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Reginald Thomason Gould 1869-1947

Reginald Thomason Gould Gould
Born: 1869 Repton, Derbyshire
Died: 1947 Glastonbury, Somerset
Joseph Gould 1834-1908
Frances Mary Grant Hutchinson
Florence Montgomery Gould 1870-1871
Winifred Mary Gould 1875-
Leonard McLeod Gould 1878-1928
Emily Laura Oldfield Clifford
Clifford Gould 1897-1918
Hugh Clifford Gould 1900-1973

Reginald Thomason Gould was born on 16 January 1869 at Repton in Derbyshire, the son of the Reverend Joseph Gould 1834-1908 and his wife nee Frances Mary Grant Hutchinson. His father was a housemaster at Repton School. This second forename was the surname of his maternal grandmother nee Elizabeth Harrington Thomason 1811-1894.

In 1881 he was a boarder aged 12 years at Harborne Vicarage in Staffordshire, presumably being prepared for entry to Repton School. When the 1891 Census was taken he was at Newton Solney in Derbyshire near Burton-on-Trent visiting the household of Edward D. Salt, a brewer.

After leaving Repton School he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He graduated BA in 1891 and MA in 1895 (1). He did not follow his father into the Church or teaching, but entered the legal profession and qualified as a solicitor in February 1895 (2). He became Town Clerk of Glastonbury in Somerset and Clerk to the Glastonbury District Council.

Abbey Gateway and Town Hall

Abbey Gateway and Town Hall

Blenhein House

Blenhein House

By the time the 1901 Census was taken he was married and living with his family in Chalkwell Street, Glastonbury. Their residence there was called Blenheim House.

Reginald Thomason Gould married Emily Laura Oldfield Clifford in 1896 at Paddington in London. She was born at Brighton in Sussex in 1863.

They had the following children:

Clifford Gould. He was born on 27 March 1897 at Westbourne Grove in London. He was educated at Repton School and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich in London. He joined the Royal Horse Artillery in 1915, and was appointed Lieutenant in July 1917. He served on the Western Front in France from 1915 to 1918 with conspicuous gallantry. He was Mentioned in Dispatches and was awarded the Military Cross. Tragically he was killed in action on 24 August 1918 (3).

Hugh Clifford Gould. He was born on 22 November 1900 at Glastonbury. In 1940 he married Betty Katharine H. Nicholson at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, and died there in 1973. His wife had predeceased him at Bristol in 1971 aged 63 years.

Reginald Thomason Gould died at Glastonbury on 5 January 1947 aged 77 years.
His wife Emily Laura Oldfield Gould died later in the same year aged 84 years, also at Glastonbury.


(1) Repton School Register: Supplement to 1910 Edition edited by M. Messiter (1922) page 106.
(2) Alumni Cantabrigienses Part II 1752-1900 volume 3 (1947) page 102.
(2) Repton School Register: Supplement to 1910 Edition edited by M. Messiter (1922) page 295.