Born 21st September 1890, Osbournby, Lincs

Married 17th February 1912 to Ada Vickerstaff at Bingham Register Office.

Children: George Herbert, born April 22nd 1912, baptised in Radcliffe on Trent May 19th 1912; Frank William born May 16th 1913; Frederick Verdun born 23rd March 1916, Robert 1919, Kenneth 1923.

Died 1957

1901 Census

Age 10 living in Gamston with family. Father a waggoner.

1911 Census

Age 20, living at the Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent, with parents Thomas, 53 and Louisa, 48, sister Edith, 25 and brothers Charles, 18, Robert  15 and Frank 13. He was working as a farm labourer.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 20811

Military Unit: 11th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 70th Brigade, 23rd Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 12.10.15, total war service abroad five months

Attestation 14.12.14.

Age 24 years 3 months.

Height 5ft 7ins, chest 37½ ins. Scar back of left calf and left forearm. Spouse: Ada Vickerstaff

Home: 14.10.14 to 10.10.15; France: 12.10.15 to 22.3.16; Home 24.3.16 to 6.11.17

30.12.14: Posted

12.10.15: France

2.3.16: Wounded (from Sherwood Foresters 11th Battalion War diary)

From pension records:

23.3.16: Posted home in hospital ship to Northern General War Hospital, Newcastle on Tyne

11.8.16: Transferred to Class W, A. reserve so long as it is necessary to retain him in employment with Gedling Colliery Co. Nottm.

2.11.16: Transferred to Class P, A reserve

Note: Class P Reserve and Class P(T) were introduced by the same Army Order 355/16. These classes consisted of men ‘whose services are deemed to be temporarily of more value to the country in civil life rather than in the Army’ and who were not lower than medical grade C iii and as a result of having served in the Army or TF would, if discharged, be eligible for a pension on the grounds of disability or length of service.

Army Reserve Proceedings on Transfer form (in pension records):

Private 20811, 11th Bn, Sherwood Foresters;

Age: 25 years 11 months; height 5ft 7⅛ ins, chest 37½ ins, waist 32 ins. Exact size of helmet  21½;  exact size of boots 8.4.

Complexion fresh, eyes light brown, hair dark brown

Trade: coal miner

Intended place of residence: Lamcote, Radcliffe on Trent

Musketry classification: 2nd Class shot

Military character: good.

6.11.17: Discharged due to wounds (from Silver War badge records)

8.2.18: Documents to Chelsea

Disability: gunshot wound to chest

Character very good

Address: 136, Curzon St, Netherfield, Notts

Age on discharge: 27 years 53 days

Medals Awarded: 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory. Silver War Badge no. 306922

Pension Record Card

William Bee was discharged from service on 6 November 1917 due to a gunshot wound to his chest and was awarded a pension from 7.11.17–3.6.31. It was assessed at 8 shillings (40p) for 20% disablement for two years from November 1920. His wife received 5 shillings 11d (30p). William Bee’s pension was then increased to 11 shillings 6d (58p) in November 1922, due to a re-assessment of the degree of his disablement, for a period of two years. He was also given a gratuity of £20. Pension payments continued until 1931. Address 136 Curzon Street, Netherfield, Nottingham

Other information

Ada (wife) born 1891, servant to George Bell, Shelford Rd, Radcliffe on Trent in 1911.

1921 Census

Address: Florence Road, Gedling

Employment: Out of work miner

Household: Wife Ada, sons George, Frank, Fred and Robert.

1939 Register

Address: Florence Road, Carlton

Occupation: labourer, steel construction

Household: living with wife Ada, sons George, assistant chemical process works, Robert, Kenneth, apprentice bricklayer.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and married in Radcliffe on Trent.