William Henry Randall
Born 25/05/1898 in Epsom, Surrey
Settled in Southwick, Sussex
Died 30/07/1966
Father Alfred Hawes Randall
Mother Ellen Maria Andrew

Siblings Alfred Percival Randall, Alexina L Randall, Florence E Randall, James E Randall, Ada Elizabeth Randall
Children Laurian Mary Randall, Margaret Frampton Randall, Eleanor Joan Randall
Notes The youngest of the six children, he became a Jeweller and watchmaker. He became an apprentice jeweller and watchmaker at a Alfred Starkey's (found in 1911 Kelly's Directory) shop at 38 Brunswick Road, Shoreham. He left at 18 to join up for the 1st World War. He joined the Royal Engineers on 5th June 1916 as soon as he was 18 years old. On his enlistment form, he is recorded as being 5' 6" tall. His service number was 232097. His training lasted from 06/06/1916 to 26/01/1917. He was then posted to Chatham on 30th January 1917 as a sapper, recorded as being an "Instrument Repairer - Proficient". He joined his unit from Bedford Signals Depot on 6th May 1918 and moved to 4th Signallers Regiment on 6th Sept 1918. On 22/02/1919 had 14 days' leave to the UK from service probably in France. On 18/10/1919 he had a further 14 days' leave from which he was demobbed, finally leaving service on 23/11/1919., still as a sapper. He is at home in 1921, so was probably a reservist. He is listed in the 1921 census as a watchmaker. After being demobbed from the Royal Engineers in 1922, he returned to the shop. By 1924 he had become the proprietor of the shop and in addition had set up another shop at 22 Brunswick Road selling music and instruments. His fascination with early wireless (radio) led eventually to the shop becoming one for radio and later for television. From his marriage in 1924 until 1926 he lived over the shop at No 38. Then the family moved to a newly-built house at the top of the Green (4 Cross Road) Southwick.