Eleanor Cosmo HOWCHIN Amy Eliza PRATT Mabel BLAND Vera CLIFFE Mary Jane MULLIN Mini tree diagram

Frederick HOWCHIN (Fred. E. Cliffe) (Fred)

also known as Fred E CLIFFE

11th Apr 18851,2 - 22nd Sep 19576

song writer in partnership with Harry Gifford1

Life History

11th Apr 1885

Born in Liverpool (44 Prescot Street).1,2

1 Dec 1885 according to Brendan Ryan in The Call Boy 1987

about 1907

Occupation lightning sketch artist.1

7th Nov 1908

Married Amy Eliza PRATT in Wandsworth, Surrey

Marriage by licence - witnesses were EW Pratt and S Howchin

7th Nov 1908

Occupation Music Hall artist.3

7th Nov 1908

Resident in 8 Defoe Road, Tooting, Wandsworth, London

1909

Birth of daughter Vera CLIFFE in Liverpool, Lancashire

21st Feb 1910

Birth of daughter Eleanor Cosmo HOWCHIN in Battersea, Surrey

21st Feb 1910

Occupation song writer in Battersea, London

21st Feb 1910

Resident in 21 Theatre Street, Battersea

2nd Apr 1911

Recorded in census in 14 Pricess St, Southwark, London.4

from 1932

Occupation song writer in partnership with Harry Gifford in Streatham, London (10 Branchester Road, Streatham, London).1

from 1936 to 1957

Resident in New Timber, 33 Pink Lane, Burnham, Essex.5

25th Jan 1939

Death of Amy Eliza PRATT in Fairmile House, Christchurch.6

8th Aug 1949

New Timber, Pink Lane, Burnham

The witnesses were Laura G. Bland and Constance Maud Bland. (Two of Mabel's older sisters.)

8th Aug 1949

Married Mabel BLAND in Register Office, Eton, Buckinghamshire.3

The witnesses were Laura G. Bland and Constance Maud Bland. (Two of Mabel's older sisters.)

between Apr 1954 and Jun 1954

Death of Mabel BLAND in Eton district

11th Aug 1955

33 Pink Lane, Burnham

The witnesses were A. E. Fairhall and H. Haydock

11th Aug 1955

Married Mary Jane MULLIN in Register Office, Eton, Buckinghamshire.3

The witnesses were A. E. Fairhall and H. Haydock

after 1957

Death of Mary Jane MULLIN

25th Aug 1957

Wrote will in 33 Pink Lane, Burnham

Executors:
Frederick Albert Cliffe, 4 Valentine Grove, Aintree, Lancs
Frank Cheesman, 6 Clements St, London
Witnesses:
George Albert Haydock and Maud Haydock, 26 Falmouth House, East Hill, Wandsworth SW18
Everything left to his wife, Mary Jane Howchin Cliffe
The will is signed 'Frederick Howchin Cliffe' 'known as Fred Cliffe'

22nd Sep 1957

Died in Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital, Taplow, Essex.6

Myocardial Infarction and Coronary Thrombosis

21st Nov 1957

Probate in Principal Registry, London

Gross 1957-7-3 net 1908-14-0
Granted to Frederick Albert Cliffe (motor driver) and Francis Phillips Cheesman (solicitor)

Notes

  • When Fred died Beryl Formby, wife of George Formby, wrote to Fred's son:

    "It was with deep regret that we heard about your father. Both George and I are more than sorry for there is no doubt that your father was a clever man nad he will be missed by many. I know that George and I will miss him very much."1

Sources

  • 1. The Call Boy 1987
    • Ryan Brendan. 1987. "Songsmiths to George Formby: Harry Gifford and  Fred E. Cliffe."   The Call Boy 24 (2): 13.
  • 2. Birth Certificate
  • 3. Marriage Certificate
  • 4. UK Census 1911
    • www.1911census.co.uk
  • 5. Ancestry - British telephone directories
  • 6. Death certificate

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