William Frederick Daniels

Date of birth: 8th July 1893
Place of birth: Bethnal Green
Regiment: Royal Marine Light Infantry
Battalion: 1st (Royal Navy div.)
Rank / Service No: Private, PO/1722(S)
Died: 28th April 1917, aged 23 years
Commemorated: Arras Memorial, France


It is difficult to ascertain what William’s connection with Southampton was, but here is his story regardless.

William was the fourth of 6 siblings born to George and Caroline Daniels (nee Rudd), who married in Spitalfields on Christmas Day 1880.

Both parents were born in Bethnal Green, George in 1858 and Caroline in 1860. Caroline passed away in Bethnal Green in 1902.


George remarried in 1905, to Bertha Bonfield, and he died in 1938.


William married Ellen Daisy Jane Walters in Southampton in 1917. Unfortunately, their married life lasted only a couple of months.

Ellen was born in Southampton in 1895 and she remarried in 1921, to William G. Russell. She passed away in the city in 1950.



Caroline Florence    b. 1881 Bethnal Green   d. 1974 Waltham Forest   Married William Frederick McGrail in Hackney in 1905.

Alice Lilian   b. 1884 Bethnal Green   d. 1955 Rochford, Essex   Married Walter James Stean in Bethnal Green in 1905.

George Francis   b. 1887 Bethnal Green   d. 1959 Bournemouth   Married Doris R. Cridland in Camberwell in 1947.

William Frederick 

Bertram John   b. 1895 Bethnal Green   d. 1972 Wandsworth   Married Maud P. Walker in Bethnal Green in 1920. Married Violet Gurr in Wandsworth in 1960.

Ethel Louisa   b. 1897 Bethnal Green   d. 7 January 1978 Salisbury   Marrried Thomas Henry Myers in Bethnal Green on 13 October 1920.


William enrolled in the Royal Marines on 11 December 1915, which means he missed the Gallipoli campaign.

Large losses during that campaign meant the Chatham and Deal R.M.L.I. battalions merged to form the 1st Battalion.


William perished during the major Allied offensive around Arras in April 1917.


The Memorial commemorates the almost 35,000 Commonwealth servicemen who perished in the Arras sector, and have no known grave.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th June 2016


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