Born: 20th December 1925, Ipswich.

Died: 27th January 1943; age 17; at Pinkney’s Farm, Fressingfield, Suffolk. Cause of death: a broken neck caused by the deceased being drawn into a baling machine which accidentally began to operate owing to the seizure of a loose pulley.

Inquest held 29th January 1943.

Residence: 37, Swinburne Road Ipswich.

Occupation: Machinist – Sewing.


Regiment: Women’s Land Army.


Grave Reference:

St. Mary & St. Botolph’s Churchyard,




Father: Frederick Norman Girling, born 1884, Ipswich.

Mother: Ellen Magdalene Girling (nee Harper), born 1885, Ipswich.



Edna was a Machinist – Sewing. She was living with her parents & sister at their family home – 37, Swinburne Road, Ipswich.

Frederick, a Painter – Houses – Ipswich Corporation.

Ellen, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Nora Girling, a Machinist – Sewing, born May 1922, Ipswich.


3rd February 1943 – Ipswich Star.


The Late Miss Edna Girling


 The funeral of Miss Edna Girling (Women’s Land Army), of 37, Swinburne Road, Ipswich, who was accidentally killed at Halesworth on Wednesday, took place at Whitton yesterday. The Rev. T.G. Moore (rector) officiated and the principal mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Girling (parents), Miss Norah Girling (sister), Messrs. Albert, Arthur and Fred Girling (brothers0, Mr. Boots (brother-in-law), Mrs. Dale.

 Lady Cranworth represented the East Suffolk Women’s Land Army and East Suffolk War Agricultural Executive Committee. Miss Woodgate (Assistant Labour Officer) represented the staff of the East Suffolk War Agricultural Committee, Miss Longsdon (representing Mrs. Sunderland Taylor), Women’s Land Army. The Women’s Land Army Hostel, Halesworth, was represented b the Misses L. Baguley, F. Bass, F. Berry, G. Chapman, V. Elsey, T. Froggett, A. Farthing, F. Fitch, R. Gedge, I. Gibbs, J. Hayley, M. Hambling, M. Leeks, J. Mills, B. Moyes, N. Preston, P. Richer, F. Stone, M. Todd, J. Wilson, I. Watson. I. Steward, H. Walters, Mrs. S. Belcher, Mrs. H. Bilson, Messrs. B. Racham and P.W. Taylor (Machinery Dept.).

  Wreaths were sent by Women’s Land Army (Halesworth), Messrs. Footman,, Prettys, Mr. and Mrs. Ulph, V. Clarkson, Mr. and Mrs. Fenton, Mrs. Hines, Mr. and Mrs. Tovell and Safe Harbour Hotel.

 The arrangements were carried out by the Ipswich Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd., under personal supervision of Mr. H. Allen.

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