William Croxford


There was no trace of a William Croxford in the West Haddon record of baptisms, burial or marriages.

The 1901 census  shows the Croxford family living in Stowe, Northamptonshire.   The head of the household was his father Richard, aged 28 at the time, his wife Sarah, also aged 28, born in Byfield, William, aged 8, John aged 5, Richard aged 3 and Rose, aged 1.   His father was employed as a carter on a farm.

The 1901 census shows Richard and Sarah living at Chester’s Farm House, Winwick.   Living with them were William, aged 17, working as a waggoner on a farm, John aged 15, working as a farm labourer, Richard, aged 13, working as a farm labourer and Rosie, aged 11.

I was able to check his military record.   His service number was  G34266, aged 25 when he joined the Royal Sussex Regiment on 26/6/1918.   He was married to Harriet Elizabeth (Wilson?).   They had two children, William aged 15 and Gwendoline aged 2.   They had been living at Station Road, West Haddon.

He was discharged  as a Private, serving with the Labour Corps on 21/2/1920.   The address he gave was Lodge Farm, Guilsborough, his employer being Mr W Cockerill of Yelvertoft.

Jim Blakey
December 2016