Sources: GRO Indexes, 1881 & 1891 Censuses, a Sheriffhales
(01c) 1901 Census;
(fr) "The Family Register";
(jpc) John P Cutmore;
(roy) Roy Jeggo;
(sal) Sally Ayre;
(ted) Ted Jeggo.
Numbers at the start of lines represent generations.
|5 Oliver (Jock) Jeggo, son of Charles & Sarah Jeggo|
|7 Sally Ayre||}||identical twins (sal)|
|7 Joan Barnes||}|
Born: 18/12/1872 (fr; certif) @ Sheriffhales Wood, Sheriffhales, bap 23/2/1873 @ Sheriffhales, son of Charles & Sarah Jeggo.
Died: 24/11/1949 age 76 @ Hertford Lodge (certif)
Residences: (see below)
Red House, Shropshire Street, Market Drayton (91c)
Benenden, Kent (01c)
Hertford Lodge West, Woodhall Park (jpc)
|Mr. Oliver Jeggo's first place away from home was in Scotland, at Dunrobin,
Golspie. He was taken on as a rabbit-trapper. This branch of
the gamekeeper's work has had some peculiar fascination for him, for he
has been ever since a very keen student of the subject of trapping and
vermin. He occasionally contributed short articles to "The Gamekeeper",
which proved good reading.
After a few years at Dunrobin, Mr. Jeggo moved to another estate of the Duke of Sutherland's at Trentham, Staffordshire, under the control of Mr. W. Bond, the head-keeper. Here he received his first insight into the killing and dressing of deer. The estate he is now on carries a pretty head of deer, but here they are under the most able care of the deer-keeper, Mr. R. Bollard, and have been for many years.
Mr. Jeggo remained at Trentham four and a half years, and then obtained a situation as under-keeper to Mr. S. Dell, then head-gamekeeper to the Earl of Cranbrook at Hemsted Park, Cranbrook, Kent. At Hemsted from 4,000 to 5,000 pheasants were shot each season.
From Trentham (sic; surely Cranbrook was intended - CRJ) Mr. Jeggo went to Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, the seat of H. L. C. Brassey, Esq. He passed nine years there upon the Longwood Beat, and succeeded in producing game and foxes. At the outbreak of War the staff was reduced, and our subject came to relieve Mr. Totman as head-gamekeeper of Woodhall Park, Hertford, the property of Colonel Abel Henry Smith. (... Before the war ...) game and foxes were the desiderata at Woodhall, and they will be again, and when those days return Mr. Jeggo will have an opportunity of improving an already worthy reputation.
The Gamekeeper's report has a table showing how many of various varieties of game were caught, and how they were disposed of (The Hall, Stafford House, presented, sold, fed to young pheasants, etc.). It also lists the numbers of dogs of various breeds used and names the assistant keepers.
|Game caught during 1896:
|Dogs used throughout the year:
|Mr. Oliver Jeggo, gamekeeper at Woodhall Park, near Hertford,
has retired at the age of 70 years, after fifty-five years' service.
He came to Woodhall Park in 1916 as head gamekeeper to the late Colonel
Abel Henry Smith.
Mr. Jeggo has served in the Special Police since 1916 and has recently received a medal from Lord Hampden for long service in the Force. He is still living at Woodhall and receives a pension from Abel Smith, Esq. It is interesting to note that Mr. Jeggo is one of our oldest subscribers, having taken "The Gamekeeper" from its first number, in October, 1897. He has a son serving in the Royal Artillery in the Middle East and a daughter in the A.T.S.
"Mr. Jeggo has for many years indulged in the cultivation of the rose.
He has been able to show some beautiful displays, and can well be proud
of the success of his own budding" ("The Gamekeeper", November 1916)
From "The Gamekeeper and Countryside", April 1944:-
At a recent Beirut Horse Show, one of the special attractions was an obedience and agility display by man-hunting dogs of the Corps of Military Police, in which particular distinction was gained by "Bouncer", tough Alsatian, trained and handled by a former Hertfordshire gamekeeper, L/Cpl Edward Oliver Jeggo, whose parents live at Hertford Lodge, Woodhall Park, Hertford.
As "Bouncer" seized and hurled to the ground a "criminal" dressed in padded leather clothing there were roars of applause from the colourful Lebanese crowd, as well as from the thousands of British, India, Cypriot, and Allied troops.
Jeggo told me that after action with the 51st Division in the desert, he was sent to the Dog Training School of the CMP, where his special knowledge of dogs soon gained him distinction. "We learnt how to train the dogs for man-hunting police work, and now my duty with "Bouncer" is to guard War Department property and track down local thieves, armed robbers and murderers. It is easily the most interesting job I've had during the war", he said.