Above: a postcard view of Burrage Rd, Plumstead, England

Copy of death certificate for Elizabeth (Waterhouse) Needham Creed

(Click on certificate above to view larger image).

Elizabeth Creed, of 22 Burrage Rd Plumstead, died on September 3rd 1948 at St. Nicholas Hospital in Plumstead, England. She was 93 years old. Her next of kin is listed as her youngest son C. (Christopher) Creed of 40 Burrage Rd. Plumstead. She is also described as the widow of James Jeremiah Creed, her 2nd husband who worked at the Woolwich Arsenal and died in the early 1920’s.

In the span of her lifetime, 1855-1948, she suffered through personal tragedies, and witnessed many changes in technology as well as two World Wars. I am very curious as to where she lived during the war. Her son Christopher worked in the US during the 1940’s and also came back for a visit in 1960 after his wife Helena F. Creed passed away. I am piecing together records of him and his brother Alfred Creed to include together in a future post. But to get back to the current subject, where did that leave Elizabeth? I have only found her in 2 passenger lists traveling between the UK and US, but that was in 1923, the year her son Alfred Creed emigrated to the US. I have not yet found any records to suggest that she was in the US during the War years.  The Creed family lived on Burrage St. in Plumstead according to records (census and passenger lists) from 1911 to 1948, so it is possible she lived on Burrage St during the early 1940’s as well.

There is a wonderful website called Plumstead Stories, and it also has a book about the local social history which is available to order through the web site. As well as many valuable stories and photos from other time periods, it has many stories of what life was like in Plumstead, England, during the London Blitz. Amazingly, there were two bombs that fell and you can see the remains here as well as maps, scroll down to the ordnance map and you can see how close Burrage Rd. was. The website also has many photographs and great links to learn more about the area. My grandfather Raymond Maxwell Needham also was briefly in London during WWII so I wonder if he had the opportunity to see his grandmother again (they met when he was quite a young boy in 1923).