His sister Elizabeth went on to become a Shakesperian actress. Their father Charles Downs Band was a stone mason in Glossop who helped to build Johannesburg Post Office in South Africa. Unfortunately he never returned from this contract as he died in Africa. His widow Sarah (nee Turner) survived him by 30 years.
Charles senior had been born to Hannah Band and Humphrey Downs whilst he was still married to his first wife. This is why Charles had his father's name as a middle name.Hannah was the first generation of Bands born in Glossop. Her father Charles Band had moved from Mottram in Longendale, Cheshire to work in the cotton mills. He and his wife Betty had 6 children.
He was the third generation of Band cotton weavers in Mottram. His grandfather John had appeared there in the mid 18th century marrying into a local family the Bradley's. There were plenty of Band children born in Mottram over the next 50 years:
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