Project Description

WALTER LONGLEY 1881–1963

RGA

Born 17th May 1881 in Cotgrave

Married Rosa Holmes 4 April 1907, Radcliffe on Trent. Children: Sydney Walter (1908-1977), George Albert (1911-1991) and Harold (1918-2009).

Died 19th March 1963, age 82

1891 Census

Age 9 living in Cotgrave with father William, agricultural labourer, mother Susan, brothers William 22 a bootmaker, Stephen 20 also a bootmaker, Herbert 15, twin Arthur 9, John 4 and sister Mary 12.

1901 Census

Age 20. In the army, stationed at Sheerness Garrison. He was a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery,

1911 Census

Age 30 living in Radcliffe on Trent with wife Rosa and children Sydney Walter age 2, George Albert age 2 months and his wife’s grandmother Mary Holmes. He is employed as a rural postman.

1914 Electoral Register

Living on Eastwood Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Military Service

Rank: Bombardier

Service Number: 281387

Military Unit: Royal Garrison Artillery

Theatre of War: Unconfirmed, not clear from service record if he served abroad

Attested: 26 Jan 1915, Nottingham

Age: 33 years 7 months. Address: Eastwood Road, Radcliffe. Occupation: postman.

A form dated 22.1.16, Nottingham, states that Walter Longley, formerly of 17th Lancers and Royal Garrison Artillery, is a Class 1 National Reservist and was registered as such before 11th Aug 1914. (see also 1901 Census above)

Illness

9.10.17:  Discharged with Pulmonary Tuberculosis, the result of Ordinary Military Service.

19.12.17: Ministry of Pensions form:

Paid act. Full Bombardier. Pension of 13/9d a week Awarded from 10.10.17 conditional. A note on the Pension form states ‘formerly served in the RGA as Gunner 5200. Discharged? 5/04 and pensioned at 12s a day for 12 months condl’.

Medals Awarded: No details found other than Silver War Badge

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

No reference

Other information

He was living at 34 Eastwood Road at the time of his death. Survived by his widow Rosa.

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Eastwood Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Household: wife Rose

From the 1939 Register

Address: 34 Eastwood Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: Postman

Household: living with wife Rosa and sons Sidney, general labourer and George, greengrocer’s assistant.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and died in Radcliffe on Trent.