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Family Messages – 24th May 2018 Edition

MEER, KELLY & HARVEY, CRAIG: Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter Gracie May on the 9th May. With lots of love from both families XXX.

RADCLIFFE, CHARLIE & HISCOCKS, EMILY: 2nd June. So looking forward to a great Wedding Day with all your friends and family from near and far. Lots of love to you both. Enjoy your day. Mum & Dad Hiscocks and all the family XXX.

PEARCE, GRAHAM & AVRIL: Happy Golden Wedding Anniversary to a very special Mum and Dad and Nan and Gramp on 25th May 2018.We hope you have a lovely day. Lots of Love Elizabeth, Darren, Nathan, Callum and Bertie XXXHappy 50th Anniversary, Lots of love and best wishes during this wonderful milestone in your married life, Love Matthew, Kerry, Stephanie and Kieron XXX. To very special parents and grandparents…Congratulations on your Golden Wedding Anniversary, enjoy your day you both deserve it, Lots of Love Mandy, Stuart, Rhian and Louis XXX

PEARCE, GRAHAM& AVRIL: Congratulations on your Golden Wedding on 25th May. Looking forward to celebrating with all the family, lots of Love Jen and Mick XX. Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to Auntie Avril and Uncle Graham, Love from Darren, Nicola and Hartley XX. To Auntie Avril and Uncle Graham, Congratulations on your Golden Wedding Anniversary. Enjoy your special day celebrating, Lots of Love Steve, Jayne, Kieran and Charlotte XX

HISCOCKS, DAVID: Happy Anniversary to my hubby of 29 years. Big one next year 20th May. Love always Lisa XXX.

HISCOCKS, MATTHEW: Happy birthday 28th May. Love you lots Mum, Dad and all the family XXX.

PARFITT, RON: Happybirthday to our lovely dad & grampy for the 30th May. Have a great day. We all love you lots & lots. Love from Karen, Hayleigh and all your family XXX.

STRATFORD, LAURAJASMINE: Happy 18th birthday Laura on the 27th May! Have a fantastic time. You make us proud everyday. Lots of love Mum, Dad, Liam & Luke XXX. Happy 18th birthday! I hope you have a great day just like you deserve. I love you so so much. Love Josh XXX. Have a fantastic 18th birthday Laura! Lots of love Nan & Dan, Jason, Darren, Krystina, Amelia, Fay, Gail, Dene, Louise, Paul & Ben & Grampy Frank XXX.

STRATFORD, LAURA: Happy 18th to our lovely Granddaughter. Love Granny and Grandad XX.

TOWNSEND, BOB: of Beanacre passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on 7th May 2018 aged 91 years. Dearly loved Husband of the late Monica, loving Dad to Paul, Neil and Karen, also a much loved Grampy and Great Grampy. Forever in our thoughts. The funeral service took place on Thursday 17th May, 3pm at St. Barnabas Church, Beanacre. Donations if desired in memory of Bob are for St. Barnabas Church c/o DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.

GALE, PAMELA WINIFRED (Nee Hayward): Of Melksham, passed away peacefully on the 13th May 2018​,​ aged 90 years. Now reunited with her loving Husband Ken. Funeral ​Service at St Michael’s & All Angels Church, Melksham on Thursday 24th May at 1pm. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Pamela for the Alzheimer’s Society can be made at www.bewleymerrett.co.uk​, or may also be sent care of Bewley & Merrett Funeral Directors.

SMITH, JUNE: of Melksham passed away peacefully at the Royal United Hospital, Bath on 15th May 2018 aged 78 years. A dearly loved Mum of Heidi and Martin, a loving Nanny to Steven and Carrey and a Great Grandma to Finley who will be sadly missed by all her family and friends. The funeral service is to take place on Thursday 31st May 09.30am at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington. Family flowers only please, and any donations in memory of June are for Dorothy House Hospice, C/O DJ Bewley Funeral Directors,

CATT, FRANKCHARLES: In loving memory of a wonderful husband, father, grampi and great grampi who passed away on the 22nd May 2017. We miss your hugs and kisses and you will forever be in our hearts. Ruby and all the family.

WEBB, BRIAN: Treasured memories of a dear husband, dad and grandad who passed away on 28/5/17.

Melksham soldiers who died in WW1 

In May 1918 the Fateful Telegram was delivered to another two households in the town; firstly to 47 Roundponds to James and Sarah Elizabeth (Bessie) Loder. Their son William Victor Loder was a 2nd Lieutenant serving with the 4th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment   Fighting in Palestine and he had been killed in action on the 10th May 1918 aged 28. William lies in grave N23 in Ramleh war cemetery in Israel.

As well as being on the war memorial he is also remembered on his parent’s tombstone in St Michael’s Churchyard, on the war memorial in Shaw Church and on the memorial in the United Reform Church.

The other telegram came to the parents of Sydney Hugh Hellings. Sydney was a private serving in the 2nd Battalion the Devonshire Regiment and his service No was 71209. At the end of April 1918 the second Devon’s were part of the 5th Division Commonwealth Forces (IX Corps) which was posted to the French 6th Army in the sector around Soissons to rest and refit, but here at the end of May they found themselves facing an overwhelming German offensive and suffered 15,000 casualties before they were able to push the enemy back.  Sydney was one of those casualties; he was killed early on in the offensive (31st May) he has no known grave but is remembered on the Soissons Memorial.

Sydney Hellings was the uncle of Sydney Hugh Ricketts (who was named after him and who first stirred my interest in the men who died in WW1) Sydney Ricketts was himself a D Day veteran of WW2, after the war he was personnel Manager at Nestlé’s Factory at Staverton where I got to know him, he lived in Melksham all his life dying in 2006.        

Bob Purnell