Altrincham WW1 

Walter Featherstone

Rank:2nd Lt.
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:General List
Name of Rgt or Ship:Royal Flying Corps
Died:03/10/1917
How Died:Died of Wounds
Country of burial:U.K.Grave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Beaconsfield Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the December quarter 1888 in the Salford R.D. - ref: 8d/74, the
youngest son of Walter & Rebecca Featherstone (nee Schofield).

1891 Census - Sycamore Cottage, Lower Broughton Road, Broughton, Salford.  
Son - aged: 2 - born: Broughton.   Head of household - Walter Featherstone
- Married - aged: 46 - occ: Engine Packing Manufacturer - born: Manchester.
  Also - Rebecca Featherstone - Wife - aged: 36 - born: Fulham, London.  
Plus 3 siblings and 1 domestic servant.

1901 Census - Sycamore Cottage, Kersal Dale, Broughton, Salford.   Son -
aged: 12 - born: Broughton.   Head of household - Walter Featherstone -
Married - aged: 50 - occ: Engine Packing Manufacturer - born: Manchester.  
Also - Rebecca Featherstone - Wife - aged: 46 - born: Fulham, London.  
Plus 3 elder brothers and 2 domestic servants.

His mother - Rebecca Featherstone died in 1904, aged: 49.  His father
married Harriett Stokoe in 1908.

1911 Census - No Trace - presumably now farming in Canada?

His father now remarried, was residing at Homebash, Brook Road, Timperley. 
 Head of household - Married - aged: 61 - occ: Manufacturer of Engine
Packing - born: Manchester.  Also - Harriett Featherstone - Wife - aged: 36
- born: Manchester.  Plus 2 siblings and 2 domestic servants.

At the outbreak of war in August 1914 he was farming in Canada where he
joined the Army.    He was later drafted to England where he transferred to
the R.F.C.

Married - Florence E. Allen during the December quarter 1915 in the Croydon
R.D. - ref: 2a/924.

On the 3rd October 1917 whilst at the 35 Training School at Northolt
Airfield, in the process of making his final flight to qualify for his
'wings', his B.E.2e aircraft rose to about 100 feet, but owing to some
problem with it, the aircraft dived backwards and vertically nose-dived to
earth.   He was severely injured in the crash and died the same day at the
London Hospital.  His death was registered during the December quarter 1917
in the St. George Hanover Square R.D. - ref: 1a/477 - aged: 27.

Death reported in the 19/101917 edition of the Altrincham Guardian.  The
Times newspaper dated the 5th October 1917 stated that he resided at North
Lodge, Hatfield and was "Terribly Burned" and died at Eaton Square R.F.C.
Hospital.

Left a widow - Florence E. Featherstone and one child.   His record states
that his wife resided at Methurst, Woodside Road, Beaconsfield,
Buckinghamshire.

Not mentioned in "The Sky their Battlefield".   Not mentioned in any of the
RFC Communiqu├ęs.

Listed in the Guardian Year Book - Roll of Honour for 1918.

His widow married Frank Tapping in 1921 in the Hendon R.D.   Her last known
address was Bailey Farm Cottage, Rowsham, Aylesbury.

Memorials found on:
Altrincham & District Roll of Honour
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