Funeral Group on Laindon Station

The above intriguing photograph taken on Laindon Station raises several questions. What year was it?  Whose funeral was it?  Where was the coffin being taken?

At least three of the ladies in the picture are wearing cloche hats which were invented in 1908 and were popular throughout the 1910s and 1920s.

We would be very interested to hear from anybody who has further knowledge or information.

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  • Another question. Does the body require a train ticket? The coffin presumably traveled in the guard’s van but there is also a person (or the body of a person) traveling. We would have to consult the London Midland & Scottish Railway (as it probably was then) to consult the rules and regulations. The group is on the platform headed toward Southend. Memory says there was a crematorium in that area.

    Editor: There still is a crematorium at Southend.

    By Alan Davies (25/11/2018)

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