Other names: William Henry
Locations in this story: Nether Compton, Sherborne, DorsetMotcombe, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersBiddistone, Calne, WiltshireClapton, LondonPortsmouth, Hampshire
Story: William Henry Pelly was born in Nether Compton, Sherborne, Dorset, on 11 Jun 1885 the son of Edward Pelly and Ellen Pelly (nee Smith). He lived all his early life in Nether Compton until he had obtained employment at Motcombe House, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where he lived in garden accommodation. He had enlisted on 11 Aug 1914 with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 9860). He was later attached to the Royal Artillery as a Driver (Service No. 34576). He served in France and Flanders where he received shrapnel wounds on 14 Sep 1915. After an extensive recovery period he was transferred to the Labour Corps (attached to the Army Service Corps) as a Private (Service No. 638345). On his eventual discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He had married Celia Emily Chase in Portsmouth, Hampshire, in 1917 and initially set up home in Elm Hill, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living in Cosham Road, Biddistone, Calne, Wiltshire, working as a Head Gardener. His death was recorded in Clapton, London, on 26 Apr 1971.