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William Byrne Collingridge

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Northampton, UK
Death: August 5, 1966 (84)
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Joseph Collingridge and Sophia Collingridge
Husband of Marie Thérèse Collingridge
Father of Rosemary Sampson and Thomas Collingridge
Brother of Constance Mary Collingridge; Father Edmund Charles Collingridge; Kathleen M Collingridge; Joseph Giles Collingridge and Second Lieutenant Francis George Collingridge

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About William Byrne Collingridge


An Englishman in the tropics (I) (translated from the French)

It was in 1906 that William Byrne Collingridge (1882-1966), mechanical engineer by training, came to Mauritius for the first time to work on behalf of the sugar company Robert Hudson & Co. This first trip lasts eight years. He took the opportunity to get a buyer to Pointe d'Esny camp in 1913, he returned to Europe because of the War 1914-1918. Married to a Belgian, he returned to Mauritius for a longer stay, ten years, during which he buys "Boissard's Castle" in 1920 (see article on Boissard's Castle in the edition of Weekend January 8 2006).

In 1929, William Byrne Collingridge returned to England with his family, to which are added a daughter Rosemary and son Thomas, both born in Mauritius. Eight years later, in 1937, William Byrne Collingridge and his family returned to the tropics with a new passion: hospitality. He buys and operates the Hotel Hout Bay in South Africa. Nostalgia of Mauritius resurfacing, the family is heading there, where hospitality and gastronomy of interest at the highest point. William Byrne Collingridge Maurice died in August 5, 1966 and was buried in Phoenix.

In this centenary year of the first arrival of William Byrne Collingridge and the 40th anniversary of his death, the publishing house Le Printemps is preparing to publish the third edition of a book gastronomy, Tropical Cooking / La Bonne Cuisine in the Tropics , which William Collingridge Byrne is the author and the first edition was published in 1950.

Weekend retraces the copy, even exceptional, this native of Northampton, William Byrne Collingridge ...

William Byrne Collingridge was born June 19, 1882 in Northampton, the eldest of six children. Sophy and her parents are Thomas Collingridge. He was educated at Mount St Mary's Jesuit College. Mechanical engineer by training, he sailed for Mauritius in 1906 where he took the job at Robert Hudson & Co. His work includes two components: the establishment of a railway through the cane fields for facilitate the transport of sugar cane in the cut, and the construction of sugar refineries. During the First World War, William Byrne Collingridge, driven by the desire to return to England to enlist in the army ends its contract with Robert Hudson & Co.

Aboard Treneglos torpedoed in the Mediterranean

Thus, William Byrne Collingridge is hired as third engineer on the steamer Treneglos in the harbor of Port Louis. The Treneglos , rewarded with a "His Majesty's Transport" (HMT), sailed in mid-October 1915 (1) and, after some time, sailing on the Mediterranean, where it was torpedoed by a German submarine in the wide Crete. (2) The crew escapes miraculously. This adventure (or misadventure) of Treneglos has been an unpublished account, Homeward Bound, signed Edmund Collingridge (in fact, this story that emanates from itself, and which we will return in a future edition of Weekend End , William Byrne Collingridge used the name of his brother Edmund, a Catholic priest, as nom de plume).

November 18, 1915, William Byrne Collingridge sign its withdrawal from the book of the dead Treneglos, which is endorsed by Captain SP Beale. (3) The withdrawal is confirmed by the British Consulate in Chania, Crete, as evidenced by the copy of original certificate:

I hereby certify That W. Collingridge, third mate of

the S / S Treneglos has-been released from agreement

by mutual consent of the master of the "Treneglos"

and himself.

A statement to the above effect has-been signed by the

master, SP Beale, and W. Collingridge, and is now in my


British Consulate.


Crete. (Signed) ECW Rawlins

HM Consul.


Arguments to be recruited

Back in England, William Byrne Collingridge goes to the Ministry of Defence in London to be recruited. We replied that we did not need an engineer. His reply was unequivocal: "I have come half way across the world to serve my country. beens I have torpedoed by the Germans, shipwrecked and lost all my possessions and you tell me when I finally arrived That You do not need me. Very well, I Shall take the next ship back to Mauritius from whence I came and get on with my life there. " (4)

The Ministry of Defence was persuaded by the desire to serve William Byrne Collingridge and affects the body of the Royal Engineers (Royal Engineers). It will serve in combat in France and Ypres.

William Byrne Collingridge is also in Belgium where he met Marie Thérèse van Pe de Smet, whom he married at the end of the war. Marie Thérèse spent the war years in Brussels where she will experience many difficulties during the German occupation. After their marriage in 1919, William and Marie Therese Byrne Collingridge sailed for Mauritius.

Ten more years in Mauritius

Upon arrival in Mauritius, the couple bought a bungalow in Pointe d'Esny. The following year, on 20 April 1920, Collingridge to buy the "Boissard's Castle" (the first house in reinforced cement Mauritius) Floréal C. Ariste Boissard for the sum of £ 1,665 or Rs 14,935. (5) This is the "Boissard's Castle" will emerge the couple's two children, a girl - Rosemary - in 1924 and a son - Thomas - 1926. Rosemary (Rosemary Sampson now residing in England) carefully preserved in a corner of his heart childhood memories of their residence Floréal:

" I remember my childhood in Mauritius. We lived in Floreal, in the house ... Boissard's Castle. It Had wide verandahs and two grass tennis courts in front of the house and there Were Often tennis parties. The grass was cut by hand by women with little scythes. My brother (two years younger than I) and I were looked after by two nannies or "nénènes" gentle, quite women who Accompanied us everywhere and spoiled us. They wore spotless white muslin saris. We Attended a great Many children's parties in Floreal. Were Out My parents a great deal and Often the "nénènes" would sleep in our rooms. thesis are occasions, after my parents' HAD left, They Would bring up curry from the kitchen and all We would sit on the floor and Have a picnic - great fun. " (6)

Back and forth between Floreal Pointe d'Esny

During the ten year period of the second William Byrne Collingridge stay in Mauritius, he and his family commute between "Boissard's Castle" and the camp of Floréal acquired in Pointe d'Esny, which takes the form of secondary residence. Rosemary Sampson remembers good times that he and his brother Tom will spend in the company of their "nénènes". "They (the" nénènes ") aussi cam with us to Pointe d'Esny on the beach and catch little crabs Would for us to play with. " (Ibid.)

She also remembers a drama play at sea, where her father and a friend try in vain to rescue two boys whose canoe capsize: "I remember the day a boat passing the encampment Which was caught in a sudden Being squall and capsizing . My father and his friend Went to Their rescue boat in Their Which Had an outboard motor, They Were too late goal. Brought They back the body of a young boy who HAD beens caught up in the rigging, and laid him on the beach. The body of the other boy was Recovered next day. It happened very quickly. Neither of the boys swim Could. " (Ibid.)

Despite this painful memory, Rosemary Sampson Pointe d'Esny keep the image of a peaceful and enchanting corner: "In Those Days Pointe d'Esny, and, a little further Top along, Blue Bay Were enchanted places, remote and beautiful, Where all That Could Be Heard was the sound of the surf on the reef or the wind in the trees Casuarina. "

The Collingridge returned to England

In 1929, Collingridge sell "Boissard's Castle" Floréal and bungalow Pointe d'Esny to regain the UK. But this is far from the final departure. Collingridge keep the treasured memories of an island they wear them now ...

Parenthesis South African

In the late 1920s, Collingridge returned to England. After some eight years, they again feel the lure of the tropics. They are on course for South Africa and moved to Hout Bay in Cape Province, where they acquire the Hout Bay Hotel, they operate from 1937 to 1946. After their stay in South Africa where she developed a strong taste for the hospitality, the family sailed to Mauritius and moved into a new bungalow acquired in Pointe d'Esny, Blue Bay.

Capitalizing on the experience in the hospitality industry in South Africa, the couple creates a hotel Collingridge, The Residential Club, the road Nalletamby Xavier, Phoenix, 1948 ...

Collingridge visit RP

In 1928, Fr. Edmund Collingridge (Collingridge brother William Byrne), a Catholic missionary stationed in Zimbabwe, spent two weeks vacation in Pointe d'Esny, in the camp of his brother. Local press notice of the time (see below) that was sent to us by the daughter of WB Collingridge, Rosemary Sampson, who lives in England, reported this short tour of the religious man.


1. La Patrie, Saturday 16 and Sunday, October 17, 1915

2. Homeward Bound , Edmund Collingridge (unpublished)

3. Copy of the letter of withdrawal, November 18, 1915

4. Correspondence signed Rosemary Sampson, 25 October 2005

5. Register Transcription, Vol. 245 No. 715 to the Registrar General's Dept, Port-Louis

6. Correspondence signed Rosemary Sampson, 22 November 2005

7. For The Youngest Son - The Colonial Service, Denis Britton, 1990

8. Correspondence signed Rosemary Sampson, February 14, 2006

9. Mauritius News , p.7, January 2006

magazine WEEKEND --- Sunday, February 26, 2006

British Army Service Records Transcription

  • First name(s) William Byrne
  • Last name Collingridge
  • Rank Lieutenant
  • Regiment Royal Engineers
  • Year 1914-22
  • Archive The National Archives
  • Archive reference WO 339/94656
  • Series WO 339
  • Series description WO 339 - Officers' Services, First World War, Regular Army and Emergency Reserve officers
  • Record set British Army Service Records
  • Category Military, armed forces & conflict
  • Subcategory Service Records

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William Byrne Collingridge's Timeline

June 19, 1882
Northampton, UK

Name: William Byrne Collingridge
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1882
Registration district: Northampton
Inferred County: Northamptonshire
Volume: 3b
Page: 86

Age 42
October 17, 1926
Age 44
August 5, 1966
Age 84