Mark of Man 100 · Royal Parade

Summer’s End

The first child born to “Bob ‘Ush” and Mary Jane COLLING was registered as Wallace but he is “Wallis” in some sources. He married Edith Alice DICKINS in Beverley in 1932 and at the start of the Second World War, the couple lived at 7 The Gardens. This was Wallace’s last address. Filey Genealogy & Connections notes that Edith died at Silver Birches.


For today’s married couple see A Shropshire Lass.

Theophilus  FLETCHER was a joiner by trade and in 1841 he was enumerated at the home of Squire FARRAR in Green Row, Leeds. Five years later, Theo died in Filey. I don’t know what he was doing here but his stone, resting against the churchyard’s west wall, inspires reflection.

Erected to the memory of THEOPHILUS FLETCHER, who departed this life October 6th 1846, aged 28 years.

‘In Christ he died, what can words express

To make the sorrows of the mourners less.

The God he served is now his joy

And songs of praise his powers employ.’

Maud Acton HUGHES was the first wife of George KILLINGBECK (the grandson of John and Jane, one killed by an express train and the other by a horse and cart). She was born in Beaumaris on Anglesey but her father died and at the age of eight she was living in Runcorn with her mother and stepfather Robert HUMPHREY, a gardener. I couldn’t find her in 1901 but ten years later she was working as a nurse at Southcliff Private School in Hunmanby. George, 24, was living with his parents just three miles away and working as a carter. That the two met is not much of a surprise; that they married three years later in the Lake District raised my eyebrows. Four years after Maud’s death, George married Gertrude Ada Roe. All three are remembered in the churchyard.

Row 5 1123 Acton D64 Marble Cross

In loving memory of MAUD ACTON, the dearly beloved wife of GEORGE KILLINGBECK, who died Oct 4th 1920 aged 38 years.

‘At rest’

Also, GEORGE KILLINGBECK, beloved husband, died Sept 9th 1970 aged 84 years.

GERTRUDE ADA, beloved wife of GEORGE KILLINGBECK, died Aug 17th 1967, aged 80 years.

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