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Basford Nottingham
William was the son of William and Margaret Eggleshaw nee Breen. His father William was born in Basford in 1852 (A/M/J Basford), birth registered in the name of William Henry. His mother Margaret was born in Dudley, Staffordshire, in 1857 (A/M/J Dudley Staffs). They were married in 1878 (O/N/D Basford) and had four children of whom only three were still living in 1911. The children were Annie, John Thomas b. 1880 (A/M/J Basford) bap. 14 June 1880 St Leodegarius Basford, Flora b. 17 June 1885 (J/A/S Basford, name recorded as Florrie) bap. 22 February 1886 St Leodegarius Basford and William b. 1895 (O/N/D Basford; the Canadian Veterans' website gives his date of birth as 25 August 1895. William and Margaret were living on Queen Street, Basford, when John Thomas was baptised in 1880 and the 1881 Census gave their address as 13 Alice Square, Queen Street, Basford. Their son John Thomas was 10 months old and they had care of Sarah E Turner (2 months) who was described as a 'nurse child'. By 1891 William (40), a coal miner, and Margaret (34) were living on High Street, Basford, with their two children John Thomas (10) and Flora (5). William was born four years later in 1895. The famiiy was living at 209 Quarry Road, Nottingham in 1891. Wiliam (48) was still working as a coal miner hewer and John Thomas was also a coal miner hewer. Flora (16) was a clerk for the Co-operative Stores and William (6) was at school. William and Margaret had moved to 434 Berridge Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham, by 1911. Of their three surviving children, only Flora (25) a machinist, and William (16) who was in work, were living at home. Annie Cox (31), a widow, was visiting the family on the night of the census. The later CWGC record gives William and Margaret's address as 13 Scotholme Avenue, Hyson Green, Nottingham. William and Margaret were still living at 13 Scotholme Avenue when Margaret died in 1933 (J/A/S Nottingham). William was at the same address in July 1937 when there was a fire at the house killing a lodger; he was admitted to the City Institution at Bagthorpe for care. (See newspaper reports, 'Extra Information'). William's death at the age of 85 was registered in 1938 (J/F/M Nottingham. William junior's sister, Flora, married William R Sharp in 1912 (O/N/D Nottingham) and in 1939 they were living at 51 Aspley Park Drive, Nottingham. William (b. 27 June 1889) was a sheet metal worker. Also in the household was their daughter Winifred M. (b. 12 May 1913, later Richards) a certificated teacher. Flora died in 1976 (O/N/D Nottingham). William's brother, John, also served with the Canadians (Sgt. Major).
18 Oct 1918
325719 - CWGC Website
Canadian Forces
22nd Company Canadian Forestry Corps Private William Eggleshaw died of pneumonia in France on 18th October 1918. He is buried in Champagnole Communal Cemetery.
Personal inscription, CWGC headstone: 'Nearer my God to Thee' Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 22 October 1918: ‘Eggleshaw. Died of pneumonia abroad, October 17th, 1918, Pte Willie Eggleshaw, aged 23, Canadians, beloved youngest son of M and W Eggleshaw, Hyson Green. Only a little while before we shall meet beyond the river; he never gave an angry word. Sorrowing mother & father.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.cuk) Mundella School Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 22 October 1918: ‘Eggleshaw. Died of pneumonia abroad, October 17th, 1918, Pte Willie Eggleshaw, Canadians, beloved brother of Sgt. Major John Eggleshaw, Canadians. Sleep on, dear brother, and take thy rest, they miss you most who loved you best. Sorrowing brother.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.cuk) In memoriam published 18th October 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “EGGLESHAW. – In loving memory of Pte.Willie Eggleshaw, Canadians, died in France of pneumonia, beloved youngest son of W. and M. Eggleshaw, Hyson Green. Not lost but gone before; only good night. – Father, mother, and family.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam, 19 October 1925: Eggleshaw. With loving memory of Pte W Eggleshaw, Canadian Forestry, died October 18th 1918. Safe in the souls sweet summer Home. Mother, father, and family.' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam 1914-18), 18 October 1929: ‘Eggleshaw. In loving memory of Private William Eggleshaw, died October 18th 1918. Family.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 7 July 1933: 'Eggleshaw. July 5th at 13 Scotholme-avenue Margaret, wife of William Eggleshaw, passed to rest after weariness, peace after pain patiently borne. Bulwell 11.30 Saturday. Family’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Report in the Nottingham Evening Post, 17 July 1937 of a blaze at 13 Scotholme Avenue – William Eggleshaw was taken to the City Institution Bagthorpe to be cared for. (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, 6 August 1937: ‘Inquest Hint of City Fire. ‘Deliberate’ Outbreak Reference. Paraffin Smell. Mental Condition of Old Man Survivor.’ A report of the inquest into the death of Herbert Arthur Walker (46) of 13 Scotholme Avenue [Radford Road] who died in Nottingham General Hospital on 18 July, the day after the fire at the house. His wife survived the blaze. William Eggleshaw was the tenant of the property. And it was reported that: ‘Eggleshaw was 85 years of age, and it was obvious that his mental condition was not normal.; He was examined and certified as suffering from senility.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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