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Alfred William Widdowson was born in 1884 at Basford and was the son of Alfred a gas labourer and Mary Jane Widdoowson née Fox of 24 Chard Street, New Basford, Nottingham. His father Alfred was born in 1861 in Basford and his mother was born in 1863 in Nottingham, they were married in 1882 in Nottingham and had 6 children, sadly two were to die in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were all born in Basford and were Alfred William b1884, Violet b1891, Ethel b1893 and Frank b1899. In the 1911 census the family are living at 24 Chard Street, Basford and are shown as Alfred 50 yrs a gas fitter he is living with his wife Mary 48 yrs and their children Alfred William 27 yrs a bricklayers labourer, Violet 20 yrs a lace mender, Ethel 18 yrs an ironer and Frank 12 yrs He married his wife Florence Whittle on 8th April 1912 at St Leodegarius Church, Basford, they went on to have a daughter Florence Mary born 8th September 1912. they lived at 30 Chard Street, New Basford, Nottingham. Following his death his widow Florence was informed by the War Office that she would receive a pension of 16 shillings a week for herself and her child with effect from 1st May 1916.
09 Aug 1915
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2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Sergeant Alfred William Widdowson, enlisted on 30th December 1902 at Nottingham for 3 yrs with the colours and 7 yrs with the reserves, he was 18 yrs and 9 months of age living with his parents at 37 High Church Street, Basford he was a bricklayers labourer. He served with the 2nd Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment and saw service in China, Hong Kong ,Singapore, India Bangalore. He extended his service on 22nd February 1905 . He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 25th August 1914, to Corporal 20th March 1915 and Sergeant on 14th July 1915. He landed in France on 10th October 1914 and he was killed in action on 9th August 1915. Having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate.
In memoriam published 9th August 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- WIDDOWSON. – In loving memory of Sgt. A. W. Widdowson, killed in action August 9th, 1915. Fondly remembered. – Wife and little girl.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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