BALE, Major John Edward

1835 - 1919

Born at Low Farm House, Pattesley cum Oxwick, South Creake, Norfolk in 1835, eldest child of John Edward Bale (1803-1862), a farmer of 620 acres, and his wife Mary née Branford, who married at Horningtoft, Norfolk on 27 November 1833. In 1841 a 6 year old, living at Low Farm with his parents, 35[sic] year old John and 28 year old Mary, and his two sisters Mary 3 and Esther 1. In 1861 a 26 year old 'artist architecture' boarding at 11 Bulstrode Street, Marylebone, London but in October 1863 he joined the 1st West Indian Regiment and, as a lieutenant whilst on a tour of duty in West Africa, was promoted to Captain retiring from the army in 1881 with the rank of major. Whilst on this tour, Surgeon Major Augustus Frederick Elliott (born 1834) kept a diary (Duke University Library) which is embellished with calligraphy and watercolour titles by Bale. He married at Christ Church, Ealing on 10 November 1868, Charlotte Jordan Lee née Johnson. A painter in oil and watercolour and a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1886-1890 and as Major Bale exhibited from 9 Crossfield Terrace, Colchester, Essex in 1888 'View from Museum Street, Colchester' and 'In St John's Street, Colchester' and he was a prolific artist and was also an architect. In 1891, a 54 year old retired major in West India Regiment, living at 1 Gray Road, Colchester with his 38 year old wife Charlotte, born Bahamas, BWI and their four children, born Norwich, Barbados and two in Colchester. He was still living at Gray Road, Colchester in 1911. He died at Barnstable, Devon in 1919, aged 83.

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