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Name: Gertrude Johnstone

Burial Number: 1284

Gender: Female

Occupation: School Mistress

Born: 8/9/1845

Died: 12/02/1927

Buried: 17/02/1927


Gertrude’s family were school teachers. Her mother, father and aunt were teachers and Gertrude and her sisters, Maude and Mabel became teachers. Gertrude was born on 8th September 1845 and was baptised later that month at St. Andrew, Holborn. Her father, Charles Emilius Johnstone, was 37, her mother, Eliza Johnstone, nee Hitchcock, was 33 and her sister Maude and Mabel where 3 and 2 years old. Her brothers, Charles and Edward were born in 1849 and 1853 respectively.

Gertrude moved with her parents to school at 32 London Street, Beaconsfield, where her parents were both teachers taking in male scholars include two of her nephews. In 1860, Following her father’s death at Woodspeen, near Newbury, the family moved to Worthing and her mother set up a school at Marlborough House. All three sisters taught at the school. In 1877, her sister, Maude married, John Forbes Hardy, their landlord and artist. Before her mother’s death in 1892, Gertrude moved to live with the Hardys’ in their Manor Road, home called Beaconsfield. John Forbes Hardy died in 1906 and Gertrude, joined by her sister Mabel, moved to Maude’s new home, Woodspeen, 7 Wordsworth Road, Worthing.

Gertrude died on 12th February, 1927 and was buried alongside Maude (d 1920) and Mabel (d 1925) in John Hardy’s burial plot at Heene Cemetery following a funeral at Heene Church. She left her estate to her sister-in-law, Jessie Isabel Johnstone and her nephew, Rupert Johnstone, a clerk in holy orders.

Researcher: Pat Brownbill

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NB Row: 13 Plot: 2

Exact Location (what3words): rated.belts.signal

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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Mabel Emma Johnstone died Jan 24th 1925 aged 81 John Forbes Hardy died Dec 7th 1906 Also of Maude Anne his wife died Dec 16th 1920 aged 78 Gertrude Mary Johnstone died Feb 12th 1927

Further Information


Name: Gertrude Mary Johnstone

Gender: Female

Born: 8/9/1845

Town: Holborn

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 12/02/1927

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 7

Address line 3: Wordsworth Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette – Wednesday 16 February 1927
Johnstone – On February 12th, at 7, Wordsworth Road, Worthing, Gertrude Mary, last surviving daughter of the late Charles Emelius Johnstone, of Newbury, and Mrs Johnstone of Worthing. No flowers. Funeral at Heene Church. Thursday, at 2.30.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £7259 18 s 1 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at 32 London Street, Beaconsfield, Charles Johnstone, 45, school master, wife Eliza Johnstone,  41, daughter Gertrude Johnstone,  son Charles R Johnstone, 1, nephew George Johnstone, 12, visitor, Dorothy Grayson, 32, governess, nephew Alfred Bigg, 12, scholar, James Raynham, 25, school assistant, 14 male scholars and servants: Sarah Dormer, 24, Eliza Baldwin, 19, Lavinia Kirby, 19.



Living at Marlborough House, Broadwater, Worthing, Eliza Johnstone, 50, Schoolmistress, daughter Maude A Johnstone,18, teacher, daughter Mabel E Johnstone, 17, daughter Gertrude M Johnstone, 15, two boarders, two servants (housemaid and cook) and 14 pupils.


Living at Marlborough House, Eliza Johnstone, 60, school mistress, daughter Maude A Johnstone,28, daughter Gertrude M Johnstone, 25, Helene O’Tooley, 21, teacher, and 15 pupils and sisters: Mary Higgins, 19, and Mary Greetham.


Living at 1 Marlborough Terrace, Worthing, Eliza Johnstone, 70, school mistress, daughter Mabel Johnstone, 37, school mistress, daughter Gertrude Johnstone, 35, school mistress, 8 pupils, 2 servants, sister Emma Thompson, 61, shares in public companies, nephew Gerald Thompson, 24, banker’s clerk.


Living at Beaconsfield, Worthing,  John F Hardy, 74, living on owns means wife Maude A Hardy, 48, sister-in-law Gertrude M Johnstone, 45, living on own means servants: Emily M Easley, 41, cook and Alice L Packham, 25, housemaid.


Living at Beaconsfield, Manor Road, Worthing,  John F Hardy, 84, living on own means, wife Mande Hardy, 58, sister-in law Gertrude M Johnstone, 55, living on own means and servants: Emily Easley, 51, cook and Sarah Green, 42, housemaid.


Living at Woodspeen, 7 Wordsworth Road, Worthing, Maude Hardy, 68, private means, Sister Mabel Johnson, 67, private means, sister Gertrude Johnson, 65, private means, niece, Isabel Johnson, 17, and servants: Annie Talmey, 25, cook, Gertrude Ovenden, 25, house maid.

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