Grange Road Cemetery

Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

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Surviving Monuments in Grange Road Cemetery The churchyard of St. Mary Magdalene was due to close on the 1st January 1859; this was extended to 1st April 1859. The new Grange Road Cemetery, two acres of Layfield, was consecrated on 25th June 1859. It began to fill up rapidly and the remaining nearly seven acres of Layfield were purchased and the new section was consecrated on 23rd November 1867. At the turn of the 19th – 20th century the cemetery was almost full and a new cemetery was needed, the new cemetery was established at Woodlands Road. Grange Road Cemetery was not closed until 1971. In 1973 Gillingham Council once again indulged in another bout of municipal vandalism and removed the majority of the monuments to the nearby tip. No proper record was made, consequently, much unique information was lost. I have listed the inscriptions in Alphabetical order. BENNETT 6 CARTWRIGHT 1 CHALLIS 2 CHAMBERS 14 CHAPMAN 3 CLARK 4 CLIFT 5 CLINCH 19 CONNOLLY 6 COOKE 7 CUCKOW 8 DAY 9 DOLPHIN 10 DRAKE 11 DOW 2 ELVY 12 FEATHERBY 13 FORD 14 FROST 13 GEGAN 15 GREEN 16 HAYDEN 31 HILLS 32 HOBBIS 24 HOYLE 17 LAMPORT 19 LLOYD 18 MASKALL 27 MUDGE 19 NICOL 20 NORRIS 21 NORTON 22 PACKER 23 PAGE 24 PALMER 18 PARKS 258 PEARCE 26 PECK 32 PERCIVAL 22 PHILPOTT 27 PICKEN 11 PRICE 23 PRUCE 29 PURSE 28 ROBERTS 29 RUCK 2 SAMSON 32 SAYWELL 30 SCOGGINS 32 SEWELL 31 SMITH 33, 34 SPRINGATE 35 SPRINGFIELD 8 TREVERTON 36 WHITEHEAD 37 WILKINS 38 WILLOUGHBY 21 WINN 39 WRIGHT 40 WYNDHAM 28 M.I.s recorded and Concise Wills and other notes added by D. E. William 2015 LOOKING WEST ACROSS THE CEMETERY TO ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH (PEARCE MONUMENT CENTRE, MIDDLE DISTANCE. THIS AREA HAS THE HIGHEST DENSITY OF MONUMENTS, MOST OF THE NEARLY 9 ACRE SITE IS NOW GRASS) 1. Headstone, Fallen and Broken [IN LO]VING MEMORY OF [FANCI]S CARTWRIGHT [ ]0th 1910 AGED 46 YEARS ALSO CATHERINE WIFE OF THE ABOVE [WHO DIED] JULY 13th 1943 AGED 82 YEARS ALSO FRANCIS CARTWRIGHT SON OF THE ABOVE DIED MAY 1st 1950 AGED 61 YEARS 1901 Census Francis Cartwright Foreman Market Gardener Principal Probate Registry Index Francis Cartwright, (1910), of Grange Road, ££264 14s 4d Francis Cartwright, (1950), Elm Road, £1,006 10s 11d 2. Headstone and Curbs IN LOVING MEMORY OF STEPHEN DOW CHALLIS OF SOUTH OCKENDEN AND GRAYS, ESSEX WHO DIED 4th JANUARY 1909 AGED 82 YEARS ALSO OF ELIZABETH RUCK CHALLIS WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 3rd JULY 1923 AGED 95 YEARS ALSO THEIR DAUGHTER ALICE MARY WHO DIED 1st JUNE 1967 AGED 94 YEARS 1881 Census Stephen Challis, at South Ockenden, Miller CHAMBERS see FORD 3. Small Curbs GRACE ANN MABEL CHAPMAN WHO FELL ASLEEP ON THE 5th OF APRIL 1918 AGED 8 YEARS 4. Block, Curbs Fallen, Inscription(s) hidden ALSO JULIA CLARK DIED NOV 18th 1924 AGED 80 YEARS ALSO AGNES FRANCES CLARK DIED DEC 11th 1940 AGED 90 YEARS 5. Pedestals IN LOVING MEMORY OF ALFRED WALTER CLIFT FOR 17 YEARS MANAGER OF THE NEW BROMPTON CO-OPERATIVE BAKERY WHO FELL ASLEEP THE 1st OF JULY 1901 AGED 36 YEARS [ ] [ ] THIS MONUMENT ERECTED AS A MARK OF ESTEEM BY HIS FELLOW WORKERS 6. [6] Tall Pedestal CAPTAIN T. W. J. CONNOLLY AND FAMILY THIS EAST FACE CONTAINS SURGEON PAUL CONNOLLY'S INSCRIPTION North Side ALSO OF THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN OF CAPT CONNOLLY AND HIS DEAR WIFE ALFRED WRIGHT 2nd SON BORN AT WOOLWICH 15th JULY 1840 DIED THERE 18th JUNE 1841 MARY HARRIET ELDEST DAUGHTER BORN AT WOOLWICH 23rd MAY 1845 DIED THERE 28th SEPT 1845 JOHN CRAMPTON [ ] SON BORN AND DIED AT WOOLWICH 9th MAY 1852? HEBE MILLICENT 2nd DAUGHTER BORN AT BROMPTON COTTAGE NORTH OF BROMPTON BARRKS [ ] JAN 1858? DIED THERE 4th MARCH 1858 HER REMAINS LIE IN THE ADJOINING CHURCHYARD East Side SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF PAUL BENNETT CONNOLLY YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE CAPTAIN CONNOLLY R. E. SURGEON [ ] [ ] LIGHT DIVISION OF THE CAMEL CORPS WHO PERISHED OF FEVER AT SHALADOOD, NILE THE 18th APRIL 1885 IN HIS [31st ] YEAR ON THE RETURN OF THE UNSUCCESSFUL RELIEF EXPEDITION TO KHARTOUM HE [WAS] MASTER OF THE GOLD CROSS OF RUMANIA FOR SERVICES UNDER THE [ ] SOCIETY OF BUCHEREST [HE] ALSO SERVED HIS COUNTRY IN THE ZULU WAR 1879 AS A VOLUNTEER SURGEON TO THE FRONTIER LIGHT HORSE IN THE ENGAGEMENTS AT HLOBANE, KAMBULA [ ] [AND] IN THE EGYPTIAN CAMPAIGN AS SURGEON TO THE [STRETCHER?] BEARER COMPANY [ ] AT THE BATTLES OF KASSASSIN AND TEL EL KEBIR West Side (Very eroded) [SACRED] TO THE MEMORY OF MARY WIFE OF [CAPT.] T.W.J. CONNOLLY BORN [ ] DIED [ ] [1865] AT BROMPTON COTTAGE, NORTH OF BROMPTON BARRACKS ALSO [ ] OF THEIR DAUGHTERS ? THO. WILLM JOHN CONNOLLY (AUTHOR OF THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL SAPPERS AND MINERS, ETC.) BORN [ ] OCTOBER 1815 ? AT THE [CHAMPS ELYSEES ?] PARIS DIED [AT KILBURN, WILLES]DEN ? 21st MAY 187[5] HIS REMAINS REST UNDER THIS STONE Little is known about Captain Connolly. His father was in the 95th Regiment of Foot (Rifles) and was wounded at Waterloo. It appears he was in the Army of Occupation in Paris, (where Captain Connolly was born), after Napoleon's final defeat. Captain Connolly was a Quarter Master at Brompton Barracks. There is no notice of his death or funeral in The Times or the Chatham papers. The Royal Engineer's Journal carried this brief mention, "21st May 1875 at 51 Chichester Road, Kilburn, Capt. Thos. William John Connolly, in the 60th year of his age" The Royal Engineer's Museum and Library hold his Diary, 1848-1865, in three volumes of about one million words. The Times 8th February 1885 "…….The Royal Irish have arrived here from the camp at Gubat with 120 of the wounded, who have been successfully removed from Gubat in cacolets under the charge of Surgeon Connolly." The Times 20th April 1885 "…..The death is also announced of Surgeon- Major Connolly who was attached to the right camp near Dongola. Enteric fever in this case was also the cause of death, the event occurring on Sat past. Surgeon – Major Connolly entered the army as assistant surgeon in 1871, and after 2 years was raised to the position of Surgeon, becoming a Surgeon Major in the fall of 1882." The Times 23rd April 1885 "The name of Surgeon Connolly whose death from enteric fever at Dongola was reported on Monday last, was, by telegraphic error announced as Surgeon Major Connolly." 7. Coped Stone on High Base North Side SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF SARAH THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE REVD D. COOKE VICAR OF BROMPTON WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS FEBRUARY 13th 1876 AGED 61 ALSO MARY ANN COOKE SECOND WIFE OF DANIEL COOKE WHO DIED JUNE 2nd 1904 AGED 68 YEARS South Side SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF DANIEL COOKE HON CANON OF ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL AND LATE VICAR OF BROMPTON, KENT WHO DIED JULY 15th 1906 IN HIS 95th YEAR East End ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF [MARY ANN COOKE] [1904] [AGED 58 YEARS] 8. Headstone and Curbs IN LOVING MEMORY OF SUSANNAH JESSIE CUCKOW WHO DIED 17th MARCH 1908 AGED 39 YEARS ALSO THOMAS STEPHEN CUCKOW HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED26th MARCH 1922 AGED 54 YEARS THOMAS HENRY SPRINGFIELD CUCKOW SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 24th JULY 1969 AGED 64 YEARS 1911 Census Thomas Cuckow, Market Gardener 9. Headstone IN LOVING MEMORY OF FLORENCE THE DEAR WIFE OF FRANK DAY WHO DIED OCTOBER 2nd 1913 ALSO THE BELOVED SONS OF THE ABOVE LEVI WILLIAM DIED OCTOBER 22nd 1904 AGED 5 YEARS ALSO FRANK ARTHUR DIED FEBRUARY 10th 1911 AGED 13 YEARS "Hands of Jesus" 10. Pedestals BRENDA IRIS THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM HENRY & ALICE DOLPHIN WHO FELL ASLEEP FEB 3rd 1910 AGED 4 MONTHS "He shall gather the Lambs with His Arms" AND IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM HENRY DOLPHIN LOST IN H. M. S. NATAL ON DEC 30th 1915 AGED 39 YEARS ALSO ALICE DOLPHIN WHO PASSED AWAY OCT 20th 1945 AGED 77 YEARS H.M.S. Natal H.M.S. Natal was a Warrior Class Cruiser built by Vickers at Barrow in 1905, displacing 14,700 tons fully loaded. In 1911-12 she escorted the Royal Yacht carrying King George V and Queen Mary to India for the Delhi Durbar. Also in the latter year, she carried the body of the American Ambassador to New York, thereafter, she was known as the "Sea Hearse." She was destroyed by an internal ammunition explosion in Cromarty Firth. Along with Dolpin, another 389 died. 11. Headstone and Curbs IN LOVING MEMORY OF WILLIAM DRAKE, SURGEON WHO DIED 29th MARCH 1931 AGED 59 YEARS ALSO MARY PICKEN DRAKE WHO DIED 3rd MARCH 1932 AGED 61 YEARS 12. Grey Granite Ledger IN LOVING MEMORY OF FREDERICK WALLACE ELVY WHO DIED 14th AUGUST 1881 AGED 44 YEARS ALSO ELIZABETH ANN WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 9th OCTOBER 1907 AGED 69 YEARS ALSO THOMAS ELVY, O.B.E. CHIEF ENGINEER H.M. DOCKYARDS SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 26th JANUARY 1949 IN HIS 83rd YEAR ALSO BERTRAM ELVY SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 19th MARCH 1958 AGED 81 YEARS 1881 Census Frederick Elvy, Trafalgar Road, Gillingham, Caulker Principal Probate Registry Index Frederick Elvy, Leading Man of Caulkers, £82 Thomas Elvy of Purley, Surrey, £40, 334 9s 5d Obituary - Chatham Observer "DEATH OF MR T. E. ELVY, O.B.E. HE FORE SHADOWED THE USE OF FLOATING DOCKS Mr T. E. Elvy, O.B.E., a former Engineer Assistant to the Director of Admiralty Dockyards and Chief Engineer of H. M. Dockyards has died aged 83, at Foxley Lane, Purley, Surrey. Mr W. S. Diggins, ex Principal Admiralty Overseer of First Avenue, Gillingham, writes :- PROPHETIC THESIS "It must be recorded that Mr Elvy’s greatest Service achievement was the prophetic thesis, written in 1908, entirely at his own initiative. In this he outlined the need for floating docking and re-fitting bases, particularly on the East Coast of Scotland. This was before Rosyth materialised." The outcome of the thesis was a select Committee with Admiral Jellicoe as chairman and Mr Elvy as Secretary. "The ultimate result was that two floating docks of 32,000 tons capacity and two floating cranes of 150 tons capacity at 95 feet radius, capable of lifting the heaviest guns from battleships were ordered and were ready for use many months before World War 1 began." Mr Diggins also pays tribute to Mr Elvy’s efforts on behalf of students and points out that Mr Elvy himself began as an engine fitter apprentice. MUSICIAN OF ABILITY "He was a musician of exceptional ability", adds Mr Diggins, "and in earlier days was organist and choir master at Christ Church, Luton, and later at H. M. Dockyard Church, Sheerness." 13. Blue - Grey Granite Pedestal FEATHERBY FAMILY EDWARD GEORGE ELDER SON OF GEORGE FEATHERBY WHO DIED AT PIEDRAS WEGRAS, MEXICO JULY 2nd 1890 AGED 45 YEARS CHARLES BENJAMIN YOUNGER SON OF JOHN ROBERT FEATHERBY DIED JULY 23rd 1922 AGED 46 YEARS GEORGE FEATHERBY DIED MAY 21st 1903 IN HIS 82nd YEAR ALSO AMELIA HIS WIFE DIED AUGUST 19th 1874 IN HER 54th YEAR ANNA LOUISA WIFE OF JOHN ROBERT FEATHERBY DIED DEC 20th 1911 AGED 63 YEARS JOHN ROBERT FEATHERBY YOUNGER SON OF GEORGE FEATHERBY DIED JULY 19th 1922 AGED 74 YEARS MARIA FROST BORN OCTOBER 2nd 1852 DIED 0CTOBER 3rd 1939 Principal Probate Registry Index George Featherby of Balmoral Road, £28, 691 3s John Robert Featherby of Bleak House, £18, 744 7s 8d Obituary - Chatham Observer, 23rd May 1903 "DEATH OF MR GEORGE FEATHERBY We regret exceedingly, to announce the death of Mr George Featherby, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday at his residence, "Abergeldie", Balmoral – road, New Brompton, after a very brief illness. Mr Featherby, who had a somewhat eventful life, was one of the oldest residents of New Brompton, his acquaintance with the town dating back to the time , when most of the area, now covered by streets, consisted of cornfields. Mr Featherby’s decision to come to this district was the result of an accident--- a most fortunate accident for New Brompton, for it sent into a young and rapidly growing place, a man who played no small part in its industrial development. George Featherby was born at Bush, near Cuxton on the 10th of September, 1821, and was therefore nearly 82 years of age. He was by trade, a blacksmith, as his father had been before him, and in 1852, at the time of the Australian gold rush, he went out to that colony. He worked as a blacksmith at Forest Creek, Victoria, for three years, and liked the life so well that he came back to England to fetch his wife and family. The second voyage out was marked by disaster, for when within one day’s sail of Melbourne the ship was wrecked, and Mr Featherby and family were fortunate in escaping death. As it was, they lost everything except the clothes they were wearing and the money in their pockets. In spite of this inauspicious start, however, Mr Featherby did well "down under". He forsook his old trade, taking a large hotel instead. There were no bricks in Forest Creek in those days, and Mr Featherby’s premises were built of lath, plaster and weather – boards, for which he had to pay a very heavy rent. Still he made things hum, and though he did not make what is called a pile, he did so well that in 1852 he set off once more for the old country. A brief rest followed; then Mr Featherby took over some licensed premises in Whitchapel (London). After having so long experience of six penny glasses of beer and such lordly prices in Australia, the penny glass of the East Ender did not suit Mr Featherby. He had just made up his mind to go again to the Antipodes when he met with an accident which broke his knee cap and put the idea of a third voyage out of court. Instead he came to Rochester, and started a brick making industry at Rainham. Subsequently he bought the estate known as the Courtfields Brickworks, Gillingham, of which he was owner up to the time of his death. Mr Featherby also opened out brickfields at Norwood and Beckenham, and recently at Rochfort (Essex). It was owing to the deposit of chalk found on Mr Featherby’s estate that the Portland Cement Works were started at Gillingham some 28 years ago. The Vineries which are too well known throughout Kent to need description, were started in 1884. The deceased gentleman was twice married. His first wife, by whom he had four children, was sister of the late Mr John Bullbrook, of Rochester. His second wife, who he married late in life, and who survives him, was a Scotch lady named Mrs Hair. She has no children. Deceased was a member of the old Board of Health for some years, and was a member of the Gillingham Urban District Council until six years ago, when his place was taken by his son, the present Chairman of the Council, Mr J. R. Featherby. He was also a director of the Public Hall Company and of the Conservative Club. Up to the day he was seized by the illness which has proved fatal, Mr Featherby conducted all his multifarious business affairs, and found time in addition, to take a very keen interest in the public life of the town. He was one of the "old standards", and his familiar figure and genial presence will be very much missed indeed." Obituary - Chatham News "DEATH OF EX – MAYOR AND HIS SON ALD. J. R. AND MR C. B. FEATHERBY Ald. John Robert Featherby the man who piloted Gillingham through its early stages as a borough---passed away at his residence, "Bleak House", on Wednesday, after a severe illness at the age of 74. The news of his death as it spread through the town carried with it a note of deep sadness for Alderman Featherby was a man beloved by all classes of the "biggest borough in Kent", which owed an immeasurable debt of gratitude to him for the great services he had rendered. Expressions of sympathy were heard on all hands, and that most of the principal buildings in the town, flags were flown at half - mast. Mr Featherby was a man with an extensive experience of business life. Although he was born in England, the greater part of his early days was spent in Australia with his father, returning to his native land at the age of 14. He engaged in brick making, and up to the time of his death he displayed a keen interest in that work, being connected with a firm of brick makers in Sussex. Of a versatile character, he was also devoted to the science of horticulture and glass house produce, this department of the business being started by his father, the late Mr George Featherby, in 1884. At one time the firm sold produce to Covent Garden market. Ald. Featherby’s knowledge of fruit growing was distinctly developed. He was ever a prominent man in business affairs. For many years he was chairman of the Board of Directors of the firm of Messrs G. H. Leavy and Co., and he was the director of the local Water Works Co., up to the time of his death. He helped to found and was one of the directors of the Chatham and District Laundry Company, Ltd., and a director of the Gillingham Portland Cement Company, Ltd. In addition, the engineering firm of Featherbys Ltd., of Bishops Stortford, Herts, of which his son, Harry, is managing director undoubtedly owes a great deal of its development and success to his business intellect. It was, perhaps, in public life that he was most known and respected. Although holding many positions, he never refused to assist any cause which stood for the welfare of the Medway Towns. Two of his most noteworthy offices connected with work outside of Gillingham were as warden of the Rochester Bridge (as representative of the Gillingham Town Council) and a member of the Medway Conservancy Board. His record of public work in Gillingham will ever be remembered. Since 1885 Ald. Featherby had been a member and for some years foreman of the Court Leet, and many will remember the sorrow he displayed when the ancient institution was disbanded towards the end of last year. He held the office of High Constable in 1892, and was an overseer from 1886 to 1896, was elected a member of the Urban district Council in 1897, and was appointed chairman of that body in 1899, holding office until the borough was incorporated in 1903, when he was chosen as Charter Mayor. Mr Featherby played an active part in securing the charter and presided over several meetings, when he successfully dealt with the turbulent spirits of those opposed to the movement. At the time of the Incorporation he was elected an Alderman and had served on the Council ever since. During his tenure of office as first citizen, the Mayoress, who passed away some time ago, was mainly instrumental in securing by public subscription the present handsome Mace. On May 7th, 1921, the town conferred upon him the greatest honour which lay within its power to give, in the presentation to him of the freedom of the Borough. In receiving the honour Mr Featherby, in a speech, tinged with emotion, said that it would be treasured by him throughout his life and when he passed away it would be handed down to his family who, he was sure, would value it as a token of the esteem he which he was held. His great interest in his town was exhibited when, though evidently in a low state of health, he attended the recent meetings of the Town Council. Ald. Featherby had a great love for music and possessed a very fine voice. A man, who commanded the admiration of all with whom he came into contact, he will be much missed in the life of the community. Ald. Featherby left two sons and two daughters. The funeral takes place to-morrow at the Grange road Cemetery. DIED LAST NIGHT We regret to announce that during last night Mr C. B. Featherby, second son of Ald. Featherby, whose obituary appears above, passed away at his residence, Domus, Cobham, at the age of 47. He leaves a widow and four children. 14. Headstone IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARY THE BELOVED WIFE OF GEORGE FORD WHO DIED OCTOBER 13th 1893 AGED 52 YEARS ALSO ALICE EMILY DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE DIED MAY 10th 1884 AGED 19 YEARS ALSO LILY CLARA THE BELOVED WIFE OF CHARLES CHAMBERS AND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE DIED AUGUST 21st 1892 AGED 31 ? YEARS ALSO THE ABOVE GEORGE FORD DIED MAY 20th 1915 AGED 78 YEARS "Rest in Peace" 1891 Census George Ford Boot and Shoe Maker FROST see FEATHERBY 15. Cruciform Headstone SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF WALTER FREDERICK GEGAN BORN 3rd OCTOBER 1861 DIED 17th SEPTEMBER 1861 ALSO MARY GEGAN BORN 4th [ ] 1865 DIED 28th APRIL 1865 ALSO CHARLES GEGAN BORN 11th MARCH 1866 DIED 29th AUGUST 1867 ALSO LUCY GEGAN WAS BORN 18th NOVEMBER 1867 [ ] Probably children of George Gegan, a Pawn Broker of Brompton High Street, 1865 Post Office Directory 16. Pedestal with Large Cross and Angel IN CHERISHED MEMORY OF HAROLD ERNEST THE DEARLY LOVED SON OF JOHN AND ELIZA GREEN OF BARNSOLE HOUSE CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE 16th NOVEMBER 1915 AGED 19 YEARS ALSO THE ABOVE JOHN GREEN WHO FELL ASLEEP 19th JULY 1930 AGED 93 YEARS "Resting" ALSO ELIZA THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE CALLED TO REST 26th AUGUST 1946 AGED 87 YEARS "Rest in the Lord" ALSO CYRIL HERBERT THEIR YOUNGEST SON WHO DIED 1st JULY 1899 AGED 7 MONTHS ALSO PERCY WILLIAM SON OF JOHN AND ELIZA GREEN WHO DIED 23rd APRIL 1955 AGED 61 YEARS "At Rest" ALSO VIOLET ROSETTA ELIZA THE DEARLY BELOVED DAUGHTER OF THE AFORE NAMED JOHN AND ELIZA GREEN CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE 17th JANUARY 1947 AGED 46 YEARS Obituary - Chatham Observer "A VETERAN PASSES - DEATH OF MR JOHN GREEN A link with the Gillingham of long ago has been severed by the death, at the age of 93, of Mr John Green, Barnsole House. The sad event occurred early on Saturday morning, following a very brief illness. The deceased gentleman was a son of the late Mr J. T. J. Green, of Britton Farm, who had a very extensive farm which included within its bounds land which is now Gillingham High Street. Mr John Green continued the farming operations of his father, his land extending as far as Twydall on one side and Watling Street in another direction. The Infectious Diseases Hospital, Barnsole Road School, and a large portion of the Corporation’s housing estate stands on land which was formerly cultivated by him. About 30 years ago a disastrous outbreak of fire occurred on the farm, destroying many of the buildings and outhouses; subsequently the land was sold. Deceased as a young man followed the example of public life set by his father (who was at one time High Constable of Gillingham) by serving for a number of years on the Local Board and also on the Medway Board of Guardians. He was a Wesleyan and was always proud of his close association with that denomination. Many years ago he was an active worker at Christmas-street Wesleyan Chapel and after his marriage he became closely identified with Canterbury-street Wesleyan Church. He was also a trustee of Cliffe and Strood Wesleyan Churches. Mr Green is survived by his widow, two sons, three daughters, one brother and two sisters. One son Mr John T. J. Green, is in business at Hythe, and the other son, Mr Percy W. Green, is in business in Cowes. The daughters are Mrs Gill, widow of the late Mr Evans Leonard Gill (eldest son of the Rev W. T. Gill), Miss Violet Green (who is captain of Canterbury-street Church Girl Guides), and Miss Gladys Green, (thr Brown Owl of the Central Hall Pack). The deceased’s brother is Mr Walter Green, who is connected by marriage with Rev J. D. Jones, and resides at the Vicarage, Old Brompton. The sisters are Mrs Watts, widow of the late Mr Henry Watts, and Mrs Crabtree, widow of the late Mr Chas Crabtree. The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday). Prior to interment in the family grave at Gillingham Old Cemetery a service was conducted by rev J. J. Leedal (who came specially from the Wesleyan Conference at Leeds) and was assisted by Revs H. W. Goldsack and A. W. Mason. A fete and garden party for Guides which was to have taken place at Barnsole House on Wednesday afternoon was cancelled as soon as Mr Green’s death became known." HOBBIS see NORTON HAYDEN see SEWELL HILLS see SCOGGINS 17. Displaced Pedestal BERTRAM GUY HOYLE (BOY) WHO DIED APRIL 23rd 1911 AGED 7 YEARS "Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me" ALFRED WILLIAM HOYLE WHO DIED FEB 26th 1948 AGED 72 YEARS LILIAN MAUD HOYLE AT REST 5th JULY 1968 AGED 94 YEARS Principal Probate Registry Index Alfred Hoyle of Pump Lane, Rainham, £6,936 18. Red Granite Cross and Curbs SARGEANT LLOYD AND QUARTERMASTER PALMER (ALFRED CLIFT no. 5, LEFT BACKGROUND) IN MEMORY OF ARTHUR P. LLOYD SERGT. 28th CO. R. E. DIED FEBRUARY 14th 1889 AGED 28 YEARS ERECTED BY THE CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS Curbs ALSO THOMAS PALMER LATE QR MASTER OXFORDSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY DIED FEBRUARY 11th 1889 AGED 58 YEARS Inquest Chatham Observer "THE SHOCKING SUICIDE OF A SERGEANT - INQUEST AND VERDICT The inquest on the body of Arthur Patrick Lloyd, sergeant in the Submarine Mining Battalion of the Royal Engineers, who was found shot through the head on Friday morning last , near the stockades at Gillingham road, was held in the Casualty Hospital, Brompton, on Saturday evening. Mr E. Woodgate, Deputy Coroner, conducted the inquiry, and Mr W. E, Stokes was the Foreman of the Jury. Harry Skinner, Co. Sergt. Major, R. E., identified the deceased as Sergeant of the 28th Company, R. E., whom he had known for the past twelve months. He last saw him alive at ten o’clock a.m. on the previous Thursday, deceased having obtained leave from nine o’clock to midnight of that day. He noticed nothing peculiar about the deceased whatever. His general health was very good. He had served at the Cape and in Egypt in 1882. Witness had heard that deceased had a sun-stroke, but he never seemed to be in any trouble, and was always very jolly. He did not think his recent studying in "testing" had unhinged his mind, and as far as witness knew he had no money or mental troubles. A TRAGIC SCENE AT MIDNIGHT John Jones, Sergeant R. E., said he knew the deceased, and lived in the same room with him. On Thursday night at about a quarter to twelve the deceased entered the room. Witness was in bed, and had been asleep, but the noise which deceased made on entering the room, awoke him. Deceased went to his bed and commenced taking down the irons of it, and witness asked him what he was doing. Deceased, in reply, told him to turn over and go to sleep. Deceased then went to a box, and took out something which witness could not see, but he saw him take out a book and put it back again. Deceased then took his rifle out of the corner of the room, and said "I am going to shoot myself now." Witness jumped up to get out of bed, but the deceased had already loaded the rifle. He pointed the rifle at him, and said "If you attempt to get out of that bed to stop me, I’ll shoot you first." As soon as witness saw the rifle pointed at him he felt he could do nothing. Deceased said "You keep quiet, and I’ll not hurt you, but if you interfere I’ll shoot you." Witness tried to persuade him not to do it, but deceased still pointed the rifle at him, and backed towards the door. As soon as he got to the door he lifted up the curtain and went out. Immediately he left witness got out of bed, put on his trousers, and went after him. There was a gas light burning in the room. He went down and found Sergt. Dodd, to whom he reported the affair. They went out together to search for the deceased, but could not find him. They looked round the ditches and field works, and in every place they thought it was likely he would have gone. He then gave up the search [and] went to bed. The next morning he and Sergt. Dodd, about 7.40, went out again to look for him. The affairs had previously been reported to Sergt. Major Skinner. They found the deceased at about a quarter eight behind a stockade on the field works. He was dead and his head was shattered. THE FINDING OF THE BODY Frederick Ralph Dodd, Sergeant R. E., said that he searched for the deceased without success on the night of the 14th, and again on the morning of the 15th. He found the deceased, who was lying on his stomach, and they could see 6ins of the rifle protruding from between his feet. They did not move him. One of the deceased’s boots was off, but he did not see any string attached to his toe. Sergt. Major Skinner, re-called, said Sergt. Jones reported the finding of the body to him, and he accompanied the orderly to where it was lying. The medical officer pulled the rifle away from the deceased, and witness noticed that a boot lace was tied to the trigger, and the lace was looped at the other end. Deceased was of a very quiet disposition, and very sociable. Christopher Lloyd, Qr Mr Sergt. Instructor, R. E., said the deceased was his brother, and was 25 years of age. He would have been 26 in March. On Monday deceased’s step father, Thomas Palmer, died at 8, Goodwin terrace, New Brompton. During the time Thomas Palmer was in the house prior to burial, deceased was much affected. He shut himself up in the room with the dead body two or three times when Palmer was in his coffin. He purchased flowers and strewed them on and around body. On Thursday at the burial deceased was again much affected; witness rode with him in the carriage. After the funeral, and just before tea, deceased was very jolly and hearty, more particularly with a sister of witness whom he had not seen for ten years. He went to see her off to London at nine o’clock, and then returned to Goodwin terrace. From there he went Copenhagen road, and the witnesses wife afterwards informed him that the deceased complained of pains in the head. Witness had known to have had pains in the head before. Witness last saw him alive between ten and half past tem p.m.. The deceased had been ill of dysentery in Egypt, but when returning from active service from Zululand, between Etsowe and Maritzburg, he had a slight touch of sun stroke, which was not put onto his medical history sheet. Deceased was told serious consequences would have occurred if he had not bled at the nose. Many years ago at Maidstone the deceased received a severe blow on the frontal bone near the eye from a swing boat, and was delirious for two or three days. The doctor who attended him warned his mother to be careful, and not to send him to school for some time as it might affect his brain, and to keep him from excitement. Latterly deceased had studied hard in witnesses house at electricity, generally calling six evenings out of seven, and staying from about six till eleven, reading hard all the time. On several occasions he had complained of pains in his head. Witness recommended to take aperient medicine. He did so, but it did him no good, as he still complained of his head. He also said he was required to do too much, to learn electricity, the new Infantry drill, to carry on the instruction of a class and the Presidency of the Mess Committee. The deceased had no other troubles. The Coroner said he thought the jury would agree with him that it was suicide whilst in a state of temporary insanity. It was a very sad case indeed. The Jury concurred with the Coroner, and returned a verdict of "Temporary insanity" " 19. Pedestals SACRED TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF LEONARD MUDGE WHO DIED 26th DECEMBER 1925 AGED 33 YEARS "Not my Will but Thine be Done" ALSO ELIZABETH ANNE CLINCH LAMPORT (AUNTIE) WHO DIED 21st DECEMBER 1921 AGED 74 YEARS ALSO JOHN MUDGE OF EAST COURT FARM FATHER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 9th AUGUST 1938 AGED 81 YEARS "A Life Well Spent" ALSO ANN BELOVED WIFE AND MOTHER OF THE ABOVE WHO JOINED THEM 4th MARCH 1944 AGED 83 YEARS "Lead Kindly Light" Principal Probate Registry Index John Mudge, £11,299 15s 11d 20. Pedestals IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF WILLIAM JAMES NICOL WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS JAN 26th 1908 AGED 51 YEARS "A Loving Father, how we miss him, None but Aching Hearts can tell, We have Lost, Heaven has found him, Jesus doeth all things Well" ALSO ANNIE LOUISA BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO ENTERED INTO REST APRIL 15th 1916 AGED 61 YEARS "In Sure and Certain Hope of Resurrection" 1881 Census William Nicol, in Chatham, Railway Clerk Principal Probate Registry Index William Nicol, of Sheerness, £1,494 15s 5d 21. Headstone IN LOVING MEMORY OF SAMUEL NORRIS DIED JULY 13th 1899 AGED 79 YEARS ALSO TAMAR THE BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE DIED JUNE 7th 1899 AGED 84 YEARS ALSO SAMUEL RICHARD SECOND SON DIED SEPT 28th 1868 AGED YEARS ALSO JOSEPH WILLOUGHBY FOURTH SON DIED OCT 1st 1858 AGED 3 YEARS INTERRED IN THE ADJOINING CHURCHYARD 1871 Census Samuel Norris, Copper Smith ?, Chatham Dockyard 1881 Census Samuel Norris, Trafalgar Road, Pensioner 22. Granite Block and Curbs SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ROBERT NORTON WHO DIED AT LADYSMITH 10th FEBRUARY 1900 AGED 49 YEARS "The Strife is o’er, the Battle done" ALSO OF HIS WIFE ELLEN NORTON WHO DIED 10th AUGUST 1909 AGED 56 YEARS "Neither shall there be any more Pain" ALSO THEIR YOUNGEST SON RICHARD ALBERT NORTON WHO DIED 4th JULY 1913 AGED 31 YEARS "Just as I am, Without One Plea" ALSO OF THEIR YOUNGER DAUGHTER ETHEL MAY PERCIVAL WHO DIED 25th 1922 AGED 31 YEARS INTERRED AT CHARLTON, KENT 1881 Census Robert Norton, Soldier, Royal Engineers, Brompton Barracks, Officer’s Servant 23. Blue Grey Granite Pedestal, Cross on top PACKER FAMILY IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH MARGARETTA PACKER WHO DIED 6th NOVEMBER 1875 AGED 11 YEARS ALSO ELEANOR PACKER WHO DIED 16th NOVEMBER 1875 AGED 5 ½ YEARS "Thy Will be Done" IN LOVING MEMORY OF ELIZABETH THE BELOVED WIFE OF MARK PACKER WHO DIED 11th JULY 1901 AGED 63 YEARS "Life’s Race Well Run, Life’s Work Well Done, Then Comes Rest" ALSO THE ABOVE MARK PACKER WHO DIED 16th NOVEMBER 1929 AGED 92 YEARS IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM PRICE BORN AT MILTON 5th FEBRUARY 1803 DIED 13th MARCH 1878 ALSO ELIZABETH MARTHA WIFE OF THE ABOVE BORN AT COLWYN ? 27th OCTOBER 1807 DIED 28th SEPTEMBER 1883 "[ ] Loved" Obituary - Chatham Observer "CHATHAM’S OLDEST TRADER - PASSING OF MR MARK PACKER The sad death of Mr Mark Packer, who in his 93rd year was the oldest trader in Chatham, has caused a widespread feeling of regret in the district, as the deceased was held in the highest esteemed by all who knew him. He belonged to a family which had been associated with the business life of the Borough for upwards of a century. His father was a baker at the east end of Chatham and the deceased carried on the business for a large number of years. A man of untiring energy he built up a big concern as a baker, confectioner and seed and corn merchant, which necessitated the creation of extensive premises near Luton Arches. In this concern for many years past he has been associated with his son Mr Mark Packer, jun., and despite his great age he took a keen interest in the business almost up to the last. The deceased did not enter into public affairs to any great extent; he was the oldest member of the Chatham Local Guardians, and a director of the Chatham Constitutional Club, of which he was the senior member. In politics he was an ardent Conservative. He leaves one son and a daughter. At an inquest held in Gillingham Council Chamber on Monday afternoon by Mr F. W. Burden, Deputy County Coroner, Wm Mark Packer, 20, Watling Street, deceased’s grandson, said that on Oct 29th deceased had been out and was brought home in a motor car because he had said, his leg had given way and he had fallen. He remained in bed from that date until Saturday, when he died. Dr W. Ms Elhinney said the deceased gentleman suffered from chronic bronchitis. On Oct 29th he was called to Mr Packer’s house, where he found he was suffering from a fracture to the left thigh. After two days, deceased lapsed into a condition of semi consciousness. The cause of death was heart failure accelerated by congestion of the lungs. At the meeting of the Chatham Local Guardians last evening, the Mayor referred to the regret they all felt at losing such an old member as Mr Packer, whom he described as one of the kindest hearted men who had ever lived, one who was held in the highest respect throughout the district, and was a regular attendant for many years at the Board meetings. He moved that a letter of condolence be sent to the son. Mark Packer, the son, was Mayor of Chatham in 1933. 24. Cruciform Coffin Shape JOHN PAGE D.D. VICAR OF THIS PARISH BORN APRIL 15th 1781 DIED MARCH 31st 1867 MARY ANN SECOND WIFE OF JOHN PAGE BORN 8th MAY [ ] DIED 2nd DECEMBER 1912 ALSO MARY ANN HOBBIS THE GREATLY LOVED NIECE OF THE ABOVE [DIED] [ ] FEB 1934 PALMER see LLOYD 25. Small Headstone IN LOVING MEMORY OF THOMAS ARTHUR BEN DEARLY LOVED SON OF ARTHUR & ISABEL PARKS DIED 24th FEBRUARY 1920 AGED 8 YEARS 26. Large Red Granite Classical Sarcophagus SIR WILLIAM AND LADY DINAH PEARCE (THIS CLASSICAL SARCOPHAGUS STYLE MONUMENT IS ABOUT 7 FEET HIGH IN LOVING MEMORY OF SIR WILLIAM PEARCE OF CARBELL, INVERKIP, RENFREWSHIRE, BARONET NAVAL ARCHITECT MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE GOVAN DIVISION OF LANARKSHIRE DEPUTY LIEUTENANT OF LANARKSHIRE BORN AT BROMPTON 8th 1833 DIED 18th DECEMBER 1888 ALSO OF HIS WIFE LADY DINAH ELIZABETH PEARCE BORN NOV 4th 1836 ENTERED INTO REST MAY 6th 1918 "Faithful unto death" Obituary - The Times "The death of Sir William Pearce which we briefly announced yesterday, closes a career of brilliant exploits in ocean steam navigation. Trained in the Government services at Chatham, he was selected as a young man by the authorities to control the building of the Achilles, the first iron vessel built in Her Majesty’s dockyards. From the Government service he passed to the Clyde and assumed the management of Napier’s yard, but after a few years he took a position at Fairfield, where, in 1870, in conjunction with the relatives of the then deceased John Elder, he originated the firm of John Elder and Co; of which became the sole partner in 1878. It was just prior to this that he commenced the more noteworthy scheme of Ocean navigation with which his name has become associated, since when he has built upwards of 200,000 tons of shipping, of nearly 300,000 horse power and over £7,000,000 sterling in value. The first runner of the present fast Atlantic steaming was the Arizona built for the Guion Company. This was succeeded by the Alaska and Oregon vessels that for speed have been surpassed only by his latest achievements, the Eturia and Umbria , which are modifications of the same models. Concurrently with this, he constructed the entire Atlantic fleet of the North German Lloyds, which included seven of the ten fastest ocean going steamers afloat, the whole of the New Zealand Shipping Company’s fleet, which have brought the antipodes within 36 days of the mother country, and the fastest of the Orient fleet, which have brought Sydney within 38 days of Plymouth. In Channel steamers he was no less successful, and to him is due the fact that the passage between Dover and Calais can now be accomplished in less than an hour. His great capacity for work and his ceaseless energy, coupled with exceptional powers of organisation and judgment in the selection of men, have resulted in the creation of a vast ship producing machine, which, even as he lay on his death bed, accomplished the extraordinary feat of constructing an Atlantic liner of 5,000 tons in the incredibly short space of 98 working days. It was owing to this admirable organisation that he was able , at the close of the Soudan war, to build in 28 days, 11 stern wheel vessels for bringing the troops up the Nile to deliver them at Alexandria in two days less than the contract terms. Concurrently with this he built in 21 working days a hospital boat of larger dimensions than the other 11, and received the thanks of Lord Hartington, then Minister for War, for his remarkable expedition. Sir William was born at Brompton, near Chatham, on the 8th of January 1833, so that he had scarcely his 56th year. His death, technically ascribed to heart disease, is attributable to a complete collapse of the nervous system, the result of the severe strain of the work in which he has been engaged. He was elected the first member of the newly created constituency of the Govan Division of Lanarkshire in 1885, and again in 1886, having previously contested Glasgow in the Conservative interest in 1880. He was chairman of the Guion Steamship Company, and of the Scottish Oriental Steamship Company; he has been re-elected Deputy Grand Master of the Province of Glasgow in the Masonic brotherhood since 1880; he was Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Lanarkshire, and he served on the Royal Commission on Tonnage, on Loss of Life at Sea, and on the Depression of Trade. He was created a baronet in 1887, and is succeeded in the title by his only son, William George, who was educated at trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated M.A.,LL. B, and was called to the bar of the Inner Temple in 1885" PERCIVAL see ROBERTS 27. Red Granite Pedestal TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF SARAH MASKALL THE BELOVED WIFE OF JABEZ PHILPOTT OF CHATHAM BORN NOV 11th 1830 DIED NOV 23rd 1891 "For so he giveth his beloved Sleep" AND OF THEIR FOUR INFANT CHILDREN WHO ARE BURIED IN ST. NICHOLAS CEMETERY, ROCHESTER ALSO IN LOVING MEMORY OF JABEZ PHILPOTT OF CHATHAM WHO DIED AT BRIGHTON NOV 5th 1911 AGED 84 YEARS "Into his Marvellous light" Peter v9 Jabez Philpott, Boot Maker, Kelly’s Directory 1891 PRICE see PACKER PRUCE see ROBERTS 28. Headstone and Curbs IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF JOSEPH PURSE WHO DIED JULY 28th 1878 IN HIS 49th YEAR INTERRED IN SOUTHAMPTON CEMETERY ALSO JANE LOUISA DEARLY BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED MARCH 26th 1895 IN HER 70th YEAR ALSO HELEN REBECCA DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED APRIL 1st 1889 IN HER 21st YEAR "Safe in the arms of Jesus" ALSO JOSEPH WYNDHAM PURSE GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED FEBY 23rd 1901 AGED 3 MONTHS ALSO OF SARAH ANN PURSE DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE JOSEPH AND JANE LOUISA DIED OCTOBER 4th 1905 AGED 41 YEARS INTERRED IN MARPOOL CEMETERY, DERBYSHIRE Principal Probate Registry Index Joseph Purse of Southampton, £1,000 29. Headstone IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE OF WILLIAM ROBERTS WHO DIED 27th APRIL 1905 AGED 40 YEARS "Thy Will be Done" ALSO EMILY PRUCE WHO DIED 4th AUGUST 1948 AGED 81 YEARS ALSO WILLIAM CHARLES ROBERTS WHO DIED 1st JULY 1966 AGED 76 YEARS 1911 Census William Roberts, Senior, Licensed Victualler, "Plough and Chequers" P.H. Principal Probate Registry Index William Roberts of the "Blue Boar" P.H., Rochester, £822 16s SAMSON see SCOGGINS 30. Headstone SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ANN MATILDA THE BELOVED WIFE OF ARTHUR SAYWELL WHO DIED ON FEBRUARY 8th 1854 AGED 81 YEARS ALSO ARTHUR SAYWELL WHO DIED APRIL 28th 1865 AGED 92 YEARS 31. Headstone [ ] JANE ANN WIFE OF JOHN JAMES SEWELL WHO ENTERED INTO REST THE 2nd OF DECEMBER 1903 ? AGED [ ] YEARS [ ] ALSO JOHN JAMES SEWELL HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 24th MAY 1922 AGED 75 YEARS ALSO ALICE MAUD HAYDEN DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE AND THE BELOVED WIFE OF C. J. HAYDEN WHO DIED 13th SEPTEMBER 1926 AGED 84 YEARS 32. Headstone IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY DEAR HUSBAND JAMES SCOGGINS WHO DIED MARCH 31st 1906 AGED 61 YEARS "One Less at Home, The Charmed Circle, Broken, a Dear face, Missed Day by Day from its Accustomed Place, But Cleansed and Saved and Perfected by Grace, One more in Heaven, His End was Peace" ALSO EMMA SCOGGINS WIDOW OF THE ABOVE DIED DECEMBER [ ] 1918 ? AGED 76 YEARS "A Light is from our Household Gone, A Voice we loved is Stilled, A Place is Vacant at our Hearth, Which Never can be Filled" ALSO THOMAS JOHN HILLS SON IN LAW OF THE ABOVE AT REST NOVEMBER 12th 1939 IN HIS 69th YEAR "Sleep on Dear One, your Work is Done, Our Love will Never End" Rear IN LOVING MEMORY OF THOMAS PECK SAMSON WHO FELL ASLEEP 6th DECEMBER 1913 AGED 42 "Oh for the Touch of a Vanished Hand, And the Sound of a Voice that is Still" ALSO LILY AMELIA SAMSON WIFE OF THE ABOVE REUNITED 18th JULY 1951 IN HER 79th YEAR 1901 Census James Scoggins, Ship Fitter Principal Probate Registry Index James Scoggins, of Gillingham Road, £396 15s 7d Thomas Peck Samson, "Rose" Beerhouse, £1,658 12s 6d 1911 Census Thomas Samson, Beer Retailer, "Rose Inn" 33. Pedestal with Tapering Obelisk, Overall Height about 12 Feet SUPERINTENDENT JOHN SMITH (THIS MONUMENT IS ABOUT 12 FEET TALL) IN LOVING MEMORY OF JOHN SMITH SUPERINTENDENT, CHATHAM DIVISION, METROPOLITAN POLICE WHO ENTERED INTO REST NOVEMBER 6th 1886 AGED 55 YEARS "The Memory of the Just is Blessed" ALSO OF HIS WIFE LAVINIA BORN APRIL 15th 1830 DIED FEBRUARY 26th 1919 "Jesu Mercy" ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN STANLEY SMITH ELDEST SON BORN JUNE 8th 1858 DIED FEBRUARY 3rd 1933 THIS PANEL IS INSCRIBED BY THE SORROWING OFFICERS AND MEN OF HIS DIVISION WHO HERE TESTIFY THEIR LASTING RESPECT FOR A MAN WHOSE RULE WAS JUST YET FULL OF KINDNESS "Blessed are the Merciful, for They shall obtain Mercy" Obituary - Chatham Observer "DEATH OF SUPT. J. SMITH It is with the deepest regret that we have to record the removal of another well-known and prominent figure from our midst by the hand of death. For close upon fifteen years Superintendent John Smith, who was in charge of the Metropolitan Police, stationed at Chatham Dockyard, has been intimately associated with the town of Chatham, and by his death, which took place at his official residence at half-past two o’clock on Saturday afternoon, a blank has been caused which it will take a long time to fill. With regard to the illness which resulted in so sad a termination, it may be mentioned that Supt Smith received directions from the Admiralty to attend a trial of the Lewis hand fire-extinguisher at Fort Pitt the evening of the 20th ult., and as, will doubtless be remembered, the ground was very damp in consequence of heavy rain. Mr Smith remained standing on the grass for nearly two hours, and then remarked to Mr Parkes, who had also attended the trial in an official capacity, that he felt thoroughly chilled. He drove home in a cab and on arriving at his residence immediately took such measures as were calculated to ward off any ill effects from the chill, but on the following day, he was seized with an attack of violent cholic. Since then he has never recovered, although on several occasions his appearance led his friends to believe that he would be restored to health. His medical advisers Dr Warren, Dr Eames, Dr Ramfield and Dr Williams, were most assiduous in their efforts on his behalf, but in spite of all that medical skill could do, the deceased gentleman became unconscious at half-past six on Saturday morning and; and remained so up to the time of his death, the direct cause of which was Bright’s disease, supervening upon the chill. THE SERVICES OF SUPTERINTENDENT SMITH The deceased gentleman has passed through a long and honourable career in the police force, and the success he achieved was undoubtedly the result of sterling merit and ability. He first commenced his connection with the police in 1852 when he joined the Plymouth Borough police as a constable, but on the 10th October of the following year he became a member of the Admiralty Force at Devonport Dockyard. The zeal he displayed quickly brought promotion, and he left the force seven years later with the rank of sergeant. On October 22nd 1860, he joined the Metropolitan Police Force as a sergeant and remained stationed at Devonport until the 12th of September 1866, when he was transferred to Woolwich, having been previously promoted to the rank of Inspector on the 30th May 1864. He did not remain long at Woolwich, for on the 1st February 1867 he was despatched to take charge of the police at Aldershot Camp, where he won golden opinions by the excellent manner in which he discharged the whole of his multifarious duties. APPOINTMENT TO CHATHAM His promotion to the rank of Superintendent was made on the 11th March, 1872, and on the 21st of the same month he commenced his important duties as head of the Metropolitan police stationed at Chatham Dockyard. By the wise and judicious steps taken by the new head, the efficiency of the Division was greatly improved, until it rose to a position which is very rarely reached. What can speak better for the admirable way in which the deceased exercised away over the division than the fact that during the whole of the fourteen years only one man has been dismissed from the force? This alone speaks volumes of the popularity of the Chief, and in fact all those under his charge looked up to their Superintendent more in the light of a father than anything else. The full extent of his labours in the direction of improving the condition of those placed under his charge cannot be properly estimated. He was ever ready to do anything which was calculated to promote their welfare, and among other matters he was the founder of the recreation, billiard, and reading rooms, and was President of the Police Band. Of the zealous and faithful manner, in which he discharged his onerous duties, it would be difficult to speak too highly. He possessed a thorough knowledge of all the intricacies of the laws relating to the Army, Navy and Civil Service, and to this, together with the tact which he always displayed, must be attributed the smooth working of all matters during the lengthened period he held the command of the Division. OFFICIAL COMMENDATIONS IN addition to numerous personal commendations for good services rendered, Superintendent Smith received no fewer than sixteen special commendations during the time he was at Chatham, for his zeal and ability, and for the conduct of the Division. Here are two or three taken from that number. "December 2nd 1875. – The Commissioner has pleasure in notifying that Colonel J. O. Hamley, C.B., Controller of H.M. Gun Wharf , Chatham, has by letter to Superintendent Smith expressed his entire satisfaction with the praiseworthy conduct and attention to duty of the police employed there during the last five years." "February 6th 1879.—The Commissioner has pleasure in notifying that the Admiral Superintendent (Admiral Fellowes), on relinquishing his command at Chatham Dockyard, has been pleased to express the high opinion of the zeal and ability of Superintendent Smith, and his deep sense of the faithful and diligent manner in which the police employed under him have carried out the important duties entrusted to their charge." Similar testimonies were also received from Rear-Admiral Brandreth and Rear-Admiral G. W. Watson, on their leaving Chatham. Amongst the officers of the Yard, the deceased was held in the highest esteem, and there is not one who does not deplore his loss. With the townsfolk, too, he was deservedly popular, and his genial manner and many excellent qualities endeared him to a large circle of friends. On several occasions the local authorities have heartily thanked Supt. Smith for the willing assistance he has rendered in extinguishing outbreaks of fire in the locality, and several years ago he even went so far as to obtain standpipes which would fit the hydrants outside the Yard, so that the Police be in apposition to render help at a moment’s call. The deceased was a member of the Church of England, and was in the habit of attending services at the Dockyard Church. He was an active member of the Masonic fraternity, being connected with the Beacon Court Lodge, of which he had held the important office of W. H. He leaves a widow, four daughters (two married), and three sons to mourn his loss, and with the bereaved family, we, in company with hundreds of our fellow townsmen would express our heartfelt sympathy. A PERSONAL TESTIMONY An official, who was intimately acquainted with the deceased gentleman, on being asked as to the character of Superintendent Smith, said: I have known him for thirteen years, and worked with him for nine years, and he was the truest friend that ever I had. I believe the same would be said of him by the whole of the Division, and I do not suppose out of the whole 176 that there would be one dissentient voice. Amongst the Dockyard officials he was universally respected. Another official bore testimony of the great interest that the late Superintendent Smith took in the young men who joined the Division. On their arrival he used to talk to them just like a father, giving them the soundest and most practical advice." The article goes on at great length to cover the funeral, which was of a large scale, with hundreds of official mourners, from the Dockyard Police from several establishments, Dockyard officials, representatives of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Fire Brigade from several towns etc. So great was the attendance that the Cemetery had to be closed to the general public. 34. Pedestals and Cross IN LOVING MEMORY OF DAVID GEORGE SMITH LATE MASTER GUNNER ROYAL ARTILLERY WHO DIED 9th MARCH 1915 AGED 74 YEARS ALSO JEMIMA SMITH BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 17th SEPTEMBER 1948 AGED 98 YEARS ALSO THEIR DAUGHTER KATHERINE MARY DIED 2nd 1970 AGED 90 YEARS ALSO HIS CHILDREN INTERRED AT DEVONPORT ALEXANDER CECIL DIED 24th SEPT 1886 AGED 3 YEARS CECELIA BLANCHE DIED 4th JAN 1887 AGED 14 DAYS ALSO HIS GRANDSON SIDNEY EDGAR DIED 1st JUNE 1902 AGED 5 YEARS 35. Flat Headstone IN LOVING MEMORY OF ESTHER SPRINGATE WHO DIED 17th MAY 1916 AGED 58 YEARS ALSO WILLIAM SPRINGATE HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 28th JUNE 1913 AGED 70 YEARS ALSO ERNEST GEORGE SON OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED 2nd JUNE 1924 AGED 45 YEARS "Rest in Peace" ALSO HIS WIDOW ANNIE EDITH WHO DIED 23rd DECEMBER 1950 AGED 74 YEARS 1901 Census William Springate at Chatham, General Labourer 1911 Census Ernest Springate, Painter Principal Probate Registry Index William Springate, of Burnt Oak Terrace, £66 0s 6d 36. Headstone IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARY TREVERTON WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE FEBRUARY 10th 1912 AGED 74 YEARS ALSO HENRY TREVERTON THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE DECEMBER 21st 1893 AGED 57 YEARS AND WAS BURIED AT SEA "Peace, Perfect Peace" 1881 Census Henry Treverton, East Road, Gillingham, Boatswain, Royal Navy 37. Granite Block and Curbs OF YOUR CHARITY PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF ANTHONY JABEZ DIED MARCH 27th 1939 AGED 13 YEARS BELOVED AND ONLY CHILD OF ALBERT J. AND R. DOROTHY WHITEHEAD ALSO ALBERT JAMES BELOVED HUSBAND OF DOROTHY AT REST OCTOBER 11th 1965 AGED 79 YEARS 38. Headstone IN LOVING MEMORY OF KATIE THE BELOVED DAUGHTER OF C. AND E. A. WILKINS WHO DIED 6th 1904 IN HER 8th YEAR ALSO THE ABOVE CHARLES WILKINS WHO DIED 10th OCT 1930 AGED 66 YEARS ALSO ELIZA ANN WILKINS A BELOVED WIFE AND MOTHER WHO DIED 28th AUG 1953 AGED 88 YEARS Principal Probate Registry Index Charles Wilkins, of Cleave Road, £919 10s 11d 39. Fallen Broken Headstone IN LOVING MEMORY OF PERCY CLAUDE WINN FELL ASLEEP OCT 8th 1908 ? AGED 43 ? YEARS "[ ], Morning Breaks and the Shadows Flee Away, We then [ ] Joys shall Share" ALSO PHOEBE ALICE WINN MOTHER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED MARCH 4th 1921 AGED 86 ? YEARS "Her Passing was Peace" ALSO JOHN HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE (KNOWN AS HARRY WINN) CROSSED OVER OCT 17th 1928 AGED 77 YEARS 1911 Census John Winn, Charge Hand of Fitters, Chatham Dockyard Principal Probate Registry Index John Winn of Waterloo Road, £626 1s 3d 40. Headstone IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARY ELIZABETH WRIGHT WHO DIED 11th JANUARY 1907 AGED 49 YEARS WIFE OF JOHN JAMES WRIGHT WHO DIED 27th JANUARY 1924 AGED 69 YEARS AND EUNICE ELIZABETH HIS WIDOW WITH CHRIST 7th JANUARY 1936 AGED 84 YEARS 1911 Census John Wright, Naval Architect Principal Probate Registry Index John Wright of Rock Avenue, £1,957 19s 2d
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