Project Description

GILBERT VERNON ELWIN 1895–1995

Gil Elwin

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, b.21.3.94. They had three children: Joyce, Barbara and Margaret. May died in 1960.  Marriage (2) ? Jex (1965)

Died in Guernsey in 1995, age 99

1901 Census

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.

1911 Census

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 mothers help and the other a general servant. They were living at Bailey House, Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent which had 11 rooms. He is employed as a clerk in father’s business of box manufacturer and printers

Military Service

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

Other information

He returned from the war to Radcliffe on Trent in 1919. He married May Weston in 1920. 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 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.

May &Gill's wedding

Wedding of Gilbert to May Weston 1920