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Netherfield Nottingham
Walter was the youngest son of Clark and Emily Dring (née Hill). His father Clark was born in Huntingdonshire and his mother Emily in Cambridgeshire. They had at least nine children who were born in Carlton/Netherfield: William Oliver birth registered 1876 (J/F/M Basford), Sarah Elizabeth b. 21 May 1877 (A/M/J Basford), John Woolston b. 1879 (O/N/D Basford), Harry prob. b. 31 December 1882, Kate birth registered 1884 (J/F/M Basford), Charles birth registered 1888 (J/F/M Basford), Frederick b. 1889 (O/N/D Basford), Horace Clark b. 1893 (O/N/D Basford) and Walter b. 1896 (A/M/J Basford). In 1881 Clarke (36), a railway guard, and Emily (24) were living at Broadhursts Building, Carlton, with their three children, William (5), Sarah (4) and John (1). By 1891 they had moved to Godfrey Street, Carlton, and now had seven children: William Oliver an agricultural farm servant, Sarah, John, Harry (9), Kate (7), Charles (3) and Frederick (1). Horace and Walter were born in 1893 and 1896 respectively. Clark Dring died in 1897 (A/M/J Basford), the year after his youngest son's birth. Clark's widow Emily was living on Wainman's Terrace, 3 Dunstan Street, Carlton, in 1901. In the home on the night of the census were six of her nine children: Kate a cotton factory hand, Charles, Frederick, Horace (7) and Walter (4) together with Harry, a bricklayers' labourer, and his wife Polly (19 b. Alford Lincs) whom he had married in 1901 (J/F/M Basford, Dring-Raithby). Polly was also a cotton factory hand. Emily Dring married secondly John William Clayton in 1902 (O/N/D Basford). However, her husband, a watchman for the Great Northern Railway, died in Nottingham General Hospital on 20 March 1907 from injuries resulting from an accident on the railway (see 'Extra information'). Their address at the time of the accident was Fox's Lane, Carlton. Emily (Clayton) was living at 19 Main Street West, Carlton, in 1911; only Charles a railway plate layer, Horace a grocer's carter, and Walter a hosiery knitter were still living at home. Walter married Lilian Ada Wealthall (b. 28 April 1895) in 1914 (O/N/D Basford); the probate record gave their address as 65 Foxhill Road, Carlton, and this is also Lilian's address on the CWGC record. Lilian was awarded a pension for herself of 13 shillings and 9 pence a week; there were either no children of the marriage or no surviving children. Both Walter and his brother Charles married women with the maiden name 'Wealthall' and there is a record of the birth of a Walter A Dring in 1917 (J/F/M Basford, Wealthall) who died in 1917 (J/F/M Basford). Walter's widow, Lilian Ada, married Albert Edward Norman at Carlton St Paul on 18 August 1928 (J/A/S Basford). Lilian died in 1938 (J/F/M Basford) aged about 42. Of Walter's siblings: William Oliver married (1) Annie Ward in 1896 d. 1906 and (2) Annie Roulstone in 1917. His son Alfred Clark by his first marriage was killed in the war (see 'Extra information' and record on this ROH). William had at least one child, Hilda Dring Roulstone, by his second wife. He died on 30 April 1937. Sarah Elizabeth married Harry Benjamin Squire in 1895 (O/N/D Nottingham) by whom she had three daughters: Annie, Florence and Gertrude. In 1901 the family was living in Carlton. Harry died in 1902 and Sarah married secondly George Sharpe in 1905. In 1911 they were living in Coventry with her three daughters by her first marriage and their daughter Mabel (3). By 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled, Sarah, now widowed, was living at 42 Vine Street, Coventry. Also in the household were her sons Leslie H Sharpe b. 2 March 1911 and Harry Sharpe b. 14 January 1921. Sarah was still living at the same address when she died on 25 October 1964; probate was awarded to her son Harry. John Woolston married Grace White (b. 12 September 1881) in 1902. In 1911 they were living at 2 Carlisle Road, Carlton, with their four children, Gladys b. 1903, John Woolston b. 21 December 1904 (reg. 1905), Emily b. 1906 and Alice Ann b. 1909; John was working as a coal carter. John and Grace had two more children, Grace b. 1911 d. 1914, and Constance I. b. 15 August 1919. John died in 1932. In 1939 his widow Grace was still living at 2 Carlisle Road with her youngest daughter Constance (d. 1968 unm.). Grace died in 1976. Harry married Polly Raithby in 1901 and they lived initially with his parents. However, by 1911 they were living at 4 Carlisle Road, Carlton, with their three children Winifred Helen b. 1905, Harry b. 31 August 1908 and Elsie M b. 1910; one child (Ada b. 1901) had died in infancy. Harry was a general carter. They had at least two more children; Mabel L. b. 14 March 1913 and Leslie Arthur b. 6 September 1916. In 1939 Harry, now widowed and an unemployed builders' labourer, was living in Carlton with his daughter Mabel (later Chilton). Harry may have died in 1953 (J/A/S Basford). Kate married Herbert Reynolds (b. 5 March 1881) in 1904. In 1911 they were living with their only child, Doris Emily, at 66 Dunstan Street, Netherfield; Herbert was a railway fireman. Also in the household were three boarders, Elijah (27), Annie (20) and William Calladine (18) all b. Swanwick, Derbyshire. By 1939 Herbert, a locomotive engine driver, and Kate, a shopkeeper/newsagent and confectionery, were living at 137 Victoria Road, Carlton. Also in the household was Dorothy Owen (b. 1923, later Vann, Allcock) a maid. Kate died in 1952. Charles married Lily Wealthall in 1912. They had at least four children; Lilian M b. 1913 (d. 1936), Charles b. 10 November 1914 (d. 1949), Thomas L. b. 1915 (d. 1915) and Walter Clarke b. 31 July 1919. Another child, Walter A Dring b. 1917 (mother's maiden name Wealthall) and who died the same year, may have been the son of either Charles or his younger brother Walter who had married Lilian A Wealthall in 1914. Charles probably died in 1929. In 1939 his sons Charles, an architectural draughtsman, and Walter (d. 2004) a railway locomotive cleaner. were living at 3 Southlea Road, Carlton. Also in the household was Lily Ward b. 19 October 1886, married, occupation unpaid domestic duties. Frederick was working as an engine cleaner in 1911 and was a boarder in the household of Francis Tatton, his wife and family at 108 Pym Street, Carlton. In the home was the Tatton's daughter Cissie, whom Frederick married in 1915. Frederick and Cissie had at least three children, Gladys E. b. 1916 (reg. Nottingham), Doris E b. 1918 (reg. Aston Warks) and Frederick Frank b. 1924 (reg. Birmingham). Frederick Frank served in the RAFVR in the war and was killed on 10 May 1944 (see 'Extra information'). At the time of their son's death Frederick and Cissie were living at Alum Rock, Birmingham. Frederick probably died in 1953 (J/F/M Birmingham, b. abt 1890) and Cissie in 1961 (J/F/M Birmingham). Horace Clark married Celia W Soar in 1915; there were probably no children of the marriage. Horace died on 28 January 1933 (J/F/M Basford) and Celia the following year (1934 J/F/M Basford). At the time of Horace's death in 1933 they were living at 62 Dunstan Street, Netherfield.
In 1911 he was a hosiery knitter at the Brittles factory.
09 Apr 1917
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Enlisted Carlton, Nottingham.
The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment)
Walter enlisted at Carlton as Private 32045 of the Lincolnshire Regiment. He later served with the 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 9 April, the opening day of the 1917 Spring Offensive, and buried at Neuville-Vitasse Road Cemetery, Grave Reference: C15. 135 men from 2nd Bn Wiltshire Regiment were killed that day. He was eligible for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Walter's nephew, Alfred Clark Dring, the son of his brother William Oliver and his first wife wife Annie (née Ward) served in the 15th Bn Sherwood Foresters (30905 Private) and was killed on 24 March 1918 aged 20. (See record on this ROH.) Walter's nephew, Frederick Frank Dring (b. Birmingham 1924), the son of his brother Frederick and his wife Cissie (née Tatton), served in the RAFVR in the Second World War (1817454 Sergeant, 619 Squadron) and was killed on 10 May 1944 aged 19. He was buried in Aubefenville Communal Cemetery (CWGC 001235527). CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'Greater love hath no man that he gave his life for his friends' Probate: Dring Walter of 65 Foxhill-road Nottingham private in HM Army died 9 April 1917 in France Administration (with Will) Nottingham 5 June to Lilian Ada Dring widow. Effects £36 Registers of Soldiers' Effects: legatee widow Lilian A. 'Letters of Administration' WW1 Pension Ledgers & Index Cards: Lilian Ada was his named relative Nottingham Evening Post, 20 March 1907: ‘Railway Watchman Killed at Radcliffe. Shocking Injuries. A distressing accident occurred this morning on the Great Northern Railway, whereby a man named John Clayton, aged 55, a watchman in the employ of the Great Northern Railway Company at the Radcliffe-on-Trent viaduct, lost his life after receiving terrible injuries. Clayton, who resides at Fox Hill-road, Carlton, was knocked down by an engine at six o’clock this morning. Both his feet were cut off and his head and back were injured. He was removed to the Nottingham General Hospital by a Mr Rick, was admitted to the institution at five minutes to seven, and died at five minutes to eight.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) A report of the inquest held at the Nottingham General Hospital was published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 22 March 1907 and included details of the accident. The coroner recorded a verdict of 'Accidental death.' Nottingham Evening Post, 20 August 1928: Norman-Dring. On August 18th, at St Paul’s Church, Carlton, Albert Edward Norman to Lilian Ada Dring.' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 30 January 1933: ‘Dring. On the 28th inst., at 62 Dunstan-street, Netherfield, Horace, dearly beloved husband of Celia. At rest. Sorrowing wife.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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