William Harding

Surname: Harding
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
Thomas Baker Harding
Mary Ann Harding (nee Harding)
Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Locations in this story:
Sedgehill, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Butleigh Wootton, Wells, Somerset
Lottisham, Wells, Somerset

William Harding was born in Sweetwell Cottage, Sedgehill, Wiltshire, on 8 Feb 1880 and baptised in Sedgehill on 9 May 1880 the son of Thomas Baker Harding and Mary Ann Harding (nee Harding).  He lived his early life in Sedgehill.  He married Mary Elizabeth Parsons at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16 Apr 1906.  He set up home in The Street, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset.   He enlisted and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service Nos. 3475 & 201598).  It is not known in which theatre of war he served in but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.  The 1921 Census shows he still resided in The Street, Motcombe, where he was described as a Gardener. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 25 Butleigh Wootton, Wells, Somerset, working as a Private Gardener.  He died on 16 Apr 1962 and was buried at St. Mary's Church, Lottisham, Wells, Somerset.


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