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William Thomas West


William West was born in Northampton   His family had long term connections with West Haddon and it is possible, if calculations are correct, to trace his lineage, in West Haddon, down to his great great great great great great grandfather who died in 1750.

William’s name first appears in official records in the1901 Census which shows his family living in a “Cottage” in West Haddon.   The family consisted of  William T (Thomas) West     head of the household, aged 46 working as a house painter, born West Haddon on

5/6/1884 (died 10/1935), his wife Mary A (Ann) aged 43, born Islinborough(?), Nellie aged 20, Edith aged 12, Winifred aged 11, their daughters and  Wilfred aged 10 born in Northampton in 1891 and William aged 7, their two sons.

The 1911 census shows William Thomas West, aged 56, a house painter living at 47 New Tower Road, Northampton with his wife Rose Core Staines West aged 47, born in Long Buckby and Wilfred aged 20, a house painter, William Thomas aged 18, a house painter, and Lilly Dowdy, a servant aged 16.

The report of his death shows:

William Thomas West born Northampton died 15/4/1916 in the France and Flanders Field aged 18.   He enlisted at West Haddon and was a Private with the 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment.   His service number was 20374.

He died of wounds in the Western European Theatre and is buried in the Chipilly Communal Cemetery Extension, France

Jim Blakey

18th November, 2016