Other names: William John
Locations in this story: BlandfordFrance & FlandersArras MemorialSt. James Street, ShaftesburySt. James' Church, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Story: William John Belbin was born in 1897 in Blandford. He was the son of Harry Belbin, a tin smith, and Annie Belbin. His siblings included Charles, born in 1887. At the time of the 1911 Census, William was he was living in the family home at 11 St. James Street, Shaftesbury. He 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.