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William Edward Harrison

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Born on 18th May 1877, William Edward Harrison was baptised on 27th July that year at St. Philemon's Church in Toxteth, Liverpool.

The baptism of William Edward Harrison

His father was also called William and was originally from Cononley, his occupation was cowkeeper when his son was born and and at the time of the 1881 census. His mother was Alice, originally from Hebden. I have not found a marriage record for his parents, which I searched for while wondering why they would move from the Craven area of North Yorkshire to Liverpool.

In 1881 they lived at 16 Churchill Street in Toxteth. William was three years old, and he had a younger brother, Robert, who was two. There were also two servants at the address.

The Harrison family in 1881

By 1891 the family had moved to 59 High Utley in Keighley. William had changed occupation, now working as a stone mason's labourer. William Edward was by now 13 years old and working as a twister.

The Harrison family in 1891

William died the following year aged just 40, and was buried with his parents in Cononley.

By 1901 Alice, William and Robert had moved to 16 Back Prospect Street. William was working as a carter for a green grocer and Robert was a butcher.

In 1911 William and Alice lived at 26 Peel Place. He was still working as a carter but for a bolt and screw manufacturer.

Alice died on May 21st 1913, and a couple of months later on 26th July William married Alice Wood at St. Peter's Church in Keighley.

The marriage of William Edward Harrison and Alice Wood

From 8th April 1916 until 3rd May 1919 William worked at Morton Banks War Hospital and Spencer Street Auxiliary Hospital, undertaking hospital work and transporting the wounded. He completed 1,015 hours of work during that time.

His wife, Alice, died on 22nd March 1929. He married again on 18th October 1930, to Florrie Hurtley.

William's marriage to Florrie Hurtley

Sadly William was widowed for a second time when Florrie died on 24th February 1935.

He married for a third time in 1936, to Rose Anna Tanner. In 1939 they lived at 26 Peel Place. William was working as a labourer in a wringing machine shop.

The 1939 Register

I have not found a record of him having any children.

William died on 25th March 1947 at Victoria Hospital in Keighley, leaving his wife, Rose Anna who died in 1965.


England and Wales, Civil Birth Registrations, 1837-1915

Liverpool, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919

1881 England Census

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1955

England and Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2008

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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