Sir Ambrose HEAL (1872-1959)

1 Ambrose HEAL1 (1872-1959) [299], son of Ambrose HEAL (1847-1913) [291] and Emily Maria STEPHENSON (1849-aft1931) [297].

Born 3 Sep 1872, Crouch End, Middx. Marr Alice Rose RIPPINGILLE 21 Feb 1895, Torquay. Marr Edith Florence Digby TODHUNTER 20 Aug 1904, Register Office, Broad St, Holborn. Marr Edith Florence Digby TODHUNTER 20 Aug 1904, Registry Office, Broad St, Holborn.2 Died 15 Nov 1959, Baylin's Farm, Beaconsfield.2

Entered Heals 1893
Partner 1898
Director 1907
Chairman & Managing Director 1913.
Knighted 1 January 1933

Lady Prudence Maufe (wife of the architect Sir Edward Maufe) was long-term mistress.
Lived at
Shepherds Hill, Buxted, Sussex.3

Ambrose, born at Crouch End 3 September 1872. He was taken into partnership in Heal and Son and became Managing Director of Heal & Son, Limited, in 1907.
On the death of his father in 19 13 he became Chairman and
Managing Director. He is the author " London Tradesmen's Cards of the th Century " ( 192 5) and " The 19lish Writing ~asters and their )py Books, 157°-1800 " (1931).

By ; first wife, Alice-Rose, daughter of exander Rippingille (born 24 Nov- Iber 1859, married at Torquay 21 February 1895, died at Pinner + May 101), he had a son, Cecil-Ambrose, ,rn at Pinner 23 October 1896, died wounds near Poperinghe 3 July 1915, ing then a Second Lieutenant in the d Wiltshire Regiment.

By his second fe, Edith-Florence-Digby, daughter John Todhunter, M.D. (Trin. Coli., ublin), of Orchard Croft, Bedford lrk, London (born 4 September 1880 King Henry's Road, London, N.W., d married at The Register Office, "Gad Street, Holborn, 20 August '0+), he had two sons and two ughters : Barbara-Alison, born at nner 7 November 19°5, died there ; December 1906 ; Anthony-Stand- wick, born at Pinner 23 February 107; Pamela-Margery, born at Pinner July 1908; and John-Christopher, rn at Pinner 2 October 191 I

Long term mistress was Prudence Maufe, wife of Sir Edward Maufe, the architect.
Short term mistress was Dodie Smith, the playwright.

He was a Partner, Heal & Son; Managing Director Heal & Son, Limited 1907; Chairman & Managing Director 1913. Knighted 1 January 1933.2


Sp. Alice Rose RIPPINGILLE1 (1859-1901) [300], dau. of Edward Alexander RIPPINGILLE (c. 1830-1894) [301] and Elizabeth BRYANT ( -1859) [1648].

There is an attractive bronze cross on Alice Rose's grave in Pinner.4

1.1 Cecil Ambrose HEAL1 (1896-1915) [302].

Born 23 Oct 1896, Pinner, Middx. Died 3 Jul 1915, Poperinghe, Belgium.2 Cause: Died of wounds inflicted 29 June. died after 2 days at front. Buried 1915, Lijssenthoek.2 Grave reference Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery I - A - 11. HEAL, C A Second Lieutenant 03/07/1915 Wiltshire Regiment United Kingdom I. A. 11. LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY
Cemetery/Memorial: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

He was a 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Wiltshire Regiment

Cemetery/Memorial: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Added by Imperial War Museums
Date of Death: 3rd July 1915
Added by Imperial War Museums.

Personal data from

Name HEAL InitialsCA First name CECIL AMBROSE Place of birthHendon CountryMiddlesex, England Family Son of Ambrose and Alice Heal, The Fives Court, Pinner, Middlesex; Heal Esq., Baylin's Farm, Beaconsfield ProfessionStudent

Military service

Rank Second Lieutenant Regiment and unit 1st Bn. Wiltshire Regiment Division - Brigade7th Brigade Army - Corps - Division 3rd Division National force B.E.F. Other data related to military careerto France on 21 June 1915


Wounded 30 June Date of death 3 July 1915 Died at the age of18
Grave reference Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery I - A - 11.

Mentioned in

Wisden on the Great War: The Lives of Cricket's Fallen 1914-1918
edited by Andrew Renshaw

"He was in the Marlborough eleven in 1914"
2nd Lt Cecil Ambrose Heal (3rd WiltsRegt., attahced 1st) was wounded in Flanders on June 29, after being two days at the front, and died on July 3, aged 18. He was in the Marlborough Eleven in 1914.
He was born on October 23, 1896. His father was chairman and managing director of the Heal & Son deparment-store chain.

The Final Over - cricket in the summer of 1914

on page ix Cecil is mentioned as one of three members of the Marlborough XI - dying aged 18.

Medal Index Card
Medal index cards were created by the Army Medal Office towards the end of the First World War. They record the medals that men and women who served in the First World War were entitled to claim.

Fact Value
First name(s) Cecil Ambrose
Last name Heal
Year 1914-20
Service number -
Rank Second Lieutenant
Regiment Wiltshire Regiment
Service record Rank: Second Lieutenant, Corps: Wiltshire Regiment
Image link
Country Great Britain
Medal type British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920
Archive reference WO372/9
Archive reference description Women's Services, Distinguished Conduct Medals and Military Medals
Record set Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
Category Armed forces & conflict
Subcategory Medal rolls and honours
Collections from United Kingdom.

Sp. Edith Florence Digby TODHUNTER1 (1880-1946) [303], dau. of John TODHUNTER (1839-1916) [304] and Doral Louisa DIGBY (c. 1853-1935) [557].

Oliver Heal has 1945 as Edith's DOD.4

hopeless with children - hence Wendy employed.
1901 census gives her as 'art student'

Oliver Heal has 1945 as Edith's DOD

she gave a swiss toy windmill to BH, when he was a toddler. As soon as she departed, he poked it into the fire. The only unburnt bit was a little black axle and beads which was around all BH's childhood.2

1.2 Barbara Alison HEAL1 (1905-1906) [305].

Born 7 Nov 1905, Pinner, Middx. Died 25 Dec 1906, Pinner, Middx.

1.3 Anthony Standerwick HEAL1 (1907-1995) [306].

Born 23 Feb 1907, Pinner, Middx. Died 25 Mar 1995.4

Director 1936
Chairman 1953
1965 awarded RSA Bicentenary medal
after getting married lived at 77Wellington Court, Wellington Rd, NW8

He was made a Director of Heal & son in 1936 and Chairman in 1953. Awarded the RSA Bicentenary Medal in 1965.2

Sp. Theodora GRIFFIN5,6 (1906-1992) [522], dau. of GRIFFIN ( - ) [1704].


1.3.1 Ambrose HEAL5 [524].

1.3.2 Oliver Standerwick HEAL5 [525].

Sp. Annik Jane COATALEN (1947- ) [1642], dau. of ? COATALEN ( - ) [1998].

1.4 Pamela Margery HEAL1,7,8,9,10,11,12,13 (1908-1983) [307].

Born 3 Jul 1908, Pinner, Middx. Born 3 Jul 1908, Pinner, Middlesex, England.11,12,14 Marr Kenneth Crunden CLEAVER 29 Jan 1942, Poole, Dorset.5 Marr Alfred Joseph GOOD 15 Sep 1959. Died 1983.5 Died 13 Feb 1983, Dublin, Ireland.9,14

All I know about Kenneth Cleaver is that they were married on 29 January 1942 and he died 3rd October 1945.

She married Alfred J. Good on 15.09.1959. I cannot find a date of death but I would guess early sixties. when was he born?
Jo good was at Dublin Post Office in 1916, friend of Mick Collins, and wrote a book about it.

I have a cutting of the announcement of Pam's death on 13.02.1983 from the Irish Times which reads: "deeply mourned by her sons Kevin, John and Maurice and daughter Joan." There is more family than you thought.4

Educated at Prior's Field School, Godalming. Then Bedford for P.E. training. Gym Teacher in Malvern, Tiverton, Guernsey and Jersey until Germans arrived. After the death of husband Kenneth Cleaver, taught in day schools in London.

Lived in Roland Gardens, SW7, part of the time with Wendy.

After marrying Joe Good, moved to Dublin. He was one of the defenders of the Dublin GPO in 1916.

Wrote and published poetry - 'One is One' Mitre Press 1968. Friend of Walter de la Mare ('WJ' of the dedication of One is One).

Info from book jacket of One is One.2

Joanna remembers that when she was at La Sagesse, Pam brought over a netball team from some other school for a match. She spoke in a ''posh' voice, appearing rather odd to the other girls, and embarrassing to Joanna.

Sp. Kenneth Crunden CLEAVER5,7,10,11,15,16,17,18,19,20 (1895-1945) [526], son of Howard Crunden CLEAVER (1862-1948) [2206] and Annie Rebecca CLARK (1862-1938) [2207].

Sp. Alfred Joseph GOOD (1895-1962) [1958], son of SPENCER ( - ) [1960].

JoeJoe Good was at 1916 Dublin GPO Rising, and in 1946 wrote a memor 'Enchanted by Dreams - the journal of a revolutionary'

Buried at Boher na Breena in foothills of County Dublin Mountains (Maurice Good)

Boher Na Breena. Tallaght Co. Dublin Ireland

Bohernabreena nr Tallaght

Joe Good wrote a memoir of his experiences of the Easter Rising, called Enchanted Dreams This was republished (in 2016?) under a name like 'Inside the IRA, 1916'

Joe was part of an assassination squad sent to London to murder members of the cabinet should the Irish Conscription Bill go through. He was assigned to Bonar Law, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and tailed him for some 6 weeks, before the plot was called off.

1.5 John Christopher HEAL1,22 (1911-1985) [308].

Born 2 Oct 1911, Pinner, Middx. Marr Teresa Mary Elliot ANSTRUTHER 16 Sep 1939, London.5 Div.4 Div.2,4 Marr Olive Helen Violet [SCARTH] 1972.5 Died 24 Nov 1985, Devon.5


school at Greshams in Holt, Norfolk
Cambridge - did Economics and Architecture
1930 walking tour of Pyrenees
army Gunner No 14368175 R.A.
entered heals 1934
1936 exhibited in Mansard Gallery with Maxwell Fry - 7 young architects
1937 with Gordon Russell invited to design furnishings of the 'Weekend House' at Paris Exhibition
designed cottons for Turnbull and Stockdale
1938 dsigned inexpensive birch furniture

1946 demobbed
desigend utility furniture
early member of Modular Society
1952-1975 Design Director
1970 visited Expo70 in Osaka
1975 retired

friend of Douglas Webster, who sent a postcard 1977 from Kippford, Scotland. Kildorran, Kippford, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG5 4LW

furniture designer
Director of Heal & Son Ltd
divorced from TMA Heal
married Olive Scarth.2


39 Willow Rd, Hampstead
9 Gainsborough Gardens, Hampstead--
9 St Mark's Rd,Regents Park, London NW1 7TS
?, The Avenue, Sherborne, Dorset.

Sp. Teresa Mary Elliot ANSTRUTHER5 (1907-1991) [528], dau. of George Elliot ANSTRUTHER Bennet (1870-1940) [571] and Lydia Mary RICHARDSON (1863-1943) [1332].

Godmother was Teresa Riley, an Irish friend of her mother, and the first woman to get a Cambridge Tripos. (according to TMA).

1927-28 at Sorbonne, doing course for teachers of French

In her account books in 1935 she refers to her father as 'daddy'.2


lived at 36 Southampton Road, in part called Bickerton Tce, opposite the priory.

lived at 4 Adelaide Rd, Hampstead

flat at 427 Russell Court 1937-39, paying £4-11-0 and then £6-10-0 a month (TMA accounts book)

39 Willow Rd, Hampstead
9 Gainsborough Gdns, Hampstead
2 Cambridge Way, Uckfield, Sussex.

friends that BH remembers, from her address book:

Alice Betts
Miss Marsom
Mrs Frost
Miss Marhsall.

Note on Marriage to John Christopher HEAL: 1958 holiday in Bandol in S. of France, at Heal Cottage.

1.5.1 Rachel Ann HEAL5 [530].

Sp. Antonio CASTEL-BRANCO5,6 [531].

1.5.2 Joanna Mary HEAL5 [534].

Sp. Neil BLUMBERG4 [562].

1.5.3 John Gauntlett (Benedict) HEAL5 [535].

Sp. Jane KNEALE4,6 [1328], dau. of William KNEALE ( - ) [1329] and Martha KNEALE ( - ) [1330].

1.5.4 Christianne Clare HEAL5 [536].

Sp. John HENDERSON [1320].

1.5.5 Mark Elliot HEAL5 [537].

Sp. Elizabeth SIGMUND4 [565].

Sp. Gillian HEAL [1852].

Sp. Olive Helen Violet [SCARTH]5 ( -c. 1990) [529].


81 Newland, Sherborne, Dorset.


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2"File (merged): C:\docs\bh\familyhistory\heal26-1jun04.ged".
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4John Gauntlett (Benedict) Heal, "Information provided by John Gauntlett (Benedict) Heal" (Received Oct 2003, prepared ?2001).
5Oliver Standerwick Heal, "Information provided by Oliver Heal" (Prepared 1986).
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21"combe down website".
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