Project Description

WILLIAM ARTHUR WOODSEND 1880–1970

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Born 7th August 1880 in Nottingham

Baptised 5th September 1880 St Thomas’s Church, Nottingham. Address Toll Street

Married in 1915 to Dorothy Mary Kate Major

Children: Edward J. born 1.11.1919, William M. born 1921, Robert A, born 1922, Mary born 1926

Died September 1970, age 90 in Nottingham

1881 Census

Age 8 months living with father James William, who was an architect and master builder employing 28 men and 4 boys, born in Nottingham, mother Ann Elizabeth born in Keighley, Yorkshire, brother John 2 and a servant.  They lived at 1 Toll Street, Sherwood, Nottingham.

1891 Census

Unable to find him in 1891

1901 Census

Age 20 employed as a draughtsman and assistant, living with father James 50, a builder and contractor, brother John 22, a builder’s cashier and assistant, Henry 18, an architect’s articled pupil, Eric 12 and Mary C Carter his aunt (sister of father).  They lived at 16 Villa Road, Nottingham.

1911 Census

Age 30 employed as a builder and contractor living with brother Thomas 27, a solicitor and 2 servants. They lived on Main Street, Burton Joyce.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: M/270589

Military Unit: Royal Army Service Corps

Theatre of War: unknown, served abroad

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Walnut Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

Other information

Family moved to The Manor, East Bridgford during the war.
Kelly’s directories 1922 and 1925: address 2 Mapperley Park Drive, Nottingham

Extract from William Woodsend Company history

In Edwardian times the company developed a stone mason’s department; after the first world war it was commissioned to build the war memorial on the Trent Embankment.

 

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From the 1939 Register

Address: Edwalton Grange, Melton Road, West Bridgford, Notts.

Occupation: builder contractor

Household: living with wife Dorothy, born 1892, son Edward, building student, Sarah Wheat, cook and Alice Wheatcroft, domestic servant

Reason for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent during the war.