Ancestors of William Edward Gillett
William Edward Gillett
Birth: At ohr25m on 22 Sep 1848 - Colyton, Devon.
Death: 7 Mar 1927 - "Colyton", 114 Leigham Court Road, Streatham, Surrey
Burial: in Ashes interred at St Peter's, Slinfold, Sussex.
Cause of Death:
Father: George Gillett LRCP Edinburgh,LSA London.
Mother: Eliza Catherine Wakley
Spouses and Children
1. *Florence Bailey
Marriage: 28 Jan 1878 - Immanuel Church, Streatham Common/Wandsworth District.Rev.Stenton Kardley.
1. Colonel Sir William Alan Gillett T.D.,D.L.
2. Bernard George Gillett
3. Lawrence Edward Gillett
4. Florence Violet(Auntie Vi) Gillett
5. Sir Edward Bailey Gillett
Educated at Marlborough College.
Marriage Notes (Florence Bailey)
May have lived in Leigham Court Road,Streatham,London.
Partner in Bailey,Shaw and Gillett,5 Berners Street,London.
In 1861 lived at Pauls House Bishops Hull, Taunton,Somerset.
In 1871 was resident in The Castle,Castle Green,Bishops Hull, Taunton,Somerset.
At the time of his father's death in 1880 it is recorded that he was present and his adress was 5 Berners Street,London,(adress of the law firm Bailey,Shaw and Gillett where he was a partner)
In 1881 was resident in Coventry Road,Hinckley,Leicestershire,UK.
In 1881 also recorded as living in Bath Lane,Knights Hill,Lambeth
In 1891 was resident in Lambeth,London.
In 1894 at the time of his mother's death he was living at Colyton,St Julians Road,Streatham,SW.
In 1901 was resident in Lambeth/Norwood,Streatham,London.Solicitor.
Ashes interred at St Peter's,Slinfold.
Note re Whiteley Village.
In terms of the will of Mr William Whiteley, who died in Jan 1907,WEG was appointed one of the Original Trustees of the Whiteley Homes Trust.Sir Walpole Greenwell was the other person appointed by Mr Whiteley.
Mr Whiteley was widely known as The Universal Provider and the pioneer of the great London retail stores of the 19th and 20th century.From a small start in 1850,Mr Whiteley built the Whiteley Department Store in Bayswater which did a turnover of over 1million pounds sterling pa.
The Whiteley Homes Trust was established with 1 million pounds sterling (approx.35 million pounds in 1985 terms) and was to acquire the 225 acre Burhill Estate in Surrey and erect buildings to be used and occupied for persons in their old age.
Whiteley Villiage, near Weybridge in Surrey, stands today as a lasting memorial to this great philanthropist.
We have a copy of a photo of King George V(with Queen Mary) planting a tree in front of the Chapel at Whiteley Village in 1921.(the original of this photo hangs in the Boardroom at WV).In 2014 Alan Chetwynd Gillett visited the village and was photographed standing next to the tree.
On 11 July 1925 WEG's son,Colonel Sir William Alan Gillett,who was also a partner in Bailey,Shaw and Gillett in London, was appointed a Trustee.He remained a Trustee until his death on 18 February 1959.
The second Warden of Whiteley Villiage was Colonel GP Chetwynd-Stapleton CBE,OBE,TD,DL who was appointed in 1936 and retired in 1959.He was the brother in law of Sir William Alan Gillett.
Douglas,Baron Hacking,was the 5th Chairman of the Board of Trustees.He was appointed on 26 Jan 1964.Baron Hacking was a partner of B,S and G in London.
Married by the Rev. Stenton Eardley