Harry Littler

Harry Littler was born in 1898 in Runcorn registration district and christened on 21st November of that year at the town’s parish church, All Saints. He was the son of William John Littler (born Ince) and his wife Lucy (nee Rigby) who was born at Huxley. At the time the family were living at 22, Trentham Street in Runcorn and the father was recorded as an engine driver.

Sadly, Harry’s mother died in late 1900 at the age of 31 years, having been married for only eight years and having had five children.

The 1901 census recorded the four surviving children, Joseph (7), Thomas (7), Harry (5) and Helen (2) as living with their widowed paternal grandmother, Mary Littler, at 22, Fish Row in Ince, near Elton. One daughter, Mary, had died in 1897 at the age of four years. Harry’s age may be incorrect on the census. His widowed father was in the crew of the “Helen”, on the River Mersey at Liverpool. He was an engineer.

In 1904 Harry’s father re-married in Runcorn, to Martha Annie Barber, who was born at Aston- by – Budworth.

During the first decade of the 20th century, the family moved to Preston Brook and Harry and Helen attended the school there, transferring to Daresbury School in 1906.

The 1911 census recorded the family as living at Norton Wharf in Preston Brook. The father was a stationary engineman for a canal company. Thomas was an apprentice blacksmith, Joseph was an insurance collector and Harry and Helen were at school.

Harry served with the R.A.F. in the Great War. His service number was 60403. When the war was ending he was recorded as an absent voter in 1918 and 1919 at Oaklands Cottages in Preston on the Hill. His brother Thomas also served.

Harry Littler died in 1925. He was 26 years old.