|Death: ||Nov., 1968|
Elizabeth Florence was born in 1891 in Kent. She was the daughter of Richard Hentt Jackson and his wife Elizabeth Sara. Elizabeth grew up in Gillingham, Kent where she would meet and marry her husband Edward Cheesman. She was 22 years old when they married in 1913. They would move to Watling Avenue, Chatham. Their only son Eric was born in 1916 followed by the birth of their only daughter Molly in 1923.
Sadly in 1929 Elizabeth's only son Eric Edward Cheesman perished in the Gillingham Park Fete Tragedy. Eric was burned to death in a fire fighting demonstration which had gone horrifically wrong. Elizabeth was present in the park that night with her six year old daughter Molly and best friend Cicely Jordan. Together, they witnessed Eric's fate that night. It was Molly horrific screams of "Eric's burning, Eric's burning" that first alerted the crowds that the fire they were witnessing was real and not pretend as it should have been. Elizabeth's husband Edward was not present at the fete that fateful night.
Shortly after the death of their son, Elizabeth's husband Edward became ill. Sadly Edward would died just four years after Eric. Elizabeth needed constant care and help throughout these terrible years following the death of her son, her husbands illness and subsequent death. Her best friend Cicely Jordan would be constantly at her side to help Elizabeth cope.
Elizabeth and Molly would continue to live at the Watling Street home for several years after the death of Edward. Following her daughter Molly's marriage to Leslie Blomfield in 1946, she would move to King's Lynn in Norfolk with the newly married couple. Elizabeth would only have one grandchild, Hilary Blomfield. Hilary would be born with Cerebral Palsy but would excel despite her challenges. Elizabeth passed away in 1968 at the age of 77.
Tragedy would once again touch this family with the unexpected death of Hilary in 1985. Hillary, then a school teacher became very ill one afternoon and passed away the following morning. Molly, who had lost her husband in 1982, passed away in 1988.
Edward Cheesman (1881 - 1933)*
Eric Edward Cheesman (1916 - 1929)*
Mary Cheesman Blomfield (1923 - 1988)*
Gayton Road Cemetery
Created by: Lori Oschefski
Record added: Nov 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61247257
Added: May. 8, 2011
Thinking of you this Mother's day. What an exceptional woman and mother you were. We will remember you Elizabeth, for you love you gave your children and for your strength and grace you showed in spite of the great tragedies in your life.|
Added: May. 8, 2011
Aunt Elizabeth, this is the design for the new memorial to be placed in the Gillingham Park in memory of Eric. I'm sorry for what you and Molly witnessed and lost that day. I have found all of you and you are together again.|
Added: Jan. 2, 2011