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Saturday 20 December 1941 – Death and funeral of James Barnard, aged 73

Category Hatches, Matches and Dispatches » Deaths
Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer
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The death occurred at his home, Vine Cottage, High Street, Badsey, on Thursday last week of Mr James Addis Barnard at the age of 73.  He leaves a widow, three sons and six daughters.  Mr Barnard was a native of Badsey and in his younger days was a fine athlete, excelling at both cricket and football.  He was one of the original team of the old Badsey Rangers FC, being captain of the side which won the first trophy to come to Badsey Rangers in 1894.  Mr Barnard will perhaps be best remembered by older readers as a member of the Evesham Company of the old Volunteers, to which he belonged for many years.  He retired just before the Great War with the rank of sergeant.  “Sergeant Addis” as he was generally called, won the Beauchamp Cup, which was open for competition to the county, on several occasions, as well as many smaller cups.  He was intimately associated with Badsey Rangers, first as a player and later as a committee man, and was treasurer for many years.  He was also a bell-ringer, taking part in many peals.  Mr Barnard was a market gardener on an extensive scale, and was one of the pioneers of the tomato growing industry.  He also assisted many local gardeners in erecting glass houses for the growing of tomato plants.  Mr Barnard had a very genial disposition, and will be greatly missed by the whole village.

The funeral took place on Saturday at St James’ Churchyard.  The Vicar, Canon W C Allsebrook, conducted the service.  Family mourners were Miss Cecilia Barnard, Miss Ethel Barnard, Mrs R Gabb, Miss Gladys Barnard, Mrs W McKanan Jones, Mrs A Gorin (daughters), Mr Walter Dore, Mr Fred Barnard, Mr John Barnard (sons), Mr J Dore, Mr A Dore (grandsons), Mrs Harwood (sister), Mrs F Barnard and Mrs J Barnard (daughters-in-law), Mr W McKanan Jones and Mr A Gorin (sons-in-law), Mr A Brewer, Mr A Harwood, Mr C Harwood (nephews), Miss Polly Addis, Mrs Whitford, Miss Addis and Mr H Marshall (cousins), Mrs A Dore, Mrs J Dore, Mr F Gilbert, Mr & Mrs Whitehouse (representing Mr R R Gabb, son-in-law), and Mr A Perkins, Mrs James Barnard (widow), Mrs Brewer (sister) and Mr J Dore (brother-in-law) were unable to attend owing to illness.  Mr R R Gabb (son-in-law) was unavoidably absent.  A large number of friends were at the church, including Miss Thomas, Mrs Jelfs, Messrs A Sears, J Loudon, H Idiens, J Mason, W Churchill and W Hatch, Messrs G Crips, P Case and B Brazier represented Badsey, Aldington and Wickhamford British Legion.  Mr G Emms represented Badsey Cricket Club and Mr P Hall, Badsey Rangers FC.  Bearers, all employees of the deceased, were Messrs W Addis, G Addis, G Grove, A Dore, J Brailsford and C Major.  Floral tributes included a wreath from the British Legion.