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Alfred & Mary Ellen's Children & Grandchildren



Sydney Gordon

One of the  grandchildren  of  Alfred VINGOE, Syd Vingoe, wrote to me from his home in New Zealand tell me a little bit more about his father, Sydney Gordon Vingoe was born 15 May 1898 at Newlyn.  Sydney G  had first left home in 1911 age13. He walked some 18 miles  to St Ives, where he signed on as crew with the local shipping line of Hain. His first ship was the 'Trevose' a  "tramp steamer" ship built on the Tyne in 1896. His first voyage took him eventually to South America ,where he and another youth jumped ship. They got jobs on board a small trader working up and down the Amazon  River but eventually they contacted the Salvation Army and asked for help to return home. Sometime later the 'Trevose', after completing her trip to the Baltic, was once again in a South America port and the hapless pair had again to join her as crew to work their passage home. I expect that was a hard journey! Shortly after his return to the UK in 1913 he joined the Royal Navy as a boy sailor and served on the Devonport Training Ship H.M.S. Impregnable.

Royal Naval Training Ship HMS Impregnable at Devonport  

In 1914 he was a member of the Cameroon Expeditionary Force which took German West Africa. As a result of this action he was a warded 1 1s 7d  in prize money in 1932! 

At the time that he received this reward he was serving on board HMS Exeter, a York class cruiser on a courtesy visit to the east and west coasts of USA. He met up with his father in California. He had boxed at bantam weight for the Navy and probably represented the service in a number of bouts during this tour. He had served for 23 years and in 1937 joined his last ship, the newly commissioned H.M.S. Newcastle, a Southampton class  light cruiser.


 HMS Newcastle photographed 1938

In 1938  he left the  Royal Navy joined the Coastguard service moving  with his family to Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire. However, in 1940 he was back in the navy for the duration of the second world war. He spent some time on R.N. ships protecting  the Russian Merchant Convoys and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal  on the 11 Jun 1943. In September 1945  he was de-mobilised and returned to live, first in St Ives and then Penzance where he worked as a postman.

He had married Vera Spencer sometime in  the 1920's and had two sons, but Vera died in May 1958 and was buried in Sheffield Road Cemetery, at Paul. Sydney Gordon VINGOE retired in 1959 and visited his son Sydney, who was  living in New Zealand. He  worked for a while at the Naval Dockyard in Devonport, Auckland and then in 1960 he went back to sea for a couple of years as an AB [age 62!] on the liner "Southern Cross" He eventually returned to the UK and 1966/8 married  in Carrick-on- Shannon, Ireland. He and his second wife had three children before he passed on at the grand old age of 98.

Ruby Winifred

Ruby Winifred Vingoe was born 30 August 1899 at Newlyn and she was always known as Winnie. She went to America with her father and most of her brothers and sisters in 1921 and married Alexander Rutherford in Philadelphia. They had a son called Kenneth Alexander Vingoe Rutherford, who was born 13 August 1923, but unfortunately he died aged 19 from kidney disease. Winnie died in California in 1964.

Cecil George

Cecil George Vingoe was born on the 13 December 1901 at Drift, Sancreed. As recorded previously, he had sailed with his father on board the "Kroonland" in 1927 and the next we know is that he married Dorothy Winifred Harris (born 28 October 1900) in 1950.  They had no children and he died in Mousehole, Cornwall in January 1967 and was buried in Paul Cemetery. Dorothy died on the 01 January 1978 in Penzance.

Roma Violet

Roma Violet Vingoe was born 28 April 1904 at  Penzance and was known as Violet. She married John Thomas Rutherford (b 02 Jan 1894  IRE) on the 19 October 1924 in Los Angeles, California, USA. John was the brother of her sister Ruby Winifred's husband, Alexander. Unfortunately the marriage did not last and on the  24 of March 1927 they were divorced in Chicago.

After her divorce Violet  married Fernand Auguste Chevillard on  26 April 1927 in Santa Barbara, California Fernand was born on 18 March 1900 at Ciel, nr Chalon-sur-Saone, France, the son of Leon Chevillard & Marie-Louise Stephanie Thevenin.  They had one daughter who in turn also had one daughter.  Violet died 18 August 1999 in San Diego, California, but she rests at Paul Cemetery in Cornwall.

Mary Louisa

Mary Louisa Vingoe, born  08 January 1906 in Penzance was always known as Cissie. She also went with her father and mother to America. On the 5 of June 1923 she also married into the Rutherford family. Her husband was Richard Alexander Rutherford  b1890 in Ireland. 

Cissie and Richard had two children, who were both born 13th April, but 22 years apart!  The eldest, Richard Malcolm, died on the 18 of September 2003, he was 79 years old and is survived by two sons, and some grandchildren and at least one great-grandchild (all in California?). His sister, Maureen, lives in Las Vegas and has two sons, as well as a few grandchildren.


Lauretta Vingoe, was born on the 6th March 1907 in Penzance.  She had a son, Francis, who in turn has three daughters followed by one son.  The third daughter is married with a son and a daughter.

Francis Warwick

Francis Warwick Vingoe, was born on the 14th September 1910 in Penzance. He was always known as Frank by his family and friends. He  had three children, He had three children, a son and two daughters, who went on to have four children of their own. One of his daughters  Dorothy has passed away. As far as we know they all these grandchildren live in California.

Bertha Margaret

Bertha Margaret Vingoe, born 11th September 1911  Penzance was always known as Peggy. She married a Mr Olson and had a daughter,  who in turn has two daughters.  The first of these is married with two sons and the second is married with two sons and daughter.  They all live in California.




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