Shaftesbury from St. Peter's Church

William Henry Packer

Surname: Packer
Other names: William Henry
Other people in this story:
James John Packer
Fanny Packer née Fussell
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Brookside, Batheaston, Bath, Somerset

William Henry Packer was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1879, the son of James John Packer and Fanny Packer (née Fussell). The first address recorded after the birth was in Batheaston, Bath, Somerset, where the father was employed on the railway. William enlisted on the 21st November 1898 and joined the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 5303). During World War 1 he served with distinction in both India and Palestine and held the rank of Company Quartermaster Sergeant. He was discharged on the 25th June 1920 following completion of his full service and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the India Medal. There is no record of any marriage and his last known address was Brookside, Batheaston, Bath, Somerset. His death in 1969 was registered in Bristol.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.


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