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Allan Binns

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Allan Sydney Binns was born in Keighley in the fourth quarter of 1883, the youngest of four children born to James, a stone mason and Mary Ann Binns nee Hey. I have not located a baptism record for him.

His older siblings were Ada, Minnie and Jonathan. Sadly James died in 1886 when Allan was two years old.

In 1891 the family lived at 1 Rose Street in Haworth. At 21, Ada was the only member of the family in employment, as a worsted weaver. Minnie was 18, Jonathan 16 and Allan 7.

The Binns family on the 1891 census

By 1901 the girls had moved on, Ada had married in 1900 and Minnie had married in 1893. Jonathan was working as a woollen weaver and Allan a stone hewer.

Mary Ann died in 1910 and at the time of the 1911 census Allan and Jonathan were living at 33 Market Street. Jonathan was working as a worsted coating weaver and Allan worked a borer machine in a tool shop.

On 10th May 1913 Allan married at All Saints Church in Bingley, to Emma Law (nee Leach),  who was a widow. I don't believe they had any children.

Allan and Emma's marriage record

Allan worked at both Morton Banks War Hospital and Spencer Street Auxiliary Hospital, from July 1916 until May 1919, undertaking convoy work as well as being a hospital orderly.

Allan and Emma lived for several years at 4 Bellman Row in Bingley. Allan had a confectioner shop on Main Street in Bingley.

Kelly's Directory for 1927

I have not found him or Emma on the 1939 Register but electoral registers how that they moved to Marley View and then Queens Road before Allan's death in the second quarter of 1961, registered in Keighley.


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

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

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

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

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962

UK, City and County Directories, 1766-1946 - Kelly's Directory

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

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