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Friday 19 August 1955 – Funeral of John Henry Welch

Category Hatches, Matches and Dispatches » Deaths
Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer
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The funeral took place on Saturday at St James' Church, Badsey, of Mr John Henry Welch of 6 Synehurst, Badsey, who died at his home the previous Wednesday after a long illness. He was 81 years of age. 

After leaving school, Mr J H Welch was employed in shoe factories at Northampton and Worcester, and later moved to Evesham where he followed the same trade. 

When 28 he joined the colours and served through the Boer War. He also served in the Great War 1914-18 in the Worcestershire Regiment and saw service overseas. Upon returning to Badsey, he took up shoe repairing on his own account. 

He was also the village postman, collecting and delivering letters in Badsey for over 20 years until he reached retirement age. Since that time he has still carried on boot and shoe repairing until ill-health forced him to give this up. Mrs J H Welch predeceased him 20 years ago. 

For many years deceased was a member of the Badsey, Aldington and Wickhamford branch of the British Legion. Well known throughout the district, he made a wide circle of friends. He is survived by six sons and two daughters. The funeral service was conducted by the Vicar of Badsey, the Rev W B Chapman. with Mrs O Marshall as organist.  

Family mourners: Mr J Welch, Mr G H Welch, Mr Reginald Welch, Mr L Welch, Mr H Welch and Mr Raymond Welch (sons); Mrs F Whattott and Mrs C Wilkes (daughters); Mrs J Welch, Mrs Reginald Welch, Mrs H, Welch and Mrs Harold Welch (daughters-in-law); Mr C Wilkes (son-in-law); Mrs J. Perkins, Mrs E Mitchell (friends).

Mrs N Whitehouse (sister) was unable to attend owing to indisposition.

Funeral arrangements were by Messrs Williams, Swan Lane, Evesham.