Yorkshire Chess History



William Umpleby Rothery











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1866/67, Leeds


24/02/1867, St. Matthew’s, Leeds


28/06/1932, Huddersfield



Non-Chess Life


William Umpleby Rothery’s parents were Thomas Rothery (born 1838/39, Leeds) and Ruth Rothery (born 1840/41, Leeds), who had at least the following three children, all Leeds-born:


Thomas Rothery, junior

born 1865/66

William Umpleby Rothery

born 1866/67

Flora Umpleby

born 1877/78


William Umpleby Rothery, son of Thomas Rothery, warehouseman of 17 Carleton Cross Street, Leeds, and Ruth Rothery was baptised on 24/02/1867 at St. Matthews, Leeds, by F. R. Blatch.


His age as stated in sources such as censuses uniformly imply his birth to have been at some time from 16/08/1866 to 31/03/1867.  His date of birth was not recorded in his baptism register entry.


The 1871 census found the parents and older children living with one servant at 76 Lofthouse Place, Leeds.  Thomas senior was manager of a woollen warehouse.


The 1881 census found the family, with one servant, still at the same address.  Flora was now with them.  Thomas senior was a manager in a cloth warehouse, and the two boys were scholars.


The 1891 census saw the boys had started employment.  Thomas junior was a worsteds designer while William was a cashier.  Thomas senior had become a commercial traveller.  Flora was a scholar.  There was still one servant.


On 15/08/1896, at St. Andrews Church, Fulham, 29-year-old bachelor and bank cashier, William Umpleby Rothery, of Salendine Nook, Huddersfield, son of Thomas Rothery, woollen manufacturer, was married to 19-year-old Bristol-born spinster Clara Cumberwell, of 76 Lillie Road, Fulham, daughter of George Cumberwell, commercial traveller, by G. G. Newton, curate in charge of St. Matthew’s Willesden.


William and Clara had at least the following four children, all Huddersfield-born:


Leonard Rothery

born 1897/98

Harold Rothery

born 1899/00

Geoffrey Rothery

born 1903/04

Basil Rothery

born 1905/06


The 1901 census found the parents and first two children living with two servants at 89 Cleveland Road, Lindley, Huddersfield.  William was a “card maker’s cashier”, which seems to have been some form of clothing manufacture.


The 1911 census found the parents and youngest three children living with three servants at Brunswick House, Lindley, Huddersfield.  William was now specifically an employer, being a “card clothing manufacturer”.


William remained living at Brunswick House for the rest of his life.


He was involved in the local Territorial Force (later known as Territorial Army), and served in the army in World War I.  He achieved the rank of Major.


By 1929 William had retired, as evidenced by the record of his arrival at Liverpool, back from New York aboard the Cunard Steamership Company Ltd’s ship, Samaria, on 01/07/1929.  The recorded William U. Rothery as being aged 62, retired, and resident at Brunswick House, Lindley, Huddersfield.  His 52-year-old wife was travelling with him.




The Huddersfield Daily Examiner of Wednesday, 29/06/1932, under “Deaths” carried the following:


ROTHERY – On June 28th, 1932, aged 65, William Umpleby Rothery, of Brunswick Road, Lindley, Huddersfield.  Funeral at Lindley parish church, on Thursday, June 30th, at 11.30 a.m.


He appears not to have been buried at Edgerton Cemetery.


Probate records state that William Umpleby Rothery of Brunswick House, Lindley, Huddersfield, died on 28/06/1932, at the Surgical Home, Highfields Road, Huddersfield.  Probate was granted to Harold Rothery and Geoffrey Rotherey [sic] manufacturers, and Arthur Maxwell Ramsden, solicitor.  He left effects of £91,394 19s 1d.


Son George Rothery, then of Kirkburton, died on 10/03/1943, in World War II, and was buried in Tunisia.




“W. U. Rothery”, with his second initial variously misrepresented by typesetters who couldn’t believe it was “U”, represented Huddersfield in Woodhouse matches in the first decade of so prior to the First World War, though didn’t represent the county.


He presided over the 1904 Yorkshire Chess Association annual meeting.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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