William Moore

William was born in Saxlingham Nethergate on 21 June 1868. His parents were William and Susan Moore (nee Wilson). His father was a bailiff. When his mother married William in 1864 she was a widow and had four children from her marriage to Charles Brighton.

His siblings and half siblings were;

William Wilson born 1849

Clara Brighton born 1852

Isabella Brighton born 1853

Barnaby Brighton born 1856

Walter Moore born 1864

Frederick Moore born 1866

Helen Moore born 1870

By 1871 only Barnabas from Susan’s previous marriage was still living at home with the rest of the family.

In 1881 the family were living on Church Green, Saxlingham, and Barnabas and Walter were no longer there. Walter was working in London as a boot laster.

On 5 November 1890 William, aged 22, married Alice Wilson, born 28 May 1863, in St. Mary’s Church, Saxlingham Nethergate. He was working as bricklayer. Her family lived in the village.

 In 1891 they were living on Pitts Hill, Saxlingham Nethergate. They had a child William Frederick born 1891. Alice had had a son John Frederick Wilson born in 1887, who was William’s stepson, (John was often known as John Moore), who was also living at the address.

His siblings were Albert George born 1893

Alice Ellen born 1895

Walter born 3 November 1896

Gertrude Lily born 1899

Arthur Charles born 1901

Edith Minnie born 1902 died 1903

Robert Edward born 1902

Ernest born 13 September 1903

The family were still living in Pitts Hill in 1901. His occupation is given as a horseman on a farm but by 1902 when his twins were christened at St. Mary’s Church he gave his occupation as bricklayer.

In 1911 he was living with his family at Tower Cottage, Saxlingham Thorpe.

Tower Cottage
Saxlingham Thorpe

During the First World War William served in a Territorial Force, transferring to the Royal Defence Corps, on its formation in March 1916, Service number 26611.

 His service records have not survived but it is known he was serving in a Territorial Force on 20 July 1915. There is a photograph of William and his sons William, Albert, Walter and John Moore (Wilson) in the Eastern Daily Express newspaper on that date. The newspaper commented on the fact that so many of the same family were serving in the forces for their country.

After the war William continued to work as a bricklayer.

 In 1939 he was living on the Low Road, Tasburgh with his wife Alice, and two of their sons, Ernest and Walter and another child. Walter was a widower and was a road worker. Ernest was working as a horseman on a farm. William was listed as being a retired bricklayer.

It is thought that he died in March 1958 but this is not confirmed.



England & Wales, Birth, marriages, death index 1837-2005

British Army Medal Roll Index cards 1914-1920

1939 Register – www.findmypast.co.uk

UK Census collection

 Norfolk Electoral Rolls, Saxlingham Nethergate  

Norfolk, Church of England Diocesan Records, Saxlingham Nethergate

St Mary’s Church Saxlingham Nethergate, Marriage records (transcribed by Mary Muir)

Eastern Daily Press, 20th July 1915

Tower Cottage photograph, courtesy of Michael Wilkinson, Newton Flotman

If anyone has any photographs or information about this person please contact me. Email jan@janmfox.co.uk