William Augustus Bunney

Date of birth: July 1878
Place of birth: Bitterne, Southampton
Regiment: Worcestershire
Battalion: 2/8th (T.F.)
Rank / Service No: Lance Corporal, 34238
Died: 2nd October 1918, aged 41 years
Buried: Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-sur-la-Lys, France (Sp. Mem. 3)

 

William was the youngest of 4 siblings born to William and Emma Bunney (nee Humby), who married in Southampton on 29 July 1871.

William Snr was born in Swanmore in 1846 and he died in Southampton in 1921. Emma was born in the city in 1848 and she passed away in 1925.

The family lived at 16 Oak Tree Road, Bitterne Park.

 

Siblings

Frederick   b. 1866 Bitterne   d. 29 August 1957 Fareham   Married Ada Farr Toogood in Romsey in 1897. Frederick left £31591 15s 7d in his will !!

Laura   b. 1869 Bitterne   d. 1890 Bitterne

Arthur James   b. 1874 Bitterne d. 1927 Southampton   Married Alice Mary Emery in Southampton in 1897. Spent some of 1909 in prison !

William Augustus

 

William married Alma Ada Coad in Southampton in April 1904. She was born in Southampton in 1879 and passed away in Winchester in 1963.

They had 5 children…….

Laura Alma M.   b. 1906 Bitterne   d. 1977 Southampton   Married Frederick J. Frampton in Southampton in 1929.

Noel William   b. 1908 Bitterne   d. 1966 Southampton   Married Daisy A. Cox in Southampton in 1932.

George William   b. 1911 Bitterne d. 1997 Southampton  Married Kathleen V. Orman in Southampton in 1937.

William b. 1913 Bitterne   d. 9 April 1943 North Africa   Married Nellie L. Mackney in Southampton in 1937.

Norman Emile   b. 1916 Bitterne   d. 1996 Southampton   Married Olive L. Crouch in Southampton in 1940.

 

The 2/8th Territorial Force battalion was formed at Worcester in September 1914.

It came under the orders of 2nd Gloucester & Worcester Brigade in the 2nd (South Midland) Division in January 1915.

It moved to Chelmsford in April 1915, on to Salisbury Plain in February 1916 and it landed in France on 24 May 1916.

In August 1916 the formation became the 183rd Brigade in the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.

The Division was involved in almost continuous fighting from August 1917 to the time it was relieved near Amiens in March 1918.

The remnants of the division were moved back to a supposedly quieter area near Bethune; unfortunately, it was near where the Germans launched the second phase of their offensive, on April 9th.

The division suffered yet more casualties and it was gradually replenished over the next couple of months.

It then became part of XVII Corps and took part in actions in October 1918 at Bois L’Evique, Pommereuil, Bousies Forest and Vendegies-sur-Ecaillon.

It would have been in the very early days of these actions that William perished.

 

His headstone reads: “Thy will be done.”

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 22nd June 2016
Updated:

 

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