William Anning


William Anning
8 September 1896


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment)
26th Bn.


Searched but not found





UK Memorials

Not on the Digswell memorials, Not on the Harmer Green memorials. Not on the Welwyn memorials

Pre War

William Anning was born on 8 September 1889 in Digswell, Welwyn, Herts, the son of John and Adelaide Anning and baptised in Digswell on 6 October 1889.

On the 1901 Census he was living with his family at The Street, Wateringbury, Kent where his father was a Greengrocer/Shopkeeper.

He emigrated to Canada with his brother Sidney in 1910. Left Liverpool on 15 April and arrived on 22 April in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the Victorian. He lived in St Andrew's, New Brunswick and worked as a chauffeur. His parents also emigrated to Canada.

Wartime Service

He attested on 18 November 1914 at St John, Nova Scotia, Canada and was described as 5ft 4½ in tall with blue eyes and light coloured hair and initially served with the 28th Dragoons for 2 months.

He arrived in England on the SS Caledonia on 24 June then transferred to Boulogne on 15 September 1915. He was admitted to the General Hospital in Etaples in February 1916 with a gunshot wound to the head but recovered and rejoined his unit on 2 March. He was given 8 days leave in May and was seconded as batman to Captain McCavity of the 2nd Army for a month in July 1916.

He returned to duty on 29 June 1916. William was admitted to hospital on 22 October but died three days later from pneumonia, said to be aggravated by active service conditions, at the hospital in Etaples.

Additional Information

In his will he bequeathed everything to his mother who was then living at Algonguin Garage, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. N.B. his attestation papers gives his birth as 8 September 1890, but GRO and baptism records show it as 1899.


Brenda Palmer