James Thomas Harbridge was born in Duddon, Cheshire and baptised on the 27th May 1894 in Tarvin, Cheshire, he was the son of James Thomas Harbridge and Annie (nee Shallcross). They had married in a Civil Ceremony in Chester in 1893 (ROC/31/119)
The 1901 census shows the family living at Broom Hill, Barrow, Cheshire. Head of the household was James Thomas Harbridge, 27, a Farm Labourer, born Barrow, his wife Annie, 25, born Duddon, as was son Jas. T., 6, son Edwin, 2, was born in Barrow as was his sister Joyce age 1.
Close by was his brother Joseph Henry Harbridge, 29, a farmer in his own account, with the same address of Broom Hill. His wife also Annie, 25 was born in Dunham Hill, Cheshire and son Ernest, 2 was born in Barrow.
At the “Headless Woman” pub, perhaps, in error, was a Thomas Harbridge, 6 and a grandson of the Publican, George Shallcross and his wife Betsy and their 4 children. I have seen this on a few censuses before, where people are on 2 censuses.
The 1911census shows that a Thomas Harbridge, now a widower, 37, a Hay Trusser at Bowling Green Mills, his son, Edwin, 12, daughter Joyce, 11 and son Henry, 8 were all at school, with another daughter Annie, 4, all had been born in Barrow. However James Thomas (Jnr.) was missing. Thomas Harbridge, above, gave information on the census, i.e. that he had been married 17 years and 8 children had been born to them, but 2 died, this was crossed out by the Enumerator. I believe that Annie died in 1909, and her death was registered in Tattenhall (TAT/24/87)
I also believe that James Thomas (Snr.) died in the September Qtr. of 1938 (Volume: 8a, Page: 431), registered in West Cheshire.
There is a Flintshire WW1 Index Cards (Hawarden F 16) for James Thomas, giving his address as The Warren, Broughton, Nr. Chester. It gave his service as 3 years and that he was missing on the 3rd December 1917. The Card signed 15th January 1920 by B. Shallcross.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 about James T Harbridge confirms the Regimental information above.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 about James Thomas Harbridge tells us that he was born in Barrow and resided in Broughton. He enlisted in Flint.
James Thomas Harbridge in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that he died on the 3rd December 1917 “or since death presumed” and the sole Legatee was his Grandmother Betsy Shallcross.
James Thomas Harbridge was on the Bangor Civic Society Website under the Hawarden Parish, however he is NOT on Hawarden War Memorial but James is also remembered on the Penymynydd Memorial click here to read more.
There is supposed to be all Flintshire Servicemen listed there. – htttp://www.bangorcivicsociety.org.uk/pages/arch/DSCF4389.htm