Following the recent local history exhibition in Framlingham, I was asked about a grave in Framlingham Cemetery, which is situated right in front of the World War 1 Memorial to George Henry Orsler, killed in action on 1st January 1915 in France.
The wording on the headstone says ‘Annie Mary Adhimar – Brave Woman now At Rest’ and there was a thought that maybe she had been involved with some kind of action during World War 2.
Loving a mystery and a chance to turn detective I decided to investigate further:
Annie was born Annie Mary Orsler in 1894 in Framlingham the daughter of John and Mary Orsler (nee Burrows). The 1901 census shows her aged 6 living at the Shoemaker’s shop in Greys Yard in Double Street with seven siblings and in 1911 she was aged 16 and working as a Children’s nurse living at the Post Office in Bridge Street in Framlingham
She married Harold Arthur Adhimar A Clerk from Colkirk in Norfolk in St Michaels Church in Framlingham on 24th April 1916 and from her probate record in 1948 it says she was resident at The Star Inn Bury Road in Thetford Norfolk where Harold was the licensed victualler.
I have been able to obtain a copy of her death certificate which shows she was living at the Inn when she died on 20th January 1948. After looking at this certificate the word ‘brave’ seems to have been used due to the medical conditions surrounding her death.
The death certificate states cause of death as Myclitis Tuberculosis and Potts disease of the spine, which I have researched and found the following information:
‘Pott’s disease is a presentation of extra pulmonary tuberculosis which is called so when tuberculosis bacillus is seen in any other organ other than lung. Extra pulmonary tuberculosis can affect the spine, a kind of tuberculous arthritis of the intervertebral joints. It is named after Percival Pott (1714–1788), a British surgeon.
It sounds a very painful condition and something that Annie would have suffered greatly with. After she died she was obviously brought back to Framlingham from Thetford by her family for burial next to her brother’s World War 1 grave.
If anyone has any extra information to add to this research then I would be pleased to hear from them.