John Robert Turner Musgrove is my grand uncle – in other words my grandmother’s brother. His parents are Joseph Musgrove and Elizabeth Ann Turner, my great grandparents.
John was born on 2 November 1891 in Giggleswick, Yorkshire. He was baptised almost two years later on 5 October 1893 at Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire. He was the oldest of at least ten children.
By the time of the 1901 census the family had moved south to Lancashire and were living in Clitheroe. When the next census was taken in 1911 John was working as a “bleacher” in a calico cloth print works.
In 1915 John married Phoebe Scott. They had three children:-
John Robert Turner Musgrove – 17 July 1916
Greta Musgrove – 2 May 1918
Joseph Frank Musgrove – 2 November 1925
When the 1939 Register was taken John’s occupation is given as “shoe repairer”. The family were living at 32 Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe.
John died on 27 February 1944 and his death was reported in the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times on 3 March 1944.
MR J R T MUSGROVE
The death occurred on Sunday of Mr John Robert Turner Musgrove, 32 Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe, at the age of 52. A native of Giggleswick Mr Musgrove came to Clitheroe when in his teens, and for some time he was employed at Barrow Printworks. Later, he began business as a clogger in Shaw Bridge and in recent years he had worked in the quarry. Mr Musgrove, who was wounded in the last war, was a member of the British Legion. Another brother, Thomas, made the supreme sacrifice, whilst a younger brother is serving now. Mr Musgrove’s two sons are both in the Forces.
Sincere sympathy will be given to his wife, sons and daughter in their bereavement. Mr Musgrove was associated with the Moor Lane Methodist Church, whose minister, the Rev J E Storey, officiated at the interment, yesterday, at St Mary’s Cemetery.