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Dadswell Family History

Generation 9
Llewellyn Dadswell (1892-1944)

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Ancestors of Llewellyn Dadswell
Llewellyn Dadswell's story
Key family dates
Further information

Ancestors of Llewellyn Dadswell

Robert Doudeswell 1560 > Robert Doudeswell 1606 > Edward Dodswell 1659 > Alexander Dodswell 1686 > Thomas Dadswell 1732 > James Dadswell 1786 > Charles Dadswell 1834 > William James Dadswell 1858 > Llewellyn Dadswell 1892

Llewellyn Dadswell's story

Llewellyn Dadswell was the 6th child of William James and Kate (Simmonds) Dadswell. He was born at Brighton, Sussex on 4 November 1892.

In the 1901 census, William and Kate are shown as living at Brighton with seven of their children - Charles (a railway engine cleaner then aged 17), Kathleen (14), William (11), Llewellyn (8), Harold (6), Wallace (3) and Roderick (8 months) - and with Alpheus Augustus Dadswell, (born 1867) - this was one of William's brothers who was a postman.

In the 1911 census, William and Kate are living at 253 Queens Park Road, Brighton, with Llewellyn, then an 18-year-old gas fitter, and four of their younger children, along with William's brother Alpheus.

It is unclear if Llewellyn also entered the postal service but Australian Army documents claim he was in the British Army Service Corps for five years prior to World War One. In 1911 he married Minnie Robinson at Brighton, and in 1912 they had a daughter, Dorothy Ann Dadswell.

Llewellyn Dadswell is shown in shipping records as arriving in Sydney on 3 July 1913, having sailed aboard the 'Osterley' from Tilbury on the River Thames. Llewellyn travelled to Australia without his family and in January 1915, when enlisting in the Australian Army, he described himself as a fitter living at Innisfail, Queensland. At this time he stated he was not married and he listed his father (living at 253 Queens Park Road, Brighton, Sussex) as his next-of-kin. However Llewellyn was discharged after several months as medically unfit for service (chronic rheumatism) and in June of 1915 he joined the Queensland Police.
Llewellyn Dadswell 1916 army enlistment form
A little over a year later he resigned to again enlist in the Australian Army, this time declaring he was married and that Minnie Dadswell was his next-of-kin and that he had a daughter (both living at 261 Queens Park Road). His Army service was again brief - within a few months of his second enlistment, he was discharged from the Army.

Llewellyn rejoined the Queensland Police on 1 May 1918, and saw service as a police constable at a number of centres including Innisfail, Fossilbrook, Mackay and Ogmore.

On 25 January 1936, he married Margaret (Maggie) Catherine Byrne, daughter of William and Mary Ann (Power) Byrne. He declared himself a bachelor but family sources believe he was at that time still married to his first wife, Minnie Dadswell, who was living with their daughter in England.

Llewellyn was discharged from the police force on superannuation in January 1936 and he and Maggie lived at 43 Milne Lane, Mackay. He was aged 52 at the time of his death at Mackay Hospital on 28 December 1944. His death certificate records his marriage to Margaret Byrne.

Some years later, Maggie moved to Sydney and became a baby-sitter for the family of racehorse trainer Tommy Smith. Following an illness, she died in Sydney in 1961.

Strangely, it was around this time that Llewellyn's first wife, Minnie, was approached by Australian Government officials in England and offered a Queensland Police pension, presumably on the basis that authorities knew she was his lawful wife.

Minnie Dadswell died in Brighton, Sussex, in 1973. Their daughter Dorothy, who had been helping support her mother, died the following year, also in Brighton.

Key family dates

Llewellyn Dadswell
4 Nov 1892 -
28 Dec 1944
married 1.
1911
at Brighton, Sussex
Minnie Robinson
ca1890 -
1973

Child -
1. Dorothy Ann Dadswell 1912 - 1974

Llewellyn Dadswell
4 Nov 1892 -
28 Dec 1944
married 2.
25 Jan 1936
at Mackay, Queensland
Margaret Catherine Byrne
1889 -
1961

Further information

William James Dadswell (generation 8, father of Llewellyn Dadswell)


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