As part of my volunteering, I assist with help desks on behalf of Nuneaton & North
Warwickshire Family History Society. As always, the problems presented are often due to
circumstance and this problem is due to circumstances created by WW2.
Ethel WATERWORTH is the maiden name of the mother given on a 1942 birth certificate. She
is shown as being wife of Murdo McLEOD. They were not married and Murdo was hauled before
the beak for perjury.
Ethel died as a result of giving birth, and she is buried at Coleshill Cemetery,
Warwickshire as McLEOD.
From this you will understand that anyone with Ethel in their tree may
not know of her partnership with Murdo, nor her 1942 death, which is as McLEOD, aged 39.
But because she appears in Warwickshire in 1942 and probably not much before then, the
only information known is from her son's birth certificate and her death certificate.
I am aware of several Ethel WATERWORTHs in Lancashire. Have you lost one? Or does anyone
have a family story of Ethel "running off with a Scot"...or similar!! There is
a suggestion that she may have been a nurse. We have traced Murdo McLeod (thanks to
enormous help from another list) who was born in Inverness and posted to Warwickshire in
WW2 - via Manchester.
Ethel is, so far, unknown so any help establishing her roots would be gratefully received
by me...and particularly by her son who "doesn't do computers".