Thursday, December 3, 2020

Gladys Hilda Wakefield: 1893-1983


Gladys Hilda Wakefield was born 10 July 1893, in Sawston, Cambridgeshire, England, the first of six children born to William Wakefield and Eliza Stubbings Chapman. At 17 she is listed in the 1911 England census as a domestic in London, England. 

Gladys married Ernest Reynolds Gimson on 30 September 1915 in Sawston, and settled in Linton, Cambridgeshire, England. An opportunity for a land grant brought Gladys, Ernest and their five children to settle in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1927, on the ship "Berrima". They carved a life for themselves, and built a general store. 

After their son, Ernest William Gimson, was reported Missing in Action off Malta in 1941, they eventually sold the store in 1944 and moved to Pendle Hills, New South Wales (NSW) where they shared poultry farming with Robert Gimson, his brother until 1958 when they purchased their own home in Guildford, NSW. Her husband passed away on 2 August 1961. She moved to the Mayflower Village in Westmead in 1980, and lived there till her passing on 3 December 1983 at the age of 90. 

She celebrated her 90th birthday, 10 July 1983, at this authors' home, in Tregear, NSW and blew out all 90 candles! She shared her contentment with her life. While there were some deep sorrows over the loss of two children, resettling in Western Australia and then in NSW, she stated she had a wonderful husband and a great family. We all miss her charm, wit, experience, and her love for the little ones as they were born. As of 2020, she has many direct descendants living in Australia and the U.S., an amazing legacy. This author married her first grandson. Her remains are located in Rookwood Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, Rookwood, NSW. 

Gladys Hilda [Wakefield] Gimson: 10 July 1893-3 December 1983

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