|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1893|
Greater London, England
|Death: ||Jun. 12, 1949|
At sixteen, to escape the smokey grime and crowds of Edwardian London, he served as a junior butler at a large house near the Scottish border. During WWI very bravely saw much action in the cavalry at several major battles and on one occasion when almost his entire regiment had been killed accompanied the Scottish Black Watch. Suffered concussion and rheumatic fever after a shell exploded killing his horse and leaving him lying for three nights on the Somme battlefield. When he awoke in hospital his first concern was for his horse. Convalesced for about eighteen months, the latter stages at Bristol.
Later, after the war, settled in Bristol and worked as a van driver for Lloyds fishmonger and then, after his marriage, as a chauffeur for the Salenson family. Married Phyllis Kate Wood (my maternal aunt) at Christmas, 1930. Always fond of engineering worked in WWII at Winterstoke Road at a subsidiary for Filton aircraft manufacturers which mass produced extremely valuable fighters. Just before his sudden death was employed at Southmead Road in an engineering capacity.
During his life he created several nicknames for himself -- presumably because he did not much care for his own first and second names -- but was mostly known in the family as John. Indeed, I was given this as my own middle name by the insistence of his wife in his memory.
He died in his sleep from Cerebral Haemorrhage at about 1 am. John was deeply religious and enjoyed reading the Bible and socializing.
Phyllis Kate Wood Watts (1909 - 1983)
Canford Cemetery and Crematorium
Bristol Unitary Authority
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Originally Created by: Timothy Purnell
Record added: Nov 05, 2010
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