Eric Isherwood was born on 14th June 1921 in Hatton, the son of Alfred Isherwood, who was born in Warrington and Emily (nee Ball) who was born in Acton Grange. He had an older brother called William Ball Isherwood who had been born in 1919 and a brother Alfred V. who had died in his first year in 1919. The father was a labourer in the wagon shop of the London and North Western Railway at the Viaduct Works in Earlestown, near Warrington.
The 1921 census recorded the multi-generational family as living in Factory Yard in Hatton. The head of the household was William Ball, a 62-year-old widower, who was employed as a horseman. His son George was a telegraph wireman for the LNWR. Alfred and Emily lived with them as well as their two sons, William, and Eric. A son Kenneth was born in 1923.
Eric attended Hatton Infants and then Daresbury School from 6th January 1930.
Sadly, Eric’s father died in late January 1930 at Eridale, which was one of Hewitt’s Cottages in Hatton.
The family continued to live at Eridale throughout the 1930s. William Ball died in 1937.
The 1939 Register of England and Wales recorded the family as living at Eridale. Eric was employed as a gardener, and William Ball and Kenneth as horsemen on a farm. Their widowed mother and their uncle completed the household.
Eric Isherwood never married.
His mother died in 1966.
Eric Isherwood passed away in July 1980 at Hatton and was buried with his parents at Daresbury. He was 59 years old.
It is known that Eric Isherwood served in the Second World War, as his name appeared in the Service Register section of the Electoral Roll for Hatton in 1945. His name is also mentioned in an article in the Parish Magazine for Daresbury in August 1946, when presentations were made to the men and women of Hatton who had served in H. M. Forces.
However, it is not known in which branch of H.M. Forces he served.