Rose Kate OVERINGTON, known as Kitty, was born 17 July 1896 in Godalming and baptised on 8 November at St Peter and St Paul, the same year. She was the daughter of Alfred Overington, a steam roller driver, and Kate England Overington (née MANDEVILLE).
Kate had a brother Albert OVERINGTON, who was born on 21 April 1889 in Godalming. He was killed in action during the First World War and died on 5 July 1916 in France and Flanders. He had risen to the rank of Sergeant of the 8th Battalion, Border Regiment. His regimental number was 5800.
Kate had two sisters. Annie was born 26 December 1892 and married Henry J.W. SMITH in 1940 in Surrey.
The youngest sister, Eva Audrey, was the youngest sibling and was born 6 November 1900 in Godalming, Surrey, and baptised on 3 October the following year. She married John Sharp Dixon HINDE on 10 June 1929. She died on 1 April 1987 at Eastlake Home, Nightingale Road, Godalming, Surrey.
Kate enlisted with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) at Woking on 10 December 1917 and was transferred to the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) on 1 April 1918. At this time her parents lived at 68 Ockford Road, Godalming, Surrey. She achieved the rank of Chief Section Leader in the WRAF. Her service number was 3522.
During the period 1918 – 1919, Kate worked at Denham Camp, Buckinghamshire, as a cook. On 3 May 1918, Margaret Hay gave her a signature book and whilst working at the camp Kate asked patients and hospital staff to sign it.
N. Overington wrote in the book:
‘Friendship consists not in the multitude of friends but in their work and choice.’
Another person wrote:
‘Be a good girl, lead a good life, tend a good husband and make a good wife.’
Eva Audrey Overington wrote in her sister’s signature book:
‘There’s a silver lining to every cloud – don’t forget! Just bide a wee and dinna fret.’
Besides the many poems, a few patients painted pictures in the book.
Rose was demobilised at Ruislip on 30 October 1919. She married James LUMLEY on 7 August 1922 at St Peter and St Paul, Godalming. James had been a patient at Denham Camp and on 20 January 1920 he wrote in her signature book:
‘Friends may have written, Friends may write. But there’s no-one loves you better, than the one who writes tonight.’
He wrote his address as 39 Hartland Road, Stratford, E15.
James LUMLEY was born 22 December 1895, in West Ham. He lived with his parents and 4 siblings in West Ham, Essex.
James and Rose had four children.
Rose Kate died in 1969 aged 72 years. Her husband, James LUMLEY died 13 March 1978 at Ockford Road, Godalming, Surrey.
Rose Kate and James’ daughter Sheila allowed Surrey Heritage to make a digital copy of Kate’s autograph book. Click here to browse through the book.