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Fred Netherwood (1857-1944) in his garden in Birmingham, England, in 1923.

Born in Deighton, Huddersfield, Fred was the eighth and youngest child of William and Rhoda (nee Battye). On leaving school he became a student teacher in Huddersfield, but had eventually no choice but to travel 'south' to Birmingham, the then examination centre for prospective school teachers. There he met and married Mary Smith, a fellow student teacher from Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland. Fred (my grandfather) remained in Birmingham and taught there all his life, subsequently becoming a headmaster. Mary gave up teaching to raise their children, Henry Langley, Ida May, Madge Marie and Arthur George.

His eldest brother, Joseph, emigrated to the USA and settled in North Adams, Massachusetts.

-Margaret Rowe            

  Fred Netherwood in his garden in Birmingham

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