Family History

Priors were cousins of my grandfather and his brothers. My initial research into some \priors in WW1. And amendements, additions, corrections would be very grateful


Born:     1866 Harting

Father:   Henry Prior

Mother:   Jane Oliver

Died:      1952 Midhurst district

Baptised:  26/12/1866 Harting

Married :  14/11/1891 Harting

Spouse:    Sarah Jane Glue

Born:       1869 Harting.

Parents:      James and Jane Glue

Children:   Harry James Prior b. 1892

                 Alfred George Prior b. 1894

                Arthur Charles Prior b. 1896

                   Frederick John Prior b. 1898. 

                Dorothy Winifred Mary b 1903 Harting

                 William Edward Prior b 1905 Harting

                Rosina Daisy Prior b 1899 Harting. Described on 1911 as daughter but no birth registration.

                1911 census records them as having 7 children, all living


1881 census:  carpenters apprentice, living with Brightwell & his family, master carpenter carpenters shop, North Lane.

Sarah Jane Glue living with her grandparents Georgr and Harriet Martin

1891 census;: lodging with Moses and Emma Glue, East Harting. Occupation: wheelwright

1891: 14/11/1891 marriage certificate. Fathers given as Henry prior thatcher and James Glue labourer. Witnesses James Glue and L Stubbs

1901 census: carpenter living 6 Nyewood 

1911 Residing East Harting. Occupation wheelwright. Robina Daisy Prior aged 11 described as daughter also with them


Harry James Prior. Born 1892 Nyewood. Married 1915 Midhurst district May Charlotte Brightwell born 1894 Rogate daughter of Thomas Brightwell (farm labourer) and Amelia.. She remarried 1919 Charles Ernest Lever born 1897. He was the son of Henry Lever, first cousin to Robert Hill (Henry Leverís mother Ann Hill was an older sister of Robertís father, Henry Hill). I understand this marriage was childless and they divorced.

1911 census: residing with parents, occupation tile maker. May Brightwell residing with her parents East Harting, occupation domestic servant.

1915: Private SD. 381 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. 39th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 21 October 1915. Son of Henry and Sarah Prior of South Harting. Brother of Henry Prior who also died. Husband of Mrs May Prior (remarried to Charles Graver) of Marden Cottage, East Harting. Aged 23. Born in Nyewood and enlisted in Chichester Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial


Alfred George  Prior born 27/9/1894 buried 6/6/1974 Harting from Portsmouth

married 1928 Kate Brennan. She was buried 2/11/1935 aged 40 from South Harting

1911 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: shepherd on farm


Arthur Charles Prior buried 28/11/1957 Harting  married 1918 Harting Nellie Eames born 19/12/1892 Treyford buried 19/12/1972 Harting from Petersfield. Nellieís mother Mary Ann was another of Robert Hillís cousin Children: Clarence A M Prior b 1922; Patricia E M Prior b 1924.

1911 census: residing with parents. Occupation: farm labourer. Nellie Eames was a domestic servant to Thomas Oliver Hume, painter living in Harting


Dorothy Winifred Mary Prior married 1929 Midhurst district John White, Possibly before that mother of  Harry J Prior 1924; William J Prior 1922;  Gwendoline R prior 1926

May have had Vera White  b 1931 who married Anthony Pay 1958

Treasure memories of Harry James Prior (Peter) much loved brother and uncle forever in our thoughts 1924-2005 [Congregational churchyard Harting)


Richard Prior

1/10 Private Richard Prior k.i.a.

Possibly 11/11/1917 Hants regiment, transferred to Labour Corps. Buried Brookwood 1914-1919

More distantly related were the sons of Alban Prior. In 1911 he was a grocerís assistant in Harting so he might have worked for the Wilds. Alban himself was the son of Henry and Rhoda Prior, Henry being a grocer in Harting. Alban had moved around a bit before returning to Harting. His son Desmond was born Guildford in 1885 and Albert in 1892 in Guildford. Albert was a grocerís assistant like his father in 1911, Henry, born 1896 in Harting a labourer in the brickyard. Desmond was a labourer on estate (probably UpPark).





Private 9382 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. 4th Divsion. Died in France 18 April 1917. Aged 21. Son of Alban & Annie Prior of South Harting. Born in Harting and enlisted in Petersfield. Buried Vevy (St. Martins) Cemetery

Albert aka Alban


A.E. Prior. Private L/10175,3rd Battalion, Sussex Regiment. Died at Dover 8 January 1917. Aged 23. Son of Alban & Annie Prior of South Harting (1901 Census). Not included SDGW or Medal Rolls. Buried in St. James Cemetery, Dover. Plot M. Row H. Grave I.

Richard Prior

1/10 Private Richard Prior k.i.a.

This appeared in the newspaper or parish magazine for Harting. Unable to trace a Richard Prior connected with Harting yet.

The only Richard Prior on Commonwealth War graves website was possibly 11/11/1917 Hants regiment (18189), transferred to Labour Corps (138721). Buried Brookwood 1914-1919. Went to Fance 18/12/1914. I donít think this is the right one.