William Kendrick was born circa 1883, the son of William & Margaret Kendrick (nee Williams) who, I believe, married in the December Quarter of 1882 in Kington. (Kington Vol. 6a, Page 1073) The district Kington spans the boundaries of the counties of Radnorshire and Herefordshire.
William is seen for the first time in the 1891 census, living at Tanhouse, Titley, Herefordshire with his parents and siblings. Head of the household was Thomas, 40 an Agricultural Labourer, who had been born in Lyonshall, his wife Margaret, 45 was a Laundress and like all her children had been born in Titley. They were William, 8, Frederick, 6, Edith, 4 and Lizzie 1. Margaret’s father William Williams, 73, a widower and Agricultural Labourer, who had been born in Bucknell, Salop, was also in the household.
The 1901 census shows that the family had moved to School Terrace, Titley, with William, 49 and a Cowman on a Farm and Margaret, 54, still a Laundress working on her own account. Son William, 18, was a Rural Postman while Lizzie, 11, and newcomer to the family, Ellen 7 were both attending school.
The family were still at School Terrace, Titley on the 1911 census, William, 59 and Margaret, 64, tell us that they had been married for 29 years and 5 children had been born to them sadly 1 had died. William was still a Farm Labourer and Margaret was an Employed Laundress at home. William, 28 was single and a Gardener, while Nellie, 17 was assisting her mother.
I do not know when William enlisted or was conscripted as I cannot find his Attestation Papers, but the William Kendrick in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, tells us that his birth place and residence was in Gresford and he enlisted in Wrexham, it was this source that tells us that he was formerly 4575, Hereford Regt. It also confirms his regimental details.
It may be a clerical error on behalf of the Army, as on the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 (above), he is said to have been born and lived in Gresford, but the censuses above tell us different but I can only assume that William came to live and work in the Gresford area after the 1911 census as he is listed on the Gresford Roll of Honour in the Porch of All Saint’s Church, Gresford. Any help would be gratefully received to help tell William’s story.
William Kendrick in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us that the sole Legatee was his father Thomas who was paid £5 13s 6d on the 1st May 1917 and his War Gratuity of £3 on the 22nd October 1919.
William Kendrick in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 also gives other Regimental details:-
Regiment or Corps: The Herefordshire Regiment, Shropshire Light Infantry, Border Regiment
Regimental number: 4575, 20504, 27772
He was also awarded the Victory & British War Medals.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission :- Additional Information: Son of Thomas Kendrick, of School Terrace, Titley, Kington, Herefordshire.
Researched and Compiled by Mavis Williams