He worked as a gaucho in Argentina, and was a carpenter in the merchant marine.
Acke lived for a while on Osier Island, a one-property island in the river Avon.
Midgham in Berkshire, where she was accepted but kept to herself. It was thought to be unusual that she had carpentry skills. She made toys for the raffle at the Christmas fair, and on commission made meticulously accurate models of ships. When the village plaque saying that the village was mentioned in the Doomsday Book was vandalized, she offered to repair it at her own expense. Being an old-fashioned lady, she always wore dresses, even when doing carpentry. She also did beautiful cross-stitching.
She apparently made money on the stock exchange. She left an estate of £3.3m, including a bequest to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution of £1m for a new lifeboat to be call The Witch of Osier.
- Jonathan Hayter. “Cynthia’s Big Shock: She was really a He; Village's `sweet old lady' hid her amazing secret for 20 years”. The Sunday Mirror, 8 Oct 2000. Online at: www.thefreelibrary.com/pounds+3m+CYNTHIA%27S+BIG+SHOCK%3A+SHE+WAS+REALLY+A+HE%3B+Village%27s+%60sweet...-a065830016.
- Julia Stuart. “The secret life of Cynthia Watson”. The Independent, 16 Oct 2000. www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/the-secret-life-of-cynthia-watson-637608.html.