Other names: William John
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersDozinghem Military CemeteryEnmore GreenSt. James' Church, ShaftesburyWest Knoyle, WiltshireHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Story: William John Stainer was born in 1880 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Thomas Stainer, a baker, and Mary Ann Stainer. In 1903 he married Georgina Trew from West Knoyle. They had six children: five boys and a girl. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a farm implement fitter and living in Enmore Green. He enlisted as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers (Service No. 508484). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 2nd November 1917 and was buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery (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.