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Grave F34 at St Catherine's Church, Ludham is that of Nesta Georgie Worship O.B.E. The inscription reads:

In Memory of
Wife of
Lieut. Colonel V.T. WORSHIP D.S.O.
Died 14th July 1930
“In God’s keeping”

Here is some information from Bill Jehan about Nesta:

The connection between Nesta Georgie Worship and the Blennerhassett family is as follows:

Arthur Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy was Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) for Co.Kerry and (from 1900) a Major in 4th (6th?) Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers. Tasked during WWI with obtaining army remounts, he travelled extensively in the USA, Australia & New Zealand purchasing horses to replace those being lost in large numbers on the western front.

Arthur's wife Clara Nesta Richarda (known as Nesta) and their younger daughters Hilda & Vera served as V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurses, caring for the wounded first at the battlefields of France, later on Lord Dunraven's hospital ship "Grianaig" in the Mediterranean. For this service Nesta was awarded M.B.E. and all three, unusually for civilians, received the British Expeditionary Force 1914-15 star, a British Army medal awarded for service in France or Belgium between 5-Aug-1914 and 31-Dec-1915. This medal is known as the "Mons Star" because so many recipients fought at Mons.

Arthur & Nesta with their daughters Hilda & Vera are buried in the graveyard of Ballyseedy "Church of Ireland" church, Ballyseedy, Co.Kerry. Their elder daughter Nesta Georgie Worship (known as Georgie) is interred in the churchyard of St Catherine's church, Ludham, Norfolk.

A brass wall plate memorial for the whole family is at Ballyseedy church, in the chancel, to the left of the altar:

1856 - 1956
In loving memory of
Arthur Blennerhassett, D.L. M.B.E.
Nesta Georgie Worship, O.B.E
Nesta Blennerhassett, M.B.E.
Vera Blennerhassett, Mons Star
Erected by
Hilda Blennerhassett, Mons Star

Nesta Georgie Blennerhassett in the 1920 civilian war honours list was awarded an O.B.E. for her "valuable work in providing comforts for soldiers and prisoners of war...".

In 1920 Georgie married Lt.-Col. Verelst Turner Worship, D.S.O., Royal Munster Fusiliers. The wedding, initially intended to be held at Ballyseedy church, was "...owing to threatened dislocation of traffic in Ireland..." held quietly at St Peter's Church, Cranley Gardens, Kensington, London on 17-Jun-1920 [Reported in "The Times" of 6th May, 19th May and 22nd June 1920].

Georgie Worship died 14-Jul-1930 at her home "The Manor", Ludham, Norfolk. She is buried in the graveyard of St Catherine's Church, Ludham (grave F 34). Her husband Verelst Turner Worship of 21 Blackborough Road, Reigate, Surrey died 4-Apr-1956 at Redhill County Hospital, Co.Surrey.

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