The Life of Walter Green
WALTER Green was born on February 4, 1897, at
the family home, 41 Hospital Street Nantwich.
His father was William Henry Green,
born March 1847 and a house painter by trade. His mother was Eliza Garnett,
born 1850. Both parents came from Nantwich and were married between 1871 and
Walter was one of five children, his older
siblings were Hannah born in 1876, William Henry born in 1877 and Ada born
in 1878. His one younger brother was John born in 1883.
On the 1881 census return, his
father is working and his mother is not, so at the time house painting must
have been a well paid occupation.
Walter's father William died in
1883 and by the time of the 1891 census Eliza and all of the children had
moved to 4 Anglesey Buildings, Crewe Road, Nantwich. Eliza, then 40, was
working as a tailoress finisher. Hannah, 15, had the same occupation as her
mother. Young William was an office boy aged 14, and 13-year-old Ada a
tailoring apprentice. Walter and John were shown as scholars.
Between 1891 and 1901, Walter
finished his education and got a job with the co-operative society as an
assistant grocer in the Willaston shop. He would eventually be the assistant
manager of the Nantwich branch. On December 31, 1900, he got married to
19-year-old Alice Dudley at St. Mary's Parish Church, Nantwich. Witnesses to
the weddings were William and Ada Edwards
The 1901 census shows Walter and
Alice living with her maternal grandfather, William Forster, at 76 Welsh
Row. Alice’s parents were John Dudley and Hannah Forster.
A little over a year later the
first child was born, Edith Alice, on January 1, 1901, but unfortunately
died three days later on the 4th. William Henry was born on
December 22, 1902, but once again short lived and died later the same day.
January 1, 1902, was little better
for the couple. Alice’s grandfather,
died. If Alice and Walter were still living with him at the time, that was
the point they would have to move out.
At some point between this date and
May 1910, they moved to 10 Arnold Street and by November 1913 to 54 Heap
Street. The address is hard to find as it is actually 54 Heap Street,
Cowfields. Today number 54 has been demolished and rebuilt and is now in
James Hall Street. (See also "Ask Andrew".)
More children followed. Between
January 1901 and November 15, 1927, Walter and Alice had 20 children - 10 of
them dying very young.
Walter signed up for the army in
1915 and was called up in 1918 to the Army Service Corps. His service number
To make ends meet, the couple took
in lodgers and the longest resident was a police officer, Mr Marshall
(right). He was with the family so long that he even appeared on some family
Other homes included 165 Welsh Row
(Walter is listed in the 1934 Johnson's Almanack) and 61 Welsh Row, called
Walter died on February 12, 1947,
at the age of 68, while Alice lived for a further 10 years, moving house
again to 72 Beam Street. She died on March 29, 1957 aged 75.
Both Walter and Alice were buried
in St. Mary’s parish churchyard, Acton.
Paul adds that No 165 is listed with English
Heritage as: "165 Welsh Row Tannery House, Grade II listed, three-storey,
red-brick detached town house, late 18th century."
interested in tracing their ancestors and creating a family tree, might like
to contact The Nantwich Group of The Family
History Society of Cheshire.