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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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A Family Tribute

I would have loved my mum, Gretta, to be here too. Mum and Dad were very different – an Irish woman and an English man, an extravert and an introvert, one very driven and one a peace-maker, one an exerciser and one an eater – but they built a marriage that demonstrated the best of both of them.

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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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Freers on the move

One of the family history mysteries that has always been a source of fascination to me is how my great-grandmother, Clara Freer, who was born and brought up in Ruabon, Denbighshire, came to meet and marry my great-grandfather, Frederick Blacknell, who was born and brought up in Calverton, Nottinghamshire. Today, with the easy movement of people such a meeting would be perfectly normal but back in the second half of the nineteenth century didn’t everyone stay, more or less, in their home village?

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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).

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Family Tribute to Iris Savidge

We would like to share some of our memories to give a sense of our mum as the heart of our family, starting with a little about her early life before coming to Chesterfield.

Iris Savidge (née Joyce) 1933-2020