William Joseph Andrews

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 285105
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxford & Bucks Light
Battalion: 2nd / 1st Bucks
Died: 22nd August 1917 aged 19 years
Death location: Ypres, Belgium


Life before the War
William was the fourth of 9 siblings born to Henry Joseph and Ada Victoria, nee Studd.  Both Henry and Ada were born in Southampton (Ada in Netley), Henry in 1866 and Ada in 1868. They married in Southampton in 1890.  Henry died in 1924 in Southampton, Ada passed away in 1958 in Truro.

All the children were born in Southampton, the first four in Woolston and the subsequent five in Shirley.

The family latterly lived at 25 Imperial Avenue in Shirley.

William’s siblings – 5 sisters and 3 brothers – were:

Lily   b.1889 and d.1955 Winchester.

Henry (Harry) William   b.1891 and d.1969 Tonbridge.

Hetty Beatrice   b.1895 and d.1970 Southampton.
Married Charles V Wright in Eastleigh in 1929.

Edith Clarice   b.1901 and d.1989 Southampton.

Nathaniel   b.1904 and d.1967 Southampton.
Married Bertha M Marsh in Southampton in 1932.

Elsie Marion   b.1907 and d.1995 New Forest.

Roy   b.1909

Claire   b. 1910 and d.1986 Bath.


War Service
William would have died during the 3rd Battle of Ypres, in the summer of 1917.  This action started as an offensive mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert attention away from a weakened French front further south.  The main assault north-eastward started at the end of July and quickly became a dogged struggle against a determined enemy and the rapidly deteriorating weather.

The campaign finally came to a close in November 1917 with the capture of Passechendaele.

William is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnerbeke, Belgium (Panel 96-98).  Tyne Cot is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders, which covers the area known as the Ypres Salient.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 31st May 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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