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 August our Research Team added biographical information to 62 records on the website and for two people cremated/interred elsewhere.

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

* Report of the death of Mr Isaac Cooper in December 1885, at that time he was the eldest inhabitant of Ryde. He had lived in Ryde for over 70 years working as a Blacksmith and had seen the development from a small village into a large town.

* Report of the death of Mr Frank Jonathan Dale in October 1942. He had been a teacher at Upper Grade School and then headmaster of St Helens CE Boys’ School for 22 years.

* Report of the death of Mr Horace Courtenay Fox in May 1947 at the young age of 56. Mr Fox had had a military career from 1903 to 1935 and then became the Island Inspector for the NSPCC.

* Report of the death of Arthur Vallender, killed in action at Flanders in October 1917 aged 21 years.

For the full list of records updated in August 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.

Image: Blacksmith from http://www.reusableart.com/horse-images-02.html This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.