Charles Puttergill

Warren. A. Williams

Joined November 2007

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Featured in Nostalgic Art & Photographic GroupThanks for this feature of Charles Puttergill, he is my wifes grandfather and here is the story of his life with his wife Mary who’s photo is all so in the group.
Charles Edward Puttergill was born Sunday 21 September at 36 Allison Rise, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, to Charles Puttergill and Mary Sims.
Charles and Mary Helen (Ellen) Flowers were married in Queenstown on 28/12/1896. Though both were of English stock. Mary was also a second generation South African having been born the daughter of George and Sarah Flowers of Flowers Halt just outside Queenstown. At the time of their marriage Charles was a fairly recent immigrant from England wherehe had been born on 21/9/1873, the only son of Charles Puttergill of 2 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham. Charles Puttergill senior was a building contractor and Charles junior worked in a Nottingham lace factory before deciding to visit South Africa.
As a boy he collected foreign stamps and the sale of his collection, at the age of 15, helped to raise his fare to South Africa. After his arrival and a short period of living in Port Elizabeth, he moved to Queenstown where he was employed as a bookkeeper by Hodges & Company, a firm of wholesalers who also controlled the Bowkers’ Park Creamery. Hewas sent by this firm to manage a trading store at St Marks in the Transkei. He eventually bought this store and traded here for many years.
Charles and Mary spent the whole of their married life at St Marks and were well known members of the local community. Charles also acted as recruiting officer for the Gold Mines Native Recruiting Company as well as being a keen gardener. His greenhouse was unsurpassed in the area and among his many hobbies were photography, tennis and bridge. Hewas a self-taught but skillful mechanic as he demonstrated by teaching himself to drive from books and then teaching a Mr Wright who had bought the first car in Queenstown.
In this, as in all things, he was a perfectionist and the nature of his lively and enquiring mind is demonstrated by the fact that as earlyas 1920, books on splitting the atom were to be found in his home.
Mary Puttergill was a devoted wife and mother and is remembered for her love of young people. She took her daughters and sons-in-law to herheart and treated them as her own. Those who remember her stress that she always looked for good in others and had the gift of understanding people. Her mother was the daughter of Major and Mrs Rouse of Grahamstown.
It is of interest that Mary’s paternal family came originally from Bath in England, her father, George Flowers having been sent out to thiscountry by his firm Owen & Jones of Bath in order to seek a dry climate which might help to alleviate his chronic asthma. He settled at Flowers Halt near Queenstown. Amongst other things, he was a chorister at Westminster Abbey and his family had originally owned the “Hare andHounds” in Bath. The Flowers are an intriguing family in their own right — one ancestor is remembered for working for a Mr Veasey and helping to build the Coronation Coach and George’s father was connected with Major Booth who founded the Salvation Army.
They had 13 children had their Diamond Wdding in 1956.
Charles passed on 4/4/1958 and Mary 9/11/1958
We have just had a family reunion with 215 family members attending.

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