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The Church of St. Katharine, Savernake, Wiltshire
These rather elaborate gravestones commemorate Sir Godfrey Lushington and his wife Lady Beatrice Shore Lushington (nee Smith).
Although we took photographs of the inscription which goes around these gravestones, we were unable to read most of it due to a combination of erosion, shade, bright sun, a hard-to-read font and that there is moss growing in the indentations of the letters. But we were able to see the year 1914. So we looked through the church burial list (that is available inside the church to view) and saw there were three burials that year. One name stood out to us, that of 'Beatrice Anne Shore Lushington' which gave her address at time of death as 34 Old Queen Street, Westminster, the service being taken by E. Norris the vicar of St. Bartholomews in Reading. The date of burial is given as 10th September 1914. We looked at our many photographs of the inscription and, yes, we could make out September. A search of the internet produced more information about Lady Lushington and a link to her husband, Sir Godfrey.
Now we had a second name and a date of death we could look again at the photographs and we could see Sir and the letters after could easily be Godfrey. Other letters and dates also now could be seen, enough that we are fairly confident we have the correct names.
So, putting all our various information together we feel we can comfortably put names to and supply the following information:
Sir Godfrey Lushington, GCMG KCB, was born in Westminster (London) on 8th March 1832. He was one of ten children born to Rt. Hon. Stephen Lushington, PC, MP and Sarah Grace Lushington. He died on 5th February 1907 (address 34 Old Queen Street, Westminster) aged 74 and was buried at the Church of St. Katharine in Savernake on 9th February 1907, the service being taken be E. Norris, Vicar of St. Bartholomews, Reading, assisted by Arthur Baker (vicar).
Lady Beatrice Anne Shore Lushington was born in 1835 and one of four children born to Samuel Smith and Mary Shore. She died on 7th September 1914 aged 78 or 79, whilst living at 34 Queen Street. She was buried at Savernake on 10th September 1914 (the burial list gives aged of 79 at death), with the ceremony also being conducted by vicar E. Norris.
The reason we tell you about our journey is really to show how much help is freely available when conducting family history research so it is always worth searching for help. The people who put in so much time and effort to produce all this information probably aren't even thanked. So to the people who provided us with the burials list (which is made up of pages and pages of handwriting which someone has kindly copied and made available to visitors), and contributors to Geni.com (which gave us facts about this couple and supplied us with names, addresses and important dates, and even more information than we have given here, with sources shown too) we say Thank You for all your work. People, including us, are very grateful to you.
We have included many of our close up photographs of the inscription in case somebody can make better sense of it then we did!