Andrews, William Percy

From 'Our Local Patriots' published by the Herts Pictorial

Andrews, William Percy 



Military History:


Bedfordshire Regiment
(previously 1st Hertfordshire Regiment)


Service Number:
266620 (previously 5002)

Date of Enlisting:

Date of death:


Cemetery/ Memorial:
St Mary’s Church, Ashwell

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


William enlisted on 5th May 1915 with the Hertfordshire Regiment, Regimental Number 5002. He transferred to the Bedfordshire Regiment in 1917, Regimental Number 266620, and was sent to the Western Front, France and Flanders where he took part in the battles around Ypres and was wounded in the neck and leg for which he spent some time in hospital at Chiselhurst, England.

William survived the War and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He returned to Ashwell where he died on 27 February 1951.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour and is buried in the St Mary’s Church, Ashwell cemetery.


Family History:


Date of Birth:
Christened 8 November 1893

Birth Place:
Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Ashwell, Hertfordshire



William was the eldest son of Henry William and Sarah Lilla (nee Ball) born in Ashwell, Hertfordshire. He was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell.

Before enlisting William was a brewery bottling boy in Ashwell.

He married Vera Rose Desborough in 1935 and it is thought they had two children, Roger W born in 1938, and Richard E born in 1943.

William died on 27th February 1951 and is buried in St Mary’s Church cemetery in Ashwell.





Name:William Percy Andrews
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date:27.2.1951
Enlistment Place:Not known
Regiment:Bedfordshire Regiment
(previously Hertfordshire Regiment)
Battalion: Not known
Regimental Number:       266620
(previously 5002)
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders

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