Albert Hirst (1865-1941)
Woollen cloth manufacturer Albert Hirst was the Mayor of Huddersfield between 1933 and 1935.
He was born on 6 August 1865, the son of manufacturer James Hirst and his wife Sarah.
He joined the family firm of C. & J. Hirst and Sons Limited of Longwood and eventually became a director of the company.
He married Catherine Wadsworth on 6 October 1892, the daughter of wholesale tea merchant Eli Wadsworth, at the High Street Methodist Chapel in Huddersfield. They had three children:
- Mary Hirst (c.1894-1966)
- Frank Crosland Hirst (c.1901-1984)
- Edward Wadsworth Hirst (1905-1989)
He was elected to the Huddersfield Town Council in 1920, having previously been a Councillor on the Golcar Urban Council.
In later years, he resided at 10 Talbot Avenue, Huddersfield, where he had a private aviary "which housed a number of rare birds."
He suffered a seizure in February 1941 and spent much of the rest of his life confined to bed. By October, his health was failing.
Albert Hirst died aged 76 on 21 October 1941 and was buried at Edgerton Cemetery on 24 October following a funeral service held at Milnsbridge Baptist Church. He left an estate valued at just over £207,433, of which he bequest £300 to the Baptist Church.
Catherine Hirst died on 24 October 1945, aged 80.
Notes and References
- Born 9 August 1905. Married 12 April 1932 to Vera Sykes.
- Yorkshire Post (22/Oct/1941).
- Yorkshire Post (13/Oct/1941).
- "Mr. Albert Hirst" in Yorkshire Post (25/Oct/1941).
- Yorkshire Post (25/Oct/1945).