Yorkshire Evening Post

Wedding Wednesday – Dudley Greaves Harrison and Marguerite Thornton

Dudley Greaves Harrison is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. His parents are George Holroyd Harrison and Florence Shaw Hurtley. Our common ancestors are Thomas Hurtley and Hannah Braidley – my 3x great grandparents.

Dudley was born on 2 December 1903 in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He was baptised on 13 March 1904 at St. Michael’s Church, Headingley, Leeds.

Dudley Harrison and Marguerite Thornton

Dudley and Marguerite

On Thursday 16 June 1932 Dudley married Marguerite Thornton at Wetherby Parish Church, Yorkshire. Details of the wedding were announced in the Yorkshire Evening Post on the same day (images from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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A WETHERBY BRIDE

Miss Marguerite Thornton and Mr. D. G. Harrison

The wedding took place today, at Wetherby Parish Church, of Mr. Dudley G. Harrison, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Harrison, of Rydal Bank, Roundhay, Leeds, and Miss Marguerite Thornton, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Thornton, of Brentwood, Wetherby (late of Dewsbury).
Miss Thornton is the lady captain of the Wetherby Golf Club, and Mr. Harrison is associated with the firm of George H. Harrison and Sons, colour printers, of Leeds and London.
The service was choral, and the Rev. G. T. Shettle, vicar of Hunsingore, officiated.
The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a close-fitting gown of cream satin, with an antique Limerick lace veil held in place by clusters of jessamine and myrtle, and carried Harrisii lilies.
Miss Doris Knowles and Miss Anne Himsworth (cousins of the bride), and Miss Dorothea Harrison and Miss Cynthia Harrison (sisters of the bridegroom), attended her in blue taffeta with net puff sleeves, and gold tissue caps, trimmed with rosebuds. They carried bouquets of roses.
There were two child attendants – Master Geoffrey George Russell Harrison and Miss Diana Cynthia Harrison, nephew and niece of the bridegroom. Mr. Leonard Harrison, of Newcastle, was the best man, supported by three groomsmen, Mr. Robert Thornton, Mr. Leslie E. Booth and Mr. A. Gordon McCandlish.
A reception was held at Brentwood, Wetherby, after which the couple left for a motoring tour in the South of England.

Black Sheep Sunday – Cecil Hurtley Harrison

Cecil Hurtley Harrison is my 3rd cousin 1x removed. His parents are George Holroyd Harrison and Florence Shaw Hurtley. Our common ancestors are Thomas Hurtley and Hannah Braidley – my 3x great grandparents.

Cecil was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire on 17 August 1901. He was the second of five children.

In the 1911 census Cecil, his parents and his siblings are living at 58 Shaftsbury Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds.

Twelve years later Cecil found himself in trouble for dangerous driving. The following story is from the Yorkshire Evening Post of 5 April 1923 (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

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DROVE TO POLICE STATION

£10 FINE ON LEEDS MAN WHO CRASHED INTO MOTOR-CYCLIST

For driving a motor-car in a dangerous manner, Cecil Hurtley Harrison (21), of Shaftsbury Avenue, Roundhay, was fined £10 and costs in Leeds today, while his licence was also endorsed.
It was stated that on March 15 Police Constable Dodge was on duty in Roundhay Road when a big touring car flashed past, and, almost at the same moment, collided with a motor-cycle.
Both vehicles were travelling towards the city. As the car did not stop, the constable blew his whistle, but the driver continued his journey.
The motor-cycle was damaged, though, fortunately, the rider, Mr. William Arthur Dalby, of Wyke, was able to go home without seeking medical aid.
On arrival at the police station, the constable learned that the defendant had called and reported that he was driving at a speed of 25 to 30 miles an hour when he suddenly saw the motor-cyclist in front of him, and was unable to avoid him.

I guess that Cecil perhaps panicked and then realised the consequences of not stopping. I am glad that he at least had the good sense to go to the police station and report the accident.

Ancestor Profile – Robert Aubrey Spink (1883-1923) – part 1

Robert Aubrey Spink is my 1st cousin 3x removed.  I mentioned him briefly in a Tombstone Tuesday post.  He was born about 1883 and died on 18th April 1923.  His gravestone says that he was “accidentally killed”.  So I just had to find out about the accident, what happened to Robert and the cause of his death.

I knew from the 1911 census that he was living in Leeds at the time.  I guessed that the local newspapers would have covered the story.  There is a really good family and local history department at Leeds Central Library so that was my starting point.  The newspaper archives for the period are on microfilm and it didn’t take long to find two stories about the fatal accident in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Here is the first article from the Yorkshire Evening Post on 19th April 1923.

LEEDS MOTOR-CYCLISTS COLLIDE HEAD-ON

HEADINGLEY MAN KILLED

YOUTH AND GIRL HURT IN CRASH AT DUSK

A fatal collision between two motor-cyclists took place on the Harrogate Road between Moortown and Alwoodley last night.

It appears that Mr Robert Aubrey Spink (40), of 22 Ash Road, Headingley, was cycling towards Leeds when he collided “head-on” with Mr Harry Greenwood (19) of 15 Union Terrace, Chapel Allerton, who was travelling in the opposite direction with Miss Peggy Stannard (18), a tailoress, of 26 Harehills Road, Leeds, as a passenger on the carrier.

All three were thrown violently into the road, and it was realised at once that the two riders were seriously injured.  All were quickly taken to the Leeds General Infirmary, where Mr Spink, who had received severe injuries, died soon after admission.

Mr Greenwood is suffering from a fracture of the base of the skull, and his condition is serious.

He was still conscious this morning, but is stated to be going on as well as can be expected.

How the two riders happened to collide is not yet explained.

MISS STANNARD’S STORY

Miss Stannard is suffering with shock and bruises.

Seen by a representative of “The Yorkshire Evening Post” today, Miss Stannard, who looked well in spite of the shaking she received when the impact occurred, was unable to say how the accident happened.

“I was on the carrier,” she said, “and we were going towards Harewood on our proper side of the road, and not, so far as I know, at an excessive speed.”

“I did not see the other cyclist, and I do not know what happened except that I was thrown violently from my seat on the carrier, and found myself here.”

“It was daylight when the collision occurred, but I do not know exactly what time it was, though it was near lighting up time.”

Miss Stannard is likely to be about again in a day or two.

NO EYE-WITNESSES

Mr Greenwood is a member of a family which is well known in the Chapel Allerton neighbourhood.  He is a son of Mr James Greenwood, an old Leeds professional cricketer, and is following the occupation of market gardener with a view to taking up farming later.

At the time of the accident he was going to a bungalow rented by his father a few miles out in the country.  The young people were visiting the bungalow with some small articles, and were to return later in the evening.

There appear to have been no actual witnesses of the accident.

It seems that Mr Spink had been having a round of golf at Moortown golf links, and was on his way home, carrying his clubs slung across his shoulder.

It is possible that the clubs may have become entangled with his handlebars and caused him to swerve.

Dr Jenkins, with a friend, was also returning from the golf links.  The doctor reached the spot a few minutes after the smash, and attended to the victims of the smash pending the arrival of the ambulance.

Mr Spink was employed at the GPO, Leeds.  He was a man of much promise and of considerable intellectual attainment.

Mr Spink had the reputation of being a very careful driver.

An inquest will be held tomorrow by the Leeds Coroner (Mr W H Clarke), and the funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon.

This was clearly a very tragic accident – but who, if anyone was to blame?

I will post the second newspaper article about the inquest next week.