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WILLIAM ALFRED WILLIAMSON 1878–1982

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Born 19th October 1878 in Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 14th November 1878 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Radcliffe on Trent

Married  1909 to Phoebe Fretwell. Five children: two girls and three boys including Phoebe Grace born 1910 and Walter born 1913

Died 1982, age 103

Buried Marlpool Cemetery, Heanor, Derbyshire

1881 Census

Aged 2 living with father Walter 45 born in Cotgrave, a butcher, mother Ann, half sister Ann 22, and brother Walter 1. They lived on Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe on Trent.

In 1883 William’s mother died after the birth of Fred.

1891 Census

Aged 12 living with father Walter, 55, a widower and butcher, Mary A Williamson, housekeeper, brother Walter A 11 and sister Grace Emily 9. They lived on Back Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.

1901 Census

No census record found – he was on active service.

William Williamson enlisted in The Leicestershire Regiment in 1896 and served in 1st Battalion from 31.12.1896 to 30.12.1908 with Service Number: 4877. He served in South Africa during the Boer War and was trapped inside Ladysmith during the siege (source findagrave.com).

His memoir of the Boer War can be found on notjacobitescots.blogspot.com

1911 Census

Aged 32 employed as a town postman living with wife Phoebe 26 born in Eastwood and daughter Phoebe Grace 7 months.  They lived at 23 Dunstead Road, Langley Mill in a 5 roomed house.

Military Service from 1914

Rank: Private on enlistment, R.Q.M. Sergeant at completion of service

Service Number: 12248 (Leics), 52217 (Lincs)

Military Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion, The Leicestershire Regiment, 110th Brigade, 37th Division. Transferred to 2nd Bn, The Lincolnshire Regiment, 25th Brigade, 8th Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 29.7.15. Total war service abroad 3 years 4 months.

Re-enlisted 31st August 1914 at Nottingham and served in 9th Battalion up to the rank of Warrant Officer 2 Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant with Service Number: 12248.

Age on enlistment: 37 years 298 days.

Occupation: postman. Religion: Wesleyan Height 5ft 5¾ins, weight 130lbs, chest 35ins, eyes blue, hair black

Married with 2 children. Address: 23 Dunstan Road, Langley Mill, Notts

25.9.14: Promoted to Acting Corporal

2.12.14: Promoted to Acting Sergeant

19.6.15: Appointed to Acting Company Sergeant

29.7.15: Left with the British Expeditionary Force to France

Appointed to Acting Company Sergeant Major

15.6.16: The London Gazette 15 June 1916 – mentioned in dispatches for gallant conscientious conduct in the field

23.6.16: Promoted to Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant

Transferred to 2nd Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment

21.10.18: London Gazette – Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal

16.4.19: Hospitalised at No. 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville with debility

Distinguished Conduct Medal

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‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations. On one occasion, when the forward ration dump was being heavily shelled, the ration parties were unable to reach the dump owing to the heavy barrage; he remained with the rations at the dump for several hours until it was possible for the parties to reach the dump and carry away the rations. At all times he has carried out his duties in an exemplary manner.’

Home town given as Langley Mill.

At some later point he served with number 52217 as RQMS 2nd Battalion The Lincolnshire Regiment

Source for information on William Williamson: www.royalleicestershireregiment.org.uk

Medals Awarded: DCM, M.I.D. 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory

From the 1939 Register

Address: 19 Station Road, Heanor, Derbys.

Occupation: window cleaner, Air Raid Precautions part time

Household: living with wife Phoebe, born 1884 and Fred Williamson, born 1926, at school

Other information

He resumed his job as a postman in 1919, retired in 1939 and served in the ARP in Langley Mill during World War II. He went with the British Legion to meet Prince Charles at the age of 99 (source findagrave.com). He had five children.

Reason for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent as a child

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Australian Hospital no 3 Abbeville