Lewis Boaler

Lewis was born on the 12th December 1894 in Cotton’s Bridge and was the second of three sons of Lewis and Sarah Boaler. His father had been born around 1862 in Killamarsh near Sheffield and worked as a railway signalman, His mother, Sarah Povey, had been born in Halton around 1863. His older brother, John, was two years old and all the family were living with Sarah’s father, John Povey. When Lewis was two years old another brother, William, was born.

By 1911, Lewis’s grandfather had died and the family were still living in the cottage at Cotton’s Bridge, His father was still working as a railway signalman, John was a farm labourer whilst Lewis and William were apprentices in the cycle trade.

Lewis’s father had moved to Station Road, Sutton Weaver by the 2nd August 1917 when Lewis was transferred from the army to the Royal Flying Corps (service number 91643) as a motor mechanic. The RFC became the Royal Air Force on the 1st April 1918 and by the end of the War Lewis had been promoted to a sergeant .

Lewis’s father died on the 23rd November 1922 and Lewis was now working as a motor engineer.

On the 27th February 1930, Lewis married Mabel Gotham in Daresbury Church. Lewis was by now living at the Uplands in Moore. Mabel had been born on the 18th March 1896 in Darwen, Lancashire.  She was the eldest of three children to Francis and Annie Gotham who both worked in the cotton mills. For some time Mabel lived with her grand-parents, Richard and Maria Ainsworth. By 1930 the family lived in Stockton Heath and her father worked as an insurance agent.

In 1939 Lewis and Mabel lived in Grappenhall at 289 Chester Road. Lewis was still a motor engineer and was also the  ARP warden for his work place.

After retiring as a transport manager, Lewis and Mabel continued living in Grappenhall and Lewis died on the 21st December 1974 just after his 78th birthday, Mabel remained at the same house until she was taken to the District General Hospital in Warrington where she died on the 4th May 1986.