William England (1884–1966)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)    

Photo courtesy Roger England

William England in 1959


William was born in 1884 and on leaving school worked as a railway surveyors’ clerk. He married Lucy Ellen Bower in 1909. His grandson recalls that he served with the Foresters, though no service records have been located. Both William and his brother Joseph served with the Foresters. After demob, he returned to Derby, where the family lived for a number of years on Crewe Street. They moved to Harrow Weald, north-west London, during the 1930s, though later returned to Derbyshire, settling at Belper.

William England, wife and son

William England (1884-1966), pictured with his wife Lucy (née Bower) and their son, Thomas Harold England (1911-1977).
The photograph was taken at Belper in 1959.

Medal Index Record
Only one William England found in the Medal Index Cards :
73886 2nd Bn Notts and Derby; 336708 Norfolk Regt;
Awarded British War and Victory medals
[No supplimentary evidence to confirm whether this is "our William"]

Newspaper Report

Belper News, 1 June 1900
Football at Crich
Thomas Thornton 15, Robert Gaunt 14, William Haslam 16 and William England 16, all of Crich, we summoned for playing football upon the highway at Crich on May 19.
Pc Morley said he saw the defendants on the road towards Fritchley playing with a full-sized football. He saw them playing for five minutes.
Defendants said they did not annoy anyone at the time and they only played for three minutes.
Bench ordered the defendants to pay the costs 6s 9d each. They must not play on the highway, said the chairman, if they persisted in doing so they would be severely punished.

His brother Joseph England is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel England Head 41 Frame hand hosiery factory Sutton in Ashfield
Martha England wife 42   Crich
William England son 17 Railway office messenger Crich
Louisa England daughter 14 Mender hosiery factory Crich
Susannah England daughter 12   Crich
Essie England daughter 10   Crich
Joseph H England son 7   Crich

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1911: Derby

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William England Head 27 Railway Surveyors Clerk Crich
Lucy Ellen England wife 25   Belper

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1939 Register: Weighton Road, Harrow
William England b.11 February 1884; railway clerk
Lucy E England b.17 September 1885