Terence Haile was the son of Christopher Haile and Hilda Victoria Aldred. They married in Sparkbrook, Birmingham in 1920.
I have copy of register entry.
Terence was born in 1921. He had at least two siblings, Reginald and Jean. Terence lived with his parents in Birmingham for many years, detail available if this is required, and he married Kathleen Dunham following her divorce from Robert Keith Dunham in 1969. Details available if required. Kathleen died in 1986
Electrician Christopher Haile married Hilda Victoria Aldred at Christ Church, Sparkbrook, Birmingham on 12th June, 1920.
Their son, Terence, was born the following year (General Record Office reference Sep Qtr. Volume 06D page 790). The printed version of this event contains an error and shows his mothers surname to be Alfred, not Aldred. This mistake is also shown on other sites. In the parish register for Christs Church, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, his birth is shown as 22nd June, 1921 and he was baptised on 17th July, 1921. Witnesses were his mother and father and Louise Haile. The family address was 64, Barrows Road.
A National Register was taken on 29th September 1939 and information was used to produce ration cards and identity documents for WW2. The Haile family is shown to be still living at 64, Barrows Road, Birmingham. (Reference: National Archives TNA R39 5577C 015). Terence, a Cost Clerk, is shown living with his parents and a brother, Reginald. There is a “Closed Record” also shown. This may be another sibling called Jean, who was born in 1930. Although of age, no definite record of Terence joining the military has been found. There is, however, an R.A.F. record of a “T. Haile” in 1941. Currently this record cannot be accessed and verified. Although these records were due for release to the National Archives in 2004 they remain with RAF records branch.
In 1945, Terence is to be found on an Electors Register at 124, Medlicott Road, Sparkhill Ward, Birmingham. Later registers show him at this address with his parents and family members up until 1960 or later.
In 1969 Terence married Kathleen Dunham (General Records Office reference September Quarter 1969, volume 9C page 3193) in District of Solihull Terence Haile married Kathleen T M Dunham. This was following her divorce earlier that year*. He died in 1979, Kathleen died in Sandwell on 31st July 1986. Following a Requiem Mass at the Church of the Holy Name, Great Barr, she was cremated at Newton Road, West Bromwich Crematorium on 6th August 1986.
*Robert Keith Dunham, son of Frank Alban Dunham & Marguerite Elesmore married Kathleen Theresa Mary Finnemore in 1958. The Coventry Evening Telegraph of Saturday 3rd March 1969, page 11, shows details: In a separate case a respondent husband Robert Keith Dunham, of 20, Brook Street, Wolston, on answer, was granted a decree nisi on the grounds of desertion by his wife, the petitioner, Kathleen Theresa Mary Dunham. The prayer of the petitioner, also alleging desertion, was rejected.
To the best of my knowledge there are no direct living relatives. His mother died in 1970 and his father 1976. Reginald died in 1983, Jean was born in 1930 and do not know if she is still alive. Kathleen died in 1986 in Great Barr, Birmingham.
This may not be relevant but the British Library holds a copy of a publication entitled Animals, by a Terence Haile in 1966 Reference BLL 0100156422.
Also in the reference is Solihull. As this place is near Birmingham further research may prove this to be one and the same author.
The Birmingham Mail newspaper of 19th October 1951 includes a letter written by Terence Haile of Sparkhill entitled FAILURE.
The greatest failure of the Labour Government has been its inability to provide sufficient food for all. Why is it that our defeated enemy, Western Germany, has had no food rationing for years? Is private purchasing of food, as opposed to bulk buying, the answer? Lack in variety in food is responsible for lassitude of thousands of people to-day. The National Health Scheme is not too successful. Many doctors seem to lack interest in the welfare of patients. Is it because of the sluggish way in which they are paid or have they too many patients? Standards of hygiene are lower than ever, in restaurants particularly. The younger generation cannot be blamed when "slap-happy" educational methods are used in secondary schools, which in fact are neither secondary nor modern. Dismiss the cranks of the "Do as you like" mentality, and let us teach children something.
On Monday, October 22nd 1951, an article regarding housing appeared and Terence submitted another letter, entitled Private Builders.
"When thousands of ex-Servicemen have no hope of getting a house for their families for many years to come, there is obviously something seriously wrong with the Labour Government’s policy. There is a lack of materials but the root cause of the trouble is the refusal of the Government to allow private builders to proceed normally.
Why have the private builders been treated so shamefully? Let anyone who can, build, and build quickly: blocks of flats, smaller houses-any form of decent habitation for decent, hard-working British people.
Not having any racial prejudice of any kind, I still think it is madness to allow so many foreign people into this over-populated country, aggravating the already serious housing situation.
Marriage, child upbringing, sanitation, happiness, health – all these things depend upon good housing conditions. Labour has not helped-can the Tories?"
Was Terence an "angry young man" (he was 30 when this was written) or could he see into the future?
On August 15th, 1952, in reply to a letter regarding sportsmanship and rugby football, printed earlier in the Evening Despatch newspaper, Terence wrote of his personal experiences surrounding soccer, cricket and tennis, declaring “Equally if there were more soccer players, tennis enthusiasts, baseball players, lacrosse experts and athletes, there would be much better relations throughout the world. In short, if mankind was able to devote more time to pleasant pursuits, sport or otherwise, instead of being continually misled by power groups, the world would certainly be a better place”
In 1962 Terence lived at 119, Yoxall Road, Shirley (REF.BCOL and Telephone Directories 1962 to 1973 No. Shirley 5733/021-744-5733) and was making a name for himself as a writer of paperbacks.
A quote from the Birmingham Mail of May 1st 1962 states that
"He has now turned from Westerns to space fiction. His latest, published today, is "Space Train" (Digit Books)".
The piece goes on to say he was educated at Waverley Grammar School and served in the RAF 1941-1946. While in Rabat, Morocco, he edited a camp newspaper. In civilian life he was a Cost Clerk, assistant surveyor, school teacher, industrial buyer and works manager assistant. His hobbies included music and tennis.
In 1966, at the time of his aunt's death, Terence is shown as a book seller.
Terence Haile married Kathleen Theresa Mary Dunham at the Register Office, Solihull, on the 15th September, 1969.
He was a 48 year old bachelor and gave his profession as a Company Secretary. Kathleen was a 39 year old secretary and her previous marriage had been dissolved (see earlier content). The witnesses were R. Haile (Terence’s brother, Reginald?) and L. C. Finnemore (Kathleen’s brother, Louis Charles?)
Terence Haile died on 19th January, 1979 at Walsall General (Sister Dora) Hospital. Cause of death was given after a Post Mortem, without an Inquest, as acute left ventricular and pulmonary oedema due to heart failure coronary atherosclerosis.
Information supplied by his widow is that he had been an Assistant Chief Buyer and lived at 32, George Road, Great Barr, Birmingham.