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Name: Sybella Shotter

Burial Number: 1657

Gender: Female

Occupation: Wife of John Percy Shotter

Born: 13/04/1860

Died: 9/04/1937

Buried: 13/04/1937

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Sybella was born in Hampstead, the daughter of James Thomas Hammack and his wife Eliza Sybilla. James changed his surname to Hammick by deed poll in 1866. He was a barrister and Secretary of the Registrar General’s Dept. at Somerset House. In 1875, James filed for divorce on the grounds of his wife’s adultery with a local farmer whilst they were living in Sutton in Surrey. A final decree was granted in December 1876. James was granted custody of the children. On 4th September 1886, Sybella married John Percy Shotter at St Mary’s Church, Harrow. John was an insurance broker working for private ship owners and came from Godalming. By 1901, John had retired and the couple were living in St Botolph’s Road, Worthing. In 1911, they visited John’s father in Hampshire and took with them Dorothy Cecilia Watts whom they had adopted. She was the daughter of Laura Hammick and Sybella’s niece. Laura and her husband had divorced in 1900.  Dorothy went to Australia and in 1919, married George Alexander Allan in Queensland. In 1921, Dorothy and Sybella  travelled from New York to Plymouth on the SS Zeeland, arriving back in England on 9th June. Dorothy died in Dar Es Salaam on 7th April 1927. She is buried in Upanga Road Cemetery and remembered on Sybil’s tombstone at Heene. John Shotter died on 29th September 1935 at “Hong Kong” in Wallace Avenue, Worthing. He is buried in Eashing Cemetery, Godalming. Sybella moved to “The Lawns Hotel” Heene Terrace. She died on 9th April 1937 at “The Kensington” Sea Road, Boscombe. Probate was granted on 30th July to Barclays Bank Ltd. Effects £4987 19s 10d.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 6 Plot: 19

Exact Location (what3words): escape.stay.cross

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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In loving memory of Stephanie Rosabel Hammick died at Southsea 14th April 1901 aged 32 "With Christ which is far better" 1 Philippians 23 Also of Dorothy Allan niece of the above, daughter of Major W B Watts niece and adopted child of Percy & Sybil Shotter of West Worthing who died at Dar-es-salaam, East Africa 7th April 1927 aged 32 In memory of Sybilla Therese Shotter widow of John Percy Shotter aged 77 years.

Further Information


Name: Sybella Therese Shotter

Gender: Female

Born: 13/04/1860

Town: Hampstead

County: Middlesex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Hammick

Marriage Date: 4/9/1886

Spouse First Name: John

Spouse Second Name: Percy

Spouse Last Name: Shotter

Town of Marriage: Harrow

County of Marriage: Middlesex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 9/04/1937

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: "The Kensington"

Address line 2: Sea Road

Town: Boscombe

County: Hampshire

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £4987 19 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £252705.00

Census Information


1 Warwick Buildings, Worthing

James Thomas aged 42, registrar general’s office, London. Sybilla aged 28. Florence aged 4. St. Vincent aged 2. Sybella aged 1. Plus a nurse.


Sutton, Surrey.

James T aged 52, secretary of Registrar General’s Dept. Somerset House, barrister and land owner in Devon. Sybilla aged 37. Florence aged 13. St. Vincent aged 12. Sybella aged 10. Laura aged 4. Stephanie aged 2. Plus 5 servants.


Milford Heath, Witley, Surrey.

James T aged 61, widower, barrister, proprietor of houses. Florence aged 23. Sybella aged 20. Rosabel (Stephanie) aged 12. Plus 1 servant.

(although James describes himself as a widower, Sybilla was alive until 1882).


“Meadowside” 3 Edinburgh Road, Carshalton, Surrey.

John percy aged 32, manager of company estate to private ship owners. Sybella aged 30. Plus 1 servant.


“The Homestead” St Botolph’s Road, Worthing.

John P aged 42, retired insurance broker. Sybella aged 40. Plus 1 servant.


“Woodlands” Hill Brow, Liss, Hampshire.

Robert W Shotter aged 83, gentleman. Ellen aged 55, daughter, private means. Fanny aged 54, daughter, private means. Clara aged 28, daughter, private means. John Percy aged 52, gentleman. Sybella aged 50, daughter-in-law. Dorothy Cecilia Watts aged 17, visitor. Plus 1 servant.


Miscellaneous Information

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