George Adler Biddis

Date published: 14/01/2016
© Newbury Weekly News





Death has carried off another of our townsmen. Mr. George Adler Biddis, of Northbrook-street, succumbing on Monday night to a sharp attack of pleurisy and inflammation, after a few days illness. Mr. Biddis' decease at the comparatively early age of 40, has elicited widespread regret and sympathy with his widow.

Mr. Biddis succeeded to the business of his late father, as a painter and decorator, in 1877, and always takes a prominent part in connection with several town institutions. He was for some time one of the directors of the Literary and Scientific Institution, and also a member of the committee of the Horticultural Society. He was an ardent volunteer, and held the rank of Sergeant for some years in the Newbury Company. It was only at his last appearance in public, at the dinner of the Football Club, that he referred with pride to his long connection with the Volunteers. He was one of the original members of the Newbury Volunteer Fire Brigade, in which he held the post of sergeant, and was ever ready to respond to the call of duty.

Mr. Biddis was of genial and kindly disposition, with a cherry word and pleasant manner with everyone. Being possessed of a good baritone voice, he was in request at social gatherings, and in the days when the Amateur Minstrels were in their prime he was one of their most successful vocalists.

In politics Mr. Biddis was a Conservative, and took a great interest in Parliamentary and Municipal elections.

The funeral will take place to-morrow (Friday), the first part of the service being held at the parish Church at 12 o'clock. The Fire Brigade will attend.


Newbury Weekly News 7 May 1891


BMD Deaths

George Adler Biddis aged 40

Dec Q 1850 Newbury 6 225

BMD Marriages

George Adler Biddis married Harriet Sarah Solles

Lambeth 1d 673


I never remember the town, or the townspeople generally, presenting such a mournful aspect as on Friday, when the funerals of the late Mr. Ryott and Mr. Biddis took place. Both had been familiar figures and cut off, as they were, in the prime of manhood, could not fail to raise a sympathetic feeling among all who had been in the habit of meeting them every day in the course of business. Both enjoyed a wide circle of friends and both were members of families who have played a prominent part in the history of the town.


Newbury Weekly News 14 May 1891


Sources:Newbury Weekly News 14 May 1891

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