Edith Jane Hibble

Workday Wednesday – James Musgrove (1901-1983)

James Musgrove is my grand uncle – brother of my grandmother Florrie Musgrove.

James was born on 9 April 1901 in Clitheroe, Lancashire – the fifth of ten children to my great grandparents Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner.

At the age of 18 James married Edith Jane Hibble on 27 October 1919.

In the 1939 Register James is presumably away doing his bit for the war. Edith is at home living at 51 Woone Lane, Clitheroe.

James came home safely from WW2 and at some point afterwards started working for the Post Office. I know from the following newspaper article that he drove a Post Office van – and in this instance he had a lucky escape.

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Mail Van Overturns

On the way from Blackburn with Clitheroe’s morning mail, early on Friday, a Post Office motor van skidded on a slippery toad surface at Barrow, turned a half circle, struck the pavement and overturned on its side.

The driver, James Musgrove, aged 53, of 51 Woone Lane, Clitheroe, escaped with bruises about the arms and back.

The mail was transferred to another vehicle and there was no delay in the morning delivery in Clitheroe.

Wedding Wednesday – Leonard Miller and Elizabeth J Musgrove

Elizabeth Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Her parents are James Musgrove and Edith Jane Hibble. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

Elizabeth was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire in 1920 – her birth is registered in the June quarter.

Elizabeth married Leonard Miller on 27 December 1941 at Clitheroe Congregational church. The wedding was reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 2 January 1942.

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MILLER – MUSGROVE

The wedding took place at the Congregational Church, on Saturday, of Mr Len Miller, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Miller, of Stalybridge, and Miss Betty Musgrove, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Musgrove, of 51 Woone Lane, Clitheroe. The bridegroom is a member of the Halifax Police Force, whilst the bride is a nurse at the Halifax General Hospital. The ceremony was performed by the Rev J A Sinclair.

Given away by her uncle, Mr Fred Hibble, the bride was attired in an ice-blue two-piece suit, trimmed with fur, with brown hat and accessories, and a spray of pink carnations. As matron of honour, Mrs M Lord, the bride’s sister, wore a blue two-piece suit, trimmed with fur, and had brown accessories and a spray of pink carnations. Mr Stanley Miller was best man and Mr Jack Black was groomsman. A reception was held at the Starkie Arms.

Mr and Mrs Miller will reside at Halifax.

I assume that Elizabeth (Betty) was given away by her uncle because her father was away on military service in WW2.

Military Monday – John Edward Lord (1917-1944)

John Edward Lord is the husband of my 1st cousin 1x removed, Marjorie Musgrove. Marjorie’s parents are James Musgrove and Edith Jane Hibble. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

John Edward was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire on 16 December 1917 to parents Edmund and Betty Lord (nee Capstick).

John and Marjorie married on 19 August 1939 at Clitheroe Congregational Church – I posted a newspaper report of their marriage last week – here. They had one daughter, Mary Patricia who was born in 1940.

John served in the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards in WW2. His service number was 2659738.

In the Winter months of 1944 the 2nd Coldstream Guards took part in the Battle for Monte Ornito in the mountains of Italy from 8 February to 20 February. It was in this battle that John lost his life. According to the newspaper reports below John suffered chest wounds on 17th February and died in hospital on 20 February.

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – 3 March 1944

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GUARDSMAN KILLED IN ACTION

News was received by his wife yesterday that Guardsman John Edward Lord, eldest son of Mr and Mrs E Lord, of 29, Pendle Road, Clitheroe, had been killed in action in Italy. Twnety-five years of age, Guardsman Lord joined the Army shortly after the outbreak of war, leaving his employment as a conductor with the Ribble Motor Services. His brother, Ronald, a member of the local Territorial unit, is a prisoner of war. General sympathy will be accorded his wife and child, who live at 27, Chatburn Road, and his parents, in their sorrow.

 

 

 

 

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – 10 March 1944

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Mrs Lord, of Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, has received a letter from a chaplain in which he says that her husband, Guardsman John E Lord, whose death on active service we reported last week, died in hospital on February 20th, after being admitted on the 17th, suffering from chest wounds. “Everything humanly possible was done for him, and he showed great patience and courage.” the chaplain says. “He made a great fight for his life, and died peacefully. He lies buried in a little English cemetery in beautiful country in the Italian hills. A simple wooden cross is placed on his grave.”

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times – 24 March 1944

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MEMORIAL SERVICE

A portion of the morning service at Clitheroe Congregational Church, on Sunday, was set apart in remembrance of Guardsman John E Lord, who died of wounds in Italy. At the close of his sermon, the Rev J A Sinclair said: “We are today honouring one and thinking lovingly and gratefully of one who has laid down his life in the hope that it was not in vain. We are not out to glorify war, for war in itself has no glory; but we wish to pay our token of respect and esteem to one of our young men, John Ernest Lord, the fourth on our Honour Roll of those who have passed on. We did not have him long here, having come to us after the closing of Mount Zion Chapel, but long enough to know him fairly intimately. We shall remember him as quiet and unassuming, but willing to give himself courageously and unselfishly that tyranny and oppression might not strut across the earth in all its proud boastfulness and hideousness.”

John Edward Lord is buried at Minturno War Cemetery in Italy. His grave is marked by a cross with inscription:-

HE DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

The following information is from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

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Minturno War Cemetery

On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Allied objectives were to draw German troops from the Russian front and more particularly from France, where an offensive was planned for the following year. Progress through southern Italy was rapid despite stiff resistance, but by the end of October, the Allies were facing the German winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line, which stretched from the river Garigliano in the west to the Sangro in the east. Initial attempts to breach the western end of the line were unsuccessful and it was not until 17 January 1944 that the Garigliano was crossed, and Minturno taken two days later. The site for the cemetery was chosen in January 1944, but the Allies then lost some ground and the site came under German small-arms fire. The cemetery could not be used again until May 1944 when the Allies launched their final advance on Rome and the US 85th and 88th Divisions were in this sector. The burials are mainly those of the heavy casualties incurred in crossing the Garigliano in January. Minturno War Cemetery contains 2,049 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. The cemetery was designed by Louis de Soissons.

Wedding Wednesday – Marjorie Musgrove and John Edward Lord

Marjorie Musgrove is my 1st cousin 1x removed. Her parents are James Musgrove and Edith Jane Hibble. Our common ancestors are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.

Marjorie was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire in 1921.

On 19 August 1939 Marjorie married John Edward Lord at Clitheroe Congregational Church. A report of the wedding was published in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 25 August 1939.

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LORD — MUSGROVE

On Saturday last, at Clitheroe Congregational Church, the Rev. J. A. Sinclair performed the nuptials of Mr. John Edward Lord, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Lord, of 29 Pendle Road, and Miss Marjorie Musgrove, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Musgrove, 15 Woone Lane.

The bride, given away by her father, was gowned in blue satin, with tight fitting sleeves and heart shaped neck-line. The veil was surmounted by a halo of flowers, the bouquet being composed of pink carnations, orange blossom and white heather.

The bridesmaids were Miss B. Musgrove (sister) and Miss A. Lord, of Blackburn, the bridegroom’s cousin. They were gowned in pale pink lace over slips of a similar shade, trimmed with pale blue ribbon, the pink veils being surmounted by floral halos. Pink and mauve sweet peas formed the bouquets.

The best man was Mr. R. Lord, and the groomsman Mr. T. Hibble. The church had been specially decorated with pink carnations by Mrs. Ratcliffe, and Mr. A. Taylor was at the organ. As they left the church, bride and bridegroom were presented with a silver horse-shoe by Mrs. Preston.

The bridegroom’s gift to the bride was a gold wristlet watch, and dress rings to the bridesmaids. The bride presented the bridegroom with gold cuff-links. A reception was held at the Starkie Arms Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Lord are residing at 27 Chatburn Road.