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Benjamin Issac Wilfred Darby

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Benjamin Issac Wilfred Darby (1862-1945), Gun Maker of 55 Weaman Street, Birmingham

1862 Born the son of Benjamin Darby, a Gun Maker, and his wife Eliza. Benjamin's father Isaac Darby was also a Gun Maker.

1881 Living at 10 Phillips Street, Aston: Benjamin Darby (age 45 born Birmingham), Gun Finisher. With his wife Eliza Darby (age 49 born Birmingham) and their four children; Wilfred Darby (age 19 born Birmingham), Gun Screwer; Charles Darby (age 14 born Birmingham), Printer; Edgar Darby (age 11 born Birmingham); and Elizabeth Darby (age 9 born Birmingham). Also his nephew Thomas Gibons (age 17 born Birmingham). [1]

1883 Married at Aston to Fanny Crisp

1901 Living at 464 Slade Road, Erdington: Wilfred Darby (age 38 born Birmingham), Gun maker - own account. With his two children Victoria Darby (age 14 born Aston) and George Darby (age 9 born Aston).[2]

1912 Bought the lease of 55 Weaman Street

1945 April 15th. Died Benjamin Issac Wilfred Gee Darby of York House, Nostell Road, Ryhill, Wakefield. Probate to Fanny Victoria Winifred Darby, Spinster.


Benjamin Issac Wilfred Darby but known as Wilfred. After over 25 years service in the South Staffordshire Regiment he set up his gun business. He had been a armourer Sergeant. In 1912 he bought the lease of 55 Weaman Street. The family history is during the spring / summer he went from Birmingham to the south west taking orders for shotguns and then returned to make up the guns in Weaman Street.

During the 1914 / 1918 war he enlisted as a reservist in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment . After the war he continued his gun business in Weaman Street until the early 1920's. He then sold the business to the Midland Gun Co, Bath Street, Birmingham. He bought some land in Ryhill, Wakefield and had a house built there, where he moved to with his daughter.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. 1901 census
  3. 20200229RD