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1870 Fred Birchall, born in Stalybridge, Lancs, son of James Birchall, a mechanic, and his wife Elizabeth
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.
He rose through the ranks to become Manager. He then went to work for brass founders Mckay in Glasgow.
1895 Married Rachel Monkman in Yorkshire
1901 Manager of a brass works, living in Wheatley, Yorks, with Rachel 28, Winifred 4, Eleanor 10 months
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
1947 Retired from Peglers