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From the Sussex Express, 5th November 1915



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:-

  • "With loving sympathy, from Eliza and Em."
  • "With deepest sympathy and sincere regret, from Mr and Mrs Pearce."
  • "With sympathy, from Mrs Brand and the Misses B and E Brand."
  • "With deepest sympathy, from Mr and Mrs Swann."
  • "With sincere sympathy, from Mrs Hinckley and Mr and Mrs Hayter."
  • "With deepest sympathy, from Mr and Mrs H Funnell."
  • "To George, with deepest sympathy, from Aunty, Uncle and Cousins."
  • "With deepest sympathy, from Mr and Mrs Clouting."
  • "In loving remembrance and deepest sympathy, from Flo and Dick."
  • "With deep sympathy, from Mrs Baker and family."
  • "With deepest sympathy, from Mr and Mrs Curtis and family."
  • "In loving remembrance, from Uncle Jack and Aunt Emmie."
  • "With deepest sympathy, from Mr and Mrs Terry."
  • "With sympathy, from Captain and Mrs J R Steinhaeuser."
  • "In ever loving memory of dear George, from his sorrowing Lizzie."
  • "With deepest sympathy, from Mr and Mrs John Haines."
  • "In loving memory of dear George, from Mr and Mrs Turk and family, of Lewes."
  • "To dear George, with love from Jack, Edie and Little Dorothy."
  • "In loving remembrance of dear George, from Uncle and Aunty – Mr and Mrs H Potter."
  • "With sympathy, from Mr and Mrs Nicholson."
  • "In loving memory, from Alf and Flo."
  • "In loving memory of our dear boy, from Mum, Dad and Sisters."

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