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ZILLA GERTRUDE BARRATT 1876–1940

Radcliffe School 1900Radcliffe on Trent school 1900: Miss Barratt to the left and Miss Packwood to the right

Born: 8th August 1876 in Radcliffe on Trent and baptised 3rd September 1876 at St Marys Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Died: 26th September 1940

Before the war

In the 1881 census, age four, she is living with her father Thomas, thirty-seven, a nurseryman who was born in Radcliffe on Trent, mother Sarah Ann, forty, who was born in Bingham, brothers Sam eleven, Arthur, nine, William, seven, Nathan, five and Eveyn Henry three. She also had two sisters: Lily, age thirteen and Beatrice, nine months. They are living on Cropwell Road.

Gertrude commenced duties at the village school as a monitor with a view to becoming a pupil teacher in 1889. By 1892 she is listed in the school log book as a pupil teacher.

In the 1891 census, when she is now fourteen, the family have moved to Bingham Road in the village. Her brothers Sam, Arthur and Nathan have all followed their father into gardening but William is recorded as a druggist. They also have another daughter, Mary Rose Minnie age eight.

By 1901 Gertrude, as she is now known, is a twenty-four year old school teacher. She is still at home with her parents, brother Samuel, sisters Beatrice, who is now a florist, and Mary Rose Minnie together with Reuben Clark a widower aged 82 who is Gertrude’s maternal grandfather. They are still on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

In the 1911 census, age thirty-four and still a school teacher, she is living with her parents, brother Henry Evelyn, thirty-three, who is now a commercial traveller for boot polishes and sister Mary Rose Minnie, twenty-eight. They are living in a seven roomed houses on Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

Her father died on 18 August 1913 in Winthorpe, Lincolnshire, age seventy, but is buried in Radcliffe cemetery along with her mother Sarah Ann, who died in 1920.

During the war

Gertrude continued working as a schoolteacher at the village school throughout the war dealing with additional problems the war brought in addition to her normal teaching duties.

After the war

She continued to live in the village on Cropwell Road and eventually retired from teaching at the school in 1936 after forty-four years. However by 1939 she is recorded living at 18 Ida Road in Skegness with her sister Beatrice Howard a widow and niece Kathleen S Kirk (nee Howard) who is a shop assistant. Gertrude is recorded on the register as a retired teacher. It appears that she returned to Radcliffe on Trent. Gertrude died on 26th September 1940, age sixty-four, at the General Hospital in Nottingham. Probate was granted to Minnie Barratt, spinster (sister). Effects of £835.0s3d. Her address on her will is given as Deirdreen, 17 New Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

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