|Date of birth:||About 1896|
|Place of birth:||Farnborough, Hampshire|
|Regiment / Division:||Machine Gun Corps|
|Died:||1st May 1916 aged 19 or 20 years|
Life before the War
William appears on the 1911 census aged 15, living at 4 Brickfields Road, Portswood with his father William (a Labourer in Southampton’s docks), mother Louisa and his brothers George and Arthur who, like William, were listed as Dock Labourers.
William joined 6546 Dorset Regiment but was later transferred to 15th Company Machine Gun Regiment. The newly-formed Machine Gun Regiment took only the fittest and the best soldiers into its ranks as realisation dawned that this war needed to be fought very differently to previous campaigns.
William was killed in action on 1st May 1916 at Flanders. He lies in the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery in Arras, grave reference IB16.
|Published:||3rd December 2014|
|Updated:||Insert dates here|
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