William Frank Humphreys

Date of birth: August 1888
Place of birth: St. Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 7693
Died: 2nd November 1914, aged 26 years
Commemorated: Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium


William was the second of 6 siblings born to William and Mary Jane Humphreys (nee Foyle), who married in Bath in 1886.


William Snr. was born in Settle, in Yorkshire, in 1848….it is not known when he passed away.

Mary was born in Crewkerne in 1865. She is known to have been living with one William Clark (b. 1875 Ireland) at 30 Paget Street, St. Marys’s at the 1911 Census.



Mary Jane   b. 1887 St. Mary’s   d. 1961 Southampton   Married Frederick Ernest Marett in Southampton in 1909.

William Frank

Grace   b. 1890 St. Mary’s   d. 23 February 1923 Epsom   Married Frank Overend in Southampton in 1911.

Stanley Frederick   b. 28 September 1892 St. Mary’s   d. 1962 Newcastle   Marrried Elizabeth J. Howe in Newcastle in 1917.

Leonard William   b. 1894 St. Mary’s   d. 1974 Gosport   Married Agnes R. Perry in Eastleigh in 1919.

Ivy Augusta   b. 14 May 1898 Eastleigh   d. 1979 Southampton   Married Jake B. Chipp in Eastleigh in 1919.



William attested into the 3rd Hampshire battalion on 25 September 1906…it is not known when he transferred.

The 1st Hampshire became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in III Corps prior to their departure for France in August 1914.


The 4th took part in the Battle of Messines (13 October – 2 November) in Belgian Flanders. It is well-documented that the 1st Hampshires came under heavy bombardment, and had to repulse many German infantry attacks around Ploegsteert Wood near the end of the battle.


The Memorial commemorates more than 11,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the sector during WW1 and have no known grave.


Most of those commemorated did not die in major battles, such as those that took place around Loos and Ypres, but in the course of day-to-day trench warfare which characterised the fighting in the area.


The Memorial stands in the Berkshire Cemetery Extension and the panel numbers relate to the regiment the serviceman served with.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd October 2016


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