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William Walmsley

Birthplace: Stockport, Cheshire, England
Death: June 05, 1961 (69)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Matley Walmsley and Sarah Ann Gurley Walmsley
Husband of Emily Letitia Walmsley and Winnifred Walmsley
Father of Bobby Walmsley

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About William Walmsley

William Walmsley (1892-1961) Co-founder with William Lyons the Swallow Sidecar Company, which later became the Jaguar car company.

He was born in Stockport, England, the son of a coal merchant. When his father retired in 1921, the family moved to Blackpool. Walmsley then lived in King Edward Avenue, close to William Lyons.

Walmsley had designed a motorcycle sidecar which attracted Lyons, who bought one. The following year, the men decided to begin producing the sidecar commercially. The Swallow Sidecar Company of Blackpool was the result.

Births Sep 1892

Walmsley William Stockport 8a 67

Marriages Sep 1921

  • Jefferies Emily L Walmsley Stockport 8a 218
  • Walmsley William Jefferies Stockport 8a 218


"He served in the Cheshire Yeomanry Regiment during the 1914-18 War, receiving an injury to his leg."


Medal Index Cards

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  • First name(s) William
  • Last name Walmsley
  • Year 1914-20
  • Service number 704, 230585
  • Second service number 230585
  • Rank Acting Sergeant,Acting Sergeant
  • Second rank Acting Sergeant
  • Regiment Cheshire Yeomanry, King's Shropshire Light Infantry
  • Second corps King's Shropshire Light Infantry
  • Service record Soldier Number: 704, Rank: Acting Sergeant, Corps: Cheshire Yeomanry
  • Second service record Soldier Number: 230585, Rank: Acting Sergeant, Corps: King's Shropshire Light Infantry
  • Image link http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D5721960
  • Country Great Britain
  • Medal type British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920
  • Archive reference WO372/20

British Army Service Records 1914-1920

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  • First name(s) William
  • Last name Walmsley
  • Age 26
  • Birth year 1892
  • Birth town Stockport
  • Birth county Cheshire
  • Birth country England
  • Service number 230585
  • Regiment King's Shropshire Light Infantry
  • Unit / Battalion 4th (Reserve), No 2nd, 10th Battalion
  • Year 1918
  • Residence town Stockport
  • Residence county Cheshire
  • Residence country England
  • Series WO 363
  • Series description Wo 363 - First World War Service Records 'Burnt Documents'
  • Archive The National Archives
  • Record set British Army Service Records
  • Category Military, armed forces & conflict
  • Subcategory First World War

Motor Cyclist
Merchant/Coal Merchant
Father - Mr. T M Walmsley, Flowery Fields, Davenport, Stockport
Injured - G.S.W. Right leg

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William Walmsley's Timeline

Cheshire, England
June 5, 1961
Age 69
Lancashire, England