RSM Alfred Ernest Warburton and his Medals

The following photo shows RSM Alfred Ernest Warburton and his medals.

I was sent the photo by Violet Symes who married Alfred’s son John.

Alfred was the son of Ernest Warburton, born 7th March 1882, who was a well known golf professional. I was aware that Ernest, and his older brother William were golf professionals in Lincolnshire as they are a branch of my own Hale Barns clan, but I didn’t know the story of Ernest and his family.

Ernest was the youngest of 10 children (8 boys and 2 girls) born to John Warburton and Martha Fletcher in Dunham, Cheshire. In turn John’s grandfather is also my 3x great grandfather William (1775-1862).

Ernest moved to Germany before WW1 and married a German lady named Adele Luise Rossins  They had 3 children, Alfred Ernest, Gerda, and Nora. Ernest built golf courses, and was a member of Kiel Golf Club.

In 1914 on the outbreak of WW1 Ernest was interned in Rhuleben internment camp, barrack No 2, where he spent the war interned with other British nationals.

After the war Ernest and his family returned to England. Ernest died on 31st July 19355 and was buried in St Mark, Dunham Massey. His widow Adele, and their daughter Gerda, an invalid, were still living in Sinderland Green, which is part of Dunham, Cheshire, in the 1939 register.

Alfred was 12 yrs old when the family returned to Cheshire. He joined the Grenadier Guards in 1926, serving for 30 years and becoming a Regimental Sergeant Major. He was one of the guards of the coffin of King George 5th at his Lying-in-state. He married Olive Steele in 1930 in London, and their son John was born in March 1934. Olive and John are living with Olive’s parents in Hampshire in the 1939 register but I haven’t found an entry for Alfred.

Olive died in 1967, and in 1968 Ernest and John went to live in Adelaide, Australia, Ernest met and married his second wife, Phyllis Grant a niece of Lionel Logue, famous as the man who cured George 6th of his stutter.

Violet Symes, who sent me the photo and told this story, married John on 26th September 1968 in Adelaide. They returned to England in 1969, and had a son in 1972 before John left Violet in 1973 and subsequently remarried. John died in 2004 having had no more children. Violet’s son now lives in Queensland.

Violet also sent me a family tree which I have used to extend the Hale Barns tree John Warburton and Martha Fletcher.


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