Trevor's birth was registered in Hendon, March quarter, 1903,
volume 3a, p. 354. He was always known by his middle name. On his
registration, he was described as 'Boy', father William Daniel and
mother Annie Amelia Daniel, formerly Andrews. His father
registered him from their home address where Trevor was born: 14
Canfield Parade, Edgware Road, West Hendon.
moved to Penang in Malaysia when Trevor was a young child. His
father went first, and Trevor was sent out with an uncle at the
age of four-and-a-half. His little sister Christine was also with
him in Penang, while the two older children and their mother
remained in England. His mother sailed out to join them later, and
there are many photographs from that period of William and Annie
with Trevor and Christine. Trevor went to school there but was
returned to England to complete his education at the age of 11 or
12, a journey he made entirely alone. He described his terror of
railway trains when his uncle met him and took him to London on
Once back in Essex, he went to Chalkwell Hall
School, London Road, Leigh on Sea. He conceived the ambition of
being an engineering factory manager when quite young, although he
also nursed the ambition of being a pilot. His astigmatism and
long-sightedness ruled this out, so he aimed for engineering and
gained an apprenticeship at Royal Aircraft Establishment
Farnborough, won three of the major prizes for outstanding work, a
scholarship to Northampton Polytechnical College, part of the
University of London, and completed a 'sandwich' course there
combining academic work with practical experience. He qualified in
Electrical, Mechanical and Production Engineering and gained an
almost perfect First-class degree with such high marks that he did
not bother even to sit one of his finals papers: he was already in
with a First.
During his student days, he told his children
that he was often so hungry he had to beg food from relatives. His
father's business had failed and the family were in dire trouble.
Trevor cycled 17 miles each way to college each day.
1921, he wrote a diary while at Farnborough, giving his address as
23 London Road, Enfield.
Along with his cousin Roy Andrews,
Trevor took to cycling with a vengeance, his particular pride
being long-distance continuous rides. He was the all-Britain
uphill champion at Herne Hill and won a number of silver medals
for his racing with the Enfield Cycling Club and Mercury Wheelers.
After one twenty-four-hour ride, he arrived home to an empty house
so hungry that he tucked into a pot of peanut butter. It set up an
acute irritation in his appendix and he lost consciousness while
still alone in the house. A neighbour spotted him through the
window and he was rushed to hospital, saving his life. The surgery
was swift and butcher-like, leaving him with a troublesome scar
that eventually broke into a hernia which required attention when
he was in his seventies.
Aged 22, he was admitted to the
Freedom by Patrimony of The Drapers' Company, an ancient Guild, in
London on 22nd April 1925. He then left England in December 1925,
sailing for Melbourne where he stayed with his uncle in Carrington
Roaad, Boxhill, then moving around to find work during the
depression of the late 1920s and 1930s. He survived by giving
lectures on engineering subjects. He also worked in New South
Wales where he met Eleanora (Nell) Lello, a half-English woman.
His place of work in Arncliffe, at the Engineering Works 14,
Henman Street, has now been demolished. The lodging house where he
and his future wife Nell Lello (and for a short time his actual
wife before they left for England) was demolished to make way for
a car showroom.
Their meeting came about after the
all-girls boarding house in which Nell was lodging with a group of
other independent-minded teachers was burgled. Nell lost the
family heirloom jewellery that had been sent out from the Lello
family in Ludlow in England, all but a small necklace and a solid
silver bracelet that she happened to be wearing at the time. The
first she left to her youngest daughter, only to be itself stolen
in a burglary, and the latter to her oldest daughter. The
landlord's response to the burglary was to bring in two male
lodgers to act as a deterrent. One of these was Trevor Daniel. He
wrote to his mother in England saying he had met a beautiful girl
he intended to marry. He bought a plot of land on the coast of
NSW, swearing to return and build there. In the 1960s it was
purchased to form part of the site of a new power station,
bringing him a small amount of useful cash.
concealing their November 1932 marriage so as to avoid Nell being
sacked for breaking her 'single woman's contract', Nell and Trevor
left NSW in 1933, winning a Singer treadle sewing machine on board
when they crossed the equator. Trevor enjoyed eating strong curry
again at one stop-over in India, and was almost turned off the
boat in Port Said, so dark was he by then, when he bought and
donned a fez from an Arab trader.
They saw Stromboli erupt
on their way through the Mediterranean. On their arrival in
England at Southampton Nell was astonished by the green of the
English countryside and stood in the corridor all the way to
London so as to admire it. Their oldest child was born in
Somerset, in England, at the home of Trevor's mother, Annie Amelia
nee Andrews, while Trevor was working in London and living at
Westcliff in Southend with his family. Trevor was informed of his
first child's birth by post-card.
After gaining a senior
management position at Her Master's Voice in Uxbridge, Middlesex,
Trevor moved Nell there. Their next two children were born in
Hillingdon. He changed jobs, went to Birmingham Small Arms, and
settled his family in Birmingham where his last two children were
born, one just before the second World War began and the last not
long after. He was called up to act as Deputy Superintendant of
the Royal Ordnance Factory at Radway Green and moved his family to
Kidsgrove in Staffordshire where they stayed through the war.
between, he arranged to ship the last member of his own family of
origin to Australia, his younger sister Christine. Billy, his
older brother, had been the first to go, while Kathleen went with
Trevor. Annie Amelia followed. Trevor's intention had always been
to return to Australia, but the World War and the children's
schooling made this unrealistic. The three oldest children were
invited to emigrate to join Daniel cousins, but when the enemy
began to target 'soft' shipping such as passenger liners, Nell and
Trevor decided not to risk it.
At the end of the war,
because the older children were by now in secondary education
Trevor stalled again on returning to Australia. Instead he became
a production manager of FW Harmer, clothing manufacturers in
Norwich, finally achieving a Directorship (of Production) before
he retired. He believed he was related to the Harmers through his
mother's line, but it appears that Godfrey Wohlmann's wife
Elizabeth changed the spelling of her middle name from 'Armour' to
Harmer, perhaps for convenience.
Trevor's death was the
tragic consequence of a car accident years earlier. He nearly died
from erysipelas at the time through a bodged repair to his broken
arm, then from pneumonia and bronchitis. The bone in his arm was
ruined, numerous skin grafts were taken from his legs to cover the
cavernous wound, and he never really recovered. He could no longer
fly his beloved glider, and his health slowly failed. It was
suggested at the time by doctors that his cause of death, multiple
myeloma, stemmed from the damage to his bone marrow after his road
His death certificate states that he was living
at 9 Woodfield Gardens, Highcliffe, that he died at Christchurch
Hospital, and the causes of death were Bronchopneumonia,
Hyperviscosity Syndrome and Multiple Myeloma. His death was
registered the next day.
He and Eleanora had five children,
including twin girls, one of whom, Brenda Christine, died at the
age of 43 years of breast cancer. This happened at 9 Woodfield
Gardens, Christchurch, Dorset, England. The remaining four as at
2016/2017 were living with their families in the USA, Australia
and England. Three of them were as at 2003, grandparents.
youngest daughter by 2017 had 12 grandchildren and three great
grandchildren. His oldest daughter was Rhyllis Eleanor Daniel. She was born at Southend Municipal hospital on the 3rd of August 1933.. Her parents' address at the time was: 3 Holyrood Drive, Southend.. She was a keen sailor and completed a sole voyage, accompanied only by her cat, from the UK to the Caribbean. Musical, literary, poetic, she was a woman of unusual courage and colourful achievements, with a strong personality. A keen painter who had contributed to exhibitions, she moved on to photography. Her death on the 17th May 2017 was heart breaking. She had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, then, after falling and breaking her arm, died of heart failure while asleep. Her Cremation was attended by her considerable number of descendants, and her siblings who were heart broken.