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Herbert Barras

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Herbert Barras was born on 22nd November 1895 and baptised a month later on 24th December at St. John's Church in Ingrow, Keighley.

Herbert's baptism record

His father was Charles, originally from Sheffield, and his mother was Alice Barras nee Hutchinson from Barnsley. Herbert had four older sisters, and a brother, Francis, who died aged 16 in 1899.

In 1901 the Barras family lived at 23 Staveley Road. Charles was described as an iron moulder in a tool works. Herbert's oldest sister was Kate, aged 24 and was working as a comb minder in a worsted mill. Jessie was 15 and a worsted spinner. His other sisters were Annie (23) and Agnes (13).

The Barras family on the 1901 census

Still at 23 Staveley Road in 1911, Charles was now a widower. Kate, Annie and Jessie were working as mill hands, as was Herbert. Agnes was a dressmaker. A nine year old granddaughter named Ivy Barras was living with the family.

Herbert worked at Spencer Street Auxiliary Hospital and Morton Banks War Hospital from December 1916 until May 1919. He completed 1200 hours of work as a hospital orderly, and in transporting wounded soldiers as well as air raid duties.

He married Sarah Hannah Bailey of Berry Lane in Keighley on 16th November 1918 at St. Peter's Church.

Herbert and Sarah's marriage record

They had a son, Arthur, born the following year.

The electoral registers show them living at 18 Albany Street in 1922, then 3 Stacey Street in 1930.

Sadly Herbert died at the young age of 42 in the third quarter of 1937.

Sarah doesn't appear to have married again, she died in Keighley in 1984.


England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1935

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962

England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

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