Harold Frederick Wren (1894 - 1962)

Egmont Village School with their teacher Miss Phipps: 3rd Row 2nd from left: - Norman Wren; Front row:  4th from left,- Harold Wren 


 Harold Frederick Wren (b: 14 Apr 1894 in Taranaki; he was enrolled at the Egmont Village School 2 Apr 1900 , Parent / Guardian Mr Wren, Address Junction Road; d: 21 Apr 1962 in Hawera; Bur: 24 Apr 1962 Hawera Cem.)  Harold's father died 1908 when he was 14Y and at 18 enlisted as a gunner WW1 but the war terminated and was not required to go overseas. He was a dairy farmer at Tokaora and April 1920 was elected on the Householder's Committee  at Tokaora. He mar: 23 Aug 1922 in St Mary's Church, Hawera to Alice Madge* Griffin (b: 20 Jan 1897 in Kaponga, Taranaki - her Father: Arthur Griffin; her Mother, Helena Maria Adlam; d: 15 Sep 1992 in Hawera Hospital, Taranaki aged  95Y; Bur: 19 Sep 1992 Hawera Lawn Cem.) Their three daughters:  Myra Alice, Joyce Lillian  and Lorna Madge Wren.

 Harold's father was Frederick Wren. Sarah Jane Bolton was his *2nd Wife. She was b: 1860 in Wantage, Berkshire 3Q to parents Job Bolton and mother: Rebecca Keen; she d: 30 Apr 1945 in Te Puke, Bay of Plenty. Fred and Sarah married: 12 Feb 1890 in St James Onehunga Parish Church at Auckland. Fred and Sarah had 3  children:

(a) Norman Henry Wren b: 19 Dec 1890 in Taranaki; Occ:  Farmer; WW1 Serviceman; d: 28 May 1968

(b) Harold Frederick Wren (b: 14 Apr 1894 in Taranaki; d: 15 Sep 1992 in Hawera Hospital, Taranaki aged  95Y;

c Alice Mary Wren (b: 23 Aug 1897 in Taranaki; d: 1998)  Mar: 31 Dec 1928 in St Andrew's Te Puke Parish to Albert Edward Higginson (b: Oct 1893 in Waimate;   d: 15 Nov 1962 in Te Puke  aged 70y )


 William Wren  was Harold's Grandfather  - he was b: 21 Sep 1795 in St Giles Reading, Berkshire;  ;  and d: 01 Nov 1875 in Pinckley Green, Cookham, Berks) William married  2nd Jul 1815 in Hertshire to  Sarah Clarke (She was b: 1792 in Sonning, Berkshire;  d: 26 May 1861 in Chachath Place, Hurley, Berks) They lived at Horne Street Reading, Birkshire, Occ: Butcher / farmer at Whitley Wood farm at Whitley - a suburb outside Reading.

Harold Wren's grandparents William and Sarah Wren had seven children:

i Sarah D Wren (b: 08 Jan 1820 in Horne St, Reading, Berkshire, England; d: 23 Jun 1899 in Lower Whitley Farm)

ii    Frederick   Wren (Harold's father) (b: 20 May 1827 in Horn St, Reading, Berkshire, England; Bapt St Giles Reading ;Occ: 1848 Biscuit maker; 1871 farmer; d: 26 Jul 1908 in Tokaora, Hawera, Taranaki aged 82Y; Bur: 28 Jul 1908 Hawera Cem)

iii William Wren (b: 20 May 1827 in Horn St, Reading, Berkshire, England; d: 04 Mar 1837 in St Giles Reading)

iv Harriet Wren (b: 09 Jan 1829 in Horn St, Reading, Berkshire, England)

v Ellen Wren (b: 09 Jan 1833 in Horn St, Reading, Berkshire, England )

vi Henry Blandy Wren (b: 12 Feb 1834 in Horn St, Reading, Berkshire, England; farmer at Whitley farm; d: 1915) He mar: Sarah ? Their children were Edwin b: 1865;  Elizabeth b: 1867; Margaretta b: 1869;  Ellen (Annie) b: 1877;  George b: 1878;  Kate b: 1880;  Harry Wren b: 1886

vii Edwin Wren b: Abt. 1836 in Horn St, Reading, Berkshire, England - occ: Grocers asst, Commercial traveller

 (Harold Wren's father) Frederick Wren   1st mar: SOPHIA WICKS on 20 Aug 1848 at Berks and Oxford (she was b: Abt. 1828 in Highmore, Oxfordshire, England, Sophia's parents were: Joel Wicks (1797 - 1867) and her mother Jane Collins (1809 - 1971); She d: 05 Mar 1912 in Wiltshire.)  Fred and Sopia had 9 children:

   Census 1841 


1 Frederick William Wren (b: Abt. Aug 1849 in Reading, Berkshire, England; d: 05 May 1914 in St Davids Hill, Exeter, Devonshire

2 Sophia Wren (b: 1851 in Reading, Berkshire, England; d: 04 Aug 1930 in Chippenham, Wiltshire - John Robert Singer b: 1852 in Chippenham, Wiltshire Married: 1872 in Reading, Berkshire;  d: 1931 in Chippenham, Wiltshire

3 Harriet Ann Wren b: 09 Jul 1854 in Shinfield, Berkshire Died: 30 Nov 1942 in Wiltshire, England - Nathan Riddick b: 1857 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire Occupation: Printer and Bookbinder Married: Jul 1884 in Sturminster, Dorset Died: 10 Oct 1927 in Wiltshire, England Father: Joseph Riddick Mother: Sophia

4 Henry Wren b: 1857 in Whitley, Berkshire, England Died: 02 Jul 1924 in Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Devonshire, Eng  Julia ;  *2nd Wife of Henry Wren: mar; Kate Mar: 1882 in Exeter, Devonshire

5 Sarah Wren b: 23 Aug 1860 in Whitley Cottage Reading, Berkshire; Died: 13 May 1940 in Swansea - Charles Henry Alexander Evans Occ: Nurseryman Married: 03 Apr 1881

6 Clara Wren b: 1862 in Whitley Cottage Reading, Berkshire Died: 26 Jan 1953 in Wells, Somerset

7 Albert Edward Victor Christian Edwin Emanuel Wren bn: 1864 in Whitley Cottage Reading, Berkshire Died: 03 Jun 1927 in Paddington, London

8 James Wren b: 1866 in Reading, Berkshire, England Died: Mar 1951 in Chippenham, Wiltshire  -Mary Jane Gumm b: 1869 in Keevil, Wiltshire Married: 12 May 1897 in Barton Regis, Gloucestershire ; d: 18 Jun 1957 in Wiltshire, England

9 Ernest Wren b: 18 Jan 1868 in Whitley Cottage Reading, Berkshire; Occ: Grocer's Asst - (for bro-in-law J R Singer?)         

Census 1871: The two brothers, Frederick and Henry Wren are Farmers with properties side by side

Frederick Wren left England, his home, children and wife SOPHIA Wren and died 05 Mar 1912 in Wiltshire.
Residence: Census 1901, Residence - Gloscester Rd Malmsbury, Wilshire (age 73Y - stated she was married ) Living with dau Harriet and Nathan Riddick
Residence: Census 2 Apr 1911, 11 St Mary Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire (age 84Y - Widow) Living with dau Sophoa and John Robert Singer.
The years until Fred remarried in New Zealand Sarah Jane Bolton are not known