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HUNT, KATIE & SHAFTOE, ALEX: Congratulations on the arrival of baby Harry. He’s gorgeous! All our love Dad, Claire, Shell & Adam XXX
HUNT, KATIE & SHAFTOE, ALEX: Congratulations on the birth of your gorgeous baby Harry. Love always auntie Barb XXX.
BURBIDGE, CHLOE: Wishing our daughter Chloe a very happy 11th birthday on the 17th January. Have a wonderful day. Love from Mum & Dad XXX. Have a fantastic 11th birthday Chloe. Love from your brothers Alex and Kieran XXX. Wishing you a happy 11th birthday Chloe on the 17th January. Have a wonderful day. Hope you have a brilliant time at the theatre on Saturday. Love from Nanny Peg , Auntie Zoe, Uncle Edward, Jack, Joshua, Stephanie, Mason and Charlie XXX.
RUMENS, THOMAS: Happy 14th birthday to a wonderful son and brother. All our love Mum & Jack XXX
MACINNES, CAMERON: You made it! Happy 18th birthday on the 17th January. We are all very proud of the young man you have become. Lots of love Mum, Dad, Nanny and Nana XXX.
WHITE, ELLE & MITCHENER, ALEX: Happy 18th birthday to you both. Elle Marie White, 18 on 1st January 2018 and Alex Mitchener, 18 on 26th January 2018. Love from Mum (Karen) and Dad (Steve), Lilly, Louisa, Jake, Evie and Isla XXX.
RENDELL, SARAH: Happy 21st birthday on the 25th January. We are so proud of the young lady you have turned out to be. We are looking forward to our weekend in Southampton to celebrate. Hope you have a really lovely time. Lots of love always Mum & Dad XXX.
RENDELL, SARAH: Wishing our gorgeous niece a very happy 21st birthday. Lots of love Jackie, Rodney & Scott XXX.
RENDELL, SARAH: On the 25th January there is a very special birthday for a lovely young lady who will be 21. Sarah, have a great day (enjoy the parties). Best wishes always. We are proud to be your grandparents. Love always Nan & Grandad XXX.
TOPP, DANA: Wishing our beautiful, kind hearted daughter a very happy 21st birthday on the 10th January. Love you so much from Mum & Dad.
TOPP, DANA: Happy Birthday, love you millions from Imy XXX
TOPP, DANA: Happy 21st Birthday sis lots of love Lolly XXX
TOPP, DANA: Happy 21st birthday to my special girl on your special day, Love Liam XXX
DREW (nee REDMAN, LESLEY: Hope you have a very happy 50th Birthday on Jan 19th. All my love always, Chris XXX
DREW (nee REDMAN, LESLEY: Happy 50th Birthday Mum. Hope you have a lovely day and weekend. We love you lots. Love Em, Dave, Nath and Lily. XXX
SIMS, ROSE: 15th Jan. Look who’s 70! Happy 70th birthday to our best friend. Enjoy your day love Jen & Mick XXX.
SIMS, ROSE: 15th January. Happy 70th birthday sis. Lots of love Roy, Linda, Kim & Louis XXX.
FRANKLIN, MARION: Marion’s family would like to thank all those who sent messages of sympathy following her passing. We will greatly miss our lovely Mum, Grandma and Greaat Grandma, as will her many friends. Thanks also to Alison Sowton of St.Andrews Church and DJ Bewley, Funeral Directors.
SHERGOLD, MARLENE ELIZABETH ANNE: Taken from us suddenly on 27th December 2017 at 80 years young. Funeral to be held at 11am on Wednesday 24th January at West Wilts Crematorium and afterwards at Shaw Country Hotel. Family flowers only please. Charity donations welcome to Great Western Air Ambulance.
VIVEASH, MURIEL: Retired school teacher, passed away peacefully in her sleep on 29th December 2017 aged 97 years. Wife to the late Ken, Mum to John and the late Raymond, Gran to Andrew and the late Nicola, and Great Gran to Kristen, Brooke and Caleb. The funeral service takes place Friday 19th January 2018 at 2.15pm at West Wilts Crematorium. Donations if desired in memory of Mureil for the Nicola Robertson Tribute Fund (Forever Friends Appeal RUH) c/o DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.
HOWELL, JOHN DAVID: passed away peacefully on the 4th January aged 71 years. Funeral service was at West Wilts Crematorium on Wednesday 17th January at 2.30pm. At John’s request, bright colours were worn and family flowers only. Donations in memory of John for MND can be made at www.bewleymerrett.co.uk or sent c/o Bewley & Merrett Funeral Directors.
SEALY (nee DICKS), LINDA: of Mavern Nursing Home, Shaw formerly Laburnum Drive, passed peacefully on January 5th 2018 aged 90 years after a long illness. Grateful thanks to all the staff who cared for Linda. Funeral service Thursday 18th January 2018 at West Wilts Crematorium at 9.30am.
COLE, WENDY: Passed away on Wednesday 10th January 2018 at home, surrounded by her loving husband and children, aged 56. The funeral will take place at West Wilts Crematorium on Monday 22nd January at 10.00am, followed by a celebration of life at the Foresters Arms, Melksham from 11.00am onwards. The family requests no flowers, but donations to Dorothy House.
BRISTER, DENNIS (JOE): passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on 11th January 2018, aged 88 years. Dearly loved husband of Joyce, much loved Dad of Shirley and Susan and a dear Grandad sadly missed. the funeral service takes place Monday 29th January, 10am at West Wiltshire Crematorium. Family flowers only please, donations if desired in memory of Dennis are for The Wiltshire Air Ambulance appeal. c/o DJ Bewley Funeral Directors.
PHILLIPS, MICHELLE MARIE: 23rd January 1978 – 9th April 2004. Today is your 40th birthday Michelle. We will light a special candle for you. You are always in our hearts and thoughts and missed everyday. With all our love from your ever loving mum and dad, brothers Darren and Darrel and their families XXX.
READ, JUNE: 24th January 2015. Loving memories of a wonderful wife and mother to our dear son Mark (Graeme), together again. Love and miss you both so very much. Brian/Dad XXX.
DOWE, BETTY: 12.01.14, 4 long years Mum, you are missed. We laugh about your escapedes. Much lubs, June, Bill, Andrew, Katrina, Andy, Joe, Tassie, Oliver, Carol, Dan, The boys are all your family in Norfolk and many many friends. Sleep Tight XXX
MEHRTENS, PETE: 17th January 2007. Treasured memories of a much loved husband, dad and grandad. Always in our hearts and thoughts. Love Maggie, Helen, Paul, Sean and families.
O’BRIEN, MARTIN: 6th January 2003. Happy memories of my dad. To love, to cherish and never forget. Tina & family XXX.
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In the first month of 2018 we mark the centenary of the death of A C Hardy.
He was a soldier who I have been unable to find out much about, not even his Christian names and if anyone reading this can help with any further details, I would be most grateful to hear from them. The details I have are: A C Hardy was a Corporal in the 2nd Wilts, and his service number was 204125 He was aged 22 when he was killed on the 24th of January 1918. He lies in Grave VII D 12 Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery Villiers-Plouich.
A C Hardy was the son of Mr and Mrs Hardy of 8 Scotland Road, Melksham.