Ivy Lavinia Bull born about 1895, in Loughton, Essex

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Ivy Lavinia Bull


Yet to be summarised.

Parents and family

Family records identify Ivy as the daughter of Arthur BULL and  Lavinia. Her parents turn out to be Arthur Henry Frederick BULL and Lavinia Maria CURTIS.


Ivy was born at home, in High Beech Road, Loughton on 4 Feb 1895.
Details from here birth certificate are:
Born Fourth February 1895, High Beech Road, Loughton R.D.; name Ivy Lavinia; Girl; Father Arthur Henry Frederick Bull, Letter Carrier; Mother Maria Lavinia Bull, Late McIntosh, formerly Curtis; Informant A.H.F.Bull, Father, High Beech Road, Loughton. Registered Twenty Fifth February 1895.

Childhood and education

The 1901 Census has her living at High Beech Road, at which time the family comprised:
Bull family group Family group. Left to right -
  • Lavinia Maria BULL
  • Ivy Lavinia BULL
  • Arthur Henry Frederick BULL
  • Gladys E. BULL
Dog's name unknown!

At the time of her death, a friend called Frank ASKEW recalled how his aunt lived next door to the BULLs at High Beech and, as children, he, Ivy and Gladys used to play together, on Saturday afternoons after he had done his aunt's shopping.

Ivy's Stamp Collection

Penny Black stampIt was probably inevitable that the a post office family should take up collecting stamps and what better stamp to start it with than a Penny Black.  The collection was divided upon Ivy's death and then pruned to focus on the British Empire countries. Long ago it's curators ceased to try and build up a continuous series of every type of English definitive stamp (by denomination and basic colour), some were simply too rare for that. Instead the focus was on the more frequently encountered species. Whilst not especially valuable, it is a bit of family history that is still in the family. The fate of an accompanying postcard collection is unknown, it having been passed on before it's potential genealogical significance was realised.

Ivy's first autograph book

For Christmas 1910 Ivy was given an autograph book with a lady in a red hat pictured on the cover. The dated entries are mostly from the period 1911-13, But there are a few later entries including:

Pressings from afar

Amongst the family heirlooms is an small red-covered autograph book used by Ivy when she was at High Road, Loughton, and containing items which where probably sent to her by her father and her future husband during their wartime service. Each page has a single item, as follows:
The book also contains four pressed butterflies as follows:
The commoness and dispirate distribution of these species raises the possibility that they were specimens bred in captive.

A mysterious card from France

In Feb 1917, when she would have been about 22, she received a postcard dated 26.2.17 and posted from France, sent to 5 Kings Green, Loughton, Essex. This address is also associated with Ethel MCINTOSH. It was simply of  'Le Gendamarie' and was passed by a field censor.
Dear Ivy,
Thanks for the letter, so sorry I hav'nt written for such a long time. I came out of hospital last week, certainly feel much better.
Best Love to all

A wartime romance

Arthur Neville Arthur Neville's grave
During the first world war Ivy was courting Arthur NEVILLE. On 3 Nov 1917 her sweetheart 'gave his life for another outside Gaza' (from a memorial card). A photograph of the cross on his grave reads '200725 Sgt A NEVILLE 1/4 th. Bn Essex  Regt 3~11~17'

Mother and her daughters Family group. Left to right -
  • Ivy Lavinia BULL
  • Lavinia Maria BULL
  • Gadys E. BULL


Before marring it is believed that she spent some time in the Post Office. In Feb 1919 the appointment of one Ivy L BULL at Woodford Green is listed in the British Postal Service Appointment Books. (British Postal Museum and Archive; Series: POST 58; Reference Number: 115.). The London Gazette of 6 June 1919 carries, in a list of "Certificates Isssued, etc.", in the without competition section for May 26th 1919, the following entry:  "Post Office:" . . . "Female Sorting Clerks and Telegraphists” . . . “Ivy Lavinia Bull (Loughton Woodford Green).”

Marriage to Ernest Hicks

In 1928, aged 33, she married Ernest Henry HICKS at St Margaret's Church, Loughton. Registration is Ivy L BULL & Ernest H HICKS, Epping, Apr Q 1928, 4a 1002. The story of their life together is continued in the biography of Ernest Henry HICKS.

Ivy Hicks,  1960Ivy Hicks in 1960

Life as a widow

In 1972 her husband Ernest died, and on 3 May 1972 she re-made her will.

At least in latter life she she had a collecting tin for the Canine Defense League.

Last Will and Testament

Dated 3 May 1972. After token bequests of 100 to her grandchildren and 300 to her son-in-law and executor, the balance was to go to her only daughter. Should her daughter not survive then the residue to be distributed as follows: half to her son-in-law; half in trust to be shared equally by any grandchild that survive Ivy and reach the age of 21.


Died in hospital after having been there for a few weeks. She was admitted in Sutton Coldfield as she had been brought up from Loughton to be near her family. Death Registration is Ivy Lavinia HICKS, born 04 Feb 1895, reg. Birmingham, Dec Q 1974, 32 0503. The certificate has the following details Died Twentysecond November 1974; at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield; Ivy Lavinia Hicks; Female; Maiden name Bull; born 4th February 1895, Chigwell Epping; Widow of Ernest Henry Hicks, Postman (retired), 51 Staples Road, Loughton, Essex; Informat Pamela Kirby, daughter, of 19 Brownsfield Road, Lichfield, Staffs.; Cause a) Acute Lymphatic Leukemia, b) Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia.
Registerd 25 Nov 1974.

She left an estate that raised 12,893.09. 


Ivy was cremated at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium, near Birmingham. The exact date is not in the family records but the receipt is dated 13 Dec 1974. There is also a record of a cheque sent 11 Dec 1974 in response to a letter concerning entries in the Books of Remembrance, the entry itself being expected to be made on 18 Dec 1974.

The following notification of death is taken from a newspaper clipping in the family archives (the publication details are not given):
HICKS, Ivy of Staples Road,
Loughton. Passed away
peacefully in Good Hope
Hospital, Sutton Coldfield,
on November 22 after a
short illness, aged 79 years.
Will be sadly missed by
Family and Friends.

Descendants and notable relations

To be completed.

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