Woman’s Fatal Burns


St Anns Road

Susannah Childs, born circa 1875 in Brooksby, Leicestershire, married my third cousin, twice removed, Charles Emmanuel Easthope, in 1908 in Rotherham.

Below are a number of newspaper articles published shortly after her tragic death.




A verdict of “Accidental Death” was recorded by the Rotherham Borough Coroner (Mr. W. J. Bradford, J.P.) at an inquest held in the Rotherham Hospital on Tuesday into the circumstances of the death of Susannah Easthope (60), married woman, of 231, St. Ann’s Road, Rotherham, who sustained fatal burns at her home on Saturday morning.

Dr. W. A. Heggie, house surgeon at the Rotherham Hospital, said deceased was admitted on Saturday morning. She was suffering from extensive burns which involved the upper part of the chest, the face, both arms, the whole of the back and the back of the legs. She died next day, the cause of death being shock following the burns. More than half of the body area was burned and when more than one-third of the body area was burned it was usually fatal.

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Rotherham Hospital

Charles Robert Easthope, son of the deceased, said he was in bed when he heard his mother shouting from downstairs. He came down at once and met his mother at the bottom of the stairs. She was in flames and was hardly visible. Witness obtained a coat which was hanging behind a door and wrapped it around her, smothering the flames. Deceased afterwards told him that she was reaching to the mantlepiece when her apron caught fire.

The Coroner complimented the son, saying that he appeared to have done everything he could.

EASTHOPE. – On Sunday, December 8th, 1935, at the Rotherham Hospital, Susannah, the dearly loved wife of Charles E. Easthope, aged 60 years.

Mr. Easthope and family wish to thank Doctor in attendance; also Doctor, Matron, Sisters, and Nurses of the Rotherham Hospital for kindness shown to Mrs. Easthope; also neighbours and friends for kind expressions of sympathy and floral tributes.

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Masbrough Cemetery



The funeral of Mrs. Susannah Easthope, of 231, St. Ann’s Road, Rotherham, who died in Rotherham Hospital on Sunday, following burns sustained at her home (a report of the inquest will be found on page 4) took place in the Masbro’ Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, the service being conducted by the Rev. J. M. Neilson. The principal mourners were Mr. Charles E. Easthope (widow), Messrs. Charles R., George, and Edward Easthope (sons), Mr. and Mrs. J. Clay (son-in-law and daughters), Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Childs, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Childs, Mr. Harry Childs and “Ivy,” Mrs. Thomas Taylor, Miss Zeita Childs, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Easthope, Mr. S. Childs, Mrs. Haywood, Mrs. Asman, Mr. and Mrs. Glossop, and Mr. Charles Glossop, Mrs. Emanuel Easthope, and Mr. Tummings.

Floral tributes were sent by the following:- Widower and family,” “Kitty, Jim and Joyce and her little grandson Gordon,” “Mr. R. Childs, Zeeta, Tom, Cissie and Norman,” “Mr. and Mrs. Glossop and Son,” “William and Eliza Childs,” “Tom and Lottie Childs,” “Harry and Ivy Childs,” “Ida, Ted, Sid, Iris, Frank and Teddy Easthope,” Mr. John Angell, Mr. and Mrs. George Pickering, “Tom, Lucy and Lillian Asman,” Mr. and Mrs. Tyrell, Mr. and Mrs. Bateman, Mr. and Mrs. B. Nixon, “Mrs. Clay and little Teddy,” Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and two wreaths from “Neighbours and friends.”


Parish Church Wedding

Paul G. Little & Elaine M. Shadwick - All Saints' Church, Rotherham - 31.08.1968

Paul G. Little & Elaine M. Shadwick

Elaine Margaret Shadwick, born circa 1947 in the Rotherham area, is my fifth cousin and daughter of Arnold Albert Shadwick and Lilian Louvain Easthope.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Elaine’s marriage to Paul Granville Little.



The marriage took place at Rotherham Parish Church last Saturday of Miss Elaine Margaret Shadwick, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Shadwick, of 9, Richard Road, Rotherham, and Mr. Paul Granville Little, second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Little, of 12, Far Lane, Rotherham. The service was conducted by the Rev. E. Duckett, and the organist was Mr. W. Shepherd.

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All Saints’ Church

Given away by her father, the bride wore a full-length white crystal satin dress with front panel embroidered with white and silver flowers, and a long cathedral train. Her three tier bouffant veil was held in place by a bomb shaped flowered head-dress, and she carried a bouquet of shaded pink roses, white roses and white stephanotis.

She was attended by Misses Petra and Tracy Little (bridegroom’s nieces), who wore long deep pink crystal satin dresses, trimmed with pale pink satin, and head-dresses of pale pink satin hair bands, with white stephanotis and pink rosebuds in their hair. They carried balls of white carnations and pink roses.


Steel, Peach and Tozer from Blackburn Meadows

The best man was Mr. Rex Driffill, the groomsmen were Mr. Graham Bunce and Mr. Michael Hughes, and the ushers were Mr. Dennis Easthope and Mr. Anthony Pingree.

Many gifts were received by the couple from the various departments of Steel, Peech and Tozer, where the bride is a typist, and from the Don Side Auto Garage, where the bridegroom is the manager, and from the Rosedale Garage at Rawmarsh, its associated garage.

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Cooperative Society

A reception, for 80 guests, was held at the Rotherham Co-operative Restaurant. The bride’s mother wore an oyster silk brocade dress and brown stole, and coffee coloured chiffon and brown net hat, with brown accessories. The bridegroom’s mother was dressed in a brown silk brocade dress and coat trimmed with cream mink, and blue chiffon hat, with cream coloured accessories.

The honeymoon is being spent in Wales, the bride travelling in a pink and grey dress and coat, with french navy accessories.

The bride and bridegroom’s future place of residence is 92, Newman Road, Grange Estate, Rotherham.

Oxborough – Easthope

Saint John's Church, Masbrough, Rotherham

Saint John’s Church, Masbrough

Eunice Easthope, born in 1935 in Rotherham, is my fifth cousin and daughter of Sydney Easthope and Iris Ida Earle.

Below is a newspaper article published shortly after Eunice’s marriage to Brian Oxborough.


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Cooperative Society


The marriage took place at the St. John’s Parish Church, Rotherham, last Saturday, of Miss Eunice Easthope, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Easthope, of 104, James Street, Rotherham, and Mr. Brian Oxborough, only son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Oxborough, also of 104, James Street, Rotherham. The Rev. C. E. Hunt officiated.

The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a ballerina-length Nell Gwynn style gown, of nylon lace, with a nylon coronet and a white veil. The bridesmaids were Miss Jean Gibbins and Miss Janet Oxborough, who wore pale blue floral dresses, and carried bouquets of sweet peas; and Miss Joan Yeomans, who wore a white nylon dress with a white flowered head-dress, and carried a posy of sweet peas. The best man was Mr. Brian Fellows and the groomsman was Mr. Tony Heath.

Saint John's Church, Masbrough, Rotherham (Copyright George Bentley)

Saint John’s Church, Masbrough

A reception was held at the Co-operative Cafe, where 70 guests were entertained. The bride’s mother wore a navy and white dress, with white accessories, and the bridegroom’s mother wore a fawn suit, with fawn accessories.

The honeymoon was spent at Ryde Isle of Wight, the bride travelling in a navy suit, with a white, turban style hat.

The bridegroom is a member of the Firth Vickers Cricket Club.

Edwin Easthope


Edwin Easthope

Edwin Easthope, born in 1920 in Rotherham, is my fourth cousin, once removed and son of Edwin Theophilus Easthope and Ida Elizabeth Childs.



Information has been received by Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Easthope, of 86, Clough Street, Rotherham, that their youngest son, Leading Aircraftsman Edwin Easthope (R.A.F.V.R.), has been killed while serving in Canada. He joined the Forces in July, 1942, and was drafted to Canada in February, 1943. He was educated at the Thornhill Council and Kimberworth Central Schools, later being employed by Beatson, Clark and Co., Ltd. He was a member of the Masbro’ Independent Chapel and the Boys Brigade. He was also a keen cyclist and motor cyclist.

George Easthope


George Easthope

George Easthope, born in 1917 in Rotherham, is my fourth cousin, once removed and son of Charles Emmanuel Easthope and Susannah Childs.

Edward Easthope, mentioned in the article below, survived the Second World War and died, in Rotherham in 1979, aged 58.



New Stubbin Colliery shaft marker


News has been received that Private George Easthope (York and Lancaster Regiment), aged 25, son of Mr. C. Easthope, of 231, St. Ann’s Road, Rotherham, and the late Mrs. Easthope, has died of gunshot wounds in North Africa.

Educated at the South Grove Central School, Private Easthope was employed at the New Stubbin Colliery before joining the Forces over three years ago. He served in France, taking part in the evacuation of Dunkirk. He was a keen sportsman and was also keenly interested in music. His brother, Private E. Easthope, is serving in the Middle East.

Charles Emmanuel Easthope


St Anns Road

Charles Emmanuel Easthope, born in 1872 in Tipton, Staffordshire, is my third cousin, twice removed and son of Emmanuel Easthope and Emily Webster Burton.

In 1908, in Rotherham, Charles married Susannah Childs and together, they issued four children, who were called, Charles Robert (1908 to 1983), Kathleen (1911 to 1982), George (1917 to 1943) and Edward (1920 to 1979).


Parkgate Iron & Steel Company


EASTHOPE. – On August 4th, at Rotherham Hospital, Charles Emanuel, beloved husband of the late Susannah, aged 77 years.


The family thank doctor and staff of the hospital who attended him and all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind sympathy and floral tributes during their sad bereavement.

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Masbrough Cemetery


The interment took place on Wednesday in the Masbro’ Cemetery of Mr. Charles E. Easthope, 231, St. Ann’s Road, Rotherham, who died at the Rotherham Hospital yesterday week, aged 77.

A native of Tipton, Staffs., Mr. Easthope retired in 1942 after being employed for 43 years at the Park Gate Works. He was a veteran of the South African War, and served in The York and Lancaster Regiment. Mrs. Easthope died in 1935. He leaves a daughter and two sons. Another son died of wounds in North Africa.

Terence Easthope


Rotherham General Hospital

The Easthope family joined my tree when Emmanuel Easthope married my second cousin, thrice removed, Emily Webster Burton on New Year’s Day, 1872 in Parkgate, Rotherham.

Terence Easthope is my fifth cousin and the great grandson of the aforementioned Emmanuel and Emily. Below are a number of newspaper articles published shortly after his death.

EASTHOPE. – Terry, died on February 20th. Younger brother of John, Barry, Christine and Kevin.

Will be sadly missed by family, relatives and friends.


Tragic DJ went ‘downhill’ after his divorce

A Rotherham man who turned to drink after the collapse of his marriage was found dead in the psychiatric wing of Rotherham District General Hospital an inquest heard, on Wednesday.

Terrence Easthope , of Psalters Lane, Masbrough, died during the early hours of Monday, February 20, after being re-admitted to the hospital the day before.

The Rotherham Coroner, Mr Stanley Hooper, heard that Mr Easthope (36), a self-employed disc jockey, had “gone downhill,” and drank heavily after his divorce. His brother Barry, said he had received psychiatric help at the hospital for at least two years.

The inquest was told that Mr Easthope had spent part of the weekend before his death at the home of a woman he had befriended during the course of his treatment. The two had disagreed and he had returned to the psychiatric wing in a taxi.

The inquest was adjourned pending police enquiries.


Epilepsy may have led to death

A former disc jockey found dead in a hospital ward may have died of an epileptic fit, an inquest heard on Wednesday.


Psalters Lane

Terry Easthope (35), of Psalters Lane, Masbrough, died in the psychiatric wing of Rotherham District General Hospital on February 20 after being re-admitted the day before.

Dr David Slater, consultant pathologist at the hospital, told the inquest that although Mr Easthope was a heavy drinker there was no trace of alcohol in his blood.

He added: “Although it is not scientifically absolute I feel that he had had an epileptic fit and there was also hardening of his arteries which was a contributing factor which caused his death.”

The Rotherham Coroner, Mr Stanley Hooper, recorded a verdict of death by natural causes and added that although Mr Easthope was not a known epileptic he was more than satisfied that epilepsy had led to his death.