Fred Bacon

Recognised as the official founder and first president of the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District YMCA, Fred Bacon was born on 6 September 1874 in Grainsby, Lincolnshire. He was the son of William Bacon and Sarah (neé Hudson) of Grainsby, Lincolnshire.

Fred Bacon is listed in the 1891 Census as a 16yr old Grocer’s Assistant boarding at Station Road, North Thoresby, Lincolnshire.

Fred Bacon married Edith Mary Maria Cockerill at All Saints Church, Brompton near Scarborough, North Yorkshire on 24 September 1900.

The 1901 Census lists Fred and Edith Bacon as residing at 41 Lambert Road, Grimsby. Fred’s occupation is a Grocer’s Assistant.

At some point between 1901 and 1911, Fred Bacon became a Fish Merchant on Grimsby Docks. With the help of his brother, Herbert Bacon, he builds up a very successful business [from which he retired in 1956] .

But his greatest interest was the YMCA and it was his initiative as a young man, new to Grimsby, that led to the Foundation of a YMCA Club in the town in 1906. Although his first invitation to young men in Grimsby to join the Club resulted in no replies, he refused to be discouraged and after a meeting with the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Grimsby YMCA was formed.

1911 Census for Fred and Edith Bacon now residing at 147 Legsby Avenue, Grimsby.

1939 National Register: Fred Bacon is listed at 45 Abbey Road, Grimsby which was part of the YMCA at that time.

Fred Bacon died in Scartho Road Hospital, on 16 March 1966 at the age of  91. He was interred alongside his wife Edith Mary Maria in Scartho Road Cemetery, Grimsby.

Probate given to Fred’s son-in-law Thomas Albert Parker.

Fred and Edith Bacon had the following children:

Frances Maud Bacon born, 1904, Grimsby

Fred Stanley H. Bacon, born 1905, Grimsby

Edith Mary Bacon, born: 27 November 1906 Grimsby and died: 29 July 1994 Grimsby