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Name: Violet Alcock

Burial Number: 1841

Gender: Female

Occupation: Sub Editor of "Girls Realm" magazine; Higher Grade Clerk for the War Trade Dept.;

Distinction: Pig Raiser

Born: 14/5/1878

Died: 20/02/1952

Buried: 21/03/1952


Violet Alcock 1878 -1952


Heene Hallmark

Violet was the daughter of Charles and Eliza Caroline Alcock. Her father was a publisher and journalist. She spent her childhood in Lambeth along with four sisters and a brother. Violet was sent to a private girl’s school in Margate. Her sister Marion was also a pupil.


She inherited her father’s love of writing and in 1900, she was working as sub-editor of “Girl’s Realm” magazine. Violet also became a member of The Writer’s Club.






In 1903, Violet became a founding member and secretary of The Bureau Lyceum Club. This was for women interested in science, the arts and social concerns. It was situated in Piccadilly. Violet sailed to America in 1904 to work for the American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco. She returned the following year and after a short stay in England, travelled to Australia. Here, Violet raised pigs and continued with her writing.
When war broke out in 1914, Violet returned to England.

She worked for the War Trade Dept. as a higher grade clerk dealing with blockade work. On 7th January 1918, she was awarded the MBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List.

In 1922, the family were living in Lambeth where Violet’s sister Marion died. By 1934, they were living at 70 Richmond Road, Worthing which Violet and her sister Florence turned into a nursing home.
In 1937, Violet’s mother died, followed by Florence a year later. Violet continued to live at 70 Richmond Road, until her death in 1952. She left an estate of £4908 (approx. £152K in 2020).

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 4 Plot: 51

Exact Location (what3words): entry.dive.slower

Ashes or Urn: Casket Only



None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves


None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves

Further Information


Name: Violet May Alcock

Gender: Female

Born: 14/5/1878

Town: Stoke Newington

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 20/02/1952

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: 70

Address line 3: Richmond Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Alcock. On Feb 20. 1952, peacefully in her sleep at 70 Richmond Road, Worthing, Violet May Alcock, M.B.E. Daughter of the late Mr and Mrs C.W. Alcock of Richmond, Surrey. Funeral Monday Feb 25. Service, 2 p.m. at St Botolph’s Church, Heene, Worthing. Cremation at Downs Crematorium, Brighton, 3.30 p.m. All flowers to H.D. Tribe & Co., Funeral Directors, Worthing. (Phone 2013)
The Times, 21 Feb 1952, page 1

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £4908 18 s 7 d

Current value of effects: £152000.00

Census Information


36 Somerleyton Road, Lambeth.

Charles aged 38, publisher and journalist employing 13 men. Eliza aged 39. William Edward aged 15. Elizabeth aged 11. Florence aged 10. Helen aged 6. Marion aged 5. Violet May aged 2. Plus a cook and nurse.


Athelstan House, Athelstan Road, Margate, Kent.

Violet aged 12, pupil. Marion aged 15, pupil. Both at school run by Sarah Horne.


16 Ennerdale Road, Richmond, Surrey.

Charles aged 58, JP for Surrey, journalist. Eliza aged 59. Florence aged 30. Helen aged 25. Violet aged 22, journalist, author. Plus 2 servants.


Living in Australia.


Living at 16, Ennerdale Road, Richmond, Surrey.

Eliza Caroline Alcock Head Female 1843 78 Kentish Town, London, England
Elizabeth M Alcock Daughter Female 1863 57 Islington, London, England
Florence C Alcock Daughter Female 1870 50 London, England
Helen Mary Alcock Daughter Female 1874 46 Tulse Hill, London, England
Marion Frances Alcock Daughter Female 1876 45 Tulse Hill, London, England
Violet May Alcock Daughter Female 1878 43 London, England
Elsie B Howe Servant Female 1903 18 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Jacob Van Cummers Visitor Female 1902 19 Netherlands

Miscellaneous Information

Violet’s father Charles was well known in football and cricket circles. He was secretary of Surrey CCC for 35 years. He organised the first home Test Match between England and Australia in 1880. Charles was also secretary of the Football League for 25 years, initiating the FA Cup. In 1871 he was captain of The Wanderers in the first FA Cup Final. In 1875, he captained England one week and refereed the FA Cup the following week. There is a Blue Plaque to him in Sunderland where he was born. His grave is in West Norwood cemetery.