Other names: William John
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersDozinghem Military Cemetery, Popperinge, West Flanders, BelgiumEnmore GreenSt. James' Church, ShaftesburyWest Knoyle, WiltshireHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburySt. James, ShaftesburySouth AfricaDorchester
Story: William John Stainer was born in 1880 in Shaftesbury and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 28th November, 1880. He was the son of Thomas Stainer, a baker, and Mary Ann Stainer (nee Woolridge). He enlisted in the Royal Engineers (Service No. 2371) in October 1898 and served both at home and in South Africa. He held both the Queen's South Africa medal and clasps 1900/1901 and the King's South African medal and clasps 1902/1903. Among many of the places he served in South Africa he was at the Relief of Ladysmith. He transferred to the Reserves on 15th August, 1902 and was finally fully discharged in 1910. In 1903 he married Georgina Trew from West Knoyle. They had six children: five boys and a girl. His father, Thomas, died in 1905 and his mother, Mary Ann, in early 1911. At the time of the 1911 Census, William was working as a farm implement fitter and living in Enmore Green, Shaftesbury. He re-enlisted in Dorchester as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers (Service No. O/2904). He had a brief spell with the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 20113) but reverted back to the Royal Engineers (Final Service No. 508484). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died of wounds on 2nd November 1917 whilst serving with the 502nd Field Company, Royal Engineers, and was buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Popperinge, West Flanders, Belgium (grave id. XI.B.17). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour inside St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His wife remained a widow for the rest of her life living at 44 St. James, Shaftesbury per the 1939 Register.