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SAWYER-HELLYER: Congratulations to Michael and Sophie on your forthcoming wedding on 6th April. Hope you have a lovely day. Love and best wishes for a happy future April, Mum, Dad, Rich, George and Granny XXX.
SAWYER, BARB & RAY: Congratulations Mum and Dad on your Diamond Wedding Anniversary March 22nd. Such a milestone. Have a wonderful day. Lots of love to you both Jeanette & Ray XXX.
SAWYER, BARB & RAY: Happy Diamond Anniversary Mum & Dad on 22nd March. Hope you have many more happy years together. Love from Pete, Ginny, Richard, George, Mike, Sophie and April XXX.
WATTS, TOBY & HARDWIDGE, SARAH: Congratulations on the birth of another beautiful daughter, a sister for Marley and Matilda. Love from Mum & Tristan XX.
CLUNIE, OLIVER: To our beautiful grandson Oliver. Wishing you a very happy 2nd birthday on March 24th. Lots of hugs and kisses. Love from Nanny & Grandad XXX.
RUGG, MARK: I would like to thank my neighbour Mark for clearing my driveway and my daughters during the snow and bad weather. It’s nice to have such a nice neighbour. Thank you from Mrs Hale.
DICK, PEGGY: Peggy’s family would like to thank everyone for their kind words, support and donations after their sad loss on 12.02.2018.
HUTCHINGS, COLIN JOHN: Colin’s family would like to thank everyone who came to his funeral. Thanks also to all who sent cards and messages. Donations to the value of £214.42 were made to the RSPCA. Finally, thank you to Angela at Bewley & Merrett for all her help and to the Minister John Darling for a lovely funeral service.
BAXTER, John: Of Shaw passed away peacefully at home on 20th February 2018 aged 95 years. A Dearly loved husband of the late Joyce, a loving Dad to Linda and a caring Grandad and Great Grandad who will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. The funeral has already taken place. Any donations in memory of John are for Alzheimer’s Society C/O DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.
MORGAN, DOUGlAS GODFREY: passed away peacefully at home on 26th February 2018 aged 95 years.A very caring man who will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. The funeral service is to take place at St Michael’s Church, Melksham on Tuesday 20th March 12 Noon. Family flowers only please and any donations in memory of Doug are for Dorothy House Hospice Care C/O DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.
ABBOTT, JENNY (Catherine) Nee Cleverley: Passed away peacefully on 27th February 2018 at R.U.H. Bath. Much loved wife of David, mother to Linda and Helen and a grandma and great grandma. After a private family burial please join us for a service in celebration of her life at Melksham Baptist Church, Old Broughton Road at 1:30 pm on Friday 16th March 2018. Please then join us at Melksham Liberal Club to share memories and enjoy refreshments. As a tribute to Jenny her family invite you to wear something mauve or purple, her favourite colours. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Friends of Warminster Hospital can be made at the service.
MATTHEWS, STEVE: Of Semington passed away peacefully on 27th February 2018 aged 51 years. A dearly loved husband of Mel, Dear Dad of Sophie and Caitlin. The funeral service is to take place on Wednesday 21st March 2.30pm at West Wiltshire Crematorium. Any donations in memory of Steve are for the RUH Charitable Fund C/O DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.
KEEN, GRAHAM: Farmer, formally of Townsend/Boundary Farm, Semington. Died on Thursday 1st March 2018 aged 70 after a short illness. Dearly loved husband to Rosemary, father to Christopher, Sally, Richard and Thomas and a much loved grandfather. Graham was also a much loved brother who will be sadly missed and will never be forgotten. Funeral service to be held on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 12:30pm at St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, West Stour, Dorset, to be followed by burial. Family flowers only. Donations if desired are to the Intensive Care Unit of Yeovil District Hospital.
DODGE, AUDREY (nee Jefferies): Passed away peacefully on 5th March at Mavern House with her family by her side. She will be sadly missed by Mark, Dave, Chris, Kirsty, Jack, Mike, Louise, Julie and Tilly. Funeral Service to be held on Tuesday 20th March at 3.15pm at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington. Family Flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Cancer Research UK C/O Elizabeth Snell and Family.
ROWLEY, WILLIAM (Willie): Passed away suddenly on 5th March aged 82. A dearly loved Husband, Dad, Grandad and Great Grandad who will be sadly missed by all the family. Funeral Service to be held at the West Wiltshire Crematorium on Wednesday 21st March at 11.30am. Family Flowers only, donations to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal, care of D J Bewley Funeral Directors.
PULLIN (Nee Gingell), Maggie: Of Melksham passed away peacefully on 7th March 2018, aged 60 years. Dearly loved Mum of Daniel and Craig, sadly missed by all her family and friends. The funeral service takes place Friday 23rd March, 10am at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington. Family flowers only please, donations if desired in memory of Maggie are for The Alzheimer’s Society may be sent to DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.
DOEL- Doreen (DIDI): of Broughton Gifford passed away peacefully at home on 10th March 2018 aged 87 years. Dearly loved Mum, Nan and Great Nan sadly missed by all the family. The funeral service takes place Tuesday 27th March, 11.30am at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington. Family flowers only please, donations if desired in memory of Doreen are for The British Heart Foundation c/o DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.
CATT, FRANK: Remembering a loving husband , father, grampy & great grampy on this his birthdate 21st March. Greatly missed by all the family.
NORTHEAST, VALERIE: 19th March 1998. 20 years since we lost you. Life has never been the same. Always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. Mum, Dad and family.
WIDDICOMBE, DAVID: Taken from us so suddenly on 22nd March 1986. The gates of memory never close . We miss you more than anyone knows. Remembrance is all we can give. This you shall have as long as we live. God bless. Mum, Dad & Sian.
REMEMBERING: My dear sister Kathy who passed away 19.3.2017. Missed so very much. Rest in peace. Love you.
REMEMBERING: My dear husband who passed away 11.3.2013. It is now five years since you said goodbye to me. I miss and love you so much. Rest in peace my love.
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For the first time since 1915, there were no deaths reported amongst the Melksham men serving in World War 1 in February 1918, but March the 24th marks the centenary of the death of Charles Awdry DSO whose death in battle is recorded in the history of the Wiltshire Regiment.
Charles’s name is not on the memorial in Canon Square, but is on the memorial in the Barnwood Chapel in St Michaels Church.
Charles Selwyn Awdry was a Major in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry; he was transferred to the 6th Battalion the Wiltshire Regiment in June 1917 and was killed in action on the 24th March 1918. He has no known grave but is remembered on the Panel 6 of the Pozieres Memorial. Charles was the son of Charles Awdry of Notton and the husband of C L Awdry of Hitchambury, Taplow, Buckinghamshire.
The following is a quotation from the history of the Wiltshire Yeomanry
“From the 21st March 1918 during the German offensive in Picardy, the 6th Battalion was holding a position at Bapaume and the whole weight of the German offensive fell on them. They lost 20 officers and 500 other ranks. Major Charles Awdry took command on the 23rd of March when Col. Thynne became a casualty, and showed a magnificent example in pulling the remnants of the battalion together. He was quite regardless of danger and was found to be missing on March 25th; it is believed he met his death while trying to collect scattered units near Grevilliers in preparation for the next enemy attack.”