Cragghill


William Cragghill (1849-1927)

  • born at Hawkshead, Lancashire
  • married Ellen Butler (1849-1894) in 1870
  • railway engine fireman in 1871 living at Tebay, Westmorland
  • railway engine driver in 1881 living at 14 Church Terrace, Orton
  • railway engine driver in 1891 living at 19 Helmside, Oxenholme
  • first wife Ellen died in 1894
  • married Catherine White (1857-1920) in 1896
  • son Alexander killed in WW1 1918
  • second wife Catherine died suddenly of heart failure on 22 November 1920 while getting a shovel of coal
  • William died 23 October 1927
  • probate Carlisle 1927 to Richard Cragghill schoolmaster and Frederick Cragghill engine driver
  • effects £1,055 9s 2d

William and Ellen had eleven children, four of whom emigrated to Australia in 1913:

  • Richard James Cragghill (1871-1949) – see further information below
  • Alice Cragghill (1875-1954) – remained a spinster – lived at Ashville, Oxenholme
  • Hannah Mary Cragghill (1876-1944) – emigrated to Australia 11 September 1913 – later returned – lived at Ashville, Oxenholme – died at 4 Natland Terrace, Oxenholme
  • Ellen Cragghill (1880-?)
  • William Cragghill (1881-1882)
  • James Cragghill (1883-1961) – a hairdresser – emigrated to Australia 11 September 1913
  • Frederick Cragghill (1885-1949) – see further information below
  • Clara Cragghill (1887-1893)
  • Maria ‘Ria’ Cragghill (1888-1956) – emigrated to Australia 11 September 1913 – married Frank Crouch
  • Robert Cragghill (1891-1972)‘Robin’ Cragghill married Eleanor Brackenbury (1893-1981) and they had one son Ronald Cragghill (1913-1988)
  • Thomas Cragghill (1893-1958) – a cooper – emigrated to Australia 11 September 1913 – enlisted with Australian Imperial Force 30 May 1916 – suffered gas poisoning in 1917
cragghill emigrations 11.09.1913 otranto london to sydney

Extract from the passeneger manifest for the Otranto which departed London for Sydney on 11 September 1913

William and Catherine had two sons:

  • Harold Cragghill (1898-1929) – see further information below
  • Alexander Cragghill (1899-1918) – see further information below

Richard James Cragghill (1871-1949)

  • born at Tebay in 1871
  • lived at 19 Helmside, Oxenholme in 1891
  • assistant schoolmaster in 1891
  • married Mary Amelia Porter (1872-1950) in 1896
  • became a schoolmaster at Cartmell Fell in 1901
  • lived at Shanty Cottage, Cartmel

James Cragghill’s …”wife taught the girls needlework and cookery. Fortunately for posterity, Mr Cragghill was a keen photographer in collaboration with the curate, Thomas Price. They recorded everyday life and death on the fell, including portraits of dead infants. There was even trick photography, where the same people appeared on both sides of the picnic spread. By the beginning of the First World War, the school was bursting at the seams and a new classroom was added for the infants and a second teacher appointed. The school log-books survive and create a window into the daily activities – from bee-keeping, attendance and disorder, to rules for egg-collecting.”   Extracted from The Westmorland Gazette, Wednesday 28 October 2009

  • retired in 1931 and moved to Kendal
  • lived at Ravensbarrow, 171 Burneside Road, Kendal
  • died 29 May 1949
  • probate Carlisle 27 September 1949 to Mary Amelia Cragghill widow
  • effects £1,751 5s 8d

Frederick Cragghill (1885-1949)

  • born in 1885
  • known as Fred
  • followed in his father’s footsteps as a railway engine driver
  • married Alice Haythornthwaite (1886-1954) of 2 Helmside, Oxenholme in 1911
  • lived at Ashville, Oxenholme
  • died 27 September 1949
  • buried at St. Mark’s Church, Natland
  • headstone inscribed “In loving memory of Frederick Cragghill who died Sept. 27th 1949 aged 64 years. Also of Alice Cragghill who died July 13th 1954 aged 68 years. Reunited.”
  • probate Carlisle 6 January 1950 to Henry Wheeler Dobson solicitor
  • effects £2,612 11s 9d

Frederick and Alice had two children:

  • Marjorie Cragghill (1912-1992)
  • Gilbert Cragghill  (1916-2000)

Harold Cragghill (1898-1929)

  • born in 1898
  • married Christina Mary Robinson (1894-1975) in 1923
  • lived at 21 Bolefoot, Oxenholme
  • died 17 May 1929 at the Westmorland County Hospital, Kendal
  • administration Carlisle to Christina Mary Cragghill widow
  • effects £150 19s

Harold and Christina had one son:

  • Geoffrey Alexander Cragghill (1928-1998) – lived at Kenilworth, Holly Road, Windermere – became a lecturer at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester – a Scholarship Trust is named after him

“I loved my time at Cirencester and there were some dynamic and eccentric members of the teaching staff such as Garner, Jacobs and Cragghill who stand out very clearly in my recollection.”  Christopher Lyons, 2009 who studied Estate Management in 1972


Alexander Cragghill (1899-1918)

  • born in 1899
  • lived at 19 Helmside, Oxenholme
  • served as a Private with the 13th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
  • died on 28 March 1918 during the First Battle of Arras
  • name recorded on the Arras Memorial, France and on the original plaque of the Natland memorial

The end?

  • nobody with the surname Cragghill appeared in the Electoral Rolls for England & Wales 2002-2014 [Findmypast search 20 October 2015]

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