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Family Messages

Family Messages – 22nd June 2017 Edition

BOOBYER, JEANETTE & RAY: Congratulations on your Silver Anniversary, 25 years on the 27th June. Love and best wishes from Mum & Dad S XXX.

BOOBYER, JEANETTE & RAY: Happy 25th wedding anniversary love from all the girls at Hairtek X.

BURBIDGE, KIERAN: Wishing our son Kieran a very happy 9th birthday on the 1st July. Hope you have lots of presents. Have a fantastic day. Love from Mum & Dad XXX. Happy birthday to our little brother Kieran. Have a great day. Love from Alex & Chloe XXX. Happy 9th birthday Kieran. Have a wonderful day. With love from Gran, Auntie Zoe, Uncle Edward, Jack, Joshua and Stephanie XXX.

PALMER, ELLIE: Happy 18th birthday on the 3rd July. Hope you have a fab day. Lots of love Mum, Mark, Jake and Ellie-Mai XXX.

SCHIERS, RYAN: Happy 18th birthday! Have a great day! Lots of love Mum, Dad and Lucy XXX. With love from all the family X.

MARCHANT, JOHN: 4th July. Happy Birthday Dad. I hope you have a great day. Love you always. Min XXX.

MITCHELL, KEN: Joyce wishes to thank everyone who attended Ken’s funeral, and for all the donations received for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, which totalled £643.20.

BARNETT, CYNTHIA MARY: (nee Holbrow) 1932 – 2017. Formally of Southbrook Road, passed away peacefully on the 8th June at The Firs Nursing Home in Calne. Dearly loved wife of the late John Barnett.  Dear Mum of Deborah and Teresa and much loved Gran to Laura and Callum, Emmalene and Molly. Mother-in-law to John and Jeremy. Grateful thanks to staff at The Firs for their care and attention to Mum. Funeral is on 28th June, 1.45pm at Semington Crematorium. Donations to Alzheimer Research c/o D J Bewley Funeral Director.

COX, JOHN:Of Melksham sadly lost his battle with cancer at Trowbridge Oaks Nursing Home, on 9th June aged 81 years. The funeral service takes place Thursday 22nd June, 4pm at West Wiltshire Crematorium. All friends welcome. No flowers please, donations if desired in memory of John are for Cancer Research UK c/o DJ Bewley Funeral Director.

BRZEZINSKA, BRONI: Of Melksham passed away peacefully at Mavern House Care Home, Shaw on 10th June aged 93 years. Dearly loved Mum of Helen and Chris, Nan of Alex. The funeral service takes place Thursday 22nd June, 12 noon at Bewley’s Chapel. Flowers may be sent to DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.

ESCOTT, DAVID: Of Folly Lane, Shaw passed away peacefully on 16th June at Brookside Residential Home, Melksham, aged 86 years. Sadly missed by all the family & friends. Funeral service Tuesday 4th July, 10:45am at Semington Crematorium. Donations if desired for Cancer Research U.K. C/O Patrik Bewley

VERSCHUERE, CARL: Of Melksham passed away peacefully at home on 17th June aged 57 years. Dearly loved Husband of Hazel, Step-Dad to Samantha and Natalie and Opa to Alice. Sadly missed by all his family and friends. The funeral service takes place Saturday 24th June, 11.30am at West Wiltshire Crematorium. Family flowers only please, donations if desired in memory of Carl are for Dorothy House Hospice c/o DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.

HARWOOD, ERIC: 15th June 2016. We’ll always remember you. There will never be anyone to replace you in our hearts. Your wife Rita, children  Jennifer, Tina, Anne and Andrew, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

RALPH, ALFIE: 29th June 2010. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and very dear. lorna, Sue, Darren, Angie, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

STRONG, JUSTIN DAVID: 13/11/1972 – 22/06/2002. Always loved, never forgotten X.

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Melksham soldiers who died in WW1 – June 1917

Two young men remembered on the town’s war memorials paid the supreme sacrifice in June 1917 they were:-

A G Burbidge

A G Burbidge (I have been unable to find out his Christian names) was one of two men with this surname that are remembered on the war memorials in Melksham.

He was aged 20 and served in the second Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment and his service number was 24192.

He died on the 2nd of June 1917 and is buried in the Ramparts Cemetery Lille Gate grave J 9

Private Burbidge was the son of Frederick and Lucy Burbidge of Ewart Croft, Potterne, and he is also remembered on the war memorial at Potterne.

G Crook

George Crook was aged 25 and a Private in the 37th Battalion of the Australian Infantry; his service number was 240. He was killed in action on the 9th of June 1917. He has no known grave but is remembered on Panel 7-17-23-25-27-29-31 of the Menin gate.

George was the son of Mary Ann and Joseph Crook and he is also remembered on their tombstone in St Michael’s churchyard. The inscription records that he was killed between the 7th and 9th of June 1917 at the Messime ridge whilst serving with the 37 Bn. Australian Imperial Forces. He is also remembered on the memorial in the Old Broughton Rd, Baptist Church.

Bob Purnell