CFHS code : AL206

Parish : St Andrew the Less

Inscription : In Loving Memory of DAVID FITCHETT d April 16 1897 also of MARY his beloved wife d June 15 1907

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



David Fitchett (15 March 1845 – 16 April  1897)

David was born in Coventry and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 8 April 1845. He was the son of Daniel and Ann (née Clarke) and grew up in Coventry where his father worked as a silk weaver.  David trained as a printer  with Messrs. Taunton and Sons in Coventry.  He married Mary Westmacott in 1870 and the couple had at least four children: Maud Mary (1871-1951), Henry Percival (1873-1957), Leah (1874-1952) and Ada (1879-1966). The first three children were born in Kidderminster, but the family moved to Cambridge in late 1874 when he took up a job with the Cambridge University Press. They lived at 12 Perowne Street and David was a promient member of the Cambridge District of the Ancient Order of Foresters. He was the Chief Ranger of a local group (known as a court) named ‘Equity’. and was elected ‘to the coveted position of District Chief Ranger’.  He was also a member of the ‘Lord Ward’ Lodge of the Odd Fellows and held several senior positions such as member of the Friendly Societies’ Institute Management Committee, General Secretary of the Cambridge Juvenile Foresters society and member of the District Committee of Management. He worshipped at St. Barnabas’ church and  died at Perowne Street ‘after a protracted illness’

Mary Fitchett  (née Westmacott) (1844 – 15 June 1907)

Mary was born in Evesham, Worcestershire and after she was widowed lived at Perowne Street with daughters Ada and Leah (1901).



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David Fitchett; Mary Fitchett