Henry Checketts, known as Harry, was born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire in 1869, the son of a butcher. By 1901 he lived at 1 Kings Hill, Wednesbury, Staffordshire with wife Eliza and their six year old daughter Edith and four year old son, Arthur.
Eliza died aged 43 leaving Henry a widower with their two teenage children, Edith and Arthur. In 1911 he was employed as a journeyman butcher
living at 34 Albert Street, Wednesbury.
In Droitwich Alice Hughes, now a widow, needed assistance
with operating the butchery business at 20 High Street. Harry Checketts, being an
older man, was not called up to serve his country and he came to work at the
In the summer of 1919 Alice and Harry Checketts were married. Harry carried on the butchery business at No 20 and Alice continued with her drapery shop at No 22.
Harry’s son, Arthur Checketts, remained in Wednesbury and married Dorothy Done in June 1919 and they had a son, Robert Henry Clifford Checketts.
By 1939 widower Arthur and his sister Edith had joined Harry and Alice in Droitwich.