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Name: Bertha Sandy

Burial Number: 1933

Gender: Female

Born: 11/8/1877

Died: 19/03/1966

Buried: 31/03/1966


Bertha Kate Seymour Sandy (nee Beckley) was born on 11th August 1877 in East Molsey Surrey, to Ernest and Mary Kate Beckley. Bertha’s Father Ernest worked as a Publisher’s clerk.

On the 8th October 1895 Bertha married Clements William Shaw.  Clements was born in Calcutta, India, and after they were married they went back to India where their Daughter Kathleen Elise Shaw was born on 28th January 1897 in Bengal, India. Clements and Bertha didn’t spend many years there, as the next time we hear about them is on 3rd October 1899, Clements had put an announcement in the Daily Telegraph newspaper to say that –

I, Clements William Shaw hereby give notice that I will NOT be responsible for any debts contracted by my WIFE, Bertha Kate Seymour Shaw, living at 16 Windmill Road, W Croydon.

Clements William Shaw, 45 Pevensey road St. Leonards on sea.

Witnessed by Clements Robert Shaw, Lieut.  General, Bengal Staff Corps


So it would appear that the marriage was on the rocks due to Bertha Kate’s spending, and also the couple are living at different addresses.  In 1901 Bertha and her Daughter Kathleen were staying with her parents at 15 The Crescent, Croydon, and in 1911 Bertha and Kathleen are living at 16 Royal Mansions, Royal Parade, West Croydon, Surrey.  Bertha is still shown to be married but her husband is not living with them.

Clements William Shaw died on 23rd February 1939 and left £3538 18 3d with probate to George Frederick Carr and Harold Arthur Shaw.

Bertha married Lewis Sandy on the 12th April 1939 at St. Botolph’s Church, Heene, Worthing. The couple lived at Heene Terrace, Worthing.  Bertha’s Daughter, Kathleen Elise married William Roy Hill on the 5th July 1917 and they lived in Arundel, Sussex.

Lewis Sandy became a prominent official and Churchwarden at Heene Parish Church.  When he gave the position up due to increasing age he continued as a sidesman, and member of the Heene Church rooms committee. He was also secretary and treasurer of the rector’s stipend fund and the assistant clergy fund.

Lewis and Bertha and Lewis’s Sister Mabel Louise were living at 2 Ardale Close Worthing when Lewis died on the 30th June 1955.

He left an amount of £8250 18s 9d (£196889 in 2020) to his wife Bertha. After her Husband’s death Bertha moved to her Daughter’s house in 94 Wepham Arundel. She died on 9th march 1966. She left £5495 to Kathleen Elise Hill (Daughter) and Anthony Eric Hill (Grandson)

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NB Row: 14 Plot: 2

Exact Location (what3words): clubs.rates.brains

Ashes or Urn: Casket Only



Plaque on North Boundary Wall


In loving memory of Lewis Sandy beloved husband of Bertha Kate born 11 May 1878 died 30th June 1955 Churchwarden of Heene 1943 R.I.P.

Further Information


Name: Bertha Kate Seymour Sandy

Gender: Female

Born: 11/8/1877

Town: East Moseley

County: Surrey

Country: England


Maiden Name:Beckley

Marriage Date: 12/4/1939

Spouse First Name: Lewis

Spouse Last Name: Sandy

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: 8/10/1895

Spouse First Name: Clements

Spouse Second Name: William

Spouse Last Name: shaw

Town of Marriage: Croydon

County of Marriage: Surrey

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 19/03/1966

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Arundel Hospital

Town: Arundel

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £5495 s d

Current value of effects: £96800

Census Information


19 St. Michael’s Road, Beddington, Croydon, Surrey

Ernest G Beckley (Head) age 26, Mary K (Wife) age 24, Bertha K (Daughter)   age 3


Melbourne Road, Wallington, Croydon, Surrey

Ernest G Beckley (Head) age 36, Kate M (Wife) age 34, Bertha K (Daughter) age 13, Reginald (Son) age 9, Emily (Daughter) age 2


15 The Crescent, Selhurst, Croydon, Surrey

Ernest G Beckley (Head) age 46, Kate M (Wife) age 42, Bertha K Shaw (Daughter) age 23, Reginald Beckley (Son) age 19, Evelyn (daughter) age 12,  Ernie W (Son) age 6, Clifford (Son) age 4, Kathleen E Shaw (Grand Daughter) age 4, plus 2 boarders and 1 servant


16 Royal Mansions, Royal Park, West Croydon, Surrey

Bertha Kate Seymour Shaw (Head) age 33, Kathleen Elise (Daughter) age 14,

Ernie White Beckley (Brother) age 16


2 Inglis Road, East Croydon, Surrey

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age in years Birth place Occupation Employer
Bertha Shaw
Female 1877 43 Surrey, England Home Duties
Kate Mary Beckley
Female 1857 64 Bayswater, Middlesex, England
Muriel Agnes Smorthwaite
Female 1895 25 Sussex, England
Brian John Smorthwaite
Male 1920 1 Surrey, England


13? Heene Terrace, Worthing Sussex

Lewis Sandy (Head) age 61, Bertha K (Wife) age 60

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