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108.FRANK REGINALD6 MUCKLESTON (ALBERT ERNEST5, GEORGE4, DINAH3, EDWARD2, EDWARD1) was born 12 Apr 1910 in Toddington, Bedfordshire., and died 01 Jan 1996 in Dover, Kent..He married (1) NORA HARTLEY 30 Dec 1931 in Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire..She was born 30 Mar 1912, and died 16 Aug 1971 in Dover Kent.He married (2) GERTRUDE ELLEN WATTS 15 Oct 1972 in Dover.She was born 12 Feb 1919, and died Nov 1990 in Canterbury, Kent..

Notes for FRANK REGINALD MUCKLESTON:

1911 census reads.....

Long Lane Farm, Toddington, Beds (RG14PN8953)

Muckleston, Sarah,HeadWidowF 70Farmerb Toddington Beds

Muckleston, Albert ErnestSonMarriedM 39 Farm Managerb Croydon, Surrey

Muckleston, Edith AnnWifeMarriedF30 b Little Walden essex

Muckleston, Bertram GeorgeGrandson M2b Fancott Toddington Beds

Muckleston,Frank ReginaldGrandson M11 months b Long Lane Toddington Beds

Years Married 3 (Albert & Edith)

Born in Toddington, Bedfordshire, the son of Albert Ernest Muckleston, farmer, and Edith Ann (nee Elwood). He spent his childhood with his two brothers and sister on a farm at Hockliffe Bedfordshire. His younger brother Bertram was killed in a motorcycle accident in the farm. Another brother Victor died in 1987, his sister Dorothy survived him.

At the age of 15 Frank left home to make his own way in the world. On 31st December 1931 he married his first wife at Berkhampstead in Hertfordshire. Her name was Nora Hartley and she bore him two children Eric (in 1933) who became a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy and Jean (in 1935).

He fought with the eighth army in the Second World War and on being demobbed he took his driving and mechanical skills and went to work as a "Patrol" for the Automobile Association. Later he decided that Nora and himself would try their hand at running a pub and restaurant in Maidstone in Kent, which they did quite successfully. Unfortunately after 40 years together Nora passed away, dying in August 1971 at Dover in Kent.

Frank decided to return to work for the Automobile Association becoming a "Port Officer" at Dover Port where he remained until he retired. In October 1972 Frank married Gertrude Ellen Watts, she had been married to Nora's cousin and Frank had know her for many years, they had another 18 years together until Gertrude sadly died in 1990.

In his later years Frank suffered ill health and was almost completely housebound. He looked forward to his visits to his daughter Jean in nearby Canterbury and often spent Christmas with her and her family. He did not get to see his son Eric as often as he would have liked as he lived in Portsmouth Hampshire.

Frank's memory often let him down, but he would recollect walking across fields in his native Bedfordshire to go to schooland his earliest memory was of attending his grandmother Sarah's funeral when he was about 6 or 7. Frank took a great interest in his family ancestry.

With the 8th Army during the Second World War.

Occupation(s)-After leaving the army was an A.A. patrolman.

Ran a Public House and Restaurant in Maidstone, Kent.

Later returned to the A.A. in Dover.

Will Indexes 1996

Muckleston, Frank Reginald of 65 Harold Stret, Dover Kent who died 1 Jan 1996 Probate Brighton 7 Feb not exceeding £145,000 9651304303k

According to his sister Evelyn his second wife was cousin to his first wife and he lost his second wife to cancer.

More About FRANK REGINALD MUCKLESTON:

Military service: Bet. 1939 - 1945, 8th Army

Occupation: Worked for the Automobile Association

Probate: 07 Feb 1996, Brighton

Notes for NORA HARTLEY:

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NORA MUCKLESTON

Will Proved : 13th October 1971

Index entry:-

1971

Muckleston Nora

Muckleston Nora of 24a Biggin Street Dover died 16th August 1971 Probate Brighton 13th October £3221

Transcript of the Will:-

This is the last Will and Testament of me Nora Mucklestonof 24a Biggin Street Dover in the county of Kent wife of Frank Reginald Muckleston

1. i revoke all Wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me

2. I appoint Dean Arthur Tapley and Raymond Albert Govier both Solicitors of Midland Bank Chambers 84 Pancester Road Dover aforesaid ( hereinafter called my "Trustees") to be the executors and trustees of this my Will and I declare that the expression "My Trustees" shall where the context permits mean and include the executors and trustees for the time being of this my Will whether original or substituted.

3. I give all my personal chattels within the meaning of section 55 (1) (x) of the Administration of Estates Act 1925 to my said husband Frank Reginald Muckleston

4. I give the following pecuniary legacies free of all duty arising on my death:-

(a) To my son Eric Frank Muckleston of 6 Dore Avenue Porchester Nr Fareham Hampshire the sum of one thousand pounds (£1000)

(b) To my daughter Jean Margaret Austen of 1 Butts Meadow Lower Hardes Nr Canterbury Kent the sum of one thousand pounds (£1000)

and I declare that the said legacies shall not lapse by reason of the death in my lifetime of my said son or daughter but shall in that event pass to his or her personal representatives as part of his or her estate

5. I give devise and bequeath the whole of my real and personal property whatsoever and wheresoever not otherwise disposed of by this my Will or any codicil hereto including any property over which I may have any power of appointment to my trustees upon trust to sell call in and convert into money the same or such part thereof as shall not consist of money with power to postpone such sale calling in and conversion for such time as my trustees shall in their absolute and uncontrolled discretion think fit without being liable for loss and with and out of the money to arise thereby and my ready money to pay my funeral and testamentary expenses including death duties and my just debts (and the legacies hereinbefore bequeathed) and to stand possessed of the residue (hereinafter called the residue) upon the following trusts:-

(a) My trustees shall stand possessed of the residue upon trust for my said husband Frank Reginald Muckleston absolutely if he shall survive me for the period of one calendar month

(b) If my said husband shall not so survive my Trustees shall stand possessed of the residue upon trust for such of my said son Eric Frank Muckleston and my said daughter Jean Margaret Austenas shall be living at my death and if more than one in equal shares and proportions absolutely Provided always that if either of my said children shall predecease me and shall leave any child or children him or her surviving who shall survive me and attain the age of twenty one years or being female marry under that age such child or children shall take and if more than one then in equal shares the share of the residue which his her or their deceased parent would have taken had he or she attained a vested interest in the residue aforesaid

6. I declare that in all case mentioned in this my Will where an infant takes or shall take an absolute or other interest in the residue on attaining a specified age or marrying under that age the vesting of such share or interest shall be subject to all statutory and other powers of advancement and maintenance and to every exercise thereof by my trustees and I further declare that in applying the provisions of Section 32 of the Trustee Act 1925 to the trust of this my Will my trustees shall not be bound by sub-claus 1 (a) of that section and the whole of the presumptive or vested share or interest of the beneficiary in the residue may if my Trustees in their absolute discretion shall think fit be paid or applied for the purposes set forth in Section 32 aforesaid

7. I declare that the powers of my trustees with regard to the investment of monies falling to be invested under this my Will shall not be limited to investments for the time being authorised by law but that my trustees may invest all such monies upon the security of such stocks funds shares securities or other investments of whatever nature and wheresoever (including the purchase of freehold and leasehold property) and whether involving liability or not as my trustees shall in their absolute discretion think fit to the intent that my trustees shall have full free and unrestricted powers of purchasing property and of investing and changing and transposing investments in all respects as if they were absolutely entitled to such monies and property and I declare that all investments made by my trustees by virtue of this clause and all property and investments held by me at my death shall be authorised investments for all purposes connected with this my Will

8. My trustees may exercise the power of appropriation conferred by the administration of Estate Act 1925 without obtaining any of the consents required by that Act

9. None of my Trustees shall be personally liable for any breach of trust whether by way of commission or omission done or suffered (either in connection with any question of construction including questions in connection with the administration of the trusts hereof or otherwise) or for the negligence or fraud of any agent employed by him or any other Executor or Trustee hereof although the employment of such agent was not strictly necessary or expedient unless it shall be proved that at the time of his doing or suffering such breach or his concurrence therein such act or default was done or suffered by him male fide And in particular but without any prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions he shall not be bound to take any proceedings against a Co Trustee or part trustee or his personal representatives for why breach or alleged breach of trust committed or suffered by such co -trustee

10. Any executor or trustee of this my Will being a Solicitor or Accountant or other person engaged in any profession or business may be so employed and act and shall be entitled to be charged and be paid free of all death duties and in priority to all other bequests and to devise heretofore made all professional and other charges for work done and business transacted by him or his firm including any share of fees or profit casts and any brokerage or commission for business done by him or his firm in connection with the administration of the trusts of this my Will including work which an executor or trustee not being in any such profession or business could have done personally

11. I desire that my body be cremated

In witness whereof I have set my hand to this my last Will and testament this twelfth day of december one thousand nine hundred and sixty nine

Signed by the testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us both present at the same time who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

Michael S Kirk Solicitor Dover Lisa M Edmonston Clerk to Fieden Chall and Co Dover.

*****

Nora Muckleston

Born 30th March 1912

Married Frank Reginald Muckleston 1931 (Berkhampstead)

Died 16th August 1971 (Dover)

Maiden name Hartley.

Notes for GERTRUDE ELLEN WATTS:

Maiden name May?

Children of FRANK MUCKLESTON and NORA HARTLEY are:

155.i.ERIC FRANK7 MUCKLESTON, b. Hemel Hempstead, Herfordshire..

ii.JEAN MARGARET MUCKLESTON, b. Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire.; m. GEORGE E. AUSTEN, Bridge (SF).

Notes for JEAN MARGARET MUCKLESTON:

Occupation-Council worker.

109.EVELYN DOROTHY6 MUCKLESTONE (ALBERT ERNEST5 MUCKLESTON, GEORGE4, DINAH3, EDWARD2, EDWARD1) was born 27 Nov 1911 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire and died in1997 in Northampton.She married JAMES W. SOMES 1949 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire..He died 1986.

Notes for EVELYN DOROTHY MUCKLESTONE:

Occupation-Teacher.

More About EVELYN DOROTHY MUCKLESTONE:

Occupation: Teacher

Child of EVELYN MUCKLESTONE and JAMES SOMES is:

i.STEVEN JAMES7 SOMES.

110.VICTOR RONALD6 MUCKLESTON (ALBERT ERNEST5, GEORGE4, DINAH3, EDWARD2, EDWARD1) was born 06 May 1919 in Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire, and died 12 Dec 1987 in Kings Lynn Norfolk.He married MURIEL COOTE 1948 in Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire.

Notes for VICTOR RONALD MUCKLESTON:

According to his sister Evelyn, he was studying accountancy when his older brother Bert died in 1936, as a result he returned to the farm and worked in a cycle shop on the farm until his father died.

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VICTOR RONALD MUCKLESTON

Will Proved : 20th May 1988

Index entry:-

1988

Muckleston Victor Ronald

Muckleston Victor Ronald of Sunset Lodge Lynn Road West Winch Kings Lynn Norfolk died 1987 Administration with Will Bristol 20th May not exceeding £70000

Transcript of the Will

In the High Court of Justice

The District Probate Registry at Bristol

Be it known that Victor Ronald Muckleston of Sunset Lodge Lynn Road West Winch Kings Lynn Norfolk who died on the 12th day of December 1987 domiciled in England and Wales made and duly executed his Will and Testament and did therein name Muriel Muckleston sole Executrix and be it further known that at the date hereunder written Letters of Administration with the Will (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) of all the estate which by law devolves to and vests in the personal representative of the said deceased were granted by the High Court of Justice at the said Registry to Ronald Albert Muckleston of 9 Clevedon Terrace Cotham Bristol BS6 5TX the lawful attorney of the said Muriel Muckleston for her use and benefit and until further representation be granted

It is hereby certified that it appears from information supplied on the application for this grant that the gross value of the said estate in the United Kingdom does not exceed £70000 and that the net value of such estate does not exceed £25000

Dated 20th May 1988

This is the last Will and Testament of me Victor Ronald Muckleston of Sunset Lodge Lynn Road West Winch King's Lynn in the County of Norfolk

1. I hereby revoke all Wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me

2. I desire my body to be cremated

3. If my wife Muriel Muckleston shall survive me for the period of twenty eight days then I devise and bequeath unto her all my estate both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever absolutely and appoint her sole Executrix of this my Will

4. If my said wife shall not survive me for the period of twenty eight days then the following provisions of this my Will shall take effect

5. I appoint Ronald Albert Muckleston Top Flat Clevedon Terrace Bristol and David Stringer of 9 Lexiate Drove Potrow Grimston Kings Lynn in the county of Norfolk

6. I give to each of my grandchildren the sum of five thousand pounds as and when he or she attains the age of twenty one

7. I devise and bequeath the remainder of my estate both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever unto my Trustees upon Trust to sell call in and convert the same into money with power to postpone the sale calling in and conversion thereof so long as they shall in their absolute discretion think fit without being liable for loss

8. My Trustees shall out of the moneys to arise from the sale calling in and conversion of or forming part of my estate pay my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses and shall invest the residue of such moneys in any investments of a nature hereby authorised with power from time to time to vary investments for others of an authorised nature and shall stand possessed of such investments and of all parts of my estate for the time beingunsold and my ready money (hereinafter called my residuary estate Upon Trust for such of my three children as shall be living at my death provided that if any of my three children shall predecease me leaving issue living at my death then such issue shall take if more than one in equal shares per stirpes as and when they attain the age of twenty one years the share of my residuary estate which such deceased child of mine would have taken had he or she survived me

9. Any moneys liable to be invested under this my Will may be invested in the name or under the control of my Trustees in the purchase of or at interest upon the security of such stocks funds shares securities or other investments or property of whatsoever nature and wheresoever situate (including the land or dwellinghouse of whatever tenure and whether situate in the United Kingdom or elsewhere for use as a residence by the person entitled in possession to the income of the money to be invested and also including the improvement and repair of any land or dwellinghouse so purchased and the erection of a dwellinghouse on any such land) and whether involving liability or not as my Trustees shall in their absolute discretion think fit to the intent that my Trustees shall have the same full and unrestricted powers of investing and transposing investments as if they were absolutely thereto beneficially

10(a) The provision of Section 31 of the Trustee act 1925 shall apply to this my Will as though:-

(i) the words "as the Trustee shall in their absolute discretion think fit" were substituted for the words "as may in all the circumstances be reasonable" in sub paragraph (i) of sub section (1) thereof and

(ii) the provisio of sub section (1) thereof has been omitted

(b) The provision of Section 32 of the Trustees Act 1925 shall apply to this my Will as if the words "pay transfer or apply any capital money or other capital assets" were substituted for the words "pay or apply any capital money" and as if provisio (a) to sub section (1) thereofhad been omitted therefrom

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of April one thousand nine hundred and eighty seven.

Signed by the said Victor Ronald Muckleston as his last Will in the presence of us both present who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses:-

P A Bridgeman Bridge House Leighton Buzzard Secretary Elizabeth M P**** Solicitor Leighton Buzzard Beds.

*****

Victor Ronald Muckleston

Born 6th May 1919 (Leighton Buzzard )

Married Muriel Coote 1948 (Leighton Buzzard)

Died 12th December 1987 (Kings Lynn)

Children of VICTOR MUCKLESTON and MURIEL COOTE are:

156.i.YVONNE A7 MUCKLESTON, b. Luton Bedfordshire.

ii.RONALD ALBERT MUCKLESTON, b. 27 Aug 1953, Reg Luton Bedfordshire; d. 27 Dec 1996, Bristol.

Notes for RONALD ALBERT MUCKLESTON:

Died following a heart attack, in Bristol Royal Infirmary. Funeral Service in Bristol Cathedral followed by cremation. His ashes were scattered at the farm where he grew up - as were his fathers 10 years previously.

Will Index 1997

Muckleston, Ronald Albert of 9 Cleveden Terrace Cotham Bristol died 27 Dec 1996 Probate Bristol 8 Feb not exceeding £180,000 9751402696V

More About RONALD ALBERT MUCKLESTON:

Probate: 08 Feb 1997, Bristol

iii.CELIA J. MUCKLESTON, b. Luton, Bedfordshire; m. DAVID STRINGER, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.