William John Hargreaves Bartholomew

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 30716
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Devonshire
Battalion: 1st
Died: 4 October 1917, aged 22 years
Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 38-40)

William was the second of 5 siblings born to William and Alice Bartholomew (nee Hargreaves).

William Snr. was born in Bermondsey in 1861, and Alice in Botley in 1865. They married in Southampton in 1893.

By 1911, the family were living at 43 Belgrave Road, Portswood. William Snr died in Southampton in 1913, with Alice passing away in the city in 1941.


  1. Elsie Hargreaves Irene b. 1894 Southampton d. 1972 Winchester Married Charlie Osborn in Southampton in 1914.
  2. William
  3. John Hargreaves Horace Bertram F. b. 1897 Southampton d. 1933 Southampton Married Annie F. Barnes in Southampton in 1924.
  4. Robin Charlie b. 1901 Southampton d. 1982 Basingstoke Married Florence M. Barton in Southampton in 1925.
  5. Alan Percival b. 1902 Southampton d. 1970 Southampton Married Olive A. Pettipiere in Southampton in 1922.

William died during the Third Battle of Ypres, when the Commonwealth forces attacked the Germans around Passchendaele to divert their attention away from a weakly-held front further south.

After the capture of the Messines Ridge in July it became a dogged trench-based battle against a committed enemy, until the battle ended in November 1917 with the Allied capture of Passchendaele.

At this time, the Devonshire 1sts were transferred to Italy for a short time before returning to action around the Somme.

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 20/07/2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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