Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque

William Long

Surname: Long
Other names: William
Other people in this story:
Henry Long
Amy Long née Bailey
Mary Ann Long née Graver
Locations in this story:
Cadeby, Leicestershire
Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq
Cottage Row, Gaywood, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Semley, Wiltshire
St. Leonard's Church, Semley, Wiltshire
Walsingham, Norfolk

William Long was born in 1888 in Cadeby, Leicestershire. He was the son of Henry Long, a Gamekeeper, and Amy Long (née Bailey). He married Mary Ann Graver at Walsingham, Norfolk, in 1907. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was living at Cottage Row, Gaywood, Kings Lynn, Norfolk with his wife and children. He enlisted in Shaftesbury (having by then moved to Semley, Wiltshire,) and joined the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 14861) and served in Mesopotamia. At the time of his death on 10th December 1917 he held the rank of Sergeant. His name appears on the Nisbim Memorial 240 in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery in Iraq. The military death notice stated that he was a resident of Semley, Wiltshire. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and is remembered on the War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard and on the Semley Baptist Chapel plaque, now in St. Leonard's Church.


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