My great-grandmother Sarah ‘Sallie’ E Halliday was born in 1863 in Leeds, the youngest child of Thomas Halliday and Mary Ann Howe.
In her day Sallie was considered a great beauty. Her father, a commissioning agent, seems to have done alright for himself as he was able to provide her with the opportunity to enjoy music, a talent she inherited from her mother and in turn passed down to her own family.
The 1901 census finds her as a tailoress, sewing edges. The following year she married my great-grandfather Michael Brown at the Church of St John the Evangelist in Leeds. Michael was a postman and army reservist who later fought in some of the major battles of the first world war and kept his love of the army all his life.
They had a son together 3 years later, William, who inherited his mother’s talent for music but not his father’s fighting skills, as a near-miss with a grenade shows (when one falls in your trench you’re best throwing it out the trench, not high up in the air directly above you!).
© Text copyright Lynne Black 5 September 2014
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