Etta Dorcas Vidler 1896-1986

Etta Dorcas VIDLER is my great grandmother. She was born in Ticehurst, Sussex on 12 April 18961. She is the daughter of Richard Joseph VIDLER and Alice Mary POTTEN

When and Where BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName, Surname and Maiden Surname of MotherOccupation of FatherInformantWhen Registered
12 April 1896. Mabbs Hill, TicehurstEtta DorcasGirlRichard Joseph VIDLERAlice Mary VIDLER formerly POTTENGeneral labourerAlice Mary VIDLER. Mother. Mabbs Hill, Ticehurst26 May 1896

1901 Census

In 1901, Etta Dorcas VIDLER was living at the Sportsman Inn, West Malling, Kent2 where her father was a publican.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadCondition as to MarriageAgeProfession or OccupationWhere Born
Richard VIDLERHeadMarried35PublicanBurwash, Sussex
Mary VIDLERWifeMarried28Wadhurst, Sussex
Agnes VIDLERDaur.Single6Wadhurst, Sussex
Etta VIDLERDaur.Single4Wadhurst, Sussex
Eric VIDLERSonSingle3Wadhurst, Sussex
John VIDLERSonSingle1Wadhurst, Sussex
Laura CURTISServantSingle20BarmaidBurwash, Sussex

1911 Census

Etta was difficult to find on the 1911, because her name was given as “Henrietta”, and she was living at 98 Etruria Vale, Hanley, Staffordshire3 which was unexpected. Mary PEAKE (nee VIDLER) is Etta’s father’s sister.

Name and SurnameRelationship to HeadAgeParticulars as to MarriageProfession or OccupationBirthplace
Joseph PEAKEHead83MarriedPensioner formerly pottery manufacturerBurslem, Staffordshire
Mary PEAKEWife51Married 10 years. 1 child, 1 living, 0 diedGeneral shopkeeperTicehurst, Sussex
Victor Percy Vidler PEAKESon8SchoolCongleton, Cheshire
Henrietta Dorcas VIDLERNiece14Shop assistantTicehurst, Sussex


Sylvan Thomas NEWICK married Etta Dorcas VIDLER (Hetty) at St Peter’s Church, Stonegate, Sussex on 14 November 19174.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
14 November 1917Sylvan Thomas NEWICK22BachelorLance Corporal. Royal EngineersStonegateHenry NEWICKWaggoner
Hetty Dorcas VIDLER21SpinsterStonegateRichard Joseph VIDLERFarm labourer
Witnesses: Albert Henry NEWICK & Agnes Mary CHEESEMAN

1939 Register

In 1939, Sylvan and Etta NEWICK were living at 49 Kirkdale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent5 with their two sons Thomas and Ronald. Sylvan was working as an assistant carpenter.

Surname and Other NamesM or FBirth Day and YearS M W or DPersonal Occupation
Sylvan T NEWICKM27 January 1895MAssisting carpenter
Etta D NEWICKF12 April 1896MHouse duties
Thomas R NEWICKM16 March 1921SCleaner windows
Ronald W NEWICKM09 December 1923SPorter chemists


Etta Dorcas VIDLER (NEWICK) died on 22 December 1968 at Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, Kent6. She was buried at Kent and Sussex Cemetery and Crematorium, Tunbridge Wells with her husband Sylvan.

When and Where DiedName and SurnameSexAgeOccupationCause of DeathInformantWhen Registered
22 December 1968. Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge WellsEtta Dorcas NEWICKFemale72 yearsof 1 Laurel Way, Tunbridge Wells. Wife of Silven Thomas NEWICK, builder’s labourer (retired)1a. Uraemia. b. Chronic pyelonephritisS. T. NEWICK. Widower of deceased. 1 Laurel Way, Tunbridge Wells23 December 1968

After Etta’s death, her husband Sylvan Thomas NEWICK put notices in the newspaper, saying:

Mr NEWICK & Sons wish to thank all kind friends and neighbours for their sympathy and flowers, also the doctors and nurses in Ward 9 in the Kent and Sussex Hospital. also family doctor for the good services they did for my Wife, Etta Dorcas NEWICK, also the Darby and Joan Club and the Oak Road Association. 

Kent & Sussex Courier (10 January 1969)

In loving memory of my dear Wife, Etta Dorcas NEWICK, who died on December 22nd, 1968. “Gone, but I am always thinking of you.”— From your loving Husband Silvan.

Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser (19 December 1969)

Family Members:

Husband:Sylvan Thomas NEWICK 1895-1986
Father:Richard Joseph VIDLER 1866-1916
Mother:Alice Mary POTTEN 1873-

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  1. Births (CR) England. Ticehurst, Sussex. 12 April 1896. VIDLER, Etta Dorcas. Entry No. 195.
  2. Census Records. England. West Malling, Kent. 01 April 1901. VIDLER, Richard Joseph (head). ED 16. PN 743. FN 70. p. 28. : accessed 30 July 2021.
  3. Census Records. England. Hanley, Staffordshire. 02 April 1911. PEAKE, Joseph (head). RD 361. ED 25. PN 16535. : accessed 01 August 2021.
  4. Marriages (CR) England. Stonegate, Sussex. 14 November 1917. NEWICK, Sylvan Thomas and VIDLER, Hetty Dorcas. Entry no. 135.
  5. 1939 Register. England & Wales. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. NEWICK, Sylvan T. 29 September 1939. Ref: RG 101/1771H. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. Collection: 1939 Register; : accessed 28 June 2021.
  6. Deaths (CR) England. Tunbridge Wells, Kent. 22 December 1968. NEWICK, Etta Dorcas. Entry No. 368.


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