The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
The Beacon Hotel  Beacon Road    Crowborough  
Historical records

1903Beacon HotelBeacon Hotel, CrowboroughPrivate collection

1905Beacon HotelBeacon Hotel, CrowboroughPrivate collection

1908Beacon HotelBeacon Hotel, Crowborough photographed by A. Salkeld, The Library, CrowboroughPrivate collection

2nd Apr 1911CensusRichard King Sampson, M, Head, single, age 50, born Lewes, Sussex; occupation: managing director hotelRichard King Sampson, managing director hotelThe Beacon Hotel1911 Census
Crowborough, Sussex
2nd Apr 1911CensusEmily Jane Goode, F, Manageres, single, age 41, born Isle Of Wight; occupation: manageress hotelEmily Jane Goode
2nd Apr 1911CensusEdith Catherine Hang, F, Cashier, single, age 34, born Richmond, Surrey; occupation: cashier hotelEdith Catherine Hang
2nd Apr 1911CensusMargaret Jean Lowe, F, Assistant, single, age 26, born Ballater, Scotland; occupation: assistant hotel clerkMargaret Jean Lowe
2nd Apr 1911CensusDorothy Bliss, F, Hotel Clerk Assistant, single, age 21, born Richmond, London; occupation: assistant hotel clerkDorothy Bliss
2nd Apr 1911CensusEleanor Canelly, F, Hotel Clerk Assistant, single, age 41, born St Luke'S, London; occupation: assistant hotel housekeeperEleanor Canelly
2nd Apr 1911CensusEdith Anand James, F, Housekeeper, single, age 25, born Telscombe, Sussex; occupation: chambermaidEdith Anand James
2nd Apr 1911CensusEthel Ward, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Croydon, Surrey; occupation: chambermaidEthel Ward
2nd Apr 1911CensusBeatrice Lawn, F, Servant, single, age 28, born Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; occupation: chambermaidBeatrice Lawn
2nd Apr 1911CensusClara Moore, F, Servant, single, age 25, born Glasgow, Scotland; occupation: chambermaidClara Moore
2nd Apr 1911CensusCatharine Nicholson, F, Servant, single, age 40, born City Road, London; occupation: staffmaidCatharine Nicholson
2nd Apr 1911CensusAlice Harrison, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Hereford, Herefordshire; occupation: stillroom maidAlice Harrison
2nd Apr 1911CensusLilian Mary Saunders, F, Servant, single, age 27, born St Johns Road, London; occupation: chambermaidLilian Mary Saunders
2nd Apr 1911CensusLouis Jelly, M, Servant, single, age 25, born Germany; occupation: cook hotelLouis Jelly
2nd Apr 1911CensusHenry Alexander, M, Servant, single, age 22, born South Wark, London; occupation: cook hotelHenry Alexander
2nd Apr 1911CensusRobert John Brown, M, Servant, single, age 25, born Bermondsey, London; occupation: kitchen porterRobert John Brown
2nd Apr 1911CensusSidney George Brooker, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Turnbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: lift boySidney George Brooker
2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam Kesterton, M, Servant, single, age 45, born Clapton, Surrey; occupation: scullery manWilliam Kesterton
2nd Apr 1911CensusHenry Silverman, M, Servant, single, age 28, born Russia; occupation: platemanHenry Silverman
2nd Apr 1911CensusFrancis Joseph Perche, M, Servant, single, age 26, born Austria; occupation: waiterFrancis Joseph Perche
2nd Apr 1911CensusMax Paul Pohling, M, Servant, single, age 24, born Germany; occupation: waiter hotelMax Paul Pohling
2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam Pfaff, M, Servant, single, age 26, born Germany; occupation: waiter hotelWilliam Pfaff
2nd Apr 1911CensusRichard Molliter, M, Servant, single, age 21, born Austria; occupation: waiter hotelRichard Molliter
2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam Lunak, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Austria; occupation: waiter hotelWilliam Lunak
2nd Apr 1911CensusFrank Jerdan, M, Servant, single, age 27, born Galashiels, Scotland; occupation: porter hotelFrank Jerdan
2nd Apr 1911CensusRichard Erbstosser, M, Servant, single, age 23, born Germany; occupation: porter hotelRichard Erbstosser
2nd Apr 1911CensusJohn Cheeseman, M, Servant, married, age 32, born Brighton, Sussex; occupation: porter hotelJohn Cheeseman
2nd Apr 1911CensusGeorge Sargeant, M, Servant, single, age 15, born Turnbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: page hotelGeorge Sargeant
2nd Apr 1911CensusAugustus George Faber, M, Boarder, single, age 38, born Hungary; occupation: private meansAugustus George Faber
2nd Apr 1911CensusWalter Faber, M, Boarder, single, age 34, born Isle Of Maderia; occupation: private meansWalter Faber
2nd Apr 1911CensusPercy Machell, M, Boarder, married, age 48, born Barrow On Humber, Lincolnshire; occupation: retired adviser Minister InteriorPercy Machell
2nd Apr 1911CensusVictoria Machell, F, Boarder Wife Of Above, married 5 years, age 42, born London; occupation: retired adviser Minister InteriorVictoria Machell
2nd Apr 1911CensusMaud Bartlet, F, Boarder, single, age 38, born Edgbaston, Warwickshire; occupation: journalistMaud Bartlet
2nd Apr 1911CensusBeatrice Griffin, F, Boarder, married, age 39, born Sadly, Leicestershire; occupation: private meansBeatrice Griffin
2nd Apr 1911CensusCelia Heriot, F, Boarder, married, age 33, born Sutherland, Leicestershire; occupation: private meansCelia Heriot
2nd Apr 1911CensusMargaret Louise Taylor, F, Boarder, single, age 40, born Liverpool; occupation: private meansMargaret Louise Taylor
2nd Apr 1911CensusHelena Maud Ranson, F, Boarder, single, age 30, born Sydenham, Surrey; occupation: private meansHelena Maud Ranson
2nd Apr 1911CensusJohn Wilson, M, Boarder, married, age 49, born Christchurch, New Zealand; occupation: private meansJohn Wilson
2nd Apr 1911CensusMildred Wilson, F, Boarder, married 18 years, age 48, born Christchurch, New Zealand; occupation: private meansMildred Wilson
2nd Apr 1911CensusDoris Rose Wilson, F, Boarder, single, age 15, born Christchurch, New Zealand; occupation: private meansDoris Rose Wilson
2nd Apr 1911CensusMary Victoria Wilson, F, Boarder, single, age 13, born Christchurch, New Zealand; occupation: private meansMary Victoria Wilson
2nd Apr 1911CensusHerbert Simon Wolff, M, Boarder, married, age 38, born Hamstead, London; occupation: private meansHerbert Simon Wolff
2nd Apr 1911CensusJames Kelly, M, Boarder, married, age 41, born Bradford, Yorkshire; occupation: private meansJames Kelly
2nd Apr 1911CensusEmily Kelly, F, Boarder, married, age 43, born Rillinghall, Yorkshire; occupation: private meansEmily Kelly
2nd Apr 1911CensusFrederick Thomas Graville Walton, M, Boarder, married, age 70, born Hampton, Middlesex; occupation: civil engineerFrederick Thomas Graville Walton
2nd Apr 1911CensusCharlotte Eliza Walton, F, Boarder, married 34 years, age 70, born Kensington, London; occupation: noneCharlotte Eliza Walton
2nd Apr 1911CensusAlbert Jackson, M, Boarder, single, age 23, born Yanwhch, Westmorland; occupation: medical studentAlbert Jackson
2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam Loflan Merwen, M, Boarder, single, age 25, born Glasgow; occupation: noneWilliam Loflan Merwen
2nd Apr 1911CensusDorothy Rogers, F, Boarder, single, age 25, born South Africa; occupation: private meansDorothy Rogers
2nd Apr 1911CensusGertrude Reynolds, F, Boarder, widow, age 31, born Ownstuik Liverpool; occupation: private meansGertrude Reynolds
2nd Apr 1911CensusCharles Russell, M, Boarder, married, age 47, born Russell Sq, London; occupation: solicitorCharles Russell
2nd Apr 1911CensusCharles Bernard Peachey, M, Boarder, married 5 years, age 42, born Esher, Surrey; occupation: private meansCharles Bernard Peachey
2nd Apr 1911CensusAdelade Martina Peachey, F, Boarder, married, age 31, born Manilla; occupation: private meansAdelade Martina Peachey
2nd Apr 1911CensusHarry Davies Campbell Jones, M, Boarder, married, age 47, born Blackheath, Kent; occupation: bank managerHarry Davies Campbell Jones
2nd Apr 1911CensusVictoria Jones, F, Boarder, married 16 years, age 35, born Phillipines Is ManillaVictoria Jones
2nd Apr 1911CensusWalter George Stevenson, M, Boarder, married, age 36, born Phillipines Is Manilla; occupation: merchantWalter George Stevenson
2nd Apr 1911CensusBeatrice Maurina Stevenson, F, Boarder, married 2 years, age 28, born Phillipines Is ManillaBeatrice Maurina Stevenson
2nd Apr 1911CensusBeatrice Victoria Anderson, F, Boarder, age 4, born Phillipines Is ManillaBeatrice Victoria Anderson
2nd Apr 1911CensusJesusa Vega, F, Boarder, single, age 29, born Ceumods Leon, Spain; occupation: nurseJesusa Vega
2nd Apr 1911CensusGertrude Rohe, F, Boarder, single, age 21, born Germany; occupation: nurseGertrude Rohe

1912The Beacon HotelThe Beacon Hotel, CrowboroughPrivate collection

1915 to 1919Autobiographical noteA.A. Milne volunteered for war, enlisted in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and served as a signalling officer in France.The Beacon Hotel

I was a pacifist before 1914, but this (I thought with other fools) was a war to end war. It did not make the prospect of being a soldier any more attractive. There was an extraordinary idea among the elderly that 'being a soldier' meant just no more than 'risking your life for your country', and that the man who was unwilling to do this was a coward, and that the man who was willing to do this was a hero. To people like, myself the Great Sacrifice was not the sacrifice of our lives but of our liberties. … As the result of an introduction from [Robert] Graves I was commissioned to the 4th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, then stationed at Golden Hill in the Isle of Wight. … After six experimental weeks in which I learnt to be just a little, but not much, like a soldier, Daphne joined the married strength, and from then on, whenever it was possible, she shared the war with me. Through a variety of accidents I became Signalling Officer. After a nine weeks' course at the Southern Command Signalling School I really knew something about it, with the result that I was kept at home as an instructor until July 1916. … An orderly saluted and said the Colonel would like to see me in the Mess. I was for France in forty-eight hours. … The attack was timed for midnight. … We dashed. The Major went first - he was going to 're-organize the troops'; I went second, God knew why; the sergeant and the signaller came behind me, running out a line neatly and skilfully. No laddering now, no text-book stuff, it was just dropped anywhere. From time to time the Major flung himself down for a breather, and down we flopped and panted, wondering if he would get up again. To our relief each time he was alive, and so were we. We passed one of the signal-stations, no longer a station but a pancake of earth on top of a spread-eagled body; I had left him there that evening, saying, 'Well, you'll be comfortable here.' More rushes, more breathers, more bodies, we were in the front line. … We put in a week at Loos after the Somme, and were then due for a long rest. … I was now [1918] in the War Office, wore the green tabs of Intelligence and wrote (horrible word) 'propaganda'. I had been marked for Home Service by a succession of medical boards, with the recommendation of 'secondary work'. … Demobilization [1919] was not difficult. I rejoined the regiment at Crowborough, where, as a sedentary soldier, I not only lived comfortably at the Beacon Hotel, but found a comfortable stool in the demobilization office from which I could call attention to the hard case of Lieut. A.A. Milne.

from A.A. Milne's Autobiography - Its Too Late Now

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