Daisy Burnell
Daisy Shelton (formerly Martin, née Burnell),
circa 1940.

Daisy Burnell

Daisy Burnell was the third known child of George Burnell and Mary Ann (née Barker) of London, England.

When Daisy was about 6 years old, her father - a publican - died in 1891 in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England. Her mother brought the family to Littleport, Cambridgeshire. It is here that her young widowed mother, Mary Ann, set up a new life and remarried to a Mr. James Smith.

Daisy and her sister Lillie Burnell worked for Hope Brothers shirt factory in Littleport and they both appear on the 1901 census with their Step-father James Smith and her half-sister, Winifred May Smith.

Seven years later, Daisy married Herbert Martin of nearby Little Downham, and they had four sons, but sadly it wasn't long before she too was widowed when Herbert was killed in a train accident in France whilst on his way home at the end of the First World War. Their youngest child, Cyril, was no more than a year old.

Daisy later re-married to Reuben Shelton of Little Downham, Cambridgeshire and together they went on to have three children, including Daisy's only daughter Edith ('Edie').

Further Details

16th November 1885, The Stables, Abercorn Place, Kilburn, Middlesex (now London), England.





10th February 1952, Fourth Drove, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire. Aged 66 years.

13th February 1952, with her second husband in Little Downham cemetery, Cambridgeshire.

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