Billy Garraty’s Private Life

William “ Billy “ Garraty William Garraty was Born to Francis (born 1853) and Matilda (nee Holmes) on 6th October 1878 in a back to back property at the rear of Number 30 Dollman Street, Aston, ( now days comes under the district of Nechells ) Birmingham. Registered as GARATY in Aston, December 1878.

William (Billy) Garraty's Birth Certificate
William (Billy) Garraty’s Birth Certificate

William (Billy) Garraty’s Birth Certificate

He was Baptised on the 23rd October at St James’ the less Aston

Old Photo of Dollman Street, Aston (now Nechells) Birmingham
Old Photo of Dollman Street, Aston (now Nechells) Birmingham

A census in 1881 shows the following: Street address: 2 Bk 30 Dollman St. Registration district: Aston. Sub-registration district: Duddeston. ED, institution, or vessel: 15

Household Members: Name Age

Ann M. Garrity 7
Ann M. Garrity 10
Emma Garrity 51
Esther M. Garrity 29
Francis Garrity 28
Francis W. Garrity 4
Lilley Garrity
William Garrity 2 (Billy)

In the 1881 Census William Garraty’s (Garrity in census) Father Frank is listed as an “Engine Fitter” by trade.

You will notice that the census spellings of the time differ greatly. The sir names are often spelt differently and the reason for this can be explained here http://bit.ly/1GdWOFk

According to the 1891 census, William has one more younger brother, making him the middle child of five. They live at 5 Bridge (indecipherable) Road in Aston.

Billy had 7 siblings who were all listed on the 1901 Census whilst the family lived at No 19 Hall Rd, Saltley, Birmingham ironically maybe 50 mtrs from his final resting place 30 years later. The census shows Francis ( Father ) 48 Matilda ( Mother ) 47 Annie 27 Frank 24 William 22 Lily 20 George 18 Edith 15 Florence 13 Beatrice 9 Unfortunately for the family Matilda died later on in the year on 10/12/1901 aged 48 after a long illness (source Birmingham Daily Mail).

According to the 1901 census, William, along with seven other footballers are visiting Blackpool and staying at the Station Hotel on Talbot Road, Blackpool. His family home i listed at 19 Hall Road in Aston, where he is also stated as being a professional footballer on the census return. His father is now a railway engineer. Again his sir name is spelt differently on the census.

Billy Garraty 1901 Census in Blackpool
Billy Garraty 1901 Census in Blackpool
No 19 Hall Rd, Saltley, Birmingham, Billy Garraty Listed here in 1901 Census
No 19 Hall Rd, Saltley, Birmingham, Listed 1901 Census

In the 1911 census, William is now married to Annie and has a daughter a daughter – Doris (Born 1910) who was apparently born upstairs in the Ye Olde Green Man in Bromford Lane in the Erdington area of Aston according to my Mother in the census as being 9 months old.

1911 Census Ye Old Green Man
1911 Census Ye Old Green Man

Billy married Annie Shufflebotham on 4th April 1908 at St Nicholas Church in Kings Norton.

Billy married Annie Shufflebotham on 4th April 1908 at St Nicholas Church in Kings Norton
Billy married Annie Shufflebotham on 4th April 1908 at St Nicholas Church in Kings Norton

(registered in Kings Norton June 1908.)

Address stated as 279 Franklin Road and vocation stated as professional footballer. Annie lived at 81 Ellesmere Road in Saltley. At the time of the census Billy is a licensed victualler or pub landlord (see below) as it is know today see  https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/victualler

William Garraty ye old green man pub landlord

William Garraty ye old green man pub landlordThe “The Lad In The Lane” public house is apparently the oldest building still standing in Birmingham and is now called the “Lad In The Lane” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lad_in_the_Lane.

Lad in Lane Football Team Where Billy Was a Landlord around 1910
Lad in Lane Football Team Where Billy Was a Landlord

Billy was also registered at No 17 Alleyene Rd, Erdington, Birmingham as you can see via the 1912/13 Register of Electors William Garratty Old Green Man, Bromford Lane.

Billy Returned very briefly to Aston Villa as a trainer ( April – May 1913 ) and in April 1915 fell seriously ill with pneumonia

Billy had 8 children as follows: Muriel, Nelly, Doris, Gwen, Fred ( Jack to his family) Eileen (Lillian to the Family) Cecil and Eric. Misfortune struck when Billy’s wife died shortly after the birth of the youngest child. As a result my Grandmother Eileen (Lillian) lived at the Villa Tavern next to Villa Park with one Billy’s siblings.

Aston Tavern 1890s
Aston Tavern 1890s

At the time of his death Billy Garraty was living at 22 Brookhill Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham, which is still standing (photo coming soon). According to Midlands Electoral Records, William and Annie were living at 22 Brookhill Road in Erdington from at least 1920 until his death in 1931.

He died at 77 Dudley Road, Birmingham aged 52 years 212 days (registered in Birmingham North june 1931) of Pneumonia.

Billy Garraty's Death Register Birmingham Library
Billy Garraty’s Death Register Birmingham Library

Billy was buried in the family grave at St Saviour’s Church in Saltley, Birmingham which ironically looks over to 19 Hall Road, from the main entrance where he lived some 30 years earlier.

No 19 Hall Rd, Saltley,Birmingham, Standing in St Saviour's Church graveyard where Billy was buried some 30 years later
No 19 Hall Rd, Saltley,Birmingham, Standing in St Saviour’s Church graveyard where Billy was buried some 30 years later

Whilst carrying out extensive research into the location of the family grave I have established that it was totally destroyed by German bombers who were targeting the nearby Saltley rail sidings. As a result of perhaps a stray bomb, the Church graveyard was hit around 1940/41.

St Saviour's Church, Saltley, Birmingham the resting place of Billy Garraty & Frank Garraty
St Saviour’s Church, Saltley, Birmingham the resting place of Billy Garraty & Frank Garraty

I have arrived at this date as research shows that there were bombings in nearby Ash Road (see map below) and two houses bombed which resulted in fatalities. 19/11/40 (no.153) and 10/4/41(no.53).
As a result of the direct hit, a massive crater was left embedded into the cemetery grounds (next to the vicarage) along with one of the large ornate stain glass windows being blown out.

Hall Road.Saltley Birmingham c 1901
Hall Road.Saltley Birmingham c 1901

 

Francis junior or Frank Garraty was also a very good footballer who played for England B team as is was in them days.