On Remembrance Sunday 2019 Heston shared an old Bible with the church with the following inscription:
Heston wondered if Walter then went off to serve with the forces in World War I and if he came back.
With that challenge, and being keen on family history I set out to find more. The clues that the inscription gave me are as follows:
- we have a date for a wedding
- we have Walter’s name
- we have the name of his Aunt Annie and Uncle Tom who we can assume are married and that Annie is his blood relative since her name comes first
- that Walter’s parents are deceased at this date
The date is rather an important date as it was the day after Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia and it was the day on which the first shots of World War I were fired.
A search on Ancestry revealed only one Walter married on 29th July 1914 in Leeds but he got married at Oxford Place near Leeds Town Hall. Further research showed that he and his wife, Violet Brotherton, did end up living in the parish of All Hallows at 7 Kelso Road so it is quite possible that they became part of the church congregation and that the Bible eventually was left to the church.
Here are the facts that I have so far:
Walter Ramsbottom Evers was the son of Martin Evers and Ada Clara Ramsbottom. He was born on the 13th December 1884 in Hunslet and they were living at 309 Hunslet Road at the time of the 1891 Census. Walter’s father was a “Hydraulic Engineer – Hatters” but he died on 2nd June 1899.
By the time of the 1901 Census when the family had moved to 323 Armley Road. Walter was now an apprentice (I can’t read what sort!) but then his mother died on 27 July 1901.
In 1911 Walter is recorded as a “Commercial Traveller Drapery” and was living with his brother-in-law, James Wiliam Harding, at Rowan Bank in Huby near Harrogate. James was a “Wholesale Draper” with a Drapery Warehouse employing a number of people.
Walter married Violet Brotherton on 29 July 1914 at Oxford Place Chapel, he was described as a “Manchester Warehouseman” living in Huby and Violet was living at 6 Kelso Road.
Walter appears to have served during World War I as Private 104175 with the 1st Garrison Batallion of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment being discharged on 3 March 1919
The 1939 register, taken due to the onset of war with the purpose of producing National Identity Cards. shows that Walter and Violet were living at 7 Kelso Road which looks to have been divided into two flats, the other half being occupied by Mary and Ivy Brotherton (Violet’s mother and her oldest sister).
Walter died in January 1969, Violet in 1971. There are memorial plaques for them and other family members in Lawnswood Cemetery.
If you knew or are related to Walter and Violet, would like to see the Bible with the inscription in or have any information on how they were connected to All Hallows do please leave a reply below: