Marion Upson

Marion UPSON

Name: Marion Upson

Date of Birth: 24 September 1919

Birth location:The Red House Martley Worcestershire

Maiden Name:  Green

Also Known As:              

Age at Burial: 78 years

Date of Death: 26 April 1998

Death location: Bunbury

Date of Burial: Cremation 30//04/1998

Denomination: Anglican D

Row/Grave: Row 1 Grave #7

Grave transcription:     


TED                                               MARION

23.01.1922 – 06.08.1998           24.9.1919 – 26.4.1998




TOGETHER AT REST                                                      

Father: Unknown

Mother: Sarah Ann Green

Foster Father: John William Jackson

Grandparents (father):

Grandparents (Mother):


Spouse: Edwin Douglas (Ted) Upson


Christine Upson

Peter Upson

Paula Upson

Murray Upson

Occupation: Home duties

Military Service:

RAF Sleaford UK.  Marion was a telephonist she was discharged on 3/12/1945 with good conduct and a class A release.

Their Story

Marion was born in Martley, Worcestershire in what was known as the Red House. This was a workhouse for those in need. Her mother was Sarah Ann Green, her father unknown. Sarah left Marion at the Red house when she was eight years old promising to return for her. This did not happen and when she was thirteen, she went to work for a solicitor (John William Jackson; Foster Father) as a domestic. She remained in his employ until at age 18 she joined the Royal Airforce UK

She met Edwin Douglas Upson, a RAAF pilot and they married in Jaffa Palestine on the 06/08/1945. As a new bride she arrived with her husband by ship (Stirling Castle) to Fremantle.  On board was a friend of Teds,  Bob Clapp. Arriving in Fremantle they were photographed by the Daily News and published with a front page picture.

Trove Article – Daily News – link

In Capel they lived on the farm for a time in Goodwood Road before moving to the flat at the shop. The Shop was called the Universal Store, which sold absolutely anything anyone could possibly need.  They stayed here until 1957 by which time Christine and Peter were born. They then moved to their new house in Properjohn Road where Paula and Murray were born.

The electoral roles list Marion and Edwin living in Capel until at least 1968 and occupation as storekeeper.  From 1972 onwards they are living at Buchanan Road and occupation as farmer

Marion was in poor health from a fall and miss treatment from a medico. She spent 13 weeks in traction had two spinal operations which severely restricted her activities. However as was her want she didn’t give up.

She was a keen sports fan and loved her footy and cricket sitting up in the wee hours to listen to the broadcast of the Ashes

She took pride in all she did especially knitting outfits for her grandchildren. Marian’s life was one of loving service to others. One of her good friends was Lorna Scott/Fisher. The Fisher and Upson families were very close.

Marion passed away on 26 April 1998 and is memorialised at the Capel Cemetery.

Information compiled by researcher JT (member of the CDCP team)

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