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Bertha: aged four forever

ImageWhen they spotted a faint inscription in Abney Park Cemetery, history detectives followed clues that led them to the sad story about the life and times of Bertha Allsop  who died aged four years and six months.  This is what they discovered :

The detectives had first noticed the big stone statue in the cemetery from the bus window.  When they went to see what it said on the gravestone, this is what they found:


IN AFFECTIONATE MEMORY OF OUR DARLING DAUGHTER
BERTHA EILEEN ALLSOP WHO FELL ASLEEP 19TH AUGUST 1916
AGED FOUR YEARS & SIX MONTHS

GONE FROM US, AND NOT FORGOTTEN,
NEVER SHALL HER MEMORY FADE,
SWEETEST THOUGHTS SHALL EVER LINGER
ROUND THE SPOT WHERE SHE IS LAID

ALSO FRANK TRIGANCE ALLSOP WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION
IN FRANCE 29TH SEPTEMBER 1918 AGED 21 YEARS

FRANK CHARLES ALLSOP BELOVED FATHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO FELL ASLEEP 29TH NOVEMBER 1949 AGED 72 YEARS

So they started to wonder who little Bertha was, and why her life had been so short.  And they found out loads that told them a lot about what life was like almost a hundred years ago.
If you would like to read about Bertha and her family, please have a look at Issue 7

Once you've seen that story about the history detectives, you can read in issue 22 about something completely amazing that happened in 2009.  She might have died a very long time ago, but Bertha's family had never forgotten about her.  They had been trying to find out for years where she was buried - and they had almost given up hope of ever tracking her down.  But  finally they got the answer when they were surfing the internet one day from this website. They wrote to TimeLine and told us all about it.   If you click here and have a look on page 8, you can find exactly what Bertha looked like when she was a baby.
 
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