Death of Alastair Easson, 1923

Aged 23, in the early hours of Monday, February 19th 1923 Alastair James Utten Easson, the eldest son of the Reverend U.J. and Mrs. Easson, of Chicheley Vicarage, died in a Bedford nursing home. He was educated at Lancing College and Jesus College, Cambridge, and in preparing for a ministerial career had been studying at St. Boniface Theological College, Warminster. On February 3rd appendix trouble necessitated an operation, after which he went to a Bedford nursing home. However, three other operations had to be performed, and complications unfortunately set in. Very popular in the village he had been a keen sportsman, and joined with the youth of the village in cricket, football, etc. The body, brought from Bedford the previous day, laid in the chancel overnight, and with a Requiem Mass in the morning his father conducted the funeral on Thursday afternoon, February 22nd. Including many notables almost all the village was present, plus the household staff of the vicarage, but his brother, Laurence, was so overcome with grief that he could not attend.