Names on St. James' War Memorial 1

William John Belbin

Surname: Belbin
Other names: William John
Other people in this story:
Harry Belbin
Elizabeth Belbin (nee Tucker)
Charles Belbin
Frederick Belbin
George Reginald Belbin
Locations in this story:
Tarrant Gunville, Dorset
France & Flanders
Arras Memorial, Arras, France
St. James Street, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury, Dorset

William John Belbin was born in 1897 at Tarrant Gunville, Dorset and was baptised in Blandford, Dorset, on 19th December, 1897. 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, Shaftesbury, Dorset, 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 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 15791). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He was presumed killed in action on 26th May 1917 whilst serving with the 6th Battalion and his name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, Nord pas de Calais, France (Memorial 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.  William's father initially received a pension of 2s. 6d. (12p.) per week covering both William and Charles which was substantially increased at a later date.  

  • Park Walk War Memorial 4
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Charles Belbin