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Born:

02/09/1902, Dalston, London

Baptised:

21/09/1902, Holy Trinity, Dalston

Died:

1976/77, Bradford

Buried:

 

Non-Chess Life

 

The parents of Francis William John Titley were Frederick George Titley (born 1876/77, Battersea, London) and Hannah Titley (born 1880/81, Barnsley, Yorkshire).  The couple married in 1901/02, and in their first 9years of married life had only the one child:

 

Francis William John Titley

born 02/09/1902, Dalston, London

 

The birth of “Francis William J. Titley” was registered in the fourth quarter of 1902, at Hackney, London.

 

“Francis William John Titley”, son of Frederick George Titley, cellarman, of 63 Mayfield Road, Dalston, and Hannah Titley, was baptised on 21/09/1902, at Holy Trinity, Dalston, by M. A. Knapp.  The child’s date of birth was recorded in entry 875 of the baptism register as 02/09/1902.

 

The 1911 census found the two parents and 8-year-old Francis W. J. Titley living at 16 Wilton Road, Dalston.  Father Frederick was a house-painter in the employment of a builder.

 

The marriage of “Francis W. J. Titley” to Doris A. Brett was registered in the fourth quarter of 1931, at Elham, Kent.

 

Our man seems to have moved to Sheffield around 1934/35.  Kelly’s Sheffield & Rotherham Directory, 1934, seems not to have mentioned him, but the 1935 directory listed “Fras. Wm. Jn. Titley” as a solicitor’s clerk as living at 134 Meadow Head, Chesterfield Road, Sheffield.  (The 1934 directory didn’t mention number 134 of Meadow Head, suggesting the property was at the time empty.)

 

Kelly’s Sheffield & Rotherham Directory, 1936, listed “Fras. Wm. Jn. Titley” as a solicitor’s clerk as living at 11 Norton Lane, Sheffield.  (The 1935 directory hadn’t listed Norton Lane at all, so the property was presumably a new development at the time, being on the periphery of Sheffield’s built-up area, and very close to the Derbyshire border.)  The same entry was repeated in the 1937 edition of the directory.

 

The English Counties Chess Unions Combined Year Book 1938-39, published in November 1938, listed “F. W. J. Titley, 11 Norton Lane, Sheffield 8” as contact (presumably secretary) of the Sheffield [& District] Chess Association.

 

Kelly’s Sheffield & Rotherham Directory, 1941, seems not to have listed our man, and 11 Norton Lane had a new occupant listed.

 

Our man had evidently left Sheffield near the start of the Second World War, or during it, and officials of the Sheffield & District Chess Association were unable after the war to ascertain what had happened to him.  He might have died during the war, for all they knew, yet he seems to have survived.

 

A 1952 telephone directory listed “F. W. J. Titley” living at Penhellis Cottage, Helston (tel. Helston 386).  Twelve more Titleys were listed.

 

It would appear his wife, Doris A. Titley, had died, as the marriage of “Francis W. J. Titley” to Margaret Holmes was registered in the second quarter of 1955, at Wharfdale, Yorkshire.

 

A 1969 telephone directory listed “F. W. J. Titley” living at 25 Chadbrook Crescent, Brook Road, Birmingham 15.

 

Death

 

The death of “Francis William J. Titley”, at age 74, was registered in the first quarter of 1977, at Bradford, quoting his date of birth as 02/09/1902.

 

Chess

 

F. W. J. Titley seems to have first participated in the activities of the Sheffield & District Chess Association in the season 1936-37, playing in the Weston Trophy (league division 2) for West End, who had been relegated from the Davy Trophy at the end of 1935-36.

 

He was winner of the Sheffield Class B championship (Holroyd Trophy) in 1937.

 

He played in one Woodhouse Cup match for Sheffield in the season 1937-38.

 

The English Counties Chess Unions Combined Year Book 1938-39, published in November 1938, listed him as the contact for the Sheffield & District Chess Association.  As J. Moore had been secretary in 1937-38, it seems he became S&DCA secretary in 1938, for the season 1938-39.  He held that office at the outbreak of World War II, but fellow officials of the Association couldn’t track him down (or the Association’s records) after the end of the war.

 

He evidently survived the war, and even eventually returned to Yorkshire, but whether he continued playing chess is unclear.

 

 

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05/01/2014

Copyright © 2014 Stephen John Mann

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05/01/2014