South Wales Borderers 5th Battalion, service no. 15447
Killed on Action August 1st 1916, aged 44
Commemorated at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France
Aden and was immediately involved in the Lahej Affair²º. He was promoted from lance sergeant to full sergeant later that month. He went with the Brecknocks to Mhow, India but he later served in Mesopotamia where he contracted a fever that led to his death at the 3rd British Hospital, Basrah, Mesopotamia.
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William was born to James and Ann Price in about 1871 in New Church, near Chepstow, Monmouthshire. The family were living there at the time; James was a labourer. In 1881 the family lived in a house at the Rogerstone Works, Newport although his father was a shepherd. By 1891 they were living at Wern Cottage, Rogerstone (a farm cottage) and his father was a farm labourer, William, aged 20, was a dresser in the ironworks. William married Ellen (nee Haycock) in 1900 and on the 1901 Census they were shown living at Ysgyborwen Rogerstone, and his occupation was crane driver. By 1911 William and his wife lived in council housing in Risca, near Newport and he was a storekeeper in a foundry. They later moved to 62, Orchard Street, Brecon which was Ellen's address in the army records. William joined the South Wales Borderers and landed in France in mid-July 1915. They fought as part of the 19th (Western) Division, 58th Brigade and were in numerous battles on the Western Front, not least the Battle
of the Somme and particularly the phase that included the Battle of Pozieres which commenced on July 23rd 1916 and went on until early September. This is probably where William received his fatal wounds.