Arthur Joseph Warby was born on the 22nd November 1897 Brierley Hill, Staffordshire, England. His parents Arthur Robert Warby and Maria Deeley were living in High Street in the Parish of Brierley Hill at the time of his birth. On the 9th January 1898 they had Arthur baptised. Although not listed on the Baptism record it is most likely he was batised at St Michael's Church in Brierley where his father was later buried. His father Arthur Robert was a Grocer and had his shop in High Street, Brierley Hill. Some of Arthur's siblings followed in their father's footsteps and also became grocer's and Commercial Traveller's (in the grocery Trade) but Arthur became an Electrician.
ARTHUR JOSEPH WARBY & FLORIE JESSIE ADAMS
Arthur Joseph Warby's Baptism Certificate
Arthur Josph Warby's Royal Navy service record
Athur Warby's application for the 'Victory British Star' Medal
Arthur Joseph Warby enlisted, on the 6 May 1916, in the Royal British Navy and had his training at Davenport. A number of vessels are named on his service record; Defiance, Impregnable (which I think is a training ship), Vivid (1 & 2), Foresight, Egmont & the Cormorant. At the time of his emlistment he is decribed as being five foot two and a half inches tall, chest 33inches, brown hair, brown eyes and a fresh complextion. His occupation at the time of enlistment is that of Crane Driver. His date of birth is given (as above) as 22 November 1897, Brierley Hill, Staffordshire. His service Number is J26092. He was entitled to and received his service medal the 'Victory British Star'. His discharge date is recorded as being 29 August 1919.
Arthur Warby & Florrie Adams 1921 Marriage Certificate
Arthur Joseph warby & wife Florrie Jessie (nee Adams)
On the 30th July 1921 Arthur Joseph Warby married Florrie Jessie Adams at the Register Office in Stourbridge, Worcestershire. The ceremony was performed by Registrar John Mills. Arthur's adress is given as 6 Harrison Road, Bretell lane, Kingswinford and Florrie's is given as 20 Hall Street, Oldswinford. At the time of the marriage Arthur's father, Arthur Robert Warby, is a Commercial taraveller and Florrie's father, Charles Edward Henry Adam, is a House Painter & Decorator. Wintnesses for the marriage were Florrie's sister Doris Adams and James N Weaver. Arthur Joseph Warby's occupation was given as that of Electrician at Iron Works (Dudley Foundry in Moore Street, Brierley Hill) and Florrie's was given as Skin Rugs Worker. Arthur was very involved in the social club for the workers at the foundry. Arthur & Florrie had six children, Arthur (Art), Margaret (Peg), Kenneth (Ken), Robert (Bob), Michael (Mike) a twin & Molly a twin. Twin Molly died as infant.
Arthur Warby (seconf left - front) Electrician at the Dudley Iron Foundry
NOTE: The hats and ties worn by workers
Florrie Jessie Adams was born on the 11th June 1901 in Stourbridge Registration District to Charles Edward Henry Adams and Eleanor Emma MacDuff. Although Florrie was not yet born her parents are living in Hall Street, Upper Swinford, Worcestershire at the time of the 1901 census and Florrie was born in this house shortly after the census was recorded. Living next door to her parents are her grandparents Richard Adams and Mary Selina Caswell. Florrie had three sisters, Constance, Doris, Violet & two brothers William & Richard.
1901 Census for Hall Street - Old Swinford - Worcestershire: Shows Charles & Eleanor Adams living along side his parents Richard & Mary Adams. Florrie was born in 1901 in this home in Hall Street - Old Swinford.
Brierley Hill Flats - an ill fated housing plan - some later demolshed - that Arthur & Florrie Warby moved to
Arthur & Florrie Warby moved from their home at 78 Moor Lane, Brierley Hill to 12 Burnham Court, Brierley Hill which were the much shunned high rise flats. This meant that Arthur & Florrie would no longer be living a few doors away from son, Michael Warby who also lived in Moore Street at this time. These flates were built in the early 1960's in the favoured design of the town planners of the era. The residents of the flats faced numourous problems including vandalism and isolation. The flats housed a large number of elderly and unemployed persons. Arthur Joseph Warby died at No 12 Burnham Court on the 22nd November 1973 and Florrie died on the 4th February 1978.
Arthur Joseph Warby's 1973 Death Certificate
Newspaper clippings for the death & funeral of Arthur Joseph Warby 1973
Florrie Jessie & Arthur Joseph Warby's headstone