William Jellett

Date of birth: About 1896
Place of birth: Farnborough, Hampshire
Service No.: 16359
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Machine Gun Corps
Battalion: Infantry
Died: 1st May 1916 aged 19 or 20 years
Death location: Flanders


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.

Military Service
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.


Researcher: Mandy Shearing
Published: 3rd December 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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