Troupe Members

Work in Progress (10 Jan 2020)
The information on this page is taken from a variety of sources including passenger lists, censuses, newspaper clippings and information from contributors.

It should be noted that many of the cast used the surname Pender at various times.

(Life Dates)




Ayling, Robert Henry (Bert) (Q4 1896 – ????)



Born in Portsea

Son of William Robert Ayling and Caroline Cotten

Barnes, John (c. 1881 – ????)




Bithell, Fred

Lomas (I)

1897 – 1901

Apparently Fred had a bird act.

However, in 1901 he is looking for a position.


Brooks, Leslie (c. 1904 – ????)




Dewbery, Albert William/Crispin (c. 1894 – ????)



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Dixon, Rowland




Grant, Cary



See Leach, Archibald Alec

Harper, Patrick Frederick (c. 1898 – ????)




Hart(man), Henry John – Jack Hart (1901 – ????)



Real name Henry John Hart/Hartman

Believed to have married to Doris sometime before 1936.

Married Olive Watts in 1937

Hunt, Reginald Leonard (Q2 1896 – ????)




Leach, Archibald Alec (1904 – 1986)



Became Cary Grant

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Listakova, Mlle




Lomas, Doris – Doris Pender (1897 – 1975)



Real name Doris Wilhelmina Lomas

Daughter of Bob and Maggie

Doris married twice.

The first, to Henry (Jack) Hart (or Hartman) has yet to be found.

The second was to William Southam

When she married William Southam she gave her name as Doris W Hart

In 1927 the troupe arrive back in Southampton from New York.

Everyone is travelling under their own names (i.e. not Pender as they did sometimes)

Doris is listed as Doris Hart, Housewife, next to Henry John Hart and both give the same address.

The same is true in 1928

In 1921 she arrived in New York as Doris Wilhelmina Lomas.

This would imply that any marriage took place between 1921 and 1927

In 1939 her and her husband have a hotel in Worcestershire, so presumably she has also given up the troupe.


Lomas, Margaret – Maggie Pender (1877 – 1943)



Margaret was born Margaret Louise Bowman in Holborn, London on 3rd May 1877

In the 1891 census she is living with her parents.

She gives her age as 13 and occupation as Actress.

Five years later she marries Robert Lomas. How they met is anyone’s guess

It was suggested by one reader that she appeared in the Folies Bergere as a ballet mistress. This is corroborated by an Autobiography of Cary Grant.

The Folies Bergere started (as a cabaret) in 1872 so it is technically possible that she performed there, but I feel that it is unlikely that she would have been a ballet mistress given her age. I can find no family connection to the theatre, and as far as I can tell, she was an only child. Her mother, Wilhelmina, had been widowed 5 years after her first marriage.  Wilhelmina and Thomas Bowman were living in the same house in 1871 and they married a year later.


Lomas, Robert Jr – Bob Pender (1871 – 1939)

Lomas (I)



In 1939 he is a toyshop owner. He and his wife are living in a hotel owned/run by his son-in-law and daughter.

Lomas, Robert Sr

Lomas (I)



Lomas, Thomas – Thomas Pender (1877 – ????)



Younger brother of Bob


Lomas, William Barratt – William Pender (1879 – 1935)




Notman, John Charles (Q3 1896 – ????)



Son of John George Notman and Alice Rose Hurt

Pender, Joe



Not his real name, don’t know real name

Power, Will – Will Compo / Will Pender



Real name Will Power
Grandfather of Rosie
Married in 1889 in Newton Heath


Purser, Robert George



In the troupe in the early 1920s

Probably born Q1 1908

Ratcliffe, Daniel Percy (1886 – 1918)



Married to Winifred Williams
With the troupe prior to WW1
Known as Percy.
Was believed to have been a tightrope walker.
Died during WW1 –  7th June 1918 aged 32


Riscoe, Johnnie




Smith, Charles Wilfred (Q2 1887 –  1917)



He was born in Oldham in Q2 1887, the son of Charles Smith and Angelina, nee Pearce.

The Late Sapper Smith
The sad news has been received of the death ion action on July 31st of Sapper Charles Wilfred Smith, Royal Engineers, oldest son of Mr Smith, florist, of Victoria Market, Oldham. He was 30 years of age and leaves a widow and three children who live at Oldham Road, Rochdale. He enlisted fourteenth months ago, before which he carried on the business of fruiterer and florist, and for some years he toured with the Lomas Troupe. His widow is the daughter of Captain Payne, a well-known showman.

The World’s Fair 18 August 1917

Wife: Martha Payne. Married: Q3 1907 Oldham 8d 1551
In 1911 he lists himself as Theatrical Stage Assistant. They have one child at this point, Thomas William Smith, born 1908.

Smith, William Minchin (Q2 1891 – ????)



Was missing his middle finger on his right hand.
In 1911 census he is listed as being ‘Assistant at Theatre’. Living in Holborn, London with his parents.Son of William James Smith and Kate Elizabeth Minchin

Turner, George – George Pender




Watts, Olive (1896 – ????)



Married Jack Hart in 1937

Williams, Winifred (1882 – ????)



Married to Daniel Percy Ratcliffe
Grandmother of Diane Hatwell
With the troupe prior to WW1
Believed to have been a dancer.



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