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Edith and Annie Laycock

Edith and Annie were the youngest of three daughters born to William and Annie Isabella Laycock, nee Rennie, both of Keighley. William had been a farmer and leather currier but appears to have retired, relatively young, before his daughters were born.

The oldest of the girls was Pattie, born in 1893. Edith was born on 6th July 1896 and Annie on 25th April 1898.

In 1901 the family lived at Roseville, Main Street in Embsay. William was 46 and described as a retired farmer and currier.

The 1901 Census

By 1911 they had moved to Sunny Bank in Braithwaite. William was still a retired farmer and currier - 'now yeoman' which in this context I assume means he owned and cultivated land.

Edith began working as a nurse at Spencer Street Auxiliary Hospital in July 1916 full time, and Annie Joined her there, also full time, in June 1917. They both stayed there until August (Edith) and June (Annie) in 1918.

In the years following the war Annie married, to John Nicholson in 1925 in Skipton. They had a son, William Wrathall Nicholson, in 1926 and in 1939 they lived at 6 Braithwaite Road. John was a works manager and draughtsman, textile engineer by occupation and was an ARP warden, with Annie working with the Women's Voluntary Service during World War Two.

Annie Laycock (now Nicholson) on the 1939 Register

Edith was still living with her parents and sister Pattie in 1939 at Sunny Bank. Pattie was a member of the Women's Voluntary Service.

Edith Laycock with family on the 1939 Register

Edith married in 1945 to Ernest Stanley Hardacre.

Sadly Edith died six years later on 3rd March 1951 and was buried with her parents at Slack Lane Baptist Cemetery in Oakworth. Pattie was also buried there in 1955, and Annie's husband John Nicholson in 1962. Annie died in 1986, aged 88, in Keighley.

England and Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
1901 England Census
1911 England Census
1939 England and Wales Register
England and Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005
England and Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

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