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Robert Henry Cazalet


Robert Henry Cazalet was James Bevan's bestman at his marriage to Annie Woodall on 26th July 1882 at St. Stephens Church, Caerwent. Born 26th September 1857 in Paddock Hurst, Sussex . Christened 1st November 1857 at Worth, Sussex. He went to Hereford Cathedral School and St. Johns College, Cambridge University with James Bevan. In 1871 he was living with his parents in Leigh, Worcestershire. Also Cazalet's cousin's were living with the family. Evelina Daunt, Herbert John Daunt and Walter Dikins Daunt, all born in Arrah, India. His parents were George Henry Cazalet born abt. 1824 Hastings, Sussex and his mother was Emma Gertrude Cazalet born abt 1831 in Brighton, Sussex.

The Cazalet family were Huguenots who originated in Sumene, France and emigrated to England between 1691 and 1733. Notable relatives were Pierre Peter Cazalet (great great gradfather who is buried at Bath Abbey, born 3.1.1733, died 26.3.1788) and Peter Cazalet (great grandfather, born 6.8.1756, died 11.5.1811) who in 1793 was Director of the Bank of England. Roberts father was George Henry Cazalet, born abt 1824 Hastings, died 29th February 1888 Bransford Court, Worcester, buried Leigh Church. His mother was Emma Gertrude Philpott.

Above James Bevan's Bestman, Robert Henry Cazalet from the 1877 St. Johns College XV photo. He also appears in the 1878 Eagles photo. He attended Cambridge University from November 10th 1876 until 1880.

Back Row (L-R): H.A.Walton, A.C.Odell, W.L.Agnew, J.H.Payne, P.T.Wrigley, A.Beverley, C.J.C.Towzel, E.J.Brook Smith. Front Row: W.L.Cowrie, R.H.Cazalet, B.Thorman, G.W.Burnett, P.C.Scott, F.C.Hill, W.H.Carr, E.S.Chapman.

Above St. John's College, Cambridge Rugby XV 1878 with Robert Cazalet. By permission of the Master and Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge.

Back Row (L-R): J.J.Sister, A.S.Reid, R.H.Cazalet, J.E.Marr, J.M.Apperley, G.M.Burnett, H.V.Heber Percy, E.S.Morse, C.H.Garland, W.H.Carr, F.C.Hill, W.M.O.Wilson, J.B.Armstrong, G.M.Livett. Front Row: G.D.Haviland, H.Croft, H.Sandford, F.L.Thompson, P.H.Bowers, A.K.Aspinall, E.J.Wild, T.E.Forster, F.E.Swabey, F.K.Kennedy, H.N.Sharp, P.J.Wrigley, J.Richardson.

Above The Eagles 1879 with Robert Cazalet. By permission of the Master and Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge.

He married Jessie Larkin at Castle Morton Church on 26th June 1890.

Above Castle Morton Church, Worcestershire.

According to an 1890 Warwickshire Directory Robert Henry Cazalet lived at Bannut Tree House, Castle Morton, Malvern.

In 1891 living in Great Malvern, a Furrier. The census also has him listed as married to an Isobel from Newland, Worcestershire Also in the same household Mary Larkin Sister-in-law who was a Widow aged 36 Francis Paget Wifes Cousin who was a Widow aged 50

In 1900 a Robert Henry Cazalet is listed in a Warwickshire Directory as being a Councillor on Worcestershire County Council for the Castlemorton district.

In 1901 he was living in Newchurch, Carmarthenshire. The occupants of

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
Robert H. Cazalet Head Married Male 43 Paddock Hurst, Sussex Retired School Tutor
Jessica Cazalet Daughter Single Female 8 Malvern Link, Worcestershire
Robert G Cazalet Son Single Male 9 Malvern Link, Worcestershire
Emily Cole Servant Single Female 25 Malvern Link, Worcestershire
Sarah J. Evans Servant Single Female 29 Penally, Pembrokeshire Housemaid
Francis H. Paget Cousin of Wife Widower Male 61 Hanley Castle, Worcestershire
Annie Field Servant Single Female 25 Northenie, Warwickshire Cook
Mabel J. Milliar Companion Single Female 36 Wells, Somerset Companion
Mildred M. Skinner Teacher Single Female 32 Holloway London Teacher
Thomas Wilcox Groom Single Male 24 Sutley, Worcestershire Groom

Francis Henry Paget, Cazalet's wifes cousin, attended Trinity College, Cambridge University from March 26th 1858. Born in 1840, son of Henry Paget and Ellen Lakin of Birstall, Leicestershire. He married Edith Mary Higgins in 1865. In the 1881 census Francis Paget was listed as a visitor at Birstall Hall. He was a JP for Leicestershire and was a Lieutenant in Prince Albert's Own Leics. Yeo. Cavalry. Birstall Hall was sold to developers in 1923 and demolished. Frances Paget lived at The Lawns, Birstall (demolished 1936) which he extended in 1880. He also owned Paget's Cottages, Birstall (demolished 1965). These cottages were rebuilt by John Mansfield of Birstall Hall in the 19th Century, Francis Paget later, in a fit of pique, removed and bricked up the front doors. Paget was a local landowner and part of the political Paget family he was often described as eccentric.

Cazalet's wife died on the 23rd February 1922 and is buried at Great Malvern Cemetery.

Cazalet wrote his will on 28th July 1922 and was made when he was living at The Bannut Tree, Castlemorton, Malvern. The Will divides the unspecified estate equally between his children, Robert George and daughter Jessica May, although a 1500 pounds advance made earlier to the son is to be deducted from his share of the estate. RG Cazalet and Henry Lawson Whatley, solicitor, are the executors. The first codicil is dated 28th September 1926 and just adds a bequest of 500 pounds to a nephew, Charles Stephen Cazalet, son of RH Cazalet's late brother Edward James Cazalet. The second codicil was made in New Zealand and is dated 29th 9Spetember 1931, about a year before he died. RHC owned 9 shares in Matakana Radiata Ltd (a NZ co.) and he left 4 shares to his grandson Peter Kent Daniells, 3 shares to his granddaughter Diana Kent Daniells and 2 shares to his niece Gertrude Cazalet, sister of Charles Stephen Cazalet. The local newspaper obituary named his son, Captain R G Cazalet, as living in County Wexford, Ireland and Mrs Kent Daniells (presumably Jessica Mary) living in Cagnes, southern France. C S Cazalet was living in Wairoa which is not far from where RHC lived.

He moved to Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand where he died on 30th September 1932. His obituary appeared in The Times on 7th October 1932. All it said was

CAZALET. On Sept. 30, 1932, at Tauranga, New Zealand, ROBERT HENRY CAZALET, in his 75th year.

The Death Certificate #3359. Burial Records - Page 24; Date of death 30 Sep 1932; Plot #13; Section #12; Anglican Cemetery. Headstone - Robert Henry Cazalet, 26 Sep 1857 to 30 Sep 1932. Electoral Roll - 1931 - Tauranga - microfiche #101 of 136, Cazalet, Robert Henry, Grey Street, Tauranga, Retired, #1329. There were no other Cazalet listed on the electoral roll in 1931. Local Index - Obituary, Bay of Plenty Times newspaper, 30 Sept 1932 - Cazalet, Robert Henry died 30 Sept 1932 aged 75. He came to Tauranga 11 years ago. During WWI he was involved in the Y.M.C.A. He supported the Beautifying and Horticultural Society, was on the committee and exhibited. He supported the rowing club and was a member of the Tauranga Deep Sea Fishing Club and he belonged to the Church of England.

Above copy of his death certificate.

His obituary also appeared in the Bay of Plenty Times on the 30th September 1932. His funeral left his house, Grey Street, at 3.15pm on Sunday 2nd October.

He was survived by his son, Captain R. G. Cazalet of County Wexford, Ireland and a daughter Mrs Kent Daniells of Cagnes, South of France. Relatives in New Zealand are a nephew, Mr C. S. Cazalet of Wairoa, Tauranga, and a cousin, Dr T. L. Paget of the Heath Department, Wellington.