Gunner 37261 William Edward Hemmings

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Died Home on Tuesday, 28th November 1916, age unknown.
Buried in Grave 324. D. 14. at Sutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard, Wiltshire, United Kingdom.

Royal Field Artillery, 15th Brigade, 22nd Reserve Battery.

Born: Dudley, Enlisted: Lichfield, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 19th August 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and Dudley Clock Tower memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/406762/

Genealogical Data

1911 Census
Jubbulpore, India.
William Edward Hemmings (26, Gunner 11th Battery Royal Field Artillery, born Dudley).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

William was a regular soldier having served with the Royal Field Artillery in India in 1911. After the outbreak of the Great War, he landed in France on 19th August 1914 - one of the 'Old Contempibles'. By the time of his death in November 1916, he was a member of the 22nd Reserve Battery of 4B Reserve Brigade, Royal Artillery, based in Boyton, Wiltshire. The home-based units of the Royal Artillery were training units, and mobile units for home defence.

William's unit was based at Boyton which is just 4 miles from Sutton Veney, where he is buried in St. John's Churchyard. His death could have been due to sickness or accident, but as Sutton Veney had a hutted 1200-bed military hospital, it is possible that William died as a result of wounds.

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