Person:Mary Hamnett (1)

Mary Alice Hamnett
m. 1920
Facts and Events
Name Mary Alice Hamnett
Gender Female
Birth[1] 23 Mar 1897 Winwick, Lancashire, England
Christening[2] 27 Oct 1899 Winwick, Lancashire, England
Census[3] 31 Mar 1901 Winwick, Lancashire, EnglandPoets Lane
Census[4] 2 Apr 1911 Newton le Willows, Lancashire, England10 Alfred Street
Marriage 1920 Lancashire, Englandto William Lewis
Census[5] 29 Sep 1939 Newton le Willows, Lancashire, England78 Mill Lane
Death[6] 30 Oct 1967 Stirling, Stirlingshire, ScotlandRoyal Infirmary

Mary Alice Hamnet was born on 23rd March 1897 at Winwick in Lancashire, daughter of Ellen Hamnett, formerly Lowe, and her husband Samuel Hamnett, a farm bailiff. Mary Alice appears to have been known by her middle name. She was baptised when she was two years old at Winwick. The 1901 census finds her living with her parents and siblings on Poets Lane in Winwick.

Some time between 1901 and 1911 Alice's father died, and the family also left Winwick and moved to the neighbouring town of Newton-le-Willows. Alice appears in the 1911 census living with her mother and siblings at 10 Alfred Street in Newton.

In 1920, Alice married William Lewis. He was originally from Luton in Bedfordshire, over 150 miles away. He had served in the army during the Great War and had suffered a serious leg injury in 1917 following a serious leg injury in battle in France, caused when a shell burst beside him as he was going over the top from the trenches. He was sent back to Britain to the Lord Derby Military Hospital at Winwick, close to where Alice was living, which is presumably how they met. Perhaps she worked at the hospital.

Alice and William went on to have three children together in the Newton-le-Willows area: William in 1920, Alice Joyce in 1922 and Alfred in 1931.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Alice, William and their children were living at 78 Mill Lane in Newton-le-Willows. William was working in textile furnishing production. Alice's mother was still living at 10 Alfred Street, just around the corner. Alice's mother died in 1946.

By 1952 the family had left the Newton-le-Willows area and moved over 200 miles north to the small village of Ashfield, just north of Dunblane in Perthshire, Scotland. Their daughter Alice died there in 1952, aged just 29.

By 1967 they had moved into the town of Dunblane, living at 18 Kippendavie Avenue. Alice died in hospital in nearby Stirling on 30th October 1967, aged 70. William survived her by about twelve years.

  1. Births index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    b. Mary Alice HAMLETT, June Quarter 1897, Warrington Registration District, Volume 8c, page 203, mother's maiden name Lowe

  2. Baptisms register, in Winwick, Lancashire, England. Parish Registers (Cheshire Record Office /
    BAPTISMS solemnized in the Parish of Winwick in the County of Lancaster in the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and ninety nine
    No.When BaptizedChild's Christian NameParents' NameAbodeQuality, Trade, or ProfessionBy whom the Ceremony was performed
    [Born:] M[ar]ch 23/97
    1899 Oct[ober] 27thMary AliceSamuel & EllenHamnettWinwickFarm bailiffO. Penrhyn, Rector
  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1901 Census Schedules: also for the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG13; Piece 3576; Folio 10; Page 12, 31 Mar 1901.

    Address: Cottage in Poets Lane, Winwick, Lancashire
    Samuell Hambett, head, married, male, 28 [1872/3], Farm Baliff [sic], worker, b. Hale Barns, Cheshire
    Ellen Hamblett, wife, married, female, 28 [1872/3], b. Newton le Willows, Lancashire
    Robert Hamblett, son, male, 8 [1892/3], School, b. Winwick, Lancashire
    Fred Hamblett, son, male, 5 [1895/6], b. Winwick, Lancashire
    Mary A. Hamblett, daughter, female, 4 [1896/7], b. Winwick, Lancashire
    Thomas Hamblett, son, male, 3 months [1900], b. Winwick, Lancashire

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1911 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG14; Piece 23115; Schedule 180, 2 Apr 1911.

    Address: 10 Alfred Street, Newton le Willows, Lancashire
    4 rooms occupied
    Ellen Hamnett, head, female, 40 [1870/1], widow, married 18 years, 5 children born to marriage, 5 still living, b. Newton Common, Lancashire
    Robert Hamnett, son, male, 19 [1891/2], Farm Servant, Labourer, worker, b. Winwick, Lancashire
    Fred Hamnett, son, male, 16 [1894/5], Locomotive Engine Prentice - Vulcan, worker, b. Winwick, Lancashire
    Mary Alice Hamnett, daughter, female, 14 [1896/7], b. Winwick, Lancashire
    Thomas Hamnett, son, male, 10 [1900/1], b. Winwick, Lancashire
    Janett Hamnett, daughter, female, 6 [1904/5], b. Winwick, Lancashire

  5. General Register Office. 1939 Register
    Newton-le-Willows Urban District, 29 Sep 1939.

    Address: 78 Mill Lane, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire
    Lewis, William / male / 7 Jan 1898 / married / Textile Furnishing Production Process Worker
    [one record closed]
    Lewis, Alice Joyce / female / 24 Jun 1922 / single / Prouction Process Worker Textile Dyeing & Printing
    Lewis, Alice / female / 23 Mar 1898 / married / Unpaid Domestic Duties
    [one record closed]

  6. Death certificate, in General Register Office for Scotland. Civil Registration.

    District No. 348
    Year 1967
    Entry No. 38
    DEATH Registered in the District of Dunblane & Lecropt in the County of Perth
    Name and Surname: Alice Lewis
    Sex: F
    Occupation: -
    Marital Status: Married
    Date of Birth: 23/3/1898
    Age: 69 years
    Name, Surname and Occupation of Spouse: William Lewis, Textile Process Worker (Retired)
    When and Where Died: 1967 October Thirtieth 10h0m PM, Royal Infirmary, Stirling
    Usual Residence if different from Place of Death: 18 Kippendavie Avenue, Dunblane
    Name, Surname and Occupation of Father: Walter Hamnett, Farm Bailiff (Deceased)
    Name, Surname and Maiden Surname of Mother: Ellen Hamnett, M.S. Lowe (Deceased)
    Cause of Death:
    I(a) Pulmonary Embolism and Infarction
    (b) Femoral Vein Thrombosis
    (c) Paraplegia
    (d) Arteriosclerosis
    II Pyelonephritis and Cystitis
    Name and Qualification of Medical Practitioner: Gavin M. Watson, M.B., Ch.B.
    Informant's Signature and Qualification: W. Lewis, Widower
    When Registered: 1967 November 1st