John Houlding’s funeral and memorial service

March 21, 1902
Alderman John Houlding was buried yesterday afternoon at Everton Cemetery, Fazakerley. His death, the news of which came with a shock to the general community of Liverpool, occurred at Cimiez, Nice, on the morning of Monday last, in the presence of his nearest relatives, who had been summoned to his bedside.

John Houlding

The esteem in which the deceased was held in the city of his birth and prosperity was manifested in a most marked manner, a memorial service that was held at the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude, which he had regularly attended, and which is only a short distance from the family residence, and the final ceremony at the graveside, being attended by gatherings representative of the many organisations with which the deceased had identified himself in a manner of thoroughness that was peculiarly his own.

Members of Parliament, of the City Council, of the Masonic body, of parochial authorities, and, be it added, of both Conservative and Liberal organisations, were amongst those who paid a last tribute to the dead, and it is not exaggeration to say that throughout the district of Everton, where the deceased was so popular, there were everywhere signs of mourning.

In some instances business was temporarily suspended, and blinds were almost universally drawn. The scene at the church at Anfield was of an impressive nature. The service was fixed for eleven o’clock, but long before that time the street was lined with sympathetic spectators and the edifice itself was quickly filled, very portion of space being occupied.

The coffin, which was covered with costly wreaths, was borne into the church punctually at the hour changed, and was received by the surplice choir and the following clergy: – The Rev. Canon Leigh, the Rev. F. Linstead Downham (vicar of St. Simon and St. Jude), the Rev. G.H.E. Howell (curate), the Rev. W.J. Adams (vicar of St. Augustine’s, Shaw-street), the Rev. F.J. Gough, the Rev. James Davies, the Rev. J.W Baker, and the Rev. F. Gasking.

When the solemn procession entered the building the Rev. Canon Leigh read the opening sentences of the burial service, and the lesson was read by the Rev. F. Linstead Downham. The hymn “Abide with me”, was next sung by the choir, the congregation joining, and the Rev. F. Linstead Downham delivered in moving terms a brief address that was full of sympathy with the relatives of the deceased and of appreciation of the character of the later alderman. At the close of the address the hymn “Now the labourer’s task is o’er” was sung, and Mr. J. Hampson, the organist, played the Dead March in “Saul” and “O, Rest in the Lord.”

The funeral procession then left the church to proceed to the cemetery at Fazakerley.

The address by the Rev. F.L. Downham was given towards the close of the memorial service, and in it he made eloquent references to the deceased. They met in that sacred place, he said, to observe the funeral rites of one of Liverpool’s most distinguished sons and citizens. The deep and widespread regret which the news of the death of Alderman Houlding had called forth was an eloquent testimony to his worth and work.

He (Alderman Houlding) loved Liverpool, and brought his strong intelligent to her services. As they were well aware, he very largely devoted his energies to civic labours. As a member of the City Council he distinguished himself by his great grasp of affairs, and by the statesmanlike character of his general judgment.

His loss, therefore, to their local parliament was very severe. As a member of the West Derby Guardians, for a period of 30 years, he rendered such eminent service as to lay the whole community under a lasting debt of gratitude to him. Perhaps, indeed this was his “magnum opus,” and his highest, though far from being his sole claim to the permanent remembrance of the Liverpool people.

In respect of this it was certainly significant that Mr. Houlding should have habitually declared that his services as a poor law guardian were those which he regarded as constituting the most valuable part of his life work. Such services, whose energies extended far beyond their city confines, came to have even a national value, and was fittingly crowned by a recognition when, in 1897, Alderman Houlding was elected to the highest honour with which the Liverpool municipal government could invest those who by their distinguished capacity and by their devotion to her arduous and commonest affairs had merited their elevations to the chief magistracy of the city.

To one who had been associated with him in sorrow and in joy there had now fallen the pathetic, and yet the prised and privileged, duty of voicing that day in the sanctuary which their lamented friend took an important share in helping to erect the thankfulness to God which they all felt in reflecting upon the great work which he was permitted to do for the benefit of his fellow-men.

His body was laid in peace, but his name would continue to live in the annals of this the greatest seaport in the world, as that of one who served it well in not a few of its spheres of beneficent activity.

That was one of their chief consolations, as in the hope of joyful resurrection to the eternal life they committed the mortal remains of their beloved friend to the tomb.

Might the striking manifestation of love and respect in which his fellow-citizens held their father’s memory help to comfort his sorrowing sons, daughters and their children, and might the great hope of the blessed reunion in the city of God, through the mercy of God and the merits of Christ, shine through the darkness of their bereavement as a pathway of golden light.

Long before the arrival of the cortege a large and representative gathering of all sections of the community had assembled at the graveside in Everton Cemetery. The grave, which is situated near the centre of the cemetery, is the family vault which Mrs. Houlding was buried, and it was thickly lined with evergreens.

A significant feature of the large assembly was the number of people of humble degree, many of them aged residents in Everton, who came to pay their final tributes to the memory of an old and generous friend.

The funeral procession entered the cemetery gates at about one o’clock.

The pathway leading to the grave was thickly lined on either side with sympathising citizens, and the grave was completely encircled by a dense crowd, which had been rapidly growing as each succeeding minute went by, and now extended back on to the pathway itself.

Amongst them present were Captain Bremner and a detachment of boys from the training ship Indefatigable, and a number of boys from the Cottage Homes, Fazakerley, under the charge of Mr. Chambers.

Hats were reverently raised as the procession passed up to the graveside.

The Rev. Linstead Downham officiated.

The gathering of mourners
The chief mourners were Councillor William Houlding (son), Mrs. T. Knowles (daughter), Mrs. Wm. Houlding (daughter-in-law), Mr. Thomas Knowles (son-in-law), Miss Audrey Houlding and Masters T.H Knowles and W.D. Knowles (grand children), Miss Houlding (sister), Councillor Dr. Utting, Councillor R.A. Hampson, and Mr. Thomas Cooper.

Amongst the principal body of mourners at the church and at the graveside were the Lord Mayor (Alderman C. Petrie), Sir John Willox M.P., Mr. A.F. Ware M.P., Mr. D. Maciver M.P., Aldermen McGubbin, W. Roberts, J. Ball, A.T. Salvidge, W.J. Burgess, J. Ellison, E. Walker, E. Purcell, C.H. Giles, H. Campbell, Frederick Smith, and W.H. Williams.

Councillors Austin Taylor, J.R. Grant, E.L. Loyd, J. Duncan, D.H. Grant, J.B. Colton, A. Shelmerdine, Dr. Clarke, E.J. Chevalier, L.S. Cohen, Simon Jude, D.A. McNeight, J. Harvey Farmer, J. Hunter, Isaac Turner, T. May Smith, R.R. Meade King, W. Evans, G. Sturis, John Morris, E. Berry, Val Smith, G.B. Smith-Broderick, Wm. Oulton, R. Kelly, L. Glover, E. Burns, T. Salter, J.G. Taggart, and W. Craigie Williams.

Corporate Officials. – The Town Clerk (Mr. E.R. Pickmere), City Engineer (Mr. J.A. Brodie), Mr. P. Corthill (Lord Mayor’s secretary), Mr. Richard Barrow (city controller), Dr. E.W. Hope (medical officer of health), Dr. Mosser (assistant medical officer of health), W. Goldstraw (city building officer of health), C.J. Robinson (chief inspector of fish and poultry), C.R. Bellamy (manager of tramway department), James Cooper (chief sanitary inspector), W. Histed (chief of the registration department), Mr. J. McKechnie (superintendent cleansing department).

Isaac Morris (chairman) and F.W. Frodsham (vice chairman Liverpool Conservative Club), Major J.J. Maccabe, Captain D.C. Pugh, Mr. F. Salisbury (postmaster), and Mr. H.P. Moore (chairman select vestry).

Magistrates. – Major Hewitt, Mr. E.W. Cooper, Dr. Kellett-Smith, Dr. J.J. Flinn, and Mr. W. Matkin.

Doctors Phillpott, Barr, McMurray, R. Ross Smith, A.W. Gorman, W.M. Prees, Ascenar, J.C. Bradshaw, R. Saunders, G.M. Arkle, J.J. Tindall, A. Thomas, Richardson, and Alexander.

Revs. C.E. Haynes M.A., W.H. Harper, J.W. Campbell Baugh, J.W. Barker, H.M. Braithwaite, Stanley Rogers, J. Taylor, and W.H. Harper.

Representing West Derby Guardians were Mr. J. Stringfellow (chairman), Dr. Holmes, Mr. J.J. O’Brien, Rev. Fred Smith, Messrs. S.W. Lunt, J. Birch (Netherton), J. Edwards, J.H. Allan, J. Pryce, J. Hamilton, H. Hughes, Dr. Pryce, Dr. E.T. Davies, W. Litt, W.E. Parry, H. Hulme, T. Charnock, C.H. Boute, and C. Taylor.

Among the officials of the West Derby Union were Messrs. H.P. Cleaver (clerk), R.W. Maddox, J.H. Taylor, G. Lever, T. Rowson, W.E. Williams, R. Wilding, A. Nesbit, W. Doogan, Thomas Howarth, G.H. Webster, W.F. Horne, C.H. Lancaster, W. Tansley, G.G. Wadsworth, J. Richardson, A. Jones, C. McDowell, C.J. Johnson, T.W. Johnson, J.P. McGagh, E.A. Goots, E. Jenner, G. James, J.D. Ellison, W.H. Bucknill, B.E. Bailey, and J. Horn.

Messrs. T. Preston (chairman), G.R. Jones (vice chairman), P. Armstrong, R. Shacklady, W. Rawsthorne, S. Prince, N. Christenson, T.E. Chilton, J. Cunningham, T. Hillman, and W. Gill (secretary), representing Liverpool Victuallers’ Association.

Messrs. F. Stoner (chairman), T. Backhouse (secretary), J. Raw, W. Verity, J. Noble, B. Greenbank, and W.T. Dean, representing Liverpool Cow Keepers’ Association.

The Consul for Denmark; Mr. J.E. Moulding (representing Mr. James Moulding, clerk to the Toxteth Guardians); the Rev. J.W. Baker, and Messrs. R. Rotherford, Thos. Eyles, Thomas Duckitt, F. Fairhurst, and R. Berry, of the Everton Ward Conservative Committee and Club; Messrs. Wm. Guyler (chairman), John Verity, G.P. Titterton, Burns, W. Guyler, and B. Battersby, West Derby overseers; Messrs. Robert Roberts and Wm. Gilbert, overseers of Everton, and Joseph Williams, assistant overseer.

Messrs. D. Lloyd, F.W. Knight, R. Jones, F.X. Lightbound, and E. Pritchard, members of the Everton Burial Board; Mr. Isaac Morris, representing Liverpool Conservative Club; Mr. A. Ward Jones (president), representing Liverpool Press Club; Messrs. H. Jones and A.B. Price, Everton Liberal Association.

Representing Liverpool Football Club: Messrs. J. McKenna, G. Newman, R.H. Webster, J.J. Ramsay, and T. Watson. Representing Everton Football Club: Dr James Baxter and Mr. J. Coates. Representing Liverpool Cowkeepers’ Association: Messrs. C.A. Stall, R. Woodroofe, E. West, and W. Postlethwaite. Representing the Theatrical Gala Committee were Messrs. J. West, F. Norbury, C. Gibson, and J. Roby.

The Masonic fraternity were presented by Bro. Wyllie P.G.D. of England, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Province of West Lancashire; Bro. W. Goodacre, Prov. G. Sec. the following members of the deceased’s mother-lodge, Everton, No. 823 – Bros. W.E. Ferson, J.J. Boyle, W. Barton, R.W. Gow, T.C. Millington, G. Sandford, Joseph, Bronett, A.W. Triggs, G.H. Cunningham, W. Richardson, T. Chipton, W. Gaskall, G.J. Bridgeman, W. Spencer, T.W. King, W.J. Nicholson, W.J. Gilbert, D.J. Richardson, R.S. Johnson, John Ramsey, Edwin Kite, F.O. Cresswell, G. Mills, W.E. Penley, F. Gordon, G.R Fisher, W.E. Goodwin, M.W. Davey, W. Goodwin, J.A. Griffiths, J.T. Spears, S. Millkin, T. Cratneym G. Roberts, Williamson, Duncan, Captain Raymond, Bro. Thomas Bush, J. Fineberg, H. Fineberg, Colonel C.S. Dean, F. Armstrong, W. McLachlan, E. Johnston, J. Marner Smythe, Dr. W.J. Fleetwood, Richard Sharrock, J. McKinsell, Rev. T.J. Preece, Lewis Peake, J. McCarthy, J. Lee, John E. Williams, Colonel Whitney, John Scott, H.F. Burrows, Bros. F.W. Knight, F. Minshill, C. Taylorson, W. Wallace, S. Merrick, J.S. Bird, T. Peter, C. Forshaw, W.H. Neale, H.T. Morris, J.L. Craigen, H.G. Gibbons, Q. Quine, W. Morgan, K. Green, J. Wilkinson, J. Coxhill, J. Willoss, A.J. Waddell, W. Railton, W.P. Meredith, C. Saltman, A.R. Barclay, F. Norbury, H. Cowall, W.H. Jones, H.L. Williams, A.H. Stevenson, S. Lipson, S. Becken, G. Sharples, C. Anderson, W. Austin, H. Drake, E.R. Hoblyn, T. Guyle, A. Vickers, W. Steggles, A. Morris, A. Wolf, W. Gore, G. Barnard, T.T. Jones, J.H. James, W. Jones, S.S. Chiswell, W. Morrison, H. Jennings, R. Owen, M. Alexander, A.H. Brookes, George Platt, W. Cantle, A.P. Hosking, W.J. Thompson, J. Molloy, R.G. Moore, J.C. Smith, J.P. Gearing, H. Knight, C. Johnson, J. Burfield, J.S. Bird, A. Sharpe, Alfred Shawfield, G. Martin, G.H. Bowen, H. Hughes, J.O. Jones, J.B. Hankey, John Muir, H. Shuttleworth, J.A. McRobie, , W. Sharples, W. Edwards, H.J. Nicholls, E.C. Anderton, J. A. Thompson, G.L. Mead, F. Geary, J. Greenlees, J.G. Hassell, J. Neill, R.G. Bradley, D. Hancock, and D. Brisk.

Messrs. W. Venmore, J. Venmore, R. Myley, T. Bowden, T.B. Newton, T.M. Ranson, J. Greenlees, J.H. Taylor, G.M. Arkle, W. McGuiness, T. McMahon, J.W. Waugh, J.H. Maxwell, F.D. Williams, G.R. Barnett, T. Morgan, R.W. Maddox, John J. Pendright, H. Brodrick, J. Arbury, J. Campbell Balfour, W. Thomson, T.B. Sykes, W.E. Parry, G.A. Harrodon, W. Isaacs, S. Parrington, John Parrington, F.A: Parrington, Eyton Jones, W. Lowe, C. Jaffa, D. Rieke, Joseph Williams, R.B. Fry, H. Owen, Walter Russell, A.V. Coates, C.W. Bullock, R.H. Fisher, J. Cooper, J. McKechnie, J. Basnett, C. Jeffers, James Thompson (secretary Liverpool Constitutional Association), John Atkinson, S. Taylor, Ernest Ellis, J. Vaughan, Bernard Conlon.

Messrs. J.J. Arnold, Joseph Wilson, T. White, W. Hartley, R. Ronnan, J. Elliott, R. Greenbank, James Rowe, W.T. Dean, John Noble, George Barker, J. Arnold, W. Taylor, J. Williams, S. Boyd, R. Rutherford, G.M. Bell, A.T. Wray, R.A. French, G. Levenston, H. McKee, J. Hamilton, A. Degge, W. Kittle, R. Taylor, G. Green, H. Hall, J.W. Fry, W.T. Johnston, J.H. Maxwell, W. Veal, F. Pennington, W. Rutherford, C. Ellam, E. Pritchard, H. Hughes, J.H. Holland, H. Jackson, Isaac E. Bennett (Stanley Hospital), W. Walker, J. Storey, W.G. Fitz-Simmons, W. Bramley, E.R. Fishwick, W.J. Coffey, C.E. Snowdon, F.S. Elsworth, J. Griffiths, H. Nicholls, F.A. Tarbuck, T.J. Tarbuck, J. Cornish, A.M. Miller, R. Parry, L.W. Haints, R. Summer, T. Crowden, W.J. Holmes, M. Little, P. Kearney.

Messrs. J. Harding, W.E. Caldwell, J.H. Boyle, W. Rourke, J. Haughton, J. Coman, J.P. Lambert, W. Cross, W.H. Kennedy, J.B. Beatty, J. Dodd, A.R. Brookes, J. Winkop, G. Gordon Houghton, H. Sharrock, S.B. Millikin, G.E. Bell, W. Shaw, C.C. Pendeigh, J.S. McLean, W. Tandey, J. Harding, H. Stevenson, E. Durant, W. Devereux, G. Holden, G.H. Wilson, A.F. Eberle, A.B. Johnson, I.B. Austin, G.H. Austin, T. Bell, J.F. Metcalfe, J. Beckett, R. Woods, T. Singleton, J. Ibis, W. Cochrane, W. Sloan, T. Dunwoody, T. Sammons, J. McIntyre, S. Peel, W.J. Jones, P. McDonald, H. Hughes, D. Duran, E. Green, G. Austin, F. Fitzpatrick, E. Murray, Thomas Robertson, J.G. Gibbons, and C.B. Cheshire.

W. Grisdale, John Stubbs, J.W. Kershaw, W. Morgan, W.H. Neal, H.G. Morris, W. Quinn, J.L. Craigen, F. Robertson, Isaac Wilkinson, T. Hignett, T. Green, J. Bond, W.H. Pilson, Isaac Ashton, William Evans (school board), J. Beck, S. Gracey, D. Laurensen, T. Laurensen, W. Sinelley, G.M. Dowey, J.D. Gearing, W. Dickinson, W.N. Wycherley, H. Newton, J. Edwards, R.H. Jenkins, John McAuley, J. Patterson, John J. Tisdall, W.H. Kennedy, F.A. Van Gelder, M. Alexander (president Lyceum, Liverpool), A. Duncan, Richard Webster (president Liverpool Farmers’ Club), N. Cookson, B. Battersby, R. McCullogh, W. Fraser, W. Harrison, W.S. Harrison, J.T. Wright, J. Baker, J. Connor, T. Nickson, J. Nottingham, R. Madden, T. Lydiatt, R. Golbourne, J.W. Cook, S. Thompson, W. Mercer, G. Glover, H. Newton, and H. Fairclough.

A beautiful wreath of primroses and violets was sent by the officers and members of the Liverpool Constitutional Association, the card attached bearing the words. – “In affection, remembrance of a patriotic citizen and a never failing and loyal supporter and friend, whose whole life was unselfishly devoted to the welfare of his native city.”

Other floral tributes were sent by the Lord Mayor, Mr. and Mrs. Good, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Hampson, Everton Ward Conservative Committee and Club, Liverpool Football Club, the employees of Messrs. Houlding and Son, Mr. and Mrs. R. Rutherford, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Watson, the directors of Liverpool Football Club, Rev. F. Linstead and Mrs. Downham, Mr., Mrs., and Misses Ramsey, Theatrical Gala Committee, Liverpool and District Football Association, Masonic Lodge 823, Queen’s Lodge 2681, Committee of the Aged Poor Dinner, Liverpool Working Men’s Conservative Association, Hamer Lodge 1393, Mrs. Bowland, Mr. T.J. Welch, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Colton, Mr. and Mrs. G. Wadworth, Mr. and Mrs. R. Lawson, Dr. and Mrs. Costine, Mr. Simon Jude, Mr. and Mrs. Bark, Mr. E. Chevalier, Mr. Joseph West, Mr. Betton, Mr. and Misses Owen, Mr. Rick, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. Gray, Alderman and Mrs. Ball, Mr. and Mrs. Webb, Mr. Walter Russell, Mr. Cooper, Mrs. Webb, Mr. Walter Russell, Mr. Cooper, Mrs. Linsley, Mr. and Mrs. J. Atkinson, Mrs. Hope and Maud, Everton Ward Branch of the L.W.M.C.A., John Pagendum, Mr. and Mrs. Webster and family, Miss Andrews (nurse), Mrs. Rowland and Mrs. Green, Liverpool and District Cowkeepers’ Association, Queen’s Lodge, Liverpool Licensed Victuallers’ Association, Birkenhead and Wirral Licensed Victuallers’ Association, Mr. and Mrs. George Harradon, Everton Swimming Association, Mr. and Mrs. Geary, officers of the Walton Workhouse, Mr. and Mrs. John McCarthy, A.H. Stevenson, members of the Walton Division Conservative Club (Belmont-road), the Walton Parliamentary Division, Liverpool Mineral Water Company, Mr. and Mrs. W. Goodacre, Liverpool and District Incorporated Brewers and Spirit Merchants’ Association, Mrs. Edward Whitley, Mrs. W. Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Knowles, Hugh Owens, officers of the Health Committee and Corporation of Liverpool, Major Hewitt and members and friends of the Kirkdale Division, members of the Mersey Quay and Railway Carters’ Union, Lord Lathom, Anfield Lodge No. 2215, Mr. and Mrs. John Parrington, chairman, officers, and members of No. 12 Polling District (St. Domingo Ward), Dr. J.C. and Mrs. Bradshaw, the Town Hall staff, Harry F. Cleaver, Mr. and Mrs. McCracken, Lathom Lodge No. 2229, churchwardens and sidesmen of St. Simon and St. Jude, Everton Divisional Council, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Bannett, Miss Costine, and the deceased gentleman’s housekeeper and housemaid.

A handsome wreath was also sent – “From Alderman J. Ball, J.P., and members of the Parks and Gardens Committee, with sincere and deep regret at the loss of a warm-hearted friend and indefatigable worker in the public interest and kind sympathy for surviving members of the family.”

Private carriages were sent by the Lord Mayor, Mr. John Parrington (Roby), Mr. Cleaver, Mr. John Goldstraw, Mr. F. Parrington, and Mr. W. Arthur Standing.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. George Henry Lee and Co., of Basnett-street.
(Liverpool Mercury: March 22, 1902)

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