Other names: William John
Locations in this story: Tarrant Gunville, DorsetFrance & FlandersArras MemorialSt. James Street, ShaftesburySt. James' Church, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Story: William John Belbin was born in 1897 at Tarrant Gunville, Dorset and was baptised on 19th December. He was known as Willie on all Census records. He was the son of Harry Belbin, a tin smith, and Elizabeth Belbin (nee Tucker), who died in 1900 and was buried in Holy Trinity churchyard on 13 May 1900. At the time of the 1911 Census, William was he was living in the family home at 11 St. James Street, Shaftesbury and was still a school boy. Willie enlisted as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 15791). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died on 26th May 1917 and his name appears on the Arras Memorial (grave id. Bay 6). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ war memorials. His name also appears on the Roll of Honour in St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. Of his brothers', Charles Belbin also lost his life whereas Frederick Belbin and George Reginald Belbin both survived the conflict.