Eliza Hale was the fourth daughter of Alderman William Hale and was Assistant Mistress at Ordsall Board School.
She was born in 1868 in Salford. Her parents were Alderman William Hale and Sarah Jane (nee Waterhouse) who were married at St Stephen's Church Salford in 1855. She was from a large family and her siblings were: William (born 1856 and died 18th November 1857 aged 14 months), Jane Ann (born 1858 and died 26th July 1885 aged 26 years), Mary (born 1860, married Walter Ridings by Registrar in 1883 and died in 1892, aged 31), William Henry (born 1863 and married Ellen G. Driver at Stowell Memorial Church in 1896), James Alfred (born 1866 and married Martha Salt by Registrar in 1892), Fanny (born 1871 and died 17th July 1871 aged 10 days), Joseph (born 1872 and married Jessie L. Beech by Registrar in 1897), Arthur (born 1874 and married Helen B. Robertson at Salford Methodist Free Church in 1899) and Fanny Beatrice (born 1878, married Herbert van Dieman at Salford Methodist Free Church in 1908 and died 16th March 1924 aged 46). In 1881 the family lived at 25, Howard Street, off Eccles New Road, Salford. However, Eliza was to die ten years later, on 11th March 1891, aged just 23 years.
The Salford Reporter of 21st March 1891 records, "Much regret has been occasioned amongst a wide circle of friends and relatives by the painfully sudden and tragic death of Miss Eliza Hale, assistant mistress at Ordsall Board School. She was the daughter of our most respected townsman, Mr William Hale, of 25, Howard Street, Eccles New Road. Miss Hale was in her usual health and was pursuing her accustomed duties until only a short time ago, when she was seized by a somewhat severe illness, from which she appeared to be recovering. She became seriously indisposed again and Dr Stocks was sent for. He summoned Dr Johnson and despite all their efforts she passed peacefully away on the morning of the 11th March. We understand that the cause was a clot of blood on the heart."
The funeral took place on Monday 16th March. A short service was held at home, before the assembled relatives walked the short distance to a crowded, Methodist Free Church on Eccles New Road. The procession to Weaste Cemetery consisted of the teachers and scholars of her school and Sunday school, followed by a four horse drawn hearse and carriages of relatives and friends. Eliza was interred in plot A4 of the Dissenters portion with Rev Francis Marrs officiating.