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
Ivy was born at home, in High Beech Road, Loughton on 4 Feb 1895.
Details from here birth certificate are:
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
Childhood and education
The 1901 Census has her living at High Beech Road, at which time the
- Arthur H. F. BULL, Head, M[arried], 3[2 or 3],
Town Postmaster, Worker, London, St Pancras
- Levenia M. BULL, Wife, M, 40, , , Somerset, Castele Cary
- Wallaciana MCINTOSH, Step Daur, , 14, , , Surrey, Guildford
- Ivy Levenia BULL, Daughter, ,
6, , , Essex, Loughton
- Gladys E. BULL, Daur, , 1[6 or 8] mo, , Essex,
||Family group. Left to
Dog's name unknown!
- Lavinia Maria BULL
- Ivy Lavinia BULL
- Arthur Henry Frederick BULL
- Gladys E. BULL
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
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
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:
- A page with a drawing stuck in out of sequence, "Keep the Home Fires Burning", signed 'A.N. Gaza Sep 1917';
- "The Water Mill" signed 'B.P. 3rd Essex Reg't 1915';
- A watercolour of a purple orchid, signed 'E. H. Hicks, January 15 1922'.
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
- Leaves from a maidenhair fern and an ivy, labled Kailana;
- A selaginellid club-moss, labled Kailana;
- The mid-rib of a crumbling leaf, labled Egypt;
- A sprig of of a plant, possibly a Teucrium, labled Holyland Heather;
- A boll of cotton;
- A card with pressed flowers, with printed title 'Flowers from the holy land'
The book also contains four pressed butterflies as follows:
- Two appear to be Danaus chrysippus, the Plain Tiger, which is widespread in Asia and Africa;
- The third is a species of Junonia, very similar to the American Junonia coenia, the Common Buckeye;
- The fourth is a form of Papilio demoleus, the Common Lime Butterfly, the most widely distributed swallowtail species in the world.
The commoness and dispirate distribution of these species raises the possibility that they were specimens bred in captive.
A mysterious card from France
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.
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
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
||Family group. Left to
- 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
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, 1960|
Life as a
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.
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.