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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   John Ridgeby Witts
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   21 March 1946
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   53 York Road, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1917
Page number: 262
Record number: 11694
Official at burial:
   H R Phillips (Parish Church)
Source of information:
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Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

John Ridgeby Witts
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    28 March 1946
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News








Many past and present Post Office staff attended the funeral service of Mr. J.R. Witts atNewburyParishChurchlast Thursday.


The Rector, the Rev. Bertram Russell, in a tribute to Mr.Witts, said whether it was in his work as a Post Office official, as a leading citizen of this ancient borough, as a choirboy, sidesman, a member of the Church Council, or as a trustee serving on the board of numerous charities, he always gave that same sterling value in his work. The Rector also spoke of the way in which Mr. Witts triumphed over infirmity and regularly attended his church.

It was a quiet, simple service with no hymns nor music.


The family mourners were: Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Witts (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. W.E.Owen (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. A. Witts and Mr. H.W. Witts (brothers), Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Witts (brother and sister-in-law), Miss M. Witts, grand daughter), Miss A. Witts (niece),, Mr. R.J. Chalk, Miss W.K. Chalk, Miss M. Chalk.


Representative attendance


Mr. R. Widdicombe (Town Clerk) represented the Mayor (Councillor L.E. Shergold), others present being: Alderman C.A. Hawker, Alderman and Mrs. R.f. Jeffrey, Councillor A.P. Morton (representing Newbury Relief Committee),Mr. J. P. Thompson (Gas manager), Mr. F.C. Rosier (representing Newbury Bowling Club), Mrs. Beckley (representing the Newbury District Oddfellows), Mr. A. R. Bew (Britons Pride Lodge), Messrs. W. Jones, Walter Taylor and J. Oliver (Jack of Newbury Lodge) and Mrs. Hallett (Juvenile Oddfellows).


Post Office officials in attendance were; Mr. W.R. Jones (representing Mr. J.L.Chapman, head postmaster), Mr. Alec Herbert, Mr. K.E. Brazier, Mr. A.L. Lipscomb, Mr. J.F. Haines, Mr. A. Rudder-Smith, Mr. B. Goodenough, Mr. R. Bailey, also the following retired P.O. Officials; Mr. W. D. Walker, Mr. A.H. Seward, Mr. W.R. Head, Mr. J. Purdue, Mr. A.B. West, Mr. G.H. Piper and Mrs. Baigent (representing Mr. M.G. Baigent).


Others present were: Mr. S.C. Lewis, Mr. J.S. Paine, Mr. G.E.Willis, Mr. C. Bolton, Mr. T. A. Brooks, Mr. D. Wheeler, Mr. F.G. Wicks, Mr. J.E. Pratt, Mr. and Mrs. T.S. Jordan, Mr. W. Hester, Mr. T. Taylor, Mr. C.W. Burningham, Mr. A. Andrews, Mr. F. Kingham, Mrs. J. Purdue, Mrs. G. Gibbs, Miss Head, Mr. C. Crossman, (representing Mrs Crossman), Mrs. Arthur Chivers, Mrs.A.B. West, Mrs. Ryder, Mrs. Claydon, Mrs. R.E. Higgins, Mrs. F.L. Willson, Mrs. H. Payne, Mrs A. Purdue, Mrs. E.A. Loader, Miss Hurn, Mr. F.V. Griffin, Mrs. L.M. Michell, Mrs E. Hall, Miss Nisbett.


Newbury Weekly News 28 March 1946



Births John Ridgeby Witts Mar Q 1872 Newbury 2c 244

Deaths John R. Witts aged 74 Mar Q 1946 Newbury 2c 403



Sources:Newbury Weekly News 28th March 1946, BMD


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John Ridgeby Witts
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    19 January 1933
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News






The many friends of Mr. Councillor J.R. Witts (the Deputy Mayor) will be sorry to hear that he was taken suddenly ill last (Wednesday) night.

He attended at Oddfellows' district meeting at the Oddfellows' Hall, and seemed his usually cheery self. After having spoken, he had just resumed his seat when he completely collapsed. He was carried out of the room, and conveyed to his home in York-road in a motor-car. He was immediately put to bed and Dr. Kennedy was called.

The latest news last night was that he was quite comfortable.

Newbury Weekly News 19 January 1933

Mrs. P. p. 153 LS(J) 8 died 17 March 1946 aged 74

Born Newbury March Q 1872 Newbury 2c 444

Also Mary Witts died 6 June 1945 aged 76

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John Ridgeby Witts
Deputy Mayor of Newbury 1933
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John Ridgeby Witts


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