Saul, William Jackson. Died 6th Aug 1916

William was born in Leamington, Warwickshire, in the summer of 1881 [1] and was christened there on 6th July.[2]

His parents were Joseph (24) a gardener, and Georgiana (28), both from Norfolk. In 1881 they lived at Launton Cottage, Leamington and William was their first child [3]. They went on to have 4 more children, 2 boys and 2 girls.

In the 1891 census the family are living in Draycott Hill farm, Bourton on Dunsmore [Recorded as Joseph Sane and family on Ancestry]. Joseph is now a farmer and he appears to have moved around, as his first 3 children were born in Leamington, daughter Ethel (4) was born in Birdingbury and his son Frank(1) was born in Bourton. William (9) is recorded as a scholar.

In the 1901 census, Joseph and family are living at 23 Cambridge Street, Rugby. His 17 year old son Ernest is working as a butcher’s assistant, as is his lodger, Major G Gibbs. [5]

William is absent from the census. He had moved to Norfolk where he was a lodger in Bacton Rd, North Walsham, working as a butcher.[5] In the third quarter of 1902 he married Lottie Worts (18) who was a draper’s assistant also living in North Walsham. [6]

The Rugby Almanack gives us more information about the period before the next census.

In the 1901-1903 Directory, J W Saul, fruiterer, is living at 49 Railway Terrace Rugby

In the 1904-1906 Directory Mrs Saul is living at 163 Cambridge Street.

In the 1906-1908 & the 1909-1911 Directories, William is recorded as living at 163 Cambridge Street as a shop manager [7]

The 1911 Census confirms that William and Lottie are living at 163 Cambridge St. He is a Butcher’s Manager, while his mother, father, brother’s Ernest and Frank and sister Lucy are living at 95 Bath Street. Joseph is a farmer and dealer and Ernest and Frank are both Home and Colonial Butchers. All three are employers. We don’t know if William worked in the family shop.[8]

William joined the 1st 1st Warwickshire Yeomanry. He was Private 2919.

In August 1914 they moved on mobilisation to Bury St Edmunds and the brigade came under command of 1st Mounted Division.

On 31 August 1914 they moved with the brigade to Newbury and transferred to 2nd Mounted Division.

In November 1914 they moved with the brigade to Norfolk, and the regiment moved to Sheringham and then on 17 December to Norwich.

The Warwickshire Yeomanry, a cavalry regiment containing over 20 Rugby men, sailed for the Middle East in April 1915. Off the Scilly Isles, their horse transport ship Wayfarer was torpedoed by a German U-boat, and limped back to Bristol. Five men were lost but 763 horses on board were saved. In August 1915 the Yeomanry eventually arrived at Gallipoli, suffering heavy losses fighting as dismounted infantry. [9]

William died on 6th August and is buried at Kantara Cemetery, Egypt.
[For details of the action in which he died see the Biography of Harold George Loverock, died 5th August.]

His medal rolls Index Card states that he entered the theatre of war on the 6th November 1915. He was awarded the Victory, British and Star medals [10]

A payment of £5 3s and 3 pence was made to his widow Lottie on 23/11/16 and a War Gratuity of £4 10s was also paid to Lottie on 16/09/19, by which time she had remarried and is recorded as Lottie Oakes [11], Lottie was then living in Coventry.

Williams parents had also moved to Coventry by the time of his death and were living at 87 Highfield Sr, Foleshill, Coventry. [12] In fact the City of Coventry Roll of the Fallen: The Great War 1914-1918 records him as living at this address [13]



[1] Ancestry England & Wales Free BMD Birth Index

[2] Ancestry England & Wales Christening index 1530-1980

[3] Ancestry 1881 Census

[4] Family Search 1891 census; Ancestry 1891 census

[5] Ancestry 1901 census

[6] Ancestry England & Wales, Free BMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915

[7] Rugby Alamanack, Rugby Library

[8] Ancestry 1911 census

[9] The Long Long Trail: The British Army in the First World War

[10] British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index cards, 1914-1920

[11] Ancestry UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929

[12] Ancestry, UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921

[13] City of Coventry Roll of the Fallen: The Great War 1914-1918 by Charles Nowell


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