William James Hedges

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Freemantle, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 10th
Rank / Service No: Private, 10328
Died: 11th August 1915, aged 18 years
Buried: 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Turkey

 

William was the youngest of 3 known siblings born to Frederick and Fanny Hedges (nee Biddlecombe), who married in Southampton in 1887.

The couple had 5 children, so it must be assumed that 2 died in infancy.

 

The family lived latterly at 191 Foundry Lane, Shirley.

 

Frederick was born in Hannington in Wiltshire in 1866 and he died in Southampton in 1935.

Fanny was born in Dibden Pirlieu in 1860 and she passed away in the city in 1940.

 

Siblings 

Frederick Charles   b. 1888 Southampton   d. 1914 Southampton   Married Ellen Rose Payne in Southampton in 1910.

Harriet EDITH   b. 22 June 1890 Millbrook   d. 1976 New Forest   Married George King in Southampton in 1921.

William James

 

 

The Hampshire 10th Battalion became part of the 29th Brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division in March 1915.

They embarked at Liverpool on 7th July and arrived at Mudros Bay at midday on 21 July.

 

The division disembarked at Anzac Cove on 5 August and were in action from the 9 August, where they suffered heavy casualties on that morning whilst attacking Turkish lines.

 

This is when William was wounded, one of 431 men from the battalion killed, wounded or missing between 8-12 August.

 

He is one of 207 casualties who’s burials are unidentified but are believed to be buried in the cemetery and are marked by a Special Memorial.

 

The cemetery was named after the 7th Australian Field Ambulance and holds 640 Commonwealth WW1 burials.

 

19 of William’s battalion colleagues are buried in the cemetery.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th September 2016
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