Following on from my last post, my sister also mentioned a Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Birtwistle who was awarded the DSO. She had seen a Brigadier-General Arthur Birtwistle mention as being the son of William Birtwistle on the Cotton Town site (here), and thought he must be the brother of Albert Birtwistle, the father of our grandfather James Astley Birtwistle aka Nebby.
Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Birtwistle (later Brigadier General) was, however, born in 1877 and married Alice daughter of W. Hillman. It’s said that his family controled more looms than any other in the world through Abbey, Carr and Woodfold mills and other interests.
As such, there seems to be some confusion in our family between William Birtwistle (father of Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Birtwistle) who lived at Billinge Scar and great great grandfather William Birtwistle who was also a Cotton Mill owner and our great uncle ‘Bertie’ (also William Birtwistle), Chairman of Birtwistle & Fielding Co., Ltd. and JA Leight Co. Ltd and father of racing legend Monica Dickenson.
I’m now not sure which William owned the Norseman steam yacht I mentioned recently (here and here) because according to family legend our grandparents spent their honeymoon on it. I’m also not sure whether the Norseman is the same steam yacht as the S.Y. Iolaire. It may still be true that my grandparents spent their honeymoon on the Norseman, regardless of whether a close or distant relative owned it, but I can’t join up dots between Birtwistles of Billinge Scar and our lot.
Maybe this all documented in the book about the Birtwistle family, so hopefully my brother Hugo, cousin Hamish or mum can clarify this for me.