William Darters

William Darters (1858-1931) was born in Whitercroft. As a young man, he gained work on the railways in Gloucester as an oiler and became involved with the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants (ASRS). He married Emma Scrivens in 1883 in Gloucester and had nine children. He moved to Lydney and was elected as secretary to the ASRS and, in 1887, helped set up the Lydney Co-operative Society. He then started working as a manager for the Lydney Co-operative Society and continued in this role until his retirement. However, he continued to contribute to the ASRS remaining as secretary for about 17 years. Emma died in 1917 and in 1920 he married Rachel Eade. For many years he served on Lydney Parish Council.

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