The Rushden Echo Friday 5 April 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Resident's Demise - Death of Mr Eli Glidle - A Sad Case
The death took place on Saturday last at 67 Little-street, of Mr Eli Glidle, at the age of 56 years. The deceased had been a great sufferer for five years, and recently his pain became so acute that he longed for the end, which came peacefully at 10.45 a.m. on Saturday. He leaves a widow, two daughters, and three surviving sons to mourn his loss. Three sons have given their lives in the service of their country, and one other son is still serving in France. Yet another son is in hospital at Epsom, having been seriously wounded in august last year, when he lost an eye and a finger, in addition to receiving very bad wounds to both arms and both legs. Much sympathy is felt with the widow and family in their bereavement.
The funeral took place on Wednesday, at the cemetery, the Rev R C Law officiating. The coffin, of polished elem, with brass fittings bore the inscription:-
Died March 30th, 1918
Aged 56 years
The mourners comprised; Mrs E Glidle (widow), and Mr Frank Glidle (son), Mrs Cockings (daughter), and Pte Fred Glidle (son), Miss Flossie Glidle (daughter) and Mrs Bert Glidle (daughter-in-law), Mrs F Glidle (daughter-in-law), and Mr Christopher Glidle of Kertering (brother), Mrs C Glidle (sister-in-law), Mr J West of Wymington (brother-in-law), Mrs H Whiting (niece), and Mrs Houghton (friend). A number of beautiful wreaths were placed on the grave, including a harp with broken strings, from the widow and family. Mr A Sanders was the undertaker.