Walter Abram

Walter Abram was born in  1896 in Northamptonshire. The 1891 census shows him living at 75, Lower Hester Street, Northampton, Kingsthorpe and the 1901 census, aged 14 at Station Road, Earl’s Barton. His occupation is shown as a shoe machine operative.

Northampton Mercury: 21 July 1916

In July 1916 a piece appeared in the Northampton Mercury which records that Walter had written to my great great grandparents advising he was in hospital at Didsbury suffering from shell shock, having enlisted in in 1914 and going to France in 1915.  

Walter and Mabel.

I believe that Walter married his wife Mabel in 1920 and on the 1939 register they can be found living together at Rusholme Northampton Road, Earl’s Barton. Walter’s occupation is recorded as a puller over in the boot trade.





Violet May

Violet May Abram was the youngest child of my great great grandparents Charles and Emily. She was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire in 1907. Emily lived into her nineties and daughter Violet lived to celebrate her 100th birthday in 2006.

Violet May Abram.

After the war, my great grandfather Charlie and his wife Milly May settled in England but other family members went to Australia.  Aged 18, Violet went too, leaving from London on 31 December 1924 and arriving in Melbourne, Australia on 9 February 1925.  They sailed aboard the Ship Esperance Bay on it’s maiden voyage, with 268 others. The ship was later turned into a battle ship in the Second World War and sunk. 

Passenger list.

Five years later, in 1930, Violet married Hugh Smith Wilson in Victoria, Australia. 

Violet & Hugh

Emily Hutchings

My great great grandmother Emily Hutchings was born in Birmingham on 7 April 1861. Emily was the daughter  of William Hutchings and Amelia Underwood. Beginning in 1881 and ending in 1907, Emily is believed to have had thirteen children (see post titled ‘The pommie mafia’.)  by the age of 20 she was married and had her first child.



Emily can first be found on the 1871 census, aged ten, living at East Street, St Andrew Priory, Northampton, with her parents. William and Amelia are recorded as tailors but their birth place is not known. Emily is shown to have a sister, Mary J and two brothers, Alfred and William.


In 1881 Emily can be found at 12, William Street, Northampton. Aged 20, she is married to Charles Abram and they have a son named Francis G.  Emily is recorded as a shoe fitter.


The Abram family can be found on the 1891 census living at Great Holme Street, Leicester. Emily is now aged 30 and along with Francis G, she now has six other children – Joseph C (my great grandfather), Amelia A, Theresa, William and Albert V.  


In 1901, the family are back in Northampton at 75, Lower Hester Street. Another four children have joined the family – Alfred, Louis, Walter and Kathleen.


Emily can be found on the 1911 census at Station Road, Earl’s Barton, Northamptonshire.  Another three children have joined the family – Rose, Reginald James and violet May.


Charles and Emily can also be found on the 1939 register, living alone at 77 Station Road, Earls Barton.  Emily’s occupation is given as unpaid domestic duties and Charles is recorded as a pensioner.

On paper, Emily’s life may look unspectacular but she lived through significant events such as the invention of television and radio, the suffragette movement, the death of Queen Victoria and her son King Edward VII, the sinking of the Titantic, the Spanish flu, two world wars, the creation of the BBC, women getting the vote, the first talkie, the discovery of penicillin, the Wall Street crash, the first Penguin paperbacks going on sale, the death of George V and the abdication of Edward VIII, the establishment of the NHS, the publication of George Orwell’s 1984, the death of George V and the succession of Elizabeth II. After the second world war, a number of her children emigrated to Australia including her daughter Violet who was just 18 at the time. Emily sent the photo above to Violet many year letter, on the reverse it read,  ‘What do you think of a face like this at 90’? She died in 1952 at the grand old age of 91.