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Name: Lydia Mathews

Burial Number: 1883

Gender: Female

Distinction: Née Wahab, born Woolwich

Born: 27/06/1869

Died: 03/12/1958

Buried: 08/12/1958


Lydia, was born in Woolwich. Her father, Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Wahab, was born in the East Indies, as was her mother, also Lydia Maria (nee Hands). (The East Indies generally meant South-East Asia.)

In 1881 Lt.Colonel Wahab and family were living in Bury, Lancashire. Lydia had an older brother, born in the Red Sea….., an older sister born in Ireland and a younger born in the East Indies.

In 1891 her family was living in Great Warley, in Essex – presumably where she met John Herbert.

John and Lydia were married in 1893 in Paddington.

By 1901 John and Lydia were living in Montfort House, Chigwell, Essex. Father Thomas was retired and John and his older brother Thomas were Farmers. Their widowed sister Annie was with them, plus four Household Servants and two Nurses. John and Lydia’s four children, Edith Doris, 7, Hugh, 6, Robert Arthur Cecil, 4, and Geoffrey, 1, all born in Essex, were living in Findon, on Kingswood Farm, (an 18th Century Listed building, now a Livery Stables), with four Servants.( If anyone can find anything more about this unusual arrangement……………)

In 1911 John (of Private Means) and Lydia were living at 14 Park Crescent. Single daughter Edith Doris and son Robert Arthur Cecil, both born at the Rectory, Great Warley, Essex, were with them and they had a Housemaid, a general Servant, a Parlourmaid and a Cook.

Lieutenant Thomas Hugh Mathews, of the 1st Battalion East Lancs Regiment died in November 1914 and is buried in the Lancashire Cottage cemetery, south of Ypres.

Second Lieutenant Robert Arthur Cecil Mathews, of the 3rd Battalion East Lancs Regiment, was killed in action in Northern France in October 1916. His name is recorded on the Thiepval Monument.

John Herbert was living at Stanhope, Bulkington Avenue when he died and Lydia died in Brunswick Rd., Hove.

Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Lydia Mathews

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 3 Plot: 29

Exact Location (what3words): mason.leaps.weds

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of John Herbert Mathews died 21 May 1932 R.I.P. and Lydia Edith his wife died 3 Dec 1958 R.I.P. at foot of kerb - Also of his two sons killed in action in France Hugh 1914 and Cecil 1916

Further Information


Name: Lydia Edith Mathews

Gender: Female

Born: 27/06/1869

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: Unknown


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 03/12/1958

Cause of death: Unknown

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: Unknown


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information

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