The Kidds Are Not All Right

George Richard KIDD and Elizabeth WRIGHT were mentioned in despatches only a couple of days ago and today is their wedding anniversary. They married in Goole Parish Church in 1880 and they may have welcomed a daughter into their lives with the birth of Sarah Isabella in the September quarter of 1881. When the numerator called at Stanley Street, Hook, earlier in the year, Elizabeth said her husband was away at sea. There is a death registration for George Richard in Goole in 1888 at age 31 – a year or two adrift. I have not been able to follow Sarah Isabella but The Register in 1939 has an octogenarian Elizabeth Kidd in Selby, just a short distance from the place our mariner’s widow was born.

Harold ABBOTT served with the Royal Armoured Service Corps (Motor Transport) in the Great War. He was seriously wounded and one of his legs had to be amputated. In 1921 he was a Cycle Dealer, enumerated at 3a West Avenue with Alice Ann née WATKINSON and two children, Harold Emslie, 5, and Nellie Doreen, 1. Harold’s last address was 21 Belle Vue Crescent.

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Frederick Lister REEKIE was a vocalist and comedian. Born in London, he had five children with his first wife Emma Caroline HARRISON. Four were born beside the seaside – Bournemouth, Brighton and Christchurch – so it isn’t really surprising he fetched up in Filey after Emma’s death in 1923. He joined Andie CAINE’s troupe of Pierrots and in 1925 married Margery Annie CAPPLEMAN, a Filey woman somewhat younger than himself.

Lister Reekie as a Filey Pierrot, the early 1920s

When Lister’s career as an entertainer ended, he turned to journalism. As the driving force behind The Filey News, he must have made some sort of living but perhaps had other interests to make ends meet.

Margery Reekie married Dennis O’DONNELL in 1957.

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