Thomas Parker's Funeral

Thomas died on Sunday 5th December, 1915, and was buried at Madeley Parish churchyard in the Fletcher vault. The funeral was as follows:

The funeral took place on Wednesday at Madeley churchyard. For a distance of two miles blinds were drawn and shops closed on route to the church, whilst a great representative gathering turned out to pay a last tribute of respect to their departed friend.

The cortege consisted of local policemen, followed by the bearers, the hearse, three coaches and a number of mourners.

Policemen Police Inspector Jones (Wenlock), Sergts. Morris (Ironbridge), and Durnall (Highley); P.C. Edwards (Broseley), and P.C. Eccleston (Madeley).
Bearers Messrs. W. J. Crawford, Russ, J. Taylor, B. Aston, E. Bowen, F. Aston, J. Growcott, and H. Child.
1st coach Mr. Edwin Thorley Parker, Mr. Thomas Hugh Parker, Mr. Charles Parker, Mr. Alfred Edward Parker (sons).
2nd coach  Mr. Walter Faraday Parker (son), Mrs. Robbins (daughter), Mrs. H. Burton Smith (daughter), Master Broughton Parker (grandson).
3rd coach Mr. Charles Dean King (son-in-law), J. T. Thorne, G. R. Thorne, M.P.

Also present were: Messrs. W. Taylor, A. Owen, G. Morris, W. Alfred, J. Williams; from Court Works, Dr. Whitfield, Dr. Ogle, Alderman A. Dyas, and Miss Owen and Mr. F. H. Potts; from Coalbrookdale County School.

Messrs. J. Bayley and J. F. Robinson; from Wellington Liberal and Labour Association, Mr. D. Lanyon; from Hadley Works, Mr. H. C. Simpson; from Horsehay, and the Revs. E. Pillifant and A. E. Shields, from Ironbridge.

Messrs. H. Jones and F. J, Jones, B. Wilson; from Coalbrookdale, A. W. Roberts, W. J. Jeffrey, W. W. Marrion, W. J. Legge, H. G. Castle, W. Roberts, J. Burr, C. Clark-Bruff, and Mr. and Mrs. E. Owen from Ironbridge.

Messrs. G. E. Stokes, J. Grant, G. H. Espley, B. Maddox, T. D. Thomas, B, Wilson, R. Jones; from Horsehay, H. Pellows, C. R. Bartlam, W. Jones, W. F. Bryan, W. P. Pope, T. Dorsett, J. Richards, Mrs. H. Parker, etc.

The service was most impressively conducted by the Rev. E. Bulstrode Pryce (vicar). The body was interred in a vault, and there was one wreath of laurel. By request there were no flowers. The undertaking arrangements were excellently carried out by Messrs. W. Lloyd and Sons, Ironbridge.

Courtesy of the Ironbridge George Community Archive.


Thomas's youngest daughter Jessie is on the left, inspecting the grave. She had the old memorial stone removed, and added iron railings, along with a new memorial stone.

The Fletcher vault as it is today, containing the graves of Thomas, Jane and Jessie.

Another view of the grave.

Jessie added a memorial stone to the grave, which carries the following inscription:

Thomas and Jane's memorial stone.

Also buried in the grave is the Parker's youngest daughter, Jessie. The family also added a memorial stone to her. It is inscribed as follows:

Jessie's memorial stone.

The plate on the railings.

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