25 March 1913 Harold Wakefield Howard was born in Manchester, the son of Harold and Martha Wakefield and the first of four children, one of whom died very young. His youngest sister was 90 in 2012/13. Harold senior was a conscientious objector in the First World war and spent some time in prison where he met many Quakers and became one himself. He was an elder at Mount Street Friends Meeting House and was very involved in the settling of Jewish refugees in Manchester from 1938 (see ‘Serious Concern: Manchester Quakers and Refugees, 1938-40’). His cotton yarn agency was in the course of ‘winding down’ in 1938 because of the slump, leaving him time for ‘near total dedication’ to the refugee cause. He was seen as a ‘wonderful man, always true to his word, ever ready to lend practical help’. Harold senior’s older sister, Margaret, married Wilfred Garnett, a fellow member of the refugee committee.
31 March 1945 Harold married Dorothy Knott, at Chain Bar Methodist Church, Moston, Manchester. He had been introduced to her by his two sisters, who taught at the same primary school.
Harold and Dorothy had four children: Elizabeth Jane, born 1946; David John, 1949-1971; William James, 1951-2008; Nicholas Jeremy, born 1954.
The picture shows Harold and Dorothy with their first child, Elizabeth, shortly after her christening at Chain Bar Methodist Church. Summer 1946
1 January 1985 Harold died in Cambridge, actually at the age of 71.