Funeral of Ernest Barnard at the Weslyan Church Sawtry.Who was killed in a motor accident near Oundle 20 Mar 1926.. Ernest Barnard
Mr Ernest Barnard left Sawtry soon after two o’clock on Saturday afternoon on the 20th March 1926, to take a car to Northampton for Mr Watts, senior. This done, he was returning with another car for the Rev. G S Watts, who was staying at Sawtry. When he was on the road between Clapton and Lilford Four Lodges, it is thought that a tyre of the car burst, causing it to overturn. The driver was pinned down and it was thought was killed by suffocation. Mr Barnard who was barley twenty-seven years of age, had by his sunny and happy disposition made friends wherever he had occasion to go, and had a large circle of friends in the village of Sawtry and the vicinity. In the 1st World War Ernest served with the Hunts Cyclists Battalion, and saw some fierce fighting in France. He was a Captain of Sawtry Hockey Club and a member of the Burlington Lodge of the Nottinghamshire Oddfellows. He was married to Miss Hephzibah Ball also of Sawtry, whom he leaves with two little boys; Kenneth aged 6, and Teddy 5. Mr. J. T. Parker the divisional coroner, held the inquest at the Fox Inn, Thorpe on Tuesday 23rd March recording a verdict of accidental death. The funeral took place on Wednesday 24th March and was attended by a very large cortège, with the Oddfellow’s lodge preceding the coffin. Four ex-service men Messrs. W. Lewis, J. Hibbert, H. Joyce and L. Rowell carried the coffin. The remains were laid to rest in the churchyard of All Saints Church after a service at the Wesleyan Chapel. The Rev. Eric C. Elliot officiated and Miss Ivy Stanyon presided at the organ. The hymns “O God Our Help in Ages Past” and “Jesus Lover of my Soul” were sung.
Date of coverage24/03/1926
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