We regret to chronicle the death of Charlie Tuppen, the veteran shepherd, on Wednesday evening at his son's residence in Glynde. The deceased was just on 90 years of age, and died from senile decay.
He had the reputation of being the oldest shepherd in Sussex, and it is only three years back that relinquished his calling.
Charlie was born at Lullington, and, except for a short spell, during which he helped to build the railway at Glynde, he was a shepherd throughout his entire life, as was his father before him.
He used to tell the story of his father being a smuggler, and the method adopted of breaking him of the habit was his mother's declaration that she, if he continued, would most certainly become a smuggler herself. That settled Charles’ father.
The deceased was exceptionally fond of singing, and few men knew more of the genuine old Sussex song than he. He would sing them in their true dialect; and on more than one occasion was visited by gentlemen who wished to know a certain melody, or title original words of some ancient Sussex verse.
He was hale and hardy, his faculties were unimpaired to the last, and he had never, excepting the last three weeks, been known to be ill.
His longest journey was from Glynde to Horsham, and that was to visit the Fair. His wife died about twelve years ago. He had a family of six sons and five daughters, but only nine are now alive. He was grandfather to about forty, and great grandfather to a fair number. His brother, the late John Tuppen, of Kingston, was the father of seventeen children, and his wife used to play stoolball at the age of eighty.
Deceased, acting as a shepherd, was for fifty years engaged to the late Lord Hampden's family, and previously, acting in the same capacity, he was employed the late Mr. Steyning Beard, of Bevingdean, at Brighton.
From: Sussex Express - Friday 08 October 1915
Charles Tuppen sometime Shepherd to Steyning Beard
at Bevendean on the right
FUNERAL OF MR. CHARLES TUPPEN.
Mr. Tuppen, noted as the oldest shepherd in Sussex, who died last week at the ripe old age of 89, was buried on Monday. The Burial Service was conducted by the Rev. W. E. Dalton, and at the church were: Mr. T. Pickard, representing Rear-Admiral Hon. T. S. Brand, J.P., Shepherd P. Baker, Shepherd and Mrs. Hamper, and Mr. Jones, who were all old friends of the deceased. The principal mourners were:— Messrs. T. W. G. and F. Tuppen (sons), Mrs. Jenner, Mrs, Allen, and Mrs, Thompsett (daughters), Messrs. Thompsett and Jenner (brothers-in-law), Mrs. G. Tuppen, Mrs. C. Tuppen, Miss F. Tuppen (daughters-in-law). Miss, Edith Tuppen, Miss Millie Tuppen, the Misses Mabel and Alice Jenner, Miss Marie Thomsett, Miss Mary Tuppen, and Mr. O. Tuppen (grandchildren), Miss Burgess, Miss Dickinson, Mrs. Meynell, Mrs. Tester, and Mrs. Welfare (nieces), Mr. Jack Tuppen, and Miss Tuppen.
From: Sussex Express - Friday 15 October 1915
Information and dates supplied by Norman Allcorn.
31 July 2021