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14 Sep 1885
Ernest Edwin was the eldest child of Edwin and Phoebe Wilson (née Smith). His father Edwin Wilson was born in Ossington, Nottinghamshire, in about 1846. His mother Phoebe was born on 27 August 1858 in Bolingbrook, Lincolnshire. They were married on 9 March 1885 at St Paul, Hyson Green, Nottingham (J/F/M Nottingham) and had seven children who were all born in Nottingham: Ernest Edwin b. 14 September 1885 (O/N/D Nottingham) bap. Nottingham St Andrew (Anglican) 2 December 1885, Leonard Gordon b. 11 October 1886 (P/N/D Nottingham) bap. St Andrew 12 January 1887, Percy Bernard b. 30 November 1888 (O/N/D Nottingham), Mabel Florence b. 1890 (J/A/S Nottingham), Beatrice Alice b. 1892 (J/A/S Nottingham) and Dorothy b. 13 March 1899 (A/M/J Nottingham). Edwin Wilson was described on the 1891 Census as a school dancing master and on the 1901 and 1911 Census as a professor of dancing 'on his own account'; it is likely that he taught dancing at the Victoria Halls, Nottingham. The halls, which included a skating rink in the largest hall, were previously known as the Alexandra Hall and had been relocated at least once, and at the time Edwin was associated with them were situated on Talbot Street. The halls provided spaces not only for ice skating but exhibitions, entertainment and dinners. In 1891 Edwin (44) and Phoebe (32) were living on Huntingdon Street, Nottingham; the baptismal records of their two eldest sons (1885 and 1887) gave their address as 30 Huntingdon Street. They had four children by 1891; Ernest (5), Leonard (4), Percy (2) and Mabel (1). By 1901 they were living at 23 Conway Street, Nottingham, with their seven children, Ernest (15) and Leonard (14) who were both working as clerks, and Percy (12), Mabel (10), Beatrice (8), Albert (7) and Dorothy (2). The family had moved to 62 Huntingdon Street, Nottingham, by 1911. Only five of their children were still living at home; Percy (22) and Mabel (20) who were both clerks for a lace manufacturer, Beatrice (18) a pattern girl for a lace manufacturer, Albert (17) an apprentice with a hosiery firm and Dorothy (12) who was still at school. Ernest Edwin was recorded on the 1911 census as a 'lay evangelist ('captain')' in the Church Army living in the Church Army mission van in Clent, Stourhead, Worcestershire. Also at the same address was George Henry Argyle (25) a 'cadet' who was 'undergoing training in the Church Army.' The second son, Leonard Gordon, had joined the Royal Navy on 30 March 1903 on a non-continuous engagement. He had regular short periods out of the Navy, 'shore own request', but would then return to the Royal Navy. It is likely that during one of these times ashore in 1911 he was recorded on the census working as grocer's manager and living at Brinsington near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, a boarder in the household of George and Elizabeth Kirby. Edwin Wilson died aged 66 on 17 May 1913 (A/M/J Nottingham) at his home at 62 Huntingdon Street. His widow, Phoebe, later moved to 25 Colville Terrace, Colville Street. She was still living there in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled and sharing the house with her youngest daughter, Dorothy, and her husband John Matthews (Giovanni Mattenci, b. 25 November 1872), a retired railway plate layer, whom she had married in 1927 (J/A/S Nottingham). Phoebe died on 20 May 1949 (A/M/J Nottingham). Of Ernest Edwin's siblings: Leonard Gordon served in the Royal Navy during the war but transferred to the RAF as a sergeant (steward) from 1 April 1918-10 September 1918. However, the transfer was annulled and he then served with the Royal Navy until discharged shore on 9 April 1919 on demobilization. He made his home with his mother at 25 Colville Terrace until his death on 10 September 1931. Percy Bernard probably married Evelyn Tomlinson in 1913 (O/N/D Nottingham) and died at 69 Stanley Road, Nottingham, on 30 November 1915, his 27th birthday. Mabel Florence probably married Herbert E Hearn (b. 26 October 1889) in 1919 (J/A/S Nottingham) and in 1939 was living at 20 Warren Avenue, Haydn Road, Nottingham, with her husband Herbert and their two children, Ernest J (b. 2 August 1920) and Margery Jean (b. 1 January 1922) a shorthand typist. Herbert died on 13 April 1969 and Mabel probably died in August 1990. Beatrice Alice may have married Harry Reginald Bower in 1924 (J/F/M Nottingham) and died on 4 April 1958. Albert Edward attested on 9 September 1914 and was posted initially to the 5th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps before being transferred, probably on 1 October 1915, to the 1st Garrison Bn Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He served with the British Expeditionary Force from 4 January 1915-2 February 1915, before returning to the UK where he served from 3 February 1915 until posted to India, probably on 11 February 1916, with the Oxford & Bucks. Light Infantry. In India he was borne as a supernumerary on the roll of the regiment as he was on the Unattached List (Corps of Military Staff Clerks). He appears to have returned to England after the war via Alexandria, sailing from Egypt on 20 June 1919 onboard HT Ellenga for demobilisation on 4 July 1919. He was discharged to 25 Colville Terrace. Dorothy married John Matthews (formerly Giovanni Mattenci) in 1927 (J/A/S Nottingham) and in 1939 they were living at 25 Colville Terrace with her widowed mother. Dorothy probably died in 1963 (A/M/J Nottingham).
In 1901 he was a clerk but in 1911 a lay evangelist with the Church Army. He was a student at the Society of the Sacred Mission, Kelham, from about 1913.
04 Nov 1918
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Second Lieutenant
16th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Ernest Edwin Wilson served initially with the Sherwood Foresters (6623 Private). He was commissioned second lieutenant with the 16th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derbys Regiment) attached 10th Bn. He died on 4 November 1918 and was buried in Englefontaine British Cemetery, Nord, France (grave ref. B.1).
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 19 May 1913: ‘Wilson. On May 17th, suddenly, Edwin (Teddy) beloved husband of Phoebe Wilson, at 62 Huntingdon-street, also of Victoria Halls, aged 66 years. Interment Church Cemetery, 3.30, Wednesday. Rest in peace.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 30 November 1915: ‘Wilson. On November 30th, at 69, Stanley-road, Percy the dearly-beloved husband of Nellie Wilson, on his 27th birthday, third son of Mrs and the late Edwin Wilson.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Wilson Ernest Edwin of 25 Colville-terrace Colville-street Nottingham second-lieutenant in HM Army died 4 November 1918 in France. Administration (with Will limited) to Phoebe Wilson [mother] widow. Effects £158 1s. 9d. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 11 September 1931: ‘On September 10th, Leonard Gordon, son of Mrs and the late Edwin Wilson. RIP.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Wilson Leonard Gordon of 25 Colville-terrace Colville-street Nottingham died 10 September 1931 at the City Mental Hospital Nottingham Administration Nottingham 9 October to Phoebe Wilson [mother] widow. Effects £305 16s. 8d. Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 21 May 1949: ‘Wilson. On May 20th, Phoebe, widow of the late Edwin Wilson (Victoria Halls). At rest. No mourning or flowers please. Family.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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