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Family Messages – 9th November 2017 Edition

GREEN, EMILY GEORGINA & HARDS, NICHOLAS WILLIAM: Kevin and Jayne Green would like to wish their beautiful daughter, Emily and future Son-in-Law, Nicholas, the very best on their forthcoming wedding, on the 10th November, at 12pm at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church Trowbridge, reception to follow at Beechfield House. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.

SCOTT, TYLER: Wishing our grandson Tyler a very happy 21st birthday on the 10th November. Hope you have a great day. Love from Nan & Grandad XXX.

GREEN, EMILY & HARDS, NICK: Wishing you much love and happiness on your wedding day Friday 10th November 2017. Love always Nanny & Grandad XXX.

MEAKIN, ADAM: Happy 18th Birthday Adam on the 16th November. With all our love and best wishes love you lots Mum, Dad and Lucy xxx.

MEAKIN, ADAM: Happy 18th Birthday Adam for the 16th November, hope you have a good day, love from Nan Sainsbury xxx.

FAULKNER, ZOE: Happy 21st Birthday to our lovely daughter Zoe on 12th November – have a fantastic day, all our love Mum, Dave, Jacob and Lily xx.

LAVENDER, KAREN: To a lovely wife & mother. Have a wonderful 40th birthday. Love from Stephen, Liam, Toby & Billy XXX.

VIVEASH, ALISTAIR: Ali have a great 40th birthday on 10th November. All our love Mum & Dad XXX. Happy 40th Ali on 10th November. Love from Stu, Clare, Ellis & Euan XXX.

VIVEASH, GILL: Happy 65th Birthday. Have a great day. Lots of Love from Stu, Clare, Ellis & Euan.

RICHARDS, PAM: 65 years young on the 14th November 2017. Have a great day. We love you lots as always from Dawn and Martyn, Debbie and Dave and Denise and John XXX.

CUNDICK, FRED: Charlie, Maria, Alan, Rebecca and family would like to express their thanks for all the lovely cards, kind words and support during this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who attended dad’s funeral and for your kind donations. As dad would say “God Bless You.”

BURNELL, EDWARD DONALD (DON): Of Forest Farm Melksham. Passed away peacefully at the Royal United Hospital on the 18th October 2017 aged 84 years. Will be sadly missed by his loving daughters Julie and Tina, grandsons Nick, James and Martyn and granddaughter Zoe. The funeral will be held on Monday 13th November 10:00am at Semington Crematorium. Any donations in memory of Don are for the Donkey Sanctuary Seaton Devon c/o The Co-operative Funeral Service.

HUGHES, JOHN: Formerly of Bromham passed away peacefully at Wingfield Nursing Home on 26th October, aged 83 years. A loving husband to Vera, a wonderful dad to Andrew, Angela and Alison and a doting Grandad who will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. The funeral service is to take place on Friday 10th November 10.45am at Semington Crematorium.  Family flowers only please and any donations in memory of John are for The Alzheimer’s Society C/O DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.

SMITH-Nee WILLIAMS, SYLVIA LOUISA: Of Melksham passed away suddenly on 30th October 2017 aged 93 years. Dearly loved Wife of the late Ted, dear Mum of Clive, Paul and Angela and a much loved Nanny and Great Nanny. The funeral service takes place Friday 24th November, 12 noon at St Michaels Church, Melksham followed by a Committal Service at Semington Crematorium. Family flowers only please, donations if desired in memory of

Sylvia are for The British Heart Foundation c/o DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.

LAND, KELLY: 19th November 1994. My beautiful baby girl taken from us. There’s not a day that goes by where you are not far from our thoughts. Gone but not forgotten. Love you. Love Mum, Jack and Ben XXX.

LAND, KELLY McCARRON: You are always in our heart and thoughts. God bless you. Sleep tight Kelly. Hugs and kisses. Love Grandma McCarron XXX.

JOHN LEE: Happy birthday (Pops) 3rd November. Still miss “Daddy” love Jan XXX.

Melksham soldiers who died in WW1 

November 1917 was a year away from the end of the war, but this was not apparent to the people of Melksham, as it turned out to be one of the worst months of the war for casualties amongst men from the town serving in the forces.

By the end of the month another five were dead and this month we remember especially the following men for whom November marks the centenary of their death:-

H Sharpe. Henry (or Harry) Sharpe was a second corporal serving in the 25th Army Troops company Royal Engineers. His service number was 28855 and he was 27 years old when he died on the 11th of November, exactly a year before the guns fell silent. He lies in Grave III A 1 St Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery.

Henry was the son of Emily Sharpe of Leominster Road, Melksham. He is also remembered on one of the memorials in the United Reform Church and on his parents’ gravestone in St Michaels Churchyard.      

R D Male. Roy Douglas Male was a Private Soldier serving in the 1st 4th Wiltshire Regiment. He was aged 25 when he was killed in action fighting in Mesopotamia on the 13th of November 1917. His service No was 200441. Roy was the son of Alice and Ronald Male who lived in Shurnhold. He was born in Limpley Stoke, but was resident and enlisted in Melksham. He has no known grave but is remembered on panel 44 of the Jerusalem Memorial, also on the war memorial of the Avon Rubber Co, and those at Shaw Church and Freshford Church in Somerset.

J H Alford. John Henry Alford was an Able Seaman serving in the Nelson Battalion of the Royal Naval Division. His service No was R/1293 and he was 31 when he died on the 22nd of November 1917 possibly from wounds received during the second battle of Passchendaele, during which the battalion saw heavy fighting. He lies in grave P.III.P10B in St Ever Cemetery extension at Rouen and is remembered on the Avon Rubber Memorial.

W F V Burbage. Walter Francis Victor Burbage was a Rifleman in the London Regiment of the Post Office Rifles 1/5th Battalion London Rifle Brigade. His service No was 372325. He was 21 when he was killed in action on the 30th of November 1917. Has no known grave but is remembered on Panel 11 of the Cambrai Memorial Louverval. Walter was the son of Frank and Hester Burbidge who lived in Semington Road, Melksham. He was born in Melksham, enlisted in London and was resident in Devizes, He is also remembered on his parents’ grave in Melksham Churchyard where it is recorded he was killed at Cambrai.

W Trueman. William Trueman was a Private in the 7th Battalion Prince Albert’s Own (Somerset Light Infantry). His Service No was 32116 (previously 3543 Wilts Reg.) He was also killed in action on 30th of November 1917, the same day as Walter Burbidge. Also, as with Walter Burbidge, he has no known grave and is also remembered on the Cambria Memorial at Louverval (Panel’s 4 & 5). William was born in Seend, enlisted in Trowbridge and resident in Melksham.   

Bob Purnell