On the 30th November 1910, Alice Florrie Sanders was born in Doulton Road, Rowley
Regis in Staffordshire, the fourth child of Timothy Sanders who was working as a
Clay Turner and his wife Martha (nee Leach). She was baptised into the Methodist
faith, possibly at the Providence Chapel where her parents married some years earlier.
Her elder sister Annie had been born soon after their parents marriage in 1903 in
Staffordshire, but sister Bina and brother Timothy had been born in Horwich where
her mother was raised. Her sister Annie contracted polio, which left her crippled
and Alice had rheumatic fever as a child which left her with a weakened heart.
The family returned to Horwich (between 1911 and 1914), and Alice’s sister Gladys
was born in the summer of 1915. Her father Timothy went away to war, and on his return,
three further siblings, Ronald, Charles Frederick and Raymond were born in Horwich.
The family lived at 10 Dickinson Street East when Alice left school aged 14. She
went to work at Victoria mill in Horwich as a winder.
Her brother Timothy married and left home in 1931, and in March 1932 Alice married
Harry Hardman at the Parish Church Chorley. He was a calico weaver from Anderton
Street in Chorley. Her father Timothy died a few months later in August 1932.
Harry and Alice’s first child Annie was born one year after their marriage, in March
1933. Sadly her husband Harry died 16 days after Annie was born. Four weeks later
her daughter Annie also died and Alice returned to her mother’s home in Dickinson
Street. In September of the same year, her sister Bina married and left home.
On 4th December 1934, Alice had a son Robert Henry (Bob), after a brief relationship
with his father Henry Almond. They never married and Alice and Bob lived at home
with her mother and siblings who now moved to Wright Street. Henry acknowledged his
son and paid maintenance to Alice over the coming years.
Her brother Fred (Charles Frederick) joined the Merchant Navy, and went to sea, and
when war broke out, her brothers Ronald and Raymond went into the army. Her mother
Martha died in 1945 and Alice, now head of the family and her siblings Annie, Gladys
and Fred moved to Craven street. Sometime later, her sister Annie moved to a convalescence
home and brother Fred, who had contracted malaria during the war and also became
crippled, also moved to a nursing home.
In 1948 she married Horace Thompstone, a divorcee, whom she met whilst he was convalescing
at the same home as her sister Annie. They moved to a prefab in Levenshulme. Horace
had two daughters Alice and Joan from his previous marriage to Freda Parker. Her
son Bob stayed in Horwich and lived with Alice’s sister Gladys until he married Margaret
in 1962. Alice and Joan married and left home in 1951 and 1952.
Alice and Horace regularly visited her brother Fred at the Leonard Cheshire home
in Colchester before his death in 1963 and also her sister Annie in Lytham St Anne’s.
Around 1960 they moved to Edale Avenue in Reddish, where they remained until Alice
became unwell and was admitted to Stepping Hill Hospital in 1987 where she subsequently
Birth, marriage and death certificates
Notes from Margaret Barlow, Ann Perry, Lillie Rawlinson