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James Danvers 1856 – ?

The third child of Edwin Danvers, James became known as an actor in comedies and was very popular in the North of England.

James Danvers toured with Richard D’Oyly Carte’s Company in 1885 and 1886 as the Mikado (Emperor) of Japan in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. He also took on the role of Pooh-Bah (Lord High of Everything Else) later during the tour.

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James Danvers left D’Oyly Carte at the end of 1886. He went on to appear as Duke Hildebrand in The Royal Watchman, and took the title role in Count Tremolio, both in 1887.

James married Annie Dobbs, and together they had five children. Their third child was William Mikado Danvers, born in 1886, who became a successful comedian, singer and variety performer under the name Billy Danvers. Billy’s middle name came from the Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera.


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Edwin Danvers 1827 – 1906

Birth: 1827

Death: 1906

Edwin Danvers was the son of James Harold Danvers and Ann Haterley. He was one of the popular comedians and actors of his time. Edwin was most prolific in the 1860s and 1870s, as the first representative of many characters from burlesque stage dramas.

Pictured here is Edwin Danvers in the role of Scampi, in the production of Ernani by W. Brough at the Highbury Alexandra in 1865.

Edwin Danvers Scampa Ernani

Edwin was also The Goat in Esmerelda in 1861, Dame Hatley in in Black-Ey’d Susan in 1866, Devilshoof in Merry Zingars in 1868, Nurse Margery in Beast and the Beauty in 1869, and Von Schlachenstein in Gentleman in Black, 1879.

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Edwin married Janet MacGregor and they went on to have six children:

Edward C. Danvers in 1852

George F. Danvers in 1853

James B. J. Danvers in 1856

Ramsey Danvers in 1859

Isabella Danvers in 1864

Jessie Danvers in 1869

Jessie Danvers married George Belmore of the Belmore family of actors.

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The Cookes

The Cookes were a family of circus owners and performers that spanned many generations. They started in the UK in the 18th century, and took their shows overseas, including to the United States. By innovating they ultimately influenced many familiar aspects of the modern circus.

The first Cooke’s Circus was formed in Scotland by Sir Thomas Cooke, born in 1752. He was succeeded as proprietor of Cooke’s Circus by his son, Thomas Taplin Cooke, who was born in Warwick in 1782.

In 1836 Thomas Taplin chartered a 3000 ton ship and two other vessels to convey Thomas, his horses and his company to New York. The company consisted of 130 artists – forty of whom where members of the Cooke family. On reaching New York, Thomas Taplin Cooke erected, at his own expense, a large stone and brick amphitheatre with seats for over 2,000 people. In 1838, Thomas Taplin Cooke bought a circus tent with him on a return trip to England from the United States. The tent solution was quickly adopted by others and became synonymous with the modern travelling circus.

William Cooke, a son of Thomas Taplin, was born in 1808. He was originally a rider, acrobat , clown, rope walker and strongman before forming his own touring company and directing equestrian dramas. William leased Astley’s Amphitheatre on the south bank of London for eleven years, which was the perfect venue for combining circus entertainment with epic historical and fantasy story productions.

The Cooke’s connection to the Belmore family of actors came from the marriage in 1886 between Alice Maud Mary Ann Cooke, a daughter of William, and George Benjamin Belmore, one of the most popular London Theatre actors.

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Jessie Belmore Garstin 1890 – 1971

Birth: 1890, 7th February in Battersea, Wandsworth, London, England

Death: 1971, December in Waltham Forest, London, England

Jessie Belmore was the third of four children born to the actor and stage manager George Belmore, and the actress Jessie Danvers, both of whom were from families with theatrical and performing arts legacies. George Belmore passed away in 1898, when Jessie was only 8 years old. Her mother remarried quickly so Jessie Belmore soon had a step father, an actor and writer called Gilbert Heron. The family were living at Tulse Hill in Lambeth, London at the time.

jessie belmore

Life in Theatre:

1910, Jessie arrived in Southampton from Cape Town on the ship ‘Garth Castle’ with her eventual husband to be, Louis Hector Niblett, although their boarding at Cape Town was recorded separately. Louis Hector was an actor, singer and fight choreographer, specialising in fencing. Several other actors were on this ship also, suggesting that a company tour took place.

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Louis Hector Niblett

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Louis Hector Niblett

From The New York Dramatic Mirror, March 29th 1911:


 “Edwin T. Heys produced a new historical drama built around the stirring events in the life of the great Napoleon Bonaparte, by Juan Buonaparte, great grandson of the great dictator, and Arthur Shirley, at the Gaiety Theatre, Manchester. England, March 9. The play is called The Real Napoleon and the title role is played by Juan Buonaparte. From Manchester the play goes on tour through Blackburn. Dublin, Belfast. Cork, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Newcastle, arriving in London for Coronation week. The company includes Jessie Belmore, Jessica Black, Cecily Wade, Miss More-Dunphie, Charles Ashwell, Val Gully, Paul Lovett, Charles Barrett, Lawrence Grove and Alfred Richards.”

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Around 1912, Jessie’s career become very prolific. At the Trocadero she performed as one of the Tiller Girls, a long running dance troupe first formed in 1890 by John Tiller in Manchester. They were famous for routines with high-kicking, arm linking, and highly trained precision at a time when dancers on stage were popular but were often spoiled by a lack of discipline. The Tiller girls grew in number, with up to 80 troupes. They became well known overseas, and continued performing on stage and later on television until 2009. At the time of writing, there are plans for a re-launch of the Tiller Girls, and they appeared on BBC1’s The John Bishop Christmas Show on the 23rd of December 2013.

Tiller Girls

The Tiller Girls


  • The Real Napoleon at Gaiety Theatre, Manchester, a historical play by Juan Buonaparte and Arthur Shirley
  • The Barrier, at Theatre Royal Leeds, alongside produced by H. Armitage and Arthur Leigh. Jessie’s plays the role of Necia, the daughter of the lead character.

jessie belmore in the barrier at the theatre royal leeds 23 sept 1912

1913, Jessie at age 23 married Louis Hector Niblett, 24, and had their first child on the 1st of April in London. Their daughter was given the name Necia Lydia Niblett, perhaps after Jessie’s recent acting role in The Barrier. Necia was conceived before her parents married. Jessie, Louis Hector and baby Necia all appeared at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool later in 1913.

  • The Barrier, at Kelly’s Theatre, Liverpool, alongside Louis Hector, adapted from the novel by Rex Beach, of life in Alaska
  • Lamb Among Wolves, Surrey, alongside brother George Belmore, a comedy-drama written by Ivan P. Gore
  • Pete, at Grand Theatre, Blackpool, alongside Louis Hector and baby Necia, previously performed at Lyceum, London, written by Hall Caine and produced by H. Armitage and Arthur Leigh.

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Necia Niblett

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1915, Jessie and Louis Hector had a second child on April 13th in London, Charles Louis H Niblett. Shortly after this point, Jessie and Louis Hector split up from each other. Louis pursued an acting career in the United States and left Jessie behind.

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Charles Niblett

  • The Silver Horde, at Grand Theatre, Blackpool, alongside Louis Hector and two year old daughter Necia. Rex Beach’s romance of the Great North-West, adapted by Philip E. Hubbard from the novel of the same name

1920, Jessie’s son Charles is sent to a home for sufferers of epilepsy.

1921, Reginald Gilbert is born at Tulse Hill in South London to Jessie. Ralph Stevenson was named as the father in later documentation, but Jessie is still married to Louis Hector. Soon after this in 1923, the family moved to 59 Loughborough Park, a house with about 14 bedrooms. Jessie Danvers and Gilbert Heron, Jessie’s stepfather, are the senior family members. Jessie Belmore and other were in and out of the house all the time on tours and other engagements.


  • A Night of Temptation, at Lyceum, a Melvilles production
  • The Orphans, at Lyceum, a Melvilles production

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  • The Padre, at Lyceum
  • The Right Age to Marry, at The Playhouse, a comedy by H. F. Maltby
  • Heritage
  • What Money Can Buy, at Lyceum, produced by the Melville Brothers

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  • Padre, at Lyceum, adapted from Mon Curé Chez les Riches, produced by the Melville Brothers

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1932, Jessie divorced from Louis Hector Niblett by the Royal Courts of Justice. A previous divorce attempt failed due to a lack of named correspondent. Louis Hector went on to become a big star in U.S. theatre.

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  • Heritage, at St Martin’s Theatre, with brother George Victor Belmore and stepfather Gilbert Heron. This play was written and produced by Josiah Oliver Twiss, later to become the second husband of Jessie.

jessie and george belmore in heritage july 1932 jo twiss

1933, Jessie’s illegitimate son Reginald Gilbert is legally adopted by his grandparents Jessie Danvers (Jessie Belmore’s mother) and Gilbert Heron at age 12. Reginald had been mostly raised by his grandparents prior to this time anyway, due to Jessie Belmore’s continued touring.

  • She Loves Me Not, at Adelphi Theatre, London


  • She Loves Me Not, at Adelphi, directed by Harry Lindsey


  • Heritage, at Fortune, with brother George Victor Belmore

jessie george belmore in heritage at the fortune theatre may 1933 written by j o twiss

In 1939, Jessie married actor and writer Josiah Oliver Twiss in July. With Twiss she became a co-manager and writer of plays also. Twiss wrote and performed farces, particularly at Whitehall Theatre which was well known for the genre. They lived together on Charing Cross Road in the heart of London. This was also close to the Actors Equity / Actors Benevolent Fund shop on Greek Street where Jessie worked as part of this organisation.

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Jessie was also a friend and frequent visitor to Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson, the lifetime collectors of theatrical materials which were eventually transferred to the Bristol University Theatrical Collection in 2010 by the collection’s trustees.

1966, Jessie’s second husband Josiah Oliver Twiss passed away.

Jessie died as Jessie Belmore Twiss in July 1971 at age 81, in the District of Waltham Forest. She was survived by her daughter Necia Lydia Goide, married to Eric Samuel Goide, and Jessie’s sons Charles L H Niblett and Reginald Gilbert Heron.

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Herbert Belmore

Herbert Belmore 1875 – 1952


Birth: 1875, June 23rd, at 117 Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London, England

Died: 1952, March 15th, in Queens, New York, USA

Herbert Norman Belmore Garstin was the seventh and final child of the great 19th century actor George Benjamin Garstin, stage name George Belmore, and his wife from a family of circus performers and proprietors Alice Maude Mary Ann Cooke. He initially lived with his family at 264, Francis Grove, Wimbledon, Kingston, Surrey.

On November 15th 1875, Herbert’s father died of illness at just 45 years of age while in the United States. Herbert was only a few months old when this happened, and his older siblings were still children also, in some cases at various stages of school education. They and their mother Alice were all in London when this occurred, and so were unable to attend their father’s funeral in New York. Instead a ‘performance and testimonial benefit’ was arranged in London, attended, organised and contributed to by many famous actors and people involved in theatre who knew and worked with George Benjamin Belmore.

In adult life, Herbert travelled to South Africa and the USA during 1895. Then in 1897, he sailed with his sister Lillie Belmore on The Atrato, a Royal Mail ship, to the West Indies.


A Life in Theatre


  • The Snowman, at Lyceum, London.

In 1905 Herbert married actress Bertha Cousins. They initially met on the stage. While most actresses keep their maiden name as far as their work is concerned, Bertha didn’t and became famous as Bertha Belmore. She was born in 1882 in Manchester. Although Bertha didn’t come from a theatrical family, she had pursued an acting career without the advantage of influential connections, and had been on stage for about six years.


Bertha and Herbert Belmore

1908, Herbert arrived in Sydney from Liverpool on the ship Persic in March. Returned to the UK on the same ship 17 months later, travelling via Melbourne, Albany, Durban and Cape Town.

Herbert later sailed to New York from England in 1911, on the ship Mauretania.


For health reasons Herbert had to move to America, and his wife Bertha followed a year later, which initiated a long acting career for her in the US which also included movies. Herbert also continued to act and be a stage manager, although he was not able to match the success and fame as his wife.


Bertha Belmore


  • The Hawk, at Shubert Theatre, New York. Written by Francis De Croisset, and translated by Mary Zane Taylor.


  • Getting Married, at Booth Theatre, New York. Written by George Bernard Shaw.

In 1918, Herbert arrived in Liverpool from Nova Scotia in Canada on the ship ‘Orpington’.

  • Lilac Tune, at Majestic Theater, Fort Wayne, Indiana. With sister Daisy Belmore.


Herbert and Bertha Belmore are recorded as living at Queens Assembly District 3, Queens, New York.


  • The Faithful Heart, at the Broadhurst Theatre, New York. An original play that also starred his sister Daisy Belmore. As reported in the Evening Post newspaper, they were the fifth generation of their family in show business, which is true when their mother’s branch of the family tree is followed with the Cooke family of circus performers and proprietors. Written by Monckton Hoffe and ran for 31 performances.
  • Desert Sands, at Princess Theatre, New York. An original drama. Written by Wilson Collison and ran for 16 performances.
  • The Romantic Age, at Comedy Theatre, New York. Herbert performed and was also the stage manager.


  • Scaramouche, at Morosco Theate, New York. An original romantic play. Also starred brother-in-law Henry Cooper Cliffe. Written by Rafael Sabatini and ran for 61 performances.
  • The Sporting Thing to Do, at Ritz Theatre, a ‘Brilliant New Problem Comedy’ by Thompson Buchanan. Herbert performed and was the stage manager for this play. His wife Bertha also starred in this.


  • Great Music, at Earl Carroll Theatre, New York. An original drama. Written by Martin Brown and ran for 44 performances. The Critic in the World magazine said “Singled out among the lesser contributions was Herbert Belmore’s corroded Cockney sailor”. The Times newspaper said “Herbert Belmore as Herbert Jones, the British tar, was not bad”. ‘Tar’ being an informal word for seaman. The Evening Bulletin newspaper said that “Herbert Belmore as the rowdy British seaman was excellent”.


  • Happy Go Lucky, Liberty Theatre, New York. An original musical comedy, written by and based on a book by Helena Phillips Evans. Music by Lucien Denni. Ran for 52 performances.
  • Old Bill M. P., at Biltmore Theatre, New York. An original comedy written by Bruce Bairnsfather. Ran for 23 performances.

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1928, Herbert and his wife Bertha arrived in San-Francisco from Sydney on the ‘Makura’ on March  17th. Later he sailed from Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii to Los Angeles of the ship ‘City of Los Angeles’.

  • Heavy Traffic, at Empire Theatre, New York. An original comedy by Arthur Richman. Ran for 61 performances.


  • The Bellamy Trial, at 48th Street Theatre, New York. An original drama by Frank E. Carstarphen. Ran for 16 performances.
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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  • Adam Had Two Sons, at Alvin Theatre, New York. An original play. Written by John McDermott. Ran for five performances.


  • Romeo and Juliet, at the Shakespeare Theatre in New York.
  • Scaramouche, with Bertha Belmore and Henry Cooper Cliffe.

From this point onwards, Herbert Belmore rarely appeared on stage in the US, and as far as Broadway was concerned he was considered to be retired. His hearing was impaired and his wife was by far the more successful performer of the two of them. Herbert’s career became that of a stage manager, although he did still appear on stage on occasion, including back in the UK.

1934, sailed from New York to the UK, Southampton, on the Aquitania.

  • Yes Madam, at the London Hippodrome, a musical comedy. Played the Producer. Bertha was also in this as Miss Peabody.

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1935, Herbert and Bertha sailed from the UK to New York on The Majestic in June, then from Mozambique in Africa to the UK on the same ship in July. Presumably there was a trip from the US to Africa between these journeys.

In 1936, Herbert and Bertha went from Southampton in the UK to New York on the Berengaria, and then back again to Southampton three months later on the Queen Mary.

  • Bleak House, at the Palladium, in London. An adaption of a Charles Dickens story, by the Dickens Fellowship & Cricket on the Heath, and performed as part of ‘Pickwick Centenary Celebrations, A Dickens Centenary Matinée and Pageant’. This was a charity event to raise money for Charing Cross Hospital. The play was presented by  Sir Philip Ben Greet who also starred in it.  Bleak House was adapted from a play by George Lander which was originally produced in 1878. Herbert played the Foreman of the Jury, and Bertha Belmore was among the Crowd in the Court.

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1937, travelled with Bertha from Southampton to New York on the Berengaria. Soon after appearing in the play Virginia, Herbert and Bertha went to Cape Town in South Africa, and then back to Southampton on The Aquitania.

  • Virgina, at Center Theatre, New York. A musical romance in two acts with a huge cast. Credited as Herbert Garstin. Also starred Bertha Belmore.  Ran for 60 performances.
  • Oh! You Letty, at Palace Theatre in London, an original musical comedy with wife Bertha Belmore.

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  • Yes Madam?, at London Hippodrome, a musical comedy with Bertha Belmore cast as Miss Peabody. Also starred Bobby Howes and Vera Pearce. Herbert was the producer. This play also ran in 1939. Bertha starred in several musical comedies at the Hippodrome, but Herbert only had a role in this one.

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Herbert travelled internationally quite often in the late 1930s. He sailed from the UK to New York in October 1938 on the Queen Mary, returning to his and Bertha’s home on Long Island. He did the same journey in January 1939 on The Aquitania. Presumably there was a trip from the US to the UK between these dates even though they are only three months apart. In May 1939 he went back to the UK again on the Britannic.


Reginald Gilbert Heron, the son of Jessie Belmore, was visiting Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, on communication liaison duty between the British and American Navys. During the period which was in 1942, he met with Herbert and Bertha Belmore, at Saardi’s Theatre Restaurant, 42nd Street. This was during a late evening meeting of the cast of ‘By Jupiter’ at the Schubert Theatre, to review the press coverage on the opening night.

They also met at their home on Fire Island (Long Island). During the visit, it became obvious that Herbert was seriously deaf and was spoken to by Bertha in her unquestionable loud voice, enough to reach the Gods. This was the obvious reason he never matched his wife’s fame and fortune, although they remained loving partners until the end.

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In 1950, Doris Wallace, the daughter of Herbert’s sister Alice Belmore Cliffe, died in an elevator accident on March 1st at Grand Central Station in New York. Herbert and Bertha Belmore flew out in order to take custody of Clifford Wallace, Doris’ sixteen year old son who attended Flushing High School in Queens, New York. Although Clifford’s father Jerome Wallace had divorced Doris a long time prior to the incident and had nothing to do with Clifford for at least a dozen years, Herbert and Bertha had to fight Clifford’s father in court in a custody battle. Bertha said “The boy’s father never supported him or made any attempt to see him during the last 10 years. My husband, who was his mother’s uncle, and I, love him very much and want him to live with us. We have no children, and will treat Clifford as our own”. Bertha also said that she had often offered to share her home with Doris and Clifford, but the young mother did not want to be a burden to the Belmores and had refused help. Doris and Jerome were both in show business when they met, but Doris’ parents had originally objected to the marriage between them.


In early 1952, Herbert made a final trip from the UK to New York.

At the age of 77, Herbert Belmore died in New York on March 15th, 1952. It was due to a heart attack that he suffered at his home at 154-22 Eleventh Avenue, Beechhurst, Queens, New York. His wife Bertha survived him, and was performing in the show ‘Gigi’ in New York at the time, but died the next year.

Herbert was buried in Interment Flushing Cemetary in Queens, New York on the 17th of March, 1952. He and Bertha had no children. Clifford Wallace would only have been with them for two years, but in this time he would have reached the age of 18, and not legally require an adult guardian.

Gilbert Heron

Gilbert Heron 1872 – 1951

Birth: 1872, in Belgium

Death: March 1951, at 25 Winsdale Road, Brixton, London, United Kingdom

Gilbert Heron was born with the name Leopold Sinsheimer in 1872.  His mother Francis was Dutch and his father Adolphus was from Germany.  After arriving in England he lived in Hackney, London. Leopold took the name Gilbert Heron and became a radio engineer in the very early years of this technology.

Gilbert Heron wrote stories for publication in London magazines from around 1898 to 1902, with the content often being about communication across the ocean.  Some of these would also be published in magazines overseas.  Later he wrote about the theatre as he became an actor himself, and met and married the actress Jessie Danvers in 1899, when Gilbert was 27.

Jessie Danvers

Jessie Danvers

Between his writing, radio engineering, family connections and acting skills, and his involvement at the time with the pioneering Marconi radio company, Gilbert Heron put all of these together and wrote, produced and performed in a stage play with several other family members called ‘Saved by Wireless’, which used real Marconi electronic instruments as dramatic props.  This performance was repeated in many venues around England. ‘Saved by Wireless’ was adapted by Gilbert Heron to become a radio drama when his career led him to write and act in the early transmissions of 2LO in London.


Short Stories.

At the turn of the century, and overlapping with his early theatre work, Gilbert Heron wrote stories for serialised publication in magazines.

The Harmsworth Magazine cover


  • The Despatches for Gibraltar: A Victoria Cross Affair

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Published in Harmsworth London Magazine

  • Schooling with Charts and Diagrams: The Admiral’s Misadventure

Published in Strand – The Strand Magazine


  • The Theft of the Secret Signal Log

Published in Harmsworth London Magazine


  • Stolen Laurels: A Story of the Stage

Gilbert Heron Stolen Laurels

Published in Harmsworth London Magazine


  • A Tale of Two Marines- Volume 11 of Seaside Library of Penny Fiction

Published by Sherron and Sons

Gilbert married Jessie Danvers, an actress who had recently become the widow of George Belmore, in September 1899.  They were working together in theatre productions as early as 1895. Gilbert became the stepfather of five children that Jessie had with George.  They had two more children together; Leo Danvers Heron and Francis Andrew Heron.

Francis Andrew Heron

Francis Andrew Heron

Francis Andrew Heron

Leo Danvers Heron

Leo Danvers Heron

Leo Danvers Heron

Theatre, and the Heron and Danvers’ Sketch Company.

Gilbert Heron was an actor in theatre and performed all over the UK.  He was also a writer, producer and stage manager, creating his sketches with his own company.

This included Saved by Wireless, a play with the setting of a wireless telegraph station on the coast of Ireland, which also stared Jessie Danvers as an agent of the German Secret Services, and other actors from the Belmore family.  The play made use of real Marconi wireless instruments as props for dramatic effect. However, when World War I has started, government officials visited the theatre where Saved by Wireless was being performed to shut down the electrical effects from the radio transmitter, worried that they might be used to send information to Germany. A highly unlikely and amusing possibility.


1898, the grounds of Alexandra Palace

  • As You Like It
Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace

The Bijou Theatre Notting Hill Gate, and Royal Theatre Bayswater

  • Until the Daybreak

Lyric Theatre, Grand Theatre Derby, Opera House, Standard Theatre Barnet, The Aquarium, Theatre Royal Bath,  Theatre Royal Birmingham, and Theatre Royal Leeds

  • The Daughters of Babylon

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Queen’s Opera House Crouch End

  • Lord & Lady Algy

Hastings Gaiety Theatre

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

1899, Theatre Royal Colchester, Queen’s Opera House Crouch End, and Royal Victoria Rooms Bridlington

  • Lord & Lady Algy, with Jessie Danvers, who was to become Gilbert’s future wife.

A Midsummer Nights Dream 1900


  • The Traitor’s Doom, or, The Admiral’s Daughter

Duchess Theatre Balham, and Opera House Cheltenham

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Kit’s Atonement

The Crown Peckham, and The Dalston Theatre

  • The Scarlett Sin

1906, Cheltenham Opera House, and Gaiety Theatre Hastings

  • The Superior Miss Pellender

1908, Grand Theatre and Opera House Leeds

  • Leah Kleschna

Gilbert Heron Leah Kleschna 1908

1910, Variety at Hastings

  • Saved by Wireless

1913, Varieties Leeds

  • Saved by Wireless

Gilbert Heron Saved by Wireless 1913

1915, New Pavillion

  • Variety Show


  • In Time of War
  • Her Forbidden Marriage, produced and written with the Melville Brothers.

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His Majesty’s

  • Henry VIII


  • Gulliver
  • Saved by Wireless

1918, Chelsea Palace

  • Blindman’s Buff

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

  • By Pigeon Post

Old Vic, Camden

  • Taming of the Shrew

1930, New Theatre, and Prince of Wales

  • Richard III

1933, Fortune

  • Heritage

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In 1915, during World War I, Gilbert Heron was naturalised as a British citizen.  His Naturalisation Certificate A708 was issued on the 15th of May by the Home Office and states that he was previously of no nationality, and still named as Leopold Sinsheimer, yet known as Gilbert Heron.  Name changes during the 1800s and early 1900s were rarely made by registering a legal contract though a national body, as there weren’t so many circumstances when proof of a person’s name was required.

Gilbert Heron

The Early Years of Radio Dramatic Plays.

As well as the stage, Gilbert was a star of the radio. With the early teams of radio broadcasting, he worked with what was at the time ground breaking technology.

During his career as a radio playwright and show producer, he gained recognition for The Blind Detective, in which Gilbert Heron was the detective Max Carrados, and he also played the music used in the broadcast. Max Carrados was a fictional detective series written by Ernest Bramah from 1914, which in its day was published alongside Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and often outsold it.

Another work of his was Saved by Wireless, which was adapted from the Gilbert Heron Company’s stage play.

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In May 1922, during the very early days of radio broadcasting, the Radio Society of Great Britain persuaded the Post Office to grant a broadcast for an hour a day in London from the roof of Marconi House, using the call-sign ‘2LO’. The station was directed by Arthur Burrows of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company. Marconi was anxious to obtain British Government permission to establish broadcasting stations in the UK as in America. The Government however were cautious. An experimental service containing no music was eventually agreed.

Arthur Burrows

Arthur Burrows

However in June 1922, 2LO was permitted to radiate its first concert. Stanton Jefferies was given control of musical programmes and Gilbert Heron charge of Melodramas. Occasional broadcasts took place from Marconi House with an initial range of 30 to 40 miles. Later the range was increased, and the broadcasts reached an audience of 30.000.

2LO would eventually become one of the ‘big six’ consortium that was the British Broadcasting Company Ltd., the world’s first national broadcasting organisation.

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1927, 2LO and Daventry

  • The Taming of the Shrew


  • The Ghost Ship
  • Crowd Law

1928, 2LO London and Daventry

  • Lord Jim
  • King Henry V
  • The Mist of Morning
  • Good Breeding


  • Our Peg


  • 13, Simon Street
  • In the Dark, a Max Carrados story adapted from ‘The Game Played in The Dark’ by Ernest Bramah

1930, 2LO Daventry

  • In the Dark

In 1933, Gilbert and his wife Jessie adopted Reginald Gilbert Heron, natural son of Ralph Stevenson and Jessie Belmore. Jessie Belmore was a daughter of Jessie Danvers, from her previous marriage to George Belmore, making Reginald her grandson by blood.

Gilbert Heron also played the flute, and competed in Bridge at an international level, using the Culbertson ‘contact bridge’ method. He was also a very good friend of the Jenner family, who were responsible for a brewery where Gilbert worked after he had retired from acting.  And he was a friend of Christina Foyle, the owner of the famous Foyles bookstore in London which had been founded by her father and uncle.

Jenners Golden Ale


Foyles book shop

Gilbert Heron and Jessie Danvers

Gilbert Heron and Jessie Danvers

Gilbet Heron and Jessie Danvers

Gilbet Heron and Jessie Danvers

Gilbert Heron passed away in March 1951, a year after Jessie Danvers, in Brixton, London at the age of 79.

George Benjamin Belmore Garstin

George Benjamin Belmore 1830 – 1875

Birth: 1830, 28th June in Yorkshire, England

Death: 1875, 15th November in Brooklyn, New York, United States

George Benjamin Garstin was the son of George Garstin and Caroline Carr. His grandfather was James Carr, a stage director that had worked with several successful actors and companies.

George Benjamin started his acting career playing minor roles as an actor and comedian with the Devonshire based troupe, Palmer’s Circuit. He adopted the stage name George Belmore instead of Garstin as soon as he entered into theatrical performances. His acting talent was recognised early, and coupled with his desire to forge a successful career this led him to leave Devon to try his luck in the London theatres.

In 1857, George appeared at St James’s Theatre in the successful comedy Tit Tat Toe. By the end of that year he played to great effect at a variety of West End theatres including the Theatre Royal.

George married in 1862 to a well-known London beauty, Alice Maude Mary Ann Cooke. Alice was a daughter of William Cooke, the proprietor of Astley’s Royal Circus.

Alice Cooke

Alice Maude Mary Ann Cooke

In 1863 George came to the attention of the London critics, playing Steve Hargreaves in Aurora Floyd alongside George Vining at the Princess’ Theatre. George was beginning to earn a reputation in the blooming Victorian theatre industry as a powerful singer, character actor and comedian and was widely admired for his honed impersonations of contemporary figures. He played Rob Roy at The Royal Olympic Theatre, Marylebone, receiving good reviews in 1863, going on to take the lead role in The Golden Dustman at Sadler’s Wells. Over the next few years he collected special praise for performances in Monte Cristo at the Adelphi theatre and as the Grandfather in Charles Dickens’s Old Curiosity Shop. In 1867 George was specially engaged to play the old jockey Nat Gosling in Mr Boucicault’s drama The Flying Scud at the opening of the New Holborn Theatre. The play boasted a real horse and was so successful that George went on to give over 200 performances as Nat Gosling.

George Belmore Steve Hargreaves Aurora Floyd

George as Steve Hargreaves in Aurora Floyd

During the 1870s George became a member of Sir Henry Irving’s company, where he played ‘Oliver Cromwell’ opposite Henry Irving’s ‘Charles I’ at the Royal Lyceum theatre 1871. The two actors were on the same wage, as there was doubt as to which was the greater attraction to audiences.  However, because of a clash of interests and high levels of competition between the two actors, by the middle of the decade they had parted ways.

Sir Henry Irving

Sir Henry Irving

George was in independent circumstances and had an attractive home in Wimbledon. But after encouragement from some of the noblemen he was getting to know, he made some unfortunate investments. Along with a financial crash, everything which George possessed, including property and even theatrical costumes, were sold under the hammer. His popularity as an actor continued so he was not short of work, but his growing family and lack of money unfortunately made him vulnerable to the demands of his employers.

In 1874 George was retained for a season at the London Lyceum Theatre, now under the management of Mr F. B. Chatterton. However the lure of Broadway coupled with George’s ambition led him to wish to leave half-way through a season of the play Nicholas Nickleby, which was running longer than expected.

George Benjamin Belmore Nicholas Nickleby 1874

George Benjamin Belmore Newman Noggs Nicholas Nickleby 1874

George as Newman Noggs, in Nicholas Nickleby

Despite being found by law to have broken his contract, George left for America in 1875. This put him in contempt of court, according to a ruling by the Lord Chancellor’s office.

Unhappily, America did not provide the success he had hoped for. After a difficult Atlantic crossing and a spell of illness, George finally recovered and started his tour of the eastern seaboard. However while in Boston, Massachusetts, George once again became ill and was forced to cancel his tour and return to New York. His last performance was to be as Nat Gosling in The Flying Scud. It was reported that he said “that is probably the last applause I will ever receive”. On the 15th of November 1875 George Benjamin Belmore died in a hotel room on 94th Avenue, leaving several thousand pounds to his wife Alice and his seven children in Wimbledon. James Barnaby wrote an elegy for George Benjamin Belmore as part of the memorial service held at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, on December 15th 1875.

Outside of his theatrical career and family life, George Belmore was also known as being a market gardener.

George Benjamin Belmore

Life in Theatre:


  • George’s first performance in June, with a company called Palmer’s Circuit, at a stage in Devonshire. He played ‘utility’ roles, which means ‘everything and anything’.


  • Palmer’s Circuit, at stages in Exeter, Lyme Regis, Chard, Exmouth, Teignmouth, and Newcastle.


  • Palmer’s Circuit, at stages in Dunfermline and Girvan, and the Theatre Royal in Glasgow.


  • Palmer’s Circuit, at stages in Londonderry and Glasgow, and the Theatre Royal in Birmingham.


  • Palmer’s Circuit, at stages in Brighton and Dublin.
  • Marianne de Laney, or, The Double Marriage, a drama in three acts, at Strand Theatre, London.


  • Performed from the Swiss Gardens to Gravesend.


  • Performed at stages in Exeter, Macclesfield and Derby.


  • The Creole; or, Love’s Fetters, a drama in three acts, at Theatre Royal in Durham and later at Theatre Royal Marylebone. By Shirley Brookes. This was George Belmore’s first London stage appearance.
  • Tit, Tat, Toe, (full title: Tit, Tat, Toe! My First Go!! Or Harlequin N.E.W.S.!!! and the Fairy Elves of the Fourth Estate!) at St. James’s Theatre in London. A Christmas pantomime. George Belmore’s first comedy performance. This followed The Creole each night, and both started at the end of the year and ran slightly into 1857. Tit, Tat, Toe had a cast list with names like Mr. Dunderhead, Mr. Wretchdolt and Mr. Awfulslow listed as actors on the programme.
George Garstin Belmore

George Belmore 1863 – 1898

Birth: 1863, 20th February in Brompton, Kensington and Chelsea, London, England

Death: 1898, 6th April in St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England

George Belmore Garstin was the first child of the great 19th century actor George Benjamin Garstin, stage name George Belmore, and his wife from a family of circus performers and proprietors Alice Maude Mary Ann Cooke.  They married during the year before baby George was born, soon after meeting each other during a performance.

George attended St. Mary Abbott School in Kensington.


  • George’s first stage performance was at The Lyceum Theatre in London, at age 11.
Lyceum Theatre

Lyceum Theatre, London

In 1875, George’s father died of illness at just 45 years of age while in the United States.   However, with George and his brothers and sisters all at various stages of school education, they and their mother Alice were all in London when this occurred, and unable to attend their father’s funeral in New York.  Instead a ‘performance and testimonial benefit’ was arranged in London, attended, organised and contributed to by many famous actors and people involved in theatre who knew and worked with George Benjamin Belmore.

George Belmore, along with his brothers and sisters, followed in the career path of his father by getting into performing arts, specifically theatre.  He was initially most capable as a stage manager.

George Garstin in the Garden

George married Jessie Danvers, an actress, singer, dancer and comedienne from the music hall Danvers family.  The ceremony was witnessed by George’s sister Alice Maude Belmore, and took place on the 27th March, 1886.  Jessie was of a good and generous character and they were very happily married.  Married to an actress, with their circle of acting friends and contacts growing, George took on more stage performance roles.

Jessie Danvers

Jessie Danvers

In 1887, February the 27th, George and his wife Jessie had their first child, George Victor Ramsey Belmore.  He went on to become an actor also, in what had become the family tradition.

George Victor Belmore

George Victor Belmore

On the 21st October 1888, Alice Ester Belmore was born. She also got into acting, but although it looked like she had a prolific stage and perhaps movie career ahead of her, her life was cut short at 29.

Alice Ester Belmore

Alice Ester Belmore

In 1889, October, George sailed with other family members, including his sister Alice and her husband actor Henry Cooper-Cliffe, brothers Lionel and Paul, and wife Jessie, from UK to New York.

Their third child, Jessie Belmore, was born in 1890, on the 7th of February.  She became an actress also.

Jessie Belmore

Jessie Belmore

Life in Theatre


  • Across Her Path, at Terry’s Theatre Company.
  • New Lamps for Old, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as assistant stage manager.
  • Parting of the Ways, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as assistant stage manager.
  • For Her Child’s Sake, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as assistant stage manager.
  • Wanted a Wife, at Terry’s Theatre Company.
  • In a Day, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as assistant stage manager.
  • The Judge, at Terry’s Theatre Company.
  • Weak Woman, at Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, with Edward Terry’s company.
  • The Rocket, at Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh.
  • Paul Pry, at Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh.
  • Sweet Lavender, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • My Friend Jarlet, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • In Chancery, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager and also performing.
  • The Penalty, at Olympic Theatre, as stage manager and also performing.

George Belmore Sweet Lavender inside   George Belmore Sweet Lavender inside

Terry's Theatre

Terry’s Theatre


  • Our Doctors, at Terry’s Theatre, as stage manager, with his wife Jessie.
  • In Chancery, at Terry’s Theatre, with Jessie.
  • Culprits, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • The Rocketta, at Prince of Wales Theatre, as stage manager. First performance in Liverpool.
  • The Baby, or, A Warning to Mesmerists, at Terry’s Theatre Company.
  • All About a Bonnet, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • That Woman in Pink, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • The Director, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • The Lady from the Sea, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • The Times
Terry's Theatre

Terry’s Theatre

In 1892, Edward George Belmore was born to George and Jessie.  Known also as Teddy.  Unfortunately he died at just age 20.

Edward Douglas Belmore

Edward Douglas Belmore

  • The Baby, at Crierion Theatre.
  • The Custom House, at Vauderville Theatre. George was the producer.
  • The Magistrate, at Terry’s Theatre Company.
  • Rest, at Avenue Theatre, as stage manager.
  • The Highwayman, at Avenue Theatre, as stage manager.
  • Uncle Mike, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • The Churchwarden, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.


  • Kerry, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • For Charity’s Sake, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • Flight, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • La Juive, at Drury Lane, as stage manager.
  • The Bells, at Lyceum, as stage manager.

In June George travelled back to London from a visit to Sydney, Australia, on a ship called The Cuzco.  Some of his brothers and sisters were also going back and forth to Australia around this time, most notably Daisy Belmore who met her husband there.


  • Babes in the Wood, a pantomime at The Assembly Room.
  • The Governess and the Clown, at The Assembly Room.

Babes in the Wood 1894

George and Jessie arrived in Liverpool from Nova Scotia in February.


  • An Innocent Abroad, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • High Life Below Stairs, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • The Blue Boar, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.

On the 22nd of September 1895, Alfred Reginald Belmore was born.  He lost his life while serving as a soldier towards the end of World War I, in the long running Battle of Passchendaele.

In 1896, George travelled from Natal in Brazil to London with his sons Edward and Alfred, on a ship called the Dunottar Castle.

  • King Arthur, at the Grand Opera House.
  • The Colleen Bawn, or, The Brides of Garry Owen, at Novelty Theatre.
  • The Mystery of Hansome Cab, at Novelty Theatre.
  • Mrs Barnes of New York, at Novelty Theatre.
  • Called Back, at Novelty Theatre.
  • Siberia, at Novelty Theatre.
  • A Bed of Roses, at Novelty Theatre.
  • Trilby, at Novelty Theatre.
  • My Cousin, at Novelty Theatre.
  • Love in Idleness, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager followed by having a stage role later in the season. His wife Jessie also had a role in this.
  • A Woman’s Proper Place, at Terry’s Theatre Company, as stage manager.
  • The Holy Tree Inn, at Terry’s Theatre Company.


  • Cinderella, at The Garrick Theatre.
  • Quentin Quoins (Q.Q), at Terry’s Theatre Company.

George Belmore Jessie Danvers Quentin Quoins

In 1898, on the 6th of April, George Belmore Garstin died in Guys Hospital in London, and was buried on the same day at Norwood Cemetery.  He was just 35 years old, however he had already prepared a Last Will and Testament.  His wife Jessie inherited everything he possessed, except a sum of £120 that was bequeathed to George Bradfield, a retired actor, and the property which George had inherited from the Cooke’s estate (his mother being from the Cooke family), which was divided between his children.


Emmeline Carder Time of Sang in Royal Opera House

Emmeline Florence Carder 1865 – 1941

Birth: 1865 in Chelsea, London.
Death: 1941

Emmeline Carder

Emmeline Florence was born in Chelsea, London in 1865. Her parents were John Carder and Emmeline Carder, and she had two bothers and one sister, Edward Hugh Carder, Herbert John Carder and Katherine Eunice Carder. Initially Emmeline trained to be a teacher, working as a student teacher in Chelsea at age 15. However, her career turned to acting and performing on stage.

Emmeline Carder

Emmeline married William Lionel Belmore in 1891. He was a twenty two year old actor with the Henry Irving Company at the time, and a son of George Benjamin Belmore, an actor once as highly regarded as Irving. They lived in Wandsworth, and would sail together with the Irving Company when it went on tours to the United States.

Emmeline Carder first US Lyceum tour Henry Irving

First US Lyceum tour with Henry Irving

In the below photo, Emmeline Florence is on the right, her husband Lionel Belmore is on the left, and his sister Alice Belmore, also a stage performer that eventually moved to the US, is centre.

Lionel Belmore, Alice Belmore Cliffe, and Emmeline Carder

However, Lionel eventually chose to stay in the USA, becoming an actor and stage manager for William Faversham after Irving died in 1905, then making and performing in Hollywood movies from 1914. He and Emmeline grew apart, so she stayed in England with their two daughters, and they didn’t have much to do with Lionel’s side of the family from that point onwards. Rosamund certainly disliked her father.

Emmeline Carder

Emmeline Florence Carder died in 1941.

Daisy Belmore

Daisy Belmore Garstin 1874 – 1954

Birth: 1874, 13th June in Marylebone, London, England

Death: 1954, 12th December in New York

Daisy Belmore often played the faithful and loveable character types that endeared her to the theatre and cinema going public in both England and America. Daisy was a member of the Belmore family, a widely known acting dynasty, many of whom appeared both in theatre and in films. One of seven children born to George Benjamin and Alice Mary Ann Belmore, both successful actors in their own right.  Daisy’s godmother was Ellen Terry, one of the most famous actresses and theatre producers in her time, and business partner of the famous and prolific actor Sir. Henry Irving, both of which worked with Daisy’s father, and her brother Lionel Belmore.

At age eight, Daisy’s first appearance was in Wilson Barrett’s touring company in Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ (1882) as ‘Mustard Seed’ one of Titania’s tiny fairies. She remained with Mr Barrett’s company for two decades, playing to crowded houses in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, New Zealand and the Orient. She established her reputation in the role of ‘Dacia’ in ’The Sign of the Cross’, a part written specifically for her.  By the age of just 15, Daisy was the leading comedienne of the Wilson Barrett company.  At 25 she was already appearing in other distinguished productions, such as ‘The Silver King’ (1899), ‘Man and his Maker’ (1899), and ‘The Million’ (1900). In 1902 whilst touring Australia she met businessman Samuel Waxman who became her husband the next year, and later the father of her two children, Eric and Ruth. Following her marriage and a short time touring in England, Daisy returned to Australia to be with her family and continue in her profession.

In 1910 Charles Froman introduced Mrs Belmore to Broadway in the musical production ‘Our Miss Gibbs’. After a number of years working under the direction of Mr Froman she worked with Mr William Faversham in ‘The Faun’ (1911), alongside her brothers Lionel and Herbert Belmore. She also worked with David Belasco in ‘The Seven Swans’ in 1918. Daisy had the biggest hit of her career in 1921 with her performance as the character ‘Old Sweetheart’, the gin drinking loveable old mother, in the play ‘The Three Live Ghosts’.

Daisy worked as a professional actor all of her life and remained a favourite with audiences on Broadway until to her death in 1954.

Life in Theatre:


  • Midsummer Nights Dream, age 8, as Mustard Seed, under Lawence Barrett


  • Claudian, at Prince’s Theatre, Bristol, by Wilson Barrett, alongside brother Paul Belmore

In 1893, Daisy sailed from Liverpool to New York with Mr Austin Melford’s Theatre Company on the ‘Teutonic’ with her brother Paul Belmore, and Henry Cooper-Cliffe.

In 1894, sailed from New York to Southampton on the ‘City of Chester’, and from Liverpool to New York on the ‘Brittanic’ with the Wilson Henry Barrett theatre company.

  • Claudian, at Prince’s Theatre, Bristol, by Wilson Barrett


  • The Sign of the Cross, at Prince’s Theatre, Bristol and Lyric Theatre, London, by Wilson Barrett

The Sign of the Cross   1896 Sign of the Cross Lyric Theatre  1896 The Sign of the Cross Lyric Theatre


  • Hamlet
  • The Manxman, at Lyric Theatre, London
  • Chatterton, at Lyceum, London

Sister, Daughter, Wife & Mother.

Daisy was a keen stage actress, but more so a loving wife and mother.

In 1897, Daisy arrives in Sydney, Australia, from London on board the ship ‘Orotava’, with Paul Belmore.  The below 1897 performances were all at Lyric Theatre, London

  • The Daughters of Babylon
  • The Manxman
  • The Sign of the Cross


  • The Silver King, at Prince’s Theatre, Bristol, by Wilson Barrett

1899, all at Lyceum, London

  • Man and His Manners
  • The Silver King
  • Sign of the Cross
  • The Manxman
  • Chatterton
  • The Deemster


  • The Leader


  • The Million

In 1904, arrived in Southampton on the ‘Germanic’.

Daisy got married to Samuel Waxman in Melbourne on April 19th.

Samuel Waxman, and son Eric

Samuel Waxman, and son Eric

In 1905, travelled from Yokohama in Japan to Southampton, UK on the ‘Scharnhoret’.

1910, sailed from Southampton on the ‘Teutonic’ to New York.

  • Our Mrs Gibbs, The Duchess, first major Broadway part in New York
  • Mrs Santa Claus, at the Knickerbocker Theatre, New York

1911, travelled from New York to Southampton on the ‘Adriatic’.

  • The Faun, London, presented by William Faversham


  • The Younger Generation / Half an Hour


  • She Stoops to Conquer, at The Theatre Centre for Schools
  • The Queen in the Apple Court
  • Out There, by John Hartley Manners


  • The Clever Ones, at Punch and Judy Theatre, New York. Daisy took the role of Mrs. Small at only one hour’s notice due to Vera Pole falling ill suddenly.

Daisy Belmore


  • A Lady’s Name


  • Keaton Girls, at Keaton Arts
  • Hitchy Kitchy Koo, at Cohen and Norris Theatre, involving street drama outside the venue

A news story was published after an incident relating to Daisy’s role in Hitchy Kitchy Koo:


“Two Members of Stage Women’s War Relief Render First Aid to Unconscious Woman


“To be mistaken for two Red Cross nurses and the rise to the occasion was the experience of two members of the Stage Women’s War Relief organization the other night after leaving the Cohan & Harris Theatre, where they had been soliciting aid from members of the “Hitchy-Koo” company, it became known yesterday.

“It was shortly after midnight when Daisy Belmore and Rachael Thebaud, wearing the Stage Women’s War Relief uniform, were proceeding up Eighth avenue and heard a startled scream from a northbound taxi as it crossed Fifty-seventh street. Standing on the corner was Policeman Lamouree of the West Forty-seventh street police station. He also heard the cry which came from the taxi and at the same time noticed a young man jump out of the cab.

“As the man left the cab the chauffeur stopped his automobile. The patrolman at once started after the man who had a minute before left the vehicle and with him walked back to the automobile. Inside he found an unconscious woman. Even at that time of night it was only a few seconds before a crowd of several hundred persons had gathered.

“Still watching the woman’s companion, the policeman summoned an ambulance. The crowd at this time noticed the two actresses standing on the sidewalk. Like the others, the two actresses were also curious and started to walk toward the standing taxicab.

““Here comes a couple of Red Cross nurses,” said one of the bystanders and the crowd, as if rehearsed, parted to allow the two stage women to advance to the automobile.

“Fortunately, both were familiar with the rudiments of first aid treatment and pending the arrival of Dr. Scannell from the Polyclinic Hospital the two actresses worked over the unconscious woman in the taxi. At last the doctor arrived and after thanking the two actresses he removed the unconscious woman to the hospital.

“Examinations showed she was not in a serious condition. Her companion was thereupon permitted to go.”

Daisy Belmore New York 1917


  • Tiger! Tiger!, by Belasco
  • The Girl Behind the Counter, in Melbourne