Symonia (née James) spent her early days in Cornwall and
Croydon, and was commissioned in Holloway in 1908. She then served
as Staff Captain in south London, and married George Tickelpenny
in 1912, . The couple commanded several well known corps in and
around London, such as Deptford, Plumstead, Ilford and Leyton although
records show they must have resided near Godstone in Surrey in 1912
as they had a son who was born and died there in that year.
George Tickelpenny was born into a working class family in Hull.
The family then moved to Moss Side, Manchester, and at that time
consisted of father, mother and five sons with another living elsewhere.
George joined the Salvation Army at the age of 15 against family
opposition. However his younger brother Richard appears to have
joined too at some stage as he also signed Ada's autograph book
in Arras in 1920.
Another younger brother James joined The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
and was killed in Flanders on New Years Day 1917 aged 40 years.
He rests in Vlamertinghe
Military Cemetery near Iper (Ypres).
George was awarded the Imperial War Medal for service during the
war years although the official records have miss-spelled his name
After their service in France the Tickelpennys moved first to British
Guiana, where they were Divisional Officers. They then did similar
work in Trinidad before returning to the UK in 1928.
A postcard sized photo (right) in Ada's collection shows them against
a backdrop of exotic plants.