William John Legg

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Bournemouth
Regiment: Dorsetshire
Battalion: 1st (“B” Coy.)
Rank / Service No: Private, 12309
Died: 3rd October 1918, aged 22 years
Buried: Sequehart British Cemetery #2, France (B.9)


William was the younger of 2 known siblings born to James and Fanny Legg (nee Gale), who married in Bridport in 1888.

The couple are known to have had 3 children so it must be assumed that one died in infancy.


Both parents were born in Maiden Newton, Dorset…..James in 1858 and Fanny on 11 February 1868.


James died in Southampton in 1917 and it is not known when Fanny passed away, although she was resident at 101 Empress Road in 1939.


William’s brother was….

James Richard P.   b. 19 July 1891   d. 1956 Maidenhead



The Dorsetshire 1st Battalion was formed in Belfast in August 1914, part of the 15th Brigade in the 5th Division.

The battalion landed at Le Havre on 16 August 1914, and proceeded to fight in all the major battles in France and Flanders.


In December 1915, the battalion was transferred to the 95th Brigade in the 32nd Division and into the 14th Brigade in January 1916.


In March 1917, Commonwealth troops repaired the bridge and took the village of Brie during the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line.

The village was lost on 23 March 1918, during the German offensive, but was regained on 5 September when the 32nd Division cleared the village.


The Division captured the village of Sequehart on 3 October 1918, after 3 days of fierce fighting.


The Cemetery holds 62 WW1 burials, all of whom fell in the first 10 days of October 1918.


William is buried with 11 of his battalion colleagues.


His headstone reads: “Thy will be done.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th November 2016


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