Speed Family (Carlton Scroop & Caythorpe)


After his mother died George Speed was brought up by his father’s sister Mary and her husband Joseph Franklin. They lived in Rowston (near Digby) then Laughton (near Folkingham) where George became a farm labourer.

George joined 15th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) in Nottingham.  He was killed in action on 28th March 1918, aged 27.  George has no known grave but is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.

His name appears on the Carlton Scroop and Caythorpe War Memorials.  

Speed Family

William Speed (born Farndon c1830) married Elizabeth Pollard (born Frieston c1837) at Caythorpe in May1859.  His parents were Joseph and Ann.  He had a younger brother Thomas (born 1834) whose granddaughter married John Thomas Edward Waudby.

In 1861 William and Elizabeth they were in Caythorpe (Frieston?), next to the Mason’s shop.  In 1871 they were living on Caythorpe Heath where William was a farm bailiff, though 10 years later they were back in Frieston and William was a farm labourer. Their children included:

Joseph b Caythorpe c1862
Mary   b Caythorpe c1860 (married Joseph Franklin)
Ann   b Caythorpe c1864 (married
John Richmond)
Emma   b Fenton c 1868
Charlotte  b Little Carlton, Notts c 1870

Julia   b Frieston c1875
Elizabeth  b Frieston c1876
James   b Frieston c1880  (see below)

In 1911 William and Elizabeth were still living in Frieston (aged 81 and 74) with their son James and a grand-daughter, Amy  

James Speed (b 1880) joined the Lincolnshire Regiment in 1915.

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Joseph Speed (b 1862)

In 1881 (aged 19) Joseph was working in the Town Club, Wheelergate in the centre of Nottingham.  He seems to have gone there via Hickling, Notts (near Melton Mowbray) and he went back there to marry Eliza Clark in late 1883.  They lived several years in Hickling before moving to Carlton Scroop.  They had 3 children:

Thomas William  b Hickling c1884
Emma    b Hickling 1886
George    b Carlton Scroop, March 1891

Eliza died in 1891 when George was about 3 months old.  Two years later Joseph married another girl called Elizabeth (also called Eliza) Clark.  This second wife was from Corby (Glen) and they settled in Carlton Scroop and then Caythorpe, where Joseph became a traction engine driver.  They had 2 more sons:

Joseph   b Caythorpe b Jul 1895
Harry  b Caythorpe c1898

In 1918 they were living at Woodyard (off Chapel Lane) Caythorpe.  

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Thomas William Speed

In 1901 Thomas was a steam ploughman in Caythorpe (like his father).   By 1911 he was a farm labourer, married (to Edith Lucy from Croxton Kerrial) and they had a son, Frank Leslie.  By 1931 he was serving on Caythorpe Parish Council.

George Speed (see above)

Joseph Speed (b 1895)

By 1911 Joseph (16) was a groom in Caythorpe.  During the war he enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery and was promoted to Bombadier.  Whilst home on leave in summer of 1917 he married Eveline Shaw.  In November 1917 he was gassed and sent to hospital in Stockport. In 1922 Joseph slipped outside The Green Man inn at Navenby, dislocating his ankle and breaking his foot.  

Harry Speed

The youngest brother, Harry Speed, joined the Lincolnshire Regiment in autumn 1916.  He saw much fighting before being invalided to Northumberland War Hospital, Gosforth, near Newcastle (now St. Nicholas Hospital) in 1917 with trench foot.

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