Fannie Ethel Lambert was born on Valentine’s Day in 1877 to parents Richard and Fanny, née Death. She was born on St. John’s Hill in Battersea. Her father’s occupation was a provision dealer (a grocer). Fannie was the youngest of six children.
When the 1881 Census was taken, the family were living on Falcon Lane in Battersea. Fannie was 4 years old. Her father Richard was 48 years old and still a provision dealer, and her mother Fanny was 40 years old. Three of Fannie’s siblings were living at home:
- Henry, aged 12;
- Mabel, aged 10; and
- Emma, aged 6. It does not clear if her siblings were at school or not.
By the time of the 1891 Census, the family had remained in Battersea but were now living on Strathblaine Road. Fannie was 14 years old and at school. Her father’s age was 56 years old, and his occupation was an agent. Fannie’s mother was 50 years old. There were three of Fannie’s siblings at home, though this time another sibling appears:
- The eldest was William, aged 26, a draper’s buyer;
- Henry, aged 23, a grocer’s assistant; and
- Mabel, aged 20, a scholar like her sister Fannie.
When the 1901 Census was taken, Fannie, aged 24, had left the family home and was working as a servant, transcribed as a ‘useful help’, for the Howgill family who lived at 106 Grandison Road in Battersea. The Howgills were a young couple in their twenties with a 5-year-old son. The master of the house, Richard, was a professor of music.
Fannie appears to have been healthy during 1901 as she was working. However, on 21 July
1908, she was admitted to Horton Asylum in Epsom.
Not long after her admission, on 20 January 1909, she died aged 31 years. She is buried in grave 291b.
Her death certificate gives her profession as a ‘spinster companion help’ of 19 Northcote Road, Battersea. Her brother Henry is recorded as the informant, and the cause of her death was fatty degeneration of the heart which is not a typical given reason.