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1921 Census – first findings

So, the long awaited 1921 census has finally been published online. At £3.50 for each record it isn’t cheap but as a devoted genealogist I have been saving my pennies in anticipation for a while. My first purchase was the record for my great-grandfather, Frederick Blacknell.

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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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Condolence Book

We’ve tried to collect as many of the kind messages sent by friends and family when dad passed away. If you’d like to send us a message to be included please do contact us.

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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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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?