Sunday’s Obituary – Hartley Greenwood (1878-1932)

Hartley Greenwood is my 2nd cousin 2x removed. His parents are Town Greenwood and Sarah Buckley. Our common ancestors are Thomas Buckley and Henrietta Mason (my 3x great grandparents).

Hartley was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire sometime in the June quarter of 1878.

On Christmas Eve 1902 Hartley married Rosetta Green at St. Peter’s church, Keighley. One of the witnesses was Hartley’s sister, Mary Alice.

I haven’t been able to find Hartley and Rosetta on the 1911 census.

So the next time I come across them is a newspaper report in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer of Saturday 21 May 1932. This is a report of an inquest (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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FATAL BLOOD CLOT

Keighley Man’s Bus Journey with Broken Leg

At the adjourned inquest yesterday on Hartley Greenwood (53), textile fitter, of Aspley Street, Keighley, who died in hospital on March 30, P.C. Heaton, of the Bradford City Police, stated that on March 23 he saw Greenwood sitting on the causeway. Greenwood said he had been accidentally kicked by another man while boarding a tramcar, and could not stand. Witness took him to the Bradford Royal Infirmary, and, after he had received treatment, put him on a bus for Keighley. Greenwood, added witness, said he would be all right if he were put on the bus. There was no mention of Greenwood’s leg being broke.
The widow, Rosetta Greenwood, said in her opinion her husband should have been brought by ambulance from Bradford, adding: “I don’t think it is right to send a man out like that with a broken leg. He looked terrible when brought home from the bus stand.”
Dr. J. Prentice said he saw Greenwood, at his home, the same night. He was satisfied that Greenwood’s left leg was broken, and the next day ordered his removal to the Keighley hospital. If there was a great deal of swelling it was very difficult to tell if a bone was broken. In his opinion, however, the movement from Bradford would not cause the blood clot, which was set up by the fracture, and which was the cause of death.
A verdict in accordance with medical evidence was returned, the jury adding a rider that in their opinion Greenwood should have been sent home from Bradford in the ambulance, and should not have been allowed to travel by bus.

Hartley was buried on 2 April 1932 at St. John’s church, Ingrow with Hainworth, Keighley.

In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) Rosetta is living with Hartley’s sister, Selina Elizabeth, at Prospect Place, Keighley.

About two years later Rosetta married Henry Hensman sometime in the September quarter of 1941. Henry was recently widowed and was about nine years older than Rosetta.

They were married for about 22 years before Henry died on 10 February 1963. Rosetta lived for another five years, passing away on 10 June 1968.

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Wedding Wednesday – William Turner and Hilda Mallalieu

William Turner is my 1st cousin 2x removed. His parents are Alexander Turner and Jane Alice Brotherton. Our common ancestors are Thomas Turner and Mary Jane Carradice – my 2x great grandparents.

William was born in Clitheroe, Lancashire – his birth is registered in the September quarter of 1912.

William was on active service in WW2 and spent a number of years as a prisoner of war.

On 24 March 1951 William married Hilda Mallalieu at St. James’s Church, Clitheroe. The wedding was announced in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on Friday 30 March 1951 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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TURNER – MALLALIEU

At St. James’s Church, Clitheroe, on Saturday, the marriage took place of Mr. William Turner, fourth son of Mrs. J. A. Turner, of 20 Whipp Avenue, Clitheroe, and Mrs. Hilda Mallalieu, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. Kenyon, 9 Lower Antley Street, Accrington.
The ceremony was performed by the Rev. A. Lord, rector, and the hymns “Lead Us Heavenly Father” and “O Perfect Love” were sung. Mr. G. Hitchen being organist.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a grey coat with hat to match and carried a bouquet of carnations.
Mr. C. A. Hall was best man and Messrs. G. Turner and H. Turner were groomsmen.
The reception was held at the Craven Heifer Hotel, Whalley Road. Mr. and Mrs. Turner are to reside at 15 Wilson Street, Clitheroe.
Wedding gifts included cheques from the Committee and members of the Clitheroe Central Working Men’s Club and from the staff and employees at the North Western Electricity Board.

Military Monday – Joseph Thomas Greenwood (1906-1945)

Joseph Thomas Greenwood is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. His parents are Watson Greenwood and Margaret Alice Gawthrop. Our common ancestors are John Gawthrop and Sarah Brown (my 4x great grandparents).

Joseph was born on 28 March 1906 in Keighley, West Yorkshire. He was the third of five sons for Watson and Margaret. The others were:-

John Willie – 5 April 1898
Sydney – 26 May 1901
Ernest Pickles – 1 August 1907
Fred – 12 February 1909

At some point, I believe in the early 1930’s Watson and Margaret moved to Kent together with some of the boys. In the 1939 Register, taken at the outbreak of WW2 Watson is listed as a “poultry farmer”. The only son still at home was Fred – he was a soldier, home on leave.

Joseph married Dorothy Edna Clarke sometime in the June quarter of 1935. In the 1939 Register Joseph is listed as a “milk roundsman”.

I recently discovered that Joseph was a Corporal with Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His service number was 1274826. I don’t have any other information about his war service.

While trying to fill in some gaps in my family history tree I cam across the following brief newspaper story from the Nottingham Journal of Thursday 8 November 1945 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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On his first day back at work after demobilisation from the R.A.F., Joseph Thomas Greenwood (39), married, of Ashford, Kent, collapsed at the wheel of his bus on Wednesday and died within a few moments.

Joseph has an entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWG) website. This tells me that he is buried at Charing (Kent County) Crematorium and commemorated on the WW2 memorial there.

In 1950 Dorothy married Leslie John Ronald Potticary in Aldershot, Hampshire.

Black Sheep Sunday – Herbert John Croft (1898-1961)

Herbert John Croft is the husband of my 2nd cousin 2x removed, Agnes Ann Ainsworth.

Agnes was born on 23 September 1898 in Kendal, Westmorland. Her parents are Ralph Ainsworth and Margaret Ann Louisa Birkett. Our common ancestors are John Carradice and Ann Ridley – my 3x great grandparents.

Herbert was born on 7 June 1898, also in Kendal.

When WW1 broke out Herbert enlisted for service with the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment on 28 July 1915. His regimental service number was 19829. His attestation papers show his age as 19 – in fact Herbert would not even be 17 for another two months.

However in just over 12 months Herbert was discharged as being “physically unfit” for service. He attended a medical board on 1 August 1916 and it is reported that around three years earlier he had been in hospital in connection with a heart problem and that since then he had “never had good health or felt perfectly well”. As a result he was finally discharged from military service on 15 August 1916.

About five years later Herbert married Agnes Ann Ainsworth – the marriage is registered in the second quarter of 1921 in Kendal.

Over the next 12 years Herbert seems to have had some “issues”. He appears in the Lancashire Evening Post at least three times (images from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

27 August 1921

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At Kendal, yesterday, Herbert John Croft, junr., was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment with hard labour for drawing out-of-work benefit whilst he was at work. He secured temporary employment to drive a motor ice-cream van, and whilst following that occupation went to the Kendal Labour Exchange and signed the register to the effect that he was out of work.

11 February 1933

Herbert John Croft - Lancashire Evening Post 11 February 1933

At Kendal, yesterday, Herbert John Croft, jun., motor engineer, a native of Kendal, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody until Monday on a charge of stealing an axe valued at 3s. 9d., the property of Messrs M. J. Croft and Son, Wildman Street, Kendal, the previous day.
The Chief Constable (Mr. P. O’Neill) objecting to bail, said there would probably be a more serious charge preferred against Croft.

I haven’t been able to find any other report relating to this offence.

10 June 1933

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The story of a drunken man who threw a stone across the principal street in Kendal, striking the wall of a public house and narrowly missing women with babies in their arms, was told at Kendal yesterday, when Herbert John Croft, jun., aged 35 years, a Kendal engineer with no fixed address, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly at Highgate, Kendal, on Wednesday, June 7th. Defendant pleaded “Guilty.”
P.C. Marshall said he saw defendant throw the stone, and found two more in his pockets. When spoken to defendant said, “I know what I am doing.”
Defendant, who said he threw the stone at a man who had struck him, was fined £1.

The thing bothering me about the last two newspaper stories is the fact that Herbert is said to be of no fixed address. I’m left wondering what happened to his wife Agnes and their daughter Mavis Doreen who had been born in 1921.

In the 1939 Register (taken at the outbreak of WW2) Herbert is at 95 Windermere Road, Kendal. He is described as “married” and working as a “motor engineer”. In the same Register Agnes is with her parents at 30 Union Street, Kendal, together with her daughter Mavis.

So were Herbert and Agnes now living apart? Had they been separated since Herbert was described as of “no fixed address” six years earlier? Questions to which I am not going to get any answers now!

In some ways I feel sorry for Herbert. Perhaps being “physically unfit” had a serious impact on him. Or maybe he just made some wrong choices.

Military Monday – William Herbert Jowett (1891-1972)

William Herbert Jowett is the husband of my grand aunt, Sarah Ellen Dawson. In other words brother-in-law of my grandfather, Joseph Dawson.

William, or Willie as he was known in the family, was born on 16 March 1891. He was baptised at St. James church, Silsden, West Yorkshire on 12 April 1891.

In the 1911 census Willie was living at College Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire, with his parents Christopher and Emma, three brothers and one sister. He was working as a “fitter’ in the machine tools workshop of Dean, Smith & Grace, manufacturers of lathes and milling machines in Keighley.

On the 17 March 1914 Willie enlisted in the army for 4 years in the Territorial Force with the West Riding Regiment – his service number was 2093.

Two years later under the terms of the Military Service Act 1916 Willie had his period of service extended to 17 March 1919.

He was subsequently assigned as a Corporal to the Royal Flying Corps. (RFC) on 5 October 1917, with a new service number of 405053. When the Royal Air Force was formed on 1 April 1918 Willie was transferred to the RAF as a Corporal Mechanic.

Willie served in France from 20 November 1917 to 4 March 1919 – when he was transferred to the RAF Reserve.

Willie and Sarah Ellen married in Keighley on 1 May 1923. They didn’t have any children.

I remember as youngster in the late 1950’s and 1960’s going with my parents numerous times to visit Wille and Sarah Ellen at their home in Keighley.

They both died in 1972.

Sunday’s Obituary – Martha Owen (nee Brockhouse) 1793-1865

Martha Brockhouse is my wife’s 3x great grandmother. Her parents are William Brockhouse and Sarah Turner.

Martha was born about 1793 in Sandbach, Cheshire – according to the entries in the census returns. As yet I haven’t been able to find a corresponding baptism record.

On the 23 August 1812 Martha married James Owen in Sandbach.

As far as I can tell James and Martha had at least nine children between 1814 and 1840 – including Daniel Owen (1814-1864) – my wife’s 2x great grandfather.

In the 1841 census James and Martha were living at Back Street in Sandbach. James was working as a “nailor”. I found a death record for James registered in Congleton, Cheshire in the March quarter of 1844.

In the census returns for 1851 and 1861 Martha was a widow still living in Sandbach. In 1861 she was with her son Thomas and his family.

I recently found the following inquest report in the Warrington Guardian of 22 July 1865 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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INQUEST AT SANDBACH – An inquest was held on Thursday, before W.R. Dunstan, Esq., at the Wheat Sheaf, Sandbach, touching the death of Martha Owen, aged 72 years. – John Owen, of 30 Union Street, Sandbach, and employed as striker at the Crewe works, said the deceased was the widow of James Owen, of Sandbach, whitesmith. She was placed in the Arclid Workhouse, as she had had strokes and was helpless. Witness contributed to her support. On Sunday morning last she came from Bradwell in a cart to spend the day at his house. On Saturday she had walked from Arclid to Bradwell, by way of Sandbach, three miles, and had dropped down in the road from exhaustion. She was 72 years of age. At dinner on Sunday she had eaten two or three potatoes and a little bit of roasted mutton. She asked for more, but before she began to eat the second “helping” she suddenly set her teeth together, and made a strange noise: she dropped her knife and motioned to witness to take her from the table. She wished to be taken into the yard, but became worse, and they took her into the house. She died just after they had got her on a chair, and within seven minutes of her being first attacked. Mr. Latham, surgeon, was sent for on the first attack, but he was out. Mr. Twemlow was sent for, and came after the death had occurred. – Verdict: “Died suddenly by the visitation of God from natural causes.”

Wedding Wednesday – Walter Fletcher and Jane Musgrove

Jane Musgrove is my 1st cousin 2x removed. Her parents are George Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Stoup. Our common ancestors are Harrison Musgrove and Jane Rooking – my 2x great grandparents.

Jane was born in Westmorland on 18 September 1884. She was the first of five children.

The family gradually moved south from Westmorland eventually settling in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

On 12 February 1908 Jane married Walter Fletcher. A report of the wedding was in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 14 February 1908 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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FLETCHER – MUSGRAVE

Considerable interest centered in a wedding which took place in the Congregational Church on Wednesday afternoon. The contracting parties were Mr Walter Fletcher, youngest son of Mr and Mrs G Fletcher, Wilson Street, and Miss Janie Musgrave, Grafton Street. The bride, who was given away by her uncle, Mr S Stoupe, Accrington, was attended by Miss Belle Musgrave (sister) and Miss Janie Marsden as maids, and the duties of best man were discharged by Mr D Fletcher (brother). The Rev. H Chamberlain performed the ceremony. The bride was becomingly attired in crepe de Chine, trimmed with ecru lace and pink ribbon velvet, with a crinoline hat trimmed with ostrich feathers. Miss Belle Musgrave was dressed in a navy blue coat and skirt with a pale blue voile blouse and a leghorn hat trimmed with pink roses. Miss Marsden wore a fawn costume and a silk blouse with a white felt hat trimmed with Autumn foliage. After the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride. Among the large number of presents received was one from Messrs. J Southworth and Sons, a silver-plated set of fire-irons from the office staff of the Jubilee and Brooks Mills, and a tea service from the warehousemen and overlookers, etc., at the two mills.