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MARSHALL, MANDY & TONY: Congratulations on your Pearl Wedding Anniversary on the 30th July. We hope you have an amazing day. Lots of love and very best wishes from Dad & Margaret XXX.
CLUNIE, OSCAR: Happy 5th birthday on the 18th July. Hope you had lots of fun at your party. Lots of love Nanny & Grandad Paul XXX.
HANCOCK, LIAM: Happy 21st Birthday Liam! Braaaaaaap!!! Lots of love Mum, Dad, Joe, Wilson the cat and all the family XXX
STEWARD, AMY: Twinkle twinkle little star! Happy 21st on 22nd July. Love and best wishes for the future Nan & Bampy X
CHRISTMAS, TIM: Happy 50th birthday for 17th July. Much love from Mum, Hilary & Athena X
YOUNG, GILL: – Happy 70th Birthday Mum for 18th July. Have a fantastic day. Lots of love Clare, Debs, Stu & Pete. XXX Happy 70th Birthday Grandma for 18th July. We love you lots & lots. Ellis, Euan, Tai & Casey. XXX
VIVEASH, ELLIS: – Happy 13th Birthday to a fantastic son & brother for July 16th. A teenager at last! Lots of love Mum, Dad & Euan. XXX
COX, JENNY: I would like to thank the wonderful people from every corner of Lacock parish and beyond for attending Jenny’s funeral on the 29th June at St. Cyriac’s Church. Like myself, Jenny would have been proud and privileged to be remembered in this way. A massive thank you to Spa Medical Centre, Mavern Nursing Home, Rev. Adam Beaumont, F.W. Jones and Son and The George Inn at Lacock for keeping everyone well fed and watered. Thank you all. Les Cox.
WEST, JOHN (jack): of Melksham passed away peacefully on 2nd July 2018 aged 100 years. A dearly loved husband of the late Win who will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. The funeral service is to be held on Thursday 26th July 12noon at St Michaels Church, Melksham. Flowers may be sent to DJ Bewley
TAYLOR, ALAN MICHAEL: Passed away peacefully at home on Thursday 5th July 2018, aged 54 years. Dearly loved husband of Janet, son of Brenda, father of Mark and Claire and grandfather to Mason and Finley. Will be sadly missed by all. Funeral service to take place at West Wilts Crematorium, Semington on Monday 23rd July 2018 at 11.30am. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Dorothy House c/o John Stuart Funeral Directors 01225 433649
SMITH, BRIAN ALAN: of Melksham passed away peacefully on Thursday 5th July 2018 aged 77 years. A Dearly loved husband of Maria, a loving Dad to Susan and Andrew, a caring Grandad to Kayleigh, Shannon, Samuel and William and a Great Grandad to Ralphy and Darcey who will be sadly missed by all family and friends. The funeral service is to take place on Friday 20th July 1.30pm at St Andrews Church, Melksham. Flowers welcome, or any donations in memory of Brian are for Dorothy House Hospice C/O DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.
BAKER, CHRISTOPHER, GERALD: Of Melksham, passed away peacefully on 5th July 2018, aged 78 years. Funeral Service at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington on Friday 20th July at 10am. Family flowers only please. Donations in memory of Chris, for The Old Parsonage Nursing Home can be made at www.ajbfunerals.co.uk, or can also be sent care of Aaron & Jonathon Bewley Funeral Directors.
GILLESPIE, PATRICIA JEANETTE: 24/7/46 – 31/7/17. In loving memory of our dear Mum and Nan. We can’t believe it’s been a year since you were taken from us. A day doesn’t go by that we don’t think of you. We miss you Mum/Nan. Derek, Chrissy, Sam, David, Amee, George and Hannah XXX.
WILLIAMS, MOLLY: 25/7/17. A whole year has passed. Your presence we miss, your memories we treasure. Loving you always, forgetting you never. From your loving husband Bob, Tina, Rob & Bridget, Sue & Pete and all your grandchildren and great grandchildren.
GITTINS, RAY: 26th July 2010. Treasured memories of a dear husband, father, taid and great taid. Love you always. Jean, Karen, Ian, grandchildren and great granddaughter.
ESCOTT, BRIAN : 15th July 1998, Even after 20 long, long years without you I still love and miss you every day. All my love Darling, today and always. Your Pauline. Xxx It’s been a long time since you left us Dad, not a day goes by when we don’t think of you. Your love and kindness knew no bounds, and you were so brave and strong to the end. We miss you more and more with each passing day and wish we could see your smiling face again, hear your voice and feel your touch just one more time. Forever in our hearts and always on our minds. Sleep tight Dad. Love from Maxine, Shelley, Michael, Geoff and Steve. XXX. Grampy you’re the best, and now you’re no longer here we miss you so much. We know you are never far away, and that the brightest star shining in the sky is you – looking down on us and taking care of us. Sleep tight Grampy. Love and kisses from Gary, Emily, Robert, Fern, David and Skye. Hello Great Grampy, Nanny Max still promises to tell me all about you when I am older. I would have loved to have met you, but sadly that wasn’t to be. They tell me you’re the best Great Grampy that could ever be. Love you lots. Gracie Calla. XX
ZOPPAS, MARK: Born 26th July 1972 – Died 1997. Remembering our darling son on his 46th birthday. We miss you everyday and as years go by we miss you more. You are in our hearts day and night. Love Mum and Dad XXX.
ZOPPAS, MARK: Born July 26th 1972 – Died 1997. I don’t need a special day Mark for I think of you every day and night. Your name is mentioned for the happy time we spent together and the tricks you used to do. They were really happy days. I miss you so much Mark. Love Nana XXX.
In July 1918 two more names were added to the long list of Melksham men who died in World War 1, taking the number to over 100.
Unlike most of the men we have remembered over the past four years who lie in graves spread across Europe and India, both those who died in July 1918 are buried here in St Michael’s Churchyard. This month we mark the centenary of the deaths of W Haines and A Godwin; I do not know the circumstances of their deaths, it may have been from wounds or gas or from disease, for, as if the people did not have enough to put up with after four years of war, a serious influenza epidemic was raging not only here in England but across the globe. Many soldiers and many civilians died all over the world.
William Henry Haines was a private in the 4th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment. His service No was 201551 and he was 20 years old when he died on the 3rd of July 1918.
He was the son of Henry and Mary Jane Haines who lived at 40 Forest Road. He was born and enlisted in Trowbridge, but was resident in Melksham and he is buried in the south end of Melksham Cemetery.
The second man to die in July 1918 was A William W Godwin. He was a Sergeant in the 6th Wilts Regiment. His Service No was 18968 and he died on the 17th of July.
William was born in Beanacre, enlisted in Trowbridge and was resident in Melksham. He is also remembered on one of the memorials in the United Reform Church. His resting place is described as the North End of the new part of Melksham Churchyard.