Mrs Ivy Una Brenda Daisy HALE, née Mortimer (1892–1926)
St Michael section: Row 4, Grave C50

Ivy Una Hale


In Loving Memory of




This grave is sandwiched between the graves of two important Balliol College academics who would normally have been buried in the St Mary Magdalen section:
Benjamin Jowett
Thomas Hill Green

Similiary Mrs Hale should have been buried in the St Giles's section, and this indicates that St Michael's Church released some space here for other parishes to reuse.

Ivy Una Brenda Daisy Mortimer was born in Oxford on 5 November 1891 and baptised at St Barnabas’s Church on 6 March 1892. She was the daughter of the coal merchant Richard Mortimer and Elizabeth Bricknell, who were married at St Barnabas’s Church on 22 August 1874. For more about her parents, see their separate grave.

Ivy spent her early childhood at Ferry House in Ferry Road (now renamed Combe Road), off Canal Street in Jericho. Ivy's father died on 12 May 1895 and her mother on 1 August 1898, leaving six-year-old Ivy an orphan. She was taken in by the Anglican Convent of the Holy Trinity in the Woodstock Road, under the Mother Superior Marian Hughes, and can be seen there in the 1901 census.

At the time of the 1911 census Ivy (19) was living at 5 St Margaret's Road, where she was a house sewing maid to Mrs Fisher and her daughter

On 5 November 1913 at St Paul's Church, Ivy Una Brenda Daisy Mortimer (22), a domestic servant of 5 St Margaret's Road, married the solicitor's clerk Richard John Hale (27), a solicitor's clerk of 49 Walton Street who was born in Oxford in 1886, the son of William Joseph Hale and Betsey Emma Jessop): for more information about his background, see his mother's grave.

They had the following children:

  • Una Elizabeth Emma Hale (born at 49 Walton Street on 14 August 1914 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 13 September)
  • Richard William Hale (born at 102 Cardigan Street on 11 February 1921 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 13 March).

They began their marriage in Richard Hale's mother’s old home at 49 Walton Street , but had moved to 102 Cardigan Street by 1921. Ivy's husband was described as a solicitor's clerk in 1914, and as a civil servant in 1921.

Ivy died in 1926:

† Mrs Ivy Una Brenda Daisy Hale née Mortimer died at 63 Kingston Road at the age of 34 on 7 April 1926 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 10 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael's Church).

She would normally have been buried in the St Giles's section of the cemetery, but space was made here for her, so her burial was duly recorded in the register of a different church. Her effects came to £623, and her executors were her husband, who was a civil servant, and her brother-in-law the baker William Jessop Hale.

Ivy's husband Richard John Hale married his second wife Catherine May Williams in Neath in 1940. He continued to live at 63 Kingston Road, and died in Oxford in 1978.

Children of Ivy Hale and her husband Richard
  • Una Elizabeth Emma Hale (born 1914) married James Alexander Vincent in Salisbury on 2 November 1943. She went back to the USA with him in 1946, and they lived at Claremont in New Hampshire and then at Burlington, Vermont. They had four children. Her husband died in Fairhaven, Massachusetts in 1967, and she herself died there on 26 September 1996 at the age of 82.
  • Richard William Hale (born 1921) married Barbara H. Hewer at Oxford in 1947, and they had at least one child. He died in 2012.



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