Cecil George Harper was born 1897 at Five Ways, Cannock (36 Hednesford Road was the home address, the approximate location of Harpers Heath Hayes garage). His parents were Edward Joseph Harper (b 1866, Birmingham – Kings Norton registration district) and Ellen Elizabeth Harper nee Cooper (b. 1871 Brownhills). They married in 1896 in Cannock district.
OFFSPRING of Edward and Ellen Harper
There was another brother, Eric J Harper, b. 1900 d. 1906. (I have to assume that he was a twin of Victor)
Victor Edward, b. 1900
Albert Edwin, b. . 1903
Eileen, b.. 1908
Felix, b. 1909 he died in 2000)
Mary, b. 1911. ?
Cecil’s parents were Edward Joseph Harper (b. 1866, Birmingham – Kings Norton registration district) and Ellen Elizabeth Harper nee Cooper (b. 1871 Brownhills). They married . 1896 in Cannock district.
Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes, Cannock
•The bus operations of Harper Brother (Heath Hayes) Limited were started in 1922 by Cecil Harper, initially trading under the name Gloria-de-Luxe, and grew to become the largest independent stage carriage operator in the West Midlands with a fleet of 50 vehicles in the late 1960s.
The business of Harper Brothers (Heath Hayes) Limited, and its wholly owned subsidiary Tudor Rose Coaches of Sutton Coldfield were acquired by Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) on 22nd April 1974. The company’s garage at Hednesford Road, fifty vehicles, and eighty-nine full-time staff transferred to Midland Red at this time, including Mr. Brian Harper who was appointed Area Engineer (Eastern) with Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) on 1st August 1974.
• Control formally passed to Midland Red Omnibus Company Limited (MROC) on 7th September 1974.
• Site closed on 6th February 1977, as the premises were considered inadequate and shabby. Vehicles and services transferred to new premises, Cannock depot.
• Used as an ATS tyre depot.
• Demolished June 2003.
Not much more information available to search, unless someone out there knows any different. I would appreciate any information given. Especially of the staff as I worked on Walsall Corporation Buses, some of my friends and work colleagues also went to work for Harpers and Midland Red.
I would like to publish more about Harpers but like Stevensons of Utoxeter, Green Bus company Cheslyn Hay and Middletons of Rugeley, all local bus company’s, there is not a lot of information about.