Mortimer ...

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Mortimer, Albert EdwardRef 384-455
[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, AlecRef 384-1454
[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, BenjaminRef 384-1758
[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, BenjaminRef 384-7720
[1808-1874] Born in Gildersome.

He was a joiner [1841, 1851, 1871].

In [Q4] 1839, he married Mary [1807-1874] in Halifax.

Mary was born in Halifax.

His wife was probably Mary Bates



  1. Jane [1841-9th November 1859] who was buried with her  parents
  2. Edward
  3. Herbert [b 1851]

They lived at

  • Upper Brunswick Street, Halifax (with woolsorter William  Bates [b 1814] who was probably Mary's brother) [1841]
  • Yard, 6 Upper Brunswick Street, Halifax [1851]
  • 1 Upper Brunswick Street, Halifax [1861]
  • 11 Upper Brunswick Street, Halifax [1871]

Benjamin died 29th January 1874 (aged 66).

Mary died 29th January 1874 (aged 67).

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3603]

Mortimer, BobbieRef 384-664
[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, CyrilRef 384-1507
[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, EdwardRef 384-1451
[1791-1832] Son of Joseph Mortimer. He became a wire drawer.

He married Unknown.

Child: Matthew

Mortimer, EdwardRef 384-493
[1846-1914] Son of Benjamin Mortimer.

Born in Halifax [21st July 1846].

He was a book sellers' clerk [1861].

He established a retail shop at 1 Silver Street, Hall End, Halifax; the building later became Webster's Mikado Café.

He sold printed items and fancy goods and publishing a Christmas catalogue each year.

The business became 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 [1846-1936] in Halifax.


  1. Kate [1872-1894]
  2. Harry
  3. Ernest [1876-1878]
  4. May [1880-1881]

They lived at

Edward died suddenly at home after enjoying an afternoon game of golf [22nd June 1914]. Earlier, he had told a friend that he never felt better in his life.

The Halifax Courier [27th June 1914] reported his death with a photograph.

Susannah died in 1936 (aged 90).

Members of the family were buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery.

See Halifax Cocoa House Company

Mortimer, Edward FranklandRef 384-736
[1916-1943] Son of Harry Mortimer.

Born 23rd July 1916.

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 he served as a Lieutenant with the 7th Gurkha Rifles.

He died in Srinagar, India [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, FredRef 384-687
[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 LeonardRef 384-454
[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]

They 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, HarryRef 384-762
[1874-1925] Of South Grove, Halifax.

Son of Edward Mortimer.

Born 14th March 1874.

Like his father, he also went into the printing business, joining his father in Edward Mortimer Limited.

He was a manufacturing stationer [1911].

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

In 1915, he married Ellen Frankland [1890-1966] in Bradford.

Ellen was born 15th September 1900


  1. Edward Frankland
  2. Philip [b 1925]

The family lived at 29 Savile Park Road.

Harry Mortimer died 29th April 1925 (aged 51).

Ellen died 3rd August 1966.

Members of the family were buried at Stoney Royd Cemetery

Mortimer, HarryRef 384-1577
[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 HarryRef 384-317
[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].

Child: 3. Martin Rupert Harry

Sir Harry died suddenly of heart failure [23rd January 1992].

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

Mortimer, HenryRef 384-900
[1850-1907] Born in Scholes.

He married Susannah, daughter of Hezekiah Bentley.


  1. Matthew
  2. Fred
  3. Luther

He lived at Keighley Road, Wadsworth [1905].

Henry and his sons established Henry Mortimer & Son

Mortimer, J. I.Ref 384-880
[18??-19??] Partner in John Smith, Sons & Mortimer

Mortimer, JackRef 384-1578
[1910-1???] Son of Matthew Mortimer.

He took over from his father at Henry Mortimer & Sons

Mortimer, JamesRef 384-244
[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, JohnRef 384-4
[18??-18??] He was a farmer in Horton, Bradford.

In 1831, he married Ellen Crossley [1803-1880] in Halifax.

Ellen was born in Halifax


  1. Ann Crossley [b 1832]
  2. Caroline [1835-1854]
  3. Agnes [1837-1855]
  4. Ellen [b 1839]

The children were born in Horton.

On 7th September 1842, Ellen married (2) William Navey.

The children () were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse with their mother and her second husband William Navey

Mortimer, John CyrilRef 384-1519
[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, JosephRef 384-1452
[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, LutherRef 384-1576
[1882-19??] Son of Henry Mortimer.

He married Unknown.

Child: Jack

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

Mortimer, MatthewRef 384-1450
[1827-1886] Son of Edward Mortimer. He became a stone mason.

In 1848, he married Eliza Hepworth at Hartshead.


  1. Matthew Mortimer
  2. Henry Mortimer

Mortimer, MatthewRef 384-901
[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, MatthewRef 384-1575
[1873-1939] Son of Henry Mortimer.

He married Unknown.

Child: Harry

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

Mortimer, RexRef 384-1453
[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, SamuelRef 384-3
[1832-1???] Born in Stainland.

He was a wool sorter [1871] / a wool sorter (woollen cloth) [1881].

Around 1859, he married Eliza [1838-1???].

Eliza was born in Stainland


  1. Edwin [b 1859] who was a mill hand [1871], a woollen  warper [1881]
  2. Benjamin [b 1861] who was a mill hand [1871], a painter  [1881]
  3. Thomas [b 1863] who was a woollen hand [1881]
  4. Alice [b 1866] who was an unemployed [1881]
  5. Sidney 12 [b 1869] who was a cotton piecer [1881]
  6. John [b 1871] who was a cotton piecer [1881]
  7. Samuel
  8. Walter [b 1875]
  9. Martha [b 1879]

They lived at

  • Stainland [1871]
  • Forester's Row, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1881]

Mortimer, SamuelRef 384-2
[1872-1924] Son of Samuel Mortimer.

Born in Stainland.

He was a cotton spinner [1901, 1911].

In [Q4] 1896, he married Harriet Swallow [1875-1968] in Halifax.

Harriet was born in Doncaster


  1. Nora [1897-1st June 1960] who was a worsted spinner  [1911] & married [Halifax Q4 1924] Alfred Allinson [1895-20th  July 1957] – the couple were buried with Nora's parents
  2. John [b 1901]
  3. Doris [b 1903]
  4. Mildred [b 1908]

They lived at

  • Westgate, Stainland-with Old Lindley [1901]
  • South Parade, Stainland [1911]

Samuel died 18th August 1924 (aged 52).

Harriet died 16th January 1968 (aged 93).

Members of the family were buried at Providence Congregational Church, Stainland [Grave Ref: S3/502]


Mortimer surnameRef 384-1
There are 28 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


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