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William Nowell was born in 1895 the son of William, a coal miner and Elizabeth Ann Nowell (née Bullows) of Hucknall. His father was born 1863 at Wednesbury, Staffordshire his mother (1864-1908) in Hucknall. Married in 1883, they had five children Sarah Jane b.1886, Hannah b.1888, Jessie b.1889, John b.1892 and William b.1895. In 1901 they lived at I Hague Street, Radford, Nottingham. Elizabeth was a lace clipper, Jane a laundress. William was not present on the night of the census. In 1911, William was an inmate of the Basford Workhouse, Highbury Road, Bulwell Nottingham. Army form 5080 completed by next of kin was completed by his sister Hannah Cooper of 60 George Street, in July 1919. She stated of her father William ‘ I don’t know whether he is alive or not as it is 14 years since I last saw him, I have no idea of his address ‘ She listed surviving siblings.The sole legatee of William’s will was Annie Newcombe.
He was a coal hawker upon enistment.
14 Aug 1917
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The Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment)
William Nowell attested on 3rd December 1912 at Nottingham for 6 years service with the Special Reserves. His next of kin was his father William Nowell, 5 Bloom Square, Ilkeston Road, Nottingham. With the service number 4/4521 he served with the Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment. He was mobilised on 6th August 1914 and on 11th November 1914 landed in France as a reinforcement to 2nd Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment. On 9th December 1914 he was admitted to the Military Hospital at Boulogne suffering with Synovitis of the knee and returned to England on 30th December 1914 for treatment at the Duchess of Westminster Hospital. He was transferred to the Garrison battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment on 9th October 1915. On 25th November 1915 he went out to India and on 28th October 1916 was transferred to the 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. He died on 14th August 1917 of acute pulmonary tuberculosis and he is commemorated on the Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial, Pakistan. He had served for 4 years and 227 days.
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