1915 Stourton Caundle
Death and Funeral of Mrs Alban Harris
This little parish has sustained a severe loss by the death of
Mrs Alban Harris of Brownsell Farm
which took place on Wednesday last week, after a long illness.
With her husband the deceased lady had lived in the parish for
a great number of years and she was esteemed by all the inhabitants.
She never took any part in the public life of the village, but
she evinced the keenest interest in everything that appertained
to the welfare of the residents.
Her elderly neighbours have lost a kind an helpful friend. and
the younger generation will also miss the kindly word she so frequently
The greatest loss falls, of course, upon the bereaved husband and
family, to whom, inspite of frequent affliction she proved to be
the best of wives and mothers.The deepest sympathy is felt fot the
family in their great bereavement.
The mortal remains of the deceased lady were laid to rest on Monday
afternoon in the pretty little Cemetry which lies almost within
view of her old home.
The first portion of the service was held at the village church,
at which the bell was tolled before and after the ceremony.
The coffin was borne on the shoulders of the six farm employees
- Messrs J.Oliver, H. Bugg, F.Bugg, W. Oliver, A. Light, and W.
Williams - and it was met at the church entrance by the Rev. E.
H.Fincher (rector), who conducted the service.
After the congregation, which filled the church, had taken their
places, the hymn "Christ will gather in His own" was sung
with great feeling by the choir and congregation.
Psalm 39 was chanted, and after the Lesson the hymn "On the
resurrection morning" was sung. Before the congregation left
the church the organist (Miss Clench) played the "Dead March"
At every residence en route to the Cemetry blinds had been drawn
and a large number of the villagers assembled to witness the final
scene. The coffin, which was laid in a bricked vault, was of polished
oak with brass furniture and bore the inscription :- "Fanny
Harris, died April 28th 1915 aged 59 years."
The chief mourners were Mr. Harris (husband), Miss Lily Harris
(daughter), Mr. and Mrs. E. Harris (son and daughter-in-law), Mr.
and Mrs.Walters (son-in-law and daughter), Mr Edwin Harris (brother-in-law),
Misses Barbara and Kate Harris (nieces), Mrs Keevil (cousin), Mr
T Daw (cousin), Mr and Mrs Allan Harris (nephew and niece), Mr.
Geoffrey Harris (nephew), Mrs Day (cousin), Mrs Willis (cousin),
Mr. and. Mrs G. Broad (cousins), Mrs. Harris (cousin), and Mr.Horace
Harris. Amongst others preseent were the Rev. F. K. Hilton, Messrs
J. F. Lock, G.Prideaux, C. Bugg, H. Curtis, R. Curtis, P. C. Adams,
S. Rice, J. Dare, F. Curtis, J. W. A. Brown, J Weldon, and H. King.
The floral tokens were of a very chaste character, and were from
"In loving memory from her loving husband and daughter Lily";
"In ever loving memory of our dear mother from her sorrowing
Mabel and Albert";
"To dear mother with deepest sympathy from her sorrowing childeren
Edith and Ernie. Peace, perfect peace";
"From Miss Serrell with much sympathy and great regret";
"To our dearkinf granny, from her loving little grandchildren,
Veta, Keevil, Sammie and Gordon. At rest";
"With deepest sympathy from N. Atkinson. East Meon, Hants";
"In kind remembrance from M. and Mrs. Read";
"A last token of love and deepest sympathy from Mrs Curtis
and all at Home Farm, Stalbridge";
"With deepest sympathy from R Sharp, Blandford";
"From Dr. T. E. Conison, Hill House, Templecombe";
"With heartfelt sympathy from Kate";
"With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Walden";
"With kind remembrance from the employees Brownsell Farm. Peace,
"In affecionate remembrance and deepest sympathy from Harry
and Lucy, Stalbridge Weston";
"In loving memory from Ernie and Willie";
With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. C. Moore, West Hill";
"With deepest sympathy from Edwin and Fanny Harris and daughters";
"With deepest sympathy from Mrs. J. T. Curtis, Jessie and Sylvia";
"With deepest sympathy from Mr.and Mrs. Luckee, Newbury;"
"With deep sympathy and loving remembrance from Mr. and Mrs.S.
"In loving memory from Allan and Ada";
"In affectionate remembrance , Effie Read";
"With heartfelt sympathy and ever-loving memories, Mr and Mrs
J.C. Keevil and family, Rangers Lodge, Milford, Salisbury";
"In remembrance from Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Chapman R.I.P."
Fanny Keevil is our 1st cousin 3 times removed