The two photographs on this page are from the album of the late Catherine
Taylor, nee Eato, who was born in Matlock Bath in 1914. Her family
had moved to Matlock Bath a few years before when her father
became the licensee of the George Vaults.
Frank Eato, who was born in South Normanton,
was the oldest man from Matlock Bath to join up in the First
World War and his
family had to leave the George.
Frank had been President of Matlock & District Licensed Victuallers'
he died in 1936 he was described as being one of the oldest members
of the association.
The group picture above shows Catherine Eato aged about 18 so
was probably taken about 1932. She is seated 4th from the
left on the front row and her sister, Lilian, is possibly next
to her (3rd left). The photograph looks like either a work's party
or a post-concert party but we are unsure where it was taken, other
than in Matlock Bath.
It might have been at Masson Mill.
There is a young woman in a black dress (2nd row, centre) standing
behind a seated man who seems to be wearing a false nose. She is
on the wedding photograph of the web mistress's aunt, and has just
been identified as Ethel Moore.
When they left the George Hotel the Eato family moved to Temple
Walk / Orchard Road.
Frank probably went to work at the quarry
after he was discharged, but eventually became the proprietor
of the Boat
House Hotel in Matlock.
One of his daughters married a Canadian soldier.
The photograph below shows a Pierrot a group dressed up for a
concert. Mrs. Eato kept Melbourne house for a time and the Pierrots
stayed there, which is probably how Catherine met them and why
she had a photograph of them. As a girl Catherine danced a great
deal and was always taking part in concerts and plays, usually
performing in such places as local church halls.
Other venues were Matlock Bath School
and the Assembly Rooms at the Fountain Baths (now the Aquarium)
in Matlock Bath. The Assembly Rooms were quite big and it is possible
the top photograph was taken there, rather than at Masson Mill.
Catherine was also a strong swimmer and won a cup inscribed "Derbyshire
Individual Championship 1927".
She would have learned to swim at the
email the web mistress if you can identify any of the other
people in either photograph or provide an exact date. Thank you
links go to on site transcripts):
 George Hotel: the Eatos were in listed
Kelly's Directory of 1912 and Kelly's,
 1891 and 1901 census: Frank Eato,
born in 1875, was listed as a Railway Engine Stoker
 Beresford, Charles "The Bath
at War, A Derbyshire Community and the Great War" (2007).
Country Books/Ashridge Press. ISBN 978 1 901214 91 8.
Frank Eato was about 40 when he joined up in 1916, p.246. President
of Matlock & District Licensed Victuallers' Association,
- Note: Frank Eato's Medal card at the National Archives Corps
Regiment No Rank provides two numbers for him
Royal Engineers 256794 Corporal 2nd
Royal Engineers WR269233 Corporal 2nd
 Information provided by the late
Frank Clay who knew the family when they lived in Matlock Bath
 "Derby Daily Telegraph",
22 April 1938. Funeral of Matlock Hotel Proprietor.
 Catherine worked very briefly at Masson
Mills and was also "In Service" for a friend of the family
in Derby, but following that until her marriage she worked at "The
Cinema Cafe", Matlock, and may also have helped at the Boat
House when her father was not well.
Christine Rigley, his granddaughter, says Frank Eato died at the
 Trade directory references to the
- 1922 Eato, Mrs Florence apartments, Orchard Mount
- 1928 Eato, Frank, shopkeeper, North Parade
Eato, Frank, boarding house, 4 Clarence Terrace, Holme road