Robert Ingate George is listed as a Banstead ringer. However, it is still far from clear when he actually moved there – he seems to have lived a very peripatetic life, virtually every officially recorded trace of his life shows him living in a different place. He was born in Occold, Suffolk around 1877, he had two older sisters, Harriet Florence and Caroline Annie. The 1881 census shows his father, James was working as a groom, and by then the family had moved the short distance to Thornham Parva, by then Robert also had a third sister, Christiana. By 1891 the family had moved to Beenham in Berkshire – both Robert and his father were working as agricultural labourers. Two brothers, James William and Edgar Lewis, and a fourth sister, Hilda Mary, had been added to the family. The move to Berkshire must have happened before 1885 as Lewis’s birth was registered in the Bradfield registration district (which included Beenham) in the 3rd quarter 1885.
By 1901 Robert had moved out of the family home and was boarding in Ealing. Robert was working as a gardener, living with a William Robinson and his wife Adelaide. William was a milk carrier, so probably wasn’t employing a gardener himself, suggesting Robert was working elsewhere. In 1907 Robert married Kate Cecilia Beecroft in Tendring registration district, Essex. The following year they had a daughter, Cecilia May George, the birth was registered in the Brentford registration district, and the 1911 census tells us she was born in Twickenham. By 1911 the family of three were living in Rose Cottage, Buckland, Surrey – George was working as a chauffeur and groom. In 1912 a second child was born, a son this time, Leslie R George.
By 1916 the family were living at Woodhaven Road, Weybridge. It seems likely that Robert volunteered via the Derby Scheme towards the end of 1915. He was called to active service on 30 May 1916 serving as a motor transport driver with the Army Service Corps. No service record has been traced, but the Banstead roll of honour states that he served in France and Italy. He was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
It appears he eventually moved to his wife’s home county on Essex, and died there in 1957, aged 80. I have not yet traced any details of his bell ringing.