Date of Enlisting:
Date of death:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour
William enlisted at Bedford, Bedfordshire with the Bedfordshire Regiment, 5th Battalion, Regimental number 4005 on 12th September 1914. He served with the Mediterranean Territorial Forces in the Balkan Theatre of War during World War I. He was wounded at Gallipoli in August 1915 and invalided home to England. He was discharged as unfit for military service on 19th May 1916.
William was awarded the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the Silver Badge.
He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.
Date of Christening:
4 April 1878
William was the son of William Richard and Emma (nee Crane) Burr, christened on 4th April 1878 at Ashwell, Hertfordshire. He was a pupil of the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.
The 1901 census shows William as a boarder in Christ Church, East Greenwich. He was recorded as a carpenter. His military pension records of 1916 show him as an insurance agent.
William married Lily Lovegrove on 20th July 1902 at Christ Church, East Greenwich. They had two sons born in Shefford, Bedfordshire: William Albert born on 11th November 1906 and Edward John born on 21 June 1910. William’s military notes record three children although not named.
William’s military records show the family living in Shefford, Bedfordshire.
William died on 11th November 1957.
|Birth Place:||Ashwell, Hertfordshire|
|Enlistment Place:||Bedford, Bedfordshire|
|Type of Casualty:||Survived|
|Theatre of War:||Balkans, Gallipoli|