VAD Mary Talbot

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Mary Talbot
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Mary Clough was born on 3rd October 1890 to William Clough and Louisa Clough nee Clapham. William was a worsted manufacturer and the Liberal M.P. for Skipton, and the brother of Samuel, one time mayor of Keighley, (Samuel's wife Martha was also a VAD). She had a brother, William, who was two years older than her.

In 1891 when Mary was six months old, they lived at 23 Whitley Head, Steeton, with a cook and housemaid. In 1901 they still lived at this address. Mary and her father were at the property but her mother and brother were not there - I  believe her brother was at boarding school. The family still have a cook and housemaid. William was described as 'living on private means'. By 1911 they still live at Whitley Head with a cook and housemaid, Mary was 20 years old.

The 1901 Census

Mary married John Wilfred Talbot in 1915 in Keighley, he was a mining engineer from Batley.

Mary worked in general service from June 1915 until June 1916, working three hours daily for a total of 1000 hours. At this time her address was The Shroggs, Steeton, where the family had moved following the death of her grandfather, Thomas Clough J.P. Her brother William was serving  as a Lieutenant in the 5th West Yorkshire Regiment and ended the war as a Captain.

Mary and John had two children, John Clough Talbot (born 1919) and Rachael Mary (born 1923).

Mary was with her mother Louisa at the time of the 1939 Register - Louisa was by then widowed, at Hob Hill, Steeton, another home associated with the Cloughs - The Shroggs eventually became a plant nursery, then a nursing home, before falling into disrepair and was demolished in 1994. The only remainder of the house is the gates which are still there. Her husband (a municipal officer) and son (a law student, awaiting call up) were at an address in Hornsey.

The 1939 Register

Mary died in Hendon, East Finchley, London on 29th September 1976 just before her 86th birthday.


England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
1891 England Census
1901 England  Census
1911 England Census
England and Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1827-1915
UK, British Army WW1 Medal Roll Index Cards, 1914-1920
1919 England and Wales Register
England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

1 Response

  1. Louisa Clapham was my great grandfather's sister. Their father, William Clapham, was chairman of Clapham Brothers Ltd., Keighley. The family lived at 'Browfield', Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley.

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