1938 Henry (Harry) Alberry
Family History (Researched by Paul Burkitt):
Henry Alberry was born 9 December 1891 in Clowne. His parents were George Alberry (1865 – 1933) and Ruth Mallen (1869 – 1926). They were living at 14 High Street in Clowne. On the 1901 Census, Henry aged ten, was living with his parents and siblings on Church Lane in Clowne. His father was employed as a hewer. George was attending the Clowne Board Mixed & Boys School. He had started school in 1898 at the age of seven. On the 1911 Census, Henry aged 19 was living with his parents and six siblings in Stanfree. Henry is employed as an underground pony driver. His older brother, Albert (1890 – 1933) and slightly younger brother, George, were also employed as underground pony drivers. Albert was killed in a mining accident in 1933 at Oxcroft Colliery.
On the 26 December 1916, Henry married Beatrice May Rodda (1895 – 1984) in the Chesterfield registration area. Henry and Beatrice had three children: Iris May, Pearl and Ivor. Henry was employed as a contractor as the time of the disaster in 1938. At the time of the accident Henry and his family were living at 6 Clowne Road, Stanfree. Henry was a registered reader of the Daily Independent, which entitled his widow to a pay out from the insurance policy.
Funeral – Saturday 14 May 1938.
Henry was buried in Clowne cemetery, since Stanfree did not have a cemetery. The Sheffield Independent reported the following –
“The combined service in the church and at the graveside was conducted by the Rector, the Rev. A.B Gordon, the surplice choir being in attendance. At the close the exhortation was recited by Mr T. Bateman, chairman of the local Legionaires, and buglers of the Oxcroft Colliery Ambulance Division sounded “Last Post” and “Reveille”. Afterwards a muffled peal was rung on the church bells. All village shops were closed during the afternoon.”
ALBERRY – Treasured memories of a dear husband and dad. HENRY ALBERRY. Stanfree. / Killed Markham Disaster. May 10th 1938./ Our hearts still ache with sadness,/ Our eyes shed many a tear:/ God alone knows how we miss him./ As ends the first sad year. From his loving Wife and Children, Iris, Pearl and Ivor.
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