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MOUSLEY, Edward Lawford Girling

b.1870 – d.1909

Early Life

Edward was born on 8th July 1870 in the village of Cranleigh, Surrey, sometimes recorded as Cranley, registered under Hambledon near Godalming.

He was the 6th child of 12 found born to Thomas Henry Mousley, a certified National Schoolmaster, organist and choir master and his wife Martha Tricker.

Edward was baptised in St Nicholas Church, Cranleigh on 7th August 1870.

Edward’s Siblings

  • Mary Augusta, 1864-1945. married David Richards in 1887.
  • Unnamed male child, 1866-1866.
  • Lilian Anne, 1867-1867.
  • Amy Louise, 1868-1881.
  • Charles Henry, 1869-1870.
  • Ethel Cecelia, 1871-1970. married William Smith in 1894.
  • Herbert Ernest, 1873-1951.
  • Hugh Reginald, 1874-1959 married Sophia E Stoner in 1912.
  • Ada Lily, 1876-1958.
  • Thomas Harold, 1877-1969 married Iris Elizabeth Mary St Hill Mawdsley in 1927.
  • Clarence Tricker, 1881- 1920.

1870s

1871 census shows us that Edward is 8 months old, he is living at 1 the village Cranley with his father Thomas 31, a school master, his mother Martha 30, sisters Mary Augusta 6 a scholar and Amy Louise 3. Sadly by this time Thomas and Martha had lost 3 of their children. Unnamed male child 1866-1866, Lilian Anne 1867-1867, and Charles Henry 1869-1870.

National School Admissions.

1873 Edward at the age of 3 starts his education in Cranleigh Church of England School (infants).


*A National School was a school founded in the 19th century in England and Wales by the National Society for promoting Religious Education. These schools provided elementary education, in accordance with the teaching of the Church of England, to the children of the poor.

Between 1871 and 1881 Thomas and Martha have 5 more children, Ethel Cecilia 1871, Herbert Ernest 1873, Hugh Reginald 1874, Ada Lily 1876 and Thomas Harold 1877. All born in Cranleigh.

In the 1881 census the family are now living in Hoo, St Werburgh, Kent. The address is Broad School and Thomas is still a National Schoolmaster. They have Emily Lawrence, a school mistress, boarding with them. Edward and his siblings are all scholars, Mary is boarding in Bramley, Surrey as a Pupil Teacher.
On 18th Sept another child is born, Clarence Tricker. Sadly Amy Louise dies in the 4th quarter 1881.

1891 census. Edward is now living with his sister Mary and her husband David Richards, a fruit salesman. They married in Hoo in 1887. Residence is Stafford House, Lyham Road, Brixton Hill, in the parish of St Saviours, Lambeth. Edward is 20 and his occupation is a Law Stationer. His sisters Ethel a school mistress and Ada are also living with the family.

Sadly Edward’s brother Herbert Ernest dies in the 4th quarter in Hoo aged 18. He was a clerk in the cement works. Single and still living with his parents.

20th July 1894 Edward is admitted to the Kent County Lunatic Asylum, Barming Heath near Maidstone Kent. Renamed Oakwood Hospital in 1948

Admitted Kent asylum, Discharge ‘Not Improved’ 07 Aug 1902

1900s

The 1901 census of Kent County Lunatic Asylum, tells us that Edward is a patient, his occupation was a solicitor’s clerk, his birth was in London Lambeth. As he was residing in the area in 1891 perhaps this is was an assumption or incorrect information given. He is described as a Lunatic.

1901 census

1902 7th Aug Edward is discharged from Kent Asylum and is admitted/transferred into Horton Hospital Epsom Surrey.

Admitted 07 Aug 1902, Died 23 March 1909

Sadly on 23th March 1909 Edward died at the age of 38. He was laid to rest in Horton Estate Cemetery Epsom Surrey plot no 339a.

Edward’s death certificate states that he died of Dysentery for 10 days, Tuberculosis of both lungs. His death was certified by D Ogilvy MD the medical superintendent of Horton hospital, he also was the informant.

Author’s thoughts

Both of Edwards parent are alive on his death. Thomas dies in 1927 and Martha in 1933.

In the 1901 census, Edward’s sister Ada Lily was recorded as being of weak intellect at birth. This census also states she is incapacitated. She lived all her life with her sister Ethel, who was widowed young. Ada’s death is registered in 1958 in Maidstone age 82 and not in the Bexley area where they were last recorded living in 1945. Maybe she also had to be admitted to Oakwood Hospital. (This is just my thoughts). They were living with their brother Thomas, a Reverend in Dorset in 1939 during the war and were back in Bexley by 1945.

Clarence died in 1920 aged 21. He was a Naval engineer and was discharged in 1918 as having TB. Tuberculosis.


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