Herbert Charles Lelliott 1885-1942

Herbert was born in Worthing and christened on 12 July 1885 at Broadwater, the eldest son of Joseph Henry Lelliott and Susan Hay.

In 1901 he was a carpenter's apprentice living with his parents. On the death of his father in 1914 he was given the option of purchasing the family building and blind making business but he did not take this up. Instead he took a lease on the business premises in Chatsworth Road, Worthing.

In 1918 he married Gladys Ethel Minnie Williams. According to the Worthing Gazette she was the third daughter of Mr & Mrs J.I. Williams of 22 The Steyne (Worthing), and Oxted, Surrey. Gladys had been a bridesmaid to Herbert's sister, Gertrude five years before.

On the death of his mother in 1929 he was again given the option of purchasing the business premises. I do not know whether he did.

Herbert died on 8 October 1942 at his home at 21 Warwick Gardens, Worthing. He is described in the Worthing Gazette as a builder, freemason, champion wrestler and a member of the sailing club. His funeral was at Offington Cemetery.

His daughter Gladys took over the running of the business and her cousin, Lionel Williams, the son of her deceased sister-in-law Dorothy, became involved. Lionel died in 1952 at Worthing aged 36. Gladys and her husband Doug continued with the business until their retirement in 1980 when it was sold. Today a blind manufacturer in Worthing is still trading under the Lelliott name.

Herbert's wife Gladys died aged 71 in 1965 at Worthing.


  1. Betty Lelliott born 1919 East Preston district

    In 1939 she married Henry Whitford Bain. According the to Worthing Gazette he was in the London Scottish Regiment and she was living at Rosedale, Warwick Gardens. They had a daughter and moved to Swaziland.

  2. Gladys Jean H Lelliott born 1920 East Preston district

    Gladys was known as Jean presumably to prevent confusion with her mother who was also named Gladys. According to Worthing Herald on 11 September 1948 at St Georges church, East Worthing she married Douglas A Gulland.