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Name: Walter Bickham

Burial Number: 1072

Gender: Male

Occupation:   Clerk of East India Merchant; Captain in the Royal Field Artillery;

Born: 00/02/1879

Died: 18/02/1922

Buried: 22/02/1922


Walter was born in Chorley, an old parish within Alderley Edge, Cheshire, the son of George and Ellen Maud. George was an East Indian Merchant from Bradshaw, in Lancashire – now part of Greater Manchester. Ellen Maud (nee Saxon), was born in Northwich, Cheshire.

In 1881 George and family were living at Alderley Edge, with son Walter, and daughter Winifred Maude – then 5 months old. There were also two Nurses and a Cook.
Sadly, Ellen died in 1888, leaving two more daughters and another son, Arthur. In 1891 George’s sister Catherine and Sister-in-law Annie were both living with them, also a Governess, a Cook and a Housemaid.

In 1901 Walter worked for his Father as an East Indian Merchant Clerk and lived with his single sisters Helen and Hester, a housemaid and a cook.

There is no record of Walter ever marrying. Walter is mentioned in the London Gazette dated 10th August 1915 as being promoted from private in the Cheshire Yeomanry to 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st East Lancashire Brigade, dated 20th May 1915. Walter is shown on the Medal Roll Index on 29th August 1919 as being a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery Territorial Force. In his 1919 Medal Card he gave his address as c/o Miss H.M. Bickham, 43 Craven Road, London W2

After the war on the 1st November 1919 he sailed as a First Class Passenger, from Tilbury to Bombay India on the ship Loyalty as a Merchant where he lived for a couple of years.

He arrived back on 7th December 1921, again First Class, to Plymouth on the City of Genoa, sailing from Karachi Pakistan.

When Walter died on 18th February 1922 in Worthing of a malignant growth of the liver and secondary growth in the lung he had two properties, one in Worthing at 100 Marine Parade as well as 40 Dickenson Street Manchester. Present at the death was his Sister Hester who lived at 43 Craven Road, Lancaster Gate, London. He left an estate of £5395 12s 2d (approx £157,000 in 2020) which was left to his Sister Maud Bickham

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Walter Bickham

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 3 Plot: 21

Exact Location (what3words): played.region.chairs

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In memory of Walter Saxon Bickham of Alderley Edge Cheshire, died 18th February 1922, aged 43

Further Information


Name: Walter Saxon Bickham

Gender: Male

Born: 00/02/1879

Town: Chorley

County: Cheshire

Country: England

Occupation:Clerk of East India Merchant; Captain in the Royal Field Artillery;


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 18/02/1922

Cause of death: Malignant Growth of Liver; Secondary Growth in Lung;

Address line 2: 100

Address line 3: Marine Parade

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Death Bickham On the 18th inst at Worthing Walter Saxon son of the late George Bickham of Alderley Edge.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £5395 12 s 2 d

Value of effects in 2020: £157000

Census Information


Living at School Lane, Chorley, Chester – George Bickham (head), Ellen Maud (wife), Walter Saxon (son), Winnifred M (daughter), plus three servants


Living at The Hill, Chorley, Chester – George Bickham (head), Walter Saxon (son),Winnifred (daughter), Ellen S (daughter), Esther (daughter), Arthur R (son), plus three servants


Living at Trafford Road, Alderley Edge Chester – George Bickham (head), Helen (daughter), Hester (daughter), Walter Saxon (son), plus two servants

Miscellaneous Information

S.S. Loyalty

The Loyalty had previously been the Empress of India, built at Barrow-in-Furness, and launched in 1890. As the Loyalty she belonged to the Scindia Steam Navigation Company in Bombay by 1919.