Ireland at home in 1911

In 1911 Ireland was living at 54 Elm Park Mansions, close to King’s Road, Chelsea. His immediate neighbours were spinsters. On one side lived 36-year-old Kate Mills, born in Dunedin, New Zealand. On the other was Miss Alice Scott, a 62-year-old teacher of embroidery. Others around him included:

  • Roger North, a Canadian farmer
  • Claude Windham, who described himself as a ‘gold prospector’
  • journalist Sue Fountain

At no. 41 lived Talfourd Hope Inman, optical engineer, along with his brother Leslie Yardley Inman (seen right). The latter was one of the many young men of 1911 who died in the First World War. Born in 1888, Leslie was the younger son of the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, George Talfourd Inman, of Highmoor Hall (below). He was educated at Radley and at Hertford College, Oxford, after which he became a member of the Stock Exchange and partner in the family firm. On the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Public Schools and University Corps, and obtained a commission in the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). In October he was with the 5th Wilts in Gallipoli, then Mesopotamia. He died on 6 April 1916.

Many women of private means also lived in the mansion block, among them Mrs Katharine Moneypenny.

Sources: 1911 census;



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