Born on 22 May 1896 in Dane End, Therfield, Herts. sixth son of James and Lucy Jane (Hagger) Bullard and baptised on 4 Oct 1896.
William, known as Bill was the 6th son of James and Lucy. In the 1911 census (below) he was 14 and again working as a farm labourer like Walter and father James.
According to the ‘Crow’ newspaper report he joined the army during 1914 before war broke out and was sent out to France on August 15th 1915 (according to the medals card) with the 7th Btn. Bedfordshire Regiment.
1891 census details
Father James was a hay binder aged 29 and mother Lucy 29 looked after James 13, Leonard 9, Albert Edward 7, Sidney 5, Walter T. 3 and Amelia E.1.
1901 census details
The family had increased and 5 more children had arrived! Florence 9, Mabel 7, William 5, Frank 2 and Ethel, 3 months.
1911 census details
In 1911 William, known as Bill and working as a farm labourer, was still living in the family home with his parents, brothers Walter, Frank and Frederick and sisters Ethel and Tripjosa.
Family note by Julie Hourihan (Great Granddaughter to Lucy
& James Bullard):
Lucy & James Bullard were my Great Grandparents (their
youngest son Frederick John was my Granddad). They actually had six sons serving
in the Great War (my six Gt Uncles), Frank was their 6th son to serve, he lost
his leg. I cannot find his war records or service number, however, his daughter
Doreen who is in her 90's has confirmed that he was in the Great War and he
lost his leg aged 17.
James the eldest son was also in the war, although he didn't
die in the war, he died some years later from his shrapnel wounds. Their cousin
Charlie Bullard (Noades) also lost his life in the Great War and is buried at Therfield
Church. I am so proud of my Gt Uncles and of my Gt Grandparents who suffered