George Letts


The Roll of Honour records the names of David, George and Walter Letts.   They were brothers.

The 1901 Census shows the Letts family living at The Green, West Haddon.   The Head of the Household was named as William Scott Letts aged 50 a boot-maker born in Long Buckby in 1849, married in 1874 to his wife Hannah, aged 49 also born in Long Buckby.   Sharing their home were their siblings Herbert aged 15 an agricultural labourer, Kate aged 13, Frank aged 11, a farm labourer (died 21/3/14), George aged 9 (born 1893), a farm labourer, Walter aged 6 (born 7/1/1894) and Harriet aged 4.   Also sharing the home was Margaret a grand-daughter aged 2.

The family also appears in the 1911 Census with George aged 18 still working as a farm labourer.

In December, 1918 George married Annie Mary Elizabeth Osborne (1897 – 1969).   She was born in West Haddon; baptised 11/7/1897.

George Letts died in 1952 aged 58.   Probate 19/3/1953 shows “Letts, George, Guilsborough Road, West Haddon died 5/12/1952.   Administration Oxford 19 March to Annie Mary Letts, Widow.   £340 16s”

Parish Records show his burial on 10/12/1952 aged 58

I was not able to find any trace of him in military records.   A search of the Absentee Voters’ List for 1919 conducted during a visit to the Northamptonshire Records Office showed his army number as 40875, his rank as Private and The Suffolk’s as the regiment he served with.

(Jim Blakey 11th March 2017)