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Tombstone Tuesday: Edith Lucy and Philip John TROWER

16 Feb

The photograph below is from my visit to Framfield, Sussex back in May 2009. It is what I would call an orphan gravestone, in that I wasn’t expecting to find any TROWERs in Framfield, but given that TROWER is not a common name I felt there was a good chance that they were relations.

Gravestone of Edith Lucy and Philip John TROWER

Last week as I was looking through the HEMSLEY gravestones from Framfield I stumbled across this one again, and decided it was about time that I found a place for it in my family tree.

It is a very nice headstone, in terms of condition and content (notice the helpful inclusion of Edith’s maiden name). It was fairly easy to find Philip John TROWER in the 1911 census, where he was living with his parents Harry and Lois TROWER in Barcombe, Sussex, where Philip had been born.

Now he has a place in my family tree I know that Philip John TROWER was my second cousin three times removed, so not a close relation, but I was right in guessing he was related.

The transcription reads:

IN
AFFECTIONATE
REMEMBRANCE OF
EDITH LUCY TROWER
[NEE SIGGS]
DIED 23RD FEBRUARY 1955
AGED 53 YEARS.
AND OF HER HUSBAND
PHILIP JOHN TROWER
DIED 10TH APRIL 1960.
AGED 57 YEARS.
PATIENT IN TRIBULATION.

Tombstone Tuesday: Jane TROWER

12 Jan

I wrote about Jane TROWER yesterday and the fact that I am missing several census entries for her.

At least I know when she died and where she was buried, because here is a photo of her headstone at the cemetery in Henfield, Sussex.

Gravestone of Jane TROWER

This photo was taken nearly two years ago in March 2008, on a bright spring morning, when the weather was obviously much better than it has been here recently.

Jane’s headstone is next to that of her parent’s and somewhere nearby in an unmarked grave is her brother Luther TROWER. In fact within ten metres of this headstone two other members of the same family are buried. Jane’s brother Abraham and his wife, and her sister Anne and her husband.

Tombstone Tuesday: Gertrude Emily and William Arthur PATCHING

15 Dec

This headstone is from Lewes Cemetery, in Lewes, East Sussex. It was taken by me on the 16th October 2009, when I paid the cemetery a visit in search of GEERING gravestones.

The photo is actually a close up of one I posted back in October. It is the headstone of my 2x great-aunt Gertrude Emily PATCHING and her husband William Arthur.

Gravestone of Gertrude Emily and William Arthur PATCHING

This headstone is a really treasure trove of information, prior to this I hadn’t actually got around to finding out about Gertrude Emily GEERING (so many relations, so little time).

So not only do I get Gertrude’s date of death, the name of her husband (and his age and date of death), but also I get her parents names as well, which confirms this is the right person.

Sadly it doesn’t tell me if Gertrude and William had any children, but I suspect they didn’t otherwise it would have mentioned her as a mother as well. That is something I can check up on at a later date.

Tombstone Tuesday: Benjamin and Charlotte WREN

1 Dec

I mentioned Benjamin WREN of Framfield, Sussex yesterday, so what better reason to show you a picture of his gravestone, photographed back in May 2009 when I visited Framfield.

There is some writing around the top of the stone, which I can’t make out, but the main part of the inscription is very clear:

OF
BENJAMIN WREN,
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
DECEMBER 21ST 1852
IN THE 50TH YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO OF
CHARLOTTE, HIS WIDOW.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 19TH 1882,
IN THE 83RD YEAR OF HER AGE.
IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH.

Remembrance: Ernest Arthur TROWER (part four)

11 Nov

Ernest Arthur TROWER (small)This handsome looking young man is my 2x great-uncle Ernest Arthur TROWER. He was the son of Ebenezer and Annie TROWER, who was born in Sayers Common, Sussex in 1895. He was baptised in the parish church at Sayers Common on the 13th October 1895. His life was tragically cut short when he was killed in action in France on the 23rd September 1917, aged 22 years old.

To my knowledge there are three memorials that record the name of Ernest Arthur TROWER and the sacrifice he made. Two of these I have not seen in person and one I have visited and photographed several times.

The first and most obvious is the memorial that I have already mentioned at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium. Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ernest is listed among the thousands of men with no known grave. It is my goal to visit Tyne Cot in the next couple of years and pay my respects, maybe even next year.

Secondly there is the war memorial inside Sayers Common parish church. I have not yet seen the memorial, but according to the Roll of Honour website it is a wooden plaque inside the church with the names of six men who died in the First World War and seven who died in the Second World War.

Interestingly of the six men who died in the First World War who are commemorated there, I have connections to at least two of them, and probably a third. As well as Ernest there is also William James GASSON another 2x great uncle, and Albert Edward SEYMOUR would probably have been the brother-in-law of my 2x great aunt Edith Ellen TROWER had he still been alive in 1923 when Edith married.

The third memorial is also in Sayers Common, Ernest is remembered on the gravestone of his sister Mabel Annie TROWER, who is buried in Sayers Common churchyard. I have previously featured this photo as a Tombstone Tuesday post.

The gravestone of Mabel Annie TROWER and Ernest Arthur TROWER

The gravestone of Mabel Annie TROWER and Ernest Arthur TROWER

There is of course a fourth place where he is remembered, and that is in my family history. So long as my research survives the memory of Ernest Arthur TROWER and his sacrifice will also survive. Hopefully now that these four posts are out on the internet the life of Ernest will never be forgotten.

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Why I fell in love with Lewes Cemetery

16 Oct

I was down at Lewes, East Sussex again today. Apart from a brief visit to the East Sussex Record Office I also wanted to visit Lewes Cemetery. I knew there had to be relations buried there, and wanted to get a feel for what the place was like and what would be involved in trying to locate them.

I had taken a peek at an aerial view of the cemetery on Google Maps and knew it was big, but I hadn’t quite appreciated how big it was until I actually got there.

It was obvious that I wouldn’t be able to check every gravestone in the time I had, so I just wandered around the cemetery scanning as many headstones as I could trying to pick out any family names. Obviously this wasn’t going to be very successful, but I did come up with a few GEERING gravestones including that of William and Emily GEERING, my 2x great grandparents.

Two GEERING graves at Lewes Cemetery

Two GEERING graves at Lewes Cemetery

There were three things that really stood out for me about Lewes Cemetery, that made me fall in love with the place straight away. Firstly was the position, it is on a south facing slope (they should be growing grapes there) with fantastic views across to the South Downs to the east and west.

View of the South Downs from Lewes Cemetery

View of the South Downs from Lewes Cemetery

Secondly, there was the condition of the cemetery. It was immaculate, all credit to the Lewes District Council and their contractors, there was hardly a blade of grass out of place. I was expecting to find some areas overgrown and abandoned to nature, but no it was all well trimmed and very neat and tidy, so no scrambling through the undergrowth needed.

Thirdly, and this made me smile because it was totally unexpected. They have their own public toilets. In my limited experience of cemeteries I have never come across one with a toilet, admittedly most of my ancestors were buried in small rural cemeteries or churchyards so my experience of large town cemeteries is very limited. It was a shame I didn’t need to use the facilities at the time!

One of the memorials at Lewes Cemetery

One of the memorials at Lewes Cemetery

Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas and Mary LEWRY

15 Sep

It occurred to me this morning as I mentally went over the previous night’s research that I probably had a photo of the gravestone for Thomas and Mary LEWRY, my 4x great grandparents.

On my Bank Holiday walk to Bolney, Sussex I had photographed as many LEWRY gravestones as I could find, along with the WALDERs and GASSONs. Sure enough there was a picture of the double headstone of Thomas and Mary in my collection.

Headstone of Thomas and Mary LEWRY, Bolney, Sussex

Headstone of Thomas and Mary LEWRY, Bolney, Sussex

The inscription on the left reads:

IN
MEMORY OF
THOMAS LEWRY
WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE OCT 24TH
1855.
AGED 68 YEARS.

and on the right:

IN
MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF THOMAS LEWRY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
MAY 31ST 1870.
AGED 80 YEARS.

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