William Vincent Dumbreck was born 1st July 1893 in Liverpool
served with the Liverpool Scottish (Camerons) 1911-1917, Indian Army 1917-1923,
and the Royal Air
William and Nora 1940
William married Nora Alice
Luck, eldest daughter of Alfred Gray
Luck of Frant, Sussex. They had 2 children (twins):-
Ian Robert Dumbreck born 28th January 1927 continues the family name.
Jean Christina Dumbreck born 28th January 1927 married Denis Harper and have 2
Margaret Christina Harper born 23rd May 1956.
Richard James Harper born 10th August 1959.
William and Nora 1959
of Mr. William Vincent Dumbreck
from the Tonbridge Free Press
who died at James House Hadlow Kent on 2nd April 1967
Local historian, Mr.
William Dumbreck of James House, Hadlow, died recently at the age of 73. He had been ill for some time.
The funeral service on
Thursday of last week at Hadlow Parish Church was followed by interment at
Mr Dumbreck was well know
in the Hadlow area and performed many services for the village. One of his
recent tasks was to discover the names of fields so that now roads could be
named after them.
He trained as a chartered
accountant but, in 1911, enlisted in the Liverpool Scottish Regiment. He went to
France in 1914, was wounded and rejoined his battalion in 1915.
Commissioned in 1917, he
joined the Indian Army, retiring as a captain in 1923.
Mr. Dumbreck studied
agriculture at Cirencester and then took up hop and fruit farming in Kent,
making his home in Hadlow, where he married in 1924.
He joined the Royal
Auxiliary Air Force in 1938 and during the Second World War commanded squadrons
in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Kent.
He was later seconded to
the Army and served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
He returned to Hadlow and
resumed farming in 1946. He was director and chairman of Kent Hop Fruit and
Stock Farms Ltd.
Mr. Dumbreck was a
marksman of note and represented India at Bizley until 1938. More recently he
shot for Kent in inter-county matches and Scotland in national matches. He was
chairman of the Kent County Rifle Association between 1951 and 1962.
He was a former member
and chairman of the Upper Medway Internal Drainage Board and a member of the
Kent River Board.
A lot of his time since
1945 was spent on local history, especially at Hadlow, and he was a member of
the council of Kent Archaeological Societies.
He leaves a widow, a son
who is a commander in the Navy and a daughter who is married and lives in