Ethel May Martin
Ethel May Martin with her bike in Downham Fen.

Ethel May Martin

Ethel May Martin was the youngest daughter and penultimate child of James Martin and his wife Sarah Elizabeth (née Giddings) of Downham Fen, Cambridgeshire, England.

She was born on 28th January 1895 on a freezing day and her father walked into Ely to fetch the doctor - who arrived on horseback.

She went to school in Little Downham before going into service at Littleport, Ely and London - first as a Maid and then as a Cook/Housekeeper. In later years she worked as a fruit picker and a domestic help.

Her working life was interrupted when her mother became ill and so she returned home to look after her. After her mother's death, her father, James Martin lived with Ethel and her husband until his death in 1934.

Ethel married Ebenezer Everett of Stretham in 1931 and they lived with his father in Cambridge Road, Stretham and later her father James moved in with them too. Ebenezer died in 1969 and Ethel lived alone in their Stretham home until she moved to Vera James House, Ely in 1995, her one hundredth year.

Further Details

28th January 1895 at Little Downham Fen, Cambridgeshire, England.

24th April 1898 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Little Downham Fen, Cambridgeshire, England.





4th June 1999 at The Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 104yrs.

11th June 1999, Cambridge Crematorium, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.