Beaumont Rundle 1884 - 1917

On Saturday 9th February 2013 I went to a Vintage and Craft Fair that was held at St Mary's Church at Bramall Lane Sheffield. Whilst I was looking around the Fair I saw this plaque on the wall

 

ALSO OF

LIEUT.  BEAUMONT RUNDLE AUSTRALIAN R.F.A. DEARLY LOVED YOUNGER SON OF THE ABOVE

WHO DIED ON APRIL 15TH 1917 FROM WOUNDS HE RECEIVED IN ACTION WHILE SERVING IN FRANCE

I was rather puzzled as to why this memorial was on the wall of the church and so I decided to see if I could find out some further information on Beaumont. As always I first checked the CWGC site and found the following entry

Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 15/04/1917
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: Australian Field Artillery 4th Div. Ammunition Col.
Grave Reference M. 51.
Cemetery AVELUY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Additional Information: Son of George Edward and Emma Catherine Rundle; husband of Barbara Rundle, of 39, Hunter St., Sydney, New South Wales. Native of Sydney, New South Wales.

A further search revealed the following information  - Red Cross Wounded and Missing - Beaumont Rundle - Rank: Lieutenant - Unit: 4th Divisional Ammunition Column

An excellent resource - from the file it seems as though Beaumont died at 6.30pm at Number 9 Casualty Clearing Station, The Somme from gunshot wounds to the abdomen. face and right shoulder. The file goes on to state that he was transferred there from Number 3 Casualty Clearing Station and on arrival he seemed to be stable but despite the attentions of some eminent surgeons his condition deteriorated suddenly and he died. The cause of death was the onset of septicaemia. His brother in law visited the Casualty Clearing Station and was given full particulars of Beaumont's sudden relapse, and said that he would forward the details to his wife.

His wife was called Barbara and is mentioned in the Kirkpatrick Family Archives  - she was the daughter of Francis Henry and Grace Needham and was born  30 Sep 1885, Tenterfield , New South Wales. She married Beaumont in Queensland Australia in 1909

Beaumont also features on the website of his old school Armidale. And it was the information on this site that provided me with the "Sheffield Connection"

"From Glebe Point, Sydney. His father was George Edward Rundle.
At TAS a bit over one year from July 1901 to Sept. 1903. First Football XV and Colours. Set broad jump record of 21 feet in 1902 which “held good for some years".
After leaving school he wrote to the Armidalian "with affection for his old School" from Foxlow, Bungendore.
Served in: The Armidalian Sept.1917 asserts that he served in the South African War where his brother was killed, but this can not be true. He was still at School during the South African War. He served with the 4th Division Ammunition Column, Australian Field Artillery as Lieut. When War broke out he was In England and enlisted as a Private in the Imperial Remount Unit. He later received a commission and joined the Australian Field Artillery.
Killed in France aged 31 and one day. He died of wounds. He left a widow living at "Kenwood", Sheffield, England.

Memorial — A memorial service was held for him In the Chapel on 26.4.1917."

The phrase "He left a widow (Barbara) living at "Kenwood", Sheffield, England" made me think straight away of the Kenwood Hotel. The oldest part of the hotel was built as the private residence of Sheffield cutlery manufacturer George Wostenholm in 1845. He named the house Kenwood after a place of that name he had visited near Oneida Lake in Upper New York State, some 180 miles east of Niagara Falls.
The grounds had an Italian garden and terraces, pleasure grounds, a park, vineries, peach and other glasshouses and an ornamental lake that were laid out by Robert Marnock who was later responsible for the design of the gardens of the Royal Botanic Society of London in Regent’s Park. In about 1868 Wostenholm constructed the North Lodge with its imposing archway at the junction of Rundle Road and Kenwood Road. From it a new drive was made round the north side of the house leading under the stone arch of 1858 to the entrance front. On the front of the North Lodge can be seen Wostenholm’s arms and crest, which was granted in 1868.

After his death in 1876 Kenwood Park, as it was then known, was inherited by his widow Eliza and her second husband, Thomas Beaumont, added a major extension to the house in 1882-3 on the north side. In March 1899 the estate then passed into the hands of a group of Trustees who then in January 1922 sold the estate by auction to Kenwood Ltd for £5,500.

The company adapted the house and it was opened as a residential hotel called Kenwood. The inclusive en pension weekly terms for bedroom, lights and attendance, baths, full table d’hote meals, afternoon tea and coffee after dinner for a single room were 4 to 7 guineas, for a double room 8 to 14 guineas, the charges varying according to the size and position of the room. Fires in bedrooms were 3/- (15p) per day or 1/9 (7p) for an evening only. A private lock-up garage was available for 7/- (35p) a week.

The hotel prospered and in about 1930 a new bedroom wing was built running east from the main house. In 1956 work began clearing four greenhouses on the west side of the garages to build a banqueting suite for Kenwood Hotel. This was completed in 1958 and opened as Kenwood Hall.

In 1975 a new hotel, the Hotel St George, was built in the grounds of the Kenwood Hotel. The new hotel had 48 single and 30 double bedrooms, many of them in a three storey south facing wing overlooking the gardens and lake. The two properties were combined in 1983 to form one hotel of 115 bedrooms. The new luxury 4 star hotel was given the name Hotel St George. Over the next few years the hotel changed hands and a number of developments took place. The level ground, once part of Wostenholm’s terraced lawns, behind the main reception and dining room block, was cut away to give a view of the lake, many trees were planted. A £300,000 leisure complex was opened, with a heated pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, showers, sun bed and rest room.

Then in November 2007 the property was bought by Principal Hayley Hotels and Conference Venues and re-branded as the Kenwood Hall.

From Canon Odom’s Memorials of Sheffield;-
‘Near to this are two marble tablets, one in memory of ‘Lieut. William John Scott Rundle, D.S.O., 6th Dragoon Guards, died, aged 25 , July 30, 1901, from wounds received in action whilst serving in South Africa’; the other to ‘Lieut. Beaumont Rundle, Australian R.F.A. ,died April 15, 1917, from wounds received in action whilst serving in France.’
Both were sons of George E. Rundle, of New South Wales. These were erected by their aunt, A.M. Rundle, Kenwood, Sheffield.

And so the memorial in St Mary's was erected by his Aunt. I then checked the 1911 Census and found the following entry for Kenwood

 

A.M. Rundle was

Annie Moncrieffe Rundle
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Condition Single Gender Female
Age 63 Estimated Year of Birth 1848
Occupation Private Means
Employed Yes Working at Home No
Place of Birth Hants Gosport
Enumerator Information
Address Kenwood Park Sheffield Parish Ecclesall Town Sheffield
Type of Building Private House Number of Rooms 21 Inhabited Yes
Reference RG14PN27785 RG78PN1591 RD509 SD5 ED7 SN193 Administrative County Yorkshire (West Riding)
Registration District Ecclesall Bierlow Registration Sub District Ecclesall South Enumeration District 7
Reference Information Folio 385 Page 1 Piece 27785 RD number 509 SD number 5 ED number 7 Schedule 193

Confirmation of Annie's status as the head of Kenwood is given in the 1891 Census and 1901 Census. And she is also listed in the 1861 census

1861 Census Record
Personal Information
Name Eliza M Rundle
Age 20 Estimated Year of Birth 1841
Relationship to Head of Household Daughter
Address 11, High Street District Alverstoke, Alverstoke Parish Alverstoke Administrative County Hampshire
Birth Place Gosport Birth County Hampshire
Reference Information Folio 101 Page 20 Piece RG90

Annie was the daughter of Dr W J Rundle of Gosport, Hampshire.

And this is the connection to Sheffield and Kenwood

George Wostenholm died on the 18th August 1876. He had been married three times: first wife Mary Hobson (d. 1853) second wife Frances Crookes (d. 1865) the daughter of a London merchant. They married on 8th August 1855. His third wife was Eliza M. Rundle (d. 1886) the daughter of W J Rundle of Gosport. George Wostenholm had no children. He was buried at All Saints Parish Church, Ecclesall

Marriage Record George Wostenholm
Year of Marriage 1868 Quarter of Marriage Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration District Alverstoke Registration County Hampshire
Spouse's Surname Eliza Maria RUNDLE
Volume Number 2B Volume Page 738

Eliza was Annie's sister

His third wife Eliza re-married 6 years after George's death - her husband was Thomas Beaumont

Marriage Record Thomas Elliott Beaumont
Year of Marriage 1882 Quarter of Marriage Oct-Nov-Dec
Registration District Westminster Registration County London
Spouse's Surname Eliza Maria WOSTENHOLM
Volume Number 1A Volume Page 896
 

 But the marriage only lasted 4 years because in 1886 Eliza died

Death Record Eliza Maria Beaumont
Year of Registration 1886 Quarter of Registration Oct-Nov-Dec
Registration District Ecclesall Bierlow Registration County Yorkshire
Age at Death: 45
Volume Number 9C Volume Page 232

There is a full and detailed report of Eliza's funeral in the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent dated 10th December 1886

The following day the same newspaper issued details of Eliza's will

On Eliza's death Kenwood must have passed on to Annie. Annie lived another 36 years after her sister dying in 1922 at the age of 74. She is buried in All Saints, Ecclesall.churchyard.  Her death would explain the sale of the estate in 1922.

As a postscript I found this memorial in

and more importantly this

Sheffield Cathedral, South Aisle.
Memorial to Eliza Maria Wostenholm (1840-1886).

This window was erected by Annie Moncrieffe Rundle and George Edward Rundle in affectionate remembrance of their sister Eliza Maria, wife of Thomas E Beaumont and widow of George Wostenholm of Kenwood Park, Sheffield. Born December 11 1840. Died December 6 1886. "She hath done what she could."

The window merited a report in the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent dated friday 7th March 1890


 

And so Beaumont Rundle was the son of George Edward Rundle who was in turn Eliza and Annie's brother. George must have emigrated to Australia many years before.

In August 2014 I received the following information from a reader of this article. They also supplied me with a marvelous photograph!

"I have just read your article on the Rundle family & Kenwood Hall. You may be interested in the attached photograph which shows the servants to Miss Rundle taken outside the hall.

My ancestor was the under house maid Esther Everitt who was around 16/18 when this photo was taken possibly around 1901?

I am presuming the gentleman seated was the butler William Wright with house maid Mary Hauge & cook Florence Radell. The note on the post card suggested that the house maid domestic (Susan Dixon) was not available?  

 

Notes

1901 Census Record
Name Annie M Rundle
Relation to Head of Family Head
Age Last Birthday 53
Sex Female Profession or Occupation Living On Own Means Condition as to Marriage Single
Where Born Hants Gosport
Address Kenwood Civil Parish Ecclesall Bierlow Town or Village or Hamlet Sheffield Ecclesiastical Parish St Andrews Parliamentary Borough or Division Ecclesall
County Borough, Municipal Borough or Urban District Sheffield Administrative County Yorkshire Ward of Municipal Borough or Urban District Ecclesall
Reference Information Folio 61 Page 13 Piece 4358

1891 Census Record
Name Annie M Rundle
Age 43 Estimated Year of Birth 1848
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Occupation Living On Her Own Means
Address Kenwood Bank, Psalter Lane
District Ecclesall Bierlow, Ecclesall Bierlow Parish Ecclesall Bierlow Administrative County Yorkshire (West Riding)
Birth Place Gosport Birth County Hampshire
Reference Information Folio 19 Page 32 Piece 3811
Annie Moncrieffe Rundle (d1922).
Daughter of Dr WJ Rundle of Gosport, Hampshire.
Sister of EM Beaumont of Kenwood, Sheffield.
 

Sources

Sheffield and Rotherham Independent dated 10th - 11th December 1886

Sheffield and Rotherham Independent dated 7th March 1890

Eccelsall All Saints Churchyard

George Wostenholm

Kenwood Hall

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