Albert Barringer (1879 – 1969?)
Albert was born in Guilsborough, the third child and second son of John (or Henry) and Sarah Barringer. His father was a carter/agricultural labourer and his mother and elder sister were both staymakers (i.e. corset-makers). From the information in the 1891 census the itinerant nature of his father’s working life is made clear. The birthplaces of Albert and his siblings range from Buckinghamshire through a number of Northamptonshire villages.
By 1901 Albert had left home and was working as a footman at Guilsborough Hall, but ten years later he was married and living at West Haddon with his wife Annie (another corset-maker), his two year-old daughter Dorothy and three Garrett children from Annie’s first marriage. At this stage he was described as a general labourer.
His military record is rather sketchy. He appears to have started as a private in the Northants Regiment (18840) then at some point transferred to the Tank Corps (308296) and was listed as entitled to the Victory and British War medals (308295).
A photograph of Albert in uniform suggests that he had probably made a very dapper footman in his youth.
The electoral roll for West Haddon in 1955 shows Albert living in Station Road, West Haddon, with his daughter Dorothy (Dolly) who had married Harry Payne in 1931. His grandson (?), Percy Harold Payne, a bricklayer, bought Tower House in Crown Lane in 1949 for £500 and the four adjoining cottages, in a very poor state of repair,for another £500 in 1954. It was Percy who knocked the cottages down in order to enlarge the garden of the house, but left the outer walls standing, with windows and doors bricked up, to form the garden walls along High St and Crown Lane.
A death was registered at Daventry for Albert T Barringer, aged 90 in 1969.
Wendy Raybould March 2017