Amy Constance Longton

Amy Constance Longton was born in 1896 at Winwick where her father was a farmer.  She was baptised  at Winwick.  Amy was the third daughter and third child of Peter and Margaret Emma Longton (nee Parr).  Peter Longton was born at Winwick and his wife Margaret was born at Hatton into one of the long-standing farming families of that village.  

By 1901 the Longtons had five children, all girls, namely Florence Mary, Kate, Amy Constance, Elsie Louise and Clara Mabel.  They resided at Alder Root Farm on Alder Root Lane in Winwick.  During the next decade two boys would be born to the Longtons: John Parr and Robert James.

The 1939 Register recorded Amy Constance’s parents as living at Goose Lane in Hatton.  However, Amy had already joined the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) and was living at Mons House in the Militia Camp at Bulford near Amesbury in Wiltshire.  The ATS was formed in September 1938 and was attached to the Territorial Army.  ATS women replaced men as drivers and clerks, cooks, storekeepers, orderlies, ammunition workers and postal workers.  Some did go to France, but it is not known exactly what Amy did.  ATS women received 2/3 of the pay of male soldiers.

Amy remained unmarried after the war ended.  She returned to Hatton, where her father Peter Longton had sadly died in the last year of the war.  She lived with her mother and her sister Mabel on Goose Lane. Amy helped to run a Brownie pack at Hatton with Miss Hardcastle in the 1930’s.  In 1954 her mother died.

In May 1956 she travelled on the Empress of Britain transatlantic ocean liner from Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal.  The passenger log recorded that she was a housekeeper, but that she was not emigrating to Canada.  She was visiting relatives.  Five months later she returned to Liverpool on The Empress of Scotland ocean liner.  The ship’s log recorded her as having no profession at that time.  

Amy Constance Longton passed away in Lymm in 1995 at the age of 98 years.