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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Alfred Lipscombe
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   10 May 1900
Abode at death:
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Burial register information:
Book number: 1899
Page number: 014
Record number: 7311
Official at burial:
   J A Thomas
Source of information:
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Alfred Lipscombe
Article source:    Reading Mercury
Date of source:    09 November 1878
Copyright:    © Reading Mercury



ALFRED LIPSCOMBE                                     9th November 1878


          Mr. Alfred Lipscombe, a chairmaker in West Mills, on this day was presented with the Royal Humane Society's Bronze Medal.


          The medal was presented to him by the mayor, Mr. C. Slocock, in the Council Chamber. This was in honour of his repeated bravery in saving people from drowning. A few months previous, 6th August, Lipscombe had jumped into the canal near the swing bridge at West Mills to save a boy who had fallen in. The boy disappeared under the water but was saved.


          At this time Lipscombe had saved seven lives, but by the time he died in 1900 he is known to have saved at least 13 lives, sadly a further four, or so, did not survive. Last year he had also received a Vellum Scroll from the Society for having saved two lives and in 1882 he was presented with, from the same society, a bronze clasp for rescuing Henry Jessett from the same spot mentioned above.


Reading Mercury


Buried 10 May 1900 aged 58

Book 1899  p.014  no.7311


From “Newbury 365” by Dr. Nick Young ISBN 978-1-326-208841-2015

Reproduced by permission of the author.

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Alfred Lipscombe
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    17 June 1897
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News




Two little boys, Harold Burge, aged 8, and Frank Andrews, aged 8, the latter the son of the Town Crier, and the former of the Assistant Superintendent of the Prudential Society, fell into the river in West Mills yesterday afternoon.  It was in a deep part and the current was strong.

Fortunately an alarm was conveyed to Alfred Lipscombe, jun., who leaving his work ran and jumped in and rescued one of the boys. Then he was told there was another in the water, and he jumped in a second time.

The Lipscombes are a family of rescuers. The father, Alfred Lipscombe, has a record of thirteen saved, and four dead bodies brought from the river.  He holds the Royal Humany (sic) Society’s awards for bravery.  Another son, W. Lipscombe, has saved two lives.

Newbury Weekly News 17th June, 1897.
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