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Private William Garner

39518 1st/4th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Son of Mr Joseph and Mrs Mary Garner
Husband of Edith

Aged 33 years

Died 23rd February 1919

Commemorated at Doddington Road Cemetery, Wellingborough
Grave E.375

Born at Wellingborough.
The Wellingborough News Friday 28 February 1919, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Sad News of Rushden Soldier

We are sorry to learn that Pte William Garner, of the Northants Regt, husband of Mrs Garner, of Spencer-road, Rushden, and second son of Mr and Mrs Garner, of Newcomen road, Wellingborough, died on Sunday morning at the Military Hospital, Reading from influenza, which subsequently developed to double pneumonia. Deceased arrived in England from Egypt on Feb. 7th, and was put in a marquee when the snow was about. He had only been ill a week. Enlisting about two years ago, the late Pte Garner went to Egypt about 16 months ago, and then to Palestine. He was wounded in both knees, and at Reading Hospital he was undergoing massage treatment. Previous to joining up the deceased soldier was employed by Messrs. J Cave and Sons Ltd, boot manufacturer, Rushden.

The Rushden Echo Friday 28 February 1919, transcribed by Nicky Bates

SOLDIER'S DEATH - Pte Wm Garner, Northants Regiment, of Spencer road, Rushden, died on Sunday morning last a the War Hospital at Reading from double pneumonia following influenza. The deceased, who is the son of Mr Garner, of Newcomen road, Wellingborough, was in the employ of Messrs. John Cave & Sons Ltd, of Rushden before joining the Forces in 1917. About ten months ago he was sent to Egypt and subsequently to Palestine, where he was wounded in both legs. He arrived in England on February 7th, during the very severe winter, and was placed in a marquee, this fact probably contributing to the fatal illness.

Wellingborough News, 7 March1919, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Soldier’s Funeral –Military honours were accorded at the funeral of the later Pte William Garner, of the 1/4 Northants Regt., which took place at the Doddington Road Cemetery on Friday afternoon. Deceased’s parents reside at 47 Newcomen Road, Wellingborough and his home was at 27 Spencer Road, Rushden. Deceased had served in Egypt, but on his return to England was a victim of influenza. At the service at All Saints Church the Rev W E Terry officiated and also at the graveside. Owing to illness the deceased’s parents were unable to attend. The chief mourners were Mrs W Garner (widow), Mr A Garner, Rushden (brother), Mr and Mrs T Garner, Northampton (brother and sister-in law), Mr and Mrs J Mitton, Wellingborough (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs A Garner, Rushden,(sister-in-law), Pte W G Denton (nephew), Mrs F A Steele, (sister-in-law), and Mr J Spriggs (cousin). A large number of other relatives and friends were at the graveside, including Mr A Groome, Mr F Botterill, Mr H Clayton, and Pte Bailey, representing the clicking dept. of Messrs. John Cave and Sons, Ltd., Rushden where until joining up in July 1917, deceased was employed. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack. Handsome floral tokens of respect were sent.

From his broken hearted wife, Edie and little Cyril.
From his parents.
From Arthur, Nellie and Little Raymond.
From John and Blanche.
From Mother, Jennie and George, Louie and Levi.
From Miriam and George, and little nieces, Dorothy and Grace.
From Jack and Amy.
From Kit and Fred (in Egypt).
From Mr and Mrs T Botterill, Kitty and Ernest, Mr and Mrs G Smith.
From loving cousins Jack and Annie and children.
From Aunts and Uncle Lizzie, Jane, Louise, Lottie, Nellie and George.
From cousins Jack and Kate Mitton, Rushden and cousin Jack (Ireland).
From Mr and Mrs J Ball, Rushden.
From his fellow shopworkers of the clicking dept of John Cave and Sons Ltd, Rushden.

The Wellingborough News Friday 27 February 1920, transcribed by Nicky Bates

In Memoriam

In loving memory of my dear husband, WILLIAM GARNER, who passed away at the War Hospital, Reading, February 23rd, 1919.

The sting was bitter, the blow severe,
To part with one I loved so dear;
The sorrow was great, but I must not complain,
But trust in God till we meet again.

His loving Wife and Sonny, 27 Spencer-road, Rushden.

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