Sunday, April 15, 2012

William Black, grandson of John Black and Mary Ann Doe Black

Newspaper article, obituary for William Black, seen in the picture taken in 1951 where the family is picking hops:
The head of one of Tadley's oldest families, Mr. William Black, of 58 Mount Pleasant Road, was buried at the church of St. Peter and St. Paul at Tadley on Saturday. The funeral service, conducted by the Rector, the Rev. K.C. Davis and the assistant priest, the Rev. J.R. Turpin, was attended by more than a hundred friends and relatives from all over England. Mr. Black, who died on New Year's Day, won the Croix de Guerre and Mons star for his service in France during the First World War. He joined the 2nd Battalion the Wiltshire Regiment when he was only sixteen and the Croix de Guerre was awarded to him for bravery after he had killed 11 of the enemy to save a machine gun position. Because of his wounds he was discharged from the Army in 1916. He was badly gassed during the war and his illness was a delayed result of his war service.
Born in Wiltshire, Mr. Black moved to Tadley when he married his wife Elizabeth, who died six years ago. After the war he took up pig farming in Tadley, but since then had run a successful market garden wholesale, retail business from which he retired only two years ago.
During the Second World War Mr. Black organsed the Tadley Home Guard and had many tales to tell of the days when he trained his men with broomsticks because of the lack of guns. He was the only Home Guard sergeant-major in the country. He was also a founder member of the Tadley British Legion.
Mr. Black leaves five children, 18 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, the last of which was born on Sunday. He also leaves two brothers.

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