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The Rushden Echo and Argus, 31st August 1900 & 7th September, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Mr. Herbert Sartoris, J.P.

Death of Mr. Herbert Sartoris, J.P.

Late last night the news reached Rushden of the death of Mr. Herbert Sartoris, J.P., of Weekley House, Kettering only surviving son of the late Mr. Frederick U. Sartoris and of Mrs. Sartoris, of Rushden Hall. The unfortunate occurrence took place at Ostend, a fashionable Belgian watering-place, but up to the present time no details have been received. Although the deceased gentleman had resided at Weekley for many years past, he always kept in touch with the life of Rushden, and was the owner of a large estate in the town and district. He married Miss Thornton, of a well-known Bedfordshire family, and leaves a widow, one son (Lieut. Sartoris, who returned from South Africa recently), and one daughter. The elder brother of the deceased passed away some years ago at Constantinople, where he was buried. His mother survives him, besides three sisters – Lady Robinson, Mrs. Craven, and Miss Sartoris. Deceased was about 54 years of age.


7th September 1900

The Late Mr. H. Sartoris J.P. - Funeral At Weekley

In the presence of a large gathering of mournful spectators, the remains of the late Mr. Herbert Sartoris, who died yesterday week at Ostend, were laid to rest on Tuesday in Weekley churchyard. The body of the deceased gentleman was brought over to England on Friday night and was conveyed to Weekley on Saturday. The sad ceremony was fixed for 2.30, but long before that time the church was filled to overflowing.

The mourners having assembled at The Cottage, the funeral cortege wended its way to the Church, headed by Superintendent Andrews and Police-sergeant Tebby, of the Kettering Police. The chief mourners were Mrs. Sartoris (widow), Lieutenant A. H. Sartoris (son), Mrs. Ripley (daughter), Lady Robinson, of Cranford; Mrs. Craven and Miss Effie Sartoris, of Rushden (sisters); Sir Frederick Robinson, of Cranford (nephew), Mr. A. Sartoris, of Stow-on-the-Wold (uncle), Mr. Lionel Sartoris (nephew), Mr. and Mrs. Spencer-Pratt, of Stanwick (uncle and aunt), Mrs. Lopps (cousin), and Mrs. H. Thornton and Mrs. Chas Thornton (sister-in-law). Among the large company present at the graveside were noticed the following:- Dr. Crew (Higham Ferrers), Mr. J. Pettitt (gardener at Rushden Hall), Messrs. B. Mortimer, G. Miller, G. H. Skinner, J. T. Reid, T. Green, W. Packwood, and W. Lewis (Rushden Conservative Club), Messrs. G. Fountain, H. Meadows, W. Hollis, T. Margetts, H. Litchfield, W. Chettle, F. Whittimore, H. Wheeler, and C. Lewis. (Rushden Conservative Association), Messrs. T. Swindall and W. Gutteridge (Rushden Allotments Association), Messrs. W. W. Smith, T. Bailey, Pettitt, C. E. Knight, T. Knight, A. Ginns, C. E. Bayes, G. Skinner, and G. H. Skinner (Rushden tenants), the Rev. W. R. Morse (Rector of Rushden), H. K. Fry (Curate at Rushden). Messrs. F. Knight, J.P., G. Denton, C.C., W. H. Wilkins, J. Claridge, J. S. Clipson (Members of the Rushden Urban Council), Messrs. C. Claridge, G. S. Mason, J. S. Mason, J. W. Ashdowne, E. Chettle, A. Cave, J. Sergeant, W. J. Wescombe, H. Carter, and others.

The coffin was drawn on a wheeled bier, the bearers including Messrs. Rhodes and Childs (employees on the Rushden Estate). The Vicar of the Parish (the Rev. H. H. N. Howard) conducted the service. As the coffin was carried in the Church the Organist (Mr. C. Wise) played Spohr’s “Blest are the departed.” The grave was partly bricked, and the body was enclosed in a leaden shell encased by an oak coffin, while a full length cross of choice lilies and chrysanthemums almost hid the following inscription:-

Herbert Sartoris
Born Nov. 12, 1845
Died Aug. 30, 1900.

At the request of the family there were no floral tributes of sympathy and respect, the flowers placed on the coffin being from the relatives.

Pulpit References at Rushden

At both services at Rushden Parish Church on Sunday, reference was made to the death of Mr. Sartoris. At the morning service, the Rev. H. K. Fry, curate, said they were all deploring the loss of one who would be missed in their town. He (the preacher) felt it difficult to speak of one whom he knew little of personally, but those who knew Herbert Sartoris described him as a liberal-minded, large-hearted man – a pleasure to work with. He had Rushden at heart, and had done a good deal for the parish, and was also liked and respected by all. From his mother, Mrs. Sartoris, they could not withhold their sympathy, for she had always given sympathy and help where it was needed. The Rector, the Rev. W. R. Morse, preached at night on Christ as the Great Comforter and Healer, said many of them were thinking of a family in their midst who had always taken a lead in promoting the spiritual and temporal welfare of all in that place, who were now under the shadow of great bereavement. He who was called away so suddenly last week would always be remembered by them as a liberal benefactor, one who, although he did not reside in the parish, was always ready to assist in all good works. It must, indeed, be hard to hear suddenly of the death of one they loved occurring hundreds of miles away, and far from friends and home, and their hearts were full of sympathy with those on whom so great a trouble had come. Let them pray to Christ the Great consoler, that in his infinite compassion He would bind up the broken-hearted and minister comfort to those who mourned. Let them all bear in mind as they bade farewell to those they loved that there is “a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother,” and that the loss of dear ones here was intended to prepare them for their life with Him. – The congregation then stood while Mr. J. E. Smith, the organist, played the Dead March in “Saul.”

Many Votes of Condolence

with the bereaved family of the deceased gentleman have been passed during the week, the large number of societies and public bodies with which Mr. Sartoris was connected feeling that they have lost not only a colleague but one who was a true friend. At Kettering Police-court on Monday the Chairman (Mr. J. T. Stockburn) said he thought it nothing but right that he should refer to the loss that that Court had sustained through the removal of Mr. Herbert Sartoris. Mr. Sartoris had been for 13 years a magistrate, occupying the chair sometimes. His appointment came after that of Mr. J. J. Roughton and his (Mr. Stockburn’s) and they had had an opportunity of judging Mr. Sartoris’ services. Although he was not a constant attendant at the Court, when he attended the magistrates welcomed him because when any difficulty arose he always helped them in coming to a decision by his common sense and sound judgment. He (the chairman) could only add that the Bench deplored exceedingly his removal. – Mr. W. Thurnall, on behalf of the solicitors, echoed the remarks of the chairman as to the great loss the Bench and the district had sustained.

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