David Thomas Greatorex was born at the Gladwyn Nursing Home, Gresford, Wales, on 1st January 1947.
The second son of Leonard and Mary Greatorex he was born into a Showman family. His Great-grandfather, John Greatorex, was a Master Photographer and started his own travelling fairground around 1880.
Raised in Nantwich, the home town of his mother, his first job after leaving school was a Butcher working for Baxters the Butchers. In a career change he joined Cheshire Fire Brigade. Promotion through the ranks to Watch Commander at Crewe followed by Station Commander at both Northwich and Warrington Fire Stations he was promoted to Divisional Officer grade 1, Senior Operations Officer, at Brigade Headquarters. The departments he managed included the Operations Department, the Command and Control Centre and Brigade Workshops and he had operational responsibility for 800 firefighters at 24 Fire Stations throughout the county of Cheshire. He was awarded The Fire Brigade Long Service And Good Conduct Medal by Her Majesty The Queen by virtue of a Royal Warrant in 1992.
Married to Pamela, daughter of Sydney and Catherine Cliffe, on 23rd September 1967, in the parish church of St Mary's in Nantwich. They had one child, Wendy Kay Greatorex, who was born on 25th August 1968. Wendy married Darren Anthony Bailey on 21st September 1991, at St Mary's Church, Nantwich.
Wendy and Darren have two children. Jack Connor Greatorex-Bailey was born 21st October 1993 and Emily Mary Greatorex-Bailey who was born April 16th 2000.
Darren has his own Painting and Decorating business. His business website can be found at http://www.dabaileydecoratingltd
Wendy is a full time mum.
David's hobby for 40 years has been genealogy and he has researched his family back to the origin of the family in Derbyshire. One of his earliest known family member is John Gretrakes who sailed with Henry V to France on Sunday August 11th 1415 AD. The campaign ended with the English victory at the battle of Agincourt on the morning of 25th October(St Crispins day). The Gretraches family have lived in Great Rakes since at least 1251AD.
He has written a book, My Greatorex Family Records, extracts of which is included on this website.