Southwold Railway Trust Archive of Wenhaston

History Note #29: Albert George Spink

History Note #29: Albert George Spink
The famous music hall artiste: Dandy George and his dog Rosie

I freely admit that none of the following is due to any research by me. It was at the instigation of Alan D Clark, who pointed out that the above gentleman was born in Wenhaston in 1869 and became a famous Music Hall Artiste.

Research undertaken by Eileen Heaps has enabled me to write this short life story. It would appear that Albert George Spink was born in Wenhaston in 1869, a son of George and Hannah Spink. He toured the Music Halls as Peter Dandy George and Rosie, Rosie being a dog!

He married Mary Beatrice Gregory in 1896, but she died in 1906 and he married again - Ena Bertoldi, who was an Acrobat and Stage Entertainer and she died in London.

Dandy George and his dog Rosie starred in a short black and white film in 1927 entitled ‘Dandy George and Rosie’. It was made by De Forest Phonofilm.

He died in 1947, but there does not appear to be any mention of him any further in the Wenhaston Archives so that it is possible that although born in Wenhaston, he did not live here for any stretch of time.