William Alfred Marsland Barton (1895–1975)


Royal Navy M30270
HMS Tedworth

Photo courtesy Wendy Holtam

William Alfred barton

William was born in 1895 at Gorton. His parents were William Alfred and Marion Barton. The family moved to Ambergate when his father became a clerk at the Ambergate wireworks. William engaged in the RNVR aged twenty-three. Standing at over six feet he was tall for the time. During the war he served as an Engine Room Artificer (ERA) aboard the minesweeper HMS Tedworth.

In 1923 he married Florence May Mountney, sister to James Mountney who is also on the Roll of Honour. The Mountney family kept the Derwent Hotel at Whatstandwell Bridge.

Photo courtesy Wendy Holtam

Willaim Alfred Barton and May Mountney wedding

William Alfred and Florence May's wedding
Outside the Derwent Hotel, Whatstandwell (owned by May's parents – the Mountney's)


Royal Navy Service Record
Born 17 November 1895, Manchester. Formerly RNVY (Y329717) engaged 27 April 1918. Aged 23, height 6ft 1in, brown hair and blue eyes. Then RN (M30270).
Father William; address Derwent Villas, Whatstandwell; occupation fitter and turner; CoE
Awarded British War and Victory medals.
27 April 1918 - 21 June 1918 Victory II ERA
22 June 1916 - 31 Dec 1918 Gunner (HMS Tedworth) ERA
01 Jany 1919 - 01 March 1919 Victory II ERA
ERA was an Engine Room Artificer
HMS Tedworth was a Minesweeper launched in June 1917

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Postcard of HMS Tedworth


1901: Prestwich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Barton Head 37 Builders clerk Gorton
Marion Barton wife 32   Longsight
George Barton son 11   Gorton
Marion Barton daughter 10   Gorton
Robert Barton son 9   Gorton
William Barton son 5   Gorton
Ernest Walker boarder 26 Bleacher Manchester

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1911: Ambergate

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Alfred Barton Head 47 Clerk, wire works Gorton
Marion Barton wife 42   Manchester
George Neil Barton son 21 Wire drawer Gorton
Marion Barton daughter 20   Gorton
William Alfred Barton son 15 Wood turner Gorton
Gordon Barton son 2   Alderwasley

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1918 Voters List
William Alfred Marsland Barton, Whatstandwell, absent on military service.

1939 Register: Manchester
William A Barton b.19 November 1896 (single); Inspector engineer aeroplanes
[His birth was registered in the December qtr of 1895. Had his wife Florence May died?]