Name: SHARPE David
Date of Birth: 2 November 1905
Birth Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Also Known As: Dave
Age at Burial: 48years
Date of Death: 1 November 1954
Death Location: “Ardenvale” Capel
Date of Burial: 2 November 1954
Row/Grave: Row 4 Grave 20
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
DAVID ALWINA THERESA
SHARPE SHARPE (TESSIE)
2.11.1905 – 1.11.1954 (NEE WITTFOHT)
8.6.1909 – 31.8.2007
MAY, IAN, BRIAN, DONALD & ANNE
Father: Thomas Sharpe/Sharp
Mother: Janet/Jessie Roberton
Jeanette Roberton Sharpe born: 1889 Died: 1 January 1962. Buried Quairading, WA. Married: 24 May 1913, North Perth to Herbert Parker.
Thomas Sharpe born: 1890 Died: 1941
Charles Sharpe born: 1896 Died: 1954
Spouse: Alwina Theresa “Tessie” Wittfoht born: 8 June 1909 Died: 31 August 2007
May Sharpe born: 1936
Ian Sharpe born: 1938
Brian Sharpe born: 1940
Donald Sharpe born: 1942
Anne Sharpe born: 1944
Occupation: Iron worker in Scotland, Builder, Farm & Orchard duties.
Military Service: B884 Army Citizen Military Forces – Service Number W30998
Dave Sharpe was born in Glasgow, Scotland to parents Thomas and Jessie Sharpe. He was the youngest of their five children. He lived with one of his brothers’ family after his parents died. His sister Jeanette had come to Australia before 1913. She married on 24 May 1913 in the Presbyterian Church, North Perth to Herbert Parker, a building contractor.
On the 1914 and 1919 Electoral Roll the Parker’s were still living in North Perth. Sometime later Jeanette and Herbert Parker moved to Quairading. Here Herbert continued his building trade.
In 1926, at age 20, David Sharpe boarded the S.S. Benalla in London, departing on 19 August, arriving in Fremantle 29 September. On the passenger list he was listed as an Iron Worker. Dave came out to live with his sister and brother-in-law in Quairading. He worked with Herbert as a labourer.
Dave met schoolteacher Tessie Wittfoht who was teaching at Quairading. Dave and Tessie were married in 1936 and came back to live at Tessie’s parents farm, Ardenvale, Capel River. Dave worked for Tessie’s father William Wittfoht in his orchard.
Dave and Tessie had five children, May, Ian, Brian, Donald and Anne. They lived in a small cottage across the river from Dave’s in-laws. Sadly, Tessie’s father died in 1945 and her mother in 1949. The Sharpe family had moved in with Tessie’s mother to help after her father died.
Dave died at home, on 1 November 1954. He was buried on his 49th birthday, 2 November 1954 at the Capel Cemetery.
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