Other names: William Thomas
Locations in this story: ShaftesburySixpenny Handley, DorsetHollybrook Memorial, SouthamptonIrish Sea
Story: William Thomas Chaldecott was born in 1891 in the registration district of Shaftesbury. He was the son of Arthur Chaldecott, a Journeyman Baker, and Selina Chaldecott. His siblings included Joseph Chaldecott born in 1894. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Dairyman and living at Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. He enlisted as a Private in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (Service No. 23223) and on 1st December 1917 transferred to the Royal Defence Corps (Service No. 72314). He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died at sea on 10th October 1918 when the Royal Mail Steamer Leinster was torpedoed in the Irish Sea by a German submarine. His name is listed on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton with those of other military personnel who were on the Leinster when it went down. He is also remembered on the Sixpenny Handley War Memorial.