Fred is my great grandfather. He was born on the 30th April 1878 at 21 Cross Gun Alley in Habergham Eaves, Burnley in Lancashire to Ralph (FM001) and Mary (FM002). The details of Fred's birth certificate are shown below:
By the time of the 1891 Census the 12 year old Fred was a cotton weaver living at home with his parents and siblings at 216 Howard Street in Habergham Eaves.
The 1901 Census shows Fred as 22 years old and a cotton weaver living with his family at 136 Gannow Lane in Burnley.
Fred married Beatrice Isabella Hargreaves (EM028), known as "Beaty", on the 25th May 1901 in Burnley. Isabella was the daughter of James Hargreaves and Sarah Whitaker and she was born on the 1st November 1878.
|1901 Marriage solemnized at United Methodist Free Church, Claremont Street, Burnley|
in the District of Burnley in the Counties of Burnley and Lancaster
|No.||Where married||Name and surname||Age||Condition||Rank or Profession||Residence at the time of marriage||Father's Name and Surname||Rank or Profession of Father|
|136 Gannow Lane|
136 Gannow Lane
|Married in the United Methodist Free Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the United Methodist Free Church by Certificate by me,|
Beatrice Isabella Hargreaves
|Thomas Magnall |
|Edwin Hall, Minister|
Fred and Isabella had at least seven children:
|Fred was a tackler at Walmesley's Mill. A tackler was responsible for maintaining the looms and other equipment in working order. Fred is stood on the right. Around him you can see details of the looms. I would be interested in any information that anyone has on Walmesley's Mill.|
During the Great War Fred was in the forces as shown by the photo on the right. We think he may have been in the Salvage Corps. Can anyone enlighten us as to the function of this corps and where we might find further information? There is a memorial at Myrtle Bank (does anyone know anything about Myrtle Bank?) which includes Fred's brother Ralph who died during the war. Fred's name is included in an illuminated Roll of Honour. More details of his service record will hopefully appear here soon!
My Uncle Jim remembers regularly being put on a bus by his mother Mona so that he could visit his grandfather who then lived at Rose Grove in Burnley. He remembers that Fred used to have a pocket full of Imperial Mints that he shared with him, but that he also kept his pipe in the same pocket!
| Fred died on the 23rd January
1945 in the Victoria Hospital and was buried at Burnley Cemetery plot NE9640 on the 26th January. The photo on the left shows his
grave stone which says:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Also on his grave is a stone which says
A TOKEN OF ESTEEM
My thanks to Great Aunt Clara and my father for the photos.
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