Gillian Mary Birkbeck grave monument in All Saints Church burial ground, West Acre, Norfolk, England

Gillian Mary Birkbeck grave monument: legible names and details

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Gillian Mary Birkbeck
1909261882first name on monumentGwendoline Rose Watney who was Gurney Barclay's second wife writes of meeting Gillian in Cambridge as follows: In the time at Girton, 1904-8, I had met Gurney Barclay at his Cambridge home, Binbrook, on Grange Road. He and his first wife Gillian gave generous hospitality to students for Sunday teas and hymn singing. We girls often went, cycling in from Girton or Newnham, partly to meet our brothers. We thought Gillian lovely and frail. She was often lying on the sofa. We were fairly tough hockey players and were used to cycling or walking in from Girton against wind, snow and rain. Gillian charming and gentle, seemed to belong to another world, though we knew she understood us.
Henry Birkbeck
father of Gillian Mary Birkbeck
Joseph Gurney Barclay
husband of Gillian Mary BirkbeckThe Daily Telegraph 30-Apr-1976 MR J.GURNEY BARCLAY Banker and missionary The Bishop of Worcester writes: Gurney Barclay, who has just died at the age of 97 had a unique and widely respected career as banker and missionary. The third son of Robert Barclay of High Leigh, he was educated at Harrow and Trinity College Cambridge, where he got a first class in Natural Sciences. He entered the family bank, but after some years he abandoned a promising career and went off to work as a missionary in Japan in 1908. Although his young wife Gillian died soon after reaching the Far East, he remained there for some 17 years building up the small Christian Church and exercising a remarkable influence in Japan before and during the Great War. As an inheritor of both Quaker and Evangelical Anglican enthusiasm he was dedicated to the betterment of the people of the Far East and is still remembered there. He married secondly in 1915, and returned to Britain in 1926 to work for the Church Missionary Society, the Bible Society and other Christian causes. His ability as an administrator, financier and expert on Far Eastern affairs was much in demand by the overseas work of the Church between the wars. At the same time he demonstrated an adaptability and understanding of theological and religious changes that was not always the case with narrow evangelicals of his generation. He was never ordained but be was a lay reader and a good preacher. While pursuing his missionary convictions he also became a notable naturalist and an authority on ferns and butterflies; at the same time he was an unusually good shot and a skilled fisherman. He continued travelling to London regularly until he was 92. He will be remembered as one remarkably versatile in his rare abilities and ably supported by his second wife for more than 60 years of married life
Ysabel Birkbeck
mother of Gillian Mary Birkbeck


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She married my 3rd cousin 2x removed and I am researching relatives who were missionaries and she and her husband were missionaries in Japan, as was his second wife who was my 1st cousin 2x removed, and who was from a family with many missionary connections.
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I am researching Watney missionaries and Gillian Birkbeck was the first wife of Gurney Barclay, who went on to marry Gwendoline Watney. I have found that looking more widely into relationships often brings interesting insights.
Tracing family tree. Father came from Yorkshire Birkbeck's (my grandparents owned a woollen mill in Bradford area) but I was told that historicaly a Birkbeck family member (London Bankers) had married a Barclay hence a possible link. My parents retired to Norfolk.
I am researching the life of Ysabel Birckbeck
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Location of the above Gillian Mary Birkbeck monument

All Saints Church burial ground, West Acre, Norfolk, England

All Saints Church burial ground, West Acre
All Saints Church burial ground

Reasons why the image for this memorial was requested

She married my 3rd cousin 2x removed and I am researching relatives who were missionaries and she and her husband were missionaries in Japan, as was his second wife who was my 1st cousin 2x removed, and who was from a family with many missionary connections.
Genealogical research purposes only
I am researching Watney missionaries and Gillian Birkbeck was the first wife of Gurney Barclay, who went on to marry Gwendoline Watney. I have found that looking more widely into relationships often brings interesting insights.
Tracing family tree. Father came from Yorkshire Birkbeck's (my grandparents owned a woollen mill in Bradford area) but I was told that historicaly a Birkbeck family member (London Bankers) had married a Barclay hence a possible link. My parents retired to Norfolk.
I am researching the life of Ysabel Birckbeck

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