Sheffield Bramall family descendant dies aged 100

Vera Fellows, who has died aged 100
Vera Fellows, who has died aged 100
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A loving mum and grandmother from one of Sheffield’s oldest families has died aged 100.

Vera Fellows, whose mother was a Bramall, died peacefully at the Gernon Manor Care Home in Bakewell.

The great grandmother-of-six was born in Broomhill, Sheffield, to Frederick Jagger and Alice Bramall, who was from the renowned tool manufacturing family after which Bramall Lane is now named.

She attended Greystones School and showed such potential that she was put in a class two years ahead of her time. After leaving school she went on to become head of maths at Bennett College.

She married Harold Fellows in March 1940, when the Second World War had begun. Harold was a production engineer at Metropolitan Vickers of Sheffield but was enlisted and went away for army training.

Vera’s son, Stuart, said: “At the time of the Sheffield Blitz he was on look-out duty on a tower at Halifax and he could see a glow in the sky where Sheffield was.

“He had marked Sheffield’s position on the wall at the top of the tower with a compass. To say he was concerned would be an understatement. Vera at this time was hiding in an air raid shelter in the garden at an uncle’s house.”

Harold was posted overseas to the India and Burma war campaign and Vera didn’t see her husband for five years.

She had left Bennett College after ten years and went to work in the offices of Harold’s employer as part of the war effort.

After the war she settled down with Harold near Richmond Park and had two children - Stuart and Robert.

Stuart said: “She was always there for her family, which had extended to three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She showed them all love and affection.”

Vera retired to Bakewell at the age of 92 and received a birthday card from the Queen on her 100th birthday.

Vera’s funeral is to be held at Cemetery Road crematorium on January 23 at 11.45am.