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William Scotney

Biography of Serjeant William Scotney (William Scotney Handford) (29330)
17th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

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William Scotney born William Scotney Handford

Date of birth:

Place of Birth:
Morton, Lincolnshire, England

Date of Birth registration:
Apr-Jun 1882

Place of Birth Registration:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England



Wife’s Name:
Sarah Ellen Baker

Date of Marriage:
July-Sept 1908

Place of Marriage:
Bingham District

Wife’s Date of birth:

Wife’s Place of Birth:
Orston, Nottinghamshire

Wife’s father:
William Baker

Wife’s Mother:
Sarah Ann Kirk or Pillatt


Father’s Name:
Dan Pope Scotney

Father’s DOB:

Father’s Place of Birth:
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Father’s Occupation:

Mother’s Name:
Francis Susannah Elizabeth Handford

Mother’s DOB:

Mothers POB:
Morton, Lincolnshire, England

Mother’s Occupation:

Their Marriage:
1883 Bourne District

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)
William Scotney Handford, 1882, Morton
Dan Scotney, 1884, Bourne
Jessie Scotney, 1886, Bourne
Elizabeth Alice Scotney, 1889, Bourne
Eliza Scotney, 1892, Edenham
Jazez Ernest Scotney, 1893, Edenham
Harry Scotney, 1894, Bourne
Joseph Thomas Scotney, 1897, Bourne
Charles Scotney, 1901, Bourne

1891 Census
William is living with his parents in Edenham

1901 Census:
William can not be found as of yet

1911 Census:
William is living in Orston with his wife Sarah Ellen. The census gives him an age of 29 and he is listed as a bricklayer

Relatives in services:
William’s cousin Harold Handford also fought and was killed in WW1. Harold can be found on our page dedicated to the Morton War Memorial.

Military Records

Attestation Papers:
None found

WW1 Soldier’s Records:
None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War:
These records show that Serjeant William Scotney, 29330, 17th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) was killed in action on 3rd September 1916 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records:
Not yet available

Medal Card Index:
William’s medal card index states that he was eligible for the following medals:-
The British Medal
The Victory Medal

Haconby, plaque in St Andrew’s Church

Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
In Memory of Serjeant William Scotney, 29330, 17th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) who died on 3 September 1916 Age 34
Son of Dan and Elizabeth Scotney, of Orston; Husband of Sarah Ellen Scotney, of Chapel St, Orston, Nottingham
Remembered with Honour, Thiepval Memorial
Panel Ref: Pier and Face 10C 10D and 11A

More information:

William Scotney

Thiepval Memorial

Military Service Timeline

This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed.