This is the family tree of my father Robert Threlfall who was born on the 12th of February 1929 and died on the 15th of May 1997 at the age of 68.

Family relationships within the tree are with regards to myself.

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Second Generation (Father)

Robert Threlfall

Living Threlfall (25/11/1950 - )

Robert Threlfall also known as Bob

Robert, who was known as Bob, is the son of Robert Batty Threlfall and Nellie Smith and was born on the 12th of February 1929 in a caravan at the Swan Inn at Addingham in Yorkshire.  Bob died on the 15th of May 1997 at the age of 68, the cause of death was carcinomatosis, gastric carcinoma and ischaemic heart disease.  He was cremated five days later on the 20th of May 1997 at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium.
According to Bob the caravan was at Swan Garth in Addingham.  This is another way of saying it was in the field at the back of the Swan Inn.  It is from this that his daughter Anne always calls her houses ‘Swan Garth’.  A garth is an enclosed quadrangle or yard, especially one surrounded by a cloister and comes from Middle English; Old Norse garþr, garðr; akin to Anglo-Saxon geard.
In this year, 1929;
  • 24th October, shares crash on Wall Street in New York;
  • 2nd December, the first 22 public telephone boxes become operational.
On the 1939 Register that came into effect after the start of the Second World War, Bob is a ten year-old schoolboy living with his parents and siblings at 26 West Road in Lancaster.
Whilst working as a farmhand Bob married Elizabeth Margaret Arnold on the 11th of February 1950.  Just over two weeks later on the 28th of February, as part of the National Service Act, Bob, registration LBM9680, was medically examined at Preston and placed in Grade III. 
He was described as being 5 feet 7 inches, brown eyes and light brown hair.  According to his daughter Anne he was refused entry due to a deformity of his back.  In 1950 (to 1953) the Korean War started so it was probably a good thing that Bob was refused entry to the services.  In 1939 men were assessed and graded in accordance with fitness. Those in grades I, II and III were deemed suitable for the armed services (albeit in differing capacities), those in Grade IV were deemed unsuitable.  So it appears that if it had been 1939 Bob would have been called up.
Just nine months after their wedding the couple had their first daughter, Anne on the 25th of November 1950 at the Queen Victoria Hospital, Morecambe in Lancashire. 
Four years later at the same hospital Margaret gave birth to their second daughter, Living Threlfall, on the 8th of September 1954.
After working on farms Bob was later employed as a labourer on the railway.  He ended up working as a hospital porter at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary where he became the Head Porter before retiring.
On the 3rd of December 1956 Bob took out, together with his wife Margaret, an extension to a fire and accident household goods policy with the United Friendly Insurance Company.  The household goods were insured for £300. 
On the 17th of August 1961 this was extended to £500 and the original premium was increased to one shilling and five pence per week.  This was further extended on the 26th of September 1968 this was extended to £1000 and the original premium was increased to one shilling and ten pence per week.
In 1972 Bob and Margaret began the process of buying their house and on the 13th of January 1973 they bought their house from the City of Lancaster Council for £2933, taking a mortgage out for £2928 with repayments of £25.10 per month for 25 years.  The house at that time had a value of £3450.
Bob was an accomplished singer and his family took pride in his abilities.  His wife, Margaret, would often say that she couldn’t sing and didn’t need to since Bob was such a good singer, although she would often join in.
Bob enjoyed travelling and a favourite destination was Malta and amongst his journeys he went there to see the New Year in, arriving on Near Year’s Eve 1991 and leaving on the 28th of January the following year, 1992!  He also arrived there later in the year on the 26th of May and left on the 9th of June 1992.
A few years later he travelled to Turkey for a fortnight’s holiday from the 15th to the 29th of May 1996.
Noted events in his life were:
*  Living: 29th September 1939, 26 West Road, Lancaster. 
*  School: 29th September 1939.
*  Living: 23rd November 1949, 26 West Road, Lancaster. 
*  Living: 28th February 1950, 26 West Road, Lancaster. 
*  Living: 3rd December 1956, 2 Boundary Road, Lancaster. 
*  He worked as a Labourer on 3rd December 1956.
*  Living: 25th August 1961, 51 Ingleton Drive, Hala Carr, Lancaster. 
*  He worked as a Railway Labourer.
*  He worked as a Hospital Porter on 20th February 1971 in RLI Lancaster.
    Per marriage certificate of his daughter Anne Threlfall.
*  He worked as a Head Porter in RLI Lancaster.
*  Living: 51 Ingleton Drive, Hala Carr, Lancaster. 
*  He worked as a Farmhand as considered unfit for National Service due to a deformity of the back.
Robert married Elizabeth Margaret Arnold on the 11th of February 1950 in St Barnabas Church, Morecambe in Lancashire.  They were married for 47 years until the time of his death in 1997.
Children from this marriage were:
i.     Anne Threlfall - (25/11/1950 - )
ii.    Living Threlfall - (8/9/1954 - )
Morecambe Queen Victoria Hospital
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2nd Generation 3rd Generation 4th Generation  
Father Grandparents Great Grandparents  
    William Batty (1878 - 1938) - possibly  
  Robert Batty Threlfall (20/5/1898 - 14/2/1983)    
    Mary Agnes Threlfall (2/5/1869 - 25/9/1898)  
Robert Threlfall (12/2/1929 - 15/5/1997)      
    James William Smith* (1870 - )  
  Nellie Smith (1894 - 1962)