Mrs Wood Age 54 yrs
St Osyth Mahala Eustace-Smith was born 1886 in Hampstead, London.
She was the daughter of Thomas Eustace Smith and Katherine St Osyth
Her father Thomas (b1855/d1936) was a JP and Barrister with offices
located at No4 North Hill in Colchester.
Her mother was Katherine Howard (b1853/d1933)
Born in Bedford, the daughter of James Howard (b1821/d1889)MP,
Agricultural Engineer employing 700 hands, landowner and farmer
mother was called Mahala and came from St. Osyth in Essex.
"Mahala" is also very common name originating from Hebrew
At some period
in time the family moved out of Wormingford Grange to take up
residence at his offices in Colchester (see footnote)
St Osyth was very
active in local community work before and after her marriage.
Records show:- The Colchester National Union of Womens
Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) was formed in January 1912 with
Miss Eustace Smith (Wormingford Grove, near Colchester) as its
secretary. She would have been 26yrs old at this time.
This reference appears on p91 of Elizabeth Crawfords book
The Womens Suffrage Movement in Britain and Ireland.
It is also mentioned in the Essex County Standard on Feb 10th
Unlike the militant "Suffragettes" these women campaigned
for the vote through non-militant means, so they didnt resort
to the arson attacks and other violent protests.
On the 7th June
1918 "The London Gazette" reported Miss St Osyth Mahala
Eustace-Smith receiving an OBE for her work as "Hon Secretary,
Essex Local War Pensions Committee".
have been 32 yrs of age at this time.
St Osyth was married (age 38yrs) to Thomas Wood on 2 July 1924
in Wormingford Church, Essex.
Wormingford is the adjacent parish to Bures.
The London Gazette and The Times reported her death on Nov 1st
1970, residing at: Cedar House, Wasperton. Warwick.
She would have been 84 years of age. Her ashes like her husband
Thomas were interned at Parsonage Hall.
According to records, St Osyth left a personal estate of £799,000.