yeovil people

Albert Victor Mallam

Fishmonger, Poulterer & Ice Merchant


Albert Victor Mallam was born in Notting Hill, Middlesex, (also recorded as Kensington and Paddington) on 2 August 1881. He was the son of writer (in the Civil Service) Joseph Alfred Mallam (1858-1884) and Kate née Read (b 1856, South Cadbury). Joseph and Kate's children were; Reginald Joseph Stapleton, known as Joseph (1880-1951), Albert, Jessie Rose (b1883) and Laura Cross (b1887).

Albert's father, Joseph, died in 1884 and Kate moved back to Galhampton, North Cadbury, with her children to live with her 70-year old widowed mother Georgina Reed. The 1891 census shows Georgina, Kate and children Joseph, Albert and Jessie living at Galhampton.

It is thought that Albert's mother, Kate, died during the 1890s (although no record has been found). The 1901 census recorded that 19-year old Albert and his 20-year old brother Joseph were living at 2 Frederick Place with their uncle John Read and his family. Albert gave his occupation as a painter and Joseph gave his as a wheelwright. Next door, at 3 Frederick Place lived the family of watch and clock repairer William Cockle, including his eldest daughter Georgina.

On 30 November 1910, at St John's church, Albert married Georgina Cockle (1883-1973). Albert, by this time was a fish and poultry dealer with premises at 12 Princes Street and the newly-married couple lived above the shop premises. The 1911 census recorded them living there and Albert gave his occupation as a 'Shopkeeper (Fishmonger)'. They were to have a daughter, Irene (1913-1997) who was born in Yeovil.

Albert was recorded as a fishmonger of 12 Princes Street in Whitby's Yeovil Almanac Advertiser of 1918 and, with a similar entry, in Kelly's Directory of 1919. The 1935 edition of Kelly's Directory listed him as a fishmonger of 36 Princes Street, thought to have been small premises (now gone) between Glenthorne House and Walter Wall's carpet shop.

The 1939 Register was taken on 29 September 1939. The information was used to produce identity cards and, once rationing was introduced in January 1940, to issue ration books. The register recorded Albert, Georgina and Irene at 36 Princes Street. Albert was recorded as a fish merchant, but also as a member of the Special Constabulary. Irene worked as an assistant in the fish shop.

Albert Mallam died in Yeovil during the winter of 1948, aged 67. Georgina later moved to Weymouth, Dorset, where she died in 1972, aged 89.




The record of Albert and Georgina's 1910 marriage in St John's parish register.


Albert's advertisement in an unknown newspaper, probably dating to the 1920s.