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George Thomas


15th. August 1863 to 28th. November 1915

This is a photograph of George
This is part of a photograph taken in 1914, the year before he died, and sent to his son Percy who was serving in the navy during the Great War. The photograph was supplied by Percy's son, Ralph.

Born at: Crumlin, Newport, Monmouthshire


Mary Ann BAYTON , 29th March 1887,
Newport Registry Office, Newport, Monmouthshire

1889 Beatrice - married Tom CHILDS

1891 (March) to 1891 (November) Florence

1893 George Edward - married Elizabeth, Ann, Maud JONES

1895 Cuthbert - married Margaret HENDERSON

1898 Mary Ann (Polly) - married Tom REES

1899 Percival married Violet ?

1902 Osmond

Brothers and Sisters;

1871 Cardiff Road, Aberdare, Glamorgan

1881/1887 Penclawdd, Swansea, Glamorgan

1889/1893 20 Mount Pleasant, Blaina, Monmouthshire

1899/1902 5 River Row, Blaina, Monmouthshire

1911/1915 16 Gladstone Street, Blaina, Monmouthshire

1887 Tinplate washman

1889 Tinman

1897/1915 Insurance agent


Died from acute bronchitis.

An obituary was printed in the South Wales Gazette and Newport Times on 10th December 1915.

The Late Mr Dowdeswell
We have to record the death of Mr George Thomas Dowdeswell, of 16 Gladstone Street, Blaina, which took place on 28th November, at the age of 52 years. The deceased, who was very popular in the district, had been an agent with the Prudential Assurance company for the past 19 years. He took a keen interest in ambulance work, being superintendent and chief officer of the Town Brigade for some years. He was a faithful member of the Primative Methodist Church. He leaves a widow and six children to mourn his loss, the eldest son, Mr George Edward Dowdeswell, being in the R.A.M.C. and at present in Belgium, and thus unable to attend the funeral. Much sympathy is felt for the family in he loss of such a good husband and father.
The remains were laid to rest at the Blaina cemetery on Fiday, the Rev. G. Stanyer officiating. Members of the Blaina and Brynmawr Ambulance Brigade were in attendance in the command of Corporal Elkins, also the Town Band, under the conductorship of Mr Jack Probert. As the cortege left the house the band feelingly rendered the Dead March and the popular hymn tune Lead Kindly Light at the graveside.

1st December 1916 South Wales Gazette printed:-

DOWDESWELL - In affectionate rememberance of G.T. DOWDESWELL, Blaina, who died Nov 28th 1915.

Good was his heart, and in friendship sound,
Patient in pain, and loved by all around.
His pains are o're, his suffering now is done,
A life of everlasting joy he's just begun.

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