Project Description



Born 1888 in Bingham, Notts.

Married 1910 to Gertrude Shephard, Bingham District

Died December 1961 in Nottingham district, age 73

1891 Census

Age 3, living in Bingham with father William (born in Radcliffe on Trent, 1865-1909), an agricultural labourer, mother Damaris (née Blatherwick, 1855-1929) and sister Ada, age 6. William (Willie on marriage certificate) and Damaris were married in 1884.

1901 Census

Age 13, living in Bingham with father William, a warehouseman, mother Damaris and brother George age 6.

1911 Census

Age 23 living in Tresswell, Lincs as a boarder. His wife Gertrude was living in Barnstone, Notts, with her parents. He is employed as a scaffolder.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 13234

Military Unit: 10th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 51st Brigade, 17th (Northern) Division

Theatre of War: Balkans (Gallipoli), date of entry 2.8.15, then France and Flanders

From The Sherwood Foresters Roll:

Served with 9th and 10th Battalions in that order

6.10.15: Wounded and was entitled to wear a “wound stripe”

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5.8.16: Shrapnel wound to left hand. Transferred from Casualty Clearing Station to an unspecified Hospital.

Also received a Gun Shot Wound to his chest

At that date he was with the 10th Battalion, C Company, 17th Division

On 6 May 1920 he was assessed to have a  20% disability and was awarded 8s per week.

On 30 March 1922 he received £60 which appears to be a final lump sum.

Medals Awarded; 1914-1915 Star, British War and Victory, received in 1920

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Roll:

Hogg Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

Other information

His brother George, of the Cheshire Regiment, was killed in action on 7.6.17 in West Flanders, Belgium. George’s home was 10, Long Acre Row, Bingham (with his mother Damarius) at the time of his death (from Ancestry Military records).

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In 1952, William was employed as a postman in Radcliffe on Trent (source: British Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969)

From the 1922 electoral register

Address: Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe Roll of Honour

Living in Radcliffe on Trent during the war.