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Harold Hawkesworth Orton was born in 1897, the son of Edward Hawkesworth Orton and his first wife Millicent Orton née Bramley. His father Edward was born in Nottingham on 5 September 1873 and his mother Millicent Bramley was also born in Nottingham in 1868. They were married on 5 November 1896 (Basford registration district) and had two children, Henry Hawkesworth and Florence Margaret birth registered 1899 (J/F/M Nottingham). Millicent Orton was admitted to a Nottingham asylum on 20 March 1900 and died on 20 February 1902 aged 33 years. In 1901 Edward (27), a lace warehouseman, and his son Henry (4), were living at 71 Lambert Street, Sneinton, Nottingham, with his parents Henry Orton (67), who was living on his own means and described on the census as 'paralysed', and Elizabeth Orton (60). Also in the household was Edward's sister, Emma Madelaine Orton (30, b 12 November 1871) who was in work, Henry and Elizabeth's granddaughter, Edith Marie (6 months, Edith Marie Orton b. 29 September 1900 O/N/D Nottingham, d. June 1943 aged 42). Henry Orton employed a housemaid, Eliza Elwin (50). (Edward's sister, Emma Madelaine, later married, 'Dunsome', and in 1939 was a widow and living in Nottingham with her unmarried daughter Edith.) Harry's sister, Florence Margaret, who would have been about two years old at the time, has not yet been traced on the 1901 Census or subsequently. There is evidence, though, that she may have died before May 1919 and probably by the time of Harry's death in August 1915 as she is not included in the family names in the notices in the local paper. Edward Orton married secondly Mary Bertha Agnes Gregory in 1903. They had children: Edith Mary b. 1906, Francis Albert b 1908, Marjorie W. b. 1913 (J/A/S Nottingham/Gregory), George Edward b. 1915 and Constance M. b. 10 October 1919. In 1911 the family was living at 61 Manning Street. Edward (37) was still working as a lace warehouseman. In the household on the night of the census were his wife Mary Bertha Agnes (30), his son Harry (14), also a lace warehouseman, and his first two children by his second wife, Edith Mary (4) and Francis (2). The family was still living at 61 Manning Street when Edward Orton completed a form for the army in May 1919 listing his son's surviving blood relatives. He named Harry's step-mother, Mary Orton, and his half-siblings Edith Mary (12), Francis Albert (10), Marjorie W. (5) and George Edward (4). Edward and Mary's daughter Constance was born in the October after this return was completed. In the section 'sisters of the full-blood' is the word 'none', suggesting that Margaret Florence (Florence Margaret) had died. Harry's stepmother, Mary, died in November 1926 (Dec Nottingham) aged 45 (b. abt 1881). At the time of the compilation of the 1939 England & Wales Register Edward Hawkesworth was still living at 61 Manning Street. He was a widower and working as a clerk/lace warehouseman. Also in the household was his eldest child, Constance Orton (b. 10 October 1919), a shop assistant at Woolworths. Constance married Lawrence F Folkett in 1947 (J/A/S Nottingham) and died on 23 February 1968. Edward Hawkesworth Orton died on 14 March 1951.
In 1911 he was a lace warehouseman and was still in the same occupation when he enlisted in the Robin Hood Rifles (TF) the following year.
01 Aug 1915
477906 - CWGC Website
61 Manning Street, Nottingham (1912)
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Pte. 1536 Harry Hawkesworth Orton enlisted on 9th January 1912 at Nottingham; he gave his age as 14 yrs and 11 months, his address as 61 Manning Street, Nottingham and his occupation as that of a lace warehouseman. He served with the 1/7th Battalion Notts & Derbys Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles). When war broke out he volunteered to serve and entered on embodied on 5th August 1914, On 28th February 1915 he landed in France. He was killed in action on 1st August 1915 and is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery (grave reference II.E.5) He had served for 3 years and 255 days (including Territorial Force time).
'Roll of Honour' published 16th August 1915, Nottingham Evening Post: “ORTON. – Killed in action, August 1st, Private Harry H. Orton, aged 18, 1536 1/7th Robin Hoods, eldest son of E. H. Orton, 61, Manning-street.” Above entry is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 1 August 1916: Orton. In loving memory of Private Harry Orton, 1/7th Robin Hoods, killed in action August 1st, 1915. Dad, mother, Edith, Frank.’ (www. britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His father, Edward, was his sole legatee. Harry's personal belongings were returned to his father at 61 Manning Street. His possessions comprised: disc, wallet, letters, photos, coin, note book, pipe, 9ct gold ring (snake ring).
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