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Harry Whitehead (1879 - 1927)

Harry Whitehead
Born in Moorside Lane, Droylsden, Lancashire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 20 Apr 1908 in St Peter's Church, Parr, St Helensmap
Died in 5, Addison Crescent, Blackpool, Lancashiremap
Profile last modified | Created 2 Jul 2019
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Biography

Harry Whitehead was born on 19 Feb 1879 in Moorside Lane, Droylsden, Lancashire.

Harry was living in Newton Street, Droylsden, when he met his future wife - who was probably visiting her half-sister who only lived a couple of minutes' walk from where Harry lived.

Harry married Edith Morris ("Edie") on April 20th 1908 at St Peter's. The witnesses were John C. Simm, Arthur Harry Simm, and Mary Elizabeth Bradbury. John and Arthur were of course her half-brothers, and Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of her half-sister Annie (Simm) Bradbury.

By April 2nd 1911, Harry and Edith were living in their own household in St Helens. Harry was working as a railway inspector. They had two-year-old twins, Edith Hannah ("Ena") and Joseph Eric. Sadly, little Ena died at the age of five of bronchial pneumonia - she had always been the sickly one of the two.

Harry loved football. According to Edith, he played for a railway works team called Newton Heath. She wasn't a football aficionado, and Newton Heath became Manchester United in 1902, so if he played for them it would have predated his marriage; no confirmation of this has yet been found in records, and if he did play for them it can only have been intermittently as he had to travel a lot for his work, and might have been for a reserve team.

During the First World War, Harry was in the 3rd Battalion of the King's Own, Royal Lancaster, Regiment. Edith spent some time in Folkestone during the war, and she had to shelter in the white tunnels in the chalk cliffs there during air raids. Their daughter May (born in 1914) retained the memory of the white tunnels as one of her early memories. Arthur Harry ("Artie"), the fourth and last child, was born in 1917 in Blackpool. He had some kind of disability in one foot, but it can't have been too severe as he managed to join the army during the Second World War.

After the war was over, Harry enjoyed writing reports of football matches under a pen-name - possibly for the Blackpool Gazette.

Harry died in 1927 at 5, Addison Crescent, Blackpool. By this time he was no longer a railway inspector, but had been working as a window cleaner.

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