Census for 1939
Cottages, New Cut, Bures Hamlet
Jubilee Cottages were built in 1897 and probably the first
property built in the road, as the cul-de-sac is only a few
hundred yards long.
Next door lives
good friends of mine, Ann & David Vango.
to them at some length about the Browns, as they were their
next door neighbours
Jubilee Cottages were 2 separate properties, Walter &
Alice bought them both and knocked it into one when they moved
in sometime during 1964.
David and Ann moved in during mid 1964, but Walter and Alice
moved in some months later.
When they vacated Valley Farm, they lived in Colchester Rd
for a short before moving to New Cut.
The picture above shows Walter
talking to David & Ann's children, Susan and Richard
Ann thinks they were taken during 1967.
A friend of Walter and Alice a Mr Pettit Clarke, while he
was in France visited Ellecourt Cemetery, he collected a sample
of soil from Arthur's grave in a jar, brought it back to Bures
where he subsequently sprinkled the soil on their grave.
In the picture of the two children
there are a couple of apple trees in Walters garden which
still stands today.
Walter used to let David and Ann take as many apples as they
David on one Armistice Day, knocked at the door and Walter
answered - he was very annoyed at David wanting Apples on
Remembrance Day and told him to go away and respect the War
Walter died many years before
Alice, but they couldn`t furnish a precise date, but 1968
seems the most plausible
Alice could never get over
the loss of her Arthur, his death had totally devastated her
She often talked about her "beloved Arthur"
Alice then had appendicitis
very late in life, Ann visited her in Hospital in Colchester
In later life Alice was very
frail and walked with a tremendous stoop, her head was down
near her waist
She became a recluse and when Ann walked out into the rear
garden, Alice would hurry back indoors
If the children were playing in the garden, they could see
Alice watching from a bedroom window.
On special occasions like Susan & Richard's birthdays
or Christmas, Alice would put an envelope through the letter
box with some money such as a sixpence
Both Walter & Alice were
cremated in Colchester
Walter and Alice wanted to
be buried as near to Valley Farm as possible, hence the grave
nearest to the gate in Mount Bures cemetery
David Vango knew all about
the Mount Bures grave, as he visits it regularly and keeps
David has always been
perplexed at the name "William" on the grave, when
they called him Walter.
We know that Walter was a very
religious man from David Vango.
In the diaries of Pettit Harvey who owned Sergeants Farm in
Mount Bures, he makes numerous entries about being the Church
Warden at St Johns.
Several entries mention speaking to Walter Brown, from this
we can assume Walter may have been another Church Warden or
deeply involved with the running of the Church.
For some unexplained reason there is no record in the Church
burial book of any funeral service or interment for Alice
Unfortunately, we have no idea who authorised or erected the
memorial headstone in memory of Alice and Walter