Welcome to the Warburton Website

Welcome to the Warburton Website, which includes my Warburton One-Name Study, and Warburton DNA Project. To learn more about this site please visit the various sub-page under the About menu item.

I hope you will find this site useful in your own studies of Warburton family history. You are invited to subscribe to receive notifications of future Posts about my research, future site updates, or anything else of interest.

The site also includes a Forum where anyone can initiate or participate in conversations with other interested parties on any subject related to  Warburton family history. Anyone can view the Forum but you will need to register to participate.

The Warburton DNA Project enhances the knowledge gained from traditional genealogical research. For example about half of all Warburtons belong to one of two groups, one descended from a Norman knight, the other from a Saxon inhabitant of the village of Warburton. Several smaller groups have also been identified. My DNA Project has devised a low cost strategy to determine if you belong to one of these groups, so please contact me (click my picture to the right) if you are interested.

I also welcome questions, comments, and anything you have which may enhance the site.

Ray Warburton

Profile of Leslie Warburton, Cricketer

The following profile was written and sent to my by Colin Warburton, Leslie’s son. It is also interesting to note that Leslie was related to Doreen Warburton the actress whose obituary is included in my last newsletter. They were second cousins one removed I believe. A cursory examination of their ancestry suggests they are from a branch of the Edenfield clan, but more study is needed to confirm this and document their branch.

Bruce Warburton Midget Car Racer

In the 1930s the new sport of speedway racing was gaining in popularity. Arguably the finest of the speedway tracks was at Belle Vue in Manchester which opened in 1928. Speedway racing was for motor bikes, but interest began to develop in racing cars on the speedway tracks. In the early 1930’s there were a number of demonstration events.

Six foot two car salesman Bruce Warburton was involved in the Manchester Midgets from the very start.

The Cross in the Heather

Fig. 1. Sergeant (later Flight Lieutenant) Leonard Arthur Warburton

On August 31st 1941 Sergeant Warburton was 2nd wireless operator/gunner on Wellington R 1703-J which participated in a 108 plane attack on Cologne. The plane was from the 101st Squadron based at Oakington, Cambridgeshire and commanded by Pilot Officer John Frederick Ashton, aged 22. The four other crew members were Sergeant Ernest Lane, Observer, Sergeant John Redden, wireless operator, Sergeant Robert Wood, second pilot, and Sergeant John Hutton, rear gunner.

Two hours after take-off the plane was shot down whilst returning from the raid by a German night fighter and crashed in flames onto a heath at Boxbergheide, near Genk in Belgium.