Thursday, 8 September 2016

William Feeley 1892 - 1916

William Feeley Barnsley Independent 8 July 1916
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Born: In Q2 1892 in Barnsley.

Son of:
Unknown father
His mother was Ellen Feeley (nee Donohue) who was born abt. 1856 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. She is shown in the 1891 census as a widow, aged 36, employed as a Linen Weaver living at Freemans Yard, Barnsley.  She died in 1919.

Position in family: The youngest of 5 children.
1    Patrick Feeley Born Q2 1875
2    Thomas Feeley born Q1 1881
3    Sarah Feeley born Q3 1886
4    Joseph Feeley born Q2 1890
5    William Feeley born Q2 1892 WW1 KILLED

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 3 Court 4 Wilson Street, Barnsley age 8.
1911: Nelson Street, Barnsley, age 18, Glass Blower. 

Marriage:  He was not married

Military Service:
Enlisted: Enlistment date estimated from gratuity payment, September 1914 age 22
Regiment and Battalion: Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 9th Battalion.
Service number and rank:  16272 Private
Awards: 15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Death:     10th June 1916, age 24
Buried at:     Dartmoor Cemetery Becordel-Becourt
Grave Reference: I.D. 37

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Husband of Mrs S. Nelson formerly Feeley of 3 Wilson Street, Barnsley


Barnsley, Redfearn Brothers Glassworks & Aldham Works Memorial Tablet


Lives of the First World War 

Although the CWGC records him as being married to S. Nelson there is no evidence of this marriage.  The UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 records his war gratuity was left to his sister Sarah Nelson on 7th September 1919… although his back pay had been granted to his mother Ellen as sole legatee in 1916.
Sarah Feeley married George Nelson in Q1 1917.

This biography was submitted to the Barnsley War Memorials Project by Peter West in August 2016.


mary lipscombe said...

I am sure that William Feeley was my dad's uncle, the names fit, my dad's name was James Feeley and he lived at 4 High Street, Westgate Barnsley when he was born.

Unknown said...

Horace linley also John lindley