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Rose Clark
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Rose Clark was the oldest of three daughters born to John and Edith Annie Clark nee Brand, who had married on 29th May 1887 at St. Mary's Church, Eastwood, Keighley. John was originally from Hull, Edith from Cambridge. Rose was born the following year, on 30th March 1888, and baptised 12th January 1890.

Baptism of Rose at St. Mary's, Eastwood

Her younger sisters were Sarah and Harriett, who seems to have been known by her middle name of Annie.

At the time of the 1891 census the Clarks lived at Bank Top, Morton. He was employed as an overlooker (what we would now refer to as a foreman or supervisor) in a worsted spinning mill. In 1901 they had moved to 1 Daisy Street, Worth Village, and John was now working as a railway porter. Although only 13 years old, Rose was working as a worsted spinner. John's sister Lizzie, a worsted twister, was now living with the family.

On 1st My 1904 Rose chose to be baptised into the Baptist Church.

Rose's baptism in the Baptist Church,1904

The 1911 census shows the family still living at 1 Daisy Street. 23 year old Rose was working as a printer (there is a little more detail to her occupation but I haven't been able to decipher the handwriting). Her younger sisters were in work also, and her aunt, Lizzie, still lived with them.

Rose worked as a nurse during the First World War at Spencer Street Auxiliary Military Hospital, from 6th May 1915 until 1st October 1917, she worked full time over 1,000 hours.

The 1939 Register shows that Rose had remained single. She was living with her mother, by now a widow and incapacitated and both sisters at 283 Bradford Road. Harriett had also not married, she and Sarah worked as draper's shop assistants, and Sarah had been married but was now a widow also.

The 1939 Register

Rose and her sisters were still living at this address in 1957. I have not found a definitive death record - one Rose Clark of the correct age died in Keighley in the second quarter of 1965.


England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1935
West Yorkshire, Non-Conformist Records, 1646-1985
1891 England Census
1901 England Census
1911 England Census
1939 England and Wales Register
West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962
England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007

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