Violet Sybil Kirk [1923 - 1998]

[1923 - 1998] MM

Born: 23 May 1923

Birth Certificate:

Registration DistrictWayland
in the Sub-District ofWatton
in the County ofNorfolk
When and where born23 May 1923, Roudham R D
NameViolet Sybil
Name of FatherAlexander Kirk
Name of MotherSybil May Kirk formerly Bonas
Profession of FatherRailway Crossing Keeper
InformantA Kirk, father, Roudham
When Registered14 August

Birth Register:

NameViolet Sybil Kirk
Date of Birth 23 May 1923
Date registered14 August 1923

Father: Alexander Leahair Kirk

Mother: Sybil May Bonas

5-generation pedigree

Siblings: (For dates, etc, see the extended family)

  1. Lavinia May Kirk
  2. Henry Cecil Kirk
    6018223 Lance Corporal Henry Cecil Kirk, 10 Corps Signals. He was reported as prisoner of war in The Middle East 29 June 1942, as missing 26 October 1942, and as missing presumed dead 14 November 1942. It is believed he was killed in the sinking of the SS Scillin.

    He is listed on a memorial plaque commemorating employees of Colchester Post Office who died in WW2. This is currently on display in Moorside Sorting Office.

  3.   Violet Sybil Kirk

1926 The Kirk Family circa 1926

1931 2 September 1931

1940 circa 1940

1950 circa 1950

1950 With Joy Berriman, circa 1950

1957 The Berriman family, circa 1957

Married: John Hall Berriman 24 July 1948

wedding photographWedding Photograph

Marriage Certificate:

Registration DistrictColchester
Solemnized atThe Parish Church
in the Parish ofLexden
in the County ofEssex
When Married24 July 1948
Name and Surname Violet Sybil Kirk
Father's NameAlexander Leahair Kirk
Father's ProfessionRailwayman (deceased)
WitnessesLuke Clifford Berriman, Frank Geoffrey Spearman
groom's brother, bride's cousin


  1. Heather June Berriman
  2. John Henry Berriman
  3. Susan Jane Berriman

1997 The Berriman descendants, 20 July 1997

Died: 18 March 1998

Death Certificate:

Registration DistrictColchester
in the Sub-District ofColchester
in the County ofEssex
Date and place of death17 18 March 1998, Colchester General Hospital
Name and SurnameViolet Sybil Berriman
Maiden surnameKirk
Date and place of birth23 May 1923, Watton NFK
Occupation and usual addressWidow of John Hall Berriman, Electrical Inspector (retired)
134 Collingwood Road, Lexden, Colchester
InformantJohn Henry Berriman, son, 3 Brownsea Way, Prettygate, Colchester
Cause of deathIa. Myocardial infarction
b. Congestive Cardiac Failure
II. Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis Hypertension
Certified by Clive Morris, MB
Date of Registration19 March 1998
Error in space 1 corrected on 23 March by me J Watkins Registrar, in the presence of J H Berriman son and J Mead Deputy Superintendant Registrar.

Probate Record:

NameViolet Sybil Berriman
Address134 Collingwood Road, Lexden Colchester
Died18 March 1998
Admin issued29 April 1998


1948 Benhams Colchester V Kirk, 134 Collingwood Rd

Electoral Roll:

134 Collingwood Road, Colchester 1945-82: Lexden and Shrub End Ward, Colchester (as Violet S Berriman from 1950)
1983-90: Lexden and Shrub End Ward, Colchester North


circa 193022c Alfoxton Ave, West Green, London N15
193148 Turnpike Crossing, Roudham
1931-134 Collingwood Rd, Colchester CO3 5BD [TL963245]
telephone 0206 563193
telephone 01206 563193


In March 2002, I received this letter from Ray Norman (email

Dear Mr Stanier,

I have recently acquired an album of early photographs which is inscribed 'This book belongs to Violet Sybil Kirk'. As it has a bookseller's label from Stoke Newington in the front, I can be fairly certain that it belonged to your ancestor of that name. The album contains photographs by some of the best 19th century photographers such as Valentine, G.W. Wilson, Frith, etc. Also some fine Egyptian and Greek views taken around 1870 by important French photographers. I wonder if you have any idea how she would have come by these. Do you have any history of important photographic connections in the family. Quite honestly I have never seen so many early important photographers represented in one place.

The albums were bought at auction in Essex.

With best wishes. Ray Norman.

A subsequent letter added the further information

There is a handwritten note in the back stating 'These pictures are what I found in the book when Mrs Vinton gave me it. These are some of the place she visited I believe'.

This book is a complete mystery.

1926 1931 1940 1948 1950 1988 1997

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