Herald - Issue 427

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Handyman Services Internal & External Painting All aspects of DIY Work • Flat Pack Assembly Power Washing: Driveways, Patios, Paths & Decking Gutter, Fascia Boards & Window Cleaning (Bungalows only) Call or email Andy for a free estimate Tel: 07961 443623 handyandyharding@gmail.com Local and Reliable TALES FROM THE GRAVEYARD OF ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH, FAWLEY by Patricia Hedley-Goddard, Churchyard Archivist for the ancient parish church of All Saint’s Fawley During the last 18 months of researching and writing about the souls buried or interred within All Saint’s Churchyard, I have tried to record a little of the lives of various men, women and children. Not all the occupants of the graveyard were rich, or famous, or their lives ending in tragedy. This ‘Tale’ is about a gentleman who lived an ‘ordinary’ life, just as most of us do today, but perhaps the significance or contrast, is in the period of time he was alive, and the enormous changes in life style that have taken place since then. WILLIAM CHARLES DURDEN William Charles Durden was born on 25th April 1897 and died on 22nd October 1989. He was the 5th child out of the 9 born to his parents Edward Durden and Emily Elizabeth Durden (nee Batten). William was born at Lake Wimborne in Dorset, where the family lived at e Dairy, North Street in Fordingbridge. William’s father worked as a dairyman and his mother as a milker, according to the census of 1901. Not much is known about William until the First World War 1914/18. By then 17 year old William or ‘Bill’ as he was always called, served as a driver in the Royal Field Artillery, regimental number 1073. For his service during that War he was entitled to the War medal and the Victory medal. Bill married Ethel (nee Stokes) in Salisbury in September, 1919 and they lived in Mopley Road, Langley, in a rented bungalow. It was the last building on the right, on the way to Mopley Pond/Farm. At that time the bungalow had no electricity, or hot water or heating. ere was an old black iron re and oven in the kitchen on which all the cooking, heating of water and heating of the bungalow would have relied. e bungalow was lit using a para n lamp in the kitchen, and candles to go to the bedrooms. e big kitchen table was used as both a work place and for meals. ey had a ‘wireless’ which was powered by a wet cell battery. It was a hard physical life for Ethel, bringing up 3 daughters, Phyllis, born in 1921, and twins Barbara Joan and Muriel born 21st March 1923. Imagine trying to do the family washing without a washing machine, or spin dryer, especially in the winter. In those times it would have been a scrubbing board in the kitchen sink with a large bar of Fairy or Sunlight soap, and a mangle (probably in the garden) to squeeze out the water from the clothes. Drying would have been a clothes line in the garden. ere would have been no such thing as an electric iron. It would have been a small heavy black iron placed on the top of the hot replace in the kitchen. e iron would have needed to be tested every time for the heat, to ensure that the clothes were not scorched or burnt. Bill tended a large front garden which was used to grow vegetables, between Mopley Road and the bungalow, and at the rear of the building was an orchard and a chicken enclosure. ere was also a garden shed which contained a shotgun and rabbit traps. is was where the rabbits were skinned, the shot pigeons were prepared and the occasional hen was killed and prepared for the table. is would supplement the family diet. Bill kept ferrets in the shed to catch the rabbits. He also had a large stone grinding wheel on which he sharpened his tools. e bungalow was located by the line of Oak trees, which still exist, and swallows always nested under its eaves. In a eld opposite, wheat was grown, and the eld on the right was used for horses. A er leaving the army, Bill worked for Foster Wheeler who were employed by Esso. He was the gang leader for earth works and trench digging. He was also a gardener for them and people living between Langley and Fawley. He had a trailer xed to the back of his bike in which he placed his gardening tools, and he would cycle to whichever garden he was tending. By the time WWII came in 1939 Bill and his wife were living in number 2 Badminston Cottages and he was working as a dairyman. He would have been too old to be called up to ght ‘in the front line’, but he was involved with the re ghting in the area. e big kitchen table was used as protection for the three girls. ey had to hide under the table during the air raids. It was quite normal for the table to be covered or surrounded by a thick blanket to stop any glass blown into the house from a bomb blast. Ethel, Bill’s wife, was a religious lady and helped out in both the Fawley All Saint’s Church and St. Francis Church in Langley. In the spring the family took the scenic walk to Fawley, All Saint’s Church, fromMopley road, past the pond. It was very beautiful with the banks covered with primroses and wild violets. Ethel was a well-respected lady and was presented with a Continued on pag 19 William Charles Durden

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