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John’s wife was Gertrude Bertha Gower

Gertrude gave talks to many organisations in the capacities listed below. John published her talks after she died. This photo is from the front of the book and has the inscription below it:

Gertrude Bertha Gotts

Hon Secretary, Deaconess, Fellowship

President, London Congregational Union, Women’s League 1929

Chairman LCU, Met. Kent district, 1935-36


Who passed away very suddenly into greater joy and service

29 January 1936


c/o British Library

Her book is entitled:

TALKS!

Mostly to Women

Sometimes to Men

John published his own memoires, though this is not available in the British Library.

He also published a book on church finance:

The Treasurer and Church Finance


More details are available here


The newspapers provide more insights to his life:

Midland Daily Telegraph February 10 1889

Defendant in breach of promise case: see here

Bucks Herald, Saturday September 13, 1902

Aylesbury Technical Education

Typography, commencing Wednesday, September 24 (1902). In the Victoria Club (open meeting) Mr JB Gotts, certificated lecturer and medallist


Times January 3 1935

JB Gotts OBE appointed Assistant Controller, (Establishment Officer) of His Majesty’s Stationery Office


Times January 29 1936

Gertrude Bertha, dearly loved wife of John B Gotts of HM Stationery Office and Heatherbank,Chislehurst, elder daughter of the Rev HF Gower, CF (Retd), ex-President Women’s League, Hon Sec, Deaconess Fellowship, and Chairman Kent District London Congregational Union. Funeral Service Sidcup Congregational Church 3.30 (Jan 20) No flowers, donations in lieu to Deaconess Fellowship Fund.

(IG-NB how HMSO is mentioned before anything else)


Times September 24, 1936

The engagement is announced of Mr JB Gotts OBE of Chislehurst, and Miss Ethel Mary, elder daughter of the late JG Hurst, KC, Recorder of Birmingham, and Mrs Hurst,of 61 Addiscombe Road, Croydon. The marriage will take place in January.

This is followed on 4 February, reporting the marriage on 2 February.

Times July 8 1938

Companion: Imperial Service Order: John Gotts

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