WATSHAM, Charles William

1906 - 1972

Born at Eye, Suffolk on 21 July 1906, second son of Charles William Watsham (12 October 1876-1944)and his wife Lizzie Mary née Ward (20 June 1877-1970), who married at Brightlingsea, Essex in 1897, where his father was a good's clerk on the Great Eastern Railway and in 1939 they were living at 42 John Street, Brightlingsea, Essex. By 1911, a 4 year old living at 3 Easton Road, Witham, Essex with his parents, 34 year old Charles and 33 year old Lizzie and his elder brother, 11 year old John Arthur Charles. Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford 1918-1924. An architect who was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1927-1934 from 36 King George's Avenue, Dovercourt, Essex but does not seem to have exhibited. In 1944 he instigated the 'Watsham Art Prize' at his old Chelmsford school. He married in the Tendring district of Essex in 1937, Flora Mary Sherman (18 May 1916-1973) and they had two children. Whilst Charles was in the Royal Artillery his wife was living at 'Floradene', Franks Avenue, Harwich, Essex, with her parents and in 1948 Charles moved from being town planning assistant at Norwich to be county architect and planning officer of Radnorshire, Wales. He died at his home at 5 Pearce Road, Stanway, Colchester on 28 November 1972.