The Uphill Family

We’ve just added a newspaper report about the funeral of Harry Uphill who died in January 1940 aged 46 at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Harry was born at Encombe in 1893 to gardener James Uphill (1855-1923) and Fanny Uphill neé Brown (1861-1918). The family moved to Wimborne by 1901 and, in 1911, Harry was working there as an assistant outfitter, a profession he continued at Uckfield in Sussex after serving his country in World War 1.

We’ve also added the probate record for Harry’s grandfather James Uphill (1821-1887) who died at Encombe.

1940: Funeral of Mr H. Uphill

The death occurred in the Royal Sussex County Hospital on Friday of Mr. Harry Uphill, who lived at the Bell Hotel, Uckfield. He was 46 years of age, and was a native of Kingston, Dorset. He went to Uckfield about 25 years ago, prior to which he was at Heathfield for a short time. A keen sportsman, he was in his younger days a member of the Heathfield Football club and the Belmont rovers, the latter being the old Wednesday Club at Uckfield. He was a playing member, and on the committee of both clubs. During the Great war he served with the 5th (Cinque ports) Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, and was known among his friends as “the old 8th Platoon.” He was one of the original members of the Cinque Ports  and United Services Club at Uckfield, and served on the committee. While at Uckfield, Mr. Uphill was employed by Mr. T. H. Barford in his outfitters’ shop.

The funeral was on Wednesday, the body being cremated at the Brighton Crematorium in the morning, and the ashes brought to Uckfield for interment in the cemetery in the afternoon. The rector of Uckfield (the Rt. Rev. C. J. G. Saunders) officiated, and members of the Cinque Ports and United Services Club lined up at the entrance to the cemetery.

The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. George Uphill, of Broadstone, Dorset, Mr. Arthur Uphill, of London (brothers and sister-in-law), Mrs. Chiles, of Swindon, and the Misses Agnes and Frances Uphill, of Wimbourne (sisters), Mrs. Lily Uphill (sister-in-law).

Others present were Mr. J. McCall, Mr. F. Simmonds, Mr. T. V. Barford, Miss Barford, Miss Wilmshurst, Mr. J. Jarvis, Mr. E. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. S. Bussey, Mr. G. R. Grantham, Mr. H. Fox, Mr. S. Saunders, Mr. R. J. Rogers, and Mr. R. Forbes.

Floral tributes were sent from Fred, Nell and Joyce (Bracknell); Ciss, Mabel & George (Swindon), George, Bella and Arthur (Broadstone); cousins Rachel and Gertrude; Agnes, Jim and Lil; Arthur; Fred, Fairy and family; fellow members of the United Services Club; Uckfield branch of the Old Comrades Association 5th Battalion (C.P.) Royal Sussex; Thomas H. Barford; Diff and Sam; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lockyer; the Misses Wilmshurst, Hardisty and Thompson; H.J. Ridley; all at Rockville.

Sussex Agricultural Express, 26 January 1940