#52Ancestors ‘Service’

Welcome to week 19 of my Genealogy challenge, from the wonderful Amy Johnson Crow, of writing something about your Ancestors for a whole year, #52Ancestors in 52 weeks.

This weeks prompt was ‘Service’ and my immediate thoughts were to use the wonderful Military Service Records that I have managed to accumulate over the years, but I thought I would give it a bit of a twist and write about the Funeral Service of my Great Grandmother Elizabeth Chiddicks instead.

Her Death was covered in the local newspaper, The Biggleswade Chronicle and every last detail was recorded about the attendees and the extended family. It’s like a Family Tree, covering three generations, plus Army Service lisitng, all rolled into one! Where else, as a Family History Researcher, can you find such a collection of wonderful information. I have said it before and I will say it again, newspapers are one of the most under utilised resources for a Family History Researcher.

Here is the detailed Newspaper Report that covered the Funeral of my Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Chiddicks.

Newspaper report in the Biggleswade Chronicle 29th September 1916:

Funeral of Mrs Chiddicks

We regret to report the death this week of Mrs Chiddicks, the Mother of Mrs Dray, of 23, Shortmead Street. Deceased has suffered from an internal complaint and passed away on Saturday at her daughter’s residence. The funeral took place Wednesday at the cemetery. The cortege consisted of a glass hearse and two mourning coaches. The Vicar impressively officiated at the services inside the chapel and at the graveside. The Coffin was of plain elm with black and gilt furniture and was inscribed : “Elizabeth Chiddicks died 23rd September 1916 aged 71 years”. The mourners were Mr.M.Chiddicks (husband). Mr Wm Chiddicks, Mr. John Chiddicks and cyclist Walter `Chiddicks 2/25th London Cyclist Battn, (sons), Mrs E.Goode, Mrs W.Acton, Mrs MA Steward and Mrs EA Dray (daughters), and Mr W.Acton (son in law). Among sympathisers present were Mrs W.T.Skipp and Mrs H.Endersby. Floral tributes of great beauty were inscribed thus: In ever fond remembrance from her sorrowing husband; “Rest in peace” –  With deepest sympathy and fondest memory, from her son and daughter; “Peace perfect peace” – in ever loving memory to our dear Mother, from her sorrowing son and daughter, Henry and Lizzie; “Thy will be done” – In loving memory of our dear mother, from Louie and William – With deepest sympathy, from her loving son Walter – With affectionate sympathy, from Jack, Kate and Reggie – In fond remembrance  to our dear grandma, from her grandchildren, Harry, Cissy and Harold – In fond remembrance to our dear grandma from her grandchildren Doris and Gerald – With deepest sympathy, from Mr and Mrs Skipp, Messrs Styles and Son were the undertakers.


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