Notable professional people in Hartlepool.
Picture of two men with the name Tommy Trechmann on the back. Unfortunately, it doesn't say which one he is. Tommy is possibly the son of Charles Otto Trechmann, a Hartlepool businessman and a geologist.
The two men look so similar that there is every likelihood that they are father and son.The older man has what looks like a hammer of sorts in his jacket pocket so this could be Charles Otto Trechmann.
Further research has revealed a further picture of Charles Otto Trechmann on this site.
It appears to be the same man.More detail »
Sir Cuthbert Sharp was born in 1781 in Hartlepool to parents Cuthbert and Susannah. He was baptised in St Hilda's Church. Cuthbert married Elizabeth Croudace at Edinburgh on 8th October 1811. He died aged 68 at Newcastle in 1849.
He is known in particular for his History of Hartlepool published in 1816 and still in print today.More detail »
Jacob Cyrus Bowlt was born in 1882. Before WW1, he worked at Durham Paper Mills and was a musician in the Imperial Lads' Brigade. He also became a plater at Furness Withy.
The spirit of adventure took Cyrus to Canada where he worked his passage on a cattle boat and settled for a while in Saskatoon. In World War 1, he enlisted with the Durham Royal Garrison Artillery as first a bombadier and then as cook at Hartlepool Officers' mess.
After World War 1, he began his 25 year tenure as West Hartlepool mace bearer and caretaker of the Municipal Buildings in Church Square and he was held in great esteem by members of the council.
He formed an orchestra which played in every Hartlepool church and chapel. In retirement, he became secretary of Owton Manor Old People's Club.
There is an oil painting of Cyrus Bowlt, who died at 83 in 1965, in Hartlepool Civic Centre.More detail »
Douglas Ferriday, who was the town’s last non-elected mayor, from 2001-2002.
A year after his mayoral term, Mr Ferriday was given another honour, when he was elected as leader and chairman of the Conservative group on Hartlepool Borough Council, having been the group’s secretary for 20 years.
The retired photographer and historian joined the local authority in 1970 and during his time, represented the Grange and Rift House wards.
After 34 years’ service as a councillor, he was later given Hartlepool’s highest civic honour, when he became an Alderman in 2010.
In a 1989 Hartlepool Mail article featuring a profile of Mr Ferriday, his commitment and membership of many community organisations was hailed as a “Who’s Who of the caring society”.
He had been founder member of Hartlepool Civic Society, chairman of the Cleveland Committee of the North Eastern Electricity Consultative Council, a board member of the Cleveland Buildings Preservation Trust, press officer for Hartlepool Art Club, a member of the management committees of Hartlepool People and Hartlepool Citizen’s Advice Bureau and was also active in the Hartlepool Council of Voluntary Service.
Mr Ferriday, who served with the Army as an 18-year-old in Belsen, in Germany, was also chairman of Rift House Ward, an executive of the Hartlepool Conservative Association, on the Police Liaison Panel for Hartlepool and also found time to write numerous books.More detail »
George Physick Kingsley Gallimore was for many years principal of Rosebank High School in Elwick Road and lived in an apartment in Ambleside Manor which was also used as the senior department of the school. He lived with his sister. His preferred Christian name was Kingsley which had possibly been his mother's or aunt's maiden name.
He was originally called George Gallimore Physick and on 13th March 1929, with an address of Dane Croft, Grosvenor Gardens Newcastle under Lyme Staffordshire and an occupation as schoolmaster, he changed his name by deed poll to George Physick Kingsley Gallimore. This was thereafter the name by which he was known. The reason for this change is unclear.
Gallimore was a J.P. and also involved in local politics, being Mayor of Hartlepool in 1969.
He was possibly from the Stoke on Trent area originally.More detail »
Pattison became curate of Holy Trinity Church in 1885 to assist The vicar, John Lawson, whose health was beginning to fail. Pattison left in October 1890 after John Lawson's death. He moved to Darlington and became curate of St James Church in Stockton. In 1906 he became vicar of St John's Chapel in Weardale where he remained until his retirement in 1925.
In 1887, while in Seaton Carew, Pattison took up photography as a hobby and by 1888 had become quite prolific. His photos leave a wonderful legacy of ordinary people and places of his era. In the 1970's his daughter, Catherine, donated his collection of photos and glass plate negatives to Bowes Museum so that they could be enjoyed by everyone.
The images, besides showing us how our ancestors lived are also an aid to family history as many of his images were described with places and names.More detail »
Reg Smythe was born in Hartlepool on July 10th, 1917, the son of Richard Oliver Smyth, a shipyard worker, and his wife Florence (née Pearce). He attended Galley's Field School in Hartlepool, but left when he was fourteen to take a job as a butcher's errand boy.
He joined the Army in 1936 and saw service in North Africa during the Second World War. Reg had a real talent for drawing, and became a gifted cartoonist. His most famous cartoon character was Andy Capp, a stereotyped unemployed northerner, complete with flat cap, Andy Capp was created in 1957 for the Daily Mirror newspaper and proved a huge success.
Reg Smythe died on June 13th, 1998, and in 2007, a bronze statue of Andy Capp was erected next to the Harbour of Refuge Pub in Old Hartlepool.More detail »
Robert Wood was a native of West Hartlepool who lived there all his life except for his years in the Armed Forces during World War II. He was born in the Public Market in 1908 in a room which looked out on the Market Yard, so his interest in the history of the development of the town was by no means an academic one.
He attended Newburn and Church Square Schools before winning a scholarship to the Grammar School. After receiving his professional training at the City of Leeds College, his first appointment as a qualified teacher was to Jesmond Road School in 1929, where he stayed until 1940. He was Head Teacher of Ward Jackson School before he took charge of Rossmere Junior School from 1953 until his retirement in 1973. He was always interested in the history of the North-East in general and Teesside in particular, and frequently wrote, lectured and broadcast on these subjects.More detail »
Edward Mellanby was born in West Hartlepool the youngest of six children whose father, John Mellanby, was a manager of a shipyard for the Furness and Withy Shipbuilding Company. Edward was educated first Avenue Road School in West Hartlepool and then at Barnard Castle School where he showed both great athletic and scholastic prowess. In 1902 he left for Cambridge where he studied physiology. Between 1905 and 1907 he became a research student of Emmanuel College and published his first paper in 1908. Edward then went to St Thomas’s Hospital in London to do his medical training and was a demonstrator in physiology from 1909 to 1911. In 1913 he took on the role of lecturer and later became Professor of Physiology at King’s College for Women. In 1920 he became the first occupant of the Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Sheffield while, at the same time, he was appointed Honorary Physician at the Sheffield Royal Infirmary. In 1933 Edward was made Secretary to the Committee of Privy Council for Medical Research and Secretary of the Medical Research Council for whom he worked until his retirement in 1949.
During the 16 years he worked for the Medical Research Council he also carried on his own personal research at his laboratory in Sheffield where he studied the science of nutrition. This included nutrition deficiencies and the effects of various toxins in foods and the benefit of vitamins, mainly on the once common disorder of rickets. His findings into experiments with dogs who were given a restricted diet and kept indoors developed rickets but were then fed cod liver oil and recovered. These findings were published in the medical journal Lancet in 1919 and led to the discovery that rickets was caused by a lack of sunlight which resulted in a deficiency of vitamin D. He also studied the effect of alcohol on the brain and his findings became known as the Mellanby Effect. His work in this and other areas saw him become one of the founders of the Nutrition Society.
When Edward died suddenly of heart failure in 1955 there was great accolade for his achievements during his lifetime. He was knighted in 1937 and gained many letters after his name, GBE, KCB, MD, FRCP and FRS. could boast numerous publications which contributed greatly to the understanding of the importance of nutrition.
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Born into a mining family in Easington,Ted Leadbitter became interested in politics as a teenager when he gave out leaflets in the mining village supporting Manny Shinwell. After WW2,he trained as a teacher and from 1964 to his retirement in 1992, he served as MP for Hartlepool.More detail »
The Hemy family, originally from Germany, moved into Newcastle and then one branch moved to Hartlepool. They were a family of artists of reasonable note and musicians, Hartlepool Museums holding several paintings by members of the family in store.
See The Hemy Family Album
Hemy ,Henry Musician b.1780 Saxe Gotha in Lower Saxony as Henry Hemi and studied Sax Gotha College. His father was Johannis Hemmi b. 1740 in Saxe Coburg.
In 1805 he came to Britain to serve in the Duke of Buccleugh’s Dumfries militia as a musician.
He married a Scot Nancy Napier and lived in Newcastle, changing the surname to Hemy. He taught music and played in many local bands. In 1850/1, when 72 he went to the Australian goldfields with members of family but returned to Newcastle advertising himself as a Professor of Music and becoming well known in the area.
He died in 1850 in Newcastle and is buried in St Andrew’s Cemetery.
Hemy , Henry Frederick Musicianb. 12 Nov 1818 Newcastle, died Hartlepool 9.6.1888
Talented musician from a young age but had love of the sea and became apprentice to Tyzack, Dobson and Co. and his first voyage was to Montreal. He married Margaret McDonald in 1840 at St Paul’s Jarrow and Charles Napier Hemy, their first child was born in Blackett St Newcastle, the first of 10 sons and 3 daughters. He took his family to Australia in 1850/1 but returned to Newcastle in 1854. In 1877 he entered Ushaw College near Durham as Professor of Music. He wrote dance music, hymns, songs and pianoforte tuition books. He became a Roman Catholic and was organist at a number of churches through his life and also taught music. In 1887, while still actively composing and playing, he moved to 1York Place Albion Terrace and Regent St Hartlepool where he died of pneumonia in June1888. A poster printed by Ord the printer shows the extensive pieces of music dedicated to prominent Hartlepool people, that Hemy wrote for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. His wife survived him and died in 1900 in Falmouth where son Charles Napier Hemy lived.
Charles Napier Hemy artist b. 24 May 1841 Newcastle. Was taken as a young boy to a Roman Catholic Church where his father was organist and preferring this to the Scottish Chapel his mother attended, asked to be baptised into that faith. Was taken with family to Australia in 1850/1 and on this journey his love of the sea and also art began. On return to Newcastle, began to study art at the Government School of Design at 13.
He then thought of becoming a priest, studying at St Cuthbert’s College in Ware Hertfordshire for two years. He then stowed away at sea and had to be taken on as an apprentice at 15 yrs of age. He became ill on board and was brought back to England and began painting.
At 19, he entered a Dominican Monastery in France but at 22 left and returned to Newcastle as he realised this was not his vocation either. The family were then in Gateshead, and Charles began painting small seascapes and by selling them, he began to support himself. As two of his younger brothers,Thomas Hemy and Bernard Hemy were also painters, he became Charles Napier Hemy. The name was chosen because his mother was an admirer of her cousin Sir Charles Napier.
Charles worked in the William Morris workshop, admiring the work of the Pre Raphaelites, which is evident in his early work, and spent summers in Cornwall painting. In May 1866, he married Mary Anne Lloyd but sadly she died in 1880 before any children were born. He moved to Falmouth and married Amy Freeman who was also a convert to the Roman Catholic faith and they had 10 children.
Hemy continued to paint in Cornwall in particular and in 1896, exhibited ‘ How we Caught the Pilchards’ at the Royal Academy and this was an immediate success. Because of this, he was elected as an associate of the Royal Academy. He had exhibited every year from 1865 to his death in 1917, but it was with his marine pictures that he achieved greatest notoriety . When he died, he was buried in Falmouth with his mother, wearing his Dominican habit.
Much of his work is sadly in store in museums and galleries as it is deemed by some unfashionable at the moment. As a guide, a watercolour ‘Fresh Breeze off the Cornish Coast’ sold in 1989 for £1,350 and an oil painting ‘Wind against the Tide Tilbury Fort’ £6025 in 1987.
Hartlepool Museum Service holds five of his works in store.
For more information on this artist see:
Master of the Sea:Charles Napier Hemy RA,RWS by Margaret Powell 2004 ISBN -13 978-0-906720-37-0
Charles Napier Hemy 1841-1917 – Tyne and Wear Council Museums
Bernard Benedict Hemy b 1855 d. 1913 Son of Henri F Hemy was an artist who spent most of his life in South Shields painting marine subjects around the Tyne and two of these are held in Hartlepool Art Gallery store.
Thomas Maria Madawaski Hemy b 1852 and was born off the coast of Brazil en route to Australia, his last Christian name being that of the ship. He lived in Sunderland, North Shields and finally London where he exhibited 15 times in the Royal Academy. There are two of his painting in Hartlepool Art Gallery store.
Oswin Bede Hemy b. in 1856. Oswin became music master at Ushaw College , Durham. In 1877, he married Laura Letitia Walker at St Peter’s Tynemouth. They had five children and settled in Hartlepool possibly in the late 1890s after leaving Esh near Ushaw. An advertisement for music lessons shows him first living in Johnson Street. The children of the marriage were Frederick b. 1887, Oswin Cyril b. 1875, Herbert William b.1879, Cecilia Constance b. 1885and Laurence b.1889
Oswin Bede died in 1916.
Cecilia married Joseph Henry Bennett in St Joseph’s Church West Hartlepool on 14.12.1907 and they had three children : Constance Josephine 1907, Benjamin Oswin 21.9.1910 and Laura Letitia 24.3.1916. All were unmarried. Laura taught Y1 at Sacred Heart for many years and died in 1986.
Herbert William married Isabella Hildreth who had 5 children and then died in 1921. He then married her sister Elizabeth in 1925. Of these children, Veronica b. 1913 married Herbert William Orde in 1940 who was headteacher at Sacred Heart from 1966-1972
SEE family tree of Henry Frederick Hemy
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I was born on the 19th of May, 1930, the youngest of five children, and lived at 10 Hunter Street, West Hartlepool. My parents were William Thomas and Eva Waterland – my mother’s maiden name being Duphie.
I started work with L.N.E.R. in 1944, in the carriage & wagon works, transferring to the signal cabins in 1946. Two years later, aged 18, I was called-up for National Service, completing my Basic Training at Elgin in Scotland, serving with the Royal Engineers – Army No.22069051.
I remember completing a Bomb Disposal Course at Alford, near Skegness in Lincolnshire. This was a four-week course, although being a Private meant I didn’t learn how to diffuse bombs, only how to dig them out!
I was demobbed in 1950 and returned to my job with the railways and in 1951 I transferred to the Transport Police, initially stationed with the Hartlepool Docks & Rail Unit.
I married Maureen (Shepherd), on February 7th, 1953, at Stranton Parish Church – it was a very cold day with snow on the ground.
In 1962 I was transferred across to Middlesbrough, with four short spells in London, serving at various places including Waterloo Station and Stratford Lift; I also undertook some Royal Duties. I retired in 1985.
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Robert Wood (who died in 1976) was a native of West Hartlepool who lived there all his life except for his years in the Armed Forces during World War II. He was born in the Public Market in 1908 in a room which looked out on the Market Yard, so his interest in the history of the development of the town was by no means an academic one.
He attended Newburn and Church Square Schools before winning a scholarship to the Grammar School. After receiving his professional training at the City of Leeds College, his first appointment as a qualified teacher was to Jesmond Road School in 1929, where he stayed until 1940. He was Head Teacher of Ward Jackson School before he took charge of Rossmere Junior School from 1953 until his retirement in 1973. He was always interested in the history of the North-East in general and Teesside in particular, and frequently wrote, lectured and broadcast on these subjects.
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