Wednesday, 15 December 2010

The Hawksley’s C1930


MEMORIES: The Hawksley family in about 1930, with John William Hawksley, centre front, with wife Florence Ada to his right.

Recently in my local paper a lady had wrote in attaching this photograph of her family. the lady, Gladys was my Nanna’s Cousin so this has lots of interest for me.

Here’s her story:

“IT’S often a pleasant surprise
to find how enjoyable
memories can be jogged by
brief references to the past
taken from the Mail’s extensive
As part of the 125th anniversary
celebrations, we have been featuring
snippets of past stories and advertisements.
And it’s one of the “Here For 125
years” advert panels which caught
the attention of Hessle reader
Gladys Burton.
We re-ran a small ad from Wednesday,
June 22, 1910, which read:
“For sale – Pony, grand condition,
12.2h, honest and quiet, £6.15s or
best offer. Hawksley, 15 Goodwin
Little wonder that was a pleasant
surprise for Gladys, who explains:
“The vendor of this pony was my
father, John William Hawksley, who
was born in Osborne Street, in 1876,
and died in an air-raid on Hull during
the Second World War.
“His death was just two days before
his 66th birthday, in May 1942,
when a huge ‘aerial torpedo’ was
dropped on the Scarborough Street
area, destroying the family home on
Hessle Road.
“My sister Ruth (pictured above on
the group, far left, front row) was
also at home at the time, but was
unhurt. She and I are the only two
left. Ruth has lived in Australia all
her married life.
“At the time of the advert, the
family home was in Goodwin Street,which ran between Hessle Road and
Anlaby Road, just to the east of the
current Rawlings Way.
“I don’t remember it personally, as
I was born four years later and the
family had moved to Witty Street.
“The pony would have been one of
several used in those times to collect
fruit and vegetables from the market
in Humber Street for sale in my
father’s shops in the area, the last of
which was at 485 Hessle Road.
“The picture shows the whole family, taken around 1930, with John William Hawksley centre front with his wife (my mother) Florence Ada
to his right. I’m top right in the
picture and have spent most of my
life living in Hessle.
“Also in the picture are my brothers
and sisters, of whom Florence
(Florrie Chapman, as she became
(second from right, front row) remained
a Hull resident, living in
Somerset Street, and Jim (third left,
back row) continued the fruit and
veg tradition with a shop in Southcoates
Lane until his retirement.
“Jim’s shop was originally set up
by Harold (second from left, front
Jack (far right, front) also had a
fruit, veg and general store in Trinity
“Alice (second left, back) became
Alice Smith and lived her married life in Hessle.”

Friday, 30 April 2010

William Edwin Lee Wardill 1855 & Annie Mandall 1861

William Edwin Wardill

William married Annie in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear in December 1890. He is the son of Maria Martha Lee who married William Wardill. William Edwin took on the name of Wardill.

William had a piano shop on High Street West, Gateshead.

Elected a Councillor in 1895, he became an Alderman in 1909. He was Mayor for 2 successive terms in 1914 and 1915 and again for 3 successive terms in 1926, 1927 and 1928.

opening of the tyne bridge

During his last term in office, he climbed to the top of the newly constructed Tyne Bridge – he was 72 at the time! In 1927 he changed political allegiance from the Liberals to the Conservatives. He was made an honorary freeman in 1929. He was also awarded the CBE. He died at his home, Craigielea in 1938 and was interred at Saltwell Cemetery.

William Edwin Wardill Grave 003

William & Annie had 3 children all born in Gateshead.

Mary Jane b1891

William Edward Mandall b1894

Thomas Edwin Mandall b1901

William Wardill 1812 & Maria Martha Lee

William  is one of Jonah & Mary's elder sons.

He was a joiner and cabinet maker. His first wife was Maria Smith b1810 in Thornton le Dale.They had 1 child

John Smith Wardill born 1848 in Thornton Dale and died in 1848

Maria died in Thornton Dale in 1852

thornton dale 

William later married Maria Martha Lee nee Dennis in 1858 in Scarborough North Yorkshire. Maria was born in 1821 in Thornton Dale, North Yorkshire and was a dressmaker.

Maria had 4 children already from a previous marriage

Peter born in 1847

Mary Hannah b1850

Isaac b1853

William Edwin b1855

All of Maria Lee’s children were born in Ellerburn, North Yorkshire

William & Maria  had 2 children together

Elizabeth b1858

Harriet Jane b1861

Both girls were born in Thornton Dale in North Yorkshire.

William Edwin Lee took his step fathers surname and called himself William Edwin Lee Wardill.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

John Hawksley 1843 & Frances Petch 1849

John was the eldest son of William & Mary.

He lived in Kingston upon Hull all his life and worked in a few different jobs.. from a general labourer to a fruit hawker and finally as a docks labourer.


He married Frances, who was known as Fanny, in 1869 in Kingston upon Hull. Fanny was originally from Laceby, Louth in Lincolnshire. and was a fruiteer.

They had 5 children who were all born in Kingston upon Hull.

John William born 1876 married Florence May Cooke b1882 in June 1899 in Kingston upon Hull and had a daughter also named Florence May who was born in 1900. John died at home on 20/05/1942 and was classified as Civilian war dead

Initials: J W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Civilian
Regiment: Civilian War Dead
Age: 65
Date of Death: 20/05/1942
Additional information: of 485 Hessle Road. Son of the late John and Frances Hawksley; husband of the late Florence May Hawksley. Died at 485 Hessle Road.
Casualty Type: Civilian War Dead
In Memory of

Civilian War Dead
who died age 65
on 20 May 1942
of 485 Hessle Road. Son of the late John and Frances Hawksley; husband of the late Florence May Hawksley. Died at 485 Hessle Road.

Remembered with honour

Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Mary Jane 1879

Rosanna Hannah, known as Rose, 1884

Beatrice Ellen 1887

Charles Henry 1889

William Hawksley 1821 & Mary Jane Lowery 1820

William was born in Gainsborough in Lincolnshire and Mary born in Kingston upon Hull.

William was an auctioneer and Mary a General Domestic Servant.

They married at St James Church in Sutton in Kingston upon Hull  in December 1840.

st james

William & Mary went on to have 10 children who were all born in Kingston upon Hull.

Mary Ann was born in 1841 and married Charles Dennison in December 1861 in Kingston upon Hull.

John 1843

Charles 1845

Jane 1849

Alfred 1851

James 1852

Joseph 1854

Thomas 1857

Emily 1861 married James Mearns in 1881 at St Lukes Church in Kingston upon Hull.

William F 1864 married Ellen Jane Pike and they had 3 children who were all born in Liverpool. William died in 1938 in Kingston upon Hull.


Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Happy 65th Wedding Anniversary

Last Wednesday would have been my parents 65th Wedding Anniversary.

Here’s a picture of them on the 21st April 1945


Monday, 5 April 2010

Rain has stopped play

Sorry readers. My old laptop died and has ALL my family tree on it.. until i can get it off, this blog is at a dead end xx