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Funeral of James Edwards at Slaugham church
The Slaugham Archive
Funeral of James Edwards at Slaugham church

James Albert Edwards was headmaster of Slaugham school from 1870 to 1878, and Handcross school from 1878 to 1907.
In the school logbook of 27th June 1877 he recorded that he was “Enabled by God’s blessing to rescue a little boy (James Laker) who had fallen down the well.”
He was also the organist at Slaugham church for 20 years.
At the funeral the schoolchildren, many carrying flowers, formed a guard of honour as their headmaster’s coffin was carried into church.
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I have been approached recently by Sophie McGlade from Devon who has requested information on her maternal great-great-great-grandparents, James and Hannah Edwards.
The information, listed below, can be viewed by selecting Open Document.
1. Photograph (poor quality) of James Albert Edwards
2. Photograph of Hannah Edwards (née Railton). No doubt she is in the above photograph walking behind the coffin supported by one of her sons.
3-5 Extracts from “Slaugham” by Rev. W. A. Dengate on Slaugham school
6-7 Extracts from “Slaugham” on a memorial plaque in the church

Added by Barry Ray on 30 March 2018
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