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Alice Maud Richards

I loved my grandmother very much and I will write a lengthier memoir elsewhere.  This will serve as just an outline of her life.  She was the only grandparent I knew, and was a constant, loving presence until my twenties.


Born in the 1880s when people moved around on foot, and by some form of horse-drawn vehicle, with the occasional bicycle, and very occasional motorcar, my grandmother died at the beginning of the swinging sixties when jetplanes were commonplace.  What huge changes had taken place in her lifetime - she lived through two world wars, revolution in Russia, female emancipation and the beginning of the computer age.  I cannot imagine what that must have been like.


These huge changes are also mirrored in the changes in her appearance - I look at this portrait of her as a young woman and can see no trace of the ‘old’ lady I knew - at least in the facial features.  But at least we have one or two photographs.  Such a clear-eyed gaze.

Alice Maud Richards

b 11 March 1880 Fratton

m Frederick John Ellis 19 December, 1909 Wesleyan Church, Twyford Ave., Stamshaw, Portsmouth

d 1 April, 1962, Portsmouth



Olive Alice 1913-1985

Freda Jessie 1914-2006

James Frederick 1916-1918

Kathleen May 1919-?

Leslie John 11922-?

Nora Winifred 1924-



Birth certificate

Marriage certificate

Death certificate

Census - 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911



From the same root as Adelaide, which means ‘noble’. In England it was originally spelt, Alys.  Popular in Victorian times (see Alice in Wonderland) and still used today.


Alison, Alicia, Alys, Alissa


Allie, Ali, Al




From the same root as Matilda which is Old German meaning strength and strife or might and battle, but associated with the Celtic Maeve and the French Molde.  Popularised by Tennyson’s poem and the song, Come into the garden Maud,  and also a very common Victorian name.





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