So That's Where I Get It From

June 15, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Frederick Read – Champion Duck Breeder

For today’s Tombstone Tuesday theme I want to show the tombstone of my Great Uncle Frederick Read.  He was born in 1866 at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire and died in 1908 at Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire.  He and his wife Annie Sophia Ridgway (1868 – 1955) had ten children and Great Uncle Frederick became a Champion Duck Breeder.

I have been informed that he was the originator of what is known (certainly in the UK) as the Aylesbury Duck and he also used to write about breeding ducks in newspapers and magazines.

original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2010

Great Uncle Frederick is buried at Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire and the photo I show here is the Inscription part.  Unfortunately, although we took a number of photos of his grave and the Church they were taken with a non-digital camera and are not really clear enough to show on this blog. 

Inscription on Great Uncle Frederick’s gravestone

original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2010

My transcription for this is: 

In Loving Memory of


died Feb 14th 1908   aged 41 years





died June 26th 1955   Aged 88 years

This next photograph is of one of Great Uncle Frederick’s adverts that he placed in various places.

original photograph in my private collection - copyright 2010


  1. How lucky you are to have found those advertisements. Fascinating!

    Comment by M. Diane Rogers — June 16, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    • Hallo Diane,

      Thanks for dropping by and for your comment. It is lovely to collect all the different things some of our ancestors have used or done. I have an article that Great Uncle Frederick wrote in a Bird paper about breeding ducks, which is interesting too and maybe I will place on the blog at some stage.

      I wonder if Great Uncle Frederick is the reason we have pet ducks, cos that’s where I get it from? 😉 Well, sadly only one duck now, Demelza’s “husband” Donny died just over three months ago of old duck age!!

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — June 16, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

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