Alice Eliza Durrant 1873-1947

Alice Eliza DURRANT is the mother of my great grandfather Bert Albert Frederick FLISHER who was born on 10 July 1909 at 19 Fort Pitt Street, Chatham, Kent1. Alice Eliza DURRANT was married to George Edward FLISHER.

When and Where BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName, Surname and Maiden Name of MotherOccupation of FatherInformantWhen Registered
10 July 1909. 19 Fort Pitt Street, ChathamBert Albert FrederickBoyGeorge FLISHERAlice FLISHER late ALLARD formerly DURRANTGeneral labourerAlice FLISHER. Mother. 19 Fort Pitt Street, Chatham31 July 1909


Alice Eliza DURRANT was born on 15 December 1873 at Delce Road, Rochester2. Her parents are James DURRANT and Ann HARPER.

When and Where BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName, Surname and Maiden Surname of MotherRank or Profession of FatherInformantWhen Registered
15 December 1873. Delce Road, RochesterAliceGirlJames DURRANTAnn DURRANT formerly HARPERBargemanAnn DURRANT, mother. Delce Road, Rochester24 January 1874

1881 Census

In 1881 Alice DURRANT was living at 158 Front Row, Chatham3 with her parents James & Ann DURRANT as well as 4 of her siblings: Ann, Mary, Thomas and Avis.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
James T DURRANTHeadMarried29LabourerRochester, Kent
Ann DURRANTWifeMarried28Bethnal Green, Middlesex
Ann DURRANTDaur9Rochester, Kent
Alice DURRANTDaur7Rochester, Kent
Mary Ann DURRANTDaur5Rochester, Kent
Thomas DURRANTSon3Rochester, Kent
Avis DURRANTDaur9 monthsChatham, Kent

1891 Census

In 1891 Alice DURRANT was living at 85 Princess Street4 with her parents James & Ann DURRANT. Alice had 4 more siblings: James, Emma, Elizabeth and Ellen. Alice DURRANT was 17 and working as a tailoress.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
James DURRANTHeadMarried39General labourerRochester, Kent
Ann DURRANTWife38Whitechapel, London
Anne DURRANTDaur19TailoressRochester, Kent
Alice DURRANTDaur17TailoressRochester, Kent
Mary A DURRANTDaur15TailoressRochester, Kent
Avis A DURRANTDaur10ScholarRochester, Kent
James A DURRANTSon8ScholarRochester, Kent
Emma DURRANTDaur5ScholarRochester, Kent
Elizabeth DURRANTDaur3ScholarRochester, Kent
Ellen DURRANTDaur1Rochester, Kent


Alice DURRANT married Alfred ALLARD on 25 December 1894 at St Peter’s Church, Rochester, Kent5 at the age of 21. Both Alfred and Alice were living on Princess Street, Rochester, Kent.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
25 December 1894Alfred ALLARD21BachelorGoods porter66 Princess StreetGeorge ALLARDStoker
Alice DURRANT21Spinster35 Princess StreetJames DURRANTLabourer
Witnesses: George DURRANT & Avis DURRANT

1901 Census

In 1901 Alfred and Alice ALLARD were living at 35 Thomas Street, Rochester, Kent6. George FLISHER and Alice ALLARD (nee DURRANT). They had a boarder, George FLISHER, who is my 2nd great grandfather and whom Alice would go on to marry in 1910. Their first child George FLISHER and Alice DURRANT had together was George James Thomas FLISHER who was born 03 November 19017. The date of this census was 01 April 1901, which means that when this census was taken George and Alice may have already been in a relationship. It is believed that Alfred ALLARD moved to Canada, but I do not have any records to confirm this.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
Alfred ALLARDHeadMarried27Coal porterOffham, Kent
Alice ALLARDWifeMarried26Rochester, Kent
Florence ALLARDDaur7Chatham, Kent
Winnifred ALLARDDaur5Rochester, Kent
Emily ALLARDDaur2Rochester, Kent
George FLISHERBoarderSingle32Labourer at gas worksDymchurch, Kent


Alice Eliza ALLARD (nee DURRANT) and George Edward FLISHER were married at The Central Hall, Chatham, Kent on 20 November 19108.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
20 November 1910George Edward FLISHER41 yearsBachelorLabourer2 Flora Terrace, ChathamEdward FLISHER (deceased)Fisherman
Alice ALLARD37 yearsWidow2 Flora Terrace, ChathamJames DURRANTLabourer
Witnesses: Annie E BARNHAM & Charles BARNHAM

1911 Census

In 1911 George and Alice FLISHER were living at 61a Best Back Street, Chatham, Kent9. It mentions the 3 children from Alice’s first marriage: Florence, Winifred and Emilie Ann ALLARD. Florence and Winifred ALLARD have been crossed out, presumably because they were not present at home on the night when the census was taken. There was also some confusion as to how many children were born during the marriage, because George Edward FLISHER and Alice Eliza DURRANT had 3 children together by this point, but they were born before the marriage which took place on 20 November 191010. These children were George James Thomas FLISHER, John Edward FLISHER (also known as Jack), and my great grandfather Bert Albert Frederick FLISHER.

Name and SurnameRelationship to HeadAgeParticulars as to MarriageProfession or OccupationBirthplace
George Edward FLISHERHead42MarriedCarmanDymchurch, Kent
Alice FLISHERWife38Married under 1 year. 3 children, 3 living.Rochester, Kent
Florence ALLARDStep daughter18SingleServant domesticMedway Union Chatham
Winifred Beatrice ALLARDStep daughter16SingleIndustrial schoolRochester
Emilie Ann ALLARDStep daughter13SingleSchoolRochester, Kent
George James Thomas FLISHERSon9SingleRochester, Kent
John Edward FLISHERSon6SingleDymchurch, Kent
Bert Albert Frederick FLISHERSon2SingleChatham, Kent
Walter Henry HOLDERBoarder23SingleWaggoner mateChatham, Kent

1939 Register

In 1939 Alice FLISHER (DURRANT) was working as a hoppicker at Castlemaine Farm, Horsmonden, Kent11 with 2 of her daughters: Dinah and Ellen FLISHER. Her son (my great grandfather) Bert Albert Frederick FLISHER was also working at Castlemaine Farm at the same time and can be found on a different page of the census with his wife Alice and 3 of their children. Her husband George Edward FLISHER was living in a Public Assistance Institution when the register was taken.

Surname and Other NamesDate of BirthS, M, W or DPersonal Occupation
Alice FLISHER (visitor)15 December 1871MarriedHop-picker
Dinah FLISHER [also CROSSMAN] (visitor)08 April 1911SingleHop-picker
Ellen FLISHER (visitor)21 May 1932SingleAt school


Alice Eliza FLISHER (DURRANT) died on 12 July 1947 at Coxheath Home, Linton, Kent12 at the age of 73. Her usual residence was ‘In a hut’ at Cherry Gardens Farm, Goudhurst, which makes me feel really sad for the conditions in which she was living. She lived working from farm to farm.

When and Where DiedName and SurnameSexAgeOccupationCause of DeathInformantWhen Registered
12 July 1947. Coxheath Homes, Linton.Alice FLISHERFemale73 yearsof ‘In a hut’ at Cherry Gardens Farm, Goudhurst, Kent. Wife of George FLISHER a farm labourer (retired)1a. Primary carcinoma of the rectumL FLISHER. Daughter in law. 1 Sandhole Camp, Matfield, Kent14 July 1947

Family Members:

Husband:George Edward FLISHER 1869-1952
Son (Direct Ancestor):Bert Albert Frederick FLISHER 1909-1995
Father:James Thomas DURRANT 1852-1912
Mother:Ann HARPER 1853-1945

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  1. Births (CR) England. Chatham, Kent. 10 July 1909. FLISHER, Bert Albert Frederick. Entry no. 282.
  2. Births (CR) England. Rochester, Kent. 15 December 1873. DURRANT, Alice Eliza. Entry no. 121.
  3. Census Records. England. Chatham, Kent. 03 April 1881. DURRANT, James L (head). ED 21. PN 888. FN 83. p. 7. : accessed 25 March 2021.
  4. Census Records. England. Rochester, Kent. 05 April 1891. DURRANT, James (head). ED 10a. PN 657. FN 73. : accessed 25 March 2021.
  5. Marriages (CR) England. Rochester, Kent. 25 December 1894. ALLARD, Alfred and DURRANT, Alice. Entry no. 25.
  6. Census Records. England. Rochester, Kent. 31 March 1901. ALLARD, Alfred (head). PN 725. SN 218. FN 75. p. 35. : accessed 21 November 2020.
  7. Births Index (CR) England. Medway, Kent. 4th Q., 1901. FLISHER, George James T. Vol. 2a. p. 677. Collection: England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915. : accessed 09 September 2021.
  8. Marriages (CR) England. Chatham, Kent. 20 November 1910. FLISHER, George Edward and ALLARD [Durrant], Alice. Entry no. 8.
  9. Census Records. England. Medway, Kent. 02 April 1911. FLISHER, George Edward (head). RD 47. PN 3902. ED 18. SN 252. : accessed 20 November 2020.
  10. Marriages (CR) England. Chatham, Kent. 20 November 1910. FLISHER, George Edward and ALLARD [Durrant], Alice. Entry no. 8.
  11. 1939 Register. England & Wales. Tonbridge, Kent. FLISHER, Alice. 29 September 1939. Ref: Rg 101/1861a. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. Collection: 1939 Register. : accessed 18 October 2020.
  12. Deaths (CR) England. Coxheath, Kent. 12 July 1947. FLISHER, Alice. Entry No. 46.


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