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Name: Walter Houfe

Burial Number: 1646

Gender: Male

Occupation: Schoolmaster; Head of a Boarding Preparatory School; Marine Engineer;

Born: 12/10/1863

Died: 21/11/1936

Buried: 24/11/1936


William Walter Houfe was born in Huddersfield in 1866 to Henry Houfe, a Draper, who was born about 1819 near Harrogate, of farming folk, and Mary Ann Schofield, born in 1824 in Bradford, Yorkshire

In 1871, the family were back together, in Islington. With them were four of their children – Eliza, William Walter (born in Huddersfield in 1866), Louise Janette (born in Islington in 1866) and Alfred Ernest (born in Islington in 1867). Henry was by now described as a Wholesale Retail Draper. They also had two Domestic Servants. Son Charles Albert, born in Rusholme, Lancashire, in 1862, was a pupil in a Preparatory School in Chiswick at this time.

They had moved a short distance again in 1881 – to Stapleton Hall, Hornsey, Middlesex – about 3 miles. Henry, General Draper and Furnisher, is described as having defective sight and hearing. Eliza, Charles Albert, Tutor, Louise and Albert were with their parents, and one female Domestic Servant..

The 1891 census at Seacroft, 3, The Parade, South Road, Worthing has Henry living in the Household of his unmarried son Charles, Schoolmaster and Cambridge Graduate – he graduated from Queens College. It seems that Charles was Head of a School. He was at the Parade (now Marine Parade) from about 1888 to 1892, so the school proved to be short-lived. Brother Albert was a Schoolmaster – and a Cambridge Undergraduate – and sister Louisa was Assistant Dormitory Housekeeper. There was another Tutor, nine Boarders and four Servants.

Henry died in 1895, back in Yorkshire, with Executor of his will being Charles Albert Houfe, Schoolmaster.

Charles Albert had moved to Yorkshire by 1895 and was, in 1901, Head of a Boarding Preparatory School in Aysgarth, Yorkshire. In 1911 he was living in Cambridge, with sister Louisa, as a Student of Literature and Writer. Neither he, nor Louisa, had married.

William Walter Houfe was staying with his aunt Ada in Yorkshire in 1881. In 1891, now a Marine Engineer, he was a Boarder in Lime House, Tower Hamlets, which appears to have been a School for training Marine Engineers, both Electrical and Mechanical.
In London, in 1892, he married Mary Templeton Hunter, also born in 1864.
There are records of William – now Walter William – travelling from London to Sydney, Australia in 1888, 1890 and 1891, as a Second Engineer, from New York to Liverpool in February 1919, having come from Shanghai, described as a Marine Engineer, and in August 1919, with wife Mary, he departed Glasgow for Shanghai on the ship Mentor, of the Blue Funnel Line.

In 1908 he is recorded as working for Messrs Butterfield and Swire, in Shanghai.
He was the Author of books and papers on Marine Engineering. In October 1895 he read a Paper to the Institute of Marine Engineers and the Institute of Naval Architects on ‘Internal Friction in Steam Engines’. He was described as ‘of Hong Kong’. He is recorded as giving other similar Lectures in 1910 and 1918.

By 1929, William and Mary had moved to Dunoolti, Parkfield Road, off South Street, Tarring.
William died, in 1936, at Leaholm Nursing Home, 10 St Michael’s Road, Heene, though his home was still in Parkfield Road. His will named wife Mary and there were effects in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Mary died in Worthing in 1950.

Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Walter Houfe

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 5 Plot: 30

Exact Location (what3words):

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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Sacred to the memory of dear mother Mary Ann Houfe died Oct. 11th 1888 aged 64 years "God is Love". Also of Henry Houfe died June 9th 1895 interred at Hoogarth Yeas. Also of my beloved husband Walter William Houfe died November 21st 1936 aged 73 years, third son of the above "At rest" "Her children arise up and call her blessed"

Further Information


Name: Walter William Houfe

Gender: Male

Born: 12/10/1863

Town: Huddersfield

County: Yorkshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 27/1/1892

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Templeton

Spouse Last Name: Hunter

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: City of London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 21/11/1936

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Leaholm Nursing Home

Address line 2: 10

Address line 3: St Michael's Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £5539 10 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £280645.00

Census Information


4 Lyddall Terrace, Islington, Middx.

Henry aged 52, wholesale retail draper. Mary aged 46. Eliza aged 12. Walter aged 7. Louise aged 5. Alfred aged 5. Plus 2 servants.


41 East India Dock Road, London.

Walter aged 29, marine engineer, lodging in house of James Hawthorne, teacher of marine engineering.


In Shanghai, China.


In Shanghai, China.

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