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Lucy Warren, 1871 - 1965

Lucy Warren was born in Dannett Street, Leicester, in November 1871. She was the first daughter of Henry and Louisa Warren. Henry was a coachbuilder and a member of a well established coach making family in Loughborough. However, in the period between 1867 and 1881 he had been travelling in search of work, including Leicester and Newport Pagnell.

Dannett Street, Leicester

By 1881 the family had returned to Loughborough and were living at Russell Street. It is possible that Henry returned to the town to work again in the family business. By 1891 the family had moved to Hartington Street and Lucy was still living with her parents and her five brothers and sisters. Her older brothers Henry and John had already left home. Lucy was 19 years old and working as a bookbinder. Interestingly, living next door to the Warren's at this time were the Fowler's. James and Rebecca Fowler were the grandparents of May Fowler, who would marry Lucy's still to be born son William, many years later.

As a bookbinder it is possible that Lucy was working for Alfred Clarke's Printers of 32 Swan Street, Loughborough. If so, it would have been here that Lucy met her future husband Tom Drury. Tom had arrived in Loughborough in 1890 to work for Alfred Clarke, following the completion of his apprenticeship in Newark.

The couple were married in August 1897 at Holy Trinity, Loughborough and soon after Lucy gave birth to their first child William Drury. The 1901 census shows the three of them living at Oxford Street, Loughborough and Lucy is recorded as not having an occupation and so it is likely that she had given up work to look after William. William was followed in 1903 by a sister called Eva.

At the outbreak of war in 1914 they lived in Devonshire Square. Lucy was probably shocked to discover that a few weeks after the outbreak of war Tom had enlisted into the South Staffs Regiment, leaving her to fend for their 11 year old daughter. Tom served overseas from August 1915 and December 1916 Lucy gave birth to her third child Lyn. It was during Tom's absence at the front that Lucy met Loughborough man James Dean. After news of Tom's death in July 1918 they moved in together and this led to their subsequent exclusion by Tom's family. By this time Lucy was living in Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough. Lucy and James were still living at Wharncliffe Road when they married at Loughborough Register Office in April 1920. It is possible that Lyn was the son of James but there is no evidence to support this. Lyn died in 1921, just 5 years old.

Lucy and James Dean later in life

Lucy and James Dean eventually moved to Nottingham to be closer to Lucy's son William. They were living at 99 Fernwood Crescent, Woolaton, at the time of James's death in 1957. Lucy lived on until 1965 at her home at 24 Oakfield Close, Broxtowe and died at the City Hospital on 29 January of that year, at the age of 93. She was buried in the Northern Cemetery, Nottingham.

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August 25, 2014