Hor­ror of sink­ing made ‘painful read­ing’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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