Colonel Edgar Hastings Thomas
Christian Jean(ette) Wallace
George Shackel
(Cir 1835-1899)
Laura Augusta Culverwell
(Cir 1836-1913)
Brigadier Gwyn Gwyn-Thomas C. M. G..D. S. O.
Alice Laura (Laura) Shackel
(Cir 1866-1920)
Vivien Gwyn Gwyn-Thomas


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1. John Winstanley Cobb

Vivien Gwyn Gwyn-Thomas

  • Born: 1905
  • Marriage (1): John Winstanley Cobb on 16 Apr 1925 in All Souls, Langham Place, St Marylebone, Greater London, Middlesex England
  • Died: 26 Jul 1931, 12 Randolph St, St Andrews District, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland UK at age 26

   Cause of her death was cardiac failure resulting from anaesthesia for operation during childbirth.

  General Notes:

The Times (London) Thursday, Apr 16, 1925.
COBB-GWYN-THOMAS.--On the 15th April at All Souls, Langham-place, by the Rev. R. S. B. Proby, Rector of Hillperton, Trowbridge, assisted by the Rev. Cyril W. Jackson, of All Souls, Langham-place, JOHN WINSTANLEY COBB, Captain 13. 18th Hussara, son of E. W. Cobb Esq, and Mrs. Cobb, of Church Hill Cottage, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, to VIVIAN GWYN, daughter of BRIGADIER-GENERAL G. GWYN THOMAS. G.M.C., D.S.O.
Julie Otto notes:
Vivien Gwyn (Gwyn-Thomas) Cobb (Steyning, Sussex Sept. Qtr. 1905-26 July 1931, Edinburgh, Scotland) was the daughter of my great-uncle, Brig. Gwyn Thomas [later Gwyn-Thomas] (1871-1946). His parents were Col. Edgar Hastings Thomas (1837-1921) and Christian Jean[ette] (Wallace) (1846-1910), both of Indian Army families; this Thomas family is from Herefordshire, the Wallaces from Calcutta and Aberdeenshire.
Vivien and her husband lived in Purton Stoke, Wiltshire, but both her children were born in St. Andrews Dist., Edinburgh. She died at 12 Randolph Crescent, St. Andrews Dist., Edinburgh 26 July 1931, very suddenly of "cardiac failure resulting from anaesthesia for operation" of 15 minutes' duration; the attending physician was a leading Edinburgh gynecologist, a professor of midwifery at the University of Edinburgh.
As far as I know, Vivien was Great-uncle Gwyn's only surviving child. He and Laura had a son, Bryan Stapleton Thornton Gwyn-Thomas (Steyning, Sussex Sept. Qtr. 1907-23 Aug. 1915, "Ellerslie," Hawkhurst, Kent), who died young. I am not sure why the little boy had that impressive name; perhaps he was named for a military colleague. Great-uncle Gwyn (don't know why he changed the name) appears in "Who Was Who" for 1946. He was born in Tiruchirupalli [Trichinopoly], Madras, in 1871, and was sent "home" in 1876 with his older sister, my paternal grandmother Hilda Margaret Rose Thomas (1869-1952), to live with their paternal grandmother and her maiden daughter at Weston-super-mare.

  Noted events in her life were:

connection. My connection to Julie Otto is as follows:
Julie Otto . . .
Her Great Uncle was . . .
Vivien Gwyn-Thomas (1905)
His father was Gwyn Thomas (1871) who married Alice Shackel (who died in 1920) who also married Arthur Bird (1865)
His father was Edward Bird (1824) who married Catherine Groube (c1824)
Her father was Thomas Groube (1774) & he also had Horatio Groube (1814)
He had George Groube (1847)
He had Edith Groube (1880) who married Percy Howe (1866)
His father was Robert Howe (1833)
His father was Frederick Howe (1805)
His father was James Howe (1777)
His father was George Howe (1741) & he also had Sarah Howe (1775)
She had Alexander Moss (1811)
She had James Moss (1846)
He had Laura Kershaw Waldock or Moss (1864)
She had Winthrop Larkinson (1889)
He had Dulcie Larkinson (1926) who married Colin Davies (1925)
She had me- Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

Vivien married John Winstanley Cobb, son of Edward Winstanley Cobb and Rosalie Emily Margaret Doxat, on 16 Apr 1925 in All Souls, Langham Place, St Marylebone, Greater London, Middlesex England. (John Winstanley Cobb was born on 15 Mar 1888 in Woking, Surrey England and died on 26 May 1960 in Surrey England.)


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