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Beatrice Jane Speed [sp.]

Beatrice Jane Speed was the fifth child of Jacob Speed & Isabella Hall (nee Tones) born October 10th, 1882 at Hetton-le-Hole, Co Durham.

Beatrice’s father died in 1890 & in 1891 she was living with her widowed aunt Margaret Parton & her son & daughter at 38 Wear St, Bishop Wearmouth.  Margaret was a beer retailer.

In 1901 Beatrice was back home at the Shakespeare Inn, 5 North Terrace, Dawdon where her mother was the beer tavern keeper.  Beatrice & her 2 sisters were assisting in the pub.

In Oct-December 1904 Beatrice married Joseph Aitchison in Easington.  Joseph was born October 8th, 1882 at Ryhope, Co Durham, the son of Margaret & John Aitchison, a coal miner. 

In 1911 Beatrice & Joseph were living at 3 Watt St, Dear Bank, Ferryhill & Joseph was a colliery blacksmith.  They had 3 children – Margaret Isabel (5), Joseph (3) & John (8 months).

At the time of the 1939 register Joseph & Beatrice were living at 15 Sea View, Ryhope & Joseph continued to work as a colliery blacksmith.  Family at home were Margaret, unpaid domestic duties, & Joseph, an accounts clerk at the Co-op store.

Son John was killed on June 16th, 1944 while serving with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment).  He is commemorated at Ranville War Cemetery, France & it was noted that he was the husband of Irene of New Seaham, Co Durham.

Joseph died Nov 27th, 1965 & was buried in Ryhope Cemetery, Sunderland.

Beatrice, aged 86, died in July-September 1969 & was buried in Ryhope Cemetery, Sunderland.

The children of Beatrice Jane Speed & Joseph Aitchison were:

sp.  Margaret Isabel Aitchison born March 21st, 1906 at Ryhope
sp.  Joseph Aitchison born July 16th, 1907 at Ferryhill
sp.  John Aitchison born July 28th, 1910 at Ferryhill; died June 16th, 1944 in France




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