Richard Durham, known as Dick, was born on the 14th of August 1900 the son of Levi Durham and Eliza Hannah Smith. His parents had married at St Wilfrid, Calverley on the 25th December 1897. At the time of his marriage Levi was 19 years of age a greengrocer living in Windhill. Eliza Hannah was also 19 years of age, living in Windhill.The Durham family had close links with the Windhill Methodist Chapel. Their first child Ivy was born in 1898, Lupton in 1899 and
then Richard was born in 1900. Both Ivy and Lupton died soon after birth leaving Richard as an only child.By 1901 Levi was serving a prison sentence in Armley jail. Eliza and Richard were living with Levi’s parents Jonas and Malinva and their very large extended family at Glen View, Thackley Old Road. In 1911 the family were living at 10 Wellington Street, Eccleshill and Levi was now working as a bricklayer builder.
On the 9th of November of that year Eliza was committed to HM Prison, Wakefield for being drunk. Her description reads 32 years of age, 5 foot 3 inches in height with brown hair and her occupation is shown as Blayer. Her sentence was a fine of 10/5d or seven days imprisonment. Someone paid 5/7d on her behalf and she was released on the 10th November.On the 27th of July 1917 Richard enlisted at the age of 16 years as a
Royal Navy volunteer and became Ordinary Seaman Z/13133 but he died from disease on the 9th of October 1918 whilst stationed at the Royal Naval Depot, Crystal Palace. He was 18 years of age and his parents were living at 64 Stonehall Road, Eccleshill. Richard was buried in the family grave at Windhill Methodist Cemetery on the 10th of October 1918 where his sister Ivy was also buried.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thank