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Tuesday 25 June 2013

Taphophile Tragics - Dorothy Matilda Brockwell

Monument to Cynthia Brockwell and Dorothy Matilda Brockwell, All Saints Maidenhead Cemetery, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

"In loving memory of Cynthia Brockwell.  Deid Oct. 4th 1939 aged 7 years - Safe in the arms of Jesus - Also her mother Dorothy Matilda Brockwell.  Born Feb. 6th 1907.  Died Dec. 9th 1942. - Re-united."

Dorothy Matilda Brockwell was born Dorothy Matilda Bunker on 6th February 1907 in Kirtlington Oxfordshire, the youngest daughter of Alfred John Bunker, a foreman at a farm, and his wife Eliza Rosina Griffin.

Dorothy first appears on the 1911 Census aged four years old, living with her parents and elder siblings, Alfred James, Ellen Rosina, Florence Bessie and Polly Lilian, in Kirtlington, Oxfordshire.

In 1930 in Maidenhead, Dorothy married Reginald Hubert Brockwell.  They had their first child, a daughter Monica in later that year, closely followed by Cynthia in 1932 and Regina in 1938.

Reginald Hubert Brockwell was born in 1910 in Maidenhead, Berkshire to Charles Frances Herbert Brockwell, a coal porter, and his wife Lucy Rose Eustace.  Reginald first appears on the 1911 Census, aged just four months old, living with his parents at 42 College Gen, maidenhead, Berkshire.

Sadly Dorothy and Reginald were to suffer the loss of their daughter Cynthia in 1939, aged just seven years. 

Dorothy was to pass away on 9th December 1942, three years after the death of Cynthia and four years after the birth of her youngest child, Regina.

I am unable to find out what happens to Reginald after Dorothy's death, but her two surviving daughter grew up to marry and have children of their own.


  1. Always interesting. :) And interesting photo, as well. Thanks for sharing on Taphophile Tragics!

  2. Thank you for posting the photo. To complete the story, Reginald Herbert Brockwell eventually re-married, in 1960 to another Dorothy - Dorothy Isabel Moyle. Reginald died in 1983 and the second Dorothy died in 1995.

    1. Thank you for adding that information. I would be interested to know your connection, if any, with the Brockwells.

      Beneath Thy Feet

    2. My wife's grandmother was a Brockwell (though not connected to the ones on the monument), and I am archivist for the Brockwell Family History Society - these two things being linked of course!

  3. Beneath Thy Feet6 November 2013 at 17:19

    Thank you. It's always great to receive further information on someone I have researched


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