Other names: William Mark
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersThiepval Memorial, FranceMelbury Abbas, Dorset
Story: William Mark Henstridge was born in Melbury Abbas, Dorset in 1896 and baptised at Melbury Abbas Church on 9th August, 1896. He was the son of William George Henstridge, a farm labourer, and Emily Eliza Henstridge (née Lane). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living at 7 Melbury Abbas, Dorset. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 12701) but later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (new Service No. 73046). He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 2nd April 1917 and his name appears on the Thiepval Memorial in France (Pier and Panel 5 C and 12 C). He is remembered on the Melbury Abbas War Memorial.