Harold Reaves

HAROLD GEORGE REAVES, aged four, appears in the 1891 Census living at 62 Belmont Road, Walton on the Hills with Thomas and Clara Wooton, a solicitor’s clerk and their two children, one a County Court Clerk, the other a Schoolteacher. Harold is described as the Great-Grand-Nephew of Thomas.

The 1901 Census shows him as a 14 year old office boy, born in Tottenham, living at 75 Summerville Road, Tottenham with his parents and siblings. His father, the Head of the Household, is named as William J Reaves, aged 42, born in Birmingham and employed as a cardboard box traveller. Also living in the house was his mother Florence aged 41, born in Wolverhampton, his brothers Frank W, aged 17, a produce broker’s clerk, Alfred E aged 13 and sister Ethel F aged 11.

Harold married Ethel Tarry, a West Haddon girl, at Brentford, Middlesex on 22/7/1909. She was born July 1892 and baptised in West Haddon on 9th October, 1892. Her father was Albert Thomas Tarry, her mother Emily Clark Edgworth Tarry. Father Albert was baptised in West Haddon on 10th July, 1859. Records show his burial on 26th September, 1895 having died aged 36.

The 1911 Census shows Harold George Reaves and Ethel living in West Haddon. He was then aged 23 and employed as a seedsman. Also living at the house with Harold and Ethel (aged 18) were their son Harold William Duston (? ineligible) aged 1, James Kinch a boarder and farm labourer aged 56, and Emily Tarry a boarder and servant, aged 50. This was probably Ethel’s mother

Military Records show the Attestation of Harold George Reaves, aged 28 years 7 months, a seedsman an 18th April, 1915. He was posted to the Royal Engineers, Chatham; his army number 94123. He was discharged from the army on 7th November, 1918 with a disability pension. He was assessed as suffering from Neurasthia which is described as “A complex of systems characterised by chronic fatigue and weakness, loss of memory, and generalised aches and pains”.

Records show the death of a Harold George Reaves in Bournemouth.

(Jim Blakey 20th December, 2015)