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Thomas Horsley (1879 - 1970)

Thomas Horsley
Born in Holbrook, Derbyshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Father of , [private daughter (1900s - unknown)], [private daughter (1900s - unknown)], , , [private daughter (1900s - 2000s)], , [private son (1900s - unknown)], [private daughter (1910s - 1990s)], [private son (1910s - unknown)], [private daughter (1910s - unknown)], [private daughter (1910s - 2010s)] and [private son (1920s - unknown)]
Died at about age 91 [location unknown]
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In 1901 Thomas (age about 22) was employed as a Crate maker at the Pottery.[1][2]

Note: Crate Makers
Crate Making developed in South Derbyshire as a direct result of the local pottery and sanitryware Industries. These businesses needed a way of packaging and transporting their fragile goods and so it was that crate shops began to appear on the map.
Four crate shops are know to have existed in the area. T. J. ('Foxy') Bodell on Burton Road (Rosehill), F. H. Mansfield off Swadlincote Road (Dickies Hollow), Mansfield Bros adjacent to Woodville Station and Robert Heap (later F Bloor) also on Swadlincote Road. Francis 'Frank' Bloor b 1856 was William Bloor's younger brother.
The crates were made from Herefordshire Hazel and locally grown Osiers (Willow saplings). These were first soaked in a large pit covered over with planks of wood to ensure complete immersion. After a thorough soaking they were then placed across iron rods inside a large flue and heated - the whole process ensuring the required pliability to weave the wicker-style crates.
Frank Bloor's crates were not just in demand locally - they were used as far a field as Shepshed and even Fulham and so to save space when being transported by rail from Woodville Station, crates were made of different sizes to fit inside each other like 'Russian dolls'.
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Thomas died at the age of about 91 on 24 January 1970.

Primary or Preferred: Y
PROOF proven
Note: According to Betty Neale, Thomas died of Asian flu. Records confirm there was a Hong Kong flu pandemic during the winter of 1969-70, and those aged over 65 were most at risk of dying.


  1. 1901 Census: Abbreviation: Census 1901. TMPLT. TID 0. FIELD. Name: Footnote. FIELD. Name: ShortFootnote. FIELD. Name: Bibliography. Citing: TMPLT
    • FIELD
    • Name: Page (accessed before 24 May 2011)
  2. 1911 Census: Abbreviation: Census 1911. TMPLT. TID 0. FIELD. Name: Footnote. FIELD. Name: ShortFootnote. FIELD. Name: Bibliography. Citing: TMPLT
    • FIELD
    • Name: Page (accessed before 24 May 2011)

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