Portrait of William Young

Name: William Young

Burial Number: 0963

Gender: Male

Occupation: Fruit Grower, Nurseryman

Born: 00/05/1865

Died: 13/09/1919

Buried: 16/09/1919


William was born in Deptford, the son of Frederick and Sarah. He was baptised at Shere (home of his mother’s family) in Surrey on 4th June 1865. His father was a fruit grower and by 1871, had moved his family to Brighton. In 1881, the family were living in Lancing where Frederick was working as a market gardener. William was already working in the local nurseries. In 1883, William’s sister Edith married Arthur George Linfield, a local nurseryman. On 23rd March 1892, William married Annie Beatrice Comden at the Independent Chapel, George Street, Ryde. The couple moved to Worthing and in 1901, William and his brother Dan bought the freehold to Wallace Nurseries in what was then Elm Grove (now Wallace Avenue). The nurseries were just north of Pevensey Road. It consisted of 20 glasshouses including 8 vineries containing 750 vines. The couple had six children, Ethel, Beatrice, Nellie, Frederick, Edith and William. Another daughter Edna died at the age of two in 1904. For a while they lived in North Street before moving to Bath Road. By 1919, the family were living at “Sunnydene” in Reigate Road. William was by now seriously ill and sadly died at St Thomas’s Nursing Home in Lambeth after an operation. Probate was granted on 21st April 1920 to Jonas Thexton wholesale clothier, Arthur George Linfield (the younger) and Frederick Theodore Young fruit growers. Effects £12969 14s 5d. Wallace Nurseries were sold in 1920 to Howard Manton King and later demolished.

Nellie Young later married another nurseryman Harold Frampton in 1963.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 3 Plot: 5

Exact Location (what3words): sadly.tells.deputy

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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Love eternal in loving memory of William Frederic Young "at rest" 13th Sept. 1919 aged 54. also of Annie Beatrice his wife re-united 17th Nov. 1949 aged 86 "life for ever more"

Further Information


Name: William Frederic Young

Gender: Male

Born: 00/05/1865

Town: Deptford

County: Kent

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 23/3/1892

Spouse First Name: Annie

Spouse Second Name: Beatrice

Spouse Last Name: Comden

Town of Marriage: Ryde

County of Marriage: Isle of Wight

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 13/09/1919

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: St Thomas's Home

Town: Lambeth

County: Surrey

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £12969 14 s 5 d

Current value of effects: £376870.00

Census Information


26 New Road, Brighton

Frederick aged 34, fruit grower. Sarah aged 41. Emma aged 10. Edith aged 7. William aged 6. Henry aged 3


Mole Cottage, Lancing

Frederick aged 43, market gardener. Sarah aged 51. Emma aged 20, shop assistant. Edith aged 18. William aged 16, gardener. Henry aged 13, gardener


Rose Cottage, South Street, Lancing

Frederick aged 53, market gardener. Sarah aged 61. Emma aged 30. William aged 26, market gardener. Henry aged 23, market gardener. Edith Linfield aged 7, grand daughter. Alice Linfield aged 2, grand daughter


Montpelier House, 23 North Street, Worthing

William aged 37, fruit grower. Annie Beatrice aged 37. Nellie Margaret aged 4. Frederick Theodore aged 2. Edith Mildred aged 3 months. Plus 1 servant


“Inglenook” Bath Road, Worthing

William F aged 46, nurseryman, fruit grower. Ethel Mary aged 18, stationer’s assistant. Beatrice May aged 16. Nellie Margaret aged 14. Frederick Theodore aged 12. Edith Mildred aged 10. William Arthur Gerald aged 3. Plus 1 servant

Miscellaneous Information

The Young family l to r: May, Theodore, William, Nell. In front is Gerald. Taken at Wallace Nurseries. (thanks to Malcolm Linfield).

William Young and family 1917

Wallace Nurseries

Further information courtesy of Malcolm Linfield.

The records of the new property tax introduced by Lloyd George inform us that in 1902, Young Bros. bought Wallace Nurseries for a total of £3800. They spent another £500 on the nursery. It had 20 glasshouses containing a 2664ft run of glass, among them 8 vineries with over 750 vines. This equated to some 60,000 superficial ft of glass. The total area was nearly 3 acres and the nursery was being cultivated mainly with grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers and mushrooms. Two semi-detached cottages for nursery staff were also included. Ten tubular and one saddle boiler set in brickwork with brick shafts and stokeholes with tiles roofs were used to heat the greenhouses. There was a water tank in each house, a large packing shed, stable and coach house, a large concrete tank adjoining the packing shed, a well, reservoir and wind pump.