Waldock, William Barrance

William was born in the 31 March 1873 at Ashwell, Hertfordshire, the third son of Levi and Mary Ann (nee Goss) Waldock.  He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

William first joined the army on 27 February 1893, with the Royal Artillery, Regimental Number 96285.  He was posted to India on 14 December 1893 and stayed there until 16 December 1896 when he was posted to Aden, Yemen.  On 4 November 1898 he was again posted to India where he remained until 5 April 1902.  He then returned home to Ashwell and was discharged from the army on 26 February 1905.

At the outbreak of World War I William enlisted on 7 September 1914 with the Royal Garrison Artillery, Regimental Number 279781. He was posted to the 3rd Company, Devon Battalion, Southern Division to guard the British south coast.  William survived the War.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.

William married Emmeline Waldock (mother Hannah Strickland (nee Waldock)) on 15 April 1905 at Islington, London.  They had one daughter, Mary Ann Doris, born on 27 August 1909 in London.

The 1911 census shows hem living at Ashwell with William a builder’s labourer.  The 1939 census shows them at the same address with William a bricklayer’s labourer.

William died at Barnet, Hertfordshire in the 1st quarter 1964.

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