William John Randall

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WWI Memorial Roll

By Lynette Wray

William John Randall



Military History:        


Regiment:                               Bedfordshire Regiment

Rank:                                      Private                                    

Regimental Number:              4/7381       

Date of Enlisting:                   12.11.1914

Date of death:                        28.8.1982

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

UK Cemetery/Memorial:       St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


William enlisted on 11 November 1914 and joined the Bedfordshire Regiment, 4th Battalion, Regimental Number 4/7381. He embarked for France on 24 April 1915 where his Battalion engaged in the Battle of the Ancre, on The Somme. In August 1916 William was shot through the left shoulder and lost his arm. He was evacuated and in December 1916 was recuperating in a hospital in Manchester.  He was discharged on 7 February 1917 as no longer fit for active duty.  He survived the War.

William died on 28 August 1982 on the Isle of Wight.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour. He was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the 14-15 Star, and the Silver War Badge.


Family History:


Date of Birth:                28.4.1898

Birth Place:                   Guilden Morden, Cambridgeshire

Residence:                    East Barnet, Middlesex

Marriage:                      2nd quarter 1921


William was born on 28 April 1898 at Guilden Morden, Cambridgeshire, the first son of Frederick Thomas and Sarah Jane (nee Picking) Randall. By 1911 the Randall family had moved to Partridge Hill, Ashwell and William was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School.

William married Ethel Francis Butchart at East Barnet, Middlesex in the second quarter 1921, and they set up home there.  They had two sons, Stanley born 20 November 1921 and William born 20 July 1925.

William died on 28 August 1982 on the Isle of Wight.



William John Randall

Birth Place:

Guilden Morden, Cambridgeshire


East Barnet, Middlesex

Death Date:


Enlistment Place:

Not known




Bedfordshire Regiment


4th Battalion

Regimental Number:


Type of Casualty:


Theatre of War:

Western Europe, France and Flanders



This page was added on 10/11/2020.