- Surnames starting with the letter S. 

Samuel Percy Spilsbury

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:09th Bn
Name of Rgt or Ship:Royal Welsh Fusiliers
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:France
Cemetery or Memorial:Thiepval Memorial
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the June quarter 1881 in the Altrincham R.D. - ref: 8a/188, the
son of William Hough & Jane Spilsbury (nee Almond).

1891 Census - Primrose Cottages, Bowdon.   Son (Listed as Percy Spilsbury)
- aged: 9 - Scholar - born: Bowdon.  Head of household - William Spilsbury
- Married - aged: 38 - occ: Gardener (Domestic Servant) - born: Ashley,
Cheshire.   Also - Jane Spilsbury - Wife - aged: 37 - born: Ashley.   Plus
4 siblings.

Attended St. Mary's Church School. 

1901 Census - Brick Kiln Road, Bowdon.   Son (Listed as Percy Spilsbury) -
aged: 19 - occ: Carter (at Home) - born: Bowdon.  Head of household -
William Spilsbury - Married - aged: 47 - occ: Porter Carting (Employer) at
home) - born: Rostherne, Cheshire.   Also - Jane Spilsbury - Wife - aged:
47 - born: Ashley.   Plus 6 siblings.

1911 Census - 3 Hamilton Terrace, Vicarage Lane, Bowdon.   Head - (Listed
as Samuel Percy Splisbury) - Married - aged: 29 - occ: Labourer with Bowdon
UDC - born: Bowdon.   Also - Mary Ellen Spilsbury - Wife - aged: 30 - born:
Mobberley.   Plus their 3 year old son - Leslie Spilsbury and 1 year old
daughter - Lena Spilsbury and 1 Boarder.
His parents and siblings are now residing at Vicarage Lane, Bowdon.

Member of the Bowdon Vale's Cricket & Football Clubs and the Mens'
Institute.    Employed by the Bowdon UDC.

Enlisted on the 1st February 1915 and drafted to the front on the 20th July

Death reported in the 11/08/1916 edition of the Altrincham Guardian which
stated that his widow was living at 46 Eaton Rd, Bowdon.    Perhaps she
moved in with his parents after he was killed.

Presume that this is the P. Spilsbury on St. Luke's Memorial.

His father was a local Coal Merchant.

Listed in the Guardian Year Book - Roll of Honour for 1917, which states
that he lived at 46 Eaton Rd, Bowdon.

Two branches of the Spilsbury family received financial assistance from the
"John Sington Fund".   Charles Spilsbury was caring for his brother,
Stanley, who had lost the use of his right hand after being wounded, and
suffered from fits and shell shock.  Mrs Mary Ellen Spilsbury received help
with schooling expenses for her two young children after her husband Samuel
had been killed in action.  Both children eventually won scholarships, and
the fund was able to help with the purchase of school uniforms.

The John Sington Fund - John Sington was the son of Adolphus Sington, a
Jewish Prussian shipping merchant who came to Britain and in 1845 became a
naturalised citizen.   Adolphus had his own company, involved originally in
the production of linen and cotton, and later the import and export of
machinery for the cotton industry.  John and at least one of his brothers
worked in their father's business in Princess Street, Manchester.

In 1885 John married Mildred Campbell Maclure, daughter of Sir John William
Maclure, Bt., who became MP for Stretford the following year.  John and
Mildred had two sons, Alan John Campbell Sington and Edward Claude Sington.
 In 1914 both sons enlisted in the British Army, and their father is listed
in The Gazette in 1915 as Major John Sington, Royal Engineers Territorial
Force Reserve.   In 1909 the Sington family moved from Whalley Range to
Dunham House, on Charcoal Road, Dunham.

When Major John Sington's two sons returned safely from active service
during WW1 he established a fund 'as a Thanksgiving Offering for their safe
return for the benefit of the wives, children and dependants of any men
who, as a result of service with His Majesty's Forces or the Mercantile
Marine, have died or been killed or disabled, and for the benefit of any
members of His Majesty's Forces or the Mercantile Marine who have been
disabled as a result of such service.'   The fund's scope was limited to
those who had been resident in the Urban District of Bowdon or the village
of Dunham Town for at least six months.

Six trustees were appointed, namely, John Bleckly, Henry Edwin Gaddum,
William Alfred Hampson, Joseph Kenworthy, Joseph Watson Sidebotham and the
Major himself.  The Clerk to the Trustees was Willis Paterson the Bowdon
UDC Solicitor, 11 Stamford Street, Altrincham to whom applications for
grants had to be made.    Information about the Fund and its beneficiaries
was kindly supplied by Cynthia Hollingworth from the records kept in
Trafford Local Studies Library.

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