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Carlton Nottingham
William was the son of Elijah and Jane Elvidge. His father was born in Upton, Nottinghamshire, in 1841 (A/M/J Southwell) and his mother in Boston, Lincolnshire; her age varies on each census. No record of their marriage has yet been traced but census records suggest they had five children: Frances Mary (Mary) b. abt 1870 and Elizabeth b. abt 1875 who were both born in Old Whittington, Derbyshire, and three children born in Carlton, Nottingham, Elijah birth registered 1882 (J/F/M Nottingham), Ruth b. 1885 (J/A/S Basford) and William b. 1888 (A/M/J Basford). In 1871 Elijah and Jane and their one-year old daughter Frances, were living in a lodging house in Mosbro, Derbyshire, but by 1881 were on Brook Street, Carlton, Nottingham. Elijah (39) was a farm labourer. Their two daughters, Mary (11) and Elizabeth (6) were in the home on the night of the census as was a boarder, William Cooper (19, b. Upton) who was also a farm labourer. The family has not yet been traced on the 1891 Census, but in 1901 Jane was living on Carlton Hill, Carlton, and described as the head of household. In the home on the night of the census were Elijah (19), a general carter, and William (12), who was still at school. Also in the household were four lodgers, William Eatcher/Eatches (45), a widower, and his three children, May (12), William (10) and Elijah (8). William's father, Elijah, died in 1902 (O/N/D Nottingham) aged 55. By 1911 Jane appears on the census as the wife of Edwin Williamson (72), a chimney sweep on his own account. They were living at 15 Hogarth Street, Carlton, with Jane's sons, Elijah (29) a carter, and William (22) a carter for a coal contractor; both were described as Edwin's stepsons. Also in the household was Ruth Asher (10) who was Edwin's grandchild. William married Elizabeth Smith in 1912 (O/N/D Nottingham) and they had a daughter, Gladys, in 1913 (O/N/D Nottingham). There is also a record of the birth of a William H Elvidge (Smith) in 1915 (A/M/J Nottingham) and of his death in 1916 (A/M/J Nottingham) aged 1 year. The army's 'Registers of Soldiers' Effects' records a payment to William's widow, Elizabeth, for 'self and children', although no record has been found of any other children born after William in 1915. William's widow, Elizabeth, married George Musson in 1918 (O/N/D Nottingham). It is likely that Gladys married James W Wilson in 1934 (O/N/D Nottingham). William's brother, Elijah, died in 1916 (J/F/M Nottingham) age 33. His sister Frances Mary appears on the 1901 Census as Mary Brooks (33), a widow with four children, May E (11), Ada (8), Lilian J (6) and George H (2). Also in the home was her sister, Ruth Elvidge (16) who was a cotton reeler. Frances married Philip Alfred in 1903 (J/F/M Basford) and in 1911 they were living at Brooks Cottages, Carlton Hill, Carlton, Nottingham. Philip (33) worked for the Great Northern Railway as a coalstage man (tender filler). They had had two children, Philip (6) and Frances May (4) and four of Mary's five children by her earlier marriage were also in the household: Ada (18) and Lillian Jan (15) both blouse makers, George (13) and Betsey (10), all surname 'Brooks'. His eldest sister Elizabeth has not yet been traced after the 1881 Census nor the youngest, Ruth, after 1901.
In 1911 he was a carter for a coal contractor
27 Sep 1917
1631236 - CWGC Website
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In memoriam’, 26 September 1918: ‘Elvidge. In memory of Pte William Elvidge, killed in action September 26th (sic) 1917. He sleeps not in his native land, but ‘neath some foreign skies, far from those who loved him best, in a heroes grave he lies. Mother and daughter Gladys, and sisters.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post,’In memoriam’, 26 September 1919: ‘Elvidge. In memory Pte William Elvidge killed in action Sept. 26th (sic). 1917. Gone but not forgotten. Mother and daughter Gladys.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Legatee widow Elizabeth for 'self and children' with a note of her later married name (Musson).
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