Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

William Doxey (1861 - 1917)

William Doxey was born in Leek, Staffordshire, in 1861. He was the son of James Doxey, a Silk Twister, and his wife, Caroline.

William worked as a calico printer. He married Elizabeth Swindells in Leek in 1886. They had two children, Martha and John William.

The family lived in Leek for many years but sometime between 1901 and 1911 they moved to Bridgnorth where they were living in St John's Street at the time of the census.

The Doxeys probably moved to Quatford as - according to a memorial plate in Quatford Church - William was a member of the church choir there. By the time of William's death, they appear to have moved back to Leek.

William would have been too old to be conscripted into the forces. He joined the Royal Defence Corps, an organisation formed to use older men to guard important locations (such as ports and bridges) in the UK. William served as a sergeant in the 31st Company. He died (probably of natural causes) on 27th September 1917 and is buried in Leek Cemetery.

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