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Greetings from Grundisburgh, 1930

Postcard Grundisburgh chapel 1930

Our library contains in addition to books, manuscripts and archives items that are best described as ephemera. An example of such an item is a postcard sent by H H Gladstone of Grundisburgh to Mrs and Miss Summers of Felixstowe on 22 September 1930.

Postcard Grundisburgh 1930 (rear)

“H H” or Harry Herbert James Gladstone was the pastor of Grundisburgh Strict Baptist Chapel from 1926-1930. He was born on 30 May 1896 in Wandsworth. The son of Harry Herbert and Alice Gladstone. Harry, his mother Alice and a younger brother and sister appear in the 1901 census although his father was absent from the family home at 3/3a Sellincourt Road, Tooting Graveney on census day (31 March). The family shared the house with two other families.

By 1911 the family had moved to 93 Maybury Street, Tooting. Harry, now 14 was working as an office boy for a local estate agent. He was the eldest of seven children in the family.

Harry at 23 married Ellen M Huggins aged 26 in Fulham in July 1919. Harry served with the Royal Army Medical Corp and 58th (London) D.A.C. in WW1 in France and was demobilised in February 1919.

Harry Herbert James Gladstone died in January 1980 in the Havering district. He served in five pastorates: Kingston Upon Thames 1922-1926, Grundisburgh 1926-1930, Bradfield St George 930-1931, Chesham 1931-1947, Wellingborough 1947-1962.