7th EARL OF JERSEY’S FUNERAL
THE COUNTY’S TRIBUTE
A Simple Ceremony:
There was no pomp and ceremony at the funcial of the Earl of Jersey, which took place at All Saints Church, Middleton Stoney, at noon, on Friday last, but the implicity of the County’s last tribute to one so well-known and beloved made it the more impressive. It was the family’s wish that as many as
The 7th Earl who gave the Cup and played in the first final in 1888.
possible should attend the memorial service, which was held at St George’s Church, Hanover-square, and this fact made the ceremony purely a county one.
The coffin which was made out of an oak tree cut from the home wood in Middleton Park, was conveyed from Osterley Park by motor hearse on Thursday and was placed in the memorial chapel of the church until the time of the burial. The short service at the church could only be attended by a small portion of the mourners. The Rev. A Blythman, of Shennington, an old personal friend of the Earl. Read the lesson, and the Rev W. H. Draper (vicar of Middleton Stoney)) conducted the service. The hymns sung were “For all
the saints who from their labours rest” and “Now the labourer’s task is o’er”. The organist (Mr R. K. Slaymaker) played Chopin’s Funeral March, as the audience assembled, and “O rest in the Lord.” Was played as the coffin was being taken from the Church. The grave is near that of the other members of the family, including the late Earl’s mother.
The procession from the church included a number of surpliced clergy, and the deputation from the Oxford City Corporation – the Mayor (Alderman the Rev. W. E. Sherwood), the Sheriff (Councillor J. Hastings), Alderman Sir Walter Gray. Alderman Sir Robert Buckell, the Provost of Oriel (Rev. L. R. Phelps), and the Town Clerk (Mr R. Bacon), who were in their robes and were
headed by the mace, draped in black and carried by the Mayor’s Sergeant (Mr Gosling). The Inscription on the coffin which was carried to the grave by the following employees on the estate. – Messrs J. Waddup, A. Varney, S. Carpenter, C. Bolton, B. Coles, J. Ellerton, and W. Wilson. – was:
VICTOR ALBERT GEORGE CHILD VILLIERS
EARL OF JERSEY
P.C. G.C.B. G.C.M.G.
Born March 20th 1845,
Died May 31st 1915.