Bertha Bullough

Bertha Bullough was born on the 8th April 1872, the daughter of John Bullough and Bertha Bullough, nee Schmidlin. In April 1891 she is shown on the census in the Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne with her aunt Lucinda, the wife of James Bullough, eldest brother of John. John had died in the February and Bertha married Charles Florance Young in All Saints Church, Eastbourne on the 21st April 1891. He was the eldest son of the late Charles Florance Young of 22 Cranley Gardens London SW and Wandsworth. His father had died in 1890 at the Cavendish Hotel Eastbourne, leaving over £300,000. Charles, the son, was born on the 16th May 1865, went to Harrow School and also went to Trinity College, Cambridge going up in 1883. The Young family were brewers in London. Charles worked in the family firm for some time and in the 1901 census his occupation is shown as ‘Brewery director’. Charles was a Private with the RASC during the First World War.

We know little about Bertha’s life. In the library at Kinloch Castle is a small book by Ernst von Wildenbruch entitled ‘The Danaid: an episode from the Franco German War’ translated by Bertha Young with assistance from her brother Edward. Thomas Krebs has researched this in depth.   They had one son also Charles Florance Young born on the 5th February 1897 at Melbourn, Hertfordshire. He became a doctor and also learned to fly. His Aviator’s certificate shows he trained on a Renault Avro, 80 HP Renault engine at the Henderson Flying School, Brooklands, and it is dated 22 September 1927. His address at that time is given as Eversley, Sydenham Rise, Forest Hill, London SE23. Bertha’s husband Charles  died on February 16th 1934 aged 69 years, and his probate records show him as of 27 East Drive, Brighton and of the same address as his son. He left the sum of £6092.12.8d. Bertha died aged 90 on the 21st July 1962 and Charles on the 19 November 1967. There is a plea in the newspapers asking if anyone knew of a will for Bertha. Charles’ gravestone shows he was awarded the MC . Bertha and her husband are buried in Clachan Duich New Cemetery, Shiel Bridge and their son is buried in Clachan Duich Old Cemetery. If anyone can supply a reason why they are all buried here when they appear to have lived their lives on the south coast of England I’d be delighted to hear.