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Family Messages

Family Messages – 8th November 2018 Edition

WARD, STEPHEN: Happy 60th birthday. How the years have changed you! Love Mum & Dad XXX.

MILWARD: To my darling husband. Thank you for looking after me and learning to cook. Love forever.  Diana XXX.

NOYES, BERYL MAY: (Formerly of the Brewery Inn Seend). Ali, Paul & family would like to take this opportunity to thank family, friends & neighbours for their extremely kind thoughts, messages, cards of sympathy & beautiful flowers received. It was overwhelming. A special thank you to D.J.Bewley for their professional help & compassion in arranging the funeral. Thank you to funeral celebrant Nick Riley who made the funeral service so special & to Flowers In Focus for the beautiful funeral flowers. Finally thank you to everyone who attended the funeral service & for all the donations given in memory of Beryl to Cancer Research UK. It is very much appreciated.

FENLON, JUNE: Passed away peacefully at home on Thursday 1st November, aged 72 years. A much loved wife, mother and granny, who will be missed by all her family and friends. Funeral service is to be held on Tuesday 13th November, 3.15pm, at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington. Please dress as you wish, blue is encouraged as it was June’s favourite colour. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of June to her favourite charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, can be made C/O D J Bewley.

DENMARK, ROSIE: Peacefully passed away at Dorothy House surrounded by her family on the 5th November. Beloved wife to Roger and Mum to Sharon and Hayley, Grandmother to Josh & Hayden. Funeral to be held at Semington on Friday 16th November at 10:45. No flowers please but donations to Dorothy House c/o DJ Bewley.

GRANT, MARY FLORENCE: Recently passed away. Mary was well known locally, having worked as an auxillary nurse at Melksham Hospital, Devizes Roundway, Cameron Chippenham, and at Frome. Mary also spent 10 years abroad with her husband Geoff in Africa where she was a volunteer to Save The Children, plus other endless work for charities. Mary also had the pleasure of meeting Princess Anne, for Save The Children. Mary was a keen member of the Shaw and Whitley Friendship Club, and enjoyed the friendship and hospitality from all their members. Mary loved her gardening, plus the independence she enjoyed from her driving. Mary’s funeral will take place at Semington Crematorium at 1pm on Wednesday 14th November. Family flowers only. Always remembered with love and affection by all her family and her husband Geoff. XX

STEVENS, JUNE: Cook at Melksham Hospital late 50s early 60s passed away in January two days before her 56th wedding anniversary.

LEE, JOHN (JACK): 3-11-1928 – 3-11-2018. Missing you on this special day. What a knees up we would of had. All my love Pat XXX.

LEE, JOHN: Happy birthday Pops for 3rd November. Miss you like crazy. God bless. Janice XXX.

Melksham soldiers who died in WW1 

October 1918 was the last full month of the war and here we remember two more Melksham Soldiers who did not see the end of it. 

The men who died 100 years ago this month were:

Ernest Albert Gregory was a Private in the 25th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps. His service No was 156192 and he had formerly served in the Wiltshire Regiment where his service No was 1640

Ernest was just 22 years old when he was killed in action on the 9th of October 1918. He has no known grave, but is remembered on the memorial at Vis-en-Artois on Panel 10. He was the son of Mr & Mrs A Gregory of Blackmore, Lower Forest, Melksham, and the husband of Mrs L M Doughty (formerly Gregory) who lived at Storemore, Dilton Marsh, Westbury. He was resident in Melksham and enlisted in Chippenham. 

William Henry Walker was a Corporal in the Royal Worcestershire Regiment although at the time of his death, he may have been serving in the Royal Defence Corps. His service No 11781. William was 27 when he died and he was married to Amelia Francis Walker. Amelia later re-married and became Amelia Ricketts. She lived at 6 Leaze Road Melksham Forest. He lies in Melksham Churchyard. 

Bob Purnell