CLEMENT ROBERT CARMICHAEL WALLWORTH
This post was written by Victoria Doran.
Clement Wallworth was the only son in a family that had been prosperous rather than wealthy for many generations. With a promising future ahead of him he joined the Royal Naval Air Service on leaving boarding school at the age of 18.
St Bees School, Cumberland War Memorial from here.
The names of the 45 men who died are recorded in the nearby school chapel
Clement Wallworth was born on 25 September 1898 at Liverpool Road, Formby, Lancashire. No explanation of his third name ‘Carmichael’ has been found. He was the eldest of the 3 children of Clement Arthur Wallworth (1868-1941) and Adelaide Marian Atty (1869-1942), being followed at intervals by 2 sisters, Eleanor Adelaide Maud Wallworth (1902-1988) and Margaret Wallworth (1908-???). His father worked in the Liverpool office of the Bank of England and moved his family to Hyndford, 17 Mostyn Avenue, West Kirby at Easter 1902. He will be referred to as ‘Clement Arthur’ from now on to avoid confusion.
Clement’s paternal great grandfather, Clement Wallworth (1813-1845) came from Cheshire and by 1841 was living in Sandbach where he was a surgeon. He had married Elizabeth Moorhouse (1815-1848) in 1837 at Manchester Cathedral. Elizabeth was the daughter of Christopher Moorhouse (1783-1842), a solicitor who was town clerk of Congleton for 28 years.
Clement’s grandfather, William Henry Wallworth (1838-1897), had a difficult childhood. His only sibling was a younger brother, Clement (1839-1844). He knew his maternal grandfather well as he was living with him in 1841 at the age of 3. From his grandfather’s death a year later, he knew one death after another. First his brother died aged 5 in 1844, then his father died in 1845 aged 32. His mother remarried Ambrose Miller (1820-???), a young Manchester warehouseman in 1847, but she died in childbed in 1849. So at 1851 William was living in Manchester with his stepfather aged 13. Ambrose Miller remarried in 1853.
By 1861 William had trained as a chemist / druggist and established his own business at 38 Argyle Street, Birkenhead. It is not known where he was apprenticed, but possibly it was in Wells, Somerset as he married Eleanor Ann Tate (1838-1906) there on 27 February 1862. Eleanor’s father, James Tate (1812-1886) was a man of many skills. In 1841 he was a draper, in 1851 a chemist / druggist and by 1861 he had settled on being a wine & spirit merchant. Possibly William was his apprentice. James’ father, Alexander Tate (1771-1841), a wine merchant, married a girl from Wells, though his origins are unknown.
So the Wallworth side of the family were all skilled shopkeepers or professionals for many generations.
Clement’s maternal line has been traced to his great grandfather, George Atty (1790-1860) who came from Stockton on Tees, County Durham. He was a land agent who married a girl, Eleanor (1792-1882) from just over the Yorkshire border before they moved to Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire where he amassed £7,000 (certainly worth at least £500,000 by 2017) by the time he died.
George’s younger son, Robert Clarke Atty (1834-1880) attended a boarding school then became a farmer in Buckinghamshire. At one point he farmed 280 acres and employed 8 people, so he was prosperous. He seems to have been a tenant farmer. He married Elizabeth Cooper in 1866 at Iver, Buckinghamshire and they had 2 children. Elizabeth died as a result of the birth of Clement’s mother, Adelaide, and Adelaide was brought up in Whitchurch, Shropshire by her paternal grandmother, Eleanor, and a spinster aunt, Louisa Adelaide Atty (1830-1908). Possibly Robert suffered from TB as by 1880 he had given up farming and moved with his 13 year old son, another Robert, to live with his mother in Whitchurch and to work as Local Board Surveyor and market inspector. Father and then son died 7 months apart in 1880. Robert Clarke Atty left less than £100, so had probably been in poor health for several years.
Louisa and Adelaide then moved to Formby where they lived with Eleanor (Atty) Stanham (1821-1909), a widowed older sister of Louisa. Clement will have known both Eleanor and Louisa well as they lived in West Kirby. Eleanor died at Hyndford, 17 Mostyn Avenue and Louisa probably also lived with the family in her later years.
It is a convoluted journey for the Atty side of Clement’s family from Count Durham to Stockport, but Adelaide has arrived in the right place to meet Clement Arthur. They probably met a church as Clement Arthur was an important member of the choir at Holy Trinity, having been a boy chorister at the Savoy Chapel, London. They were married at Holy Trinity, Formby on 5 December 1894.
Clement attended Braeside School in West Kirby where he will have been a contemporary of JOHN KENNETH KNIVETON though he probably was a day pupil. Afterwards he went to St Bees School, Cumberland, on the coast a few miles south of Whitehaven. This (recently closed) school was a minor public school, and he did well to win an Exhibition to Exeter College, Oxford where he intended to study for the church.
RNAS officer’s button
However on leaving school he joined the Royal Naval Air Service being appointed a Temporary Probationary Flight Officer on 17 June 1917 aged 18. He was promoted to temporary Sub-Flight Lieutenant with effect from 7 November 1917.
London Gazette 27 November 1917
On 18 February 1918 he died in action in France. He was in the 8th Squadron, RNAS and was most likely flying in support of the army operations in the same way as if he had been a member of the Royal Flying Corps. The RNAS and RFC were amalgamated 2 months later to form the Royal Air Force. He was 19 years old and his life had barely started.
He is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St Eloi in France where his grave marker bears the words ‘God is Love’ at the request of his father.
Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St Eloi, Pas de Calais, France
His sister Eleanor and his parents remained in West Kirby all their lives and are buried in St Bridget graveyard, with Clement remembered on the grave stone.
Wallworth family grave at St Bridget, West Kirby
His sister Margaret was also religiously inclined and married a Methodist missionary to South India in 1933.
Thanks to Dave Ellis of West Kirby Museum Research Group who has also researched the family as part of his work on the houses in Mostyn Avenue and nearby roads.
Birth: 25 Sep 1898 at Liverpool Road, Formby, Lancashire
Death: 18 Feb 1918 near Mont St Eloi, Pas de Calais, France; killed in action
Addresses: Lyndford, Liverpool Road, Formby (01), Hyndford, 17 Mostyn Avenue, West Kirby (11)
Unit: 8th Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service
Rank: temporary Sub Flight Lieutenant
Medals: Victory and British War
Commemorated and Buried: Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St Eloi, Pas de Calais, France; Grange Hill War Memorial, St Bridget & St Andrew churches, St Bridget Churchyard – all West Kirby; St Bees School War memorial, St Bees, Cumbria
Sources: GH, WK, CWGC, BN, DA, Census: 01, 11, BR, PR, UK Navy Lists, LG, Probate, ancestry tree