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Born: 1880
Died: 3 September 1917
Buried: Achiet le Grand Communal Cemetery Extension
Address: 19 Westgate, Baildon
Parents: Mary Ann
Occupation: Quarryman (1911)
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Baildon Moravian Church; Baildon
Regiment: Duke of Wellington’s West Riding
John Hanniford
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There are a number of variations on John’s surname - Hanniford, Haniford, Haniforth, Hannaford and, in his military records, Anniford. John was born in 1880 and his mother was Mary Ann Haniford. She married William Halliday on 12th April 1887 at baildon Parish Church. She was 27 years old and the daughter of John Hanniford, delver; William Halliday was 27, a carter driver and the son of Benjamin Halliday, labourer.
The 1891 census has the family living at 7 Westgate, Baildon where we find: William Halliday, 32, cart driver (in 1901 and 1911, given as coal merchant) Mary Ann Halliday John Haniforth 10 Mary Halliday 3 Ruth Halliday 1. In both 1901 and 1911 census, with the family living at 19 Westgate, John is given as John Halliday,
although in the latter census his name is crossed through. We know, however, that this is definitely the man we are looking for because on 12 October 1917 the Shipley Times & Express included the following notice in its Births, Marriages and Deaths column: Hanniford - Pte J Hanniford, only son of Mr and Mrs W Halliday, Westgate, Baildon, died from pneumonia in France 23rd September 1917, aged 37 years.
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Thanks to Tish and Mike Lawson for their help in unravelling this complex story
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