Project Description

WILFRED HOUSELEY 1898–1955

04_Wilfred Houseley c1917-1 ed

Photograph from family collection

Brother of Walter Reginald

Born 14th June 1898, Orston, Notts.

Married in 1928 to Dorothy Jane Foster. Two children, Wilfred and Audrey

Died 2nd February 1955 at Fairfield, Bingham Rd, Radcliffe on Trent age 57

1901 Census

Wilfred Houseley, age 2, was living at Orston Grange, Notts. with his father Frederick 48, a farmer, mother Sarah 40, (maiden name Hoyte), brothers Edwin Evelyn (known as Evelyn), 18, a schoolteacher, Cyril 17, a farm worker, Walter Reginald, age 6 and sisters, Lucy 13, and Margaret 11.

1911 Census

Wilfred was living at Hampden Villa, Lorne Grove, age 12, schoolboy, with unemployed schoolmaster father Frederick and mother Sarah, brothers Frederick 30, a butcher with his own shop in Granby, and Reginald 15, railway clerk, and sisters Lucy and Margaret, both schoolteachers. Lucy was working at Skendlby and Margaret was working at Holme Pierrepont. Hampden Villas had seven rooms.

Military Service

Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Military Unit: 5th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry

The Supplement to the London Gazette, 29 April, 1918, states that he was promoted as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Reserve Regiments of the Cavalry on April 6th, 1918.   Forces War Records show he served in the 5th Reserve. Family descendants have confirmed that he enrolled for training as a cavalry officer and served in an army camp at Kildare, Ireland.

04.5_Army Group 1

According to the Friends Ambulance Unit British Red Cross and Order of St John of Jerusalem (page 401), Wilfred was a serving member. However, Wilfred’s service with the F.A.U. has not been found in the FH/FAU Service Personnel Records Cards Series 1 and 2.

His military service tribunal took place on June 22nd 1916 shortly after his 18th birthday.

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Lorne Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: Lorne Grove Radcliffe on Trent

Household: living with sister Lucy and brother Reginald

Frederick Houseley, father, died in 1918.

From the 1939 Register

Address: Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: District railway inspector

Household: living with wife Dorothy and daughter Audrey, age nine

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and died in Radcliffe on Trent