Aurora was too small for living aboard, so Herbert sold it. He then bought an old inter-island schooner, Cecily M., … Continue reading Herbert Davis, 1923 – 1996 Chapter VI
St Vincent In 1964 Herbert was tasked with opening a branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in St … Continue reading Herbert Davis, 1923 – 1996 Chapter V
Young Family Anthony was born on 11th March, 1949. Ian arrived in October of 1951. I did not like to … Continue reading Herbert Davis, 1923 – 1996 Chapter IV
Romance and Marriage Marjorie Davis was the daughter of Lawrence (Longfellow) and Amy Farmer. Lawrence was a Planter and owned … Continue reading Herbert Davis, 1923 – 1996 Chapter III
Boyhood Herbert grew up on a plantation in St Andrew, Barbados. Even though his parents were not wealthy, he lived … Continue reading Herbert Davis, 1923 – 1996 Chapter II
My late Dad’s birthday is soon approaching, and I thought it would be a good time to publish a memorial to him. I am starting by sharing the earliest photos I have of him. I would be grateful for any additional information on the photos.
Early Life at River, St Andrew, Barbados
Clarence Fitzherbert McCarthy Davis, my father, was born in Barbados on the 25th of October, 1923. His parents were Malcolm McCarthy Davis and (Amy) Kathleen Harding. I think Malcolm was the manager of River Plantation, and Kathleen was a housewife, or home maker. Below is the earliest photo I have of Herbert.
The exact location of the photos above and below are unknown, but the hills in the background suggest the Scotland District. I have a note indicating it was River Plantation, St Andrew which was affiliated with Bawdens, mentioned later. This makes sense as Herbert’s younger brother, Harold, was born at River on 31st July 1926.
The photograph below may have been taken at Bawden’s Plantation in St Andrew, Barbados. It will be of interest to my Gill and Harding relatives, as the caption identifies Kiturah who was a Gill as well as a few Hardings. Herbert is the toddler (babe-in-arms) held by Ermine Banfield. Ermine was my first cousin, twice removed.
Standing: Malcolm and Kathleen Davis (Herbert’s parents), Kiturah (nee Gill, Malcolm’s mother), baby Herbert Davis, Ermine Banfield (dau of Elliot), Rita and Gladys Davis (Malcolm’s sisters), Lolita Davis (unknown), Edgar Welch (married Rita), Dibbon Davis (Malcolm’s sister), Leslie Harding (Kathleen’s brother), Robert Fitzherbert Davis (Malcolm’s father), Clarence Harding (Kathleen’s father)
Sitting: Edith Harding and Elise Ward (Kathleen’s sisters), _____ Bynoe, Lucy Harding and Mildred Harding (almost entirely hidden), Mary Harding, Marguerite Harding (last 3 probably all Leslie’s daughters) and Grace Harding (behind, probably Leslie’s wife, nee Bynoe)
Photo taken by Bob Ward at (I guess) Bawdens and River Plantation, St. Andrew, Barbados. My notes suggest that Bawdens was purchased by F. F. C. (Fitz) Gill June 22, 1917 for £13,000! Fitz Gill was Granny Kathleen’s uncle.
Back row: Hilton Seale, boy of 13?, old man 65+, middle aged man, Malcolm Davis (about 40?), old man (dark tan) planter? 65+, middle aged man
Front row: Doris Seale, Herbert in lap, with two other small children, unknown 35? yr old lady with child in lap, Amy Kathleen (nee Harding) Davis, Sylvia Streat 40, husband Gordon Harding?
I am going to stick an extra photo here. It is hard to believe that my grandfather once had hair! Can anyone identify the house?
Cambridge University Anthony was a Barbados Scholar and was accepted by Cambridge University in England to study Civil Engineering. He … Continue reading Anthony Davis (1949-2009) Chapter V