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Name: Henry Thompson

Burial Number: 1918

Gender: Male

Occupation: Soldier; Nurseryman; Coal merchant.

Born: 23/10/1899

Died: 01/12/1963

Buried: 25/01/1964


Henry was born in South Croydon, the son of Henry and Emma Grace. He was baptised at Emmanuel Church, South Croydon on 18th November 1899. His father was a commercial traveller who died in 1905 aged just 32. Henry known as Claude, was sent to school in Hove. During the First World War, he served with 3rd Norfolk Regiment. In 1923, he married Frances Mary Gillespie. The couple lived in New Road, Durrington where Henry ran Rosslyn Nurseries. Their son Michael was born in 1925 and a daughter Jean in 1929. In May 1939, Henry was declared bankrupt but discharged in September. By then, the family were living in Belsize Road. During the war, Henry worked as a coal merchant and partner in C J Pead and Co, Plaza Parade, Worthing. In 1943, Henry was in court, accused of supplying coal without the necessary authority. He was fined £18 with 3 guineas costs. The family were still living in Belsize Road up until Henry’s death in 1963. He died at Berkeley Lodge Nursing Home, 42 Shelley Road, Worthing on 1st December 1963. Henry was cremated and his ashes buried on 25th January 1964. Probate was granted on 1st April 1964 to Frances Mary Thompson widow. Effects £11772.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 3 Plot: 48

Exact Location (what3words): cities.universally.puddles

Ashes or Urn: Casket Only



Henry Thompson is buried under the headstone for Arthur and Marion Caley


In loving memory of my beloved husband Arthur Pelham Caley 4th son of Nathaniel H Caley of Norwich, died November 4th 1934 aged 74 "I know that my redeemer liveth" and of his beloved wife Marion died March 27th 1958 aged 91 years "Abide with me"

Further Information


Name: Henry Arthur Claude Thompson

Gender: Male

Born: 23/10/1899

Town: Croydon

County: Surrey

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1923

Spouse First Name: Frances

Spouse Second Name: Mary

Spouse Last Name: Gillespie

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 01/12/1963

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Berkeley Lodge Nursing Home

Address line 2: 42

Address line 3: Shelley Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £11772 0 s 0 d

Current value of effects: £207401.00

Census Information


34 Moreton Road, Croydon

Henry aged 28, commercial traveller. Emma aged 27. Henry aged 5 months. Plus 1 servant.


Belmont Prep School, Dyke Road, Hove, Sussex.

Henry Claude aged 11, pupil at school run by Gilbert Evans.


‘Eliot’ Belsize Road, Worthing, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation
Emma Grace Thompson
Female 1873 48 Walmer, Kent, England Home Duties
Henry Arthur Claude Thompson
Male 1899 21 South Croydon, Surrey, Student
Isabell Smith
Female 1842 78 Kent, England Home Duties
Ethel Smith
Female 1883 37 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Bank Clerk


11 Belsize Road, Worthing.

Henry Arthur Claude Thompson; coal merchant. Frances Mary Thompson; unpaid domestic duties.


Miscellaneous Information

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