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Name: Francis Blake

Burial Number: 1166

Gender: Male

Occupation: Teacher and headmaster

Distinction: Education Committee Clerk

Born: 5/11/1859

Died: 14/06/1924

Buried: 19/06/1924


Heene Hallmark

Francis was born in Hurst, Berkshire the son of Daniel and Rebecca. He trained as a teacher, firstly working in London. In 1888, Francis married Alma Ann Hampton at St Nicholas Church, Hurst on 16 July. The couple moved to Worthing where Francis had accepted a post at St George’s School in Lyndhurst Road. Their son Frank Hampton Blake was born in 1890. In 1892, Francis was appointed Secretary and Treasurer of Worthing District Teacher’s Association. A second son, Norman Arthur was born in 1898. In July 1905, Francis was appointed headmaster of the newly opened Elm Grove School, taking charge of 150 children. His salary was to be £130 per annum. In 1914, he was appointed Committee Clerk for the Borough Education Committee. In the same year, Alma died on 31 October. She was buried at Broadwater Cemetery. Francis married again, to Mary Ann Hatherell in September 1919. By 1924, Francis was suffering from ill-health and resigned as headmaster of Elm Grove School. The Education Committee reluctantly accepted his resignation in March and he died on 14 June at his home in Ripley Road. Probate was granted on 14 July to Mary Ann Worlock Blake widow and Harry Burt Piper solicitor. Effects £490 15s 4d (approx. £20K in 2020).

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Francis  Blake

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 8 Plot: 19

Exact Location (what3words): taking.hello.lodge

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Keep tidy. Supply spring and autumn flowering plants


In loving memory of my dear husband Francis Blake died 14th June 1924 aged 64 years. Late headmaster of Elm Grove School

Further Information


Name: Francis Blake

Gender: Male

Born: 5/11/1859

Town: Hurst

County: Berkshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 16/7/1888

Spouse First Name: Alma

Spouse Second Name: Ann

Spouse Last Name: Hampton

Town of Marriage: Hurst

County of Marriage: Berkshire

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: //1919

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Ann

Spouse Last Name: Hatherell

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 14/06/1924

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Forbury

Address line 3: Ripley Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette 25 Jun 1924
The Late Mr Francis Blake. Funeral Service at Heene”
Widespread sympathy and respect were shown by the large number of friends who attended the funeral on Thursday of the late Mr Francis Blake of Forbury, Ripley Road, and for many years, headmaster first of St George’s and afterwards Elm Grove School. Mr Blake, who had passed away the previous Saturday at the age of 64 years, had been a headteacher in Worthing for the long period of 36 years up till last March when ill health compelled him to resign the first Headmastership of Elm Grove Boy’s School which he held from 1905. During that time, he had endeared himself to all those that he been brought into contact with, and to whom the news of his death brought very real regret.
The teaching profession and the Education Committee of the Town Council were represented at Heene Church, where the first part of the choral service was held. This was conducted by the Rev. E L Bull (Curate in Charge of St John’s Mission, Elm Grove) assisted by the Rector Rev. J P Fallowes. The hymns chosen were “On the Resurrection Morning” and “Abide With Me”, the choir afterwards chanting the “Nunc Dimittis” as the coffin was carried down the nave.
The family mourners were: Mrs Blake, widow. Mr F H Blake, son. Miss Edith Blake, cousin. Mrs Chesterman, sister. Mr T W Hales, Mrs P Hales and Mrs Penman. Aldermen W Walter, chairman; J Farquharson Whyte and Councillor Barber represented the Education Committee, together with the Town Clerk Mr J Kennedy Allerton; and the teachers present were Messrs W B Stone (Trinity) and J Forbes (Elm Grove) representing the National Union of Teachers; Miss Grey (Sussex Road Girls), Mrs Holdstock (Heene), Miss Sandell (Davison), Miss Saunders (Holy Trinity Girls), Messrs W C Blaker (Broadwater), Danhill (St Georges), D R Hodson (Holy Trinity), J Holdstock (Southwick), Mortimer (Ham Road), R Parkinson (St Andrews), A W Woolgar (Sussex Road Boys) and Fitzhugh. A former headmistress of Broadwater, Miss A R Mayes and Mr W H Linfield (choirmaster at St Georges) were also among those who attended to pay the last tribute of respect and esteem. In addition to the numerous tributes from the family and personal friends, there were wreaths from the Worthing Branch of the National Union of Teachers, the Reverend Mother Superior and Sisters of St Josephs, the Elm Grove teachers and children, the Worthing Education Committee and several individual tributes from scholars and old boys.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £490 15 s 4 d

Current value of effects: £20000

Census Information


Cottage, Hurst, Berkshire
Daniel aged 35, wood sawyer. Rebecca aged 36. Francis aged 1. Elizabeth Mattingly aged 71, mother in law.


Haines Hill Cottages, Hurst
Daniel aged 45, sawyer. Rebecca aged 46. Francis aged 11. Matilda aged 8. Dan aged 6.


21 Lodden Road, St Pancras.
Francis aged 21, certified schoolmaster/teacher.
Dan aged 16, apprentice compositor


School Apartments, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing.
Francis aged 31, certified elementary school teacher. Alma Ann aged 29. Frank Hampton aged 10mos. Rebecca Blake aged 67, mother living with son.


School House, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing.
Francis aged 41, Schoolmaster Elementary. Alma Ann aged 39. Frank Hampton aged 10. Norman Arthur aged 2.


“Kenstoke” Pavilion Road, Worthing.
Francis aged 51, Schoolmaster Elementary. Alma Ann aged 49. Frank Hampton aged 20, clerk with the Education Committee of Worthing Town Council. Norman Arthur aged 12.


First name(s) Francis
Address Fosbury The Drive, Worthing
Last name Blake
Full address as transcribed Fosbury, Ripley Rd

Miscellaneous Information

Worthing Herald 8 Nov 1924
“Memorial Tablet to the Late Mr F Blake”

With the sanction of the Education Committee, the teachers at Elm Grove School have had erected in the Assembly Hall a small tablet to the memory of the late headmaster, Mr F Blake. On Wednesday afternoon, Alderman Walter accompanied by Canon Palmer visited the school, and in the presence of the teachers and children, unveiled the tablet.
Both gentlemen addressed the children and referred to the high character of Mr Blake and paid testimony to the valuable work he had done. They also spoke of the esteem in which he was held by the Education Committee. The tablet is of brass, mounted on oak and bears the following inscription:
“Erected to the memory of Mr Francis Blake, first headmaster of this school, September 1905 to March 1924. Honoured and greatly beloved.