Clara King and Augustus: 7 De Freville Avenue 1907-8
7 De Freville Avenue
History of 7 De Freville Avenue
1907 – 8:
The photo of Clara and Augustus King was taken in 1907/8.
Clara left the family in April 1908.
William King, 40, motor agent, b Cherry Hinton
Reginald William, 19, scientific instrument maker, b Cambridge
Percival Frederick, 17, motor repairer, b Cambridge
Augustus Harold, 13, b Cambridge
Theodora Elizabeth, 8, b Cambridge
Susan King, mother, 84, widow, b Bottisham Lode
Lily Fordham, 34, housekeeper, b Colchester
Ada King, 16, servant, b Soham
The business was based in Bridge Street. The family had lived previously in Garden Walk and also 30 Sydney Street.
In 1913 Reginald was living at Sunnyside, Mingle Lane, Stapleford.
William divorced from his wife Clara in 1913 and married Lily Fordham in 1914.
1914 – 1918:
Note in WW1 William was the Chief Engineer for the Board of Agriculture maintaining and running the tractor fleet for food production as well as King and Harpers. Note: After the Russian revolution some of the Artillery Tractors bound fo Russia were converted for farm use by him and could plough up to 8 furrows at a time. (info supplied by family)
Reginald was working in 1916 as a salesman and mechanic in the family firm but in September 1916 joined the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot. He was discharged from the RAF in 1919.
Augustus joined the Army Service Corps as a private in 1916. In 1917 he was discharged into the Reserve until after the end of the war. The reason for discharge as he was an expert mechanic, was to assist his father William King managing and maintaining and supplying the Board of Agriculture Tractor Fleet in the Cambridge area (essential war work). Note: all the sons were expert mechanics. In 1926 he married Gwendoline Lucy Snelgrove in Chesterton and in 1932 they were living at 35 Orchard Avenue.