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Violet Alice Favel GEPP (later ASHLEY) (1881-?)

Biographical Details

Violet Alice Favel Gepp (1881-?) was the daughter of the Vicar of Badsey and was friendly with some of the Sladden children who were of a similar age.

Violet Gepp was born on 21st June 1881 at Westhide, Herefordshire, the only child of the Reverend Charles Granville Gepp by his second wife, Charlotte Jemima B (née Foster).  She had a 16-year-old half-sister, Charlotte, who was her mother’s daughter from her first marriage.  Violet’s mother died just three weeks after her birth.  Her father married again two years later to Alice Wallington who became her step-mother.  They moved to Bradfield, Berkshire, where three half-siblings were born.

When she was six years old, Violet moved with her family to Badsey Vicarage when her father became the Vicar of the parish.  Two further half-siblings were born at Badsey.

The Gepps left the village in 1897 and moved to Wood Norton, Norfolk.  A letter from Violet to Ethel Sladden in October 1900 reveals that Violet was living in Germany.

Violet’s father died in 1903 when she was 22 years old.  The family then moved from Wood Norton to Norwich, but it is not known if Violet ever lived at home in that period.

In May 1910, Violet married Alfred Ashley in South Africa. Violet was still living in South Africa in 1931 as she appears in a South Africa Voters’ Index for that year.  She was then living at Quest, 66 Seventh Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg, and described as a housewife.  It is assumed that she spent the rest of her life in South Africa.

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