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Name: Doris Dobree

Burial Number: 1949

Gender: Female

Distinction: VAD

Born: 19/11/1888

Died: 12/02/1971

Buried: 06/03/1971


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Doris Dobree 1888 – 1971



Doris was born on 19th November 1888 in West Tilbury Essex to the Reverend James Bonamy Dobree and Harriet Dobree (nee Moor). She was one of 8 children born to James and Harriet; however 4 of the children died before 1911

James Bonamy Dobree was the rector of West Tilbury Church, a position he held for 47 years and the family lived in the vicarage. After his death in 1918 a stained glass window was created in the church in his memory, which read-        In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. ‘I was hungred and ye gave me meat, I was thirsty and ye gave me drink’ To the glory of god and to the memory of the Rev. James Bonamy Dobree MA was for forty seven years Rector of this parish and who died Oct 25th 1918. This window was erected by parishioners and friends. He is buried in West Tilbury Churchyard. However the church was deconsecrated in 1979 and is now a private residence.

After the death of James, his Wife Harriet and two of her children, Doris and Margaret moved to Worthing where they lived in Downview Road Worthing, both Sisters remained spinsters.

Doris and Margaret were volunteers of the Red Cross VAD (Voluntary Aid detachment) from 1915 to 1919. Both were involved in nursing duties at the Rosherville & Ingress Abbey VAD Hospital Gravesend. Doris worked part time serving 3514 hours in total.


In 1924 Doris was elected to serve on the Heene Ruri-decanel Council, which dealt with welfare in the town, this was a position she held for many years as in 1927 she was re-elected. She also was involved in many fetes and sales in Heene to raise funds for charity.

Doris’s Mother Harriet died on 21st October 1933 while living at Downview Road Worthing.                                                                                              Doris died on 12th February 1971 in Worthing and left an estate of £30836 (£434,000 in 2020)


Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Doris  Dobree

Location in Cemetery

Area: NB Row: 16 Plot: 16

Exact Location (what3words): waddled.seats.hills

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Plaque on North Wall above gravestone for Thomas and Ellen Farmer


In loving memory of Margaret De Lisle Dobree died 29th June 1967 and Doris Angela Dobree died 12th February 1971

Further Information


Name: Doris Angela Dobree

Gender: Female

Born: 19/11/1888

Town: West Tilbury

County: Essex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 12/02/1971

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 26

Address line 3: Downview Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £30836 s d

Current value of effects: £434000

Census Information


The Rectory West Tilbury Essex

James Bonamy Dobree (Head) 56, Harriet Dobree (Wife) age 44, Edward Bonamy Dobree (Son) age 17, Claude Hatherley Dobree (Son) age 15, Margaret Du Little Dobree (Daughter) age 14, Fraser Lynn Dobree (Son) age 10, Hatherley Moor Dobree (Son) age 8, Arthur Hugh (Son) age 3, Doris Angela Dobree (Daughter) age 2, plus 2 serva


The Rectory West Tilbury Essex

James B Dobree (Head) age 65, Harriet Dobree (Wife) age 54, Claude C Dobree (Son) age 25, Margaret D Dobree (Daughter) age 24, Fraser L dobree (Son) age 20, Hatherley M Dobree (Son) age 18, Arthur H (Son) age 13, Doris A (Daughter) age 12, Noel R Dobree (Son) age 9, plus 2 servants


The Rectory West Tilbury Essex

James Bonamy Dobree (Head) age 75, Harriet Dobree (Wife) age 64, Claude Hatherley Dobree (Son) age 35, Margaret Di Lisle Dobree (Daughter) age 34, Hatherley Moor Dobree (Son) age 28, Doris Angela Dobree (Daughter) age 22, Noel Roy Dobree (Son) age 19, plus 1 servant


Chaucer Lodge, Chaucer Road. Worthing, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Harriet Dobree
Female 1847 74 Suffolk, England Home Duties
Margaret D L Dobree
Female 1877 44 West Tilbury, Essex Home Duties
Doris A Dobree
Female 1888 32 West Tilbury, Essex Home Duties
Margaret Moor
Female 1855 66 Suffolk, England None
Edith A Stevens
Female 1902 19 Deptford, Kent General Domestic Servant Private


26 Downview Road Worthing

Margaret De Lisle Dobree age 62, Doris A Dobree age 51, plus 1 servant

Miscellaneous Information

Worthing Gazette – 23rd April 1924

Easter Vestries – Rector of Heene lll

In the absence of the Rector (the Rev. JP Fallowes) through illness, the Rev. LS Blenkins took the chair at Heene Vestry meeting on Easter Monday, and he read a letter form Mr Fallowes in which the latter touched upon some aspects of the business to be done and expressed his disappointment at being incapacitated at such a time. There was a good attendance.
There was no submission of Church accounts to the Vestry, it being pointed out that these had already been published in the Parish Magazine.
The chairman reported that there were 581 communicants on Easter Day, and that the Rector’s Easter Offertory totalled £88.11s.6d. The Electoral Roll of the parish had increased from 1,246 to 1,286, 12 names having been removed by death, and 32 taken off for other causes, and 84 members added.
In his letter the Rector nominated Mr JB Sams as his Churchwarden, remarking that he had served a year in that office with great satisfaction to him (the Rector), and he thought also to the congregation; and Major General Sir James Maher, C.B., K.C.M.G., was unanimously elected People’s Warden, on the proposition of Mr HC Newton, seconded by Mr W Sams J.P., the latter remarking that he was a man in full vigour of health who had identified himself with the Church work since he came into the parish.
The sidesman were re-elected, with the addition of Mr CW Silversides (who is an old Churchwarden) and Mr WG Rodway (who has been Churchwarden of the Cathedral Church of Birmingham).
Sympathy and Thanks – Major General Sir James Maher, Mr HC Newton, Mr RW Charles, Mr WG Rodway, and Mrs Towers were elected representatives of the Diocesan Council; and Mr F Cory, Mr GH Poulton, Mr CW Silversides, Miss Holmes and Miss Doris Dobree were elected to serve on the Ruri-decanel Council.
The Vestry recorded their appreciation of the long service to the Church of the late Mr AS Roberts, “a good Churchwarden, a loyal colleague, and faithful friend,” and tendered respectful sympathy to Mrs Roberts and family; and on the initiative of Mr H Nelson offered condolence to the Chairman for the serious illness in his family and also to the Rector and Mrs Fallowes.
Thanks to the Secretary for her services were proposed by Sir James Maher, who alluded to the amount of work for the parish done by Mrs Towers; and Mr Newton, in seconding, remarked that but few of them realised the amount of work Mrs Towers took upon her shoulders.
Grateful tribute was paid to Mr Gibbs for the work he had done for the last 20y years, particularly in connection with the finances of the Church, the vote being moved my Mr Cory to “his predecessor” and warmly supported by Mr EW Bennett, Mr Newton and Mr W Sams.