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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Wednesday's Child - Winifred Alice Hurd




Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries.


Monument to Winifred Alice Hurd and Alice Martha Hurd, All Saints Cemetery, Maidenhead, Berkhsire.


"In loving memory of Winifred Alice Hurd died June 1st 1913 aged 14 years.  Also Alice Martha.  Mother of the above died Novr 25th 1913 aged 41 years - At Rest -"


Winifred Alice was born in 1899 in Maidenhead Berkshire to Walter John Hurd, a publican, and his wife Alice Martha Purnell.

She first appears with her family on the 1901 Census aged 2, living at the Two Brewers Public House 134 - 136 High Street, Maidenhead.  She next appears on the 1911 Census aged 11 years.  The family has moved from the Two Brewers and are now living in and running The Star, 23 Braodway, Maidenhead.  Another family I have researched ran The Star in 1881, The McGregor family.

Sadly Winifred was to pass away on June 1st 1913, aged just 14 years.  In the November of 1913 her mother Alice followed her to the grave.





Alice Martha Hurd was brn Alice Martha Purnell in 1872 to John Purnell, a carpenter and upholsterer, and his wife Martha Norris.

She first appears on the 1881 Census aged 8, living with her father and stepmother Caroline and heryounger brother John born 1875 and half brother Albert born 1878, at 7 Kate Street, Streathham, London.  Alice's mother Martha died in 1875.

 In 1891 Alice, aged 19, is living with her uncle William Purnell, a dining room keeper, and her grandmother Anne Purnell, in Acton, Ealing.

On 26th September 1898, Alice married Walter John Hurd in Middlesex.  In 1899 they celebrated the birth of their only child, Winifred Alice.  Sadly Alice was to pass away on November 25th 1913, five months after the death of her daughter Winifred.





6 comments:

  1. Yes, you can learn so much from cemeteries. I loved findagrave.com. Obituaries are good for research as well. It sometimes pays to start at the end. I followed you on pinterest

    Regards, Grant

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    1. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment. I always start out by searching local papers for any kind of obituaries or death notice. Sadly a lot of the time there is nothing.

      Thank you for the follow on Pintrest.


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  2. Lovely photos -- I like that you gave the two, with the closeup of the clasped hands. :) Thank you for sharing on Taphophile Tragics!

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    1. Thank you. Claspsed hands, while common in other placed seem rather thin on the ground here in Berkshire.

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  3. It's so sad when you see the childrens graves even when they are so old. Nice photos though.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. Yes, it is always sad to see the graves of children, no matter the age or time of passing. As a mother of young children myself I am always acutely aware of the graves of children.

      Sadly some of the much older ones in my local cemeteries and graveyards lie forgotten and have started to decay. I hope that in some way by telling their stories they are remembered.

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