Other names: William Edgar
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetWarminster, Wiltshire
Story: William Edgar Stainer was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 13 Aug 1893 the son of Gideon Stainer and Emily Stainer (nee Sims). He lived his early life in Bozley Hill, Cann. He had enlisted and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 2528). His service was cut short on 23 Jun 1916 when he was declared medically unfit due to Valvular Heart Disease aggravated by his service activities to date. He was granted a limited pension which came to an end in Apr 1923. He was awarded the British War Medal only which indicates he possibly served solely in the UK. He married Kate Hayward at St. John's Church, Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 26 Dec 1919. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 30 East Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, working as a Baker's Roundsman. He died in Warminster, Wiltshire, on 25 Jul 1969. His brothers, Ernest Stainer, Harry Gilbert Stainer and Austin Frederick Stainer, also served in the conflict.