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William Henry was born in 1881 and was the oldest son of John and Ann Blacknell née Gilbert, of Hyson Green, Nottingham. His father John was born in 1857 at Calverton, his mother Ann Gilbert had been born in Nottingham in 1858 his father died in 1904 in Nottingham he was 47 yrs old, they were married om 3rd June 1879 at Calverton, They went on to have 13 children , however 5 of them died in infancy or early childhood prior to 1911, their surviving children were all born in Nottingham and were: Charles b1880, William b1881, Ernest b1883, Charlotte b1885, Frederick b1886, Jenny b1887, Clara b1890 and George b1896. William Henry married his wife Ada Elizabeth Stirland (born Kimberly 22nd August 1886 ) in 1904 in Nottingham, they lived at 8 Althorpe Grove, Vernon Ave, Nottingham they went on to have a daughter Beatrice born 15th November 1914. In the 1911 census the family are living at 17 Enfield Street, Hyson Green, Nottingham ,William Henry is shown as being 30 yrs and a twist hand and his wife Ada is 25 yrs taping in lace dressing. In the 1911 census his family are living at 2 Plimsoll Street, Hyson Green and are shown as Ann 53 yrs a widow , she is living with 4 of her children , Fred 25yrs a lace operative, Jenny 24 yrs a lace operative, Clara 21 yrs a lace operative and George 15 yrs a pony driver in a coal mine. At the time of her husbands death Ada Elizabeth Blacknell, was living at 8 Athorpe Grove, Vernon Avenue, Old Basford, Nottingham she was awarded a pension of 18 shillings and 9 pence a week which commenced on 12th November 1917.
In 1911 he is working as a twist hand.
10 Apr 1917
565592 - CWGC Website
6th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Private William Henry Blacknell, served with the 6th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, He was killed in action on 10th April 1917 and he is buried in Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines.
In memoriam notice published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 10th April 1918 : - “BLACKNELL. – In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. W. H. Blacknell, K.O.Y.L.I., killed in action April 10th, 1917. When we meet again all will be fair. Home is so lonely now you are not here. – Sadly missed by loving wife and only child, Peggy.” Above notice is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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