[Skip to content]



Person Details
Ruddington
William Benjamin was born in 1892 the son of Gervis (died1916 aged 76) a lamp lighter and Hannah Widdowson (née Osinbrook). Married in 1883, their other children, all born at Ruddington were Mary (1884), Arthur Cooper (1885), Jarvis (1888) [died of wounds 1/11/1918], Edward (1890) Annie (1894) and Lily (1897). In 1911 they lived at 135 Exchange Road Nottingham. Arthur Cooper was a private secretary, Edward a labourer. They also had Martha Stokes a widow and her son William lodging.
He was a plumber in 1911.
01 Apr 1918
851185 - CWGC Website
23581
Second Corporal
Royal Engineers
Widdowson enlisted at Nottingham and served with the 2nd Field Squadron Royal Engineers. He landed in France on 1st March 1915. He was killed in action on 1st April 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.
Obituary published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 1st April 1919 :- 'WIDDOWSON. – In loving memory of my dear son and brother, killed in action April 1st, 1918. The fairest flowers are first to fall, a son so true and brave, one of the kindest and the best of all, has found a hero's grave. – Sorrowing mother, sisters Patty and Lily.' Obituary courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
Remembered on