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Family Messages – 17th August 2017 Edition

HOWELL, GEMMA & SHAUN CONNOLLY, SHAUN: Congratulations on your wedding on 25th August. We never thought this day would come! Love Mum, Debbie, Sean, Jack and Meg XX

LOCKEY, MARIAN & MERVYN:Many congratulations on your Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 31st August 2017. Love and best wishes Audrey.

GILLESPIE, Pat: Former nursing sister of Melksham passed away peacefully at Chippenham Community Hospital on 31st July 2017, aged 71 years. Dearly loved mum of Derek & Chrissy. Much loved nan to Sam, David, Amee, George and Hannah, very dear friend to Philip sadly missed by all her friends and former colleagues. The cremation service took place Friday 11th August at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington followed by a service of thanksgiving at Melksham Baptist Church. Donations if desired to The Rainbow Day Centre c/o D.J. Bewley Funeral Directors.

TILEY, JEAN: Passed away peacefully at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen, South Wales (formerly of Southbrook Road) on 4th August 2017. Sadly missed by daughters Elizabeth and Jeanette, son-in-laws Anthony and David, grandsons, their partners and great-grandchildren. Jean is now reunited with Ron. Jean will be cremated in a private ceremony in South Wales, but there will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Jean’s life on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 at 3pm, which will be held at Melksham Baptist Church.

MONICA, Giuseppina (Josie): Widow of the late Generoso passed away peacefully in her sleep on 2nd August, aged 93 years. Dearly loved Mum of Fred, Marie, Emilia, Gio and the late Janice and a much loved Gran and Great Gran sadly missed by all the family. There will be a funeral service Friday 25th August, 1pm at St. Michael’s Church, Melksham. Donations if desired are for MIND C/O D.J. Bewley Funeral Directors.

BUSH, JACK: In loving memory of Jack. Dearly loved son of Florence and the late Warrant Officer Jack Bush RAF regiment, who died at his home in Kent on 11-8-2006. You always had a smile, to share time, to give time, to care. One in a million, that was you. Sadly missed. RIP Jack. Love Mum & family.

COX, KENNETH JAMES: 1939 – 2002. Fond memories of a dear father and grandad. We all miss you lots. You are gone but you will never be forgotten by your loving family Wendy, Mervyn, Kevin and their families. Until we meet again Kenny. Patsy.

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Melksham soldiers who died in WW1 – August 1917

Two men from the town were killed 100 years ago this month in August 1917; they died on the same day.    

Those who died during August were:-

L Dancey 16/08/1917

Luther William Dancey was a Rifleman in the 1/5th London Rifle Brigade. He was aged 36 and his service number was 301709.

He was killed in action (according to Dauntsey School War Memorial he was shot through the head in the Ypres Salient on 16/08/17).

Luther has no known grave, but is remembered along with thousands more on the Menin gate memorial Panel 52 and 54.

Luther was the son of Thomas and Lydia Dancey of Beanacre and he was educated at Dauntsey Agricultural School where he was one of its first pupils. He is also remembered on the war memorial there.

H Taylor 16/08/1917

Herbert Taylor was a Private in the 144th Machine Gun Corps. His service number was 70622 (it had formerly been 5193 when he was serving in the Worcester Regiment)

He was killed in action on 16/08/1917, has no grave, but is remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial 154-159 and 163A.

Herbert was born and enlisted in Devizes and was resident in Melksham.

(A note which may be of interest. Last month I reported the centenary of the death of William Dicks in the HMS Vanguard disaster. I have since learned that William is remembered on his sister’s grave in Melksham Church Yard and that his brother Fred died in WW2 and is also buried in Melksham).

Bob Purnell