Ethel Mary Stapleton-Bretherton 1882 -1929
Ethel Mary Stapleton-Bretherton was born at Fareham, Hampshire in 1882. She was the ninth child of Frederick Annesley and Hon. Isabella Stapleton-Bretherton.
In July 1912, aged 30, she married Lieut. Commander Herbert John Anthony Throckmorton at Brompton Oratory in London. He was born in 1871, the son of Sir Richard Charles Acton Throckmorton the tenth baronet Throckmorton of Coughton Warwick. The Throckmortons were an aristocratic Roman Catholic family.
(Coughton Court is now managed by the National Trust)
Lt Com. Herbert Throckmorton fought in the South African Wars, 1899-1902.
During the First World War he served in the Royal Navy. In 1915, he was in command of HMS Abercrombie which set sail for the Dardanelles in June that year. The ship provided support for the Battle of Gallipoli and remained in the Mediterranean and the Aegean until returning to England in Feb 1919. In Nov 1918, Lt Com Herbert Throckmorton was promoted to Captain.
Ethel and Herbert Throckmorton had five children:
In 1913 Nicholas Joseph Anthony was born. He later was to become a Major.
Barbara Mary Winifride was born in 1914. She later married Sir Robert Crichton Mitchell Cotts, 3rd Baronet.
Anthony John Benedict was born in 1916. He became Sir Anthony Throckmorton, 12th Baronet.
Richard Herbert Anthony was born in 1918.
Robert Frederick Anthony was born in 1920.
From 1925, the Throckmortons moved from Lowestoft to Beccles
Ethel Throckmorton died in February 1929 at the age of 47 and was buried at Beccles.
Herbert Throckmorton died on January 1st. 1941 aged 70.