Yorkshire Chess History



George Barron











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1877, Hull



1947/48, Hull



Non-Chess Life


George Barron’s parents were Charles Barron (born 1850/1851, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) and Fanny Mary Barron (née Wood, 1848/49), who were married in Hull in 1876.  They had only two children:


George Barron

born 1877, Hull

Emily Lucy Barron

born 02/03/1879, Hull


It appears the mother was usually called Fanny; she was “Mary” in the 1881 census, “Fanny Mary” in 1891, and “Fanny” in 1901 and 1911.  Similarly, the daughter was usually called Lucy; she was “Emily L.” in 1881, but Lucy in 1891, 1901 and 1911.


The 1881 census listed 32-year-old “Mary Barron”, 4-year-old “Geo. Barron”, and 2-year-old “Emily M. Barron” living at 6 Porters Place (not evident in today’s maps), Myton, Hull.  The children’s father was not listed, but “Mary” was described as a mariner’s wife, so the father was most likely away at sea.


The 1891 census listed tobacconist Charles Barron as Fanny Mary Barron’s husband, so, either Charles was perhaps a mariner who left the sea to become a tobacconist.  The family now lived at 91 Wincolmlee, Sculcoates, Hull.  Living with 40-year-old Charles were 42-year-old Fanny (i.e. Fanny Mary Barron), 14-year-old George, and 12-year-old Lucy (aka Emily L. Barron).


The 1901 census found the family of four living at the same address, but ten years older.  40-year-old Charles was still a tobacconist.  24-year-old George was a commercial clerk, while Lucy was a schoolteacher.


The 1911 census found the family of same still at the same address.  Charles was now a tobacconist and newsagent, assisted by Fanny.  George was an assistant general clerk with the Humber Conservancy Board.  Lucy was a certificated teacher working for Hull Education Authority.


In 1914, sister Emily married Richard Bainbridge, in Hull.


Father Charles died in Hull in 1915.


The April 1917 issue of The Chess Amateur quoted from the Hull Times reporting that George Barron of Hull had been called up.


George Barron seems to have remained in Hull for the rest of his life.


His mother died on 07/05/1932, aged 83, at 39 St Hilda Street, Hull.


George Barron seems untraceable in the 1939 Register.  (Sister Lucy and her schoolteacher husband Richard were living in Seemer, near Scarborough in 1939.  She died on 03/10/1965, at the Hope Nursing Home, Cambridge.)




The death of 70-year-old George Barron was registered in the first quarter of 1948, at Hull.  He thus died in late December 1947, or in the first quarter of 1948.




George Barron played for Hull in the Woodhouse Cup from 1900-01 through to 1934-35 and very probably right up to the outbreak of war.


He played in the 1903 West Riding versus North & East Ridings match.  Around the same time he became a regular player for Yorkshire in inter-county matches, the last he played in over the board being the 1938 Yorkshire-Lancashire match, and the last County & District Correspondence Championship team he played in was that of 1939.


He played in the Major Open section of the 1914 BCF Congress in Chester, finishing 2nd with 9 points out of 11.


He won the Yorkshire Championship in 1915/16.


At a simultaneous display given by Alekhine at the City Hall, Hull, 19 October 1923, he managed a draw.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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