Solomon Berry (c.1857-1910)


Solomon Berry was born in Meltham, the son of Alfred Berry and his wife Ann (née Broadbent).

He worked as a woollen weaver[1] before marring Elizabeth Ann Stead of South Crosland, daughter of gardener Charles Edwin Stead and his wife Mary (née Stocks), on 28 Mary 1887 at St. Bartholomew, Meltham. The couple had four children:

At the time of the 1891 Census, he was working as an insurance agent. By 1901, he was a jeweller's agent.

In his spare time, he was a singer and had become the choirmaster of St. Bartholomew's by 1890.

Both Solomon and his wife Elizabeth Ann died in 1910.

Two of his sons, William and Arthur, were killed during the First World War. His daughter, Annie, served as an ambulance driver in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry attached to the French Army and was awarded the Croix de Guerre and Bronze Star for gallantry.

Notes and References

  1. 1881 Census.
  2. Born 4 February 1888. Married Eliza Avison on 11 March 1909 at Holy Trinity, South Crosland. Worked as a cinema organist (1939 Register). Died 1972.