WILLIAM GRAINGER 1864-1946   .....ON DUTY !    
      <William GRAINGER on duty at Hartlepool breakwater with his fog bell. This was taken 23rd February 1931 when William was aged 66.

William's wife, Biddy nee Fox, 1867-1945, with their dog (Pygan?)>

Two sons of WILLIAM GRAINGER (1864-1946). Wearing a HMS Victory cap is JAMES FOX (1893-1957), and on the right is WILLIAM DAVID b 1891. The latter served in submarines in WW1 Above are two of their sisters: On the left is EVE MATILDA GRAINGER b.1898 who married Ernest F Wanley in 1919. On the right is MARGARET ANN GRAINGER b 1899.
Richard Granger b1850 in Robin Hood's Bay, and his wife Sarah A (nee Cooper) b 1847 in Hartlepool.

Richard was the son of Richard Granger b.1824, whose three brothers were drowned off Robin Hood's Bay when returning from the fishing grounds in 1846

James Fox jnr, or "Scal" Grainger (1916-1991) kept up the maritime tradition. Joined the merchant navy aged 14 and transferred to the Royal Navy in 1940. He was awarded 6 medals including the Pacific Star and Battle of the Atlantic.
His war time service included Russian convoy duties, and it is said he turned down the offer of a Russian medal after he had observed Russian Guards punching and kicking a local woman begging for food.

As an aside one wonders if James knew of Captain Richard Storm (1902-1989) who also sailed in convoys to Archangel and Murmansk.

  <<On the left is another picture of JAMES FOX GRAINGER (1893-1957), shown aboard ship "pretending to water a potato plant"! James was known to have served on HMS Princess Royal, and it is possible that this photo was taken aboard that ship.

On the right is James's father-in-law Hunter Boagey 1858-1927 in his uniform of a Hartlepool pilot>>

A photograph taken in or around Henry Street, Old Hartlepool, in the first quarter of the 1900s. James Fox Grainger's wife MARY ELIZABETH BOAGEY (1891-1934) is sitting second left. (The reason for the photograph has not yet been discovered.
<A son of James Fox and Mary Elizabeth, GEORGE HUNTER GRAINGER (1926-1982) seen returning from a shrimping trip in Hartlepool. Having served a plater apprenticeship George eventually became Works Manager.
Click here to see George's Marietta

....and George's son, Paul, 'gone fishing' before starting his apprenticeship in a factory behind>
Enjoy Paul's lyric..

<<Mary Elizabeth Grainger nee Boagey (1891-1934), wife of James Fox Grainger (1893-1957) with two of her children:
James Fox "Scal" (1916-1991)
Ellen Horsley "Nellie" (1914-1994).

"Nellie" with her youger brother, George Hunter Grainger (1926-1982)>>

A photograph from the Middleton side of Hartlepool harbour looking towards the headland. St Hilda's church, where many Graingers were christened and married, is in the foreground. In front of the church is a grassy area called Croft Gardens that reminds one that William Grainger (1864-1946) was an original crofter. Photo by Paul Grainger.
    ....and sitting on Hartlepool Pier in January 2012 is Paul Grainger together with his grandson, Archie, and dog, Winston.  

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