Saturday, 5 November 2011

Dudley Batty

Dudley Batty was the son of Dudley Davison Batty and Emma Rouse
he married Phoebe Mary Vlieland the daughter of Charles James Vlieland and Alice Edith Millen.
Christening: 05 FEB 1888 Ospringe, Kent
She married Dudley Eugene Batty in Jun 1912.

They had one child Aubrey Batty who was born and died in December 1914 in FullhamShe and Dudley lived in a beautiful Arts and Crafts house in Buckinghamshire, full of Dudley's pictures.

* If you look up 'Upalong, Oxford Road Gerrards Cross' on Google, you will find three lists of residents – Dudley in 1929, Phoebe in 1938 and 1940, in a Directory with lovely pre-World War II typography.

Their one child died an infant cot death.
This information we have from Phoebe Mary's great-niece!

The house  named Upalong and was at Gerrards Cross.
The well known John Hislop visted there and mentiones it in his book.
Connections to Phoebe Mary, the strongest by far is Emily Anthony, about whom all we know is her death in Gerrards Cross in 1972 and the fact that, employed as nursemaid to the son who died, she stayed as devoted companion to Phoebe through Dudley's death until (assuming Phoebe died after her) the end of her life.
Dudley Eugene Batty was born September 1873
He was an electrical engineer and joined AEI (Associated Electrical Industries Ltd), the innovative scientific company, in 1929
He died December 1933.

Interior photographs of the drawing room at Rouse Hill House. This photograph is one of three within the Rouse Hill House & Farm collection taken by Dudley Batty (1875-1933), son of Emma Batty nee Rouse (1843-1928) and Dudley Davison Batty(1845-1878), and great-grandson of Richard Rouse, the builder of the house.

Photo Richard Rouse
Dudley Batty and his younger brother Aubrey, both born in England, made an extended visit to their Australian relatives in 1894, staying for some time with their uncle Edwin Stephen Rouse at Rouse Hill. Dudley Batty became a member of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 1920.
About Rouse Hill house.
TN THE SUPREME COURT OP NEW SOUTH X WALES.-Probate Jurisdiction.-In the Estate of EMMA BATTY late of Hove Sussex England Widow deceased.-Application will be made after foui teen days tiom the publication hereof that Letters of Administration with an exemplification of the Probntc of the Will of the abovenamed de- ceased granted by the High Court of Justice an- nexed may be granted to REGINALD NEVILLE DANGAR and RODNEY ROUSE DANGAR the duly constituted Attorneys of DUDLEY EUGENE BATTY and EDMUND HARGRAVE PEACH tho Executors named In the said Will for the use and benefit of the said Dudley Eugene Batty and Edmund Hargrave Peach limited until the said Dudley Eugene Batty and Edmund Hargrave Peach shali apply or take out representation in this Honourable Court and all persons having any claim against the Estate of the said deceased are required to forward par- ticulars thereof to the undersigned within the saidFix this text period and all notices may be served at the under- mentioned address. PURVES and MOODIE, Proc- tors for the Applicants, Ile Castlcrcagh-strect,


South Kensington seems to have been the Batty family home – Comeragh Road, where Phoebe and Dudley lived at Aubrey's birth is just round the corner from Redcliffe Gardens, where Dudley's elder sister was stillborn (20 November 1872, Sydney Herald 27 January 1873) and where he and his wife Emma lived on their marriage (20 July 1871) – officiated by Dudley's two brothers, Edmund and George Staunton, both Reverends (Sydney Herald, 2 October 1871)!

from the Devon and Exeter Gazette June 26 1912 
The marriage of Dudley Batty and Phoebe Mary Vlieland 

AN EXETER WEDDING. Walsh, photograph frame; Mrs. Edgar Ware, tot pins; iMir., JVlrs., and the Misses Wright, silver cigarette case. The Lord Bishop of Marlborough's gift to the bride was a pa.per-knifg in case, with heavy chased silver handle, and on the long ivory blade were engraved miniature representations tlie Cathedral, the Guildhall, the Cap of Maintenance, and the City Arms. In addition, it (bore the following verse, written by hie lordship:— Forget not, Bride, whatever lot be thine, Tihe .Ever Faithful .City and its Shrine ; The City where thy parent sat as head, The Holy (Shrine in whidh his ohi'ld was wed. lave worthy both, all happiness -be thine. The honoured parent and tihe Holy Shrine. The design was the work Messrs. Depree and Young, Exeiter. - During afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Batty lerflt for the Continent to spend the honeymoon in Belgium and Holland. The bride's travelling dress was of saxe blue silk eolienne, with coatee of laoe the same colour, and sash of silk. Her hat was white bagel, with blue Lancer plumes and shaded pansies. The costume was supplied Messrs. Bros., as also other portions her trousseau. Mr. W. J. Coombes, the Princes Nurseries, St. Thomas, supplied .the wedding bell and sniilax decorations at the Guildhall, the flowers, palms, etc., at the Cathedral, and a bouquet for the Mayoress. A canopy at the Guildhall, the carpeting of the nave at the Cathedral, and the erection of the porch the West door were the work of Mr. R. M. Flint, of Exeter. The wedding ,cake was supplied by Messrs., Goff, and Co., Broadgate. They also were entrusted with the catering. The bride's dresses and those of the bridesmaids and the bride's mother were designed and made by Messrs. Green and Son, Exeter. Messrs. Rush and Co. supplied the wedding bouquetsy Mr. J. Browning, art photographer, of Exeter, took the wedding portraits. 'Die silver fl-ay and the brooch that were the City's gifts the bride were supplied Mr. W. U. Lisle, Fore-street, Exeter. "

Dudley Eugene Batty: experimental engineer
After education at Wellington College and University College, he gained wide practical training as an engineer at companies such as Harland and Wolff shipyards and Willans, Robinson who manufactured steam engines, diesel motors and generators. His artistic heritage seems to have come out in design and innovation: he worked in the research laboratory of Mather and Platt and was then appointed Superintending Engineer with British Westinghouse, a major US firm of gas and electrical engineers; he later returned to the company in charge of gas engine sales.
In 1916 he joined the Associated Equipment Co. (AEC), who were at the forefront of passenger and heavy goods’ vehicle manufacture; after the First World War  he was appointed Experimental Engineer, and held the position until his death in 1933, at the age of 58.
He was clearly well regarded in the profession, being elected a member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1923 and serving on its Council from 1931 until his death.
In June 1924, he patented a device to regulate and improve speed in vehicles such as trolleybuses (US 1497474 A):
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, Dudley Batty, a subject of the King of England, residing at West Kensington, London, England, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Speed-Regulating Devices for Electrically-Driven Vehicles.

Thanks go to Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History and the Institution of Automobile Engineers, and to Nick Ezra, Editor of the AEC Gazette, for part of this information.

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