In the first half of 1947 my mum (Doreen Buckle) wrote in a diary (more details here) and on 22nd January she noted that when she got home there was “very bad news.”
The bad news was that Doreen’s grandmother had died “very suddenly.”
Her grandmother was Harriet Barratt born in Tipton, Staffordshire in 1881. Harriett had moved to Wakefield, Yorkshire with her husband Thomas in 1912. They had ten children and Doreen’s mother, Minnie, was their third child.
This photograph was taken about 1932 and Harriet is the older woman standing behind the little boy (Doreen's brother).
The next day Doreen went to work but then “went down to Grannie’s at night but did not see her as Mother was not there.”
It wasn’t until the 24th January that she “went to see Grannie at night – she looked beautiful, very natural as though she was asleep.”
The next day (January 25th) was the funeral.
Unfortunately on the journey to the funeral, Doreen was involved in a bus crash and “was very shaken up”.
Harriet Barratt’s burial service was held at St Paul’s Church, Alverthorpe, Wakefield.
Her husband Thomas continued to live in their house at Victoria Avenue, Wakefield until his own death two years later in 1949. Harriet left him £166.10s in her will equivalent to about £5,500 today.
Photograph of Alverthorpe Church © Copyright Bill Henderson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
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