Worcestershire, UK

William Sterry [1837-1906] in Masonic Dress

William SterryAge: 68 years18371906

Name
William Sterry
Given names
William
Surname
Sterry
Birth December 28, 1837 36 30
Source: John Todd
Text:
Source: Birth certificate Birth registered as STERRY and residence of father as informant is ‘Doddershill’. Father put his mark
Quality of data: primary evidence
Birth of a sisterElizabeth Sterry
about 1837

Christening February 4, 1838 (Age 38 days)
Text:
Upton Warren Baptism 1838 Feb 4 (born 28 Dec 1837) William s. William Sterry and Mary
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Birth of a sisterEliza Sterry
February 8, 1840 (Age 2 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
Source: Birth certificate. Birth registered as STERRY  Mother as informant resident at ‘Worcester St’. Mother put her mark.
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Christening of a sisterEliza Sterry
March 29, 1840 (Age 2 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
Source: Parish Register IGI:1840 Mar 29 Eliza d. William STAREY & Mary
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Note: John Todd.
Birth of a sisterMary Sterry
February 6, 1842 (Age 4 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
Source: Birth Certificate.Birth registered as STERREY. Mother as informant resident at ‘Park Gate’
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Birth of a brotherJames Sterry
March 24, 1844 (Age 6 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
Source: Birth Certificate. Shown as Sterry.
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Christening of a brotherJames Sterry
July 7, 1844 (Age 6 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
Source: Parish Register. Shown as STAREY in baptism register but as STERRY on his birth, marriage and death certificate. IGI: 1844 Jul 7 James s. William STAREY & Mary
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Death of a fatherWilliam Starie
July 8, 1845 (Age 7 years)
Text:
William died of Typhus 8 July 1845.
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Death of a brotherThomas Sterry
November 25, 1845 (Age 7 years)

Source: John Todd
Text:
Aged 11, Mary Sterry witness Cause of death: Atrophy. (GRO 18, 173 and Death Certificate)
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Birth of a sisterSarah Sterry
December 30, 1850 (Age 13 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
Detail from birth certificate. Illegitimate.
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Christening of a sisterSarah Sterry
February 2, 1851 (Age 13 years)
Source: John Todd
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Detail from parish register. Also in IGI: 1851 Feb 2 Sarah d. Mary STERRY Mary is shown as ‘widow’ and resident Elmbridge. Surname spelt ‘Sterry’
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Death of a sisterSarah Sterry
May 16, 1860 (Age 22 years)
Source: John Todd
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Detail from death certificate. Aged 9. Drowned.
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Burial of a sisterSarah Sterry
May 20, 1860 (Age 22 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
Detail from parish register. Entry notes ‘accidently drowned in Henbrook’.)
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Marriage of a parentRichard TainMary TylerView this family
July 22, 1860 (Age 22 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
He was a labourer, widower, aged 44, Father Thomas Tain, labourer; she was a widow, aged 54; Father: John Tyler, labourer; both resident Fair St. IGI: 1860 Jul 22 Mary STERRY & Richard TAIM
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Note: John Todd, He was a labourer, widower, aged 44, Father Thomas Tain, labourer; she was a widow, aged …
Shared note: In 1861 census Richard and Mary Tain were resident at Henbrook Dodderhill. Richard was 48, born Elmbridge and an Ag Lab. Mary was 53 and born Cotheridge. Living with them was Richard’s son John Tain aged 4, born Kidderminster and his brother William, married, aged 50, Ag Lab, born Elmbridge. Richard and Mary were resident at brother William’s residence in Kidderminster prior to their marriage and William was a witness.
MarriageJane WrightView this family
October 24, 1860 (Age 22 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
1860, 4Q, Bromsgrove, 6c, 648 William STEARRY Jane WRIGHT
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Note: Also GRO
Shared note: 1851 census
Birth of a daughter
#1
Agnes Sterry
May 1, 1861 (Age 23 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
Source: Birth certificate. Jane Sterry nee Wright is informant and occupation of father is ‘Labourer at Canal Work’.
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Christening of a daughterAgnes Sterry
June 9, 1861 (Age 23 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
IGI: 1861 Jun 9 Agnes d. William STERRY & Jane
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Marriage of a siblingJohn KingEliza SterryView this family
September 29, 1861 (Age 23 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
Source: Marriage Certificate, Eliza was of full age, spinster, a servant, resident The Bear, Smethwick, Father: William Sterry, Deceased. John was of full age, bachelor, labourer, resident The Bear, Smethwick, Father: John King, Labourer. He signed; she made her mark. GRO 6c, 610
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Shared note: Family living at 75 Heath St ,Birmingham in 1881 census.
Marriage of a siblingMoses WorkmanMary SterryView this family
October 1863 (Age 25 years)
Source: GRO
Text:
6c, 690
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Shared note: In 1871 census, family living at Kimbleton Brook House, Kimbleton, Worstershire. Moses is aged 28, Farmer Bailiff, born Shelsley, Worscestershire. Mary is 29 born Bromsgrove. Children are Nathan aged 6, Mary C. 4, Charlott 2 and Rosina aged 1mo. The first three are born Tibberton, the last was born Kimbleton.
Marriage of a siblingJames SterryAnnie ReynoldsView this family
October 6, 1867 (Age 29 years)
Source: John Todd
Source: GRO
Text:
Name: James Sterry Registration Year: 1867 Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec Registration district:      Droitwich Inferred County: Worcestershire Volume: 6c Page: 626 Records on Page:      Annie Reynolds James Sterry
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Shared note: 1871 census
Birth of a son
#2
Walter Sterry
about 1869 (Age 31 years)
Source: 1871 census
Text:
Also GRO: Name:  Walter Sterry Year of Registration: 1869 Quarter of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar DISTRICT: Shardlow COUNTY: Derbyshire Volume: 7b Page: 378
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Birth of a daughter
#3
Ada Sterry
after 1874 (Age 36 years)
Source: Death Notice
Publication: LDS Film 1281521
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Note: Death notice of William Sterry 1906
Birth of a son
#4
Frank Sterry
September 10, 1876 (Age 38 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5
Edith Sterry
October 18, 1879 (Age 41 years)
Source: Death Notice
Publication: LDS Film 1281521
Quality of data: primary evidence
Note: Death notice of William Sterry 1906
Death of a motherMary Tyler
April 20, 1892 (Age 54 years)
Source: John Todd
Text:
Detail from death certificate. Mary Tain nee Tyler died at home of son James Sterry, 107 Hill St, Kidderminster on 20 Apr 1892 aged 84.  James Sterry, son, was informant.
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Birth of a grandson
#1
Walter John Sterry
February 13, 1893 (Age 55 years)
Source: Guy Barker
Publication: Personal Email 3 Mar 2010
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Note: Place of birth is assumed.
Source: Steve Duster
Publication: Personal email: duster45@mweb.co.za
Text:
I have DOB of Walter John Sterry as 13/02/1893 and deceased date as 12/09/1977 but unfortunately have not recorded where I got those dates from, so not confirmed. [Steve Duster]
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Christening of a sonFrank Sterry
December 19, 1894 (Age 56 years)
Source: Family Search
Publication: familysearch.org SOUTH AFRICA, CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA, PARISH REGISTERS, 1801-2004
Text:
St Mary the Virgin [Anglican], Woodstock, Cape Town Baptisms 1894 Dec 19 [born 10 Sep 1876] Frank s. William & Jane Sterry, Salt River, Railway Inspector [Sponsors] Heldgingen[?] W Watson, C. F. Swanson[?]
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Christening of a daughterEdith Sterry
December 19, 1894 (Age 56 years)
Source: Family Search
Publication: familysearch.org SOUTH AFRICA, CHURCH OF THE PROVINCE OF SOUTH AFRICA, PARISH REGISTERS, 1801-2004
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St Mary the Virgin [Anglican], Woodstock, Cape Town Baptisms 1894 Dec 19 [born 18 Oct 1879] Edith d. William & Jane Sterry, Salt River, Railway Inspector [Sponsors] Heldgingen[?] W Watson, C. F. Swanson[?]
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Occupation
Inspector of Platelayers, Central South African Railways (CSAR)
1906 (Age 68 years)
Source: Death Notice
Publication: LDS Film 1281521
Death September 22, 1906 (Age 68 years)
Source: Death Notice
Publication: LDS Film 1281521
Text:
Filed 25th Sept 1906 Name: William Sterry Birthplace: Dodderell, Worcestershire, England Name of Parents: William Sterry, Ann Sterry Age: 67 yrs 9 mths Occupation: Inspector of Platelayers C.S. Railways (C S Pensioner) Spouse: Jane Sterry born Wright Date of decease: 22 Sep 1906 Place of decease: N:1 Tennyson Street, Salt River, Cape West Children: Walter Sterry, Agnes Sterry, Frank Sterry, Edith Sterry married H W Barnes, Ada Sterry Cash in PO Savings Bank about £90-0-0 & Household Funriture Signed: Jane Sterry, Widow
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Burial
Source: Ancestry24
Publication: http://ancestry24.com/where-to-start/welcome-to-ancestry24/
Text:
St Peter's, Observatory, Cape Town William Sterry Date of Birth: 28 Dec 1838 Date of Death: 22 Sep 1906 Address: 1 Tennyson St, Capetown Plot L27B.
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Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: November 21, 1831Hampton Lovett, Worcestershire, England
2 years
elder sister
2 years
elder brother
4 years
sister
1 year
himself
2 years
younger sister
2 years
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
7 years
younger sister
Sarah Sterry
Birth: December 30, 1850 49 43Elmbridge, Worcestershire, England
Death: May 16, 1860Dodderhill, Worcestershire, England
Mother’s family with Richard Tain - View this family
step-father
Richard Tain
Birth: September 17, 1815Elmbridge, Worcestershire, England
Death: 1892Registration District, Droitwich, Worcestershire, England
mother
Marriage: July 22, 1860Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
Family with Jane Wright - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: October 24, 1860Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
6 months
daughter
Agnes Sterry
Birth: May 1, 1861 23 19Stoke Pound, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire, England
Death: November 5, 1909Cape Town, South Africa
9 years
son
6 years
daughter
3 years
son
Frank Sterry
Birth: September 10, 1876 38 34Salt River, Cape Town, South Africa
Death: 1938Cape Town, South Africa
3 years
daughter

BirthJohn Todd
Text:
Source: Birth certificate Birth registered as STERRY and residence of father as informant is ‘Doddershill’. Father put his mark
Quality of data: primary evidence
ChristeningLDS Vital Records British Isles
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Upton Warren Baptism 1838 Feb 4 (born 28 Dec 1837) William s. William Sterry and Mary
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MarriageJohn Todd
Text:
1860, 4Q, Bromsgrove, 6c, 648 William STEARRY Jane WRIGHT
Quality of data: primary evidence
Note: Also GRO
OccupationDeath Notice
Publication: LDS Film 1281521
DeathDeath Notice
Publication: LDS Film 1281521
Text:
Filed 25th Sept 1906 Name: William Sterry Birthplace: Dodderell, Worcestershire, England Name of Parents: William Sterry, Ann Sterry Age: 67 yrs 9 mths Occupation: Inspector of Platelayers C.S. Railways (C S Pensioner) Spouse: Jane Sterry born Wright Date of decease: 22 Sep 1906 Place of decease: N:1 Tennyson Street, Salt River, Cape West Children: Walter Sterry, Agnes Sterry, Frank Sterry, Edith Sterry married H W Barnes, Ada Sterry Cash in PO Savings Bank about £90-0-0 & Household Funriture Signed: Jane Sterry, Widow
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BurialAncestry24
Publication: http://ancestry24.com/where-to-start/welcome-to-ancestry24/
Text:
St Peter's, Observatory, Cape Town William Sterry Date of Birth: 28 Dec 1838 Date of Death: 22 Sep 1906 Address: 1 Tennyson St, Capetown Plot L27B.
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Marriage
1851 census Worcestershire Elmbridge Lane, Elmbridge Richard Tain, Head, Widr, 34, Ag Lab, born Elmbridge Worcestershire William Stary, Lodger, 12, Ag Lab, born Upton Warren Worcestershire 1871 census Yorkshire Heeley 40 Sheaf Street (RG10/4675/45) William Sterry, Head, 32, Railway Plate Layer, born Doddrill[Dodderhill?] Worcestershire Jane Sterry, Wife, 29, born Stoke Prior Worcestershire Agnes Sterry, Daur, 9, Scholar, born Stoke Prior Worcestershire Walter Sterry, Son, 2, born Breadsall Derbyshire Reuben Wright, Brother in Law, unm, 18, Railway plate Layer's Lab, born Stoke Prior Worcestershire
Marriage
Also GRO
Shared note
In 1851 census William STARY is aged 12, lodger, born Upton Warren and living at Elmbridge Lane, Elmbridge with Richard Tain, widower, aged 34, born Elmbridge, Ag Lab. Richard later became his stepfather. William Sterry kept a personal diary from when he left England for Canada in 1873 until he retired from the railway in South Africa in 1899. His diary is a fascinating account of his life during those years. On his 60th birthday on 28 Dec 1898 he wrote briefly about his early life: “This being the 60th anniversary of the day of my birth I shall just dot down a few items with respect to the period of the last 60 years.  In the beginning of which I do not know but very little.  But when I was 8½ years I had to turn out and earn my living. Without education on any kind I struggled until I was 19 years old.  I then attended night school at my own expense.  But only for a very short time as the school broke up and I had to get along as best I could.  Which I did by the help of a dictionary until I could make myself understood in writing.  I followed a variety of employment during the first 26 years of my time.  First as a farmer, then salt making.  Boating on the canal.  Down a coal pit.  On the top of the pit.  At the blast furnace.  At the puddler’s furnace.  At the rolling mills.  In the Bridge & Bailler Works.  I was married on October 24th 1860 and in 1866  I commenced to work on the Midland Railway near Bromsgrove as a repairer in the gang and have followed railway per-way work up to the present day.” William’s age at 8 and a half corresponds to the death of his father, William, in 1845.  His father died young at 44 and his mother did not remarry until 1860. William had one older sister [who survived childhood], Ann and at least one younger brother, James, and two younger sisters, Eliza and Mary, from his mother’s first marriage. There are no known children who survived from his mother’s second marriage. However, William in his diary William only mentions his sister Ann. Ann who emigrated to Newcastle in Canada, possibly about 1856, and married a PARKER. Their children were Charles Franklyn, George Edward, Mary Jane and Frederick William. In his diary, William begins his story: “April 23rd 1873 I left the Victoria Railway Station [Sheffield] by the 9.15 am train for Liverpool. After a long ride of 3 hours duration I arrived at Liverpool at 12.40 pm.  I then put my baggage on the bus and got on myself and went to Mr Allan’s office James Street Liverpool.  I paid the balance of my passage money and got my ticket signed for my berth on board the steamship Cicassian of the Allan Line Company.” William had married Jane Wright at Bromsgrove in Worcestershire on 24 Oct 1860 and when he departed for Canada in 1873 he also let behind one daughter, Agnes, then aged about 12 and one son, Walter, aged about 4. Seventeen days later on Wednesday 7th May “Quebec is now in site and every one stands pack and package ready to go ashore.  The landing stage us at last reached and we come ashore at one o’clock p.m.  The bustle of landing our baggage and conveying it to the custom sheds lasted about 2 hours. The examination and loading in the railway cars occupied the time up to 11 p.m. and we started to rumble along through the darkness over the Grand Trunk Railroad.” Name:  Wm Sterry Age: 34 Date of Arrival: 4 May 1873 Vessel: Circassian Port of Arrival: Quebec Port of Departure: Liverpool, England Roll: C-4528 [Source: Ancestry: Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935] Arriving in Toronto William went to a government immigrant depot from where agents organised employment all over Canada. Immigrants were housed and fed there at the government’s expense for a couple of days to give them time to find suitable work. Along with fourteen others, William eventually accepted a position as a platelayer with Canada Southern Railway Company based at the township of Gordon on the banks of the Detroit River close to the head of Lake Erie and near the city of Amherstburg.  Accommodation was provided in dormitory style in a railway sleeping car. “Our wages are one and a half dollars per day of 10 hours and, if required to work on Sundays, double time is allowed.  I continued at Gordon until Saturday 19 July.  During that time I worked 57 and a half days and received 86 and a quarter dollars.” William then travelled to Newcastle near Toronto to visit his sister, Ann, who was living there with her four children. William says he had not seen her for seventeen years. There is no mention of her husband. William then stayed with his sister and went to work as a platelayer on the Grand Trunk Railway.  However, about the middle of August William was “lamed by a bar of iron falling across my foot and disabled me from work.” So he decided to return home to his family in England. On Saturday morning August 23rd 1873 he came on board the steam ship Circassian at Quebec bound for Liverpool for the second time, arriving in Liverpool 5th September 1873. William had been away from home at least four and a half months but was not in any hurry to return to his family. When he arrived back in Sheffield he first stayed the weekend with a fellow railway ‘ganger’ he ran into and then went to visit the brother of his wife for a day or so. He then accepted five weeks work relaying the station yard at Mexbro, near Sheffield. Finally, his wife asked him to come home to where his family was then living at Birmingham as she had found him work there. There is a suggestion in his diary that William and his wife may have been having some sort of estrangement at this time. William says his wife “wished me to come there to make my home” and once he accepted employment in Birmingham, William writes, “I got a home together and my family also.  Took several houses before I got one to suit me.  At last I got one. 3 Rose and Crown Yard Brierley St West where we lived happy and comfortable …” It was now almost six months since William had left his family and apparently emigrated to Canada. Perhaps there was some uncertainly as to whether he was planning to return from Canada. But his time with his family was short lived.   Less than twelve months later, William wrote “signed an agreement under the government of Cape of Good Hope and on Friday August 14 I left home and all that was dear to me again to set out for the Cape of Good Hope as a platelayer to work on a new line for the space of one year at 8 shillings per day and free passage out.” On Saturday 12th September, 1874 after a very long and tedious voyage William arrived in Cape Town and went to work as a platelayer on the construction of a new rail line from Wellington to Worcester. Life in South Africa was initially pretty rough for William. For the first five months or so William and a fellow platelayer shared a tent out in the scrub and had to cook their own meals on an open fire. It was not unusual for their tent to collapse due to the heavy rain loosening the tent pegs while they worked during the day and they came home to sodden bedding and a cold dinner.  William finds the summers in Africa terribly hot and uncomfortable and the poor local mail service means he doesn’t hear from home for months at a time.  William sends money home to his family but is never sure whether it reaches them. But reliable workers in South Africa were hard to find. William describes how the other workers on the railway used to take off to the local grog shop as soon as they received their monthly wages and would not return to work until they had spent all their money - or had it stolen while they were sleeping off their hangovers. At times William is the only one who turns up for work. So William soon finds himself promoted. After only four months on the job, William is appointed as temporary ‘ganger’ and after seven months he is given the task of overseeing the construction of the points and crossings. By March 1875 William has finally moved from living in a tent to hotel lodgings at Wellington. In June 1875 William is assured a permanent job on the railway of ‘Way Inspector’, commencing the following August, and so decides to bring out his family and stay in South Africa indefinitely. On the 20th Sep 1875 William’s family arrived at the Cape by U. S. S. Anglian and they settled down at Wellington. William makes only one further reference to his family. “I then removed my family to Salt River June 12th 1891.  Remained at Salt River until October 1895.”  William and Jane had three other children in South Africa, Frank, Edith and Ada. William rarely talks about his personal feelings.  However, he was obviously a very devout Christian, often referring to reading his Bible; and a caring husband and father. In a rare moment of display of feelings, he describes his reaction to receiving a parcel from England containing a portrait of his family. “The portrait was so perfect that when I looked at it, although I was walking along the street in open daylight, I could not refrain from shedding tears of joy as I walked along.  For it was so perfect that at first sight I fancied I was looking on the real personages of my family.” He takes great pride in his work and describes in considerable detail the rail tracks that he helps build. William is given responsibility for the repair and maintenance of more and more lines: Wellington to Hermon Station; Hermon and Piquetberg Road Station; Tulbagh Road to Wellington Station; Tulbagh Road Station to Ceres Road Station.  By August 1877 William is responsible for over 30 miles and his wages have risen to twelve shillings per day.  When he first started his wages were only 8/- a day. On the 1st of March 1886 his wages were increased to £220 per year and he is then responsible for over 85 miles of rail. William takes great pleasure in writing that in 1895 “received a certificate from Mr Brown Engineer in Chief to the effect that I was the first per Way Inspector who had completed 21 years in that capacity on these railways.” William’s fortunes have improved to the point that in 1880 he is able to purchase a house at New Brighton near Cape Town for the sum of £30. He later sells it at a handsome profit in 1884.  On the 17th March 1898 William moved to reside at Newlands in some newly acquired property near the Newlands Station. William was pensioned off March 1st 1899.  His diary concludes: “My length of service was from the 12th of September 1874 up to February 28th 1899, a service of 24 years and 5 months.  Pensioned off from March 1st 1899 at a pension of £89-10-7 per year.” William died on 22nd Sep 1906.  He was then living at 1 Tennyson Street, Cape Town. His wife Jane died on 18 Sep 1911. She was then living at 40 Malta Rd, Salt River. He and his wife Jane are both buried at St Peter's, Observatory, Cape Town. Buried with William in the same Plot at St Peter's, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa is a Rosana Sterry. Burial details as follows: Date of Death: 23 Nov 1957 Aged 78 years Address: Knighton Rest Home, Wynberg Plot: L27b
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