PHILIP AUSTYN BARRAN AND HIS DESCENDANTS

Much of the information presented here comes from a set of unpublished essays or memoirs of his family written by Donald Austyn Nicholson Barran in 1994. The date of Philip Austyn Barran's birth is given as 20 Mar 1876, and the same date is quoted in the 107th edition of Burke's Peerage, and listed in the Peerage website. His birth was registered at Leeds in the June quarter of 1876 (vol.9b, p.643). He died, aged 76, on 08 Feb 1953 at his home, The Elms, Chapel Allerton, Leeds. His death was registered at Leeds in the March quarter of 1953, vol.2c, p.195. He was the son of John Barran and Eliza Henrietta Nicholson. As a child of Baptist parents, he was not baptised until 04 Apr 1892, when he was 16, and was confirmed on the 7th of the same month by the Bishop of Richmond at St. Matthew's Church, Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

From 1885 to 1890 he was as preparatory school at Wellington College, followed by public school at Malvern, which he did not enjoy. After serving an engineering apprenticeship he went to Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating BA in Engineering, and subsequently MA. He had a job in Newcastle with Armstrong Engineering and then a job in Leeds. In 1906 he was appointed Managing Director of the family firm John Barran & Sons, a clothing manufacturer and wholesaler founded by his grandfather John Barran in the middle of the previous century.

At the outbreak of WW1 he was commissioned as a Major in the army in a non- combatant capacity, having had a major kidney operation. He spent several years in America as an inspector for the Ministry of Munitions, buying munitions on behalf of the British Government. After the war he returned to the family firm, and also held many voluntary appoitments with charitable organisations. He was a Major in the Territorial Army (West Riding Brigade, Royal Field Artillery), chairman of Leeds Maternity Hospital, and a JP for Leeds. In 1938 he lost his position as Managing Director of the family firm, a result of a kind of palace revolution. There followed a period of financial hardship for him and his family until, shortly before the outbreak of WW2 he became a Civil Servant, as Divisional Food Officer for the North East of England, working under the Minister of Food, Lord Woolton. There is a photograph of him taken in June 1940. After the War he suffered increasingly from heart weakness, and died after a long illness, aged 76.

On 02 Jan 1908 he married Dorothy Currer Briggs(376), my second cousin, twice removed (I think), and they had four children.

Children of Philip Austyn Barran(577) and Dorothy Currer Briggs(376)

Name Notes
F/Lt. Philip Henry (Pip) BARRAN(831) Born 20 Apr 1909. In the Second World War he was a Flight Lieutenant in the service of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and fought in the Battle of Britain as a Spitfire pilot with 609 squadron. He was killed in action on 11 July 1940, aged 31, and was buried at the Lawns Wood cemetery, Leeds. There is a photograph of him, presumably taken earlier in 1940.
Arthur Haworth Barran (832) Born 14 Apr 1911. He married Rosa Greenwood, daughter of John Russell Greenwood, on 27 March 1945. Arthur Haworth Barran usually went by his middle name of Haworth. He was educated at Repton School and at St. John's College, Cambridge (BA 1933, MA). Died in 1991 or 1993 in New Zealand. They had three children, of whom the second, Helen Margaret Barran died in infancy.
Dorothy Stella Margaret Barran(833) Dorothy, usually known as Stella, was born on 04 Jun 1919 [www.thepeerage.com/p13333.htm#i133330; GRO births index, Leeds, Sep quarter 1919, vol9b, p.327]. She attended Burgess Hill School, in Sussex, and then Edinburgh University [Barran and Briggs, unpublished memoir by Dr Donald Barran, 1994, p.32]. She joined the WRNS and was stationed in Kent when she met Joseph William Sloan ALLISON(836), usually known as Sloan, and then a temporary Lieutenant in the RNVR [www.thepeerage.com/p13334.htm#i133331]. They married on 06 Mar 1943, at St. George's, Hanover Square [Barran and Briggs, unpublished memoir by Dr Donald Barran, 1994, p.33]. They have three children and four grandchildren. Stella died on 02 Oct 2010 at Cardross, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Sloan was born in 1919 [GRO Scotland, Pollockshields, Glasgow, 644/18 0464] and died aged 80 on 02 Apr 2000 [www.thepeerage.com/p13333.htm#i133330; GRO Scotland, Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, 501/00 0064].
Dr Donald Austyn Nicholson Barran (834) Born 1922. Did not marry.

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