William James Dodridge

Date of birth: 1899 (2nd quarter)
Place of birth: Totton, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 3rd (Reserve)
Rank / Service No: Private, 22697
Died: 21st March 1916,aged 16 years
Buried: Portsdown (Christ Church) Military Cemetery (C.53)


William was the only child of William James and Minnie Florence Dodridge (nee Mathews), who married in Fareham in 1898.


There is little doubt that William lied about his age when enlisting….he is recorded as being 19 years old at his death.


Minnie was born in Fareham in 1873 and passed away in Southampton in 1901.

William Snr. was born in Devonport in 1870 and he remarried in Romsey in 1903. He married May Ethel Stockley, who was born in Romsey in 1880.


They had 1 child; William died in Southampton in 1945 and May passed away in Maidenhead in 1962.

Their son was Neville Sinclair Dodridge, who was born in Woolston in 1906. The family lived at 107 Portsmouth Road, Woolston.


Neville married Ethel M. Robinson in Southampton in 1932, and he passed away in Weymouth in 1977.


The 3rd Hampshire battalion was begun in Winchester in August 1914 as a depot/ training unit. It remained in the UK throughout the war.

It moved on mobilisation to Parkhurst, Isle of Wight and, in January 1915, to Gosport for duty with the Portsmouth Garrison.


William must have succumbed to an unknown illness in March 1916.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th July 2016


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