Thomas Windsor was born about 1843 in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire. In the 1891 census he was living at 86 Bradshawgate, Bolton with his wife, Mary, and 6 children of whom Everest was the youngest aged 6. Thomas was a sewing machine dealer. The other children were Arlene, 26, sewing machinist (shirts), Emile, 24, pawnbroker’s manager, Clara, 21, sewing machinist (shirts), Carney, 19, pawnbroker’s assistant and Malcombe, 8. Arlene, Emile and Clara were born in Sandbach, Carney in Crewe and Malcombe in Accrington.
Mary was born about 1841 in Kidsgrove. We have no record of their marriage. In the 1901 census Thomas and Mary lived at 40 Weston St, Bolton with Clara (domestic servant), Malcombe (pawnbroker’s assistant) and Everest. By the 1911 census, Mary had died (no details) and Thomas was 68 and a sewing machine agent, and lived with Arlene, now a pawnbroker’s assistant and Everest. They were still at Weston St.
We cannot find a record of Thomas’s death.
Everest was born on 21 October 1884, in Bolton. He was baptised on 20 May 1897 (no explanation for the delay) at Holy Trinity, Bolton le Moors, Lancashire. By 1901 he was an art student and by 1911 he was 26 and a designer for calico printers. He married Emilia White at Wolstanton, Staffordshire in 1913. We can find no evidence of children.
Everest was initiated as a freemason on 18 December 1913 and was a member of the Royal Protector Lodge, Stretford.
We do not know when he enlisted but his first regiment was the South Lancashire Regiment where he was a private, no 203804. He later joined the 1st Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry where he was a private, no 204509. He is said to have enlisted at West Didsbury.
He died in action on 28 August 1917 in the Western European theatre (France and Flanders) and was buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, grave reference I V 16.
Emilia seems to have trained as a nurse between 1909 and 1912 at Wolstanton and Burslem Union Infirmary. She was registered on 27 October 1922 in London and was still registered as a nurse in 1946. At the time of Everest’s death Emilia was residing at Thursfield Villa, Newchapel, Stoke-on-Trent.
It is not clear what was the connection with Christ Church but perhaps Everest and Emilia lived in the parish at some point after 1913.