2015: Death of Dorothy ‘Grace’ Grant

DOROTHY ‘GRACE’ GRANT Passed away peacefully at home after a short illness on Thursday 13th August aged 88 years. Beloved wife of the late Arthur (photographer). Much loved mum of Geoff and Annette and to Tanya and Mike. Dear grandma of Jamie-Lee, Saffron and Poppy and to Andrew, ‘G-Mar’ of Gracie-May and Harlie-Arthur. Funeral Service in the Church of St Martin on the Walls, Wareham on Friday 21st August at 2.00pm. Family flowers only please, donations if desired for Marie Curie, Wareham Health Centre and The Tyneham Fund may be sent to Albert Marsh Funeral Directors, St Michaels Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4QU.

Published in the Dorset Echo, 15 August 2015

[Dorothy Grace Grant nee Rawles (1926-2015)]

2010: Lingering ghosts of a long-dead England

Tyneham in Dorset was already a museum piece when it was shut down during the Second World War. It never reopened

by David Randall

There’ll be another burial in the village next week. Arthur Grant’s ashes will be interred in the churchyard at Tyneham in Dorset. He left more than 60 years ago, but now the last of him will return to the village that laid down its life for the Second World War.

In 1943, the army needed Tyneham to expand its Lulworth firing range, and so everyone was shipped out. Ever since, the only way of becoming a resident again is to die and be buried here. Arthur is believed to be the last of them. Now there is no one with any memory of this curious place which did not wither or change but simply shut its doors and went away.
Even for the time, Tyneham was a period piece, albeit an ambiguous one. For romantics, it was, in its old ways, a keepsake of a once-unchanging England. For modernists, it was, with its broken roadways, its single telephone, and the Bond family owning all the land, an affront to progress.

But, to a few hundred people, it was home. In the early decades of the 20th century, there was Mrs Manktelow, the widow at Double Cottages, the schoolmistress Mrs Pritchard, old Charlie Miller, the Knights, including Fred and his father, coachman to the Bonds at Tyneham House; Charlie Meech, the odd-job man up at the big house; and Mrs Taylor, the village wise woman.

There were two villages here, really. Down the Gwyle, the coombe that led to the sea, was Worbarrow. Then there was Tyneham proper, with its fields of sheep and its Elizabethan manor house. Closer to the green was St Mary’s church; the rectory, home to parsons grand enough to make use of the tennis courts; Dorset stone homes; the one-roomed school; and The Row, the line of terraced cottages punctuated by the village’s only shop.

By the late 1930s, there were cracks in its chocolate-box façade. The school had closed in 1932. There was no pub; Worbarrow’s coastguard station had closed; there was no electricity, no piped water and no development – unless the Bonds sanctioned it.

Then came the war. A radar station was set up on Tyneham Cap, and, to staff it, the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force arrived. They requisitioned Tyneham House, and airmen were billeted in homes. In November 1943, every villager received a letter. “It is necessary,” it began, “to move you from your homes.” By 19 December, all 225 were gone. Many were under the impression they would return, but in 1947 they were told there would be no coming back. Compensation was paid in 1952 and periodic campaigns were mounted to wrest back the village.

They failed, but concessions were made. In 1975, burials were allowed, and the army’s guns are muzzled on 134 days a year so ramblers and curious civilians can once again come to Tyneham. The manor house was demolished in 1967, and thatched roofs have fallen. But the church is preserved, and the school is a museum. In it are the clothes pegs of pupils, and one bears the name Arthur Grant. His ashes will be in the churchyard, but the memory of him, and some of the spirit of the place he once inhabited, lives on.
Published by, and copyright of, The Independent, Sunday 24 January 2010

2010: Death of Arthur Grant

GRANT ARTHUR (AMENDED NOTICE) (Photographer) aged 87 years peacefully at home on Tuesday 12th January 2010. Dearly beloved Husband of Grace and Dad of Geoff, Annette and to Tanya and Mike. A dear Grandad of Jamie-Lee, Saffron and Poppy. Funeral Service in the Church of Lady St Mary, Wareham, Monday 25th January at 2.15pm. Family flowers only please, donations if desired for Wareham Surgery Medical Trust Fund and the Tyneham Fund may be sent to:- Albert Marsh Funeral Directors, St Michaels Road, Wareham, BH20 4QU. Tel. 01929 552107.

Published by Bournemouth Echo, Tuesday 19 January 2010

[Arthur Henry John Grant (1922-2010)]

 

2010: Tributes paid to legendary Purbeck photographer Arthur Grant

by Jim Durkin

The family of legendary Purbeck photographer Arthur Grant have paid a heartfelt tribute to a “huge character who will always be remembered with affection and love”.

Arthur passed away peacefully at home last Tuesday at the age of 87, after a brave battle against a protracted illness. He worked as a professional photographer for three decades, with many of his pictures featuring in the Daily Echo and Swanage and Wareham Advertiser.

Son Geoffrey said: “Dad will be remembered fondly, having touched many people’s lives in his role as the photographer in Wareham and Purbeck.”

Arthur is also remembered as one of the last inhabitants of Tyneham village, which was requisitioned by the army and used as a practice area for the historic D-Day landings. The village, heavily damaged, would eventually be substantially restored and opened to the public. Arthur went on to give many interviews for books and television about his schoolboy memories of Tyneham life. In a moving gesture, his family have been given special permission for his ashes to be interred at Tyneham – Arthur is finally going home.

The year before the outbreak of the Second World War, Arthur, aged just 16, joined the Union Castle Shipping Line. He served as captain’s steward on the Capetown Castle, which was converted into a troop carrier and survived a bombing off Northern Ireland. During leave he met young Dorset woman Dorothy Grace Rawles, his beloved Grace, who he went onto marry at Poole in 1953. He is survived by Grace and their two children, Geoffrey and Annette. Arthur also worked as a steward on the flying boats which operated out of Poole and for Australian airline Qantas, where he rose to the rank of deputy flight steward controller. He was honoured to be selected as part of the crew flying the Queen to Australia during her 1954 tour.

After returning to England, to help his sick mother in the late 1950s, Arthur and Grace settled in Mill Lane, Wareham. It was around this time he decided to turn his love of photography into a profession. After retirement in 1990 Arthur became a prolific gardener.

His funeral service will be held at the Church of Lady St Mary, Wareham, on Monday at 2.15pm. The family will be holding light refreshments at the South Street Conservative Club afterwards.

Published by, and copyright of, the Daily Echo, 19 January 2010

2006: Death of Poppy Ingram

POPPY INGRAM. Dearly mother of Ruth, David and Lizzie, widow of Gilbert and Cliff Budden, of Southdown. Adored granny and great granny, fell asleep on 27th September, 2006. Funeral service service at St Michaels Church, Owermoigne, on Friday 6th October at 10.00am. Flowers and/or donations in aid of St Catherine’s Chapel, Holworth, may be sent c/o Woods Funeral Service, 11a Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW (please make cheques payable to Woods Funeral Service). Please wear something red for Poppy.

Published by Dorset Echo, Saturday 30 September 2006

[Poppy Cicely Ingram formerly Budden nee House (1925-2006)]

2003: Death of John Durant-Lewis

DURANT-LEWIS JOHN (Late Chief Executive of Wareham & Purbeck Rural District Council) and resident of Wareham for nearly 70 years, passed away peacefully, aged 93 years, at Holmegate Residential Home, on 5th April 2003. Funeral Service at Poole Crematorium on Tuesday 15th April at 1.30pm. Family flowers only please. All enquiries c/o Lesley Shand Funeral Service, Tel: (01202) 658833.

Published by the Bournemouth Echo, 9 April 2003

1980: Death of Lilian Margaret Garneys BOND nee BOND

Deaths: BOND. – On 12th August, 1980, Lilian, aged 93, widow of Ivo Bond, daughter of William Bond of Tyneham, Dorset. Funeral service at St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester on Tuesday, 19th August at 11.30 am, followed by cremation at Weymouth. No flowers by request. Enquiries please to Grassby & Sons, Funeral Directors, 16 Princes Street, Dorchester. Tel. Dorchester 2338

Published by The Times, Thursday 14 August 1980

1947: Aged Evacuee from Training Area Mrs. C. Miller dies at Stoborough

An evacuee from the much discussed battle training area of the Isle of Purbeck, whose exclusion from her lifelong home at Warbarrow Bay has aroused the sympathy of all interested in the “battle” of Purbeck. Mrs. Harriet Deborah Miller, has died at her home at Stoborough. The fate of the only home she knew in her sixty odd years of married life has still to be decided by the Government.

Mrs. Miller, who was 93, was evacuated in December 1943, and within a week her 93 years old husband, Mr. Charlie Miller, died. By permission of the military authorities, he was buried in his home parish of Tyneham, and ever since his widow has grieved that she has been debarred from visiting his last resting place.

In view of all the circumstances Mrs. Miller decided that her last resting place should be at the cemetery adjoining Wareham Parish Church, where her relatives could visit and tend her grave.

So it was that Mrs. Miller was buried at Wareham, separated from her husband, with whom she lived in the little cottage at Warbarrow for the 63 years of her married life. A native of Kingston, she was for some time before her marriage a teacher at Tyneham School.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. John Frith, and chief mourners were Mrs. J. Hodge, Mrs. A. Head, Mrs. G. Mudford, Mrs. E. Woadden, Miss E. Houliston (nieces), Mr. G. White, Mr. A. Head, Mr. F. Hodge (nephews), Mrs. Houliston (sister-in-law), Miss Minnie Miller (cousin), Miss B. Minterne and Miss. W. Minterne (friends and former neighbours at Warbarrow). Others present included Mr. and Mrs. W. R. G. Bond, Mrs. Pryce (representing Wareham and Purbeck Rural Council) and Mr. C. F. J. Durant-Lewis, clerk to the Council), Mrs. H. C. Money, Mr. and Mrs. P. Brachi, Mr. and Mrs. G. Hart and Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Reeks.

Western Gazette – Friday 5 September 1947

1947: Death of Revd. Claude Samuel Homan

HOMAN On May 5, 1947, CLAUDE SAMUEL HOMAN of 72, Parkstone Road, Poole, formerly Rector of Carne, Tyneham, Frampton, Stockton, the Diocese of Salisbury, and for three years Chaplain at Costobello, South of France, aged 78. Cremation at [illegible] Crematorium to-morrow (Friday). Service ; St. Peter’s Church, Parkstone, later. No flowers, by request.

Published by Poole & Dorset Herald, 8 May 1947

[Claude Samuel Homan (1867-1947)]

The Late Mrs. Mary Wheeler

A beloved personality

Mrs. Mary Jane Wheeler of The Bungalow, Worbarrow Bay, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, at the age of 81 years, following an illness which commenced suddenly on July 30th.

A native of Yorkshire, Mrs. Wheeler had been twice married, and on Friday afternoon she was interred in the grave of her first husband, Mr. John Greenwood, who predeceased her by 52 years, at Southend-on-Sea.

To the small community at Worbarrow Bay, the people of Tyneham, and many more in that cleft in the hills of Purbeck, Mrs. Wheeler’s death has brought a sense of irreparable loss. They mourn the passing of a friend who never failed, and for whom their affection was won by a kindly and sympathetic disposition, and by rare generosity. No-one ever turned to Mrs. Wheeler for help, advice, or sympathy in vain.

Not only residents of that part of Purbeck where Mrs. Wheeler was so loved, but visitors, soldiers, airmen, and others can testify to her goodness. During the days of war, when the military had charge of a look-out station at the Bay, she opened her home to the men, provided hot baths and placing a room at their disposal.

On an occasion when a seaplane descended in the Bay, it was Mrs. Wheeler who provided the occupants with accommodation, giving them every comfort, until such time as they were prepared to depart. Holiday makers, campers, and others have found in her a true friend, always prepared to help them, and to make their stay more pleasant.

Funeral Tributes

Mrs. Wheeler was interred by her own special wish in the vault of her first husband, at Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and among the many wreaths sent were the following:

  • Michael, Lorna, and Patrick: In loving memory.
  • Amy, Arthur, and Norman: With ever loving memory to dear Auntie.
  • Reg., of Australia: In affectionate remembrance.
  • Owen, Idris [Ellis]: Sincere love and sympathy.
  • Winifred and Clarence [Brachi]: With great love and deep sorrow.
  • Florrie and Glen: With loving and deepest sympathy.
  • Maude [Ellis]: With grateful and loving remembrance.
  • Trevor [Ellis]: To dearest Mother.
  • David, Anne, and Mary [Brachi]: With love from her children.
  • Mrs. Norman Briggs: With ever loving memories to a great and noble woman.
  • Mrs. R. J. Oliver and Violet: In grateful remembrance of her kindness.
  • Elsie Schries and Margaret Boston: In ever loving memory.
  • Rev. and Mrs. L. Wynne: In memory of an old friend.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Hill, Olive and Mabel: In very loving memory.
  • Mrs. L. H. Gilbert: In loving memory of a dear old friend.
  • Mrs. Haley and Olga: In loving remembrance.
  • Annie and Julia and Mrs. Warr: In loving memory.
  • Rosetta Fraser: With deepest sympathy.
  • Douglas, Ada, and Tony Wheeler: With love and sympathy.
  • Mrs. H. Cundall: In loving memory of a very dear friend.
  • Mr. C. Bayer: With deepest sympathy.
  • Harriet, Grace, and Sally: With love for the best lady we have ever known.
  • Harriet and Charles Miller: In ever loving memory.
  • Jack and Miggie [Miller]: To our dear old friend.
  • Mrs. Rose: With much love to a dear friend.
  • Mrs. Herd: With deepest sympathy.
  • Percy and Ellen Kerley: In kind remembrance.
  • Mrs. J. Toms: With deep sympathy.
  • The Nurses: With kind thoughts.
  • Mrs. A. Moor-Shaw: In loving remembrance.
  • Mrs. F. J. Wheeler, Alice and Willie: With deepest sympathy.
  • Mrs. Frank Berryman and Mrs. Titchmarsh: In affectionate remembrance.
  • Miss Edith Gamble: In affectionate memory.
  • Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Kirton: With sincere sympathy.
  • Mrs. Walter Ware and Reg.: In loving memory of a dear Gran.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Annereau: With kind remembrance.
  • Mr. Francis Briggs: In memory of many happy days.

The relatives of the late Mrs. M. J. Wheeler, of Worbarrow, Corfe Castle, wish to thank their many friends for the kind letters of sympathy and beautiful flowers.

Published by Western Gazette, 26 August 1932