CFHS code : HT300
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : In Loving Memory of GEORGE HARRY WATTS d April 10th 1943 aged 69 also of a beloved wife and mother ETHEL LOUISA WATTS d 21st February 1961 aged 84
Monument : Kerb stones
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
These kerbstones are Located just to the north of the south path in the parish of Holy Trinity. Roughly 7 rows from the central path.
In Loving Memory of GEORGE HARRY WATTS who passed away April 10th 1943 aged 69 years
Also of a beloved wife and mother ETHEL LOUISA WATTS who passed away 21st February 1961 aged 84 years
George Harry Watts (13 November 1874 – 10 April 1943)
George was the son of Thomas Henry and Mary (née Starte) Watts. George was born in Peckham, as his father ran a hotel/pub there, but appears to have been raised in Cambridge with his grandmother Rebecca Starte and mother Mary. In 1891 George was living with Mary at Devonshire Road, and was working as a college clerk at Emmanuel College. Meanwhile his father and brother Frank were living in London, where Thomas Watts was running the Wellington Hotel on the Strand.
George married Ethel Utteridge in 1897, and the couple lived at 37 Devonshire Road, before moving to 27 Lyndewode Road (at least 1939 onwards). They had three daughters: Cissie Mary (1898-1996), Olive Marie (1900-1991) and Maude Lilian (1903-1990). George was Chief Clerk at Emmanuel from 1919 until his retirement in December 1940, and died at his home aged 69 years old. A lovely obituary appeared in the local paper and from it we learn that he always wanted to work in the college library but was moved to the college office during WW1 and was so well organised everybody relied on him too much for him to return to the job he loved after the war.
The note of his death in the December 1943 The Emmanual College Newsletter read: ‘There is one piece of sad news. After a short retirement, partly spent with his family in Pitlochry, Mr Watts, whom one generation knew as “the little man” and a later one as “Mr Watts the College Clerk,” a devoted servant of the College, fell ill and died. We miss his ready help’.
Ethel Louisa Watts (née Utteridge) (4 April 1876- 21 February 1961)
Ethel was the daughter of James and Eliza Utteridge and was born in Cambridge. She grew up at 110 Gwydir Street (1881) and then at the Gwydir Arms, 45 Gwydir Street (1891). James had worked as an engineer’s clerk when she was small, but then became a publican and coal merchant. After being widowed she continued to live at 27 Lyndewode Road with her daughter Maude, but died in Harpenden aged 84 years old.
Maude Watts continued to live at the family home until she died in 1990, meaning it was in the occupation of one family for over 50 years.
by Claire Martinsen
With thanks to Amanda Goode, archivist at Emmanuel college for providing valuable additional information
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