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Peggy Cashmore

2nd of May 2005

1919 – 2005
Peggy was born on 19 October 1919 at Holloway, Islington. She was the youngest child of Charles and Alice Hilliard and had four older brothers. After leaving school Peggy took a secretarial course and began work as a secretary in a Fleet Street newspaper office, but by this time the 2nd World War had begun and she found the depressing news too stressful, and she left to serve in the Land Army.
Peggy married Geoffrey Cashmore on 11 June 1941 at the Baptist Chapel in Kings Langley and the wedding reception was held at Westwood End in Bucks Hill, the home which Geoffrey’s parents rented during the war years to escape the bombing in London.
Peggy and Geoffrey had two children, Christine and Paul, and at the end of the war, the entire family moved back to Hampstead Garden Suburb in north west London. When Geoffrey retired in 1980, they moved from London and returned to Bucks Hill, near to where they had lived during the latter war days. Peggy was widowed 12 years ago.
During the past 24 years in Chipperfield, Peggy has been involved with St. Paul’s Church and the Baptist Church. She helped with the Parish lunches and was a member of the W.I. She served as a duty officer for Chipperfield Care, only resigning at the beginning of February 2005 as her health failed. Just after her 80th birthday she volunteered to help with the creche at the Mount Prison.
Peggy was a devoted and helpful grandmother to five grandchildren. She willingly helped out whenever asked and was a great source of comfort and support in times of difficulty. She also delighted in her four great-grandsons and loved to see them and hear of their progress and achievements. Her eldest great-grandson is 13 years old.
During the past few months, as Peggy’s health began to fail, life became difficult, but she was determined to remain independent and continue to live in her own home to the end, and this she achieved. Peggy had a keen wit, a great sense of fun and a mischievous sense of humour. She will be very much missed not only by her family, but by all who knew and loved her.
Christine Summers and Paul Cashmore

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