“I hate Germany!” declares a German immigrant

Stoney Ware was one of the big houses in Bisham, and Florence Vansittart Neale, whose husband owned Bisham Abbey, visited regularly. The Victoria County History describes as the residence of Mrs Taylor, but intriguingly, in the 1911 census Mrs Therese or Theresia Taylor, is revealed as the German-born widow of an Englishman, living with her sister Auguste-Johanne Krohnke. At least one of her sons in law, Julius Hoch, was a German army officer. But Mrs Taylor’s odd dislike of her countrymen may perhaps be explained by the fact that she came from Holstein, an area conquered from Denmark by a German confederation in 1864, when she was a young woman. She became a British citizen through marriage to Yorkshire wool stapler James Taylor, in that same year of 1864. She must also have feared for her grandsons, German citizens. At least two of them, Berthold Hoch and Wolf von Zenker, were 16 year old German army cadets in 1911 (when they visited their grandmother), and would almost certainly have been among those fighting British troops.

18 August 1914
Dismantling Chintz Room. Bed in Bubs’ room…

Called on Stoney Ware… Funny old couple. [Illegible] very emphatic “I hate Germany!!”…

Eleanor Long married hurriedly – her husband naval (Fellowes). No real news.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8)

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