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  • Buried at Serre Road Cemetery No2
Person Details
Bingham, Nottinghamshire
William 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. William'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, including William. John probably died in 1918 (Dec Bingham). Of William's siblings: 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. George married Emmeline (also Emma) Levers nee Hodges (b. 15 October 1879), a widow with two sons, in 1908 (J/F/M Nottingham). In 1911 George (28), a carter, and Emmeline (32), a lace worker, were living at 29 Island Street, Nottingham, with her two sons, Ernest Frederick (11) and Herbert (9). George and Emmeline's son, George, was born on 12 July 1911 (J/A/S Nottingham, Hodges). George served in the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (6177 Private) and died of wounds on 16 September 1914 (Braine Communal Cemetery, Aisne). Emmeline never remarried and died in 1969 (Dec Nottingham) at the age of 90. Their son George probably died in October 1992. 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 1891 he was working in a paper mill but by 1901 he was a flour carter.
03 Sep 1916
609879 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Bingham
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
William was killed in action on 3 September 1916, a presumed date of death, and is buried in Serre Road No 2 Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel (grave ref 19.C.11).
Newark Advertiser, 6 September 2012: Article about the addition of the name of Pte William Singleton, 17th Bn (Welbeck Rangers) Sherwood Foresters, to the war memorial. Some family details included in the article. An aunt who was his nominated next of kin received his medals. (Source, Newark Advertiser, 6/9/2012). Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His father was his legatee but payments were also made to his six surviving siblings: John, James, Harry, Thomas, Anne and Eliza.
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  • Buried at Serre Road Cemetery No2
    William Singleton - Buried at Serre Road Cemetery No2