Mortimer ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Mortimer are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

The individuals listed are not necessarily related to each other.

Albert Edward Mortimer [1889-1914]
Alec Mortimer [19??-]
Benjamin Mortimer [18??-18??]
Benjamin Mortimer [1807-1874]
Bobbie Mortimer [1922-1945]
Cyril Mortimer [1???-19??]
Edward Mortimer [1791-1832]
Edward Mortimer [1846-1914]
Edward Frankland Mortimer [1917-1943]
Fred Mortimer [1880-1953]
Frederick Leonard Mortimer [1855-1???]
Harry Mortimer [1874-19??]
Harry Mortimer [1901-1???]
Sir Harry Mortimer [1902-1992]
Henry Mortimer [1850-1907]
J. I. Mortimer [18??-19??]
Jack Mortimer [1910-1???]
James Mortimer [1892-1916]
John Cyril Mortimer [1898-1917]
Joseph Mortimer [1747-1800]
Luther Mortimer [1882-19??]
Matthew Mortimer [1827-1886]
Matthew Mortimer [1851-1905]
Matthew Mortimer [1873-1939]
Rex Mortimer [1911-1999] 

Mortimer, Albert Edward
[1889-1914] Son of Frederick Leonard Mortimer.

He was a stoker on HMS Foxhound, moored off Felixstowe, Suffolk [1911].

During World War I, he served as a Leading Stoker with the Royal Navy, on the Black Prince, Drake Flagship, Roxburgh, Argyll, Duke of Edinburgh and Hampshire.

He was Leading Stoker on the battleship HMS Bulwark and he was lost when it exploded and sank in Sheerness Harbour [26th November 1914].

He is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, England, in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Stannary Congregational Church, Halifax

Mortimer, Alec
[19??-] Or Alex.

Son of Fred Mortimer.

He became bandmaster/conductor of the Black Dike Mills Band, the Brighouse & Rastrick Band, and the CWS Manchester Band

Mortimer, Benjamin
[18??-18??] Landlord of the Royal Hotel, Halifax.

In 1860, he was one of a number of publicans charged with the adulteration of their beer by using grains of paradise in brewing. He was fined £50. Renewal of his licence was challenged because his offence.

Druggist Richard Toone was charged and fined £125 for supplying the grains

Mortimer, Benjamin
[1807-1874] He married Mary [1806-18??].


  1. Edward
  2. Jane [b 1841]
  3. Herbert [b 1850]

The family lived at Upper Brunswick Street, Halifax [1851]

Mortimer, Bobbie
[1922-1945] Son of Agnes & Wilfred Mortimer. Born in Mytholmroyd.

He was a joiner.

In [Q1] 1943, he married Mary Helliwell in Todmorden.

They lived at Royd Crescent, Mytholmroyd.

During World War II, he served as a Leading Telegraphist with the Royal Navy.

He was reported missing and assumed to have died 20th March 1945 (aged 22).

He is remembered on a memorial in St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd, and in the book Royd Regeneration

Mortimer, Cyril
[1???-19??] He served in World War II.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland

Mortimer, Edward
[1791-1832] Son of Joseph Mortimer. He became a wire drawer.

He married Unknown.


  1. Matthew

Mortimer, Edward
[1846-1914] Son of Benjamin Mortimer.

He established Edward Mortimer Limited.

In 1913, he was one of the subscribers to The Old Halls & Manor Houses of Yorkshire.

In [Q1] 1871, he married Susannah Ellis [1846-1???] in Halifax.


  1. child who died young
  2. child who died young
  3. Kate [b 1872]
  4. Harry

The family lived at

Edward died suddenly [22nd June 1914].

See Halifax Cocoa House Company

Mortimer, Edward Frankland
[1917-1943] Son of Ellen & Harry Mortimer of Bradford.

He was educated at Crossley & Porter School & Leeds Tech / with the family business Edward Mortimer Limited.

During World War II, he enlisted with the Irish Guards [1940], then served as a Lieutenant with the 7th Gurkha Rifles.

He died 9th July 1943 (aged 26).

He was buried at Delhi War Cemetery, India [Grave Ref 4 G 10].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Crossley & Porter School, Halifax

Mortimer, Fred
[1880-1953] Son of Henry Mortimer.

He was a cloth-maker in a fustian mill at Hebden Bridge.

He began his musical career at the age of 16 as a cornet player in Hebden Bridge.

He became a well-known brass band musician and conductor. He is best known for his work with Foden's Motor Works Band. His wife -whom he met when they were working in the fustian mill at Hebden Bridge – was known as Our Sarah by the bandsmen.

In [Q3] 1901, he married Sarah Midgley in Todmorden.

Sarah was the daughter of John Midgley


  1. Harry
  2. Nellie
  3. Alec
  4. Marion
  5. Louie
  6. Rex

Many of the family were well-known musicians, brass band players and conductors.

In 1910, the family moved to Luton

Mortimer, Frederick Leonard
[1855-1???] Born in Bradford.

He was a grocer's assistant [1881] / a stoker at mill [1891] / a stationary fireman [1901] / an engine tenter [1911].

In 1877, he married Sarah Elizabeth Todd [1857-1???] in Bradford.

Sarah was born in Wilberforce, Yorkshire


  1. Albert Edward
  2. William Ernest [b 1891] who was a dye works labourer [1911]

The family lived at

  • 1 Bancroft's Terrace, Halifax [1881]
  • 10 Sutcliffe Street, Ovenden [1891]
  • 2 Sykes Terrace, Halifax [1901, 1911]

Living with them [in 1881] was nephew George H Mortimer [aged 1].

Living with them [in 1901] were boarders Edith Wilkinson [aged 19] (woollen spinner) and Elizabeth Jowett [aged 23] (woollen spinner).

Living with them [in 1911] was boarder Thomas A Crisp [aged 22] (general labourer) 

Mortimer, Harry
[1874-19??] Of South Grove, Halifax.

Son of Edward Mortimer.

Like his father, he also went into the printing business.

He was a manufacturing stationer [1911].

In 1904, he was one of the first people to be granted a motor cycle registration

Mortimer, Harry
[1901-1???] Son of Matthew Mortimer.

He took over from his father at Henry Mortimer & Sons

In [Q1] 1921, he married Florrie Pickles in Halifax.


  1. Tom [b 1921]
  2. Jean [b 1922]
  3. Alice M. [b 1925]
  4. Rex [b 1928]
  5. Joe [b 1929]
  6. Eileen [b 1935]
  7. Bernard [b 1936]
  8. Keith [b 1939]

3 of his sons became builders in Hebden Bridge

Mortimer, Sir Harry
[1902-1992] OBE, CBE.

Son of Fred Mortimer.

Distinguished composer, player and conductor of brass bands born in Hebden Bridge. He first joined Hebden Bridge band on 3rd Cornet when his father was band-master. He learned to play the cornet when he was eight, going on to fame as a famous cornet and trumpet player. In 1924, the Mortimer family moved to Sandbach, Cheshire. He conducted the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He was the brass and military music supervisor of the BBC. He received an OBE in the King's Birthday Honours List June 1950, and a CBE in the Queens Honours list for his contribution to music. He was knighted in 19??

He deputised for Arthur Laycock who had suffered burns in a domestic accident.

On 20th June 1927, he married (1) Annie Bullock (née Blisset) [1904-1984] from Cheshire.


  1. Brenda
  2. Margaret

The couple divorced in 1951.

In 1951, he married (2) Hilda Margaret Bailey [1917-1999].


  1. Martin Rupert Harry

Sir Harry died suddenly of heart failure.

See Black Dike Mills Brass Band and Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band

Mortimer, Henry
[1850-1907] Born in Scholes.

He married Susannah, daughter of Hezekiah Bentley. Children:

  1. Matthew
  2. Fred
  3. Luther

He lived at Keighley Road, Wadsworth [1905].

Henry and his sons established Henry Mortimer & Son

Mortimer, J. I.
[18??-19??] Partner in John Smith, Sons & Mortimer

Mortimer, Jack
[1910-1???] Son of Matthew Mortimer.

He took over from his father at Henry Mortimer & Sons

Mortimer, James
[1892-1916] Born in Bury.

He was a member of St Walburga's Catholic Church, Luddendenfoot / a spinner at Fairlea Mills, Luddendenfoot.

He lived at Milner Royd, Luddendenfoot.

During World War I, he enlisted [August 1914], and served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [1st March 1916] (aged 24).

He is remembered on Luddendenfoot War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Luddendenfoot Working Men's Club

Mortimer, John Cyril
[1898-1917] Son of Annie & Eli Mortimer of 11 Spring View, Luddendenfoot.

During World War I, he served as a Private with C Company 2nd/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 30th December 1917 (aged 19).

He was buried at Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Belgium [Grave Ref II E 3].

He is remembered on Luddendenfoot War Memorial

Mortimer, Joseph
[1747-1800] A wool weaver at Scholes.

He married Love Thomas.

Love was the daughter of Squire Thomas and the twin sister of Patience


  1. Thomas
  2. Sally
  3. Richard
  4. Marmaduke
  5. John who married [1831] Leah Kershaw and had a large family
  6. Mary
  7. Edward

Mortimer, Luther
[1882-19??] Son of Henry Mortimer.

He married Unknown.


  1. Jack

He was a partner in Henry Mortimer & Sons. After their father's death, he and his brother Matthew carried on the business

Mortimer, Matthew
[1827-1886] Son of Edward Mortimer. He became a stone mason.

In 1848, he married Eliza Hepworth at Hartshead. Children:

  1. Matthew Mortimer
  2. Henry Mortimer

Mortimer, Matthew
[1851-1905] Son of Matthew Mortimer

He married Unknown.


  1. Matthew H. [b 1877]

He lived at Stonehurst, Keighley Road, Wadsworth [1905].

He died in Scarborough.

See Henry Mortimer & Son

Mortimer, Matthew
[1873-1939] Son of Henry Mortimer.

He married Unknown.


  1. Harry

He was a partner in Henry Mortimer & Sons. After their father's death, he and his brother Luther carried on the business

Mortimer, Rex
[1911-1999] Son of Fred Mortimer.

Born in Luton.

He carried on as conductor of the Foden's Motor Works Band after his father's death. Under his aegis, the Band won the Brass Band Championship in 1964


Mortimer surname
There are over 20 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Mortimer, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Mortimer:

Marriage 1936

© Malcolm Bull 2019
Revised 16:29 /6th February 2019 / mmm89 / 25641

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