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  • Buried in Hop Store Cemetery.
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William was born in 1892 the son of William and Eliza Wagstaff (nee Taylor). Eliza (35), a spinster, and William (42) a bachelor, were married in the parish church of Elsfield, Oxfordshire, on 7 August 1886. William's profession was given as 'pensioner'. William was born in Nottingham in 1845, the son of Joseph Wagstaff. Eliza Taylor was born in Elsfield, Oxfordshire, in 1851, the daughter of James Taylor. Eliza had a son, Charles Taylor, who was born in Elsfield in 1882. According to the 1911 Census William and Eliza had been married for 24 years and had had four children all of whom were still living at the time of the census. Three children who would have been born after their marriage - Mary Ann (b. 1888), Harry (b. 1890) and William (b. 1892) - were living with their parents at the time of the 1901 and 1911 Census. Charles who was also living at home in 1901 was named on the census as Charles Taylor and described as William's stepson. However, by 1911 when Charles had married and left home, he gave his name on the census as Charles Wagstaff. There is therefore the possibility that Charles, even if not William's son born before marriage, was later considered by William and Eliza to be the eldest of their children. Charles and Eliza have not yet been traced on the 1891 Census, but their only daughter, Mary, had been born in Nottingham three years earlier. In 1891 the family was living at 8 Calcutta Street, St Ann's, Nottingham. Charles (56) was now described as a commissionaire. Their daughter, Mary 13) was a hosiery hand while her younger brothers, Harry (11) and William (9) were still at school. Charles Taylor (19) was a labourer. In 1911 William and Eliza were living at 19 Paxton Street, Gordon Road, Nottingham. William (67) was described as a pensioner. Mary (23) was working as a jennier in the lace trade, Harry was a threader, also in the lace trade, and William (19) was a cycle enameller. William and Eliza were still living at the same address when Charles was killed in 1917. Charles married Margaret White in 1905 (O/N/D), giving his name as Charles Taylor Wagstaff. By 1911 they had had three children of whom only two had survived; Thomas William T [Taylor] (b. 26 January 1906 died 1988 aged 82. registered Nottingham) and Lawrence Taylor (b. 1910) although further children may have been born to them. Charles served in the 15th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (31481 Private) and was killed on 29 October 1917 aged 35.
26 Oct 1915
23
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He enlisted in Nottingham
Private
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He served in France from 4 November 1914 which suggests that he had served in the Territorial Force before the outbreak of war. He died of wounds - the notice of his death in the local paper says that he was killed by a sniper - and is buried in Hop Store Cemetery (Plot I. Row D. Grave 29).
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 13 November 1915: 'Wagstaff. Killed by sniper October 26th, Private William Wagstaff, 2nd Sherwood Foresters, aged 23. Youngest son of William and Eliza Wagstaff, 19 Paxton Street.' His mother, Eliza, was his sole legatee. Charles Taylor Wagstaff, Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 21 November 1917: 'Wagstaff. Killed in action October 29th 1917, Private Charles Wagstaff, Sherwood Foresters, aged 35. Husband of Maggie Wagstaff, 25 Bombay Street. Wife and four children. Eldest son of William and Eliza Wagstaff, 19 Paxton Street. Second son to fall. Father, mother, sister, brother Harry.'
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  • Buried in Hop Store Cemetery.
    William Wagstaff - Buried in Hop Store Cemetery.