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Peter Wilton Habershon
May 4th, 1921 - November 9, 2002
Telegraph/Times announcement November 12, 2002
|HABERSHON -- Peter Wilton,
Cdr. RN, peacefully on 9th November 2002, aged 81. Much loved
father of Paul, David, Catherine and Richard and grandfather of
eight. Private cremation. Service of Thanksgiving at the
Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Castleton, Sherborne, Dorset on Thursday
14th November at 2:30 pm. Family flowers only but donations if
desired to Royal Star and Garter
Homes, c/o Eason Funeral Services,
Newell, Sherborne, DT9 4EZ.
This is the tribute that David
(contributions by Paul) wrote. It was read at Dad's Thanksgiving
service on November 14th.
Here's a picture of him outside Buckingham Palace in 1955. His mother, Ivy, had just been given an
OBE. To his right is Margaret (my
mother). Also in the picture are his sister and brother, Joan and John.
of Dad and Clare circa
And a picture of Dad circa 1939
Press cutting found by Peter Elliott:
"On Thursday, Commander P W Habershon, younger son of Mrs I L
Habershon of The Barn Guilthwaite Rotherham set sail for the
Mediterranean in H.M.S. Armada. Commander Habershon is commander
and chief engineer of a flotilla of three destroyers, H.M.S. Armada,
H.M.S. St. Kitts and H.M.S. Barfleur. The ships will be in the
Mediterranean for about 18 months and will be attached to the
Mediterranean Fleet. On Monday Mrs Habershon left Rotherham for London
where a farewell party was held for Commander Habershon, who joined the
Navy in 1939, just before the war. During the war he served on various
ships. For six years now he has been commissioned in
England. Commander Habershon has four children-three sons and a
On May 24th, 2003, various Habershons wended their way to Yorkshire
to say our final goodbyes to Dad. Not everyone could make it,
mainly due to final exams, but there was a good turnout: Jean,
Sarah and Kate; David, Libby and Charlie; Paul, Nicholas and Clare;
Richard, and me. David brought Dad's ashes. I kept the box
on the chair in my hotel room overnight. It brought back memories
of those times when I'd visit England, and on the night before I left,
Dad and I would go up to London for some good Indian food and to see a
show. We always stayed at the Vanderbilt and shared a room with
the bathroom down the hall. Thrifty to the end, he was! Anyway,
I hope he wasn't too horrified at my extravagent £40 room with private
bath this last time.
The ashes committal service was at the church in Whiston, just
outside Rotherham. The vicar met us at the gravesite and the
service was short. We buried his ashes with his father's, mother's
and brother's. He's in a nice place with a good view of the local
I don't think any of this would have happened if it wasn't for David
taking charge and making sure Dad had a proper send-off. He would
probably still be at the Yeovil Crematorium -- not that there's anything
wrong with Yeovil -- Dad had some major bridge victories in that
town. Thank you, David for organizing all this. It is so
good to be able to picture his final resting place in my mind. I
hope other Habershons feel the same way.
Below are some pictures of the church and gravesite.
Tacky? I don't know. There is another family grave further
to the left. I've put a picture of it on the Winter
Rest in peace, Dad.