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Percy James Ricketts 1925

Percy James Ricketts


Percy James Ricketts

BIRTH 19 MAY 1904 • Sholing, Southampton, Hampshire, England

DEATH JUNE 1978 • Southampton, Hampshire, England

Percy James Ricketts 1925 Colorized Enhanced retouched 

The header photo is an extract from the Let and Percy's group wedding photo, which given that it was 1925, was in Black and White. The above photo is the header photo which has been colourised and enhanced in MyHeritage Family Tree website, and then retouched.

Percy was not directly related but became part of the family when he married my great-aunt Letitia Annie Collins.




The parents of Percy James Ricketts were James Alfred John Ricketts and Sarah Annie Ricketts nee Doling.

James Alfred John Ricketts

BIRTH OCTOBER 1875 • St Mary's, Southampton, Hampshire, England

DEATH 8 FEB 1947 • Southampton, Hampshire, England


Sarah Annie Doling

BIRTH 6 JAN 1878 • Sholing, Southampton, Hampshire, England

DEATH SEP 1970 • Winchester, Hampshire, England









Aunty Let and Percy's wedding photo. Taken in a studio, in 1925, probably Bridge Studio 6 Bridge Road, Woolston Southampton. Who are all these people from the past, nearly 100 years ago.

Auntie Let and Uncle Percys wedding 80

 The photo has been circulated among the family and so far we collectively think we have identified the following names using the key on the copy of the photo below.

Auntie Let and Uncle Percys wedding 80% -  numbered for keyAuntie Let and Uncle Percy's wedding - numbered for key - L-R back row blue, 1-9; seated, red, (numbers towards top of page), 10 - 14; at the front, yellow, 15-16.




Thanks to the input from Jean and Shann the 'who' has been answered, by and large.

Standing L-R
1 baby Ronald Jerram (B:13 Jan 1925, age <1)
2 Annie May Jerram, the baby's mother, groom's sister (age 26)
3 Groom's father James Ricketts (age 50) 
4 Bert Pomeroy
5 Groom, Percy James Ricketts
6 Edward Ricketts, best man, groom's brother
7 unknown
8 Bride's father Edward Nash Collins
9 Kate Pomeroy nee Collins


Sitting L-R
10 Grooms mother Annie Ricketts
11 Bridesmaid Emily Jane Ricketts
12 Bride Letitia Annie Collins (Auntie Let)
13 Bridesmaid Elsie Marion Collins bride's sister
14 Brides mother Alice Florence Collins nee Furzey

Children front;

15 Walter James Jerram groom's nephew (B:6 Jun 1921, age about 4)
16 Joan ?bride's niece no idea of surname
I have made an assumption that Joan, the bride's niece is Joan Augusta Tyler.

However, before I move on I feel the need to do a sense check on the ages of the suspects. See if something stands out as strange. Approximate ages added in brackets.







Census 1911 James A J Ricketts


 1939 Register James A J Ricketts

 At last, written confirmation of the Ricketts at 214 Middle Road, in the form of the entry in the 1939 Register, compiled in preparation for WWII. Only James A J and Sarah A in this entry.

Probate 1947 James Alfred John Ricketts

The probate record for Percy's father James Alfred John Ricketts has his address as 214 Middle Road Sholing Southampton. His widow is recorded as Sarah Annie Ricketts.

Probate 1958 Emily Jane Ricketts





Places of Interest










Something About the Family Name 



Some statistics about the name Collins

Source; Ancestry

These are just screenshots, follow the Ancestry link to see the interactive versions, together with some additional information.


Ancestry Collins Name Meaning and count


Ancestry Collins UK distribution


Ancestry Collins England occupations


Ancestry Collins USA lifespan





Yvonne Letitia Ricketts, Jean A Ricketts, Patricia Ricketts

Another Three Sisters


Another Three Sisters, Ricketts

All 1st cousin 1x removed, and all met in person. Jean was the last survivor, until very recently when she also sadly passed.

From the header photo, three girls happy together.

Yvonne Letitia Ricketts

BIRTH MARCH 1927 • Southampton, Hampshire, England

DEATH 30 JAN 2013 • Southampton, Hampshire, England


Jean A Ricketts

BIRTH 12 DECEMBER 1928 • Southampton, Hampshire, England

DEATH 1 MARCH 2022 • Southampton, Hampshire, England



Patricia Ricketts

BIRTH 26 SEPTEMBER 1932 • Southampton, Hampshire, England

DEATH 12 JULY 2019 • Southampton, Hampshire, England


Yvonne Letitia Ricketts, Jean A Ricketts, Patricia Ricketts

Well perhaps it should be four sisters, as some researchers on Ancestry have found a information about a;

Betty Ricketts

BIRTH JUN 1931 • Southampton, Hampshire

DEATH MARCH 1932 • Southampton, Hampshire, England

According to the two records found, she unfortunately did not survive to her first birthday. Both records are registers so it should be interpreted as registered, born Quarter 2, Arp-May-Jun, 1931 and died Quarter 1, Jan-Feb-Mar, 1932. Both records are for Betty Ricketts, of Southampton, not Elizabeth.

Not surprisingly, I never knew anything about Betty, never heard mention of her. I have not seen a long birth certificate to be able to categorically confirm that Betty was part of the family, and as the impetus for writing this article was, in part, the studio photo of the three sisters together, I will not mention Betty further, which, for the avoidance of doubt, is not denying her existence as part of the family

Three sisters


The three sisters Collins





Collins Name Statistics


Some statistics about the name Collins

Source; Ancestry

These are just screenshots, follow the Ancestry link to see the interactive versions, together with some additional information.


Ancestry Collins Name Meaning and count


Ancestry Collins UK distribution


Ancestry Collins England occupations


Ancestry Collins USA lifespan



Walter Sydney Jerram


Walter Sydney Jerram

Before Walter Sydney Jerram was born, his parents Walter Jerram and Elizabeth Maria Jerram nee Rogers, according to the 1891 Census, lived at 2 Clyde Cottages or 1 Sussex House, Balaclava Road, Bitterne, Hampshire, a road that is still there today. Looking at the pattern of addresses in this part of Balaclava Road, I assume that they were living in a semi-detached house. 1 & 2 Clyde Cottages, 1 & 2 Sussex House.

On the Census Enumerators route Inkerman Road and Redcot House and Lodge preceded Balaclava Road, which was followed by Bitterne Common. From the map below it appears that there maybe 21 homes in Balaclava Road before the Reservoir of South Hants Water Works. This may correspond to Schedule nos 231 to 247 on the 1891 Census, which indicates 16 homes. The map is part of the Ordinance Survey 25" Series, Hampshire and Isle of Wight LXV.8, Revised: 1895, Published: 1897.

OS Map 25 Balaclava Road

The entry for the 1901 Census

Extract of 1901 Census for Walter Jerram 
AddressNameRelationship to HeadAgeEstimated Date of BirthGenderOccupationEmployer / WorkerPlace of Birth
Lodge South Stoneham House Walter Jerram Head 40 1861 Male Gardener Worker Shirley, Hampshire, England
'' Elizabeth M Jerram Wife 38 1863 Female     Bitterne, Hampshire, England
'' Walter S Jerram Son 7 1894 Male     Bitterne, Hampshire, England
'' Leslie C Jerram Son 8/12 1900 Male     Bitterne, Hampshire, England


Census 1901 Walter Jerram

South Stoneham is often a large registration district when seen on records, but in this instance it is actually the South Stoneham House, Swathling, Bitterne, Hampshire. Walter Jerram and his family live at the Lodge, which is shown on the OS Map below.

OS Map 25 South Stoneham House



Eldridge Name Statistics



Some statistics about the name Eldridge

Source; Ancestry

These are just screenshots, follow the Ancestry link to see the interactive versions, together with some additional information.

Ancestry Eldridge Name Meaning and count


 Ancestry Eldridge UK distributionAncestry_Eldridge_England_occupations.jpg


Ancestry Eldridge USA lifespan





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