Betty G Elmer


Betty Gwendoline Elmer was killed on 19th November 1940, aged 15.

She died (together with her mother Harriett Elizabeth Elmer, aged 53) when their terraced house in Roberts Street, Rushden, was one of several destroyed by a single bomb.  They are buried together in Rushden Cemetery in Grave F. 729.

Betty worked for Messrs William Green and Son, and was an active member at Park Road Methodist Church, being a member of the Girls' Brigade and the Girls' League, a Sunday School teacher and a member of the choir.

The funeral service in the Methodist Church was conducted by the Rev. A.Binney, and the family mourners in relationship to Mrs Elmer included Mr H. and Mrs A.D.Bunker (daughter and son-in-law), Mr T. and Mrs J.Marks (brother and sister-in-law), Mr W.Marks and Mr C.Marks (brothers), Mr F.Elmer and Miss T.Marks (brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mr S.Elmer and Mrs E.Parker (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mrs E.Elmer and Mrs E.Church (sisters-in-law), Mrs F.Shrives and Mrs W.Marks (sisters-in-law), Miss Marks and Mrs Hodgkins (sister-in-law and cousin).

The many friends of the family who attended the funeral included Councillor J.Allen JP (Chairman of Rushden Urban Council), Mr John W.Cooke (Methodist choirmaster), Mr A.G.Larkinson (morning leader of the Sunday School), Miss Frances Bayes and Miss P.Waite (Girls' Brigade), Ald C.W.Horrell JP CA and Mr S.E.Lawman (Methodist Church), Councillor W.E.Capon (general superintendent of the Sunday School), Mr L.W.Bradshaw, Mr W.Walker and Mrs O.Kilsby (Messrs John White Ltd), Miss Jean Spencer (Impregnable Sports Club), and Mr C.W.S.Green (Messrs William Green and Son).


[Adapted text courtesy of 'Hearts & Soles']