Personal information about Katherine Fitzgerald Sparrow

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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Katherine Fitzgerald Sparrow
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   25 July 1971
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   Donnington Hayes, Donnington
Burial register information:
Book number: 1917
Page number: 302
Record number: 12076
Official at burial:
   ???J Swann?
Source of information:
  Burial Register

Memorial Details

  Kartherine F. Sparrow
  20 August 1900
  4 Kerbstones in double plot
  Marble with letters
  South Kerbstone: In Loving Memory Lawrence Charles Pratt at Rest Oct.29th. 1921 aged 23 years. James Edward Pratt, passed away West kerbstone (inside): Katherine Fitzgerald Pratt died 29th. Dec.1962, aged 89 North kerbstone: James Edward Pratt, passed away Jan.25th, West kerbstone (outside): Katherine F. Sparrow, born 20th Aug. 1900, died 25th. July 1971 1948, aged 85 years.
  Subsidence of kerbstones.
  28 September 2011
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Other people list on this memorial

Lawrence Charles Pratt
James Edward Pratt
Katherine Fitzgerald Pratt



Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

Katherine Sparrow
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News and BMD
Date of source:    07 July 1971
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News






Mrs Katherine Fitzgerald Sparrow, who for forty years ran Craven School, Newbury, died in Donington Hayes Nursing Home on Sunday aged 70.


Mrs Sparrow started the school in 1928 with one pupil at premises in West Mills and built it up at 16 Craven Road before moving to 1 Rockingham Road, her home at the time of her death.

 She had as many as 60 pupils at the school at one time, many of whom gained successes to Christ's Hospital and the local grammar schools.

She taught the piano and took part in many local music festivals. Until taken ill in 1969 she played the violin with Newbury Amateur Orchestral Union, now Newbury Symphony Orchestra. Music was an obsession with her and in 1968, at the age of 67, she enrolled with the Royal College of Music.

Mrs. Sparrow was keen on carnivals and her entries in the King George V silver jubilee carnival in 1936; the Queen's Coronation in 1953 and the St Nicolas' Church carnival, all won first prize.

 She came from a teaching family. Her grandfather was the first headteacher of St Nicolas' School at the time when education became compulsory, and her mother was headmistress of the St Mary's School, Speenhamland. Her father, Mr. James Edward Pratt, kept a newsagent's shop at 64 Cheap Street.

 Among her other activities was bridge. She was a keen player and at one time won a large cup at a bridge competition in the Corn Exchange.

She is survived by a twin son, Mr. John Sparrow, who is a chief engineer with the United States Line, and a daughter, Mrs. Jill Rufus, who teaches music at a Stevenage, Hertfordshire School. She also leaves three granddaughters.

The funeral service is at St Nicolas' Church, at 12 noon tomorrow and burial will follow in the family plot at Newtown Road cemetery.

 Newbury Weekly News ? July 1971

BMD Birth Sep Q 1900

Buried 25 July 1971




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Kathy Fitzgerald Sparrow nee Pratt 1921
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