Charles Harvey TONKING
Elizabeth Sarah Nicholls HOSKINGS
(Abt 1840-1923)
John Herbert TONKING of Trevu, G.P.


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Martha Janet HICKS

John Herbert TONKING of Trevu, G.P.

  • Born: 1863, Phillack, Cornwall 2
  • Married: 1889, Redruth District, Cornwall 1
  • Died: 4 Sep 1926, Trevu, Camborne, Cornwall
  • Buried: 7 Sep 1926, Camborne, Cornwall 3

   Another name for John was John Herbert TONKIN.

   Research Notes:

In 1891, John H. Tonking (27) of Phillack, general practitioner, and wife Martha J. (18) of Camborne, were living in Red Lion Inn, Church St., Camborne. Present were daughter Dorothy (6 mo.) of Camborne, and brother William O. H. Tonking (26) of Phillack, chemist

In 1901, John Herbert Tonkin (37) of Phillack, general Bachelor of Medicine (own account) and wife Martha J. (27) of Camborne, were living in Chapel St., Camborne. Present were son John Herbert (7 mo.) of Camborne, and 2 servants.

In 1911, John Herbert Tonking (47) of Phillack, medical practitioner, and wife Martha Janet (38) of Camborne (mother of 3 children), were living in Chapel St., Camborne. Present was daughter Dorothy (20) of Camborne.


John Herbert Tonkin of Trevu died aged 62 years (burial record).




Feelings of consternation and deep regret were felt at Camborne and throughout the county when the news became known that Dr. John Tonking, had been found dead in bed, at his residence, Trevu, Camborne, early on Saturday morning, at the age of 62 years.
The tragic discovery was made by Mrs. Tonking, and it appears that the doctor died in his sleep.
The late Dr. Tonking had been suffering from heart trouble, but had been able to follow his practice, and on Friday was at his surgery in Chapel-street, Camborne, and also visited some of his patients.
Dr. John Herbert Tonking was the second son of the late Mr. C. Harvey Tonking, chemist, of Camborne. He qualified in 1886 at St. Thomas's Hospital, London, where he took his M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Two years later he obtained his degree of M.B. He was late house surgeon at St. Thomas's, and assistant house surgeon in the clinical ear department. He was consulting physician to the Redruth Miners' Hospital, the Helston Cottage Hospital, the Edward Hain Memorial Hospital St. Ives, St. Michael's Hospital, Hayle, police surgeon, and medical referee to several assurance companies.
Dr. Tonking married Miss Martha Hicks, of Camborne, and there were three children of the marriage, only one surviving, Mr. Jack Tonking, at present in New Zealand. His elder son, Lieut. David Tonking, was killed in France during the war, and his only daughter, Mrs. Fitzwilliam Hall, died in London in May of this year. His two brothers are Messrs. D. Tonking (at present abroad), and Mr. Leonard Tonking (St. Just). Another brother, Mr. H. C. Tonking, well-known as a brilliant organist in London and the provinces, died this year. His two sisters are Mrs. J. J. Beringer and Mrs. Richardson.
Dr. Tonking was one of the best known medical men in the West of England, and his death is a distinct loss to the county. He was often called as far west as Scilly to perform operations. He commenced practice in Camborne thirty-nine years ago, and soon showed such remarkable ability that he quickly gained an extensive practice. To-day there are two partners, Dr. Blackwood and Dr. Robinson.
Dr. Tonking was educated at Ford's School, Camborne, and went to London after serving an apprenticeship with Dr. Reed."


"The estate of the late Dr. John Herbert Tonking, M.B., of Trevu, Camborne, has been sworn at £33,183 7s. 11d., with net personalty £31,904 15s. 4d.
The testator left his household effects and £500 to his wife; £20 a year to his sister, Maud Richardson; and the residue of the property in trust for his wife during widowhood, and, subject to her interest, £300 a year to his son John Herbert, and the ultimate residue of the property to the children of his late daughter Dorothy Hall.
Probate of the will, dated May 22, 1926, has been granted to Alfred Walters, of Camborne, solicitor, and Thomas Clifford Fitzwilliam Hall, of 20, Copthall-avenue, London, E.C., consulting mine engineer." 4

   Marriage Information:

John married Martha Janet HICKS in 1889 in Redruth District, Cornwall 1. (Martha Janet HICKS was born about 1873 in Camborne, Cornwall.)

   Marriage Notes:

Married 21 years in 1911.


1 England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005, 4th Quarter, vol. 5c, p. 400.

2 England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008, Redruth district, 4th Quarter, vol. 5c, p. 300.

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4 The Cornishman and Cornish Telegraph, Wednesday, September 08, 1926; Wednesday, November 17, 1926.

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