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RIPLEY, LADY 1857–1931
Katherine Ripley, the daughter of David Little, a Bradford solicitor, was the wife of Sir Frederick Ripley, Bart., head of a Bradford firm of spinners and dyers. The Ripleys moved to Worcestershire in 1902, and Lady Ripley wrote to Elgar in October of that year enquiring about the availability of his band for entertainments!
ROSS-JOHNSON, EVA DENISE 1894–1973
Eva was born in Godalming Surrey, the daughter of Dennis Ross-Johnson, General Traffic Manager of the Madras Railway Company and Madras Harbour and, in his return to England, General Manager and Secretary of the Port of Bristol. Carice met her 'again' in March 1921.
ROYDS, DOROTHY BLANCHE 1899–1991
Dorothy Royds, daughter of Admiral Percy Royds, married Arrol Moir (1894–1957) in 1922. She was present when Carice lunched with the Moirs in December 1921.
SCHMID, ADOLF 1868–1958
The 'cellist, conductor and arranger Adolf Schmid was born in Austria and came to England in the 1890s,. He was Musical Director of His Majesty's Theatre from 1901 to 1915. He made piano arrangements of the first four Pomp and Circumstance Marches and of In the South.
SCHRADER, EUGENIE & NELLIE
Eugenie Henrietta Constance Schrader (1878–1959) and her sister Marie Dorothea Ellen (Nellie) (1876–1962) were daughters of Dr. Carl Schrader, a language teacher from Germany, and his French wife Marie. Both were professional musicians: Eugenie a violinist and Nellie a harpist and singer. Nellie wrote to Elgar in 1901 seeking (and receiving) advice on adapting the piano accompaniments of Elgar's violin pieces for the harp. The sisters never married: in old age they lived together in Ashford, Middlesex.
SESSUE, HAYAKAWA 1889–1973
A Japanese-born actor, producer, screen-writer and novelist who worked in the USA from 1911. His most famous role was Colonel Saito in The Bridge on the River Kwai. Carice saw one of his films in February 1921.
SILVER, MRS GERTRUDE 1862–1937
The actress Gertrude Kingston (real name Gertrude Angela Mary Kohnstamm) was born in Islington, London, the daughter of Heiman Kohnstamm, a merchant. In 1889 she married George Silver (1858–1899), a captain in the East Surrey Regiment. In 1910 she became the lessee of the Little Theatre in the Adelphi, London. The Elgars met Mrs Silver, but 'did not care about her', in November 1909 at Ridgehurst, Edward Speyer's (q.v.) Hertfordshire home.
August Steilberg, a Düsseldorf town councillor, was Chairman, of Committee of the 1902 Lower Rhine Music Festival, at which Gerontius was performed. He wrote to Elgar in May 1902.
Brothers Joseph Solomon Thompson (1838–1909) and Barnett Solomon Thompson (1841–1921) were bookmakers. Born in England, they emigrated to Australia, returning to England in 1899 and setting up business in London's Jermyn Street. 'Joe Solomon' was one of Elgar's bookmakers and wrote to him in 1933. The signatory could be an employee of the firm or Joe's son John, born in 1871 in Australia.
TUNNY, DOM JAMES EDMUND 1844–1919
Dom Edmund Tunny was born in Liverpool and studied at the Benedictine College of St. Edmund's, Douai, where he was ordained priest in 1870. He served in many churches, especially in the Midlands and South Wales, including a period at St. Joseph's, Malvern. Elgar attended his farewell in June 1897
VON BETHMANN HOLLWEG, THEOBALD 1856–1921
Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg studied law, afterwards serving as Prussian Minister for the Interior. He was appointed Imperial Chancellor in 1909, a position he held until 1917. Alice was 'Anxious about news' having read of a speech by Bethmann Hollweg in January 1915.
VOWLES, CAPTAIN WILLIAM 1874–1954
William Vowles was born in Compton Bishop, Somerset, the son of James Edward Vowles, and auctioneer. A friend of the de Navarros, he was music master at Downside School. Carice met him at the de Navarros in 1939.
WHIPHAM, LAURA MARY 1852–1922
Miss Whipham was a Visiting Governess who lived in West Norwood. She was the daughter of Rev. Arthur Whipham (1809–1882), a Devonshire vicar who divorced in 1863 after he found his wife in bed with a local farmer. Carice met her at Willie and Vera Raikes' house in Norwood in August 1921.
WILLIAMS, DOROTHY FRANCES 1885–1962
Dorothy Williams was the daughter of William Vincent Harnett (1849–1936), Postmaster of Leicester, and the sister of Carice's friend Muriel Kathleen Harnett. Dorothy married Francis Powell Williams (1875–1946) in 1911. Carice met Dorothy Williams and her son in 1921 when visiting the Harnetts.
WILSON, JOHN WYCLIFFE 1836–1921
Wycliffe Wilson was born in Old Radford, Nottinghamshire, the son of William Wilson. He trained as a gold and silver smith, ultimately becoming a Director of the Sheffield Smelting Co. Ltd. For many years a member of the Sheffield City Council, he was Lord Mayor in 1903, when Elgar wrote to him about a presentation to Henry Coward (q.v.). As chairman of the Sheffield Guardians he introduced the concept of fostering children rather than having them brought up in the workhouse.