Arthur Haley Murgatroyd (1871-1946)

Arthur Haley Murgatroyd (1871-1946)

Arthur Haley Murgatroyd was born on 23rd May 1871 at Windhill, Calverley, Yorkshire, UK and died in Wealdstone, Middlesex on 5 Nov 1946. He married Alice Emma Dewhirst on 30th March 1893 in Bradford Yorkshire.
He is described as an Newspaper advertising manager - actually the Racing Editor of a Norwich newspaper - in the 1901 census and was irregularly flush with money depending on racing tips? They initially lived at 73 College Road Norwich where the first six children were born. Following a fire in a downstairs room while the parents were out at the theatre the family moved to London at 28 Wallbutton Road where a further four children were born. He subsequently left her with 10 children, and they never divorced. No financial support was received by his wife for his large family.

The children were:

In the 1881 census at 192 Briggate Idle Yorks [RG11/4479 Folio: 10, Page: 13] are recorded:


and at 192A Briggate, Idle, York [RG11-4479/10] are recorded:

Also in the 1881 census[RG11/4229 Folio: 10, Page: 14] is a record at 33 & 34 Lower Green, Baildon of:

N.B. In the 1881 census Ann Deighton then aged 14, Emily Parker aged 12, Arthur Haley age 10 and Alice Mary aged 8 benefitted from an allowance (they are each recorded as an "annuitant") while living with their uncle John Murgatroyd. The annuity was from the Will of their maternal grandfather Elisha Haley via Mary Jane Haley.

In the 1891 census[RG12/3653 Folio: 78, Page: 14] at 126 & 128 Briggate Idle Windhill are recorded:

In the 1901 census [RG13/1846 Folio: 82, Page: 7] at 73 College Road Norwich there resided:

In the 1911 census [RG14PN2654 RG78PN90 RD28 SD3 ED13 SN361] at 28 Wallbutton Road Brockley there resided:

He had another family (with his former secretary?) Florence Alice Hamshaw (1896-1952) in London with more children, who had little or no knowledge or contact with the first family. He died at 301 Byron Road, Wealdstone Harrow on 6th November 1946 some three years before his wife Alice Emma(1873-1949). His son Gerald Murgatroyd tried to report to his father the death of his first daughter Gladys Murgatroyd not knowing that Arthur Haley Murgatroyd had died some three weeks earlier. This conversation was not understood by Arthur Hamshaw Murgatroyd and the phone call was terminated by Gerald Murgatroyd who said he was just a friend. Arthur Haley Murgatroyd's death aged 75 was reported by his son A.H. Murgatroyd at the same address. His death certificate [1946Q4 Hendon Vol: 5f, Page: 27] records him as an Admiralty Clerk- his occupation in WW2. No Probate was sought at his death - perhaps his estate was too small to require this?
This family comprised:

The 1952 Electoral Register for Harrow Wealdstone N.Ward Polling district C for 301 Byron Road - No Murgatroyd's at this address
The 1947 Electoral Register for Harrow Wealdstone N.Ward Polling district C 301 Byron Road - Arthur H Murgatroyd
The 1945 Electoral Register for Harrow Belmont West Polling district C Wealdstone N.Ward for 301 Byron Road - Arthur H Murgatroyd, Iris M Murgatroyd but no mention of Florence Alice Murgatroyd (sic)
The 1939 Electoral Register for Harrow Wealdstone N.Ward Polling district C for 301 Byron Road - Arthur H Murgatroyd, Florence Alice Murgatroyd (sic), Arthur Hamshaw Murgatroyd
The 1937 Electoral Register for Harrow Wealdstone N.Ward Polling district C for 301 Byron Road - Arthur H Murgatroyd, Florence Alice Murgatroyd (sic)
The 1935 Electoral Register for Harrow Wealdstone N.Ward Polling district GX for 301 Byron Road - Arthur H Murgatroyd, Florence Alice Murgatroyd (sic)

Marriages found in BMD:

The older children of his legitimate family (specifically Alma and Dorothy) remember the better times before their father left home when money was not a problem - see the family picture of the marriage of the eldest sister Gladys, and the picture of the marriage of Dorothy. The younger children remember more clearly the poverty in which they were brought up - see the picture of two of the younger children with an altogether older looking Mother.

Arthur Haley Murgatroyd's parents were Henry Albert Murgatroyd (1844-1918) and Mary Jane Haley-Murgatroyd(1839-1875).

Arthur Haley Murgatroyd was my maternal grandfather.

Gladys marriage

Wedding in 1919 of Charles Whitewood and Gladys Murgatroyd (L to R):
Back row:family Nanny, Margery, Maurice, Vivien, Dorothy
Middle row: Arthur Haley, Alma, Charles Whitewood, Gladys, Stephanie, Alice Emma
Front row: Pauline, Barbara, Gerald

Margery marriage

Wedding in 1921 of Charles Carr to Dorothy Murgatroyd (L to R):
Back row: Margery, vicar?, Maurice, Vivien, Alma
Middle row: Arthur Haley, Alice Emma, Stephanie?, Dorothy, Charles Carr, Gladys with baby Arthur, Charles Whitewood
Front row: Gerald, Pauline, Barbara, ?Gladys Dewhirst?

middle Murgatroyd children

Stephanie and Yvonne (L to R)

later Murgatroyd children

Alice Emma, Yvonne and baby Gerald?

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Arthur Haley as a young man