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William Harkess                                   1860-1937
William was born about 1860, the son of William and Hannah Harkess, at Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. He married Sarah Ethel Ridley. He was chairman of William Harkess & Sons Limited, shipbuilders of Middlesbrough. William was one of the first pupils to be educated at Middlesbrough High School, Stockton Grammar School and then abroad. He began work with Messrs Blair & Co. as an apprentice engineer followed by time in a drawing office with Raylton Dixon at  the  Cleveland  Dockyard.  His  residences  included
  Park Rd (Villa), later site of the Maternity Home and later for over 35 years at Levenside, Stokesley. William was instrumental in the formation of Tees Division of Volunteer Submarine Miners Volunteer Corps eventually serving in the rank of Lieutenant. In 1901 he began his dedication to public life on the town council representing Vulcan Ward and in 1908 Grove Hill (until his retirement in 1921). He became Mayor of Middlesbrough and presented a silk hat to the Middlesbrough Corporation. A dedicated businessman who abhorred 'time wasting', during the 1914-18 War under his close guidance his company manufactured 19 vessels including an undercover "Q" boat and 4 minesweepers, whilst 76 of his staff also fought in that conflict. During his life he was a representative of the Tees Pilotage Association and the Tees Port Sanitary Authority whilst also a member of the Cleveland Club. Further social involvement was with the Levenside Bowling Club and he enjoyed shooting and fishing. A philanthropic man throughout his life, he supported many charitable events and aims and was involved in the holding of an RSPCA fete in the grounds of his home the day before his sudden death in September 1937.
Sarah Ethel Ridley                             1867-1933
Sarah was born on 21 June 1867, the daughter of Thomas Dawson Ridley and Sarah Hindmarch, at Paddington, London.
I have identified the following children.
Elizabeth Ethel Born 4 Feb 1892   Middlesbrough, Yorkshire Married Theodore Fenwick Hedley
Evelyn Mary Born abt 1893   Middlesbrough, Yorkshire  
Norah Kathleen Born abt 1894   Middlesbrough, Yorkshire  
William Ridley Born abt 1896   Middlesbrough, Yorkshire  
Joan Greta Born abt 1900   Middlesbrough, Yorkshire  
Birth of Parents
William Harkess b: abt 1860  c: 16 Oct 1860       Middlesbrough, Yorkshire       1860 4Q Stockton 10a 27
son of William and Hannah Harkess

Sarah Ethel Ridley b: 21 Jun 1867  c: 15 Jul 1867   Saint John The Evangelist, Paddington, London
daughter of Thomas Dawson Ridley and Sarah Hindmarch, 7 Carlton Road

Marriage
1891
William Harkess
Sarah Ethel Ridley
Guisborough, Yorkshire       1891 2Q Guisbro' 9d 717

Children
Elizabeth Ethel Harkess b: 4 Feb 1892               Middlesbrough, Yorkshire       1892 1Q Middlesbro' 9d 521
daughter of William Harkess and Sarah Ethel Ridley
Evelyn Mary Harkess b: abt 1893               Middlesbrough, Yorkshire       1893 2Q Middlesbro' 9d 567
daughter of William Harkess and Sarah Ethel Ridley
Norah Kathleen Harkess b: abt 1894               Middlesbrough, Yorkshire       1894 4Q Middlesbro' 9d 529
daughter of William Harkess and Sarah Ethel Ridley
William Ridley Harkess b: abt 1896               Middlesbrough, Yorkshire       1896 2Q Middlesbro' 9d 545
son of William Harkess and Sarah Ethel Ridley
Joan Greta Harkess b: abt 1900               Middlesbrough, Yorkshire       1900 2Q Middlesbro' 9d 597
daughter of William Harkess and Sarah Ethel Ridley

1901 Census RG13-4581 1 April 1901 Middlesbro, Middlesbro
Park Villas, Linthorpe
William Harkess
Sarah Ethel (Wife)
Elizabeth Ethel
Evelyn Mary
Norah Kathleen
William Ridley
Joan G.
Age 40
Age 33
Age 9
Age 8
Age 6
Age 4
Age 10 Mos
Ship Builder & Owner Middlesbro
London
Middlesbro
Middlesbro
Middlesbro
Middlesbro
Middlesbro
Yorkshire

Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Yorkshire
Yorkshire
abt 1860
21 Jun 1867
4 Feb 1892
abt 1893
abt 1894
abt 1896
abt 1900

1911 Census RG14-(176)1 3 April 1911 Stokesley, Yorkshire - North Riding
Levenside   (17 Rooms)
William Harkess
Sarah Ethel (Wife)
Joan Greta (Dau)
Edward Walker (Visitor)
Plus 3 Servants
Age 50
Age 43
Age 10
Age 54
Ship Builder Middlesbro
Marylebone
Middlesbro
Sunderland
Yorkshire
Middleswex
Yorkshire
Durham
abt 1860
21 Jun 1867
abt 1900
abt 1856

Death
Sarah Ethel (Ridley) Harkess Died 25 Apr 1933

The Times, Thursday, Apr 27, 1933                         Death
  On April 25, 1933, at Levenside, Stokesley, Sarah Ethel, wife of William Harkess.   Funeral from residence for Stokesley Churchyard at 2:30 to-morrow (Friday).
LONDON   30 May 1933                         Probate
HARKESS, Sarah Ethel, of Levenside, Stokesley, Yorkshire (wife of WIlliam Harkess) died 25 April 1933, Probate London, 30 May, to the said William Harkess esquire, and Evelyn Mary Harkess, spinster   Effects £8,397 7s. 6d.

Death
William Harkess Died 2 Sep 1937, Age 77,  at his residence Levenside, Stokesley, Middlesbrough

The Times, Friday, Sep 3, 1937   OBITUARY
Mr. W. Harkess
  Mr. William Harkess, who was mayor of Middlesbrough in 1907, died at his residence, Levenside, Stokesley, yesterday, at the age of 77.   He was chairman of William Harkess & Sons Limited, shipbuilders of Middlesbrough, a firm that constructed many fine vessels and contributed national service during the war, principally by building mine sweeepers, trawlers, and what were known as "P" boats.   For many years he was associated with the Tees Submarine Miners Volunteer Corps, in which he held a commission.
LONDON   27 Oct 1937                         Probate
HARKESS, William, of Levenside, Stokesley, Yorkshire, died 2 September 1937, Probate London, 27 October, to Evelyn Mary Harkess, spinster, and Joan Greta Barker (wife of Lancelot Thomas Barker). Effects £26,896 4s. 2d.