Arthur Worsley

Paternal grandparents

John Worsley was born 1819 in Cheadle. He died about 1854. He married Elizabeth Scowsell on 30 December 1839 in Cheadle. Elizabeth was the daughter of John and Hannah Scowsell and was baptised on 8 December 1816 in Wilmslow. John was an agricultural labourer and in 1851 the family lived at Stanley Green. Elizabeth was a silk weaver and she died in 1893.


Zebuel (also appearing as Zebulon/Zebulia/Zebuland/Yebuel) Worsley was born in July 1853 in Cheadle, Stockport. He had three older siblings, Sarah, George and John. In 1861 Zebuel lived at Ivy Cottage, Cheadle Bulkeley, with his mother and sister Sarah, 20. In 1871 Zebuel, 17, lived at Stanley Green and was described as an indoor farm servant for Martha Burgess.

He married Elizabeth Bennett (1858 – 1902) and they had 11 children, including Arthur. Nine of the children were baptised at Christ Church between 1885 and 1899. In 1881 Zebuel was living at 19 Lapwing Lane with Elizabeth. The address was a greengrocer shop where there is now sheltered accommodation between the Railway pub and Frames shop.

Elizabeth died when Arthur was about 5 and Zeb married Helena Smith nee Lunn (1868 – 1935) in 1909. They had one further child. Helena is buried in Southern Cemetery.

Zebuel died in 1932 and his burial site is unknown.


Arthur was born in 1897 in West Didsbury and was baptised on 19 May 1897 at Christ Church. In 1901 he was 3 and lived at 21 Lapwing Lane. He attended Cavendish Road school. In 1911 he lived at 7 Moor St, and was a milk boy.

He became a private in the 8th battalion of the King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment (service number 15871). He served in France and Flanders and he died on 18 July 1916. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial, panel Pier and face 5D and 12B, and on the Cavendish Rd School memorial.

At the time of his death his parents were at 6 Claremont Avenue, behind Frames shop.