Horror of sinking made ‘painful reading’
THE tragedy of the deaths of Florence Wallace-Watson and Cissie Wardle sent shockwaves through the town.
The Macclesfield Courier printed a full page about the sinking of the Lusitania, where the editor described the ‘horror’ as the most ‘painful reading’ in its 101-year history.
Florence was the eldest daughter of Susannah and William Walshaw Stancliffe, a brewer of Spring Fields House, Byrons Lane, Sutton. She had two brothers Percy and Richard and a sister Esther. Florence married William Wallace-Watson, a sugar refiner from Canada, at St George’s Church, Sutton, in 1887, and immigrated to Canada a year later. The couple had four children, Agnes, Stancliffe, Florence and William.
She is buried at St James Church, Sutton.
The other tragic victim was Cissie Wardle, 22, the daughter of Annie Maria and Charles Dooley, a gardener.
The family, which included siblings George, James, Ernest, John, and Sidney, lived on Fowler Street, Macclesfield.
Cissie emigrated to America in 1914 and married former Prestbury resident Frank Wardle. Her body was never recovered.