William (Bill) Woolley (1890–1927)


Leicestershire Regiment 58829 6th Battalion

William Woolley was born at Crich in 1890; the son of Elizabeth Ann Woolley (née Walters). Before the war, Bill was employed by the Midland Railway as a wagon examiner at Ambergate, alongside his brother, Joseph Woolley, who was a storekeeper. Bill married Sarah Ellen Bate of Derby in 1912 and they relocated to Derby shortly before the outbreak of war. During the war, Bill served as a private soldier with the 6th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. He enlisted on 11 December 1915 and saw active service abroad. He was discharged due to wounds on 6 September 1919 and received the Silver War Badge. He returned to Derby after the war, where he worked as a coal miner. He passed away at Derby in 1927, aged thirty-six years.

Medal Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War medals also the Silver War Badge.

Silver War Badge
58829 Pte. Woolley William; Leistershire Regiment; badge 495061; enlisted 11.12.15; discharged 6.9.19; wounds; served overseas.


1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Woolley Head 67 Lead miner Crich
Elizabeth Ann Woolley wife 27   Crich Carr
Charles Woolley son 7   Hartsay
Joseph Woolley son 5   Crich
William Woolley son 6 mo   Crich
Emily Walters sister in law 16 Machinist Hartsay
Hannah Walters sister in law 15 Machinist Hartsay

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1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Martin Head 35 Carter Crich
Elizabeth Ann Woolley housekeeper 35   Crich Carr
Charles Arthur Walters son of housekeeper 17 Coal miner Crich
William Woolley son of housekeeper 10   Crich
Ellen Woolley daughter of housekeeper 9   Crich
Sarah Woolley daughter of housekeeper 8   Crich
John Isaac Woolley son of housekeeper 3   Crich
Infant son Woolley son 3 weeks   Crich

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1911: Near Church, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Martin Head 43 Labourer, railway Crich
Elizabeth Ann Martin wife 45   Crich Carr
Dennis Martin son 2   Crich
William Woolley step son 20 Labourer, railway Crich
Sarah Woolley step daughter 18 Stainer in cotton spinning works Crich
John Isaac Woolley step son 13 Delver in stone quarry Crich

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1939 Register: 31 Lower Dale Road, Derby
Sarah E Farmer b.14 February 1893
William F Farmer b.16 March 1888; labourer public works contractor
[ After Bill's death in 1927 SarahWooley married William Farmer in 1934]