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Clara’s & Arthur’s Funerals

After the attempted pickpocketing, there was a long gap when the Freers were out of the limelight. The next reference found in Welsh Newspapers Online was from 28 March 1918, when the funeral of my great-grandmother, Clara Blacknell (née Freer) was reported, along with Arthur’s two months later.

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A Celebration of the Life of David Blacknell

David Blacknell

18 August 1935 ~ 7 October 2020

A service to celebrate the life of David Blacknell was held at Beckenham Methodist Church on Thursday, 29th October 2020 at 12pm. The service was officiated by the Reverend Alex Terrett.

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Funeral Service Photographs

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Funeral Service Replay

David Blacknell’s funeral service was streamed live and we were joined by family and friends from over 75 remote locations. To help anyone who would like to watch the replay we’ve included some timings below along with the Order of Service which you can download.

  • Entrance 10:49
  • Welcome 13:10
  • Reading 20:53
  • My Brother 21:47
  • Eulogy 24:05
  • Readings 46:09
  • Address 47:24
  • Music for Reflection 52:47
  • Family Tribute 54:45
  • Prayers 1:12:01
  • Commendation & Committal 1:19:34
  • Closing Music 1:21:08

Watch the video replay here

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David Blacknell Eulogy

I’m going to cover a chronology of Dad’s life – his childhood, his career, his friendships, his hobbies and his retirement. So where do I start?

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David Blacknell

It is with great sadness that Andrew & I share the news that our father passed away this morning.

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Dating my favourite photograph

Over the years, I’ve collected many photographs from the older of my relatives. I’ve always borrowed them, scanned them as high a resolution as I can and then returned them. The most frustrating aspect though is not knowing who is in them nor when/where it was taken. This one is no exception – though it is my favourite by a long shot. And given time, it’s coming together.

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Mysterious Freer baptism leads to new cousins in Australia

I came across a complete index of Freer baptisms in Quorndon, Leicestershire in my quest to find more about William’s parents and siblings. Little did I know it would lead me to discover two new Australian 4th cousins descended from a Freer who emigrated there in 1852.

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When was William Freer born?

I’ve been tracing as much as I can about my great great grandfather since I started my research around thirty years ago. William Freer was listed on his daughter Clara’s birth certificate in 1869 as a dog feeder of all things. Of course, it doesn’t tell you much about his age and so a process of digging up old records, guess work and deduction began.

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On the hunt for Quorndon kennels

My great great grandfather, William Freer, was a kennel man in the Leicestershire village of Quorndon in the 1850’s.

He was born in Quorndon in 1830 and likely stayed there, until marrying, with his parents who, in 1841, were living in Barrow Gate (now Station Road).