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Keith Barrett

It has always been mistakenly reported that John Christie was born at Black Boy House, Boothtown, Halifax. There was never a Black Boy House at Boothtown. He was in fact born John Reginald Christie. April 8, 1898 at Black Boy House, Turner Lane, Shibden, Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire. His birth was not registered until over a year later in June 1899. He added the middle name 'Halliday' himself. Halliday was his mother's maiden name.

Interestingly, amongst the Christies' neighbours, a few streets away in Chester Road lived the Portmans and their son actor Eric Portman (1903-1969).

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