Akroyd, Henry Cecil (1873-1940)

Major H C Akroyd - 1914 - Vancouver City Archives - AM54-S4-: Port P378; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/major-h-c-akroyd;rad

Major H C Akroyd – 1914 – Vancouver City Archives – AM54-S4-: Port P378; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/major-h-c-akroyd;rad

Henry Cecil Akroyd was a real estate broker and military man who lived at 1919 Beach Avenue from 1910 to 1913.

He was born in Wollaton, Nottingham, England on April 17, 1873. His father was Charles Henry Akroyd (1848-1929), a wealthy and well-known sportsman. (The Akroyd fishing fly is named after him).

Charles Henry Akroyd - A Veteran Sportsman’s Diary - Inverness - Robert Carruthers and Sons - “Courier” Office - 1926 - frontispiece

Charles Henry Akroyd – A Veteran Sportsman’s Diary – Inverness – Robert Carruthers and Sons – “Courier” Office – 1926 – frontispiece

Henry’s mother was Mary Baddeley Wood (about 1847-1912).

Henry went to Uppingham School from 1887 to 1891. He came to Canada about 1892.

By 1894, he was living at 1209 Haro Street in Vancouver. He was working as a clerk for Innes and Richards, a firm of real estate and insurance agents. The other members were F.C. Innes and Stephen Osborne Richards (1855-1910).

H C Akroyd - Vancouver World - Souvenir Edition - June 1896 - page 6

H C Akroyd – Vancouver World – Souvenir Edition – June 1896 – page 6

In 1896, he became a lieutenant in the British Columbia regiment of the Canadian militia.

By 1897, he had become a full member of his real estate firm, which was called Innes, Richards and Akroyd, The firm eventually became Richards, Akroyd and Gall. (John Stewart Gall (1875-1960), another member of the firm, lived at 2000 Beach Avenue from 1903 to 1905 and at 958 Denman Street from 1906 to 1914.)

By 1901, Henry was living at 1435 Pender Street. He was married to Ida, who was born in the United States on August 10, 1875.

In the early 1900s, he continued to be active in military matters as a member of the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles.

Lieutenant Henry C Akroyd - detail from Colonel J G Holmes D O C and Officers of the 6th Regiment D O C O R at their First Annual Inspection - 1901 - Vancouver City Archives - VLP 115; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/colonel-j-g-holmes-d-o-c-and-officers-of-6th-regiment-d-o-c-o-r-at-their-first-annual-inspection;dc

Lieutenant Henry C Akroyd – detail from Colonel J G Holmes D O C and Officers of the 6th Regiment D O C O R at their First Annual Inspection – 1901 – Vancouver City Archives – VLP 115; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/colonel-j-g-holmes-d-o-c-and-officers-of-6th-regiment-d-o-c-o-r-at-their-first-annual-inspection;dc

By 1910, Henry was living at 1919 Beach Avenue. In the 1911 census, he was now married to Dorothy Boyd Lenty, who was born in England in February 1880; she had come to Canada in 1895. The 1911 census said that Henry and Dorothy had two children: Frank, who was born in British Columbia in March (possibly 1898), and Kathleen, who was born in British Columbia in October 1899. Frank and Kathleen were Dorothy’s children from her earlier marriage to Ernest Powell.

Henry often travelled to Great Britain. In 1912, he and John Fordham went to Scotland to go shooting.

When the First World War began, Henry joined the British forces in Europe.

After the war, he returned to Vancouver, although he and Dorothy continued to travel, mostly to England. He retired in 1935, and moved in 1939 to Wigmore Hall in Hereford, England. He died there on May 21, 1940.

Wigmore Hall Wigmore, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9UL, http://www.hayesgb.com/assets/287/of/4/pro/HSL2905/documents/1.pdf

Wigmore Hall Wigmore, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9UL, http://www.hayesgb.com/assets/287/of/4/pro/HSL2905/documents/1.pdf

In August 1940, Dorothy Akroyd came to Vancouver, along with her two grandchildren, Susan and Ann Everard, who were going to York School in Vancouver for the duration of the Second World War while their father, Henry Breedon Everard, was a German prisoner of war.

In 1923, Dorothy’s daughter, Kathleen, had married Henry Everard in Ludlow district in England. Mr. Everard was born in Barnet, England on February 21, 1897. After going to school at Marlborough College and Cambridge University, he served in the British military during the First World War. After the war, he became a railway engineer. He re-joined the military during the Second World War, and became a prisoner of war. After the war, he was an executive of British Railways. In 1953, he moved to Southern Rhodesia to become general manager of Rhodesia Railways. In late 1978, he was the acting president of Rhodesia for a short period. He died in Rhodesia on August 7, 1980.

On May 21, 1941, exactly one year after Henry Akroyd’s death, Mrs. Akroyd went to visit Major Matthews, the City of Vancouver archivist. By then, Mrs. Akroyd and her granddaughters were renting a house at 6712 Adera Street in Vancouver. She said that the Akroyd home in England was being used as a school for girls.

After the war, Dorothy continued to live in Vancouver. From 1951 to 1958, she was living at 1716 Drummond Drive. There is no further information for Dorothy at this time.

Dorothy had two children from her marriage with Ernest Powell:

Frank Allnutt Powell-Akroyd

Frank Allnutt Powell-Akroyd was born in Vancouver, possibly on March 1, 1898. He enlisted with the British military forces during the First World War. He was serving with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry when he was killed on August 23, 1918. He was buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France.

Kathleen Dorothy Boyd Powell

Kathleen was born in Vancouver on October 18, 1899.

In 1923, she married Henry Breedon Everard in Ludlow district in England. Henry was born in Barnet, England on February 21, 1897. After going to school at Marlborough College and Cambridge University, he served in the British military during the First World War. After the war, he became a railway engineer. He re-joined the military during the Second World War, and became a prisoner of war. After the war, he was an executive of British Railways. In 1953, he moved to Southern Rhodesia to become general manager of Rhodesia Railways. In late 1978, he was the acting president of Rhodesia for a short period. He died in Rhodesia on August 7, 1980.

Henry Everard and Kathleen Powell-Akroyd had two children.

Susan Everard was born between 1926 and 1929. She attended York School in Vancouver.

Ann Everard was born between 1926 and 1929. She attended York School in Vancouver.

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Charles Henry Akroyd (father of Henry Cecil Akroyd)

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Times (London), March 1, 1929, page 11, column c: Charles Henry Akroyd, died in his 81st year, of Brora, Sutherlandshire. Born in Denton Park, Yorkshire, 1848. To Eton in 1862.

Henry Cecil Akroyd

Uppingham School, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uppingham_School

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“Lieut. Akroyd to be Adjutant: Col. Worsnop’s Order: A Regimental Athletic Association to be Formed,” Vancouver Province, May 10, 1902, page 7.

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“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JXRH-749 : accessed 02 Mar 2014), Henry Cecil Akroyd, 28 Feb 1908; citing Mauretania, United States National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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“Social and Personal News,” Vancouver Province, page 8: “Mr. J. J. [sic] Fordham and Mr. H.C. Ackroyd [sic], who have been spending some time abroad, have taken a shooting box in Scotland, where they are enjoying the season.”

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JN1X-BJQ : accessed 02 Mar 2014), Henry C. Akroyd, 25 Mar 1913; citing Kronprinzessin Cecilie, United States National Archives, Washington, D.C.

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JJ3C-1YF : accessed 02 Mar 2014), Henry C. Akroyd, 06 May 1914; citing Olympic, United States National Archives, Washington, D.C.

“Major Akroyd in Loos Battle: Germans Raised White Flag and Then Turned on Gas: Led His Men to Within Thirty Yards of the German Trenches,” Vancouver Province, November 16, 1915, page 8.

“Capt. Akroyd Saw Glaring Spy Work: Writes to Vancouver Friend of Lively Times on French Front,” Vancouver Province, December 24, 1915, page 22.

Supplement to the London Gazette, January 1, 1918, page 104: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30452/supplements/104/page.pdf: “Yorks. L.I.: Temp. Maj. HC. Akrody, from Trg. Res., to be temp. Maj. (attd.). 9 Nov 1917, with seniority 22 Oct. 1914.”

The British Army in the Great War, The Training Reserve: http://www.1914-1918.net/training_reserve.htm

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“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JN7Q-YPL : accessed 02 Mar 2014), Henry Cecil Akroyd, 16 Mar 1923; citing Aquitania, United States National Archives, Washington, D.C.

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JN7Q-YYS : accessed 02 Mar 2014), Henry Cecil Akroyd, 16 Mar 1923; citing Aquitania, United States National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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Society, Vancouver Province, November 1, 1935, page 14: “Major and Mrs. H.C. Akroyd of Wigmore Hall, Herfordshire, England, have arrived in Vancouver and are at present guests at the Hotel Vancouver.”

“Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDZ6-1DT : accessed 02 Mar 2014), Henry Cecil Akroyd, 1939.

Free BMD deaths, Henry C. Akroyd, June quarter 1940, age 67, Leominster district, volume 6a, page 1417, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=180015518&d=bmd_1392656156

Times (London), May 22, 1940, page 1, column A, deaths: “Akroyd, On May 21, 1940, at Wigmore Hall, Herefordshire, Major Henry Cecil Akroyd, . . . beloved husband of Dorothy Akroyd, in his 68th year. Funeral on Friday at St. James’s Church, in Wigmore, at 2:30. (Vancouver B.C. papers, please copy).”

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Notice of application for probate of Henry Cecil Akroyd’s will: Times (London), March 27, 1947, page 1, classified advertising.

Dorothy Boyd Lenty (wife of Henry Cecil Akroyd)

“Mrs. H.C. Ackroyd, with Susan and Ann,” Vancouver Province, August 31, 1940, page 14 (includes photograph of Mrs. H.C. Ackroyd, Susan and Ann): “Arriving back in the city on Wednesday from England, Mrs. H.C. Ackroyd brought with her for the duration her two grandchildren, Susan and Ann Everade [sic], whose father is a British prisoner of war in Germany. They are at the Ritz Apartments.” [The Ritz Apartment Hotel was at 1040 West Georgia Street.]

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Social Register of Canada, 1958, page 54: “Akroyd, Mrs. H.C., 1716 Drummond.”

Frank Allnutt Powell-Akroyd (son of Ernest Powell and Dorothy Boyd Lenty)

(Tentative source) British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1898-09-118732, Baby Powell.

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Sec.-Lieut. Frank Allnutt Powell-Akroyd, Commonwealth War Graves, http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/235254/POWELL-AKROYD,%20FRANK%20ALLNUTT; “Son of Dorothy Akroyd (formerly Powell), of Wigmore Hall, Kingsland, Leominster, and the late Ernest Powell. Native of Vancouver, British Columbia.”

Sec.-Lieut. Frank Allnutt Powell-Akroyd, The War Graves Photgraphic Project, http://twgpp.org/information.php?id=2849893.

Canada At War, Frank Allnutt Powell-Akroyd, http://www.canadaatwar.ca/memorial/world-war-i/101546/second-lieutenant-frank-allnutt-powell-akroyd/.

Sec.-Lieut. Frank Allnutt Powell-Akroyd, Roll of Honour, Hereford Times Herefordshire, England, September 14, 1918.

Memorial plaque, Wigmore, Herefordshire, http://www.flickr.com/photos/52219527@N00/8553026590/

Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France, http://www.inmemories.com/Cemeteries/reginatrench.htm: “POWELL-AKROYD FRANK ALLNUTT, United Kingdom Second Lieutenant King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry23/08/1918 Age: 20 VII. B. 12.

Frank Allnutt Powell-Akroyd, First World War, Book of Remembrance, page 604, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/books/page?page=604&book=1&sort=pageAsc

Kathleen Dorothy Boyd Powell (daughter of Ernest Powell and Dorothy Boyd Lenty)

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Free BMD Marriages, Kathleen D.B. Akroyd and Henry B. Everard, September quarter 1923, Ludlow district, volume 6a, page 1343, http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=149592739&d=bmd_1392656156; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=149642434&d=bmd_1392656156.

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