Harold was born in the summer of 1910. On the 1911 census he was 10 months old living with his parents at 6 Hurst Road, Winchmore Hill in North London. His brother, Herbert George Wareham, always known as George, was born the following year.
Harold was a horticulturalist and dedicated gardener all his life.
He went into partnership with John Crutchfield and they bred dahlias which were included in a number of Royal Horticultural Society trials at RHS Wisley. Their company was called John Crutchfield Limited and they had a nursery at Snow Hill, Copthorne, Crawley in Sussex (now called Haskins Garden Centre).
One of the dahlias was named after his daughter, "Jane Wareham" and is listed in The World Directory of Dahlias 2010:
Harold met his second wife Betty through the nursery where she also worked and was also an avid gardener. He eventually sold his part of the nursery and worked as a gardener for various large houses in Sussex, before moving to Somerset with Betty where they planned to set up a nursery, but sadly he died in 1987 and they never realised their dream.
Original posted 29th April 2015
The major drawback when writing about ancestors is that you can easily miss the BIG story, which is what happened here. I happened to ask George's granddaughter if Harold had been in an exempt occupation due to his gardening business or whether he had taken part in the War. She replied that his interest in horticulture probably started after the War and that in fact he had been one of the first of our troops to arrive in Belsen Concentration Camp in April 1945. He wrote to his brother George about his experiences and the letter is in the Imperial War Museum.
The descriptions of what they found are horrific in the extreme (see the BBC article - 1945: British troops liberate Bergen-Belsen). It occurred to me, and to his granddaughter, that perhaps his love of gardening was an escape for Harold after witnessing the horrors there. It is unimaginable what they must have seen and inevitably it must have influenced the way in which he would spend the rest of his life.
update 30th April 2015