Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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In July our busy Research Team added biographical information to 58 records on the website and for one person interred elsewhere.

Lots of interesting stories were uncovered by our Research Team in July including:

* Report of the death of the Countess of Clare in May 1879, she was responsible for the building of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Ryde.

* Report of the death of Sir Henry Sweetman in June 1944. Sir Henry was born in Ryde in 1858 and after education entered his father’s brewery business. He took a keen interest in the affairs of the town and was a much respected and loved person in Ryde.

* Report of the death of Arthur Farr in April 1952. Arthur was a hero of WW1 for which he was awarded the DCM – when the enemy attempted to attack the isolated position he was occupying he fearlessly took up an exposed position and directed the fire of his guns with such effect the enemy were forced to retire. He was severely wounded during the action and was invalided out of the army with a disability pension.

* Report of the death of George Coombs in March 1943 just before his 100th birthday. George had been a keen gardener and bellringer and was believed to be the oldest bellringer in the British Isles.

For the full list of records updated in June please click on the link below.

If you are able to help with this fascinating aspect of our work and could spend even a short time at the Record Office, please contact Ann Barrett, the leader of our Research Team. You can contact Ann by clicking on the Contact button at the top of the page.