20 Nov 1888 - May 1968

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Hartley Bateson

Born in Newchurch in Rossendale his parents were Lawrence and Margaret Ellen Bateson, he was the youngest of six children. Hartley was named after his grandmother (1804-1884). His father was a cowman and who died in 1890. Educated at Newchurch Grammar School, Rossendale at 15 he became a pupil-teacher, he would walk over the moors every day, three miles to school, he would have his own lessons for an hour and he taught a class of 70.

He went to Manchester University in 1908 and received a first class honours degree in English.

In 1911, Hartley was a student teacher living in Stretford in lodgings.

The following year he was at the University of Innsbuck as a English lecturer, he and other members of staff were introduced to Archduke Ferdinand, whose death two years later, started the First World War.

Hartley was made a Hon. Research fellow of the English Language at the University of Manchester in 1913.

In January 1914, he came to the Oldham Municipal School to teach English, only expecting to stay a couple of years, during the first world war he served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  He returned to the school in 1919 and continued to teach at the School to 1939 when he gained the position of Senior Master of the school until his retirement in December 1948.

He had the ability to make English Literature enjoyable, was able to pass on his zest for the subject to his pupils.

The pupils gave him the nickname of 'Flash'  because of his habit of slowly walking up and down the classroom with his hands clasped behind his back and frowning, he was remembered by his students with affection and respect.

Hartley married in 1920 Ethel J Bailey, she died in 1940

His researches into Oldham's history and the prolific writing on the subject, A History of Oldham published in 1949 to celebrate a centenary of the town's incorporation, this book was updated and republished in 1974 to celebrate a new chapter of local government - Oldham Metropolitan Borough within the County of Greater Manchester and countless articles in the Oldham Chronicle.

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