Gabrielle Ray

'Gabrielle Ray said, 'I am always dancing; I love it! When I don't dance, I sing. What else is there to do?'

Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – Leicester Daily Post – Friday 24th July 1914




Mr. Justice Bargrave Deane, in the Divorce Court, yesterday, pronounced a decree nisi dissolving the marriage of Mrs Gabrielle Elisabeth Loder, better known as Miss Gabrielle Ray, musical comedy actress, on the ground of the desertion and misconduct of her husband. Mr. Eric Raymond Loder. Respondent entered no defence. The case was heard in a crowded court.

Mr. Barnard, for the petitioner, said the marriage took place May, 1912, at Windsor. Respondent left his wife in the following February. A decree for restitution of conjugal rights was granted on March 14 this year, but this had not been complied with. Mr. Loder was watched, and on May 1 last be was seen to go to the Great Western Hotel, Paddington, where be stayed with a lady.

Petitioner, attired in a blue dress and wearing a blue straw hat trimmed with white, entered the witness box and gave evidence in subdued tones, and with emotion.


Leicester Daily Post – Friday 24th July 1914


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John East – The Stage – Thursday 30th August 1956


By John East


WHEN my grandfather, John M. East, took over the Lyric, Hammersmith, as actor-manager, in 1892, it was facing bankruptcy. Within three years of his administration this pretty little bijou theatre, sandwiched between a railway siding and a street market, was being partially rebuilt at a cost of £15,000.

John East installed a resident stock company led by artists such as Leah Marlborough, Charles East and his wife, East Robertson, great favourites with local audiences. With a change of programme weekly and daily rehearsals, it was a wonderful school for youngsters, many of whom went straight to the West End after starting at the Lyric. Among the many future stars 1 could mention was 19-year-old Gabrielle Ray, whom my grandfather trained to take the title role in his “Red Riding Hood.” She soon became one of the brightest stars to reign at the Gaiety and Daly’s.

Of course, established names like Edward Terry, Harry Monkhouse, Mrs. Langtry, Henry Neville, Charles Warner, Harry Nichols and Willie Edouin played special weeks at the Lyric, and a cosmopolitan audience from distant parts of the metropolis swelled the ranks of the local patrons, who loved to see the carefully staged melodramas.

John East acted in 64 and produced over 400 plays during his 13 years at the theatre, from a battle scene in “A Life of Pleasure” to “Secrets of the Harem,” shortened to “Secrets –“ –THE BANNED PLAY, after a protest from the Turkish Ambassador to the Lord Chamberlain when he had witnessed the piece.

Once he decided to produce “Streets of London,” and in order to get a real horse-driven fire engine on to the stage, he removed the centre stalls, and a large rake was erected from the roadway to the auditorium, over which the engine made a triumphant entry. There would have been a practical use for it on Whit Monday, 1896, when a fire broke out on the stage during the action of “For England.”

Every Christmas my grandfather would produce, and usually write with Brian Daly, a pantomime, in addition to playing such parts as the Queen in “Robinson Crusoe.” Some of the large profits made went into organising charity matinees, “The Diseases of Women” lectures, and a free soup kitchen outside the theatre.

Years before, a manager would have a stock writer at his command, but by the turn of the century the public would not go in unless first class London successes were played, which meant an expensive mounting and a royalty of 10 per cent. Moreover, boiled down melodramas were being presented on the halls, which in addition to new competition from the Grand, Fulham, and the King’s, Hammersmith, caused my grandfather to leave the Lyric in March, 1904. The little theatre had a varied history until Playfair re-opened it in 1918.

After producing “The Wheat King” at the Apollo, with a magnificent third act depicting mass hysteria, John East look over the management of the vast Britannia, Hoxton, where he offered a three act drama, a variety bill, one of his own curtain-raisers, and the bio scope for 3d. in the gallery! The curious audience at the “Brit” consisted mostly of burglars, who used to come and tell my grandfather when they were gong to “do a bit” the following night.

Once a man sidled up to him and said, “What’s ‘appened to ole J. B. Howe, what played ‘ere with Charlie East in 98?  Is ‘e in the lump (workhouse)?” John replied that he had retired. “Oh. I’ve been away and missed the old codger.” Been away” – “Yus, for sticking a knive in a cove in Clerkenwell!” During the week John slept on the premises with the takings, and no wonder he had a loaded pistol by his bedside.

After a time at the Elephant and Castle Theatre, John East ran touring companies in between annual pantomime engagements, which included one at the Crown with another clever 19-year-old girl, Violet Loraine. Leah Marlborough was touring three continents alter “The Sorrows of Satan,” at the Court, East Robertson toured in such pieces as “Girl’s Cross Roads,” as Barbara Wade, and received wide acclaim as the prostitute, La Colombe, who fights to her death with knives in “Woman and Wine,” at the Princess’s, Oxford street, in 1899.

However, John East decided to become a free-lance, and devised, produced and managed the fabulous “Invasion of England” at the Crystal Palace, in 1909. With a cast of hundreds, real airships, descent of an invading army by parachute, entire destruction of a village by fire, explosions of mines and cannons, it was a triumphant success and he toured it on the Continent during 1910, for Brocks, Ltd.


The Stage – Thursday 30th August 1956


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Gabrielle Ray – The Daily Herald – Tuesday 7th March 1911

A Huge Programme.

The greatest interest is being taken in the special matinee be given Thursday week at the Empire on behalf Mrs. Hitchens, widow the late manager of the hall. The demand for seats is already large, and it is hoped the function will meet with financial success, as Mrs. Kitchens to a large extent will be dependent the result of the performance. Among the many artistes who have volunteered to appear are Messrs. Arthur Bourchier, Hayden Coffin, Joseph Coyne, Kenneth Douglas. Robert Evett, Harry Grattan, George Grossmith, G. P. Huntley, Harry Lauder, Edmund Payne, and Misses Kate Cutler, Phyllis Dare, Constance Drever, Clara Evelyn, Grace Lane, Olive May, Gertie Millar, Gabrielle Ray, Elsie Spain, and Violet Vanbrugh. One of the principal features the programme be a prehistoric music- hall entertainment, specially written for the occasion. The piece provides vivid study the modern music-hall, judged from an ancient standpoint, and will be played by large company, the most whom are Messrs. George Mozart, W. H. Berry, and Miss Connie Ediss and Miss Millie Legarde.

The Daily Herald – Tuesday 7th March 1911



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Amy Webster – Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Saturday 27th March 1909

Before the PRESIDENT.



Lieutenant Owain Edward Greaves, an officer the 3rd Hussars, asked for a divorce from his wife Mrs. Amy Greaves, on account her misconduct with Mr. Eric Loder and Mr. George Jervis Wood. The case stood in the official list one which was be heard his lordship with a special jury, but when came for trial it was undefended.

Mr. Rufus Isaacs, K.C., Mr. Barnard. K.C. and Mr. J. Harvey Murphy (instructed by Messers, Lewis and Lewis) appeared for Lieutenant Greaves, Mr. F. E. Smith, K.C., Mr. Walter Frampton, Mr. Barrington Ward (instructed by Messers, Arthur Newton and Co.) represented Mrs. Greaves, while Sir Edward Carson, K. C., and Mr. Willock (instructed by Messers. Mackrell and Ward) were for Mr. Wood. Mr. Eric Loder, the other respondent was not represented by counsel.

In opening the case, Mr. Rufus Iassacs said that the petition was presented Mr. Owain Edward Greaves, a lieutenant in the 3rd Hussars, against his wife, who was a Miss Amy Webster, who was on the Stage. They were married in March, 1906, and some nine or ten months afterwards Lieutenant Greaves went with his regiment to India. Subsequently it was found that the lady had been staying at hotels at Worthing and Brighton, first with Mr. Eric and then with Mr. Wood.

Lieutenant Greaves, replying to Mr. Isaacs, said he first became acquainted with Miss Amy Webster about August, 1905. She was then on the stage. On March 15, 1906, they were married the Fulham Registry Office. For some time Mrs. Greaves occupied a flat at Twyford mansions, which was provided by witness. The marriage was kept secret, because witness was in difficulty about announcing it, having regard to the position he occupied in his regiment. Subsequently he exchanged into the 3rd Hussars, and went to India, provision being made for his wife while he was absent. During the time he was away they corresponded regularly, and in affectionate terms.

Mr. George H. Warne, proprietor of Warne’s Hotel, Worthing, said that in September, 1907, a lady and gentleman stayed there under name of Mr. and Mrs. Forsyth. They occupied communicating rooms. Emily Francis, who was chambermaid at Warne’s Hotel, said she had identified the lady who stayed the hotel under name of Mrs. Forsyth as the respondent in that suit.

Gilbert E. Smith, a chauffeur, stated that had seen Mr. Eric Loder at Worthing, and had driven that gentlemen and a lady on several occasions. Witness identified the lady as Mrs. Greaves, who was sitting next to her solicitor.

Mary Robertson, chambermaid the Hotel Metropole, Brighton, was then called. She remembered Mr. Wood staying at the hotel with a lady. They occupied communicating rooms.

At this stage Sir Edward Carson said did not propose to ask any questions on behalf of his client, Mr. Wood.

Mr. Smith also said did not propose to ask any questions.

Mr. Percy Hill, assistant manager of the Hotel Metropole, Brighton, said knew Mr. Wood and also the respondent. They had been guests at the hotel on several occasions.

The President: Very well, there must be a decree.

Sir Edward Canon asked that there should be no order as to costs against the co-respondents; there was no allegation that it was known that respondent was married woman.

The President made no order as to costs.

Mr. Isaacs: I think your lordship ought to know that some provision had been made for the wife, and also with reference the furniture of the flat she occupies.


The Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) – Saturday 27th March 1909


Mr George H. Warne, the proprietor of Warne’s Hotel, Worthing, said that in September, 1907, a man and woman stayed at his hotel as Mr and Mrs Forsyth. They occupied rooms 26 and 27, which consisted of a  double-bedded room and dressing-room communicating.

Emily France, a chambermaid at Warne’s Hotel, stated that she found a breakfast tray for two in room 26. .She subsequently identified the lady who accompanied Mr Loder as the respondent, Mrs Greaves.


The Shields Daily News – Saturday 27th March 1909


Eric Loder – Yorkshire Evening Post – 1909

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Gabrielle Ray – the Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund – Herts. & Cambs Reporter and Royston Crow – Friday 8th March 1907

The Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund

There was plenty of fun at Drury Lane on the occasion of the matinee for the benefit of the Lord Mayor’s Cripples’ Fund. The histrionic talent of London combined to produce a fine entertainment – one of that rare kind in which even the smallest part is taken by a master of the art. The principal plum in the pudding was Mr. E. T. Reed’s representation of “A Prehistoric Lord Mayor’s Show.” The distinguished Punch artist’s pictures looked all the more comic for being acted, many well-known scenes being represented. Here we saw the real old red sandstone Highlanders, the fire brigade of the Stone Age, and so on. Preceded by prehistoric Aldermen came the Lord Mayor of the year 10,000 B.C. – and Mr. C. H . Workman tried to look gracious while his coachman, Mr. W. H. Berry, made desperate attempts to be dignified – in skins. Before all galloped the startling figure of Mr. George Growssmith, junr., on a wonderful palaeolithic charger, which had, no doubt, been specially dug up for the occasion. Miss Jean Aylwin cut a fine figure as the Lady Mayoress, and could not but be flattered at having such a charming prototype in the journalist who reported the prehistoric show, represented by Miss Adrienne Augarde. Among other stars in the cast were Miss Louie Pounds and Miss Billie Burke. Other tit-bits in the programme were Mr. Beerbohm Tree and company in “The Man Who Was,” the second act of “The Beauty and the Barge,” by Mr. Cyril Maude, and a dance by Mdlle. Genee, Miss Gabrielle Ray, and Mr. W. Warde. Among the stars which shone brightly were also Mr. Lewis Waller, Mr. H. B. Irving, and Mr. Ben Davis. With such a galaxy of talent no wonder the house was full.

Herts. & Cambs Reporter and Royston Crow – Friday 8th March 1907


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Gabrielle Ray – Electoral Register – 1910

Gabrielle Ray – Electoral Register – 1911

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Gabrielle Ray – Electoral Register – 1911

Name:  Gabrielle Ray

Event Type:  Census

Event Date:  1911

Event Place:  Kensington,  London, England

County:  London

Parish:  Kensington

Sub-District:  Kensington South

Registration District:  Kensington

Gender:  Female

Age:  27

Marital Status (Original):  SINGLE

Occupation:  ACTRESS

Birthplace:  Stockport, Cheshire

Relationship to Head of Household:  HEAD

Record Type:   Household



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Gabrielle Ray – Divorce – Dundee Courier – Tuesday 29th July 1913

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Iris Loder – The Tatler – Wednesday 26th July 1922

Mrs Eric Loder and her daughter Pamela, sadly Pamela died at the age of 20, Iris and Eric Loder were divorced in 1928

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Roy Sambourne – The Tatler – Wednesday 3rd December 1930

Mrs. Oscar Lewisohn, who will ever be Edna May to her public, and Mr. Roy Sambourne, a son of the famous Lindley Sambourne, the artist,

were having an out of season game of croquet at Mr. Howard Gould’s beautiful home, Mongewell Park, near Wallingford.

The Tatler,  Wednesday 3rd December 1930

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