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Name: Mary Higgins

Burial Number: 1541

Gender: Female

Occupation: Missionary and teacher

Born: 01/02/1895

Died: 20/04/1932

Buried: 23/04/1932


Mary was born in Houghton St Giles, Norfolk, the daughter of the Rev. Walter Harcourt and his wife Rosa Mary. She was baptised at Houghton St Giles on 25 February 1895 by her father. Mary was taught at All Hallows, Ditchingham in Norfolk. Although an orphanage, the school received respectable girls for training as teachers, domestic servants etc. On 12th September 1924, Mary sailed on the “Arundel Castle” for South Africa. Her occupation was listed as “teacher”. She returned to England for a short while but returned to South Africa in 1928. Her occupation was listed as “missionary”. Mary married the Rev. Bernard Higgins at Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia in 1931. Both worked for the Universities Mission to Central Africa. They returned to England in the Summer of 1931 when Bernard was appointed Curate of St Botolph’s, Heene with charge of St John’s Mission in Ripley Road. They moved into 54 Pembroke Avenue. On 26th March 1932, Mary gave birth to a son, John. Sadly, John died on 10th April and was buried at Heene on 13th April. Mary died at Swandean Hospital on 20th April suffering from Scarlet Fever and complications following John’s birth. No probate. Bernard returned to Northern Rhodesia in 1933.


Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Mary Higgins

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 1 Plot: 12

Exact Location (what3words): blows.duck.audit

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Cut grass and keep tidy


Mary wife of Bernard Higgins daughter of Walter and Rosa Mary Harcourt Feb 1st 1895 - April 20th 1932 R.I.P.

Further Information


Name: Mary Higgins

Gender: Female

Born: 01/02/1895

Town: Houghton St Giles

County: Norfolk

Country: England


Maiden Name:Harcourt

Marriage Date: //1931

Spouse First Name: Bernard

Spouse Last Name: Higgins

Town of Marriage: Broken Hill

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: Northern Rhodesia

Information at Death

Date of Death: 20/04/1932

Cause of death: Septicaemia. Scarlet fever. Metritis (puerperium). Peritonitis. Pneumonia.

Address line 1: Swandean Hospital

Address line 2: Arundel Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Worthing Herald 30th April 1932




The funeral of Mrs Higgins, wife of .Bernard Higgins curate of St Botolph’s Heene who died at Swandean Hospital last week, at the age of 37, took place on Saturday at St Botolph’s Church, the interment being at Heene cemetery. The loss of his wife was Mr Higgins second bereavement in that his infant son having died nine days previously. Mr Higgins and his wife were missionaries together for the Universities Missions to Central Africa in Northern Rhodesia, before coming to Worthing last year They were married last July at Broken Hill, and sailed for England the autumn, when Mr Higgins became curate at Heene, in charge of St John’s. Mrs Higgins was the daughter of the Rev and Mrs W. Harcourt, of Wighton, Norfolk. The service at the church was conducted by the Rev. E. A. Haviland (rector) and there was a large congregation.

Mourners and Wreaths. The principal mourners were: The Rev. Bernard Higgins (widower), Mrs Harcourt and Miss Harcourt (mother and sister), the Rev. P. M. Higgins (father-in-law), Mr C. T. Higgins (brother-in-law), and Mrs Higgins, the Rev. and Mrs T. D. Raikes. Lieut.- Colonel J. R. H. Allen (uncle). Wreaths were sent by: The widower; her parents and sister; the Rev. P. M. Higgins; Mr and Mrs C. T. Higgins; the Rev and Mrs T. D. Raikes; Lieut.- Colonel J. R. H. Allen. The Rev. and Mrs E. A. Haviland; St John’s (Chapel-of-Ease) congregation and choir; Heene Parochial Church Council; St John’s Mothers’ Meeting; Miss Matthew (Brighton); Mrs Mowbray (Brighton); Mrs White and family (Broadstone); Mrs Wheat (Malvern); Mis Hill (Romsey); Mr and Mrs Howard (Warnham); Mrs Dobree and daughters: Apsley Farm. Mrs Hudson (Wighton); Miss Taylor (Buxted); Miss Ellis Cox . Mrs Reeve (Horsham); Mr and Mrs Cory; Mrs Culver and family; Mr and Mrs Evelyn; the Rev. and Mrs Hutton Bell; Mr and Mrs James Smith; Mr and Mrs Barber-Starkey. Mrs Robert Towers; Miss E. U Chrestien; Miss Blackburn; Mr and Mrs Leonard Harris; the Misses Baker.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


13 Severn Street, Leicester

Mary aged 6, visitor with her aunt Elizabeth Mary Harcourt to the house of Ernest Partridge aged 32, cigar manufacturer.


All Hallows Orphanage, Ditchingham, Norfolk.

Mary aged 15, inmate, school pupil.

Besides an orphanage, All Hallows also received respectable girls for training as teachers, domestic servants etc.


Living at 1, Eastwood Road, Bramley, Surrey.

Alice Mary Cecilia White, Head, Female, 28, Assistant Teacher Surrey Education Committee

Mary Harcourt,  Boarder, Female, 26,  Assistant Teacher Surrey Education Committee

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.