The Will of Euphemia Thompson - 1960 Dated 6 October 1958
(Note: Some Punctuation, Highlighting, and space added for clarity.)
I, Euphemia Thompson
of Flat 4 No. 72 Courtfield Gardens, Kensington, London,
S.W.5, Widow, hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions made
by me, and I declare this to be my last Will.
- I HEREBY APPOINT JOHN DONALD HASLAM of Lennox House, Norfolk Street,
London, W.C.2 Solicitor, and ALBERT GEORGE FETTES of 2 Norfolk Street,
aforesaid Chartered Accountant (hereinafter called "my Trustees") to be the
Executors and Trustees of this my Will, and I give to each of my Trustees, who
shall prove this will, the sum of Two Hundred an Fifty Pounds (£250), free of
- I DESIRE to be cremated, and my ashes to be buried in a grave next to that of
my daughter, Caryl Renee Humphreys.
- I BEQUEATH the following specific bequests, each free of duty:-
To my son FREDERICK CHARLES THOMPSON :-
- The High sheriff Trumpets used by my late husband
- The pastel drawing of my late daughter Caryl Renee Humphreys as a little girl.
- My silver sheep cup with two handles.
- My pair of two-branch silver candelabra.
- All my rat tail silver service with crest.
- My silver tea tray and set, comprising, teapot, milk jug, sugar basin, coffee pot, and hot water jug.
- The three racing pictures of his late Father in my Hall.
- The water colour picture of himself as a little boy.
- The map picture in my sitting room showing "Norton", and the head of a negress by my said daughter.
- All my bed table and other linen, my eiderdowns and silk bedcovers.
- Three silver birds (one pheasant, one partridge, and one turkey).
- To PAMELA PHEEMIE DULCIE JAMIESON the wife of Kenneth D. Jamieson:-
- My double row cultured pearl necklace with diamond clasp (one hundred and eleven pearls).
- My pair of small diamond pendant earrings.
- My diamond and ruby eternity ring.
- My two large oval plated dishes.
- My ermine coat and my sable cape.
- My two coaching prints now in my sitting room.
- My spinet dressing table in my bedroom.
- My tallboy chest of drawers in my bedroom.
- My three needlework wool chairs, and the long fender stool worked by myself.
- All books which shall at the date of my desk be in my combined writing desk and bookcase, in my sitting room.
- My sofa and two armchairs, and the covers thereto.
- The sampler made by my late daughter Caryl Renee Humphreys.
- The small display cabinet in my sitting room.
- Such of my fancy china ornaments as she may select.
- To VIVIENNE YVONNE GRELLIS the wife of Ronald Grellis:-
- All my dressing table silver.
- My aquamarine earrings.
- My Long ruby and diamond broach.
- My sapphire and diamond cluster ring.
- My grey fur coat.
- To my Grandson DOMINIC CHARLES CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON:-
AND I DECLARE that if at the date of my death, my said grandson shall be a minor,
my trustees may accept the receipt of his lawful guardian in full discharge of
the aforesaid specific bequests.
- My mahogany writing desk with book case above and glass doors, in my sitting room.
- Mahogany armchair at my desk.
- Small Chest of Dutch inlaid drawers, in drawing room.
- Small inlaid table with flap, and two side drawers, in drawing room.
- Two armchairs (stuffed) covered with green tapestry, in drawing room.
- Small mahogany table with flap, in dining room.
- Two tier mahogany serving table, in drawing room.
- To the said KENNETH D. JAMIESON my set of Encyclopedia Britannica, and the
special table to hold them.
- To MRS. T. E. PARRINGTON of Carley Hill, Sunderland, my two green China
Parrots, and any one piece of china, glass, or furniture, not hereby, or by any
codicil hereto, specifically disposed of, that she may select.
- I FURTHER BEQUEATH to the said PAMELA PHEEMIE DULCIE JAMIESON, free of duty, my
diamond three piece clip, with the date 1938 inside, and my single stone
diamond ring with the "scroll" mount, AND I DECLARE that these two pieces of
jewellery are my most treasured possessions, from a sentimental point of view,
AND I HEREBY EXPRESS the wish that the said Pamela Pheemie Dulcie Jamieson
shall not, subject to the exercise of her absolute discretion, part with the
said articles of jewellery, except to a child, or children of hers.
- I BEQUEATH to the said PAMELA PHEEMIE DULCIE JAMIESON and VIVIENNE YVONNE GRELLIS:-
AND I DECLARE that in default of agreement between the said Pamela Pheemie Dulcie Jamieson and Vivienne Yvonne Grellis, as to the division between them, of any such article, or articles, included in either sub-clause (a) or sub-clause (b) of this clause, the decision of my Trustees as to the mode and manner of such division shall be final and binding upon them.
- All my curtains, cushions, silk, and tapestry, to be divided between them, in such manner as they shall agree, and,
- Such articles from amongst such of my clothing or wearing apparel, as is not hereby, or by any Codicil hereto, otherwise specifically disposed of, as they shall select.
- I BEQUEATH all my clothing and wearing apparel, not hereby, or by any Codicil hereto otherwise specifically disposed of, to the ROYAL UNITED KINGDOM BENEFICENT ASSOCIATION, AND I DECLARE that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper Officer of that Association for my said clothing and wearing apparel, shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my Trustees.
- I BEQUEATH the following pecuniary legacies, each free of all duties:-
- To the said Pamela Pheemie Dulcie Jamieson the sum of Five Hundred Pounds.
- To Vivienne Yvonne Grellis, the wife of Ronald Grellis, the sum of Five Hundred Pounds.
- To my granddaughter, Veronica Therese Thompson, the sum of Five Hundred Pounds.
- To my grandsons, CHARLES VERNON THOMPSON and JOCELYN RICHARD THOMPSON the sum of Five Hundred Pounds each.
- To the said Mrs. T. E. Parrington, the sum of Two Hundred Pounds
- To the BRITISH EMPIRE CANCER CAMPAIGN, the sum of Two Hundred Pounds, and I DECLARE that the receipt of the Treasurer for the time being of the said campaign, shall be a sufficient discharge to my Trustees therefore.
- To Lieutenant Colonel NORMAN JOHNSTONE of Park House Gaddesby, Leicestershire, such a sum not exceeding Seven Hundred Pounds, as may still be owing to him by my son Frederick Charles Thompson at the date of my death, in or towards the satisfaction of such debt.
- To THOMAS HOWARD of 86 Duncombe Street, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, our butler for so many years, the sum of One Hundred Pounds.
- To my said Mrs. DORIS HOWARD of Flat 4, No. 72 Courtfield Gardens, aforesaid, the sum of One Hundred Pounds.
- I HAVE ARRANGED for my Grandson CHARLES VERNON THOMPSON to come to England to
be educated, and he is at present residing with his maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Dorothy Hayward Griffiths, of 1 Caffeyn's Cottage, Handcross, in the County of
Sussex, and I am making myself responsible for the payment of education,
clothing, housing, extras, and maintenance liabilities, which I estimate at
approximately Seven Hundred and twenty pounds per annum.
- IT is my express desire that upon my death, such payments as outlined in Clause
8 (a) hereof shall continue until my said grandson shall attain the age of
eighteen years in manner now appearing, NOW therefore I hereby direct that my
Trustees shall in satisfaction of such desire set apart and invest in their
names, in any of the investments by my Will or any Codicil thereto authorized
(with power to vary the same), a sum sufficient at the date of such investment
(hereinafter referred to as "the Charles Vernon Thompson Fund") to answer out
of the income a net annual sum of Eight Hundred Pounds, and shall stand
possessed of such investments UPON TRUST, to pay thereout in every year, such a
clear annual sum as shall provide for the following payments:-
- Payment of up to Five Hundred Pounds, in or towards settlement of the School fees and School extras.
- Payment of up to Fifty Pounds in or towards payment of my said grandson's School, and other, clothes.
- Payment of Sixty Pounds to be satisfied by two payments of Thirty Pounds in
each year to the said Mrs. Griffiths, or to such other person with whom my said
Grandson may be residing, for the maintenance and benefit of my said Grandson.
In addition, my Trustees shall be entitled in the event of the illness of my
said Grandson, to expend up to a further sum of One Hundred Pounds per annum
upon expenses connected with such illness.
- I DECLARE nevertheless, that notwithstanding the sums of money mentioned in
Clause 8 (b) hereof, my Trustees may in their absolute and uncontrolled
discretion decide the sum, or sums, which they shall expend in satisfaction of
the liabilities enumerated in such a clause, provided always that the total
expenditure shall not exceed the clear annual sum of Eight Hundred Pounds in
any one year, and further that any balance of the income remaining in hand in
any one year from the investments set apart to form the CHARLES VERNON THOMPSON
FUND shall be treated and dealt with as income of my residuary estate.
- I DIRECT that at the end of the academic year in which my said Grandson shall
have attained the age of Eighteen years, my Trustees shall retain out of the
CHARLES VERNON THOMPSON FUND sufficient investments to answer, out of the
income thereof, a gross annual sum of One Hundred Pounds, and pay such sum of
One Hundred Pounds, for the benefit of my said Grandson, until he shall attain
the age of Twenty One Years, for the purpose of assisting him with his living
expenses while settling down in life, AND SUBJECT thereto the remainder of the
CHARLES VERNON THOMPSON FUND shall revert to and form part of my residuary estate, and any surplus income
arising from the investments so reverting shall be applied as income of my
residuary estate, AND I FURTHER DIRECT that upon my said Grandson attaining the
age of Twenty years, the retained portion of the CHARLES VERNON THOMPSON FUND
shall revert to, and form part of my residuary estate, Provided Always that if
my said Grandson should die under the age of Eighteen years, the whole, but if
between the age of Eighteen and Twenty years, then the retained portion of, the
CHARLES VERNON THOMPSON FUND shall revert to, and form part of my residuary
estate, and any surplus income arising from the whole, or as the case may be,
from the retained portion of the Fund, shall be applied as income of my
- I BEQUEATH unto my Trustees, the sum of One thousand Pounds, free of duties,
upon trust, for my Grandson DOMINIC CHARLES CHRISTOPHER THOMPSON absolutely,
provided only that he shall survive me.
- I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all my real, and the remainder of my personal estate
not hereby, or by any Codicil hereto, otherwise specifically disposed of, unto
my Trustees UPON TRUST, to sell the said real estate (including chattels real)
and sell, call in, and convert into money, such part of my personal estate as
shall not consist of money, in their absolute and uncontrolled discretion to
postpone such sale, calling in, and conversion, for such period as they may
think fit, and that no reversionary interest be sold until it falls into
possession, unless my Trustees see special reasons for sale.
- MY TRUSTEES shall out of my ready money, and the proceeds of such sale, calling
in, and conversion as aforesaid, pay my
funeral and testamentary expenses, my debts, the legacies hereby, or by
any Codicil hereto bequeathed, and the
duties (if any) on all legacies bequeathed free of duty, and shall make any
such payments as may be required to carry out the provisions of Clause 2
hereof, and shall stand possessed of the balance of such moneys, and any part
of my estate for the time being remaining unrealized UPON TRUST to invest the
same in their names, in or upon any of
the investments hereinafter authorized with power for my Trustees in their
absolute and uncontrolled discretion from time to time at all times to change
and vary such investments for others of
a like nature and my Trustees shall stand possessed of such investments and any
part of my estate for the time being remaining unrealized (hereinafter called
"my residuary estate") UPON TRUST:-
PROVIDED that if either of my said grandsons shall predecease me, or survive me, but
fail to attain a vested interest, leaving issue living at his death, then such
issue shall take, by substitution, if more than one, in equal shares per
stirpes, the share of his, her, or their deceased parent.
- To pay the income thereof to my said son FREDERICK CHARLES THOMPSON during his
life, unless and until he shall have been, or shall be made, bankrupt, or shall
have entered or shall enter into, any
composition or arrangement with his creditors, or some act or event shall have
happened, or shall happen whereby the said income or any part thereof, if
belonging absolutely to my said son, would be payable to or vested in, or
charged in favor of, some other person, and from and after any such bankruptcy,
composition, arrangement, act, or event, as aforesaid.
- During the remainder of the life of my said son, to hold such income upon the
protective trusts laid down by Section 23 of the Trustee Act 1925, but so that
my Trustees shall be under no obligation to pay and apply the whole of such
income in any one year, to or for the benefit of any or all of the persons
named in the said Section, and so that the determination as to whether or not
the whole of such income shall be so paid and applied, shall be in the absolute
and uncontrolled discretion of my Trustees.
- If whilst the provisions of sub-clause (b) of this clause shall be operative,
my Trustees shall not pay or apply the whole of the income in any one year of
my residuary estate to or for the benefit of any or all the person or persons
to and for whom the same may be paid or applied under the provisions of the
said sub-clause, to invest such surplus income in such manner and with the like
powers of varying and transposing investments as is hereinbefore mentioned, and
to hold such investments and the income thereof as part of my residuary estate
as an accretion and addition thereto, and upon the like trusts as are herein
set forth of and concerning my residuary estate.
- From and after the death of my said son, to divide my residuary estate into
three equal parts, and to hold two such equal parts for my Grandson Charles
Vernon Thompson, and one such equal part for my said grandson Jocelyn Richard
Thompson, if and when they respectively attain the age of twenty-one years
AND PROVIDED that if either of my said grandsons shall predecease me, or survive me
but fail to attain a vested interest, leaving no issue living at his death,
then his share shall accrue to the share of my surviving grandson.
- I DECLARE that any moneys requiring to be invested under the provision of this
my Will, may be invested by my Trustees in or upon any investments of
whatsoever kind (including the purchase of real or leasehold property in the
United Kingdom or elsewhere, or of any interest in land, and the investment of
money upon loan or deposit, whether secured or unsecured, to any person, firm,
or public or private Company) at their absolute discretion, in like manner, in
all respects as if my Trustees were the absolute owners thereof.
- Any Trustee being a person engaged in any profession or business shall be
entitled to charge, and be paid, all professional, or other charges, and to
retain all proper commission for any business or act, done by him, or his firm,
in connection with the trusts hereof, including acts which a Trustee could have
whereof I have hereunto set my hand to this my will, contained in this
and the twelve preceding sheets of paper this 6th
day of October One
thousand nine hundred and fifty eight.
by the Testatrix, EUPHEMIA THOMPSON
, as and for her last Will, in our joint
presence, who at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each
other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses:
39 Breakspears Rd
London SE 4
72 Beechwood Road
On the 16th day of March 1960 Probate of this will was granted to John Donald Haslam, of
Lennox House, Norfolk Street, Strand, London W.C.2, Solicitor, and Albert
George Fettes, of 9 Arundel Street, Strand, aforesaid chartered accountant, the
executors, named in the said will.
Euphemia Thompson of Flat 4, No. 72 Courtfield Gardens, Kensington, London, S.W.5,
widow, Died on the 13th day of January 1960, at the Harley Street Nursing Home, 35 Weymouth Street, St.
Marylebone, London W.1.