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Memoriam Card, James Pither, 1919

Lynn Hayter has provided this scan of a memoriam card, adding 'James' wife and three of his sons are also buried in the grave and it has never had a headstone'.

'The grave was leased to James Pither (my great grandfather) in 1896 in perpetuity, which at that time was legally defined as 100 years.
The grave contains the remains of 5 people; James himself, Selina (James' wife and my great grandmother) and 3 of their children, James jnr, Richard and Benjamin.
The grave was sealed after the last burial and never had a headstone.
The grave will not re-used for a very long time.

Design includes angels, swags, columns, doves and space for details of the deceased

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The card provides name (James PITHER), date of death (11th April 1919), age (74 years) and place of burial: Ealing Cemetery (aka Ealing and Old Brentford Cemetery and South Ealing Cemetery). The grave no. is also provided: 5 Q D.

Lynn has also provided a plan showing the different areas of the Cemetery, which helps locate '5 Q D'; then in 2018 her research into the life of James Pither.

The verse on the card:
Yet again we hope to meet thee;
When the day of life has fled,
Then in Heaven we hope to greet thee,
Where no farewell tears are shed

The card was provided by:
W.G. BARRATT, Undertaker, 430 High Road Chiswick, Established 1781.
Telephone Chiswick 56: 330, High Street, Brentford. Telephone Ealing 1197.

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Published March 2012; updated June 2018