William Thomas Shrimpton

Date of Birth:             1899
Place of Birth:            Southampton
Regiment:                    Royal Army Medical Corps
Battalion:                     Territorial Force
Rank:                             Private
Service No:                 2299
Died:                              1916 aged 17 years
Death Location:        Eastleigh

Life before the War
William was born in 1899 in Southampton, his parents were Edward and Emily.  Edward Horner William was born in 1861 in Southampton and died in 1929, Emily (nee Ellis) was born in 1863 in Southampton and died in 1939. They were maried in 1886 in Southampton.

William had 3 brothers Edward H W b.1890, Walter b.1893 and Arthur John b.1896 who died in 1963.  William also had one sister Mabel Emily b.1894 and who died in 1988.

In the census of 1901 William was living with his parents, siblings  and  grandmother at 7 Cromwell Road, Southampton.  His father was a Clerk.

The 1911 census shows William is still living with his parents as well as two younger siblings, Mabel and Arthur, at 7 Cromwell Road.

Military Service
William enlisted at Eastleigh, Hampshire.

The RAMC is a specialist corps in the British Army which provides medical service to all he British Army Personnel and their families in war and peace.  The RAMC does not carry Regiment or Queens colours, although it does have a regimental flag.  It does not have a battle honour as elements of the corps have been present in almost every single war the army has fought.  Because it is not a fighting army under the Geneva Convention, a member of the RAMC may only use their weapons for self defence.

William died at home in Eastleigh on 29th September  1916.  He was awarded the Victory medal and The British War medal.  He is buried in Southampton Old Cemetery and remembered  on the Southampton Cenotaph Wall.

Researched by Shaun Connolly June 2014.


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