HASELDEN, William Kerridge

1872 - 1953

William K. Haselden

Born in Seville, Spain on 3 December 1872, second of the five children of Adolphe Henry Haselden (1834-1878), civil engineer, and his wife, Susan Elizabeth née Kerridge (died 1929). His parents were both English but met in Seville where his father was director of the Seville gasworks. In 1874 the family moved from Seville to Linares, Spain, but during a holiday in England in 1877 his father contracted pneumonia and died the following year. The remaining family remained in Hampstead, London, living off the income from shares in the family business, and William was sent to private school in Carlton Hill, St John's Wood, London. Following the sale of the family mines his mother's increasingly desperate financial straits, when his education was curtailed when he left school in 1888 and received no formal artistic training. Haselden, through the patronage of a family friend, obtained a post as an underwriter at Lloyd's of London where he remained for some thirteen years when he took his first step in following a career as a cartoonist. In 1902, after indulging his recreation of sketching, he submitted a caricature of one of the Lloyd's underwriters to the periodical 'The Sovereign' and he was invited to join the staff of the paper, drawing mainly political cartoons along with theatrical sketches. However 'The Sovereign' ceased publication in April 1903, when he produced freelance cartoons and sketches for 'The Tatler' and 'St James's Gazette' but through the offices of Arkas Sapp (1874-1923), to obtain a full-time staff post with Alfred Harmsworth, who hired him at a salary of £5 a week for a new journalistic venture, the 'Daily Mirror'. Haselden started work on the 'Daily Mirror' in January 1904, under its new editor, Hamilton Fyfe, originally starting with political work similar to that of 'The Sovereign', by 1906 Haselden had settled on the formula which remained intrinsic to his work in the 'Daily Mirror' until his retirement in 1940. From April 1906 Haselden also contributed theatrical cartoons to 'Punch'. Between 1906 and 1935 annual collections of these cartoons were gathered together in twenty-nine volumes of ‘Daily Mirror’ Reflections. He started an affair with his editor's wife Eleanor Fyffe and after a divorce, in 1907 he married Eleanor Charlotte née Lane-Bayliff (9 June 1875–1944) and they had two children, Celia Mary and John Kerridge. Resident at 1 Pelham Place in south-west London for most of his career, from the mid-1930s he spent more and more time at the family's holiday home, Dudley Dene, Lee Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, where he eventually retired and spent the rest of his life. In 1939 a cartoonish living at 11 Lee Road, Aldeburgh with his wife Eleanor and daughter Celia Mary (2 March 1908-1981), who was training for the Women's Land Army. He died of natural causes at Dudley Dene, Aldeburgh on Christmas day 1953 and cremated at Ipswich on 31 December.

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