Other names: William
Locations in this story: Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetFranceCroydon, SurreyCann, Shaftesbury, DorsetTisbury, Wiltshire
Story: William Fanner was born on 19 Dec 1897 at Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of James Fanner and Jane Fanner (nee Stacey). The family lived at 4 Melbury Road, Melbury Abbas for a time before moving to Butts Knap, Cann, Shaftesbury by 1901. William enlisted on the 3 Jun 1916 and was mobilized on 25 Sep 1916 when he joined the Royal Army Service Corps as a Private (Service No. 223395). He served in France with the 25th Motor Ambulance Company. At one time he was marked down as a deserter (following home leave) and on 30 May 1919 an inquiry was held. Unbeknown to the authorities he had been in hospital and this had not been recorded. Consequently the charge of desertion was duly dropped on 2 Jul 1919. He was demobilized on 28 Nov 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He married Grace Coleman in 1924 in the Tisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District. They went on to have two children. By the 1939 Register he and his family were living at 36 Bute Road, Croydon, Surrey, where he died in 1969.