Post-War Years

1919 – 1975

Harry lived at No.16 Delaware Street before his war service. This backed onto No.7 Chesapeake Street (the marital home) where he lived with his wife from the 1940’s until the 1960’s. Both of the Streets were off Meanwood Road beyond Meanwood Street.

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Top is Nos. 18 and 16 Delware St.    //        Bottom is No. 7 Chesapeake St.

I remember Harry having his own Greengrocers Shop in Meanwood Road on the corner of Barrack Street. He walked there from his home in Chesapeake Street. John Jones took over Harry’s shop at 62 Meanwood Road in the 1960’s and Harry and his wife moved house from Chesapeake Street to Chellow Cottage, Otley Road, Killinghall which was owned by Mr Jones.
In April 1967 the shop had been demolished but In November 1968 the shop had been the building on the other corner of Barrack Street demolished.

To the best of my knowledge Harry did not suffer from his war experiences and I always knew him as a happy fun loving Grandpa who never talked about his war service.
I think he would have attended the dinner for survivors on 21 May 1919 at Leeds Town Hall and I also think he attended Association reunion dinners. I am sure the Leeds Pals Association, an organisation founded on the bonds of friendship forged at Colsterdale, Suez and the battlefields of France would have helped Harry to come to terms with his war experiences and memories.
Apart from visits to the battlefields of the Western Front in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s three annual pilgrimages became an essential part of the Pals’ Calendar. The first was on the nearest Friday to 1st July at a memorial service in the Lady Chapel of Leeds Parish Church where a memorial was erected by the Association on 1st July 1931. The second was on 25th September to the Memorial Cairn at Colsterdale which was erected on 28th September 1935 to mark the site of the Pals’ old camp. The wreath from the previous year’s wreath from the Parish Church was laid. The third was Armistice Day, 11 November when the Pals laid a wreath on the Leeds Cenotaph
I know he went to Reunions at Colsterdale on more than one occasion.

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On 5th June 1965 he celebrated his Golden Wedding at Chellow Cottage, Killinghall, Nr. Harrogate and on 5th June 1975 he celebrated his Diamond Wedding at Chellow Cottage.

In 1975/6 Harry and Annie moved to Gunter Road, Wetherby to be nearer their daughter. However after falling out of bed one night he was taken to Harrogate Hospital where he died of pneumonia in 1977. His wife moved in with Florence and her husband at 8 Garth Avenue, Collingham until she died in 1978 of Dementia in Clifton Hospital, York