George FEAD LAMERT (1828–1870)
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George Fead Lamert (also Fead-Lamert, or just Lamert) was born in London in 1828. He was the eldest son of George Fead Lamert and Harriet Oppenheim, who were married on 8 January 1827 at St Martin’s in the Fields, Westminster and who had the following children:
- George Fead Lamert (born in London in 1828 and baptised at St Mary’s, Whitechapel on 17 October)
- Ricardo George Fead Lamert (born in London in 1830 and baptised at St Mary’s, Whitechapel on 24 March)
- Jane Sarah Fead Lamert (born in London in 1831 and baptised at St Mary’s, Whitechapel on 14 September 1831)
- Harriet Fead Lamert (born 1832/3)
- Matilda Fead Lamert (born 1834/5)
- Ann Fead Lamert (born 1836/7).
The 1841 census shows George Fead Lamert at the age of 13 living with his parents living at Salters Buildings, Walthamstow with his sisters Jane (10), Harriet (8), Matilda (6) and Ann (4), plus a governess and two female servants. His father was a factor.
George joined the army at the age of 17 in 1845, when he was commissioned as ensign into the 37th (National Archives WO 76/69/22), He transferred to the 17th in 1846, and to the Ceylon Rifles by 1848.
By the time of the 1851 census, when he was 22, he was sharing a divided house at 13 Wilton Terrace, Islington with his younger brother Ricardo (21), who was a Clerk in the Bank of England. George was then an Army Lieutenant
In the first quarter of 1859 at St George's Church, Hanover Square, George Fead Lamert married Maria Grillion. They do not appear to have has any children.
The 1861 census shows George (32), who was now a Paymaster with the 30th Regiment, and Maria (32) living at 2 Trinity Terrace, Jersey, with one servant.
Lamert resigned from the army in 1862, soon after receiving the honorary rank of Captain. In 1864 he was admitted to the Inner Temple at the age of 36. He was then living at 169 New Bond Street, London.
At the age of 37 he came up to Worcester College, Oxford and was matriculated on 14 October 1865. He and his wife moved to 38 Beaumont Street (demolished to make way for the Ashmolean extension).
He obtained his B.A. in 1868. He was an active Freemason with the Apollo University Lodge and in 1869 wrote and published the by-laws of his chapter.
His father George Lamert died in West Ham in 1868 (registered second quarter).
George Fead Lamert died in 1870 following an illness:
† George Fead Lamert died at 38 Beaumont Street at the age of 41 on 3 June 1870. He was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 8 June 1870 (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
The following obituary in Jackson’s Oxford Journal of 11 June 1870 implies that no women came to the funeral, even though he had a mother, wife, and sisters still alive:
THE LATE CAPT. LAMERT.—The mortal remains of Capt. George Fead-Lamert, Fellow Commoner of Worcester College, and late of H.M. 30th Regiment, were consigned to their last resting place in St. Sepulchre’s Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. The death of Capt. Lamert occurred very suddenly at his residence in Beaumont-street, on Friday se’nnight, but as he had not been well for some time it was not thought necessary that an inquest should be held. Arrangements were made for the funeral by which the Provost, Fellows, and Members of Worcester College might pay their last tribute of respect to the remains of the deceased, and for this purpose the funeral cortège, consisting of a hearse and two mourning coaches, left the residence of the deceased at noon and proceeded to the Chapel of the College. Here the altar had been draped with black cloth, and the Chapel was filled by the Members of the College. The Provost, Dr. Cotton, met the corpse at the entrance, and read the introductory sentences of the service, as well as the remaining for of prayer for burial usually read in Church. On leaving the Chapel, the Dead March in Saul was played on the organ, and the cortège was joined by the Provost and by a large number of the Fellows and Commoners, who accompanied the remains to St. Sepulchre’s Cemetery. Here, the remainder of the service was read by the Rev. R. St. John Tyrwhitt, Vicar of St. Mary Magdalen, in which parish the deceased resided. The chief mourners were Mr. Gillion and Mr. A. P. Law, brothers-in-law of the deceased, who occupied the first mourning coach; whilst in the second were the Rev. Jas. Rumsey, the Rev. J. E. T. Rogers, and the Rev. R. St. John Tyrwhitt, personal friends of the deceased. The funeral arrangements were ably carried out by Messrs. Elliston and Cavell. We may add that a splendid immortelle was placed on the coffin when it was lowered to the grave.
His effects came to under £300, and his executor was his wife Maria.
The following year, on 8 November 1871, his only brother Ricardo died in California: photograph of his grave there.
Family of George Fead Lamert
- His widow Mrs Maria Fead Lamert, née Grillion remained for a while at 38 Beaumont Street, and can be found there in the 1871 census with two servants: she described herself as the widow of a retired army captain. She did not remarry, and in 1891 was still living alone with two servants at 17 Delamere Crescent, Paddington. She died at Paddington at the age of 85 in 1909.
- His mother, Mrs Harriet Lamert, née Oppenheim died at West Ham in 1887/8.