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|Photograph: Peter Fairweather
Ordsall Parish Churchyard
|This small cross to Mary Jane is one of four to the Baker children who all died in 1918.
The eldest of the four died first and has a cross just like this one. He was Thomas William and he worked at Bradshaw’s Foundry. He was one of the early Killer Flu victims in the Epidemic which started devastation in 1918. He died on October 30th and his two sisters followed him on November 5th and November 13th, his little brother followed on 16th of November. All four dead in little over a fortnight.
The foundry men at Bradshaws made the cross for their work mate when he died and when another followed they did the same for her. They made four in time.
The item in the newspaper said:-
BAKER. In loving memory of Thomas William Baker, died October 30th 1918; Eva Kate Baker, died November 5th 1918; Mary Jane Baker, died November 13th 1918; and Jonathan Baker, died November 16th, 1918.
Let friends forbear to mourn and weep,
While sweetly in the dust we sleep;
A tiresome world we’ve left behind,
A glorious crown we there shall find,
An angel took my flowers away,
Yet I will not repine,
Since Jesus on His bosom wears,
The flowers that once were mine.
Safe in the Shepherd’s bosom,
White as the driven snow,
Are the little lambs we missed
From our household here below.
-----From loving father and mother; sisters
Doris and Lizzie, 40, Whitehall road, Retford;
Grandfather and Grandmother and Aunty Eveline, 103 Ordsallr
IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARY JANE BAKER
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 13th 1918
AGED 9 YEARS
JESUS CALLED A LITTLE CHILD UNTO HIM
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