Following on from my WW1 Framlingham book I have recently obtained some new information and photographs relating to the family of the wife of Walter Joseph Lazell who was killed in action in France on 18th January 1916 aged 36, which has led me to investigate this Framlingham family further.
Walter’s wife Rose Anna Hearn was born on the 9th October 1883 in Kettleburgh and was the daughter of Henry Hearn and Mary Ann Banthorp. Henry Hearn was born on the 27th March 1859 in Kettleburgh and was the son of George Hearn and Elizabeth Snell.
He married Mary Ann Banthorp on 1st January 1879 at Trinity Church in Bungay. They had the following children: Florence Mabel born 1879, George John 1881, Rose Anna born 1883, William Samuel born 1886, Gertrude Edith Justice born 1887, George Henry born 1889, Elizabeth Hannah born 1890, Alfred Stanley born 1891, Elsie Kathleen born 1895, Evelyn Norah born 1897, Violet Gladys born 1899 and Joseph Baden Powell born 1900.
The 1901 census shows the family living at Saxmundham Road in Framlingham and Henry’s occupation as an agricultural labourer. In 1911 the family were living at Lampard Brook in Framlingham.
Henry died in 1942 and is buried in Framlingham Cemetery with his wife Mary Ann who died on 26th July 1932.
Rose Anna Hearn his daughter married Walter Joseph Lazell son of Samuel Lazell on 1st January 1904 in St Michael’s Church in Framlingham. This picture shows Walter and Rose Lazell with their son Henry Walter John (Harry) born in1904 and was taken approximately a year later. They also had a daughter called Lucy Elizabeth in 1906.
When Rose heard the news of Walter’s death she and her two children were living in one of three cottages at the top of Fore Street on the left just before the high wall and this is where she received the telegram. She never re-married and eventually became stewardess of the Conservative Club until the outbreak of the Second World War. She died on 16th May 1958 in Burgess Hill in Sussex aged 74.
Photograph courtesy of Teresa Ann Sales (nee Lazell)
Additional family information kindly provided by Geoff Farrell 14th April 2015