Robert George DOWNER

Male 1923 - 2003  (80 years)


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  • Name Robert George DOWNER 
    Born 23 Feb 1923  Northwood, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation From 1950 to 1978  Isle of Wight, England and Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    a Policeman 
    Died 22 Sep 2003  Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 5 siblings 
    Notes 
    • Bob was a Policeman, originally in Shanklin, IoW, later in King's Worthy, Hampshire, and then again on the Isle of Wight.

      Hampshire Constabulary records:
      Collar No 337, joined 5 Oct 1950, left 22 Feb 1978. Book 13 Folio 316
    Person ID I242  Baker Family Tree
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2017 

    Father Frank Robert Andrew DOWNER,   b. 8 May 1888, Hunnyhill, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1938, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Edith WARNE 
    Married 7 Aug 1920  Newport, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F187  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ruth Mary KEEN,   b. 11 Feb 1927, Chale, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1985, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 5 Sep 1945  Chale, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Notes 
    • The marriage took place at the Parish Church (Chale) on Wednesday week of Paratrooper Robert G Downer (1st Airborne Division), only son [sic] of Mrs and the late Mr F Downer, of Albany Road Newport, and Miss Ruth Mary Keen, only daughter of Mr and Mrs H Keen, of Scawind, Chale. The bridgegroom took part in the Arnhem landing. The Rev C Sinclair officiated. Miss Orr, at the organ, accompanied the singing of the hymns "Lead us, Heavenly Father", and "Thine for Ever". The bride was dressed in white silk, with wreath of orange blossom, and carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums. The bridesmaid, Miss Molly Downer (sister of the bridegroom), was dressed in yellow taffeta, with golden headdress, carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums and pink asters, and wore a signet ring (the gift of the bridegroom). The bridegroom's gift to the bride was a gold wristlet watch, and the bride's gift to the briegroom a signet ring. The best man was Able Seaman F Downer. About 30 guests attended the reception, and among the many presents was a cheque from Messrs Truscotts, where the bride had been employed. The honeymoon is being spent at Ampthill, Bedfordshire. The bride travelled in a dress of lupin blue, with fawn jigger coat and accessories to match (Report in County Press, Sep 12, 1945)
    Children 
    +1. M.A. DOWNER
    +2. M.J. DOWNER
     3. R.A. DOWNER
     4. A. DOWNER
    Family ID F143  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Feb 1923 - Northwood, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Sep 1945 - Chale, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - a Policeman - From 1950 to 1978 - Isle of Wight, England and Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Sep 2003 - Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S41] Marilyn Cousins - Personal Information, Marilyn Cousins nee Downer, 29 May 2001.
      Previously knew only that Uncle Bob was born in Jun Quarter 1923 (courtesy of James Downer)

    2. [S5] Walker Family Bible.
      Married at St Andrews Church, Chale

    3. [S41] Marilyn Cousins - Personal Information, Marilyn Cousins nee Downer.
      Marilyn added place to date already known from Family Bible

    4. [S140] IOW FHS Searchable Registered Marriage Index, Isle Of Wight Family History Society, (http://www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/bmd_1/marriages/bmd_m_search.html), COE13.1/298.
      St Andrew, Chale