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Fred Birchall

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1870 Fred Birchall, born in Stalybridge, Lancs, son of James Birchall, a mechanic, and his wife Elizabeth[1]

The family moved to Yorkshire

c.1883 Fred started work aged 13 at the Hexthorpe Brass and Iron works in Doncaster where he gained experience as a brass founder.

1891 Living in Balby with Hexthorpe, a clerk, with his mother Elizabeth 46, Martha 18, June 13, Andrew 11, Lirrie 8[2]

He rose through the ranks to become Manager.

1895 Married Rachel Monkman in Yorkshire[3]

Fred went to work for brass founders Mackay/Mckay in Glasgow.

c.1899 Met Frank Pegler who agreed to put up the money for Fred to start a new operation to supply Pegler's merchandising company. This became Pegler Brothers and Co Ltd

1901 Manager of a brass works, living in Wheatley, Yorks, with Rachel 28, Winifred 4, Eleanor 10 months[4]

1911 Manager of brass works, makers of engineers and plumbers brass cocks, valves and fittings; living in Wheatley, Doncaster with Rachel 38, Winifred Doris 14, Eleanor 10, Fred Leslie 6[5]

1947 Retired from Peglers


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Paris records
  2. 1891 census
  3. BMD
  4. 1901 census
  5. 1911 census
  • The Pegler-Hattersley Group. An historical review 1871-1971, by Hubert C. Nicholson, 1974