Project Description

WALTER HORACE NOWELL 1894–1976

RGA

Known as Horace.

Brother of George and Edgar Nowell (both killed in the war)

Born 19th August 1894, Radcliffe on Trent.

Baptised 4th October 1894 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Married Lucy Hart in Oct-Dec 1919 in Grantham district. Children: Walter William Douglas born 30 October 1920, baptised in 1921 at Bottesford when his father was a police constable, Beryl E born 14 Feb 1925, Nottingham, and Horace D. born 1927, Nottingham. Lucy died 23 January 1974.

Died 1 October 1976, age eighty-two

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

Admitted 10 Jan 1898, father Walter, The Green

1901 Census

Age 6 living at The Green Radcliffe on Trent with father Walter 37, bricklayer, and mother Annie 37 nee Wilford, brothers George Andrew Henderson 9, Edgar Gale 3 and sisters Gertrude 15, Ethel 13, Constance 11 and Irene 2.

1911 Census

Age sixteen, living at Estate Cottage, Back Lane, Radcliffe on Trent, with his father Walter, foreman bricklayer, mother Annie and his nine siblings: brothers George and Edgar, both printer’s assistants, sisters Gertrude, Ethel, Constance, Irene, Ivy Gladys, age five, and Edna, two. He was employed as a printer’s assistant.

Military Service

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 188729

Military Unit: Royal Garrison Artillery

Theatre of War: unconfirmed, highly likely France and Flanders, service abroad approx. 3 months

Attested: 15 Jan 1916 in Nottingham.

Height 5ft 8¼ins, chest 36ins. Bricklayer’s labourer at time of attestation.

Mobilised: 2.1.1918.

Qualification 1st Class Signaller

15.1.18: Posted to RGA Signal Depot, Chatham

7.6.18: Posted to Signal Depot, Fareham

12.9.18: Posted to England for transfer to Home Establishment on compassionate grounds

18.10.18: Posted to 33 AA Company, RGA, Cavendish House, The Park, Nottingham.

2 offences of overstaying leave: first on 2 June 1918 and then on 1 July 1918

Medals Awarded:

British War and Victory, received on 12 Jan 1922

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Living on Water Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

1939 Register

Address: 29 Percy Street, Old Basford, Nottingham

Occupation: Police Inspector

Household: Walter H and his wife Lucy (born 8 November 1895), daughter Beryl, student.

Other information

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and worked in Radcliffe on Trent.