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Ledbury Reporter Newspaper 19 06 1953
SMITH William - Ledbury
[William SMITH]Mr William SMITH, widower, aged 65, of 23, Church Street, Ledbury, died suddenly after a seizure on Friday week. A bricklayer employed by G. HILL and Son, Homend, Ledbury, he had accompanied fellow workers in the morning by van to do a job at the house of Mrs PUGH, Yew Tree, Aylton, and on arrival the other men noticed that he had slumped to the side of the van. Realising that he was very ill, the driver took him to the Ledbury Hospital, but he was dead on arrival.
A native of the town, Mr. SMITH had been employed in the building industry practically all his life and at Messrs. HILL and Son since a youth for long periods at a time. He lost his wife about eight years ago and leaves two daughters and one son. A son, Charles, was killed in the Mediterranean during the last war when serving on board H.M.S Jaguar as a petty officer in the Royal Navy. Mr. SMITH fought with the Welch Regiment during the first world-war and after being wounded was invalided out of the Army.
Affectionately known as " Bill " Mr. SMITH was very popular in the town, particularly in sporting circles, where he will be greatly missed. He played for Ledbury Town F.C for many years in his younger days, and was also a referee for a considerable period. His interests were not confined to soccer, for he assisted the Ledbury Rugby Club in many ways, and one of his most coveted possessions was a cup presented to him by that club in 1950 as a mark of appreciation for the great assistance he had given to them.
Mr. SMITH'S voluntary work for Ledbury Cricket Club for many years was also greatly appreciated and the club held an annual benefit match for him. He was on the club 's cricket field helping the night before his death. The hon. Secretary of the club, Mr. R. BADHAM. of whom he was a personal friend, told a reporter that Mr. SMITH was a very jovial and likeable man, always prepared to help anyone without a thought of reward. He added that Mr. SMITH was a wonderful help to the club. Mr, SMITH was also a keen member of the Ledbury branch of the British Legion.
The funeral took place on Tuesday at Ledbury Parish Church, the Rector (Preb. W.G. MOERAN) officiating. Interment followed at Ledbury Cemetery. The mourners were Mrs. Edith HODGES and Mrs. Jenny PLAYER (daughters), Mr. William SMITH (son), Mr. Keith PLAYER (grandson), Mr. Harry HODGES and Mr. Victor PLAYER (sons-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. L. S. FORDHAM, Mr. and Mrs. A. WILLIAMS, Mrs. E. BROOKES (brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law), Mrs. Doll SMITH, Mrs. Grace SMITH, Mr. Harry SMITH, Mr. Ernie SMITH, Mrs. HODGES AND Mr. Jack SMITH. Messrs.G. HILL and Son Ltd. were represented by Mr. George HILL, Mr. R. POSTILL (manager), and several of the deceased's fellow workers, including the following bearers: Mr. Jack CLARKE, Mr. L. SMITH, Mr. W. WALTERS and Mr. C. LEE. Ledbury Cricket Club was represented by Mr. F. W. JUCKES (chairman), Mr. R.B. BADHAM (secretary), Mr. J. NUTTRIDGE (assistant secretary), Mr. W. R. MOYLE and Mr. B.J.BARNETT. Among others present were Mr. W. H. MASEFIELD (also representing Ledbury Rugby Football Club), Mr. P.F. LEACH (also representing the British Legion). Mr. W.SMITH, Mr. C. JESSETT, Mr. J. ALLEN, Mr. G. T. SMITH, Mrs. PHELPS, Mr. A. HEATON, Mrs. F. STERRY (also representing Mr. STERRY), Mr. M. A. LODGE (also representing Mr. W. PREECE), Mr. N. LILLEY, Mr. V. DUNN, Mr. J. FOX, Mrs. Dora JONES, Rev. R.R. KIMBELL.
Floral tributes were sent by Edie and family; Bill and Family; Jenny and family; Judith; Mr. and Mrs L.S FORDHAM and family; Alice, George, Den and Daisy; Ethel and family; Nell and family; Dora JONES; Harry, Grace, Eileen; Harry SMITH (blower), Phyllis, Ernie and family; Florrie and Arthur; Mr. and Mrs. JESSETT; Neighbours of Church-Street; Bert, Dave and family; Harold MAY (old mate); Bob BADHAM; Bob and Marjorie HAINES; George HILL; Teck and Doss; Frank HODGES: Mrs DRECAN; Mrs. A. HODGES; Hilda, Gladys, Violet: Mabel CASER; Doris and Harry; Mr. and Mrs. Tim SAVORY and Don; Barbara and Mrs. WILLIAMS; Mr. and Mrs. LEDBURY, Gordon, and John; Mr. BILL (old tenant); Mr. and Mrs. JONES and Mr. and Mrs. G. DANIELS; Mr. and Mrs. E. WILLIAMS; Mr. and Mrs. G. T. SMITH and Tress (Ring of Bells); Jim BARNETT; (Ring of Bells); Jim BARNETT; British Legion; Workmates, staff of George HILL and Son; Ledbury Cricket Club; Mr. DAVIES and employees, Paunceford Court; Ledbury Rugby Football Club; Friends of The Seven Stars; Friends at The Ring Of Bells; Friends at The Biddulph Arms; Friends at The Brewery. The arrangements were carried out by George HILL and Son Ltd., Ledbury.
COWELL Jessie - Aylton
The death occurred on Friday, after a long illness, of Mrs. Jessie COWELL, aged 71, wife of Mr. Fred COWEL, Priors Court, Aylton, near Ledbury. Well known throughout the district, Mrs. COWELL was a prominent figure in local organisations for many years. She was a founder member of Munsley and District W. I., a member of the Putley District Nursing Association, and an A. R. P. warden during the last war. The funeral was at Aylton Church on Monday and the service was conducted by the Rector, the Rev. D. A. L. MACLEAN. The organist was Mrs. A, MORRIS. The family mourners were Mr. B. COWELL, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. COWELL, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. COWELL, Mr. Mark TOOBY, Mr. and Mrs. Harry TOOBY, Mr. and Mrs. W. TOOBY, Mr. and Mrs. R. PINDAR, Mr. and Mrs. Frank COWELL, Mr. and Mrs. R. COWELL, Miss R. WEST, Miss F. PERKS, Miss D. COWELL, Mr. W. COWELL, Mr. and Mrs. S. COWELL, and Mrs. J. KNIGHT. Mr. Fred COWELL (widower) was unable to attend. Others present included: Mrs. G. COWELL, Mr. G. R. GRIFFITHS, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. BARRETT, Mr. A. J. BARRETT, Mr. F. P. DAVIES also rep. Mr. W. P. DAVIES and Mr. H. J. DAVIES); Mrs. F. P. DAVIES, Mr. J. F. ROBERTS (also rep. Mr. J. H. BALL): Mrs. ROBERTS, Mrs. E. PARTRIDGE, (also rep. Miss L. KEYSELL); Mrs. H. HARRISON, Mr. T. HARRISON, Mr. H. A. LANE, Mr. H. PROBERT, Mr. J.W. GODSALL, Mr. S. DAVIES, Mr. L. G. FARR, (also rep. Mr. W. ADAMS); Mr. F. LEWINGTON, Mr. R. J. STANIER, Mrs. STANIER and Miss A. F. BARRETT (rep. Munsley and District W.I ); Mrs. M. SKITTERY, Mr. and Mrs. R. N . A. HODGES, Mr. G. WATKINS, Mr. J. F. THOMAS, Mrs. G. E. JONES, Mr. T. JONES, Mrs. E. M. DAY (also rep. Miss S. HAMBLIN); Mr. and Mrs. I. SAMUEL, Mr. H. T. BALDWIN (also rep. Mrs. BALDWIN); Mrs. D. TAYLOR, Miss M. DAWE, Mrs. G. PRICE, Mrs. H. COLLEY (also rep. Mr. COLLEY); Mr. W. A. PARDOE, Mr. W. J. PARDOE, Mrs. R. E. COMBE (also rep. Major COMBE); Miss S. WEBLEY, Mr. J. E. FARR (also rep. Mrs. FARR); Mrs. E. CLARKE (also rep. Mr. CLARKE), and Mr. S. G. BROOKES (rep. W. T. BROOKES and Son). The following sent apologies:- Mr. and Mrs. Jack COWELL, Misses TOWNSEND, Mr. and Mrs. HEATH, Rev and Mrs. MAUDSLEY, Mrs. ROBBINS Miss KNAPP. Flowers were sent by: Her loving Husband and family; Claude, Vera, Philip and Martin; Archie WYN and the children; Willie, Kathleen and Nina; Harry, Mabel and family; Mark, Alice and family; Olive, Reg and Rosemary; Cousins Jess and Claude (Leicester); Bill, Dorothy, Lily, Daisy and Betty; Raymond, May, June, Helen; Frank, Marjorie and the children; All at Tuston; The Employers at Priors Court; All at Newbridge; W. ADAMS (London); May, Sue, Rose and Em; J. H. BALL; Rhoda and Rollie WILLIAMS; Dora, and Syd; Mr. and Mrs. BOTFIELD; Mrs. M. A. SKITTERY; Mrs. JAMES; The Brewery; No. 1 Council House (Aylton); Gertie, " The Lacons " ; Ted WALTERS; Mainstone Court and Aylton Court; Bill, Betty and David WALTERS; Florence PERKS; Gwen, Peggy and family; Jim and Sally; Munsley and District W. I. ; All at Hatsford; All at " Mill House, " Putley; R. A. HODGES (Wateresses); Major and Mrs COOMBE; Mr. and Mrs. Bert BARRETT and family; The White House, Munsley; W.T. BROOKES and Son; H.T and E. A. BALDWIN (Dymock); Mr. and Mrs. G. POWELL (Trumpet); Susie; Mr. and Mrs. A. F. HEATH; Mrs. HARRISON and Tom; Joyce and Jack FARR; Gert and May; Mrs JONES and TREVOR; Caroline LLOYD and family.
CARTER George Henry - Upper Colwall
The death occurred on Saturday at Ronkswood Hospital, Worcester, of Mr. George Henry CARTER, of Trenython, Jubilee Drive, Upper Colwall. Aged 67, Mr. CARTER was born at Malvern, accompanying his parents in his infancy to Worcester, where he attended the Royal Grammar School. In his early youth he joined the now defunct Royal Malvern Well Brewery Co., Ltd., West Malvern-road, Upper Colwall, and was employed there for 30 years to 1930, rising to secretary in 1913 and later becoming manager. On leaving the brewery company at its winding up he was appointed rating officer for the Colwall, Coddington and Mathon area of Ledbury Rural District Council, and later also took over the Bosbury district in the same capacity, until December, 1950, when he retired from the post. Mr. CARTER also collected the Colwall water rate for the Malvern U.D.C. for 15 years until September 1951. In addition he collected accounts for several local firms, including the old Colwall Gas Company, for a considerable period. Widely known and highly respected, Mr. CARTER was associated with several social organisations in the district. For some years he was hon. Secretary of Malvern and District Licensed Victuallers' and Beersellers' Association, secretary of Colwall branch of the British Legion, and of Colwall District Association. Keenly interested in sport, he played golf on the old Colwall golf course, and was a prominent member of the former Colwall Bowling Club. He took a great interest in local affairs, and organised many social functions for deserving objects, including children's parties. During the first world-war Mr. CARTER joined the Royal Army Pay Corps in 1915, later transferring to the Royal Welch Fusiliers. While serving in France he was twice wounded, the second time severely in the left leg. He was demobilised in 1919. Mr. CARTER had been ill since 1950, and it is believed that the injuries he received as a soldier, together with the severe loss he suffered in the death of his daughter, Mary, in about 1936, were associated with his trying illness, which he bore with great fortitude and patience. He was admitted to Ronkswood Hospital on June 7. He leaves a widow, one son and three grandchildren.

Ledbury Reporter Newspaper 07 04 1961
HEMUS Edmund Guy - Pendock
The funeral of Mr Edmund Guy HEMUS, of Graystones, Pendock, who died at his home on Wednesday of last week, took place at Queenhill Church, on Saturday, conducted by the Vicar of Longdon and Queenhill, the Rev Lawrence DAVIES. Mr HEMUS, who was 71, retired from farming at The Gunnice, Longdon, last year. He was a keen supporter of the Ledbury Hunt, and also a keen cricketer. For many years he was a member of the Worcestershire County Cricket Club. He is survived by a widow and two daughters.
DUNNE F W In our obituary notice last week of Mr F. W. DUNNE, of Upper Colwall, his age was incorrectly given. He was 58.
SMITH Mrs E E - Ledbury
The death occurred last Thursday week of Mrs E. E. SMITH, of Clifton Villa, Woodleigh Road, Ledbury. Aged 75 years. Mrs SMITH was a daughter of the late Mrs Hannah JAMES, of Ledbury. Requiem Mass was said at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Easter Monday by Father BRISLAINE, of Bromyard, after which interment followed at Ledbury Cemetery. Family mourners were: Mr and Mrs D. SMITH, son and daughter-in-law; Miss V. MORGAN, adopted daughter; Mrs LAWRENCE, sister; Mr and Mrs W LEWIS, brother-in-law and sister; Colin, Peter, and Jill SMITH, grandchildren; Mr and Mrs E. PONTI, Mr and Mrs SYMONDS, Mr and Mrs A. MORGAN, Mr and Mrs R. O'BRIEN, Mr and MRS REYNOLDS, Mrs B. BUTLER, nephews and nieces; Mrs P. WILLIAMSON and Mr J. WILLIAMSON, cousins. Others present included: Mrs C. HOLLOWAY, Mr R. HAMPTON, Mr and Mrs RUFFINI, Mrs M. BADHAM, Mrs P. LUCAS, Mr M. MUSTAFIC, Mr G. BOTTONI, Miss B. O'BRIEN, Miss G. O'BRIEN. Apologies were sent by: Don, Dorothy, Alan, Peter and Jill; Val and Roger; Sybil, Emilio, Paul and Roy; Lill and Wall; Ness and family; Colin and Susan; Tony, Ian and family; Mor and Gray; Phyll and family; Snowie and family; Ciss; Louie and family; Bery, Jill, Glenys and Margaret; Nance, Mell, Pat and Roy; Mario and Ida; Anna, Nazif and children; Mrs HAMPTON; Mrs ALLEN and Phyliss; Mearle; J. and E. FLOYD; Miss HOPKINS; Sam, Eva, Dennis and Betty; Hannah BRACE; Guido, Orielle and children; All at East View; Gladys; Rose and Arthur; Mrs HARRIS, Joan Cliff and family.

Ledbury Reporter Newspaper 29 10 1964
LAYTON Henry - Mathon
The funeral took place on Saturday at Mathon Church, of Mr Henry LAYTON, of The Oaks, Moorend Cross, Mathon. Mr LAYTON, who died at his home, aged 93, leaves two daughters. He had lived almost all his life in the district. Family mourners included; Miss F LAYTON, Miss I LAYTON, daughters; Mr Arthur LAYTON, Mr and Mrs POLLARD, Mr and Mrs DALLOW, Mrs FLETCHER, Mrs PULLEN, Mr Bert WALL and Mr and Mrs H. WALL, nephews and nieces. Others present were: Mr and Mrs BAILEY, Mr and Mrs J. JONES, Miss N. JONES, Mr and Mrs HIGGINS, Mr and Mrs PUGH, Mr Geoffrey PUGH, Mr Graham PUGH, Mr GREEN, Mr LEWIS, Mr MELLINGS, Mr T. OLIVER, Mr E LAWRENCE, Mr D. WILLIAMS, Mr and Mrs CALE, Mrs INNES, Miss INNES and Mrs SMITH. Flowers were received from: Flo and Ivy, daughters; Annie, Ron and Arthur, Beatie, Albert and the boys, Ernie and Ethel, Harry, Etta and the boys, Bert and family, Louie and Jim, nephews and nieces; Mr and Mrs PUGH, Geoffrey and Graham; Mr and Mrs HIGGINS; Mr and Mrs BAILEY and Sybil, Mr and Mrs JONES and Marjorie, Victor DOCKER; all at the Palace, Bosbury; all at Little Catley, Bosbury, Mr and Mrs GREEN and family; Mr and Mrs LEWIS; Mr and Mrs JENKINS; Reg and Ted SHELLAM; Mr and Mrs SMITH and family; Mr and Mrs MIDDLETON and Rickey.
WILLIAMS Albert James - Ledbury
The funeral took place recently at Ledbury cemetery of Albert James WILLIAMS, of 77 Albert Road, Ledbury, who died at the County Hospital, Hereford, aged 73. He is survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters. Family mourners included; Mrs D. WILLIAMS (widow); Mr and Mrs E WILLIAMS, Mr and Mrs K. WILLIAMS (sons and daughters-in-law), Mr and Mrs J. VERNALL, Mr and Mrs R. HYDE (sons-in-law and daughters). Mr F. WILLIAMS and Miss W. WILLIAMS (brother and sister), Messrs M. VERNALL, C. WILLIAMS, R. WILLIAMS and T. WILLIAMS (grandsons), Mrs WOOD, Mrs WATKINS (sisters-in-law). Mr T. WOOD (nephew). Others present were; Mr and Mrs R. CHEW. Mrs J.JONES. Mrs W. SLEEMAN. Mrs W. HALE. Mrs JAMES, Mr J. ATTWOOD. Mr H. J. BRYON and Mr J. MANSELL (representing Ledbury British Legion and Club).
Flowers were received from: Sorrowing Wife; Eric and Amy; Ken and Dorothy; Molly and Jack; Joan and Rodney; Nellie; Martin, Tim, Peter, Jeremy and baby Robin; Terry and Pauline; Hilary; Richard and Christine; Christopher and Paul; Fred and Mary; Edith, Mary and Tom; Ruth: Jennie and family; Bert, Bettie and family; Mrs JONES, Miss JONES, Mrs CALE, and Mrs Allsopp; uncle Eric and family; Thelma, Bert and Sheila; Ernie and Emm; all at Callow Farm, Dymock; aunty Bertha and uncle Jim; Elsie, Albert and Joan; John and Glenys; Mrs HYDE and family; Rose, Jim and family. John, Dorothy and family; Reg, Laura and family; John, Eileen and children; Alice, Albert and family; Mr and Mrs FORTY, Hazel and John; Mr and Mrs J. WILLIAMS and family; Mr and Mrs H. J. BRYON; Mr and Mrs Bert WORRAL and family; Mr and Mrs W. LEE; Brewery friends; Mrs JONES; Mr and Mrs PRIDAY; Mr and Mrs HALE; Philip and Mary GLADWIN; Mr and Mrs G. BADHAM; Mrs TOOMBS; Tom and Nancy HESELTON
RICHARDS Ian - Fromes Hill
The funeral took place on Saturday at St Pauls Church, Tupsley, Hereford, of Michael Ian RICHARDS. Cremation followed at Hereford Crematorium. Ian, the six-year-old son of Mr and Mrs RICHARDS, of Rose Cottage, Fromes Hill, died as a result of a road accident outside the Wheatsheaf Inn last week. Family mourners included: Mr and Mrs RICHARDS (parents); Mr and Mrs W. BOX (brother-in-law and sister); Mr K. POWELL, Mrs STEELE (representing Mr STEELE and Colin, uncle and cousin); Mrs LLOYD and Michael (aunt and Cousin); Mr and Mrs RICHARDS (cousins); Mr H. D. NICHOLS and Susan (uncle and cousin). Also present were Mr and Mrs Ben WEAVER, Mr J. MUTCH and Mr L PREECE. Flowers were sent by: Mummy and Daddy; brothers and sisters; Margo, Bill and Alan; auntie Molly, uncle Edd, Colin and Sally Ann; auntie May and Michael; auntie Nesta, uncle Ray, Ann, John, David and Geoffrey; Mrs BROWNING, auntie Marian, uncle Charles and children; uncle Doug, Susan and Jane; auntie Ben, auntie Bet, Janet, Hilary and Wendy; Marlene, Mike and family; Mr and Mrs Chris BOX and children; everyone on Fromes Hill; Mrs DAVIES and Mrs WALTON; all Ian's school friends, Castle Frome School; proprietors of the Major's Arms; Mrs WHILE and Tony, Mr and Mrs THOMAS, Kathleen and Glyn; Mr and Mrs H DAVIES, Mary and Allan; Mr and Mrs G. PATTERSON and family; Mr and Mrs LLOYD and family; Mr and Mrs G. GWYNNE; Mr W. J. ALEXANDER and Mrs D. WRIGHT
LEWIS William Arthur Charles - Leddington
The death occurred at Over Hospital, Gloucester, of Mr William Arthur Charles LEWIS, of New Cottage, Leddington, near Ledbury. Mr LEWIS, who was 71, was a native of Michaelchurch Escley. He served in the 1st Herefordshire Regiment in the Great War. When he was injured he was drafted to farm work with Edgar HARTLAND at Preston Court, near Ledbury. He later joined Mr Rod BLANDFORD, at the New House Farm, Leddington, where he worked until his retirement in 1957. He married Miss BARNES, of Ledbury, who died nine years ago. He is survived by two sons and a daughter. The funeral took place at Preston Church on Thursday last week, the choral service being conducted by the rector of Little Marcle, the Rev G. P. JONES, and the rector of Dymock, the Rev J. E. GETHYN JONES. The organist was Mr C. COX. The family mourners were Mr A. W. LEWIS, Mr B. E. LEWIS (sons), Mr and Mrs D. McCULLOCH (son-in-law and daughter), Mr and Mrs A. LEWIS, Mr and Mrs E. LEWIS (brothers and sisters-in-law); Mrs G. LLOYD, Mrs G. GILLIAM, Mrs V. THOMAS (sisters), Mr D. LEWIS, Mr J. LEWIS (brothers), Mr and Mrs GREENWAY, Mr J. PRICE, Miss J. McCULLOCH, Miss M. LEWIS. Others present were: Mr and Mrs W. MANSELL, Mr and Mrs MITTON, Miss P. DAVIES, Mrs A. POYNER, Mr C. ARNOLD (Dymock Football Club), Mr and Mrs A. MILLARD, Mr J. MAILE, Mrs G. P. JONES. The bearers were Mr K. CAUSON, Mr H. WILKINS, Mr R. PAYNE and Mr J. WILLETTS. Flowers were sent by: Arthur, Marjorie, David; Mabel, David, James and Thomas; Bryn; Bruce and David; Gert and Will; Tom, Lizzie and Judy; Pamela, Edith, Roy, Basil; Francis, Joe, Heather; Gwen, Bob and family; Olive, Clive and family; Arthur and Olwyn; sister Violet, Jack and family; Ernie and sister-in-law Anne; brother David; sister Annie, Jack and family, Clyro; sister Daisy and brother-in-law; Mr and Mrs A. L. POYNER; Mrs YEMM and family; sister Gertie and family; brother Jim; Stephen, Gillian and Jennifer; Mrs BLANDFORD, Jack and Betty; Mr and Mrs MILLARD and Gertie; Mr and Mrs W. MANNS, Preston; Mr and Mrs DAW; Mr and Mrs C. MITTON and family; Mr THICK and family. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr H. J. FAWKE, Dymock.

Ledbury Reporter Newspaper 03 11 1965
PONTER E - Ledbury
GITTOES Gladys Elizabeth - Bosbury
GORIN Harold - Ledbury
BUNN Mary Margaret - Ledbury

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