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  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 17 September 1915. Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
28 Apr 1894
Nottingham
William was the son of George Thomas and Sarah Ann Claypole (née Horry). His father George Thomas was born in Great Easton, Leics/Northants, in 1866, the son of Joseph and Jane Claypole. He was baptised at Medbourne cum Holt parish church, Leicestershire, on 25 March 1866. In 1891 George, an engine driver (stationary) was in lodgings in Nottingham. His mother Sarah Ann Horry was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 1867. In 1881 she and four siblings were living on Dickinson Street, Nottingham, with their widowed mother Eliza, a tailoress. Sarah was living in Ansley, Warwickshire, by the time of her marriage to George at Ansley parish church on 31 July 1892. She and George had two sons, William b. 28 February 1894 bap. Nottingham St Ann 30 November 1896, and Arthur Bernard b. 6 March 1898 bap. St Ann 23 October 1899. George and Sarah were living at 5 Manning Terrace when William was baptised in 1896. They and their two sons were still at the same address in 1901; also in the home on the night of the census was a boarder, Sarah's older brother Alfred Horry. The younger son, Arthur Bernard, died on 17 February 1905 aged six. By 1911 George, Sarah and William were living at 3 Bloomfield, Dame Agnes Street, Nottingham. This was still his parents' address when the later CWGC record was compiled. George Claypole died on 18 February 1930. In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled his widow Sarah was living at 22 Northville Street, Nottingham. She died in 1948.
1911 - he was a cardboard box cutter.
09 Aug 1915
20
1606950 - CWGC Website
21053
Enlisted Nottingham
Private
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) William was killed in action at Hooge on 9 August 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 39 and 41). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 17 February 1906: ‘Claypole. In ever-loving memory of our darling son, Arthur Bernard Claypole, who fell asleep February 17th, 1905. God takes the loved ones from our homes, but never from our hearts.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Also 'In Memoriam' notice, 17 February 1916. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’. 6 & 8 September 1915: ‘Claypole. Killed in action, August 9th, Private William Claypole, 2nd Sherwood Foresters, aged 20 years, only son. From his sorrowing mother and father and sweetheart. 3 Bloomfield-street, Nottingham.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his father George Thomas was his legatee. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 20 February 1930: Claypole. On the 18th ins., at General Hospital, beloved husband of Sarah. Interment Church Cemetery, Saturday 2.30. 46 years faithful service, Nottingham CWS.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 17 September 1915. Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    William Claypole - Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 17 September 1915. Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
  • Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)
    William Claypole - Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)