Henry John Booth

Author: B Sylvester
Date published: 29/01/2022

HENRY JOHN BOOTH 1869 - 1929
Son of Rev. W.H. Booth
Born in Newbury but as a child went north with his father Educated at the High School, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Returned to Berkshire and was articled to A.W. Neate in Hungerford
Went into partnership with Albert Church in the Corn and Meal business
in the Town Mills and Bartholomew Street.
"Always an energetic enthusiastic man": a member of the Berkshire Voluntary Mounted Infantry, the Newbury Church Choir, and the Newbury Volunteer Fire Brigade becoming a Second Officer in which capacity he visited the continent and narrowly escaped at the start of World War I

Moved to a small holding in Burghclere where he bred dogs
Had charge of the Highclere Castle Fire Brigade
Known as The Little General (because of General Booth of the Salvation Army) "was one of the most genuinely liked men ... he was genial, witty and companionable. "He was truly a big-hearted man and loved to assist all good causes in any way ... "Nothing was too much trouble to him in helping others"

He died on 31s, August, 1929, aged 60, and was buried in Newtown Road Cemetery His wife Harriett lived on until 1954, dying at 81
Initiated into Hope Lodge on 4th January, 1911


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