Born 1888 in Bingham, Notts.

Married 1910 to Gertrude Shephard, Bingham District

Married 1942 Esther Simpson (nee Thornton).

Died 12 November 1961 in Nottingham district, age 73

1891 Census

Age 3, living in Bingham with father William 26 born in Radcliffe on Trent, died 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 36, a warehouseman, mother Damaris 43 and brother George age 6.

1911 Census

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

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”

For more information, description of the Wound Stripe click here.

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 8 shillings (40p) 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 Damaris) at the time of his death (from Ancestry Military records).

See http://www.binghamheritage.org.uk/bingham_at_war/world_war_1/the_fallen/kettleband_george.php for more information

1921 Census

Address: Bailey Lane, Radcliffe

Employment: builder’s labourer, W and J Simons

Household: wife Gertrude, son George, mother in law, Mary Shepherd, brother in law John Tom Shepherd and his wife and children.

1922 Electoral register

Address: Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent

1939 Register

Address: Water Lane Radcliffe on Trent Builder’s

Occupation: labourer, scaffolder.  He was a widower, his wife Gertrude died 1930

Household: Kate Taylor,  a widow and Esther Priestley


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

William and Esther were stewards at the Radcliffe on Trent Golf Club and lived in the cottage adjacent to the Golf Club during the 1950s.

Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe Roll of Honour

Living in Radcliffe on Trent during the war.

William and Esther circled