Florence Eldin, daughter of a butcher who held the shop which is now Dowse the butchers, has been mentioned before on this blog. Click here for that posting.
We know that Florence was born about 1893 in Cambridgeshire and moved to Market Lavington when her father took over the butchery business.
She was in her 50s when she married George O’Reilly in 1945, a marriage which lasted just three years before George died. He was quite a bit older than her.
Florence herself died in 1973 but that length of life might have seemed unlikely back in 1922.
As we can see, it was in that year she was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis.
This could explain her absence from the village in 1926. She is not on the electoral register for that year.
At Market Lavington Museum we have quite a substantial record book, kept in accordance with the Tuberculosis Regulations of 1911. Our book, we should be thankful to say, received very little use.