Harry Charles Higgs 1915 - 1996

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Harry Higgs in armchair
Archive: ANC401

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

Harry's mother Emma is shown on the 1911 Census as blind. She died in 1931 when he was just 16. A few years later when Harry was 21, he lost his father Willie.

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.

1950 Census entry showing Kit and Harry at Kirk Street

Image of Kirk Street in 1950s
Archive:724 Kirk Street in 1950

Read here about how we were evicted in the sixties! in fact, the whole front page of the paper is interesting too...[Courtesy of West Sussex Library Service]

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.

old map of the area around East Street
Archive: 790

Archive: Earliest photo (he signed up July 1940) [400], At Iris's wedding [406], In the garden playing with water circa 1955 [112], Higgs family and Bob 1965 [ANC157], various Electoral Roll entries [948]

9th November 1915 004
18th April 1942 105
23 January 1995 205