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Robert Doeg Enock (1895-1967).
Full name: Robert Doeg Enock.
Date of birth: Thursday,
9th May, 1895.
Known as: Bob.
Birthplace: Rosedale, Sherbourne Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, England.
Date of death: Wednesday, 3rd May, 1967 (aged 71 years). Informant: Clive Enock.
Cause of death: Coronary Thrombosis due to Coronary Disease.
Place of death: 21, Ridgway Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England. Burial/cremated: Cremated and scattered on Tuesday, 9th May, 1967, in the Gardens of Remembrance in Kettering Crematorium. Has an entry in the Kettering Book of Remembrance, no headstone exists.
Date of birth: Thursday,
9th May, 1895.
'Sherbourne was at one time one of the most exclusive roads in Acocks Green.' 
Occupants (1901 census): Robinson
Enock, Eleanor Amelia Enock, Amy
Clara Elizabeth Enock, Robert
Doeg Enock, Gertrude
Margaret Enock, Laura Hopwood Enock (auntie), Maud
Muriel Enock (cousin).
Servants (1901 census): Nellie Birch.
Sherbourne Road pictured in the early 1900's. Rosedale was the house behind the white building on the right.
Rosedale was replaced by flats in the 1960's (click to enlarge).
c1910-c1916? - Howard Villas (left hand side), Stockfield Road, South Yardley, Birmingham, England. (Information on how I pinpointed this residence can be found here) 
The Enock family lived in the
left hand side of Howard Villas. Picture taken in
August 2014 (click to enlarge).
c1918-1924 - 16, Augusta Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, England. (Information on how I pinpointed this residence can be found here) 
Number 16 is the house with
purple curtains. Picture taken 1st May 2016 (click to enlarge).
1924-c1936 - 34 (now 54), Dudley Park Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, England. (Information on how I pinpointed this residence can be found here) 
Number 34 is second house from the left. Picture taken 1st May 2016 (click to enlarge).
Dudley Park Road viewed from Warwick Road c1930. Number 34 is the third house up on the left (click to enlarge).
Aerial view of Dudley Park Road c1950. Warwick Road runs along the bottom of the image. Number 34 is the fourth-house on the left-hand side going up Dudley Park Road (click to enlarge).
Number 74 as it appears now.
1939 - 17, Ridgway Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.
Lodging with Hayden and Kathleen Lock.
c1940-1967 - 21, Ridgway Road, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England. Built c1939.
Number 21 pictured in November 2015 (click to enlarge).
1911 census Junior
Clerk (Steel Tube Works).
1924 marriage certificate - Cashier for Colliery Proprietors.
Clive Enock's birth certificate - Collier Owners Buyer.
Clive Enock's marriage certificate - Buyer.
Death certificate - Engineering Business Adviser.
Stewarts & Lloyds.
The 1911 English census lists Robert's occupation as 'Junior Clerk'.
"Father had a difficult teenage since his father died when he was still at school. Thereafter, he was expected to support the family - mother and two sisters - on his own. As far as I am aware, he managed to get a menial job at Stewarts & Lloyds, which enabled him to train for a career in Iron and Steel production." - Clive Enock.
Stewarts and Lloyds were formed in 1903, by the amalgamation of two of the largest iron and steel makers in Britain: A. and J. Stewart and Menzies of Coatbridge; and Lloyd and Lloyd in Birmingham. Interestingly, Robert's father, Robinson, was a clerk at Lloyd and Lloyd for nearly 50 years.
Between c1910 and 1939, Robert worked in
S&L's offices in Broad
Street Chambers, Broad Street, Birmingham. The Chambers were demolished in
the late 1950's, and the Alpha Tower has occupied the site since the late 1960's/early 1970's.
"I have been thinking of you quite a lot recently as I have not been feeling too bright myself - just a little too much stress at business and too many outside activities." - Robert Doeg Enock in a letter to his uncle Jim Wilson dated 28th March 1937.
"Shortly after the war started we had to move again to Kettering (Barton Seagrave) when father's job with S&L was transferred to Corby." 
"He eventually became Head Buyer at the
Corby works. I have been told that he was very effective in that job. He was
proud of the fact that he had purchased the largest walking dragline (a
great video of this dragline can be viewed here)
in the country." - Clive Enock. Robert
worked in the buying department that was located on the second floor.
Robert worked in the buying department that was located on the second floor.
Enlisted: Curzon Hall, Birmingham.
Date: Thursday, 9th December, 1915.
Unit: 11th Garrison Battalion.
Regiment: Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
Regimental Number: 25430.
First joined for duty: Tuesday, 25th
Place: Norton Barracks, Worcester.
Embarked: Southampton, England (Monday,
21st August, 1916).
Disembarked: Le Havre, France (Tuesday, 22nd August, 1916).
Sunday, 15th October, 1916: appointed
unpaid Lance Corporal.
Sunday, 22nd April, 1917: appointed Lance Corporal (paid).
Tuesday, 12th June, 1917: appointed Corporal.
Saturday, 27th October, 1917: granted leave to UK from 26th October 1917 to 5th November, 1917. Thursday, 24th January, 1918: granted class I pay.
Saturday, 6th April, 1918: appointed Lance Sergeant (paid).
Thursday, 25th April, 1918: appointed Sergeant (paid).
Wednesday, 20th November, 1918: leave to UK.
Monday, 10th February, 1919: to England for Demob (GL).
11th (Garrison) Battalion.
Formed as 2nd (Garrison) Battalion at Portland in July 1916, and moved to France in the same month where it then remained. Renamed the 11th (Garrison) Bn on 13 July 1918.
Problems grew worse for the siblings, when their mother passed away in 1932. Nellie was the only remaining connection, and after she died the siblings drifted away. Madge became even more suspicious of her brother, and accused him of diverting money that she was due from her mother's will; to himself.
Relationships never improved, and Amy never returned to England. It is understood that she passed away in Australia in 1975, and Madge ceased to have contact with Robert as time went on. In a discussion with Madge's son, Ernie, I learned that he had never met Uncle Bob or his four-cousins.
On the 1st, January, 1925, Amy, set sail on 'Themistocles' to live in Australia.
In Madge's opinion, Amy was shipped off to Australia to prevent the possibility of a scandal within the family. In the early 1920's, Amy's mental health had began to deteriorate due to a failed love affair. Madge believed that the plan was devised by her Auntie Clara Wilson (who she later regarded as an "evil ogre"), with Robert also colluding.
Robert kept a box full of letters (spanning 18 years), detailing Amy's time in Australia. Having read these letters, it appears that Robert was rather lax in his support for Amy. Most of the letters discuss reimbursements for Amy's maintenance! It also appears that it wasn't only Auntie Clara's idea to send Amy to Australia. Uncle Jim Wilson and Auntie Lillie Smith were both against having Amy back in England, and thought it best to keep Madge and Nellie out of the loop.
The majority of the letters were written by: Edith Audley Smith (sister of Robert's uncle, George Theodore Davis), and Auntie Elizabeth Davis (nee Wilson) who were the main carers of Amy.
"I really have had a very trying six months and the beginning of this month was as bad as Amy."
"I find she owes Mrs M a weeks board beside the expense of the car to take her away so I am sending £1 to Mrs M out of the money which was sent to me. I have heard nothing from Bob as to Amy's money." - Edith Audley Smith - letter dated November 1926.
"From them you will see that your sister Amy is suffering from a nervous breakdown and I am of opinion that it would be well for us to meet as soon as possible to talk over the matter and particularly, what should be done and as to whether the letter should be sent to auntie Lillie. It seems to me that no good purpose would be served by arranging to have her sent back to England as your Mother and Madge, also I suppose you yourself, here had too small amount of trouble already when she was last home."
"I do not think anything should be said to either your Mother or Madge, till we have an opportunity conferring together." - Jim Wilson - letter dated 7th September, 1931.
"I am still of the opinion that you should not agree to Amy returning home" - Jim Wilson - letter dated 3rd December, 1931.
"However, I must now wait till I hear of your plans for Amy. Mrs Audley Smith has been most kind in trying to find a place for Amy to go for two or three weeks. She wrote to someone she knows who has a Poultry Farm and she took her down there last Thursday the 17th as I told you in my last letter her time was up at Broughton Hall." - Lillie Mary Smith - letter dated 20th December, 1931.
"In reply to your letter enclosing one from your Aunt Lillie, I ? to Aunt Annie and we are both of the opinion that it would be a great mistake to have Amy back in Birmingham. Her nerve ? are very much better away from the immediate relatives, and even if it were desirable, where is the money to come from for her ? and an attendant?"
"I should make it quite plain to Aunt Lillie our views. Several of us, unfortunately, have had to go through brain storms and the accompanying severe ?." - Jim Wilson - letter dated 4th January, 1932.
"Now about Amy. It is very difficult for me to have the responsibility of deciding what to do about her. I have been waiting to write you hoping to get an answer to my letter written on November 24th (the one mentioned in the cable). I had written one to you previously to November 24th which was more hopeful as to Amy's condition.
As you know she had to be removed from Broughton Hall as 6 months is the limit a patient can be there. Fortunately Auntie Edie knew a woman who has a Poultry Farm near where she had hers and she has very kindly had her there all this time.
I wrote and asked Mrs Spake if she could come up to Sydney (30 odd miles) and talk things over with me. She came yesterday and has promised to keep her provided and is willing to stay and is content till I get back and to decide with you how the monetary part is to be managed.
I have been paying £25/- a week for her since she went there but am now paying 20/- as I could not keep that up and Mrs S. was willing to reduce it, but of course I cannot go on doing this." - Lillie Mary Smith - letter dated 16th February, 1932.
"Mother tells me you are at home now. Can you come for next weekend to talk matters over about Amy? I want to know how much I can tell Mother about her. Personally I think she ought to be told of her condition now she, (Mother) is in better health." - Lillie Mary Smith - letter dated 3rd July, 1932.
"Can you send Edith the money she has paid for Amy? I donít feel I can have any more to do with it at all." - Lillie Mary Smith - letter dated 18th July, 1932.
"I cannot make out from your letter whether you have sent Mrs Smith the £2.17-6 or not. I have reckoned up and find that up to date i.e up to next Thurs Aug 4th. She has paid £4.4.0 for Amy's room. Don't you think it would be advisable for a cable to be sent to her to ? paying the 7/6 per week? Amy ought to have paid it herself as she had about £8 back money. Uncle will be responsible for the money for cable but will you let me know by Sat morning if you agree to this and Uncle will send it on next Sat." - Lillie Mary Smith - letter dated 2nd August, 1932.
"I went to see the Doctor at Broughton Hall again and he gave me another certificate a copy of which I will enclose but he too thinks we shall not get it. I expect you are pretty sick of hearing about the matters and I'm still more so of writing about it.
I heard from Mother this week and she says she is sending some money next week towards expenses, she seems very down about Amy and things in general. I have told her as little as I can but I can not see how Amy's condition is to be kept from her much longer. I am very glad she (Mother) seems better in health." - Lillie Mary Smith - letter dated 8th March, 1932.
"Just a line to thank you for your letter. I have sent £5 Mrs Smith this week as I feel she ought to be repaid without further delay so when you can will you refund me? I am very sorry you too are so short of money, but we are all in the same box." - Lillie Mary Smith - letter dated 10th August, 1932.
"My main purpose in writing is in reference to Amy so as to finally put matters on a agreed looking as your Aunt Edith and Lillie have as you already know - endeavored to assist her in every possible way now that she has attained the invalid pension. She ought to be able to support herself also with what she may earn with light work.
I enclose Aunt Edith's ? against which Aunt Lillie mailed her £5, which she finds is only £4.0.11 due to exchange now owing by you to her. So there appears to be still due to my sister the 171 plus the 3/6 per week from that date in Australian money.
Now as to my sister ? to pay this 3/6 per week. I should be glad if you would write her direct and instruct her just what you want her to do in the matter as your Aunt Lillie has finished with the matter." - George Theodore Davis - letter dated 23rd September, 1932.
"If I were richer I would not trouble you but my income is less than your Mothers and I do not feel that I could afford it especially as small as it was last year it is now further reduced." - Edith Audley Smith - letter dated 11th January, 1933.
"My main object is to enclose a letter first just to hand from my sister from which you will see the sad conclusion that Amy is now ill and as I do not know what you have so far done as to the money left to her, the information contained in this letter may be useful.
As regards Aunt Edith she cannot now do anything further in the matter and has left Sydney and gone to Adelaide for three or four months, so will be quite unable to ? ? see Amy for a long time and feels that now the only thing is to leave her in the hands of the medical staff of the mental hospital where I presume that she now is.
My fear is that now Amy is quite ? hope of a permanent recovery and the only thing is to know what is the best to do as regards her money." - George Theodore Davis - letter dated 2nd January, 1934.
In 1947, Madge wrote a letter to her cousin, Brian Wilson, revealing that she was becoming deeply suspicious of her brother who she felt had turned her aunties, and uncles against her. She felt that he, as the executor of her mother's will, had diverted money that she was due; for himself. Madge's scathing comments can be read below:
"But really, I feel that if anyone had to pay the premium for me again, it should be Bob, only I don't know what to do about him, he is so determined to keep every penny for himself. Ever since mother died he has made it clear, without saying so in so many words, that he would take no responsibility for me, or help me financially, or even make me welcome at his home, friendless as I was. The only time I ever asked him if he could help me a little financially was just before I was going to another town to have the baby, and he refused, saying he hadn't got the money. He has always had a good job at Stewart's and Lloyds, but he never writes a letter, nor does his wife, without impressing it on me how poor he is. In fact there has been so much reiteration about it, that I long ago realised it was just a throwing of dust in my eyes. Last Xmas he said his children just ruined him, and last summer his wife said they were having a holiday for the first time for years and that they had cashed their precious War Savings Certificate t pay for it. I find it all a bit too much to swallow, but have never told him so. What's the use?
He had the same fear that he might have to help support Amy, as she had become very strange in her ways and since having an unhappy love affair, and she could not keep her jobs. I realise now, though I did not at the time, (being young and very inexperienced) that Amy was even then going out of her mind. Bob said that Amy had better be sent to a job so far away, that she wouldn't come back again, and he and Aunt Annie, (who was living with us just then) arranged she should go to Australia. Amy protested all the time, that she wouldn't, but Aunt Annie collected her things, and packed them, and took her off to London and got her on the boat after a struggle. Amy tried for a while to earn her living in Australia, but ended up in a mental home, where I suppose she still is. Bob did not send the money mother left her, as he didn't want the authorities to get it.
It is only in the last few years that I have really realised what Bob is. Up till the time he went to Kettering in 1940, I had believed him to be honourable and truthful, but one little thing and another have opened my eyes till I can see behind the wonderful facade he has built up. Many others are taken in also by his manner and the marvellous way he can twist things around to his own advantage.
I found, too late, that he had so turned the Tilehurst Aunts against me, (and your own father) that Aunt Minnie wrote saying she had erased me from her will and was sending me then (1941) £20, which was what she had intended to leave me, but she preferred to send it herself as it was going to make it difficult for her executors, my having changed my name etc. Of course I knew very well that she had intended to leave a much larger sum, but I couldn't very well say so, so there it was.
I felt something was wrong somewhere, and eventually decided to write to Uncle Jim telling him all my story and ask him if Bob had misrepresented things when he went to see him. Uncle Jim wrote me an awfully nice letter saying it was so and "he didn't know how anyone professing to be such a Christian, could be so cruel". I have never seen Bob since I knew this and one cannot very well write him a letter about it all. especially as he still hasn't a penny piece! So now you understand how I feel that there will be no help forthcoming from that quarter." - Gertrude Margaret Wildridge (nee Enock).
"We never had much to do with relatives and as such I remember very little of any of them" - Clive Enock.
Robert was in frequent contact with his mother's side of the family including: Percy Wilson, Isabel Wilson (auntie - Percy's wife), Jim Wilson, George and Lillie Davis.
Robert's aunties and uncles - left to right: Percy Bateman Wilson, Jim Wilson, George Theodore Davis, Elizabeth Mary Davis (nee Wilson) (click to enlarge).
There is little evidence to determine if Robert stayed in touch with any relatives from his father's side.
The 1901 census shows that, that after the death of his uncle, Charles Robert Enock, his auntie Laura, and cousin Muriel, were living at Rosedale. They later moved to Alexander Road which is a five-minute walk away.
Robert's auntie Sophia Elizabeth Derrington, and cousins, Edwin, George, and Margaret, lived at Tufa Mount which was between a 10-20 minute walk away from Sherbourne Road, Howard Villas, and Augusta Road.
Robert joined board of directors at the Northampton Repertory Players in September 1958. Robert was also an active member of the Kettering and District Repertory Society.
Robert, like many of his ancestors, had a Quaker upbringing that seemed to play a major part in his attitude to life.
"Their lives [Robert and Lilian] in public were, to a great degree, affected by their religion. They were both members of the church choir which occupied a lot of their time. Most of their friends were members of the same church." - Clive Enock.
Robert, was Deacon and Choirmaster at the local church.
Robert was a member of the Committee of the Festival Choral Society, and District Chairman of Toc H., but had resigned from both by 1937.
"They had regular social evenings at home, most of which were musical. Mother played the piano and father the cello. I remember hearing them singing and playing." - Clive Enock.
These social evenings were held on a Saturday. The piano was situated in the corner of the living room, with the Cello stored underneath it.
According to Clive, Robert had a fascination with finding out how things work.
"Clearly father had a great deal of patience, particularly if he was in the middle of making something, as in the model railway in the loft. He had little practical training and learned as he went along and learned well. He joined the local model engineering society and also gained invaluable experience from them. He was willing to invest in his chosen hobby and had a brick built workshop constructed in the garden when we moved to Kettering. This was kitted out with a lathe, a drilling machine and a milling machine." - Clive Enock.
The model railway occupied the entire loft of 21, Ridgeway Road. Robert crafted a number models, using blueprints of engines associated with Stewarts & Lloyds.
An engine crafted by Robert (click to enlarge).
Robert was a keen mountaineer spending a number of weekends a year climbing.
Robert on one of his mountaineering weekend (click to enlarge).
In 1952, representing the Conservative party, Robert stood for election as a local councillor for the Pipers Hill ward of Kettering.
The election results published in the Mercury & Herald - Friday, 4th
26th March 1967.
Gross value of estate:
£12,852 4s.(£193k in 2016).
Net value of estate: £12,624 15s. (£189k in 2016).
Executor: Westminster Bank Limited.
Witnesses: Geoffrey Walshaw and Dorothy Walshaw (19, Ridgway Road, Kettering).
'Upon trust to pay the income from my residuary estate unto my said wife Lilian Alma Enock.'
2nd May 1978.
1. Birth certificate. Registration year - 1895, Registration Quarter - April-May-June, Registration District - Solihull, Inferred County - Warwickshire, Volume - 6d, Page - 602.
2. Death certificate. Date of registration - June 1967, Age at death - 72, Registration District - Kettering, Inferred County - Northamptonshire, Volume - 3b, Page - 466.
3. Information provided by Clive Enock.
4. All information taken from probate record - info found on https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#calendar - Surname - Enock, year of death - 1967.
6. 1901 & 1911 English Census returns (1901 - county: Worcestershire, civil parish: Yardley, enumeration district: 15, page: 27) (1911 - county: Warwickshire, civil parish: Yardley, enumeration district: 21, page: 756).
7. Pictures by Adam Enock.
8. Marriage certificate. Date of registration - 1924 July-August-September, Registration District - Birmingham South, Inferred County - Warwickshire, Volume - 6d, Page - 837.
9. 1911 census (1911 - county: Warwickshire, civil parish: Yardley, enumeration district: 21, page: 756) - I presume that the family moved to this address just after Robinson passed away.
10. Electoral registers - 1919, 1920, and 1922. I presume Robert and Lilian would have entered their own home upon their marriage in 1924.
11. Electoral registers - between 1925 and 1936.
12. Robert's mother-in-law passed was living at at Heaton Road at the time of hear death in 1936. The 1939 war register shows that Robert and family had moved to Kettering by September 1939. Pictures taken from rightmove.
13. The 1939 war register shows that Robert and family were living in Kettering in September 1939. The register shows that they were lodging with another couple, Hayden and Kathleen Lock. I asked Clive about this, but he only remembers moving straight in to number 21. Perhaps number 21 was under construction?
14. Pictures provided by Clive Enock.
15. Taken from an essay written by Clive
Enock in 2015.
16. Information found at Grace's Guide. Clive has an envelope address to Mr R. D. Enock, c/o Stewart & Lloyd Ltd, Broad St Chambers, Birmingham, England.
17. Robert kept a large amount of correspondence - now in the possession of Clive Enock.
18. www.findmypast.com - Record set: British Army Service Records 1914-1920 - series: WO 363.
19. UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 - www.ancestry.co.uk - Port: London, year: 1925, month: January (Amy Clara Elizabeth Enock).
20. Letter provided by Patrick Wilson, Brain Wilson's son.
21. Entry can be found here: http://www.remembrance-books.com/kettering/book-of-remembrance.html#page/246
22. Picture and information taken from: http://aghs.jimdo.com/sherbourne-road/
23. Picture taken from: http://aghs.jimdo.com/dudley-park-road/
24. Pictures taken from www.rightmove.co.uk
25. Pictures provided by Patrick Wilson.
26. Article found via www.findmypast.co.uk
27. All information taken from probate record - info found on https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#calendar - Surname - Enock, year of death - 1981.
Page updated 30th September, 2016.