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HARRY HIBBS SIMKINS 1887–1964

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Born 4th October 1887 in Sneinton, Nottingham.

Married 1908 to Kate Cottam, son Harry Victor born 1907

Died 28th November 1964

Brother of Alfred and Charles

1891 Census

Living at 16 Southwell Road with father Charles, a master butcher, mother Emily, maiden name Stone, and brothers Charles (b.1882), Dan (b.1884) and Alfred (b.1889).

In 1896 Harry’s grandfather died. He had previously been running the farm at Adbolton and it was at that date that the family moved to Adbolton. There were a number of butchers shops owned by the family, including a very modern shop on Angel Row in Nottingham.

1901 Census

Father Charles was a farmer at Adbolton, mother Emily, brothers Charles, Dan, Alfred. Charles and Dan are employed on the farm.

1911 Census

Harry was now described as a master butcher living in Sneinton, Nottingham with wife Kate and son Harry. Kate assists in the business, which was at their home in 16 Southwell Road. In 1891 Harry’s father was a butcher at this address.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: S/255483

Military Unit: Royal Army Service Corps

Medals Awarded

British War and Victory

Other information

Harry’s brother in law, Horace Arthur Cottam, was killed in action in 1917 while serving with the Grenadier Guards.

The name Hibbs was the surname of Charles, Harry’s father, at birth. Charles took the name of his stepfather, Simkins.

In a newspaper article in the Nottingham Post in 1925, Harry was still living and working at the butchers shop at 16 Southwell Road – the only house remaining out of 599 – and holding up an improvement scheme despite his father selling the property to the Corporation for £1870.

From the 1939 Register

Address: 7 Thoresby Avenue, Carlton, Nottingham

Occupation: butchers salesman

Household: living with wife Kate