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Name: Robert Blunden

Burial Number: 1485

Gender: Male

Occupation: Merchant Navy seaman: Groom: Gardener.

Distinction: Merchant Navy sailor

Born: 00/00/1844

Died: 19/11/1931

Buried: 21/02/1931


Robert was born in the village of Milland near Trotton close to the Sussex border with Hampshire. He was the son of William and Susannah. By 1851. the family had moved to Chithurst, close to Petersfield. As a young man, Robert worked in a school in Havant, Hampshire before becoming an indentured apprentice in the Merchant Navy in 1868. He signed on in November and was bound to H W Paine of Littlehampton. His first ship was the “Garibaldi”. Although he only signed on for two years, by 1876 he was still with the Merchant Navy, working on the “Macgregor”. Robert was discharged on 30th August 1876, collecting his pay of £36 2s 11d. In the Summer of 1877, Robert married Elizabeth Cooper. She came from the village of Egdean in Sussex. The couple settled in Lyminster near Littlehampton where Robert worked as a labourer. They had three children, Albert, Lily and Ernest. By 1891, Robert had moved the family to the village of Weeke near Winchester where he found work as a groom and gardener. By 1901, the family were in Worthing, living in Elm Grove in West Worthing. Robert was working as a jobbing gardener. Robert died on 19th February 1931 at 63 The Drive, Worthing. No probate.

Elizabeth died at her daughter’s home in Broomfield Avenue, Worthing in 1940 and was buried beside Robert.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Robert Blunden

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 3 Plot: 39

Exact Location (what3words): rally.feed.jams

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory my dear husband Robert Blunden called to rest Feb 19th 1931 aged 85. Also of Elizabeth his beloved wife fell asleep after long suffering Dec. 31st 1939 aged 85

Further Information


Name: Robert Blunden

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1844

Town: Known

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1877

Spouse First Name: Elizabeth

Spouse Last Name: Cooper

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 19/11/1931

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: 63

Address line 3: The Drive

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: Unknown


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Chithurst, Sussex

William aged 46, ag lab. Susannah aged 42. Ann aged 13. Louisa aged 11. Thomas aged 9. Robert aged 7. Caroline aged 5. Elizabeth aged 3.


The Pallant, Havant, Hampshire

Robert aged q17, servant in school run by Samuel Spurgeon and family.


Wick Street, Wick, Lyminster, Sussex.

Robert aged 30, labourer. Elizabeth aged 26. Albert aged 3. Lily aged 1.


4 Western Road, Weeke, Winchester, Hampshire.

Robert aged 40, groom, gardener. Elizabeth aged 36. Albert aged 13, page boy. Lily aged 11. Ernest aged 8.


5 Kimberley Terrace, Elm Grove, Worthing, Sussex

Robert aged 50, gardener. Elizabeth aged 46.



63 The Drive, Worthing, Sussex.

Robert aged 60, jobbing gardener. Elizabeth aged 56. Lily Agnes Annie aged 31, at home. Ernest William aged 28, photo dealer’s assistant.


63 The Drive, Worthing, Sussex.

Robert Blunden, gardener. Elizabeth Blunden, domestic duties. Lily Agnes Annie Blunden, domestic duties.

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.