Rank:


Private

Service No(s):


251381

Regiment:


Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Unit:

3rd Battalion

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Stroud Green

Occupation:

Bootmaker and repairer

Date of death:

Cause of death:

Grave or panel reference:

Name of father:

William Jonathan Saul

Name of siblings:

Francis; Winifred; Gladys; Doris; Grace; Jack; Eric

Name(s) of children:

Christine G, Heather B; Ian G

Died:

No

Date of birth:

05/01/1900

Place of enlistment:

Event:

Flanders

Age at death:

Cemetery or memorial:

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Rose Saul (nee Thornton)

Name of spouse:

Gladys Louise Saul (nee Windeler)

Address:

15 Ferme Park Road, Stroud Green

Biography:

Wilfred Gordon Saul, known as Gordon, was born in Ferme Park Road, Stroud Green, on 5 January 1900. He was the fourth of the eight children of William Jonathan Saul, a greengrocer, and Rose Thornton, both originally from Bethnal Green. Gordon was baptised in St Matthias’ church there (demolished 1954) a month later. He had one older brother, Francis, two older sisters, Winifred (who died when she was 12) and Gladys, two younger sisters, Doris and Grace, and two younger brothers, Jack and Eric. The family were employing a general domestic servant in 1901 and and ‘mother’s help’ in 1911, by which time they were living in Crouch Hill and Gordon’s older brother Francis was apprenticed to a bootmaker.

Gordon was a Private in the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) from July to October 1918, though he is listed in the New Court Chapel Roll of Honour from 1915 onwards. He was not old enough to be called up earlier and presumably did not volunteer. He served in Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

He is listed as a member of New Court Chapel in 1921, though he was living with his parents at 155 Stamford Hill in the early 1920s. In 1925 he married Gladys Louise Windeler from Clapton in St Andrew’s church, Stoke Newington and it is apparent that he had followed his older brother’s trade and become a bootmaker. Gordon and Gladys set up home at 256 Stamford Hill and had two daughters: Christine whose birth was registered in early 1927 and Heather towards the end of 1928. They later moved to Hertford Road, Edmonton, where Gordon was a shopkeeper and boot repairer; and they had a son Ian, born in 1942. Their elder daughter was married just four years later. In the late 1940s they moved to Elsiedene Road, Winchmore Hill with their younger daughter until she married in 1954. Gordon and Gladys remained there until Gordon’s death in the North Middlesex Hospital in May 1962.