Wilfred Henry Doswell

Date of birth: 1900
Place of birth: Millbrook, Southampton
Regiment: Dorsetshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 21015
Died: 30th September 1918, aged 18 years
Buried: Brie British Cemetery, France (Plot IV, Row C, Grave 3)


Wilfred was the second of 4 known siblings born to Charles WILLIAM and Martha LYDIA Doswell (nee Cull), who married in Shirley in 1891.

The couple had 5 children, so one must have died in infancy.


Both parents were born in St. Denys, William in 1863 and Lydia in 1872. William died in Southampton in 1920 and Lydia passed away in the city in 1954.



Ethel Elsie   b. 1892 Shirley   d. 1945 Southampton   Married Mr Krick in Lambeth in 1917.

Wilfred Henry 

Frederick Charles   b. 1902 Millbrook   d. either 1963 or 1985 Unbelievably, two Frederick Charles Doswell’s were born in Southampton in 1902 !!

Albert Ronald   b. 1906 Millbrook   d. 1974 Southampton   Married Marjorie Hack in Southampton in 1940.


The Dorsetshire 1st Battalion was formed in Belfast in August 1914, part of the 15th Brigade in the 5th Division.

The battalion landed at Le Havre on 16 August 1914, and proceeded to fight in all the major battles in France and Flanders.


In December 1915, the battalion was transferred to the 95th Brigade in the 32nd Division and into the 14th Brigade in January 1916.

In March 1917, Commonwealth troops repaired the bridge and took the village of Brie during the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line.

The village was lost on 23 March 1918, during the German offensive, but was regained on 5 September when the 32nd Division cleared the village.


The Cemetery was begun in the September and taken over by the 5th, 47th and 48th Casualty Clearing Stations.

It was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields east and south of Brie, and from the cemetery at St. Cren. This cemetery contained the graves of 23 UK servicemen who fell in March, April, September and October 1918.


The cemetery now contains 409 Commonwealth WW1 burials



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th July 2016


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