Willingale One Name Study
 Willingale Family Tree

Robert Heber Willingale

Robert Heber Willingale

Male 1873 - 1938  (65 years)

Personal Information    |    Media    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Robert Heber Willingale 
    Born 11Jun 1873  Dalton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 14 Nov 1873  St John the Baptist, Kirkheaton, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1881  Dalton Green, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1891  Dalton Green, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1901  15 Batley Street, Dalton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1901 
    Gas Engineer's Cashier 
    Census 1911  46 Victoria Street, Moldgreen, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 9 Aug 1938  Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 65 years 
    Buried Almondbury Cemetery, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Person ID I1362  Willingale One Name Study
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2020 

    Father Ancestors Thomas Willingale
              b. 2 Feb 1849, Canal Bank, Dewsbury, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 Jul 1920, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Ann Elizabeth Newhill
              b. 1845, Dalton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Feb 1925, Dalton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F0453  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Gibson
              b. 1870, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 15 Jan 1965, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 1897  Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Charles Willingale
              b. 28 Jan 1898, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 2 Aug 1973, Epping, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Married: 1x2. Harold Willingale
              b. 2 Oct 1899, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1981, Blackpool, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +3. Phyllis Elizabeth Willingale
              b. 29 Jul 1902, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1946, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    +4. Thomas Willingale
              b. 20 Oct 1906, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 28 Jun 1979, Carlisle, Cumbria Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Family ID F0454  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11Jun 1873 - Dalton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 14 Nov 1873 - St John the Baptist, Kirkheaton, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1881 - Dalton Green, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1891 - Dalton Green, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1897 - Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Charles Willingale - 28 Jan 1898 - Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Harold Willingale - 2 Oct 1899 - Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1901 - 15 Batley Street, Dalton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Phyllis Elizabeth Willingale - 29 Jul 1902 - Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Thomas Willingale - 20 Oct 1906 - Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1911 - 46 Victoria Street, Moldgreen, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Aug 1938 - Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend Address Location Church Parish or Cemetery Registration District Town/City/Village County State/Province Country Region Cant Locate Not Set

  • Photos
    Water Colour Artist
    Water Colour Artist
    We have recently been contacted by a Peter Boylan, who has in his possession ten watercolour paintings by a Thomas Willingale of Huddersfield. (Not the same Thomas who saved Epping Forest). These paintings date from the 1880's and 1890's. One of Thomas paintings shows a woman walking down a country lane in front of a large ramshackle cottage, the detail in the painting is extraordinary.

    On the back of one of the paintings was this picture, which we assume is either Thomas Willingale or his son Robert. Can anyone confirm who is in this picture? We would also like to know if Thomas painted any other pictures?

    The WFS have had this photo dated, the report is as follows:

    In some ways this is the most intriguing photograph, not least of all because of where it was found. Old photographs turn up in all sorts of unexpected places and this may have been tucked behind the frame of the painting at any time from its creation in the 1880s/1890s onwards. It need not necessarily date from the same period as the painting, nor need it have any direct connection with the painting itself. The photograph must, though, have belonged to somebody who once owned or looked after the painting. If more is known about the provenance of the painting, who owned it and where it hung in the past, this might well suggest the family or the home in which the photograph originated.

    As regards dating the image, again this is difficult, partly because there is no visible background or obvious context in which to place it. Close-up shots became especially popular amongst professional photographers during the 1920s and 1930s, though I canít tell whether this is a professional or amateur photograph. Dating the dress is slightly tricky too because of the limited view of this young man, and furthermore the exact details of his clothing are not very clear. That said, as far as I can tell he is either wearing a white jersey with a collar, or a white shirt without a jacket. Either way, this suggests a 20th century, rather than 19th century date. Comfortable jersey-type garments were worn in the late-19th century by some workmens (eg fishermen) and sportsmen but they did not enter regular dress until the early 1900s or later. By the 1920s they were common as casual wear, and especially as school and play clothes for boys, and often had a collar and sometimes even a tie built in. If this is a shirt, however, the soft-looking collar with points (as opposed to a starched collar with rounded edges) indicates a date at least in the mid-1910s. So we are definitely looking at a 20th century image, possibly late-1910s or 1920s in date, but perhaps later.

    What strikes me most is his unusual cap. This is difficult to determine exactly but fitting closely to the head and worn fairly well back on the head, it looks most like a skull cap, similar to the kippah (Hebrew) or yarmulke (Yiddish) worn by some Jewish men from the age of 13, following the Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Skull caps donít always denote a Jewish wearer, but in a 20th century western context they are otherwise rare. This man may be a little more than a boy, I should say in his late teens, judging from his clean shaven face, though, again, by the mid-late 1910s many young men were in any case going completely clean shaven. A hairless face was the prevailing fashion for young men from the post WW1 period until the 1960s when hippie styles favoured a beard for a time, another feature which suggests a date well into the 20th century for this photograph.

    It would certainly be interesting to identify this boy or man and the history of the painting may provide a clue, but otherwise, unless further information comes to light, he may remain a mystery.
    Robert Heber Willingale
    Robert Heber Willingale

    Headstones
    James Willingale Headstone
    James Willingale Headstone
    Also mentions Robert Heber Willingale and his wife Lizzie

  • Sources 
    1. [S30853] Ancestry.