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Obituary of Dr Harry Pike Major - Hungerford,

Harry Pike Major was grandson of Thomas Major of Hungerford and great grandson of Thomas Major of Stockbridge. He was the last Major to practice medicine in Hungerford.



During the past month or two death has taken a heavy toll among Hungerford's most honoured residents, and on Wednesday of last week (as briefly recorded in our last issue) the town as well as a wide circle of personal friends, sustained a further loss by the sudden death of Dr. Harry Pike Major, M.D., J.P., of High street. The deceased belonged to one of the oldest Hungerford families, the medical Practice having been founded by his grandfather, Thomas Major who was a surgeon on board the hospital ship, "Swiftsure," at the Battle of the Nile, in 1798, and, being wounded retired to Hungerford and set up as a medical practitioner.
Born on October 29th 1836, the deceased was the eldest son of Harry Hopkins Major and graduating at the London General Hospital (where he later held a staff appointment) with MRCS, LSA, and later obtaining MD of St Andrews, he became first dispenser of the East London Dispensary.
In 1858 he was recalled to Hungerford owing to the illness of his father, which proved fatal, and he then succeeeded to the practice, which he carried on until a well earned retirement in 1902. He became Medical Officer of the Workhouse and District Medical Officer, in 1862, and in December 1876, was called in on the discovery of the bodies of the policemen who were murdered by poachers at Folly, and gave evidence at the subsequent trial and conviction of the accused.
Although a busy man in his profession, he found time to enter into public life, and for a period of half a century he rendered invaluable service in connection with local government and county affairs. He was a keen - if sometimes critical - supporter of the old traditions of the town, and passing through the various offices, he became Constable of the Borough for the year 1877 -78, was elected a Feoffee in 1881, and in 1907 - when there was some little misgiving over taking on the office of Constable owing to the new scheme then ..... by the Charity Commission ..... administration of the Charity - he again consented to take office, and held the honour for two years, by which time the new scheme (under which he was one of the Life Trustees) was firmly established. In October, 1893, he was made a Justice of the Peace for the County and thereafter he regularly sat on the Hungerford Bench and at the Quarter Sessions, and was a Visiting Magistrate to the County Asylum at Moulsford, for ten years. In 1894 he was successful in his candidature for a seat on the County Council, which he held till 1906, when he retired, and was succeeded by Mr G E Platt, the present member. On the formation of Parish Councils, in 1894, he was appointed Chairman of the local Council, which position he held for six years. In 1902, on attaining the age of 65, he relinquished the practice in favour of his partner, Dr W Dickson, but instead of retiring into private life he interested himself all the more in public matters, and, at an election in 1903, he went to the poll and was elected a Guardian and District Councillor, in which capacity he fully justified the confidence of his supporters. He remained a member till 1915, when he did not seek re-election, but the Board, not wishing to lose his valued experience in poor-law work, co-opted him a member.
He took a deep interest in the work of the Hungerford hospital Fund, was for many years a Trustee of the Hungerford Savings Bank was on the Old Age Pensions Committee, and also took a prominent part in any movement in the town, and also in the alleviation of the poor. His great hobby was farming of which .............................................sympathy goes out to his bereaved daughters and sons.

A demonstration of sympathy and respect was afforded on the occasion of the funeral of the deceased, which took place on Monday afternoon, the remains being interred in the family vault at St Lawrence Church, Hungerford. The number of people who attended, and the sincere mourning to be observed on every hand, bore eloquent testimony to the remarkable hold which the deceased gentleman possessed upon the affection of all who knew him. in deference to the wish of the deceased the last rites were as simple as possible. The remains were borne to the church on a hand bier, preceded by four constables of the Divisional Police, under Inspector Godwin, the chief mourners being:- Capt AC Major RAMC, and Mr Fred Major (sons), Miss Major, Mrs Slade (Reading) and Mrs Cookson (Ealing), daughters: Mr Cookson (son in law), Colonel Major (Kensington), brother; Mr and Mrs L Spackman (Eastbury), Mrs Cole (Fairford), Capt W Dickson RAMC, Mr ET Rumball (Ramsbury, and Mr H Rumball (nephews), and Mrs EJ Rumball. The Town officials and others assembled at the Town Hall and followed behind the cortege, among those attending being:- Bushnell (bearing the mayoral staff), the Constable (Mr TW Alexander), Mr GE Platt, Mr AE Allright, Mr JH Wooldridge, Mr LH Beard, and Mr J Alexander, trustees; Col GS Willes, Major ER Portal, and Mr CW Butler (justices of the peace); Mr H D'o W Astley Town Clerk; Mr AW Neate (Newbury), Mr WS Raine (District Surveyor), Mr HL Wigglesworth, Master of the Workhouse; MR TF Wheeler, representing the Ancient Order of Foresters; Mr Morley Slade, Mr Wallace King, Mr R Chamberlain, Mr J Bishop, Mr H Bishop, Mr Jas Newhook, Mr W Jacob, Mr WB Hedger, Mr H Wilson (Arlington), Mr AA Lawrence, Mr V Parsloe, Mr A Hissey, Mr R Richens, Mr O Richens, Mr N White, Mr SW Allright, Mr A Salt, Mr EW Batt, Mr A Mills, Mr A Miller, Mr FE Hunt, Mr Stallibrass, Mr GJ Hawkes, Mr Attewell (Lambourn), Mr A Bowsher, Mr AJ Killick, Mr A Macklin, Mr EC Townshend, &c.
The service in the church was taken by the Vicar (the Rev TS gray0, the hymns, "Days and moments quickly flying" and "Now the Labourer's task is o'er" and Psalm 90, being sung by the choir and congregation. as the cortege left the church, Mendelssohn's Funeral March was impressively rendered by the Organist, Mr EC Wren. The last committal sentences were read by Rev JFC Denning. The coffin was of plain panelled oak, with black and gold furniture with the inscription: "Harry pike Major Died February 28th 1917 .............. the Cross to the Crown.
The floral offerings were:- "In affectionate remembrance, Lyd, Ilma and great grandchildren"; "A token of gratitude and high esteem." Mrs Andrew and family; "With deepest sympathy, from the members of the Church House Club; "With deepest sympathy," from the Clerk and Staff of the Workhouse; "With deepest sympathy," Mr and Mrs Alder; "In affectionate remembrance," Mr EC Wren; "With deepect sympathy," Mrs Sarah Joyce; "In remembrance," Mr and Mrs J Mc Kerlie.

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