George William Needham -> Martha Ogden -> Sarah Theaker -> James Theaker
George William Needham was born  22 July 1899, in Wadsley Bridge, Yorkshire to Martha Elizabeth Ogden and John Needham
George appears to have been an only child.

George's children

Gillian Needham
Living Needham
George was baptised the following month.
George on the 1901 census
George and family on the 1911 census.
1939 Register, George and Edith are living in Bawtry. There are four persons in the household. Gillian's visible entry almost certainly means she died before they stopped updating the 1939 Register. The closed record is a child who is still living. I believe I know who it is. Note that George was an air raid warden.
George died November 8th 1945, the victim of an unusual accident. The damages awarded were 7,157 (2020 equivalent - 286,000)
Yorkshire Post - May 2nd 1947


7,157 Damages for Motorist's Family
At the Assizes in Leeds yesterday Mr. Justice Hallett awarded a total of 7,157 damages and costs to Mrs. Edith Annie Needham, widow, Martin Lane, Bawtry, and her two children against James Oldroyd, haulage contractor, Chancery Lane, Ossett, and Bradley and Craven, Ltd., engineers, Westgate Common Foundry, Wakefield.

Mrs. Needham claimed for the death of her husband, George William Needham, a sales manager, in a road accident in November, 1945, when he was driving his car along the Wakefield-Doncaster road in the direction of Wakefield, at Wragby. A motor lorry owned by James Oldroyd and driven by his brother, Stanley Oldroyd, of Ossett, was travelling in the opposite direction. The lorry's load consisted of two grinding mill rollers which had been put on short time previously at the premises of Messrs. Bradley and Craven. As the vehicles passed, one of the rollers fell off the lorry and struck the car. Shortly afterwards Mr. Needham died as a result of the injuries he received. Mr. Justice Hallett said he was satisfied that the loading of the rollers was plainly dangerous. The company were under a duty to see that things would not fall off the lorry, and the haulier was under duty to take reasonable care to see that the load he was going to carry would not slip off.


Probate was granted to Edith and to Wilfred Marrison. As Marrison was Edith's maiden name I'm assuming Wilfred was related to Edith.


Edith was still living in Martin Lane at the time of her death and does not appear to have remarried.

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