Harold Frederick Wren (1894 - 1962)

Egmont Village School - teacher Miss Phipps: 3rd Row 2nd L - Norman Wren;
Front Row:  4th L - Harold Wren 

 Harold Frederick Wren  was b: 14 Apr 1894 in Taranaki to parents Frederick and Sarah Wren. He was enrolled at the Egmont Village School 2 Apr 1900 , Parent / Guardian Mr Wren, Home Address Junction Road; he d: 21 Apr 1962 in Hawera; Bur: 24 Apr 1962 Hawera Cemetery.  

Harold's father died 1908 when he was 14Y and at 18, Howard  enlisted as a gunner WW1.

He was a dairy farmer at Tokaora and in 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 parents 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. His wife, Sarah Jane Bolton, was b: 1860 in Wantage, Berkshire 3Q to parents Job Bolton who immigrated in 1874 to New Zealand on the "Wennington" - occ. Shepherd and mother: Rebecca Keen; Sarah 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 - they 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; he mar: Alice Madge* Griffin

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)

   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