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Name: Agnes Saunders

Burial Number: 1526

Gender: Female

Occupation: Wife of George Walter Saunders

Born: 09/04/1871

Died: 29/1/1932

Buried: 03/02/1932


Agnes was born in Worthing, the daughter of the Rev. Henry McLeod Beckles and his wife Charlotte Victoria. She was baptised at Broadwater church where her father was the curate. In 1873, Henry was appointed Rector of the new St Botolph’s Church at Heene. He died of influenza aged just 42 in January 1892. Charlotte moved the family from the rectory to St Botolph’s Lodge and later to Field Place in Goring. On 20th June 1912, Agnes married George Walter Saunders at Heene church. Their daughter Crystal Mary Hope was born in 1917. The family lived in West Dean near Chichester and then in Walberton at The Dower House. Agnes died here on 29th January 1932 after a short illness. Probate was granted on 29th April to Maud Mary Sharp spinster and Violet Clifton Brown wife of Vice Admiral Clifton Brown. Effects £2306 15s 6d.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 1 Plot: 53

Exact Location (what3words): pads.spot.family

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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Agnes Violet Vivia beloved wife of George Saunders called to a higher service on Jan 29th 1932 “The Lord Thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” Josh.I 9 “A beautiful mind lives forever”

Further Information


Name: Agnes Violet Viner Saunders

Gender: Female

Born: 09/04/1871

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Beckles

Marriage Date: 20/6/1912

Spouse First Name: George

Spouse Second Name: Walter

Spouse Last Name: Saunders

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 29/1/1932

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: The Dower House

Town: Walberton

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 10th Feb 1932

“Death of Daughter of Heene’s First Rector”

Funeral of Mrs Saunders

Old residents of Worthing who knew her during her girlhood and early married life and friends in Walberton where she afterwards went to live, heard with regret of the death after a short illness of Mrs Agnes Violet Vivia Saunders wife of Mr George Saunders, The Dower House, Walberton. Mrs Saunders was the second daughter of Rev. Henry McLeod Beckles, first rector of St Botolph’s Church, Heene and Mrs Beckles. She was born in Worthing and on her marriage went to live at Chappell Croft, St Botolph’s Road, Heene. Later she and her husband moved to Walberton where she took a very keen interest in all the affairs of the parish. She was actively associated with the Walberton Conservative Association, was secretary of the Women’s Institute and was an enthusiastic member of the Mother’s Union. She leaves a husband and one little daughter. The funeral took place in Heene Cemetery on Wednesday, the grave by the side of those of Rev. and Mrs Beckles, being lined with moss and flowers. The service was conducted by the rector of Heene (Rev. E A Haviland) and amongst the mourners were the bereaved husband; the Misses Beckles (sisters); Mr and Mrs Garbett (brother-in-law and sister); and Miss Silver; Mrs and Miss Sharp (cousins); Vice-Admiral Sir frank Clifton-Brown; Mrs Dalby (Chichester); Mrs Sharp (housekeeper at The Dower House); Mr A Boyse (organist at St Botolph’s Church); Mrs Chidwick (widow of Mr James Chidwick (an original member of the choir at St Botolph’s); Mr & Mrs Batten (employees of Mr T Saunders); Mrs Chard and Misses Thomas.

The masses of beautiful flowers laid on the grave were sent by: her sorrowing husband; her loving daughter Crystal; her sister Elva; Mr & Mrs Garbett; in remembrance of my godchild from May Turner; Stella and Eileen; Maud and Ethel; Mr & Mrs A Sharp; Dorothy and Alan; Maisie; Di; Mollie, Dossie and Freda; Vice Admiral and Mrs Clifton Brown; Mr & Mrs H Mitchell (Barnham); May Sharp; Mr Thomas Saunders; Mrs A E Gordon Fraser; Mr & Mrs Russell and family; the Misses Keppel; and the Rev. W G Hunter and Miss Hunter (Walberton Vicarage).

A token of sincere regret and sympathy from the President and members of Walberton Women’s Institute; from fellow members of the Walberton branch of the Mother’s Union; a slight token of respect and esteem from the Walberton Men’s Branch of the West Sussex Conservative Association.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2306 15 s 6 d

Current value of effects: £105000.00

Census Information


Yew Villa, Broadwater Street, Worthing.
Henry McL aged 25, curate at Broadwater. Charlotte aged 25. Elva M A aged 2. Agnes V V aged 1 month. Mary E aged 14, sister. Plus 2 servants, monthly nurse and wet nurse.


The Rectory, Heene.
Henry aged 34, rector of Heene. Charlotte aged 35. Elva aged 12. Agnes aged 10. Eustace aged 8. Mary E aged 6. Cyril Dodson aged 4, nephew. Plus 4 servants.


The Rectory, Heene.
Henry aged 44, rector of Heene. Charlotte aged 44. Elva aged 22, dependent on father. Agnes aged 20, dependent on father. Mary E aged 16. Margaret aged 9. Cyril Dodson aged 14,nephew. Plus 3 servants.


St Botolph’s Lodge, Heene.
Charlotte aged 56, widow, own means. Elva aged 32. Agnes aged 30. Mary E aged 26. Margaret aged 19. Plus 3 servants.


Field Place, Goring-by-Sea.
Charlotte aged 67, widow, own means. Elva aged 42. Agnes aged 39. Mary aged 36. Margaret aged 29. Christopher Garbett aged 22, nephew. Plus 2 servants.


Yew Tree Cottage, West Dean, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation
George Walter Saunders
Male 1867 54 Molesey, Surrey, England Retired
Agnes Violet Saunders
Female      1877 44 Broadwater, Sussex,  At Home, 
Crystal May Hope Saunders
Female 1918 3 Brixton, London, England
Charles Hollebone
Male 1890 31 Hellingly, Sussex, England House Servant
Rachel Hollebone
Female 1896 25 Hove, Sussex, England Home Servant

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