Biographies

William Hargrave Caldicott – 1885 – 1956 – Successful Gainsborough Publisher and Chairman of Gainsborough Trinity FC

William Hargrave Caldicott was born on 28 November 1885 to Charles and Mary Ann (formely Dook), a part of the prominent publishing family of Gainsborough responsible for producing the Gainsborough News and linked to Gainsborough Trinity Football Club (See Gainsborough Caldicotts – Prominent Newspaper Publishers and Gainsborough Caldicotts – Owners of Trinity Football Club).

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William Hargrave Caldicott

He was christened on 25 December 1885 at All Saints’ Church, Gainsborough.

All Saints' Church Gainsborough
All Saints’ Church, Gainsborough

He attended Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Gainsborough.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Gainsborough
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Gainsbrough

On 8 December 1913 he was initiated into Yarborough Freemason Lodge following in his father’s footsteps

William married Annie Louise Johnstone on 3 August 1918 in Maidstone, Kent and the couple had 4 daughters and a son, Helen Mary, Kathleen, Winifred, Joan and William Hargrave.

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Annie Louise Johnstone, wife of William Hargrave Caldicott

Helen Mary Caldicott was born 16 May 1919 and christened on 4 June 1919 at Holy Trinity Church, Gainsborough. She married Peter D McNeil in Sep 1945 and the couple emigrated to New Zealand on the ship Rangitiki on 30 May 1946.

Kathleen Caldicott was born on 28 April 1920 and was christened on 4 June 1920 at Holy Trinity Church, Gainsborough. She married Donald F. Drakes in September 1942 who had interests in Gainsborough Trinity FC and the local Rowing Club and worked on the staff of Caldicotts’ between 1947 and 1957. She died on 1 April 2011 in Nottingham.

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Kathleen Caldicott and Donald F Drakes on their wedding day

Winifred Annie Caldicott was born on 30 September 1921 and was christened at Gainsborough Holy Trinity Church on 2 November 1921. She married Frederick Clarke in September 1942.

Joan Caldicott was born on 1 June 1924 and was christened at Gainsborough Holy Trinity Church on 25 June 1924.

William Hargrave Caldicott (known as Bill) was born on 3 February 1930 and was christened on 18 March 1930 also at Gainsborough Holy Trinity Church. He took on the running of the Caldicotts’ Publishing Business after the death of his father. He married Alice Jean Ingall at Holy Trinity Church, Gainsborough on 17 June 1950 and the wedding was officiated by the husband of Bill’s aunt, Hilda Jane Caldicott, the Rev James George Morton Howard. He ran the family business until 1977 when he moved to the Cayman Islands to work in public relations. He died in Chelmsford, Essex on 12 November 1980.

CALDICOTT Willliam Hargrave b1930

One of his biggest passions was football and William Hargrave Caldicott Sr was chairman of Gainsborough Trinity Football Club for many years – for the full story of how William and other members of his family were involved in the club see Gainsborough Caldicotts – Owners of Trinity Football Club.

William died on 14 September 1956 at the John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough. His widow, Annie Louise died just over a year later in 1957.

This article has been produced largely because of research undertaken by Gainsborough Heritage Association. I would like to give warm and sincere thanks to the volunteers who committed their time to discovering a treasure trove of stories and information.

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