Brice Butler Cullum (1869-1920)

Three weeks ago Mr Brice Cullum of Everleigh, Queens-road, was a candidate for municipal honours. A fortnight later he had taken to his bed, and he passed away at the age of 50 from pneumonia.

He was the son of the late Mr. Henry Cullum, for 40 years a builder in Newbury, and superintendent of the old Fire Brigade. After being apprenticed at Messrs. Joseph Hopson and sons, he started in business, first at Wantage, thence he went to Colnbrook, and afterwards to South Africa, and was engaged in the erection of the Ladysmith Town Hall. He returned to Newbury seventeen years ago.

He has been prominently connected with the Primitive Methodists as a local preacher, was assistant secretary of the P.S.A., and during the war was a special constable.

He married Miss Elizabeth Baker Hitchman, who, with two sons, two daughters and a large circle of friends deeply mourn his loss.

The funeral took place yesterday (Wednesday), the first part being held in the Primitive Methodist Church, and was conducted by the Rev. P. Jackson, assisted by the Rev. A.B. Gowers. The coffin, which bore the inscription “Brice Butler Cullum, died Nov. 21st 1920, aged 50 years” was carried upon the shoulders of Messrs. G.E. Salter and C.A. Rebbeck, representing the P.S.A., and Messrs W.H. Wigmore and Tom Smith, representing the Primitives.

The mourners were Mr. Ernest Cullum (son), Misses Dorothy and Freda Cullum (daughters), Mr. and Mrs. T.H. Cullum (brother and sister-in-law), Mr.  and Mrs. E.B. Hitchman, Mrs. Heath and Mr. Lewis. Amongst those present in the church were the Mayor (Mr. George Griffin), Mr. J.H. Thompson, the Rev. J.H. Green, Messrs. Walter Midwinter, H. Dowling, H. Drewitt, Arthur Smith, Albert Smith, J. Maiden, H. Marshall, Hugh Turner, Nash, Lovegrove, W. Butler, R. Bradford.

It was a simple service, and the Rev. Jackson paid a high tribute to the religious and public work of the deceased. The Hymns “Eternal Light”, and “When the day of toil is done,” were sung, and Mr. Charles Griffin, who was at the organ, played suitable music. The interment was at the Old Cemetery, and, in addition to wreaths from the family, there were floral offerings from the P.S.A., and the Special Constables.

Newbury Weekly News, 25 Nov 1920

[Mr. Cullum married Elizabeth in 1892 and they had four children: Ernest, b. 1874; Dorothy, b. 1896; Winifred, b. 1903 and Harold, b. 1906. He left the sum of £98 to his wife.]

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