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Albert Victor Ebblewhite

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Albert Victor 'Ebby' Ebblewhite (1871-1940)

1871 Born the son of John Henry Ebblewhite, Musical Instrument maker, and his wife Amy.

1901 Living at White Heather, Forest Glade, Leytonstone, Essex: Albert V. Ebblewhite (age 30 born Aldgate), Musical Instrument Maker. with his wife Edith H. Ebblewhite (age 34 born Walthamstow).[1]

1911 Living at White Heather, Forest Glade, Leytonstone, Essex: Albert Ebblewhite (age 40 born St Botolph Aldgate, City of London), Manager - Musical Instrument Makers and Importers. with his wife Edith Ebblewhite (age 44 born Walthamstow) and their three children; Lewis Ebblewhite (age 7 born Leyton); Elsa Ebblewhite (age 6 born Leyton) and Joan Ebblewhite (age 6 born Leyton). One servant.[2]

Detailed obituary.[3]


1940 Obituary [4]

The death occurred recently of A. V. Ebblewhite, one of the most famous figures in the competition world in this country. Although latterly Ebblewhite had concentrated on the time-keeping and handicapping of motor races rather than on flying events, previous to the 1914-1918 war he was associated with most of the pioneer flying meetings in this country.

Together with his equally well-known companion George Reynolds he acted as timekeeper, for instance, at 1910 Bournemouth International Flying Week. This was in 1910 and was the ill-fated occasion when the Hon. C. S. Rolls was killed. Ebblewhite, or "Ebby" as he was usually called, was also a timekeeper at the Lanark meeting in Scotland in 1910.

Later he was associated with Reynolds on the Daily Mail £10,000 competition and on the first aeronautical Gordon Bennett race to be held in this country. Later as the aeronautical and motoring activities expanded, Ebblewhite concentrated more on cars and Reynolds on aircraft.

He became, of course, permanent time-keeper and handicapper at Brooklands Race Track from its inception.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 Census
  2. 1911 Census
  3. The Sphere - Saturday 30 December 1939
  4. Flight magazine of 4th January 1940 [1]