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William Shakespeare was the son of William Shakespeare and Fanny Elizabeth Standall who married in the Chesterfield registration district of Derbyshire in 1869. Their children included: Annie (b.1870), Sarah (b.1873), Agnes (b.1875), William (b.1877), Mary (b.1879), Eva (b.1881), Joseph (b.1883), Fanny (b.1887) and Florence (b.1892). All the children were born in Clay Cross, Derbyshire. The Shakespeares lived at: Elliott’s Row, Clay Cross [C.1881]; 110 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham [C.1891]; 83 Kennington Road, Radford [C.1901]. In early 1901 William Shakespeare senior, who worked as a coal miner, died in the Chesterfield registration district, at the age of 53. If she wasn’t already employed in this capacity the 1901 census shows his widow Fanny, was now employed as a washer in a laundry. In 1911, when Fanny could be found with her married daughter, Fanny and her husband, living at 8 Dorking Road Radford, her source of income came from working as a charwoman. A later address for her comes from the CWGC records which stated she lived at 3 Crewe Terrace, Norton Street, Radford. Fanny Elizabeth Shakespeare died at Nottingham, aged 74, in 1923. In 1901 William Shakespeare junior was a boarder back in the place of his birth staying with a family who lived on Cross Street, Clay Cross, where he was working as a coal miner. It is tempting to suggest that prior to his death his father had also been staying in Clay Cross. William Shakespeare junior does not appear to be listed in the 1911 census. His details provided in Soldiers Died in the Great War indicate that prior to enlistment his place of residence was Radford.
Oal miner (C. 1901)
23 May 1918
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20th Corps Troop Train Army Service Corps
Driver William Shakespeare, enlisted at Nottingham and served with the XX Corps Troop Train, Army Service Corps. He died of illness on 23rd May 1918 in Palestine and is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery.
In memoriam published 23rd May 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “SHAKESPEARE. – In loving memory of Driver William Shakespeare, A.S.C., died May 23rd, 1918, Jerusalem. Ever in our thoughts. – Mother and sister Florrie.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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