STEPHEN Ziegler from Horam is writing up his family history.
His grandmother, it turned out, had six brothers who served in the Great War and remarkably they all came back, though two died later due to wounds.
His gran married Sydney Funnell in 1923 whose family were the wheelwrights at Rushlake Green.
He had three other brothers who also all came back from the war.
A taster from Stephen about Ernest Funnell, who carried on the wheelwright business until about 1940:
“A certain Mr Avard of Flitterbrook Lane, Rushlake Green, paid a visit one day to Ernest. ‘Ern I wunt ye to measure me up for a coffin, I wunt it made o’oak and delivered to me ‘ouse.’ Ern made the coffin, delivered it, and asked him where he would like it placed.Mr Avard said under his bed. Beds were high in those days. So they both struggled with it up the narrow staircase and eventually manoeuvred it under the bed. A few months later Mr Avard arrived home late from the inn, rather worse for wear, dragged the coffin from under his bed, bumped it down the stairs and out into the garden where he set light to it, exclaiming ‘Shan’t be needin thee yet, ye bugger!'”
What a sport!
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