William Nathaniel Aldridge

Name

William Nathaniel Aldridge

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

07/07/1916
24

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
G/99
Royal Sussex Regiment
7th Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Pier and Face 7C.
France

UK Memorials

Essendon War Memorial
St Mary the Virgin Church Memorial, Essendon
Not on the Stapleford memorials

Pre War

Born on the 6th February 1892 in Stapleford, Hertfordshire, the Son of James and Sarah Aldridge. He was Baptised in the Parish of Stapleford on the 27th March 1892. The 1901 Census shows William aged 9 years and living with his mother, father, 2 brothers and 2 sisters at Cottage 4, Harmer Green, Digswell, Hertfordshire. 1911 Census shows William aged 21 years (true age is 19 years) living and working as an assistant gardener at Bagshot Park, Bagshot, Windlesham, Surry.

Wartime Service

The 7th Battalion landed in Boulogne, France on the 31st May / 1st June 1915. William was killed in action on the 7th July 1916 at the Battle of Albert. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Additional Information

The CWGC records William as the son of James and Sara Aldridge, of Rose Cottage, Essendon, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The 7th Battalion was the first Service Battalion of Lord Kitchener’s New Army to be formed in the Royal Sussex Regiment. It began recruiti

Acknowledgments

Sue and Colin Rees, Stuart Osborne