Walter  Aldwinckle

Name Walter  Aldwinckle
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Walter Aldwinckle was born in 1898 in Grays, near Thurrock in Essex.  Grays is on the north bank of the Thames, close to Tilbury. He was the fifth of seven children born to Harry Aldwinckle and his wife Harriett, formerly Barnes. Both parents had two sons from previous marriages.

Harry was a labourer at Grays dock in the late 1880s. He’d been born in 1850 in Rothwell, the third of eight children. His father Vincent was from Cottingham, the twin brother of Bartholomew Aldwinckle. Vincent got married in 1845 in the City of London by special licence and afterwards kept an inn on Rothwell market place. It appears his fortunes declined as in subsequent census he was employed as a labourer in Corby and Weldon, and on one occasion was convicted of laying snares. Harry married Sarah Bailey at Corby and had two sons there before moving to Poplar in London’s East End. Sarah died there in 1883 and three years afterwards Harry married widow Harriet Barnes.

Medal rolls show Walter served in the Merchant Navy during the war, but there no details of his service available. His brother George Robert Aldwinckle and half-brothers Thomas Aldwinckle and Harry Aldwinckle were also in the merchant navy; Harry was killed in 1918.

Walter emigrated to the USA on the ship Bardic in 1921 and is listed among the arrivals at Ellis Island on 26 October. His whereabouts thereafter have yet to be traced.

(A Walter Aldwinckle of the correct age is buried in the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Athanasios in Rookwood New South Wales.)

For an account of the historic extended Aldwinckle family see John Bartholomew Aldwinckle. The following list gives the names of all known servicemen who were descended from Aldwinckles living Cottingham and Middleton in the nineteenth century.

(I also have information on a further five servicemen descended from the Aldwinckle family of Drayton in Leicestershire whose ancestors moved there from Cottingham in the eighteenth century. They are Ernest Aldwinckle, George Harry Aldwinckle, William Harold Aldwinckle, Herbert Aldwinckle and William James Aldwinckle. Please contact me <> if you would like to know more.)

Servicemen descended from Thomas Aldwinckle (1816-1899):
William Augustus Aldwinckle, Ralph Aldwinckle and Ernest Henry Aldwinckle.

Servicemen descended from Henry Aldwinckle (1770-1842):
John Bartholomew Aldwinckle, Charles Henry Aldwinckle, Arthur Edwin Aldwinckle, Frederick Wade Coles, Albert Edward Aldwinckle, Archibald Aldwinckle, Frank Aldwinckle, Harry Aldwinckle, William John Aldwinckle,  Harry Aldwinckle, George Robert Aldwinckle, Thomas Aldwinckle and Walter Aldwinckle.

Servicemen descended from William Aldwinckle (1807-1891):
Bartle Essex Aldwinckle, Charles Reginald Burdett, Alfred Norman Burdett and William Edward Burdett.

Servicemen descended from John Aldwinckle (1817-1884):
John Aldwinckle, Percy Aldwinckle, Henry Aldwinckle and Bernard Aldwinckle.