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Robert Speed [sp.]

Robert Speed was the third child of John Speed & Jane Ann Watt born April 30th, 1898 & christened May 19th, 1898 at Holy Trinity, Pelton, Co Durham.

In 1901 Robert, his older brother & sister & his parents were living at 7 A Street, Pelton where his father was a joiner at the colliery.

The family were still living at A Street in 1911 but had now grown with 2 younger brothers for Robert.

During WW1 Robert served in the Royal Navy on ships Victory II and Birmingham.

Robert married Florence Hall in April-June 1923 at Chester-le-Street.  Florence was born September 23rd, 1892.

At the time of the 1939 register Robert & Florence were living at 9 Wash Houses, Birtley, Chester-le-Street with 2 children – one of which was John, an apprentice coach painter.  Robert’s widowed mother Jane was living with them.  Robert was working as a machine operator for ROF Birtley.

Robert, aged 80, died in Jan-March 1979 in Gateshead, Co. Durham.

The children of Robert Speed & Florence Hall were:

sp.  John Speed born July 30th, 1923 in Chester-le-Street; died June 2004 in Bradford, Yorks

sp.  Irene Speed born July-September 1925 in Chester-le-Street




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