The Heaths of Biddulph Grange part three.

The Heaths of Biddulph Grange part three.

Percy Voltelin HEATH Esq. Lt. 1889-1914

Percy Voltelin HEATH Esq. Lt. 1889-1914
Rank: Lieutenant Date of Death: 04/09/1914Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Royal Horse Guards


Motto: Industriae Proemium
Voltelin Percy Heath was born on 4th January 1886 at Stoke on Trent. In WW1 he joined the Royal Life Guards as a 2nd Lieutenant. However he died of wounds on 5th September as a result of injuries received on 1st September. He is buried in the Baron Communal Cemetery at Oise, France. He was never married. There is a memorial; plaque and window in the Great Oxenden village church of St Helen's, Market Harborough.

His father's copper plate of 1908 was altered to show his name, though the Ulster hand was retained.

Arthur Howard HEATH Esq. Col. J.P TD 1856-1930

Arthur Howard HEATH Esq. Col. J.P TD 1856-1930 = Alice PEEL
Of Keele Hall &Madeley Manor, Staffs
1892: Helped found The Staffordshire Post newspaper
1893: Formed Robert Heath and Sons, Ironmaster's
1894: J.P for Staffordshire
1896-1928: Director of The Staffordshire Sentinel newspaper
1900-1906: M.P for Hanley

Born at Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire on 29 May 1856 Heath was educated at Clifton College and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he graduated MA. His father, Robert Heath (died 1893) was a mine and iron works owner.

The family was also very involved in cricket, Heath played for his school; Gloucestershire, making his debut in 1875, just after leaving school; Oxford University; and Middlesex. He was also an MCC member. Three brothers-in-law, two brothers, his father-in-law and his son all played club and county cricket. Heath himself made 44 appearances at first class level in all, scoring 969 runs and taking 26 wickets.

He was active in rugby union for Oxford University and once for England against Scotland in 1876, the last 20-a-side international. He was a double Blue and competed in The Varsity Match in rugby in 1875, 1877, 1879 and 1880 and in The University Match at cricket in 1876, 1877 and 1878.

In addition to the first-class game, Heath was involved in Staffordshire County Cricket Club for many years, playing from 1879 to 1898, in addition captain from 1884 to 1895, including captaining the county in its first ever Minor Counties Championship match. He was also county secretary and treasurer.

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Staffordshire Yeomanry on 18 August 1880. He was promoted Lieutenant on an unknown date, and Captain on 16 October 1886. He was promoted honorary Major on 9 September 1896, honorary Lieutenant-Colonel on 12 July 1905, substantive Lt-Col, and Commanding officer, on 7 April 1906, and honorary Colonel on 31 May 1906. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration on 2 April 1909. He retired on 6 April 1910. In the First World War he was Lt-Col with the 48th Midlands (Howitzer) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, until 1915.

He was involved in founding the Staffordshire Post in 1892, but this did not last long, with its parent company, The Staffordshire Potteries Newspaper Company, Ltd, wound up in 1896. The title was bought out by the Staffordshire Sentinel and Heath subsequently served as a director of that company, and later chairman, until the title was sold in 1928.

Heath had joined the family business after graduation. On the death of his father in 1893, Heath and his two brothers formed the company of Robert Heath and Sons, Ltd to run the family's coal and iron interests. This was sold to the Low Moor Iron Company in 1910. The brothers had also founded the Birchenwood Colliery Company at Newchapel near Kidsgrove in 1893, developing a coking and coal byproducts business.

This was the largest industrial site that the Newchapel area has ever known and provided employment for several thousand people in its heyday. According to his obituary in The Times, Birchenwood did well during the First World War when its chemical products were in demand for explosives, but in the depression that followed, the company began to struggle, but the brothers kept it going to provide employment to the people of Kidsgrove, though it returned no profit to them.

Heath was elected as the 1900 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the borough of Hanley in Staffordshire, having fought the seat unsuccessfully in 1892 and 1895.

After losing his seat at the 1906 general election,he was returned to the House of Commons at the January 1910 general election for the Leek division of Staffordshire, with a majority of only 10 votes. He did not stand again at the December 1910 general election, His father and his brother, Sir James Heath were also Members of Parliament.

He also became J.P. for Staffordshire in 1894 He died aged 73 on 24 April 1930, in Marylebone, London. In legal notices relating to his estate he was described as "Arthur Howard Heath, late of Keele Hall, in the county of Stafford, and of No. 46, Orchard-court, Portman-square". From Wikipedia

Full name: Arthur Howard Heath
Born: 29th May 1856, Titterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Died: 21st April 1930, Marylebone, Middlesex, England
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: round arm Right-arm fast
Education: Brasenose College, Oxford University

Relations: Brother-in-law: JH Savory; Brother-in-law: WT Toynbee; Brother-in-law: PRT Toynbee; Brother: J Heath; Brother: R Heath; Father-in-law: HR Peel; Son: RA Heath
Teams: Gloucestershire (Main FC: 1875); Oxford University (Main FC: 1876-1879); Marylebone Cricket Club (Main FC: 1876-1894); Middlesex (Main FC: 1878); Gentlemen of England (Other FC: 1880); Old Oxonians (Other FC: 1881); CI Thornton's England XI (Other FC: 1883); England XI (Other FC: 1884-1888); Staffordshire XI (Other FC: 1890); Staffordshire (Minor Counties Championship: 1895-1898); All teams

Arthur Howard Heath of Keele Hall, Staffordshire, and 46 Orchard Court Portman Square Middlesex, died on the 24th April 1930. Probate London 29th August to Francis JolliffeRaitt retired colonel H.M. army and Eustace Bowles solicitor. Effects £163284 0s. 7d.
Arthur & Alice had x2 children; a son & a daughter.

His heir, Robert Arthur HEATH 1887-1943.

Robert Arthur HEATH Capt. M.C 1887-1943 = Marjorie May Winifred FIELDING
(Son of Arthur Robert HEATH Esq. Col. J.P T.D)
1918: Leicestershire Yeomanry, ASqn - Attached to the 5th RIL
1919: Awarded Military Cross during service with Leic. Yeomanry. 5th Lancers
Military; Leicester Yeomanry. 5th Lancers, 5rd Cav. Brigade. 'A' Sqn.

Noteworthy domestic buildings include Ramridge House, a large mansion (now divided into apartments) built on the site of an earlier house in 1779 and extended in 1858. Blissamore Hall (until recently called Clanville Lodge) also replaced an older building c.1812 and was then the home of Henry Hulton, a former customs officer of Boston, Massachussets but who fled when the American war of independence broke out. Clanville House is another early 18c elegant house and half a mile to its north Cook's farmhouse, built in the 15c is perhaps the oldest surviving dwelling in the parish but now has a modern extension.