Florence Jane Liversidge

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Moorgate Hospital

Florence Jane Liversidge, born in 1901 in Rotherham, is the wife of William Cecil Price who is my first cousin, twice removed.

William and Florence are both buried in Greasbrough Cemetery, Rotherham and below is Florence’s obituary.

THE ADVERTISER, SAT., JAN. 15th, 1966

DEATH OF MRS. F. J. PRICE – The death occurred last Saturday, at the Moorgate General Hospital, Rotherham, Of Mrs. Florence Jane Price, aged 64, of 4, Homestead Drive, Thorogate, Rawmarsh.

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Greasbrough Cemetery

Born at Masbro’, Mrs. Price later moved to Greasbro’, where she lived for 26 years. She had lived at Rawmarsh for four years. During her time of residence at Greasbro’, Mrs. Price was employed as a meals helper at the Greasbro’ Infants’ School. She was a member of the Greasbro’ branch of the National Federation of Old Age Pensions Associations. Her husband, Mr. William Cecil Price is a steel worker at J. J. Habershon and Sons, Ltd., Rotherham.

Mrs. Price was a Roman Catholic, and attended the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Rawmarsh. She was also a member of the Union of Catholic Mothers. She leaves a widower, a daughter and a granddaughter.

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William & Florence’s grave

Interment took place on Wednesday at the Greasbro’ Cemetery, following Requiem Mass at the St. Joseph’s Church. Mourners were Mr. W. C. Price (widower), Mr. and Mrs. Bradley (son-in-law and daughter), Miss A. Bradley (granddaughter), Mr. and Mrs. A. Liversidge (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs. A. Deacon (sister), Mr. F. Bedford (brother-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. C. Cutts, Mr. D. Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. T. Cutts (nephews and nieces), Mr. and Mrs. W. Stenton, Miss A. Stenton, Mr. and Mrs. L. Bates, Mr. and Mrs. R. Smith (cousins), Mr. and Mrs. Hickman, Mrs. Simpson, Mrs. T. Carr, representatives of the Greasbro’ branch of the National Federation of Old Age Pensions Associations.

Mr. Price and Mrs. Bradley thank Doctors Jockel and Viney, all the staff of Moorgate General Hospital, and all relations, friends and neighbours for their sympathy and floral tributes, also thanking Mr. Butterfield, funeral director, for his efficient service, and Father Killeen, and Mrs. Greta Sanderson for her help. No more suffering now.

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Price – Liversidge

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Saint Bede’s Church

William Cecil Price, born in 1903 in Rotherham, is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Amelia Pinder and Alfred Thomas Price. William’s brother, Ernest Alfred, died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

In 1927, William married Florence Jane Liversidge and below are a couple of newspaper articles published shortly after their marriage.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 1927.

PRICE – LIVERSIDGE. – On June 6th, at St. Bede’s Church, Masbro’, by the Rev. Father Horrax, assisted by the Rev. Father Gosse, William Cecil, third son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Price, of “Gavenny,” Kimberworth, to Florence, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Liversidge, of 13, Garden street, Rotherham.

PRICE – LIVERSIDGE.

The wedding took place at St. Bede’s Roman Catholic Church, Station road, Masbro’, on Whit-Monday, of Miss Florence Liversidge, of 13, Garden street, Rotherham, and Mr. William Cecil Price, third son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Price, of “Gavenny,” Kimberworth. The Rev. Father Horrax, assisted by the Rev. Father Gosse, conducted the service, which was given with full Nuptial Mass.

Miss Gibson presided at the organ, and played the Bridal March from “Lohengrin” (Wagner).

The bride, who was given away by her brother-in-law, Mr. F. Bedford, wore a dress of cream georgette, embroidered with tiny seed pearls. She was attended by three bridesmaids, Miss Grace Price (sister of the bridegroom), Mrs. Amy Hopkinson (sister of the bride), and Miss Ada Bedford (niece of the bride), who were prettily attired in dresses of crepe-de-chene with figured insertions. The bride’s bouquet consisted of June roses and white heather. The bridesmaids had bouquets of pink carnations, except the youngest, who carried a French basket containing white carnations.

The best man was Mr. William Stenton (cousin of the bridegroom), of Woodseats, Sheffield.

A reception was held after the ceremony.

Kicked in the neck

Masbrough Cemetery

Amelia Pinder, born in 1868 in Rotherham, is my great grand aunt and daughter of Francis Pinder and Hannah Berry.

In 1891, in Rotherham, Amelia married Alfred Thomas Price and together they issued four children, called, Ernest Alfred, Reginald, William Cecil and Charlotte Grace.

As a child, I remember my father telling me a story that had been told to him by his father about how in Wickersley, a Milkman called Les Birkett was kicked in the neck by a horse and subsequently died. I later discovered that Les Birkett was quite closely related to my family and according to the 1925 edition of Kelly’s Directory for Rotherham had his milk business registered on Fitzwilliam Road. However, I also discovered that Les Birkett didn’t die until 1975 aged 79 in Scarborough, so he almost certainly didn’t die as a result of being kicked by a horse on his milk-round.

Whilst reading the Rotherham Advertiser dated, Friday 27th May, 2011, I came across an article in the ‘100 years ago’ section which suggests that there may have been some truth in my father’s tale regarding somebody getting kicked by a horse and dying.

ROTHERHAM ADVERTISER
SATURDAY MAY 27, 1911
A tragic occurrence, resulting in the death of Mr. Alfred Thomas Price, Gavenny, Kimberworth, a well-known tradesman and a partner of the firm of Stenton and Price, glass and china merchants, Wellgate, took place on Monday. Mr. Price was attending to the horse, used for business purposes, when it became troublesome and he received a kick to the neck and died almost immediately. The inquest was held on Tuesday afternoon in the Kimberworth Wesleyan Schoolroom by the Deputy District Coroner (Mr. J. Kenyon Parker). Evidence of identification was given by the wife of the deceased, Amelia Price, who last saw him alive shortly before nine on Monday morning. He was going to the stable at the Effingham Arms, Bradgate, to put the horse in the tub. At a quarter past nine she saw her husband dead at the public house.

Alfred was buried in Masbrough Cemetery on, 25th May 1911.

Amelia died in October 1924 and was also buried in Masbrough Cemetery, on 17th October 1924, presumably with Alfred. There is no surviving headstone.

THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1924

PRICE. – At “Gavenny,” Kimberworth, Oct. 14, Amelia Price, widow of the late Mr. A. T. Price, and daughter of Mr. Francis Pinder, aged 57, after many years of suffering died peacefully at the end. “Peace, perfect peace.” The interment took place Masbro’ Cemetery, Oct. 17.

The family of the late Mrs. Price thank all friends for their sympathy and kindness shown towards them during their loss.

The location of Alfred’s death, The Effingham Arms, is still standing in Bradgate and can be viewed in Google Street View by clicking here. I believe Gavenny to be roughly located here (Google Street View will open again).

With regards to the business of Stenton and Price mentioned in the above newspaper article, there was such a business trading from Sheaf Street in Sheffield according to the 1925 and 1936 editions of Kelly’s Directory for Sheffield. However, I do not know if the Price family had any concern with the business after Alfred died or in what year the business ceased trading or even if the business continued to have a presence in Rotherham after Alfred’s death.

This post was originally published on Mollekin Portalite on 01/06/2011.

Ernest Alfred Price – War Casualty

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Ernest is my first cousin, twice removed and son of Amelia Pinder and Alfred Thomas Price.

Ernest was born in Sheffield in 1894 and lived in the Kimberworth area of Rotherham. Five years prior to his death in 1911, he was a Glass and China Shop Assistant.

Ernest is remembered in his home town on the cenotaph in Clifton Park, Rotherham.

Special thanks are owed to Trevor Higgins for writing the following text:-

Ernest was a member of the 8th btn York and Lancaster Regiment, which was formed from men of the same geographical area at Pontefract. It was a regiment never given the ‘Pals Battalion’ title as were many other locally formed regiments.

Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuile Wood  (Copyright Trevor Higgins)

Blighty Valley Cemetery

The 8th were part of 70th Brigade and assigned to the Western Front of the Somme. On the night of the 30th June 1916, the soldiers of the battalion were located to trenches between Authille Wood and Ollivers . Their orders were to take the village of Ollivers when the attack was launched at 7.30 am on the 1st July.

The attack did not go well and many men were killed almost immediately. Those that remained, 70 of them, actually reached the third line of defence of the Germans, but none ever returned. Of those left defending the first trench, including members of the KOYLI Regiment, stood their ground until eventually overwhelmed.

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Rotherham War Memorial

Of 680 soldiers and 23 Officers, only 68 remained to return to the rear.

The Battle of the Somme is written in history as the greatest military loss in one day of conflict, some 19857 men killed or missing. It has also been suggested it was never a battle designed to win but, a campaign to cause the Germans to withdraw troops from Verdun in the south to defend the Western Front. Whatever the reason the battle was bloody and sacrificial. German losses were described as ‘the muddy grave of the German Field Army.’

This is a revised version of a post which was originally published on my WordPress Blog on 10/01/2010.