Harry Charles Higgs 1915 - 1996
Ninth of Nine Harry, my father was born 9th November 1915. He was the last of the nine children of Willie Hull Higgs and Willie himself was also one of nine children!
At that time the family were living at 19 East Street (later re-named Dombey Street). The witness on the birth certificate is shown as A Walker. I think it likely this was his eldest sister Annie who, three years earlier, at age 19, had married a Charles Walker. In 2014 I met their daughter Rosina who by this time was in her eighties
This is the earliest photo we have of Harry. In this photograph he would be about twenty-seven years of age.
In 1942, aged 27 he was living just around the corner from Dombey Street at 43 Lambs Conduit Street.
That year he married Kate Amelia Peterson The Petersons lived right next door to where Harry had been born, at number 18 Dombey Street. His witness this time was another sister, Elizabeth, and Kitty's witness was A E Peterson. This would be her elder brother Archibald(Arch) who was later killed in the war.
Shortly after the wedding Harry went off to war, serving with the Sherwood Foresters, and not returning for about three years.
Archive:724 Kirk Street in 1950
Read also how Harry managed to open his car door, hitting a poor cyclist!...[Courtesy of West Sussex Library Service]
Harry died in 1995, aged 80.