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James Eustace Berkley

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James Eustace Berkley (1857-1914)

1857 Born the son James John Berkley

1890 Consulting Engineer, Bombay, India.

1896 Divorce. 'James Eustace Berkley, railway engineer, living in India, obtained a decree nisi, and costs, an undefended divorce suit, in which Captain Hawkes who was formerly stationed at Secunderabad, where petitioner and his wife resided. In 1894 respondent came to England on a visit to her mother. Co-respondent also visited England at the same time, and Mrs. Berkley wrote to her husband stating that she had met Captain Hawkes, with whom they had become acquainted Secunderabad, and that she had been out fishing with him in his yacht. Subsequently she wrote stating that she had misconducted herself with Hawkes. consent the jury awarded the petitioner £1,500 damages, but Mr. Berkley agreed not to enforce payment, provided Captain Hawkes carried out his intention marrying the respondent within six months.'[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Western Gazette - Friday 17 April 1896