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Basford, Nottingham
Thomas William Stevens (also known as William Stevens) was born in Basford in about 1883, the son of Thomas Stevens who had died by the time of his son's marriage in 1910. Thomas married Emma Lockton (b. Sheffield 16 June 1890) at Grantham St Wulfram on 2 July 1910. The marriage certificate gave his name as William Stevens (26) bachelor, occupation labourer, father Harry Stevens (deceased) a hosiery trimmer. Thomas and Emma Lockton (20) spinster, the daughter of Harry Lockton (deceased) a labourer, were both living at 45 Swinegate, Grantham. Emma already had a daughter, Florence Lockton (probably Florence Alice, b. Grantham 1907) and she and Thomas had three children: Frederick Arthur b. 21 February 1912, Gertrude b. 11 October 1913 and and William b. 23 May 1915 who died on 18 December the same year. In 1911 Thomas William 28 yrs, a general labourer, Emma Stevens 21 yrs and Florence (Lockton) 4 yrs were living at 3 Ebury Yard, Commercial Street, Nottingham. Florence has not yet been traced after 1911. The CWGC record gives Emma's address as 7 Mitre Terrace, Spring Close, Lenton, Nottingham. Emma married George Smith, a coal miner, on 15th December 1917. She probably died in 1971 (O/N/D Nottingham, b. 16 June 1890). Of Thomas's two surviving children: Frederick Arthur died in 1996 (A/M/J Nottingham, b. 21 February 1912). Gertrude married Walter M Meese in 1932 (J/F/M Nottingham). In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled they were living at Ebury Terrace, Nottingham; Walter (b. 22 February 1912) was a domestic gardener and Gertrude a sack and bag machinist. She died in 1983 (J/F/M Nottingham, b. 11 October 1913).
He enlisted in the army in 1901. In 1911 he was a general labourer.
08 Sep 1914
578916 - CWGC Website
Enlisted Old Basford Nottingham
1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Thomas William Stevens served as William Stevens. He enlisted at Old Basford on 9th February 1901. It is likely that he was an army reservist and was mobilized on the outbreak of war. He served in France from 13th August 1914 and was killed in action on 8 September 1914. He was buried in Bezu-le-Guery Communal Cemetery, France (Special Memorial 3).
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 16 February 1915: ‘Stevens. On the 14th inst, William Stevens in his first year. Interment Lenton Cemetery, Wednesday (time)’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) His widow Emma was awarded a pension of 21 shillings a week for herself and her three children (Frederick, Gertrude and William) with effect from 5 April 1915. Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His widow Emma (named by Will) was his sole legatee.
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