Other names: William George
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: William George Padfield was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 18 Feb 1899 and baptised at St. James Church on 15 Mar 1899 the son of William George Padfield and Annie Padfield (nee Brickell). He lived his whole life, apart from Military Service, in the St. James area of Shaftesbury. He had enlisted and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 616296). He was later transferred to the 3/4th Reserve Labour Company of the Labour Corps as a Private (Service No. 342049). It is not known in which theatre of war he served in nor whether he was awarded any service medals. He was discharged on 18 Oct 1919 and had made a claim for a pension due to weakness in the left arm but this was rejected as being non-attributable to his service. By the time of the 1939 Register he was still single and living with his parents at 68 St. James Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a Wheelwright and Painter. He died in Shaftesbury on 11 Aug 1971.