See also

Philip WILSON (1954- )

1. Philip Antony Fiennes WILSON, son of Peter Fiennes WILSON (1920-1995) and Iris Margaret MARTIN (1920-2001), was born on 15 December 1954 in Habbanijah, Iraq. He is a Musician/Teacher. He has 2 children.


Philip is a musician and teacher, and has alternated a freelance career with school teaching. He has travelled widely and is also a keen and accomplished photographer.


Philip Antony Fiennes WILSON has the following children:


Alma Mei WILSON (1997- ). Alma was born on 17 January 1997.

Patrick Gordon Fiennes WILSON (1999- ). Patrick was born on 14 January 1999.

Second Generation

2. Peter Fiennes WILSON, son of Captain Maurice Fiennes Fitzgerald WILSON DSO, RN and Catherine Gladys MURRAY, was born on 21 December 1920 in 2 Dartmouth Place, Blackheath. He was born on 21 December 1920 in 2 Dartmouth Pl., Blackheath. He was a Consultant Civil Engineer. He married Iris Margaret MARTIN on 21 May 1949 in Ilminster Church. He died on 31 July 1995 in Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells. He died in 1996 in Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells. He married Judy Olivia DE COURCEY HUGHES (NEE SHORTHOSE).


Peter joined the firm of Coode and Partners, Consultant Civil Engineers, and stayed there for his entire career. He rose in the firm to become resident engineer (including spates in Nigeria, Iraq and Malta), was then promoted to partner, and then, a number of years later, to Senior Partner. He led the firm when it changed its status from partnership to company. Coodes had been the company Peter's grandfather Maurice Wilson had been in.

Later in life he developed what some doctors believed was Multiple Sclerosis, and gradually lost the use of his left arm and leg, and was eventually confined to a wheelchair. Although he travelled a lot as a young married man (with his job), he was by nature a home-loving and unadventurous man. He often said that his favourite occupation was "pottering" at home. He was a serious stamp-collector. He had a gentle disposition and was quite shy, but well-liked by friends, family and colleagues.

He was not an ambitious man - when he finally led the firm he had stayed with all his life, he often said he would rather have remained as a plain engineer doing engineering, rather than accept the rigours and responsibilities of management; this was especially so as the company had problems at the time, which led it to be forced to amalgamate with another company to ensure its survival.


3. Iris Margaret MARTIN, daughter of Charlie James MARTIN and Emily Mabel "Girlie" WALLER, was born on 21 February 1920 in Finchley, London. She was a Housewife. She died in December 2001 in Crowborough, E.Sussex.


Iris was an exceptionally strong character, who had totally opposite sides to her character. Seemingly from her father she inherited an absolute belief in the superiority of the English Upper Class and the Conservative Party, and a total acceptance of all related beliefs. At the same time she had a wild and adventurous element in her character, which manifested itself in her love of international travel. When she inherited some money from her aunt late in life, she took the opportunity to travel to places as remote as Antarctica, Indonesia, Mauritius, the Galapagos, Alaska and New Zealand; early in her marriage (in the early 1950's) she and Peter had motored from Nigeria to South Africa - this in an age where there would have been no made-up roads and no communications infrastructure. They also drove from Britain to Iraq, where Peter was working, with their two extremely young children. Iris was also an enthusiastic music lover and spent many years developing her piano playing, after her two children had left home.

When Peter and Iris were divorced in the early 1970's, she never accepted the divorce, mainly because she strongly believed that by divorce she had lost status on the basis that a divorced woman would have a lower status than a married woman, and secondly that Peter, by her own view of life, had come from a "better" background than she, and through the divorce had lost her connection to this background.

When she was a young woman, Iris worked as a secretary in the Bank of England, but was mainly interested in going to concerts and the theatre: she was clearly drawn to people from "arty" backgrounds, but finally found her man sitting quietly by himself at the Hampstead Cricket Club; she noticed straight away how bad his teeth were, but obviously did not let this fact stand in her way!


Peter Fiennes WILSON and Iris Margaret MARTIN had the following children:


Michael Murray Fiennes WILSON (1953- ). Michael was born on 3 September 1953. He was a Catering and Facilities Manager.


Philip Antony Fiennes WILSON (1954- )

Third Generation

4. Captain Maurice Fiennes Fitzgerald WILSON DSO, RN (known as 'Fiennes', and also as [unnamed person]), son of Maurice Fitzgerald WILSON and Florence May BADNALL, was born on 22 June 1886 in 2 Talbot Villas, Old Dover Road, Gravesend, Kent. He was a Naval Officer. He married Catherine Gladys MURRAY on 4 August 1914 in St Judes, Portsea, Portsmouth, England. He died on 16 February 1975 in Watlington, Oxon. He was buried in Putney Vale Cemetery.


Fiennes, as he was known, had a career as a Naval Officer. His specialism was navigation. He was awarded the DSO for bravery in action during WW1, as well as the equally prestigious Dutch Order of Orange Nassau. (Listed in London Gazette of 25 November, 1947). Fiennes wrote a detailed diary of his WW1 experience - something officers were expressly forbidden to do. Some of that diary still exists, in particular his time aboard HMS Drake in 1914.

He tried, unsuccessfully (but only just) to get onto Scott's Antarctic Expedition, and correspondence about his efforts to be included still exist.

There are many more multimedia records for this entry, which can be via through


At the age of 14, Fiennes was at a school in Greenwich, at 50 Chroun(?) Hill. There appeared to be but 10 pupils (13-15 years of age) and a headmaster and his wife. Interestingly, in the 1891 census, the family is at 27 Sloane Gardens, Chelsea, London. The two boys are there, aged 4 and 2, 5 servants including a "nurse" and "nursemaid", but no sign of either parent!


MFFW was awarded the DSO during the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight in 1917.
This was a naval engagement in World War I. On 17 November 1917, German minesweepers clearing a path through the British minefield in the Heligoland Bight near the coast of Germany were intercepted by two British cruisers, HMS Calypso and HMS Caledon, performing counter-minesweeping duties. The German ships fled south toward the protection of the battleships SMS Kaiser and SMS Kaiserin, commanded by Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter. The two cruisers engaged the German battleships, while their own screening force of the battlecruisers HMS Tiger, HMS Renown, HMS Repulse, HMS Courageous, and HMS Glorious of the First Battlecruiser Squadron, commanded by Admiral Sir Charles Napier, were coming up to assist.

All personnel on the bridge of HMS Calypso, including her captain, were killed by a 12-inch shell. HMS Repulse, Captain William Boyle, briefly engaged the German battleships, but the Germans made it back to the safety of their own minefields with the loss of only a torpedo boat.

You will find an account of the encounter in the Gazettes ( I believe in the 24 June 19 gazette.

"British forces were Glorious, Courageous and eight light cruisers with four battlecruisers in support attemping to attack German minesweeping forces and whatever patrol forces they encountered. They hit upon four German light cruiser under Kontreadmiral von Reuter, which laid smoke and fell back toward two supporting German battleships. Glorious and Courageous fired an awful lot of shells and scored few hits. The worst damaged German ship was the light cruiser Königsberg, which took a 15-inch shell from Repulse."


From the Old Wykehamist

" Register: Wilson, Maurice Fiennes Fitzgerald (D, 1899³ - 1900³), born 22 June 1886, son of Maurice Fitzgerald Wilson, Bagenholt, Dover. Midshipman HMS Drake; Sub-Lieutenant.1906; Lieutenant-Commander HMS Calypso 1918; DSO.

His House annals record that Fiennes was in MP2 when he arrived at the school (being the ‘Middle Part’ of the school, this would demonstrate to me that he was particularly bright – at least he would have been in my day in the mid-60s!) and in MP3 when he left. The annals also state ‘left to cram for R.N, 5th into Britannia 1901’. [Junior Part lies below and Senior Part above (unsurprisingly!), with VIth Book at the peak of the academic streaming.]

Fiennes was only here for a year – in Kenny’s (aka Fearons or ‘D’)".


Fiennes was educated at Winchester College and made a successful career in the Navy, where he was known as one of its most talented navigators. He was awarded the DSO for courage during WW 1, during action on HMS Calypso where the Captain was killed and he was seriously injured, yet remained in charge to bring the ship to safety. Fiennes was also almost chosen to be part of Scott's fated Antartctic expedition, but was in the end left out due to politics: there was controversy about the expedition which centred around the issue of whether the expedition should at heart be a civil or naval venture. After WW 1 Fiennes worked for Admiral Kelly in the fledgling League of Nations. During WW 2 he returned to the Navy and was involved in convoy work , for which, by order of the Dutch monarch, he became a Commander of the Order of Orange Nassau. After WW 2 Fiennes involved himself in a number of occupations, including keeping chickens. He was interested in genealogy, book-binding and had a passion for driving an old Bentley car; this latter had a tragic consequence in his old age when he ran over and killed a young woman (who was known to him) in the village where he lived: he was driving in the dark and had not seen her. Fiennes was known for his quiet courage and great sense of humour.


5. Catherine Gladys MURRAY (known as 'Gladys'), daughter of Colonel Pulteney Henry MURRAY and Mary Leaycraft INGHAM, was born on 18 January 1886 in Oswestry (registered). She was born on 18 January 1886 in Oswestry. She died on 12 April 1958.


Gladys was born into a family with a long and distinguished history on her father's side, and into a powerful Bermudan shipping family on her mother's side. Her mother's father had risen to the position of Speaker of the House of Assembly in Bermuda. Gladys herself married a naval officer.


Maurice Fiennes Fitzgerald WILSON and Catherine Gladys MURRAY had the following children:


Pamela Fiennes WILSON (1918- ). Pamela was born on 17 March 1918.


Peter Fiennes WILSON (1920-1995)


6. Charlie James MARTIN, son of Thomas Charles MARTIN and Margaret FRENCH, was born circa 1892 in Brondesbury. He was a Civil Servant. He married Emily Mabel "Girlie" WALLER. He married Bessie WIRE.


Not much is known about the life and occupation of Charlie James Martin. His daughter Iris knew that he was a civil servant, working in London, but never knew the exact nature of his work. His first wife died young, and apparently he had some health problems later in his life (it is unsure whether they were mental or physical) and required the attention of a nurse. His second wife Bessie was apparently his nurse; Charlie's daughter Iris never accepted this marriage and hardly ever saw him in later life, after he had retired to St. Mawes, Falmouth, Cornwall.

According to his daughter Iris he was an extremely strict father who often made her lie for long periods on hard boards to straighten her back, for example. He was a religious man.


7. Emily Mabel "Girlie" WALLER, daughter of George Edward WALLER and Emily Charlotte WILLIAMS, was born on 13 March 1888 in Camberwell. She died on 19 May 1941. She was buried in Golders Green Crematorium.


She died relatively young (cause unknown); she came from a family of seven or eight children. Her daughter Iris was devoted to her and idolized her after her death, as much as she did not accept her father's remarriage.


Charlie James MARTIN and Emily Mabel "Girlie" WALLER had the following children:



Iris Margaret MARTIN (1920-2001)