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Family Messages – 13th September 2018 Edition

SKYRME, GRAHAM & HARRIOTT, JENNY: Congratulations on your wedding in Scarborough on 11th August 2018. Love and best wishes for the future. 

EARLE/SELMES: Congratulations Andrea & Henry on your forthcoming wedding on Saturday 15th September.Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness. All our love Mum & Dad Earle XXX.

KING, ELLIE-MAI: Happy 14th birthday on the 9th September. Lots of love Dad, Ally, Ellie & Jake XXX.

SMITH, TREVOR WILLIAM: passed away peacefully at Blenheim House Care Home, Melksham, on Sunday 9th September 2018, aged 79 years. Formally of Spa Road, Melksham, Trevor was the dearly loved father of Debbie and David and grandfather to Amy and Zoe. He will be sadly missed by all. Funeral to be held at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington on Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 1pm. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Cancer Research UK, c/o John Stuart Funeral Directors, 01225 433649.

BARNES, ROBERT (BOB):  of Melksham passed away peacefully on 6th September 2018, aged 82 years. Husband of the late Dianne, a much loved Dad, Grandad and Great Grandad sadly missed by all his family and friends.

The funeral service takes place Tuesday 18th September, 10.45am at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington. Family flowers only please, donations if desired in memory of Bob are for Alzheimer’s Support c/o DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.

GATER, PATRICIA (TRISH): Passed away peacefully on 1st September 2018 at Dorothy House, Winsley. Dearly loved wife of Peter, mum of Jo and Emma and much loved nanny of six grandchildren. Funeral service 21st September, 12:30pm at St. Michael’s church, Melksham, followed by cremation at Semington Crematorium. Family flowers only, donations if desired will be split between Dorothy House, St. Andrews church and the Children’s Society. 

PREEDY, JOSEPHINE: Died on the 17th September 2009. The time has gone too quick. Miss you lots. Also, Terry died August last year which makes it a lot harder to cope with. We all miss you both very much and we always will. Love from Dad, Rich & Kath and all the family and friends.

Melksham soldiers who died in WW1 

Although the War was slowly drawing to a close; men from the town were still being killed; two had died in each month since May, and September 1918 was to be no exception, for that month we lost two more. 

Frederick William Shadwell died on the 16th of September 1918 he was in the Royal Navy; an engine room artificer serving on the costal defence ship HMS Glatton and he died when the ship blew up in Dover Harbour. Most of the crew were ashore at the time, but 60 men were killed outright and 19 died later.

Frederick was 26-years old. His service No was M/10909 and he lies in Gillingham Woodlands cemetery grave 15 804-6. With him are one officer and 55 of his shipmates.

(The explosion was later attributed to newspaper which had been used as insulation in the engine room and which caught fire from coal dust). 

He was the son of Frederick and Harriet Shadwell who lived in Church Walk and is also remembered on his brother’s tombstone in St Michael’s Churchyard.

The other man to die was Sydney Alfred Park. He was a private, serving in the 6th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment. He was 21 years old and his service No was 24520. He lies in Cologne Southern Cemetery (in Germany) in grave XIII B 8.

Sydney was the son of George and Sarah Park who lived in No 30 Scotland Road. He was born and resided in Melksham but enlisted in Trowbridge and he is also remembered on the Avon Rubber Memorial and on the memorial in Broughton Road Baptist Church. His nephew, Ken Park, lives in Tamar Road and it was he who provided this photo of Sydney one of the few we have of the men from Melksham who died in WW1. 

Bob Purnell