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Rushden Argus, 27th March 1914, transcribed by Kay Collins
Mr. F. H. Felce
Noted Figure - Death of Higham Ferrers Mayor's Sergeant
In Office For 25 Years

We deeply regret to record the death, which took place at his residence in High am Ferrers about 6.30 on Friday evening, of Mr. F. H. Felce, the Mayor's sergeant, of Hjgham Ferrers.

Mr. Felce had been in indifferent health for a long time, his son, frequently of late, having to undertake his duties. The office has been in deceased's family for several generations, and Mr. Felce has been quite a prominent dignity at all civic functions. He was 48 years of age, and leaves a widow and five grown, up children.

Mr. F. H. Felce, clad in, the pretentious garb of office, was one of the most conspicuous figures in the civic displays of the borough. On completing his 21 years of office in 1910 he was the recipient of the heartiest congratulations and a suitable memorial. Mr. Felce was an extremely popular resident in the ancient borough, in which he was born 48 years ago, and rn which he has resided, and of which, needless to say, he was a proud citizen. He succeeded his father, the late Mr. William Felce, and the Mayor at that time was the late Mr. Charles Parker. During his term of office he appeared at many interesting functions in attendance on the respective Mayors.

With the late Alderman W. Spong and the Council he rode in the first train at the opening of the new Midland Railway branch line from Hgham Ferrers to Wellingborough. He accompanied the late Mr. Thomas Sanders to Buckingham Palace on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. With Alderman Owen Parker, J.P., he went to Westminster to the Coronation of the late King Edward VII, He was also present at the Proclamation ceremonies of King Edward VII. And King George. Mr. Felce attended the service for the, consecration of the Church bells by the Bishop of Peterborough; the foundation stone-laying at the new Wesleyan Church; and the opening of the St. Mary's Parish Rooms by the Bishop of Peterborough. In attendance on Mr. T. Patenall, as Mayor, he went to Northampton to meet Lord Roberts when the General came to present the medals for service in the South African War. With the late Mr. Spong he attended the opening of the new wing of the County Hospital by the late Lord Spencer. He had attended many memorial services held in the borough, notably those for Queen Victoria, King Edward VII., the Duke of Clarence, the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, and several for late members of the Corporation. Mr. Felce married, on Christmas Day, 1886, Miss Mary Ellen Packwood, fourth daughter of the late Mr. William Packwood, of Rushden, and had two sons and three daughters, with whom the deepest sympathy will be felt.

The Funeral

A very impressive ceremony took place at Higham Ferrers on Tuesday, when the deceased was buried amid many signs of the profoundest sympathy and respect.

The deceased gentleman was very highly esteemed in the borough and a very large number of people attended the last sad rites, to mark their sense of loss. The service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev. H. K. Fry, R.D., at the church and graveside. The church service was choral the full choir attending. Mr. A. Wrigtht played the Nunc Dimittis. The coffin was of polished oak with brass fittings and bore the inscription:

FRANCIS HERBERT FELCE
Died March 20th
Aged 48 years

On it rested the Mayor's Mace covered with crepe.

The family mourners were Mrs. Felce (widow); Mr. F. G. Felce and Mr. F. Felce (sons); the Misses Maggie, Vic, and Ella Felce (daughters); Mr. W. H. Felce,Croydon, and Mr. C. Felce (brothers); Mr. T. Packwood (brother-in-law); Mrs. C. F. Felce (sister-in-law); Messrs. C. and R. Felce (nephews); Mr. Owen Martin, Mrs. Sharpe, Miss L. Sharpe, Messrs. W. T. and E. Packwood (friends). The other mourners were His Worship the Mayor (Ald. T. Patenall), the Rev. R. H. Higson (Mayor’s Chaplain), Councillor F. Walker (Deputy Mayor), Ald. Owen Packer, J.P., Ald. Perkins, Councillors J. Pack and Kilsby, Mr. F. J. Simpson (Deputy Town Clerk), Dr. Crew (medical officer), Mr. A. E. Lloyd (surveyor), and Mr. Browning (clerk's office), Mrs, T. Patenall, Mrs. Owen Parker, and Mr. C. Cross, C.C.

Among the numerous beautiful floral tributes were the following:—"To our dear one, with love from Mother, Fred, Maggie, Frank, Vic, and Ella"; "With sincere sympathy, from Mayor, Aldermen, and Councillors of the Borough"; ''With best sympathy, from Mr. Wm. Hirst Simpson, Higham Ferrers"; "In loving memory, from Harry and family, Kempston"; "With deepest sympathy, from his fellow workmen, Clicking Department at Charles Parker's Factory"; "In loving memory, from Tom and Sarah, Charley and Nance, and families"; "A token of personal regard and sympathy and in grateful remembrance of a loyal officer during seven busy years, Owen Parker"; "A token of respect and sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. T. and T. J. Pearcey"; "With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. J. Driver and family"; "From Mrs. Franklin"; "With sincere sympathy, from Mrs. Walter Spong"; "With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Martin and family"; "To dear Uncle Frank, from little Hugh"; "In loving memory of a dear brother, from Charles and Rose, and a dear uncle, from Charlie and Reggie"; "In loving memory, from Harry and Vic"; "From Mrs. Thomas Patenall."



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