Bill Elisha

Bill has featured before in this blog. You can click here to learn more about him.

On that occasion we saw Bill as a poultry keeper and cage bird enthusiast. Apart from that he was a long term chairman of the local football club and also chairman of the Market Lavington Parish Council. In fact he was an all-round servant of the village in purely voluntary ways.

He was also ready to fight for his country. Today we see a pencil and chalk sketch of Bill, as the Company Quarter Master Sergeant based at the Hyderabad Barracks in Trowbridge in 1944. We read the sketch signature as Pat Rooney. Bill was with the Wiltshire Regiment of the Territorial Army. He was probably deemed too old for the regular army – being over 40 at the time.

A 1944 sketch of Bill Elisha of Market Lavington

We think Bill was born about 1903 in Reading in Berkshire. His father was William as well, but by the time of the 1911 census, when they lived in Market Lavington, father William was a widower. He remarried Sarah Davis later that year.

Our Bill married the Market Lavington infant teacher, Helena May Potter in 1929. They spent all of their married life as active members of the local community. Bill died in 1984

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2 Responses to “Bill Elisha”

  1. BERNARD HILLON Says:

    MY NAME IS BERNARD HILLON WHILE STATIONED AT LARKHILL DOING MY NATIONAL SERVICE 1960-1963 I HAD THE PLEASURE TO MEET BILL AND HIS WIFE.I PLAYED FOOTBALL FOR THE ARMY.AND BILL INTRODUCED ME TO THE MARKET LAVINGTON TEAM AND I PLAYED FOR THEM FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS AND STILL HAVE THE MEDALS WE WON,HE MADE MY TIME IN THE ARMY MORE ENJOYABLE. BILL AND HIS WIFE MAY INVITED MY WIFE EILEEN TO COME DOWN FROM CUMBRIA TO LIVE WITH THEM.WHICHWAS VERY GOOD OF THEM WE STAYED WITH THEM FOR TWELVE MONTHS AND ENJOYED OUR TIME WITH THEM VERY MUCH MY WIFE WORKED FOR HINCHLEY IN DEVIZES

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