Other names: William Richard
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetHanover Square, LondonSuez Canal, EgyptCowes, Isle of Wight
Story: William Richard Gamlin was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 3 Oct 1865 and baptised at St. Peter's Church, as Richard Willie, on 25 Oct 1865 the son of Richard Gamlin and Elizabeth Gamlin (nee Parrott). He lived his early life in the family home in Magdalene Lane, Shaftesbury. By 1881 he had moved to serve the Jolliffe family as a footman at 43 Charles Street, St. George's Hanover Square, London. He enlisted on 7 May 1886 and joined the Royal Marines Light Infantry as a Private (Service No. 3543) and by 1901 was serving in the Suez Canal Zone, Egypt. He married Phyllis Moody at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 2 Nov 1905 and they went on to have two children. He transferred to the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman (Service No. J101935) on 14 Apr 1921, and served at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, Isle of Wight, following which he was discharged on 9 Sep 1922 He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. Throughout this time the family had lived at 23 Bimport, Shaftesbury. By the 1939 Register he was living at 71 Adelaide Grove, Cowes, Isle of Wight, working as a General Labourer but also noted as a Royal Marine pensioner. His death was recorded on the Isle of Wight in 1952.