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.

William (Billy) Garraty's Birth Certificate

William (Billy) Garraty’s Birth Certificate

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)

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

You will notice that the time of the above census the sir name is spelt differently and the reason for this can be explained here http://bit.ly/1GdWOFk

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). Sometime after this date, Billy married and had what I believe was 7 children as follows: Muriel Doris Gwen Charlie Eric Lillian Eileen Cecil or Cyril Again, misfortune struck when Billy’s wife died shortly after the birth of the youngest child. As a result my Grandmother Lillian was farmed out at the age of 14 to a relative who ran the Villa Tavern (now derelict) next to Villa Park. After finishing his football career at Lincoln City, Billy Returned very briefly to Aston Villa as a trainer ( April – May 1913 ) and in April 1915 fell seriously ill with pneumonia. During this Time Billy was the Landlord of the “Old Green Man” public house which is apparently the oldest building still standing in Birmingham and is called the “Lad In The Lane” See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lad_in_the_Lane

1912/13 Register of Electors William Garratty Old Green Man, Bromford Lane. Also 17 Alleyene Rd, Erdington.

Whilst the landlord of the “old green man” public house Billy was also registered to No 17 Alleyene Rd, Erdington, Birmingham as you can see via the 1912/13 Register of Electors William Garratty Old Green Man, Bromford Lane. Also 17 Alleyene Rd, Erdington.

It is believed that after giving up being a pub landlord Billy became a brewery draysman with Ansells Brewery in Aston, Birmingham up until his death on 6th May 1931. At the time of his death Billy Garraty was living at 22 Brookhill Road, Alum Rock, Birmingham, which is still standing (photo coming soon). 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. 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. I have arrived at this date as research shows that there were bombings in nearby Ash Road 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 imbedded into the cemetery grounds (next to the vicarage) along with one of the large ornate stain glass windows being blown out.

 

 

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