Biography of Private William Arthur Elvidge (44121)
173rd Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Infanry) Regiment
Formery 5819 Lincolnshire Regiment
Died 26th October 1917


  • Name: William Edis Arthur Elvidge
  • Date of birth: 1894
  • Place of Birth: Thurlby nr Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1894
  • Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England


  • Name: William Edis Elvidge
  • DOB: 1867
  • Place of Birth: Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: Farmer and grazer


  • Name: Eliza Ann Robinson
  • DOB: 16th December 1864
  • Place Of Birth: Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 1893 Spalding District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • William Edis Arthur Elvidge, 1894, Thurlby
  • Hilda Ethel Elvidge, 1895, Thurlby
  • Dorothy Elvidge, 1898, Thurlby (died 1898)
  • Dora Evelyn Elvidge, 1905, Thurlby
  • Fred Cecil Elvidge, 1907, Thurlby


  • 1901: Arthur is living with his parents in the High Street, Thurlby ne Bourne, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: -William is living with his parents at The priory, Thurlby nr Bourne, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 17 and he is listed as a farmer’s son working on farm.
Relatives in services

  • None found


  • William never married but was engaged to Cassandra Louisa Mills.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 10th November 1917
    THE TOLL OF WAR – News has reached Thurlby of the death in action, on the same day, of two of Thurlby’s contribution to our fighting line – on Oct. 26th, of Pte. Arthur Elvidge, of the Motor Transport, and Pte, George Wright, of the Lincolns.  Pte. Elvidge was the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Elvidge, late of the Priory Farm, who removed to Laimdon, Essex, last April.  Mr. and Mrs. Elvidge, who had lived in Thurlby twenty-six years, were well-known and respected, and the loss of their son will call forth the sympathy of their many friends.  Pte. george Wright was the third son of Mr. Wm. Wright, of Northorpe.  Previous to joining the Forces Pte. Wright was in the Metropolitan Police.  He was maimed a few months ago, and the sympathy of the village is with the young widow and the parents in their great bereavement.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

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Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private William Edward Arthur Elvidge, 44121, Infantry Bn Machine Gun Corps Regiment was killed in action on 26th October 1917 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • None found

Effects Left To

  • Fiancee Cassandra L Mills


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Thurlby, Roll of Honour in St Firmins Church


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