William Antrobus b1880

William Antrobus was born on 29 April 1880, in Hatton. His parents were Samuel (a general labourer) and Elizabeth. They had nine children but sadly, four of them died in infancy. Only the names of eight of the children have been found – Ann, Harry, Jane, Isaac, Margaret, William, Elizabeth and Alfred.

By the time William was ten, the family had moved to Moore and were living in a cottage at Lane Ends, Moss Lane. Ten years later, they were still there and William was working as a general labourer. He continued to live with his parents until he joined the armed forces in the Labour Corps, service number 217327.

Nothing is known of his army service.

He returned to Moore after the war and apparently married Johanna, though no record of the marriage has been found. The couple were living in Kelsall’s cottages on Moss Lane. In 1939, he was working on one of the wharves on the Manchester ship canal. The couple had a child, William, born on 2 March 1920 and he was a marine engine fitter on the ship canal.

It is uncertain when William died.