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
Emily Jane Goode, F, Manageres, single, age 41, born Isle Of Wight; occupation: manageress hotelEmily Jane Goode
Edith Catherine Hang, F, Cashier, single, age 34, born Richmond, Surrey; occupation: cashier hotelEdith Catherine Hang
Margaret Jean Lowe, F, Assistant, single, age 26, born Ballater, Scotland; occupation: assistant hotel clerkMargaret Jean Lowe
Dorothy Bliss, F, Hotel Clerk Assistant, single, age 21, born Richmond, London; occupation: assistant hotel clerkDorothy Bliss
Eleanor Canelly, F, Hotel Clerk Assistant, single, age 41, born St Luke'S, London; occupation: assistant hotel housekeeperEleanor Canelly
Edith Anand James, F, Housekeeper, single, age 25, born Telscombe, Sussex; occupation: chambermaidEdith Anand James
Ethel Ward, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Croydon, Surrey; occupation: chambermaidEthel Ward
Beatrice Lawn, F, Servant, single, age 28, born Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; occupation: chambermaidBeatrice Lawn
Clara Moore, F, Servant, single, age 25, born Glasgow, Scotland; occupation: chambermaidClara Moore
Catharine Nicholson, F, Servant, single, age 40, born City Road, London; occupation: staffmaidCatharine Nicholson
Alice Harrison, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Hereford, Herefordshire; occupation: stillroom maidAlice Harrison
Lilian Mary Saunders, F, Servant, single, age 27, born St Johns Road, London; occupation: chambermaidLilian Mary Saunders
Louis Jelly, M, Servant, single, age 25, born Germany; occupation: cook hotelLouis Jelly
Henry Alexander, M, Servant, single, age 22, born South Wark, London; occupation: cook hotelHenry Alexander
Robert John Brown, M, Servant, single, age 25, born Bermondsey, London; occupation: kitchen porterRobert John Brown
Sidney George Brooker, M, Servant, single, age 18, born Turnbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: lift boySidney George Brooker
William Kesterton, M, Servant, single, age 45, born Clapton, Surrey; occupation: scullery manWilliam Kesterton
Henry Silverman, M, Servant, single, age 28, born Russia; occupation: platemanHenry Silverman
Francis Joseph Perche, M, Servant, single, age 26, born Austria; occupation: waiterFrancis Joseph Perche
Max Paul Pohling, M, Servant, single, age 24, born Germany; occupation: waiter hotelMax Paul Pohling
William Pfaff, M, Servant, single, age 26, born Germany; occupation: waiter hotelWilliam Pfaff
Richard Molliter, M, Servant, single, age 21, born Austria; occupation: waiter hotelRichard Molliter
William Lunak, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Austria; occupation: waiter hotelWilliam Lunak
Frank Jerdan, M, Servant, single, age 27, born Galashiels, Scotland; occupation: porter hotelFrank Jerdan
Richard Erbstosser, M, Servant, single, age 23, born Germany; occupation: porter hotelRichard Erbstosser
John Cheeseman, M, Servant, married, age 32, born Brighton, Sussex; occupation: porter hotelJohn Cheeseman
George Sargeant, M, Servant, single, age 15, born Turnbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: page hotelGeorge Sargeant
Augustus George Faber, M, Boarder, single, age 38, born Hungary; occupation: private meansAugustus George Faber
Walter Faber, M, Boarder, single, age 34, born Isle Of Maderia; occupation: private meansWalter Faber
Percy Machell, M, Boarder, married, age 48, born Barrow On Humber, Lincolnshire; occupation: retired adviser Minister InteriorPercy Machell
Victoria Machell, F, Boarder Wife Of Above, married 5 years, age 42, born London; occupation: retired adviser Minister InteriorVictoria Machell
Maud Bartlet, F, Boarder, single, age 38, born Edgbaston, Warwickshire; occupation: journalistMaud Bartlet
Beatrice Griffin, F, Boarder, married, age 39, born Sadly, Leicestershire; occupation: private meansBeatrice Griffin
Celia Heriot, F, Boarder, married, age 33, born Sutherland, Leicestershire; occupation: private meansCelia Heriot
Margaret Louise Taylor, F, Boarder, single, age 40, born Liverpool; occupation: private meansMargaret Louise Taylor
Helena Maud Ranson, F, Boarder, single, age 30, born Sydenham, Surrey; occupation: private meansHelena Maud Ranson
John Wilson, M, Boarder, married, age 49, born Christchurch, New Zealand; occupation: private meansJohn Wilson
Mildred Wilson, F, Boarder, married 18 years, age 48, born Christchurch, New Zealand; occupation: private meansMildred Wilson
Doris Rose Wilson, F, Boarder, single, age 15, born Christchurch, New Zealand; occupation: private meansDoris Rose Wilson
Mary Victoria Wilson, F, Boarder, single, age 13, born Christchurch, New Zealand; occupation: private meansMary Victoria Wilson
Herbert Simon Wolff, M, Boarder, married, age 38, born Hamstead, London; occupation: private meansHerbert Simon Wolff
James Kelly, M, Boarder, married, age 41, born Bradford, Yorkshire; occupation: private meansJames Kelly
Emily Kelly, F, Boarder, married, age 43, born Rillinghall, Yorkshire; occupation: private meansEmily Kelly
Frederick Thomas Graville Walton, M, Boarder, married, age 70, born Hampton, Middlesex; occupation: civil engineerFrederick Thomas Graville Walton
Charlotte Eliza Walton, F, Boarder, married 34 years, age 70, born Kensington, London; occupation: noneCharlotte Eliza Walton
Albert Jackson, M, Boarder, single, age 23, born Yanwhch, Westmorland; occupation: medical studentAlbert Jackson
William Loflan Merwen, M, Boarder, single, age 25, born Glasgow; occupation: noneWilliam Loflan Merwen
Dorothy Rogers, F, Boarder, single, age 25, born South Africa; occupation: private meansDorothy Rogers
Gertrude Reynolds, F, Boarder, widow, age 31, born Ownstuik Liverpool; occupation: private meansGertrude Reynolds
Charles Russell, M, Boarder, married, age 47, born Russell Sq, London; occupation: solicitorCharles Russell
Charles Bernard Peachey, M, Boarder, married 5 years, age 42, born Esher, Surrey; occupation: private meansCharles Bernard Peachey
Adelade Martina Peachey, F, Boarder, married, age 31, born Manilla; occupation: private meansAdelade Martina Peachey
Harry Davies Campbell Jones, M, Boarder, married, age 47, born Blackheath, Kent; occupation: bank managerHarry Davies Campbell Jones
Victoria Jones, F, Boarder, married 16 years, age 35, born Phillipines Is ManillaVictoria Jones
Walter George Stevenson, M, Boarder, married, age 36, born Phillipines Is Manilla; occupation: merchantWalter George Stevenson
Beatrice Maurina Stevenson, F, Boarder, married 2 years, age 28, born Phillipines Is ManillaBeatrice Maurina Stevenson
Beatrice Victoria Anderson, F, Boarder, age 4, born Phillipines Is ManillaBeatrice Victoria Anderson
Jesusa Vega, F, Boarder, single, age 29, born Ceumods Leon, Spain; occupation: nurseJesusa Vega
Gertrude 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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