The 'Read' Family



Ethel Daisy Read
1909 - 1983


Ethel Daisy Read  


April 08, 1909 Salhouse Road, Sprowston, Norwich
Died: March 27, 1983 West Norwich Hospital, Norwich. - age 74
Buried: 1983 Earlham Cemetery, Norwich
Parents Walter Samuel Read
Susannah Elizabeth Buck formally Goffin


Arthur Frank Tong  


July 13, 1903 120 Bull Close Road, Norwich
Died: 1979 33 Cavell Road, Norwich - age 76
Buried: 1979 Earlham Cemetery, Norwich
Parents John Henry Tong
Ann Elizabeth Turrell



January 08, 1927 St James Church. Norwich





Date of birth:
Birth Place:
Ethel Ann Elizabeth Tong July 06, 1927 Norwich
Joan Edna Tong June 22, 1928 Norwich
John Henry Tong January 24, 1930 Norwich - Died at birth
Paddy Hazel Tong   Norwich
Arthur Patrick Tong September 09, 1932 Norwich


File Information:

1909: April 8, Birth of Ethel Daisy Read at Salhouse Road, Sprowston, Norwich
Mother: Elizabeth Read (Susannah had been dropped) formerly Buck formerly Goffin - made her mark
Father: Walter Sanuel Read - Carpenter (Estate)
Regisitered: May 14, 1909
Entry 204 - information from file certificate.

1911: Census - St Faiths, Sprowston Norwich
Walter Read - Head - age 42 (1869) - Carpenter - born Hempnall Norfolk
Elizabeth Read - Wife (Married13 years)- age 42 (1869) - born Sprowston Norfolk
Emma Buck - Dau - Single - age 22 (1889) - Boot Trade Machinist - born Sprowston Norfolk
Lily Buck - Dau - Single - age 18 (1893) - Boot Trade Finisher - born Sprowston Norfolk
Ellen Read - Dau - Single - age 9 (1902) - School - born Sprowston Norfolk
Mable Read - Dau - Single - age 7 (1904) - School - born Sprowston Norfolk
Edith Read - Dau - Single - age 4 (1907) - born Sprowston Norfolk
Ethel Read - Dau - Single - age 1 (1910) - born Sprowston Norfolk

1983: March 27, Death of Ethel Daisy Tong formerly Read at the West Norwich Hospital
Widow of Arthur Frank Tong Carpenter and Joiner (retired) of 33 Cavell Road, Norwich
Cause of Death: 1a/ Bronchopneumonia 1b/ Ischemic Heart Disease
Name of Informant: Arthur Patrick Tong - Son of 10 Hermiage Close, Acle
Registered: March 28, 1983
Entry 220
- information from file certificate.

For more on Ethel Daisy Read's life with Arthur Frank Tong Click on Arthur's LINK or any of their children above. -
This will take you to the TONG FAMLIY Page

This letter was found in Ethel's papers - I could'nt help being moved by it
December 23, from William Moore, 23 Kinnaird Street, Dundee - Husband of Nell Read (Ethel's sister)
My Dear Ethel - Received your letter this afternoon I know how you must feel it was a terrible blow to me. especially after your own Dear Mother I can't really believe she is gone yet but it is all to true. I wish I had never sent you the letter building up your hopes but really we thought after nearly a week she was going to pull through but you see her heart was in a very bad state and she was so weak after her operation.
It was on Saturday at 10 minutes past One we were sent for and I don't know how I got over to the infirmary yet I was in such a state. When I got over I had to wait for about half an hour before I could see her as the doctor was giving her treatment just then. I got up to see her at 2 o'clock and as soon as I saw the oxygen tube in her nostril I knew she was very ill yet she talked away to me and asked me if I had had a letter from you and of course I told her not yet, but I got your letter after I left her and came home about 6 o'clock Saturday night.
I went back to see her at 7 o'clock and told her I had received your letter and it seemed to cheer her up a little but I sat beside her for some time but she did not seem inclined to talk much so I told I would go away and come back later she said don't come no more to-night as I might be asleep but I knew she would soon be having her last long sleep. I said alright just to humour her and went away. I went over again that night about eleven o'clock and found her much about the same only she was terribly fevered I had to wipe her face two or three times with her towel I sat with her for about 40 minutes and then had to go downstairs as the nurse wanted to give her some sort of treatment I went back again about 12 o'clock and found her a kind of dazed but still sensible enough to now me. She told me she had only two more hours but she actually lived 4 hours.
If I live to be a hundred I shall never forget my last parting with my Darling we may never have had much of the worlds goods the time we have been together but we both loved each other she told me to call the Dear Baby Ellen Ferman Moore and to see and look after the children, where to get this and where to get that she kissed me and I kissed her even the nurse was nearly crying. I don't know how I suffered it even now as she was just a Real Gem and was worth her weight in Gold. I only hope God gives me health and strength to see my dear children able to do for themselves then I wont worry as I will never rest until I see her again. She also told me to tell you all not to worry that she would be alright I don't know why she was took from me but the Lord has his own way of working and her tasks on this earth must have been done, We will just have to suffer on and put our shoulders to the wheel as I know she would not change places with any of us tonight, I know it's hard but please try and bear up Ethel for the sake of your children as I am trying to do although it will be an awful job to do it.
It will not be a very Merry Christmas for us but these things just happens and no-body knows the reasons for them. Well I think I will draw to a close now as I can't bear to write and more, Hoping this finds you all at home as well as can be under the circumstances
I Remain you Loving Brother In-Law William Moore




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