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The funeral of Private G H Weaver took place on Tuesday afternoon at Beddingham Cemetery, where a large number of people assembled. The officiating clergyman was the Rev R M O Gramshaw. Deceased, who was twenty years of age, succumbed to dysentery, which he contracted shortly after arriving at the Dardanelles. He was at home only seven weeks ago, and he died on October 28th on a hospital ship, which was fast ploughing the water towards Southampton, and which was in sight of land when the end occurred. The remains arrived at Glynde Station from Netley on Saturday evening and were conveyed to the home of his parents at Little Dene, of which village deceased was a native
Private Weaver had been serving with the 1st Royal Sussex Yeomanry, and it had been arranged that his regiment, the head depot of which is at Canterbury, should accord him a full military funeral, with full honours. For some unaccountable reason, however, the company of soldiers did not put in an appearance, and it is believed that the men were unavoidable delayed on the railway.
Deceased for a period worked for his father, later for Miss Nicholson, of Lewes, and for about twelve months previous to joining the Army, on September 22nd, 1914, he was in the employ of the late Major Bogle at Petersfield. Private Weaver was the only son of Mr George Weaver, who is acting in the capacity of farm bailiff for the Hon Mrs Brand. He was well known, and was a great favourite, possessing, as he did, a sunny disposition.
The mourners were: Mr and Mrs George Weaver (father and mother), the Misses Rose, Olive, Edith, Janie and Daisy Weaver (sisters), Private Stephen S Westgate, of the 3rd Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, and Mr John Laws (brothers-in-law), Mr and Mrs H Potter (uncle and aunt), Mr and Mrs G Ellis (uncle and aunt), Mrs C Eade (aunt), Mr and Mrs M Carter (uncle and aunt), Mrs J Hoad (aunt), Miss Hetty Eade (cousin), Misses Flo and Esther Ellis (cousins), Miss Lizzie Pearce, Mrs Little (of Brighton), Mr W Baker (of Framfield), Mr and Mrs Hayter, Mr Swann, Miss Hinkley, Mr and Mrs Pearce and Mrs Clouting and son.
Floral tributes bearing the following inscriptions were sent:-
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