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Brian Charles Molony

Brian Charles Molony

Male 1892 - 1963  (70 years)


  • Name Brian Charles Molony  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 25 Oct 1892  St Paul's Vicarage, East Molesey Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    • On the 25th Oct., at St. Paul's Vicarage, East Moulsey, the wife of the Rev. H. W. E. Molony, of a son. [The Times]
    Residence Mar 1901  Vicarage, Aldborough Gardens, Ilford Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    Education abt 1906 - 1911  Rugby School Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • Scholar
    Harry & Edith Molony with family
    Harry & Edith Molony with family
    Studio photo, 1907
    Residence Apr 1911  Hillmorton Rd, Rugby Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education abt Sep 1911 - 1914  Trinity College, Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location   [5, 6
    • Cambridge, March 15. The Bell Scholarships. The following have been elected scholars on Dr Bell's foundation:- . . . 2=. . . . Brian Charles Molony, Scholar of Trinity. [The Times]
    • According to the Wikipedia article Senior Wrangler (University of Cambridge) accessed 21 Oct 2012, Brian Molony was the Senior Wrangler (i.e. top mathematical scholar of the University) in 1914. The only source quoted by Wikipedia is this Saxon Lodge website. The claim is difficult to verify, because the University ceased publishing the rankings of the Mathematical Tripos in 1910.
    Degree/Qualif. 1914  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; BA  [5, 7
    Military Service 1915 - 1918  France Find all individuals with events at this location ; Captain, 1st Hertfordshire Regt  [5, 8
    • later Staff Captain, 5th Army, then at GHQ
    • mentioned in despatches [LG 20 Dec 1918 p 14931]
    • Report of the raid carried out by the 1st / 1st Hertfordshire regiment on the night of 12th/13th February 1917: The raiders left the CANAL BANK and moved via LA BRIQUE and St. JEAN to front British Line and thence to the assembly position in no man's land according to the programme. The whole of this movement was carried out without a hitch and without it being observed by the enemy. [...] The raiders appeared to have carried out the programme exactly as rehearsed and the conduct of both officers and men was all that could be wished. They belonged to Nos. 1 and 4 companies and were trained by Captain B.C. Molony and Lieut. L.R.D'A Fisher. [Herts Regt War Diary 1917 accessed 25 Oct 2010]
    Marriage 05 Sep 1917  St Nicholas, Stevenage Find all individuals with events at this location   [9, 10, 11
    Elizabeth Seager,   b. 04 Jul 1894, Stevenage Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1982, Haywards Heath Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1919 - 1935  Rugby School Find all individuals with events at this location ; Assistant Master  [5
    Degree/Qualif. 1920  Cambridge University Find all individuals with events at this location ; MA  [7
    Decoration bef 1920  OBE  [5, 8
    Residence Dec 1920  19 Warwick St, Rugby Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Ordination 1921  Priest, Church of England  [5
    Residence 1932  3 Hillmorton Rd, Rugby Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Occupation 1935 - 1952  Worksop College Find all individuals with events at this location ; Headmaster  [5, 12, 13
    Worksop College, 1936
    Worksop College, 1936
    Brian Charles Molony, headmaster 1935-1952
    Post/Rank/Title 07 Mar 1936  Major  [14
    • Territorial Army Reserve of Officers: General List: Infantry: Major B. C. Molony, O.B.E., T.D., from Gen. List (Rugby Sch. Contgt., Jun. Div., O.T.C.), to be Maj. 7th Mar. 1936. [London Gazette, 06 Mar 1936)
    Post/Rank/Title 1939  Southwell Find all individuals with events at this location ; Honorary Canon of Dunham  [5, 13
    Occupation 1953 - 1959  St Mary, Easton, Hants Find all individuals with events at this location ; Rector  [5, 15
    St Mary, Easton, Hants
    St Mary, Easton, Hants
    Brian Charles Molony, Rector, 1953-1959
    Residence 1954  Rectory, Easton, Hants Find all individuals with events at this location   [16
    Post/Rank/Title 1958  Winchester Find all individuals with events at this location ; Rural Dean  [5
    Residence 1963  Springhill, Cheriton Rd, Winchester Find all individuals with events at this location   [16, 17
    Death 17 Oct 1963  Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester Find all individuals with events at this location   [13, 17, 18
    Probate 07 Jan 1964  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 26,486  [17
    • Molony the reverend canon Brian Charles O.B.E. of Springhill Cheriton Road Weeke Winchester clerk in Holy Orders died 17 October 1963 at The Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester Probate London 7 January to sir William Anthony Lewthwaite solicitor and Patrick Harry Molony schoolmaster. 26486. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • Canon Brian Molony, OBE, former headmaster of Worksop College, died on Thursday at the age of 70.
      Molony was appointed to the headmastership of Worksop in 1935 with the difficult task of following Dr Shirley, who had moved to King's School, Canterbury. After the extensive building programme engaged in by Dr Shirley a period of retrenchment and internal development was essential. For this work Molony was eminently suited. With his keen analytical brain he was well qualified to teach mathematics to the sixth form; and he fostered not only the work of the school but also its out-of-school activities, stressing in particular the importance of the proper use of leisure time. Music, dramatics, the orchestra and a host of other sctivities were made available to boys with the time and inclination to take part in them.
      Then came the war years with the inevitable replacement of staff, blackout, rationing and the possible evacuation of the school, difficult times for everyone, particularly a headmaster. But thanks to wise guidance Worksop came safely through and in the postwar years continued to hold its own.
      A man inspired by the highest Christian ideals, quiet and at all times almost self effacing, the headmaster was respected by masters and boys alike. He took upon himself a vast amount of work and nothing was too much trouble for him. Keenly interested in all games, his figure, usually accompanied by his dog, will long be remembered by Worksopians.
      Brian Charles Molony, son of H W E Molony, was born on October 25, 1892. He won a scholarship to Rugby and then to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a first class in Part I of the Mathematics Tripos in 1912 and in Part II in 1914, and was also a Bell University Scholar. During the First World War he served with the 1st Hertfordshire Regiment in France, became a staff captain with the 5th Army and was later at GHQ.
      After the war Molony became an assistant master at Rugby in 1919. He was ordained the following year and remained at Rugby until 1935, for the last eight years as a housemaster. From Rugby he moved to Worksop and retired from there in 1952. From 1953 to 1959 he was Rector of Easton and in 1958 was appointed Rural Dean of Winchester. He had been made an honorary canon of Dunham in Southwell Cathedral in 1939.
      Molony was married in 1917 and had one son and three daughters.
      [The Times, obituary, 21 Oct 1963]
    • Molony, Brian Charles. Late Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1st cl Math Tripos pt i 1912, Bell Scholar 1912, BA (1st cl Math Tripos pt ii) 1914, MA 1920. Deacon 1920 Coventry, Priest 1921 Birmingham for Coventry. Asst Master Rugby School from 1919. 3 Hillmorton Road, Rugby. Author: Analytical Geometry 1924; Numerical Geometry 1930. [Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1932]
    • Author of textbooks 'An Elementary Course in Analytical Geometry' (1924) and 'A Numerical Trigonometry' (1930) - both on sale in 2011.
    • A wonderfully kind, understanding man but a strict disciplinarian. In short, a fine Headmaster who had the responsibility throughout the war years but never got the accolade he deserved. [Old Worksopian Newsletter, 2009]
    • Canon Molony was a quiet, reserved Headmaster and pleasant with it. I recall he was not satisfied with the school spelling as a whole; he thought it was sub-standard. His remedy was to put ten spellings up on the Headmaster's noticeboard each night. You were supposed to write these down, learn them and you would be tested the next morning, before lessons began. If you got any wrong, they would be added on to the next day's test. He did that every day for a long while until the spelling improved throughout the school.
      Canon and Mrs Molony had a Great Dane dog and he used to have a fairly large enclosure between the Headmaster's house and one of the form rooms. The Great Dane did a continuous figure of eight walk in this enclosure, which was quite distracting for the boys in the form room and must have been absolutely mind-numbing for the dog!
      As school prefects, we sat on high table everyday for lunch, with the Headmaster and Mrs Molony. If you engaged Mrs Molony in conversation, when you had finished speaking, Mrs Molony invariably said "Most Elucidating"! [Old Worksopian Newsletter, 2008]
    • Brian Charles Molony (1982-1963), the eldest of the family, was a worthy descendant of his distinguished immediate forbears. He broke with the family tradition on being educated not at Lancing but at Rugby, which was one of two schools which offered him a scholarship (the other being Rossall). At Rugby he became head of his house as well as captain of its Rugby Fifteen, and he specialized in mathematics. After Rugby he once again broke with tradition by going up to Cambridge instead of Oxford. There he held, in addition to a scholarship at Trinity College, the Bell University Scholarship. He got a first in both parts of the mathematical tripos to become a senior wrangler. All in all a very fine record of scholarship.
      When the 1914-18 war broke out he was twenty two years old and he had just finished his formal education. He joined up in the Hertfordshire Regiment and with them saw service in France where he was wounded. Later he became a Staff Captain with the Fifth Army, afterwards at G.H.Q.; and he was mentioned in Lord Haig's despatches and awarded the O.B.E. [CBM]
    Person ID I0168  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 25 May 2013 

    Father Henry William Eliott Molony,   b. 14 Sep 1858, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1918, Good Shelter, Penn Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Edith Gertrude Marian Tatham,   b. 12 Dec 1869, Great Ryburgh Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jul 1953, Leaden Hall, 70 The Close, Salisbury Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Marriage 29 Dec 1891  St Paul, East Molesey Find all individuals with events at this location   [19, 20, 21
    • Marriages: On the 29th Dec., at S. Paul's, East Moulsey, by the Rev. W. Meaburn Tatham, M.A., brother of the bride, assisted by the Rev. W. W. Goddard, M.A., Henry W. E. Molony, M.A., son of the late Rev. C. W. Molony, Rector of W. Worlington, Devon, to Edith, eldest daughter of the Rev. George E. Tatham, M.A., Vicar of S. Paul's, East Moulsey. [The Times 31 Dec 1891] [Belfast News-Letter 04 Jan 1892]
    Notes 
    • 3 sons & 5 daus [Curtis]
    • 3 serv in Mar 1901 & in Apr 1911.
    Photos
    St Mary the Virgin, Ilford
    St Mary the Virgin, Ilford
    Henry William Eliott Molony, Vicar of Great Ilford, 1892-1912
    St Clement, Ilford
    St Clement, Ilford
    Henry William Eliott Molony, Vicar of Great Ilford, 1892-1912
    Harry & Edith Molony with children
    Harry & Edith Molony with children
    Silver Wedding 29 Nov 1916
    Harry & Edith Molony with family
    Harry & Edith Molony with family
    Studio photo, 1907
    Family ID F0021  Family Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Seager,   b. 04 Jul 1894, Stevenage Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1982, Haywards Heath Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Engagement 23 Aug 1917    [10
    • Forthcoming Marriages - Captain B C Molony and Miss Seager. The marriage arranged between Brian Charles Molony, captain, 1st Herts Regiment, eldest son of the Rev Canon H W E Molony, rector of Stevenage, and Mrs Molony, and Elizabeth (Betty), daughter of the late Rev J Lingen Seager, formerly of Stevenage, and Mrs Seager, St Ibb's Bush, Hitchin, is to take place, leave permitting, at Stevenage Parish Church on September 18, at 9. [The Times, 23 Aug 1917]
    Marriage 05 Sep 1917  St Nicholas, Stevenage Find all individuals with events at this location   [9, 10, 11
    • On the 5th Sept., at Stevenage Parish Church, by the father of the bridegroom, Brian Charles Molony, eldest son of the Revd. Canon H. W. E. Molony, Rector of Stevenage, and Mrs. Molony, to Elizabeth (Betty), daughter of the late Revd. J. Lingen Seager, formerly of Stevenage, and Mrs. Lingen Seager, of St. Ibbs Bush, Hitchin. [The Times]
    • Silver Weddings - Molony:Seager.- On 05 Sep 1917, at Stevenage Parish Church, Brian Charles Molony to Betty Seager. Present address: Worksop College, Worksop, Notts. [The Times, 05 Sep 1942]
    Notes 
    • 1 son, 3 daus [The Times, obituary]
    Children 
    +1. Living
    +2. Adele Joan Molony,   b. 01 Jan 1924, Rugby Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 2005, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +3. Living
    +4. Margaret Betty Molony,   b. 26 Mar 1928, Rugby Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 2004, Huntingdon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Photos
    Brian & Betty Molony
    Brian & Betty Molony
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F0907  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 25 Oct 1892 - St Paul's Vicarage, East Molesey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - Vicarage, Aldborough Gardens, Ilford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1906 - 1911 - Rugby School Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1911 - Hillmorton Rd, Rugby Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt Sep 1911 - 1914 - Trinity College, Cambridge Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - BA - 1914 - Cambridge University Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 05 Sep 1917 - St Nicholas, Stevenage Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Assistant Master - 1919 - 1935 - Rugby School Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - MA - 1920 - Cambridge University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Dec 1920 - 19 Warwick St, Rugby Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1932 - 3 Hillmorton Rd, Rugby Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Headmaster - 1935 - 1952 - Worksop College Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPost/Rank/Title - Honorary Canon of Dunham - 1939 - Southwell Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Rector - 1953 - 1959 - St Mary, Easton, Hants Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Brian Charles Molony (1892-1963)
    Brian Charles Molony (1892-1963)
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    George Edmund Tatham & Elizabeth Susan Block
    Golden Wedding, 13 Oct 1907
    Harry & Edith Molony with children
    Harry & Edith Molony with children
    Silver Wedding 29 Nov 1916

  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Kingston, 4Q1892.
      Brian Charles Molony

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      Charles B Molony age 8

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      Bryan Charles Molony age 18

    4. [S05] The Times, birth notice, 26 Oct 1892.

    5. [S05] The Times, obituary, 21 Oct 1963.

    6. [S05] The Times, university intelligence, 16 Mar 1912.

    7. [S16] Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1932.

    8. [S29] Medal Index Cards WW1.

    9. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Hitchin, 3Q1917.

    10. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 23 Aug 1917.

    11. [S05] The Times, silver weddings, 05 Sep 1942.

    12. [S03] Family Members, JDT.

    13. [S07] Other Sources, Worksop College archives.
      catalogued in TNA

    14. [S35] London Gazette, 06 Mar 1936.

    15. [S07] Other Sources, History of St Mary's, Easton.
      website accessed 30 Dec 2009

    16. [S17] Telephone Directories.

    17. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    18. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Winchester, 4Q1963.
      Brian C Molony age 70

    19. [S28] Family Bible, Meaburn Tathams.

    20. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Kingston/T, 4Q1891.

    21. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 19 yrs