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Violet Alison BLOCKLEY (1894-1989)

Biographical Details

Violet Alison Blockley (1894-1989) was the daughter of the Vicar of Old Basing, and it was in this household that Cyril Sladden was billeted for a short time in February 1915.

Violet Blockley was born on 20th April 1894 at St Albans, the eldest of three children of the Reverend Thomas Trotter Blockley, a clerk in holy orders, and his wife, Ethel (née Hubback).  She was baptised in St Albans Abbey where her father was Assistant Priest.

In the mid 1890s, the Blockleys moved to 3 Northmoor Road, Oxford, then in 1912 to Old Basing when Reverend Blockley became the Vicar there.

Cyril Sladden stayed with the Blockley family at The Vicarage, Old Basing, in February 1915.  At this stage, Violet was working at various Red Cross hospitals in the district.

Violet’s mother died in 1921.  Violet did not marry.  In 1939 she was living with her widowed father at Northmoor Road.

Violet died at Oxford, in 1984, aged 94.

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