William James Dagnell

Date of birth:                    1897
Place of birth:                   Southampton
Service No:                        240184
Rank:                                    Private
Regiment:                           Hampshire Regiment
Battalion:                            5th
Died:                                     6th November 1917
Death location:                 Belgium

Family life
William James Dagnell was the son of Charles & Annie Dagnell who in 1911 were living with their family at 40 Millbank Street, Northam, Southampton:

Charles – a coal porter at the docks
Annie Florence
William James
Beatrice May aged 8
Another son, Edwin Charles, was born in 1913.

Military service
William enlisted as a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment and was killed on 6th November 1917.  He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing at West Vlaandeeren, Belgium.  The memorial, one of 4 dedicated to the missing in Flanders, is situated in Tyne Cot Cemetery 9km north east of Ieper.  It bears the names of 35,000 officers and men whose graves are not known.  It was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and unveiled on 20th June 1927 by Sir Gilbert Dyett.

Charles Dagnell also enlisted on 11th August 1915 aged 44.  His address is shown as 26 William Street, Northam, Southampton.  He was discharged on 15th February 1917 as being no longer physically fit for service.

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