GILBERT VERNON ELWIN 1895–1995
Photo from Radcliffe Local History Society
Brother of Henry Fitz Elwin
Born 22nd June 1895 in Nottingham
Baptised 20 October 1895 St Ann’s Church, Nottingham, home address 11 Ridgway Street
Two marriages. Marriage (1) September 1920 to May Elizabeth Weston, born 21.3.94. They had three children: Joyce, Barbara and Margaret. May died in 1960. Marriage (2) Margaret Jex (1965)
Died in Guernsey in 1995, age 99
Age 5 and living with father Henry 34, mother Louisa, 30, both born in Nottingham brother Henry Fitz, 8, and a domestic servant Ada Alvey, 18. They lived at 82 Trent Boulevard, West Bridgford.
Age 15 living with father Henry, 44, mother Louisa, 40 ,and brothers Henry Fitz, 18, who was also a clerk in father’s office, Frank Malcolm, 7, at school, and Reginald Charles, 4. They had two servants, one a mother’s help and the other a general servant. They were living at Bailey House, Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent which had 11 rooms. He was employed as a clerk in father’s business of box manufacturer and printers
Rank: Corporal, previously Gunner (he was training in the U.K. to be an officer when the Armistice was declared, having served in France and Flanders)
Service Number: 56299
Military Unit: 112th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry September 1915
Medals Awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory
Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Roll
Bailey House, Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent
He returned from the war to Radcliffe on Trent in 1919. He moved to 4 Claremont Gardens, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham, returning to Radcliffe in 1928 to Hartwell House, Vicarage Lane and then to 24 Cliff Drive, Radcliffe on Trent where he lived from 1966-1984 (confirmed by British phone directories’ transcribed records which end in 1984). He moved to the Channel Islands where two of his daughters lived and died in Guernsey in 1995.
When he was in his 90s he dictated his memories of WWI: ‘Personal Experiences: G.V. Elwin ‘ to a member of his family. The document was typed up and then photocopied by a Nottinghamshire solicitor. It is reproduced on this website.
From the 1939 Register
Address: Hartwell House, Vicarage Lane, Radcliffe on Trent
Occupation: cardboard box manufacturer
Household: wife May born 21.3.1894 and four other people (records closed)
Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Lived in Radcliffe on Trent for many years.