Ice Worker b.1895

Ice is another person with an unusual name whose siblings all have much more traditional ones (Arthur, Albert, Phyllis etc.). Her parents were John Joseph Worker, a coal miner and Ann Marsh, who is never listed with an occupation but who we can assume, with 10 children (3 sadly die) was a very busy housewife.

In the 1911 census aged 15, her occupation is given as ‘Assists at home.’ She later marries a man named Harry Mallatratt Bradder in 1924, he is a Colliery worker 10 years her senior and the Mallatratt middle name is his Mother’s maiden name. There is an interesting website on the Mallatratt family here – just click on the small ‘George Mallatratt’ at the top of the page for a great photo of Harry’s Grandfather.
They spend their whole lives in Mansfield, appearing in electoral registers at the same address Harry is living in 1911:
Register of Electors 1928\9 – North Ward District No.1
67 Union Street  Harry and Ice Bradder, Alexander and Annie Quarrell.
Register of Electors 1929\30 – North Ward District No.1
67 Union Street – Harry Bradder, Ice Bradder, Annie Quarrell.

Harry dies in 1964, leaving Ice around £5,500 in today’s money. She lives for another 14 years, they do not have any surviving children.

So… why Ice?
Ice’s birth date is shown most places as 1896, however her school admission record shows the exact date – Boxing Day 26th December 1895. There are plenty of Christmases about so it seems she missed being called something actually relatively common by one day!

ice worker

At first I thought that it was perhaps the winter when the Thames last froze over – however that was 1894-5. The Met weather report of December 1895 was actually seemingly quite mild, although some ‘inland Northern territories’ did experience temperatures between -6 to -12 degrees celcius. Whether Langfield near Chesterfield was one of those places I can’t be certain!.

Without any obvious widespread ice and snow around the UK, it seems that Ice’s name either came from more localised weather, or perhaps a specific incident which we will sadly never find out about. Or perhaps they just wanted something winter themed that was a little different from Christmas!


One thought on “Ice Worker b.1895

  1. Perhaps it was something as simple as the midwife arriving late because of an icy road. It wouldn’t have to be that cold for there to be ice on the ponds and streams and tracks. Or perhaps the registrar couldn’t spell Joyce!! It would be so lovely to know the real answer.

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