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Name: Henry Dell

Burial Number: 1923

Gender: Male

Occupation: Auctioneer and Upholsterer; Valuer; Royal Flying Corps 2nd Lieutenant; Attached to 29th Ground Fleet Group at Edinburgh HQ.

Born: 3/9/1879

Died: 21/11/1964

Buried: 30/01/1964


Henry Benifold Dell was born on 3rd September 1879, in Clayton, Sussex, he was baptised at St. Nicholas Church, Brighton, on 8th January 1880. His parents were, Henry Dell, 26yrs, owner of an Upholstery business, and Hannah Eveline nee White, 21yrs. Henry had 4 siblings, Eveline b.1877, Averil b.1882, Marjorie b.1885, and Jocelyn b.1889. Henry B. joined his father’s company and became an auctioneer and valuer, he took over the business after his father’s death in 1924, now dealing in antiques and modern furniture and expanded into furnishing and removals.
Henry married Rosamund Esme Duncan in 1911, they had 4 children, Henry Charles Roger in 1912, Mary Bettina in 1914, John Michael in 1920. (John Michael had Downs Syndrome and his mother cared for him all his life, he died in 1976, aged 56yrs.) and Francis Humphrey in 1923.
Henry joined up to serve in the 1914 World War, he was made a temporary 2nd Lieutenant in 1916 and attached to the 29th Ground Fleet Group at Edinburgh HQ. He returned to the business in Brighton and after his retirement he lived with Rosamund and John at Windward, Old Fort Road, Shoreham Beach, Sussex. Henry died on 21st November 1964, aged 85yrs, probate was granted to Henry Charles Roger Dell, Merchant Navy Captain, Francis Humphrey Dell, Airline Official, and David John Loader, Solicitor. Effects, £59,338. Value 2020 – £3.65m.

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The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SB Row: 1 Plot: 10

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Ashes or Urn: Casket Only



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Mary widow of the late Thomas Duncan A.R.A. R.S.A. died 15th February 1905. John Michael Dell born 17th July 1920 died 28th Nov. 1976 "rest in peace" In Loving memory Henry Benifold Dell died 21st Nov. 1964 at Shoreham aged 85. In loving memory of Rosamund Esme Dell nee Duncan died 17th Aug. 1969 at Pangbourne aged 85

Further Information


Name: Henry Benifold Dell

Gender: Male

Born: 3/9/1879

Town: Clayton

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1911

Spouse First Name: Rosamund

Spouse Second Name: Esme

Spouse Last Name: Duncan

Town of Marriage: Brighouse

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 21/11/1964

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Windward

Address line 3: Old Fort Road

Town: Shoreham

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £59338 s d

Current value of effects: £3.650000

Census Information


Living at 22, Preston Street, Brighton. Henry Dell, 29yrs, Upholsterer, employer of 4 men, wife, Hannah E. Dell, 24yrs, 2 children, Eveline, 3yrs, and Henry B., 1yr, plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at West House, West Street, Ditchling, Sussex. Henry Dell, 39yrs, Upholsterer, wife, Hannah E., 33yrs, 5 children, Eveline 13, Henry B. 11, Averil 8, Marjorie 5, and Jocelyn 2, plus 3 domestic servants.


Living at 27, St. Michael’s Place, West Brighton. Henry Dell, 49yrs, Auctioneer and Upholsterer, wife, Hannah E., 45yrs, Eveline 23, Henry B. 21, Auctioneer and Upholsterer, Averil 18, Marjorie 15, Jocelyn 12, mother-in-law, Hannah Gooch, 63yrs.


Living at 67, Beaconsfield Villas, Preston, Brighton. Henry Dell, 58yrs, Valuer, Hannah E. 53yrs, son, Henry B. Dell, 31yrs, Valuer, daughter, Jocelyn Dell, 21yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at 1, Oldfield Crescent, Southwick. Henry B. Dell, Furnisher & Remover, wife, Rosamund E. Dell, ARP reserve and British Red Cross, son, John Michael Dell, Incapacitated.

Miscellaneous Information

1944 Henry appeared in court accused of overcharging. Fined £65 10s. (see newspaper report).
1947 In court again, accused of overcharging. Fined £45. (see newspaper report).