Altrincham WW1 - Surnames starting with the letter W. 

Walter Haworth Whitworth

Rank:2nd LieutNumber:X 766738
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:07th Bn
Name of Rgt or Ship:Lancashire Fusiliers
How Died:Died of Wounds
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born at Bowdon on the 21st May 1882, the birth being registered during the
September quarter 1882 in the Altrincham R.D. - ref: 8a/168, the younger
son of John & Marian Whitworth (nee Haworth).

1891 Census - No Trace.

1901 Census - No Trace.

!911 Census - No Trace - Residing in Argentina at that time.

Educated at Bowdon College and Cirencester Agricultural College.   Entered
Bowdon College in September 1896, aged: 14.  The College Records show that
he was previously educated at a State School in Kansas, U.S.A. and that he
left the College in April 1901.

Commemorated in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour.  Lived at Bowdon before moving
to Argentina in 1905.   He married Constance Eliza ?????? at Buenos Aires,
Argentina on the 20th December 19110.   He spent sometime traveling in the
Indian Chaco, Paraguay and the Rio Negro, subsequently settling in the
province of Buenos Aires as a Farmer.  Returned from Argentina in 1917 to
enlist in the Army.    He was rejected at first, because of a serious heart
problem.   However, he was an excellent horseman and a good shot and was
finally accepted for service in the Artist's Rifles on the 22nd August
19117.  Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers on the 29th May
1918, but was killed at Holnon Wood on the 14th September 1918 from wounds
received the previous day, just 3 weeks after going to the front.

Grandson of the late Benjamin Whitworth, MP for Drogheda.     Nephew of Mr.
Jesse Haworth, Woodside, Bowdon.     His wife was the daughter of Joseph
King, of Bollington & Windermere and formerly MP for Knutsford.

WO374 - He made his Will whilst residing at Trenque-Lauquen, Buenos Aires. 
He lists his wife as Constance Eliza Whitworth and his two sons - John
Nicholas Haworth Whitworth, born at Buenos Aires on the 10th January 1912
and Richard Haworth Whitworth, born at Nottingham UK on the 29th July 1913
as the sole beneficiaries of his Will.  He stated that his property
comprised an Establishment in the Camp called La Lornita, situated in
Trenque-Lauquen, near the Berutti railway line, which he had acquired
before his marrige and all the stock thereon.   He appointed his
brother-in-law - Nicholas M. Whitworth as the executor of his Will.

At Hare Hall Camp in November 1917, he was recorded as being 5 feet 9
inches in height, weighed 11 stone and his chest measurements were 35 to 37
inches.   There was a Confidential Report (reference) for him by the
Artitist's Rifles that gave his service as being from 22nd August 1917.  
it states that he works hard and does his best, is inclined to be nervous,
but will get over it.  He should make a reliable officer.  

On the 13th October 1918, the family's solicitor applied for Letters of
Administration to enable them to obtain exemption of death  duties under
the "Death Duties (Killed in War) Act 1914".   Died of wounds in the No. 41
C.C.S. (Casualty Clearing Station), Proyart, France.  In July 1919,
Constance had been residing at The Cliff House, Radcliffe on Trent,
Nottinghamshire, but now at Ingersley, Belgrave Road, Bowdon.

Death confirmed in the 27/09/1918 edition of the Altrincham Guardian. 
There was another reference to him appeared in the 24/03/1919 edition.

He left a widow and two sons.

M.I. - "Blessed are the pure in heart".

His brother, Major John Haworth Whitworth was also killed on active service
on 31/03/1918.   They are both commemorated on the Whitworth Family
Memorial in Bowdon Downs Congregational Church.

Memorials found on:
St. Mary's (Bowdon)
Altrincham & District Roll of Honour
Bowdon Downs Congregational
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