William John Aldwinckle


William John Aldwinckle


Royal Marine Artillery


Gunner 2nd class

Service No.


Date/Place of entry

9 June 1918

Date of death




William John Aldwinckle was born in Leicester in1886, the only son of John Henry Aldwinckle and his wife Annie nee Muggleton. The couple also had a daughter. John Henry and his twin brother Vincent were born in Cottingham in 1860, the seventh and eight of the ten children of Bartholomew Bunckley Aldwinckle.

John Henry left for Leicester and was employed as a labourer in his youth. He married in 1885 and had set himself up as a grocer and beer seller by 1891. Subsequently he joined the Leicester police force, as had his Cottingham - born cousin John Edwin Aldwinckle, and was ranked sergeant in 1901. Ten years later he was retired on a police pension.

William John was a warehouseman in 1911, still living with his parents and sister but he later moved to London. He got married in 1916 in Islington. His military career was brief as he was not called up until June 1918 when he was thirty two, joining the Royal Marine Artillery as a gunner, 2nd class. Possibly the reason for the delay was his employment as a police constable. In any case he was demobilised early in the following January. He died in Lambeth in 1937.

For an account of the historic extended Aldwinckle family see John Bartholomew Aldwinckle. The following list gives the names of all known servicemen who were descended from Aldwinckles living Cottingham and Middleton in the nineteenth century.

(I also have information on a further five servicemen descended from the Aldwinckle family of Drayton in Leicestershire whose ancestors moved there from Cottingham in the eighteenth century. They are Ernest Aldwinckle, George Harry Aldwinckle, William Harold Aldwinckle, Herbert Aldwinckle and William James Aldwinckle. Please contact me <cottinghamsoldiers@gmail.com> if you would like to know more.)

Servicemen descended from Thomas Aldwinckle (1816-1899):
William Augustus Aldwinckle, Ralph Aldwinckle and Ernest Henry Aldwinckle.

Servicemen descended from Henry Aldwinckle (1770-1842):
John Bartholomew Aldwinckle, Charles Henry Aldwinckle, Arthur Edwin Aldwinckle, Frederick Wade Coles, Albert Edward Aldwinckle, Archibald Aldwinckle, Frank Aldwinckle, Harry Aldwinckle, William John Aldwinckle,  Harry Aldwinckle, George Robert Aldwinckle, Thomas Aldwinckle and Walter Aldwinckle.

Servicemen descended from William Aldwinckle (1807-1891):
Bartle Essex Aldwinckle, Charles Reginald Burdett, Alfred Norman Burdett and William Edward Burdett.

Servicemen descended from John Aldwinckle (1817-1884):
John Aldwinckle, Percy Aldwinckle, Henry Aldwinckle and Bernard Aldwinckle.

Other relatives descended from Henry Aldwinckle (1770-1842) are John Bartholomew AldwinckleCharles Henry Aldwinckle of Melton Mowbray, Frederick Wade Coles of Nuneaton, Albert Edward Aldwinckle, Archibald Aldwinckle, Frank R Aldwinckle and Harry Aldwinckle all of Ilkeston, William John Aldwinckle of Leicester, and Thomas Aldwinckle, George Robert Aldwinckle, Walter Aldwinckle and Harry Aldwinckle all of Grays Thurrock in Essex.

Relatives descended from other branches of the extended Cottingham Aldwinckle family are:
Bartle Essex Aldwinckle          
Bernard Aldwinckle
Edwin Aldwinckle
Ernest Henry Aldwinckle
George Harry Aldwinckle
Henry Aldwinckle
Herbert Aldwinckle
Percy Aldwinckle
Ralph Aldwinckle
William Augustus Aldwinkle
William Harold Aldwinckle
William James Aldwinckle

For an account of the extended Aldwinckle family see John Bartholomew Aldwinckle.