Arthur (top left), Alfred William (seated) and Harry Douglas
(on the right) were photographed by William Harvey Barber
some time between 1895 and 1900. The three boys were the sons of Alfred
Henry Douglas and his wife Ellen (nee Challand) who had married
at St Mary the Virgin Southwell on 14 June 1881.
Alfred Henry was the Manager of Smedley's Hydro and Ellen was
the sister of Henry Challand, also to become a Smedley's employee.
Ellen was a school teacher before she married and met Alfred
Douglas when he went to buy wool for Smedleys Mills.
Their eldest son, Harry, was born in Matlock on the 17th July
1882, followed by Alfred William (known as Billy) on 12th March
1884 and lastly Arthur on 22nd December 1886;
the family were living on Chesterfield Road in 1891.
The boys' father died in August 1893 and
their mother went on to marry Harry Bramah at the Congregational
Chapel on Matlock Bank in 1900. This was the church the Douglas
family who remained in Matlock were associated with for many years.
Ellen's second husband was the eldest son of Henry Bramah, of
the firm Bramah and Sons of Fargate, Sheffield and the two younger
boys moved to Sheffield to live with their mother and stepfather
whilst Harry remained in Matlock with Henry Challand.
Unfortunately for Ellen, her second marriage did not last long
as Harry Bramah died on 7 December 1902, aged 45.
Ellen subsequently returned to Matlock to live with her sister
at Norrisdene on Imperial Road.
Of the three sons Harry was the only one to continue to live and
work in Matlock.
After he married Sarah Platts in January 1910 Billy
move to Workington in Cumberland where he was initially an inspecting
engineer but by 1939 was a "Civil Servant Junior
Assistant Engineer P.R.I.B.A. A.M.I.M.E. Crown Agent For The Colonies".
According to his niece, Peggy, his job was testing steel. Billy
and Cissie had eight children.
Arthur became an Electrical Engineer and worked in Newcastle Upon
Tyne before the First World War.
Harry and Arthur Douglas,
late 1914-early 1915
The second photograph was taken either at the beginning of the First
World War or perhaps in early 1915. Harry Douglas had been in the
Territorial Force Reserve but was to join the Sherwood Foresters
in 1914 and is wearing the uniform of Second Lieutenant (see next
page). The Territorial Force Imperial Service Badge is pinned
above the right breast pocket. Arthur enlisted in the Royal Marines
in London on 24 September 1914; he became a Sapper and part of the
Royal Marines Divisional Engineers at Deal but was discharged in
August 1916 as he was to return to munition work.
He married Minnie Wood after the war and continued to work as an
Electrical Engineer on the Administrative side.
Their mother remained in Matlock where she passed away on 8