James Bullough 1892-1960


James Bullough (Jimmy) was born in Blackrod on the 2nd January 1892, the seventh child of William Bullough (a coal miner) and Emma (nee Vause) who lived at 135 New street in Blackrod.


In January 1893, when he was only a year old, his father William died, aged only 35, The family moved to 11 Boardman street, where his eldest brothers Ernest, George and Leonard worked to support the family whilst sisters Eliza, William and James attended school (the eldest brother Thomas died in childhood).


His brother Ernest married Ann Robinson in 1902, and moved to Horwich and by 1911, James was working with his brother William as a coal drawer. His mother Emma also adopted a further child Elizabeth Connoly who lived with the family.


James married Annie Robinson, who worked as a weaver, on the 27th September 1913 at Holy Trinity Church in Horwich. Their witnesses were William Scott and Alice Pollitt. Their  first child, a daughter, Elizabeth was born soon after in December 1913, when he was 21 years old, Jimmy and Annie were living at Annie’s parents home at 18 Dickinson Street Horwich.


When war broke out in 1914, he was exempt from conscription as he was employed in the coal industry. They moved to live at 11 Dickinson street in Horwich, where three more children followed Emily in 1915, Harold in 1919 and Frank in 1922.


Bizarrely, his older brother Ernest also married a lady by the name of Ann Robinson. They moved to the North East of England. His nephew Ernest  (son of his brother Ernest) from the North East, and his wife Rachel used to come and visit with their son Brian who was a wrestler. His sister Eliza, married John Martin.


 His sons followed in his footsteps and started work at the Klondyke, a small pit, which served the Pipeworks in Horwich.


He became a relatively young Grandfather when his daughter Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter Rita in 1934, then the children started to leave home, Elizabeth in 1938 and Emily soon after, then his two sons went away to war in 1939.


More grandchildren followed with Harold, Margaret, Leonard, Mavis, David from his daughter Elizabeth and Keith from his daughter Emily in 1944. Sadly neither of his sons had offspring to carry on the Bullough name.


 By 1948, when his son Harold married Gladys Sanders, he was working on Horwich Loco works as a painter employed by British Rail and he, Annie, son Frank, Granddaughter Rita and Great Granddaughter Susan were living at 28 Darley Street.


Jimmy was small in height, hence he was nicknamed ‘little Jimmy’ but had a ‘bit of go in him’.


He drank at the Queens Head and Bay Horse (now known as the ‘Original’ or ‘Long Pull’) Public Houses and was a sociable chap. He wore a flat cap, and always had a watch and chain; at  weddings when he was always adorned with a bowler hat.


In their later years, Jimmy and Annie took rail holidays to Kirkudbright in Scotland, Rhyll and Scarborough, as Jimmy received a free rail pass from his time at the Loco works. They also enjoyed outings with the local Public Houses. They were good friends with Ben and Ada Stuchbury, indeed many of the photo’s of them in later years, also include Ben and Ada.


He loved fishing, a passion he shared with his Grandson Leonard, and Jimmy was a member of the Queens Head Fishing Club. His granddaughter Margaret, once knitted him some fishing socks to go in his ‘wellies’, with which he was absolutely  delighted. (He used to call her Bratstrings (brat meaning pinafore) because she was so ‘skinny’. He also enjoyed gardening and spending time with his dog, a terrier called Butch.


Jimmy retired around 1957, and died soon after on the 24th May 1960 at home at 28 Darley street, just two months after the death of his eldest daughter Elizabeth.

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