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I think this could be a long shot but here goes,I am searching for a great aunt I dont have much information on her
She is Mary Harrison b 1913 to William and Alice Harrison (maiden name Robinson)of Glen View Hangingwater Rd Sheffield .I have only seen her in a photo she was wearing an RAF uniform ,she was wearing a peaked cap ,the photo was black and white that is all I have .I would love to know if she got married or did she keep her career in the RAF I dont have anyone who can tell me about her if any one can point me in the right direction that would be brilliant
There is a Mary Harrison on the 1939 register with mother Alice father William. She is down as machine operator.
Mary Harrison born q1 1913 Ecclesall Bierlow mmn Robinson.
Mary Harrison died Sheffield 1979. Her birth date given as 30 th April 1913 so a very good match. The death cert may give more info.
Sorry, senior moment. If she was born April 30th she could not have been registered q1.
On the 1939 Register, it gives Mary's date of birth as 30th December 1912 this would make it right that her birth was registered in quarter one 1913.
Many Thanks to everyone who has replied I will send for the death cert hopefully it may give me more information at last
Edit I presume I will have to order the cert at the register office as the GRO only go to 1957?
I am not convinced that Mary Harrison born 30 April 1913 is your Mary - on the 1939 register she is married to Kenneth. The other Mary born 30 Dec 1912 is living with her parents Alice and William H. They are living near Hangingwater Lane so much more likely to be your Mary. Dont spend money on a death certificate on what could be the wrong Mary.
This is the 1939 information
Mary Harrison 30 Dec 1912 Female Machine Operator Single 113
William Harrison 04 May 1873 Male Corporation Labourer Married 113 1
Alice Harrison 18 Oct 1870 Female Unpaid Domestic Dut Married 113 2
Yws that is my family on Hangingwater
Thank you for your reply Susan
My second message above was designed to say that the death in 1979 is definitely the wrong person. You should not waste money on that cert. You know that the correct Mary was born 30 th Dec 1912 as Sue has said so the challenge now is to find the death of a Mary , who may or may not have married, whose birth date was 30 Dec 1912.
That will not be easy.
Mary Harrison seems to have lots of brothers and sisters - have you tried contacting any of their families to see if they can tell you anything.
As far as I know there isnt anyone left my dad was her nephew he passed away in October last year and showed me her photo of her in uniform ,I didnt get the photo ,but if she wa stil at home in 1939 I wonder where she ended up
Thank you Susan
If that says 'machine' in 1939 it is a very odd spelling. Which in itself would be strange as the spelling looks pretty good looking ahead through that handwriting - there are examples of 'machinery' as well as 'machine'
I don't have an alternative reading though.
Conscription for women was introduced in June 1941 and all single women between 20 and 30 were called up.
Mary would have been 29. If she was still single she we'll have been conscripted. Presumably she was in the WAAF. The Wikipedia entry for WAAF may be of interest.
Wow thank you so much for you replies I didnt know that women were called up now it is starting to come together
Thank you so much
Regarding Mary Harrisons occupation on the 1939 register it states that she is a Mossence Operator ,what ever that may be or was the enumerator not very good at spelling lol any suggestions please
My mum was born 1936 at 8 Glen view, Off Hangingwater Road, her parents, my grandparents, were William (Bill) Rycroft, they lived in the same house until the early 90s.
Likely to be more than one Mary Harrison, but is this your Mary?
There are some trees at Ancestry. Just one claims a husband Oswald William Boyes and another claims a marriage to "private" in 1950.
One claims she died 7 November 2002. A matching death index item at GRO is:
BOYES, MARY 1912
GRO Reference: DOR Q4/2002 in YORK (6611C) Reg C51B Entry Number 280
The Ancestry version (England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007) has a birth date 30 December 1912.
FreeBMD has this in their marriage index
Harrison Mary Boyes York 2d 1868
Boyes Oswald W Harrison York 2d 1868
You should not rely on any of that, but it may be worth checking out.
Thank you for everyone's reply especially Terry and Mick ,as far as I know Mary did marry Oswald in 1950 and they emigrated to Canada ( New Brunswick) I think they must have separated as Oswald came back to England whilst Mary stayed in Canada where she died in 2002 ,but I have to verify this
Thank you to all who have contributed to my post I am very grateful
Apologies I should have said Mark
Hi. Intersting My Nans neighbours emigrated to Canada, I cannot recall their names, my nan visited them a couple of times, I do seem to remember the male worked for British Telecom and had a similar role in Canada. I've just spoken to my mum, she thinks they were Sheila and Eric.