Charles Midwinter

Date published: 22/01/2014
© Newbury Weekly News







          The closing scene in relation to the lengthened life of Mr. Charles Midwinter took place on Friday last, when his remains were laid to rest in Newbury Cemetery besides those of his wife, who died as long ago as June 1891. The body was enclosed in polished coffin with brass furniture, the plate being inscribed




AGED 94.


          The coffin was covered with many choice floral emblems, and was conveyed on a hand bier, the mourners following on foot. These were Mr. H.J. Midwinter (son), Mr. E. Midwinter (grandson), Master E. Midwinter (great grandson), Mr. H. Rogers, Mr. W.D. Milsom, Mr. E. J. Forster (sons-in-law), Mr. Alfred Allen (brother-in-law), Mr. R.W. Langford, Mr. J.T. Nash, also the employees of the firm, who lined up on each side of the roadway as the cortège entered the Cemetery as a last token of esteem and respect.


          The first part of the service was at Newnham, the residence of the deceased, in Howard-road, which, together the committal service at the graveside, was taken by the Rev. J.W. Harford. Not withstanding the unfavourable weather, a large number of friends and neighbours were present at the Cemetery, including Messrs. W.J. Blacket, J.C. Slight, S. Walter, H. Baker (Reading), E. Salway, J. Salway, J. Wyse, Mrs. Penfold, Mrs. Gayfer, Mrs. Rosling, Miss Smith, Miss Prestoe, Miss Freeman, Messrs W. H. Keep, W.H. Paine, F. Penn, Goodman, Sainsbury, T.H. Cullum, A.M.Hedge, F.D. New, W. Heath (Enborne), T. Turner, Woodward and many others.


          The floral emblems were from all his children, also his grandchildren; from Norah and Frank (grandchildren); Mr; Mrs Harold Turner Miss Gayfer and Miss Nash; Mrs Harold Turner (Eastbourne); Mrs. Arthur J. Chivers; Mr. F.H. Perry; Mr. and Mrs. T. Knight (Crowborough) and Miss Plank; Mr. and Mrs. W. Innes; Mr. and Mrs. A. Allen and the Misses E. and S. Allen; Miss Blanch Smith; Rose; Miss M. Sanderson; the employees of the firm of Messrs. C. Midwinter and son.

          The grave was beautifully lined with moss and snowdrops by Mr. T. Mercer, former gardener of the deceased.

          The funeral arrangements were carried out under the personal supervision of Mr. W.W. Penfold.


Newbury Weekly News 24 February 1916



Sources:Newbury Weekly News 24 February 1916

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