Funeral of Mr Samuel Waldock

The British Queen, where Samuel Waldock worked as a horsekeeper
Detail from a Robert H Clark postcard supplied by Brian Clark

The following report appeared in The Royston Crow on 4th March 1927.

It is with much regret we record the death of Mr Samuel Waldock, of 1 Council Houses, Whitecroft Road, Meldreth.  The deceased had been in poor health during the latter part of last year, but recovered somewhat so that he was able to go to work again.  About a month ago he had to give up again and took to his bed and passed away on February 24th.  Mr. Waldock was very much respected by all who knew him, and will be much missed at his place of employment (The British Queen), where he had worked for some years as horsekeeper.

The funeral took place on Monday last at Melbourn Congregational Church Burial Ground.  The Rev. J.G. Davis conducted the service, when there were a number of friends present.  During the service two hymns were sung, “Jesu, lover of my soul” and “Now the labourer’s task is o’er”.  The coffin was of polished elm, with black fittings and on the breastplate was: “Samuel Waldock.  Died 24th Feb.1927. Aged 47 years.”  It was covered with numerous floral tributes from relatives and friends.

The chief mourners were: Mrs S. Waldock and Percy (wife and son), Mr and Mrs William Waldock, Mr & Mrs Frederick Waldock, Mr & Mrs Charles Waldock, Mr Harry Waldock, Mr & Mrs  R. Watson, Mr Frederick Winter, Mr & Mrs William King, Mr William Oakerman, Mr Alfred Harland, Mr Joseph Reader, Mrs F Watson, Mr S Thurley, and many other friends were present.

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