Geraldine Audrey Townshend (5C12)

Date of Birth: 19 Jun 1880
Date of Death: 1950
Generation: 7th
Residence: Greenway Cross, Dymock, Gloucestershire
Father: Charles Uniacke Townshend [5C00]
Mother: Roberts, Anna Maria
  1. Gibson, William Wilfrid
  1. Audrey (b. 1916 d. 1939)
  2. Michael (b. 30 May 1918 d. 2000)
  3. Jocelyn (b. 1920)
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Notes for Geraldine Audrey Townshend

Geraldine was born in Dublin and baptized at Leeson Park on 28 September 1880.

The April 1901 Irish Census records Geraldine as living with her parents, eight siblings and five domestic staff in house 798 in Burlington Road, Pembroke West, Dublin. She is not shown in the Irish 1911 Census.

Geraldine was one of the first women to study at Newnham College, Cambridge, in the days before women were awarded degrees.

Married in Dublin in December 1913. Wilfrid Gibson [1] was the son of a pharmacist from Hexham, Northumberland. He met Geraldine in November 1912 when she was working as secretary to Harold Munro who owned 'The Poetry Bookshop', 35 Devonshire Street, off Theobalds Road, in Bloomsbury.

Early in 1914, Geraldine and Wilfrid took up residence at a part-thatched, half-timbered, red brick cottage, The Old Nail Shop, at Greenway Cross, situated at the junction of the Dymock-Tewkesbury Road, by the side of the lane to Ledington. The name of the house derived from the fact that the previous owners, the Sadler family, had been nail makers.

Of the children:

Audrey Gibson married Albert Hueboch from Austria and lived in Italy. She climbed the Matterhorn and was later killed when a mudslide washed her and her walking companion into Lake Maggiori. Her son Roland Gibson lives in the Azores (2005).

Michael Gibson married first Doris Smyth and second Dorothy Paterson (nee Pegram). Though trained as an aeronautical engineer he moved into technical publishing and was later appointed art editor of the children's comic 'The Eagle' in 1951. In 1959 he joined the Hamlyn publishing group. Michael wrote 46 books, mostly boys' adventure stories, was an expert rose grower (President of The National Rose Society 1985-86) and was a renowned authority on lustreware.

Jocelyn Gibson married Peter Brookes and had two daughters (Judy and Penny).

[1] Wilfrid Gibson was one of the Dymock poets which included Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas and John Drinkwater. He was born at Hexham in Northumberland on 2 October 1878 and educated privately. He died on 26 May 1962.