WILFRED HOUSELEY 1898–1955
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
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.
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.
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.
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