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Harry Bennett

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Harry Bennett was born in Bingley on 8th February 1879 and baptised on 22nd September that year at a Methodist church.

Harry Bennett's baptism record (exact church not specified on record)

His parents were Henry Garner Bennett, a milk dealer from Belper in Derbyshire, and Esther Bennett nee Bowler from Keighley. He was the youngest of at least six children.

In 1881 when Harry was two years old, he and his family lived at 4 George Square. His siblings were Ann Elizabeth (11), Ada (10), Angelina (8), Martha (7) and John Garner (4). Esther was working as a worsted weaver while Henry was a milk dealer.

Henry changed jobs by 1891 and was working as a gas meter inspector and they had moved to 26 Queen Street. Ann was working as a dressmaker whereas Ada, Angelina and Martha were worsted twisters. John and Harry were spinners.

The Bennett family on the 1891 census

The family had moved again by 1901, to 12 Mornington Street. Angelina had married and Ann had moved out of the family home. John had become a joiner and Harry a house painter and decorator.

Harry married in early 1904 in Keighley, to Ruth Shackleton, and later that year they had a son, William Garner.

In 1911 they lived at 115 Spencer Street. Electoral registers and his VAD card show that some time between 1911 and the war they moved to 62 Enfield Street (also Granville Street - they back on to each other).

Harry worked from Spencer Street Auxiliary Hospital doing hospital duties, from May 1916 until May 1919, as well as transporting wounded soldiers to and from the railway station.

Still at Granville Street in 1939, Harry was described as a master painter. Their son was married and lived locally, working as a painter and decorator, and he also worked with the Auxiliary Fire Service.

The 1939 Register

Harry died in Keighley on 8th July 1947.

Sources:

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

West Yorkshire, Non-Conformist Records, 1646-1985

1881 England Census

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

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

1939 England and Wales Register

West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962

England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

 

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