Members of the Rushden Troop of the Northamptonshire Division of Rover Scouts paid their final tributes to a comrade on Monday at the funeral of Mr. Reginald Morris Hall, who died last week. Aged 31, Mr. Hall was a popular clicker in the boot industry. He was a former Assistant District Commissioner of Rover Scouts, and was keenly interested in all Scout activities. A widow is left, and there are no children.
A service was held at St. Mary’s Church, where the Rector of Rushden (the Rev. E. A. Green) and the curate (the Rev. J. S. Mathers) officiated. The surpliced choir was in attendance; the hymn, “Jesu, lover of my soul,” was sung, and the 23rd Psalm was chanted.
Mr. Alfred Clarke, A.R.C.O., was at the organ, and rendered suitable selections, including Handel’s “Largo.”
The immediate mourners were Mrs. R. Hall (widow), Mr. W. Hall, Rushden (father), Mrs. W. Hall, Rushden (mother), Miss C. Hall, Rushden (sister), Mr. Sid Taylor, Corby (brother-in-law), Messrs. Jack, Robert and Fred Taylor, East Carlton (brothers-in-law), Mrs. M. Taylor, East Carlton (mother-in-law), Mrs. A. Bailey, Rushden (cousin), and Mr. J. Hall, Wellingborough (uncle).
Representing St. Mary’s Church were Councillor J. Roe (church-warden), Messrs. C. Tunn, W. Clayton, Walter Knight, J. Wrighton, F. Andrews, S. Clifton, C. Clifton, and G.E.V. Fleeman (sidesmen). From Messrs. John Cave and Sons were: Mr. W. E. Capon (managing director), Mr. F. Tysoe (works manager), Mr. A. Gray (foreman of Finishing Department), Mr. Ted Sparks (foreman of the making department), Mr. G. Barnes (foreman of the rough stuff department), Mr. F. Causebrook (office staff), and Messrs. H. Stapleton, A Dickens, W. Tyler, Edgar Lord, R. Copperwheat, Sidney Smith, Charles Barker, W. Bathhurst, W. Willson, W. Woods, L. Bailey, R. Pendered, H. Bridgement, F. Edmonds, S. Norman, W. Scrimshaw, H. Ingram, Tom Groome, C. Alderman, George Croker, and many other works representatives. Councillor T.W. Cox was also present.
Rover Scouts formed the bearer party and guard of honour, and Girl Guides also attended.
The many beautiful wreaths were inscribed :-
To dear Reg, from your broken-hearted wife, Dora Good-night, dear, God bless you; To dear Reg, from Mum and Dad and Clarice, with all our love; In loving memory of dear Reg, from Mother and the boys at Wood Farm Upright and straight, one of the best, God grant to him eternal rest; To our dear cousin Reg, from Clara and Len, Shirley, Birmingham; To dear Reg from Aunt Clara and Uncle Herbert, Cotteridge, Birmingham; With deepest sympathy from the employees, staff and directors of John Cave and Sons, Ltd.; In everlasting memory of a “Fine Fella,” from his brother Scouts of 2nd Rushden St. Mary’s; With deepest sympathy from the Parochial Church Council and members of St. Mary’s Church; With deepest sympathy from 2nd Rushden St. Mary’s Brownies, Guides and Rangers; In deepest sympathy from the Parents’ Committee, 2nd Rushden St. Mary’s Boy Scouts; In affectionate remembrance and loving memory of Reg, from Aunt and Uncle and the girls at Wellingborough R.I.P.; In loving memory of Reg, from Aunt Alice, Winnie and Reg Grant to him eternal rest, O Lord; With deepest sympathy from all at Swineshead Post Office; In remembrance of Reg from two old Scouter friends, Les and Laurie Rootham; In loving memory of Reg, from Mrs. Brown and Elsie A beautiful memory left behind; With loving thoughts of dear Reg, from Gert and Bert and family; In loving memory of dear Reg from Mr. and Mrs. Bidewell and Ann, Corby; Peacefully sleeping From Nos. 26, 28, 30, Talbot-road; In affectionate remembrance of Reg, from Mr. and Mrs. Clayton and family Till the dawn breaks and the shadows flee away; With deepest sympathy from Nos. 11, 15, 50, Talbot-road; In loving memory of dear Reg from May and Syd Someday, sometime, we’ll understand; With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Craker and family; In remembrance, from Mr. and Mrs. W. Tyler; With deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. F. West, 101 High-street South; With loving sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. W. Knight; To dear Reg, ever remembered, from Ethel and Frank, Weldon; Kind thoughts from Mr. and Mrs. Peacock; With deepest sympathy, from Mrs. Groom and family; In loving memory of dear Reg from his fellow workmate and friend, Tom Brinsley; With our deepest sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Stapleton, Madge and little Rita In the midst of life we are in death; To dear Reg with deepest sympathy and sorrow, from Mr. and Mrs. Newell; With deepest sympathy from Gertie; With deepest sympathy from Nell and all at 29 Trafford-road; With heartfelt sympathy from the neighbours, Robinson-road; With deepest sympathy, Mr. and Mrs. H. Jacobs.
Messrs. Whittington and Tomlin were the undertakers.