Yeovil People

Cecil and Mary Titball

A clerk for the Great Western Railway and his family


Cecil Hubert Titball was born in Bruton in 1878 and baptised on 1 January 1879 at Bruton. He was the youngest of the four children of Bruton's station master Walter Titball (1850-1885) and Sarah Ann née Smith (1844-1928). Certainly during the early 1870s the family lived in Yeovil where their first son, Walter, was born. By 1876 the family had moved to Bradpole, Dorset. By the time of the 1891 census Walter had died and Sarah, her children and mother-in-law Mary Titball were living in Sydney Terrace, Bradpole.

On 18 April 1906, at Dovercourt, Essex, Cecil married Ruby Alice Miller (1879-1967). They were to have seven children, the first two children did not survive infancy. The later children were; Kathleen Ethel (1907-1995), Richard Cecil (1909-1992), twin girls Muriel Alice (1911-2006) and Agatha Margaret, known as Fay, (1911-1998) and Gerald Stephen (1915-2000).

Cecil worked as a railway clerk for the Great Western Railway and in the 1911 census he and his family were listed at 22 St Michael's Road. This same year the family moved to Devizes, Wiltshire.

Cecil died in 1937 at Wells, aged 57, and Ruby died in Wells in 1967, aged 87.




From my collection

Ruby Titball with 14-week old twins Agatha Margaret 'Fay' and Muriel Alice - photographed on 28 February 1912.