Fred is my great grandfather. He was born on the 30th April 1878 at 21 Cross Gun Alley in Habergham Eaves, Burnley in Lancashire to Ralph (FM001) and Mary (FM002). The details of Fred’s birth certificate are shown below:

No.When and where bornName, if any
SexName and surname
of father
Name, surname and
maiden surname
of mother
Occupation
of father
Signature, description and
residence of informant
When
registered
Signature of
registrar
Name entered
after registration
294Thirtieth
April
1878
21 Cross Gun
Alley
Habergham
Eaves
FredBoyRalph
Magnall
Mary
Magnall
formerly
Haworth
Cotton
Weaver
Ralph Magnall
Father
21 Cross Gun Alley
Habergham Eaves
Sixth
May
1878
John
Holden
Deputy
Registrar

At the time of the 1881 Census Fred was living at 6 Cog Square with his parents, his older sister Mary Ann (EM002) and his younger brother Thomas (EM003).

By the time of the 1891 Census the 12 year old Fred was a cotton weaver living at home with his parents and siblings at 216 Howard Street in Habergham Eaves.

The 1901 Census shows Fred as 22 years old and a cotton weaver living with his family at 136 Gannow Lane in Burnley.

Fred married Beatrice Isabella Hargreaves (EM028), known as “Beaty”, on the 25th May 1901 in Burnley. Isabella was the daughter of James Hargreaves and Sarah Whitaker and she was born on the 1st November 1878.

At the time of the 1881 Census Fred was living at 6 Cog Square with his parents, his older sister Mary Ann (EM002) and his younger brother Thomas (EM003).

By the time of the 1891 Census the 12 year old Fred was a cotton weaver living at home with his parents and siblings at 216 Howard Street in Habergham Eaves.

The 1901 Census shows Fred as 22 years old and a cotton weaver living with his family at 136 Gannow Lane in Burnley.

Fred married Beatrice Isabella Hargreaves (EM028), known as “Beaty”, on the 25th May 1901 in Burnley. Isabella was the daughter of James Hargreaves and Sarah Whitaker and she was born on the 1st November 1878.

1901 Marriage solemnized at United Methodist Free Church, Claremont Street, Burnley
in the District of Burnley in the Counties of Burnley and Lancaster
No. Where married Name and surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of marriage Father’s Name and Surname Rank or Profession of Father
27 Twenty
Fifth
May
1901
Fred
MagnallBeatrice Isabella
Hargreaves
22
Years22
Years
Bachelor
Spinster
Cotton
WeaverCotton
Weaver
136 Gannow Lane
Burnley136 Gannow Lane
Burnley
Ralph
MagnallJames
Hargreaves
Cotton
WeaverButcher
Married in the United Methodist Free Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the United Methodist Free Church by Certificate by me,
This Marriage
was solemnized
between us
Fred MagnallBeatrice Isabella Hargreaves in the
presence
of us
Thomas MagnallRhoda Hargreaves Edwin Hall, MinisterW.J.Clegg, Registrar.

Fred and Isabella had at least seven children:

Fred was a tackler at Walmesley’s Mill. A tackler was responsible for maintaining the looms and other equipment in working order. Fred is stood on the right. Around him you can see details of the looms. I would be interested in any information that anyone has on Walmesley’s Mill.

Fred was in attendance at the death of his father, Ralph, and the death certificate shows that Fred was living at 42 Sunderland Street, Burnley.

During the Great War Fred was in the forces as shown by the photo on the right. We think he may have been in the Salvage Corps. Can anyone enlighten us as to the function of this corps and where we might find further information? There is a memorial at Myrtle Bank (does anyone know anything about Myrtle Bank?) which includes Fred’s brother Ralph who died during the war. Fred’s name is included in an illuminated Roll of Honour. More details of his service record will hopefully appear here soon!

My Uncle Jim remembers regularly being put on a bus by his mother Mona so that he could visit his grandfather who then lived at Rose Grove in Burnley. He remembers that Fred used to have a pocket full of Imperial Mints that he shared with him, but that he also kept his pipe in the same pocket!

Fred died on the 23rd January 1945 in the Victoria Hospital and was buried at Burnley Cemetery plot NE9640 on the 26th January. The photo on the left shows his grave stone which says:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
FRED MAGNALL
DIED 23RD JANY 1945 AGED 65 YEARS.
ALSO BEATRICE ISABELLA
HIS BELOVED WIFE
DIED 2ND AUGUST 1941 AGED 62 YEARS.
ALSO JAMES HARGREAVES
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED 19TH JUNE 1944, AGED 31 YEARS

Also on his grave is a stone which says

A TOKEN OF ESTEEM
FROM THE WORKPEOPLE OF
WALMSLEY’S
PEEL MILL

My thanks to Great Aunt Clara and my father for the photos.