Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1920 & 29

Thomas Frederick Ennion (1856 - 1926)

Thomas Frederick Ennion was a woodworking Joiner and then became a Publican at the *Regent Hotel, Regent Road, Salford.

He was born at Eye, near Leominster, Herefordshire on 11th June 1856. His parents were Thomas Ennion, a Joiner and Ann Ennion. On 1st September 1880, at Christ Church, Salford, Thomas Frederick married Clara Ann Leater. She was 24-years-old and a Dressmaker. Her parents were James Leater (b.1834 at Layton, Lancashire), a Butcher and Beerhouse Keeper, and Ann Farrel (b.1833 at Frodsham, Cheshire).

In 1881, Thomas Frederick and Clara Ann, lived at 157 Cross Lane, Salford, the home of Clara's widowed mother Ann Leater. Their daughter Gertrude (b.1881) was also present. In 1891, still at Cross Lane, Salford, Thomas was now head, aged 35 and a Joiner. Clara was 35 and their children were Gertrude aged 10, Annie (b.1883) aged 8, Thomas jnr (b.1885) aged 6, Frederick (b.1887) aged 4, Harry (b.1890) aged 1. Clara's mother Ann Leater aged 54, was also with them. Just missing the census by a few months was Walter Everall Ennion, (b.1891) and Charles was born in 1896. There is no 1901 census record, but the Electoral Register for 1901 showed that Thomas Frederick lived at 203 Regent Road, Salford in a dwelling house.

On 10th October 1904, Clara Ann died at the Regent Hotel, Regent Road, Salford aged 47 and was buried at Weaste Cemetery on 14th October. In 1911, at the Regent Hotel, 263 Regent Road, Salford, Thomas Frederick was a widower aged 52 and a Publican. Frederick was 23 and Assists in the Business, Harry was 21 and Apprentice Tower(?), Walter was 19 and Assists in the Business and Charles was 15 and a Scholar. Thomas Frederick Ennion died on 20th August 1926 aged 69 and was re-united with Clara.

Gertrude married Thomas W Richardson (Milk Dealer) at the Stowell Memorial Church in 1910. Annie married George Rogerson by Registrar in 1904. Thomas married Florrie Walton by Registrar in 1909. Frederick married Dorothy Cass in Chorlton-on-Medlack in 1920. Harry married Edith Jones by Registrar in 1929. Charles married Edith Baybutt at Salford Christ Church in 1919.

Walter worked as a lorry driver, and lived with his sister Gertrude, before he enlisted for service in WW1, on 8th February 1815, aged 24. He became Sergeant in the 780th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Regiment. He was posted to Salonika, Greece and billeted in a tent. But on 27th May 1917, he was burnt to death when a lighted candle in his tent was kicked over whilst he was asleep. He was buried at the British Cemetery, Mikra, Kalamaria Salonika, Greece, aged 27.

*The three storey, Regent Hotel, located on the corner of Regent Road and West Craven Street, was opened in 1866 by Thomas Chesters, (founder of Chesters Brewery), to provide accommodation in that part of Salford. As it was planned for residents only, it didn't have a vault. However, lack of trade forced the brewery to open a vault and other public rooms. The Hotel passed to Whitbread Brewers, before being demolished in 1977, to make way for the new Ordsall re-development scheme.