Arthur Cross Sumner

Arthur was born on the 4th January 1889 in Massey Hall, Thelwall and was baptized on the 27th January at St.Mary’s Church, Rostherne. He was the second child of John and Jane Elizabeth Sumner (formerly Cross). Both John and Jane were born around 1856, John in Mere and Jane in Stockport. They had married around 1880 and John was a farm labourer.

ARTHUR CROSS SUMNER

Arthur was born on the 4th January 1889 in Massey Hall, Thelwall and was baptized on the 27th January at St.Mary’s Church, Rostherne. He was the second child of John and Jane Elizabeth Sumner (formerly Cross). Both John and Jane were born around 1856, John in Mere and Jane in Stockport. They had married around 1880 and John was a farm labourer.

Arthur had an elder sister, Agnes, born in High Legh around 1880. 

In 1890 the family had moved back to High Legh and a brother, Albert, was born on the 17th January 1891.  Another child, Rupert Percy, was born in 1893 but sadly died the following year aged only 16 months.

By 1901 the family had moved to Hale Road, Speke near Liverpool and John was now working as a teamster on a farm. Agnes had stayed in High Legh and living in the farm of George Sumner and worked as a servant. Arthur and Albert were still attending school.

By 1911 the family were living in Preston on the Hill. John was a waggoner on a farm, Arthur was working as a railway clerk whilst Albert was a bricklayer.

During the Great War, Arthur served as a sapper with the Royal Engineers (service number 218956). He was attached to No 5 Company, Transportation Stores which was a railway section. He was later transferred to the War Reserve (service number WR/263044) and was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Arthur’s father had died in 1916 and after returning to the railways as a clerk Arthur moved to Lymm.  Arthur’s brother, Albert, served with the 8th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment during the War before being transferred to the Army Service Corps.

On the 15th February 1919 Arthur married Beatrice Davies at St.Chrysostom’s Church, Victoria Park, Manchester. Beatrice had been born on the 14th January 1885 in Coppenhall, Crewe and was one of six children to Richard and Emma Davies (formerly Stant). Her father was a railway brakesman and guardsman. In 1901 Beatrice was working as a domestic servant and by 1911 was working for Sarah Settle, the “beerhouse keeper” at The White Lion at 73 Ford Lane in Crewe. By 1919 Beatrice was living in Chorlton-on Medlock, Manchester.

In 1925 Arthur moved back to the Liverpool area with Beatrice. They would live at 22 Woodhall Road in the Old Swan district for the rest of their lives. Arthur was still working as a clerk for the railways which he would do until he retired.

Artur and Beatrice had no children

In 1931, at the age of 76 years, Arthur’s mother died.  On the 29th December 1953 Arthur died just before his 65th birthday.  Beatrice died on the 26th January 1972.

Arthur had an elder sister, Agnes, born in High Legh around 1880. 

In 1890 the family had moved back to High Legh and a brother, Albert, was born on the 17th January 1891.  Another child, Rupert Percy, was born in 1893 but sadly died the following year aged only 16 months.

By 1901 the family had moved to Hale Road, Speke near Liverpool and John was now working as a teamster on a farm. Agnes had stayed in High Legh and living in the farm of George Sumner and worked as a servant. Arthur and Albert were still attending school.

By 1911 the family were living in Preston on the Hill. John was a waggoner on a farm, Arthur was working as a railway clerk whilst Albert was a bricklayer.

During the Great War, Arthur served as a sapper with the Royal Engineers (service number 218956). He was attached to No 5 Company, Transportation Stores which was a railway section. He was later transferred to the War Reserve (service number WR/263044) and was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Arthur’s father had died in 1916 and after returning to the railways as a clerk Arthur moved to Lymm.  Arthur’s brother, Albert, served with the 8th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment during the War before being transferred to the Army Service Corps.

On the 15th February 1919 Arthur married Beatrice Davies at St.Chrystosom’s Church, Victoria Park, Manchester.  Beatrice had been born on the 14th January 1885 in Coppenhall, Crewe and was one of six children to Richard and Emma Davies (formerly Stant). Her father was a railway brakesman and guardsman. In 1901 Beatrice was working as a domestic servant and by 1911 was working for Sarah Settle, the “beerhouse keeper” at The White Lion at 73 Ford Lane in Crewe. By 1919 Beatrice was living in Chorlton-on Medlock, Manchester.

In 1925 Arthur moved back to the Liverpool area with Beatrice. They would live at 22 Woodhall Road in the Old Swan district for the rest of their lives. Artur was still working as a clerk for the railways which he would do until he retired.

Artur and Beatrice would have no children

In 1931, at the age of 76 years, Arthur’s mother died.

On the 29th December 1953 Arthur died just before his 65th birthday 

Beatrice died on the 26th January 1972.