AN INFLUENZA TRAGEDY IN HORNSEY

An article from the Hornsey Journal, 28th February 1919

The deaths took place at the end of last week under extremely sad circumstances, due to the influenza epidemic, of Mr and Mrs Edward Tubbs of Church-lane, Hornsey. Mr Tubbs who was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs A E Tubbs of 45 Nightingale-lane, Hornsey, and was only married at Hornsey Parish Church on 5th December last, was demobilised on 14th January from the Navy in which he was a signaller. On Sunday week he and his wife were taken ill with influenza and this was followed by pneumonia. Mr Tubbs succumbed on Thursday night last week and Mrs Tubbs on Saturday afternoon.

The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday) morning at Finchley Cemetery after a service at the Parish Church, conducted by Rev. B V Wardle, curate, who also conducted the service at the graveside. Mr and Mrs Tubbs, who were 29 and 25 years of age respectively, had only just moved into Church-lane. Mrs Tubbs was Miss Mary Louisa Coulson, the daughter of Mr Maurice Coulson of 32 Collingwood-avenue, Muswell Hill, who is seriously ill.

Mr Tubbs, who came to Hornsey with his parents about 19 years ago, as a lad attended Campsbourne School and later was connected with the Inland Revenue Department. With his brother, Second-Lieutenant Tubbs, he was a member of the Hornsey Parish Church Choir for about six years and before leaving was a soloist. He was also well known as a public singer, having appeared at many local concerts. He and his brother were also connected with the YMCA in High-street, until he joined the Navy in 1916.

Much sympathy will be felt with the relatives in their sad bereavements.