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Herbert Butterfield

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Born on 20th February 1879, Herbert Butterfield was the youngest of three sons born to Aquila Butterfield, a worsted weaver from Haworth, and Matilda Butterfield nee Wright from Oxenhope.

In 1881 they lived at 16 Uppertown in Oxenhope.

In 1891 they lived at Woodhouse, Far Oxenhope. Herbert's older brothers were working - Albert (18) was an apprentice wool sorter and Frank (15) was a wool comber. Later in 1891, Aquila died aged just 45.

The 1891 census

In 1901, they still lived in Oxenhope at an address called New Houses. Albert had married and moved but was still in Oxenhope. Frank was still a wool comber and Herbert was a worsted spinning overlooker.

During the second quarter of 1904 Herbert married Elizabeth Taylor from Haworth, the marriage registered in Keighley.

In 1911 they lived at 25 Lowertown and had a son, Irvine, who had been born in January 1908. Herbert was still working as a spinning overlooker at a worsted mill.

From May 1916 until May 1919 Herbert worked at Morton Banks War Hospital undertaking convoy work, as well as air raid work, completing 1,200 hours in total.

Herbert and Elizabeth still lived in Oxenhope at the time of the 1939 Register, at Rockdene. Herbert worked as a grocery manager.

The 1939 Register

I have not been able to locate a record of the death of Herbert or Elizabeth, though have found that their son Irvine remained in Keighley after marrying.


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

1881 England Census

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

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

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

1939 England and Wales Register


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