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Charles Delauney Turner Bravo

Charles Delauney Turner Bravo

Male 1846 - 1876  (29 years)

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  • Name Charles Delauney Turner Bravo  [1, 2
    Born 30 May 1846  St Pancras, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Other Names Turner is birth name, Bravo is from his step-father and by which he was known 
    Graduation 1868  Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Graduation 1870  Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 2 Apr 1871  2a Lancaster Gate, Paddington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation barrister 
    Died 21 Apr 1876  The Priory, Balham, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Curious! There is a death registration for Charles Delauney T Bravo for
      Oct-Dec qtr of 1875, St George Hanover Square, London (Vol 1a p620)
      Apr-Jun qtr of 1876, Wandsworth, London (Vol 1d p387)
      Jul-Sep qtr of 1876, Wandsworth, London (Vol 1d p408)
      Possibly occasioned by the two court cases into his death.
    Buried 29 Apr 1876  West Norwood Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Age: 30 
    Cause: poisoning 
    Burial register - Charles Turner Bravo 1876
    Burial register - Charles Turner Bravo 1876
    South Metropolitan Cemetery was another title for Norwood/West Norwood cemetery
    Headstone inscription: Charles Delauney Turner Bravo
    Headstone inscription: Charles Delauney Turner Bravo
    Headstone for Charles Delauney Turner Bravo
    Headstone for Charles Delauney Turner Bravo
    Probate 15 Aug 1876 
    Notes 
    • Turner is his birth name but he is known by his step-father's name Bravo. His second name is spelt many different ways but the most reliable appears to be Delauney.

      Charles Bravo died of poisoning (by antimony, similar to arsenic in its effects). The incident caused a sensation at the time and is still the subject of documentaries and books.
      Several proposals were that Charles was murdered by
      (1) his wife Florence perhaps with collusion by a companion Mrs Cox;
      (2) Mrs Jane Cannon Cox (formerly Edwards - married in England in 1858) had lived in St Anns, Jamaica - her husband Philip Cox worked for Joseph Bravo as an engineer on his estates;
      (3) a dismissed footman;
      (4) Florence's Jamaican-born ex-lover Dr James Gully (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Manby_Gully).
      It was also proposed that Charles had taken the poison himself accidentally or intentionally, though suicide was thought unlikely. Even if he did not commit the murder, it is thought he may have obtained the antimony.
      And another possibility is that Charles was using the poison for secretly treating Florence for alcohol abuse (she had been ill the previous 10 or so days) but accidentally took the poison himself - it looked similar to his Epsom salts!
      No one was charged with his murder.
      The inquests (two) caused a sensation because of the revelations about Florence's affair with Dr Gully, which mortified her. Florence died broken, perhaps alcohol related, two years later in Southsea aged 33.
      Charles's mother stayed bed-ridden and inconsolable, and died the year following the murder.
      Charles had a relationship with a woman at Maidenhead for four years prior to his marriage. She had a son by a previous relationship and a daughter by Charles.

      Books:
      Yseult Bridges in How Charles Bravo Died (1956: Jarrolds, London)
      James Ruddick Death at the Priory (new ed 2002: Atlantic Books, )

      Web links:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bravo
      MurderUK: Florence Bravo http://www.murderuk.com/female_florence_bravo.html
      Bravo for Maybrick http://www.casebook.org/dissertations/ws-bravo.html
      Charles Bravo http://www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/tv_guide/full_details/Crime/programme_3101.php
      The Poisoning of Charles Bravo http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0397818/
      A Most Mysterious Murder http://www.tv.com/a-most-mysterious-murder/the-case-of-charles-bravo/episode/374472/summary.html
      [1, 7]
    Person ID I1730  Roy~Royes | Hougham, Mordaunt, Royes, Royes Jamaica
    Last Modified 22 May 2016 

    Father Charles Augustus Turner
              b. Est 1826, Jersey, Channel Islands Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Between 1848 and 1853  (Age ~ 22 years) 
    Mother Mary Hougham Royes
              b. Bef 2 Sep 1824, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 16 Jul 1877, 2 Palace Green, Kensington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married Est 1844 
    • based on birth of first child
    Notes 
    • There has been some speculation that the children were born in Jamaica and that Augustus died there. Census returns indicate that the children were born in London and Isle of Jersey which suggests the marriage took place in one of those placeses. (The family of Charles Augustus Turner were in St Helier in 1841 and his father was born there abt 1796 - all the children were born there.) If Charles and Mary did go to Jamaica and he died there this would have to have been between 1849 and 1854 (conception of Ellen and marriage of Mary to Joseph Bravo). See notes on Joseph.
    Documents
    Chipman McGuire Family Tree
    Chipman McGuire Family Tree
    "Miss Royes" is Mary Hougham Royes
    Overviews
    1824 ROYES TURNER BRAVO Mary Hougham
    1824 ROYES TURNER BRAVO Mary Hougham
    Mary Hougham Royes married Augustus Turner in either London or the Isle of Jersey. She subsequently married Joseph Bravo in Jamaica and the family moved to London in the 1860s. The children used their step-father's surname.
    Family ID F834  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Family Florence Campbell
              b. 5 Sep 1845, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 Sep 1878, Southsea, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 7 Dec 1875  Kensington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • All Saints Church
    Notes 
    • Yseult Bridges locates the marriage at St Georges Hanover Square on 14 Dec 1875
      James Ruddick locates it at All Saints Church, Kensington, at 11:00 am on 7 Dec 1875
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bravo has 3 Dec 1875 without identifying a location
      It is registered within St Georges Hanover Square but Kensington is still a possible location,,

      The date of the marriage in the data is the one given by Florence in a statement made during the hearings in respect of Charles Bravo's poisoning. See p.6 of bravo_royes.pdf in Media>Documents. [7, 8]
    Photos
    The Priory, Balham - home of Florence Campbell, and of Charles Bravo after their marriage
    The Priory, Balham - home of Florence Campbell, and of Charles Bravo after their marriage
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 02:30:18 
    Family ID F210  Family Group  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 May 1846 - St Pancras, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - BA - Trinity College Oxford University - 1868 - Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - MA - Trinity College Oxford University - 1870 - Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 2 Apr 1871 - 2a Lancaster Gate, Paddington, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Dec 1875 - Kensington, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Apr 1876 - The Priory, Balham, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Age: 30 - 29 Apr 1876 - West Norwood Cemetery, West Norwood, London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Charles Turner Bravo (1845-1876)
    Charles Turner Bravo (1845-1876)

    Documents
    Newspaper extracts relating to the Charles Bravo poisoning case
    Newspaper extracts relating to the Charles Bravo poisoning case

  • Sources 
    1. [S23] Royes, Mary Hougham (Moore), Brodnax Moore.

    2. [S24] Bravo for Maybrick, Andy and Sue Parlour.

    3. [S135] England and Wales FreeBMD.

    4. [S91] Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com), 1871 England Census RG10; Piece: 25; Folio: 85; Page: 30; GSU roll: 838755.

    5. [S148] FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1983, Vol 1d p 387.

    6. [S270] Norwood Cemetery, 1876, DW/T Item, 0937.

    7. [S26] How Charles Bravo Died (Bridges), Yseult Bridges, (Jarrolds, London: 1956).

    8. [S49] Death at the Priory, James Ruddick, (New York: Grove Press, 2001).