HARRISON, Walter Evans

1864 - 1933

Walter Evans Harrison

Born at St Pancras, London in 1864, son of Robert Harrison (1834–1877), a draper’s assistant, and his wife Juliana née Chapman, who married at St Pancras in 1861. In 1871, 6 year old Walter was living at 26 North Street, Taunton with parents, 37 year old Robert and 28 year old Juliana and three siblings. In 1881 Walter was a 16 year old bookseller living with his widowed mother and family at 2 Park Villa, Park Street, Taunton, Somerset and were still living there in 1891 when Walter is described as a stationer. He reputedly left a bookselling business in Abergavenny to take over as manager of the Ipswich bookselling business for Frederick Pawsey and, on Pawsey’s bankruptcy in June 1897, Harrison, in October that year, purchased the business from the trustees. In 1901 a bookseller & stationer living at 15 Park Place, Ipswich with his mother and his grandmother and his sister Edith. He married at Boston, Lincolnshire in 1903, 31 year old Jessie, daughter of William Porter, a bank manager, and his wife Mary Elizabeth née Jackson. In 1911, 46 year old Walter was living at 51 Fonnereau Road, Ipswich with his 38 year old wife Jessie, born Lincolnshire with their two sons Cedric Evan 6 and Leslie Ivor 1, both born at Ipswich. An honorary member of the Ipswich Art Club 1909-1933, and does not seem to have exhibited. Walter died in his office at the Ancient House on 1 November 1933, leaving a widow and two sons. (Copsey-Ipswich Book Trades. 2010).