Fred Kippax

Frederick Kippax was born on 27 September 1906.  His parents were Fred and Ada Kippax of Higher Walton.  He spent most of his childhood in Walton, along with his siblings Arthur, Ada and Elsie.

He was an apprentice joiner on the Walton estate and continued to work for Greenalls until the outbreak of war.  In 1928 he married Bessie Faulkner and they had three children, Betty, Freda and Frederick. The family lived in Preston-on-the-Hill until 1935, when they moved to Daresbury.  A few years later, Bessie became the village sub postmistress and they lived at what is now called ‘The Old Post Office’.

Fred served for most of the war in the Far East with the Royal Army Service Corps and was awarded medals and commendations for bravery and endurance.

After the war, he was employed by William Wilkinson at Rowswood Works. 

He played an active part in village life and was a keen gardener.  Affectionately known as ‘Mr Hatton Show’, Fred was the secretary for 50 years and then became president.

He died on October 5 1983, at the age of 77 years.