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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Royal National Hospital Ventnor
Royal National Hospital Ventnor

In April our Research Team added biographical information to 53 records on the website and also for two people buried or cremated elsewhere.

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

* Report of the death of Mr Jack Toogood of Bettesworth Road, Ryde in September 1961. He loved the outdoor life and was a keen follower of the IW Hunt. In WW2 he had served in the RAF and for some time before his death he was employed as greenkeeper at the Ryde Golf Club. He died at the Royal National Hospital in Ventnor.

* Report of the death of Mr John Alfred Purnell in October 1884. Mr Purnell had run an upholstery and auctioneering business in the High Street for many years.

* Report of the death of Mr Peter Plumbley in September 1939. For over 40 years he was head gardener at St John’s House and he had a life long association with St John’s Church.

* Report of the death of Mrs Emily Sophie Peel in November 1936. She was the widow of Col. Arthur Peel and the eldest daughter of General Sir Sam Browne VC, KCSI, GCB.

For the full list of records updated in April 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: Royal National Hospital, Ventnor.