Person:William May (80)

William Richard May
m. 24 Jun 1884
  1. William May1884 - 1884
  2. Winifred Kate May1885 - 1950
  3. Louisa May1887 - 1963
  4. Alice Maud Mary May1888 - 1938
  5. Frank May1889 - 1947
  6. Harry Hutchings May1890 - 1956
  7. William Richard May1891 - 1960
  8. Bertram Stanley May1895 - 1975
m. 1915
  1. William James May1917 - 1918
m. 3 Feb 1921
Facts and Events
Name William Richard May
Gender Male
Birth[1] 26 Oct 1891 Plymouth, Devon, England
Census[2] 31 Mar 1901 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandPear Tree Cottage, 21 John Street
Census[3] 2 Apr 1911 North Tidworth, Wiltshire, EnglandLucknow Barracks
Marriage 1915 Plymouth, Devon, Englandto Annie May Goslin
Marriage 3 Feb 1921 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandRegister Office
to Annie Elizabeth Smallridge
Census[4] 29 Sep 1939 South Brent, Devon, England9 Prospect Place
Death[5][6] 17 Dec 1960 South Brent, Devon, England

William Richard May was born on 26th October 1891 at Plymouth in Devon, son of Louisa Kate May, formerly Harry, and her husband William May, a compositor printer. He appears to have been named after his maternal grandfather, William Richard Harry, who had died in 1884. Young William appears in the 1901 census living with his parents and siblings at Pear Tree Cottage, 21 John Street, Plymouth.

By 1911 William had joined the army, and was serving as a private in the 1st Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment, which was stationed at barracks in Wiltshire on the night of the 1911 census.

In 1915, aged 24, William married Annie May Goslin (who thus became Annie May May). They had probably known each other since childhood; she had lived at 31 John Street at the time of the 1901 census, just a few doors down from William's family. They had one son born in 1917.

Annie died in 1918, aged just 24. Their son died later that year, aged seventeen months.

On 3rd February 1921, aged 29, William married again. His second wife was Annie Elizabeth Smallridge, from South Brent on the edge of Dartmoor. William's brother Harry had already married two of Annie's sisters - first Blanche who had died in 1919, then Lily. There is one child born in 1924 with surname May and mother's maiden name Smallridge, but the birth certificate needs to be obtained to see whether she was William and Annie's daughter or Harry and Lily's. At the time of William's second marriage he was described as a corporal in the 1st Devon Regiment.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, William and Annie were living together at 9 Prospect Place in South Brent, with William working as a watchman for Lloyds Bank.

William died on 17th December 1960, aged 69. At the time of his death they were living at 6 Prospect Place, Wellington Square, South Brent. Annie outlived him by over sixteen years and died in 1977, aged 89.

  1. Births index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    b. William Richard MAY, December Quarter 1891, Plymouth Registration District, Volume 5b, page 233, mother's maiden name Harry

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 13 General Register Office: 1901 Census Schedules, Class RG13; Piece 2103; Folio 11; Page 13, 31 Mar 1901.

    Address: Pear Tree Cott[age], 21 John Street, Plymouth, Devon
    4 rooms occupied
    William May, head, married, male, 40 [1860/1], Letterpress Printer, worker, b. Devonport, Devon
    Louisa May, wife, married, female, 43 [1857/8], Dartmouth, Devon
    Winifred May, daughter, female, 15 [1885/6], General Servant (Domestic), worker, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Louisa May, daughter, female, 14 [1886/7], General Servant Domestic, worker, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Frank May, son, male, 11 [1889/90], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Alice May, daughter, female, 13 [1887/8], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Harry May, son, male, 10 [1890/1], b. Plymouth, Devon
    William May, son, male, 9 [1891/2], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Bertram May, son, male, 6 [1894/5], b. Plymouth, Devon

  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, Class RG14; Piece 12063, 2 Apr 1911.

    Address: Lucknow Barracks, North Tidworth, Wiltshire
    [many soldiers, including:]
    William Richard May, private, 20 [1890/1], Single, 1st B[attalio]n Devonshire Reg[imen]t, b. Plymouth, Devon

  4. General Register Office. 1939 Register, Totnes Rural District, 29 Sep 1939.

    Address: 9 Prospect Place, South Brent, Devon
    May, William R. / male / b. 26 Oct 1890 / married / Watchman Lloyds Bank
    May, Annie Elizabeth / female / b. 17 Mar 1888 / married / Unpaid domestic duties

  5. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    d. William R. MAY, December Quarter 1960, Totnes Registration District, Volume 7a, page 908, aged 69 [1890/1]

  6. Principal Probate Registry. National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858 onwards. (London: Probate Service).

    MAY William Richard of 6 Prospect Place Wellington Square South Brent Devon died 17 December 1960 Administration Bodmin 31 May to Annie May widow. Effects £177 5s.