Project Description

HAROLD CHECKLEY CRESSWELL

1899–1934

 

Harold Cresswell_NEW ed

Photograph from family collection

Born 1899 in Radford, Nottingham

Married in 1925 to Mary Ellen Concannon at Loughborough. Two children: Michael born 1926, who died when he was five, and Joseline, born 1934.

Died 13th April 1934, ten weeks after birth of their daughter.

1901 Census

Living in Old Radford, Nottingham, with father George, a cab proprietor, and mother Elizabeth nee Checkley.

1911 Census

Family living Holme Pierrepont, having moved there in 1906 for father George to be employed as a groom on the Manvers estate. Harold now had a sister Winifred born 1906.

Military Service

Rank: Gunner

Service number: 8000

Military Unit: Royal Field Artillery

Enlisted 27th February 1915

Discharged 21st September 1918, Silver War Badge number B347115

Medals Awarded

British War and Victory, SWB

Other information

There is story in his family that when Harold returned to Holme Pierrepont his uniform was so stiff with mud they stood it up in the garden.

His daughter Josie further recalls that when discharged he had such a lot of shrapnel in his body he was sent to Loughborough College (now known as Loughborough University) to recuperate and be retrained. There, he learnt woodwork and met his future wife Mary Ellen Concannon. They married in Loughborough in June 1925 and moved to Nottingham when Harold took a job with Pilkington Glass

They were living at Whatton Rise, Nottingham when he died.