DOWNING, Phyllis Grace

1899 - 1980

Born at Wangford, Suffolk on 25 October 1899, daughter of Alfred Ernest Robert Downing (1872-1926), hairdresser, and his wife Edith Jane née Smith (1872-1958), who married at Saffron Walden, Essex in 1898. In 1911, an 11 year old living at 9 The Walk, Beccles, Suffolk with her parents, 38 year old Alfred and 38 year old Edith, and two sibling brothers, Wilton William 9 and Ralph Ernest 1, both born at The Walk, Beccles and she was still living there in 1929. Of Eltham, London in 1931 when she registered as a teacher with the Teachers' Registration Council, stating that she had been a teacher since 1920. As Miss 'R' Downing she exhibited at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool in 1928-1929 from The Walk, Beccles, Suffolk. In 1939 an unmarried elementary teacher living at The Vicarage, Battle, Sussex and she died in the Eastbourne district in 1980, she was unmarried.