Portrait of Harbert Tanner

Name: Harbert Tanner

Burial Number: 1035

Gender: Male

Occupation: Commercial Clerk at a Printing Office; Senior Curate; Vicar; Chaplain;

Born: 00/00/1849

Died: 24/04/1921

Buried: 27/04/1921


Harbert Tanner was born in Frome, Somerset, in1849 to Joseph Tanner, 49yrs, Accountant, and Maria, 41yrs. He was the youngest of 7 children, Maria 19, Harriett 16, Joseph 13, Thomas 10, Edward 6, and Lucy 3.

Harbert attended boarding school in Clevedon, Somerset, and in his twenties, he was a commercial clerk at a printing office. In 1873, aged 24yrs, he married Ann Robson in Devizes. He became a student of theology in his thirties and was ordained into the Church of England in 1883. In 1887 Harbert was Senior Curate at St. George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol, then was appointed Vicar of Seagry, Wiltshire, his patron was the Earl of Carnarvon, and he received a stipend of £200 per year (£23000 -2020 value) and a house.

In 1892 Harbert became Assistant Chaplain of St. Mark’s, the English Church in Florence, Italy; two years later he became Chaplain and held the office for 22 years. At some point he was widowed and retired in 1915, aged 65yrs. He moved to Worthing where his marriage to Georgiana Mills, 39yrs, took place in December 1915, she was the elder daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. George J. Mills, of Coleville, Gratwicke Road.

Harbert was attached to St. Andrew’s Church, assisting the clergy and he was heavily involved with the community in Worthing, he was chaplain of St. Monica’s Home, Grafton Road, an institution “for the reform of girls”, and the Honorary Chaplain of the Grange Convalescent Home.

Rev. Harbert Tanner died, aged 72yrs, on 24th April 1921, at Coleville, Worthing.    Probate was granted to his widow, and Percy Edward Tanner, bank manager. Effects £6028 8s 6d. Value 2020 – £297K.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Harbert Tanner

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 9 Plot: 17

Exact Location (what3words): miles.shift.cult

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Harbert Tanner, Priest, for many years Chaplain of St Mary's, Florence 1892-1914 passed within the veil on the Vigil of St Mark 24th April 1921 "He loved much" And of his devoted wife Georgiana Tanner 22nd October 1875-17th June 1959 "There came forth a summons that he must prepare for a change of life, for his Master was not willing that he should be so far from Him any longer" - The Pilgrims Progress

Further Information


Name: Harbert Tanner

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1849

Town: Frome

County: Somerset

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1873

Spouse First Name: Ann

Spouse Last Name: Robson

Town of Marriage: Devizes

County of Marriage: Wiltshire

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: /12/1915

Spouse First Name: Georgiana

Spouse Last Name: Mills

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 24/04/1921

Cause of death:

Address line 1: Coleville

Address line 3: Gratwicke Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Gazette – 4th May 1921.

The Late Rev. H. Tanner. Funeral at Heene.

It was in consonance with the known wish of the dead priest that the ceremony at the funeral of the late Rev. Harbert Tanner was marked by simplicity, though it was nevertheless not lacking in impressiveness. At nine o’ clock on Wednesday morning a requiem mass was said at St. Andrew’s in the presence of a numerous congregation, the Vicar (the Rev. G.K. Boyd) being the celebrant. Miss Thrupp had specially decorated the High Altar. Shortly after midday the funeral service was held within the same building, a representative assembly taking part in the solemn proceedings. The service, which was choral, was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. E.B. Layard, and the Rev. W.R. Mills, (brother-in-law of the deceased). The several hymns that were sung were “The Saints of God”, “Jesu, Lover of my Soul” and “On the Resurrection morning”; and the service concluded with the chanting of the “Nunc Dimittis”. The Choir preceded the body to the north-west door, where the Churchwardens and the Sidesmen had assembled; and the procession to the burial ground was headed by the Verger, who carried a floral cross sent by the Church of England’s Men’s Society. The body was conveyed on a bier from St. Andrew’s to Heene Cemetery, the mourners following on foot.                                                                                                                                    The Masonic Tribute.

After the final rites at Heene Cemetery had been performed by the Rev. G.K. Boyd the Freemasons filed past the grave and dropped sprigs of acacia on the coffin. Resting upon the coffin also was the floral tribute of Mrs. Tanner, bearing the inscription: “With the true love of your devoted wife:”

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £6028 8 s 6 d

Current value of effects: £297000

Census Information


Living at Fromefield, Frome, Somerset. Joseph Tanner, 52yrs, Accountant, wife, Maria, 43yrs, 7 children, Maria 20, Harriett 18, Joseph 15, Apprentice to Chemist, Thomas 12, Edward 8, Lucy 5, Harbert 2, plus 1 domestic servant.


Lewisfell, Clevedon, Somerset. Harbert Tanner, 12yrs, scholar.


Living at Garth Villa, Frome, Somerset. Joseph Tanner, 72yrs, living on own means, wife, Maria, 63yrs, Lucy Tanner, 25yrs, Harbert Tanner, 22yrs, Commercial Clerk, Printing Office, plus 1 visitor and 1 domestic servant.


Living at 17, Berkley Street, Gloucester. Harbert Tanner, 32yrs, Probationary Student at Theology College, wife, Annie, 34yrs.

Miscellaneous Information

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