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01 May 1889
William Bilbie was born on 1st May 1889 at Nottingham and was the son of William Waplington Bilbie a butchers shop assistant and his first wife the late Rosina Bilbie née Barrow of 61 Coppice Road, Nottngham His father William Waplington was born in 1863 at Radford and his mother Rosina Barrow was born in 1860 in Nottingham, they were married in 1883 in Nottingham and had the following children, Mabel b1884 Lenton, Archie b1886 Lenton, Lottie b1888 Nottm, William b1889 Nottm, Henry b1891 Nottm, George Ernest b 1892 and Samuel b1895 Nottm, His mother Rosina died in 1899 in Nottingham she was 39 yrs of age. His father remarried in 1906 at Nottingham to Annie Cooper (born Calais, France, In the 1911 census his family are living at 61 Coppice Road, (now Ransom Road) and are shown as William 39 yrs a butchers shop assistant he is living with his second wife Annie 43 yrs and his children, William 21 yrs a grocers shop assistant, George Ernest 19 yrs a butchers shop assistant and Samuel 16 yrs a hair dresser. William emigrate to Canada where he met and married his wife Ruby May Carter they lived at 149 Wheeler Avenue Kew beach Toronto Ontario Canada. His wife was pregnant with their child when he left Canada to go to war.
He was a butcher
09 Aug 1917
1565272 - CWGC Website
Canadian Forces
Private William Bilbie enlisted on 24th January 1916 at Toronto, Canada he gave his date of birth as 1st May 1889, he was single and a butcher, his address was 6 Soho Street, Toronto he gave his age as 26 years and 7 months and his religion as that of a Methodist his next of kin was his father William Waplington Bilbie of 385 St Ann's Well Road, Nottingham. He served with 20th Battalion Canadian Infantry he was killed in action on 9th August 1917, having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.
His brother George Ernest Bilbie also served during the 'Great War' he enlisted at Beeston and served with the 11th battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, he was killed in action on 21st October 1916 and is buried in Mill Road, Cemetery, Thiepval, France. His brother Samuel Bilbie also served during the 'Great War' he enlisted on 14th March 1915 at Nottingham, he was 20 yrs of age and a hairdresser and lived at 385 St Anns Well Road, Nottingham, his next of kin was his father William of the same address. He served with the 188th brigade Royal Field Artillery and was in France from 1916 upto 1918 , he was wounded in action, a gun shot wound to his hand on 8th October 1918. He was discharged from the Army on 9th March 1919.
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