The wails of the newborn babe reverberate through the ward and down the passage of the Leeds Maternity Hospital, Hyde Street, Yorkshire, England as Marie (Ogilvie) Crout gives birth to her first, and only son, Harry Scarborough Crout.
Over the years I’ve looked at dad’s treasured Birth Certificate and wondered why a child born on 4 March 1912, in Yorkshire, was not delivered at home? C. Lovegrove comments on “Leodis“,
“I believe this maternity hospital took the ladies who
were likely to have difficult births.”
Maybe this is the explanation. Further weight is given to this supposition when we learn that Marie temporarily re-located from her home in Shipley for the birth. There on dad’s Birth Certificate is her address:
“10 Meanwood Street, Leeds”
Curious about this house… dad’s first home, I did a search of the Leodis data base and was delighted to discover three photos taken, from different vantage points, before being demolished to make way for new road works. Great excitement when the photos arrived. It’s like touching the past. My daughter, and I, went over them with a magnifying glass and decided that Marie’s abode at 10 Meanwood Street was on the left, at the rear of the building.
Always questioning, I wondered why she stayed in this particular house?… Was it the home of friends, or maybe relatives? The 1901 UK Census showed that eleven years earlier, Marie’s mum, dad and 5 younger siblings were living at 34 Servia Road, so seemed unlikely to be the family home. I let the question go and turned my attention to other matters.
A year, or so, later “the house in Leeds” became a matter of interest again. Delighted to be in contact with an Ogilvie 2nd cousin, from Leeds, I mentioned that my dad always said he had cousins in Western Australia but I had no idea who they were or where they were likely to be living. Finding them was especially complicated because it seemed their mum was a sister of Marie Ogilvie. Was it a sister who emigrated? If so, who was that sister? Did she marry? If she married, what was her new name? When did she come? … All were questions I’d mused over throughout the years, then John passed on one bit of information which changed everything. He recalled that the relative was female and moved to Western Australia before WW1. Sadly he believed it unlikely she ever knew that her brother John had been killed in the War.
Well, that provided a time frame and certainly focused the attention. Remembering that the 1911 UK Census had recently been released, I did a search to find out where members of the Ogilvie family were living in 1911, the year before dad’s birth, and there it was at last! … The answer to that ongoing and perplexing question was sitting there, shining like a sparkling jewel, just waiting to be picked up.
When Marie (Ogilvie) Crout gave birth to my dad, at Leeds Maternity Hospital, she was temporarily living with her widowed mum, sisters Maggie Ogilvie and Lucy Bartle, brother-in-law Walter Bartle and 4 year old nephew, Leslie Ogilvie, in the 5 roomed home at 10 Meanwood Street, Leeds. Whooo Hooo!!!… puzzle solved at long last.
Further research revealed that 8 months later Maggie married John Henry Baxter. They migrated to Western Australia the following year with John travelling on ahead and Maggie arriving at Fremantle, aboard the SS “Otrantra”, on 14 Oct 1913 but that’s another wonderful story to be told on another day.
Many thanks to my cousin for sharing his precious morsel of info which enabled the sidestepping of that particular “brick wall”. It never fails to amaze how such seemingly inconsequential “rememberings” can make a huge difference when re-constructing the events of yesteryear.
Thanks also to Leeds City Council and the Leeds Library & Information Service for “Leodis”, its photographic archive of Leeds. Containing 52,000 new and old images it’s a joyous treasure house to those, especially from across the seas, who are researching Family History.
SOURCES: “Leodis” http://www.leodis.net
1901 UK Census
1911 UK Census
(c) Copyright. 2012. C.A.Crout-Habel. Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family