Obituary Notices.
THOMAS HATTERSLEY.

" Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure. -Robert Browning.

YACR 1905 Annual Report, vol30

THOMAS HATTERSLEY.
Died at Sheffield, January 23rd, 1905, in his sixty-eighth year.

  Mr. Hattersley, the well-known brother of our Mr. Chas. H Hattersley, will live long in the memory of his many friends, if only for the kindly enthusiasm he carried with him on all occasions. But our deceased friend's reputation was firmly laid in a long and useful ringing career. The fact of his having been connected with the Sheffield Parish Church and its grand ring of twelve, and its many ringing traditions, for forty-five years, speaks for itself.  It can come as no surprise to hear that he was the deeply-trusted friend of our f´rst President, Mr. Jasper Snowdon, who continually spoke with great appreciation of all that the Brothers Hattersley had done to consolidate the Society in their district.

  It is dif´cult to single out any one thing by which our friends may be best remembered, especially when we are dealing with the work of a man who had such a wide range in his ringing horizon, but we are inclined to think that one peal may safely be taken as a memorable event, viz., the conducted performance of Holt's Original One-part, rung in London on October 23rd, 1884, on the anniversary of its f´rst performance without a manuscript. Here our friend took the seventh, and the peal stands duly chronicled to his memory in the second edition of "Grandsire," p.138.  That Holt's One-part was a favourite peal with him is well known, indeed, he travelled to London to call it for Mr. M. A. Wood's 300th peal, and much appreciated were those visits to town when ringing matters were not so well passed round as they are nowadays-appreciated, doubt not, on both sides.

  Joining the Association in 1877 – two years after its conception - he at once became a pillar of strength to the county confederation, as his 103 peals amply testify. Following this out, we find him even in the last few weeks of his career attending our most important Committee meeting, viz., that in December, and on January 15th he obtained the Sheffield signatures to the warrants of the Life Members, and these he took away with him after ringing, with the intention of attending the annual meeting at Pudsey, having notified his intention to be present to his fellow officers, so that we may truly say of him that he died in harness for the Society.

  He was laid to rest in the Sheffield General Cemetery, the Rev. J. St. Leger Blakeney, a son of the old Vicar, specially attending to take the service. At the side of the grave were gathered those dearest to him, and in addition his comrades and the chief and other officers of the Association, and as the clear note of the hand-bells broke crisply through the frosty air in the rythmic beat of Grandsire Caters, one could not but feel that all was being done as he would have wished it.

  May his good example not be lost on us, for we can badly spare the kindly and genial. A peal, No. 1464, was rung on his old bells at the Parish Church, whilst another, thoughtfully chosen as to the particular composition best suited for a closing tribute, was secured at Ranmoor, as given under Peal No. 1456.


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