The Waller Family

Alfred Hamilton Waller

Birth: 25 October 1867, in Islington, Middlesex, England

Father: Charles Henry Waller

Mother: Arabella Maria (Stubbs) Waller

Education: Queen's College, Cambridge, where Alfred graduated B.A. in 1889 and M.A. in 1902.
Alumni Cantabrigiensis (transcribed at A Cambridge Alumni Database)
WALLER, ALFRED HAMILTON. Adm. a scholar at QUEENS', Oct., 1886. S. of the Rev. Charles Henry (University College, Oxford, 1859) [sometime Principal of the London College of Divinity]. B. Oct. 25, 1867, at Islington. Matric. Michs. 1886; Scholar, 1887; B.A. 1889; M.A. 1902. Ord. deacon (Canterbury) 1890; priest, 1891; C. of Tonbridge, 1890-3. C. of St John's, Waterloo, Liverpool, 1893-1902. C. of Hoole, Cheshire, 1902-5. R. of St Peter's, Chester, 1905-13. V. of Alsager, Cheshire, 1913-24. Died Aug. 21, 1924.
Brother of Charles C. (1887) and Edward H. M. (1890). (Crockford; The Guardian, Sept. 12, 1924.

The Cambridge yearbook and directory p718 (1906)
Waller, Alfred Hamilton, Queen's. Sch. 2nd Class Trip., 1889; 2nd Class Theol. Trip., 1890, B.A., 1889; M.A., 1902. D., 1890; P., 1891. Rector of St. Peter's, Chester. Trelawney, Vicarage Road, Chester.

Married: May Lewis on 26 October 1898 in West Derby district, Lancashire, England
May was born in 1867 in Oxton, Cheshire, the daughter of Thomas Lewis and Sarah M. _____
1881: 22 Oxford Road, Great Crosby, Lancashire
1901: Waterloo, Lancashire: May Waller, wife, is aged 33, born in Oxton, Cheshire
1911: Chester district, Cheshire: May Waller is aged 43

Occupation: Clergyman.
Alfred was ordained deacon in 1890 and priest in 1891. He was curate of Tonbridge from 1890 to 1893, curate of St John's, Waterloo, Liverpool from 1893 to 1902, curate of Hoole, Cheshire from 1902 until 1905, then rector of St Peter's, Chester, from 1905 until 1913 and vicar of Alsager, Cheshire from 1913 until 1924.

In 1891, a college friend of Alfred's, Frederick Muspratt was charged with making death threats, and Alfred testified at a pre-trial hearing.
Southland Times (Invercargill, New Zealand) 18 August 1891 p4
A Ferocious Lover
  Frederick James Muspratt, 24, was charged at Brighton Police Court recently with sending to Ethel Guest, of 12, Walpole Terrace, Brighton, a letter threatening to kill her.
  Mr Marshall Hall, who appeared for the prosecution, said the case was one of the most painful of its kind that had been brought before a court of justice. The prisoner, who was an undergraduate at Cambridge University, and was studying for the Church, was in a good position. He had been engaged to Miss Guest for some time, and then it was alleged that letters were sent by him to Miss Quest of such a character that her mother felt compelled to make her daughter break off the engagement. The letters showed that the prisoner had allowed his passion to overcome his sincere affections, and all his connnnnications except one, which was burnt after being received, were returned to the accused, together with the presents which he had made to Miss Guest. The prisoner had followed Miss Guest's friends about from place to place, and eventually the letter complained of was received. The learned counsel added that the prisoner purchased a large army revolver, bought a book of Shakespere's plays, and sent a bullet through the pages of 'Othello,' and then forwarded the book to Miss Guest. The pages of the volume were also streaked with blood. It was further alleged that he wrote letters apparently in blood to Miss Guest and another friend, but by mistake put them in wrong envelopes. As a consequence of this treatment Miss Guest went in fear of her life.
  Mrs Guest, the mother of the complainant, stated that she was a widow, and that Miss Guest was her youngest daughter, her age being 17 years. About 15 months ago the prisoner became engaged to her daughter, but it was broken off in February last. Since then she had received a number of letters, in one of which prisoner stated that he could not live and could not die without Ethel. He also wrote to Miss Amy, another daughter, asking her to plead his cause, and stating that he did not wish to bring shame or disgrace on two families by doing that which could not be undone.
  In cross-examination Mrs Guest said the engagement was broken off because she was disgusted with the violent temper the prisoner had exhibited at her house.
  The Rev. Alfred Hamilton Waller, curate of Tonbridge, stated that he had been at Queen's College with prisoner. He received a telegram from the accused asking him to do all he could, as he was utterly desperate. He afterwards saw Muspratt at Brighton. The latter told him he had planned to carry off Miss Guest, and had arranged all the details, but had failed to carry it out, as one of the men who had promised to help him was afraid of penal servitude. Prisoner gave him some details of his plan, and produced a pair of handcuffs and a dagger. He said he had intended to use the dagger on himself if he failed. He was going to settle a large sum of money on Miss Guest, and if this failed witness understood the prisoner would shoot himself and Miss Guest. He said he would take a 'first-class ticket to eternity,' and if he could not have Miss Guest alive he would have her dead. Witness told him be thought a little penal servitude would do him good.
  Evidence was given as to prisoner having purchased a revolver. A number of witnesses were called, including a brother of Miss Guest, a chemist at Brentwood, Essex, who deposed to prisoner calling on him and asking him to use his influence to have the engagement renewed. Another brother, an assistant army tutor, residing at Slough, had an interview at Brighton with the accused, who was greatly excited, and produced a dagger from his pocket. He afterwards took out a revolver.
  The prisoner was committed for trial.

Death: 21 August 1924, in Scotland, of a heart attack, on a walking holiday.
Cheshire Ghosts and Hauntings
In 1924, Christ Church faced another problem. Throughout the whole of the year, there was no curate available at St. Mary Magdalene’s, and the Reverend Waller, who wasn’t in the best of health, had to single-handedly look after both establishments. Against doctor’s advice, he went on his yearly walking holiday in Scotland and died of a heart attack.

Census & Addresses:
1881: 16 South Hill Park Gardens, London, Middlesex
1901: Waterloo, Lancashire: Alfred H. Waller, head, is aged 33, born in Highbury, London and is a Clergyman Church of England
1906: Trelawney, Vicarage Road, Chester, Cheshire   (The Cambridge yearbook and directory p718)
1911: Chester district, Cheshire: Alfred Hamilton Waller is aged 43
1914: The Vicarage, Alsanger, Cheshire   (manifest of the Cameronia 29 December 1914)


Charles Henry Waller

Birth: 23 November 1840, in Ettingshall, Staffordshire, England

Baptism: 29 December 1840, in Ettingshall, Staffordshire, England

Father: Stephen Richard Waller

Mother: Lucy (Cameron) Waller

Education: Bromsgrove School and University College, Oxford, where Charles graduated B.A. in 1863 and M.A.  in 1867. He became B.D. and D.D. in 1891.
Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886  Volume 4 p1489 (1888)
Waller, Charles Henry, 1s. Stephen Richard, of Ettingshall, co. Stafford, cler. UNIVERSITY COLL., matric. 14 June, 1859, aged 18; scholar 1859-64, B.A. 1863, M.A. 1867, principal and chaplain London College of Divinity 1865-84, minister of St John's Chapel, Hampstead, 1870-4; for list of his works see Crockford.

Married: Arabella Maria Stubbs on 22 July 1865, in Sleaford district, Lincolnshire, England

Occupation: Clergyman and theologian.
Charles was ordained deacon in 1864 and priest in 1865. In 1864, he was briefly curate to the Revd W. Pennefather, vicar of St Jude's, Mildmay Park, Islington, but resigned owing to ill health. His wife's sister, Elizabeth Stubbs was private secretary to Mrs. Pennefather at this time. Although the Revd A.M.W. Christopher considered him to be a shy person, he recommended him as a tutor to the Revd T.P. Boultbee, principal of the London College of Divinity. Waller was appointed tutor in 1865 when the college was situated at Kilburn, and he remained on the staff after it moved in the following year to Highbury. From 1882 to 1899 he was the first McNeile professor of biblical exegesis at the college, a post founded by Dean Francis Close in memory of Dean Hugh McNeile “for the duty of preaching and expounding to the people the true meaning and application of Holy Scripture”. Waller succeeded Boultbee as principal in 1884 and remained in office until 1899. During his time as tutor and principal more than 700 men were trained at LCD.
Alongside his college commitments, Waller was the Sunday curate of Christ Church, Mayfair, from 1865 to 1869, reader at Curzon Chapel, Mayfair, in 1869, minister of St John's Chapel, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, from 1870 to 1874, and examining chaplain to Bishop J.C. Ryle of Liverpool from 1880-1899 (The Churchman 10 July 1880 p34)

Waller was an evangelical whose faith had been enriched while he was an undergraduate at Oxford. He had heard the Revd J.W. Burgon preach a series of seven sermons on the inspiration and interpretation of scripture, which profoundly influenced his attitude to the Bible. The first sermon was particularly significant: “I can never forget what I heard that afternoon. … To his teaching, under God, I owe all I know of divinity” (The Record, 17 August 1888). It was his conviction that biblical criticism was responsible for unsettling Christian faith, and that “the one shortcoming of the church at the present day was its neglect of the study of dogmatic Christianity” (Church Association Monthly Intelligencer, 171).

Crockford's clerical directory (1868) p682
WALLER, Charles Henry, St. John's Hall, Highbury, N. - Univ. Coll. Ox. Scho. of 2nd cl. Lit. Hum. 3rd cl. Math. 1st Denyer and Johnson's Theol. Scho. 1866; B.A. 1863, M.A. 1867; Deac. 1864 and Pr. 1865 by Bp of Lon. C. of Ch. Ch. Mayfair, 1865; Tut. of the Lond. Coll. of Divinity, St John's Hall, Highbury, 1865. Formerly C. of St Jude's, Islington, 1864. Author, Letter to Everyone who will know his Bible, Rivingtons, 1864.

In his last year as principal Waller was in poor health and took a six month sea cruise to Australia. He retired in 1899 on a pension of 400 a year to Little Coxwell, Faringdon, Berkshire.

Letter to Everyone who will know his Bible (1864)
A grammar and analytical vocabulary of the words in the Greek Testament (1877)
'When ye pray'  (1883)
Every-day life; or, The uneventful journey
The authoratative inspiration of Holy Scripture (1887)

Death: 9 May 1910, in Faringdon district, Berkshire, England, aged 69   (London Gazette 28 June 1910 p4612).

Deborah Alcock wrote to Miss Kift lamenting Dr. Waller's death:
The Author of the Spanish Brothers (Deborah Alcock) Her Life and Works (Elizabeth Boyd Bayly, 1914)
To Miss Kift.
May 21, 1909.
. . . The death of my old and valued friend, Dr. Waller, touched me more closely even than that of our good and honoured King. Dr. Waller was formerly Principal of the Highbury Theological College. He was English, but married an Irishwoman, a niece of Dr. Stubbs, F.T.C.D. She used to be staying with the Floods, and she and I struck up a friendship, which, when she married, extended, very warmly, to her husband — a devoted servant of God, a passionate lover and student of Holy Scripture, and a man of gifted and original mind. I have a quantity of his letters, on many subjects. He was most sympathetic about my books, which up to the last I never failed to send to him. His illness was tedious and trying, but the end was most peaceful. His wife, who was devoted to him, is quite calm, kept by a strength not her own.

In 1957 a window was erected in Charles's memory in the chapel of the London College of Divinity at Northwood, Middlesex (later the library of the London Bible College).

Will: Charles's will, with two codicils, proved on 16 June 1910, by Walter Augustus Ewen Waller

Census & Addresses:
1881: 16 South Hill Park Gardens, London, Middlesex
1910: Little Coxwell, Faringdon, Berkshire


Charles Cameron Waller

Charles Cameron Waller
Charles Cameron Waller (1937)
Birth: 6 February 1869, in Islington, Middlesex, England

Father: Charles Henry Waller

Mother: Arabella Maria (Stubbs) Waller

Education: Highgate Grammar School, and St John's College, Cambridge, where Charles graduated B.A. in 1890 and M.A. in 1902. Charles also obtained an M.A. from McGill University, Montreal, in 1896 and an honorary D.D. from the Western University of Canada in 1913.
Alumni Cantabrigiensis (transcribed at A Cambridge Alumni Database)
WALLER, CHARLES CAMERON. Adm. sizar at ST JOHN'S, Aug. 11, 1887. S. of the Rev. Charles Henry (University College, Oxford, 1859), of St John's Hall, Highbury, Middlesex (and Arabella Maria Stubbs). B. Feb. 6, 1869, at Highbury. School, Highgate. Matric. Michs. 1887; B.A. 1890; M.A. 1902. Ord. deacon (London, for the Colonies) 1892; priest (Montreal) 1893; C. of Church-of-the-Advent, Montreal, 1892-4. Resident tutor, at Montreal Diocesan Theological College. M.A. McGill, 1896; Hon. D.D. Western Univ. of Canada, 1913. C. of St Jude's, Montreal, 1894-7. Tutor, London College of Divinity, 1897-1900. C. of Stoke Newington, Middlesex, 1899-1900. Chaplain at Homburg, 1900-2. Principal and Professor of Divinity, Huron College, London, Ontario Canada, 1902-40; Professor of Hebrew, University of West Ontario Canada, 1909-40. Senior Chaplain, Huron College, 1915-45. Married, 1924, in Montreal, Louisa Frances, youngest dau. of Alexander Johnson, LL.D., Vice-Principal of McGill University. Disappears from Crockford, 1948. Brother of Alfred H. (1886) and Edward H. M. (1890).

The Cambridge yearbook and directory p718 (1906)
Waller, Charles Cameron, St. John's. B.A., 1890, 2nd Class Trip., 1890. Ridley Hall, Cambridge. D., 1892; P., 1893. Professor of Divinity in Huron University. Huron College, London, Ontario, Canada.

Married (1st): Susanna Jane Gertrude Jerdon on 8 November 1893 in St James the Apostle Anglican Church, Montreal, Canada
Montreal Daily Witness 9 November 1893 p1
  The Church of St. James the apostle was the scene of a pretty wedding yesterday afternoon when the Rev. C. Cameron Waller, eldest son of the Rev. Chas. Waller, D.D., principal of St. John's Theological College Highbury, London, Eng., was joined in the bonds of holy matrimony with Miss Jerdon, only daughter of the late Mr. Archibald Jerdon, of Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland. the bridesmaids were Miss Milda D. Leach, daughter of the late Archdeacon Leach, and Miss Margaret W. Waud, eldest daughter of Captain Waud. The best man was the Rev. C. Audley Mervyn, of Christ Church Cathedral, the ushers being Messrs. Albert Day and Eric B. Winbush, of London, England. A reception was afterwards held at the residence of Professor and Mrs. Carus-Wilsen.

Susanna was born on 5 January 1856, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Archibald Jerdon and Margaret Hall. She emigrated to Canada in 1882. Susanna died in London, Ontario, on 9 January 1923, aged 68, and was buried on 11 January 1823. In the manifest of the Cameronia 29 December 1914, she is recorded as being 5'8" tall, of fair complexion with fair hair and grey eyes, with a crooked 4th finger on her left hand.
1881: 1 Cambrian Villas, Queens Road, Richmond, Surrey

Married (2nd): Louisa Frances Johnson on 27 February 1924 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Louisa was born on 4 April 1883, in Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Alexander Johnson, the Vice-Principal of McGill University, and Laight _____.
Census & Addresses:
1891: St Antoine Ward, Montreal, Quebec
1901: St Antoine Ward, Montreal, Quebec
1906: 895 Sherbrooke Street, Montreal, Quebec   (Dau's Society Blue Book 1905-6 p83)
1911: 453 Sherbrooke Street St, Montreal, Quebec

Rev. Terence E. Finley recalls an anecdote about Louisa's determination to attend church regularly:
  Mrs. Waller ... was an ancient parishioner when I was rector of St. John the Evangelist here in London. She would let nothing stop her from getting to services even when she moved into a retirement home in her 80s. When she had trouble getting a ride to church, she could be found hitch-hiking her way in on Wellington Road.
  One day when I visited, she refused to serve me tea until I was chastised for 1) praying for the dead during the intercessions 2) not using the full Ten Commandments at every service and 3) neglecting to pray for the Queen on a regular basis.

Occupation: Clergyman and Professor of Divinity.
Charles was ordained deacon in 1892 (London, for the Colonies) and priest in Montreal in 1893. He was curate of the Church of the Advent in Montreal from 1892 to 1894, curate of St Jude's, Montreal, from 1894 to 1897, and also served a curacy at Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal. Charles returned to England in 1897 and was as tutor in St John's Hall, Highbury, London College of Divinity (where his father was principal) for three years. He was also curate of Stoke Newington, Middlesex from 1899 until 1900, then Chaplain to the British Residents in Homburg, Germany from 1900 until 1902. He was Principal and Professor of Divinty at Huron College in London, Ontario from 1902 his resignation in April 1941. Charles was also Professor of Hebrew at the University of Western Ontario from 1909 until April 1944 and Senior Chaplain at Huron College from 1915 until 1945. At the 1911 census, Charles was earning $2150 per year.

The Windsor Daily Star 3 April 1941 p16
Huron Chief Resigns Post Rev. C. Cameron Waller Quits Principalship of College
  LONDON, Ont.,  April 3. - Bishop Charles Seager, president of Huron College Council, stated Wednesday that Rev. C. Cameron Waller, D.D., college principal for 39 years, had tendered his resignation but that no action would be taken until the council meets.
HURON COLLEGE is an Anglican theological seminary affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, and is one of the best known schools of its kind in Canada.
  Specific reason for Dr. Waller's resignation was not made public, but it is said to be due to his age. Close associates said Dr. Waller, who is 72, had indicated several times his desire to retire to private life.
  It is expected that his superannuation will take effect at the end of the college term in June, and that he will also relinquish his posts as professor of Divinity at the college, and professor of Hebrew at Western.
  Both Bishop Seager, head of the Diocese of Huron, and Dr. W. Sherwood Fox, president of Western, expressed regrets at Dr. Waller's decision to leave academic life in which he had gained a distinguished career.
  Despite his college duties, Dr. Waller found time for a number of hobbies including woodworking and sketching. He has a summer home in the Muskoka district, and in summers has been an ardent golfer and fisherman.
  It was through his efforts that the Huron College chapel was built in 1913. The design for the chapel was made by Dr. Waller.
  He has been lecturer in St Paul's Cathedral since coming to London. He was a member of the executive committee of the Diocese of Huron for nearly 25 years and has served on the Provincial Synod of Ontario and the General Synod of the Anglican Church. He was president of the Canadian Club and of the Western Ontario branch of the Canadian Author's Association.
  The Ecumenical Movement, or Federation of Christian Churches throughout the world, received Dr. Waller's ardent support. In 1937 he was sent as delegate to the world conference on faith and order at Edinburgh. He was also chosen as a delegate to the Congress of Universities of the British Empire in 1926, 1931 and 1936. Dr. Waller is a fellow of the American Geogrpahical Society.


Who's Who in Canada p1039 (1914)
WALLER, Charles Cameron, M.A., D.D. - Principal and Divinity Professor, Huron College, London; Professor of Hebrew, Western University, London. Born London, England, Feb. 6, 1869, son of Rev. Dr. Charles Henry and Arabella Maria (Stubbs) Waller. Educated: Highgate Grammar School, London; St. John's College, Cambridge; Ridley Hall, Cambridge; McGill University, Montreal (M.A.); Western University, London (D.D.); Tutor, Diocesan College, Montreal, 1890-1897; Curate, Church of Advent; Curate, St. Jude's, Montreal; Curate, Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal; Tutor, St. John's Hall, Highbury, London, England, 1897-1900; Chaplain to British Residents, Homburg, Germany, 1900-1902; Second Vice-President, Canadian Club of London, 1914; First Vice-President, 1915. Author: "The Date of the Epistle to the Galatians," 1910; Composer, song, "Canada, Land for Me," 1911. Served as Private with Cambridge University Rifles, attached to Company "B," Suffolk Regiment, England, 1886-1890. Married Susanna Jane Gertrude Jerdon, daughter of Archibald Jerdon, Nov. 8, 1893; has one daughter. Societies: A.F. & A.M.; S.R. (Senior Warden, Tuscan Lodge, No. 195). Recreations: rowing, fishing, swimming, golf, gardening, carpentry. Conservative; Anglican. Address: Huron College, London, Ont.

Charles emigrated to Canada in 1890 (1911 census). He returned to England in 1897 and spent three years there, followed by two in Germany before returning to Canada in 1902. He and his family visited England in 1914, presumably related to the death of his mother, and they are recorded returning via New York, arriving there on 29 December 1914 aboard the Cameronia (manifest of the Cameronia 29 December 1914). On that manifest, Charles is shown as being aged 45 years and 10 months, 6'0" tall, of dark complexion, with dark hair and brown eyes. He had a mole on his left shoulder and left back.

Rev. Terence E. Finley recalls an anecdote about his father and Charles Waller:
  My father loved to tell the story of his wedding and honeymoon. Everything went well for the service on Saturday and they made their way to a friend’s cottage in the Muskokas for their wedding night.
  The next morning they were relaxing in bed when suddenly they heard the ‘put put’ of a motor boat coming closer. My father pulled on his trousers and looked out to see Dr. Waller, the crusty principal of Huron College, tying up to the dock. He had a cottage on the same lake.
  When Dr. Waller spotted him he shouted out, “Hurry along Finlay, Sunday services start in a half hour and Mrs. Waller and I are here to give the two of you a lift to church.” Needless to say that had not been the foremost thought in my father’s mind and I think he may have had a few choice words for Huron’s evangelical bent.

11 December 1944, in London, Ontario, Canada, aged 76
The Windsor Daily Star 12 December 1944 p9
Dr. Waller Dies at 76 Former Principal of Huron College
  LONDON, Ont.,  Dec 12. - Dr. Charles Cameron Waller, M.A., D.D., distinguished Canadian teacher and scholar and pricipal-emeritus of Huron College, where for 39 years he acted as principal, died last evening at his home here. he was in his 76th year.
  Although Dr. Waller resigned in April, 1941, as principal of Huron, he continued until April, 1944, as professor of Hebrew as the University of Western Ontario, a position he had held since 1902.
  His career as professor and principal was one of the longest and most distinguished in the educational history of the Dominion. Through his teaching and principalship, Huron College attained a distinctive place among theological colleges and graduates have achieved renown in the Church of England in Canada.
  In his time as theological tutor and principal, Dr. Waller had pass through his hands several hundred young men, who always recalled with gratitude the kindness, wisdom and sympathy of the white-bearded teacher.
  Dr. Waller's interests were not confined to the college. He was deeply interested in the community and cultural life of London and was a past president of the Canadian Club, of which he was also honarary president at the time of his death. He had been a member of the library board almost sice the creation of a library at the University of Western Ontario.
  Dr. Waller was born in London, England, son the late Rev. Charles Henry Waller D.D., and an Irish mother. He received his early education in England at St. John's College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge, where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in arts.
  He came to Canada in 1890 and took an arts degree from McGill University. He was tutor and librarian of the Montreal Diocesan College until 1897, and during that period he was ordained deacon and priest, and was licenced to the Church of the Advent, Westmount, from 1892 to 1894, later serving curacies at St. Jude's, Montreal, and the cathedral.
  Wr Waller returned to England in 1897 as tutor in St John's Hall, Highbury, London College of Divinity, where he remained for three years. The next two years he served as curate of St. Mary's, Stoke Newington, and then went to Germany as chaplain at Hamburg until 1902, there pursuing his studies in Hebrew and theology.
  In 1902 he came to Canada as tutor at Huron College and his life ever since has been bound up with that seminary and its associated university. He designed Huron College chapel, built in 1913.
  He is survived by his widow, L. Frances (Jill) Waller, a son, J. Delancey C. Waller, a student at Ridley College; a daughter, Mrs. Pelham Edgar of Ottawa, whose husband is a former professor at Trinity College University of Toronto; a grandaughter, Jane Edgar, Ottawa; two sisters, the Misses Elsie and Margery Waller, Turnbridge Wells, England. A brother, the late Rt. Rev. E. H. M. Waller, was bishop of Majdas, India.
  The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Church of St. John the Evangelist.

14 December 1944

Census & Addresses:
1881: 16 South Hill Park Gardens, London, Middlesex
1906: Huron College, London, Ontario   (The Cambridge yearbook and directory p718)
1911: Huron College, 325 St George Street, London, Ontario
1914: Huron College, London, Ontario    (manifest of the Cameronia 29 December 1914)


Charles Raymond Waller

Birth: 19 June 1898, in Allahabad, Bengal, India

Father: Edward Harry Mansfield Waller

Mother: Irene Juliana Louisa (Doudney) Waller

Education: Charles attended Jesus College, Cambridge. His name is among those Jesuans killed in the war listed in The Chanticlere (Michaelmas 1919).

Occupation: Officer in the Royal Flying Corps. Charles was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps.

Death: 9 August 1917, at Hounslow, Middlesex, England, in a flying accident.
Flight 16 August 1917 p840
Fatal Accidents.
 AT an inquest held on August 11th, on 2nd Lieut. C. R. Waller, who was killed at Hounslow on August 9th, it was stated that the pilot went up for an altitude test. He had never before flown more than 3,000 ft. up, but on this occasion he went up to 16,000 ft. The machine then nose-dived, righted itself, dived again, rolled over and collapsed, the pieces being scattered over a large area. It was suggested that the deceased became faint or had a heart attack. A verdict of "Accidental Death" was returned.

The Straits Times 29 September 1917 p15
"Unusual" Flight of An Airman
  When he had ascended to a height of 16,000 feet, Sec-Lieut. C. R. Waller, of Meopham, Kent, fainted in the air. An explosion occurred, and Lieut. Waller was killed. This was stated at the inquest at Hounslow, when the symptoms of air faintness were described.
  The machine, it was stated, nose-dived, righted itself, then dived again and rolled over. When the explosion took place, the machine was blown to pieces.
  Captain C. P. Inglefield said that Lieut. Waller had never before flown more than 3,000 feet up, and it was unusual and dangerous to fly 16,000 feet at a first attempt. He thought that the officer must have become faint or had a heart attack.
  The Coroner: How can you tell that? - His flying cap was strapped under his chin before he went up, but it was found unstrapped two miles away. One of the first things a flying man does if he feels faint is to unloose the strap.
  The first symptom of faintness, said Captain Inglefield, is stars moving before the eyes, when an airman should come down at once. Fainting would cause a man to fall forward and lose absolute control of the machine. It would need a strong man to fly at such a height.
  A Juror: Would he know the air pressure? - No.
  The Coroner: Would it not be useful to have an air pressure gauge on the machine? - It would be very useful.
  The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

War memorial - Alsager, Cheshire
War Memorial in Alsager, Cheshire where Charles's name in memorialised
image from Carl's Cam
Buried: Heston (St Leonard) Cemetery, Middlesex, England. Grave reference E. 20.

Charles's name is also inscribed on the war memorial in Alsager, Cheshire, where his uncle was the rector.

1911: Hastings district, Sussex: Charles Waller, pupil, is aged 12, born in Allahabad, India


Dona Gertrude Cameron (Waller) Edgar

Birth: 22 January 1899, in Hackney district, London, England

Father: Charles Cameron Waller

Mother: Susanna Jane Gertrude (Jerdon) Waller

Pelham Edgar
Oscar Pelham Edgar
Married: Oscar Pelham Edgar on 20 June 1935 in the chapel of Huron College, London, Ontario, Canada

Ottawa Citizen 4 March 1935 p10
  An  engagement of unusual interest was recently announced in London, Ont., that of Miss Dona Gertrude Cameron Waller, daughter of Principal C. C. Waller of Huron College, to Professor Pelham Edgar, son of the late Sir James Edgar and Lady Edgar of Toronto. The marriage will take place shortly.

The Calgary Daily Herald 25 June 1935 p14
  At London, Ontario, last Thursday, the marriage was solemnized in the chapel of Huron College, with the bride's father, principal of the college, officiating, of Dona Getrude Cameron Waller, and Prof. Pelham Edgar, of the University of Toronto, son of the late Sir James and Lady Edgar of Toronto. Prof. H. W. Auden of the University of Western Ontario gave the bride in marriage, and the groomsman was Prof. Keith Hicks of Trinity College, Toronto.

Oscar Pelham Edgar, usually known just as Pelham Edgar, was born on 17 March 1871 in Toronto, York county, Ontario, the son of James David Edgar and Matilda Ridout. He married, firstly, Helen Madeline Boulton on 20 December 1893, in Toronto. Helen was the daughter of George D'Arcy Boulton and Julia Boulton and was a writer. She died in 1933 in Toronto.
Edgar was educated at Upper Canada College. He received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1892 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland in 1897. He began his teaching career as modern-language master at Upper Canada College (1892-1895). He was appointed to the staff of the Department of French at Victoria College, Toronto, as Lecturer in 1897, then as Head from 1901 to 1910. He also began to lecture in the Department of English in 1902, later transferring permanently to the latter, where he held full professional rank until 1938 and served as Head for twenty-eight years.
Edgar was a member of the Athenaeum Club, London, England; of the Canadian Society of Authors where he served as Secretary; of the Tennyson Club, Toronto, where he served as President; of the Modern Language Association, Ontario, where he served as President; of the Ontario Education Society, where he served as Secretary from 1908 to 1909; and of the Canadian Writers' Foundation which was founded by Edgar. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1915 and received its Lorne Pierce Medal for distinguished service to Canadian literature in 1936.
Edgar published many reviews and articles, along with three monographs: A Study of Shelley with Special Reference to his Nature Poetry (1899), Henry James, Man and Author (1927) and The Art of the Novel from 1700 to the Present Time (1933). He also contributed a chapter on Canada to The Cambridge History of English Literature (1916), and acted as Canadian advisor for the Dictionary of National Biography (1911). Some autobiographical material was published after his death in Canton, Ontario, under the title Across my Path (1952), edited by Northrop Frye. Oscar Pelham Edgar died on 7 October 1848.
1881: St John's Ward, Toronto, York county, Ontario
1891: St John's Ward, Toronto, York county, Ontario
1901: Toronto, York county, Ontario
1911: 21 Elgin Avenue, Toronto, York county, Ontario

Canadian Forum 28 November 1848 pp169-70 reprinted in Northrop Frye on Canada pp79-80 (Northrop Frye, 2003)
The death of Pelham Edgar removes from the scene the greatest public figure in Canadian literature. This seems to be the  best title to give him, as he was so much more than a critic, even than the "dean of Canadian critics," as Mr. A.J.M. Smith calls him. He certainly was a critic, and a very good one, in his own right. Many years before the present uproar over Henry James began, he produced a pioneering study of James described recently by an English reviewer as "still unrivalled for clarity." But in Canada he was, besides a great teacher, a personal influence of a unique kind. This was partly because he brought a very cosmopolitan point of view to bear on Canadian literature - he knew French literature, which he originally taught, as well as English - but even more because he had a flair for discerning Canadian talent that at times verged on the uncanny.
  For instance, one of his first acts as professor of English in Victoria College was to remove a young man named Pratt from psychology and take him into his department. Pratt had at that time written nothing, but his new chief thought he might some day. Later, he brought Marjorie Pickthall to the library; then he befriended Raymond Knister, who would have been one of Canada's best poets and novelists if he had lived longer. He also turned down an application for a job inthe French department from Ezra Pound.
  He belonged to the generation of Roberts, Carman, and D.C. Scott, and was an intimate friend of all of them, as well as providing critical standards for them. He was in a unique position to feel the maturing and developing of Canadian literature, and as he grew older in years he grew younger in spirit, because the people he helped got progressively younger than he. For a great teacher, retirement from active teaching often seems to wrench the king-pin out of life, and bring death in a few years. Not so with Pelham Edgar. "I have a naturally retiring disposition," he remarked demurely, and continued to organize the Canadian Authors' Association and raise money for indigent authors while holding down a very responsible job in Censorship at Ottawa during the war. When he was born, Canadian literature was nothing much; today it's not bad. He had a lot to do with making the difference.

Notes: Dona emigrated to Canada in 1902.

Dona and her family visited England in 1914, and they are recorded returning via New York, arriving there on 29 December 1914 aboard the Cameronia (manifest of the Cameronia 29 December 1914). On that manifest, Dona is shown as being aged 15 years, 10 months, 5'4" tall, of fair complexion, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Census & Addresses:
1911: Huron College, 325 St George Street, London, Ontario
1914: Huron College, London, Ontario    (manifest of the Cameronia 29 December 1914)


Edward Harry Mansfield Waller

Birth: 8 December 1871, in Hampstead, Middlesex, England

Father: Charles Henry Waller

Mother: Arabella Maria (Stubbs) Waller

Education: Highgate Grammar School, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where Edward graduated B.A. in 1893 and M.A. in 1897. Edward also obtained an Honorary D.D. from Trinity College, Toronto in 1934 and an honorary D.D. from the University of Western Ontario also in 1934.
Alumni Cantabrigiensis
(transcribed at A Cambridge Alumni Database)
WALLER, EDWARD HENRY MANSFIELD. Adm. pens. at CORPUS CHRISTI, Sept. 30, 1890. S. of the Rev. C. H. (University College, Oxford, 1859). B. Dec. 8, 1871, in Hampstead. School, Highgate. Matric. Michs. 1890; Scholar; B.A. 1893; M.A. 1897. Rowing 'blue,' 1893. Hon. D.D., Trinity College, Toronto, 1934; Hon. D.D., University of W. Ontario Canada, 1934. Ord. deacon (London) 1894; priest, 1895; Assistant Chaplain, St John's Hall, Highbury, 1894-7. Vice-Principal of St Paul's (C.M.S.) College, Allahabad, 1897-1903; Principal, 1903-5. C.M.S. Missionary at Benares, 1907-9; and Principal of Jay Narayan's School, at Benares, 1907-9. C.M.S. Secretary at Allahabad, 1910-14; C.M.S. Secretary for India and Persia. Bishop of Tinnevelly and Madura, 1915-23; of Madras India, 1923-41. Author, Revelation in Indian Church Commentaries; Divinity of Christ; Priest and Parish in India, etc. Married, 1897, Irene Juliana L. Doudney. Died May 16, 1942, in South Africa. Brother of Charles C. (1887) and Alfred H. (1886). (Crockford; The Times, May 19, 1942; Who's Who.)

The Cambridge yearbook and directory p718 (1906)
Waller, Edward Harry Mansfield, Corpus Christi. Sch. 2nd Class Trip., 1893. B.A., 1893. M.A., 1897. D., 1894; P., 1895. Vice-Principal of St Paul's Divinity College (C.M.S.), Allahabad. St Paul's Divinity College, Allahabad, India.

Group at Allahabad College
Group at Allahabad College (1900). Irene (Doudney) Waller is in the middle row, second from right.
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Married: Irene Juliana Louisa Doudney on 17 September 1897, in Faringdon district, Berkshire, England.
Irene was born in 1874 in Carlisle, Cumberland, England, and baptised on 4 November 1874, in St James, Carlisle, the daughter of David Alfred Doudney and Georgina Fry.
In 1923, Irene started a women's group, the Guild of Service in Madras, India. The guild's aim was to serve humanity not with a view to compete but to co-operate with existing organisations, and to start new efforts. The Guild grew to establish branches in many parts of India, and is still in existence today.
1881: Ore Rectory, Ore, Sussex
1891: St Helen's Rectory, Ore, Sussex

Students and Staff at Allahabad College
Students and Staff at Allahabad College (1900). Edward Waller is in the middle row, second from right.
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Occupation: Clergyman, becoming Bishop of Madras.
Edward was ordained deacon in 1894 and priest in 1895. He was assistant chaplain at St John's Hall, Highbury, where his father was principal, from 1894 until 1897. He was then appointed to St. Paul's Divinity College in Allahabad, Madras, India, where he served as vice-principal from 1897 until 1903 and then as principal until 1905. He was then Principal of Jay Narayan's School at Benares from 1907 until 1909 and secretary of the C.M.S. Indian Group from 1910 until 1914. He was appointed Bishop of Tinnevelly and Madura in 1915 and then translated to Bishop of Madras in 1923 where he served until 1941.

The Church Missionary Gleaner 1 August 1900 pp124-5
      The Mohurrum
BY THE REV. E. H. M. WALLER, Divinity School, Allahabad.
ON May 9th we had a most interesting experience at Mohurrum time. Hussein, my munshi (teacher), had long promised me that I should come and hear the preaching at Mohurrum. At that time the Shiahs, a sect of Mohammedans, celebrate the glories of Hassan and Husein, who were killed in the most cruel way; they make out that Husein died for the sins of the whole world, and weep and wail his death to any extent.
  We were a little anxious as to whether it would be considered wise to go, for most people thought there was going to be a riot in the city, and troops had been paraded, &c. But personally I did not at all doubt the bona fides of my munshi, so Taylor, Holland, and I got into a gari (light cart) at 10.20, and drove off to the Imam-bara, or large meeting house, where the preaching is held. It is in a private house kept by a deputy sahib (a deputy magistrate). According to their custom to honoured guests, he came out some way to meet us, and shook hands with both his hands, and in the most beautiful Urdu thanked us for coming.
  Then we entered the place, and found a great number of people assembled, and singing or chanting hymns. In a kind of side place where we could see and hear all perfectly, three chairs had been put, and a boy placed to waft a large fan to and fro behind us. The munshi sat on the floor beside me, and kept up a running commentary all the time. After the hymn our host got on to the mimbar, or pulpit, and read a poem composed in honour of Husein. All the people clapped or said "Wah, wah," or wept, or repeated the end of each verse, and until they had done so he did not go on with the next.
  Then when all the poetry was over the mujtahid (religious teacher) came in. He is such a holy man that he may not hear poetry, which is forbidden to the Shiahs, but tolerated among the ordinary people. He was dressed (above his ordinary clothes) in a black gown and violet turban, over which he had a white cloth crossed under his chin.
  We all stood up when he came in, and he went straight to the mimbar and sat down. Then he called out to the people to recite a short prayer called the "Darud," which they did, and after that he commenced praising God in most beautiful Urdu. Then he told us that he was going to tell us about Ali, and Hassan, and Husein, and said that not only the Mohammedans, but Hindus and English (Feringi, corruption of Franks, he called us) would hear with interest.
  So he went on about hospitality, and how its privileges have been abused by the Mohammedans (Sunnis), who murdered these heroes; then back again to the goodness and wisdom of God as seen in creation; talked about the eyes, their communication with the brain, the accuracy of their vision, even better than a photograph, which word came in the midst of all the Arabic and Persian.
  Then he told the people it was hot, and they must be tired, and though he could not help talking of Husein, still they could go - he need not go on preaching, &c. &c., they all begging him to continue. So he told them one or two stories and worked them up with most vivid accounts of the sufferings of these worthies, till they were howling and sobbing and beating their breasts, and you could not hear a word he said. Then by gesture, and by waving to and fro and slapping his knees most vigorously, he kept them weeping until two people became insensible, and the congregation was practically in hysterics.
  One other subject which he introduced was prayer, and he told the people to pray. They all shouted a prayer together, and he asked them what they were afraid of - could not they shout louder than that? and so they shouted. Then he said, if an enemy were running after them they would call for help louder than that, and so they simply yelled.
  When he had got the congregation into hysterics, they brought out two coffins, one for Husein and one for the baby which was killed in his arms. Then the congregation went mad; they rushed for the coffins, beat their breasts, carried them round, beat them, howled, sobbed, and shouted and made the most deafening noise till they were exhausted. The beating of the breasts made an extraordinary loud noise.
  Taylor was impressed with the unreality of their grief, which collapsed as suddenly as it rose. Holland thought he could realize Acts xix - the riot at Ephesus - after hearing the shouting of Husein's name.
  What struck me most was the way they hardly applauded when God's praises were sung, except unless a particularly neat phrase, or jingle, or even pun, without which things Urdu oratory is nothing, came, and as soon as Ali's or Husein's name was mentioned, were all shouting and weeping, &c. It was a terrible object lesson in worshipping the creature rather than the Creator.

Wikipedia page for Edward Harry Mansfield Waller

Death: 16 May 1942, in South Africa
The Indian Express 28 May 1942 p6
  Mr. Daniel Thomas, Advocate, Palamcottah and Lay Secretary of the Diocesan Council, writes:
  In the passing away of Bishop Waller, the Church of India has lost one of its most significant figures during modern times. About 27 years ago, he came down from North India to Palamcottah as Bishop of Tinnevelly. in all India, Tinnevelly has one of the largest communities of Indian Christians. At that time, for over one hundred years, the missionary societies - the S.P.G. and the C.M.S. - had been working in the area. Each had its own missionaries, its own congregations and its own system of administration with separate councils and committees. the Bishop was practically an outsider, who was called in to hold confirmations and to preach an occasional sermon. Bishop Waller, with penetrating vision, conceived the idea of amalgamating and unifying the work of the two societies and carried out a scheme of diocesanisation by which all the Christians of both societies were unified by a common Diocesan administration with the Bishop at its head. This has proved a great forward step in the life of the Tinnevelly Church. the difficulties to be met, the prejudices to be overcome, the hammering-out and the implementing of an entirely new Diocesan Constitution required supreme wisdom, patience and tact. Bishop Waller possessed these qualities in an abundant measure and successfully piloted the scheme. The Diocese of Tinnevelly, which till then was subordinate to the Bishop of Madras, thereby, became an independent Diocese. and as a result, the Church of Tinnevelly entered a new life of unity, fellowship, and administrative efficiency and of all-round progress
  Not content with this great work, Bishop Waller was interested in another great measure affecting the Church in all India. From olden times, the system was prevailing by which the Bishops of Calcutta, Bombay and Madras were appointed by the State and they took rank and precedence as Government officers. The Church of india in those days was a branch of the Church of England and was dependent on the latter Church in various things. In fact, the Church in India was known and recognised under the title "The Church of England in India." Obviously, this state of affairs was something of an anomaly. The Church in India had its own separate life to live, its own separate problems to meet. The path of progress and advancement for the Church must be the path of liberty. Hence a scheme was started by which the Church inIndia was to be made a separate Church independent of the Church of England but in communion with it. The Bishops of the Indian Church were to be elected by the respective Diocesan Councils with the approval of the Metropolitan. There were great technical difficulties and complications in carrying out this scheme. Bishop Waller was deeply interested in this scheme and he rendered great service in helping the Metropolitan to put it through. Thereby, the Church of India attained its freedom. There his labours did not end.
  After he became Bishop of Madras, he worked heart and soul to work out the union of all the Christian Churches in South India, including the Lutheran and American  Churches. In the whole of the non-Roman Churches throughout the world, this scheme of union is something unique and the carrying-out of the scheme will be a vast and far-reaching step in the attainment of that devoutly-desired sonsummation - the unity of the entire Christian Church. But the working-out of the scheme with the consent of all the Churches concerned, is a matter of tremendous difficulty and a strong representative committee with Bishop Waller as one of its most enthusiastic members, has been hammering out the scheme for several years past. Unfortunately Bishop Waller has not lived to see the day when this long-desired union will become an accomplished fact. But the Church in India will ever hold in grateful memory, the services rendered by Bishop Waller in this great cause.
  Bishop Waller had an attractive and impressive personality. His intellect was keen and penetrating, his thought and speech had always a quality of power and lucidity, going to the very heart of the subject and he had a capacity for generous friendship with people of all classes and creeds. His life and his memory will be cherished in the hearts of a large number of friends all over India who regard his friendship as one of the major blessings of their life.

Census & Addresses:
1881: 16 South Hill Park Gardens, London, Middlesex
1906: St Paul's Divinity College, Allahabad, India    (The Cambridge yearbook and directory p718)
1917: Bishopstowe, Palamcottah, South India     (The Living Church Annual p100)
1920: Bishopstowe, Palamcottah, South India     (The Living Church Annual p116)


Elisabeth Morgan Waller

Birth: 11 June 1870, in Hampstead, Middlesex, England

Father: Charles Henry Waller

Mother: Arabella Maria (Stubbs) Waller

Census & Addresses:
1881: 16 South Hill Park Gardens, London, Middlesex
1901: Little Coxwell, Berkshire: Elizabeth M. Waller, daughter, is aged 30, born in Hampstead, London


Ella Margaret Cameron Waller

Birth: 19 December 1897, in Hackney district, London, England

Father: Charles Cameron Waller

Mother: Susanna Jane Gertrude (Jerdon) Waller

Notes: Ella emigrated to Canada in 1902.

6 July 1914, in Toronto, York county, Ontario, Canada, in a car-train collision, aged 16.
Toronto Sunday World 7 July 1914 p7
WALLER - Ella Margaret Cameron, on July 6, 1914, elder daughter of the Rev. Principal and Mrs. Cameron Waller of Huron College, London, Ont., in an automobile accident in Toronto, aged 16 years.
  Interment at London Ont.

Toronto Sunday World 7 July 1914 p1
STALLED AUTO ROLLED BACKWARDS ACROSS THE PATH OF FREIGHT TRAIN LONDON GIRL IS HURLED TO DEATH Occupants Leaped for Lives as Motor Made Descent - Ella Waller, Daughter of College Principal, Succumbs to Injuries - Chauffeur Who Lost Control of Brakes is Under Arrest
   One person was killed and five others escaped death by leaping to the ground when a heavy motor car stalled on the steep Maclennan avenue hill, just north of the C.P.R. tracks back of St. Andrew's College, and backed directly in front of the eastbound afternoon C.P.R. freight bound for Lindsay.
  The dead - Miss Ella Waller, of London
  Miraculously escaped death - Principal Waller, of Huron College, London
  Rev. Francis E. Powell and his wife, pastor of St. Barnabas, the Episcopalian Church, Hampton and Danforth avenue
  Samuel Kennedy, 10 Fenning street, chauffeur
  Two London girls, guests of Rev. Mr. Powell, whose names the police have not yet ascertained.
  The car commenced to climb the hill at but a slow rate of speed, and stalled at a point about 25 yards away from the railway tracks. The police think the chauffeur may have lost his head, at any rate he did not grip the wheels with the brakes and the motor slid gradually backwards down the hill, with the heavy freight pounding along at 20 miles an hour, and bearing right down on the crossing. When the motor reached a point twelve feet from the tracks, all but the Rev. Mr. Powell and Miss Waller had jumped. The pastor then called to the girl to follow him and leaped to safety, but Miss Waller, apparently too terrified to move, remained in the car and was hurled with it twenty feet to the fence on the west side of the roadway. Rev. Mr. Powell extricated her from the wreckage, and she was conveyed to the General Hospital, where she died at 7 o'clock.
  Samuel Kennedy, the chauffeur, was afterwards arrested by the police of No. 5 division on a charge of criminal negligence. He was released late last night on $5,000 bail.
  Owing to the fact that the car was backing but slowly down the hill, none of the other five occupants was injured, with the exception of the dead girl's father, who, suffering from the shaking he got in the jump, and the shock of the death of his daughter, is very ill.
  Miss Waller was found pinned between the fence and the frame work of the car; her skull was fractured, and she was internally injured. Her recovery was hopeless from the beginning. An inquest will be opened today.

Toronto Sunday World 10 July 1914 p1
JURY DECLARES CHAUFFEUR GUILTY Inquest Into Death of Miss Ella Waller, Victim of Crossing Accident, Results in Manslaughter Verdict - Wilful Negligence Charged Against Samuel D. Kennedy
   "That Miss Ella Waller came to her death in the City of Toronto, County of York, from injuries received by being crushed when a Canadian Pacific Railway train struck a motor car in which she was riding, and that the said injuries were caused by reason of the negligence of the said motor car driver, and that the said Samuel D. Kennedy did in the manner aforesaid wilfully kill and slay aforesaid Ella Waller, and we, the jury, further state that the crossing where this accident occurred is an exceptionally dangerous one and strongly recommend the city authorities and the railway commission to take proper steps at this crossing in order to safeguard the general public."
  Such was the verdict returned last night by the jury investigating the McClennan avenue crossing accident after listening to the evidence. Witnesses varied a good deal in regard to the rate of speed of the train when it was approaching and several other details, but all were agreed on the fact that the chauffeur allowed the car to proceed backward down the hill without power till it arrived at the track, where he gave the order to "jump," and threw on his brakes.
      Chauffeur's Defence.
  Kennedy, himself gave his evidence. He said he took all precautions he could under the circumstances, notwithstanding the fact that houses and trees obstructed his view of the railway track. He admitted that he could have stopped the car before reaching the track, which he did not do. Upon reaching the track he declared it was too late to start the car forward or clear the track by moving backward, so he did the only thing he considered possible.
  County Crown Attorney Greer however took exception to this and Chief Coroner Johnson's summing up was strongly against Kennedy.
  Miss Waller was the daughter of Principal Waller of London College, and was killed on July 6th when the motor in which she was riding was hit at the Maclennan street crossing north of Summerhill avenue.

Buried: London, Ontario, Canada

1911: Huron College, 325 St George Street, London, Ontario


Emily Frances (Waller) Lasbrey

Birth: 8 November 1872, in Hampstead, Middlesex, England

Father: Charles Henry Waller

Mother: Arabella Maria (Stubbs) Waller

Married: Frederick Oaklay Lasbrey on 23 January 1902

Occupation: Missionary with the Church Missionary Society (C.M.S.) in Egypt. Emily ran a girls' school in Old Cairo.
Mercy and truth: a record of C.M.S. medical mission work p197 (1900)
I HAVE not yet been a year in Old Cairo and feel very incompetent to speak of the work, even in the hospital, where I spend part of each day. At first the total ignorance of the language is a great strain upon one in the hospital, for one is unable to ask for a thing or explain if a thing is wrong in an emergency. As one learns more of the language one does not feel so helpless, although the desire to tell them the Gospel grows overpowering and everything else sinks into insignificance beside it.
  Both Moslems and Copts come into the hospital, and one almost wonders sometimes which of them know most of the Gospel, such is the ignorance and superstition of many of the Coptic women who cannot read. And they seem to mourn for the dead with as much despair as the Moslems.
  A little time ago the Coptic servant in Miss Waller's girls school died. I sat with him during the morning before his death; his mother was not there, but only his young sister, about sixteen, and her grief was most difficult to bear. She begged me to give him nothing more. He is tired, she said, and then, Where are you going, oh my brother? over and over again. This boy was really a Christian, we believe, but the girl seemed not in the least to realize, although a Copt herself, that 'absent from the body is present with the Lord.'
  Miss Waller and I went in the evening after the mother had come (the boy had been dead some hours before she came) and the wailing was appalling. Miss Waller knelt down by the mother and told her that Elias was with Jesus and free from all pain, and then there was silence while she prayed for comfort and help for them from Him.
  Many of those who come to the hospital go back to distant villages and we never see them again. One boy, about eleven years old, a Moslem, who was in the hospital for six or seven weeks, did not know the difference, when he came in, between God and Mohammed; he thought God was Mohammed and Mohammed was God.
  Such was his ignorance; but soon he seemed most interested, and begged me to give him a Testament to take with him. He could not read himself, but said he would get somebody else to read it to him. He went off to his far-off village, carrying his book, and said to me, I will never forget Jesus - never. We have not seen him since.
  Old Cairo:
     January 1, 1900

Death: 2 July 1906, in Aboukir, Egypt
Mercy and truth: a record of C.M.S. medical mission work p252 (1906)
Personal Announcements.
Egypt. - On July 2, 1906, at Aboukir, Emily Frances, wife of Dr. F. O. Lansbrey.

Blessed Be Egypt October 1906 pp121-2
          IN MEMORIAM
Entered into her rest July 1st, 1906.

  The following words were spoken (in Arabic) at the grave, when a company of her friends, both Egyptian and English, laid her to her rest. May the words issue in the spreading of her influence in Egypt, to the glory of God.

MY Friends- no, Her Friends! It is of our best that God has been taking these four years. But three years and a half ago we gathered in this place round the last resting-place of that friend of ours, that man of God, Mr. Adeney, whose memory is still green amongst us. One short year later we met again to lay to her rest that woman greatly beloved, the light of our eyes, whom not one of us forgets. And to-day, the third time, we face each other once more round the grave of this dear saint whom God has so suddenly taken to Himself. Said I not well that He takes of our best? For who was nobler and truer than the first? who was more loving and beloved than the second? and who could less easily be spared than this dear one whom we mourn to-day? But if this is so, there must be some special purpose, some special lesson He wills to teach us in these terrible times. And we must learn it !
  We think back over the life of this our beloved in Egypt. She has spent eight brief, full years in our midst, and how full of service they have been! Before her marriage she worked much in the school, and many are the girls, now growing or grown into women, who can testify to her influence upon them then. She also laboured abundantly in the work of visiting, which she loved. She mastered this difficult Arabic because she mastered the hearts of the daughters of the Arabs. She spoke with rapidity and ease because she so easily loved. One who went visiting in her company, to see her methods of work, said, "She greeted those poor women, kissed them, and spoke to them, as loving them." That was the secret. And after her marriage she did not abandon work for the Master, though the character of her work naturally changed much. For she was "given to hospitality"; she made many at home; she was a source of unity, not discord, of cementing, not separation, in our circle here. Who
can testify to have heard a hard or an unkind word from her? Not one, I think. For she was ever calm and unperturbed. Nothing upset her. Therefore her presence made for peace.
  Not only so, but she was ever ready to do most useful direct work for God. We have said that she had command of the language; so, if it was the most ignorant fellah to be taught, or a circle of her servants, or workers in the compound, or a Sheikh from the Azhar, she was ready and able to teach. And how many are there who were taught by her and remember the thoughts which she drew from the Word of God, of which her knowledge was so deep!
  One used to wonder at her knowledge of God's Word, but yet more at her love for God's Son, which was very striking and beautiful. One felt it. We remember well when she returned from England this last time, with her little son in whom she rejoiced; and then, on almost the morrow of her return, God's hand was laid upon the lad, and He took him away to Himself. Did she murmur? Did she vex herself? Did she rebel? No! She said, "But for the climate, he would not have died. I am glad, therefore, that by this I know it was for the cause, for the work's sake, that he has been given!" Noble words! in which she expressed her utter devotion to Jesus Christ, and her willingness to sacrifice her very dearest for Him and His Kingdom.
  Said I not well, then, that God takes of our best? But does He take them that their work may disappear, their influence vanish, their tree wither and grow barren? It is not so! And it rests with us to see that it is not so. Her life and influence have not ended, but only just begun, if we bear in our hearts her holy example, if you who were taught by her remember and manifest forth her teachings. That is how she will live and not die. For as we think of her now in this solemn arid pitiful hour, standing round this bed of death, can we tolerate the thought of sin? Do we not hate the thought of it? Do we not hate our sinful, selfish selves? Do we not long to live more purely and nobly? So should it always be. Why should it not so always be? We should always live as purely and as nobly as if we were ever in the presence of the holy dead, as indeed we are. So let it be, Amen.
  Farewell, then, farewell, thou greatly beloved. We bid thee farewell. Lovely and pleasant wast thou in thy life, lovely and pleasant in thy death, with thy children about thee — one by thy side, him whom thou gavest up for Christ, and one in thy arms, her for whom thou gavest up thyself. Farewell! We return to the world, but we shall not forget. We return to live more worthily of having stood here — more worthily of the day when we ourselves shall be called away to our own last resting-place. Farewell !

Mercy and truth: a record of C.M.S. medical mission work p227 (1906)
We report with deep regret the death on July 2 of Mrs. Lasbrey, wife of Dr. F. O. Lasbrey, Old Cairo Medical Mission. She went out to Egypt for the first time in 1897, and was married in 1902. Readers of MERCY AND TRUTH may remember a very bright and interesting article which she contributed to the magazine (August, 1905) descriptive of the patients and the work generally in the hospital. We ask for prayer for Dr. Lasbrey and the sorrowing friends, that God may comfort them in their time of trial.

Blessed Be Egypt October 1906 p111
The whole missionary force in Egypt felt the blow that fell  on our friends of the C.M.S. in the sudden home-call of the wife of Dr. Lasbrey. She had endeared herself to all with whom she came in contact, and by her noble qualities of heart, and mental gifts, she had won the highest regard of her fellow missionaries and of her fellow Egyptian Christians. Everyone mourns her. Our deep heartfelt sympathy is given to her husband and child and friends at home.

1881: 16 South Hill Park Gardens, London, Middlesex


Emily Nora Hamilton Waller

Birth: 20 December 1906, in Chester district, Cheshire, England

Father: Alfred Hamilton Waller

Mother: May (Lewis) Waller

1911: Chester district, Cheshire: Emily Nora Hamilton Waller is aged 4


Herbert Ewan Waller

Birth: 2 April 1874, in Hampstead, Middlesex, England

Father: Charles Henry Waller

Mother: Arabella Maria (Stubbs) Waller

Married: Rosalie Gertrude White in 1900 in Rochford district, Essex, England
Rosalie was born in 1872, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. She died in 1947 in Salisbury district, Wiltshire, aged 76.
1881: 30 Roundhill Ct, Brighton, Sussex
1901: Wooburn, Buckinghamshire: Rosalie Gertrude Waller, wife, is aged 29, born in Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk
1911: Wycombe district, Buckinghamshire: Rosalie Gertrude Waller, visitor, is aged 39, born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Occupation: Physician
Herbert was admitted as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1898 (The Lancet 20 August 1898 p523).

Theory and practice of thyroid therapy (1911)
The Influence of the Thyroid Gland upon Dental Caries (Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine vol 8 p17) (1915)

29 March 1923, in Kings Norton district, Warwickshire, England, aged 48

Census & Addresses:
1881: 16 South Hill Park Gardens, London, Middlesex
1901: Wooton, Buckinghamshire: Herbert Ewan Waller is aged 26, born in Hampstead, Middlesex
1904: Bourne End, Buckinghamshire (List of the Fellows and Members of the Royal College of Physicians p236)
1906: Bourne End, Buckinghamshire (List of the Fellows and Members of the Royal College of Physicians p250)
1911: Kings Norton district, Warwickshire: Herbert Ewan Waller is aged 37, born in Hampstead
1911: "Holly Mount", 65 Church Road, Moseley, Birmingham, Warwickshire (Theory and practice of thyroid therapy page vii)


Lucy Maria Waller

Birth: 23 April 1866, in Islington, Middlesex, England

Father: Charles Henry Waller

Mother: Arabella Maria (Stubbs) Waller

Death: 1 February 1942, in Tonbridge district, Kent, England

1881: 16 South Hill Park Gardens, London, Middlesex
1901: Hampstead, London: Lucy Mira Waller, visitor, is aged 34, born in Highbury, Middlesex
1911: Faringdon district, Berkshire: Lucy Maria Waller is aged 44


Margaret Arabella Glascott H. Waller

Birth: 16 March 1876, in Hampstead, Middlesex, England

Father: Charles Henry Waller

Mother: Arabella Maria (Stubbs) Waller

Notes: Margaret emigrated to Canada in 1911.

1881: 16 South Hill Park Gardens, London, Middlesex
1901: Little Coxwell, Berkshire: Margaret A. G. H. Walter, daughter, is aged 25, born in Hampstead, London
1911: Huron College, 325 St George Street, London, Ontario


Marjorie Hamilton Waller

Birth: 25 March 1900, in Waterloo, Lancashire, England

Father: Alfred Hamilton Waller

Mother: May (Lewis) Waller

Death: 1950 in Hemel Hempstead district, Hertfordshire, England, aged 49

1901: Waterloo, Lancashire: Marjorie H. Waller, daughter, is aged 1, born in Waterloo, Lancashire
1911: Chester district, Cheshire: Marjorie Hamilton Waller is aged 11

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