William Housley (1893–1961)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 242280 1/6th & 2/6th Battalions

Photos courtesyMichael Dawes

William Housley


1918 Crich voters
William Housley, 1 North View, Whatstandwell; absent on military service.

William, born in about 1894, worked for a time at Lea Mills but must have left before the start of the war as he does not feature in their records for this time. In 1921 he married Nora Mason.
His memorabilia includes matchbox cases showing photographs of himself and his wife-to-be Nora, and various items of his kit and uniform.

William Housley on souvinir tinNora Housley on souvinir tinWilliam housley's kit wfrom WW1

William Housley's memorabilia –
shoulder and cap badges, button, dog tags, penknife, spoon, British War and Victory medals

Along with other Crich soldiers he received a post card from Crich Parish Christmas fund including a PO for 2/6.

Courtesy Michael Dawes

WW1postcard to William Housely, Crich

postcard to William Housely, Crich, in WW1

Medal Index Card
William Housley, Notts & Derby Reg, Pte 242280
Awarded the Victory and British War Medals

1939 Register: the Common, Crich
William Housley b.26 August 1893; cotton patent FWK
Nora Housley b.5 February 18995
one closed record

William Housley married Nora Mason in 1921

William's brother George Housley is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Housley Head 46 Gritstone quarryman Crich
Eve Housley wife 40   Crich
Alice Housley daughter 20 Hosiery presser mill Crich
Luke Housley son 17 Gritstone quarryman Crich
George Housley son 15 Gritstone quarryman Crich
Clara Housley daughter 11   Crich
Willie Housley son 7   Crich
Matthew Housley brother 41 Gritstone quarryman Crich

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1911: Market Place, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Housley Head 56 Labourer lime works Crich
Eve Housley wife 50   Crich
Alice Housley daughter 30 Factory hand hosiery presser Crich
George Housley son 25 Quarryman limestone Crich
Clara Housley daughter 21 Factory hand hosiery mender Crich
William Housley son 17 Factory hand hosiery maker Crich
Matthew Housley boarder 52 Labourer Crich

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