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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.

Miss Lily Baguley, a friend and witness to the tragedy.

Note: Mrs Juanita Wooten: My mum was there with Edna Girling when this happened, all those years later my mum still talked about that day, we went to the Ipswich Information Center and in the back there was a book in a locked case with many names including Edna Girlings name, we had to get permission to have it opened up, when my mum saw her name it brought back lots of memories for her, after all those years it was still so sad.

Norfolk And Suffolk Journal And Diss Express – 5th February 1943



An inquest was held on Friday, by Mr. L.H. Vulliamy, Coroner for the Northern Division of Suffolk on the body of Edna Girling, aged 18, who was killed in a tragic accident two days previously, on Hill Farm, in the occupation of Mr. Elliott.

Deceased, whose home was at 37, Swinburne Road, Whitton, Ipswich, was working with a party baling straw with a baling machine. The machine was stopped temporarily whilst men freed it from straw. Suddenly it restarted, for some unaccountable reason, and the feeder arm caught the deceased at the back of the neck, drawing her into the machinery. The machine was immediately stopped, and Dr. W. Chas. Hutley sent for, but when he arrived the deceased was dead.

A verdict of “Accidental death through being inadvertently caught in the machinery of a straw baler,” was recorded, and sympathy was extended to the relatives.

P.-c. Pipe represented the East Suffolk Police.

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