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Olive on stage, 1920’s
The Trainor's had five daughters; Irene Mary, Constance (Chloe) Evelyn, Phyllys Marion, Cecil Dorothy and Olive Vivian, there was one son; Devaney Claude Edward.
Olive being the youngest was affectionately nicknamed baby.
Cecil was the most amiable, wandering through life with a gentle disposition.
Phyllys married a Major Dixon who spent the 1939/45 war years sitting on German unexploded bombs in London defusing them.
Olive with Pat and Barbara.
Olive with the girls at Hove.
By 1920 Keddey had left Olive, she petitioned him to return for the sake of their children (National Archives J 77/1729/3840), they resumed their marriage for several years, however Keddey petitioned Olive for divorce in 1923 (National Archives J 77/2045/4053), at some point Olive met Capt. Wilfred H.J Wreford who went by the name of Anthony (Tony) Joynson-Wreford.
Olive took her daughters with her to live in London but later she was to lose custody of them and it seems she never saw them again, although she kept a keen eye on them from a distance, as we can see from the 2 photographs from her personal photo album which contains a photograph of Pat’s marriage to Edward Asa Thomas in 1940 and one of Barbara with her baby daughter Dawn.
Pat and Edward Asa Thomas.
Barbara with baby daughter Dawn.
Olive was captivated with Tony he was dashing, exciting and well connected socially, he was a keen aviator, raced cars and also owned race horses.
They married in 1926 in Paris at the British Consulate.
On the 10th January 1928 Olive gave birth to a son, Anthony Patrick (Pat) Joynson-Wreford, unfortunately within the year the marriage crumbled and later ended in divorce, Olive left for America taking Pat with her and letters of introduction from friends in England, she intended to take Hollywood by storm. When the ship arrived in New York, Olive was not allowed to disembark as she had no Immigration Visa, she was unable to return to England as she did not have sufficient funds to purchase a ticket, they were deported to the nearest British Protectorate in Bermuda.
Olive and Pat in Bermuda.
Pat with a group of passengers on the ship bound for New York from Bermuda.
Olive received alimony of £500 per annum from Keddey as part of of her divorce settlement, on her return to London she negotiated to have this paid as a one off payment and with this she opened a beauty salon in Knightsbridge, she called it, "Madame Olive."
Over the next four decades Olive travelled the Globe, she opened a Marriage Bureau in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she was joined by Pat.
Pat was to find success on the stage in South Africa, followed with a career on Zambian/Rhodesian television, he moved to Glasgow, Scotland in 1968 to join Scottish Television.
Olive followed him there and she settled in to retirement in Glasgow, where she was to remain until her death in August 1980 aged 86.
Olive with George Stephenson.
Olive behind the wheel of a car with her mother in the passenger seat and husband Keddey, in the back.
Olive and Pat at Lomond Castle in 1978.
Olive Vivian Trainor was a tall, slim woman with auburn hair, a beauty spot meticulously placed on her right cheek and an air of authority that was inbred from her Irish and, at times, fiery background, born on the 22nd of September 1893 in Teddington, Middlesex.
Little is known of her father, Patrick Edward Trainor ("THE WALMER SHOOTING CASE") he was of Irish origin, from Tullyframe, Co. Down, her mother, Marianne (Marion) Shum was the daughter of Charles Francis Shum, Esq of Prestwick Lodge, Northumberland, and granddaughter of George Shum-Storey of Arcot Hall, Northumberland. The Trainors divorced in 1909. (National Archives J77/963/9232)
Chloe thrived in the London social circuit mixing with high society, she took to the stage where she used the name Chloe O'Hara.
Olive married Henry Keddey Fletcher on the 3rd December 1915, she was 22 and pregnant, Keddey was 25, his family owned the ship repair company; Fletcher Son and Fearnall Ltd, Union Docks, Limehouse.
The Fletchers had two daughters, Patricia (Pat) Marion Collingwood Fletcher born on 29th May 1916 and Barbara Pamela Fletcher born 14th August 1917, Olive doted on her daughters, she was a loving dutiful wife and mother.
(Extract from “Olive Through A Looking Glass” by Patrick Joynson-Wreford.)
Eventually Olive and Pat were able to enter America, where they remained until 1938 only returning to London when the threat of War was looming with Germany.
Olive met Major. George Stephenson shortly after her return to London, she did not want to marry again but agreed to change her name by deed poll to Olive Stephenson, they set up home in a rented house on the Thames at Church Island, Staines.
Madam Olive, Knightsbridge, London.