[Skip to content]

  • Buried in Couin New British Cemetery, France. (www.cwgc.org)
Person Details
William Frederick was the son of Henry and Rebecca Greasley (née Brownley). Both his parents were born in Nottingham, his father in about 1863 and his mother in about 1864. Henry and Rebecca were married at Sneinton St Matthias in October 1883 and had eight children, three of whom died in childhood: Sarah Beatrice b. 1886 and John Thomas b. 1888, both baptised Nottingham St Ann's 1889, Henry b. 1891, Elizabeth Hannah b. 1893 d. 1894, William Frederick birth registered 1897 (J/F/M), Alice EM b. 1901 d. 1904 (O/N/D), Rebecca Florence b. 1902 d. 1904 (O/N/D) and Bernard Edwart b. 1906. In 1889, when Sarah and John were baptised, the family was living at 19 Beverley Street, Nottingham, but by 1891 had moved to 5 Agnes Terrace, Dame Agnes Street, Nottingham, where they were still living in 1911. In 1911 all five children were still living at home with Henry, a printer, and Rebecca: Sarah (26) a barmaid, John (23) a warehouseman who was married, Henry (21) a fitter cycling, William (15) a butcher and Bernard (4). Their second son, John, had married Sarah Ann Murphy in 1906 and they had a daugther, Lilian Beatrice, the following year; In 1911 they were living with her widowed mother, Mary Ann Murphy, on Beverley Street. The later CWGC record gave William's parents' address as 80 Beverley Street, Nottingham, and Henry and Rebecca were still at the same address in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled. Also in the household was their son, Bernard. Henry died the following year in May 1940 and Rebecca in December 1943.
1911 - butcher.
05 Apr 1918
175413 - CWGC Website
Enllisted Nottingham
Royal Field Artillery
Gunner. William Frederick Greasley, served with “A” Battery, 235th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action on 5th April 1918 and is buried in Couin New British Cemetery, France (A. 26). William qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of Couin New British Cemetery (extract): 'Couin Chateau was used as a divisional headquarters from 1915 to 1918. The British Cemetery was begun in May 1916 by the field ambulances of the 48th (South Midland) Division, and was used by units and field ambulances during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It was closed at the end of January 1917 because further extension was not possible, and now contains 401 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and three German graves. The New British Cemetery was opened across the road and was used by field ambulances from January 1917 (with a long interval in 1917-18) to the end of the war. One grave was moved there after the Armistice from a cemetery at Coigneux.' (www.cwgc.org)
CWGC: 'Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Greasley, of 80, Beverley St., Nottingham.' CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'Missed by all' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his father Henry was his legatee.
Remembered on


  • Buried in Couin New British Cemetery, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    William Frank Greasley - Buried in Couin New British Cemetery, France. (www.cwgc.org)