Evelyn Louisa Romer (née Gipps), born 1890
Whereas Evelyn's brothers died in 1914, Evelyn went on to live a long and hopefully happy long life. In 2008 I was extremely lucky to come across six family photograph albums of the Romer family started by Malcolm and Evelyn Romer (née Gipps) who was the daughter of General, Sir Reginald Gipps.
They covered three generations of the family starting with Colonel Frederick Charles Romer, Colonel Malcolm Romer and his son Lt Colonel Malcolm Nigel Romer and their families from around the late 1890s up until 1947.
The photos on these page are just a few taken form the pages of the albums (Credit: Robert Smith).
Note: Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Charles Romer, 8th Battalion, East Kent Regiment. (Late of the Lancashire Fusiliers) 24th Division was killed in action (CWGC listing) at the Battle of Loos 26th September 1915 (Click the picture to see the medals).
1913: The engagement of Evelyn Louisa Gipps, General Gipps's daughter and Malcolm Romer was announced in The Times © on Thursday, Dec 04, 1913.
May 1914: The leasehold of 2 Hans Cresen, Chelsea, London was transferred to Malcolm Romer on the 5th May 1914 after their marriage in April 1914 according to the London Gazette
For Evelyn and Malcolm's other houses look here.
Most surprisingly and disappointingly, there were no photographs of the wedding in the albums.
1962: Colonel Malcolm Romer died in the 3rd quarter of 1962 in Windsor area. (assumably Lovel house)
1963: Evelyn Louisa Romer died on February 1st 1963 in Lovel Hill.
All Saints church in Binfield (next to Binfield lodge where Evelyn and Malclom lived during WW II.
After much effort and help form Malcolm Niger Romer's son, I managed to track down Evelyn and Malcolm's grave in a cemetery in Binfield . Although close to the church, it's very hard to locate unless you knew it was there. Also, in the grave are two of Evelyn's sons, George 'Gipps' Romer and Malcolm Nigel Romer.
Evelyn and Malcolm had the following children:
A painting of 2/Lieutenant 'Gipps' Romer in his Irish Guards uniform (Credit: James Romer)
1940: George Gipps Romer, known as 'Gipps' was involved in the evacuation in 1940. According to the history of the Irish Guards in Celtopedia:
"In May 1940, the 2nd Irish Guards deployed to the Hook of Holland to cover the evacuation of the Dutch Royal Family. The
battalion evacuated the day after the Government and Dutch Royal Family had been evacuated. They had only a short respite upon their returned to the UK for just a few days later they returned,
along with the Welsh Guards, to the continent, to Boulogne, a port in northern France, reaching the town on 22 May.
The History of the Irish Guards in the 2nd World War praises Gipps's courage in the action. He was a "First reinforcement for the Harpoon Force under the command of Colonel Haydon.
"Colonel Haydon now determined to reorganize the whole position. Captain McCausland collected all his remaining men and at
nine o’clock withdrew No. 1 Company to the centre of Outreau village, where they defended the road down into Boulogne. At the same time, Captain Murphy withdrew his remaining platoons to cover the
area between No.. 1 and No. 2 Companies. No. 3 Company, under Captain Finlay, remained where it was, as yet untouched. Thus the line now ran from the centre of Outreau through some fields, which
gave a field of fire of some 150 yards, on to the northern exits of Outreau, and thence to the sea. Though shorter than the original line, it was still too long and too thinly held to withstand a
concentrated attack on any one point. Colonel Haydon sent Major Ross, his second-in-command, back to find some inner line of defence that could be held with only three companies, leaving one in
reserve. “At this stage,” he said, “I did not yet realize that No. 1 and 4 Companies had already been reduced to almost microscopic numbers.” Of the 107 men of No. 4 Company who landed in
Boulogne, only nineteen returned and only forty of No. 1 Company. Most of these casualties they had lost already, so the Battalion now had only two and a half rifle companies left.
The star medal on the left is the 1939-45 Star, awarded to any service personnel who completed 6 months operational service overseas. Gipps would have got this as Dunkirk was made an exception for the award. The medal on the right is the War medal 1939 - 45. (Credit: Alan Clark).
1940: Malcolm and Evelyn's first son George died at the young age of 21.
1989:The London Gazette, 25th April 1989: Victor Romer';s wife whom he married somewhere around 1966.
2000: Charles Victor died in August 2000 in Bath aged 84 without any children
1947 - Malcolm Nigel Romer's marriage to Virginia Taylor:
Malcolm Nigel Romer died in 1977 and was buried along side his father and his wife, Virginia was cremated after she died in 1996.
Cecilia Virginia Vivienne Romer died in November 1996 aged 80
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