GREATREX, Albert Edward

1866 - 1956

Albert Edward Greatrex, was born at Salford, Manchester on 4 August 1866, second child of Alfred Greatrex, a book keeper and inspector, and his wife Elizabeth née Bowker, who married at Barton-upon-Irwell, Lancashire in 1861. In 1871, the family were boarding at 27 Gardner Street, Pendleton, Salford, the home of 39 year old John Bowker, registrar of Birth for Pendleton, when Albert was a 9 year old, with his parents, 35 year old Alfred and 29 year old Elizabeth, with five siblings John Alfred 9, George Bowker 5, Fred 3, Arthur 2 and newly born Elizabeth. In 1881, a 17 year old telegraph boy, living with the family at 10 Annis Street, Moston, Prestwich and in 1901, Albert was 'traveller in jams' living with his parents at 1 Holmwood Grove, Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne with his 23 year old sister Annie. In 1924, as Alfred Edward Greatrex, artist, of Sunrise, Berrynarbor, Barnstable, Devon, paid a final dividend of 40p in the 1 on his estate in the hands of the officical receiver. Painter in oil and a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1925-1945 who exhibited from The Vicarage Studio, Bures, Sudbury, Suffolk, seven works 1931-1938, mostly of the exhibits were portraits in oil including, in 1932 'Segni d'Espressione' and 'Study of an Anglo-Catholic Priest' and in 1935 a watercolour 'Peter'. He married at Hayfield, Derbyshire in 1927 Hilda Winifred W. Biggs (18 May 1872-1963) and in 1939, a pictorial artist, living at Bures House, Bures, Suffolk with his wife Hilda, a fiction writer. He died at Bures in 1956, aged 90. He has been variously known at Alfred and Greatorex.