Blennerhassett Family Tree
Genealogy one-name study - by Bill Jehan
 
 


Blennerhassett Inscriptions at the church of
St Catherine, Ludham, Co.Norfolk
 

Church of England - Diocese of Norwich
 


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
photo: courtesy of Ludham Community Archive
 
 
 
 
 
GRAVE F 34                               click on image to enlarge
 
 
 
 

IN MEMORY OF
NESTA GEORGIE WORSHIP, O.B.E.

WIFE OF
LIEUT. COLONEL V. T. WORSHIP, D.S.O.
DIED JULY 14TH 1930.

"IN GOD'S KEEPING."

 

 
 
(Nesta) Georgie Worship (b.17-May-1883 d.14-Jul-1930), known as "Georgie", eldest of three daughters of Arthur Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy Castle, near Tralee, Co.Kerry, Ireland and his wife (Clara) Nesta Richarda FitzGerald (only daughter of The Knight of Glin, of Glin Castle, Co.Limerick; grand-daughter of Clara Ann Blennerhassett of Riddlestown, Co.Limerick).

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

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

Georgie Worship died 14-Jul-1930 at home, Ludham Manor, Ludham, Norfolk. Her husband Verelst Turner Worship (of 21 Blackborough Road, Reigate, Surrey in 1956) died 4-Apr-1956.

 



 
 
Ludham Manor - front view                                photo: courtesy of Ludham Community Archive
 
 
 
 
Ludham Manor - rear view                                photo: courtesy of Ludham Community Archive
 
 



 
 
In the chancel of Ballyseedy Church (Church of Ireland), Co.Kerry, Ireland,
is a brass wall plate memorial for Georgie and her family,
erected by her sister Hilda Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy
 
 
 

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
 
 
 
 

Georgie's father Maj. Arthur Blennerhassett of Ballyseedy Castle was a prominent figure in Co.Kerry and Deputy Lieutenant for that county.
From 1900 he served as Major in the 4th (or 6th?) Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers.
 
 A "well known figure in Irish hunting and racing circles", Arthur acted as official starter for race meetings and inspector of courses to the Turf Club & Irish National Hunt Committee "in which capacity he gave universal satisfaction".
 
The Ballyseedy Hunt was run jointly by Arthur and his neighbour Francis Chute of Chute Hall. "...their huntsman, wearing an old coat and ill-fitting breeches, would ride up and down the streets of Tralee blowing a horn to advertise that there was to be a hunt...".
 
Arthur was recognised "a fine judge of a horse" and during WWI travelled continuously on behalf of the British Army Remounts Commission, purchasing remounts in USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to replace those being lost in large numbers on the western front and elsewhere. He performed this role from 1914 until the end of 1918.
 
During WWI Georgie's mother Clara Nesta Richarda Blennerhassett (known as Nesta) and her younger daughters Hilda & Vera during served as V.A.D. (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurses, caring for the wounded first behind the battlefields of France, later on Lord Dunraven's hospital ship "Grianaig" in the Mediterranean. For this service Nesta was awarded an 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 is known as the "Mons Star" because so many recipients fought at Mons.

View gravestones and inscriptions for Georgie's Blennerhassett family at Ballyseedy HERE
 
 
 
 
 
click on image to enlarge
 
 
Hilda (1884-1965), Nesta Georgie (1883-1930) and Vera (1885-1942) Blennerhassett,
boating on Caragh Lake, near Killorglin, Co.Kerry, 1904.
 
image copyright © Mark Bence-Jones, "Twilight of the Ascendancy", ch.6 p.128 (Constable, London, 1987)
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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