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Frederick George WATTSAge: 92 years19031995

Frederick George WATTS
Given names
Frederick George
Birth January 3, 1903 28 26
Birth of a brotherCharles Albert WATTS
May 23, 1905 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterKathleen May WATTS
May 3, 1910 (Age 7 years)
Christening of a sisterKathleen May WATTS
December 14, 1910 (Age 7 years)
MarriageMay REIDView this family
April 19, 1941 (Age 38 years)
Death of a fatherFrederick Victor WATTS
February 1957 (Age 54 years)
Address: 32 The Chase, Wallington, Croydon, Surrey.
Cause: Heart Failure
Death of a motherEllen WARNER
November 1969 (Age 66 years) Age: 93
Cause: Old Age
Death of a sisterElsie Maud WATTS
September 18, 1988 (Age 85 years)
Death of a sisterKathleen May WATTS
July 22, 1991 (Age 88 years)
Death of a brotherCharles Albert WATTS
February 11, 1993 (Age 90 years)
Death January 17, 1995 (Age 92 years)
Address: Zerilda Steyn Home, Forest Drive, Pinelands.
Cause of death: Myocardial Infarc
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Marriage: March 25, 1899Parish Church, Croydon, Surrey, England
3 years
elder sister
15 months
2 years
younger brother
5 years
younger sister
Kathleen May WATTS
Birth: May 3, 1910 36 33Croydon, Surrey, England
Death: July 22, 1991Braunton, Devon, England
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Birth: May 2, 1908 29 24Bellville, Cape Province, Union of South Africa.
Death: August 17, 1995Pinelands, Cape Province, Republic of South Africa
Marriage: April 19, 1941Church of the Transfiguration(Anglican), Bellville, Union of South Africa

Personal Knowledge of Dave Watts; Went to a small Church School near to his home(Dennet Road) in Croydon. Left school at age 14 in spite of winning a Scholarship to go to a grammar school. Parents could not afford to keep him in school as times were hard because of the First World War. His first job was sweeping the floors in a Tennis makers and stringers workshop in Croydon (I think he said it was Kingston's). Pay was 2/6 per week (6 days of 12 hours). He learnd to be a Tennis Stringer and was later employed by Slazengers (Piece Work). He later worked for Spalding's for a year or two, and then returned to Slazengers working first as a Top Stringer and later in the Competitions Department which meant no off-season lay-off. In 1936, 1937 and 1938 he was sent by Slazengers to Dublin, Vienna and Bratislava respectively to train local men to string Rackets for the local Agents. In 1937 and 1938 we was sent down to Wimbledon to look after the Slazenger sponsored players, probably because he was the only stringer in the shop who actually played Tennis himself. He strung for many of the top players including Fred Perry with whom he bacame friendly and regularly received a Christmas Card from him until Perry died. He arrived in South Africa on 29th August 1938 to work for Logan's Sports then located near the top of Adderly Street in Cape Town. This business later became known as "Sportsman's Warehouse" with branches in a number of towns and cities throughout South Africa. He left Logan's during 1959 and managed the "Tria Cinema" in Somerset West for a syndicate of friends until the late 1960's when the cinema was closed down and converted into a business prestinct. He then worked as store keeper for Martins Chemist for several Years before finally retiring comfortably into his seventies. Medical: Was the"sickly"child, suffering from Asthma and Bronchial problems but appears to have grown out of it. Had poor eyesight but this was not realised until he had been working for a few years. As a result of the eyesight problem and flat feet was relegated to the" part-time"Army unit during the Second World War. In later years he suffered from Glaucoma which eventually robbed him of his sight in spite of an operation at Tygerberg Hospital and constant medication. Damaged his spine in a minor motor accident 1962 and wore a steel brace for about 18 months, then only wore it when his back hurt, but eventually discarded it in spite of having been told by the Doctors that he would have to wear it for the rest of his life!! Had a Prostrate operation about 1979 or 1980. Had Inguinal hernia(s) repaired early 1970's Became rather hard of hearing in the last few years of his life. A similar fate had befallen his Mother. His remains were cremated.
England & Wales, Free MD Birth Index, 1837-1915: Jan 1903, Croydon, Surrey, England. (Mar 1903) Volume 2a, Page 268. 1911 Census: Resident in Croydon Surrey, England with parents & siblings. (age 8)