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Name: Florence Biggs

Burial Number: 1199

Gender: Female

Occupation: Laundry Assistant in family business; Sunday School Teacher

Born: 06/06/1884

Died: 26/06/1925

Buried: 01/07/1925


Florence Ellen Biggs was born in Edmonton in Middlesex and was one of 8 children born to James and Ellen Biggs. Florence’s father was a draughtsman in Engineering. Two of his sons followed the trade and were draughtsman. The family did seem to move around quite a bit and had lived in Middlesex, Shropshire, Lancashire, Southampton and then Worthing. Florence always lived with her parents and remained single throughout her life, working in the family Launderette business when in Worthing as an assistant for which her Father James was the proprietor. Ellen was a member of the Christchurch Road Baptist Church and worked as a Sunday school teacher and had links with secondary schools in Woolston Southampton. During their stay in Worthing Florence’s brother Arthur Ridley had enlisted in the Army in 1914 after training with Cambridge college as a 2nd lieutenant and has given his home address of his father as “Fairlight” Valencia Road Worthing. Unfortunately, Arthur Ridley was killed in Action on 2 July 1916 in The Great War 1914 – 1919. The family lived at “Fairlight” Valencia Road, Worthing during their time in Worthing, and Florence Ellen was a highly respected member of the church in Worthing, and a piece was written in the Worthing Herald to mark the sad passing of Florence.

Researcher: Gail Warner-Clarkson

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Florence Biggs

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 8 Plot: 25

Exact Location (what3words): notice.talent.pokers

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving and grateful remembrance of Florence Ellen eldest daughter of James William and Ellen Biggs born June 6th 1884, at rest June 26th1925

Further Information


Name: Florence Ellen Biggs

Gender: Female

Born: 06/06/1884

Town: Edmonton

County: Middlesex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 26/06/1925

Cause of death: Carcinoma of Breast; Operation Intra-thoracic Recurrence

Address line 1: Fairlight

Address line 2: 13

Address line 3: Valencia Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


WORTHING HERALD – 4TH JULY 1925 – BAPTIST WORKER The Baptist community in Worthing has lost valued worker by the death of Miss Florence Ellen Biggs (daughter of Mr. James William Biggs and Mrs. Ellen Biggs, of ” Fairlight” Valencia-road, Worthing). which occurred on Friday after a long and painful illness borne with great fortitude and patience. The late Miss Biggs, who was 41 years of age, was a member of Christchurch road Baptist Chapel and was also a Sunday School teacher at West Tarring Mission. The funeral took place at Heene Cemetery on Wednesday, the service being conducted by the Rev. W. Ridley Chesterton, assisted by Mr. W. 11. Bird, Prior to the committal service a short service was held at the house. The chief mourners were the parents, Mr. William Riggs (brother), Mrs. Sinither (sister), Messrs. John, Ernest and Edward Biwa (brothers), together with a large number of sympathisers. There were numerous !knit tributes, which included those from the family and other relative*, Mrs. Wellston’ and Miss Welaford, Auntie Florrie, Douglas and Kathleen, Auntie Louie and Mabel, Uncle Will, Aunt Nellie and Kathleen, Mrs. Barron and Queenie, Mrs. J. Barron and Miss Rooky, the Misses Edmonds, Miss Gladys Painter, Nora Oak, Amy Jacob, Mr. and Mrs. Lambeth, Mr. C. Lambeth, Mr. and Mrs. Porter,. Annie,” Mrs. Barr .Miss Rosa Courtier, Kathleen and Francis 4 Wilkins, Mrs. Inglis, Mrs. and Miss King. Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson, the Misses H. and B. Francis, Miss Eva Reesman, Miss Katie Waller, a few friends at Parkfleld-road, the staff at Woolston, the teachers West Tarring Mission t. School, Miss Biggs’ clans at West Tarring, Pear Tree Green. and the Congregational S. School, Southampton.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at 3, Cedar Villas, Edmonton – James W Biggs aged 35, head, Civil and Mechanical Engineer; Ellen Biggs aged 31, wife; Florence E Biggs aged 6, daughter, scholar; Lilian A Biggs aged 5, daughter, scholar; James W G Biggs aged 4, son; Emily G Biggs aged 2, daughter; John H Biggs aged 6 months, son; Minnie E Kirkman aged 15, general domestic servant.


Living at 130, Bailiff’s Row, Lilleshall, Shropshire; James W Biggs aged 44, head, Master Draughtsman Engineering; Ellen Biggs aged 41, wife; Florence E Biggs aged 16, daughter; James W G Biggs aged 14, son; Emily G Biggs aged 12, daughter; John H Biggs aged 10, son; Ernest L Biggs aged 9, son; Arthur R Biggs aged 7, son; Mary E Ferriday aged 16, general domestic servant.


Living at 33, Portsmouth Road, Woolston, Itchen, Hampshire – James William Biggs aged 54, head, Laundry Proprietor; Ellen Biggs aged 51, wife; Florence Ellen Biggs aged 26, daughter, assistant in business part time; James William George Biggs aged 24, son, head draughtsman motor engineer; Emily Gertrude Biggs aged 22, daughter, student teacher School of Art; John Henry Biggs aged 20, son, articled clerk to a solicitor; Ernest Llewellyn Biggs aged aged 19, son, apprentice pattern maker; Arthur Ridley Biggs aged 17, son, County Council pupil teacher; Edward Walter Biggs aged 8, son, school.


Living at Abbotts Worthy, Nr. Winchester

Ernest Llewellyn Biggs, Head, 29yrs 4mths; Married; Born – Edmonton, Middlesex; Pattern Maker for Green & Carter Ltd, Vulcan Iron Works in Kings Worthy, Nr. Winchester

Esther Elizabeth Biggs, Wife, 28yrs 6mths; Married; Born – Southampton, Hampshire; Home Duties;

Florence Ellen Biggs, Visitor, 37yrs; Single; Born – Edmonton, Middlesex; Home Duties in “St Mary’s” Grove  Road, Lee-on-Solent, Hants.

Miscellaneous Information

After her death in 1925 the remaining members of the family were in Southampton again and both parents died there.