William Charles Danes

Date of birth: Spring 1892
Place of birth: St Mary’s, Southampton
Service No.: 21603
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Coldstream Guards
Died: 28th March 1918 aged 25 / 26 years
Death location: France


Life before the War
William Charles Danes, the son of Charles and Ada Danes, was born in Southampton in 1892. The 1911 census shows the family living at 35 Northam Road, Southampton.  Charles and Ada Danes had been married 27 years in 1911.  Charles was a baker/grocer/confectioner and records show he was born in Navestock, Essex.  In 1911 William was working as a Van Man (delivery driver). The family unit in this year consisted of Charles and Ada and their children:

Hilda (aged 21)
William (aged 19)
Frederick (aged 12)
Elizabeth (aged 8)

Also living at 35 Northam Road were Ethel Burnett (nee Danes) aged 23, her husband Robert Burnett (also aged 23) and their son Robert Burnett (aged 2 months). Military Service William served as a Private in the Coldstream Guards.  He was killed in action on 28th March 1918 and is buried in Douchy-les-Ayette British Cemetery (Grave reference IV.E.11).  The cemetery is 13km south of Arras in France. Williams’ sacrifice is remembered on the 1920 Roll of Honour.

Researcher: Jan Thorn
Published.: 17th March 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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