Awdry, William Walter (1896-1918)

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    Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.

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    Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

    Details: William Walter Awdry, born 31 January 1896, son of Dr Walter Robert Awdry and Margaret Awdry of Berkeley, Gloucestershire; brother of Ruth Awdry (1893-1976); grandson of the Rev. C.R.E. Awdry, rector of Draycot, Cerne, Wiltshire.

    Attended Lickey Hills and Glemore School, Portishead, Somerset.

    Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) May 1911-April 1914.

    Passed into Sandhurst in 1915.

    WW1, Lieutenant in the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). In 1916 he received his commission in the Wiltshire Regiment and soon went to the front. He was wounded at Thiepval, and after some months in hospital did duty with the Monmouth Regiment at home. He went again to the front, joining his regiment only fourteen days before his death. Died 16 April 1918 of wounds received the same day at Kemmel Hill.

    Commemorated at:
    Tyne Cot Memorial, panel 119-120 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/846617/AWDRY,%20WILLI...

    War Memorial plaque in the minster church of St Mary the Virgin of Berkeley, Breadstone, Newport & Wick. Gloucestershire.

    Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.

    Obituary, The Shirburnian, June 1918: 'LIEUT. W.W. AWDRY, Wilts Regiment, eldest son of Dr W.R. Awdry, Berkeley, Gloucester, and grandson of the late Rev. C.R.E. Awdry, rector of Draycot, Cerne, Wilts, died on April 14th of wounds received the same day, aged 22. He was educated at the Lickey Hills and Sherborne School, and passed in Sandhurst in 1915. In the following year he received his commission in the Wilts Regiment, and soon went to the front. He was wounded at Thiepval, and after some months in hospital did duty with the Monmouth Regiment at home. He went again to the front, joining his regiment only fourteen days before his death.'

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