Name: Walter Bickham
Burial Number: 1072
Occupation: Clerk of East India Merchant; Captain in the Royal Field Artillery;
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
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
Name: Walter Saxon Bickham
Occupation:Clerk of East India Merchant; Captain in the Royal Field Artillery;
Maiden Name: Not applicableNo 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
Death Bickham On the 18th inst at Worthing Walter Saxon son of the late George Bickham of Alderley Edge.
Money left to others: £5395 12 s 2 d
Value of effects in 2020: £157000
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