Lady Akehurst Has Died, Aged 85

Thursday 7th January 2021:

Lady Akehurst - Shirley Anne - who  lived at Dresden Cottage, Vicarage Street, Warminster, passed away peacefully on 31st December 2020, following a short illness. She was 85. The funeral will be a private family one. Donations in memory of Lady Akehurst to Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Lady Akehurst was the widow of General Sir John Akehurst and much adored aunt and great aunt of Chris, Alex, Henrietta, Jack and Guy.

John and Shirley, nee Webb, married in 1955. Their two children, who both had cystic fibrosis, died in childhood.

General Sir John Akehurst was a British Army Officer and rose to the position of Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He was born at Chatham, Kent. He died on 20th February 2007, aged 77.

In their retirement at Warminster, Sir John and Lady Akehurst were active members of Warminster Civic Trust. At one time Sir John was patron of Warminster Civic Trust.