Anne Tunstill CAVENAGH (later ALLOTT) (1890-1973)
Anne Tunstill Cavenagh (1890-1973) was the sister of 2nd Lieutenant Robert Tunstill Cavenagh (1895-1965) who was a colleague of Cyril Sladden in the 9th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.
Anne Cavenagh was born on 10th July 1890 in Hull, Yorkshire, the eldest of four children of John Paul Cavenagh, a physician and surgeon, and his wife, Annabella. Her mother died on 27th June 1895, which her youngest brother, Robert, was born. Robert’s father married again and, at the time of the 1901 census, they lived at 57 Tything, Worcester. A half-sister was born a few years later and, in 1911, the family lived at Thorneloe House, Worcester. Anne worked as a teacher in 1911.
In a chance meeting in February 1916, Mary Sladden (Cyril’s sister-in-law) was introduced to Anne Cavenagh on a train journey. Cyril’s fiancée, Mela Brown Constable reported the meeting in a letter of 23rd February 1916: “The friend was Miss Cavanagh, brother to Lieutenant Cavanagh of your regiment. All her 3 brothers are serving. One is a doctor in France, then another is in Flanders, and your one is the youngest.” It was Anne’s twin brother, John, who was the doctor in France.
Anne married Cyril Robert Allott in 1919. Anne died in 1973 in the Brentwood area.