Matlock – St. Giles’s Church (Cyril Walthall)

Cyril Walthall was born on 31 July 1912, in Bakewell, Derbyshire, the son of Harry Walthall and Ada Walthall (nee Britland), of Matlock Bath. Cyril married Phyllis Birch, who had been born on 2 October 1912, in 1937 at the Farley Hill Congregational Chapel. By the time of the 1939 register, Cyril was living in Matlock with Phyllis and he was working as a fine gauge knitting machine operator at a hosiery manufacturer.

During the war, Cyril was an aircraftman, service number 2202724, in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 4 February 1944 and was aged just 31. His estate was worth £1,166 when he died, and this went to Phyllis, who at this time was living at Glen Mona on Jackson Road in Matlock. Phyllis died in Matlock on 8 August 2007, at the age of 95 and 63 years after her husband died.