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Dicken-Statham Family Papers, 1828-2014
5 Linear feet: 3 records boxes, 1 archives box, 1 flat box, 1 oversized box, 1 tube
Collection number: MA.00268

The Dicken-Statham Family Papers contain papers related to four generations of one British family, spanning their participation in historical events during the last decades of East India Company rule in India through life in England in the 1980s. Materials in the collection include official documents pertaining to service in the East India Company and during World War I; manuscript diaries; correspondence; photographs, professional materials, and genealogical charts. There are approximately 5 linear feet of material, and bulk dates are 1830-1930.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Dicken-Statham Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Dicken-Statham Family Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical/Historical Note

The Dicken-Statham Family Papers contain correspondence, photographs, journals, and other unique materials that document the family's history in Great Britain and India for nearly two centuries and provide a view of the way a family evolves over time in response to historical events and societal changes. Major figures in the collection include:

William Stephens Dicken (1804-1861): Dicken was born at Witheridge, Devon, England, in 1804 to Reverend Perry and Mary Dicken. From 1814-1818 he attended Blundell's School (in Devon, England; the online register for the school suggest that it was a family tradition, with ten members of his extended family attending the school). He studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, graduating in the autumn of 1828. By the end of the following year he was Assistant Surgeon of the United East Trading Company. He sailed to India in 1829 and there rose through the ranks of the medical establishment, ultimately becoming the Deputy General Inspector of Hospitals for the East India; overall, Dicken was a surgeon in the Bengal Medical Staff for more than thirty years. He was Chief of the Medical Staff with the Ghurka Force that recaptured Gorahkpur in 1857 and fought in the final siege at Lucknow in March, 1858. In 1833 he married Catherine Lamb Popham, daughter of Captain Joseph Popham of the Royal Navy; the couple had eleven children. He died on December 14, 1861.

Florence Elizabeth Dicken Statham (1856-1938): Born in Patna, India, Florence Statham was the youngest child of William Stephens Dicken and Catherine Popham Dicken. As recounted in Florence's memoir in the collection, her early recollections of India were few, although the first four years of her life were spent there. Her mother left India with her at the close of 1860 and returned to England to live with the older Dicken children. Mrs. Dicken was soon a widow, and Florence's memoirs describe the straitened circumstances that required mother and daughter to live among many relatives for relatively short periods of time. During the first years back in England, Florence attended the newly established Cheltenham Ladies' College, where she was the youngest pupil. Florence had a gift for music and her education included piano and voice studies; the latter study included lessons with Manuel Garcia, the famous singing teacher (her grandson described her as an "accomplished amateur contralto"). Florence performed on many public occasions but found it difficult to achieve the "definite work to do and some object in life" that her memoir acknowledges she wanted. Florence met Henry Heathcote Statham when she was 18, but the couple didn't see each other for a decade and only became engaged in early 1885, and married in early 1887. The couple had six children, Heathcote, Gilbert, Irene, Noel, Arthur, and Maud. Around 1910 Florence wrote a children's book, "Flix and Flox," a copy of which is in the Archives and Special Collections. Two of Florence's sons, Noel and Arthur, were killed three months apart in World War I.

Henry Heathcote Statham (1839-1924): The son of Henry Heathcote and Irene Horner Statham, "H.H.S." (as he is identified in some publications), was born in Liverpool. He was educated at the Liverpool Collegiate Institution, where he learned to play the school's organ outside of class hours, the start of a lifelong passion that included a knowledge of the mechanics of organs. A contributor to "The Builder" magazine in the 1860s, Statham moved to London to work at the magazine in the early 1870s. In 1883 he became the editor of the publication; he continued in that position until 1910 and subsequently worked for "The Architects' and Builders' Journal." Statham was also the author of several books, including a popular textbook about architecture, "A Short Critical History of Architecture" (Batsford, 1912), "The Organ and its Position in Musical Art"; (Chapman and Hall, 1909), and Architecture Among the Poets (Batsford, 1898). His grandson, Michael Statham, also notes that "Statham was also a prolific writer on the arts, particularly music, and an experienced organist. He was for years organist of St. Jude's Church, Whitechapel, and a recitalist in the London area. His most important recitals were given on the Albert Hall organ on Sunday afternoons in successive summers starting in 1879." Music was also an important part of family life – grandson Michael Statham writes that Henry Heathcote Statham "used to practice scales loudly on the piano before breakfast." His daughter Irene's manuscript memoir describes a complicated and exacting personality with wide interests and talents that continued through eight decades of life.

Heathcote Dicken Statham (1889-1973): Heathcote Statham, son of Florence and Heathcote Statham, was born in London where the family lived within walking distance of his father's offices at "The Builder" magazine. Heathcote D. Statham attended prep-school at Reigate, and then entered St. Michael's College (Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, England) an institution he remained involved with for the rest of his life. From 1905-1908, he attended Gresham's School (Norfolk, England) as a music scholar. There, his music studies flourished under Geoffrey Shaw. After leaving Gresham's School, Statham studied on an organ scholarship at Caius College, Cambridge. By early 1913, Statham was working as the organist of Calcutta Cathedral, St. Paul's, in West Bengal, India, a position he held for five years. His next work was as organist for St. Michael's College, where he had studied many years earlier. While at St. Michael's, he continued his education, receiving his Cambridge Doctor of Music degree in 1923. From 1925-1927 he was the organist and choirmaster at St. Mary's Church in Southampton; he was also conductor of the Southampton Philharmonic Society. In 1928, he became the organist of Norwich Cathedral. During those years he was also the conductor of the Norwich Philharmonic Society. He retired at age 77 but continued to be active in his profession in retirement. He died in 1973. The collection contains a detailed article about Heathcote Statham's career by his son, Michael Statham, "Heathcote Statham (1889-1973): a Life in Music."

Mary Claudine Wrey Statham (1886-1975): The daughter of Reverend Arthur Bourchier Wrey and Claudine Maud Twining, Mary Statham was born in the Torquay, Devon, England. Her first husband (whom she married in 1913), was Humphrey Richard Locke Lawrence, an officer in the 34th Sikh Pioneers, and the couple's brief time together was spent with his regiment at Ambala, India. Lawrence died on December 30, 1915, on the S.S. "Persia" when it was torpedoed by the Germans during World War I. The widowed Mary Lawrence returned to England where she kept a farm and earned income from giving piano lessons (she had been a pupil of Oscar Beringer). When her mother died, Mary returned to her family home in Torquay to help care for her father. It was there that she met Heathcote Dicken Statham, with whom she continued to study piano. The couple married in 1928. Son Michael Statham's memoirs in the collection describe what it was like to grow up in an environment in which both parents regularly played pianos in different sections of the house. Mary Statham outlived her husband by only two years, dying in 1975.

Irene Statham Grasemann (1887-1978): Irene Grasemann, born in London, was the second child of Florence and Heathcote Statham. According to her nephew Michael Statham, "[Irene] was gifted as an artist and, as a young woman, had been a student at the Slade. Later, she taught art at a leading London girls' school – the Francis Holland. Once married, however, her talents were rather overshadowed by those of her husband, Cuthbert Grasemann, who was effortlessly successful at a variety of activities… Nevertheless, she often said that she had had a very happy life." Irene is the subject of many of Grasemann's photographs in the collection, dating from early in their relationship throughout their life.

Cuthbert Grasemann (1890-1961): The son of Carl Edward and Ada Florence Grasemann, Cuthbert Grasemann, known as "Tabs," was born in the London borough of Camden. He was educated at the Rugby School (Warwickshire, England) and Trinity College, Cambridge (a photograph of his well-appointed dormitory room is in the collection), and served with the Royal Engineers during World War I. He married Irene Statham in 1916. By profession Grasemann worked for the Southern Railway and then the Southern Region of British Railways as Public Relations Officer. His portion of the collection as well as evidence in other collections suggests someone with many interests, including boats, women's fashions (some of his drawings are in the Victoria and Albert Museum), and photography. He was the author of several publications, including "English Channel Packet Boats" and "The ABC of Yachts" -- a copy of the latter is in the Archives and Special Collections. Grasemann was also a member of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers (from their website, "to promote excellence across all sectors of the fruit industry") and the Worshipful Company of Stationers ("for the communications and content cndustries"). Grasemann retired from the railways in 1950 and died in 1961.

Gilbert Popham Statham (1891-1982): Gilbert Statham was the third child of Florence and Heathcote Statham. Like his siblings, Gilbert was born in London while his father worked for "The Builder" magazine. At the age of 8 he was sent to Ayshford School (Uffculme,Devonshire); he then attended Blundell's School (the school many of his Dicken family members had attended), where he received a classical education that his memoir indicates he valued throughout his life At the age of 20 he took the exam for the Indian Police and became an Assistant Superintendent in the Indian Police. He spent eight years in India. His memoir details this period as well as a long trip home when he left the police. He then decided that he wanted to teach and went back to school to obtain a degree. In the early 1930s, he founded Sandrock Hall, a preparatory school in Hastings. When World War II began, the school had to move. The school didn't survive the move for long, but Statham continued in what became 45 years of teaching, including positions at Belmont and Rossall Schools.

Noel Horner Statham (1892-1917): One of two sons of Florence and Heathcote Statham to fight and die in World War I, Noel Statham was born in London. He attended the Ayshford School (Uffculme, Devon, England), the King's College School (Wimbledon, England), the University of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium), and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the East Surry Regiment in mid-1913 and volunteered for service at the start of World War I. He went to India in late 1914 and chose to stay in active service instead of taking an offered staff appointment. In late 1916, he went to Iraq (then part of the Ottoman Empire) with the 4th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment. He fought in the Battle of the Hai Salient (where the Tigris River meets the Hai Canal, south of Baghdad) and died in combat on February 3, 1917. He is buried in Iraq in Amarah Cemetery.

Arthur Yates Statham (1897-1917): Like all his siblings, Arthur Statham, the youngest child of Florence and Heathcote Statham, was born in London. He attended the Wykeham Hall School in Lee-on-Solent (Lee on Solent, Hampshire, England) and Fettes College (Edinburgh, Scotland). He left school in July 1915 to train for fighting in World War I. By September 1916 he was serving as Signalling Lieutenant with the 9th Rifle Brigade with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders. He died on May 3, 1917, in the Third Battle of the Scarpe, a part of the Arras offensive. His body was never found – it was presumed buried by the Germans when they took the battlefield where he fell.

Michael Heathcote Wrey Statham (b. 1929): The only child of Heathcote and Mary Statham, and the only grandchild of Heathcote and Florence Statham, was born and raised in Norwich, England. His memoir vividly describes his childhood living in the Norwich Cathedral Close in a house filled with music and musicians. He studied music himself – an education evident in his article about his father for "Musical Opinion" (1982) -- but decided on a career in librarianship. He studied at Peterhouse, Cambridge University, and the University of London. From 1955-1982 he worked at the University of London Library, where he became Senior Assistant Librarian. He retired in 1982. He was also an examiner for the Library Association and an editor for the 20th-century volume of the "New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature." Michael Statham married Jennifer Lansdown (b. 1929, the daughter of Charles Millington and Elsie Gwendolen Ward Lansdown) in 1958.

Scope and Contents

Compact in size but broad in content, the Dicken-Statham Family Papers allow a researcher to travel through almost 200 years in the life of one family and to experience something of major historical events through the eyes of participants and witnesses.

The papers begin in 1828 with documentation of William Stephen Dicken's medical education, his employment with the "United East India Company," and his voyage to India. He departed England in May 1829 and arrived in Calcutta in November. It was the start of a thirty-year career as a surgeon in India. The papers include documentation of the historical events Dicken witnessed and participated in as well as an account of the specific work he did both as a surgeon and as an inspector of hospitals and jails.

The collection has papers relating in particular to W.S. Dicken's youngest child, Florence, and her husband and children. Florence Statham's series features her memoir – a piece of writing that describes what life could be like for women during the second half of the 19th century. It is a detailed account of her life after she left India with her mother in 1860 at the age of four, starting with a family group living together in England (except for W.S. Dicken, who died in India in 1861) but – as the oldest children married and started their own families – evolving into a peripatetic life with her widowed mother among relatives and friends, and sometimes in other countries. Florence chose to marry late (for her era), but she had six children with her husband, Henry Heathcote Statham, whose materials deal especially with aspects of his long career as an architect, a writer and editor, and a musician. His daughter Irene's memoir adds a personal view.

All of the Statham children but one – Maud—have a series with at least modest documentation of their lives; for two of the children, Noel and Arthur, the documentation is perhaps necessarily brief as they died as young men in World War I, one near Baghdad and one in France. Heathcote Dicken Statham's series has documentation of his long career as a musician, especially in his work as organist of the Norwich Cathedral. Mary Statham, his wife, has a series that documents in particular her Wrey family in photographs, journals, and correspondence.

Gilbert Statham's memoir features prominently in his series, especially with its details of his life in the Indian Police after World War I. The series for his sister Irene and her husband Cuthbert Grasemann illustrate English life -- at work and play -- during the first half of the 20th century.

As indicated above, Noel and Arthur Statham both have series that end in early 1917 with their deaths in battle. There is a significant portion of wartime correspondence from both men, especially from Noel to his mother. Arthur is also remembered through a teenaged journal kept during a holiday.

Michael Statham – donor and only grandchild of Florence and Heathcote Statham – is represented with a memoir that describes his life as the child of two professional musicians and his own journey to finding a career in librarianship and as a poet. The collection also contains copies of many of his poems.

The Dicken-Statham Family Papers are arranged in 10 series. Note that dates in brackets reflect the approximate coverage of the material in the given series, not birth/death dates:



Series 3: HENRY HEATHCOTE STATHAM [1867-1920]


Series 5: GILBERT POPHAM STATHAM [1935-1982]


Series 7: NOEL HORNER STATHAM [1912-1917]

Series 8: ARTHUR YATES STATHAM [1912-1918]



Series Descriptions:

Series 1, WILLIAM STEPHENS DICKEN AND CATHERINE LAMB POPHAM DICKEN [1828-1861], contains materials related to the career of W.S. Dicken beginning with his graduation from medical school in 1828 through his thirty-year career in India and his early death in 1861. The collection includes the original and typescript versions of the journal he kept while sailing for India; letters of recommendation, certificates of marriage, membership in the Freemasons, and of furlough; testimonials; an account presumed to be his of events related to the Sepoy Rebellion in India during 1857-1858; his notes of tours in which he inspected jails and hospitals in India, and many other items related to his work. There is genealogical information about the Dicken family in this series, as well as a photograph album containing images of Dicken-Statham family members, especially from the era of W.S. and Catherine Dickens' children. The series also includes a memoir written by Catharine Henrietta Dicken (who m. Ulrick Browne) that includes reminiscences of her thirty years in India as a daughter and later a wife and mother. Overall, this series provides information on two generations in India in the nineteenth century.

Series 2, FLORENCE ELIZABETH DICKEN STATHAM [1886-1938], contains a limited amount of material related to the life of the youngest child of W.S. and Catherine Dickens. The series contains photographs (researchers should also consult the album in Series 1 for more photographs related to Florence's family), certificates of baptism, marriage, and burial, as well as correspondence, about half of it personal and half about business matters. Florence's memoir is also in this series. It details her early life, especially the years after her departure from India, where she had been born, to England, where she and her mother lived with the other Dicken children. The memoir illustrates the difficulties of being a widow with many children in an era where women generally didn't work away from home, including the necessity of moving frequently in order to economize. Additional incoming correspondence to Florence may be found in Series 7, which contains a volume of transcribed letters written during World War I from Noel H. Statham to his mother (the location of the originals is not known).

Series 3, HENRY HEATHCOTE STATHAM [1867-1920], includes a small but notable section of incoming correspondence to H.H.S., including notes from individuals such as artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema and poet Robert Browning. Many of these items are described and given context in the article about H.H.S. in the "Victorian Society Annual" by Michael Statham, copies of which are in this series. The series also contains prints of several holiday cards designed by H.H.S.; a memoir by his daughter Irene that vividly describes his personality, and a few photographs of H.H.S. The bulk of the series is comprised of 9 folders of research material gathered by Michael Statham for the purpose of his article on H.H.S.

Series 4, HEATHCOTE DICKEN STATHAM AND MARY CLAUDINE WREY STATHAM [1827-1985], contains materials related to Heathcote and Florence's oldest son, Heathcote Dicken Statham and his wife Mary Claudine Wrey. The series is divided into two sub-series:

A. Heathcote Dicken Statham [ca. 1969-1982]

B. Mary Claudine Wrey: Documents from the Wrey and Lawrence Families [1827-1985]

Heathcote Dicken Statham (sub-series A) contains correspondence with distant relatives about genealogy; photographs; and an article about his long career in music published in "Musical Opinion" by son Michael Statham.

Mary Claudine Wrey: Documents from the Wrey and Lawrence Families (sub-series B), includes an early family letter from Mary's grandmother during the writer's honeymoon; a photograph album of Humphrey Richard Locke Lawrence (Mary's first husband) containing photographs of him from childhood through his life as a newlywed; an elaborate album documenting the life of Mary's brother Hugh Bourchier Wrey put together by his mother; loose photographs of Wrey family members; genealogical materials, and estate documents. The sub-series also contains a journal Mary kept during her early married life in India through the death of her husband only two years after their marriage. This volume contains transcriptions of condolence letters to her from his regiment's officers. The sub-series contains the official notice of her husband's death aboard the S. S. "Persia" after it was torpedoed during World War I.

Series 5, GILBERT POPHAM STATHAM [1935-1982], contains in particular a memoir by Gilbert Statham of his youth, his preparation for joining the Indian Police, his eight years in India, and of the long trip among several countries that he took on his way home. There is a modest amount of material relating to his short-lived pre-WWII school, as well as diaries written during his retirement after decades of teaching.

Series 6, IRENE STATHAM GRASEMANN AND CUTHBERT GRASEMANN [1888-1985], comprises materials relating to the oldest daughter of Heathcote and Florence Statham, Irene Grasemann, and her husband Cuthbert, known as "Tabs." The series is divided into four sub-series:

A. Irene Statham Grasemann [1888-1970]

B. Cuthbert "Tabs" Grasemann [1890-1985]

C. Irene Statham and Cuthbert Grasemann: Photographs [ca. 1889-1970]

D. Grasemann Family Photograph Albums [ca. 1894-1940]

Irene Statham Grasemann (sub-series A) contains legal documents spanning Irene's lifetime; early composition booklets; letters written to Irene from author Rebecca Patterson, and a few pieces of correspondence. Researchers interested in Irene should also consult sub-series C, which contains many photographs of Irene. Her manuscript memoir of her father is in Series 3, Henry Heathcote Statham.

Cuthbert "Tabs" Grasemann (sub-series B) contains a few legal documents and a selection of correspondence from well-known individuals such as newspaper publisher Max Aitken and British speed record breaker Donald Campbell. There is also an exchange about a raven Grasemann raised and later donated to Exeter Priory.

Irene Statham and Cuthbert Grasemann: Photographs (sub-series C) contains 9 folders of photographs taken by or – in some cases for—Grasemann. Grasemann's interest in photography went back to his youth, and there are early photographs (especially those in sub-series D) that show his interest in both artistic endeavors and sports, as well as his attention to detail in creating photographic albums. The loose photos in sub-series C seem to be both by Grasemann and by others in connection with Grasemann's work for the railroad.

Grasemann family photograph albums (sub-series D) is comprised of three albums: the first is an elaborate album from about 1895-1920 documenting the Grasemann family – Cuthbert's parents, siblings, and friends. Most of this album seems to have been put together by Cuthbert's sister Edna. It includes several early 20th-century photographs that have identified women subjects but the place is not identified – research suggests it depicts students and staff from the Church of England High School in London. A green album has a wide variety of photographs by Cuthbert Grasemann showing his early interests, his family, and his wife. A "Kodak Souvenirs" album containing photographs with good identifications includes friends from as early as 1909, including early photographs of Irene from before their marriage.

Series 7, NOEL HORNER STATHAM [1912-1917], includes transcribed letters from Noel H. Statham to his mother in four notebooks covering the period from August 1914 to January 28, 1917 (he was killed in action on February 3, 1917). The letters describe his time in England before posting, in India, and at war. The transcribed letters cease about five days before his death. There is also one letter in his hand to Irene Grasemann at the time of her wedding in 1916; three transcribed letters of condolence and several original letters of condolence from brother officers; a telegram from the Keeper of the Privy Purse sending the King and Queen's sympathy; a letter from Sir Charles Monro, Commander in Chief of India, and several photographs of Noel Statham alone and in groups.

Series 8, ARTHUR YATES STATHAM [1912-1918], contains two manuscript diaries by 15-year-old Arthur covering a 1913 vacation in the town of St. Leonard, near Hastings; a small amount of poetry and a letter to his mother; about twenty letters to his sister Irene written from France during WWI; a last – or the last – letter to his mother, written a few weeks before his death during battle, and a few items related to his death.

Series 9, MICHAEL HEATHCOTE STATHAM AND JENNIFER LANSDOWN STATHAM [1965-2014], contains a memoir of Michael Statham's personal and professional life; two volumes of his poetry; photocopies of an exchange with poet Anne Ridler about Statham's poetry, and a photograph of the staff of the University of London Library ca. 1965.

Series 10, STATHAM FAMILY: PHOTOGRAPHS AND MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS [1910-1970], includes two group photographs of Heathcote and Florence Statham and their children; later photographs of Michael and Jennifer Statham and Michael's parents, and a Statham family tree chart beginning in the year 1250.

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Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Dicken-Statham Family Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Dicken-Statham Family Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: [Identification of item], in the Dicken-Statham Family Papers, Box [#], Folder [#], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

The Dicken-Statham Family Papers were a gift of Michael H. W. Statham, who also provided important details for the biographical and item descriptions.

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Contents List

Box 1
W.S. Dicken – Certificate of graduation from the Royal College of Surgeons in London
1828 Oct 3

Box 1: folder 1
Physical characteristics:

Item restricted: Brittle folded vellum cannot be opened without damaging contents.

W.S. Dicken – Letter of recommendation from director of St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London
1828 Nov 19

Box 1: folder 2
W.S. Dicken – Certificate of promotion to Assistant Surgeon of the United East Trading Company
1829 Dec 31

Box 1: folder 3 Box 6-OS: folder 1
"Journal of a voyage to India" (Calcutta)
1829-1830; ca. 1935

Box 1: folder 4 Box 4-Volumes Vol. 1

Dicken's journal of his voyage to India, written for his family in England. He departed in May 1829 and arrived in India in early November. The first 80 pages describe the voyage; the remaining 28 describe his early days at Fort William, Calcutta, India, up to early February 1830. The bound typescript copy was probably created in the 1930s when other documents were transcribed and typed. The 1830 original bound manuscript is in Box 4: Volumes.

W.S. Dicken -- Certificate of marriage to Catherine L. Popham
1833 Apr 5

Box 1: folder 5
W.S. Dicken – Certificate of Freemason membership
1833 Jun

Box 1: folder 5 Box 6-OS: folder 2
Location of originals:

Photocopy in file; original in Box 6-OS.

W.S. Dicken – Certificate of promotion to Surgeon in the Queen's Army
1846 May 23

Box 1: folder 7 Box 6-OS: folder 3

Photocopy in file; original in Box 6-OS.

W.S. Dicken – Account of the situation at Cawnpore, India, several days after the Bibighar massacre
1857 Jul 28

Box 1: folder 8

Unsigned but presumably W. S. Dicken's handwriting. Account of the situation at Cawnpore after the siege of June 5-25, 1857. Includes description of the house where women and children were killed in late June 1857. He describes how Sepoys were made to clean the bloodstains and their executions by hanging in the courtyard outside. Contains diagram of the "Bibighar" house where the killings occurred. Softcover volume in folder 21 contains a typed transcript of this account.

W.S. Dicken – Request for promotion to Superintending Surgeon and testimony of his services
1857 Oct 27, Nov 5

Box 1: folder 9
W.S. Dicken – Certificate acknowledging presence March 1858 at capture of Lucknow
1858 Mar 23

Box 1: folder 10

"Certificate from Gen'l McGregor showing that I was present at the capture of Lucknow, March 1858," (from March 11-23). Includes McGregor's signature and designation as "Brigadier General, Military Comissioner with H.H. Maharajah Jung Bahadoor."

"Address of Maharajah Jung before the Gov. Gen. at Allahabad" (copy)
1858 Apr 6

Box 1: folder 11

Copy, presumably by W.S. Dicken. Softcover volume in folder 21 includes typed transcript.

Testimonial from the Secretary of the Military Commission, Camp Allahabad
1858 Apr 7

Box 1: folder 12
W.S. Dicken – Certificate of Duty for May 1858
1858 Jun 1

Box 1: folder 13

"Certified, that...Field Surgeon W. S. Dicken, did duty with the Gurkha Force during the whole month of May 1858." The Gurkha Force was under the direction of Maharajah Jung Bahadoor, who appears elsewhere in the collection.

W.S. Dicken – Letter to the Principal Secretary of State of India regarding issues of military rank equivalence in the British, Royal, and Indian Armies
1859 Sep 10

Box 1: folder 14
W.S. Dicken – Certificate of Furloughs and Leave of Absences during 1829-1859
1859 Oct 24

Box 1: folder 15

Useful summary of Dicken's service during his thirty-year career.

"Prize Roll of an Officer belonging to the Medical Department entitled to shares in Booty captured at Lucknow in March 1858"
1861 Feb 8

Box 1: folder 16

Manuscript form filled in for W.S. Dicken stating his name, rank, next of kin, "proof in support of claim," and "amount already drawn as Donation [Batta.]." For proof, Dicken's entry reads: "was present with the Gurkha Force under Maharajah Jung Bahadoor from the 11th March/58 before Lucknow till the final capture of the city." Item was apparently submitted to the Deputy Inspector General's Office in Sealkote.

"Statement of Services of Deputy Inspector General of Hospitals W.S. Dicken"
1861 Aug 6

Box 1: folder 17

Overview of ranks and locations served by W.S. Dicken from 1829-1861, including "served with the Goorkha [Company] under Maharahja Jung Bahadoor as Senior [Field] Surgeon from Dec, 1857 to June, 1858 -- was present with it at the recapture of Gorakhpur, [and] final siege [and] capture of Lucknow in March 1858...". Softcover volume in folder 21 includes typescript copy.

Notice of the death of W.S. Dicken
1861 Oct 15

Box 1: folder 18
"Resurrection thoughts…preached on occasion of the death of Dr. Dicken"
1861 Dec 22

Box 1: folder 19

Manuscript sermon as preached at Trinity Church, Sealkote, India. Sealkote, or Sialkot, is now part of Pakistan.

Photograph of ca. 1830s portrait tentatively identified as William Stephens Dicken
[ca. 1860-1870]

Box 1: folder 20

Trimmed oval photograph, previously framed, of portrait of young man. Portrait ca. 1830s, photograph ca. 1860s. Tenatively identfied on verso by Michael Statham. Digital copy available.

Softcover typescript of selected W.S. Dicken papers
[ca. 1933]

Box 1: folder 21

Volume includes:

W.S. Dicken statement of services, 1829-1859

Account of march into Cawnpore, India, July 1857

Transcript of the address of Maharajah Jung Bahadoor read before the Gov. Gen of Allahabad, April 6, 1858

Two translations of religious items found in Lucknow in May 1858 (originals not in collection, but referred to in correspondence in Box 1, Folder 22).

"Letter to Aunt Florry": summary of military events involving W.S. Dicken, 1857-1858
1938 Feb 9

Box 1: folder 22
"Children of the Mutiny: a record of those now living who were in India during the Sepoy War, 1857-59"

Box 1: folder 23

Compiled by A. J. Waterfield, Nov., 1935. 12 pp. Privately printed. Consists of alphabetical list of names under four headings: Agra and its fort; Lucknow; Sangrur and its fort; Addenda. Florence Dicken Statham ("Mrs. H. Heathcote Statham") is listed. File contains photocopy -- original has been catalogued.

"Journal of service as Chief Medical Officer with the Nepalese contingent under Maharaja Jang Bahadur during the campaign in Oudh, and the capture of Lucknow. Indian Mutiny 1858"
1938 Feb

Box 1: folder 24

Bound typescript account of service of William Stephens Dicken from December 1857 to October 1858. Edited, with introduction and notes, by Arthur Browne, grandson of W.S. Dicken, February 1938. On the fly-leaf in pencil: "To Aunt Florry, March 1938, from A.H.B."

W.S. Dicken: Diaries of Annual Inspection Tours
1858 Nov - 1861 Jan

Manuscript accounts of what Dicken called "his annual tour," when he inspected various jails and hospitals. Although he called them "diaries," they read more like notes for official reports.

W.S. Dicken – Diary of annual hospital inspection tour in India
1858 Nov-Dec

Box 1: folder 25
W.S. Dicken – Diary of annual hospital inspection tour in India (1 of 2 versions)
1859 Nov-Dec

Box 1: folder 26
W.S. Dicken – Diary of annual hospital inspection tour in India (2 of 2 versions)
1859 Nov-Dec

Box 1: folder 27
W.S. Dicken – Diary of annual hospital inspection tour in India
1860 Oct - 1861 Jan

Box 1: folder 28
Dicken-Statham family photograph album

Box 4-Volumes Vol. 2

Photograph album containing primarily cabinet cards and carte-de-visites of members of the Dicken and Statham families. The album includes photographs of Florence Dicken Statham's mother, siblings, and relatives, as well as photographs of Henry Heathcote Statham's parents, siblings, and relatives. Many of the photographs have identifications provided by Michael Statham.

Photographs: Dicken-Browne family
ca. 1880-1903

Box 1: folder 29

Three photographs: 2 cabinet cards: (1) "4 generations," showing Mrs. Catharine Dicken, her daughter Lady Ulrick Browne (afterwards the Marchioness of Sligo); Mrs. Edith Charles, and her daughter Evelyn Charles (afterwards Mrs. Baring) (digital version available); (2) Henry Ulrick Browne (afterwards the Marquis of Sligo); and (3) portrait photograph of the 5th Marquis and Marchioness of Sligo, in formal clothing, probably upon their succession to the marquessate in 1903.

"Pedigree of the family of Dicken"

Box 6-OS

"Pedigree of the family of Dicken, of Wollerton, in the County of Salop": "This pedigree is a copy taken by Mr. Scott Gatty, York Herald, from the record in the College of Arms, London, with some minor alterations and corrections up to the end of A.D. 1895." Torn, rolled printed chart on brittle paper. It runs from John Dicken of Wollerton, d. 1593, to Florence E. Dicken Statham and relatives of hers born in the 1880s. All names are well documented with dates of birth and death and sometimes, for men, profession. Includes a few handwritten notes, esp. re Popham line of Sir Home (Riggs) Popham.

Catharine Lamb Dicken – Death certificate, Hastings.
1903 Jul

Box 1: folder 30
Catharine Lamb Dicken: Documents regarding her burial arrangements

Box 1: folder 31
"My Reminisences, 1836-1914, by Catharine Henrietta, Marchioness of Sligo"
ca. 1914

Box 1: folder 32

Bound typescript memoir of Catharine Henrietta Dicken, daughter of W.S. and Catharine Dicken, who married Ulrick Brown, Marquis of Sligo. Catharine was born in India and spent thirty years there, including the early years of her married life. Her memoir includes details of her parents' families (Dicken, Popham, and Lamb lines), and of the Dicken family's life in India. The memoir focuses in particular on the author's many journeys -- she estimates that she had travelled 100,000 miles by sea.

Search Terms
India History British occupation, 1765-1947

India History Sepoy Rebellion, 1857-1858 Personal narratives

Dicken-Popham family tree, a continuation

Box 6-OS
Correspondence with Jeremy [Browne] Altamont Sligo re reminiscences of Catharine Henrietta
1997 Jan-Feb

Box 1: folder 33

Letter from Michael H. W. Statham to Marquess of Sligo and his reply. Jeremy Browne Altamont (d. 2014) was the 11th Marquess of Sligo, and Catharine Henrietta Dicken Browne was his great-grandmother. The file contains information (brochures, copies of articles, etc.) about Catharine Henrietta and Westport House, the family's home in Ireland.


Photographs: Florence Dicken Statham
ca 1880-1920

Box 1: folder 34

Four photographs: cabinet card of Florence Dicken, ca. 1880, apparently the photograph described in Rebecca Patterson's "Riddle of Emily Dickinson"; one photograph of Florence and H. Heathcote Statham taken at Irene Statham Grasemann's wedding in 1916; two matted portrait photographs of Florence Dicken, one by Scott Galloway of Torquay.

Florence Elizabeth Dicken – Certificate of baptism, Bankipore, India
1886 May

Box 1: folder 35
Florence Dicken and Henry Heathcote Statham – Marriage license
1887 Feb

Box 1: folder 36
History of the Statham family in Liverpool, compiled by Hugh Worthington Statham; copied by Florence Dicken

Box 1: folder 37
Two letters to Florence Dicken from her cousin Sara [Statham?]
1904 Dec; 1905 Jul

Box 1: folder 38

Two letters from Florence's cousin Sara. The first (1904) has to do with family history and an illness which Florence was recovering from; the second with "Daisy" and the distribution upon her marriage of various of her effects. File includes paper photograph of a nun identified as "Cousin Sara Statham," thought by Michael Statham to be the letter writer.

Right of burial certificate for Henry Heathcote Statham
1924 Jun

Box 1: folder 39

Document from the Torquay Extra-Mural Cemetery Company providing right of burial for Henry Heathcote Statham, paid for by his widow, Florence E. Statham.

Letters to Florence Statham re death of H.H. Statham
1924 Jun, Sep

Box 1: folder 40

Letters of condolence to Florence Statham on the death of her husband, Henry Heathcote Statham, from his cousin Charles H. Statham and publisher Harry Batsford of B.T. Batsford, Ltd. C.H. Statham comments extensively on their family connection as well as the fact that both families lost sons in WWI. Dunedin, N.Z. Writing from London, Batsford remarks on the 30-year professional connection with HHS and comments that HHS's influential "Short Critical History of Architecture" was written at the suggestion of Herbert Batsford and prepared and produced in part by Harry Batsford himself.

Florence Statham to Heathcote D. Statham
ca. 1928 - 1938

Box 1: folder 41

Holograph letter from Florence to her son Heathcote, dated only April 5th but clearly after his marriage to Mary C. Wrey Lawrence, i.e., between August 1928 and 1938, the year Florence died. The letter is in congratulations for a concert performance.

Florence Dicken – Insurance policies

Box 1: folder 42

Insurance documents of the Northern Assurance Co. Ltd. for Lisburne Terrace, Torquay, and then Rosewood Cottage, N. Holwood, Dorking, Surrey. The items suggest that Florence Statham moved from Torquay to Dorking ca. 1930-31. Both documents are torn.

"Reminiscences of Florence Elizabeth Statham, nee Dicken, 1857-1938"

Box 1: folder 43

Memoir of Florence Elizabeth Dicken Statham from her early years in India, to her return to England and travels there with her mother after the death of W.S. Dicken, through her marriage to H.H. Statham. Florence Statham was the friend of Kate Anthon referred to in Rebecca Patterson's "Riddle of Emily Dickinson"; Patterson refers to this memoir in the book. Two typescript copies, one bound in red leather. PDF available.


Browning, Robert, 1812-1889, Incoming correspondence to Henry Heathcote Statham from well-known Victorian writers, artists, architects, and musicians

Box 1: folder 44

Alma-Tadema, Lawrence. Holograph note, dated Dec 1887 re his picture "A love missile." Signed L. Alma-Tadema. PDF available.

Best, William Thomas. Two holograph letters, the first dated October 1868, the second, dated February 1871, on musical subjects. The first letter is incomplete. The second signed: W. Best. In original envelope. Best was a leading Victorian organist, based at St. George's Hall, Liverpool.

Browning, Robert. Holograph note, dated June 1879 re HHS's gift of tickets to his Royal Albert Hall organ recitals. Signed: Robert Browning. In original envelope. PDF available.

Froude, James Anthony. Two holograph letters, dated July and December [1868>], re article submitted to Fraser's Magazine by H.H.S. Each signed: J.A. Froude. Froude was editor of "Fraser's Magazine."

Howson, John Saul. Holograph letter, dated June 1867 re an article by H.H.S. on church architecture. Signed: J.S. Howson. In original envelope. The letter is headed: "The Vicarage, Wisbech," where Howson was vicar at one stage in his career. His best-known work is "The life and epistles of St. Paul" (1852 and subsequent editions).

Longman, William. Holograph letter, dated July 1868 re article by HHS discussed in Froude's July letter above, advising HHS to write to Froude. Signed: Wm. Longman. Longman was the proprietor of "Fraser's Magazine" in which HHS's article was published in November 1868.

Sharpe, Edmund. Two holograph letters, dated September 1868 and April 1871, the first re Sharpe's involvement with the Liverpool Architectural Society, of which HHS was secretary, the second re the state of the arts (or "High Art") in England. Signed: Edw. Sharpe. Sharpe was a well-known Victorian architect and writer on architecture.

Taylor, Sir Henry. Holograph letter, dated May 1882, re Van Artevelde and a question raised by HHS about him. Signed: Henry Taylor. In original envelope. Taylor wrote a number of popular verse dramas of which the most admired was "Philip Van Artevelde" (1834).

Tyndall, John. Holograph letter dated June 1880 in which Tyndall praises lectures given by HHS at the Royal Institution, and his published writings. Signed: John Tyndall. In original envelope. Tyndall was a professor at the Royal Institution and then Superintendent.

New Years cards designed by Henry Heathcote Statham
ca. 1887-1918

Box 1: folder 45

New Years cards of architectural drawings by Henry Heathcote Statham

Photograph of Henry Heathcote Statham
[ca. 1900]

Box 1: folder 46

Black and white photograph of Henry Heathcote Statham.

Drawings by Henry Heathcote Statham
1913; ca. 1915

Box 1: folder 47

Three items: banquet announcement and menu for the June 1913 meeting of the International Road Congress; wedding announcement for Honor Browne and Maurice S. Gibb, ca. 1915.

List of books and articles written by Henry Heathcote Statham

Box 1: folder 48
Memoir of Henry Heathcote Statham by Irene Statham Grasemann
ca. 1956

Box 1: folder 49

A short, lively memoir of Statham by his daughter Irene.

Research correspondence between Michael Statham and various parties regarding the life of H. Heathcote Statham

Box 1: folder 50

Correspondence between Michael Statham and various institutions regarding research for an article about HHS that subsequently appeared in the "Victorian Society Annual" for 1988 (published article and draft in separate folder).

"Victorian Society Annual"

Box 1: folder 51

The magazine for 1988 containing Michael Statham's article on his grandfather Henry Heathcote Statham, "H. Heathcote Statham (1839-1924)." Two copies.

Index cards of the contents of Henry Heathcote Statham article binders

Box 6-OS

Michael Statham's notes for contents of binders.

Henry Heathcote Statham articles, binder 1

Box 1: folder 52

1 of 9 binders with photocopies of articles of architectural interest, articles by HHS, obits of him and notes on all aspects of research on HHS by Michael Statham.

Henry Heathcote Statham articles, binder 1A, "Architecture"

Box 1: folder 53
Henry Heathcote Statham articles, binder 2,"Architecture"

Box 1: folder 54
Henry Heathcote Statham articles, binder 3, "Architecture"

Box 1: folder 55
Henry Heathcote Statham articles, binder 4, "Architecture"

Box 1: folder 56
Henry Heathcote Statham articles, binder 5, "HHS Music I"

Box 1: folder 57
Henry Heathcote Statham articles, binder 6, "HHS Music II"

Box 1: folder 58
Henry Heathcote Statham articles, binder 7, "Literature"

Box 1: folder 59
Henry Heathcote Statham articles, binder 8, "Rough Notes"

Box 1: folder 60

Box 2
Sub-series A: Heathcote Dicken Statham
[ca. 1969-1982]

Incoming correspondence to Heathcote D. Statham re genealogy
ca. 1969

Box 2: folder 1

Several letters regarding genealogy, especially of the Statham and Horner families. Several handdrawn family trees. At least two of the four letters are from a [cousin], H.F. Gadsby.

Heathcote Dicken Statham: photographs
ca. 1970-1976

Box 2: folder 2

Two photographs, one ca. 1970 and the other a photograph from 1976 of son Michael Statham and Basil Robarts holding a portrait of HDS, upon its presentation to the Norwich Philharmonic Society. File contains a newsclipping associated with that event.

"Heathcote Statham (1889-1973): a life in music"
1982 Nov

Box 2: folder 3

Photocopy of biographical article by H.D. Statham's son Michael H. Statham, as published in "Musical Opinion," Nov, 1982.

Sub-series B: Mary Claudine Wrey: Documents from the Wrey and Lawrence Families

Anne Burnett Y. Wrey and John Wrey to [Mrs. Thomas] Yeomans
1827 Feb 23; 1861 Aug 30

Box 2: folder 4

Letter written to Mrs. Yeomans ("My dear mama") at Bishop's Tawton by newly married daughter [Anne Burnett Wrey, d. 1860], with accompanying note from John Wrey (l. 1797-1891), the writer's husband. He also appended a later note -- 1861, as a recent widower -- recalling the occasion of the letter. John Wrey was the grandson of Sir Bourchier Wrey of Trebeigh, 6th Baronet of Tawstock, Devon. John and Anne Wrey were Mary Claudine Wrey Statham's grandparents.

Humphrey Richard Locke Lawrence: photograph album
ca. 1888-1915

Box 4-Volumes Vol. 3

Small grey album containing a carte-de-visite announcement of Lawrence's birth); photographs of him as a youth. Includes photographs of his wedding to Mary Claudine Wrey and their subsequent life together, including one or more of their son, John Humphrey Lawrence (d. 1967). One loose photograph of unidentified man sitting in car; another loose photograph of the gravestones of HRLL and his father, William Alexander Lawrence (Major-General in the Indian Army). At back, a small water color of "St. Mary Church from Babbacombe Bay," by [M.R.?].

Hugh Bourchier Wrey: album

Box 4-Volumes Vol. 4

Black-bound album about the life of Hugh Bourchier Wrey (1888-1940). "H.B.W./1888" engraved on cover. Detailed account by his mother of her younger son's childhood, including photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, etc. Many of the early photographs show his siblings Wilifred and Mary Claudine. Also some account of his later career in the navy. Printed notice of his death Jan 1, 1940, cited as "Commander Hugh Bourchier Wrey, Royal Navy."

Wrey family photographs
ca. 1900-1920

Box 2: folder 5

Photographs of the Wrey family, including: Florence Wrey; Hugh Bourchier Wrey, Rev. Arthur Bourchier Wrey, Vicar of St. Mary's Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon, ca. 1870-1910), and Mary Claudine Wrey and her first husband, Humphrey Lawrence. Most photographs have identifications by Michael Statham.

Mary Claudine Wrey Lawrence -- journal

Box 4-Volumes Vol. 5

Black-bound notebook with clasp. Entries in the hand of Mary Claudine Wrey Lawrence (later Statham), headed "My journal begun August 6, 1913." Description of wedding to first husband Humphrey Lawrence on Jun 11, 1913; honeymoon; preparations for departure to India. The voyage out; life with regiment at Ambala. Transcriptions of letters from regiment's officers on the Western Front in France (H.L. had been left behind as OC [Officer Commanding] Indian depot). H. L.'s regiment was the 34th Sikh Pioneers.

Lt. Lawrence is said on the Wrey family tree in Box 2, Folder 8, to be the "great-nephew of John and Henry Lawrence who saved India."

Will, indentures, and estate materials: Reverend Arthur Bourchier Wrey and his son Wilfrid Arthur Bourchier Wrey
1914-1915; 1922

Box 2: folder 6
Biographical note:

Revd Arthur Bourchier Wrey (d. 1918), Michael Statham's grandfather and father of Mary Claudine Lawrence (later Statham) and her siblings Wilfrid Arthur Bourchier Wrey; Emily Florence Wrey; Anne Maud Wrey; Cicely Helen Wilder; and Hugh Bourchier Wrey.

Scope and content:

Typescript copy of "Will and codicil of the Revd. Arthur B. Wrey," dated August 1914 and February 1915 respectively.

Typescript [copy] of division of funds (esp. stocks) from the estate of Wilfrid Arthur Bourchier Wrey (d. March 1922) derived from indentures of settlement from 1869 made between Rev. John Wrey and his sons Rev. Arthur Bourchier Wrey and Sir Henry Bourchier Toke Wrey, Bart. Includes description of the terms of the indentures (such as in the case of bankruptcy).

G.C. Gardiner (of Gardiner and Co., Solicitors) to Mary Lawrence regarding administrative details for the estate of her brother Wilfrid A. B. Wrey. Dated 1922 May 5.

"List of securities forming Wilfred's trust fund settled by the will of the Rev. A.B. Wrey and derived from the settlements of 23rd September, 1869, and 25th May, 1891" (typescript).

J. H. Seabrook to Mary C. Lawrence re death of her husband at sea
1916 Jan 13

Box 2: folder 7

[James Herbert] Seabrooke, Asst. Secretary Revenue and Statistics Dept of the India Office, Whitehall, London, to Mary Lawrence) regarding the death of her husband, H.R. L. Lawrence, 34th Sikh Pioneers, while a passenger on board the S. S. "Persia" when it was sunk by the Germans on Dec 30, 1915. This letter is the official notification of his death; by this time the event had been reported in newspapers.

Wrey-Bohun-Metz family tree
ca. 1920


Family tree beginning with three lines: Robert le Wrey, Humphrey de Bohun, and Guarine de Metz/Mallet Peverel. From ca. 1080 to 1910. Hand-drawn chart on linen, oversize, rolled. Hand-colored coat of arms for several families.

"Diagram shewing record of the successive 35 owners of Tawstock Court, Devon, from 1066-1923..."

Box 2: folder 8

Large folded printed document showing members of the Fitzwarine-Bouchier-Wrey lines.

Estate documents: Emily Florence Wrey

Box 2: folder 9

Typescripts: will and codicil (2 copies); statement of funds and securities; executor's capital and income accounts; and distribution account for Emily Florence Wrey (d. 1947 Sep 8), sister of Mary Claudine Statham.

Administrator's account for Margaret Ellen Curling Lawrence
1968 Jun

Box 2: folder 10

Typescript list of payments to and assets of Margaret E.C. Lawrence, who d. August 1967. A relative of Mary Statham's first husband; a portion of Margaret's estate goes to Mary and Humphrey's son, John.

"Twinings of Nova Scotia"
1985 Nov

Box 2: folder 11

"Twinings of Nova Scotia: a family history and genealogy" on cover; "The Twining Family of Nova Scotia Descendants of Reverend William Twining" on title page (1985, privately printed). Contains entries for Michael Statham's line (through the Wrey family via his grandmother Claudine Maud (Twining) Wrey), pgs 21-22; 34-35; 50). Original volume catalogued; photocopies of relevant pages in file.


Photographs: Gilbert P. Statham and his students at Sandrock Hall, Hastings
ca. 1935-1940

Box 2: folder 12

Two photographs: Gilbert Statham with boys from Sandrock Hall, the school he started before WWII began, at which point the school had to move from its location in Hastings, a restricted area during wartime. The school did not long survive the move. File contains a photocopy (original in Box 2, Folder 19) of a letter to Irene Grasemann, written on Sandrock Hall stationery, with details of a July 1939 summer sports event (the "summer 'at home'").

Gilbert P. Statham – Diaries
1964; 1976-1980

Box 2: folder 13

Two diaries dated Apr 11 to Nov 11, 1976 and Aug 19, 1978. Short entries, the first re details of his life at home on Hurstpierpoint in Sussex, England, ending with his move to a care facility nearby. The second contains entries about his life at Walstead Place and his expeditions into the surrounding countryside. A blue exercise book contains a description of a holiday in Italy and journey back through France in 1964.

Autobiography of Gilbert Statham: "Memory Brings the Light of Other Days Around Me"
ca. 1975

Box 2: folder 14

Unbound typescript autobiography deals with Statham's childhood in London, schooldays, eight years in the Indian police during WWI and afterwards (the greater part of the memoir), and his journey home across the Pacific, then through Canada and on to England, as well as his self-education to get a degree, having resigned from the Indian police. It finishes with the start of his 45-year career as a schoolmaster. Although the narrative is continuous, the pages are numbered 1-53 and then 31-66.

Search Terms
British India History 20th century

Notice of death of Gilbert P. Statham
1982 Sep

Box 2: folder 15

"The Times" of London notice of death; GPS died August 31, 1982.


Sub-Series A: Irene Statham Grasemann

Irene Statham Grasemann: Legal documents: birth certificate; marriage license; will; letter to executors

Box 2: folder 16
Essay book

Box 2: folder 17
Marbled exercise book

Box 2: folder 18

Marbled exercise book containing a story called "The land of fancies'.

Correspondence from Torquay Cemetery Company to Irene Grasemann regarding the memorials for H.H. and F.E. Statham

Box 2: folder 19

Incoming correspondence regarding improvements to and upkeep of memorial stones for Henry Heathcote Statham and Florence Elizabeth Statham. File includes two letters to Irene from her brothers Gilbert and Heathcote D. Statham, and one to Cuthbert (Tabs) re the memorial stone arrangements. The letter from Gilbert contains additional information about his school in Hastings.

Letters from Rebecca Patterson to Irene Grasemann
1948 Jul - 1950 Nov

Box 2: folder 20

Rebecca Patterson's letters to Irene Grasemann before and after the trip Patterson made to England to meet Irene and interview her about her mother, Florence Dicken Statham. At the time, Patterson was writing about Emily Dickinson and Kate Anthon; Kate had befriended Florence in England and Patterson had tracked down the family in order to learn more about Kate. The resulting book was "The Riddle of Emily Dickinson."

File includes a photograph of Rebecca Patterson that Patterson sent to Irene so that Irene would recognize her upon their meeting. There is also a page of Michael Statham's notes about the letters.

Hope-Wallace, Philip, Letter from journalist Philip Hope-Wallace to Irene Grasemann

Box 2: folder 21
Sub-series B: Cuthbert "Tabs" Grasemann

Cuthbert "Tabs" Grasemann – Birth and death certificates
1890 Dec; 1961 Jul

Box 2: folder 22

Birth certificate Hampstead, London, for Cuthbert Grasemann, b. December 1, 1890, son of Carl Edward and Ada Florence Eiloart Grasemann. Death certificate, Chichester South, West Sussex -- Grasemann d. July 23, 1961.

Letter from Henry Heathcote Statham to Cuthbert Grasemann, on the death of Ada F. E. Grasemann
[ca. 1914-1924]

Box 2: folder 23

The only letter in the collection from H.H. Statham, who writes appreciatively of Ada Florence Eiloart Grasemann, Cuthbert's mother, and comments on Cuthbert's relatively early loss of both parents (his father died in Dec, 1913).

Cuthebert Grasemann: correspondence with Maude Tothill at Exeter Priory re pet raven (1928)

Box 2: folder 24

Includes (in chronological order) a newsclipping (ca. spring, 1928) from the "Express and Echo" regarding the death of a raven named "Martha," who had kept company at Exeter Priory with a grieving raven named "George" -- the article asks whether a reader has a female raven to spare for George; a letter (April 19, 1928) to Grasemann from Maude Tothill (Curator of St. Nicholas Priory) accepting Grasemann's offer of his raven; a second letter (April 27, 1928) from Tothill arranging for delivery of Grasemann's raven, and a "letter to the editor" (October 30, 1929) of the "Express and Echo" regarding the successful delivery and the history of "Honk," Grasemann's raven (note that his raven was apparently taken from Ardgour, his wife's aunt's estate in Scotland).

Campbell, Donald Malcolm, 1921-1967, Letters to Cuthbert "Tabs" Grasemann, from Astor of Hever; Max Aitken; and Donald Campbell

Box 2: folder 25

Three short typescript letters, all to Cuthbert Grasemann: The first letter, dated May 1957 inviting CG to lunch. Signed: Astor of Hever. On "The Times: stationery. The second, dated January 1960 has general comments on the print industry, and the British. Signed: Max Aitken [1910-1985; son of Lord Beaverbrook]. On "Daily Express" stationery. The third letter, dated May 1961 and signed "Donald," apologises for collapsing at a meeting, with what is probably a reference to injuries he suffered in a crash in Utah the previous autumn. In 1967 Campbell was killed while attempting to break the water speed record on Coniston Water in the Lake District.

Estate account: Cuthbert Grasemann (d. Jul 1961)

Box 2: folder 26
Cuthbert Grasemann: locations of his papers

Box 2: folder 27

Correspondence and lists relating to Cuthbert Grasemann papers in: (1) The Royal Cruising Club (yachting memorabilia); (2) National Railway Museum (railway material gathered in connection with his work as Public Relations Officer of the Southern Railway; (3) Isle of Wight Public Library (aerial photos of Isle of Wight or parts of its coastline formerly belonging to Grasemann); (4) Victoria and Albert Museum - Archive of Art and Design (2 sketchbooks of fashion drawings, ca. 1900-1920); (5) Stationers' Company (materials gathered in Grasemann's work for the Stationers' Company); (6) National Skating Association (photos of skating at St. Mortiz before WWII taken as publicity for the Southern Railway, incl. photographs of famous skaters.

Sub-series C: Irene Statham and Cuthbert Grasemann: Photographs
[ca. 1889-1970]

Photographs of Irene Statham Grasemann
ca. 1889-1930

Box 2: folder 28

Photographs of Irene as a todder, a teenager, a young woman, and an adult.

Photographs of Cuthbert "Tabs" Grasemann
ca. 1910-1950

Box 2: folder 29

Photographs of Tabs as a youth (including one of his dorm room at college) and as an adult, including some in military dress. A reproduction of a late 19th-century photograph may show Tabs as a toddler with his parents and others.

Photographs of Irene and Cuthbert Grasemann
ca. 1916-1950

Box 2: folder 30

Photographs of Irene and Tabs from early in their relationship through their 45-year marriage.

Photographs of unidentified friends and family of Irene and Cuthbert Grasemann
ca. 1920-1960

Box 2: folder 31

A few photographs are identified in Irene Grasemann's handwriting.

Photographs of Cuthbert Grasemann and the Fruiterers Company
ca. 1924-1957

Box 2: folder 32

Photographs and documents to do with the Fruiterers' Company, of which Tabs was Master in 1942. File includes booklets (1924 and 1959) of the "Worshipful Company of Fruiterers": the 1924 booklet is the program for the Livery Dinner at Haberdashers' Hall, including an annotated seating chart; the 1959 booklet contains a brief history of the company, and lists of liverymen, and masters. There are also several sheets of designs for stationery.

Photographs of animals, places, and things
ca. 1925-1950

Box 2: folder 33

Photographs of sheep, horses, dogs, houses, boats, the English countryside, etc. File includes 1939 photograph of Chapman's Circus elephants boarding a Wootton transportation ferry. Some of these photographs may have been used for Tabs' work in publicity for the Southern Railroad.

Photographs: Miscellaneous
ca. 1925-1965

Box 2: folder 34

Includes photograph of bathers posed on rocks taken by Charles E. Brown, a professional photographer whose work included photographs for the Southern Railway. Close-up photograph of King George V and Queen Mary traveling by car; unidentified marathon; autographed photograph of English choral musician Charles Kennedy Scott.

Photographs: "Houses, or views from houses where Irene and Tabs lived, or visited"
ca. 1930-1945

Box 2: folder 35

Includes houses at Topsham, Devon (6 photos); Slipway, Isle of Wight (7 photos); Westport House (Irene's aunt was Marchioness of Sligo) (4 postcards); Chiswick and Thames at lowtide (1 large photo). Annotated by Irene or Michael Statham on the versos.

Photographs of Cuthbert Grasemann at formal events
ca. 1940-1955

Box 2: folder 36

Photos of Tabs at formal meetings or meals. Includes photograph of Tabs as Master of the Stationers Company, sitting next to Prime Minister Harold Macmillan at a dinner, and photographs probably taken for publicity events for the Southern Railway.

Sub-series D: Grasemann family photograph albums
(bulk [ca. 1894-1940])

Box 5
Grasemann family photograph album
ca. 1883-1940

Box 5 Vol. 1
Scope and content:

Large black cloth album apparently put together primarily by [Edna] Grasemann, sister of Cuthbert. Extensive, unusually well-documented: most of the photographs are labeled with names, places, and/or dates. Families represented besides the Grasemanns are the Eiloarts (Cuthbert's mother's family), the [Falkland] Robinsons [of Brook Hall in Bramfield], the Yelds, and many others. There are several photographs showing students and teachers from a school [the Church of England High School for Girls?] on Baker Street, all of them identified. The bulk of the photographs show the Grasemann family and close friends ca. 1900-1920.

Physical characteristics:

Album pages are very brittle and should be handled carefully.

Cuthbert Grasemann photograph album, "Reminiscences"
ca. 1894-1940

Box 5 Vol. 2

Small green cloth album put together by Cuthbert Grasemann begins with photographs in Torquay, England, of warships H.M.S. Topaz; a destroyer; a gunboat, etc. Many family photographs; buildings; views; ca. 1913 Scott motorbike; 1937 cricket match; photographs of Irene showcasing her cinched waist, etc. Album is carefully put together and well documented.

Cuthbert Grasemann photograph album, "Kodak Souvenirs"
ca. 1909-1928

Box 5 Vol. 3

Red cloth album put together by Cuthbert Grasemann, with nearly all photographs identified. Album begins in Torquay, England, in 1909 with photographs of female friends. Photographs 1909-1911 of friends taken in Pangbourne, Villars, London, etc. Many photographs of Irene, beginning ca. 1912.


Photographs of Noel H. Statham
1898; ca. 1914-1915

Box 2: folder 37

Two photographs of Noel Horner Statham: one cabinet card photograph of NHS aged 5 and one photograph in uniform, dated 1914.

Photographs of Noel H. Statham in groups
ca. 1912-1916

Box 2: folder 38

Male group. On the back in pencil: "Hall. First year? No. 2. 1912." [Trinity Hall, Cambridge.]

Male group in blazers, etc. On the back in pencil: "Hall Rugby XV. No 1. Oct 1913 (?)"

Male group of 11 in suits. On the back in pencil: "Black and White. Oct 1913 (?)"

Male group – 30 in football kit. On the back in pencil: "At Balliol Nov 1913. P.B. King Esq. [photographer?] Trin. Hall and Balliol. 418 [?]"

Two halves of photograph of officers in uniform (apparently separate photographs taken against the same background). Names in ink on the back of one half.

"No. 9 platoon 15th Bn. East Surrey Regt. India 1916." Printed in the corner of the photograph.

Street – in India? Unidentified.

According to Michael Statham, Noel appears in all group photographs.

Noel H. Statham: Letters to his mother while serving in the East Surrey Regiment (1 of 2)
1914 Aug-1916 Feb

Box 2: folder 39

Letters from Noel H. Statham transcribed into four notebooks (divided here between two folders) running from August 1914 until late January 1917 (he was killed in action on February 3, 1917). The letters cover his time in England before posting, his time in India, and his time at war. There is one letter (in separate envelope and in Noel's handwriting) to Irene Grasemann at the time of her wedding in 1916. The transcribed letters from Noel cease about five days before his death, when he knew he would be in battle again soon and urges his mother not to worry. After his last letter, there are three transcribed letters of condolence. Additionally, there are several original letters of condolence from brother officers, etc. tipped in the volume. Also a telegram in pencil from the Keeper of the Privy Purse sending the King and Queen's sympathy on Noel's death and a letter from Sir Charles Monro, Commander in Chief of India. There are also several cuttings [from "The Times"?] about the war in Mesopotamia. Most of the letters are transcribed in Florence's handwriting, but a few are in Heathcote Dicken Statham's hand. Michael Statham believes the transcriptions were done late in Florence's life, and she may have made more than one copy given that one of the volumes contains duplicates of a few letters.

Noel H. Statham: Letters to his mother while serving in the East Surrey Regiment (2 of 2)
1916 Mar-1917 Feb

Box 2: folder 40

Two of four volumes, as described in previous folder.

Two letters to Florence Statham regarding the death of Noel H. Statham
1917 Feb

Box 2: folder 41

Two philosophical letters to Florence Statham regarding the death of her son Noel. One (a copy in Florence's hand?) is from her son and Noel's brother Gilbert Statham, who writes from Chatra, Hazaribagh, India, where he worked with the Indian police. The second is from a [Dicken?] relative from Torquay who writes from St. Anne's Vicarage, Wandsworth; it is signed "Purefoy."

Gilbert Statham – Poem in memory of Noel H. Statham
1917 Mar

Box 2: folder 42

Typescript copy of poem by Gilbert Statham for his brother Noel, "In Memoriam N.H.S."

War Office letter regarding posthumous award of War and Victory medals to Noel H. Statham

Box 2: folder 43

Printed letter from the War Office dated October 1922 "accompanying British War and Victory Medals which would have been conferred upon Lieutenant N.H. Statham had he lived…"

Imperial War Graves Commission: Letters regarding the grave of Noel H. Statham
1924, 1930

Box 2: folder 44

Letter to 'Aunt Florie' from Arthur Browne (nephew) re Noel and Arthur Statham's graves (the latter 'never discovered'). Dated January 1924. Printed letterhead: Imperial War Graves Commission.

Typewritten letter, dated September 1924 re renumbering of Noel's grave. Letterhead of the Imperial War Graves Commission.

Two-page brochure of the Imperial War Graves Commission dated March 1930, entitled: "The war graves of the British Empire: cemetery registers." Printed.

Receipt for the above dated March 1930.

Photographs of Noel H. Statham's gravesite

Box 2: folder 45

Two photographs, one presumably of Noel's grave in Amarah Cemetery in Iraq. On the back (in ink): Plot XVIII. J.8. In pencil: Noel Horner Statham. The other a walled stone with many names on it (indecipherable without magnification) and "East Surrey Regiment."


Arthur Y. Statham – Diaries
1913 Apr

Box 2: folder 46

2 humorous manuscript diaries by 15-year-old Arthur covering a 1913 vacation in the town of St. Leonard, near Hastings on the southeast of England:

The first manuscript, "Diary. From 7th April 1913 ad lib.," describes Arthur Statham's trip through Victoria Station to St. Leonard; his bicycle trips in the town and surroundings; games of "Spillikins"; visit to "a cranking old invalid"; reading "Sherlock Holmes"; discussions of "suffragettes and their doings," etc. Pencil maps of the area.

The second, "Diary of a Statham scholar, written at St. Leonard," picks up on April 13 and continues through the 20th. The brief diary includes descriptions of bicycle trips in the area; visit to Battle Abbey in Hastings; a vicar's sermon about the evils of socialism; and brief descriptions of several films he saw at the "Kinema de Luxe, Pelham Place, Hastings" such as "A Pair of Braces," "A Father's Lesson," "Billiken Revolts," "An Indian Raid," and "Valley of the Shadow," most of them moralistic. The diary also includes a clipping from a newspaper about suffragettes starting a fire on the 15th that destroyed a mansion, Levetleigh, in Hastings. Arthur Statham writes that a card was found later that read, "If you don't want militancy give VOTES for women!"

Arthur Y. Statham – Poetry and a letter to his mother
ca. 1914

Box 2: folder 47

4 poems: "A Battle of 1920"; "My Mother's Voice"; "The Last Wicket"; and "The Poison Belt."

One letter to his mother, including a poem, "The Traveller's Dream." The letter was written from Fettes College in Edinburgh.

Photograph of [Arthur Yates] Statham

Box 2: folder 48

Unlabeled photograph showing Arthur Statham in his military uniform.

Letters from Arthur Y. Statham to his sister, Irene Grasemann
1916 Oct - 1917 Apr

Box 2: folder 49

About twenty letters between October 1916 and April 1917 – to Irene from France and the Front. Mostly written in pencil.

Letter from Arthur Y. Statham to Florence Statham
1917 Apr

Box 2: folder 50

Letter -- his last? -- to his mother, dated "Easter Monday" [April 9], apparently her copied version. Describes life in the trenches and behind, and in particular the French countryside -- farming, houses, people, etc. Statham was killed in France a few weeks later, on May 3.

Press notice of the death of Arthur Y. Statham and letter to his mother regarding his appearance on a World War I memorial

Box 2: folder 51

Short press-cutting about Arthur's death on May 3, 1917.

Quote from a letter (author and recipient unknown) confirming that the Fettes College WWI memorial carries Arthur's name.

World War I Memorial Plaques for Arthur and Noel Statham

Box 5

Memorial plaques known as the "Dead Man's Penny" because of their similarity to the British penny.


Box 3
Photographs: University of London Library staff
ca. 1965

Box 3: folder 1

Some of the staff of the University of London Library, ca. mid 1960s. The Goldsmith's Librarian -- head of the library -- Dr. J.H.P. Pafford is in the center with the Deputy Librarian, Ms. Joan Harries, on his left. Michael H. Statham is far left front row.

Ridler, Anne, 1912-2001, Michael Statham: Correspondence with Anne Ridler re his poetry

Box 3: folder 2

Color photocopy of comments by poet and editor Anne Ridler regarding Michael Statham's poetry, and a copy of his reply to her.

Michael Statham: Memoir

Box 3: folder 3

A brief memoir written by Michael Statham in 2014. Holograph and typescript copies. Describes growing up with two musician-parents, famous visitors, his own experiences playing various instruments, being a member of the Purcell Singers under Imogen Holst, his career with the University of London Library, and notes about other family members. The file also contains a copy of "Sir William Harris (1883-1973): a choirboy's memories," an article Statham wrote for "Musical Opinion" about his memories of being a choirboy and growing up on the grounds of Norwich Cathedral, where his father was organist for many years.

Poems, 1965-2005 by Michael H. Statham: Vol. I, 1965-1983

Box 3 Vol. 1


Hard winter

Boy's summer



Swans at Coole

The doctor

Another Christmas

Girls and Gulls

V. [ampersand] A.


Travellers after snow

Poem for a birthday -- guitar music

Swallows at Lindisfarne

Syon House in August

Confused with sleep

Young nun

During illness


After Claude

Incident in the jungle

Balthus: 'Le Salon, 1942'

Before sleep


White man's suburb -- before dawn

Near Didcot

The Stranger


Seal at Abereiddy


Holiday house at noon

Missing yachtsman

Deer in Richmond Park

Mary's story

In the country

The explorers (Difficult country, The precipice, Return of an expedition, Pot in a museum-case, The shipwreck, Salvage-operation)


In the street



Poems in binder 1 have been published as follows: "Drift" (English, 1970, vol 19, issue 105); "Sea-shore" (Times Literary Supplement, Sep 5, 1986); "Holiday house at noon," "Mary's story," "Return of an expedition," "Verse-writing, I" ("A fourth Border Anthology," Jun, 1995).

Poems, 1965-2005, by Michael H. Statham: Vol. II, 1983-2005

Box 3 Vol. 1


Firworks and fire

A wood

Norfolk landscape: mid-November

Radnorshire landscapes (Late August, Near Knighton, On Hergest Ridge)

The source


Easter lilies

Easter hymn I

The picture-gallery

Easter hymn II

In memoriam T.H.B.


Composer in a garden

Christmas Communion (Norwich, 1942)


Winter horizons

Amongst friends

What is it to have friends?

Thinking of friends

Notes for a portrait

At the Pales

Four Christmas poems



Cherry-tree seen through a window

By the Wye at Boughrood

Hospital visit

'Why should one write poems...?'

After a poem

Friendship I & II

Vain old poet


After a funeral


Seventy plus

On the Begwns

Anastasia aetat two

Glosses on a life


Towards the end



W.E. to his tree-surgeon

Assembly Rooms into Rock Cafe

Manorbier -- view from a garden

Last writing


Photographs: H. Heathcote and Florence Statham and their children
ca. 1910; 1916

Box 3: folder 4

Three photographs: two Statham family group portraits, one with pencilled identifications. One photograph of Florence and H. Heathcote Statham on the steps of the church where Irene was married to Cuthbert Grasemann in 1916.

Family photographs: Stathams
ca. 1960-1970

Box 3: folder 5

Jennifer Statham on a camping holiday in Scotland, 1960; Michael Heathcote Statham on holiday in Scotland, 1960; photocopy of Michael Statham with half-brother John Humphrey Lawrence, ca. 1960; family group: Michael, Jennifer, Heathcote Dicken Statham (Michael's father); Mary Claudine Statham (Michael's mother), ca. late 1960s; Mary Claudine Statham in the garden of 11, the Close, Norwich, ca. 1967; drawing room of 11, the Close, Norwich (Michael's birthplace), ca. 1967. Photographs labeled by Michael H. Statham.

Statham family tree chart
ca. 1930

Box 3: folder 6

Large, folded, pieced-together, handwritten chart showing descent from William de Statham, 1250, to Michael Statham. Chart requires assistance from archivist, but the file also contains copies of basic photographs of chart sections.

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