pamela for
allowing me to use it.
I had traced my Tarling family back to 1817, but thanks to Nikki
Sirkett and Barbara Smithies I now have another generation taking me
back to 1790. Barbara provided the information and Nikki got me in
contact with Barbara, so thanks to both.
Shown below, is the
family tree as much as I have discovered so far, down to Arthur Henry
Price Tarling, my grandfather on my mother’s side.
Tarling Family Tree 4 Generations
Lets start at the top of the above tree. John Tarling, my great, great,
great grandfather. He was born around 1790 in Harlow. He
married Rebecca Boyton in Epping 12th October 1815. Rebecca was
born in Moreton about 1791. They had at least one child, William
great, great grandfather.
John's name is shown on William's marriage certificate, which can be
viewed further on. At present the only evidence I have for this is
Barbara's email but I am hoping for some other documentation.
On 14th November 1844, William, my great, great grandfather, married
Amelia Lowen from North Weald. The certificate shows it to be
in the Church of the Parish of Theydon Garnon. The local church there
now, St. Albans was not built until 1852, so my guess is that it would
have taken place in All Saints Church near Hobbs Cross, but this is not
known for sure.
Amelia was the daughter of George Lowen who was a labourer in North
Weald. On the certificate you can also see that William and his dad
John were also labourers. With so much farmland around the area it is
In 1845 the couple had their first child, and not uncommon for the time
named him after the dad’s father. So John Tarling arrived on 25th
Their second child, James, did not arrive until 5 years later in 1850.
I do not have the actual date of birth but he is shown on the 1851
census. There could be a clue here to whether, as mentioned earlier,
the John shown on the 1841 census was William’s father, as he has
named his second son with the same name as the child listed on that
census, which would have been William’s brother, and John’s
The 1851 census is not easy to copy and unfortunately goes over two
pages for our family so details are listed below:
Census 1851 for Theydon Garnon
146 Coopersale Street
Name Type Sex Age Profession Birthplace
William Tarling Head M 34 Labourer Epping
Amelia Tarling Wife F 24 Epping
John Tarling Son M 5 Theydon Garnon
James Tarling Son M 7 m Theydon Garnon
Interesting thing to note here is that Amelia states her age as 24,
which would have meant she was born in 1827. If this is correct she
would have 17 years old when she got married, but on the certificate
above she states she is 21. As we will find later on the ages did seem
to go up and down through censuses.
William Tarling was born either at the end of 1853 or early 1854. He
was christened in St Albans Church, Coopersale on 29th January 1854 So
now we have the first son named after William’s father, the
second, possibly, after his brother, and now the third after himself.
Their 4th child was born around 1856 and this time a new name appears
Henry. Henry was christened at the village church, St Albans, on 17th
March 1856. Frederick follows him in 1859, when he is christened there
on 17th April.
Now I believe that James Tarling, the second son, died in 1860 at the
age of 10. He is not shown on the 1861 census and there is an entry in
the Tarling Database of a death of a James Tarling in Epping in 1860.
So to the 1861 census which shows our family still in Coopersale
Street, it is so much easier to research when they did not move around.
William is still there as the Head of the household, his wife Amelia,
who appears to have lost another year in age as she is showing as 33,
last census 10 years before she was 24. She also appears to have
changed her birthplace, now North Weald, previously Epping. Also shown
are John, William, Henry and Frederick. John is shown as an
Agricultural Labourer as is his dad.
The next couple of years seem to show some unhappy times for the
couple. We have found the births of two children and boy, Walter, in
1862 and a girl Amelia in 1864. Both children died very young,
certainly before either one of them reached the age of 1.
1864 saw the marriage of William’s first child John to Eliza
White from Stapleford Tawney. They got married in the recently built
St. Albans church at the top of road across from Adelaide Cottage. I do
not know when they moved from Coopersale but in 1881 they show up on
the census in Stamford Rivers.
On 29th April 1866 William's father John passed away aged 76.
At the age of 49 William sired his last child, my great grandmother
Emily Tarling. She was born 6th June 1867. I do not have a copy of her
birth certificate, but hope to obtain this soon. My mum remembered the
birthday, and the year is confirmed by an entry on the Tarling database
and future censuses. She was christened in St Albans Church, Coopersale
11th July 1867.
During the first half of 1871 William, passed away aged 54. He does not
appear on the 1871 census, and Amelia is now the head of the
household, now 46 years old, gaining 3 years from the previous census
age. Interestingly her profession is shown as charwomen. Presumably she
had to now go out to work following the death of her husband. There is
also an entry of death for June 1871 of Walter William Tarling in
Epping. I presume this to be him.
Son William 16 is still there, and so is Frederick 11 and the young
Emily 3. However John is now not appearing at this address, whether he
has already moved with his wife to Stamford Rivers I do not know, more
interesting though is the fact that Henry is no longer shown on the
census. He would have been around 15 years of age, maybe he was away
Family Group Sheet
Subject* William TARLING (199)
Birth* __ ___ 1817 Epping, Essex.
Marriage* 14 Nov 1844 Theydon Garnon, Essex.
Death* __ ___ 1871 Epping, Essex.
Father* John TARLING (436)
Spouse* Amelia LOWEN (200)
Birth* __ ___ 1826 North Weald, Essex.
Death* __ ___ 1900 Epping, Essex.
Father* George LOWEN (434)
Eight Known Children
M John TARLING (431)
Birth* 25 Dec 1845 Coopersale Street, Theydon Garnon, Essex.
Marriage* 9 Oct 1864 Eliza WHITE (438) (b. 1847, ), daughter of Thomas
WHITE (440); Theydon Garnon, Essex.
Daughter: __ ___ 1869 Eliza TARLING (439); Stapleford Tawney, Essex.
M James TARLING (432)
Birth* __ ___ 1850 Coopersale Street, Theydon Garnon, Essex.
Death* __ ___ 1860 Epping, Essex.
M William TARLING (202)
Birth* __ ___ 1854 Coopersale Street, Theydon Garnon, Essex.
Baptism: 29 Jan 1854 St Albans, Coopersale, Epping, Essex.
Death* __ ___ 1938 Epping, Essex.
M Henry TARLING (203)
Birth* __ ___ 1856 Coopersale Street, Theydon Garnon, Essex.
Baptism: 17 Mar 1856 St Albans, Coopersale, Epping, Essex.
Marriage* 5 Feb 1882 Rose PRIOR (780) (b. 1863, d. 1948); St Albans,
Coopersale, Epping, Essex.
Daughter: 23 Jan 1883 Emily Ethel TARLING (939); Coopersale, Epping,
Son: __ ___ 1885 Percival Stanley TARLING (781); Coopersale, Epping,
Death* __ ___ 1934 Epping, Essex.
M Frederick TARLING (433)
Birth* __ ___ 1859 Coopersale Street, Theydon Garnon, Essex.
Baptism: 17 Apr 1859 St Albans, Coopersale, Epping, Essex.
Death* __ ___ 1939
M Walter TARLING (967)
Birth* __ ___ 1862 Coopersale, Epping.
Baptism: 23 Dec 1862 St Albans, Coopersale, Epping, Essex.
Death* __ ___ 1862
F Amelia TARLING (968)
Birth* __ ___ 1864 Coopersale, Epping.
Baptism: 13 Mar 1864 St Albans, Coopersale, Epping, Essex.
Death* __ ___ 1864
F Emily TARLING (14)
Birth* 6 Jun 1867 Coopersale Street, Theydon Garnon, Essex.
Baptism: 11 Jul 1867 St Albans, Coopersale, Epping, Essex.
Son: 23 Feb 1891 Arthur Henry Price TARLING (10); Coopersale Street,
Theydon Garnon, Essex.
Death* __ ___ 1953 Hendon, Herts.
Burial* __ ___ 1953 Coopersale Church, Epping, Essex.
There is not much that I have been able to found out about the next 10
years, so it is straight onto the 1881 census. Amelia is still there
head of the household, 55 so only 1 year difference this time, and
still working as a charwoman, William is still at home, aged 24 and
Henry has arrived back from wherever he was 10 years ago. Emily is
there as well aged 13.
I have found a map of the area taken around about 1880 and the
approximate location of Adelaide Cottage would be just left of centre
at the bottom.. I
know Emily was here in 1940’s and there is no reason to think
that the family did not always live there. Although the 1901 census
does show that Emily worked as a servant in Islington.
Shown below are some photos taken a few years ago. The first one shows
Adelaide Cottage, and the one further down shows the Road Junction
which is opposite the Cottage.
The picture below, shows the Road junction, which is just above the
arrow on the map above. Turning left here, takes you up Houblons Hill
towards the St. Albans Church. The Cottage would to your right of the
photo and straight in front you can just make out the Theydon Oak
A little under a year after the 1881 census, Emily’s brother,
Henry, weds Rose Prior. 5th February 1882 to be exact. The following
January 1883 Emily Ethel Tarling is born. Presumably named after his
sister, our Emily. Dave Tredgett, who descends from this Emily,
provided this information. He is my 3rd cousin. Emily Ethel Tarling,
married Walter Tredgett in 1902. From this marriage they produced a
son, William, who married Winifred Archer. Winifred and William are
David’s parents. David tells me that some of his cousins still
live in Coopersale, and he himself is not far from it in Harlow.
Anyhow, back to my direct line. In 1890, our Emily at the age of 23,
fell pregnant. As far as we know, it is pretty certain Emily never
married. To this day we do not know who the father was, maybe someone
at the house she was working at, maybe there is a clue in the name
Price, as this does not appear anywhere else in the family. Anyhow, the
following year, on 23rd February 1891 Arthur Henry Price is born. He is
christened in the local church, St Albans on 29th March 1891.
Also in that year, actual date is not known, our Emily’s brother
Henry and his wife Rose have another child, Percy. This was found from
the 1901 census. Although his age could be 16 on the census and not 10,
as there is a Percival Tarling baptised 16th Aug 1885 in Coopersale to
parents Henry and Rose.
Arthur is shown on the 1891 census as living with his grandma and mum
at the same address. Emily is now shown to be working as a domestic
servant. William 34 and Frederick 29 are also still there.
So we move now to 1901 and the census this year strangely finds Emily
away from her son and is working as a Cook servant for Mary Sharwood at
47 Highbury New Park, Islington, London. Now whether she was live in
servant or commuted I do not know, but her 10-year-old son is not with
her on Census night. She is shown as aged 29.
Not sure who Mary Sharwood was but she is the head and there is no
profession mentioned, and she is shown as Widowed.
Instead Arthur is found in Epping with his uncle’s Frederick and
William, on census night. The details shown on the census appear to
show incorrect information. It has Frederick as aged 30, yet on the
last census he was 27 and William who was 34 on 1891 census is now
shown as 46. The other piece of incorrect data is that Arthur is shown
as Fred and William’s brother when he was, in fact, their nephew.
Maybe the data was collected at the end of a long day for the census
Arthur’s Uncle Henry and wife Rose are still in Epping in 1901.
Working as a cowman they still have Percy at home. Not sure where Emily
Ethel is as she did not marry until the following year.
With the easier search facility on the 1901 census we managed to find
William and Amelia’s first son John, who if you remember married
Eliza White, and who were both found living in Standford Rivers on the
The search shows John, now aged 54, working on a farm in Theydon Mount
employed as a Horseman. An additional search of the database finds his
wife, Eliza Tarling aged 52, but living in Hove, Sussex. Quite why they
are apart I do not know.
Arthur is found on the 1911 census still at his Unlce Frederick house
in Coopersale. Now aged 20 he is an unemployed Labouer. Details below
1911 Census - Coopersale Street, Epping
Frederick Tarling Head
Single M 53
Labour General Coopersale Essex
Arthur Tarling Nephew
Single M 20
Unemployed General Labour Coopersale Essex
Arthur's mother Emily is still working as a servent in Islington. At
this time I have not obtained the census record so do not know if she
is still with the Sharwood family.
Moving on now some 14 years to, January 1915, Arthur at the age of 23
joined the Army to serve his country in the First World War. His rank
was Private and he joined the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of
Cambridge’s Own Middlesex Regiment, his Army number was 43079. He
entered the Theatre of Operations in France on 2nd May 1915 with his
battalion who were part of the 85th Brigade of the 28th Division. There
is no evidence of what action he saw but the following are records of
what battles his Division were in.
- The Battle of Fresenburg - 8th May 1915 to 13th May 1915
- The Battle of Bellewaarde - 24th May 1915 to 25th May 1915
This Division for some reason was then disbanded and it appears that it
was now that Arthur joined the Middlesex 4th Battalion who were serving
with the 8th Brigade of the 3rd Division.
- First Attack of Wellenwaarde 16th June 1915
- Action of Hoose 2nd June 1915, 19th June 1915, 30th July
1915 and 9th Aug 1915
- The battle of Loos 25th Sept 1915 to 19th October 1915
- Actions of the Buff 14th Feb 1916 to 15th Feb 1916
- St Eloi Crates 27th March 1916 to 16th April 1916
- Battle of Albert 1st July 1916 to 13th July 1916.
On the 13th July 1916 Arthur transferred to the 8th (Service) Battalion
of the North Staffordshire Regiment as a Private. The battalion was
part of the 19th (Western) Division and again follows the battles they
took part in. What Arthur's role in these were we will never know.
- The attacks of High Wood 20th July 1916 to 25th July 1916
- Battle of Pozieres 23rd July 1916 to 3rd Sept 1916
- Battle of Ancres Heights 1st Oct 1916 to 11th November 1916
- Battle of Ancres 13th November 1916 to 18th November 1916
- Battle of Messines 7th June 1917
- Battle of Menin Road 20th Sept 1917 to 25th Sept 1917
- Battle of Polygon Wood 26th Sept 1917 to 3rd Oct 1917
- Battle of Broodseinde 4th Oct 1917
- Battle of Poelcappelle 9th Oct 1917
- 1st Battle of Passchendaele 12th Oct 1917
- 2nd Battle of Passchendaele 26th Oct 1917 to 10th Nov 1917
- Battle of St Quentin 21st March 1918 to 23rd March 1918
- Battle of Bapaume 24th March 1918 to 25th March 1918
- Battle of Messines 10th April 1918 to 11th April 1918
- Battle of Baileul 13th April 1918 to 15th April 1918
- Battle of Kemmel 17th April 1918 to 19th April 1918
- Battle of Aisne 27th May 1918 to 6th June 1918
- Battle of the Selle 17th October 1918 to 25th October 1918
- Battle of Valenciennes 1st Nov 1918 to 2nd Nov 1918
- Battle of Sambre 4th Nov 1918
- Battle of Grand Hdnelle 5th Nov 1918 to 7th Nov 1918.
At the end of the First World War, Arthur had received the 1914-5 Star,
British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the regular army medal, given
to those soldiers already in the Army when war broke out. His medals
are shown below, with the regular army service medal he received when
he was discharged.
On the 8th March 1919, following the end of World War 1, Arthur
enlisted at Lichfield, again with North Middlesex Regiment as a
Private. This time his Army number was 6190016. At the age of 28 he
served as a Private in the North Middlesex Regiment 2nd Battalion
stationed at Abassia, Egypt.
The Battalion principally occupied until January, 1922, dealing with
the widespread unrest in the country, and formed part of the force used
in suppression of riots and hooliganism. Whilst in Egypt Arthur
received the Good Conduct Badge 2 on 4 January 1920.
In January 1921 Arthur's occupation was Storeman for North Middlesex
Regiment. The 2nd Battalion, including Arthur now aged 30, under the
command of Lieutenant-Colonel F. E. Swainson, left Egypt and was
ordered to Singapore, and arrived there on 31st January, 1922.
It was in time to provide guards of honour at Kuala Lumpur and at
Singapore for the new Colonel-in-Chief when he visited Malaya in H.M.S.
Renown during March, 1922. Guard duties at Government House, and guards
of honour for important visitors, although they made the
Battalion’s stay in Singapore one of interest and variety, did
much to interfere with the normal routine of training, since it was
only on rare occasions that the Battalion was together as a whole. But
a move to India during October, 1923, gave an opportunity to catch up
The Battalion, and 32 year old Arthur was quartered at Ahmed-nagar and
for the next five years settled down to a steady routine of battalion,
brigade, and divisional training. Major H. P. F. Bicknell, the
Second-in-Command, was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel during September,
1924, and relieved Lieutenant-Colonel Swainson as Commanding Officer of
the Battalion at the end of the latter’s tour of command.
Whilst in India Arthur received the Good Conduct Badge 3 on 4 January
1927. In December 1928 and at the age of 37 Arthur returned home to
Mill Hill Barracks, the 2nd Battalion remained in India. Why he
returned home I do not know. Back at Mill Hill Barracks, known as the
"Depot", Arthur was employed as a Butcher. Not sure where the picture
below was taken but could be at the barracks.
Maybe one of the reasons he returned home was in order to get married.
This he did on 25th December 1930 when he married Norah Martin at St.
Peter Le Poer Church in Friern Barnet. An interesting point to note on
the certificate is that he states that his father is Arthur Tarling
(Deceased). I can only presume that this was to save embarrassment of
not having known his dad.
On the 4th January 1931 Arthur received his good conduct badge 4.
In 1933 the couple had their first child Anthony born 17th May 1933.
The army as shown below records the birth.
The above are the Daily Orders from the Middlesex Regiment for 23rd may
The Army released him from active duty 4th January 1936. For most of
his service he worked as a storeman and from all the evidence was a
good honest worker. The testimonial below seems to support this.
are his discharge papers,
and finally below is his army
certificate, showing his service.
On leaving the army, Arthur joined the sorting office at Mount
Pleasant, and on the 7th April 1937 his wife presented him with their
second child, Avis Muriel Harris, my mother. Their final child arrived
7th February 1940 when another girl, Audrey Amelia was born.
During the 2nd World War Arthur’s mother Emily took evacuees into
Adelaide Cottage in Coopersale Street. I am not sure who these were but
certainly her grandchildren were amongst them as Avis Tarling told me
in June 2003. Emily was posted a certificate in thanks for this from
Buckingham Palace. The Certificate and Envelope are shown below.
The envelope is, addressed to Adelaide Cottage, and displays the
posting mark of Buckingham Palace. It has been enlarged on the right to
display it better.
Emily passed away in 1953 aged 86 years of age, the death is registered
at Hendon, so it is quite likely that she had been staying with Arthur
at 51 Cromwell Road. She is buried back in Coopersale. The picture
below, not a great copy, was taken in the back garden of 51 Cromwell
Road. Emily is with her grandchildren, Tony at the back, Avis to the
left and Audrey to the right.
The next picture shows the family again but this time with Arthur and
Nora in the photo, I assume both these photos were taken on the same
day, as the girls are seen holding the same dolls, and Emily is wearing
the same dress. These are the only two photos we have of Emily Tarling.
Arthur retired from the Sorting office in 1956 and enjoyed 9 years of
retirement before he sadly passed away on 15th June 1964, aged 73.
Shown below are photos showing both Arthur Henry Price Tarling and his
wife Nora Martin, late in their respective lives.
The family was due to go on holiday to Kent but Arthur was not feeling
well. So Avis and Audrey with their husbands Ken and Ron, and children
Janet and Sharon had travelled down to Whitstable, Arthur and Nora
followed later on a coach.
Unfortunately he fell ill on the coach on the way down to Kent, he was
taken to Whitstable Hospital but was found to be dead on arrival.
Needless to say once all the formalities were dealt with, everyone
returned home. The death is registered in the District of Bridge in the
County of Kent. His wife Nora, is the informant on the certificate and
she survived another 24 years before passing away in Barnet Hospital on
4th March 1988 at the age of 81.