They stayed home

Seven children were born to William and Fanny Atkins (nee Green). Five of those children were shipped off or chose to move to North America. Only two remained in England. Edith Emily and Horace remained in England. It seems odd that these two stayed. I don’t know why they weren’t sent away too.

Edith is the second child born to William and Fanny Atkins. It appears she took some responsibility for her siblings after her older sister, Beatrice, left. You’ll remember that Beatrice was sent away shortly after the death of their mother in 1902.

Edith married Alfred Francis Sackett in 1909 and had a daughter, Edith Frances, shortly after the marriage. She had another child, Claude Leonard Alfred in 1911. Then 20 years later, when she was 41, she had an “oops” child, Dennis.

76 Felsham Road, Putney

Edith and Alfred lived at 76 Felsham Road in Putney, London England. Her brother Horace lived with the Sackett family from 1914 to 1919.

Horace first worked as a kitchen porter at J. Lyons & Company, a pioneer catering company. He was responsible for doing dishes and basic food prep. In 1914, he enlisted with the British army to fight in World War 1.

After the war, in 1920, he married Florence Edith Hall. His continued his career and worked as a chef in Croyden, London, England.

Pictures of Horace Atkins. One in the war, the other as a cook (third from the left)

3 thoughts on “They stayed home”

  1. Hello, really delighted to have found this entry on Emily Edith Atkins, who is my great grandmother.


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