CFHS code : PL43

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of my dear husband WALTER THOMAS CHARTER d June 30th 1932 aged 60 EDITH MARY CHARTER d June 13th 1962 aged 91 also in infancy EDWIN FRANK and EDGAR HORACE sons of the above

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Charter kerb stones December 2018


To the south of the south path


In Loving Memory of my dear husband WALTER THOMAS CHARTER.
Called to restJune 30th 1932 aged 60 years.

EDITH MARY CHARTER died June 13th 1962 aged 91  years

Also in infancy EDWIN FRANK and EDGAR HORACE sons of the above

Walter Thomas Charter (1872 -1932)

Eldest son of Walter and Elizabeth Charter, a builder.  He worked as a carpenter for his father in Cambridge and also in London while attending vocational classes in accountancy and bookkeeping. Eventually gaining a 1st class certificate in advanced bookkeeping (Soc. Of Arts).  He became attracted to the Co-operative movement, attending a conference at the Liberal Club.

Walter Charter – photo from the family archive

He pursued his mathematical and political interests and In 1902 he was appointed Assistant Secretary at the Cambridge Co-operative Society, later appointed Secretary, then becoming joint Secretary and General Manager,  and then in 1916/17 he was made solely General  Manager.  He wrote various papers promoting the ethos of  the Co-operative movement, particularly in 1914 “Conditions Essential to Co-operative Production”.  

During the war he was on various committees and  Chairman of a Sub-committee at Westminster re: Food control affecting retail Societies.  

In 1919 he resigned from the Cambridge Society having been elected a Director of the C.W.S. (Co-operative Wholesale Society) . In this role he was involved with all areas of food retail, travelling all over the world in the interests of  co-operative trade as well as serving on government committees.  In 1924 Ramsey Macdonald (Prime Minister)  appointed him to the Balfour Committee on Trade and Industry.   He made several trips to India and also travelled to West Africa, America, Canada ,Australia, Greece, Egypt, Denmark, New Zealand and Russia. He was also a member of the Government Chinese purchasing Committee and after the Wheat Act in 1932, the Wheat Commission.  He was appointed by the C.W.S. to represent them at the July 1932 Ottowa Conference, the British Empire Economic Conference hosted in Canada.  Unfortunately whilst he was preparing to travel to Canada he was taken ill and very shortly died.

His funeral was reported extensively in the Cambridge Chronicle. Over 50 cars drove to the service at the Wesleyan church and about a hundred cars drove to the cemetery.

Edith Mary Charter (née Wallis) (1872 – 1962)

Edith was the daughter of Joseph and Ellen Wallis. Joseph was a waiter. Her elder brother John Joseph was born in London but the family were living at 32  East Road when she was baptised on November 24th 1872.  After the birth of her younger brother Frederick Charles (1875)  they moved to Gwydir Street. Edith was only 10 when her father died after a long and painful illness. Her mother remarried in 1883 and the family continued to live in Gwydir Street.

Edith Charter – photo from the family archive.

Edith married Walter Thomas Charter at Christchurch, in the Parish of St. Andrew-the-Less, Cambridge on 14th April 1892.  

She lived for most of her married life and for almost 30 years after her husband’s death at Morden House, 28 Cherryhinton Road, Cambridge.  She was survived by three sons, Cyril Walter, Ralph and Reginald George. 

Edwin Frank Charter (1894-1894)

Edwin was only 3 months old when he died.

Edgar Horace Charter (1898 – 1900)

Edgar died in January 1900 at 53 Devonshire Road, aged 14 months.

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Edgar Horace Charter; Edith Mary Charter; Edwin Frank Charter; Walter Thomas Charter