Friends of Hastings Cemetery
In Loving [?] Memory of Lucy S A Giffard
Who died 16th September 1923
Lucy Sophia Ada Giffard was born at Chillington Hall, in Staffordshire circa 1845. She was the great granddaughter of William Courteney, 2nd Viscount Courteney of Powderham Castle in Devon.
She had an elder sister, Charlotte Josephine, who married William Reginald Joseph Fitzherbert Herbert , and a younger sister, Barbara Agnes Caroline, born in 1848 (shows as the only offspring in some online records). She married Vincent Thomas Eyre in 1873.
Lucy died in Hastings in 1923
She is marked on the census as a ‘slight imbecile’, ‘imbecile since girlhood’ and as ‘imbecile since 1869’.
It is believed she lived most her adult life in the South of England, apparently attended by her two sisters, who were trained nurses (and Quakers – Lucy was raised Anglican/Catholic). We have not been able to verify this, to date. There is an entry in Hastings & St Leonards Observer, Saturday 20 November 1869
Giffard the Misses, Warrior square.
There is a record of a minor family legal matter, in which she, along with her sisters, and brothers-
The probate record for Lucy records her address as Keena House, 84 Lower Park Road with Dr Harvey Baird. It was Dr. Baird’s home, but he also had some patients there. It nearly burnt down in December 1921, when the building next door caught fire, and the report reads ‘A number of patients of Dr Harvey Baird were removed, during the fire, to rooms away from the outbreak.’
Letter of thanks to the Fire Brigade by Doctor Baird. 1921
I also think much praise due to the two nurses (Nurses Leaves and Jakeman), the latter of whom first noticed the fire, for the calm manner in which they removed the three resident patients to a room likely be safe.
Thomas W Giffard Head
Charlotte Giffard Wife
Charlotte Giffard Daughter aged 9
Lucy Giffard – Daughter aged 4
Barbara Giffard -
And 2 servants
Dr. Baird wasn't at Keena House [left] until 1919, so where might Lucy might have been prior to this. There is obviously no guarantee, but taking the circumstances into account, this seems a possibility. (From a newspaper article on vanished hospitals in Hastings.)
No 117 was purpose-
Charlotte Giffard Head
Lucey Sophia Ada Giffard Daughter -
William Shaw Glover Medical Attendant
Emile Thoda Bochabgar Governess (German)
And 13 servants