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  • Photo published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 9th November 1915, courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
Radford, Nottingham
Henry William Colton was the son of Mary Colton. He was born in Old Radford in 1883 and could be found, along with his unmarried mother, living with her parents, William and Eliza Colton, at 7 Spring Terrace, Basford in the 1891 census. In 1894 Mary Colton married David Dessaur in the Basford registration district in 1894. The likelihood is the Dessaurs had two sons, Samuel (b.1896) and David (b.1898) but both died before the age of one. The Dessaur/Colton family do not appear to feature in the 1901 census and in 1902 David Dessaur died, aged 44, in Nottingham. An undated document in Henry William’s Army papers gave Mary Dessaur’s address as 50 Bovill Street, Radford. She does not appear to feature in the 1911 census. In 1915 Mary Dessaur married Frank Towle at Nottingham in 1915. A 1920 document in her son’s Army papers gave her address as 17 Powis Street, Bulwell. She eventually died at Nottingham, aged 74, in 1941. On 12 April 1909 Henry William Colton married Emma Elizabeth Hulme at Radford St Peter’s Church. At the time of the 1911 census the couple were living with his mother-in-law, Harriet Holmes [sic], at 15 Wyville Street, Radford. They had one son, Harry (b.1912). 15 Wyville Street continued to be his widow’s home [Army Papers/1920 & CWGC]. Emma Elizabeth Colton never remarried and died at Nottingham, aged 61, in 1946.
He was a postman.
09 Aug 1915
31
1607438 - CWGC Website
8680
Private
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Enlisted in Nottingham on 23 February 1903; was out in Hong Kong and Singapore 1904-05; transferred to the Army Reserve 22 February 1906; mobilised at Derby 5 August 1914; posted to the 2nd Bn. Sherwood Foresters 10 October 1914; killed in action: as his body was not recovered his name was added to the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 9 November 1915: 'Private HW Colton, 2nd Sherwood Foresters, 15 Wyville Street, Radford, ex-postman, killed in action August 9th.'
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  • Photo published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 9th November 1915, courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Henry William Colton - Photo published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 9th November 1915, courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918