ROWSELL, Miss Irene May

1881 - 1966

Born at Beverley, Yorkshire on 12 September 1881, daughter of Revd John Rowsell (1853-1910), assistant perpetual curate at Beverley Minster 1879-1882, and his wife Alice Lucy (1852-1931), daughter of Revd Richard Wilson Greaves, who married on 2 July 1879. In 1882, shortly after Irene's birth her father moved to take the position as rector of Beccles, Suffolk and in 1891 Irene was a 9 year old living at Ballygate Street, Beccles with her parents, 38 year old John and 38 year old Alice, and her six siblings, Alice Myra 10, also born at Beverley and Ruth Margaret 8, Monica Bishop 6, John Bishop 4, Herbert Greaves 3 and newly born Keith Alfred, all born at Beccles and they were still there in 1901. Her father died on 7 July 1910 and the family moved to 49 London Road, Beccles where Irene was a 29 year old painter artist, living with her mother and sibling Keith Alfred 20, her younger brother Herbert was to be killed in action in 1915. A member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1902-1909 from Beccles, Suffolk. She married at St Pancras, London in 1916, Revd Alfred Thompson. In 1939 Irene was living at St Andrew's Vicarage, 571 Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, London with her husband Alfred (born 13 July 1883), who was the local vicar, and she died at Fulham, London in 1966, aged 85.