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Saturday 19 August 1944 – Death of centenarian William Mustoe

Category Hatches, Matches and Despatches » Deaths
Cheltenham Chronicle
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Badsey’s Grand Old Man, Mr William Mustoe, a native of Cirencester, died on Friday at the age of 102.  He would have been 103 on October 19.

He was born at Cirencester and was the son of William Mustoe, a maltster of Castle Street, and his half-brother, Mr Charlie Mustoe, still lives at Purley Road, Cirencester.

For some time Mr Mustoe followed his father’s trade, but after his marriage he moved to Frampton Mansell and finally settled in the Vale of Evesham.  His wife died about 40 years ago.

He had been a gardener, and was at one time landlord of The Royal Oak, Badsey.  He had always taken the keenest interest in the affairs of the Badsey Parish Church, of which at one time he was hon organist.  He was also a bellringer and a chorister there.

Oldest Manager – Mr Mustoe lived in Badsey altogether for about 57 years, and was connected with many of the village activities, including the schools, of which he was the oldest manager, and the village flower show.

He was also a member of the RAOB, and was thought to be the oldest member of the Order.  Until comparatively recently he regularly attended lodge meetings.

Except for a little deafness, he retained his faculties remarkably well and went regularly each week to the Post Office to collect his Old Age Pension.

He had a clear memory and could recall many incidents of his early youth.  Although he was never in want himself he could remember the “hungry forties” when one family at Siddington used to go into the workhouse each winter.

Last October, on his 102nd birthday, Mr Mustoe received many congratulatory messages and a peal of bells was rung in his honour.


A brief report also appeared in the Western Daily Press of 17th August 1944:

CENTENARIAN DEAD - Born at Cirencester, Gloucestershire, 102 years ago, Mr William Mustoe has died at Badsey near Worcester.  An innkeeper while at Badsey, he was for a time the honorary organist at the Parish Church and at the time of his death he was the oldest member in the whole Order of Buffaloes, being a regular attendant at the local lodge meetings when well over 100.