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Florence Annie POTHECARY

Female 1867 - 1952  (84 years)


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  • Name Florence Annie POTHECARY 
    Born 13 Aug 1867  Knock, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Name Annie 
    _UID EBD5E9C968484F5FADE85536B836B16DFCA0 
    Died 29 Jan 1952  Burton on Trent, Staffs Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Aft 29 Jan 1952  St Mary's Stretton, Burton on Trent, Staffs Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Married as a spinster of Burton on Trent.

      On Monday 31 January 1916 there was a Zeppelin raid on Burton on Trent. Reports say that 15 people were killed and 72 injured. At the time, Florence and John were living at 87 Grange Street and very shortly after the raid Florence wrote the letter below to her son Albert John and his wife.

      The transcript of the letter (which is undated) has been kindly given by Enid Minter, with permission to reproduce it here. Enid comments "The transcript is as found, regarding punctuation and spelling. Considering the short and very elementary education Annie would have had I think it is expressed remarkably well. Their son, Edd, was to fall in the Battle of Arras the following year and their son, Jack, was to be wounded at Paschendaele six months after Edd's death. The 'dear little girl' was Elsie Winifred Minter, Jack and Lizzie's daughter. … you might find it interesting speaking, as it does, of the times with a woman's voice."

      Here is the letter:

      87 Grange Street
      Burton on Trent

      My dear Jack and Lizzie

      Oh I am so glad to be able to tell you we are all quite safe we have had a terrible experience & A miraculous escape from death or of being killed there was A horrible air raid here on Monday night & the first bomb dropped A few houses from the bottom of our garden destroyed 3 houses & killed 3 persons and injured two so they tell me. we heard the engins it must have passed over our house droped another in Wellington St & killed a man & took his boys arm off that stood beside him another dropped on the Maltings on shubnal road and set fire to them & there are streets of houses with all the windows blown out there was a mission going on in Christchurch parish room one dropped there killed the Missioner & injured others I cannot tell you all that has happened it would take A newspaper for that all we are thankfull for that God took care of us we were huddled up in the cellar us & several of our neigbours waiting as it were for death oh it was terrible & I hope please God it may never come our way again it has so unnerved us that every sound we here makes us tremble and we shall never get the sound of the thing out of our ears now dears I must not say any more about it as I have been very poorly & it upsets me to talk about it I am pleased to see according to the papers Edd will be put back into married groups we feel if this war was over we could put up with anything but it will not be over yet now dears I cannot say any more now so I will close with fond & tender love from your own dear Ma Pa & Ciss praying that God will take care of us all at all times and in all circumstances if we are in His care all will be well with us kiss my dear little girl bless her I hope you are all in the best of health xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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      «i»Footnotes (not part of the letter)«/i»
      Wellington Street runs parallel to Grange Street; Shobnall Road runs at right-angles to both.
      The man killed in Wellington Road lived at number 34; his name was Charles Gilson and his son was George Gilson.
    Person ID I2104  Ickham, Kent
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2010 

    Father Albert POTHECARY,   b. Bef 6 Sep 1842,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Martha ANDREWS 
    Family ID F502  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Minter,   b. 26 Jan 1868, 6 Holly Hill, Hampstead, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1951, Lichfield, Staffs Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 3 Jun 1888  Christ Church, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Married by banns. John Minter, 20, a bachelor labourer of Horninglow, father Jacob Minter (deceased), brewer; Florence Annie Pothecary, 20 a spinster of Burton on Trent (born 13 August 1867) the daughter of Albert Pothecary a labourer deceased (and Martha nee Andrews). Both signed. Witnesses - John Taylor and Sarah Pothecary both signed. Vicar - Charles Guest
    Children 
     1. Albert John Minter,   b. 4 May 1889, 22 Napier Street, Burton on Trent, Staffs Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1943, 15 St Johns Road, Huddersfield, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     2. Jacob Percy Minter,   b. 24 Sep 1890, Burton on Trent, Staffs Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1952, Cradley, Staffs Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. Alfred Edward Minter,   b. Dec 1892, Burton on Trent, Staffs Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1917, WW1 casualty at Roeux near Arras, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years)
     4. Elsie May Minter,   b. 14 May 1894, Burton on Trent, Staffs Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1974, East Staffs RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2009 20:07:00 
    Family ID F501  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Richard Stanley, 2005.

    2. [S3] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      aged 84, Q1 1952 Lichfield 9b/245. Date from Richard Stanley.

    3. [S29] Marriage certificate (copy) (Reliability: 3).
      Q2 1888 Burton on Trent 6b/456.