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Name: Rosalind Porteous

Burial Number: 1255

Gender: Female

Occupation: Daughter of Herbert and Mabel Porteous

Born: 00/09/1906

Died: 21/07/1926

Buried: 24/07/1926

Story

Rosalind known to all as Betty was born in Chalford, the daughter of Dr Herbert Llewellyn Porteous and his wife Mabel Elizabeth. She was baptised at St James, Hampton Hill, Richmond, Surrey on 25 Sep. Betty’s father was a general practitioner. Herbert died in Surrey on 4 Mar 1915. Betty’s mother moved the family to Worthing where they settled at 120 Heene Road (later 194 Heene Road when the houses were renumbered). As she grew into a young woman, Betty was often mentioned in the local papers mainly regarding the dresses she wore to social occasions. Betty died suddenly after an operation on 21 Jul 1926. She passed away in Caer Gwent Nursing Home in Wykeham Road. Cause of death was given as “appendicitis, jaundice and pneumonia” A report on her funeral appeared in the Worthing Herald. No Probate. The following year, her sister Joyce was married to an Army officer in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). At the precise moment of her wedding, a copy of Joyce’s bridal bouquet was placed on Betty’s grave.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Rosalind Porteous

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 2 Plot: 25

Exact Location (what3words): limp.perky.update

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

Description:

No description of the headstone has been added.

Inscription:

In loving memory of Herbert Llewellyn fourth son of Colonel A Porteous died March 4th 1915 aged 44 "Peace perfect peace" Also in loving memory of Rosalind Ursula Betty Porteous fell asleep 21st July 1926 aged 20 years "In God's keeping"

Further Information

Birth

Name: Rosalind Ursula Betty Porteous

Gender: Female

Born: 00/09/1906

Town: Chalford

County: Gloucestershire

Country: England

Marriage

Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 21/07/1926

Cause of death: Appendicitis; Jaundice; Pneumonia.

Address line 1: Caer Gwent Nursing Home

Address line 2: 120

Address line 3: Wykeham Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

Worthing Herald 31 July 1926 “Beautiful Life Cut Short” Tribute to the late Miss Betty Porteous. “Safely, safely gathered in, far from sorrow far from sin. God has saved from weary strife, in it’s dawn this fresh young life” These words were sung by the boys’ choir of Heene church at the funeral service for Miss Rosalind Ursula Betty Porteous younger daughter of the late Dr H L Porteous of Chalford Gloucester and Mrs Porteous of Heene Road Worthing on Saturday afternoon. Miss Porteous died on the previous Wednesday at the age of 20 after an operation. All the time the sorrowful congregation found it hard to believe the hymn was sung for one who had been in their midst full of youth and life and happiness until a few days before, when she was struck down by an illness, the awful termination of which no one suspected. It was unbelievable that the solemn hymns, the black robed congregation, the requiem music and flowers were for Betty Porteous the brightest most fragrant flower shedding her sweetness on all around. The clergyman the Rev. G Sparrow of St Matthews in his feeling manner lifted the thoughts of the congregation from the sense of earthly loss and sorrow, to the knowledge of spiritual gain. She who they mourned was not dead but living in a brighter sphere. “For the life so young and fair hath now passed from earthly care” He sent out the comforting thought of her safety and her shelter and all she had been spared in being gathered in her youth and freshness into the fold of love and spiritual glory. Hard as it was to find consoling words in the face of a loss so sudden and tragic, the Preacher in his tender address sought, and not in vain to follow the wisdom of the Divine Will which had left the hopes and prayers of the distress watchers unanswered, as they waited in the darkened chamber for some straw of hope to cling to, that their dear one would be spared to them. “God Himself the soul will keep, giving his beloved sleep” He bid them go forth but not without hope and strong in the faith that “it is well with the child” The short address full of human sympathy and spiritual light and understanding made it perhaps easier for the dear ones of Betty Porteous to kneel and sing the closing hymn which was based upon the very bedrock of faith. The family mourners and many friends who had known Mrs Porteous’s bright young daughter and loved her dearly then made their short way to the Heene churchyard where the last sad earthly rite was performed, and the flowers symbolic of the young life made a carpet of colour over the resting place of “our darling Betty”. So she was described by her sorrowing family in their mourning tributes, and so she will live in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. Mr A Boyes F.R.C.O. included amongst his requiem music Mendelssohn’s “O Rest in the Lord” and one of the same composer’s “Song Without Words”. He also played portions of Chopin’s “Funeral March” which tells in such wonderful language the true story of death and resurrection. The “Nunc Dimittis” was sung as the flower-laden casket was brought down the aisle. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs Patching.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information

1911

Living at Wickham Grange, Chalford – Herbert L aged 40, general practitioner. Mabel aged 34. Joyce aged 7. Kenneth aged 5. Rosalind aged 4. Plus 1 servant.

1921

117 Heene Road, Worthing, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Herbert Reginald Gale
Head
Male 1881 39 Hampshire, England Bank Clerk Lloyds Bank Ltd
Lilian Clare Temple Gale
Wife
Female 1880 41 Allahabad, India Home Duties
Phyllis Lilian Gale
Daughter
Female 1909 11 Shanklin, Hampshire
Doris Christine Gale
Daughter
Female 1917 3 Worthing, Sussex, England
Christiana Julia Piercy
Mother-in-law
Female 1846 75 Belgravia, London, England
Rosalind Ursula Betty Partious
Visitor
Female 1906 14 Chalford, Gloucestershire

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