Fred and May Hemsworth nee Travis - Sheffield

FRED married GERTRUDE MAY TRAVIS  in the June quarter of 1907. Fred was the twin brother of HARRY. This is their magnificent wedding photograph taken at 12 Broughton Road Hillsborough Sheffield

Fred and May had just one child a daughter Dorothy May ("Dorrie") who tragically died aged 41/2 circa 1919. It is believed that she died of "Spanish Flu" She is buried in Sheffield's Burngreave Cemetery

HEMSWORTH, Dorothy May (Daughter of Frederick, age 4). Died at 55 Sherrington Rd; Buried on November 8, 1918 in General ground; Grave Number 60, Section J3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Remarks: Attending Minister, R. Brotherton: Removed from Sheffield Parish.

In the autumn of 2012 I was looking through my late mother's photo album when I came across the following photographs which I never knew existed. I believe that is the first photo is the only one of Dorrie that still remains. Her dad Fred is still in uniform but I have no details of his service

The second photograph is undated but my guess is that it was taken in the early 1920's and judging by the the flower in Fred's buttonhole, it was at a family wedding. Fred and May are seated. I do not know who the other people on the photograph are, neither do I know the location

The next photograph I do know the date of - July 1931. What I don't know is why Fred was in a convalescent home. My mother had written that as a caption but that is all. Fred is standing at the back in the middle, looking rather smart in a dickie-bow

The next photograph I have of FRED and MAY was taken many years later. Again I do not know the date but the location is Bridlington's Spa Royal Hall

And then in February 2013 I received this mail from Calgary Alberta in Canada

"I was doing some genealogical research on my grandmother, Phyllis Travis, when I came across your beautiful photo of my Auntie May and Uncle Fred Hemsworth's wedding.
My grandmother was raised as May's sister, although she was a cousin, adopted by Elizabeth Travis when her parents died just after the turn of the last century. Phyllis moved to Canada in 1918 and her daughter (my mother) moved to Scotland after WW2 to marry an RAF navigator she had met when he was training in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I was born in Scotland and many of my favourite childhood memories are of visited Auntie May and Uncle Fred in their home in Sheffield.
If you are interested I have several pictures of Fred and May taken in the mid forties to early 1950s. I have forwarded one in a seperate email to you of  the couple emerging from their bomb shelter in the back garden that they sent to my grandmother assuring her they were both well despite the German air raids on the Sheffield steel industry. The picture was taken in early 1942.

And this is the marvellous photo that was sent



A few days later three further photographs were sent of Fred and May 





FRED sadly died on Sunday 18th January 1953 at his home 74 Greenhill Avenue, Sheffield. He was 71 years of age. The service took place on the following Wednesday at St Barnabus's Church in Highfields, Sheffield followed by an interment at Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. His wife MAY died thirteen years later on Monday 20th June 1966 and was laid to rest alongside her husband FRED.. Together again

HEMSWORTH, Gertrude May (102 Low Edges Crescent Housewife, age 85).  Died at 102 Low Edges Crescent; Buried on June 20, 1966 in General ground; Grave Number 60, Section J3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield.

GERTRUDE MAY was the daughter of JOHN THOMAS TRAVIS. The following information is from the 1911 Census

Name John Thomas Travis
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Condition Married Gender Male
Age 52 Estimated Year of Birth 1859
Occupation Blade Grinder Butchers
Employed Yes Working at Home No Industry Cutters
Place of Birth Yorkshire  Sheffield
Enumerator Information Address 12 Broughton Road Hillsborough Sheffield Parish Sheffield Town Hillsborough Sheffield
Type of Building Private House Number of Rooms 6 Inhabited Yes
Reference RG14PN27912 RG78PN1597 RD510 SD4 ED2 SN280 Administrative County Yorkshire (West Riding) Registration District Sheffield Registration Sub District Hillsborough Enumeration District 2

JOHN died very soon after the census was taken in Sheffield's Lodge Moor Hospital. He was buried on April 17 1911

TRAVIS, John Thomas (Butcher Blade Grinder, age 52) Died at Lodge Moor Hospital; Buried on April 17, 1911 in General ground;
Grave Number 60, Section J3 of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. Remarks: Officiating Minister, Chas. F. Knight: Removed from Sheffield Parish. Plot Owner: Elizabeth J TRAVIS of 12 Broughton Street. (sic Road)

His daughter GERTRUDE was buried in the same grave 55 years later

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