[Skip to content]

Person Details
Harold William was the eldest child of Edward Albert Searson and his wife Sarah Jane (nee Bucklow). His father was born in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, on 30 September 1868 (O/N/D Mansfield) and his mother in Newark, Nottinghamshire, on 28 April 1868 (A/M/J Newark). They were married in 1890 (A/M/J Nottingham) and had five children who were all born in Nottingham: Harold William b. 1890 (A/M/J Nottingham), Nellie Christine b. 1 November 1892 (O/N/D Nottingham), George Edward b. 1 November 1894 (O/N/D Nottingham) and twins Horace Vincent and Sydney Vernon b. 13 February 1902 (J/F/M Nottingham). Edward Albert Searson served in the Volunteer Force (Notts VRC) from 31 August 1886 to 23 April 1908, being promoted corporal on 5 April 1901 and to sergeant on 25 March 1904. On 24 April 1908 at the age of 39 he attested in the 7th Battalion Notts & Derby Regiment in the newly established Territorial Force. He attended the compulsory annual training camps but was discharged on 6 August 1914 as medically unfit for military service. In 1891, the year after their marriage, Edward (22), a framework knitter, and Sarah (22), together with their 9 month-old son Harold, were living at 25 Blake Street, Sneinton, as boarders in the houshold of Sarah's father, John Bucklow (47) a basket maker. The widowed John had six children under the age of 17 still living at home. By 1901 Edward, now a letterpress printer, and Jane were living at 63 Lees Hill Street, Sneinton, with their three children Harold (10), Nellie (8) and George (6). Also in the household were John Bucklow and his unmarried daughters Ellen (19) and Georgina (16) who were both working as hosiery ironers. According to Edward Searson's military record he was living at 38 Sneinton Hermitage, Sneinton, in 1908 when he attested in the Territorial Force. However, by 1911 the family was living at 32 Sneinton Hermitage. All five children were still living at home; Harold (20) a compositor, Nellie (18) a clerk in a printing office, George Edward (16) a warehouse clerk and the nine-year old twins Horace and Sydney who were still at school. Edward's sister-in-law, Ellen Buckley (29) was still living with them. Harold William married Hilda Jarram/Jerram (b. 26 April 1890, A/M/J Nottingham) in 1916 (J/A/S Nottingham). They lived at 72 St. Stephen's Road, Sneinton, and Hilda was still living at this address in 1922 when she was sent Harold's medals Hilda did not remarry and died on 30 April 1973; the Probate record gave her address as The Lodge, Lucknow Road, Mapperley Park, Nottingham. Harold's parents were living at 162 Oakdale Road, Carlton, Nottingham, in 1939 at the time of the England & Wales Register. Edward Albert was still working as a printer. Edward died on 1 September 1942 and Sarah Jane on 12 January 1952. Of Harold's siblings: Nellie Christine married Harry Clifford Parkin (b. 15 September 1899) in 1922 (O/N/D Nottingham). Harry had served in the RAF during the Great War (servicce number 317683, service date 18 October 1917). In 1939 Harry, a railway clerk, and Nellie were living at 23 Ropsley Crescent, West Bridgford, Nottingham, with their daughter Audrey H. (later Dunsmore) b. 28 February 1928. Nellie probably died in 1960 (Mar Basford). Harry died on 25 January 1973; he was still living at 23 Ropsley Crescent, West Bridgford. George Edward married Elizabeth Ellen Orde (b. 30 April 1898) in 1922 (A/M/J Castle Ward Northumberland). In 1939 they were living at Gosforth, Northumbria; George was working as a commercial traveller for a roofing company. Elizabeth died on 15 February 1981 and George a few months later on 9 June 1981 They were living at 6 Westfield, Gosforth, at the time of their deaths. Horace Vincent married Hilda Beatrice Faulkner (b. 14 October 1908) in 1931 (J/F/M Nottingham). In 1939 they were living at 9 Wimbledon Road, Nottingham; Horace was described as a letterpress master printer (manager). He died on 22 April 1982, a month after the death of his twin brother, Sydney. Horace was then living at 106 Bramcote Drive West, Beeston, Nottingham. His wife Hilda died in 1998 (May Nottingham) aged 89. Sydney Vernon married Ethel Newbury (b. 16 November 1903) in 1930 (Jan Nottingham). In 1939 they were living at 9 Wimbledon Road, Nottingham; Sydney was described as a letterpress printer although his profession was given on his father's Probate record in 1942 as 'master printer'. Sydney was living at 28 Marina Drive, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire, when he died on 8 March 1982. His wife Ethel died in 1985 (Nov Stockport Greater Manchester) aged 82.
In 1911 Harold was a compositor. He was a member of Nottingham St Mary's church choir.
17 Jun 1917
341722 - CWGC Website
72 St. Stephen's Road, Sneinton, Nottingham
Second Lieutenant
12th Bn Essex Regiment
Harold William Searson was commissioned in the12th Battalion, Essex Regiment in October 1915. However, he was later attached to 3rd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. He arrived in France on 26 October 1916 but was later posted to Salonica, where he died of wounds on 17 June 1917. Harold was buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Salonica (1807). Harold qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'Greater love hath no man than this' Article published 25th June 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “DIED FROM WOUNDS. “LIEUT. H. W SEARSON. “Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Searson, of Sneinton Hermitage, Nottingham, have received information that their son, Sec.-Lieut. Harold W. Searson, has died of wounds. Lieut. Searson, who was 27 years of age, received his commission in the Essex Regiment in October, 1915, and was later attached to the King's Royal Rifle Corps.” Notices of his death published 23rd June 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “SEARSON. – Died of wounds, June 17th, Second-Lieut. Harold W. Searson, The Essex Regt. (attchd. King's Royal Rifles), age 27. – Loving wife, Hilda. “SEARSON. – Died of wounds, June 17th, Second-Lieut. Harold W. Searson, The Essex Regt. (attchd. King's Royal Rifles), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Searson.” 'In memoriam'notice published 17th June 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “SEARSON. – In ever-loving memory of my dear husband, Harold W. Searson, Sec.-Lieut., the Essex Regt., attached King's Royal Rifle Corps, died of wounds June 17th, 1917. – Loving wife Hilda.” Above items are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, 'Deaths', 2 September 1942: 'Searson. On September 1st Edward Albert, 162 Oakdale-road, Carlton, (-) of the Windsor Press, aged 73. Interment Wilford Hill, SaturdaY, 11.45. Service St Christopher's ruins 11.30' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk). Note: St Christopher's church, Sneinton, was dedicated in 1910 but was badly damaged in 1941 during a German air raid. An incendiary bomb set fire to the building leaving only the walls standing. Restoration work was begun in 1950 and the church rededicated in 1952. Probate: Searson Edward Albert of 169 Huntingdon Street, Nottingham died 1 September 1942 at 162 Oakdale-road Nottingham Probate Nottingham 7 August to Horace Vincent Searson and Sydney Vernon Searson master printers. Effects £3095 19s. 7d.
Remembered on