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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Edward Pellew Plenty
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   16 November 1949
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   118 Andover Road, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1917
Page number: 275
Record number: 11796
Official at burial:
   Bertram Russell
Source of information:
  Burial Register

Memorial Details

  Edward Pellew PLENTY
  13 November 1949
  Kerbstones with headstone
  Granite (diorite)
  On headstone: In Loving Memory of / Edward Pellew Plenty / born June 18th 1868, / died November 13th 1949./ Also of his wife Jessie Adelaide, reunited April 25th 1957 / aged 84 years.//
  Kerbstones with Headstone at E end and flower holder in centre. Very good condition
  01 March 2014
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Jessie Adelaide PLENTY



Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

Edward Pellew Plenty
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    17 November 1949
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News



The death occurred on Sunday at his residence, Hill House, Andover-road, Newbury, of Mr. E.P. Plenty in his 82nd year.

Edward Pellew Plenty had a long and honourable career connected with the town of Newbury and particularly with the firm of Plenty and Son. Ltd., builders of marine steam engines, of the Eagle Iron Works.

As a young man in his early twenties it fell to him to shoulder a big responsibility as managing director of the firm and he retained this position until 1942 when he retired through failing health and was succeeded by the assistant managing director, Mr. E. Gyles. Mr. Plenty was a member of the Institution of Naval Architects.

There is a business romance about the firm of Plenty. It was started in quite a small way by a William Plenty, a native of Southampton, who came to Newbury and opened up as a millwright and agricultural engineer. He was the great-grandfather of Edward Pellew Plenty who has just died. William Plenty was a knowledgeable man. He invented a plough which made a name for itself and the model for it is still in the possession of the Plenty family. He also invented lifeboats, one of which was tried out on the Kennet before being exhibited to the Elder Brethren of Trinity House. Of the 14 lifeboats placed round the English coast in 1824, eleven were built at Newbury.

The famous admiral. Sir Edward Pellew, created Viscount Exmouth in 1816, became greatly interested in these lifeboats and this was the commencement of a friendship with William Plenty. He was sponsor to Mr. Plenty's son, Edward Pellew Plenty, and the name was handed down to the fourth generation. The last to hold it was Major Edward Pellew Plenty, R.F.C., who died during the influenza epidemic at the end of the 1914-18 war. He was the only son of Mr. Plenty just deceased. In later years the firm made marine steam engines and one of the earliest of these was fitted into a steel launch built at Newbury. Which was entered for the first steam launch race inaugurated by the Royal Yacht Club. The Plenty entry easily beat all comers and from that time Plentys were also one of the first builders of machinery for under-water craft for the Nordenfelt submarines. Numbering of the firm's engines was commenced in 1882 and has reached 2,886. It is a remarkable achievement that a firm started 100 years ago in an inland market town as agricultural engineers, has created such a reputation as builders of marine engines and adding to it every year. The firm has been on the Admiralty list since 1880.

Although christened Edward Pellew, Mr. Plenty was always known to his friends and intimates as Jack Plenty. He was educated at Newbury Grammar School when it was at the old Litten, afterwards going on to Bradfield College. Leaving there he came straight into the firm. Jack Plenty was an all-round athlete and sportsman. He played football for Newbury, and he was a good amateur boxer. With the late Brice Bland he was instrumental in starting the Newbury Gymnastic Society in 1890 and was captain for some years. A pioneer motorist he was associated with Mr. James Stradling when the latter turned from making bicycles to motors and the firm was carried on as Stradling and Plenty, Ltd., until the end of the 1914-18 war.

Mr. Plenty was a man of high integrity and was greatly respected by his employees and those with whom his firm had business dealings. He was made a Justice of the Peace for the Borough in 1938, but the selection committee who put forward these appointments should have made the recommendation at least ten years earlier. During the first world war Mr. Plenty was an active member of the Home Defence Corps. Mr. Plenty had a breakdown in health during the present war and has been devotedly tended by his wife.

Mr. Plenty married Miss Jessie Hamlen, third daughter of the late John Hamlen, proprietor of the Queen's Hotel, who survives him with two daughters, Mrs. Kathleen Mecey and Mrs. Barbara Brocklehurst. The latter lives in Australia.

Yesterday's Funeral Service
There was a large attendance at the funeral service at St Nicolas' Parish Church yesterday (Wednesday), conducted by the Rector, the Rev. Bertram Russell. Mr. L. Newman was at the organ and the hymns were “The King of Love” and “O God, our help in ages past.”

The mourners were Mrs. Plenty (widow), Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Mecey (son-in-law and daughter), Mrs. Harmer Mills (half sister), Mr. and Mrs. Harold Andrews (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr. T. Coulson (cousin) and Mrs. H.M. Yeomans (cousin).

[Messrs Plenty were represented by several managers and others from the company, plus a long list of eminent Newbury people.]


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Edward Pellew Plenty

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Edward Pellew Plenty
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Edward Pellew Plenty

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Edward Pellew Plenty
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Edward Pellew Plenty and Jessie Adelaide Plenty
Grave in Newtown Road Cemetery,Newbury
Edward Pellew Plenty and Jessie Adelaide Plenty
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Edward Pellow Plenty
Edward Pellow Plenty


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