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  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 20 November 1914. Courtesy of Jim Grundy facebook pages.
Person Details
Bingham, Nottinghamshire
George was the son of John and Sarah Singleton (nee Brewster). John Singleton was born in Bingham in 1852 (A/M/J Bingham) and Sarah Brewster was born in 1855 (J/A/S Bingham), also in Bingham. They were married in 1876 (J/A/S Bingham) and had at least eight children: William b. 1876 (O/N/D Bingham), John b. 26 December 1878 (J/F/M Bingham), James b. 10 March 1881 (J/F/M Bingham), George birth registered 1883 J/F/M Bingham, Harry b. 1888 (O/N/D Bingham), Anne (Annie) b. 1 February 1890 (J/F/M Nottingham), Thomas (Tom) b. 6 June 1892 (J/A/S Nottingham) and Eliza b. 10 May 1900 (A/M/J Nottingham). The five oldest children were born in Bingham and the three youngest in Nottingham. In 1881 John (28), a warehouseman, and Sarah (26) were living on Spring Gardens, Bingham, with their three sons, William (4), John (2) and James (1 month). Also in the household was Sarah's sister, Eliza Brewster (15) a general domestic servant. By 1891 John, a flour carter, and Sarah were living at 3 Pickford's Yard, Nottingham, with their six children William (14) who was working in a paper mill, John (12), James (10), George (8), Harry (3) and Anne (1). John (48) and Sarah (48) were living at 6 Island Court, Nottingham, in 1901. Only William (24) and George (18) both flour carters, Harry (13) an errand boy, and Tom (9) and Eliza (10 months) were living with their parents at the time of the census. George's mother Sarah died in 1903 (O/N/D Nottingham) aged 48 and the family probably broke up afterwards. John senior has not yet been traced on the 1911 Census nor have all his children. John probably died in 1918 (Dec Bingham). George had married Emmeline Levers (also known as Emma), a widow with two sons, in 1908 (J/F/M Nottingham). His wife was born Emmeline Hodges on 15 October 1879 (O/N/D Nottingham) and married Ernest Levers in 1897 (J/A/S Nottingham). They had at least two sons, Ernest Frederick b. 1899 (O/N/D Nottingham) and Herbert b. 1903 (O/N/D Basford). In 1901 they were living at 11 Island Street, Nottingham, so were neighbours of the Singleton family. Ernest (23) was a fitter turner while Emeline was also in work, and they had one son, Ernest (1). Herbert was born two years later. Emeline's husband died in April 1907 (A/M/J Nottingham) aged 29 years. In 1911 George (28), a carter, and Emmeline (32), a lace worker, were living at 29 Island Street, Nottingham, with her two sons, Ernest (11) and Herbert (9). According to the information on the census Emmeline had had four children of whom only two survived; there is no indication whether the two children who died had been by her first or second marriage. However, George and Emmeline's son, George, was born on 12 July 1911 (J/A/S Nottingham, Hodges) a few months after the census was compiled. In 1916 Emmeline was living at 36 Denstone Road, Nottingham, and was still at that address in 1920; it is also the address recorded on CWGC However, by the time of the 1939 England and Wales Register, she was living at 67 Muskham Street, Meadows. Emmeline never remarried and died in 1969 (Dec Nottingham) at the age of 90. Her son Ernest Levers probably died on 10 September 1969 (Sep Basford) aged 70. Her son by George Singleton, George, was probably living at 11 Kneeton Vale, Nottingham, at the time of the national register in 1939. He was working as a clerk for a lace manufacturer and was married to Margaret (b. 27 January 1912); living with them was a daughter, Patricia H Singleton (later Graves) b.20 July 1939. George probably died in 1992 (Oct Nottingham) aged 81; there is a Probate record for a George Singleton of 138 Harrow Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, who died on 3 October 1992. Of George's siblings: William has not yet been traced on the 1911 Census. He served with the Sherwood Foresters (28417 Private) and was killed in action on 3 September 1916, a presumed date of death (Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, Beaumont-Hamel). He named his father as his legatee but payments were also made to his six surviving siblings: John, James, Henry, Thomas, Anne and Eliza. John married May Fanny Truman (b. 30 May 1882) in 1900 (A/M/J Nottingham) and in 1901 they were living at 3 Pemberton Place, Nottingham. John (22) was a lace threader, and his wife May (19) was also in work. They had a son George (6 months) who had been born in 1900 (O/N/D Nottingham) but died aged 3 years in 1903 (O/N/D Nottingham, buried 12 October). By 1911 they were living at 9 Florence Terrace, Nottingham, with their son Albert (7) who was their second child. In 1939 at the time of the national register, John, a lace maker, and May, a cleaner, were living at 134 Waterway Street, Meadows, Nottingham. John died in 1957 (Dec Nottingham). James married Eliza Ann Hurt in 1901 (O/N/D Nottingham). In 1939 James, a permanent way labourer, was living at 22 Laverford(?) Road, Nottingham with his wife Eliza (b. 14 May 1883) and their children Ethel (later Hammond) b. 8 April 1908, a clerk, and James b. 21 March 1911, a sewing machine mechanic. Harry has not yet been traced after 1901. Anne married Joseph Hunt in 1916 (J/F/M Nottingham) and in 1939 she and Joseph (b. 31 March 1890), a baker, were living in Carlton with their son Leslie Hunt b. 28 December 1927. Also in the household was Stanley Hunt (b. 23 September 1909) single, a printer's labourer. Annie Hunt died in 1946 (Jun Nottingham) aged 55. Thomas married May E Hopcroft in 1915 (A/M/J Nottingham) and probably died in 1985 (Apr Nottingham) aged 92. Eliza was living with her maternal aunt Eliza Hopewell nee Brewster(46, b. 1865 O/N/D Bingham), and her husband George Hopewell (48), of the Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent, in 1911. She was ten years old. Eliza probably married Robert O. Wall in 1921 (J/A/S Nottingham) and in 1939 she and Robert (b. 13 March 1899), a trolley bus driver, were living in Nottingham with their daughters Margaret E Wall (later Light) b. 1 February 1922, a telephonist and junior clerk, and Phyllis (later Chaplin) b. 28 March 1926. Eliza died in 1970 (Dec Nottingham) aged 70.
In 1901 he was a flour carter while in 1911 he was a carter of fruit and vegetables.
16 Sep 1914
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578802 - CWGC Website
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He enlisted in Skegness although his home was in Nottingham
Private
1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
He enlisted on 26th August 1902 at Skegness. This may have been either in the Territorial Force or as a regular soldier on a 12 year engagement serving 5 years with the Colours and seven years in the Army Reserve which would explain why he was serving with the BEF in August 1914. He served in France with the British Expeditionary Force from 21st August 1914. He died of wounds and is buried in Braine Communal Cemetery grave ref. A.16. (Sp. Mem.).
Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'Their glory shall not be blottted out.' Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 8 October 1914: 'Singleton, on the 16th September, Private George Singleton, 1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, husband of Emmaline Singleton of 36 Denstone Street. Died of wounds while with BEF.' Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 20 November 1914 (photograph): 'Private G Singleton, 1st Lincs, 36 Denstone Road, Nottingham, died of wounds.' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His widow, Emmeline, was his legatee. Payments were made for 'self and child'.
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  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 20 November 1914. Courtesy of Jim Grundy facebook pages.
    George Singleton - Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 20 November 1914. Courtesy of Jim Grundy facebook pages.