William Burrell


William Burrell


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Bedfordshire Regiment
4th Bn.


1914 (Mons) Star (with Clasp & Roses), British War and Victory medals


Bay 5


>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Sawbridgeworth Town Memorial, Great St Mary’s Church Memorial, Sawbridgeworth, St Mary’s Church Memorial, Ware , Ware Town Memorial, Not on the Hertford memorials, We are not aware of any Spellbrook memorial

Pre War

William was born in 1891 in Great Hallingbury, Essex. He was the son of Benjamin and Mary Ann Burrell (nee Pomfret) and was one of 9 children. The census information reveals that in 1891 he was aged 2 months and living with his parents, brother and 2 sisters, at Beldams Lane, Great Hallingbury, Essex.

By 1901 the family had moved to Spellbrook Lane, Sawbridgeworth, Herts. and in 1911 the census records William, then aged 20, living with his parents, brother and 4 sisters in Spellbrook Nr. Bishop's Stortford, Herts., which is in the Parish of Sawbridgeworth. His occupation listed as a farm labourer, but was currently out of work.

William married Annie Peternoster on the 14th February 1914, in the Parish of Sawbridgeworth.

Wartime Service

William enlisted in Bishop's Stortford in 1914 and served with the 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Entered France on 11 Nov 1914.

He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Arras – the Arleux phase.

Additional Information

According to the CWGC records after his death his wife was listed as Annie Wren (formerly Burrell), of 331 Oakers Buildings, St. Andrew's St., Hertford. So she re-married.


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