Other names: William George Edward
Locations in this story: Broad Chalke, WiltshireFrance & FlandersMenin Gate, Ypres, BelgiumAlvediston, WiltshireDevizes, Wiltshire
Story: William George Edward Scammell was born in 1894 in Broad Chalke Wiltshire, and was baptised there on 30th December, 1894. He was the son of James Scammell and Elizabeth Scammell (née Bridle). At the time of the 1901 Census he was single and living at Broad Chalke. There is no entry for him in the 1911 Census but his family were then living in Alvediston, Wiltshire. He enlisted in Devizes as a Private in the Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire) Regiment (Service No. 9000). He joined the 2nd Battalion and served in France & Flanders. He went missing on 24th October 1914 and was presumed to have been killed in action. His name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belguim (Panel 53) and he is remembered on the Alvediston War Memorial. Of his brothers, Sidney John Scammell served and survived whilst Edward John Scammell enlisted on two occasions as he appeared keen to take part in the conflict but was quickly discharged on each occasion due to his physical disablilty of having a toe amputated years before.