Frank David Jeggo (1891-1980) & Descendants

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Sources:  Nigel Jeggo (nigel), Michael Jeggo (mike), GRO indexes, newspaper cuttings (news)

N.B.  The numbers starting each line represent generations.

5 Frank David Jeggo b q4/1891 (Braintree 4a 629), d 5/5/1980 @ Beckenham (news)
+ q4/1915 @ W Ham (GROM Frank J Jeggo 4a 358)
   Daisy Bell Clark b 10/8/1893, d 8/1987 (GROD)
   6 Arthur Frank Jeggo b q4/1916 @ Guildford, Lt RA, served with Royal West African Frontier Force in W. Africa and Burma
   + q2/1941 (GROM) @ St. Johns, Eden Park, Beckenham (nigel)
      Joan Barr of Eden Park (nigel) (GROM: Eileen J Barrs)
      7 Carole Jeggo, m Rodney S.
      7 Linda Jeggo, d 1964 in a horse riding accident at Keston, West Wickham.
      7 Janet Jeggo, m
   6 Elsie Jean Jeggo b q3/1918 @ Wareham, d 6/1985 (nigel)
   + q3/1942 (GROM) @ St. Johns, Eden Park, Beckenham (nigel)
      Lt. Ellis W. (RAPC) (nigel)
   6 Nigel Alan Jeggo b 1/1/1926 @ Lewisham, electrical engineer, res Hillingdon, Middlesex, d 15/11/2006
   + 4/7/1953 @ Amersham (nigel)
      Augustine Marie Klein of Paris
      7 Susan Jeggo, interested in horse riding and bridleways (mike)
      7 Michael David Jeggo, married with 4 children (mike)

Details of Individuals

Arthur Frank Jeggo

Beckenham Journal
Penge & Sydenham Advertiser


Saturday, May 3rd, 1941

The marriage took place on Saturday, April 19th, 1941, at St. John's, Eden Park, of Mr. Arthur Frank Jeggo (2nd Lieut, R.A.), son of Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Jeggo, of 105, Eden way, and Miss Eileen Joan Barrs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Barrs, of 1 Eden way, Beckenham.

The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr. S. Barrs, made a graceful figure in a gown of silver flowered satin back taffeta, with tight fitting bodice and a long train. She wore a heart-shaped head-dress of tulle and orange blossom and carried a bouquet of white carnations mixed with heather.

Miss Elsie Jean Jeggo, her attendant, was attired in a dainty frock of floral taffeta (anemones), with headdress and wristlets to match, and carried a bouquet of primroses and anemones. Both the bride's and bridemaid's dresses were made by the bride's sister.

Mrs. Jeggo, the bridegroom's mother, wore a silver grey silk 2-piece with hat to match, and petunia accessories, and the bride's mother, Mrs. Barrs, chose a two-piece pale green moracain dress with black hat trimmed with pink flowers.

A reception was held at the bride's home and when Mr. and Mrs. Barrs left for their honeymoon, which is being spent in Norland, Yorkshire, Mrs. Barrs was wearing a green tailored suit with brown accessories.

Mr. E. Edden was best man, and Nigel Jeggo (brother) and Frank Jeggo (cousin) were ushers.

Frank David Jeggo (1891-1980)

res:  1901 Census: with his uncle and aunt, David & Hannah Jeggo, at Hawkwoods Farm, Gosfield;
After WWI:  Beckenham, Kent

occ:  Teacher.
A former pupil has written an interesting and vivid pen picture:  "Frank Jeggo was a long-serving primary school teacher, on both sides of WWII.  He taught in schools on the pre-war housing estates at Downham and Bellingham.  He taught my own father on the former, and me on the latter.  I was caned by him several times, and believe me, it hurt!  The fear and respect he inspired made it impossible to like or even admire him:  that had to come later.  I knew only a small handful of boys, over four years in his class, whom he failed to frighten.  It is impossible to say that he was a 'good' teacher, because education has changed so dramatically since then.  He'd find it very difficult to teach effectively today."  (But were he teaching today, would he not use different techniques? -- CRJ)  "Yet his class did develop.  I developed.  I wanted to learn under him, even though it seemed difficult to do much to please him.  Many pupils did well predictably - others did surprisingly well in the eleven-plus, and all credit for successes was due to him.  Most of the 'failures' would have failed with anybody.  He was a legend long before he retired, some time in the late Fifties I think."

In a second email he continues:  "He was aggressive without doubt, but would probably have achieved less with the softer approach that characterised teachers from the late 60's onwards.  He led a school journey to Swanage with dignity mixed with authoritarianism, giving 10 year olds challenges, experiences, and occasionally more physical tasks than they could, given their age, cope with.  He was the one ever talked-about teacher among an otherwise colourless, though well-meaning, bunch of colleagues."

A great-niece has written:  "My father met him at his mother's funeral, and found him a kind and charming man who offered financial support (which
was turned down), knowing there was little money to be had.  Dad was very impressed by his intelligence and humanity."
Diamond Wedding - unidentified newspaper cutting - November 1975 -

Frank and Daisy Jeggo, of Eden Way, Beckenham, celebrated 60 years of marriage last Thursday.  They marked the occasion with a turkey dinner for 20 at home, and one of the highlights of the day was a message of congratulation from the Queen.

They were married at Plaistow, Essex, during World War 1 after Frank, who served in the Machine Gun Corps, had been wounded in France.  Neither can remember where they met.  "We had been sweethearts for many years," recalls Frank.

After the war Frank was a teacher at Greenwich, at Rangefield Road School, Downham and Elfrida School, Bellingham, were he was deputy head when he retired.  His subjects were English, mathematics and religious knowledge.  Henry Cooper, the former heavyweight boxer, and his brother, George, were once his pupils.  He still has the letter Henry wrote him on his 80th birthday four years ago.  Daisy became familiar with the local education scene when she was on the board of managers at five Downham schools.

Both are staunch church-goers.  They attend St. Francis of Assisi, West Wickham, most Sundays.  Frank is still remembered at St. Barnabas' Church, Downham, where he was a church warden for 10 years.

Some of their best memories are of holidays abroad.  They have visited eight European countries and love Austria.  "It is strange how one place gets a hold on you," says Daisy, "You feel as soon as you get there the atmosphere is right."

The Jeggos' garden is still carefully tended by Frank.  Their greatest pleasure now is visiting their friends and family and entertaining - they have have a daughter, two sons, six grandhildren and four great-grandchildren.  Housework and cooking are shared.  "Working together is the main thing in a marriage," says Daisy.

Golden Wedding - unidentified newspaper cutting - 

Much of the information in this cutting is very similar to that in the Diamond Wedding cutting.  Additional information is as follows:

At the time of their marriage, Mr. Jeggo was a Sergeant-Instructor in the Motor Machine Gun Corps.  He was later transferred to the original Company of Tanks as a Quartermaster Sergeant.

Looking back over more than 40 years in the teaching profession, Mr. Jeggo said that his main impressions were that in recent years youngsters "seemed stronger and physically better" than they were in earlier years, and children were also more mentally alert than they used to be.  He added, "But in the earlier days, children seemed to take more pride in their work."

Army Form Z.21
CERTIFICATE of Transfer to Reserve on Demobilization
Regtl. No.  205044.  Rank  Sergeant
Names in full  Jeggo  Frank Joseph
Unit and Regiment or Corps from which Transferred to Reserve  Tank Corps
Enlisted on the  31st August 1914
For  Royal West Kent Regiment
Also served in  M. G. C. (M.)
Medals and Decorations awarded
during present engagement
Authorized prior to 11/11/18
1914-1915 Star
Has served Overseas on Active Service.
Place of Rejoining in case of emergency  Wool.
Specialist Military qualifications  1st Class Vickers Gunner. 
Medical Category  B3
Year of birth  1892
He is Transferred to Army Reserve on  27th February 1919
in consequence of Demobilization.
...Phillips  CAPTAIN  Signature and Rank
for Officer i/c  Tank Corps  Records  Cornwall Gardens S.W.7  (Place)
Death announcement - unidentified newspaper cutting --

JEGGO - On May 5, 1980, peacefully in Beckenham Hospital, FRANK DAVID, aged 88, beloved husband of Daisy Bell and much loved father, grandfather and great-grand-father.  Service, St Francis Church, West Wickham, on Wednesday, May 14, at 3 p.m., followed by cremation.

From St. Francis Church, West Wickham, Church Magazine, July 1980:

Funerals - 14th May - Frank David Jeggo

Frank Jeggo

Although we were all sad to know that Frank Jeggo had died, we rejoiced for him in being set free from a long time of illness.  He had served the community most faithfully for many years as a teacher - his life's work to which he was fully dedicated.  He had worshipped at St. Francis for many years, and previous to that had been a church warden at St. John's Southend.  He had a great love for our church, and even when he was failing in health it was a tremendous delight to him when he was well enough to come to church.  He delighted to receive the Holy Communion at home.  Above all, he was greatly blessed in his family life.  His wife, Daisy, has been his constant help and supporter.  They have been surrounded by the love and affection of a large family of children and grandchildren.  With them we are happy to rejoice in the memory of a good Christian gentleman.