William Charles Weston

Name

William Charles Weston

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

08/08/1918
38

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Sergeant
44700
Essex Regiment
9th Bn.

Awards

Not Yet Researched

Cemetery/Memorial

VILLE-SUR-ANCRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
A. 4.
France

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
St Andrew’s Church Roll of Honour, Hertford
St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Hertford
Hertford Working Men’s Club (Now Sloppy Joe’s Bar)

Pre War

Born in 1880, in Bengeo, to parents Charles and Ellen, he had one brother and four sisters. In 1881 they were living in 6 Dunscombe Road, Bengeo and in 1911 he was living in Church Road, Bengeo. His father was a commercial traveller and two of his sisters were school teachers whilst William was a solicitor’s clerk. He married Elizabeth Pearce Weston and she was living at Mahame, Woodfield Park Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, at the time of his death.

Wartime Service

Enlisted in the Bedfordshire regiment as Private 19725 but was transferred the 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment which was formed at Worley in August 1914, went to France on 31st May 1915 landing at Boulogne as part of the 35th Brigade of the 12th Eastern Division. They took part in the Battle of Loos in September 1915 suffering heavy casualties. In 1916 they began the Somme campaign in action on 2nd July at night, but were unable to reach the enemy lines. The battalion continued fighting on the Somme at Pozieres and Le Transloy. The following year they took part in the Arras offensive at the battle for Scarpe and then at Cambrai. In 1918 they were involved in the British retreat following the German spring offensive in March. Later that year the battalion fought in the First Battle for Albert where William was killed as they attacked enemy lines and took their objectives.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Terry & Glenis Collins