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?'

Mrs Eric Loder – The Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette – Friday 9th July 1926

By Direction of Mrs.Eric Loder.



Four miles from Slough and 22 miles from London.

Notice of Sale of


THE Exceptionally Attractive FREEHOLD RESIDENCE, known as “WOOANDS,” FARNHAM COMMON, an old-fashioned residence with beautiful gardens, in all nearly ¼ acres; the accommodation is 6 bed and dressing rooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, full domestic offices, excellent cottage with further domestic accommodation if required (6 rooms), squash racquet court, hard tennis court, beautiful rose garden, electric light, company’s water. The Property is a few minutes walk from Burnham Beeches, between Slough and Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross, 4 miles from Maidenhead, 4 ½ from Windsor and Eton, and about 10 miles from Ascot. Golf can be enjoyed at a choice of five’ courses including Stoke Poges.

 Messrs. LANE, SAVILLE & CO.

Are instructed to dispose of the above Property by Private Treaty, or by Auction. in London,

On AUGUST 10th, 1926.

Particulars can he obtained of the Vendors’ Solicitors, Messrs. Rider, Heaton, Meredith Mills, 8, New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London, W.C.2 ; or of the Auctioneers, 14, Davies Street, Berkeley Square, London, W.I.


The Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette – Friday 9th July 1926


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Willian Austin Cook – Divorce – The Penny Illustrated Paper – Saturday 25th February 1893

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Adelaide Armstrong – 1911 Census

Gabrielle Ray – Census – 1911

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Gabrielle Ray – Engagement – The Brighton Argus – Thursday 11th January 1912



Mr. Eric Loder, whose engagement to Miss Gabrielle Ray, the famous musical comedy artist, is announced from Paris, is a grandson of the late Sir Robert Loder, Bart., and nephew of Sir Edmund G. Loder, Bart., of Leonardslee, Mr. G. W. E. Loder, formerly M.P. for Brighton, and Major Eustace Loder, a well-known personality on the Turf. Mr. Eric Loder is in his twenty-fourth year, and is a son of the late Mr. Alfred Basil Loder. He is an enthusiastic motorist, and a popular figure at Brooklands. Four years ago Mr. Basil Charles Loder, elder brother of Mr. Eric Loder, resigned his commission in the Scots Guards and married Miss Barbara Deane, one of the most, charming singers in Mr. Seymour Hicks’ “Gay Gordons” company,


The Brighton Argus – Thursday 11th January 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Marriage – The Leicester Daily Mercury – Friday 1st March 1912




The marriage of Miss Gabrielle Ray, musical comedy actress, to Mr. Eric Loder, which was to have taken place at Windsor Roman Catholic Church yesterday, was solemnised there this morning. The bride motored from London with another lady. Only a few people were present at the ceremony.


The Leicester Daily Mercury – Friday 1st March 1912

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Gabrielle Ray – Lord Mayor’s Cripples Fund – The Tatler – Wednesday 27th February 1907



TUESDAY, MARCH 5th, 1907.

 A MATINEE will be given (by kind permission of Mr. Arthur Collins and the Directors) in Aid of the


Lady Bancroft will say a few words.

Miss Winifred Emery will recite an address, specially written by Captain

 Robert Marshall.

Mr. Tree and Company, including. Miss Constance Collier, will appear in


Mr. Cyril Maude and his original Company, including Miss Jessie Batemam,

In the Second Act of “THE BEAUTY AND THE BARGE.”

Mr. Edward Terry and a distinguished Company in the Trial Scene from


Miss Violet Vanbrugh,

Supported by Mr. Chas. V. France and Miss Dorothy Thomas, in the

Sleep- Walking Scene from “MACBETH.”

A Grand Pot-Pourri of the Pantomime “SINDBAD,”

Arranged by Mr. Arthur Collins,


Mr. Walter Passmore.   Mr. Harry Fragson.

Mr. Harry Randall.   Mr. Fred Emney.

Messrs. Drew and Alders.   Miss Queenie Leighton.

Miss Florence Warde.   Miss Marie George.


arranged by Mr. E. T. Reed, of “Punch,”

in which will appear amongst others

Mr. W. H. Berry.                Mr. Arthur Williams.

Mr. W. Louis Bradfield.            Mr. C. Herbert Workman

Mr. Joseph Coyne.        Mr. J. A. Warden.

Mr. Robert Evett.           Miss Jean Aylwin.

Mr. Aubrey Fitzgerald.   Miss Billie Burke.

Mr. Geo. Grossmith, Jun. Miss Kitty Mason.

Mr. Fred Kaye.              Miss Olive May.

Mr. Edmund Payne.           Miss Louie Pounds.

Mr. Willie Warde.        Miss Ruby Ray.

Mr. Lewis Waller will recite.

Mr. Ben Davies will sing.

Mr. H. B. Irving will recite.

Mr. Huntley Wright will sing.

Mdlle. Genee will dance.

Miss Denise Orme will sing.

Miss Margaret Cooper will give a Musical Sketch.

Miss Gabrielle Ray and Mr. Willie Warde in a pas de deux from the


The above ladies and gentlemen are all appearing by the kind permission of their respective Managers.

Hon. Business Manager Mr. Sydney Smith.

Hon. Stage Manager Mr. Ernest D’Aubak.

Musical Director Mr. James M. Glover.

Accompanist Mr. Wilhelm Ganz.

Programme arranged (under the supervision of the Committee)

by Mr. M. V. Leveaux.


Seats can now be booked at the Box Office, of the Secretary, Cripples’ Fund, Mansion House, E.G., and all Libraries.

Prices: Reserved Seats: Private Boxes, £10 10s. and £5 5s. Stalls, £1 1s and 10s. 6d. Grand Circle, £1 1s. and 10s. 6d.; First Circle, 7s. 6d. and 6s.; Balcony, 5s. Unreserved Seats: Pit, 4s.; Amphitheatre, 2s.

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May Kinder




A marriage is reported to have taken registry office yesterday between Miss May Kinder and Mr. Henry J Delaval Astley, son of Lady Florence Willoughby. Miss Kinder made her at the Shaftesbury Theatre “The Arcadians,” and is now appearing in “The Dollar Princess” Daly’s Theatre. She is the daughter Mr. and Mrs. William Kinder, Philadelphia, U.S.A., who belong an old Quaker family. The bridegroom, who is 21 years of age, is, through his father, connected with the Barony of Hastings, and, through his mother, with the Marquisate of Conyngham.


The Nottingham Evening Post – Wednesday 27th October 1909



To historical students it would seem a far cry from the stern Puritan, Oliver Cromwell, to The Dollar Princess at Daly’s Theatre, but the association arises through the recent marriage of Miss May Kinder, a pretty actress at Daly’s Theatre, to Mr. Henry Astley, a member of the Russell-Astley family, whose coming of age a few months ago was celebrated with great festivities at Chequers Court in Buckinghamshire, the hereditary seat of the family. The Astleys do not now live at Chequers Court but they did so for two centuries, and they formerly possessed there all the most interesting memorials of Cromwell that have come down to us. Cromwell’s daughter, Frances, married a Russell hence the interesting association. Miss Kinder is an American from Philadelphia. In The Merry Widow she was understudy to Miss Gabrielle Ray in The Dollar Princess she has been playing the part of Dulcie Du Cros, the Californian girl. Mr. Astlev’s mother was of the Marquis Conyngham’s family, thus having a certain relation with Byron.


The Sphere – Saturday 6th November 1909

A Theatrical Marriage.


Miss May Kinder, whose portrait together with her husband, Mr. Henry Jacob Delaval Astlev, is given here, is a young American actress who until her marriage a few days ago was appearing under Mr. George Edwardes’s banner in The Dollar Princess at Daly’s Theatre. A short time ago, it will be remembered, Miss Kinder appeared as Chrysea in The Arcadians at the Shaftesbury, but she was only lent by Mr. Edwardes until the Daly’s new piece was ready. Her husband, who is only just twenty-one, is the son of Lady Florence Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby. It is not expected that Miss Kinder will return to the stage now that she is married, which item of news will certainly fill the hearts of London playgoers with regret. There are few so pretty and modest little actresses appearing in musical comedy as Miss May Kinder, and her charming personality and attractive singing voice will be greatly missed.


The Tatler – Wednesday 10th November 1909

May Kinder appeared in The Merry Widow as Zo-Zo in 1908 and understudied Miss Ray whose part, Frou Frou she played in September 1908. She later played the role of Dulcie du Cros, a Californian Girl in The Dollar Princess at Daly’s in September 1909. She resigned her role in The Dollar Princess soon after marrying Henry Astley on 29th October 1909. On 21st December 1912 Astley was killed whilst demonstrating flying at the Balmoral Show Grounds in Belfast. May inherited her husband’s substantial fortune including Chequers, her husband’s ancestral home which she later sold to Viscount Lee of Fareham who, in 1917, presented it to the nation as a country retreat for Prime Ministers (which remains in use today).


Frost, C. (2016) “The Female Stars of Musical Theatre in Edwardian England,” The Lavenham Press, Lavenham, Suffolk. (p172)


The Dollar Princess – Programme – 1909

Stage and Cromwell – The World’s News Sydney, NSW) – 1909




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Roy Sambourne with Edna May and family



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Gabrielle Ray – Ritzol Preparations -The Daily Mirror – Thursday 27th November 1913

There is still time to obtain one of these trial outfits of the wonderful Ritzol Preparations.

So successful was the last distribution, that Bichara de Paris decided to renew the offer, and set aside a further 10,000 outfits for the purpose. These preparations are used and recommended by famous’ actresses and Society leaders everywhere, including Miss Ellaline Terriss, Miss Constance Dreyer, Miss Elsie Spain, Miss Ethel Irving, Miss Gabrielle Ray, &c., &c.

Less than 4,000 Outfits now remain, and those readers who wish to participate in the distribution should at once apply.

Each Outfit is sent in a plain sealed box, carriage paid, and contains a full week’s supply of Ritzol Skin Food for the night toilet to nourish the skin, Ritzol Cream, Lait Veloute, Poudre Ritzol, for the day toilet, cleansing the skin thoroughly and giving it perfect whiteness and a delicate sheen, Ritzol Antiseptic Tooth Powder, Ritzol Concentrated Floral Perfume, a perennial scent, and a copy of the book “ Beauty-its Quest and Conquest.”

Every woman should be interested in a treatment which enables the complexion to retain and enhance its beauty. Bichara de Paris offer


A Confidential Enquiry Form is sent with each Outfit, and if you return it filled in, a simple inexpensive treatment suited to your individual needs is prescribed free of charge.

Send your name and address and a P.O. 6d. to-day.



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Opposite. Burlington Arcade.


Daily Mirror – Thursday 27th November 1913


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William Austin Cook – The Stockport Advertiser and Guardian – Friday 7th December 1877



Before H. Bell (Mayor), W. Williamson, and S. Christy, Esqrs.


Dog Cases. – The following persons were fined 5s and costs, or in default of payment seven days’ imprisonment for allowing their dogs to be at large; – John Thorneycroft Hallworth, Thomas Littler, William Austin Cook.


The Stockport Advertiser and Guardian – Friday 7th December 1877


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