|Date of birth:||4th January 1885|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Date of marriage:||15th October 1905|
|Place of marriage:||All Saints, Southampton|
|Regiment:||South Wales Borders|
|Died:||31st July 1917 aged 32 years|
|Death location:||France and Flanders|
Life before the War
William was the 2nd of 9 children born to parents William George and Mary Ann, nee Mitchel,l who married on 21st October 1878, Southampton.
William’s siblings – 6 sisters and 2 brothers – were:
David Edward b.1883 and d.1969
Jane Buckley S b.1887
Mary Ann Elizabeth b.1891 and d.1940
George Richard C b.1893 and d.1973
Amelia Emmeline b.1895 and d.1983
Sarah Fanny b.1897 and d.1935
Beatrice Louise b.1900 and d.1984
Florence Rosie b.1903
In the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses the family were living at 39 Bellevue Street, St. Mary’s Southampton. William senior was employed as a Slater and by 1911, it was his own business. This was recorded in the Southampton Commercial Directory 1916/1917.
By the 1901 census David and William junior were also employed as Slaters. Jane was a Domestic Servant. The 1911 census shows that Jane and Mary Ann are Laundry Maids whilst George was a Labourer,
William junior had left home by 1911 and was living with his wife and children at 3 Orchard Place, Portswood Road, Southampton. e was working as a Builder’s Slater. He had married Martha Louisa Cheater on the 15th October 1905 at All Saints, Southampton. They had 5 children……
Minnie Hilda b.1916
Harold J b.1916
William enlisted in Southampton, joining the South Wales Borders, 11th Battalion, in the rank of a Private, service number 40510. He was formerly with the Hampshire Regiment, service number 21698.
On the 31st July 1917, he was killed in action in France/Flanders. He is Remembered with Honour at the New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
He was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.
|Published:||18th June 2015|
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