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CHARLES II (SUNRIDGE AND KING'S LYNN.)
The eldest son Charles, born 8th October 1805, succeeded his father George in September 1839. By contrast with his predecessors he lived a rather retired life, spending his time between Sundridge, Cambridge Torrace, London and King's Lynn. He married late in life, Sarah Stables, a widow, of King's Lynn. He died 3rd October 1874, a day or two before his 69th birthday, leaving two young daughters Beatrice Mary and Elizabeth Mary. His anxiety for these young descendants is expressed in his long and carefully worded will in which he appointed trustees for the whole of his estates. After providing legacies for his widow, brothers and stepson, he instructed his trustees in great detail how he desired the estates to be administered for the benefit of his daughters and thereafter intail male. He provided that in the event of his daughters marrying, their husbands should within one year take steps to add the surname of Polhill to their own family surname and quarter the arms of Polhill with their own. He also directed that the trustees should have on trust all the pictures, minatures, silver-plate, books, coins, china and such other articles forming his 'collection' and to allow the same to devolve and remain as heirlooms. (Will at Somerset House, No. 754.)
His eldest daughter Beatrice, married Major Alfred George Streatfeild Beadwell who served in India, Egypt etc. and died September 1906. Their son Montgomery Polhill, born 1888 served in his father's regiment, the King's Own Scottish Borders and died in 1913. Their daughter, Beatrice Dorothy Polhill, born 1896, married in 1925 Ronald Campbell B.A. Daniel who after service in H.M.J. Centurion in the first World War and following an architectural career between the wars, was killed in action during the evacuation of Narvik in 1940. Their only son was born and died in July 1950.
His second daughter, Elizabeth, married Capt. Robert Brownell Drabble of Sundridge in 1890, who thereafter assumed the surname Polhill-Drabble and duly quartered his arms with those of the Polhill family. (14). He was a Barrister of the Inner Temple, Justice of the Peace for the County of Kent and a county councillor. They had four children, one son, Charles Robert Polhill (17.3.1899), and three daughters, Sybil Mary, Elizabeth May who died 4th May 1945 and was buried at Otford, and Joan Nisel who married Major Cuthbert Henry Liddell on 10th June 1929 and is now at Kineton, Warwickshire.
Major Liddell was son of John Liddel, late of Prudoe Hall, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and Sherfield Manor, Basingstoke. He served with distinction with the 15th. the King's Hussars in both world wars.
Captain Robert Polhill-Drabble was died on April 14th. 1941 and was laid to rest with other members of the Polhill family in the private vault behind the east window of Otford parish church near to the resting place of many generations of past Polhills.
The only son, Charles Robert Polhill, served with distinction with the Coldstream Guards during the first world war and was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and leadership at La Flaque on 4th. November 1918. He gained his majority in 1939 and during the second world war served in the Ministry of Supply. He married Vera Mary Hargreaves, daughter of L.W. Griffith of Folkstone on 7th. April 1934. She died on St. George's Day 1957.
There are no surviving children to the descendants of Charles Polhill II, and, in default of any unforeseen happening, the end of the Kentish line of Polhills after five hundred years would appear to be one of the inevitable and regrettable occurrences of the twentieth century.