Rose Emma Conquest Tragedies

Another story from the Churchyard

Rose Emma Conquest was not a local lass, she was born in 1885 Clerkenwell, London. She married her first husband, William John Plumridge in Islington in 1906. The couple did not come to Canvey until after 1918 as they do not appear in the Electoral Register for that year. They were however on the Island in 1924 when William John Plumridge died aged just 41. They were living at ‘The Brownies’ in Laars Avenue. He is buried in St Katherine’s Churchyard behind the old church.

Rose Emma Plumridge married her second husband, Archibald Edwin Copsey in 1925 in the Rochford District (Not at St Katherine’s). Archibald was a Gas fitter born in Sudbury, Suffolk in 1889. In 1929 they were living on Canvey at ‘The Brownies’, Laars Avenue, Leigh Beck when Archibald died aged 40. He too is buried in St Katherine’s Churchyard in an unmarked grave to the west of the old church.

Rose Emma Copsey went on to marry Robert Solomon Hindle in 1929 (not in St Katherine’s). Robert had lost his wife, Annie, in 1928. Robert and Annie lived at Hindle Hut in Hindle Road. Robert was a carpenter/builder which is probably why the road was named after him. Whether Robert and Rose lived in Hindle Road at the start of their marriage I cannot say but they were living at ‘Conquest’, Gills avenue when in 1937 tragedy struck again and Robert died. He too is buried in St Katherine’s Churchyard to the east of the church.

If that was not enough for any one person tragedy was to hit Rose Emma Hindle again on the 1st February 1953 when she was one of the victims of the Great Flood. I do not know where she is buried but wherever it is I personally hope she is resting in peace.

If anyone can tell us more please comment below.

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  • Thanks for this page about the life of Mrs Hindle. Although I have no personal recollection of this lady I know she was manageress of of our bakery branch shop at the top of May Ave and possibly when it was in Hartfield’s Parade (it was transferred after the windows were blown out by the bomb blast in Oxford Rd). My Dad, Aubrey is quoted somewhere on how he was affected by her death in the Floods and I do remember him mentioning her on other occasions. Her last husband was probably quite a busy builder on the Island prior to and after WW1, he built our second family home called ‘ The Settlement’ on the corner of Baardwyck Ave. 

    By Graham Stevens (16/11/2016)
  • The ‘Brownies’ were, I was told, the first houses to be built in a row on Canvey. they stood till about 1970, when they were demolished. They were wooden. I thought wooden houses were quite a novelty, coming from London. We lived next to them at 16 Laars.

    By Gary Casson (29/08/2017)

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