Orrel Whitehead was born on the 12th February 1878, the son of Joseph Whitehead and Alice Kay. Joseph and Alice were married at St. Peter, Bolton in 1871. Orrel was only 2 years old when his mother died, and it seems probable that his father got into trouble at around that time. The 1881 Census has a return for a Joseph Whitehead in prison in Knutsford, Cheshire. (Although the return says that this Joseph was born in Edgworth, Cheshire, it gives his trade as a wheelwright, which is correct for Orrel’s father.) In 1891 Joseph is listed at the end of the Edgworth entries as a widower and a vagrant of no fixed abode. Joseph died in 1900.
Service Number: 17/30944
Date of Birth: 1878
Date of Death: 1916
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