My Great Grandfather Henry Hudson

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My great grandparents Henry Hudson and Mary Ann Gilbert taken at the time of their diamond wedding in 1924

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The funeral of the late Mr. Henry Hudson took place on Friday afternoon at the cemetry the service being conducted by the Vicar (the Rev. A. Gossage Robinson). The mourners were Mrs. Hudson (widow), Mr. and Mrs. T. Hudson (son and daughter-in-law), Mrs. Byford (daughter), Mrs. Barlow (daughter), Mr. and Mrs. W. Hudson (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. C. Hudson (son), Mr. and Mrs. A. Hudson (son and daughter-in-law), Mr. E. Hudson (grandson), Mr. T. Barlow (grandson), Mr. E Hewitt (brother-in-law), Mrs. Evans of Charlton (neice), and Mr. A Broome, Oxford (an old servant in Dr Houblon's family). The local court of Foresters were represented by Messrs. A. Farmer, H. Fidler, W. Randall, W .H. Cole, R. Gee, and T. Symonds and others present included Miss Sawyer, Miss Houblon, Mrs J.W. Kent, the Assistant Superior of St Mary's Home, Mr. J.N. Arbery, Mr. J.N. Nicholls, Mr. R.W. Roberts, Mr. H. Robins, Mr. J. Tombs, and Mr. J. Welch. Very impressing was the singing of two verses of the hymn "On the Resurrection Morning". There was a profusion of beautiful floral tributes. On Sunday morning, before delivering his sermon, the Vicar made an impressive reference to the late Mr. Hudson, alluding to the many years he had worked at the Parish Church. Mr. Hudson, who was 85 years of age and a native of Fyfield near Abingdon, came to Wantage more than 50 years ago, entering the service of the late Dean Butler as gardener. He continued in the same capacity with Archdeacon Houblon and was for four years at Priors Hold with the Rev. A.M. Littlehales, after which he was for 14 years at the Priory with Colonel Sawyer. He was verger at the Parish Church for over 30 years during the time that Archdeacon Houblon and Canon Ponsonby (now Lord de Mauley) were Vicars, and retired from that position at Easter 1914. He and his wife celebrated their diamond wedding in 1924 receiving congratulations from the King and Queen and a personal visit from Major Ralph Glyn, M.P., M.C., and the Hon. Mrs. Glyn.
NORTH WILTS HERALD Friday , October 26th, 1928.