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Tuesday 8 January 2013

Beilby Eric Smith of Stubbings House Berkshire

Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries.

Monument to Beilby Eric Smith, St James the Less Churchyard, Stubbings Berkshire.

"In loving memory of Beilby Eric Smith died 31st January 1931

Remeber what he was with thankful heart.  The bright, the brave, the tender and the true.  remember what he is.  From sin apart present with God yet not apart from you."

Beilby Eric Smith was born on 26th November 1864 in Wilton, London to Eric Carrington Smith, a banker, and his wife Mary Maberly.

Seven year old Beilby appears on the 1871 Census living in Knightsbridge, London with his parents and six elder siblings.  In 1881 Beilby can be found being educated and boarding at Eton College in Windsor Berkshire.

In 1887 Beilby marries Elizabeth Mabel Cotton in Etwell Derbyshire

1891 finds Beibly and Elizabeth living in Chelsea London where Beibly is listed as a Bill Broker, a money dealer who buys, sells, discounts, or negotiates bills of exchange.  1897 sees the brith of their only child, a son, Dennis Eric Smith.

In 1901 the family are living at 12 Herbert Crescent in Chelsea London, where Beilby is listed as a banking agent.

1911 and the family has moved to Stubbings House, a large manor house in Stubbings Berkshire.

Sadly I cannot find any other information on Beilby until his death at The Wilderness Hotel, Cape Province, South Africa on 31st January 1931.  Beilby's body was returned to England were he was buried in St James the Less Churchyard in Stubbings Berkshire on 14th April 1931.

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  1. Could well have contracted a tropical disease and died from that.

  2. I like the shape of this stone, and the edging around it -- very cool! Thanks for sharing this on Taphophile Tragics!


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