Subject: Co-Operative Holidays Association
Photographer: Grimshawe Bros, Grassington
Found: Wanganui, New Zealand
This wonderful photograph was found in an op-shop in Wanganui and very kindly sent to me by Chris. What a great find, especially with the names and addresses written on the back. Unfortunately we can’t tell who is who but at least we know that each person who signed their name is actually in the photograph.
I’ve enlarged portions of the photo above so you can get a better look at each person. Below I’ll list each person in order and attempt to add a few family details for each one.
1) Edward Frank CROME – 144 Tressillian Rd, Brockley SE.
Courtesy of Google the second door on the left is 144 Tressillian Rd, Brockley (London) where Edward Frank was living with his parents & sister in the 1911 census, he was listed as Frank. Born in 1885 in Bermondsey he was the son of Daniel Edward Crome & Elizabeth Ursula neé Searle. Elizabeth perhaps died giving birth to him as her death is registered in the same quarter of 1885 as his birth. He had an older sister named Hilda Searle Crome. Daniel married again in 1891 to Agnes Caroline Cooke.
In 1917 Edward Frank married Mary Beacock, note there is a G A Beacock also in the photo. Edward Frank’s death is registered in 1957 and Mary’s in 1958.
2) E M TILLOTT – 15 Newton Terrace, York
11) E TILLOTT - same address
The house with the black door is 15 Newton Terrace, York where the Tillott family were living in the 1911 census. There were parents Joseph Edward & Mary Whiteley (neé Senior) Tillott with children Emily Maud, Eliza & Harry. Emily Maud & Eliza were born in York in 1886 & 1883 and in the census they were both listed as ‘elementary school teachers’. I wonder if they are the two women on the right side end of the back row in the photo, they certainly look like sisters to me? Emily Maud didn’t marry, she died in 1963 aged 76 in York, I think Eliza also died unmarried in 1968 aged 83 in Scarborough but I can’t be sure about Eliza. Apart from younger brother Harry the girls also had three older brothers, Joseph Edward, Thomas & John James, all born in Openshaw, Lancashire.
3) Ralph L PRATT – 12 Stracey Rd, Harlesden, London NW
As of Jun 2012 this fenced off paddock is where 12 Stracey Rd was in 1911. Ralph Leonard Pratt was living there with his step-mother Julia Pratt (neé Pedlar) and eight siblings & half-siblings. His father, Frank Leonard had died in 1907 aged 52, his mother, Philippa Truscott (neé Pedlar) had died in 1892 giving birth to Ralph’s younger brother Philip Frank. Julia & Philippa were sisters.
Ralph Leonard Pratt of Beckenham in Kent died on the 13 Jul 1934 at the Woollett Hall Hydro in North Cray, Chislehurst aged 47, The probate of his will went to one of his older brothers, which leads me to believe Ralph wasn’t married. However, in 1930 there is a marriage registration between a Ralph L Pratt and Hilda W Knightley, and in 1934 there are births of twin boys with the name of Pratt and the mother’s maiden name of Knightley registered in the Bromley registration district which covers Beckenham & Chislehurst. If these children are the sons of Ralph Leonard then sadly they would never have known him (or remembered knowing him) as his death is registered in the next quarter after their births.
I did find a photo of Ralph Leonard in a tree on ancestry and comparing it with the above photo I think he is the second person from the right sitting in the middle row.
4) Edwin T G WHEELER – 36 Norfolk St, Peterborough (Northamptonshire)
The house on the left is #36 where Edwin Thomas G Wheeler was boarding in 1911, he was listed as a widower aged 34. He was born in 1877 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the son of John Wheeler and Helen Susan neé Goodall. In 1903 he married Lily Cook, she died in 1905 aged 27. In 1912 Edwin married Ethel A Leach and they are possibly the parents of some of the Wheeler/Leach birth registrations in the following years, too many of them for me to be sure just which ones might be theirs. Ethel died in 1940 and in 1943 Edwin married again to Florence A Stevens, but they were only married a year before Edwin passed away in 1944 aged 67.
5) Hilda DAWSON – 22 Milkstone Rd, Rochdale
Over 100 years later and it seems that 22 Milkstone Rd is now a Kebab Shop! In 1911 it was most probably a Hairdressing Shop as that is where Hilda Dawson was living with her parents Benjamin & Susannah & brother Charles, her father was a Hairdresser and Hilda & Charles are listed as ‘assisting in business’. Hilda was aged 26 and single, she also had another brother Fred, they were all born in Rochdale, Lancashire. In 1912 Hilda married Frank Edgar and near the end of 1913 they had a daughter named Margaret. Sadly Hilda died aged 36 in 1920 and Frank married again in 1921 to Katie Haywood, they had two children, Donald in 1923 and Jean in 1932.
6) Annie SOAL – Stanwix, Carlisle
Annie was a little bit harder to find as she didn’t give a full address and at first I thought her surname was Soul and I couldn’t make out the first word of her address. Then I happened on the 1925 Kelly’s Directory of Carlisle which listed a Francis W Soal in Stanwix and it all came together. Francis William turned out to be Annie’s younger brother, he was a Law Clerk and she was listed as a ‘Cert Elem Council School Teacher’ in the 1911 census, they were living at 49 Scotland Rd, Stanwix, Carlisle (house on the left) with their widowed mother Zilpah and three other sisters.
Sometimes Ann or Annie is a nickname for Hannah and as there doesn’t seem to be an Ann in this family I think she must be Hannah Jane who was born in 1873 in Appleby-in-Westmorland to Samuel & Zilpah Soal, funnily enough her mother’s maiden name was Appleby/Applebee. Her father was in the Marine Artillery and Annie had nine siblings all born at various places where her father was stationed. In 1918 Annie married Joseph Jackson, they don’t seem to have had any children and in 1939 Annie passed away at the age of 65. I found a very small photo of Annie when she was older in someone’s tree on ancestry, it was too small to be sure but I wonder if she is the woman on the right side end of the middle row? She would have been 38 when this photo was taken and this one does look to be a bit older than most of the other women. Or perhaps the woman at the other end of the middle row, she looks to be about the same age.
7 & 8) J & R BIRTWISTLE – 157 Avenue Parade, Accrington
The 1911 census tells me that Joseph Birtwistle (aged 64) married his wife Rebecca (aged 67) in 1903 and they had no children. When they married her name was Rebecca Wilcock but in the 1901 census she is listed as a widow so that wasn’t her maiden name. In both census she was listed as a nurse and also in 1891 when she was an officer in the Rochdale Union Workhouse. Unfortunately there are a lot of Wilcock men marrying a woman named Rebecca in the marriage registrations but the only marriage that was registered in Rochdale (where Rebecca said she was born & also lived in the three census) was a Rebecca Butterworth who married Charles Wilcock in 1880. I found them in the 1881 census but this time Rebecca was listed as a ‘dressmaker’ – that’s a rather big jump from a dressmaker to a nurse when you’re in your middle thirties – so I’m not 100% sure she’s the right person yet. I’m going to leave Rebecca there for the time being, I might research her further later when I’ve finished with everyone else in the photo.
Joseph Birtwistle was aged 64 in 1911 so born about 1847, the son of Thomas & Ann Birtwistle of Blackburn in Lancashire. He married Mary in 1870 but as there are two Mary’s in the same quarter of the year it’s hard to say which one she is. They had at least two children, Thomas William 1872 and Richard Cobden in 1878. There seems to be a few anomalies in Joseph’s wives in the various census leading up to 1911 so he may have married twice (before Rebecca) with the second wife being a Mary Ann. More research needed on that also but I’m just sticking to Joseph & Rebecca for the time being. Rebecca Birtwistle passed away in 1918 aged 74, Joseph I’m not sure about. Rebecca could be the woman in the middle row with the over large hat, fourth from the right, she seems to be the oldest woman in the group, or a better choice is the woman on the middle left end with Joseph sitting next to her on the end. The only other man who looks to be older is the one on the left end in the back row.
9) Margaret B CAVE – Boldre Nr Lymington (Hampshire)
Margaret Blanche Cave and her younger sister, Edith Florence, were living with their friend Mary Margaret Drummond in the 1911 census, Margaret was listed as aged 42 single & living on ‘private means’ and Edith was 33 single and a trained nurse. The address was listed as ‘Riversdale’, Boldre, Lymington, Hants. I haven’t been able to pinpoint ‘Riversdale’ in google maps although there is a Lower Riversdale in Royden Lane which is a rather grand house and probably not the one. In the 1871 census Mary Drummond is single and listed as a ‘gentlewoman’ and living at ‘Riversdale’, living with her are her two servants, William & Priscilla Cave and their two daughters Margaret Blanche aged 2 and Gertrude Clara aged 3 mths, the grand house in Royden Lane might be the one after all, William was the farm bailiff there.
It seems Margaret Blanche & her sister Gertrude Clara never married and their deaths are both registered in the New Forest RD of Hampshire, Margaret in 1955 aged 86 & Gertrude in 1959 aged 88. Their mother was Priscilla Barter who married William Cave in 1868 in St George Hanover Square, London. Priscilla died in 1908 aged 70, nothing further known about William or Edith Florence.
10) Emily JARDINE – Carlisle (Cumberland)
The house on the right is 12 Newtown Rd in Newtown, Carlisle. In 1911 the only Emily Jardine living in Carlisle was a married woman, her husband was John Jardine and they were living at 12 Gibbons Terrace, Newtown. Well, google maps hadn’t heard of that address so a bit more googling and I found that Gibbons Tce was renamed Newtown Rd in 1947. As to whether the numbering of the houses stayed the same is unknown by me but this is presently #12.
In the 1911 census John & Emily had a 77 year old widowed Margaret Swan living with them & listed as ‘mother’, it turns out she was Emily’s mother not John’s. Emily Swan married John Jardine in 1907 and as at the 1911 census they had no children although living with them was a niece Cecily M Blake aged 7 and a nephew Douglas Blake aged 5. From Sep 1911 there are no Jardine births with a mother’s maiden name of Swan registered so John & Emily may not have had any children. Emily died in 1932 aged 57 and John possibly in 1954 aged 82. Emily’s father was Andrew Swan and both of her parents were born in Scotland (in one of the census Margaret said she was born in Blairgowrie in Perthshire). She also had a sister named Lucy who married a William Blake in 1901 so they are probably the parents of Cecily & Douglas.
11) see #2
12) Guy L HALFHEAD – 118 Keighley Rd, Colne, Lancs.
In 1911 Guy Leopold Plucknett Halfhead (what a fascinating name) was living at 118 Keighley Rd with his widowed mother Emily Harriett neé Plucknett and two siblings, his father Thomas William Halfhead was a Grammar School Master who had died a few years previously.
Guy had a total of ten siblings three of whom had died before 1911. During WWI he was a Bombardier in the Territorial Force of the Royal Field Artillery where he lost his life for his country on 1 Jun 1917.
13) J M MACDONALD – 7 Berlin Terrace, Carlisle
Berlin Terrace was renamed Chertsey Mount in 1917 (because of it being an unpopular name although strangely nearby Berlin St seems to have kept it’s name), this photo shows a group of houses in Chertsey Mount today. Chertsey Mount itself is off the main road & for some reason google didn’t drive up there so I scoured the Internet and came up with a house for sale at #9, but don’t ask me which one #9 is!
Jeanie M Macdonald was a School Teacher living at #7 in 1911 with her parents Peter & Annie & three younger sisters Annie, Margaret & Agnes, in earlier census there were two other sisters Janet & Lilian & one brother William. Peter & Annie with their two eldest children (Jeanie was aged 1) were living at 234 Saracen St, Maryhill, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1881 but by 1891 they had all moved to Cumberland, first to Rickergate then onto Carlisle by 1911. I don’t really know what happened to Jeannie after 1911, the only marriage I can find is one for a Jean M Macdonald to Alexander W H Pryde in 1944, but Jeanie would have been 64 by then.
This post will be updated with the next person on the list soon.