Arthur Cross Sumner was born on 4th January 1889 at Thelwall and baptised on the 27th of that month at St Mary’s Church, Rostherne near Knutsford. He was the son of John Sumner (born Mere) and his wife Jane Elizabeth (nee Cross) who was born at Stockport. The father was a labourer and the family lived at High Legh.
The 1891 census recorded the family living in High Legh. There were three children: Agnes (11), Arthur C. (2) and Albert C. (2 months). In 1893 they had a fourth child, Rupert Percy, who sadly died the following year aged 16 months.
By 1901 the Sumner family had moved to Speke, near Liverpool and the father was employed as a teamster on a farm. Agnes had stayed in High Legh and was working as a servant at the farm of George Sumner. The two boys were still at school.
Ten years later they had all moved again, to Preston on the Hill, where the father was a waggoner on a farm. The parents had been married 31 years. Arthur Cross was a railway clerk and his brother Albert Cyril was a bricklayer’s labourer.
Arthur served as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers during the Great War. He was in the no. 5 Transportation Stores Company, which was a railways section. His service number was 218956, although he did at one point have another number: WR/263044. It is not known where he served. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for his war service. In 1918 he was on the absent voters’ list for High Legh, at Deans Green Hall in Lymm, which was the farm of George Sumner.
Arthur’s father John died in 1916 aged 60 years. This was possibly the reason for Arthur’s move to live in Lymm, as this was given as his address when he married Beatrice Davies on 15th February 1919. They were married at St Chrystosom’s Church in Victoria Park (Rusholme) in Manchester. Beatrice was living in Chorlton-upon-Medlock at that time, but was born in Crewe. She was 34 years old and Arthur was 30 years old.
Arthur’s mother Jane Elizabeth died in 1931 aged 76 years.
The 1939 register showed that Arthur and Beatrice were living at 22, Woodhall Road in Old Swan, Liverpool. He was working as a railway clerk. They had no children.
Arthur Cross Sumner died on 29th December 1953 in Liverpool, predeceasing Beatrice by 19 years. He was 64 years of age.