Yorkshire Chess History



Frank Garnet Avison











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



07/05/1908, Dodworth


21/06/1976, Sheffield


Non-Chess Life


Frank Garnet Avison was one of at least three children born to George Arthur Avison (born 1874/75, Silkstone) and his wife Marian Ann Liset(?) Avison (nee Beardsall, 1875/76, Worsbrough), who were married in the Barnsley area in 1895 and had at least the following three children:


Herbert Senior Avison

b. 1898/99, Wombwell

Frank Garnet Avison

b. 21/06/1908, Dodworth

Marian Avison

b. 1919, Barnsley area


and a fourth child who had died by 1911.  Six children died in infancy in the Barnsley area from 1895 to 1902, among Avison families.


The 1911 census found parent and children Herbert and Frank living at 17 Queen's Avenue, Barnsley.  George Arthur Avison was a colliery blacksmith.


Frank appears to have attended school in nearby Dodworth, as in 1919 Frank Avison of Dodworth was one of those listed as receiving a West Riding Scholarship.  (Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Saturday 12/07/1919)


On 24/07/1933, Frank married Catherine Oxspring (born 09/03/1904, Wortley) at the Wesleyan Methodist church on Carver Street, Sheffield.  The bride was presumably resident in Sheffield at the time, but the couple evidently lived in Barnsley.  Frank was described as a confectioner's traveller.  They had at least one child: Dennis Avison, born 1934, Barnsley district.


The 1939, the Register found Frank and Catherine living at 9 Writer Terrace, Barnsley.  Frank was an insurance agent.


Quite when Frank Avison moved to Sheffield is unclear, but directories reveal that from about 1962 to his death he lived at 556 Barnsley Road, Sheffield.  He seems not to have lived in Sheffield prior to that.  (Seemingly absent from 1961 directory, but present in those of 1963 onwards.)




Frank Avison was probably of no great strength as a player.  He was Yorkshire Chess Association's Controller for Correspondence Chess.  In that capacity he produced a correspondence chess newsletter.  His name is commemorated by the Avison Shield.




Frank Garnet Avison died on 21/06/1976, aged 68 years, at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital, which rather conveniently is on the other side of Barnsley Road.  The death notice in the Sheffield Morning Telegraph of 24/06/1976 described him as beloved husband of Catherine, father and grandpa.  There was a service at Southey Methodist Church at 2.15 p.m., on Friday 25/06/1976, followed by cremation at City Road Crematorium at 3.00 p.m.   “No flowers” was requested, but donations to Cancer Research were invited, suggesting the cause of death had been cancer.






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