Gladys (Page) Wilson

Gladys May (Page) Wilson (1895 - 1981)

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Gladys May Wilson formerly Page
Born in Ashtead, Surrey, England, United Kingdommap
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Wife of — married 10 May 1921 in Epsom, Surrey, Englandmap
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Died in Dovermap
Profile last modified 24 Feb 2020 | Created 17 Dec 2012 | Last significant change: 24 Feb 2020
23:03: Chris Orme edited the Biography for Gladys May (Page) Wilson (1895-1981). [Thank Chris for this]
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Gladys was born on 23rd May 1895 in Ashtead, Surrey, England[1][2][3][4][5], the daughter of Arthur Harry Page and Louisa Mary Webb.
She lived through two world wars.


In 1911, at the age of 15, Gladys was working as a Dressmaker Apprentice.[5]
During the Great War Gladys served as a nurse[6] (see photo).


The marriage of Gladys and Leslie Wilson took place on 10th May 1921 at St Giles, Ashtead Parish Church.[7][8]
They had two children, David (1922) and Monica Lesley (1928).


After their marriage, Leslie and Gladys lived in Birmingham until the family Woodturning business was bombed during the Second World War.[9] The family then relocated to Gladys' home village of Ashtead. Their new home was Howard Cottage. Leslie's brother, Billy and his family moved into the cottage next door.
Gladys lived at Howard Cottage until she finally became too frail to live alone and in 1977 moved to River, near Dover, Kent, to live with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren Chris Orme and Liz Orme.[10]


Gladys passed away on 15th April 1981 at Buckland Hospital, Dover.[11][12][13] She was cremated at Barham Crematorium, where her remains where scattered. A memorial service was held at St Giles Church, Ashtead.[14]


  1. FreeBMD birth Index vol.2a p.17: Place of birth Epsom England, registerded Jul-Aug 1895
  2. FreeBMD death index Vol 16, p1071 Apr-Jun 1981: Gladys May Wilson Dob 23 May 1895
  3. 1901 Census Data, Household Schedule 114: Gladys M Page born Ashtead, Daughter of Arthur H and Louisa M
  4. Short Birth Certificate from family records: Gladys May Page
  5. 5.0 5.1 "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 August 2017), Gladys May Page, 15yrs, born Ashtead, in household of Arthur Harry Page, Ashtead, Ashtead, Surrey, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  6. Memories of Gladys shared, on many occasions, with her grandson, Chris Orme.
  7. Marriage certificate of Leslie Wilson & Gladys May Page held by Chris Orme.
  8. FreeBMDmarriage index, Epsom, Surrey, Vol. 2a, p.1, Q2 1921, Epsom.
  9. 1939 Register, Ref: RG101/5518D/015/26 Letter Code: QAPM, 66 Cavendish Road, Birmingham, Gladys M Wilson. Accessed 29 Sep 2019 at
  10. Memories of Chris Orme.
  11. Memories of Chris Orme, who was with her when she passed.
  12. England and Wales Death Index, Dover, Apr-Jun 1981, vol 16, p1071 , Gladys May Wilson Dob 23 May 1895. Record accessed at FreeBMD.
  13. Lesley Orme remembers that Gladys died on "the Wednesday before Good Friday". Knowing the year was 1981, that would have been 15 Apr 1981.
  14. Recollections from Chris Orme and Lesley Orme, who were both present at both events.

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