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Sarah HALE was born in Urchfont, near Devizes, Wiltshire on the 19th September 1872 and was the youngest of nine children of James and Sarah(Miles) Hale .   James married Sarah Miles in Urchfont on the 21st February 1852. The HALE and MILES families had been in Urchfont for many generations and were mainly Agricultural Labourers.


Urchfont in 1954

Sarah, who was in service in London, married Walter Crews Saunders at St. Clement's Church, Fulham, London on the 8th July 1894. There is no record as to when Sarah arrived in London but in the 1891 Census she is working as a cook in 77 Brompton Road which was a 'Linen Drapers' shop. There was a manager, seven assistants, a porter and Sarah, the 18 year old cook. Presumably they must have all lived over the shop. In 2008, 77 Brompton Road is a 'Russell & Bromley' shoe shop


James HALE (born 1826) and Sarah MILES (born 1830) both in Urchfont were married there on the 21st February 1852 and they had the following children;-

1. Emily HALE - baptized 29th May 1855
2. Julia HALE - baptized 17th October 1858
3. Mary Ann HALE - baptized 30th August 1859
4. Hanry HALE - baptized 13th October 1861
5. Ann HALE - baptized 18th October 1863
6. Job HALE - baptized 13th October 1867
7. Mark HALE - baptized 13th October 1867
8. Rose HALE - baptized 16th October 1870
9. Sarah HALE - baptized 12th October 1873 (born 19th September 1872)

On the 16th January 1846 James enroled in the Wiltshire Friendly Society. The contibution was 3 3/4d (less than 2p) with a sickpay allowance of 7/-d (35p) per week and also 2.00 payable on death. His elder brother, William, also joined on the same day with a similar arrangement.


Mark Hale Mark Hale's house
Mark Hale and daughters
Minnie, Annie & Winnie with Stanley Saunders (nephew)
Urchfont 1954
Mark Hale's Home

James Hale died in Urchfont in May 1892 and his wife, Sarah, in April 1911.


Additional information

1. Emily never married and died in Urchfont in 1904.

2. Julia married Frederick Gosling(B.1867) in the Wandsworth area of London in about March 1892.. They had no children and lived in London. Julia died in Fulham in the spring of 1935.

3. Mary Ann. No further information

4. Henry married Martha Shipman in 1883. They had a son, Charles Arthur born in 1885.
Martha died in Urchfont in 1915 and Henry in 1928.

5. Ann married Charles Sharpe. They had four sons - Charles; Frederick; Arthur and Ernest. Ann and Charles lived in the Clapham area of London.

6. Job married Elizabeth Nash in 1889. They had six children - Frank (1890); Elsie Ann (1892); Frederick (1895); Arthur Edward (1897); Herbert Victor (1897) and James 1899.
Job died in Urchfont in 1943.

7. Mark married Mary Wilkins in 1889. They had seven children - William George (1888); Rose Ellen (1889); Julia Mary (1891); Minnie (1895); Sarah Annie (1899); Harry James (1901) and Winifred May (1903).
Private William George Hale was serving with 'X'; Company, 2nd Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry in Flanders, Belgium. William died, aged 28, on the 25th May 1915. His name is recorded on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Mary died in Urchfont in 1910 and Mark in 1955.