[Skip to content]

  • Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
Person Details
William was born at Arnold, in 1889, and was the son of Thomas a frame work knitter and Jane Casterton née Horton of 87 Cross Street Arnold, Nottinghamshire. His father Thomas was born in 1862 in Arnold and his mother Jane was born in 1866 also in Arnold. They were married in Arnold in 1884 and went on to have 10 children in total , however sadly 4 of their children died prior to 1911, their surviving children were : - Thomas b1884, John b1885, Albert b1886, William b1889, Joseph b1891 and Ellen b1897, all the children were born in Arnold. In the 1911 census the family are living at Cross Street, Arnold , they are shown as Thomas 49 yrs a frame work knitter , he is living with his wife Jane 45 yrs and their children William 22 yrs a frame work knitter, Joseph 20 yrs a domestic gardener and Ellen 14 yrs. His wife was Gertie Brooks (born 10th August 1892, ) they were married in Southwell registration district in 1913 and they had one son Stanley born 1914 they lived at 71 Cross Street, Arnold. Following his death his widow Gertie was awarded a pension of 18 shillings and 9 pence a week which commenced on 22nd April 1918.
William was educated at the British School Arnold, and when he left he became a frame work knitter at Allen Solly’s on Brookfield Road Arnold.
24 Sep 1917
1628292 - CWGC Website
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private William Casterton enlisted into the army at Hucknall. He and his battalion the 1/7th Robin Hood battalion of Sherwood Foresters went into the front line to relieve the 2/6th battalion the North Staffordshire Regiment on the 24th September 1917 and it was during this relief in the trenches near Wieltje, Ypres, that William was killed by a German shell, he was carrying ammunition up to the front line trench, it was usual for the Germans to send over shells during a relief, which they somehow always seemed to know was taking place, thus catching the maximum number of men in the trenches. Having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Remembered on


  • Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
    Wiliam Casterton - Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley