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  • Family grave and gravestone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (January 2018).
Person Details
William was the son of William Frank and Charlotte Newell nee Spick. William Frank and Charlotte were married in 1874 (J/A/S Nottingham) and had seven children of whom only five were still living at the time of the 1911 Census. Six children were named on the census between 1881 and 1911: Mary birth registered 1876 J/F/M Nottingham, Frank b. 1877 (O/N/D Nottingham), Henry b. 1879 (J/A/S Nottingham), Ellen (Nellie) birth registered 1883 J/F/M Nottingham, William birth registered 1885 J/F/M Nottingham and Kate (Kittie) birth registered 1888 J/F/M Nottingham. In 1881 William (28), a lace warehouseman, and Charlotte (30) were living at 69 Blue Bell Hill Road, Nottingham, with their three children Mary (5), Frank (3) and Henry (1). William and Charlotte had moved to 65 Blue Bell Hill by 1891 where they lived with their six children Mary (15) a shop assistant, Frank (13), Henry (11), Ellen (8), William (6) and Kate (3). Also in the household was Charlotte's widowed father, Robert Spick (67), a lace maker. The family was at 2a Stanley Street, St Ann's in 1901. William was now an agent for textile manufacturers (employer). The six children were still living at home: Mary (25) a cashier, Frank (23) a warehouseman (clothing), Henry (21) a warehouseman (lace), Ellen (18) a cashier), William (16) a clerk in a lace warehouse and Kate (13) who was still at school. Frank married Bertha Matthews in 1904 (A/M/J Nottingham) and Mary married Alfred Kirby Ball the same year (1904 J/A/S Nottingham). Mary died three years later on 1 October 1907 at the age of 31; Alfred later remarried (Gertrude) and died on 21 August 1922 aged 45. By 1911 William, now a button merchant (employer), and Charlotte were living at 68 Blue Bell Hill Road with three of their children, Ellen (28) a clothier's cashier, William (26) an electrical engineer's clerk and Kate (23) a clothier's cashier. In 1914 William's business was based at 34 High Pavement, Nottingham. Frank (33), a wholesale clothing manufacturer, his wife Bertha (33) and their only child, William Frank (b. 17 July 1906) were living at 214 Blue Bell Hill Road in 1911. In 1914 Frank's business, Newell, Lomas & Co., was based at Taylor's Factory, Sherwood Street South, while his home address was The Promenade, Robin Hood Street. Henry has not yet been traced positively on the 1911 Census. William's parents both died in 1934, they had been married for 59 years. Charlotte died on 3 May and William on 15 November. They both died at 53 Cavendish Road, Sherwood - the home of one of their daughters - but had previously lived at 6 Sandringham Road, West Bridgford. Of William's siblings: Frank died on 20 November 1958 (32 Compton Road, Sherwood, Nottingham). Henry married Elizabeth Anker in 1921 (O/N/D Basford) and died in 1942 (Mar Nottingham) aged 62 (57 Hawton Crescent, Wollaton Park, Nottingham). His wife, Elizabeth, survived him. Ellen married William Henry Parrott in 1921 (A/M/J Nottingham); William died in 1936 aged 54, and Ellen at the age of 84 in 1967 (Jun Basford). Kate married William Brewster Haynes in 1922 (J/F/M Nottingham). She predeceased her husband, dying on 24 February 1946 (57 Hawton Crescent, Wollaton Park, Nottingham). [See www.radcliffeontrentww1.org.uk/portfolio-items/william-brewster-haynes]
In 1901 he was a clerk in a lace warehouse and in 1911 an electrical engineer's clerk.
07 Aug 1916
1547372 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Rugby where he was then living.
9th Bn Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial
Registers of Soldiers' Effects: William's father was his legatee. Inscription on family gravestone, Nottingham General Cemetery: ‘In loving memory of Mary, the beloved wife of Alfred Kirby Ball, and eldest daughter of William Frank & Charlotte Newell, who departed this life October 1st 1907, aged 31 years. ‘Absent from the body, Present with the Lord.’ Also William Newell, youngest son of the above, who was killed in action in France August 4th 1916, aged 31 years. ‘This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.’ Also Alfred Kirby, the beloved husband of Gertrude Ball, who died August 21st 1922, aged 45 years. And Charlotte Newell, died May 2nd 1934, aged 83 years. ’For ever with the Lord.’’ Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 4 August 1917: ‘Newell. In loving memory of William, youngest son of Mr and Mrs WF Newell, Nottingham, Royal Fusiliers, killed in action August 4th, 1916.’ Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 3 May 1934: ‘Newell. On May 2nd, at 53 Cavendish-vale, Sherwood, the residence of her son-in-law, Charlotte, beloved wife of William Frank Newell, late of Sandringham-avenue, WB, and formerly of Blue Bell-hill, Nottingham, in the 60th year of her marriage. Funeral service Monday, Mansfield-road Methodist Church 11.15 and General Cemetery, top end, 11.45.’ Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 3 May 1934: ‘Newell. On May 2nd our dear mother passed away aged 83. Greatly loved – Kittie [Kate] and Nellie [Ellen]’ Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 17 November 1934: ‘Newell. On November 15th, very peacefully at 53 Cavendish-vale, Sherwood, William Frank, late of Sandringham-avenue, aged 81. Service Mansfield-road Chapel, Monday, 10.30am. Cremation, Wilford Hill, 11am. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 17 November 1934: ‘Newell. On November 15th, at 53 Cavendish-vale, Sherwood, our dear father passed peacefully away, aged 81 years. ‘Steadfast unto death.’ Nellie [Ellen] and Kitty [Kate]’ Probate: Newell William Frank of 58 Cavendish Vale Sherwood Nottinghamshire died 15 November 1934 Probate Nottingham 13 December to Frank Newell wholesale clothier and Ellen Parrott (wife of William Henry Parrott). Effects £639 16s. 2d.
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  • Family grave and gravestone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (January 2018).
    William Newell - Family grave and gravestone, Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (January 2018).