Alfred Maurice Grose, 1879-1959

Mr A.M. Grose

Alfred M Grose was born at 342/4 Walworth Road, Newington, London in 1878. His Father was John Wellington Grose born in Padstow, Cornwall around 1840. He married Harriet in June 1867. In 1881 John was a draper employing 21 assistants, 3 boys and 4 girls. Alfred's mother Harriet was born in Upton Gray, Hampshire in1844.

Alfred was the youngest of 4 boys and 2 girls. They were: Rosa M Grose - born 1868, Francis Wellington Grose - born 1870, Arthur John Grose - born 1873, Gertrude M Grose - born 1874 & Herbert Philip Grose - born 1878.

Avenue House School, Sevenoaks

Map from 1909 showing Dartford Road.

In 1891 Alfred was boarding at the Avenue House School, which was established in 1875. It was a large house built in the 1870s on the corner of Avenue Road & Dartford Road, Sevenoaks, Kent. His elder brother Herbert was also with him. It was run by John Thorton (who by coincidence was born in Cambridge) and his wife Martha. In addition John's daughter Lydia was a music teacher and his son Francis Oliver was Vice Principle. The school continued up until 1927, by which time Francis had taken over .The house was finally demolished in 1934.

It seems most likely that as Neville Alexander Feary was staying with his Uncle at 'The Gables' Dartford Road in 1901, that it was Sevenoaks where the two met somewhere between 1892 and 1900. It is quite possible that Feary also attended the Avenue House School and that their education overlaped.

Dartford Road, Sevenoaks, looking north towards the Church

In 1897 Alfred's father John died, and by 1901 Alfred was living with his mother and his brother Herbert P Grose (born 1878) at his sister Rosa's and Brother in-law's home, No. 72 Herne Hill, Newington, London. Rosa M Brasnett (nee Grose) was born in Newington, London in 1868, she was married to Thomas E.C. Brasnett. Thomas was born in Bressingham, Norfolk around 1857 and was a director of a drapery company, which was persumably the Grose family business given that Thomas was working for John Grose in as an assistant 1881 & 1891. Thomas and Rosa had two sons, Thomas born around 1893 and Norman born around 1895. In the 1901 census, Alfred was described as a 'motor engineer articled pupil'.

Grose then travelled extensively throughout England, America & India, in the motor trade. On the 27th of February 1902 he set sail from London on the Somali captained by C J Denny, bound for Calcutta, India. Grose was also reputed to have had the first motor drivers license.

On the 25th September 1907 Alfred was married to Ethel Mary Phillips (Aged 21) of 23 Peach Street, Wokingham, Berkshire. the wedding took place at The Holy Trinity Church, Upper Tooting. Alfred's address was given as 96 Elmbourne Road. This was only 3 miles from The Windham Detachable Motor Body Co. at 22 St John's Hill, Clapham Junction SW11, where it is believed he was working at the time.

By 1909 Alfred then moved to Oakington and lived at The Kings Head, Whitehall Cottages, while building the Oakington Monoplane. He was there until at least 1910, but what happened to him after that is unknown, other than he died on the 2nd May 1959 aged 80 at 18 West Drive, Brighton. His address was given as 29 Yardley Street, Brighton and occupation was a retired company director.

There is a reference to an Alfred M Grose (Rank: private) in the Chesire Regiment, but it not certain whether this is the same person.

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If anyone has any further information on Alfred Grose or may be knows of any descendants, I would be pleased to hear from you.

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