Walter was born on 25 December 1868 in Chalvey (a village which is now a district of Slough), the eldest child of Thomas Ivall (1837 - 1908) and Lucy Ivall nee Hobden (1845 - 1929). Thomas and Lucy went to have a total of 15 children, the last one being born in 1892. Thomas was a baker and ran the Chalvey village bakery.
The 1871 census shows Thomas Ivall (aged 33, a master baker), his wife Lucy (24) and their children Walter George (2) and Robert Thomas (7 months) living at 6 Jordan Place, Upton Cum Chalvey.
By 1881 the family consisted of Thomas (aged 44, a master baker), Lucy (34), Walter (12), Annie Lucy (7), Harry Alfred (5), Catherine Dora (3), Percy Bertram (1), Reginald Ivall (2 months) and Eliza Hobden (27, Lucy’s sister, a nurse). Their address was Jordan Place Bakers Shop, Chalvey, Buckinghamshire.
The Slough, Eton and Windsor observer printed the following item on 3 Oct 1885 under the heading Chalvey Cricket Club
In the evening the members and their friends, numbering about forty, sat down to a capital repast at Mr Hobden’s. Mr W. S. Shelton presided and Mr T. Ivall (Walter’s father) occupied the vice chair. A very pleasant evening was spent by all. Mr T. Haverly obtained the presentation bat, given by the club for the highest average in batting, and a cap was presented to Mr George (Walter) Ivall for having performed the “Hat trick” in the match with Eton Wick on August 8th.
In 1891 Thomas Ivall (aged 53, a baker), Lucy (43), Walter (22, an assistant schoolmaster), Annie (17), Harry (15, a baker), Catherine (13), Percy (11), Reginald (10), Charles (8), Margaret (8), Gilbert (6), Jane (4) and Philip (0.75) were living at 6 Jordan Place, Church Street, Chalvey.
Walter achieved another hat trick at cricket, as reported in the local paper dated 5th August 1893.
The feature of the Eton Wick v Chalvey match, which was played on the ground of the former on Saturday, was the excellent bowling of George (Walter) Ivall. Not only did he perform the “hat trick” but an inspection of his bowling analysis shows that in all he took 12 wickets at a cost of just a run apiece. In this department of the game he was ably supported by Fred Spong, while the batting honours belong to E. Bubb. Chalvey won by an innings and five runs.
Edward Bubb was the husband of George’s sister Annie. Walter was later presented with a silver cup for captaining the Chalvey Cricket Club for 25 years. His son John remembers the cup being on the sideboard at their home.
On 1st January 1895 Walter married Lily Mary Crabe Bartlett at St Mary’s Church, Slough. He was 26 and a school master. She was 23, the daughter of William Bartlett, a butler. They had four daughters Dorothy Lucy (b1895), Lily Victoria (b1900), Margaret Olive (1902-59) and Katherine Mildred (1907-86). They also had two other children Mary (b1896) and Thomas (b1899) who died soon after birth.
Walter (top left) and other teachers at Slough National Boys School
In 1897 Walter was the honorary secretary of the committee that made the arrangements in Chalvey to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria accession to the throne. In 1900, Walter was appointed as the secretary of the Chalvey Club, for which we has paid £4 a year.
The 1901 census shows Walter (aged 32, an assistant schoolmaster) living at 7 Castle View off Grove Road, Upton St Mary, Slough. Also listed at the address are his wife Lily Mary (22) and their daughters Dorothy (5) and Lily Victoria (5 months).
The 1903 and 1907 editions of Kelly's Directory of Buckinghamshire have entries for Chalvey Village Club and Library (George Ivall, hon sec), High St, Chalvey, Slough (listed under Public Libraries in 1903 and 1907, Working Men’s Clubs in 1907). The Slough, Eton and Windsor Observer of 28 January 1905 contains an item that begins “An entertainment, arranged by Mr W. G. Ivall, took place at the Club House on Wednesday evening.” There was “a large attendance” and the programme contained “phonograph selections”, songs and recitations.
In 1911 Walter (42, a schoolmaster at an elementary school), his wife Mary (39) and children Lily (10), Margaret (9) and Catherine (3) were living at 4 Castle View, off Chalvey Grove.
During the First World War, Walter was a special constable. His grandson Colin Hewett has his truncheon and helmet badge.
Walter George Ivall and some of his pupils (from a school photo)
Lily Ivall, Walter’s wife, died of cancer in 1915 in Chalvey aged 43. He married again on 25 June 1921 to Alice Cumber at St Peter’s, Hampstead. The marriage certificate gives his age as 51 and hers as 37. Alice was a spinster, a daughter of William Cumber who was a bookbinder. She seems to have been a friend of Walter’s eldest daughter Dorothy. They are both listed in the 1911 census as living at 18 Roberts St, Mayfair in London (Alice was then a dressmaker, aged 26). Walter and Alice had 3 children, Robert George (b 1923), John Reginald (b 1924) and Barbara Mary (b 1929).
Walter was a schoolteacher for 45 years, starting as a pupil teacher at the age of 15 and continuing until he retired in 1928 at the age of 60. He was the deputy head master at Slough National School in the 1920s.
Walter (top right) at the wedding of his daughter Katherine in 1928
Alice and Walter Ivall are listed at 19 Carrington Rd in the 1931 Electoral Register for the Stoke Ward of Slough.
Walter died in 1953 in Maidenhead aged 84. His wife Alice died in 1959 in Slough aged 74.